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Including The Sunday Magazine and A "Cut-Out" Supplement. taf. PART I. PAGES \-\6. No. 4.-No. 16,274. WASHINGTON, D. C., SUNDAY! MOBNING, APRIL' 16, 1905 FIVE CENTS. RUSSIANS SURPRISED Over RojestvflDsky's Hardi hood in Seeking Combat WITH JAPANESE FLEET SOME NAVAL MEN DOUBT IF TOGO WILL ACCEPT CHALLENGE. Speculations of St. Petersburg Officials Over Action of Mikado's Admiral ?Confidence in Victory. FT. PETERSBURG, April 15, 11:25 p.m.? The week closes with the government's eyes and hope3 centered on Vice Admiral Rojestvensky, and gradually something of grave enthusiasm has been aroused by the Russian admiral's hardihood in sailing straight for a combat with the Japanese. There are many naval officers who do not believe that Vice Admiral Togo will accept this challenge. In their opinion the Jap anese will be too prudent in such a crisis to risk the destruction of their fleet. They -believe that Togo's tactics will be to avoid an open sea fight, and that he will launch a series of desperate night torpedo attacks in the hope of throwing the Rus sian fleet into confusion, scattering the linea of ships and giving his faster battle ships and cruisers an opportunity to sur round and destroy them individually, and If some of Rojestvensky's ships escape to Vladivostok to bottle them up there. For the moment the conservative councils of the peace party, which party realizes that the military situation will be utterly hopeless if Rojestvensky's fleet is complete ly destroyed, and considers it best to open negotiations before the issue is put to a test, are rudely thrust aside. The admiralty clamors for a chance to re trieve its reputation, and the war party generally seems to be convinced that the Emperor of Russia's position will not be worse if the battle is lost, wliile the destruc tion of Togo's fleet would spell ruin for Japan. Tho emperor himself, it is understood, ex presses great confidence in victory, and should victory come he wili undoubtedly fix the imperial seal to the big naval pro gram prepared by the admiralty. The court-martial of Lieut. Gen. Stoessel Is proceeding behind closed doors. Many Humors Rife. With the departure of the hospital ship Orel from Saigon the last cord connecting th?j Baltic squadron with St. Petersburg wai severed, and the admiralty expects no luriher direct news until a battle has been fought and determined. "Henceforth," said a prominent naval officer, "the press prob ably will be our only source of information. Rojestvensky's next message may not be written until he has met the enemy." Under the circumstances many rumors take shape in St. Petersburg aside from those relating to encounters with the Jap anese at various places and with varying results, but the most fanciful is that say ing the Baltic squadron met and engaged two British cruisers, under the impression that they were Japanese, and sank them. Russian Fleet Sighted. PARIS, April It}.?The correspondent of the Petit Journal, at Haifong, French lndo China. cabling under date of April 15, says: "I am informed that the Russian fleet, forty vessels strong, running at twelve knots and without lights, was sighted in the seventeenth degree of latitude, steaming in a northerly direction." AIM OF THE RUSSIANS. In the Belief of a Naval Officer They Are Bound for Port Arthur. A naval officer, who has been following tho movements of the Russian and Japa nese fleets in the far east as well as pos sible with the meager information avail able, made the following statement as to the situation to a Star reporter yesterday afternoon: "It seems to me apparent that the Rus sian admiral is steering for the region of Port Arthur, where he will be able to in flict the severest damage to the Japanese transport and supply vessels, before en countering the Japanese admiral's fleet. Thin would be the sensible thing to do. In fact, if he can destroy the army supply fleet he will inflict an Irreparable injury to tho Japanese. "The Japanese admiral Is probably in the neighborhood of Port Arthur, for the very purpose of affording protection to their transport service, and if any naval battle is fought it will not be until the Russian fleet reaches the vicinity of Port Arthur. "I have always thought that the first naval battle between the Russian and Jap anese vessels was so one-sided because of lack of target practice by the Russians, and If the Russian admiral has utilized his opportunities since leaving Russia h's men should now be able to make