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Ope of the Military Leaders of the Young Turks. up to last night 4,<XiO such persons have been apprehended. Casualties Not Great. The last burials of the men who fell in the fighting of Saturday took place last night. The dead number about 300. Men in hospitals do not reach the total of r?uo. Five thousand troops were ta?:en prisone. s. One body of prisoners marched past Schefket Pasha's headquarters this morn ing on their way to camp in the country. They were in no sense downcast, but were smoking cigarettes and chatting with animation. \ f<'\v prisoners have been sl*ot in at tempting to escape. An artillerist vnIio was awaiting exami nation at Schefket Pasha's headquarters was knocked down today by a soldier In one of the constitutionalist regiments. The soldier was dragged away by his comrades, but he called out in explana tion of his act: "That rascal killed four officers." The men suspected of instigating the mutiny of April l.'i have been separated from the m ;in bodies of prisoners and will be tried by court-martial. It is rumored today that prisoners are being shot in the country beyond the Sweet Waters* Definite assurances were obtained at Schefket Pasha's headquar ters that no executions yet had occurred, although a considerable number was probable. Two hundred of the sultan's Albanian soldiers stationed at the imperial palace at Yildiz persistently refuse today to sur render their quarters, which are adjacent to the main gates of the palace inclosure. Although these men have not fired on any one their steadfast refusal to sub mit and be disarmed is annoying to Schefket Pasha, who is arranging to at tack them and force their surrender un less they will do as he desires. May Attack Albanians. The correspondent repaired to the scene of this threatened trouble. "Some of his majesty's children are disobedient." remarked the officer com manding the approach to the gates of the palace in reply to a question. "We have placed a battalion of Macedonian volun teers within close range and we are awaiting only the arrival of artillery be fore making a final demand for surrender. If this is refused we must attack." The Macedonians referred to were be hind a series of long terraced walls be tween 300 and 400 yards from the Al banian barracks. Their cartridge belts were full. As the officer was speaking a number of Macedonian volunteers, mostly men of independent position, were arriving on the scene in cabs and carriages to have a share in the final engagement. The Scutari artillery barracks, which yesterday threatened to bombard Con stantinople, were fully evacuated during the n'ght. The men who were in the barracks are prisoners and camped last night In an adjacent graveyard. Sultan May Keep Throne. BERLIN, April 20?The Constantinople correspondent of the Lokal Anxeiger telegraphs that he learns the Sultan of j Turkey will be allowed to remain upon the throne, but on condition that he give guarantees against a relapse to absolut ism. These conditions are as follows: The walls of the Yildiz palace to be r.ized; The barracks at Yildiz. quartering about 'jooui m> n under the immediate orders of the sultan, also are to be razed; In the future there will be stationed at i the palace a guard of 100 men only, to! b? changed dally and supplied from the different regiments of the garrison al-, terna ely, in order to make it impossible for the sultan to bribe them rhe sultan must pay the expenses of the expedition from Saloniki from his private fortune, and. furthermore, The sultan, whose property is largely invented abroad, must make a gift to the ration of $2.">0.(X?0.000 as the basis of (he tiuancial regeneration of the empire. Enver Bey Talks of Victory. The correspondent sends also an inter view with Enver Bey, one of the military leaders of the constitutionalists, who said: j "Our satisfaction with our victory is overclouded by the loss we have sus- ; tained. About men have fallen, in- ; eluding eight officers. "After fighting for hours we reached the long-desired goal. The Yildiz garrison gave up its arms voluntarily. "We have decided to leave these troops at their posts, as they are now perfectly harmless. There will be no further dis- ; turbances, as we are masters of the sit uation." Asked what would be done with the sultan, Enver Bey replied: "That does not concern us soldiers. Now that our work is done the govern ment must conduct negotiations with him. We are wholly at the disposal of the government, and must follow its direc tions. "I am convinced that everything will be moving normally within two or three weeks." Praise for Young Turks. In dispatches to the State Department from the embassy at Constantinople com-, pltment is paid to the Young Turks party leaders for the manner in which they have gained control of the affairs in the city. In the opinion of the officials there | it augurs well for the establishment and ' maint nance of proper order in the Ottd- I man capital. A b-.-lated dispatch from Ambassador j Leishman, sent yesterday, says no action i had been taken regarding the future of1 the sultan and his cabinet. The city of ! Constantinople and the surrounding dis- ; tricts are under martial law. The following is the fetva, or canonical rescript of the Sheik-ul-lslam, on which Sultan Abdul Aziz was deposed May 30, 187H: THE QUESTION. If the Commander of the faithful ex- ! hlbits folly in !"'s conduct, not having the i political knowledge necessury for good government; if his personal ? xpenditun s are beyond the endurance of Xhe empire; i If his maintenance upon the throne wil! lead to unhappy consequences, is it nee- ! essary, yes or no, io depose him? THE ANSWER. The Holy Law says, Yes. THE SHEIK-IL-ISLAM. HAIROL'LLAH. To whom may God be merciful. VINE DAY III SCHOOLS n Songs Sung, Poems Recited 1 ? and Slips Planted. FIRST CEREMONY IS HELD Idea of Miss Suran B. Site Carried Into Effect. TO BE YEARLY CELEBRATION All Sorts of Climbers and Creepers Are Put in Soil by Pupils. Tliif has been vine day in ihe public schools?the very first one. Nature, re joicing in the opportunity to beautify ugly fence corners and bare spots around school buildings, pitched right in and j.