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No. 15,850. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY* J DECEMBER 12, 1903-FORTY PAGES. TWO CENTS.
FORTY PAGES. IN THREE PARTS. MINISTER TO PANAMA W. I. Buchanan to Represent the United States. HIS PREVIOUS SERVICE NEW REPUBLIC TO HOLD CONSTI TUTIONAL CONVENTION. Steps Toward Formation of a Perma nent Form of Government?Colom bia's New Proposition. The President has selected W. I. Bu < hanan of New York to be the first United States minister to Panama. Mr. Buchanan's selection was brought about by a desire on the part of the Pres ident to obtain, temporarily at least, and during the crytalllzatlon of the relations between the United States and Panama and while the young republic is in 1U in fancy. the services of a trained and ex perienced diplomatic representative, having special reference to his acquaintance with the manners and habits of thought of the Latin American races. By reason of long service as United States minister to the Argentine Republic Mr. Buchanan fills that description in the estimation of the State Department. It is understood that Mr. Buchanan* assumption of 4hese duties 1? not to be permanent, for he sacrifices very large business interests to undertake the work. Was Minister to Argentina. The new minister was originally from Ohio, and represented the state as an agri culturist commissioner at the world's fair at Chicago. He was appointed by Presi dent Cleveland United States minister to Argentine. His record In that country was bo eminently satisfactory In cultivating trade relations between the United Slates and the Argentine Republic, and he was so highly regarded by both government and people of the latter country, that President McKlnley continued him at Ills post for several years after his accession to office, with the result that some trade treaties were drawn and some long-standing diplo matic issues adjusted. Next Mr. Buchanan became secretary of the Pan-American exposition at Buffalo, and since the close of that enterpri.se he has been engaged in a private capacity as a representative of one of the great American life Insurance companies, and in a semi official way has been looking after certain Interests of the approaching St. Louis ex position and In adjusting the claims of cer tain American corporations engaged In business in Uruguay. He is at present In Washington, where he has been in consul tation with the Presi%nt and the officials or the State Department. To Adopt a Constitution. ? The State Department has been notified that the final steps are being taken toward the formation of a permanent form of gov ernment by Panama. This news was con tained in the following dispatch from Con sul General Gudger, dated today: "Election for constitutional convention oalled for January 4. The convention meets 20th of January." This action is taken, It Is believed, to meet suggestions from Panamans here that criticism of the new republic would be largely disarmed and the status of the new treaty improved if the final ratifications could be exchanged by the United States with a permanent and regular republican form of government on the isthmus. The territory of Panama is so small that, ac cording: to the belief of iome, the elections can be completed within a week after the date named, January 4. The constitution is expected to follow generally the out lines of the Cuban constitution, which is regarded as the most complete model of such documents. Patrolling Isthmian Canal. The Navy Department has received a cablegram from Rear Admiral Glass saying that he Is making every effort to run down the various reports regarding Colombian expeditions to the isthmus. He has ordered the Mayflower to the mouth of the Atrato t0 make a thorough investigation. If necessary a reconnolssance of that region will be made tv definitely ascertain whether ar* any Colombian troop* In that natml' ft, At'aTlta has been ordered to patrol the northern coast of the isthmus on the same mission. The commanders of ,?"!? < are under Instructions to wn rtw- ? j li'Vev"itlKatlon w'"h all possible S&fS"* Return to their stations in' ,ffl Ve 7 9epartmem ?a>' nave a full official report of the exact situation. Colombia's New Proposition. Mr. Wayne MacVeagh, formerly United States Attorney General, has been retained by Gen Reyes, the Colombian minister here, to assist him In the presentation to the United States government of the Colombian side of the controversy over the possession and control of Panama. Judge MacVeagh Is preparing a note on the subject, which will probably be submitted to Secretary Hay next week by Minister Reyes in his diplomatic capacity. Although not officially fdmitted. It Is un derstood that the Colombian government win propose the submission to The Hague ! arbitration tribunal of the issues raised by the government of Colombia in regard to of the?secession oP'.'h'1 ,he matter Vi- secession of the state of Panama iaI! t?raJ i Points on which Colombia is mSo"and ?ilsoeasrToywl'eureT States government Is Justified