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Finance Sharp Recoveries Marked the First Hour's Dealings. SELLING MOVEMENT AGAIN Average of Prices Dropped Lower Than Previously. FURTHER FORCED LIQUIDATION Weakness Spread to General List? Harrim&ns, Coalers and Metals Showed Least Decline. 8pe<la! IHnpatch to The Stnr. NEW YORK, March 20.?With this morning's opening began the third day of weakness for the stock market since its sore trial in last week's break. A better opening proved but a delusive augury, and heralded only the now familiar sagging tendency that has had control of the list all this morning. By the end of the first hour of trading there had come a recession of from one to three points from the highest prices of the day, and before noon figures below the lowest of yesterday were jirftrftl Th? Mrlv aftpmnnn hrmicht a slight Improvement, but In the main quotations were hardly any better than on Friday, the day after the violent break last week. AH of Saturday's gain, large as it was. had been lost, and some of Friday's reserve was drawn upon. The news that Influenced the market was mainly of a negative character. The most Important single Item was a statement from Secretary Kly of the stock exchange, uenuunntiK ri cuiuini^ ine rcpiius inui certain commission houses were In trouble. It was said that the governors of the exchange were planning an Investigation Into the origin of the stories which have been current for over a week. Warned Their Customers. Commission houses warned their customers against trading in the present market. and how little the professionals themselves operated was made plain to every one by the small volume of transactions for the day compared with those of the nre vious days. Pressure by the bears was continuous an4 extensive from the beginning of the session, and no stock or group of stocks was exempt from It. In the activity that developed around noon the movement was in the main downward. American Smelting and Refining common was especially the object of attack. selling down to within t>."> points of Its low mark in the break of last Thursday. Tlijf steamship Kronprlnz Wilhelm. which arri\ I tills morning from Bremerhaven, brought gold to the value of JlUomm for the National City HiMik. but notwithstanding the fact that the gold-import point was reached on Tuesday no other engagenu:-ts for New York banks were reported. Depression Was Too Great. The authoritative announcement by Mr. Ely that the governors knew of no house that was financially embarrassed, together with the unofficial story of their intention to put a stop to the rumors, gave pause for half an hour or more to the decline, and even with the evanescent confidence it brought turned the tide. But depression was too great to be resisted and selling again became the order of the day. The absence of tangible result from the meeting of President Mellen of the New Haven road and President Roosevelt produced much disappointment, though hope of present betterment in security conditions was indulged in by very few traders. What reports came from London, though they indicated a stronger position for our securities market abroad, were received without enthusiasm. Kven the excellent opening in London and the prospect of gold | u!|iv>iauvii iruin mat center railed to relievo the general discouragement. THE COTTON MABKETS. NEW YORK, March 20.?The cotton market opened steady at an advance of Haft points on better cables than looked for and an Increased spot demand in the English market. Trading was quiet at first and prices sagged oft to within a nolnt or two of last night's finals In the absence of bull upport. but rallied later, following the lighter estimate for tomorrow's receipts at Houston, and during the middle of the morning were about 7 to S points net higher. Trading was mostly in the way of evening up preparatory to the census report expected at U o'clock in tlie afternoon. Futures opened steady. March. May, O-l"; July. St.51; August, JI.33; September, |i..">! ; October. !>."! ; November offers. y.&S; December. U.S9: January. lo.tsft. The market was u'.iiet late In the morning but held pretty steady, with prices a couple of points off from the best, at a net advance of Xa!> points. Spot, ?|uiet; miild ing uplands, 11.05; inid U?ll(i KUII. i I .?P KHtimatnl receipts at the ports today, 2?,<*n> i.hus, against 24.h??2 last week and i 16.last y?*ar. For the week lHn.000 bales against 1S7,."!X> last week and 175,452 last year. Spot closed steady; middling uplands. 11. <jo middling Kulf. 11.24; sales. 40 bales. Today's Cotton Summary. Furolahed hj Dick Bros. & Co., 1412 11 *t. n.w. 'Phone* Main ?V 140 0441. NEW YORK COTTON. Oim*u ilijh Low. 2:13 p.m. Mnrrli. . . . M.'St MM) . U VA ?.&.% #.43 11.31 Juir #.so i?.3G 9.4:1 #.52 tuiohvr !?.7*.? U.sj S?.7;? H.Kl l>?r?*tut?r H.W # !M 9.H7 !?.H7 January 1O.0K 10.13 10.UH 10.10. 1 NKW OKLKANS COTTON. Open, High. I^iw. 1:15 p.iu. Mnv 10.21 1<?.21 10. lo 10.18 JulT 10.33 10.31 10.21 10.2!) Oclofcrr loir. IOlIH 10.15 10.10 Deiriuhrr 10 10 10.10 10.10 10.10 NKW YORK COTTON, 3 P.M. March . 