-ave the children and teachers just about the finest dav that has been seen this year. It would have been a pity had it been otherwise, for thr great army of little on a colds them and them thean mthem planters could not have started then vines on a cold, blustery day. As it turned out. every one had the chance to participate in a pretty ceie cony and to inaugurate a movement which, if kept up year by year, will make it impossible to find an unsightly spot on any school ground In the entire Dis trict. Miss Sipe's Project. Mis- Susan B. Sipe, Instructor of botany in the Washington Normal School, has been active in arousing school teachers and children to a sense of the impor tance of this work of beautifying the bare spots. Her proposition was "to beautify all back fenses that abutted on the streets and on those alleys which are generally used as thoroughfares by hav ing vines of different kinds planted on either side." The board of education was not slow in giving complete approval. Therefore today has been a busy one for the school planters from the normal school down to the first-grade classes. The teachers made up programs for th? day which were not too long or too com plicated for the children to be interested in, and which contained just enough May day spirit and ceremony to make the planting something to be remembered, and which will perhaps result in making next Vine day even more enthuslastfc than this one. The younger boys and girls listened to a recitation, and sang two or three songs in which "vines" predominated, and then marched outdoors. Chosen vine planters made the hole in the earth and pressed In the roots of the plant, which will grow to a grand height if the wishes of the plant ers have anything to do with it. Some of the pupils threw handfuls of earth around the roots, with a wish attached to each handful. Headquarters for Vines. The room in the Franklin School in which the Normal School students re ceive their lessons in botany looked like the wareroom of a great big plant store today, for it was a headquarters for vines. On the floor were piles of young vines which were shipped out to the various schools. All sorts of vines were there. There was the slow-growing, but beautiful Eng lish ivy?and the normal school girls seized the opportunity to compose and sing a very pretty ivy song today?clemat is which the Department of Agriculture had sent up, honeysuckle, cypress vine and many other sorts. To teach the coming teachers Just how to conduct vine days In the future. Miss Sipe directed her Normal School students In an Ivy planting that should be re corded, Inasinueh as it occurred on this first occasion. The girls had arranged a program as follows: Ivy song, composed by Miss Worster; poem, "My Window Ivy," re cited by Miss Hellman; a poem, read by Mas RoweJl, "Planting of the Vine." com posed by Miss Walker; "The Schoolhouse Ivy," recited by Miss Ruth Miller; "Prophecv of the Vine," Miss Koht, and "How Dainty a Plant Is the Ivy Green," Miss Mason. After the program the classes planted ivy vines about the Franklin School and put into the ceremony a whole lot of schoolgirl fun. Then they sang "Oh. Ivy Vine," the words of which one of their number had composed. The music they chose was that of "Oh, Tannen baum." Varieties of Vines. There are many varieties of vines which are of the permanent variety, and will add to the appearance of fences and yards. One of the most common varie ties and a general favorite is the honey suckle. Roots and cuttings for its plant ing may be obtained in the woods or from other plants in the city. A quick grower from the woods, suit able for the brick wail or fence, is the Virginia creeper. Another Is a close rela tive, the Boston ivy. The brilliant color ing of this latter vine, especially in the fall, makes it desirable. Ramblers and climbing roses are always spots of beauty on a landscape. The Philadelphia rambler is the beat of this family to withstand this climate. The crimson cousin ofttlmes mildews. The pink rambler and the clematis are other favorites. A rapid grower and a vine easily found, especially near the Zoo, is the Japanese kudzu vine. The Dutchman's pipe makes an excellent screen for a porch, Its leaves fitting Into one another like a well formed mosaic. The cinnamon vine when once established Is a beauty and lasting. There seems to be little excuse for un sightly back or side fences with the morn ing glory vine ready to grow in any soil. The moonvine can also be highly recommended as a fast grower with most attractive flowers. The cypress vine makes an artistic cover for an old tree trunk. Among the beans are the scarlet run ner. the hyacinth vine and the purple flowering bean. The balloon vine and the wild cucumber, as well as the vari colored shaded wellow thunbergla make shaded yellow thunbergia, make effective decorations. In the back yards frequently fresh vegetables make for the beauty of the yard and at the same time have distinct utility. Lima beans and pole string beans will cover fences and provide vegetables. Tomatoes and cucumbers l-.ave also