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ing daily.
Colombia Hurries Troops
Toward .Panama.
Near Mouth Atrato River,
Gulf of Darien.
Awaiting the Result of General
Reyes' Mission to Ameri
can Capital.
LA GUAIRA, Venezuela, December 9.?
The French steamer Versalles, which has
arrived here from Savanlila, reports that
Colombian steamers have landed 1,100 men
from Cartagena, near the mouth of the
Atrato river (Gulf of Darien), to open a
nay over the Darien mountains into
Other troops from the department of
Cauca, Colombia, are said to be converging
on Panama, and from all parts of Colombia
troops are reported to be marching or
awaiting on the result of Gen. Reyes' mis
sion to Washington.
Gen. Reyes Did Not Order Them to
Dr. Herran, the Colombian charge
d'affaires, today authorized the statement
that if troops from Cartagena have landed
near the mouth of the Atrato river, as re
ported by the French steamer whioh has
arrived at La Guaira, it is directly In op
position to the advice of both himself and
Gen. Reyes.
Gen. Rafael Reyes, envoy extraordinary
and minister plenipotentiary of Colombia,
on special missio n to the United States, to
day made the statement that the La Guaira
dispatch was the first information ha had
received of the reported movement of Co
lombian troops.
He declared, however, that if it Is true,
as stated, that such movement has taken
pla ce, it was without any orders from him.
Temporarily Relinquished Command.
Since his arrival in Washington as the
special representative of the Colombian
government. Gen. Reyes has temporarily
relinquished the command of the Colombian
army, the duties falling upon Gen. Castro,
second in command. Gen. Reyes confirmed
the statement recently made by Admiral
Coghlan in a report to the Navy Depart
ment, that prior to his departure for Wash
ington he had given instructions to the
Colombian troops to make no hostile dem
orstratlon until he was heard from, and
Said that these troops were now awaiting
oi ders, which, however, would not come
from him direct; but from the government
at Bogota.
Asked as to the probable length of his
stay In the United States, he replied that it
was Indefinite. He would, he said, hold an
other conference with Secretary Hay in the
course of the next few days.
Protection of Isthmus.
The general has been at last fully In
formed by the President himself as to the
Intentions of the government of the United
States respecting the Isthmus. He was told
by the President that, as was set out In the
President's message to Congress, the
United States had finally determined to
maintain the Independence of the new re
public of Panama against all comers.
While this guarantee is conta.ned in a
treaty now pending before the United
States Senate, and as yet unratified, the
administration has for some time past been
acting upon the theory that the under
Standing is in full force. Therefore all
necessary preparations have been made to
exert whatever physical force miy be nec
essary to protect the Isthmian territory.
And instead of confining military and
naval operations to the very narrow strip
of the right of way across the isthmus, :t
has been decided that sound military policy
requires the extension of the protected zone
to include the entire territory of the re
public of Panama. Therefore, no Colom
bian troops will b? allowed to oroas ths
frontier Into Panama, or, if they cross, they
will be ejected in due time.
On the Dividing Line.
News has reached Washington of the
reported movement of Colombian troops to
ward the isthmus, but all of these reports
come In a roundabout manner that throws
doubt upon their reliability.
The point on the Gulf of Darien where
the Colombian troops are reported to have
landed Is believed to be Just about on the
dividing line between the territory of Pan
ama and Colombia, and it Is probable that
they will not actually oross the border
without further Instructions from Bogota,
which In turn will depend upon the reports
made to the Colombian government by Gen.
Reyes and by the two commissioners. Jimi
nes and Blanco, who left Washington two
days ago on their return to Cartagena.
A current report Is to the effect that
Colombian naval vessels are participating
in the movement toward the Isthmus, but It
Is said at the Navy Department that they
are so hutfgnificnnt In power and else that
ths smallest of the United States warships
now on the east side of the Isthmus could
speedily terminate their activities.
To Prevent Conflict.
The poHoy of the Navy Department with
respect to the entry of Colombian troops
Into Panama was said today to be to stop a
conflict before It commenced. To that end,
(Oootimied on Sixth Page.)
Will Be Made Basis for Argu
ment in Congress.
YEAR ONLY $14,000,OOO.
Government Expenses Have Been
Steadily Increasing for Years
Isthmian Canal Outlay.
By far the most important part of the j
annual report of Secretary Shaw. Just sub
mitted to Congress, Is that which estimates
a deficit of $23,002,140 for the fiscal year
ending June 80, 1906. and which estimates
that the surplus for the present flsca
year will be only $14.000.0<X>. The estimates
of secretaries of the treasury are ?ot al
wavs accurate, but they represent the best
information in the possession of any
of the United States government, and Mr.
