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No. 16,223. WASHINGTON, D. C., TUESDAY, T,%BItTARY 21, 1905-TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS.'
TU EVENIN STAR. UwmED DAY, ]MGP WUNAY. 21am , 1 11th U1%sU a A EmagIaml Aema Th Uveulig air Newuspw 0impany. New Ta Mi.: Ts %no @.g, oIseg Snes: I e m-h g. The EvennIg Star is served to suberibers in the city by carriers. on their own accoun, at 10 cents per weeb, er 44 cents per month. at the counter, 2 cents each. By mall-anywhere in the U. I. or Canada-postage prepaid-50 cents per moth. Saturday Star, 32rges, $1 per year; with for e~npostage added, .00. iEntered at the Post Ofice at Washington, D. ., as second-clas mail matter.) t7All mail subscriptions most be paid in advance, Dates of advertising made nawn a application, CHARGE AGAINST DRAKE Royal Benefit Society Allege Persecution. T E L L COMMISSIONERS SPECIFCATIONB AGAINW SUPEB ITENDENT OF INSURAwCE. Details of Paper Filed by D. F. Pen nington This Xorning-Beply Also Given Out. Sensational charges alleging per secution on the part of Thomas E. Drake, superintendent of insurance, are the subject of a paper filed with the District Commissioners today by the Royal Benefit Society. The specifications, which it is said will be backed up with evidence, closed by asking that the Comniis sioners take no precipitate action. Personal animosity and spite and violation of the law are among the more serious allegations. The Royal Benefit Society of the District today notified the Commissioners, in a let ter received by them, that the society pro poses to formulate charges against Thomas E. Drake, superintendent of the District in surance department, for alleged officiEal conduct which the society considers is in effect a persecution of the organization. The letter received by the Commissioners is signed by the Royal Benefit Society by D. F. Pennington, president. The society makes the following specific charges: "That Thomas E. Drake, Insurance com missioner. is circulating reports that he has refused us a license, for which we have never applied and would not accept if he of fered it to us: is writifig letters to various insurance departments endeavoring to get them to interefere with our business' Or re fuse -us A license, 1b order to destroy our bsine's., aid is otherwise conducting him self wholly without warrant of law and in entire disregard of -the law. He is also threatening us with proceedings for which he has no warrant of law, and is endeav oring by all means he can to gratify his personal animosity by spitefully using us contrary to all principles of equity and jus tice and in violation of the law. He is also circulating reports that the board of Com mlssioners has sustained him in these ac tions, although upon Inquiry we cannot find any record of the same." The society requests the Commissioners to take no precipitate action affecting the society at the request of Superintendent Drake until the society has an opportunity of conpleting a private examination and lifqufry, which, the letter states. is almost completed and upon which the society pro peses to ask that Mr. Drake be removed from offlee. In concluding the letter of the society .lates: "We have no personal feeling in this matter, but we say emphat ically, that Th6onas E. Drake. by his of ficial and unofficial actions has shown a -determinat-ion to ruin us without cause and wholly without"warrant of law, and we are therefore moved in our defense to appeal to your board for a hearing In due time." Letter to Mr. Drake. In addition to this letter the officers of the society have forwarded a letter to the Commissioners, which, it is stated, will be sent to Mr. Drake personally when the .annual report of the society is submitted. In the letter to Mr. Drake the officers of the society say: "You will note that we have stated in this report that the reason we are compelled to furnish it in this manner is because you. ia utter neglect of your duties as required by the code, have refused to furnish us blanks. You have assumed to refuse us blanks on which to make our annual r port because you claim that we are out lawed and without any rights to do busi ness, because of your refusal to furnish us a license for which we r'ever applied and which we would not accept from you unless forced to do so by a court of highest re sort. We entirely repudiate your right to request us to apply for a license. We as sert that you illegally requested this so ciety in December, 1902, to apply for a license and that becaiuse the society, under a previous management, made a clerical error in filling up the blank as a matter of form, in no way made legal your illegal act. ~'Furthermore, we accuse you of havIng spitefully and with manifest 'intention of injuring our business written your letter - of January 5l. 1905, refusing us a license for which we have not applied and would not accept from you, and that you have done this for the express purpose of cir culating damaging reports in the news papers as a basis for communication to other departments, seeking to have them refuse us a license, thus