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f l)C J&bmtlQ prai: No. 16,924. WASHINGTON, D. C., FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 1907-TWENTY-TWO PAGES. TWO CENTS. * THE EVENING STAR WTT3 SUNDAY M0RN7NP EDITION. lull if OfflM 11th StrNt in J t(?i"rnn ArtM* TLe F7enr g St?r Nsw?n -way TJBODOM W WO *="/? Ffw l?f? Cff f*: "ri i.t t r . fl'ffr f f ffirf: ItiffH- * ' - B; r. n? Rr^nfoj; Star, w*- ,rn<ne *dlftloo, ! deliver**^ by carrVit 1 r*r "iwt. wltbtn the city at *?0 >i-ut ' *-h? Sunday corning edltio** -t U tl? Bt o.*!1 r^ifat-' pr Dally, fund ay Inclu^il. o?e ?< n*a. Dally SniKlar esr?nted. one - ?nts Satrird*' St/?r on - r*r. - - * r CIV ULCDc ilij , ilv I 01A nuio HI IUA mm trial Another Juryman Secured After Tedious Session and DefonWont Qnomc Ploacpn IbllUaill wvvmg I iwuwvui THE FAMILY STILL AT ODDS Hetbit Boy is Again in Conrt and He Declines to Recognize His Sister. IHSANITY MAY BE THE PLEA As Cue Progresses It is More Pertinently Suggested the Defense Will Attempt to Prove That Thaw Was Emotionally Crazy. Six Jurors Sworn. No. 1?PEMING B. SMITH, retired manufacturer, No. 263 West 111th street. No. 2?CHARLES H. FECKE manager of a department of ...e Cunard steamship line, lives in No. flOl West 13T>th street. No. 3?GEORGE PFAi - . dealer in hardware and machinery supplies in No. 122 Center street, and lives in No. ?17 West 13?th street. No. 4?ARTHUR S. CAMPBELL, rtmpnt <5iinf?rintenilent of the American Telegraph and Telephone Company, living in No. West End avenue. No. 5?HKNRY C. HARNEY, manager of a piano warehouse, living at the corner of Brook avenue and l.TJd street. No. C?HAROI.D R. FA I RE. a printer, of 21 Manhattan ave I _ 1 NEW YORK, January 25.?The delay which soems to come during each morning nd to hold the trial of Harry K. Thaw for the murder of Stanford White by the heels was present again today. All the morning the wheels of justice ground slowly. creaking and moaning with every tedious turn, and when they had finished the session's work the only visible result was one more juror. Five minutes before the court adjourned the nrat Juror of the day was chosen alter a long; and exhaustive examination. He is Harold R. Faire, a young and intelligentlooking man. who gave his address as 21 Manhattan avenue and his business as a printer. After a long examination he was found acceptable to the district attorney, and after the defense examined Thaw nodded his head, and the Juror was accepted and sworn. It was strange how many of the men examined had formed opinions which would overcome their judgment, had conscientious scruples against the death penalty or could give other reasons why they musk ut: trjujuatu i rum jury uuiy. vjniy one talesman departed from the same monotonous answers to the line of monotonous questions. He was James M. Ketcham and he went on the stand toward the end of the session. It seemed for a while he might be chosen as a juror, for District Attorney Jerome, apparently satisfied, had given him o\er to the defense for examination. Did Not Know White. "Did you know Stanford White?" inquirid * Mr. Hartridge. u?king the usual question. "I am pleased to say that I did not," replied the witness in a loud voice with a xgwiuus Diicinc ui ms nt'UU. A rUSlie W6HI over the court room as if a heavy wind had hit it and the audience, always ready to titter, greeted It with a subdued giggle. Over the faces of Harry Thaw and his young wife passed a smile. The court officers niiijx-d for order and In a moment order wtis restored and the examination of the witness went on. It is needless to say that James M. Ketcham was not accepted as a juror. Mrs. William Thaw was back in court today to watch the choosing of the twelve men who are to try her son for his lifff. Her rest of yesterday gave her strength to appear In publli- again, hut she showed 4 more than ever the ordeal to whieh the ttnal act of her son's profligacy has subjected her. Her eyes looked as if she spent yesterday crying. ' The Countess of Yarmouth was not yet well enough to appear in court, but Howard Nesbit was there today seated in a far corner and holding no communication with his Bister or her husband's family. Today he wore a conspicuous white necktie, and in the light which came through the window Hear which he sat his face showed its weakness very plainly. There was no change in the methods of questioning by eltlier~the" prosecution or defense. Except by objecting to the form of Mr. Jerome's questions as to the talesmen's opinions on the insanity plea the defense did nothing to show its hand or give any hint as to the form the defense will take. It begins to look, as has been frequently uggested. that Mr. Jerome expects a plea of "emotional insanity." The third day of the trial began with Ave men in the Jury box. and only one-quarter ?f the panel of 1X.K) talesmen had been examined. The threv who were chosen yesterday were not accepted until a very short time be?Vi.. r?