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PUBLISHED DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAY. lulsen OBoa, 11th Stmt u4 Ptunaylranla iruM. The Evening Star Newspaper Company. B. H. XACrrKAHH, Prnldut Hew York OSes: Tribune Biildlnj. Chicago OSm : Trlbans Bollliag. The Pruning Star la Berred to anbarribera In the city hy carriers, en their own account, at 10 cent* per week. or 44 centa per uionth. Copies at the counter. 2 cent* each. By mall anywhere In the U. B. or Canada-postage prepaid-80 cents per month. Saturday Star. 32 pages, $1 per year; with for eign postage added. $3.60. _ (Kntend at the Poet Office at Washington, D. O., as se'-ond-claaa mail matter.) All mall snl? rlptlons most he paid In adranc*. Bates of a<l?ertlslng made known on application. No. 15,793. WASHINGTON, D. C., .WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1903-TWENTY PAGES. ' TWO CENTS. How many canvasseri would it take to call on all The Star's readers In a sin gle day P About seven thousand. A Star ad. is a convasser at small cost. water a Failure. WENT ONLY 100 YARDS PROF. MANLEY ESCAPED WITH A DUCKING. Machine Never Seemed to Acquire Any Momentum From Its Own Motive Power. Dispatch to Tbe Evening Star. Wi DEVVATER, Va.. October 7.?Prof. Samuel P. Langleys big sixty-foot, steel built man-carrying aerodrome was ti lea today and found wanting. Prof. Charles M. Manley, the aeronaut, escaped unhurt. Not so with the handsome and expensive machine. It Is a total wreck. The launch ing took place at 12:15 o'clock this after noon from the superstructure of the house boat In the Potomac river, two miles from this place. Easily and rapidly the mechanical bird moved along the seventy-foot track. The speed was not great, apparently not more than forty or fifty feet a second. It took the air fairly well. For a fraction of a sec ond the aerodrome stood up In the face of the five-mile wind then blowing. But when that brief period had passed there had passed also the time when the airship had a chance for a successful flight. The next Instant the big and curious thing turned gradually downward. The declination, though not abrupt, was positive, and Prof. Manley saw at a glance that but few move ments of the second hand of the stop watch he wore on his left knee would be recorded before both he and his scientific stiip would be floundering about in the waters of the Potomac. He did all that he could do under the circumstances. In the latter stage of the downward plunge, when the inevitable was before him, he shut off his motor, which had been working admirably when the start was made. Trying Time for Manley. Each period of time was fraught with the irtensest Interest, but perhaps to Prof. Manley there was none more filled with un certain and unpleasant anticipation than that in which the aerodrome plunged Into the river. But the suspense there was brief. The wisdom and care of the scien tific builders concerning the safety of the navigator was evidenced at once by the behavior of the aerodrome when it had made Its transit from air to water. It dis appeared beneath the waves, but only for a moment. The five empty conical-shaped floats did their function well. A moment more and the bridges of the machine commenced to ftppear above the water. This was reassur ing to the anxious spectators, but their grave fears for the safety of the navigator were relieved when Prof. Man ley's head emerged from the water. That he was uninjured was at once apparent. He was not even momentarily stunned. After catching his breath and shaking tho dripping water from his person Prof. Man ley made a hasty survey of the desolation by which he was surrounded. All was wreck and ruin. Though the human impulse to rejoice at escape with life from such marvelous danger must have been strong in the breast of Mr. Man ley. vet there was much of sorrow, keen bitter disappointment portrayed on his face as he viewed the destruction and inglorious failure of the instrument upon whose con struction he had spent so much of his time and energies. The aerodrome struck the water a hundred yards from the houseboat. The traversing of this distance would not in any sense be termed a "flight." This Initial momentum, the lightness of the machine and the sustaining surface of the wings furnished conditions for the transit of the body from the sixty-foot elevation to the water. Just as a light piece of board is made to skim small distances on the air. Within ten minutes the tugs were pulling away at the debris. Prof. Manley sprang Into a row boat and was conveyed to the ? deck of the Bartholdi. A little later and he was inside the house boat busily engaged In getting into some dry clothes. When a message was sent to him asking If there was any statement to be made he replied that his chief concern then was to get out of his wet garments. Shortly after 1 o'clock Mr. Manley gave out the following statement to the news paper men present: "It must be understood that the test to day was entirely an experiment, and the first of its kind ever made. "The experiment was unsuccessful. The balancing upon which depend the success of the flight was based upon the tests of the models and proved to be Incorrect, but only an actual trial of the full-size ma chine Itself could determine this. My con fidence In the future success of the work Is unchanged. I can give you no further in formation. I shall make a formal report to Secretary Langley." Having delivered himself of this an nouncement the chief assistant retired to the Interior. He was absolutely uninjured, and appeared to be In fine form. The work of removing the wreck to the interior of the houseboat was puBhed rapidly, and at 2 o'clock It was inside. No more complete disaster could be im agined than that which was presented by the aerodrome as It was lifted on the der ricks from the water. The big, broad wings which had extended twelve feet by twenty-two were then banging limp and bunglesome by the side of the frame, the propellers