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83,000 to 38,000 Good Reasons
There are between thirty?*
three and thirty-eight thousand
good reasons for advertising in
The Star. Every copy of the
paper every day is a good rea
son, for every copy rcaches a
buyer.
CENTS.
REMARK WITHDRAWN
Mr. Conrad's Much-Discussed
Statement in P. 0. Case.
THE MANY ARGUMENTS
GROFF FASTENEBS SENT TO
CITIES WITHOUT REQUISITIONS.
Inspectors Reply to Charge of Coaching
Witnesses?Mr. Maddox Bid
for Business.
When court adjourned yesterday after
noon. following the passage at arms be
tween Attorney Holmes Conrad, represent
ing the government, and Messrs. Douglass
and Kumier of counsel for the defense, it
was evident that the question of admission
of the transcript of August W. Machen's
account in the Union National Bank of
Westminster. Md., would be brought up
today.
Justice Pritchard was feeling indisposed
this morning and he did not convene court
until nearly quarter after 11 o'clock.
Attorney Samuel Maddox. representing
the defendants. Groff brothers, at once
sought the attention of the court.
"I have read over the proceedings of yes
terday," he said, "and It is little short of
, astounding, the proposition made by the
special counsel for government as to Mr.
Machen. I want to make a suggestion
from the standpoint of the Groffs."
Mr. Maddox's voice could hardly be heard.
He is suffering from an attack of laryngitis.
He read from the typewritten report of
yesterday's proceedings that part of Mr.
Conrad's remarks in which the latter stated
that Machen. as a government clerk, on a
salary of $.'(.">00 a year, made more than
J2l>,000 a year.
Mr. Maddox's Argument.
Mr. Maddox declared that Cashier Hering
of the Union National Bank of Westmin
ster. Md.. had testified as to the deposits of
Machen. and that it was not necessary for
corroboration by the placing ill evidence of
the transcript of Machen's entire account
in the bank.
"But special counsel for the government."
Mr. Maildox continued, "goaded to frank
ness and in a fiery burst of eloquence sug
gestive of a Fourth of July oration, seeks
to use something that is not germane to
this trial. Forgetful of all propriety, he
turns upon Machen and calls him a clerk?
this man who has done more to upbuild the
rural free delivery than any other man In
the country, aye. any one hundred men."
Looking down upon Mr. Conrad, who sat
stoically in his chair and listened attentive
, Jy. Mr Maddox raised his voice as best he
could and asked:
'On what meat is this our Caesar fed
that he is grown so great?'
"Why, It Is not fair." Mr. Maddox con
tinued. "The Groffs are here to answer to
the specific charge of conspiracy in the
matter of the sile of fasteners. They have
pleaded not guilty. The dealings of Machen,
either in public or private, have nothing to
do with the Groffs."
Defense's Motion.
Judge Kumier. representing the Lorenzes,
addressed the court when Mr. Maddox had
finished.
"I desire to make a motion." he said. "I
ask that everything stated by Mr. Conrad
regarding Mr. Machen yesterday be ex
punged from the records."
"I can't grant it." Justice Pritchard re
plied.
"I only desire to make the motion," Judge
Kumier added.
"You have a right to make the motion."
said Justice Pritchard. "I will admit the
transcript, explaining to the Jury that onlv
those items relating to the transactions of
Machen with the other defendants? are to
be considered."
Justice Pritchard leaned forward, and,
addressing the jury, continued:
"If any improper statement has been
made by counsel you will not consider it
Proceed with the case."
Mr. Douglass Argues.
Mr. Douglass, representing Machen, ad
difssed the court.
lour honor.' he said. "I want to make
a motion for expunging from the records
the reference of Mr. Conrad to the bank
account of Mr. Machen. You must see,
your honor, that the statement has gone
out has been played up in the headlines
of th.- newspapers, that Mr. Machen was
DiarfiiiK S3MNN) a year. I want that ex
pensed on the ground that the counsel
n<-' riffht to make tlie statement in the
presence of the jury. My friend was not
warranted by any evidence adduced here to
make the statement. The bank ledgir it
self warranted no such statement."
Statement Withdrawn.
Mr. Conrad addressed the court. He
said:
"It is due to myself th t I shall offer no
explanation; no apology for what I said. 1
think if jou will look at the records there
you will find that, afler Mr. Taggart had
staaed the argument on which he asked
for the introduction of this .r.nncript. my
friend said that the transcript would be
used for no other purpose at all.
