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Adirondack points report 25 degrees bo low. The ice harvest began hero today. Special Dispatch to The Star. BUFFALO. N. Y., January 30.?Th" coldest weather thus far this winter was recorded in Erie county last night. In South Buffalo, the mercury went to 4 degrees be low zero. The poor and un employed suffered greatly. The local weather bureau predicts still colder weather, beginning this evening Reports from various parts of western New York to the effect that the trains are delayed by the extremely cold wather. Two Above Zero at Pittsburg. PITTSBURG. January 30.?The coldest weather so far this season was recorded here today, when the temperature readied two above zero. Stay of Cold Wave. The mercury in the weather bureau thermometers went down to 12 degrees above zero last night and early this morn ing. Prof. Frankentteld. one of the fore casters. said this afternoon the weather will be equally cold tonight. The cold wave will begin to slowly dissipate to morrow with more moderate conditions. There is no snow in sight. Records for Twenty-Four Hours. The following were the re;idings of the thermometer and barometer at the weath er bureau for the twenty-four hours be ginning at 2 p.m. yesterday: Thermometer: January 20?4 .p.m.. 33; 8 p.m., 27; 12 mdnlght. 20. January 3<>? 4 a.m., 16; 8 a.m.. 12: 12 noon. 17; 2 p.m.. 22. Maximum. 33 at 4 p.m. January 2i?; minimum. 12 at 8 a.m. January 30. Barometer: January 29?4 p. m.. 30.11: 8 p.m., 30.27; 12 midnight, 90.35. January HO?4 a.m.. 30.41; S a m., 30.51; noon, 30.01; 2 p.m., 30.47. Minimum temperature past twenty-foui hours, 12; a year ago. 16. CAPITAL TRACTION CO. FISCAL REPORT FOR THE PAST CALENDAR YEAR. Vice President Hurt of the Capital Trac tion Company today submitted that com pany's report for the year ending De cember 31, 1907, to the Senate. The re port shows the total receipts for the year to have been $4.360.227.40, and the totai disbursements $4,276,354.68. The company received from passengers In the District 51,736,559.76, and from pas sengers on the Maryland division *23, 649.29, making a total from the passenger traffic of $1,760,209.00. The receipts from freight were $1, 253.90; from mail, $2,882; from rent of lund and buildings, $7,470.95; from ad vertising, $9,000; from miscellaneous sources, $2,151; by income from securi ties owned by the insurance reserve, $7.4 76.48. Proceeds of sale of 5 per cent I bonds, $2,520,000, and other minor sources of income make up the total. The ^isourseinents tor maintenance oi way and structures were J4S.675.40. foi equipment, $97,796.94; for operation oi power plants, $118,790.90; for operation o. cars. $385,748.96; for general expenses. $163,908.84; for taxes. $78,110.71; for in terest, $91,500; for dividends. $720,000; for extension accounts, $152,764.06; for re newal. $222,568.66; for construction and equipment of real estate, $617,374.70; for bond redemption, $1,124,000; for bills pay able, $105,000. The report contains a list of all th (stockholders of the company on the last day of the year. The largest holders are as fallows: Louise E. Hitchcock, 6.0m. shares; H. Hurt, 4.094; George T. Dun lop, 3.939; Fred W. Sharon, 2.238; R. H Harkness, 1.790; J. G. Waters, 1,730; trus tees for Sarah Remsen Manicc, l,72(r trustees for Elizabeth Remsen, 1,720: trustees for Charles Remsen. 1.720; trus tees for Jane Remsen Thompson, 1,720 Mary T. Leiter. 1,700; H. A. Wi.lard, 1,605 Harry V. Haynes, 1.377; Annie V. Bar fcou , 1,246; American Security and Trust Company. 1,200; Ellen D. Lane, 1,200; Thomas C. Brown, 1,120: George E. Flem ing, 1,087; Robert Walton Goelet, 1,075; Francis G. Newlands, 1,008; Lansear A. Norrls, 1,000. According to the report 463 persons wer injured during the year on the road, 13o of whom stepped off the car while it wa; In motion. Seven deaths a e reported at having resulted from these accidents. CAUCUS NEXT WEEK. Members of Republican Congres sional Committee to Be Chosen. The republicans of the House will hold a caucus next Thursday nijrht to an nounce members of the repub'ican con gressional campaign coAimittee from th several state delegations. The commit tee will subsequently meet and elect of ficers for the congressional campaign next fall. Representative James S. Sherman" of New York and Representative H. B. I.ou denslager of New Jersey will undoubtedly be re-elected chairman and secretary, re spectlvely, of the committee. The splen did campaign conducted by th -ne two officers of the committee in the last e ec tion to Congress won nothing but prais from republicans, and they will he drafte^ into service for the next campaign. ACKNOWLEDGES GREETING. The President's Response to the President of Argentina. The visit of the American torpedo boat flotilla to Buenos Aires, Argentina, was rrarked by an exchange of felicitations between President Alcorta and President Roosevelt. President Alcorta's expres sions of appreciation and friendship were conveyed in a cablegram from United States Minister Wilson to Secretary Root, as follows: "Torpedo flotilla arrived on the 26th Instant, etcortcd from the Island of Flores by Argentina flotilla. The presi dent and ministers of Argentina received the officers of the flotilla on January 27 and the government has made arrange ments for entertainments for officers and men throughout the whole visit. The Pres d'-nt of Argentina conveys to Presi dent Roosevelt his most cordial greet ng and appreciation of the friendship shown by the visit of the flotilla." President Roosevelt's response, ad dressed direct to Pres.dent Alcorta, fol lows. "I have been greatly gratified to receive your cordial message In regard to the visit of the torpedo boats and have been es pecially touched by the ev denees of friendly good will shown in the exchange <?f naval courtesies and In the we come granted to our officers and men by the govcrnm> nt and the people of your coun try. With nations, as w th Individuals, such kindly amenities are very potent in strengthen ng the bonds of friendship and all the people of the I'nited States greatly desire this as between them and the people of Argentina." There was also a similar exchange ot ?onr.munlcat'ons between Secretary ol State Root and Senor Zeba los. th.