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Confer for Over an Hour on;
Revision of Tariff.
Result of Exchange of Views to Be
Known Tomorrow.
Understanding' That His Part in ;
Preparation of New Schedules
Will Be Confined to Suggestions.
William H. Taft and Speaker Cannon
i a.J a conference of an hour and a half
at the lloardnian residence, where Mr.
Taft is a guest, today.
At its conclusion each participant an- j
uon need tliat an arrangement had been
tunde whereby ,\|r, Taft was to meet the j<
republican members of the House eommittee
on ways and means tomorrow j
afternoon, after which a statement would ;
1< issued. I'ntil this statement is made |
Mr. Taft said he and Air. Cannon had I
agreed not to discuss what had taken |
place between them.
The apparent satisfaction with which
Mr. Taft explained the situation was j :
taken as evidence that matters were
very much to his liking. It is known.
? : course, that the subject under dis- ,
? 1 ..".sliln ltt t a Pr n Mfkccrc To ft r.nd
*>*vuk-4 r. j r i i anu <lil:."ii
was the forthcoming revision of the ' !
t:iriff, regarding which Mr. Taft lias de- I
ared himself most positively in favor
of a thorough rev sion. t
Talked on Broad Lines. ,
It is understood that very little was 1
said between the President-elect and the ,
Speaker concerning the details of the '
proposed tariff legislation, but that the
conversation dealt entirely with the broad
principles involved in that legislation.
They proceeded upon the express under- j
standing that they had come together as j
the representatives of two co-ordinate t
branches of the government, and what- ,
ever of difference to detail the future may j
develop, if my. today's discussion was on
the friendliest possible basis.
The understanding, so far as there was
nny. was that the President's part in the
preparation of a new tariff would be confined
to such suggestions as he might desire
to make, and was assured that
while these would b< listened to by the
"House with every possible consideration,
he was not led to believe that the House
wnnW iihanilnn 1tn mrnrncr-jtir? fh,* nron_
aration of the new law. Nor was there 1
any Indication on Mr. Taft's part that he ^
would expect or desire it to do so. .
Both for Revision.
(toth agreed that the tariff should be re- ,
ised and that tlve revision should be 1
along the lines indicated by the tariff
! ink of the republican platform. Neither '
: nik-ated a desire to depart from protect- j
.principles in the work to be done. j
When urged for a statement concerning t
interview Speaker Cannon replied f
.at owing to the fact that he had met !
.M T :ft at the latter's request he could
m>' nothing. ?
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Kills Her Two-Year-Old Son and Att
tempts Suicide. ;
^T. JoSKPII, Mo., December it.?Mrs. <
Minn;.' M.-ret, aged twenty-five years, i
? ! ? ' a Dearborn ?Mo.) engineer. shot f
.. d killed her two-year-old >'>n in a room j '
,i a bote" here yesterday and fired three i '
li'dlt t- into her own head. She is under j
.oli.-e guard at a hospital. She may re- >
I over. I 1
When Mrs. Maget came to the hotel sh?-, <
appeared gr? atly distressed. She separat- '
d front her husband several week-- ago1,
?nd had begun divorce proceeding.-. M >n- i
<ia\ the court at Platte t"it\. Mo., allowed
e- temporary alimony and the custody of
her two children, one a baby of nine j,
months. The infant was left with its t
grandmother when she came to St. Jo- | i
ph. Sho left a note saying she would j
ulc the boy she shot "with her." j
She Is supposed to have been'made lent- | i
norarily insane by her domestic troubles, j 1
St. Louis Police Trying to Trace Ownership
of Revolver. ,
ST. DtrL'lS. I>rci n.bcr y. The coroner's ! i
ir quest over the body of fiamis D. | '
Hirachbcrg. who was killed mysterfou-ly *
n norne ycBiL-rna> wns- r? snmM to-j
!a>. The principal < video ;? > .-onie be- 1
the jury was th-~ r- .< t of the physi- *
.ins ?r.i performed (he autopsy on the M
?I> Tli?- do tors p-tm ' their opinion :
i.i; Mi l!irs<- berg wn- mur h r . d or killed
accidentally. the al-scit.? o!" powder j ,
marks being tak?-:i as pre. luding the j s
i>n ol suicide i |
i'h !?>;!< ar? sti!. t? *- : k ' o traei the,]
>nn-rstrip of t*j - r( vti!v< r found i:i tin- i
; -,e Hir.se'- ''Hern r'-i lene. yester- ! ;
. . . a;ter tin- shooting. The weapon was
I.! Sev.'al mem'tieis of tlie- lllrs-hberg I '
i-. ' old a.\i : t hat t!i > had i ver s?-en i 1
for< . A fi-ari'li of pawnshops and
r-cords has been undertaken in an
. t"...: t.? learn tin- h story o; the pistol i
Russian Hangman's Rope Breaks
and Executioner U$es Foot.