0.83 May 9.40 Julr 0.48 tXtohrr 9.KI I>?m ml*r 0.N7 jtmar] IO.IO NKW OKLKANS COTTON. 2 P.M. May 10.12 July 10.20 <fctoiw?r 10.16 10.10 Liverpool Prices. LIVERPOOL, March 30.? Cotton?Spot, (ooil business done; prices 3 points higher; American ml.1.111.. ? ?-1- ? ...... ?. n>, bum middling, <1.33; middling. 5.1K?; low middling. 6.M3; good ordinary. 5.05; ordinary, 4.67. The galea of the day were 12,000 bales, of w lilch l.(K?i were for speculation and export and included 11.300 American. Receipts. 21.000 bales. Including 13,300 American. Future* opened easier and closed Mead) : American middling, g. o. c.. March. b.'iO; March and April, 5.58H; April and Kar, 5.58; May and June, 5.58; June and July. 5.5)4; July and August, 5.58; August and September. 5.561*; September and October. 5.35H; October and November. 5.52; Xovemher . rwl IWprrtvr RMW-* and January, 5-olS; January and February, 6 52H Negroes Suspected of Murder. NORFOLK. Va? March 20.-Charged with being Implicated In the probable murder of Cliarles F. Ferguson. the Newsoma postmaster and business man, whose body, with pockets picked, was found In a lane here early Sunday morning, Thomas Tynes and Lee Johnson, two negroes. have been arrested. The prisoners were seen coming from the lane, and on their persons keys and eyeglasses supposed to have been the property of the dead man were found. of ana i raue NEW YOBK STOCK MABKXT. Furn!shed by W. B. Hlbbs A Co., bankers and broker#, 1400 F street, members New York stock exchange, Washington stock exchange and Chicago board of trade. Open, High. Low. 2:43. Amalgamated CopperWi 91 9S? Am. Car A Foundry ?... S7 ST\i J5 3?H Am. fir A Fniindrr nfrt Am Iee?ecar,,,e*si? Vt% American U*omotWe- 106 106 J American Loco., pfd? - ,??, 322 tr* isasgst if- ig u$??* I 1 S ? Atch., Top. A P- * AICB.. Top. & P. F., pfd. Atlantic Coast Line 109J4 10Jl4 102 102 Baltimore &OI1I0 100 100"* S8?4 19 Brooklyn Hapld Transit 54% 63-4 58% Canadian l'aclflc HIX 172)4 IWi 171>4 r. C. C. .t St. L 75 ?5 75 75 Central Leather 91 81 JO SO Central Leather, pfd C'entnU Rr. of N. J - Chesapeake & Ohio il'4 iKi <1 *V4 Chicago Great Western- H* 14s4 Wi 13>4 Chi.. Mil. & St Paul. 181 18214 12% 130* C.AN.W mo* MX U9'4 H#% Chi.Ter.&T.Tnwt,pfd- u Colorado Fuel 4 IrontFi an*? MS 35 Colorado Pouthem..?._ 27 '21% 26>j 27 Consolidated Gas. 116 llfi 116 116 r?>. I> a > .?>/ trv\y \WU *iu?iurw 2V % J Corn Products, nffi 84 84 88 83* Delaware & Hudson 179 179* 178 179 P.. L. A W Denver A- Rio 6. Ry SO*4 80* SO* fOJ* Distillers' Securities. 70S 51 68* 68 Frle, common 29* 30 29 29* Frte, 1st pfd 64% 66 64* 66 Frle, 2d pfd 46* 46* 4614 46* General Klectrle 145 145 144* 146 Great Northern, pfd. 142 142* ]S9 J40* Greene Copper 2?? 25 24* 24* Great Nor. Ore. < ts 62 62* BO* 61 Illinois Central 143* 114 143 143 JnterboroMet 26 25* 24 * 24* Intert)oro Met., pfd 69 69'4 69 69 International Taper ....... International Pump ..... ...... Kansas City Southern 22* 22* 22 22 Kansas City Fa, pfd 61 61 61 61 Tonlsvllle& Nashville? JlEi 118* 117* 117* Mark ay com 66 66* 66 66 Alackay pfd 66 C6 66 66 Manhattan Klevated 1.6* 135* 136* 1S5* Mexican Centra 1 . Mo., Kan. ATex., eom.. 87 37>j S8 S6 Mo.. Kan. A Tex., pfd... C4'4 61* SH* 64!4 Missouri Pacific Vili 73 Vi 7l? 72 National Lead 60 57 67 New York Central 11# lly 118 118 N. \ ., Ont. A Western ... 38<4 Stffc S8'X S8*4 Norfolk A Western 77 77S " Northern Pacific 126'4 Wftt 1-4V? 1^6 Paciftc Mall Steamship. SO1* 26'? 2G>* Pennsylvania R. K 123 123* 1-1 1215$ P eople's (i as el Chicago.. H> t3 SS% 8-SVi Fretfed Steel Car ?6 86 35^ 3d'-, Railway Steel Springs... <1 -16 45>* 45>i Reading.? l J5>4 106;; 100*4 10214 Republic Heel A Iron... v7 27'4 26'| 26!-, Rep. Steel A Iron, pfd... 86 86 85 85 Roek Island, common... '.'IV il'4 V1V6 Rock Island, pfd _. 47 47 47 47 Sloes-Sheffield Steel 54^ 12y. 53 St. I.. A S. K.. 2d pfd .7 * ?i. j-Chiis, >. \\pia Southern I'aclflc 81S4 81% 80% ?0% Southern Pacific. pfd_ Southern Rallwav 'iiy. 23 %?/a S2JJ Southern Railway, pfd_ 1\% 73 ^ 73>j 73% Tenn. Coal ,t Iron 137 137 134 134 Texas Pacific mi 28"^ 28% 28V? Toledo, St L St W 29 29>i 29 29% Toledo, St. I,, <t W., pfi. 50 C014 50 10 Union Parific 136 137*4 U2,'4 134% I'nlon Pacific, pfd I'nlted States Rubber - t. S. Rubber, pfd lU3'ji 104% 102% 102% I lilted Mates Steel 87% 37% 36'^ S6/s I'. S Heel, pfd 100 100% D9>4 39% Va. Car t hem. Co .... 29>4 29>4 -JS^ 2s* Va. Car t hem. Co., pfd. ........ V abash ...? 14% 14% 13)4 13% Wabash, ptd 27% 27>* 27 27 tw?tfin l/nlon ? lnonsm Central W itccntin Central, pfi. V ooleu Goods 2i>x ;y j 19'^ BONDS. Ame) lean Tobacco 4's... Coil. Tob. 4'k.. fcock It-laud 4's. ?_ V. 1'ac. Coov.4'8. - V Diltd Mates Meel ?6 <4 !6'i 16% t?H WaLas-h Leb.b'f ?... tEx-dir.^lVtfS. Closing Quotations. At the close of the stock market the following stocks had changed In price sine* abov*2 quotations, tliere being no change in balance Of the closlnsr nrlrM* Amalgamated Copper, 93%. American Locomotive. 64. American Smelting, pfd., 106%. Anaconda. 