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WASHINGTON, D. , C., FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 1906?TWENTY-TWO PAGES TWO CENTS THE EVENING STAR WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION. OSet, 11th Stmt tad linn The Evening Star Newipaper Company. 8 H KAUFFMANN, Pmidrat. New York Office: Tribune Building. Cfcieafo OfflM. Tribune Bulldii". The Evening St?r# with the Sunday morninf edi tion. 1* delivered by carrier*, on tbelr own account, within the city at 60 ccntf per month; without the ftanday morning edition at 44 cent* per month. FORTY KILLED IUWBECK Fearful Collision on the Denver and Rio Grande. MANY ROASTED TO DEATH Tile Passenger Trains Met on Sharp Curve. ENGINES AND 2 COACHES UPSET Both Cars Were Crowded With People ?Wreckage Caught Fire, Retard ing the Rescue Work. PUEBLO. Colo., March i6.? With the dead numbered at forty or more and the injured at twenty five, the worst railroad wreck in Colorado since the memorable dis aster at Eden occurred early this morning on the Denver and Rio Grande railroad near Adobe. East bound No. 16 crashed into west bound Xo. 3, telescoping the for ward cars on each train. The coaches at once took fire and flames completed the horror begun by the collision. The cause of the wreck Is attributed to a failure to deliver orders to No. 16, so that No 3 could pass. Among the physicians who rendered as sistance were Dr. F. N. Cochens of Salida, who was on No. IB at the time of the col lision. Imt who escaped Injury. He at once l>egan taring for the wounded, and was assisted bj Drs. G. W. Kambo and F. H Moore of Florence, who soon arrived at the scene of the disaster. oome of the victims were pinioned under the wreckage and burned aiive before help could reach t! em. Most of the Injured were on No. ,'t. which was heavily loaded. No. 1*1 carried comparatively few passen gers. and these escaped generally with a slight shaking up One man. whose name could not lie learned, was the only one of a family of ten who escaped. He lost his father, mother, wife and three children, it brother and two other relatives. l'liree of the crew on No. 3 were killed and two on No. It;. One of the engineers on No. 3, which was a double-header, was found dead .n his cab with his hand on the throttle. Express Messenger E M McParland. a relative of tlie detective of that name, now active in the Gov. Steunenberg assassina tion case, is among the dead. Many of the bodies will never be identified. Thev were burned to a crisp. Part of the mall was destroyed and all the express matter Relief trains were at once dispatched to the scene from Pueblo and Florence, but the work was necessarily slow, because of the smoke from the burning wreck and be cause of the cold weather. The first train bearing Injured reached Pueblo shortly after 0 o'clock. List of the Dead. Recovered bodies and identified dead: 'William Hollls. engineer. No. 1(1. Hugh Sudduth, fireman. No. 1*5. Pueblo. E M McParland, Globe express messen ger, No. 1*;. Waller Causlet. < :iginrer of the first en gine No. 3, Pueblo; leaves widow and three children A H. Kniit'v fiicman to Engineer f iuslet. stated that just before the collision he saw the h' adlight of train No. Hi as it rounded the ? urve at?>ut J*m yards distant. He went to the engineer's side; saw Engineer Caus let at the emergency brake. He stoope.l down. and. feeling Causlet's feet upon ills ' ha k. Jumped. Not a word passed between the two men Grant Kelkt-r of Pueblo, engineer on the second engine of No. .'i, and Harry Hart nan. hi? (Iretnan both noticed the head light of N<> l?i as it rounded the curve Kel ker yelled "Look out." and applied the emergency brake. Hoth escaped by Jump ing Engineer K>lker said that he had barely recovered himself when the whole train seemed to be afire. Frank Smith conductor on No 3. Mike Garrett. , ii.due-tor on No. 1*:, and Phil Pe ters. Globe express messenger on No. 3, es caped. No. 3 was composed of a mall car. express cm. tw day coaches two tourist and two standard sleepers. All the sleepers were sa\ d. none ,f the occupants being injured. R I Jones of Denver. Col., mall weigher on No. Hi, who was in the car with Mtufcen ge: McParland. escaped with InjurUs about the ? "h< st sod head. W A Wat kins, colored train porter on No. 1*1, tscoped wth cuts ubout the head. Three Engines Demolished. A I three engines were practically demol ished and piled 1:: a heap, and within a few mlnuti >- afl? r ti c collision the wreckage was a mass of fl\mc*. The first three cars of No, 3 were l>lled up. but be fori the wreckage took Slie most of the passeng *r? were removed. So far Rf> knov.n at this time Express Messenger Mc Parlond was the on y one caught in the wreckage and burned to death. According to the statement of a passenger In the front coach <>f No. 3 there Were only eight or ten vacant seats in the car. J. 1.. I-aw ton of Hellfiower, Mo., and S. F. Sweeney of Trenton, Mo., escaped with slight injuries. Enwton's lmck was l>adly wrenched and ills left leg cut. Sweeney's left leg was pinioned beneath the wreck and badly mashed. He was pulled from the wreckage by two men Just before the lire reached him. L. H. Rose and E. F. Wood of Denver, mail clerks on No. 3, escaped with a slight shaking up. The .mpact, they say, was hardly noticeable. ? When we felt the shock," said Hose, "we both rushed to the door, realizing that something was wrong. The fire had started In the coach in the rear of us by the time we got out." Conductor Frar.k Smith of No. 3 and Con ductor Garrett of No. 14 escaped uninjured. Fire Prevented Rescus Work. Tin wrecker reached the scene at 6:4!