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Ul) e Ipctintg pkf. No. 16,843. WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1906?TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS. THE EVENING STAR WITH SUNDAY MORNING EDITION. Buia?m OfflM, lltt Stmt u( Feuiylrtnlt Atom The Evening Star Newrptper Company. THIOOOai W. R07KB, Pmidcot. He* York OSm: Trikune Building. Cnl?w? OfflM' Tint NttUnfcl Bank Bnlliiu. flie Krenlng 8t?r, with tb? Sunday mornln* edl? Won, I* delivered by carriers. on their own irronnt. within the city at GO cent* per month; without the Bund*/ aornlng edition at 44 cents per month. Br tt.all, poetaffe prepaid: Dally, Sunday Included, one month, AO cent*. Dally, Sunday excepted, one month, 50 cent*. Saturday Star, one year, 11.00. Randan star, one year, 11.60. NEW YORK STRAWS WOULD NOT SHOW HOW WIND BLOWS Party Lines Have Faded in the Fierce Campaign. WORK UP TO LAST MINUTE Leaders on Both Sides Claim Everything in Sight. WOODRUFF MAXES STATEMENT Gen. Bingham Transfers All Police men to New Posts on Election Day?Ballots Distributed. There is every indication that Tammany proposes to down Hearst. "The dough" which makes the successful election bread was materially cut down today, a staff correspondent is authoritatively informed, and there seems to be but small chance of the wigwam massing its braves at the poles as tliev sometimes line no un ~ * M. der more favorable conditions. But both sides are in a state of perturbation, and all the political signs are enveloped in a mist of uncertainty. The savants and wiseacres who do not hesitate to tell "just how it is all going to happen" voluntarily confess themselves at sea. Special Dispatch to The Star. NEW YORK, November 5.?Tammany distributed the "dough" today?that is, the money allowed for ordinary expenses of election districts?the funds that go to the cheap fellows for odd Jobs done around the polling- places. I am credibly inf/%?m A/1 f TnmmnBTr 1 ? 11 vnubu LI...L juiiimuilj LUl lie US LI it 1 <1111>VV ance In half. In recent elections the al. lowance has been JGO to V75 for each election district. Today they got $30 and $40. The republican allowance In the city was 130; It was very much greater than that up state, where unusual expenses are Incurred In transporting the agricultural vote to the polling places. Republican Chairman Woodruff made his public claim today. He estimates that xiusnes win come 10 the Bronx with a plurality of 150,000 at least, where he will meet Hearst with 50.000 at most. Hearst's chairman. Max Ihmsen, claimed that Hearst will come to the Bronx with 80.000 and find luO.'OO awaiting htm below the Bronx. I hate to run up telegraph tolls on these flub-dub estimates. Both sides are scared and the respective chairmen are just 'whistling: In the graveyard." Information Is at hand today showine still further intention of Tammanyites to knife the ticket. Word comes of groups of Tammany workers who openly say they will vote for Hughes and work for him. N. O. M. No Rest Till the Flag Falls. Bv AKMM'lHtixl Proas NEW YORK. November 5.?Today will witness the closing scenes in one of the most remarkable political campaigns in the history of the Empire state. By midnight the last public word will have been spoken, and r.cthing will remain but the story to be told by the ballots themselves. Who the hero of the tale will be cannot be forecasted with any certainty. Old-time methods of anticipating the results of an election have been rendered almost useless. Party lines In many sections of the state have been almost, if not quite, obliterated; political affiliations of a lifetime have been thrown aside, and thousands of voters tomorrow will follow their chosen leader ' rather than any party. As an Illustration of the conditions which exist, the respective leaders of the great parties, basing their estimates upon what they claim to have hern careful, painstaking canvasses, have reached widely different conclusions as to what the result will be. The managers of the republican and the democratic and Independence League campaigns each has announced himself as convinced that his candidate will have a plurality of at leas: votes. In sume other years the Monday immediately preceding election has been largely a day of M'st or has been devoted to the quiet w.irk of arranging the last details In preparation for the real struggle which Is to come. Not so today, however. As from the very first the two leading candidates have a strenuous schedule before them. Chas. E. Hiiflrhes t>n? km o . >cj/uunvaii candidate for governor, will address seven setting* this afternoon and evening In various sections of New York. William R. Hearst, the democratic and Independence league, will address three and possibly four meetings tonight. How Woodruff Figures. Fears that the ballots for use in greater New York In tomorrow's election might not be printed in time for distribution as a result of the delay arising from the nomination contests In New York county were ended today. Karly today the last of the X.mn.ooo ballots required came from the press and the work of distribution to the polling places was l>egun. A little over rventy-two hours was consumed in printing the ballots. Timothy l>. Woodruff, chairman of the republican state committee, said today that he regards tlie election of Charles E. Hughes ;>s practically certain. 