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No. 15,837. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, tfOVfMBER 27, 1903-TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS.
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NEW YORK, November 27.?President Roosevelt came to New York today to at tend the funeral of James King Grade, whose late wife was a sisler of the Presi dent's mother. During the five hours he was fn the city he was surrounded by several hundred policemen and a number of special officers, but an apparently harmless crank man aged to elude their v gilajjco and handed to the President a letter reg rding a panacea which he claims he has discoved. The letter was given to one of the spe cial officers, and the man. who g.ve his name as A. B. Deming of 150 Broadway, was taken by the police to court, where lie talked wildly. Mrs. Roosevelt Agitated. The Interruption came as the President was leav.ng the church. Mrs. Roosevelt was much agitated over the occurrence, but the President w.:s not nt all alarmed. At ISO Broadway It was said that Dom ing had desk room, and that he had al ways appeared to be perfectly rational on all subjects exccpt his panacea. The presidential party went to Jersey City without further incident and left there for Washington. President Roosevelt arrived at Jersey City at 7:20 o'clock this morning. He proceeded at once to this city by the 23d street ferry and was driven to the home of the Presi dent's sister. Mrs. Douglas Robinson. 422 Madison avenue. President Roosevelt came to the city to attend the funeral of his uncle. James K Gracle. The President Was accompanied by Mrs Roosevelt, Dr. J. B. Stokes, his personal physician, and Captain Cowles of the navy. Commissioner Greene and a force of po lice met the President, and a mounted de tail escorted his carriage from the 2.'<d street ferry to his sister's home. Went to Gracie Home. After breakfasting at the Robinson home the President departed and went to the late residence of Mr. Grade, in East 4Sth (street, remaining there until time to go ti the Church of the Holy Communion for the funeral service. At the head of the cortege were carriages containing the pallbearers, then came a carriage containing the President and Mrs. Roosevelt. With them in the carriage was a central office detective sergeant and a secret s. rvlce man. and a secret service man rode on the box with the driver. Efficient Police Protection. The hearse followed with carriages con taining the other mourners. Policemen were lined along the route at very frequent Intervals. The same cordon of mounted police escorted the President that had been detailed for the ride from the ferry. The police arrangements for the protection of the President and the restraint of the large crowd were very efficient, more than j ??> patrolmen being on duty about the block on which the church Is Ideated. Solid Line of Patrolmen. On the west side of 6th avenue, opposite the church, there was a solid line of patrol men, standing shoulder to shoulder for a block, and on the east side a similar detail of men. Around the entire block patrolmen were placed at frequent intervals, shutting ofT all traffic from Sth avenue to Oth avenue on 20th and 21st streets. The middle of the streets was kept open, and the crowd, which assumed large pro portions In a short time, was kept close to the sidewalk. No one was allowed In the Iddle of the streets. President Reaches Church. The President, with Mrs. Roosevelt, alighted at the main entrance and wen: quickly into the church. There was little excitement, the occasion barring any de monstration. The crowd, by the time the cortege reach e I the church, was so dense that ingress or egress on the avenue was practically im possible. Just prior to the arrival of the cortege n police inspector noticed a man standing on the "L" structure leaning over the east railing directly over the entrance to the church. The man was ordered away af cr h? had returned an Insolent answer to the Inspector's question and departed. Presumably a Curiosity Seeker. While the man was presumably a curio-i Itv-seeker who had merely wished to get a vantage point to see the President, the crowd, impressed by the elaborate police precautions, looked upon the incident as a possible plot against the President, but there was no further disturbance. Just as the services were concluded a man who attempted to force his way to the President and hand him a letter was arrested. H" gave his name as Arthur P. Deming sixty-flve years old. of Jersey City. He ?aid he was born in the United States, and was the manufacturer of a medicine to euro every disease. When the President left his seat to leave the church he departed by a side entrance leading to the street. In President's Pathway. Deming had In some way been allowed to gain access to a small ante-room and In that manner was directly in the President's pathway. Deming said later: "I handed the President the letter and said: 'Please read this on your way out.' ' When Deming held out the letter the President took it and handed it to a secret I service man. Deming was then pushed back and placed under arrest. H- said that he was A. B. Deming of 170 Broad way, and that he had a cure for cancer which he wished Kmimror William to try. He wanted President