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Colombia Would Cede Terri
tory Next to Panama
United States Naval Officers at Ports
mouth in a State of Ex
NEW YORK, November 9.?Arturo de
flrigard, consul general for Colombia in
tills city, said today that he heard that
It had been proposed to his government to
appeal to Germany for protection in re
gard to Panama, offering In return cer
tain territorial concessions.
Mr. De Rrigard said:
--I have no official advices from Colombia.
Cablegrams which I sent last week asking
for news have not been answered. From
nn official source, however, I learn that
the people in the interior are very much
excited over the recent developments and
have appealed to our government to send
a delegation to Germany to offer the em
peror certain pieces of land on both seas
In return for Germany's protection.
"Of course, I do not know whether this
will be done, but If it is, I imagine the land
conceded to Germany will be that lying
next to the Panama border on both sides
of the Isthmus."
Waiting for United States' Formal
Recognition of Panama.
BERLIN, November 9.?The foreign office
says Germany will, of course, recognize the
republic of Panama after the United States'
formal recognition. The German govern
ment has not yet requested the United
States to protect German citizens and their
property, because, apparently, they are not
in danger.
Rush Work on Vessels ? Admiral
Dewey Due Tomorrow.
Spec ial PinpHti'il to The Kvenlng Star.
PORTSMOUTH, Va., November 9.?NavaL
officers at this station are in a state of ex
pectancy with regard to the Panama situa
tion. They are sure that other vessels will
be ordered from this navy yard to the Isth
The rush work on the Topeka, which was
ordered Saturday night, the.v take to mean
that she Is to join the forces off Panama.
It is manifestly Impossible that the Olym
pla. flagship of the Caribbean sea squadron,
will take lier place In the squadron during
the present operations In the south.
The Olympla has been In dry dock here
for a number of weeks, and she will re
main there for some time to come.
Admiral Dewey will arrive at the yard
tomorrow morning to Inspect the Olympia.
She may be assigned to Admiral Cotton's
European squadron as flagship after the
winter evolutions.
Preparations are making to receive, the
admiral with the honors due his rank.
Foreigners in Panama Are, Say I
French Advices.
PARIS. November 9.?The foreign office '
lias received an extended cable report from
}' nama covering the events of recent days
but it does not differ materially from the j
faets already announced by the Associated i
It says the foreign element on the isthmus
is thankful for the protection the Amer
ican forces have given them. Although the
authorities here are now officially advised i
that the new regime Intends to carry out |
Colombia's obligations these assurances will j
not be considered absolutely llnal until the I
new government Is finally organized.
Therefore the question of the recognition
of the republic of Panama is being deferred
until a president Is chosen and a govern
ment is formally organized.
Benie? Reports That He is to Succeed
Secretary Cortelyou.
BOSTON. November 9.?"There is not a
bit of truth in it, so far as I am con
cerned," was the comment made today by
John Mitchell, president of the United
Mine Workers' Union, with reference to a
dispatch published today, which stated that
Mr. Mitchell would become a member of
the cabinet of President Roosevelt, to suc
ceed George B. Cortelyou, who was to re
Fume lus former position as secretary to
the President.
When asked regarding a report that he
would resign his position as head of the
United Mine Workers, Mr. Mitchell said:
"It is all news to me. There Isn't a bit
of truth In it."
INCREASE TO $20,000,000.
Northern Central Railroad Stock to Be
Almo3t Doubled.
BALTIMORE, Md , November 9 ?At a
general meeting of the stockholders of the
Northern Central railroad In tills city to
day a resolution was adopted to increase
the capital stock of the company from
}1'J.?**?.<**> to JlW.OOO.fXO the new stock to
be issued In the discretion of the board and
to be used in Improvements and In paying
off maturing bonds.
A resolution was adopted looking toward
n closer relationship with the Pennsylvania
railroad, either through a perpetual lease
or a merger. The president of the North
ern Central railroad was authorized to
appoint a committee of shareholders to
confer with officials of the Pennsylvania
railroad on this subject.
Ghastly Work of Prominent Dentist at
Saginaw, Mich.
SAGINAW, Mich.. November 9.?Dr. E.
W. Light, a prominent dentist of this city,
committed suicide Sunday night at his
home, N13 South Jefferson avenue, after fa
tally shooting his wife and daughter. Ruby,
eighteen years old. The tragedy was not
discovered until noon today.
