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No. 15,849. .WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 1903-TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVENINQ STAR. PUBLISHED PAJLY, EXCEPT SUNDAY. JiiImm 01m UU Itrat ill Ptnaiylvanla Anal Tfc# Evening Star Newspaper Company. >. B. KAUTFHAHIf, P.Miient Kiw York Offlta: Trikua BglUlag. Chioaio C fl?o : Tribast BoiUiag. Tba Bronte* Star li ?erted to ?ub*Tlb-r? In the tit/ bj ranters, on their owu aic. unt. ?t lo woti ptr we?? or +4 cents per mouth. Opto* at IU Couuttr 1 tftti ?'?< h R; mat1 anywhere In the U. B. or Canada?pnatafe pr<tairt -SO cent# par month. Saturday Btar. 33 pagea. |1 per year; with tof atgn po.taie added. 13 t'O. (F-ntored at the Poat Office it Washington, D. <X, a* aerond rlnaa mall irottar.l X^T Ail mall aubaorlptlons muat be paid In advance. Itatea of adterilaiug u udc known on application. BUT ONE NAME HEARD Republican National Commit teemen on the N omination. ALL FOR ROOSEVELT EJCCEPU' SOME LITTLE LILY WHITE OPPOSITION IN SOUTH. .Views of the Leaders of the Party Prankiy and Positively Expressed as to His Availability. Tue corridors and lobbies of the Arlington Hotel were thronged today with republican politicians from every section of the coun try, cahed hither in attendance upon, or in consequence of, the meeting of the national committee. These men are among the leaders of their party In their respective ?tates and prominent in the national coun cils of the republicans. They know the sentiment. of tiie country on political sub jects, and It Is their business to keep in the closest touch possible with the rank and file of the party. It was significant, then, that In that con gregation there should aave been heard on.y expressions of enthusiasm over the prospect of the renomination of Roosevelt, echoes of the sentiment ol' the communities or voters represented by the speakers. If there Is any considerable section of republi can voters whif doubt the President s avail ability as a candidate, it was not represent ed In the aggregation ol political talent at the Arlington. Members of the national committee and Other republicans of note were Outspoken In their indorsement ol Roosevelt. Mr. George R. Sheldon, national commit teeman for the state of New York, arrived this morning. At the Arlington Hotel he conversed with a Star reporter on the "Ohio idea. ?'Can Roosevelt carry New York'" Mr Sheldon was asked. i' he cannot I don't know who can," was the answer, "right off the "oat." is New York for Roosevelt's renomina tion?' As a matter of course," was the em *i.i^ repIy' Then, as if to Indicate the fu tility of further discussion of the subject, ne asked the question, "What's the use?" Gov. Murphy Emphatic. Gov. F. T. Murphy of New Jersey, na tional committeeeman, replied pretnptly when asked as to the sentiment in his state; "New Jersey Is for Roosevelt beyond toubt. There is no evidence of any change Of sentiment. President Roosevelt's nomi nation Is takeh for granted as one of the things to be done." Surprised at the Question. National Committeeman C. F. Brooker of Connecticut had no doubt about the sentl Wjen^ln his state and was surprised that any one had seen fit to question the advis ability of nominating President Roosevelt. Connecticut js a Roosevelt state," said Mr. Brooker. "The people of that state do sot want any one else. I do not believe rhe people of Connecticut would be satisfied with any other nomination or that they Could take kindly to any such suggestion." Roosevelt by Acclamation. Vational Committeeman Brownlow of ^nessee said: ?'It will be Roosevelt by acclamation. No Hie else Is talked about In Tennessee, and 1 am surprised that there ?should be any discussion of his renomination when it ia practically and assured fact." Has Heard but One Name. Gen. C. R. Brayton of Rhode Islan^, one of the most striking figures of the national jommittee. was as enthusiastic and ener getic In his support of President Roosevelt for renomination as he Is in urging that the basis of representation in the repub lican convention should be changed. Gen. Brayton, tall and stalwart, represents the smallest state in the I'nlon, but he haa an Influence out of all proportion to the geo graphical bounds of the commonwealth to which he is accredited. In the party coun cils he Is always a center of information and authority. Gen. Brayton is not a bit worried by the two recent democratic vic tories In the little state, and believes there is no question as to where the presidential electoral vote* will be next fall. "We hear of no one in Rhode Island but Mr. Roosevelt." said Gen. Brayton, in peaking of the forthcoming republican nomination and the sentiment In his state. "He Is talked of everywhere, and we do not see that there can be any other candi dcte. He is foremost In the minds of the people. He has established himself in .heir confidence and they have the utmost faltl in his ability, patriotism and honesty :<f purpose. This talk of opposition will amount to very little. I heard Roosevelt all the way to the capital city, I hear it now, and expect to hear It all the way home again." Roosevelt Foremost in Oklahoma "Bill Grimes of Oklahoma? There he stands over there." This was the direction given as the inquirer was pointed to one of the liveliest and most Interesting groups in the crowded lobby. Mr. Grimes is one of the most popular of the national commit teemen He is a smooth-shaven, rugged and breezy westerner, typical of the terri tory. Oklahoma has no electoral vote but votes in the convention, and her people like those of the other territories, are vital ly Interested in ttoe presidency at all times for it is through the chief executive that'a