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onment. Xot frailty ?n the ground of insanity at the time the crime was committed; probably commitment to t w mi Asylum. [ Presumption of Innocence. Tn opening Justice Dowllng Impressed upon tha jury the responsibility which was theirs. telling them that they sliouM If^r j in rn!nd that upon their verdict depended [ the life or liberty of the prisoner. "Your verd;ct. must not h* influenced by any matter outside the record." *aid he. Vstther pass'on nor sj mpathy should uk iv you tn your dolibersttbms. A on must not speculate or guess as to matters in evidence here. hnl must decide 'he is sue solely upon vQur ?a!ni, dl?p;f*lonate itidgmen-t a* to the weight, credibility and rfteaning of tlw? testimony. Nor ari> you < oncerned with, the punishment which may follow a verdict of guilty at your , li>nd* Your sole function is to determine j ' any crime has been committed. its , trade. and lear^ "thy question of penalty in rhoj?> responsible for its imposition." " Justice ? TJowling told the jurors they ) -should bear in mind that thr prisoner is nreturned to be Innocent until the jury lias been convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty, and that the bur den of proof a='to every material element rests upon 'he prosecution throughout. It was n !tbin the poser of the jury to a^- j cSjtt or r?iert the testimony of any wit ners. in whole or in part, and also to de termine t lie neljfht or importance 10 bp Wiven to t+ic testimony of any witness. Credibility of Witnesses. After explaming at length the consid eration* which the jurors might take into j account in weighing the testimony <>f wit rcsse>, Justice Dowling referred to the fo-called llumrpel affidavit. If'- had told them that if a witness had heen convicted of rrim" they might con sider that fact in weighing his testimony aid j?trr? that if they found that any wit ness had deliberately testified falsely they wrr ?t liberty to disregard his testimony cntirel v. ? You will recollect that the affidavit "f Kvelyn Nesbit wa? not received in evi dence as affording proof of either the truth or falsity of the statements therein contained." said he. "but solely for the plirpose of seeking to establish the fact that the witness had made statements under oath contradictory of or inconsist ent with those made by her upon this trial. And if you And contradictory or in consistent statement* were actually made by h?r or by any other witness, as to matters actually involved in the main is sue herein as testified to. you may ta-ke that into consideration in arriving at a conclusion as to the credibility of such witness or witnesses. Bu. contradictory or inconsistent statements as to trivial or collateral matters are not to be con sidered by you as affecting the credibility of a witness." Degrees of Murder. The various degrees of homicide were defined and the justice devoted much time to elucidating the legal meaning of the word* "deliberation" and "premeditation." These words, he said, imply the capacity at the time of the crime to think and re fect and by tl>e use of thes- powers to r?fVain from doing a wrongful act. He said that in the consideration of delibera tion and premeditation the jury might take into account the acts of the de fendant immediately preceding the shoot ing. his acts unon the roof garden and the' incidents attending the shooting it self. "A sane man, a voluntary agent acting tipon motives, must be presumed to contemplate and intend the necessary, natural and probable consequences of his own acts." he continued. "?tf. Therefore, one voluntarily or willful ly d>?es an act which has a direct tendency to destroy another's life ths natural and necessary conclusion Is that he intended te destroy life. You are not to be preju diced by any testimony wlijjp'i reflects upon the character Of the debased. In trie eve of the law murder of the vilest rtnd most ahieqt 9f the human ra.je 1m as great-*.:c*mie as to murder Its greatest benefactor. Hereditary Taint. .-"There js no testimony to conUi^v$|L, the Ptoof that Stanford White came td his d^ath as the resiuli of pistol shot wounds inflicted by the defendant- Tlie defendant, under a plea of not guilty, has entered a specification that at the time of the occur ranoa in question lie was insane and that therefor? under the law he is not respon sible for lits acts at the time in question. Where the defense ingftuity. *and evi dence is given tending to establish that defense, the general question is presented whether the crime was committed by a . person responsible for his acts, and the burden Of establishing sanity is upon the prosecution-; and If upon the whole cas? ?<nv reasonable doubt remains in your mind as to the defendant's insanity, he is ! entitled to the benefits.of that doubt and] le be acquitted upon that ground. The only question for you to decide is whether the defendant wa* or was not in- > sane on t.he evening of June 23. 10*HI. when ilia shooting occurred. But the testimony J of family history, of prior life, illness and < onditlons and of subsequent mental and physical state is received to cast light , upon the question of defendant s mental . nndttion at the time h> question. The proof of antecedent acts is. line th- proof ; ?