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at -4? rent* per month. ??nler* may be aeut i>F ; X.
mail or telephone Main WAG. Collection is made; W moderate \ anablc Winds,
by carrier at the end of earh month
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Caracas Buildings Wreckedj
and Statues Destroyed. js
His Deposition From the Presidency ?
Expected Any Moment.
Soldiers Fire on Crowd Pillaging
Newspaper Friendly to Castro '
and Vice President Gomez. j a
CARACAS Venezuela. December Jo. via
TYillemstad. Curacao December lf>.?The %
' people of Caracas arose yesterday against b
President Castro. An infuriated mob. unhindered
by the police, swept through the S1
city wrecking the property of his hench- ,r
men and closest friends. The people ^
rounded up all the statues and plrtures of w
President Castro from the clubs and other ;
semi-pub'ic buildings and burned them. ]
with rejoicing, on the Plaza Bolivar. Sev- '
eral persons were killed in the course of ' t)
the rioting.
Castro's rule in Venezuela probably i3
ended. No official act deposing Castro
from the presidency of Venezuela yet has b<
been taken, but such a step is expected C
any moment. C
It became necessary by nightfall to de- tt
clare martial law In order to put an end to
the rioting and pll'aging. h
There w. re several attacks on private >"'
property on the part of the mob before ^
the atithoritles got the situation in p,
hand and several of the agitators were
arrested. There was no actual conflict it
between the people and the police. The ?
pillaging was confined to the p opertles
of Venezuelans, notably Senors Rivas and ?
Thielen. No foreigners were molested. A
Today the city is quiet and business is jj
taking its normal course. '
Not Directed Against Holland.
In spite of Holland's warlike activity on
the coast there have been no demonstra- f(
ions against the Netherlands. They ah cl
have been directed against President Caa- e;
tro and Acting President Gomez. t
An inormotis crowd of the inhabitants
of tpi capital, swelled by people from the tt
outlying country", gathered In the streets ai
sjon after daybreak. The people began
marching up and down the main thor- in
ough fares. and It was easy to see that
their ill t-mper would soon result in vlo1rn<_e
The police stood by and made no ;e
attempt whatever to restrain the mob. I
The first building to be attacked and
looted was that of the lottery monopoly. ^
The offices of the state nte prise that jr
as enriched itself at the expense of the 0|
p op' were ransacked and pillaged. Fur- ?*'
ritnre was broken nnd th own into the
streets and thousands of lottery tickets rt
were destroyed. ui
Newspaper Office Looted.
T'.e crowd then moved to the printing <_ ?
office of 11? Const it uelonal, tiie organ of OI
President Castro, of which Gumersindo
Kivas is editor, and pillaged it completely
A steam laundry belonging to Senor Riva* oi
also was wrecked.
The attack on the offices of El Constitucional.
when the crowd was curbed by a | <jj
detachment of soldiers, who fired into the j
demonstrants. resulted In several fatali- ! a
ies. A criminal action has been begun ' L
against Editor Rivas and other employes ;
of the paper, ir. which they are charged :
w ith responsibility for these deaths. It is : j
declared that Rivas ana his men fired first
on the people, making use of revo'vers.
El Constituclonal has suspended publi- J
cation and (,'aratas is practically without
a newspaper. j"
The crowd then turned Its attention to'
se\fcia! drug stores belonging to Senor j
Thielen. a son-in-law of Gen. Tello Men-1
doza. and turned them inside out. Gen.'
Mendojsu. was at one time minister ol
finance and public credit under ?"astro. I w
I 1 o ii fie olaA t ' o rirni irlo' t*w rveit o to loapa I
i i 'y n no u . in' |M v cmit iii 0 |' 1 1 > n oci. I C? j-j
t ary for sex era 1 years and has he* n re- i a
gardcd as one of f, is stanchest supporters. p(
lie is universal'*- hated by the enemies of
< astro, and ids unpopularity and his close
connection with ti e president accounted p
for the anger of the populace against the , p,
property of his son-in-law. j t<
Castro Statues Destroyed. fl
Tne statues and pietu:rs of President a
< 'aatro were made into a huge bonfire on n
the Plaza Bolivar. T; e crowd cheered as v
the flames completed the destruction of b<
treje effigies of the d'etator. '
Numerous Inscriptions setting forth the
v rtues of * 'astro and extolling his powers ,
next attracted the retaliation of the mob. U
and every insc-?ption bearing Castro's J1
ramc was hacVed out and e ased Some ^
of these >gend? were carved on th- pub- v
Ic buildings ef the citx.