- . ial Jrispatcb t.. Tue Star.
ST I'KTKUSBrw;. December P.- i 1
w.-pa]? i> here pi.Irish gruesome at- ]
? nts of the execution of see nteen per.
s jrMterday. Thirty-?even death aeo- >
>no s have been announced, ther by
making a new record.
Piie KkiUcrlnosluv correspondent of the ]
tuss gives a horrible description ol' on.
f the executions. <
While the victim was dangling in mid- i
a.r the rope h.oke, letting th. man fa'.! to
ie ground. The hangman, however, ,-iTn.e.i
the awful shrek." I.v pressing in.- I
f... upon the r- U ol ! me and k> ph
v .: tie re i.n'i! lit was e\ti"tt .
Member Disposed to Make
Startling Revelations.
Claim-> Political Opposition Was Inspired
by Washington.
Congressmen Resent His Stiictures
on Them for Condemning the
"Black Cabinet."
Thui the secret service branch of
the Treasury Department inspire.I the
hitter campaign against him in his district,
aided his opponents and had a
government detective stationed in his
district for a month is the astonishing
statement made by a prominent
member of the House of Representatives
to a Star reporter today.
This is one of the many and perhaps
sensational developments which are expected
as u result of the President's
fearful roast, in his message of yesterday.
of the provision in the sundry civil
bill of last year intended to circumscribe
the activities of the secret service.
or. as it is better known among
members of Congress, the "black cabinet"
of the I'nited States government.
The member of Congress referred tf
above as having made the statement hi
question was one of those who voted tor
t.he provision in question, and who. as iwel!
known, has long been opposed to
any extension of the duties of secret
service men outside the sphere provided
for by law?the detection an.l capture ot
inunterfeiters and the protection of the
President. This member spoke for the
adoption of the provision in question when
the matter was up last session.
During the campaign last fall this secret
service matter, much to his surprise,
was made an issue in his district, and arguments
based on an essumption s.inilar
:o that in the President's message of yeserdayTgthat
members of Congress wanted
lie provision adopted, as they themselves
were afraid of being investigated i>>
government detectives?were advanced
against his re-election to the House,
where he has served, in the opinion of his
colleagues and the public, faithfully ami
Revealed to Stenographer.
But more than this. He discovered,
through one of his stenographers, a young
ady, that a secret service operative had
seen in his district for a month during the
lottest part of the campaign The stenographer
became acquainted with the secret
tervice man. who, not knowing she was
n the employ of the representative in
luestioii. confided to her sufficient of his
riews concerning the candidate and his
)wn purpose in the district during ramjaign
time to convince the congressman
hat the bitterness of the ca ri um Ivn
which boat all records for his section
ind resulted in a great reduction of his
majority, had been inspired, in part at
east, and aided us well, from Washingtor.
This member of Congress Is highly inlignant.
He has prepared a statement,
vhieh, unless he changes his mind by
eason of policy at this time, he will read
0 the House of Representatives under
1 question of the highest personal privlege.
containing all these facts ami more,
ind if ho makes it public, as he now inlined
to do, it will create the biggest
cind of a stir.
Many members of Congress this inornng
obtained the printed hearings on the
sundry civil bill of last year, with the
dea of looking them over and determinng
what part of the testimony led PresJlent
Roosevelt to make the flat statement
that the principal argument used
n favor of the provision limiting the acuities
of the secret service branch of the
Preasury wast hat congressmen were
ifraid of being investigated.
