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the numbi r of new men secured. Until
the negotiations now pending are com
pleted the officers prefer to remain silent
on this point, except to say that the busi
ness of the members Is being conducted
as usual.
Answer Typothetae's Charge.
Thf contention of the Tj-pothefae. pub
lished In The Star yesterday afternoon,
that the local union broke Its contract wrtn
the Typothetae, has been answered by the
union In the following statement, issued
from headquarters today:
"The contract was entered into betwesti
the two organizations on January I, 1UU1.
am! became effective on and after January
4 of the same year. This contract provided
that thirty day*' notice should be given
prior to January 1 of any year by either
party to effect a chango In the agreement.
This notice was given and Involved the
eight-hour rule and the recognition of the
'closed' shop.
"These propositions being rejected by the
Typothetae, ail contracts between the two
Organizations were at an end, and nothing
existed to prevent the ordering "of the
strlk" But It Is further Insisted that by
the terms of the contract recently ended
all differences between the parties which
could not be amicably settled by a Joint
committee should be referred to arbi
tration, and therefore, that the union should
accept such arbitration as to the proposi
tions now In dispute.
"It Is felt by tlie union that the propo
sitions are of such nature that arbitration
does not have relation to them, but, fur
thermore, the union believes that any arbi
tration which might bp had, were such a
thing feasible, would of necessity be called
Into bains without any reference to the ex
pired c mtract, the provision for arbitration
in such contract having relation merely to
differences in its interpretation, construc
tion or application, and havng no relation
whatsoever to an entirely new proposition
not in any shape embodied in it."
Polish Papers in Chicago Organized
Against Printers.
CHICAGO. January 4.?Printers wio
struck for an increase in wages yesterday
met resistance from the publisher* of five
Polish papers. Temporarily the composing
rooms of the Polish Daily News, the Polish
National Daily, the Zgoda. the Narort and
the Catholic Polish Gazette w?rj closed.
The publishers met last night and formed
au alliance for the purpose of making a
stand for the open shop.
The Kev. Francis Gordon, rector of Si.
Mary of the Angels' Church, was selected
to h<\id a committee, which attempted rn-go
tlations with the typographical union The
printers were offered an elgiit-hour day,
but the increase In pay was refused.
The publishers then decided to employ
non-union men and tin; priest was placed In
charge of the contest against the union.
Acceded to Printers' Demands.
NEW YORK, January 4.?The publishing
house of Harper A Brothers acceded today
to the demands of their striking printers
for the forty-eight-hour week and the
closed shop. More than 100 printers em
ployed by the house will return to work
at once.
Excelled That of San Francisco and
New Orleans.
PHILiAD10I,PHIA. January 4.?A total of
131,545,148 United States coin* was struck
off at the United States mint here during
the year ll?05. The outside orders included
10,003.313 pieces for the Philippines. 2.724.
8H2 for Panama and S?0,000 for Cos'a. Rica.
The number of pieces coined hero ex
ceeded by far the work accomplished by the
New Orleans and San Francisco mints
The gold coinage amounted to $5,282,411.
The silver coined showed a continued de
cline owing to the fact that thi supply is
aunost exhausted and no provision has as
yet been made by Congress for more of the
white metal. No dollars were min ed in
lutm and the other silver coins amounted in
\alue to &t.O2H,061. Nickels and one-cent
pieces to the amount of J2,2B#,55o. l.i were
struck off.
England Anticipates Russia Will Re
pudiate Rojestvensky's Story.
LONDON, January 4.?It was learned at
the foreign office today that Groat Britain
anticipates that Russia will renuliate th*
statement made by Admiral Rojestvensky,
in a !e;ter published in the Novoe Vremya
of St Petersburg yesterday, that the British
fleet In far eastern waters intended to
crush the Russians in case tlw Japar.ese
railed to do so at the battle of the Sea of
Japan which the foreign office declares is
absoluiely unfounded."
Barge Believed to Have Sunk with All
on Board.
^peWal Dispatch to Tlie Star.
HALIFAX. N. S.. January 4.?It is now
practically certain: that the Dominion Coal
Company's barge Rembrar.dt. which was
lost by the tug Douglas N. Thomas off
Isaacs Harbor on November 29, went to the
bottom and that her crew of six perished
Wreckage, which It is believed belonged to
the missing craft, has come ashore at Betty
Island, and all hope for the crew Is aban
doned. Shipping men believe that the
barge was in a sinking condition when she
parted from her convoy, and that she foun
dered immediately.
Rumors are afloat as to the alleged un
seaworthy condition of the barge and a
newapar.r, referring to the same, calls uf>on
the government 10 hold a searching inquiry
Into the circumstanoes attending the loss
-fr. , ;<r*L' t!>e tu* boat- order to
satisfy the public that the loss of six lives
was not due to negligence.
Fatal Accident to Young Son of John
Special Dispatch to The Star.
HAOERSTOWN, Md.. January 4.?Mlland
Koons. aged twelve years, son of John
Koons. manager of the Hagenrtown Wagon
and Carriage Company, was Instantly killed
today while attempting to pick up a live
electric wire that had fallen Into the strebt
near the factory.
in attempting to pick up the lifeless form
^nrl ^ SO"' I father was badly shocked
and narrowly escaped losing his life.
Maine Sportsmen Will Ask Him to At
tend Outing.
Special l>i.<,patch to The Star.
