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faf. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 1906-TWENTY PAGES. No. 16,560. TWO CENTS. THE EVENING STAR "WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION. Bnsiaeii Offles 11th Stmt icl Ptsmylrmiiii Av?aa?. The Evening Star Newspaper Company. 8 H KAUrrVAMN, Pmldeat. New Tori Offlet: Tribona Building. Chicago Offlw: Tribune Bnildinf. The TCfening Star, with the Sandfly morning edi tion. 1a delivered by csrrt?TP. on their own account, within th<? city at .V) cent* per month; without the Sunday morning edition at 44 cents per month. Fv n.nfl. po*tBF* prepaid: Dally, Snnday included, one month, 60 cent?? T>t1ly, Snndav except <*d, one month, 50 centt. Saturday Star, ore year, $1.00. Sunday Star, one year. 91.50. EDITOR MOD ISJOT GUILTY Verdict of the Jury in the Town Topics Case. WAS RELEASED FROM LIBEL Jerome's Scathing Arraignment of Witnesses. EXPRESSED GREAT CONTEMPT Rottenness of Personal Journalism Shown?Judge Deuel's Position De fined?Blackmail Discussed. The jury in the Town Topics case in New York city returned a verdict that Editor Norman Hap good is not guilty of criminal libel. The jury was out about ten min utes. Hapgood was charged with crim inal libel of Justice Deuel. The complaint in the case was based on an editorial in Collier's in August last bearing on Justice Deuel's con nection with Town Topics. NKW YORK. January 2ii.?"I will not at tempt to disguise from you the utter loath ing <1.1(1 contempt 1 feel for some of the ?witness. - whom 1 myself have introduced," declared District Attorney Jerome to the jur> today In his argument for the prose eutlon in the action for criminal Hbel brought against Norman Hapgood. editor of Collier's Weekly, on complaint of Justice Joseph M. Deuel of the court of special sessions. "For more than two weeeks now we have been wandering through Vanity Fair," said Mr. Jerome, "witnessing exhibitions of human weakness and folly and, in some in stances, of human degradation." Continuing, Mr. Jerome said: "It may be that I ought not to be here prosecuting one of the best friends I've got for a crime which In my private judgment I believe he ought to have done, and which I might have done in his place with more heat and more vim thin he displayed. The law not to restrict the liberty of the preas has pror vlded that If the published article be true and published with justifiable ends. It is a defense. On the ground of excuse the prosecution concedes that this publication was honestly made in a belief that it was true If you find that the article was true you have got to acquit. Character of Paper. "Now let us see the character of this paper (referring to Town Topics). Mr. Shepard has told you that Col. Mann has fttated that it was the natural evolution of personal Journalism. If this is true. It ought to be applicable to more than one daily paper in New York whose trond is that way. There Is scarcely a morning pap. r that does not print vile scandals and obscene matter. 1 don't see what interest it conserves to publish such stuff. I don't see what Interest articles relating to the aSlui i ml I?f th'S ?r <hal persou have for >'ou Does It serve any useful purpose? Is It other than filth? It Is put there for no other purpose than that of paying divi dends to the stockholders. The average newspaper Is run from the counting room ?tandpoint Many of the advertisements ur, but a corruption fund to induce quiet aibo it this, that or the other. This Is not a pleasant statement to make, but If you .'Lsk the average newspaper man whv a t et tain paper let up on a certain proposi tion his reply Will be: Why didn't you see that nd of so and so?" "These p.tjw-i s haven't yet reached the yondition that tills vile sheet has reached. J am not here to Justify Town Topics.'' Justification of Editorial. -I ..-titi<-ation of the editorial denouncing Justi. . Deuel." Mr. Jerome said, "means that Deuel was part owner of the paper, Icaaor and reviaor of proof, and that the J-iper which he edited in part extorts money and prints scandal, it is alleged that he threatened to make public the fam ily skeletons et society people unless given money." The district attorney asserted that Judge I>euel did not violate the statute which forbade him to practice law in a court, but, said he, "in my opinion he violated the statute In carrying on business. It oannot be said that In carrying on business he neglected his Judicial duties. As a justice I will say for him that he conducted his Judii lal duties honestly, fulrly and well Mr Shepard has admitted that a great Jurist did violate the statute, but Deuel wis not drawing a salary of $17,500 a year. One rules a banking house from the supremo court bench as others have from the bench ? .rowing gray and with his back to the wall' I>cu.) violates the city charter in an en deavor to provide for himself in his old age. Imitated Another Judge. lb lines what a great Judge who took a position with a trust company d'.d before him. Don t say that he is a vampire or blackmailer because he violates the city charter. There is not a scintilla of evi dence to Show tlyit Justice Deuel knew about the borrowing of thousands of dol lars by Col. Mann. 1 here :s not a scintilla of evidence to show that t. Clarence Jones was black mailed. He made