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No. 17,170. WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1907-TWENTY-EIGHT PAGES. TWO CENTS.
THE EVENING STAR
WITH SUNDAY MORNING FBITION.
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NEWYORK DtLEGATION
Gov. Hughes Can Have It if He
Wants It.
WHERE PRESIDENT STANDS
B' licf in New York City That He Is
Standing Pat.
"AFTER YOU, DEAR ALPHONSE"
If 2, m revelt Wants D?legation Gov.
Hughes Would Not Prevent Him.
Hearst's Independence League.
ft|.ir\il from n Stafr rnrrospoinfent.
N.i'.Y Y .IK. Fcptr-nih r -JS - W'.T-In
? j..;;t n .nus h- -reaboi:;s say ttiiit
Gov II ?can have tiie New York state
<1.1. gallon to the republican national con
vinli"M if he desires it for hims -If The
,r, which is asit atins the politician
jit t!ii> time ;s whether he does desire It.
on t' It subject til - governor Is ii sphynx,
ami noU-dy j.i??tends with sincerity to be
able to speak for him or to say what he
wants The natural assumption of the
rank and tile of the politicians Is that he
want It. of course, and the cynical
...??s onter.d ti nt h- is worklns in his own
w \ atid after his own fash on to ohta n it.
; ? politicians 1 ?" r ? ? say that If Gov.
j: . - _s phivins polities, is playing
v their : .-ads. and a new same to
. | ,, 1 ... y not ut.d rstand liis leads,
1 ? *r- * ipv - r his d s -ards. riiey think,
i ...vever. ' that at the way the same is
^ ] ? Is to make & grand
>- iiii if ! ' wants to do so.
?p., r ; s, tiie politicians are beginning
t. ret that Gov. H'isl.es has ttie people
w ti, him. and that in this Instance the
. . 1. :n have to sins low and stand
p.. tlcal tricks ? innot heat him
,-.| political tr-eksters ciinnot hurt lilm.
iv Hushes has entrench-d himself with
t- ? people at la rite and is in a position to
,i . t i'e "Is tern s to politicians in conse
Realization of this fact, therefore.
:.<? all the small fry to join .11 the
seneral ! u- and cry for Mushes Kvery
;-:ie hit helps and the accession of the
floating element Is not regarded as negligi
ble.
Where Does the President Stand?
The question naturally arises at once,
where does President Roosevelt stand?
\V< 11 lie himself has sa d that he Is a prac
tical man. and it is thought around here
that for the present, at least, he is stand
ins pat. T! at is to say. he Is not making
any onslaught on Gov. Hughes. By the
s. me token Gov. Hughes is not making any
fight on him Indeed, to use a very hark
r.-ved simile it almost is a case of "after
voii. my d* iir Alphonsc." In other words. If
I'r - dint Koos-Velt should want the dele
v a:.on from state for himself, it is quite j
d .tihtful if Gov. 11 igiies would try to keep
h 111 fiom getting It. It is stated that the
I'r- sitl Tit f. Is that If Gov. Hughes wants it
fur l.tnis If. lie. the President, would not
tight him.
Hut Go\ Hughes Is not an av"Wi d candi
date and '-f course th.* President is not.
H- 1-e s Wh'-re the difficulty an.-es: Suppose
?;.,v. HocbM wants the delegation for some
or,.- else, .ami SUppOM the Pres'dent should
lr,^!st that it should so to his proposed
residuary legatee. Mr. Taft? Well. In that
ev : t there will he trouble. It may he ac
cepted as a statement of fact not to he
< (introvert-d that the New York delegation
1 ani.i't Ie.- !landed over to Mr Taft without
a tigl.t. I11 the first place, there are the
f'orteiyou people, who contend that If some
n einh.-r of the President's cabinet is to be
H ,r. Mr ("ortelyou will have to lie
considered. Then there are the Fairbanks
peopk w*io will have a word to say In the
final arrangements. Then there are the
P ..pit- who will lie opposed to any man se
le. ted by President Roos-veil on account of
th.-lr hostility to the President, and they do
r.i.t represent ji weakling fiictlon by any
mearis
(if ionise President Roosevelt hiis an
tago!.;7. il ii c. rt:iln tltlMnt in this state
1 t. ai- tit ,.f i.:s attituil. toward corpora
tions That goes without saying. That <. >?
n.cnt would fight 1.1s r- nomination, and If
he were nominated would move heaven anil
carta to difeat his election, if it could.
