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No. 15,594. WASHINGTON, D. Cp, TUESDAY, FFJWU,=R~ 17,' 1903-SIXTEEN PAGES. 9 TWO CENT.
TE NENG STARs PUNIM:u DAILY, Z0 PT SUNDAT. soem nib bt GGI nam@ h_01k MaM The Ulbg &a Nw1pper mpaNy. L.. KAUTWA, N mLe mya Tuk offi: Tram aling. UeP Ono: Triabes swuhg The Bening Star is served to subscrUbs t3 the by carie,. on their own a acoun at 10 est er .or 44 cents permonth. at the ii t .J. " n.ytn p."al'"s t1o te .5 6ia-VWtse P*PSp-1-6--wents per 0-th. aturday St pe ye; with t t the Post Olee at Wahsgion. D. 4 scond-ea ma matter.) 6:FAl mail sbertption mst be paid to advano es et adeertlss muA. known tn a kplieatear ORST STORM OF YEAR esolation in the Wake of Howling Blizzard. TRAFFIC IS SUSPENDED HAVOC WITH TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE WIRE Pittsburg Narrowly Escapes Floed Light Vote in Pennsylvania's Xu nicipal Elections Today. PHIJADELPHIA, February 17.-A storm savoring of a blizzard, which reached this city last evening and raged with unremit ting force during the greater part of the night, still prevails today, but in a some what milder degree. During the night snow fell to a depth of six inches, and the temperature dropped to 20 degrees at 8 o'clock this morning, 10 de grees lower than at 11 o'clock last night. Fine snow is falling today, driven by severe gales. Railroad and street railway traffic is bad ly handicapped and telegraph and telephone service is crippled. Trains on all the rail roads entering the city are late and trol ley cars on most of the lines are run ning under difficulties, without regard to schedule. Delaware Breakwater reports a thirty six-mile gale, accompanied by thick snow. There have been no arrivals or departures of vessels and no reports of disaster to uhipping. This is municipal election day throughout the state, and one effect of the storm has been to lessen the vote. This is particularly so in the suburban and outlying sections. Pittsburg Narrowly Escapes Flood. PITTSBURG, Pa., February. 17.-,PItts burg is in the grip of a cold wave, heavy snow and a flood. Luckily the high water just missed the danger point, and beyond flooding the lowlands and causing incon venience to owners of plants along the river fronts no damage was done. During the night a fierce snow and wind storm developed, and this morning there is a half foot of snow on the level and zero weather prevails. Street car service has been seriously impeded and all trains east and weot are from two to four hours late. BOSTON. Mass.. February t7.-The worst snow storm of the winter prevailed here last night. Snow continued to fall this forenoon. Railroad and street car service was badly hampered and 8hipping was ef fectually tied up. Several vessels which left port last night are supposed to have experienced a hard night. There is a large number of trans atlantic vessels due at this port. Heavy Snow in Gotham. NEW YORK, February 17.-The blizzard of last night left New York in a better con dition today than was expected. The snow ceased falling at an early hour, but began again about 8 o'clock. Surface and elevated railroad lines were partly crippled, but were not so badly tied up as by several previous storms this win ter. The predicted big drop in temperature did not occur. The velocity of the wind had decreased considerably since midnight, when there was a moderate gale. Up to 9 o'clock the total snowfall in this city, as reported by the weather bureau, was 9.7 inches. This is by far the heaviest fall of snow this win ter. BUFFALO, N. Y., February 17.-The thermometer at 9 o'clock registered zero, the lowest so far this season. Only a few inches of snow have fallen here in the last forty-eight hours. Malls, however, are a~r riving from one to five hours late, the lat ter from the west. Worst Blizzard of Season. SCHENECTADY, N. Y., February 17. This city and vicinity is experiencing the worst blizzard of the season. Since yester day afternoon more than fifteen inches of snow have fallen, and it is still snowing hard. The railroad trains are hours lale, and scarcely any attempt is being made to main tain the schedule. The interurban trolley systems are greatly impeded, and the local railway service has been tied up almost completely. RtOCHESTER, N. Y., February 1.-There is ten inches of snow on the ground and the blizzard is still raging. The temperature, however, is not low and little suffering is noticeable. All street and steam railway traffic is delayed. UTICA, N. Y., February 17.-One of the deepest snows of the winter fell in this section last night, and the railroads are finding much difficulty in running trains. There. was very little wind, but it is increas ing today. Trains Stalled in Drifts. DENVER, February 17.