Newspaper Page Text
No. 15,890. WASHINGTON, D. C., THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 1904-TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVENING STAR PUBLISHED DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAY. PlilitM Offl- Uth 8(r?et isd Piaoijlruii Afuaii Th# EYwung Star Nowjpsper Company, ?? H., XACFflfANN, PrnidMt Office : Triboae BniUlng. Chicago 09n : Trifaina Bailiiag. -.Jf1?B*enlojr star la aerved to aubscrlbtra In the *itj by carriers, oo their wd account, at 10 cent* per week, or 4-4 cent* per month. Coulee ?t (he Counter. 2 rente ea?-b Bj mall anywhere In the U. ?. or Canada poatage prepaid 80 cent* per month. Saturday Star, 82 pa*ea. II per year; with for ?l?n poataire added. $3 80. <Fnferrd at the Poat Offlre at Washington, I>. O.. aa aerond rlaaa mall matter.! JET All mall aubacrlptlnna moat be paid In adraae*. Batee at adrerllalnn made known on application. THE DEFENSE OPENS Second Stage of Post Office Case Reached. ARGUMENTS TODAY WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM THE WITNESSES TO COME. Counsel Explain Money Transactions Between Machen and Lorenz? Paying an Old Debt. August W. Machen, Diller B. Grolt and his brother, Samuel A. Groff: George E. Lorenz and his wife. Mrs. Martha J. Lo renz. today began the task of shattering the proof produced by the government and of proving their innocence of the charge of conspiring to defraud the United States in connection with the sale of Groff letter-box fasteners. In a court room crowded to the walls counsel representing each of the defendants occupied almost the entire morning session eloquently explaining the connection of the accused with the transaction. There exists no ground for suspicion of guilt against any one of the defendants, counsel asserted, and that fact it was promised would be estab lished to the entire satisfaction of the Jury. According to the defendants, George E. Lorenz first appeared on the fastener scene one day when the fastener was on exhibi tion at the city post office, this city, then located in the Union building, on G street. Mr. Lorenz learned that Samuel A. Groff was the inventor of the fastener, and. therefore. Mr. Lorenz introduced himseif to Mr. Groff. Mr. Lorenz explained that he was Interested in such things and would like to have a share in the invention. After making inquiries rfgarding the standing of Mr. Lorenz. the inventor introduced him to Diller B. Groff. After much par leying It was agreed that if Mr. Lorenz should succeed In inducing the' Post Office Department to adopt the fastener he would be paid one-half the profits derived from the sale thereof. Mr. Lorenz. by entirely legitimate means, counstl said, succeeded In having the fastener adopted. The price paid by the government at first was $1.50 for each complete fastener, of which amount Lorenz received ti2Vi cents. Later, the price was reduced to $1.25. of which Lorenz was paid 5o cents?which by chance, counsel said, happened to be 40 per cent of the amount paid by the government for the fastener. Machen's Part. Machen. It was pointed out to the jury, did not figure In the fastener transaction until the year 1SW9, ,vhc-n he sent for the Groffs and said to a representative of the firm, who called in response to his sum mons. that the price of the fastener would have to be reduced to $1.25. Such reduc tion must be made, said Mr .Machen, for the reason that thereafter the fasteners would be paid for promptly and it would not be necessary to wait for requisitions from postmasters for the same, for each box sent out would be equipped with the fastener. As regards the sending of money by L" renz to Machen. counsel explained that in 1888 Lorenz. Machen and two others pur chased land in the oil fields of Ohio. At great cost they erected a tank and estab lished a refinery. The Standard Oil Com pany then crushed them by selling refined oil at the lowest price at which they could afford to sell crude oil. They owed a bank a large sum and also owed money in con nection with the tank and the refinery. Mechanics' liens were filed and judgments entered. Lorenz sold real estate that he owned and realized on other assets, and attempted to discharge as much of the indebtedness as possible. He offered Machen $25,000 for the latter's interest in the refinery, and Machen accepted. The remittances from Loreuz to Machen. shown by the government, were on account of this debt. Mrs. Lorenz, according to her attorney, had absolutely no connection with any or the matters at Issue, and counsel express ed surprise that she had been indicted. Several of the government's witnesses were Impeached, the statements of certain of the post office Inspectors, In particular, being questioned. Today's Incidents. Attorney Kumler announced that, barring unusual cross-examination of witnesses by the government, the defense would pre sent Its case in three days. Justice Pritch ard gave notice that he will hold court next Saturday. Last week an adjournment was taken over Saturday. Aftei the government this morning had formally announced the close of its case in chief, the defense moved that certain por tions of the government's testimony be stricken out. The same motion had been made from time to time while the govern ment's case was being presented. The mo tion was overruled. Attorney Kumler requested the govern ment's attorneys to exchange seats with counsel for the defense, In order th.4t the defendant s attorneys could be nearer the witness stand. riiat request is an unusual one," re marked I nited States Attorney Beach, "but we will cheerfully accede to the wishes of the gentlemen." ' That s a real good beginning." com mented Justice Pritchard. hopefullv -I trust you will keep it up." "As soon as we take the lead." added At torney Liouglass, smiling, "peace always reigns." ??Proceed, gentlemen." direc ed the court Attorney Maddox was the first to ad dress the jury. His voice continues weak and at times lie could not be heard d's tlnctly at a distance greater than a few feet from the jury. Attorney Kumler. the next speaker, experienced no difficulty in making htms?