> a m. The fire from the coaches prevented any operations until later. When the trains cam? together they were rounding a sharp curve, around a high bluff. Just a short distance west of where passenger No. 10 and freight No. 63 came together on October 15, 1004. when seven persons were killed and many Injured. It was impossible for the engineers of either train to see the othtfr train until the two trains were within about ISM) yards of each other. At this point the Santa Fe and Denver and Rio Grande tracks run close together, and it was easy for the enginemen to suppose that the oncoml-tg train was on the Santa Fe track. According to the first order, the trains were supposed to meet at Adobe, one-half mile from the scene of the wreck. At Flor ence No. 16 received orders to meet No. 3 at Beaver. Ave miles east of Portland. It !s supposed No. 3 was to have been Riven similar orders ai Swallows, but falling to receive them, ran on to Adobe. Drs. A. T. Kin*, J. A. Black and J. J. McDonnell and several doctors from Flor ence and Canon City were on hand soon after the wreck. Snow had begun to fall soon after midnight. The weather turned severely cold and this added to the suffer ings of those who were hurt. List of Injured. The Injured: T. H. Webb, Yampa, Col.; slightly. Bert Meyers, Pottsville. Mo.; slightly. W. I? Hewitt, Lebo, Kan.; slightly. Claude Robinson, Denver; slightly. H. Goldberg. Denver; slightly. W. R. Page, Yampa, Col.; serious. Ralph Britton, Brighton. Iowa; serious. Mabel Fields. Wolcott, Col.: serious. Arthur K. Hewitt. Lebo, Kan.; serious. N. \Y. Phillips. Coyville. Kan.: slightly. C. C. House, Cliama. N. M.; slightly. J. Percano. Florence. Col.; slightly. Jack Scott. Montrose, Col.; slightly. Ed Brannen, Leadville; slightly. John Scott, Denver; arms and leg cut. A. Garber. New York; ear. Ralph Boniton. Brighton. Iowa; neck. L. C. Ranseotto. San Francisco: neck. Dave McCullam, Chicago, porter; In haled gas. Sarah Gailingan, Cleveland. Ohio; cut oiv head. Myron Phillips. Salt I-ake City; ankle hurt. W. F. Paul. Portland. Ore.; foot. Thomas Webb. Chama, N. M.; foot. Claude Robinson. Denver; leg. Two Escaped in Family of Eleven. Dr. McMahon. who has been at the wreck since early this morning, has sent a mes- J sage to Pueblo in which he estimates the dead at forty. He says he will leave at once on a special train bringing the bodies j to Pueblo. Out of a family of eleven only two es- j caped. The others were burned to a crisp. During the progress of the fire one man was seen hanging from a car window. "For God's sake, save me." he cried, but the heat was too intense for the rescuers to reach him. He slowly roasted to death before the eyes of the crowd around the burning wreck. Another train bringing In dead and injured Is expected to arrive here within a short time. The number of persons on this train has not yet been ascertained. A tele phone message from Florence this forenoon said that none of the injured or dead had been brought to that place, consequently It is expected all will be brought to Pueblo. Thrilling Rescues. Many thrilling rescues were reported. One man whose name could not be learned forced his way Into a coach that had re ceived the brunt of the shock and. seeing a young girl who had been pinned under a seat, endeavored to lift her to a place of safety. As he raised her the girl died in his arms. The rescuer dropped his burden and seized a man who was lying under a roof timber. He dragged the man to a clearing In the wreckage, where others carried him to a place of safety. This one rescuer saved four persons' lives. Railway's Official Statement. DENVER, Col., March 16.?At the gen eral offices of the Denver and Rio Grande In this city, at 10 o'clock today, an official statement was made that the number of persona killed by the contston at Ad. -be, Col., this morning. Is not more than fif teen and that not more than twenty were injured. The official announcement Is as follows: "Westbound train No. 3 *knd easbbound tram o. 16, met in head-on collision 'one mile east of Adobe. Engineer and fireman on train No. 16 were killed and engineer on train No. 3. About fifteen passengers in smoking car on train No. 3 also killed, and twenty injured. Names not yet obtainable. So far as known, no passengers In sleeping cars on either train were Injured or killed. "Westbound Denver and Rio Grande pas senger train No. 3, which was wrecked this morning near Portland. Col., by collision, with eastbound train No. 16, is the Utah and California exipress, which left Denver at 8 o'clock last evening. "The train with which it collided, No. 16 eastbound, is a local train between Lead ville and Denver, which consolidates at Pueblo east of the place where the wreck occurred, with the train for Ne-w Mexico and southwestern Colorado, and is desig nated as the New Mexico arid Colorado ex press." Officials Off for Wreck Scene. CASTI,E ROCK, Col., March 16.?On the Denver and Rio Grande train, which left Denver at 8 a.m. today, was a party of Rio Grande officials on their way to the scene of the wreck near Adobe, Col. The party consisted of General Superintendent A. E. Welby. Chief Engineer E. J Yard and Superintendent" of Machinery G R Groves. While admitting his inability to give def inite details of the wreck, Mr. Welby said "Train No. 3, engines and 725, Con ductor Frank Smith, Engineers Causlett and Keller, met train No. 16. engine 730, ( onductor Garrett and Engineer Hollls, ono mile from Adobe, about 2:10 a.m. v ' "'aches and two baggage cars of .