a loin on collateral. If you gentlemen happen to know Thomas F. ltyan 1 don't behove that you would think that much progress could be made with him along the lines of blackmail. He has been abused and vilified in the papers for years and lie Is not very sensitive. He has dealt with commercial guerrillas and would not be shaken down by Col. Mann. "This old man had been a power In rall r.i id affairs and had been driven to the wall. His money had been taken from him and lie was forced to make his living In this way. It is reasonable to suppose that theso great financiers had a soft spot in their hearts for a man driven to the wall, and that it wasn't very hard for them to give him an accommodation." "O H. 1". Belmont did not say on the wlt i I ss stand that he was blackmailed. He was pounded before and after he refused to loan to Mann. aid ye! he gave to Col. Mann, th*.' man who pounded him, an inter view. Ferry Belmont's Case. "Now take Perry Helmonl. This rising son got stuck on the horizon. You would think that Mr. Osborne thought Ferry was shaken down. Was he? lie got sliares of Carbon steel. "James R. lvecne is a rough-and-tumble fighter in the field of finance, and yet we are told that tTB.uuO was taken from him by Col. Mann over night. I felt that Col. Mann ought to be arrested as soon as he left the stand. Think of Keene being plun dered over night. What really happened. Col. Mann tells you, Is that he gave securi ties on properties for this loan. "Irving approached Burden, but he didn't blackmail. Wooster, Wayne and Irving went beyond their authority. Wooster took blood money. They all said that Mann and Deuel warned them not to use the influence of Town Topics with reference to Fad3 and : Fancies. J. Pierpont Morgan's Eyes. "If there's a man on God's footstool who carries a fiercer eye than J. Pierpont Mor gan I don't know hfm. Col. Mann may be a brave man and a warrior who would face the cannon's mouth, but facing a cannon's mouth would be nothifig to that fierce gray eye of Mr. Morgan. Think of Col. Mann blackmailing J. Pierpont Morgan, and if he was blackmailed, why was not he called at this trial? Why blackmail anybody when there are so many easy marks? "Until Harry L,ehr appeared," said the district attorney, "I.hadn't supposed there was a man /in the country so modest as not to go into that monumental production, Fads and Fancies." Here E. M. Shepard. counsel for the de fi nse, suggested that he take up the Baker case. Baker's Patriotic Pride. Mr. Jerome said: "The Spanish war comes, and Baker, owner of a big steam ship line, tilled with patriotic pride, rushes .down to Palm Beach to tender his vessels to Gen. Alger, a member of a lumber com pany and hero of another war, the civil war. Because of his patriotism Mr. Baker sacrifices his line of steamships for the pro tection of the country and $4,000,OCX). "The defendant in this case is an old-time friend of mine. Only rhe best motives could have actuated him in writing these articles, from Information obtained in talk with mo. In a measure I was the expurgated author. I talked to him honestly and told him what I thought of Town Topics. But lie did not violate my confidence. His actions through out this whole proceeding have indicated a finesse of professional honor. He did not even reveal to ills counsel the talks that lie had with me until I suggested it to them. If people had the courage to come into court this scandalous paper would have been wiped off the earth long ago. "I think, in your deliberations, the ques tion you will turn on is of Justification, and Whether Hapgood wrote the article with good intentions. The gist of that will be. Was there reasonable ground for arraigning a judge as a blackmailer?" Justice FJ*zgerald then charged the jury. CLOSE CALL FOR EIGHT. \ Fumes From Poison Used by Suicide Caused Illness. NEW YORK. January 20.?Eight persons were made seriously ill today by the fumes of an unknown poison which Joseph Ascher took to end his life in an east side tene ment. Archer left the stopper out of a bottle from which he drank the poison, and the fumes of it, which smelled like ammonia, almost caused the deaths of all the others in the apartments. Ascher's roommate, Tobuas Napath, was unconscious and mem bers of the family from whom they rented tiie room were weak and dizzy when they were awakened by the mewing of a cat In tin..: to save their lives. Aacher oied soon ufter his condition was discoveicu and Napath was revived after an hour's work at the hospital. The dead man was a Russian and his suicide is at tributed to worry over his mother, who is in Russia, and who recently wrote to him that she was in great peril on account of the riots there and asked him to send her money, which he was unable to do. ARRESTED IN CHICAGO. Man Claims to Be Son of Former At- ! torney General Garland. CHICAGO, January 26.?"Just a plain, hard-luck story, with no excuses to offer," was the way William Garland, twenty-four years old, summed up his own story after he had been arrested at State and Wash ington streets last night. Garland told the police that he was the son of Augustus H. Garland, former United States Attorney General. His actions had aroused the suspicions of two detectives, and when searched tlw?y found a piece of stone wrapped in a stocking concealed un der his