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CANAL TREATY SIGNED Casket Containing Document Opened in Palace. WRAPPED WITH FLAG ONLY A SINGLE COPY IN THE EN GLISH LANGUAGE. Was Signed With Special Gold Pen Purchased Especially for the Occasion. PANAMA, December 2.?The canal treaty was signed at 11 ::13 a.m. today. There were no amendments to the treaty. Minister of Foreign Affairs Ksprilla ar rived lure from Colon yesterday with the new canal treaty. The treaty was dis cussed last night, and, as was expected, was ratified today by the republic of Pan ama. Bear Admiral J. G. Walker arrived on the same train that brought Senor Es prilla. Assembled in Grand Salon of Palace. Senors Ariango and Arias, with some of the ministers of the new republic, met the party at the railway station. Senor Ks prilla drove immediately to the government palace, where the chest containing the treaty was placed on a table in the main office. At 4 o'clock In the afternoon members of the junta and of the ministry assembled In the grand salon of the palace. Enveloped in Panaman Flag. The chest and two small tin boxes, ad dressed to the members of the junta and bearing the seals of Minister Bunau-Varilla. were placed on a table in the center of tho room. Surrounded by the spectators, who were seated about the table, Senor Esprilla optn ed the chest and withdrew the cotton wrap pers, finally bringing to light the treaty,, enveloped in the Panaman flag. The docu ment was addressed to the members of tne Junta by Minister Bunau-Varllla. Signed With Special Gold Pen. Senor Arias then broke the seal and for mally handed the paper to the members of the junta. There was only one copy, in the English language. After discussing its provisions the min isters and members of the junta all signed the document with a special gold pen pur chased for the occasion. It Is probable they will hand it to Admiral "Walker fo'r transmission to Washington. WILL RECEIVE GEN. REYES. Secretary Hay Will Listen to the Co lombian Envoy's Propositions. Dr. Herran, the Colombian charge, called at the State Department again today and arranged with Secretary Hay that the lat ter should foj mally receive General Beyes, the Colombian envoy, tomorrow. The doc tor discussed at some length with the Sec retary the existing situation, but will leave It to General Beyes to broach any sugges tions with which he may have been charged by the Colombian governxnent look ing to a settlement of the dispute between Colombia and Panama. Secretary Hay will give a courteous re ception to General Beyes and a patient hearing to any propositions he may have to unfold. But It is clear that In the view of the administration the steps taken by the Vnlted States as to Panama cannot be re traced, and It follows that Panama being In actual possession of the ri^ht of way of tho canal there can be no negotiations with Colombia looking to the acquisition from her of any right to the canal strip. Mr Varilla. the Panama minister, called on Secretary Hay a few minu:es after the departure of Dr. Herran to ascertain the latest advices from the isthmus. COLLIDED IN FOG. Motorman Fatally Hurt and Several Passengers Injured. CHICAGO, December 2.?In a collision between the north-bound trains on the South Side elevated railroad today, at the 61st street station. Harry Cottell, a mo torman, was fatally hurt and several of the passengers seriously Injured. The fog and frost on the rails were re sponsible for the accident. At almost the same moment several per sons were injured in a collision between two Cottage Grove avenue cable trains at 81st street. While the guards on the elevated train were holding the gates shut In order to prevent the passengers from jumping to the tracks and possibly being electrocuted the wires in one of the coaches became crossed, starting a fire in the crowded car. The cry of "Fire!" caused a panic. Win dows were smashed and a rush was made for the doors. Charles F. Bedman, one of the passengers, more collected titan the others, caught a fire extinguisher and broke the bottle over the fire. His example was quickly followed by others. In the fight to extinguish the flames one of the extinguishers struck Bed man on the head, causing an ugly scalp wound. OPPOSE DISPLAY FUNERALS. Baptist Preachers Meet and Resolve at Norfolk, Va. S|x-clal Dlxpati-h to Tlie KtodIdk Star. XOBFOLK, Va., December 2.?The Bap tist Preachers' Association of Norfolk and Portsmouth lias taken a decided stand against display funerals with costly cas kets, lavish mourning, elaborate pageants and the like, which the ministers class as un-Christlan like and in opposition