- Argen tina minister of foreign relations, express ive of the cord al trade relations existing between the two countries, as well as warm political friendship. FOR HIGHER SALARIES. Recommendation That Police Court Judges Shall Receive $4,000 Each. Two recommendations were received by the Commissioners today from the Wash ington Board of Trade, one for the in creasing of the salaries of the judg *s of the Police Court from $3,000 to $4.ooo a year, and one for Increasing the salary of the financial clerk of the Police Court from $1,500 to $1.8t?0 a year. Both of these recommendations have been read by the Commissioners and marked "noted." Additional Cases of Smallpox. Two new cases of smallpox were dis covered by the officials of the health of fice today. Jesse J. Jackson, a colored tjoy. ten years of age. of 17 Pierce court southwest, and Sylvester Blount, colored, of 2137 Newport place northwest. This makes seventeen cases in the smallpox hospital under treatment. Thirty-tive persons are at the quarantine station. Contractors Simply Carted It Away From Harrisburg. CAPITOL WAS A GOLD MINE Evidence That Bills Were Paid Three Times Over. ALL THE TRAFFIC WOULD BEAR Furniture Seems to Have Stretched Under the Per Foot System of Measurement. IIARRISBURG, Pa., January 30.?The | bootblack stand for the senate lavatory supplied by Contractor John Sanderson of | Philadelphia, one of the defendants in the state capitol conspiracy suits on trial n the Dauphin county court, was offered in evidence by the commonwealth today. Sanderson collected $1,619.20 from the state for this stand, and paid the sub contractor by whom it was supplied, $125. Photographs of the rostrums of the sen- | ate and house. caucus rooms, for which the state paid Sanderson $00,748.80, and J or which he paid the subcontractor $2,060, were also offered in evidence. Fred H. Potter and Howard Kroehl of | the Audit Company of New York were j called by the commonwealth to establish the measurements of the sofas, clothes | trees and table produced before the Jury. All of this furniture was supplied by Sanderson at the rate of $18.40 "per foot," and, according to the commonwealth, he | .vas paid for certain articles at the rate A three times the actual measurement. Bitter Over Huston. The commonwealth also offered several ?ills for furnishings supp-ied by Sander on for the purpose of showing that differ ent systems of measurement were em ployed by the contractor for collecting for j .rticles supplied under the same items n the special capitol furnishing schedule j tf 1904. Arcnitert Joseph M. Huston, who has ecur^d a separate trial, has been sub enaed as a witness for his co-defendants, Jormer Auditor General Snyder, former iiate Treasurer Mathues, J. M. Shumaker, ormcr superintendent of grounds and juildings. and Sanderson, but may not be ,-alled. The feeling against the architect n the part of his four co-defendants prow's more hitter as the trial proceeds, nd interesting developments are expected o result. Ephraim Oswald, carpenter for the oard of grounds and buildings, who was j ailed by the commonwealth yest rday to dentify the furniture offered in evid nee nd to testify as to the measurement and ?ontractor's tags on each artic e, was re called wh?n the trial was resumed today ind cross-examined bri fly by counsel for I .he defense, but nothing of importance was brought out. Huston Protecting Himself. That Architect Joseph M. Huston meansl o take care of himself at tiie expanse of is four codefendants in the state capitol conspiracy cases, now on trial in the ] Dauphin county court, is apparent from | he testimony of his brother, the Rev. -amuel C. Huston of Philadelphia, a re-1 ired Presbyterian clergyman, who was called as a witness for the common- i w alth. Stanford B. Lewis, the architect's ac ive assistant wihile the capitol was being constructed and furnished, and who is un l?r indictment on two charges of con-] spiracy to cheat and defraud the state in he payment of bills aggregating $92,704.80 j or capitol furnishings, was also a witness] or the commonwealth. Rev. Mr. Huston testified that when his; rother went to Europe in the spring of I 906 on business for the state he left witih , im signed blank architects' certificates ind a power of attorney. Soon after the irchitect's departure Contractor John H. I Sanderson, one of the defendants, ap peared with a bill, supported by an affi iavit, purporting to be in proper form, for which he asked and obtained certification of the architect by the brother's signa ture. Proof of Fraud. The commonwealth expects to prove that this 1)111 was fraudulent. In that Sander son was given the contract for certain "urnishings under one item in the special ?apitol furnishing schedule and billed these articles to the state under another item, the amount of which is in excess of lie item under which .he was given the ?ontract, and also that some of these ar ticles were invoiced to the state and paid .or as containing three times as many feet as they ac tually contained. Following the testimony *of Rev Mr Huston and that of Lewis to the efface hat tiie architect was expected to certify *nlv to the quality and not to the quantity of furnishings, the commonwealth had >rolight into court and exhibited to the jury two of the sofas, a table and two clothes trees supplied by Sanderson for ihe capitol under the "per foot" system. )ne of tlie sofas was measured for the information of tlie jury and was shown ?