'Mr. Hughes will get 150.000 or more above the Bronx." said Mr. Woodruff. "Mr. Hearst cannot get more ttian 30,000 plural- | Ity in the greater city, according to the computation of his own managers, and. in pny opinion, the greater city will come close to giving Mr. Hughes a plurality if M does not give, that. Mr. Hughes will carry Brooklyn, Queens and Kicnmona, ana Suffolk and Nassau counties ought to give a plurality big enough to give Long Island to Mr. Hughes by nearly 75.000. I wouldn't be at all surprised If Mr. Hughes got 250,000 above the Bronx. Odds on the Curb. Several bets at five to one that Hughes will be elected governor were made about the curb stock market in Broad street today. The odds then dropped to four and a half to one. Charles F. Murphy, leader of Tammapy Hall, said today: "After opening the envelopes turned In by the district leaders on aaiuiuay ? am confident that Mr Hearst will carry New York city by as big a plurality as that given to Bird S. Coler in 1902." Coler's plurality for governor In 1902 was 122.724. Police Commissioner Bingham today ordered the transfer of 4,000 policemen who will be on duty at the polls on election day. The transfers are for that day only. Each policeman will be allowed four hours to return to his election district and cast his vote. SHUFFLING THE POLICE. Regular Election Day Shake-Up in Gotham. Speeisl Plspatrh to The Star. } NEW YORK, November 5?All the policemen in the service of the city?7,000 of them?will be well shuffled before 0 o'clock this evening and shifted to precincts to which they are strangers. This wholesale transfer Is a temporary move to last only until the election is over. It will be following- out the scheme adopted ] during the primaries, and simply a repititlon of similar moves that have been made In other administrations. Byrnes did It ' when he was superintendent, before the greater city had become a fact. The reason for it Is that the policemen 1 who have been serving long in any pre- J cinct are naturally known to all the politicians there; many of them owe their appointments to the Influence of some one of the politicians, and by sending these men ' to precincts where they are strangers the j possibility will be prevented of any of them showing a leaning toward certain politicians. The shuffle follows on the heels of the J greatest transfer of police captains ever known in Mulberry street since the head- , i. ?' ViAf.A ir, s3n-.ro P ' ijll.li it'i f v>cis cicvicu incic in nit uaj a ui . the civil war. The eighty-five captains f whom Commissioner Bingham sent" here j and there only a few days since have just j had time to discover the nearest trolley lines to their homes and to police headquarters. Each policeman will have four hours In which to cast his vote, so that he may have plenty of time to return from the distant precinct to which he has been sent to his home district; but if any of the bluecoats deaire to work for any particular candidate in a quiet manner he will not have a chance to do so, because it will be a case of "bonnle lies over tiie ocean" or over the East river. The men he knows and whom he might make a suggestion to will be far away. When the election is over the 7,000 will go back to their old posts, although it is quite possible that most of the sergeants and roundsmen will remain in the precincts to which other men are only temporarily assigned. AGAINST THE COMPANY. Right to Tax B., C. & A. Railway UpHeld. The case of the County Commissioners of Wicomico County, Maryland, agt. Samuel Bancroft, jr., involving the right of the commissioners to levy taxes on the prop- ] erty of the Baltimore, Chesapeake and At- ( lantic railway, which is mortgaged to se- ( cure the companj-'s bonds, was today de- , cided by the Supreme Court of the Lnited States favorably to tlie contention of the commissioners. The company claimed Immunity from taxation under its charter and fought the case on the ground that the effort at taxation was