destroyipg our position in said communities as well as de stroying the society and Its business." Xr. Drake's Eeply. In reply to the charges and the letter of the society Superintendent Drake this aft ernoon made a written statement to the Commissioners relative to the matters al leged. Mr. Drake says in part: "The letter of the society, in the first place, charges me with actIng 'spitefully,' etc., and that it finds no record of my ac tion being sustained by the Commissioners, If it is the Intention of the society to con vey the idea that my action in refusing a. license was not sustained by the Coimmis sloners it is only necemsry to say that the society was carefully at scientifically ex amined in 1902, when tt was found to be operating in violation of -the law. The case was finally referred to Corporation Counsel A. B. Duvall for opinion, and Mr. Henry (3. Davis, attorney for the society, was granted hearings before Mr. Duvall. and he and the department submitted briefs to Mr. Duvall, who finally, in a written opinion, sustained the position of the department. and said opinion has been approved by the board of Commissioners. "In regard to my action in notifying the insurance commissioners of certain stares of .my refusal of license to this society, I have also, to state that I am advised by Assistant Corporation Counsel Stephens that I not only acted within my duties in so advising them, but that it was, my positive duty to do so. "Replying to that feature of the society's letter denying that they ever applied for a license to do business in the District of Columbia. I refer to you verbatim copies of two such applications. Also copies of ,their letter asking for blanksater refusal of license which occurred on the 5th of January-on which to report for the Qalen dar year ending December 31, 1904, which requests were refused, in accordance with a copy of the departments letter, which is berewith forwarded.** *As the insurance department is under the aupervision of rymins.aner Macfagland, who is now out of town, the Commiss==mersg wm take no settea in thi mSatter until a!k trMr. Macfariand returns to thie city Fri NO HOPE FOR ENTOMBED ONLY THREE BODIES TAKEN FROM THE VIEGINIA MIES. BIRMINGHAM, Ala.. February 21.-The latest report today from the Virginia mine, where over a hundred miners are entombed by yesterday's explosion, is that three bodies have beenl recovered. It is now said that only 116 men, instead of i0 were in the mine when the explosion occurred. The rescuers are still at work and It Is rumored that no less than fifty dead bodies are in sight. The rescuers during the night encountered much after-damp and many of them had to be taken to the surface and revived, hav ing been overcome by the fumes. This leads the rescuers to believe that the entombed could not possibly have lived this long In their underground prison. Hundreds of miners gathered at the mine during the night to help In the rescue work, but only a limited number could be em ployed. However, as soon as one shift was. tired or overcome by after-damp another was ready to continue the work. State Mine In spector J. M. Gray was on the scene all night directing the work. The mine is some distance off the railroad and is reached only by wagon road. PROPOSAL FOR ARITATION. President Mellon Considering Proposi tion From Locomotive Firemen. NEW HAVEN. Conn., February 21. "President Mellen Is considering a proposal for arbitration which has been submitted to him, and we expect an answer from him today," said Timothy Shea, second vice grand master of the Brotherhood of Rail road Firemen, in outlining the situation existing today - as regards the demand of the members of the firemen's brotherhood employed on the New York, New Haven and Hartford system. Mr. Shea said the proposal which' had been submitted to President Mellen com prehended the appointment of a commit tee of arbitration to consist of a representa tive of the railroad company, a member of the Brotherhood of Firemen and a neutral third party. Although the fact was called to Mr. Shea's attention that the railroad company had already rejected a proposition of this nature, - he declared he had reasonable ground for belief that the proposition would be accepted. BRIBERY FUND A FEATURE. Interest in Trial of Former Assembly man in Missouri. BUTLER, Mo., February 21.-Interest in the trial of Charles Krantz, former member of the St. Louis municipal assembly, who Is charged with accepting a bribe while a member of that body, centered today in the $60,000 bribery fund which the state has Impounded and which has been used in other trials as evidence against Kratz's co defendants. Judge Denton issued an order to compel the St. Louis' Trust Company, which has custody of the money, to produce it in court. The trust company contended It could not obey the order, as the company has been directed by the St. Louis circuit court to hold the money. Judge Denton overruled this contention and his original order stands. The defense is fighting against the in troduction of the money, contending that such Introduction would be prejudicial to the interests of the defendant. Circuit Attorney Sager of St. Louis opened the case against Kratz today. Both Kratz and his wife were in court. SIE HENRY IEVING ILL. Collapsed After a Performance Last Night-Severe Chill. LONDON, February 21.