been satisfactorily trained on fences. The words of the ivy song are: Oh. It>- rim*! Oh, Itj- vine! How pleasant are thr leaves no preen. The rain nn?l auii will nourish thee. We will bless the day we planted thee. Ob. ivjr vine! Oh. ivy Tine! How pleasant are thy leaves so green. Oh. iTy Tine! Oh, Iry Tine! How pleasant are thv leaves so green. You climb the walla of thla old a'Uool, You make it look so green anrl cool. Oh, Itj Tine! Oh, iTy Tine! How pleasant are thy leaTes so green. Each section of the Normal School planted a vine. Section A was in chargo of Misses Booth, Daniel and Miller; sec tion B, Misses Eskin and Weaver; sec tion C, Miss Keleher, and section D, Misses Stephenson and Egbert. SEWARD FOB WILLIAMS. Taft Campaign Worker Named for Civil Service Commissioner. James T. Wlliams. jr., of Lincolnton. N. C., was today nominated by President Taft as civil service commlsloner, suc ceeding Commisloner Greene, resigned. Mr. Williams has been In newspaper work in Washington for some years, but during the last campaign resigned his position as Washington correspondent of the Bos ton Transcript and went with President Taft In a confidential capacity, serving part of the campaign at republican na tional committee headquarters with Chairman Hitchcock. Mrs. Phoebe Biadley. eighty-four years old. died at her home in Barton. Md. She was the widow of Joseph Bradley. RUSHING TO ALEXANDRETTA ARMORED CRUISER SQUADRON MAKING} GOOD PROGRESS. Position Was Five Hundred and Twenty Miles South of Rer muda Last Night. Gocd progress is being made by the armored cruiser squadron which is rush In,to Alexandretta from Guantanamo to protect Americans in the troubled towns of Asia Minor. Wireless messages to the Navy Department from the squadron, comprising the cruisers Montana and Ncrth Carolina, indicate that at 8 o'clock last night they were in latitude 24 de grees and 11 minutes north and longitude 04 degrees and 38 minutes west. This do si.ion is about 520 miles south of the Ber muda Islands. The cruisers, which left ' Guantanamo a: 11:15 a.m. Friday, are heading for Gibraltar, where they will touch for orders. Word also was received his morning from the scout cruiser squadron, con pcsjd of the Birmingham and Chester, which have on board the members of the Llberlan commission, and which sailed from New York Saturday morning for Monrovia. The scouts at 8 o'clock last night were in latitude .'50 degrees and 15 minutes north and longitude i'A degrees west. This position Is about 26J miies north of the Bermudas. They reported all well and the weather good. Tiie Squadron, which is heading for St. Vin cent. Cape Verde Islands, reported t at ii w/is In communication with the armored cruiser squadron proceeding to Gibraltar. The distance between tne two squadrons at that time was about 780 miles. ANOTHER POSTAL STRIKE. Paris Employes Threaten to Quit Unless Order Is Revoked. Special rahlejrrnin to Tho Star. PARIS, April 26.?A new strike of the employes of the postal and telegraph de partment seems probable. At recent meetings of the employes protests were made against the new rules made by Un der Se.-retary Slmyan of the department and several of the speakers denounced him In vigorous language. A committee of seven was appointed to see the minis ter of public works tomorrow in order to reach an understanding with him upon the matter. It is stated that at the latest meeting of the council of ministers It was decided to rigorously repress all manifestations by government employes. At last night's meeting^of the postal and telegraph em ployes a resolution was passed declaring that it was desirable that a speedy solu tion of the questions at issue with M. Slmyan should be reached and the union's committee on vigilance was requested to take all possible measures to secure tho revocation of his new orders. Among the members of the union the opinion was freely expressed that should the orders not be revoked there would be another strike. BIG FIRE IN KANSAS CITT. Office Building in Heart of Business Section Destroyed. KANSAS CITY, April 26?A fire which for a time threatened buildings In the heart of Kan -as City's business district early this morning resulted In the total destruction of the Ridge building, a four story brick and stone business and office structure on Walnut near 9th street. The Are was discovered at 2 o'clock in the basement of the building. Fed by the old wooden floors and partitions, the blaze spread to every part of the build ing. Efforts of the firemen were devoted principally to saving adjacent atructures. The total loss is estimated at $200,CX). The insurance is considerably more than half the total losses. The Bank of Commerce was among the buildings threatened. STABBED GIRL 02 TIMES. Mexican's Bloody Resentment of Sweetheart's Refusal to Elope. TOLUCA, Mexico, April 26.?Furious be cause his sweetheart. Modesta Fuentas, refused to elope with him, Pedro Secundl no stabbed her to death. S?cundlno then wrote a note, saying he would do the same to his pursuers, which he pinned to the girl by plunging his knife through it Into her breast, and fled. He was cap tured and placed In prison. Near the scene of the crime the mur derer had written with his fingers on the leaf of a magua plant with the blood of the girl: "On April 20 there was an exe cution here for Jealousy." Secundlno stabbed the girl sixty-two tlmeB. Tariff for the Philippines. The Senate committee on Philippines to day named Senators Beveridge, Heyburn and Johnston (Ala.) as a subcommittee to frame a tariff bill for the Philippine la lands. No Commodities Clause Decision. The cases brought by the government against the