Thr same motive which dictates the oppo
sition of this element would operate against
a anil'alate of the President's choosins
I>own In Wall street yesterday I asked a
r .-i who Is prominent In both finance and
politics how the Presi h rt is now regarded
tv the corporation and financial circles.
"Well," l.e said, "tl at question reminds
, of a story I heard up state the other
day. A revival was going on in a little town
aid sinners were coming to the mourners'
>.ei i h in good v numtiers Finally, the re
\i\a! -ts rounded up a hard old character
;. 1 ii t Ilim in their toils They were 1 v
li.K iin experience meeting and calling upon
^ ; ,...s co-iverts to tell their experiences
p ally, the preacher saldt 'Now we will
i-k hr th-r Jon- s 'o tv ! us what the Lord
iii.s done for him '
W ell.' Si.-d tl ? old fellow. 'I'll tell ve.
II. ,? pretty nigh ruined me.' That's
a:, .t th-- way tin- corporation and finan
i ite-ests are regarding the ITesident
iit this time."
Popular With Rank and File.
V u hi ti a different talo, however, when
jri i set among the rank and file The
i .-it s still popular with the com
i: i ; -.j .. anil It is a question if his
j . I .' <rhv wltii them Is not on the In
i ? ist Instead of the decrease Kvery play
t - adn.lr.istiat - n makis against the cur
I : ? the iridit for It govs to Mr.
^?i a-k them why it is Gov Hughes can
i , ti e lv ol if h \s..nts It. The answer
)?- t .at t. i Presl i-nt is not supposed to be
1 t runnlt.K Gov Hughes is regarded
i, ,i Ii Mia! I?issihlllty. Next to PrvSi
( . Koos, velt, in- Is the most popular man
a il.i masses and he possesses the ad
i! tiotial .idvantiige of being popular a!so
with t vorpo- ?..on interests that are
fg tit g Presaiei.t Roosevelt. If that is so.
you ask. why doesn't Gov. Hugr.es coine
< it and work for the nomination?
I cannot answer that question and no poli
t! iin with whom I have talk, d has been
nl e to answer It Possibly he Is walling
f. r a demand to come from the people, that
he shall be nominated. One of the best
posted and most capable politicians In tills
state said to me last nisht:
If Ilov. Hushes does not hobble us. we
?w 1 send a delegation to t'e republican
national convention instructed for him. 1
don't know, and his closest friends do not
know whether he will give us free rein or
not. Bui until we hear from him we are
r--iT g ul - i.d upon the assumption that
he will respond to the call of the people."
Now. hi re is a suggestion that was made
to me yesterday In the course of a talk
with one of the men prominently connected
vi.*h tie opposition to President Roosevelt:
"You frequently hear It stated." he said,
"that President Roosevelt may be forced
to accept a re-nomination by the general
demand from the people that he should run
again. Weil, suppose there Is a respectable
ni 'ioiity which sturdily resists this demand;
can be consistently claim tin .i as excuse
for going hack on his word, that he does so
in response to general acclaim? There will
lie a respectable liilnorl. > which will sa
Insist and It will come from his own state
of New York "
Mr. Hearst's Independence League.
An interesting development in presiden
tial politics In this state is the action of Mr.
William R. Hearst m creating a national
organization of his Independ^nce League,
which he used to advantage in his guber
natorial campaign. There was a conference
in this city last evening of a score of Mr.
Hearst's political backers, at which It was
determined to establish a National Inde
pendence League. Attending this confer
ence were a number of men from other
states, such as Frank P. Walsh of Missouri.
E. Garry Brown of Massachusetts. J. J.
Dwyer of California, former member of the
democratic national committee, and Charles
A. Walsh of Iowa. It Is claimed that thirty
two states were represented in the confer
ence.
The national organization is to consist of
a national committee, composed of three
members from each state and territory, and
Mr. Hearst is to be chairman and to ap
point the subcommittees. The national com
mittee is empowered to call a national con
vention. The aim of the organization Is to
build up an independent political body in the
nation, free ffom alliance with the old par
ties.
