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Minority Leader Williams APPEALED TO HOUSE WISHED TO MAJCE A PERSONAL STATEMEKT. Objection Made by Mr. Williams in the Interest of Harmony Among Democratic Representatives. The condition of affair* on the minority sldo of the House of Representatives de scribed In yesterday's Star resulted In dramatic scene on tha floor of the House today when Representative I-amar of Florl da arose in li!s place and demanded that John Sharp Williams, the mlnni-lty leader, rail a ciucus to consider the charges made l>y the latter that Lamar was larking party fealty. Mr. Lamar's demand was made after he had unsuccessfully endeav ?red to bring the matter before the House on a question of jiersonal privilege and after unanimous consent to make a state ment on the subject had been denied him the minority leader being the sole member to ob.teot. In the Mouse the various committees hart i een appointed and everything waK running smoothly, on the surface, at least, when Representative Lamar was recognized by th? chair. The minority leader Immediate ly left lus seat and walked down the aisle to a desk a few feet behind that of the Florid < representative. Members on the minority side who are familiar with the J'a.'ts in the case and who knew that feel lug was running high on both sides would not have been surprised to see a personal encounter ensue. But while both men during their heated i olloquy let It be known by their manner and their tone that they wert deadly in earnest, the energetic manner in which Sp-aker Cannon proclaimed them out of i rder and refused to let the colloquy go on prevented possible disorder. But it has l>eeti long since a democratic member stood up on the tioor of the House and in strident tones demanded that his leader call a caucus to settle a matter of this kind Sir Lamar is evidently much In earnest If lie cannot secure enough signatures to make n caucus call obligatory upon the ca.icus chairman, he will "protect hlmse! and repel the accusation of lack of party fealty" in some other way. The newspaper clipp.ng read this morning by tiie clerk of the House simply stated that Mr. Williams had removed Messrs Ijmav and Shackelford from the commerce committee because they had violated a party caucus. Objection to Lamar's Statement. Mr. Lamar sent to the Speaker's desk a newspaper paragraph. In which Mr. Wil Ham* was quoted to the efferat that he had removed M-ssrs. Lamar and Shackelford from the commerce committee because they violated the democratic caucus agreement <>n the Davey bill. "Now. Mr. Speaker." Mr. Lamar said, "If that Is not a question of personal privilege I do not desire to make a specch upon it." The Speaker "The Speaker Is quite clear that the paragraph read at the olerk's desk does not present the question of personal privilege " Mr. Lamar?"I am in doubt myself, Mr. Speaker: but T desire that it should be for mally made of record In the House to estop and debar fonever any possible suggestion that 1 dkl not attempt to bring that matter up here in this House." All Payne, New York?'T suggest to tho gentleman that he ask unanimous con sent If lie desires to make a statement." Mr Lamar?"I do ask unanimous con sent." Mr. Payne?"Say ten minutes.'* A member?"An hour." Mr. Lamar?"Twenty minutes. I would I k* to have a square deal." Tha Speaker?"The gentleman from Flor ida asks unanimous consent to make a pe: sonal statement." Mr. Williams?"Mr. Speaker, pending the request and reserving the right to object, I wish to Bay that In the Interests of demo cratic harmony and effectiveness wheh, an the gentleman quite well know, will not 1** promoted by washing democratic linen for the amusement of a republican House, I object." (Democratic applause.) Mr. Ijniar-"I will not ask one thing that is unfair of this House." The S|?eaker?"Objection !taa been made." Mr. Lamar?"Then I will ask the minority leader If he will not withdraw that objec tion. 1 will not detain the House " Mr. Williams (Interrupting)?"I have f-tated my reasons for liaving made that ob jection. I have assumed the responsibility for that course and I i>ersist in the objec tion." Mr. Lamar to Mr Wllliams-"W11I you call u democratic caucus?" Mr. Williams?"This Is not a question for the consideration of tiie Hous? of Repre sentatives. The gentleman can uut that question to me somewhere else." Mr. Lamar? "The gentleman went to the newspapers with this, but objected here on the floor." The Speaker?"This Is n'M Ir. order." Mr T,ama.r?"The House will understand it I have got It before the House." Mr. Williams Notifies Mr. Lamar. Mr Lamar made public the following cor respo'.ii : , e that passed between him and Mr Williams: "December 8, 1905. | "Hon. \V. B. I-^mar, "The Connecticut, City. "My Pear Sir: I had contemplated Recom mending th? Speaker to remove you and Mr. Shackle ,'ord from the committee on inter state and foreign commerce because you were not in accord with the majority of the democrats upon that committee, and I con sidered it very important that the report made by the minority members of that com mittee, whatever it might be, rhould lie unanimous and without any dissenting re port on the minority side. I had also con templated transferring you from that com mittee to foreign affairs, one of higher dlg nlt>, so that you and others might know that *hat I was doing was not actuated by the desire to reduce you and had nothing personal In it. "it has been Intimated to me. however, tf-at p-ihaps you would refuse to accept the committee on foreign affairs If placed upon it. I w'.sh you would let me know Whether this is the case or not, as, of course, I do not desire to place you upon a commute* which you would decline to tike I want to put you there, thinking 1; would be a pleasant committee for you. that you would be in accord with your colleagues on It nnd that your services or. It would be beneficial to the party and to the tountry. Please call me up over the phone or else drop me a note as soon as possible after receiving this. I must hend the Speaker the list tomorrow night. "Very truly yours. (8 sued i "JOHN S. WILLIAMS." Mr. Lamar's Protest. The following 1? Mr. Lamar's reply: "December 0, KOfi. "Hon. John S. Williams, city. "My Dear 8ir: I received' your letter rather late today. In it you offer me a place on the foreign affairs committee in the House of Representatives. My desire la to retain my position on the committee on Interstate and foreign commerce. 