to the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. The preachers oppose In strong language the display of money In the purchase of high-priced caskets, the reckless disregard of those already heavily in debt, for econ omy in the purchase of floral tributes and the hiring of numberless vehicles, for which liverymen are compelled to demand high charges to meet the expense of main taining such turnouts. WANTS THE CONVENTION. Both Parties at New Orleans Raise *30,000. Special Diapatrh to The Kreulng Star. NEW ORLEANS, La.. December 2-?Lead ing republicans and democrats are making an effort to get the national republican con vention here. F. B. Williams, chairman of the state central republican committee, au thorises the statement that $30,000 is al ready pledged to secure it. -\ Students Leap From Fourth and Fifth Floors, MANY ARE INJURED BELIEVED ALL MAY RECOVER EXCEPT FATHER BOYON. Ottawa, Ont., University Completely Destroyed?Loss More Than Quarter Million. OTTAWA. Ont., December 2.?The Ot tawa University in this city wan totally destroyed by Are early today. All that remains of the magnificent stone building, which was one of the sights of the eastern part of the city, is portions of the walls. It will be two years before it can be re built. and meantime it will be impossible to get a place suitable to carry on the work of the institution. There were 450 students at the university, which was a Kornan Catholic institution, and was carried under the charge of the clergy. Nearly All From United States. Of the students about 350 were boarders and the remainder day scholars Nearl> all of the boarders were from the United States, principally from the New England While the students were at breakfast in the refectory, about 7 o'clock, some of them saw smoke escaping from arounc the]pipes. In half an hour the fire made its a;ppeox ance. and soon afterward the whole build ing was in a blaze. ,.;a?n The students and others who h..d lisen early%scaped easily. A number who were still abed had to take to the fire escape in their night shirts or jump from ttie building into blankets held out by the fire men below. Jumped From Top Floors. The fire escapes were all on one side of the structure, and those who slept on the other side could not reach them. They had to jump, some of them from the fourth and fifth stories. It was in jump ing that the accidents occurred. All of the students, however, escaped with very slight injuries, no one being seri ously hurt. Two of the priests were seri ously injured, and one, Father Boyon, is not expected to live. tfe was in the fifth story. He could not reach the escapes and had to jump. He fell on a veranda below, landing on his shoulder and afterward rolling to the ground, striking on his head. Leaped Into a Blanket. Father Fulliam was on the fourth floor. He leaped into a blanket held out for him and sustained some Injuries to his side, but will recover. Father McGurty was burned on the head and arms, but not seriously injured. An old woman, a servant, jumped from the fifth story and was badly hurt. S. Harvey, a student from Brunswick, Me., awoke only when his bed was on fire. He sprang to the window in his night shirt, and, throwing his body outside, hung to the sill for fifteen minutes, when he was taken down safely by the firemen. Boyon May Die. A student named Cullen Jumped from the fourth story with his glasses on and had his face cut. A domestic, Miss Dupuis, was badly injured. The students lost all their effects. It is expected that all will recover ex cept Father Boyon. The loss is from $250, Otx) to $300,000; insurance, $200,000. The fire is supposed to have resulted from a burning cigarette which was thrown away after the play given last night in the academy hall. Later information Is to the effect that Father Fulham is more seri ously Injured than at first stated. A library of 30,000 volumes was destroyed. STUDENTS CAUSE DISORDER. Russian University Compelled to Close Its Doors. KIEFF, Russia. December 2 ?The univer sity here has been closed until January 3 because of the renewal of disorders on the part of the students. The latter refused to recognize the au thority of the court of professors consti tuted to try twenty-nine students who arrested as a result of the recent disturbances which occurred among the students at Kieft, Odessa, Kazan and Tomsk. The students, on the present occasion, met an attempt to shut them out of the university by battering down the gate% and damaging the bui ding. from which, finally, they were ejected by a force of Cossacks and police. ^ DENIES THERE IS SHORTAGE. Portland's Postmaster Says