Senator Hanna Receives Most Preten
tious Design Ever Seen in the Sen
ate?Mr. Baker's Locomotive.
The floral display in the Speaker's lobby
was never more elaborate than today. The
popular members on both sides were re
membered by friends in lavish fashion. As
the seats of members could not be deter
mined untfl after the drawing the flowers
were deposited in the lobby.
Chrysanthemums were used in profusion
in the Senate, and there was hardly a desk
that did not carry one or more huge bunch
es of these flowers. The fact that most of
the new senators received their congratu
latory offerings at the spring
the Senate reduced the number of floral
pieces, but seldom has there been seen in
the Senate a collection so gorgeous. .
Senator Manna's Pronounced ^to'y ?
the Ohio election won foi him wn.it was
one of the most pretentious floral desig
ever seen in the Senate-a shjeld.Jthree
and blue immoi t<( j ,tj, that on a
American eagle. Identic shleld was
silver quarter of a dollar ^
surmounted with a g offering bore
American Beauty roses. Mark Hanna,
the Inscription, . Irish Democrats' of
from 'ds friends Here of smaller trib
ute^were banked ground Senator Hanna s
dSekna?or Gorman's triumph ta the Mary
land election was recognized^ tnewreath>
largest floral piece a ha * wUh a
crossedhic"uster ^VoTe^ carnations and
chrysanthemums at the base.
Representative Baker's Locomotive.
The friends of Representative^^Rob ^
Baker. the ^"^^owing their approval
unique method of ? l;pon Mr.
?f v1" rS today waHLced an elaborate |
thirty '"f ie vt.now and white lm
constructed of blue, . oa(J tra<-k on a
mortelles. Pla<je<lf "erns'and cut flowers
base composed of tern carnations
roses. ^^ysant^hem ^ ^ tw? Teet wide
which was six Teen b ?novel floral testi
The inscription on presented "To
cua,o?ars'S...?J ?'"??. w w?.
? oti- nr \V P Hill. St. I..OUXS. and G.
^photographs of the tribute are to be sent
? o the contributors. The arrival of the
locomotive just before the "ouse me.
caused a whirlwind of merriment.
Some of the Tributes.
Clusters of American beauty roses adorned
the desks of Senators C. I. Long and For
aker. Representative Charles Dick and r. E.
Burton A large automobile of growing ferns,
orcnids and lilies of the valley was present
ed to Representative Nicholas Longwortn.
Other tributes were: Basket of roses. Rep
resentative B. B. Dovener; large bunch of
flowers, Representative Timothy D. Sulli
van; basket of yellow chrysanthemums and
victor s wreath with red, white and blue
ribbons. Representative George B. McClel
lan; bouquet of pink and white carnations.
Representative Solomon Dresser; handsome
vase of American beauty iosc-s and chrysan
themums in bed of fern. Representative H.
C I.oudenslager; bunch of red roses. Rep
resentative James A. Hughes; basket of
vosi"? Representative V illiams of Oiegon,
basket of chrysanthemums, Representative
Binger Herman; basket of roses, carna
tions. &c., Senator Mitchell; basket cf flow
ers. Representative C. E. Fuller; vase of
chrysanthemums and roses and a bunch ot
wil'o w chrysanthemums and American
beauty roses. Speaker Cannon; basket of
Amu i. an beauty roses. Senator Mitchell of
Oregan; basket of chrysanthemums and
ruses Representative James G. Richardson
of Tennessee; basket of flowers, Senator
\llison; basket of flowers. Representative
Timothy Sullivan: horseshoe of flowers from
Columbian Democratic Club of New York,
Representative Henry M. Goldfogle; bou
quet of pink chrysanthemums and roses.
Senator Thomas F. Martin of Virginia.
Blocked With Fragrant Blossoms.
The lobby of the House was fairly
blockaded with fragrant blossoms. The
master hand of the modern florist was
everywhere In evidence. He had cunning
ly contrived many ingenious devices, while
the customary bouquets, baskets and vases
were arranged in a manner entirely artis
tic and Btriking. The flowers remained In
the lobby until after the members had
drawn seats, for until that time the seat
ing arrangement was but temporary.
The most elaborate display of flewers was
that arranged from the offerings sent to
Breaker Cannon. The Speaker s new home
on Vermont avenue and his rooms at the
Capitol will be flower-laden for many days
to come.