BANGOR. Me.. January 4-The Maine
Sportsmen s Fish and Game Association
?will extend to President Roosevelt an In
vitation to attend the annual outing of the
association, which will be held next sum
mer at Klneo. on Moosehead lake. it
is Intimated that there are good reasons
to expect that the President will consider
such an invitation favorably, as he has
frequently expressed a desire to again visit
the Katahdin and Moosehead region, where
he hunted many years ago under the guid
ance of his old friend "Bill" Sewall. Mr
Kewall said that President Roosevelt had
??* 1? CO,m* an<1 niak<* him a good long
11 he wus through being Presi
viiL.^n sh,H,Id insider an In
vitation to Klneo. the date of the annual
outing would be arranged to suit his con
venience. These events are attended by
a representative party of Maine people, and
last several days There are prizes offered
for the biggest rtsh caught, fly-casting con
canoe races, shooting matches and
nan> novel features which are always
greatly enjoyed by the visitors.
Snowfall Delayed Train Traffic.
ST. PAUL. Minn.. January 4.?The snow
storm which prevailed yesterday and last
nigrht passed eastward today. Upward of
twenty trains were bulletined as delayed
from one to six hours at the unL>n depot
'hi r-.^ The delay to transcontinental
' !'?' less than is usual
Philippine Tariff Bill Before the
Opportunity to Speak to Be Given to
I Mr. Hepburn Submits an Amendment
That is Satisfactory -? Alleged
Abuse of Franking Privilege.
More than the average attendance of
members were In their places when the
House of Representatives met for Its first
session after the holiday recess today.
Regarding as serious an editorial state
ment in a local paper that members of the
House abuse the franking privilege to the
I extent of sending cows, farm animals,
libraries and kitchen utensils free through
the malls, Mr. Sims (Tenn.) obtained leave
to assert that an investigation should be
made. That the statement was only an
outburst of vivid imagination was asserted
both by Mr. Mann (111.) and the republican
floor leader, Mr. Payne (N. Y.) Before he
closed Mr. Sims presented a resolution for
an investigation by the committee on post
offices and post roads "as to whether or not
there are or have been abuses of the frank
ing privileges hy members of Congress or in
the name of members of Congress."
The resolution was agreed to.
President's Message Referred.
On motion of Mr. Payne, the House re
sumed consideration' of the President's
message, making reference of It by tonic
to ti e various c< mmUtees. Mr. Payne with_
drew the amendment which had occasioned
the seven days of discussion before the
holiday recess?the reference of that part
relating to Insurance to the ways and
means committee. He stated that It was
his understanding that Mr. Hepburn would
not press his amendment making refer
ence of the topic to the Interstate and for
eign commerce committee.
Mr. Hepburn at once submitted an amend
ment referring the whole question of the
control of corporations, other than rail
ways, to the judiciary committee, with in
structions "to report fully, at an early day,
their views as to the power of the federal
government by legislation to regulate or
control said corporations In the manage
ment or control of their business and busi
ness matters, and If said power exists, then
| the extent of such power and under what
provisions of the Constitution It Is con
1 ferred upon Congress."
This amendment was agreed to without
objection and as there was no discussion of
other Items the reference of the entire mes
sage was made according to the terms of
the resolution.
Philippine Tariff Bill.
The Philippine tariff bill was then taken
up for consideration.
Consideration of the bill was conducted in
committee of the whole, with Mr. Olmsted
(Pa.) In the chair. After the bill had been
read Mr. Payne, In charge of the measure,
took the floor.
Mr. Mondell wished to know If debate was
to be limited. There were, he said, a num
ber of members on the republican side who
wished to oppose the bill. The debate, Mr.
Payne replied, would continue at the pleas
ure of the House and opportunity would bo
given to all?
Mr. Payne then explained the details of
the bill. He particularly emphasized the
"beneficent purposes" of the measure. The
revenue collected under It, he said, was
needed in the Philippines for schools and
internal improvements. In brief, the bill
provides for the admission to the United
States of articles wholly the growth and
product of the Philippines free of duty,
except sugar and tobacco, on which a tariff
of 25 per cent of the Dlngley rates shall be
collected. In consideration of this reduc
tion of duty sugar and tobacco the prod
uct of the United States Is to be admitted
into the Philippines free of duty. After
April 11. liKW, the bill provides absolute
free trade between the two countries.
Mr. Payne went Into some detail in ex
plaining the industries of the Philippines.
After Senator La Follette had been sworn
In today Mr. Tillman presented the follow
ing resolution: "Resolved, that the Presi
dent be requested to inform the Senate, If
not Incompatible with the public welfare,
as to the existing status in Santo Domingo;
whether or not President Morales carried
his government with him when he disap
peared from the capital, or whether he
left it behind, and whether the American
officers who have been in charge of the
custom houses are still performing that
work, an-d, If so, under what arrangement
and by what authority."
Mr. Tillman asked tor Immediate consid
eration of the resolution, but Mr. Spooner
objected, and it went over. Mr. Spooner
said that he desired to hear the South
Carolina senator on the resolution before
voting on it.
A resolution introduced by Mr. Culberson
directing the Secretary of War to send to
the Senate copies of the invitations Tor bids
for railroads in the Philippine Islands and
also copies of bids themselves was adopted.
Impressions of the Philippines.
Mr. Teller presented and asked for the
printing as a document of a recent maga
zine articles by Mr. Newlands entitled "A
Democrat in the Philippines." Mr. Teller
said the article was not political.