Inspector's Statement is Untrue. PORTLAND. Ore.. December 2?In a statement issued last night Postmaster Bancroft denies the report that post office inspectors have found a shortage of over $8U0 in the accounts of the Portland post office. . "The statement that there Is any short age in this office is wholly untrue,'' said Mr. Rancroft. "Mr. Riches, one of the inspec tors, told me there is absolutely no short age'in the office." ? ? ? STAND TO WIN OR LOSE. Government Reports Awaken Cotton Market at New York. NEW YORK. December 2.?Great activity and excitement hjid been expected at the opening of the cotton market this morning owing to the census bureau report at mid day. but the scenes on the floor of the ex change. where brokers were shoving and pushing and clamoring in their wild rush to buy or sell, surpassed anything that has been witnessed since the spectacular days of the old July corner. The interests Involved were tremendous. Trading has been extraordinarily active all the season, and perhaps never before has there been so large a speculative interest in the market, all standing to win or lose on the report of the census bureau. The opening was an advance of 13 to 10 points, and the first influx of covering carried March to within three points of the 12-cent mark, that month selling at 11 9T, while December reached 11.09, Janu ary 11.80 and May ll.W. Realising was extremely heavy, however, and as the demand from shorts grew some what less persistent ? moderate reactions were scored, though the undertone never lost its strength or excitement. The Liverpool market, which had been rather lower than due. joined In the gen eral strength, and New Orleans waB quite as active and excited as the local market. Senator Foraker Says Repub licans Are Not Afraid. INSULAR FREE TRADE PHILIPPINES SHOULD BE IN CLASS WITH PORTO RICO. Naturalization Law Will Have to Be Amended to Suit Present Condi tions?Harbor for Ouam. "I am not in favor of the republican party going into the presidential campaign wear ing gum shoes; put on brogans Instead." Thus spoke Senator For.iker of Ohio to a Star reporter today. Tiie remark was called forth by the statement that there was disinclination among some republican congressmen to act on the Philippines tariff reduction bill for fear that it would precipi tate a general tariff debate on the eve of the presidential election. Senator Foraker, who is chairman of the committee 011 Pa cific islunds and Porto Rico, Xvent on to say: "Why should the republican party be afr;:id to discuss the tariff at any time? If there is any policy of legislation with which the republican party is identified, and identified, too, to the satisfaction of the American people, If election returns can be taken as an indication, it is the tariff. "Let them talk tariff, if they want to. What have we to be concerned about? We admit that some schedules of the Dingley tariff act. Trained in l.S'JT, may not be alto gether satisfactory for the conditions of 11MM, but we will use our own discretion as 10 the time and method of chang ng them, and take tiie responsibility before the country for preventing the unsattling of industrial and trade conditions. "I believe there ought to be free trade with the Phil ppines, as there i.s with Porto Rico. I bel.eve the Senate, will at le st pass a bill reducing the rate of tariff on the products of the Philippine islands enter ing this country. That bill should be passed ut the regular session of Congress tills winter, and give the Philippines the prosper.ty Governor Taft pleads should be given them. "What if the bill does lead to general tcriff debate? Has the position of the re publican party, which has won on the issoe of protective tariff, suddenly become such that we cannot bear to hear that issue de bated in Congress? That is a most le- | markable suggestion. "It might be well for the opportunity to b<- offered for the republicans to go on record and reassure the country, on the eve of a presidential election, that its policy lr, Congress is to preserve the idHustriil stability which has been established under republican legislation. It might not hurt us to let the democrats give an object les son of what they would do to the tariff, in the way of smashing industries, causing the shutting down of plants and idleness of labor. If they should get into power. "What will the country think of us If wc refuse to do Justice to the people in our'ter ritory of the Philippines, as recommended by a republican administration, because we are afraid to bring on a discussion jf a policy which is one of the foundation stones of the republican party? Let's