^o. 16. and baggage and coach of No. 3. damaged ty fire. Engineers Hollls and < ausiett, with their firemen reported miss ing. Passengers In smoking car of NO 3 were the sufTerers. Cannot sav at this time the loss of life and injured. Express mes senger on No. 16 missing. Every effort is being made by the railway company to care for t lie passengers and relieve their suf ferlng:. ? The wr-->ck will not interfere with the running of Rio Grande trains, as the tracks iVLui S;V,lta T*' whlch Parallel those of the Rio Grande from Pueblo as far as Canon City, will be used. MAY VOTE TOMORROW. The Copyright Conference Not Yet Ready for Action. The copyright conference in session in the Library of Congress for the past few days has decided to add still another day to its consideration of the proposed codification of 'he copyright laws. The program now Is to vote on the sections of the bill to morrow and then itdjourn. 1 he daily discussion began at 10:30 o'clock and will continue until a late hour. Mem bers of the Senate and House committees on patents have attended the conference and participated in the difnussion. It U expected a unanimous report will be the result of the conference and future hear ings on the matter before the congression al committees will not be necessary DENIED BY JUSTICE HARLAN. Application for Writ of Error for Charles L. Tucker. Justice Harlan of the Supreme Court of the Lnlted States today denied the writ of er. or applied for in the case of Charles I.. Tucker, under sentence of death on the charge of murdering Miss Mabel Page at Weston. Mass., in March, 19tX. Proposed Indemnity to Ocean Com merce. Speetil C?blesram to Tbe Sur. LONDON. March 10.?The council of the London chamber of commerce Is putting before the government a scheme of na tional Indemnity to ocean commerce in case of war. The council contends that several seizures of ships containing food supplies In war time would send food up to famine prices, whereas if the government took up their insurance policies when the war broke out and guaranteed to reimburse losses a panic would be prevented and prions be kept normal. NO DECISION MADE AS TO JUSTICE BROWN'S SUCCES SOR CN THE BENCH. After talking In a confidential waay over half an hour with President Roosevelt this morning relative to the offer of the vacant associate Justiceship on the bench of the United States Supreme Court, Secretary Taft went away declining to answer all questions that would commit him one way or the other. There was Issued from tl.e White House, however, the following indefi nite, carefully worded statement, that did no more to clear up the situation than if it had not been given out: "As Mr. Justice Brown will not retire until June, when the Supreme Court will take a vacation until the second Monday in October, and no public inconvenience can arise from a vacancy continuing through the vacation, the President will take fur ther time to decide the question of Mr. Justice Brown's successor. Several names. Including that of Secretary Taft. have been under consideration, but no decision has been reached or is likely to be reached or announced In the near future." Two Interpretations. There were two widely different Interpre tations to the statement. One was that Secretary Taft has eliminated himself en tirely, but that the President did not care to have this known for fear that he would be deluged with suggestions as to candi dates and plagued with importunities at every turn. By leaving the question open the President would have time carefully to weigh the whole thing and pick a man suit able to his tastes. Those holding this view believe that if Secretary Taft had accepted the position there would have been no good reason why it should not be an nounced now, although lie would not go on the bench for n number of months. The other view, which is being insisted upon as having the earmarks of plausibil ity, is that Secretary Taft really Intends to accept the position, but that he and the President do not care to have this an nouncement made now, as it might interfere with much important work the Secretary is doing, especially in appearing before congressional committees and in pushing certain legislation. Therefore, it has been deemed best to postpone the official an nouncement. It is also pointed out that for these same reasons Secretary Taft may have concluded to give 110 definite answer to the President at this time, which would technically enable the statement to be truthfully made that no decision has been reached. There is a somewhat strong be lief that Secretary Taft will be the man who will fill the position. HOPES OF AGREEMENT RAILWAY RATE SITUATION LOOKS MORE ENCOURAGING. The line of demarkation between the views of Senate republicans on railway rate legislation continues to narrow, and con sequently the hope Is encouraged that an agreement will ultimately be reached that will solidify the r?