<?ni?t ttiHiiiirnnH fnr tha riav Thun. had been a long and tedious session wlth# out result. The spectators had given up i hope that any additions would be made to the jury when prosecution and defense sud denly carac to an agreement over three men, who were Immediately accepted. As the jury stood at the beginning of today's session it consisted of Deming B. Smith, the foreman; George Pfaff, George H. Kecke, Arthur S. Campbell and Henry C. Harney. There was some comment on the ready acceptance of Henry C. Harney by ? .1../?it man lonrnpii that Harney IUC UCXC11>9?:< *v n?*u ... had already served on a homicide jury and had voted for conviction In the first degree. The case was that of Edward Pek&rz, and one of the queer facts of the Incident Is that the defense was Insanity. Pekarz was sentenced to be electrocuted. He Is now In Sing Sing, his sentence having been commuted to life imprisonment. It wrs believed yesterday that the talesman had slipped Into ?he Jury box without hoinir noticed by the counsel for the de fense, but Mr. Peabody stated this morning; that Thaw's counsel had known of Harney's connection with the former murder trial and allowed him to enter the box without challenge believing that it was possible for him to be a fair and unprejudiced Juror, in spite of his adverse vote in the former homicide case. The greatest care is being used to be sure that the jurors shall not be Influenced by the great public interest which the case has stirred up. Jurors Constantly uuameu. Besides the usual two deputies who are told off to guard the jury, Captain Lynch and several members of his court squad are constantly on guard over the Jurors, who are segregated In a suite of rooms in the Broadway Central Hotel. The Jurors are not allowed to see newspapers even wun the accounts of the trial clipped out, and except for meals they are not allowed to their rooms. All mail addressed to the juror9 Is opened and examined, and although they are allowed to see members of their families and business associates, the conversations have to be carried on in the presence of a court officer and another Juror. Kvery effort is being made to have the jurors keep regular hours for meals and sleep, and it was announced this morning that the jury would be served with lunch in the court roam, so that the noon intermission would not be delayed by compelling them to walk under guard to the hotel and back. The Thaw party came ift two parts this morning. At one minute past 10 Evelyn Nesblt Thaw and her great friend, Mae McKenzie, slipped*in through the side door and took the seats reserved for them. Thaw's young wife, the former chorus girl, looked more worn out this morning than during the flrgt two days of the trial. Her face was without a particle of color, and tb? darknesa or me rings unaer uer e>?o unu grown deeper. Both the llour-llke whiteness ?t her drawn face ftnd'ihe contrasting deep darkness at the fatigue lings under her eyes were accentuated by a dark blue veil which she had substituted for the white one which she has worn on her previous appearances In court. This morning she wore a dark blue tailor-made gown, and the same blue velvet hat which she has worn to court before. Her listless step as she entered the court room contrasted greatly with the sprightly step of the chipper little actress friend. Very Much Subdued. When_ehe sat down she hardly spoke a word to her companion, and even the little actress with her seemed subdued by the slow, constant grinding of the mill which Is turning out as Its grist the twelve men who are to decide on the life of Harry Thaw. It was some minutes later when the other members of Thaw's family party arrived. They were Mrs. William Thaw, whom yesterday's rest had enabled to again appear in court: Mrs. George Carnegie and Edward and Josiah Thaw. Young George Carnegie and the Countess of Yarmouth did not come to court today. In spite of yesterday's rest. Thaw's mother ghows grievous signs of the strain which her son's trial Is subjecting her to. The lines on her large matronly I face grow deeper every day, and although she sits with her head thrown back and her 1 eyes on the taleeman in the witness box, apparently oblivious to the stares which center on her, it is evident that her strong, unbending attitude Is an effort of will and that she is unpleasantly conscious of the stir which her entrance into the court room occasions. On Friendly Terms. Again today she took a seat between her daughter and her son's wife, and this, coupled with the fact that the party came in two sections, gave renewed life to the old rumor that there is a split in the family of the Thaws. There seems, however, to be no ground for it except the fact that the different members of the family came down to court at a different time, for all through the trial there has seemed to be no re straint between Thaw's wife and his sisters, and they have chatted together on apparently the friendliest of terms. After the long roll call of the talesmen there was an interruption for a brief minute, when Clerk Penny called "William A. Brewer, the younger, to the bar." Mr. Brewer, a man of more than middle age, is indicted for perjury in connection with the insurance investigation. The fact that his counsel, former District Attorney Rand, stood waiting for him Inside the bench rail with Mr. Jerome gave rise