IN TWO PARTS.
No. 15,886. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, JANUARY 23, 1904-THIRTY-TWO PAGES. TWO CENTS.
TO BE DECIDED SOON
Whether Peace or War in
NEWS'AT PORT ARTHUR
ACTIVITY AT THAT POINT IN
No Confirmation of Reported Occupa
tion of Masampho by Jap
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
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
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,
"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
"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
"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
"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
( 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
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
S AT THE WHITE HOUSE
Chief Justice Fuller and Jus
tice Harlan Call.
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
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.
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
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
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.
Dispute in Colombia Over an American
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
ON LOBBYING CHARGE
BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY IN
The Senator Says He Acted in a Pure'
ly Professional Legal
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
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
"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
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
DAMAGE NOT SERIOUS.
Admiral Stirling Reports the Quiros at
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Reports from nearly all other river points
throughout the state indicate a similar con
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
LITTLE FOR DISTRICT
Urgent Deficiency Appropri
ation Bill Reported.
A TOTAL OF $11,251,308
ESTIMATES FROM DEPARTMENTS
Appropriation of $500,000 for Street
Extension to Union Station
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
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
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*
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
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
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
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;'
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