In its doIW of preventing Colombia from recovering, territory of Panama. recovering the Case Not Calling for Arbitration. Although the President is a strong advo cate of arbitration as a matter of prin ciple. It Is not probable that he will con sider the troubles on the Isthmus as a case calling for arbitration between Co lombia and ttie United States. It Is said that the United States Is willing to refer to The Hague the question of the obliga tion of Panama In the matter of the bond ed debt of Colombia. The President is said to be of opinion that Panama should as sume an equitable portion of the Colom bian debt, to the extent of about J l 000 UOO TO ATTEND ?lHMY SCHOOL. Permission Granted by Secretary of War to National Guard. General Young, chief of ptatT, has ad dressed a letter, through Acting Adjutant General Hall, to the command.ng general of the Department of the Missouri, at Omaha, granting the application of a number of officers of the Oklahoma National Guard for permission to attend th - regular army school for officers at Fort Sill without ex pense to the government. This Initiate* a new policy In the opening of the army tactical schools to militia office!a. \ VIEWS OF LEADERS Can See No Opposition to Roosevelt's Nomination. FRANK EXPRESSIONS SENATOR CLAPP REGARDS IT AS CERTAIN AS SUNRISE. Senator Smoot Says That Utah Has Gone on Record?He Knows of No Change. The sentiments of prominent republicans, as learned by reporters of The Star to day, are in accord with those that have been printed in the past few days to the effect that the nomination of Roosevelt is the wish of the republican party. Senator Heyburn of Idaho declared that not only would his state vote for President Roosevelt for the nomination, but that it would help to elect him. "I unqualifiedly favor President Roosevelt for the nomination," said Mr. Heyburn. "My state is a unit for him. Not only will we help to nominate him, but we will help to elect him. Idaho counts in the election." "No One Except Roosevelt." "I am for Roosevelt," said Representative Dalzcll of Pennsylvania, with an emphasis that indicated no lukewarm condition in relation to his choice for the presidency. "There is no one except Roosevelt in it," he continued, "except Senator Hanna, and he has said a great many times thnt he does not want it and would not take it. I see no reason to doubt his word or his sincerity." As Certain as Sunrise. "Ton may as well ask me whether the sun will rise tomorrow as to ask whether there is any question about whom the na tional republican convention will nominate for the presidency," declared Senator Moses K. Clapp of Minnesota to a Star reporter. "There will be Just one name mentioned in | the convention and that will be the name of President Roosevelt. There is no pos sible doubt about that." A Foregone Conclusion. "My view is that the country has for some time accepted as a foregone conclu sion the idea that President Roosevelt will be nominated to succeed himself In the presidency," ?ald former Representative Loud of California. "I have not recently been in San Francisco, so that 1 cannot Judge as to any possible change of senti ment there on this subject, but if there is any I do not know of it." Knows of No Change in Utah. "The republican convention that met at Ogden last fall expressed Itself in favor of President Roosevelt for the nomination," remarked Senator Smoot of Utah at the Arlington. "Since that action by the convention there lias been nc talk at all that I have heard that would Indicate that there is any desire to modify that indorbement in the slightest way." North Carolina for the President. Mr. C. J. Harris, a manufacturer of North Carolina and a delegate to the last four na tional republican conventions, was at the Arlington today. "I believe North Carolina is for Roose velt for the nomination," said Mr. Harris. "That is the way I understand the situa tion.'' Choice of Pacific Coast. "There Is no doubt that President Roose velt Is the choice of the Pacific coast for the presidency," said Senator Perkins of Cali fornia today. "He Is the kind of man the people of the west like. He represents the energy that built up the west and the peo ple there recognize him as such." A Pertinent Story. Senator Cullom recalled an incident in the political career of Lincoln that is of interest now that the nomination of President Roosevelt is being discussed. "In my Judgment," said Senator Cullom, "there will be no opposition to the nomina tion of the President at the convention. Illinois will be solid for this nomination. "I remember," said the senator, "away baok when Lincoln was a candidate for renominatlon. I came here a little later In the year than this?It was In February or March?and was around Congress for ten days. It seemed to me there was tremen dous opposition to Lincoln, so mich so, in fact, that as Lincoln's friend?I being from the same town and always admiring him?when I went to tell him good-bye I j?ald: 'Mr. l>incoln, do you ever allow any body to talk to you about yourself?" He said: 'Yes. Why do you ask me?' 