>f hereditary taint, offered for the purpose of casting further light upon his then con dition, t>he point at issue, by p-ovlng his earlier and recurrent or continuousjneiv tal state You will weigh the testimony of the ex perts as you do the o..ier testimony in : he ca.se. You are not bound by it unless you deem it worthy of your credence. Plea of Inaanity. "To conclude, if you are satisfied be yond a reasonable doubt upon the proof that at the time of the commission of tl^e act rharged In the indictment the de fendant knew the nature and quality of the act he was doing and that the at-t was wrong, you will find him guilty of s jch degree of crime as under the law ;<S heretofore laid down the evide.ice ins s-Atlsfl^d you of bis guilt beyond a leasonable doubt. If. on the contrary, you are satisfied upon tl?e proof that at th,e t.me of the commission of the ;?ei ? Harg<-d In the Indictment the defendant ^ as laboring nrder s??eh a defect of rea ?on a.? cither not to know the nature and quality of th" a<-t he wa? doing or not 10 know the a<'t was wrong, or li you entertain a reasonable doubi as to wlieih <r the defendant was laboring under su<-h a. defect of reason ;?s not t<? know th? tiature an?i quality of the act he was doing, of not to know the act was wrong. ^ ou w?l> acquit th?* defendant upon the ground of Insanity," At 1:1^ p.m. Just!<?- Dowling ordered a reccfa untU - p m. .lur> returned from lunch a; p.m. SBCRETABY TAFT. He Appeared Before the House Military Committee .S*'_rrtar> Of War Taft, ?i:o returned to?iay from Ohio, laier appeared before 1 llouse committee on military affairs, "here he urged a variety of legislation. nH'idhig the establishment of an army |?o?t at fiengat. P. I., for re.-ruiting pu - |tO?es: h general Increase 111 pay for the arm', pe i cant ages to be determined h> the President; the estab'ishment or ,t line and 'irtlllerx ra-ige fur tne i?epHi*t Ul'nt of the Past, the nito to be >e!ert.?d u*ai- W ashington. o> the department; the < ontinuan e of the Porto Klean regiment; 1 iiai-g-s in the organization of army scout's, for tl'e good <>f the service; and th? rc eptlon at the West Point Academy ? f ?e\en Philippine cadets. a TUBERCULOSIS CONGRESS. President to Inrite Other Govern ments to Participate. rterre*entati e Ki.r< !tf^ld * Joint resolu tion authorising the State l>epartment to ipv.te the governments or other countries to rarticjpat" in tlte sixth international ? engross tuberculosis, to be held in Washington. .September _'l to O -tober 1J. I>'S. v\iil be reported favorably by the ITiv.i>e ?o:nmittee on foreign lelations. an Hgreement to that end having been ica'hed \esterda>. This will b?* tiic tirsl internatioua1 tti ? ?erculosis '-?>n\,ention held in tiie t'nited Stales. Seven of the nine federal de partments have petitioned <'onsn-i.s tor authority to participate in it. and the governors of twenty-eight states have au thorised participation by their states. EFFECT Of MESSAGE Senator Davis Moved That 10,000 Copies Be Printed. INTEREST IN THE HOUSE Applause Greeted Many Portions of It There. CONSIDERED WARM DOCUMENT The Remark Made by One Conserv ative Republican Member as He Went to Cloak Room. The special message of 'he President tn OimrosH on the subject <?f the cni- ? ploycrs' liability act and injimctifMis In labor cases was presented to the Senate( a few minutes after 1J O'cloek today. When Mr. Ijatta, assistant secretary to j the President. entered th~ chamber titer'"! Were !>iit t handful of senators present. The Vice President at once lore open tli<-i big envelop? containing the message and handed it to the assistant secretary of th-; Senate, who immediately began iis reading. Printed copies of the m?ssacp were de livered by Mr. I,atta and were distributed to senators present. Many of them ap peared to satisfy themselves ^concerning the nature of the message bv scanning the printed documents, so that before its reading was half finished they very gen erally took up other matters, and only a few followed tlio reading carefully until its conclusion. As the reading of the message was pro-; c?eded with and wiien the striking pas sages were reached many of the senators looker! around the rfta ruber and exchanged smiles. Mr. Ti!Iman seemed especially pleased with the document. Senator I,a Kollette paid very careful attention to I he reading of the message, and frequently his countenance indicated especial inter est. Senators Cullom. Beveridge, Mc*'*utu ber, Knox, Callhtger. Nelson. Klkins. Hemenway and Burrows on tlie repub lican side, and Culberson. Teller. Davis, Bankliead and Overman among the dem ocrats. were particularly atteiitii-e to th - reading of the document. I'pon the conclusion of the reading of the message Senator Davis of Arkansas was promptly upon his feet, and moved that in.UOO-copies of the message ho printed as a public document. "It is yie best democratic doctrine that I have heard emanating from a republi can source." said Mr. Davis. The motion was agreed to, and without further comment the message was re ferred to the committee on interstate commerce. In the House. The reading of the message invthe Hons? 1 of Representatives was listened to with intense interest by the members, of wihom th?re was an unusually large number hi attendance. The message arrived