anthracite coal-carrying rail roads, involving constitutionality of the commodities clause of the Hepburn rate law, were not decided today by the Su preme Court of the United States. The decision has been expected for some weeks. ?? ? ? I PIMLICO ENTRIES. j + if Special IMapatoh to The Star. BALTIMORE, Md., April 26.?Entries at Plmllco tomorrow: First race, two-year-olds; four and one half furlongs?Dress Parade II, 105; Ross Hampton, 102; Responseful, 100; Duleare, 100; Frank Purcell, 105; The Prophet, 102; Our Hannah, 102; The King, 110; Fearnough II, 105; Inspection, 102; The Monk. 102; Kyrat, 102. Second race, three-year-olds and up ward; >elling; one mile?Sea Wolf, 111; Olive Ely, 92; 'King Sol, 100; *Lally, 10!); ?Font. 91; Boz, 100; *Ardri, 106; Wilton Lackaye, 114; Havre, 101; Belle of Jes samine, 109; Racine II, 111. Third race, four-year-olds and upward; selling: six furlongs?Neoskal ta, 105; ?In cognito, 105; *Botanlst, .105; *Laura A., 100; Critic, 107; The Clown, 110; "Dolly Spanker, 102; Greendale, 110; ?Ornamen tation, 100; "Star Emblem, 102; McCarter, 110; Consistent, 105: Don Hamilton, 107; Racine II, 107; John Garner, 107. Fourth race; steeplechase; hunters; five year-olds and upward; about two miles Recruit, 153; Young Biitzen. 151; Tellfare, | 158; Tamplco, 151; Wayside. 151; Prince; Hampton, 140; Tommy Waddell, 15J; j Tourney, 141. Fifth race; maiden three-year-olds and 1 upward; mx furlongs?Babble, 95; Croy don, 107; Melodeon, 110; Rampage. 1<iO: Claque, 107; Effendi, 100: Aunt Jule. 95; Sally Cohen, 105; Nancy Lynch. 95; Wild Willow, 95; Endymlon, 1<X); Belle of Phoe nix. 105: Transition, 107; Ruthby, 105. Sixth race, three-year-olds and upward: mile and forty yards?Gt-orge G. Hall, 112: King Sol, 111: Gus Helm, 1*?; Bonnie Kelso, 89; Hurlock, 87; Dixie Gold, 106; Sir Galahad, 111. Seventh race, four-year-olds and up ward; selling; six furlongs?Lady Karma, 105; Raclnette, 105: Wes, 107: Raquel, 105; ?Jennie Wells, 100; Rye. 107; Smoker, 110; Simple Honours, 107; 'Andalusia, 102: Escutcheon, 107; "Dele Strome, 100; "Lad of Langden, 102; Salvolatlle, 105; 'Hali fax, 105; John Marrs, 107. ?Apprentice allowance cleamed. Clear, cool; track fast. FACES THREE-CORNERED FI6HT BRANDENBURG IN PRISON PRE PARES POR THE FRAY. Indicted for Larceny, Involved in Matrimonial Mix-Up and Contest ing for Possession of Boy. SAN* FRANCISCO, April 20.-Facing a three-cornered tight, with legal battles impending in New York. St. Louie and this city, including in the list an indict ment for grand larceny in connection with a political article purporting to have been written by the late Grover Cleveland, a double matrimonial entanglement and a contest for the possession of his small stepson. James Cabanne. 3d, of St. Ix>uis, ltroughton Brandenburg, the newspaper man and magazine writer who was ar rested here Friday night, is spending his time in the city prison, preparing for the fray. He declares he will resist extradition to New York on the grand *larc ny charge on the advice of his attorney; that he will make a fight for the possession ot tbe Cabanne boy. whose father is on the way here to get the child, and that the courts must decide the matrimonial mix-up. which involves a marriage in Honduras and a divorce suit in St. Louis. In regard to the latter phas^ of his predicament, the writer explains that Mrs. Cabanne, mother of the boy he claims is his stepson, went with him to Central Amer.lca, whey* she obtained a divorca and they were married. Mrs. Cabanne Brandenburg's former husband has an ap plication for divorce pending in the St. Louis courts. She telegraphed th-> prisoner from New York to do all In his power to hold her son and a message also was received from District Attorney Jerome of that city to hold Brandenburg in not less than $?>,<>00 bail. Friends of the writer and his attorney will hold a conference today to outline plans to resist extradition and to straighten out the other ends of the case. MADE SH ORT WORK OF PRISONER ALABAMA NEGRO CONFESSED TO ASSAULTING A WOMAN. Identified by Victim and Her Two Children, He Is Overtaken on Way to Jail and Lynched. BIRMINGHAM. Ala., April Jii.?John Thomas, a negro, was lynched by a small crowd of men about one mile below Bes semer at 9 o'clock last night. The negro was being taken to Jail In Bessemer when he was overtaken by citizens, who made short work of the prison er by hanging him to a tree In the woods. After the hanging, the crowd quietly went back to their homes. Thomas committed criminal assault upon a woman named Mrs. Patterson, near Parkwood, about noon yesterday. The news spread rapidly and the citizens began the pursuit. The negro was found near the scene of the crime late yester day afternoon at the home of a farmer for whom he worked. He was taken be fore a justice of the peace and a war rant was sworn out for him. The citizens, numbering probably not more than a dozen, took the neero before Mrs. Patterson, who positively identified him. Her two children also identified the negro. There had. up to this time, been no open evidences of violence, and a well known faimer. named Andy Roy, started with the negro for Bessemer. Overtaken by Citizens. All went well until Roy and his prisoner got within about a mile of Bessemer. Here they were overtaken by the citi zens. Thomas finally confessed to the crime and said he did not mind going to jail, but did not want them to hang him. He told the posse that he had just got ten out of jail, where he had served sev eral years, and that lie did not mind go ing back. He only asked them to spare his life. The response was a rope, and he was swinging to a tree the next mo ment. NO MORE HAINS JURORS. Work of Examining Talesmen This Morning Without Result. FLUSHING, N. Y.. April 'J.