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THE EVENING STAR
WITH SUNDAf MORNING EDITION.
Otto*, 11th Street and Fenniylyinia Are.
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Weather.
Generally fair tonight and
tomorrow.
Xo. 17,263.
WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1, 1908.-TWENTY PAGES.
TWO CENTS.
A HAPPY NEW YEAR]
Brilliant Reception by the Presi
dent and Mrs. Roosevelt. ;
DIPLOMATS AND THEIR LADIES
They Led the Line, and All Legations
Were Represented.
THEN CAME THE JUDICIARY
THEN SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES, THE
ARMY AND NAVY AND MARINE CORPS,
PATRIOTIC SOCIETIES AND
CITIZENS.
Ninety years ago today t lio- White
' Mouse was first used for a public recep
'tion. Officialdom in those days was said
to be not only a small but a simple body,
which mixed with the public and was not
so much afraid of being mistak-li for it
as. It *ts hinted, it is now. Simple ways
ruled around the President's home. It
did not take as long in those times for the
average visitor to get close to the head of
the nation as it doe? now on ceremonious
?occasions, but history does not record
that, once inside, his movements about the
.structure were hindered or hastened in
.any way by police or secret service men
as alas! must be the rule now. The big
pobs and the little fellows came and went
as they pleased and there were things to
eat and drink around the sideboards and
elsewhere, according to the writers of
that period. Still the great changes in
White House rules and regulations that its
enlarged area and modern notions
have brought about have touched
Mtne. Jusserar.d.
(Copyright bj t'llnedlnst.)
m
the New Ye:ir program least of any in
th? formal function^ of the winter. From
11 Ik- t today the President received
the representatives of every branch of the
national and local governments, the for
eigners accredited here and the various
patriotic societies, etc.. precisely i_nd in
the same order a* at least a half dozen
of his j?red?ee*aors have done In the years
gone by. At 1 o'clock he was at home to
the public, which saw no material dif
ference in the manner of its reception,
when contrasted witih similar events in
the last twenty years. I'nlike officialdom,
however, which Is constantly augmenting
Its forces, the New Year morning '?public''
is rarely so large that it cannot be ush
ered in and out of the mansion within an
hour and a half.
The Weather Good.
The weather conditions today were good
for an event in which much time is spent
exposed to the air entering and leaving
the house The glorious sunshine of
yesterday was missing, and the Roose
veltian New Year combination of sunshine
and balminess. which has not often failed,
was only enjoyed in a modified degree.
No artificial light ordinarily illumines
a daylight event in th;> White House
since Mrs Roosevelt became its mistress,
but toda> it was necessary, and there
were Ug:it< along the corridor and other
places where the daylight was not suf
ficient to gladden the scene.
No floral riot now burdens the man
sion of late \ears, either. Along the cor
ridor the niches had a harmonious mass
ing of foli.ig- plants, the vases on the
mantels in f.e east room were tilled wlti
white blossoms, rows of primroses?that
oldest and prettiest of White House con
servatory standby*? adorned the mantels
in the red rooih, and n the blue room
where all the grand dolnss took place,
.and those invited to "assist" filled
every foot of floor space, just a few green
feathery vines on the mantels showed
above the heads of the smartly coiflfured
dames.
A Busy Hour.
The last hour before the reception be
gan wa* a busy one both within and
without the house. The "public," whether
It ultimately meant to fall Into line some
where between Ihe west gate and 17th
street and wait patiently till the proces
sion advanced to the front door at one,
was on hand early. It had plenty of in
teresting local color to make the hours
pleasant and profitable .waiting. The com
ing of one or two red-coated Marine Band
men every now and then, carriages dash
ing up to the entrance and back again to
the street, policemen taking up positions
from gate to White House step*, were
each incidents in turn to relieve the te
dium. At the east entrance thot>e who
watched there saw the arrival of another
privileged few. but the majority of those
taking part in the reception for the first
half hour, either as assistants or as spe
cial guests, entered the house by the
south entrance and were secure from the
public observation, but had a score of
?household servants to meet and wait upon
them. v
The main corridor held today most of
the interest which always attaches itself
to the preliminaries. There were ushers
to meet the company as it assembled
there, to direct it to the blue room -if
it was to "assist." or to the state dming
room, where the diplomats were shown.
