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WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDmON. So?ia?M OSe?, 11th Stmt and Passiylrtaia Avenn*. Tho Evening Star Nswepaper Company. 8. H. KAtrrrifANN. Pmiatat. N?w Tori Offlot: Tribune Building. Cnieigo Offise: Tribuna Building. Tfc# Evening Star, with the Sunday morning edi tion. Is silvered by carriers, on their own account, within the city at f?0 cents per month: without the itanday morning edition nt 44 cent* per month. Pv n.ail. postage prepaid: Dally, Sunday Included, one month, 60 cents. Dally. Honda? eicapted, one month, 60 cents. Saturday Stir, one year, Jl.OO. Sunday Star, one year, $1.90. Weather. Fair and colder tonight and tomorrow. No. 16,538. WASHINGTON, D. 0., THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1906-TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS. Midshipman Foster Brought Be fore Court Today. HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY The Charge is Supported by Four Specifications. COMMITTED DIFFERENT DATES Forced Victim to Stand on His Head, Hang From Clothes Locker and Eat Under Table. ANNAPOLIS, Md., January 4.?The court-martial which has been In session here for several days hearing charges against Naval Academy students charged with hazing reassembled this morning. Midshipman Decatur was brought before the court Immediately after It met. and the record of yesterday waa read and approved In his presence. ^ Mldshlpmnn Trenmor Coffin, jr., whose trial on the charge of hazing Jerdone H. Klmbrough has been ocmpleted, was then brought before the court and a minor change In the record of his trial was made In his presence. Midshipman Worth \V. Foster of New Albany. Ind., was then brought before the rv^'"t,vt0 trle(l on the charge of hazing rr ri ^'l, Chester S. Roberts of ? in J". charge Is supported by four specifications, alleged to be committed on anrerent dates ranging: from the middle of October to the middle of December. The first charges that Roberts was compelled to stand on his head; the second that he compelled him to hang from the clothes locker, and the other time, that he made him get under the table during the progress of a meal. Foster plead not guilty to the charge and all the specifications. Opening of the Case. At the opening of the case air. i;. s. I heall moved that the first, second and fourth specifications be stricken out on the ground of indefinite allegations of the time of tl?e a!le&ed hazing. The times alleged, he said, covered fifty-seven days, and the place alleged was any of the ami rooms in Bancroft Hall. The court refused the motion, holding the specifications were technically correct. The witness said he was told twice to K^r under the table, and on one of these occa sions he thought Mr. Foster had told him to get under the table, and had been handed his dessert by Midshipmen Rice and f"<*ano?- H? explained that by the un tint ten law of the academy only a llrst classman could order a midshipman under tuple, and the Jud^e advocate finally secured the admission that Foeter was the only first i-lassman at the table. Court Not Satisfied. Ihe members of the court were evidently not satisfied with the manner In which the witness answered, and nearly all the members asked ?me questions, bringing out some Incidents which showed Foster s connection with the hazing. Midshipman Will R. Mannler of the sec was the ne3" witness, counsel asked that the witness be cautioned tnat not give testimony which would ? himself, lie was then askeu if he had seen Roberts sent under the tabid and !n repIy asked lf ln an* werlng this question In the affirmative he would be Incriminating himself by admit ting being present when hazing was going on and not reporting it. The court ruled that his mere presence would not incrimi nate the witness. He then said that Mr. Roberta had been put under the table oy Mr. Foster, ho thought. First Witness Reluctant to Testify. Midshipman Chester S. Roberts was the first witness. He Identified the accused by name He appeared most reluctant to tes' tlify against the accused and parried the questions of the Judge advocate until Cant Rees the president of the court, cautioned him that he was under oath to tell the whole truth in the matter. He 'hen said that about two weeks after the school had opened Foster had ordered him to report to Foster's roam and he had done so. Foster had ordered him to go in v, .jSwa'1 J"00? and that some one had then held his thumb in four positions, these indi cating, he said, that he was In succession to tell his name, where he was from who he succeeded In the academy, and to get on his head. He was then compelled to do Number 1(J" and then to hang on the locker, both of which he did. He then was asked lf he could do any better at the table. Ordered to Hang on Locker. The witnessed answered that he had done his best before and was then ordered to hang on the locker again. Roberts said that Foster then sent him for Midshipman Clevenger. Foster and