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OFF FOR LONG RICE
Yachts Alter Kaiser's Cup
THOUSANDS SEE START
HEAVY FOG OFF SHORE AND
WIND DUE EAST.
Boom of Cannon Announces to Watch
ing Throngs That Boats Are
Well Under Way.
UXDT HOOK. N. J.. May 17. 130 p.m.?
The International yacht race, the chief
prize for which Is the German emperor's
cup, was started from Sandy Hook light
ship at li!:15 o'clock this afternoon. The
Allsa. with ('apt. I^em Miller at the wheel,
was the first to cross the line. She was
followed by Comiftodorc Tod's Thistle, with
the commiwlore at the wheel, the only ama
teur skipper In the race. ("apt. Charlie
Barr, the skipper of so many winning
yachts contesting for the America's cup,
was third over the line with the Atlantic,
an 1 after him came llildegarde. Endymion
and Fleur de Lys. tiniest of nil the craft
in the big race. It was no small Job that
('apt. Tom Hi>hlin. the l>old Gloucester fish
erman. had to get the Fleur de Lys ready
for the start after the ramming she got
yesterday afternoon from an Inward-bound :
After the Fleur de l.ys carae the Apache, i
then Lord Brassey's Sunbeam, followed by
the I'towana. while the big YalahaJla was
the last to get over the line. The wind was |
blowing due east at the rate of twelve miles
an hour, and all of .the boats went over the \
line on the port tack. There was a heavy
fog off share, and only from the decks of
the excursion fleet and harbor craft near
the lightship could the start be seen.
No sooner had the Ailsa got fairly under
way than the booming of cannon from the
fleet around the lightship told to those cn
the Jersey. Ia>ng Island and Staten Island
shores that the race was on.
Star Spangled Banner.
Just for luck and the honor of her Uncle
Samuel the Thistle was greeted with the
strains of the "Star Spangled Banner" as ,
she started on her Journey over the ocean.
The bands played "America" for the At
lantic as she came along after the Thistle,
and. then, as the Hamburg loomed up. the
bands quickly switched to the "Watch on
tii? Rhine." It was all Yankee melody un
til the Sunbeam, flying the burgee of the
royal yacht squadron and the private pen
nant of Lord Hrassey. squared for the line,
when the bands started in on "God Save til?
The I'toawana was so quickly behind the
Sunbeam that the hands had no time to
shift tunes, but when the big square-rigged
\ alhalla went ovet *.here was a break to
"Tommy Atkins." to which the Earl of
Crawford's rrow gave a lusty cheer by the
way of acknowledgment.
Prepare for Start.
In ?plte of the clouded sky. the thick,
muggy haze on the horizon and a stiff hot
wind, the racers in the Horseshoe began
early to make themselves free of "stop"
lines, tarpaulins and other nautical imple
ments with which they made themselves
snug and tight during the very wet wet
ness of last night.
Front the shore could be heard the rattle
and creak of tackle, mingled with shouts
and heav-yo of the sailors as they climbed
ratline and yardarm loosening up halyards,
reefs and whatnot. Over the many yards
of the stately Valhalla the bluejackets
fairly swarmed. Busily they worked, and
in fifteen minutes, suddenly, like the pop
ping of a great white cotton bale. Val
halla's spread of sails were bellying in the
wind. Then up followed the three white
k:tej* of the Atlantic. Capt. Barr himself
giving the commands to the weather-beaten
tars and loosening off the sheets before
the m-lnd should catch the great sails in
the full and fairly drag the Atlantic in
shore from the bottom.
Then the low-lying, rakish Hamburg
suddenly blossomed out like a white pond
lily to be followed by the other yachts !
sending aloft their snowy cloud of canvas
Like a tlock of swans they rode at anchor,
their feather sails ruffling the breeze and I
their anchor chains taut as harp strings, !
all Impatient for the arrival of the commit
tee boat and some of them for the tug 1
boats that were to tow them out to the
The Sunbeam did not come down the bay i
until late this morning, but she was the '
only missing competitor inside of Sandy
Hook. The wounded Fleur de Lys. all well
and whole again, however, after her visit
to the Erie basin, made bold to drop down
to the Horseshoe In the darkness of last
night, and so did the Apache. This morn
ing there came in a small fleet of Glou
cester fishermen who have been seining
for mackerel hereabouts for the last few
weeks. They intended to take a holiday
today, follow the boats out to the light
ship and unite in ch<-ering their fellow
townsman and fellow-fisherman, known to
them as "The Knot that never unties." j
Capt. Tom Bohlln of the Fleur de Lys
When the little Fleur de Lys spread her
little wings to the breeze this morning, first
from one little smack and then another,
there came a rousing "hip, hurrah!" from
the hoarse throats of the enthusiastic old
fishermen. The Injury sustained by the Fleu
de l.ys in the fog yesterday docs not ap
pf ar to be of any great consequence.
Shortly before the Atlantic's sails went
sl.yward a tug drew alongside and shipped
aboard a few tons of lead ballast. The
older for the ballast went up to the city
yesterday afternoon. Immediately after the
postponement of the race was announced. :
Capt. Barr had an Idea that the weather
was going to be pretty rough during the
trip, and that the Atlantic would behave
better in heavy seas with a few more tons
of lead tucked away in her keel.
