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Kir.la presented his children to the Pre*l
Senator Mitchell of Oregon. presented mime friends from his state. A-ither caller was B. Law ton Wigsins. vice chancellor of the t'niverslt - of the South, at Suwanee. A Visitor From India. Maj. S. W. Saxtein presented to the Pres ident Meewanjee A. J. Noble, of Bombay. Mr. Noble and Maj. Saxton recently came over on the same steamer. Mr. Noble. Is a Parsee of India, and the religion of him self and his fathers Is one of the o'dest of the world. It was founded by-Zoroaster, and was one of the earliest of the Persian religions. The ancestors of the Parsees fled from Persia to India about the eighth gtntury on acount of Mohammedan perse cution The Parsees expose their dead oil structures resembling a tower, and celled the towers of silence Vultures devour the tit sh and the bones fall through a grating. Parsism hed spread through the east to a large extent In tlie da>s of Christ. NOT OFFICIALLY ADVISED. I Labor Leaders Here Have Not Received Copy of Strike Order. It nas stated this afternoon that the of ficers of I.ocal Union No. !? of the Interna tional Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers have not received a copy of the national strike order issued by the ex ecutive committee of the International body n?alnst the Iron league. The order be came effective today. Notwithstanding the fact that such an or der would not afreet Washington, in that :tio local contracts arc held by members of Jhe Iron League, the labor leaders of this City are much interested in the develop ments in New York city and elsewhere. Re ports received here indicate that the pres ent grievances between the Iron I.eague and the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers will lie ad justed along lines laid down by President ? Buchanan The conviction of Sain Parks, the walking delegate of Local I'nion No. 2 of New York, charged with extortion, in the opinion of local labor lenders, has a hearing upon the present situation. It lias caused considerable depression among the members of the New York body. As a re sult of the conviction Parks' adherents are re|>orted to have dwindled down to a sm >11 ti u in her. IN THE POLICE COURT. Minor Cases Heard and Determined? Forfeitures of Collateral. A horse attached to a wagon belonging to Llttlefleld, Alvord & Co. was examined in Northeast Washington yesterday afternoon by Agent Babbitt of the Humane Society, who found that the horse was lame and not , in a condition to ne worked. The driver . was directed to take the horse back to Its ' stable and not work tt unt'I Its leg was well. A charge of cruelty to animals was filed against Mortimer H. Acheson. man ager of t'ne company, lie left collateral at the police station, which was forfeited by his non-appearance in the Police Court this morning ? Fred Branson gave up f- for riding his bicycle on Pennsylvania avenue yesterday with the handle bars of the bicycle at a point lower than is permitted by law. Gustave and James Lanshurgh of 419) 7th . street northwest demanded a Jury trial on a " charge of violating the anti-smoke law at their place of business the 24th instant. Hearing of the case was postponed until a later date. John Moore forfeited &> for speeding his automobile over the car tracks on 14tli street northwest yesterday. William A. Roberts of 415 5tli street northwest left fci.50 at the sixth precinct yesterday for his appearance In the Police Court this morning to answer to a charge of refusing to pay that amount of money as hack hire to Howard Dyer of Cm 8th Street southwest, driver of a public vehicle. Roberts failed to appear In court and the money, which was declared to be forfeited, was turned over to Dyer. Altera Carter, charged with working a lame horse, forfeited fct security. John H. Saunders forfeited a similar amount for driving a horse with a sore shoulder. The New Italian Cabinet. Secretary Hay has been advised by Am bassador Meyer that the Italian premier has named the following members of the new cabinet at Rome: Si^nor Tlttonl. min ister of foreign affairs, and Deputy Luz zatl, minister of finance. The advice, which is dated ><sterday. says that it is prob able .that the entire cabinet will be an nounced today. Minister Beaupre to Take a Rest. The State Department has granted I'nited Slates Minister Beaupre leave of absence from his post at Bogota, and lie will re turn to the* I'nited States at one*e. a sign that there is no present expectation of the immediate resumption of consideration of a new canal treaty. The Columbian con gress adjourns toelay. Tests of Naval Vessels. The Des Moines. Tacoma and Strlngliam will be tested shortly, the last named ves sel within the next week and the other two within the next two months. The Strlngham is the last of the three torpedo boats authorized in lstiT. and is nearly four years overdue, notwithstanding she was built upon contractors' plans and specifica tions Movements of Naval Vessels. The Scorpion has arrived at Tompk ns ville, the Bancroft ?it Persacola. the Al?rt at San Diego and the Newport at Jackson ville. The Monterey anil Nanshan left Shang hai yesterday for Amoy, the Ponipey left Cavite for Newchang, the Yankton left Portsmouth. N. II., for Norfolk, the Don Juan de Austr.a left Hong Kong for Cavite and the Peoria left Newpo-t yes terday in search of a wreck. Decorated by the Shah. The Shah of Persia has conferred the de<orition of the OrdT of the Lien and Sun upon Henry C. Finkerstein. s^c-etary to Ctii. Isiac Khun, the Persian min'ster to the 1 niteil States. Appointed Notary Public. Mrs Nettie P. McKnew and Mr. Karl Herbert Kenning have be*n appointed no tar. es public for the D s'.r.et of Columbia. The Porpois? and Shark Accepted. The acting secretary of the navy has fin a at cepteel the submarine torpedo boats Porpoise and Shark. Will Go Into Mud Dock for Winter. The gunbe>at Helena has been ordered from Shanghai to Newchwang, China, where it i> expected she will remain during the winter months. She will go into a mud dock to protect her from the le*e In the r'.ver and her retentiein at Newchwang is regarded as a mark e>f the assertion of the I'nited States authorities to the free use of that open port. Appointed Consul at Nassau. 