For the average looker-on. the foreigners j
make the best and the only show In a
White House program.
The gorgeousness of their uniforms,
whether court, military or naval: the
j flashing of their jeweled decorations and
I orders, the oriental costumes of others
|and the very latest cry in the fashions
! shown by the ladies accompanying them,
are each reminiscent of old-world courts.
| and constitute undeniable splendor to the
[American eye. As the foreigners entered
the state dining room, each embassy or
legation group soon fell into place, ac
j cording to seniority in service here, and
when the reception was about to beg'n
the Italian ambassador, accompanied by
his wife and the members of his staff,
were nearest the blue room door, the
procession behind them extending across
| the red room as well as along the south
| and west sides of the state dining room.
Col Charles S. Bromwell and the other
military aids to the President were early
011 the set re its... A tew minutes before
11. as the four buglers took up their posi
tions at the foot of the staircase, the offi
cers went upstairs to escort the President
and Mrs. Roosevelt and their receiving
party to the blue room. Their presence
in the corridor was heralded by the fan
fare of trumpets and the deafening, even
if melodious, opening bars of the Marine
Band's New Year morning concert.
After the receiving party had passed
baek of the rope in the blue room the
Vice President and the members of the
cabinet exchanged formal greetings with
the President and then with Mrs. Roose
velt. and down the line. The Secretary of
State then stepped to the left of the
President and presented each member of
the diplomatic corps. All the rest of the
presentations through the reception were
made by Col. Bromwell.
Secretary and Mrs. Root left the recep
tion shortly after the diplomats passed
along the linp. so as to be at their own
home in time to receive them. Only
twenty minutes was on the official pro
gram for the reception of the diplomats,
but it was ail that was necessary.
The Procession Downstairs.
The President and Mrs. Roosevelt were
followed downstairs by the Vice Presi
dent and Mrs. Fairbanks, Secretary and
Mrs. Root. Secretary Cortelyou, making
his first outing after his recent illness,
with Mrs. Cortelyou, Secretary and Mrs.
Me'ralf, the Postmaster General and Mrs.
! Meyer, the Attorney General and Mrs.
i Bonaparte, Secretary and Mrs. Straus
! and Secretary Wilson, escorting Mrs.
j Loeb. All of this party stood in line
| with the President and Mis. Roosevelt ex
! eepting Mrs. Loeb. who joined the rest of
! the assisting party in the blue room. A
most interesting visitor in the blue room
was Mrs. M. A. Fairbanks, mother of the
I Vice President. She was handsomely
| gowned in black satin, with a point lace
j fichu.
Others in the Blue Room.
j The others invited to the blue room
; were Mrs. W. C. Fairbanks, Mrs. John
W. Timmons, Mrs. TT. S. Grant ,'Sd, Mrs.
i Elihu Root, jr.. Miss Ilinds, .iss Ada
i Winds, Miss Alice Meyer, Miss Julia
j Meyer, Mrs. Stanley-Brown. Mrs. Edwa d
Mine. des Planches.
(Copyright by Cliaedlusl.)
! Shafer, Mrs. Leonard Hoclistader, Mrs.
{ Isadore Straus, Mrs. Loeb. Mrs. Brom
well. Mrs. Sims, Miss Hagner, Mrs. Ru
| dolph Forster. Mrs. Emma K. Gaisberg,
Mrs. M. C. l.atta. Mrs. Robert Bacon,
[ Miss Bacon Mrs. 1>. G. Adee. Miss Adee.
| Mrs. Huntington Wilson. Mrs. Robert
I Shaw Oliver. Miss Oliver. Miss Marion
; Oliver. Mrs. Choate, Mrs. Truman H.
; Newberry.
M s. i\. 1.. Francis. ,Mrs. Robert Ma
! son. Mrs. Harlan, Miss Harlan. Miss
Ruth Harlan. Mrs. It. D. Hirlan. Mrs
Brewer. Mrs. White. Mrs. McKenna. Mrs.
: Holmes. Mi. s Fpham. Mrs. Brown.
Mrs. Frank II. Brigs-". Mrs. William
Frye While. Mrs. Burrows, Mr.-. Clay,
Mrs. Cullom. Miss Victoria Fisher. Miss
! Klenorp Cullom Rldgely. Mrs. KIKins. Miss
(.Continued on Fourth Page.)