Indignant at the President.
A Star reporter saw many oi' these
nembers who had gone carefully over
he hearings at which Assistant Chief
doran of the secret service was the prin-ipal
witness, and each and every one of
h*nn said he had absolutely failed to
ind anything which, directly or indirecty,
could furnish a basis for the President's
statement. All "of them, whether
>r not they wore directly concerned in
he framing or passage of the limiting
uovision, professed to be highl* indiglard
at the language used by t lie 1't f silent,
which, thej asserted, was unfair
ind unvvarrsfnted.
With respect to the argum< tit.- used for
:!i?- passage of tite provision in question,
t was recailed today that testimony ben?re
the committee xp irgated before
he manuscript of the hearing- reached
'.he government printing office-show ed.
is published in The- Star at the time,
hat secret service operatives hail bet it
ised to shadow a navy officer, off on
leave; to make photographic copies of
hotel registers and to do keyhole and
:ransom spying, for the purpose of chaining
evidence to convict the officer of
mproper actions. This evidence w as used
for the purpose for which it was secured
md the officer w .is forced out of the servC('.
Improper Detective Work.
It was claimed, moreover, during the
progress of the hearings that there
were other cases of the satin sort, ami
t was admitted l?y the assistant liief
if tin- service that iimmi li.nl been loaned
Hid transfctred. upon request from
lio beads of tlio various government
lepartnieut-s. to do \arioiis kinds oi deLee
live work, some of a public and
mine of a private natur< .
The storm raised by t|j<* President's
ritieism of lite provision limiting the
ietivities ot tie "lilac k cabinet" shows
in signs of abating, and unless some
ntluential members of Congress deide
to eool off ate! take their medicine
is the best, if not the fairest, way out
.f the difficulty, lien there will he some
a at in statements on the Hoop of the
House before very long.
Dr. Northrop Resigns.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.. Deeemler
I ?r. t'yrus Northrop Las tendered Lis
resignation as president of the i'nlverslty
>f Minnesota to take effect July 1. t>r.
Northrop, who is seventy-four years old,
wishes To retire from active work, lb
lias been at the head of the university
for twenty-five years, coming direct from
Vale, where he had til ed the chair of
English literature many years.
Supply Ship Culgoa Reaches Cavite.
COLOMBO, Ceylon. December 0 ?The
American supply ship Culgou arrived
here this morning from Cavite. Together
wi'h the auxiliary cruiser Panther, which
raiiie into this port vvsterdav. ehe pre e?k
In- American battleship licet under
Hear Admi.ai Sperry, a Inch is due to
arrive here next Monday and stay for
m\ il.iy? The preparations for the enterrait
aiciit the American men firs! uffii
are fast approaching completion.
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Dynamtie Hurled From Roof
Shatters Tenement.
Terrorists Succeed in Third Attempl
to Fulfill Threats.
Vengeance This Time, However.
Directed at Grocer?Four Victims
Sent to the Hospital.
|ji>].ai' li so The
NEW YORK. December ft.?."More tii.tr
twenty persons were hurt in an explosior
in the flve-story tenement at 1530 Kast ?k5c
strept tills morning, of whom five wen
talsen to the Presbyterian Hospital. I:
j was a Biack Hand outrage, and tiie mot*
far-reaching in its effects that the eitj
I has seen in a long time. Front and rear
from cellar In roof, the force of the explosive
tore the tenement.
Windows were shivered, saslies rippet
out. walls and ceilings denuded of plaster,
j doors thing from their hinges and parti
i tions leveled. The wonder is that no on<
| was killed. The bomb was dropped fron
j the roof into the airshaft. the police hej
lieve. for no one was seen to enter t in
(tenement from the street, and it wa:
| under watch. There was not a singh
I sound window facing the air.-naft aftir
j the cxplosion.
j Those w ,10 were 'aken to the hospita
wa re; i'ietro tjianio. eighteen \ ars old
Yita tjianio, thirty-one years old; Sulvatore
Ijiimberti, lifty-four years Id, atn
Irominii-o Vito.