a violation of contract, and therefore in conflict with the federal Constitution. WAS NOT A WITNESS. Moran Merely Exhibited Himself to the Jury. The Supreme Court of the United States today dismissed the writ of habeas corpus asked for by George Moran of Comanche * county, Okla., convicted of murder in 1902, about the time that the county was being organized. Moran pleaded Irregularities on account of the chaotic condition existing, < and also for other reasons, lie alleged that being compelled to exhibit himself to the Jury he had been made a witness against himself, an unconstitutional requirement. LINDSEY IN COLORADO. Running for Governor on Independent TM rlrof DENVER, Col., November 5.?The repub- ' llcan campaign managers are centering their final efforts in an attack upon the sentiment which, it is believed, has developed in favor of the candidacy of Judge Ben B. Lindsey, who is running independent for portion of the votes cast for Lindsey will portion of the votes east for Lindsay will come from republicans dissatisfied with the present control of party affairs. Chancellor Henry M. Buchtel, republican candidate for governor, was scheduled for two speecnes touay, tne announcement " stating that sepublicans interested in the : Lindsey movement were especially invited. It is predicted that at the election tomorrow scratching will be very heavy. NEBRASKA VERY CLOSE. < Fears that Farmers Would Rather ! Work Than Vote. i LINCOLN, Neb.. November 5.?Both the ! republicans and the fusionlsts are claiming j the Nebraska legislature to be chosen to- ( morrow, and which will elect a United States senator to succeed Joseph H. Millard. The fight in many of the legislative and senatorial districts is exceedingly close, t with the chances favoring the republicans, but with the democrats, aided by most of ( nnmiliclc (Vtntoctinir ovcirv i n a f i 111C 1?UJIUIIOIC, v,vn?v. v..<0 V . vt J ?"V-" v?*. ground. Tho indications are that George L. Sheldon, republican, will be elected governor over ex-Representative Shallenberger, fuslonist, the republicans claiming the election of the entire state ticket by pluralities ranging from 5.000 to 15,000. The vote in the cities will be heavy. Both parties fear, however, that the farmers will stay in their fields and that the vote in many districts will be light. Little Interest Shown in Arkansas. LITTLE ROOK, Ark., November 5.?The indications today are that the democrats will carry all the seven congressional districts ot Arkansas In tomorrow's election. There is practically no opposition In six of the districts. In the fourth George Tllles. republican, I has made a great effort to defeat W. B. ( Cravens, democrat, and during the campaign Vice President Fairbanks and Sec- ' retary of the Treasury Leslie M. Shaw made speeches In that district. ( The vote will be light and little interest is manifested. 4 TRIAL LAWYER FOR THAWJIOHHOSEN Defense Not Yet Ready to Take Up Case. NUMBER TWO ON THE LIST May Be December Before Recorder Goff Will Beach It. PRISONER IS VERY CHEERFUL He Declares That the Arraignment Cannot Come Too Soon to Please Him?Not on Calendar. Special Dispatch to The Star. NEW YORK, November 5.?Notwithstanding expectations to the contrary, Harry K. Thaw will not be placed on trial this week for the murder of Stanford White. It was ieflnitely learned today, in the face of the reports this morning, that Thaw's trial might begin this week in general sessions, that there was no prospect of reaching the trial so soon. It was said that in all probability the case would come up for trial before Recorder Goff in Part 1 of general sessions early next month. The recorder is not sn the bench this month and will not sit in general sessions again until December 1, when he is scheduled to preside in Part 1. There are several reasons why the case :ou!d not be reached for some time. It was said today that the defense was not yet ready to go to trial. Although there are a lumber of lawyers who have been retained iy Thaw and have been looking after his interests since he has been in the tombs, it s said that the defense lias yet to decide jpon the man who will appear as the trial awyer. The Grand Jury Subpoenas. The motion made by John B. Gleason, one >f Thaw's counsel, before Recorder Goff several weeks ago, for a writ of prohibition Forbidding the district attorney from further examining witnesses in the case on ?rand jury subpoenas has not yet been de- l :ided. It is expected that the recorder will hand lown a decision on she motion within a Tew days. In the meantime the district ittorney's office is handicapped in examinng further witnesses. It is understood :hat there" are still one or