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time by the friend" of Ions: standing?the friend who has stood the test, the I n;ted States of Brazil." Compliment to Brazil. Then turning to his Brazilian guests. Ambassador Dudley said: "Permit me, gentlemen, to thank you sincerely for the welcome you have ex tended our fleet, and at the fame time I have the honor and the pleasure of pro posing the health of his excellency, your illustrious President. I>r. Penna, and that your groat and novel nation continue long in the path of peace and prosperity." Admiral Alencar. the Brazilian minis ter of marine. spoke in reply to Mr. Dud ley. He proposed the toast to President Roosevelt, the United States and the ? merican navy. No less than two thousand men had shore leave from the vessel of the fleet yesterday and visited the city. Two sail ors were Injured by being run over by an automobile in the street. They were at once picked up and taken back tci their vessel, where they are in the hospital. Tn spite of the large number of sailors on shore* there was only one serious brawl. Care for the Sailors. The American colonv of this city has established a bureau of informaUon for the sailors who come into the city. Tins bureau has already given excellent results and is a great help to the men. The Americans of Rio Janeiro have ar ranged with a local theatrical manager to give a series of free entertainments for the crews of the battleships. ?. .lust at the moment that the torpedo boat flotilla was leaving l'ernambuco yes t? rdav ir was learned that two sailors v cre missing. The shore authorities were notified and the nolice found the men and returned them to th^ir vessels before the flotilla j t-ailed. PESSIMISTIC OVER CANAL. Naval Officer Sees Too Much Politics , in the Work. tperlal Dispatch to Tbe Star. CHICAGO, January 14?-'The United f^ates will never finish the Panama ca nal.' was the declaration made last nignt by W. Lee Russell, chief warrant engi neer of the I'nited States Navy. "I mean," he added, "that tne govern ment w ill not be able to ?omplete the work for the reason that there is too much politics mixed up in the work. The difficulty will continue as long as the gov ? rnment ha*< the work in hand. "There have been good men at the head of the work, but they did not stick. Tf you would know the reason, ask the men that quit. The work could be finished in record time if done by contract. 1 have been there for some time superintending for the navy some of its dredging and construction work, and know what I say." Mr. Russell is a brother of the late Sol Smith Russell. He was with Sigsoee when the Maine was blown up and was serious ly wounded in the explosion. CHARGE BY MAE WOOD. Asserts She Was Imprisoned and Forced to Give Papers. Special Dispatch to The Star. NEW YORK January 14 ?In an affi davit filed in the supreme court today Mae Wood Piatt, who is using United States Senator Thomas; C. Piatt for an absolute divorce, tell how she says she was closely confined in the law office of Howe & Hummel without food for a whole day in 1903. She says that she was kept there until finally, jchen she had no strength left, she gave to DeLancey Nicoll, theu Senator Piatt's attorney, certain letters and papers. She sets forth that after she had signed a receipt and a release of all claims against Senator Piatt "they gave a sum of money to Hummel, who had pretended throughout the farce to be acting: fur me. and he in turn gave me a part or it Then I was releas?d. and, teellng that my life was not safe in New York, 1 It ft the city as quickly as 1 could, a nervous and physical wreck." Th? affidavit was filed by counsel for Mae C. Wood Piatt in support of an ap plication which she made to Justice New berger for an order directing Mr. Plau and his counsel to permit her to have a discovery and inspection of the papers which she said she was induced to sur render in Hummers office and to take copies of them. ALLEGED SHORT WEIGHT. Warrants Issued for Local Manager of Flour Company. Four warrants were issued t^is after noon by Assistant Corporation Counsel James L. Pugh at the Police Court build ing for the arrest of James H. Kays, local manager of the Gold Medal Flour Com pany, alleged short weight in practically all the output of the concern in its prod ucts so d in tihis city. The information upon which the warrants were based is sworn to by Inspector of Weights and Measures George W. Howe, after an in vestigation upon the part of the latter covering a period of fully ten days. It is alleged by the authorities that the flour company has sold flour in packages of various sizes to the Washington trade, each one of which was under the stand ard weight. In obtaining the evidence upon which the warrants wer?- based In spector Howe secured samples of the company's products in untampered pack ages and found. it is sa^d. an average short weight ranging ;n proportion to the bulk from four ounces in the six-pound packages, s:x to eight ounces in the twelve-pound packages, one pound in the nfty-pound bulk, and the same Di'oportiata ate decrease on :o the barrel Quantities. The local manager. Jamc-s H. Kays, whose offices are in the Ouray building, frth and H streets, and for whom the war rants were issued, is held technically re sponsible for the shortage. At a late hour this afternoon Mr. Kays could not be s- _n or a statement outain.d in refer ence to the matter. , That the flour company was selling short weight in their products was first j suspected bv a tew people, but no;n;ng1 was called to the attention of the authori ties until a littl* over a week ago, when Judge Anson S. Taylor, it is said, discov eivd a snortage m purchases for private use. Additional packages were tested and the matter was reported to the authori ties. Alter the report of Judge Taylor other people with the same experience ?a!led the attention of the officials to their suspicions and an investigation was instituted. The warrants charge Mr. Kays with selling food products in four.sei--trate in stances at a short weight in' violation of the laws govrr.inc weights and measures of the D.strict of Columoia. The matter <?: tr.e arrest of the accused manager was