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THE EVENING STAR
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WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 1906-TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES.
TWO CENTS.
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Weather.
Parth* cloudy and wariiiei
tonight aud tomorrow.
New Craters Are Opening in
the Volcano.
VILLAGES ARE IN DANGER
Residents Panic Stricken and Fleeing
for Safety.
MA1TY HEARTRENDING SCENES
Artillery Carts Sent to Help Carry Off
Fugitives' Goods?Prayers
for Aid.
NAPLES, April 7.?Boscotrease
has been surrounded and invaded
by lava, and one stream is closelv
threatening Ottajano. New craters
are opening in the volcano.
Phe populations of the towns and villages
near the danger zone are stiU panic
stricken. W hole families surrounded by
their household goods are waiting: in the
streets, hoping: to find a cart horse or don
kej to help them place their possessions
beyond danger. Many heartrending scenes
?re witnessed. Artillery carts have been
sent to help the fugitives.
< ardinal Joseph Prisco, archbishop of Na
j .< s. has ordered special prayers to be of
fered for the safety of those who are in
danger, and it is expected that he will go
to the scene of desolation.
Bosco Brale. one of the villages in dan
ger of destruction is the birthplace of the
cardinal and the home of most of his rela
tives.
FIFTY BODIES BURIED
SOftROWFUL SCENES AT HOTEL
VICTIMS' FUNERALS.,
NAGOL,I>. Black Forest. South Germany,
April 7.?The burial of fifty bodies of those
who perished April 5 by the collapse of the
Hotel Zum Hirschen (Stag-Hotel) took place
today by twos and threes, so that the pas
tor?, who came from neighboring- villages,
might read the services by the gavestde at
each interment while the nearest of kin
threw earth upon the coffin, according to
the German custom. The pastor of Nagold,
the Rev. Ruredinger von Wafrt, is among
the dead. ,
The sorrowful scenes at the cemetery be
gin at nine in the morning when the first
coffins were borne on the shoulders of the
townsmen through the streets to the ceme
tery. This continued until late in the after
noon.
There Is scarcely a family In the village
which has not lost a member. The whole
community and many of the inhabitants of
the neighboring places, took part in the
funeral services for all the dead yesterday,
at which 1>:\ von Pischek, the minister of
the Interior of \\ urtemberg, as representa
tive of ti.? King of \\ urtemberg, was pres
ent.
DISPATCHED BY A BOMB
ASSASSINATION" OF RUSSIAN GOV
ERNOR OF TVER.
TVER, Province of Tver, Russia. April 7.
?While the governor of Tver. M. Slept
soff, was passing through the principal
street of the town at 3 o'clock this after
noon, he was killed by the explosion of a
bomb. ?
Gov Sleptzoff was regarded as a very re
actionary official, and was responsible for
the beatings administered to the Intelli
gence by the "Black Hundreds" last fall.
The body of the governor, who was In
his carriage when he was assassinated, was
terribly tnii'.ilated and his coachman was
seriously wounded. The governor's body
was removed to the palace.
The bomb exploded with terlffic force. All
the windows in the neighborhood were
broken.
I
1 he assassin, who is a very young man,
was arrested.
At the time of his assassination Sleptzoff
?was on his way to attend the election of a
msmlter of the council of the emipire.
RACES WILL BE ROWED.
Georgetown and Naval Academy
Crews on the Water Today.
Special DUpateh to The Star.
ANNAPOLIS, Md . April 7.?The wind,
which blew at such a lively rate yesterday
has moderated to such a degree that the
double-header race between the first and
second crew - of Georgetown and the Naval
Academy will undoubtedly be rowed, as
scheduled, at o'clock this afternoon There
I* ?- a brisk wind, but it Is blowing
straight down the course, and there are no
whlteoaps.
Under these conditions the time of today's
race will probably be good. All four of the
crews were out on the water this morning.
The Georgetown crews rowed over the
whole course, and shipped little water The
visitors are confident that tnev will w n
this afternoon, though the figures show
that they are outweighed by the midship
men an average of nine pounds to the man
Mr. P. H. Magruder of AnnapolN l as bee i
selected as referee this afternoon, and
Isieut. r. H Graham, U. S. N., as starter.