two witnesses aiiom Assistant District Attorney Garvin is lesirous of questioning before the case is wrought to trial. But in the event of the writ of prohibition being sustained by Reorder Goff, It is said, the prosecution will jo to trial confident of a conviction on the nerlts of the preparation as it now stands. JCo motion for a transfer of the case from :he general sessions to the criminal branch of the supreme court has been made by the aistrict attorney or by Thaw's counsel. rrv T xuc xurnua juiai. It !s understood that no such motion will ae made, and that both sides are satisfied to allow the case to come up for disposition before Recorder Goft at the next court term, which begins December 1. Thaw's is now No. 2 on the list of mur3er cases. This fact gave rise to the report that he might be put on trial this week. The "Tombs list" and the trial calsndar in general sessions are not closely related. Thaw's case has not yet been put jn the trial calendar. When the prisoner was seen In the Tombs ' this morning and told of the report that lis trial might begin this week, he said: "It can't come any too quickly to suit ne. I feel sure of vindication, and I am inxious to have It over with." STA1EH00D CONTEST. Jew Mexico Is Not Very Much Interested. SANTA FE, N. M., November 5.?The ipathy of the statehood question is very ( loticeable, in contrast to the bitterness jver the fight an the local tickets. It is 1 relieved that of 80,000 votes 10,000 will be ' ilank on statehood. Fifteen thousand will ] ae against statehood, most of these cast : Dy the natives of northern New Mexico, j while statehood will have 10,000 majority. ; rhere is no doubt about the re-election of Delegate William H. Andrews by 6,000 malority and the election of the republican egislature. Habeas Corpus for Leopold. CHICAGO, November 5.?Judge Pin-ckney, n the criminal court, today granted a writ , )r habeas corpus lor i_.eonara i_,eopoia, wno vas arrested In Waussau.Wls., on the charge )f murdering Mrs. Margaret Leslie. The >olice so far have been unable to obtain iny confession from Leopold or to prove :hat he was connected with the murder, and lis attorney declared that the police are nistreatlng and attacking the prisoner. Hearing on the writ was set for a late hour :oday. Arizona Against Jointure. PHOENIX, Ariz., November 5.?Partisans it joint statehood have closed their campaign. Parting shots against the project will be given tonight in the larger towns where republicans and democrats will hold Inal beetings. Defeat of jointure in Arizona s admitted by all, estimate of vote in its favor being from 15 to 20 per cent of the :otal vote. To Suppress Fumes of Smelters. In the case of the state of Georgia vs. lio TunnPQQPP Pnnnpr Cnmnanv. n.n pffnrt >n the part of the former state to secure :he suppression of the fumes of smelters ocated at Duektown, Tenn., the Supreme ,'ourt of the United States today overruled the demurrer filed by the company, but without prejudice. Pinal hearing was set for February 25 next. A temporary restraining order was denied. Murdered by His Wife. MOBILE, Ala., November 5.?Poss Ballen:lne, an employe of a fruit company, who was shot by his wife Sunday, died last night it the City Hospital without making a statement. Mrs. Ballentine Is a member of i prominent family. One Dead; Another Very 111. MARINETTE, Wis., November 5.?D. rrottler, democratic candidate for county j :reasurer, dropp^S dead today at his home j n tills city. He was about sixty-five years | >f age and leaves a large ramliy. R. C. Havling, the republican candidate tor the same office, is in a very critical coalition and Is not expected to live. MAY BOMBARD SAIDIi HOLY WA~ MAY FOLLOW ACTIOK OF FRANCE. Special Cablegram to The Star. PARIS,- November 5.?A dispatch to thi Journal from La Mainia says that thi French authorities are considering the ad VlSflhllitv of hnmhnHina tVio tnxpn t\f fiairHa the pasha of Saidia some time ago entere< French territory for the purpose of arrest lng a former French soldier, who was ac cused of robbery. The French governmen made a vigorous protest and demanded tha the Moroccan government apologize am pay an indemnity of 25,000 francs. It als< demanded that the pasha be recalled. Thi apologies were made, but the pasha stil holds his post and the indemnity has no been paid. The Journal's correspondent deprecate! resort to the violent measures proposed pointing out that a bombardment of Saidii might be the signal for a holy war and thi massacre of the KuroDeans in Mnrnrcn WANT LONG OFFICERS BRITISH NAVY HAD A FUNNY MUTINY. PORTSMOUTH, England, November A mutinous outbreak on the part of 500 01 600 sailors last night