Decatur were in the room, he said, and he believed that Foster liad made the motions with his thumb. In response to a question of the court, Mannler said that Foster was responsible for the conduct at the table, and that It was not likely that a midshipman would be placed under the table and the midshipman in charge not know It. Midshipman C. R. Hyatt of the second class said that he knew both Foster and Rc/berts. He had seen Roberts go under the table, he said, almost two months or six weeks ago He understood it to be a "first-class rate" to order a fourth class man under the table, meaning that only a first classman could order it to be done. Roberts Ordered Under the Table. Second Classman William L. Beck said that he had seen Roberts ordered under the table. He did not know when It was, but the dessert that day was dates. He did not remember who ordered Roberts under, but that It was a "first-class rate" to do such a thing In answer to a ques tion by a member of the court, the witness sild that to the best of his knowledge and belief Foster had sent Roberta under the table. Midshipman Paul If Rice, a fourt* ola.-H man, said that he had passed dates to Hob erts when the latter was under the table, but he did not remember who had told Roberts to get under or who had told him to pass the desserts. Rice was a very re luctant witness. HAZING AT ANNAPOLIS. House Naval Affairs Committee Awaiting Secretary's Action. The House committee on naval affairs is awaiting the result of the Investigation of hazing at Ann:ii>oli9 by Secretary Bonaparte before taking any action. Resolutions pro viding for a congressional Investigation of affairs at the Naval Academy are still un der consideration by the House committee on rules, which also Is awaiting Secretary Bonaparte's action. Although Secretary Bonaparte has not been requested to appear before the com mittee in connection with hazing troubles bi'rs winlri h85 S,a'^ t0day that the mem rf" ,^ould b0, &Iad to hoar from him In ?.to attend ono of their meet rags next week. HEPBURN'S RATE BILL Introduced in the House To day, SOME OF ITS PROVISIONS Apply to Any Common Carrier Engag ed in Transportation. DUTY OF THE COMMISSION Hear All Complaints. Fix Maximum Bates, Go Into Circuit and Ap peal to Supreme Court. Chairman Hepburn of the House commit tee on interstate and foreign commerce to day Introduced his Jons-expected railway rate bill. It Is a document of tiwenity-four printed pages, amending the ?nte?W*ecom merce act in many sections. Among features of the Mil are the following pro visions : To Whom the Bill Applies. "That the provisions of this act shall ap ply to any common carrier or carriers en gaged in the transportation of passeng i J or property wholly by railroad, or partly by railroad find -partly by water when toth ara used by a continuous carriage ^ shipment from one state or territory of the United States, or the district of Oolymbla, to a y thfunU^Stalermough a j^^^Tand nroDertv shipped from an> pflace in xne 1? fry1 to? any?plaoeP?n^the0Vnne^^tatVs?and %???&$&????*<?? ProvWed?'howevc r, that the provisions of this act shall not apply to the transpor tation of passengers or property or to the receiving, delivering, storage or handling of uror>ertv wholly within one state and not shfpped to or from a ^reign country from or to any state or territory as afo ~U'The term 'railroad,' as used In this act, shall include all bridges and ferries used, or oDerated in connection with an> ran road and also all the road in use by any corporation operating a railroad, owned or operated under a contract, ment or lease: and the term transphTh" tion' shall include cars and other vehiclcB and all Instrumentalities anil facilitiesi ot shipment or carriage, Irrespective ("?sliio or of any contract, express 01 im plied for the U3e thereof and all sen. 'oes fn connection with the receipt dclWery, elevation and transfer in transit, T,entUa tion, refrigeration or icing, storage an handling of property transported; and it shall be the duty of every carrier subject to tlie provisions of this act to pro\ ide and furnish such transportation upon reR*<'n able request therefor, and to establish through routes and just and reasonable rates applicable thereto. "All charges made for any service ren dered or to be rendered in the transpor tatlon of passengers or property as afore said, or in connection therewith, snail d? subject to the provisions of this act and shall be just and reasonable; and every unjust and unreasonable charge for such service or any part thereof ft prohibited and declared to be unlawful." Duty of the Commission. The commission is authorized and em powered, and It shall be Its dut>, when ever. after full hearing upon a complaint made as provided In section thirteen of this act, It shall be of the opinion that any existing rate or rates, charge or charges whatsoever, demanded, charged or collected by any common carrier or car riers. subject to the provisions of this act, for the transportation of