success ful shots and render a better account of themselves." SUDDEN DEATH OF CAPT. WOOD. Remains Conveyed to His Late Home in Camden, N. J. Special DUjwtch to The Suui'.ay itar. NORFOI.K. Va.. Aj-il 15.?The body of Capt. John II. Wood of the steam yacht Slarjorie was taken to his home In Camden, N. J., accompanied by his mother, tonight. She arrived here yesterday morning for a visit and to accompany her son on a yacht for a voyage, for which the yacht was re fitting here under Capt. Wood's supervision. He became sick in the afternoon, and died suddenly this morning. The Marjorie be longs to Henry W. Savage, the theatrical manager of New York. Capt. Wood was thirty-eight years of age. MAY RETIRE GROSVENOR. Majority of New County Centrol Com mittee Against Him. Special Dispatch to The Sunday Star. COLUMBUS. Ohio, April 15.?The initial steps in a movement to retire Gen. Chas. H. Grosvenor from Congress were taken In Alliens county today in the republican primary election Out of thirty-flve mem bers of the new county central committee selected thirty-three are anti-Grosvenor. The committee has power to select the delegates to the congressional convention from the county and expects to use it. With his county against him Gen. Gros venor cannot hope to win. IN HIS HUNTING GARB Head of theGovernmeDt Now in a Colorado Camp. PLANS FOR THE HUNT RENDEZVOUS OF PARTY ON" A RANCH 23 MILES FROM TOWN. Secretary Loeb Maintains Headquar ters at Glenwood Springs?Safety Precautions Along the Route. NEW CASTLE, Col., April 15.?President Roosevelt and his hunting party reached New Castle, an outfitting point for the hunting and fishing grounds on the White river, at 7:50 o'clock today and waited more than two hours (or official mall that had been sent to Redstone, where It had been intended that the seat of government should be established while the President was away In the mountains hunting bear and other game. The President shook hands with most of the four hundred citizens of New Castle after he had been introduced by Mayor George H. Norrls, who announces on his card that he does blacksmithlng and wagon making. The party was photographed, the President made a brief speech, shook hands with the train crew and looked over the specially decorated locomotive that drew his train from Colorado Springs. The run to New Castle was pleasant. Huge bonfires lighted the way during the night and inhabitants of the towns along the railroad stayed up until far into the morning to cheer the President as he pass ed. Getting up early, the party breakfasted on fresh mountain trout, while every one viewed from the car windows the magnifi cent scenery along the Colorado Midland railroad. Near Basalt the first car of the special train hit a rock that had slid down to the edge of the track. The only damage done was the knocking out of a cap of the rear truck of the car Viceroy. Wore His Hunting Garb. When the train pulled into New Castle* the President, dressed in his shooting clothes of heavy tan duck, greeted the peo ple from the rear platform. He was cheered wildly. After a speech was made and conventionalities had been observed the President gave personal su pervision to his hunting outfit. He un sheathed his knife and felt its keen edge, unlimbered his gun and saw that it was in fine working order and looked over the horse that had been selected for his ride to camp. This animal is white, weighing about 1,100 pounds, and is about 14^4 hands high. It is said to be one of the surest footed mountain climbers in Colorado, but It is not noted for speed. All the horses selected for the party are built for safe and hard, rather than fast work. John GofT, Jake Borah and Brick P. Wells, guides, in mountain costumes," busied themselves in arranging for the trip. In addition to the President's per sonal party, which is composed of him self, Dr. Alexander Lamber of New York and P. B. Stewart of Colorado Springs, ten men rode to the hunting camp today. Five men were already at th? camp with every thing ready for the comfort of the party Before starting the President announced that he was not going to struggle hand to hand with a grizzly bear or strangle any mountain lions with his bare hands He dees not expect to bag a record-breaking amount of game and will feel satisfied if he gets one bear during the whole hunt. His rapid-firing rifle was exhibited with great pride as a protection he will con stantly keep between himself and danger. Plan for Parade Abandoned. A parade had been planned at New Cas tle, but it did