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the ?? B.-t that all must feel. over the un fortunate afT.ilr. He repeated that there had twen no explanation and expro*^ hope that when the fact* were received tl? > ?iinW show ample justification. The railroad rate Will was then taken up ai>i Mr Nelson addressed the Senate in suj.poit Of the hill an It passed the House. Offenses of ths Bail ways. Mr N'tlson I egan with the statement that ? The man wt.ooe chief acquaintance with the proUem of railway rate regulation Is . lerlved trom tiding In ? Pullman car. draw i ,ii dividend." on railway stock and clipping coupons from railway bonds looks at the lmiSlem in an entirely different light from the farmer, the merchant and the shipper .ic a nor-competitive point, W'ho is subject 40 high rates arwi unjust discrimination*. To the latter it is a continuing, ever-pres ent and most vital issue. contlmially pressed home or him In his daily avocation and dally experience, from which there is no letreat. "Had there never been any unduo ex actions or unjust discriminations there would, In all probability, have been a scant demand for rate regulation. It is because, the railways of the .-ountry, to a greater or leg* degree. In spite of remedial legis lation have persisted and still persist, in their exactions and discriminations, that the public come to Congress to seek pro tection and relief. Why have the railways i.ersisted and why do they still persist in t-vadi.ig the laws, and in evading the just rights of the public? , ?I should like to have those who are hos tile to railway rate regulation explain and a ? ount for such conduct. Old the r-'itl WUVB lie.-er offend they might justly com plain of the public demand, but as long ns they persist in offending they cannot com plain be-ause the public seeks relief. To "tlgmatiJ.e those who. under such circum stances came to Congress for relief a? lining a knock down and ilrag out argu ment' Is unworthy of the subject and is be littling a just cause Even those who thus taunt the public admit that there are some evils anc some wrongs to redress." Action of the States. Mr. Nelson said that the Supreme Court had heK that a state commission, under legislative authority, could, in the proper case, tlx and make joint i ates between two or more carriers, "and." he added, "what a Mate commission can do under legislative authority, manifestly the interstate com merce commission can do under congres sional authority There can be no differ ence in principle, and there is manifestly h* much occasion aiul necessity for such power in respect to interstate traffic as there is in respect to local traffic. Goods are as likely to be routed and carried over more thtun one carrier in the one case as in the ether, and there can be no more intrinsic hardship In the ono case than in the othe.-. and it is difficult to see why as much and a* broad relief should not he ob tained In the one case as in the other." ACUTZ SITUATION IN CHICAGO. JJ.000 Teamsters Disturbed Over Pros pects of Idleness. CHICAGO. March 13.?The coal situation in Chicago, at least as far as the coal teamster* are concerned, is growing more iHnTte" hourly. Owing to the rumors of an approaching coal strike, with the ever at tendant coal famine, it has dawned upon the teamsters that April 1 the -.000 men employed as such will be without employ ment for an indefinite time whether or not t here is i strike. Since the first reports of the trouble at the coal fields business houses, county and city Institutions and railroads have been laving in large quantities of fuel. It Is es timated that the coal teamsters are now hauling more than 21,000 tone a day. The trouble for the teamsters will come April 1. when the coal strike will either . ome or peace will be made If the strlk? U called there will be no more coal to haul ant! the. teamsters will be compelled to quit work. I:' there Is no strike the coal now stored will be used and the result will be the same. _ SERIOUSLY ILL. Lieut. Moore of the Police Department in Critical Condition. James A. Moore, lieutenant of the first po lice precinct, whose serious illness was mentioned in The Sunday Star, is critically 11!. and 1' Is feared he cannot recover. Or. J. Rainsty Nevltt. his attending physician, was sumtnoned to his bedside at an early hour this morning. He found that the pa tient hac spent a restless night and that hie condition was serious this morning. About noon the physician received another call from the home of tile patient, and i-peiit sorie time with him during th^ early jii'ternoori. it is stated that the sick man lias been delirious during the past two or three days. Maj. Sylvester was lnlormed of his serious illness this morning, ana m ranged to have a member of the Torce if main at the house with him. l..leut. Moore was today conveyed to "?eorgetoirn University Hospital. SALE OF THE SHERIDAN. An Apartment House Changes Hands. It is understood that the Sheridan apart ment house, on 22d street just south of Massachusetts avenue, has been sold by Moore & Hill, real estate brokers, in con nection with Early * L*mpton. to a non resident as an investment. The building Is four stories In height, contains sixteen 9'itte.s and was completed last fall. Japanese Wireless Telephone Invented. .?pect?l Cablegram to The 8tsr. TOKIO. March 15.?The admiralty an ?r.ounced i.oday the invention of a wireless telephone The Inventor U an engineer by 11.e name of Klmura. Building Permits Issued. Huildln.f permits were Issued by In spector Ashford today as follows: To Wm P Wallis. for three-story brick apartment house at 1047 I^amont street; architect and builder. W. C. Souder; esti mated co4t, $23,000 To Victoria A. P. Henry, for two-story frame dwelling on Morris road, architect. V> S Pittmann; builder, Robert L.. War i: ; estimated cost, $-.000. To John May, builder, for two-story frame dwelling on Foxhall road; archi tect, R. N. Martin; estimated cost. $1,400. To Laura S. King, for two-story frame Swelling on 10th street near Monroe; ar chitect. N. J Bell; builder, A. Jeffrey; es timated cost. $3,000. To I.. E. UremTnger. builder, for two f.ur-story brick