placed in the hands of the police of tne t.rst precinct, but up to a late . our this aft- rr.oon no arrest ;n the case had been reported. OCEAN LINER MOVEMENTS. NEW YORK. January 14-Arrived: Steamer Kronprinzes?in Cecelle, from Bremen; North America, from Naples; Ryndam. from Rotterdam. GIBRALTAR. January 14.?Arrived. St* amtrs Caiotiia, ?from New York for Genoa, Hamburg, from New York for Genoa ANTWERP. January 14..?Arrived: Steamer Kroonland. from New York. Fears for Fourteen Skaters. PARIS. January 14.?Thirty young peo ple were skating on the lake in the Bois de Boulogne this afternoon, when the Ice, wihlch was thin, broke and they were pre cipitated into the water. Every effort to rescue the skaters was at once made and sixteen of the young p-ople are accounted f'>r. Fourteen arc- still missing and it is feared that they have been drowned. To Manage Georgetown's Eleven. At a meeting of the executive commit tee of the Georgetown University Athletic Association Vincent Lynch of the 1900 '"lass was selected to manage the foot ball team. t PASSED B* SENATE Bill Providing for Site for De partment Building. HEYBURN BILL GOES OVER Senator Nelson Objects to Present Consideration. NO ONE ELSE IN OPPOSITION Minnesota Senator Claims That It Will Cost $50,000,000 to Get the Desired Land. The Senate this afternoon passed a bill appropriating $3,000,000 for a site on the south side of Pennsylvania avenue, east of the grounds of the White House, for a building for the departments of State, Justice and Commerce and Labor. The Heyburn bill, appropriating $10, 000,000 for the purchase of the land lying between Pennsylvania avenue and the Mall, from the Capitol grounds to loth street northwest, for the use of the gov ernment in the erection of public build ings. was reached on the calendar in the regular course of business in the Senate this afternoon, and but for an objection by Senator Nelson of Minnesota would have been passed at once. As it is. the vote was postponed. No objection to the measure was made by any senator except Nelson. The Heyburn bill is No. 8 on the calen dar. After it had been read by the sec retary Senator Whyte. of Maryland asked if there was a committee report on the bill, and when informed by Senator Hev burn that there was, he asked that the re port be read, which was done. "I would call the attention of the Sen ate," said Senator Heyburn, following the reading of the report, "to the fact that the Fifty-ninth Congress considered this bill and that it was passed by the Sofiate; also that it was adopted as an amendment to the sundry civil bill." Without attempting to elaborate upon the plan Mr. Heyburn directed the atten tion of the senators to the report on the bill and the accompanying diagram. Senator Tillman Makes Inquiries. Senator Tillman of South Carolina arose at this juncture, and said he had not had an opportunity to examine the bill, hut that he wanted to ask a few questions concerning it. He asked Mr. Heyburn whether the bill provided for an appropriation of $10,000,000. Senator Heyburn replied that that is the maximum amount. Mr. Tillman then wanted to know what was the plan for acquiring the property, and he was informed by Mr. Heyburn that it was by contract or condemnation in the usual manner. W hat becomes of the old Pennsylvania depot?" demanded Mr. Tillman. That already belongs to the govern ment, replied Mr. Heyburn. Mr. Tillman said he thought the rail road might try to hold on to it, anyhow and a smile spread over the features of the senators who were listeniug to the dialogue. The railroad would have no right to do an> such thing, said Mr. Heyburn, in substance, and continued by remarking 1 that in his opinion the Senate would find no great obstacle In acquiring this land. Site for the Grant Statue. "I see some mention in the papers." said Mr. Tillman, "of the Botanic Gar den being removed or some of the trees being cut down, and of a. purpose to put up a statue of Gen. Grant there. I ! myself have too much respect and ad miration for Gen. Grant to have a statue of him stuck in that hollow. He ought to be given a place in front of the Capitol, on the biggest, highest place in Washington, instead of put ting the statue down there " "The ground upon which it is proposed to erect that statue." replied Mr. Hey burn. "is not involved in the considera tion of this measure." "I understand that," said Mr. Tillman. but I brought that up incidentally, as this seems to involve a grand scheme of the capital's beautification. and I thought I would mention, incidentally, my own in- I dividual views in regard to sticking a statue of Gen. Grant down there." ! replied: "I would suggest I to the Senate that the place selected for the erection of that statue lies entirely ?l ?,!!*" 1)05311)16 building line upon which buildings m'ght be constructed " Tii^^ne..T ^e and an"ther.'- dec ared Mr. d-in ' w* * ha\'e seen hanging about t.ne walls here or in some Committee rooms a great scheme of capital improvement and beautification. involving a big bridge from some avenue to Arlington. Is this part^of that program?" replied Mr. Heyburn "this is nn part of that program. That program was not taken into consideration with this legislation at any time. The sole purpose of th.s measure is to scure the ground i?f titS Use win be determined' u say> its use ^ build ings. the character or numbers, or the use of the buildings themselves." Mr. Tillman wanted to know whether the government was properly safe guarded by the.bill, and when he was told by Mr. Heyburn not to worry on this point had no more to say. except that he was always in favor of beautifying Wash ington. Senator Nelson Objects. Senator Nelson next took up the discus sion. saying that he was not infatuated with the Idea contained in the bill. He said that if senators w?uld examine old plots of the city they would discover that all of this ground which is now the Mull, or what is supposed to make into the Mall, was once a swamp. It would be a very unfortunate place, he said, to put a iong row of public building*,. He held that no one would ever know how much it cost to get a foundation "for that post office building down there." Mr. .Nelson voiced