<> be six teet long. Sanderson bil'ed this sofa to the state at IS feet, and it was paid for at the rate of $18.40 "per foot." I he other sofa also measured six feet and was billed and paid for as containing 19?? fed. The table had been billed under item 22 in th^ schedule at $i8.40 "per foot," instead of under item 21, at $10.40, as called for by Sanderson's contract The clothes trees was billed as containing Wa feet at $18.40 and should have been fur nished, the commonwealth claims for SUPREME COURT BUILDING. Mr. Littlefield's Bill to Make It the Finest in the World. It is expected that there will be pre iminary legislation before long on Rep resentative Littlefield's bill for the erec tion of a suitable structure for the Su preme Court of th? United States on that square in the Capitol plaza corresponding to that now occupied by the Congres ional Library. Representative Littlefield's measure ?alls for the erection of a building to cost 1 ho ut $6,< 100,000, the construction of which is to be superintended by one neinber of the Supreme Court, one mem >cr of the House judiciary committee and "if member of the Senate judiciary com nittee. It is to be the finest court build ing in the world, surpassing even the Palace of Justice at Brussels. The plan favored by Mr. Littiefield con tt-mplates, in addition to an extremely spacious courtrqom for the Supreme ourt, a suite for each member of tnat listinguisned body, two or three rooms tor counsel on each side of the ease bo fore the court, the robing room for each justice, a room for the Attorney General a room for the United States marshai and additional quarters for the clerk of the Supreme Court. Mr. Littlefieid, in a talk with a Star reporter today 'called attention to the fact that his present Olflee was all littered up with file oas-s and the like, and that the conditions un der which this ofiicial had to work were really seandaious. Mr. Littiefield also thinks it an outrage that the law li brary of the Supreme Court is located as at present. He things there should be in the new building, which he favors' iccommodations for not less than 5<JOOOU volumes. He also wants a Vast room in the contemplated structure in which may be held international tribunals such as The Hague conference, which in all probability will meet hero before long He wants to see tne American palace of justice equal in grandeur the Library of Congress, to which it will correspond in the plaz'i. , FIRE IN F STREET BUILDIN6 DENSE SMOKE ASCENDS FROM VEEBHOFF STRUCTURE. Flames Immediately Beneath the Roof?Large Crowd Assembles. Beport of the Damage. A heavy column of smoke ascending at 10:30 o'clock this morning from the roof of the four-story building at 1217 F street, occupied hy Otto L. Vee^ioff, art dealer, causeu a local alarm to bo sent to No. 16 engine company. Before the firemen reached the scene an alarm had been turned in from box 142, and several other companies and trucks, with the water tower, responded. By the time the fire men arrived dense volumes of smoke were arising from the structure and a large crowd had assembled. Tho police reserves from several pre cincts were also on the ground, com manded by Capts. Cross, Williams. Doyle an J Boyle. No flame was visible from the sidewalks below, but the dense smoke continued to roll upward from the roof. After some difficulty the firemen man aged to get several lines of hose to the fourth story and opened their water bat ter ier. on the fire, which seemed to be on the fourth floor in the rear, immediate ly beneath the roof. A tall white man appeared on the oor ner of the roof on the F street side and, employing his hands as a megaphone, yelled to the firemen below: "Here, you fellows, what the deuce are you doing down there? Bring your hose up here quick." The man was enveloped in smoke, which was issuing from the room and cornices. A moment later a colored man ran to the edge of the roof and shouted down: "Come up hyah, it's burnin* like hades in dis roof." Crowd in Street Cheers. The crowd in the street cheered, the firemen placed an extension ladder in position, and several ascended to the roof. In a short time a number of streams were playing on the flames. The employes of Mr. VeerhofT and others be gan to remove valuable paintings from the storeroom on the first floor. The wisdom of this step was soon evident as the blackened water from the upper floor poured down to the storeroom in great streams, causing much damage Firemen climbed about on the window ledges and the corner of the roof at dizzy heights, like spiders running through their webs, and experienced much difficulty in hauling the hose up to the scene of the conflagration. Employes of the Dulin & Martin Com pany, dealers in chlnaware, etc., in the twin building adjoining the VeerhofT es tablishment, went to the roof and took other steps to protect the property of the firm in the event of a spread of the flames. The second floor of the VeerhofT build ing is occupied by F. S. Smith & Co., con tractors, and the deluge of water from above is said to have caused considerable damage to the property of the company. The firemen finally attacked the roof of the VeerhofT structure with axes. In order to reach the seat of the fire, and soon thereaiter had it under control. Amount of the Damage. Fire Marshal Nicholson stated late this afternoon that the flames did not break out in a workroom on the fourth floor, as had been said, but were discovered direct ly under the roof in a space In which a man could not stand erect. This, he add ed, made it extremely difficult fA- the firefighters to get near the blaze for a 'ong time. The flames burned through the roof anQ did damage to the building and contents approximated by Mr. Nicholson at between $8,000 and $9,000. The fire marshal added there were no electric wires near and the cause of the fire is therefore a myBtery, which he is investi gating. The blaze was one of the most stubborn the department has had to con tend with for several years. Paul F. Grove* secretary of a local fire insurance company, made complaint to Chief Engineer Belt today of alleged slowness of the fire department in get ting into service, and because, as he states, the firemen hauled hose loaded with water to the top floor of the Veer hoff building, when the hoso should have been taken up while it was empty. He also complained that the chemical company which responded on a local alarm continued to render Ineffective service, imperiling the business section of the city, without turning in another alarm and calling other engines and the trucks into service. Mr. Grove also complained that when he went to the nearest fire box, where one policeman and two firemen were standing, he lound that five minutes had elapsed since the flames were discovered and still no alarm had been sounded. Finally, Mr. Grove