governor^and other high state officials are appointed to rule over them. BJ^l'*akin* ot th* Presidency, Mr. Crimea It la nothing but Roosevelt down our way. We don't hear anything else and don't want to hear anything else The President is thoroughly admired by our people. He la the type that appeals to them. Ho recruited many of his Rough Riders in Oklahoma. These men, coming back from the war with glowing accounts Of their leader, have set the pace In placing Mr. Roosevelt foremost among the presi dential possibilities The home folks have been quick to catch the Infectious admira tion for the soldier President. "If we were not for Roosevelt I don't know v hat the boys at ho^ie would do to us. He la the man above all othera, and he la the man who can win and will win." Washington for Roosevelt. Former Senator Wilson o# Washington, who Is In the city on a short visit, mingled with the crowds at the hotel. Mr. Wilson talked with his uaual Interest on political matters. He declared that there was no doubt that Washington would give her vote In the national republican convention to Mr Roosevelt. "While our state Is not bound by the In struction which will hold in the next con vention." said Mr. Wilson, "yet she has de clared for Prosident Roosevelt for the nom ination, and that declaration will be re peated. There Is no other sentiment in the state except that which Is favorable to Mr BooseveH?at least I have no knowledge of any other sentiment." Choice cf Georgia Republicans. Mr. Judson W. Lyons, national commit teeman from Georgia, said: "I know of no change of opinion among Georgia republi cans on the subject of the nominee for the i next presidential election. President Roose velt's name has been the only one before i the republicans of the state." But One Sentiment In Connecticut. Ueut. Gov. Roberts of Connecticut and Mr. Andrew Gates, chairman of the state centra] republican committee of that state, agreed that there Is but one sentiment in Connecticut concerning the nomination to be made by the next republican national convention. Both the lieutenant governor and the chairman of tha central committee are >oung men who have kept in close touch with the sentiment of the state. Mr. Roberts shortly before coming here went over the state and talked with leading re publicans and business men everywhere. "I find," said Mr. Gates to a Star report er, "no discussion anywhere of any candi date for the nomination except President Roosevelt. The people of Connecticut like Mr. Roosevelt, having seen him, and they like what he has done. In our state con vention we have declared for him and that declaration holds good today." "President Roosevelt is the choice of Con necticut," said Ueut. Gov. Roberts. "Es pecially among the workingmen of the state ' he Is very stiong. I do not believe there has been any change of sentiment in that regard. There may be isolated cases In which some one does not like him because of some personal reason. A few days ago I went through the eastern part of the state and. In v'ew of the discussion In the news papers recently concerning Mr. Roosevelt's candidacy, I asked concerning any possible change of sentiment, but I found none." In California Talk of Only One. National Committeeman Van Vleet of California was very much surprised that any one should think there was necessity for questioning the renomination of Roose velt. "In California," said Mr. Van Vleet, "there is talk of no one but Roosevelt. Our people admire his strength of character, his absolute fearlessness and Ills determination to do what is right, no matter whose toes are stepped upon. "I have seen no Indication whatever of defection on the part of republicans toward his renomination. His strength is increas ing rather than diminishing." Will Sweep New York. The commanding form of ex-Senator Frank Hiscock of New York, who was a familiar figure daily in the lobby of the Ar lington ten years ago, was conspicuous to day in the crowd. The big New Yorker found many old friends and acquaintances in the throng of politicians. "Roosevelt not carry New York?" he rtf ! peated. "Pish, tush! Roosevelt will sweep the state, and can get more votes tomor row by many thousands than any demo cratic candidate that could be named. There is no question of New York being found safe in the republican column If Roosevelt Is renominated." Mr. Kerens Loyal to the Party. National Committeeman Richard C. Kerens of Missouri, when asked for his opinion as to the renomination of Presi dent Roosevelt, said: "You can hardly expect me to launch [ forth Into any discussion of that subject prior to the action of the national bodies. X am a republican first and last, and have been so all my life. I have served four terms as n member of the national execu tive committee. Consequently I am for tiie success of the republican party and a continuation of the prosperity the coun try is now enjoying." Mr. Kerens said he had nothing further to say at this time. No One but Roosevelt in Iowa. National Committeeman Hunt of Iowa said: "Out our way no one else is talked about except Roosevelt. Why all this <lis cusslon down here? The people will re nominate him, of course." Can Count North Dakota. National Committeeman McKenzie of North Dakota said: ^ "Count our state as favoring Roose velt's renomination and promising a great big majority for the republican ticket at the polls." Not a Peep Against Roosevelt. National Committeeman G. E. Bowden of Virginia exclaimed, "Why, I have not heard a peep, much less a loud voice, against Roosevelt's nomination. We are all heart ily for him In Virginia." Attitude of the District. National Committeeman M. M. Parker of i the District of Columbia remarked. "I am j not only heartily