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WITH'SUHDAY MOEHIHQ HOTTOH. Utt *. and Mlniln if IW Euniag SUr Owqwiy, Oca: ? Maw York Obmi OSn: lint The ETpuinp Stir, with the Sunday morning Is dHlTtrrd by carriers within the city edition. _ _ its per month. Orders mar he f**t mil or telephone Main 3440. Collect ion is kj carrier at the end o.1 each month. hr SiiJ By mall, postage prepaid: Sonday Included, one month. SO cent*. Sunday excepted, one month. SO cer Star. 91 year. Ssoday Star. $ 1.50 Weather. Fair tonight. Tuesday in creasing cloudiness; not much change in temperature. No. 17,773. WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, MAY 24, 1909?EIGHTEEN PAGES. TWO CENTS. MAY MEDIATE STRIKE Trainmen and Railroad Appeal to Federal Board. DR. NEILL OFF TO GEORGIA Will Not Undertake Adjustment Unless Erdman Act Applies. GOVERNOR'S OFFER REJECTED Hoke Smith's Suggestion of State Commission to Arbitrate Trou ble Declined by Scott. As the result of appeals to the fed eral board of mediation to use its ef forts to settle the strike of firemen on the Georgia railroad. Commissioner of Labor Neill, a member of the board, will leave for Atlanta tonight. This decision ? followed a eonferenre here today between Dr. Nelll and Chair man Martin A. Knapp of the Interstate rommerce commission, the other mem ber of the board of mediation under the F.rdman act. Both sides of the controversy have ap pealed to the board with a view to ad justing. If possible, the difficulties which have grown out of the employment of negro firemen by the railroad. Mediation Is Invited. General Manager Scott of the Georgia railroad telegraphed Chairman Knapp that the officers of the road would be glad to have the board of mediation tise its efforts to settle the trouble. Tel egrams ftlfio were received by the board from persons representing the striking firemen, indicating their willingness to have the board take up the matter with a view to reaching an amicable conclu sion. . It was decided today that Dr. Neill should confer at Atlanta with representa tives of both sides. Owing to Important business before the interstate commerce commission. Chairman Knapp will be un able to accompany him. It Is quite llkfily that Dr. Neill may go from Atlanta to Augusta. It has not been determined definitely that the board of mediation will under take formally the adjustment of the con troversy, as the members are not satis fied that It comes within the purview of the Erdman law. That act provides that the board may enter upon the settlement of controversies involving wages, hours of labor, regulations and conditions of labor. To Open Way to Peace. It will be the purpose of Dr. Neill to study the situation and, if possible, with the convent of the railroad officials and of the men involved, to open a way lor a peaceful aettlemaitL It is not unlikely that Chairman Knapp may join Dr. Neill In the south, perhaps by Wednesday. Together they will en . deavor to work out a satisfactory solution of the difficulty. Officials of the Post Office Department are inclined to take a somewhat more hopeful view of the situation on the Georgia railroad, as the result of of ficial advices received over night from Augusta, saying .the movement of the malls on the branch lines between Athens and Union Point had been resumed. On the main line between Augusta and At lanta two mail cars went through yester day attached to freight trains. Gov. Smith's Suggestion for Arbitration Rejected AUGUSTA, Ga., May 24.-Gov. Smith's offer of arbitration of the Georgia rail road strike was declined today by Gen eral Manager Scott of the railroad. Governor Suggests Arbitration. ATLANTA, Ga., May 24?Arbitration to settle the Georgia railroad strike was proposed by Gov. Hoke Smith today. The governor Suggested a commission <>f six. all to be residents of Georgia. * three to represent each side of the con troversy. The Georgia railroad lies en tirely within this state. Gov. Smith's proposal was made in tele prams to General Manager Scott of the (Jeorgia railroad and to Second Vice President Ball of the Locomotive Fire men, who is conducting the stride. Involving a race issue as to whether white or negro firemen shall be employed the strike has become of importance all over the south because of reports that the movement of the Georgia firemen to oust negroes from employment will spread to firemen on all southern railroads. Over the 171 miles of track of the Geor gia railroad today practically not a train is moving, engineers refusing to take out their engines for fear of having their cabs stoned. W. TJ. T. COMPANY WINS CASE. Federal Supreme .Court Decides Against Gunner on Vessel. The applicability to government reserva tions within the state of the Virginia statute imposing a penalty of $100 upon telegraph companies falling to deliver state messages entrusted to them was called in question In the case of the "Western Union Telegraph Company agt. Samuel Chiles, which was decided by the Supreme Court of the United States today favorably to the company. Chiles Is a gunner on the government vessel Abarenda, and failing to receive a message addressed to him from a point within the state while his vessel lay at the Norfolk navy yard, he instituted an action in the hustings court at Ports mouth to recover the penalty. That court found In his favor, and its verdict meet ing the approval of the Virginia supreme court, the company brought the cas?