persons or prop er'. v as dedned In the first section of this act. or that any regulations or practices whatsoever of such carrier or carriers af fecting such rates, are unjust or unrea sonable. or unjustly discriminatory ur i'n duly preferential or prejudicial n \ location of any of the provisions of this act, to determine and prescribe what win In its judgment be the just and reasonable and fairly remunerative maximum rate or ia.es, charge or charges, to be thereafter ob served in such case; ar.d what regulation or uractlce in respect to such transportation is fu?t fair and reasonable to be thereafter followed' and to make an order that the carrier shall cease and desist from such violation, and shall not thereafter publish, demand or collect any rate for such trans portation in excess of the maximum so pre scribed. and shall conform to the regula tion or practice so prescribed. Such order shall go into effect thirty days after notice to the carrier and shall remain in force and be observed by the carrier, unless the same ?ha!l be suspended or modified or set aside bv the commission or suspended or set aside bv a court of competent jurisdiction ^) ben ever the carrier or carriers, in obedience to such order of the commission, shall pub lish and tile joint rates, fares, or charges and fail to agree among themselves upon the apportionment or division thereof within twenty days after such order of the com mission Is made, the commission may make ft supplemental order prescribing the por tion of such joint rate to be received by each carrier party thereto, which order shall takt effect as a part of the original order. May Establish Maximum Bates. "The commission may also, after full hearing of a complaint, establish through routes and maximum joint rates and pre scribe the division of such rates as herein before provided, end the terms and condi tions under which such through routes shall be operated, when that may be necessary to cive effefJt to any provision of this net. and the carriers complained of have refused or neglected to voluntarily establish such through routes and joint rates, provided no through route exists. "Any carrier, any officer, representative, or agent of a carrier, or any receiver, trus tee lessee, or agent of either ot them, who knowingly falls or neglects to obey any or der made under the provisions of section fifteen of this act. shall forfeit to the United States the sum of five thousand dollars for each offense. Every distinct violation shall be a separate offense, and In case of a con tinuing violation each day shall be deemed a separate offenso. May Apply to Circuit Court. "If any carrier falls or neglects to obey any order of the commission, other than for the payment of money, while the same is In effect, any party injured there by, or the commission In its own name, may apply to tho circuit court in the dis trict where such carrier has its principal office, or in which the violation or diso bedience of such order shall happen, for ar enforcement of such order. Such ap plication shall be by petition, which shall state the substance of the order and the respect in which the carrier has failed of obedience, and shall be served upon the carrier Ir. such manner ?s the court may direct, ar.d the court shall prosecute such Inquiries and make sucii investigations, through such means a? it ahall aeem AT THE CAPITOL, needful In the ascertainment of the facts at Issue or which may arise upon the hearing of such petition. "If, upon such hearing as the court may determine to be neccsaary, It appears that the order was lawful and was made and duly served, and that the carrier is in dis obedience of the same, the court shall !n force obedience to such order by a writ or injunction, or other proper .process, man datory of otherwise, to restrain such car rier, its oflicers, agents or representatives, from further disobedience of such order, or to enjoin upon It, or them, obedience to the same: and In the inforcement or such process the court shall have those powers ordinarily exercised by it in com pelling obedience to its writs of Injunction and mandamus. An Appeal to Supreme Court. "From any action upon such petition an appeal shall lie by either party to the Su preme Court of the United States, but such appeal shall not vacate or suspend the or der appealed from. "The venue of suits brought In any of the circuit courts of the United States to enjoin, set aside, annul or suspend any or der or requirement of the commission shall be in the district where the carrier against whom such order or requirement may have been made has its principal office. 'J'hs provisions of 'an act to expedite the hear ing and determination of suits in equity, and so forth,' approved February 11. Hilti, shall be, and. are hereby, made applicable to all such suits, and are also made appli cable to any proceeding in equity to lnforce rny order or requirement of tho commis sion, or any of the provisions of the act to regulate commerce approved February 4. 