Shaw's estimate will be made the basis for
much comment and many speeches. From
Immense annual excess of revenues over ex
penditures in recent years the tendency 's
now to that miserable condition of
ficlency in the government's business.
Decrease in the Surplus.
For the fiscal year ended June 30. 1902.
the surplus was nearly $100.000.000?J9V287,
375 to be accurate. For the last fiscal
year ended June 30 last, the surplus was
$54,297,667. but it will probably be many
years before the books of Uncle Sam will
m.,bo such a favorable showing
Prodigious increase in expenditures year
bv yoar and a falling off in receipts will
cause the balance this year to be danger
ously close to the wrong side, and probably
nn that side at the close of the next fiscal
year. From huge cash bal incesand money
burn" the treasu er is beginning to
?tare in the face a dwindling of the big
h balance a yearly deficit, and this in
the face of the administration policy to
snend clo? to $200,000.<M> In building a
canal across the Isthmus of Panama. Ow
ine to the accumulation of money during
IhS last five or six years the treasury is
in position to pay the firs'
the cost of the canal m cash. After that
time must determine whether the coet of
construction will be met entrelyfrom
bond issues, thereby increasing the bonded
debt of the country, or partly from cash
and the remainder by bond issues.
The government's expenses have been
steadily increasing for years. th
fiscal year 1902 the total expenses taclnd
ins the postal service, were $588,038,uu?.
During the fiscal year 1908 the expendi
tures ran up to $610,323,450. tSlO
ent fiscal year they are ,est'm.ated ** f6??'
767,064, which is probably below wftat the
figures will be, and for the fiscal year 1905
Secretary Shaw estimates the expenditures
at $727,474,206. He places the receipts this
fiscal year at $674,767,664. and estimates
that they will be $704,472,060 in 1J05.
The Deficit as an Argument.
These figures are full of political argu
ment for both parties. To the stand-pat
republicans the estimated deficit will be a
big stone wall behind which they will at
tempt to shelter themselves from a de
mand for the revision of the tariff. While
the democratic campaign of a revision of
the tariff, It is said, does not necessarily
mean a cutting down of revenues-leaders
declare it merely means a readjustment of
schedules?revision would not Increase the
receipts from customs. The customs re
ceipts have been steadily falling since July
1 plainly indicating a reduction of imports
In anticipation of possible hard times. The
receipts in the future will increase or de
crease, according to the financial condition
of the country. Revision would undoubt
edly mean a lowering of duties to some
extent, and consequently a decrease in the
total amount of revenue coming in from
customs. The republicans will ring this to
the turn. . . . .. .
But the democrats will point out that
the republican party is responsible for the
huge increase in expenditures each year,
and that this policy of alleged lavlshnesfl
and waste has been created wholly be
cause of the high tcriff rates. The cry will
ba to reduce expenditures and revise the
tariff, not so much with the view of re
ducing the Income of the government, but
to adjusting the schedules so that the in
terests that are best able to pay heavily
shal! do so. and that the burden shall be
lifted from the shoulders of others.
So will the figures be used by each party,
and it will remain to be seen which side
will profit by the arguments that will fol
Promotion of William D. Searle in the
War Department.
Mr. William D. Searle has been appointed
appointment clerk of the War Department,
vice Mr. Francis W. Ford, transferred to
the quartermaster general department and
assigned to duty in the Philippines. Mr.
Searle has been assistant to the appoint
ment clerk for about three years, and his
promotion to the head of the office was
based entirely on merit and efficiency.
Born in Virginia. Mr. Searle was appoint
ed from New York a clerk in the Interior
Department In July, 1896. In the following
April he was appointed a clerk in the office
of the civil service commission and served
as such until October, 1899. when he was
transferred to headquarters of the army,
at $1,200 a year. After a short service in
the office of the quartermaster general he
was promoted to the $1,400 grade and trans
ferred baok to the headquarters of the
army, where he remained until May 1, 1900,
when he was appointed a clerk of class 2
In the office of the Secretary of War and
assigned to duty fcn the appointment divi
sion, where he has remained to dote. He
has frequently acted as appointment clerk
during the illness or absence of that officer,
and Is thoroughly familiar with the duties
. of that office and the rule* and regulations
under which Its affairs are conducted.
Second Cavalry Will Depart for the
Quartermaster General Humphrey has
been Informed that the repairs to the trans
port KHpatrick are practically completed
and that the vessel will be In complete
readiness to leave New York on the 20th
instant for the Philippines by way of the
Sue* canal. The Kllpatrick will carry the
troops of the 2d Cavalry new at Fort Myer
and also the troops of the same regiment
at Fort Ethan Allen. Vt.