THE BARNES NOMINATION.
Committee Will Order No Hearing
Except Upon Charges.
Senator Carter of the subcommittee of
the Senate committee on post offices and
post roads, which has before It the nomina
tion of Benjamin B. Barnes to be postmas
ter of Washington, said today there would
not be any hearing of the case of Mr.
Barnes unless formal charges are tiled
against him. Senator Carter said he had
been informed, however, that Senator Till
man would file charges against Mr Barnes
as to the case of Mrs. Morris In this event
a hearing will be conducted that will be
somewhat sweeping. No formal summonses
have been sent out to probable witnesses
bat these will follow the filing of charges. '
DULY DISTRICT MEN
To Restrict Selections for Local
Offices.
FIVE YEARS' RESIDENCE
Requirements in Eill Introduced by
Mr. Sims.
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE
Nomination of Barnes Responsible in
a Measure for the Presentation
of the Bill.
Home rule for the District of Columbia
Is provided for in a bill introduced today
by Representative Sims of Tennessee, a
member of the House I?l*trict committee.
The men sure provides tiiat "from and
after the pas-sage of this :*.ct. all local and
municipal cfllceis in the District of Colum
bia shall be appointed from the bona fide
citizens and taxpayers of : aid Distric t of
Columbia who have n.ii li'.i.v.ed citizenship
or exercired any of the (unctions and privi
leges of citizenship in any state, territory
or foreign government, within five years
prior to he date of such appolrj^jnent."
Although the Barnes appointment is in a
measure responsible for the introduction of
the bill just at this time, In that It called
attention to the helplessness of the citizens
of Washington in this matter of filling va
cancies in local offices, Mr. Sims has al
ways been a firm believer in the home rule
principle enunciated by his bill.
Reason for the Bill.
"The legislation proposed by the blU in
question." said Mr. Sims to a Star reporter
today, "is absolutely correct in principle.
The pressure from senators and representa
tives is largely responsible for the fact that
appointments to local offices are given to
men not citizens of the District of Colum
bia. Frequently, too, young men from the
states come here to Washington because of
the superior educational advantages of the
national capital. They manage to secure
positions under the municipal government,
and stay here while attending college. Dis
trict offices should go to District men. The
fundamental principle of home rule should
apply here as well as elsewhere. The fact
that the people of the District of Columbia
are denied the right of suffrage is not, to
my mind, an argument that they should
have no say when vacancies in local and
municipal offices are to be filled. As a
matter of fact. I believe that this should
constitute the best of reasons why the citi
zens of the District of Columbia, being de
Representative T. "W Sims,
nied suffrage; rights, should have certain
other privileges, among them that of indi
cating their desire in the matter of local
appointments.
"But the Barnes appointment is not by
any means the only one that has given evi
dence that the people of the District actual
ly have very little to do with selecting the
men who shall fill local offices, and I think
it is high time there was definite legislation
on the subject."
Referred?to Committee.
Mr. Sims' bill has been referred to the
House committee on the District of Colum
bia, and he intends to push it. Being a
member of that committee, he will undoubt
edly be able to induce his fellow-members
to go on record either for or -against the
proposition.
Another step of intense interest was taken
by Mr. Sims today, although It is in a
measure overshadowed by the bill referred
to, which relates so closely to the present
situation. Mr. Sims' second move is in the
form of a resolution directing the House
judiciary committee "to formulate and re
port to the House a suitable and practical
form of municipal self-government for the
city of Washington and the District of Co
lumbia.
REALTY TRANSFERRED.
Part of Hooe Property Bought by
Perry Belmont.
Robert A. Hooe, by a deed placed on rec
ord today, conveyed to Perry Belmont of
New York all of square south of 183, which
is bounded by 18th street and R street and
New Hampshire avenue. The area of the
square is a.bout 12,000 feet, and the con
sideration named in the deed Is |U2,829.50.
The property was sold by Mr. Frederic
May.
