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No. 15,6W7. WASHINGTON, D- 0., MO110 Y . I* 25 190 SITE AE.-TOC-T
THU NVEM BTAt FUINaIND DAILY, NICE? OUDAT. bo ran - u agi med Nmqbms ANr. The flvsiug Sar Newspapr Onmemq. . . EMAUWEAM, Pr11t. Ne Tak Gls: raba. aniWfg oinsmge 011: Trmame Uming. The ZEemnag Star is served to subscribers t3 the city bp earriers, on their own aceouat, at 10 eents per week, or 44 cents per mouth. Copies at the Conter. 2 cents each. By mall-anywhere in the U. I. or Canada-postage prepaid-80 ests per imanth. - astaday star. 32 $1 per rear; with he Olg postage added,. g. (Entered at the Post DIe at Washington, D. 0. aM Merced-claw mail matter.) E7Al mail subscriptions 1m1t be paid in advanee, Rates e advertising made knowa em applcatio. TWENTY-ONE KILLED Death and Dastruction in Tornado's Path. RELIEF TRAIN SENT WIRES AE DOWN AND DETAILS ARE fEAGE. Entire Town of Fairfeld, Neb., Report ed Wrecked-Fiercest Storm in Years. LINCOLN, Neb., May 25.-A tornado that passed near Norman. and later struck Pauline and the intervening country, early today caused heavy damage and many lives are reported lost. At 11 o'clock it is believed the death list will number twenty-one, while many others are known to have been injured. Details are meager, wires being down in all directions. Nine of the victims were found dead and eleven people are still missing. The injured, as far as reported, will num ber twelve. Known dead: James C. Mumaw, Pauline. Mrs. James C. Mumaw, Pauline. Edith Mumaw, Pauline. Frank Quigg. Pauline. Lizzie Palmer. Pauline. Jeanette Palmer, Pauline. Mrs. Earl Bacon. Norman. Mrs. John Welliver. Norman. John McCurdy. Norman. The Missing. Nell McSwain. Fairfield. Peter Johns, living near Brockton. Peter Hockinson and eight members of his family. living near Fairfield. Among the twelve injured all are from Fairfield. The following persons among the injured are said to be dangerously hurt: John McReynolds. Charles Taylor. Mrs. Noble Lindsey. Storm's Frightful Work. MINDEN, Neb., May 25.-A tornado struck fifteen miles south of Norman, a small town near here, early today, demol ishing fifteen buildings, killing three per sons and injuring a dozen others. The dead: Mrs. Earl Bacon, Mrs. Welli ver, John McCurdy. Seriously injured: Mr. Welliver, -hip broken. Storm's Path Eastward. From Norman, which is a town of about 104) inhabitants, situated on what Ap called the "high line" of the Burlington railway, the path of the storm lay east to Pauline, a little station on the Prosser branch of the Missouri Pacific railway. From Pauline it proceeded in a south easterly direction, finally losing its force southwest of Fairfield. Death and Wreckage. The entire town of Fairfield. which had about thirty-five houses, is reported wreck ed, and it is said that three persons were killed and others injured. The Missouri Paciflc has sent a relief train to the scene. Fairfield reports many farm houses wrecked in Clay. Adams and Kearney counties, and eight persons are reported killed in the district near Fairfield. Wires are down in many directions and details are meager. A tornado struck the town of Elmo, near here, early today. unroofing stores and lit tering the town with the debris of out houses, barns and trees. Tornado at Bolfe. DES MOINES, Iowa, May 25>.-A tor nado struck the town of Rolfe, seventy miles west of here, late yesterday, killing Fong Foo, a laundryman; fatally injuring a child and wrecking the State Bank build ing, Crayon's general store, the Hotel de * Main and one other building. Several residences were damaged. Worst in Twenty Years. ROCHIESTER. Minn., May 25.-The worst storm in twenty years raged here last night and several streets in the city were flooded. The Zumbro river rose five feet in two hours and many houses and yards were under water. A cloudburst is reported at Rock Dell and some stock was drowned. The Chicago and~ Northwestern railway track near Dover was washed out for 2001 yards. Waters Receding. OKLAHOMA CITY, Okia., May 25.-The waters that covered the southern end of Oklahoma City and a portion of Enid fromi the cloudburst near here Saturday mid night are receding today, and no further damage is expected. The homeless are being cared for, and it is believed that no serious suffering will - result. Fierce Wind at Suffolk, Va. Special Dispastch to The' Etvenng Star. SI'FFOLK, Va., May 25.-A wind storm last night blew over a store, church and lumber shed at Demmitt, Prince George county, Va. The store and shed belonged to the Camp Manufacturing Company of Franklin. Va. There was considerable damaige to farm property. CLOUDBURST NEAR RICHMOND. Water Washes Away Track and Wrecks Twelve Cars. specini tbispatchl to The' Evening Star. Rt IHMOND. Va.. May 25.-Twelve freight cars were demolished early this morning on the Richmond. Fredericksburg and Poto mac railroad near Glen Allen, ten miles from this city. The tracks were washed away by a cloud burst, which filled the streams and fish ponds in the estate of Capt. John Cussons. An hour before the tracks gave way a fast train of the Atlantic Coast Line passed TRAIL OP DEATH AND DISASTER. Details of Accidents in Auto Race - Cause Sensation. I'MAGtS, Mny 23.