1 neither ;..cept nor deciino the position you offer me on the committee on foreign af fairs. You have the power. You can do as you please. But in view of your letter to me (hat I had detied the democratic cau cus on railroad rate legislation, and your verba! statement to others In this city of a like ( aracter. I assure you I will con shier my removal by you from the commit tee i>n interstate and foreign commerce as an a t of the highest personal indignity. "I will In such event be compelled in my own self.defense to properly repel that ac cusation. You cannot find a republican or democrat in the House of Representatives, I think who will Indorse or Justify your removal of me. "I was at perfect liberty at the last ses sion to report the Hearst bill In the man dkl i voted for the Davey bill In Z voted for the amendments to the Davey bill In the committee. I voted for the Davey bill In the House of Repre sentatives. And I joined in the report of the Davey bill, as amended, to the House of Representatives. How can you justly say I acted against the mandate of the democratic caucus? Repofttn* the Hearst bill did not place It on the caleadar of the House. It gave it no official standing. 1 said on the floor o< the House that I had j no fight on the Davey bill. That I ap proved it as far as it went; but that 1 I could not return to Florida without at least | urging and advocating other legislation in that line, and liope to sustain myself with my people. "The main features of the Hearst bill, la part, at least, will be put in any bill to be returned by the democrats or republi cans. I wrote you distinctly some week* ago that If you or other members bad any suggestions to offer I would drop this bill and advocate yours or any other demo crat's. "1'ou have no Just rigtot to assume that I could not act either with you or my former associates In committee. Tou have not written to me in a proper spirit. X have borne your unjust accusations because I wanted to see your real feelings toward me and to give you no cause to leave me oft the committee on Which I now serve other than your alleged accusation ? the want of party fealty. I assure you I will not let such a charge pan by if you put your determination to remove me Into ef fect. "You wrote the most Insulting letters to me About Mr. Hearst. Do you think this was right and Just to me when I had ex pressed on the floor of the House at least a personal regard for him, and had praised most of the features of his bill? Do you think It was Just and right? I am sure It was not Just and right. "I'nded no circumstances, Mr. Williams, would 1 make a threat against you, but if you do ine this great wrong and per sonal Indignity I will feel at liberty to go over all this matter of our correspondence In whatever way I deem best for my de fense. Tou nre about to do an act which your party colleagues will condemn in you, If not to your face at least in their hearts. And the country will condemn you. "I have nothing -personal against you. I r*->ased myself from the support of Mr. Clark, with his consent, to vote for you because you came from a state that had honored my uncle, Mr. Justice Lamar. 'The matter Is with you, and the con sequences of a disruption of our personal friendship and association be with you, if you so desire it. You cannot maintain your charge against me. If there is want of harmony, If there is discord on our side wiU ?ot be my fault. It is an unjusrt act you are about to do and I rest It all there. Very truly yours, "(Signed.) W. Lt LAMAR." Mr. Lamar Reviews Events. After the sensational and dramatic scene on tire floor of the House of Representa tives tn which the minority leader and Mr. Lamar were the participants the la Un made the following statement to a Star re oorter; "Mr. Williams' whole course In this mat ter has been marked by dlsingenuousness ?. a",V,tter di!">-*ard for the truth. When Mr. w illiams removed me from the com mittee, giving as a reason therefor that Is absolutely false, I cannot help thinking that his act was malicious and Intended to do me an injury in the state of Florida and with mj pajty colleagues in Congrese. "The democratic caucus of last session called by Mr. Williams to consider railroad rate legislation was In reality called by him to tender his resignation out of vexation over being defeated partly by democratic votes jn his Insistence in the House on the Miles amendment. All this matter la very familiar t<? botn sides of the House. But tiie caucus was diierted from its personal purpose to the consideration of a great na t onal question, to wit, railroad rate legisla tion. "It was a high offense In Mr. Williams to precipitate the members of the democratic minority into acting on a great question at thai time. At the time the caucus was held ttie committee on Interstate and for eign commerce of the House, of which 1 was a member, had not completed Its hear ingr or railroad men and shippers to dls cover the evils of the situation and frame ivt?,, U??' From thl3 sreat blun der Mr. Williams has never recovered. The Davey b.il adopted by the caucus that night was done with the expressed under handing in the caucus that each and every member of the caucus might recommend such further additional legislation to go lu.o the bill in its flnal form as each mem ber migh thUifc best. So deficient was ?e Daiey bill adopted by the caucus that the members of the committee on interstate f'ld,.for1f.!*n "orotneroe added five sections .to l.he W1!. making seven in all. I joined i" I11?/*1'0" to V6 mad<5 on th? bill, and jneri then, wh"n the bill reached the House I k was so noticeably deficient that In the ! later days of the debate Mr. Williams asked permission of the republicans to add two sections more covering the private car lines and terminal fees evils. Had 'he Davey bill been a strict caucus measure neither tiie committee of which I was a number nor Mr. Williams could have al teied It in the slightest particular. Mr. Williams Accused of Trickery. "The truth of the matter Is, eo far as Mr Williams !s concerned, that tiie caucus was precipitated rs a fraud on the national democracy in that lt plunged the democratic members of the House into unpremeditated discussion of a great national question when In fact Mr. Williams had,called the caucus for a personal resignation purpose. Mr. Shackleford and myself made a mere subsidiary report on the Hearst bill to the House. 