coat. He had been lingering near a ! large jewelry store for several hours. When taken to the police station he made the fol lowing: confession: "I simply was down and out and I had hunted for work without success. Then 1 read in the papers of the easy way in which holdlng-up men had smashed Jewelry store windows and got away with the goods, and decided that I would turn robber." When the police went to Garland's rooms to search them they found several unfin ished stories which evidently lie was pre paring for a magazine. A college diploma also was found in the room. NEGROES FOR HONDURAS. Arrangements for Colony of Worker6 by Booker Washington. Special Dispatch to The Star. NEW ORLEANS. L,a., January 2t>.?The Co-operative Tropical Fruit Company, which owns and operates extensive plants In Honduras, has just completed arrange ments with Booker T. Washington, by j which the company agrees to transport to [ their plantations in Honduras 5,000 south ern negroes. This statement was made last night by William H. Coe, a leading New York capitalist and president of the fi"Uit company. "The southern negro iias been raised to plantation work." said Mr. Coe. "We may have some little trouble in drilling the men into the special character of work expected of them, but once they are set to work I think they will soon accustom themselves to surroundings." This is the fiist practical effort made in favor of the negro from a purely business standpoint. It is quite likely this large colony of American negroes will have a great Influence on the future of Honduras. THE PACKERS' CASE. Another Attempt by Counsel for an Agreement. CHICAGO. January 20-?Another attempt is to be made by counsel for the indicted packers and the government to agree upon a statement of facts concerning the actions of Commissioner of Corporations Garfield when he came west to investigate the beef industry. The attorneys reported last night that they were unable to agree and that tiie trial would proceed this morning. When the hour for opening court arrived, however, the trial was not commenced, and after waiting for some time and holding conferences with the attorneys, Judge Humphrey announced from the bench that the lawyers would make additional efforts to reach an agreement as to the facts and that the hearing would be adjourned until 10 o'clock Monday morning. The government attorneys are willing to agree to a statement of facts which will not prejudlco the case for them, because It Is evident that If the case is argurd on tho points of law only, all the time necessary for the Introduction of evidence will he saved. District Attorney Morrison will agree to nothing, however, except that If the government is victorious under the pleas of immunity made by the packers the latter must then stand trial under the In dictments. If the packers win on the law jiolnts Involving the plea of immunity they go free pending an appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States by the govern Survivors of the lll-Fated Steamer Valencia. NOTHING LEFT OF HULL Story of the Disaster From a Survivor of the Wreck. A THRILLING FIGHT FOR LIFE Exciting Experiences of Those Res cued From a Life Baft?Men Made Crazy?Pitiful Scenes. The steamship Topeka, which arrived at Port Townsend, Washington state, this morning brought no survivors of the Va lencia save those already reported. The W> tal saved, according to the figures of the officials of the Pacific Coast Company, is ; forty, Including three men found on Tur ret Island and one man believed to be alive on the Island, but who, It is expected, has been located by Indians. This also in cludes three reported on the beach near Klanewak. The tug Pioneer, returning from the wreck last night, reported noth ing left of the hull of the Valencia. VICTORIA, B. C., January 26.?Word was received last night at Bamfield from ("apt. Ferris, who left with' a party from the steamer Salvor yesterday morning to bring the nine survivors of the Valencia who were at Darling river, about fifteen miles from Bamfield. The party was twelve hours on the trail and from accounts received by Capt. Ferris the survivors are suffering great privations. Some are without boots and will have to walk in bare feet. Others are insufficiently clothed. Capt. Ferris will leave at daybreak today for Bamfield with the entire party, but does not expect to get in until Saturday morning. The- Salvor will wait. The trails are reported In a very bad condition, being in places almost im passable. The tug I,orne, which returned at mid night from the wreck of the Valencia, brought John Segalos of Sail Francisco, a fireman of the Valencia, rescued by the City ofTopeka from the raft and placed on board the I>orne. He is a Greek. In an interview he told of a futile attempt made by him to swim ushore, carrying a line through the breakers, to attach the line between the wreck and shore, and of how he and seven teen other survivors had spent from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. of Wednesday on a fragile raft, buffeted by gale and swamped by the run ning seas, until picked ujx by the Topeka. John Segalos, speaking to an Associated Press correspondent on board the tug Ivorne after being transferred, said: Story of the Disaster. "It was my turn on watch in the fire room when at 11:50 Monday night