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WITH SUSDAT MOENIBB EDITIOS. Susinass Office, 11th St. and Pauujtaaia A' The Evening Star Newspaper Company, European Office: S Begent St., London. England. New York Office: Tribune Building. Chicago Office: First National Bank Building. Tti<* Ev??rinz Star, with the Sunday morning edition. in delivered by carrier* within tb* <lty nt .V> rents ppr month. Orders may be eent by mall or telephone Main 2440. Collection in made by earner at the end of each month. By majl. postage prepaid* Pally. Sunday Included, on* month. 6C cent?. ! Pallr. Sunday excepted, one mojtb. SO ccnta Saturday Star, $1 year. Sunday Star. $1.50 year, j No. 17,803. WASHINGTON, D. C., WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1909?TWENTY PAGES. TWO CENTS. Weather Partly cloudv and continued warm, with light showers to night or Thursday. LEON MAY HI FLED DISGUISEDASWOMAN Was Professional Chinese Actor and Made Specialty of Feminine Impersonations. FUGITIVE'S WHEREABOUTS NOT KNOWN TO CHUNG SIN | Possibility That Chinaman Has Gone South Is Entertained. ROOMMATE IS GIVEN EES! talentless Questioning to Be Re sumed When Others Have Been Subjected to Dread Third Degree. Chung Sin. NEW YORK, June 23.?'That Leon Ling, fugitive from Justice as the murderer of Elsie Sigel. is in hiding in some densely populated Chinatown in the disguise of a woman is a possibility which is engaging eerlous attention on the part of the police. In a statement issued by the district at torney's offic<? today it was said that Leon was an actor, and that it was by reason of his profession that he gained admittance to this country about eleven years ago. The law excluding Chinese of the laboring class does not Include pro fessional actors. Leon's specialty on the stage of his country, it was added, was that of Im personating female characters. It is also a possibility that Leon went south. The police today decided to ask the authorities in southern cities, espe cially Galveston and New Orleans, to make careful search for him in the local Chinese settlements. That he may be masquerading as a Chi nes? woman is one of the chief additions to be made to the description of Leon sent out by the New York police as the result of the disclosures of his friend yesterday. No Clue to Whereabouts. I? the statement made by Chung Sin last night, accusing Leon of having killed Elsie Sige!. has given the authorities ary tangible clue to the hiding place of Leon the police have not made it known. It has resulted !r. no arrest. In the maze of conflicting stories told by Chung, and even after he apparently gave In under the Incessant accusations and questions of the police, he is quoted as asserting that he does not know where Leon fled after tying Miss Sigel's body In the trunk, although he admitted giv ing Leon the larger part of $2fi0, which Chung had borrowed from Chu Gain. The renewed activity of the police dur ing and after Chung's statement might indicate, however, that the Chinaman told a good deal more about Leon than the police have allowed to become public. There was much telegraphing about the country by the police last night following Chung's confession. Chung May Know More. Chung s reluctance in telling the facts, his evident first intention to deny that he knew anjthlng at all about the murder, and his extraordinary indifference as to the terrible fate of the young woman, all convince the police that he has by no means told all he knows about the mur der. Further attempts to make him divulge the facts which the police most desire? those giving a clue to Icon's hiding place ?will be made. There seems scant hope of eetting anv useful information. The police are rather inclined to believe that Leon may hav.* gone to the Pacific coast to take steamer for China They do not reiect the theory that he may have remained in this city. If is known that he was a member of at l*asr one of the powerful Chinese secret socletie- He could have obtained ampie funds for flight or to support himself in seclusion The news that something had happened to Elsie S:gel was whispered about the Chinese quarter for days before the girl's body was discovered. So far no China man has been found who will admit that he knew the murder had been committed, or that Leon had fled Chung Allowed to Rest. NEW YORK. June uW?There are many things still to be told by Chung Sin. the prisoner In the Sigel case, who confessed yesterday that he watched Elsie Sigel's Chinese lover, Leon, kill her with a handkerchief, helped him tie (Continued on Ninth Page.) PARTY LINES BROKEN Senate Refuses to Adopt House Rate on Lumber. STANDS BY COMMITTEE Eight Democrats Vote Against the Reduction. ADOPTION OF THE $1.50 DUTY Tilln^an Explains Frankly