-The moat severe snow and wind atorm experienced in years prevails in South Dakota, on the Gunnison and Leadville branches of the Colorado and Southern railroad. The Leadville branch is snowbound betwEan Como and Brecken ridge, a distance of thIrty miles. Passenger trains are stalled in the drifts between these pointa and engines sent to their rescue became fastened in the huge piles of snow and are helpless. HARRISBURG, Pa., February 17.-The snowfall, which was quite heavy in this section during the night, did not materially affect the running of railroad trains. It was reported at union station of the Pennsylvania railroad this morning that trains from the west are from an hour to an hour and a halt late, and from the north from thirty minutes to an hour be hind schedule. In this city snow fell until early this morning and was nine inches -deep on the level. Roads Drifted Badly, GLENS FALLS. N. Y.. February 17. Snow began falling in this section at 8 o'clock last night and a furious storm has been in progress since. A high wind pre vails and roads are drifted badly. Reports from Adirondack points north of here indi eate that the storm is severe in these dis-. tricts. NEW HAVEN, Conn.. February 17. Street car trafmc in tis city was badly crippled this morning by the snow storm. -Similar conditions were reported at manmy other points in the stats. On the stea railroads. the storm delayed trains somewhat in the early morning, but the lines were geunerally kept open. POTTSVILLE. Pa.. Febuay 17.--A driving mnow which fell last ngt to the depth of eight inces is ertppllag trpe upon the steaan and trolley roads. Several af the toauxse of the latter are entirely Out of ae'e.- The work at the coierles is also muach hmpede. Strong edorts are being made, however, to keep them in ope sation. W1'. LOUIS, February 17.-At? a.m. by 40thermmeter at the wather baroeg it 'e atered as degrees below asa, the gMld This Is a drop of twelve degrees from mid night. Out in the suburbs' and throughout southern Illinois and Missouri reports of even lower temperature are being received. The sky is clear and the temperature Is gradually moderating. Incoming trains are somewhat delayed. WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.. February 17. Following last night's sleet storm there was a fourteen-inch fall of snow. /At daybreak a sharp wind set in and the snow -is drift ing badly. Railroads north and west of here are struggling to keep open, but tiains are from four to six hours late. Telegraph and telephone wires are badly tangled. Sullivan and Tioga counties are carpeted with sixteen Inches of snow and it is drift ing fence high. PEORIA, Ill.. February 17.-The weather is becoming slightly colder. The tempera ture at 6 a.m. was thirteen below and at 7 o'clock it was fourteen below. Clear and no wind. Pierce Throughout Northwest. WEST SUPERIOR, Wis. February 17. Yesterday's. low temperature mark, which was the record for the winter, was reduced one degree this morning, the official ob servation at 6:40 showing twenty-four be low. - ST. PAUL, February 17.-Twenty below was the coldest of the temperature in this city during the night, a gain of four de grees in twenty-four hours. Higher tem peratures are general throughout the north west, Indicating the breaking of the cold wave. DES MOINES, Iowa, February 17.-It was nine below here this morning, one de gree higher than the record for the winter. Difficulty is experienced in operatinng the electric lines. OMAHA, Neb., 'February 17.-Extremely cold weather continued last night and this morning. the temperature again reaching ten below zero. Trains from the west are generally late, some being several hours be hind their schedule. The zero wave is gen eral throughout the state, the eastern half of Iowa and the* Dakotas. Slowly rising temperature Is predicted. Chicago Shivering. CHICAGO, February 17.-Chicago is shiv ering today in the coldest weather of the season. The cold wave which descended upon the city yesterday increased In sever ity throughout the night, and.sent the mer cury down to a point variously reported at from 10 to 15 degrees below zero. The latter temperature is reported un officially from exposed suburbs which felt the ful force of the fierce northwest wind. The official temperature in the city at 7 a.m. was 10 below. The intense cold prac tically cut the city off from telegraphic communication with the outside world dur ing the early 11art of the day. Contraction of wires caused breakages In every direc tion, and only intermittent service could be maintained. LOUISVILLE, Ky., February 17.