Tr was afi?r i o'clock before th- crowd "
had gotten thus fa-- r. its d.p,edations J
It laege*! lead ership ai id paused in <je- ,,
fault of other fields for its destructive en- p
orgies. If xv.is t i? n that a <ietachtnent h
of : roirt. XX": is tailed o-it for rf 1:1 v- 01 tee s
ci'v streets. ami Acting President fiomcz J
fgs-<?d a manifesto prohibit!:.*; lurcher I
manifestations. These m? asuc.- had the j w
&-s\ ed effect, for the iaol> quieted down ! ^
Ac! then dispersed. ' ,
The funerai of Manan.i Rojas. one 01 '
t' e m.-rs killed in the lighting of yester-j
i*>. has been !ixed for tomorrow. A \ast i'j1
f'ow'l will turn cut and further disorders j j,
ami rioting are expected
Without News of Dutch Seizures or *
of Internal Troubles.
BERLIN. December lt?.?The fore gn office
today sent a representative to tall
upon President Castro of Venezuela to ^
express the emperors thanks for Castro's :
telegram of greeting. j
"i lie Veneaue an president has' not jet |
de- iared his intention of calling person.- iiy j
upon Cnancelior von Buelow and Foreign j
(Secretary von ochoen.
Members of the president's entourage ,
said today that he iiad received no news
of the capture of Venezuelan vessels h\- >
the Dutch warships on tne roust or of in- i
Ui aj trouble tn Venezuela. i i
Commissioner of Labor Starts j
ays Scrutiny of Local Department
Will Be Thorough.
taj. Morsow Expresses Thanks. In
Writing, to Members of Com
mittee That. . Examined
Coincident with the report to Engineer \
ommissioner Morrow yesterday by the j
pecial committee appointed by him to ex- .
mine the school buildings of the c.ity as |
> their physical condition. Charles r. j
eill. commissioner of labo". who has been |
?slgnated by President Roosevelt to in- j
estimate the office of tlie inspector of'
uildings, has beguu^his task.
After a brief conversation with Commis- '
oner Morrow Mr. Neil: visited the build- j
ig department. Tic was received by
nowden Ashford, inspector of buildings,
ho siiowed him about the offices and of>re?1
to place everything in theni at his
isposal. Mr. Neill collected considerable
ata regardinsr the business routine of the
epartment and its methods. He will visit
ie office again tomorrow.
Has an Assistant.
Associated with the commissioner of laor
in the investigation is Dr. Victor S. ,
lark. The President has authorised
ommissioner Neiil to use such of his
>rc-e and time as may be necessary.
* A a t f
The commissioner or iauoi SwliU luua j |
f had a conference with Mr. Ashford
esterday and that the Investigation is in
rogress, but lie declined, to further dlsuss
the matter beyond saying there will
e no public hearings.
As to the time necessary to complete
le inquiry Mr. Neill would not venture
n estimate. He. said the work will be
lorough, according to the President's orprs.
and may be finished in a short while
r may require several weeks or more.
11 the reports of the coroner's hearings
i the Hibhs case are said to be in the
andis of the commissioner for reference.
Maj. Morrow Thanks Committee.
Commissioner Morrow today sent the
blowing letter to Appleton P. Clark, Jr.,
hairman of the special committee that
<amined the schools and reported yessrday,
thanking him and ills associates
>r their services and congratulating
tern on the thoroughness of their work
nd their Judgment;
"J have your report and have been '
trough it briefly. 1 note your suggestion
i regard to incorporating my letter of
istructions as a part of the report, and
also note your request that the members
f the committee be furnished with cops.