-lf heard. Attorney S.vmf. the last to address the jury, spoke at length for the first time since the opening day of the trial. Everybody within hearing listened atten tively to the addresses of counsel, anil par ticularly so did counsel for the government and Post Office Inspector Mayer. Mr. Beach and Mr. Mayer frequently took n< tes. Pathos was added to the scene when Mrs. Lorenz gave way to tears while Attorney Kuml.-r was informing the jury that she had been scandalized, and that absolutely no reason existed for having indicted her It was the very first display of emotion since the beginning of the hearing Mrs Lorenz. accompanied by Mrs. Phillips Machen's sister, immediately left the court room. While Attorney Syme was detailing the excellent work that had been performed by Mscl.en the latter sat in a chair beside his wife, also for the first time since the on-?n ing of the trial. His knees were crossed, his eyes downcast and the foot that was off the ground and his hands moved nervously. The audience included a number of wo men. One of the post office inspectors remai te ed during the recess that the Jury, in order to believe the story of the defense, would have to disbelieve the statements of all the witnesses who had appeared for the gov ernment. Sheep and Goats. During the afternoon United States At torney Beach requested Attorney Douglass (Continued on Tenth Page) TOOK PKUSSIC ACID INCIDENTS ATTENDING SUICIDE OF WHITAKER WRIGHT. He Was About to Light a Cigar When the Poison Took Effect. . LONDON, January 2S.?"Suicide" was the verdict passed by the coroner's Jury today In the closln. chapter of the tragedy of Whltaker Wright. His death was caused by suffocation in consequence of poisoning by cyanide of potassium. The Jury found that Wright was perfectly sane, and that there was not the slightest doubt that his deatli was due to most deliberate suicide. From the evidence at the inquest, it was shown that Wright had determined to take his own life in the event of an adverse verdict, and that lie went to court with a cyanide tabloid in his possession, while in his hip pocket was a new revolver, fully loaded, and even cocked. After the sen tence Wright went to the lavatory, while the attendants on him remained outside. There he swallowed the tabloid, returned to the consulting room, washed down the poi son with whisky and water and died. One of the last things Wright said was: "This is British justice." Coroner's Court Crowded. The small coroner's court at Westmin ster was so crowded that Whltaker Wrighf, jr., son of the dead man. had to stand up throughout the proceedings. He and other witnesses, in the main, bore out the facts already cabled. Neither the son nor the closest friends of the deceased, so they tes tified today, ever heard Wright even inti mate that he contemplated suicide. His so licitor, George Lewis. Jr., said Wright all along implicitly believed that he would be acquitted, or that at the worst he only con templated a disagreement of the jury. Even after his sentence Wright showed only In dignation. In talking with Mr. Lewis. Mr. Eyre, one of his sureties, and Mr. Waters, the ac countant of the London and Globe corpo ration. Wright said "I really think I am the most composed of you all." As regards an appeal, Wright said he would do exactly as he w is advised. Asked if some one had not better tele phone the verdict to Mrs. Wright. Wright said: "No; there Is plenty of time for that." Taking out his watch and chain. Wright handed them to Mr. Eyre, saying: "'I shall not have any use for this in that place" (meaning the prison). "I give it to you, Eyre. Keep it for me." This was all that occurred. Asked for Cigar While Dying. After Wright had taken the poison, hold ing a glass in his hand and still sipping its contents, he said: "Waters, give me an other cigar." Mr. Waters took up Wright's cigar case, which was lying on a table, and Wright deliberately cut the end oft the cigar and struck a match. Just as he was going to light the cigar Wright flung the match from him, sank back unconscious and died without uttering another word. The doctor who was called in to attend Wright said he had not detected any smell or sight indicating poison, but the official analyst. Dr. Frcyberger. who conducted the post-mortem examination, testilied that from every organ of the body exuded the peculiarly penetrating smell of prussic acid, and that there was not the slightest doubt that Wright's death was due to that poison in its cyanide of potassium form. The de ceased had not uffered from any oUier dis ease. there were no lesions of the brain, and the heart was healthy, though twice the normal size It transpired at the inquest that Wright was only soarched after his death. A tab loid found in his pocket did not appear to be poisonous. The revolver was discovered by the police after the law court officials had previously searched Wright. The coro ner commented on this and indicated that action would probably be taken by the higher authorities. ATTORNEY WITHDREW. Tilbury Was Unable to Produce Let ters From Mrs. Thurston. CHICAGO. January 28.?The