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No. 15,889. WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1904-SIXTEEN PAGES. TWO CENTS.
*? ; THE EVENING STAK. rUBLESHH) DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAT. ?uisen OSe?. 11th Stmt ?od PuwsjItuIs Atoms. Ik# Evoning Star Newspaper Company, ?. H. KltrrrKANH. Prwitait. 'nr Ttrk Office: Tribnns Building. Chiotgt Office: Tribnna Building. Tbn ttrenfng Star la served to subscribers In tfce City by carrier*, od their own account, at 10 cents J per week, or 44 cents per month. Conies St thn counter. 2 cents each By mail- anywhere in the U. | B. or Canada?postage prepaid -00 cents per month. Saturday Star. 32 paces. $1 per year; with Cor* Cign postage added. $3 BO. (Entwd at the Post Office at Washington, D. 6L# as second class mail matter.) All mail subscriptions must, be paid In advance^ Ra tea of advertising made known on application. INSPECTORS ON SWO Under Cross-Examination by Counsel for Defense. POST OFFICE CASES INQUIRY REGARDING DILLER B. GROFF'S STATEMENT. Inspector Mayer Denies That He Of fered the Defendant Immunity? Plied With Questions. Attorney Douglass, who specifically rep resents August W. Machen, In the trial of the alleged Post Office Department con spirators, resumed his cross-examination of Inspector Mayer this forenoon. He was aggressive In his questioning, and he found In Inspector Mayer a foeman worthy of bis steel. Mayer has been an Important factor Jn the trial. The defense, as soon as a jury was secured, mote than two weeks ago, sought to have him excluded from the court room, and there was a passage at arms over the question of his remaining. Mr. Holmes Conrad of the special counsel for the government insisted that he was in reality the client of the government, inas much as he was the representative of the United States. Justice Pritchard ruled that Mayer might stay. Several days ago the counsel for defense sought again to destroy Mayer's force as a prosecutor?as an assistant to the prose cution?by attempting to show by affidavits that he had been coaching witnesses. This was met by the government by affidavits made and sworn to by Mayef and Inspec tor Gregory, who declared they had not tried in any way to convey information to or to extract it from witnesses for the gov ernment. When he began questioning the witness this forenoon Mr. Douglass sat In his chair. Later, when he became more interested in the examination he stood up and used his hand In a menacing way to emphasise his words. Absence of Stenographic Report. He wanted to know why a stenographic account of Mr. Diller B. Groff's statement was not made. Mayer said it was due to the fact that Groff had said to him that he adhered to a former statement, the state ment that was admitted by the court to the Jury yesterday after a leagthy argument by counsel on both sides. "There was no good calling a stenogra pher," Mr. Mayer declared. "Mr. Groff said he adhered to what he had formerly said, and I didn't look upon a further statement as necessary." Mayer told of this visit to Diiler B. GrofT, and how the latter picked up a cannon ball, a two-pound shot, and said he had been hit with it in his service for the government during the civil war. He admitted, under cross-examination, that he appealed to Groff's patriotism to come once more to the aid of the government and tell the truth as to his connection with the other defendants In their alleged attempt to mulct the gov ernment. ^ 1 said to Mr. Groff," continued Mayer, "You must know that you sent checks to Lorenz." Inspector Mayer testified that he told Groff he came to him as an officer of the government, and that he came there for no other purpose than to get the truth. "Didn't you offer immunity to Diller B. Groff if he would tell all he knew?" in quired Mr. Maddox, who followed Mr. Douglass in the cross-examination. "Why, no," Inspector Mayer replied, and, looking the attorney in the eye, he con tinued: "Don't you know that I can't give im munity to any one? Don't you know that It Is Impossible lor me to give immunity to any one?" At another time, when Mr. Douglass was cross-examining Inspector llayer, he asked If anything had been said regarding pos sible immunity. Groff's Remark to Mayer. "Only by his own remark," Mayer re plied. referring to what he had testified that Groff had said in his presence. "Mr. Groff said to me." he continued, " 'Them a man who turns state's evidence will not be prosecuted?' " "Wasn't the question of the 513,000 which the government owes the Groffs brought out in your conversation with Diller B. Groff?" Mr. Maddox asked. "Yes," said the witness. "I told Mr. Groff that whatever the government owed him would be paid." Mayer was on the witness stand until 11:45 a.m. Judge Kumler, the Toledo law yer, who represents the Lorenzes, was the last of the counsel for the defense to cross examine Inspector Mayer. He was ques tioning regarding Mayer's visits to Toledo. The examination became dull. Justice Pritchard called tne attention of Judge Kumler to the fact that the questions were meaningless. "Why, your honor." said Judge Kumler. "the witness could have come to me and within live minutes found out everything that was wanted." "I am sure be made a mistake In not see ing you." said Justice Pritchard, dryly, and there was a ripple of laughter in the court room. Mr. Holmes Conrad of the special coun sel for the government was in much better physical condition today. He watched the proceedings with interest, and occasionally made notes that will aid him In his argu ment before the jury. Assistant Attorney General