Mr*. Hale suggested the unwisdom of
printing essays and similar articles as pub
lic documents. Rnd said that while he would
not object In this Instance, he thought the
practice should not be encouraged.
Mr. Aldrich asked if Mr. Newlands was
the first democrat to visit the Philippines,
and Mr. Teller replied in the negative, say
ing that it was his understanding that sev
eral democrats had made the trip to the
islands last summer under the auspices of
the Secretary of War.
"Did they get back?" asked Mr. Hale,
and the Colorado seuator replied that they
had returned.
"Were they converted?" Mr. Hale next
Inquired, but before Mr. Teller could malts
reply Mr. Dubois Interposed, saying: "l
was one of tho senators who made the
trip to the Philippines, and I can say that
the democrats were not converted at all."
He added the suggestion that the senator
from Maine would <to well to ascertain
whether the republicans who went along
were not converted to the democratic view.
The Incident closed with the adoption or
the order.
Committee Assignments.
Asfiingments of Mr. La Follette and Mr.
Ge&rin to committees were made as fol
lows: La KV>llette?Potomac river rronr,
chairman: census, civil service, claims; Im
migration, Indian affairs and pensions.
Gearln?Claims, pensions, forest reserva
tions. Industrial expositions, national banKa
and Dlstrk-t of Columbia, Mr. Simmon* re
signing from the last-named committee to
ii.ske room for the Oregon senator.
Quite a long discussion was precipitated
by a resolution of Mr. Kean to modify a
resolution passed before the holidays re
lating to clerks of committees. It appeared
that unless the change was made, thirty
instead of three employes, would be added
to the- Senate rolls. The resolution was
At '2:14 the Senate went Into executive
session, and at 2:23 p.m. adjourned until
Maj. Rathbone Asks Full Inquiry of
His Acts in Cuba.
Senator Teller today laid before the San
ate a petition by Maj. Ratbbrao, formerly
director general of pests of CUba, asking
for a full Investigation of his oase.
icrs. minor morris carried
Refused to Imti ? A Washington
Woman and Wift of Massachusetts
Avenue Physician.
Mrs. Minor Morris of 2334 Massachusetts
avenue, the wife of Dr. Minor Morris, a
practicing physician of this city who for
merly was connected with the Army Med
ical Museum, was thrown out of the White
House executive offices this afternoon about
1 o'clock, dragged for a block over the wet
asphalt pathway, her gown torn and drag
gled with mud. her hat knocked off, and
Anally forced Into a cab and taken to the
house of detention.
The Incident was sensational In the ex
treme, not only because of the well-dressed
and well-bred appearance of Mrs. Morris,
but also because of the manner in whioh
the orders of Assistant Secretary to the
President Barnes, for the ejection of the
woman were carried out.
Mrs. MorriB called at the White House
some time before noon today and asked to
see the President. She was refused. She
Insisted that she must see the President
about a matter concerning her husband,
who was formerly connected with the Army
Medical Museum, hut who lost his position
as the result of an affair, the exact nature
of which Is not known, in which he became
Mrs. Morris pressed Secretary Barnes to
lndruee the President to see her, and' finally,
upon his reiteration ot t'he fart that an
audience was impossible, she declared, in
apparent momentary anger, tihlfct she would
remain In the executive offices until she did
see the chief executive.
Dragged Out.
It was then that Mr. Barnes replied that
she must leave the executive offices at once,
and that if she did not go quietly force
would be used.
Mrs. Morris evidently did not take his
statement seriously, for she repeated her
intention of remaining until the President
cons Jted to see her. Secretary Barnes
raised his hand and a moment later Mrs.
Morris, screaming hysterically, was being
borne outside by two of the policemen on
duty at the executive ov.nes.
Mrs. Morris, apparently beside herself, en
deavored to resist, and she was dragged
from the door of the executive office to the
entrance to the lower hall of the White
House proper, and thence to the east car
riage entrance. During the entire trip Mrs.
Morris begged piteously that she be allowed
to depart, and oalled on the bystanders to
etep forward In her behalf.
At the east entrance, after another strug
gle, Mrs. Morris MTas bundled into a cab
and taken to the house of detention, where
her nervous system practically collapsed.
Mrs. Morris.
For the past month or six weeks Mrs.
Morris has been a guest at the Willard
Hotel, her husband being now In Ohio at
the bedside of his mother w ohls critically
ill. A friend of the family who heard or
the unfortunate occurence and who called
at the House of Detention to leave $3 for
Mrs. Morris' release, told a Star reporter
that Mrs. Morris was exceedingly well con
nected In Washington.
This friend, who is himself a well
known resident of Washington, was ex
ceedingly grieved over the occurrence.
"Mrs. Morris," he said, "is exceedingly
high strung. She Is an accomplished
musician and gifted pianist, a woman
who Is widely traveled and even more
widely read, a woman of remarkable in
tellectuality and grasp of affairs.
"I do not know what actuated her visit
to the White House, but I have no doubt
it was with regard to her husband's affairs.
Dr. Morris comes from an exceedingly
prominent Ohio family, and I should think
there would be regrets all around as a re
sult of this unfortunate occurrence."
Mrs. Morris looked less like the conven
tional White House crank than It is pos
sible to imagine. She was fashionably
gowned, booted, gloved and hatted, and her
manner did not Indicate that she is the
unfortunate possessor of any mental afflic
No statement concerning the matter was
made at the White House. This afternoon
Mr. Barnes could not be located.