Roosevelt to write a letter to the einperor recommend ing the cure The President was unruffled by the Inci dent. With Mrs. Roosevelt he entered his carriage immediately and was driven to the Id-street ferry to take the train for Wash ington. Deming was taken to the Tombs police court. Before being arraigned lie said: Deming Talks. '.'1 don't know why the President did not keep my letter Instead of handing It over to a policeman. It is a charcoal cancer cure that cannot fail I wanted Mr. Roosevelt , to write to Emperor William recommending the cure to him." i It is said that Demlng is the man who on May lit. appeared at the House of Representatives in Washington and startle? the House by suddenly shouting from the ? gallery: "Bv the grace of the Lord. listen!" and j then having secured the desired aUention proceeded to make a speech to tha'^?nclJ of the United States Congress. Three or four policemen Anally hustled him < y and escorted him outside the building. It Is also said that last April he appeared at the White Star line pier as J. P. Mor?|l"; Andrew Carnegie and others were sailing oil the Cedric and preached n sermon t them. Appeared to Be Harmless. The officials at th? detective bureau said the man appeared to be perfectly harmless and rational on every subject except that of his remedy. Nothing was found on him to injure anyone. Peming told the officers that he depended on Cod to guide him in his business affairs The funeral service was conduc ed by Bishop Potter, Rev. Dr. Mottel. R^.1l,v Taylor Rev. Howard K. Barlow and J*ev Henry H. Washburn of Oyster Bay Vmong the floral offerings was a cluster of roses and orchids, sent by the Mtent The pallbearers were: Morris K. Josup, president of the chamber of commerce. ward King, a former partner of Mr. uraclt, Francis M. Bacon I?. Willis James, Dr Wn, M. Polk. Mr. Grade s phys clan u?d personal friend; O. Egfcrton Schmidt Lous Honop, Wm. A. Dner. Clevel.md ir Dodg'. Thomas S. Young, jr., Dr. Russell A. Hibbs and George Blagden. jr.^ 14 MINERS ARRESTED INCLUDING PRESIDENT AND SEC RETARY OF UNION. Former Was Talking Through Bars to Other Men Imprisoned in Jail. TELLUR1DE, Colo., November 27.?Four teen union miners, including Local Presi dent Guy E. Miller and Secretary Oscar M. Carpenter, charged with conspiracy, have been arrested by Sheriff Rutan since the troops arrived in this district. President Miller was seized while talking to the other men imprisoned in the jail. No warrant had been sworn out for h:m. Attorney General Eugene Engley appear ed as counsel for the union men. who were arraigned today before a justice of the peace for prelimary examination. Sheriff Overstepped Bounds. "In arresting President Miller," said Mr. Engley. "I think that the sheriff overstep ped the bounds of his authority. He had no warrant, and President Millers action in talking through the bars to men impris oned in the jail constituted no offense. "As to the other arrests, warrants had been sworn out and the sheriff was merely performing his duly. The cases against these men amount to nothing, and I am convinced that they will be released. These arrests were dictated by the mine managers and their attorneys." LOOKS LIKE SETTLEMENT. Coal Miners in Colorado Said to Be Dis gruntled. DENVER, November 27.?Although there are no new developments, the feeling is general that the strike in the northern coal rtekls will be settled in a few days. The men are said to be disgruntled over their acUon in rejecting the proposition of the operators and are clamoring for an other vote. President William Howells of district No. 15 has telephoned Manager G. N. Sparing of the Great Western Coal Company that he will no longer oppose a settlement of the difficulties in the north, and it is believed that a vote which will settle the strike will be taken in a few days. ELEVEN BODIES STILL MISSING. Vessel Francois Coppee is Breaking Up Rapidly. SAN RAFAEL. Cal., November 27.?Re ports come from Marshall s that the marine inspectors who visited the wreck of the Francois Coppee pronounce the ship a total loss. Captain Jorgensen of the life saving crew near Point Reyes reports that his patrols have as yet found no sign of any of the bodies of the eleven men still missing wash ing ashore. The ship Is breaking up rapidly. JUDGES THREATEN TO RESIGN. Honolulu Bar Association Petitions Congress for Increase in Salaries. HONOLULU, November 27 ?The local bar association held a meeting today and adopted a memorial to Congress opposing the amendments introduced In the Senate by Senator Mitchell of Oregon, and favor ing the passage of an act permitting appeal from the territorial supreme court to the United States Supreme Court In cases in volving more than $5.