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Republican National Commit
teemen on the N omination.
.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
?'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
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
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
"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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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.
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
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.
Som Attess Atakazam Will Visit
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
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.
Taking a Trip for Change of Air and
A cablegram received at the Navy De
partment this morning announced that
the gunboat Machias left Jibuti, French
Somaliland, this morning for the "Red
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.
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? fc.
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;
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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,
Bolivar Authorities Feel Pan
ama Loss Keenly.
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.
Explanation of tlie Alexandretta Af
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.
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
"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."
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
The fall of Cue Wos y Gil government enC
ed this situation.

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