The Fort Myer troops have been ordered
to leave here on the 18th instant for New
York, where they will embark on the Kll
patrick. The troops of the 15th Cavalry,
which will replace the troops of the 2d Car
airy at Fort Meyer, are expeeted to
arrive here from San Francisco on the 18th
Instant, the date of the departure of the
2d Cavalry.
Advance Guard WillBe Here
Question of Southern Representative to
Be Met?Meeting to Be
Held Friday.
Members of the republican national com
mittee are beginning to assemble in antici
pation of the meeting of the committee, at
the Arlington Hotel. Friday. Secretary
Heath, in an Interview given out at Chicago
and telegraphed east, said the meeting
would be one of the largest ever held and
that no notifications of proxies had been
sent. Mr. Heath wants to deny the reports
that he would resign from the secretary
Seeking the Convention.
The advance guard of the boomers of
convention cities will reach Washington to
morrow. Chicago will be the first In the
field and with the largest contingent. A
delegation from the Hamilton Club has en
gaged quarters for fifty at the Arlington
Hotel and Chicago's Interests will be urged
before the committee.
St. Louis will also send a delegation, but
it will not make a strenuous fight. The
exposition will keep St. Louis busy next
summer, and it is admitted the national con
vention might be the last straw to break the
camel's back, in the overcrowded condition
of the city. New Orleans is reported as
extremely desirous of getting the conven
tion. , ? _
It Is known that a majority of the com
mitteemen favor the selection of Chicago, if
that city will guarantee the usual contribu
tion to the expense fund. Thus far Chi
cago. somewhat surfeited with conventions,
has not been active, but the Hamilton Club
has taken up the case and it is said wiU be
prepared to make the guarantee of cash.
There is little doubt, it is said, that the
convention will go to Chicago.
Southern Representation.
The committee will have to pass on the
old proposition, so often advanced, to re
duce the representation In the national con
vention of the southern states to the basis
of the votes oast for the republican ticket.
In the last convention It was advanced by
Senator Quay, for purposes of his own, not
entirely associated with the merits of the
question. This time the proposition is es
poused by Gen. Brayton of Rhode Island.
It is that representation in the oonvention
shall be upon the basis of one delegate for
every 10,000 votes cast for republican elect
ors in the preceding election, and four dele
gates-at-large. While it would apply to
every state. It Is aimed at the southern
Naturally the southern republicans are
opposed to it, and a delegation from Alaba
ma is already on the spot to fight it. The
scheme has advooates and opponents both
among the republican managers. Soms
managers have found the swollen represen
tation of the southern states very useful in
the past, and it Is for that reason some of
the northern delegations are opposed.
Final action would have to be deferred to
the convention and accomplished through a
change In the rules, but the Indorsement of
the national committee would undoubtedly
have great weight. The belief is that such
Indorsement is not likely. Chairman Hapna
has never been much of an advocate of re
duction of the southern representation.
Mr. Elmer Dover, assistant secretary, has
prepared the following list of officers and
members of the committee:
M A. Hanna, Ohio, chairman; Henry C.
Payne. Wisconsin, vice chairman; C. N.
Bliss, New York, treasurer; Perry S. Heath,
Utah secretary; Elmer Dover, Ohio, assist
ant secretary; Volney W. Foster, Illinois,
assistant treasurer, and W. F. Stone, Mary
land. sergeant-at-arms.
The executive committee consists or Mr.
Payne, Mr. Heath. Mr. Kerens,,Mr. Stewart,
Col. New. Mr. Manley. Senator Scott. Mr.
Fred 8. Glttbs, New York: Mr. Murphy and
Mr. Bliss, ail of these, exoept Mr. Glbbs,
being either officers or members of the gen
eral committee.
The National Committee.
The names and states of the members of
the national committee are as follows:
J. W. Demmlck. Alabama; Powell Clay
ton, Arkansas; W. C. Van Fleet. California;
A. M. Stevenson. Colorado; C. F. Brooker,
Connecticut; J. E. Addlcks. Delaware; J. N.
Coombs. Florida; Judson W. Lyons. Geor
gia; D. W. Standrod. Idaho: Graeme Stew
art. Illinois; Harry 8. New, Indiana; Ernest
E. Hart. Iowa: D. W. Mulvane, Kansas; J.
W. Yerkes, Kentucky; Lewis 8. Clark, Lou
isiana: J. H. Manley, Maine; L. B. Mc
Comas. Maryland; Q. V. L. Meyer, Massa
chusetts; J. W. Blodgett. Michigan; T. H.
Shevlin. Minnesota: H. C. Turley, Missis
sippi; R. C. Kerens. Missouri; C. H. Mc
leod Montana; R. B. Schneider, Nebraska;
P. L. Flanlgran, Nevada; J. H. Oalllnger,
New Hampshire; F. T. Murphy, New Jer
sey; G. R. Sheldon. New York; W. 8. O B.