(100. The memorial also petitions for an in crease in the salaries of circuit judges. The incumbents are dissatisfied with the pres ent salary and threaten to resign. HOME RULE ABSORPTION. Princess Theresa's Efforts in Interest of Democratic Party. HONOLULU. November 27.?Princess Theresa, widow of the former delegate to Congress, R. W. Wilcox, and others have set on foot a movement .looking toward the ab sorption of the home rule party by the j democratic party. CREW OF EIGHT RESCUED. Barge Ogartia Strikes a Crib at Cleve land and Sinks. CLEVELAND. Ohio. November 27.?The I l>arge Ogartia. lumber laden, struck a sub merged crib near the entrance to the Cleve land harbor early today, while coming in, and sank. Captain Frank Keenan of Buf falo and his crew of eight men were res cued by a tug just before the vessel went I down. Keenes' Horses Sail for Home. LONDON, November 27.?Five of the horses of the Keene stable?Cap and Belts, Dalesman II, Dazzling, Hurst Park II and Out of Reach?left Newmarket today for the United States. The rest of the stable will be sold at Tattersall's December 8. Running on Schedule Time. CHICAGO. November 27.?Cars ran prac tically on. the dally schedule on the Chi cago city railway lines today for the ilrst time since the beginning of the strike, which was settled Wednesday. A Sunday schedule was maintained yesterday. MAY FOLLOW PANAMA Secession Talk in States of Cauca and Anticquia. AN OUTBREAK IN OALI SUPPRESSED BY AUTHORITIES; I LEADERS ARRESTED. Latter Suffered No Harm, Probably Be cause of Sympathies of Officials With Movement. PANAMA, November 27.?An American traveling man who has just arrived here from Buenaventura on the steamer Man avi after a stay of twenty days in the de partment of Cauca, reports that the feel ing of unrest in Cauca and Antioquia con tinues and that the secession movement there has the support of many prominent men, including a number of high officials. Outbreak in Call. An outbreak was recently started in Call, the business center of the Cauca depart ment, but the authorities quickly suppressed it and arrested the ringleaders, who suffer ed no harm, probably because of the sym pathies of the officials with the movement. The secession movement, this man says, is serious, but it is impossible to foretell what will lie done or when any step will be undertaken, lie also says there is no evi dence of any warlike or aggressive move ments against Panama; there is plenty of threatening talk, but no action. Americans Not Molested. The Americans at Cali have not been mo lested. The authorities at Buenaventura, the traveler says, were inclined to be an noying when he left there, but nothing seri ous had happened. The discontent in Cauca and Antioquia arises from the same causes that led to the movement for independence on the Isthmus. THANKSGIVING IN PANAMA. Sailing Races, Greased Masts and Other Sports Caused Merriment. PANAMA, November 27.?Men from the crews of the warships in Panama bay held rowing and small boat sailing races yester day in celebration of Thanksgiving day. The climbing of greased masts and other sports were also indulged in. Members of the crew of the British cruiser Amphion won the sailing race and also the cutter race, which they rowed In a cutter loar.ed Dy one of the American ships. RECEIVED BY POPE. Colombian Minister at London Calls at Vatican. ROME, November 27.?The pope today re ceived in private audience Senor J. Gutier rez Ponce, the Colombian minister at Lon don, who presented his credentials as spe cial envoy to the Vatican, felicitating the pontiff in the name of his government on his elevation to the pontifical throne. The pope was interested in the particulars furnished him regarding the recent events in Colombia and Panama, and Informed Senor Ponce that he had recalled to Home Monsignor Vico, the apostolic delegate to Colombia, as he would be Included in a new movement of papal diplomacy. The pope also received Senor Constantino Beralta. envoy extraordinary of Costa Rica to the Vatican, who presented his creden tials. $25,000 IN JEWELRY MISSING. Millionaire's Country Home Near Philadelphia Robbed. PHILADELPHIA, November 27.?The police officials were notified today by Welsh Harrison that his country home, "the Tow ers," at Glenside, a suburb, was robbed yesterday of Jewelry valued at $25,000. The thief is believed to be a man servant who was employed by Mr. Harrison about two weeks ago. The man disappeared yes terday and the loss of the Jewelry was dis covered a short time later. Mr. Harrison is a brother of Provost C. C. Harrison of the University of Pennsylvania and one of Philadelphia's wealthiest citi zens. OVERCROWDING STREET CARS. London Authorities Resort to Novel Method to Suppress Practice. LONDON, November 27.?The North Lon don authorities have adopted a novel method for suppressing the overcrowding on street cars. Finding that the arrest and lining of conductors were insufficient, they are now resorting to the arrest of pas sengers, including women, whom the mag istrates fine for ?"aiding and abetting" con ductors in contravening the anti-crowding law " TORCH IN PILE OF WASTE. Boy's Carelessness Caused Good-Sized Blaze at Allegheny. PITTSBURG, Pa.. November 27.?Lower Allegheny was threatened with a disastrous fire today on account of the Inflammable material and surroundings, but the prompt action of the officials In turning in a gen eral alarm and the good work of the fire men prevented a serious blaze. A boy employed in the plant of the Martin Hardsocg Mine Drill and Tool Co. dropped a lighted torch In a pile of waste, and In a few minutes it was burning fiercely. The flames quickly spreading to the plate glass warehouse of Conroy. Prugh & Co. and the Damascus bronze works adjoining. To add to the danger, several barrels of oil stored In the Hardsocg building explod ed. sending a flery shower among the fire men. One man was