shortly! after the House convened and Speaker Cannon lost no time in having it read. As the reading of the message pro gressed in the Hous? numerous members were heard audibly to exclaim "most un usual." "this is red hot." etc. The President's vigorous denunciation of wrongdoers was greeted with loud ap plause. as v.as his defense of federal, judges who punitil} offenders for violations of the law. The frequency *?f the applause increased as the reading proeseded. The hum of conversation over the message subsided and the members followed every word. But the c'imax came when the reading was concluded. Without regard to party the members loudly applauded, cheered, thumped their desks and gave other evidences of their approval of the docu ment. After a momentary silence the applause broke out again, several mem bers. including many democrats, rising from their seats and clapping their hands. The message then. 011 motion of Mr. Payne, New York, was referred to the committee 011 the state of the I'nion. Mr. Ollie James, Kentucky, produced laughter and democratic applause, when he tauntingly inquired of Mr. Payne: "How many additional thousand copies do you desire for circulation?" Mr. Payne replied laughingly, "Oh. the usual number." Applause From Democrats. Wild applause from the democrats grated the reading of the President's 1 message in the House this morning. There v.i-s some noise on the republican side, too. but it seemed rather forced. General opinions around the House end of the Capitol seemed 10 be,that this is the warmest document that has come from the White House up to date. One conservative republican member, who is worth more money than the ordi nary human mind can comprehend, lis tened to the reading of the message in silence, w.tile various emotions played hide and seek across his expressive coun tenance. After the democratic applause, which followed (he conclusion of the read- j ins of the document by the clerk had died away, this member rose to his feet, bit a -.".-cent cigar In half and waddled toward tlw?i republican cloak room, mur muring as he went: "On. I.ord. Isn't this fierce? Soup houses for four long years." THE GOVERNMBENT PRINTING. Representative Perkins* Statement to the House Today. Representative Perkins of New York, a munber of the joint committee on print ing. today gave out a staienienf with reference to the charges of irregularities In the government printing office. The allegation referred to the close connection between the Audit System, a New York eon< cm which was employed some months ago to install a new accounting system in the government printing office, and tii" Suffolk Distributing Company of New York, a bis: bidder for the privilege of furnishing printing office supplies. Mr. Perkins said: "We had a meeting yesterday of the joint committee on printing and made ? some ln<iuir!?-s as to th? under <vl?ieli the audit company is working. We ?ihali undoubtedly consider the mattei i further. "There are no charges of graft against itn> one. but the committee may desire to consider the wisdom of th<* contract. "The expenditure under the contract, we understand, was authorised by the aj> l?to| nations commitle-'-. but has newr been iwtorc our committee, and we feel that having been informed of some of its Terms we should invest ij?? t .? and coniudei whethei we should recognize it.-' contin uance. "Oor opinion may not ho allowed by the ' appropriation committee, but we desire to i i..- in a position to give intelligent ex pression of it." ' Charlie l?andis of Indiana, the printing , >*rert of the House, wns not in his usual I ..aunts this morning ami therefore 110 <? x j uression on tiie matter fto:n him could ' i>e obtained Mr. IVrUu s seemed rather irritate.! that j any publicity had beci jtiven tin- matter at this time and was somewhat mysterious as to the fut'.-'re attitude of the commit t* e. lie indicated, how>y#'t\ that there .voold be an executive Session tomorrow al which the matter would be gone > 11;?* at greater length. To Investigate the G. P. O. Representative Ciry of Wisconsin today j introduced :i resolution providing for a | rigid investigation jf I'm* government printing office by a committee of live i members of the I louse to I.- appointed by j Speaker Cannon. The rcsotut ion'provides ? t'or a number of matters for sjv- die in j \estigatjon. including a r-'pori 01 tin in stallation and the efficiency of the audit 'System new in use at ? > Ct-v nim-nt ! printing office, the making ..f e. ltraeis. ' the enforcement id' tie- eight-hour law and I trie observance of the law with relation I 40 appointments and di^miss^ls. POLICE EXPECT TO CAPTURE REIDS MURDERERS. Friends of the Deceased Defend His Reputation?Some Alleged In correct Statements. Detectives who are rngiiK -d in the in vestigation of the .murder of Henry \V. Reid. Ljje saloonkeeper. said this aft?*r I noon that there had hern n<> ilcvoloi' nien^s in the cas\ They were still iiope ful. however, and (,xi*,ctD<l they would finally ljo able to solve the mystery. de tective Cornwcll returned from Xokes vdle. \ a., where he went to investigate a report that was received from there two days ago. It was reported that a man living near Nokesville had -aid he had heen in trouble here reeently, and the person who furnished the police the information thought ho may miivp re ferred to the Reid mjiriler. Tin* trouble I'referred to l?v the Virginian. h ?wever, was thafNJie was ai rested here for being intoxicated. Several additional arrests have been made by the police. The men in custody ar? held on suspicion and nothing tangible has been foiind by the detective.