18S7, and all acts amendatory thereof or supplemental thereto." INTEREST IN THE TRIAL FORMER PHILADELPHIA OF FICIAL ATTRACTS PUBLIC. PHILADELPHIA, January 4.?Interest in the trial of John W. Hill, former chief of the nitration bureau, on charges of forgery and falsifying tho records of his bureau, 3s steadily growing and scores of people were unable to gain admission to the court room today so great was the crowd. An inkling of the lino the defense pro poses to follow was obtained from the per sistent efforts made by Hill's counsel to dis credit the testimony of Frederick Schaff hauser, an engineer, who yesterday testi fied that while he was employed in the filtration 'bureau he had been paid $300 for altering figures in favor of the contractors The defense sought to make Sehaffhauser admit that subsequent to his discbarge he had made threats against Mr. Hill. Much stress has also been laid by the defense upon the fact that payments were made to contractors only after they had been au thorized by higher officials than Mr. Hill William J. I,ogan. a clerk In the ''filtra tion bureau, who was on the stand yester day when court adjourned, resumed his tes timony today. THE VENEZUELAN QUESTION. Paris Foreign Office Reports No Ma terial Change. PARIS, January 4.?The foreign office says tho Venezuelan question has under gone no material change. France continues to rely on her understanding with the United States, whereby efforts are proceed ing to adjust the controversy. In the mean time tho government has given a distinct murk of confidence In M. Talgny, the French ohargo d'affaires at Caraoas, by promoting him from the rank of second secretary to first secretary of legation. The officials here recognize the annoyance to which M. Talgny has been subjected and they say that under ordinary conditions he would be withdrawn as a measure of pro test. But the Venezuelan situation is con sidered to be so abnormal that M. Taigry romains at Caracas chiefly to give offiolt.1 protection to the large French interests in V enezuela. A renewal of the resognition of M. Talg ny s official status by Venezuela contiruos to be an indispensable condition of the ad justment of the questions in dispute be tween France and that republic. M. Wiener tho French minister to Venezuela, remains in Paris on leave. His return to his post might afford a possible solution of the diffi culties, but no consideration has yet been given to such a move, as the French gov ernment Insists that the Talgny incident must be fully adjusted before further action Is taken. PROGRESS OF THE DEWEY. Big Floating Dry Lock 520 Miles Southeast of Cape Henry. The Secretary of the Navy this morning received a copy of a wireless telegram from the U.S.S. Glacier, flagship of the Dewey towing expedition, dated today, as fol lows: "Five hundred and twenty miles south east of Cape Henry. Weather glorious. Light southeast winds. Smooth sea. Speed, four knots. Potomac goes Bermuda." The Potomac mentioned in the above dis patch, is the smallest vessel of the towing fleet, and goes to Bermuda to report prog ress and get the mall for the fleet REFUSAL FOE FATEICK GOV. HIGGINS DENIED APPLICA TION FOR A REPRIEVE. ALBANY, N. Y., January 4.?Gov. Iliggins today announced that he would deny the ap plication for a reprieve for Albert T. Pat rick. the lawyer who is confined In Sing Sing- prison under sentence to die In the week beginning January 22 for the murder of the aged New York millionaire, William Marsh Rice. The application was made on Tuesday by ex-Senator "William Lindsay of Kentucky, who is practicing law in New York, and A. C. Shenstone, also of New York, who ap pear In Patrick's behalf owing to the illness of David B. Hill. They askefl Gov. Higgins to grant a respite in Patrick's case to en able them to examine the t!,000 pages of tes timony taken on the trial in order to perfect an appeal to the United States Supreme Court. DENSE FOG AT NEW YORK. Harbor Craft Went Astray ? Traffic Delayed?Escapes. NEW YORK, January 4 ?Scores of tugs and steamers went astray in a dense fog which enveloped New York harbor, Hudson river and East river for over an hour to day. One wreck, a collision in which one man was fatally Injured and several smaller accidents were reported. Fully half the ferry lines stopped running for about an hour. Thousands of persons living In New Jersey, Long Island and Staten Island wore delayed from entering Manhattan to attend their business and many of those ferryboats which did venture to penetrate the white veil hiding Manhattan arrived at their docks with stories of hairbreadth es capes. On Romer Shoal, a tugboat was sunk and the life savers went to the rescue of her crew who sought refuge on one of a string of ecows which she had in tow. The Eric railroad passenger ferryboat Passaic was run down in Hudson river by the ferry Binghamton of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western raiiroad. The Passaic's side was crushed in so badly that the walls of the