Mr. Bennett's Bill for Special Accom
Representative Bennett of New York has
introduced a bill in the House appropriating
$100,000 for the constructlo not a special
train for the use of the President of the
United States, the expense of travel to be
paid at full rates out of the treasury. The
Secretary of the Navy is also authorized to
set aside a warship for the President's use.
Burglars Secured Only $2 and Small
Amont of Stamps.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
BORDENTOWN, N. J., January 4.?Bur-~
glars entered the poet office at Whltehouse,
a few miles from here, early this morning,
and blew open the safe, from whloh they
obtained only $2 In cash and a small amount
of postage stamps.
Thomas Parent, who lives near the post
office, discovered the men at work and flred
through the window at one of them, who
was standing on guard outside. The bur
glar returned the fire and the bullet nar
rowly missed Parent's head. The thieves
made their escape. A party has started in
search of them.
District in Congress.
A bill repealing the act under which the
Commissioners recently changed the names
of streets beyond the boundary or Florida
avenue was today Introduced in the Senate
by Mr. Galllnger. This bill provides not
only for the repeal cf the law, but speci
fically provides that all acts of the Com
missioners under that law are to be void
and that the nameB of streets are to be the
same that were formerly In use.
Mr. Galllnger Introduced a bill providing
that the Commissioners shall not require
a written contract with bond for work and
material in contracts of less than $500.
Senator Galllnger today introduced a bill
providing for the regulation of the busi
ness of employment agencies In the Dis
trict of Columbia
Senator Galllnger today Introduced bills
for the extension of School street to the
east side of 10th street and for the exten
sion of Prospect street from 38th street
to Canal road.
Mr. Babcock introduced In the House to
day on behalf of the District Commission
ers a bill providing that the District gov
ernment need not enter into contracts for
work under amounts Involving ?500. The
existing law requires a contract for work
involving >100.
Also a bill empowering the Commissioners
to make regulations concerning employment
Reported Death of Rodriguez.
Mr. Joubert, the Dominican representa
tive here, received a cablegram today an
nouncing that Gen. Rodriguez was killed at
Puerto Plata yesterday; that the fighting
there had lasted three days, but that the
country was quiet, and It was hoped the
situation would be cleared today. Mr.
Joubert communicated this information to
Secretary Root.
The Minority Floor Leader Absent.
Representative Jorhn Sharp Williams of
Mississippi, the democratic floor leader,
who was called to his home by the se
rious Illness of his daughter, has not re
turned to Washington, hut 1s expected In a
few days, as his daughter Is much Im
proved, and Mr. Williams has advised dem
ocratic members that it will not be neces
sary for him to remain away longer on
account of her condition.
Two Houses Collapsed.
Special Cablegram to The Star.
ROME, January 4.?Two houses at Gen
sano, a village near Potenza, collapsed to
day. No earthquake was felt, but it Is
supposed that the disaster was caused by
Probable Retirement From Gov
ernment Prlntery
Expected to Establish Big Printing
His Absence From the City Prevents
Authoritative Statement Re
garding1 His Intentions.
The report, of the prospective resigna
tion ot Foreman of Printing Oacar J.
Ricketts, while not confirmed by inquiry
at the government printing office fhis
afternoon, was said, upon reliable au
thority, to be based upon fact. It may be
slated that unless the plans of Mr. Rlck
etts for embarking upon a private busi
ness enterprise in this "city are unex
pectedly changed he will leave the serv
ice of the government printing office
within a short time. His resignation, in
fact, la said to be assured.
Mr. Ricketts had not returned from New
York, where he went ten days ago to spend
his vacation, when a Star reporter called at
the printing office this afternoon, but it
was said he would probably arrive later in
the day.
In the absence of the actual filing of his
resignation, no one In the office felt willing
to give the report absolute confirmation,
but from the statements of some of his as
sociates In the service there seems to be no
doubt concerning the intention of Mr. Rlck
etts to relinquish his position at an early
date. His plane for the private business in
which it is said he will engage are not fully
known, but it is understood that he will
operate a printing establishment in this
city. It is stated that the sum of $30,000
will be invested In the business at the be
ginning, and that an option on a site for the
plant has already been ' secured.
On a Large Scale.
It Is understood that Mr. Ricketts pro
poses to do a printing business on a large
scale, and expects to receive many large
contracts for government work. A great
deal of the printing done for various de
partments of the government Is given out
by contract to private concerns, and the se
curing of such work, it is said, will be made
a feature of the policy of the new enter
prise. To handle such contracts the busi
ness to be headed by Mr. Ricketts will
doubtless be well equipped and qualified.
Mr. Ricketts is known to be a man conver
sant with public matters, well acquainted
with public men and thoroughly schooled in
the art of printing.
Much regret was expressed at the gov
ernment printing office this afternoon over
the exipe cted resignation of the foreman of
printing. Mr. Ricketts has been connected
with <ttte office for the past six years, en
tering the service as secretary to Mr. fal
mei when he was public printer, and being
finally promoted to the position of foreman
of printing. Hla executive ability and his
taiot and fairness in dealing with the men in
the office were highly commended at the
office this afternoon.
Connected with the reported resignation
was the statement that Mr. L. C. Hay,
foreman of the Job room of the government
printing office, would also resign and be
come business partner of Mr. Ricketts, but
a positive denial of this was made this
afternoon by Mr. Hay, who also said that
there was nothing in the etory of Mr, Rick
etts' Intention to leave the government
Rear Admiral Inspected the Yard?