Few Neglected Bepresentatives.
There were few representatives of the
House not remembered by friends or ad
n ,rt r*- . ? .
The admirers of "Big Tim" Sullivan of
New York city were especially enthusiastic
In their contributions, many of the designs
being accompanied by inscriptions. One, for
Instance, read; "May this Inauguration be
the beginning of increasing power." An
other. from his constituents, declared: "Bet
ter to us than Daniel Webster."
The new members Hhared with the older
and better known representatives the dis
tinction of receiving Imposing bouquets.
A unique tribute to Senator Stewart was
In the form of a great bouquet of roses,
with accompanying oak leaves, which he!
personally carried from the Senate cham
ber when he left. *
Sultan Has Settled the Jerusalem,
Cemetery Case.
Minister Deishmann at Constantinople has
notified the State Department that the sub
lime porte has at last made a satisfactory,
adjustment of what Is known as the "Jeru
salem cemetery case." This means that
the porte has authorized the establishment
of a Protestant cemetery by the Evangelical
Society in the village of Tour, at Jerusalem,
and the transfer to the name of the Latins
of the old Protestant cemetery at Sion.
"Several years ago," said Mr. Leishmann,
"the Protestants sold their old cemetery
property to the Latins in order to purchase
a large plot of ground better adapted for
the purposes, but for some unknown rea
son (possibly intrigue the Ottoman govern
ment was unwilling to make a legal trans
fer, and although the legation has made re
peated efforts during the past four years to
Induce the sublime porte to cause the nec
essary papers to be 'Issued, up to the pres
ent time no satisfactory answer could be
obtained, but happily It is now settled."
Will Remain at the Head of War De
partment Until the Middle of Jan
uary, Perhaps Later.
Secretary Root, who went to London for
duty as a member of the Alaskan boundary
commission, returned to Washington yes
terday and spent some time in company
with President Roosevelt, to whom he gave
a short history of the work of the boundary
ctrr mission. Secretary Root resumed his
official duties at the War Department this
morning, and was busily occupied most of
the day in consultation with Lieut. Gen.
Your.g, Gen. Chaffee and other officers of
the aimj.
About noon Secretary Root went to the
State Department and had a conference
v/ith Secretary Hay, presumably In regard
to the latest developments in the isthmian
affair. As he was returning to his office
Secretary Root was accosted by several
newspaper men, who plied him with all
sorts of questions regarding the Alaskan
boundary commission and the Panama af
fair, but without developing anything par
ticularly new.
To the direct question as to whether
United States troops would be ordered to
the Isthmus of Panama, Secretary Root
replied with a smile that while such a
thing was poKsible it was extremely im
probable. He said that he had made that
answer to a similar question in New York
yesterday, when he really knew very little
about the situation, and he made the same
answer now, for the reason that he knew
nothing more of an intention to employ
troops on the isthmus.
Secretary Root said that he expected to
begin the preparation of his annual report
at once, and that he would not ask for
pny additional legislation for the further
reorganization of the army, believing that
it is advisable to give the existing organi
zation more time to develop itself before
attempting to introduce any new features.
According to the present outlook. Secre
tary Root will remain at the head of the
War Department at least until the middle
of January, and probably until the end of
that month. Governor Taft, who will suc
ceed him at the head of the military es
tablishment. has informed him that he will
sail from Manila December 24, in which
event he will not arrive In this city much
before the first of February.
Raises Flag on the Dolphin and Sails
for Norfolk.
Admiral Dewey raised his flag over the
dispatch boat Dolphin at the Washington
navy yard this morning, and left for Nor
folk on an inspection of the navy yard
there and the ship building at Newport
News, after which he will visit Annapolis.
He was accompanied by Mrs. Dewey. While
at Norfolk, Admiral Dewey will celebrate
the anniversary of his going aboard the
Oiympia as commander-in-chief of the
Asiatic squadron, just before the outbreak
of the Spanish war. The trip is not con
| nected with the isthmian situation and it is
officially announced that the admiral will
not go to the Caribbean for the present.
Hearing of Minnesota's Railway Mer
ger Case Advanced.
The United States Supreme Court today
granted the motion recently made on be
half of the state of Minnesota to advance
the hearing of the case of that state against
the Northern Securities Company, and
named the 4th of January, after the other,
cases already set for that date, as the time
for hearing the case.