1 considered that I had perfect lib erty to do fills under the caucus rules I ook for no one but Mr. Williams to dispute It. My purpose in reporting the Hearst bill was simply that it contained legislation fa vorable to the Interests of the people of h loi Ida which was not covered by the Esch Townsend nor the Davey bill. I had not the slightest objection to the Davey bill as far as It went, but on the floor I made a brief statement, saying: 'I have felt that the L>a\i*y bill does not exactly express my ?? w 5"? 1 coul<1 go hack to my state, which had suffered so much on. this particu lar question, unless I expressed my full views. mVThe IWpIe of Florida are educated on mu rail road rate question, and I could nor go back to them standing on the lim ited ferries of remedies proposed by the t>nvey bill. So It is evident that my sola purpose was ,n doitiK my full duty to the public at Uige and the people of the state of Flor id: I. "Had Mr. Williams never lost his temper over the defoot of hU amendment there would never have been any democratic caucus over the rate bill. ? "avi"g made such a horrlblo mistake lie is blaming everybody but himself. I would have much more right or truth In tii ! charge that Mr. Williams' course was dictated by a more polite and cordial con secration for railroad interests than re gard for truth or justice." Tribute to Bartlett and Russell. As long as Mr. Shackelford and I are off the committee w? are very glad the ap pointments went to two such able men as Messrs. Bartlett of Georgia and Russell of Texas. Personally. I can fee! now that I have two friends ou the committee who are well able to take care of the interests of my Florida constituents. I have the great est personal admiration for Mr. Bartlett and w. % him the greatest success " EDWARD ATKINSON DEAD. Noted Anti-Imperialist Stricken at Boston. Special Dlapatch to The 8t?r BOSfTON. Mass., December 11.?Edward Atkinson, the anti-Imperialist, while on his way to business this morning, was stricken with acute Indigestion. He Was taken to tiie Massachusetts Geueral Hospital, where lie subsequently died. For "forty years Mr. Atkinson had been looked upon as an authority on economic questions, and in this connection had been called upon to perform many important public ditfies, among them being an aD pointnietrt by President Cleveland, in 1887 as social commissioner on the status of bimetallism In Europe. He was a member of the American Acad emy of Arts and Sciences, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, corresponding secretary of the American Statistical Association and a member of the International Statistical In stitute. Since 1877 he had been president of the Boston Manufactured Mutual Insurance Company He was also a member of the Cobden Club of Great Britain. He held the honorary degree of LLD. from the Uni versity of South Carolina and Ph.D. from Dartmouth, as well as having been elected an honorary member of the Phi Beta KanDa of Harvard University. Mr. Atkinson was a prolific writer on economic questions. A widow and several children iurvlv#. CALEB POWERS' COSE .A ? Matter Presented to the Su preme Court mmmmmmmrnmmam I GOV. GOEBEL'S MOEDEE - | QUESTION Or NEGRO'S BIGHT TO PROTECTION. Matter Remanded to the Alabama Court on Technical Grounds Appeal Quashed by Death. The question of jurisdiction in the case of Caleb Powers, charged with complicity In the murder of Gov. Goebel of Ken tucky in 1000. was today presented to the Supreme Court of the United States in. the form of a motion for leave to file a peti tion for a writ of mandamus commanding United States Judge Cockran of the eastern dtstrlot of Kentucky to remand the case to the state courts and restore Powers to the custody of the sheriff of Scott county, where Powers' fourth trial was about o tegln when Judge Cockran'a court took Jurisdiction in the case. The motion was presented the state by Lawrence Maxwell,. Jr. forme ly TTnlted States solicitor general. Attor ney General Hays of Kent,uc** ent In the court room, as v,^re ex \*?v. Richard Yates of Illinois and Attorney J. C. Sims, K. L. Worthington and H. Clay IIow ard Gov Yates presented a petition for the dismissal of the appeal In the same narties asked the court to hear the J^UonsP on January 15, but the court re fused to fix a day. Protection From Lynching. The Supreme Court of the United States today reversed the ruling of the circuit court of the United States for the northern district of Alabama. In the case of Thomas M. Rlgglns and remanded the case to the Alabama court with direction to quasU the i f ^ hflviaas corpus sued out by A, i ?y.? rX th?? nesro to protection a gal net mmwm ref.u2irn, . whi.te man and was Indicted b> ^? ESS ofeAtetomaCOon SS ^feaSSsS srsjsx st .?w?;??? mine his guilt or Innocence of the charge Hi^broadly challenged the jurisdiction of the c?urt and when his writ was refused volved^he construction of the thirteenth and fourteenth amendments to the fede a constitution. New York Law Sustained. In an opinion by Justice Day the Su preme Court of ctho United State, tod y sustained the validity of the ^ ? state law, authorising boards of health to Require persons dealing in milk to secure perlmts. The decision wai rendered In the case of Simon Lieberman agt.J?hnB. \on T>erarn warden of the New \ork city prison.' Lieberman is a milk dealer and. is under orosecutlon for violation of section 0^ the sanitary code of that state, which authorizes boards of health to.enact ortU nances prohibiting the sale of milk wunom a permit. He contended in his aPPeal the regulation was an abridgment of the of citizens, an arbitrary and un reasonable assumption of power fore contrar yto both the federal and state constitutions. The state court of aPP?a'? sustained the code, and that decision was sustained by today's opinion. Appeal Quashed by Death. On motion of former Senator Thurston, Chief Justice Fuller, on behalf of the Su preme Court of the United States today directed the issuance of an order dismiss ing the appeal of the late Senator Mitchell in the case against him. The proceeding was brief. Senator Thurs ton announced the death of the Oregon senator and moved the dismissal of the case. In directing the order the chief Justice merely reniarked that this cour?e la usual In criminal cases. POLECAT SKINS ON THE SIDE. Obnoxious Avocation