-Follow ing a thirty-six-hour rain and a half day's record-breaking snowfall, Louisville this morning experienced the coldest weather of t,he winter-one above zero. INDIANAPOLIS, February 17.-The tem perature at 8 a.m. registered 8 below. After that hour it began to rise slowly, but the forecaster promises extremely cold weather for two days. Railroad schedules have been disarranged by the cold wave, and nearly all trains are from one to seven hours late. Train Schedules Demoralized. KASAS CITY, February 17.-The intense cold Wather In the southwest continues. At Kattsas City at 8 o'clock this morning the thermometer recorded 9 below, the cold est of the winter here. Further west the temperature was still lower, with no indica tions of moderation. Train schedules are still badly demoralized. MILWAUKEE, February 17.-Thermom eters In this city registered from 10 to 10 below this morning, the. coldest of the sea son. Low temperatures are general through out the state. COLUMBUS, Ohio, February 17. - The mercury was 2 below this morning, with prospects of very little moderation today. Three Inches of snow fell last night. The weather Is clear today. EIGHT INCHES ON THE LEVEL. Thick Mantle of Snow in Western Ma ryland and Cumberland Valley. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. HAGERSTOWN, Md., February 17. Snow covers this section of western Mary land and the Cumberland valley to a upth of eight Inches on the level. Deep drifts are reported from the mountain districts. Trains on steam roads are running from two to five hours late, while traffic on the electric lines out of Hagerstown has been seriously Interrupted since early yesterday evening. Mail carriers from small towns In the county not having railroad connections ex perienced much difficulty in reaching Hag erstown today. Snow ceased falling early this morning, but as a result of the stiff breeze that Is blowing the drifting con tinues. Passenger Trains Seven Hours Late. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. CUMBERLAND, Md., February 17.-The snowfall last night reached ten inches. High winds caused drift. which hindered railroad traffic and blocked country roads. All the steam roads are open, but passen ger trains are marked as mudh as seven hours laite. The Cumberland Western Port trolley service is practically abandoned on account of snow and sleet, the latter being very heavy In the mining regions. Trees have been broken down, and ..e overflowing of low places by the Potomac, which is unusunit'y high, bas added to the distress of many people. PL.ANESU AND RMALT.LPOX. Piremen Compelled to Encounter Botli in One House. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. CUIEBERLAND, Md., February 17.-Fire broke out In the house of Dr. J1. C. Cobey, at Frostburg, this morning. The house was quarantined on account of smallpox. The firemen for a time were afraid to enter, but eventually got in through- the cellar. Th9y had a stubborn fight on account of the high wind and sero temperature. The damage was slight. CRUSHim DURING PANIC. Seats Gave Way-900 Persons Thrown Among Broken Timbers. ORICAGO, February 17.-Mrany persons were injure"d, two probabIy fatally, during a panic among the 1,000 spectators at the Lakeside Auditorium last night during the Horlick-Richmond polo game, says a dis patch to the Trlbune fr6im Racine, Win. A section of the seats gave way, and 20 -ee were thrown -mon the bren thin bars John Wirugn ad Albert Es000e proably wm ie at. their ifrier. Appnint~attcea xnksmj PARIB, F4*bary-7.-The flareiga 4ee today moanea the meinneat g h Viemte de ha bewtneg the Penah s~ hem ist ber of the chamber of deputies, who is the ranking representative of the family. The vicomte wI sail for New York March 7. Owing to the recent death of his mother, the venerable marquise, who was then the head -of the family, the vicomte Is -in mourining and will be+ compelled to with hold from participation in social events for the present. FRANCE READY TO ABIDB. Not Necessary for Protocol to Provide for Arbitration TribunL PARIS, February 17.-The foreign office here has not been advised concerning the Franco-Venezuelan protocol, which, it is said, Minister Bowen is negotiating at Washington, but the officials say that France is ready to abide by the same method of adjustment as accorded In the protocol betWeen the United States and Venezuela. They consider it is not necesary for the French protocol to provide for an arbitra tion tribunal as France and Venezuela al ready have a tribunal at Caracas. They desire that. the protocol be con fined chiefly to the method of administer ing the Venezuelan payments and to safe guards for equal treatment with the other powers. I I FOR REFORMS IN MACEDONIA. Austrian Ambassador Will Present Note to the Porte Today. PARIS, February 17.