said, he pUlled the box. Chief Belt said to a Star reporter this afternoon that Mr. Grove Had made a verbal complaint to him and promised to put a forma', complaint in writing and send it to him. The building is owned by Mrs. Murdock, who resides near Chicago. CANINE COP'S FIBST FEAT. Leads Police to Intoxicated Man Freezing in Brooklyn. NEW YORK, January 30.?Hats off to ^ax. one of the canine cops. He made good last night. For the first time since being as signed to duty in the Parkviille precinct, in darkest Brooklyn. Max, Lona, Nogi and Jim, Bingham's bunch of bow-wows, were allowed to go on duty last night without having a policeman on the end of the leash. Monday and Tuesday even ings the dogs were escorted through the precinct in order to familiarize them selves with the district. Last night they were turned loose at 10:30 to roam at will. "Your probationary period is over," said Capt. Funston as the puppy platoon lined up in front of the desk. "It remains with yourselves whether the city shall furnish you with porterhouse steak for the rest of your lives. Do your duty without fear or favor and bear in mind that you won't win promotion by bringing in samples of trousers. Get the tenant or nothing. Go now!" The quartet saluted and departed. About 11 o'clock Capt. Funston heard a patter of feet on the front stoop and a pawing at the door. He opened it and In rushed Max. The dog barked loudly and pulled at the captain's coat. Capt. Funston and three patrolmen fell in behind and fol lowed the' dog out into the night. He led them to a vacant lot at 37th street and 13th avenue. There they found an in toxicated man. The mercury was just above the zero mark and he was In dan ger of freezing to death. The man was removed to the station in the patrol wagon. Half an hour later he revived sufficiently ? to give his name as Edward Connelly, a cook, of No. 1251 40th street, Brooklyn. He was locked up and the arrest was credited to Max. Max threw out his chest and stood at attention while Capt. Funston and his men passed along and patted his back. "Keep my name out of the paper," said Max. modestly. "I don't want the rest of the mutts to think I've got a swelled head." Sympathizes With Mrs. Monroe. Special IHspateb to The Star. BOYERTOWN, Pa.. January 30.-With but one exception the residents here have received the jury's findings hi the opera house disaster with distinct approbation. The exception is the Rev. A. M. Weber, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church. It was under the auspices of this church that the entertainment leading to the loss of 115) lives was given. Mr. Weber's daughter Martha perished in the flames. In a signed statement Mr. Weber, who is still confined to his bed with injuries received at the opera house flre. said: *'ln my opinion the jury should not have been swayed by the whining speech of one lawyer. While I have not read the tes timony, I feel that Mrs. Monroe has been censured too strongly." Burgess Kohler declared that the ver dict of the jury was completely satisfac tory to him. FUNERAL OF NORMAN 6ALT SERVICES HELD AT ST. THOMAS P. E. CHURCH. Rev. Dr. C. Ernest Smith Officiates. Number of Local Organiza tions Represented. Funeral services over the remains of Norman Gait were held In St. Thomas" Protestant Episcopal Church at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon. Rev. Dr. C. Ernest Smith, pastor of St. Thomas' parish, conducted the services. The honorary pallbearers were Messrs. Mel ville Church and A. P. Crenshaw, rep resenting the vestry of St. Thomas' Church; Messrs. Frederic L. Moore and William H. Beck of the board of di rectors of the Children's Hospital; Messrs. R. A. Chester and Ralph W. Lee of the directorate of th ? Commercial National Bank; Messrs. Charles E. Ed monston and Isaac E. Shoemaker of the directorate of the Arlington Fire In surance Company; Mr. Thomas P. Mor gan of the Board of Trade and Mr John L. Weaver, representing the Chamber of Commerce. Messrs. Cuno H. Rudolph, J. Whit Herron, Scott C. Bone, John C. Davidson and W. H. Moses composed a committee of Board of Trade m.-muers in attendance upon the services. The Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery. Tribute of Respect. At a special meeting of the board of directors of the Children's Hospital, held last night, resolutions of respect were passed, reciting: "We, the members of the board of directors of the Children's Hospital, deep ly conscious of the loss we have sus tained in the death of our fellow mem ber, Mr. Norman Gait, Ejiich occurred the 2l>th of January, Imw, desire to record our admiration of him as a valu able member of this board and as a manly man." "For several generations the name of Gait has been prominent in the business; social and philanthropic world and indis solubly associated with every movement tending to the betterment of Washington and its citizens. The son has proved a worthy successor of a noble father, who was one of the founders of the Children's Hospital. Ever ready to lend his aid to good works and do his full share. Norman Gait impressed his friends and associates with those qualities of mind and heart which never allowed him to speak ill of any one. In his death Washington has suffered a distinct loss." TO BUILD A WHARF LIGHTHOUSE BOARD ASKS IN CREASED APPROPRIATION. A further appropriation of $40,000, in addition to the $30,000 granted March 4. 