Start to Lightship.
it was not until 10 o'clock that the boats
were ready with their lugs for the start to
the lightship where at 12:15 o'clock the gun
that was to send them at last on their way
across the big pond was to be fired. Mean
time. the wind had veered from east to
northeast, breezing up to twelve miles an
hour. It was disappointing, indeed, for the
yachts that were looking today for a fair
southwest wind, for it meant for them that
progress was to be made only by long
tacks. From Nantucket light, for which
the boats would have set their courses
under favorable conditions, the wind blew
dead ahead. Valhalla. It was expected,
would have a trying time, and at the best
would be lucky If she could set her course '
better than east by south, which meant to
her the loss of much time over some of the I
Close pointing boats like the Allsa. Simi
larly, the Apache, with her bark rig, was
ex pact ed to have some trouble In keeping
along with the other craft until the wind
Commodore Tod of the Thistle was more
disappointed this morning than he was with
the weather of yesterday. "I had hoped
that the rain we had last night would clear
things up and give us a fair wind," said
the commodore this morning, as he watched
his crew at work among a maze of ropes
and halyards: "It's a long and a short tack
for the Nantucket shoals with this wind,
and Thistle isn't so good on the reach I
must confess, as she might be. I hope It
doesn't keep up like this."
Going Enough for Barr.
Capt. Barr, when hailed through a mega
phone and asked what the thought of the
"Don't care. It's going enough for me."
Capt. Bohlln of the Fleur de Lys. an
swered "Fine: It s Just the kind of weather
I like I don't care if X am sailing a canal
George Lauder. Jr.. owner of the ^ndrm
Ion. said: "I think we're going to make out
all right. We're not so bad at ranching."
First to Weigh Anchor.
The Hamburg was the first of the yachts
to weigh anchor. She left In tow of a
tug, dropping some of her sails first, as
they were a hindrance to the tug against
tl"! head wind. Gracefully she glided
eround the hook, her ensign, a red Mai
ten# croM on a white ground, floating at
her masthead. When opposite the West
ern Union observatory she dlpp?4 her col
ors In salute and a moment later to the
still stranded Caronla. which lir*??"
alde on the ship channel. The Carocta
answered the salute nnd her passengers
maay of whom, evidently of German Wrtn,
crowded to the rails, cheering wll<Hy and
waring handkerchiefs. j
Following the Hamburg came the pic-!
turesque Valhalla, under tew. She ?ls?
dipped her colors to the stTanded ocean
liner and got the return sAIute as well as
the burs of "Tommy Atkins" from a pa
triotic cornet soloist. Close in the *?ke
of the Karl of Crawford's ahlp came that
of his countryman, I^ord Brassey8 oun
beatn. and as the handsome old three
master passed to the stem of the Car
onla It was Lord Brassey s private
that saluted instead of the ensign. The
reason was that Lord Brassey s wife was
a returning passenger on the ltn"- ?en i
along came the Thtatle. also in tow, with
Commodore Robert Tod at the helm. r*?^y i
to put his skill as a skipper aKaln"t the
best of the professionals who captained
the other boats. Soon around the hook
the yawl Allsa came bobbing along, and i
rVosey behind her Atlantic Apache and
Hildegarde were bunched together, their
tuKB apparently themselves ln "
the starting line. The Endymion. in tow.
followed close on the heels of the_ Hilde
garde, and Fleur de Lys closed the pro
cession under her own sail.
REHEARING ASKED FOR
GOVERNMENT'S PETITION AS TO
INSULAR CASE DECISION.
A petition of the government for a re
hearing in the cases of the United States
agt. Peabody & Co. and the United States
agt. Warner, Barnes & Co.. involving the
construction of the President's Philippine
tariff order of July 12. 1898. was submitted
to the Supreme Court of the United States
today. The petition was presented by So
licitor General Hoyt and was supported in a
brief by Attorney General Moody.
The case was decided a few weeks ago
adversely to the contentions of the United
States, and the decision was accepted by
the government as calculated to impose no
Inconsiderable burden upon the treasury.
The Attorney General closes his statement
"Ths, reason for the importance to the
government of the ground upon which this
case is to be decided, if it must be decided
In favor of the complainants, is that there
ar-j doubtless claims amounting to more
than a million dollars, on which suit was
no- brought before July 1. 1902. the date of
the ratifying act. but upon which suits have
been and will be brought in view of the
piesent decision of the court. For these
reasons we think it of the utmost impor
tance to the government that an opportu
nity should be given for a reargument, in
which the question of construction and rati
fication may be given a much fuller consid
eration. in view of all the history of th?s
legislation, than, as It Is respectfully sub
mitted, it has heretofore had."
ROOSEVELT AND RENOMINATION.
Owen Wister Would Not Be Surprised
if It Happened.
Special Dispatch to The 8tar.
PHILADELPHIA, May 17.?Owen Wister,
poet, novelist and dramatist, in an inter
view today, declared that he would not be
surprised if the prediction of Chauncey De
pew at the Union League dinner, that there
might be such an overwhelming popular
demand for Roosevelt for another term in
1998 that It would sweep everything before
It would turn out to be true.
"Certainly,*' he added, "there Is no man
in American public life apparently his
Mr. Wister is a personal friend of Mr.
Roosevelt, and was at Harvard College
with him. though the President was grad
uated two years earlier than Mr. Wister.
LOBLEY PLEADED NOT GUILTY
To Indictment for Securing Equitable
Special Dispatch to The Star.
NEW VORK. May 17?Samuel Lobley,
the mt?n who, under the name of Samuel
Edwards, was Indictcd by the Kings county
grand jury on charges of having obtained
>27.816 from the Equitable Assurance So
ciety. was up before Judge Crane, in the
county court this morning.
Ix>bley's lawyer entered a plea of ? not
guilty for the prisoner, and then moved to
be allowed to Inspect the minutes of the
grand jury. Judge Crane said that he
would take time to consider the request.
To a motion that Lobley be admitted to
bail, the court replied that he wished to
inspect the minutes so that he might find
from the nature of the charge how much
bail was required.
The prisoner was then taken to Raymond
street jail to await the court's action. Mo
time was set for another hearing.
Two Carpenters Go Down With Falling
of Scaffold?Others Bruised.
Two carpenters were painfully injured
and several others bruised by the falling
of a scaffold on which they were work
ing at the new ferry house now building
at the foot of M street solthwest. The
men were engaged in preparing the tim
bers for the roof of the building when
the scaffold gave away, dropping them
about fifteen feet onto the joists below.