to the rumor that he had been employed as a special assistant by the prosecution, but this was quickly dissipated by the appearance of Brewer at the bar. He pleaded not euiltv and went back Into the rear of the court room to watch the other defendant enter. A moment later Thaw swung Into court. Every day in court seems to improve his physical condition. The prison, pallor has been almost entirely dissipated and in its place is a slight flush on his cheeks. His eyes are still preternaturally bright, and as soon as he had swung up the aisle and taken his seat by his counsel's table he began to aid his attorneys in the choosing of the jury. Before he took his seat, however, he did not neglect the usual smile and bow, which his wife, who was seated far forward In her chair In her position of yesterday, with her elbows on the arms of her chair, recognized with an attempt at a cheerful smile. Talesmen Unwilling. Every day Thaw's part in the choosing of the jury Increases. He watches each (Continued on Third Page.) UTTIKEOJI TURN ' Prof. Elliott the Object of Strong Denunciation. i HIS CHARACTER ASSAILED / Various Reports Quoted by Ex-Senator Faulkner. THE CASE OF MINISTER PEEEtCE Dispute With Messrs. Williams and Clark Over Propriety of His Course. At the resumption before the House ways and means committee this morning of the hearing on the Southard fur seal resolution former Senator Faulkner of West Virginia, representing the North American Commercial Company, devoted most of his Hmo to a /lonnnnlotlnn a f tVin phorapfpp and motive of Prof. Henry W. E.liott of Cleveland, Ohio, who claimed, when before the committee a week or sd ago. that he had been the confidential agent of the late Secretary of State John Hay and who made charges of perjury, etc., against officials of the North American Commercial Company. The hearing was of considerable interest. The senator became dramatic at times in Viic H^nnnplo f Irtn A f VI -t- VI l-? on/9 nna point Chairman Payne, Representative Dalzell and the two leading minority members of the committee, John Sharp Williams of i Mississippi and Champ Clark of Missouri, became involved in a discussion of the morals and ethics involved in the relative degrees of guilt of former Senator Burton of Kansas, who Is now in prison, and the former third assistant secretary of state Mr. Peirce, who is now United States minister to Norway. Reading from the report of a hearing on the seal question in 1884, Senator * aulsner quoted an admission of Prof. Elliott that he at that time was in the employ of the Alaska Commercial Company as an expert under salary, and that he was supposed to render services as the company's counsel and adviser. I' "This shows," said Senator Faulkner, "that as early as 1SS4 Elliott was the coun. sel and advisor of this concern. y6t he testified later before the committee that he was never In the employ of the Alaska Commercial Company." Extracts From Beports Bead. The senator then read the extract from ine report or uen. l-loward on sealing matters made in 1875, which contained a number of reflections on Mr. Elliott. The statement was made in this report that Elliott had gone to Alaska first In 1872 as assistant to Capt. Bryan, who was in. charge of the seal islands. Cpon his return Elliott had published a pamphlet on the habits of the fur seal and had made charges against Capt. Bryan, who had not been very pliable so far as the Alaska Commercial Company was concerned. The report then went on to say that a position had been created for Elliott and that he had uiauc a ic^uu un me iur seai irdae wmcn 'was full of praise of the Alaska Commercial Company but valueless from any other point of view. The senator then read extracts from the report of Wm. Q. Morris, special agent of the Treasury Department, made in 1878, in which the writer said that Harper's Magazine had been very badly taken In because it had published one of Prof. Elliott's articles, which had had a very damaging effect on Alaska. The inaccuracies in the article were due. Mr. Morris thought, to gross and remarkable ignorance rather than to design. He spoke of Prof. Elliott as the natural foe of Alaska, and attributed the forlorn condition of the country then to that man. Extracts from the report of the governor of Alaska in the year 1886 were also read by the senator. He quoted from the report to tfie effect that Elliott had not been in Alaska for a dozen years; that his fox farm, of which he has spoken to the committee, was a myth, and that he was the paid lobbyist in Washington of the Alaska Commercial Company, and was always ready to bob up and give senators and representatives all the disinterested informa lion tney wanted. The senator then spoke of a report made by Elliott on the management of the seal islands by the United States, which had been completed just at the time there was some difficulty over the seal question between the United States and Great Britain. He read from the report of Mr. Foster, then Secretary of State, explaining that the report was so unjust to the United States, so biased, so valueless, and so inaccurate, that it had been suppressed. The report of