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ippine tarift lilll last wifK?" "No " replied Mr Orosvenor. gravely. ??tlx solid demot ratio strength VOtttl with ?>?." Well. r. marked Mr Mondell. after t ie laught?r anil applause had subsided, "fol lowing the k> ntlem-an's illustrious sng *. < ion t!-.?? democrats hate ttAw pi*rrmis>d <o vote with us.' ? Williams Assails Grosvenor. Following Mr. Orosvenor. leader Wil liams vigorously and bitterly -assailed the Ohio re'ire-ntatlve for what he termed Jiis attempt t<> turn the Wti'ifle thing into a partisan question. He Renounced as ab surd the >tat. ment by Mr. Grosvenor that the revolt against the-statehood hill was k democratic attempt to secure control of the House f.?r once, and said that the only ti.ink ;!?e p'titieman from Ohio was afraid ..f was H at the House might come to control itself. Instead of being run by the committee on ml'-*. "In t|. fifty-seventh Congress." .Inter rupt' 1 .1 deinoeratie member wher. Mr. Or isvedoj had fouud bis feet again, "did you not vote f >r the admission of Arlmona an-J New Mexico singly?" I did replied Mr Glosvenor, "for at that tine my party had not yet become Identified with tills particular statehood bill. But le '.v that it is identified with It. I do not prop- *1' to attempt to shift the leader ship to th" other side of the House Be sides. I am proud of the fact that am never consistent inn days at a time when? Hut the laughter, applause, groans and the like that follow-d "Mr. Grosvenor's re mark drowned thi; uxpUnation that fol lowed. , , ,, Mr Ml.mi ll said lie > bsrved that Mr. Grosvenor. who had taunted him with ln .? risisii ii y now makes a virtue of his own lncunpis:''' .v. Air Monde'l did not ap iprov th-- bill in 1'I though he <!Ad vote for it. hut he wis glad tu-.w to have ar> op portur > to change his action. Influenced by President and Speaker. M; \ : inos i Wis i said he was one of tiie "los sh-ep referred to by Mr._Grosvenor. lie had voted for the bill in the last Con gress. hut lie had changed his views be cause he had visited Arizona and had seen thi the i>eople of Ariaona were against - Joint fftaiehood. Mr Adams cliarged tluit The rule was un republlcati In that it was being driven through the House against the wishes of mare than a majority of the House. He de lared that every one was aware of how this was being (tone; it wis because th"i republicans loved the Speaker i f the House as a brother and loved the President be <H4ise he Is true, and they Intend to vote for the rule against their convictions be cause they love tiiese two men. Mr. Payne of New York said he was un willing that Arizona with her IlKi.ono popu lation should have the same representa tion in the Senate nn New York if in the providence of God the democratic party is again Int!I< ted upon the country, he does not want two democratic senators from Arizona. Mr. Bede Stirs Up the House. Mr. Bede of Minnesota said that if th. Uemocrati party Is again inflicted upon file country it will not bp due to the provi der. *c of God. but to th" mistakes of tiie leiders of i h> republican party. "The gentlemen talk of the senators from New York.' siid Mr. Bede; "most of us are trying to forget them." This sall> brought forth a storm of laughter, ai plause and shouts from the chamber and the galTerles, which the Spe ikor repressed by vigorously pounding witii his gave!. Speaker i .union in severe tones said the ten.Mk of Mr. Bede was out of order and Violated every [ a'rliatnentary rule. I onl> Intended the remark in the kltt-1 lies' manner." said Mr. Bede with a grin, and went >n with his speech. Mr Bede pleaded for the great west He s.'iil i' i a> 's ignorance of the west w.13 a? that of the Kentucky girl, daughter ot an unreconstructed rebel, who said she w tw. r. \-on" years old before she knew that^ "damned Yankee" was not one word. > ou say there are not folks enough in the west." said Mr. Bede. "When 111. Miiatcrs ever represent folks?" Air Bede said that when the east wait.i to get something it invokes the great name ?'l the President of the I'nlted States, but wheu U i- opposed to his policies it talis him the "broncho statesman." Representative Tawney favored the rule. He declared his opposition to tiie admission of Arizona and New Mexico, but added that ours is a government governed by party. "As a member of the party now controlling." he said. "1 bow to the Judg ment of the majority, and propose to sup port tills resolution." Delegate Smith's Impassioned Speech. I*Lirk Smith, the delegate from Arizona, w f- given two minutes, lie spoke In an Impasslont d manner, pr. facing his remarks with this statement: "It Is rather singular that the anniversary day of my birth should have been selected for the sacrifice of the people in whose service I have de voted my life." Vddresstng himself to Mr. Tawney. he referred to that gentleman's change of front on the question of /statehood. Mr. Smith quoted from the Old Testament the story of the man who kissed his friend upon the cheek while he smote him in the rib with his sword. His face flushed with anger, and. point ing his finger at Mr. Tawney. Mr Smith accused iiini of liavlng delivered tiie vin kindest and crudest cut of all. Mr. Jones of Washington said that Pres - dent ltoosevelt would not support this rule If lie should stand for such a rule, nil that lie has said about a "square deal" is as sounding brass and tinkling cymbal. Mr. Babcock Voices the Opposition. Mr. DeArtnond (Mo.) and Mr. Kahn (Call spoke against the ruic. when four and or.e half minutes were yielded to Mr. Babeo;k (Wis. > leader of the "insurgents." He had. he said, always been opposed to joint state hood. He considered Joining Arizona and New Mexico as a crime. He said the ar gument against single statehood was. "We shall have four democratic senators." In this connection lie referred to the passage ?>f I he Dingley tariff bill, which, be said <a>uld not have passed but for the vote of Senator Jones of Nevada, whose every amendment was accepted. He scouted the Mr )? ? ?" be democratic. 