Fred A. Augustine, residing at 1208 Oth
street southwest, was painfully cut about
the head and shoulders, but It is not
thought his hurts are serious. He refused
the aid of the police ambulance and
walked to his house.
Edward Filpit. who lives at 154 D street
southeast, was hurt about the arms and
legs, and it is feared bones are broken.
He refused to go to the Emergency Hos
pital in the ambulance which had been
railed and was taken to his home in the
fourth precinct ambulance. The other
men in the accident were able to return
to their work.
The accident created considerable ex
citement about the river front and caused
a report that eight or ten men had been
killed by the caving in of a bank. The
reserves from the fourth precinct were
called, with ambulance, and a hurry call
was sent to the Emergency Hospital for
its ambulance and doctors.
Movements of Naval Vessels.
The Navy Department Is informed that
the Topeka has arrived at Puerta Plata,
the Newport at San Juan and the Nichol
son at Norfolk.
Record for Long-Distance Wireless.
SAN FRANCISCO. May 17.-The Pacific
coast record for long-distance wireless tele
graphing has been broken. It is claimed,
by a wirelss message received from 313
miles out at sea. The communication came
from the government transport Solace,
which left this port Monday, and was re
ceived over the magnetic detector. The
best record made, it is said at the local
station, was when conversation was held
with the Boston, at a distance of 220 miles
down the coast, some six weeks ago.
PARIS, May 17?Owing to a protracted
attack of grip Ambassador McCcrmlck. on
the advice of his physician, has gone to
Dieppe for a short rest and recuperation.
Lieut. Fortesque to Join His Regiment.
First Lieut Granville R. Fortesque, 10th
Cavalry, has been relieved from duty at
the White House, under the orders of Col.
Charles S. Bromwell. Corps cf Engineers,
in charge of public buildings and grounds,
and granted three months' leave of ab
sence with permission to go abroad, at the
expirntion of which leave he will join his
regiment at Fort Robinson, Neb. Lieut.
Fortesque Is a personal friend of the Pres
ident and accompanied him on his recent
trip to Texas.
Genuineness of Broad Policy
ACTION OF TEE CZAR
REMOVAL OF RESTRICTIVE LAWS
AGAINST THE POLES.
Six Thousand Workmen Make Demon
stration in St Petersburg?Znn
stvos to Be Established.
ST. PETERSBURG, May 1".?There is Ut
tle room for skepticism as to the genuine
ness of the broad policy of imperial reform
after the remarkable steps sanctioned by
Emperor Nicholas in the Imperial rescript
issued yesterday modifying the restrictive
decrees in nine of the western governments
of Russia and giving the Poles greater free
dom for acquiring farming lands and pur
chasing landed properties and industrial
premises and giving permission to intro
duce the Polisn and Lithuanian languages
in the primary and secondary^, schools where
the majority of the inhabitants are non
Almost at one sweep the whole burden
of the vexatious restrictive laws in Poland
and the Baltic provinces have been remov
ed and the privileges for which the na
tlveB have been fighting for years are re
stored, the assemblies of the Polish nobles
are re-established and all the harsh ad
ministrative measures introduced at the
time of the policy of reaction and Russifi
catlon are abolished unless later for pur
poses of state after the recommendation of
the council of state they receive imperial
sanction. As a natural sequence of free
dom of religion the oppressive prohibition
of the purchase of land by Catholic peas
ants is abolished. In effect the measures
sanctioned amount \o an entire reversal of
Russian policy in ancient Poland and the
In Poland, by confining the land holding
to persons of Polish extraction strictly by
ii.heritance, by descent, and not even by
testament, it was designed to force the
Poles either to become orthodox Russians
or drive them into Poland proper. The
hardships thus entailed were innumerable.
The property of deceased Poles was sold
to Russians by forced sale and at ridicu
lous prices. A famous case was that of the
Polish estates of the late Prince von Ho
henlohe. the German imperial chancellor,
for which a special ukase was necessary
in order to permit the sale.
A prominent liberal, who is especially in
terested in the Polish question, declared
that the latest rescript, together with the
rescript on religious toleration, would go far
toward settling the most burning political
problems in Poland and the Baltic provinces
and produce an era of better feeling than
had prevailed in Poland for half a century.
He further declared that, contrary to wide
opinion, the Polish population as a whole
was not revolutionary. The Poles realized
that their political future, good or 111, was
bound up in that of the empire, and they
were anxious to make the best of it.
Tumults such as those at Warsaw May 1
were not manifestations of the general
feeling, but were the result of non-political
economic causes, which had produced dis
tress among the industrial population and
afforded a field for social revolutionary
M. Mendeleef. the famous chemist, ex
presses the opinion that much of the agita
tion in Russia was the result of the social
istic propaganda carried on by German so
cialists for their own ends. He also de
clares that the excitement was largely su
perficial, especially among the students.
Within Six Months.
It is pointed out that in order to avoid
delay in the matter of the introduction of
the Polish and Lithuanian languages the
emperor specifically directed the formula
tion of the necessary regulations and laws
within six months.
These measures, it is understood, will be
followed by the introduction of local self
government through the zemstvo system.
The steps taken will undoubtedly have im
mense influence upon the population of i
Poland, and will practically meet the de
mands of the rational reformers, who re
ally recognise that the restoration of the
kingdom of Poland is an idle and visionary
The committee of ministers has gone no
further with the Jewish question than to
grant freedom of residence to the artisan
class. The question in its entirety is of
such great Importance that it has been de
cided to refer it to the coming general 'is
sembly. This practically is a decision to
defer It to the will of the representatives
of the people, being the first public recog
nition that the government intends to be
guided by its action.
The emperor's action has produced a
splendid impression among the reform ele
ments, which are expressing the highest
satisfaction. As the announcement was
not published in the Official Gazette until
this morning, however, the newspapers con
tain no comment.