64. Atchison, Top. & S. Fe.. pfd., 91%. Baltimore and Ohio, 99%. Brooklyn Rapid Transit, 54%. C. C. C. & St. L.. 72. Chesapeake and Ohio, 41. Chicago and Northwestern, 148%. Colorado Fuel and Iron, 35%. Denver and Rio Grande, 31%. Distillers' Securities, 69%. Krie common, 29%. G. N. O.. 61 >4. International Paper, 14%. Kansas City Southern. 22',i. Louisville and Nashville, 117%. Mexican Central. 20V4Missouri Pacific. 721,4National Lead. 58. New York Central. 118%. Norfolk and Western. 77%. Northern Pacific, 125>4. Pennsylvania R. R., 122;t. Reading, lim^iRepublic Steel and Iron, 26*4Republic Steel and Iron, pfd., 84%. Southern Pacific. 81V4. Southern Railway. 22%. Tennessee Coa! and Iron. 140. Toledo, St. I.ouis and West, pfd., 49>4. Union Pacific, KB. i'nlted Stales Rubber, 47%. i nuea i-siates steel, wr. Wisconsin 'Central, 17. BONDS. Cnited States Steel 5's, 9GJ4. THE GRAIN MARKETS. CHICAGO. Marcli 20?The wheat market opened easier, but rallied quickly on covering by shorts. Strength of corn and oats and reports of the "green bug" in Kansas were strengthening influences. May sold to 7CV1. Corn, firm: May advanced to 4". Oats strong: May, 42H: provisions easy; May pork, 15.07%al5.70; lard, S.i2V4; ribs, 8.U5. Close?Wheat?May, 7f>^a"514: July, 7G%. Corn-May, 4<ft4a46%; July. 45% . OatsMay, 41*4; July, 37^,. Pork?May. 15.C7V4; July, 15.77\4. I>ard?May, 8.82V4: July, 8.1)2,i. Itibs-May, 8.02V&aS.65; July, a75. Rye?Cash, ?!7Via7?). Barley?Cash, ?!2a71. The high point for May wheat was 7W?a 7)Wg. After touching this point the market weakened on realizing sales, cjid ihs? r?rlc?? of May declined to 75^4. The close was weak, with May oft %, at 75Ha"r>!/4. Realizing sales in the last half of the session carried the price of the May Corn option down to 46%a4?9?. The close was weak, with May oft at 4ti14a4l>%. Gn in and Provisions Summary. CHICAGO, March 20.-CSraln: Op<D. High. Low. CloM. Wheat?May 73% 70'/? 75V4 75 % July 77% 77% 70% 70% Corn- May ?<H 47 4lijZ 40t4 Jnly 40'4 40W 43* 45* Oats?May 41% 42% 41% 41% July 27% 37% 37* 37? CHICAGO. March 20 ? Pro? luloiis: Opto. High. Low. Close. Pork?May 15.70 15.85 13.07 13.07 July 15.80 15.93 15.77 13.77 I.ard -May 8.97 8.90 8.82 8.82 July S.95 8.97 S.ao 892 Itiha?May 8.70 8.72 8.02 8.U2 July 8.82 8.82 8.73 8.75 Liverpool Prices. LIVERPOOL., March 20.?Wheat? Spot, No. 2 red western winter, steady. 6s. 2%d.; No. 1 California, quiet. Cs. 5d.; furturea quiet; March, 6s., 4Hd ; May, 6s. 4%d.; July, Us. 2Kd. Corn?Spot. American mixed, new. easy, Is. 3V*1-. American mixed, old, steady. 4s. 6d.; futures quiet; March, 4s. 3d.; May, 4m. j Mud. THE BAIAIMORE MARKETS. | Special Dispatch to The Star. ^ _____ DAij i uiunr., mu., aun-n w -hmkat-DUU; spot. contract, 7UW*70:fc; spot. No. 2 ml nitm, 78*?a7*%; March. 7l?Vis?8?i' Apr 11, 77^a77V May. 79W; atnmrr No. 2 r?d, 73S4a7aW; receipts, U32 buahela; anatberu bj sample, U7a78; southern on grade. 73Ua7tt?^. CORN Doll; apot. inl**jl. S0*4*31; No. 2 white, 33^53%; March. 58 S*3?K: April. C*% asked; Maj. M'4 lakfd; July. 33 bid; ateamer inlxed. 40a4tH4; receipt*. 27.328 buahela; exports, 83,014 buahela; southern white corn, 52^aW; aoutbem yellow corn, 4*"4a.TO%. OATS Klrmer; No. 2 white, 49K hid; No. S white. 48a4?4; No. 2 mixed, 47Vsa48; receipts. 8,331 bushels. RYE?Firmer; No. 2 western, domestic, 74 bid: choice. 78a79; reeelpta, 3.IW8 bushels. HAT?Klrm, unchanged GRAIN FREIGHTS?Steady, unchanged. ? ?.?- t> LOCAL FINANCIAL NEW A The Bank of Washington, the America] Security and Trust Company and the Se curlty Storage Company have declare* dividends, the announcements being madi at the meeting of the local stock exchang today. The amount on each share o isanK or Waanington sto<;K is ?*w ana m< stock was recorded as ex-divideni on to day's quotation list. A 2 per cent quarterl; dividend was voted by the American Se curlty and Trust recently and is payabli April 10 to stockholders of record at the close of business March 31. The transfei books of this company will be closed fron April 1 to April 10. The vote of the Be curity Storage Company was for |2 pel share, payable April 10 and the book! will be closed from March 31 to April 10. One thousand and fifty shares of th< common stock of th? Washington Ratlwaj and Electric Company were recorded ai sold on 'change today. Hundred-shar? lota went as high as 3C% and flfty-shan lots as low as 35%. The closing quotations were 35% bid and 30 asked, fractionally under the quotations of yesterday. Five-share lots of the preferred stock of this company brought 79 and tenshare lots sold first at 79 and then at 78 There was no closing bid and the prlc? asked was 62, as contrasted with 84 askel yesterday. One broker bid 144 for any number ol shares of th? National City Bank stock ir quotation lots. He got fifteen snares ai this figure, which was the bid price yesterday. There were three $3,000 transactions lr the 4 per cent bonds of the Washington Railway and Electric Company at 83& Yesterday $4,000 went at the same figure. Today the closing bid was a fraction above that of yesterday. Today's Government Beceipts. National bank notes received today foi redemption, 1632,208; government receipts, from internal revenue, $718,219; customs, SI,.