the opinion that the property between Pennsylvania avenue and the Mall will decrease in value, in stead of increase, on account of the fact that the line of development is toward the northwestern part of the city on the high ground of the city. He said he agreed perfectly with the senator from South Carolina that the Grant statue ought to be placed on high ground, and not in the hollow where the Botanic Garden is Senator Nelson's parting shot was that in his opinion it would cost $50,000,000 before the government would get possession of the land described in the Heyburn bill. In view of the reasons which he had stated." said Mr. Nelson, he would have to object under the rules of the Senate, to a vote on the bill at this time. Accord ingly the matter was dropped. Committee Indorsed Hughes. Special Dispatch to The Star. BUFFALO. N. Y., January 14.?At the annual meeting of the republican county committee held here at noon today reso lutions were adopted as follows: "We commend and indorse the admin istration of Charles E. Hughes, governor of the state of New York. We believe that his strong personality and clear vision upon questions of public policy are recognized by the people of the common wealth. We believe that his policy of control public utilities Is a wise one and meets with the approval of citizens of the state of New York. "We believe that the sentiment in this community is favorable to his nomination to the Presidency, and we recommend that delegates be chosen to attend the next national convention of the republi can party who will be favorable to his nomination" President Had to Decline. Vice President Fairbanks today Invited j President Roosevelt to make the principal address at the dedication of the Benjamin Harrison monument at Indianapolis next summer. The President indicated that It would be impossible for him to keep such au engagement at that time. ENTICING AWAY WORKMEN AMENDMENT TO PENAL CODE BILL REJECTED. Storm of Discussion Started Over Restriction of Private Employers. No sooner liad the Housn today re sume^ consideration of the bill to codify the penal laws than amendments began to be offered. Mr. Wilson of Pennsyl vania. moved to strike out the whole of section 45. which pn. "uited any one from inducing an artift^r or workman employed .at any arsenal or armory to leave the service of the government and enter private employment. The amendment started a storm of discussion as to the necessity of such legislation in a time of peace, and Messrs. Cockran, New York; Crum packer. Indiana; Hull, Iowa; Moon. Penn sylvania: Henry, Texas; Hardy, Texas; . Macon. Arkansas, and Gaines, Tennessee, iand others gave their views. Mr. Cock | t*an ch;?racterized the section as ex traordinary. and as laying pitfalls for' j the unwary. "We are asked to vote for i the section." he said, "under the whip and spur of a shout on the other side." referring to the republican portion of the House. Mr. C'rumpacker maintained that the i proposed law did not prevent a man from i voluntarily leaving the government serv ice. but that it was intended to provide ! an element of public policy. "The element of public policy would ex ist only in case of war," interjected Mr. Williams, who referred to the Webb amendment voted down yesterday, which I sought to limit the application of the j law to times of war. This remark brought to Vs feet Mr. Hull of Iowa, chairman of the committee 011 military aTfairs, who declared that In time of peace the government was prepar ing for war. If that were not necessary, he said, there would be 110 need at pres ! ont for a single soldier or sailor. Tho amendment, he said, sought to destroy the ! ability of the government to care for its ! defense. The amendment was lost?78 to I'M. TOKIO MINISTERS OUT CRISIS IMPENDING IN THE JAPANESE CABINET. ? ' TOKIO. January 14. 7:25 p.m.?Yoshiro l Sakatani. minister of finance, and Isaburo Yamagata. minister of communications, have resigned from the cabinet. Their resignations have been accepted. The resignation of Marquis Saionja, the prime minister, has been refused. After a conference of the cabinet min isters Marquis Saionja visited the em peror at the palace this afternoon, and was quickly followed by Prince Ito. It is understood that differences exist over the budget, which are irreconcilable. Premier Saionja is still at the palace. Trouble With the Budget. Cable dispatches received here from Tokio during the past month have Indi cated that the Saionja ministry was meeting with growing opposition through out the country, particularly because of the reductions made by it in the appro priationsfc for military and development purposes. The elections in Japan are ap proaching, and the opposition has baen endeavoring to create a strong sentiment against the cabinet by means of a news paper campaign attacking principally the government's policy of increasing taxa tion and limiting emigration The financial program was formally settled at a meeting of the council of elder statesmen held December 17. It was one of retrenchment, and involved a reduction in the expenses of the army and navy for the next six years, whereby the government would save $JOO,OuO,Ouu. As soon as this program became known the opposition made vigorous prepara tions to fight it in the diet. Other reports declared tr.at a miscalculation of $2i.