11 I-andls asked how it happened that the present delegate from Arizona was a democrat. it u.is the personality and the statehood position tak. n by Mark Smith was the Debate was closed by Mr. Dalzell in favor of the rule. Seventeen times, he said, one or the other branches of Congress had pass ed laws admitting; New Mexico into the i nlon Mr. l>a]iell based his argument in opposition to single statehood that it was unjust to eastern sections to have senators who represented nothing but "rocks and sand" have ns much weight as senators representlniklarge eas'ern states. He as serted t :iat n was a partisan question Both parties by caucuses had made It a party measure He gave the republican vote in the last Congress on the proposition when the rule was supported almost unanimously by republicans. When Mr Dalzell asserted that every republican who had spoken against the rule had done so at the courtesy of the democratic leader, Mr. Williams asked" "Would you have yielded them timer' "I would not," answered Mr. Dalzell. 'Then the gentleman Is not going to blame me for allowing the representa tives of the people to address the Houle " continued Mr. Williams "X am udmlrlng the Ingenuity of the gentleman as a party leader," responded Mr. Dalzell. 'In yielding his time, not to democrats whom he Is going to vote sol idly against the rule, but to republicans whom lie hoj>es to have follow his leader ship." Mr. Dalzell said he would liore leave the subject He demanded a roll-call on ordering the previous question on tiie adoption of the rule. Adoption of the Rule. The roll call began at 1:45 o'clock. Speaker Cannon requested the call of his own name and voted for the rule. The rule was adopted, tho vote being UK! ayes, ltld nays. Mr. Williams asked for a recapitulation ?tf the vote, which was granted after some objection by the Bpealcer. who stated that the rule had been carried toy a large ma jority and such aotlon was nut usual. On the motion for the adoption of the rule Mr. Williams demanded another roH call, which was ordered. As the vote on the previous question wm* practically the adopt*>>n of the rule, many members left 'he chamber for lunch <turing the call and <t".y re s ns departed from the galleries. The rule was adopted bv a vote of 187 to I ir.7 Mr. Crumpacker (1ml.) look the jhalr. ! and debate on the bill at once began in I committee of the whole. SENATE. The S -nate met today with the general I understanding that the subject of foreign ? elation* would again be the principal topic | of discussion, and in anticipation of an In i terestinx oc.MSlon the galleries were well tilled when the Senate was called to order. Mr. Lodge, who yesterday gave notice of | a speech for today, was early in bis seat, prepared to proceed as soon as the routine business should be disposed of. , Mr. Lodge was recognized at I2::t0 and Immediately entered upon the discussion }f the Moroccan and Dominican questions He began by expressing his disapprobation of the open discussion of foreign o.uestfons, but he admitted the uselessness of attempt ing to keep such questions entirely within executive sessions unless all senators I are agreed on the policy to be pursued. Mr. Lodge, discussing the Monroe doctrine, s?Id we ought not to even allow a foreign power temporary occupation of territory on this continent. He was willing to admit that the collection of debts was not a part of the Monroe doctrine. He did not like | the present situation, but would prefer it to having European powers take possession of ti e custom houses of Santo Domingo. Mr. Lodge declared that we could not per mit foreign powers to take possession of ports anil harbors In the Caribbean sea, which guarded the approach to the Panama can iI. He slid that if we left Santo Domingo in its present bad condition we might have to take the island in order to prevent some other country from taking it. He did not want any more islands. To withdraw our ships at this time from Dominican waters would be bad policy. | Just before he finished his speech Mr. ! Lodge defended the President against the i charge of usurpation. He said there should be an end to such charges, especially in view of the President's declaration that he would not be a candidate for re-election. Mr. Teller followed Mr. Lodge, sper.klng against the Santo Domingo policy.of the administration. He reviewed at some length the conditions which led up to the present situation. DISTRICT IN CONGRESS BILL TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF COMMISSIONERS. bill to increase the number of Commis sioners in the District of Columbia was to day introduced in the Senate by Mr. Scott. The bill provides that hereafter the number of Commissioners shall be five, and that three of them shall have been residents of the District at the time of their appoint ment and also property owners. One is to be an officer of the Engineer Corps of the army, and not more than three of them shall be members of the same political party. The present terms of the Commissioners ;.re not to be aff'.-cted by this bill, and it i3 provided: "Such Commissioners shall do and per form the duties which may be now or hereafter prescribed by law, and exercise in all respects the same powers and juris diction now conferred upon the present board, except in all matters wherein the board may be divided, in which case the engineer commissioner and the civilian member of such board not appointed as a resident of the District of Columbia shall acting jointly, determine the sime, and such determination shall be controlling." Senator German today placed a bill In the Senate to pay $10 000 to Lot KMnnerv a.nd Martin C. F'annery. doing business as FJannery IVotherB. for losses alleged to have been sustained in money expended and work performed in the construction of the terraces of the Capitol. Senator Clark of Montana introduced a hill unlay providing for the erection o? a statue of L'Enfant on Handle Highlands. Senator Gorman today introduced a bill authorizing the Spa Springs and Gretta Railroad Company of Prince George coun ty, Md.. to extend its street railway into the District of Columbia. The road is au thorized to carry passengers, parcels, gar den truck, milk, etc. It is to begin at the Bladensburg road, or Baltimore and Wash ington turnpike, at the dividing line bu