>2,848; miscellaneous, $76,359; expenditures. $1,880,000. Washington Stock Excbanga. Sales.?Regular call, 12 o'clock noon?Waalilngtoi Rwy. anil Glee, com., 100 at 30%. 100 at 30, IOC at .'its, 100 at 85%, 100 at 35%, 100 at 35%. IOC at 35%. 100 at 35%, 50 at 35%, 50 at 35%. 50 al 35%, 50 at 35%, 50 at 30. Washington Rwy. and Elec. pfd., 1 at 80, 5 at 80. 1U at 70, 10 at 78. Washington Gas, 10 at 58%. Lanston Monotype, 100 at 12%. Greene Copper, 20 at 24%. National City Bank. 10 at 144, 5 at 144. Kiggs National Bank, 10 at 000. Higgs Fire Insurance, 00 at 8%. American Graphophoue com., 10 at 42%, 10 at 41. 10 at 41%. ^After call?District of Columbia 3.05a, $500 at 1H. Washington Rwy. and Elec. pfd., 5 at 79, 5 al 79. Capital Traction. 20 at 141. Potomac Electric Light 5a, $1,000 at 5*4. $J,00C at .V/i. $1,000 at 514Washington Rwy. and Elec. 4s, $3,000 at 83Va. $3,000 at 834, $3,000 at *3*4GAS BONDS. Bid. Aaked. Washington Gas 4s 103 100 Washington Gas cert. t>s 110^ 112 RAILROAD BONDS. Capital Traction 4s 103 110 Anucoitia and Potomac 5s 100 City and Suburban 5s 101 Columbia 5s 105 107 Columbia Ca Ill' Metropolitan 5a 110 111 Metropolitan 0s., B 100 102 Washington Rwy. and Elec. 4s 8314 Wash., Alex, and Mt. Vernon 5a.. tMJ^a 100V* MISCELLANEOUS BONDS. U. S. Elec. Lt. deb. 0s 100 U. S. Elec. Lt. cert. 0a 100 Potomac Electric Light 5s 105 .... Nor. and Wash. Steamboat 5a.... 107'A 108^ Chesapeake and Potomac Tel. 5b..* 103^i 105 Washington Market 6s 100 PUBLIC UTILITY STOCKS. Capital Traction 141 143 Washington Rwy. and Elec. com 35% 30 Washington Rwy. and Elec. pfd...? 82 Nor. and Wash. Steamboat. ....... 270 280 Washington Gas 58 V4 00 Georgetown Gas 00 70 Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone 48 65 Wash., Alex, and Mt. Vernon...... 50 58 TYPB MACHINE STOCKS. Mergentbaler Linotype 205 205V Lanston Monotype V2Vj 12$ MINING STOCKS. Greene Copper 24 25 Mitchell 3% 41/ NATIONAL BANK STOCKS. American 105 170 Capital 200 220 Central ^85 400 City 144 Columbia ... ... ".".. . 280 315 Commercial 215 250 Farmers and Mechanics' 300 325 Lincoln 130 142 Metropolitan 31U 335 Second 147 155 Trader*' 140 .... Washington *375 400 Washington Ezchauge 125 135 TRUST COMPANY STOCKS. American Security and Trust 249 275 Natioual Safe 189 102 Union Trust 131 140 Washington Loan and Trust 205 215 wasningion oaie.-. 40 .... Union Trust Warrants &0 SAVINGS BANK STOCKS. Home Savings 270 ..... Lniou Savings .* 250 270 Merchants and Mechanics' 13 .... F1BB INSURANCE STOCKS. Arlington 30 85 Columbia 0% 11 Commercial....; 5 tt Corcoran 70 .... Firemen's 20 23 Franklin 50 .... ueriuun American ZtiU .... Metropolitan 90 105 National Union 7*4 Ub* People's 0 Oji Potomac 31 34 Kiggn 8 8} TITLE INSURANCE STOCKS. Colombia 3% 5 Heal Estate 8tf 100 Washington 5*4 8 MISCELLANEOUS STOCKS. S. P. Service Corp 115 .... GraphopUoue com 41% 42 Graphuplioue pfd 83 85 Security Storage 100 200 Kealty Appraisal A?eucy 20Vi 23V Washington Market 18 .... Fidelity Storage 118 ..... Merchants Transfer and Storage.... 105 .... Ex-div. ?1!4G per share. CUBB QUOTATIONS. Furnished hy E. R. Chapman 4 Co. (G. B. Chip man, manager), members New York stock exchange 1301 F at. n.w. Open. High. Low. Close Butte Coalition 31 31 2!>% 2a', British Col. Copper.... ^ _8J4 _8__ 8 ran aura vcui. J??y* I I '/& lO^fe 1U1, Chicago Subway 17* 17 V* 17 171, Cumber la nil Kiy 1U 1? W Dominion Copper (new) 5-% 5% 5% 59 Ely Consolidated 2 2 2 2 Greene Copper 25 25 24 24 Greene Gold-Silver 1% 1% 1% 1? Mirinac Gold 4*4 4% 4Vi 4} Mitchell Mining 4J4 Nevada Smelt. & Mines. 3% 3% 3% 33 Nevada-Utah.....^ .1 * iwpissing Mines lZft 1354 12% 12V Trinity Copper 24 24 24 24 Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Furnished by Dick Bros. & Co., 1412 H st. n.w 'Fbones Main 0440-0441. Open. Iligh. Low. 2:00 p.m Cambria Steel 38% 38% 37% 37% Electric of America. 9 9Vt* i) Lake Sni>erior 10% 10% 10& 10% Lehigh Nav. Tr. Ctfs. 81 >4 81 % 81U 81 Vi Lehigh Valley 62 02 01% 01% Philadelphia Co. pfd. 40 40 40 40 Philadelphia Electric 7% 7% 7% 7% Plilla. Kapid Transit 17$ 17?A 10% 17 Tonopah 10J4 10V4 10 16 Union Traction 55 55 54 54% United Gas Imp 80% 80% 86 80 Government Securities. Bid. Asked tf per cents, rejisierea, jww 1UO 1UO) 2 per cents, coupons, 1930 105V? 106V 3 per ceuts, registered, 1908-18 103^5 104 3 per cents, coupons, 1908-18 103% 104 3 per cents, coupons, small. 1908-18. 102"4 .... 4 per ceuts. registered, 1907 100% 101 4 per ceuts. coupous, 1907 101% 102 4 per ceuts. registered, 1925 130 131 4 per cents, coupons, 1925 180 131 4 per ceuts, Philippine, 1914-34.... 109% .... 2 per cents, Panama 104% 1059 THE FOBBIGN BANKS. LONDON, March 20.? Indian council bill were allotted today at Is, 4 3-32d. ^ PARIS, March 20.?Cl<wlng: Three pe cent rentes, 15 francs 5 centimes for th< account. Exchange on London, 25 franc 33 centimes for checks. BERLIN, March 20.?Exchange on Lon don, 20 markc 50% pfennigs for checks. uiscouni races?anon Dins, o per cent three months' bills, 5% per cent. LONDON STOCK MARKET. UONDON, March 20.?American securltiei were steady at the opening today. Latei the market became firm and prices grew firmer under the lead >of Union Pacific anc Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul. Pricei were to 1% higher than yesterday's Nen York close. New York advices received later carried the improvement further, but after thai realisations caused a slight reaction. Th< market, however, hardened again anc prices closed steady. : BULLS AND BEARS i . 