not take place. It had been arranged to form a procession led by a miners' brass band, a caged bear and the President's party on horseback. This pa geant was to pass through the village streets and into the hills, where the bear was to be turned loose and given fi start of thirty minutes. The State Humane Society broke up the plans on the ground that the bear might return to the village and harm children, as it had b?en caged so long that it was vicious. After the humane society had interfered the captors of the bear tried to sell it to the Presi dent's guides, but they said they wotild take their game wild, as domesticated ani mals had no attractions for the President. At 11:15 o'clock the party started frofi New Castle at an easy canter over the hills to the permanent camp of the party, which is situated at East Divide creek, on Charles Penny's ranch, twenty-three miles southwest of New Castle. There is about a foot or snow in that region and bear tracks were seen there as late as yester day. When the party had erone out of sight the President's train was returned to Glenwood Springs, where Secretary Loeb Is to have his headquarters. Speech at New Castle. In his speech at New Castle the President said: "I have always believed in your people I think that this is srnl'iir to I e r?n greatest states of the Union, not merely la its material develoi>!atiu, i,u, i.? k_ citizenship." ^ After special greeting to the Grand Army men present he continued: "Now I want to pass to the generation that is coming on. and congratulate Colo rado upon what she is doing with her public schools, upon her whole force of teachers and upon the steps that are being taken to train aright the next generation. I believe in the mines; I believe, as you know, in the irrigation works; I believe in your stock ranches, In everything; but the real crop is the crop of children, for If you get that all straight the other crops will take care of themselves in the end. I want to say what a pleasure it has been to see the way In which the next generation is being started out on its life task here in Colorado. I thank you very, very much for coming here, and 1 am glad to see you." The utmost precaution was taken to In sure the President's safety on his trip over the Colorado Midland railroad last night. After the pilot train passed every switch was spiked a few minutes before the Presi dent's train arrived. At every bridge and trestle there was a man on guard, and Gen eral Manager George W. Vallery had as many as a dozen men patrolling a single mile of track where the road creeps along the edge of precipices. LOEB AT GLENWOOD SPRINGS. Headquarters of Seat of Government Hunting Party Isolated. GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo., April 13 With some degree of permanency. Secre tary Loeb has established headquarters at Glenwood Springs, where he can keep la frequent communication with President Roosevelt. A suite of rooms has been taken at the Hotel Colorado, a summer resort, which was opened several weeks earlier than usual in order to accommodate the presidential party. To this hotel all of the mail Intended for the President will be ad PRESIDENT IN TEXAS. From Stereograph. Copyright, 1905, by Underwood & Underwood, New York. in the shadow ?pths alamo dressed for the next five or six weeks Cor thePohwnCe Whi?h must be a?ended to by Castle bv W"i be taken to New castie by a member of the White House staff and sent by courier to the Charles SESWSft ,!v,?ere the hunting camp is situated. But it is not believed much mall h-l a rece ed that cannot be disposed of by Secretary Loeb. Therefore ldent will probably be permitted to enjoy cares oCfaofflce.WlthOUt botheri'^ with the It could party 13 about as Isolated as New castle part ?f Ule United States. ? , castle, while easily accessible on th? fo0rt0rfor0t^,dland, ra"r0ad' S lUtle com! fw?n ,? wayfarer at.this time of year F?% y peak surrounding the village Is cov ?n ^ u snow' and the roads to the south iTaVdnio^ntnhy?ranCh' a,re hard t0 ^ aaaition the camp la well euarrW the President^ haS been reserved for ,^resident s pleasure that other hu-t trSiSS " '"" k " '""'J 'fV'"""?<>?-?? rvr ?ld nc,t hear from him for three have somithlnLa Unie' as he exPected to messages '* m?re t0 do than nfti^P?rS at lhc camp are expected to po tiles of tnheoar, y tvilIages for supplies, and taies OT the hunt will be broueht out hv municatton'the p1'8 iIirnlted means of com munication the President might remain in & ITS ^ <">* lov^nJ1 tlhe Presldent and his party *n fc h.rlvew.ln the wllds the mem working staff and other at taches are preparing to do likewise at Co orado Springs. They have fo^nd ti e uniTZ,"/, excellen?