1 The P f -itlcnt has appointed Julian I'otter of New York, a nephew of Bishop Potter. I'nited States consul at Nassau, B. W. I. Mr. Wolf Calls a Board Meeting. Simon Wolf, president of the board, has called a meeting ftf the !x>ard of dele Kate*! of civil and religious rights to meet Ht the Ar!i11>ii Hotel in this city No vember 1" lx and 1!?. Cavalry Officers Exchange Places. Major Daniel II. Boughton has been transferred from' the 2d Cavalry to the 11th Cav liy. :i 1 Major Frederick W. Sibley 'from the llth Cavalry to the 2d Cavalry. ? i ?Gen. Craighill Visits the Department. 'General Craighill, I'nited States army, ' retire 1. formerly chief of engineers, is on a .visit to Washington. He spent some time *?t the War Department today visiting mili tary acquaintances. Geo. Harries' Account of Mrs. Booth-Tucker's Death. HARROWING INCIDENTS WORK OF UNHUBT PASSENGERS FOR THE WOUNDED. Salvation Army Leader Dies Within About Two Hours After Accident ?Woman's Heroism. Gen. George H. Harries, commanding the District militia, was a passenger on the train that was wrecked at Dean hake. Mo., Wednesday night, when Mrs. Booth-Tucker was killed and a number of passengers seriously injured. General Harries was re turning to Washington from Fort Riley, Kan., where he had been a spectator dur ing the maneuvers of the army and na tional guard troops. He gives a graphic j description of the wreck and the harrow ing scenes that followed it. "There were six cars, more or less, seri ously concerned in the wreck," he said to day. "These were three tourist sleepers, two standard sleepers and a dining car. They were the last six cars of the train. The wreck was probably caused by a loose wheel on the chair car. ahead of the llrst tourist sleeper, which disarranged the switch at the water tank at Dean l?ake and threw the remainder of the train over to the siding. The breaking of the train threw the first tourist sleeper against the tank and it caromed off. across the siding and the main track and struck, on its side, about two hundred yards from the other five coaches, which were also thrown against the tank, hut did not go very far fiom it. Our car, tlK- iast standard sleep er on the train, did not reach the water tjnk before it was shopped by the stopping of the other cars. It was thrown partly over on its side, however, as were all the others. "There had been some trouble with my berth. I had an entire section and the porter could not get the upper section open to get out blankets, etc. He called the conductor of my car and the three of us attempted to get the thing open. We made no progress, however, and the porter from thi first tourist car and the other Pullman conductor were called in to help. When the Crash Came. "It was while these men were consulting as to the best means to get the berth open that the car left the track. I felt it go, and braced myself for a shock. I might Just as well have braced to buck a cyclone. I was thrown out of my seat and into the aisle. A woman from a near-by berth fell on top of me, and a man stumbled over us. We were not hurt, however, and soon got out of the car." "Maj. Charles Ourand, inspector general of the District militia, was in the same car with me. He was unhurt. One of the Pull man conductors was very seriously hurt, however, ahout the head. "As soon as we could get out of the car we organised ourselves into relief parties. A section was told off to get water, an other to get blankets, still another to get mattresses and other things necessary, while a large party, with the engineer of the train and myself, started in to get the people out of the cars. The forward part of the_traln, consisting of the engine and five cars. I think, had passad 011 safely and had been stopped by the engineer about five hundred yards from the water tank. The first tourist sleeper had fallen about three hundred yards behind the forward cars, and we were about two hundred yards behind that. At that time I did not know there was another car wrecked forward of us. and the people on the forward cars did not know anything of the wreck until twenty minutes or half an hour after we went to work. "The work of getting the people out of those cars was sometlring to tax the strength of a giant. The cars were simply smashed to splinters. I attempted to pick up the sill of one of the car doors, and it came apart in my hands like ro much rotten wood, in splinters smaller than a toothpick. There was so semblance of the tourists' car left, although the standard sleepers were in good condition. What the Accident Developed. "It was a time to bring out all that was noble in the character of the men and wo men on that train, and it certainly devel oped some of the grandest specimens of the human race I have ever seen. There was one young woman. Miss Beatrice Dar rell of Los Angele3, Cal., who was pulled out of one of the cars among the first. She had nothing on but her night dress. We piocured her a blanket which she fastened about herself in some manner and then she went to work with us. She carried water and stimulants to the wounded. She would give a drink of brandy or water to a wounded person before we could get them out of the cars. She was an angel of mercy if there ever was one. and was everywhere at all times. "When the wounded were all cared for I asked her when she was going to sit down. She smiled and said she would I11 a minute and asked the doctor to see if he couldn't do something with her feet while she rest ed. She put her feet in his hands, and dirty feet they were, too, from running about barefooted, and the doctor found seven pieces of glass in one of them, to gether with Innumerable splinters. The other foot was in the same condition, lit erally cut in pieces, and she had walked about attending to the sick and wounded without paying the slightest attention to the pain she herself felt. "William Gordon Jones of Muscogee, In ?lian territory, was a nobleman produced by that night's work. Mr. Jones Is a big. pow erful man, possessed of the strength of a Kiant. and more than one person on that train have reason to thank him for their lives, for he. with Dr. Charles Hunter of Pittsburg. Kans., and Major Ourand. were the hardest workers in the whole outfit. Dr. Hunter was a wonder. He seemed to be omnipresent, was everywhere, attend ng to ;h< injured and cheering up those suffering ironi shock. Everybody on the train turned out with a hearty will and helped rescue the people. Recognizes Mrs. Booth-Tucker. "I first knew that there was a car ahead when some one Informed me there was a woman dying up the road. I inquired as to how she got there and then learned of the wrecked tourist car. I hurried to the spot indicated and found the woman. She was dressed in a Salvation army uniform. Close beside her was a man, also in the uniform of the salvation army. I procured some?| water and a sponge and washed the blood from the woman's face as well as I could, and recognized Mrs. Booth-Tucker. I hur ried to the man and washed his face. also, thinking it might be Booth-Tucker, but found it was not. "Mrs. Booth-Tucker. I saw at once, was very badly hurt, and when 1 first arrived she began to scream v.ith pain. Her head was cut from the crown down to her eye lids, and there was a severe cut at the back of her head. She was also injured about the side and body. She, with Colonel Holland of the Salvation Army, and her secretary. Miss Dammes, were the sole oc cupants of that car. She had boarded the train at Amity. Col., and had been unable to secure accommodation in the regular Pullman. She had spent tlie day in the car dictating letters and reports to her secre tary. "At Kansas City the conductor informed her that she could get accommodation in the Pullman, and went forward to her car twice lietween ? o'clock and the time the accident occurred, to -urge her to come back to the Pullman. Miss Dammes had been sent back with the luggage, and Col onel Holland had made a trip to Hie car also, when the accident occurred. Miss Dammes was in our car when the tourist left the track, so that Mrs. Booth-Tucker and Colonel Holland were the only .occu pants of the tourist. "Dr. Hunter hurried to the side of tlie In jured woman as soon as he learned ot her 1 plight and we made her as comfortable as'| possible. She was later carried to the wait ing room of the station, a little box-like af fair, where we laid her on a matt rear. That was more than two hours after the accident. Dr. Himter worked over her un tiringly from the time be found her until her death. wMch occurred about twenty minute* after we arrived at the station. A Pathetic Incident. "A very touching scene occurred in that tittle station, one that I shall always carry in my mind. Just before Mrs. Booth-Tucker died 1CtaB Danmci cane into the room and -asked if there was any hope. I was help ing the doctor and toid lier I did not think there was. She looked at us for a moment and then asked the division superintendent of the road, who had arrived by that time and who was working like a Trojan for all of u>. to have the room cleared. He did as she bid and stood, at the door to keep the curious txwple out. Then, In that rude little station, which was crowded with the four of us, that noble little woman knelt down beside her dying leader and recited a simple prayer. She did it as though It was the most natural thing in the world, and told us she could never face the commander again unless she said something. Mrs. Booth-Tucker died as her secretary was praying. "The railroad people soon straightened things out for us and in a little-while we were on the way to Chicago. I called on Commander Booth-Tucker while there and told him of his wife's death and her secre tary's action. I have not heard from any of the people, except Colonel Holland, who was reported to have a chance for recovery, but I believe that the Injuries will go hard with some of the older of the passengers. There were forty or more hurt, some of them seriously, it looked to me. I escaped with nothing more than a bruise or two. which might have been received while I was helping; out the wounded." General Harries spoke enthusiastically of the army maneuvers, and said he had learned several things worth knowing In connection with the work done at Fort Riley during the past three weeks. STRIKE THREATENED. Labor in Controversy With Contractors Over Tile Layers. It is understood in labor circles that the controversy between Duhey & Sons and tlie Allied Council of Building Tradas of the Central Labor Union over the alleged employment of non-union tile layers in the construction of the Woodley apartment house, on Connecticut avenue, will early next week result in a general strike ?on all structures being erected by the con tractors. Such a strike will involve between 250 and <i00 workmen of various callings. The labor organization and the contract ors have been at odds with each other for some time past, and ooth seem determined to stand by the position they have estab lished. The employment of non-union tile layers, it is said, was brought to the at tention of the labor union early last Sep tember. Failing In their attempts to ar rive at an amicable agreement with the contractors, it is said, the officials of the union ordered all workmen employed on the structure to quit work. The order was observed, and since then it is stated, no members of the labor body have been working on the apartment house. The last few weeks have brought the con tractor's and the labor officials no closer to gether. To make the power of the organi zation felt the labor leaders, it is said, have ordered a general sympathetic strike on three other structures being built by Duhey & Sons. The three structures In question are apartment houses, and are located, re spectively. on Connecticut avenue, next to the Army and Navy Club; T street between 14th and 15th streets and the southwest corner of 15th and L streets. There are employed on these build:ngs ironworkers, plumbers, sleamfltters. painters, carpenters, engineers, paperhangers and laborers. TREASURY CHANGES. Announcement of Appointments and Promotions. The following changes in the classified service of the Treasury Department are announced: Appointments on certification by the Civil Service Commision?Fred W. Gast, Mis souri. $1,21X1. supervising architect's office; Fred A. Wolff. Ohio. $3'H). secretary's office; Floyd A. Miller. Vermont, $1,200, su pervising architect s office; Chester B Graham. Iowa. $1,210, supervising archi tect's office; Andrew L. Hunter, Texas. $72", register's office. Appointments by transfer from other de partments?William K. Stewart, Aiizona, $W*>, register's office by transfer from Post Office Dep'-'Tent; Charles C. Red wood, Texas, ?J.2 0, office of auditor for War Department, by transfer from War Department; Edmund F. Bates, Massachu setts, $1.0?