8 s Special Dispatch to The Star. f NEW YORK, March 20.?It was suggested t in this column yesterday that there was . nothing in the general situation Justifying f a material advance in stock exchange se. curities at this time. Attention was called ? to the fflnt hnwavftP that nn/lAiihto^lw ' V t 3 short interest la a dozen or more of the r most active issues- is much larger than ? many people In the market have an adequate idea of, and that advantage might r be taken of this fact to bring about a very s sharp recovery when it was least expected. It Is intimated that such a program was begun yesterday afternoon, was "continued in the London market this morning and is likely to be carried further in our market today. * * * It is learned that some of the operators who are credited with having made the L largest profits on the short side up to the end of the slump on Thursday have since ; then put out a surprisingly large line of stocks on the short.side. It is believed that the aggregate short Interest, taking account of that which has been running for . many weeks and of that created since last | Friday, Is big enough to bring about a bear panic of very fair-sized proportions. * * * As to the general situation, competent judges say that there Is little or no change. An International banker recently went on record as saying that In his opinion the chief obstacle in the stock market position is the fact that money Is actually tight the world over. Those who are in the closest touch with Washington do not expect any special benefit to accrue from the ' recent interviews of prominent railroad men with Mr. RooSevelt or from any Interviews of a similar character that may be had with the chief executive in the near future. While apparently the opinion is very generally held by those who have seen the President recently that hew Is endeavoring to bring about federal supervision of the rallt roads and to check spasmodic and conflicting I action by the various state authorities, these ? men seem to believe that the President will not be able to accomplish what he would . like to along that line because the state ' authorities will be very slow to yield to the Federal authorities In the matter of supervision of the railroads and large industrial corporations. * * * It is not at all Impossible, judging from intimations made by well-informed Interests, that some legal action may be the sequel of the interstate commerce Investigation of the Chicago and Alton. Along what line the action, if any, will be brought it has been impossible so far to learn. From what has been said, however, apparently the last' has not been heard of the Chicago and Alton matter. WTTftT/ESAT/E MATHTF.T TtTTPORT. Quotations given below are for large lota. Jobbers' prices from 1 to 2c. higher." EGGS.?Nearby fresh Virginia, 16Hal7; West Virginia and southwest Virginia, L 16^4 ; Tennessee, 10H; North Carolina, 16. ' Duck eggs, 32. BUTTER. ? Creamery, fancy, 32a33. Western firsts, 29a30; seconds, 23a24. Process, fancy, 24a25; fair to good. 18al9. > Store'packed, fresh, 17al8. CHEESE. ? New York state factory, new, large, 15Hal6. POULTRY.?Chickens, large, per lb., 16 al7; chickens. Spring, per lb., 22; hens, nftr lh.. lf?: rnnsters npr lb. 7: ducks. per lb., 14al5; peese, per lb., Oall; keats, per lb., 12al2Vi; turkeys, per lb., 15al8. DRESSED POULTRY. ? Chickens, per lb., 10al7; henu, choice, per lb., 10al7; * roosters, per lb.. 8; ducks, per lb., 15al6; * turkeys, hens, per lb., 19a20; toms, per lb.. 18a20; capons, large, per lb., 18&20; capons, small, per lb., 15al6. VEGETABLES.?Potatoes, per bbl.. No. 1, 1.65a2.00; No. 2, 1.00al.25; N. Y. state, per bu., 60aC5; Maine, per sack, 2.00a2.25; . yams, per bbl., 1.00a3.00; new potatoes, per bbl., 5.00a6.00; yellow sweets, per bbl., 2.00a3.(K>: carrots, old. per bu., 75a 1.00; carrots, new, per bunch, 5a0; cucumbers. hothouse, per doz., 75al.OO; cucumbers, Florida, per basket. 3.23a3.50; jper bo*. 2.00a4.50; onions, per bbl.. 2.75; Spanish onions, per bos, 1.25a4.00; Havana onions, box 3.25; peppers, per carrier, 2.00a 2.75; tomatoes. Fla., per carrier, 2.50a3.00; Danish cabbage, per lb.. 1 Hal94: new Fla. cabbage, per crate, 3.00a3.50; eggplant. Fla., per crate, 3.00a3.o0; celery, per doz., SOal.OO: turnips, per box, 50a75; turnips, per bbl.. 1.50a2.00; cauliflower, per orate, 2.00a3.25: squash, Fla., per crate, 2.50; snap beans, Fla., per bu., 1.50a . 3.00; wax beans, per bu., 2.00a3.00; new beets, per bunch, 6; new beets, crate, 1 no: Hubbard snuash hap hhl 9 Kfln 3.00; parsnips, per bbl., 2.50a3.00; parsnips. per bu? 1.00; okra, per crate, 1.00a 2.00; lettuce, Fla., per %-bbl. basket, 1.50 . a2.50; kale, per bbl., 1.50; parsley. New . Orleans, per bunch. 