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Midshipman Melvin's Case Be
fore the Court
The Charge is Supported by Six Speci
Lieut. Tompkins Will Defend Him^
First Accused to Appear Without
? Civilian Counsel.
ASXAPOIJ8, M<1 . January 2a?The trial
of Midshipman George II. Melvln of Gen
eseo, III , bega.il this morning:. Molvln is
a member of the third clajss.
The charge of hazing against Melvln is
supported by six specifications, alleging the
hazing of five different midshipmen, all of
the fourth class Under five of the speci
fications only the requirement of physical
exercises Is alleged, and in one the use of
abusive language is also charged.
The opening hour of the session was de
voted to the reading of portions of the rec
ord In the trial of the cases of Midshipmen
fUcbui'4 K. Mann and Ned L. Chapln.
Has Naval Counsel.
Midshipman Melvin was then brought be
fore the court and asked that Lieut. J. T.
Tompkins. U. 9. N.. be appointed as his
counsel Melvln Is the first accused man
who has appeared without civilian counsel.
Lieut Tompkins w.is called and stated that
his duties made It impracticable for him to
The accused then asked that Lieut. S. V.
Graham be appointed as his counsel. Lieut.
Graliatn appeared and was granted per
mission to confer with the accused.
Lieut. Graham agreed to act as counsel,
and asked the court to adjourn until to
morrow. The court adjourned until 0:30
tomorrow morning
Order of Court of Appeals in Alleged
Land Fraud Cases.
I'pon application of Attorney R. Golden
Donaldson of counsel for the defendants
the Court of Appeals lias allowed a special
appeal from the order of the Supreme Court
of th< District of Columbia, overruling the
demurrers tiled by the defendants to the In
dictments In the Hyd", Benson, Schneider
and I Mtnond land fraud cases, and also to
the Indictment charging Benson with
Appeal from interlocutory orders in a
criminal case is aJlowed under the law
only by discretion of the Court of Appeals
for --ome special reason assigned. The rea
son so assigned in this case was that the
defendants were indicted in this jurisdiction
111 respect to alleged land frauds, which oc
curred In the far western states, and trial
here would require the defendants to coma
across the continent with their witnesses.
In the petition for the allowance of the ap
peal it is stated that the preliminary hear
ing before the commissioner In San Fran
cisco. where only government witnesses
were heard, occupied sixty days. It Is es
timated that the Indictments, if held to be
good by the Court of Appeals and a trial
had, the latter would consume from three
to live months.
Aid for Attainment of Civil and Re
ligious Liberty.
SAN FRANCISCO, January 26.?Perma
nent organization has now been effected by
the International Jewls league, formed In
this city last month, for the purpose of
aiding Ji-v.ish communities In any part of
the world In the attainment of civil and re
ligious liberty.
it Is believed that within two months the
whole Pacific coast will be thoroughly or
ganized In time state leagues will be
formed, and the heads of these Btate leagues
will constitute the delegates from whom the
national, and subsequently the internation
al. executives will be organized.
Richmond's Mayor Sentenced in Police
Court Today.
Special Dispatch t<> The Star.
RICHMOND. Va., January 2t>.?Mayor
Carlton McCarthy, who on yesterday at
tacked a newspaper reporter while the po
ll ? court was In session, denouncing the
reporter and abusing him, was today ar
raigned for trial la the police court and
wan lined $20 nnd costs. The mayor gave
notice of an appeal, and that question is
now being onsldered. It is understood that
civil proceedings will be instituted against
the major.
Railway Officers Elected.
SAN FRAN* "I SCO, January 2tt.?The
stockholders of the I'nlted Railways today
elected Tliornwell MuHaly assistant to the
president, ard G. F. Chapman vice presi
dent and general manager. Charles Hol
brook was relieved of the office of vice
president, -md made chairman of the board
of directors. The offices of assistant to the
president. and chairman ot the board of di
rectors were created today. G. H. L?avls of
New York was elected a director Mr. Mul
laly Is a New York attorney.
Good News Killed Him.
U1 Dispatch to The Htar.
WHEELING, W. Va.. January 28 ? Mack
Day. a farmer In the Majorsvllle gas field,
Xell dead this morning when informed
that the Virginia Oil and Gas Company had
struck ? tremendous gasser on his farm.
The man's heart stopped beating when he
was informed of the glad news
350.000 From Carnegie for College.
CLEVELAND, Ohio. January 2ft,?At the
annual dinner of the Mount Union Alumni
Association here last night E. B. Riker,
president of the college, announced that
Andrew Carnegie had given 150,000 to the
college on the condition that $130,000 was
raised. Of this amount $70,000 has already
l>?en pledged, several Informal subscriptions
beirig tendered at the banquet. Mount
I'nion College Is located at Alliance. Ohio.
Ocean Steamship Movements.
NEW YORK. January 20.?The steamers
La Touralne from Havre and the New
York from Southampton were reported In
wireless communication with Sable Island
via the Marconi station at Camperdown,
N, S . early this morning. La Touralne
was 130 miles southeast and the New York
200 miles southeast of Sable Island. Both
steamers will probably dock Sunday
Murdered Wrong Man.