"I had never examined it especially, but
on look ng it over 1 saw what appeired on
Its race, and 1 made the statement 1 did. 1
don t think 1 should have ni i.de that state
ment on reflection. 1 would not convict
these men on any statement in the worid
that fell ungualdediy from me.
"But to relieve myself of the faintest sus
picion. 1 ask to withdraw the statement 1
made, and I ask your honor not to regard
for one moment the statement I rnn-le here
as l>eing intended for the jury in any s>-nse
of the word."
Justice Pritchard replied:
"I have refused to s'.r ke it from the rec
ord. lut If you wish to w.thdraw it you can
do so."
Scenes in Court.
First Assistant Postmaster General Rob
ert J. Wynne was recalled this forenoon.
tout was excused with the understanding
that the defense might desire him for re
cross-examination later in the trial.
Soon after Mr. J. T Smith, superintend
ent of delivery in the Brooklyn post of
fice. was called there v?*as a temporary
delay in this examination. Mr. Taggart
and District Attorney Beach were con
ferring. Justice Pritchard turned to coun
sel lor government and asked:
"Do you know whether the witness has
any conscientious scruples as to takli.^
an oath In the ordinary way?" '?'
Mr. Beach seemed to be taken una
wares.
Mr. Smith aros? In the box and said he
had no scruples. The Bible was placed in
his hand and the oath was administered
Mr. Charles H. Uohb. assistant attorney
general of the I'nited States for the Post
Office Department, was in the couit room
this forenoon previous to the convening
of the court. Ho was accompanied by Mr*
Rose, United States attorney at Baltimore
They had a con.orence with Mr. Taggart
and departed before Justice Pritchard look
his place on the bench.
Case of Inspectors.
Assistant Attorney General Purdy this
afternoon submitted affidavits in answer to
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STRUCK BY TORNADO
Death and Devastation at
Moundville, Ala.
REPORT OF CONDUCTOR
SAYS NEARLY ALL THE INHAB
ITANTS ABE DEAD.
There Were About 300 Inhabitants of
the Town?Rescue Train
Sent Out.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.. January 22.?It is
feared the entire population of the little
town of Moundville, in Tuscaloosa county,
was annihilated in a tornado which swept
that part of the state at 2 o'clock this
morning:.
Officials of the Alabama Great Southern
railroad have received a message by way
of Selma from Conductor Capehart of a
northbound passenger train, dated at
Akron, saying that when his train reached
Moundville, shortly before 3 o'clock, he
was unable to pass because of wreckage on
the track. He says the entire north end
of the town of Moundville was wrecked by
the tornado, and that practically the en
tire population of the place was killed.
Moundville is a town of about 300 people,
on the line between Hale and Tuscaloosa
counties. It Is seventy miles southwest of
here and about fifteen miles south of Tus
caloosa. Every wire to the place is down,
but a wrecking train with linemen on board
has gone from here to repair the damage.
The railway officials here think Conductor
Capehart's story is overdrawn.
A tornado struck the suburban town of
North Birmingham today and demolished
or damaged thirty-six houses, most of
which were negro cabins. A number of in
dustrial plants also were slightly damaged
by having stacks blown down. The store
of Posey Brothers was destroyed. There
were a number of narrow escapes, but no
one was killed in this vicinity.
Story of a Section Hand.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala., January 22.?A negro
section hand Just arrived from Mound
ville says that place was totally destroyed
by the tornado and that many people were
killed and Injured. The negro says he
saw the bodies of people in many places.
He also reports that the country for sev
eral miles is devastated. Every doctor in
Tuscaloosa, including the surgeons at the
state insane hospital has gone to the
scene. Reports received here by telephone
say the death list so far Is estimated at
thirty. The merchants of Tuscaloosa have
offered every assistance to the destitute.
Limited train No. 1 north-bound on the
Alabama Great Southern railroad misstd
the storm by only a few minutes.
Among the killed at Moundville are A.
H. "Warren of Montgomery, a traveling
salesman, Robert Powers; an unknown
boy, the night telegraph operator at
Moundville and the man in charge of the
railroad water tank.
WIRES IN TROUBLE.
Rain and Sleet Do Much Damage in
New York.
NEW YORK, January 22.?The rain and
sleet storms of the last few days have in
terfered greatly with telegraph and tele
phone service throughout the eastern part
of the country, and today conditions were
the worst experience.! in months. In cen
tral New York many wires were down.
Service between the west and south was
slow, but was better than in New Yorl;
state. New England was, comparatively,
a light sufferer.