^>ubticans and pass the rate bill without the necessity of the aid of democratic votes. The prediction made in The Star some time ago that the law will be "Roosevelt's bill" regardless of democratic assistance, still appears to hold good. Suspension of Rates. The conservative republicans say there Is very slight difference between them and the advocates of the bare Hepburn bill. The latter report that, although the ?differ ence may not involve many points, they are very essential and apply to the vitality of the bill. The republicans, including the two factions, seem to be agreed upon the point that the rate must be suspended, if the court bo determines, pending final adjudica tion. So far as known there is no dissent from that view by republicans. The demo crats, however, are split wide open upon that proposition. Senators Tillman and Rayner both contend that unless the rate continues in force while the case is being adjudicated the railroads can prolong the litigation to the extent of nullifying the bill. Other democrats hold the view of the republicans, that no act of Congress can prevent the court using its discretion to suspend the rate which is claimed to be ruinous. The Review by the Courts. The one difficulty in the way of harmoni ous agreement among the republicans ap plies to the question of extent of the re view. The advocates of the unamended Hepburn bill are fearful that too broad a review woUW give the railroads the right to try the case de novo, aivl open up too wide a field of litigation. It Is the judgment of some of the influ ential republican senators that within the next ten days the two factions of repub licans will get together and in a few hours' work will compose their differences, striku common ground upon the scope of the re view and will then present to the demo crats the solid front of the republicans, backed by President Roosevelt, as against a divided democracy. Of course that would mean radical amend ment of the Hepburn bill. It would put the bill back into the House for further con sideration, and the House would again con front the situation of the Senato mutilating its legislation. Republicans in the Senate say, however, that if they can get the President to back the solid republican sen atorial vote it will be very difficult for the House to insist upon its own contentions, and that the administration inllumize would probably be able to secure potent assistance of the committee on rules to Jam the legis lation through the House. Personal Mention. Prof. Mitchell Carroll, head of the class ical department of the George Washington University, who is associate secretary of the Archaeological Institute of America, has been granted a month's leave of absence by the university at the request of the in stitute. that his time may be devoted to the organization of affiliated societies of the in stitute In Denver, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and the northwest. Mr. W. A. Wimsatt of this city has re turned from an extensive visit to Cuba, the West Indies and Florida. leaving this city early in January, Mr. Wimsatt went to Florida and visited points of interest along the west coast to Key West. Then he proceeded to Cuba, and next through the islands of the West Indies. After returning to Key West he went to Palm Beach and other points on the east coast of Florida. Noted Michigan Educator Dead. ANN ARBOR. Mich , March 16.?Prof. A. H. Pattenglll, one of the University of Michigan's veteran professors and the fac ulty representative of Michigan in all ath letic matters for a number of years, died suddenly from heart difiease early today. Prof. Pattengill was chairman of the west ern lnterco'.leg-iate athletic conference for a number of years and Michigan's representa tive in the conference. Arrested for Forgery at a Revival. S|w<MhI Dinpatch to The Star. WHEELING, W. Va., Jfarch 16.?'Wlllam Ebbert, aged nineteen, was arrested by a constable last night for forgery, when attending a revival service In the Fulton M. E. Church. He was charged In a state warrant with gorging the name of his sis ter, Mrs. Wiliiam Lucas, to a note for f'200. Ebbert was taking an active part in the services when placed under arrest. Delegates- in More Hopeful Mood Today OVER POLICE QUESTION Believed That French and Germans Will Agree ON MODIFIED OFFICIAL POWER Next Meeting is Being Deferred in Anticipation That Both Sides Will Get Together. ALGECIRAS, Spain, March 10.?The dele gates of the powers to the Moroccin con ference are more hopeful as the French and Germans, after communicating with their governments, show less rigidity than they did previous to so doing. Sir Arthur Nicol son, head of the British mission. Is exer cising an important and perhaps decisive Influence toward the agreement. While continuing to support ttie French delegates, he maintains that they should do their share toward securing an adjustment, and therefore advises them to accept a modified form of the Austrian police project, such as a modification providing that the inspector general shall merely inspect but not com mand the Franco-Spanish police. It is pointed out ill British quarters that Germany having conceded the important principle of a Franco^Spanlsh police, France should concede the detail of an In spector generalship without command. Moreover, it is claimed that a police force thus organized would assure French pre dominance In Morocco. The French hesi tate to agree to this, believing that a for eign inspector general stationed at Casa Blanca is a ruse to secure a base for future German Influence and