I'roaorovskl. chief of the gendarmerie at
Pensa, East Russia, has been Informed by
the local revolutionary organisation that
the recent murder of Col. Llssovskl. com
mandlpg the seventy-eighth Infantry divi
sion. by me::Aers of the organisation was a
blunder. He had been mistaken for Col.
Prosorovskl and the organisation has noti
fied the letter that the error will shortly
t>* rec'ilfled.
October 18 next haa been tentatively se
lected by the McClellan statue commission
as tho date of the ceremonies attending the
unveiling of the equestrian statue of Gen.
McClellan de*igned by Frederick MacMon
nlw. and to be erected In the reservation
at the intersection of Connecticut avenue
an<? 18th and N streets in front of the
Church of the Covenant. The commission
acted adversely on a proposition to place
the statue in the reservation at the inter
section of Connecticut avenue and lHth and
M streets.
Tlie dedication of the statue will be
marked by an impressive military demon
stration similar in general features to those
on the occasions of the dedication of the
statues of General Hancock, Admiral Far
ragut and other military heroes. Invita
tions to attend will be Issued to the Presi
dent nnd his cabinet, the Congress of the
United States, the judiciary, the diplomatic
corps and other dignitaries. All the troops
in this vicinity -will take part in the cere
Oon. Horatio King, the representative of
the Society of the Army of the Potomac
on the statue commission, has been dele
gated to select the speakers and other
Expires at Hospital as Result of Self
Inflicted Injuries.
Mrs. Annie Squires, who attempted to
amputate her arm with the scissors and
knife of her manicure set and then Jumped
out of the window at the home of friends
yesterday morning, as stated in yesterday's
Star, died at Garfield Hospital last night
about 7 o'clock- Her death was caused by
the loss of blood and shook and occurred
before she had regained strength enough to
stand having her arm amputated. Her
husband. Mr. William K. Squires, and her
sister reached here this afternoon from
Brooke. Stafford county, Va., the winter
homo of the Squires family, where Mr.
Squires has a stock farm.
Mr. Owen K. Truitt, at whose home Mrs.
Squires was visiting at the time she in
flicted the fatal wounds,, assumed charge of
the body and had it removed to the un
dertaking establishment of J. William Lee
last night and prepared for burial. The
body will be sent to Natural Bridge, N. Y.,
and will be Interred near Lake Bonaparte,
the summer home of the family.
Mr. Squires is a prosperous business man
in Pennsylvania, and spends much of the
cold weather at his Stafford county home.
His wife, who was forty-nine years old, had
been sick for some time, and had come
here at the earnest solicitation of her hus
band. because he thought a change might
benefit her. She appeared to get better,
but the nature of her ailment was such
that it was impossible to tell at what tlmo
her mind might become affected. There
had been nothing about her conduct, how
ever, to indicate that she was experiencing
any mental trouble, and her conduct yes
terday morning came as a surprise and
shock to her friends.
People who knew Mrs. Squires say she
was a woman who had done a great amount
of good, having been particularly charitable
and always willing to assist the poor and
neMy. She had been a devout Christian
all her life, her home life was most happy
and her friends declare that her condition
was not brought aibout by religious ex
citement, as indicated yesterday, but was
the result at physical illness that was
brought on by natural causes. Her body
will be taken away late this afternoon.
Commissioners Disapprove of Certain
Thoroughfares as Avenues.
Because they believe that the high-sound
ing title of "avenue" should be applied only
to such thoroughfares as are of sufficient
length and width to uphold the dignity of
the name, the Commissioners today made
adverse report upon H. R. 12(11-1, otherwise
entitled a bill to restore the name "Califor
nia avenue" to the street in Northwest
Washington which formerly bore tftat des
ignation. The permanent system of street
names recently adopted by the Commission
ers changed "California avenue" over part
of its legnth to "V street" and over the
remainder to "T street," whereupon resi
dents and property owners along that thor
oughfare expressed their keen displeasure,
and a few days agot secured the introduc
tion of the bill In question, which provides
for restoring the original title to that por
tion of the thoroughfare now known as,"T
street." In giving their reasons In detail
for not recommending favorable action on
the bill, the Commissioners state that Cali
fornia avenue, before its name was changed,
extended from Florida avenue to 19th
street, about a block and a half, and from
Columbia road to Massachusetts avenue, a
little over four blocks in length, the two
sections separated by a large tract of land,
so that the connection of the two portions
of the street probably never will bo mad'e.
Part of the western section of the street,
it Is further averred, was known as T
street before the change was made. When
the new system was adopted the eastern
section of the street became "V street," be
oause it was nearly in line with that thor
oughfare, while the western section, as the
first wide street north of S street, became
T street. It Is to this latter 'branch that
the bill proposes to restore the name "Cali
fornia avenue," and beside advancing the
argument that the highway is neither long
enough nor wide enough to be styled "ave
nue." the Commissioners declare that they
wish to reserve the name "California ave
nue" for some long and wide highway In the
District not yet chosen.
Man Charged with Fatal Shooting Ar
COATESVILLE. Pa., January 26.?Thomas
Walley was arrested today at Downingtown,
charged with the shooting. Ia*t night of Jo
seph B. Carpenter and Lizzie Carpenter, his
wife. Carpenter was killed almost instant
ly, and his wife is in a serious condition at
a hospital. Testimony at the coroner's In
quest today was to the effect that the wom
an had spent the evening at a cider shop
near her home at Entrekinville. Carpenter
went to the place for the purpose of taking
his wife home Walley, who was there. In
terposed and a quarrel resulted.