apartment houses^ at Roanoke street; architect, N. R. Grimm; (intimated cost, $73,000. AT THE WHITE HOUSE More Candidates for Judge of Juvenile Court EDGAR A. SMITH IS URGED Friends of Mr. West Not at All Dis heartened. INDIAN CHIEF WITHOUT OFFICE Boudinot Claims He Was 'Elected, but Rogers Still Holds On?Wants De partment of Justice to Decide. There are a good many people under the impression that the President has not prac tically decided the Juvenile Judgeship in favor of James E. West. In whose behalf a large delegation talked to him yesterday, and other candidates are busy. Chief among these is Edgar A. Smith, a young attorney who is highly recommended by several Important Influences. He was pre sented to the President today 'by C. A. Snow, the patent attorney of this city, who was presented by Senator Forster of Louisiana. There are a good many who toe tieve that Mr. Smith stands a good chance. The supporters of Mr. West do not be lieve, however, that any objection can arise that will stand In the way of the good Im pression he has already created In the President's mind, and which induced the President yesterday to tell the congression al delegation that called on him that If ho were a betting man he would fix the odds in favor of West at 100 to 1, which was In terpreted by every caller as meaning that West wouid be nominated. The same congressmen who talked In favor of Mr. West yesterday said today ^hat they had known him for many years, and considered him eminently qualified morally and legally for this position. They stated that there was more In the fitness of a man in his knowledge of Juveniles than of the 1&W( and that In this respect Mr. West was far in the lead of any candidate who had been mentioned. This, at least, was the way thev put it, and the way they believed the President would look at It. The mat ter is now before the Department of Jus tice which will look into the qualifications of Mr. West, as well as of other candl dates, whose names have been laid before tne President. Indian Chief Without Office. Frank J. Boudinot. a bright looking Cher okee Indian who claims that he has been duly elected as chief of the Cherokee na tion. laid his case before President Roose velt today and asked that the legality of his election be referred to the Department of Justice as speedily as possible. He stated that under the Indian laws It is necessary for the chief to sign deeds to convey a clear title. As there Is a dispute as to whether Boudinot is chief or the old chief, W C. Rogers, is still In office. It is deemed best to have the matter settled so that no legal question can arise In the future as to the legality of conveyances of land. 80 far the Interior Department has de clined to recognize Boudinot, and has given the title of the office to Rogers. The statement of Boudinot and Richard M. Wolfe who accompanied him, is that Chief Rogers, who thought that the life of the Indian nation as a nation would expire In this present month, refused to Join in th? election of a chief when the regular elec tion came around last year. The election, however, was held anyhow, and. It Is claim ed, whs held under the constitution. A leg islature was selected. This legislature met at the 1 sual time In November and proceeded to impeach Roger? declaring the office of president vacant The legislature thereupon elected Boudinot, but Rogers promptly refused to pay any attention to the election and is holding on to the office. Congress is about to provide for an extension of the time for the Cherokee nation to cease its functions, which will have the effect of perpetuating Rogers in office until the new state of Ok lahoma is created. The President gave Boudinot a note to Commissioner I>eupp of the Indian affairs office but it Is thought that Mr. Leupp will hold to the same opinion heretofore ex pressed by his department. If he does Bou dinot hope* to be able to keep after the matter until he gets a legal opinion from the Department of Justice. To Use American Cement. Representative Schneebeli of the twenty sixth district of Pennsylvania Introduced to the President today a delegation of cement manufacturers and dealers^ Penn sylvania. Who called to ask the Presidentto Insist that all government buildings in the future and the work on the Panama cana. should be done with American cement only. It was claimed that there was no good reason, either In price or otherwise, why American cement should not nave prefer ence and suggested that the matter could be e'aluy settled by requiring that every Government contract should contain a pro vision that nothing but American cement ^Charles E Russell of Columbia. Oa . who Is casing through Washington on his way home from New York, was presented to the President today. He is chairman of the committee on privileges and elections of the Georgia legislature a'id l? /Si torested in the primary and election laws If 1 ha country. He went to New York to attend a conference that discussed that Q'secretary Bonaparte presented some i.hiI* nf Baltimore, who are members of he Colonial Dames. They urged the Presl tne i-oioni? for thp protectiOIl of Niagara Falls, and the President said that u'el^entlments met with ^^est wishes Representative Foster and Charles M. r. rllne formerly assistant secretary of the navy, called on the President today. Nomination of George E. Eager. The President sent to the Senate today the nomination of George Eugene Kagcr of Illinois to be consul at Barmon. Ger many. Embry's Nomination Withdrawn. The President today withdrew the nomi nation of Joan Kmbry to be United States attorney for Oklahoma. annate The President today sent to the Senate the correspondence regarding the re<,?" light with Moros in the Philippines, correspondence has been published. An Official Appeal by the Board of Managers of the Associated Charities. TO THE PUBLIC: Ijist year at this time we were able to amounce that no more contribu tion:! were needed by the Associated Charities because its budget had been completed. This year the unusually mild weather lias made our collections to datf much less than last season. By careful management the work can b? sustained, without