-Sir Henry Irv ing is reported somewhat seriously ill at Wolverhampton. He coijapsed after a per formance last night and has been obliged to cancel his attendance at a meeting to be held in the Wolverhampton town hall to day, where he was to be presented with a silver casket. Sir Henry was born in 1838. Sir Henry is suffering from a severe chili. WOLVERHAMPTON, England, Febru ary 21.-Sir Henry Irving is rapidly recov ering from the severe chill which caused alarm regarding his condition. A bulletin issued this afternoon says he probably will be well enough to appear at the theater tonight. TO CONFER WITH KAWSAS. Ellinois Legislators Inaugurate In quiry Into Standard Oil Business. SPRINGFIELD, Ill., February 21.-A res alution to investigate the met)ied of the Standard Oil Company was introduced in the house today. Th'e resolution provides for the appointment of a committee of five to confer with the Kansas legislature as to the scope and extent of the pipe lines of the Standard Oil Company. The resolution declares the present house to be in hearty accord with the fight of the Kansas legislature for commercial free ilom. The resolution after citing the report "that pipe lines and conduits controlled by the Standard Oil Company, extending from the oil fields of Kansas to certain ecities of the states of illinois, and intended to supply oil to such cIties, are rapidly approaching copein"-declares that the people of DIiness have a right to know "the* prpos of the Standard Oil Company in this re gard, and whet rights and terms it may elaim as a common carrier, or in any other espacity." EIIVUNUD 14ALLOTIG, aloat buesn at Dover Today Marked by Dmo-atic Split. DOVER, DeL, February 21.- The ballot lng for United States senator by the legis lature in joint session today was enlivened by a democratic split. The democratic members have been holding a caucus each week since the balloting for senator began and making a nomination to continue for a week only. Each time, however, Willard Baulsbury received the nomination, and he was again nominated this morning by' a vote of 12 to 9. Thereupon, eight of those who voted against him walked out of the raucus, and at an informal confierence de tided to vote for former Secretary of State lames Hughes for the -re==inder of this week. The ballot for senator taken ij joint ses sion resulted: Addicks, nion ymepublican, 15; Henry A. Dupont, reu;. I'. Colemaan Duglint, reg nna ; Dr. Hiram 3, -Burton.uw szuMem 1; Dr. George W. Marshall, BIG FIRE NEAR BOSTON Two of the Largest Piers of Hoosac Tunnel Burned. THE LOSS ONE MILLION STEAMER DAMAGED AID MUCK OF ITS CARGO ESTEOTED. Five Persons Sustained Injuries Railway Company Principal Loser --City's Narrow Escape. A loss estimated at $I,ooo,cco was caused by a fire at the Hoosac Tunnel docks at Charlestown early today. - Two of the largest piers were burned, the Wilson-Leyland Furness Line steamer Philadelphian was seriously damaged, and a large quantity of merchandise, both on the docks and in the hold of the Philadelphian, was ruined or de stroyed. Five persons sustained in juries. BOSTON, Mass., February 21.-A large double pier, Nos. 3 and 4 of the Hoosac tunnel docks; in Charlestown, together with considerable valuable freight, was com pletely destroyed by fire early today, and the steamer Philadelphian of the Furness Leyland line, from which the crew fled so hastily that three were injured, was hauled into the stream with her upper works ablaze. The loss to the Boston and Maine Itailroad Company, the owner of the docks, is estimated at fully $400,000, while the damage to the Philadelphian and merchan dise will, it is thought, bring the total loss up to about a million dollars. The adjoining, pier, No. 5, which was burned last November and which was be ing rebuilt, was slightly damaged, while the steamer Daltonhall, on the opposite side of the. pier from the Philadelphian, backed out under her OiV steam, -practi cally uninjured. The Injured. The following were injured: Chief Steward John W. Fellows of the Philadelphian, of Liverpool, England; suf fering from exposure in the water and ex haustion; in a dangerous condition. Fred C. Cushing of London, England, sea man on Philadelphian; right leg fractured by jumping to lighter. Charles W. Tate, London, England, sea man on Philadelphian; suffering from ex posure in the water. John F. Murphy, fireman, engine 44, Charlestown; concussion of the brain. Dennis Driscoll, engine 36, Charlestown; toes crushed and back injured. All the injured men were taken to the re lief hospital, where the condition of the steward, Fellows, was pronounced danger ous. The physicians stated the others would all recover. The members of the fire department sustained their injuries in falls. Chief Steward Fellows of the Philadel phian jumped overboard and was rescued in an exhausted condition, while one of the