Mr. Phelps, another government agent, was then quoted by the senator, tending to show that Elliott had invented a theory concerning the efTect of drives upon the virility of fields which was nothing short of ridiculous. Concerning Elliott's claim that he had been a confidential agent of the late John Hay, Senator Faulkner said he had -been unable to find any records in the State Department tending to show that such was the case. The only record was of the payment of $5,000 to Mr. Elliott for a number of seal chart3. Mr. Faulkner then told in detail, gn. g dates, etc., of an effort that had been made by Mr. F^lliott to obtain employment under the State Department, and of Mr. Elliott's offer to get an appropriation through Congress 0"t of which he might be p. .a. Mr. Hay refused to have anything to do with the matter, but after Congress had subsequently passed two appropriations in connection with the seal matter Mr. Elliott had gone to the State Department and declared that lie alone had Induced Congress to appropriate the money, and that, therefore, he s lould be employed. , Minister Peirce's Case. Referring to the charge made by Prof. Elliott against Mr. Peirce, then third assistant secretary of state, Senator Faulkner said that it was not his duty to defend Peirce except in so far as the North American Commercial Company was concerned. But he insisted that what Mr. Peirce did was in the usual course of business of th? State Department. He contended that it was quite usual for a government officer detailed to press a claim of a United States citizen before an arbitration tribunal to receive pay for his services from the claimant. Representatives Clark and Williams interrupted the speaker at this point with expressions of amaiement. "Do you mean to say," cried Mr. Williams, "that that is the usual custom?" Mr. Faulkner replied that that was his un/lA*ot a ndlrtff /vf J f an/1 a dionitiu'iAK " ?? uiiucisiauunig ?* , u"u ci vnoi uocii'ii <.uiuilg committee members followed, in the course of which Mr. Olark remarked that poor Senator Burton was in jail for doing nothing worse than what Peirce did. Senator Faulkner then quoted from a letter written by Vice President Fairbanks when chairman of the joint high commission, which atkted that Prof. Elliott was "an impossible person not qualified by character or reputation" to do the work in coniiecwun wmi me neiu investigation. The committee adjourned at noon and I met again at 2:30 o'clock, when Senator! Faulkner resumed bis remarks. I ANOTHER COLD WAVE GENEROUS SLICE OF FRIGIDITY COMING FROM MONTANA. A cold wave from the Icy northwest Is said to be coming this way, and its advance guard, with a temperature of about 20 degrees above zero, is expected to reach Washington by tomorrow morning, according to Prof. Frankenfleld, one of the weather bureau forecasters. By tomorrow night there will be a more decided fall of the temperature, and the mercury may go down to 16 degrees by candle'- ight. Rain is Indicated for tonight, and when it clears away the cold conditions will appear, with an approximated fall of 25 degrees. Prof. Frankenfleld added that the approaching northwest cold wave will be the second one to visit Washington this week. Reports from Montana today say the temperature there is 32 degrees below zero. It is a slice of that frigidity that Is said to be coming this way. Zero weather is expected tonight in the upper Mississippi valley. MB. CANNON SELLS FARM. Speaker Makes Good Profit In Nebraska Deal. Special Dlapatch to Tbe Star. OMAHA, Neb., January 25.?"Uncle Joe" Cannon, Speaker of the national House of Representatives, has just so'.d a farm of 320 acres in Saunders county, Nebraska, for * <>4 /W\A ?? * " - ~ - - - opeuKer cannon purcnased I tils farm live years ago, and he sold It at an advance of $7,000 over the price he paid for It. It has just come to light that Mr. Cannon purchased at the same time several large and valuable farms in Saunders county. He purchased them purely as an Investment, and they have turned out to be very profitable. The one he has just sold is said by land men to have yieided a larger profit on the investment tlian any other farm sold in Saunders count) for a number of -years. Has Swettenham Resigned. .LONDON, January 23.?There is good reason to believe that Gov. Swettenham of Jamaica has forwarded his resignation to the colonial office. The officials there say they are not prepared either ,to confirm or deny the report, but they admit having received telegrams of a confidential character from the governor. It has been fully expected here that a solution of the difficulty would be found in Swettenham's resignation, and the reply to inquiries re celved at the colonial office tended to confirm the report that the governor had Intimated his willingness to retire from his post. One Killed; Two Injured in Wreck. NORFOLK, Va., January 25.?A wreck occurred on the Seaboard Air Line railway at Boykins, Va., early today, by which one person was killed and two injured. Seventy seven norses on ine train, a last rreignt, which went through an open switch, were killed. Middy Masquerades as Girl. Special Dispatch to The