SILK FRAUDS CASE UP.
Martin L. Cohen and Charles C. Browne
Defendants.
NEW YORK, January 22.?After many
months' delay the case of the United
States against M.trtin L. Cohen of the
firm of A. S. Rosenthal & Co., silk im
porters, and Charles C. Broyrne, a suspend
ed examiner of silks in the federal ap
praiser's stores, charged with conspiracy
to defraud the government through the
fraudulent importation of Japanese silks
in UtOl, by means of false invoices and un
derestimated weightji, was begun here to
day.
An order was issued severing from the
case thit of A. S. Rosenthal, one of the
defendants, whose $:)0,0CU bail was forfeit
ed on Wednesday.
MURDER IN BALTIMORE SALOON.
W. H. Weber, a Laborer, Killed With
Billiard Cue.
BALTIMORE, January 22.?The dead
body of Wiiliam H. Weber, a laborer em
ployed in the city street cleaning depart
ment. was found this morning in front of
the saloon of Henry Smith. Smith and his
brother, Augustus A. Smith, were arrested
on suspicion, and at a later hour the latter
confessed to the police that he had killed
Weber. He said that he and Weber were
! playing pool, when the latter became angry
and drew a knile on him. He struck Wel>er
with a cue over the head, killing him. With
tl.e assistance of his brother he removed the
body of Weber to the sidewalk, where it
was subsequently found.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER KILLED.
Miss Sarah Schaefer Assautled and
Robbed at Bedford, Ind.
BEDFORD, Ind., January 22.?The body
of Miss Sarah Schaefer, teacher of Latin in
the Bedford High School, was found in a
carriage house today. She had been assault
ed and robbed and the body badly mutilat
ed. The appearance of the shed indicated a
terrific struggle. Miss Schaefer came here
from Elkhart. Ind., a year ago, and was
much admired. There is much excitement
over the murder, and bloodhounds will be
given the scent.
VALUABLE SCIENTIFIC FIND.
Almost Perfect Remains of Ichthyo
saurus Found ih Chile.
UNIVERSITY OP CALIFORNIA, Cal..
January 22.?News of one of the most Im
portant geological discoveries ever made in
South America has Just been received at
the University of California from Astrono
mer W. H. Wright, head of the observatory
expedition now in Chile. The find is a re
markably perfect specimen of the Ichthyo
saurus, and the significance of the discov
ery lies in.the fact that South America has
never been known .previously to furnish
any specimens of these prehistoric silurians
so valuable to science.
This interesting fossil was discovered
near Coquimbo. Chile, and the specimen has
been unearthed in almost perfect condition.
Other valuable specimens have been found
in the same place. Prof. Merriam, occupy
, SLUSHY WASHINGTON.
RPU D?M
CLOUDS
Amy"
THOSE DEAR ANGELS.
lng the chair of paleontology and historical
geology at the university, says that so far
as he is aware no speeln^n has been dis
covered which rivals this one in complete
ness or scientific, value.
CLAIMS WASHINGTON" AS HOME.
Negro Arrested at Bordentown, N. J.,
Suspected of Assault.
Speol.-.l Dispatch to Tho Evening Star.
BORDENTOWN, N. J.. January 22.?A
negro giving the name of William Hayes
and claiming Washington, D. C., as his
home, who was arrested here yesterday on
suspicion of being the man who assaulted
and robbed Mrs. Stella Applegate near
Princeton a few days. ago. was committtd
to the Burlington county jail today for ten
days as a disorderly person, by Justice Tan
tum, in order to give time for establishing
identification. Thus far no one from Prince
ton has put in an appearance to identify
the negro.
COUNTERFEITING CHARGED.
Three Men Arrested in Chicago by
Deputy Marshals.
CHICAGO, January 22.?A raid made by
deputy United States marshals on a flat in
Morgan street has resulted in the arrest of
three men charged with counterfeiting.
John O'Shea, it is asserted, was caught in
the act of making bogus half dollars.
Henry Cotter was captured with him, and
Fred Sullivan, a saloon keeper, was locked
up on a charge of aiding in the distribution
of the counterfeits. The three men were
held in $1,000 bonds each. Molds, dies and
partly completed coins were seized.
CHICAGO DAIRY COMPANY.
Organized Under Maine Laws With
Capital of $4,000,000.