firemen of tie steamer jumped to the deck of a nea'ryy li'ghter and had a leg broken. Captain Dickinson and his wife were taken off by the fireboat, after they had been driven to the stern of the burn ing steamer, and. were about to jump into the harbor. How Fire Started. The fire started presumably from spon taneous combustion in some hay on pier No. 4, at 1:30 o'clock this morning, and wept with terrific speed through the long shed. Within five minutes after it was dis covered fully a quarter of an acre -of cov Bred pier, well filled with the most infiam rable goods, was wrapped in flames. Blazing brands were carried across the arbor to the city proper, but fortunately way from a large grain elevator at the ead of pier No. 4. The Philadelphian, which arrived last Sat arday -from Liverpool and had discharged lbout a quarter of her cargo, caught fire within a few minutes. Her crew, who rushed on deck at the first alarm, were riven over the side by the great volume f flame which poured across the decks. But'few harbor tugs were in. the neighbor bood and it was nearly an hour before she was hauled from her perilous position. More than half the fire department of he city was called into service and fought he fire until dawn before it was subdued. An Exceptional Fire.. It has been years since alarms summon ng so much apparatus to a single fire have een sounded here, and few fires ever have iven the department harder work. When .he first firemen reached the docks the sheds n both piers 3 and 4 were burning furi muly, and the force, which steadily grew is the engines arrived in response to the repeated signals on the fire hells, could ot begin to keep pace with the sweep of he blase. The direction of the wind is believed to ave been the chief factor in preventing a ouch greater destruction of property in Zharestown. The steamer Philadelphian, which lay be ween the burning piers, had small chance o escape, and even before a stream from ny source could be brought to bear, her ecks and upper works were ablase. When the first cdught more than half of her crew if forty-eight men were below, and the speed with which the flames laid hold on aer for a time made it seem impossible that tl could bave escaped. Some did so by eping overboard. Others succeeded in owering a boat, although the davits be ~ame red hot while they were doing it. Captain's Wife Escaped. The captain's wife was taken on board he ire boat. Captain Dicrinson accounted or all his men and announced that no one ad lost his life, although three had been njured. The full extent of the damage to he steamship and cargo cannot be told mnti the vessel is unloaded. The escape of the Daltonhall is considered nost fortunate, as she bas on board a very raluable cargo, having been practically oded to sail today for Rotterdam. The rteamer Michigan of the Warren line and he steamer Martello also were threatened, nit they escaped damage. While the property loss is severe, the de itruction of the two pilers will not seriously nterfere with shipping. The lose to the Boston and Maine railroad is eovered by nurance. Other losers also are insured. Railway ?rineipal Lobe. The principal loser is the Bostona & 3Main. Raiload Compeany, owner of -theg gok -b0 damsgede plce at ,T ies to the PluimanipbIa also I This also accounts, it k blieved, for the escape of a big grain eteVitorIwhich was at the head ot the .docks, as well as of tne adjoining pier, No.' 5, tes. rebuilding of which, after a Are, last,. November, was nearly completed. SANTO DOMINGO BEATY. Senate Comiittee -to 1'4ke It Up To The Senate emmntee *n foreign rela tions will meet tomorrow to take up the Santo Domingo treatY. Bteme of the re publican membet of the committee hope that it may be possible to report the treaty to the-Senate before the Ind of the pres ent week. Thete is no Opposition to the treaty among the- republicans, and it is not at al 0wts-tht there is serious op position am.n gti*t-! moerats, although some features of the treaty are likely to produce discussion. Tomorrow's meeting, however, will deter -mine the attitude of the democrats toward the treaty and may -furish an index of what is to be--expected when the instru ment comes before the Senate. If there is to be a long-debate on -te treaty It will go over until the speciat-sessfin of the Senate, which is to be called after March 4 for the consideration of nominatons and such other business as lies- within the Sen ate's peculiar province. MIGNED BY THZ3 AUNDRED, Petition for Considerato f Public Buildings l i Chairman -Gillet (N. Y eft lie House committee on public buldng'and grounds today took the initiative is behalf of the omnibus public building bAUt by applying' to Speaker Cannon . for a Ehle givipg that measure the right of iay 1&the House, and backed up this application with a petition signed by 100 members of the House, both republicans and democrats. In former conferences with the Speaker, as chairman of the committee on rules, very little encouragement has been receiv ed for the bill. No apparent change in this situat:on was indicated today. Some o' the most radical