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THE EVENING STAR.
PUBLISHED DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAY. fvtinet* Office, 11th Street and Pennsylvania Arena*. The Evening Star Newspipcr Company. 8. H. KACITMANN. President. Ntw Yerk Office: Vribnns Bailding. Chicago Office : Tribune Building. The Eveninc Star la served to subscribers in the ritj by carriers, on their own account, at 10 c?'nts per week, or 44 ?*enta per month. Copies at tne counter 2 rents each. By mall anywhere in th-? U. B. -?r Canada postace pn*paid 50 <ents per month. Saturday Star 32 pnc?'a. $1 per year; with for eign postage added $3.60. 1 Entered at th*? Post Office at Washington. D. O., AS second-class trail matter.) (m?" All mall subs-riptions mnst b*? paid In advance Rate* o 1 sJvertisir.fr njad?? known on application. No. 15,800. WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1903-TWENTY-FOUR PAGES. TWO CENTS. TRIBUTE TO SBEMIAN Veterans Honor the Memory of Their Old Commander. UNVEILING OF THE STATUE President Roosevelt and Other Digni taries Participate. CIVIL WAR DAYS VIVIDLY RECALLED The chosen leaders of a mighty nation paused in their duties of statecraft this afternoon to formally dedicate to poster ity the monument of enduring bronze and granite erected south of the treas ury building to perpetuate the name and deeds of William Tecumseh Sherman, general of the United States army, the first of the great commanders of the war of the rebellion to be memoralized in everlasting stone and metal in the capital of the nation they helped pre serve. On almost the identical spot where he paused to watch, proudly, the marching horde he had led to victory oh a hundred fields, as it passed on to be reviewed by the President on that May morning in 18ii">, a grateful country and Ills devoted comrades of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee have reared the statue of General Sherman. Few, per haps none, of the thousands who watch ed the bronze figure emerge from its starry covering this afternoon needed such a reminder of the deeds of the great soldier, but the monument was designed to teach generations of the future the lesson of patriotism his life has taught this one. It is deemed fitting and proper that in the city of Washing ton there should be a substantial repre sentation of this hero of the four years' Mar to show posterity the face and fig ure of one who added 110 little to the glory of the country and on whose con duct the fate of the republic at one time seemed to hang. A thousand throats chcercd as a Hag drew away from the t ill, gaunt figure 011 the high pedestal, but tens of thousands of hearts echoed the sentiments of patriotism and loyalty expressed by the eloquent men who recited the deeds of Sherman and his arn-y when the veil had boon removed. There Ikis seldom been In Washington a more inspiring sight than that presented at the unveiling ceremonies today. Grouped about the base of the tall granite column were the mighty men of the nation, the comrades of the man in whose honor the assemblage had formed, his generals, his captains, his soldiers and his people. The President of the United States, the minis ters of the cabinet, the commander of the army and navy, the heads of civil and mil itary orguiizitions, veterans of two wars, soldiers, regular and volunteer, and peo pv?plain people who have always pursued the peaceful arts, but who, nevertheless, earirty seized the opportunity to pay a tribute to war. Nor was rhe distinguished gathering liirdted to 4he great men of this country. Foreign diplomats of every na tlop paid their meed of tribute to the war rior. of wIvom they have heard and whos-1 praises are sung at their homes almost as loudly and as eloquently as in this coun try. Soldiers of other nations were there in that gathering, respectfully and loyally attesting their reverence for the master whose work was their study and whose orders their text books. Everything about the scene was tamo nious and symbolic. At the foot of the monument 2;,0 veterans who had left limbs to rot on the battlefield formed a guard of honor. Soldiers of the regular army stood by, at attention, listening to the words of eulogy that came from the orators. The gray of the gninlte, the blue of the old veterans, the red and the blue of the deco rations, were colors that are stamped in delibly on the history of the world and the archives of a great nation. William Te cumseh Sherman Thorndyke, a grandson of the famous soldier, pulled the cord that re leased the llags bound about the statue, and survivors of his army tenderly folded the draperies of the attendant groups and laid them at the feet of their beloved leader. 