The state had asked that the ease be set
for hearing in connection with the proceed
ing of the national government against the
securities company, for which December 14
already had been designated.
Athen Returns to San Domingo Un
der Protection German Vessels.
ST. THOMAS, Danish West Indies. No
vember 9.?The German steamer Athen.
having been refused permission to land her
passengers and cargo at San Domingo, re
turned here Saturday and reported the
facts to the German flagship Vineta, where
upon the commander despatched the cruis
ers Panther and Gazelle to San Domingo.
The Athen returned to San Domingo yes
terday, and it is reported that slie will ig
nore the blockade, under the protection of
the German warships.
SAN DOMINGO, Republic of Santo Do
mingo. November 5.?The United States
cruiser Baltimore arrived here this morn
ing and subsequently left for Samana to
protect the Clyde line steamer Cherokee
and convoy her to Puerto Plata to dis
charge her cargo. Puerto Plata Is held by
the forces of the revolution. The political
situation is unchanged. Maceris and Banl
are in the hands of the revolutionists.
BERLIN. November 0.?It was officially
admitted today that German cruisers had
been ordered to Santo Domingo In compli
ance with the request of the German consul
Prominent Elk Dead.
Special Dispatch to The Evening Star.
HAGERKTOWN, Md? November 9.?J.
William Cook died today at his apart
ments in City Hotel from typhoid fever
and complications, aged forty-two years.
He was the senior member of J. W. Cook
& Bro., and was a charter member and
past exalted ruler of the Hagerstown
Lodge of Elks.
Bloodhounds Find No Clew.
DES MOINES, Iowa, November 9.?Rock
Island detectives who are searching for
t lie men who ordered $1,000 thrown from
a train near Earlham last night worked
with the assistance of bloodhounds today,
but found no clew.
Ban Johnson in Detroit.
DETROIT, Mich.. November 9.?President
Ban B. Johnson of the American Base Ball
League arrived here today to stay, he says,
until a deal for the purchase of the Detroit
team and franchise from S. F. Angus, the
prt-seni owner, is closed up.
Bechtel Murder Hearing Postponed.
ALLENTOWN, Pa., November 9.?The.
prosecutions in the case of Mabel Bechtel,
who was recently murdered, were today:
postponed until the next term of criminal
court. Mrs. Catherine Bechtel. mothpr
o' the murdered girl. Myrtha Bechtel, her
sisler, and Alesis Eckstein, Mabel's flance
held as accessory after the fact, were per- j
mitted to renew their ball.
B. and 0. Fireman Killed.
Special Dispatch to The KTonlng Star.
CUMBERLAND, Md? November ?.-H.
W. Haines, twenty-five years old, a Balti
more and Ohio fireman, who had just come
in from a run, stepped down from his en
gine early this morning and was struck
and killed by Pittsburg express No. It. His
: body has been sent to Komney, W. Va., his
It is Handed to the President
by Secretary Hay.
Panama's Envoy Nat Presented Today
?Sends an Earnest Appeal to
Senator Morgan.
Secretary Hay, during a call at the White
House early this morning, placed in the
hands of the President the Colombian pro
test against the course pursued by the
Washington government on the Isthmus of
Panama and its attitude toward the gov
ernment of Panama.
The protest came to Secretary Hay from
Dr. Thomas Herran. the Colombian charge,
and was duly acknowledged in a brief,
formal note. The protest is abort and to
the point. It follows tihe usual lines of
formal communication* of that kind. In
view of the statement by the Colombian
charge that he has not been In communi
cation with his government since November
2, it Is assumed that he may have protested
on his own responsibility.
What action will be taken regarding the
protest will probably be deelded on at a
conference between the President and the
Secretary today.
No cables reached the State or Navy De
partment over night from isthmian lands or
waters, nor has the StaAe Department heard
from Bogota since cabling to the American
legation there for presentation to the Co
lombian government an announcement of
the action qf the United States in recogniz
ing the de facto government of Panama.
It appears that Dr. Herran's protest was
called forth by a letter from Secretary Hay,
sent at the same time last week that in
structions were forwarded to Minister Beau
pre and Acting Consul Khrman. The Secre
tary s letter was sent as a matter of cour
tesy and information to the minister and
contained an outline .of the Instructions
which had been forwarded to Mr. Beaupre.
