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THE EVENING STAR.
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At one cent postage the mailing alone would cost $350. with twice as much mora for printing, envelopes and ad dressing, or over $(,000 to say, what The Star will print for a few dollars. STARTLING CHARGE Inspector Mayer Accused of Ccachiog Witnesses. POST OFFICE TRIAL LIVELY SCENES IN THE COURT BOOM TODAY. Testimony as to Cost of Groff Fasteners Admitted by Justice Pritchard ?Witnesses Heard. The first real dramatic event in the trial of the alleged IVst Office Department con spirators occurred shortly before 11 o clock this morning, when Judge Kumler of To ledo. who represents the Lorenzes, arose, and, addressing the court, said: "Your honor, I am informed that Mr. Mayer, the post office inspector who is as sisting the counsel for the government, is talking to the witnesses before they are called to the witness stand. I submit, with all candor, that this is manifestly unfair." Mr. Mayer had Just returned from the ante-room. A Mr. Keeble had been called as a witness, but could not be found, and Mrs. Mary Marshall was brought upon the stand. Assistant District Attorney Taggart had already begun to question the witness, when Attorney Charles A. Douglass inter posed an objection, declaring that Mr. Keeble's name had been announced as the witness wanted, and now the government was examining an entirely different person. Mr. Taggart attempted to explain to the court that both witnesses were to tie ex amined on the same line, and that inas much as the first person called was not present the next person on the list was brought to the stand. Then it was that Judge Kumler arose and made the charge that Inspector Mayer had been talking with witnesses. Mr. Mayer was Just about to take his seat. His face flushed ad the intimation of the Ohio lawyer. "Name some of the witnesses whom 1 have talked to," he said, and it was evi dent from the manner in which he said it that he was in anything but a pleasant frame of mind. District Attorney Morgan Beach hail a quick consultation with Assistant Attorney General 1'urdy while Judge Kumler was ad dressing the court. When the latter was through talking Mr. Beach said: "Your honor, let the counsel for the de fense formulate this charge against Mr. Mayer. Let the counsel give names, times, j &c. This is a serious chaige." "I do so now," said Judge Kumler, with grtat emphasis. Justice Pritchard was apparently sur prised and aroused at the suggestion of such a condition as the counsel for the de fense had suggested. "I will not tolerate it for a single mo ment." said the court. "Nor I, if it be true," said District At torney Beach. Mrs. Marshall had been permitted to tes tify that she knew the Lorenzes. when Judge Kumler s.iid that if the government was trying to establish the fact that the Lorenzes had been in Washington it was ad nr.i'ted by the defense, even as to the date. Mrs. Marshall was excused. While this brief examination had been going on Mr. Beach and Mr. Purdy again were in con sultation. As Mrs. Marshall ieft the stand Mr. Beach arose and addressed the court. He was evidently angered at the imputation that had been placed upon Post Office Jn Sj < etor Mayer. "Your honor," he said, with warmth, "I want this corrected here and now or re tracted by the counsel for the defense. I demand that the counsel must make good or retract." "I have said to Mr. Kumler that if he will submit proof 1 will take the matter up and act upon it accordingly," said Justice Britchard. "If the inspector has gone out and talked with witnesses 1 will not stand for it. Let Mr. Mayer speak for himself." "I want this thing retracted or formally taken up now," Mr. Beach persisted. "I will not retract." Judge Kumler re torted. "The information has come to roe from a reputable source. It is not alone on hearsay evidence." "Hereafter," Justice Pritchard said, ad dressing counsel for both sides.""when 3 witness is wanted, let the bailiff do ihe summoning. And I suggest that a list of Witnesses that are soon to be called i?e prepared and they be notiiied to be in readi ness. that there may be no delay in the pro ceedings." About the time the next witness, Mr. E. "W Loughiin. representing the Wilmington, Dei., malleable iron works, where the Groff fasteners were made, took the stand, it was noticed tiiat Inspector Mayer had again been out in the corridors. This fact was called to the attention of the court by At torney Charles A. Douglass. Justice Pritchard. with great severity and looking diiectly at .Mr. Mayer, who had taken his accustomed seat immediately be hind the counsel for the government, said: "If the inspector is disobeying the order of the court I want it understood that it must not occur again. ' Mr. Mayer's Denial. Shortly before the noon adjournment anothei sensational event occurred. Mr. Taggart asked the court if there were any objections to Inspector Mayer stepping out of the court room on business. "I desire to sj> that he does not go for the purpose of talking with witnesses," he somewhat sarcastically added. "Certainly," sail Justice l'r iciiard, "there Is no obji-t tlou. The court only des:res that Its orders shall be obeyed." Mr. Mayer arose to his own defense. Ad dressing the court, he sa d: "I have been preparing cases for trial for twenty years, and 1 believe I know my du ties. 1 believe I know the courtesy and re aped that are due the court. I want it un derstood that 1 have not talked with wit nesses. as has been charged here in court. Furthermore, 1 don't believe Judge Kumler evei heard any person say 1 have ap proached witnesses." Mr. Mayer stood erect, and his face was pale. He measured his words carefully. Judge Kumler was on his feet instantly. It looked as if there might !