Star. ANNAPOLIS, Md., January 23.?Midshipman Richard B. Coffman, son of Capt. DeWitt Coffman. U. S. N., one of the most popular members of the brigade of midshipmen, has received fifty demerits and been reduced to a private from his rank of cadet ensign. His offense consisted In masquerading at a recent hop as ? girl. His make-up was perfect and he deceived the other midshipmen completely, dancing with several of his classmates. The secret leaked out and the commandant punished the young man, who is a member of the first class. r It Merrimac's Anchor Found. NORFOLK, Va., January 25.?As the re suit of her mud hook getting afoul of eomething at the bottom of Hampton roads yesterday, a fishing schooner was the innocent cause of the discovery and recovery of the lost anchor and chain of the confederate armor-clad Merrimac, or Virginia, the last being the name given her by the confederate government and under which she fought during the civil war the famous battle with the Monitor that revolutionised naval warfare. Fire on Steamship. CAPE HENRY, Va., January 26.?The British steamer Inkula passed in the capes this forenoon flying signals indicating that there was a fire In her cargo, 'jyie Inkula, which was bound to Liverpool from Galveston, put into Norfolk yesterday for coal and sailed again the same day. l:.T - I JM|H^^RHH * * - - ^rti:: - ' 'J Representative De Armond Of Missouri. U'iioto by staff rnotograpaer.) j AMEND LICENSE LAW Draft of Bill Forwarded to Conpress Today. POWER OF REGULATION Annual License to Broken One Hundred Dollars Each. LICENSES ISSUED BY ASSESSOR Provision for Columbia Golf Club, Which is Specially Designated in Section 10. The Commissioners morning transmitted to Chairman Babcock of the District committee of the House the draft of a bill to regulate certain licenses in the Dlrtrlct, "and for other purposes," and recommended its enactment during the present session of Congress. It is hegarded as exceptionally important legislation. Certain methods of making assessments in the District now, they contend, are in need of amendment. It is first provided In the proposed measure to more clearly define the method now in rorce or cnarging property uaacoaauic mi improvements with particular reference to property belonging to "non-resident owners." The Commissioners object to the present method of assessing such property because property of non-residents may be sold for the expense of the work done, while residents owning property who fail to comply with the law may only be fined for their delinquency. The proposed measure in its second paragraph is intended to meet constitutional ob Jections to assessments under "An act provide for the drainage of lots in the District of Columbia," approved May 11>, 18Ufl, and "An act to cause the removal of weeds from lands in the city of Washington, District of Columbia, and for other purposes," approved March 1, 18JK). based upon the inequality of the effect of those laws. Purpose of Amendment. The object of this is to vest in the Commissioners the option to accept indemnity bonds from plumbers and others in lieu of money deposits, to guarantee the protection of public property from injury by such artisans or their employes, and the restoration of pavements or other public works disturbed in the prosecution of their work. Section 3 of the proposed bill provides that the license tax imDosed by the act of Congress approved July 1, 1902, upon claim agerjts, shall hereafter apply to those persons, Arms or corporations who make a business of prosecuting claims against the government of the United States or the District of Columbia, and also to collection agencies. With respect to claim agents the license year, shall begin November 1 ahd' terminate on October 31 in each year. Section 4 reads: That an annual license tax of $12 is hereby Imposed upon dealers i - "" nr ohoujino" tnhfl cigarettes or any form of manufactured tobacco; the license year to begin November 1 and to terminate October 31 in each year. Tax on Brokers. It is provided in section 5 that an annual license tax of $100 be imposed upon all brokers transacting business in the District of Columbia. Every person, firm, company or association not incorporated (except insurance and real estate brokers acting as such), soliciting business from the general public by advertisement or otherwise, and who purchases, sells or negotiates for other securities, shares, stocks, bonds, exchanges, bullion, coin money, bank notes, or promissory notes, or that deals in futures on market quotations tot prices or values on merchandise, shares, stocks, bonds or other securities, or eccepts margins on prices or values of said shares, stocks, bonds, merchandise or securities, shall be deemed a broker Provided, that the forejcointc enact ment shall have no reference whatever to the provision of the act of July 1, 190U, respecting private banks or bankers or the Washington stock exchange, but the provisions of said act shall remain in force and effect. With respect to licenses issued to brokers, private banks -or bankers and note brokers, the license year shall begin on July 1 and terminate on June 30 