In ins reply, which has just reached Sec
retary Hay, Dr. Ilerran etatts that he has
not heard from Ills own government at
Bogota for the week past, but he feels
sure from his knowledge of the sentiments
of that government that toe is Justified
In entering a firm protest against the ac
tion of the United States in recognizing
the revolutionists in Panama and in pre
venting the Colombian forces from as
serting the national authority over the
Secretary Hay's Basponse.
Secretary Hay s response, which will be
delivered this afternoon probably, is a
mere formal acknowie^misnt of the re
ceipt of the protest With a promise that it
shall be considered, JJtat intimated that
nothing Is likely to be ?one Just now. It
is said at the State Department that there
Is nothing in the situation that should lead
the Colombian TMInistei to cherish any
thought of leaving Washington, and ex
pressions of regard for his personality are
not withheld.
The apparent inability of the Colombians
to realize the fact that the canal treaty
is dead and that the revolution is a suc
cess Is furnished by the tack that a cable
message was received today at the State
Department from Minister Beaupre, dated
at Bogota, November 0, in which the min
ister stated that a great Change of feeling
lias ciime aboiy hi Bogota, and that
the advocates of the canal treaty with
the United States are growing greatly in
Varilla Appeals to Morgan.
An indication of the friendly policy with
which the minister plenipotentiary and
envoy extraordinary of the new republic of
Panama will conduct the affairs of his lega
tion is the fact tliut one of the first official
acts of M. Philippe Bunau-Varilla was the
sending of a letter to Senator John T. Mor
gan of Alabama, the leader of the advocates
of the Nlcaraguan route and the open ene
my of the Panama project. The minister
in this letter paid a warm tribute to Sena
tor Morgan and urged him for the common
good to join forces with the new republic
and aid In the prompt conclusion of a
canal treaty between the United States and
the isthmian republic.
The following is the text of Mr. Varilla'a
"As a champion of the completion of an
interoceanic canal across the American
isthmus, as the minister plenipotentiary of
the new republic, the life of which has
sprung from an explosion of the ardent
desire of turning into reality this dream of
the centuries, I feel myself bound to ex
press to ycu my admiration for the display
of Indomitable will you have shown in the
service of this noble conception.
"The fact that we have fought, both
with all the energies of our souls, for a
common ideal is not lessened by the minor
fact of having defended different solu
"If 1 have not been on the same side as
you, allow me, Mr. Senator, to say that
It is simply because I entered into the
field of active life about one-third of a cen
tury after you.
"The solution which was the better one
fifty years ago, when there was scarcely
any ship drawing more than seventeen
feet of water, has gradually seen its su
periority vanish and transform itself Into a
deep inferiority, accord ng to the constant
increase of the draft and the length of the
"These gradual and scarcely notable
changes in the tcc&nlcal necessities of
the waterway are accountable for the dif
ference of opinion between you, the cham
pion of the solution of the middle of the
nineteenth century, and the champions of
the solution of the beglnnJig of the twen
"Now, Mr. Senator, I came to you and
most respectfully entreat you to take the
high place which is due to the honored vet
eran of the noblest fight that ever took
place for the progress of the world and the
welfare of mankind.
fceg you not tb throw away any of the
title which the thankfulness of humanity
owes to you, that of the father of the isth
mian canal. I beg you to take the laurels
. 2 vlctory which is yours,- by accepting
with a generous knd Christian mind what
tlio tliaiiges in ithe necessities of ocean
traffic 1'ks made'inevitable.
'?^?iUi we" crown a noble life, in
spired by the greatest, the most patriot'c
the most disinterested aim.
"J. am\ JIr* Senator, most respectfuly,
^Signed) "P. EUNAU-VARHjJjA."
Varilla's Presentation Postponed.
After sending this letter the minister
drove at once to the residence of Secretary
Hay, where lie was the Secretary's guest
at luncheon. The minister's call at the
State Department ha# been postponed to
"nother day because of the conference at
Uie White House between the President and
Secretary Hay regarding the Colombian
protest The minister does not desire to
appear la the slightest degree forward, and
(Continued on Eighth Page.)
Will Be Named as Chairman of District
Senator Galllnger. who will be named as
chairman of the Senate committee on the
District of Columbia, was present at the
Capitol today? When seen by a Star re- j
porter Mr. Gallinger said that it was too I
early to make any statement of the plans
of the committee for the coming session.