* to the federal Supreme Court on a writ of error, where it succeeded in obtaining a reversal. The telegraph company contended that inasmuch as the navy yard is under fed eral Jurisdiction, the law could not be made applicable to messages directed to persons within its bounds. Th?* uncon stitutionality of the provision was also pleaded. Today's opinton was by Justice Molmes. who held that the slate's juris diction did not extend to a United States r?s< rvation. BRITISH GOLF TOURNEY. Play in First Round for Amateur Championship Opens. EDINBURGH, May 24 -Play in the first round of the British amateur goif championship tournament, over the Muir fleld" course, opened today in glorious weather. The match between K. A. Las sen. the holder of the title, and C. A. Palmer naturally attracted a large gal lery. but the principal interest of the day focused on the play of the American champion, Jerome L?. Travers of Mont clalr, N. J., who was opposed by \V. A. Henderson, one of the hardest match fighters of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club. MR. TUFT LIKES POSIES So He Picked a Few in the Agricultural Grounds. THEN CAME THE WATCHMAN President Hear Being Arrested Until He Is Becognized. PUTS JOKE ON CAPT. BUTT "Didn't I Tell You to Leave Those Flowers Alone P" His Warning to Military Aid. President Taft has gone far hark into his boyhood days, plucked a leaf or two out of the "Arabian Nights Tales" and become the Haroun A1 Raschld of the present era. Haroun A1 Raschld, It will be remem bered, was the ruler who used to dis guise himself every night or so and wan der around, getting first-hand Informa tion as to how his subjects employed their time. The President tried this last Saturday night, but was forced to disclose his real identity in a hurry In order to avoid ar rest by the night watchman of the De ; partment of Agriculture. The President, accompanied by Capt. Archibald Butt, his chief military aid, and a friend, whose Identity remains a mystery, was taking a ride In the Presi dent's big touring car. Their route took them through the Mail, and when they arrived in the grounds of the Depart ment of Agriculture the President or dered the chauffeur to stop. Just Couldn't Help It. ??Those are beautiful flowers. Butt," he said to his chief of staff, pointing to one of the beds In front of the Secretary's office:."let's get out and pick a few." In fraction of a second the three had deserted the automobile and were, like three small boys, having the time of their lives robbing the flower bed. Each gathered a big bouquet, when all of a sudden the watchman appeared. The President had just finished his bouquet and was standing a few feet away In the shadow of a tree. Butt Caught in the Act. "What are you doing there?" said the watchman to Capt. Butt, who was caught redhanded, with a big bunch of flowers In his hand. "Don't you know you have no business doing that? Don't you know you are breaking the law, stealing govern ment property that way?" ? Just then the President came from under the shade of the tree and joined the watchman In a tirade against the astonished Capt. Butt. As though he had had no part In the affair the President, carefully concealing a large bouquet be hind his back, assumed an air of virtuous severity. "I told yon not to do that," he thun dered at Capt. Butt; "I told you Uncle Jlmmle Wilson would have somebody watching those flower beds. You know you are breaking the law and now you are going to be arrested." ' Becognized the President. While Capt. Butt was gasping for breath and trying to understand the desertion of his chief in the hour of trial, the watch man got a look at President Taft. Recog nizing him. he stopped talking and began wondering what to do next. Then the President told him they would quit their trespassing right away If he would not arrest them. "You've done your duty and I shall tell Secretary Wilson so the tlrst time 1 see him," said the President. And he did, telephoning the whole story to Mr. Wilson in great glee this morning. SECRETARY DICKINSON HOME SHOWS EFFECTS OF ILLNESS ON TBIP FROM PANAMA, At His Office This Morning and Ex presses Satisfaction With Progress of Work. Weak from the effects of his illness, which compelled him to cut short his trip. Secretary of War Dickinson stepped ashore from the naval yacht Mayflower at the Washington navy yard yesterday afternoon, after a tour of inspection of the Panama canal. Until yesterday Mr. Dickinson had not left his berth since the Mayflower sailed from Havana, where the vessel was when