painfully burned and a number of others had narrow escapes. The flames were quickly controlled, how ever. with a loss of about $30,000 to the Hardsocg company. Conroy. Prugh & Co.'s loss will probably be $8,000, and the Damas cus Bronze Company, $2,000. Vessel Arrivals. HAVRE, November 27.?Arrived: La Sa voie, from New York. GIBRALTAR, November 27.?Arrived: Fuerst Bismarck, from New York. Flames ^JTipe Out Part of Town. HILL CITY, Kan., November 27.?The. greater portion of the south side of this town was destroyed by Are today. Loss will exceed $100,000; Insurance, one-third. Among the total losses are the Farmers and Merchants' National Bank, the Alli ance store and the Masonic hall. Virginia Postmaster Appointed. John H. Hart today was appointed fourth class postmaster at Green Cove, Va. TUG SANK IHSTANTLY CRASHED INTO BY U* S. YACHT OUNBOAT YANKTON. Boiler Boom Was Split ;in Two?Yank ton Had Training Class Aboard. Special Dispatch to The Ereolug Star. PORTSMOUTH, Va.. November 27?This morning, off the Washington line dock, the [United Stales yaclit-gunboat Yanktcm crashed into the stern of the tug Hustler, splitting her open to the boiler room and sinking her Instantly. With two Seaboard Air Line barges in tow, one on either side of her, the Hustler was bound down the river for the cotton compress at Atlantic City. Yankton Had Training Class on Board. The Yankton, one of the largest yachts owned by the government, was proceeding to sea with a training class from the re ceiving ship Franklin aboard. Those aboard the tug .say the gunboat was moving very swiftly,, and that she seemed unable or uiwilli?* to change her course, and that, wKta alfjiost no warning at all. she overtook the tug and crashed into her stern. The Hustler began almost immediately to fill, and went down hi* a vpry few minutes. Crew of Six bcape. Capt. Machen and his crew of six men escaped from the sinking tug by climbing aboard the two barges she had in tow at the time. But for the fact that these barges were alongside there must ajmojst certainly have been a number of Hves lost, The owners of the Hustler say that they have no desire to criticise the officers of the gunboat unduly, but *hey are able to account for the collision only on the ground of careless or Incompetent navigation of the government Vessel. COMMENT ON PANAMA. Invidious Comparisons ^fith Southern Confederacy Are Attacked. The effort that has been *ade by Senator Culberson to draw a paxaHel between the attitude of the United States toward the recognition of the republic f Panama and the efforts of the government in 1800 to prevent the recognition of the southern con federacy at that time is being commented on by republicans as likely 'to prove of ad vantage to them in the coming campaign. "If my democratic friends do what they seem to be threatening, .whfch Is to oppose what has been done by bur government in reference to the republic of Panama and to thereby fight ofT any aw.elusion in reference to the treaty forrthe purpose of securing an isthmiah cattalv they will place themselves in an attitude of opposition to the construction of any carnal," today said Senator Cullom, chair??an of the Sen ate committee on foreign Rations. "They will." he coiH'nu*?- "place them selves in a position of endeavoring to break down any policy of the republican partj, and their conduct will result In having the American people come to the conclusion that they are 3imply. as usual, opposing the republican party for partisan reasons, and will also, as usual, by such a course contribute to their gToater defeat at the polls at the next election. fnr "Of course, when we were fighting for the preservation of the Union we wer? ?P~ posed to the lecognltion of the southern confederacy by any other government. "Now we are struggling to secure the right to construct an isthmian canal at the proper place, and we have recognised the republic of Panama when she came to us asking for recognition when there was no opposition to the government they had established at Panama and after the Co lombian troops had gone to Panama and then left the isthmus without making any attempt at Interference with the per manency of that republic. "All of our Presidents have said that when the government is ealled on to recognize a republic it was within their own judgment as to the time and condi tions for so doing. There are many au thorities bearing out the soundness of that position. Of -course, the policy has usually been when the republic or nation has been established the authorities have looked about to see whether the new gov ernment was of a permanent nature or a mere pretext, of a government. In tne case of the recognition ef Panama there was nothing unusual. ? <l? l> INDIANA SOLID. Senator Fairbanks Says President Will Have No Opposition. The Idea that there is a.