twen the District and Princ^e George coun ty. thence along Bladensburg road to loth and 11 streets, where it intersects with Maryland avenue and Bladensburg railroad. The road Is to use an overhead trolley. Senator Penrose today Introduced a bill fot the organization of the metropolitan police force, it provides for different classes of patrolmen and provides that there shall be no dismissal from the force except on written charges. Desk ser geants are to be made privates of the first class. Police surgeons are to be bona fide residents of the District of Co lumbia at least two years before their appointment. INTENDED TO BE A MODEL. Bill for the Regulation of Local Cor porations Introduced. Representative Babcock of Wisconsin, chairman of the House District committee, late yesterday afternoon introduced a bill drafted by Walter C. Clephane of this city which Is intended to provide a model- cor poration law for the District of Columbia. Since last winter, when there was consid erable discussion of the Incorporation prop osition with special reference to the Dis trict of Columbia, Mr. Clephane has been working on the measure and has completed what Is believed to be one of the best and strongest bills of its kind that could be drawn for the purpose intended. The measure has been referred to the House District committee and will be taken up at ah early date. LISTENING TO STEVENS. Chief Engineer Giving Senators In struction on Canal Matters. Chief Engineer John F. Stevens, who is In charge of the construction of the Pan ama canal, in his testimony before the Sen ate committee on the lnteroceanlc canals, is conducting what the members of the committee term a "course of Instruction" in lock canal building. Mr. Stevens was before the committee to day. Mr. S'.evens is one of the strongest advocates of the type of canal described in the minority report of the board of consult ing engineers. Ills report, which was gone Into very thoroughly by the committee yesterday, calls for a canal eighty-five feet above the sea level. It Is reached from the Colon Bide by a flight of three locks and from the Panama, side by two locks. A dam is to be built at Gatun, to form a lake about thirty miles long, extending to Mlrafiores. The dam is one of the principal engineering tasks called for. It will be about nlnety ftve feet high and a quarter of a mile long. From the attitude of the committee It Is clear that Mr. Stevens' views have made a profound Impression and will have great weight in any report the committee makes. Senator Morgan said of Mr. Stevens to day: "I consider him the ablest engineer I have examined since Menocal was before us." Mr. idenocal is the American en gineer who planned the canal on the Nica raguan rout'* which was considered favor ably by Congress. Half of Deficiency Bill Considered. When the session of the House yesterday afternoon ended about one-half of the ur gent deficiency bill had been considered. Mr. De Arinond of Missouri offered a number ol amendments, whloh had as their object the requiring of European competi tion In the purchase of canal supplies. Each amendment he supported In debate, and each went out by republican votes, on the statement of Mr. T&wney that this compe tition was secured now, and without the ex pense of maintaining purchasing agents and advertising In Europe. NAVAL MILITIA OUT Formal Disbanding Order Was Issued Today. STRATTON HAS RESIGNED All the Other Officers Are Honorably Discharged MAY NEVER BE REORGANIZED Statements of Lint Commander _Brummett~and Surgeon Co*?Were Not Given Hearing. The formal order disbanding the District of Columbia Naval Battalion was issued from headquarters of the District National Guard late this afternoon by Lieut. Col. L. M. Brett, adjutant general. Honorable ills charges are granted tit IJeut. Commander Randolph B. Brummett. Ll?ut. Sidney Bie ber, paymaster; Lieut. H. Clifford Cox, sur geon; Lieut. Wm. H. Lauts,'chief engineer: Lieut. Joseph A. Dempf. Lieut. (Junior grade) John Doyle Carmody and Ensigns Frank W. Sigourney. Clyde W. Kelly. Wal ter E. Burtt. William E. Bleo. Joseph S. Hill and Chas. S. Jones. Commander S. W. Stratton is not includ ed in the disbandment order, as his resig nation had been accepted, to take effect January 22, 1900. The informal disbandment of the Dis trict Naval Battalion by Oen. George H. Harries, as exclusively given in The Star yesterday, was the uppermost topic of conversation today in army, navy and national guard circles. It was said that in reorganizing the "District navy" Gen. Harries will endeavor to make it one of the best naval militia contingents in the United States. Lieut. Commander It R Brummett was seen today by a Star reporter and asked for a statement concerning the disband ment. "I will say" he replied, "that In this matter Gen. Harries has not given me a chance to vindicate myself from the alle gations made against me. My first intl j mation that any trouble was brewing came in a letter from the commanding officer. Gen. Harries, demanding my res ignation and charging me with disloy alty to Commander Stratton and non support. "1 emphatically deny that 1 have been disloyal or that 1 failed to give Com mander Stratton my support. For eight years 1 worker hard to build up and maintain the Naval Battalion, and it is not just or right that others should now step in and enjoy the benefits of my la bor. "1 was not given an opportunity to vindicate myself and refute the charge of disloyalty made against me. But I am now willing to let time work out my vindication. I have no criticism to make at this time. The matter Is now a dead issue with me." Means Its End. Pr. R Clifford Cox. surgeon <>f the Naval ' Battalion, whose resignation was al90 called for by Gen. Harries, said to a Star reporter this afternoon; "The disband,ment of the battalion was the best solution of the difficulty, in my opinion. I told Adjutant General Brett sev eral times that we would be willing to go out if the battalion was disbanded, nut we did refuse to send in ?ur resignations with the charges of disloyalty, etc., pending. This disbandment will be hard on Gen. j Harries, as It will deprive him of his prl ; vate yacht, the Oneida. "The