Robinson, North Carolina; Alex. McKensle,
North Dakota: Myron T. Herrlck, Ohio;
George A. Steel, Oregon; M. Stanley Quay,
Pennsylvania; C. R. Brayton, Rhode Inland;
J G Capers, South Carolina; J. M. Greene,
South Dakota; W. P. Brownlow, Tennessee;
R. B. Hawley. Texas; O. J. Salisbury. Utah;
J W Brock. Vermont; G. E. Bowden, Vir
ginia: N. B. Scott West Virginia: G. H.
Baker, Washington; Henry C. Payne, Wis
consin; G. E. Prexton. Wyoming; John G.
Held. Alaska; W. M. Griffith..AriBona Ter
ritory; Solomon Luna. New Mexico. Win
lam Grimes. Oklahoma Territo^; W_ M.
Mellette, Indian Territory, M. M. Parker.
District of Columbia; Samnel Parker, Ha
waii. ^
Navy Department Changes. .
Changes In the classified service of the
Navy Department have been announced as
Appointments?W. J. Kavanagh, special
laborer (stenographer), at (3.04, bureau of
yards and docks; 8. T. Klnsell, copyist, at
$840 per annum, bureau of navigation; Wm.
Duncan, unclassified laborer, at $46 per
month, bureau of medicine and surgery.
Promotions?R. H. Moses, from clerk at
$1,200 per annum, bureau of steam engin?
eering, to clerk at $1,400 per annum, secre
tary's office; F. J. Mulhall, from copyist at
$8.28 per diem, to writer at $3.B2 per diem,
bureau of medicine and surgery; R. W.
Hills, from copyist at $1.38 per diem, to
writer at $3.B3 per diem, bureau of medicine
and surgery.
Resignations?H. Brown, chief draftsman
at $9.00 per diem, bureau of construction
and repair; C. A. Stdman, special laborer
(clerk) at $2.48 per diem, bureau of steam
engineering; G. W. 8t rattan, special laborer
at $3.0* per dieaa, bureau of ordnance.
Noted Southern Educator Dies.
LEXINGTON, Ky., December 9.?Prof.
B. H. White, aged eighty-two, former
president of Kentucky University, and later
professor of mathematics in the same ool
lege, died today. He was one of the most
noted educators In the south.
The Recent Attack od Roose
velt's Candidacy
Canvass Among Indiana Leaders, In
cluding Editors, Disappointing
to the Opposition.
The anti-Roosevelt editorial of the Cin
cinnati Commercial-Tribune has thus far
proven something of a boomerang?react
ing In favor of Roos?relt rather than
against him. The distinct effect of the ut
terance of Editor Eshelbybas been to rally
the President's friends and to awaken them
to real.zat!on that there Is a fight against
the President and that" they will have to
take a hand In active pollt-cs.
The best Judgment of politicians at the
Capitol Is that there can be only one result
?the massing of the Roosevelt forces in
solid phalanx whose sheer weight will ride
down the opposition started by the Oh.o
When such men as Piatt of Connecticut,
Allison of Iowa, Foraker oi Ohio, Bever
idge of Indiana, Proctor qi Vermont, Hale
and Frye of Maine, Dolliver of Iowa and J
the group of prominent senators who have
in the last day or two dictated interviews
forecasting the nomination of Roosevelt
volunteer, to come to the front In that man
ner. the effect must have we ght with re
publicans at large, it Is held, and serve to
precipitate the Roosevelt sentiment.
Aroused to Action.
Some of the President's friends in Con
gress think that the Eshtlby editorial has
done the President a \-ery good turn in one
respect: that is, to dissipate the sense of
security, which m ght have proven to be
false and have resulted disastrously. It is
a fact that the opinion has widely prevailed
that the renomlnalion of Reoscvelt was a
foregone conclusion. So many state con
ventions have declared for him, some of
them eighteen months in advance of the
campaign, and the pnbUo sentiment has
been so strongly pronounced in his favor
that his friends among the leaders of the
party have not felt the necessity for keep
ing a sharp lookout for breakers ahead in
such propitious political weather.
Of course, the opposition of certain cor
poration, trust and railroad Interests was
well known and appreciate^ but never at
any time feared. ? On the contrary, where
disclosed It has, as might be expected,
strengthened the President -with the rank
and file. Very recently the President's
friends have found that those inimical in
terests were conducting a propaganda in
several states, notably N^w York, Ohio and
Indiana. The method u$ed was to try to
influence prominent newspapers to find
fault with him and stir up discontent over
his renoml nation.
It is held that the Eshelby editorial was
the beginning of the campaign in the open;
that the anti-Roosevelt force deemed the
moment auspicious for starting their game
a-rolling and let Mr. Eslielby make the
first dash out of the box.