Purdy also took copious notes to day He sat next to District Attorney Beach and not Infrequently conferred with him Mhchen and T-oronz occupied chairs ad Joining at the forenoon session. Attprney Conrad Symc sat next to Machen, and oc casionally talked with him in an under tone regarding the case. Mrs. I.orenz and Mrs. Pluiipps, a sister of Machen, sat to gether. Samuel A. Groff, the inventor of the Groff fastener, moved his chair nearer the jury this forenoon. Mr. Conrad lert the trial table during the proceedings and Occupied a chair next to Samuel A. Groff. Inspector Williams. A point that seemed to be favorable to the government was brought out during Judge Kumler's cross-examination of In-* spector Williams. The witness testified that Mrs. Lorenz said to him when he called upon her at her homo In Toledo that In so far as she knew August W. Machen bad no financial resources other than his salary from the government. Mrs. Lorenz took a keen Interest In the cross-examination of Williams. Judge Kum ler tried to get the witness to admit that he was taking advantage of a woman when he went to see Mrs. Lorenz, knowing at the time that George E>. Lorenz was at the Boody House with Postmaster Tucker of Toledo. Inspector Williams stated frankly: "We did prefer to see Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz separately, and were anxious that one should not have opportunity to com municate with the other by telephone be fore we had seen one of them. It was not a question which of the two we 6hould see first. Judge Kumler was severe In his cross-ex amination of the witness. It was brought out that Inspector Williams did make a skeleton report of what took place at the ' (Caatliuittd on Sixth P&g?J ASKS FOR RECOGNITION APPLICATION BY THE NEW MIN ISTER FROM SAN DOMINGO. Gen. Sanchez, Representative of the I Morales Administration, at the State Department. Formal application for the recognition by the United States of the Morales govern ment in San Domingo was made to Acting Secretary Loomls today by Gen. Juan Fran cisco Sanchez, the minister of foreign af fairs of the Morales party and clothed with special powers as a minister to Washing ton. Gen. Sanchez arrived at New York two days ago, and signalized his entry by installing Emlllo Joubert as Dominican con sul general at New York, in place of Mr. Galvan, who occupied that office under the VVos y Gil administration In San Domingo. Mr. Joubert accompanied Gen. Sanchez from New York to Washington, and there was also an Interpreter with the party in the person of Abraham Leon. During the course of half an hour's inter view with Acting Secretary Loomis of the State Department Gen. Sanchez, through his interpreter, profferred the request for the recognition of the Morales government, explaining recent events in Dominica and maintaining that the Morales party was In undoubted possession of the country and was the only de facto government, accord ing to the rules governing recognitions heretofore followed by the United States government in its dealings with revolution ary movements In the south. Mr. Loomis Prefers to Walt. Mr. Loomls was non-committal, having in mind the most recent disturbance at Ma coris, which has occurred since the Domini can contingent sailed for the United States. Minister Powell had reported that Ameri can Interests were unfavorably affected by these disturbances, and the Navy Depart ment had been obliged to hurry the big triple-screw cruiser Columbia to San Do mingo from Guantanamo to regulate the situation. Therefore the acting secretary preferred to move slowly in the matter of extending to the Morales party a more for mal recognition than had been accorded locally by Minister Powell, and he told his callers that he felt obliged to await further reports from that minister. Of course, as his minister, Gen. Sanchez, has not been recognized, no exequatur can be issued to Bmilio Joubert as consul gen eral at New York, but in the Interest of business between New York and San Do mingo some sort of a provisional arrange ment is likely to be reached which will per mit him to exercise by courtesy consular functions. The Columbia Goes to Macorls. A belated cablegram from Santo Domingo, dated January 22, announces the departure of the Columbia for Macoris. It Is sup posed that news of the movements of the insurgents against that place had reached j the capital and that the Columbia was dispatched to the probable scene of action to protect American interests. The cable lines continue to give great trouble be tween here and San Domingo, all cable grams for the last few days having been delayed in transmission by several days. There is growing belief in official cir- 1 eles that unless order soon comes out of chaos there it will not be surprising for one or more of the European powers to call the attention of this government of ficially to the situation, with a view to ar riving at a permanent solution of the problem. HEROINE'S NAME DISCOVERED. Carrie Anderson Saved Many Lives at Iroquois Eire. CHICAGO, January 27.?At the Samaritan Hospital, her head and left side swathed in bandages, lies Carrie Anderson, the child whose deed of heroism at the Iroquois fire was recounted In brief during the coroner's inquest, but whose name has never been learned until today. Through the steadfast bravery of this fourteen-year-old girl at least fifty lives were saved on the fatal afternoon. She it was who. despite the fact that her entire left side was being lapped by flames, caught the end of the ladder thrown across the alley from the Northwestern University building and guided It to a