men's cabin fell partially into this room. One bulkhead was also crushed in. Nicholas Carlo, a deck hand, was fatally injured and Thomas F. Piper, a passenger, was slightly hurt. Fortunate ly the Passaic was carrying very few pas sengers. The Binghamton backed away in the fog, leaving the Passaic helpless and listing, with one paddle wheel crushed. For a time the ferry seemed to be in such danger of sinking that the life boats wore lowered ready for use. Tug boats answered the ferry's distress signals and towed the damaged vessel ashore. Carlo was put on one of the tugs and sent ashore to a hos pital. He was seated with his back to the outer wall in the men's cabin, being thrown completely across the room by the shock of the collision. PRESBYERIAN ANNIVERSARY. A Semi-Centennial Celebration to Be Observed. PITTSBURG, Pa., January 4.?United Presbyterian congregations throughout the United States next week will take the pre liminary steps looking toward the semi centennial celebration of that church to be held in this city in li)08 and the raising of an offering of $2,000,000, which will be di vided among the interests of the church at home and abroad. The semi-centennial i commission of the general assembly, Rev. R. M. Russell, D. D., of this city, chairman, has sent literature concerning tho proposed celebration to every minister and congrega tion in the denomination. Beginning with Sunday, January 7, a week of prayer will be held and the congregations are then re quested to start subscriptions toward the big offering. ON STATEHOOD BILL. ?????? Consideration Begun by Senate Com mittee on Territories. The Senate committee on territories met today and began consideration of the Joint statehood bill. This was the first meeting of the committee to consider the admission of states. The pending bill wag read and considera 1 tion by sections begun. It is expected that --meetings will be held nearly every day until the bill Is reported. Several interested parties will be heard ? i!?? RETIRED OFFICERS' MILEAGE. ? The Secretary of War Calls Attention to a Defect in the Law. The Secretary of War has sent to the Speaker of the House of Representatives a letter asking that Congress so amend the law prohibiting retired officers above the grade of major receiving any pay or allow ances beyond their full retired pay as to permit retired officers performing militia in. sections under the orders of the War De partment to obtain mileage for the reim bursement of their travel expenses. The controller of the treasury rendered an opin ion that mileage is an allowance "within the meaning of the act of Congress prohibiting allowances to these officers," whereas the department does not regard mileage as an allowance, properly so called, but merely a reimbursement of money expended from the pay of an officer In meeting his travel ex penses. By reason of the controller's decision the department has been deprived of the serv ices of retired officers in making inspections under the militia law, as it would be mani festly unjust to require these officers to pay their travel expenses out of their own pockets, and as matters stand, there Is no way in which they could be reimbursed. It is not thought that Congress Intended to compel retired officers to pay their own ?travel expenses and thus discriminate against them as a class, and legislation Is therefore asked which will enable the de partment to utilize the service-s of these officers on inspection duty and pay them the mileage provided by law to cover their travel expenses which tlwsy have incurred in the performance of this duty. NOT WORTH A DENIAL. Chairman Shonts' Comment on Report of Intended Resignation. The attention of Mr. Shonts, chairman of the isthmian canal commission, having been called to reports that he Intended to re sign, he said he must decline to dignify this misrepresentation of his Intentions by a denial. He added that such reports, re gardless of the posltiveness with which they are made, will hereafter be ignored. A NEW RULE ISSUED HOUSE EAST AND WEST COR RIDORS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. A new rule went into effect today at the House wing of the Capitol, governing the use of the corridors by the public and fa cilities for sending in cards to representa tives. Hereafter persons desiring to send cards shall apply at the north door of the House. The rule was issued today as fol lows: "tinder authority conferred by Rule 1, the Speaker of the House issues the following order, and directs that it be enforced by the doorkeeper, the sergeant-at-arms and the superintendent of the Capitol: "During the sessions of the House the east and west corridors on the House floor, from the main stairways to the elevators, shall be dlosed to the general public, and only opened to those entitled to admission to the floor of the House, the families of members of the House and members of the press gallery. "That part of the corridor known as the east vestibule, on the House floor, Is set