The Indiana Canvass.
Closely following upon this move the antl
Roosevelt trust combine developed their
campaign in Indiana by sending out
through an Indianapolis newspaper an in
quiry to some two hundred republican In
diana newspapers and politicians, adroitly
worded, so as to give the Idea that Roose
velt could not be elected, and that it was
a good opening for the candidacy of some
favorite son of Indiana. The results must
have been most disappointing to the con
spirators. As set forth in a dispatch be
low, no one was outspoken against Roose
velt, but a few suggested that Roosevelt
might make Indiana sure by taking Durbln
on the ticket with him.
Tliaddeus Butler, editor of the Hunting
ton Herald, denounces the conspiracy In
round terms and shows up the futility of
their underhand efforts "to reverse the de
cree already issued by the republican hosts
of the United States that President Roose
velt Shall be his own successor."
At the Capitol today some of Mr. Roose
velt's friends. In discussing the situation,
admitted that the anti-Roosevelt campaign
was adroitly conceived. No especial man
was named as a rival candidate; no per
sonality was suggested upon whom to oen
ter the nebulous anti-Roosevelt sentiment.
The opposition approached their prey craft
ily. By raising the question whether, for
reasons stated, ho can carry the state of
New York and not lose a western state,
they strike at him as if impersonally and In
the interests of the whole $>arty.
Opposition Overreached.
Already it Is apparent that the opposition
have overreached themsetyes in one re
spect. They have forced Into the active
Roosevelt advance guard some men who
might not otherwise declare themselves and
whose partisanship at this time will be of
Incalculable benefit to Roosevelt.
The cold, unsentimental politicians of the
republ'can party, some of whom may have
but scant affection for the President, but
who want to see a republican victory next
fall, will not, for the Bake of their own dis
approval, nor for the spleen and spite of
any group of financial or political interests,
submit to Imperiling the party's prospects
by precipitating a factional fight among re
publicans on the eve of ft general election
at which offices from the highest to the
lewest are to be voted" upon.
These men see the ddtacer of a movement
of which Mr. Eshelby ftappevs to be for the
moment the exponent. Ttwf will be quick
to squelch It. Within the next few weeks,
the national politician* say. It may be ex
pected that Roosevelt pledges will come
forth In such numbers as to demonstrate
beyond the shadow of adoubt that the poli
ticians in charge of thftaSafcs of the party
are responsive to public sentiment, and
will not take chances<on swapping horses
in the middle of the stream
Senator Alliaan'p Opinion.
Senator Allison of Iowa oame out vigor
ously for the President* raoDmlnatlon. He
"There Is, in njy opMon, no question re
garding Mr. RoofcevMftf ?omlnation and
election. He ha* gives ?u? a remarkably
able administration, and the people realise
that fact.
"I do not expect to see the slightest oppo
sition to him in the convention. Iowa has
declared Itself for him, and his strength
and popularity are unquestioned in my en
tire section of the country"
Senator ?*octo**? Prediction.
Senator Proctor of Vermont said;
"There Is no doubt in.my mind as to who
will be the republican standard bearer in
1804. President Roosevelt has given the
country a careful, able and even brilliant
administration, and the republican party
wflr nominate aad elect lilm President for
four years more. I do sot believe that the
name of any other oandidate will be con
sidered by the republics* convention. When
it comes to the election Mr. Roosevelt will
lead his party to a signal victory. He is
nearer to the great heart of the people than
any oandi date that could possibly be select
ed by elthar party. Some few malcontent*
la the republloaa ranbsmay bold back, but
The Birds' Chorus: "Wonder Which of Us WTas the Model!"
for every republican vote that we lose we
will gain ten democrats. President Roose
velt's fearless honesty appeals to the people
of the United States with irresistible force.
His nomination and election are a foregone
Dolliver Speaks for the Middle West.
Senator Dolliver, speaking for the middle
west, said:
"I have not the slightest doubt that Presi
dent Roosevelt will be the standard bearer
In 1904. Iowa has spoken for itself. I be
lieve that X can speak for the entire middle
west. It Is absolutely solid for Roosevelt.
?No, there Is no question as to who will be
the republican candidate for President, and
there Is no question regarding the republi
can victory. Mr. Roosevelt will be nomi
nated by acclamation and elected by a tre
mendous majority."
Frye and Hale for Roosevelt.
Senators Frye and Hale of Maine both In
dorsed the renomlnation of Roosevelt, and
prophesied that the Maine delegation to
the convention would be. for him.
Of Two Hundred Republicans No One
Outspoken Against Roosevelt.
Spei lal Dispatch lo The Evening Star.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., December 0.?Two
hundred rejubllcans, including editors of
many of the county organs of the state. In
answer to queries from a newspaper today
are divided on the question of Roosevelt
being a candidate and as to the advisability
of putting forward an Indiana candidate.