-The trail of death and disaster' following the start Sunday morn 3ng from. Versailles of the Paris-Madrid *iaumoble race has caused a profound sensation. Rteports from along the route of the first stage to )lordeaux continue to give details ef the ':*.rkous accidents, and' these are eausing faar greater attention than the rame. Which~ hia practically been~ abandoned owing to the interdiction of the govern m'ent .o its being continued in Freneh ter - 3ADP-1D, Mny 25.-The Spanish govern * sent hag prohited- the eennetmae. of along, being followqd by a freight. Engineer C. M. Keeton of the latter was Injured, though not seriously. The tracks are blocked and traffic over the road will be delayed several hour, COMPLETING PACIFIC CABLE, Ship Anglia Left Manila for Island of Guam Today. MANILA, May 25.-The cable ship Ang11, which Is engaged In laying the Pacific ca ble, departed for the Island of Guam today. It Is estimated that the trip will occupy eight weeks. The end of the cable has been succm fully landed at Malate. ADMITTED SHE TIET. Mrs. Bedford Fined in London Police Court. LONDON, May 2.-Mrs. Gunning S. Bed ford, who was arrested at Queenstown May 16 on the arrival there from New York of the steamer Umbria. charged with making a false declaration of a child's birth, was brought up on remand at the Bow street police court here today and pleaded guilty. She admitted that the child was not her own and said she had adopted it. Mrs. Bedford was fined $50. IMPORTANT A RMY CHANGES. Some Results of the Retirement of XaJ. Gen. G. W. Davis. Many important changes In the army will result from the statutory retirement of Maj. Gen. Geo. W. Davis, commanding the division of the Philippines. He will be suc ceeded In that command for a short time at least by Maj. Gen. James F. Wade, re cently promoted, who will in turn be suc ceeded by Gen. Leonard Wood, who Is ex pected to become a major general on the retirement of Lieut. Gen. Miles in August next. Brig. Gen. Samuel S. Sumner, the senior officer of his grade, will be promoted a major general on the retirement of Gen. Davis, but before his appointment is made It Is possible that other brigadiers may be promoted and retired. Among the officers mentioned as entitled to advanced rank on the retired list are Brigadier Commissary General John F. Weston, Paymaster Gen eral A. E. Bates and Brig. Gen. A. W. Greely, chief signal officer. PAYMASTER DELT.AlO'S ACCOUNTS His Case Being Considered by a Board of Officers. The case of Assistant Paymaster P. W. Delano, lately attached to the gunboat Isla de Luzon, recently returne'd from the Phil ippines, Is still under consideration at the Navy Department. An examination of his official accounts Is now In progress by a board consisting of Paymaster E. W. Bo naffin and Assistant Paymasters W. C. Fite and Alvin H. King. Ensign A. W. Pressey of the naval intelligence office, and former ly judicial officer at Guam, is the legal representative of Paymaster Delano, and is looking after his interests in the pending investigation. It is reported that Paymaster Delano is short In his accounts, and the pending in vestigation will determine whether the case Is one calling for court-martial proceedings. Meanwhile Paymaster Delano is under sus pension. A QUESTION AS TO COAL. Controller Says It Can Be Purchased if Necessary. The Secretary of War has made inquiry of the controller of the treasury whether he will be authorized to purchase a car load of Pocahontas coal for the State. War and Navy building. Secretary Root states that It is desired to use this car load, fifty tons, in experimeiting, the object being to determine whether the coal can be burned without producing smoke, that being the claim for it. The request sets forth that the present contract price for white ash fur nace coal is $4.88 per ton, and that the Po cahontas coal will cost $5.50. The control ler, In his answer, states that there Is au thority for the purchase of the coal if it is necessary for the public service. GEN. WESTON ILL Is Being Treated at Baltimore for an Affection of the Lungs. Gen. John F. Weston, commissary gen eral of subsistence of the army, Is quite se riously ill at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Bal timore. where he went for special treat ment for an affection of the lungs. The physicians have as yet been , unable to reach the seat of trouble, which causes considerable anxiety among his friends. FRAUDULENT NATUR ALI.ZA TION. Thousands of Papers Sold to Arriving Immigrants. It was stated by immigration officials this afternoon that the thousands of fraudulent naturalization papers sold to arriving Im migrants at New York had not apparently been issued to aid the admission of Immi grants. Their primary object was to per mit male Immigrants to secure work on the subway and other improvements In Ner York. Under the laws of New York .only citizens could work on improvemefits of that kind, and to secure compliance with the law bureaus were started up for the dishing Out of fraudulent naturalisation pa pers. Immigration officials, however, are watching the outcome of the arrests and prosecutions, as, if such papers should get Into general use, Immigrants could send them back to friends In Europe for use in gaining admission to this country. Chief Wilkie of the secret service has re ceived Information that at least 5,000 aliens were given these certinicates and charged exorbitant prices for them, too. In some cases as much as 250 was paid for a fraudu lent certificate. Secret service agents are* at work in a number of large cities. They are tearing up the papers when found. Prosecutions will be conducted in as many cases as possIble. Two printing companies were printing and turning out the papers for sale. Passed Preliminary nEzanination' Sergeant James B. Nalle, 47th Company, Coast Artillery, and CorporalJohn J. Bur leIgh. 