aside for the exclusive use of members of the press gallery, to be used by them ohly In their communications with members of the House." The members of the press are afforded ad ditional facilities under the new regime for gaining access to the members of the House. The small lobby on the east side is set apart for their especial use, as a re ception room, where they can talk with representatives and they can also send In from the east and west doors on the south side of the chamber. CLERICAL CHANGES. Appointments and Promotions in the Navy Department. Changes in the Navy Department are an nounced as follows:: Appointments?Bureau of navigation, Geo. M. Fuerst, copyist at $940 per annum; Ben R. Davis, copyist at $720 per annum. Hy drographic office, Earl G. Fogelgren, copy ist at $720 per annum. Naval observatory, Jesse Pawling. Jr., temporary piecework computer. Secretary's office, James E. En nis, laborer at $600 per annum, temporary. Promotions?Hydrographic office, R. L. Lerch, from assistant at $2,(XX) to assistant at $2,200 per annum. Bureau of navigation, Edw. Henkel, from clerk at $1,400 to cle<-k at $1,000 per annum. Bureau of ordnance. Robert E. Belt, from copyist at $810 to copyist at $900 per annum. Bureau of steam engineering, Henry Fuehs, from stenog rapher and typewriter at $900 to clerk at $1,000 per annum; C. H. McCarthy, from clerk at $840 to stenographer and type writer at $900 per annum. Bureau of sup plies and accounts, C. H. Dorsey, from mes senger boy at $400 per annum to laborer at $600 per annum. Bureau of construction and repair, P. J. Boiseau, from clerk at $1,000 to clerk at $1,100 per annum; N. K. Buck, from copyist at $9w to clerk at $1,000 per annum; F. G. Butler, from messenger boy at $600 to copyist at $900 per annum; W. Davidson, from messenger boy at $400 to messenger boy at $000 per annum. Resignations?Bureau of ordnance, Frank . Bechtold, copyist at $900 per annum, ureau of supplies and accounts, James A. Blakeney, laborer at $600 per annum. Bu reau of steam engineering, Morris Stern, clerk at $1,100 per annum. Hydrographic office, "W. E. Splllane, plate printer at $700 per annum. Secretary's office, Geo. J. Sells, laborer at $660 per annum. Bureau of con struction and repair, B. E. Hinton, clerk at 11,100 per annum. Autopsy Upon Body of Dead New Yorker Today. A VERY MYSTERIOUS CASE Charles A. Edwards May Have Been Murdered While Sleeping. AT HOME OF BROTHER-IN-LAW Revealed That Victim Could Not Have Shot Himself Because He Was a Bight-Handed Man. NEW HAVEN. Conn.. January 4.?That Charles A. Edwards, the New York business man who was mysteriously shot while in bed at the home of h!s brother-in-law, Charles A. Hiller, did not commit suicide, la expected to be the report to be made to Coroner Ell Mix this afternoon by the sur geons who have viewed the body. It will then rest with the coroner to determine the form of death, and It is thought he will state that Mr. Edwards was murdered. The official autopsy has not been held and the coroner's Inquest, begun last night, had not been reopened at noon. The Hliler homestead, on College street. Is now entirely in charge of the coroner^ and this noon workmen were busy ripping up drainage pipes and floors under the eyes of a squad of police. Coroner Mix and Deputy Coroner Pond were in conference examining the evidence submitted last nisht. Ill-Feeling Over Estate. -Mr. Edwards married the sister of Charles A. and A. Maxcy Hiller. Their mother. Mrs. Abigail Hiller, died on November U last, intestate, leaving property the total value of which Is as yet unknown, but '>fhJ!50 n|>(|C'Uj0S reaity of an tt?sefsed value v,1" weeks which have elapsed since Mrs. Hillers death no application has been mads in the probate court for the appolnt m . ?Lan administrator, and the explana tion is that the two Hiller brothers and Mr. Edwards and his wife were in dispute over the matter. | Repeatedly. It la said, Mr. Edwards has ',er? fr,?m New Vork to discuss the situation, and at times, according to those who are near friends of the family, there I was much acrimony and a show of ill-tern- i per on the part of the Hliler brothers. But ! ? , H111^r the Inquest last nigh; stated that only the best of relations ex- ' .sted between himself and Mr. Edwards I An Inquiry into the family affairs Is ex- ! pected to be officially opened. Mrs Ed- I wards, widow of the dead man, has retain ed counsel to protect her interests In the Hiller estate. Only a short time ago her husband consulted counsel in order to he PJ.