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Alleged Coaching of Witnesses in the Postal Case. TO BE ANSWERED ATTEMPTS TO TRACE MONEY FROM GROFF TO MACHEN. Bank Checks and Drafts Figure Large ly in Trial Today?Scenes ? in Court. The governmpnt made a ten-strike this afternoon, when it was successful In plac ing in evidence, through records of the Union National Bank of Westminster, Mrt., which were identiflt <1 by Mr. J. W. Hering, the bank's oashier. that August W. Machen. August 8, 11)00, drew upon George M. Lorenz, on a Toledo bnnk, $1.S10.37, It hav ing been shown previously by another wit ness, that $3,020.74 had been deposited In the Toledo bank, August 8, two days be fore, to the credit of Lorenzo by the Groffs It will be seen that the amount Machen drew on Lorenz for Is Just one-half of the amount deposited by draft by the Groffs to the credit of Loreni. It was also shown that Lorenz, January 27, 1900, deposited in a Toledo bank $2, 002.74, while Machen, January 23, drew on Lorenz through the Union National Bank of Westeminster $1,031.37, Just one-half. With this draft Machen wrote that "the party," evidently referring to Lorenz, was out of town, and to withhold the collection until his return. Cashier Hcrlng is the most important witness the government has yet called to the stand. He Is an elderly man with gray, almost white, hair and a beard of the Van Dyke cut. Machen fastened his eyes on the witness and craned his neck to catch every word. Attorney Douglass made numerous objections. From Groff to Machen. The government today in the trial of Au gust W. Machen. the Grcfts and the Lo renzes. in Criminal Court No. 1, conducted its examination of witnesses very much on the line of yesterday. Checks, drafts and vouchers, as well as deposit slips, were in troduced as evidence. The tracing of checks and drafts from the Groffs tovthe Lorenzes, ar.d fin alls' to the bank account of Mr. Machen at Westmin ster, Aid., was a tedious process. The Jury men. however, gave earnest attention, as did the spectators. Assistant District At torney Taggart conducted the examination of witnesses on the part of the government. An interesting feature brought out !n the testimony this forenoon was the fact, on which the government lays much stress, that almost invariably the accounts of the Lorenzes in the Toledo banks w<>re less than $100, sometimes as low as $1*0, before the receipt of drafts from the Groffs, and that large amounts were at once made payable to the order of August Machen. The contention of- the govern ment will be that the drafts thus made payable to Machen must have been on money originally deposited by the Groffs to the account of the Lorenzes?either George E. or Martha J., his wife. Coaching Witnesses. Immediately following the opening of court today in the trial of the alleged Post Office Department conspirators Judge Kum ler, who represents the Lorenzes, announced that he was ready to substantiate by affi davits the charge made last Thursday that Post Office Inspectors Mayer and Gregory had been coaching witnesses. Judge Kumler had proceeded with a few words of the affidavit of Dlller F. Groff, son of Dilier B. Groff, one of the defendants, when he was Interrupted by United States District Attorney Beach. "Do I understand it to be your idea to read the affidavit to the court?" Mr. Beach asked. "Xes: that's what I am doing now," Judge Kumler replied. "I object to the reading of the affidavits before the Jury," said the district attorney. "Th'-y should be submitted to the court." "That's what I am trying to do," said Judge Kumler, sarcastically. Justice Pritchard interrupted the colloquy between counsel. "I will hear the affidavits In the absence of the Jury," he said, "or will explain to the Jury that it is not to consider the af fidavits." Inspectors Interested. While this was taking place Inspector Mayer sat leaning back in a chair to the left of the reporters' table. His eyes were riveted on Justice Pritchard. Mayer held in his hand a paper which he fondled nerv ously. Inspector Gregory got at his table, where are kept all the papers of the govern ment that are to be placed In evidence, and made notes with a pencil in a small blank book. "What do you mean to accomplish by this action?" asked Attorney Holmes Con rad, who had been an attentive listener, directing his words to Judge Kumler. Be fore the latter could reply, Inspector Mayer arose and. addressing the court, said: "Tour honor, may I be heard? I don't want to take the time of the court." Judge Kumler was by this time on his feet, and Justice Pritchard apparently paid no attention to the request of Inspector Mayer. "I have very little to say in addition to these affidavits," said the Ohio lawyer. "Witnesses for the defense came to us a number of times since this trial began and asked: " Why can't we go Into the court room?' ?They said that the government inspec tors, who are witnesses, came into the wit ness room from the court room and talked with witnesses, and they oouldn't see why they, our witnesses, shouldn't have the privilege of coming in here. I told them that they were excluded by order of the court ar.d that they would have to remain without." To Furnish Justice. "I announced several days ago." said Justice Pritchard, "when the charge was made here that inspectors had been talking to witnesses, that such conduct was repre hensible and that I wouldn't stand for it. I asked that the matter be brought to an issue by Counsel for defense submitting the charge in form of affidavits. It is only proper that the gentlemen representing the government meet the charge, if they so desire In the same manner?by affidavits. I want justice on