He would be in readiness to entertain the
various propositions as they came up.
It is understood that the committee on
the District of Columbia will remain in Its
present quarters, which have so long been
set aside for that committee. There has
been some talk of changing the committee
room from its old quarters to the rooms
that have been occupied by Senator Gallin
ger as chairman of the committee on pen
sions, but that plan has been abandoned.
The general sentiment at the Capitol fa
voring the Idea that the rooms belong to
the committees, and that change* should
[ not be made by senators going from on
j committee to another, is very Btrong at . this
I time, as a number of propositions nave
come up for the changing about the com
mittees, none of which has been sanctioned.
j Reported by His Physician as Resting
Comfortably This Morning.
An attack of paralysis of the left side
was suffered Saturday evening by Frank
P. Sargent, commissioner general of im
migration, at this residence in the Kens
ington. Dr. W. Sinclair Brown, the fam
ily physician, was called and soon had his
patient in a better condition. It is not
thought that the ailment will permanently |
j affect Mr. Sargent, his fine physique being
I able to throw it off. He was resting com
[ fortably this morning and considered by
his physician to have passed the danger
Mr. Sargent has been doing a large
amount of work since his appointment to
his present position at the head of the im
migration bureau, and this is supposed to
have been, instrumental in bringing on the
attack. It is likely that as much rest as
he can afford from his duties will be a
prominent part of the treatment ordered
by the doctor in charge of the case.
Democrats Uncertain Who to Select
Talk of Towne.
Democrats in the House are manifesting
some Interest In the selection of a succes
sor to Mr. McClellan in Congress. The sug
gestion that Mr. Boui*e Coekran be sent
bf-ck by Tammany has aroused some oppo
sition. as Mr. Coekran was a bolter from
the regular democratic national ticket.
The names of Charles A. Towne of Min
nesota and Ex-Gov. Campbell of Ohio, both
at present residents of New York city, have
been mentioned as possible successors of
Mr. McClellan. Mr. Campbell, however,
says he still is a citizen of Ohio.
j||.( Towne would be highly acceptable to
the democratic leaders in Congress, it is
said, and his selection by Tammany would
be regarded as Indication of Tammany's
I intention to harmonize the factions In the
party Mr. Towne, It is declared, would
I be acceptable to all classes of democrats.
Two Have Sailed for San Domingo
Prom St. Thomas.
News has reached here that two German
warships have sailed from St. Thomas,
Danish West Indies, for San Domingo to
look after German interests duiing the
revolutionary troubles there. No further
word has been received at the Navy Depart
ment from Captain Briggs of the Balti
more since Saturday, when he reported
that matters were quiet at Puerto Plata,
and indicated that the blockade had been
opened Hence it is assumed that there
has been no additional attempt on the part
of the Domifiican government to interfere
with foreign commerce. N
International Commission of the Con
gresses of Navigation.
On the recommendation of Gen. Gilles
pie, chief of engineers, the following
named gentlemen have been designated
as representatives of the United States
on the permanent International commis
sion of the congresses of navigation:
Lieut. Col. C. W. Raymond, Mai. H. F.
Hodges and Capt. J. C. Sanford, all of the
Corps of Engineers, and Messrs. Elmer
I.. Corthell and John Bogart, civil en
gineers. The United States representa
tion on this commission has been en
larged from two to five members in or
der to correspond with the representa
tion of the leadlnf commercial countries
of Europe.
Republican Caucus Tomorrow to Fill
A republican caucus will be held tomorrow
afternoon Immediately after the adjourn
ment of the Senate when a committee will
be appointed to suggest the filling of vacan
cies on committees made by the retirement
of republican senators. This committee will
take the matter up at once, but It is not be
lieved that its report to another caucus of
the party can be made before next week, as
the adjustment of committee assignments
Is a most difficult one. There are many de
mands for the vacancies on the important
committees and there will necessarily be
many disappointments.
It is understood that Senator Foraker Is
apt to be named a member of the committee
on the District of Columbia, and also that
Senator Gorman will go on that committee.