Walley first shot Mrs. Carpenter in the
side and then turned the weapon upon her
husband. Walley (led, but was located at
Downingtown today. Carpenter and Walley
came to Coatesvllle together about four
years ago, and Carpenter married Lizzie
Faust. It is said that he was Jealous of
Large Sum Alleged to Be Due.
Action was taken today In connection
with the proceedings at law to recover
?VX>.UOO. instituted by Robert Burton and
George A. l>ubreull against Stephen B.
Klklns, In payment, they say, for furnishing
the defendant with a plan for bringing
about the consolidation of the Western
Maryland Railroad Company and the West
Virginia Central Railroad Company. Jus
tice Barnard, in Circuit Court No. 1. over
luted the defendant's motion to strike out
the first and second counts of the declara
tion; the defendant's motion to compel the
plaintiffs to file a bill of particulars, and
the plaintiffs' motion for Judgment by de
Naval Movements.
The Hopkins, Worden, Truxtun, MacDon
ough and Stewart have arrived at San
Juan, the Nashville at Puerm Plata, the
Wasp at Boston, the Leon Mas at Culebra
and the Des Moines at Hamilton Roads.
The gunboat Newport left Santo Domingo
City yesterday for San Juan.
Orderly Herbert to Be Dismissed.
On the strength of a report and recom
mendation from L. F. Zlnkhan, superin
tendent of the Washington Asylum, the
Commissioners have ordered that Arthur
Herbert, an orderly at that institution, at
WOO per annum, be dismissed from the
service. Superintendent Zlnkhan declared
that Herbert struck a patient la the hos
LONDON. January 26. ? 8lr Edward
Thornton. the former British minister at ,
Washington, died in London today after a
long illness.
8lr Edward Thornton was one of the old
members of the nobility Dor whom a diplo
matic career U picked out at the beginning
and who follow it through life. He was
born In London in 1817, and was an hon
orary fellow of Pembroke College. Cam
bridge. He was made a D. L. C. of
and was afterward made M. A. and L..L.
of Harvard. His earlier education was at
King's College, London. His fir*t llplo
malic mission was when he was attached
to the Turin mission In 1842.
served in Mexico. Brazil, the United States
and Russia as minister and ambassador, ,
and was attached to various special mls
.slons both In South America and in Europe.
He was appointed minister to the Lnlted
States in 1887. and was arbitrator in the
case of the United States vessel Canada,
whose seizure was a matter of diplomatic
exchanges. He had been retired from tne
diplomatic service for many years ana llvea
at Tedworth square, in I?ndon.
He was a clubman, a member or tne
University, the Athancum and Marlbor
ougli clubs, but, like Chamberlain, always
made it a point to take a cab if going
across the street, and never took even the
exercise of walking upstairs If he coulu find
an elevator.
The Senate committee on the District of
Columbia today ordered a favorable report
on the nomination of Commissioner Henry
Litchfield West to serve a second term in
that office. There will be no opportunity to
miike a report on the nomination to the
Senate until Monday, when it is expected
It wilt be reported, probably In the late
The committee also ordered favorable re
ports oh several street-opening bills which
have recently received the attention of
senators on the subcommittees that have
them under consideration, by personal visits
to the localities in which the street open
ings have been proposed. Favorable reports
were ordered on Senate bill No. 2098, au
thorizing the extension of 2d street north
west and of Trumbull street to 2d street.
For this extension the land will cost $28,
000 and the value of improvements will be
$8,000, all of which will be assessed against
the property benefited. Also Senate bill No.
56, for the extension of Rhode Island ave
nue to 4th street east, the cost of which
will be $20,000, to be assessed against prop
erty benefited. Also Senate bill No. 2099,
for the extension of W and Adams streets
northwest, the cost of which will be $5,000,
to be paid for as street openings In the
other bills.
The committee ordered adverse reports on
Senate bill Z121. for the opening of Fessen
den street, and Senate bill 2478, for the ex
tension of Prospect street from 38th street
to Canal road, as In the opinion of the com
mittee such extensions are inexpedient at
this time. ?
The committee also ordered adverse re
ports on Senate bills 2319 and 2320, bo'h
for the amendment of the District code,
the first providing for the maintenance or
a wife by special provision of law and the
second amending the law in relation to
dower. In the Judgment of the corpora
tion counsel the proposed amendment lor
the, maintenance of a wife by the settle
merit carried by a marriage contract would
affect a post-nuptial contract never con
templated. The second bill is regarded by
ccur.s?el as unnecessary. The committee
agreed to this view of the question.
The committee referred to a subcom
mittee consisting of Senators Hansbrough,
Gamble, Long, Martin and Gorman the bill3
piovtfdlng for the extension of the traclts
of the Capital Traction Company and the
City and Suburban Railroad Company.
Senate bill 2623, for the extension of
Euclid street, was referred to Senator
Trustees Named in Proceedings for
Partition of Property.
In connection with the proceedings in
equity for partition, Instituted by John A.
Baker against the National Safe Deposit.