both sides." The Affidavit*. Dilier F. Groff, In his affidavit, declared that Monday, January 18, he was standing in the corridor of the city hall near the witness room when Inspector Gregory ap proached William Sapp, assistant superin tendent of free delivery In the Toledo post office, who Is a witness In the trial, and showed the latter a paper. Groff also de clared in his affidavit that Inspector Mayer talked with some of the witnesses present. (Continued on Twelfth Pagej EXPLOSION IN HOTEL THREE PERSONS KILLED AND TWELVE INJURED. Disaster in Hotel at Marion, IncL, Caused by Leakeage of Natural Gas. MARION, Ind., January 21.?In an ex plosion which wrecked the Seits Hotel to day three people were killed, two fatally hurt and ten seriously injured. The dead: Charles Beltel, proprietor of the hotel. Mrs. Charles Beitel, wife of the pro prietor. James Devlin, proprietor of the cafe. Fatally injured: Edward Gaskell. L. H. Hobis, oil well contractor. The seriously injured were all guests of the hotel. The explosion is credited to natural gas which escaped into the base ment from a pipe line running near the hotel. The building was a two-story brick, hav ing five business rooms on the first floor, the hotel occupying the second floor, and having about thirty guests. The outer walls were blown out, the sec ond floor falling on the first, with the roof on it. The guests were under the wreck, which at once ignited. They were asleep in their rooms when the explosion occurred. Rescuers had great difficulty in taking the injured from the wreck. The gas could not be shut off, and fed the fire, which con tinued to gain headway. The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Beltel could be seen through the flames and wreckage for an hour be fore they were recovered. RIVAL TOWNS AT WAR. More Trouble Expected Between Laurel and Seaford, Del. Special Piaoatch to The Evening Star. LAUREL, Del., January 21.?The intense rivalry and hatred existing between Laurel and Seaford was brought to a focus this morning when Officer Warrington and four deputies came here to take George Wiley and wife and William Stewart, well-known merchants, to Seaford on a charge of rob bing and threatening to kill Constable Brown and Detective Hutchins, who came here last week to take them to Seaford charged with violating the game laws. The two communities are greatly agitated, and trouble Is sure to follow. The stores of the Wlleye and Steward are surrounded by large crowds. Friends ?of the accused say the only way the offi cers can get them to Seaford is to take them bodily. Excitement is high. The sheriff has been appealed to. BIBLE ESCAPED DESTRUCTION. Otter Property of Central Church. Burn ed in Iroquois Fire. CHICAGO, January 21?Of all the ar ticles for use in the religious services of the Central Church taken to the Iroquois Theater the day before the Are, only the Bible escaped destruction. Its covers were burned off and its edges charred, but every word of the text remains. An Inspection of the church property has revealed the existence of the Bible, which it had been supposed was de stroyed, but no trace could be found of the other property. Besides the Bible there were taken to the theater two pul pits, a communion service, consisting of a largo silver pitcher and eight silver cups and some linen. The property was stored on one side of the stage. In an alcove. The Central Church had taken a lease on the Iroquois Theater for a year for the Sunday service hours, and the first servlce^was to have been held on the Sunday following the fire. TO MAKE FIREPROOF MATERIAL. Philadelphia Chemist Uses Combina tion of Sulphur and Aluminum. CHICAGO, January 21.?Joseph L. Ferrel of Philadelphia threw handfuls of excelsior on a hot gas fire in the rooms of the West ern Society of Engineers. It smoked, but It did not blaze. Then he placed pine shavings on top of the excelsior, pine splinter* on top of them and piled pine shingles and slats of pine on the supposedly Inflammable material below until he should have had a good-slied bon fire started. There were no flames, how ever. except the blue ones from the gaa. Mr. Ferrel, who Is a chemist and the holder of the Cresson gold medal, the high est award given by the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia for chemical discoveries, had been asked to address the engineers on the subjeot of flreprooflng wood and oom bustlble fabrics. He told them It coull bo done cheaply, and then he made the practical demonstration desired. To show that theater scenery could be made as impervious as wood the chemist held a piece of canvas In the flame, and, while it smoked a little around the edges, there was no flame. Sulphate of aluminum la the composition Mr. Ferrel used to fireproof the wood and cotton. His plan Is to saturate the ma terial under a pressure. From a commercial viewpoint, Mr. Ferrel said there was nothing In the way of mak ing any theater safe from spreading flames. While sulphate of ammonia, which has been used, is expensive, sulphate of alum inum Is cheap, costing 75 oents a hundred weight, and the expense comparatively is small. FREIGHT WRECK TAKES FIRE. Collision on the Pennsylvania at Horseshoe Curve. ALTOOXA, Pa., January 21.?An east bound freight train early this morning collided head-on with a westbound freight train at the Horseshoe curve on the Penn sylvania railroad, and as a result two en gines, a cab and eleven cars were wrecked. The wreckage at once took Are. A hurry call was sent to this city, and a fire engine company of the city department went to the scene. Before it could get the Are under control ten cars of coal, coke and beef were destroyed. All the trainmen escaped Injury. At 2 o'clock this morning two tracks were clearcd, and It will take three hours to clear up the other two. WHISKY CAUSED MURDER. Levi Montgomery Blames Drink for Crime He Committed. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. HAGERSTOWN, Md., January 21.-Levi Montgomery, the old gray-haired civil war veteran who la?t night blew off the top of Frank P. Hull'* head at Wllllamsport, this county, stated &t the Jail here today that 1 he was sorry he had killed Hull. The latter kept a saloon at Wllllamsport and angered Montgomery by threatening to eject him from the place. Montgomery blames his trouble on whisky. He was recently grant ed a pension of $12 a month and received nearly $1,000 back pay. An Inquest 1* be ing held this afternoon. Montgomery claims to have no recollection of having ?tot Hull. I AT THE WHITE HOUSE Senator Cullom on the Pan ama Canal. THE * SHIPPING BILLS SENATOR FBYE TALKS TO PRESI DENT ABOUT THEM. Nebraska for Roosevelt, as Are the Delegates Chosen in Florida ? A Democrat's View of New York. Senator Cullom of the Senate committee on foreign relations was among the callers at the White House today. His visit was brief, however, and was not in connection with the Panama canal situation in the Senate, although that subject Is one that the President has several times discussed with Senator Cullom and other republi cans of the Senate. Senator Cullom some time ago gave no tice that he intended to move an executive session of the Senate for the consideration of the Panama canal treaty. He intended to have done so early this week, but as a number of senators desired to make speeches on the subject in open session, he has refrained from asking for an executive session. He will wait a few days longer, it Is understood, before proposing to throw the question Into executive session, thereby giving opportunity for those who want to talk in public now to do so. Senator Cul lom and the other republican leaders of the Senate are disposed to show every courtesy to those desiring to speak, but at the same time they are most desirous that action on the treaty should be taken as soon as consistent with proper debate and consideration in the Senate. For mere po litical reasons only they are opposed to delay and will take steps to prevent that. The Shipping Bills. Senator Frye, president pro tern, of the Senate, talked with the President about shipping legislation pending in Congress. There are three Important shipping bills now pending. These are Representative Gardner's bill to create a commission to stud> the subject of American shipping and report to Congress at its next session; :?.nd two bills by Senator Frye, one providing for the extension of the coastwise lnws ot the United States to the trade with the Philippine Islands, so that all commerce between the United States and the Philip pines shall be carried in American vtiSS^lg, and the bill oj the Maine senator conllnins the shipment cf war and naval stores of the United State3 exclusively to American ves sels. Both of Senator Frye's bills have been favorably reported from the Senate committees In charge of them, and they are now on the calendar awaiting the action of that bddy. The House committee In charge of the Gardner bill has authorized a favor able report on that measure. Senator Frye has for many years taken a deep Interest in all legislation that will assist in the up building of the shipping Industry of the United States. The President feels the same way and will aid In reasonable legis lation that will benefit American shipping. Representatives Griggs and Adamson of Georgia introduced some friends from their state, and the President had a number of other callers who merely desired to pay their respects. F. W. Arnold, formerly sec retary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Lo comotive Firemen, was among the others. Want Two Indian Agents. Senators Gamble and Kittredge need some patronage in their state, and they are working hard to have the President establish Indian agents at the Yankton and Slsseton Indian agencies In South Da kota. Both of these agencies are now In charge of school superintendents, positions that are within the classified service, and furnish no appointments. The two sena tors declare that these agencies are im portant enough to be In charge of agents Instead of superintendents. Agents are appointed by the Phesident at the Instiga tion of senators. Senators Gamble and Kittredge were discussing the subject with the President today, and urged him to ap point agents instead of superintendents at these agencies The Interior Department Is said to regard the cnange as unneces sary, but the President may conclude to put an agent at the Yankton agency, leav ing the Slsseton agency as it Is. Later in the day the board of Indian commissioners called on the President and went over a number of subjects relating to Indians with him. The conference was a long one, and he asked many questions about the work of the commissioners and the conditions of Indians all over the C<The "president received about one hundred and fifty delegates to the National Marine Engineer's Beneficial Association and the American Association of Masters and Pi lots, both organizations of which are In ses sion In Washington. He gave a cordial greeting to each delegate. Nebraska's State Convention. Representative Burkett of Nebraska, who called on the President today, said that he had received three telegrams from Nebraka stating that the republicans will hold their state convention May IS. The morning pa pers had given the date as May 8. He was inclined to think that as all three telegrams received by him had given the same