Intrigue. It is understood, however, that Great Britain offers to co-operate with France against the realization of such a design, and therefore it Is believed that the French and Germans will agree to a modification of the inspector general's authority, and that this will be the basis of the agree ment. The delegates hope that the next session will be decisive and are deferring tho meet ing until assurd that both sides are pre pared to accept the modified project. No Chance for a Rupture. PARIS, March 16.?The officials here say there Is no chance of a rupture at Alge clras. While not disposed to accept the Austrian plan to .have an inspector general stationed at Casablanca exercising com mand over the Franco-Spanish police in Morocco, France is willing to consider a modified plan by which the inspector gen eral shall confine his duties to Inspection, without having command or control of the police. Berlin Office Indifferent. BERLIN. March 16.?Herr von Radowits and Count von Tottenbach, respectively the first and second delegates of the German mission to the Moroccan conference, are waiting at Algeciras as tho French dele gates offer a substitute to the Austrian police project, which will be discussed in a conciliatory spirit. The foreign office her?, however, says no proposal can be ac cepted that does not admit of some sort of effective international supervision. A feeling almost of indifference is noticed at the foreign office, where all responsibility for the failure of the conference to agree Is disavowed. THE MARYLAND SOLONS LIVELY CONTEST TODAY OVER A NEW ELECTION LAW. Special Dispatch to Tlic Star. STATE HOUSE, ANNAPOLIS. Mil., March 16.?The house of delegates was captured today by a combination of re publicans and independent democrats in a fight over a new election law for the state of Maryland. The measure Is known as the Murphy bill, and is intended to do away with the evlla of the law no-w in force, as It prohibits trick and fake bal lots and will make the law fair and just in every particular. It was handed in with an unfavorable ie port by the regular democratic committee on elections, and after a hard fight the re publicans and independent democrats com bined overthrew the democratic ring forces and placed the bill on the files. All sorts of efforts were made to break the combi nation, but failed. The republicans and several independent democrats stood to gether, and after adopting some minor amendments the bill wae ordered engrossed for final action. The session began at 9:30 a.m., and at noon efforts were made by some of the nu mbers to get away on the train, but the eergeant-at-arms was sent after them, and several wero brought back. The matter waft taken up again and carried to a con clusion, and If the combination sticks to gether the bill will probably be passed early next week. Both houses wlli adjourn late this after noon to Monday night. Mrs. Roosevelt Goes to Groton. BOSTON, March 16.?Mrs. Roosevelt passed through this city today on her way to Groton to visit her son Kermlt, who Is IT student at the Groton school. Home Circulation Appeals to Advertisers. , The great bulk of THE SUNDAY STAR'S cir culation is delivered by carrier to regular sub scribers. In circulation IN THE HOMES The Sunday Star has no competitor. Last Sunday's Circulation, 32,441. No other Sunday paper in Washington ap proaches these figures. JEW HATER PUNISHED AUTHOR OF INSTIGATING CIRCU LARS TO BE PROSECUTED. ST. PETERSBURG, March 10,-The au thor of the anti-Jewish circulars was M. Levroff. an employe of the ministry cf the Interior holding a rank In the otHci-U hie rarchy equivalent to councilor of state. He is the leader olf the "League of the Russian People." He has been dismissed from the service and arrested and will be prose cuted. The first step of the peasant elections has been completed in twenty-eight provinces and in the workmen's elections the first stage has ended in ten provinces and six towns. In many cases no returns have been published, but the Recti (Speech) claims to liave authentic Information showing that the peasants in seventy-two districts elect ed progressive delegates against forty-eight conservatives. Election rows occurred at various places. At Torzhok, province of Tver, the marshal of the nobility was com pelled to close a small landowners' assem bly because the electors insisted that non registered persons were participating. In the Schlusselburg district the workmen took the elections into their own hands and pro ceeded on the basis of universal suffrage. WIRELESS SERVICE DISTURBED. High Gales Believed to Have Wrecked Apparatus. NEWPORT. R. I., March lfl.-Wireless communication between the Nantucket Shoals lightship and the torpedo station here has been Interrupted sinre yesterday. It is thought that the high galo with thick snow carried away the lightship's wireless apparatus, which had been set up after having been blown down by last week's gale. The last message received from the light ship reported that her boiler tubes were leaking and that one of her crew had gone insane as a result of the hardships result ing from a long period of violent weather. At 10:30 the lightship re-established com munication with the torpedo station and sent thj; following weather report: "Wind northwest, fifty miles. Snowing this morning. Temperature <V>. Sea very rough. Barometer going up." The operator on board the vess?l explained that last night's blizzard made it impossible to work the already weakened aereo. He also said that the insane seaman had be come so violent that he had to be ironed. FOUR BORNEO TO DEATH BUSINESS PART OF MICHIGAN TOWN DESTROYED BY FIRE. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.. March 16?The business portion of the village of Tustin, Osceola county, was destroyed by fire early today, which started in the basement of the Hotel Compton from a defective fur nace. Ten guests escaped in their night clothes, wvfille four were burned to death. The dead are: William H. McGrane, proprietor of the hotel. Mrs. William II. McGrane. Edward Demorest, porter. Charles Workman, traveling man of Pier son. The financial loss- is about $22,000. THE CANAL INVESTIGATION. Matter May Be Taken Up by the House Committee. Chairman Hepburn of the House commit tee on interstate and foreign commerce Is not satisfied with the Panama canal hear ings of the Senate committee on Inter oceanic canals, and if Mr. Hepburn's com mittee shares his opinion on the subject canal hearings beforo the House commit tee are not unlikely. Mr. Hepburn does not believe that William Nelson Cromwell lias any right to decline to answer many questions propounded to him concerning his part in the canal project, and says Mr. Cromwell has refused to answer incjiilries which called for information that cannot be regarded as professional secrets. Mr. Hepburn's committee has not given any attention in its meetings to the canal investigation as yet, but many members of the committee are following it closely and the subject may be laid before the House committee at any time. Frederick P. Stearns, a Boston engineer, who was a member of the board of consult ing engineers that reported on types of canal feasible to be constructed across the Isthmus of Panama, wad a witness today before the Senate committee on interoeear.lc canals. He is an advocate of the lock canal project. He Is regarded as one ot the greatest authorities on the building of dams, and spoke particularly ^in the Gatun dam. necessary to the lock canal proposed by the minority. THE LONDON MARKET. Easier Money Owing to Release of Japanese Funds. Special Cablegram to The Star. LONDON, March 1C.?Money was easier today owing to the release of Japanese funds, but discount rates were maintained. The stock markets became much firmer in the afternoon, on favorable anticipations regarding the sitting of the conference at Algeciras tomorrow, and were supported liy highei prices on the continent. American railroads shared in the improve ment, but did not fully recover lost ground. Kaffirs were higher on a rumor that the government would adopt .Indian coolie in stead of Chinese labor. ALL-RAIL TO EUROPE. Russian Dipolmat In London Not San guine of Result. Special Cablegram to The Star. LONDON, March 10.?The papers here are discussing the rumored line connecting America and Asia' with a tunnel beneath the Bering sea. A well mown Russian diplomat remarked today that the scheme had been discussed for many years, but had never been treated seriously because of the lack of the population or commer cial resources except a few Russo-Amorl can gold mines on the Russian part of the line. He added that, although a new scheme was now being discussed, he was not sanguine as to the results. QUIET AT OMAHA. Mob Spirit of Citizens Has Quieted Down. OMAHA, Neb., March 1?.?All is quiet here today, and it is not thought likely that there will be any further attempts at lynching the men charged with murder. Hold-ups have been of almost nightly oc currence tor the last two or three months, and several victims have been shot for re sisting, three ot them being killed. There Is, consequently, a strong feeling against the men who have confessed some of the I crimes, but the mob spirit does not general ly prevail, as was shown by the temper of the crowd arounl the Jail thin morning, when forty policemen dispersed a mob ot 2,000 with little difficulty. The prisoners wanted. It has been learned had been removed from the Jail, and It Is not yet known where they were taken by the sheriff. Aside from the breaking of the outer door, the jail was not damaged. PRACTICALLY ENDS WINTER. Prof. Garriott's Comment on the Recent Storm. The rainfall yesterday turned into taiow about 9:30 o'clock last night, according to Prof. Garrlott's prediction in yesterday's Star, and when this morning brolie clear i?nd crisp the housetops, sidewalks and tree tops were covered with a mantle of wiiite. This mantle did not last lony. es the sun was strong enough to di?<?.ilvo It into slush, which made pedestrianism rather uncomfortable later in the .-lav. Prof. Gar fott predicted this afternoon t'lat the fair weather would continue over unti! ounday, with moderate temperature. As the result of the moderation in the weather the telegraph wires betweri Wash ington and the east, which were in ^rouble J esterday because of a heavy coating of Ice. are working :n good sUape today. Some difficulty was also exnei ler.ee 1 on the local telephone wires for the same reason. "The storm that has Just passe! over here, said Prof. Garriott. "practically ends cerneT'",tCr f;"' 88 Wa???tnglo-i is con SELECTED FOR MIDSHIPMEN. Principals and Alternates Appointed by the President. 