his condition began to cause concern. He was first ashore, and, while show ing signs of his illness, appeared to be improved. He assured the waiting re porters that he would be all right as soon as he had regained bis lost strength. Mr. Dickinson expressed pleasure at the progress being made in the construc tion of the Panama canal, but when asked regarding conditions in Cuba, the Mayflower having touched there on the return trip from the Canal Zone, he laughingly replied: "I only saw Cuba through a porthole." Entering a carriage the Secretary and Mrs. Dickinson were driven at once to Fort Myer, where they will be the guests of Gen. Bell until they secure permanent quarters. The other members of the Secretary's party were Maj. (Jen. J. Franklin Bell, Dr and Mrs. W. G. Ewing, James Ross Todd. Henry D. Eindsley, Mrs. Owsley and Lincoln R. Clark. At His Office, as Usual. Secretary Dickinson was on deck as usual today, despite his reported ill ness. He spent part of the forenoon with President Taft at the White . House. The remainder of the working ! day he was at his desk in the War De 1 partment. Hearing up the mass of pri I vate correspondence accumulated during j his absence. j To all inquirers in regard to the Pan ama canal ho expressed himself as en tirely satisfied with the progress that has been made, and said it was going alu-ud as rapidly as possible consis tent with good economic management of the force of employes now there. All the engineering problems likely to be encountered in the construction of a lock type of can;il. Mr. Dickinson says, have Hi-cn solved, and. in his opinion, , will be successfully worked out by the i commission. Col. Goethals. chief cngl ; ne^r, he says, holds to his opinion ex | pressed while visiting Washington sev ; eral months ago that the canal will be ready for business by January 1, 1915. i Mr. Dickinson believes the lock sys ' tem of canal ;o b?r better than that of the sea-level type. Whatever doubts he may have had on this subject, he says, were dissipated by his visit to the isth mus. The Secretary says there are no ?erious labor problems on the isthmus. BONING FOR GRADUATION. ? i ~ WRECKED IN A SNOWSTORM THRILLING EXPERIENCE OF THE COLUMBIA'S PASSENGERS. Survivors Taken to Seward, Alaska, ' by the Mail Steamer Dora?Tell of ^altering and Hrralwa SEATTLE, "Wash., May 24.?A cable i dispatch to the Post-Intelligencer from Seward, Alaska, cays that the mall steamer Dora has arrived there with 194 mirvlvers of the wrecked ship Columbia near Unlmaka pass. The survivors tell a tale of suffering and of heroism seldom excelled. Following the grounding in a blinding snowstorm eight miles east of Unimaka ?pass on the night of April 30, the experi ences of the passengers and crew of the Columbia were harrowing. There was no wind at the time, but a terrific surf was raging from a storm on the previous night. On the vessel were fifty-three Italians, ninety-sM Japanese and forty-' five Americans and Scandinavians. All, including* the Japanese, were passive and obedient in the face of danger ~ave the Italians, who in panic raved and prayed. A boat was lowered and the Italians poured in. The Italians attempted to seise two more boats, but were restrained at the point of guns. They rowed eight miles to Scotch Cape lighthouse. Return ing two days later for provisions they were again compelled with revolvers to take only food and refrain from looting. Landing' the Passengers. Two former life-saving men, Christ Christophersen, and Ernest Andersen, in sisted they be allowed to proceed for shore alone in a diminutive skiff. They succeeded in establishing a life line to the shore. Disembarking by means of the large fish boats following the lUe line occupied twenty-four hours. Dr. Thrasher, the ship physician, who worked continuously, revived the men capsized in the icy waters. Many were nearly drowned and it was In the resuscitation of these that the Japanese showed fine spirit. All the boats were smashed but one. Only one woman, the Australian wife of Mate Canteron, was with the party. On the morning of May 2 a storm caused the final abandonment of the wrecked Columbia. The same day the ship burned to the water's edge. COUNTRY IMPATIENT. Senators Receive Appeals to Close Up the Tariff Debate. Republican leaders In the Senate ex pressed the opinion today that the end of this week would show a clearing of the tariff situation. They said it seems quite likely that an agreement can be reached fixing a day for a final vote some time about the middle or the 20tli of June. The leaders expect to make progress when the lumber schedule ft? out of the way, and they think this week will clean up that schedule and the few mill-ends of other schedules passed over. The great struggle over the cotton schedule will then come, and as soon as this is out of the way the leaders expect to see daylight. The pressure from the country at large for action on the bill is lieginning to be felt. Senators are getting letters and