&?The work of completing the jury at the trial of Capt. Peter C. Hains, jr., for killing William E. Annls at the Bayside Yacht Club, last August, was resumed before Justicc Garretson. in the supreme court here today. Seven jurors had been se lected out of .148 talesmen eamlned dur ing the five days of court last week. A new panel of 150 talesmen, together with forty talesmen of the regular court panel, wero on hand today. It is expected that several days will be required to fill the jury box. The seven jurors, who are stopping at a hotel at Wlllets Point, under sur veillance of court officers, spent seveiai hours Sunday fishing in Flushing bay. Every comfort and convenience has been provided for them. Twenty-two talesmen were examined at the morning session of court without the selection of another juror. The defence has used twenty-one and the state nine teen of the thirty peremptory challenges allowed to each side by law. ASKS AN APP0INT5T?3IT. Delegation Sees President in Behalf of Albert S. White. A committee representing different de partments of Howard University, this city, visited President Taft today to urge the appointment of Albert S. White, dean of the Central Law School, Lexington, Ky., as minister to Haiti, Liberia or some other place. White, who Is an alumnus of Howard and a colored orator and educator of Kentucky, was introduced to the President a few days ago by Senator Bradley, who is also asking the appointment. The President said he would be glad to give recognition to White when lie has opportunity and will try and do so before the end of his term. The delegation consisted of Prof. Kel ly Miller, Prof. George W. Cook. Dr. E. L. Park, Prof. W. H. H. Hart, Prof. James Bundy, Robert A. Pelhain, Robert J. Dickey, Shelby J. Davidson and Rev. T. J. Brown. Wisconsin Banker Dies. APPLETON, Wis., April 2tJ.?Henry D. Smith, ex-president of the Wisconsin Bankers' Association; secretary and treas urer of the Wisconsin Traction, -Heat, Light and Power. Company; president of the First National Bank, and president of the Riverside Fiber and Paper Company died at his home in this city today at the age of sixty-seven years, after a lingering illness. He was one of the most promi nent bankers in the middle west. Cathedral Roof Falls and Kills Nine. MADRID. April 28?The roof of tne cathedral at Torbes, in Lugo province, collapsed today while mass was being celebrated Inside the building. Nine per sons were kllbd and thirty wounded. To Attempt to Signal to Mars. FORT WORTH, Tex., April 2ti.?A movement has been started here to in duce W. H. Pickering, professor of as tronomy of Harvard University to make attempts to signal to the planet Mars from west Texas. It is pointed out that the clarified atmosphere, level ground and large uninhabited areas of that section make conditions perfect for experiments. ENJOYS FIRST AFRICAN HUNT ROOSEVELT BAGS TWO WILDE BEESTS AND A GAZELLE. Smallpox Prevalent at Nairobi, But Strict Quarantine Is Maintained. Game Very Numerous. NAlftOBI, British East Africa. April 26. After a brief hunting expedltirn Saturday evening' at Kapiti Plains ex-President Roosevelt and his party today broke camp and started for the ranch of Sir Alfrtd Pease, on the Atlii river. Col. Roosevelt spent part of Saturday after noon sorting his kit, while Kermit and several of the men tried their luck with the rflles. An o d sealer, who seemed to take a liking to Hermit, offered to show him a likely place for good sport. They succeeded in bringing down one buck. Col. Rocsevelt's first hunt was favored by fine weather, and he enjoyed the ex perience immensely. He bagged two wildebeests and a Thompson's gazelle, in one respect Mr. Rocsevelt was somewhat disappointed, as he had been anxious to secure a Grant's gazelle, whose massive horns are much sought after for tro phies. Party Tired Out. The hunt lasted several hour?, and all the members of the party were well tired out when they returned to camp. Smallpox is prevalent at Nairobi, and two rases have ? developed among the porters at Kapiti. These have been quar antined a nd the strictest precautions are being observed to prevent a spread ot the disease amcng those attached to the Roosevelt party. The danger of this is now considered slight. The police still maintain their measures for the protec tion of the Americans from annoyance. They will not permit any except those designated by Coi. Roosevelt to go with the expedition. It has now been definitely learned that none of Mr. Roosevelt's baggage is miss ing, and that nothing has been stolen. Game was very numerous on the plains | yesterday. EIGHT MINUTES IN SESSION. James H. Cassidy Takes His Seat in The House. James H. Cassidy, recently elected as the successor of Mr. Burton of Ohio from the twenty-first congressional district, was sworn in immediately after the House convened * today. Having been largely Instrumental in the nomination and election of Mr. Cassidy, Senator Burton i was In the chamber to witness the pro | ceeding. Mr. Cassidy met with a hearty greeting from the members, most of whom knew him personally because of his long service as clerk of the House committee on rivers and harbors. After transacting some routine business, the House, at 12:0S p.m., adjourned until Thursday. I SENATOR FLETCHER SWORN. Senator Burrows Explains the Cir cumstances of His Appointment. The credentals of Senator Fletcher of Florida were presented to the Senate to day and the oath of office was adminis tered to him by Vice President Sherman. Senator Burrows, chairman of the com mittee