Only one construction is placed vipon this
movement heie. and that is thai Mr. Hearst
intends to be a presidential candidate on an
independent ticket. No statement to that
i ff -ct has come from him, but all politicians
agree that he Is framing up a presidential
campaign. The State Independence League
will hold a convention tonight to select can
didates in the fall elections for Justices of
th<- court of appeals. The State Independ
ence League proposes to cut loose from all
affiliation with the democrats and to play a
lone hand. N. O. M.
SUBMARINE CONTRACTS
SEVEN BOATS OF THE OCTOPUS
TYPE TO BE BOUGHT.
After consultation with the President
this morning Secretary Metealf announced
his action :n regard to the controversy over
the award of contracts for sbmarine boats
in the following words:
"In view of the explicit provisions of
the act of March 2, the opinion of
the Attorney General, the unanimous opin
ion of the board on comparative tr als of
submarine and subsurface boats, ar.d the
unanimous recommendation of the board
on construction, the .department has de
cided to award a contract for four sub
marine boats of the Octopus type, and
three additional submarine boats of the
same type, though of greater displacement,
to the Electric Boat Company, under the
conditions as to reduced price and guaran
for superior speed recomm??nded by
the board on construction, but has reserved
from the total authorized appropriation of
a sum sufficient to permit the i
construction of one or even two boats of
a type other than that reported upon favor
ably by the trial board should it subse
quently prove advisable to build such a
vessel or vessels, the law leaving it en
tirely discretionary with the department
as to how mu<-h of the total authorized
amount of $.'.,UUO,(XX> should be obligated
at this time."
PHILADELPHIA GAME OFF.
Rain Prevents Today's Meeting of
Tigers and Athletics.
PHILADELPHIA September 28.?The
Philadelphia-Detroit base ball game sched
uled for this afternoon has been declared
off on account of rain.
Today's game cannot be played off. as the
teams had already arranged to play two
games Monday, the last day Detroit will be
iitre this season.
Preparations had been made to handle a
record crowd at Columbia Park, and the
rainy w< ather came as a great d.sappoint
ment not only to the managements of the
uams but to the thousands who expected
to see the contest. Included among these
are" hundreds of persons who came to e
city from many of the surrounding towns
in this state, Delaware and New Jersey.
GREAT DAMAGE IN FRANCE.
Losses in Department of Herault Esti
mated at $4,000,000.
PARIS. September 28.?The flood situa
tion in the south of France is a little bit
better today. The papers are filled with
accounts of the immense destruction caused
In the department of Herault, to which the
damage is principally confined, ar.d which
is estimated to amount to W,000.?i00.
The waters rose so rapidly in the valleys
that the people working In the vineyards
were cut off and compelled to seek refuge
in trees and on the tops of houses and
walls As the currents were very swift
the boats sent to rescue the endangered
persons encountered considerable difficulty
in rescuing them.
Parliament will be asked to furnish re
lief for the sufferers, who were Just begin
ning to recover from the losses sustained
as a result of the crisis in the wine trade
which l>d to the winegrowers' revolt last
summer.
Much of the responsibility for the disas
trous nature of the flood is attributed to
the unrestricted denuding of the forests,
and some of the papers here have begun an
agitation looking to the systematic replant
ing of tiie hills with trees and the con
struction of artificial lakes and dykes
The departments of the Ithone, Gard and
Var say that the rivers everywhere have
overflown their banks and Inundated the
neighboring country, causing much distress
among the people in those distrii is, many
of whom have sought refuge in the upper
parts of their houses and have teen with
out food for days. ? ,
The authorities are hurrying relief sup
plies to the flooded sections of the country.
\ number of bodies have been recovered in
various parts of the departments men
tioned. but the exact loss of life is not
k'A"c'l'ispatcli from Marseille says that an
unprecedented rainfall there lias ilooded the
lower parts of the city.
I" the department of Ardeche the rains
have caused a dangerous rise in the
streams and serious breaks in several dams.
NEW CHIEF CLERK.
Charles C. Stouffer Succeeds the Late
W. H. Bayly in Pension Office.
Charles C. Stouffer was this morning ap
pointed chief clerk of the pension office, in
succession to the late William Hamilton
Bayly, and was sworn In at 10:30 o'clock.
Mr. Stouffer, who resides at 1207 Kenyon
street, has been for some time assistant
chief clerk. His term of service in the
bureau dates from Oct her, 1882, when he
became an examiner. Before that he had
been an employe at the census bureau, en
tering the government service July 20, 1880.