J Blackmailers had threatened .1 gro.-ei
w ao occupied a store in the front of th?
I tenement. The concussion turned every
thing in this grocery topsv turvy. On tin
jvaiiotis lloors the tenants were thing fron
' their beds ->r showered with glass as the>
] lay sleeping. The eighteen families It:
I thy building were thrown into a state 01
the wildest excitement and disorder
Houses in tile neighborhood shook, am
tin Convent of the Holy Rosary, opposite
; the tenement, felt the shook. A pnlicemai
j wa- thrown against the wall of the eon1
vent, hut escaped injury.
Owned by Persecuted Banker.
The tenement is owned by Thozurti. the
I hanker, who has l?-f ti persecuted more
j be the apostles of violence than any
! man tu New York today. I Its s >11 was
kidnaped and held prisoner tor days,
his houses having been damaged time
j and again by bombs or been set afire
until he lias come to accept each new
outrage with resignation. However, the
1 Immb of this morning was not meant for
' him, hut for one of Ids tenants.
The explosion of tlds morning was not
the first directed at this property. There
was one in there about a month ago. and
i since i iifii mi 11 >iiiih iias iifi'ii mini'
j which was frustrated. The grocery store
was formerly occupied by Giuseppi fo
telletu, Veil when he received threatening
i letters he grew nervous and sold the
I store, moving to some less favored place.
The business was taken over by Fran'
ceseu Do Anglo, lie is twenty- siN years
; old.
Dynamiters Evade Watchmen.
I It is not long since the ready letter
writers of tiie independent order of dy;
namiters paid De Anglo their eonipiimeut.s
througli the mails. Tliey wanted
money and wanted it quickly. If they
didn't get the money they would get the
grocery, they said. I ?e Anglo ignored the
letters. The private watchman who patrolled
the street was depended upon to
! keep the mischief makers away.
Paulo Dispens, the janitor, and his son.
: Joseph. took snecial interest in safeguard1
ing the tenement. At night they carefully
locked up. even seeing to the fastenj
ings of the cellar doors and the scuttle
ion the roof, which they locked. To close
j the scuttle was an infraction of the tenement
house law, hut safety from bomb
throwers was .1 matter of greater concern
to them. The man or men who
threw the bomb arc believed to have
crossed over tiie roofs of the adjoining
( tenements.
: Nomination Made by Senator Carter
of Montana and Choice is
I Unanimous.
A iaiyt-I> intended caucus uf repnblit
can .senators today unanimously elected ]
Senator Hale of Maine as chairman of
flie republican caucun to succeed the late
Senator Allison uf Iowa. The position
carries with it the chairmanship of tlie
[; republican steering committee of the Sen- {
ate. which determines ail important legislation
in the Senate and also imposes the
duty of selecting members of the commit- *
tec on committees, all of them very important
Senator Hale's nomination was the
only one before the caucus, and the
meeting did not continue for more than
half an hour. His name was suggested
by Senator Carter of Montana, who. in
a happy speech, nialily eulogized Sena- ^
j tor Allison and spoke of Mr. Hale as a
II worthy successor. He said chat through11
out Mr. Allison's career as chairman of T
?|Uie caucus Mr. Hale had been constantly i
t j his chief supporter, and predicted that f
ho would make one of the most success- j
'ful leaders the party had ever had ?>n
*; lie floor of the Senate. a
After (lie election Mr. Hale spok? '
. briefly, thanking the caucus for the ex- f
pression of confidence which his electlon
implied, and saying that while he ,
i had little hope of giving the satisfaction
' which his predecessor had gl\en, he would i 1
exert his utmost efforts in that direction. *
?'JIe jiaid a glowing tribute to Senator
i Allison's worth as a man and his capacity
_! as a leader, saying that generosity and
" j kindness were so mingled with justice L
i and lirmnass in tlie Iowa senator's cliarsjacter
as to render hini of exceptional ; '
?! value in the place which he had filled j '
, \ for the past dozen years or more. ! i
No action was taken ip the matter of ..
providing committee places for Senators
' ?'iminiins of Iowa and Page of Vermont '
: t?e.vord the announcement that the com.
mittee oil committees would take up this 0
j question at ail early date. .