Special Cablegram to The Star.
PARIS. May 17.?A dispatch to the Echo
de Paris from St. Petersburg says that
0,000 worklngmen made a demonstration
yesterday, crying "Down with the Czar,
down with autocracy." Seven hundred Cos
sacks charged the procession and Injured
many of the demonstrators, including wom
en and children.
IRKUTSK. Eastern Siberia. May 17.?The
governors or Tobolsk and Tomsk, in obedi
ence to the imperial rescript of April 10,
have proclaimed the establishment of
zemstvos In those provinces.
Count Kutaissoff. the new governor of
Irkutsk, requests the co-operation of-the
Inhabitants in the creation of the Irkutsk
BOYS NEED MORE SLEEP.
Important Address Before Parents'
National Union in London.
Special Cablegram ta The Star.
LONDON, May 17.?At a convention of
the Parents' National Education Union Dr. ;
Dyke Acland today delivered an important
| address upon "Sleep." He said that the
| hours of sleep allowed the younger boys
In the great schools of England were fa* ,
too short. Eight hours was the minimum
for adults, and from nine and a half to
ten hours should be allowed to boys.
A careful study of the school boys In
i after life suggested that shortage In sleep
| at school was the true explanation of the
disappearance in after life of the most
brilliant boys at school. Many eminent |
men had admitted that the habit of disre
garding sleep at school had resulted in In
somnia and even worse disturbances of the
nervous system. Dr. Acland advocated the
| abolition of chapel and study before break
American Battleship Squadron.
Special IMapatcb to Tbe Star.
NORFOLK. Va.. May 17.?The United
States weather observer at Cape Henry
this afternoon reportrd that the battleship
squadron, under Admiral Evans, and con
s'stirtg of the Maine. Kentucky. Massachu
setts. Kearsir;e and others, are now
cruising and drilling ten miles oft the Vir
CioTsei's Remains Reached New York.
Special Diapatcii to Tbe Star.
NEW YORK. May 17.?The body of Her
bert Croker. the son of Richard CrokT.
former leader of Tammany Hall, who was
found dead on a train at Newton, Kan.,
at rived In Hofcoken over the Lackawanna
rrilroad at 3 o'clock this morning. Rich
ard Croker, jr., accompanied the body and
superintended Its removal from the train
tc the station platform, where It was tak
en la charge by the family undertaker.
GALLIC ON POSTED MAR.
LOUDON' DECLARES IRISH LM
TEBS MUiT BKAR TRANSLATIO:
Special Cililtfnra to The Mr.
I.ONDON. May 17.?The postmaster general
has ordered that when letters addressed in
Irish characters are found In the post an
English translation must be added. If a
translator should be lacking at the office
where the letters have been posted they
must be sent to Dublin, where the transla
tion win be added. The letters will then
Controversy Over Language.
Special Cablegram to The Star.
DUBLIN, May 17.?The question whether
Irish constitutes a legal language has been
occupying the attention of the king's bench
division of the high court of justice In the
case of Nell McBrlde, who was fined one
shilling at the Dunfanaghy sessions, Done
galie county, and in default of payment
sentenced to a week's Imprisonment, for not
having his name apd residence written In
legible letters upon his cart. McBrlde's
name was written on the cart In Irish char
acters. in Irish form, thus "Mall Macglolla
It is contended by the appellate that the
letters are legible to people who know Erse
and that such people constitute 70 per cent
of the population of the district. The court
reserved its judgment.
RADICAL REFORMS IN FUNERALS
Advocated at Eighteenth Annual Con
vention of Virginia Directors.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
NORFOLK. May 17.?At the eighteenth
annual convention of the Virginia Funeral
Directors' Association, In session here.
Rev. Dr. Calvin 8. Blackwell today made
an address before the undertakers, in
which he advocated radical reforms In fu
nerals. He declared that all Sunday fu
nerals should be done away with and said
that extravagance at funerals should be
eliminated at all times.
The speaker's position was that the fam
ily of the deceased person should not have
to be put to the great expense of providing
carriages for friends, but that the latter
should leave it so that only the nearest
relatives of deceased persons would have
to attend funerals in hacks, thus cutting
down many unnecessary expenses of the
present age at burials.
The speaker said he did not know how
the undertakers would like his address,
but that he was giving his views of needed
TO JOIN RUSSIAN ARMY.
Gen. Barry, Col. HofE and Capt. Cloman
Ordered to St. Petersburg.
Orders were issued from the War Depart
ment today for Brig. Gen. Thomas H.
Barry, commanding the Department of the
Gulf at Atlanta. Ga.; Col. John Van R.
Holt of the medical department at Fort
Leavenworth, Kan., and Capt. Sydney A.
Cloman of the general staff in this city, to
proceed to St. Petersburg, Russia, and re
port to the United States ambassador, pre
liminary to their joining the Russian army
in Manchuria as military attaches to ob
serve the operations of the troops. The
Russian government has formally assented
to this detail.
These officers relieve Major M. M. Ma
comb of the Artillery Corps, CoL Valery
Havard of the medical department and
Capt. William V. Judson of the Corps of
Engineers. The last two named officers
have returned to the United States, having
been captured by the Japanese at the bat
tle of Mukden, but Major Macomb Is still
with the Russian army.
Maj. Gen. Wade, commanding the At
lantic division at New York, will assume
temporary command of the Department of
the Gulf on the departure of Gen. Barry.
The Department of the Gulf is in the At
BIO CUNARDER GROUNDED.
Stuck in the Mud OS Sandy Hook
Waiting for Flood Tide.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
NEW YORK. May 17.?After an all-night
struggle to free herself from the mud, in
which she stuck fast off Sandy Hook, the
big Cunarder Caronia, that cleared from
New York at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Is still stuck hard and fast, with no hope of
being floated before flood tide tonight.