the Valencia, going very slowly, suddenly struck the rocks | and shook from end to end. Orders came to ' the engine room to reverse. The boat backed ' from the rocks, and shortly afterward the water came rushing in at the rate of about a foot a minute, and we all knew the steam er was doomed. "The officers and crew passed out life belts to everybody and orders were given to man the boats. It was terrible, the dark ness. the rain, the crashing of the wreck and the roar of the boiling surf. Panic seized many and there was a blind rush in the blackness to get to the boats. At about l-:!50 I saw a boat loaded with twenty-five people crash from the davits and every one fell into the sea. Among them was the first assistant engineer, now rescued and on board the steamer City of Topeka. going to Seattle. I helped to load three more boats, but they were swamped. About this time the Valencia drifted broadside to the rocks. "Tuesday morning about S> o'clock three unsuccessful attempts were made to shoot lines to shore, but nothing could be done. That afternoon I volunteered to swim to land. A rope was fastened to me and I plunged into the surf. $1,000 Offered for Life. "Before I left the wreck, a passenger, a woman I did not know, came to me and oftered to give me $1,000 if I would get a line ashore. I told her I could not accept her money, as it was my duty to try to save lives. "It was no use. I was simply dashed back by waves, so I cut the line and a life , buoy was thrown to me, and I was pulled on board stunned. "As the vessel settled passengers and j crew sought the masts and rigging. Many were swept otf the decks. Others jumped into the sea, seeking to swim ashore. "On Wednesday Capt. Johnson told us the only chance for safety lay In the rafts. He urged the women to get into them. There were about a dozen women alive then, some , in the rigging ajid some on the deck house. They refused to take to the rafts. I Jumped from the mast where I had climbed and was helped upon one of the rafts. The sea was running heavy and there was a fog in which we lost sight of the other raft that left at the same time. It was about six hours afterward that we were picked up by the Topeka and received 1 every care and attention on that vessel." Segalos was transferred to the Lorne, so ! that he might be of service in guiding that vessel to the location of the wrcck. Crazed and Jumped Into the Sea. VICTORIA, B. C., January 26.?Advices to the Express from Uclulet today say that the ten men who left the Valencia Wednes day afternoon on the second life raft, which was picked up by the steamer City of To peka, drifted Into Barley sound. On ar riving at a small island off Village Island, Wilson, third engineer, jumped overboard, and in attempting to swim ashore was drowned. The remaining nine landed on Turret Island Wednesday. Before morning five went crazy and jumped Into the water. One man, the strongest, started out for help, and had not returned When the remaining three men were taken on board the launch Sharock of Victoria after being found by Indians. While the men were drifting on the life raft they saw the City of Topeka for a considerable time, but were unable to at tract It, although they tried frantically to do so. They saw Cape Beale light that night, and tried to make for It, using the oars. The cook, F. Hancock of San Fran cisco, was in command of the raft. He has a wife In San Francisco. The names of those on the raft who were drowned are: Wilson, third engineer: Wil son, a passenger; Wallace, steerage waiter, and a man-of-warsman on leave in the U. S. S. Concord, name unknown. The man In the bush on the island Is Frank, a welter. Hancock thinks Frank will be found by the Indians, who are looking for him. The three men brought to Toquart are exhaust ed. They are being cared for at the Toquart fishing station. $75,000 Fire at Schnectady. | SCHENECTADY, N. Y.. January 26.?The grain mill and elevator of Close Brothers I was burned today, entailing a loss of about I 175,000. \ X DECIDED -ON A COURSE REPORTED DECISION BY FRANCE IN VENEZUELA CASE. PARIS. January 26? President Loubet presided today at a council of ministers at the Elysee palace, in the course of which it is said on good authority a decision was reached relative to France's eventual action toward Venezuela after Premier Rouvler had given the ministers a complete expla nation of the situation. The measures to be taken have not yet been made known, but It Is understood that the United States has been advised of France's course of ac tion, which is entirely approved at Wash ington. The steps to be taken against .Venezuela, however, will rtot be made known until France decides the moment to be oppor tunue. Decided Upon Course of Action. Special Cablegram to Tbe Star. PARIS, January 26.?It is learned that France has decided upon a course of action with regard to Venezuela to which the ap proval of the United .States has been re ceived. Absolute secrecy is maintained as to the details. MOROCCAN CONFERENCE GERMAN AND FRENCH SPECIAL ISTS IN PRIVATE DISCUSSION. ALGBCIRAS. Spain, June 26.?Count Von Tattenbacli and M. Regnault, respectively the German and French specialists on Mo rocco, today began the first of a series of detailed private discussions with this object of reaching an agreement outside the Mo roccan