Savings and Trust Company, trustee; Helen
H. Brooke, William Pinckney, A. B. Brooke
and William Irving Brooke, Justice Ander
son, In Equity Court No. 1, today directed
the sale of flie property concerned, and ap
pointed Clarence R. Wilson and Ralph P.
Barnard trustees to make the sale. The
trustees were required to furnish bond in
the sum of $175,0>X>.
The property to-be sold under the direc
tion of the court consists of real estate at
the northeast corner of Congress and Wa
ter streets, lot 76, in the original plan of
George-town; lot 01 in Peter's Square.
Georgetown; real estate on the south side
of Water street, west of High street; lots
22 and 23 in block 2, lots 16 and 17 In block
6 and lots 9 and 10 In block 10 in the sub
division of a tract of land of the late Henry
Nay lor; lot 4, square 381; lots 13 and 14,
square 5, of old: Georgetown; part of lot' 12,
square 378; part of lot 2. square 330; parts
of lot 5, square 378; parts of lot 9, square
350 and the south half of square 369.
Inspector Davis at Work on Program
for Plumbers' Convention.
H. B. Davis, inspector of plumbing for
the District of Columbia, who for nearly a
year has been actively engaged in secur
ing the organization of a national asso
ciation of chief Inspectors of plumbing, has
practically completed arrangements for the
first convention of the association, which
is to be held in this city next week. The
meetings, which put the mark of success
upon his labors, will be held in the New
WiWard Hotel parlors on Monday, Tuesday
and Wednesday. January 29-31.
All through Ills campaign Mr. Davis has
received many hearty assurances of sup
port from plumbing inspectors, sanitary
engineers and health authorities In most
of the principal cities of this country,
Canada and Cuba, and, besides those who
will attend the sessions of the association
next week, there are quite a number of
others who have authorized the insertion
of their names In the list of members.
The av;>wed object of the association Is
to "advance plumbing construction through
out the country and to bring about a moro
uniform practice in the requirements of
plumbing regulations In different cities."
The program has not yet been fully com
pleted, but as tentatively proposed by Mr.
Davis, he. as organizer and temporary
chairman, will make the opening address
upon the assembling of the convention In
the New Wlllard at 10 o'clock on Monday
After that formal organization will be
accomplished and the b?Uance of the day
given up to business discussions. Monday
evening there will be a theater party for
the delegates, and on Tuesday morning a
trip to Mount Vernon is planned, with a
session of the convention Immediately after
returning to the hotel. Tuesday night the
delegates will be escorted through the Li
brary of Congress, and on Wedneeday, if
opportunity affords after business, an auto
mobile trip about the city will be under
The convention will close with a banquet
on Wednesday night. During the conven
tion several papers will be read, among
those already announced being one by
Cristino B. Cowan of Cuba, and another
written by Francis H. Wright of Helena.
Ark. The former's subject is "Methods of
Plumbing Without Sewers in Cuba." while
the latter has written a "Resume of Sani
tary Conditions and the Evolution or
Plumbing in the Lower Mississippi Valley."
Guilty of Manslaughter.
A verdict of guilty of mam^iughter was*
returned late this afternoon In the case of
Mary J. Graves, accuset^of murdering hor
Tells Why the Pending Tariff Bill Re
ducing the Duties Should
Be Passed.
t.S?T^nor Ctenera! Luk* E. Wright of the
j Philippine Islands testlfl?d today before the
S?n?te committee having charge of the
pending Philippine tariff bill. He talked at
length concerning Industrial conditions In
the Islands and answered many pertinent
On tho Senate committee are senators
representing states vitally interested In the
psoduets affected by the bill, and on that
account the examination was particularly
Important. Senator Burrows brought out
the fact that hemp Is the chief export prod
uct of the islands and that a great deal of
coffee Is grown. He asked Governor Wright
why the Philippine commission had not
?o^ttnrttSthtb?rf ?ducatln? the Filipinos
'n. ' "dp raising of crops which would
Iwducta competition with American
Governor Wright responded that these
thePnatKMAlSed ?n h,lb,lde land- and that
Lh " f 57 congested near the sea.
where the land is fit only for tobacco, sugar
said' awd slml,ar Products. He
said that to do what the senator had sug
gested would necessitate a readjustment of
*1 Population, which "cannot be shifted
k"3 on a chess board." The governor
developedTapfdl'y ^ h?mP ra'S'n|r bci"K
The Tobacco Crop.
Senator Brandegee took a decided interest
In the tobacco crop of the islands, and ask
ed many questions concerning It. Gov.
that he 413 not Relieve Uie
Phlllpplffes would ever produce a grade of
tobacco equaling the Cuban product. He
ihfnTd TO.""1* of the would be
fne or ihKi ?0"ntry. hut that the open
ly Z i Jmarket would stimulate growth
?,r* Ta 6 ' Price paid to growers by m<m
turers" would H\ saJd that the manufac*
iV? prefer not to have free trad*
with the United States, for the reason that
they have already built up a ^arke" and
^natorrSr?,lfC.?ndltl0nv Can contro1 Prices,
senator Culberson asked why we should
not have free "trade with Phe IsUnds an"
^ and why 2ft per cent of the Dlngley
for a nin'ri be collected on some articles
ror a period: of three years.