District will now lose both the Puri I tan and the Oneida, as the Navy Depart - I ment will call them both in. The depart j ment will not stand for having two ships I out without any men to man and take care of them. "But will not the Naval Battalion be re organized at once?" queried the reporter. "Not at all," replied Surgeon '"ox. "The Naval Battalion of the District of Columbia Is now a thing of the past. "It will never be rejrganlzed. Everybody at that conference on tward the Puritan Monday night got cold feet. It sounded the death knell of the Naval Militia here. The disbandment will also probably prevent the sacrifice of the lives of a couple of hundred of the Hower of the youth of Washington, members of the battalion, through the Igno rance or carelessness of some one which might have precipitated a naval disaster. Such an accident was probably prevented by dissolving the battalion In time." STORED COTTON BURNS $250,000 FIRE AT COMPRESS PLANT IN NORFOLK. VA. NORFOLK, Va., January 24.?'The Inter national Compress Company's cotton com press on the Elizabeth river here, together with much stored cotton In the warehouses and sheds of Rogers, McCabe <% Co., wag burned early this morning, and an Inter vening wall of oyster shells was the only thing that saved from destruction the property of the Norfolk Warehouse Asso ciation's Ice plant and many more bales of cotton stored In adjoining warehouses. Jacob Addison, a white laborer at the burned compress, was asleep In the build ing at the time, and Is believed to have per ished. Henry Shumadine, engineer, who was also asleep In the compress, barely escaped with his life. The loss Is placed at 1250,000. The flre, which started between 8 and 4 o'clock. Is supposed to have originated from crossed electrlo lighting wires fn the burned cotton compress. The fire followed the wires along a frame shed 170 feet in length and stored cotton was soon In a blaze. The fire then spread immediately to the compress. The entire Norfolk city flre department was In service, with streams from many river tugs. The burned plant was situated on wharves surrounded on three sides by water, and this prevented to a large extent a general spread of the flre. INDICT BALTIMORE POLICEMAN. Charged With Theft of Goods?Well Known Here. Special Dispatch to The Stir. BALTIMORE, Md., January 24.?James J. Reynolds was today dismissed from the police foroe. and later indicted by the grand jury on the charge of larceny. He was re leased from custody on SI,000 ball for the action of the criminal court. Reynolds Is charged with having stolen cases of goods to the value of StfO from the warehouse of a firm located on the post he was assigned to patrol. ReynolJs, who came here from Oakland, Md., and who is known In Washington, has been on the police force for about five years, and had hitherto enjoyed a good reputation. His brother, John Reynolds, came here today from Oakland and ar ranged 4 to secure bail for him. Noted Educator Dead. CHICAGO, January 24.?Henry L. Bolt wood, principal of the Evancton Township High School, died suddenly of heart disease at the Evanston Club yesterday. Prof. Bolt wood had been a school teacher and educator for more than fifty years. He was born at Amherst, Mass., in 1881. He was widely known as the author of a new system of orthography. This book Intro duced spelling &s an exact science and under Iwhat has become known a* "the Bolt wood system.'" TO OPEN BALLOT BOXES BILL INTRODUCED AT ALBANY TO BECOUNT GOTHAM VOTE. ALBANY. N. T.. January 24.-A bill wa= Introduced in the senate today providing for a recount of ballots in New Yorlc city cast at the last election and empowerfflg the supreme court to open ballot boxes and make the recount. Senator Raines, one ot the republican leaders, presented the measure. ELECTIONS IN ENGLAND ROSEBERY'S SON ELECTED TO PARLIAMENT FROM SCOTLAND. LONDON. January 24.?Lord Dalmeny, the Earl of Rosebery's eldest son, lias been elected to parliament from Midlothian, Scotland, by over 3,000 majority in spite of the opposition of John E. Redmond, who, on account of Lord Rosebery's opposition to home rule, ordered the Irish not to sup port Lord Dalmeny. Among' the re-elected are R. \V. Perks, ? chairman of The Yerkes underground rail road. and Harry Marks, the latter winning a three-cornered fight in which one of the defeated candidates was F. G. M. Good heart. who married Miss McCormlck of Chi cago. Lord Lansdowne's son, the Earl of Kerry, lost Appleby by three votes, and the Earl of Aberdeen's son, I,ord Haddo, was defeated at Wokingham. Conspicuous New Members. Included among the conspicuous members of the new house of commons will be three brothers named Phillips, whose aggtegate height is 230 inches. Today's returns show that the liberals have gained ten more seats and that the laborltes have two additional seats to their credit. The totals now are: Liberals. 305; union ists, 137; Irish nationalists, 81; laborltes, 4U. ORMOND AUTO RACES FINE WEATHER AND HARD TRACK PROMISES WELL TODAY. ORMOND, Fla., January 24.-Clear, cool weather and a hard, dry surface on the beack track gave promise of excellent rac ing in today's automobile contests. In ad dition to the improvement in the weather and the condition of the course, several dis agreeable features which threatened to mar the early days of the tournament have been rectified. The difficulty between Hemery, the French driver, and the tournament of ficials concerning the weighing of his light weight car has been satisfactorily adjust ed, and it was announced today that Hem 'ery will start his machines in today's events. Alfred G. Vanderbilt's big 250-horsepower racer, which thus far has takeji no part in the contests, also was expected to start to day. Mr. Vanderbilt arrived here last night. The races Scheduled for today in clude five long-distance events, as follows: Five-mile open championship. Five-mile heavyweight championship for gasoline cars. F'ive-mlle middle-weight championship for gasoline cars. Five-mile championship for steamers. Fifteen-mile prize handicap for American touring cars fully equipped. If time permits, the one-mile middle weight championship for gasoline cars, which was