" Former National President of Hi- 1
i bernians Dies at Savannah.
SAVANNAH. t>a.. December P. J. t
' O'Connor, former national president of the s
'Ancient Order of Hibernian!- and former 1
lj national president of the Catholic Knights
"|of America. died here early today. While
1 on a fishing trip Mr. O'Connor was bitten (
Jon tlie hand by an insert and became \ery t
ill last Wednesday. Pneumonia later set ^
1 lit. causing his death. Ho was a promi,
i ucnt lawyer here. a
j P. .1. O'Connor is well known in this 1
( city, bar ing visited it on many occasions.
! both as a lawyr and in his rapacity as ^
j head of the Ancient Order of Hibernians!
land the'("atlioli. Knights of America.
( He was itlM'iii. fifty-five years old and
j had lived in Savannah practice! \ all of i '
! his life. In his law career lie attained
' much prominence and is said to have been
i one of the most etoijuent men of the south.
! He was for eight years supreme president
! of the < 'atliolie Knights of America and ?
' served for four years at the head of tlio
1 Hibernian organization.
j it was while Mr. O'Connor was head of j t
i the Hibernian society that it gave *."<??.O 'O j
i to the Catholic I'niversity. i
1 Local Hibernians expressed much regret |C
| when they heard the news of Air. O'Con- i
. nor's deat'u. declaring that it would be a
' great loss to the south ;u;d to the societies
in which e was so prominent. F
t William H. Carney Dies at Boston, e
Negro Hero of Civil War. v
rtoSTOX. December 9.?William H. Car- a
! ney, who, as color sergeant of the 14th v
1 Massachusetts Regiment in the civil war. j
, j saved his flag at Fort Wagner after he
; had been wounded, died ut the city hospital
today of injuries received recently
; in an elevator accident. Sergt. Carney
was messenger at the office of the secre- >
! tary of state. Ho was crushed by an .1
elevator at the state house November 21.
( His regiment was the one composed of "
colored men and commanded by Col. lj
Robert Gould Shaw. 0
Carney was at the side of Col. Shaw .
1 when that commander fell and afterward _
he was badly wounded. As he crawled *
i oft" the battlefield he carried the flag aloft a
' until his comrades came to his assistance f
1 and It: greeted them with the words often 1?
quoted in Massachusetts. "The old flag it
1 never touclT-d Lite ground." a
Northern Haitian Towns Refuse
to Accept His Rule.
Disorders Reported at Port de Paix,
Hinche and Jean Babel.
Temporarily the Ministers Will Be
Known as Councilors?All Quiet
in Port au Prince.
OAPF. IIAITLKN. I-laitl. L?. . nnl>.-i ! .["here
has licen a revolutionary outbreak
n several 01' ti.e northern towns of the
epublio. and it is teared that the moventnt
will spread. The principal towns ai'eeted
are Port de Paix. Ilinrhe and Jean
iahel. uther points of minor importance
ilso report outbreaks. G"tt. Hohillaid
tas left Ptaisanee for Gonaives for tiie
rnrpose of suppressing: the disorders.
It is as yet impossible to give the movenent
any definite object or aim r to d?ermine
In whoso favor it is being or;anized.
Peace Missioner Unpoular.
Gen. Bell'ard. who was minister of war
mder President Hippolyte, lias been made
(resident of tiie committee sent out from
Jort au Prince to endeavor to persuade
fi n rm. r.lr. . / 'o . I I . : ? i - ' n
in jrrw.rK Wl ' u pr J lauirn jH'Ul'tTUIiy l??
ic-eept l Jm new regime of G'jh. Simon.
Jon. Belta"d is ver> unpopular hero, ami!
ds selection fev this ?ii 11 > nutbring
ibout serious tr< ubio.