None of them, however, are outspoken
against Roosewlt. A few suggest that
Roosevelt might make Indiana sure by
taking Durbin on the ticket with him,
because it is generally conceded that
Durbin has a strong political following and
machine In Indiana. The Cincinnati Com
mercial Tribune's Saturday editorial is
causing much of the talk.
The most pronounced man In the state
for Roosevelt is Senator Beverldge, who
says It Is silly to think that any one else
would be a candidate and much sillier to
think that Indiana would support any one
but Roosevelt.
Thaddeus Butler, editor of the Hunting
ton Herald, is certain that Roosevelt will
be re-elected. He says: "Reports appear
at intervals of a few politicians having
reached the conclusion that some other
candidate should be brought out to con
test with President Roosevelt for the re
publican nomination next year. It will be
noted that in all these reports the con
spirators are wise enough to let the Job out
to some one else. No one of them has any
appetite for undertaking it himself. Thoir
discretion appears wise, as it would be a
heavy undertaking for any candidate to re
verse the decree already Issued by the re
publican hosts of the United States that
President Roosevelt shall be his own suc
A Notable Gathering of Politicians in
Washington This Week.
There will be a notable gathering of Ohio
republican politicians in this city the rest
of this week. Mr. John J. Molloy, secre
tary of the republican state committee, and
Col. Miller of Columbus, a prominent mem
ber of the Hanna organisation, are here to
day. Tomorrow Governor-elect Herrlck,
Mr. Oeorge B. Cox, the republican boss of
Cincinnati, and his chief lieutenant, Oary
A. Hammond, will arrive.
Gov. Herrlck comes to attend the meet
ing of the national committee as a member
of that committee for Ohio. The presence
of the other members of the state organiza
tion in the city at this time is the subject
of considerable speculation. It Is said that
they will meet Senator Hanna to talk over
questions of state patronage, but in politi
cal circles it is expected that considerable
gossip in connection with the presidential
nomination will be occassloned by their
E. O. Eshelby of Cincinnati was expected
this morning, but did not arrive and prob
ably will come tomorrow with the party
from Cincinnati.
Democratic National Committee Sum
moned by Chairman Jones.
The democratic national committee will
assemble in this city at the Shoreham Hotel
January 12, at noon. The following letter
was sent today by Chairman Jones to each
member of the committee:
WASHINGTON, D. C.. Decembers, 1903.
Dear Sir: There will be a meeting of the
democratic national committee at the
Shoreham Hotel, In Washington city, on
Tuesday, the 13th day of January, 1904, at
12 m.. to fix the time and place of holding
the democratic national convention for the
nomination of candidates for President and
Vice President of the United States, and
for such other business as may come be
fore the committee.
Very truly yours,
TAMES K. JONES, Chairman.
The officers of the oommlttee aret Wn.
J. Stone of Missouri, vice chairman; M. P.
Dunlap of Illinois, treasurer; C. A. Walsh
of Iowa, secretary; Edwin Sefton, assistant
secretary, Kellogg; building', Washington,
D. C.
The following is the official roll of the
democratic national committee of 1900
elected by the national convention at Kan
sas City July 4, 1900:
Alabama, Henry D. Clayton, Eufaula;
Arkansas, James P. Clark, Little Rock;
California, J. H. Budd; Colorado, Adair
Wilson, Denver; Connecticut, Homer S.
Cummings, Stamford; Delaware, R. R.
Kenney, Dover; Florida, Geo. P. Raney,
Tallahassee; Georgia, Clark Howell, At
lanta; Idaho, E. M. Wolfe, Mountain Home;
Illinois, Thomas Gahan, Chicago; Indiana,
Thomas Taggart, Indianapolis; Iowa, C. A.
Walsh, Gttumwa; Kansas, J. G. Johnson,
Pea body; Kentucky, Wrey Woodsen, Ow
ensboro'; Louisiana, N. C. Blanchard,
Shreveport; Maine, Gordon, Bath;
Maryland, Arthur P. Gorman, Laurel; Mas
sachusetts, George Fred. Williams, Boston;
Michigan, Daniel J. Campau, Detroit; Min
nesota, T. D. O'Brien, St. Paul; Mississippi,
A. J. McLaurln, Meridian; Missouri, Will
iam J. Stone, St. Louis; Montana, John S.