1 he President today announced the fol lowing appointments as principals and al ternates at larg. for the Naval Academy for 1806: Principals?Wadlelgh Capehart. Frederick Rodgers. jr.. Herbert Hein. Kouls Ksteel Fagan, John W. Forney, 3d; James ,.ic Dowell Cresap. Alternates?John Brldgman Sebree. Glf ford Cutler, Paul P. Orchard. Beverly Charles Dunn. Robert E. Carmody. These young men are sons of 'officers of tne navy, army or marine Corps. THE FRENCH MINERS' STRIKE. Work of Removal of Dead Bodies Con tinued. LENS. France. March 10.?The miners strike, duo to their protest against the management of the mines previous to the great disaster at Courrieres, March 10, is extending. About 30,0?0 men are out. The removal of the bodies from the Courrieres mine continues. ? There are two interments dally of unrecognizable bodies, which are buried together in trenches. The workers are now approaching the moat ?distant gallery, where several hundred dead remain. BAN ON COALITION PARTY. Hungarian Ministry Dissolved Com mittee by Decree. BUDAPEST, Hungary. March 16.?The council of ministers today issued a decree dissolving the executive committee of the coalition party and prohibiting it from con tinuing operations. This la a drastic blow a?tJvl.ty of the anti-government forces, and is based on the ground that the committete has "arrogated the lights be longing solely to executive power " and has adopted resolutions and issued manl ffwe? *I}clUn* Public resistance to the ful ordinances of the government," NEW BUILDING WANTED. Director Walcott Says That Records Are Not Safe Prom Eire. Director Walcott of the geological survey has recommended to Congress that a new building be erected for the use of that branch of the government service at an estimated cost of 11,200.000. The director says the government property and records In the rented buildings now occupied by the survey, the value of which amounts to about 16 000,000, are In constant danger of ^ i,re' aVhe hulldln?a contain over (Y'0'0 0 square feet of varnished and in flammable wooden partitions. Many of the records could not be replaced at even a larger expenditure. " 8 LEE PENSION COMMENT. Norfolk Ex-Conferedate Says Move ment la All Wrong. Special Dispatch to The Star. NORFOLK, Va., March 16?Capt. J. J. Burroughs, past commander of Pickett Buchanan Camp, Confederate Veterans, of this city, in discussing the bill which Sen ator Daniel of Virginia proposes to Intro duce in Congress for the pensioning of Mrs. Lee, widow of Gen. Fltzhugh Lee, at 1100 per month, said today he thought the prop osition was wrong and that the bill should not be introduced. 'We fought for a cause that was right and Just, and I do not believe in asking such favors from the federal government. We should maintain our self-respect and ask the government for no pensions. I be lieve In pouring oil on troubled waters and ending all Ill-feeling from former strife, and count myself at all times as a patriotic American citizen, but I cannot approve this bill to pension Mrs. Lee, because I do not beiieve the request should be made to the government." OLDEST BANKER IN THE WORLD. Amos Scripture of Ayer, Mass., lOO Years Old. Special Dlapatch to The Star. AYER. Mass., March 16.?Ainos Scripture, vice president of the Mason Village Savings Bank of Greensville, N. H.. and the oldest bank officer In the world, is today 100 years old. The old gentleman has been vice pres ident since he was sixty-four years of age, but for several years his position has been honorary. Jiaving reached the century milestone, he still hopes to live long enough to attain a record among the old men in Massachu setts, for he is well and as strong an4 vig orous as many a much younger < Id man. One of the means that has brought him to bucIi an advanced age has teen the habit of maintaining a calm and happy mind and keeping in touch with tilings out side his daily routine of life, which >6 necessarily a simple one. Last summer ho spaded up, planted, hoed and tended a garden plot of about 3,000 square feet. As an occupation indoors he sewed and made a great patchworic quilt for his favorite rocking chair. Carnegie Gift to Amherst College. Special Dlapatch to The Star. AMHERST, Mass., March 16. -President Harris announced that Andrew Carnegie has offered to give Amherst College fT3,000 for biological and geological laboratories on condition that an equal amount be se cured. The buildings contemplated are to cost $100,000, and a fund of $80,000 is needed for maintenance. It is expectel that the additional amount will be secured from alumni and friends of the ooUeg*. ! Weather Fair tonight and tomorrow; somewhat warmer tomorrow. [ In Case of Representative Bin ger Hermann. ARGUMENTS IN COURTTODAr Destruction of Official Records is Al? leged. CONTENTIONS OF THE DEFENSB Affaire of the General Land Office lib* volved ? Justice Gould Ex presses His Views. Justice Gould, In Criminal Court No. t| today overruled the demurrer to the Indict* ment charging Representative Dinger Her mann of Oregon with the destruction of certain official record* of the government concerning the affairs of the general land office. The ruling of the court followed an extended argument between Attorneys A. 8. Worthington and H. Prescott Gstley, counsel for the defendant, on behalf of the demurrer, and United 8tates Attorney Baker and Assistant United States Attor ney Adkins, for t!