Mr. May has also sold a lot on Connecti
cut avenue, near M street northwest, be
longing to the estate of the late Senator
Edward O. Wolcott, to Messrs. Tuckerman
and Cresson.
FOR CONGRESS TO DECIDE.
Cabinet Members Do Not Select the
National Airs.
Congress must decide whether the Uuited
States needs a new national air. Secretary
Bonaparte has advised Julius I. Lyons of
New York that, after consulting other
members ot the cabinet, he has decided na
tional music <b a subject for legislative con
sideration and does not fall within the
province of members of the cablnct Mr.
Lyons had srought the co-operation of Mr.
Bonaparte In a movement to ftve a prise
for a suitable national air to replace "Tlife |
I 8tar Spangled Banner" and "America."
DEMOCRATIC SENATORS
Becoming Wary of the Presi
dent's Overtures.
SOME QUIET CONFERENCES
At Which the Question of Joining
Hands Has Been Discussed.
SOME OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Than Partisan to Be Looked at?Why
Should They Help Make a
Roosevelt Victory.
Senators of both parties are watching
with considerable Interest the efforts of
President Roosevelt to combine a sufficient
number of democrats In the Senate with
the group of restricted review republicans
to defeat the efforts for an amendment
to the rate bill which will provide far
reaching powers of judicial review. Demo
cratic senators are becoming wary of the
President's overtures, and today there were
some quiet conferences among the mem
bers of the minority at which the question
was gravely discussed whether the demo
crats should Join hands with the President.
Many democratic senators are demurring.
They appreciate the President's argument
that the rate question is not a partisan
question, and that democrats and republi
cans should join hands In this great pa
triotic work. That is all right as far as
it goes, these democrats say, but there are
some other considerations. In the first
place they point out to each other that the
President would probably not have asked
the aid of the democrats if he were not in
hard lines with his own party.
An Elusive Claim.
These democrats say that the claim of
twenty-nine republicans in favor of the
"administration amendment" is likely to
fall of substantiation when It comes to de
livering the votes. They appreciate the
fact that the President is anxious to put
through legislation framed after the admin
istration's own wishes, and that the ma
Joiity of the republicans in the Senate have
different views of what is advisable in the
premises. They know also that an acute
issue has arisen between -the President and
some of the republican senators, and that
they are being called in as allies to the
President in hi* contest with members of
his own party.
Still further, they say, is the considera
tion that whatever their efforts might aid
in producing, the democratic party will get
no credit, but It will be a "Roosevelt vic
tory" all the way through, and the demo
crats will only be able to sit by and watch
the President receive the congratulations
and plaudits of the country.
These considerations are leading some of
the democrats to think that perhaps this
is not altogether a great patriotic question
above party lines, bat that they should In
considering It take Into account the practi
cal political phases of the cs.se.
Another Side.
There Is still another side to it. Many of
the democrats think that there should be
no requirement for suspension of the rate
pen ling appeal to the courts. The la?t
heard from President Roosevelt wa? that he
concurred In the view of Senators Knox
and.Spooner that Congress could not limit
the judicial power of the courts by forbid
ding suspension, in case the court should
deem the protection of property rights to re
quire suspension.
The democratic senators were asking each
other today how they could Join the Presi
dent on that proposition.
So, taking It by and large, the democrats
are very much perplexed. They apprec4ate
the advantage which'might come to them
by the spectacle of the President being com
pelled to appeal to the opposition party to
carry through the administration's legisla
tion, but they fear they will lose that ad
vantage when the President claims and re
ceives all the credit, as they think he will.
Then, some of the democrats are insisting
that so long as It is claimed that this is not
a party question, but one to appeal to the
judgment and conscience of every senator,
they Bhould exercise their judgment and
vote on the merits of the amendments.
Statehood Conference Postponed. ?
Because of the Illness of Representative
Brlclt of Indiana and the absence of Sen
ator Patterson the statehood conference
committee postponed its meeting fixed for
i yesterday until today.
THE DOWIE SENSATION
HEAD OF ZION CHURCH HURRY
ING HOME TO FIGHT.
