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No. 15,889. WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1904-SIXTEEN PAGES. TWO CENTS.
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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

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