of a Rural Mail Carrier in Ohio. A man cannot sell polecat skins and de liver the United States mall from the same wagon at the same time without getting in trouble with the Post Office Department. This was established today when Mr. De Graw, the fourth assistant postmaster gen eral, received a complaint from a farmer living at Little Hocking, Washington coun ty, Ohio, who declares that the rural free delivery carrier who brings his letters and newspapers dispose of polecat skins as a side line. The complainant further says that his letters and newspapers exude_ a_ very disagreeable odor as a result Of tins contact with the skins, and that he thlnlcs the department should make the carrier cut out the side line or resign from the government service. The rules of the department allow a ru ral carrier to carry on other business, pro vided it does not interfere with his mall deliveries, and Mr. De Graw Is trying to figure out whether tills is a sufficient in terference." UNIVERSITY IN DISTRESS. Wisconsin Legislature to Be Called in Extra Session Again. Special Dlapateb to The Star. MADISON, Wis., December 10.?Another special session of the legislature, to be called at once and convened immediately upon the close of the present session, for the purpose of appropriating a half million dollars or less to the State Univeratty, is a proposal made by Senator C. C. Rogers of Milwaukee at a conference today In the office of Secretary of State Houser. There were present President Charles It. Van hlse, ex-Senator William F. Vilas, Sen ators Rogers and Morris and Assemblymen Donald and McGregor. It was declared by Senator Rogers that the university was bankrupt, and President Vanhlse then frankly declared that "unless the plans ot the university authorities are indefinitely delayed, unless we give up the plans we have been following and shrivel and starv# the university, I can see no possibility of making up the large sum of money we have now anticipated. Wo can economize, but we cannot avoid this same situation." CZAR ISSUED AN ORDER Cosaack Troop# Thanked tor Their Loyal Services. ST. PETERSBURG, December 11.?Em peror Nicholas has issued an order of the day. thanking all the Cosaack troops for their "self-sacrificing, untiring and loyal services to the throne and fatherland, both at the ae&t of war and in the preservation of order within the empire." The municipal bpard of arbitration has appealed to Premier Wltte to release M. K rue tale ft, president of the executive com mittee of the workmen's council, owing: to the threats of a general strike unless he Is liberated. A telegram from Kleft says the postal and telegraph strike there has ended. STEINHOFF'8 SEIZURE NOT THOUCUCT TO IXftEBH. FBOOTOLr BJELATXOWB. Vow la thi Euidi of Diplomatic Rep resentatives of the Two Countries. The Stat* Department baa received a cablegram from Mr. Richardson, U. S. charge of embassy at Rio de Janeiro, Bra all, relative to tba incident at Itajahy, Brazil, in which Mr. Richardson, who ap pears to have little knowledge of the de tails of the affair, refers to It as a mistake which will soon be rectified. Baron Speck voa Sternburg, the German ambassador, called at the State Department today to discuss some Samoan affairs with Secretary Root, and alao the seizure of the German StelnhofI by officers of the Pan ther. Th ambassador has bad absolutely no communication from his own govern ment on the latter subject. View at the Embassy. It was stated at the German embassy that although under those circumstances no opinion could be expressed on the case, it was felt that, in view of the highly cordial relations which exist between the govern ments of Germany and Brazil, the matter will be settled peaceably within a very short time. If the German naval officers have really committed a breach of inter national law, It was declared, they will be punished without doubt, and the proper amends made. But it was regarded as ?highly Improbable that this unfortunate in cident should make any breach of good feel ing between the two countries, especially as the present minister of foreign affairs. Baron de Rio Branco, who was formerly Brazil's representative In Berlin, is highly esteemed by the German emperor and lias in his political course always favored the promotion of good feeling between the two countries. The matter is now In the bands of the diplomatic representatives of the two coun tries, and the Brazilian' embassy here has received no additional information. Regarded in Diplomatic Circles. In diplomatic circles generally the trouble is regarded as one of those unfortunate events which happen sometimes, but not the slightest importance Is attached to the ru mors whioh declare that there is great danger of a hostile outbreak between the two countries. It is generally believed that mutual ex planations of the facts will be made aud the prisoner released, and the matter will end there. Although the deserters of the German army have given a considerable amount of trouble to several countries, and their status for many years was a point of dispute between the United States and Ger many, there are no cases in International law bearing upon Just such a question as this, all countries having been most careful to prevent such an entanglement. CHILD PAINFULLY BURNED. Mother Also Injured in Attempting to Smother Flames. A hurry call was received at the ninth precinct police station yesterday afternoon about 1.15 o'clock, and the patrol wagon was sent to house C2S Callan street north east, where Laura Crutchley, eleven years old, was suffering from severe burns about her body, face and hands. The child was in a serious condition when the police reached the house and a quick run was made to the Casualty Hospital. Mrs. Crutchley, mother of the child, was also taken to the hospital. She had received burns about her hands and arms while trying to save the life of her child. The mother remained in the hospital only long enough to have the surgeons dress her burns, but the serious condition of the child necessitated her detention for treatment. The child was in the yard of a neighbor with a number cf other cliildren playing about a Are, and when she turned her back to the blaze her dress ignited. Instead or waiting for the other children to make an effort to extinguish the flames, Laura ran home, the stiff breeze causing the flames to spread so rapidly that by the time she reached