Why Duties Must Be Imposed.
It was explained by Gov. Wrljrht that
under the treaty with Spain that country
would occupy the same relations for three
years as this country and under the most
favored nation clause that would virtually
mean general free trade with the Ph'lip
?!n^S/ u? ?*ld that freo trade would come
SlbYSiXJlTe r
rnTmJ?traxaUon,andS W?U,d depend ,,!,on
Senator Culberson raised the point wheth
er there was not a constitutional reason for
f?. if trade to the Islands, but Gov
Wright, while admitting that the question
was one on which great lawyers, including
the Supreme Court of the United States,
differ said: "It Is my opinion that Con
gress has full power to deal with all ques
r,0?? concerning the relations botwcen ihe
United States and the Philippines. And we
shou d not pretend to bo altruistic and be
nevolent if secretly we are to be selfish in
our treatment of these people."
committee adjourned until tomorrow
at 10:30 o'clock, when representatives or
tobacco Interests will be heard.
An opinion was handed down todav by
Justice Anderson, holding a bankruptcy
court, dismissing the petition of Eliza An
drews filed November 17, 1005. asking
that the trustee of the Thomas E. Wagga
nian estate be required to pay certain
taxes in the District of Columbia, re
nounced by the trustee, and that he be re
quired to pay overdue interest on the
notes secured by such liens.
In reviewing the case the court held
that the question of whether real estate
taxes In the District of Columbia consti
tute a personal liability was not directly
Involved. It was stated, however, that
the point of law was one new to this ju
risdiction and of far-reaching conse
quences to every owner of real property
In the District of Columbia. For that rea
son, and in deference, it was stated to
counsel Interested, an opinion on the ques
tion was rendered.
Partial Text of Opinion.
Among other things the opinion recited:
So far as the act of 1S24 is concerned
it would seem that the i>iere fact that It
made provision for the sale of only
enough land to realize the amount of the
taxes would not Imply any personal liabil
ity on the part of the owner of the prop
erty subject to the taxes.
The act merely provides for equitable
treatment In collecting the taxes, recogniz
ing that there Is no occasion for requiring
the sale of any mope land than Is absolutely
necessary to raise the full amount of the
It Is simply a case of applying by 3tatute
a well-recognlzed rule of equity, the opin
ion continues, that where there Is a lien
held by one person agalst several pieces of
real estate or against a single divisible tract
belonging to one owner, a court of equity
will only enforce the same against so much
thereof as may be necessary to satisfy the
lien and work the least possible Injury and
inconvenience to the owner and to the resl- I
due of the property.
Court Determines Capitalist Gave Se
curities to Wife and Daughter.
Justice Anderson, in Equity Court No. 1,
today rondered his opinion in the case of
tho executors of the estate of Caleb C
Wlllard against Lucy Parker Willard, Kate
WiUard Boyd and the latter's two children.
Alice Wlllard Boyd and Walter Wllla-d
Boyd. The court holds that the defend
ants should not be restrained from assum
ing possession of the stocks and bonds In
volved. amounting In value to between
$S75,000 and $400,000 The suit was a
friendly litigation Instituted by the execu
tors of the estate to secure an opinion of
the court disposing of a technical doubt
In the opinion the history of the case Is
recited. According to the testimony which
was unconflictlng, the late Mr. Wlllard, for
some time prior to his death, kept a basket
containing stocks and bonds at his house In
this city. The basket bore the label: "This
is the property of Caleb C. Willard." Soon
after leaving Washington for Atlantic City
in the spring of 1006. Mr. Wlllard caused
the basket to be removed to his hotel apart
ments In Atlantlo City, where, it was testt
fled. Just before his demise, he caused the
old label to be removed and replaced by
one bearing the statement: "This is the
property of Mrs. Caleb C. Wlllard and Kate
Wlllard Boyd, to 6e equally divided."
The court, in passing upon the case, com
mented upon the absence of conflicting tes
timony and elated that the question was
narrowed to a single proposition, namely
did Mr. Wlllard Intend to make the gift'
and If so, was the gift duly executed. The
affirmative. It was held In the opinion had
been clearly shown. A decree was there
fore entered dismissing the bill of com
plaint In so far as It asked that the de
fendants be enjoined from setting up a
claim for the securities in question.
Return of Chairman Shonts.
Mr. Shonts. chairman of the Isthmian
canal commission, has returned to Wash
ington trom Cincinnati, where he delivered
in address Saturday night before the Com
^e^al Club of thWt city on tba Panama
SAVANNAH, Ga., January 2&?Judge
Spew decided today In the Greene-Gaynor
case that telegrams and letters relating to
charges made by W. R. Curtis. an Inspector
in the employ of the government under Car
tar In 188S, that Greene and Gaynor had at
tempted to bribe Carter, are admissible.
Judge Speer read the decision, which he
?aid he based upon the fact that the
communications from Carter to Greene
showed improper relations between Carter
*and the defendant*. Carter having taken
It upon himself to advise Greene to tele
graph a denial of Curtis' charges, and hav
ing even dictated a telegram Greene should
send, rather than make an immediate and
rigid investigation of the charges.