in favor of President j Roosevelt's nomination, but aqj confident that the District delegation to the conven tion will be solid on that question." New Hampshire's Position Stated. National Committeeman Galllnger of New Hampshire: "The delegation from my state has already been Instructed for Presi dent Roosevelt, and the members thereof, of course, represent the sentiments in that regard of the republican party of tha state." Not a Dissent From Louisiana. National Committee Lewis 8. Clark of Louisiana said: "There will not be a dis senting voice in the Louisiana delegation to the nominating convention. As a mat ter of fact, the republicans of my state are almost a unit in favor of President's Roose velt's nomination." Disappointment Over Patronage. National Committeeman Turley of Mis sissippi: "There Is a Strong feeling against the nomination of President Roosevelt in my state at present, due, chiefly, to the fact that he has appointed as referee in all disagreements about patronage a democrat to that important position. While I am talking at long range, my opinion now Is that the Mississippi delegation to the na tional nominating convention will be cast against Mr. Roosevelt. As for myself, Mr. Roosevelt, if noniinited, will receive my loyal support." Assurance From Texas. National Committeeman Hawley of Texas came this morning. "Texas for Roosevelt?" asked a Star re porter. "Why, not only Texas, but the whole country." said Mr. Hawley. All One Way in Colorado. National Committeeman Stevenson of Colo rado arrived In the city this morning at 4 o'clock after a tedious Journey from the far west. He comes fresh from the people of the great mining state and reflects their views as to the next republican presiden tial nominee. When asked as to the senti ment regarding Mr. Roosevelt, he said: "There is no other candidate that we know anything about. It is all Roosevelt." Florida Republicans Almost Unani 4 inous. National Committeeman J. N. Coombs of Florida said: "There Is not and never has been for months past any doubt as to how the republicans i>f Florida stand toward Theodore Roosevelt and his administration. They are almost a unit for him for the nomination to succeed himself and they loyally support his public acts. The delega tion to the national convention will be a unit In favor of his nomination." No Question About Florida. J. M. Cheney, a prominent citizen of Flor ida. supported Mr. Coombs' view. He said: "There has never been a question how the republicans of Florida stand toward Prefrlient Roosevelt for the nomination of President. They are for him, and will be (Continued on Fourteenth Page!) President Declines to Discuss | ? Chances for Nomination. I ASKED TO SAINT LOUIS INSULAR REPUBLICANS WANT NATIONAL RECOGNITION. Cabinet Meeting Barren of Important Work?Many Pilgrims Make the Journey?Pardon Granted. President Roosevelt has uniformly re frained from discussing his political pros pects with callers, holding that the matter was one entirely In the hands of the people, and that he would under no circumstances be placed In tho position of pushing his candidacy for the nomination or of offering suggestions or advice. William Grimes, the republican national committeeman from Oklahoma, called on him today, and when he began speaking of the conditions in i Oklahoma and the west the President in terrupted him to say that he was pleased to receive news that his administration was indorsed, but that so far as his candidacy for the nomination was concerned that was something he had absolutely declined to discuss with all callers, regardless of their prominence or their official station. He said that he was always ready to talk official business with his callers, but that as to the nomination and election he felt that the people were the ones to decide these questions. Mr. Grimes was accompanied by Dennis Flynn, former delegate from Oklahoma, who is elated for the United States Senate by the republicans of the territory should Oklahoma be made a state. Mr. Flynn and Mr. Grimes agreed with each other that tho delegates from Oklahoma will be for Roosevelt when the national convention meets. A half dozen other callers during the morning tried to talk with the President about his nomination and were met with the brief but emphatic statement: "That is one thing I will not talk a'scut." A great many callers were received be fore tho cabinet meeting. Senator Piatt ot Connecticut presented Charles F. Brook er, republican national committeeman of* that state. Senator Dryden of New Jersey presented some constituents from his state. Representative Rodenberg of Illinois pre sented some friends. Senators Culloin, Al arlch and Mitchell were among the others who called. Baron Speck von Sternburg, the Ger man ambassador, called on the President at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon to pay his respects, alter an absence abroad. Baron Sternburg, who Is a warm personal friend of the President, conveyed to him a per sonal and highly complimentary message of good will from the Emperor of Ger many. Afro-American Council. Bishop Walters of the A. M. E. Church called at the White House to arrange for the reception tomorrow of the executive committee of the Afro-American Council, which is in session In this city. The council has become the strongest organ ization of a political nature the Afro Americans of the United States have ever had and is growing stronger each day. It embraces the leading negroes in the country. Invited to Exposition. The President received a visit this morn ing from David R. Francis, president of the Louisiana purchase exposition; Wil liam H. Thompson, treasurer, and D. M. Hcuser of the St. Louis Globe Democrat, Representative