11:118 The very stands erected for the accommo dation of the spectators were In harmony with the spirit of the occasion. On the east was the red stand, representing the red left wing of an army, where survivors of the armies of the Potomac and Ohio were seut ed. The center of the army, the base of Its operations, was represented by the white stand to tlie north of the statue. Here w>'re gathered the great men of the na tion, the foreign diplomats and soldiers and the distinguished guests and orators. Army Societies. On this occasion the remnants of the ar mies of the Tennessee and Cumberland formed the right wing and were seated on the west stand. In front of the center or north stand was the Marine Band, in Its brilliant uniform, and extending, in echelon, from either side of the bandsmen were vet erans. old and gray, and their children and children's children. ? The corps insignia of the armies of the Cumberland, Ohio. Tennessee and Poto?' j* were to be found on the stands occupieu them, and the national colors floated pronT ly from the rear of all the str-nds, from the flag pole on the top of the white stand, from the railing and the sides. As far as the eye could reach in any direction the stars and stripes could be seen. About the granite pedestal were huge garlands of green, Joining together the insignia adopted by the four great armies, the Tennessee on the south, the Ohio on the north, the Poto mac on the east and the Cumberland on the west. Memories of the early service of "tff? peneral, when he was a subaltern, were re vived by the presence of members of the Aztec Club of '47. veterans of the war in Mexico, half a century ago. The honor and glory of war was represented by the Medal of Honor legion, a valorous few whose dashing courage won for them the single decoration the American nation gives its bravest soldiers Brilliant iftiiforms, stir ring anthems and patriotic oratory joined to make the occasion a lasting memory io those fortunate enough to be present. A Great Crowd. It wm long before the flrst stirring notes of a tsilltary march signalized the approach of the Abdication parade that the people of the District and their visitors began to as semble in the vicinity of the statue. The crowds were massed on 15th street and the treasury steps by X o'clock, the exercises beinfc scheduled to begin at 2:30 o'clock. The space of several acres about the stand was roped off by the police early in the day, and was kept as clear as possible. The stands accommodated two thousand people and were filled to overflowing. After the* review of the military pirade, park seats were placed in the court in front of the center stand for the accommodation of 700 more spectators, and almost three times that number were banked behind the ropes to the south of the monument. The side walk on the north side of the extension of Pennsylvania avenue, in the rear of the center stand, was left open and spectators were massed here, on the south steps of the Treasury building, in the building itself and in the windows and on tlie roofs of all the "buildings from which a view of the ceremonies could be obtaintd. In the broad parking to the south of the monu ment the several thousand troops who par ticipated in the parade were massed throughout the ceremonies. President and the Parade. President Roosevelt and the members of his party, escorted by a detachment of Minute Men. under command of 'Col. M. A. Winter, walked from the White House, through the grounds to the south thereof and by way of the east gate of the White House inclosure, to their places on the stand, shortly before the time set for the exercises to begin. He had hardly ex changed greetings vith the distinguished gentlemen gathered on the stand, when the music of the bands told of the approach of the parade. The procession came down 15th street and turned into the extension of Pennsylvania avenue. The route from 15th street 1 ly through the court in front of the stand, entering through the open space between the east and north rtands and leaving by the road between the north and west stands. Despite the fact that the field of the review was cramped and the maneuver s to get into proper alignment many, the troops made a very creditable showing. Lieut. Gen. S. B. M. Young and his staff came first after the pfatoni of mounted policemen. Then came Co!. \\ infield S. -Kdgerly, 2d United States Cavalry, commanding the di vision made up of the troops of the regu lar army, and his staff. The Fngineer Band, from the Washington barracks, fol lowed, leading the engineer battalion! un der the command of Major Burr. Follow ing the engineers came two battalio is of coast artillery from Forts Washington, Hunt and Monroe. The 1th Field Battery, from Fort Myer, was next in line, under command of Capt. Stephen M. Footc, fol lowed by a squadron of the 2d Cavalry, in cluding 'I roops F, F, G and 11. commanded by Major Augustus P. Blocksom. A com pany of tiie hospital corps was n?