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Displaced From Committee by
Minority Leader Williams
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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 "
Noted Anti-Imperialist Stricken at
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
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#.
Matter Presented to the Su
preme Court
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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
ref.u2irn, . whi.te man and was Indicted
b> ^? ESS ofeAtetomaCOon SS
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
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.
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
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."
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
A telegram from Kleft says the postal
and telegraph strike there has ended.
Vow la thi Euidi of Diplomatic Rep
resentatives of the Two
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.
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.
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
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.
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Probable Value of Reply to
the Tillman Resolution.
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
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
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.
Beport of Admiral Capps, Chief Nnval
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.
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.

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