13th Company, Coast Artillery, hav ing successfully passed the preliminary ex amination have been ordered to Fort Leavenworth,,Kan., for instructions prepa ratory to taking the final competitive ex amination for appointment as second lieu tenants in the army. Ordered to Vancouver Barracks. Captain David DuB. Glaillard, Corps of Engineers, a member of the general staff, now at Duluth, Itin., has beien ordered to Vancouver barracka, Weaslngen bad :will report to the coniandeir geeal Depart ment of the Colombia for spiacial dnty. Major Sedgwick Pratt -ArtUiery Corps, also a member of the 6e '",,.taff. has beam edesed to elea0e ieial bud oes at Enitt Wadaw . .am# pM. ese tbo Dr--..--- gesL t nr: Ca ak DEATHS BY HUNDREDS Heartrending Details of Suf fering by Famine TOLD BY MISSIONARY XOTWESEL~ DEVU&INTO LIVES OF SLAVERY Merely for Bottle of Rice-Thousands Will Perish Unless Speedy Belief is Given. VICTORIA, B. C., May 25.-The steamer Indravelli brought news from the orient last night of continued war preparations. Japanese correspondents at Peking tell of large guns arriving over the Trans-Siberian railway for Newchwang. The war feeling in Japan continues and war preparations are still going on. Heartrending details of the suffering and death of families as a result of the famine in Kwangsi were given in Hongkong papers received by the Indravelli. Dying by Hundreds. Mr. Hess, a missionary at Wu Chow, who has been investigating on behalf of the Hongkong charities, says that, owing to three successive failures of crops, people are starving and dying by hundreds. During March and April it is computed that 30,000 people were sold, men selling themselves for employment in the Straits Settlements, and the women and children being sold Into slavery on the coast. Famished Beyond Help. Story after story of distress was told by the missionary. He told of famished peo ple dying in the act of eating when food was brought to them, of people reduced to skeletons being abandoned and of mothers selling daughters into lives of slavery for a mere bottle of rice. It was said by the missionary's report that thousands would perish unless speedy relief is given. Pirates of Hongkong. Hongkong papers tell of the piracy of a fishing junk by armed Chinese just outside of Hongkong harbor. The crew was over powered and the vessel looted. Manila papers publish details of the wreck of the Norwegian bark Prince George, which was on the overdue list some time ago. She went ashore on the south coast of Basilah, April 7. Her crew of three were picked up by the United States coastguard cutter Tablas and landed at Zamboanga. WIBELESS TELEGRAPH TEST. War Vessels From Three Countries Pre paring to Make One. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. NEWPORT- NEWS, Va., May 23.-The French cruiser La Tage arrived at Old Point yesterday morning and a salute of twenty-one guns was given her from the fort. The German cruiser Gazelle Is also at Old Point. With the arrival of the American vessels Topeka. Nevada and Prairie there will take place, a wireless telegraphy test in which the three governments will participate. La Tage and Gazelle each have wireless instruments aboard and the test Is to de termine if they can intercept and appropri ate wireless messages sent from one to another of the American ships. It is said thit the systems are all simi lar, the distinctive difference being alone in the codes prepared by the governments. TO BE PHYSICALLY EXA MINED. Candidates for Naval Academy Notifted to Appear. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 25.-There seems to be a greab deal of misunderstanding by candidates for the Naval Academy as re gards reporting here in June for physical examinations. The list of candidates hav ing either principal or alternate appoint ment who passed the mental tests in April and May has already been published. In some districts both principal and alternate were successful, and in others only the al ternate passed. In the former case the principal comes up first. and if he is physi cally disqualified then his alternate has a chance, and -in the latter case, of 'course, the alternate is notified to appear. Notifi cations are now being sent out by Superin tendent Brownson to the candidates to ap pear for the physical examination. I.. Acceptance of Submgrine Boats. Orders have been given at the Navy De partment for the preliminary accepta nce of1 the submarine torpedo boats Grampus