->;t in rank, and then came a detachment of ma rines, under the command of Major Dick ens, from the marine barracks here and from Annapolis, Md. A detachment of sea men from the United States warships sta tioned in nearby waters brought up the rear of the regular army detachment. The second division of the parade was com manded by Brig. Gen. George H. Harries and included the District National Guard. The 1st Regiment, commanded by Lieut. Col. Burton R. Ross, was first in line. The 2d Regiment, under the command of Lieut. Col. Richard A. O'Brien, was next, follow ed by the 1st Separate Battalion, colored. The 1st Field Battery, D. C. N. G., came next, preceding the Naval Battalion, under the leadership of Lieut. Commander Ran dolph B. Brummett. The rear of the pro cession was brought up by the detach ments of the engineers, signal and hospial corps. Within a short time the procession had passed out, the park seats were arranged in the space in front of the stand and the guests were shown to their seats by the members of the reception committee, of which Mr. Fred D. Owen, who had design ed all the decorations and had charge of the arrangements for the seating, was chairman. Promptly on the hour Gen. Grenville M. Dodge, president of the So ciety of the Army of the Tennessee and chairman of the Sherman statue committee, presented Rev. D. J. Stafford, D.D., who offered a short prayer. The Invocation. Father Stafford said: "Almighty and Everlasting God, Father of all nations, look down upon us and bless us! Upon this happy day we lift our hearts to Thee in gratitude. We thank thee for the unparalleled progress of more than a hundred years, by which Thou hast dis tinguished us among the nations of the earth. We thank Thee for our glorious history, our boundless resources, our riches, our treasures, our great liberty. We thank Thee that in the hour of trial Thou didst raise up able loaders for Thy people?lead ers who by courage, ability and sacrifice saved the nation. Give us the grace to per petuate the memory of great men, not only in monuments of stone and brass, but still more In our hearts, by the emulation of their example and the imitation of their virtues. By them Thou didst save the Union, the Union one and indissoluble, and by Thy protection?invincible forever. Give us the grace, oh. God! above all to know Thee and love Thee." (Sen. Dodge then made a short speech. In which he described the statue and gave Its history. He said: Address of Gen. Dodge. I will give a brief description of the statue. At the time of the death of Gen. Sherman he was president of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee. That society immediately resolved to erect in Washing ton a suitable memorial to its great com mander. and, with the aid of Congress, lias given you this splendid, life-like work of art. Immediately after the great review of all the armies in Washington Gen. Sherman went to his home in St. Louis. At that time I was in command of that department, and !n describing this review to me Gen. Sherman said that be had witnessed the march of that magnificent and splendidly equipped Army of the Potomac, and felt a great desire that his army should make as creditable an appearance. After the re view of the first day he returned to his command across the Potomac and callod around him his commanding officers and told them what he had witnessed, urging upon them the necessity of their making known to their commands the necessity for them to brush up and put forth their best efforts in conduct and marching the next day. Ho said as he rode at the head of his column up Pennsylvania avenue, when he reached the rise near the Treasury Depart ment he turned and looked down the ave nue and saw his old army coming with their old spirit, energy and swing, and was satisfied they would do their best; and ho believed it was the happiest and most sat isfactory moment of his life. The crowd seemed to appreciate i<ls thoughts and welcomed him with a great ovation. The sculptor. Carl Rohl-Smith, has endeavored to present Gen. Sherman in bronze as l e appeared at that moment, and you can all appreciate how ably and satisfactorily he has accomplished his work. The two allegorical figures renrosent ' V5r" and "Peace." the effects of which probably no general officer more emphati cally enforced than Gen. Sherman. The bas reliefs represent on the north front the march to the sea. on the east front Sherman at Chattanooga attacking Bragg's right, on the south front the bat tle of Atlanta on July 22, the greatest bat tle of that campaign, and on the west front Sherman as many of us saw him. at mid night, walking before the camptire with hands clasped behind him. In deep thought while everything around was sleeping This is so characteristic that all who served un der Sherman will appreciate it. He once said to me that we little knew how many (Continued on Fourteenth Page.) | TILLMAN ACQUITTED End of Noted South Carolina Murder Trial. JURY OUT 24 HOURS DEFENDANT MAKES STATEMENT TO THE PUBLIC. Regrets His Victim's Death, but De clares He Was Forced to Do What He Did. LEXINGTON, S. C., October 15.?The jury in the case of J. H. Tillman has found him not guilty. The jury announced at 10:45 a.m. that a verdict had been agreed upon. The defendant and attorneys were sent for, and the jury then filed Into the court room and the verdict was read. A demonstration followed the announce ment, friends of the defendant giving vent to their feelings in a shout. The court previous to the reading of the verdict had admonished the spectators to refrain from any demonstration. Counsel