BLAZES MANY IN 1908
Fire Fiend Keeps the Depart=
ments on the Jump.
NEW YORK HOLDS RECORD
Thirty-Two Alarms Were Sounded
in Three Hours.
PITTSBURG LOST BIG BUILDING
One Killed and a Heayy Money Loss
in San Francisco?Six Flats
Destroyed.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
t NEW YORK. January 1.?It -was a very
busy New Year that the firemen saw ustir
ered in. In fact, they could not rememiber
when they had been busier or responded
to more alarms than they did in the short
space between midnight and 15 o'clock
this morning. Thirty-two alarms were
sounded in that time, a greater number
than the fireman had during the big bliz
zard.
The majority of these were false alarms
which were turned in by revelers who
seized a wild desire to put a fitting climax
to a rollicking night by sending the fire
men on a fruitless mission.
Started Promptly.
The first real fire- of the year 1908 start
ed in the basement of the St. Ann building
at 3 and 5 West 18th street at just one
ijiinute past midnight. P. K. Wilson, an
importer of laces, occupies the basement
and first floor. The fire was near 5th
avenue, and the festive throng surging
along that thoroughfare merged into a
great crowd about the scene of the fire.
Some of the horn blowers were the first
to discover it, and as the fire grew Broad
way was almost deserted, the thousands;
there pressing against the fire lines and
hampering the. work of the firemen. The
reserves of three precincts kept them in
check.
A second aiarm was sounded. Iron
gales at the entrances of the building
shut out the firemen, who were obliged
to break a plate glass window on the 5th
avenue side. After that the fight was a
short one.
Sensational Escapes.
There was a fire out of the ordinary at
4 o'clock this morning in the tenement
at 8th avenue, which was the home
of eight families. It starteu at tile bot
tom of the elevator shaft and shot up
to tiie upper floors, mushrooming out and
driving the tenants to the street, clad
only in their night clothing.
Thomas Hunt, twenty-one years old, a
tenant of the fourth floor, discovered the
fire and aroused the other tenants.
Thomas McLaughlin delayed his escape to
help Hunt give tbe alarm. It was the
rather sensational escape of Hunt and
McLaughlin which added interest to the
proceedings.
T^e fire haa cut off escape by tiie stair
way and wap playing about the tire es
capes when Hunt got out on a window
sill separating from the building
numbered UJtiH. He reached one foot over
to the sill of iiJtSS. a stretch of three feet,
and with that foot and one hand oroke a
window. Then he crawled in and got
down the stairway.
Mclaughlin did exactly tiie same trick
on the opposite side, breaking a window
at and getting in there. Both men
were cut about the feet and hands in
getting away. The rest of the tenants
were uninjured.
Pittsburg Fire Hurts Two.
FITTSBl'KG, January 1.?Two firemen
were seriously injured and damages esti
mated at $l??o.OU<> resulted today from a
fire which completely destroyed the Ex
celsior building, located on the southwest
corner of ttth avenue and Grant street,
this ci:y. The. building is a six-sttn-y
brick structure, and the fire, when de
tected. was burning fiercely on ail the
floors. Owing to the holiday there was
no one in the various offices occupying
the building. '
A few minutes after the fire department
arrived the walls on the tJth avenue side
collapsed and a number of persons had
narrow escapes from death. Overhead
electric wires were thrown down and ;
greatly impeded the work of the Are- :
lighters. The origin is not known.
Death in San Francisco Flames.
SAN FRANCISCO, January 1.?Fire
that brought death to Charles Figone.
eight years of age. fatal injuries to I<ouis
Figone, sixteen years of age. and almost
cost the live^ of fifty others broke out in j
a building in the coal yard of Antonio j
Figone, 163.N Stockton street, early today j
and caused a loss of
When the fire started Mrs. Dominico i
Divinbenzl. who lives in the rear of the
Figone home, was crowded out of a sec
ond-story window by her daughter. Mary,
and fatally burned and injured. The
daughter is missing.
The tire spread rapidly and destroyed six
flats on the corner of Filbert and Stockton
streets, ihe property of Mrs. 1*. Ferrar, ;
also a saloon belonging to Mrs. Brlcca !
and three flats on Filbert street, the prop
erty of Ignatio Hassoli.