>0. supervising architect's office by transfer from Treasury Department; Henry J. Si' ->enthal, South Dakota, $1,200. office of auditor for Post Office Department by transfer from Interior Department; John P. Buckley. Louisiana, $720, office of auditor for War Department by transfer from Navy Department. Promotions?office of the secretary?Eu gene R. Putnam. Missouri. $1<KX) to $1,800; George W. Ashworth. Maryland. $1,800 to $2,OiiO. office of supervising architect Walter I. Gideon, Virginia. $1.2t0 to *1,500; Alvin T. Gregory, Michigan. tlVX) to $1,200; Myron P. Potter, Massachusetts. $1,2C0 to $1,50J; Oscr.r L. Housal, U.inois. $1,200 to 11.??<*). Office of auditor for Treasury Depart ment?Fred. A. Ashenbach, Missouri, $1,40'? to $1,000; K. C. Ford. Iowa. Jl.fiO) to $1.841; Will,am F. Carter, North Carolina, $l,it>i to $1,000; Pinckney W. Smith. Illinois, $1,200 to $1,400; E. St. Clair Thompson. Texas, $1,200 to $1,400; Robert H. Wood, Ohio, $1,000 to $1,200; Ira T. Trusler, In diana. $!XXI to $1,000. Office of auditor for War Department James P. Hart. Pennsylvania, $1,000 to $1,200; Harlow I.. Street, California, $1.20' to' $1,400; Miss Mary T. Bickford. District of Columbia. $!M> to $1,000; Mrs. E. G. Scott, Indiana. $*i0o to $7<x>; Mrs. J. D. R anhardt. New York, $720 to $810; Miss Em.ly K Prince, Massachusetts, S1L0 to $ I ,< 0); C. R Owen. Alabama, $840 to $1(00; Mrs. Dolla It Mac-Donald, Minnesota, $1.0tX) to $1,20); R. W. A. Wilda, Alabama, $1,400 to $1,L0); Urban H. HesLer, Ohio, $1,-00 to $1,40); John McCarthy. District of Columbia, $1,000 to $1,2IXJ; Miss Flora Nichols, District of Columbia, $1)00 to $1,000; Miss M iry E. Dab ney, Illinois, $X40 to $1X*>; Mrs. Lou se Pur lin. New York. $0?<0 to JK40; Arthur L. Webb, Texas, $1,200 to $1,400; J. Henry Roeth, Maryland, $1,000 to $1,300; Andrew S. Mitchell. Ohio, $!!00 to $1,000: Misi lx>t tie Rienke, District of Columbia, $S40 to $000. Office of auditor for Interior Department Preston E. Northup, Illinois. $I.fioO to $1,800; Miss Jennie T. Rugg, Massachusetts. $1.4<'0 to $1,000; Charles I,. Brockway. South Da B0NA FIDE CIRCULATION. The sworn statement below shows that the circulation of The Star Is what It la claimed to be. Furthermore, within the city of Washington its circulation Is more than double that of any other payer, whether morning or evening, and it is regularly delivered every day, by carriers, to fifteen thousand subscribers who taue no other Washington dally paper. Circulation of The "Evening Star." Saturday, October 24, 1903? ?39,355 Monday, October K, 1903- 32,878 TUBSDAY, October 27, 1903 33,105 Wkdszsoay, October 28, 1903 32,777 Thursday, October23, 1903 ? 32,892 mit>AY, October 30, ?90i...? -.32,777 Total 203,781 l>?ily average 33,963 I solemnly swear that the above statement represents only the number of copies ot THE EVENING STAR circulated during the six secular days ending Friday, October ??. linn?that is, the number of copies ac tually sold, delivered, furnished or mailed, for valuable consideration, to bona tide pur chasers or subscribers, and that the copies so counted are not returnable to or remain in the office unsold. J. WHIT IIERRON, Business Manager, The Evening Star Newspaper Company. Subscribed and sworn to before me this thirty-first day of October, A.D. 1903. CORNELICS ECKHARDT, -Notary Public. D. C. kota. $1,200 fo" JT.4O0: Clarence A. Hartley. Indiana, $?00 A> jjl.ooui Office of auditor for Post Office Depart 2?J?t7Mif8J2tttte 8--St- Clair, Maryland, y"?. Miss Mary A. White. New ZZl ' >: lOu Emma U Wllklns, Crippen. DtetrWrbf CbluraM*. *900 to fl.000; *?nn?rlvaiUa, $7? to t'qRoMns, Indian territory, f9^. to My): Miss Veda C. Baldwin, New <?? '<$?&?? J? C? ?*jFer' Ken V&T- ^TT*); Mis" Mary E. Trlplett, District of Columbia, 9G00 to $6fl0; Miss Florence AppterflMaryland. #X)0 to $000. Office of the<n?t1ster of the treasury?Mrs. Geraldine Pottsu, Maryland, $720 to #?00; Airs. Elizabeth C. Barber. Pennsylvania. $6H0 to $720. J ^ Office of Internal revenue?Samuel L Ste phenron, Iliin6is,Jl,800 to $2,250: Miss Mary E. Alexander. Pennsylvania, $1,000 to $1,800; Edwin M. True [I Wisconsin. $1,4410 to $1,000; Elmei'.-A. .Forbes, Kansas, $1,200 to $1,4<:0; Wlllfkm g. Blanchard, Virginia, $1.(00 to $1,200. ? Office pf controller of the currency? George R. WMtriey, Vermont. $1,200 to $1,400; Miss Antoinette Avery, Minnesota, $1,000 to $1,200;' John W. Snapp, Illinois, $1)1*) to $1,000. * . Office of treasurer, United States-Emil Krulish, Minnesota, jl.000 to $1,200; .George O. Barnes, Pennsylvania, $!?? to $1,000; Herman L. Sinicoe, Illinois, $700 to $UOO; I Harry C. Hartley, Illinois, $000 to 57!K). WHARF ENCLOSURE. Commissioner Macfarland Wants Bal ing Regarding Use of Appropriation. Commissioner Macfarland today wrote to the Secretary of the Treasury relative to the proposed construction of a fence to enclose the wharf or the District of Colum bia Naval Battailon. The Commissioner asked the Secretary for a ruling as to whether the appropriation for the year 1003 "for the construction of suitable dock for United States stenipship Fern and United States steamship. Oneida" may be properly regarded as a permanent appropriation so that the unexpended balance of $220.51 which remains