I will be glad to see to this. While
have not as yet been able to give all
ie consideration I would like to give to
le many points covered In your report
i) account of the present stress of work
ivolved in attendance at the hearings
f the House subcommittee, a casual exinitiation
shows the great detail and
loroughness with which your committee
ent through the work. I believe your
'port will be of considerable value to
? and possibly also to the board of eduition.
and. I hope, of use in Impressing
poo the committees of Congress the ne;ssity
for more consideration, as a seciding
of the appeals of the Commission's
and of the hoard of education, for
nrer aDDropriations. 5
"I desire to extend to von and to the
ther member? of the committee my
tanks for your work In this matter and
Bsurance of my appreciation of the per?nal
sacrifices you all have made in the
ischarge of this civic duty."
rnd. for First Time, Commission of i
Attorneys Is Sitting to Find
Out if It Is True.
DHNVKH December 16?To determine
rhether an attorney has tlie gift of hypolism
to the extent of influencing courts
nd juries the federal court here yesterday
->rmed a commission of leading attorneys
or investigation.
Judges and jurors before whom the al- j
>ged hypnotic lawyer has practiced will 1
p examined by the commission as to what '
hey have seen in the way of undue in- .
tience of a supernatural nature in the I
ttorney's methods.
The man under investigation is Benja- ,
lin B. La ska. a former palmist and clairoyant
who lias been practicing law for
time time, and the United States Supreme !
'ourt wants to know whether he is a real ;
ypnotist, whether his appearance in ihe'
uurt is dangerous to the laws of the i
ountry. and whether it is safe to have a
Lwver around who can "cast a .-pel!" over ;
urors and court attaches.
The Investigation Is secret. and is being
arried on in the oflh* of Judge Stuart B.
falling, one of the committee,
l.aska. before lie entered the law. after :
otne years of strenuous work to attain
he goal, delved Into the occult and was
airly successful in exercising bis hyp- j
otic glance. Ho gave exhibitions of that a
owcr on occasions, and stilt, f?>r the pur- i
ose of assisting those who showed a deire
for knowledge of the intricacies of the
utna11 mind, sometimes consents to detn- j
nstrate among his friends.
The broad charge is made that a man i
l!io is a hypnotist has no business in the.
gal profession, and the witnesses sum-1
uoried are those who have had an oppor- !
unity to watch I -ask a in court.
The secrecy maintained iti the matter is i
lecansc it is the li-st time in the history
f American uirts that the machinery of
he law lias even hinted that it felt itself j
luecure because of occult powers
Jnknown Shoots at Deputy Marshal
in Passenger Coach in Oeorgia.
KKSSLEK. <??.. December IK.--By an j
inknown assailant hidden behind a tree ;
ust off the right of way of the Georgia, j
~lorida and A'abama railway n< ar here '
i hu'let was sent into the couch <*f a i
asseng' r train, shattering glass over tin I
lead and shoulders of United States i
!>i puty Marshal Norton, and passing
ust in front of his eyes.
Threats are said to have rea'-ied him
vithiu the last tnree days warning him
o cease Ids efforts to round up nm m- |
bin-rs iti this si. tion ' ist we k he rap. ed
'"amp lla'l, who has *he sohriuuet
)f the "King Bee" of a'l n.oonsliliKrjj. |
"J am sworn, or expect to bo swt
pet tation of that obligation, I ought
tonight. I agroo that our system of go
Gladstone, when lie. ranie to describe t
ing jurisdictions of the federal courts
the Constitution was adopted and put i
W. H. Taft at the Civic Federation Di
Officer of Law Set Upon by FIt#
Men?Kills One and Is Desperately
TOLEDO, Ohio, December 16.?An unknown
man. one of a gang that attacked
him. was instantly killed, and Marshal
F. C. Woods of Greenwich, Huron county.
was seriously wounded early this
morning in an encounter with live men.
believed to he safe crackers, in the
railroad yards of that village.