-It Is _said in offi cial quarters here that the Austrian am bassador at Constantinople will today pre sent a note to the porte asking for reforms il Macedonia. This is regarded as inaugurating the project for joint action on the part of the European powers toward Turkey. The pre sentation of the Russian note, which is identical, will follow that of Austria, but the foreign office here has not yet been advised of the exact date of its presenta tion. The terms of the notes were submitted to France, Great Britain, Italy and Germany and were approved in principle by all ex cept Germany. This is regarded by the French officials as indicating German divergence from the European concert and as a tendency to support Turkey. The notes, while firm, do not contain a menace, the present suggested administra tive and financial reforms not affecting the political status. In explaining the project, an official said' it was an application of "Europe's Monroe iloctrine," which imposed the "same duties to maintain peace In Europe as the United States exercised in Cuba and South Amer ica." CREW OF SIX RESCUED. Schooner Rebecca Stranded During a Blinding Snow Storm. PHILADELPHIA, February 17.-The Hog sland, Va., life-saving station reports to the maritime exchange that the schooner Rebecca, from New York to Norfolk, stranded on South Shoals, at the entrance to Chesapeake biy, at 4 o'clock this morn ing during a blinding snow storm. The crew of six men were rescued by the life savers, and were landed after a strug gle against a heavy surf. The schooner is leaking badly and she will probably be a total loss. NEGOTIATING FOB VESSELS. Canadian Pacific After Fleet of Elder Dempster Line. NEW YORK, February 17.-Sir William Van Horne, chairman of the board of the Canadian Pacific railway, who arrived here today from Havana, was asked whether it was correct that the CanlLdian Pacific was negotiating for the North Atlantic fleet of the Elder-Dempater line. He replied: "I do not know just how far the matter has gone, but we have been negotiating with the line for the purchase of from a dozen to a dozen and a half of their ships for some time. I cannot say just what number we have been figuring on, but it is somewhere between thove figures. "This move of ours is in no way an effort to compete with the Morgan combine for business or to divert any traffic from New York. The Canadian Pacific has plenty of busin'ess for a line of its own across the ocean." BATTLE SHIP MAINE IN STORM. Wind Blew Seventy Miles an Hour Off Cape Henry. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. PORTSMOUTH, Va., February 17.-A hurricane blew off this coast last night. In the city a velocity of thirty-six miles was reached. Down at Cape Henry the gale reached the frightful velocity of seventy miles an hour from the north. No disasters to the shipping are reported from that point. The government wire to Cape Hatteras is down. .The moet danger ous part of the wild North Carolina coast is cut off from communication. All shipping out In the storm fared badly. The battle ship Maine, bound for Hampton Roads, was In the storm, and she has not yet arrived. BIG CROWDS AT NEW OBLE ANS. XII. Boosevelt and Miss Root. Will Attend Ball Tonight. NEW ORLT MA S, February 17.-Carnival week opened with the city crowded with visitors. The opening social event of the week will be tonight, when the Atlanteans will give their annual ball sit the French Opera House. Miss Alice Roosevelt and Miss Root, daughter of the Secretary of War, have ac cepted invitations to attend. After dining with Mrs. John McIlhenny the party will proceed to the French Opera House, which is being decorated in honor of the Presi dent's daughter. Death of Er. Virgie |B. Site. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. HAGERSTOWN, Md., February 17.