The Caronia, which is the second largest
steamship In the world, and not yet a year
old, was run ashore In the heavy fog yes
terday, and made her plight known by
wirelesa to the station at Babylon, L. I.,
whence dispatches for tugs were sent to
New York. All the messages from the ship
have stated that she is in no danger while
the present light seas are running.
Tho Caronia grounded on the north side
of Bayside channel, near Flynn's knoll, a
point where many great liners have settled
down for a wait while passengers, Insurance
underwriters, not to mention pilots and
captains, have kept up hopes and bided
their time. Owing to the nature of the bot
tom, which is mud and sand, there have
been no serious accidents to the ocean grey
hounds held in leash on the shoals, but the
fear is always entertained that a heavy,
smushing sea might rise and pound the
iron plates to bits while the ship was held
fast. In the present case the dispatches
from the Caronia are that she Is resting
easily and Is in no danger from the light
RETURN OF CONFEDERATE FLAG.
Jerseymen to Present Old Trophy to
Special Dispatch to The Star.
TRENTON, N. J.. May 17.-Gov. Siokes
this morn.ng. about six hours after a party
of distinguished Jerseymen had left the
capitol to attend a battle celebration at
Newbern, N. C., arrived at a quick resolu
tion and boarded a train at 11.03 to go to
Newbern. Tfce occasion is the unveiling of
a monument In honor of the 9th New Jer
sey Volunteers, and the Jerseymen are to
present to Gov. Glenn of North Carolina
the famous "Plough Boys" flag which the
Jersey troops captured in the battle. North
Carolina askid New Jersey for the leturn
of the flag and the request was cheerfully
Gov. Stokes will In person present the
captured confederate flag to the governor
of North Carolina.
Secretary Taft Doesn't Know Him.
Special I>lapatch to The Star.
NEW HAVEN. Conn., May 17.?Using the
name of his patron. Secretary of War Taft.
and claiming to be of direct descent from a
Philippine royal family, Juan Bauliste
Alegre ran up bills of $800 among New
Haven and New York tradesmen and then
disappeared. Secretary Taft brought him
to the Yale law school and Installed him
there a year ago. A sheriff has been look
ing for him for three days. He Is said to
have gone to Spain.
Secretary Taft said today that he did not
know the man Alegre, referred to In the
above dispatch, and had never heard of
him. He was acquainted with two or three
Filipino students at Yale, but knew no one
of the name of Alegre. There Is no record
of such a perron in the Insular bureau of
the War Department having to do with
Philippine affairs. ,
Chinaman to Retain Queue in JaiL
ST. LOUIS. May 17.?Judge Rogers of the
United States district court, has Issued an
order allowing Ng Jung, a Chinaman, con
victed and sentenced to a term of ninety
days In the Missouri penitentiary for pass
ing a raised $10 bill, to retain his queue
while serving his sentence. Jung told Judge
Rogers that tfce retention of his queue was
a matter of religion, and be will be the
first prisoner who has been confined at the
state penitentiary who has not first been
Large Assemblage at Luth
, eran Home for Aged.
FOUNDERS' OAT CELEBRATED BY
OFFICIALS AND OTHEBS.
National Institution Supported by Ad
herents of the Lutheran Faith?
Those in Charge.
Celebration of Founders' day at the Na
tional Lutheran Home for the Aged, which
Is located at Langdon, began early this
morning. Many visitors arrived from
Washington and other cities to spend the
day at the grouiids an J to discuss the work
which is In hand. The Lutheran churches
of Baltimore have taken quite an interest
in the home, and this morning many, from
that city arrived bright and early. Tables
wtre spread across the broad, cool verm
das of the main building, and at noon a
picnic luncheon was served to the guests.
The new annex to the home is in course
of construction and contains sixteen new
rtioms, and immediately adjoins the new
building, which was built some years -*go
upon the tract of twenty-seven acres of
lend, which was bequeathed in the will of
Mrs. Sarah Utermehle of this city for the
purpose of founding the home. There are
about twenty aged ladies residing at the
home at the present time, and they ex
pressed great pleasure today when the
trcops of children, accompanied by their
mothers and older friends, arrived at the
Rev. Dr. W. E. Parson, pastor of the
Church of the Reformation and president
of the home, had charge of the arrange
ments and was about the "busiest person on
the grounds. Besides Dr. Parson, the board
of trustees consists of Mc. Isaac C. Slater,
secretary; Mr. W. H. Finckel, correspond
ing secretary; Mr. Cornelius Eckhardt,
treasurer; Rev. Drs. C. 8. Albert, J. G.
Goettman, S. W. Owen, A. A. Parr. C. S.
Trump, and Messrs. George Ryntal, Jr., G.
G. Burnett of California, Frederick P.
Stieff of Baltimore and J. Harry Fritz of
Members of Ladies' Committee.
The following ladies of this city were Iti
charge of the arrangements for the lunch
eon: Mrs. Annie N. Parson, Mrs. P. V. De
Graw, Mrs. Philip Deis, Mrs. Philip Dodge,
Mrs. VV. M. Stowell and Misy Harriet D.
Piatt. Among those from Baltimore are
Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mrs. E. D. Miller and
the Misses Maund. The board of lady man
agers of the home are Mrs. Philip T. Dodge,
president; Mrs. J. A. Sutherland, secretary;
Mrs. L. M. Kuhns. treasurer, and the fol
lowing vice presidents: Mrs. W. E. Parson.
Mrs. J. G. Butler. Mrs. J. G. Miller ard
Mrs. E. D. Miller of Baltimore. The o.her
members of the board are Mrs. Robeit
Bowlder, Mrs. Philip Dels. Mrs. A. F. Fox,
Mrs. W. H. Gotwaid, Mrs. A. S. Johnson,
Mrs. B. C. Mi-Quay, Mrs. John C. Parker.