telegrams from constituents urging them to put an end to the suspense under which the business interests are laboring. The small merchants are making themselves felt through the daily press and the com bined hue and cry against delay is grow ing more strident every day. TO PARADE WITH SIDE ARMS. Special Permission Granted Japanese Midshipmen and Sailors. Midshipmen and sailors of the Japanese training squadron will parade at Seattle June 1, bearing their side arms. The managers of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific exposition expressed the desire that the men from the Japanese training ships Aso and Soya, which will represent Ja pan at the opening of the exposition, be permitted to land with their side arms. This government informed Japan and the authorities at Toklo have acquiesced. The request heinu agreeable to the Wash ington state authorities, the United States government has granted the desired per mission. ASKS FOR DUTY ON LUMBER SENATOR ROOT MAKES FLEA IN THE SENATE. Gives Reasons Why Mills Along Canadian Border Should Be? Pro tected by Differential Tax. An extended plea for the differential duty on dressed lumber was made In the Senate today, In connection with the con sideration of the tariff bill, by Senator Root, who cited the vaTloua lumber inter ests along the Canadian border and gave reasons why they should be accorded a protective tariff. "Canada," he said, "offers to every .planing mill which will move across the border a remission of taxes for from fif teen to twenty-five years. So that the duty which we are imposing, if we adopt the committee report on dressed lumber, merely balances the tax that is imposed upon the property of our mills for the support of our state and municipal gov ernments." Calling attention to the fact that the duties under consideration in the cases of the rates provided by the House bill and by the - committee on finance, were less than those of the Dingley bill, Mr. Hale inquired whether the senator from New York believed the Dingley rate should be retained. "My impression is," said Mr. Root, "that the differential of the Dingley bill is just about at the right point to main tain a healthy opportunity for business and a healthy restraint upon business. I do not think there can be a reduction in these differentials that would not trans fer a large portion of the planing busi ness to Canada." Mr. Root read a communication from the Amalgamated Wood Workers of America as evidence that the employes of the industry regard the maintenance of a substantial differential as essential in their efforts to keep their wages at the level established by the Dingley law. GOING TO GETTYSBURG. I ?????? Troops and Batteries at Fort Myer Will Start Tomorrow. Troops A. B and D, 15th <CavaIry, and Batteries D and E, 3d Field Artillery, will leave Fort Myer, Va,, tomorrow morning, under command of Maj. C. G. Treat, on a practice march to Gettysburg, Pa? and return, a total distance of about 350 miles. At Gettysburg they will par ticipate in the ceremonies attending the dedication next Monday of the monument erected to the United States regular troops, who took part in the Gettysburg campaign. On that occasion addresses will be made by President Tatt and Secretary Dickinson, and Miss Helen Taft will un veil the shaft.. Nearly 2,<X? regular troops have been ordered to attend. The Fort Myer troops, however, are the only ones to make the trip to and from the old battleground by marching. NEW HIGH WHEAT RECORDS. Chicago Frices Advance on Reports From Kansas. CHICAGO, May 24.?Both May and September wheat established new high records on the board of trade today, largely on bullish reports from Kansas predicting crop shortage in that state. May wheat sold early at fl.33%?14 cent over Saturday. September contracts brought *1.10, which Is % cent, higher than the previous close and % cent better than the previous high point of some weeks ago. July at $1.18% was within \ cent of its previous top price. December wheat, which touched Jl.07%. showed evidence of influential bullish support. NATURALIST LOSES HIS LIFE. Sand Caves in Upon Him While Digging for Kingfisher Eggs. NORFOLK. Va., May fM.?Richardson P. Smithwick. aged twenty-two years, a naturalist, lost his life as the result of sand caving in upon him while he was digging late Saturday into the side of a sand dune in the "Prineess Anne Desert." between Lynn Haven inlet and Cape Hen ry, for kingfisher egg*. A searching party Sunday found Smith wick's body with hia feet only projecting through the sand. s? TWO DIE IN HARBOR COLLISION ANOTHER REPORTED HISSING IN CRASH AT BUFFALO. Steamer Strikes and Tarns Over Tug Which Had Crossed Former's Row to Assist in Tow. BUFFALO, N. Y.. May 24.?Two and perhaps three lives were lost today In a collision between the steamer Western States of the Detroit and Buffalo Naviga tion Company and the tug Princeton In the harbor of the United States life-sav ing station. The drowned were: William McClure, fireman, of