LAREDO, Texas, April 7.?John Alexan
der Dowie and party arrived here today on
schedule time from Mexico City. Dowie
and his followers, numbering: Ave, occupied
the regular Pullman coach. John Lewis,
who is Dowie's first lieutenant, and who
has supervised all matters connected with
Zlon's business affairs and aspirations in
Mexico, looked after the transfer of the
baggage of the party in Nuevo Laredo.
Mexico.
Upon arrival of the train at the inter
national bridge United States Marine Hos
pital Surgeon Dr. Hamilton, also an im
migration official, were admitted to Dowie's
drawing room, and after the usual ques
tions and answers retired. Mr. Lewis, who
was with Dowie at the time, acted as
spokesman, and stated that the party had
not visited any Infected district, and had
passed through Mexico quickly, so there
was absolutely no danger of typhus infec
tion. In his response to the Immigration
official Dowie took oath that he was an
American citizen. He especially empha
sized the fact that he had taken out the
final paperB by remarking: 'I am an
American citizen and I am proud of it.
Dowie was somewhat indisposed as a re
sult of his tedious journey, but is enjoying
on the whole very good health, h s tr'p to
Jajnaica and to the shores of Lake Chap
aia, near Guadalajara, having greatly
benefited him.
Dowie's Combativeness Aroused.
Mr. Lewis was asked if the recent turn
of affairs in Zion City had in any way been
detrimental to Dowie's health. He replied
that it had not. On the contrary, it had
been beneficial if anything, as it had
aroused his combativeness and acted as a
sort of tonic.
Dr. Dowie did not arise even upon arrival
on this side of the Rio Grande, but re
mained in his berth, the Pullman which he
occupied being coupled onto an outgoing In
ternational and Great Northern train.
Dr. Dowie was asked by the correspond
ent of the Associated Press for an expres
sion of his views. He stated that he had
given th? Associated Press representative
in Mexico City an Interview, and did not
care at the uresent time to say anything
additional. He said he stood by that inter
view. and could neither add to nor detract
^The Associated Press correspondent, in an
interview with Mr. I^ewis, asked for an ex
pression regarding tho statement published
in a Chicago newspaper to the effect that
Dowie was bringing $10,000,000 in gold, sev
eral scrolls of parchment, upon which were
written live books of Moses, etc., to Zion
City Mr. Lewis did not care to make any
statement. He also refused to discuss the
report that Dowie is interested in Mexican
mines. Tho party will spend one day at
San Antonio before proceeding north.
Dowie's Opposers Busy.
CHICAGO, April 7.?While John Alexander
Dowie is traveling from Mexico to Zion City
measures are being taken by the officers of
Zion Church to render him absolutely pow
ertess before he can arrive among them. It
is asserted that by the time he reaches
Zion City the last vestige of his authority
will have disappeared, except in bo far
as he may restore It through legal proceed
ings.
Three hundred officers of the church have
signed a statement upholding General Over
seer Voliva In his fight against the "First
Apostle." Each member of the Zion City
community will tomorrow be asked to swear
allegiance to the present officers of the
church, and at the mass meeting which Is
to be held in the afternoon all of the
people will be asked to put their signatures
to a document renouncing their former
leader.
Together with this action. Overseer Vol
iva has declared that he will announce In
detail the alleged misappropriation by
Dowie of funds aggregating $2,520,000.
SWIFT LEFT $10,000,000
WELL OF LATE PACKER ADMIT
TED FOB FROBATE.
SALEM, Mass., April 7.?The will of E.
C. Swift, the millionaire packer, was ad
mitted to probate today in this city. Be
yond a bequest of $6,000 to a church at
Sagamore, Mass., there were no public
gifts.
Except for this donation and email an
nuities for two long-time employes of Mr.
Swift, the estate, estimated at about *10,
000.000. is left in trust for the benefit of the
family of the testator. Clarence Moore,
son-in-law of Mr. Swift, and Prank W.
Crocker. Mr. Swift's private secretary, ar?
i named as trustees.
11 MORE BODIES FOUND
Result of Further Search of
Coal Pits
AT COURRIERES TODAY
No More Living Men Have Been
Rescued.