'Well,' I said, 'I don't know much about Presidents and was a little doubtful whether you would allow it." He smiled and said: 'Cer tainly,' whereupon I said: 'I want to tell you some things I have observed." He told me to sit down, and as I did so went on to say that I had been around Washington ten days. 'It seems to me," T said, 'everybody is ugainst you.' He replied that he didn't think it was quite as bad as that. I found he was perfectly familiar with the situation. I went home, and when the convention came oil, as will be recalled, there was no opposition to him. "Now. I do not hear that sort of talk about President Roosevelt in Congress, and it will be found that when the time comes there will be no opposition to the nomina tion of the President, and in my Judgment he will be triumphantly elected." Surprised at the Question. Senator Elklns of West Virginia ex piessed surprise that there should be any question raised about the nomination for the presidency to be made at the next re publican convention. "I cannot see," he said, "how any one can doubt what is to be done by that con vention. In my Judgment, there is not the loast doubt that President Roosevelt will be nominated. Feeling in Iowa. Representative Hepburn of Iowa, one of the stanch republican leaders of the House of Representatives, who was only yesterday referred to by the minority on the floor of the House as "the mouthpiece of the party." in speaking of the situation as to the presidential nomination, declared today: "I have not been home for five weeks now, but when I left there was not a re publican In the state who was not for Roosevelt. I haven't heard anything since that. would tend to show the slightest change in the situation." No Change in Pennsylvania. Representative H. H. Bingham of Penn sylvania, the "father of the House," in' point of continuous service, and one of its most popular members, a thoroughly astute politician, when asked regarding the Roose I*1' 'en?m,ent 'n the keystone common wealth, declared: "There is no doubt as to the position of the state of Pennsylvania. At the last two state conventions?in 1902 and 1U0S?we pro nounced unqualifiedly, as far as a conven uon could go, for the renominatlon of President Roosevelt X know oX no change In the situation In the state, and believe that the delegation to the convention next summer will be a unit for Mr .'Roosevelt." Regarded as Settled. Representative F. H. Glllett of Massa chusetts bespoke the sentiment of the old bay state. "Up our way," he said, "we consider the renomlnation of President Roosevelt as all settled. We don't consider the possibility of anybody else, and don't want anybody else." The President Strong in Kansas. Senator Long of Kansas stated today that he could see no result to be reached at the national convention except the nomination of President Roosevelt. "The situation Is very gratifying," he said. "I have been In favor of the nomina tion of Mr. Roosevelt right along, and my state wants him nominated. "The President Is very strong in Kan sas. I think ft is conceded throughout the country that his nomination is the only one that can be thought of by the republican party." Michigan Strong for Roosevelt. Senator Alger replied promptly when asked concerning the outlook for the pres idential nomination: "Michigan Is strong for Roosevelt. No one else Is wanted there for the nomination. I believe that will be the sentiment of the whole oountry." Arkansas Republicans. National Committeeman Powell Clayton of Arkansas said to a Star reporter today: "The republicans of my state are for the nomination of President Roosevelt. They feel that he has earned the honor, and that It would be dangerous at this point to follow the behests of Wall street and throw him overboard. Senator M. A. Hanna stands high in Arkansas, but the repub licans of the state have taken him at his word that he Is not a candidate, and the delegation, in my opinion, will be a unit for the President's nomination in the next na tional convention." SMOOT MAY REPLY. Morman Senator Given Opportunity to Answer Many Charges. The Senate committee on privileges and elections met today to outline a policy to be pursued in investigating the protests filed against Senator Reed Smoot being per mitted to retain his seat, and decided that before taking further steps In the matter Senator Smoot should be given opportu nity to make reply to the charges. Senator Burrows, chairman of the com mittee, was instructed to notify Senator Smoot of the decision of the committee, and to request that whatever reply he may de sire to make shall be in writing. In addition to the innumerable petitions filed with the committee for the expulsion of Senator Smoot, two protests from citi zens of Utah were presented and briefly considered by the committee. These pro tests charge him with being a polygamlst. They also charge that the Mormon Church, of which Smoot is an apostle, holds its own laws to be superior to those of the state, and they contend that the church still stands for