postponed yesterday, also will be run off today. World's Record Lowered. The world's five-mile automobile record was lowered to 2.54 3-0 today by Lancia. Hemery later beat Lanola'g new five-mile world's record by 2(T3-5 seconds, going the distance in 2.34. unofficial time, in a 200 horsepower gasoline car. Made a Five-Mile Record. Marriott made a five-mile record in the official time of 2 minutes 47 seconds. He drove a steam car. Fletcher went five miles in 3 minutes 2 seconds. Immediately after Hemery's fast five miles It was announced that he had bee-i ruled out of the races, and would not be allowed to race agann in the present meet because he had refused to run over again a new start heat. The final in the five-mile middle-weight race was won by Cedrino, in 3.533-5. Holmes was second. i ? i L I I % I I I. i I ' r <r i ' USURPATION IS CHARGED. Mr. Culberson Follows Mr. Spooner in a Brief Speech. Mr. Spooner continued to occupy the at tention of the Senate yesterday afternoon after The Star's report of the proceedings was closed In explanation and defense of the course of the administration relative to the Moroccan conference at Algeciras. Spain, and In connection with Santo Do mingo. Mr. Culberson followed Mr. Spooner with a brief speecSi. in which he said that the President had taken complete Jurisdiction of th0 subject matter of the Dominican treaty, thus usurping the powers of the Senate. Mr. Lodge gave notice of a speech on the Dominican and Moroccan questions today. Mr. Spooner referred to the presence of the American warships at the Dominican porta and Bald If they had been withdrawn foreign ships could have taken possession Of the customs bouses of that country. Mr. Tillman asked what harm would have come to the Monroe doctrine If the foreign ships had seiied the ports, and Mr. Spooner replied that Santo Domingo was not now farther from American soil than was Cuba at the time that we interfered there, "and." he added, "the American people won't have In sight of our flag a 'half dozen warships to enforce the payment of unconscionable and dishonest debts." 61 WANT HELP TODAY The advertisements for help published in today's Star on page 18, part 2, Are as follows: : : t MALE. Agents Carriage Washed! Porter SaSesmi'ii , linker Draughtsman Floe* Scraper Watchmakers Solicitors Boo!c keeper Hu tiers Messengers Typewriters Stenographers FEMALK. Copyists Skirt Hands Housekeeper Governess Laandreis Cashiers r.lnen Kootu Girls Cooks Chambermaids Housemaids Houseworkera Stenographers Nurses Waitresses Typewriters Pattern Stampers The Star is the one paper in Washington read by everybody : : BIBCOCK TO SUE Alleged Libelous Article Pub lished by Cottier's Weekly. STORY OF LOCAL RAILROAD As Told by Mr. 0. T. Crosby of This City. THE REPRESENT ATIVE'S DENIAL Gives Purported History of the Leg islation Referred To?What Mr. Crosby Says. Representative Babcock of Wisconsin, chairman of the House committee on the "District of Columbia, has instructed his at torney to bring suit against Collier's Weekly, which recently published an ar ticle reflecting upon MY. Babcock's prob ity. The article in question, published un der the name of Henry Beach Needham. charged that Mr. Balx'ock had held up a local corporation fur a $5,001) contribution to the republican national committee, and intimated that certain legislation was in fluenced by this payment. Mr. Needham's Story. In his article Mr. Needham states that the alleged information he publishes was obtained from Oscar Terry Crosby, and then proceeds: "Mr. Crosby was associated with some Baltlmoreans who had secured from the Widener-Eiklns-Dolan syndicate, for ap proximately ISW.OUO, an option on the Eck Ington and Soldiers" Home railroad?a horse-car line operated from the business center of Washington to a suburban point in the. District of Columbia. Congress had ordered that, before a certain time, the road must be equipped with mechanical traction, but through some oversight the resolution did not grant the corporation authority to increase lis indebtedness or its stock issue. "About $1,000,000 wag required to elec trify the road. A bill giving the needed au thority was promptly reported to the Sen ate by the committee on the District of Columbia. Despite that unanimous >rt the bill was held up for many weeks in the Senate. Every time it came up Petti^rew of South Dakota rose and objected. Finally he reached the conclusion that absolutely nothing was to be gained by further ob struction. and he allowed the bill to pass, which it did without a negative vote. That ended the matter in the Senate. The bill in question received a unanimous vote In the committee on the District of Columbia of the House, but, strange to say. it was not reported by the chairman, Mr. Bab oock of Wisconsin. It was about five davs before the adjournment of Congresss, and the bill was still in the chairman's pocket. Mr. Crosby and his associates were des perate. They could not electrify the road w.thout an issue of bonds or stock; this re quired authority from Congress. On the other hand, if they failed to obey the man date of Congress as to change" ot motive power, their franchise would be forfeited, and their half-a-million-dollar propertv se riously Jeopardized. Mr. Crosby's Statements. ^ ^ ha\ e followed the insurance inves tigation?' Mr. Crosby asked. "You have noted the admission of the Mutual Life that It contributed -a large sum to the republi can congressional campaign fund? Tou have read Congressman Babcock's declara tion that the contribution was received, and that It ought to have been more? Weil that bold declaration leads me to tell of my experience will the gentleman from ?\\ Isconslti. While waiting anxiously for him to report the bill in question lie sent for me one day and said: 'Mr. Crosby, don't you think your com pany ought to contribute to the fund of the republican national congressional commit tee?" " 'Personally, I had not thought of such a tliing. [ replied. 