her mother, her dress had burned almost from her body. Mrs. Crutchley took her child In her arms, and did the best she could to extinguish the flames. It was while she was bo engaged that she received tfoe painful burns. Dr. Baldwin took charge of the young patient at the hospital, and did what he could to get her on the road to recovery. It was stated at the hospital this morning that the child was In a critical condition. NEW YORK BALLOT RECOUNT. Argument Begun in Court Today? Array of Counsel. ALBANY, N. Y., Decertiber 11.?Argu ment was begun In the court of appeals today In the so-called New York ballot box case. There was a very large attend ance of lawyers and spectators. The contest represents the contention of Wni. Randolph Hearst, John Ford and J. G. Phelps Stokes, municipal ownership candidates that at the election of Novem ber 7 they were rightfully elected, re spectively, to the offices of mayor, con troller and president of the board of aldermen of the Greater New York, and that this will be shown by a recount of the votes. The matter comes before the court on appeal from a decision of the appellate division, first department, which affirmed an order directing the issue of a manda mus for a recount and a reoanvass of the vote cust in the second election district of the second assembly district of New York city. The original order of the su preme court directed a recount and a re canvass. This was subsequently changed to provide for a recount without a recan vasa. The appellate division restored it to its original form. Chief In the array of counsel were for mer Gov. Frank S. Black, who appeared for the Hearst side, and former Judge Al ton B. Parker, representing the claims of Mayor McClellan and his democratic col leagues. TOLD A PATHETIC STORY. Prince Min Complains of Japan's Treat ment of Xorea. Prince Mln, the Korean minister to France, who has been In Washington for several days past, called by appointment at the State Department today and had a conference with Secretary Root, lasting nearly half an hour. He told a pathetic story of the treatment of Korea by the Japanese officials, who have assumed di rection of affairs in the country to a large extent, and while be made no direct re quest, his mission being in fact Informal, as he explained, the prince made it evi dent that ills emperor would keenly appre ciate a continuance of official recognition by the United States of Korean entity. He seemed to find some satisfaction in the ex planation which was given him that the United States government had not termi nated diplomatic relations witb Korea, though It is true these relations are here after to be conducted through Japan. It Is not probable that there will be any other outcome to this mission and the prince expects to return soon to France. Trouble on Turko-Persian Frontier. CONSTANTINOPLE, December 11.?Trou ble is threatening on the Turko-Perslan frontier, at the vilayet of Mosul and In the neighobrhood of Bayazid, on the fron tier. Those points have never been ex actly delimited. Five thousand armed Per sians are now gathered In the district of Sujbulak, southward of I.Ake Urumlah, and they threaten to Invade and take possession of a strip of territory In the vilayet of Mo sul claimed by Turkey. Two battalions of Ottoman troops, with three guns, have been dispatched to repel the invasion, and the governor of MosUl Is calling for more rein forcements. A similar situation exists on the frontier in the neighborhood of Bayasld. Seventeen-Year-Old College Youth Tells Thrilling Story. - BRUTALITY AND OBIME RgUffAttVAHT.T. CONDITION OF AF FAIRS REVEALED. Desperate Methods of Securing Help on Chesapeake Bay Vessels?Worse Than Servitude. Special Dispatch to The Star. ?PHILADELPHIA, Pa.. Dec. 11.?Rudolph Jlorre, the seventeen-year-old Glrard Col lege boy of this city, reached Philadelphia Thursday last, after having escaped from the thraldom of a Chesapeake hay oyster boat, and tells a story of brutality, priva tion, and even Indirect murder. He was released through the efforts c-f the Phila delphia and Baltimore detective depart ments, and reached home yesterday after escaping the clutches of three "crimps," who attacked him on Light street In ail attempt to kidnap him again, but he fought them off and managed to elude them. "1 went to Baltimore on September 13," said Horre, "In order to get work In tho press room of a Baltimore paper, but falling to find the man I was looking for within the next two days, my money gave out, and going to a shipping firm there, Brenner & McDougal. 330 Light street, I asked for work. "A representative of the firm told ino he could give me work on the Eastern Shore at cutting corn for $1 per day, and I told him I would be glad to have It. Wltti that he gave me a pint of whiskey and charged me 60 cents for It, to be paid out of my wages. "I don't drink, but a colored fellow who was wl-th me and who was booked for the Imaginary cornfield took a taste of It and said it was nothing but cayenne pepper and water. I threw it in the middle of Light street. Useless to Disobey Orders. "We were then pat aboard a steamer named The Virginia, and the next morning at 1 o'clock we landed at a place thirty miles from." Cambridge, Md. As wo stepped out on the pier, which was about 400 feet long, we were met by three men, who told us to get aboard a batteau named the Mary A. Tyler, which laid at the pier. "We realized then that we had been kidnaped and the manner of the men who ordered us to get on the boat plainly In dicated that It was useless to disobey. "Since cold weather set in I have seen the ice six inches thick on board the bat teau. The crew suffered terribly, but the captain who 'had three of his grown sons on board with us drove us to our work and kept us there, although we nearly froze. He always had a shovel or hand spike in his hands ready to strike us. He told us he would do It, and one day he struck an Italian down and lamed - him so that he simply could not work any more, so he put him ashore with only money enough to pay his fare to Baltimore. "We bore it as long as we could, and the colored fellow and I planned to get away, but our attempt failed. "One night while we were shipping oys ters in Minnicks Creek, a flght took place on a boat lying on her port side. Soon 1 saw a man Jump overboard and strike out for the shore. He was trying to escape from th? sloop, and when ho had swum