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THIRTY-TWO PAGES. IN TWO PARTS. * " No. 15,886. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 1904-THIRTY-TWO PAGES. TWO CENTS. TO BE DECIDED SOON 0 Whether Peace or War in Far East. NEWS'AT PORT ARTHUR ACTIVITY AT THAT POINT IN DICATES HOSTILITIES. No Confirmation of Reported Occupa tion of Masampho by Jap anese Forces. PORT ARTHUR, January 2T? High offi cials here say they believe war or peace will be decided upon today or tomorrow. After a conference of the heads of all the departments of the Manchurisn administra tion orders were issued that a list of every available army and navy reserve man in Manchuria be drawn up. as well as a list Of those indispensable for the civil adminis tration which it is impossible to send to the front. It is claimed that the reserves total 80,000. The bulk of the Port Arthur fleet Is stationed Just outside the mouth of the harbor. Naval and military stores in unusual quantities are being bought on the condition Of immediate delivery. The admiralty authorities, answering in quiries on the part of ship owners, decline to define the rights of neutral ships bound for Japan. Shipping rates have advanced 100 per cent during the last fortnight, other wise the traffia of foreign ships, especially In Japanese coal, which is obtained by indi rect purchase, continues normal. The ship ping companies, however, are preparing to withdraw from here. The authorities are considering the question of removing the non-combatants, tor whose transportation ships are in readiness. Owing to the disorder jn the native city here among the coolies because the govern ment works have been stopped large guards occupy the streets nightly. TOKIO, January 2.V3 p.m.?No reply has yet been received from St. Petersburg. DENIED BY BARON KAYASHI. Reported Occupation of Masampho by Japanese Forces. I .OX DOS', January 1X1.?There is no con firmation here of the reports that Japan has occupied Masampho. Baron Hayashi, the Japanese minister.not only discredited them, hut said that the ^Japanese government had previously decided not to take any half measures, or any steps which could be con strued as being prejudicial to the negotia tions so long as they are proceeding. "When Japan decides to take action," he added, "she will announce It frankly to Russia and the rest of the wot Id." According to Baron Hayashi, the situa tion is unchanged. He continues to take the gloomiest view of the situation. The Russian ambassador. Count Bencken dorff. when questioned as to the truth of the rumor that the reply of Russia to Japan was sent from St. Petersburg yesterday, 6aid: "It is not true. I have not yet received any Information as to what form the reply will take or when it will be sent. C<\unt Benck-ndorfT significantly remarked that he believed the question of Japanese set tlements in Manchuria to be the most im portant outstanding question. Not a Cause for War. "But this." he continued, "certainel does not seem worth going to war about. As regards the Japanese demand for the In clusion of a Russian acknowledgment of Chinese sovereignty over Manchuria in the Russo-Japanese treaty that is merely a matter of words, and surely no war about words would be justifiable. So. I am hope ful of a peaceful outcome of the negotia tions. "The announcement of the Associated Press from St. Petersburg that peace is desired in such a high quarter is most sig nificant, but before the royal wish can be assured the fulfillment of several questions must be settled. None of them, however. In my judgment, are worth the terrible re course of war." Count Benckendorff added that he be lieved to be correct the report that the British government did not think the ques tion of Japanese settlements in Manchuria, on which he laid much stress, was suffi cient to cause war. The British cabinet met at nooo today. The main business was the king's speech at the reassembling of parliament and the legislative program, with probably some re viewing of the far eastern situation, though the foreign office is without any further iir formation on this subject. Significant Ordinance at Tokyo. A dispatch to the Central News from To kyo says: "An extraordinary issue of the Gazette has been published, containing an imperial ordinance approving the various coast de fense regulations, and forbidding under stated penalties the navigation of private vessels, fishing within specified areas or the carrying out of marine work which might be inimical to Japanese naval Interests. "The decree Is regarded as being highly significant. "The Kokumin Shumbun, in a warlike editorial, declares that the arrival or non arrival of Russia's reply does not affect the situation, and says: " 'Every hope of securing the legitimate demands of Japan diplomatically has been abandoned, and the government, therefore. Is compelled to take such steps and to re serve to itself such freedom of action as will insure perpetual peace in the far east. ( onflrming his dispatch of yesterday say ing: that the Dowager Empress of China has decided at all costs to light for the free dom of Manchuria from i*orelg"n control the correspondent of the