conference. M. Revoil, head of the French mission, and Herr Von Radowits, head of the German mission, at their meet ing yesterday, while most pleasant toward each other, avoided touching upon anything except the general ground. Von Radowitz remarking at one point: ?'Well, you know, we could not let you have the policing of Morocco." "I am sure that we shall not ask for it," replied M. Revoil. To Talk Over Disputed Points. That was as near as the two diplomats got to the main question, but they arranged for M. Regnault and Count Von Tatten bach to talk out the disputed points thor oughly. Their subject today was a Moroc can state bank, a question which probably will be one of the next to come before the conference after the problem of the taxes is disposed of. The conference now has four sorts of activity?the Regnault-Tattenbach discus sions, upon which most of the attention is fixed; the subcommittee dealing with finan cial reforms; the committee of the whole, from which the secretaries are excluded, and, flnaJly, the conference Itself. The en voys are tiring of this quiet, coast town, and already want to get away, but It looks as though a mojith more will be required to finish the work in hand. Protection of Jews in Morocco. Special Cablegram to The Star. PARIS, January 26.?The United States government, according to a dispatch from Algeciras to the Eclair, has indicated a de sire that the Moroccan oomference now in session guarantee the protection of the Jews in Morocco. It is generally feared, however, the dispatch says, that if such a guarantee were accorded it would be at the risk of exciting an outbreak o* Mussulman ! fanaticism. DISTRICT IN CONGRESS DISCUSSING PROCEDURE IN THlf EXTENSION OF STREETS. Corporation Counsel E. H. Thomas and Attorney A. Leftwich Sinclair appeared this morning before a special subcommittee of the House District committee, composed of Representatives Olcott of New York, Tay lor of Ohio and Kline of Pennsylvania, ap pointed to draft a Will for a new system of procedure on street extension cases. The subcommittee will meet again next Tues day and soon thereafter will report a bill to the full committee. The measure intro duced the other day by Representative Mor rell of Pennsylvania will probably not be considered by the committee, as in the opin ion of Mr. Sinclair its provisions would not stand the test of the courts. An appropriation of $3,000 for lighting the Potomac Park speedway by twenty-seven arc lamps, 150 feet apart, between 14th and 17t'h streets, is covered by a bill introduced in the House by Representative Bankhead of Alabama. The Secretary of the Interior forwarded to Congress today a request for an appro priation of $00,000 for the construction of an assembly hall at St. Elizabeth's. The hall is much needed for entertainments and religious gatherings. The District Commissioners forwarded to Congress today a supplemental estimate of $1,500 for postage for the District militia for the ensuing fiscal year, the item having been inadvertently omitted from the regu lar estimates. TO REPORT STATEHOOD BILL. Prompt Action by Senate Committee on Territories. The Senate committee on territories lias agreed to report favorably the statehood bill as passed by the House. Some minor amendments have been made to the bill. A STORM COMING. Disagreeable Weather May Be Looked for After Tonight. A South Carolina storm Is moving on to Washington along the South Atlantic sea coast. and Prof. Garriott Informed a Star reporter late this afternoon that this city will experience generally disagreeable weather during the ensuing twenty-four or possibly thirty-six hours. The Introduction of the etorm may b? a fall of snow, which will be followed. It Is believed, bj?i dreary midwinter rain, which is expectedUo reach Washington tonight. The official tempera ture here was 34 degrees late this after noon. and It la not expected to change much. If House Passes Rate BM by Unanimous Vote LOWER BODY WILL STAND Solidly Against Senate When Measure Goes to Conference. AN INTERESTING SITUATION Announcement of Proposed Policy Will Cause Wide and Free Dis cussion Among Senators. The highly significant suggestion was made today by <?ne of the House leaders that if the railway rate bill is passed by unani mous vote in the House as expected, the democrats and republicans of the lower body will stand solidly against the Sen ate when the bill goes to conference and insist upon the House bill being adopted as the law. It is well known, of course, that the House bill goes farther in railway rate regulation than the Senate now expects to go, and that the railway interests are depending upon the Senate to modify the bill. All legislation is usually the result of compromise, and the railroads look for ward to having the bill shaped when it gets into conference. Point by House Leaders. The point that is now being made by the House leaders is that the unanimous expression of the popular branch of Con gress, voicing the direct sentiment of the people and made more emphatic by agree ment between the two great parties, would give the House conferees the right to In sist upon the agreement of the sentiment to the House bill. Insistence by the House conferees upon this attitude will certainly provoke an in teresting situation. The Senate is ^CI*^ prone to holding