Why He Supported the Dingley Bate and Now Is for Free Lumber. Lumber split both the democratic and republican ranks in the Senate today. More republicans than democrats voted to stand by the House rate of $1 a thou sand feet on rough lumber, which is just half the present rate and 50 cents iess than the rate proposed by Senator Aid rich. The amendment for "dollar lum ber" failed to the tune of 24 to 44. Without a sign of a speech the Senate today began voting as soon as a quorum ha^been procured. Whether due to the hot weather or to exhaustion of the'ora tors from other causes the change was accepted as a good omen by those who are anxious to crowd the tariff bill to final action and have the Bession come to an end. The aJr in the Senate chamber was close and sultry when promptly at 10 o'clock President Pro Tempore Frye rap ped for order. There were comparatively few senators in their seats and a call for a quorum was made as soon as Mr. Aldrich had indicated his desire to have the Senate proceed with the considera tion of the lumber schedule. Senator Aldrich offered the finance committee's substitute for the House lumber schedule as soon as the Senate convened this morning. Besides fixing the rate on sawed lumber at $1 a thou sand feet, it Increased the House differ entials on dressed lumber materially, al though Mr. Aldrich explained that the differentials were but 75 per cent of those of the present law. McCumber Amendment Rejected. Senator McCumber of North Dakota, who Is a member of the finance commit tee, at once offered his amendment reduc ing the Aldrich rate of $1.50 a thousand feet on rough lumber to $1. He did not discuss !t at length, having explained his position to the Senate in an extended speech a few weeks ago. When the vote was taken fourteen re publicans rallied to the support of Mr. McCumber's proposition. They were Bev eridge, Bristow. Brown, Burkett, Burton, Carter, Clapp, Crawford, Cummins; Cur 11**, La Follette, McCumber and Nelson. Only ten democrats voted for the reduction, namely: Bankhead, Clay, Gort, Hughes, Johnston, McLaurin. Over man, Paynter, Tillman and Davis. Against the >lcCumb?r amendment was a solid phalanx of thirty-six stalwart re publicans from the eastern states and the far western lumber states, and also eight democrats, namely: Bacon, Bailey, Cham berlain. Fletcher, Foster, Martin, Money, Simmons, Smith of Maryland and Taylor. After this defeat Mr. McCumber offered another amendment to reduce the duties on various sorts of dressed lumber either all the way or nearly to the House rates. He proposed to cut the committee's rate on lumber planed on one side from 50 cents per thousand feet to 25 cents, and on the more highly finished sorts he pro posed to reduce the rate one-third, mak ing the rate on lumber planed on one side and tonged and grooved, or planed on two sides, 50 cents Instead of 75 cents, etc. He then undertook to explain that the Aldrich differentials were "enormously high," and entirely unjustified by the facts regarding the cost of finishing lumber. Mr. McCumber was assisted in his ef forts to prove that the Aldrich differential on dressed lumber was too high by Sen ator Clapp of Minnesota. Mr. Aldrich contended that the com mittee's rates were nacessary to protect the lumber mills of the country, and he was. supported by Senators Smoot of Utah, Heyburn of Idaho. Smith of Marylaftd and others. Tillman's Frank Admission. Before the vote was taken Senator Till man of South Carolina declared that he had been looking for a chance to vote for free lumber. He denied that the Mc Cumber amendment for free lumber, which was defeated several weeks ago, covered the entire subject. It left a duty on certain southern woods, he said, and for that reason he had voted against it. Mr. Tillman admitted frankly that he had voted for the $2 rate on lumber when the Dingley bill was passed, re marking at the time that "if there was going to be any stealing I am going to get my share." "I have found that I can't get my share." he explained today, "and therefore I am going to vote against any duty." He explained further that lumber men from the northwest had bought up tim ber lands in the southwestern corner of his state and pushed the price to the consumer away up in the air. so that nobody got any benefit from the tariff in his state except these men. Replying to a question by Senator Smith of Michigan, Mr. Aldrich said that the committee rates on dressed lumber were 25 per cent lower than the rates in the present law. The McCumber amendment reducing the-committee rates on dressed lumber was defeated. 