trial of James Gordon Tilbury, former coachman for Mrs. Holiis M. Thurston, a prominent society woman, was interrupted today by the withdrawal from the case bf Tilbury's attorney, M. Emmet Clare. Attorney Clare stated in court that he had been misled into the belief that Tilbury had received certain letters from Mrs. Thurston of an Incriminating character. Owing to Til bury's inability to produce these tetters he had decided to withdraw from the case. KILLED ONE OF THE BURGLARS. Mr. Deichnian of St. Lcuis Had En counter With Three. ST. LOUIS. January 2S.?Awakened from slumber today by the barking of Ills pet dog, Paul W. Deicliman ran from his sleep ing room Into his drug store and there fought a pistol duel with one burglar and instantly killed another. Eight shots were exchanged, all at close range. The burglar whom Deicliman first encoun tered tied, but the druggist turned and killed his companion. It is believed that the other also was wounded, although he escaped with a third man who had acted as "lookout." Mr. Deicliman. as sub postmaster, transferred over ?1,000 to the central post office last night. PASSENGER AGENTS MEET. Committee From St. Louis Submits World's Fair Rates. ? ST. LOUIS, January 2N.?The American Association of General Passenger Agents got down to business early today, with President F. I. Whitney of the Great North ern in the chair. A committee of repre sentatives of St. Louis lines submitted in concise form recommendations as to rates and conditions to prevail during the world's fair. The St. Louis lines favor a scale of rates that will attract visitors throughout the exposition season. NO INSULT TO MR. HARDY. U. S. Minister to Spain Had Argument With an Officer. MADRID, January 28.?The report pub lished by a news agency in the United States yesterday that a lieutenant of cav alry has been sentenced to a month's im prisonment for insulting United States Minister Hardy as the latter was going to the palace to attend a diplomatic recep tion is Incorrect. The facts in the case are that during a recent reception at the palace by the king a detachment of cavalry commanded by a lieutenant was directed to supervise the arrival of the carriages in the courtyard of the palace. The lieutenant had a lively discussion with Minister Hardy concern ing the place at which his carriage would await him. The discussion had 110 seri ous consequences. The statement that the lieutenant was arrested is untrue. Three Cohen Children Suffocated. NEW TORK. January 23.?Three chil dren of Louis Cohen were suffocated here today in a Are in a six-story tenement la Madison street. In the Senatorial Deadlock at Annapolis. ALL W ATCHIN G GORM AN HE STILL CONTROLS SITUATION, IT IS THOUGHT. Smith's Supporters Indignant Over His Failure to Secure Caucus Nomina tion Last Night. Spwlnl IiiHpp.tell to Tbe Evening Star. STATE HOUSE, ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan nary 28.?There was no election in the bal lot for senator at Annapolis today. The vote was as follows: Rayner, 37; Smith, 32; Carter, 11; Jackson, 5; Miles 4; McComas, 37. Necessary to choice, C4. No change was indicated by the vote cast, but there are many signs that something will fie done before long. Many of the sup porters of ex-Governor Smith are beginning to realize that Mr. Gorman does not intend to allow their candidate to be elected If he can prevent it. Most of these members are really Gorman men, and when they get word from Washington in a definite way they will vote for the candidate preferred by the senator. Today the friends of Smith are expressing their feelings of disappointment over the failure of the caucus last night to take up their man. They are openly accusing Mr. Gorman of bad faith and treachery to Smith, and in some instances are threaten ing vengeance. Democratic Leaders Divided. The democratic leaders are divided as never before in the history of their party and do not know what to do. They con fess they are at sea. But it is expected that when Senator Gorman, puts on pressure they will all get together. What the sena tor's game is they admit they don't know, nor do they know how he intends to play it out. If Smith's followers stand firm the deadlock will last for some time, but it is expected that some of them will break away from him before the end of the week and nlso that there will be a break in the Ray ner lines at the same time. If Senator Gorman could hear the uncom plimentary things said about him by some of his old lieutenants here, he might be dis pleased. but it is doubtful if he cares. He has always been able to whip them in line, and will probably be able to do so again. Large Crowd Present. There was a large crowd here today, and the interest in the contest seems on the in crease. The appointment of Major Clinton L. Riggs as adjutant general of the state of Maryland to succeed the late John S. Siunders was confirmed today in the senate without objection of any sort. It was rather xpected that some opposition would develop before this appointment was confirmed, be cause of hostility to Major Riggs In the 5th Regiment. This did not materialize, however, nor was any objection offered by Senator Bid dison, the representative from Baltimore county, to which this appointment was charged. ROTATION IN STATIONS. New Policy Adopted fcy the Navy Gen eral Board. It is probable that Rear Admiral B. J. I.amberton, commander-in-chief of the South Atlantic squadron, who has been pronounced by medical survey as unfit for service on account of his eye sight and now on his way home, will be succeeded by Rear Admiral Charles J. Barclay, now