were smashed to rags ard splin ters, the rudder was a wreck, the wire framework was In a tangled mass. Also the main body of the aerodrome was badly damaged, but not beyond repair. The motor when tested by Prof. Manley on the superstructure worked well. The revolutions reached 1,200 a minute, and the work was uninterrupted. It was at noon exactly that all was cleared for action. Prof. Manley conducted himself with great composure, and showed admirable nerve all through the trying ordeal. He was clad in his usual aeronautical suit of white duck trousers and cork-lined Jacket. Professor Langley, the inventor, though not a witness of the failure, was Boon after notified of It In Washington. Strange-Looking Craft. Of all the strange-looking creatures that have soared through the empyrean since the days of the wide-winged pterodactyl Prof. Langley's big sixty-foot aerodrome Is undoubtedly the strangest. There Is noth ing In the mechanical realm, nothing among all the feathered creatures which traverse the air. to which this gigantic pteel bird may be likened with any degree of fitness. It Is absolutely In a class by Itself It does not closely resemble any thing to which the ordinary mind is used. It does not suggest anything by way of comparison except the weird and fanciful, but It does .ook like a product of dream land. One might fancy. In viewing th? aerial voyager for the ftrst time, that K was a fabulous creation of the dftys of the Arabian Nights which has In some manner taken on material form to be handed down to modern times. Startllngly suggestive of the supernatural in repose. It becomes a hundred times more (Continued on Eighth Page.) NO RELIEF IN SIGHT SHORTAGE OF BUILDING MATE RIAL IN DISTRICT. Conditions May Impede Progress on Local Construction Projects of Rail roads?Opinions of Officials. The District is on the verge of a construc tion material famine, and unless there should come relief from an unlooked for quarter the great projects of public Im provement now under way in the capital and to be undertaken between now and | next spr'ng will suiter In an almost Im measurable degree. The particular scarc ity Is that of gravel and broken stone. To the laymen the importance of these two materials is not immediately apparent, but tn contractors. District officials, govern ment officials and ' railroad men their Im portance is almost pre-eminent. This Is the day and time of concrete, and without gravel or finely crushed stone as a base there can be no concrete. The District of Columbia has already felt the effect of the famine, and the officials of the engineer department, when Interviewed today by a reporter for The Star, declared that they did not see how conditions could improve very much In the near future. Capt. H. C. Newcomer, acting engineer commis sioner. declared that the demand for gravel is far in excess of the supply. There have been times during the past summer when the District contractors could not buy a pound of the precious pebbles. Mr. H. N. Moss, superintendent of streets, avowed that this statement Is not a mere figure of speech, but an actual fact. At the District property yards some gravel was stored, but about the wharves not a pound was to be found. So great has the demand been that gravel dredgers, In bringing the product to mar ket, have been fairly besieged by contrac tors. The gravel has been taken from the barges immediately to the concrete mixing machines and placed in the hopper still wet from tne river water. Great Scarcity of Gravel. "The past summer," said Mr. C. B. Hunt, the engineer of highways, in speaking of the material famine, "has been marked by the greatest scarcity of gravel we have ever known. It seems Impossible to supply the demand. This demand is ever Increasing, and what the result will be next spring when cement and concrete work will be at Its height, no one can foretell. The Dis trict has already suffered severely from the famine. In the matter of sidewalk work, the laying of the cement paths has been hampered far beyond anything we antici pated. For days at a time it has been necessary to lay off the entire working force, while scouts of the contractors were running about from supply yard to supply yard looking for gravel. "Gravel for concrete work has to be free from all dirt, and washed. Mixing the srravel with cement and sand costltutes concrete, and concrete is now the funda mental principle of practically all construc tion work. In foundations for buildings, in sewer beds, In cement sidewalks, asphalt roadways and the like, concrete Is indis D< nsable. "And without gravel of the very beat qual ity of broken stone there can be no eon crete. Our contractors are much perturbed over the outlook, and It seems they have every reason to be worried. Most of the gravel received here is dredged from pock ets In the river. The dredgers seem to be unable to get enough to market. Serious Delays Anticipated. "We do not anticipate that any appropri ations will lapse through the scarcity ot gravel, but the District seems to be In for serious delays in practically all classes ot public work. Aside from the delay In the construction of cement sidewalks there has been serious delay in laying certain of the asphalt street pavements, and the contract ors assure us it is because of the gravel famine. Work on streets that should have been In progress during the dull months of the summer is yet to be undertaken, and the delay will mean a serious Inconvenience to the merchants as well as the contractors and the Disthlct government." It is stated that while conditions have been bad the past summer there is no rea son to hope for anything than a graver condition In the spring. The sidewalk work Is especially annoying to citizens who hav? deposited funds to defray their half of the expense of the improvement. It Is not now known when this class of work can be pushed forward at anything like the normal pace. A year or more may elapse before the paving can be done. One of the vexa