- mountain climbing unexcelled, accommodations perfect eood SuSt* a"alnable,and Polo games^ In full hours f(^ recreation W?rk' leaVin* lon* in!??We,"u]laVe the departments in Wash thft iw f*1 CaTre ?? governmental affairs that Secretary Loeb's mail has h^?r? iitrht ever since starting out. near^ twTwe^s THE TRIP TO DENVER. Officials of Road Planned Scenic Tour on Narrow Gauge. ai5ERfoEc' C?01" Apr"' 15-The Denver and Rio Grande railway will bring Pres ' Roosevelt's special train from Glen *ood Springs to Denver direct when he re ,hi!. hunting trip In May. must give up letters IMPORTANT ORDER BY JUSTICE IN SMITHS' CASE. ofNtSVORK' ?APrH 15-Jus"ce Gaynor ?. ? P?e C?Urt- Br?okIyn. today Is sued an order compelling District Attorney Jerome and Assistant District Attorney Rand to surrender forthwith all letters and documents held by them and belonging to J. Morgan Smith and wife. The order was Issued by Judge Gaynor at his house on the ex-parte application of counsel for the Smiths. It was said tonight that process servers had been unable to serve either Mr. Jerome or Mr. Rand today fhe new trial of "Nan" Patterson on the charge of murdering "Caesar" Young will begin Monday. Smith and his wife are in the Tombs under Indictment charged with Th?Sfi(?Cy to.extort money from Young The letters and papers called for in Justice <?a>nors order were seized at the timi> of the arrest of the Smiths ln Cincinnati Ask ed as to his object for securing the letters counsel for the Smiths said: titers, "I wish to gain possession of my clients' propertyJn order the better to be able to defend them. I do not know what the let ters contain as Mr. Jerome has refused to let me see them." ? 10 RESTING COMFORTABLY. Joseph Jefferson's Condition is Not Re garded Dangerous. W EST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 15 _ Joseph Jefferson, the distinguished actor s resting quite comfortably, tonight He Th^h'^iirv^^rhis^o^f^r not at present dangerous. adltlon Is RICHMOND MATRIMONIAL TRAIN Annual Orphan Excursion to Washing, ton?Gretna Green Affair. Special Dispatch to The Sunday Star. RICHMOND, Va? April 15, 1905. Mrs. J. R. Gill of this city Is the superin tendent of the Male Orphan Asylum an fnaHtuHnn ntkuu _ J ttn vii?uun -Asyium an institution which cares for more than a hundred orphan boys. She has been In charge of the asylum for many years and bTn ?ne of the most succeiful 'man agers in the country. man For a number of years Mia i conducting an Eairter lxcu?i?n"^ city to Washington, and th^year she Is tn be in charge as usual. It has come to ? the"matrimonial train," due to that each year manv nf _ ding men of their choice \ . d" Uevedh?atm?f/ ?" efih tr,p- bu' it Vb? thU^ear ? nuWber wiu ?? exceeded MES. CHADWICK'S BAIL FULLY EXPECTS RELEASE IN A WEEK OR TEN DAYS CLEVELAND, Ohio. April 15.?In an In terview tills afternoon Mrs. Chadwlck said: "Arrangements have been made for ball for my release pending the hearing of the appeal by the court of appeals. The surety deposited will be in cash. I fully expect to be released within a week or ten days at the outside. "I have made no plans for the future or as to where I shall go when released, but probably will remain in Cleveland most of the time during the summer or until my ease is heard by tho higher court. My plans will depend largely upon the condition of my health." About a ysar ago Mrs. Chadwlck was In jured in a runaway, a small bone in the left arm being fractured. Her physician states that the bone has never properly knitted, and for some time past Mrs. Chad wick has suffered constantly from the in Jury. Otherwise her health apparently is of the best. WAITING FOR A SIGNAL THOUSANDS BEADY TO START REVOLUTION IN TURKEY. Special Dlfipatcb to The Sunday Star. BOSTON. Mass., April 15.?Henry Haynie, the noted foreign correspondent and author ity on internal jrial politics, writes to this city that 00,000 Albanians and 80,000 Bul garians are under arms ready to begin a campaign against Turkish oppression at a given signal that is likely to come any time. "The Yemen Is on fire," says Haynie, '"the Hedjas Is plain revolution, and the authority of the Turkish governors extends no farther than the walls of their palaces. The tribes in Mesopotamia and of the Nedjad are defying the sultan's troops, those of Palestine will no longer suffer the Insatiable rapacity of