sertous sacrifices, until November 1, 1WW (when, the new season begins), if can now be secured. The board of managers Issues tuls exceptional appeal, signed by the entire board, in confidence that the gen crots public, appreciating the good work accomplished by the Associated Charities, will prevent It from being cut down and seriously Impaired for lack of Small as well a* large amounts will be gratefully acknowledged. All contribution* should be sent to 811 G street. Signed, DAVID J BREWER, President. JOHN JOY EDSON. Treasurer. CHAS. P. NEILL Honorary Secretary. B. T. JANNEV. Chairman Board of Managers. ARCHIBALD HOPKINS, Chairman Finance Comumlttee. MUM. J \\ BABSON. \VM. H. BALDWIN. GEORGE M KOBER. JOHN B. SLEMAN, JR., THOS. W. SMITH. LUCY M. SOLGER, FREDERICK L. MOORE. EMILY YOUNG O'BRIEN I'l'jrO H. RUDOLPH, GEOROE TRUESDELL. GEORGE S. WILSON, S. W. WOODWARD. PAS8ED BY TEE HOUSE SUPPLEMENTAL RESOLUTION BE GARDIWO RAILWAY INQUIBY. When the House met today Mr. Townaead (Mich.) catted up his resolution comply!"* with the President's safest ton that addi tional powers be given the Interstate com merce commission, that It may comply with the Tillman-Gillespie resolution directing an Investigation of the relations between cer tain railroads and the coal and oil lndutttry. The resolution was agreed to without dis sent. after it had been amended by striking out the *60,000 appropriation to pay the ex panse of the inquiry. This was done on the statement of Chairman Tawney of the ap propriations committee that .the commis sion had indicated that the Inquiry would cost at least $130,000. and that detailed estl mates had been asked for and doubtless would be furnished, at which time the ap propriation could be made. Mr. Mann (111.) expressed the opinion that the President had been unfortunate In his information that added powers were neces sary. He contended the commission was created for this purpose and already had the necessary Jurisdiction and power. Mr. Townsend concurred with this idea, but said the resolution could do no harm | and was a compliance with the President a j ideas. , . Action was taken intended to clear the House of an imputation that members had. j abused the franking privilege. Mr. Sibley (Pa.) reported unanimously from the com- 1 mlttee on post offices and post roads that an investigation made under the Sims res olution developed no truth In the charges, i and the committee asked to be discharged ! from further inquiry. This action was taken after Mr. Sims (Tenn.) had spoken briefly on the subject. , In its report the committee Indulges in a ; severe criticism of newspaper misrepre sentation. It prefaced this with a refer- j ence to the remark of President Roosevelt in his annual message that "publicity can by Itself often accomplish extraordinary re sults for good, and the courts of public Judgment may secure such results where courts of law are powerless." The newspaper criticism causing the In quiry stated It to be "univers.il knowledge | that the abuse of the franking privilege by -members "presents the perfected spectacle Both the managing editor and the writer who produced the article disclaimed to the committee the knowledge of any facts ai foraing a basis for the statement. This edi torial the report continued, doubtless hau been copied extensively and must necessa rily tend to a contempt for law by Imbuing the public mind that those who make the laws were venal. The report states that all official action Is a proper subject of press criticism, but it respectfully submits that the press which stands as censor owesi t not alone to the public but to itself that when a general Indictment is drawn there should be a substantial basis of facts before Congress is arraigned at the door of public opinion. . When the legislative bill was taken up Mr. Keife.r (Ohio) took the floor in advo cacy of his reapportionment bill reducing the representation in Congress, as follows: Alabama, nine to Ave; Arkansas, seven to Ave; Florida, three to two: Georgia, eleven to 8ix; Louisiana, seven to three; Missis sippi, eight to three: North Carolina, ten to six: South Carolina, seven to three; Ten nessee, ten to eight; Texas, sixteen to twelve, and Virginia, ton to eight. The rights of both the white and colored popu lations in these states, he said, had been abridged. Gen. Wood Criticised. Brief comment on the recent battle in the Philippines was made by Mr. Jones (Va.). who said, making every allowance for the personal relations known to exist between the President and Gen. Wood, he was unable to understand how the Presi dent could Indorse the killing of women and children. It had shocked the whole nation. , "in my Judgment." he contitnued, this action on the part of the commanding gen eral of our forces in the Moro provinces cannot be condoned or excused." It would only have required a wait of a few weeks to have starved out the Moros. when they would have surrendered, he added- _ The dispatch from the Secretary of War to Gen. Wood showed that he thought an explanation necessary. The affair was, he said, a blot on this country. The dispatch from Gen. Wood he characterized as a most remarkable document. That the republican caucus might be held, the House adjourned at 2:50 o'clock until tomorrow. LEO WHEAT INSANE. Committed to Government Hospital for Treatment. I-co Wheat, formerly well known In this city and elsewhere as a musician of more than ordinary talent, was declared Insane this afternoon by a Jury. Justice Barnard of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, before whom the hearing was held, signed an order committing Mr. Wheat to the Government Hospital for the Insane for treatment. The musician attracted much attention upon his appearance at the city hall. He conducted himself with the stately, digni fied bearing which characterized him in the days when he was a leading pianist of this city. Though his form was bent and his facte haggard, lie seemed to have retained much of his old vigor. Mr. Wheat was wearing a full gray beard His only r<? quest to the court was that he might be allowed to return to St. Elizabeth's. Attorney Edwin B. Hay, who testified