Globe at Shang hai says China has been given full reason to depend on the armed assistance of the powers in the maintenance of the integrity of the empire, quite irrespective of any action on the part of Japan. MINISTER POWELL ACTS. Recognizes the Morale? Government in San Domingo. United States Minister Powell has cabled the State Department confirmation of the press reports that he has at last recognized the provisional government of General Morales, and that Puerto Plata is now in the government's possession. The recogni tion took place on the 20th instant, and it is expected that the other diplomatic rep resentatives in San Domingo will follow Mr. Powell's initiative, thus terminating the chaotic condition of affairs which has caused a complete suspension of business In San Domingo. Mr. Sanchez, the secre tary of state under the Morales govern ment, who Is now on his way to Washing ton. will be recognized here in his official capacity, thus confirming Mr. Powell's ac tion. S AT THE WHITE HOUSE Chief Justice Fuller and Jus tice Harlan Call. PRECEDENCE QUESTION MAJOR McCAWLEY'S ACTION THURSDAY NIGHT PROTESTED. Senators Fairbanks and Aldrich Talk on the Panama Situation?Pardon Cases Acted On. Deep interest was manifested and endless speculation was caused at the White House today by a visit made the President by Chief Justice Fuller and Associate Justice mrlan o: the United States Supreme Court. This visit, following the incident at the judicial reception at the White House Thursday night, when Maj. Charles Mc Cawlej", the social aid of the President, gave precedence in greeting the President to the diplomatic corps instead of to the judiciary, was regarded beyond doubt as in connection with the much-talked-of af fair. Justice Harlan at the time remon strated with Maj. McCawley, and,' It is said, declared his puipose of asking an ex planation. The two distinguished jurists were the first visitors lo see and talk with the President, vv'hile their conference took place in absolute privacy, and none of the principals would talk, there was not the leist doubt in the mirtds of those around the White House that fhe representatives of the Supreme Couft bad formally dis cussed the matter with the President and had explained the altitude of Maj. McCaw ley. whose handling of the rfiattPr was ex ceedingly objecuonabid to them. Whatever statement was made to tfio President or whatever protest, if any. they may have entered, their friends claim that custom entitle.' the court to lead the line at a re ception given especially in their honor. Of the four great receptions by the Presi dent ?vich year, the first honor in one is ac corded by all to the diplomats, as the re ception is in their honor, but when the re ception is particularly in honor of the Su preme Court, ais that one was, the members of the court are entitled to precede* all the others in the line. The contention of Maj. McCawley. who is blamed for the trouble, is that the diplomats are guests of the na tion on the occasion of a reception of tha/t kind, and that they are entitled to the courtesies always shown guests. The two eminent jurists would not discuss the object of their visit. Justice Harlan re marking that he always fought shy of newspapers. Just outside the \\ hite House offices they stood in consultation a few minutes, seriously discussing some matter. Justice Harlan got in a herdic and was driven away, while Chief Justice Fuller went toward the State Department, which is said to have issued a request to diplo mats that they appear at the reception in full uniforms. It is supposed that Mr. Fuller discussed the subject with officials there The embarrassing nature of the whole affuir makes it an exceedingly deli cate question for discussion. The President knew notiiing about the In cident at the time, but has received a full statement since from Maj. McCawley and from others. Chief Justice Fuller and As sociate Justice Harlan no doubt enlarged the information the President had. Discussing the Panama Situation. Senator Fairbanks of Indiana, whose standing at the White House is of the best, discussed the Panama canal situation and the treaty now pending in the Senate with the President. They went over the situa tion pretty fully. Senator Fairbanks agrees with the President and the administration that the proposed amendments to the treaty are unnecessary and will delay the time for the beginning of work on the canal, and the closing up of the long-standing ques tion Senator Fairbanks is hopeful that the treaty will finally be ratified without the amendments so that the subject may be closed up without loss of time. Senator Aldrich was also in conference with the President. The Peabody Trustees. The board of trustees of the Peabody trust will meet in this city next week. President Roosevelt is ex-officio a member of the board, but will not be able to attend the sessions. He was called upon today by Representative Griggs of Georgia and J. L. Moseley of Nashville, Tenn. ,arf alumni of the Peabody Normal School at Nashville and they desired to talk with the President about some of the various plans that are under discussion by those interested in the