'I am a democrat?or, at least, a free-trader?and 1 would not think of contributing. As for our company we are risking much in a broken-down 'prop erty. We hope to make money, but wa are not sure of it. And we are only asking Con gress to correct its own error. We have been much injured by delay In the Senate " "I said more along the same line. We argued, and lie made suggestions. Finally Babcock looked me straight in the eye, and these were his words, several times re peated: " 'Of course, this has nothing to do with J our hill, but 1 strongly advise vour com pany to contribute just what I have told you?$5,000.' "My protest was In vain. Five thousand dollars was named as a contribution. A half interest 4n our company had been re cently acquired by John E. Searles of the sugar trust. 1 told this fact to Babcock explaining that Searles was ill, and asked Babcock to look to him for haif of the con tribution. He agreed. Then mv associate0 and I supplied $2,500, the check going to ! the chairman of the republican national congressional committee." Mr. Crosby paused. Apparently he did not bemoan the loss of the money so much as he disliked the transaction. '"I don't pretend to know what became of that money. I do know that the bill was passed with lightning rapidity. There was no shadow of opposition to it.'" Mr. Babcock's Denial. Mr. Babcock denies the charge In the fol lowing statement: "I have never received one penny from either Mr. Crosby or his syndicate, either for m> self or for the republican congres sional committee. The published state ment, to any one at all familiar with legis lation, shows on its face Its falsity. "I have not had the time?as this mat ter was called to my attention only this ?fternoon?to look into this matter as care fully as I shall, but I have-had the legisla tive history of that bill looked into, and that history shows that the delay in the passage of the bill complained of was not In the House at all. "The whole statement is so monstrous that If there is any law under which the responsible parties can be prosecuted I shall have them prosecuted to the fullest extent. "The bill. H. R. 6148 ("55th Cong. 2d ses- ' slon), "to amend the charter of the Ecklng ton and Soldiers' Home Railway Com pany of the District of Columbia, Mary land and Washington Railway Company and the Beit Railway Company, and for other purposes," was Introduced In the House by Representative Curtis of Iowa, January 8, 18B8. and referred by the Speaker to the committee on the District of Columbia, of which I am the chairman. "I reported the bill to the House Febru ary 14, 18G8, and on the same day It was debated, amended and recommitted to the committee on the District of Columbia with instructions. "I again reported the bill to the House on March 11, and on March 14, two days later, it was debated, amended and passed. On March 15 It wa a referred to the Senate committee on the District of Columbia. It v as reported to the Senate with amend ments on April 1, and It was debated and amended in the Senate April 25, May 11, 12 and 16, and on June 8 passed the Sen ate. On that day the Senate insisted upon its amendments to the bill and requested a conference with the House. The Senate conferees were appointed June 8, and were Senators MoMlllin. Faulkner and Gorman. On June 10 the House voted the noncon cur in the Senate amendments and agreed to the conference asked for by the Senate. The Speeker appointed as conferees on June 10 Messrs. Babcock, Curtis and Richard son. "On June 18 a conference report was sub mitted to the House, debated and with drawn, and on June 21 the report was de bated and agreed to. "The conference report was made, de bated and agreed to in the Senate on June 20. The bill was enrolled and signed by the Speaker of the House on June 23 and -by the Vice President of the Senate on June 24, and approved by the President June 37. "Congress adjourned that year on July 8. 'That Is the official record of the bill Which Mr. CroSby says I carried In mi" pocket untli five day* before the- *s?!on adjourned.'' What Mr. Crosby Says. Mr. O. T. Cro.ihy was seen toy a Star re porter this afternoon at his home. l<jlT Rhode Island avenue, and *a? asked Whether the interview, as published under the name of Henry Beach Needham, was correct. "In view of ttie "Met that Mr Babcock has started a suit for libel against tin !?? rlodical. and as I nm not personally con* ci rned In the matter at thus tUn<\ not hav ing been communicated with either by the writer or the publication. I prefer not to comment upon the case.'* said Mr. Crosby. He would not, however, deny that the in terview was substantially correct as pub lished, although he was not willing to say it was correct. He said he had read the interview and also the newspaper statement that Mr. Babcock had instructed his attor ney to bring suit against the periodical for the publication of a libelous article. BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY. Friends Greet Dr. Power of Vermont Avenue Christian Church. Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Power, pastor or the Vermont Avenue Christian Church. and Mrs. Power gave a reception last evening at the church to their friends in honor ov Dr. Power's fifty-fifth birthday. The par lors of the church were beautifully decorat ed with palms and potted plants. Among those present were: Mrs. S.illic H. McDuffle, Miss Stella McDuffle, Col aii.t Mrs. Benjamin Alvord, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Fall. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn B. Hvsted. Dr. and Mrs. M. R. Genner, Mr. and Mrs. J. 8. Van Arsdale. Mr W. B. Lipscomb. Mr. Ktf win \V. Davis. Mr. West Tyler, Miss Susan Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Gongwer, Mr. C. L. Reynolds, Mrs. Weston. Mr. and Mrs. C. V Spencer, Miss Spencer. Mr. De Forest Gi. ? Mi's. Bates. Miss Bates. Major WingUeid, Mr. W. T. Edlngfield, Mr. William Jones. Mrs. M. P. Tyler. Mrs. J. F. Saum. Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Pickens. Mr. and Mrs. G. W Stowe. Mr. and Mrs. Milo Munson, Mrs. Jane Roose, Dr. C. A. Hays, Mrs. Thomas Norwood. Misses Wick. Miss Godfrey, Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Schneider. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Williams. Mrs. A. Johns. Mrs. Ralph Haynes, Mr. C. W. SheUon. Mr. Jess? Mil ler, Mr. Andrew Wilson. Mr. Simpson. Mr. and Mrs. Orvilie Brown. Mr. A. W. Piper, Mr. Wilbur Starrett, Mr. W. T. McDaniel. Mrs. Hudgins, Mrs. I.. Kandler. Mr. James W. Crutcher and Mr. and Mrs. James lv Sparks. Wills Filed for Probate. Wills as follows were filed today for probate: That of Elizabeth Wood, dated July IS, 1SK8. The testatrix bequeathed to Cap tain Serrell Wood a sum sufficient to pay ofT a trust on an estate in Osmington. Dorsetshire, England, with the "solemn request" that the property may never again be mortgaged. With the exception of certain bequests to relatives the re mainder of the estate is left to Virginia S. Chihn, daughter of the deceased. That of Samuel Smith, dated January 18, l'JOO. His widow. Rachel Smith, Is named beneficiary and executrix. That of Elizabeth Bailey, dated Decem ber 11, 1905. Her real estate Is left to her son. James A. Bailey: ?3<I0 Is bequeathed to her stepbrother, Nicholas Ross, and the remainder of- her personal estate in equal shares to Henrietta F. Brooke. Laura E. Morgan, Dora. I>. Kouclw?r and Jam^s A. Bailey. Laura E. Morgan is named ex ecutrix. TO INCORPORATE SOMERSET. Bill Introduced in Maryland Legisla ture?State's Dividend Share. Special Dispatch to The Star. STATE HOUSE, ANNAPOLIS. Md., Jan uary 24.?Delegate Carroll introduced a bill In the house of delegates to incorporate the town of Somerset, Montgomery county, one of the suburbs of Washington. The bill is a complete charter, modeled on that of other suburban towns on the Imrders of the District, and provides for a full munic ipal government. Attorney General Bryan today notified the general assembly that in his opinion the state ought not to press its claim lor divi dends on the Washington branch of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, of which it holds one-third of the stock. Mr. Bryan also says that the B. and O. cannot mort gage the Washington branch without the consent of the state of Maryland, or do anything to the detriment of the states interest in the road. BORE PATERSON POSTMARK. Revelations in Search for Alleged Black-Hand Plotters. PATERSON. N. J.. January 24.?The po lice of this city today conducted a search for accomplices in the plot to assassinate Gov. Pennypacker of Pennsylvania, Gov. Paulson of Ohio and other leading men. vh'eh w7as unearthed near Monongahela. Pa., yesterday. Information has bf en sent l>ere that letters which were found at Brird. Pa., yesterday, named, among other intended victims, both of these governors, find bore the Paterson. N. J., postmark. Some of these letters were apitnrently sent frcm an organization known as Lil>erta Sociologla, located at 4!> Madison avenue, this city. The house at this number on Madison ave nue is the only one In tlx- block. The only occupants whom the police found In it to day were two Italian silk weavers and their families. Both these men told the police that they had no knowledge of a societj called Idberta Sociologia or of the letters said to have been found at Baird. Pa. Belated Mail at Chicago Almost Swamped Employes. CHICAGO, January 24.?Post office em ployes were among the most roughly handled victims of the violent storm of Monday night. With the restoration of the schedule on most of the road? entering the city an enormous volume of l>elated mail poured into the federal building, and the facilities, which are taxed to the utmost to handle even the ordinary mail of the ctty. were completely overwhelmed by the influx of delayed matter. Clerks were worked overtime officials remained at their desks until a late hour last night and the en ergies of the department were strained to the .utmost to repair the havoc wrought by the delay of the mails. With all of this extra efTort It was Im possible to move the huge bulk of mail which came in with the delayed trains, and it will be three or four days before the post office is again running on a normal basis. CHARGE OF INFANTICIDE. Woman Accused of Causing Death of Her Child. Mary Graves, colored, Indicted on the dharge of infanticide, was placed on trial this afternoon in Criminal Court No. 1. The indictment charged the defendant with mur dering a new-born female child, of which she was the mother, at her home in this city last August. Attorneys J. McDowell Carrington and Samuel D. Trultt appeared for the prisoner, and Assistant United States Attorney Charles N. Turner conducted the prosecution. , ? The following were empaneled as a jury. Messrs. Adelbert R. Gordon, J. Edmund Whitson. James D. RolUns. Thomas t. Clements, Francis J. S'elble, Charles Hur ley. James Crupper, Allen H. Lithgow. James E. Gessford, Carl Mueller, James R. Oakley and Joseph E. Folk. The hearing of evidence was begun at a late hour after hrief explanatory addresses to the iurv had been made by counsel. The trial will probably ba concluded tomorrow afternoon. - Departure of Troops Postponed. DENVER, January 24.?Orders were re ceived yesterday at Fort Logan from the War Department at Washington to post pone Indefinitely the departure of the 2d Infantry for the Philippines. The regiment was under orders to start for San Francisco today The postponement was necessitated by the breaking out of measles and mumps among the soldiers, and they will be quar antined at Fort I?gan. Ocean Steamship Movements. jfETW YORK. January 24 ?Arrived: Zee land. from Dover; Moltke. from Hamburg; Rotterdam, from Rotterdam; Bulgaria, from Hamburg. FRANCE MUCH ANNOYED Over Printed Stories of Alleged Hesitation IN THE VENEZUELAN AFFAIR Will Select Her Own Time and Means for Action. NO ORDER GIVEN TO BLOCKADE It Would in No Way Affect Vene zuela Because of Geographical Situation?Castro's Posiion. PARIS. January MiniMerlal rlr.-l. < here are much annoyed over the published reports relative to France's alleged hesh , tion and nervousnwa regarding the Vene zuelan question. A highly placed official of the foreign office today protested energeti ? ally against the statements made on tho subject, sayiaeic: "France has always been and still '? de termined to obtain the fullest satisfaction for past and present affronts from Vene zuela. She, however, will select her own time for action and will not stir up the wasps nest to which Castro has shown th way until her general policy leave* he.