firm resting place on the fire escape of the second bal cony. Across this ladder many men, wo men and children scrambled to safety. She was in the balcony with her mother, who was employed as a cleaner at the theater, and, while she escaped, her mother per ished. The child does not know yet that her mother Is dead. OFFSET TO UNION'S CRITICISMS. St. Louis Employers Commend Officials Action in Hackmen's Strike. ST. LOUIS, January 27.?Resolutions have been adopted at a meeting of the Citizens' Industrial Association of St. Louis, com prised of employers, tendering votes of thanks to Gov. Dockery, the board of police commissioners. Chief of Police Kieley and the police force of the city for the prompt and determined stand taken to prevent any overt acts of violence in connection with the recent strike of the Hackmen's and Car riage Drivers' Union. The resolutions set forth that the prompt action of the au thorities mentioned meets with the appro val of all law-abiding citizens, and states that the action of the drivers' union and the Central Trades and Labor Union in de nouncing these officials at a Joint meeting last week savors of lawlessness. Each official of the unions was presented with a copy of the resolutions. TRAGEDY AT CHARLOTTE. N. C. J. E. Wilhelm Fatally Shot by H. M. Eubanks Today. CHARLOTTE, N. C., January 27?J. E. Wilhelm, former proprietor of the Monroe Hotel, was shot fatally by H. M. Eubanks in the latter's store at Monroe, N. C., to day. The altercation which resulted in the shooting was the culmination of long standing trouble between the men, Eu banks shot four times. The victim died In half an hour. Eubanks was married last Sunday. WILL MEET IN ALEXANDRIA. Republican Convention of the Eighth Virginia District Upecial Diapatcb to The Evening Star. HERNDON, Va., January 27.?The repub lican committee of the eighth congressional district of Virginia met yesterday at Ma nassas and decided to hold the district con vention at Alexandria on Thursday, Febru ary 25, 1904. The convention will choose delegates to the Chicago convention, and Is empowered by the call to nominate a candidate for Congress and elect a chairman of the dis trict committee and five members of the state committee. A resolution was adopted indorsing the administration of President Roosevelt, each member of the committee pledging himself as unqualtf-dly in favor of hie nomination. Twenty Persons Injured in Street Car Accident. ST. LOUIS, MISSOUBI SEVERAL VICTIMS' INJURIES RE GARDED AS FATAL. Motorman Stuck to His Post When He Saw the Collision Was Inevitable. ST. LOriS, January 27.-More til a twenty persons were Injured, some of them fatally, when two cars on the Broadway line collided today. Most of the ! Injured were taken to the Alexian Brothers Hospital, while the others were ?ent. The seriously Injured: John Barring badly crushed. Internal Injuries, fatal; "Walter Sleventrltt. Internal injuri ' J H. Hobelman. Internal Injuries; Wm. Miller, right foot fractured, ^ly bruised abcut body; Thos. McGovern. both ankles I broken and other Injuries; George Decker. I both feet crushed, face lacerated, c es crushed slight^; Frank A"er. uPPer1P cut off, bruised and lacerated; Christopher Juergin, motorman of front car, Injured In ternally, perhaps fatally. Smoke Fog Cause of Accident. Both cars were north bound and traveling In a smoke fog so dense that It was Im possible to see objects a block away. The accident occurred while the front car was stationary, owing to a Quarrel between the conductor and a passenger over a fare. The second car was coming at highspeed throueh the fog, the motorman, Christo pher Juergin, ringing his gong. When less thin 100 feet away the front car loomed through the fog. Juergin stuck to his post, but it was useless to try to avoid ^crash. None of the 100 passengers on the two cars knew that the accident was impending un til the crash came. The second car crushed Its wav to the middle of the first car. The dozen or more passengers on the rear platform of the front car were jammed toxether under the rear car. The attack ing car could not withstand the force of the impact, and for half its distance It was crushed and the passengers i"ald? ^e^e thrown about on the floor and "nder ed seats, while showers of broken glass fell upon them. Motorman's Back Broken. Juergin, the motorman, caught the full force of the collision. He was cut and crushed and his back was broken. He will die. A panic ensued on both cars. Those of the passengers who had not been too badly hurt to struggle began a fight for escape. Children and women were trampled on and the weaker ones were beaten against wreckage by their stronger fellows. The accident occurred within three bl<:>cks of the South Broadway car sheds, and the sound of the crash was heard by men at the sheds. They started out at once through the smoke to the I'escue. They lifted the injured out of the wreck age and placed them in the few seat* that remained intact in the front car. This car was started for the sheds, as the front mo tnr wis intact. The two cars were so tight ly wedged together that the second car dragged along with the front one. Several of the worst injured ones were taken out of the damaged car at the sheds and transferred to another car, to be taken to the Alexian Brothers Hospital and to PSc??.B?r. ss;. atr.