for defense moved the defend ant's discharge from the sheriff's custody. No objections being made by the state, the court made the order. The Jury was out about twenty hours before returning a verdict. The defendant shook hands with the judge and members of the jury and left the court room, ac companied by his friends and counsel. Verdict Was Unexpected. There was great uncertainty when court convened today as to whether a verdict would be reached. The court was proceed ing with civil business, and aside from some of the attorneys at the local bar and a number of newspaper men and court of ficials there were but few in the court room when a loud rapping was heard on the door leading into the jury room. In a moment all were astir. That was the first sound coming from the room since the jury retired yesterday afternoon. Hasty summonses were sent out. and with as lit tle loss of time as possible the court had the jury's announcement made, thus ter minating this noted case, which was be gun eighteen days ago. Soon afte-r the jury retired yesterday a ballot was taken, the result being ten to two for acquittal. After somfl deliberation one of the two went over to the side of acquittal, but it was not until about twenty minutes before the jury sent word to the court this morning that an agreement had been reached that the twelfth man yielded. Jurors Got Little Sleep. Very few of the jurors got arfy sleep during the night. The lbng delay caused apprehension that a mistrial would result. The jury could not have stayed out 1 ?yond Saturday night at midnight. The count in the indictment charging the carrying of concealed weapons was lost sight of in the trial, and was not considered. The wife and motner of the defendant, who have attended the trial daily, were not In the court room when the verdict was announced, but the latter was on her way to the court house, having heard the news when her son walked out and met her on the street. His wife awaited him at the hotel, having been informed of the verdict in advance of his coming. Senator Till man was not present today, having re turned to iiis home yesterday, where his wife is recovering from injuries received in a runaway accident. A telegram was sent him immediateiy alter the verdict was announced. Tillman Makes a Statement. Jarnes II. Tillman, after his acquittal, made the following statement to the Asso ciated Press: "I feel very grateful at the result of the verdict, but at no time did I apprehend any serious consequences. I, of course, deeply regret the death of Mr. Gonzales, but I was forced to do what I did. I have never apprehended a conviction, for I felt that I did no more than any man would have done under the same circumstances and what I I was compelled to do. My position was fully stated in the testimony I gave on the stand. "I did ask for a change of venue because I was convinced on account of prejudice in Richland county that 1 could not get a fair and impartial trial in that county. 1 fel,t sure that as soon as my case could be pre sented to an impartial jury I could be vin dicated. The verdict has justified the cor rectness of my judgment. Lexington coun ty was selected by the prosecution. Its peo ple are law abiding and have Jong been noted lor the correctness of their verdicts and have been praised by the press." MANY DIPLOMATS CALLED. It Was a Busy Day for the Secretary ' of State. This was diplomatic day at the State Department, and Secretary Hay saw more representatives of fpreign governments than on any other day since last spring. Minister Takahira of Japan had an inter view with Mr. Hay, in which the situation in the far east was discussed at considera ble length. The minister had some recent dispatches from his government. When asked if the situation was mom pacific he replied by saying that the crists was not so imminent as it had been. Mr. Takahira has no official advices as to the character of the latest demands by Russia upon China. The Costa Rican minister, Mr. Calvo, was with the Secretary for a short time as were also Mr. Brun, the Danish minister; Mr. Pulldo, secretary of the Venezuelan lega tion; Dr. Herran. the Colombian charge, and Minister Leger of Haiti. Dr. Herran said he had no recent news from Bogota in regard to the Panama casual. WORK ON NAVAL VESSELS. The Missouri and Denver and a Num ber of Torpedo Boats Near Completion. According to the latest rtports received by Chief Naval Constructor Bowles, the battle ship Missouri lasks only 2 per cent of completion, the cruiser Denver 3 per cent and the torpedo boats; Strlngham, Golds borough, Blakely, Nicholson, O'Brien and Tingey are all within 5 per cent. Of the battle ships the Ohio Is next to the Maine, with 82 per cent of work done, while the Virginia, third on the list, is only 44 per cent completed. The Connecticut, which the-government is building at the New York navy yard, shows 18 per cent, while the Louisiana, her sister ship, which the New port News company is constructing in com petition, shows 21 per cent. The Colorado leads the armored cruisers, with U3 per cent of work