Working Force Reduced.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
NORFOLK, Va., January 4.?Rear Ad
miral Brownson, commanding the armored
cruiser division of the North Atlantic fleet,
now In Hampton roads, arrived here this
morning and was officially received at Nor
folk yard. He Inspected the yard and vis
ited Rear Admiral Harrington officially at
his residence. As a result of scarcity of
work in several departments of the Nor
folk navy yard a large force of pipe fitters,
plumbers and coppersmiths were today dis
Navy yard tugs today began supplying
battleships and cruisers in Hampton roads
with ammunition to be used In midwinter
maneuvers and practice in West Indian
Picked Up by British Steampship Off
Charleston Harbor.
NORFOLK. Va., January 4.?The British
steamship Elswlck Manor, Captain Drew
ery, which arrived here today from Savan
nah, Ga., en route to Europe, landed four
negro fishermen from Charleston, S. C., who
were picked up forty miles off Charleston
harbor January 1, after having been with
out food or water since the morning of
December 31.
The men were from the fishing schooner
Charleston, which was just outside of
Charleston harbor for deep-sea bass fish
ing. The quartet, two In a boat, left the
schooner in small skiffs to fish. While out
the weather grew thick and the men be
came lost. They failed to make themselves
heard aboard the schooner, and lost their
compass bearings completely. The men be
gan to row, as they thought, toward shore,
but their boats having become turned
around, they rowed far to sea. To appease
hunger, the men attempted to eat raw fish
meat, but this made them sick.
Captain Drewery of the Elswlck Manor
in passing heard cries for help, and bear
ing down discovered the men. He took
them aboard and brought them here.
The names of the men who were picked
up are Lawrence Washington, John Plnck
ney. Frank Summers and Mlney Gibson.
Was Noted as Artist, Author and Jour
Special Cablegram to The Star.
LONDON, January 4.?Harrison W. Weir,
artist, author and Journalist, died today at
the age of eighty-two. He was on the orlgl- j
nal staff of- the Illustrated London News
and the last survivor of It. He was also
connected with the London Field, Graphio,
Black and White, Poultry and other periodi
cals. He was a voluminous writer of works
on animals, particularly of poultry and
other birds, furnishing his own Illustrations
of theim.
"Our Poultry and All About Them" occu
pied him twenty years. It Is a book of over
000,000 words and contains over thirty-seven
richly colored pictures and over 350 black
and white drawings. For over thirty years
Mr. Weir was judge at all the principal
poultry and pigeon shows and was designer
of raoe cups for Goodwood, Ascot, etc., for
Garrard & CD. He was the originator of
the oat show t'liat is now held annually at
the Crystal Palace.
Victim Brooded Over Arrest for Al
leged Assault.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
WILKSSHARRE, Pa., January 4.?Brood
ing over the disgrace of hla arrest on th<^
charge of assaulting a girl, John Imes, c.
miner, although he had been declared Inno
cent. committed suicide In tba Kendham
colliery last night, and his body was found
this morning. He was arrested some (lays
ago. tried and acquitted, but ever since has
been depressed.
Payments to School Teachers Declared
to Be Prompt?Given Preced
ence Over Others.
An official of the District government,
when questioned today In relation to
the article In The Star yesterday afternoon
entitled "Teachers' Annoyances," stated
that, so far as the officials of the District
were concerned, the statements contained
therein were very unfair. It has always
been the aim of those having control of
the payment of the employes of the schools
to give these payments precedence over all
other expenditures.
"During the month of December," he
said. "In order that the employes of the
schools might not feel the hardship of the
decision of the conitroler o fthe Treasury,
which requires & certificate on pay rolls, to
the effect that each person on the pay roll
has performed the service required by law
and regulation, and further that the full
period of service covered by the* payment
has expired prior to the actual signing
thereof, decided, although it would entail
an enormous amount of extra work In pre
paring and auditing pay rolls and in the
signing and countersigning of the checks,
to make a mid-monthly payment to all the
teachers and other employes of the schools.
"If this had not been done, the teachers
would not have been paid anything until the
2d of January, as under treasury regu
lations pay rolls for the full month's pay
could not have been certified until January
2, January I being a legal holiday. Pay
ments were made to the teachers at the
earliest possible moment according to law
and regulations. The District officials In
charge of disbursements are heavily bonded
for the faithful performance of duty, and it
Is very easy for persons having no knowl
edge of correct accounting, under treasury
regulations, to criticise the methods In
Improved Accounting Methods.
"Improvements in accounting methods to
safeguard the flnaivces of the District have
been going on continually. It was truly
said that In the past checks in payment of
teachers' salaries were turned over to the
school authorities, and the receipts were
not obtained until the checks were actually
delivered. This left the disbursing officer
absolutely unprotected and with $100,000 out
j without any receipt.
"This method of payment was believed to
be vicious, and was therefore changed in
order that the disbburslng officer of the
District might have a receipt for the checks
he pays out.
"There is no necessity for any teacher to
make two trips to the Franklin School
building to secure pay. Teachers who de
sire can oall at the office of the disbursing
officer on the first day of each month, sign
the pay-roll and receive the check. How
ever, it Is a well-known fact that no gov
ernment money is paid unless there first
be a receipt given for the same, and any
criticism on this ground shows absolute
lack of knowledge of Treasury Department
methods. While the present officials have
charge of the expenditures of the District
government, they will see to It that the
proper precautions are taken In the pay
ment of money, and that no loose methods
Prompt and Uniform Methods.