polygamy. Neither Senator Smoot nor his opponents were represented at the meeting, and for that reason members of the committee avoided taking any action which would In any manner show the sentiment of indi viduals. LIABILITY OF RAILROADS. Amenable for Injuries by Reason of Negligence. Representative Bates has Introduced In the House a bill relating to the liability of common carriers by railroads In the Dis trict of Columbia and territories, and com mon carriers by railroads engaged In com merce between the states to their employes. The bill provides that such railroad com panies shall be liable to any . of their em ployes, or. In the case of his death, to his heirs at law, for all damages whloh may result from the negligence or mismanage ment of any officers, agents or employee, or by reason of any defect or insufficiency in cars, engines, appliances, machinery track, roadbed, ways or I JOHNSON 81ILL ACTIVE REGARDS DEFEAT MERELY RE SULT OF FlttST BATTLE. Will Strive to Become Member of "Big Four" and Oentimie to Stand for Wa, J. Bryan. Special Dirpatch to Tfy* Evening Star. COLUMBUS. Otyo, December 12 ?Al though the democrats of Ohio cut a very small figure In the-election this year, the movements of their, leaders in preparation for representation to the national demo cratic convention Jfext year are scarcely less Interesting thaA what is going on in the republican councils in regard to their presi dential nomination^ As predicted generally last fall, the defeat that he suffered has not l?ad the effect of crushing Tom L. . Johnson. Many anti Johnson democrats^jolned an effort to roll up a large repul&caniptojrallty. In hope that beneath it Johnson jalght be buried entirely out of sight and be no more a po litical factor in the state. But, after the manner of Mr. IJryJin after his first de feat, he has simpiy remarked that It was the result of the first .battle. Johnson Planning for Next Year. Mayor Johnson is already planning to have a part in what Ohio does In the na tional democratic convention next year. He wants to be a member of the democratio "big four," and the anti-Johnson democrats are determined that he shall not be. Whether he shall be so honored or not is to be decided by the next democratic state convention, by which the delegates at large will be chosen. Johnson will have some strength in that convention, but probably not enough to control it. He is sure to con trol the delegates from Cuyahoga county, and though he did not carry the county in November there was a very creditable dem ocratic vote cast there. In all other coun-' ties there was a large decrease in the democratic vote. The scratching of tickets by anti-Johnson democrats will therefore have the result in next year's convention of helping Johnson, for while the anti-Johnson representation will be generally cut down, the Johnson representation will at least hold its own everywhere, and in some places be largely Increased. Hopes to Be Member of "Big Four." But Mayor Johnson will be in the national democratic convention as a dele gate, anyhow. If he fails to make the "big four," his own district will send him to represent it. Of coarse he will be there as an ardent advocate of whatever William J. Bryan wants the convention to do. John R. McLean is sure to be one of the four delegates at large. Jfchn H. Clarke, the gold democrat, who nSi in the late cam paign as the candidate of the democrats for the United States Senate, will not be considered. He is even more generally op posed by the democrats than Mayor Jolin ll ' ? PANAMA MAP. In consequence of the great congestion on the railroads one shipment of the special Panama maps has been de layed on the- *raf and will not reach here in-time to be delivered withjto&y's paper. Oyer 80,000 of Ihe^naps have been receive*^ s&B will be delivered. TtMse wet receiv ing the maps'toniffti't will be served Mondagt son is. It Is doubtful whether he will get the now empty henor-?f ttir ?a*mrwnomi nation tor the Senite. If Governor Camp bell cares to be a delegate at large he may get a place on the big four. He still re tains his citizenship In Ohio, though spend ing most of his time In New York. He is as distinctly a citizen of Ohio as Mr. McLean 4?, J ' Outhwaite Bobs Up Again. The most interesting talk convernlng the democratic big four is that which puts former Congressn-an Jos. H. Outhwaite In it. He has. taken but little part In Ohio politics since the campaign of 1806, when he operated with the gold democrats. In the state campaign this year he was re ported as "regular," but he was abroad all the summer, and until a few days before the election. WARSHIPS SOUTHBOUND. South Atlantic Squadron on Its Way to, the Rendezvous. The cruisers Newark.Detroit, Montgomery and Gloucester, comprising the South At lantic squadron, left Bahia this morning for Trinidad and their way to Culebra, the rendezvous of the fleets to participate In the winter naval maneuvers. The Petrel has arrived at Mare Island, the Adams at Santa Barbara, the Mohican at San Diego and the Monterey at Hong Kong. The