**. In spector Korirdman received an anonymous letter yesterday in which the writer, mis-! posedly a eobtred woman, told him the detectives need not loolJ for a colored man in connection with the case, adding ! 11lit* a white man had committed tli crime. Charles Phillips, the co'ored porter in Reid s saloon, is still in custody. Inspector Board man consulted representatives of I nited States Attorney Raker this after noon and arranged to have Phillips rom , miticd as a witness to appear at the in | quest. Defense of Henry 'Reid. I" riends ot the decease! claim that the story printed in local papers January and -M. respectively, alleging to give cause for the murder is incorrect. Keid. they say. wiis a man of good family and moved in good society. It is true lie managed a saloon frequented by negroes they declare, but this was not Ids choice! Me was president ??r the Plaza Hotel ' ompany and February I the company was to taice steps to erect an' $ SO. 000 hotel where Rcid's saloon stands. In#' reason the saloon was run at all. it is declared, was to preserve tlic license I hat Reid had women in his barroom ! is untrue, it is alleged, and this, it Is de clared. is borne out by the report of the police and the excise board. Had he al-| lowed women to come into the saloon th? excise hoard would have revoked his ii cense. which was one of the chief ass-">tf of the company. Th-> same fact, it is) claimed, shows the falsity of the story j that he frequently engaged in brawls in his place, it is also declared that Reid was a perfect gentleman and that his as- ' sociates were among the best business j men of the city. EDWARD CROMWELL DEAD. Long Life Largely Devoted to Phil anthropic and Patriotic Work. DENVER. Col.. January til.?Edward Cromwell, aged eighty-seven years, died 1 last night at the home of his daughter. Mrs. Gertrude C. Sampson, in this city. Mr. Cromwell's long lifo was largely devoted to philanthropic and patriotic work. He was born in Xew York city, and was a number of one of the oldest American families and was the oldest direct descendant of Oliver Cromwell. Air. ( romwell was for a long time a conspicuous figure in the business world operating the largest flour mill in the I uited Stales. He was a charter naem her of the Xew York Produce Exchange and served as its secretary and treisurer for ten years. He was an active' member | of the famous Xew Vork volunteer lire I department. | As a member of the I'nited States In ; dian commission he was instrumental in saving Indian Territory and Oklahoma to I the I nion. having peregrin Ily drawn up ! the petition which was presented to Con gress against the passage of a bill ratify ing the contract deeding away the land, j During the draft riots of istv: in New York city Mr. Cromwell or ganized troops, enrolling many names among the members of the produce ex change. These men 'drilled dailv and j fought to protect the colored men "in tiie streets of New York city. Mr. Cromwell helped to organize and send the first regi ment from Xew York. In INKS Mr. Cromwell left Xew York ( and went to Iowa to make iiis home. He returned to Xew York for a few years and came to Colorado in the fall of I'.HMi. Mr. Cromwell's Illness was long, ami painful, hut lie was- free from the infirmi ties which usually accompany old age. -j MANILA. AND NOT SUBIG BAY. Will Be the Ultimate Naval Base of the United States in Far East. Manila, and not Subig bay. will be the | ultimate naval base of the I'nited States in the far east, according to the decision reached by the joint board today. Of course that decision must be ratified by the President to become effective. It has been demonstrated to the satisfaction of the board that with all of iis advantag s ill the way of a fine anchorage and spa cious harbor. Subig bay is strategically impossible of defense from a land attack So. while Subig bay and Manila will continue for the present to be fortified bases, Manila in the end will be the prin cipal naval station in the Philippines if Jhe plans of the general board are ap proved. SALE OF APARTMENT HOUSE. Report of a Realty Transaction by Stone & Fairfax. Stone & Fairfax, real estate corporation, sold for Charles (). Rice the apartment house Kill L'Hii street, which the pur chaser will retain as an investment. The building v\as erected about two years ago The Capitol Police. I lie provision in the urgency deficiency bill lor thirty-four policemen to watch the House office building having been eliminated yesterday on a point of order. Representative Tawney of Minnesota, chairman of the House conimittc ? on ap propriations. today introduced u resolu tion providing for the employment of one captain of police, three lieutenants and thirty privates and the payment of their salaries out of the contingent fund of the I louse. Plan Increase of Wharf Rents. t pon the suggestion of the District wharf committee. Maj. Morrow. (Engi neer Commissiyjie:- of the district, has recommended that the rentals for wharf property owned by the "District along the river front can be increased. Applicitions are now being made for renewal <>! certain leases along tin- rivet arid the wharf committee, which Is com posed of Daniel E. <larges. tdiief clerk of lite engineer department: \v. Doug las. enuincci of bridges. and J. fj. Sut ton. commanding the harbor police pre cinct. asked Commissioner Morrow for din ci Ions befoie entering into new agree ment s. Track Along River Front. The Senate committee on the district of i"-dumbta ?!??