Mrs. M. M. Rouzer, Mrs. W. F. S ater, Mis.
George H. Siaybaugh, Mrs. J. H. Turner
and Mrs. G. Wood worth. The matron of
the home is Mrs. Mary C. Foster, and the
physician is Dr. J. A. Stouten burgh.
The beneficiaries of the home have come
from widely separated regions. Geograph
ically they are distributed as follows:
Pennsylvania, 10; Maryland, 8; Ohio, 4;
District of Columbia, 4; New York, 3; Illi
nois, 2; Iowa, 1; West Virginia, 1. There
are several applications pending.
Two members of the board, Mr. I. C.
Slater and Mr. A. K. Wagner, have been
acting as a farming committee. Under
their careful management the farm has
been gradually improving In productive
ness, as well as greatly enhancing the
value and appearance of the property. With
their own tenant, live stock, and by imme
diate supervision the returns for the past
two years have fully justitled the outlay
Statement of Treasurer.
The last statement of the treasurer shows
that the finances of the home are now in
a better condition than they have been at
any time since the foundation of the home.
The Memorial Booms.
The following is a list of the memorial
looms of the home:
1. The Utermehle room, memorial to Mrs.
Sarah Utermehle, founder of home.
2. Memorial, Louise Hocke. by W. H.
a. Furnished by Mrs. John C. Parker.
4. Mrs. Elizabeth Magle, by her daughter,
0. The Frlck room. Wooster. Ohio.
ti. Memorial, Sophia Elizabeth Bierbaum,
7. Furnished by D. F. Lafean, York, Pa.
8. Mrs. Joseph B. Eckhardt's Sunday
school class, St. Paul's Church, Washing
ton, D. C.
1). Furnished by the ladies of the German
Kaftee-Kranzchen, July, 1899.
10. Memorial, Elizabeth Tawny Miller, by
Mrs. George D. Harter, Canton, Ohio.
11. Memorial, Michael D. Harter, Mans
12. In memory of Mrs. Jere Carl, York,
14. Maryland College, Lutherville, Md.
15. Furnished by G. S. Watts, Baltimore,
ltj. Furnished by Annie L Suman, Balti
17. Memorial to Mary Ann Fritz, who died
November 2J, 181>2, by her son, J. Harry
Fritz. Somerset, Pa.
18. Memorial to Elizabeth Krehs Minnick,
by Mrs. George E. Reily, Washington, D. C.
10. Memorial, Christian C. Schneider, Mary
Amelia Schneider, by their children.
20. In memory of father and mother, J. P.
21. Rev. Dr. Samuel Domer, St. Paul's
22. Rev. Dr. L. M. Kuhns.
2X Mrs. C. Engel, by daughters.
General Synod Completed Organization
at Allentown, Pa.
ALLENTOWN, Pa., May 12.?The Re
formed Church General Synod completed
its organization this morning by electing as
vice presidents Rev. F. W. Berleman of
Philadelphia and Rev. A. S. Weber of Bal
timore; corresponding secretary, Rev. G. P.
Stem of Siegfried; assistant clerk. Rev.
John Bachman, New Knoxville. Ohio, and
reading clerk. Rev. J. M. S. Isenberg,
T^-? report on home missions was read
by Rev. IS. R. Eshbach. It showed a gain
In receipts of $42,000 over the last trlen
mum, with 10C missions under its care. The
synod was asked to assume and apportion
$07,000 per annum. Rev. Dr. A. R. Bar
tholomew reported for the board of for
eign missions, showing total receipts of
$237,823 and twelve new missions founded
in the past three years.
The Sunday school board reported re
ceipts (183,390.95: expenditures, $178,055.44.
Kev. Dr. Eli Keller reported for the three
oiphan homes which have 282 inmates, and
Whose receipts since 1892 were $1TL5?8.92.
Treasurer William Barnhart reported a
balance of $2,433.04.
Assigned to-the Coast Squadron.
The bureau of navigation has assigned
the torpedo boat destroyers Worden, Hull,
Macdonough and Whipple to the coast
squadron under command of Rear Ad
miral Dickens. This squadron will take
part in the joint army and navy exercises
to be held next month.
Capt. Shimer Going to Panama.
Capt. Ira A. Shimer, assistant surgeon,
stationed at Fort Niagara, N. Y.. has been
ordered to this city to confer with the
Seoretary of War preliminary to his as
signment to duty in the canal son* under
the orders of Col. William C. Gorgas of
the medical department, in charge of the
sanitary affairs of the canal strip.
FOUND BY FRENCH
BMBSTVENSKT PAID HO ATTEN
TION TO NEUTRALITY.
SAIOON. Cochin China. May 17.?Admiral
de Jonquleres, the French naval com
mander at Saigon, who has been cruising
along the Annam coast on the cruiser
Guiclien. returned here today. According
to the reports gathered concerning the Rus
sian fleet. Admiral Rojestvensky showed
absolute disregard of the discussions on the
subject of neutrality. The Russian com
mander proceeded as if his position gave
him complete independence. He declared
that he acted on his own judgment, and
said that criticisms did not change liis
Iron discipline, 't is added, was maintain
ed on board the Russian warships.
TOKYO. May 1".?In reply to the repre
sentations of the Japanese government, the
French government has notified the author
ities here that Admiral de Jonquleres re
ported that he had cruised along the coast
of Annam May IS and 14 for the purpose of
ordering the Russian ships to leave the coast
should he find any in French waters. Th->
admiral, it is added, did not find any Rus
sian vessels between Cape St. James and
Turan. Even so far north as Jowanedy, the
most available northern anchorage on the
Annam coast, not one Russian ship was
QUEENSTOWN. May 17.?Vice Admiral
Lord Charles Beresford, commanding the
channel fleet, in an interview here yester
day, on the arrival of the White Star line
steamer Oceanic, from New York May 10.
said he felt France had taken care that
there should be no breach of neutrality In
the far east with her consent. Possibly,
he said, the Russians, like others, might
use French waters to repair accidents and
remain there until turned out. ?