the Turkish gov ernor ani his subalterns. The tribes of Syria only recently sent a delegation to Cairo to solicit Anglo-Egyptian occupation of their land while the tribes of Alep and of Zor refused to receive the government officers and threaten to resort to arms if they are meddled with." The national movement has even reached the larger cities, says Haynie, who has access to the best of sources for his in formation in Arabia, Turkey and the Bal kans. In Beyrut, Bagdad and Damascus all the Arabian soldiers are ready to revolt. The Arabs already have three committees in Europe and America, with two in Egypt, as well as secret committees in the prin cipal cities of Syria and Mesopotamia. All these at the moment are ready for a common and final action. The Arabs plan an Arabian empire, with a proffer of the throne to a prince of the khedivan family of Egypt, but with the empire entirely sep arated from Egypt. The callfat of universal religion will be offered to a cherif descendant of the prophet now consecrated to the work on hand. NEW PRELATE IN CHINA. Believed the Pope Will Appoint Italian to Succeed Bishop Favier. Special Dispatch to Tbe Sunday Star. NEW YORK, April 15.?A cablegram from Rome says: The death at Peking of Bishop Alphonse Favier will give the pope a long expected opportunity of appointing an apos tolic delegate to China who shall not be French. During the many years Favier spent in China he was chief, promoter of French Influence In the Chinese capital. Practically the protection of Catholic Interests through out the Chinese empire devolved upon him and the French ambassador. It is the general opinion here that ai Italian will be made apostolic delegate, an<] that he will have authority over all Catholic bishops in China, and whenever matters arise requiring diplomatic intervention he will apply to the envoy of the nation to which a majority of tbe missionaries be long. Much pressure Is being put upon the Vati can to appoint a German, but that la deemed impossible, as it is feared French officials might consider it a provocation. There is no question, however, that the ap pointment soon to be made will be a blow to French Influence at the court of Peking, as the Vatican objects to the French gov ernment as protector of Catholic missions after the stand French officials have taken regarding church and stata. th^ Reunion o* tnt Rough kioeqs TODAY'S STAR The Sunday Star consists of five parts, as follows: Part one?News, 10 pages. Part two?Editorial, etc., 12 pages. Part three?Magazine, 20 pages. Part foui^-Local Magazine, 12 pages. Part five?Sports, 4 pages. Also Cut-Out Supplement. Part One. Paire. Russians Surprised 1 President's Trip 1 Chicago Strike 6 Prelate for China 1 Revolution in Turkey 1 Mrs. Chadwick's Bail 1 Equitable Fight 1 Senate Interstate Commerce Commit tee 2 Beef Trust Inquiry 2 Diplomacy at Paris 2 Oregon Land Frauds 2 Storey Cotton Case 0 M. Witte is 111 ? Plans of Park Commission 1 Russian Reformers 1 Mount Pelee Active 0 May Retire Grosvenor 1 Explosion In Trenton 2 Must Give Up Smith Letters 1 Standard Oil Investigation 2 Meyer Received In Russia 2 Foreign News, Condensed 3 North Carolina Politics 11 Virginia Happenings 11 News of Maryland 11 Work of Canal Investigation 2 Remains of Russian Ambassador 2 Colleges Draw Color Line 2 Coming Army-Navy Exercises 2 Railway Appliance Exhibit 15 Emmanuel Church Consecration 5 Memorial Day Plans 5 Business Men's Association 5 Public Playgrounds 4 General Wood on the Moros 7 Flood of Immigrants ~ Alexandria Affairs 5 Prisps to Bowlers 10 Washington Shade Trees 10 Make-up of Two Hostile Fleets 10 Georgetown News 4 Real Estate Transfers 3 Court Record 3 The Weather 3 Marriage Licenses 5 Deaths 5 Y. M. C. A. Building Plans 16 High School Notes 7 On the River Front 4 The City Discoverer 15 Union Veteran Union 16 The Curtis Letter 9 Royal Arcanum Building 4 Cartoons of the Week 16 Part Two. Page. New Police Manual 1 Real Estate Gosstp 2 National Guard Notes 2 With the Yacht Club3 2 Events of Holy Week 3 Religious Discussion 3 Editorial 4 Short Talks with Visitors 4 The Social World 5 Local Business Men 7 Theater Attractions 8 Finance and Trade 10 Shad Season Flourishes 12 Edwin Lefevre's Wall Street Letter... 