give the democrats all the tariff talk they want. We can say two words to their one in ap pealing to the common sense of the Amer ican j?eople." Senator Foraker said in reference to Porto Rico that the only legislation of importance which he expected this ses sion would be the passage of the bill re lating to the naturalization of citizens of the island. It passed the Senate In the last Congress, but final action was pre vented by the brevity of the session. At prefeent the status of the Porto Rlcans Is rather .indefinite. The first step in the naturalization of an alien is forswearance of allegiance to any foreign power or po tentate. As the Porto Rlcans, cannot re nounce allegiance to a foreign power, not now bearing such allegiance, it is neces sary for Congress to make a change In the naturalization law so far as applicable to them. Guam. Samoa and Midway Island come under the jurisdiction of the commit tee of which Senator Foraker Is chairman, but there is no legislation of importance asked in their behalf except the Improve ment of the harbor of Midway. TRYING TO GET LYNCHEHAUN. New Proceedings Instituted by the British Government. The British government has taken steps to secure the person of Lynchehaun, the Irishman who was accused of a murderous assault upon his landlady in Ireland, but who. after an extradition proceeding in Indianapolis, was freed from arrest. The new proceeding has been Instituted undor the Immigration exclusion laws of tne United States. The basis lies in the fact that Lynche haun was a convict when he landed In 'his country, and therefore, under the exclusion laws, he must be deported and returned to the country whence he came. This, of course, would place him within the grasp of the British authorities. The application Is now pending before the bureau of immi gration. SAFETY BRAKE EQUIPMENT. Railway Companies to Appear Before Interstate Commission. At the time of the last granting of ex tensions to the railroads within which to comply with the law relating to the appli cation of 50 per cent or more of air safety brakes to their rolling stock it was not thought by the interstate commerce com mission that any further time would be asked. Tills, nowever, has not bet-n the case, the Erie. Lehigh Valley, Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton and the lines of the Pennsylvania company west of Pittsburg having asked for "material extension In order that they may properly Install the equipment according to the act of Con gress." Inasmuch as they have now had nil the time that the commission considers neces sary within which they could, if they had had the Inclination, have compiled with the law, it is not feit likely that they will got any further time, and they will, there fore, be called upon to show causa why they have not obeyed the law. The matter will be heard by the commission in this city on the ltith of this month. TWO KILLED; FOUR INJURED. Freight and Milk Trains Collide at West Nutley, N. J. NEW YORK. December 2.? Two men were killed a?d four injured in the col lision between a freight train and a milk <r*in at West Nutley, N. J., late last night. The dead are P. J. Crllly, Jersey City, en gineer of the freight truin, and Fireman John Balmos of Port Jervis, N. Y? of the milk train. The injured are Conductor J. H. Honnoll of Suffern, N. Y.. E. D. Ordway of Port Jervis, conductor of the freight train; Flag man Henry Miller and Engineer Morgan "of the milk train. Board of Health Takes Dras tic Measures. DOCTORS TIRED OUT WILL EMPLOY EXPERIENCED QUARANTINE OFFICER. Butler, Pa., Completely Demoralized by Epidemic That Holds It in Grasp. HARRISBURG, Pa., December 2.-Dr. Benj.tm.n Lee, secretary of the state board of liealth, who was detailed by Governor Penny-packer to investigate tlie typhoid fever ep'demic at ButJer, submitted a re port today to the governor, who lmnediate ly directed Auditor General Hardeutergh to draw a warrant for $2,000 frofh the state emergency fund for the relief of the suf ferers. Tried Quarantine Officer. This money will be used to employ a tried quarantine oflicer of the "toird. to whom the local board w.ll report daily every n w case and every death and tiie condit '>ns prevaiiing in the houses in which th; d s ease exlsls. r A quarantine officer will also be seift from a neighboring county to Investigate the water system and detect, if possible, any additional sources of pollution, and to place the information at the disposal of the local authorities. Water-Borne Outbreak. Dr. Lee says the epidemic bears all the marks of a water-borne, and not a milk borne,. outbreak, and tljat It is impossible t? ascertain the number of cases. A rough estimate, however, obtained by communicating with physicians over the telephone, developed t^e fact that a little more than half of theni we;e treating ?