>, uuu.ouu in the budget had aroused wide spread distrust in the financial policy of tne Saionja ministry, and three days ago there was a serious difficulty in the cabinc-t because of the reduction in the appropriation for railroad construction. As a result the resignation of Isaburo Yamagata, minister of communications, j was announced, but immediately denied. CONFIRMED BY SENATE. | Nominations of Commissioner Den nett and Others Go Through. | The Sfnate today confirmed the nomina j lion of Fred T. Dennett of North Dakota to be commissioner of the general land of fice, and of George Curry to be governor of New Mexico, and also of the follo^ ng naval officers: Capt. John E- Pillsbury, to be chief of ' the bureau of navigation. Capt. Charles W. Rae, to be eningeer in-chief and chief of the bureau of steam engineering. Naval Constructor Washington L. Capps, to be chief constructor and chief of the bureau of construction and repair. Civil Engineer Richard C. Hollyday, to be chief of the bureau of yards and docks. Lieut. Commander Edward H. Campbell, to be judge advocate general of the navy. For the Vanderbilt Wedding. j Special Dispatch to Tbe Star. NEW YORK. January 14.?Members or I the family of Count Szechenyi, who Is to j marry Miss Gladys Vanderbilt, January 27. were passengers on board the steam ship Kronprinzessin Cecilie, arriving to day from Bremen and Cherbourg The i party was a numerous one and Included Count Anton Sigray, who will act as best man; Counts Dionyo, Peter and i Stephen, Szechenyi and their wives; Count Paul Esterhazy, Count Joseph Wenckhelm and Count Michael Karolyi. The announce ment of the engagement of Count Laszlo, Issued by the Szechenyi family, reached America yesterday. It is elaborate In design, the cards being H by 12 inches. It is printed in French, German and Hun ; garian. _ _ BONI S CASE GOES OVER. Sequel to the Fight of Castellane and Sagan. PARIS, January 14.?The first sequel to the, fist fight between Count Boni de Castellane, the divorced husband of Anna Gould, and Prince Helle de Sagan, bis cousin, was placed in the correctional court today when Count Boni and Count Jean de Castellane, his brother, appeared to answer to the charge of assault brought ; by Prince Helie. Replying to a question put by the judge, Count Boni admitted that he had spat in the face of his cous iin, but only after provocation. Count Jean denied that he had struck Prince Helie, and mantained that he was in nowise connected with the fight. Owing to the absence of the attorney for Count Boni, further hearing of the case was postponed until February 4. * Wonderful Swords. From the Montreal Standard. The most valuable sword in existence is that of the Gaekwar of Baroda. Its hilt and belt are incrusted with diamonds, rubles and emeralds. It is valued at $1. 100,000. The Shah of Persia possesses a sword valued at $50,000. There arc some costly swords in India, and both the czar and the sultan possess jeweled sabers of great pric-. The most valuable sword in Great Britain is the one pre sented by the Egyptians to Lord Wolseley. The hilt is set with brilliants and.it Is valued at $10,000. % I Col. Goethals Questioned by House Committee. PUTS COST AT $300,000,000 Regards Progress Being Made as Satisfactory. DISLIKES ACCOUNTING SYSTEM Makes an Excellent Impression Upon His Hearers?Isthmian Situation Described in Detail. Col. Goethals. chief engineer of the Pan ama canal. appeared before the House committee on interstate and foreign com merce this morning and made the state ment that the Panama canal would cost about $300,000,000 to complete. He said at first that it would cost $250,000,000, but this did not Include the amount paid to the French Canal Company. Col. Goethals made an excellent Impres sion upon the members of the commit tee. He had none of the trouble that previous elucidators upon canal affairs have had in getting in touch with the committee, individually and collectively, about two minutes after he took his seat in the witness chair. One of the mem bers of the committee who had not pre viously met Col. Goethals said after the hearing that he was more certain now that the Panama canal would be built, and well built, than he ever was before. "Col. Goethals looks capable." said this member, "and his work up to date has demonstrated most conclusively that in this Instance appearances are not de ceptive." Col. Goethals' pictures do notdo him justice. He is a good-sized. 8-thlet^",f>ok: ing individual, with iron ?ray^ ? . strong face, tine eyes, a warmJtrnJe and a comfortable grumbly sort of a %olc' He spoke frankly of the work on the isthmus, particularly with re?^d lo system of accounts that kep.. tt "1 couldn't make head or tail of them. said the colonel, "and Stevens, who pre ceded mo as chief engineer considered them a Chinese puzzle. But^ ticular system of account keeping provided for by law, the colonel couldnt drop it. and so Just had to KO ahead and have a different system kept^ on the tside, bv this, he will soon be able to tell on tne 20th of any month just exactly w^at each .ittle item of canal construction cost dir. ing the preceding month. He told the committee that things finely, and that the work was progressing rapidly. Satisfactory Progress. Col. Goethals was Questioned at length concerning the Gatun dam. but said that a definite method of construction had not been adopted. After a recent visit to the Wachusett dam he said the com mission would not attempt to duplicate '''The work of building the canal. Col. Goethals said, was progressing more sat isfactorily than he had expected - The rainy season had interfered with Donation and with other works. The tracks sink and get out of level, causing derailments of trains, but these difficul ties, he anticipated, would be reduced. During all heavy showers work is sus pended. _ , _ . . In answer to Questions Col. Goethals said he thought the excavation of Culebra cut would be completed in the next four or five years. Steam shovels and trains are diminished as the cut gets deeper, and he believed the maximum of installation in this regard had been reaped. Answering a rapid fire of questions by members of the committee, all of whom were present, Col. Goethals said that the number of men on the canal and rail road pav rolls fluctuates between 30.000 and 40.000. The force is made up mainly of Spaniards. Italians and West Indian negroes. "We have been getting more labor in the last few months than we can use," he said. "There are no Americans on the labor rolls, with the exception of a few machinists' helpers." Commissary Arrangements. Asked by Representative Mann for a full statement of the commissary ar rangements on the isthmus, Col. Goethals replied: "The government's employes are divided into two classes, those on the "gold roll' and those on the 'silver roll.' The former are those who are aliens to a climate such as that of the isthmus, the latter are Spaniards. Italians and West Indian negroes. We were paying the men twice a month, and thereby los ing four days work a month, for