Mr. Stouffer was born at Connellsville,
Fayette county. Pa.. Christmas. 1S01. In
two months, therefore, he will be forty-six
years of age.
In speaking of the appointment thi; morn
ing Commissioner Warner said:
"Mr Stouffer was selected for the position
on account of his aoidty. While acting chief
cleik he I 'is demonstrated his qualifications
for the office, and in otner capacities in
which he has served In the bureau he lias
shown marked executive ability. No influ
ence was brought to bear in his behalf from
any quarter, either within or without the
bureau. The promotion is purely on merit.
Since I have beftt commissioner I have pro
moted Mr. Stouffer twice, but he has never
asked for any promotion, nor has any inti
mation that promotion would be welcome to
him been conveyed to me."
During the : lornlng his fellow employes
kept running in to congratulate the new
chief clerk, and the appointment seems to
meet with the general approval of the
Clerks at the bureau.
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TUFT AT YOKOHAMA
Secretary and Party Arrived
Early This Morning.
SURPRISED THE POPULACE
Steamer Passed Signal Stations With
out Being Sighted.
MANY FUNCTIONS ARE PLANNED
' Audience With the Japanese Emperor
on Monday?Luncheon in Tokio
on Thursday?Cordiality.
YOKOHAMA. September 28.?Secretary
Taft arrived here early this morning on
board the steamer Minnesota from Seattle,
September 13, passing all the signal sta
tions without being sighted. The various
reception committees and the members of
the American embassy who had como here
from Tokio to welcome Mr. Taft were
arroused by runners, the town was soon
enlivened and the bay was crowded witn
' launches displaying American flags and
other colors.
Secretary and Mrs. Taft and Thomas J.
O'Brien, the new American ambassador to
Japan, and Mrs. O'Brien, who are early
risers, met the visitors from the shore in
the main saloon of the Minnesota at 7:;5U
a.m., while the United States cruiser Chat
tanooga. anchored In the bay. saluted Sec
retary Taft's flag, as Secretary of War,
which was hoisted at the fore.
Accepted Program.
Secretary Taft, after a brief consultation
with the reception committee and others,
accepted the entire program for his enter
tainment, but declined to participate in
any function today or Sunday.
On Monday the Secretary will be received
in audience by the Japanese emperor, which
function will be followed by tiffin at the
palace. Count Hayashl, the foreign min
ister. will give a dinner In Secretary Taft's
honor on Monday evening, and on Tuesday
the Secretary will be entertained at lunch
by the m'nister of war, I.ieut. Gen. Terau
chi-Masaki, which will be followed by a
reception of the American residents of Yo
kohama.
On Wednesday Mr. Taft will attend a
dinner to be given in his honor by the
municipality of Tokio, and Thursday morn
ing he will leave the Japanese capital for
Kobe, where he will embark on board the
Minnesota for Manila.
Luncheon in Tokio.
"While in Tokio, on Wednesday, Mr. Taft
will take lunch with the American charge
d'affaires, H. Percival Dodge.
The Minnesota had a rough, but not un
pleasant. voyage across the Pacific.
| Secretary Taft, during his stay here, will
! make his headquarters at the Grand Hotel.
He is expected to make a short trip to
Tokio tills afternoon, traveling on a spe
cial train.
The Secretary, on landing here, was greet
ed on every side by Japanese, with whom
he is exceedingly popular.
Ambassador O'Brien and Peter Augustus
Jay, first secretary of the American em
bassy at Tokio. and the staff of the em
bassy left Yokohama for Tokio at 11 o'clock
this morning.
Rights of Fighting Ships.
THE HAGUE, September 28.?The com
mitttee of the peace conference, which has
been dismissing the propositions regarding
the treatment of belligerent warships in
neutral waters today voted unanimously
in favor of warships being allowed to take
on bjard suflielent coal in neutral ports to
enable them to reach the nearest belliger
ent port. The committee was unable to
agree on the period which belligerent war
ships should be allowed to remain in neu
I tral ports.
:hurch and state?deuci
NOTICE.
The price of this paper at
NEWSSTANDS and from
NEWSBOYS is
TWO CENTS.
There has been no change
of any kind in the price of
the paper to newsboys, and
readers should pay no more
than the printed price.