date, the 18th must be the correct time. "The understanding has been that most of the absolutely sure Roosevelt states would hold early conventions," was the sug gestion made to Mr. Burkett. "Well Nebraska Is an absolutely sure state for the President," was the answer, "and that late date was really fixed by the President's friends. It was their own de sire and no politics can be made out of this unless It to favorable to the President.' The various dlstriot conventions In Nebraska do not meet at the same time as the state con vention and most of these will moet early and lnstruot their delegates for President Roosevelt. Will Run Against Jackson. Representative Jackson, the noted repub lican of the thirteenth Ohio dlstriot who defeated James A. Norton, democrat, by a few hundred votes in November, 1902, Is to have opposition from a new demoorat this year if that demoorat can seoure the nomi nation of his party. This man is H. J. Weller. a business man of Tiffin. Ohio. He was at the White House today with Mayor Mark L. Leister of Tlffln and Sherman Cuneo of Sandusky. Representative Jack son made and lost two fortunes as a street vender. He Is now a rich manufacturer, with factories In Fremont, Sandusky, Tif fin and Clyde. Ohio. The dlstriot Is sup posed to be democratic, and the victory of Mr. Jackson two years ago was due to the hard fight and unique methods put in ef fect by him. Randolph Will Be on Commission. Senator Hopkins of Illinois was at the White House today with B. R. Baker of the Chicago drainage board and Isham Randolph, the engineer of the Chicago drainage canal. Mr. Randolph is probably the first man that the President has se lected In his own mind for membership on the isthmian canal commission that will be appointed when the treaty with Panama has been ratified. The Illinois delegation tn Congress, whioh has heartily backed Mr. i Randolph, feel that there Is no question I that he will be appointed, to membership on the commission. President Roosevelt will not begin to consider the membership of the commission in a formal way until the treaty has been ratified and work on the canal is to be started. He has before him the names of several hundred men who want appointments on the commission. Florida Delegates for Beosevelt. Delegates to the repubHcan?Batlonal con vention selected yesterday il Florida are solidly for President Roosevelt. In each district resolutions of instruction for the President were adopted. Today the Presi dent was in reception of telegrams from every district and from a majority of the elected delegates pledging their support In positive terms. Roosevelt and New York. "Just as certainly as he is a candidate Roosevelt will carry the state of New York next November." The speaker was Frank C. Travers, a prominent banker and manufacturer of New York. Mr. Travers is a democrat, but is a warm personal friend of the President. He resides In the President's home town of Oyster Bay, but his business interests are principally In New York city and vicinity. He Is in Washington to appear before the Philippine committee of the Senate as a member of a delegation of cordage manu facturers who are seeking legislation re garding Philippine hemp. "Some opposition to Roosevelt has been manifested by the 'big financial interests cf New York,' " continued Mr. Travers, "but it never has been serious and Iff not serious new. The opposition is largely of the stock exchange and speculative element. It real ly does not appear with any force among manufacturers and business men generally. There is no reason why it should. Take our cordage business, for instance. We have orders which will occupy us for two or three months. In fact, our business is so heavy that my concern had to put a now factory In operation only a few days ago. We are more than satisfied with the busi ness outlook, and what is especially to the point in this matter, is that our employes are satisfied, too. What is true of our busi ness is true of manufacturing interests throughout the east, and, I am Informed, throughout the west and south. Do you think business men. in such circumstances, want a change? Do you think they would be likely to champion opposition to the ad ministration? Well, hardly. "The fact is that in New York the sit uation is getting better for Roosevelt all the time. I honestly believe the state is as certainly republican, with Roosevelt as a presidential candidate, as is Ohio." President Sides With the Delawares. A hearing was held at the White House yesterday afternoon on the question of the approval of the segregation for the Dela ware Indians of 157,000 acres of land in the Cherokeo Nation. Indian territory. Senator Quay. Attorney General Knox, Secretary Hitchcock. W. A. Jones, commissioner of Ii:dian affairs: Assistant Attorney General Campbell. Tarns Bixby, chairman of the Dawes commission; C. R. Breckinridge, member of the Dawes commission; Walter S. Logan of New York, ex-Senator James K. Jones of Arkansas, Richard C. Adams, representative of the Delawares; Johi? Hemphill, representative of th? Cherokees; J. Henry Dick, David Muskrat and R. M. Wolf, representing the fuil-blcod Cherokees, were present. The effort on the part of the Delaware Indians was to prevent the Secretary of the Interior from setting asliiif the segra gation of lands heretofore male for the Delaware Indians and substitutes for that segregation a new segregation proposed by the Dawes commission. The President, after a brief conference, decided that the old segregaton should stand as contended for by the Delawares until the case now pending in the Supreme Court of the United States involving this same question had been decided, and thit If all