11 Dun's Agency Outlook 10 Part Three. Realism on the Stage, by Clyde Fitch. The Invisible Enemy, by Max Pemberton. Historic Houses Preserved, by Bertha. Knobe. Souls qn Fire, by Louis Tracy. Other Good Short Stories. Part Four. Black Jack Ketchum, Bandit Fashions, Fads and Fancies. In Fashion's Realm School Gardens For the Children Easter in Jerusalem Pictures by Artists of Life... The Sailors' School Ambassadors' Wives Denizens of the Deep Misdemeanors of Nancy Troubles of the Pope Old Truro Parish Hot Cross Buns Part Five. New Sorks Defeat Nationals... Chevy Chase Hounds Golf on Local Links With the Oarsmen Buzz-Car Notes .' Base Ball Outlook Georgetown Defeats Syracuse.. Races at New York Penn. Beats Lehigh Veterans Play Golf P-ivate Auto Houses a nerlcan League Games...... National League Games Georgetown Defeats St. John's General Sporting New*..... Pase. .. 1 3 4 5 6 8 9 0 10 10 11 12 Page. . 1 . 1 . 2 . 3 . 3 . 3 APPEAL TO CONGRESS ; Indorsement of Park Commis ? sion's Plans to Be Sought. STABILITY IS DESIRED AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHI TECTS FRIENDLY. Joint Commission of Both Houses Sug gested as a Solution of the Matter. There will he an effort In the next session of Congress to obtain an indorsement by that body of the plnns of the park commis sion and the appointment of a commission to see that in all future governmental con struction In this city those plans are car ried out both In relation to the location of buildings and the style of architecture to be adopted. The President having become convinced that he could not appoint such a commis sion, whether the members are to serve with or without salaries, has adopted the course of accepting the advice of the men he appointed on the commission without according them an official standing. This has been done as to the location and eleva tion of the new building for the Depart ment of Agriculture on the mall. But It 13 now fully recognized that such a location will be a misfit unless the entire, or prac tically the entire, plan of the park com mission in respect to the improvement of the mall is carried out. Stability Desired. It is also realized that in order to avoid differences of opinion in the future in re gard to the plans of the commission and modifications of it, it will be necessary to give that plan some degree of stability as a policy of the government. Otherwise there are likely to be suggested modifica tions which might be approved by those In authority at the time, but which in the opinion of members of the park commission might be out of harmony with their entire project. For these reasons It has been de termined by the advocates of the park commission plans that a united effort be made in the next session of Congress either to have the plans formally adopted as a policy of Congress or to have a commis sion authorized for the location of public buildings which would result In the same | end. It is well known that the President ap proves the plans of the commission as em bodying a practical project for the beautitt cation of the nation's capital for all time to come. If such a commission should be authorized It Is also well understood that the President would appoint on it the five gentlemen he named for the commission before he concluded that he had no legal authority for making such appointments. That commission being composed of men heartily in favor of the commission's plans, three of its five members constituting the park commission itself, is regarded as sure to act with a single purpose in the execu tion of the plans. There has been a good deal of effort to obtain the sanction of Speaker Cannon to the plan for the authorization of this com mission by Congress, us he has in the past been regarded as the chief opponent to the commission and its plan. The commission being a creature of the Senate, its expenses of $50,000 being paid from the contingent expenses of the Senate, it was regarded by many men of the House as having its ex istence without the least sanction of the House. whlc>- had nothing to do with it, except to appropriate money for the Sen ate with which to pay the bills. Attitude of the Architects. The American Institute of Architects, it la understood, will co-operate earnestly to bring about this result. The members of that organization have in the past approved the plans of the park commission and ha^w advanced the consideration of those plans wherever possible. It is believed they will act as a body in forwarding- them before Congress next winter. But there will be a great deal of opposition to any propo sition which' has for its purpose the com mitment of Congress to any comprehensive plan for the improvement of the city. The committees which have had charge of the District appropriation bills have endeav ored at all times to