Marshal Woods accosted a man
standing near the post office and acting
in a suspicious manner. In reply
to questions the unknown said he was
a stranger in town, but desired to leave
on a freight train.
The marshal escorted him to the railroad
yards. Just as they reached the
tracks four other men suddenly Jumped
from behind a car.
They ordered the marshal to throwup
his hands. He did. but in one hand
he had an automatic revolver, which
lie fired.
One bullet pierced the heart of one
of the quartet, who fell dead. The tiring
was returned by the other four,
and one of the balls struck the marshal
in the back.
As the marshal fell the men beat him
into insensibility and then escaped. The
firing aroused the village and the
wounded marshal and the body of the
unknown man were found in the railroad
A posse is today searching the surrounding
territory for trace of the
men. The dead man was about fittyllve
years of age and well dressed.
GREENWICH. Ohio. December Hi.?
Hp to a late hour this morning Mayor
W. B. MeCullow of this place, who is
directing the efforts 10 capture the
safe crackers, had not heard whether
any of them had been captured, or
whether a second encounter had taken
The posse, as well as the safe crackers.
are armed to the teeth. If they
meet a bloody fight Is believed to he
A bold and cleverly planned scheme
to rob the two banks of the town and
the post oftlce is believed to have been
foiled by the marshal, at what will
probably bo the cost of his life.
The marshal was rushed to a hospital
at Gallon after the shooting. His
condition is critical.
"Wassermucker" a Texas Term Applied
to Prohibitionists.
CHICAGO. December ItV?"Wassortnucker."
This word tame to enrich the
English language when President
S.-hneider of the Chicago hoard of education
made public a letter from A. W.
Mav, whose letterhead proclaimed him a
I "nlted States commissioner at Pallets,
Tex. Mr. May wrote ?o announce his
sympathy w ith Mr. Schneider In upholding
a public school teacher who publicly announced
her opposition to the liquor
"A "wassermuoker* is one who displays
marked zeal in fighting the liquor
traffic. "Wasser" is German for '"water,"
while 'mucker' is recognized by tlie dictionaries
as meaning a stable cleaner, a
low flirty fellow, and also as a fall in
tlie mud
"Our -'oi ious state," wrote Mr. May,
"is als threatened by these 'wassermuclf
and they propose to force
stat? \ . ' prohibition on us with the aid
of t'-e next legislature. '
Pres.dent Schneider declared that "wasserminker"
in due time wou'd receive
recognition from lexicographers and take
its place along with "rnmkraker."
Mexican Treasury Shows Surplus.
MKXit'O CITY. December 1?>.?Congress
lias < losoil its sessions. The report oi
Fin?.nee Minister I.imantour showed th#
federal exchequer to have a surplus o|
The budget for the com in a
vcar was approved by Congress. It show!
estimates of revenue of W. "JO 1,000 anil
i estimates of expenditures, fbti,9uri,4<C.II.
>rn if I live, to uphold the Constitution of
to rally to the defense of that poor, batu
ivernment is a complicated one. I agree t
is in his paper "Kin Across the Sea." gave
and the state courts in many respects, and
n force in 17S9. and we have gotten along
11 nor.
Grosscups Not Popular at the
White House Now.
i .i
Seeking West Virginia Collector- i
ship for Him.
Hearn Delegation Impressed With
the Possibility of Its Man Winning
the Appointment.
If the small brigade of West Virginians
who departed from the White House today
had been chameleons their odors
would have beeu ihe wonder of tlia* section
of the city. As it was. there was 1
sufficient expression of various emotions
and enough of face and word play to ,
clearly show that something had happened.
"The President told us that it was a
pure waste of time to recommend to him
a brother of Judge Grosscup for a position
in West Virginia." one of the callers
declare)!, and he quoted the President's
particular words.
His statement was confirmed from two
or three other callers. "That was not
all." said the visitor. "The - President
; looked as if he meant every word he said,
too. At any rate every man present will
undoubtedly take him at his word in the
tight for the collectorshlp thai is now
j going on."