Peabody fund for the dis position of the income from the trust. This incomc is about $75,000 a year and the Pea bodv Normal School has been a beneficiary each year to the extent of $.'10,000. A prop osition is on foot to divide the Income more extensively among the states and cut down the income of the Peabody school. Another proposition is to largely Increase the In come so that the school may be enlarged and made into a giant monument of Mr. Peabody. There are many propositions and what to do with them will be taken up by tli^ board next week. The alumni of the school are all seeking to enlarge the scope of the school and to insist that the institu tion be made larger and more important. Will Go Out February 1. Secretary Root Spent some time with the President this morning He is getting tha work of his department In condition to turn ov?r to Judge Taft, who-is expected to ar rive in San Francisco today. The transfer of the department to Judge Taft will take place February i. Monday week. The President had talks with a number of prominent republicans today, among them being Speaker Cannon and Representative Grosvenor of Ohio. Pardon Cases. The President has denied nine applica tions for pardon, and has exercised clem ency In five cases, as follows: He has commuted to a term of Imprison ment to expire Immediately the" sentence of John Bolan, who was convicted in Arizona of engaging in a pugilistic encounter and sentenced to imprisonment! for one year In the territorial prison, the minimum penalty prescribed by the statute. The facts are that the pugilistic encounter was not a regular prize fight, but was an exhibition sparring match, and in the opinion of the President the minimum penalty ia excessive punishment in this case The prisoner has already served six months in the -peniten UHe has pardoned to restore the civil rights of Jacob J. Drum and Frank Sio dowskl. deserters from the army ? and Thomas Kelley and Martin Weed, Jr., de serters from the navy. No Financial Legislation.^ It has been determined practically defi nitely that no financial legislation will be i enacted at the present session of Congress. Strong pressure has been and is being brought to bear to secure the passage of 1 sine such legislation. Several measures are pending in both branches ot Congress bear ing upon the question.. One, at least, ot them has. it Is said, strength enough be hind it to insure its passage by one branch o' the t'ongress, but it is entirely unlikely that both the Senate and the House could be brought into line for It. Speaker Cannon deems it Inadvisable at this time to enter upon the revision or even the amendment ot the present flnan cial laws, and It is quite certain that his influence will be thrown against any such proposition. His idea, as he has informed the President, is that no radical legislation of a financial or any other comprehensive character should lie entered upon during the present session. At a later time, per haps during tne second session of the Fifty eighth Congress, financial legislation may be considered, but even to that proposition, it is understood, Speaker Cannon is not committed. Presents From the Zunis. The Zuni Indians of New Mexico have heard that President Roosevelt is a great hunter and a friend of the Indian, and they have honored him with the most select gifts in their possession. Chief Naiuchi, the great head of the Zunis, recently gave to Mrs. M. C. Stephenson, an ethnologist of the Smithsonian Institution, a collection of things to bring to the President as a testimonial of his great esteem for the "great white father." and Mrs. Stephenson fulfilled her mission today. She gave the President a necklace of bears' claws, one of the most highly prized of the ornaments of the Zunis, and a comparatively rare thing. The necklace is composed of the claws of many big bears, put together with cloth find strings. Another present was !he god of music of the Zunis, a grotesque affair made of wood, paints, feathers, strings, &c., and holding in his hand the flute with which the god is supposed to soothe the savage soul. The god is about eighteen inches high and his name is Paiyatyamo. He had his best Sunday clothes on today. A third present was a bunch of prayer plumes, as they are called. This is a bunch of feath ers of gaudy colors. The Indians breathe their prayers into these plumes and stick the bunch into the ground. The spiritual essence of the plume carries the prayers to the Indian god. The fact that the Zunis regard the President with immense favor is that they seldom part with their gods of music. The President was pleased and directed Mrs. Stephenson to turn the presents over to the Smithsonian for ex hibition. Mrs. Stephenson has spent much time among the Zunis and will have charge of the government exhibit of these Indians at St. Louis. THREE GENERALS RETIRED. Important Changes in Heads of "War Department Bureaus. This was a red-letter day In army his tory, for It marked the end of the whole sale program of retirements and promo tions incident to a reorganization of the army. Three general officers retired today, ?am?ly, Gens. WAllace Randolph, chief of arKllery, C. J. Allen