out for its own way. It regards the House as largely the forma tive agency in legislation, its duties being to chop the timber iind rough hew it; the Senate later to shape it into effective and enduring form. It will be a new sensation for the Senate to find the House daring to suggesi that their action is the perfection of wisdom. ,, Of course this suggestion of the House leaders does not carry the idea that the bill -cannot be amended in any form, but relates to the substance of the bill. With all the verbiage of the bill and its technical language, there are only a few essential principles upon which the ultra conservative senators and the House will differ, and It Is these essentials that the House leaders propose to insist upon re taining in the bill. An Intresting Situation. It is a very interesting situation, and the announcement of the proposed policy will probably cause wide and free discussion among senators. One thing the leaders will have in mind, however, will be that the situation snail not cause a deadlock between the two houses and the possible failure of legislation. Some of the older statesmen in the House are inclined to doubt the feasibility of se curing a unanimous vote on the bill in the House. Discipline has been restored in the republican ranks, but revolt is still ram pant In the democracy. It will be surpris lng to these pessimists if the two factions of democrats in the House agree te follow their leader and unite to make a smashing unanimous vote. TO BE BURIED AT ARLINGTON. Tentative Arrangements for the Fu neral Monday. Gen. Joseph Wlieeier, whose death oc curred In New York yesterday, will be buried in the National cemetery at Arling ton with the fuil military honors due an officer of his rank?brigadier general of the United States army. A plot has been selected on the right of the slope on the north front of the historic Arlington house, where his body will finally be placed at rest. The tentative program provides that the funeral services be held at St. John's Church in this city Monday afternoon, the services to be conducted by the rector of that church. Rev. Cotton Smith. Chaplain Charles C. Pierce, I*. S. A stationed at Port Myer, will assist In the services at the grave. The escort to be provided will consist of troops from all branches of the services Officials at the War Department are now engaged In making the arrangements for the funeral. Alabama Wanted Burial. NASHVILLE, Tenn., January 215.?A d!s patch from Wheeler's station, Ala., Gen Joe Wheeler's home town, says the place is In mourning, and that there is universal sorrow throughout the district which the general so long represented in Congress There is general d'isa.pT>ointment that the old soldier will not ibe buried beside his wife and son at Wheeler's station. NEW YORK, January Ufi.?Funeral serv ices for Brig. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, who died yesterday at his sister's residence Brooklyn, will be Held in New York Sun day at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church. Rev Dr. Ernest M. Stires, rector of this church will officiate. The body will then be take to Washington for burial Monday. ADMIRAL BRADFORD RETURNS It May Be Necessary to Put the Olym pia Out of Commission. Rear Admiral Bradford, on his flagship Olympla, arrived in Hampton roads last night from the West Indies. He was ac companied by the Des Moines of his com mand, leaving the Denver cruising in the Windward passage, and the Cleveland her way north from Guantnnamo.' All these ships of the Caribbean squadron are much in need of cleaning and repairs after their extended tropical service, and esti mates will be made at once by naval boards of the cost of that work. The flagship especially, is in bad shape, and it may necessary to put her out of commission and lay her up at the Norfolk navy yard fo some time. Meanwhile Admiral Bradford will be given another flagship, for he re tains command of the Equadron for the present. NEGOTIATIONS WITH COLOMBIA. Full Powers to Act Given to Minister Mendoza. Full powers have been given by Colom bia to her minister at Washington, Senor Don Diego Mendoza, to conduct the nego tiations between his own country and the United States regarding pending questions growing out of the separation of Panama from the UaKed States of Colombia. These negotiations are being conducted in Wa?n lofton. In a conversation this morning on | the subject the Colombian minister said: "I have seen with surprise a report pur porting to come from Panama that the ne gotiations between Colombia and the I'nlte.I States are being conducted at Bogota. Much Is not the case, let me say very emphati cally. There are several questions pending between Colombia, and Panama?one re tarding the external debt of the two coun tries and the other regarding the boundary line. But neither of these questions Is con sidered by Columbia of vital Importance. There is a question, however, pending be tween Colombia and the t nited Htates which Colombia considers of vital and su preme Importance. T have be.'ti lully com missioned to conduct these negotiations at Washington, and have already presented my government's position to tlie I nit^a States. When I have received an answ *r I shall promptly advise my government, and X hope t+ie negotiations nny proceed without