1906. is asked from Congress by the light house board in its annual report for the construction of a wharf in this city to replace the structure at O and Water streets. The board says that since the estimates were prepared it has been nec essary to change the plans, and that the cost of material and labor has largely in creased. The present wharf is in a lamentable state of disrepair, being the remains of a steamship dock built fifty years ago. It is one of the few wharfs alcng the water front that have not been repaired or rebuilt during the past two years. The board also reports that the addi tional appropriation of $15000, made March 4, 1007, making the total amount ior completing the Ragg d Point station, j on the Potomac, $30,000, is not sufficient to establish a suitable light and fog sig nal. A structure was designed as moder ate in cost as is comyat ble with safety. Bids were asked several times for fur nishing the metal work, and further ef forts were made to obtain a satisfactory bid, but the lowest received was so high as to show that the lighthouse could not be built within the amount appropriated. The board estimates that an addiional appropriation of about $15,000 will be , needed for Its establishment, and it is | recommended that an appropriation of this amount be made therefor. The total estimate for improvements in the fifth district, which includes Wash-1 ington, is $305,000. maiie up as follows: Great Point Bar light station, Maryland $10,000; Ragged Point light and fog-signal station, Potomac river. Virginia (addition al). $13,000; Cape Henry light vessel, Vir- j glnia, $115,000; Fort McHenry channel ranges, Maryland. $125,00*); Washington, D. C., lighthouse depot and wharf, $40,000. The report also throws ligin on where the feminine terms ceases to be applicable to boats, for it says: "Barge?She was put in order. Scows?She received repairs. Yawl?She was cleaned and painted. Row boat?It was properly cared for." SALE OF A HOUSE. A Purchaser Secures a Columbia Heights Residence. Moore & Hill, Inc., has sold for Harry Wardman to Samuel M. Adamson house 3561 10th street, Columbia Heights. This is one of a row of two-story, six-room houses recently erected by Mr. Wardman. The houses are colonial in style, with covered front porches, and occupy lots 20 feet wide by something over 100 feet deep. , SUGGESTS AMENDMENT. Central Labor Union's Recommenda tion Regarding Eight-Hour Law. James F. Ffceney and P. J. Ryan, mem bers of the legislative committee of the Central Labor Union, forwarded to the Commissioners today an amendment to section 802 of the code of the District which will prohibit the District or federal government purchasing supplies from out of-town firms unless the latter observe the "eight-hour law." The amendment reads: "It shall be un lawful for any officer of the United States or of the District of Columbia to consider or accept any bid for work to be done under the authority of the United States or of the District of Columbia, within the territorial limits of the District of Colum bia. from any person, firm or corporation bidding upon such works or contracts in whose shops, factories or works the eight hour law is not observed, or where the eight-hour law is not in force and not ob served, except in cases of extraordinary emergency." NEW THEATER SITE. Current Gossip About a Pennsylva-1 nia Avenue Location. There is a revival of talk in real estate circles relative to negotiations being in progress for the purchase of property on the north side of Pennsylvania avenue be tween 12th and 13th streets northwest, and extending back to E street, with a wide frontage on that street. The general sup position is tfie ground is waftted for a theater site, and the scheme which it is supposed is to be carried out is to buy an avenue frontage which would serve as an approach to the building, which would be located mainly on the ground which has a frontage on E street. One of the owners of the property said today that several parties had the prop erty under consideration, but no conclu sion had as yet been arrived at. OCEAN LINER MOVEMENTS NEW YORK. January 30.?Arrived: Steamer Kroonland. from Antwerp. BROWHEAD. January 30. ? The steamer Mauretania, from New York for Liverpool, was in communication by wireless telegraph at 4:50 a.m. today. Distance not given NEW YORK. January 30.?Arrived: Steamer Kaiser Wilhelm II from Bremen; Oscar II from Copenhagen. FOR A FOREST RESERVE DELEGATION URGES PASSAGE OF THE CURRIER BILL. A delegation of about 200 members of forestry associatiosn in the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina. Georgia. Ala bama, Kentucky, Tennessee, New Hamp shire and Maine appeared today before the House committee of agriculture to urge the passage of the Currier bill, au thorizing the Secretray of Agriculture tto acquire for national forest purposes lands situated on the watersheds of navigable streams In the southern Appalachhin and White mountains within the states named. The bill authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to advertise for such lands and acquire them under the low bid plan, purchase to be subject to rat fication by the legislatures of the respective states. For these purchases the sum of $5.000. 000 Is appropriated by the bill, to b? available immediately, and the lands so acquired are to become national forest reserves. Object of the Reserve. Representative Scott of Kansas, chair man of the committee, placed the conduct of the hearing in the hands of Gov. Hoke Smith of Grorgia, chairman of the dele gation. Gov. Smith stated briefly the ob ject of the delegation in appearing before the committee. He said that the esti mated area necessary of acquirement in the Appalachian mountains for the conservation and regulation of the stream flows arising there comprises 5,00<UWt0 acres, and in the White mountains from 1.500,000 to 2,000,000 acres. Philip W. Ayres of New Hampshire, for ster of the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forerts and a delega tion representative ?f Dartmouth College? which owns 26,(HK) acres of land within the area* concerned?spoke of the destructiv practice of cutting off spruce trees for the manufacture of white paper pulp. Commerce of Pittsburg. I. C. White, state geologist of West Virginia, made the statement that more commerce passes through the city of Pittsburg than through any four other manufacturing cities of the world, due primarily to the industrial value of the Monongahela river and its tributaries. Millions of dollars, he said, are o ing spent to improve the navigability of the Monongahela and the Ohio. Yet the continued practice of cutting orf the forests contiguous to them means the filling up of those streams with soil and storm-borne debris. Frederic C. De Main, appearing for thv.