>e government, in oppoei tlon to the motion. It was contended by counsel for the de fense that the indictment was defective on the ground that the alleged offence was not set out with sufficient oertalnty and com pleteness; also that it failed to state the commission of any ofTense under section Mt-N of the Revised Statutes, and that it did not set forth any specific record alleged to have been destroyed. In overruling the demurrer the court ob served that the objection of counsel for the defense to the Indictment, that of the ln dellniteness of the allegations, seemed to be answered by language employed in the In dictment In averring that the letters In Question were official; that they concerned the affairs and business of the office: that the copies were required to be kept, and the defendant at the time was In charge of the 1'nited States land office and had tho care and supervision of all such papers and documents. Justice Gould thought tlieso allegations were sufficient to designate the copies alleged to have been destroyed as official records. Impressed With Argument. Justice Gould si Id he was somewhat im pressed with the argument of counsel that the defense was entitled to a more delinlta flescHption of the charges against him, but In the opinion of the court this considera tion was met by the express declaration of ihe grand Jury in the language of the In Uctment that further facts concerning tho records in question were unknown to the Jury. ^ . The indictment, which was reported March a, 10?K">, charges Mr. Hermann with destroying thirty-five letter press copies of certain official letters concerning the afTairs of the general land office, January 13, llKXJ, at a time when the defendant was commis sioner of the land office. The argument began shortly after court opened this morning at 10 o'clock, Attorney Oatley first addressing the oourt. The first contention made by counsel for the defense was that it did not appear from the indictment that any public record had been destroyed. Counsel pointed out that there was no reported decision of a prosecu tion under section 5408, under which the in? dictment was drawn, or & Judicial interpre tation of it to be found in the reports. As to Official Records. Commenting upon the language of the in dictment. counsel contended that it did not show that the letters mentioned were offi cial letters and that the books containing them were official records. It was urged that there was nothing <o show that tho letters wore written by an officer of the government or that they were of any pub I lie Importance or any permanent value. "The mere allegation that the letters concerned the affairs and business of the office," counsel asserted, "does not make them official, for many letters might refsr to such affairs and business without being official in their character." 1 Counsel further contended that even if the letters were assumed to be official there i was nothing in the Indictment to show that the books containing them were pub i lie records. ' "What is and what is not a public rec ord," it was stated, "is a question of law 'which the courts of England and this coun I try have dealt with from time immemorial.' I In order that the court might determine i whether or not the letters were in fact official letters or whether or not they con stituted a public record, facts should ba | stated, counsel contended, and not con clusions of law alone. Letter-press Copybooks. In reference to the allegation that the 1st ter-press copybooks contained letter-press I copies of certain official letters. It was con tended that if the grand Jury had before it evidence sufficient to enable it to say that the books contained official letters it would follow as a necessary consequence that such evidenoe would have enabled the Jury to give a more definite and certain descrip tion of them. I Assistant United States Attorney Adkins in answering the argument of Mr. Gatley asserted that the letters in question had been sufficiently set out as official papers. Mr. Adkins said there was no question as to the charge that the defendant had the | care of the letters, and was responsible ' for their safe keeping. United States Attorney Baker followed with a citation of authorities to show that in cases where records have been de stroyed the courts do not require that every fact shall be set forth In the Indictment. Views of Mr. Worthington. Attorney Worthington contended that the grand Jury in the case before the court did not know enough about the matter to bo able to say whether or not a crime had been committed. He pointed out that let ters relating In a way to the business ot an office of tiw government, but not of an essentially important character, might be destroyed without the slightest violation f?r of law or propriety. After the de murrer had been overruled the United states attorney mc-ved to have the case set for trial April ?, but this motion was Arawnand the date left undetermined, pending the submission of a bill of particu lars by-counsel for the government. editor white dead. New York Publisher Dead After Ap pendicitis Operation. Special DUpstch to The Sur. BUFFALO, N. Y.. March lrt. - Eugene Richards White, owner and editor of the Niagara Falls Gazette, died at the Sisters Hospital in this city at 2 o'clock this morn ing. Death followed an operation for ap ^Mr. ^hite was a graduate of Williams College. He was a frequent contributor to magazines, his writings being mostly on scientific and philosophical topics. He also was a poet and an authority on Bngl.sh literature.