done, hut is only 4 per cent ahead of the Pennsylvania and the West Virginia. Ninety-four per cent of work has been done on the protected cruiser Des Moines, which is led only by the Den ver. Work has been begun on the training brig Boxer at the Portsmouth navy yard. CHRISTIANC Y HEARD TELLS OF HEARINGS ON TURF IN VESTMENT CONCERN. Post Office Inspectors Describe Their Work of Investigating the Cases? Papers and Reports Identified. CINCINNATI, Ohio. October 15.?The United States district court room was again packed today at the trial of Daniel Voor hees Miller and Joseph M. Johns, charged with conspiracy to extort bribes from J. Ryan, manager of a turf investment com pany. C. A. G. Christiancy. who was the first assistant attorney in the office of the as sistant attorney general for the Post Office Department when Miller was the second assistant, testified at length regarding toe case of John J. Ryan & Co., who had been using the mails in "book making on laces. Christiancy did not know of all the corre spondence between Miller and Ryan or the latter's attorneys. Miller did not show him the reports of the inspectors that recom mended that a fraud order should be issued against Ryan's concern. On cross-examination witness said Ryan s attorneys came with the highest recom mendations. and Miller and Francl* C. Huebner. another clerk in the assistant at torney general's office, assisted witness in considering the case. He did not know that Miller had ever recommended a fraud order against Ryan & Co. Witness testified that he was called out of the room at one hear ing for a short time, and that at anotner hearing Miller was in charge. After Kvan appeared with his attorneys before the wit ness there was no agreement to dismiss the case and allow Ryan & Co. to continue their business. Christiancy's recomm'-mla tion was that the decision be contingent upon a subsequent report of the inspectors. Record of the Case. The witness was shown the record book of his office, indicating that the case had been dismissed. Witness could not tell who made the record. Miller's reports to him j were in accordance with those of the in spectors. After Christiancy testified to his concur rence with Miller he identified the letter that the witness wrote giving the stipula tions under which Ryan & Co. were al lowed to continue their business through the mails. After heing on the stand an hour and forty minutes Christiancy was excused, subject to recall. The government then submitted letters dated last February from Johns to Ryan, at which time the latter was a grand jury witness, and the former wanted him to meet him "half way." By these letters the government wanted to prove after the al leged conspiracy an effort to compromise, so as to avoid prosecution. Testimony of Inspectors. William J. Vickery of Evansvilie, Ind., and Robert M. Fulton, post office inspect ors. testified fully as to their work in in vestigating the cases of Miller and Johns, reciting all their meetings with the defend ants. John J. Ryan and others, and iden tifying the reports that they had made to Chief Cochran at Washington. Vickery was not cross-examined, but Mr. Rulison questioned Fulton closely as to what Miller said in concurring in their re ports on December 3. On the court's ruling out the questions of the defense Rulison had Fulton called as a witness for the de fense. Chief Inspector W. E. Cochran of Wash ington was again recalled to identify papers and reports. Paul Victor Kaiser, a clerk in the Post Office Department at Washington, testified to keeping the record of certain legal cases and to making the entry indicating the dismissal of the Ryan case, but he said he made such entries just as directed by D. V. Miller, who furnished memorandum for the same. Watson Secretly Took Notes. The monotony of the trial was broken when J. T. Watson testified that he was the private secretary to Fourth Assistant Post master General Bristow and told of the letters passing between John J. Ryan and the department. Finally Assistant District Attorney Darby asked him to describe what tcok place in the office of Fourth Assistant Postmaster General Bristow on May 14, when Gen. Robb and Chief Inspector Coch ran had an interview with Miller. He was asked to describe everything in detail In the room, and told about Fourth Assistant Postmaster General Bristow con cealing him behind his high roller-top desk in one corner of his office while Gen. Robb and Chief Inspector Cochran were in the room. Then Mr. Bristow retired and Mr. Miller was soon sent into the room, where Robb and Cochran awaited him. Miller Denied Charges. Miller was not only questioned closely by both Robb and Cochran, but he was also confronted with the reports of the post office inspectors. In this interview Miller claimed that he had done nothing with Johns until after the Ryan case was de cided, and admitted that he did not regard Johns as an attorney of record in the office for Ryan. He admitted that he had not taken copies of his letters and telegrams to Johns or filed those that he had received from him, and that he considered