and Pike. built by the Union iron works and re cently delivered at the Mare Island navy yard. For Delivery of the Florida. Arrangements have been made for the de livery at the New York navy yard tomorrow of the monitor Florida, built by Louis Nixon at Elisabethport, N. J. It is expected that this vessel will be put into commission in a short time. Detailed in Inspeetor General's Depart ment. It is expected that several officers will shortly be detailed for .duty in the inspec tor general's department. Among those said to have been selected for such detail are Lleut. Col. Frank West, 5th Cavalry; LUeut. Col. Chas. A. Williams, 28th In fantry, and Maj. William A. Nichols, 21st Infantry. A Silver Dell for the Denver. The cruiser Denver will shortly receive from the citizens of Denver a large bell made of silver from the state of Colorado. It weighs 375 pounds and cost nearly $3,000, It was first exhibited during the parade in Denver in honor of the Presideunt upon the occasion of his visit to that city on May 4. Quahifed fer Appointment. Four civilian candidates have qualified In their eiamination for appointment as sec ond lieutenants in the army. They are C. P. Hodges. at large; W. '. Motlow of Ten-. nessee. G. E. Nelson of Verzheat and B. If. Tarbutton of Maryland. Mr. Hodges Is the son, of Maj. Hodges, 28d .Infantry, now on duty In the Philippines. The NWe Direetor ist the Census. Tbe manounement has cbeen 'ml that Dr. S. T. D. North 3wil1 not taas oga of the census bureau until June 8. nbeer lgnation el Dbmse Em nimat g ef~e that date~ -sselL STILL IN EnIM'ENCE OPINON .OdE CZnrK PARK COMISU[ON. Is charged Witk t1 ftts for Which It Was Appcintei-Xr. Duva1Fs Vie According to an opintofr rendered today to the District ronsminrsh bf the corpora tion counsel; A. B. Dtidil, thie Rock Creek Park commission, appointed a number of years ago, and consisting of Messrs. Sam uel P. Langley, Henry V! BoyNton and Rich ard Welghtman, .who were to serve in con nection with the chief-of engineers of the United States army, is.stilin existence. The question as to thu existence of the commission came up in a letter of inquiry from Mr. Thomas Ryan!,frst.assistant -sec retary of the interior, v|bo-1!@ted that the department had no record at to the com mission's completion o'f Jts dWiles, and was also without knowledg- as to its continu ance. It was desired- tbpt the status of the commission be fixed pridt to the issue' of a new registry of officers the appointment of the commission having' been sunder the In terior Department. - In his opinion Mr. Duvall resounts the ap pointment of the commission End details its work. He says the act of IUO- calling for the appointment of 'the oenmission provided that after its members had asbertained the value of the land proppsed to be taken for the park should assess suchproportion of the cost upon the lands, lois and blocks specially benefited by regon o. te location and improvement of the, parkC as nearly as might be in proportionjo bi4'benefits re sulting to such real estate. "One-half of the cost of- Rock Creek Park was charged upon the revenues of the Dis trict of Columbia, and, made payable in four equal annual installmentX with inter est at the rate of 3 per centuni per annum. "The park thus established -was placed under the joint control of the Commission ers of the District of Cojynbia and the chief of engineers of the United States army. Legislative Provision. "The act of Congresq having directed that all proceddings for the condemnation, etc., should be in the name of the United States and managed by the gommission, the Commissioners, en May I0. 1801, filed their petition in the Supreme Court -of the Dis trict of Columbia; by appropriate proceed ings the appraisers were appointed by the court and the value of the land appraised by them duly paid. "Thereafter the commission having giv en public notice, heard testirny respect ing the assessment of beefits, and on De cember 8, 1898, filed their report in said cause stating, among other things, that 'they do determine such benefies to be in appreciable at this time and not sufficient to be indicated by a money value.' On April 12. 1808, the commission gave public notice of the filing of thetlreport, and that on April 25, 1809, they would apply to'the court for appropriate action thereon. No' action, however,'-was taken WU' the court upon the report of the cdmmisdion, and no further proceeding ane'ars of, record in said cause. "The act of Congress fpr 't1 establish ment of Rock Creek P b:y which the board of commissioner% kppointed and charged with the dut9 concerning the as sessment for benefits by reason of the lbca tion and improvement-of the park, makes no provision for the ldissolution or discharge of .said board. The dut'y imposed appears to be a continuing duty; apparently that duty would not have been finally met even if the commissine' had in the first instance made an assessment and reported it to the court for confirmation, for the court was empowered to order a new assessment, in whole or in part. "I am therefore of the opinion that un der said act of Congress the Rock Creek Park commission continues in existence, charged