and T. E. True. Brig. Gen,> Geo. L* Gillespie, who has been for several years chief of engineers, at noon became a major general and chief assist ant to Lieut. Gen. Chaffee, chief of staff; Col. Alexander Mackenzie became a briga dier general and also assumed the duty of chief of engineers, dropped by Gen. Gilles pie; Francis S. Dodge became paymaster general, vice Bates, retired, but being In New York he cannot assume his new duties until Mopday next; Col. Wm. E. Dougherty becomes "a brigadier general and retire^ to morrow, giving place to Col. Wm. S. Mc Caskey, w'ho will continue to hold the briga dier generalship until retirement: Col. John P. Story assumed the duties of chief of ar tillery, vacated by Gen. Randolph, retired. ADJUSTED SATISFACTORILY. Dispute in Colombia Over an American Street Railway. Mfc-Snyder, the Uillted States charge at Bogota, has reported to the State Depart ment that he has succeeded in adjusting satisfactorily with the Colombian govern ment the vexatious issues arising out of the controversy between the government and the National Street Railway Company of Bogota, most of the stock of which is held by Americans and British. Mr. Snyder's news is welcomed as show ing that the legation's relations with the government of Colombia continue on a friendly footing, unaffected by what has happened on the Isthmus. I mo. mm indicted Nine Counts Against Senator From Kansas. ON LOBBYING CHARGE BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN KANSAS CITY. The Senator Says He Acted in a Pure' ly Professional Legal Capacity. ST. LOUIS, January 23.?The federal grand Jury today returned an Indictment against Joseph Ralph Burton, United States senator from Kansas, charging him, on nine counts, with accepting ?500 from the Rialto Grain and Securities Company while a United States senator for his alleged services in Interceding with the Postmaster General, chief post office Inspector and other high post office officials to induce them to render a fa vorable decision in matters affecting the permission of the Rialto conypany to use the malls. Maj. Hugh C. Dennis, president of the company, and W. B. Mehaney, as sociate with him, are named In the indict ment as the men who made the check to Burton. Senator Burton is charged With accept ing money from the Rialto Grain and Se curities Company in the form of a check on the Commonwealth Trust Company, November 22, 10U2. Senator Burton's Statement. Senator Burton was seen by a Star re porter this afternoon and replied that this matter had been called to his attention only within the previous five minutes. He had had no time to give It attention, but would do so at once. "This man Dennis, president Of the Rialto Grain and Securities Company of St. Louis. Kan., employed me as one pt Ms attorneys and my connection with the case Is entirely professional. He came here to consult me and I went with him to the office of the chief inspector of the Post Office Depart ment to find whether a fraud order had been issued against him. He had been threatened with trouble by the department. "I made no effort to influence the action of the department, but acted purely in the matter as his attorney to ask what had been done. "I shall take this matter up at once, and shall go Immediately to St. Louis, and 1 have no doubt that not only will I promptly establish my entire innocence in the matter, but that my course will be seen to be above criticism." TO PREVENT SPREAD OF DISEASE. Provisions of a Bill Introduced Per taining to the District. Chairman Babcock of the House District cominliiee today introduced a bill to pro vide for the further prevention of the r.pread of communicable diseases in the District of Columbia. The measure directs that the person in charge of ahy patient suffering from measles, whooping cough, chicken pox or epidemic cerebrospinal meningitis shall immediately after becom ing aware of the nature of the disease re port the case to the health office, together with the name and address of the patient, the name of the physician in charge and the name of the school, if any, attended by the patient. The bill directs that the per son in charge shall be taken to mean the head of a family, or the neaj-est relative present on the premises, or the person in attendance upon the patient In the absence of relatives, or in the absence of any of the above, the person in charge of the prem ises. DAMAGE NOT SERIOUS. Admiral Stirling Reports the Quiros at Manila. Rear Admiral Yates Stirling, commanding the Asiatic fleet, has cabled the following to the Navy Department, under date of Mahila, January 23: "Quiros arrived. Damages not serious." The Quiros was grounded while cruising on the coast of Borneo. She Is a 400-ton gunboat, and has a battery of two guns. DISCUSSED EASTERN AFFAIRS. The British Ambassador Confers Wifti Acting Secretary Loomis. Although he called for another purpose. Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, the British ambassador, had an informal talk with Mr. Loomis, the acting secretary of state, to day about affairs In the far east. There have been no dispatches received here in the last few days either from the foreign office or the American embassy at London throwing additional light on the situation, but it is known that the Japanese govern ment Is awaiting the arrival of the Rus sian reply with "intense anxiety." The British ambassador throughout the far eastern negotiations has been more closely advised on both sides of the ques tion than any other diplomat here, and his own Incisive and conservative judgment on the situation has made his conferences with the State Department officials of great ad vantage to those in Washington in keep ing In close tQuch with the progress oj the negotiations. The fact that the in terests of the United States and Great Brit ain in the far east are similar In a com mercial way gives the State Department and the British embassy here much In com mon to discuss and to arrange, and the statement Is made tjiat the visits of Sir Mortimer have been especially welcomed at the department. United States Minister Griscom reports to the State Department from' Tokio that there has been no change in the situation there relative to the Russian negotiations. Intense Interest Is exhibited, but the Jap anese are waiting with patience for the de cision of Russia. FIRE IN CHICAGO HOTEL. Third One in Same Building in Two Weeks. CHICAGO, January 23.?For the third time In the past two weeks fire today attacked the Grand Palace Hotel, North Clark and Indiana streets. Investigation Is being made to learn, if possible, the source of the three flres. One of the strange features noted In each Instance Is that the flames were discovered before they had made much headway, and th&t all of the flres occurred about the same hour. The fire today was discovered by Edward Bartlett, a guest, who notified Clerk Clev schulz. Together they went to each guest's room and notified the occupants. There were ICO persons In the hotel at the time and but few of them showed signs of fright. Clerk Clevschuls, after having made a tour of the building and finding every person aware of the threatened peril, took charge of the elevator and continued taking the guests to the first floor until all were out of the building. The property damage by today's Are was inconsiderable. Personal Mention. H. F. Lloyd, p.D., of Colgate University, Is visiting with his nephew, E. H. Lloyd, at 2111 1st street northwest. Rev. Dr. Asa S. Flske of this city Is at tending the centennial of his old church (in Ithica, N. Y. RIVERS III FLOOD Over $1,000,000 Damage Done at Pittsburg. NO LIVES LOST AS YET PHILADELPHIA ALSO THREATEN ED BY FLOOD. Waters Reported Rising Rapidly at Several Other River Points. PITTSBURG. Pa., January 23.? At 9 o'clock this morning, the marks in the river registered twenty-eight feet three inches, and rising thnpe-tenths of a foot an hour. Heavy ice was still running in both streams at that hour, but- it was thinning out, and before afternoon, it is thought, it will have ! all passed into tfce Ohio. All the lower parts of the two cities and the south side are submerged. In Alleghany the entire section south of South avenue and Robins street and ex tending from Grant avenue to Pine street is covered with from two to six feet of water. Exposition Park and the National League bali grounds are under nearly Ave feet of water, and portions of the fourth and eighth wards are also flooded. An extra force of poll-ce was patrolling this district in skiffs to protect the resi dents and minister to their needs. In this city Duquesne way, Water street and many side streets as far east as SKb street are partly submerged, while on the South Side nearly all the mills and manufacturing plants fronting on the Monongahela river have been forced to suspend operations on account of the high water. Railroad Traffic Delayed. Traffic on every railroad entering Pitts burg is moie or less affected by the flood, but the greatest sufferers are the Pitts bupg and Western, AIIe8heny Valley and the Pan Handle division of the Pennsyl vania railroad. Freight traffic is almost at a Standstill, and tl?e officials are devoting their time to making plans to operate pas seaner trains to care for the public de mands. The big gorge in the Monongahela river at the point bridge, which menaced tfee many coal fleets tied up along the river landing, began to break about 8 o'clock tills morning, the ice on ihe south side of the stream commencing to move flrst. Gradually the movement spread until the whole mass was moving, and the ice was again passing out quietly. Shortly after the ice started a pump boat owned by the riTer <*>al combine came floating along, right In the middle of the pack, with full steam up. The boat ha,d been torn loose from its moorings at Beck's run, and ow ing to the heavy ice she was In. no attempt could be made to save her while passing down the river. The towboats Tom Lyste and Delta, re ported missing last night, turned up all right today. They had not been success ful, however, in capturing the runaway model |>arges, which broke from their moorings last night. Up to this time thtre have been no Uves lost in the flood, as far as known. The property loss will reach fl,OOg,OUO. SCHUYLKILL ON RAMPAGE. Philadelphia Threatened With Most Disastrous Flood in