them as personal and not official. He denied any knowledge of the bargain to give a favor able ruling to Ryan for $4,500, and insisted that he had never received, directly cr in directly, a cent for any copy of a ruling or any information regarding the same. He declared that he did not believe that Johns had ever made any such representations as were attributed to him in the reports of the post office inspectors after they hid leceiv ed the statements of Ryan and others. Testimony of Charles H. Robb. The last witness of the day was Charles H. Robb, tl.e successor of Gen. Tyner as assistant attorney general for the Post Of fice Department. He testified to a second Interview at which the same parties were present, except that his secretary, Mr. Tullis, took the place of Mr. Watson as stenographer in an unconcealed position. The stenographic report of Mr. Tullis was then offered. This report by Tullis was signed by Miller after It was written and In long hand. Mr. Robb denied that he had taken pos session of Miller's mail before either of these interviews, but he did not deny that the post office inspectors might have dona so. He did ask Miller to let him see his mail hereafter, and asked Miller to open his letters in his presence. To all these re quests Miller assented. Gen. S. S. Sumner in the City. Major General Samuel S. Sumner, who was recently relieved from duty in com mand of the Department of Mindanao, re ported at the War Department today pre liminary to assuming command of the De partment of the Missouri, with headquar ters at Omaha, Neb. Secretary Moody's Departure. Secretary Moody left here at noon today for New York city, where he will make an address tonight at the dedication of the new building of the Republican Club of New York city. He will return here in lime to attend the meeting of the cabinet tomorrow. CONGRESS TO DECIDE QUESTION REGARDING WAR COL LEGE CONSTRUCTION. Operations to Be Suspended November 1?Insufficient Funds fcr Monumental Structure. Mai. Sewell, corps of engineers, who 1ms charge of the work of reconstructing the post of Washington barracks, so us to adapt it to the uses of the Army \\'.-.r Col lege and the Engineer School of Applica tion. has notified Gen. Gillespie, chief of engineers, that he expects to stop work on the War College building on the l^t prox imo, pending the settlement of the ques tion as to whether the building proper shall be constructed in accordance with t..e ap proved plans of the engineers or whether the revised plans of the architects shall be adopted. The appropriation fcr this building was $400,030, and that a:r. unt will be sufficient if the pi. lis of the engineers for a plain brick building are follow? 1. but about $200,000 more will be required lor . e erection of a building of monumental char acter such as designed by the architects. It is tlie purpose oi the Secretary of War to submit the question to Congress with a view of securing the necessary additional funds to meet the views of the architects, and in the event of the failure of that scheme to complete the building in ac cordance with the original plans with the money on hand. The excavation and concrete foundations are completed with the exception of the foundation for the steps and the buttress in front of the driveway. Major Sewell says that by the 1st of November the foundation work will have reached a point where it will have to stop pending action by Congress on the request for more funds. The foundation is suitable for either of the two styles of buildings under con sideration. Favorable progress is reported in the work on the row of officers' quarters, the officers' mess building, the two-company barrack building, the band barracks, and the two mess halls and kitchens, for which the amount of $500,000 is available. Seven sets of officers' quarters are ready for roof framing, while the remainder require one more shift of scaffolding to complete the brickwork. Major Sewell says that sand, gravel and cobble stones are being obtained from the material pumped in from the river, and that a large amount remains for future work. TO SUPPRESS PIRACY. Probable Mission of Gunboats Sent to Sandakan, Borneo. Although not admitted at the Navy De partment It is believed that the mission of the American gunboats Albay and Isla de Cuba to Sandakan, on the north coast of Borneo, is to assert American jurisdic tion over the small islands in that quarter purchased from Spain, and at the same time drive away the pirates who infest those Islands and prey upon commerce. The policing of these islands was formerly done by the British government, as it was principally her commerce that suffered from the depredations of the sea robbers. The protection of commerce in that quarter has recently been the subject of diplomatic correspondence between the governments of Great Britain and the United States, were correspondence gave rise to a recent report, since discredited, that the British govern ment claimed sovereignty over certain of the islands which the United States had purchased from the Spanish government. FOREIGN TRADE