>e a physical en counter. The Ohio lawyer was evidently enraged at the inference, almost the direct Charge, that impugned the honesty of his statement. He restrained himself, how ever. He turned lo the court and said: "Let us furnish the proof." "That is wliit h? demanded," said Dis trict Attorney Beach. It was finally decided that proof of the Statement made earlier in the day by Judge Kumler should be ttubinilted to the court at a later period. Line of Testimony. The government this morning started in With testimony to show that Maehen acted as agent for the Groff fasteners, that he superintended the installation of the fas teners in various cities, aivl took undue and unusual interest in their speedy dis tribution throughout the post office service. Several witnesses in this line of examina tion were onllted. The government was successful in hav ing admitted testimony that tended to show the cost of the fasteners to Hie Groffs. The admission of this testimony was combated toy counsel for the defense. Judge Kumler declared that the cost had nothing to do With the value of the fasteners. "I am against you on that prop?>*Mion," *aid Justice Pritchard. "Why. your honor," Judge Kumler con " ^Continued on Seventh Page.) National Organization in Ses sion in Washington. COMMITTEES NAMED THE ELECTION OF OFFICERS POST PONED UNTIL TOMORROW. Representatives Present From Every Trade Center?Banquet to Be Given Tonight. The accredited representatives of 30,000 business men and firms in the T'nited States assembled at noon today in the ball room at the New Willard to begin the thirty fourth arryial meeting of the National Board of T.* de. There are about 200 dele gates in attendance, and the meetings will continue three days. The National Board of Trade represents millions of dollars of the commercial interests of the country. It is an organization of organizations. Boards of trade, chambers of commerce, mercantile associations and kindred bodies are all entitled to representation in this central body, which meets once each year to consider matters that have occupied the attention of its constituent members dur ing the year. Its thirty-four years of existence have been fraught with action. The most con servative body of business men in the world, it has accomplished herculean tasks j in the development of the business interests of the I'nited States and has impressed it self indellibly on the commercial history of the country. The action of the organi zation is general in nature. It has no fa vored section. All parts of the country are represented in its meetings, and all sec tions are the beneficiaries of Its delibera tions and action. The meeting today was called to order by Mr. Blanchard Randall of Baltimore, Md. Mr. Randall is one of the most prominent business men ot Baltimore. He is president of the board of trade of that city and is connected with a number of its principal financial institutions. The other officers are: Mr. B. A. Kckhart of Chicago, first vice president; Mr. W. P. Kennett of St. Louis, second vice president; Mr. William R. Tucker of Philadelphia, secretary-treas urer. Immediately after the ^meeting had been called to order President Randall made a short address of welcome to the members, and then a committee on creden tials was appointed, and this committee promptly rei>orted. The roll of delegates was then called. Committees Appointed. The following committee ' appointments were announced by the president: American merchant marine?G. Waldo Smith, chairman. New York board of trade and transportation; Henry W. Peabody, Boston chamber of commerce; R. S. Lyon, Chicago board of trade; J. F. Ellison, Cin cinnati chamber of commerce: J. W. Porch New Orleans board of trade; Joel Cojk, Philadelphia board of trade; Charles J. Cohen, Philadelphia Trades League; Archil bald Greenlees. Washington Board of Trade; D. W. Tayler, Wilmington board of trade. Interstate commerce?W. H. Chadwi k chairman, Chicago board of trade; W. T. Robinson. American Warehousemen's Asso ciation: Clinton White, Boston chamber of commerce: John II. Allen, Cincinnati chamber of commerce: H. S. Grimes, Grain Dealers' National Association; G. B. D. Johnson Milwaukee chamber of eommeree: James w. Sale. National Hay Association; William H. G.bson. New York board of trade and transportation; John Valant New York produce exchange; William M. Coates. Philadelphia board of trade: N. B. Kelley, Philadelphia Trades League; F. B. Thurber. I'nited States Export Association; i W. P. Van Winkle, Washington Board of Trade. ' General questions of transportation? Charles England, chairman. National Hay Association; J. W. Snyder, Grain Dealers' National Association; F. W. Maxwell. St. Joseph Commercial Club: Frank Barry. Millers' National Association. Postal affairs? Finley Acker, chairman. Philadelphia Trades League; W. Atlee Bur pee, American Seed Trade Association; A. T. Anderson. Cleveland Chamber of Com merce: David Hutzler, Baltimore board of trade; Wallace M. Bell. Milwaukee Cham ber of Commerce; Morris S. Wise. New York board of trade and transportation; F. L. Hitchcock, Scranton board of trade; George H. Maxwell. I'nited States Export Association; Richard W. Bainbridge. Manu facturers' Association of New York. River and harbor improvement?George H Anderson, chairman. Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce: R. Brent Keyser, Baltimore board of trade; R. H. Lyon, Chicago hoard of trade; J. F. Ellison. Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce; J. W. Porch. New Orleans board of trade: Josiah Marvel, Wilmington board of trade; Perry P. Williams, New York Produce Exchange; F. W. Maxwell, St. Joseph Commercial Club; William Me Aleer, Philadelphia Trades League. Isthmian canal -Robert E. Pattison, chairman. Philadelphia Trades League; Murphy J. Foster, New Orleans board of trade; C. S. Senmans, Scranton board of trade; Clinton White, Boston chamber of commerce; II. B. Slaughter, Chicago board of trade. I>epartment of Commerce and I>a!?or? E. R. Wood, chairman Philadelphia board of trade; W. P. Robinson. American Ware housemen's Association; Charles M. Bfd ?ile, Philudelpnia Trades League; Charles W. Chase. Cleveland chamber of commerce; John B. Dalsh. National Bay Association. Irrigation and forestry? R. S. Lyon, chairman. Chicago board of trade; J. W. Porch. New Orleans board of trade; C. F. Cochran, St. Joseph Commercial Club. National inspection of grain?J. F. Par ker. chairman. New York produce ex change: H. B. Slaughter, Chicago board of trade; Charles England. National Bay As sociation; II. S. Grimes, Grain Dealers' Na tional Association: Frank Barry, Millers' National Association: J. Hume Smith, Bal . tlmore chamber of commerce; E. G. Pres ton. Boston chamber of commerce; C. F. Cochran. St. Joseph Commercial Club; C. B. Murray, Cincinnati chamber of com merce. Tax on alcohol?M. N. Kline, ohairman, Philadelphia Trades League; F. B. Thur ber, United Slates Export Association; J. T. McHugh, Cincinnati chamber of com merce; George T. Moon. Manufacturers' As sociation of New York; Philip Godley, Phil adelphia board of trade. Currency legislation?C. Stuart Patterson, chairman. Philadelphia board of trade; R. Brent Keyser, Baltimore board of trade; H. W. Peabody, Boston Chamber of Com merce; F. L. Hitchcock, Scranton board of i trade: J. J. Sullivan, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. Consular service?J. R. Carter, chairman, Boston Merchants' Association; C. S. Ham lin, Boston Chamber of Commerce; J. T. McHugh. Cincinnati Chamber of Com irerce; Murphy J. Foster, New Orleans beard of trade; G. Waldo Smith, New York iKard of trade and transportation; A. 1'. Fardon, Washington board of trade: Wil son M. Day, Cleveland Chamber of Com merce; J. Collin Vincent, Baltimore Cham ber of Commerce. Reciprocity?Amory A. Lawrence, chair n.an. Boston Merchants' Association; C. 8. Hamlin. Boston Chamber of Commerce; George 8. Bridge, Cliicago board of trade; Morris F. Westlieimer, Cincinnati Cham ber of Commerce: J. W. Snyder, Grafn (Continued on TeouTPag*-) i THEDEMOCRATICCALL Variation From That of Four Years Ago. CHANGES DISCUSSED PROBABLE RETURN OF EASTERN WING TO CONTROL. Effect of Mr. Bryan's Speech Last Night Commented Upon at the Capitol. Democratic congressmen were comment ing today upon the variation in the form of the call issued by Chairman Jones for the democratic convention as compared with the call of four years ago. Comparison of the two documents shows a notable change. This change Is gratifying to some demo crats, but considered by others to be omin ous. Four years ago the call iriv.ted the "conservative reform" element of the democracy to have representation in the convention. That was designed, of course, to admit the cream of the populists, ex 1 eluding the middle-of-the-road pop. ? Yesterday's call did not broaden the invi tation of participation beyond regular dem ocrats. The most significant feature of the call, however, to some democrats was the entire omission of reference to the para mount issue of four years ago. The previ ous call of Chairman Jones was directed to all who "favored the republic as against the empire." No such language appears in the call of yesterday. Apparently there is no issue between the republic and the prospective empire to engage the attention of democrats. Eastern Wing to Control. The opinion of the western democrats was that the conservative character of the call for the coming convention indicates the re turn to control of the conservative eastern wing of the democracy. It apparently is the first gun in the campaign for turning the party organization into the hands of the faction who for the past eight years have found their vii-ws and wishes subordi nated to the Bryan element. Right on top of this instance comes the declaration of Mr. Bryan, in