NEW COMMANDERS SELECTED
CAPTAINS OF BATTLESHIPS ON
THE PACIFIC CRUISE.
In conformity with the announced policy
of the Navy Jepartment of relieving the
captains of battleships who have ? but a
limited time to serve In that grade, before
the fleet sails for the Pacific, orders were
issued from the department today detach
ing the following named commanding offi
cers from their ships: Capt. W. W. Kim
ball, from the New Jersey; Capt. Samuel
P. Comly, from the Alabama; Capt. Gott
fried Blocklinger, from the Illinois; Capt.
Herbert Wlnslow, from the Kearsarge;
Capt. Edward B. Barry, from the Ken
tucky, and Capt. Lewis C. Hellner, from
the Ohio. Capt. Albert G. Berry Is de
tached from the command of the armored
cruiser Tennesee, and his place will be
taken by Capt. Thomas B. Howard, re
cently In command of the cruiser Olympia,
and now on waiting orders. The detach
ment of Capt. Theodoric Porter froin the
command of the armored cruiser Wash
ington was announced several days ago,
and it was stated today that he would be
succeeded in jmmand of that vessel by
Capt. Austin M. Knight. It is understood
that Capt. William II. II. Southerland, at
present a member of the board of inspec
tion, is to be assigned to the command of
the battleship New Jersey, and that Capt.
Charles W. Bartlett, at present on duty
In the bureau of ordnance, will command
the battleship Ohio. By this arrangement
ten of tiie battleships will retain their pres
ent commanders during the Pacilie cruise.
FATAL TROLLEY CRASH.
Motorman Killed, Conductor and
Passenger Fatally Injured.
TOLEDO, Ohio, September One man
was instantly killed, two persons, one a
woman, were fatally injured and about a
dozen others more or less injured today !n
a collision near Elmore, on the Toledo,
Port Clinton and Lakeside electric road.
A freight car and a passenger coach
came together head-end on a sharp curve.
The motorman on the freight car, Henry
Cull of Genoa, Ohio, was crushed to d<?ath
in the vestibule.
Harry Bronson, conductor, and Miss Anna
Sagar of Oak Harbor were fatally hurt.
About a dozen others were injured. Mrs.
Chandler of Oak Harbor was hurt inter
nally and one of her ankles was broken.
Bert Obermeyer of Elmore, Ohio, suffered
a severe scalp wound and a broken leg.
Many Dead Bodies in Spain.
MADRID, September 28.?The Church of
Benarmagosa, which was undermined by
the flood, fell during the night. There was
no loss of life.
At Malaga many dead bodies have been
washed down the river ar.d out to sea.
The weather In the south of Spain Is
clearing.
Wife of Banker Benedict Dead.
GREENWICH, Conn., September 28.?Mrs.
E. C. Benedict, wife of the well-known
banker, died today at her country home at
Indian Harbor, after an illness extending
over a period of several years, 'ihe Bene
dict family for many yenrs has been on
very fri.ndly terms with former President
Grovor Cleveland. Mrs. Benedict was a
near relative of Henry H. Rogers it the
Standard Oil Company.
DEATH WON AUTO RACE
Serious Smash Upon the Morris
Park Track.
THREE WERE FATALLY HURT
A Score of the Spectators Eadly In
jured.
BIG CROWD SEES THE ACCIDENT
Machine Drove Into a Group of "Rail
birds" at a Sixty-Mile Clip.
Driver Dying.
NEW YORK. September 2S.?In the first
accident of consequence in the twenty-four
hour endurance automobile race at Morris
I Park race track three persons were perhaps
fatally injured and a score of others were
more or less bruised today. One of the
cars, while going over sixty miles an
hour, crashed through a fence at the west
ern turn of the track in tlie thirteenth
hour of the race. The car was a 40-horse
power Lozier, which was being driven by
Harry Smelser of Newark, N. J. He was
struck by a timber and thrown from the
machine. When he was picked up it was
found that his skull was fractured, and he
was taken to Fordham Hospital in a dying
conditio^. John Clark, a spectator, who
was standing near the fence when the ma
chine dashed through, was injured Internal
ly, and a boy named Fred Tape suffered a
fracture of his right leg and other in
juries.
Smelser and his partner. Linkrom, were
racing with .another machine with which
they had been sprinting for half an hour.