at the hearing, told the Jury that the unfor tunate man had been an accomplished mu sician. Mr. Wheat's unusual talents, Col. Hay said, had shown brilliantly until he became addicted to the excessive use of alcohol and drugs. Several years ago "Prof" Leo Wheat, as he was generally known, appeared regularly as a performer In many of the best concerts given in Washington, He often figured In charitable entertainments. Mr. Wheat was always proud of his southern affiliations and loved to jefer to the fact that he came from Vir ginia. Patent Office Changes. The following resignations were received from patent office officials today. Grenvllle I^ewis, principal examiner, re ceiving 12,500, on account of illness; Albert E. Smith, first assistant examiner, reoelvlng $1,800, to go into private patent business; William M. Cady, third assistant examiner, to enter privato patent business. Mr. Lewis has held the position of prin cipal examiner for over fifteen years. He has been in ill health for some time. Miss Alice Cary of Ohio was reinstated In the patent office as a laborer today. Army Orders. Capt. Stephen M. Footc, Artillery Corps, has been ordered to Fort Douglass, Utah. to assume command of the battalion of field artillery at that post during the march of that battalion to Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo. Commissary Sergt. Daniel Hickey, 21st Infantry, and Cook James Meagher, 0th Battery. Field Artillery, have been placed on the retired list on their own application. Capt. Parker W. West, 11th Cavalry, at San Francisco, has been relieved from duty as aid-de-carop to Major General Arthur MacArthur and ordered to Join his regiment. Contract Surgeon H. A. P. Neel has been assigned to duty at Frankfort arsenal near Philadelphia. Capt. J. C. Johnson, Artillery Corps, has been ordered to Tampa, Fla., to Inspect cer tain unserviceable engineer property. Major William L. Geary, commissary at San Francisco, lias been ordered to Seattle, Wash., to establish a purchasing station. Lieut. Col. George H. Torney of the medi cal department has been assigned to duty as chief surgeon of the Department of Cali fornia. and as medical superintendent of the army transport service. Forfeits Collateral. For permitting gaming on the premises John R. Kent was taken into custody last evening and was charged in the Police Court this morning. He did not come to court today to defend the charge, ana the $25 collateral which he put up last even ' ing was declared forfeited. Sergt. Leh man and Policeman Hartman of the first precinct made the raid. Interrupting the . game. COMPANY AT FAULT VERDICT BSOABSISrO ACCIDENT ?T HOTSX. 1ALUQH. Inspection of Bait Wiich Caused Fa tality Alleged to Have Been Neglected. The coroner's Jury which today investi gated the fatal accident which occurred at the site of the addUion to the Hotel Raleigh yesterday, rendered a verdict late this afternoon as follows: "It is the opinion of the jury that the George A. Fuller Company was at fault in not properly inspecting the particular bolt which, beaking, resulted In the accident." The Jury consisted of Messrs. Notley An derson, Henry Poetxmann, E. E. Ramey, O. R. Cooper, W. S. Young and Daniel J. Macarty. Scaring at the Morgue. The Inquest to determine the responsibil ity for the death of David Hammond and William Schlorb, the two workmen who were killed a't the Raleigh Hotel addition site yesterday morning, was begun at the morgue this morning by Coroner J. Kam say Nevitt. The hour announced for the hearing was 11:30 o'clock, but owing to the coroner be ing detained elsewhere it was 11:45 o'clock before the proceedings opened. Mr. Edw. S. Duvall, Jr., appeared as attorney for the George A. Fuller Company, the contractors for the erection of the building on which the men were working when killed, and Mr. H. L. B. Atkisson was present to look after the Interests of the families of the deceased. fifst Witness Called. The first witness called was Policeman Frank R. Emmett of the first precinct. Witness stated that when he arrived at the hotel he found one man. Hammond, lying on the sidewalk dead, and another, William Sehlorb, was near by badly injured. He sent the dead man to the morgue, he said, and the injured man to the hospital. Witness noticed a platform hanging against the wall of the Hotel Raleigh, and learned that a boom In the wall of the hotel building, about sixty feet high, had broken loose and struck one scaffold, knocking the two workmen off. , Witness then told what he understood the boom was used for. Dr. Glazebrook. deputy coroner, was the next witness. He stated that the autopsy on the body of Hammond showed the skull was fractured and both legs and arms and all ribs on the right side were broken. The man came to his death from the Injuries he had received. Policeman Frank R. Emmett was recalled and was handed a copy of The Evening Star of yesterday. On being asked if the picture published was a good one he replied that it was most excellent. Throughout the examination the picture was used to describe the stories of the accident told by the various witnesses. Mr. Chas. Stcllo, the next witness, stated that he was at work on 12th, street opposite the scene of the accident. He was an eye witness of the occurrence, but did not see the boom give away, his attention having been attracted first by the brash. He ran to the door and saw a man falling from the scaffold. The body struck the office building first, then rolled to the ground, falling face down. After hearing the evidence of a number of other witnesses the Jury returned the verdict as stated. ? I 5| I ' I ' ? ~i; ' t ' ? i i i !i PSEUDO DETECTIVE Arrested by Policeman and Sent to Workhouse. Claiming that he was a detective from Baltimore, James A. P. Tlppitt. colored, tried to arrest James Nugent and William McDonald last Saturday night. Policeman McQuade turned the tables on Tlppitt by arresting him. Tlppitt was sent to the workhouse last Monday for fifteen days, In connection with his attempted arrest of McDonald. He was tried today before Judge Kimball for making an assault on James Nugent and Ills stay at the institu tion mentioned was lengthened