with the duty of assessing benefits upon such land as is specially benefited by reason of the location and improvement of the park." The opinion has been approved by the District Commissioners, and will be for warded to the first assistant secretary of the interior. WAR DEPARTXENT GHANGES. Official Announcemert ~ of Appoint ments and. Promotions. Changes in the classified service of the War Department are announced as follows: Appointments under civil service rules: Office of the adjutant,- gen-ral-Therrett Towles of the District of'Columbia, clerk at $900; Richard C. Weitias of New York, clerk at $900. Office of the inspector gen eral-Warren H. Orcutt of Maine, clerk at $1,800. Office of the quartermaster gen eral-Mrs. Susan Y. Egerton of Virginia, clerk at $840. Bureau of-insular affair Miss Jane S. Fair of Maine, clerk at 8840. Promotions: Office of chief of ordnance Miss Mary R. Donnelly of Missouri, from clerk at 83000 to clerk at $11)00); Frederic Geilinger of West Virginia, from clerk at 8840 to clerk at $900. Btireau of insular affairs-W. Leon Pepperman lof Alabama, from clerk at $1.800 to chief clerk at $2,0t00 M. Drew Carr-el -of Illinois, from clerk et $1,200 to clerk at 81,400; Miss Essie Wahling of the District of Coluxabia, from clerk at 81,000 to clerk at 81,200' Fr'ank W. Legge of West Virginia, from cierk at $900 to clerk at 81,000; Miss Carrie '. - Kreuttner of Texas, from clerk at 8840-.to clerk at $900. Resignations: Office of the -adjutant gen eral-Miss Mary G. Wattsof Pennsylvania, clerk at 81,200. Offie of the inspector gen-" eral-Otis B. Goodall of "e Hampshire, clerk at 81,800. Office of te -4uartermaster general-R. J. Leary of abama, skilled typewriter at 81,000; Wil am H. Whiteside of Maryland, clerk at 8. Office of the chief of ordnance-Mrs,- Anna H. White of California, clerk at 81,00)0. 'Bureau of in sular affairs-John KC. -Wod of West Vir ginia, clerk at 8900; Miss Louisa M. Noel of New York, clerk at Mj PORTUNE numraKh URNED Erazilan .Governmelit) Ndb molding Large Amoun i rs. Although Brazil is -jaw passing through a season of en*ancial de pression, United State.s -' Consul Gben emal Irvine at Rio de Jnaroi says in a r'e port to the State D~ejin'tmat Ameri can trade will have an pnMeB opening as soon as conditions imn 'e Trade in Brazil, he says, .m ust l'i l as in the United States, "By au .umremitting effort and honest, just"gasmme - . Warning fortune see amst coming to Brasil he says: "Many letters comefomtn as to persons who to hav died, leaving almos. jEu fortunS, which the Brazilian Wonint is hold ing pending the aproeof the heirs. Brasil is not a cutd n e'y much- for tunes." Amoepts Position ta 5e T!fansvaal. C. B, .Simpson of the bureau of- anto mology of th e ee Agricuture has been ten gsgrament of the Tnva ahgegt2pohWu TWENTY-FOUR HOURS Mr. Payne is Just That Far Behind. HIS STATEMENT TODAY HE- HAD BEEN AWAY AND BE TUENED THIS AFMERNOON. Mr. Christiancy Was at the Office To day and Answered Some Questions -Tulloch's Comments. "I am just twenty-four hours behind the post office investigation," remarked Post master General Payne this afternoon. Mr. Payne had just reached the department from the station, after spending Sunday at Gettysburg with Secretary Shaw. Mr. Payne said he had not received any reports from Fourth Assistant Bristow or other officials working on the investigaton, but expected to before night. The Postmaster General was enthusiastic over the trip to Gettysburg. He has spent the most Interesting day of his life, he de clared, in going over the old battle ground. Neither he nor the Secretary of the Treas ury had eyer visited Gettysburg before. The work of the commission in erecting monu ments as markers of the points of interest on the battlefield was warmly commended by Mr. Payne. Mr. Christiancy Examined. George A. C. Christiancy. law clerk of the Post Office Department, who was given an indefinite leave of absence as the result of the abstraction by Mrs. Tyner of papers from the safe in the office of the assistant attorney general, was at the department today, and was examined as to matters in the office. Inspectors engaged in the in vestigation of the department have been very busy recently in the assistant attor ney general's office, and there have been a number of secret conferences between Fourth Assistant Postmaster General Bris tow, Assistant Attorney General Robb and the inspectors. Kr. Tulloch's Comments. Seymour W. Tulloch, former cashier of the Washington post office, sees some weak ness in the replies of Controller Tracewell and Auditor Castle to his criticism of the administration of postal affairs. Mr. 