Buffalo. Raymond Norby, fireman, of Buffalo. Missing1: Frank Traufier, engineer, of Buffalo. Capt. James Sullivan of the Princeton escaped by swimming to the life-saving dock. According to statements of eyewit nesses, the Princeton had crossed'the bow of tlie Western States in order to assist in towing her to her dock. The tug Yale had taken the line off the Western States and was swinging around to head up the river for the dock. The Western States, however, had greater headway than the captain of the Yale evidently calculated, for the big steamer struck the Princeton amidships and turned her over, the members of the crew being precipitated into the wa ter. Passengers on board of the Western States saw one of the tug's men come to the surface and make a short struggle for life. Then the unfortunate sailor sank from view. IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT. ? Colored Prisoner Punished for Hid ing at Penitentiary. COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 24.?Harvey Johnson, a negro burglar, serving a life sentence, is now in solitary confine ment, following his disappearance Wed nesday night and hiding until early today, when hunger drove him to uncover himself. Despite the utmost vigilance of the guards, Johnson had eluded capture by hiding under the porch of the prison post office. Three nights he ventured forth on foraging expeditions, but has tened back to his hiding place when fired on by guards. Saturday night he boldly stole the lunch of a guard, but was seen while leaving the guard's kitch en. He ran to a wash house and hid on the roof as three ritle shots rang out. The entire prison was the scene of excitement. A dozen guards quickly surrounded the wash house and made a search. For three hours Johnson lay on the roof. Then, realizing that he would be seen at daylight, he surrendered. The guards had not climbed the roof to look for him, because they thought it inac cessible. Jailed for Taft Caricatures. SAN JUAN, P. R., May 24?Federal officers today arrested Joaquin Bierreiro, editor of El Carnaval, a weekly periodi cal, which makes a specialty of carica ture. Bierreiro is charged with sending obscene matter through the mails. He was released on furnishing bonds in the sum of $5,000. The offense is al leged to lie in certain caricatures of President Taft In connection with his message on Porto Rican Affairs. Ball Player Recovers From Injuries. RACINE, Wis., May 24.?Earl Burwell, a member of the Oshkosh, Wis., base ball team, who yesterday was :..ruck by a thrown ball while running to first base and suffered concussion of the brain, has regained consciousness and physicians be lieve he will recover. Philippine Tariff Bill Passed. The Philippine tariff bill was finally passed by the House today, after sev eral previous efforts had been made to put it through, but which failed because of the lack of a quorum. Venezuela Abolishes War Taxes. An executive decree was issued the l:*h instant by the Venezuelan government abolishing the war export taxes on coffee, cocoa and hides. The decreu has met with popular approval, I Mrs. Amiss Found Dead and Husband Unconscious. THOUGHT TO BE ACCIDENT Couple Not Seen Since About 6 O'Clock Last Night. BBOTHER EX-POLICE CAPTAIN Came Here From Staunton, Va., Re cently and Were Preparing1 to Return to That City. With eras steadily flowing from an open jet in their room at 630 Rhode Island ave nue northwest this morning, Sylvanus Amiss, a shoemaker, sixty-eight years of age, was found in an unconscious condi tion, and his wife, Mrs. Mollie Amiss, sixty-four years of age. was dead. Mr. Amiss was removed to the Freed men s Hospital, where it wsb stated he will probably recover. Coroner Nevitt was notified, and after making an investiga tion stated that he would not issue a cer tificate regarding the death of Mrs. Amiss until he could get a statement from Mr. Amiss. ? . Mr. and Mrs. Amiss, the former of whom Is a brother of ex-Capt. of Police T. Brooke Amiss; had occupied a room at the house with Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Beit for the past seven months. Mr. Amiss was seen to leave the house last evening about 6 o'clock. He was not seen to enter again. Ax>out 9 o'clock l*8* and again this morning about 3 o clock. Mrs. Belt told Coroner Nevitt, she heard a noise In the front second-story room, occupied by Mr. and. Mrs. Amiss. Detected by Landlady. About 9 o'clock this morning, after Mr. and Mrs. Belt had finished their breakfast and the former had left the house, Mrs. Belt detected the odor of gas escaping from the front room. Not having seen or heard anything of the occupants this moi ning, she became alarmed, ohe ran to tho u ?.???; door. Officer Leslie Williams of the eighth precinct was standing at 7th street and Rhode Island avenue, and was called by Mrs. Belt and informed of the circumstances. The policeman Immediately communi cated with Capt. Doyle of the eighth pre cinct, who instructed him to enter the room. He returned to the house, and. finding the bedroom door locked, forced it open and found Mr. Amiss lying on the floor, attired in his nightgown, and Mrs. Amiss lying in the bed. In the meantime, Capt- Doyle, with several officers, arrived from the station house in the patrol wagon. Capt. Doyle discovered that Amiss was still breathing, and with the assist ance of the officers carried him down stairs and placed him in the patrol w&son At the hospital Amiss wasa immediately placed on the operating table, and Dr. William A. Warfleld. with several assist ants, worked over him for over an hour before they were able to levive him. The ambulance of the Freednvn's Hospital had also been summon***, and when Dr. M. L.