six months. Nugent and McDonald were In a saloon at 14th and P streets last Saturday evening when Tlppitt entered and offered to treat them. Neither refused. After the drink Tlppitt grabbed Nugent and carried him over P street. "What right have you to arrest me?" Nugent asked, struggling. "I am a detective from Baltimore, and they want you there," was the reply. In trying to get away Nugent was hit several times in the head. Later Tlppitt tried similar methodii on i McDonald, and whlleat lftth and P streets Policeman McQuade appeared on the scene. As a detective. It is stated, Tlppltt's lame faded as soon as he stepped in a patrol wagon a9 a prisoner. VIEWS OE STATISTICIANS. | Proceedings of Bee ent Conference to Be Published by Census Bureau. In order that the cities of the country may be aided In establisl ing a uniform sys tem of accounting and thereby avoid many difficulties into which they are for fed by the variety of the present methods and bring about a condition of affairs which, li. Is believed, will In a large measure make municipal "grafting" more difficult, the cen sus bureau Is preparing to publish In full the proceedings of the conference of muni cipal statisticians, held In this city Febru ary IS and 14. Director North of the cen sus was the most prominent figure in the conference and Is deeply Interested In the question which it considered. He believes cities will he greatly benefited if they will adopt the methods of accounting advocated by his bureau, which were heartily In dorsed by the conference. And at the same time, he says, the work of the census agents will he greatly simplified by the change to a uniform system. The published proceedings of the confer ence will be sent to city statisticians all over the United States by Director North In order that every one may have an op portunity to understand the present move ment. In about two months the agents of the bureau will begin their rounds to gather up figures for the next census report on the finances of the country's municipalities. Naval Orders. Lieut. H. L. Brinser, from the Columbia and await ordersi Lieut. G. W. Danforth, retired, to the Union iron works, San Francisoo. Ensign S. Read, to the Mayflower. Midshipman J. 8. Woods, from the Olym pla to the Princeton. Midshipman O. C. F. Dodge, to the naval hospital. New York. Assistant Naval Constructor J. W. Angus, to the navy yard, Boston. Acting Carpenter W. H. Sampson, from the Olyn^>la to the New Jersey. Personal Mention. Mr. Frank H. Pidcock. formerly of this city, will sail next Monday for Buenoe Ayres, South America, where he will con struct machinery for the newspaper El Dlario, and Instruct the South Americans j in color printing. For the past few years he has been ia business In New York. Rev. William Irwin Campbell, who was formerly a member of the District bar and who has since studied for the ministry, was recently Installed as pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of Princeton, N. J. a " ? i Fined for Colliding. Arthur Johnson, coachman for President Menefee of Washington College, was fined |90 in the Police Court this morning by Judge Mullowny on a charge of driving the carriage so as to collide. In the accident, Wesley Mark wood, eighty years of age, a veteran of the civil and the Mexican ware, was knocked down sad severely Injured. Since the accident, which occurred on Jan nary 28. the old soldier has been confined to the hospital much of the time. ALLEGED VIOLENCE NON-tJHIOH PLUMBERS SAID TO HAVE BUN ASSAULTED. Changes that violence has entered into the controversy between the master pi um bers of Washington and the Journeymen's union were made this afternoon by Mr. Robert B. Caverfy, chairman of the execu- . tlve lockout committee of the masters. It | was alleged that a non-union workman was assaulted, abused and chased by members of the plumbers' union and that the case will have a Police Court sequel tomorrow morning. "This happening." said Mr. Caverly to a Star reporter, "will cause us to hasten our Injunction proceedings. Our attorneys have been instructed today to flle the application as soon as the bill of complaint can be drawn." According to Mr. Carerly a non-union plumber named Howard H. Dove, who Is employed by 8. 8. Shedd & Bro. Co., was assaulted by t?*o men alleged to be locked out journeymen plumbers, as he was walking along D street between ?th and loth streets northwest about 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. It Is charged the men stepped up to Dove and asked him If he would like to have a job at $4 a day. To this Dove is reported to have replied that he was already employed by Mr. Shedd. Thereupon the men are said to have called him foul names and with oaths attacked him. cutting his mouth and in flicting other injuries. It Is also alleged that they took from him by force his plumbers' furnace or Are pot and a spigot, the property of Mr. 8hedd. Seeks Safety in Flight. The man's clothing was also torn, ac cording to Mr. Caverly, and Dove was com pelled to seek safety In flight. lie ran to the first precinct police sta tion on 12th street, closely pursued part of the way by his assailants. The sergeant of police In charge of the station sent an officer out with him, but his assailants had disappeared. Mr. Caverly says a warrant has been sworn out for the arrest of Michael Flaher ty, who is alleged to be one of the as se Hants, and that another warrant will be secured for the second man accused. An efTort was made to see officers of the plumbers' union this afternoon to get their version of the alleged violence episode, but none of them could be found at their head- ) quarters. The Master Plumbers' Association reports that live non-union plumbers arrived from Fhlladekphlan today and were put to work at once. It Is said twenty-five others will be here before next Monday. Indorsed by Builders. A special Joint meeting of the Master Builders' Association of Washington, D. O. (Incorporated), and the original Master Builders' Association was held last night la the assembly room of the Small build ing. 14th and C streets, to receive a dele gation from the Master Plumbers' Asso ciation, who