questions relating to the segregation were not satisfactorily settled by the de cision in the Supreme Court, further action in relation thereto should be referred to a committee, consisting of Senator Quay, At torney General Knox and Secretary Hitch cock subject to further appeal to the Presi dent should there be any difficulty in reach ing a satisfactory settlement. Postmasters Nominated. The President today sent to the Senate the following nominations: Postmasters ? Connecticut ? Augustus G. Ising, Danbury. Maine?Arthur A. Dins more, Dover; Clark H. Barker, Portland. Massachusetts?Wm. H. Coffey, Tuftff Col lege. New Jersey?R. Frank Trewaeke, Butler. New York?Dudley S. Mersereau, Union. Pennsylvania?Samuel G. Wilson, Bridgeport. Rhode Island?Eugene R. Phil lips. Phlllipsdale. Vermont?Mary w. Chase, Dertjy Line. Arizona?George W. Dietz, Congress. Illinois?Anna A. Buntin, Bushnell; Eugene L'Hote, MUford; August J. Berger. Nauvoo. Indiana?Charles H. Disbro, Greentown. Kansas?Henry 8. Mueller, Sedgwick. Michigan?Fred. Slo cum, Caro. Missouri?Isaac W. MoPherson, Aurora; Clarence K. Zelgle, Bunceton; William E. Osterwald. Festus; James M. Freeman, Shelbyvllle. Nebraska?John N. Crowder, Gordon; Henry E. Palmer, Oma ha. North Carolina*?Franklin A. Barkley, Llncolnton; William J. McDaniel, Ruther fordton. North Dakota?Henry Engelter, New Salem. Tennessee?Leander W. Dut ro. Memphis; Edmund D. Hughes. Mount Pleasant. Texas?William H. Bradley, Groveton. FOR THE SUPREME COURT. Senator Piatt Introduces a Bill for Pur chase of a Building Site. Senator Piatt introduced a bill today, sim ilar to a measure that passed the Senate of the Flfty-llfth Congress, authorizing the purchase of a site for the Supreme Court of the United States. This is the site corre sponding to the library site east of the Capi tol, and Is embraced within the bounds of B street, 2d street. East Capitol street and 1st Btreet northeast. The site contains 226, 157 square feet. It Is provided that the Secretary of the Interior shall purchase thlff land, but if he cannot do so at prices deem ed reasonsonable, condemnation proceedings are to be entered upon In order to acquire It. BALANCE KAY BE USED. Controller's Decision on an Unexpend ed Local Appropriation. The Commlosioners of the Dlstrlot recent ly laid before the controller of the treasury the question whether the unexpended bal ance of *2,403.27 of the appropriation made in 1001 "for preparation of detailed plans and specifications for sewage disposal sys tem complete," could be regarded as a con tinuous appropriation. The CoroialBaloners stated that they do not belief** the amount was intended to be limited to an -ordinary fiscal year, and that It was Important that the unexpended balanoe be allowed. The controller holds that the appropriation must be regarded as a permanent one, which allows the balance to be used. FOR AERIAL EXPERIMENTS. Resolution Introduced War De" partment for Bill of Expenses. The War Department la asked to detail to the House the amount of money It has ex pended In the promotion of flSrtnK machine experiments, In a resolution Introduced to day by Representative Hitchcock of Nebras ka. The resolution applies to such experi ments and construction whether under the direction of Prof. 8. P. Langley or other wise. The dates of the disbursements are ajriced and the funds from which they were made. , The resolution was referred to the appro priations committee. F HANNA SHOULD RUN Other States Would Present Presidential Candidates. INDIANA, FAIRBANKS; ILLINOIS, CANNON, AND NEW YORK BOOT. The Junior Senator Controls the Machinery of Ohio?Quay is for Roosevelt. If Senator Hanna decides at some future date to permit the use of his name as a presidential candidate it is said that there will be a free-for-all fight, in which a num ber of states will join. Many of Senator Hanna's friends have been proceeding upon the assumption that it would only be neces sary for the senator to give the word in or der to rally to his support all republicans who prefer some other candidate to Mr. Roosevelt. Inquiries by a Star reporter among promi nent republican senators and representa tives at the Capitol today elicited state ments to the effect that the announcement of Mr. Hanna's candidacy, Instead of solidi fying all the anti-Roosevelt sentiment upon the senator would only throw down the bars for the entry of other candidates into the field. It was stated with some pretense of au thority that Indiana, in that event, would present the name of Senator Fairbanks. All the talk of the past few weeks has been to the effect that Hanna sentiment Is strong in Indiana. That is said to be true, but the fact is also recalled that Senator Fairbanks is in control of the state machinery, that he has entertained presidential aspirations, and his friends say today that undoubtedly they would make an effort In his behalf If there is to be a contest in the national conven tion. In Other States. It is stated with equal positiveness that if there is to b<* a free-for-all contest Illi nois will present the name of Speaker Can non. Senator Hanna has a strong follow ing in Illinois, but there Is said to be no question of the growing popularity of Mr. Cannon. His friends a while back wanted to nominate him for the vice presidency, but he would a great deal rather exercise the power and authority of the Speaker's office, which he holds to be next in rank to that of the President, than to preside over the proceedings of the greatest de liberative body on earth. It would be an other thing-, however, his friends say, to be President of the United States, and if there is to be an open field they will insist upon his entering the