necessitated the im mediate mobilization of the entire force ir the naval barracks here in order to prevent the affair from developing Into a serious mutiny. The men had assembled in the gymnasium when the senior officer, a man o] short stature, wishing to administer a reprimand for breach of discipline, orderec the front ranks to kneel so that he could see the men in the rear. The order was resented, and some of the Sailors who refused to obey were arrested. Their comrades, aggrieved, ran amuck wrecked the canteen and other premises started to break out of barracks with the intention of wrecking the quarters of the uiui ( i , anil WflC UII1V |JI ^Vfllieu from so doing by the fixed bayonets of ar overwhelming force. A number of the men who attempted to break out of barracks were arrested. INTEREST IN ELECTION OUTCOME WILL BE AWAITED WITH KEEN ANXIETY. vjinciai v? asnmgion is loomng lorward to the results of the election in forty-two states tomorrow with many evidences ol anxious interest. The President is most largely concerned in the outcome In New Yorlc state, where, through Secretary Root, he has made known his attitude regarding the situation. The President is particularly anxious, too, that the next House shall be of his political faith. Although the republicans are willing to admit that the democrats are to make gains over their present representation in Congress, yet they do not concede the former all they are claiming. Both parties have directed their final energies to the states where the fight is closest. With a hostile political body In the lower branch of Congress the President may be frequently hampered in the prosecution ol his policies, and for tills reason he desires the election of a safe republican majority. Although denied the rigiit of local suffrage Washington, because of the presence of the national government, takes the greatest Interest In the outcome. A number of the clerks, both democrats and republicans, in the various departments who still hold their legal residences in the states from which they were appointee have gone home to vote. Oniy the democratic congressional committee has maintained headquarters in Washington, and this fact makes the local element largely dependent upon outside sources for the straws wnich snow the way the political wind Is blowing. Prof. Garriott, forecast official, says regarding tomorrow's weather: FiUr weather and moderate temperature [s indicated for Tuesday generally over the eastern half of the country, and also in the middle western and southwestern 3tates; rain In Minnesota and Dakota, and rain or snow and colder weather in Wyoming, Montana and the interior of Washington and Oregon. Shot by His Own Soldiers. NIZHNI-NOVGOROD, Russia, November 5.?Col. Bozheranoff of the Viborg Regiment, of which the German emperor is honorary commander, was seriously wound. p,f\ fndav hv S* .hllllAf firo/1 H*r o ?* ? ? ~ j *? "" wv in Wi UJ a. UiUUUUI VII his own command. During the Russo-Japanese war the VIborg Regiment distinguished itself at *.*utllof Hill. NEWS OF Th Returns Will Be Disj Two Screens T< The Evening Star has complete arrangements for tomorrow evening. The i states will be received by \ from special correspondent also by the Postal and We panies and the Associated ] This information, as r thrown by stereopticons on the Pennsylvania avenue f this display will be suppler dates and other men of pr toons. A special effort has be crowds which will assembl ? ll t * X, aay evening ine earnest pu ' BAD RAILS STUCK ' OH FATAL BRIDGE e Interesting Testimony in Atlantic City Inquest. 11 ; ELECTRIC EXPERT ON STAND t 1 > Had Himself Driven Down the De9 i fective Iron, t ? DOOMED TBAIN WENT FAST ? I ?? 5 Bridge Tender Stewart Had a Quarrel With the Captain of the 1 Steam Yacht Sinbad. ATLANTIC CITY, N. J.. November 5.? The inquest into the wreck on the Pennsylvania railroad's electric railway at the Thoroughfare drawbridge last Sunday a - week ago, In which more than fifty persons r lost their lives, was resumed today by the - coroner of Atlantic county. Great Interest i is still centered In the investigation and a - large crowd was in attendance when the first witness was called. Joseph Dangerfield, who lives near the scene of the wreck, was fishing on a nearby bridge when the wreck occurred. He said that Capt. Kessler of the yacht Sinbad, for which the draw had been opened a few minutes before the train came along, had a quarrel with the bridge tender, Stewart, over opening the bridge. Witness said he heard the captain say, "I'll fix the third rail." Dangerfield said he believed Kessler meant he would have Stewart discharged , for alleged slowness in opening the