< Med this morning to re port a substitute f.?r a bill introduced t> Senator t^aUinger to authorize and re ?|tiir< the Philadelphia. Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company to main tain and operate a track connection with the I'nited States navy yard in this city. Tiie substitute authoiixes the railroad to construct a track along the riverfront, I art'.' 1 i ground owiiod by i lie gWvern iiicni ind partly on pr'vat ? ground to !??? uiid- tuned, the expend to he paid by the railroad. 11 allows the railroad company to maintain its present track to the yards for a period of two years, with the ap proval of the trict Commissioners. "HOLD-UP" MAN REPULSED | MRS. A. ?. FITCH HAS AN EARLY MORNING EXPERIENCE. Produces Revolver When Struck by Colored Thug and Threatens to Use It. A "hold-up" man was out this morning. | hut lurk wo* against him. Mrs. A. E. Fitch was his intended victim. She re | .sides at .">1" ?>th street and ^pnducts a newsstand and cigar store at 5u<? F street. ; She started for her business establish ment this morning about o'clock and 1 when she reached the corner of fith and ! F streets was assaulted by. a colored , man. Mrs. Fitch, anticipating trouble. hail a revolver with her. Aft^r being : struck she pointed the weapon at her assailant. ie]|fng him she would blow his heart out if he did not leave. lie | promptly moved away. Mrs. Fitch believes the attack was the result of a plot formed by several col ored men prior to yesterday. About two weeks a go an attempt was made to break into the store, two locks being picked. Bntranee was not effected, however, the burglars V'eing frightened off. Mrs. Fitch stated today that last evening a tall colored m.m called at the store, his man ner and the nature of his conversation causing her to suspect something was wrong. Visit From Colored Man. "I was seated in the rear of the store about x o'clock," Mrs. Fitch explained, "when a colored man entered and walked part of the way through the store. He told me he had something very confiden tial to tell me and started toward thp front of th<? store, evidently thinking I would follow him. He turned and saw that I had visitors. "The colored man s-ud' he hail a. busl n?:-* proposition to submit to me. It was for me to get the privilege of <vinducting >< cigar and news stand in the new S-m oftlee building. No colored person. h> told me, could get the privilege, tut he <-ould get it for a. white person." The caller, Mrs. Ffrtch added, asked her what time she opened the store In the morning and how late she kript it open. She answered in a manner to mislead him as to the opening hour. The caller made inquiries as to her financial affairs, lie did not remain long. After reaching home, Mrs. Fitch said, she recalled the effort to rob her store, and in connection with the visit of the colored man reached-the conclusion that she was the intended victim of robbers. When ready to start for the store this morning she secreted her money. Decides to Carry Revolver. I "I thought it might well for me to arm myself." Mrs. Fitch explained to a Star reporter. "It was the first time I had carried a revolver to the store." Mrs. Fitch added that she was near the j corner of fith and F streets when she met the colored man. She did not sus pect he was going to trouble her. how ever. but he suddenly turned and dealt her a blow on her left shoulder with force sufficient to almost knock her oft | her feet.* i "As I wheeled around." Mrs. Fitch ! Ha'd. "I pointed the pistol at him and 1 told him I would blow his heart out if he did not leave me. He moved off a few fe?t and looked at me, and then turned 'and went away." Mrs. Fitch said she was not frightened until she reached her store. She then' i became nervous and began to realize what a narrow escape she had. The polioe were notified, and Detective Warren was sen: to the store. He was given an ex j cellent description of the colored man. i which was telephoned to the several police stations, with instructions that the po lice make every effort to capture tha i individual. * CHURCH REVIVAL. Services at Hamlline Continues to Attract Crowds. As the revival services at the Hamline Methodist Church, Oth and P streets northwest, draw to a close the interest seems to have become intense, and the i cold weather has made no difference In i the attendance. The meetings are ap | proaching the close of the third week. 1 Long before the time for the service to I commence last night the people were flocking to the church and hundreds were present at the time the revivalist com menced the service. Mr. Harrison preached about sudden conversions. taking his text from Matthew sviiiril. As soon as he closed his sermon seekers