his speech at the dollar dinner last night, that the Kan sas City platform is still good medicine. Free silver, imperialism and all the other planks of the Kansas City pronunciamento are indorsed by .Mr. Bryan, presumably speaking for the large class of voters he represents, as good doctrine for the demo crats to follow If there is one tiling that the eastern and southern democrats want to avoid in t're coming convention it is the issue of indorsing or "not indorsing the Kansas City platform. A great many of them had that platform forced upon them against their will and judgment at the Kan sas City convention, accepting it out of con sideration for Mr Bryan, and from the fur ther fact that as he was to be nominated again they would have to reiterate the ground upon which he was nominated the first time. But no such considerations will attach next time. The eastern and southern men, it is said, desire to go into that convention at St. Louis with a clean slate, bo'h as to candidates and platforms, and to do what ssems to be best in the way of promising a democratic victory. Mr. Bryan's Probable Course. Mr. Bryan's speech last night was freely discussed in the democratic cloakroom to day. It was considered important in that it might be accepted as an indication of the course which the Bryan men will fol low at St. Louis. The eastern and south ern men had hoped up to this time that Mr. Bryan would keey iiis well-known and to them somewhat shopworn views in abty ance. They think now that he intends to come to the front again and urge before the convention all of the policies with which he has been identified for eight years. Of course, the question will be fought out in the committee on resolutions, and perhaps carried to the floor of the conven tion. Mr. Bryan if he has the support of the Hearst delegates may be able to carry the fight on to the floor of the conven tion. It must be remembered, however, that while Mr. Bryan and Mr. Hearst act ing together might control more than one third of the delegates and prevent a nomi nation the two-thirds rule dees not ap.iiy to the adoption of a platform. A ma jority vote in the convention settles that, and the platform is adopted before the candidates are voted upon. There is no likelihood, therefore, it is said by well-in formed democrats, that Mr. Bryan will suc ceed In foisting his idtas upon tlie con vention as regards the platform, although he may have a great deal to say as to the candidates. DEEPER CHANNEL WANTED. Baltimore Mayor and Business Men Appear Before House Committee. Mayor McLa'ne of Baltimore and a delega tion representing the business and shipping Interests of that city, Including Robert Ramsey, as chairman of the channel com mittee, presented the necessity for a thirty live-foot channel for Baltimore harbor to the House committee on rivers and harbors today. The present thirty-foot channel was dredged at an expense to the city and gen eral government of approximately $<i.(XN>, 000. To secure the desired five feet addi tional in depth J3.tSO,(KX? is asked. To Apply to Members-Elect. 1 Representative Haskins of Vermont has introduced a bill amending sections 1781 and 1782 of the Revised Statutes relating to par ticipation in contracts and interest In secur ing positions or other advantages from the government and members of Congress and employes of the government, by making it apply to members of Congress-elect. Each section is changed to read: "Every person after his election to and while a member of Congress," and "no person after his election I to and while a member of Congress." Federal Aid for Schools of Mines. A delegation representing the National Association of State Universities presented arguments to the House committee on mines and mining today in favor of federal aid to state educational institutions for education In mining and metallurgy. It was requested that the forty-eight states and territories be given ?10,0()0 each for this purpose, the money so appropriated to be taken from the proceeds of the sale of public lands, as pro vided by a bill introduced by Representa tive Mondell of Wyoming. Treaty With King Menelik. The Navy Department is informed that the gunboat Machias left Jibuti, French Somaiiland, yesterday for Aden to take on coal In anticipation of her trip from Jibuti to Marseille with the members of the Skin ner expedition to Adis Abeba. the capital of Abyssinia. It is understood that Mr. Skinner has negotiated a commercial treaty with Kins Menelik. Important Matters Consider ed by the Cabinet, GOV. CUMMINS CALLS HE SAYS HIS STATE IS SURELY FOB THE PRESIDENT. Renewed Assurances of Loyalty Com ing in?The Michiganders Enthusi astic?Some of Today's Callers. A frank discussion of the situation re garding the treaty with Panama pending in the Senate was the principal feature of today's meeting of the cabinet. The Senate committee on foreign relations made some amendments to the treaty which, although | regarded by officials of the State Depart ' ment as trivial, may be pr. ductive. if I finally Incorporated in the treaty, of em barrassment. I Prior to the cabinet meeting Secretary Hay had a long conference with Senators ' Cullom and Allison. du:lng whi<W the mat