-s s.?? their homes. SENATOR HANNA IMPROVED. He Has a Case of Grip, but It is Not Regarded as Serious Senator Hanna was improved this corn ing although for several days he will no leave the hotel. Ever since his attack of erip In New York, which confined him his room there for a week, he has been more or less under the weather, large y u. , in the view of Dr. Klxey. to his Inclina tion to get out sooner ?wfenT oT^foTrZ'timt1 h^Vyslcians thheUn'^ewtnt to Mother Ittlck of grip and again did not allow himself time to fully recover before going to Chicago and later coming to this ci*y Senator Hanna's ailment Is dec ared to be a pura case of grip, but Dr. R'x?> has not at any time regarded It as serious, pro vidpd the senator will take care of him self and follow his physician's advice. Dur ln? the last couple of days he has suffered considerable inconvenience from an abcess S the base of one of his teeth, but a slight operation has relieved him of pain on that account. This complication was thought to be entirely due to the grip, and 1b not re garded as of any moment. ? Yesterday evening Senator Hanna wa. able to get up from his bed and have his dinner in his room. This morning he did not get up until lunch time, but he was able to take his luncheon sitting up. It is believed to be a matter of time only, probably not more than a few days, before the senator can leave the Arlington Hotel, in which he is making his home, and go to the Capitol, but Dr. Rlxey is exercising the greatest care In order to Prevent any relapse. The senator is not so ill that he cannot attend to his affairs about as usual. He dictates letters and gives instructions In regard to matters that come before him. It is only a question of building up his physical condition in order to permit him to leave his hotel without the danger of a relapse. Movements of Naval Vessels. The Navy Department has been Informed of the arrival at Culebra on the 19th in stant of the collier Leonadas; the tug Po tomac at Culebra on the 21st Instant, the cruiser Detroit at San Juan on the 24th In stant, and the monitor Amphitrite at Charleston on the 25th instant. The Elcano has left Shanghai for Chin ^The Secretary of the Navy has been In formed of the arrival of the tug Pentucket at Boston, the battle ship Texas at New pert News, the refrigerator ship Glacier at New York, the gunboat Elcano at Cnin klang and the tug Pontlac at New York. The torpedo boats Talbot and Porter have left Annapolis for Norfolk under the con voy of the tug Standish. The colliers Sterling and Leonadas have left Culebra for Norfolk. The gunboat Newport has left Ban Juan for Colon via Culebra. The cruiser Cleveland, now on her maiaen trip has arrived at Hampton Roads on her way to Join the Caribbean squadron. Private Maloney's Gallant Conduct. Private John 8. Maloney, Company F, l?t Infantry, has received honorable mention for gallant and heroic conduct In savins the life of an ex-soidler at Fort Wads worth. N. Y., by Jumping off the deck with his clothes and rescuing the bm from (drowning. This happened on Octotoer 14. 1800, when Private Maloney was a private In Battery B, 5th United States Artillery. PROMOTIONS IN ARMY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE. Collectors of Customs and Appraiser in Massachusetts?A Number of Postmasters Selected. The President today sent the following nominations to the Senate: To be collectors of customs ? James Brady, for the district of Fall Riverk Mass.; Abed G. Smith, for the district of Nan tucket, Mass.; George P. Bartlett, for the district of New Bedford, Mass. To be assistant quartermaster general, with rank of colonel?Lieut. CoL George IS. Pond, deputy quartermaster general. To be deputy quartermaster general, with rank of lieutenant colonel?MaJ. William W. Robinson, jr., quartermaster; MaJ. Medad C. Martin, quartermaster. To be assistant paymaster general, with rank of colonel?Lieut. Col. Charles H. Whipple, deputy paymaster general. To be deputy paymasters general, with rank of lieutenant colonel?MaJ. John C. Muhlenberg, paymaster; Maj. George R. Smith, paymaster. To be paymaster, with rank of major? Capt. William G. Gambrill, paymaster. To be colonel (engineer corps)?Lieut. Col. Charles W. Raymond. To be lieutenant colonels?Major Charles F. Powell, Major John G. D. Knight. To be majors?Capt. James G. Sanford, Capt. Hiram M. Chittenden. To be captains?First Lieut. Edward H. Schulz, First Lieut. Harry Burgess. To be first lieutenants?Second Lieut. William C. Caples, Second Lieut. Harry C. Jewett. To be colonels, ordnance department Lieut. Col. John E. Greer, Lieut. Col. John Pitman. To be lieutenant colonels?Mnjor Daniel M. Taylor, Major David A. Lyle. To be major?Capt. J. Walker Benet. To be captain?First Lieut. Edward P. O'Brien. To be colonels. Artillery Corps?Lieut. Cols. Frank Thorp and Louis V. Cazlarc. To be lieutemnt colonels?Majors Oliver E. Wood and Edward Davis. To be major: Capt. David Price. To be colonels (infantry arm): Lieut. Cols. George A. Cornish. 26th Infantry; Charles A. Williams, Marion P. Maus and Freder ick A. Smith. United States Infantry, in spectors general. To be lieutenant colonels: Majs. William Paulding. 