to the credit of the fund may be used in th? construction of the fence. Commissioner Macfarland calls the atten tion of the Secretary to the communication recently received by the District authori ties from Major T..L. Averill, chief engi neer of the District siilitia, in which is set forth the necessity (>f building the fence in order that the battalion may properly per form its duties and have complete posses sion of the wharf. In his letter to tl?e treasury official Mr. Macfarland says, in part; "The indorsement of the auditor of the District, dated the ^3d instant, shows that the balance of the amount appropriated by Congress "for ?construction of suitable dock for 1 nited States steamship Fern and 1 nited States steamsJhip Oneida,' is not now available, since the same is carried as a subhead in the appropriation for the 'Militia, District of Columbia,' for the fiscal year ended June 30, n>o3. "We respectfully suggest that the appro priation 'for construction of suitable dock for 1 nited Sta-fes Steamship Fern and' t nited States ste&mship Oneid;*^' may prop erly lie regarded as a permanent or indefi nite appropriation, without fiscal year, available until the specific purpose for which the same was made has been fully completed. ? - Submitting this view for your consider ation, we respecfFatiy ask that the proper transfer may be-maoe, so as to classify the appropriation 'To?, fbnst ruction of suitable dock for 1'nitWf States steamship Fern and T'nited States 'ste^Aiship Oneida,' as In definite or witffou(fiscal year, so that the balance of $2ft.ffUreferred to in the audi tor s Indorsement ijjiiy be available for ex penditure for .tjfie construction and painting of a fence to'mek.se the dock of the Dis trict of Columbia Naval Battalion." RECElVfe ^EIR CHECKS. . .. ' School Teachers Unanimously Approve New System of1 Paying Salaries. The school teachers of the District of Co lumbia are expressing approval in strong terms of the 5ew* plan Instituted by "Dis bursing Officer C- C. Rogers for the pay ment of thoseh^fpstruct the youth of the national capital, Todajj is a school holiday and the first p?pf dpy tff'the year, and of the l.oOC public seshool^feacfiers of the city all but eighteen have received their checks for service for the past month. The eighteen who have not received their warrants on the Treasury Department are either sick or I on leave of absence. Under the method of paying teachers; formerly- in vogue the checks would not have been turned over to the teachers until next Monday; conse quently, the new plan is hailed with delight by those who are benefited thereby. hen the system was first proposed there was considerable dissatisfaction expressed among the instructors of the city schools with regard to signing the pay rolls in ad vance of receiving their checks, the fear being expressed that under the new plan the warrants would not be forthcoming until a week after the end of the month. The signed pay rolls were presented to the disbursing officer yesterday morning, and last evening the checks were turned over to the school authorities, and by them trans mitted to the teachers late yesterday after noon. This was done because of the fact that today is a -School holiday, and if the checks were held until the last day of the month the teachers would have been obliged to wait until Monday to receive their pay. MINISTER'S HEAVY Lt^SS. W. Steele's Home and Valuable Library Destroyed by Fire. The neat little suburban home of Rev. J. W. Steele, at Lanh.im. m<1.. was burned to the ground at an early hour yesterday morning. Everything w.iS swept by the flames, including a splendid library, the careful purchase ojE his thirty years' min istry, and valued at $l.rj00. and all his man uscript sermons, furniture and clothing. There was a small insiir-in<-f? on the house but nothing whatever on the library and furniture. Mr. Steele Is pastor of Fletcher M E Church, corner 4th street and New Vork avenue northwest, and was In the ,*ity yes terday as usual, only-to learii oC h|8 great loss on his return home last evening. TRIBUTE TO ADMIRAL BOWLES. The President Refers to His Services as Notable. Rear Admiral Bowles tendered his resig mtion to the President as chief constructor, U. S. N., chief of the bureau of construction and repair and also his commission as a naval constructor in the navy, to take effect on the 31st instant. "An opportunity," -said Admiral Bowies, "having ofTered^tBijlfeenabllng me to con tinue profession^ w;pyk in private life un der such circ?m?tun*ps,that the advantages to my family cbukl';hot be overlooked, I part with proft&r.cP regret with duties which are congenial, and from the strong personal ties forMed'thr twenty-eight years' service in the nary." ". The President'1 repTfed to this letter as follows: .jj. "My Dear Adirffrat*fr(.wles: "Your resignation Jit* the appointment as ci.-lef construct^, tufted States navy and of your commission JS, a naval constructor, to take effect otr'ltejnst instant, has been received, and I *cc'ej& it with regret. Your services to theja?V$f and therefore to the country as a wROB. Rftve been notable, and I desire to expr^ .fi?y, sincere appreciation of tljem. "Sincerely youfs. (Signed) "THEUPORE ROOSEVELT." Rear Admiral TJowTes and his successor. Rear Admiral Capps, sailed on the Presi dent yesterday In .company with Acting Secretary Darling. ,and it was arranged that Rear Admiral iCapps should formally assume the discharge of the duties of chief of the bureau of "^nsiructlon and repair Monday morning. H'a successor as chief of the construction department of the New York navy yard lias not been announced. - Condition Serious. William Bates. Utfrty-flve years old. whose home is at (6<SG South Carolina ave nue southeast, is'ft"patient at the Emer gency Hospital suffering from a fracture of the skull and concilsstcw of the brain. Hl3 injury was caused Ijy g brick striking him on his head while , he- Vas ' working near 14th street and Thomas. Circle. His con dition Is serious, but itris expected that he will recover. "* -it*. FIIAKCEJjD TRADE Business at