30 to 49, although it polled seventeen republican votes?name ly, Be\neridge, Bristow. Brown, Burkett. Burton. Carter, Clapp. Crawford. Cum mins. Curtis. Dolliver. du Pont. Gamble, Johnson. La Follette. McCumber and Nelson. This time ten democrats voted against the reduction. Committee's Bate Adopted. The vote was then taken on the com mittee's substitute, and it was adopted 50 to 28, with the republicans voting "no" who had supported Mr. McCumber's amendments, with several exceptions. Twelve democrats voted with Mr. Al drich. namely. Bacon, Bailey. Chamber lain, Daniel. Fletcher, Foster. McEnery J Martin, Simmons, Smith of Md.. Talia ferro and Taylor. An amendment offered by Senator Gore of Oklahoma for the purpose of allowing all lumber intended for building schools, churches and other religious and educa tional institutions to come in tree was defeated on a viva voce vote, the Senate refusing to grant a "yea and nav" vote The Senate then proceeded to clear un the rest of the lumber schedule. Mr Al I drlch presented amendments increasing the rate on clapboards from $1.00 to $1 50 per thousand feet, on laths from 20 to ! 25 cents per thousand pieces, and on I shingles from 30 to 50 cents per thou I sajid pieces. These amendments were i agreed to. Duty on Boxes Goes Over. Senator Taliaferro of Florida then ! started a fight on the paragraph fixing | a duty of per cent ad valorem on | boxes, barrels and crates used for ship SCHOOL'S OUT! pine fruit on the ground that no' Pro tection was given on pUeapple hoxe^ He claimed that this was a ran*: d ination and proposed to amend the par graph to include pineapple Mr. Aldrich and Mr. .Ra>'ne.r.b^ha? ssans Gordian knot, and moved to strike ^ut the whole paragraph, remarking that in another part of the bill the rebate fea ture by which these boxes made of American wood and reimported contain in^ fruit only have to pay one-half of thf duty that would b? otherwise charged was taken care of. The motion was agreed to and the paragraph went ??enati?efkitt of West Virginia secured the adoption of a 15 P?r cent ad valorem duty on briar and laurel root, which Is used in the manufacture of P?P*s. An amendment offered by Senator Gug genheim of Colorado to put a IS per cent ad valorem duty on all tungstein-bear ng ores was agreed to, after Mr. Aldrich had stated that the committee would look ljito the subject and consider an objection raised by several senators that this mineral was largely used in the manufacture of steel and should not be prohibited from entrance to this country. Fight Over Pineapples. The long-expected fight over pineapples between Senator Talliaferro and Senator Rayner then commenced. It was pre cipitated by an amendment presented by Mr. Taliaferro fixing the duty at % a cent a pound on pineapples in boxes and $8 a thousand in bulk. LEADER OF MUTINEERS KILLED AMERICAN SEBGEANT WOUND ED BY FILIPINOS. Constabulary Pursuing Bebels, Who Have Divided Into Two Bands. Cause of Mutiny. MANILA. June 23.?According to news received in this city today Lieut. Noble with a company of the 23d Constabulary June 18 struck part of the Davao muti neers and killed Sergt. Academia. leader of the mutiny, in the ensuing fight. Sergt. Hewson of the American forces,' who killed the mutineer chief, was wound ed during the skirmish. The pursuit of the mutineers, who have divided into two bands, continues and five of the rebels have been captured at various points, leaving sixteen, two of whom are wound ed, to be accounted for. On the first retirement of the mutineers from Davao, where they revolted aga'nst their officers several weeks ago, they killed a Japanese whose death was not reported at the time the news of the mutiny became known. Several companies of the 23d constabu lary, under the personal direction of Gen. Bandholtz, commander of the constabu lary forces of the Islands, are co-operat ine in hot pursuit of the mutineers, and it is expected that they will be captured or killed. Gen. Bandholtx reports that the mutiny was due tc ?n attempt by officers to restore discipline that had been allowed to slacken among the members of the organization by the previous com mander. JOBDAN TALKS TO QBADUATES. Stanford "Prexy" Star Speaker at Indiana University. BLOOMINGTON. Ind.. June 23?At the eightieth annual commencement of Indiana University today 289 received diplomas. Two hundred and eighteen of these were given the degree of A. B , thirty-four the degree of D. D . thirty two received the A M- and five were made doctors of philosophy. President David Starr Jordan of Le land Stanford University, who was pres ent of Indiana University from 1884 to 1891. made the principal address. The degree of doctor of laws was con ferred upon President Jordan today. The colleges of law and medicine held their commencement exercises last Thursday. Pannonia Colt Wins Kennett Plate. NEWBURY. England. June 23.?The Kennett two-year-old plate of 500 sov ereigns. distance five furlongs, was run here today and won by the Pannonia colt. August Belmont's Boudoir was second and Chucklehead thiid. Sixteen horses ran. ARREST AT WINDBER, PA Nervous Chinaman Denies That He Is Leon Ling. JOHNSTOWN, Pa.. June 23.