Bartholdt accompanying tlu in. The object of the visit was to thank the President for his reference to the ex position in his annual message, for his friendly Interest In the enterprise, and to Invite him to visit Bt. Louis during the exposition and present medals to the win ners of the Olympian games to be held there. He will visit the exposition, but whether he will be there during the Olympian games he could not state. E. W. Weeks, secretary of the National League of Republican Clubs, was presented to the President by Secretary Wilson. Mr. Weeks, who is prominently mentioned for temporary secretary of the next republican national convention, has arranged with the President to receive, on Saturday, the mem bers of the League of Republican Clubs who are now in Washington. Thornas J. Cummins, manager of the In ternational News Bureau, with headquarters in Washington and Albany, is in Washing ton and called on the President this morn ing. He was accompanied by George Saw ter. former United States consul at Glau chau, Germany, and other points. Representatives Huff and Porter of Penn sylvania presented a committee from I Scranton, composed of Judge James A. Beaver, former governor of Pennsylvania; I Col. H. M Boise and S. M. Bard, gcheral secretary of the Pennsylvania Y. M C 4 j The committee invited the President to at | tend the state convention of the Y. M. C. A., : to be held in Scranton February 17 to 21 I The Pennsylvania Y. M. C. A is said to be ; the best organized Institution in the organi zation. The President will probably not be | be able to go to Scranton Pprto Bico Republicans. J Robert H. Todd, mayor of San Juan, P. | R., and Dr. Jose Gomez Brioeo, a member of the executive council of the Island, calldd on the President this morning and arrange! for an interview with him in the future. They have come to this country to advance the interests of Porto Rico, and are espe cially desirous of obtaining from the re publican party recognition of the party In the Island as a part of the national organi sation of this country. The republicans of the island are dominant there, having cast 70,000 votes at the last election. Mr. Todd : and Dr. Brloso do not want their party to be regarded as a mere local institution. They say that its principles and policies are the same as the republican party In this country, and that they will seek rep resentation for the party on the republican national committee, now in session. The Cabinet Meeting. The cabinet. In regular meeting today, discussed a number of departmental and general matters. There were some echoes around the table of the recently revived talk of possible opposition to the President, but no member of the cabinet felt that there was the least reason to suppose that the President would have any se.ious op position for the nomination next year. The President has pardoned John Bur baglla, who was convicted In St. Louis for using false certificates of naturalisation, and was sentenced on May 29, 1U03, to im prisonment for three years In the Missouri penitentiary. The movement for his par don was Initiated by the United States at torney and Judge, for the reason that the prisoner voluntarily gave full and com plete information concerning his accom plices which led to their indictment and conviction. At the meeting of the cabinet today, it is said that Gen. MacArthur's statement as to war with Germany was discussed, ns a re sult of which it seems likely that Secretary Root will modify his view, and, In the In terest of fairness to Gene-al MacArthur call upon him for an explanation upon his arrival in the United States the latter part of this month. U. S. FORCES COOPERATE COLOMBIAN MOVEMENTS WATCH ED BY SCOUTING PASTIES. Convention to Elect Members of Pana ma Congress Now Being Dis cussed fey Junta. PANAMA, _ December 11.?The principal work of a. politic*! nature now occupying the attention of the Junta eonstots in prep arations to call a convention and to pro ceed with the elections ot members of the house of representative etc Efforts are being made to hold th? convention Febru ary 3, three months after the declaration of the Independence of Panatba. * Federico Boyd, who -rioenUy went to the United States as a member of the special Panama commission, has resumed his place on the junta, Benor Espinosa, who was tem porarily appointed a member of the junta, retiring. Several of the Panaman scouting parties have already left hers, and others will leave Panama shortly to watch the move ments of the Colombians. No reports have yet been received from the parties in the Held, and there is no news tending to con firm the report from La Quaira of the land ing of the Colombian troops at the mouth of the Atrato river. A Panama gungoat and a United States gunboat have proceeded together to David, near the western end of the Isthmus of Panama, for the purpose of giving the people of that district evidence of the fact that the United States forces are co-oper ating with those of Panama in maintain ing peace on the Isthmus. The gunboats are expected to return here on Sunday. ADMIRAL BARKER REPORTS. Took Formal Possession of Ouanta namo Station. Rear Admiral Barker, commanding the battle ship squadron of the north Atlantic fleet, which is now at Guantanamo, cables the Navy Department under date of Cal nianera, Cuba, yesterday: "Took formal possession of concession here at noon." The squadron went to Guantanamo to participate In ceremonies attending the transfer to th? American au thorities of the station, which has been ceded to this country by the Cuban govern ment. WINTER MANEUVERS. Texas and Torpedo Boats Will Sail on December ,17.. It was announced at the Nary Depart ment today that Rear AfUMiral lands, with the