18th Infantry, and. Lurenso W. Cooke, 26th Infantry. To be appraiser of merchandise: John Lin zee Snelling. in the district Of Boston and Charlestown, Mass. And a number of postrfiasters, including two for Maryland?Walton C. Orrell at Cen terville. and Samuel Hambleton at Rising Sun. CHANGES IN FLAG COMMANDS. Assignments to Be Made by the Navy Department. v Expiration within the next tna**months of the tours of duty of severak sfcaadron commanders has caused the Nav Depart ment to begin the consideratio?of selec tion of their successors. Captain Theddore F. Jewell, now a member of the examining and retiring board, has applied to succeed Rear Admiral Coghlan In command of the Caribbean sea squadron of the North At lantic fleet when the latter officer is given shore duty. In the event that this change is made Captain Jewell will become the commander-in-chief of the European sta tion. For, according to the plans of Rear Admiral Taylor, the European squadron is to be assigned to the South Atlantic station, its place on the foreign station being taken by the present Caribbean squadron, which will be replaced by the South Atlantic squadron, now commanded by Rear Ad miral Lamberton Captain Caspar F. Goodrich has also ap plied for a command, and will probably succeed Rear Admiral Glass when the lat ter completes his service on the Pacific station. Both Captain Jewell and Captain Goodrich will soon be promoted to the grade of. rear admiral. As announced some time ago. Captain William Folger, who is now Inspector of the third lighthouse district, and will soon be made a rear admiral, will probably be placed in command of tne Philippine squad ron when Rear Admiral Yates Stirling as sumes command of the cruiser squadron of the Asiatic fleet as the relief of Rear Admiral Philip H. Cooper, who will become commander-in-chief of the station upon the return to this country of Rear Admiral Evans. A SERVICE PENSION BILL. One Offered by Representative Sullo way Today. Representative Sulloway, chairman of the committee on invalid pensions, which has under consideration the subject of a pro posed service pension bill, today introduced In the House a service and age pension bill, which is said to be even more com prehensive than the bill recommended by the Grand Army of the Republic. The bill granted a pension to honorably discharged soldiers and sailors of the re bellion who served ninety days. as follows: At 62 years of age, $8 a month; at 66 years of age. $10; at 70 years, $12. If the pen sioner served two years he shall receive (2 in addition to the foregoing. The minimum pension of any soldier or sailor serving ninety days shall be $8 a month. Every widow who was legally mar ried prior to January 1, 1872, shall receive $12 a month. No pensioners shall receive these pensions In addition to another pen sion being drawn. Mr. Sulloway said this afternoon he was not prepared to estimate the cost under his proposed bill. The bill will be considered by the committee along with the two score service pension bills now pending. Extradition Treaty With Netherlands. The Netherlands treaty, which was rati fied recently and later returned to the Sen ate because of a rule of the Netherlands government not to accept treaty amend ments of any character, was again acted upon by the foreign relations committee to day. An amendment had been, adopted in cluding bribery and boodllng is the list of extraditable offenses. The committee to day incorporated that provision In the old treaty, and will report It In Its aaaended form as a new treaty. The convention will again be ratified by the Senate, and will prove acceptable to the Netherlands. Deficiency for Night Schools. The Secretary of the Treasury today for warded to the House estimates submitted by the District Commissioners for a de ficiency appropriation of (2,800 for night schools and $20,006 for fuel. It Is explain ed that these Heme are needed tOf the cur rent year and should pe included In the urgent deficiency hill, wfeleh Is uow before the House. . Mr. Briatow Reported Better. The fourth assistant postmaster general, Mr. Joseph L. Bristow, who has been ill for several days with the grip, is reported to be Improving, and will probably be able to return to his desk at the Post Office Department by the end of the week. GOOD CAMPAIGN ISSUE One Wanted by Democratic Leaders. THE PARTY'S TROUBLE NO BURNING QUESTION HAS DE VELOPED IN CONGRESS. Republicans Have the Best of It in All the Old Issues?Bryan's Latest Spiel Falls Flat. Wanted?A good campaign Issue; no former purveyors need answer. Issue must be alive when presented. Apply to demo cratic leaders in Congress." That would about express the situation which some democrats in Congress com plain is confronting the party in this Con giess. They say that here it is, close to the eve of a general election, with the presidercy, seats in the House and state legislatures at stake, and no burning issue yet developed in Congress. What's worse, the prospect for getting one Is slender, they say. The Panama question, far from being a democratic issue, is a republican asset. The He use democrats realized that at the out let, and tried to steer their brethren in the Senate clear of the shoals toward which Leader Gorman was piloting them. The republicans are willingly meeting the dem ocrats on the Panama question, and con sider It among their most valuable re sources. The tariff is accepted by Leader Williams as an issue, but northern and eastern dem ocrats who are dissociated from the rumi nating, theoretical atmosphere of the plan tation library and fireside' say that op position to prosperity-making protection will not take among the busy people of the great industrial states. Guess again, they say to their southern brethren. Opposition to Trusts. Opposition to trusts is the thing, declares Mr. Hearst and his Ilk. Good enough, but the trouble Is that the republican adminis tration and a former republican Congress have stolen the thunder. Long before the campaign opens the United States Supreme Court will hand down a decision in a test case, brought under provisions of a law passed by a republican Congress, prosecut ed by a republican Attorney General, expe dited and advanced for trial in accordance with a subsequent law framed by republi cans. Whether the case goes against or for the