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SEVEN PARTS Including 11 Star's Sunday Magazine and COLORED COMIC SECTION. No. 230.?No. 17,870. WASHINGTON, D. C., SUNDAY MORNING, WEATHER. Partly cloudy, with probably showers Sunday; cooler Sun day night. Monday fair and coolcr. AUGUST 29, 1909/ 800 Are Dead and 15,000 Are i Homeless in the City of Monterey Alone. __ $12,000,000 IS LOST IN PROPERTY DAMAGE A Deluge of Rain Falls for Over Forty-Eight Hours. ALL BUSINESS IS PARALYZED Communication From Stricken Dis trict Is Almost Cut Off. Natives Are Trapped. MONTEREY. Mcx.. August 28.?Eight j hundred persons drowned. 15,000 home- j less and property damage to the extent ? of $12,000,000 Is the result of a flood ?which struck this city between 1 and 2 o'clock this morning. LAREDO. Tex.. August 28.?Reports reached this city this evening of one Df the most disastrous floods that has ever been experienced in northern Mexico, caused by the overflow of the Santa Catarina river. According to the rumors there has been a great loss of life, estimated as high as 1.000, and the property damage is estimated at anywhere from $10,000,000 to $12,000. 000. For the past forty-eight hours a ver itable delude of rain has been falling, which, together with the flow of water from the adjacent mountains into the Santa Catarina river, so swelled that stream that it reached a width of a mile and a half and completely overflowed cer tain portions of the City of Monterey, wrecking houses and eausins: loss of life as it rampaged on its mad course. Not a train reached this city today, and telegraph communication is crippled to euch an extent that the exact location of 6ome of the trains is unknown. City in Bad Plight. Tn the City of Monterey telephone com munication is impossible, the electric light plant is half under water and out of com mission, the entire street car service of the city, wMch depends upon the electric plant for its power, is paralyzed and the water works have been damaged to such an extent that the water supply of the city is crippled. Information reaching here through re liable sources states that so severe was the flood that the inhabitants in the vicin ity of the flooded stream barely had time 10 flee for their lives; that the onrush of water? carried away their homes and chattels and In many cases drowned the occupants of the jacales. or small huts, of th* natives. The flood conditions extend as far south as Saltlllo, although no great damage be yond In onvenience to the citizens and minor damage to the roadbeds of the rail roads is reported south of Monterey. No Casualties South of Monterey. Telegraph communication to the north is partially interrupted, but it was learned tonight that there has been no loss of life reported to the south of Monterey. The reports reaching Laredo as to the life loss in Monterey arc so varied that it is im-1 possible to stat?' the number with any certainty. The total number of lives lost' in the flood has been reported as high as 1.00U, but it is thought that this is a gross exaggeration, due to the chaotic . otiditions prevailing. However, it is cer-I tain that the flood was the most terrible in the history of the river and that the loss of life will be great. The offices of the National railway ! tonight could throw no light upon the li'e loss In Monterey, they having lost all wires to the south since last night. Roundabout reports received by the rail way indicate that the tracks and road beds cannot be re-established . before I Monday. Monterey. which is ? a city of approximately TO.OOw inhabitants. * is in a valley between huge mountains, and is traversed by the Santa Catarina river. The only wire communication with Monterey from Laredo was secured in directly via Ciudad Porflo Diaz and Chi huahua, a circuitous route. Escape From Life-Saving Station. The keeper and life-saving crew at Tar pon Beach. Tex., were compelled to aban don their station yesterday when the vio lent gulf storm struck that section of the gulf coast. The crew rescued all the people at the station, transferring them in surf boat-j to Isabel station, where they were reported to be in a dangerous condition. , ? YYai'ar" L. Reed, the keeper at ttje Brazos life-saving station at Isabel, Telr., < onveyed this information in a telegram to the ofhee of the life-saving service to* ' ?lay. "I