M. Neill, Helena; Nebraska, James C.
Dahlman, Omaha; Nevada, J. R. Ryan, Vir
ginia City; New Hampshire, True L. Nor
ris, Portsmouth; New Jersey, W. B. Gour
ley, Paterson; New York, Norman E. Mack,
Buffalo; North Carolina, Josephus Daniels,
Raleigh; North Dakota, J. B. Eaton, Far
go; Ohio, John R. McLean, Cincinnati; Ore
gon, M. A. Miller, Lebanon; Pennsylvania,
J. M. Gultey, Pittsburg; Rhode Island, Geo.
W. Green. Woonsocket; South Carolina, B.
R. Tillman, Trenton; South Dakota, Marls
Taylor, Huron; Tennessee, James M. Head,
Nashville; Texas, R. M. Johnston, Houston;
Utah, David C. Dunbar. Salt Lake; Ver
mont, John H. Senter, Montpelier; Virginia,
J. Taylor Ellyson. Richmond; Washington,
W. H. Dunphy, Walla Walla; West Vir
ginia, John T. McGraw. Grafton: Wiscon
sin, T. E. Ryan, Waukesha; Wyoming, Jno.
E. Osborne, Rawlins; Alaska, Louis L. I
Williams, Juneau; Arizona. J. A. Breathitt, I
Tuscon; Oklahoma, J. R. Jacobs, Shawnee;
Indian territory, Homer B. Spaulding,
Tahiequah; New Mexico, H. B. Fergusson,
Albuquerque; District of Columbia, ;
Hawaii, vacant.
Vessels Will Leave for Philippines
Next Saturday.
Lieut. Lloyd H. Chandler, commanding
the first torpedo boat flotilla, wan at the
Navy Department today receiving his
final instructions regarding the cruise of
that flotilla to Manila for service on the
Asiatic station. The flotilla Is composed
of the following named torpedo boat de
stroyers: Decatur, Balnbridge, Barry,
Dale and Chauncey. These vessels are all
of the same type, having 420 tons' dis
placement and 8.000 Indicated horse
power. Each vessel -has twin screws and
carries two guns in Its secondary battery.
Each has been thoroughly tested and re
ported to be capable of making the long
runs required on the voyage, and capable,
also, of weathering all ordinary storms.
As a result of Lieut. Chandler's confer
ence with the officials of the Navy De
partment it was decided that the flotilla
shall start from Hampton roads next
Saturday and that It shall be convoyed as
far as Key West by the cruiser Balti
more, now at Norfolk, and convoyed the
remainder of the trip from Key West to
Manila by the converted cruiser Buffalo,
now fitting out at New York for the
voyage. The members of the naval board
of Inspection and survey will accompany
the flotilla on the run from Hampton
roads to Port Royal and Key West and
will return to Hampton roads on" the
cruiser Baltimore. It was said at the
bureau of navigation today that the ob
ject of having the Inspection board ac
company the flotilla to Key West lst
simply a precaution to make sure that'
the fleet is in shape to make the long
Ann Arbor Student Commits Suicide In
Fraternity House.
ANN ARBOR, Mich., December 9.?Rus
sell H. McWUllams of Kansas City, Mo., a
junior literary student at the University of
Michigan, committed suicide today at the
Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, of which fra
ternity he was a member.
McWllllams slept in a room with E. W.
Sutton. Sutton was awakened by a shot,
and rushed over to McWllllams' bed and
found him dead, with a bullet through his
heart. Sutton could give no reason for his
chum's act, except that he had seemed
somewhat morose the last two days.
Official Statement by the State Board
of Health.
DOVER, Del., December 8.?Dr. Alex
ander Lowfcer, secretary of the Delaware
at&te board of health, after an official in
vestigation of the smallpox situation at
Woodland, makes the following statement:
"The place comprises seventy houses,
within a radius of a mile. Up to date there
have been fifteen cases, with six deaths. Of
the remaining patients two are In a critical
condition and may die. The disease is of a
very malignant form. The place is under
strict quarantine and all precautions have
been adopted."
House District Co mmitte
Will Meet Tomorrow.
Providing for the Elimination of Grndt
Crossings?Improvement of Penn
sylvania Avenue East.
Chairman Bal>cock of the House District
committee today Issued a call for the Initial
meeting; of the committee. The time set 1?
11 o'clock tomorrow morning The com
mittee will organise and probably take up
the several bills affecting the District which
have already been Introduced and referred
to It. Mr. Babcock says the committee will
begin business at once.
For Opening Streets.'
Representative McCleary. chairman of the
House subcommittee on appropriations for
the District of Columbia, has introduced
a Joint resolution making an appropriation
for the opening and Improvement of streets
In connection with the construction of the
! new union depot. The resolution whs rec
unintended by the Commissioners, and pro
"That the sum of S&OO.OOOis hereby appro
priated, chargeable one-half to the revenues
of the District of Columbia and the other
half to any money in the United States
Treasury not otherwise appropriated, toward
carrying out the provisions of the acts of
Congress^ providing for the elimination oC
grade crossings and the construction of a
union railroad station in the District of Co
lumbia, approved February 12, l'JOl, ana
February 2*. r.KKi. for purchase or condem
nation of t lie land necessary for the plaza
and new streets, and for reconstructing,
grading and paving, together with the neo
i essary Incidental work in connection there
with. the streets, avenues and ways changed
in line of grade or newly created under the
provisions of said acts, said sunt to be ex
pended under the provisions of said acts
and to be available immediately and until
Systematizing Street Nomenclature.