battleship Texas, flaaahip ef the At lantic squadron, and the torpedo boats Whipple, Worden, Truxtua. Lawrence and Stewart, comprising the second torpedo boat flotilla, will sail front Hampton Roads on the 17th instant, for.Key Weet for their winter exercises. These vessels will participate-dn the ex tensive naval maneuvers in file Carrlbbean sea in a few weeks and therefore will be readily available for any aervtae required of them in the watexs of the Isthmus of PanaTma. The flotilla "Js commanded by Lieut. Commander M. Johnsen AnA is en tirely distinct irom the,,ftrst tprpedo fiotilla, commanded by Lieutenant Chandler, which is expected to leave Hampton Roads to morrom roning partly over the same route, bound for the Asiatic station. GRAND VIZIER OF PERSIA Som Attess Atakazam Will Visit Washington. Gen. Isaac Khan, the ,Persian minister, has been in Washington ever since his re turn from Europe. He is expecting a ca blegram from the grand vizier of Persia, who is now in Japan, as to when he will arrive In this country. The grand vizier, whose name Is given at the Persian legation as Som Attess Ata kazam, will visit Washington, and the minister will present him to the officials of the Washington government. The grand vizier's absence from Persia is explained at the Persian legation by the statement that his health broke down several months ago and he has been granted a leave of ab sence. The minister has not thought it neces sary, he says, to make any arrangements for the protection of the grand vizier, and has not been in communication with the secret service men on that subject. MA CHI AS IN THE RED SEA. Taking a Trip for Change of Air and Scene. A cablegram received at the Navy De partment this morning announced that the gunboat Machias left Jibuti, French Somaliland, this morning for the "Red sea." This movement is not clearly under stood at the Navy Department for the reason that the Machias vt&B under or ders to remain at Jibuti for the purpose ot taking U. S. Consul General Skinner uud hit? li.-irty bsu'k lo M rse.iie. and so far as known here the Sklnher party has not yet returned to the coast from ita expedition to Adls Abeba, the capital of King Menelek. It Is the impression of naval officials that the commander of the Machias has simply taken the gunboat on a short cruise in the Red sea for the purpose of giving the crew a change of air and scene. ? ..... ? ? t . ? fc. MAP OF PANAMA. In view of the gre&t inter est in the Panama situation The Star will issue with to morrow's paper a handsome Lithographic Map in colors. This supplement is com prised of a coipprehensive map of the central portion of the Western Hemisphere, with sailing route* and dis tances indicated, An enlarged map of the republic of Panai'nMt with de scriptive text, arid a hori zontal section of the Panama Canal showing .the portion already excavated. To meet an unusually large demand for tomorrow's is sue a great number of addi tional maps have j&een pro vided, and ev^ry subscriber and purcha serf erf Saturday's paper should? see that the map is fuxaushed. v r- -? ? ; Assembling of Republican National Committee; BRAYTON RESOLUTION; ITS AUTHOR DECIDES AGAINST PRESENTING IT. Address of Chairman Hanna?Members Received by the President This Afternoon. Chairman Hanna stumped Into the lobby of the Arlington at five minutes before 12 today, and In a Jovial voice that was heard above the buzz of conversation cried "Time!" The crowd laughed and all trooped away toward the big banquet hall, where the meeting of the republican na tional committee was being held. Twelve Absentee^. On the roll call the absentees were twelve In number, and represented by proxies as follows: Senator Hale, for Mr. Manley of Maine; Senator Lodge, for Mr. Meyer of Massachusetts; Perry S. Heath, for Mr. Shevlin of Minnesota; J. M. Dixon, for Mr. McLeod of Montana; Charles Dick, for Mr. Flanigan of Nevada; F. W. Mulkey, for Mr. Steel of Oregon; Senator Penrose, for Sena tor Quay of Pennsylvania; B. D. Crocker* for Mr. Baker of Washington; Gov. Brodie, for Mr. Griffith of Arizona; Leo C. Bennett, for Mr. Mellette of Indian territory; Elmer Dover, for Samuel Parker of Hawaii; H. GravanoW, for Mr. Terkes of Kentucky, who will reach the city tomorrow. The roll of the convention follows: Ala bama, J. W. Dimmick; Arkansas, Powell Clayton; California, W. C. Van Fleet; Col orado. A. M. Stevenson; Connecticut, Charles F. Brooker; Delaware, John Ed ward Addlcks; Florida, J. N. Coombs; Georgia. Judson W. Lyons; Idaho, D. W. Standrod; Illinois, Graeme Stewart; Indi ana, Harry S. New; Iowa, Ernest E. Hart; Kansas, David W. Mulvane; Kentucky. John W.Yerkes; Louisiana, Lewis S. Clark; Maine, Joseph H. Manley; Maryland, Louis E. JlcComas; Massachusetts, George V L Meyer; Michigan. John W. Blodgett; Min nesota, Thos. H. Shevlin; Mississippi, H. C. Turley; Missouri. Richard C. Kerens; Montana, C. H. McLeod; Nebraska It B Schneider; Nevada. Patrick L. Flanigan; w Hampshire, J. ti. Gallinger; New Jer sey Franklin Murphy; New York, George K. Sheldon: North Carolina, W. S. O'B. Robinson: North Dakota. Alexander Mc kenzie; Ohio. Myron T. Herrlck; Oregon, George A. Steel; Pennsylvania, M. S. Quay; Rhode Island, Charles R Brayton; South Carolina, J. G. Capers: South Dakota, J. M. Green; Tennessee. Walter P. Brownlow; Texas, R. B. Hawley; Utah. O. J. Salisbury; Vermont. James W. Brock; Virginia, George E. Bowden; West Virginia. N. B. Scott; Washington, George H. Baker; Wisconsin, Henry C. Payne; Wyoming, George E. Prex ton. Territories. District of Columbia and Ha waii?Alaska. John G. Held; Arizona, W. M. Griffith: New Mexico. Solomon Luna; Okla homa, William Grimes: Indian Territory, William - M. Mellette; District of-Columbia, Myron