'Tul loch's comments made yesterday are as fol ."No doubt Mr. Heath will appreciate be ing relieved 6f the responsibility of causing the removal of Mr. Gilmer," said he. "The charge that he did not leave receipts for accounts is recent and very lame. All such papers should have* been charged to Mr. Gilmer by the file clerks,; as they 'doubtless were. They could only be obtained upon regular file' order,' and we're usually deliv ered to him indbulk by the controller's own moasener. There could have been no mo tive at all for Mr. Gilmer to obtain papers in an irregular manner, In all Mr. Trace well's public Interviews heretofore .upon ths subjedt he has never referred to. such a charge. It is plainly an after-thought. "But Mr. Tracewell's reply is far from being complete. He omits to state that as a result of the examination of the quarter ended September 30, 1898, it was well known that it was the litention of Mr. Gilmer to complete a thorough investigation of the succeeding accounts of the Washington of fice; that he had already commenced upon the account of December 31, 1898; that while so engaged Mr. Lawshe of Indiana, the deputy auditor, came to the treasury build ing and personally removed the bulky ac ount, stating to Mr. Gilmer that Mr. Trace well had agreed there should be no further investigation; that Mr. Tracewell, who was absent at the time, confirmed Mr. Lawshe's statement upon his return; that Mr. Gilmer afterward, for his own personal protec tion, wrote out the verbal instruction to leave New York and Washington alone, and had it signed by Mr. Tracewell. "Mr. Tracewell, Instead of condemning Mr. Gilmer, should really take some credit for the effect of his revision. It produced consternation in the office of First Assistant Postmaster General hIeath. Persons upon the complimentary roll were-hurriedly or dered to report somewhere for duty; one was told to dust the postmaster's inkstand every morning, and it took some time for matters to quiet down. Reply of Auditor Castle. "As regards the-reply of Auditor Cas tle, I want to say that at the time of the revision by Mr. Gilmer he was an.entire stranger to. me. I afforded him no as sistance in his work, except that I would not lie to protect prominent officials when asked direct questions. "Mr. Castle states that the whole result of the revision was the disallowance of exactly (7. . That was something, for one quarter at least, after every effort to pass the account had been made by both the Treasury and Post Offce Departments. Hundreds of dollars were passed by the controller, which he could not approve, upon the proviso that the irregular prac tices should be discontinued, and also after salaries had been Increased to offset other disallowances. "But was the disallowanice of $7 the only result? In spite of the statement by Mr. Castle that Mr. Gilmer's objections were abandoned or overruled by the controller; In spite-of the fact that 'Mr. Gilmer was new to postal work and raised irrelevant questions,' and in spite' ot' the fact that the accounts had been lyreviously passed by the auditor, were not the following results obtained in accordance with promises made by the Post Offce Department? Were not all postmasters directed to submit their offce pay rolls in the manner suggested, showing the offcial designation of the employe, an nual salary and dates of service; have not payments to physicians since been declared Ilegal; did it not follow that-all contracts for rental of post offce buildings and sta tions were ordered filed with the auditor; that proper vouchers were ordered printed for official advertising; that payments on account of the 'complimentary' rolls had to be transferred to other appropriations, and were not, disallowed on the ground of service performed; that street car tickets wefe ordered to be purchased from the com panies and issued as required~ instead of eash allowances for ame to employes; that vouchers for telegrams were ordered to be accompanied by copies of the messages ex eept when offecally certified that the miss ing messages were confldential; that pay rolls correct in' form were ordered printed for railway postal clerks; also for letter marriers; that affidavits with regard to serv ices performed were required from parties wrho f'ound' it convenient to furnish same, and that some of them never did? - ayment of Douable Salawius. "Among the incidental expenses of the tree delivery service suspended were for ialarles to certain employee who were' also paid foi .the same services for the game period by .the Departeat of Justice, andl the treasury offlils wes aware ef the "With regard to tie pamu to af twaw it plain how at times when be was so dis posed he would hold certain expenditures illegal and extravagant, and disallow same, in spite of the decision 'of the Supreme Court he quotes, stating he has sp power to review, revise, or altar items. Nor does Mr. Castle explain how he legally advised Mr. Willett that It would be Impossible to recover ultder the bond of Mr. Sherman P. Bristow the $3X,0 shortage at Ponce, and accepted a small sum in compromise. on account of the decision of the -Supreme Court. that Porto Rico was held by the military, and that our civil and criminal laws did not extend thereto. Since then Mr. Willett died and his account had been closed some two or three years previous to this decision. "The statement that the accounts In Mr. Gilmer's possession were constantly need ed by the auditor is absurd to those fa miliar with such matters. The accounts were closed, but balances carried forward upon the books provided and the papers filed away for preservation only." It was stated yesterday by a friend of Mr. Gilmer that the paper which he is ac cused by Controller Tracewell of abstract ing was not an offlcial paper at all. now one that should have been included with ac counts. It was simply the rough draft of a letter Mr. Gilmer prepared about the working plan for the investigation of the Washington city post office. Ordinarily the paper would have been thrown in the waste basket. but as Mr. Gilmer had made some personal memoranda on it, he pre served It. The copy of the letter itself was, of course, kept in Controller Tracewell's bureau. LIEUT. XcCOACH IS ISSING. t t Ordered to Port Xonroe for Enam.ina tion for Promotion. . Special Dispatch t The Evening Star. NEWPORT NEWS, Va., May 25.