The ?old faeis are that when the West
! Virginia republicans nominated and elect1
1 tl? T? . . I 1. 4 _ V. a n/\>. . f il'l t
eO . Vj. VliaeSCOCK lit I?>* ^vj?n llvi \jl ill?i
state they If ft a vacancy in the most important
political office in the state?collector
of Internal revenue.
After waiting awhile Senators kllkins
and Scott got together and decided they
would put up to the President the name
of Fred Paul Grosscup of Charleston for
collector. Grosscup was at one time
speaker of the house of representatives
of the slate and is now an oil and gas
owner. Senator Scott called on the President
ahout a week ago and diplomatically
sounded the President to see how Grosscup's
name would go. It didn't go at all.
but the President was not as emphatic as
he could have been. He didn't clinch his '
remarks by displaying the big stick, i
Grosscup's friends insisted on the matter
going before the President in more formal
and material form. They now recognize j
that the Grosscup family Is out of the i
game at the executive offices for the next !
three months, at |east.
The West Virginians arrived at the J
White House ahead of thr rest of the '
caHers. Senators Pcott and Klkins and ]
Representative Gaines introduced Fred '
Paul Grosscup and as his hackers Grant '
P. Hall. John Garrett and Upshur Hig- j
Representative Hughes introduced n ;
rival delegation, which called in the in- i
terost of A. J. Hearn of Bluetiold. After
the Hearn people listened to the brief hut
pointed remarks of the President they
went away impressed with the possibility
of winning for their man.
All Hands Escape by Small Boats.
Oil Used on Breakers.
VICTORIA. B (December It!. - Pe- ,
tails of the loss of the British bark Falls !
j of Halladalc. a casualty briefly reported j
\ by cable, were brought by the steamer
Makura. The Falls of Haliadale, bound (
i from New "York to Melbourne, went!
' ashore on the Victorian coast near iter i
! destination, all hands escaping in >her i
boats. Capt. Thompson was charted
1 with reckless navigation The land, pot ;
i j seen since leaving New York, wifs sighted
f just before the sh'p struck.
Tlie shipwrecked crew mad*' out to sea i
' j after the vessel struck, and in the morn-j
r 1 log attempted to get back on the wreck ,
[ to save their effects, but could not do so, ,
< as the seas were breaking over the wreck. 1
I T?he boats got through the breakers safely I
by using oil. I
the United States, and I think, in exred
old instrument under discussion
hat even so great a statesman as Mr.
up any attempt to explain the conflictyet
it was 1770 when we beean and
pretty well with that Constitution."?
Discusses Entente Between United
States and Japan?Tokio Exposition
Secretary Root voluntarily appeared
before the Senate committee on foreign
relations today and discussed the
entente between the I'nited States and
Japan in relation to the maintenance
of the integrity of China. Jle took the
position that the only obligation 011
ri:h?'i party to tthe understanding is that
they shall consult with each other before
undertaking any action concerning
Chinese affairs, and that therefore the
agreement does not assume the character
of a treaty. He cited j>recedents
for the executive laying down a policy
concerning foreign affairs.
Democratic members of the committee
pointed out that the only question at issue
is whether the understanding goes to the
"I ? Irraiy oil llie SilOjeet
necessary. If no action is taken by the
committee the matter will remain as negotiated
by the Secretary of State. The
question will be discussed by the members
of the committee at a later meeting.
Republicans Are United.
The republican members of the committee.
are united in supporting the position
taken by Mr. Rcot. and some of the democratic
members also favor non-action on
the part of tlie committee.
Another question taken up by Secretary
Root is the status of the commission appointed
to look after American interests
in connection with tiie Tokio exposition in
1!>17. In view of the postponement of the
exposition from 1012 it was prat ticallv decided
by the committee to recommend an
amendment to the law providing for the
continuance of the commission w.th nominal
salaries to serve us a nucleus of the
organization that will be necessary later,
but to continue one commissioner genera]
at a fair compensation. -If this action is
taken by Congress the nomination of the
commissioners named will be confirmed by
the Senate. ,
Victim of Accident Eight Years Ago
Dies in California.