interruption. It Is confusing, how ever, to have the report appear that Bogota Is the scene of thi^e negotiations, for sucn Is not the case, and It is this Impression which I desire to correct. The negotiations are being conducted In Washington be tween the Department of State and the Colombian legation." Before coming to this country as minister Senor Mendoza made a thorough study or the Isthmus in all of its phase*. and in fits own country is considered an authority on the subject. FIRST JAPANESE AMBASSADOR. Mr. Aoki Will Leave for This Country Late in March. Mr. Hioki, the charge d'affaires of the Japanese legation, today announced the re ceipt of advices from Tokio stating that Ambassador Aoki. Ambassador Aoki will leave for this coun try the latter part Of March, arriving in Washington befort the first of May. CHAIRMAN SHONTS HEARD. | Executive Session of Senate Inter oceanic Canal Committee. Chairman Theodore P. Shonts of the Isth mian canal commission today began his testimony In the Investigation which is be ing conducted by the Senate committee on interoceanic canals. He made a general statement of the conditions he found on the isthmus in regard to the housing and feeding of laborers. He asserted that it was his opinion from the start that the canal commission should feed its laborers, but that several older mtyi in the isthmian ! service believed in t)>" contract system. Prices for ail foodstuffs were high when the present commit, ion took hold of af fairs on the isthmus, said Mr. Shonts, and he then told of opening the commissary .department to the laborers in order to rem edy these condition.?. The commission took over the hotel and built temporary quar- 1 ters prior to letting the contract to Markel & Son for the feeding of the men, said Mr. j Shonts, and the result was to demon strate that the commision could feed the | men satisfactorily, if not so elaborately, fts would have been done under the Markel contract, at a cost far less than under the contract plan. In consequence of this show ing, said Mr. Shonts, the contract with Market & Son was canceled. He was no: asked concerning the pay ment made to the Markel firm as compen sation for troub'.e and expen-e incurred in arranging to take over the feeding of the canal employes. At thy close of the fore noon session Senator Millard, chairman of the canal committee, entertained Mr. Shonts, Auditor Benson and Purchasing Agent Ross at luncheon. EX-REPRESENTATIVE BAKER. His Remarks on the No-Pass Position Fail of an Encore. Former Representative Baker of Brook lyn, the no-pass statesman and firebrand of the Fifty-eighth Congress, was a recent visitor to the Capitol. Mr. Baker spent some time oji the floor, and among those who greeted him warmly was Representa tive I,ittlefield of Maine. It was the latter who, every time the Brooklyn representa tive charged full tilt at windmill, i>on Quixote fashion, stuck pins in his steed and then sat back and laughed at the resulting runaway. Mr. Baker seemed to find some amusement out of the fact that on the rail road pass question his former colleagues are, through no fault of their own. In the same position that he voluntarily assumed. His gladsome remarks on this subject did not seem to make a pronounced hit. DATE OF INAUGURATION. Commissioner Macfarland Argues in Favor of a Change. 'Commissioner Macfarland appeared today before the House Judiciary committee to urge the passage of the measure looking to a change in the date of Inauguration day from March 4 to the last Thursday in April. Mr. Macfarland advanced the usual argu ments concerning comparative weather con ditions, and recalled that-many prominent men had died as a result of exposure to the elements on March 4. FILIPINOS REASSURED. No Idea Held of Selling the Islands to J apan. The following telegram has been received by the Secretary of War from Governor General lde at Manila: "Natives much disturbed by cable stat ing Ambassador Wright has been author-1 Ized to negotiate sale or Islands to Japan. Authentic denial from you might be use ful." To which the Secretary of War replied as follows: "The cabled statement referred to in your telegram lias not the slightest vestige of truth. It Is not only untrue, but ab surdly so." Militia Withdrawn From JaiL CHATTANOOGA.Tenn., January 26.?The mllltla"w8S today withdrawn from the coun ty Jail, which was stormed last night for the third time In its history by a mob in tent on lynchltjg a negro held for assaulting a white girl. The jail was damaged to the extent of $1,003. E. D. Johnson,- the man the mob was after, Is said to have been taken by Sheriff Shipp to KnoxvMle. I Weather. Snow this afternoon op tonight; tomorrow snow, fol lowed by fair iu the after noon. TO WAIVE 8-HOUR LAW Proposed Provision of Urgent Deficiency Bill. OPPOSED BY MR. WILLIAMS Previous Question Ordered by 153 to 98. AMERICANS ARE NOT AFFECTED Resolution Reported to the House by the Committee on Rules?Republi cans Warned by Minority Leader. After twenty minute* spent in an unsuc cessful attempt to get consideration of Mr. Mann's (111.) general brlchro bill, the House postponed pension day until tomorrow for the purpose of completing the urgent de ficiency bill. Uefore taking up the bill a resolution was reported from the committee on rules mak ing "In order" In the bill the