POPULACE HIGHLY INDIGNANT
Strikers Have Placed a Price on the
Heads of Engineers of the
Ill-Fated Mine.
I>BNS, France. April 7.?Eleven mora
bodies were brought up from the Cour
rlere9 mine today. Another live horse was
found, but no more living men have been
rescued.
The Indignation of the population against
the mine management and engineers in
creases.
The striking coal miners are compara
tively calm, though small depredations con
tinue to be reported. Strikers blew up
with dynamite fifteen feet of the rails of
the bridge at Toquerreii, and cavalry
cnarged and dispersed a crowd of manifest
ants at Noeux-Les-Mines. The number or
striking is diminishing in some sections
and disorderly bands which crossed the
Belgian frontier were forced back by Bel
gian gendarmes.
Price on Their Heads.
PARIS, April 7.?The Gaulols today says
that the striking miners In the coal regions
of the Pas-de-Calais are reported to have
placed a price on the heads of the engi
neers cf the Courrieres mines, where the
recent great disaster occurred, and to have
designated those who are to assassinate
them. The engineers have been warned
and have adopted extreme precaution#.
NEWTREAT^ WITH CUBA
PROPOSED TO GIVE MORE BENE
FIT TO THIS COUNTRY.
Acting under instructions from the State
Tepartment, Mr. Edwin Morgan, U. S.
minister at Havana, has been in conference
with the officials of the Cuban foreign office
for some time past with the purpose of
framing a new reciprocity treaty to replace
the existing convention. He has now prac
tically completed his work and a treaty
has been drafted that may be ready for
submission to the Senate before the ad
journment of the present session. There
is no occasion for haste, however, because
the present treaty does not expire by its
own terms for three years, so It may lae
that. In order to avoid complicating the
situation as to tariff and reciprocity ques
tions In Congress, the new treaty will be
withheld from the Senate until next ses
sion.
The ruason for the preparation of the new
treaty la that the officials here have be
come convinced that the United States is
getting by far the worst of the bargain
under the present arrangement. While
nearly all of the exports from Cuba come
to our ports, only a little more than one
thlnd of the imports Into Cuba ate fur
nished by our farmers and merchants. With
two-thirds of the Cuban imports coming
from Europe and the goods'of a description
that are directly competitive with our own
products the conviction has come that
there is very little reciprocity for us in the
present treaty. Therefore, In framing the
new treaty some changes of the utmost Im
portance have been made in the tariff
schedules, and In all cases these are cal
culated to Increase the advantages permit
ted to American shippers; existing rates of
duty have been lowered on goods entering
Cuba, and other amendments have been
made that will redound to our advantage.
Of course the Cuban government did not
care to do these things, but It was con
fronted with the fact that otherwise there
would be no treaty at all at the expiration
?f the present convention, and without the
preferential rates of reciprocity it would
be impossible to market Cuban sugar and
sther staples fat the United States at profit
able rates, and that would mean ruin to
i Cuba.
Miners Await Decision in Wage
Controversy.
STATEMENT BY MITCHELL
Says He Has Done All He Can Do for
Peace.
MEETING IN NEW YORK TODAY
Bosses In Conference to Consider
Answer to Miners on
Monday.
NEW YORK. April 7.?There was noth
ing about the temporary headquarters of
the coal miners' union In this city today to
Indicate that a quarter of a million anthra
cite and bituminous mine workers l ave laid
down their tools and are engaged In a strug
gle for Increased wages.
The large number of district leaders from
both the hard and soft coal fields who have
been here this week have returned to their
homes, where they will remain until Mon
day. leaving no one here but President
Mitchell and two or three assistants.
The miners' leader said today that as the
anthracite employes have laid their case be
fore the operators there is nothing for him
to do at present but await the action of the
employers. He is now paying considerable
attention to the situation in the soft coal
fields and is in frequent communication
with national and district leaders in those
regions.
Mr. Mitchell reiterated today the state
ment he has already made to the effect
that he is well satisfied with the progress
of affairs in the western and southwestern
states. Reports from his men In the field,
he said, are up to his expectations.
Operators in Conference.