Chairman Babcock of the House District
committee has received a set of resolution*
from the Columbia Heights Citizens* Asso
ciation asking that the District Commis
sioners be clothed with sjteclal power to
change the names of streets in any existing
subdivisions, where, in their Judgment, the
Intelests and convenience of the publ.c de
mand It. . ,
The resolutions state that great confusion
exists by re.iSon of the unsatisfactory sys
tem of street nomenclature in the territory
represented by the association. Public con
venience, it is declared, demand th<it tl.e
conditions l>e speedily remedied. The as
sociation favors the general and compre
hensive plan of renaming the streeis an
noticed some time ago by the Commission
ers but 11' the reasonably speedy adoption
of the plan cannot be looked for, urges the
special authority outlined above. Congress
Is requested to enact the necessary i^sisla
liThe association esks that a hearing bo
granted a committee on the subject.
Extension of Streets.
Representative S. W. Smith of Michigan
has reintroduced in the House the bills pre
sented by him last session providing fOP
the extension of M street east of Bladens
I burg road through the Huhn tract, and
through Hall & Holden's subdivision of
Cottage IIIll. so as to make the street open
for travel to 2Sth street; and for the openr
lng of R street northeast to 28th street and
of 28th street from R to M streets.
Extending Pennsylvania Avenue East.
Senator Stewart has given notice of a
proposed amendment to the District appro
priation bill authorizing and directing the
Commissioners to grade and macadamize
! Pennsylvania avenue east from Its intei^
section with Branch avenue to the District
line, for which purpose $20,000 Is appro
priated. The Commissioners are also die
rected to grade South avenue from Penn
sylvania avenue east and the District line
to the Suitland road, for which fo.OUO IS
Local Matters in the Senate.
W. A. Sullivan of this city has written to
Senator Fairbanks In behalf of Company
G of the Business High School Cadets, re
questing that permission be obtained tor
the cadets to drill on the Capitol plaza. At
the District code expressly provides in sec
tions 886 and 880 that only a restricted use
shall be made of the Capitol grounds It will
not be possible for the cadets to obtain this
Senator Dillingham, by request, has intro
duced in the Senate a bill to repeal that
section of the last naval appropriation bill
which authorizes the erection of a new
building, at a cost of {115,000, for the
United States Naval Hospital in this city
on grounds belonging to the United states
Naval Museum of Hygiene.
Senator Cockrell, by request, has Intro
duced a bill in the Senate to pay $10,i(00 to
Anna R. Widmayer of this city, widow of
John Widmayer, and Edgar H. Bates of
New York, father of Millard F. Bates, each
to be paid the sum of $5,000 on account of
the killing of John Widmayer and Millard
F. Bates on the occasion of the destruction
by the authorities of the District of the
Northern Liberty market house in this city
in 1872.
Senator Gallinger today introduced a bill
authorizing the Commissioners to remit
fines and to grant pardons In all casee
wherein by the Judgment and sentence of
the Police Court of the District to fine or
imprisonment, or both, as hereafter Im
posed or adjudged for the violation of any
act of Congress relating to municipal mat/*
Bills for Extension of Railways.
Senator Gallinger has Introduced a bill iq
the Senate, a similar measure having been
Introduced In the House of Representative*,
providing for extensions of the Mne? of ths
City and 8uburbun and the Was.ilngton
Railway and Electric Company, In order to
accommodate the new conditions which
have arisen by the location of the new
union station on Massachusetts avenue.
The bill provides that the City and Sub
urban railway of tills city be authorized to
construct a double-track extension of Its
lines from New Jersey avenue and G street
northwest, eastwardly to and along Massa
chusetts avenue to Junctions with the ex
isting tracks at 3d and D streets northeast,
and at the northwest corner of Stanton
Square; also to extend its double tracks on
North Capitol street southwardly from the
intersection of G street to Massachusetts
avenue to connect with the tracks of the
City and Suburban railway authorised by
this bill.
Also that the Washington Railway and
Electric Company be authorised to con
struct a double-track extension of its tins
from Delaware avenue and C street north
eastwardly, along Delaware avenue to
Massachusetts avenue, there to connect
with the tracks of the Clt/ and 8uburba?
railway of Washington, authorised by th*
Also that the Washington Railway and
Electric Company M authorized to OMK

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