>&?> cases.. Dr. Lee found the town completely demDr alized, and the first thing to be done to .prevent a further spread of the d sease was to notify all persons to boij their drinking water. Physicians Worn Out. He says so great was' the demand Tor | medical aid that for t^e past two we?ks the physicians had scarcely visited their | homes, be ng occupied *ty ?nfl night with attendance on the sick. A very considerable number physic'ans and the health officer of thp town were Hi, while the time of the president of the board of health was to a tfo^derabte extent oc cupied in caring- for.sjck members of his own family. 1 4 SPLENDID NEW^.-SATS HAYASHI. ?- - < ? '#? Japanese Mini seer Lecffeg Rials of Agreement WJth llussift. LONDON, December 2;?The Japanese minister, Baron .*Hayttshl, reiceived the r.ews of the bg?ls of the, agreement reached between Russia and Japrtn through the exclusive dispatch of the Associated Press on the subject from Paris-last night. lie said: "That is splendid news. ? I have waited, a long time in the hope of bearing it. With the basis reached it Will only be a short time before the treaty is signed. The whole difficulty so far has been to arrive at_a basis satisfactory to both nations." .>, ??? ? the su?gested arbitration of the difficulties between Japan and Russia, Baron Hayashi remarked: No such proposition has been mentioned ,??e- and 1 doubt if the Manchurian I question could be settled by that method. 1 he Hague court appears, to me to exist more for the purpose of Interpreting knotty points of existing treaties than for dealing ci'urlf" a territoria/1 Question as Man The other embassies her^ arejnelined to gesfed view of the arbitration sug Baron Hayashi denies tSiat Japan has purchased or Is negotiating for either the Cl'llean or Argentine warships bu.lt in Europe for those republics. ? ?? * m DEBARRED BECAUSE OF SEX. House of Lords Refuses to Allow Wo men to Qualify as~Lawyers. LONDON. December 2.?The house of lords has finally decided that women are debarred by their sex from becoming quali fied lawyers In this country. The question arose on the appeal Of a Londoner, Miss Bertha G?vo, against the decision of the benchers of Gray's Inn not to admit her as a student for the purpose of being called to the bar. The court decided that there was no precedent for a woman's admission to the inns of court, and no reason to create a precedent. The benchers assert that the statutes of Gray's Inn ignore women so a5so'u as to 'eavo them no power to admit a woman. PLATT AND ODELL CONFER. No Friction Claimed?Only Party Success Desired. NEW YORK, December 2 ?Governor Cdell came down from Alh.-ray last night and today held two conferences with Sen ator T. C. Piatt and ChaiAian Dunn of the republican state committee. Subsequently the governor mnde a state ment in which he sail they had arrived at a conclusion that was satisfactory to all, and added: "There is no reason for anyfriction in the party. We are, on the contKiry, actuated by a common desire for the "party success and increased votes, and .propose unitedly to work to that end." r DENOUNCES .FOREIGN POLICY. Japanese Sentiment Favors r.n Ultima tum to Btistria. TOKIO, Japan. December 2.?A meeting of the Shempoto mpmbefs1 oflhe diet today passed a strong resolution denouncing the ceblnet's dilatory foreigti policy and re cording the opinion that peace in the far east demands the evacuation of Manchuria and the opening of the principal ports there." Popular feeling is increasingly in favor of the speedy d^patch ot-'an ultimatum to Ru;-sla, but tHji Japanese government is culm and confident, - ? ? Wood Appointed Inspector General. SAN ERA NCI SCO. DeflttSber 2.?MaJ. W. Wood has been appointed inspector general of the Department of California. Col. Geo. Andrews, the adjutant general, has been ofTejIlir =H?U8eit of the appotntn^nt and hits Issued nstwctlons detaching Maj. >\ cod from "als regiment, the 20th Infantry. ZIQN'S CREDITORS: Peace is no DOWIE (JETS ANGRY STORMY TIME AT MEETING WITH CREDITORS' COUNSEL. Receivers Appointed by the Federal Court Begin Going Over the Rooks. ZIQN CITY, 111., December 2.?Except at the bank here, no sign of disturbance over bankruptcy proceedings against John Alex ander Dowie was visible In this place today. The bank was closed and guarded both by United States deputy marshals and by '?'Hon ffuardB," the local police. Otherwise the Dowielte iDpUtutipns were being con