keep within their own hands the power to control the public buildings that are to be erected and to dic tate from, time to time exactly what is to j be done, both in the choice of a style of i architecture and in the location of the buildings. Joint Commission Suggested. That feeling is so strong in Congress that ' a suggestion has been made that at the next session a joint commission of the two houses be appointed to control a!l matters directly connected with the location and ; construction of public buildings. Such a plan would be objectionable as it vould in a measure take from the executive de partments a part of the authority that in the past has been delegated to them. But the houses have been so well pleased with the success of the committees that have had charge of the construction of the two office buildings that the sentiment for the supervision uy a congressional committee I of such work in the District has grown in favor. Congress generally proposes to dic ' tate in a general way what shall be done j in respect to the buildings for which it I appropriates. But it has generally left with | the executive departments the task of see , ing that Its suggestions are carried out. The suggestion for a joint committee to have charge of such work is likely to be discussed next winter when this entire mat j ter comes up for consideration. At that time the park commission's plans will be debated and the entire matter of the Im provement of the District is likely to be gone over very fully as it t srsonally in terests a very large number of senators and representatives. SAGE OF VALE SUMMIT DEAD. Born in Scotland ? A Piojueer of Al legany. Special Dispatch to The Suiuluy Star. CUMBERLAND, jkd., April 15. ? Capt. Thomas Brown, known as the "Sage of Vale Summit" and former state mining in spector, died at his home in Vale Summit yesterday afternoon, aged seventy- ight years. Ha had teen ill for some months. He was a poet and a frequent contributor to newspapers. Born in Scotland, he came to America when quite young, and reached Allegany, where coiU was then being hauled to Cum berland In wagons. He was an expert in coal-mining matters, and he Was a pioneer in the development of the George's creek field. With others he took the contract to driye the slope for what has since been known as the Hoffman mine, operated by the Consolidation Coal Company. He was a'Wan of advanced thought. He leaves two sons, Adam Brown of Frost burg and Peter Brown of Vale Summit, and one daughter, Miss Christian Brown of Vale Summit. James H. Hyde Replies to Equitable Charges. OPEN LETTER TO FRICK DEFINES HIS RELATIONS TO THB INSURANCE COMPANY. Explains the Syndicate Transaction# and Declares He N^ver Profited by Use of the Funds. NEW YORK, April 15.?James H. Hyde sent the following: letter today: "NEW YORK, April 15, 1905. "H. C. Frlck. esq., chairman of Investigat ing committee of the Equitable Eifo As surance Society. "Pear Sir: Your committee has enjoined me and all the officers or the society from discussing in the public press matters cov ered by your "proposed Investigation, and It has been impressed upon all of us that the dally publication of scandal ma. grave ly Injure the society's business. 1 have ab solutely kept faith in this matter, but 1 will no longer suffer the concessions which I have made for the benefit of the policy holders and the society, and the steps which I have voluntarily taken, to be misrepre sented and distorted in the public press by those who have not kept faith, and who will never keep faith. "This morning's papers contained certain statements about me which are designedly misleading and essentially false. I, there fore, propose to make the facts known. They are as follows: "At the outset of the present Equitable controversy 1 was charged with having been a party to .various underwriting syn dicates known as "Jami s H. Hyde and as sociates,' where participations had been taken and where, it was claimed that the underwriters had made a profit by use ot the funds of the Equitable society. Never Profited by Use of Funds. "No such profit had, in fact, been made by the use of the funds of the Equitable, but there had been a syndicate known as 'James H. Hyde and Associates,' including James W. Alexander, president of the so ciety (whose participation was always equal to my own), and this syndicate had been underwriters of a number of banking is sues of securities, and the Equitabel So ciety purchased In some instances. In the ordinary course of business, securities