on privileges and ejections, took occasion to comment on the action of the Governor of Florida In appointing Mr. Fletcher a United States senator at tne close of a regular senatorial term, which he said was not ordinarily within the rule laid down by the Senate when a meeting of the legislature immediately precedes the expiration of a term. In this case however, the legislature did not so meet, and as there had been a primary election which had selected Mr. Fletcher, the com mittee on privileges and elections had laKen no action in this case. He said that Florida and Georgia were the only stales whose legislatures did not meet be fore the expiration of a senatorial term. WOULD TAX IMMIGRANTS. Senator Overman Proposes a Charge of $12 a Head. Mr. Overman of North Carolina offered an amendment to the tariff bill in the Senate today, by which he proposes to place a head tax of $12 on each immigrant coming into the United States. Mr. Over men proceeded to discuss his amendment by unanimous c nsent. He declared that it was in the interest of revenue and pro tection to American labor. That the tax he desired to have provided for aliens has been held constitutional by the United States Supreme Court was one of the arguments Mr. Overman offered in sup port of his" ajnendment. "It means not only revenue for the Treasury," he said, "but also a select class of immigrants, and therefore it pro tects labor." Mr. Overman estimated that the head tax on aliens which he proposed would bring to the government $6,000,000 to $10, 000,000 of revenue. FALLS 34 STORIES TO STREET. Rigger at Work on Gotham Tower Plung&s to His Death. Special Dispatch to The Star. NEW YORK, April 26.?While doing some work on the clock of the Metropoli tan tower at 10:45 o'clock this morning Thomas Mortimer, a rigger, forty-two years old, fell from a scaffold and plung ed down thirty-four stories to the street Many persons witnessed the accident and great excitement in and about Madi son Square fo'lowed. An ambulance sur geon pronounced the man dead and his body was removed to the West 2Jth street station. Postpones Decision on Cooper Case. NASHVrLLE, Tenn.. April 23.?Because of the absence of Judge Anderson of the defense, Judge Hart postponed till tomorrow announcement of his decision on the motion for a new trial in the case of Col. D. 13. Cooper and his son Robin, recently convicted of the murder of former United States Senator E. W. Car mack and sentenced to twenty years in prison. ? Wright Makes Successful Flights. ROME, April 26?Wi'bur Wright made a series of successful flights here today, making the starts without the aid of a derrick or rail. The aeroplane was pro pelled over the grass with Its own power, the momentum gradually increasing until at the end of 150 yards the machine left the ground and sailed into the air. Fatal Fight Over Kentucky Election. LEXINGTON, Ky.. April 20.? News of a general fight at Pikeville over a pri mary election, in which Anthony Taylor, a republican worker, was shot three times and instantly killed, reached here today. Three other men were clubbed so severely they may die. Several arrests were made. King Manuel Heads Subscription. LISBON, April 2>?.?A national subscrip tion, headed by King Manue', has been opened for the relief of the sufferers from the earthquake of last week. Six addi tional bodies have been recovered from the ruins of B?navente. ?_t Bad Weather Delays Weston. * LINCOLN, 111., Apr!" 2?.?Edward Pay son Weston, the pedestrian, was com pelled by bad weather and by a tem porary indisposition to rest here all day yesterday. He is now two days behind his plans, although not that much be hind his original schedule. He left here this afternoon for Springfield William A. Thompson Victim of J. D. Harris' Shots. FUNERAL IN WARRENTON Self-Defense Will Be Flea of High School Principal. TELLS OF TEAGIC - HAPPENING In Application for Bail He Describes Assault Which Ended When He Pulled His Revolver. After a hard fight for his life. William A. Thompson, associate editor of the Warrenton Virginian, who was shot in Warrenton Saturday night by J. D. Har ris. principal of th*> Warrenton High School, died at Providence Hospital last night. His remains, which are at the under taking establishment of the Wright Com pany, i:W7 10th street northwest, will be taken to Warrenton this afternoon. Fu neral services and burial will take place there tomorrow. The shooting, which occurred on Main street about 7:.'J0 o'clock Saturday night, was the culmination of ill feeling that had existed for some time between Thompson and Harris, due to differences of opinion over public school affairs. Not First Encounter. William E. Marshall. Thompson's part ner in the ownership of the Virginian, is a candidate to succeed himself as super intendent of the schools of Fauquier county, a position to which Harris as pired. Thompson hail been supporting Marshall actively. A clash between Thompson and Harris over this contest formed the basis ol their troubles. Some months ago Thomp son and Harris had a fist fight, when Harris was worsted. As to how the shooting happened re ports are conflicting. Some of the wit nesses claim that Harris opened fire or Thompson without warning. Others claim that the school teacher acted ir self-defense. It is understood that Harris will entei a plea of self-defense when he is put or trial. Wounded Han Brought Here. As soon after the shooting as possible a special train was procured. Thompson under the care of Drs. James Kerr, C Shirley Carter and Samuel W. Maphis, was hurried to Washington. Upon arrival here late Saturday night he was taken to Providence Hospital There an operation was performed upor him under the direction of Dr. Kerr Three bullets were extracted. Mr. Thompson was in such a conditio! as to warrant no hope whatever of hit recovery. Not once did he regain con sciousness. J. A. C. Keith, commonwealth's attor ney of Fauquier and an intimate frienc of Thompson, came to Washington on tin special train. He remained with Thonip son until he died in the hope that th< wounded man might make some state ment as to the shooting. Mr. Keith said today that no such state ment was made. Inquest to Be Held. SpiM'ial Dispatch to The Star. WARRENTON, Va., April W.