ter was cons dered at length. The Secretary pointed out to the senators that if the pro posed amendments were adopded by the Senate it would be necessary to send the treaty again to Panama to be ratified by the Panama authorities. This would be productive of delay and possibly of serious embarrassment. l>ater. just before the cab inet assembled. Senator Allison talked with the President along the same lines. It is suggested tnat the amendments pro posed to the treaty were made expressly for the purpose of having the treaty sent back to Panama for ratification by officials of a government more stable than that rep resented by the junta. This plan, it is sug gested, would l>e more satisfactory to some senators than was th? ratification of the treaty by a junta. So far as could be as certained, no action was taken by the cab inet on the subject, it beting considered as being in the hands of the Senate for deter mination. The situation in the orient was not dis cussed. Officials of the administration, however, regard the conditions a? mofe pa cific than they have been for several weeks. Postmaster at Omaha. At the cabinet meeting today the Presi dent and the Postmaster General took up and settled tlte question of a postmaster at Omaha, Neb. The present postmaster was not suitable to Senator Millard, who lives in Omaha, and Senator Millard declined to recommend him. Instead he asked for the nomination of llenry E. Palmer, a business man of Omaha. Thi4> recommen dation was agreed to and tha nomination will go to the Senate. Another post office nomination of Inter est was agreed to. This wa? that of the incumbent at Lineolnton, N. to suc ceed himself. Mrs. Shipp, widqw of IJea tenant Shipp. United States arrrHr yiled in battle at San Juan. was ? e-.ifludatc for this oflice, but the organizatiotfrSn North Carolina would not give lier any backing. The President directed that something be done for Mrs. Shipp. whose husband he knew and admired, and preivisidh is to be made for her in the internal revenue serv ice- in North Carolina. This caae has been pending for a long time. The cabinet was in session two hours, each cabinet official presenting something from his department. The Iowa Judgeship. Senator Allison paid the President a visit prior to the cabinet meeting this morning. The Presielent may have been talking with the Iowa senator about the Panama canal situation, Inasmuch as he has been consult ing with a number of Son ttc leaders on mat subject, but the fact that there are two badly mixed Iowa local matters bothering the delegation from the state is well known. Senators Allison and Detlliver have made several visits to the White HouSe In con nection 'with these perplexing affairs, out nothing has yet been done about them. The President must settle one of the problems himself, but the responsibility for the other is still with the Iowa delegation, or a part of it. The President has had before him for a number of days the charges against J. U. Sammis, collector of Intcr/ial revenue of the northern district of Iowa. The charges were first investigated bjr the Treasury Department, which reported to the President, who must determine whether Sammis deserves dismissal or must be re taineel in his place. The other question lhat is giving s-.i much trouble is the judgeship of the northern district of Iowa. Judge O. P. Shiras retired from the ellstrict bench last fall on account of age. and the two senators and the five representatives from the northern part of the state immediately began to try to reach an agreement as to which of the numerous canetldates should be selected for recommendation to the President. They have held a dozen or more caucuses and have taken numerous bal lots, but there has been, practical'y no change. Senator Allison and Representa tive Haugen have been voting for ex-Judge Reed of Cresco, Senator Dolliver and Rep resentatives Birds ill and Connor have given their support to Thomas J. Healey of Fort Dodge. Representative Cousins has voted for F. F. Dawley of Cedar Rapids and Rep resentative Thomas has consistenly voted fo' Craig Wright of Sioux City. Governor Cummins a Visitor. Gov. Cummins of Iowa called on the President with Senator Dolliver. Gov. Cummins is in town In connection with a War Department matter. It Is expected that he will have a long conference with the President before leaving Washington tomorrow nighty or Thursday. In fact, there Is a good deal to talk about, so far as the governor is concerned. He is en gaged In a contest for the delegates to the republican national convention with the anti-Cummins element of the purty, headed by J. W. Blyrhe of Burlington. It Is really the same fight Gov. Cummins lias on all occasions to maintain his supremacy In the state, but. as stories have been circulated that the object of the atterript te control this time is to have a delegation that may be thrown for or ngaltist President Roosevelt In the convention, if deemed nec essary. Gov. Cummins' is going to explain to the President that this Is not true, and that whichever faction succeeds in controll ing the state and district conventions the delegates will be for Roosevelt. G?v. Cum mins has no objection to the delegates be