tious points about the famine Is that con crete work can be done on only a very lim ited scale during the winter months. Freez ing weather destroys Its solidity. The working season this year is very limited. Contractors at Their Wits' Ends. The contractors for the big railroad works of the Pennsylvania and Baltimore and Ohio companies are at their wits' ends to secure a sufficient supply of gravel and broken stone. The contractor for the tun- I nel under Capitol Hill, foreseeing the short age that Is now so apparent, bought and ! equipped a sand and gravel dredging outfit and dispatched it down the Potomac river. He hopes to be amply supplied. Other contractors on public works have not been so fortunate or well equipped. The filtration plant Is another piece cf construction work which will require tons and tons of gravel and sand. It can be readily appreciated that unless something is done to relieve the situation there will be a paucity of public work ac complished during the next year or so If this should prove to be the case laborers and mechanics will suffer Immeasurably. The price of gravel is soaring with the Increased demand and inadequate output. Personal Mention. Rev. W. T. Thompson, D. D., who has been absent from the city for several months, has returned, much Improved In health. Mr. Clarence H. Green of the sixth au d tor s office, Treasury Department, Is at his home in Lynchburg, Va. Willis L. Moore, chief of the United States weather bureau, arrived In New \ork yesterday on the Deutschland from Kurope, where he attended the meeting of the International meteorological committee. Mr. H. Mortlrper Nlswanner has gone fo* an extended trip south. Patents to Local Inventors. Letters patent on 036 inventions and de signs have been issued by the patent of fice. Of this number 656 went to citizens of the L nlted States and 79 were issued to residents of foreign countries. Of the num ber issued to residents of the United 8tates eight were secured by people of the Dis trict One of these patents was Issued to Mr. Dlller B. Groff for a projectile. Mr Groff had assigned his right to the patent to his brother, Samuel B. Groff. The other patents issued to District residents follow Frank R Davis, toy; William C. Manning apparatus for distributing ammunition John H. Tabler, blanket roll strap or poncho holder; Albert J. Taplln (two), steam turbine and marine propulsion; Ver non C. Tasker, gas check for breech-load ing guns; Ottille Wider, temperature chart. Return of Secretary Hay. Secretary Hay returned to Washington last evening and was at the State Depart ment today. The pressure of foreign busi ness In the State Department is given as a reason for the return, of the Secretary a Mttle earlier than he hatf plaminiL Contest in Ohio Sharpest Since Civil War. CENTERS IN CLEVELAND ALL THE LEADING CANDIDATES LIVE THERE. Election of a United States Senator and Reforms in State Laws at Stake. SpecUl Dispatch to The Eyenj^ng SUr. CLEVELAND, Ohio, October 7.?Of all the campaigns in all the yearrf since the civil war there has never been one In which greater Interest Is evinced or which prom ises to create more excitement before its close than the campaign now being waged for the governorship of Ohio, and for what is still a greater prize, th8 seat in the United States Senate now held by that maker of Presidents and dean of political managers, Marcus A. Hanna. Cleveland Is of necessity a center of po litical Interest this fall. Being the home of every leading candidate on both tickets it has been intimated that it was more of a Cleveland than an Ohio campaign, but the voters do not seem to be taking any less Interest on that account. The fact that Myron T. Herrick, the republican candidate for governor, and Tom L. Johnson, his dem ocratic opponent, are both residents of the forest city would be enough to create more than a passing Interest here, but when it Is known that John H. Clarke, the man who aspires to Hanna's seat, is a practicing at torney in the city to which the great friend and backer of McKlnley has brought some fame, this interest is increased many fold. Naturally both parties want to win in the city where their candidates reside, and the campaign here promises to be at white heat for the closing two weeks of the campaign when both Johnson and Hanna will stay right at home and work as they have never worked before to bring the voters to their way of thinking. The Work Done to Date. Johnson, with his circus tent outfit, has been campaigning over the state for the past three weeks and the three H combina tion?Hanna, Herrick and Harding?started out on a special train tour of Ohio a week ago. Meetings are held somewhere every day, frequently three towns or more being made by each of the tourists Inside the twenty-four hours. Johnson says he in tends to speak In every county of the state, and at the rate he is now going he will ac complish that feat. No matter what poli ticians may think of Johnson or his ideas they will all admit that as a campaigner he has opened their eyes. No such a whirl wind political speaker has ever appeared in Ohio before. With his circus tent in charge of a corps of men hustling from place to place, John son In his automobile, carriage, special train or by slow freight, rushes from town to town at a speed that has already put on the sick list several of those who have tried to keep pace with him. He stops at no obstacles. When he has made a dato he keeps it eome way. Already he has ?poken in towns where no campaign orator has appeared for years because railroad accommodations are poor. The result has been that the residents turned out en masse. Schools were closed, workmen took a holiday and the farmers came from miles to get a glimpse of the man who has sprung into prominence politically in so short a time. At some of the places other speakers aid Johnson, but often they are unable to appear, and the apostle of 3-cent fares has to All out the program. This he always does to the satisfaction