-*evolt in Indiana against President Roosevelt as the favored candidate of the republicans of that state for the presidential nomination next sum mer is not credited by Indiana men here. "I said six or seven months ago," re marked Senator Fairbanks today, "that President Roosevelt would have no opposi tion In Indiana for the nomination, and that holds good today. There Is In Indiana no opposition to President Roosevelt of any sort or kind." The Indiana republican state convention held April 25, 1902, adopted the following as a part of the platform of the'party, and It has always been regarded as equivalent to an Indorsement of the President for the nomination: "We cordially indorse the able and pa triotic administration of President Roose velt. Succeeding to the presidency under tragic circumstances, and pursuing the pol icy of his Illustrious predecesser. he at once won the confidence and approval of the American people. We are proud of his courage, his purity ana his devotion to the interests of the entire country, and pledge him the earnest support of the republicans of Indiana in all his effort*ta continue and advance the prosperity ot tfce people at home and the glory of tfaa republic abroad." COMINCM)FQ0& *A?T. Will Succeed Seeretwy Boot About February )? Governor Taft. who wflj gucered Secretary Root as the minister war about the 1st of February, will mM fracn Manila for the United States D?otpt?er 23, spending Christmas at Hongkosc; Hi expects to reach San Franciaco n*-the Gaelic about January ?0. His plans* contemplate a brief stop in lils home City of Cincinnati before coming to Washington. He will be succeeded as governor ef tne Philippines by Lieut. Gov. Wright M4xpJ>rtal to Surgeon Reed. Special "Dispatch Bvefltnc Star, NORFOUC, Va., NoveijfFber 2T?A monu ment to .the memory ot Surgeon Walter Reed, Uijjled States army, who, by demon strating tin Cuba that mosquitoes transmit yellow fever, save t? man the control of that scourge in the western hemisphere, will be dedicated at Gloucester Courthouse, Va., December 10. The monument is in the shape of a tablet, purchased and placed by the court of Gloucester, Surgeon Reed's native county, and a few of his intimate friends. Surgeon Reed died in Washington, D. C. NO TROOPS RAISED Talk at Bogota About March ing Upon Panama. CAPITAL IS EXCITED REPORT AS TO GEN. REYES' MIS SION TO WASHINGTON. His Reception Will Depend Upon His Credentials?Minister Varilla at State Department. The State Department has received a cablegram from Minister Beaupre, dated at Dogota, Wednesday, in which he says that considerable excftement siill prevails in the Colombian capital; that there is much talk of raising armies to march upon the isthmus, but that no troops have been raised. A report has reached the department from Bogota that General Reyes" mission to Washington Is primarily to stir up op position among United States senators against the Panama policy of the adminis tration. There is also talk of the forma tion of a combination of South American countries in support of the position of Co lombia. Respecting the mission of General Reyes to Washington, it is said at the State De partment that much depends upon the na ture of his credentials as to the reception he will have. It seems assured that if he is presented by the Colombian charge. Dr. Herran, he will be accorded a respectful hearing at the department. But It is also pointed out that his activities must be con fined to regular channels, and as an alien, and any attempt on his part to influence by direct representations any other than the executive branch of the United States government would scarcely be viewed with equanimity. Colombians Troops Will Be Excluded. Respecting the statements attributed to the general In a New Orleans interview, that Colombia would send liHMKK) men into Panama overland, the fact is recalled that the Instructions to the United States naval officers on the isthmus were such that they would not admit to the neighborhood of the isthmus any hostile forces. That was understood by the officers in question to mean that hostile Colombian troops would not be allowed to enter Panama at any point, either by water or by land, and so far there has been no change in the in structions given to the naval officers on that point. Minister Varilla at State Department. Mr. Varilla, the minister from Panama, called at the State Department tod ly and officially notified Acting Secretary Uoomis of the action taken yesterd.iy by ti.e Panama Junta in decid.ng to "ratiiy the canal treaty as soon as It reaches ihem. He expressed himself as nav ng no .ears or an Invasion o? Panama by un a. my iron Colombia, ai\d declared ti.e utter impossi bility of an expedition overland When asked if he would receive General Reyes and those accomp.iny ng him to Washington, the mn.sier said that he would do so if a request for a conferen-e is submitted, but he was unable to see wherein it would be fruitful of lesults be cause, as he put It, "Panama had se. ved the meal and it has been eaten." Private advices received by the minis er, he says, are to the e.Tect that the co ning to Washington of so many repr<sen ativrs of Colombia, while ostens bly for the pur pose of arranging peace terms with tne Panaman delegates, if possible. In real ty, is destined to formulate a campa gn lav. g for its object the creation of a feeling among the political partes of the Uni.eJ States and the representat.ves of tie South American republics against the rati fication of the treaty by the United States Senate. In support of that view Minister Varilla cited the action of President Marroquin in addressing a note of protest to the United States Senate instead of addressing it to the President through the regular diplo matic channels." Military Movement Not