-A China man arrested at Windber, Pa., near here, at noon today is believed to be Leon Liner, wanted in New York for the mur der of Elsie Sigel. He answers the description of the miss ing celestial and arrived in this section from the east last night. When arrested he eaUMMi great nerveweeee, but de nied he was Leon Ling. He said his name was Wee King Sonj?. The Chinaman is now being brought from Windber to Johnstown for further examination. REPORTS AS TO BLUEFIELDS f UNITED STATES CONSUL LIN ARD TELLS OF DISTURBANCES. Conflicts Between Steamship Com pany and Competitors??Governor Responsible for Protection. Thte final report of Drew Linard, United States consul at La Ceiba, Honduras, who van specially detailed to investigate and report on the recent disturbances at Blue fields, has reached the department. Mr. Linard was assisted by Commander Hill of the Marietta, which was utilized to transport the consul to Bluefields, and also by Mr. Clancy, vice consul at that city. The investigation was, by the de partment's instructions, directed to cover Impartially the interests and contentions of planters and others, as well as those of the Bluefields Steamship Company. The investigation was very exhaustive ajid the report now at hand ha* given the department a clear idea of the sit uation, which is a complicated one. I Holds Monopolistic Concessions. It appears that the Bluefields Steamship Company holds from the Nicaraguan gov ernment certain monopolistic transporta tion and commercial concessions wftich have enabled them to fix the prices of bananas. Meanwhile, through the fall of exchange and the raising of the local im port duties, the purchasing power of money has greatly fallen off In the lo cality. Consequently the independent planters demanded a higher price for their product. The Bluefields company refused to entertain such proposition and there resulted rioting and the destruction of crops and property. The company then appealed to the Nicaraguan government, which proclaimed martial law. and pro ceeded, apparently at the behest of the company, to make wholesale arrests ir respective of nationality. The trouble thus arose apparently merely from local commercial discontent. It is vitliout apparent political aspect and is uevoid of racial questions. Grievance of the Planters. Besides the question of prices, the grievance of the planters Included a com plaint that grading and classification of bananas by the Bluefields company's In spectors was arbitrary, the company's al leged refusal to accept fruit which had been cut and hauled to the river if a slump had occurred in the New Orleans price, etc. It appears that American, British. Nicaraguan. Austrian, Chinese and other planters suffered in greater or less degree. The destruction of property is understood to have ceased, but it ap pears that the boycott of the company by the independent planters continues. A telegram received at the department indicates that the conflicts between the steamship company and its competitors in its relation to the interests of the in dependent planters still continue. The local governor has been informed that he will be held responsible for the protec tion of American property or for any case of the improper imprisonment of any citizen of the United States. The Brit ish cruiser Indefatigable has been for some days at Bluefields, and It is report ed that an investigation of the treatment of British interests is being made. AFTER DETROIT BROKERS. Warrants Charge Conspiracy to Use Funds Belonging to Others. | DETRIOT, Mich, June 23.?Warrants were issued today In police court for the arrest of Cameron Currie and Louis H. I Case of the brokerage house of Cameron, Currie & Co. of this city, which failed last July with liabilities of about $1,500,- j Otf), and for Michael J. Bourke of this city, a customer who owed the firm up wards of $500,000 at the time of the fail ure. Two warrants were issued. The first charges that Currie, Case and Bourke conspired to use funds which did not be long to them for the purpose of specu lating for their own benefit and that they actually did convert to their own use funds of other customers of the firm. The second warrant charges Currie and Case with having fraudently converted to their own use $367.50, which had been paid to them by Amy T. Gray, a cus tomer for the purchase outright of stocks. The warrants charging conspiracy and embezzlement of funds have previously issued against Case as a result