- fr. .? to do so. France will not act at ?n\ * bidding. She Will choose her own hour a.,, moment, and then act aH beseems her. with absolute resolve to have her right", re j spected." To a question whether a blockade ha.I been ordered a direct negative was given to1^'" U-rhVrn<'I",|HM continu. , trance President Castro would do ?- .! most to conciliate the United Slates ? entertains a lively fear of 1 wr , " thus leaving France alone. * . A blorkutl'* of the coast. It Is a.lded v> i , In no way uff.-ct Venezuela nine she Port'TT "n<1 < ?"V e ? port trade by way of Col.,mblu Vi t ? f?".1 "<*kad* *""1J Sv'"o.stmV. . 1 payment of Venczwe.., , >M.gatlons to the other powers w hiet ? \?* custom's "Thus I ..f?? powers. H "eUca,e '"Hit,on '"w''"'J . Gen Matos. the forme, adversaiA . President Castro. In an interview published here today expressed the ..pinion that a rlous complications u?i,ld not ensue from the present difficulties between France a"" Veneauela. Me said he considered that rrLtx c,a,str? ,hit,K ?f"?i work fr.i the pacification of Venezuela and held 111 complete confidence of the people wtiie would be strengthened If the country persuaded that there was no possibility a conflict with Franco. Matos believes that will, the asslslan.-. of the lulled States war will be avoided In case of hostilities, the general asserTf Venezuela could mobilize loooou m,.n i, ? he w is certain that an arr iugeniet*. ? near at hand. ? Has No Blockade Plans. Special CaMegniin tu The Star PARIS, January ?It was said ofh- < ly at the foreign office today that Fianc. would choose her own hour for settling metiers with President Castro of Venez utla, who will lose nothing by having t ? w^fit. It was said also that it was not trie that any French warships had sailed f.. the purpose of blockading Wnezuelan ports J France had other methods of putitshlin; Castro than accepting his invitation to wa i. irto a wasp's nest. FOL FRANCO VENEZUELA MATTKIV French Assurances Satisfactory. It is admitted In high official cirel i that the I nited States having received satis factory assurances that Fiance will fullv respect the Monroe doctrine in vplrit a* well as in letter in enforcing reparation from Venezuela, this government will ot. ' for no objection or opposition to the pro posed French naval demonstration in Ven ezuelan waters. Although not definitely it, formed a.- to the precise purpose of the ) "demonstration." it Is generally assume 1 that it means a blockade of Venezuelan ports. The report from Paris that the United States will not oppose "a naval demonstration" is confirmed in local otti clal circles, but it is explained that it doe i not follow that the I'nlted States either [ favors or is encouraging France in mak ing war, with its consequent horrors and hardships, on the citizens of Venezuela. It will be made cleai in case the present crisis results in open hostilities, that unless the Monroe doctrine is violated the rnlte.l States will <,-bserve Its traditional policy of non-interference and strict neutrality Furthermore', it is stated there is no au thority for the published statements that the United States has taken side* with France hi its quarrel with Venezuela, th fact 'being that this government has scrupu lously avoided any action calculated to give the least cause of offense to either of thos governments. Its action throughout, it Is explained, has been consistently non-partisan and friendly to both countries, and that instead of In citing them to hostilities it has used its best endeavors to bring about a satisfac tory settlement by peaceful method* with out sacrifice to the honor or dignity of either nation. That It has failed Is a mat ter of sincere regret, but even now It will not undertake to pass upon the merit* of the controversy. Will Not Interfere. Unless Jointly invited to arbitrate the differences, it can be positively stated that the United States will not interfere in ti><; premises unless the Monroe doctrine la vi > lstcd, except as an extreme resort In th ? lrterests of humanity to prevent unneces sary bloodshed. In view of the apparent determination o' France to blockade Venezuelan ports, It is assumed that Great Britain, Germany ant Italy have adopted the policy of the I'nlted States and will keep hands off ?o long a." their ddrect Interests are not affected It Is not explained, however, how the com merce of Venezuela can be blockaded with out affecting the Interests of the Eurojtean countries named, as they each receive a percentage of the revenues collected i" liquidation of accepted claims. The French Warships. It is reported that French warships are now on their way to L>a Guiara to punisii Castro. and will reach there todiy or tomor row. It Is not regarded as likely that any radical action will be taken by these ships without first giving due notice to Venezuela and the other countries Interested. So far as known France has made no demands on Castro since the severance of diplomatic relations, either for an apology for th" Tiugnv incident or for indemnification for the seizure of tiie French cai/le. Before proceeding to extremes, it is argued. !t would l>e only regular for France to firs:, submit its ultimatum. Preliminary Notice Expected. Although It is not likely that Castro would apologize or pay an indemnity. It Is regarded as only fair that he shoull be given an opportunity to do so before being attacked. It is the Invariable practice In International Intercourse to give ample no tice of the establishment of a blockade, so A blockade Is usually Instituted to enforce that Innocent parties may not be injured, a demand for financial Indemnity. It will be necessary therefore to know how much money France requires from Venezuela to heal Its wounded honor. In crder to base a fair prediction as to the probable duration of the proposed blockade It Is the gene*-*! expectation that If France actually decides to use force against Venezuela and injurs or destroy her com merce ample notice will be given <o all the other countries Interested. Such notice would probably take ths form of s declara tion of war against Venezuela, but it might be done also by diplomatic notes to the rulers of th* various countries.