The members of the subcommittee of the
anthracite operators will not observe the
Saturday half-holiday, but will meet this
afternon and consider the answer they will
make on Monday to the offer of the miners
to arbitrate the demands that have been
made by the men. It is said the operators
have practically decided what their action
will be. and that today's meeting is for the
purpose of a final exchaifge of views before
drawing up the formal answer.
Speculation is stiil rife as to how the
operators will meet the arbitration offer.
There is a strong Impression, in fact, some
of the operators have already indicated
that the proposal of the miners' union as
it stands will not be accepted, but that the
operators might entertain the ofTer In some
other form.
THE BITUMINOUS CONTEST.
Regarded Practically Over in Western
Pennsylvania.
PITTSBURG. Pa., April 7.?With only
one mine controlled by the Pittsburg Coal
Company idle In the Pittsburg district, the
disruption of the "stand pat" organiza- '
tlon of the Independents last night, and a
break In the ranks of the strikers in the
Irwin field, the miners strike, so far as
the bituminous coal fields of western
Pennsylvania are concerned. Is practically
over. Following, last night's action of the
independents in dissolving the mutual com
pact not to sign the scale of 180.-; an
nouncement was made today by the of
ficials of the mine workers' union that
nine firms had placed their names to the
agreement. The companies signing were:
Pittsburg-Buffalo Company, 1,000.000 tons;
Kirbride Coal Company, 70,000 tons; Clyde
Coal Company, 200.000 tons; Meadow-lands
Coal Company, 360,000 tons; Diamond Coal
and Coke Company, 225,000 tons; Carnegie
Coal-Company, 600,000 tons; Payette Coal
Company, 200,000 tons; Charleroi Coal
Company, 200,000 tons; Pittsburg and
Washington Coal Company, 05,000 tons.
These companies represent a total ton
nage of nearly 3,000,00!) tons and employ
5,000 men.
During the past week they liave had
their mines cleared ;?id repaired, and work
will be resumed on Monday.
Reports from Irw'ntleld are to the effect
that many of the miners who are striving
for recognition of the union are discour
aged and are preparing to returr to work.
The killing last nljjht of John Wessell, a
striker who had determined to go back to
the mine, has caused intense excitement, es
pecially among the foreigners. Fearing
that they may be Implicated in the murder,
they are terror stricken. The authorities
are making evey effort to discover the mur
derer.
The operations were not resumed at Kdna
mine No. 2 today, but the officials are ar
ranging to begin work on Monday.
Miners See a Straw.
SHAMOKIN, Pa., April 7.?A number of
Pennsylvania railroad employes who were
laid off this week owing to the suspension
of mining were today ordered to report for
duty next Monday. The miners believe that
| this is an indication that the operators in
tend making some move which will cause
President Mitchell to order the men to re
turn to work.
Ohio Operators to Stand Pat.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 7.?The Ohio
coal operators In session here today de
cided to "stand pat" on the miners' strike
and to offer no concessions whatever.
TAKES HEB OWN LIFE.
? >
Young Woman Hangs Herself In Her
Father's Barn.
Special DUpatcb to The Star.
BOYDS, M<3L, April 6.?Miss Sadie Duvall,
daughter of James Duvall, a farmer resid
ing near the village of Woodfleld, four
miles from Germtuitown, this county, com
mitted suicide yesterday at noon by hang
ing herself with a horse halter in her
father's barn. The suicide was due, it Is
supposed, to worry over the death of her
mother, which occurred aJbout tlx months
ago. The young woman had prepared din
ner for the family, having everything In
readiness, and then went to the barn and
committed the rash aot. Upon coming
home to dinner her father discovered her
lifeless body. She was the only help her
father had since her mother's death. She
was aged eighteen.
MILITARY ACADEMY BILL.
A Million Dollars Providing for Con
tinuing Improvements.
The House committee on military affairs
today completed the Military Academy ap
propriation bill. The measure carries a
total of (1,468,115. One million of this is to
carry on the work of Improvements to the
institution already authorised and the rest
is for the support of the academy. The
amount for this purpose Is 9*4.MO less then
the estimates.