CHICAGO, January 22.?Under the name
of the Chicago Dairy Company, Chicago
capitalists are forming a corporation de- '
signed to control the milk supply of Chi
cago. Organized under the laws of the
state of Maine, the company has an au
thorized capital of $4,000,000.
The principal purpose of the company, It
is stated, is not to advance prices, but to
raise the standard of milk in Chicago. All
sold by the company through its distrib
uters will be certified free from bacteria
and all deleterious substances. For such
milk a flat rate of 7 cents a quart will be
made.
TO BE TAKEN TO INSTITUTION.
Smithson's Remains Not to Be Carried
to Oak Hill.
Arrangements for the reception of the
body of James Smithson, the founder of
the Institution which bears his name, have
been changed. The plans at present are to
have the body conveyed from the Washing
ton navy yard directly to the Smithsonian
Institution, where it will be kept until the
board of regents of the institution has de
cided where it is to be permanently in
terred. It will not be taken to Oak Hill
cemetery, as was first announced, but will
be kept in one of the rooms at the building, j
A troop of the 15th Cavalry from Fort
Myer will proceed to the navy yard Monday '
morning at 10 o'clock to form the military
escort for the remains. Secretary Langley
of the institution will represent the regents,
and the body will be taken from the Dolphin
and placed on a caisson, draped with the
national flag and' escorted to its resting
place. There will be other ceremonies at
this time.
Dr. Bell, who went to Italy for the body,
says that when it was exhumed the cas
ket fell to pieces, and that he was obliged,
by the laws of the country, to inclose it in
a metallic casket. This was placed within
one of oak and the seal of the United
States consul at Naples placed on it. The
American flag was draped about this, and it
w.is put aboard the Prinzess Irene and
started for New York, Dr. Bell accom
panying it as the official escort represent
ing the Smithsonian Institution.
The Navy Department has been informed
of the departure from New York of the
Dolphin, with the body aboard, bound for
Washington. It will probably reach the
navy yard here tomorrow morning, but the
body v "1 not be taken to the institution
until Monday morning at 10 o'clock.
Senator Bacon's Severe Cold.
Senator Bacon of Georgia is confined to
his home in this city by a very severe and
obstinate cold. It was feared that at one
time pneumonia might develop, and he is
receiving the most careful attention.
Senator Hanna's Credentials.
Senator Foraker today presented the cre
dentials of Senator Hanna for the term of
six years, beginning March 4, 1905.
Charles Bondier Sentenced to Death.
BUFFALO, N. Y., January 22.?Charles
Bondier, the seventy-flve-year-old murderer
of Fran* and Johanna Frehr, was sentenced
to the electric chair today. The execution
will take place in the week beginning Feb
ruary 2i>.
FACTIONS SQUABBLE
The Only Menace to Roose
velt's Nomination.
WHAT LEADERS MAY DO
CONSIDER PARTY SUPERIOR TO
ANY CANDIDATE
And Take a Man Upon WbomJU'll Will
Unite?Foraker and the Situa
tion in Ohio. \
The contingency which la the o?* meii
ace to Mr. Roosevelt's nomination, in the
opinion of many politicians at the Capitol,
is this: That if the squabbling continues
between the Roosevelt and anti-Roosevelt
factions the great leaders of the republican
party in the pivotal states may get to
gether and say:
"The peace and welfare of the republi
can party are superior to the claims of
any candidate. Out with Hanna and
Roosevelt both, and let's nominate a man
upon whom all can unite."
Which wouldn't hurt Senator Hanna's
feelings at all. In fact, it is said; he would
rejoice as did Brer Rabbit when Brer Fox
threw him in the briar patch. In that
event. It Is said, that leaders would look
for a man who could not be charged with
affiliation with Wall street, thus eliminat
ing the objections of one faction of repub
licans, and who would satisfy the demands
of another faction for an uUra-conversative
candidate.
With some republicans it is "anything to
prevent Roosevelt's nomination." By some
other republicans the proviso is added, "All
right, just so we don't disrupt the repub
lican party."
Working for Instructed Delegates.
In the meantime the President's friends
who believe that the mass of the repub
licans desire his renomination will bestir
themselves to secure instructed delegations,
so that when the convention rpeeta they can
point to a solid phalanx of pledged dele
gates as proof of their assertion that the
people want Roosevelt if some of the poli
ticians do not.
Politicians at the Capitol today were In
terested in the gossip concerning the Ohio
situation, which is attracting renewed at
tention since the return of Senator Foraker.
Considerable curiosity was evinced to know
Senator Foraker's future course. The sen
ator called at the White House this morn
ing, and after he came back to the Capitol
a number of his friends talked with him.