<?Pafed 'or a legal contest over the dis tribution of the property. Autopsy to Be Held Today. An autopsy, which will be held upon the body of Charles A. Edwards, the New York ! business man who was fatally shot In a ?? mysterious maimer while the guest of his brother-in-law, Charles A. Heller, on Col lege street, early yesterday. Is expected to determine whether the shooting was sui cide or murder. In case the latter Is in- j dlcated the police will proceed to run down some clews which they possess, but which do not at present offer much promise of a result. When Dr. Benjamin Cheney was called j in to see the dying man yesterday he did l not discover the bullet wound until he I turned Edwards over. He ran a probe Into ' the wound and located the bullet In the I lower section of the brain. The bullet has not been removed. After the autopsy Coroner Mix Is ex acted to reopen the Inquest, which was i held for many hours last night by his deputy, i'hlllp Pond. Over night no clews i were brought to light by the detectives who continued to examine the H?ller home stead. A servant girl In a neighboring house had told of hearing three pistol shots during i 1 uesday night, and scrutiny was made of i the walls and ceiling of several roians to see If any stray bullets could be located. Bullet Fired at Close Range. That the bullet was fired at close range is Indicated by the statement of Dr. B. H. : Cheney, who was summoned to attend the ' injured man. The lobe of the ear was \ black with powder stains around the wound. Dr. Cheney found no stains on Mr. Edwards' finger. It seems to be generally known that there were disagreements between Mrs. Edwards, wife of the dead man, and her brothers Charles A. and Maxey Heller, over the -=et- i tlement of the estate of their mother, Mrs ' Abigail Heller, who died six weeks ago Mr. Edwards recently consulted counsei preliminary to what was expected to be a contest In the courts over the division of the estate, which Is said to be worth $100,000. Medical Examiner Barflett summoned to the undertaking rooms where the body of Edwards had lain all night Doctors Benja min H. Cheney, William H. Carmalt, who | is understood to represent the Hiller fam- i Sly, and Jay W. Seaver. formerly of Yale gymnasium, who is an authority 'on physi- ' cal measurements. The surgeons viewed the body, but did not begin an autopsy and will not do so until they have made a re port to Coroner Mix as to their opinion re garding the manner in which the wound was Inflicted. A Right-Handed Man. At the inquest last night it was positively stated that Mr. Edwards was a right-hand ed man, and. If so, the locality of the wound was such that It would be impossible. In the opinion of some of the surgeons, for hfm to have self-inflicted It. Moreover, the first joint of the index finger of Mr. Ed wards' right hand was amputated to re move a felon years ago. a close friend of Mr. Edwards says that It is his recol lection that the latter was an adept at bail playing with his left hand. Coroner Mix will Interview Mrs. Bd | wards later In the day, and will inquire more fully Into the family business af fairs, especially those relating- to the set I tlement of the estate of Mrs. Hiller. A. Maxcy Hiller, In an Interview today, reiterated his statement of last night that both himself and his brother Charles were on the most friendly terms with Mr. Ed wards. Maxcy Hiller la evidently suffering at present from nervous trouble, and this morning remained at his home on Temple street and declined to see any but closest friends. Certain Documents Missing. It was reported that the inquest evidence showed that certain documents which Mr. Ediwards was supposed to have with him were missing, but Coroner Mix is quoted as saying that nothing has been missed as far as determined. There has been no evidence presented as yet to give strength to a report that there wis an argument and quarrel at ths Hiller homestead Tues day night. Contest Between Printers and Their Employers. EACH SIDE REMAINS FIRM Two Proprietors Repored to Have Yielded to Demand. BREAK IN UNION RANKS. ALSO Shops Run Since Morning With De pleted Force Composed of Non Union Printers. About 125 journeymen printers, mem bers of the Columbia Typographical Union of this city, nnd 1C printers' ap prentice boys are out on a strike today from fourteen of the largest book and Job printing offices in tho District. A meeting of the strikers was held last night at Typographical Temple, another was held this morning, and still another will be held this afternoon. The strike is to be conducted along peaceful lines, and | ample provision. It is claimed. Is being made to care for the men who are out of work. The employers in this city who are un willing to accede to the demands of tlio International Typographical I'ulon of /iorth America for the eight-hour day, and are in the contest with the printers, are nearly all doing business today with small forces of non-union men brought in from other cities and country towns. They claim that by the end of the week they will be in such shape as not to be Inconvenienced by the strike to any great extent. On the otiier hand, the union as serts that enough non-union printers cannot be secured to conduct the busi ness of these employers and that the lat ter wlil be forced to yield to the demand for the eight-hour day and the union shop. The leaders on both sides :.re still defiant, and each side claims that vic tory is assured. The headquarters of the local eight hour committee, which have been estab lished on the third floor of !