Suddenly the tire on the front right wheel
of the Lozier machine hurst and the car
swerved toward the fence at a point where
about two hundred persons were leaning
over the rail. watching the race. The acci
dent came with such suddenness that they
were unable to set away, and fully twenty
of them were knocked down and painfully
hurt. Crowds rushed out on the track, and
it was impossible for the police to hold
them In check. Many had narrow escapes
from being hit by cars that were racing
around tiie track, the race not having been
interrupted by the accident.
Driver Linkrom. who was riding with
Smelser, escaped injury. It was announced
that the machine probably could be repaired
in a few hours, and, if so. it would re
enter the race.
At the end of the twelfth hour Fiat car
(No. 12) was still leading, having covered
5u3 miles.
Enthusiasm in the twenty-four-hour auto
mobile race now in progress at Morris
Park race track continued all during the
night, 10.0110 men and women watching the
swift cars race around the track. At dawn
today the cold atmosphere made many of
the watchers shiver, but their enthus:asm
showed no sign of diminishing. Cheers
. met every spurt of the racers.
There was not a minute during the night
when the men were defying danger to make
speed that a tragedy was not imminent.
FLURRY IN COTTON PRICES.
Erratic Conditions Today?Advance
of 20 Points First Hour.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
NEW YORK. September 28.?There was
another erratic cotton market this morn
ing. with prices advancing 20 points during
the first half hour. While there was noth
ing in Liverpool prices to arouse bullish
enthusiasm, the market opened 10 points
higher and advanced 10 points more before
there was enough cotton offered to stem
the advance. It was evident from the buy
ing that an over-extendod short interest
was daing its best to cover before the re
port on Tuesday. One broker bought all
the cotton in sight, and there was a rise
of 15 points before large blocks were of
fered.
That there was little cotton for sale was
shown by the rapidity of the rise. After
selling below lO.iK) cents, yesterday. Janu
ary sold over 11.20 cents, and t"he amount
of cotton for sale proved surprisingly small,
considering the 3U-point r.se. Op^rat ons
were on an extensive scale for a half-holi
day, and shorts seemed to be very nervous
over the frost question and the failure of
southern holders to offer cotton freely.
There was more or less profit-taking on the
rise, but the demand absorbed all offerings
readily. Reports from the south Indicate
little cotton offered on a basis that com
pared with the future market. The market
continued active and excited.
MRS. CHADWICK QUITE WEAK.
Noted Prisoner's Heart Reported Ir
regular and Circulation Bad.
COLUMBUS Ohio, September as.?Mrs.
Cassie Chadwick, who is serving a term
in the penitentiary for wrecking the bank
at Oberlln, Ohio, is quite weak today, ac
cording to the official statement of the doc
tor in charge of the case at the state prison
hospital. Dr. Helmick today issued the fol
lowing official statement of her condition:
"I examined Mrs. Chadwlok tliis morn
ing and found her heart very Irregular and
very weak, while her circulation Is bad.
Although her condition Is not dangerous. It
is such that it is not improbable that ?he
may drop off at any minute. Although I
do not expect anything of the kind, and
people have been known to live for years
with just such trouble, still she might suc
cumb to this trouble at any time, espe
cially on account of her weak heart. Her
condition th's morning is slightly better
than last night."
LONDON'S LORD MAYOR
SIP, JOHN BELL ELECTED TO
SUCCEED TRELOAR.
LONDON. September 28.?Sir John Charles
B'?il, e-sheriff of the city of London, head of
a big brewery company, and who has held
a number of important offices in connection
with the municipality, was today elected
lord mayor of London to succeed Sir Wil
liam Treloar, Bart. The new lord mayor
will be Installed in office November tf.
Sir John Charles Bell was born in 1644
and was educated at Brompton Grammar
School, and joined the court of common
council as a representative of the ward of
Coleman street In 1882. He became chair
man of the officers and clerks' committee
in 1S.SU, of the general purposes committee
inl8X9 and of the corn and finance com
mittee in 1S!H. In 18i<0 he served as dep
uty governor of the Irish Society. 'Way
back In 1883 lie was appointed on the old
commission of sewers, in 1887 was elected
chairman of the streets committee. In 18JI2
was chairman of the finance and improve
ment committee and in 18l>4 was chairman
of the commission.