which had been underwritten by this syndicate. "At the outset of this controversy Mr. James YV\ Alexander and 1 were both ad vised by counsel that as to any such syn dicate transactions in which any officers of the Equitable Society had been interested, a full statement shoudl be made up ana laid before the board of directors, juid whatever law and conscience required against t*"*m should be done by the omcer? ^oncerne* , . A, . "Following the advice above referred to. I examined all these syndicate transactions and deposited my cheque for Wl.446.92 with the treasurer of the society as trustee. This amount represented my entire profits from syndicate transactions of the character above mentioned, with 6 per cent interest up to the date of such deposit. Statement Accompanied Deposit. "This deposit was accompanied by the statement that I made it because 1 pre ferred to have any question about thifc mat ter settled with the money under the con trol of the society and that this deposit was made for the benefit of the society. If the board of directors thought the money should be retained by itr or returned to me if it should be determined that 1 was entitled to I ..in other words this money was deposited, to be disposed of as the propriety of these I transactions might be finally determined. I I made no restitution. I admitted no wrong doing. I admit nope now. I merely put the society in the position to make itself good so far as I was concerned, if It should i be determined by proper authority transactions of mine, innocently made, made with the sanction of universal prece dent, made with the approval and following the example of the president of the society, made without the concealment of any facts, and made without intent to injure the so ciety and with no such injury as the re sult raised a situation either technically or substantially entitling the society to profits which I supposed and now believe were legitimately mine. Deliberately Misconstrued. "My concessions have been deliberately misconstrued, my silence has been mlsrep- ^ resented, and the self-seeking persons who have prepared the present trouble and who, masking as friends of the policy-holders, are striving to deprlvo me of my property and to secure for themselves continued con trol of the society, persist in violating faith and in publishing and conniving at the pub lication of attaeks on me. supported by gar bled extracts from the records of the so ciety. including the correspondence of the president, to which these persons have or are given access. "I shall do all in my power to carry out the amended charter of giving the policy holders the selecting of the majority of the board. Beyond this I will make this fur ther concession from my legal rights, and I shall defend as well as 1 may the tights which 1 have reserved. "You shall have my earnest co-operation In making vour investigation searching and its results full and honest. But you must protect me from these infamous daily at tacks in the newspapers or put me at liberty to make my own defense in my own way. "I have to request that you cause this communication to be published, otherwise 1 shall be compelled to secure its publica tion. I am "Very respectfully. "JAMES H. HYDE." ALEXANDER'S STATEMENT. Declares Hyde's Story Relating to Him is Untrue. NEW YORK, April 15.?President James W Alexander of the Equitable I.lfe As surance Society .when shown the letter of Mr. Hyde at his home tonight, gave out the following answer in writing: "Mr. Hyde's statement on the subject of alleged syndicate participations by me Is untrue. On receipt a few weeks ago of a letter from Mr. Hyde accompanying the checks to which he reters, I stated to him that the matter was one that ought to l>e fully sifted, and I requested that I be fur nished at once with a complete statement from him on the subject. This request has not yet been complied with. No disclosures as to M?. Hyde's acts have got into print through me. "I may say Aat many statements In tended to be injurious to me have been given to the press by those interested in defeating the movement set in motion by me for tbe benefit of the policy holders. These statements I have traced to press bureaus identified with Mr. Hyde, but I have preferred to suffer these baseless at tacks upon my conduct and motives rather than resort to such methods In a contest for principles which I regard as vital and in the discharge of duties which are more grave and onerous than any which I ha*? ever been compelled to perform."