-Feelinj. over the tragedy of Saturday night last when, on the main street of Warrenton J. D. Harris shot W. A. Thompson, as sociate editor of the Warrenton Virginian is still intense. Friends of both parties are deeply stirred. The remains of Mr. Thompson will be brought to Warrenton this evening on the 7:13 o'clock train. The funeral will take place tomorrow. The action regarding bail stands as i: was. as the commonwealth attorney if out of town. The inquest will not be held until the body arrives in town to ni^ht. It appears from the evidence at the application for bail that about <i:15 o'clock Saturday afternoon Mr. Harris went to the depot In Warrenton to escort one oI the woman teachers of his school and see her off on the train. Miss Strother and Miss Ma phis, two teachers, were alsc present. "Mr. Thompson was standing outside ol the door and made offensive and profane remarks," says the application, "directed to Mr. Harris in the presence of thesa women. "Mr. Harris saw his friends off and turned to go. Mr. Thompson was still using profane and violent language, it is asserted. Patal Encounter. "Mr. Harris, with the two other teach ers, went over to the house of a Mr. Richards, near the depot. About an hour afterward Mr. Harris went to the post office for his mall. "At the drug store of Mr. Sowers r. Harris inet Irvin Maxheimer, a brother in-law of Mr. Thompson. He asked Mr. Maxhelmer to see Mr. Thompson and uiged him not to make any more trouble. Mr. Maxheimer promised to do so. "Just at this moment Mr. Thompson came up Main street toward Mr. Harris. Mr. Harris saw him coming, and said to Mr. Maxheimer: ?? 'I see Mr. Thompson coming now. I will go." "He then walked up" the street away from Mr. Thompson. About Mr. Hilleary's store Mr. Harris caught up with Mason Strother, who asked him some question. In the meanwhile, Mr. Thompson was approaching Mr. Harris and using pro fane language. "Mr. Thompson caught up with Mr. Harris near a millinery store and began to curse him. Harris walked into the street. Thompson followed him and caught him by the lapel of the coat. "He held him with one hand while strik ing him in the face with the other. One or more of these blows produced a severe contusion on the right eye of Mr. Harris. "After being beaten f->r some while. Mr. Harris drew a pistol. He says he shot at Mr. Thompson's legs. One bullet did strike him in the leg, but two struck him in the^ lower abdomen. "The shots were fired while Mr. Thomp son was beating Mr. Harris with his fist. Mr. Thompson weiphed 180 pounds and Prof. Harris about 120. "It appeared further that last October Mr. Thompson assaulted Mr. Harris and beat him badly and had since that time threatened him on numerous occasions." MINERS STRIKE IN ALBERTA. Sequel to Refusal of Coal Operators to Grant Closed Shop. WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 2rt.-The miners employed at the Canada West Coal Company's collieries at Taber, Alberta, are on strike. The coal operators met a deputation of the miners Saturday to draw up a new agreement. President Sherman of the district being present. As the men demanded a closed shop, the op erators declined and the men quit work today. Ashewlft's mine at Lethbridge closed today, the owner refusing to sign a closed-shop agreement. Dozens of steam plow outfits are held up in south ern Alberta; not being able to procure coal. The city of Lethbridge is also hard pressed for fuel. The only mines working are at Fernie and in the district owned by the Crow's Nest Pass Coal Company. GOMEZ SLAPS BACK AT CASTRO. Calls Him the Evil Genius of Vene zuela?New Policy for Peace. PARIS, April 2fi.?The correspondent of the Journal at Caracas has cabled from Wlllemstad. Curacao, an interview with President Gomez of Venezuela. The prc.si dent, in the course of the conversation, described Clpriano Castro as the evil genius of Venezuela "Venezuela should be grateful to the powers" the president continued "for r.ot confounding the coun try with that ill-omened man." President Gomez tin n said that the en tire policy of the new administration would be to secure peace and security in foreign relations. To this end con^rcss would meet May 21 to consider a libei ll revision of the constitution and a series of laws modifying the position of foreign ers in the republic, lmmigvation wou d be facilitated, free lands offered and for eigners. in the mattT of ownership of land, would be placed on an equal foot ing with natives. The, export duties on coffee and cocoa would be suppressed and foreign capital invited. 