ducted as if nothing unusual had happened. Behind Closed Doors. Behind closed doors in Dowie.'s private office today Dowie and his attorney met Custodian Redieski and attorneys repre senting the creditors. The principal object was to plan for the corttinuatlon of the various industries. The secrpt conference is said to have been stormy at times, when Dowie became an gered at what he called ?'preaumptlon" on the part of his opponents. Going Over the Books. CHICAGO, December 2 ?The receivers ap pointed by the federal court began today going over the books of the Zion Indus tries. Instead of Dowie, Federal Custodian Paul Redieski is technically the head of Zion City, and in control of ift factories em ploying about 4.000 persons. Efforts made throughout the night by , Dowie's supporters are said to have netted nearly $25,000 in cash and it was said today that Dowie might come to Chicago without delay to take steps toward doing away with the receivership. DR. HUNTER ARRIVES. Bears Certificate of Election From Eleventh Kentucky District. Dr. W. Godfrey Hunter, bearing a cer tificate of election to the House of Repre sentatives from the eleventh Kentucky dis trict, has reached the city and was at the Capitol today. He saw Speaker Cannon and talked over committee assignments with him. Had Dr. Hunter been delayed until after Friday next, when the Speaker is expected to announce the complete com mittee list, he might -have been omitted from the assignments. Dr. Hunter will be sworn in when the House meets Friday at noon. He succeeds the late Vincent Boreing. The contest for the vacancy was a spfrited one. A special election was held. Three republicans were In the field, the district being a republican stronghoW. ' Hun ter ran as an independent republican and received a slight plurality. A fight was made against him before the st&te board of elections, the claim being made that lie had without authority placed the regular republican emblem above his name. This fight, it is said, will be transferred to the House, a contest being promised by C. E. Edwaf-ds. who claims to have been the reg ular republican nominee. DEPARTURE OF THE LOGAN. The Twentieth Infantry Leaves San Francisco for Manila. Acting Adjutant General Hall was today Informed by Col. Geo. Andrews, adjutant general of the department of California, that the transport Logan sailed from San Francisco yesterday at noon with the fol lowing military passengers: Twentieth Infantry, C24 men and follow ing officers: Col. McCaskey. Lieut. Col. Reynolds, Major Rogers, Chaplain Mur phy Capts. Morrison, Krug, Lewis, Graves, Webster, Moore, Hirsch. Chapman, Mearns, Estes. C. Smith. M. Smith, Lieuts. Powers, De Witt, Minus, Shipp, Beachan, w ilson. Nettles, Kinzie. Graham. Petty. Bowen, Randolph, Wallace, Boiler, McClery, Par dee, Nelly. Wrightson, Carrithers, Ahrends, Phillips. Chaffln; also Lieut. Col. Robinson, Major Palmer, Quartermaster Maxfleld. s g nal corps: Capts. Van Horn, Seventeenth, Eaton Twenty-third Infantry; Lieuts. Cole man. Artillery Corps; Grinstead, Twenty third Infantry; Contract Surgeon Harris, sixteen casuals, twenty-six hospital and twenty-five signal corps men, sixty-eight marines, with one officer. - Holloway is Better. HALIFAX, N. S.. December 2.?United States Consul General Holloway, who has been 111 ever since his arrival in this city, has recovered sufficiently to be able to leave the hospital and go to his hotel. TmmI Arrivals. At Queenstown?Teutonic, from New Tcrk. At New York? Palatla, from Genoa and Naples. t enough ; we want our money, too. APPEAL TO ROOSEVELT COLORADO MINERS URGE ACTION BY PRESIDENT. Official* Opine That Courts Will Fully Protect Telluride Miners' Rights. DENVER, Col., December 2.?The execu tive board of the Western Federation ?f Miners has sent the following telegram to 'PmMmt Roosevelt: "At the present time officers of the state at Colorwta. UlWler lUt gu>m and pr?t*JU ot enforcing law. have ordered a large num ber of reputable and self-sustaining ciU zens and residents to leave Telluride, Col., under penalty of being imprisoned or oth erwise severely dealt wltl>. Not Guilty of Any Crime. "The citizens and residents are not guilty of any crime against the laws of the state of United States. The Constitution and laws of the United States pertaining to civil rights are being frequently violated, and we call on you under the civil rights statutes and under section 1988 of the Re vised Statutes of the United States to in vestigate conditions prevailing there and give to these persons who have been so outraged the protection guaranteed to them by the laws of the land." Telegram Received. President Roosevelt today received a telegram, from the executive board -of the Western Federation of Miners, strongly urging him to protect the rights of the miners who have been ordered to leave the Telluride district in Colorado on penalty of Imprisonment. The matter is In the hands of th.