Low Ebb in Wall Street. GOOD BANK STATEMENT THIS HELPED TO STRENGTHEN PRICES. The Closing Was Extremely Doll, but Heavy?Few Changes Recorded. NEW YORK. October 31?Listless trading made opening prices in the stock market without material change from last night. Small fractional recessions were the rule. Business was at a very low ebb. The pro fessional traders apparently waited for the bank statement. Prices then grow slightly better. Amalgamated, Union Pacific, Atch ison and Reading showed the wiSest fluc tuations, but even in them the movement did not exceed one-half per cent. Trading was practically supended until the bank statement appeared, when prices hardened, as the statement did not show the loss In cash reserve expected by up ward of $T>,<XIO,000. Amalgamated, Colorado Fuel, Republic Steel, preferred. Ice, Cotton Oil. Minneapolis and St. Louis and Peoria and Eastern were carried from 1 to 2 over last n ght. Pressed Steel Car lost 1, 'l'oledi, St. Louis and Western, preferred. 3, and Westinghouse Electric 4. The advance halt ed and the closing was extremely dull but steady. New York Stock Market. Furnished by W. B. Hibbs & Co.. bankers and brokers. 1419 P st., members New York stock exchange, Washington stock ex change and Chicago board of trade. <6% 90 74% "sH% 118 32% 67 90 75 ~?8 " iwy, lift 3->% iso% lso^ iso% 100% lot loo1? 135% 185% 185% 109% 110 109% "90% si'% "<#% 119 119 1183? 10- 20% 20 f.7 57 ?6% 21% 21% 21% 119% 120% 119% 94 "4 94 27 27 26% 44; g i,ri% uv. Amalaramatert Coppir.. Am. Car k Foundry An\ Car & Foundry, pf1 American lce_ Ameiican Smeltlii? Amf Smelting, pfd American Su?ar Anaconda ? Atcb., Top. <t 9. Fe Atch., Top. <t 8. Ke, pf.1. Baltimore A Ohio Baltimore & Ohio, pfd... Brooklyn Kapld Trail... Canadian Pacific Chesapeake & Ohio Chicago & Alton Chicago Great Western. Chi., Mil. & St. Paul Chicago., R. I. & P Colorado Fuel A iron... Consolidated Gas Delaware A Hudson Krle, common Krie, 1st pfd Erie, 2d pfd General Electric.. Illinois Central Louisville & Nashville.. Manhattan Elevated? Metropolitan St. Ry Mo.. Kan. <b Tex., pl'J_ Missouri Pacific.. New Vork Central.. N. Y.. Oat. A Westirn.. Norfolk & Western tfacillc Mail Steamship. Pennsylvania It. it People's Gas ofChicuza. Pressed Steel Car Heading ... Heading, lit pfd.. Reading. 2d pfd._ Republic Steel A Iron.. Rubber Goods... St. I.ouis & S. F.. 2d uf l. St. Louis Southwestern. St. I.oulsS. VV., pld..__ Southern Pacific.. Southern Railway Southern Railway, pfil.. Tennessee Coal & iron.. Texas Pacific Union Pacific.. Union I'acifio, pfd ... United States Leatner.. L*. 8. Leather, pfd United Slates Rubber... United States Steei U. S. Steel, pfd Wa basil Wabash, pfd Western Union Wisconsin Central.. Mo.,Kan. A Tex., com. Ch., R. 1. A P., pfd Wheeling A L. fc? cool Kansas City Southern American Locomotive.. Ajnericau Loco., pfd.... GOVERNMENT BOXnfe. 3 per cents, registered. 19#S 3 per ceats, coupons. 1908 3 per ceats. small, 1908.... 4 per cents, registered, 1907 4 |>er cents, coupons. 1907 4 i>er cents, registered, 1925 4 i>er cents, coupons, 192."i 5 per cents, registered, 1904 5 per cents, coupons, 1904 2 uer cents, registered 2 per cents, coupons District of Columbia's Open. High. Low. Cloae. S8 J*% 38 88% 19% 19)'a 19% 19% % 6% "'<>% ~"6>4 114% 116% 114% 115% 67 90 28*" 188% ?MV. S2'4 66% 90 74% ~S6% 118 "27% i'38% 27% .7% 27 27% C 6% (6% C6'^ 66 >| 130% 101 135% 109% 91% 119 20% f*% 21% 120'^ 94 26 % 4o% ?% 14% 14% 14% Bid. AsktHi. lOSVi 109',* 100' H)6% 111% 111% 134% 13.-,y. 101H 102% 107% 107% 120 110 iiii'% 112% 135 136 108 108 81 80% 80% 70%-% 78% 79% 44'V/i 43%-% 44 4*%-' .Wi 43-43% Grain, Provisions and Cotton Markets. CHICAGO, October 31.-Grain: open. High. Low. Close. Wheat-Dec ftoVfc May 7H\k Corn?Dec 48% May 43 Oats Dec 85% May 30% CHICAGO, October 81 - Provisions: Open. IIl#h- Lo'r Pork?Jan 12.20 May 12.2T. Lard - Jan 0.72 May 6.HO Rite?Jan 0.30 May 6.42 .. NEW*YORK, Octobw 31.-Cotton: Open. ll'Sh December 10.28 Januurr 10.20 March 10.20 May 10.82 July 10.81 10.49 10.43 10.48 |0.51 10.40 Low. 10.28 10.26 10.20 10.31 10.30 Close. 12.25 12.35 6.80 6.87 6.40 C.EO Close. 10.47 10.40 10.45 10 40 10.46 Baltimore Markets. Special Dispatch to Tl?e Evening Star. BALTIMORE, Md., October 31.?FLOlTR?Quiet, unchanged; receipts. 11,759 barrels; exports, 99,921 barrels. WHEAT? su-ndr; spot contract. 84V4*8*%; spot No .*< iv,1 western, 85a85''4; October, 84I^a84!J4; \ November, 84,/^a84%; December, N6V*a86Vs; Jauu- j ary, 87% asked; May, 83i*a83Vs; steamer No. 2 | red. 75a75V4; receipts, 6,288 bushels; exports, 16,179 bushels. Southern by sample. 71a85; south ern on grade. 76%tft. CORN?Firm; spot, 49%a50; October, 49*ia50; November new or old, 49a4914; year, 48^*48%; January. 48a48Vi; steamer mixed, 47%a48; receipts. 14<5,103 bushels; exports, 145,714 bushels. South ern white corn, fi0a54; southern yellow corn, 50a54. OATS?Steady; No. 2 white, 58^; No. 2 mixed, 39M?; receipts, 9,661 bushels. RYU^-Firm; No. 2, 58V?; No. 2 western, 59^; re<'elpts, 4.6G9 bushels; exports, 7,979 bushels. 1IAY?Firmer; No. 1 timothy. $15.50a$16.00; No. 1 clover mixed, $14.00a$14.50. GRAIN FREIGHTS?Fairly steady, unchanged. RUTTER?Unchanged. EGGS?Unchanged. CHEESE?U ncha nged. S UG A K?U ncha nged. LOCAL FINANCIAL NEWS. The efTect of the decision made yesterday by Judge Barnard In the long-drawn-out contest over the telephone rates fixed by the law of Congress Is not regarded as of much importance In local financial circles. Of course, everything of the sort Is looked upon from the point of view of the Influence upon the marketable value of the securities. There has been for some time past no ap prehension that the earning capacity of the company is likely to be impaired to the ex tent Indicated by the rates fixed by Con gress, and while the decision is in line with this idea, still it is not thought that It will have an effect either one way or the other upon the securities of the company. One reason, no doubt, is that the decision is not the probable end of litigation on this subject, although it is believed to have limited to a large extent the