FALLS OFF. Imports Show Decrease for First Time in Many Months. The September figures of exports and im ports show that the exports for that month were *110,332,325, against $121,JS2,3SI for the same month last year. The imports during the same month were $81,947,140, against $S7,7S6,34G for the same month a year ago. Of the imports $30,805,388 were not dutiable and $45,081,758 were dutiable. The imports in dutiable goods showed a large falling off. the first of its kind in many months. In September, 1902, the dutiable imports were $51,245,890. The exports for the month ex ceeded the imports by $28,385,179. For the nine months ending with September the to tal imports were $758,930,379 and the total exports $989,204,199. FLANAGAN INDIGNANT. Says That Inoffensive Negroes Have Been Tortured to Death in Texas. CHICAGO, October 15.?A special to the Record-Herald from Austin, Texas, says: Gen. Webster Flanagan, United States collector of Internal revenue for this dis trict, has appealed to Governor Lanliam asking that the state render protection to the negroes of Husk county, and aid in bringing to justice the white men guilty of torturing to death two inoffensive blacks. Gen. Flanagan, who has just returned from Rus'i county, says all publication of news of the horrible treatment of the negroes has been suppressed. He made the following statement: "No one can portray the cruelties to which the negroes of Rusk county have been subjected. If the state dots not take prompt action I shall appeal to the federal authorities. A few nights before my ar iival two of the most peaceable and In offensive negroes were stripped and tied to trees and then whipped. One of the negroes died Saturday night and the other cannot recover. They want to make it a white man's county." SENATOR PLATT MARRIED. Ceremony Took Place at Holland House Last Sunday. NEW YORK, October 15.?Announcement was made today that the marriage of United States Senator Thomas C. Piatt and Mrs, Lillian T. Janeway took place at the Holland House on Sunday last. The Rev. Dr. Burrell performed the ceremony in the presence of the immediate members of Mr. Piatt's and Mrs. Janeway's families. The senator said today that he chose a private ceremony to avoid the crush end annoyance of a public wedding. Senator and Mrs. Piatt will leave the city this evening for a short trip. SECRETARY ROOT'S RETURN. Will Sail From Southampton on the Celtic October 30. Secretary Root, who is In London in at tendance on the sessions of the Alaskan boundary tribunal, with Mrs', Root and Mi.-s Root, has informed Mr. M. O. Chance, his private secretary at the War Department, that they will sail from Southampton on the 30th instant, on the steamer Celtic, and expect to be in Washington by the 9th of November. It is the purpose of Secretary Root to complete the preparation of his an nual report of the operations of the army after his return to Washington, and to re main at the head of the military establish ment until January 1 next, when he will be succeeded as Secretary of War by Gov. Taft. When a prospective purchaser sees the advertisement of M business concern in a reputable publication like The Evening Star, it fixes that concern's identity, gives it a standing. With such introduction the transaction of business is an open book. AT THE WHITE HOUSE Another Conference With Maryland Politicians. A MARSHAL REMOVED A CONFERENCE ON PROSECUTION OF POST OFFICE CASES. President Anxious to Proceed With AIJ Possible Energy ? May Ba More Indictments. There was another chapter in the Mary* land political situation at the White House today, the President spending considerable time in conference with representatives of the various elements of the republican party of that stale. The llrst Maryland visitor was Dr. Fabian Fvanklin, editor of the Bal timore News, which lias been Insisting that Senator McComas should withdraw from tho senatorial race lor reasons of party har mony. I ..iter in the day Representative Pearre, the chief lieutenant of Senator Mc Comas, called and talked with the Presi dent.. Following him arrived the bitterest political enemy of Senator McComas In Maryland?Representative Sydney Mudd, and at luncheon with the President was General Felix Agnus, editor of the Haiti more American. Last week the President had a conference with Wesley M. Olcr o? the Baltimore Herald. To all of his callers today, and he had sent for all of them, tho President urged party harmony as a neces sity to republican victory in the state. He insisted that all differences should be laid aside and tiie party get right for a hard and winning fight. The President has had some difficulty In making the Maryland factions understand his position. Because he had some early conferences with the anti-McComas leaders In the state the McComas people felt that he unintentionally and indirectly gave cre dence to stories started by the opposition faction that the President sympathized wltli them in their efforts to defeat Senator Mc Comas. So the President has been com pelled to announce to all tint lie la not making senators in any state