Years. PHILADELPHIA, January 23.?What promises to be the most disastrous flood this city has experienced since 1S92 is now raging fji the Schuylkill river. Between 2 and 3 o'clock this morning t?e water rose Seven feet. This sudden rush was due to the breaking up of the ice, and as a conse quence sixteen big mills in Manayunk, a suburb, were forced to shut down. The employes are now removing all stock from the flrst floors of the flooded mills. Large cakes of Ice are crashing against the mills, and It is, feare^. s^v6fal of the properties will be seriously damaged. There is a big ice gorge opposite the pencoyd iron works, and the water Is rajiidly backing upon this plapt. In West Manayunk, River Road Driveway is four feet under water, and an Italian settlement in this section Is also sub merged. All of the occupants of the houses had to be removed in boats. The police tug Samuel G. King was torn from her moor ings and carried down the river. The tug is a complete wreck. Six lighters were also carried down the river and a big canal boat was sunk. The Baltimore and Ohio rail road tracks at 24th and Chestnut streets are under two feet of water, and the Penn sylvania railroad tracks, on the west bank of the Schuylkill, are under three feet of water. Twenty-seven p ers along the east bank of the river, opposite Fairmont Park, have been washed awaf. The west span of the Pennsylvania Rail road Comiiany's bridge across the Schuyl kill river at Washington avenue was wash ed away. A barge which was loosened from its moorings crashed into the cribbing of the strucure, weakening its supports, and the bridge gave way under the pounding of the ice floes and the pressure of the flood. Several donkey engines which were on the bridge sank with It. The bridge had been closed for two weeks undergoing re pairs. SITUATION IN OHIO IMPROVED. Sudden Drop in Temperature Caused Rivers to Fall. CINCINNATI, Ohio, January Z?.?'The sudden fall In temperature last night has done much to remove apprehension of a flood. The river here has fallen during the night, and Is almost clear of Ice. Although the river at Portsmouth is still ten feet lower than here, and wMle there has been a phenomenal rise at Pittsburg, there Is no corresponding Inflow from the Kanawha and other southern tributaries. It Is hoped that navigation may be generally resumed on Monday. Reports from nearly all other river points throughout the state indicate a similar con dition. To Prevent Ice Gorge at Cumberland. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. CUMBERLAND, Md.. January 23,-The' situation on account of an Ice gorge at the mouth of Wills creek, which empties Into the Potomac here, makes the situation seri ous. ? The ice, which Is eighteen inches thick, Is being dynamited to afford a chan nel that the ice on the creek might float off; otherwise, with the sudden rise which Is ex pected. the ice would sweep down Mechanic street, a prominent thoroughfare, and do great damage. The sudden thaw, with a heavy warm rain, has alarmed the people all along the Potomac valley. The ice is the heaviest in years, and numerous gorges are looked for. The mountains are filled with snow, and small streams emptying Into the Potomac have become torrents. At Frostburg, where the weather Is usually very oold, It has been several degrees warmer than at Cumberland, and the streets have been flooded by the sudden tha-w. LITTLE FOR DISTRICT Urgent Deficiency Appropri ation Bill Reported. A TOTAL OF $11,251,308 ESTIMATES FROM DEPARTMENTS WERE $12,488,209. Appropriation of $500,000 for Street Extension to Union Station Flaza Omitted. The urgent deficiency bill was reported In the House todiiy from the committee on ap propriations. The measure carries a total of $11^51,306.18. The estimates on which the bUl Is based amounted to $12,488,209.67. In submitting the bill the committee com plains of the evil that has grown up in the public service of submitting estimates in a desultory manner. In one case it is stated that the supplemental estimates received exceed 75 per cent of the original estimates. Allowed for the District. The bill carries only $500 for the District of Columbia. The estimates of the Com missioners were for $503,450. Of this amount was desired for carrying forward the work of changing the grades of streets, etc., In connection with the union station plaza. The Commissioners original ly presented this estimate In the shape of a joint resolution. The House appropriations committee decided to consider the resulu ,?n as a ?:irt of the deficiency estimates. ATter hearing the Commissioners on the subject, it is stated, the committee did not deem the matter of urgent importance > ?le^em S also dPsir?d to look further into the matter of the proposed exi>enditure amounts carried for the District of S100 r.r^hare r 'r tt,u* irhor police and fh ?Zu Ten of te!I>porary quarters for hn lfH precinct police station. The new building for this precinct will soon be com peted. The estimates submitted by tlie Commissioners exclusive of the half mil lion dollars for the depot plaza, were: For two additional clerks in the auditor s office needed to bring the work of the department now in arrears up to date. $1,550; for the POliCe and repairs fo police boat. *800 (the committee allowed $400); for rent of temporary quarters, fifth precinct, tlifl (total allowed); for underground dmin at the Congress Heights fire engine house *>00; for deepening well at the Congress Heights engine house. $.?