5; spinach, per bbl., 2.00a2.25; rhubarb, per bunch, 40a9<J; * peas, Fla., per basket, 2.00a3.00. , GREEN FRUITS.?Apples, packed, per * bbl., 2.00a4.50; oranges, Fla., per box. 2.00 a3.50; oranges. Cal. navels, per box, 3.00a 3.50; grape fruit, per box, 3.00a4.00; pineapples, per crate, 3.00a4.00; cranberries, per box. 2.00a3.00; cranberries, per bbl., . e.iiOaO.OO; strawberries; per qt. box, 20a30. HAY AND STRAW. ? Timothr, choice. 20.00a20.50; No. 1. 10.50a20.00; No. 2, 18.00 - alD.OO; mixed hay, 15.00al9.00; clover, 13.00al8.00. Straw, rye. bundle, 10.50a 11.00; rye, machine thrash, 8.50a9.00; wheat. 7.00a7.25; oat straw, per ton, 8.00 a8.50. BEEF CUTS.?No. 1 ribs, per lb., 13; No. 2 ribs, per lb., lOal; No. 3 ribs, per lb.. - 8alO. No. 1 loins, per lb., 13; No. 2 loins, , per lb., lOall; No. 3 loins, per lb.. 8al0. No. 1 chucka, per lb., 7; No. 2 chucks, per ; lb., 5%a6; No. 3 chucks, per lb., 5. No. 1 - rounds, per lb.. 8; No. 2 rounds, per lb., 7; i No. 3 rounds, per lb., 6%. J DRESSED MEATS. ? Ham. country, sugar-cured, per lb., lOalS. Hogs, small and neat, per cwt.. 8.50aU.00; medium, per , cwt.. 8.00; heavy, per cwt.. 7.0)a8.00. ? LIVE STOCK.?Cattle, extra, per cwt, ? 5.00a5.25; butcher, per cwt., 4.50a4.75; ordinary, per cwt., 2.50a3.00. Hogs, per cwt., /. oxnca 7 '>1 flhaan A IWlo l KH . * b > "?? ? i.uv , lain uo, spring, choice, 15al6. Calves, choice, per lb., 8&a9; medium, per lb., 8. Cows, prime, fresh, each, 35.00a50.00; common, etich. 20.00a30.00; old and dry. each. 10.00 a 12.00. WOOL AND HIDES. ? Wool, washed, free of burrs, per lb., 33a36; wool, unwashed. per lb., 27a28. Hides, green, pel lb., 11; dry, per lb., 16al8. Sheepskins, green, each. 1.25al.50; dry. each, 75al.25. Calfskins, green, each, l.OOal.SO. Mink, each. 3.00a4.0o; muskrats, 20a25; foxes. 73a2.25; opossum, 15a25; coonskins, 75a 1.00: skunk, 5oal.25; otter, 7.00al2.00. COMMITTED FOB COUBT. - Clarence Bryan Held for Bobbing Miss t Mulcahy. Special Dispatch to The Star. BALTIMORE. Md., March 20.?Charged with assaulting Miss Ellen C. Mulcahy and robbing her of $1,000, Clarence M. Bryan . was committed for court in default of $2.5UO I bail by Justice Grannan of the central district this morning. Bryan Is a Washington bartender, and according to a communication received by Marshal Farnan from Washington is well known in police circles. B Miss Mulcahy testified that she met Brv an at a furnished room house kept by a Mrs. Wright on 9th street; that he proposed r marriage to her, and Induced her to draw b $1,740 from a building association. Bryan i and a man named Warren, alias "Kid" Thompson, accompanied her to Baltimore last Monday. She was induced to drink, as she says, and while in a stupefied condition was taken to the Raleigh Hotel, after she had ' given the bulk of her money to Bryan. In the money was a $1,000 bill, Bryan, Miss iuuivau/ oa. j a, ich uoivcj; aiiu sua IUU& the (1.000 bill from his pocket. When he awakened, she testified, he beat and choked i her until she returned the bill to him. r Bryan either lost the bill or bid it. When r he was searched after his arrest only $200 was found In his pockets. In- connection with the case Frandls McKeever, proprie1 tor of a saloon at 5 North High street, r is under arrest charged with selling liquor after hours. Bryan testified that I he bought wine In McKeever's place and t that he was charged 980 for four bottles. ; He also swore that be purchased the wine I between midnight and 3 o'clock Tuesday morning. " THAW CRAZY SAYS " EXPERT AND COURT I SIOPSJHE TRIAL (Continued from Sixth Pag*.) ttona as to Its duty," interrupted Justice riugsnuui mat 18 a mailer mai ins court can attend to for itself. All I want Is all the Information I can get on this subject^ The court wants this Information, but If I cannot get It I will have to act as I see fit." For a moment all the lawyers were talking Excitedly at once, and Justice Fitzgerald was forced to rap sharply with his gavel. Finally Mr. Jerome made himself., heard. "The court has asked for all the facte I have in my possession, and I will willingly furnish them. I will give them In the form of an affidavit. I will also furnish the affidavits of Dr. Mabon and Dr. MacDonald. and If his professional privilege is waived I will have an affidavit from Dr. Hamilton." Waiving a Privilege. "The learned district attorney has Just said that this defendant is at this moment so Insane as not to be able to instruct his counsel," broke in Mr. Oleason in an angry tone, "and noftr he Asks that this man. whom he has dubbed insane, waive a privilege." "H1 Q Q 11 Amoira <in n nli'? Ik /ft- V* I " ?? tt?