lists. The appearance of Senator Hanna a9 a candidate would be immediately followed, It is thought by many well-posted poli ticians at the Capitol, by the presentation of a name from New York. Reports from New York city say that a movement Is al ready on foot looking to a campaign for Elihu Root, if future events indicate that there is to be any question over the selec tion of the republican candidate for Presi dent. Senator Hanna's Position. Senator Hanna's friends still insist that they do not think he will be a candidate, but are free to say that they do not be lieve he is ready to pledge the Ohio dele gation to the candidacy of President Roosevelt. The senator's present policy, they think, is to leave the question open, proceeding upon the ground that as the case stands today, Mr. Roosevelt Is the logical candidate, but that no one can tell what the future will bring forth. The events of the past thirty-six hours In Ohio and In Washington have demon strated that Senator Hanna is in complete control of the state machine of Ohio. Senator Foraker Is now speeding eastward from a trip to Ohio taken for the purpose of enabling him to secure a better hold upon the state machine. Ohio politicians declare that Senator Foraker has not made any headway against Senator Hanna, and that Senator Hanna Is the acknowledged leader of Ohio republican politics. The question was asked at the Capitol today among Ohio men whether Senator Foraker would be kept off of the list of delegates-at-large to the national conven tion. The Impression was general that he would be asked by Senator Hanna to be one of the delegates-at-large. It was argued that to prohibit the seleotion of Senator Foraker on the delegation would be to carry the fight too far. Collapse of Foraker Fight. Ohio politicians at the Capitol today were discussing with great interest the alleged oollapse of the Foraker fight for control of the state delegation. It is said that the finishing touches to Senator Hanna's efforts to control the coming state delegation were made yesterday when Representative Gros venor of the Athens district and Represen tative Beidler came Into the Hanna camp. Ohio men at the Capitol say that the dis inclination of the administration to get into the fight aided the Hanna victory. Word was passed around some days ago and was noted in The Star at the time that the administration would take no hand in the Foraker-Hanna contest for the control of the delegation. It was said today that this fact made some Ohio men timorous about going into a fight against Senator Hanna, especially if in case the Foraker men won it was not certain that Foraker was to have control of federal patronage. Quay is for Roosevelt. Senator Quay left Washington today for Florida on account of his health. Be fore departing he set at rest a mooted question in Pennsylvania politics. Sena tor Quay's Influence will be cast in the direction of Instructing the Pennsylvania delegates to the national convention for the renomlnatlon of Roosevelt. "If necessary," said Senator Quay this morning before taking the train, "I shall go upon the floor of the state convention at Harrlsburg and move that the delegates-at large foe instructed to vote for Roosevelt." Senator Quay added that the instructing of the district delegates would depend largely upon the rules existing In the sev eral districts. In some districts It 1s not customary to instruct. He intimated, how ever, that he thought It quite likely the districts would take their cue from the state convention, and that Pennsylvania's sixty-eight votes in: the convention would be pledged to Roosevelt. Information from New York Is to the effect that prevailing sentiment among the lead ers IS against instructing. It Is thought that nothing definite will be done one way or the other upon the question of instruc tion for a few weeks. Movements of Naval Vessels. The Secretary of the Navy has been In formed of the arrival of the Marcellus at Norfolk, the torpedo boat destroyers Whip ple and Worden at Pensaeola and the erulser Columbia at Santo Domingo City. The battle ship Texas has left Key West for Hampton Roads; the gunboat Dixie has left Colon for Chlrlqul; the Mohioan has left San Francisco for Monterey, and the Qlacier has left Norfolk for Lambert's Point. FEAR HIGHER RATES OBJECTIONS TO SENATOR FRYE'S PHILIPPINE SHIPPING BILL. It is Claimed That It Would Bestore the Trade in Hemp to London. The Senate committee on Philippines gave a hearing today on Senator Frye's bill ex tending the coastwise lawa of the United States to the trade with the Philippine Islands, so that all commerce between the islands and the United States shall be car ried by American vessels. The hearing was ordered by Chairman Lodge on application of Eastern cordage manufacturers. The bill already had been reported favorably by the Senate committees on commerce and the Philippine Islands, but the protests caused further consideration of the meas ure. A. P. Loring, president of the Plymouth Cordage Company of Plymouth, Mass.. said American vessels should be given the business between the United States and th Philippine Islands as soon as they are pre pared to take care of it. He asked *hat the time the bill takes effect be extended to April 11, 1SXX.I, when the Spanish sh.ps lose their right, under the treaty with Spain to engage in the Philippine trade on a par with American ships. He thought kythat time competition between American vessels would be sufficient to carry on the trade without resulting in material ad^R?