In the same year he was elected by the
ward of Coleman street to represent It In
the court of aldermen. He is a past master
of the Glovers' and Fanmakers' companies
and also on the livery of the Innholders'
Loriners' and Spectacle companies, and Is
the commissioner of income tax for the
city, lie is a member of the No. 1 Grand
Masters' Lodge and also a member of the
Grand Master Chapter in Royal Arch Ma
sonry.
CLAYTON McMICHAEL DEAD.
Young Philadelphian Was Noted in
Social and College Life.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa., Septemljer 28.?
Clayton Fotterol McMichaol of this city,
secretary of : board of trustees of the
University of Pennsylvania, died at a hos
pital today following an operation for ap
pendicitis. He \.. well known to the grad
uates and students of the university, and
took a prominent part in the affairs of the
Institution.
Mr. McMlchael was thirty-eight years of
age and was the son of the late Clayton F.
McMlchael, who at one time was the
owner and publisher of the North American
of Philadelphia, and was also marshal of
the District of (oiumbla during President
Arthur's administration. During his un
dergraduate career of the university Mr.
Mi-Michael was active in promoting student
organizations and publications.
He was one of the~founders of the Mask
and W ig t-iub, the dramatic organization of
the university, and had been president of
the club for many years. He had also re
cently been acting treasurer of the univer
sity.
DISTRUSTS THE HAGUE.
South America Has Little Faith in
Its Attitude.
NEW YORK, September 28?Gen. KSifael
Lrib6-Lribe, Colombian soldier, lawyer and
diplomat, has arrived in this city from
South America, where he has been on a
diplomatic mission from Colombia to Ecua
dor, Peru, Brazil. Argentina and Chile.
He was one of the Colombian delegates to
the Pan-American congress at Rio Janeiro,
and J-.2 said In reply to a question as to the
opinion in South America of The Hague
conference:
"It is In general pessimistic. Reserving
my own way of thinking, I will confine
myself to the opinions of the Brazilian and
Argentine press. It is believed there that
the god effects of Mr. Root's trip, regarded
as generous and friendly, have been coun
teracted . if not nullified, by the politics of
the North American delegation at The
Hague, and that following the sentiments
inspired by that eminent statesman there
is evident again the old mistrust. This was
caused especially by the 'bossy' manner in
which the delegation presented the Drago
doctrine, particularly in its second form.
"The United States, they consid r, has
placed itself at the side of the great pow
ers of Europe in the project of the perma
nent tribunal for arbitration, leaving aside
irw a certain way tiie weak nations of Amer
ica that thought of counting on the pro
tection of the United States, under whose
patronage they went to the conference."
BARR IS "NON-COMMITTAL."'
Has Not Revoked His Resignation at
Jamestown.
NORFOLK, Va., September 28.?James
M. Barr, who some days ago resigned as
director general of the Jamestown expo
sition. returned to the city today. He had
no definite statement to give out on his de
cision upon the request of the exposition
directorate that he withdraw his resigna
tion and remain as executive head of the
exposition, with the department of cere
monials transferred from President Tucker
to a new committee on ceremonials, ex
penuitures of this committee to be approved
by the director general. Mr. Barr said ha
was "non-committal.
TO ATTEND COTTON CONVENTION
Arrival of Many Delegates From All
European Countries.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
NEW YORK, September 28.?Among the
passengers who arrived today on board the
steamship Campania from Liverjiool and
Quee.nstown were seventy delegates to the
cotton convention to be held next month at
Atlanta. Ga.
These delegates represent the cotton man
ufacturers of all the European countries.
The president of the delegatt-s is C. W.
Macara of Manchester. Delegates of sev
eral countries have tieen seen by the rulers
of the different countries and many have
visited prominent places in Germany,
France and England.
Weather.
Rain tonight and tcmoirow.
FEAREOITWAS MURDER
Police Find Mrs. Margaret F.
Buckelcw Dead in Room.
INDICATIONS OF VIOLENCE
Bruise cn Face. Curtain Tom and.
Table Broken.
INVESTIGATION BY CORONER
Conclusion Beached That Death Wat
Accidental, Due to Gas Poison
ing, Jets Being Open. ^
When the police of the second precinct
found the body of Mrs. Margaret F Bucke
lew in her apartments at 1110 lTth street
iths morning they feared they had a mur
der mystery to solve. Soon, however, the
conclusion was reached that her death had
Margaret F. Buckelew. *
(From a photograph taken in lfcM.)
been caused by inhaling illuminating gas,
two gas jets In the room being open and
gas flowing front an open Jet In the dining
room on the first floor.