commander of the navy yard, Puget Sound. This particular command is one regarded as likely to prove much more important in the near future than It has been in the past. This is due to the policy which the navy general board has adopted of alter nating the various squadrons on their sta tions. Thus it is an order next spring for the present South Atlantic squadron to pro ceed to the Caribbean, replacing the present squadron, and in the course of a year or two Admiral Barclay's ships will probabiy be flying their pennants in the Mediter ranean. This policy of alternation will, it Is believed, do-much to overcome the re luctance of naval officers to accept service on far away and undesirable stations, fir they will understand that that service will probably be for not more than one year, when a transfer to a better station is cur tain. CONDITIONS ON THE ISTHMUS. Health of the Sailors and Marines Re ported Good. Mail advices a week old from the Isthmus have been received at the Navy Depart ment. They show that the large naval force there has been busy in scouting and in survey work, and the reports include a mass of information that will be of great value in the future respecting the hydrogra phy and topography of the isthmus. Small scouting parties have followed up hints and clues to various trails and charted these so that when the work is completed the government will be in possession of a com plete military map of the whole isthmus. Both Admirals Coghlan and Glass report that the health of the sailors and marines is good. There Is one case of yellow fever In the city of Panama, but tills fact is causing no alarm, as it is regarded as sporadic. CONVICT-MADE GOODS. Hearing Before the House Committee on Labor. The Sibley bill, to prohibit the purchase by the government of convict-made goods, was the subject of a hearing before the House committee on labor today. The measure was favored by E. J. Roche, rep resenting the American Federation of La bor, who cited the manufacture of mail hags in the Trenton, N. J., penitentiary as dinjrtlv in opposition to the Interests of or g;i?.ed l?.l<or. W. M. Tumor of Georgia, who stated that he held a contract for the labor of 800 con victs for five years in that state, opposed the bill Mr. Tumor stated that the state received from J220 to a year for Its con vict labor, and that this money went into the public school fund. This convict labor, he said, did not compete with free labor. The committee took no action. Personal Mention. Capt. Israel W. Stone, past department commander, G. A. R., is confined to his home with the grip. Col. J. J. O'Connell, lately returned with his regiment, the 30th Infantry, from the Philippines, is In town on a month's leave. He Is stopping at the Chapin, 14th street. The colonel is an old Washingtonian. II LIVELYJTAMPEOE All Want to Get on Roose velt Band Wagon. WALL STREET GIVES UP NO HOPE OF DEFEATING HIS NOMINATION. Illinois and Indiana Will Instruct for Him?Massachusetts "Big Four"? Southern Republicans in Line. .? : There are Indications of a lively stam pede of republicans to fret on the Roose velt band wagon. Men who have been lukewarm for his renominatlon heretofore are recovering their voices and preparing to Shout for him. Every sign points to the complete demorali zation of the opposition. Wall street seems to have finally given up hope of defeating him. In this situation there is pronounced accession to the volume of Roosevelt-shout ing and some of it is traced to the round-up of the opposition where beforehanded politi cians In that outfit are preparing to strike camp and hit the Roosevelt trail in time to overtake the stage and secure good seats. After all the talk about the "strong un dercurrent" of Roosevelt opposition, the promoters of it have not been able to find one responsible, prominent republican will ing to launch his presidential bark upon the treacherous flood. They despair of be guiling any one to become a candidate. Illinois and Indiana. Illinois republicans are hold.ng their an nual "love feast" today. Senator Culloin received a telegram this morning from the scene of the political communion, stating that there is nothing but Roosevelt senti ment in the meeting. Representative Roden berg, who is just back from southern Illi nois, says the republicans are > talk:ng about no one but Roosevelt. Indiana will probably be the next district heard from. Chairman Goodrich of the re publican state committee w.ll reach Wash ington late this even ng, and will be Joined tomorrow by Governor Durbin, who Is com ing to attend the Gridiron dinner next Sat urday night. Chairman Goodrich will confer with the two senators and the delegation in the House about holding the convention for election of delegates to the national con vention. It is understood he wants the leaders to decide whether delegations shall be In structed; In other words, whether it's all up with the opposition. The present temper of the delegation is to advise swinging Indiana into line with the j inevitable as soon as possible. j Fairbanks thinks Roosevelt will nated. Senator Beveridge Is surs | Representative Crumpacker says ty congressional district will instcj Roosevelt, no matter what tht; oil tricts decide. Representative CharP. dis, some time in opposition, is, out for Roosevelt. Representative Hemenway i thinks It wisest to nominate Roosevelt. | Chairman Goodrich will find nothing but Roosevelt talk. Massachusetts' Big Four. I Massachusetts republicans In the House were talking today about the probable "big I four" from that state from the national convention. They said that three of the four