advocates of a public building measui* have suggested calling a caucus in thke event the commit tee on rules remains deaf to the pleadings of members. Chairmap GMlet Is hopeful that his bill will be gi fn'a right of way without arastic measures. PLACED IN TIM 3WNDA. Bust of Washington UM 3 Unveiled Tomori . A bronze bust of W4siseinteM a replica of the original in marbe by 'David D'An gers, which was destroyed in a fire in the quarters of the Library soowess in 1851, was put in place in the rotunda of the Capitol today, and will be sunveiled tomor row at 11 o'clock. The iepliea, like the original, is-the gift of the citizens of France. It will be presented br-the French ambassador, J. J., Jussrid, in exercises to be held after the unwiljpg i the Presi dent's room in the Semate *ng of the Cap itol. The pedestal on wh e-bust:;is mounted contains a rfeesptachg in which the French ambassadorsxWill place pape;s giving a history of tIt-i t, after whi 1i the receptacle will be setal *. tche bust arrived at the Capitol about a year .ago, but has just been ashign ' place. The bust has been..placd near where the original stood at the i.1n of Its' destruc tion. The ceremony of unveiling will take place in the presence of members of the joint comittee on the library, the President pro tem. of the Senate, the: Speaker of the House of Representative ' and the French ambassador. Immediately after the un veiling these gentlemen will. proceed to the President's room, in the Ereate wing of the Capitol, where the fornal , ceremonies of presentation wjll take p ce The French ambassador will make tle speech of pres entation, which will be rdplied to by Sena tor Wetmore and Represept-tive McCleary, as chairmen of the library .ommittees of the Senate and House of Representatives, respectively. . . THE SMOOT CASE GOES OVE3. go Report Will 33 Xiede to the Pres ent Coilgress. No report will be ma4e in the Senator Smoot case in the preselt Congress. This has been agreed upon by several members Df the Senate committee og pylvileges and elections, for the reason that time does not remain for consideration by.. the Senate of such report as the committee might make.' Senators Spooner, Hale, Platt (Conn.) and several other senators as well as members f the committee degire to discuss the case when It,is.broughtto thepSenate. Members f the ' committee -have pasctically deter ined to continue the inve'stigation during the summer. When anot~er pneeting of the committee is called Chairman Burroirs in tends to bring up the. cestjon of asking :he Senate to grany:the e mmigtee authority to go to UtahI-and take estimiony. CONTBOL ON STAEDAPRD OIL,.. Kansas Bepresnentattels in dongress flequesed1 to Unege Aet. Representative Miller-of Kansa laid -be fore the House this morning a joint resolu ton of the two branches of :the Kansas legislature urging the tpvestIiggni of the Standar4 Oil Company, The retolutionfl1 ows: "Resolved, That our .repr~espntatlves in Congress he reqested and our .senators be Olrected to prepare, urge ahid perfect such national- legaian.as will 'control the Stnard Oil Ceaeeny end poetect' the oil ndustry in Kansas fremdeetsUtion by the greatest monopoly the, woaR has ever inown." The folingreport -si4,eenaan to the civil service coim eti~o ' canges in the cinemidna -.9 0 the~ Edman schesl service duriaef the - -~ January: Probational appointm 3 6emlure-to ap ept appointments, fl8 rM n, ents, 6; transfers to' eirk in a dwnn, 34; promotions an# reduet .l1m.prtions; 70; appointments to ex etGposi tions, 80; aepalitions eom me,3; u~n classified appelfannents, sepeations from unclassified xiositions, 4A Admiral Daspey; wha4ef slumlterIng from a codddb' the past.eur day4 was re ported to be suelt bafter this montlng, but is ot yet alO tQ-gegy tisheu nanghai ASSASSINS STOICISM Profound Indifference of the Man Who Killed Sergius. RE POSES AB A MARTYR ONLY ACTED IN3 INTERESTS OF OPPRESSED PEOPLE. Other Victims to Follow Grand Duke to Delfrer Czar From Evil Infuences. MOSCOW, February 21.-The assassin of Grand Duke Sergius maintains an atti tude of profound indifference. When press ed to reply to questions, he declared that all the efforts of -the authorities would have no result. Before his victim was laid under earth other victims wou'l be found. Regarding his motives, the assassin said he only acted in the interests of an op pressed people. -He considered the deed was an act of duty. The grand dukes bad for years violated every canon of ordinary decency and ruined the country, while ex ploiting the weak will.of the emperor for their own ends. They had made him a tyrant, so that the people execrate 'im. He was aware that the -emperor was an innocent dupe, and his party had decided to deliver the emperor from the evil influ ences surrounding him, in the ape that he some day would join in the movement and become -the head of a national gov ernment based on western lines. Neither the police nor their spies, the assassin added, will be able to protect. those who are doomed to death. Race Riot at Baku. BAKU, Caucasia, February 21.