of the failure. During a hearing on the charges against Case Bourke testified that his account, which showed an Indebtedness of about half a million dollars, had really been operated for some time bv Currie. who was trying to make It pay feourke s debt to the firm. PROTEST AGAINST HEW BUDGET . ! great mass meeting is held IN LONDON. Premier Asquith's Proposals De nounced as an Innovation in His tory of English Finance. LONDON, June 23.?Supporting the let ter protesting against the provisions of the budget signed by nearly forty Lorn don bankers and merchants sent to Pre mier Asquith May 14, there was a great meeting in this city this afternoon, at which it was resolved that the "main pro posals of the budget weaken securities In all private property, discourage enter prise and. they feel, would prove seriously injurious to the industry of the country." The gathering was thoroughly repre sentative of all phases of city life. It was also wholly non-political, and many of the most prominent men present were radicals. Lord Rothschild presided. He said that the meeting was due to the un satisfactory reply of Premier Asquith to their representations of May 14, and that it was desired to make quite clear that the city objected to the budget proposals which "introduce an innovation in the; historv of English finance. Continuing, Lord Rothschild said: "These proposals are not with the view of a possible surplus, but the certainty nf a very large surplus, which will not be devoted to the o\d sinking fund but to the new theory called the ?development fund' the whole principle of the land clauses in the finance bill ist vicious and shows that the government wishes to establish socialism and collectivism. REJECTED SUITOR'S DEED. Desperately Wounds Girl and Her Mother and Kills Himself. \LBANY. N. Y.. June 23? Because he was refused the hand of Tonyea Des tafanio, aged fourteen, with whom he was desperately in love. Rosarto Del Tapolo, aged thirty-five, attempted to kill the girl and her mother today at their home here. He made his escape, only to return to end his own life by shooting himself in. the head in the room occupied by the young girl. He died almost instantly. The mother and daughter were remov ed to a hospital and are in a serious condition. The girl was shot through the body and the mother was stabbed several times. Heavy Auto Slaughter in Chicago. CHICAGO. June 23.?Automobiles are killing Chlcagoans this year at the rate of three persons every two weeks. In 1007 the slauphter was one person every three weeks, according to police statis tics. TO BE III MANEUVERS Local Brigade Will Help in At tack Near Boston. SUBSTANCE OF THE PLANS Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood Keeping Strategic Points Secret. CONFERENCE WITH OFFICERS Exercises Likely to Conclude With Grand Review of the Sixteen Thousand Hen Engaged. Special Pispatrh to Tbp Star. BOSTON, Mass., June 23.?'The entire force that Gen. George Washington mus tered in as the continental army at Cam bridge. near the famous Washington elm. would not in any way compare with.the great host of sixteen thousand men and more who will assemble perhaps within the shadow of the historic tree here dur ing the third week in August. A mimic warfare will take place somewhere with in hearing distance of Boston and, ac cording to the meager plans given the newspapers by Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood, U. S. A., at Governors Island. X. Y., it is believed among military folk of New England that all past maneuvers of the sort will be surpassed. Among the invading host will he the brigade of National Guard of the Dis trict of Columbia. The states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be represented. Never before in the his tory of Massachusetts have state militias other than those of the home state taken part in a trial warfare. The fact alone that the National Guard and other mili tary organizations are to invade the states makes it seem plausible that the maneuvers, the nature of which is still clouded In much mystery, will be carried on near Boston on a scale never before attempted. Conference at Governors Island. The maneuvers will take place from the 14th to the 21st of August, inclusive. Adjt. Gen. Brigham. Gen. William A. Pew. Jr., commanding the 2d Brigade, M. V. M., and Capt. Robert C. Davis, 17th Infantry. U. S. A., military in spector. assigned to the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, proceeded to head quarters of the Department of the East to confer with Maj. Gen. Wood a few* days ago. They have returned from the conference after spending an entire day with the general, which included a side trip to West Point. All details about subsistence and ammu nition were