government, the demonstration will be made that the administration is fighting the trusts. Economy and retrenchment propose some other democrats. Well, there again the re publicans are before them. Speaker Can non and Chairman Hemenway have already laid down the law, with the bark on it, that the appropriations must be conservative. Free silver, anti-imperialism and popu lism, shouts Bryan, centurion of the un daunted six million. Well, the other millions of the democrats simply won't listen to him, ar.d that's all there Is to it. Even Mr. Bryan's very latest spiel, to make which he hired a hall In New York last night, failed to arouse enthusiasm among his fellow-democrats in Congress to day. The reorganizers of the party are most anxious at this very moment to get In touch again with the conservative classes of the country whom Mr. Bryan pilloried as plutocratic enemies. In the democratic cloak rooms at the Capitol today not a con gratulatory or acquiescing expression was heard. Evidently he has not furnished the issue desired. Republican Position. The position of the republicans in Con gress is very simple. They feel that they do not have to find a particular issue for the elections. Just sit tight. To that end the work of Congress, which is entirely in their hands, is to be simplified. There is abso lutely only one feature of legislation to concern them, the ratification of the Pan ama treaty and the commencement of the canal. With this out of the way they are ready to pass the appropriation bills and adjourn. Then they will go - before the country with a candidate who has been tried, and with policies which have been tried, and leave the decls on to the voters. The republican leaders in Congress think they see only plain sailing ahead. Some democrats are counting on repub lican factional dissensions to help them. It is true the republicjns have ugly factional squabbles in New York. Ohio, Wisconsin and some western states. But the differences are not on a national question. Time ani again since the salutary lesjon they learned In the Conkling feud have the republicans demonstrated their ability to quarrel among themselves up to election day, and then go to the polls with a will and support the old ticket. ITALIAN OFFICERS COMING. Will Visit Naval Observatory and Call on the Ambassador. Mr. Montagna, second secretary of the Italian embassy, called at the Navy De partment yesterday afternoon and made arrangements for an informal visit to the naval observatory of Count Paolodi, com manding the Italian ship Vespucci, now at Baltimore, and the officers of that ves sel. Count d! Revel said yesterday in Balti more that he would probably go to Wash ington today to pay his respects to the Italian ambassador and to extend an invi tation to the dignitaries of the embassy to visit the ship. ARRIVED AT GIBRALTAR. Torpedo Boat Destroyers Bound for the Philippines. The torpedo boat destroyer flotilla, con sisting of the Decatur, Chauncey, Dale, Barry and Balnbrldge, have arrived safely at Gibraltar, on their way to the Philip pines. under convoy of the cruiser Buffalo. The stage of their Journey which the boats have lust completed was a stretch of about 700 miles from the Canary Islands, and was wholly successful as regards speed, as they covered the distance In three days, which is good time for such small vessels. For the next three weeks they will have smooth and easy sailing through the Mediterranean and the Red sea, a distance of about 3,300 miles, when they will emerge again upon the ocean at Aden. Selected for Alternate. The name of Livingston Hunt, Jr., has been withdrawn from list of alternates for the examination for appointment as mldshlp man-at-large to the Naval Academy re cently announced, and that of Rush Fay, ?on of the late Prof. W. W. Fay, has been substituted. The substitute will be eleventh alternate on the list Mr. Fay will take the examination next year. The Bailey Put in Commission. The torpedo boat Bailey has been placed In commission In reserve at the navy yard, Norfolk. Va. LEADERS ARE AT SEA AS TO OUTCOME OF CAUCUS AT ANNAPOLIS. Vote in Legislature Again Failed to Select Successor to Senator McComas. Special Dig .teh to The Evening Star. STATE HOUSB, ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan uary 27.?No election for the Senate took place In the general assembly at today's meeting. The vote was as follows: Ray ner, 38; Smith, 32; Carter, 10; Jackson, 5; Miles, 4; McComas, 37. Necessary to choice, 64. A democratic caucus will be held tonight, but the leaders seem to be at sea as to what will be done. The friends of the sev eral candidates are still holding out, and the Impression prevails that no one will re ceive a majority of the votes cast, and that the deadlock will continue the remainder of the week. Efforts will be made by the leaders to get together, however, and they may succeed. Senator Gorman's efforts to bring about an agreement appear to h;tve failed. The best informed people here be lieve that in the end ex-Gov. Smith will win his fight and force Senator Gorman and the other leaders to his side in order to prevent the election of ex-Representative Rayner. The speaker announced the standing com mittees of the house of delegates today. Mr. Johnston of Montgomery county Is chairman of the committee on the judiciary, and is ?second on the committee on ways and means Mr. Amiss of Montgomery Is a member of the committee on education and is chair man of the committee on Immigration, while the other Montgomery county mem bers are well cared for. Dr. Hill of Prince George's is chairman of the committee on