In Ohio circles it is said that Senator For
aker still holds the view that the Ohio
delegation to the convention should be in
structed for the President if it ia desired to
secure beyond question the support of
Ohio's vote for Mr. Roosevelt's renomina
tion.
Some of Senator Foraker's friends think
that while the present contest in Ohio os
tensibly centers upon the proposition in
volving Senator Foraker's personal prestige
at the same time lie is making the issue
upon a question in which the President's
welfare is involved.
Advice From Friends.
Some of Senator Foraker's friends ad
vised him today not to take an active hand
in renewed hostilities in the Ohio situation
unless the President gives him some deilnte
assurance of administration support or at
least administration approval. The sena
tor's friends were averse to his going ahead
and opening up a bitter factional fight in
Ohio politics on his own responsibility, ex
posing himself to the scars of fcatiie with
out prospect of joining in the reward of
possible victory. %
It is known that some of President Roose
velt's Ohio advisors have urged the Presi
dent to keep hands off of the Ohio situa
tion. These gentlemen have taken the
ground that it will be better to let the
.dipjegation go to Chicago uninstructed than
,fer .the President to give the appearance
of joining issue with Senator Hanna.
TO RETURN SOON.
Minister Buchanan Expected Back
From Panama Before Long.
Confirmation is had at the State Depart
ment of the report that Mr. Buchanan,
American minister to Panama, Is ahwit to
return to the United States, starting*in a
few days from Colon. Important private
business, for Mr. Buchanan is developing
extensive connections in a commercial way,
is assigned as a reason for the minister's
return. The department is not informed
that this visit is anything more than a
mere leave of absence, but it ia known that
Mr. Buchanan consented to assuipe the
Panama mission only upon an understanding
that his appointment must be temporary,
and as affairs on the isthmus are regarded
as being in excellent shape from an ad
ministrative point of view, it is possible
that Mr. Buchanan will consider that he
has carrie9 out his full undertaking when
he returns to Washington.
THEIR WORK COMMENDED.
Army Officers Translated Foreign
Articles on Military Subjects.
In view of services rendered the mili
tary Information division of the general
staff in the translation of various articles
pertaining to military affairs, the chief of
staff has written a letter to each of the
following named officers, complimenting
them upon the excellent manner in which
each hus made the translation from the
original to the English language: Major
Frederick Marsh, Artillery Corps; Major
James Rockwell, jr., ordnance department;
Captain W. E. Cralghill, Corps of Engi
neers; Captain Henry D. Styer, 13th In
fantry; Captain E. A. Sirmyer. 8th Cav
alry; Captain James A. Shipton, Artillery
Charles f?. S#ve?fe. com
missary; Captain F. E. Harris, Artillery
Corps; Captain Graham D. Fitch, Corps
of Engineers; Captain F. I*. Palmer, 9th
Infantry; Captain M. L. Hersey, 9th In
fantry; Captain William Lasslter, Artillery
Corps; Lieutenant G. A. Wieser, 15th ln
lanlry; Lieutenant J. R. Slattery, Corps of
Engineers; Lieutenant C. N. Barney, as
sistant surgeon; Lieutenant F. P. Lahm,
?th Cavalry; Lieutenant Fred H. Gallup,
Artillery Corps; Lieutenant R. E. Wood,
I!d Cavalry; Lieutenant E. M. Norton, 8th
Infantry; Lieutenant C. O. Sherrill, Coi,is
of Engineers.
ENTERED UPON HIS DUTIES.
Brig. Gen. Dodge Becomes Paymastv
General of the Army.
Maj Gens. Joseph P. Sanger and Alfred
E. Bates, and Brig. Gens. Harry L. Has
kel, Forrest H. Hathaway and Frank M.
Coxe, have been placed upon the retired
list by the President, and Brig. Gen. Fran
cis S. Dodge has assumed the duties of
paymaster general of the army, vice Bates,
retired. These retirements and promotions
are in line with the plan of promotions and
retirements laid out by the Secretary of
War upon the retirement from active serv
ice of Lieut. Gen. Young.
SENATOR HANNA BETTER.
His Family Expect Him to Be Out in a
Day or Two.
Inquiry at the Arlington Hotel tills after
noon elicited the statement that Senator
Hnnna, who is suffering from an attack of
grip, is very much better today. There are
no alarming symptoms, and his family ex
pect him to be out In a day or two.
TO REGULATE ELECTRIC WIRING.