Villalobos has left Shanghai for Han kow and the Hist has sailed from New London for Newport. The cruiser Baltimore and the torpedo boat destroyers Decatur, Balnbridge, Chauncey, Barry and Dale left Hampton Roads this morning for Port Royal. The Baltimore will accompany the torpedo boat flotilla as far as Key West, and from that point the Buffalo will convey the mosquito fleet across the Atlantic, through the Medi terranean sea and across the Indian ocean to Manila for service with the Asiatic fleet. PORTO RICAN LEGISLATION. River and Harbor Improvements Ask ed by the Islanders. Francis B. Loomis, acting secretary of state, has transmitted to the House copies of a letter from the acting governor of Porto Rico and resolutions adopted by the executive council of the Island, urging Con gress to adopt the legislation proposed at the last session relating to river and har bor improvements. The legislation desired is as follows: "That the Secretary of War be, and he la hereby, empowered to authorize the con struction or extension of any wharf, pier, dolphin, boom, weir, breakwater, sea wall, bulkhead, Jetty or other structure on any of the lands belonging to the United Stages which underlie the harbor areas and nav igable waters and streams lying in or sur rounding the Island of Porto Itico and the islands lying adjacent thereto, and to au thorize the filling in or dredging of such lands, and to authorize any of the above obstructions in said harbor areas and navigable waiters and streams: Provided, however, Thait the plans for such work be first recommended by the chief of engi neers." EXPENDITURES IN CUBA. Resolution Introduced for Printing the American Accounts. Senator Piatt of Connecticut, chairman of the Senate committee on relations with Cuba, has Introduced a resolution author ising the printing of all the accounts of the government of Cuba during American occu pation. The resolution is in accord with a request by Secretary Root and the state ment will cover the accounts of Gen. Wood as governor general of Cuba. The resolution was referred to the committee on printing. Mr. E. G. Rathbone has addressed a com munication to Secretary Root inquiring if his request to have printed the itemised account of receipts and expenditure* of the military government of Cuba includes the accounts of Gen. Wood in Santiago from July to December. 1886, inclusive, known as the Wood '88 accounts. Wrecks Railway Camp in West Virginia, MAN BLOWN TO PIECES PORTIONS OF body land IN TREE fifty YARDS OFF. Foreman Johnson of Lynchburg Loses Both Legs?Others Injured, but None Fatally. HUNTINGTON, W. Vn.. December 12. | F A Johnson of I-ynchburg, Va., a fore man on the Norfolk and Western railroad at Kenova, was thawing out dynamite to day, when a stick exploded, wrecking the camp. Johnson had both legs blown off. John Black, colored, had hisbody blown to pieces, some parts of )t landing in a fifty yards away. Others were injured, but not fatally. SERIOUS CHARGES FILED. Allegations Against Consul General Hughes at Coburg. BERLIN, December 12.?Serious charges against Consul General Oliver J. D Hughes at Coburg have been brought to the! aaen tion of the State Department at hashing ton. _ TO follow AND NOT TO lead. Ohio Republicans Will Hold Their Con vention Late Next Yeax. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. COLUMBUS, Ohio. December 12-The Ohic state republican convention, it is given out here, will be held late next year lt-ter than usual, at least, the object to let other states lead off in the matter of choosing delegates to the national conven 1 tion and Instructing them. Ohio republican leaders ^ant In to be a follower this time. democratic CAUCUS. | Senators Met to Discuss Proposed Amendment of Cuban Bill. I The democratic senators held a caucus to | day for the purpose of discussing the ad visability of attempting to amend theiC^u | ban reciprocity bill, but adjourned to mee again next Monday without arriving at any conclusion. The caucus was a spirited | one, and was sharply divided on the point at issue, some of the senators contending i that numerous amendments should be pre ser.tea and others holding out against any I effort whatever to change the character of the bill and standing for a straight party , vote against it. The caucus continued until | after the beginning of the session of the ^The caucus also considered some com iDlsints made by senators relative to the early adjournment of the Senate Thursday. Senators who filed these complaints ex pressed the opinion that the Thursday ses sion should have continued in o. J*r to afford opportunity for speechmaklng, and some of them suggested that an effort should be made to extend for a day or two the time for discussion, which wouid have the effect of postponing the final vote be yon-i next Wednesday, the date unanlm' ut: ly agreed upon for the vote. Senator Gorman presented the difflcultvs of changing a unanimous understanding, and it was ultimately decided to allow the present arrangement to remain undisturbed. According to agreement