Chief Clerk J. W. O. Sterley. under Carter
and his successors, resumed the witness
stand for the further Identification of pa
pers. The first so Identified was one of
April IB, 1890. to Dr. W. S. Webb of New
York: another, May 16, 1991, was to Walter
Catt, chief engineer of the New York Cen
tral railroad. Both papery were from Capt.
Carter, and related to contracts that It is
alleged Greene and Gaynor wanted to se
Juryman Indisposed.
One of the Jurors, the court stated, is
suffering from an indisposition. In conse
quence the Jury retired while argument of
counsel relative to the admission of the
letters continued.
Attorney Erwin, for the prosecution, as
serted that the letters would disprove the
assertion of counsel for the defense that
Westcott. father-in-law of Carter, had been
given an interest in contract work at Sa
vannah. in consideration of Westcott se
curing for Greene and Gaynor large con
tracts to be given out by the New York
Central. Mr. Erwin would not admit the
possibility of the funds Carter is alleged to
have gained from the Savannah work hav
ing gone to Westcott.
Carter in these letters referred to his
associates who would undertake the work
with him should they secure the contract.
Judge Speer read them all as a prelude to
his decision adverse to the defense, admit
ting them as evidence. He held that they
were clearly admissible as showing that
Greene and Gaynor were in business with
Carter, the official engineer, whose duty
it was to attend the making and carrying
out of contracts for river and harbor work
in this district, under whom Greene and
Gaynor were doing work for the govern
ment amounting to some $3,500,000.
The Judge said that the letters were es
sential as showing Intimacy between the
accused and Capt. Carter, which would per
haps be necessary in establishing as proof
of conspiracy. His decision was read to the
Other letters were then submitted and ob
jections were offered by the defense which
held them Irrelevant, as of absolutely no
connection with the defendants.
IXJNDON. January 36.?Thomas Higgins.
Irish nationalist, who yesterday success
fully contested North Galway against Col.
John Philip Nolan, Irish nationalist, was
found dead in bed at his hotel at Tuam to
day. The tragic occurrence Is attributed
to the excitement of yesterday's polling
acting on a weak heart. Mr. Higgins was
one of the most militant nationalists In
?the west of Ireland and had many con
flicts with the police. He was imprisoned
under the crimes act during "Arthur J.
Balfour's tenure of the chief secretaryship
of Ireland.
Twenty-eight divisions are polling today.
This particularly marks the end of the
elections, as .less than a dozen scattered
constituencies will then remain to poll.
Lionel Walter Rothschild, unionist, has
been re-elected for the middle division of
Buckinghamshire, though the Rev. Silas
Kitto Hocking, the novelist, gave him a
good race, reducing the unionist majority
at the last contested election by one-half.
The totals now are: Liberals, 351; union
ist, 149; Irish nationalists, 81; laborites, 48.
Burden of Debt Resting Upon Santo
According to the report of Special Com
missioner Hollander, just received at the
State Department, the total debt of Santo
Domingo is $40,280,405, divided as follows:
Bonded debt, $17,670,312.75; liquidated debt,
$9,505,530.40; floating debt, $1,553,507.79; de
clared claims. $7,450,053.84; undeclared
claims, $4,000,000.
The highest estimate previously made
upon this debt was that of Senator Morgan
of Alabama, who placed it at $33,000,000.
In his speech in defense of President Roose
velt's policy Senator Spooner estimated
that not over $8,000,000 of this assumed
$33,000,000 was valid debt.
It is represented that pressure of foreign
creditors through their government is re
sponsible for each new president being
forced to recognize as valid the accounts
of alleged creditors in the amount and
upon the terms set forth by the claimants.
Belgium and French claims are the largert,
$17,902,145.72; the American next, with $8.
2:58,779.47, and then the Italian. $3,001
900.64: the German and Spanish, $1,017,
809.37. Under the heading "Dominican and
Doubtful" there is placed a total of $10,
The necessity for an equitable determina
tion of the validity of these claims Is pre
sented. Dr. Hollander urges such a read
justment as will secure for the holders of
the debt a fair repayment of actual ad
vances and real claims without crushing
the people of Santo Domingo for genera
tions to come under a financial burden for
which they neither are nor should be re
sponsible. Every Item, he says, should bo
revised by a commission so carefully con
stituted as to integrity and capacity as to
command the respect and confidence of all
House-Judiciary Committee Will Re
port the Littlefleld Bill.
The House committee on Judiciary today
decided to report favorably on the Little
field bill to prohibit gambling in territories
of the United States. The bill la so worded
that its provisions, in the opinion of the
committee, will apply only to the organized
territories, namely. New Mexico, Arizona.
Oklahoma and Indian Territory. The b'ii
prohibits "faro, monte, roulette, lonsquenet,
rouge et nolr, rondo, tan. fan-tan, poker,
seven and a half, twenty-one, chuck-a-luck,
or any banking or percentage game, or
any kind of a game played with cards, dice,
or any device for money, checks, credit, or
any representative of value."
Pension Roll Decrease.
The commissioner of pensions stated
today that the pension roll at the end of
December carried 988,007 names, a de
crease of 504 over the preceding month.
Of these 670.002 were veterans of the civil
war. During the month 2,010 civil war
veterans died.
Bids Asked for Philippine Bonds.