Hearing Given Bill by Senate District
Committee.
A hearing was held in the Senate commit
tee on the District of Columbia today on
Senate bill No. 3, to regulate electric wiring
in the District. General G. H. Harries ap
peared, favoring an amendment to the bill,
and W. C. Allen, electrical engineer of the
District, was also present. General Harries
asked that an amendment be placed in the
bill exempting from its operations power
plants of incorporated companies in the Dis
trict engaged in the production of electric
current.
He did not wish the electrical board of
the District to have authority to dictate
changes to be made in the plant of the
electric light company here, as the latter's
own board of engineers would be fully
capable of attending to such matters.
Mr. Allen remarked that the object of the
bill was not to apply to plants of that kind,
but wus especially to give authority in su
pervising conditions in small plants and in
matters of wiring.
The bill also excepts from the control of
the electrical board buildings owned by the
District.
Senator Gallinger expressed the opinion
that that provision should go out of the
bill, as the District should be willing to
have its own buildings regulated by the
law applied to private concerns in the
District. The bill then went over until
the next meeting.
Confident of Morales' Speedy Triumph.
Acting Secretary Loomls today had a
call from Emillo C. Joubert, formerly Do
minican consul general at New York, who
expects to represent the Morales govern
ment in the same position as soon as the
necessary credentials reach Washington.
Mr. Joubert was confident of a speedy
termination of the present disturbed condi
tions in San Domingo, to the complete
triumph of Gen. Morales over the Jiminez
party.
The Stein at Charleston, S. C.
The commandant of the naval station,
Charleston, 8. C., reports to the Navy De
partment that the German training ship
Stein arrived at that port yesterday.
AT THE WHITE HOUSE
InstructedDelegatesDemand
ed by President's Friends.
ALL EIGHT SO FAR
OTHER SOUTHERN STATES EX
PECTED TO FOLLOW FLORIDA.
Senator Foraker, Back From Ohio,
Talks With the President on the
Situation in That State.
The campaign of the Roosevelt forces for
Iron-clad Instructions for their candidate
has so far resulted In the complete success
of the plans of the managers. The Presi
dent's friends In Washington are especially
gratified that the first two conventions that
have met in the country have declared for
him and Instructed their delegates un
equivocally for him. The first convention
to do this was that of the territory of
Alaska, held at Juneau In November last.
The six delegates from there are tied hard
and fast to the President. The action of
the Florida convention a few days ago was
pleasing in view of the widespread impres
sion that Senator Hanna or some other can
didate could have the delegates from the
southern states almost without struggle, if
desired. The Florida delegation Is so
soundly pledged to the President and In
structed for him that there is at last an
awakening to the fact that some mistake
must have been made as to the attitude of
southern republicans. Instructions from
southern republican conventions have been
rare In the past, as the leaders have never
desired to be pinned to any particular can
didate.
The opportunity for trading has always
been too great and frequently too profitable,
and when possible instructions have been
avoided. In the Florida convention there
was not the least opposition or indication
of opposition, and the placing of these votes
in the Roosevelt column was accomplished
in a manner to lead to the conclusion that
not a single southern state will cast a
vote in opposition to the President, or that
there will even be a serious fight In any
convention over instructions for him, unless
it is in Alabama, where trouble between the
"black and tans" and "lily whites" has ar
rayed the latter faction against the Presi
dent.
The campaign for instructions will be
pushed right along, with the result that
many conventions, state and district, that
have never before Instructed their dele
gates will do so in the future, that no
opening may be left for any kind of a fight
in the convention. "Nomination by accla
mation" is now the slogan of the Roose
velt forces, and the belief increases that
this will be the outcome of the convention.
Ex-Gov. Merriam's Views.
Not only are the Roosevelt managers de
termined that the nomination shall be by
acclamation, hut the view of prominent re
publican politicians is turning that way.
One of the President's callers today was
ex-Governor Merriam of Minnesota, former
director of the census, and now holding an
Important position in a. big business con
cern in New York. Mr. Merriam has talked
with many people in New York and Wash
ington, and his opinion is: "President
Roosevelt will be nominated by acclama
tion, and he will be elected by a large
majority. I hear much talk about opposi
tion to him, but I think a great deal of this
is being created by democratic newspapers.