of each year. Framing the Regulations. It is further provided that power be given to the Commissioners to adopt regulations ana to impose penalties ior violations wiereof In the governing of vlctualers, restaurants, oyster houses, cook shops, ice cream parlors, dairy lunch establishments, eating houses, by whatsoever name designated; concerts, entertainments, exhibitions, circuses, information bureaus, intelligence offices, private detective agencies, clairvoyants, fortune tellers and mediums, by whatsoever name they may be called; builders, contractors and plumbers. In enforcing regulations governing these places the Commissioners want the power to revoke a license when they see fit, after due notice and hearing. To Be Issued bv Assessor. All licenses referred to In this bill are to be issued by the assessor, and payment therefor shall be made to the collector of taxes, but no license can be issued without the approval of the Commissioners. That the latter intend this~ law to be "all powerful," they make provision for a fine of not more than $500 for any violation upon conviction thereof. The last section of the bill reads: Section' 10. That the excise board of the District of Columbia be, and it is hereby, empowered in its discretion to issue a license at the rate prescribed by law.to the Columbia Golf-Club of the District of Columbia, subject to regulations and restrictions now relating to other duly incorporated clubs. All acts or parts of acts inconsistent with the provisions of this act are repealed by the latter. NEW RECORD AT ORHOND. ' * William Ray Goes Mile in Auto at Terrific Speed. ORMOND, Fla., January 25.?Perfect weather and beach conditions favored the last day of racing in the Ormond-Daytonautomobile tournament. There were five events on the card today, Including Marriott's attempt to reduce the present record of 28 1-5 seconds for the taiile. The other events are a five-mile club championship, for amateur drivers only, and special match races at one, six and twelve miles. The six-mile special match race between two thirty-horee-power runabouts was won by Loughlin in 7 minutes and 3a 3-5 seconds. The six-mile handicap, for amateurs, was won by Laughlin in a thirty-horse-power gasolene car In 8 minutes and 8 2-5 seconds actual running time. Laughlin had a handlcap-ef 1 minute 0 seconds. Marriott failed in his attempt to lower the mile re?ord. He covered the distance In 28 3-5 seconds, two-fifths of a second \ lower than the best previous performance. The special twelve-mile event between an English and an American touring car. stripped, was won by liutton, in the English car, in 13 minutes 12 2-5 seconds. William Ray of Brooklyn si.abllshed a new mile record for two-cycliner motorcycles. His time was 44 2-5 seconds. ATTACKED BY BLACK HAND. Desperate Assault on Men Barricaded In House. Special Dispatch to The Star. WILKESBARRE. Pa., January 25,-Ten armed Italians, believed to be members of the Black Hand gang at Pittston, which has been terrorising the mining region hereabouts,, attacked the residence of Joseph and Charles Rett*, at Upper Pittston, this morning In a daring- attempt to murder both men. The Reltz brothers have incurred the enmity of the society, and their lives had been required as a forfeit to assuage the vengeance of the Black Handera. For nearly three-quarters of an hour the armed band shot at the house, the brothers replying from the upper windows with shot guns. Every window in the house was shot out, about fifty bullets and loads of heavy shot being fired. An alarm was sent to Pittston and troop B of the state constabulary, and a squad under Sergt. Maier galloped to the scene. The Italians tied as the horsemen approached and escaped. The constabulary are now guarding the house. AFFAIRS IN THE CONGO. Resolution Reported by the Foreiam Relations Committee. _ The Senate committee on foreign relatione today ordered favorably rej>orted the substitute for the Lodge resolution concerning the Congo Free State situation. The resolution merely advises the President that he will receive the cordial support of the Senate In any steps he may deem It wise to take in co-operation with or in aid of any of the powers signatory of the treaty of Berlin "for the amelioration of the condition of the inhabitants of the Congo Free State." The preamble to the resolution sets forth that "the reports of the Inhuman treatment inflicted unnn tho nntlvp lnhphSto?ta a# tha Congo Free State have been of such a nature as to draw the attention of the civilized world and excite the compassion of the people of the United States." CHICAGO DISEASE BIDDEN. Feve^, Decreases, but Diphtheria Record Shows Increase. CHICAGO. January 25.?The com bined efforts of the health department, building department and state factory Inspector's office showed results yesterday In a. marked decrease in the number of scarlet fever cases reported. This result, however, was accompanied by the greatest number of new cases of diphtheria reported In any day of the epidemic, as well as an increase in the actual number of deaths from contagious diseases. There were nine deaths during the day, 67 new cases of diphtheria