of the crowd. He never seems to be tired, though other mem bers of his party are dying for sleep. John son, getting his sleep when and where he can, eating his lunches at a counter or under a tree by the road side, is always In a good humor and never happier than when some one in the audience asks him ques tions. John H. Clarke's Campaign. John H. Clarke is also campaigning, part of the time with Johnson and part of the time by himself. He Is an eloquent speaker and goes after Senator Hanna rough shod on the ship subsidy bill and other national Issues. Clarke's voice has been troubling him, and recently the physicians discovered bronchial affections, so that he has had to go easier. It Is feared that he may have to cancel many of his dates. So far the democrats have had no speakers except Johnson and Clarke and the democratic candidates, but other speakers are to start out pretty soon. Among them Is Clarence Darrow, who Is to be sent among the miners In southern Ohio in and around Grosvenor's district. These miners are dissatisfied with present condi tions and the democrats hope to make gains In this heretofore strongly republican locality. While Johnson has drawn unusualy large crowds he has not had any the best of the Hanna, Herrick and Harding combine. This trio has met with one continuous ovation so far on Its trip. Senator Hanna of ccurse Is the star and makes the principal address at each place. He has been hand ling Johnson very roughly, and at times has shown a bltternes that was not noticed In previous campaigns. Herrick, who is well known throughout Ohio as a banker, makes 1 a good impreslon. He Is not a good public speaker, but as a mixer he has few equals. Harding, the Marlon editor who Is Her rlck's running mate, Is witty and eloquent and makes a great hit. General Dick, who is managing the republican campaign, has already secured a long list of prominent men to aid in the campaign, and a brighter galaxy of political stars has never been booked than is scheduled for the closing weeks of the fight. Secretary Shaw will be gin the work at Cleveland next Saturday night, when the republicans expect to open the local campaign with a grand flourish of trumpets. Difference in Campaign Methods. A comparison of the campaign methods | 01' the two parties shows a wide difference. The democrats, guided by Johnson, are de voting almost their whole attention to state Issues, while the republicans are try ing to ignore the state Issues as much as possible and place the stress of their argu ments on the need of returning Senator Hanna to the Senate and keeping things as they are. The political maxims of Senator Hanna have become by-words among re publicans, and on all sides one hears the cry, "Let well enough alone," "Hands off," "Stand pat," and the other terse expres sions that the junior senator has madu fa mous. Johnson Is waging a fight on the taxation laws of Ohio and Is urging the voters to re pudiate at the polls the code bill for the government of Ohio cities that was passed at the extra session of the legislature last fall. He also attacks the members of the last general assembly for its catering to corporations, and charges them, republi can and democrat alike, with having rob bed Cleveland of a 3-cent fare. He at tacks the supreme court, and especially Attorney General Sheets, whom he dubB H&nna's tool. Democrats Claim Advantage. At first the republicans were inclined to i treat ?U tkla with ?sreesm, and tried to | Li ??,aWK y' buL anatn? People ?rlSJ th? h"mor <* 8"ch a method the a",d .TTr,tirs ^an t0 answer the attacks, and the democratic leaders claim a victory, in that they already have the re publicans on the defensive. rS^ni&n Sa,en of the d*"nocraOc com nmtee has repeatedly challenged Hanna and Herrlck to debate with Clarke and Johnson, but Dick has always refused, K wou,d 1x5 a waste of time, ine heated correspondence that has passed rimtv"# two chalr?en has created other purpose.USem6nt' " " has ,erved no A?^'thTa'ar?e republican majority to over Johnson can hardly hope to be eleot eajoveraor, and he has admitted that he fn^.^ t^Xp^Ct. J? wln' bVt he does hope to carry the legislature and accomplish the terrific ???in,at<iL,Hanna- To thfe end a terrific fight Is being waged In the close oountles of the state, and every effort will be made to carry the legislature With a of ToledoJ?thnS?n.and <*)lden Ru>e Jones of Toledo, there is strong chance of the rem,MfatS Carry,lng the leBisiature, and the the flihtnn/ee V And th,8.ls wl>at makes the fight of such moment end is addine ftn nrHiat woul,d not naturally accompany an ordinary gubernatorial campaign. STATE GAINS A POINT TESTIMONY REGARDING TILL MAN CARRYING PISTOL. Juror Milton Sharp? Sufficiently Im proved to Sit in the Box Today. LEXINGTON, S. C., October 7.?The trial Of J. H. Tillman was resumed today, the Juror, Milton Sharpe, wtoo has been sick having Improved sufficiently to permit him to be In court. The state rested without the Introduction of further testimony and the defense en tered at once upon the presentation of Its case. Counsel for the defendant first renewed the motion made early in the trial that the court Instruct the Jury .to disregard all tes timony given by witnesses for the state showing a weapon in the possession of the defendant prior to the shooting. The court ruled the testimony to be competent. Editorials from the Colunbla State refer ring to the defendant wert read by counsel for the defense and offered In evidence. The ??u, .'n rui'Jng uP?n a point In controversy u v J? the Jury that th# purpose for which the editorials were being read to the Jury was to show the feelings tiiat existed between the defendant and N. G. Gonzales. T. D. Mitchell Fir* Wiatess. The first witness called by the defense was T. D. Mitchell, who lived la Columbia In 1002. He testified that fie had a conver sation with N. O. Gonzalefr relative to J. H. Tillman, reciting what ft* stated Gonzales said concerning the defendant. The wit ness said among other tWngs; "He said I can slap his face and he WoulH not resent II' ar?.