-First Lleut. David McCbach, who was recently ordered to Fort Monroe for examination for promotion to a captaincy, has left his quarters at the hotel where he was under arrest, and cannot be located. On the morning set for the examination he was not on hand. and an officer was sent to the Chamberlin Hotel for him. It I was said he had gone to Norfolk. where t he spent the night, and later when he i showed up he was put under arrest for t conduct unbecoming an officer and a gen- v tleman. Friday afternoon he took the street cars e at Old Point and .ame In the direction of Newport News, but has not since been seen. .His wife arrived from Philadelphia Friday evening, but returned Saturday without see Ing her soldier husband. Lieutenant McCoach Is said to be of a wealthy family in Philadelphia, and was appointed to the army since the Spanish American war. t Naval Orders. Cant. H. N. Manney and Lieut. Com mander B. A. Fiske, to Coasters Harbor Island, Narragansett bay. R. I., for course C of Instruction at the Naval War College. Lieut. Commander F. J. Schell, from the Naval Academy, Annapolis. Md., to the Indiana, as Instructor in navigation. C Lieut. E. T. Pollock, from the Naval t] Academy, Annapolis, Md., to the Chesa- 1 peake. - Lieut. G. F. Cooper, from the Chesapeake e to the. Hartford as Instructor of navigation. , Lieut. G. W. Laws, from the Naval Acad emy, Annapolis, Md., to the Indiana as In. structor of marine engineering. Lieut. M.* E. Trench, from the Sandoval to the Hartford as Instructor of marfne en gineering. Gunner W. G. Moore, from the Franklin to the navy yard, Norfolk, Va., for duty In I ordnance department of that yard. t] Gunner F. A. McGregor, from the navy 12 yard, Puget sound. Washington, to Coast ers Harbor Island, Narragansett bay, R. I., for duty at the naval torpedo station. Warrant Machinist W. H. Johnson, from c duty at Philadelphia. Pa., to the Indiana. Warrant Machinist A. A. Shafer to Wm. h Cramp & Sons' shipyard, Philadelphia, for d duty as assistant to inspector of .machinery ' at that shipyard. Commander F. H. Delano and Lieutenant b Commander J. B. Bernadou, to additional duty at Coasters' Harbor Island, Narragan sett Bay, R. I., for course of instruction at the Naval War College. Lieutenant Commander M. Bevington will I proceed to his home and await orders. Ensign G. C. Sweet, from the Marble head to Washington, D. C., for examination for promotion, and thence to his home and a await orders. . Passed Assistant Surgeon R. K. Smith, on expiration of his leave of absence will await orders. c Prosperity Keasured by Iron Consump- b tion. UO'I United States Consul General Frank H. b Mason at Berlin, Germany, In a report to the State Department under date of April 24 said that It is a recognized fact In mod ern economicas that the prosperity and C standing of a country among the nations of the world can In most cases be ascertained from Its per capita consumption of Iron. This is particularly true of countries like Germany, Great Britain and the United 1 States,whose manufacturing Industries have ~ been greatly developed. Nothing could bet- fl tel' Illustrate this, he says, than the statis- r tics of Iron consumption and production In Germany from 1871, the first year of the empire, down to and Including 1902. -A sig nificant fact In the present economic situa tion is that for every two' pounds of Iron made in Germany in 1902 only one pound was actually consumed at home, the other being either stored for future use or ex ported., t1 Chairman Tams BIxbiy Here. Mr. Tams Blxby, chairman of the Dawes a Indian commission, called at the Interior a Department to pay his respects to the head of the department. Mr. Bixby is in thin city for a few days on private business and will probably take occasion to discuss the I affairs of the commission with the officers of the Indian bureau and of the Interior Department. Kovements of Naval Vessels-. The cruiser Buffalo has arrived at Gibral- Il tar on her way back to New York from a p visit to the Eurgpean squadron at Marseille. The battle ship Texas is at Annapolis and a the monitor Arkansas'at Memphis, The battle ship Wisconsin arrived at Honolulu Saturday on her way to the Asiatic station. The Ranger has left Mare Island for Il Bremerton; the Fortune. Santiago for San Francisco. and the Pompey, Cavite for Hongkong. Commercial Cao isin on a Toiur. Minister Dudley at'ima, Peru, reports to hi the State Department the visit to that cap- 0 ital of a Mexican commercial commlinlon which is msaking a tour of South America Pl undir governmeatal auspices for the pur pose of extending Aerican .trade. The I eowpanmtoers are being well received and left at Lima a collection of Mexican prod- ol acts the textiles of which attracted parttea- i tar atten*to, Isis Bar the sR~ gunabeat Wannmh wall. eAp ed'June U, T iannma gg ap th iho na .e.ise ersawph h~sw laia aus No baminess is too smal aD me too great for judicious a& vertising in a paper of general crcilada, like The Evening Star. FEARFUL SLAUGHTER [nsurgente Meet Death ia Savage Conflict. TTACKED BY TURKS MOUSE BUEBMD AND MEOWN UP BY DYNAMITE. hie Hundred and Fifty Bodies Vomnt In Buins-Bulgaria Wants Support. VIENNA, May 25.