-Mrs. Virgie Bellman Site., wife of William E. Uitee, died suddenly last night. She was twenty-three years old and a daugter' of Mrs. Osear Bellman, ar., of Wksbin=ton, D. C., where she visited frequently. ReHieved to Nave Ruboado Plague, PA L1MrA, Island of Majarea, February 17. -The Italitan bark Ii, from Pman=sent=' 30eimber 1A fbr M assh a dati thByof Patunas wRt savesa of bssae theer w tlesbg th v o s e iii AT THE HfffHOUSE Large Number M Idim Received TOday. CORTELYOU AND LOEB BOTH TO TA1r OATH OR OFFICE AT BANE TINE. Pressure for Assistant eretary of New Department-Puindug Mr. Langley for Chief !lerk. The President received a large number of Indians, representing nearly all Ameriean tribes, this morning before the cabinet meeting. The red Men and women, mostly graduates of the Carlisle Indiaii School, have been to Carlisle attending the com mencement exercises there, and are in Washington on their return to their homes. They were a bright and intelligent lot of young people, and were warmly redeived by the President, who directed that the entire party be shown through the private apart ments of the White House, and especially the new state dining room, the walls of which are adorned with the heads of large game. The visitors were immensely pleased with this courtesy of the President. With the party were two of the chief men of the Winnebagoes, John Harrison and Walking Priest. They wore splendid fur overcoats, made by Winnebago Indians from coon skins. Representative Curtip of Kansas, who has some Kaw Indian blood in his veins, and is proud of it, ha?pened to call a. he White Aouse while the Indian visit ors were there. He placed himself at the end of the line and walked up the last one. "Well, here's the finest Kaw- in the coun try," said the President, as be recognized and greeted Mr. Curtis, of whom.he has a. high opinion. Mr. Cortelyou and Mr.. Lqeb. The Senate having confirmed the nomina tion of Mr. Cortelyou yesterday afternoon, the new Secretary of the Departisent of Commerce and Labor will take the osa of office in a few days and enter upon his work. Simultaneously .with the exit of Mr. Cortelyou from his position a4 the White House, William Loeb, Jr., will take the oath as secretary to President Roosevelt. Both will take the oath at the same time at the White House. Secretary Cortelyou wi enter upon his new work Ix time to at tend the next meeting of the cabinet, Fri day. An extra chair bab already been placed at the cabinet tabke fog his accom modation. Mr. Cortelyou has been recevng con gratulations ever since the firot intimation that his name would be sent to tpe Senate. This morning his desk was 114,ed with let ters and telegrams from frlehds and ad mirers the country over. Mr. Cortelyou's Asistant. The Department of Comueie, bill pro-, vides for but one assistant Secfetary, and for this there is daily importvnity at the White House. The labor interests have not yet presented a candidate or asked that they be accorded this recognition. Sena tore Kean and Dryden of NeW Jersey Are warmly advocating the nomination of Ira Harris of Bergen county, N. J. There are a dozen other candidates, an# the Presi dent will have to reach a decision as to the best one. He will consult with Secre tary Cortelyou about the selection before the-name is sent to the Senate. The Position of Chief Cldrk. Mr. Cortelyou is already receiving visits in the interest of appointments in his de partment. One of the best positions at his bestowal will be that of chief clerk. A large number of influential men are backing John W. Langley for the position, and will urge Mr. Cortelyou to select Mr. Lafngley because of his administrative and executive ability. In the building up of a new departnient Mr. Cortelyou will have to be, assisted by experienced and competent men, especially those possessing the power of Qrganization. Mr. Cortelyou has been inforted that Mr. 'Langley possesses all the desited requisites to an unusual degree, having organized, under Director Merriam's instructions, the census bureau. At one time there were over 4,000 employes on the census rolls. Mr. Langley's aid to Gov. 'Merriam is gen erally recognized. His chief support for the new position comes from senators and rep resentatives who saw and knew what he did as chief clerk of the census office. Mr. Langley Is now disbursing officer of the census bureau. Mr. Cortelyou will make the appointment in a few weeka_. James R. Gar4eld, whQ 1 'Ji be commis sioner of corporations ini thd-new depart ment, called on the Presidekt today and had a brief talk with him. *Senators Al drich, Spooner, Perkins and *2att of' New York were among the other alers. Dele gate Rodey of New Mezido ~eented two prominent citizens of that tz'tory-C. J. Gavin and C. M. Bayne. Mrs. Boosevelt Goes to Uladelphia. Mrs. Roosevelt left Washi gton ,at 12:45 o'clock today to visit her friend, Mrs. Brocks in Philadelphia.. $he~pl return to Washington tomorrow. Th engagement for this visit was made a lng time ago. Mrs. Roosevelt went In a rawing room car of the regular train at thaat hbur on the Pennsylvania road. The riahinsthme.Ang. The meeting of the imMittodawi devel oped nothing of serious - ponoe. g.kl the members, except one, wpWseot, pd