had been determined upon?Senator Lodge, Murray Crane and former Mayor E. N. Curtis of Boston. The choice of the fourth would be between ex-Ambassador Draper and Col. E. C. Benton of Waverly. It Is expected that the Roosevelt strength will receive some recruits from southern states in tlyj near future. Some of the men who control the republican delegations from the south are mighty quick to see which way the wind blows. The southern republican who Is on the opposite side of the faction in power is in deed In hard case. With only one candi date In sight the business outlook is surely [ discouraging to the southern republican politicians. Already some of tnem arc casting longing eyes toward the band wagon. SENATOR HANNA MUCH BETTER. I Under Doctor's Orders He Will Remain in the House for Several Days. Senator Hanna was much improved today. . He arose this morning and after reading | the newspapers at his room in the Arllng | ton Hotel saw his secretary, Mr. Dover, I and for over an hour went over various | business matters that needed attention. In fact, he looked after his mail about as 'usual. He saw few callers today, only his | personal friends. The senator remained up during the day, althcugh he stayed in his private apart ment. If Senator Hanna had his own way he would probably have been at the Capi tol, but he has Anally consented to abide by the advice of his physician. Dr. Rixey, who Insists that he shall remain indoors for I some days. He has no further difficulty with the annoying abcess that formed at the base of one of his teeth, and It Is not believed -that he will experience a?y more I trouble with that. Senator Hanna will not go to the Capitol this week. If he continues to improve and I the weather is Inviting early next week | he will probably be driven to the Senate in a closed carriage. Even after he has re I covered sufficiently to leave the hotel he | will have to take the best ear* of himself , for several weeks. Argued for Camp Sites. The House committee on iqllitary affairs today listened to arguments In favor of Oakland, Md.; Somerset, Pa., and Cone wago valley, Pa., three rival places for selection as a permanent mili tary camp site. Brigadier General Gobln of Harrisburg. Pa., presented the claims for the selection of Conewago valley; Brig. Gen. Wiley of the Pennsyl vania militia urged the selection of Somer set, and G. S. Hammil and H. H. Sewell spoke for Oakland. *' * n , ? ? To Survey State Bound&riea. The Interior Department has arranged for a complete survey of the boundary line between Idaho and Montana, and Howard B. Carpenter of California has been ap pointed United States surveyor to conduct the work. The survey, it is expect, d will take about two years. Under the contract the government will pay Carpenter at the rate of $1<>0 for every mile of boundary permanently establlslied. Called on Acting Secretary looinia. Senor Don Juan Riano. first secretary of the Spanish legation and charge d'affaires In the absence of the minister, vh0 Is away on leave, called at the State Department today to pay hie reepects to the official*. He spent some time with Acting Secretary Loomis. He has recently returned from home, where he was called by the illness of a relative LANDLORD GIVES CLUE Mysterious Stranger at Hotel in Bedford. LEFT VERY SUDDENLY MORNING AFTER MURDER OF MISS SCHAFER. Ate No Breakfast and Did Not Fay His Bill?Arrived Late at Night. BEDFORD, Ind.. January as.?Detectives are making a rigid search for a man who registered at the Park Hotel from Palo, 111., a day or two before the murder of Miss Sarah Hchafer and left suddenly the morning after the murder without paying his bill. The authorities say they- have discovered a clew which they think justifies them in placing him among the suspects, though tliey decline to say what that In formation Is. The man wanted is a stranger in Bedford. When seen on the night of the murder he had been out in the rain without an umbrella. Mis clothing was disarranged and he had evidently been In a struggle. He left suddenly Friday be fore breakfast. A man of similar description entered the tool house of the Monon Coal Chute at Greencastle Monday night following, and seemed to be hysterical. He cried and said he had committed an awful crime. It was supposed by the men who saw him at the time that he was slightly demented. He was last seen going toward Crawfordsville. The Landlord's Statement. The landlord of the Park Hotel, where the stranger stopped, says the man was seen for the first time in Bedford on the night of Mis i Schafer's death. This was in the Monon ra'iroad station. The man claimed that he had been to the station to meet a man who failed to arrive. The land lord returned to the hotel with him, where the stranger registered in a firm hand. His clothing was disarranged, as if he had been in a struggle, but there were no blood marks on it. He had had plenty of time to have washed them off. however. It was near midnight when he went to bed. The next morning the landlord called him, and he answered from his room. A short time aft;r that call the landlord heard the report of the murder and went to the scene. When he returned to the hotel the lodger was gone. He had not eaten break fast nor had he settled his hill. The land lord described the guest's manner as rest less. Harry Behr Released. LOnBVILLB, Ky., January 28.?Harry Behr, the young man who was arrested yes terday as a suspect in connection with the murder of Miss Sarah Schafer, upon assurances from the chief of police of Mem phis that Behr knew nothing of the crime, was released today after an arraignment In the city court. Sheriff Larrabee of Hancock county. 