WILL NOT DENT RUMOR
NAN PATTERSON RETICENT RE
Neither Mr. J. R. Patterson. Mrs. Patter
son, nor the former show girl herself would
deny this afternoon that the latter went
to Philadelphia yesterday and signed a
contract with vaudeville managers. When
asked directly whether or not this was
the case the reply from all three was that
they had nothing to say in regard to the
"The papers can say "what they please
about it," said Mrs. Patterson. "They al
ways have said what they pleased. Nan
and the rest of us do not wish to discuss
When It was mentioned to Mr. Patterson
that the public wanted to hear from the
family the details of the business trans
action in Philadelphia yesterday he said:
"I hope you will appreciate my pos.tion. I
would like to give you any information you
desire, but it is altogether In my daugh
ter's hands, and, as you see. she will not
speak about It."
He further said that he had no fear that
Miss Patterson would be brought to trial a
fourth time, in spite of the rumors to that
effect in New York today. He was suie
that District Attorney Jerome wou'd not
take up the case again.
Miss "Nan" Patterson was at home to
day, bat she remained in her room most
of the time.
The fondness for newspaper reporters
which she has shown recently, and which
been reflected somewhat by the other
members of the family, seems to have de
parted entirely. She conducts herself more
like a statesman with a great secret to
guard than a simple show girl, who has or
has not signed a contract to appear on a
None of Miss Patterson's sisters, who
have been so much in evidence during the
past week or more, put in an appearance
today about the house when a reporter for
Th? Star called. The air of secrecy pre
Mr. Patterson Is still In bed. suffering
from the attack of congestion of the lungs
which came on him several nights ago. His
condition Is somewhat better today, but It
is understood that his physician will keep
him to his bed for several weeks.
NOT A WHEEL TURNING.
Journeymen Hill Workers Decide to
The lumber mills of Washington and vi
cinity were silent again today and not a
wheel was turning in any of the eleven
plants as a result of the strike of the
journeymen mill workers, which was de
scribed In detail In The Star yesterday.
Not a curl of smoke came from the tall
stacks of the mills, and one of the ope
rators declared that for the nonce he was
free from the rigors of the smoke law.
The Mill Workers' Local Union. No. 1108.
held a meeting last night and discussed the
walkout of Monday. At the close of the
session, which was held behind closed
doors, one of the members said: "We have
determined to stand pat."
An officer of No. 1103 said to a Star re
porter today that unless an agreement
with the bosses was soon reached the
workers would make a public statement cf
their side of the controversy. "And." he
added, "it will be an eye-opener, too."
Another mill worker said the men had
only stopped work "as a last resort, as
effort had repeatedly been mado to confer
with those in authority in the lumber ex
change. but on all occasions the committee
from the mill workers was snubbed and
ignored, and there was nothing left to _do
but to walk out."
Mr. W. T. Galliher, president of 'lie
lumber exchange, said this afternoon that
there was no change in the situation so
fai as the mill owners are concerned.
"Has an arbitration committee of the
strikers called on you or the mill operat
ors'.'" Mr. Galliher was asked.
"It has not."
YOUNG WOMEN GRADUATES.
42 Received Degrees of Doctor of Med
icine at Philadelphia.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
PHILADELPHIA, May 17. ? Among the
forty-two young women to receive degrees
of doctor of medicine at the fifty-third an
nual commencement of the Y?'omen's Medi
cal College of Pennsylvania at the Academy
of Music today only thirteen members of
the graduating class are from this city,
while the remainder is widely scattered.
The two most interesting graduates in this
respect are Miss Agavnie Gilcakian of Con
stantinople. Turkey, and Miss Li BI Cu of
Miss Li Bi Cu enjoys the distinction of i
being the second woman of her nationality
who has mastered the study of medicine in
America Or elsewhere. She has been study
ing eight years in this country. Miss Cu
has four brothers and one sister living In i
Hinghua, where her father, who is proml- j
nent and wealthy, is the foremost Methodist
of the community. She will shortly return
to China and there take up the practice of
Record of Lieut. Neusthoff Received.
Judge Advocate General Davis at the
War Department has received the record
of the proceedings of the court-martial in
the case of First Lieut. Hans F. Neusthoff
of the Philippine Scouts, tried at Guira
mas. P. I? on the charge of embezzlement
of $700. Inasmuch as the case was sent to
this city for the action of the President. It
is presumed at the department that the ac
cused was convicted and sentenced to be
The Zafiro to Be Overhauled.
The steel supply ship Zufiro, built in Ab
erdeen. Scotland, in 1884. and purchased by
the United States for service on the Asiat
ic station, sailed from Cavite yesterday
for the naval station at Bremerton.
Wasb, to recaive a thorough overhauling,
on completion of which tlx will return to
the Asiatic station.
Laying of the Corner Stone of
Eastern Star Home
BY MASONIC OBDER
INSTITUTION LOCATED OH SLIOO
Distinguished Masons and Members of
the Eastern Star Attend?
The corner stone of the Institution wliicn
Is to be erected by the Order of the E.ist
crn Star of the District of Columbia for
destitute oinst-r Masons, their widows ana
orphans, was laid at 2::*? o'clock this af
ternoon with Imposing ceremonies. A dis
tinguished body of Masons, their wives and
friends, and delegations from e.ich of the
chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star
of this jurisdiction attended the corner
stone laying and reached the site of the
proposed Institution, on Sllgo Mill road be
tween Stotts and Lamond's stations, by u
specially chartered train, which left the
city over the Baltimore and Ohio railroad
at 1:15 o'clock this afternoon.