^ state authorities of Colorado and it does >T>t ap pear at this time that the federal L"-vern ment, through the President, can properly take action in it. Secretary of War Consulted. The Secretary of War, who has been con sulted by the Colorado authorities, has expressed ttie opinion that the government cannot interfere legally in the trouble in the Telluride district at the present June t ture. Among officials who have considered the subject It is believed that the rights of the miners will be protected fully by the courts. CLAIMS OF CUBAN VETERANS. President Palma Confronted With an Enormous Increase. Mr. Squiers, United States minister to Cuba, called at the State Department today to discuss the Cuban situation with Secre tary Hay. The delay in acting upon the pending Cuban reciprocity bill Is doing much to interfere with sugar shipments, but the Cubans appear to be reconciled to the prospect of a final ratification. President Estrada Palma Is striving to adjust the claims of the veterans of the Cuban army for back pay, but is confronted with an enormous increase in the amount of these claims, which, originally about *10,000,000 In the aggregate, have now in creased to IS2.000.000. In addition the civilians who were em ployed by the revolutionary government before Cuban Independence was achieved have united to present their claims for compensation, the allowance of which would Increase the total amount which the Cuban government must borrow to no less than $75,000,000. The committee which was appointed to float a loan of $35,000,000 has returned to Havana and Is now seeking to modify the conditions of the loan to make it accepta ble to New York and European financiers, mainly in the direction of Increasing the Interest from 5 per cent to about 6 or 7 per cent or of lowering below the 90 per cent proposed the amount for which the bonds were to be placed on the market. Navy Department Changes. Changes In the classified service of the Navy Department have been made as fol lows: Appointments?George B. Ryan, appren tice plate printer, at $900 per annum, hydro graphic office. PromoUons?W. W. Norrls, from appren tice draftsman at $200 per annum to ap prentice draftsman at $400 per annum, hy drographic office; John C. Sell, from ap prentice draftsman at ?300 per annum to apprentice draftsman at $400 per annum, hydrographlc office; William Dougherty, from apprentice lithographer at $300 per annum to apprentice lithographer at $400 per annum, hydrographlc office; Albert E. Dye, from apprentice draftsman at $30) per annum to apprentice draftsman at $400 per annum, hydrographlc office; J. J. But ler. from special laborer (messenger boy) at $104 per diem to special laborer (mes senger boy) at $1.62 per diem, office of the gBoeral board. BRIBERS WEAKENING Prepare to Plead Guity in Superior Court. HOPE FOR LENIENCY SALSBURY TOLD THE TRUTH IH THE MAIN. So Prosecutor Ward Believes ? Tw? Aldermen Waive Examination in Police Court. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., ?>??? ember 2.? The Evening Press announce!* that six more of the city officials who were arrested ten days ago on the charge of bribery as the result of Dant K. Salsluiry's confession to the prosecuting attorney have decided to waive examination in polce court and plead guilty in the superior court. One other may be added to the list later today. One of the attorneys for the Im plicated men went to Prosecutor Ward and Police Judge Haggerty and informed them that some of the respondents wanted to wr.ive examination in the police court and get into a position where they could go at once to the superior court and plead r^llty. Arrangements Made at Once. Arrangements were made at once for the disposition of the cases in the lower court, and bonds are already prepared for tl.ein. This action was taken as the result of a conference of attorneys for the impli cated men. A majority insisted that sev eral aldermen who have not already con fessed were weakening, am llial tbey would take the stand and ie-1 .:ll t' knew, the conviction of ull the others thus I cing as sured. It was their cjnteniion lh..t T: was belter to plead guilty in llirr hope of lenient treat ment. Prosecutor Ward Satisfied. This step has occasioned satisfaction to Prosecutor Ward, who says: "1 have-been satisfied all almg that Sils bury was telling the truth In the main. Just what portion of his confession, if any. Is not true, 1 am unable to determine, but resulis so far bear out my belief in the ?trui-h of the major portion of It. lie may have dragged in certain innSi- ht ones, but ho certainly has landed many of the guilty ones." I.ant K. Salsbury is ill and unable io ap pear in police court this forenoon. An ad journment -of the examination of cx-Ahler nian Ellen was taken until tomorrow morn ? ing, with the provision that It may be taken up again today should S.ilsbury be come able to appear. -?