111., has been in consultation with Sheriff Smith. He says at a little town near New Castle a man Is being watched who answers the description of the strnnger who disap peared from the Park Hotel. Slieriff Smith believes a good trail has been struck. FOUR WORKMEN CRUSHED. They Were Sinking an Air Shaft in Coal Mine. BROWN8VIIJ-E, Pa.. January 28.?Four men, all foreigners, were crushed to death today in a new air shaft of the Briar Ilill Coal Company, near here. The shaft was (585 feet deep, and the men were being lowered in a bucket when a 400-pound pilot weight broke, precipitating the bucket and men to the bottom, the heavy weight falling on them and crushing them beyond recognition. The men were in the employ of Contractor Samuel Henry of Connellsville, Pa., who was sinking the shaft. The Briar Hill Company is owned by the Republic Iron and Steel Company. It is claimed by the officials that the accident was due to the failuie of the men to remove the weight fiom the lever before starting down. EXERCISES AT ANNAPOLIS. Program for the Commencement at the Naval Academy. Special Dispatch to Tlie Evening Star. ANNAPOLIS, Md., January 28.?Super intendent Brownson today issued the fol lowing order for the program of graduat ing exercises of the first class of midship men at the Naval Academy, to be held on Monday next, February 1. At 10:20 a.m. the midshipmen will form and march to the armory. The heads of departments and such other officers as the superintendent may desig nate will occupy seats on the platform. Seats will be reserved near the platform for the officers of the academy and their families. The parents and visiting friends of the graduating class will be admitted by card to reserved seats near the plat form. The armory will be entered by the southeast door. The graduating ceremonies will begin at 10:45 a.m., the diplomas being delivered by W. H. Moody, Secretary of the Navy. The uniform for officers during the grad uating ceremonies will be special full dress, and for the ball in the armory even ing dress, with white waistcoats. The uniform for midshipmen will be full dress. The sixty-two midshipmen of the first class who will be gradual -d from the Na val Academy on Monday next have all been ordered home to await orders, save the nine who will be detained at the Na val Academy as instructors. The follow ing have been ordered to report on the bat tle ship Missouri not later than February 7: David W. Bagley, B. Barnette, A. G. Caffee, Wm. F. Halsey, Jr., and C. R. P. Rodgers. Lieuts. B. W. Wells, jr., and R. H. Jack son returned to the Naval Academy today and reported the safe arrival at Norfolk, Va., of the tug Standish and the torpedo boats Talbot and Porter. The two officers commanded the vessels on their trip from here to Norfolk. HEAVY SNOW IN SOUTH. Eight Inches Fall at Birmingham and Atlanta. BIRMINGHAM, Ala., January 28.?Ac cording to the weather bureau the snow fall here last night amounted to eight inches, the heaviest of which there is an official record. Street car and railroad traffic is delayed. ATLANTA, Ga., January 28.?The heav iest snowfall ever known since the local weather bureau was established fell last night and today to a depth of eight Inches. The temperature dropped to freezing last night, but is rising today. Street car traf fic was delayed. ARRIVAL OF TAFT NEXT SECRETARY OF WAR COR DIALLY WELCOMED. Went to White House and Subsequently Had a Conference With Secretary Root at the Department. | William H. Taft. the former governor general of the Philippine? and new Secre tary of War, arrived here over the Pennsyl vania railroad at 6:15 o'clock yesterday af ternoon. His train was the regular con nection of the Chicago limited. He was enthusiastically welcomed by a large gath ering at the station. Lieutenant General Adna R. Chaffee, chief of staff of the United States army; Assistant Secretary of War Oliver and Colonel Clarence Ed wards, chief of the division of insular af fairs, formally greeted the new head of the War Department. Others of the party at the railroad sta tion included Harry Worley of Cincinnati, Ohio, an old friend of the Taft family; Louis Torres and Antonio Torres, sons of an associate justice of the Philippine su preme court, and their Philippine friends, Jose Varis and Fileman Perez. Greeted With Cheers. Governor Taft was escorted down the long train shed by General Chaffee and Assistant Secretary Oliver, and as they I reached the gates and passed through, a lane formed in the crowd there was a pro longed outburst of cheers, which was re peated vociferously by the people gathered outside. Governor Taft. with Gen. Chaffee and Colonel Edwards, both In full uniform, entered one carriage and General Oliver followed in another and led by Troop E of the ISth Cavalry from Fort Myer, which had been drawn up in the plaza in front of the depot, they were rapidly driven to the War Department, where Secretary Root formally welcomed his successor. From there the new secretary was driven to the Arlington Hotel, where apartments had been reserved for him. Governor Taft looked the picture of health. He said he had had an enjoyable trip and was In ex cellent . health. He was accompanied by Mr. Carpenter, his private secretary. M;-s. Taft and their children did not accompany the governor, remaining in California for an indefinite stay. I Governor Taft was a guest at the brilliant reception which Senator Alger gave last night to the retiring Secretary of War, Mr. I Root. Governor Taft stood near Mr. Root in the receiving line, and had met nearly all official Washington before he had been In the city four hours. Invited to meet the retiring Secretary of War were the Presi dent. the cabinet, the diplomatic corps, the Supreme Court and other distinguished persons prominent in official life here. As dean of the diplomatic corps Count Cassinl, the Russian ambassador, gave Governor Taft a most cordial greeting on the part of his confreres in the corps. The two spent some time In conversation. Received Many Callers. Governor Taft spent the morning at his hotel, where there was a constant stream of callcrs. Later .n the day he went to the White House, and thence to the War De partment for a con fere""" with Secrt,, >y Root. Gov* rtioM Taft ?