finally arranged. The troops will live on the United States Army field ration, supplied by the government, but purchased by the states. The ammuni tion will be furnished by the War De partment. , , A system has been arranged for a mili tary board such as was created for the army maneuvers at Manassas, Va., to protect the rights of property holders. This board will consist of a certain num ber of United States Army officers and officers assigned by Adjt. Gen. Brigham from the Massachusetts militia. Defense Against Invasion. The maneuver Involves an attack on Massachusetts and a defense against in vasion. In the forces engaged artillery and cavalry will be as nearly equal on both sides as possible, but Massachusetts will have the smaller number of men engaged. This state has three batteries of field artillery and there will be three batteries on the side of the invaders. The thr?a troops of cavalry of thts state will be augmented by three troops of reg ular cavalry, making six in all, while the invaders will have five troops. New York will send eight regiments of infantry, four 1 troops of cavalry and two field batteries. New Jersey will send one troop of cav alry. Connecticut will furnish one battery of field artillery and the District of Co lumbia its brigade. Since the naval brigade of 300 men will have no part in the engagements, Massa chusetts will put practically 6,r>00 men of all arms from its own establishment in the field and defenses against approxl ! mately 9,000, but with the three United States cavalry troops the number may be increased to nearly 6,800. * Cavalry the Only Regulars. Other than the cavalry there will be no regular troops in these maneuvers. The nearest cavalry post is Fort Ethan Allen. Vermont, where the four troops of the 11th are Just about being relieved by the 10th. There is another cavalry post at Fort Myer, Virginia. It Is not definitely decided whence the three troops for Mas sachusetts will come. Maj. Gen. Wood is to be the chief um pire. On the board of umpires will be Brig. Gen. Embury P. Clark, commanding the 1st Brigade, M. V. M.. representing Massachusetts. Each state and the Dis trict of Columbia will have its representa tive on the board. Brig. Gen. Pew will command all the mobile forces of this state In the field, but not the Coast Ar tillery In the defenses, which will be under the direct command of the com mandant of the defenses of Boston. It is anticipated that orders will be received to get ready August 12 and 13. All oftjie Massachusetts forces will mobillza-rArrgust 14, and the troops of th?j^endn^ are ex pected to arrive -rtiCsame day. There will be practically twenty-four hours' notice for the actual maneuvers to begin. They will consist of military problems similar to those fought out in Virginia. There will be actual strategic warfare on the sacred soil of the old Bay state, into whose territory the invaders will advance, coining by water or otherwise. Strategic Points Kept Secret. As to strategic points, it will be pure gue.'s work until they are developed by the movement of the troops. Gen. Wood is especially desirous that this attack shall be in the nature of a surprise as nearly as possible, and therefore Is insis tent that his plans shall not be threshed out before the maneuvers begin. He does not care how much the newspapers guess, but he keeps the secret locked In his own breast. Necessarily the wildest and most worthless terrain will be sought for In the handling of so many men, and where cross-country fighting may take place. It is pretty certain that the north shore I strategic points which have been sug | gested. and especially Salem, are pretty I wide of the mark. It is probable that the windup may be a grand review, slml i lar to that at Wellington, Va. Gen. Wood Going to Boston. Adj. Gen. William H. Brigham informed, The Star correspondent today that Ger*. Wood Is expected In Boston the last of this week, and that he will spend some time there, returning for the maneuvers early in August. Gen. Brigham said he could give out no information other than had already been made public. He could not suggest at what point the maneuvers would take place, whether In the vicinity of Cam bridge. under the Elm, or. as has been suggested, at the more likely point along the north shore. * Ill HIKING PIT Sixty-Five Men Believed to Have Perished in Mine at Wehrum, Pa. FIRE DAMP EXPLOSION FOLLOWED BY FLAMES Over Thirty Injured and Three Bodies Taken From Shaft. PITIABLE SCENES AT PIT MOUTH Oxygen Tanks and Bcscue Appara tus Being Hushed to the Scene From Pittsburg. WEHRUM. Pa., June 23.? As a result of an explosion In mine No. 4 of the Lackawanna Coal and Coke Company here today three miners are known to be dead, six fatally