the two hours- consumed . m)~eas1q were spent In an informal ju ne lagey f departmental ammts. C , - Secretary Hay pre 'the *inet the text of the protq waq. signed on behalf of the Unlti lag Vene zuela for the referen tt&~a~p this government against .ercan republic to arbitratio The status of the Pan$n~a5~t In the Senate again was p prehension is exprea~ tap not be ratified at the ng to the opposition ot t The option the United ana ma Canal Couzpanua en March 4. It Is even if the treatyth Senate at this asio=tna of ratibeations befob ~th Company by the termes o nw -agreed upon shall be aW by BOREAS: "HERE I THE DEPART1M.NT NOTIFIED. Information Received That the Block ade Has Been Raised. The Navy Department today received formal notice of the lifting of the Vene zuelan blockade ih the following cablegram from Commander Diehl of the Marietta, dated Wilhelmstaad, Feburary 17: "Raised blockade. War vessels withdrawn (from) all blockaded ports." It is not known what the destination of the several foreign men-of-war will be, other than that they will depart from Venezuelan waters. It is reported that they will not leave this station for some time. DEATHS IN THE ARMY. Victims of Disease in the Philippine Islands. Adjutant General Corbin has received the following list of deaths among troops in the Philippines since the last previous re port: Cholera, Max Napierala, Company F, 11th Infantry, February 2; John A. Dooley, Company C, 2fth Infantry, February 7. Typhoid fever, Daniel W. Myres, Company G, 11th Infantry,-February 1;. Asa S. Cald well, Company C, 27th Infantry, February & Dysent:ery, Guy C. Rambo, Company G, 11th Infantry, February 11. Diarrhoea, John P. Clark, Company G, 27th Infantry, February 8. Killed by natives (brawl), Floyd L. Sharp, Troop M, 1st Cavalry, Jan uary 30. Meningitis, George V. Alen, Com pany K, 28th Infantry, February 10. Ap pendicitis, Harmidas Viola, Company . G. 27th Infantry, February. 7. Toxaemia, Guy Williams, Company D, 27th Infantry, Feb ruary 4. Asphyxia, Edward Y. Whereat, Hospital Corps, February 8. Colitis, Emyel H. Williams, Company B, 11th Infantry, February 1. Drowned (body recovered), Schuyler C. Dabler, Company L, 28th In. fantry, February 9.. Pancreatitis, Guy A. Lush, Troop E, 15th Cavalry, February 4. Killed by corporal while prisoner, John P. Hartnett, Troop K, 6th Cavalry, Janu ary 24. 1rA TE AN ODOR OF SMOKE. Floor of a Gallery in the House Dis covered Afire. 'A roaring fire of oak logs in the fireplace in the democratic cloak room at the north east corer of -the hall of the House of Representatives ignited an electric wire molding in the floor of the public gallery above just before the session of the' House began at noon today. The fire was discov eredi by a doorkeeper in the gallery and ex tinguished with a bucket of water before damage to any extent had been done. The fire hose was hastily brought out for action, but its use was not necessary. But few persons were in the gallery and no dis tur'bance was caused by the fire. A few wisps of smoke 3which arose from the fire filled the hall with the odor of burning wood, but otherwise the members suffered no inconvenience when the House met a few minutes later. Agrictitural Congress in Rome. Signor Mayor des Planches, the Italian ambassador, has informed the- State De partment that .an agricultural congress will be held in Rome from April 19 to 23, 1903. A program of the congress is inclosed, and the ambassador extends a cordial invitation to private persons, as well .as to interested associations, to participate. A small entry fee of 20 francs is charged. Froirs the Austrian ambassador here the State Department has received notice of the International Exposition of Agriculture, to be held in Vienna from April 4 to 28, 1903. Attention of agriculturists is called to this exposition, the first ince 1894.- The exhibits will include live bees, apiaries, implements, bee products and artificial products, such -as wax bydromel honey wine and other products from honey or wax. Prsonal MEntion. .Brig. Gen. William FI. Bisbee. retired, formerly colonel of the 13th Infantry, is on a visit to this city and is at the Lanidmore. Col. Robert I. Fleming is conined to his house by .a bad attack of grip. BRM,u Oze., February $7-Tap eaae has passed thrEe Saber biba-ope to prohibit haiskiisting, ione to punish eooeption in jie AM AT LAT." COL. PRATT RETIRED. No Change in Superintendency of In dian. School Involved. An order was issued at the War Depart ment today by direction of the President, placing Col. Richard H. Pratt of the 13th Cavalry on the retired list, under the prd visions of a statute