- Boyd examined jui-s. Amiss he pronounced her dead. Believed to Be Accident. It is supposed that the couple retired to their bed about 9 o'clock last night, when they were heard moving about in their room, and that when one of them turned out the light from a small ta ble lamp, the key was turned by acci dent, which opened it again. Mr. Amiss was a native of Staunton, Va., where he had been engaged In the shoemaking business for a number of years. About nine months ago he came to Washington and secured employment with H. C. Reinhardt. 803 6th street northwest, a manufacturing shoemaker. He was employed there until about, three weeks ago** when he stated he was going to return to his former home. Mrs. Amiss is said to have been a native of Freder icksburg. Va. The couple were preparing to return to Staunton, and it is stated they were to have left this city today. WANTS CLAUSE STRUCK OUT SENATOR OWEN WOULD AMEND THE TARIFF BILL. Says Words "Above No. 16 Dutch Standard in Color" Should Be Eliminated. The so-called sugar trust was the sub ject of an attack in the Senate today by Senator Owen of Oklahoma, who sent to the secretary's desk a denunciation of the trust published yesterday in a local newspaper. ?'This account/* said Mr. Owen, ?'points out one of the most evil and Insidious consequences of the building up in this country of these gigantic organisations protected by this so-called tariff, which has led to poisoning the fountain of in formation of the people of the United States, so that millions of dollars have been stolen from the people of the United States. This fact Is not mention ed by the leading newspapers of the city of New York, but, on the contrary, full-pitge advertisements of the Sugar Refining Company appear in lieu of the truth, which ought to be made known to the people of the United States. Sonsequently. he asked to have the newspaper attack read, in order that it might appear in the Record, which was d?"fter the reading of the clipping, which -was an account of alleged recent frauds perpetrated by the sugar trust. Mr. Owen declared that the words "above No. 16 Dutch standard in color" should be struck from the tariff bill, and asked that the finance committee report to the Senate "why these words should not be struck from the bill." Mr. Aldrich suggested that the sugar schedule would probably be reached this afternoon, and "then this amendment, he said, "will be in order." "I am offering a resolution for the chairman of the committee on finance,' persisted Mr. Owen. "Not for the chairman. suggested Mr. Beveridge, laughing; "for the com mittee, probably." . "For the chairman, who is the com mittee," retorted the Oklahoman. Further discussion was cut off by tne Senate's proceeding with the considera tion of the tariff bill. Mr. Owen did not at the time present his resolution, but 'said he would do so later. He did not disclose its terms. Conditions in Constantinople. Conditions in Constantinople are great ly improved, according to a dispatch to the State Department from Ambassador Lelshman today. The ambassador says that the present state of public security in Constantinople is better than It has been for a long time. He adds the Indi cations are that the new administration is entirely successful. President Confident of Time Congress Will Adjourn. MAKES PLANS FOR JULY 3 Visit to Pittsburg the Latter Part of This Week. HAMMOND NOT GOING TO CHINA Elmer Dover Loses Place as National Bank Examiner in State of New York. President Tart If nn confldent that Cm gress will adjourn before the end of June; that It will pass a satisfactory tariff bill and save further trouble, and that ?very body will be ready to leave for summer vacations early in July, that he today completed arrangements to spend several days around Lake Cham plain In con nection with the tercentenary cleberatlon I of the discovery of the lake. He had an interview today with Senator Dillingham and Gov. Prouty of Vermont, which stats Is co-operating with New York In having a week's celebration of the tercentenary. The President's program Is to get away from Washington the night of July 3. He will spend the Fourth at Norwich. Conn., at the celebration there of the founding of the town. Tuesday, July ?. he will be at Fort Tleonderog; July 1. at Plattsburg, and