M. Parker; Hawaii. Samuel Parker. Proxy for Mr. Shevlin. Some comment was caused among the Minnesota men gathered at the Arlington today by the fact that National Commit teeman Shevlin of Minnesota had sent his proxy in blank to Senator Hanna, who tilled it out to Perry Heath, Instead of sending It to one of the two republican senators or one of the eight repubLcan representatives from that state. A report was current that Mr. Shevlin, who ,s a millionaire lumberman, was In censed at the President because lie had re fused to aid him in some bus.ness deals pending before the Secretary of the In terior. No Minnesota man could be found who would verify that rumor. As Chairman Hanna mounted.the ros , trum and called the committee to order thore was a v gqfous outburst of applause, which the senator acknowledged with a smile and a bow. Chairman Hanna's Address. He expressed briefly his thanks to the committee for the work In the campaign of 1900. saying: "I desire to improve this opportunity to J!!ainkuthe member8 the committee for their hearty and loyal co-operation in the campaign of 1900, for which service they were chosen by the convention held that year. "From a personal standpoint It is a pleasure to me to make this acknowledg ment of unanimous and able support on the part of this committee In that cam paign. Those of you who may be unfor tunate enough to be chosen again will have had that experience. "AH of interest to the republican party that centers in this meeting can be told In one word, that is 'success." And all that is necessary to bring aoout that result is to stand pat upon the principles and pol icies of that party:" This statement was greeted with hearty applause. Chairman Hanna expJalned that all meetings of the committee would be public except at the meeting tomorrow, when balloting for a place to hold the next convention would take place. A tribute was paid to the late George Wiswell of Milwaukee, sergeant-at-arms of the committee. A South Carolina Dispute. The routine business was then begun. Secretary Heath, who sat at the chair man's Bide, reading a number of communi cations to the committee. One of them, addressed to Chairman Hanna, was as fol lows: "On October 1, 1901, I sent yotj the in dorsement of fifteen members of the ex ecutive committee of South Carolina as successor of the late E. A. Webster, de ceased, national committeeman of South Carolina, the same being a majority of the said committee. Notwithstanding this, on October 6, 1901, you announced the ap pointment of John G. Capers, not then a Qualified voter of the state, and who never attended a republican convention?county, ward or state." The writer said he reported this to the state committee, who thereupon recom mended E. W. Schriven. "That Schriven is not here today," con tinued the communication, "to represent the republican masses of South Carolina republicans as he was selected to do can only be accounted for by the fact that he has been made deputy collector of Internal revenue by the influence of John G. Capers. Mr. Capers commenced early in his career to coerce and force the organisation, and has been unrelenting ever since, half of said organisation being office holders. All of which can be established if we are given an opportunity. "On October 7, luwi, In a letter I protested to you against his appointment, and we continued to protest on the grounds that if he has. any men-bers of our republican state committee Indorsing him for national committeeman they were coerced by virtue of his refereeship and control of the pat ronage of the state." The letter is signed by E. H. Deas. chairman of the republican state executive committee of South Carolina, and R. R. Tolbert, Jr., member of committee at large. Other Communication*. A letter was also read from A. B. Hum >hrey. temporary secretary of a committee [of fifty citizens of New Turk, organised to defend the righto of disfranchised Voters of the south, asking that the committee be heard In executive session. Also a letter from the name person ask ing for a committee from the Economic League of New York, headed by Siias Dutcher, a hearing on the question of pre venting the growth of socialism. All these communications were laid over until the executive session tomorrow, to gether with a protest from the American federal party of Porto Rico, protesting ag .Inst the recognition of the Porto Rico republican party as the republican organisa tion of the Island. Mr. Richard C. Kerens of Missouri then asked if the selection of place and time for the convention would be decided today, say ing some of the St. Louis men wanted to make some calls this afternoon. "Without asking where they are going," replied Chairman Hanna, "the chair will state that they may 'go as far as they please,' for the questions will not be taken up today." National Committeeman McComas of Maryland called the attention of the chair to the custom of appointing a subcommit tee to arrange for the method of selecting delegates from the District of Columbia to the national convention. The chair announced that a subcommittee would be appointed tomorrow. Gen. Brayton of Rhode Island announced that realizing that the occasion was not opportune for presenting the proposal for reduction of representation of some states In the convention, he would not urjse the resolution before the national committee. League of Republican Clubs. J. Hampton Moore of Philadelphia, rep resenting the National League of Republi can Clubs addressed the convention briefly on the subject of fostering the league. He showed what the organization had already done for republican success and outlined what It could do for republican sucess In the future as an auxiliary to other