G;n. < 'inoiinvitiis Eaconte. who is eredleil
with aspirations to the presidency.!
vas to have left, here today for Port an
'riiice. At thejast moment, however, he
lecided not to go and ho is still hero,
fids Gen. Become is net to bo confused
v it It the I/route who was minister of the
nterior under Nord Alexis, and who was
rroneously reported to have been killed
it Jeremie tit the beginning of toe Simon
Simon Names His Cabinet.
PORT A I" PRINCE. December 9.?
Jen. Antoine Simon, tyho lias assumed
he presidency of Haiti, and who has
he situation now well in hand, has
ippointed the following; cabinet:
Minister of the interior. Gen. Hippoytc.
Minister of liiianec. Luders tMtapoeau.
Minister of foreign affairs. M. < Maude. '
Minister of pit I die works. M. Kveila
Minister of war and murine. Gen. '
Minister of instirf \t
Temporarily thy ministers will take j
he title of councillors. Tlje choice ofliese
oflieia Is is generally approved.
All is quiet at Port - uu Prince and
here have been* no reports today of'
rouble anywhere.
Ihicago Man Nabbed for Embezzlement.
HOT'STOX, Vex.. December ^
b-lggs Goodrie'n of Chicago was arrested ;
ere yesterday hy local detectives on a I
omjdalnt sworn out in Chicago bv the
ridow of Michael McDonald, charging j
mbezzlenient of $r?,4M)0 front a box to i
rhich Goodrich had access as business ;
gent and guardian of Harold MeDonahl. ,
loodriclt was vice president of the New
Ira Company, Chicago. He will return
u Chicago witliout requisition papers.
California Actor Fatally Shot.
BAKERS FIELD, Cal.. Dec-ember 9.--K. '
Ularker. u prominent business man of
ills city, surrendered himself to the eher- 1
T last night after he had shot and fntaly
wounded Adrian von Plank, a member
f a local theatrical stock company.
Hacker broke down the door of von
'tank's room and the actor attacked him
s lie entered. Blacker tir'-d five shots ,
roni ? small revolver, one of tin- bullets
.dging in von Plank's spin unci inflict- j
lg a fatal wound. Domestic- difficulties 1
re said to have caused the tragedy. j
Mission to Europe Is Not for
His Health.
A m IT A O ftf /]
aiui cj at uajuiaiiuci. opa.ii. ui!
Board French Steamer.
Proceed Direct to Bordeaux an J
Thence to Berlin to Meet
Dr. Israel.
SAXTAXDKIt, Spain. December u. Th?
French steamer Guadeloupe, with President
'"astro <>f Venezuela on board, catm
in here today. It was learned soon aftei
her arrival that President Castro will continue
on ltoard the steamer to Bordeaux,
and that from Bordeaux lie will iraveoverland
to lierlin.
' President Castro iias mine to Kuropf
. with the intent ion of settling all Yene
zuein's international quarrels. The genj
eral health <>f the president is good.
; The Guadeloupe came into Santamlei
fixing the flag of Venezuela. In addition
to President Castro there were on board
i his wife, his sister. Senora Cardenas; twr
; aids and three physicians. Dr. J. A. Baldo.
Dr. Pablo Acosta Ortiz and Di. Fonl
The mystery of tiie President's trip tn
1 Kuronf vviis /I !!?* ? vprv cum jftor t'.iA
?.Guadeloupe dropped anchor. The report'
j that Castro is critically ill. that lie iva>
deserting Venezuela forever, etc., wort
speedily pronounced absurd, and it was
1 declared that he came to Europe with lie
double purpose of being examined 1>>
European .specialists and to settle Venezuela's
outstanding differences with foreign
As President Castro is itis own minister
of foreign uTairs. no is confident of
: being aide to conduct t.n- negotiation.'
1 to this end to a successful conclusion
j and he believes that tie will return u
Caracas in February with V ne~ucla at
! pear.- with tile world.
Carnielo Castro. one of the te-esidont"?
t brothers, who recently arrived 111 Ettropi
from ('aniens by way of New York, bail
collie down to Santaiider to meet the
president, and with the Venezuelan consul.
the port officials and a number oi
journalists lie boarded the steamer as
soon as she came to anchor.
Shaving in His Cabin.