between the par ties the time on Tuesday and Wednesdiy is to be evenly divided between the repub i licaiis and democrats. The suggos^on wos mj.de in the caucus that as the republicans had been responsible for the early adjourn ment Thursday they should be wlllln* to at least give the major part of the reir.lin ing time to the democrats. This proposal was considered at length, with the undor si?nding that if the time for a vot3 cannot be extfrded it will be impossible to lii'uro the agreement in regard to a division of time. Tha only important vote taken by the caucus was on a motion offered by Senator Berry eliminating the five-year provision of the bill and most of the debate was upon this proposition, it broadened, however, in to a discussion of the general question us to whether the bill should be amended in any particular. Many of the senators spoke, but a majority of them expressed themselves as unfavorable to amendments. There was especial objection to the Berry amendment because it was considered tnat its adoption would be a violation of the treaty with Cuba. The motion was declared defeated without a division. Senator Teller expressed the opinion that the bill should be so amended as to provide that Cuba should adopt the laws of the United States for the exclusion of Chinese: but this proposition was not brought to a a vote. Senator Gorman expressed the opinion that in view of the treaty the best policy for democratic senators is not to offer any amendments. MORE TREASURY CLERKS. Growth of Redemption Work Calls for Larger Force. Acting Secretary Taylor of the Treasury Department has transmitted to the House a letter from United States Treasurer Rob erts, submitting an estimate for twelve ad ditional employes, rendered necessary by reason of Increased redemptions. Mr. Rob erts explains the estimate briefly as fol lows: "The change of large denominations of government currency into those for small--r sums is so rapid and continuous that tie redemption grows month by month. The Increase in redemptions for the first quarter of the current year was 22.1 per cent In pieces and 19.7 per cent In amount over the like period the year before. Since October 1 the pieces redeemed are 17 per cent greater and the amount 19.5 per cent greater than from October 1 to the like date of 1902. This is in addition to the in crease in pieces from 1901 to 1902 of 23.(5 per cent, and from 1902 to July 1, 1903, of 22.1 per cent "By reason of these conditions an addi tional transfer of twelve persons has been made to this office since the estimates for the fiscal year 1905 were submitted. It will be necessary to increase the estimates heretofore presented by that number, and recommendation is presented that 1 more clerk at $1,200, 1 at $1,000, 2 at $900, 4 ex pert counters at $800. and 4 more expert counters at $720 shall be included in the ap propriations for the next fiscal year." Police Fund Deficit. A bill appropriating $15,049.88 from the revenues of the District, that being the amount withheld from pensioners of the police fund on account of deficiencies in that fund from June 30, 1894, to Mar 31, 1806, was introduced by Senator Hans brough today and referred to the commit tee on the District of Columbia. The ap propriation Is to settle all claims oa ac count ot these deficiencies. PART 1. PAGES 1-16. AT CHICAGO, JUNE 21 Place and Date of Republican Convention. ONE BALLOT TAKEN SUCCESSFUL CITY HAD 43 VOTES, PITTSBURG 7 AND ST. LOUIS 1. Sessions of the Republican National Committee Resumed?Election for District Delegates. "Go ring a bel! and tell 'em school's taken up," said Chairman Hanna when he entered the assembly room of the republican na tional committee this morning and found no committeemen present. So the messengers went scurrying through the lobbies after the committeemen who were enjoying their after-breakfast cigars. Notwithstanding there were two notable banquets last night and a number of Informal dinners, the rank and file of committeemen were able to sit up and notice things by 10 o'clock this morning, and the summons of Senator Man na's bell met with response. Factions in Porto Rico. The first business before the convention was a struggle for recognition between two factions of republicans in the Island of Porto Rico. The committee listened to brief statements from the faetionlsts, em plaining the local political conditions. Mr. Robert H. Todd, mayor of San Juan, spoke for the organization known as the repub lican party of Porto Rico. "We don't know what we are. in Porto Rico," said Mr. Todd, "whether we are American or what not; we are called citi zens of Porto Rico.' But we know only one flag?the American flag?and we want to bo Americans." The sentiment was applauded, as well as Mr. Todd's statement that the island wanted representation in the national .on vention. The registered vote of the island, said Mr. Todd, was l.Hl,0oo. His colleague, Mr. Jose Biroso, followed in similar strain, who also said that the purpose of the re publican party was the Americanization of Porto Rico. Action