In my opinion Bryanism will permeate the
next democratic convention, and that party
will be so hopelessly divided that it will not
be able to elect any one. If Bryan is
turned down in the convention he will
probably bolt the ticket, and that will do
serious injury to the prospects of the party;
in fact, will defeat it. Even if Bryan swal
lows the ticket, or if he controls the con
vention and the so-called conservatives
swallow their medicine, the ticket will have
no chance of election."
Senator Foraker a Visitor.
Senator Foraker, who got back from Ohio
yesterday, was the first visitor with the
President this morning. Because of a com
mittee meeting Senator Foraker did not get
to talk long with the President about the
situation in Ohio. That he talked on this
subject and will again talk with the Presi
dent along these lines are certain facts.
There does not any longer seem to be an
opinion that Senator Foraker will continue
a fight for instructed delegates in Ohio. He
will let the situation there drift, it Is said.
His best friends in the state have written
him that it will be unwise to attempt any
fight for instructions, and as these friends
know the condition of affairs and the feel
ing. Senator Foraker will abide by their
Judgment. It is believed that Senator Han
na will not object to Senator Foraker being
elected a deledate-at-large from the state
to the convention, of course, provided that
the fight against Senator Hanna is not
continued by the Foraker people. If that
fight is continued Senator Hanna's follow
ers will. It Is said, prevent Senator Foraker
going to the convention as a delegate-at
large. This would be regarded as a serious
blow to the political prospects of Senator
Foraker in the state.
Pilgrims' Society Banquet.
The Pilgrims' Society of New York and
London, with Lord Roberts as the head of
the English society of that name, will give
a dinner at Delmonlco's January 29, at
which many distinguished people will be
present. Bishop Potter will preside. The
President had a visit from General Joseph
Wheeler and George T. Wilson of New
York, who want the President to attend.
As he will be unable to do so they will
arrange for some cabinet officer to repre
sent the administration at the dinner.
Senator Millard of Nebraska presented to
the President H. G. Burt, former president
of the Union Pacific railroad. Mr. Burt,
accompanied by his wife, is on a tour
around the world.
The Time Ball Behind Time.
Owing to some break In the wires the
signal from the observatory has not reach
ed the mechanism of the time ball on the
east wing of the State, War and Navy De
partment building for the past threa days,
and though the ball has been raised and
the expectation of the watchers have been
excited, the ball, Instead of dropping at
noon, has been lowered at 12:05 e&ch day.
Personal Mention.
Mr. Waldeijnar Van Cott of Salt Lake
City, counsel for Senator Smoot, was ad
mitted to the bar of the Court of Claims
this morning upon motion of Mr. Frederick
A. Fenning.
Mr. Maurice 8. Levy of Dallas. Texas, is
visiting his sister, Mrs. A. H. Shattuck, at
the Ethelhurst.
Mr. J. P. Cardln of Brooklyn is at the
Raleigh Hotel.
No Statehood This Session.
At a meeting of the Senate committee on
territories tcday Senator Patterson inquired
if it was the intention of the committee to
consider statehood bills at this session.
"No," promptly responded Chairman
Beveridge.
Pittsburg Business Men Ex'
pect High Water.
RIVER IS RISING THERE
GAINING AT THE BATE OF A FOOT
AN HOUB.
Little Damage at Cincinnati ? Seriou*
Losses at Lorain and Other
Ohio Points.
PITTSBURG. Pa.. January 22.-Prepara
tions to meet what may be the worst flood
In the history of Pittsburg are about com
plete. Early yesterday river men and busi
ness men whose interests are along the
river knew that the long-deferred January
thaw was at hand, and for twenty-four
hours all interests have been engaged in
making precautions in time. Many of the
residents along the river fronts and the in
habitants of the lowlands have already de
serted their houses, while the others have
removed their household effects to the up
per floors of their homes in anticipation of
the flood.
In the mills and factories in the threat
ened district every precaution has been
taken. While many of the plants will be
compelled to shut down, it is not likely that
any great property loss will result.
The weather continues mild and rain is
still falling, with the streams rising here
and at all points between this city and the
headwaters of the Allegheny and Monon
gahela rivers. At Pittsburg the water i"
rising nearly one foot an hour, and at tliis
rate bv evening the danger line will be
reached. From all parts of the Pittsburg
district the message came this morning
that the ice was moving, and at 11 o clock
it was passing this city. So far no damage
has been reported.
Little Damage at Cincinnati.