were reported and there were 177 cases of scarlet fever. The work of the health department inspectors and those sent out by Building Commissioner Bartupn resulted In manyajg'riiflcant discoveries. One little girl was found to have died of diphtheria without medical attention; the principal of a mihool was reported to have continued his duties, going to and from his home, where his two children were confined with scarlet fever, and inspectors from the factory inspector's office found many violations In the city's sweatshops. ASSASSIN IS IDENTIFIED. Slayer of London Merchant Unemployed Schoolmaster. LONDON, January 25.?The police have Identified the murderer of William Whiteley as Horace George Rayner. He 1b supnospd to have been a schoolmaster, but recently was unemployed and lived in a cheap hotel at Bloomsburg. He told the proprietor of the place that he was the son of a "wealthy London business man hailing from Yorkshire," from which part of the country the late Mr. Whlteley came. Passports and letters^ found on Rayner showed that he had traveled much in Russia and elsewhere on the continent. The murderer was operated upon this morning. His injured eye was removed and i the bullet which he fired into his forehead was extracted. The doctors believe that | Rayner will recover. The motive for the I crime is still a mystery. SEVEN PASSENGERS INJVBED. Conductor Probably Fatally Hurt Near Morgantown, W. Va. MORGANTOWN, W. Va., ^January 25.? Seven passengers were severely Injured and Lloyd Morris, a conductor, was probably fatallv huft late last nleht when a well filled trolley car jumped the track and plunged lt)0 yards toward the Monongahela river. The car left the rails on a steep grade and was stopped by running into a mudtiole when almost touching the water. The passengers received their injuries In the panic which followed the accident. COMPETITION WIPED OUT. Merchants Tell of Pacific Railroads' Merger Effect. 'Special Dispatch to The Star. PORTLAND, Ore., January 25.?Merchants and manufacturers differed only In their phraseology yesterday In testifying before Franklin K. Lane, sitting as the representative of the Interstate commerce commission, that common ownership of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company, the Union Pacific, the Oregon Short Line and the Southern Pacific had destroyed competition between the Union Pacific rail and water lines and the Southern Pacific between Portland and the east. Before the ownership was merged, the Portland men testified, their business had been extensively solicited by agents of both these lines and there was competition between the Oregon Railroad und Navigation Company's water line to San Francisco and the Southern Pacific railroad. At present, they declared, they were not solicited to ship by any specific Harrlman line. Their testimony van corroborated by T. w. MccuaKer, a iormf.-r iramc omcer or the Southern Pacific, afterward employed- In a similar capacity by the allied Harrlman lines, who testified that prior to the merger he was instructed to get all the business he aould for the Southern Pacific, and after the combination was formed he was instructed to get certain business for the Southern Pacific and to try to swing other business to the Union Pacific. Earthquake at Trenton. Special Dispatch to The Star. TRENTON, N. J.. January 25.?Reports from Doylestown and Newtown, ten miles west of this city, are to the effect that two sharp shocks of earthquake were felt there last night. It is sa!d that the houses rocked and pictures hanging on the walls were displaced. People In Doylestown ran into the street In confusion, fearing that their houses were falling. # / w Weather. Rain or snow nl colder tonight; tomorrow .air, cold* er. HTWIi Extension of Tracks to the Union Staiinn WIIIWII W % M %IWI I GALLINGER PLAN FAVORED Decision of the Senate District Com mittee. WILL USE MASSACHUSETTS AVE. Numerous Local Measures Considered and Action Affirmative and Ad/ erse Taken in Regard to Them. The Senate committee on the District of Columbia held a meeting today, and after being in session for an hour and a half agreed to report favorably quite a large number of bills of local interest. 8enator Oallinger's substitute, or amendment, to the bill pending In the Senate for an extension of the tracks of local street car lines to the union station was discussed and a favorable report was ordered. The amendment, however, was amended to provide that the Washington Railway and Electric Company shall grant a transfer with the 16th street herdlc line, known as the Metropolitan Herdlc Company, at the point of intersection at H and 16th streets. According to this amendment the MetroDolltan Cniiph fomnanv shnll within nn* year equip Its lines with motor coaches. Otherwise, this amendment provides, aa has been stated in The Star, for an extension by the Capital Traction Company from 7th and Massachusetts avenue down Mas* sachusetts avenue to the union station, using the tracks of the old Columbia railroad now on Massachusetts avenue between 4th and 7th streets. The (proposition to have the Capital Traction Company extend Its tracks from 7th and Florida avenue down Florida avenue to New Jersey avenue and thenco Vnna T??