made a statement as to the cause of the present lockout of Journey men plumbers. The attendance consisted of a large ma jority of the most prominent builders and contractors in Washington, and after a thorough discussion of the situation a res olution was passed unanimously, setting forth that "at a Joint meeting of the two associations of the master builders of the District of Columbia, held at the request of the Master Plumbers' Association, for the purpose of considering matters pertaining to differences between the Master Plumb ers' Association of the District of Columbia and the local plumbers' union, It was re solved That the members of both the builders' associations. Individually and collectively, uphold and give their support and patron age to the Master Plumbers' Association and Its Individual members. It was also ordered "that a copy of the resolution pertaining to the Master Plumbers' Association and the local plumbers' union be handed to the chairman of the Master Plumbers- Association tor such disposition as the Mastitr Plumbers' Association may deem proper, and that a copy also be furnished to each member of the Master Builders' Association." Imposed on Charitable Persons. William Hall, an old colored man, visited several business establishments In the northeast section of the city yesterday. He presented a note alleged to have been writ ten by '"Sergeant Daley." The note gave permission to the bearer to collect money to burj' his dead brother-in-law. The ap peal met with success. Among those who were asked for help was Robert Carroll. To him the colored man said that Lieut. Daley had given liim the note. The operations of the man were brought to the attention of Policeman Brod erick of the ninth precinct and he escorted Hall around to see I>leut. Daley. The re sult of the visit was that Hall was taken to the Police Court this morning and was tried before Judge Kimball on a charge of ob taining money by false pretenses. "A man who will impose on the charity of people In this way ought to be punished severely." Judge Kimball commented. In Imposing sentence. "Nine months." Royal Dogs Get Lost. Special Cablegram to The Star. BERLIN, March 15.?Royal dogs get lost In Germany as well as mongrels of an ordinary breed, and royal princesses have as much trouble here over the disappear ance of their pets as do children who do not reside in a palace. Recently It was a cat valued at $1,000 which made no end of trouble. The cat was recovered and peace restored. Scarcely had this excitement died away before the court was again thrown into a state of consternation by the loss of Prin cess Victoria Louisa's little fox terrier, whloh baa been missing for two weeks. The young princess herself visited the cen tral lost property office and caused a no tice of her loss to be posted on all the bill boards In the city. The little fox terrier answers to the name of "Toby," and a lib eral reward will be paid for his return. Adoption of American System. Special Cablegram to The Star. COLOGNE, March 13.?A member of a clever gang of International railway thieves has Just been caught between this place and Susseldorf. His method was as unique as It was daring. He was accustomed to climb on to the roof of a train, turn off the light in some compartment occupied by a lady, let himself down to the footboard, enter the carriage, rob his vicltm of her jewels and purse In the dark, and then leave by the way he came. The man had baffled the railway police for a long time. He Is said to have be trayed the gang which has employed sim ilar methods for the past year or two, and many more arrests are expected. So nu merous and diverse have been the crimes committed under the compartment system, murder Included, that the newspapers are agitating the advantages of abolishing com partments and adopting the American sys tem. 19 THINGS WANTED TODAY Bricks Lathe OMk Beflater Store* Clothing Diamonds Feather Beds Furniture Ml The above are advertised In todays Star. Watch the want columns for a purchaser. CAUCUS ON STATEHOOD Future Action Considered by House Republicans. PLANS OF THE LEADERS Final Acceptance of the Senate Bin Favored. HOUSE FIRST WILL NON-CONCUB Result of Conference Likely to Be the Adoption of the Foraker Referendum. So well assured does It seem that there Is a majority in the House favorable to the Senate amendment to the statehood bill providing for the Foraker referendum that the question now Is largely one of parlia mentary procedure. The conference of re publicans of the House which assembled at 3 o'clock this afternoon took that ques tion under consideration. The plans of the House leaders, if sus tained by the caucus today, will direct that the House non-concur in the Senate amendments and send the bill to a confer ence between the House and Senate. The understanding will be?although it may not be expressed?that the ultimate dispo sition of the bill will be the acceptance by the House of the Foraker referendum amendment. Views of Some Republicans. Som$ of the House republicans were dis posed today to move a resolution In this afternoon's caucus. Instructing the con ferees to stand by the original bill. There was violent opposition to that plan from other republicans on the ground that the Senate has and again resented the send ing of a bill Into conference between the two bouses with Instructions. They Insist that in suoh case a "full and free confer ence" Is impossible as one set of con ferees are tied lip in advance of the meet ing and thus the spirit of the conference Is violated at the'outset. It is a grave question, however, whether a majority could be obtained for such a motion. Sentiment has steadily been grow ing in the House in favor of the Foraker amendment, as en alternative to the entire failure of statehood for Oklahoma and In dian Territory. The Foraker amendment, which submits to the voters of Arizona and New Mexico the question of whether they will oome into the Union as one state or remain out of the Union indefinitely appeals to many republicans who supported the House administration In the original contest, and It Is thought to be certain that a straight away vote