hastened from the audi ence to the altar, and a number of con versions were announced. Preparations are abort completed for the forensic sermons and a great jubilee n^xt week. Mr. Harrison will preach on " The Baptism of Fire" and on "The Un pardonable Sin." and the jubilee will be led by a chorus of seventy-five voices and ten soloists. The evangelist will preach this evening at 7:30. Sharp 'Mump in Wheat. CHICAGO. January 31.?Exceedingly heavy shipments from Argentina caused a sharp slump in wheat today. The amount was over 9.000.000 bushels, which was 000,000 bushels more than had been expected. The market opened weak, with a flood of seller orders, which continued throughout the day. May wheat, which opened at an extreme decline of lV#e, from the closing price of yesterday. sold off until it touched V'U. which was a decline of under the high prices for the day. At times the selling was heavy enough l" bring about a condition on the market approaching demoralization. Prices steadied somewhfct before the close, which was. however, quite weak. United States Supreme Court. Present: The Chief Justice, Mr. Justice Harlan. Mr Justice Brewer, Mr. Justice White, Mr. Justice Pcckham. Mr. Justice M< Kenna, Mr. Justice Holmes, Mr. Justice l?ay and Mr. Justice Moody. Robert M. Hitch of Savannah, Ga., was admitted to practice. No. i:|g. Mary B. Dun ?t nl.. ex^utors and trustees, etc.. appellants, agt. the Lumberman's Credit Association ?-t al.; argument commenced by Air. John O'Con nor for the appellants. I Pro ceding1 after The Star went 'to pre*s j est erf la y: No. i::0. Herring-ITall-Man in Safe ?'ompany, petitioner, agi. Hall's Safe Company et al. Argument concluded bv Mr. I.awrejice Maxwell, jr., for the peti tioner, | No. 1,*.7. Kly Bcrnays. appellant, agt. I the I'nitcd States. Argued by Mr. Sig j mund Zeisler for th?? appellant and sub mitted by Mr. Assistant Attorney Gen j eral Thompson and Mr. A. C. Campbell j fur t he appellee. i Adjourned until today at 1U o'clock. The dav call for Friday. January HI. is las follows: Nos. i:?, 101, 110, J13, 141, 150, ' l.M. I52, 154 and 155. Killed by p. Negro Tramp. ltlCI?M<?NT?. Va.. January r.l. -H. A. I Met tee. telegraph operator for the At , lantic ?'oast Line at Colliers Station. n?ar p. t?rsburg. was shot and instantly killed j today by a negro tramp whom he had ordered not to build a tire on the railroad ) track. The negro escaped, hut detectives and railroad men sent to the sc?nt; on a j special locomotive arc in pursuit. Return of Secretary Taft. Secretary Taft arrived here this morn ing from < 'levelaud. where he made an address before the Tippecanoe Club, and 'went direct to tly* Capitol to appear be : fore Wie Home committee on military af I fairs. Cornell Fraternity House Burns. ITHACA, N. V., January 31.?The Alpha Tan Omega fraternity hous* of Cornell I'nivcrsity. tilled with junior week guests, is burning. Th* entire ioof is on fire and the han-.lsosne building will burn to the ground, making a total loss. All of the guests and occupants of the liousc have I escaped. AT THE WHITE HOUSE % Cabinet Meeting Devoid of In terest Today. MR. CORTELYOU TO REMAIN His Friends Expect a Deadlock at Chicago. CHIPPEWAS HAIL "BIG BILL'" Chief Mesha-Xe-Ge-Shig Declared for "Heap Biff Bill Taft"?Others Favor Gov. Johnson. The cabinet session today was devoid of important work, and the members did not remain 1?*- Secretary Taft, who has been in Ohio, arrived after all the others had gone and was in confeieni.. ?with tlie President a. Ionic time. There has been a revival of rumors about, the prob able retirements of Secretaries Cortelyou and Root, but Ihese have been confined largely to Wall street. It is now pretty well understood thai .Secretary Cortelyou intends to stay with the Preaident. who will be pleased. Mr. Cortelyou's health has rapidlv improved and there is noth ing In or around the White House 1o in dicate that the relations of the two men were ever disturbed in any way. There is no probability that the alleged incidents of some weeks aeo will ever again lia\e k bearing upon White House history. As to his presidential ambitions, Mr. C or telvou has released his friends from pledges to him and stands without acti\e backing from good leaders. friends, however, feel that there will Jbe a deadlock in the Chicago convention nhic will quickly bring Mr. Cortelyou forward as a dark horse, and possibly land him tho nomination. Should this doalock turn out to b* correct. Mr. Cortelyou ha\e a nucleus in the convention such as 110 other man and would be a tremendous factor in the outcome. Chippewas Hail Big Bill. A band of Chippewa Indians lrom the While Karth reservatioh in Minnesota paid their respects to the President to day. They were presented by Repre Fensative Bede and Chauncy K. Richard son. their Washington attorney. They are here to take up w;ith the Interior Department numerous matters connected with their tribal relations, and also to ask Congress to enact legislation for their benefit. The delegation included Mesha ke-ge-shig. a chief; Tay-oumig-e-sig. an other chief; Zhaday, also a chief; Omuck ah-geence. Edward Tanner. John < arl. Ge.orgfe Walters. Rev. Charles Wright. Wa-way-vea-cumig. Thomas Swan and William I.ufkin*. A -number of these men are Well educated. They