Injured, twenty-five se riously hurt, while it is feared that sixty five other men. believed to be still in the mine, may be burned to death. The mine is burning fiercely at several places and deadly black damp is pouring from the mouth, effectually preventing systematic rescue work. Large quanti ties of oxygen and many oxygen tanks have been requested from the Cambria Steel Company of Johnstown, Pa., and the United States government mining and testing station. Pittsburg. Just what caused the explosion has not been ascertained, but it probably resulted from an accumulation of gas. The scenes about the mine this after roon are extremely pathetic. Relative* and friends of the victims are hysteri cally weeping and greatly retarding the work of rescue. The explosion occurred at 8 o'clock this morning in the mine of the Lacka wanna Coal and Coke Company. At 10 o'clock?two hours after the accident?It is believed that a large number of men were .killed and many injured. Over 100 men are known to have en tered the mine shortly before the ca tastrophe happened, and at 10 o'clock, when only a few of them had reached the surface, the greatest fears were expressed that the accident was a seri. ous one. . The few men who escaped from the mine were burned and blackened, indi cating that the force of the explosion was heavy. None of them was in con dition to give details, but from one it was learned that the explosion seemed to strike every portion of the mine bimul tanoously. Rescuing parties are making little headway, owing to the great confusion at the mine. Work is also seriously re tarded by smoke from the pit mouth and traces of the deadly afterdamp. Shortly after 10 o'clock the body of one man. a foreigner, was recovered. It wai found at the entrance of the mine and was badly mutilated. Three men, seriously burned, who suc ceeded in reaching the surface are A L. Johnson, son of Supt. Johnson of mine; Patrick Burns and William Burns. Whole Mine Affected. The first report tha? came to the anxious watcbers at the mouth of the mine was that two or three men had been injured and that the accident might not turn out so seriously as such acci dents generally do. This buoyed up the relatives and friends of the miners for a short time, but. as the minutes sped by and only a few of the men reported on the surface, burned and seriously in jured. despair began to settle on the wfttcherSt When Johnson and the Burns brotners succeeded In escaping from the pit they stated brokenly, while suftering the greatest agony from burns, that the ex plosion was a bad one. It appeared to them that the explosion had taken place throughout the entire mine and that every one at work in the mine for a moment or two seemed to be paralyzed. Following the explosion there seemed to be a flash and then all was darkness. Pitiful calls for help and groans were heard by the three men as they made their way to the entrance, staggering and falling over the bodies of comrades who had succumbed' with the first shock. B>. It. TELEGBAPHEBS MEET. I Train Dispatching by Telephone Principal Subject Discussed. DETROIT, Mich., June 23.?Delegates to the number of eighty^re^rt all thej?rlnilpii?-*a4froa7ls-~ortl^ United faandCanada, met here today for the annual convention of the Associa tion of Railway Telegraph Superintend ents. The session will continue three days. The principal subject to be discussed is the dispatching at trains by tele phone. Reports of the operation of this system over 5.200 miles of railroad will be read at the convention by superin tendents of telegraph of roads which have adopted the telephonic dispatch system. TO WAGE WAR ON MOSQUITO. | Students of Michigan College to Pursue Scientific Plan. LANSING, Mich., June 23.?A scientific war of extermination against the mosquito has been begun by students of the Michigan Agricultural College under the direction of Prof. Rufus H. Pettit. head of the entomology department at the college. An area of r;ine square mil's is to be the scene of the campaign with the college campus as central headquar ters. The students began this week an inspection of the district with the id??a of making a map showing every stacnant pool. Later In the summer the ground will be covered again, so that pools that remain permanent may be separately classified. Next year the permanent pools will be drained if practicable, and where drain ing is not practicable "sticklebacks" or sunfish, which are known to be very fond of the larvae of the mosquito, will b? Introduced into the more troublesome pools. Temporary pools will be treated with fuel oil. /? "Bill ArpV' Widow Dies. CARTERSVILLE, Ga., June 23.?Mrs. C. H. Smith, widow of the noted "Bill Arp," died at her home here yesterday. She was eighty-two years old.