-The town is panicstricken, the banks are closed, and business is suspended as a result of yes terday's disturbance, and the numerous at tacks of armed Mussulmans -on Armenns which have been going on since Sund-y in various quarters of Baku. The attitks are attributed to racial enmity. AFRAID OF JAPANESE. Ship Owners Decided Upon Return of Contraband Vessel. SAN FRANCISCO, February 21-The British steamer Brinkburn, Captain Peters. which Jeft here recently- 'with a large cargo of supplies for Vladivostok, has returned. The Brinkburn went from here to Comox, B. C., where she filled her coal bunkers for the run across the Pacific. Prom Comox rbh was ordered to Victoria. While there her re ceived word that ~ m ade was in first-class working order. It was deiMd to abandon 4 o attempt -o take thet brinkburn through the blockade and Captain Peters was ordered to bring his ship to this port and dischirge his cargo. Stoessel Reached Kafta, Crimea. KAFFA, Crimea, February 21.-Lieuten ant Gertegral Stoessel, the former command er at Port Arthur, arrived here today. RAFFA, February 21.-Gen. Stoessel was welcomed by a .cleering crowd. At the docks a deputaition from -the -municipality preeented. him with -the. traditional bread' and salt and an address of welcome. Stoes sel, addressing the.assernblage, said: "My officers ard- soldiers coming back to the fatherland bow to you." Many relatives of those who had defended Port Arthur were present and there were pathetic exhibitions of grief or joy ac cording to the news received. Stoessel per sonally condoled with the widows and orphans and many of them kissed his hand.. The general expressed indignation at the London newspaper reports regarding the numbers of the available troops at Port Arthur at the time of the surrender of the fortress and said the statements made were all untrue. The Russian fleet,. he added, was de stroyed beyond repair, there was no medi cine in the fortress, it could not have held out more than a day longer and the - sur render saved the women and children. Grand Duke Readmitted to Army. ST. PETERSBURG, February 21.-It is officially announced that Grand Iuke Paul has been readniitted to the Russiin army. with his former 'rank'of lieutenant general ind aid-degcamp general. Small Infantry Attack. TOKYO, February 21, noon.-Field Mar BhaI Oyama. reporting today, says that a small infantry attack was made on Fang mountain on February 20. The Russians shelied Lapatal on the night of February 19, using heavy guns. -Third Russian Pacific Squadron. FREDERIKSHAVN, Denmarlc, Febru ary 2.-The third Russian Pacific squadron. anchored- today in Skagen bay and is coal ing. The squadron has been joined by some, fther units and now consists of five iron elads, an auxi:liary cruiser, a gunboat and three transports. MUNICIPAL ELECTION.. ipecial Interest in the Contest at Philadelphia Today. PHILADELPHIA, Pa., February 21. More than ordinary interest was manifest md in the municipal elections today be eauue of the charges of jporruption made aainst the administration, principally In the interest of the city party, a reform po lical organization, recently foremed, which has been conducting a vigorous campaign. Increased activity was noticeable at the polls, especially in those wards where the ilty party made a fight for councils. Early indications point to the election of the entire republican ticket, including John L. Kinney for city solicitor, the tenm candi tates for magistrates and ali the candi late. for councils. In the councilmanteo ~ontests the repubicnan leaders do not ex i pet a single defeat. -1 In the magisterial contests Win. Eisen hrown and Albert H. ELane, ilemocrats,. have the indorsement pf the city party, and r. M. Rush Jermon, who has conductect] es Independent campaign, is also support ad by .the reform organizton. The ml weity representation on the magisterial kliket numbers five, and it is believed that all of the demiocratie aniatates will be doct&' - - I I FAVORS 00AL DEALER COURT OF APPEALa DOIDES AGAINST THE DISTECT. The Court of Appeals, by an opinion writ ten by Mr. Chief Justice Shepard, and handed down this afternoon, affirmed the judgment of the lower court in the case of the District of Columbia, appellant. against J. Edward Chapman. The case Involved the liability of a retail coal dealer who sells coal and wood by contract to the government to pay a li cense of $25 a year as a contractor under the provisions of the personal tax law, which provides that building and other contractors shall pay annually a license of 125. Not having paid such license Mr. Chapman a year or more ago was arrested and taken before the Police Court, and in order to secure his release from arrest paid the amount under protest and brought suit to recover it before a justice of the peace." At the trial of the casq before the justice of the peace Mr. Chapman 10st and appealed to the Supreme Court of the District, wherein last spring he recovered judgment against the District for the return of the amount so paid, with costs and interest. The District then appeald to the Court of Appeals. In addition to the question of whether he was liable to the