Fire'and G^s Explosions.
SAGINAW, Mich., January 1.?Fire to
day destroyed the second-hand store of
Tattec & Co., l'Sl South Hamilton street,
the Salvation Army barracks and two
buildings occupied by John B. Meinberg
and the Valley Produce Company. The
plant of the Saginaw Woodenware Com
pany was also badly damaged. Total
loss estimated at $".">.<**? to J100/XX). Gas
explosions at the' scene of the fire en
dangered many spectators, but no one
was seriously hurt.
Three Children Perished in Flames.
COLLINS VILI..E, III., January 1.?The
explosion of a lamp in t lie home of Klmer
Duwinski last night set tire to the house
and three children perished in the flames.
The victims, aged, respectively, eight
years, four years and eighteen days, were
in bed when the explosion scattered coal
oil all over the room and saturated the
bed clothing, which at once burst into a
blaze. The mother was seriously burned
in attempting to rescue her children.
Two Serious Fires in Philadelphia.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
PHILADELPHIA, January 1.?Two se
rious fires ushered in the new year in the
northeastern section of Philadelphia this
morning. The first, a four-alarm blaze,
broke out in a large brick factory build
ing at Cadwallader and Berks streets and
did a total of $1"0,(.00 damage. The fire j
threatened a livery stable adjoining, and
in the excitement of removing the fright
ened horses to a place of saf ty the owner
of the stable. Milton Hoagland, dropped
dead of heart failure.
'The second fire was in a building at the
corner of 3d and Cumberland streets. The
loss here was over $10,000. One of the
engines was overturned on its way to the
blaze and five firemen were injured.
BUZZ TO BALTIMORE
ELECTRIC ROAD TO BE OPENED
FEBRUARY 10.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
BALTIMORE. Md., January 1.?An
nouncement was made today at the office
of the Washington. Baltimore and An
napolis Electric railway that the road
would be placed in operation between
Washington and Baltimore on February
10 next.
The road is practically completed, ex
cept for a distance of five miles from
Smiths Hill, in Anne Arundel county, to
Westport, where the line enters Balti
more.
The terminal station at 15th and H
streets northeast, in Washington, will be
erected by William S. Spencer, to whom
the contract has been awarded by the
Washington Railway and Electric Com
pany. At first the road will be operated
on half-hour schedules from either end
of the line. Ten express cars are now
In the shops at Academy Junction, and
further deliveries of rolling stock will
be made each week. General Manager
Shanaham states that the delay In open
ing the road has been due to bad weather
and difficult engineering problems.
New Year Pardon.
COLUMBl'S. Ohio, January 1?Gov.
Harris announced today that he had given
the New Year pardon to Dallas Wash
burn of Huron county, who was sentenced
in ISOfi for second degree murder, having
killed a woman.
City as Dry as the Inside of a
Lime Kiln.
PROHIBITION AT MIDNIGHT
Liquor Flowed Freely Till the Stroke
of Twelve.
\
OTHER CITIES ARE WAVERING
Outside Brewing Interests Try to
Stop Enforcement of the Law
by Injunction.
Spuria! Dispatch to The Star.
ATLANTA. Ga.. January 1.?Atlanta is
! as dry today as* a powder horn. The
change was made smoothly and without
difficulty. The new law. covering the
entire state, was effective at midnight.
[Today there are nearly WX) stores closed
1 in this city where liquors were sold
I yesterday. Men are at work teariHg down
the fixtures and moving out.
( The scenes of last evening were most
unusual. Thousands of persons thronged
the streets with nearly every conceivable
' variety of vessels which would hold
! liquor. Along the principal streets where
| the saloons have thrived for years the
sidewalks were impassable on account of
the crowds. But there was little disorder
and few arrests.
One arrest which caused^ considerable
I comment was of a policeman in uni
form. who with two quarts of liquor In
1 his arms and an equal amount in his sys
' tem, visited the establishment of a negro
undertaker and tired his revolver five
times. Another man. a well-dressed
stranger, wearing diamonds, was arrested
j for drunkenness and taken to a patrol
Kbox. He resisted when the officers at
tempted to place him in the wagon and
was clubbed Into insensibility.
Liquor in a Church.