- Gov rnor of Massachusetts ana as j representative of the cotton manufac turing of that state, laid before the committee data concerning the varia tion of waterpower in Massachusetts and its diminution from year to year, necessitating now the installation of steam auxiliary plants to do the cotton and woolen fabricating work formerly done solely by waterpower. CONE FLOTILLA SAILS TORPEDO BOATS START SOUTH FROM BUENOS AIRES. BUENOS AIRES, January 30.?The flo tilla of American torpedo boats under the command of Lieut. Hutch I. Cone, on its way from Hampton roads to Magdalena bay, sailed from this port at 9 o'clock this morning for Punta Arenas, after a stay here of four days. The North American Society of the River Plate entertained the visiting of ficers and men yesterday. There were field sports of various kinds and a colla tion. Over a thousand residents of Buenos Aires were among the guests. Sailors All Made Good. The Buenos Aires authorities are as en thusiastic as were those of Trinidad and Rio Janeiro in their praises of the con duct of American sailors and marines oi. shore Teave from the visiting United States fighting craft. The officers from the torpedo beat flo tilla were entertained ashore yesterday and special emphasis was laid in the gov ernment officials' greeting tp Lieut. Cone on the admirable conduct of his men since their arrival in port. Sailing of the Flotilla. According to a cable message received at the Navy Department today, the tori>edo flotilla finished its visit to Buenos Aires this morning and sailed away for Punta Arenas, with a view of joining the battleship fleet ljefore the departure of the latter from that noint. The destroy jrs will remain at Punta Arenas about four days, taking on coal, and will then sail for Talcahuana. Chile. GOV. MAG00N HERE. Pays His Respects to President and War Department Officials. Judge Magoon, provisional governor of Cuba, who was summoned to Washingr ton by the President to give information regarding economic and industrial condi tions in the island republic, arrived here this morning at 10 o'clock direct from Tampa, Fla., to which city he made .the | trip from Havana in a revenue cutter. He was accompanied by Col. Crowder of the judge advocate general's depart ment of tne army, Capt. James A. Ryan, 15th Cavalry; Capt. Marti of Havana, and Mr. Kelly, stenographer. The party was met at the Union station by Maj. Me Intyre, acting chief of the insular bureau. Judge Charlton, law officer of that bureau, and Senor Quesada, the Cuban minister, and the attaches of the Cuban legation. Judge Magoon and his associates were escorted to the Arlington Hotel* whicii will be their headquarters during their stay in this city. Later in the day they visited the War Department, and con ferred with Acting Secretary Oliver and other officials. Gov. Magoon later paid his respects to President Roosevelt at the White House. He said he expected to be in Wash ngton not more than two weeks, when he should return to Cuba to remain Indefinitely. The governor said he knew nothing ex cept what he had seen in the newspapers regarding the rumor that he was to be come Secretary of War. His visit, he said, had to do entirely with matters re lating to the administration in Cuba. It was these matters he talked over with President Roosevelt. NEWSPAPER MEN GRIEVED. News Received of the Unexpected Death of Marshall Halstead. Members of the Senate and House press galleries were shocked and grieved when they learned today of the death in Cin cinnati yesterday of Marshall Halstead, son of Murat Halstead, the journalist. Mr. Halstead was ill only two days, his death following an operation for appendicitis. Marshall Halstead was only forty-four years old. He was born in Cincinnati, and for many years was active in newspaper work there, having been for a time man aging editor of the Commercial Gazette, of which his father was editor. Later lie was made United States consul at Birming ham, England, from which post he retired several years ago. being succeeded by his brother. Albert Halstead. For the last few years Marshall Hal stead was a member of the Capitol press galleries, and was well and favorably known here. A particularly sad feature of the case is the fact that he was mar ried in Cincinnati only a few months ago. He was an altogether lovable fellow, big, clean handsome and of splendid physique. While in Washington lie represented the Brooklyn Standard-Union and a number of Ohio papers. Minister Quesada Returns. Ser.or quesada, the Cuban minister, has resumed charge of the Cuban legation in this city after a lonjj absence abroad. He was a delegate to Tlie Hague peace con [ference. COST OF LAND FRAUD TRIALS MB. MANN OPPOSED TO EX EMPTING THE DISTRICT. Item Placing Expense on the Gov ernment Dropped From Urgent Deficiency Bill. Representative Tawney of Minnesota, chairman of the House appropriations committee, shone today in a new role? that of defender of the District. While shining lie ran a lively tilt with Repre sentative Mann of Illinois, otherwise known as "the great objector." who can find fault with anything and whose long suit is a point of order. This particular tilt in question occurred during consideration of that item of the urgent deficiency bill which appropriates $30,000 for the trial of Dimond. Hyde, Benson and Snyder, charged with con spiracy to defraud the government out of public lands on th^ Pacific coast. As pub lished some clays ago in The Star, the House appropriations committee inserted in the deficiency bill a provision requiring this entire sum of $5O.U00 to lie paid en tirely by the United States. The general law covering the subject provides that the District of Columbia shall p;iy half thj expenses of tho district court. At torney General Bonaparte's original rec ommendation on the subject left the Dis trict to bear half the burden of the land fraud trials, although District taxpayers have absolutely no personal interest in them and the trials themselves have noth ing to do with the District. The appropriations committee considered this a hardship cn the District, and ac cordingly inserted a provision wa \ing the law with respect to this particular trial, and placed the entire cost upon the United States. When this section\came m> this morn ing Mr. Mann objected. He made a Doinl of order. He declared loudly that the law