scope of the congressional enactment, as the company, it is claimed, is not furnishing the kind of service, at least to any extent, that the de cision states was In the mind of Congress when the law was enacted. It is not this dispute about rates that has depressed the price of the stock of the company and keeps it from being an active factor in the mar ket, but the suspension of the payment of the dividend. It is not expected that there will be a resumption, until after the exten sive plan of Improvements is carried out. Progress la being- made, however, and about the middle of next month an ex thsnge Is to be opened in the new build ing that is now nearing completion at 14th ' A Great Opportunity To Purchase Oriental Re E have just received a large shipment of Oriental Rugs of our own importation, embracing Ker manshahs, Kermans, Mosuls, Bohkaras, Daghas tans, Cashmeres, Karabaughs, Shirvans, Indian Sarouks, Kazaks, Guenages, Camels, Goravans, Irams, etc. The fact that we save you the middleman's profit enables you to purchase Rugs here for about 50% less than you would pay elsewhere. Our buyer is thoroughly familiar with the Washington trade and has selected only the most desirable pat terns. We have also made Special Prices on Domestic Rugs. Kfffular JSprclal Prlc*. Price. 9x12 Smyrna Rugs $<*7-50 $22.50 3x6 Smyrna Rugs S4.00 $2.50 9x12 Tapestry Rugs $17.00 $15.50 9x12 Kashmir Rugs $15.00 $12.00 7.6x10.6 Kashmir Rugs $12.50 $10.00 Exceptional! Red uctionson Furniture The Furniture reductions arc both substantial and numer ous. We quote a few items from the many: Wm. Now. 1 3-piece Parlor.Suite, covered in tapestry $65.00 $48.75 I Solid Mahogany Divan, silk tapestry $48.00 $40.00 1 Mahogany Dresser, oval mirror $23.00 $j8.oo 1 Prima Vera Chiffonier $57.00 $45.00 I Mahogany Sideboard $90.00 $70.00 1 Golden Oak Chiffonier, swell front $-22.50 $18.00 CLARK & DAVENPORT, Furniture, Draperies, Carpets, Rugs, Etc., Corner 12th amid F Streets. it pnd R streets. Then the telephone desig nation of "North1* will be used and tho present central station will be relieved, anu It Is believed a better service will result. A good deal of the underground service has been laid, and the general understanding is that in the course of the next year It will be possible to speak with deflntteness as to the time when the dividend payments will be resumed. The Financial Age of New York has the following about the local security market: "When securities values are crumbling ail over the country and rumors affecting the financial status of leading Institutions and individuals are rife it is gratifying to note that the capital olty of the United States has been undisturbed by the violent con gestion which has shaken financial circles elsewhere. During the recent extended period of liquidation there has been no con vulsion on the Washington stock exchange. Indeed, values have been maintained under the most adverse conditions. The local se curities are as eagerly sought as they were two years ago, and as far as is known none of its banks or capitalists have been over extended in the slightest degree. 1 his is the more remarkable when it is taken into consideration that disaster has knocked al most at Its door, the neighboring city of Baltimore having been one of the leading storm centers for some time past. "Sound principles and a recognition of tne requirements of conservatism, rather than good fortune alone, are the causes of >> asn ington's present enviable position among the large cities of the country. While it may not properly be classed as a leading financial center. It has had ample funds to Indulge in the overcapitalization schemes and speculative movement that tempted alike the east. west, north and south, but. Instead, it continued the even tenor of Its ways when elsewhere sound financial tenets were disregarded for the possibilities of quick profits. Washington has contributed a chapter to the history of finance that might be read with profit in more impor tant but less conservative cities." The demand for bords still continues to be a feature of the local market. At to day's meeting of the stock exchange there were buying orders for the Washington rail way bonds, and 72% was freely bid. No bonds were ofTered at that figure, but an advance of one-eighth brought out $3,000. The asking price was 72%. One thousand ot the Telephone Co.'s 6 s brought 103%. The advance figure reached by the Capi tal Traction stock was maintained, and while 123 was bid, none of the stock was ofTered at less than 123%. No sales were made. The bidding for Washington Street Rail way preferred was well sustained at 3SK for 100 shares, but the asking price was not less than 3flV?. An advance to 104% was made in the bid for Union Trust and Stor age stock, but the asking price was 105. An Increased interest was manifested In fire insurance stocks an J an advance in the bid price was made practically throughout the entire list. The only sales made were 25 shares of Arlington at 32; 50 shares of Peoples at 6% and 10 shares of Colonial at 100. There was considerable trading done in Gas stock, the sales aggregating nearly 100 shares. With tho exception of one lot of twenty-five, which went for 59%, the selling price was uniformly 60. The demand was apparently a limited one, as the stock was offered at 60 and at the close at 59'ft. "With 50% as the bid price. A few lots of Mergeinhaler were sold at a higher level than has been reached for some time. The last ten shares were, dis posed of at 175%, and the asking price was 176. Lanston was also gradually bid up without bringing out any of the stock, and a high record was made for this stock, at least in recent months. The strength whi'-h has lately been developed was evident In today's trading, but the upward tendency was checked when a bid of 7% brought out a few lots of 100 shares each. After that 7% was bid for the stock or for 300 shares, but no more sales were made except 100 at 7% on an option of sixty days. Today's Government Receipts. National bank notes received today for redemption, $623,125. Government receipts: From internal revenue. $SH5,412; customs. $705,741; miscellaneous, $45!t.lMi4. Expendi tures, *1,813,000. Available cash balance. $226,035,701.23. Washington Stock Exchange. Sales?Regular call, 12 o'clock noon-Chesapeake and Potomic Telephone Bs, $2,000 at 103%. Arlington 11 sura nee. 25 at 32. People's Insurance, 50 at 0%. Colonial Insurance. 