One wholesale house is said to have
sold $10,00<> worth of liquor in fifteen
hours yesterday. Toward the latter part
of the evening everything was free. One
saloon keeper gave away thousands of
dollars' worth of cut glass decanters,
driliking glasses and statuarj.
Rev. I-en G. Broughton, who had de
clared he would break a bottle of liquor
In the center aisle of ids church, the Bap
tist Tabernacle, as whisky went out and
prohibition came in, was prevented by a
state law that has long been in effect
which makes it a crime to carry intoxi
cants of any kind into a house of wor
ship The minister therefore merely
broke an em?ty bottle, which apparently
served the purpose as well.
It is believed that the prohibition law
will not be put into effect in a number
of the larger cities of the state, f?r eome
of them have already announced that a
system of fines will be imposed upon the
dealers. In Atlanta, however, the law
will be rigidly enforced. It is declared.
I Enjoin the Law.
A forlorn hope for the dealers was
sprung at about G o'clock last evening,
i when application was filed for an injunc
i tlon restraining the enforcement of the
| law. The application was filed by coun
i sel for brewers outside of the state. The
application claimed that the law contra
dicts another state law. which provides
that money received from the sale of
liquor shall go to the public school fund.
It contended that this requires the sale
of liquor.
The petition was presented to United
States Judge W. T. Newman of the cir
cuit court. He read the papers, and after
an informal discussion with the attorneys
said he would announce his decision to
I day It Is thought the local liquor deal
I ere are back of the movement, but it was
necessary to get interests outside of the
state to join them in order to carry tlie |
case into the United States court.
ALABAMA GOING DRY.
Prohibition Has Invaded 50 of the
67 Counties.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
BIRMINGHAM. Ala.. January 1.?Fifty
of the sixty-seven counties in Alabama
are dry tinder the local-option provisions ;
of the state law today. In the other j
seventeen counties liquor may be sold I
for one year more. Then Alabama, as a
state, joins the roll of dry common- j
wealths.
In this county prohibition came in amid !
the shrieking of whistles and the peal of !
I church bells. All day yesterday liquid i
refreshments were being sold at bargain j
prices, and when night came many of the ^
smaller saloons were completely sold out. ^
Large quantities of brandy and cham- j
pagno were bought by private persons for
their cellars. There was little drunken- j
ness or disorder.
The removal of the saloons has pro- j
duced a marked slums in the rents of ]
business locations, although the greater |
number of the better locations liave al- |
ready beep rented.
PROHIBITIONISTS HAPPY.
Rejoice Over Defeat of John Barley
corn Down South
Special Dispatch to The Star.
CHICAGO. January 1.?There is joy to- j
day among prohibitionists over the bumps j
that have been received in the last twelve |
months by "King Alcohol" and "Old
John Barleycorn." The new year will
mark large additions to "dry" districts
throughout the country.
Local leaders in the "dry" camp point
out that Georgia and Oklahoma now have
passed into the prohibition column, while
Mississippi is waiting only tor its legis
lators to keep their pledge to pass a
prohibition act f^or that state. The new
year, they say, will see 40,000,000 ]>ersons
living in prohibition territory in the
United States, and party leaders predict
that the white flag soon will wava over
states where opposition to the temperance
movement heretofore had been keen.
"The two latest acquisitions to the pro
hibition ranks are Oklahoma and
Georgia," said Alonzo E. Wilson, at Chi
I cago prohibition headquarters today. |
[ "Alabama has voted against liquor and
i Mississippi will follow next month. In
Illinois we have a good start in fourteen
counties."
FED MANY OF THE HOMELESS.
Chicago Man Dispensed Hot Coffee
and Rolls for Three Hours.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
CHICAGO, January 1.?To feed the
hungry and bring comfort to the hopeless
Malcolm McDowell, now a banker, but
formerly a Chicago newspaper man, stood
for three hours last night without an
overcoat in the open air at West Madison
and Jefferson streets.
He fed every homeless person who
chanced to pass along the thoroughfare
from II p.m.. 1907. to 'Z a.m., 1908. Hun
dreds of men and several women partook
of h!6 bounty and then went on their way
rejoicing. He "served" from a wagon
which he hired earlier in the day. a cup
of hot coffee and two rolls to each waif
who approached him.