would show a majority of re publicans In favor of it. Effect on the Elections. The possible political effect in the impend ing congressional elections of adopting a policy which would deny statehood to Okla homa, juat when statehood was In that territory's grasp, makes a great many re publicans uneasy, and they have communi cated their fears to the House leaders. If the bill Is directed to be sent to con ference a very odd situation will then arise. The spectacle will be presented of the House conferees and the Senate conferees ?being In accord and yet unable to impress the majority In either body. That seeming paradox will grow out of the fact that the men who will be appointed on the confer ence committee, on account of their rank In the committees on territories, will favor the original House -bill and yet will not be abl' to command backing In their respec tive bodies. The Insurgents' Caucus. The republican Insurgents held a meet ing this afternoon and decided to go into the republican conference at 3 o'clock. Out with the express proviso that they would not toe bound by the result of the meeting and with the understanding that they are attending a conference and not a party caucus. About thirty-five republicans were In the insurgent meeting. The insurgents were willing to agree to ?thai Senate amendment which eliminates Arizona and New Mexico from the bill, and would consent to all other Senate amendments going into conference. One of the Insurgent leaders said that they would not consent to having all the Senate amendments go into conference, as that would mean failure of the entire state hood bill, and they were not willing to take the responsibility of Steeping out Oklahoma and Indian Territory. The Insurgents claimed this afternoon that no matter what the action of the re publican conference might be this after noon, they would still have votes enough in the House to provide for the admission of Oklahoma and Indian Territory. BANK AHD KAIL ROBBERS. One of the Criminals Believed to Be a Woman. Special Cablegram to Tin Star. BUENOS AYRE8, March 16,?Four inter national bank and mail robbers with a long series of crimes behind them are believed to be concerned In the daring bank robbery successfully carried out at the branch of the Bank of the Nation, at Villa Mercedes, In the province of San Luis. One of the criminals Is believed to be a woman dressed In man's attire. The names of the robbers are given as Harry Longbaugh and his wife, James Ryan and Harvey Logan. The bank stands in the center of the town, and the affair happened about 10 o'clock in the morning. About that hour four horsemen were seen taking a drink outside a hotel opposite tbe bank. Having handed their empty glasses to a waiter, they dis mounted and calmly led their horses across the road. Three of the men entered the bank, while the fourth held their horses outside. The men leaped over the counter, and one of them, seising the cashier, threatened to shoot him on the spot if he made an oat cry. The others proceeded to loot the hank, and had not completed their work when the manager appeared on the scene. As he resisted the robbers one of them fired three shots at him, wounding him In the head and breast. The men then remounted their horses and galloped away. The bank authorities and the police decline to make any statement regarding the amount taken. UNDERGROUND WIRES Have Become a System in United Kingdom. Bpertal Cablegram to The Star. LONDON, March 18.?Underground wires have become practically a system, so far as the united kingdom la concerned. Already an underground connection hss been estab lished between London and Scotland, thus marking an epoch In the history of English telegraph}-. The business of the country, as well ss the preservation of rapid private communication, are thus no longer com pletely at the mercy of a furious gale which has periodically blown down the aerial wires and cut the telegraphic communica tion between the metropolis and distant In dustrial towns, sometimes Isolating Scot land and Ireland. The two main difficulties In the way of providing this underground system have been the cost, which Is enormous, and sec ondly, certain electrical obstacles which are even more grave than the financial one. The greatest obstacle In the way of the success fid establishment of underground lines, however, has been the capacity of a cov ered wire?that Is, Its ability to retain and accumulate a portion of the current thrown tnte It. In order to overcome these dUS eultiee la connection with lsag distance lines various#ibstacles lutrr been trie,5, a I experts hellsve that success ha* be<?a achieved. " MABBIED TO "STELLA.'' Belief That Dean Swift Was Husband of the Woman. Spocfal (leMsgrssi to The Star. LONDON, Vsrch 13.-Considerable inter est has been arousal in literary circled by the statement that a hitherto unpublished ^letter has been discovered In a library at Christ's Church. Oxford, In which It is clearly shown that Dean Swift was married to ?'Stella." The Very Rev. Dr. Bernard, who has made a study of this subject, also threw some new llacht on the matter dur liiK the course of an Interview thle week. It was not possible to say with certainty I that they were married, said Dr. Bernard, but he considered the evidence of the mar riage was very strong. There was no doubt that "Stella" must have looked forward to a closer union even while Swift was divert ing himself In London with the unhappy Vanessa. The tender language of his Jour nal intended for her private eye would haw led any woman to anticipate such a result. Dr. Bernard said that he had seen an un published letter written In 1723. whl- h | showed that at the time rff writing It ?