are good politicians, too. as is evidenced by the fact that Minnesota politicians always show them attention. Meshft-ke-ge-shlg was asked about the political preferences of his tribe for the republican presidential nomination, and quickly declared; '"Heap Big Bill laft. red man like him; want big White Fath er; 110 little White Father; vote heap much for him." ' I Other and more intelligent members o. the tribe said ihat the Chippewa* were not greatly agitated over politics; that while a majority of them were republi cans a goodly num'oer were democrats and thought a great deal of Gov. Johnson. An Invitation From Savannah. Senators Bacon* and Clay and Repre sentative Kd wards of Georgia accom panied a delegation o' Savannah business men to the White House, where an in vitation was extended the President' to attend the twenty-fifth anniversa-y of the board of trade of that city. Tlie dele | gation told the President he could da per.d upon the time of his life if lie could i see his was- clear t? go down south. He told them thai, he had manv friends and i some relatives in Savannah, and would like 10 go there, but he would not b* able to do so. The delegation consisted of William B. Stilwell. M. J. Kavanaugh. J W Motte. Henry Blun. jr.. R. M. Hitcli. John M. Hogan, J. F rris Csnn. F D Bloodworth. Wright Hunter. T. S Wylly. jr.. T. II. Gignilliat. Invitations were also extended to se\e al cabinet officers, and '<? is probable that one of the President's advisers may go to Sa vannah. , . .. The President got an invitation to go bear hunting up in Vermont, but had to decline thai also. He is gunning 101 bigger game than bears now. Repre sentative Foster introduced M. J. Hap good of Perry, Vt.. and Mr. Hapgood as sured the President that he had seen four bears near his home a few days ago. II* said they are quite plentiful in that re gion of Vermont. . Senators Borah and Clapp introduced friends to the President. Senator Brown and Representatives Ivlnkaid and Hm shaw called on the President with friend* f:om Nebraska. Representatives Denby and T.assiter also called with .rlends Peter Cooper Hewitt and Miller Hutchin son of New York made a wall. Hustling on the Canal. Col. Goethals. chairman of the Panama canal commission, was with the Presi dent a short time. Col. Goethals came to Washington to appear before congres sional committees desiring Information aw to conditions in Panama. He said today tha' work is nrogressing iinely and that during January the excavations will amount to --\4<0.tM? cublo yards. Col. Goethals wants to return to Panama heb ruarv 15. One of his sons Graduates at West Point that day. He wishes to b i present and leave the same afternoon for I his work. Alaska Murderer Eeprieved. After consulting Attorney Genera! Konaparte at the cabinet meeting today the President directed that a reprieve for Vtiko Perovleh be telegraphed to Fair banks. Alaska, in time to prevent the ex ecution of the niun there tomorrow, the date set for his legal extermination. Perovieh. a Bulgarian, murdered a fel low-countryman ard robbed him of his i money. He was only twenty years old ! when lie committed 'lie crime, and be cause of his axe efforts were made to *?. I .-.ire a commutation-of his sentence. The i President, after studying the case, re 1 fused to interfere. After that decision attorneys for the murderer began ha beas corous proceedings and then insti tuted an*appeal. They telegraphed here, urging a reprieve to the flrst Friday in March until they have had a chance to take, an a~'>eal. It was upon this repre sentation that the reprieve was granted. The Ktomey General is convinced that th? man is a cold-blooded murderer and ?iocs not deserve clemency. Steel Men to Maintain Prices. Sp?vi?l rMfumtch to The Star. Ni;w YORK. January .11.- While ,t v\a, announced at the offices of the l'nite?. Sta'e* Steel Corporation that no state ment would be given out until late tiij afternoon, it is sniyi that the general art supcomniittes of Hie principal steel cerns throughout the country appointed to reach plans of co-operation in the steel trade, who have been holding u series ?>. conferences in this city, have agreed to | mainta'n prices. The .sentjnient of tli< I meeting held yesterday afternoon and a' i the dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria last ! night was that lower prices at this tim would h?n?Mit neither the consumer nor ' the producer. ? ? . _____ Th?. fire at the warehouse of Henry Co burn A- Co. of Indianapolis, Ind., van, Wednesday oansad a total loss which is i placed at Sl.00n.OCO, with insurance of ; Over one hundred firm* with ?goods stored in the warehou.se lo.