was the law and he saw no reason why it should be waived in this particu lar instance. Chairman Tawney pointed out that It would be a rank injustice to the taxpayer? of the Distr'ct to stick them for $25 0JO as their share of this trial, in which they had no interest, personal or otherwise. But Mr. Mann still objected. And then Mr. Tawney, becoming frank and even brutal, declared that if Mr. Mann insisted on throwing this item out of the deficiency hill he could rest as sured that there would be no trial of the land-fraud cases in the District of Colum bia at least. Mr. Mann retorted that Mr. Tawney could not throw the responsibility cn li s shoulders, and that any time he wanted the trial to occur here all he had to do was to report a bill sticking the District taxpayers for half of tne expense. And the item went out. MR. HANSBROUGH'S BIRTHDAY. Senator Not Here to Receive Con gratulations of Friends. It is just sixty years today !?ince Henry Clay Hansbrougli was born in Randolph county, 111. Beginning as a printer when a mero boy, ho has made his mark in the world, and since 1801 has been a United States senator from the great state of North Dakota. He is well known to residents of the District of Columbia an account of his membership on the com mittee on the District of Columbia and Lhe unusual interest he has shown in matters connected exclusively with the .velfare of the National capital. Senator Hansbrough did not receive the congratulations of his colleagues at the Capitol today because he is not in this city, but out home making sure that the .egislature of North Dakota is not in iluenced to return some other statesman to the United States Senate In his place. His term of service expires March 3, 1909, and things political are warming up jut Dakota way. Henry Clay Hansbrough is a republi can. His home is in Devils Lake. Be fore he went there he worked as a news paper man in California and Wisconsin, and to this day recalls with pleasure his experience in this line. It makes him especially lenient with the many cor .esixjndenls who swarm through the JapitoJ t.ying to hold up the legisla tors for news. In fact, he is fond of writing stories for them just to keep his hand in. It was in 1881 that he became a resi dent of Dakota territory. He was twice elected mayor of his home city, and in 18S8 was a delegate to'the republican na tional convention. He was a republican national committeeman for eight years. The first republican state convention of North Dakota nominated him for the na tional House of Representatives, and he was elected, receiving a flattering ma jority of 14071 votes. January 23, 185*1, he was elected by the state legislature to the United States Senate, and was re elected in 1897 and 1903. Senator Hansbrough very recently came into prominence locally through his ad vocacy of the universal transfer propo sition for local street railways. He ob jected to the passage of the Gallinger trackage bill without such an amend ment. but later was content to let the .)lll come to a vote and be passed by the Senate as he realized the futility of trying to carry out his plan in connection with a measure providing for early street rail-' way facilities for tho Union railroad sta tion. APPEAL PROBABLE. 0 Judge Parker as Counsel in Belialf of Labor Federation. Judge Alton B. Parker of New York, senior counsel for the American Federa tion of Labor in the case of the Bucks Stove and Range Company against the Federation of Labor, enjoining it from boycotting the goods of the company, has been in conference with President Gompers of the American Federation of Labor regarding the recent proceedings in court. Judge Parker will appear in connection with the case with a view to taking an appeal. Testimony in the case was heard today in the ofiice of Ralston & Siddons, Bond building, before William H. Smith, a court examiner. MORE PAY FOR THE ARMY. Bill Providing Increase Reported to the Senate. Senator Warren reported to the Senate today the bill to increase the pay of the irmy, and filed with it a voluminous state ment showing the present army pay and the amount of appropriation that will be needed under the increase. He also filed various tables showing rates of pay in the navy and pay of foreign armies. The bill contemplates a total increase in army pay of $8,927,392. The total active list of fficers at present numbers 4,208, and their pay is $9,049,050. Increases rang ng from 5 per cent for lieutenant general to 2T. per cent for junior officers, 'as pro vided by the bill, will raise this amount to $12,011,902? an increase of $2,302,852. The 991 officers of the retired list are iraiwing $2 941.924 annual pay. The in crease proposed will amount to $594,373. The 40 per cent increase proposed for nlisted men will mean a total of $_'??.895, *>83 for both the active and retired lists !f the President sees tit to take advantage >f the provision of the bill which puts the regulation of the enlisted men's pay in his iiands, with a 40 per cent increas limit. The incxcase will amount to $5,970,166 for enlisted men. Old-Time Circus Man Dead. CHICAGO, January 30.?Burr Robbins, an old-time circus man. died her^ today.' He was born in Union. N. Y., in 1837. Judge Alton B. Parker Here. Judge Alton B. Parker is in the city to day, and is stopping at the Arlington Hotel. Judge Parker is down here on some legal business, ami his visit is said to have no connection with national demo cratic policies. AT THE WHITE HOUSE President to Send a Message to Congress Tomorrow. SOME OF TODAY'S CALLERS Newell Sanders Says Tennessee Is for Secretary Taft. NEVADA'S NEW CONSTABULARY i Will Be Ready for Service in About Three Weeks and There Will Be No Further Need for Troops. 