several hundred yards he began to oall for help; they would not let us go to him and he drowned.'" Following the complaint of Rudolph Korre, aged seventeen years, against tho treatment he received at the hands of Bal timore oyster boat agents, the board of city trusts of that city, on behalf of the boy. Is making a thorough investigation into the case with the intent of prosecut ing the agents who the boy says forced him aboard an oyster dredge and iheld him a prisoner for two months. Horre was for merly an Inmate of Girard College and lias only been out of the institution a short time, it being necessary for him to leave the college and seek employment to sup port his mother. It was due to efforts of members of ths board of city trusts that he gained his lib erty from the oyster boat. His case was brought before the notice of officials of Gliard College, wiho notified the United Slates commissioner at Washington that the lad wa6 being held a prisoner aboard a Chesapeake bay oyster boat. When the captain of the boat learned that the government authorities were In terested in young Horre he sent the lad ashore on an island, from where he made his way by boat to Baltimore. He returned to Philadelphia Thursday last. Horre went to Baltimore in September to seek employ ment and .was seized by an oyster boat agent. The young man says he witnessed all sorts of brutalities, and even saw a man jump overboard from a dredge and drown, no attempt to rescue him being made. On arriving in Baltimore . Horre says that an attempt was made by three "crimps" to ship him over again, "but he managed to elude them. The Philadelphia police department is stUl continuing an investigation into the alle gations that policemen of the De Lancey stereet station were implicated with "crimps" In securing men to be shipped to Chesapeake bay oyster boats. Another complaint against a shipping agent in Philadelphia who is accused of shanghalng was made yesterday at police headquarters by William Washington of De Lancey street, above 6th street. Wash ington has jufit returned after a two month' stay with the Chesapeake bay oys ter fleet. According to his story, ho was kidnapped bodily, taken to Baltimore, where he was sent aboard an oyster dredge. He stated that he suffered all sorts of bru talities and was defrauded out of Ills money. A warrant for the arrest of the man who took Washington from this city will be issued today through the detective department. ESCAPED FROM SLAVERY. Revenue Cutter Windom Rescued Thres More Men. A dispatch from Baltimore last night says: The revenue cutter Windom return ed today frpm a second cruise down the bay to examine conditions In the oyster fleet. She brought back Arthur Brill of Philadelphia, who will probably carry with him all his life a ghastly reminder of the time he spent aboard the Gertrude Wands, Captain Calvin Price. Blood poisoning has made one of hia hands black. It was the result of culling oysters with an open wound. He was given what attention the officers of the Windom could furnish, but he complained all the way to Baltimore of excruciating pain In his arm, and amputation may be necessary. Dr. Marsh of the United Stateq Marino Hos pital, at Solomon's Island, gave him some attention. The man was picked up at Deal's Island with two others, Roy Wilson and Martin Tr&vers, likewise of Philadelphia, who had been on the Gertrude Wands. The three men boarded the Windom at Deal's Island, telling stories of great hardship and of having been beaten with shovels and other things. They said they had made their escape and swam ashore. While they were on the shore attempting to attract -the at tention of those on board the Windom, they said, the captain discovered them, beat them and attempted to get them back to his vessel. They escaped from him again and Anally, exhausted and almost frosen, got aboard the cutter. The captain's side of the story has not been told. He is said to have left Deal's Island shortly after the men. escaped from his boat. Will Take a Vacation In France. Viscount Charles de Chambrun, secretary of the French embassy in this elty, will leave Washington In time to sail (or Eu rope on the Loraine on the 14th -Instant. He expects to be absent only for a few weeks and to return to this country early next year to resume his duties at the em bassy. INQUIRY BY CONGRESS AM A SOLUTION OF HOWARD UNI VER6ITY TROUBLES. As a result of the recent revolt of a nunfber of the students at Howard Univer sity a congressional investigation of that Institution will be called for. This statement was made to a Star re porter today by a man of standing, who says he Is in favor of the proper conduct of the college and Its connections. He added that there are certain circumstances connected with the uprising of students last Friday which sliould be brought Into the limelight of the public, and that they can only be developed properly by a con gressional probe. The Star's Informant, who did not deny his friendship for Rev. Dr. John Gordon, president of the university, added: "And why should not Congress investi gate the undercurrent conditions at the university when It is shown that such an investigation Is absolutely necessary for the preservation and usefulness of the In stitution. Committee's Investigation. "Furthermore. I contend that it Is not within the province of any committee, such as that headed by Dr. Gallaudet to Inves tigate existing conditions at a government institution, for does not Congress appro priate J4?