authorizing such action in the case of an officer who has reached the age of sixty-two yeare. Col. Pratt In best known to fame as superintendent of the Indian School at Carlisle, Pa., much of the success of which is generally ac knowledged to be due to his ability and intelligent direction. He has been in charge of that institution for more than twenty years and has consequently not performed any strictly military duty since he reached the grade of captain, which was his rank when originally detailed to Carlisle. He served in the volunteer army throughout the olvil war, having entered as a corporal in the 9th Indiana Infantry and being hon-' orably mustered out in May, 185, as a captain of the 11th Indiana Cavalry. He entered the regular establishment as sec ond lieutenant, 10th Cavalry, in March, 1867, and was subsequently attached to the 1st, 14th, 15th and 13th Regiments of Caval ry. -He was appointed colonel of the last named regiment, to succeed Col. E. M. Hayes (brigadier general retired) a few days ago, and the order for his retirement fcllowed close upon the notice of his confirmation by the Senate. It is said at the War Department that the retirement of Col. Pratt does not neces sarily involve any change in the superin tendency of the Carlisle Indian School. That office is filled by. detail from the army, and there is no requirement that its incumbent shall be an officer on the actinve st. The detail is wholly within the discretion of the President. PHILIPPINE CURRENCY B. To Be Subject of Conference Between .the .Two Houses. The Philippine currency bill, which passed the Senate yesterday, is to be made a. sub ject of conference between the two houses. The bill which passed the House provided for the extension of the fiscal system of the United States to the Philippines, while the Senate bill, which was made a substi tute for the House bill, follows the recom mendation of Secretary Hoot and Commis fioner Taft; aid provides 6oe a distinct Philippine coinage at the ratio of 32 to 1. This latter proposition igas defeated In the House by twentyeight republican members joining with the democrats. The prediction is made that the Senate bill will ultimately prevail. -Decreased Cotton Yield in Asia. Reporting' to the State Department from St. Petersburg on the cotton yield in central Asia during 1902, Consul General Holloway. says that the figures justi published by the Russian statistical bureau for 1902 show a decrease of 13.1 per cent from the year pre vious, especially in cotton from American seed.. A decrease. of 31.9 per cent in the cultivated district Is also reported. Accord ing to the report, it is expected that the total yield of cotton .in central Asia will aggregate about 4,900,000 poods (176,948,00 pounds); that grown fromn American. seed is estimated at 2,700,000 - poods (97,502,400 pounds). - against i$,900,000 poods (838,800> pounds)' in 1901. -Army Orders. Leaves of absence have been granted as follows: Second Lieut. James R. Moxisy, Philippine Scouts, one month; Firs~t Lieut. Charlej E. Morton; 16th Infantry, three months; Capt. William N. Bl'ow, ir., 15th Infantry, gne month on surgeon's certificate of disability, and Second Lieut. John B. Shuman, 28th Infantry, two months on sur geon's certificate of disability. First Lieut. Robert B. Power., 7th Cay alrir, and Second LUeut. Robert Sterrett, 4th Cavalry, have been ordered to examination for promotion. First Lieut. Hanson B. d1ack, ordanm departmseat, has been ordered. to Fort Mon roe, Va.. en oSeisl businoes-pertsining' to the test of 4 type subaliber tube at tip,t aest. The cheapest, quicEest an easiest way to convey useful in formation to the citizens of ainr communhy is by the use of the columns of a widely' circulate4 local newspaper, like The Even., ing Star. REJOICES OVER PEACE Xing Edward FormaHy Opens Parliaments DELIVERS AN ADDRESS REREBS TO ADrUWTET O1 VE. EZUTA1' TWOURLM Alaskan Boundary, BaUkan Questica a4d Progress of Events in South Africa. LONDON, February 17.