"The matter of payment of school teach
ers was taken up by the disbursing officer,
In 1903, In order to see If some Improve
ment could be made, of course taking Into
consideration the fact that all District pay
ments were made under treasury regula
tions. It was found that the payments in the
District of Columbia were more uniform
and were more promptly made than in any
of the large cities of the United States.
"As an example, the payments made to
school teachers In the city of Boston Is cit
ed. After the 6chool month Is over in that
city, It takes about ten days for the pay
masters to effeat payments, certain divisions
being paid on one date, and others on sub
sequent dates, consuming In all, albout ton
"In the District the teachers are paid
in one day, and that day is the next day
after the services for the school month
have been performed. This is accomplished
by the courtesy of the secretary of the
board of education, and the supervising
principals who personally distribute tne
checks, under an understanding with the
disbursing officer, ho being under the law
responsible for the payments.
Regarding Grievances.
"From the foregoing It will be seen that
the District officials have at all times, and
are now endeavoring in every way in their
power, to make the payments to the teach
ers in a satisfactory, prompt, legal man
ner, and when the necessary method of
payment under the rules of the Treasury
Department are taken into consideration it
will be seen that there actually exists no
grievances of which the teachers could
justly complain.
"The officials of the District were sorry
to see the article in The Star, in view of
the unfair statements. No word of thanks
was expressed, but rather words which
could be construed as of condemnation.
This seemed hard, when. In order to make
the mld-month payment In December It
was necessary for the auditor and the
disbursing officer to work Sundays, legal
holidays and at nights.
"We will receive suggestions kindly
from those who know what they are
talking about, but we smart under criti
cisms made without proper knowledge of
the facts of the case."
Printing for His Bureau Explained to
Joint Committee.
Director Walcott of ihe geological sur
vey was before the joint committee of the
Senate and House todiy, explaining the
printing that Is done for his bureau. The
joint committee has been conducting an In
vestigation, with a view of reducing the
cost of government printing.
Mr. Walcott advocated giving to the riant
of the geological survey the printing or
engraving of all illustrations for govern
ment publications. He said that with a
slightly Increased plant he believed the
work could be done at a great saving.
Representatives Lundls nn>l Perkins ex
pressed the opinion that Illustrations are
used too .profusely, and that many docu
ments contain pictures that may be orna
mental, but are not scientific. Mr. Walcott
agreed, and said that In ihe last thrre
years 60 per cent of the illustrations offered
by authors for geological survey publi
cations had been reject id.
Bill Introduced Fixing Their Salaries
in Gun Factory.
Mr. Butler of Pennsylvania today Intro
duced a bill in the House fixing the com
pensation of skilled mechanics In the gun
factory of the Washington navy yard as
follows: Mechanics of the first class, 50
cents per hour; second class, 44 cents; third
olass, 88 cents; fourth class, 38 cents. It Is
provided that not less than CO per cent of
mechanics shall be of the first class.
Instituted by the Seaboard Against
South Carolina Road.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
COLUMBIA, S. C., January 4 ?Receiver
ship proceedings were instituted yesterday
by the Seaboard Air Line railway against
the Union and Glenn Springs railway. The
answer Is returnable at Spartanburg on
Monday, January 8, before Judge Mem
minger. Officers of both computes decline
to make public the reasons which led to the
receivership proceedings, but It Is reported
that settlements have not been made
promptly with the Seaboard.
The Union and Glenn Springs railway was
completed six months ago and :s twenty
miles long, running from Union to Pride?,
where It connects with the Seaboard. It
was closely Identified with the laurgauix^d
i Union and Buffalo Mills and until recently
[ did agood bustassc
Mysterious Lodger in
Street House.
His Landlady Knew Him Only as
Mr. V.
Retired With His Clothes On?Com
plained of Being 111?Was in
Poor Circumstances.
The dead body of a man about sixty years
j old. known to his landlady as "Mr. V.," was
| discovered In a rear room on the third floor
of the house of Mrs. Laura Jones, at 724
j 10th street northwest, this afternoon. The
J gas jet In the room was turned on. Mrs.
j Jones summoned Policemen Russell and
| O'Brien of Uie first precinct to her house
J shortly after noon and told them that a
strong odor of gas came from under the
door of the rear room on the third floor of
her house and asked the policemen to in
vestigate it.. As a result of their investi
gation the fact of the man's death was dis
Mrs. Jones told the police she knew lit
tle about the man. She had always made
out receipts for his rent in the name of
Mr. v . None of the people Vn the house
knew the man. Among his effects were
found several receipts made out In the
name of "Werra CooL" Where he was
from or what was his occupation Mrs.
Jones did not know.
She last saw him alive Sunday morrvinR
when she went to his room to collect her
rent. Mrs. Jones experienced some trouble
in arousing her roomer and when she did
succeed he called to her that he did not care
to be annoyed.
"But," said the landlady. "I must have
my rent or the room."
Complained of Being 111.
Then the door was opened and the aged
man with gray beard covering his face ap
peared and paid her J1.25. He then com
plained that he felt unwell, but made no re
quest for anything In the line of medicine
or food. He had not been out of his room
since last Thursday so far as people In the
liouse knew. A piece of cheese and what
was left of some crackers gave the police
and persons In the house an Idea of how he
had been living.
"He was a foreigner," Mrs. Jones said to
a Star reporter, "and wanted nobody to
know about his business or himself. He
had nothing to say to other roomers, and
none of them learned from him about his
former home or relatives."