the men willjlay off on pay day and the day after. We now pay once a month and lose only two days. Negroes get 13Vi cents an hour and subsistence, or 26 cents an hour if they subsist themselves, some of them we pay as high as 32 cents. "Foreign laborers receive 40 cents, and they subsist themselves. A day's work is nine and one-half hours. Bachelor employes on the gold roll get free bunk or bed in a room, the bachelor house containing from sixteen to forty-eight rooms, and from two to four -occupy each room. Married men are given houses, sized in accordance with their pay, from one to four families occupy ing a house. These houses are furnished and fuel for cooking is supplied, also electric lights where we have them. "There are hotels and large settle ments for the feeding of gold-roll em ployes. the meals costing the men 30 cents each in gold. There is no inspec tion of the food provided by those who subsist themselves, but much of It is bought from the government stores. "The negro labor is housed in bar racks, and there are eighteen mess houses. which at night are used by the men as clubs. The price of meals sup plied in hotels to the Spanish and Ital ians is 40 cents. This includes cheap wine of Sundays." White and Negro Labor. Col. Goethals said that one Spanish laborer was equal to two negroes, but he doubted whether that ratio would be kept up. Asked why. he answered: "Be cause our feeding of the negroes Is in creasing their efficiency, and as the whites come in contact with the blacks the efficiency of the former decreases. They see the negroes doing less work than they are performing, and then they know they're on a government job. "The houses are equipped with water, sewers, sidewalks and roads. They are seldom inspected, but the hotels, barracks, messes, kitchens and bachelor quarters are regularlv inspected. Of the 30.000 odd men on the pay rolls, from 22.000 to 23 000 are common laborers, and about 0 000 of these are Spaniards and Italians. We have stopped our agents from sending us any more foreign labor. Negro labor is constantly coming from the Islands." Col. Goethals referred to the criticisms by Spanish newspapers of the treatment of Spanish laborers on the isthmus, but he declared that the government took no advantage whatever of these men. The criticisms were pronounced unwarranted. Prefers the Lock System. Replying to a question by Mr. Wanger, Col. Goethals said he had no doubt that the lock system as against the sea level plan was the best. The engineer com missioners. he said, were unanimous as to that. "We have the beet type of canal we can get down there." Vaccination of laborers on the canal work he said, was compulsory, but the commission found it hard to get the men to bathe and change their clothes in wet weather, and their failure in that respect caused more or less sickness. The com missary had increased the vitality of the men, and that had helped to reduce sick ness. ? .. Beyond a charge of 3 per cent on its in vestment in storage houses and buildings. Col Goethals said the Panama Railroad Company, which controls the commissary, sought to make no profit on the food sup plies furnished the men. The present ar rangement by which the railroad and the canal work are separately managed was very satisfactory and ought not to be changed. Questioned as to a comparison of cost and amount of the work being done on the isthmus and similar work done in the United States. Coi. Goethals declared that if Congress would abolish the eight-hour law he would get 20 per cent more work out of the men. The organization and operation of the department of civil administration was explained by Commissioner J-C. S. Black burn, in charge of that branch. Saloons in Canal Zone. When Commissioner Blackburn touched on the subject of the zone saloons those members of the committee especially in terested in prohibition legislation evinced much interest. Mr. Blackburn said the commission has reduced to thirty-four the number of saloons in the canal zone, and Representative Richardson of Alabama quickly interposed this question: "With the intention of eventually wiping them all out of existence?" "Well." said Mr. Blackburn, "I don't know if that would be possible. If we did it the men would still have plenty of op portunity all along the line, and in the terminal cities of Colon and Panama, to get a*s much to drink as they wanted: and the result would be that the sprees would last longer if indulged in in those old Spanish towns than if the men slaked their thirsts along the zone." "And." added Col. Goethals, "worse dis organization and delay in the work would follow." "All of the liquors sold over tho thirty four zone bars," Mr. Blackburn resumed, "are subjected to the most critical gov ernment inspection. There is now one , licensed saloon for about each 1.000 of the canal-employed population, and we get along pretty well. 1 think prohibition would make it difficult to keep the men out of the Colon and Panama resorts." SMALLPOX REPORTED. Four Cases Discovered in Southwest Section of City. Four cases of smallpox were discovered late this afternoon in South Washington. Those infected were: Addie T. Stewart, colored. resldlag at 1228 1st street south west; George H. Spinks, colored, of 1229 3d street southwest: John Buchanan, col ored, of 71 M street southwest, and Ju lian Brown, colored, of 71 M street. These eases were discovered through re ports from neighbors of those Infected of the suspicious character of the dis ease. Aadie Stewart had been going about the neighborhood three, days showing the marks of the disease before she was re ported 111. John Buchanan was nearly well when he was apprehended by the authorities, and it seems he had also been going about the city during the time he was infected. All the smallpox cases were removed to the smallpox hospital for treatment and their residences placed under quarantine. The officials and police are looking for new cases. CENTRAL LABOR UNION. Breezy Discussion at Meeting Last Evening. MuclO discussion and some argument marked the session last evening of the Central Labor Union in Typographical Temple, brought about, it is said, by the friends of a defeated