bridge, j The witness said that the Ill-fated train [ was traveling over the bridge at a higher rate of speed than that of many other , trains that had gone over it. He Knew the Bail. Lloyd Brier, an assistant city electrician, proved an interesting witness. He said he- had been employed on the new electric road during the past sui mer, and several times noticed that the rail which Is be1 lieved to have caused the wreck stuck. He had driven it down himself several times. He did not know what caused the rail to stick unless It was because 1 had not been properly laid. Among the other witnesses examined was ) B. Bates, a track foreman on* the Pennsylvania railroad. He said that one rail on the brhlge had given trouble before the road was opened to the public and that It had been replaced by another. He believed the bridge was so constructed that trains could safely go over it at a speed of flfty miles an hour. The bridge tender, he said, is supposed to frequently walk over the structure and see whether the rails are in their proper position. He believed that all the rails on the bridge were in their proper place on the day of the accident. Bates could give no theory as to what caused the accident. A recess was taken until 2 p.m. rnTTrnuiTT? QU A TTT?_TTTI \j.r\ UXJL vmj.iJLA .. wa. Earthquake Will Have an Effect on i the Vote. SAN FRANCISCO, Cal., November 5.? The political campaign will close all over ' the state tonight with a general outlook of i a more mixed character than ever before l known in the history of the state. This is especially so in regard to the election for ' governor. While all parties express the utj most confidence in the outcome outside of the southern section of the state, a number of outside issues and change of residences, brought about by the recent disaster in San FVaru-isco. will materially change the com plexion of the voting. Several counties heretofore couM have been depended upon for a good majority for one side or the other. From all Indications a large vote will be cast all over the state, i ? DAMAGE DONE WAS LIGHT. Capt. Schroeder's Report on the Mishap to the Virginia. The report of Capt. Seaton Schroeder, commanding the battleship Virginia, upon the collision Saturday in Hampton roads * ? ^ xl A1 J between tnai snip ana me um x/uiuimwn liner Monroe was received at the Navy ( Department today. It confirms substantially the press reports, making it appear that the collision resulted from the Monroe slacking in speed and being drawn against the battleship by the suction of the pro. peller of the latter. The damage to the war ship was slight, consisting of the inIE ELECTIONS. clayed by The Star on morrow Evening* made very extensive and displaying election returns news of the voting in various vire direct to The Star office, s throughout the country; stern Union Telegraph comPress. apidly as received, will be a mammoth double screen on ront of The Star office, and nented by portraits of candiominence and original caren made to give the immense e about The Star office Tuesssible news of the elections. _/ I jury 01 one tnrce-incn gun and mount, the carrying away of some boat davits and some bumps and scratches to the paint work of the battleship. Capt. Schroeder says that In conformity with the naval regulations he will appoint a board of officers to Investigate and report upon the accident. TWO MURDERS IN PEKING. Newly Created Consular Court Gives Satisfaction. Special Cablegram to The 8tar. PEKING. November 5.?An Englishman named Pless was killed near Hatamen Saturday night In revenge for publishing pictures of life in the 8outh African mines. The murderer escaped. A drunken Japanese soldier killed an Ausi trian sailor on Saturday. President Roosevelt's Instructions to Judge Lebbons E. Wilfley of St. L?ouls, whom he has appointed to be the first judge of the newly created consular court in China, give satisfaction. It Is considered that the court "will be the means of lidding the community of a class of undesirable Americans. The court, which wiH consist of the Judge, who is appointed for ten years, a district attorney, a marshal and a clerk, will have jurisdiction over all cases formerly tried by the consul general. Its headquarters will be at Shanghai. ' HOTEL MAN KILLED. Both Barrels of a Shotgun Emptied Into His Body. SEATTLE, Wash., November 6.?A dispatch to the Post-Intelligencer from Juneau, Alaska, says: Norman E. Smith, a Tenakee hotel man and former famous bicycle racer, has been killed at Tenakee Hot Springs by Robert Reld. The shooting was without warning, Reld emptying both barrels of a shotgun charged with buckshot Into Smith's body. Smith is said to have had a bad