|i I commor report that Swift and "Stella' were man and wife. CONFISCATIOH MAY FOLLOW. Passage of the Dardanelles of Arms and War Munitions Forbidden. The Secretary of State has received a ' note from Mr. Cheklb Bey. the Turkish minister here, reciting the fact that the passage of arms and munitions of war | through the straits of Dardanelles and Bosphorus Is prohibited, but that foreign | steamships with such cargoe have crossed the straits In spite of the prohibition. In order to prevent difficulties United . [ States navigation companies have been warned not to take prohibited cargo on board their ships under penalty of con fiscation. News Briefs. The Called States derelict destroyer Leb anon has put to sea from Hampton roads with orders to search for six derelict* which are reported as dangerous to naviga tion between Cape Henry and Delaware breakwater. Chicago Is soon to have a l>ank that will be kept open for business day and night. The only exception will be Sundays, Christ mas and New Year day. The capital stocK will be $290,000. The trustees of Tufts College, at a meet ing in ?k>ston Tuesday elected Rev. F W. Hamilton. D. D., president of the college, to succeed the late Rev. Dr. Klmer H. Capen. The new president is pastor of the First Cniversallst Church of Box'wrv. and Is a native of Portland, Me. J Carol us Duran, the portrait s^inter, 1* about to paint a portrait of Pojjm. Plus X. taking his inspiration from Titian's j?>r trait of Pope Paul III (Alessandro Fsr nessei. The Kentucky senate Tuesday concurred In the house bill appropriating $2"<> for a tablet at Hodgenvllle to the memory or Abraham Lincoln. Hodgenvllle Is the county seat of the county in which Lincoln was born, and was the scene of his boy hood days. The governor will approve the bill. George P. Brock, formerly cashier of th<> Doylestown (Pa.) National Bank, which failed some'time ago, was placed In trial yesterday at Philadelphia, charged with embezzlement and misapplication of funds Brock and Henry Lear, president of the bank, were arrested shortly aft?.r its fail ure. The latter, after three trials, was found guilty and sentenced to the peniten tiary. He Is at liberty pending an appeal. In conformity with the desire of King Peter the Servian foreign portfolio has been given to Col. Antonlcs, Premier Urulcs taking the war portfolio, in addition to the premiership, instead of the foreign portfolio, as at first announced. The police of Manchester, Va., have ar rested a man giving his name as Archie Nixon. The man answers the description of Joseph Hull, wanted for alleged for gery and check raising, according to the police of Manchester. The man was bes glng money with which to go to Pittsburg. He is being held for the officers. The negro attorney representing Ed John son. the condemned rapist, whose death sentence has been extended until next Tues uay, left Chattanooga yesterday for this city to carry the habeas corpus case, which has been turned down by United Htat--s Judge Clark, before tlio United Statej Su preme Court. The case will be acted upon at once. Fire of an unknown origin yesterday de stroyed the large cotton platform and ware house of Inman, Akers & Inman, the plant the Atlanta Compress Company. 7<*> bales of cotton and seven loaded freight cars at Toctoa, Ga. The loss Is placed at 1150,000. fully Insured. Col. Prince-Rivera, nephew to the gen I eral of that name who formerly commanded the Spanish troops In the Philippines, has arranged to fight a duel with Deputy Sogl ano, who was savagely assaulted by the colonel for criticising acts of the Spanish generals In Cuba and the Philippines. The United States cruiser Columbia left the League Island navy yard yesterday ! on a cruise to the West Indies. The ?|,'P will visR the United States naval station I ?t Guantunamo, proceeding thence to San Domingo, and finally to the Isthmus of Panama to bring back marines whose i terms of enlistment there are about to ex pire. Judge W. C. Marshall of the Missouri su preme oourt tiled his resignation with uov. Folk yesterday to take effect April X. The bill of the New York senate finance | committee designating Va rk er and Andrews a commission to invea tlgate the state banking law and its ac^n n latmilon by the state bank department, naw^d the senate in its original form yes ^John H. Teiment, sr., president of the de funct Tennent Shoe Company, was arrest I ed at St. Louis yesterday on a bench warrant changing him money under false preten^Thewarrant aid not state any sum of money. The war rant was issued at the request of the grai:>l q Hoffman, republican candidate 1 ^Er'EfSS? ? oJf?^e\T of the ..VeEdrord T^ Dobbins, admitted to pro ??E ?22rion was called to pass a taw assessing A tax on rectifiers of spirit*.a **** jjjch thetealataiure failed to Include in the rev - SLfcJu by the session which *a5?Rl?SirtadSand L. C. Coughener of i^. Angeles. Cai., wars sentenced yesterday at Santa Rosalia. Max.. to twelve yews an< sU months each ia the penitentiary for ths murder of B. W. Rutherford of Philadel phia and C. W. McMurray of Los Angeles, kttha Dlas ranch in Chihuahua recently. At a meeting held in Philadelphia yester day by the stockholders of the Allegheny Valley railroad action was postponed for the present on the proposition to merg.i that road with the Pennsylvania. No rea son was publicly announced for the pos - A resolution declaring that vast Interests will be Jeopardized by passage of leglsla tloo provldlnjc for the election of ail mem bers of the board of trustees of insurance companies at a single election to be held this year was adopted In that city yester day by the trustees of the New York Life Company. . .. ? . John Jacob Anderson, the author of An derson's School Histories, died of old age at his home In Brooklyn yesterday. He wai in his eighty-sixth year. M. C. Wallace, state organiser of the American Federation of Labor of Columbia, 8. C.. died yesterday after a brief Illness of pneumonia. He was continuously connected with the stats federation from tha data of Its establishment. In 1801. An electrical storm of great severity, ac companied by a heavy rainfall, visited At Ltanta. Ga.. late yesterday. Nearly two 1 Inches of rain fell between noon and dark. The tower of the Second Baptist Church was set on fir* by lightning, causing 91.000 damage to the church. The relief fund for the victims of the late tornado at Meridian, Miss., which re sulted in the death of twenty-three par sons and Injuries to hair a hundred more, has rsaohed S82.00U. It Is believed that at least MM? will be aaa*?d by ths rstlef committee to alleviate tha urgent cases.