hygiene. Delegate Williams of Montgomery county today Introduced a joint re-solution in the house tendering Admiral SChl?y the thanks of the state of Maryland for his great pub lic services and conferring on him the right of citizenship, with the privilege to vote at Annapolis. The resolution will be passed, probably without opposition. OKAHANDJA STILL HOLDS OUT. Sixteen Persons Murdered in the Dis trict by African Natives. BERLIN, January 27.?The Neueste Nachrichten of Brunswick has received a dispatch dated at Karibib, German Southwest Africa, yesterday, saying that Okahandja was then still holding out against the besieging rebel natives. Official intelligence from Swakopmund, dated yesterday says Okahandja reports that sixteen persons have been murdered in that district, and that seventy people are missing. ONE KILLED, THREE INJURED. Two Trains Crash Together on Iron Mountain Railroad. DIAZ, Ark., January 27.?A southbound passenger train on the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern road and a Bates vllle branch tFain crashed togeth^ near here late last night. One death and three hurt are reported. The Batesville train was destroyed by fire and two cars of the through train were burned. Dead: Dr. Berkley, Newport, Ark. Injured: Three unknown women. The cars caught fire and burned so rap idly that It is possible others may have perished. A relief train with five physicians has gone from here. WOMAN KILLED ON L ROAD. Clung Onto Gate of Crowded New York Car. NEW YORK, January 27.?A young wo man, Identified today as Mrs. Bedford Cod rington of this city, was killed last night on the Cth avenue elevated road. She tried to enter a crowded train at 18th street, but was caught by the gate and fell to the track as the train moved away from the station, six following trains passing over the body before it was removed. The coroner today ordered the arrest of the train crew and also the employes at the station who witnessed the accident. When Christopher George, the guard on the train which Mrs. Codring tried to board, was arrested today lie declared that the train was so crowded he could neither shut the gate nor rescue the woman, and that after the train started he was pinned in by the crowd and could not reach the bell cord. LITTLE ABATEMENT IN FLOOD. Situation at Bloomsburg, Pa., Has Not Improved Much. WILKESBARRE, Pa., January 27.?The situation at Bloomsburg is not improved today, the flood in the Susquehanna river having receded but a few inches. The re lief committees have secured quarters for all the homeless, and they are being com fortably clothed and fed. Efforts will be made to start the great Ice gorge by dyna miting it. .... There has been no attempt to estimate the loss, but it grows greater every day. Railroad traffic is still suspended in the flooded district. STOOD OFF THREE HIGHWAYMEN. Plucky Deed of Michael O'Mera, an Arizona Miner. TUCSON, Ariz., January 27.?A dispatch from Patagonia, Santa Cruz county, says that Michael O'Mera, a well-known miner In that section, has been held up in the Patagonia mountains while on the way to his mine by three strangers. O'Mera had $3,000 on his person, which he was taking to the mine to pay oft his men. The highwaymen called on him to halt, but instead of complying O'Mera opened fire with a rifle, killing one and wounding a second, who, with the third, fled in such haste that they left their horses. It Is be lieved that all three men were Mexicans. EPIDEMIC OF COLDS IN BOSTON. Symptoms Similar to Those Which Preceded Grip in 1900. BOSTON, January 27.?Local physicians are reporting to the board of health many cases of severe colds, with symptoms simi lar to those which were noted four years ago just before an epidemic of grip visited the city. Several prominent men are vic tims of the indisposition. Among them are Bishop Lawrence, who though not seriously 1U has been In bed for several days, and President Eliot of Harvard University. An indication of the prevalence of the trouble Is in the depletion of factory and depart ment store forces, which has become notice able within the past few days. President Loubet's Trip to Italy. PARIS, January 27.?President Loubet will start on his Italian tour April 6. Every advertisement In The Star is pertinent testi mony, not oi faith, but of conviction. Ill THE WHITE HOUSE A New Pcstmaster at In' dianola, M.ss. MRS. COX DECLINED RECOMMENDED THE MAN NOW NOMINATED. Roosevelt Forces Have Won in Mis souri and Idaho?Some of Today's Callers. The President has sent to the Senate the nomination of William B. Martin to be postmaster at Indianola. The term of the postmistress has expired, and she positively refused to accept a reappointment under any consideration, and made the request for the appointment of Mr. Martin, one of her bondsmen and stanch friends through out the whole trouble, anl who had done everything in his power to oppose and pre vent the lawlessness. A report was made by the post ottice inspector who had orig inally Investigated the whole affair, and on hi3 advice and in view of the positive re fusal of the postmistress to acccpt a re appointment under any consideration the President appointed Mr. W. B. Martin. Mr. Martin is a white man, and the nom ination brings to mind the famous Indian ola case, which was so much discussed a year ago. The postmistress was Mrs. Minnie Cox. colored. The white people of Indianola did not want her to serve in the position and a clash occurred. By direction of the President the Indianola office was closed, and the citizens of the town re ceived their mail at another town and em ployed a carrier of their