*?f?e of freight rates. He said he bill should pass if it did not result In an In crease of more than 25 per cent over the PUSwaVbrm!ght out that the eastern cord age manufacturers fear the passrxgeoft bill would build up twine manufacturing on the Pacific coast and wreck eastei n in dustries. It developed that the present freight rates on Manila hemp am?unt_ to about 46 cents per hundred pounds, and It was estimated by manufacturers that the freight rates, by the passage of the bill, would be advanced fully $1 per hundred pounds. Under these conditions they rep resented that the trade In hemp wou d re turn to London, where it centered prior to the opening of Philippine ports Mr. Loring and Edwin D. Metcalfe of Auburn, N. Y., president of the Columbian Rope Company, both declared that they did not believe there were enough American vessels plying between Atlantic coast ports and the Philippines to take care of the cordage business. G F. Holmes, treasurer and general man ager of the Plymouth Cordage Company, explained the exportation of binding twine, and declared that the duty on Importations does not in any way assist the manufac turers. as they export to the only countries that could in any way enter Into competi ?tion with them. The Plymouth and Columbia cordape companies, through their representatives, told the committee they would agree to enter Into contracts with American ship ping companies to pay 10 per cent Increase over the present freight rates paid to for eign ships for 100.000 tons of Manila hemp per year. The Plymouth company repre sentatives said that would be a contribution of fl2.nO0 a year from their company alone as a subsidy to American ships. The hearing was adjourned at 12 o'clock until 2 p.m. Mr. Lodge announced that the shipping interests would then be heard. MORE MONUMENTS PROPOSED. To Commemorate the Services of Kos ciusko, Hamilton and McKinley. Representative McCleary of Minnesota Introduced a resolution in the House today providing for the acceptance by the United States of a bronze statute of Kosciusko, which is proposed to be ottered by the Polish societies of the country. It Is proposed that the statue, which Is to be erected without cost to the government, shall be placed In one of the corners of Lafayette Square, taking rank with the monuments raised to other heroes of the revolution in that park. Representative Spaulding today intro duced a bill providing for the erection of a monument in this city to commemorate the public service of Alexander Hamilton in the struggle for independence, In aiding in the formation of the Constitution and securing its adoption, as Secretary of the Treasury and delegate in the Continental Congress. The cost of the monument is not to exceed $100,000. Mr. Spaulding also Introduced a bill pro viding for the erection in this city of a monument, with appropriate Inscriptions, to commemorate the illustrious public services of William McKinley. It is proposed that this monument shall also cost $100,000. FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH. Purpose of Repartments Established by Carnegie Institution Managers. The executive committee of the Carnegie Institution at the sessions of its recent meeting considered minor grants and made a number, the announcement of whioh will not be made until the olose of the year, unless announced by the recipient# of the grants. The subject of investigation and research in economics and sociology was taken up, and it was decided to Include the work in a department to be known as the depart ment of economics and sociology of the Carnegie Institution. The direction of thds department will be In charge of Carroll D. Wright, who will associate with him ex perts in the various lines of investigation to be undertaken, such as population and Immigration, agriculture and forestry, min ing. manufactures, transportation, domes tic and foreign commerce, money and bank ing, the labor movement, industrial organi zation, social legislation, including provi dent institutions. Insurance, poor laws, etc., and federal and state finance, including taxation. The plan of work for this department was approved by the committee. Another important work of the committee was the beginning of the organization of a department of experimental biology of the Carnegie Institution. In connection with this it was decided to establish a biologi cal laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor, L. I. Prof. Chas. B. Davenport of the Uni versity of Chicago was appointed direator of the laboratory. Prof. Davenport was authorized to prepare plans for buildings and for the organization of the laboratory. It was also decided In connection with this department to establish a marine bio logical laboratory in the tropics, probably on one of the keys of the Dry Tortugas, Fla A number of other matters were consid ered, including the organization of the of fice force of the Institution, the latter re sulting in the appointment of William Bar nupa, long connected with the fish commis sion and the government printing office, as chief clerk. COMING ON THE DOLPHIN. ^mnina of J am68 Smithson Leave New York This Morning. NEW YORK, January 21.?The steamship Prinzes# Irene, whioh brought from Italy the remain* of James Smithson. founder of the Smithsonian Institution, reached her pier at Hoboken today escorted by the dis patch boat Dolphin. The remains were at onoe transferred to the forward deck of the Dolphin, the casket being covered with an American flag and the dOEpatch boat started for Washington. Cities in Ohio Valley Are' Threatened. FROM PITTSBURG DOWtf. RIVERS U8 THE WEST ALSO OlT RAMPAGE. Sudden Chang? in Temperature and Warm Melting the Thick Ice. PITTSBURG, Pa.. January 21.?Prepare? tions are being made for a break-up In the rivers and a flood tomorrow, as the result of the warm