><?- L> street northwest, were the center of consider able activity this morning. Hereafter all meetings of the strikers will be held In these rooms, and the men will report dally. At the meeting in TypOKraphle.il Temple last evening the strikers were addressed by the officers of the union and the members of the eight-hour committee and counseled to conduct the-mselves In such a way that the public may have no cause to com plain of disorder in connection with the strike. Any man who is found intoxicate? will, it is understood, be dealt with sum marily by the union. Claims Victory is Won. The chairman of the locul eight-hour com mittee, Mr. T. C. Parsons, claimed this morning that already the ranks of the Ty pothetae have been broken In this city, through the fact that Clarence E. Davis, whose printing establishment is located at URX5 F street northwest, and who had post ed an open-shop notice, signed an eight hour contract with the union last evening. Mr. Davis employs from two to live print ers. He stated this afternoon that the class of the work he does, which Is almost en tirely mathematical, requires the most ex perienced men, and that he was practically forced to yield to the union's demands, be ing unable to secure non-union men to do tho work. lie s.iid he did not know what his status with the local Typothetae is, now that he has "bolted" the lighting sc'.iedule. It is understood that he will no longer be considered a member of the organization. At union headquarters It was also stated today that the Manhattan Printing Com pany. of the Typothetae. which b id de clared for the nine-hour day and the open shop, has given In, although a enntract has not yet been signed. Cole it Giles, an inde pendent firm, is also said to have vielded to the union's demands. The leading m? mbeis of the lo ? il Ty pothetae. however, are far from giving In this afternoon. They are negotiating for non-union workmen from out of town, and expect to have plenty of help in a few days. Mr. George IS. Howard, who has one of the largest printing concerns In the city and does a great variety of the finest of work, told a Star reporter this morning that all of the fifteen union men In his employ ate out today, and that he has been able to secure seven non-union men to take their places, all of whom are at work. "I think the strike is unjust and without a grievance," said Mr. Howard. "My own men, who were all high-class workmen, with whom I am In sympathy, took this view of it themselves, but they h id to obey union orders. Most of them had ! een with me a long time, and they left quietly and very reluctantly, asking me to hol.l their places open for them. I will say that I in tend to stand firm against the In ??rn.i: ional union, no matter how hard it may be. I fully expect that we will win out in the end." Depletion of Force. The Judd & Detwieler Company lost forty-six men by the strike, and have * ight non-union printers at work today , with tlie expectation of securing many more the first of the week. Byron S. Adams lost a number of workmen, but is doing buslne.-.: . Gibson Brothers had eight men walk out, leaving four men at work. The firm expects to have a full force working within the next day or two. The Globe Printing Company hod eight men leave. Three are now working, with no new men. The manager exp < ; - to have a full force shortly'. McGill & \\ ullace lost sixteen men, leaving one apprentice boy at work. Two non-union men went to work this morning. Thty expect to nave a full force in a short time. W. F. Hoi..us & Co. lost seven men. and four non-union men went to work this morning, il. 1 Kothrock lost no men, and has two non-urn n men at work. S. F. Tomllnson lust one man and has only apprentice boys at work. G. 8. Whltmore lost one man and has no new man at work. The Wilkins Printing Com pany lost fourteen men. and ha- two non union men. who came into the oitice this morning, at work. Bolt From Union Ranks. There have been two instances of bolting from the union ranks, in both cases these were foremen. Mr. Howard explained this morning that his brother, who is his Tora man, and has been a staunch union man. preferred to stand by the business. Tue union men look upon his case us having ex tenuating circumstances, in the other in stance the foreman of the Glolie 1-Tintlu* Company deserted the union and remained at work. The members of the Typothetae held a meeting In room ?111 of The Kventng a:ar building at 1 :W o'clock this arternoon to discuss the situation. They were all in a Jocular mood end disposed to regard tne whole subject In a very sanguine manner. A Star reporter was told that the organisa tion Is very much gratified with the pres ent situation and expects to have all the men needed to take the places or the strlK crs In a very few days. It was also stated that the Typothetae will make public an official statement ot the exact situation at the proper time. wMh