the ftth he will spend with the Burlington people in their cele bration, it being Vermont day. From Burlington he will go to Beverly, Mass., his summer home. Senator Crane of Massachusetts, who called to see the President today, said there was little question that Congress would pass a tariff bill before the end of June. President's Pittsburg Trip. Representative Barchfeld and Rabbi J. L. Levy of Pittsburg visited the President j today with reference to his visit to that | city the la*t of this week. The President | will leave here Friday- night and reach Pittsburg Saturday morning. He will take part in the dedication of a fountain in Arsenal Park, visit Temple Rodeph Shalom and do some other things during the day. At night he will attend the banquet of the Associated Western Tale Clubs. Sunday will also be spent in Pittsburg. Sunday nignt he will leave Pittsburg for Gettysburg, where he will | be the central figure in the Memorial day j exercises Monday, May 31. He will b? I back in Washington that night. Dajrtem Burveyorship Settled. One difficult Ohio patronage case Is be lieved to have been settled today. Senator Burton visited the President and dis cussed with him the surveyorshlp of cus toms at Dayton. It Is believed the Presi dent will send to the Senate In a few days the nomination of L McConnaughey. who has been recommended by the re publican county committee. Speaker Cannon made an early visit to the Whi^e House, but as the President was busy did not wait to see the chief executive. Ex-Senator Wilson of Washington was one of the President's visitors. Hammond Declines Chinese Mission. John Hays Hammoari, the mining en gineer, prominent In the last campaign | as president of the League of Republi can Clubs, today declined an offer of the post of minister to China. In doing so Mr. Hammond told the President and Secretary Knox that be greatly regret ted that he could not accept the honor, but that the education of his children I and the dislike of his wife to further travel after years of residence in all parts of the world stood in the way of his serving the administration. "I recognize that the post of minister to China has splendid opportunities, and that the prospects of increasing com mercial openings there are immense." Mr. Hammond said, " but circumstances do not permit me to accept the offer. Myself and family have lived every where, until we feel that we should settle down and look after the educa tion of the children." Mr. Hammond was at the White House this morning, and after a conference with the President saw and talked with Secre tary Knox, who had been summoned. No one else has been selected as the suc cessor to Mr. Rockhlll. who has been transferred to St. Petersburg. President Taft looks upon the Chinese mission as one of the most Important In the diplo | matic service of the government, and he will seek an able man for the place. Dover Loses Pine Place. Elmer Dover's appointment as national bank examiner in the state of New York has been suspended by direction of Pres ident Taft, and It Is considered doubtful whether he will again be named, al though he may be offered an examiner ship in some other state. The Inside facts of the case, though, are caretfuly withheld, as far as possi ble. Mr. .Dover, for many years sec I retary of the republican national commit I tee, did not get on the Taft band wagon in the preliminary presidential campaign last year. He was generally supposed to have sympathized in strong degrra with Senator Foraker's plans in Ohio. Because of liis attitude Mr. Dover was relegated to a minor position in the work of the republican national committee, and at the close of the campaign en gaged in private business. President Taft did not wish to show any animosity and recognized Mr. Dover'* services to his party. So he asked Con troller Murray to give Mr. Dover the New York examlnershlp. I Immediately after the acceptance of the I offer there appeared In the New York papers long stories alleging that Mr. I Dover had been picked over the re j monstrance of big influences In Ohio, and that the President had really se-. lected lilni so that he might advise as I to Ohio political matters. These stories I reached the President, who does not like too much advertising at his expense, and so the appointment is hung up hiph. The j New York examlnership pays $12.00i? a year, the best position under the con troller of the currency. Nominates Two Officers. The President today made the follow ing nominations: ( Colonel, to be brigadier general?Rich ard T. Yeatman, 11th Infantry. Citizen, to be a chaplain In the navy James D. Macnair of New York. Admiral Evans Besumes His Duties. Rear Admiral R. D. Evans, U. 8. N., retired, has returned to this city from a long visit to California and resumed hla duties with the general board of the navy. He was at the Navy Department this afternoon and spent some time In confer ence with Secretary Me/er and R$ar Ad miral Plllsbury, chief of the bureau at navigation.