Contemplated. Lieut. Gen. Young, chief of stafT, was again today asked, in view of the repeated statements of Gen. Reyes and others, that If the mission of the general to Washing ton was a failure Colombia would march on Panama with an army of 100.000 men, whether the United States was contemplat ing the sending of troops to the isthmus. He emphatically declared that no problem for the defense of Panama against an at tacking army had been considered by the general stafT, and that the subject had been given no consideration whatsoever. Cartagena's Action Unwarranted. The State Department officials are await ing a report from the United States con sul at Cartagena respecting the refusal of the port authorities to allow him to com municate with the British merchant steamer Trent. It Is the belief at the de partment that the officials at Cartagena, which Is in the province of Bolivar, are acting entirely without authority from the Colombian government at Bogota. While the State Department cannot act in the case of its consul until the matter is made the subject of a formal report, it is believed that the British government will not tolerate such Interference with its merchant shipping in time of peace. Panama and Colombia's Debt. In the opinion of Dr. Thomas Herran, the Colombian charge, the contention of the Panamans that Panama cannot be expect ed to assume a pro rata share of the Co lombian debt for the reason that Panama was not a part of Colombia at the time the debt was incurred, is not sound. The Co lombian charge pointed out today that the decisive battle by which the United States of Colombia freed itself from the Spanish yoke occurred in 1819 and from that date Panama had always been regarded as an in tegral part of Colombia. The point made by the Panamana that the final papers uniting Colombia and the state of Panama were not signed until 1826 Is regarded at the Colombian legation as a weak excuse to becloud the real facts in the case. Although it is admitted that probably certain for malities in the formation of the republic of Colombia did not occur immediately aiter the decisive battle of 1810, it is held that the Panamans are not acting in accordance with the spirit of the transactions from 1819 to 182S In attempting to be relieved of their Just share of the Colombian debt. Minister Varilla Notified. Official confirmation of the reported de termination of the Panama Junta to ratify the Hay-VarlUa Panama canal treaty at once was received by Minister Varilla yes terday afternoon. The State Department being closed, Mr. Varilla communicated the news Informally to Mr. Loomis, who is act ing secretary in the absence of Mr. Hay The dispatch to Minister Varilla was as follows: "In view of the approbation given by the dele gates Amador and Boyd (the commissioners who were aent by the government of Panama to confer with Mr. Varilla) to tbe Hay-Buna a-Varilla treaty, you are authorised to notify officially the govern ment of tbe United State* that aa soon as the doc ument la received by tbe junta of the government of the Iti'pultlic of Panama it will be rn 1 lficd nmi itgivd. <.M tiled j J. A. ABANGO. TOWAS AKIAS. MANTEL E; VINOS A. Ontinferslsnptl by the minister of foreign rela tions. 1 K LA EKPKIKL1 A. , Minister Varilla calls spec'al attention to the fact that the message is signed not only by the members of the junta.' but abo by the minister of foreign relations, which, he says g.ves the communca'.lon the charac ter of a formal decree of the government The action taken by the Panama junta doubtless is due. In part at least, to the urgent representat'ons of Minister Vari la that prompt steps be taken with a view to the ratification of he treaty as soon as it shall reach Panama. Last Saturday the minister cable'! a long synopsis of I he treaty to Panama and since that time his been in communication will (he govern ment on the subject. The minister recounted with a great de il of gratification the rapid progress of even s since the birth of the new republic of Panama three weeks ago, ending yesterday with the declaration of the junta to ratify the Panama canal treaty. Colombians Coming. Dr. Herran. the Colombian charge, has received a dispatch from General Reyes, the Colombian peace commissioner who left New Orleans last night, saying that he would reach Washington early tomorrow morning. With him is General Ped.o Os pinn. Francisco de F. Manotas. who arrived at New York yesterday from Savan'lla. s a member of the commission sent by the governor of the state of Bolivar to the United States to obtain information as to the real state of affairs on tlie Isthmus of Panama. H!s departure from Bolivia was delayed at the time his fellow commission ers who arrived in Washington some days ago. CANNON SPEAKS OUT DECLINES TO LISTEN TO TALK OF VICE PRESIDENCY. Says His Ambition is Satisfied and Does Not Covet Seat of Sena tor Frye. The Illinois vice presidential boomers got a rise out of "Uncle Joe" Cannon right away. They have been pestering him for several days with the suggestion that he | beccme a candidate, and he has passed up ' the suggestions with a few terse com I rrents. clearly intelligible to his hearers, if I not suitable for publication. Since The Star yesterday printed the story of the efforts to get him into the race, notwithstanding