candidate for office at a former meeting. It was resolution night also, and when J. J. Purcell of the electrical workers in troduced a resolution alleging that the affairs at the District engineers' stabl? were not properly conducted the flood gates of oratory were opened. The resolutions provided for the ap pointment of a committee of three to call the subject matter of the resolution to the attention of the Commissioners. Dele gates Brinkman of the Carriage and Wagon Workers, Delegate Long of the Clerks, and Delegate Pincell of the Elec trical Workers, were named as the com mittee. The next resolution dealt with District affairs also, being unanimously adopted. It deals with the publication of certa n articles alleging or intimating that irreg ular conditions exist in the office of the building Inspector under the Engineer Commissioner of the District of Colum bia, and provides that the attention of the District Commissioners be called to the matter, with the request that they advise the Central Labor Union what has been done to correct the alleged unfortu nate conditions. Delegate Ross of the sheet metal work ers introduced a resolution dealirs with public school affairs, which, after a de bate, was laid on the table. The proposition providing for an "edu cational half hour" was defeated. The proposition to hereafter held ses sions of the Central Labor Union be hind closed doors was made a special order for the next meeting. I A new local, that of the railroad Tielpers and laborers, was represented in the central body for the first time last evening. BRITONS STILL SORE REGARD AMERICA'S CUP AS SOUR GRAPES. Special Cablegram to The Star. LONDON, January 14.?The Yachtsman, after an examination of the fate of the cup challengers from 1887 to Shamrock III, which "Is st'll in existence, but no doubt is awaiting a breaklng-up bid." comes to the conclusion that "this coun try has been playing a fool's game all along in its efforts to regain the cup." The Yachtsman argues that America, from several Imported samples of the plank-on-edge type, discovered its su periority to their shallow centerboard type. It says: "Had the Vanduara been sent out 'n 1880 England might have won the cup, but it was mere folly to attempt this with #>uch boats as the Genesta and Galatea After this it was a struggle on the part of our challengers to get on terms as to type with American designers. This was only achieved in the case of Shamrock I." The articles concludes as follows: "The most patent proof of all that the challengers played the fool's game has been recently given by the New York Yacht Club in regard to Sir Thomas Lip ton's attempt to challenge a fourth time. We are never meant to lift the cup. it seems, and even if any challenger won three out of the five stipulated races it is not improbable that some good man and true would rise up to dispute the validity of the new deed of gift and prevent the club from parting with the trophy." Insult to a Relic. Special Cablegram to The Star. BERLIN. January 14. ? The idea has been started among prominent yachtsmen that the ensign of the American warship Chesapeake, which is shortly to be sold at auction in London, should be pur chased by Great Br tain and put up ajs a sailing trophy, America being challenged to sail for it. It is thought that America would send crack bdats to compete, and that the old Chesapeake's flag would be come as great a drawing card as the America's cup. Chinese Justice. From the San Francisco Chronicle. Wrongdoers in China bring misfortune on all their relatives. Not long ago a man murdered Gov. An Min. of Anhui. The murderer himself was caught and beheaded, and now the law demands that his female relatives be sold ir\to slavery: that his male relatives sixteen years old and above be decapitated, and that his male relatives younger than that be com pelled to serve in the imperial palace. The ancestral graves of the rebel are also to suffer. The tombs are to be razed and despoiled and the bones and dust within scattered to the four winds. It is hoped, however, that the authorities will not exact the full penalty of the law. According to the Chinese opium regula tions of last November all teachers, schol ars. soldiers, and sailors of all ranks were to be allowed three months wherein entirely to rellnauish the opium habit. Information has reached the authorities in Pekln* that some soldiers are paying no attention to these regulations, so in structions have been issued to the effect that any officer or man found smoking will be at once beheaded. t CHARGES VIOLATION OF LAW CULBERSON ADDRESSES SEN ATE ON RECENT BOND SALES. I Declares That Many Bids Were Re jected That Were Higher Than Those Accepted. ? * I Senator Culberson again today brought; ! up ttie question of the recent bond issue by the Secretary of the Treasury and [ asked the Senate to adopt a resolution of ; fered by him calling on the Secretary for additional information. His resolu ' tion directed the Secretary to inform the ; Senate of the amount of circulating notes i issued by each national bank, to which ? were awarded the Panama bonds, under the Treasury circular of November IS. \ 1907, which notes were issued in conse j quence of the award of those bonds. Mr. Culberson said that the act of Con : gress under which these bonds were | awarded provides "distinctly and unequivo j cally" that the bonds may be disposed | of by the Secretary of the Treasury at ? not less than their par value under such regulations as he may prescribe, ?"giving." continued Mr. Culberson, " to all citizens of ^the United States an equal oppor tunity to subscribe therefor." "Not only that." he added, "the rircu- 1 lar of the Secretary dated November 1*. 