6AS GUT TO NINETY GENTS REDUCTION IS VOLUNTARILY MADE BT WASHINGTON CO. New Rate in Effect July 1?Action of Board of Directors a Surprise. Patrons of the Washington Gas Com pany after the 1st of next July will pay 10 per cent Jess for gas used than they are doing at the present time. At a meet ing of the board of directors of the com pany held today it was decided that after that date the price charged for gas will be 90 cents instead of $1. It was exdained by a director after the meeting that this action was volun tarily taken by the board because lioth the Senate and the House committees at the lust session of Congress expressed a desire to have the price reduced, and the company recognized that the time had come when it could be and ought to be done with fairness to all. Under the circumstances. It was believed that the feeling in Congress and among the consumers of gas ought to be grati fied without waiting for a legislative re 1 quirement to do So. At the same time the news came a? a . general surprise not only to those who are interested In the company from a financial standpoint, but also to the users of gas. It was not expected. Another action taken by the board at ? this meeting has a more limited interest, j as it concerns only the holders of the stock. An extra dividend of $2 per share 1 from accumulated earnings was declared i payable July 1 to stockholders of record of June 15. , FOR JUDGE IN ALASKA. Edward E. Cushman of Washington Nominated by the President. The President today made the following ' nominations: United States district Judge, third divi sion. district of Alaska?Edward E. Cush man of Washington. ' Consuls?Edward I. Nathan. Pennsyl i vania. at Mersina. Turkey; A. Donaldson ? Smith, North Carolina, at Patras, Greece. Citizens to be first lieutenant*??Arthur i Freeburn Chace, New York; Edward - Elisha Dorr, Iowa; John William Keefe. Rhode Island; John Johnson Kyle. In | diana; Lewis Linn McArthur, Illinois; J Charles May rant Rees. South Carolina; i Adolplie Manger Glflin. South Dakota; Samuel c. Gurne.v, Michigan; James i Adams Hayne. South Carolina; William Seagrove Magill. Now York; Arlington Pond, Vermont. ? I FOUR DAYS AT NATCHEZ. Nearly a Month's Itinerary Ar ' ranged for Battleship Mississippi. A greater part of the month of Majr ? will be spent by the new battleship Mls s'ssippl visiting ports on the Mississippi ' river, in a trip which will extend as far ' north as Natchez, according to the Itin erary made public today by the Secre | tary of the Navy. The battleship will I leave Guantanamo about May 1, resell ing New Orleans, May 6. Six days will t be spent at New Orleans, where a series | of entertainments has been planned for ^ the officers and crew of the battleship. The Mississippi then will proceed May 12 ; to Donnelsonville, arriving the same day 1 and remaining there two days. The next ! place to be visited will be Plaquemlne, , where one day will be passed, May 15. i Three days the Mississ ppi will remain at > anchor at Baton Rouge, after she ar rives there May 15. Bayou Sara, the next port up the river to be called at, will he ' reached May 18. and a stop of two days ' made. The final pla?M? which the Missis ! sippi will visit, Natchez, will be reached May 21. At this city more entertainments have I been planned for the Mississippi's offi -ers i and crew during the four days' stay. The return trip down the river will be gin May 25. The battle-hip will reach New Orleans on the following day and remain there until the 27th, when sh? w:ll sail for the gulf. According to the present plans the pres entation of the Mississippi's silver serv ice will take placc at Horn Island June 1. REAR ADMIRAL MILLER DEAD. Commanded the Pacific Station Dur ing the Spanish War. The Navy Department Is informed that Rear Admiral Joseph N. Miller. U.S.N., retired, died at Brick Church, N. J., last night. Admiral Miller was born in Springfield, (Ohio, November 22, 1836, and entered the naval service as a midshipman October 1, 1851, graduating from the Naval Acad ; emy June 10, 1854. He was promoted to | past midshipman November 22. 1856; to j master, January 22. 1858, and to lieuten ! ant, February 19, I860. During the civil | war he served in command of the U.S.S. I Perry, 1801; on the U.S.S. Cambridge, i 1861-2; at Naval Academy, 1862; was pro ; moted to lieutenant commander July 16, ; 1862; served on U.SS. Passaic, 1862-3; on the U.S.S. Sacramento, September to October, 1863; on the U.S.S. Sangamon, October. 1863, to June, 1864; on the U.S.S. Monadnock. August. 1864. to January, 11865; at Naval Academy. January. 18H5, | to September. 1867. He was promoted to commander January 25, 1870; to captain. May 28, 1881, serving in the latter grade . in command of U.S.S. Wabash and Ten I nessee; as captain of the navjr yard. New York, N. Y.; in command of U.SS. Chi cago and Vermont; was promoted to com modore April 16. 18SM; commandant of ' navy yard. Boston. Mass., August 27. ! 1S!>4, to May 5, 1837; was promoted to i rear admiral March 21. 181)7; in command of the United States Pacific station Au | gust 14. 1897. to October 15. 18U6. period of Spanish-American war. Rear Admiral . Miller was also naval representative of i the United States government at the : queen's jubilee in England in 1897. Ha was transferred to the retired list of of ficers of the navy from November 22, 189H, upon reaching the statutory retlre ment age of sixty-two years, and had per formed no active duty since the date of ; his retirement. Great Northern Case Dismissed. The rebate case of the government against the Great Northern Railroad Company in which the railroad company was fined fS.OOO for granting rebates on shipments of sugar for the American ? Sugar Refining Company, was today dis ' missed by the Supreme Court of the United States at the instance of the com pany. The case involved the same points that were involved in the Now York Cen tral case, which was recently decided in favor of the government, and in which the tine imposed was $108,000. Rose Noble Wins Prix Batille. PARIS, April 26.?The Prix Butille was run at St. Cloud today and won by Her man Duryea's Rose Noble.