Acting Coroner Glazebrook, who made
an investigation and interrogated several
persons, was also of the opinion that the
fatality was a result of gas poisoning. Dr.
Glazebrook expressed the belief that Mrs.
Buckelew had left the gas turned on with
out being aware of what she was doing.
His certificate, therefore, makes jt appear
that death was due to accident.
Mrs. Buckelew, who- was apparently more
than fifty years of age, it is stated, was
well known in church circles in this city,
and she was also connected with local pa
triotic societies. Her husband was J. R.
Buckelew. a native of Brooklyn, N. Y.. who
served during the civil war, and died In St.
Paul. Minn. Mrs. Buckelew, whoso maiden
name was Dougherty, was a native of Sey
mour. Wis., where her male relatives were
inlluential politicians. During the seven
teen years she resided In this city she was
engaged in charitable and church work, her
friends frequently referring to h-.r as an
exemplary woman.
About the House Yesterday.
About a month ago Mrs. Buckelew moved
to the house on 15th street, and prepared
to take roomers. She was about the house
yesterday, having carpets put down by a
colored man named Robert B. Langon of
1522 L street.
Langon agreed to return to the house
this morning and finish his work but de
tecting the odor of gas in the hall he sum
moned Policemen J J. Donovan and Basil
Castle of the second precinct. Seriit Brown
of the second precinct was also called, and
the three proceeded to make an invest na
tion. Later Detectives Weedon and Bur
lingame joined them. When the policemen
went to the hous ? they found one gas Jet
in the dining room open and the cas Bow
ihg from it at full head. From the dining
room they went to the second floor, where
they found the d ior leading to Mrs. Bucke
lew's roum closed and locked on the Inside.
The key was pushed from the lock and the
door opened. The policemen th-11 noted
the body on the bed. She had reir.i wd hep
clothing before retiring and had i<-ft the
garment^ thrown across the baclc of a
chair.
Indications of Violence.
An ugly bruise beneath the rigl.t eye, the
curtain torn from the only window in the
room and a small table broken, suggested
to the policemen the possibility of :i ,trug
gle, so the detectives were hastiiy sum
moned.
It required but a brief Invest ipat. >n on
their part, however, to demonstrate that
there hail been no foul play. The tms'se
on the face. they '.vsre satisfied, naj hi en
Inflicted by the woman stagg ig nr.<: tap
ing against the table. Two pK-ces of bluo
ribbon, bearing blood stains, .vere found
011 the table. They had evidently Men re
moved after she had fallen ami pli.ed 0:1
the table before she retired.
Had Been in Dining Room.
In the dining room, where the one gas J^t
was found turned on, the indications wi re
that Mrs. Buckelew had eaten a meal there
yesterday afternoon or last night. Comb
and hairpins were near the table. One
shoe was found In the furnace room, where
there was a small ice chest, and another
was on the dining room floor. The front
door was closed, ' ut not locked.
Dr. Glazebrook and the members of the
police department heard the colored man,
Robert Langon, tell his version of how he
found things about the house this morning.
He says he was alarmed when he detected
the odor of gas.
The last seen of Mrs. Buckelew alive was
when she returned homo early last night.
A brother-in-law. J. K. Buckelew was lu
charge of the local ( ranch of the Reming
ton Typewriter Company several years ago.
A sister, Mrs. M. I' Feldsmlth, resides in
Seymour. Wis., as do other relatives De
ceased was a member of Edith K. Roose
velt ^Auxrtiifry; I'nited Spanish War Vet
erans;. Her body this afternoon was re
moved to the morgue to be held until rela
tives or friends can make arrangements
for interment.
Langon told the police that Mrs Bucke
lew hail promised to secure for hiri a situ
ation through the influenc of Senator I.a
Follette, saying the latter was her cousin.
Friends of Hie deceased, liowi v.-r, deny
tiiat she was related to Senator l.a Fol
lette.
Subtreasury Cash Transfer.
NKW YORK, September 2K ?The I'nited
States subtri asury today transf rrtd L^O,
to New Orleans.

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