or unmaking them; that he is not opposing or favorintc Senator McComas, but wants a republican victory, if party harmony can bring It about. There is little evidence so far that the President has succeeded in bringing about the harmony that he desires. The anti-Mc Comas people listen to the President and go away with the determination, often plainly spoken, that he must be defeated, and will be defeated. Despite this the Presi dent is hopeful that before the election comes around the factions will get together. Representative Mudd expressed satisfaction with his interview on leaving, but had lit-, tie to say as to the prospects of harmony. Mr. Pearre is Hopeful. Representative Pearre, on the contrary, unhesitatingly pronounces the outlook in Maryland better than for a long time. 'Mr. 'R illiams, the republican nominee for governor, is making friends and votes right along," said Mr. Pearre. "He is a fine man, and the people wlio see and hear hlrn have confidence in his sincerity, honesty and integrity. They also regard him aa able and pure, and everything points to his election. Mr. Warfield, the democratio candidate, has for years been identified witli the old democratic ring in the state, and the people feel that he is still under its influence and guidance. They do not believe th*t the leopard can change its spots. Mr. Warfield most skillfully and carcfully made It appear that his candidacy was an apical to the popular feeling of the people, and that wnoever they wanted should he nominated, but It is well rem.?m. bered that no action was taken as to Mr. Warfield's nomination until Senator Gor man returned from Europe. Shortly after that no question was left of Mr. Warfield'? candidacy. He is looked upon as the ring candidate, and the independent voters throughout the state will not support him. "The President's relations with Senator McComas are most friendly, and he has the highest regard for Mr. McComas. There IS no truth in any of the stories that he re gards Mr. McComas with anything but a favorable opinion." A Marshal Removed. The President, upon the recommendation of the Attorney Generalfi has removed Mar shal Fred A. Field of the district of Vermont for dereliction of duty in permitting the escape at Providence. Rhode Island, of three Chinamen intrusted to him for de portation. The prisoners who escaped with eleven others were under sentence of deportation and were conducted to Providence, Rhode Island, on the evening of June :? and placed on board a steamer at that point some time prior to 5 o'clock. At 5:30 the marshal left the boat and returned to Bos ton, leaving the prisoners in charge of his son, who was acting as his deputy, to ac company the prisoners to San Francisco. Before leaving the vessel the marshal In formed his son that two men upon the boat who he claims had been pointed out to his aa proper persons, but whom he had never seen before, might assist him If necessary, and that he might leave the prisoners in their charge while he went to supper. The deputy did so, and upon his return from supper found that the two men and the three prisoners had escaped. The marshal claimed that these two men had been pointed out by the agent of the railroad company with which the govern ment had arranged for rheir transportation across the continent. The agent'positively denies this state ment. and without passing upon the ques tion of veracity raised by this denial the Attorney General was of the opinion that upon the marshal's own story he was guilty of such culpable negligence as to call tor his immediate removal in the interest 61 the service. Conference Over Postal Cases. An important conference, relative t? the prosecution of the post office case* now pending in the courts and possi ble future indictments, was held at the White House this morning. Attorney General Knox, Assistant Attorney Gen eral Purdy and Holmes Conrad and Charles J. Bonaparte, special counsel for the government in the postal cases, were with the President a long time, going over the methods to be pursued in the trial of the cases. An outline of the way In which the prosecution is to be con ducted was given to the President, and he made suggestions to the legal talent assembled around him. impressing upon them his hope tiiat the government would push these cases with all possible energy. That rurther indictments are probable was shown by the fact that thla was one of the subjects discussed. The details of the discussion were, of course^ keRt In secrecy by those who took part, but there is understood to be several men of promience yet under investiga tion in connection with the cases who may have to answer to the summons of a grand Jury. Vome of these eases may develop in the hearing of those who are now under indictment, and this phase was one of the tilings discussed. The government not only desires the con viction of those who have been indicted, but wants to develop every bit of testi mony possibie that will aid In pushin* prosecutions to the fullest degree Attorney General Knox Is represented as satisfied with the conduct of the legal