Human derelicts of the type seen in
midwinter in the slums when employment
is slack were the people whom he went
out to find that he might relieve t'.ieir
hunger on the first of the new year. It
\\*is bis "good resolution" for 1908.
REPUBLICANS EXPLAIN.
Providence Man Tells Why They
Did Not Entertain Taft.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
PROVIDENCE, R. I.. January 1.?There
was no political significance attached to
the entertainment given Secretary Taft
in Providence last night. The republicans
would have entertained him had there
been any one to take the initiative, but
the fact was that they had not kept
themselves informed as to his itinerary.
Furthermore there was great uncertainty
as to the hour of his arrival.
Frederick Roy Martin, editor of the
Journal, and John R. Rathom, managing
editor, having learned tJiat Secretary Taft
would arrive at S o'clock and that he
would have to wait in the railroad station
for an Tiour to connect with the New
York train, wired to Worcester and asked
the Secretary to be their guest at the
Hope Club. His acceptance having been
received, Mr. Martin telephoned to Gov.
Higgins and half a dozen other prominent
citizens to come to the club and meet Mr.
Taft.
The affair was impromptu and wholly of
a social character.
SEARCH FOR AN HEIR.
Ambassador Bryce Asks Our Govern
ment to Look Up Missing Man.
Special Cablegram to The Star.
LONDON. January 1.?According to
dispatches from the United States, Am
bassador Bryce has requested the Amer
ican authorities to search for Genille
Cave-Browne-Cave, who has succeeded
to the title and estates of cue of the ,
oldest baronetcies in the kingdom, on j
the death of his father. Genille has
been searched for in vain. He went to
America many years ago, after a quar
rel with his father, apd entered the
service of a New York firm ol natural
ists, for whom he hunted big game in
the far east. Afterward he was a
cowboy in Arizona, and later was heard
I of in Denver.
But a London friend is said to have
received a letter from Genille, in
which the latter makes no secret of
his address or his movements, and It
is stated that he has made arrange
ments by mail for the control of his
English estates, which are in York
shire.
FLYING EXCLUSIVE SPORT.
Henry Farman on the Future of the
Aeroplane.
PARIS, January 1.?Henry Farman,
who on Monday flew a kilometer in a
closed circle in his flying machine, says
he expects the year 1908 to witness a
great advance in aeronautics.
"Twelve months from now," he said,
"we will have aeroplanes which will fly
ten or twelves miles easily without once
touching the earth. 1 don't believe, how
ever. that flying will ever become the
sport of the masses. It will always be
too difficult for most people to learn."
Eloping Chauffeur Arrested.
Special Cablegram to The Star.
LONDON. January 1.?On the arrival of
the steamship Majestic at Plymouth from
New York today detectives arrested bhe
chauffeur. James Henry Parrott. who
eloped from London last month with an
eighteen-year-old girl, named Grace Uw
rence, and was arrested on landing with
her in New York on a charge of fraud in
connection with the disposal of an auto
mobile la London.
NATIONAL REPUB
LICAfKONVENTION
It Will Consist of 980 Dele
gates.
THE LAST ONE HAD 994
Reduction of Territories and Dis
trict of Columbia Make Less.
FAVORITE SON STRENGTH
Combined It Mnkes 256 and They
Represent a Powerful Element
of Opposition to Taft.
The republican national convention,
which assembles at noon. Tuesday. 16th of
June, will consist of 5?80 delegates. The
last convention was composed of W4
delegates, but the national committee
reduced the representation of the ter
ritories and the District of Columbia from
six delegates to two delegates. Okla
homa comes In with fourteen delegates,
and these respective changes fix the
total representation at f>80.
I The territories will ask for representa
tion by six delegates each, but it will
rest with the convention whether they
are to be ceded or not.
Under the terms of the call Issued by
the nr.tional committee it will be in Arder
to hold conventions after January 7 for
the selection of delegates to the na
tional convention upon the giving of
thirty days' notice. It is expected that
a number of states will hold their con
ventions during February and by that
time there will be a practical show
down of the strength of the opposing can
didates for the nomination. Practical
i politicians do not attach a great deal
; of importance to the declarations which
have l?een made by state committees up
to this time. For Instance, the Nebraska
state committee adopted a resolution fa
voring Secretary Taft, but it is said that
less than one-third of the committee were
present and the resolution was adopted
by the bare majority of one vote.