weather and the heavy ralng of the past twenty-four hours. Foreoauter RIdgeway has arranged for hourly report* from the headwaters, and while he ?ay? nothing definite will be known before even ing, sufficient rain has fallen to bring out the Ice and cause a flood. There are Indications that both the Alle gheny and Monongahela will break up about the same time, and both rivers com* lng out at once will endanger millions of dollars' worth of floating property. If the Youghlogheny comes out with the other two the danger will be much greater. Tne residents of the ltfwer part of Allegheny are about ready for the expected flood. Many families have removed their house hold effects to the second floors, and mllC?e every preparation for the flooding of their homes when the high water comee. Business houses, which are affected by floods on both sides of the river have also made preparations, and In anticipation 01 sudden high water the police of A,,eKh^"y have arranged for skiffs to patrol the water front and assist residents from thelp 11 Furifcaster Ridgway said he was not. an alarmist, but he ventured the assertion that, some time Pittsburg will have a fort}-foot 8t?ff enough' r'aln should fall up the two rivers at this period," said he, there .s sufficient snow on the ground to' <*use justj such a stage." This would exceed the floods of 1884 and 1832. PITTSBURG. Pa. (1'RO p.m.). January 21. -A report has just reached here fromj Meadville, Pa., saying that he city Is In, the grasp of the worst flood in its history. The entire tire department has been called out to assist in saving property. LOGANSPORT. Ind.. January a.-Ice be gan moving out of the \V abash river t day, doing much damage to propertj^ Thd gorge broke near the Market street bridg*, and water overflowed Eel river a\enu . filling the cellars and basements of many fine residences. Riverside Park was con verted into a lake and many families len their homes, fearing their houses would be swept away. Water backing up has oau?ed the city electric light plant to shut down. At Adamsboro'. the dam across bel river was washed away. PEORIA, 111., January 21.?The heavy rains of the last two days haw sent all 'he streams In this vicinity out of *he'r People residing in the lowlands near East Peoria have been driven out by Fram creek Ice is gorged against the bri.lge of the Iowa Central and Burlington railways delayln* traffic on both these lines. The Illinois river has risen two feet since yesterday and Is still coming up at a threatening rate. If the ice goes out, serious damage will ro sult. CFNTERTON. Ind., January 21.?Ice has gorged at Wolf creek. thirty . u?ty , here. The gorge Is reported to be '!' r^ 1 feet in height in places and ^ extend up the river thirty-six miles. A *a"n rain M f'lllinE and it is believed it will brc.aK withn twenty-four hours. River men are anxious as to the result. i CINCINNATI Ohio, January 21.?The , large Ice gorge in the Ohio river, Iirtfow Ky., Ind the western part of^tMs citv gave way today. As it was Dejow the Cincinnati harbor no damage was done here, but lower points have.tartJor ^;aUarcounTo?fnice \ "?r tied up in the ich Lake Michigan Boats Cannot Make Port. CHICAGO. January 21.?Two Chicago vessels are Ice-bound in the lake between this city and Milwaukee. One. the steamer Georgia, with a passenger list of forty and a crew of twenty, is fast in the blockade 400 feet oft the Milwaukee harbor. The other, the City of Marquette, an old fashioned wooden steamer. Is trying ? fight its way through an Ice floe Into the Kenosha harbor. It left Chioago Tuesday midnight. The captain and crew of nine men are believed to he In peril. The I Kenosha life savers have made several vain attempts to reach them. The steamer Iowa of the Goodrich line IS fast in the ice north of the Chicago harbor. Officials of the company say that the boat I will probably stay there until the wind changes. There is no danger to passenger* or crew, according to the manager of the company. MILWAUKEE, Wis.. January 21.-The blizzard which started In last evening and raged all night has ceased. The street rall way line between Milwaukee, Rainefi and Kenosha Is at a standstill, and drifts ten I feet high are frequent In Racine. Railroad trains are coming ?n late. 1(>ft for rh!. The steamer Georgia, which left for ( m i cago last night, is still ice bound a mile out in the lake. A number of passengers are on board. She is still trying to release her self. KENOSHA, Wis.. January The ^'earn er City of Marquette, bound for cllicago, is still stuck in the ice off this P?rt captain signaled that no one was suffeiing for want of anything. The tug Engle *** sighted this forenoon about a mile from shore stuck fast in the ice. but apparently in no danger. RACINE. Wis., January 21.?An electric street railway car between Racine and Reno, sha, with a number of passtrngers on was snowbound for several hours after midnight, and another car north ?J*?*1? ofas^pThThrUne\erweTerterr^penedy this afternoon. _ WRIGHT'S EVIDENCE ALL IS. Prosecution Designated Several of His Statements as "Lies." LONDON. January 21.?Whltaker Wright, the company promoter on trial on the charge of fraud, left the witness box today after two days- cross-examination. The prosecuting counsel designated as "lies'' several of the statements of Wright regard ing various amounts, some as large as $2,500,000, appearing on the credit side of the London and Globe Corporations balance sheet, but the defendant contended that they were merely "slips of the tongue. ' He concluded with declaring that the failure of the British-American company w?? caused by the malice of a group of member* of the London stock exchange wno aepr?