1 1!R>7, contains this statement: "In consid ering bids the bidders offering the high- I est prices will receive the first allotments." j "'I desire," said Mr. Culberson, "to sub- i mit to the Senate one or two facts which indicate that the Secretary of the Treas ury has violated the law In issuing the bonds he has awarded." Mr. Culberson read a statement which, he said, showed that bonds had been bid for by individuals aggregating $27,900,000, and not onrr of these bid.? was below $1,02H. and yet, according to newspapers, bonds were awarded to the national hanks aggregating $7,262,500, the bids for which were below those of Individuals. Mr. Culberson offered to prove his stala ment if the committee on finance would examine witnesses he could produce. Mr. Aldrich read the resolution adopted by the Senate, an answer to which is ex pected tomorrow, and said it specifically called for "the reasons for the issue" of these bonds. He asked that the resolution l>e not pressed uptll the Secretary's reyly is re ceived. and said if it did not give all the information desired he would be glad to assist in securing what was'required. "I am frank to say." said Mr. Culberson, "that I have endeavored to get this in formation from the Secretary of the Treasury by letter, but have failed to do so. and I think this resolution should be adopted." Mr. Aldrich insisted upon his objection and the resolution went over. REPORT NOT CREDITED ALLEGED SELECTION OF WOOD RUFF TO RUN WITH TAFT. White House officials will not discuss a story that the President has selected Timothy Woodruff. republican state chairman of New York, as the running mate of Secretary Taft. The inference is given that the/White House does not propose to deny or affirm all the stories on the rounds as to'politics. It is plainly intimated, though, that the President has not said anything to anybody about Mr. Woodruff's qualifications as vice presi dential timber and that he is not trying ! to pick a vice presidential candidate for his party. Later on he may have some thing to say, if he is asked to do so, but right now he Is keeping quiet. Mr. Woodruff is strongly upholding tlie hands of the administration in New York. He is standing with Herbert Parsons, chairman of the republican county com mittee of New York, against Hughes in dorsements in the county committees of New York and Brooklyn. He hasn't any love for Hughes and will do all he can to stave off action favorable to the gov ernor. Outside of the White House not much credence is given the talk of the President having picked Wooaruff. Even if he in tends to try to choose the republican nomi nee for vice president he would hardly turn to Woodruff. It is also pointed out that Woodruff is generally understood to be a candidate for the United States Senate. He is a protege of Senator Piatt, who likes him very much, and the old Piatt machine, together with the one headed by Woodruff, is said to be in favor of Wood ruff as the successor of Senator Piatt at the expiration of the latter's term. WHERE HE PUT IT. Tuner Finds Lost Poker Money in the Piano. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "T never 've been taken for a doctor yet." remarked an old piano tuner the other day, "but you'd be surprised how I many curious experiences a man does have in my business. "Not long ago, while tuning an upright piano in the home of a fashionable fam ily here in town." went on the foe to discord. "I noticed when I ran oyer the keys that three or four* of the strings seemed to be hushed in some unaccount able manner?just enough to be percepti ble to the tr^ned ear of the tuner. I reached inside, and after groping around for a minute brought out a big bunch of greenbacks?yep, money. That's what it was that had been interfering with the proper tone of the piano. The bills were all scrunched up just about like waste paner that's been thrown away. "The woman who had employed me was sitting in the next room with her daugh ter. and I hustled in there to tell them of my find. They stared at me a moment and then both burst out laughing. 'So that's what he did with it.' says th ? older woman, between her shrieks of laughter. "It seems that about two years before her husband had com ? home late aft^r a poker session about $2<X> to the good. For reasons of his own he didn't want the family to know of his good fortun? just then, and he shoved his whole wad back into the piano. The next morning he couldn't remember iust what he had done with it. and announced that he must have been robbed. "'Another time I found a diamond ring that had fallen back In the piano. The lost ring had caused four servants in the house to be fired, and had even placed an intimate friend of the family more or less under suspicion." Contributions for Charity. John Joy Edson, treasurer of the joint finance committee, has also transferred the following contributions to the Associated Charities: Hugh Wallis. $5.40; Henry H. Ward, $10; Louisa F. Simonds. $2: John Porter Lawrence. $5.40; Spencer Crosby, $5; Philip K. Reily, $5; William Manley, $5; James S. Fraser. $5; Wil'.iam F. Dra per. $50; Miss Mabel T. Boardmun, $5; L. B. Lawrence. $1; C. W. Shoemak?r. $5; E. Morton Chapman. $1.08; Lucy M. Hew itt. $"; John J. Rothermel. $2; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Cole. $1; Mrs. Ellen N. Warder. $25; F. J. Lewis. $5: Miss Mabel L. Taylor. $10; Daniel MbFarlan. $10; William H. Taft. $25; Thomas B. Wood ward, $5; Mrs. James C. Merrill. $2 50; Gen. Dangerfield Parker. $5; the Misses Coyle, $10. For the Citizens' Relief Association, the following contributions have been trans ferred by the joint finance committee to Milton E. Ailes. treasurer: Augustus G. Heaton, $5; Wallace Radcliffe, $5; C. K Goulding, $1; Henry L. Brewood, $2; Henry H. Ward, $10: Louisa F. Symonds. $2; Spencer Cosby. $5: Philip K. Reily. .