<} j?f ,f he ever"bats his eyes at me 111 fill him so full of lead that he will never tote It off." The WltaesH aald that he subsequently told Mr. TJMnufn what he stated Mr. Gonzales nsftfto nim. On cross examination he said Iter fore'd the oonver fiatlon on Mr. Gonzalez A.. J. Flowers, who formerly was a street oar conductor in Columbia, testified that auVn? the summer of 1003 Mr. Gonzales and three other men were riding on his car. He said that while he was collecting fares they were discussing politics, and that ho hfal;d Mr. Gonzales say if Mr. Tillman was elected he never would be seated. The wit ness added that he heard Mr. Gonzales say he would ''kill the rascal." On cross-examination the witness said he had not told of this until two months Ago, and said that he first wrote it to the de fendant. More Threats by Gonzales. P. W. Hughes of Warrenton stated that he and some other men, naming them, met Mr. Gonzales on Main street, In Columbia, during the campaign of 1902. The witness said he asked Mr. Gonzales at that time If he did not think he was doing Mr. Tillman a,KreatJnjustlce, and that tfr. Gonzales re , . would K?t greater Injustice after the election "and It ou^ht to be lead." TO PRACTICE LORENZ'S METHOD. Mr. Armour of Chicago Will Endow Hospital Here. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. NEW YORK, October 7.?It is stated here today on the authority of a gentleman who Is in position to know that Mr. Armour of Chicago, whose daughter Lollia was cured of congenital dislocation of the hips by the German surgeon. Dr. Lorenz. Is to estab lish a chair of orthopedic surgery after the Lorenz school In at least one hospital In the leading city of every state and ter ritory in the United States and the District of Columbia, and several In Canada. Mr. Armour Is so enthusiastic over the recovery of his little girl and Is so greatly angered at the attitude of the surgeons of this country for the adverse position which they take as to the methods of Dr. Lorenz that he has decided, in commemoration of the restoration of his little daughter, to enable every parent in the country to se cure for his children the opportunities that his own child had. The method of founding the Lorenz mo5e Pr?Perly speaking, beds. In the various hospitals has not been deter mined as yet, but It Is thought that it will be in the shape of a donation of sufficient money first to have a surgeon taught In the vhen t0 pay WB sa!ary there after at each hospital. OFF TO VISIT WfcST *0INT. London Artillerymen flfed BMborts Pass New York En^ttouto. NEW YORK, October 7.?The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Bos ton and the Newport jWtlllery Company, escorting the Honorable Artillery Company of London, arrived here tAday on a steamer from Fall River. Wlthpat loss'of time the Boston and London companies,'1 In full uni form. descended the gangway of the Fall River boat and marched In coHmin of twos ! across the pier and up file gangway of an excursion boat, and five minutes later the Bteamer swung out Into- the stream and, I with the united bands* of both companies iKssr-????.???? -mas The Newport Artlller^ Company then nro hotel to sppndthe day. intend to f^e London and Boston Honor thise\fTernoon.retUrn fr?m WeSt Point ,ate Complaint Against Spcial Clubs. Special Dispatch to The Evenln/star. NORFOLK, Va., Octotfer 7.-Promlnent liquor dealers claim that under the new Mann bill in Virgin^ social clubs are prac tically saloons, and the Chartering by the corporation commission of so many clubs Is making inroads on the regular saloon ?inn h!8' Since the corporation commls !!* " began chartering clubs sixteen have S 1 ,n Nor'alk alone. In Ports ha^Biiiwl,, across the rtyer, seven clubs coTntv ^? gpran* ?P. and in Norfolk ^wenty-on, hive appeared and THE mo HELD UP j Delay in Giving Contract for Money Order Supplies. WYNNE AFTER FACTS I EX-POST MASTER GENERAL SMITH ON TULLOCH CHARGES. j Proposed Congressional Investigation of Postal Matter?Mr. Overstreet Possible Committee Chairman. First Aslslstant Postmaster General I Wynne has not yet awarded the contract | I for money order supplies, although the sec ond batch of bids advertised for were opened more than a month ago. The first bids for supplies for the money order division, that would have become effective July 1, were rejected. The lowest bids in the second batch would make a net saving of $00,000 during the next four years, as compared with the previous four years. The first assistant postmaster general will not award the contract until Jje has seen that t>art of Fourth Assistant Post master General Brlstow's report which re lates to JameB T. Metcalf, the deposed su perintendent of the money order division. The indictment returned by the grand Jury of the District of Columbia Monday against Metcalf charges him, it is under stood, among other things, with having I written a letter to a New York printing | firm directing how a combination of pos sible competing bidders for the contract for printing money order blanks might be effected. , It Is understood that this letter, or a copy | of It, found Its way Into the possession of the inspectors detailed on the case of Met calf and that it formed part of the bas s I for the Indictment. "What Mr. Wynne desires, as a matter of protection, is to ascertain whether any of the firms that composed the combine that Metcalf is alleged to have been interested in having formed are among those who sub- , mltted bids at the second advertising. If so, their bids will be Ignored. Mr. Smith on Tulloch Charges. Former Postmaster General Charles Em- j ory Smith came here from Philadelphia last evening, and today took luncheon with the President at the White House. It was ex pected that he would have a conference with the Postmaster General, but it- was denied at the department that he had called there. This meeting of the President and Mr. Smith at this time Is