reputattion among the miners, and Reid claims to have been threatened by the hotel keeper. SPLIT IN MISSOURI. Democrats Will Get State and Republicans St. Louis. ST. LOUIS, Mo.. November 5.?Reports from various points In Missouri Indicate unusual activity to secure a full vote tomorrow. There Is scarcely a town of any size that has not been visited by prominent political speakers of both the republican and democratic parties, and fair weather prevailing it Is quite probable that Missouri will poll a heavy vote. The republicans' claim of carrying St. Louis is not largely contested, but the democrats feel equally sure of the state. DELAWARE IS CLOSE. Democratic Chairman Declines to Make Prediction. WILMINGTON. Del.. November r?.? Chairman L. Heisler Ball of the Newcastle county republican committee, predicts a republican victory in Delaware tomorrow by about 3,000 majority and the election of a republican legislature. Chairman Thomas F. Bayard of the democratic state committee declines to make a prediction, but says he is hopeful. It is the opinion of the best informed politicians that the election will be closer than it has been for several years, and that democrats may secure a majority in the legislature ' even if they lose their congressional and 1 state tickets. Oklahoma's New Sensation. OKLAHOMA CITY. Okia., November 5 ? 1 The campaign for delegates to the constl- ' tutional convention, which will convene November 20 to form a constitution for the new state, closes today. One hundred and twelve delegates will be elected, fifty-five from Oklahoma Territory, fifty-five from 1 Indian Territory and two from Osage. Both parties claim the election. Districts are small, and the election will turn on local conditions. An estimate of results is difficult. Stambuloff Ministry to Govern. SOFIA, Bulgaria, November 5.?The Petroft cabinet has resigned, as It did not enjoy the cordial support of parliament. Vlinlctox ' * +1- - ?I? ..i.n.uivi ul unciiui x"truivoii, ine ieaaer of the Stambuloff arty, which now has a majority in the chamber, has been intrusted with the task of forming a new cabinet. < No Opposition in Georgia. ATLANTA, Ga.. November 5.?Three judges of the state court of appeals, authorized by the last legislature, and eleven congressmen are to be elected by Georgia voters tomorrow. Excepting in the first congressional district the democratic nominees for the fourteen offices have no opposition. It is not likely that a heavy vote will be polled. Voting Machines in Utah. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, November 5.? The American party paper, the Tribune, comments this morning on the fact that the voting machines to be used for the first time tomorrow were allowed to remain in ten Mormon meeting houses over Sunday, although they were removed from other public places Saturday. There was music and red fire today, but no political meetings. Constable Burned to Death. Special Dispatch to The Star. CUMBERLAND. Md., November 5.?John Duval, a constable at Tunnelton, on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, a few miles west of Oakland, Md., early yesterday > morning', in an intoxicated state, went home, after attending a political celebration, and knocked over a lamp, which exploded. In the ensuing fire Duval was burned to,, death and his house was consumed, as was the house occupied by tfubert ^entney, adjoining. Duval's head and legs were burned off. Odds in West Virginia. CHARLESTON, W. Va., November 5.After an active campaign the republicans claim four of the Ave congressional districts. More interest is shown in the fight for the legislature, but the democrats have so many odds to overcome that the prospect for them is not bright. There has been a lack of interest apparent throughout the state. Cashier Kills Himself. SIOUX FALLS, S. D., November 5.? Cashier Vandervoort of the Lakeside Bank at T.nke Andes. 8. D-. committed unloMo tn. day by shooting. His accounts are said to be all right. Alabama Somewhat Democratic. MONTGOMERY, Ala., November 5.? Chairman J. Craigsmith of the state democratic executive committee, is confident that there will be a larger democratic vote polled Tuesday than in several years, and that avorv statA fi.nri rnnfiTPRsinnal nnmfnw> nf the party will be elected by Increased ma- t jorltlea. j, i ? * % Weather. Fair, warmer tonight; to* morrow partly cloudy. WITH SMALL HOPE HORDES IN CHINA STARVETO DEATH! Famine of Great Dimensions Id Northern Province. ? THEY CANNOT LEAVE REGION* Local Magistrates Prevent the D?? parture of the Uniortimatei. FAILURE OF CROPS ONE CAUSE Kiang-Su One of the Richest Provinces In Northern China, hut All Food | a _ . x u ? r rremiutt. , ^ ? Special Cablegram to The Star. SHANGHAI, November 4.?AJ famine of terrific magnitude is dev? astating the northern part of Kiang* Su province, central China. Mis? sionaries estimate that fully 10,000,000 people are starving to death, and the conditions that confront the country do not lend much hope. Local magistrates are making no ef* forts to provide food, but are pre* venting people from leaving the region. Failure of the rice crops and a variety of causes have brought about the conditions under which millions are starving. Kiang-Su is one of the richest and mort Important province* of China. It has an area of 45.000 square miles, with a population of Some stillls It - " ?