1'rcsideiit Roosevelt is to send a mes sage to Congress tomorrow that is al ready agitating Wall street and other ele ments. In fart, the message is expect*.t ! to be a red-hot affair along lines of the last Congress. For financial reasons tin* President has refrained from getting in the game too actively in advocacy of cer ta.n policies, but he feels that the pres ent Congress ought not to adjourn with out carrying forward to a reasonable ex tent the plan of leg.station begun in recent Congresses, especially the last one There is good ground for saying that tlio message tomorrow will be followed by others, and that the President will sta> k up to Congress the question of pigeon holing legislation he br.ieves the country desires enacted. He has not been a hie to make up his m.nd that the present session should end without any forward step, and he will not be content to accept blame the country may place upon a do nothing pol.ey. The message tomorrow will deal with several matters of deep current interest, one of these being the employer's liability bill. Some of Today's Callers. The President had a large number of callers today, quickly disposing of most of them. Gov. Floyd of New Hampshire, ex-Sec retary John \V. Noble, formerly at the head of the interior liepartment; Sena tor L>olliver. Senator Daniel of Virginia and Senator Flint of California were among otner visitors. Representative oarrett of Tennessee introduced ?v. M. Forrest, jr., grandson of Gen. Forrest of the Confederate army. In tne atternoon tile President received the memoers ot the American Breeders' Association and tne delegates to the custom cutlers' con vention. The President also received the ofti cers of the American Civic Association? J. Horace Merarland of Harrisiiurg, Clin ton Rogers woodruff of Philadelphia and William B. Howland of New York. The> were accompanied by Representative iiur ion of Ohio, They discussed with the President the Niagara river power propo sition, submitting to him some strong .easons for protection of the falls against encroachments of various kinds. Tennessee and Taft. Newell Sanders, republican state chair man of Tennessee, and R. S. Sharp, col lector of internal revenue of that state, called upon the President today. They would not discuss the nature of their busi ness, but in reference to the political sit uation in Tennessee Mr. Sanders said: "There will be a solid delegation from our state for Secretary Taft. The or ganization is strongiy for him. and all die other elements appear to be in line for him. thus making it unanimous. \\'e have not decided upon a date for our state convention, but it will probably be early. We are delighted with the report that Frank H. Hitchcock is to become one of the managers of Secretary Taft. We ieel kindly to Mr. Hitchcock. Tennessee cannot be placed upon the same footing as some of the other'.KUthern states. We have a real republican party in our state? an active, fighting organization, and we do not feel that we are fairly treated when we are classed with states where patronage dominates so much of what is done.'' Case of Maj. Pickett. Representative Lamb of Richmond, in terviewed the President today to wee what he could do to prevent the retirement of Maj. George Pickett^paymaster in the army. Maj. Pickett Is a son of the fa mous Confederate general of that name. He was appointed to the army during the Spanish-American war. His hearing has grown so bad that lie is about to be re tired. Representative Lamb and other friends urge that deafness is the only ailment interfering with Maj. Pickett a performance of duty and they believe tli's is not serious enough to necessitate sev ering his relations with the army. The President gave consideration to the views expressed by Mr. Lamb, but semed to think that Maj. Pickett's disabilities will force his retirement. , A Vote on Prohibition. Representative Lamb is the author of the measure providing for a vote by ilie people of the District to settle the ques tion of prohibition, it there is to be ;my change in existing laws. "Should this question be pressed to an issue I shall undoubtedly make every effort to put through my bill for .1 vote of the people " said Capt. Lamb. "It is the only sensible and fair way to settle this question. On a matter in which everybody is so deeply interested as this the people should have a say. I do not think there would be any difficulty in Congress and the District Commissioners regulating the suffrag here." Help for a Maimed Veteran. Herbert O. Kolir. a one-armed and blind veteran oi the Spanish-American war, was introduced to the President today by Representative Ashbrook of Ohio. Kohr is from Uhrichsville, Ohio, and has come i*ere hoping that Congress will pass a spe cial measure for his relief. A hill mak ing special provision for him has been placed before the pensions committee Of the House, but as the inju ies were not sustained while in service the committee declines to favorably recommend a bill. In view of the many deserving circum stances Mr. Ashbrook interceded with the President or White House aid. The Pres ident shook hands with the blind soldier and directed Mr. Ashbrook to write a let ter setting fo th the facts. He will then make an appeal to the committee to airi the case. Kohr served six years in tln> regular army. He was in the China rcliei arn^y, in the Philippines and Cuba and has a splendid service record. After leav ing^ he army he was the victim of an ex plosion which blinded both eyes, lost the right arm and caused other inju ies. Nevada's New Constabulary. Senator Nixon of Nevada called upon the President to consult with him as to the situation in Neva'da by reason of af fairs in Goldfield. "The new constabu lary being organized by the legislature will be ready for service in about three weeks," said Senator Nixon, "and there will be no further need for United States troops. There has been considerable criticism of Gov. Sparks in the east f<>r not acting quickly, while in Nevada he has been criticised for acting too quick ly. Gov. Sparks has had a diiti nit problem on his hands, and the majority of the people of the state will he dis posed to commend him for what he lias done." Savannah Wants the President. The senators from Georgia and a dele gation from the city of Savannah have an appointment to meet the President at lu a.m. tomorrow to invite him to at tend a local celebration in Savannah in April. Invitations will also be extended to all the members of the cabinet. The delegation is headed by the presi dent of the board of trade of Savannah, and represents all the trade and com mercial organizations as well aa that city.