likely tg be of especial interest. The President has in his posses sion the report of Messrs. Charles J. Bona parte and Holmes Conrad of the charges mi|de by Seymour W. Tulloch, former cash let* of the Washington city poet office. The report went to th? President a week or more ago, and he has had an opportunity to study it, so that If he desired he could have been fully posted for a discussion of that subject With the former Postmaster General. Mr. Smith was seen by a Star reporter to-> I day. He is giving himself no concern about ' | the Tullooh report, and when asked how he viewed the controversy on the subject of the charges made in that report said: "I have read that report as carefully as It | Is possible to do and there Is absolutely nothing In It except the charge that some appointments were made that should not have been made. There are thirteen of i these appointments through the civil ser | vice commission, and seven appointments of cleaners. You can read It and you will find nothing else. "It is possible that some appointments were made that should not have been made. I am not prepared to say as to that. I did not personally know of but one of these appointments, and therefore could not Judge of them by personal knowledge. It would have been Impossible to have had It other wise. Mr. Tracewell's Investigation. "Mr. Tracewell, the controller of the treasury, In April, 1890, began an Investiga tion of the accounts of the Washington | city post office. He made a list of those things that it was thought might be wrong, but his revised report approved everything except Items amounting to $932. "It was not until July that I got the re port of the Inspectors on these same cases, and as the matter was then under investi gation by the controller of the treasury, a reliable and authorized officer of the gov ernment, I regarded the matter as being in good hands to discover whether anything was wrong. "Mr. Tulloch got hold of that list of things that the controller was to look into In his investigation, and they are the charges he makes. A good many of those things were correct, as stated, but they were not explained, as they eventually were, to my entire satisfaction. For in stance, it was found that certain men were on the rolls of the city post office and were not on duty there. That was all right as far as it went. But that was explained satisfactorily, as the man were on duty in Cuba at that time and there was a proper reason for carrying their names on the rolls of the city post office." Mr. Smith will return to Philadelphia this evening. | Proposed Congressionai Investigation. A private dispatch received in this city intimates the possibility of the appoint ment of Representative Overstreet of In diana as chairman of the committee on post offices and post roads. Nothing is known here of the matter, and the ap pointment would be a surprise to some who know the circumstances of the situation. A vacancy In the chairmanship is occa sioned by the defeat of Representative Loud for re-election. Mr. Overstreet Is not a member of the committee and would have to be transferred from banking and cur rency or Judiciary. Mr. Overstreet him self desires assignment to one of the va cancies on wayB and means. If he Is placed at the head of post offices I It probably will be on account of the lm- I portance politically which that committee will hold at the coming session. If the pro posed investigation of the Post Office De partment Is intrusted to a subcommittee of the post office committee, as probably will be the case, the committee will have Impor tant political work to do. Undoubtedly the democrats will endeavor to make capital out of the postal scandals and the republi cs wlH try to prevent it. Mr. Overstreet, as secretary of the na- I tional republican congressional committee, ' has had experience In politics and is re garded as a skillful politician and party manager. ' ft was said today that republican leaders in looking over the membership of the com mittee in the last Congress, and assuming that the men returned to the coming Con gress will be reappointed, found that the minority party was strong on the commit tee. There is Mr. Griggs, chairman of the democratic congressional campaign com mittee; Mr. Cowherd of Missouri and Mr. Swanson of Virginia, both clever politi cians, as well as Mr. Little of Arkansas and Mr. Moon of Tennessee. All these democrats would be likely, it is said, to give the republicans trouble in the investi gation and able to make political capital out of It. The appointment of Mr. Overstreet as chairman would be regarded In congres sional circles, it Is said, as evidence that the majority are convinced that politics will play an Important part before the com mittee a1 the coming session, and that they want ote ?f their cleverest politicians at the front. THREE NAMES CHOSEN CONSIDERING APPOINTMENT FOR LOCAL JUSTICE. Members of Local Bar Call Upon the Attorney General, Who Later Con fers With the President. A delegation of local lawyers, headed by Mr. A. S. Worthlngton, eallcd at the De partment of Justice this morning and direct ed the attention of Attorney General Knox to the fact that the crowded condition of the calendar of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia renders it imperative that an associate Justice to till the vacancy caused by tne retirement of Justice Hagner should be appointed immediately. Attorney General Knox explained to the delegation that he was already aware of the urgent necessity for the prompt naming of a new associate justice, and that he had heretofore Bpoken to the President in re gard to the matter. The delegation con sisted of Messrs. Worthlngton, Hamilton, Cole, Kenny and Mattlngly, and they put the matter before the Attorney General so clearly that he went to the White House especially to lay the situation before the President. Conference With President. Attorney General Knox had a conference with the President later about the local Judgeship, and