Mrs. Jones said that he came there De
cember 8. and she had seen him but very
few times since. He seldom went from
his room, she said, and when he did go out
he seldom returned until about 3 o'clock
in the morning.
In Straitened Circumstances.
The condition of things in the room in
dicated that the roomer -was In straitened
circumstances, not even having a change of
In a dress suit case found in his room he
had several bundles, but most of them con
tained only scraps of paper, Jelly glasses or
something of little value. In one pocket
of his overcoat he had thirteen pennies, and
in another pocket the police found a small
amount of change.
Each time he paid his rent he gave Mrs.
Jones nickels, dimes and pennies. Receipts
found In the room indicated that he had
roomed at 301 D street. 111 D street and
6<>4 I street northwest. The finding of a
number of newspapers in the drawers of the
bureau in the room claused the belief that
the man had sold newspapers for a living.
An occupant of the adjoining house de
tected the odor of gas and told Mrs. Jones
of it. She went to the door of the room and
found it locked, but was unable to smell the
gas. Her mother afterward detected the
odor and the policemen were called to the
house. They found the occupant of the
room had gone to bed with his clothinjr on
and had left the gas turned on ove" his
head. Coroner Nevitt will make an investi
gation of the oise later In the day and de
termine the question of whether it is a ci?e
of suicide or accident.
District Judge Issues an Important
Order at Milwaukee.
CHICAGO, January 4.?A dispatch to the
Record-Herald from Milwaukee says:
"Judge Joseph V. Quarles of the United
States district court for the eastern dis
trict of Wisconsin , yesterday announced
his belief that the practice of granting re
straining orders which in effect are tem
porary injunctions on ex-parte statements
is all wrong.
" 'Hereafter I shall not grant any re
straining orders which act as temporary
injunctions until I have called in both sides
and come Into possession of all the facts,"
said Judge Quarles to lawyers gathered in
his court room. The declaration was not le
livered as a formal opinion, but w;is
brought out through Informal conversation
between the court and the attorneys.
Illinois Manufacturers at Chicago
Take Notable Action.
CHICAGO, January 4.?Action which may
materialize in prosecution of Chicago bank
ers in the federal courts fpr violation of
the anti-trust law was begun yesterday by
the Illinois /Manufacturers' Association.
The manufacturers are aroused at the re
cent decision of the Chicago Clearing
House Association that all its banks charge
a tax for the collection of out-of-town
checks. This formerly has been done with
out cost to Chicago tradesmen.
At a meeting of the Manufacturers' Asso
ciation resolutions were adopted authoriz
ing Attorney Levy Meyer, its counsel, to
take steps to combat the charge and to be
gin legal action if necessary.
The ultimatum of the manufacturers will
be submitted to the bankers at a meeting
of two committees representing the two
organizations at the Chicago National Bank
today. Representative* of the opposing in
terests are firm in their positions and a
break between the two organizations is ex
By the schedule of exchange rates sent
the manufacturers by the different banks
a charge of one-tenth to one-quarter of 1
per cent is to be made for collections of out
of-town checks, the amount arylng accord
ing to the remoteness from Chicago.This,the
manufacturers say would amount to ?1!5.0(X>
per day, a total loss to them and clear
profit to the banks, unless they could get
the additional charge from their customers,
which they say they could not do without
endangering their business prosperity. They
base their hope of legal redress on the pos
sibility of proving a collusion on the part
of the bankers in violation of the provision
of the anti.-trust law preventing an agree
ment to tlx prices.
Had Been Absent Without Leave for
Three Months.
First Lieut. Prank I. Otis, 4th Cavalry,
has been dropped from the rolls of the
army, under the provisions of existing law,
for absence without leave for three months.
Under orders to proceed to San Fran
cisco, with a view to accompanying his
regiment to Manila, Lieut. OtU left New
York on or about September 80. but he
-failed to report in San Francisco, as di
rected, and his whereabout* since that
time has been unknown to the department.
Reports received from the Department of
nnt Otis' continual absence. October l<
the commanding general of that depart
ment requested, by telegraph, thst L:
Otis be apprehended and Bent to San Fran
cisco under gu?rd. stating that ha haa """
Plicated his August pay account and nan
forged the names of officer* to promis
sory notes The .letnils of lomo of these
transactions were given In a report
l.ieut. Otis' troop commander Tnis srvowe
that Ueut. Otis had negotiated a not*1?
which the names of two army officers rasa
been forged, and possibly other _ similar
notes; that he lind been doing business as
agent for a life Insurant* company;
one or more premium# received by him r
policies had not bean pal* to the company^
that in the latter part of ? '?*
days before his leave expired. hs nan I*,*"
a government carbine sayln< hewas {??*
on a hunting trip, and had failed to return
or pay for the same, etc.
Statistics Compiled by the Department
of Commerce and Labor.
Manufacturers participated to the
of more than a million dollars In t e
$2,500,000,000 worth of commerce of the
United States during the eleven monthe^
ending with November, 1905. Statistics an
nounced by the Department of Commerce
and I^abor chow that the velue of manu
facturers' materials Imported was J51R.OOO.
000 during those eleven months, and of
manufactures exported $520,000,000. against
$450,000,000 the previous yeir. The value
of crude'materlal for use In manufacturing
imported In this time was
against $.?0?.000.?? In the same months ol
the previous ye.ar. During those ??n^
there was h remarkable Increase In the
exports of agricultural products.
of corn, tlx value of which rose from!BV
ooo.O"*) In the previous year to
during the tlrst eleven months of this >car.