<5: William Manley. $5; James B. Fraser. $5 j For the campaign against consumption , the following contributions, received by j the joint finance committee, at Mil G street, have been transferred to Gen. Wil- , liam H. Forwood, treasurer: Wallace Rad- . cliffe. $5; C. K. Goulding. $1; Henry H. ? Ward, $5; Philip K. Reily, $5; James S. J Fraser, $10. WESTMINSTER. Md.. January 14. ? ' Caot. William H. Miller of Hampstead is ; dead, at the age of sixty-nine years. Capt. Miller was a native of Danville, Pa. ] TAFT-FORAKER FIGHT All Eyes'Are Turned on the Contest in Ohio. A THE PRIMARY CONTENTION Senator to Attack Validity of the Bronson Law. TALK OF PEACE OVERTURES An African in the Woodpile in Cleveland Struggle?Designs on Burton?Attorney at Work. Special Dispatch The Star. CLEVELAND. January 14?The Cuya hoga county election board has heeded the instructions of Secretary of State Thomp son to keep It* hands off th? Taft-For*ker tight, and the settlement of the vexing question of "Which committee is which?" rests with the secretary. Walter Brown, chairman of the state republican central committee, is *akini? overtures of peace to loth factions on th? basis that the rail for primaries be revised to Include the se lection of a new county committee along wi'.h the delegates to the state convention, but neither side seems disposed to make the firs? concession. The Foraker crowd is prepared to deny the jurisdiction of Sttfte Secretary Thomp son, and the threat is openly made that if the secretary of state rules that the Cuya hoga board of elections must racoanlse the call issued by the old committee th? entire matter will b'* taken into the courts. A refusal on the part of the board of elec tions to obey the ruling of Secretary Thompson may lead to the ousting of the board and the appointment of an entirely new list of members. Already this Is be ing taken for granted, and several can didates have appeared for appointment to the new board, each with considerable backing. It has become evident to the Taft man agers that the struggle here has a deeper significance than the question of a presidential indorsement. It is asserted that part of the trouble in Cleveland is actuated by a desire of the enemies of Representative Burton to put him in a hole, if possible, and open the way for a fight against him as republican leader in Cleveland, as well as for renominatlon to Congress. Senators Foraker and Dick are expected from Washington this w?ek, open head quarters probably in Columbus and make the fight on Secretary Taft as vigorous as possible. The Erie county republican central com mittee has again reversed Itself. A year ago it indorsed Taft for President. A week ago it rescinded the Taft resolution and declared that Foraker was the man the country wanted for President. Last night the committee again met and once more switched its coat, declaring en thusiastically for Taft. FLY IN THEIR OINTMENT. Taft Men Disturbed Over Plana of Foraker Followers. Sfiecial Dispatch to The 8t?r. COLUMBUS. Ohio. January 14 ?Though the Taft managers are meeting with a continuous series of victories over the Foraker faction in the preparations made by county committees for the coming state primary election, the news that Sen ators Foraker and Dick are about to begin litigation to test the validity of the Bronson primary election law. under which, by the call of the state central committee, these primaries are to be held, comes as a fly in their ointment. It is slated here that either Senator Dick or Senator Foraker. or both, will he here next Monday for this purpose, and that a Columbus attorney Is now engaged in the preparation of a petition for this suit. It Is believed that Thomas J. Keating Is this attorney, though he affects to know noth ing about it. The Bronson law has been on the statute books three years and^ used without question all this time, feo far as known, no one ever before sug gested that it was Invalid, and no one here has indicated the ground upon which it is to attacked now. Taft republicans say that the courts will not stay the primaries now called. ?Y.en if asked to renew the law, and that the purpose of the suit if brought will fail of attainment. Some criticism of Seaator foraker is heard regarding this litigation to the effect that, having first proposed sub mitting the question of the presiden tial nomination as between himself and Secretary Taft to a primary election, he should not. as soon as a movement to that end is set on foot, try to stop it by litigation. Marriage Licenses. Marriage licenses have been isfcued to the following: Greenlee Lilly of Ocala. Via., and Mamie E. Smith of Warm Spring. Va. William H. Robinson and Blanche V. Turner. Nelson Magruder and Llllle Wallace. Domenico Cuozzo and Elvira Dl ^"wilfiam F. Slmms and Mary E. Rob lnjohn R- Herbert, Jr.. and Victoria C. Walter S. Carter and Gertrude T. Epps. ? . Allen Jackson and Eva Rich Joseph . Branson and Irene Herbert _ Lewis A. Reynolds and Clara O. Hack nev, both of Bertratld, Va. Richard M. Vowells and Bettie A MWmiam L. Stant and ^th L Lang. Robert F. Plummer and Florence ?'james R- Lyon of Benedict Md . and Mary E. Rogers of Chesterbrook, \ a Waters Receding at Williamsport. Special Dispatch to The Star. HAGERSTOWN, Md.. January 14 After having reached a height of twentj ftve feet above normal the Potomac river at Williamsport ceased rising shortl> after midnight, and today is slowly re ceding. Great quantities of drift are pass ing down the stream. At many Points along the river the towpath of the Chesa peake and Ohio canal is completely sub merged. and the waterway Is believed to be badly washed It. will be several days before the full extent of the damage can be determined. Many manufacturing plants along the Potomac and its tribu taries are at a standstill as the result of the flood. It was late this evening be fore the big landslide on the Cumberland extension of the Western Maryland rail road was removed and through traffic was resumed. The slide was the worst sines the road has been cnen. v Weather Bureau Explains. prcf. Alfred J. Henry of the weather bureau explained this afternoon that the expected flood did not materialize in full force here because the high water that rolled down from Harpers Ferry reached Washington ahead of schedule time. It was expected to be here at flood tide?o o clcck a.m.?but reached the river front at 3 a.m.. when the tide was not at its full. Records for Twenty-Four Hours. The following were the readings of the thermometer and barometer at the weath er bureau for the twenty-four hours be ginning at 2 p.m. yesterday: Thermometer?January 13. 4 p.m.. 42; * p.m.. -11: 12 midnight, "8. January 14, 4 a.m.. 35: K a.m.. Ml: 12 noon, 35; 2 p.m., 'n. Maximum. 42. at 4 p.m., January 13; minimum. 81. at 8 a.m. January 14. Barometer?January 13, 4 p.m., 20.44; * p.m., 29.52: 12 midnight. 20.05. January 14. 4 a.m.. 29.77 ; 8 a.m., 20.93; noon, 30.08; 2 p.m.. 30.03. - Minimum temperature past twenty-four tiours, 31; a year ago, 36.