>,600 a year for the support of Howard University, making it as much of a government Institution as tho Govern ment Hospital for the Insane; both of which are under the Immediate supervision of the Department of the Interior. "Steps have already been taken looking to an investigation of the affairs of the university, and I will add that there is a big surprise In store for the people who are Interested in educational methods, and that means all good citizens, for education Is the bulwark of our great nation. It will be shown, I believe, that the stu dents' revolt was not, as has been stated, a movement against alleged "Illy white' methods at the college, but that there were other motives, which a ccftnmlttee of rep resentatives will develop when they go in to tho matter, as they will In the near fu ture." After receiving this Important Informa tion the reporter called on Dr. Gordon, but he declined to be Interviewed, saying at the proper time a statement would bo made. Peaceful Service Today. The first chapel service was held at .he university today since that on which th^ tevolt occurred last Friday. At noon, as usual, the students, men and women, as sembled In the chapel, and Dr. Gordon ap peared in his accustomed capacity, but there were no signs of a renewal of the tumultuous scenes of last week. The meet ing was peaceful and orderly In every particular. Soma of the students assembled In groups after the service, and two of them at least threatened that if severe disciplinary meas ures were resorted to by the managers or the Institution In the cases of the alleged leaders of the uprising the result would bo a general walk-out of students. "That report about throwing of books at President Gordon Saturday was wrong." said an officer of that institution to a Star reporter. "Our students Jiave never resort ed to acts of violence or the offering of in sults. They are very firm in their opposi tion to Dr. Gordon and desire very much to have him-removed from the Institution, and did hiss and withdraw from the chapel Fri day In large numbers as an expression of their dislike for him, but there was not such a riotous scene as was reported." Strong Opposition to Gordon. "Will they now go on with their work and submit to Dr. Gordon's administra tion?" asked The Star man. "I am very positive that all effective work at Howard will be impeded while Dr. Gordon Is here. The students do pot believe In him and think him an unfit man to preside over the university." "Is this feeling general among the col ored people as well as students?" "Yes, so general that we are embarrassed on every side by the strained relations which exist. I hops the matter will be amicably settled soon. But don't forget to say that there was no rioting. Our stu dents are vary amenable to discipline, and under normal conditions give us no trouble at all." It was hinted this afternoon that a se cret mass meeting of the revolutionists may be called down town some evening this week. MERIWETHER'S CASE NO DECISION MADE TODAY, BUT ONE EXPECTED TOMORROW. Secretary Bonaparte devoted the moat of Saturday and Sunday to the consideration of the case of Midshipman Minor Meri wether, who was court-martialed for al leged responsibility for the death of Mid shipman Branch. The Secretary spent the time at his home In Baltimore and read and reread the testimony and other proceed ings of the trial at Annapolis. There are nearly 225,000 words in the typewritten rec ord of the case, and it is said that the Sec retary read it all with care. The Secretary and Mrs. Bonaparte at tended divine services at the cathedral in Baltimore yesterday morning, and took a drive in the afternoon. The remainder of the day he spent in going over the trial papers. Including the review of the pro ceedings prepared by Capt. Diehl, the Judge advocate general of the navy. In further consideration of the case Sec retary Bonaparte called at the White Hou.se this morning and liad a talk with the Pres ident about it In order to ascertain his views 011 the subject t>ofore publicly an nouncing the action of the Navy Depart ment. That department has final Jurisdic tion on all questions affecting the status* ol midshipmen, even to the extent of dis missal. and but for the unusual Importance oi the issues involved in the Meriwether case the Secretary would hardly have thought It necessary to bring it to the per sonal attention of the President. On his return to the Navy Department Secretary Bonaparte announced that no ac tion will be taken on the case today, bur that he hoped to be able to make a state ment In regard to It tomorrow. One rea son for the delay In announcing the result of the trial and the action of the Navy Department was the Secretary's desire to accord a hearing to the Louisiana con gressional delegation before taking final action. The members of that delegation appeared at the Navy Department this aft ernoon and made a strong appeal for clem, ency In behalf of Young Meriwether, who is a native of Louisiana, asking in particular that ho be retained in the naval service. Secretary Bonaparte promised to consider their representations. CASE NOLLE PROSSED. Withdrawal of the Charge Filed Against Joseph M. Belcher. The 'case against Joseph M. Belcher for embezzlement of the funds of the Third Division Mutual Benefit and Relief Asso ciation In the government printing office was nolle prossed by Assistant District At torney Ralph Given In the Police Court tills morning. The request for this with drawal of the warrant which had been Is sued against Belcher was made by Warner L. Wllmeth, who had sworn out the war rant. Mr. Wllmeth stated that a satisfac tory settlement of the matter had been made and that they did not now wish to prosecute the missing treasurer. Belcher handled considerable money of this printing office symposium, and disap peared from the city. After he had gone It was discovered. It Is alleged, that he was short in his accounts. So far no trace of his whereabouts has been discovered. Mr. Wllmeth stated that he had no knowl edge of the hiding place of the missing man and that the settlement had not been made directly with him. The warrant charged Belcher with the eacbanleneiit of BARREN QMnSMIOHS Probable Value of Reply to the Tillman Resolution. EXPENSES OP BANKS REPORTS WILL NOT SHOW POLI TICAL CONTRIBUTIONS. Slightest Departure From Irregularity Would Be Caught by the Examine: and Controller. It is practically a foregone conclusion that Senator Tillman's resolution, ndoprc.t by '.he Senate, calling upon the controller* of the currency for all Information bear ing upon political contributions by na tional banks will Inj unproductive. Th> r? Is hardly a hare possibility that any'hlnic sensational."or even deeply Interesting, will be contained in the reply of the controller, who will beg-in work a I once when the of ficial resolution reaches him. There will 1>?