The craft assembled at Masonic Temple
at 12:30 o'clock. The procession then pr>>
ceeded In the following order to the Balti
more and Ohio railroad station: Haley's
band: Columbia Commandcry, No. 2. K. I*.,
as escort for the Grand Lodge: master Ma
sons for subordinate lodges and masters of
lodges, and prand masters and members or
the Grand Lodge. The central figure In
the ceremonies was Grand Master Lurtln
The ceremonies were In charge of the
Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia
with the various Masonic bodies of the
District participating. The program, ar
ranged by a committee of which Mr. L. C.
Williamson was chairman, was carried out
in every detail.
Program of Exercises.
It was as follows:
Music, band. Invocation. Miss Nellie D
Morey. grand chaplain. Grand Chapter, O
E. 8. Vocal music. Masonic choir, Messrs.
Perry B. Turpln. Alex. Mosher, J. Henn
Kaiser and J. Walter Humphrey. Kemarks.
Mrs. Alcena Lamond. president board ol
directors. Original poem (written for th<
occasion). Dr. Thomas W. Calver. Remarks
Mrs. Kate L. Glide, worthy grand matron
0. E. S. Remarks. Mr. George B. Mobray
worthy grand patron. O. E. S Music, hand
laying corner stone by the Grand I?dge
F. A. A. M., of the District of Columbia
Vocal music. Masonic choir. Address. Mr
1.urtin R. Glnn. grand master of Masons
Vocal music. Masonic choir. Benediction.
Rer. D. W. Skellenger, grand chaplain,
Giand Lodge. F. A. A. M.
Following 1s the list of articles placed ir
the corner stone: Constitution of Grant
Lodge, F. A. A. M.; proceedings of Granc
Lodge, F. A. A. M., 1!*>I; Masonic calendai
for lWi5: constitution of Grand Chapter, O
E. S.; Proceedings Grand Chapter, O. E. 8.
ia0f>; charter and by-laws E. 8. home ol
the District; brief history of undertaking
with names of directors, lltoS; names o!
building committee, names of architects
names of builders and dally newspapers ol
the District of this date, program of cere
The garel used was the famous one uset
by Gen. Washington as master mason It
laying the cornerstone of the Capitol ir
Origin of the Movement.
The movement for providing a home for
the destitute Masons and those dependent
upon them was Inaugurated several months
ago by the ladies of the Order of the East
ern Star. Through tireless exertion and
enterprise the ladies had the pleasure final
ly of seeing the fund started, and with the
co-operation of the Masonic fraternltle*
of the District It has grown rapidly. Tbe
money thus far subscribed has been from
Masonic sources, both from organisations
and personal contributions. The Grand
Lodge and all of the subordinate lodges
have made liberal subscriptions. While the
institution Is incorporated under an act ot
Congress it Is to be conducted solely under
the management of the Eastern Star, wbtcH
is composed exclusively of Mason? and
their wives and daughters.
The building as planned will be con
structed upon an elaborate scale and upon
the most modern designs. The structuro
will be somewhat after the colonial stylo
of architecture and will be fi\*e stories in
height. It is stated tliat It mill be built as
rapidly as there is money to meet the obli
gations. It is the policy of the trustees not
to go into debt after the funds subscribed
have become exhausted, but that tn the
event of such a contingency to wait until
the treasury is replenished. It is regarded
as certain that the work of constructing
the new building will not in any way be
retarded because of lack of funds. From
various sources additional money will txi
continually added to the treasury, and It Is
not believed the project will be delayed be
cause of a depicted treasury.
Grand Master's Commendation.
In his last annual report to the Grand
Lodge the grand master of Masons of the
District of Columbia. James A. Wetmore,
said: "Scarcely second In importance to
the movement for a new temple is the
project undertaken by the ladles of the
Order of the Eastern Star to provide a
home in this jurisdiction for destitute mas
ter Masons and their widows and orphans.
Efforts having for their end so noble a
purpose and predicated on impulses so gen
erous should meet with the hearty encour
agement and lo-operation of the fraternity.
Let no brother withhold his support on
the plea that such an Institution should
be under the management and control of
the Grand Lodge, for, having seen fit dur
ing all these years to provide for Its home
less in various ways?all comfortable and
proper, to be sure?the fraternity should
now look with satisfaction upon the pros
pect of having, in the near future, through
the Initiative and exertions of these ladles,
a suitable place where its unfortunate ones
may be properly cared for. under condi
tions and amid surroundings such as we
would wish for them, and where there will
be neither a commercial spirit nor the
temptation of gain to mar a work of pure
charity and love.
Board of Managers.
"A board of managers, consisting of 130
members?fifteen from each of the chapter*
of the Order of tbe Eastern Star?has been
organised, meeting monthly; a site of five
acres, suitable for the purpose, within easy
access of the city on the Metropolitan
branch of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad,
has been donated by Mrs. Sarah E. Seek,
whose generosity will csuse her name to be
long remembered In our jurisdiction, and
an additional five acres adjoining have been
contracted for on most advantageous
terms. On this land It Is proposed to erect
a building In keeping with the means in
hand, and in such form that It can be
added to from time to time as funds may
become available and the necessities de
mand. and it is confidently expected that
active building operations can be begun In
the near future. It Is to be hoped that the
work may not be retarded through any
failure of the brethren to give according to
their means to so worthy a cause."
Yellow Fever Patients Recovering.
A cablegram from Col.Gorgaa, in charge
In the canal zone, received at the Insular
bureau yesterday, states that Aubrey. Rug
glen and M'ood. three of the twelve em
ployes who were stricken with yellow
fever May 3. are convalescing. With the
exception of one. who died, the remainder
of the twelve have completely recovered.
Alleged Defaulter Out on Bail.
? SAN FRANCISCO. May 17.?Edward J.
Smith, formerly city and county tax col
lector, who was arrested at St. Louis on
the charge of being a defaulter, feM baa*
released on $40,000 bail.