MONROVIA. Cal.. December m.-After
eight years of torture from a broken
back. Frank Sandoval diod yesterday. His
was one of the rare eases fn mediea'
annals of a man living for any considerable
time alter the spinal column was
Sandoval fell from the roof of his house
and shattered the lumbar vertebrae so
severely that fragments were removed
and an artificial support for the super
spinal column and shield for the spinal
cord substituted.
Contrary to the expectation of physicians.
he retained in a slight degree the
use of ids limbs for several years, hut
was unab'e to either stand or to lie down,
lie was confined to a wheel chair. Progressive
decay of his nerve centers, beginning
in the legs, was the ultimate
cause of death.
British Fla# Hauled Down in Island
of Cook Group.
VICTORIA. B. C\. December Id.-Advices
were brought by the steamer Makura
from Australia of the hauling down
of the British flag by the natives of Rokahanga
Island, in tin Mapahiki group,
who have declared a republic. The island
chief who led the movement, which was
assented to hv a mass meeting, was made
dictator, and the British flag was formal
:\ uauien ilium .m ' hiiiumumii.
The dictator forthwith appointed judges
and other administrative officers and organized
a new po'ice force. The stores ot
the European traders wer ordered closed.
The ringleader in the movement is a
native missionary. Home of the natives
who objected to the movcmofi; were hauled
before the new judges and fined.
The islands ar pa t of the Cook group
and are incorporated with New Zealand
as part of that dominion.
President Offered Opportunity
to Smithsonian Institution.
"Chance for National Museum to
Get Fine Collection.''
Text of Resolution Adopted by Ci
Regents Accepting Roosevelt
The agreement between President
Roosevelt and tlie Smithsonian Institution R
as to the President's hunting; trip in
Africa was made public today by Charles
I). Walcott. secretary of the institution,
after ho had conferred with the President.
At a meeting of the board of regents of
the institution, held yesterday, th<-- letter
of the President printed herewith was
laid before the board, which, in turn,
adopted the resolution given, thereby en- aj
tering into a contract with the President
for certain work. 1
Mr. Roosevelt's Letter.
The letter is as follows:
"The White House. Washington.
"Oyster Bay. N. Y? June - >. 19US. P1'
"My Dear Dr. Walcott: tl7
"About the tirst of April next 1 intend
to start for Africa. My plans are of atl
course indefinite, hut at present I hope j,,
they will be something on the following '
order: ito
"By May 1 I shall land at Mombasa and j se
spend the next few months hunting and
traveling in British and German East
Africa: probably going thence to or to- to
ward Uganda, with the expectation of
striking the Nile about the beginning of '
the new year, and then working down it. ar
with sfde trips after animals and birds,
so as to come out a't tidewater, say.
about March 1. This would give me ten sli
months in Africa.
As you know, I am not in the least a
game butcher. I like to do a certain he
amount of hunting, but my real and main
interest is the interest of a faunal naturalist.
"Now. it seems to me that this opens
? eon m I
lilt* lltSl I\JI iur i>aiiuuai uin I
to get a tine collection not only of the big or
game beasts, but of the smaller mammals ' tk
anrl birds of Africa, and looking at it i t]
dispassionately. I believe that the chance j
ought not to be neglected. I will make
arrangements to pay for the expenses of 1 f0
myself and my son.
Beyond His Means. I at
"B>u what I would like to do would be I
to get one or two professional tield taxidermists.
field naturalists, to go with me.
who should prepare and send back the
specimens we collect. The collection
which would thus go to the National Mu- :
scum would be of unique value. It would, j
f. hope, inciude specimens of big game, w
together with the rare smaller animals
and birds.