> I no occasion, either. for delay. and a prompt response from the controller Is assured. Senatrr Tillman's resolution betokens 1111 familiarity with 'lie reports of national bank examiner*. and the nttlonal banking laws. He will tind tint out when the re port upon his resolution gets to the sen ate. Protection of Bank Profits. The very essence of the national banking laws Is that tie profits of the bftnks must be protected in behalf of the depositors and others. The Jaw and the rules of the controller's office for many years demand that expenditure* must he regular and th* slightest departure from regularity or le gality of expense accoun s of the a.erag'* bank catches the watchful eye of the ex aminer. It would be a serious thing for a national bank to make a political con tribution out of its profits. If discovered the controller would i>e treading upon dan gerous ground if he d'd not at oit-ce requlra the bank to replace the funds so used. The next step would be to carry the case to the courts and insist upon revoking the char ter of the Institution. The strictness of the controller's office In this direction is shown by the fac". that in past years examiner* In several In stances discovered that bank directors ar.d officials had made subscriptions out of the funds of their institutions in aid of newly organied enterprises, holding that it was to the best interests of the bank to help lo cal enterprises that would build up -their communities. In every single Instance where this has been discovered, the bank officials have been required to restore the money. No Political Contribution Recorded. There is not a case on record within the memory of officials of the controller's offl' ? where a bank examiner -has ever reported a national bank as having made a political contribution or even a charitable one. It would bo impossible for the controller'* office to examine every- report In the past few years, as it would mean running over thousands of documents, but the response to the resolution will no doubt be that not a singlo official of the controller's office can recall an Instance of such a contribu tion. Many of these officials have been in the office for forty years, or since the In stitution of national banks. They are fa miliar with the reports that come In. If there have been conrtlbutlons by banks to political parties they have been covered up tinder other headings. Tha business of an examiner is not to Inquire Into the details of expenditures In national banks unless the Institution Is on the verge of -collapse. His duty Is to see that the expenditures are kept within reasonable bounds. In case a large bank desired to evade the provision* of law, a serious or fense, the contribution would be disguised under the heading of "legal services" or something of that kind. If the Item fihould happen not to be an exorbitant one no in quiry would be made as to It. That there may liave been contributions of this sort if not doubted, but it is known that thero is no record of them In the controller's office, and It is the record that will furnish the answer to Senator Tillman. There has never been any question that national bank officials, as Individuals, con tributed heavily to defeat Bryan in 1M*1 and again In 1S00. They probably gavo many thousands of dollars to that purpose, believing their business was menaced in the event Bryan was elected. If Senator Tillman's resolution could reach contribu tions of this kind there would be some sensational material for the newspapers, but it provides for facts contained in the reports of the examiners, and there are no facts to be had of the kind he want9. DOCKING FACILITIES LACKING. Beport of Admiral Capps, Chief Nnval Constructor. Provision for construction of a dry doolc at Pensacola, Fla., capable of accommo dating the largest ships In the navy, Is urged by Rear Admiral Capps, chief con structor of the navy. In his annual report. Regarding docking facilities elsewhere on the Atlantic coast the chief constructor says there aro only two docks on this coast in which It Is possible to dock large bat tleships and cruisers and that until the docks under construction at Portsmouth. N. H.; New York. I^eatue Island, Norfolk. Charleston and Mare Island are completed the work of the bureau of construction an I repair Is performed at a disadvantage. The report says that, while it was antici pated that the cost of the construction of the Connecticut at the New Tork navy yard would exceed the contract price of the Louisiana, her sister vessel under con struction at the Newport News Shipbuild ing and Dry Dock Company, every effort is being made to keep the cost within the limit fixed by Congress, and it is hoped that It will not be necessary to recommend an extension of the limit of cost in this case. The date of completion of the t*> vessels will not differ to any conslderaijlo extent. The report reiterates that "tha repairing and overhauling of the fleet must at all times remain the Important wortc oi navy yards, and In time of war their re sources will be taxed to the utmost in per forming such worh." inability to complete the Cumberland and Intrepid within the limit of cost at th*? navy yards at Boston and Mare Island, the report slates, necessitates a request for A" increase of J40.000 each In the limit or cost of these two ships. Becausa of the insistence of Congress that the colliers Prometheus and Vestal be constructed in navy yard*, the report calls for an In c.casc in the limit of their cost. TOLD IN BRIEF. CHICAGO. December 11?Kogoro T.ika hira, the Japanese minister to the United States, passed through the city today on his way to Japan. He left for the Paoiflo coast over the Chicago and Northwestern railroad, and will sail on the steamer Man churia lu four days. CINCINNATI, December 11.?A verdict of murder and suicide was returned today by the coroner of Newport, Ky., In the case of Robert McDyer and his wife, Dlzzie Mc Dyer, who were found dead late Saturd<y night lu Melbourne, Campbell county. Do mestic troubles led to the tracedy. WHEELING, W. Va.. December 11.?In a fit of Jealousy today Joseph Snyder, a tin worker, living at No. 211 18th street, his wife, aged twenty-five years, and tnen, turning the weapon on h!mself, put a bullet Into his brain. The woman may recover, but 8nyder will die. Their relatives the couple lived happily and there was no justification for the shooting. BERLIN, December 11.?It is seml-ottlclal ly stated that the Brazilian government has not made representations to the United States concerning the German cruiser Panther incident, nor has Brastl made cer tain naval dispositions because of the af fair. It is also denied that tba United States lias made representations to Ger many on the subject. Tha fullest Investi gation will be made and U the German of fioers war* la fault they will fes punished.