ing Instructed for President Rsosevelt, and desires that this be done. Gov. Cummins has also some ideas about reciprocity that he wants to lay before the President. He has comfe to the front again as an advo cate of recipre>city with Canada. Renewing Their Assurances. The revival of opposition talk recently has caused the President's friends to send hlin renewed assurances that his nomina tion is as certain now as it has ever been. Western members of Congress have been calling on the President for several days telling him that the west will send instruct ed delegates without exceptions. After a visit to the White House today Representa tive Martin of South Dakota said: "South Dakota is unanimous for Roose velt. Our people are delighted with his wise and vigorous national poHcies. They HIS NEW PATENT MEDICINE. fl3?Jee\ ,Kor.t of a proprietary interest, in in DS ef growing out of his residence k,0ta territory in the early eighties. He understands western men and western ' in hetter than any prominent Ameri " w,h.0 be elected to the presidency. Oui delegates ore ail elected by the state convention and will undoubtedly be in structed for Roosevelt. That is the South veH TaiS,r'e 0f,rIitic3 nt iV ,lev? the convention will declare itself openly for him, regardless of whether he needs the delegates or not." Michigan is Enthusiastic. Representative William Alden Smith of Michigan called on the President with frail7. Knhn of Mt. Clement, president of the State League of Republican Clubs, and George A. Marsten, president of the Mich igan Club of Detroit. These prominent Michiganders assured the President that opinion in their teate was unanimous 'or sildn?^nr- Star reP0rter Mr. Smith Mulligan is as solidly for Roosevelt fhe s?a^ w!n ,y; the defection from ? T tied so securely to the President that nothing can unloose the.-T That Is what we propose to do " ef%nt??Jn??tln! ,'n Washi"g'?n presented Hiiinf o i Plummer of Seattle and J Hill of Spokane. They called to pay their espects Senator Foster has recefved a , announcing that Dr. N. B. Bla WaUa f ^l ?f t!,'e. 'and offlce at Walla ,?A1, 1' lu* resigned his position. Dr Bit the nffl ?do an<J is sald not to care for hull ??L e WashJngton senators will cessor conference to "*"* ?I?n a suc sentedeRena w! Bartlioidt of St. Louis pre sented Ben. Westhus. collector of internal Sue- Mr. Bartholdt said that he will J.'?d'fe ,n the House at once, by direc ,?? a congressional conference i hill providing an appropriation of $50 000 to fn tertain the Interparliamentary Union com posed of members of parliaments of ^m^rWhiCh w,n meet at St. Louis in ^ te^U'K 'nvitation will be officially ex St ?????? i. preIenfed 8omneaftrTendsUarleS ?f *Wisco^n Manchuria Consuls Nominated t0day sent t0 the Senate the following nominations York'3UJt'^nrf'-Flemi?g i>. Cheshire. New ?rk. at Mukden, China FUNERAL OF JAMES L. BLAIB. Remains Placed Beside Those of His Father in St. Louis. ^ January 19-The funeral of tit h. ' former general counsel in t- H01 Is ' Who dicd last Saturday in Eustis, Fla., was held today from tiie Mrs B ?B?ffhiS. brother-in-,ay and sister, PldLt Graham. Mrs. Blair and her eldest son Percy, were present. Francis Preston Blair, another son. could not come He is attending college in Pennsylvania i None but relatives and close friend* nf the family attended the services which I dean oTchHst Carro11'M" Davis of Christ Church Cathedral. Mr Blair s remains were placed at rest beside muf6 ? t> Is father. General Frank P. I Blair, in Belefontairie cemetery. j LOUISIANA PRIMARY ELECTION. Nominations for Full Democratic State Ticket Involved. J NEW ORLEANS, La.. January 19.?The first general primary ever held in Louis- ! lana for the nomination of a full demo- j cratic state ticket and members of the leg islature is in progress today throughout the state. The opposing candidates for j governor are ex-Judge N. C. Blanchard j ''e.PreSente<l Louisiana in Congress for many years, and. General Leon Jastremski, I consul to Peru under Mr. Cleveland. 1 Senator Murphy J. Foster and former Senator Frank B. Jones are opposing each other for the nomination for United States senator. The campaign has been in prog ress since September, and has been bit terly fought. WHITAKER WRIGHT TRIAL. Noted Promoter Explains Connection With London and Globe Company. LONDON, January 19,-There was a con siderable crush in court and a buzz of an ticipation when Whitaker Wright, the com pany promoter, on trial on the charge of fraud, entered the witness box today. The former financier was composed and an swered questions firmly. He first related the story of his life in America, and then told of the foundation of the London and Globe Corporation, which, he declared was prosperous until the end of 1809, after the South African war had started, when mat ters became disastrous. The witness added that he assisted the company out of his andi?ndin8r u between $2,000,000 and $.,aOO,UO<>. Prev.ous to this he h d i ie Pared a settlement of $1.500,0O0 on his fam ily. giving $500,000 to each of bis children iOI?e day In 1899 the company's account ant informed him that he must have $1,500, 000 or the company would be obliged to suspend. The witness said he