- unvl* between latitude :$1 nn<l and longitude 110 and 122. It is bounded on the east by the Yellow sea. and on the other sid?s bjr Lhe provinces of Shantung. Mohan. Ngank? wel ami Cheklang. Kiang-Su is a very fer? tile, well-watered district, and contains th* largest chain of lakeci in the Chinese empire. It was largely due to the existence of these lakes that the Grand canal w<i? constructed. The Grand canal runs the whole length of Kiang-Su, and by its means goods are transported from Nankin, the capital, as far as the Imperial city Peking in iormer lime a vast fleet of boats w.-.a employed to take the rice tribute up to tho capital. In Klang-Su are situated Suchow, opened as a treat port in ISSKi. and one ot tlie richest cities In China, and Shanghai, long the center of European trade and activity. Shanghai contains a large European resident population, and its importance as a mercantile and commercial town id superior to that of any Chinese city. KiangSu was the scene of much fighting during the Tiping rebellion. In addition to being one of the chief tea-growing districts 08 China, it is the center of the silk worm district. Flood and Famine. The great Yang-Tse-Kiang river <3ebouches In the Yellow sea close to Shanghai. Owing to the abundance of water and the facilities for irrigation, the land produces, usually, rich crops. Cotton and rice are grown extensively. The rainy season lasts about three months in li<e summer and for the rest of the year very little falls. The rains are often very heavy and disastrous. Floods have not been uncommon and terrible famines take place from tlma to time. China is so unwieldly and enor mouss mi' iiit-K ?i menns <>i transport ea acute and the state organization so complicated and inefficient that, one province of the empire may be starving while plenty reigns in all the others. The efforts of rul? era to relieve distress are hampered by the absence of railroads. Each Province Independent. The Chine.se empire is divided up Into eighteen provinces, each of which is ruled by a governor appointed by the throna nominally for three years, but often lor a longer period when an administration la particularly successful. Kach province is more or less independ* ent, has its own army and navy and syptem of taxation. China is really more of a confederacy than an autocracy, though the empero- wields absolute and despotla power. Any one Is eligible for office, th? only necessary qualification being the passing of the civil service examinations. Thus China is in theory a democratic country. but in practice education is so rare tl*at but a comparatively small body of men are eligible to compete for office. These form a sort of aristocratic class; In fact, tha only aristocracy in China, for in spite o? the neglect of education it is very highly considered by the Chinese. The governor of a province rules it by the aid of a very complicated, cumbersome system of boards and officials. He is practically an autocrat, has the power of life and death, but has to account more or >ess to a superior official, the viceroy, who usually rules over two or three provinces. Louisiana is Lily White. NEW ORLEANS. La., November 5.?A pathetic condition prevails In the congressional campaign in this state. The only; show of fight made against the democrats is in the seventh district, where C. C. Duson, republican, opposes Representative Pujo. Dwing to Duson's late start In the canvaa ind the curtailing of the negro vote his race s expected to prove futile. Beady for the President. * WWW YORK" November 5.?The new ha* ;leship Louisiana, which will carry PresU lent Roosevelt and hl? party from Chesapeake bay to Colon, Panama, left this port ;oday for Hampton rotuls, Va. The sh if will take on coal there, and subsequent^ ?resldent Roosevelt will board her fronj he Mayflower somewhere in Chesapeake ?jr. The Louisiana la equipped for wlrelen elegTaphy and special quarters have beeij 4 prepared for the President while on bo*r4?