** ? uvnu iic** 4ci dcj avcuuc iu .uanoocuu" setts avenue, there to connect with the union ^tatlon, has been abandoned because ot opposition that has developed to that plan. Originally the Capital Traction Company wanted to extend its tracks from 7th and Florida avenut along Florida avenue to 8th street east and then down 8th street to connect with Its navy yard line. Both that line and the line down New Jersey avenue were desired in order to add to the Street railways system of the northeast section and to give direct communication between the union station and the northwest. Both of these projects now aDuear to be imDractlcable beoAusi> of th? opposition that has developed. The bill as now amended by the comp mittee also eliminates the extension down 1st street between the Capitol grounds and the Library building, giving the southeastern section direct access to the union station and.to the northwest, including Rock Creek Park, over both systems of railrotbdjr. - Opposition to that proposition Has also resulted in its elimination. As now amended the bill pending In the Senate will provide for four tracks across the union station plaza. The great Importance of securing extensions to the union station In this session of Congress Is recognized and Senator Galllnger will soon try to secure the pas?age of this bill. Other Favorable Reports. The committee also made a favorable report on Senate bill 6U0G, which provide* that the law regulating the Incorporations of savings banks shall apply to trust companies in the District of Columbia. An amendment to the District bill appropriating $4,000 for the grading and improving of Kenyon Btreet between 11th and 13th streets was favorably reported. Senate bill 30H8, authorizing the Washington, Spa Springs and Qretta Railroad Company to extend Its lines within the District of Columbia was favorably reported. The uujctnuu 10 tins uui in uie p.iai was ilie fact that Bladensburg road was narrow. Recently legislation has been enacted for the widening of Bladensburg road so that it will accommodate the proposed extension. Senate bill 7833, for the extension of School street was favorably reported. Senate bill 8014, authorizing the National Safe Deposit and Trust Company to change its name to the National Savings and Trust Company was considered favorably and will be reported to the Senat*. Senate bill 77U5, for the extension of Albemarle street from Wisconsin avenue to the Murdock Mill road, was favorably reported. Senate bill 7837, amending the District code in relation to proceedings in the condemnation of land for streeis. was favor ably reported witti an amendment. The bill as originally framed provided that juries In fixing damages for street extension may take into consideration donations of property for that purpose. As amended the bill allows the Jury discretion in such matters. Senate bill 826, regulating the sale gift or use of transfer tickets on street railways in the District, was reported favorably. "This bill is proposed in order to prevent what is said to be an improper uae of transfers on the street railways here. The bill is amended providing ? penalty not exceeding $100 or imprisonment not exceeding one year, or both. Senate bill 825, authorizing street railway companies iu eonvey fcnu-ta iiei&m *tnu express matter between 12 o'clock midnisht and 5 o'Mock In the morning, was favorably reported. The bill Is amended giving to the District Commissioners authority to make regulations. In addition to the authority to carry express matter and small freight, under this bill the railroads may transport coal or other fuel for their power piants between midnight and - 6 u'.tlock in th? morning. House bill 5i>71, for the extension of T street from 35th street to the proposed Rock Creek driveway, the cost o be assessed as benefits, was favorably reported. i-iouse Dili wood, uutnoriz ng me closing of Alexander place In the subdivision of Lincoln, was also favorably reported. Adverse Reports Ordered. The committee ordered that adverse reports be made on the folowlng bills: Senate 41)77, to provide additional land for the Jackson School. This adverse report was made because It was considered that other Improvements are of greater Importance. Senate 2479, to repeal section 1 of the act of February 16. 1!X>4, to name streets, alleys, avenues, highways etc., In the District of Columbia. Under this ^111 the names of all the streets outside of the old city limits would be restored, uuc the com roittee considered that such action would add confus'on in the i -nes of streets. Senate 21)5(1. to amend the District coda In relation uj c rj, ; rta annually and filing the same in the office of the recorder of deeds. This 1)111 waa introduced' by the late Senator Gorman by request. "Senate bill 5179, providing that the excise board In Its discretion may isaui- ji license to any duly* fncorpjra.ed club. The committee considered that the existing law was more satisfactory than this pr p >sed amendment. Senate 3449, for the Impr vement of 20th atreet northeast, from Kranklln to EvartS