The Philippine government has author
ized the bureau of Insular affairs of the
War Department to sell $1,000,000 gold
public improvement bonds, under author
ity of the act of Congress approved Feb
ruary ?. 1905.- These bonds are redeem
able at the pleasure of the Philippine gov
ernment after ten yeats, and will be pay
able in thirty years after date. Principal
and interest at 4 per cent, payable at the
treasury of the United States. Bids must
be received to the bureau of insular af
fairs of the War Department not later than
J o'clock the afternoon of February IS,
1906. and delivery will be made la New
i'ork ci^y the 20th day at February.
& r.
The Political Comedy in South
Dakota Still On.
Correspondence With Town Topics in
Regard to Fads and Fancies.
To Invite President to Attend Corner
Stone Laying of New State
House Next Fall.
That little political comedy out In South
Dakota 1* still on the boards at the White
House, and the President, In diplomatic,
tactfu! style. Is waiting for time to settle
It so that he will not have to take sides
any more than necessary.
Of course. It grows out of the determina
tion of what Is called the Klttredge ma
chine to defeat Senator Gamble for re-elec
tion to the Senate. Senator Gamble won t
be defeated as easily as some of his op
ponents thought, and the fact that he Is
pretty well charged with electricity .nakes
it necessary for his recommendations to
havo the same consideration as If he had
Just been re-elected.
Back several months ago Senator Oani
ble. who was at that time on the rag*<-d
edge of the Klttredge machine, and knew
that he would be "trapped" at the first op
portunity. called on the President and rec
ommended tl.e retention in offl^o* James
D. Elliott, XTnlted States attorney whose
record was unobjectionable to the Depart
"Then' the'*Klttredge combine, consisting
oTslnator Klttredge and Representatives
Martin and Burke and all the Jammings
that go with congressional Influence, pre
sented to the President the name of A. <
Blernatzkl of Salem. There
ber of calls of both sides at the White
House, but the President urged them^t
Ket together, which they- never did and
never will, according to I
the little game. Then the % Islts grew
and less for a number of weeks, but in y
are now being renewed.
Martin todav presented * rank <. rane.
chairman of the republican statecommit
tee. and a personal friend of the President.
Mr! Crane, however, did not go into
details of the matter.
It was stated a month or so ago that the
President had said he would nott gl ve an
other term to Elllott.but the friends of Sen^
ator Gamble do not believe this is so. as
they have not received any Intimation or
that kind from the chief executive.
Another Question Involved.
Besides the United States attorneyship
there is another Important question in
volved. When the two senators were work
ing harmoniously together they fllled most
of the post office vacancies. When the
split came between them Senator Gamble
insisted that he be allowed to name half
the postmasters of the state, ^hlle Repre
sentatives Burke and Martin asserted that
the post office patronage should go to them
and not the senators, as they represented
the only two districts In the slate and It Is
customary to permit the representatives of
a district to dispense the post office Pat?"
atre. To decide this way would be to gi^e
all the patronage In the state t" th?JLnb,"
Gamble combine, and naturally Mr. Gamble
Is seeking to prevent It. The representa
tives believe they will succeed. How much
the patronage will amount to after ,they
get it. if they do. is problematical if the
President continues to carry out the
of retention In office of postmasters regard
less of political recommendation, if their
records are good. ,
The President is expected to settle the at
torneyship problem, and the post office ap
pointments at the same time.
The President and Town Topics.
In his testimony In New York yesterday
Col. Mann, editor of Town Topics, testified
that President Roosevelt, ex-President
Cleveland and Bishop Potter were the only
persons on the free list in the publication
! of "Fads and Fancies." about which there
has been so much talk. He indicated that
the proofs of the article about the Preei
dent had been read by Secretary Loeb and
returned. Apropos of the whole matter the
following letter was made public at the
White House today:
"WASHINGTON. November 1, lOOfi.
"Sir: The President directs me to ac- |
knowledge the receipt of your letter run
ning as follows:
" 'Col. Mann's compliments to the Presi
dent, and requests the honor of acceptance
of the work 'Fads and Fancies,' for repre
sentation in which the President was
pleased to give a photograph to Mrs. Hamp
ton some three years ago. and which Is but
just completed. The volume Is sent today
by Adams Express.
" 'October the thirteenth,
" "Nineteen hundred and five.'
"And to say that, as Mrs. Hampton has
already publicly stated, the President did not
give any photograph to her for publication in
the work in question, and that he knew
nothing of the book, or of the fact that
Mrs. Hampton wished the photograph for
use therein. Uhder the circumstances the
President cannot accept the book, and It is
accordingly returned to you herewith
"Yours truly. WM. LOEB, Jr.,
"Secretary to the President.
"Col. William D'A. Mann.
"Editor Town Topics,
"4fi2 5th avenue. New York."
Pennsylvanians Coming.
Senator Penrose arranged today for a
visit to the President of Gov. Pennypacker.
Speaker Walton and President Woods of
the state legislature, house and senate, re
spectively, and Lieut. Gov. Brown. They
are coming here February 5 to Invite the
President to attend the laying of the cor
ner stone of a new state house at Harris
burg some time In October next. The Penn
sylvania people hope the President will ac
cept their Invitation.
Writes to the President.