/o vu.it n ui ?c iv 4W| luiui said Mr. Jerom?. "The district attorney knows that that cannot be done," was the reply. "We will get the other affidavits first," said Justice Fitzgerald, "and then we will discuss that matter." At this point Mr. Gleason broke in. "I wish, before this court adjourns, to ask one question of Pr. Hamilton," he said. Then turning to District Attorney Jerome, Mr. Gleason continued: "No man can come Into this court and accuse me of unprofessional conduct. I novo yiauuccu in hub cuuniy iur iwcmyeight years and no such charges have ever before been made against me." "Go ahead," said Justice Fitzgerald, "ask him all the questions you want to." "Dr. Hamilton," said Mr. Gleason, "in your opinion Is this defendant incapable of advisinsr counsel?" "I think he Is," replied the alienist. "I do not think he is capable of instructing his counsel because of his mental condition." "Didn't you tell me recently that you thought he was capable of doing so?" asked Mr. Gleason. "I don't think so." replied the witness. , Then another argument ensued, all the attorneys gathering.in an excited group in front of the judge's bench. At the end of the argument District Attorney Jerome said to the court that when he had stated that there was a part of the case he would call to the attention of the appellate division of the supreme court he did not mean to charge any of the attorneys for the defense with unprofessional conduct. Defendant Capable. "I want to state here to the court," broke In Mr. Gleason again, "that I believe this defendant is perfectly capable of instructing his attorneys, and I know that all of his counsel think the same thing." "I will be glad to have any affidavits along those lines which you care to prepare," said *??* 1 -- "EM 1/1 JUSllL'C r,ll&6Cia>u. Mr. Jerome then stated that he would be able to have his affidavits ready by tomorrow afternoon, and asked the court to adjourn the hearing until that time. To this the attorneys for the defense agreed. The jury, which had been sent out when the discussion of a commission began, was called back to the room and excused until Friday morning. The Court's Statement. "If I should decide to appoint a commission or take any other step in the matter on Friday," announced Justice Fitzgerald, "I would wish to name alienists who havp not been in the case before. I therefore ask both the district attorney and thfe counsel for the defense to furnish me by Friday morning lists of names of all the experts who have been In any way connected with the case." This the attorneys agreed to do. Jerome then asked that the hearing go over until 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Justice Fitzgerald was willin;/, but insisted on having the consent of each one of the defendant's counsel. "I don't want to take such an adjournment, and then find that I did not have the consent of the right man." he said. All ?irrcpfl and noiirt finally adiourned until tomorrow at 2 o'clock. __ FINANCIAL. The Wasmwgtoh Loam & ' TBUST (Bompahy. ! Capital, Surplus & Undivided Profits $1,670,000. Banking Department. Interest allowed on Individual, ' ir onrl fVn-noratinn Arrnnnts! ! I^VVIVW^ ? j , all accounts subject to check. Loans made on Stocks, Bonds and Real Estate at prevailing rates of interest. The officers of the company viill be glad to advise in regard to investments. JOHN JOY EDSON, President. STATEMENT OF THE CONDITION OFTHB NTTIONAL BENEFIT ASSOCIATION of Waahlactoo, D. C-4 on the 31?t daj of December, IMC II miwi uuun uutrm ui ujjuudu uiue, amended June 30, 1002. Capital stock ?6,000 00 Capital stock paid up, la cash 6,000 00 INCOME FOB 1906. Premiums recelred tS8,49T 4a Interest from banka and mortgages.... 831 2B Keats HI 00 All other source* 8,460 66 Dotal income.. 843.2T0 84 Forwarded. 18,St M Total 168,502 TO DISBURSEMENTS FOR 1906. Paid on accoont of diaabilltj benefits... 86.602 80 Paid on aeconnt of death losses 2.238 48 A cents' salary and commission* 10.207 SI OMcm and oOe* employes' salary 8.708 83 uuer expenses ?t i,au so j Total disbursements <33.4X1 14 1 Balance to pratsct policy bolder* W.080 ?3 < 958,603 TB i BOBKBT W. BROWN, President ? 8AMTEL W. BUTHEBrORD. 8?retar7. i [Seal. I 4 Sabscrlbed sod sworn to before me this 37 th day 4 Of Febrtary. IS01. 8AHUKL K. LACT, . Notary Public tor tk? District of Colombia. < -a ~ . "jjL it'- ' " , - 3 ' ~ ~ ' - " ''' . . ?' FPAHCIAL. To Holders of Unil Maturir We are prepared to take the i maturity in payment (or choice inyestm a bt of which will be furnished on apj Fisk & CHICAGO NEW 135 adams Strcct 35 *50AI AO mues of United States Gov v mhl65l.eSn Safeguarding Depositors [NO. 5. Examinations: The Comptroller of the Currency examines the books, cash and securities of the company. The auditing committee of the directors also makes stated examinations, and the auditing dennrtrrwnt nf the o ? ! " company exercises constant scrutiny over all transactions of the various departments. Government supervision. the $7,600,000 guarantee fund of capital. surplus and stockholders' liability. frequent and careful examinations. have been mentioned. Further reasons why all deposits and* all funds of estates are absolutely safe in the American Security and Trust Company and why it Is justly called "the strongest financial institution south of Philadelphia and east of Bt. .louis" win De given in the following advertisements. Charles J. Bell, President. Northwest Corner of Fifteenth and Pennsylvania Ave. OUR ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WILL BE MAILED ON REQUEST It is Said ?that thf? liarHpct nart of cnvtnnr is getting 3, start. OUR Savings Dept. makes it EASY for you to start, and encourages you to continue. CIT'ONE DOLLAR will open a sarfngs account. NATIONAL BANK Protection. " Interest paid. THE TRADERS NATIONAL BANK, ff"As,V* mh20-Z8d H- -.1 Capital and surplus. .