CINCINN>' l, January 22.?The break-up
of the Ice gorges in the Ohio river at this
point has been accomplished with compara
tively small loss. So far a few barges have
been crushed and a few others torn from
their moorings. This escape from heavy
damage is largely due to the fortunate
breaking of the gorge below the citj tiist
and to the checking of the ice abo\e the
citv so that it did not really become en
tirely free until late in the night. 1 he ice
also is much broken up, and with the rap
idly rising river is being carried down with
out injury to craft. The river is now 23 7
feet.
Worst Flood Ever Known at Lorain.
LORAIN, Ohio, January 22.-The worst
flood ever known in this section, caused by
the heavy rains swelling the waters of
Black river, has wrought great damage to
shipping along the stream, resulting In the
entire suspension of work at the American
shiobuilding planfr tearing huge vessels
from their moorings and carrying
the lake and the washing away of the
Nickel Plate railroad bridge The
ice started to move early today, and the
steamer E. M. Peck was the first to break
from her moorings. She passed thiough
the Erie avenue bridge and now lies in a
big ice gorge at the mouth ot the harbor.
The fine new steamer Hendrlck S Holder,
broke from her fastenings a little later,
and. together with a dredge and several
scows and the fuelin* scow Agnes lies In
the gorge at the harbor's mouth. The swift
rush of waters has formed a new channel
of the river and several scows belonging to
1 Gaynor Brothers, government contractors,
have been swept to the lake.
! A number of fish tugs were badly broken
up and the loss to the companies will be
heavy. The Lorain Lumber Company Is
i also a heavy loser, immense quantities of
lumber being swept to the lake. As a re
l suit of the washing away of the Nickel
Plate bridge traffic on that road is badly
crippled. The Baltimore and Ohio tracks
are partially under water and much dam
age has been caused to that road.
Vessels Damaged at Cleveland.
CLEVELAND, January 22.?A gorge
I broke above the city today and a flood of
water swept down the Cuyahoga river,
tearing away three big steamers from their
moorings. The vessels crashed Into the
drawbridge of the Superior street viaduct,
j The boats were all badly damaged by the
collision and it is believed the foundation
I of the big bridge has been seriously dam
' a*The river is completely blocked by the
vessels jammed about the piers of the via
duct The fireboat Clevelander was run
1 ashore to avoid collision with the steamers.
The vessels carried down stream are the
John W. Moore, the Wm. E. Reis and the
James Eads. all large craft owned by the
| United States Steel Corporation.
Train Schedules Annulled.
AKRON, Ohio, January 22.?All train
schedules on the Cleveland branch of the
Baltimore and Ohio railway have been an
nulled because of the flood which is raging
'"netween''here and Cleveland the tracks
of this road are a foot under water. The
Little and Big Cuyahoga rivers are away
out of their banks. The surrounding coun
try is under water to a depth of several
feet In this city cellars are flooded. Many
factories have been closed on account of
water in the boiler rooms. The flood at
this hour shows no signs of subsiding.
Ice Gorge Above Zanesville.
ZANESVILLE. Ohio, January 22.?The ice
has gone out of the Licking and Muskin
gum rivers below the city, but in the Mus
kingum above the dam the ice is gorging.
Both rivers are rising rapidly and the Lick
injr is close to the overflowing point. All
trains on the Baltimore and Ohio and
Z-nesville and Western are late owing to
washouts. The Baltimore and Ohio Chicago
train due here last night at i> o clock, ar
rived at 8:3(1 o'clock this morning.
Rosevilie and Crooksv: lie, towns in the
southern part of the county, are partU-llV
submerged from the overflow of Jonathan
creek. The Ice gorge in the Lick ng. three
miles above the city, was dynamited by
Baltimore and Ohio employes during the
1,ght' nfinmi Valley Inundated.
DAYTON, Ohio, January 22.?Wide sec
tlors of the Miami valley south of Dayton
are inundated. Traction traffic between
Dayton and Cincinnati has been su i>ended,
owing to damage to trestle work south ol
Franklin. The immense ice gorge north^
Dayton broke away In time to pivv.nt th?
flooding of the city. Tra'ns south of ber?
are all delayed because of damaged road
beds.
PIQUA. Ohio, January 22.?The Miami
river rose three and a half feet during the
night and early today, and that section of
the city known as Rossvllle is completely
inundated. Hundreds of families have been
driven from their homes, and others have
taken up their abode In the second stories.
The indications are that the eastern portion
of the city will also be flooded before night
unless the water recedes In the next few
hcurs.
Levees Still Hold at Columbus.
COLUMBUS. Ohio, January 22.?Th?
Scioto river has passed the danger point
and now stands U seventeen and a hal!

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