his reluctance, the Sreaker has been besieged by requests for an expression on the subject. Hie Speaker's secretary, in response to inquiries of newspaper correspondents, made the following statement today, which may be taken to represent the Speaker's views: Views of tlie Speaker. "It goes without saying that any citiztn of the United States might well feel grati fied to be thought worthy to go upon the presidential ticket as candidate for Vice President. There are many good and great men. in the'party who from every stand point would be good candidates. So far as Mr. Carnon Is concerned, substantially his life-work has been in connection with the He use of Representatives. "As Speaker of the House the full mead of his ambition, so far as public place is concerned, Ls satisfied. Even If he would be an available candidate, his nomination is not to be thought of for a moment, lie is i.ow organizing the House for the work of the Fifty-eighth Congress, and not look ing to the other end of the Capitol with any desire to take the chair now so ad mirably filled by the able and accomprished senator from Maine. ' CUBAN TREATY TALK. Reciprocity Will Probably Go Into Ef fect About December 26. Senators and representatives, and es pecially those from manufacturing and ex porting centers, are receiving inquiries from their constituents as to the date when the Cuban reciprocity treity will become ef fective. and the new rates W duty shall be applied both in this country and in Cuba. The question Is of considerable Importance to importers, as large cargoes of sugar and tobaco probably will be withheld until the reduced rates go into effect. The bill carrying out the treaty provides that whenever the President of the United States shall receive satisfactory evidence that Cuba has made provision to give full effect to the treaty he shall issue his proc 1 mat on decar ng ih it he h s re eived such evidence, and u.ereupon <.'n the 1Mb day after the exchange of ratifications of the treaty between the United States and Cuba the new rates shall apply. The treaty provides that the convention shall go into iffct on the 10th day after the exchange of ratifications and shall continue in force for the term of five years. Il is also provided that the convention shall not take effect until the same shall shall have been approvtd by Congress. Senator Cullom, chairman of the commit tee on foreign relations, expressed the opin ion today in conversation with a Star re porter that the new rates will take effect ten days after the approval of the bill by the President. The bill will pass the Sen ate December 16, and doubtless will receive the signature of the executive the same day. . , The ratifications are to be exchanged In Washington. The Cuban minister is now in this city, and the State Department thinks that not more than two or three days will be required for the formalities attendant upon the ratification. There are evidences of widespread interest in commercial cir cles in the treaty. The reciprocal arrange ment for reduction of duties will be effect ive just at the time when Cuba is market ing her large crop of sugar, and American exporters expect to do a thriving business with Cuban merchants in consequence of the opening up of the markets at a time when money should be plentiful in Cuba. The new treaty makes a horizontal re duction of 20 per cent on all dutiable Cuban products brought into this country. Ameri can goods going Into Cuba will receive re ductions of duty amounting to 25. 30 and 40 per cent, respectively, upon specified classes of merchandise. Changes in the Navy Department. Changes have been made in the classified service In the Navy Department as follows: Appointed?J. Wllhelm, special laborer (stenographer) at $2.80 per diem, bureau of ordnance; T. W. Morrison, clerk at $1 000 per annum. Secretary's office; H. G. Wag ner, copyist at $840 per annum, bureau of navigation; L. G. Shelton, copyist at $720 per annum, office of naval war records. Promotions?R. B. Blackley, from special laborer (messenger boy) at $1.04 per diem to special laborer (messenger boy) at *1.52 per diem, bureau of navigation; F. I. K ng, from assistant astronomer at $1,800 per annum, naval observatory, to piece work computer, nautical almanac office; J. C. Howard, com puter at $1,200 per annum to astronomer at $1,800 per annum, naval observatory. $50,000 Blaze at Hackensack. HACKENSACK. N. J., November 27.? Fire early today destroyed the lighting plant of the Hackensack ?as and Electric Light Company on the Hackensack river here. The loss will exceed $60,000. 'All advertisers certi fy to the influence The Star has on those who * buy. That is the test. BATru; WITH BflNblTS More Than a Hundred Shots Are Exchanged. POLICEMEN WOUNDED FUGITIVES ESCAPE FROM DUO OUT WHEN LOCATED. Flee Across Fields, Board Train and Kill Brakeman?Wanted for Murder. CHICAGO. November 27.?A furious bat tle l>etwetn a squad of detectives and three bandits was fought on the snow-covered prairie near Miller Station. Ind . today. It terminated in the escape, at least tem porarily. of the fugitives. Two detective* were wounded and a brakeman. who was defending his train on which the bandits escaped, was killed. The battle embraced almost every de tail of scenery and action of a melo drama of the most stirring kind. The fugitives?Harvey Vandine. 