provision waiving the eight-hour law on the Isth mus of Panama, amended so as to apply only to alien labor. In reporting the rul? Mr. Dalzell demanded the "pr? vious ques tion." which, if ordered, would luive pro vided twenty minutes' debate on each side. Mr Williams, the minority leader, desir ing. he said, to discuss the question of or dering the previous question asked for seven minutes in addition to the twenty. This Mr. Dalzell refused, whereupon Mr Williams made it necessary to call the roll of the House on the motion. Previous Questicn Ordered. T he roll call resulted in ordering ths previous question 1.V1 to us. Mi Dalzell, In discussing the rule, said there* were con trolling reasons why this amendment should be considered at this time Mr. Elttauer. who followed, sail the pur pose of the rule was to give the House an oportunity to express itself on the ques tion of waiving the eight-hour law for alien laborers on the canal. The inability to secure a sufficient force of unskilled labor on the work, lie said, was one cause of delay. "Is not the purpose of all this to do the work by Chinamen?" asked Mr. McNaiy (Mass.). 'The Chinese exclusion act controls that question," replied Mr. l.ittauer. "Does that act apply to the canal zone?" ' I think it does." "I think it does not," concluded Mr Mc Nary. Replying to Mr. James iKy.) Mr. l.ittauer declared: American laborers cannot work there, and if they should the eighl-liour law would apply to them' He indicated that this class of alien labor would get the same daily wage for ten hours us they now get for eight hours. Mr. Clark asked when the Chinese ex clusion act was applied to the canal zona. Mr. Littauer admitted he was not fully advised. "Is It not proposed to allow <""hln??- to come there?" Mr. Tawnev said while there hid been no ruling on the subject, Chinese were mit al lowed to go to the canal zone Warned by Williams. Addressing himself directly to Speaker Cannon, Mr. Williams began his castlgation of the proposition by saying: "Either the republican party, of which you. Mr. Speak er, are the most distinguished chief outsldo the White House -(applause)-is guilty of a hypocritical policy or it is not. It lias flaunted itself as supporting our entire fis cal system and to maintain American standards of hours and wages?and yet, at the very first opportunity that presents it self, the republican party, represented by you and the committee on rules, the other two members of that committee- tlrosvenor and Dalzell?being perhaps the abh s: men and most typical republicans in this House, bring in a rule to do what? To let th<? United States, as an employer of labor, set the ex imple of defying and dispensing with its own hours of labor." Mr. Williams siid he had predicted that "one more drop will overthrow the cup of your insolence?and this is about that drop that will do it." The efforts of Mr. Williams were seconded by Mr. Fitzgerald (X. Y I and Mr. I'nder wood (Ala.). The Rule Adopted. The House finally voted to adopt the rule. Dilatory motions were made by the mi noritj to prevent the further consideration of the bill. MINISTER RUSSELL SUCCESSFUL. Has Restored Friendly Relations Be tween Colombia and Venezuela. In a cablegram from Caracas dated Janu ary 2.1 and received at the State Depart ment last night United States Minister Rus sell reports that he has ptacticjlly suc ceeded in restoring friendly relat ons be tween Colombia and Venezuela. Tnes< were strained through the escape of a rebel Venezuelan general across the frontier Into Colombia with the consequent tardiness of the Colombian authorities in s:it:sfyln* Venezuela's demand for the g'lieral's ex tradition. Mr. Russell's cablegram, it J? said, throws no light on the Franco-Venezuelan ? brogio. CONTROL OF RAILWAY RATES. Consideration Resumed by Senate In terstate Commerce Committee. The Senate committee on interstate eom merce today resumed consideration of rail way rate legislation. It lias becom ? appar ent during the past few days that the lines between the supporters of different meas ures are being sharply drawn, ai d that the contest is to be fought out between the Dolllver-Clapp bill, which closely follows the recommendations of the President, and the Foraker or Elklns bills, which are fa vored by the so-called conservative element of the committee. Senator Foraksr explained his bill foi rate legislation. There were many questions asked, and he Undertook to make rlear the exact manner in which the hill would op erate and to explain features of the bill to whic.. his attention was especially called. Senators Dolliver and Clapp at the close of the session said that they wished to ask some further questions, and it was agreed that another meeting of rh? committee would be held before the regular meeting in order that they might have an oppor tunity to do so. It is not likely that the bill will be re ported until the House bill has been dis posed of, as the committee of the Senate has considerable work yet before It before its members are ready to vote. Senator Elkins will occupy tome time betore the committee in explaining his Ideas on the subject of rate legislation. The committee voted to report that to the Senate the Penrose railroad employee' liabUlty bill with the recommendation that it be referred to the committee on Ju diciary.