10 at 100. Washington Ur.s, 3 at 60, 2 at GO, 4 at 60, 25 at 60. 25 at 60. 25 at 59%. Mergentlialer Linotype, 10 at 174%, 4 at 175, 10 at 175%. Lanston Monotype, 100 at 7V4. 100 at 714 (buyer 60). 100 at 7% 100 at 7%. American Graphophone com., 50 at 4%. After call?Lanston Monotype, 10 at 7%. B at 7% Washington Railway and Electric 4s. $1,000 at 72*,. $1,000 at 72%. $1,000 at 72%. $1,000 at 7?H. $1,000 at 72%. $1,000 at 72%, $1,000 at 72%, $1,1100 at 72%. BAILDOAD BONDS. Bid. Asked. Capital Traction 4s 195'" 191 Metropolitan Ks ..... 116 110 Metropolitan 6s. cert, lndebt., A i'.J 105 Metropolitan cert, lndebt., B 104 ?? Columbia 6s J15 Jj-0 Columbia 5a. 2?* S City and Suburban 5s... Anacostia and Potomac M So ljl Washington Bwy. and Klec. 4s 72% 72> MISCELLA.NKOrS BONDS Washington XlMM U?. series A... 103 Washington Gas ?s. series B 103 ..... Washington Gas cert ; 117 lis 1' S Kl.v;trlc Light deb. imp. 6s... 103% 1(14% V. S. Electric Light cert. Ind. 6s... 101 102% Chesapeake uud Potomac Tel. 5?... 103% 103% Washington Market Co. 1st 6s....... 109 Masonic Hall Association 5a 102 SAFE DEPOSIT AND TRUST STOCKS. National Safe IJepo.lt and Trust*., 142 ? Washington Loan and Trust*...,... 208 2T0 American Security and Trust........ 204 225 American Security and That cert... 173% 180 I'nton Tnigt and (Mora** 104%. ton WmHhlnclon Saving* llank 1)13 1<IM Home Savings Hnuk 13.V, UA1LROAD STOCKS. Capital Traction I2S 12::?i Washington Knv and Elee. pfd. . 381$ Washington Uwy. and Elee. coin ... U 1P4 NATIONAL RANK STOCKS. Rank of Waatiinjrlon 43<> Metropolitan 4so Out? I sno Karuit-ra #n<l Mrohanh-x' SM Second 14914 Citisens' 210 225 Columbia. 1811 Capital 175 Trade?'.. 149<-t Iflu I.Inn.In Ill Rl?? 565 American National 112 INSURANCE STOCKS. Firemen a UK ..... Franklin 4ft>* 52 Metropolitan 7*H V. Corcoran Potomac. .. &8Vt Arlington 31% German American 240 National Union 0*i 8 Colombia * 10% 1*S Rl?t?? "% People's ." (!? Wj Commercial R Colonial 94 TITLE INSURANCE .STOCKS. Ileal Estate Title 80 9S Columbia Title 4 4'a Washington Title 2 TELEPHONE AND GRAPHOPHOXR STOCKS. Chesapeake and Potomac American Graphophone com 4 ft American Graphophone pref 8 IS GAS STOCKS. tVaiihlngton Ga?# MKfc Georgetown Gas 05 HO TYPE MACHINE STtlCKS. Mergenthaler Linotype 175 170 Lanston Monotype 7S? 7% MISCELLANEOUS STOCKS. Greene Con Copper Co 10 10^ Washington Market 15 Norfolk n<l Washington Steamlx?at. 230 235 J Maury Dove 130 Realty Appraisal Agency 20S ?Ex dividend. USED A SHORT MEASURE. Allegations Against Isaac Wren In Police Court. Isaac Wren, colored, who sells wood. coal, oil and gasoline from a wagon in the streets, whs convicted In the District branch of the Police Court today for using a measure with a false bottom and was sentenced by Judge Kimball to pay a fir.e of $S0 or spend three months In the workhouse In default of payment. He was also assessed $10 for using the measure without having first had it stamped and sealed by the sealer of weights and meas ures. It will be necesary for him to spend one month additional behind the bars on the latter charge unlesa the lax is paid. The assistant sealer of weights and meas ures. George A Howe, who Hied the charges against Wren, reported to the court that he found a one-half gallon measure in Wrenn's wagon on the street yesterday and on examining It found that it had a false bottom on the inside and was one-half pint short on each half gal lon. Wren's excuse was that it had been put on the wagon by mistake, but that he had not used It. The court, however, failed to accept the excuse and expresed itself In severe terms .against Wren for Infring ing on the public, especially the poorer classes who patronise him. SHOULD BE REFUNDED. Opinion of Corporation Counsel in an Assessment Case. Corporation Counsel Duvall In an opinion submitted to the Commissioners today holds that an amount paid by Mrs. Eliza beth C. Kennedy of 1.142 Harvard street as interest on an assessment for a water main against part of lot 7. block -10. Hol mead Manor, should be refunded. G. B. Black, attorney for Mrs. Kennedy, recently wrote to the Commissioners requesting the return of the amount. Acting Assessor Gritfin in his report on the matter stated that In view of the facts he could see no ground for the refund requested. The case was referred to the corporation counsel, whose report on the matter follows: "The assessment In this case was in valid because of the Insufficiency of the notice, and the tax sale mentioned was ?!?.> invalid by reason of the fart that the ad vertisement in the llsi of delinquent prop erty was defective for want of certainty in the description of the properly in question, such a description as that given not being sufficiently intelligible to enable any one to ascertain the property upon which the assessment was levied. Interest, cym+a M?>1 penalties were, therefore, net properly chargeable against the property; and. upon the whole matter. I am of the opinion that the application for the return of the amount o- lfl.'-.'est. costs and penalties col lected frt.TQ Mrs. Kennedy should be granted * This bas been approved by the Commis sioners. Thanksgiving Day Proclamation. The President will Issue a proclamation this afternoon desigrating Thursday, No vember 28, as the t* i day of thanksgiv ing and praise. Col. Cornman Visiting Friends. Colonel Daniel Cornman, 7th Infantry, who has been on leave of absence at Swampscott. Mass., Is In Washington on his way to his station at the Presidio of San Francisco. He is visiting friends at 9i>4 New York avenue. Will of E. A. Dick. By the terms of the will of Ewcll A. Dick, dated May 21, 1X01, and tiled toduj for probate, lib! estate Is left to his wife Mildred McEwen Dick, who is named ex ecu trix.