>?)<?. The Commissioners explained that there is no sewer in the vicinity of the engine house and the conditions there are very insanitary. With regard to the well they stated that to make it available it would be necessary to materially deepen it. The original amount set aside for the drilling had been exhausted before a good supply of water was reached. There are several other Items of local In terest in the bill. One of the limitations to l>e imposed In the new law Is to the effect that "Here after the clerk of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia shall account fty offi cial emoluments in the same manner as clerks of the United States circuit and dis trict courts." The bill carries an appropriation of $5,000 for the relief of the heirs of the late James C. Willett, who was postmaster in this city for several years. This appropriation car ries Into effect an act passed at the iast session of Congress. Mr. Willett met his death by falling down an elevator shaft In the Post Office Department building, and It was this sad event that brought about the legislation. To pay the new minister to Panama for the remainder of the fiscal year at a rate of $10,000 a year, and to pay a secretary of legation at the rate of $2,5410 a year the sum of $6,508.70 is appropriated. For Hospital for the Insane. Under the head of Interior Department, the bill appropriates $08,000 for the govern ment hospital for the Insane. Of this amount $4 .000 is for hospital expenses, $1,000 for the completion of the power and heating plant. $3,000 for installing hot water heat in the new buildings. $1,<>00 for constructing dumbwaiters in the Toner kitchen. ?>.500 for electric fixtures In the administration building. $1,500 for painting new buildings, $2.4<X> for flooring the new attics, $4,500 for sewer extension and $33,000 for fire escapes. Toward the construction of the new fire proof building for the committee rooms and offices of the House of Representatives $575,000 Is made Immediately available. In th?* Navy Department an additional clerk is provided for the office of the Secretary at the rate }2 250 a year. For bringing home the remains of officers of the navy and marine corps who die abroad the sum of $15 000 is appropriated. The bill carries $96 to reimburse Capt. G. W. Halrd. U. 8 N., for a piece of much-needed machinery placed on board the Dolphin In 19<>3. For clerks under the direction of the Sec retary of Commerce and Labor ?49 840 Is provided, and for contingent expense* $35,000. Under the head of Treasury Departmsnt the bill provides for the employment of two clerks of class four in the office of the Secretary for revising the customs regula tions. Twenty-five skilled laborers are au thorized to be employed in the office of the auditor for the Post Office Department. This Increase of force is for hand.ing money orders, and is to be made perma nent. For enlarging the drafting room of the supervising architect's office $8.o00 is ap propriated. For rewiring the treasury building for electric lighting, $13,500 is made available. For a new sewerage system in the treasury building. $24,ooo is appropriated, and for completing two vaults at the bu reau of engraving and printing, $16,000 Is appropriated. The bill appropriates $8,000, and reappro priates all sums remaining from the orig inal appropriation, to pay the models who posed for the figures used in the Sherman statue. The money appropriated Is also to be available for the improvement of the ground around the statue, which is here after to be known as "Sherman Plaza." Under the appropriation for the Depart ment of Justice the measure Includes a de ficiency Item of $1,441.20 for the support of prisoners and maintenance of the District jail. For payment to the New Jersey state prison for overcoats, at $5.50 each, furnish ed to the district of Columbia prisoners, from 181)7 to 1902, Inclusive, $572. The Library of Congress gets an appro priation of $5,000 for miscellaneous ex penses. For Mileage of Representatives. One of the Important Items of the bill Is an appropriation of $145,000 for the mileage of members of the House In con- j nectlon with the second session of the present Congress. Although the extra ses sion of the House did not adjourn until the Saturday before the regular second ses sion was inaugurated, and very few of the members went home, all of them, under the provisions of the bill reported today, are entitled to mileage just the same as If they had gone to their homes and return- ' ed again on the Monday following. Expenses of Departments. The total appropriated by the bfll is dis tributed as follows: Executive office, $951.96; State Department. $202,033.39; for- i elgn intercourse, $175,277.09; Treasury De- . partment, $3,385,670.74; District of Colum bia. $600; W?r Department, $48,088.39; I State, War and Navy building, $6,37X44;'