tax, it was further argued by the District's counsel that having elected to pay the tax rather than contest the ques tion in the Police Court, Mr. Chapman had waived any right to sue for its return. On the other hand It was contended by Mr. Chapman's attorney that if a retail wood and coal dealer is subject to such tax be cause of selling to.the government every re tail merchant in the city who may sell any commodity whatsoever Is likewise subject to such a tax. "which would manifestly be placing an absurd interpretation upon the meaning of Congress," and that, further, his client was not obliged to submit to a crimi nal -prosecution in the Police Court. with posibility of fine and Imprisonment, in or der to test the question of his liability to pay such tax, but might pay the.same un der protest ,and bring suit to recover the amount if illegally exacted of him, and thus test his liability to. pay the tax. As stated, the Court of Appeals upheld the contentions of Mr. Chapman. The case Is regarded as important, as it Is said It affects the revenues of the Dis trict to a considerable degree. A31ERCIAN BOWLING TOURNEY. Standing of Some of the Leading Players, MILWAUKEE, Wis.. February 2L-Play in the American bowling congress tourna ment began today with a few individuals who were scheduled to play later in the week, but were anxious to return to their homes. Century No. 1 of Chicago still leads in the five-men team class with a score of 2,778. The Farmers of Cleveland are sec ond, 36 points behind. Jones and Best of Milwaukee are leaders in the two-men class. - J..11. Haager Iof Louisville, Ky.. was elect ed president of the American bowling con gress without opposition at tihe business meeting today. Sam Karpf of Dayton, Ohio, was re-elected seeretary by a: vote of 32 tW' 2 over 'Abe Langtry of Ml waukee. This election of 'Haager as pres&, dent practically carries the next congress to Louisville. Philadelphia gets the next bowling con gress. Ofcers Elected. Other officers were elected, as follows: First vice president, M. A. Phillips, St. Louis; second vice president, A. C. Anson, Chicago; third vice president, F. W. Gose wisch, St. Paul; treasurer, F. L. Pasedloup, CFicago. Executive committee: George Metsger. Pittsburg; J. M. McCormick, Toledo, Ohio; P. J. Hills, Cleveland; C. J. Kaufman,. Cin cinnati; Wm. Terry, Milwaukee; Wilbur Robinson. Baltimore; George Cox, Wash ington,. D. C.; Robert- Brison, Indianapolts'; Godfrey Langhenry, Chicago. ADULTERATED TOOD PRODUCTS. Remarkably Besut of Examinations at )Few Haven, Conn. NEW HAVEN, Conn., February 21.-Of six thousand samples of food products of sixty-one different kinds -examined during the last year at the Connecticut. agricul tural experiment station more than one third were found to be adulterated, accord Ing to a .report just issued. - Certain staple artieles such as flour, sugar, cheese, condensed milk-and tea, says the report. have not been found adulterated In this state. Most forms of food adultera tions at the present time are quite inocu [us, apparently, so far as health is con erned, but are frauds and consist for the mnost part of' cheap and wvorthless make wveights added to increase profits or meet competition in price. In this class are. grounds coffee, spices and cream of tartar. Among the forms of' adulteration danger us to health the reports fids that chem-. [cal antiseptics, borax and formaldehyde are used largely writh 'milk 'as a substi tute for cleanliness In the dairy." Of the samples of tomato catsup and chili sauce examined seventy-one were colored 'ed with dyes and seventy-seven were pre served with salicylic or bensoic acid. APTEE A LLEGED EEF TEUST. E'irst Step Taken in Chicago for an In dictment. CHICAGO, February 21.-The first step eading to possible Indictment of mem lers of the alleged "beef trust" was aken here today. A special federal grand jury--venire was e.dered drawn, and depaty United States anarshals were iset out with subpoenas for various nembners of the afleged trust, Indictments will be mought on charges af dIrect violation of an injunction issued somne time ago by Judge Grosscup of the Jnited States -circuit cous-t restraining nemnbers of the alleged -trust f rem ii egally combining in restraint of inter state commerce. For more than eight months investigation sas been carried on secretly in Chicago. )rders came from Attorney General Moody ;o United States District Attorney Bethea :o take up work on the case. Attorney 3ethea was twice ordered to Washington to eceive instrucotions in the' matter, and he was .once accompanied by United States darshal Ames. Dathmawas ordered to.place rompetent men on the lnvesilon -and to spare no expense-to secure eviece against riolators of the Injunction of Judge Gross The men who were restrained by Judge vrosscup'E debision' in the beef <case werne: L Ogden Armour. Edward Morris, Ira, Mip eys, Arthur Meeker, Charles F. r~ggn 3dw4 A. Caay, Louis . witt, ad. For-repna advertising NO medium is so good as a newes paper with a fui family or household pattonage; and o other newspaper in the world has so large a regular