"I have not the means that would en- te
able me to pay for the field naturalists or
taxidermists and their kit, and the cur- Kh
ing and transport of the specimens for dt
the National Museum. Of course the actual
hunting of the big game I would cc
want to do myself, or have mv son do;
but the specimens will all go to the National
Museum, save a very few personal
trophies of little scientific value, which
for sonic reason I might like to keep. w-;
"Now, can you, in view of getting these J to
specimens for the National Museum. ar- !aj
range for the services of the tield taxider- !'
mists and for the care and transport of ca
the spec mens'.' As ex-President, 1 should pc
feel that the National Museum is the mu- th
seum to which my collection should go. ?
"With high regard, sincerely yours.
I r-i
"Hon. Charles D. Walcott. ;
"Secretary Smithsonian Institution. : ,a
"Washington, D. C." : 01
Action of Regents. ?l
The resolution passed by the board of ^
regents reads:
"Resolved. That the board of regents of ,g
the Smithsonian Institution express to
Theodore Roosevelt, President of the
United States, its appreciation of his very
generous offer contained in his letter of ai
the 20th of June. 1?0S, to the secretary
of the institution, with respect to his expedition
to Africa, and that it accept tiie
same." ni
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' Nine Hundred Days Divided Among , , r
1 All Those in the Temporary or
and Per Diem Class. \ in
j P?
It has been the custom of tire District bi
Commissioners to grant leaves of ah- : J*_f
sence to temporary or per diem employes j
, under an act approved March 2, 1895. j m
which pro\ides "that the Commissioners tlr
are authorized, in tiieir discretion, to
grant leaves of absence, not to exceed j w
thirty days to any individual in any lis. al J jn
year, to regular employes not to exceed j jt|
thirty in number, annually appointed di- ;
rectly by tlie Conmnissiontrs and ? aiu ! vj
out of the general appropriation, whose as
service is continuous hut who r eeivt p.r j rn
diem compensation."
It appears to have been the practice j {n
heretofore that under this act for leaves j OI
of absence allowing not exceeding thirty
days each to thirty employes, the Commissloners
liave allotted a total <?f nine a(
hundred days among the various em- V.L
ployes of the District, without regard t<? at
then umber of employes sharing in the j
allotment, but in most instances exited
lag the number designate*! in tlie law. |
Corporation Counsel Thomas, 10 whom ..
the matter was referred, declared that the |
law mentioned limits the Commissioners
to the number of employes.
Auditor Tweedalo will at once reeont- ^
mend that tiie Commissioners urge legis- 01
lation at the present session of Congress .
providing for leaves of absence ami hoi;- .
days for temporary and per dieni employes.
Commissioner West says In favors such
a measure and he is satisfied it will meet J*,
with the approval of his colleagues.
Mr. Tweedale is of the opinion that the!
law does not relate to temporary per diem
employes, and the corporation counsel in |
his opinion states that the Commissioners re
have no authority by its provisions to j F0
divide tXiO days among the indefinite nuni- " ,
her of employes exceeding thirty in nuni- j
ber. 1 re
, to
Son Kills Father in Georgia Duel. fir
AUGUSTA. Oa., December IH.-John J*
j Kitdiens and bis son Monroe, farmers, r(,
j living at Wrens, Ga? thirty miles from'm
Auuusia. enjragoo in a siioigun aiiei. tue j
son killing the lather. Both men. it is to
said, wore drinking, and no other eausei
for the quarrel and putriridv is given. j tie
emocrats and Republicans
Favor Aldrich Proposal.
llberson and Bailey, of Minority,
Urge Stronger Method.
esolution Will Be Adopted This
Afternoon?Demand Made for
Papers in Brownsville Investigation.
With every scat in the Senate occupied
i<J the galleries crowded with spectators
is afternoon, the Senate is rebating the
solution introduced by Senator Aid rich
.liing for a complete investigation of the
cret service hy the committee on approbations,
and referring to that committee
e portions of the President's recent
nual message which is regarded as an
suit to Congress, in so far as it refers
secret service legislation of tlie last
T he resolution, most sweeping in characr,
will be passed this afternoon.
Senators on both sides of the chamber
e equally in favor of it. Difference of
linion is only as to the form in which It
ould be passed.