President Castro was found in his
cabin shaving. He laughed heartily al
the fantastic rumors regarding liif
purposes ami plans thai have been in
circulation recently. The doctors said
that the president's general condition
was excellent, and that he had derived
great benefit from the voyage over. Hi
spent hours every day promenading the
deek and chatting freely with his fellow-passengers;
in fact, he was the
life of the ship. The attending physicians
explained that Castro desired to
consult European specialists regarding
the advisability of an operation. He
lias been suffering for some years xvitli
a disease that is understood to be
tumor of the kidneys.
^resident t astro m spite m the warnings
ot tin* Venezuelan consuls who talked
with him on hoard the (Suadeloupe
that lie might not he permitted to land
hi France, and that lie might he humiliated
i i" he continued ?>n to Bord
aux. aliliotiiH-ed that he had started for
Bordeaux, and that was where he was
going. Ills position is that the French
: government is aware that lie is going to
Frame with his hands stretened out in
peace. Before lie left Venezuela lie made
tne tirst advance hy authorizing the return
of several Frenchmen who had been
exiled tor political reasons, and during
tin- voyage over he had several long
talks with M. Merleou, the French minister
to Peru, who was a fellow passene. r.
lie explained his Intentions to M. Alerleou
and showed t*\i. minister documents
which, so far as the Freneh government
is concerned, ('astro be'ioves, w 11 have
the effect of changing the government s
attitude toward him.
Ready to Make Concessions.
He declared specifically t?> M. Merleou
that lie was ready to make important
concssions in order to restore amieabl.
; relations with Fraii?-<-. M. Merleou asI
sured ("astro thai France would be ex|
ceedingly gratified to ! arn of his conciliatory
disposition, and he guaranteed
' that Castro would suffer no dtsagrceahb
incident on landing at Bordeaux. hi a
<1 ispatt.ii from Santauder M. Merleou informed
the French government fully o'
the situation.
President Castro, it said, also expects!
to arrange the difficulties ??t his governtneiit
with tin Fnited States, int luduig
the asphalt affair.
President ('astro declined to talk fcti
publication to the news|iapei men who
| went on board tlie steamer here, and kept
I to his cabin. His wife. however, chatted
| with the newspaper men in the dui.iig
Holland Keeping Watch.
THE HACrt'E. December P.- The Netherlands
government apparently has net
yet decided upon any exact urse of procedure
against Venezuela, but it i- Intimated
here today that the patrol of the
Venezuelan roast by llii<*. Hutch warvvhicli
hr?r:m his l YVrnl iicsti.1 \'in.i\
develop into mom active measures in tin
event of any Venezuelan warship attempting
to make an exit l'rom port.
Should any of President Castro'.- >>ip.sfnul
Ihetnselves on the high sea.- within
ran^re of the guns of i he Dutch vessels,
there 1? a strong probability tliat they
would he arrested and taken into a Dutch
porf. Tlie international law on this subieet
is now being carcfullv considered bv
Dr. Israel, the Berlin physician, who,
according to report, is to perfom an
operation on President Castro of Venezuela.
is still in this? city. He has no intention
of going to Bordeaux. 11'- lias been
informed that President Castro is coming
to Berlin, arriving probably ti.e end of
this week.
Recess Appointments Submitted to
Senate Today.
The President today sent the following
nominations to the Senate:
To be chief of bureau of ordnance,
rank of rear admiral?Newton E. Mason.
Collector of customs, district of tl?ron.
Mich.?John T. Kicn of Michigan.
Assistant appraiser of merchandise,
district of New York- John D. McJSwen.
Vice governor of *fh? Philippine Tsiands ?
W. Cameron Forbes. Massaciiusetts.
Members of the PI iltppin- commission?
Newton W. tJilheri. Indiana; Kafael
Palina. Philippine Islands.
Membi r of Philippine commission and
secretary of finance and justice?tjregorio
Aranetu, Phi'ippiue Islands.
Convening of the Rivers and
Harbors Congress.
Presiding Officer Ransdell Outlines
Plan of Campaign.