Mrs. William McKlnley, from her home
In Canton, which she has not left since the
lr.terment of the remains of her husband
in the tomb there, has written a letter,
which has not yet reached the President,
asking him to give another term in office to
Frank McCord, collector of internal revenue
at Cleveland, Ohio. Four years ago she
made the same request and It was granted.
If her request Is granted this time, McCord.
who does not have the backing of the Cuya
hoga county organisation, will enter upon
nine years In office. President McKinley
was a warm friend of McCord. who once re
sented a vile attack upon him by an at
tack on the author. It is said to be prob
able that Senator Dick, In view of his re
gard for Mrs. McKinley. will not present
another candidate, as he lxad Intended to
The President has disconnected another
Ohio man from a consular office. This is
Pietro Cuneo. for many years editdr of a
paper at Upper Sandusky. He has been
United States consul at Turin. Italy, for a
number of years. His Job went to A. H.
Mlchelson of Massachusetts.
The Cotton Commission.
An Important conference was held at the
White House today regarding the extension
of the cotton trade In the orient. Points
of difference had arisen between Secretary
Metcalf of the Department of Commerce
and Labor and cotton producers and manu
facturers as to the method by which Amer
ican cotton trade In the Orient best can be
extended. These matters were thrashed out
before the President today. Secretary Met
calf waa of the opinion that the work could
?be done by agents of his department, while
former Senator Mci-Aurln of South Caro
lina, Senator Overman of North Carolina.
William Whlttam, editor of the American
Cotton Manufacturer," and Erlster Aafacraft
it Florence. Ala., chairman of the A merl
in. cotton Manufacturers' Association,
urged the appointment by the President of
* G/>0
Saturday |
The following is a partial
list of the notable special fea- ?
tures of tomorrow's big paper: ^
A model is being made in ?
this city of the famous old ?
frigate Constitution. This f
article tells of the model
and briefly recites the in
teresting history of "Old
Ironsides." Illustrated.
Frank Carpenter contrib
utes an interview with
Lieut. Gov. Forget of Sas
katchewan, who discusses
the future of the British
Northwest. Illustrated.
An interesting story of the
great masked balls held an
nually in the Paris Opera.
The positions of the stars
and constellations in the
brilliant winter skies during
the coming month. Total
eclipse of the moon. Illus
Strange customs that pre
vail in the training of boys
in three far-away countries.
Toilets for southern wear
are now occupying the at
tention of the big dress
makers. Knipire styles are
seen in profusion. Illus
Automobile costumes for
the winter girl are regarded
as both chic and sporty.
^ Nearly all garments show a
touch of fur either as lining
or trimming. Illustrated.
An entertaining short story ?
written for The Star by je
Ellis Parker Rutler. IIlus- ?
* trated. T
* "CURLY." |
Another installment of ?
Roger Pocock's interesting t,
story of the west, which is
running as a daily serial in
The Star. ?.
All Washington Reads The
Saturday Star.
5-^N-l tttmt i i t.
a commission to take up the subject.
After the subject had beeh argued pro
and con it was decided that the representa
tives of the cotton Industrie* should tn**et
Secretary Metcalf later and determine upon
some definite plan. President Roosevelt
understood to favor the idea of appoint
ing a special commission. In view of the
great Importance of the subject. If seems
not unlikely that the idea of appointing x
commission may be adopted.
Belief That Missing Soldier Met With
Accident or Foul Play.
Henry 8. Wllklns. twenty-two years old,
who recently enlisted In the army and was
assigned to the Engineer Corps at the
Washington barracks. Is reported as having
disappeared from the barracks Wednesday
morning about 6 o'clock. MaJ. Burr, com
mander of the post, reported his disap
pearance to the police today and sucgestcd
the belief that the young man had been
foully dealth with, or that he had met
with an accident and had been unable to
report his whereabouts.
The missing man Is a son of Henry P.
Wllklne of Rhode Island avenue nor:n
west, and enlisted In the service only a
short time ago. At the barracks It 's
stated that he had shown no dissatisfac
tion over having enlisted, and there was
no reason why he should have disappeared.
The police think that he merely became
uUsaUsfled with army life and left the
post. In his letter to the police Maj. Burr m
gave the information that Wllklns !ia?
not been recorded as being a deserter ana
?that no reward has yet been offered tor
his arrest.
Lumber Exporters Elect Officers.
Tlie National L,umt>er Exporters' Assoc).t
tion closed its Flxth annual convention here
yesterday. Officers were elected as follows:
President. W. H. Russe, Memphis; first vice
president. J. L. Alcock. Baltimore; second
vice president. O. M. Splegle, Philadelphia; ^
ticasurer, Richard W. Price, Baltimore;
se^ietary and traffic manager, Edward M.
Terry. New York.
The association placed Itself on record as
In favor of reciprocity between this coun
try and foreign nations, and In favor of the
Groescup plan of regulation of freight rates
In the United States.
Committee Makes Report.
The board of supervising Inspectors of
steam vessels this morning heard the
committee of the Masters' and Pilots' As
sociation regarding certain changes in the
rules governing masters and pilots of
steam vessels, and the papers submitted '
by the pilots were received by the *u
-wvlslng inspectors, and will be taken up
Jor consideration later. President Silvia,
Secretary Perkins and other members of
the Pilots' Association appeared before
he board in support mt the proposed
changes la the ndlS

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