told the President of the call this morning of a delegation of at torneys of the District, who had brought attention to the fact that an early ap pointment of a Judge was necessary to the transaction of the business of the District. It is the intention of both the President and the Attorney General to hasten the appointment. The President desires to know something of several of the men who are in his mind for appointment, and when the Attorney General has obtained the In formation action# will be taken by the Pres ident. It is stated on good authority that the President has not fully decided upon any one man. The appointment will go to an outside man unless conditions change. The local delegation that saw Mr. Knox did not present the name of a local candidate, merely confining their request to a desire to see an early appointment made. The President has directed Attorney Gen eral Knox to give consideration to the ap plications of certain candidates, and It Is the Intention of the President to fill the vacancy so soon as the Attorney General can complete his investigation. The Presi dent has given the Attorney General the names of three men to look into their rec ords, and from these three the selection will be made. ADVICES FROM LEISHMAN. Still Trying to Reach a Settlement With Turkey. Dispatches received by the State Depart ment from Minister Irishman indicate that he is still endeavoring to reach a settlement with the Turkish government concerning matters in which the United States is in-, terested, but that so far no conclusive ar rangements have been made. Turkey wants the United States ships withdrawn from Beirut, but no orders have been Issued to that efTect, and the State Department Is not yet prepared to ask the Navy Department for their withdrawal. As matters now stand It is expected that one vessel of the Euro pean squadron will go with Consul General Skinner on his way to Abyssinia. It is the policy of the Navy Department not to di vide a squadron unless necessary, and It was thought that all the ships would go on that expedition, but unless some improve ment occurs in the situation In Turkey the ships at Beirut may remain and only the Machias will be sent with Mr. Skinner. MAKES OUT GOOD CASE. Counsel Dickinson's Able Argument In Alaskan Boundary Dispute. LONDON, October 7.?Jacob M. Dickinson of American counsel, though now on the fourth day of his speech, resumed his ar gument before the Alaskan boundary com mission this morning In excellent voice. He continued his contention as to the mean ing of the term "coast," as employed In the treaty and In the negotiations. All sides admit that Mr. Dickinson is making an excellent summing up for the United States. He deals minutely with each point raised in the speeches of At torney General Finlay, Solicitor General Carson and Christopher Robinson, K. C., of Canadian counsel, endeavoring to refute them by means of countless references to legal authorities, and continues to hold the interest of the members of the commission and other auditors. He intersperses his argument with humorous and other illus trations, which are listened to with evi dent pleasure by Attorney General Finlay and other opposing counsel and by the commissioners themselves. RECENT APPOINTMENTS. Resignations and Promotions in Agri cultural Department. Clarence T. Johnston, for several years past assistant in the Irrigation investiga tions of the Department of Agriculture, and in charge of the office at Cheyenne, Wyo., has resigned to accept the appoint ment of state irrigation engineer of. Wyo ming. Clarence B. Lane, assistant In dairy hus bandry at the New Jersey station, has been appointed assistant chief of the dairy divi sion of the Agricultural Department. He succeeds Harry Haywood, who resigned during the summer to assume charge of the newly organized agricultural depart ment at the Mount Herman School, near Northfleld, Mass. Charles V. Piper of the Washington Col lege and station has accepted an appoint ment as botanist In the division of agrostol ogy, and will also have charge of the herbarium of grasses. Alfred M. Sanchez, an assistant In the bureau of soils, has been appointed In the bureau of agriculture of the Philippines, where he will continue the soil Investiga tions carried on last year by C. W. Dorsey. Navy Department Changes. Changes In the classified service of the Navy Department have been announced as follows: Appointed?Carl A. Davis, copyist, at $840 per annum, bureau of navigation; Charles N. Moore, miscellaneous computer, naval observatory; F. F. Hart well, special laborer (stenographer), at $3.04 per diem, bureau of yards and docks; William Dunkerley, spe cial laborer (messenger boy), at $2.00 per diem, bureau of navigation; W. J. Mac donald, copyist, at $840 per annum, bureau of navigation. Resigned?Paul R. Lewis, copyist, at $000 per annum, bureau of navigation. Promotions?C. N. DeForest, from special laborer (messenger boy), at $1.04 per diem, to special laborer (messenger boy), at $1.52 per diem, office of naval Intelligence. Movements of Naval Vessels. The Vicksburg has arrived at Shanghai and the Truxtun, Whipple and Stewart at Yorktown. The Justin left Shanghai yes terday for Nagasaki. Probability of a Joint Cur rency Commission TO OBTAIN HARMONY IT IS THOUGHT THAT FINANCIAL LEGISLATION WILL BE PUT OFF. Associate Justice for New Mexico Ap pointed?Counsel for Panama Company Calls. There Is a probability, in tlie minds of political students of tin ince and currency within the republican party, that the com ing: session of Congress will provide for a joint commission to consider the necessity of currency legislation. It Is even quit? probable that the President. In his message - to the regular session of Congress, will recommend sucli a commission as the best way of solving the questions that are to be considered. In fact, the understanding now Is that the President has such a recommen dation In view, and that he believes it Is the best plan to settle the differences