Assurances Given by Representative*
of Eastern Railways.
A committee of railway men representing
the traffic managers of the eastern tru"*
lines had a long conference yesterday with
the Interstate commerce commission on the
subject of rebates. It was a continuation
of the same conference held some time ago
and the railway men merely reported prog
ress; at least that was the lnferenae to be
drawn from the commission afterward, the
consultation being held behind closed dcors^
The railway men are exceedingly afra
that their concerted action In cutting off re
hates will work them harm, both pereojvally
and to the lines with Which they are con
nected. Thus the reporU ?f vio.atlons or
attempted violations iff the law will h*>e
?o be made with considerable secret* and
1 as a result neither the comm^lonnorth*
I railways care to talk much about the mat
'"it is recalled that there was a similar
agreement on the part of some of the lines
a few years ago to abolish rebates and an
agent was especially appointed to watch
?ut for violations of the law The very first
report he made was soon followed by his
dismissal and there the mstter was dropped
for a long time. The railways realize that
it is against their own Interests to grant re
bates If the other fellow ?n be kept from
doing it. but the lines are very suspicious of
one another, so that it is hard for them to
agree and then stick to the agreement.
It is Bald that aseurartce has been given
tho Interstate commerce commission that
the roads have indicated a desire to comply
with the law with respect to the granting or
rebates and other special privileges.
Reported Disastrous Eruption of the
Volcano San Dago.
Vice Consul Wallace, at Managua. hae
cabled the State Department, under yester
day's date, that a terrible earthquake has
occurred In Nicaragua, and It was reported
to him that Masaya had been ruined by the
eruption of the volcano San Dago.
Navy Yard Machinists of First Class
to Receive $3.36 Per Day.
By direction of Secretary Bonaparte, the
pay of machinists, first class, at the Wash
ington navy yard Is fixed at $:>.36 a day
for the year liHifl. instead of $3.20 a day, as
recommended by the board of labor em
ployment at the Washington navy >ard,
which Is required by the rules to report a
schedule of wages at that yard at the
beginning of each year. The action of
Secretarv Bonaparte simply continues the
irate of pay that prevailed during the year
Just closed.
Veteran Soldier and Prominent In the
Masonic Order.
Mr. Richard RothweH, one of the oldest
residents of the District of Columbia, died
at his home. No. 28 ?th street northeast,
shortly after 12 o'clock last night. In the
eighty-fourth year of his age.
Mr. Rothwell was a native of Manchester,
England, anil came to this country when
twenty-eight years of age. Landing at Bal
timore with his wife and four children, he
went Into business In that city, bait was not
successful. lie thou came to this city and
was employed on the Capitol building when
the wings for the Senoite and House were
added, and his ability as a stone carver
soon won him recognition, and as a result
much of the fine carving on the House and
Senate wings was done toy him. After tihls
he engaged In the contracting .business and
aided in building the National Museum, the
%-aults of the treasury building and other
Mr Rothwell was a momber of Columbia.
Commandery, No. 2. K. T.; Burnside Post,
d. A. R., and National Ixjdge. No. 12. P. A.
A. M. He was also a member of the Ma
sonic Veterans' Association. He leaves four
daughters and two sons?Miss LAllie Roith
iwe'.l. Mrs. Wllllaim Wagner, Mrs. J. H.
Peake Mrs. S. J- Richardson, William
Rothwell and DarUe.1 Rothwell.
Personal Mention.
Col. E. B. Townsend has returned to tlio
city from his Virginia home near Kie.i
mend. where he entertained several of his
Washington friends during the holiday
Mr. A. Y. Gray, who has been ill at hi*
home on Wisconsin avenue. Is now con
valescent and expects to toe out In,*, few
Oapt. E. S. Randall, president of the Ran
dall steamboat end excursion companies,
has gone to New York to arrange for the
bringing of a big new steamer to this city
In t-he early spring.
Col R D. Potts, commanding the ar.ti
lery station at Fort Monroe, arrived in
this city yesterday morning on the Nortoltc
end Washington line steamer.
Mr Harry White of Alexandria, who was
in business In this city for several year',
has gone to Louisiana, and will engage
In business In that state.
Capt. John B. Burblde of the Salt L*ke.
Utah poilce department. Is spending sev
eral days In the dlty. This afternoon he
called at police headquarters and discussed
police matters with MaJ. Sylvester.
Naval Movements.
The Pennsylvania has arrived at Hamp
ton Roads, the Colorado at Newport News,
the Arkansas at Morehead City, the Saturn
at Midway, the Concord at Honolulu, the
Don Juan de Austria at New York, the
Hannibal at Baltimore, the Arethusa at
New York the Florida at Jacksonville, the
Uncas at Kingston, and the Nevada. Por
ter Dupont, Nicholson. Blakely and Rodg
ers at Port Royal. _
The Hopkins. Stewart. Worden. Truxton,
Lawrence and Macdonough left Bradford.
R I., yesterday, for Pine Beach, Va.
The Yankton sailed from Boston yester
day /or Hampton Roads, and the naval tug
Rocket has left this city for Hampton
Roads. _
To Delay Removal of Long Bridge.
Mr. Rixey of Virginia today intradaoed
in the House a bill etxendlng until Febru
ary 12, 1907. the time requiring the Balti
more and Potomac Railway Company to
remove the Long bridge, to r
the Long bridge Is required u ?
ed In good and serviceable |
the railroad

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