After ttfce committee to be appointed at
the caucus tomorrow afternoon has made
up its list to All the republican vacancies
another caucus of tl?e party wlU be called
to approve what It has done. ?*
Senator Gorman, chairman of the demo
i cratic caucus, said this afternoon that it
I had not vet been decided when a caucus will
be held." but intimated that it would not be
until after the republican caucus tomor
row The democratic caucus will also ap
point a committee to name senators for the
democratic vacancies on the committees,
which will also have to be approved by a
| caucus of the party to be held later.
I .
Expected He Will Be Chairman of Post
Office Committee.
It Is understood that Representative Over
street of Indiana is to be chairman of post
offices and post roads committee, ir view
of a possible congressional investigation of
the post office scandals the chairmins'.ilp of
that committee has been the subject of
considerable speculation and interest.
Second Bill Offered in House?To Ad
mit New Mexico the First.
The first bill introduced in the Hou?e in
this Congress was ofTercd by Delegate
Rodev, and provides for the admission o*
New Mexico to statehood.
Bill No. 2 was offered by Representative
Bartholdt and repeals the cantecn liw.
No Change Expected in the Republican
Membership. /
It was understood this afternoon that
' there will be no change In the republican
membership of the committee on rules. The
Speaker will announce the committee late
this evening or tomorrow, and it is said
that the committee will consist of the
Waker Mr. Dalzell of Pennsylvania. Gen.
Grosvenor of Ohio. Mr. Williams of Missis
sippi and Mr. Underwood of Alabama.
Appointments and Promotions in the
Interior Department.
The following changes have been made in
the clerical force of the Department of the
Interior: , T ,
Office of the Secretary?Appointment: Jn ).
Watson of Wyoming, watchman, at $720.
Resignation: Mrs. Patty M. Stocking of
Iowa, clerk, at $1,200.
Pension office?Promotions: Miss Mnrcia
t "ttmles of Minnesota, clerk, at J1.400, to
stenographer, at $1,600: Latimer B. St Ine rt
Illinois clerk at $1,809, to assistant. ?_liief
""division! at $1,800. and Beecher Sterne
of Kansas.' clerk, at $1,200 to spec.,1 ex
aminer at $1,200. Resignations: Mrs M.
Lillian Arnold of New Jersey, stenographer,
at $1,000, and Miss Bessie L. Boyd of New
York! clerk, at $1,400. ?
Patent office?Appointment: Morgan h".
Harvey of Maryland, messenger boy, at
EGO. Promotions: Carlos P. Gritfin of
California, fourth assistant examiner, ut
$1 ?00 to third assistant examiner, at $1,400,
and Melvln H. Coulston of Ne.v York,
fourth assistant examiner, at 51,200, to
third assistant examiner, at $1,400. Resig
nations: William H. Davis of New York,
third assistant examiner, at $1,4"0: John
F. Arens of Wisconsin, messenger boy at
$360, and Edward J. Ringen of Illinois, mes
senger boy, at $360.
General land office?Promotion: William
Bauman, jr., of the District of Columbia,
clerk, at $1,200, to clerk, at $1,400.
Illness of Statistician Hyde.
The Secretary of Agriculture announces
that the statistician, John Hyde, who has
this summer represented the department at
several important statistical conventions in
Europe, is now ill in London and under the
care of a specialist. The date of his re
turn to Washington is, therefore, somewhat
*^iHnn to Press Gallery Portraits.
A portrait of Col. J. H. Estill, editor
and publisher of the Savannah News, has
been hung in the House press gallery.
It would take 35,000 cireulart
to reach the homes The Star
reaches. At one cent postage
the mailing alone would cost
$350, with twice as much more
for printing, envelopes and ad
dressing, or over $1,000 to say
what The Star will print for a
few dollars.
Congress Meets to Consider
Cuban Reciprocity.
Democrats Object to Adoption of thf
Former Rules, but A.8
Voted Dcvrn.
Tlio l,ig round clock above iL: Speaker*?
desk pointed Just the hour of lli when
Mr. .Al?xan'ler M< Powell, 11- rk of the
House of Rejiresentatlvir.ipp <1 for ord?r
It", tiie lowt branch of the <"on;,:. ss of the
Vnited States. WhAt ha<l hlthc to l>een a
scene of bustle ami eonfuslon and a din
of eager. excited voices soo ~ r- solved It
Speaker Cannon
self into a cool, Icfctslatu-e assembly. Thre*
heavy raps on the clerk's desk :.eto<1 as
the talisman.