* given a re ception tomoi row evening r>y tfrc j53.ir.ng Secretary of War and Mrs. "fBot in their Lafayette square home. This reception piomises to take rank among the most brilliant social events of the season, and will mark the farewell of Secretary Root to Washington society. Gov. Taft and Secretary Root remained to luncheon with the President. CLERICAL CHANGES. Appointments and Promotions in the Interior Department. The following clerical changes have been made In the Department of the Interior; General land office: Appointment?Miss Mary F. Theaker of Illinois, copyist, at $9tH>. Promotion?Frank E. Mansuy of Ohio, copyist, at $000, to clerk, at $1,000. Indian office: Appointments?Charles M. Earl of Wisconsin and Lee Morris of Ten nessee, copyists, at $000. Resignation?H. Scott Ryer of Virginia, copyist, at $900. Patent office: Resignations?Joseph M. Gold of North Carolina, copyist, at $}*X>, and Charles H. Baker of District of Colum bia, skilled draftsman, at $1,200. Promo tions?B. Plckman Mann of Massachusetts, second assistant examiner, at $l.<i<N?, to first assistant examiner, at $1,800; Isaac H. Bryant of Texas, third assistant ex-iminer, at $1,400. to second assistant examiner, at $1,000; William W. Holt of South Carolina, fourth assistant examiner, at $1,200, to third assistant examiner, at $1,400; Charles W. H. Brown of Indiana, draftsman, at $1,000, to skilled draftsman, at $1,200: Mrs. Ellen V. Griffiths of Delaware, copyist, at $900, to model attendant, at $1,000; Miss Laura V. Walker of Connecticut, model at tendant. at $800, to copyist, at $000: Miss Nellie G. Ross of Ohio, copyist, at $7"JO, to model attendant, at $800, and Raymond Blumenfeld of District of Columbia, mes senger boy. at $360, to copyist, at $720. General land office: Appointment?How ard B. Carpenter of California, United States surveyor, to survey the boundary line between Idaho and Montana: compen sation at the rate of $100 for every mile of said boundary permanently established. FILED FALSE PAPERS. Applicant for Engineer on Government Steamer Convicted at St. Paul. The civil service commission h?s re ceived notice from United States Attorney Houpt of 8t. Paul that Leroy Lyo.i pleaded guilty in the United States district court to a charge of attempting to defraud the United Slates by filing false papers in con nection with a civil service examination, and was sentenced by Judge Lochren to serve one year and three months In the state prison at Stillwater, Minn. Lyon was an applicant for examination before the civil service commission for the position of engineer on the quartermaster's steamer Lotus, but before he could be ad mitted to the examination he was required to show that he had been licensed as an .engineer by the steamboat Inspection serv ice. In order to comply with this require ment Lyon sent the commission a license belonging to Albert H. Wareham, from which Lyon had erased Wareham s name and substituted his own. THE DIPLOMATIC BILL. An Increase of $28,350 Carried by the Measure. The diplomatic and consular appropria tion bill was completed today by the Houa; committee on foreign affairs and ordered reported. The measure carries a total ap propriation of $1,!>96,600, an increase of $28,350 over the appropriation for the pres ent year. Of this Increase $12 < 0 > is for the diplomatic service in the republic of Pan ama. An item of $11,000 ;s included for the consular service in Manchuria. Movements of Naval Vessels. The Navy Department has been informed of the arrival at Norfolk of the torpedo boats Porter and Talbot under convoy of the tug Standish. The 8oiace has arrived at Hong Kong, and the Don Juan de Aus tria has left Aden for Sues. Only a few hundred people see any average store window each d?y. A hundred and fifty thousand people see The Star's advertis ing daily. TO GO TDJHE HOOSE Favorable Reports Authorized oil Local Measures. CHANGES IN TAX LAWS OMNIBUS BILL TAKEN UNDEB CONSIDERATION. I Meeting of the District Committee Thig Morning?Commissioners Heard in Regard to the District Bill. At the meeting of the House committee on the District of Columbia thin morning. Chairman Babcock presiding, a number of local measures were cnnsifl. re<l and favor able reports ordered. The committee also considered for more than an hour the omni bus bill submitted by the Commissioners amending various provisions in the tax laws, particularly those of the personal tax law relating to corporations. No de cision was reached In regard to the meas ure. The members of the committee are especially Interested In the proposed reduc tion of the tax on trust companies and building associations. They want further time to consider the inattei. and will prob ably grant hearings to the representatives of the interests affected. To Remove Snow and Ice. The committee authorized a favorable re port on House bill i"4'-l to provide for the removal of snow and ice from the side walks. The bill was amended so as t<: pro vide a specific fine of $?"