-King Edward, accompanied by Queen Alexandra and sur rounded by the court and all the officers of' state, opened parliament this afternoon. Early in the morning the yeoman of the guard searched the vaults of the house, as usual, for imaginary conspirators. The movements of the troops taking up post tions along the route of the procession fol lowed, so the crowds which had been at tracted by the fine weather and desire to witness the royal pageant did not lack en tertainment during the long wait. The Royal Procession. The royal procession, consisting of si:; state carriages escorted by life guards, left. Buckingham Palace at 1:30 p.m. Their majesties were seated In the last carriage, which was drawn by the eight Hanoverian horses which have figured in all the recent royal ceremonies. The king and queen reach4d the Victoria tower through the Mall, the horse guards and Whitehall. All the great officers of the state In varied uniforms were assembled at the royal entrance of the house of peers to receive the king. The procession, which was identical with that of the previous similar ceremony formed and headed by the pursuivantsm heralds marched to the robing room, their majesties being immediately preceded b:r the sword of state, carried by the Marquis of Londonerry. Procession Beformed. After the robing the procession reforme4 and, with a blast of trumpets, advanced to the peers' chamber, the Duke of Devon shire, lord president of the council, pre ceding their majesties with the imperiaI crown, which he carried on a cushion. The king then seated himself on the throne with the lords bearing the cap -of maintenance and the sword of state stand ing on his -right and left. - The queen sat on the left of the king an4 the Prince of Wales on his right. The members of the house of commons were then summoned and on their arrival the lord high chancellor, Earl Halsberrr, kneeling, handed the king the speech, wal his majesty read from the steps of th throne, as follows: Kig Edwaxs Speech. "My lords and gentlemen-My relations with all the foreign powers continuoi friendly. "The blockade of the Venesuelan port* has led to negotiations for the addustment of all the matters in dispute. I rejoice that a settlement has now been arrived at whiC4, has justified the blockading powers in bring, ing all hostile naval operations to an Imme diate close. "Negotiations have taken place for an 94* justment of the questions which have arisen: in regard t,o the boundary of my posses sions In North America and that of the ter ritory of Alaska.' A treaty providing tor the reference of these questions to an ar bitral tribunal has been signed and ratified." Referred to Balkan Question. The speech next referred to the Balkan question, saying: *"The condition of the European provincS of Turkey gives cause for serious anxiety, I have used my best efforts to impress om the sultan and his ministers the urgent nee$ of practical, well-considered measureso reform." AMter -noting that Austria and Russia have4 been considering the reforms which the sigi natories of the treaty of Berlin should. recommend to the sultan, the speech a "I trust that the proposals will provesu ficient for the purpose, and that I shall nG it possible to give them my hearty support.A~ The lcing next. mentioned t.he Aden IH.y terland dispute and the Somailliand expedi.. tion. and then turned to South Africa, o which subject he said: Progress of Events in South Africa. "The progress of events in South Afrieg has been satisfactory. The visit ofth colonial secretary has already been pro-; iuctive of the happiest results, and the opportunity it has provided for personal conferences with Lord Milner and the min. aters of the self-governing colonies an~ the representatives of ali interests an opinions~ has greatly conduced to a smootlh adjustanent of many difficult questions and to the removal of mnany occasions of miss understanding." After referring to the Kano (Nigeria) emt pedition and the Indian durbar the kig King Greeted With Bathuan "I am glad to be able to tate that the. atter imposing ceremony coincided with the disappearance of the drought and agri. buntural distress in western India, and that. the prospects for both agriculture and comn merce throughout my Indian empire are, more encouraging and satisfact*ry than fow soene tine past." The speech concluded with an intimattorW. that the budget estimates of the expenditure would inevitably be-large, and with promis ing the introduction of bills dealing with tase Krish land question. London education, sugar bounties and the London docks. In regard to the Irish measure, the king said: Regarding the Irish Measure. "It will, I trust, complete the series og mreasures which have already done much to substitute singie ownership for the costl and unsatisfactory conditions still attadhing to the tenure of agricultural land over a large portion of Ireand." He laid pecial emphael. on the wordS "igned and ratifie4" in the pararah4 his speech referring to the Alaa= sriy, skewing evi t sasacdan at the be that be- was -beemae se an a mounqement. Tlhe klag ad Ainesn rtmnad to Bucking baen P4a tjek is~w every. at mamen=ae li st the eraannehs of b..ea thi *Spegee the.=eakrar Mr. ElySy s-*aimSWeech to a eege timeal iader Mr en' 10 sm tedE en the