Close of the Moroccan Confer
ence Today.
THE CLOSING PROGRAM
The Final Session Was Held Thii
Morning.
DELEGATES PLEASED TO QUIT
Closing Felicitations and a Luncll
Were Features of the Last Houra
of Notable Assembly.
ALGECIRAS, Spain, April 7,1:4a
p.m. ? The Moroccan convention
was signed this afternoon and the
conference adjourned sine die.
The final session of the International
conference on Moroccan leforms opened at
11 o'clock this morning. J. number of the
wives and other female relatives of the del*
?egates were present. The delegates signed
a single copy of the convention, and the
Duke of Almodovar. president of the con
ference, certified to the transcript of each
delegation.
The pragram of the day Included closing
felicitations, followed by a luncheon, at
which the Duke of Almodovar presided.
Thirty-two covers were laid.
The Alcalde m l other municipal officials
of Algeclras hade f.tiewell to the delegates,
who were most pita^t-d at their work be
ing ended.
ODT FOR ALGER'S SEAT
WILLIAM ALDEN SMITH AN
NOUNCES CANDIDACY.
Representative William A Id en Smith of
Michigan wants to succeed lien. Russell A.
Alger as I'nlted StaJe.i senator from Michi
gan. The formal statement made by Sena/
tor Alger announcing his withdrawal from
the senatorial campaign in Michigan has
evidently brought Mr. Smith out from un
der cover. Representative Smith ^aid to *
Star reporter today :
"I am a candidate for United States sena
tor and shall formally state my imfltion
Monday. 1 have never before been a can
didate for United States senator, although
I have received ninny flattering and exceed
ingly warm promises of support from dif
ferent parts of my state. I am now in the
contest, however, and I propose lo stay and
to win. The people of Michigan have a
right to select their senator from any part
of the state and in their own good way.
"I favor the settlement of this matter at
the June primary and shall Invite the other
candidates to systematically arrange for a
trial of strength at the gubernatorial pri
mary; whoever receives the largest vote to
be accepted as the party candidate, after
which he can enter the state campaign as
the senatorial nominee and render efficient
service for all candidates upon the state
Senator Russell A. Al^er.
and county tickets. If I am nominated X
promise to represent the entire state to the
best of my abil.ty, and I ask the active and
earnest co-operation of all citizens favor
j ing my cand-idacy."
A good many people at the Capitol who
i ought to know believe that the friends of
Senator Alger look with decided favor on
Representative Smith's candidacy, 'i -ie lat
| ter will hold an immediate conference with
State Chairman Eickens over the entire
senatorial situation. ^
' The statement, telegraphed from Detroit,
that Senator Alger has determined not to be
a candidate for re-election to the Senate
does not surprise his friends in this city.
It was understood when Senator Alger
accepted his election to the Senate for his
present term that he chiefly desired it or
the people of his state as a vindication, and
that he would not seek another term. His
health was not good at that time, and many
of his friends have been surprised that he
has been able to actively attend to his sen
atorial duties and to take part In so many
social functions.
About two weeks ago the senator went
to Atlantic City for his health, and has
not since been in the Senate chamber. Hi*
last vote on any Important bill was that
passed on statehood. It is stated here that
he has so far recovered that he will again
be In the Senate on Monday.
Senator Alger Is the fifth senator whose
health Is not altogether satisfactory. Sen
ator Gorman Is still confined to his homa
in thla city. Senator Depew Is rusticating
in the Adlrondacks, Senator Msilory Is not
well, and Senator Pettus Is not In his usual
robust health.
PRAISES PORTO RICAN COFFEE.
? ? ? I
Gov. Wlnthrop Before the House la*
?alar Committee.
Gov. Wlnthrop of Porto Rico was heard
by the House committee on insular affair*
yesterday. He answered a number of criti
cisms that had been made of the conduct
of Insular affairs, saying that the native
members of the legislature were given all
the consideration possible by the insular
government. He praised Porte Rican coffee
kishly, but Mid there was not more doaa
In promoting the industry because the In
sular government was handicapped by lack
of funds. Gov. Wlnthrop will be ' "
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