1'eter Neidemeier and (supposedly) Kmll Roe< ki?were located in a dugout, or hunters' hut, about two miles from Mil ler station. , Fitted for Strong Defense. The bandits, who knew they were wanted for alleged complicity in the car barn robbery nnd murders at Chicago last summer, evidently selec ted the spot as fitted for a strong defense. Tiie detectives, having tracked them through the snow, were fired upon as they approached, and in a battle follow ing two ot them fell, one with n mortal wound. The police took shelter behind a railroad embankment and the tiring becoming gen eral. a train having been flagged lo remove the wounded t,o Chicago, some of the de tectives withdrew to place the injured men aboard. Seized Upon by Bandits. This opportunity wjis seised upon l>y the fugitives, who ran from the dugout .uid succeeded in boarding a Pennsylvania freight train at Fast Tolleeton. Ind. In forcing th.-lr passage as far as Liverpool, Ind.. a brakeman. T. J. Favio. was shot dead at Liverpool. The bandits jumi>ed from the train and ran 'oward the Michi gan Central' tracks, while the officials of the Pennsylvania system sent a special train In pursuit and organized a wholesale hunt for" The desperadoes throughout north er n Indiana. I'rgent telegrams for help reached As sistant Chief of Police Schuettler today, and fifty men, under the assistant chiefs command, left at once for Miller Station, armed with Winchester rifles and revolvers. Fusillade of Shots. Reports from the place say that a fusil lade of shots has been exchanged between the men In the dugout and the local police. Two of the latter arc reported to have !>een wounded seriously. The battle is said to have been a furious one. With the telegram came requests for a physician and priest. The officer sending the telegrams. Sheehan of Chicago, report ed that he had no reason to doubt that the men surrounded are the accomplices of Gustav Marx, the self-confessed bandit who lias been under arrest in Chicago for sev eral days. The telegram saying that shooting had taken place between the officers guarding the dugout and the prisoners was received as Assistant Chief Schuettler had com pleted all arrangements to go to Miller Station at the head of a party of detectives. Fifty Men Asked For. He had received word previously that two men had been found in the dugout, and that they resembled the two fugitives. Sheehan promised to guard the place with six officers. Soon after came word that shooting had broken out between the imprisoned men and the guards. Two of the latter were shot, and, besides the phvsiclan and a priest, fifty men were asked for. To get the men to the station in time to catch a special train Chief O'Neill had to Impress Into service a wagon of the West ern Union Telegraph Company. Break-Neck Speed to Station. The detectives piled Into the wagon and were driven at breakneck speed to the Illi nois Central station. There a special train pulled out with the small army of police men aboard. The train was scheduled to go lo South Chicago, where a special over the Baltimore and Ohio railroad was to take up the run to Mlller'Station The dug-out is in a wild section of coun try near the shore of I.ake Michigan and bordering the vast swamps that stretch to the southward. The few residents near the scene are re ported to have rallied to thi aid of the police. Several volleys from rifles were sent into the dug-out. but the bandits kept under cover It is thought that one of the bandits was injured. Wounded Hurried to Chicago. The two wounded policemen were taken to Miller's station and arrangements made to flag a fast train to hurry the victims to Chicago. Shortly after the departure of Assistant Chief Schuettler and the fifty men under his command, a report rea.lied Chief of Police O'Neill (hat the two b.mdits had been cap tured, and were being brought Into South Chicago. Attempts were promptly made to overtake Assistant Chief Schuettler. but the party was then speeding toward the battleground in the swamps. The non-success In reaching the Schuet tler party was fortunate, for later informa tion indicated that the report of the cap ture of the bandits was not well founded, and that the men who were being brought in were wounded policemen. Trapped in Dugout. The bandits were surrounded after having been tracked across the sand dunes of In diana, along the lake shore. The place where they were trapDed was a so-called dugout or hunters' rude hut. The trailing of the bandits was done by a detail of Chicago detectives, not local In diana officers, as first supposed. Watched all night by the detectives, the bandits to day made a bold attempt to escape and shot two of the would-be captors, one seri ously. The report of the shooting reached Chief O'Neill Just as he was prepirlng to send out fourteen detectives under Assistant Chief Schuettler. The detail was instantly Increased to fifty men and they were rush ed to a special train. "Shoot to Kill," the Order. "Shoot to kill." Chief O'Neill sternly or dered the fifty men. and on the way to Mil ler station Assistant Chief Schuettler re^ peated the Older emphatically. Work of Chicago Detective* The men were trapped by Detective John F. Sheehan at the head of ten other de tecUves. They were sent to Indiana But*