-6.500.000. t^p\OES the bank (jsA y take any trou= ble to instruct the sroexp>eri = enced customers in business methods? A A !i. -L-il rvuy ucpusuur, wneuier a young man of inexperience, a married woman of separate estate, a widow or any one suddenly saddled with responsible monetary duties, may have the benefit of the experience and advice of the bank's officers. This will be found in the majority of instances to be a verv ereat " o boon. ET'Interest paid on drawing accounts and a higher rate on time money. International Banking Corporation, 141S Q St. Uptown Branch, 1124 Conn. ave. Downtown Branch, Center Market. r !l success smnes On those who Save E. Qulncy Smith, . n PrMldent systematically. airtn m. loihrop. Savings deposited jolin BV3iem7nd<jrt in a savings ac- ao w,5^eUrjr* count with this ,.ckMD nTfetetaZ; bank earn interest Attorney. . .* ?^ I* G. Kimball, * at the -T) (fix/ Auditor. rate of..^yQ $1 open* a savings account. QJnion Savings IBank, 710 14th St. mh20-28d Adjoining the old ^orattea. by "* HIS Bank stands ready <? /f \ to protect its deposi- !? ydy tors' interests in every J J possible way. J Accommodations are liberal, of 11 I course within the bounds of good ,, I banking' __ Its stability has been $ | T proven. Second oldest bank In the f District. i > J Have ua handle your account. < > Second Kink,""1 !i I Second OldMt la the Dlatrlet, < 17th St. Bet. E and F Sts.! I > " ? ^ , "WHAT HAS HE DONE?" ;; ?Napoleon's Famous Question. Napoleon bad an Insight Into the men and conditions of Us time uotblnf short of mar- , t eloos. lie con Id Judge a nun bettor tbsn , , any cod temporary fa* the simple test of , , looking op a record. Hence bis T*atom question: "Whst fans be dons I Invito this searching qusstlou so (at; na it has a bearing npee the twenty yesre' record of t ARTHUR COW5ILA* * I "The BvOdcr Wk> MakM Good." $ F SOT COLORADO BLOO., WTH AND O Rf. X _JL fuiAhuiATi ted States 4* Bonds ig July 1 ibove bonds at par and fuD interest to tent securities paying from 4% to (i%%. wtauun* Robinson YORK BOSTON M in _ n a I HtLI 28 STATE STREET ernment Bond* bought and sold. v1 Capital and Profits Over $1,403,000 / A Deposits More Than *H jrmnnn X V , (/ <? ^TEADY and Con= \ a sistent Growth in \ \ a Bank Proves * ?that the service it renders is \ V appreciated. \ d The BANKING DEPT. of 0 A this institution has more than (y a forty years of uninterrupted ^ K success to its credit. a \ Both large and small ?r>- Y Q counts are appreciated and Q \ draw th? same rate of In- \ Q terest. Ten cents or ten (/ \ thousand dollars received on \ 0 deposit. V Q National Savings & <? 0 Trust Company, \ \ Cor. 15th and New York Ave. \ 0 FORTY-FIRST YEAR. 0 ^mh20-w, f. m.?rv<~v Small Cost of Insurance. "The damage to oar house In th? recent fire was comparatively alight, bat the farnlture on the first and second floors was nearly a total loss from Are and water together. I don't know what I would have done without the Insurance." Let us pro* tect .tour furniture at small i*oat In the largest local Insurance company doing business In the District. Swartzell, Rlheern & Hensey Co., WAR <ER BUILDING, 818 V STREET NORTHWEST. Tomorrow Never Comes. Resolve to start a savings arrnnnf in l? o?-> 1 - 4-^A tu Lino uaim LUUcl^'. Don't wait until tomorrow, thinking that you will have more to st^rt with. One dollar is sufficient to open an account with, and when once you make a beginning you will find it easy to continue adding to it. We pay 3% interest. Home Savings Bank, 7th and Mass. Ave. N.W. Branches: 7th and H Sts. N.E. 436 7th St. S.W. Deposits more than a Million and a Half. mh20-tf 4' C* pUaJ ,0(XM)0(J-* unph^,'"*1 "'oxURxf <? ii Drafts K t Y ?On DrlnclDal cities at tVio T %?Letters of Credit issued. J'?Exchange bought and sold. 1! ?Investmerrts&Collections made| < ?Stocks & Bonds bought & sold. '' jiRlMPSSTl I! Pa. Ave., opposite U. S. Treasury... .... + AN ANNUITY ISSUED BZ The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York CmnotHi a died Income for life, which Income Is protected by orer four hundred and ntnetyfl?e million* of aaaeta which bar* accumulated U Successful business experience of slityfour rears, Bates will bs furnished upon reqoest. THOMAS P. MORGAN Manager (or District of Columbia. No. 1S? V st. a.w. tmnd-itorr front room. , Telephone Malu 1126. lrt,MOI services to Jose having chu. f. nesbit. nouses to rent * are particularly valuable. Tenants are found promptly, and under our system of management owners realize the greatest possible profit from their holdings. The F. H. Smith Co., 1408 N. Y. Ave. mh 19-284 -?'4 IpEffilPIETMAL pILDIKCASS'll Advances Money at Six Per Cent Per Annum on Real Estate. Aid.. UU ? til. C* M W V/UliC| 0W * * urn u?< ???? irt-Ml Money to Loan. Lowest Rates. Real Estate Security. W.'H. Walker, -kUKiP9 15TH ST. N.W.