supplied the money, and consequent!;- the settlement on his family was never carried out. Wright admitted that lie o.i y held 2,500 shares of the London and Globe Corpora lion at the time o4 tne crasn. and s id he tried to induce the late Lord Dufferin'to resign his directorship because the news papers attc:ked him over Lord Dufferin's shoulders. Tho witness had intimated to Lord i-zurterin that u.e position of chair man of a speculative company was not dignified, but Lord Dufferin replied that he was well satisfied, and that he wished to retain the position. SIXTY PERSONS DROWNED. By Bursting of a Reservoir at Bloem-. fontein. v BLORMFOKTEIX, Orange River Colony, January 19.?It \a now estimated that sixty persons .jwcre drowned as a result of the I bursting of a reservoir here Sunday, which also destroyed 170 houses and three hotels. There was a public funeral and interment today of twenty-three of the bodies al ready recovered. The ceremonies were at tended by all the local officials and 2,000 of the inhabitants. The shops were closed and the town is in mourning. WORK IMPEDED. Report of Col. Allen on Potomac River Improvements. Col. Allen, the engineer officer in charge of local river ami harbor works, lyis re ported to the War Department that the ice in the river has prevented the contem plated dredging operations, in the Potomac channels opposite this city, and has also impeded the work of constructing the new highway bridge above the old Long bridge. The Penn Bridge Company, which has the contract for reconstructing pier No. of tiie Aqueduct bridge, has suspended op erations on that woia until March 1 next, by which date it is hoped conditions will be such as to permit the vigorous prosecution and early completion oi t/ie work. The coiieruaju is in place and aoout one-half of tne asiilar tor tne pier masonry is on hano, but tne weather cu-ndinons will not admit oi saasiactory worn at mis time. Detailed at St. Francis Xavier College. At lue request ot Aiajor F. ?i. iJ. Kustem, retired, the president has detailed that olli cer as processor oi military science and tac tics at me college ot bt. Francis Xavier, i\ew 4 oik city. Extension of Vermont Avenue. Chairman Babcock of the House comm.t tee on the District of Co.u.nbia nas received a letter from Prof. Join ooido.i ot How ard UniveiSity, urging ti.at a favorable re port oe maue on u.e uiil to extend Vermont avenue from T street to the Un versity grounus. He says the improvement will matte the institution more a, cessiule a..d will be of inestimable beiieat to the entire neighoornood. The Cruiser Tacoma Transferred. The cruiser Tacoma, built by the Union Iron Worws, was delivered to the govern ment at the Mare island navy yard yes terday. Sne wnl be put into commission at once, with Commanoei He0ina.<l F. Nicn o.son in command, ana w.u oe attached to the Pacific squadion. Movements of Naval Vessels. The Atlanta has arrived at Colon and the Mohican at San Francisco. The torpedo boat destioyers Whipple and Woraen lett Key West yesterday tor Ptn sacola; the Pontiac has lett Boston to de stroy a wrecK m the patn oi navigation, ana the riannioal has leu Lamberts Point lor (juaiitanamo. Will Recognize Panama. Charge d'Affalres Garrett, at The Hague, has informed the Secretary of State by cable that the government of the Nether luiius iias ueciutu to leco^iiiZe tne Kepuolic of Panama. To Open the Rosebud Reservation. Tne Arouse couiuuti.ee on Inuian attairs has ordered a tavorab.e report on the bill to open tor settlement 400,000 acres of the Koseuud Indian reservation in South Da kota. To Light Ambrose Channel, New York. Secretary Sliaw has transmitted to the House a request from Secretary Cortelyou for an appropriation of 1230,000 for lighting Ambrose channel, New York harbor. It is proposed to construct a light house to cost $123,000, to be located "at the intersection of the axis of the east channel and the west edge;" also to establish a "light ves sel" with fog signal about a mile to the eastward of the east entrance to the chan nel, and a "tank light vessel" at the Junc tion of the east and main ship channels. AS TO INSTRUCTIONS Question in Regard to Repub lican Delegates. GOV. VAN SANT'S VIEW WILL URGE INSTRUCTING THOSE AT LARGE FOR ROOSEVELT. Policy of the Anti-Roosevelt Faction to Send Uninstructed Dele I gations and Why. The question most freely discussed among republican politicians at the Capital IB whether repuolican delegation* to the na tional convention shall be sent with in structions or not. Some of President Roosevelt's friends are urging the wisdom, and, indeed, the necessity, according to their view, of going right into the Held and insisting upon Instructed delegations, Gov. Van Sant of Minnesota, who has been in Washington a day or two, told his friends at the Capitol today Hi it when he went home he intended to talk to the state chairman and urge the calling of a conven tion for the election of dolugates-at-lai ge early in March, and to insist up >n Instruct ing them for Roosevelt's i ^nomination. It is said that Gov. Van Sint. as a result of his talks with politicians in Washington, reached the conclus.on tint the antl Koosevelt ssntimont is Strong among the poii.ical