The debate followed immediately on the
els of the address of Senator Lodge in
fense of the President's attitude on the
rownsville affair.
When Senator Aldrich, recognized ieadof
the majority, introduced the resolu>11
it was read amid complete silence
roughout tiie chamber.
Cpon motion by Mr. Aldrich it was rerred
to the committee to audit and conol
the contingent expenses of the Senate,
Culberson Blocks Consideration.
Senator Kean. chairman of that o>inittee.
reported it back favorably immeateiy.
and asked unanimous consent for
s passage without further delay. It
ould have been passed at once had not
niator Culberson, minority leader, cnred
an objection on the ground that a
ibstitute of a stronger character. Introiced
by himself, had not been given
nsideration by the committee.
J lie Aldrfcii resolution therefore went
er. under the rules.
In addition to this important step toard
rebutting the President, the Senate
day passed. unanimously. Senator Potters
resolution, presented yesterday,
Iling upon the War Department to rc>rt
to the Senate all the facts relating to
ie employment of Herbert J. Browne and
?J. Baldwin, who investigated" a
rge number of the colored soldiers distarged
as a result of the Brownsville afir.
and whoso report furnished the has a
the President's special message on the
abject last Monday.
These are the men whom Senator porter
accused of obtaining fabricated tcsmony
and using tiireats of severe ptinhment
against the ex-colored troop;r3.
Secret Service Resolutions.
The Aldrich resolution, providing for
1 investigation of the secret service, is
> follows:
"Resolved. That that portion of th? autal
message of the President relating to
e secret service is hereby rcfene.J to tie
immittoe on appropriations, who are inrueted
lo inquire whether the legirlain
referred to in the message has inilired
the efficiency or sufficiency of til?
iree employed in the secret service; and
leh committee is further directed to a^ rtain
wiiat persons other than those in
tided in the secret service were paid
orn the public Treasury during the ttseal
at' ended June 11". UK'S. for services in
tnnoetion with the enforcement of the
ws or for work in the detection
investigation of possible crimes or
iminal a'cts or violations of law. includg
all special attorneys, special agents,
spcetors or other employes of any deirtnient
of the government or any
anch of the public service, to include all
rsons whoso employment was author d
by Indefinite or general approprla<ns;
the information to contain th?
tmes of all persons so employed or paid,
eir previous occupation, the nature, of
e work in which they were engaged, by
horn they were appointed and upon
hose suggestion or recommendation; iInquiry,
however, not to include officers
pointed by the President and confirmed
. the Senate or officers specifically proded
for by law. or laborers, appointed
> such and actually engaged in employen
t as laborers.
"For the purpose of carrying out the
structions of the Senate the committee
i appropriations is hereby authorized,
r subcommittee or otherwise to sii
;ring tin sessions or recess of the tSene.
to send for persons and papers, t<>
inpoeriH nnneswp. auaiiuifiri cjnm, ?
nine witnesses under oath and to cmoy
clerical and other assistance as to
lable the committee to report promptly
id rull.v upon tlie matters contained in
lis inquiry, the expense of the inves-tittion
to he paid from the contingent fund
the Senate, upon vouchers approved
, tiie acting chairman of the committee
i appropriations.
"Ami said committee are further direct I
to report as scon as practicable, from
no to time, the results of their inquiry,
id to make such recommendations
ey may sec fit with reference thereto
id with reference to that portion of the
essage referred to it."
Culberson Proposes Resolution.
As soon as the clerk had completed the
ading of the resolution Senator CuibcrII
jumped to his feet.
"I have no objection," he said, "to the
ference of the resolution to the comn itc.
Personally I have no objection to the
st part of it; but I do not think trie
tter part is in sufficiently emphatic
rins. Consequently I offer a substitute
solution for reference to tlie same comittee.
as expressive of my views."
Mr. Culberson's resolution was then sent
tiie desk and read by the clerk.
Aft^r reciting tiie language of the Presint's
message referring to the secret

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