"Prayer wHl he e?(Tered hy the chaplain,"
announced the clerk
As Rev. Mr. Couden raised his \oice in
Invocation there was complete sllc-n-.-. The
prajer was brief, and st lt? '-lose the hum
of interrupted conversation was resumed,
but in a more sutOTued tone. The roii eall
by state delegations developed a <r>orum
present. ?i having: answered.
Purpose of the Session.
The extraordinary session of for.fixes#
which'convened today was called bj Presi
dent Rpoeeyelt for the purpose of enacting
reciprocity le^Jstlftion affecting the Island
of Cuba. This legislation failed d'jr:-ig the
last Congress, but, it is believed, will have
plain sailing I his time.
The extra session will probably continue
until the first Monday in December, when
the first regular session of the Fifty-eightli
Congress will be convened.
Sccne in the House.
The picture presented by the Uo. se was
one repeated at the beginning of each
Congress, but ever new and inter*:-ting.
The changing titles am? nir the NfKMt^
tives of the people brina new nit n. new
brains and new ideas to eVn^rc-s a* ? ach.
fall denotes the liei-lnninu" <i" the Tiaih-n.il
legislative year. There wer- 12!> ntw m m
be-rs of the ITraise pre.sent today. Their
smiling faces told the story of their grati
fication at l-.avin:: r< :chvd th g- 1 of tN-ir
present ambition. Tlvir enjojrnrnt at !>? mk
at last in the hall-- of ?'ongre? was not
Concealed. They took a liv.-ly ' ? '? 1
in the preparation for the operrii; >f the
House and the exercises that followed,
which wrs r.ot so apparent amo:i^ The older
members, to whom '< he noveltj of the e re
moiiy had hist much, of its kvi-a edge.
Galleries Crowded Eaiiy.
The galleries wliieh had begun to fill
up as early as 9 o'clock this morning wero
crowded at the opening ho-tr. Only those
holding cards from the members of the
House were admitted. These taxed the
seating eapp.cltv. however, and the obser
vation sections of the chamlwr presented
their usual bright and varied appearance.
As usual the ladies were in the majority
among the onlookers. They redeemed the
reputation for tardiness so often accredited
to their sex and were at the Capitol early,
so as not to miss a single incident of the
momentous occasion. They were clad in
their newest fall suits and milliner's linery.
The members' galleries and the public
reservations were quickly tilled while. l..tef
the diplomatic and executive galleries had
their full complement.
Prominent Men on the Floor.
The interest of the galleries was Justi
fied by the activity on the floor of the
House just prior to the hour of being called
to order. The prominent men of both par
ties were easily distinguished by the
groups about them. < >n the republican
side was Representative Dick of Ohio, who
was chairman of the republican state com
mittee during the recent campaign in the
buckeye commonwealth when Ills party
achieved such a notable victory Mr. Dickj
was being warmly congratulated on all
sides. He is known as Senator lianna'C
right-hand man. and not only among th$
delegation from his own state, but among
all the representatives of his party he
was a figure of unusual interest.
The always interesting and instructive
Mr Grosvenor, also of the buckeye state,
who is the prophet of his party, and, un
like other prophets. h;.s an abundance of
credit in his own hum.? and councils. " *
bus> shaking hands with his colleague' and
friends. He was also the center of Intio.Iuc
tions. for most of the new members were
anxious to meet the gentleman front Ohio.
The third member of the Ohio delegation
who was the cynosure of many eyes, was
Representative W. P. Hepburn, who was on
Saturday night called upon to preside at the
caucus of the republican meml>crs. Mr.
Hepburn is one or the party's leaders on
the floor.
Representative Crumpacker of Indiana,
who has such decided views in favor of re
ducing the representation of the southern
states in Congress on account of alleged un
constitutional disfranchisement of colored
voters, was constantly in the midst of an
interesting group.
Representative Babcock of Wisconsin,
chairman of the House committee on the
District of Columbia, did not reach the
chamber until Just before the noon hour,
but his colleagues had time to bestow upoa
bim a hearty greeting and to congratulate
him upon the good shape Into which he hM
whipped his political affairs in his district.
A Crowd Around Mr. McClellan.
On the democratic side of the House ther?
were many interesting figures. Represen
tative George B. McClellan of New Yorli
city, who on January 1 next will be l?

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