in his own party as to what should be done. The adoption of such a plan would mean what all republicans now believe will be the out come?no financial legislation this w.nter or within the next fifteen mouths. The President, It is well known, has given more thought to financial questions In the last six months than to any other subject. Ho has ascertained that there are wide gulfs separating the different views, and that It will be next to Impossible to reconcile the diversified views and settle upon any 0110 ! plan or bill. Consequently the proposition now Is to turn the whole matter over to a commission, whether of Congress or to be ; appointed by the President from the out | side has not been determined. The work of the commission would be to delve as deeply into conditions as possible and submit rec ommendations upon which the various re publican elements might unite. The com mission plan Is also looked upon as decided ly the best, for the reason that it would pre vent a display of the republican different^a at the winter session of Congress, and would let the republicans go before the country in the next election on their record of past legislation of a nature satisfactory to the business and financial world. Mr. Hill Seeks Assurances. One of the President's callers today was Representative Hill of Connecticut, a prom inent member of the House committee on currency, and the author of several Im portant financial bills In past Congresses. Mr. Hill is on ills way to Colorado to upend his vacation. He wanted to find out from the President Just how long he might re main out there?that is, If the extra session U to be called November 9, without fall. The President told Mr. Hill that there waa otr change in hlB views as to calling the extra session, and that he could depend upon this being done. Mr. Hill will address the Nebraska bankers' convention when away from Washington. Mr. Hill did not care to comment upon the probabilities of financial legislation, and when asked what he thought of the idea of a commission said that he had heard It suggested by a number of prominent repub licans. Representative Boutell of Illinois was with Mr. Hill when the call was made. Mr. Boutell said he considered It quite unlikely that there would be any financial or cur j rency legislation at the regular session of Congress. The Panama Canal Situation. William Nelson Cromwell, the special at torney In this country of the Panama Canal Company, called on the President today and had a conference with him as to the status of the canal negotiations between Colombia and this country. Mr. Cromwell was reticent about the interv.ew afterward. It Is learned, however, that the Panama Canal Company does not consider that the Colombian congress has rejected the treaty. To the contrary, it Is maintained that no official word has ever reached this country that the treaty has been rejected. The information In the hands of the Pan ama company Is that ultimately a canal treaty with Colombia will be ratified. One plan now before the senate Is that of al lowing the president of Colombia to ratify the treaty, or a new one similar in its terms, under certain conditions. As placed before the President, the claim of the Panama company is that the treaty has not been rejected; that the Colombian congress will probably take some action before its adjournment toward the last of this month, and that this action will be such as will admit of an understanding be tween this country and Colombia and the construction of the canal by the Panama route. It Is understood that the President, while listening attentively to the statements of Mr. Cromwell, did not indicate what his line of policy would be. It can be said that the President will discuss the matter fully in his message to the regular session of Congress, upon which already he has done some work. Prior to that time, unless the conditions should change materially, no authorized statement will be made con cerning the question. Associate Justice for New Mexico. Attorney General Knox, after a confer ence with the President today, announced that the President had appointed William R. Pope of New Mexico as associate Jus tice of^the supreme court of that territory. The appointment Is to fill a vacancy that has existed for some time. Ufoe vacancy was caused by the dismissal from the New Mexico bench of Judge McMillan, who be came Involved in a scandalous affair. The vacancy was offered to Judge Campbell of Michigan, who. after looking over New Mexico, concluded that he did not care to accept. Mr. Pope has the Indorsement of the New Mexico people, including Delegate Rodey, and his selection Is looked upon as being In the nature of a home rule appoint ment. Mr. Pope was at one time a special assistant attorney In the court of private land claims, and was then appointed as a Judge In the Philippines, where he served until his health broke down. His service in the Philippines was so satisfactory that he was strongly Indorsed for the New Mexico position by Governor Taft. Dele gate Rodey and other New Mexico people made strong objection to the selection of an outsider for judge. Cabinet Officers to Speak. Secretary Shaw spent some time with the President tills mOrnlng. Secretary Shaw will leave tomorrow night to be gone until the end of the month on a campaign tour. He talked with the President about some of the speeches he will make. Secretary Shaw will begin his tour in Ohio, speaking next Saturday at Akron. He will spend ten days In Ohio. His private secretary, Mr Edwards, a citizen of Ohio, will ac company htm. From Ohio Secretary Shaw will go Into Kentucky, speaking three days. His principal speeches will be at Louisville, Lexington and Owensboro". From the 24th of the month until election day Secretary Shaw will be in Iowa, where he will make a number of speeches. Several cabinet officers will make speeches In different states before election day. Secretary Wilson will make some ?Beeches In Iowa. Other republicans who