own to take the mall to Indianola and distribute It. A hardship was worked upon them, but the administration took the position that the federal government could not be defied by the people, and refused to open the office. Although Mrs. Cox has been postmistress all along, she has been doing no official business, and her nomination again was out of the question. Mr. Martin, the man lecommended by her. Is understood to lie a democrat, as there is no white republican in the town, and no negro republican could be appointed who could serve effectually. Roosevelt Forces Are Winning. The work of the Roosevelt supporters throughout the country continues to be so successful that not only are delegates being elected almost every day for the President's nomination by his party, but state organl I zations and conventions and congressional organizations and conventions are commit ting themselves to him right along, even in advance of the selection of delegates. At this rate any smoldering opposition to the President will be squelched before it realizes the fact. Advocates of the nomination of the President won a decided victory in Mis souri yesterday. The number of delegates Involved was small, but the facts and the significance are of widespread Interest. The republicans of the fifth Missouri district held their primaries yesterday to select del egates to the congressional convention. The Roosevelt people put a ticket in the field pledged to support him In the congressional convention. The followers of "Dick" Ker ens, republican national committeeman of the state, put a ticket in the tieid and made an open, hot light. The Kerens ticket was disastrously defeated, the Roosevelt ticket winning by a large majority. Mr. Kerens Is known to be bitterly hostile to the Presi dent, but the result of the fight in a district where he is supposed to have been well or ganized does not point to success in any future tight he may mak?- in the state. The republican organization of Idaho hat joined the organizations of other states that have acted in behalf of President Roosevelt. Senator Heyburn of Idaho was at the White House today and turned over to the Presi dent the following resolution adopted in Idaho yesterday and telegraphed here this morning: "U'e. the republican state central com mittee of Idaho, In regular session assem i blud at Boise, Idaho, most heartily Indorse the strong, unequivocal, determined and upright course of President Roosevelt in bis administration of national affairs, as well as his fidelity to the best interests of the people of Idaho and the republican party therein. We recognize in him a man whose views are not bound by the condi tions and need of any particular section of the country, but a champion of the people's rights, and an executive whose knowledge of and experience in the great west especially fit him ?o deal intelligently with the prob lems seeking solution in that section of our Union. We unhesitatingly declare in favor of Hon. Theodore Roosevelt as the next nominee of the republican party for Presi dent of the United States, and we earnestly favor the selection of delegates from Idaho to the coming national convention In structed to work and vote for his nomina tion." The resolutions of the state central com mittee follow the action of the President in sending to-the Senate the nomination of H. Smith 'Woolley as assayer of the mint at Boise. Senator Heyburn, who is a stanch friend of the President, was pleased with the resolutions, and said to day that every western state is in the same mood as Idaho. Druggists Want a Reduction. Dr. William Muir, representing the Phar maceutical Association of New York and other states, called on the President today, being presented by Representative Wilson of New York.' Dr. Muir is in Washington seeking to have Congress remedy tl.e exactions imposed by the requirements of a liquor license for those who sell alcohol. Every retail liquor dealer is required to pay a license of a year. Druggists who sell alcohol are required to pay this same license, although they do not sell whiskey in any other form. Owing to this require ment not US per cent of the druggists of the country carry alcohol for sale, preferring not to pay the license. They simply buy whatever amount they need for medical preparations and do not sell alcohol direct. It is contended by the druggists of the country that the pajment of a year for the sale of alcohol only would be a suffi cient tax, and that this ought to be ar ranged by the government. In New York. state this Is recognized as fair, and the Raines law Imposes a tax of $5 a year on dealers In alcohol only. Dr. Muir has come here to get the President, Secretary of the Treasury and Congress interested in the proposition. Baron Sternburg's Old Comrade. Baron Sternburg today presented to the President an old army comrade who Is now a citizen of this country. The visitor was W. von Nostitz, editor of the Louisville Anzelger. The German ambassador and Mr. Nostitz were in the Franco-Prussia 11 war together, serving In the same cavalry brigade, and being soldier chums. Baron Sternburg served in the Horse Guards and Mr. Nostitz in the Huzzars. Ferdinand Peck of Chicago, former com missioner to the Paris exposition, presented some friends to the President. Another caller was B. D. Woodward of New York, who was assistant commissioner to Pa'1*. Mr. Woodward has completed his report of the work done by the United States officials who were in charge of the government ex hibit at Paris. It was submitted to the President. German Sharpshooters Call. Henry Kroeger, president; Fred SchiH