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Ambassador Bvyce Tells of the
Value of Canals in England and
j the Rhine in Germany.
i ? !? uf t most rotable t;at uorlng*
| c\er assembled in the history of this
I ! country, in the Interest of waterway
j development, was called to order today
? whvu the National Rivers and Harbors
<""?ingress nut in lifth annual convent i??>
at the N?-w Willanl.
Tlie congress is national in its purpose.
. j represent ins all sections ami all wutei|
ways. and is endeavoring to impress
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Congress with the necessity of a i'?inprf?WHjftwi
".iiri. y tor improving rivet'.
^ i canals nnil harbors of the nation.
Senators, representatives, diplomats,
captains of finance governors of many
states and others high in official life
w rc pres? nt when Representative Joseph
I ' K. ICaiistji.il tif lytjaisiana, president of
. : ine congrt ss. et? rurted to the front of
j the platform Bishop O'C'onnell, of the
! Catholie I'niversily. whjse Invocation, a
' i prayer of i .anksgix ing to the Giver of
AH Kesoitrees. signalized the formal
| opening of the convention.
1 | An address 1?\ Vice President Kairj
banks followed. Ambassador James
! Bryee. of Great Britain told of"the water|
ways ' <3.eat Britain in a notable speechI
otheis tin the program today were
J Ju.ig. George Hilly or of Georgia's raJi.
r t'-d f Motni.-sit. S unucl Gompers. the
| labor hatier: Gov. George E. ChamberIan
ei Oregon. Setii Low. former mayor
' of N- \v York; Gov. Sanders of Louisiana,
\ lit p ex-niative Champ Clark of Missouri
i and i'r tf. \V. I?. Lyman. Wliitman Col'
leg . Wash.
C'tiineideiii was I .e lirst annual eonvct ,
i titu! of t he Women's National Rivers and
Harbors Congress, which held its .-vssiou
simultaneously in another hall.
The aims of the t*ongr?s<* were outlined
. in the sim ?eh of its presid. nt. Joseph K.
Iv.'/Xtiv .
Vice President Fairbanks.
I It;iiisj<i>.-l ot I.ouisi.iii i. who made the
o;>'.-ii u .i?!-f?. ?. .Mr. Uausdoll .-aid ther.
\\ ; ->\.n important point.- that should
!> -.>. r ?I ;; am i -solutions a 5 *t *1. Mr.
' K ui.-.iei: Miiiu-il :li< ]? tils as follows:
Seven Cardinal Points.
| 'l-'ir.-i I' ll' |?iii;?L jia.--.ik<- of lars;*
I rn er ami harbor hill at this session.
"Soi-omi. ftio r<">ni initial of <'ongre.-? to
|a hfoa-l. l:?_ral jiolioy of waterway lniI
prov?-tii i.ts an?i a:. mi:>uaj river and h.tij
bor hi" <air\inir not I than $a<i.ooi?,tx?o.
I 'H.i Tin- ioirtlo.tr nloTirioti nt
! sultlr > the must i-nj oi taut \vat\MW:l\
i pro feds v? h'.-I i :i\ J? *-?i api'i'iivwl by th*'
Mates I_'J!: i" \v?l!i aul
tJi?> 111 > I' I'Misei'til:' filial enmp etloll
jthe ? < i - ?> ts .it a fixed ratio
I m 1* t.n .III 1 i a tot :i 1 * if t lli'lr est it
matt li ('' t. thai it may he ktinii 'i
definite!' v,! i-n 11 if-rfi great projects tire
j to i?* finished ami that tin y may not
liati.u fti for an interni.liable period, as
has been the ease wit!, many of tliein
it. tin- past.
Proposed Issue of Bonds.
"Koiuth. An authorized burnt issue .if
I fifty million dollars per year for ten
years, or so mueli thereof as may 1??
necessary, for rallying on river aud harbor
work in addition to appropriations
i from the ordinary revenues of govern>
ment. Waterway improvements are Investments
which in many cases will pay
in reduced transportation rates more
than one hundred per cent per annum on
the cost thereof, and as posterity will
receive ijulte as much benefit therefrom
: as the presi tti. It i? eminently proper that
| fConliuueU on Ninth .J'agc.^ ""

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