perma nent house-to-house circula tion in the city where it is printed, in proportion to the population thereof, as that of The Evening Star in Washing ton. NO ACTION TAKEN Postponement of Railway LegiQlation Dcuan1d. MR. DOLLIVER'S MOTION WANTS 5oM MAsV an. PORTED TO T= SNATB Xeeting of the Committee on Inter state Commerce This Morning Another Session Thursay. Administration senators have practically abandoned all hope of passing a railway rate bill at this session of Congress. Two incidents that occurred today put the finish ing touches to any expectation of favorable action. At the meeting of the Senate committee on inter state commerce this morning an ef fort was made to have the, commit tee take up the rate bill and con sider it until a vote was reached upon it. This effort was success fully opposed, and there is no in dication that-the committee will take action. Later in the day Senator Elkins took. occasion in the Senate to ex plain that the committee felt that the paraTount importance of the subject and the brief duration of the session with the great pressure of routine business would probable pre vent action. Tis was generally ac cepted as formal notice that noth ing can be done. - It is expected that Senator Keaa will introduce within a day or two his resolution authorizing the con mittee to conduct investigations upon the subject during the recesa of Congress. .The Senate- doianittee on interstate eom merop to ay a* definite conclusion as to ciaload rate legis lation this session of Congress. The coo mittee wil so On with hearings Thursday. wien the resoktion of senator iawm pro viding for an investigation of the subject of rate legislation during the recess will be considered. The committee considered for more than an hour the question of reporting to thti session a bill for the regulation ofralkredd rates or a resolution asking that the conW mittee be authorised te -sit during the re cess -to perfect son)e mesaure that @ i aeet the objections tirtod against the Esch Townsemd bill. wMuch was passed by the House. The seqtIqbuns axpressed by mem bers of the coubmittee were so varied that agreeipent .*As impodsible, and amid confu sion the cozuwj*~ee -was adjourned by chafr'man Elkins wtth the announcement that a -meeting: wil 'be helg Thursday to hear Stuyvesant Fish, president of the lii nois: Central- railroad, and others who have been invited by the committee. The controversy over the program to he adopted was prenipitated within a few mo ments after the committee was -called to order. E. Dolliver's Motion. Senator Dolliver moved that the commit tee take up the Esch-Townsend bill and other measures before the committee -and continue meeting every. day unml some blU can be reported to the present sessioq af Congress. Opponents of the bills remonstrated in chorus, but Chairman Elkins made himself heard in order to respond to the motion. He declared that the number of protests that had been made against the bill passed by the House and the number of demands - for hearings made biy the interest, atected by the proposed legislation made It Im perative that erbaustive hearings be held. Senator Cullom called attention to the President's mamsage on rate legilation, and argued that It. was due h:m that some action be taken at the present session. He thcught the House bill might be aiended to make it a safe measure for the present, the committee having in mind furthar amendments after a trial had been given It by the interstate commerce comamima.... Senator Dolliver talked in a similar vein and Senators Clapp, Foster of Louitsa and Carmack thought some action should be had without delay. Deelares 311n Uneonstitntional. In response to the demands for Immediate action on the House bili Senator Kean said that nearly every lawyer that had examn Ined it had poked his fingers through it and declared many of Its provls*ons uncon titutional, and that It does not reach the evils complained of by shippers, but that it did jeopardise the .securities of the rail "Why, the President himself realise. that no action can be had at the present mes mion." Interrupted Chairman Elis. . "Hle loes not inudorse this bill now, and believes that a better measure can be drawn. He is willing to take the responsibility of a postpoement, especially as he has been assured that If no mseasure Is passed at this session the comumittee wlU meet early a press an investigation right threugh." In -spite of the opposition devel sped Senator Do'liver pressed hiq and tion. it - *as -met *with argument. from several demnocrats as well s thie republcans quoted. gmator Newads has m. bill before the comumittee on whieb ha wants to have bearings had maid that if L committee Is appointed to take testimeny luring the recess all of the vartoes bis presented should be given considerat+om. Senator Ken prepared a resolutiop sew sral weeks ago a=sn- that'the comnmittee be designated to sit the =s==n=w. mut after consultaion memts..s g tle commnittee decided to submit it to the .ammilttee Instead of teerg it In the ps ate. He had Intended te- ofer It . -oin Th. esite was t ipsssseabt wi man