-About 150 MacedoXAla nsurgents were killed at the village at mordesh. south of the Lake of Presb, ay 21, according to a dispatch to the Neue Frele Presse from Salonica. The insurgents, who had possession of Luantitles of dynamite, sought refuge iS he village and were attacked by Turkish roops. The fighting lasted for thirty hours and iltimately all the houses were burned or lown up by dynamite by the Turks. One hundred and ffty bodies were found a the ruins. [A dispatch from Constantinople May 2 aid fighting had occurred all day long on Lay 21 near the Bulgarian village of Mogi, x miles north of Monastir.-Editor.) Bulgaria Wants Support. VIENNA, May 25.-It is reported that the lulgarian government has presented a note : Russia, Austria and France, announcing ts Intention of asking for their support ward the conclusion of an agreement ith Turkey regarding Macedonia. LONDON. May 25.-The Sofia correspond nt of the Times says negotiations between lulgaria and Turkey have opened favor bly In that city. % It is evident, he adds, that there is a lackening in the struggle in Macedonia. ut fighting is reported from the districts f Kitchevo and Nevrokop, where several illages are blockaded. Macedonian circles in Sofia are disposed o await the result of the recent paciflo vertures. - WILL APPEAL TO CONGRSS. olorado's Governor Disinclined to Give Damages to RAteMife. Although the State Department has not et received the answer of the governor of olorado to its request for reparation for e destruction of the property of the Eng shman Ratcliffe, the officials have taken tote of the newspaper' report of the gov rnorv declination to entertain a clais r damages. So there is nothing for the epartment to do but to appeal to Con reas for an appropriation to.pay the claim, nd that will probably be done at the next mason. - This 'cliam has-'been pending for some me. The department has practically sat ,fied itself that It is a just obligation and tat to refuse to pay it would be a Vio tion of the rights conferred by the treaty etween the United States and Great Bri tn upon the citisens of each of these untries resident in the other. Ratcliffe was an English owner of a fish atchery in Colorado. whose property was estroyed and who was expelled from the Late by mob violence as the outcome of a tter struggle to exclude trespassers OR Is property. LITIA ON GUAED. Eartial Law During Investigation of the Marcum Asassination. JACKSON, Ky., May 25.-With the state ilitla standing guard, the grand jury of treathltt county today began an investiga ion of the assassinationl of Lawyer James L Marcumn. While troops were picketed around the curt house every one who entered the utiding was searched, and none was ad itted who carried concealed weapons. 'he most Important witnesses were not to e found. INSULTED HIS WIFE. 'lored Man Kil1s a Soldier at St. Xarie, Kich. AULT 8TE MARIE. Mich. May 2. eorge Engels, a private In Company A. at United States Infantry, stationed at ort Brady, Is dead from a stab wound in Icted last night by Larry Oliver. a colored esident of this city. Oliver. who has- a rhite wife, was walking home with her rhen several soldiers from the fort follow S them, making remarks about the couple. Two Hundred Thouand Men Idle. NEW YORK. May 2.-It iS estimated nat there are close on to 200.000 men Idle day In the different boroughs of Greater [ew York as a result of strikes by differ it unions and the lockout decided upon by aterial men and contractors in their fight gainst the unions. French Visitors for Annapolis. ecial DIspatch to The Eveniag St ar. ANNAPOLIS, Md., May 5.-Information as been received at the Naval Academy Imat the French man-of-war Tage, with ~ear Admiral Rivet aboard, will visit An apois in the near future. The battle ship diana, gunboat Hartford and several tor edo boat destroyers are expected to arrive t the academy this week. They will be sed to take the midshipmen on their msm ir practice cruise. HAILT AS BIG AS POTATOES isastrous Storm Visits Powhatan County, Va. seelal Dispatch to The geiag siar. RICHMOND. Va.. May 2.-A disastrous all storm visited the strip of land in Pow tan county between Macon and Tobas ville yesterday. Hall stones as big as smuall potatoes were led several inches deep. Barns were wrecked and ehemneys Nows tn. There is not a blade of wheat or elover ay farn or gardes prodse. left stand in the distdect. we gaggms bjmmed Is co.s.gs6f Is Tmans. -aile a Qsna ga a dseuki r~satmbsasaamesamatu q.