# To Waive Examination. "This also necessitated postponing calling the examinations of the other Implicated men. Aldermen Donovan and Slocum appeared in police court at noon arid announced that they would waive examination. According to the plan decided on previously, they wer* ! at once bound over to the superior court. REPORT ON COTTON GINNED. Estimate on the Ciop-to Be Printed To morrow. The census bureau today issued a report on the quantity of cotton ginne^l from the growth of 1903 up to and including Novem ber 14, showing total commercial bales of 7.070,437 Of these 6,519,332 were square bates and 510,55ft Sea Island crop bales. There were 2M.506 ginneries operated this .season up to and including November 14. The cotton ginned in 1902, as reported by the census bureau, was 5,i*2."i,S71! commer cial bales up to October IS, and 9,311,N'li commercial bales up to December IX. Counting round bales, the number this year is 0,815,162. In this report no account has been taken of the quantity of linters ob tained by the cottonseed oil mills from r? girnlng cottonseed of this year's growth, but statistics of such cotton will be In cluded in the final report for this season. This report will lie lollowed by two others, showing the quantity of cotton ginned from the growth of this year to December 13, 11AJ3, and to January 1G, 1901. No estimates are given of the amount of cotton remaining urginned. The census agents were asked to submit these esti mates, but the census bureau has not even computed them as returned, turning them over to the bureau of statistics of the De partment of Agriculture to aid that office in the annual estimate of the cotton crop, to be issued tomorrow. The reason for this, as announced by the census bureau, la that when the final reports were received a year ago "it appeared that the estimates of the agents, made in October, were six and four-tenths per cent short of the actual crop grown. A margin of error so large a? that is equal to the difference between a short crop and a normal crop; and under the peculiar conditions existing in the cot ton market today the census bureau doea not feel warranted In publishing any figures in which so large an element of error may exist again." The policy of co-operation between the census and Agricultural Department is adopted on the recommendation of Secre tary Cortelyou of the Department of Com merce and I^ibor, to avoid conflicting re ports as far as possible. FOR PARKER OR GORMAN. Either, Says Livingstone, Could Easily Defeat Roosevelt. Representative Dovingston of Georgia, the Nestor of southern democratic politician* in the House, was out on the streets today after confinement to his residence on ac count of sciatica for several weeks past. Col. Livingston was asked by a Star re porter his opinion of the Presidential situ ation in the south since Mr. Cleveland's re nunciation of further political ambition, made while the colonel was laid up In dry dock. "My opinion," said Col. IJvlngston, "!? that Mr. Cleveland's letter does not alter affairs In the south. Judge Parker of New York and Senator Gorman are the men rrost talked about In the south, with Mr. Hearst making some friends. "Everybody knows that Senator Gorman l? strong In the south. He is well known to our people. There is not a politician of Importance down our way who visits Wash ington who has not met him personally and talked with him. He Is acquainted with the party managers in .ail the states. The peo ple at large read of him in his capacity as democratic leader in the Senate, so he la widely known. "Judga Parker would have friends in the south if he cultivated them, but he does not seem inclined to turn over his hand to get the nomination, and this apparent In difference on his part is leading some of those who would aid him to propound the perfectly natural question: If Judge Parker is not Interested enough to contest for tl# nomination, would he be interested enough to light for election, if nominated? "But I want to repeat what I have said before, and I believe it to be the opinio*