organi zations within the party. Mr. Moore was followed by Chairman Hanna, who indorsed the Ideas presented and who said that such organizations had been a great help In securing republican victories. The committee then adjourned until to morrow at 10 o'clock. Announcement was made that the committee would visit the President at 2:30 and Chairman Hanna re iterated his invitation to the dinner he will give the committee tomorrow night. Received by the President. Just before 3 o'clock this afternoon the President received the members of the com mittee. The reception took place In the east room, and the President's welcome was warmly responded to by members of the committee. He knows nearly all the com mitteemen personally, and greeted them ac cordingly. The Convention City. The selection of the time and place for holding the national convention will be made tomorrow. The spokesmen of the cities asking for the convention will be heard and their propositions voted upon. Chicago and St. Louis are the only two cities really In the contest, if contest it can be called, as it seemed all in favor of Chi cago today. However, St. Louis is coming forward with what is said to be a "very attractive proposition ' In the shape of entertainment to be offered the national committeemen and their guests at the world's fair. An entire hotel Is to be placed at their dis posal. Inasmuch as St. Louis Is reported to be Just about to ask Congress for a loan of $4,000,000 for the world's fair, to be guar anteed by a lien on the gate receipts of the fair, the question of the city's ability to meet the financial requirements of the con vention in being raised. "The Chicago delegation 10 'sitting tight,"" said President Raymond of the Hamilton Club's committee of boomers to a Star reporter today, '?and we believe we will get the convention." A letter was read to the committee from the Fremont Republican Association of Pittsburg, asking that the national con vention be held in that city. Mr. Grimes came from Oklahoma pre pared to light the proponed reduction in the representation of the territories in the national convention from six to four. Since his arrival in Washington, however, he has been assured that the resolution pro posing a different basis of representation at all conventions subsequent to the gath ering of 1904 will be amended in so far as the proposed territorial change is con cerned. Precedent has fixed the territorial representation at six, the Oklahoma na tional committeeman declares, and should not be altered through any proposed rep resentation on the basis of the republican vote. Representation in Convention. General Charles R. Brayton of Rhode Island has brought with him a resolution to present to the national committee in sup port of his scheme for a change In the basis of representation in the national convention. General Brayton believes that the repre sentation of the several states should be in proportion to the number of republican votes cast in the commonwealth. He thinks that in this way only can the matter be satisfactorily adjusted. He argues that the representations of the states in the elec toral college are based upon the number of Inhabitants in the state, and therefore it is but proper that for republican political pur poses the representation of the different states should be based upon the number of republicans residing therein, as indicated by the vote at the previous presidential elec tion. This change of basis would mean a serious reduction of the southern delega tions, and Is sure to be bitterly contested by the men from that section. The resolution prepared by General Brayton has been cir culated quite freely, and its terms are well known. It does not propose any change for the convention of 1SH)4. The only jurisdic tion of the matter by the national commit tee Is to recommend or not recommend the proposed change to the convention. The latter body will have to act upon the resolution. Goneral Brayton declares he will urge the matter with all his energy He has prepared a table of statistics show ing the alleged inequality of the present basis of representation, and showing the re Bult of the new adjustment as proposed by him. His resolution. In full, is as follows: Gen. Brayton's Resolution. "Whereas, the present basis of representa tion in the republican national convention is unjust and unequal, and believing that this Injustice should be remedied therefore. "Resolved, that the republican national committee recommends to the next national convention that a new basis of representa tion be established, as follows: ? "Each state to be entitled to four dele gates at large and one additional delegate for each ten thousand votes, or majority fraction thereof, cast at the last preceding presidential election for republican electors; md four delegates from each organized ter ritftry and the District of Columbia; and be it "Further resolved, that In allotting dele pate* to the states as provided, aside from Jelegates at large, they shall be divided as near as practicable among the severul con gressionaJ districts of the states, the basis shall be the same, and where it is necessary to unite one or more congressional districts for the purpose of carrying out this resolu tion, contiguous districts may be united." Secretary Hay's Condition. Secretary Hay's condition continues un jharged. The rather Inclement weather jperates to prevent any substantial gain tcwanl aeoovory: otherwise, it is 8?id, he probably would have been able to leave Ills acd before this. Movements of Haval Vessels. The Ajar has arrived at Cavtte. The Wilmington has silled from Weachau far Slmlu and the I.eonidas sailed from Bal timore this morning for Culebra. To reach all