on the request for recognition was deferred. Chicago's Case Presented. The contest of the cities for the conven tion was then called. Chicago was first on the list, and Mr. Samuel B. Ra> in and, chairman of the boomers' committee from that city, took the floor. He made a brief speech, describing the facilities for taking care of the convention which Chicago pos sesses Describing the Colosseum, whers the convention will be held, he said it would seat 12,000 persons and was adequately fitted for the purpose. "We will do everything that this com mittee asks us to do," said Mr. Raj mond, '"because we knew that this committee win tifk lit.thing unreasonable. President Sheridan of the Hamilton Club followed in a brief Invitation to the com mittee to bring the convention to Chicago, Mr. George R. Peck, who wae Introduced as "Peck of Chicago. Topeka and tho United States." demanded that the conven tion should go to Chicago, because the mid dle west Is, he claimed, the center of tho political rtnil business activity of the coun try Sir. Peck described the hotel accom modations and railway facilities of Chi cago. He glowingly eulogized the fifty seven varieties of climate for which Chi cago is noted, and said that In June tho plimate is admirable. Then, as typical of the spirit of Chicago, he added, "And If June were "not a good month we would ar range to have it made a good month." This concluded the public plea of Chicago, as the boomers were anxious to get Into executive session, where It was realized that every "bluff" would be "called" by tho practical committeemen and there would have to be a "show down." Arguments for St. Louis. St. Louis then took the floor. National Committeeman Richard C. Kerens opening the ball with the statement that "as tho present era of prosperity had Its dawn at St. Louis in the convention of 1890, you bet ter come back and let us start the good old ship of state on another cruise." Mr. C. P. Walbrldge of the Business Men's League of St. Louis said: "We mean busi ness and have presented our proposition in writing.' "The examination of the 'business' end of this proposition will take place in exe<utlvo session," said Chairman Hanna. It Is understood that the proposition of St. Louis is the contribution of $4<i000 In cash to the national committee, the free use of the Colosseum and the entertainment of the committee at a new hotel. Turning to the political questions involved^ Mr. Walbridge pleaded for the convention on the ground that Missouri Is a posslblo republican state. He denied the pesslmisUo utterance of General Grosvenor that Mis souri Is hopeless from the republican view point. He said the proportion of republi can votr? in Missouri has Increased 106 per cent in twenty years. Mr. Nathan Frank also spoke In behalf of St Louis, and was followed by Mr. Walter B. Stevens, secretary of the Louisi ana purchase exposition, who said that al though the St. Louis men do not expect to get the convention they are not losing any opportunity for making hay for the exposi tion. "Since the beginning of this year 1U08." said Mr. Stevens, "there has been expended by St. Louis more than $3,000 <AK) upon new hotels of permanent, fireproof construction. In the mild climate of St. Louis winter is no bar to building. Before the opening day of the world's fair, the 30th of April, there will have been completed fifteen new, pei ma.ient hotels, representing $4,.">00,000. "In ways otlier than in the spending of $7,000,000"for hotels the city is putting Its house in order to entertain all peoples. Public improvements to cost JO.OWOOO, made possible by charter amendments, aro being pressed to completion. The terminal facilities in and about the city are being bettered by an expenditure of $f> 000,000. Within a week a thlid bridge over the Mis sissippi has been purchased and put Into service for travel needs of the world's fair vear. The street car companies are spend ing $1,000,000 on new cars, routes and equipment for the extra demands." , Pittsburg Enters the Lists. When St. Louis finished, Pittsburg en tered the lists. Senator Penrose was tho first speaker, and referred sarcastically to the backwardness of the other cities ia dwelling upon "the condition precedent t? all negotiations." "We me ;>ere with the entrance fee," said Senat- r Tt arose, "and it amounts to $100, 000. If t ..t is not enough we can just as easllv m ke It $500.0t>0. I understand tho com .: ;t'rom Plusburg 'have the stuff on thc-m.' but they haven't shown It to mo. 'flu sloyi'td over iiirht at Harrisburg, and It may oe diminished." Senator Penrose said it would stimulate the republican majority In Allegheny county if the convention went to Pittsburg. "The majority was only 70,000 last elec tion," said Senator Penrose, plaintively. Representative Dalxell followed in a bril liant speech, asking for tho convention on sentimental grounds connected with tb? orifcin of the republican party. "The unsentimental reasons will be suV mltted to (be committee in sealed envefc opes in executive session," remarked Chat*