- ?rs. ? Marlon'county had stored ? wor-.h of voting machines, on which therr was no insurance. Six 11 re nun were aliglitl> hurt. * Lots of Siting weatke* ? yet, Lots of winter duds to get. Our Winter .Suits aod Overcoats Are going at a price that ought to tickle your sense of economy. Heavy garments will he your friends quite a time yet, and at Twelve-and-a-half, the price we have put on them, it would be economy to buy them for next fall. Your Un restrict^ ed Choice of AnyS 1 Suit or Overcoat in the House. As usual, we will charge your pur chase, and you can pay us a little at a time in amounts that you will hardly miss. a^?thkx. JUST PAY US a DOLLAR and then. PETTIT & CO., Seventh and Eye Streets N.W. OPPOSED TO CHANGE j KNIGHTS OF LABOB OBJECT TO SCHOOL LEGISLATION. Resolutions exposing opposition to the reorganisation of the District school sys tem in accordance with the Dolllrer and , Burleson bills were adopted yesterday .U a meting of District Assembly No. fl6. Knights of Labor. The ^olut.ons set. forth that as it is proposed to aboli. h the school board through the instnimen- ; talitJ' of the Dolliver-Burleson bills the Soots are-now enjoying peace -and ,?? ana are acW.vta* the J schools are established, and as the Dolli ver-Burleson bills violate the Prindplc Of horn- rule in school affairs by proposing ITStSL a non-el?ctlve. noa-r,. - no change should be which JJ. of the people of j thr^resoxltions further recite nhe^ we , petition the CongT* _overn the primary registration law four years for elections now heia ? convention of delegates to the n j placing pen the existing P?Ul?, imorisonrnent for 11 tofZl qualfetlon iX --j state primary election lam . Colored People Protest. Plans are being made for the holding of a maes meeting of colored parents of the District to protest against theDolliv r till providing for the reorgan.nation of the ocal school system. The meeting will be held next week in a lat ere hal . * .vLirtr- of representative color. <3 Ihe decision to hold fhe maes meeting re aiin<>/i Those present at the meeting Se comnAttee declared against the pro 9<WdCelvCff'liaae said the bill is inimical ! vwe going from bad to worse. I he lax ,u' V .ui. ntiv he said, demand iep mycrs of this c">. ne MS V5JKSI ^V" it ^T!h.T ?;rArff p?erhb'ra ,o be ^epteJ *>? ( appeal to the *>.<** colored people n this citv to petition ?,on(frf? for the DHKsage oi a school bill that will give to flie' colored people representation.In the ( amount8of ^general andTers'nal tn^s paid | Kafirs4* s?V* Calvin C hase. Thomas T.. "? ' s Hewlett. S. S. Corrotlierp *nd Rev..James Welch was named to arrange for niasV meeting for the express purpos* ?f inside,inV the school bills the meeting to bo held not later tnan lcbruarj ... lo?_. ? 1 News Briefs. \fter returning a verdi. t of justifiable t honie'de at S:. l.ouis. the jurors in tu* ? (in-t ov"r the Lody of <?us King, ? Qfirtrrl a subscription to du.. ; -.*t uveal lor his slayer. Joseph T. Vo!k-i nrin. who had found the negro robbing ' ' , Wfbst'-r t.rove, a suburb. Hi? V'oikman had done the comtnunit. service. .... - Vorwexian steamer Molina, arriving ia?;,? <*t? tan.'-rt U???I ' VWilson, the only survivor of a s. hooner ! that went down in a Caribbean storm a uonth ago. Me was picked uP ^glng I to a raft at sea by a tramp st-anvr and transferred to the Molina at Pmgreao. rfcven of his companions on the wracked, schooner were lost. I In a spejeh at Portland. Ore on "Ursft | -,*? ?;ood Citizenship." Francis J Heney attacked rnited Stntes .Senator Char! \S". Fulton. The speaker pr's-r.t-d his 1 ?yidence much as he does in trying a j readinc: what h-' declared Mr, i ,ie.-e.l statements. r"bH" do tm nts and ???, rn affidavits in substantiation of hi?. aocuaatfons that Mr. Fulton had misused his high office. Vive boys, ranging in years from n ne , to thirteen, on their way to school in th?> | rorthern part of VViikesbarr*. Pa., broke j through lee on a pond and fell into twelve ; feet of water. Three were drowned, and the others were icscued after a hard j jjtfrttggle. m ww ww w1 THE ? ISATURDAYi STAR. I * MR. PRATT, A NOVEL, By Joseph C Lincoln, Author of "Cap'n Eri," "Partners | of the Tide." j; Here is fun served to you v ? daily in the serial story of a the adventures of Mr. ? Pratt, a story of the absurd but simple doings of two ^ modern gentlemen 011 Y Ozone Island, assisted by ?> Mr. Pratt. A strange story, X hilt mnrr 1nimr*rr>itc than V but more humorous than strange. ? ? v -0 :| Other Features: 1 PARADISE REGAINED. ? The happy fate of French | criminals. Illustrated. 5* o_ ? A HALO OF GOOD ? FEELING. i Hints to mothers. o ? : V f THE SMITH OF CON- ? GRESS. X Illustrated. x t o v FABLES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS. S Illustrated. o * Z SOCIAL INNINGS AND ? ? FINANCIAL OUTINGS. $ In Manhattan. X o i FROM FAMOUS ATE LIERS. ? ? ? Spring; and Summer X | Modes. I i ? o ? I IN FAR NAIROBA. ? * Progress in Africa. Ilhis. ? ? * $ CHURCH NOTES. t <? REAL ESTATE. $ % BOOKS AND ART. ? $-1 $ ? | Read the Saturday Star. | OCEAN LINER MOVEMENTS. NEW YORK, January St.?Arrived: Steamrr Celtic, from Liverpool. SIASCONSET. Mass.. January 31 Steamt?r Pennsylvania, from Hamburar for New York, was In rommnni^atlon by wir? l?ss telegraph with the station at ?outh Wel!fle.?t when l-'> miles east of th?* Nan tucket south - KhoalB lightship at 1 a_m Will <lo< k about *.? a.m. Saturday. LIVERPOOL January St.?Ar ived: Steamer Mauritania. from New York SABLK ISLANP. January .11.?'Th? steamer Phiia4elpl\ H. imm Routharrplm for New York, was tncommunlcatlon with the Marconi station to.jav, when 71* mile* i>ast of Sandy Hook at ? a.m. Probably - ock about 'J a.rr.. Sunday. PITTSBVRG. Pa.. Januuary St. - An ofP cer left here today for Cleveland. Oh'o to brinsr hack (ieorjo Elliott who was ar rested th?r* last night. Elliott <a charge! with the laneny of throe diamond rings valued ai ?!,OUO.