the peopl* in Washington all the time advertise in The Star, YET UNRECONCILED Bolivar Authorities Feel Pan ama Loss Keenly. COMMERCE REOPENED FIRST VESSEL ARRIVES AT COLON FROM CARTAGENA. Atrato Expedition of Colombians Hopeless Owing to Count less Difficulties. COLON. December 11.?The French i steamer Fournel arrived here today from SavanlUa and Cartagena. She was the first vessel to reach this port since the decree closing those ports to vessels to and from Colon was canceled. The Fournel brought passengers and mail. The authorities of the department of Bolivar are still unreconciled to the loss of the Isthmus, which they do not regard as hopeless, as they issued clearance pa pers not for the republic of Panama, but for "Colon, department de Panama." A decree, signed by Gov. Insignares, dated Cartagena, December 2, says: Preference to Diplomatic Ifethods. "By virtue of Instructions received by way of Port Liraon from his excellency, the commander-in-chief of the army of the Atlantic and the Pacific, It has been re solved to give preference to diplomatic methods in dealing with the government of the United States in legard to the efforts made to defend our sovereignty and na tional Integrity, diminished by the seces sion of Panama. "Therefore, the causes which determined this government to adopt measures to pre vent communication with the rebel depart ment having ceased, It is now proposed that all citizens may travel freely, without tho obligation of obtaining passports, and It becomes incumbent on the civil and mili tary authorities to give all the necessary guarantees to those entitled to the same. Consequently, It is decreed that article 2 of decree No. 4S, of November 13, prohibit ing all communlcwtlon and commerce be tween this department and Panama Is tem porarily suspended." The Fournel reports that the Colombian cruisers General Pinion and Cartagena ar* both at Cartagena. Atrato River Expedition Will Fail. The Fournel's agent has received no con firmation of the movements of Colombian troops on the Atrato river, but a passenger of the Fournel Informed the correspondent of the Associatsd Press that a rumor was current at Cartagena that the cruiser Car tagena. about ten days ago, embarked at nighttime over l,<xtO troops bound for the Gulf of Darlen. with the object of construct ing a road to Cauca. The name of the commander of the expe dition and the facilities for carrying out his purpose are not known, but^hJs task is re garded at Cartagena as being hopelessly impossible and destined to certala failure, owing to countless difficulties. Panama Officials on Guard. The Spanish steamer Buenos Aires h&s ar rived here from Port Llmon, with a number of Colombians on board bound for Savanll la. The Panama povernment officials here placed a squad of soldiers on guard at the dock to prevent the Colombians' egress from the city. Among the Colombians were many persons recently expelled from Colon. ARREST A SUBTERFUGE. Explanation of tlie Alexandretta Af fair. CONSTANTINOPLE, December U.?The U. S. legation's latest advices regarding the Altxandretta affair confirm the reports of the violence of the police and the attack on Consul Davis, who had only used Ills cane In self-defense. It appears that Attarisn, the naturalized American who had asked for the consul's assistance to enable him to embark for Egypt, was arrested by a subterfuge. After he had embarked on the consular boat with Mr. Davis, Attarian was invited to land to undergo fumigation, whereupon he was suddenly seized by three policemen and promptly locked up. Mr. Davis, In attempting to Interpose, was assaulted by the police, and was obliged to defend himself with his cane. Attarian is still a prisoner. The report that the U. S. cruiser San Francisco had left Beirut for Alexandretta was premature. WOULD WATCH UNCLE SAM. Canadian Minis ? - of Trade Advocates Reciprocity With United States. TORONTO, Ont., December 11.?In a speech to the Young Liberal Club Sir Rich ard Cartwrlght. minister of trade and com merce In the Dominion government. s.?id: "I think Chamberlain means more than his critics give him credit for. He sees the extraordinary power the selfish policy of the United States has placed In Great Britain's hands. Three courses are open to Great Britain. They can use-their power to force reciprocity on the states; they can use It to stimulate emigration and food production In countries other than the states, or they might use it to pave the way for a trade alliance between the English speaking peoples. Such an alliance would mean a world-wide dominion of the English speaking peoples. We may live to see two great world empires, the Russian and the English-speaking. "I would guard against the United State*. They have good qualities, although they have sometimes dwended to sham prac tices. Long and ofien I have advocated a friendly alliance between Gre^t Rrltaln. Canada and the United States, .and that le why I advocated reciprocity with the United States, snd I desire the British sollverein as a step In that direction." QUIET AT SAN DOMINGO. Fall of the Wos y Gil Government Cleared Up Situation. NEW YORK, December 11.?The Clyde line steamer Cherokee, which arrived today from 8an Domingo, reports that quiet pre vailed In that country. Order had been re stored before her arrival there snd she ex perienced no difficulty in discharging and loading cargo at all of the ports of oan. The Cherokee, when she left New York, had no clearance pipers for several of the ports, then In the hands of Insurgents, for which she was bound, and It was announced that the Dominican government navy would Enforce the blockade on these ports against her. The fall of Cue Wos y Gil government enC ed this situation.