Definite Shape in Six Weeks.
Politicians are of the opinion that re
publican presidential politics will 'begin
to take definite shape within the next six
weeks: that within that time it will be
demonstrated whether Secretary <Taft is
to be confronted by a coalition of oppos
ing candidates for the purpose of keeping
away from him the large state delega
tions necessary to his nomination.
In the national convention it wlU re
quire 4ftl votes to nominate. The com
bined strength of the favorite sons is 'J.V5.
consisting of the votes at Pennsylvania.
New York. Indiana, Illinois and Wiscon
sin, omitting Ohio. If these votes can too
kept from Secretary Taft by the "favor
ite son" they will represent a powerful
element of opposition, and with the votes
of other states supposed to be hostile to
him for one reason and another will make
a very hard proposition for the 'Taft
managers to negotiate. The representa
tion of the several states and territories
In the national convention follows:
| Representaton by States and Terri
tories.
Alabama 2J North Camlinii 24
Arkansas 1H North Dakota H
California 20 Ohio 4K
Colorado 10 Oklahoma 1%
Connecticut!... ? .. 14 Oregon s
Delaware 0 Pcnngylvnnia 6*
Florida 10 Rhode Inland
/?eorgia... 2ti South Carolina 1*
Idaho 0 South I?akota S
Illinois 54 i Tennessee 24
Indiana 30 Texn* 3??
Iowa 2f? ITtali rt
T-vansa* 20 j Vermont S
Kentucky 20 Virginia 24
iiouifclana 1* Washington 10
Maine 12 Wept Virginia II
Maryland 1# Wlsronitn 2?
Massachusetts 32 Wyoming 6
Michigan 2*i Diat. sf Columbia.
Minnesota 22 , Alaska
Mississippi 20 i Arizona
Missouri 30 *
Montana 0
Nebraska. 1*5
Nevada 1*
New Hampshire.... K
New Jersey 24
| New York
Hawaii 2
New Mexico 2
Philippine Islands.. 2
Porto Illco 2
Total &&>
GUDDEN TO GO UP.
Famous Automobilist Will Forsake
Terra Firma.
I Special Dispatch to The Star.
BOSTON, January 1.?In the largest
balloon ever sailed in this country
Charles J. Glidden. the automobilist and
originator of the Glidden tour, is to at
tempt a flight next summer from Fort
Omaha. Neb., to Boston, a distance of
1,800 miles. The balloon will have a gas
capacity of 83,000 cubic feet, and al
though it will seat fifteen people. Leo
Stevens, the American aeronaut, will be
Glidden's only companion on the trip.
The huge gas bag will be built toy
Stevens, and he will pilot it on the Glid
i den tour. Mr. Glidden will make the
flight in the hope of capturing the Lalim
cup for the longest serial trip in this
country.
If he should sueeed in sailing from
Fort Omaha to Boston Mr. Glidden will
have broken all records. It is expected
that the trip will be made the latter part
of July or the beginning of August
Mr. Glidden leaves on January 15 for an
automobile tour of India, and will return
Just a short time before the balloon trip.
SHOT UP THE STORE.
Spectacular Revolver Battle In
Chicago.
Special Dlapatcb to The Star.
CHICAGO, 111., January I.?Show eg.ses
and fixtures in the cigar store of M.
BaumgarteL at "J2d street, were
smashed and riddled by bullets In a spec
tacular revolver battle yesterday be
tween two alleged burglars and two po
licemen.
The policemen surprised the men while
they were at work in the stors and order
ed them to surrender. For answer they
drew their revolvers and fired several
shots. Fifty shots were exchanged in all
and over $600 damage was done to the
furnishings of the store. None of the
combatants was injured, and the men
were finally overpowered and arretted.
Four revolvers and large quantities of
ammunition were taken from them.
Fire Induced Heart Failure.
PHILADELPHIA. January 1.?Fire
early today destroyed the large four-story
building at Cadwalader and Berks streets,
this city, occupied by Kerr. Saylor & Co..
manufacturers of carpets, and the Penn
sylvania Gas Fixture Company. The loss
is estimated at fl.1o.000. Milton Hoagland,
aged fifty years, the owner of a stable ad
joining the building, dropped dead from
excitement while removing horsps fron*
bis place.

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