? and costs for a failure to remove snow from the sidewalks. The present law provides a tine of $1. which has been found Insufficient. The Commis sioners proposed a tine of "not more than $5." The committee thought there should be no opportunity for favoritism, and so prescribed a specific fine. The bill makes available an appropriation of $5,000 to en able the Commissioners to remove snow wiien the property owner has failed to do so. The cost of the work is to be assessed against the property and collected with the realty tax. The time* for removing snow is fixed "within tho first four hours of daylight after the ceasing of any fall of snow." Railway Company Given More Time. A favorable report wa.s ordered on House bill 5>331, to extend the time for the com pletion of the Bast Washington Heights Traction Railroad Company for twelve months from the date of the passage of the act. This bill was amended in accordance with a recommendation by the Commission ers by adding a proviso to the effect that if the railroad is nol eoiqplet>?i and in opera tion within the year prescribed ihe company sball be sutject lo a pe.i:'lr >f i >r e-ch day.that cars are not ninni.ig. The com mittee ordered printed in connection with the rerort on the measure a copy of reso lutions adopted by tho Kast Washington Heights Citizens' A;-- '>>11 In which it ie slated that the section W'r.ow without struct railroad facilities. In urging the passage of the bill the resolutions state: "The repeated efforts of the citizens of this section to secure street railway facili ties have resulted in complete failure until the control of the East Washington Heights Traction Railroad Company passed into the hands of the present management." which, it is declared, has succeeded where all oth ers failed in buiiding in a substantial man ner, thoroughly satisfactory to and approv ed by the Commissioners of tiie District of Columbia, the most difficult part of this railway, and has on the ground material? rails, ties and poles, all of the best quality to continue construction of the road, which, when completed, will give us the desired fa cilities to develop the greater portion of tho territory lying east of the Eastern branch. Favorabie report wis m id.' <>n House bill WSS6. amending the District ode, section XS45, to read as follow*? "Every vessel coming to anchor in any other portion of the navigable wa>ers in tho District of Columbia shall also be so moored under the direction of the harbor m ister, or the pilot of the police boat acting in tho harbor master's abscnce, as not to obstruct the channel, and be secured w.th an anchor at bow and stern as to k ep the long axis of the vessel parallel with that of tho channel and prevent It from swinging so as to obstruct the free passage of the channel by other vessels." The committee also deeded to fivo'ahly report House bill KM17. winch prohibits the docking of horses' tails and manes. Licenses as to Bath Establishments. House bill 10?<;i>, lo further regulale the Issue of licenses to Turk sh. Russian and medicated baths, was amended n tl e pen alty clause and ordered to be leported favorably. The bill prevents any female giving a bath or massage treatment to a male, and vice versa. As originally drawn the measure provided a fin^* of not less than $4o or more thin with imprisonment not to exceed 10b days. The committee re duced the maximum fine to J100 .tnd the imprisonment to ninety days. The committee acted favorably upon House bill 2871, to incorporate the Mutual Investment Fire Insurance Company of the District of Columbia, t'-e incorporators of which are: Richard J. Reall, Andrew O. Nash, William O. Dennlson. R. O'Neill, Bernard Leonard, Howard Beall and John R Wright. A favorable report was ordered on House bill 4344. for the relief cf Vincenzo Gerardl of this city. The measure recites that Uer ardi, who is about sixly years of age, pur chased property in this city before ha was a naturalized citizen; that he has bc-en a resident of the District of Columbia for ihe past thirty-one years, and is now a natural ized and reputable citizen. The bill proposes to relieve the real estate owned by Gerardi from the operation of an ari to restrict the ownership of real estate In the territories to American citieena. ap proved March .'i. 1887. All forfeitures incur red by force of the act in respect of such real estate are remitted. LOCAL BILL IN THE SENATE. I District Measures Introduced in the , Upper House. Secretary Moody has communicated with Senator Warren, chairman of the commit tee on claims of the Senate, in relation to Senate bill W57, for the relief of Joseph A. Jennings, a painter who, while working on one of the buildings at the navy yard, was struck by an li-ton crane and injured so that Jjis. arm had to be amputated. Tho bill provides for the payment of damages to Jennings. The Secretary states that he is in favor of paying damages to employes of the government injured without fault of their own, but he thinks that such lcgisla I tion should be general and not special. He states that in the case of Jennings no neg ligence on his own part or on the part of the government seems to be clear, so that the committee on claims will have to draw its own conclusions In determining respon sibility in Ihis particular case. Senator Galllnger today introduced a bill prepared by the Commissioners to define the term "registered nurse" and to provide for the registration of nurses In the Di? trict of Columbia. | Senator Kean Introduced a bill for the | extension of Wyoming avenue eastward