manage r-t. a d thai unless v gorous stej.s are taken the machln tt ous of polit' cians might result in dofetllng what he be lieves to be the wish of tho mass of the re publicans at la.ge. Hope of Anti-Roosevelt Faction. It is said by politicians that one of tho reasons which have deterred the inti-Roose velt sentiment from putting forward a can didate has been disinclination to create a factional dispute in tho republican party on the eve of what promises to lie tho hard est battle of many years, one way in which this could be avol.led. and which also might serve as a means of selecting another candidate would l,e ;o send uninstructed delegations to the national convention. Then, if it should appear to l>e the general sentiment of these uninstructed delegations, presenting any:hiiig ltKe unanimity of opin ion, that so.ne one else than Roosevelt would make a better candidate, there would l>e no occas.on for a split in the party over his rejection. Politicians know how easy it would be in a comparatively small gath ering to (l.ffuse the idea that another man might be more acceptable. View of President's Friends. Tlie main hope of the anti-Roosevelt fac tion, therefore, seeits to be in the. sending of uninstructed delegations. The Presi dent's friends are not blind to this situ ation. It car.net be said tlmt the word tea gone out from the White House to insist ujon instructions, but it is considered guile likely that the President's nlends in all of the statea will soon tome to the view that it would be desirable to cl.nch his nomina tion by Instructing the delegates in ad vance. There is little doubt, it is said, that the gereral sentiment of the country favorable to tlte President's reno.ninatlon will respond If called upon, it is Just a question of piactical politics which has not yet been decided whether it would be wise to push the contest to an issue, in individual cases such as the instance furnished by Governor Van Sant's proposed action delegations may be instructed, especially wiieic the senti ment of the state is admitted to be over whelmingly in favor of the Pi csident. PROTECTION AGAINST FIRE. System of Alarm Boxes in Department of Justice Buildings. For the better protection of the Depart ment of Justice Chief Clerk Fields has had a system of tire alarm boxes installed throughout the various buildings that are rented by the department. In case of tirn in either of the buildings now in use ail abirm through either of the boxes would call out four companies. Circulars describ ing the location of the fire alarm boxes, chemical extinguishers, hose, ceiling hooks and axes have been distributed. Instruc tions have been given to all clerks and em ployes, particularly the watchmen, mes sengers and laborers, to familiarize them selves with the locations and uses of these appliances. One or two chemical extin guishers are located in each hall, and these throw a stream forty or fifty feet. The Department of Justice, main build ing and branches, is poorly provided against fire, and the Important documents of tho department are liable to destruction at any time. That is one reason why the depart ment has been pressing so strongly to get a building of its own. WILL LEAVE THIS WEEK. Capt. Castle Glad to Lay Aside the Burden of Official Life. It is expected that the new auditor for the Post Office Depirtment, Mr. J. J. Mc Carty, whose nomination has been s-nt to the Senate, will be l?y that body confirmed today or tomorrow and th it lie will be sworn Jn later in the week. Aud.tor Castle will then take the permanent leave that he so much desires. He has been at the head of the division for nearly s ven years and lias repeatedly asked to lie tel.eved of his duties in order that he mif.ht take up his res.dence in some place whe.e his health would be benei.ted I y the change. I'ntll lately this wish has not be^n i oasihlu of granting at the hands of the Prc-.-ident, ow ing to the fact thai .hJ o.fice , ayj too little to attract tho r gilt man and b cause of the invest.gation that has been go ng on In the department, it w s the w sh of the President and Mr. Cas.le's own desire tliat no change be made until after that Investi gation. and now that it is concluded he feels that he ought to be relieved ut as early a date as cons.stenl w.tli the cir cumstances. Mr. Castle siys that he is heartily glad to relinqu sh his position and ih it lie re grets for the sake of hs he 1th tint he wjh unable to leave sooner. He w.ll eventually take up his residence in Si. PatSl, but for the present w 11 travel. GEORGE FRANCIS TRAIN DEAD. Picturesque Figure in American His tory and Author of Books. NEW YORK. January 11).?George Fran cis Train, who died h*re list n ght, prob ably was one of the most p ctu eajue llg ures in the history of Ame lea. C nly a year ago, when he was then seventy-four years old, he dictated the reminiscences of his extraordinary caiecr tnd the ;e ult was published in book fo-m. ?u nm.irued in his own curious fash on. this conta ne 1 In formation about his life. "Shipping clerk, sixteen: manager, eigh teen; partner in Train & Co., twenty, Witt an Income of tio ?#>.). "Establ shed firm G? r ,e F.aneia Tra:? & Co., Melbourne, Aus r ilia, 18a3; ?g ut