A message received from superintendent ] nf the service ut Galveston telegraphs | 1. at he "fears the worst." A spec al message to the Imparcial from j Monterey says that the deaths there are estimated at l.ouu. The entire suburb of, San Luisito has been washed away. The' Santa Catarina river is raging, many of : t ie streets in the city proper being under' water. CAME FROM THE GULF. Storm That Hit Monterey Passed Over Large Section. MEXICO CITY, August 2M.?Scores are' reported dead, several thousand homeless j :ind part of the city of Monterey washed, 11 way by a cyclone and flood early this! morning. There is no di-ect communlca-1 tion with that point and the extent of the I loss cannot yet be definitely ascertained. The storm struck inland from off the ^ulf over the states of Tamaullpas and Nuevoleon, after devastating part of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. It is reported that the city of Bagdad .state of Tamaulipas, lias been badly dam aged- Nine bridges and more t lan ttt'ty miles of track have been washed out on the Pan-American railway. Two Indian! villages lu Tamaulipas have been wiped out and the lighthouse at Tamplco swept away. No damage was done to the ship ping in the harbors of Vera Cruz and Tamplco. The telegraph lines have been crippled in the states of Guanajuato. Coa hulla. Vera ?'ruz, Nuevoleon and Tamau j.pas The Santa Catarina river at Mon terey is six feet above the flood and still rising. The stoim is the most disastrous Mex ico has experienced In recent years. latest reports state that 12."> miles of | track of the National railway has been washed out in Nuevoleon and Coahulla. Railway officials here admit that twenty five miles and twelve bridges arc gone and all avai'ablc wrecking trams are be ing aent aerUi. Harriman Is Still Relying on "After Cure." SCHIFF AND OTHERS SAY SO His New York Friends Not So Optimistic. AILMENT NOT PASSING ONE Overseer McClellan Tries to Excuse Rigorous Vigilance of At tendants of Estate. ARDEX, X. Y.. August 28.?Edward H Harriman, notwithstanding the flurry of yesterday, is not to undergo a surgical operation at present. His seclusion In his Tower Hill home Is as complete a? ever, but all the information which was cleaned today tends to support the in creasing confidence that his ailment is not to be relieved by the surgeon's knife just now. Aside from this decision, the most im portant incident bearing on his illness to day was a visit from Jacob H. Sciiiff, the New York banker, the first prominent figure in the financial world to sec Mr. Harriman since his return from Europe. Mr. Schiff came apparently w*h the idea of ascertaining just how ill Mr. Harri man is. Whether the decision not to operate on Mr. Harriman was reached because his physical condition would make an oper ation unwise at this juncture or whether no operation is necessary must remain, unanswered so long as the Harriman - family maintains its policy of rigid silence. ,, ? . But on authority which could not be confirmed from Arden house, or from the offices of the Harriman lines In New York, it was learned that after a con sultation physicians reported today to the family and to the (interests in 'Wall street most deeply concerned in securities that it was best to let tne patient make a full Ostein be cure" recommended at Baa Gastein. De fore a more heroic alternative !S consi C1r>r Ceozrc- W. Crilc. the Cleveland sur geon who was reported to have bcen sum mened for consultation from the v\ hite mountains, was not recognized today as fn arriving" or departing passenger at STthe through*^ Hnesof ents unrecognized, took part in the con sulfation and departed. Mr SchifT came up from New York at 11 o'clock by a train stoo at Arden to let him off He did not look as though he expected to find Mr. Harriman in good healt^> an* Harriman not sav a word about him. A Harriman automobile picked him up and carted him three miles up the winding road that leads to the summit of Touel Hill. He came down again soon after lunch. He was wide open to questions. "A Well Man," Says Schiff. "How is Mr. Harriman today, Mr. Schiff?" he was asked. His reply was emphatic: "Mr. Harriman Is a well man." said he: "you can say that Mr. Harriman is a well man." "Well, what about all this talk of an operation?" "\n operation? There hasn t been an or^ration and there is no -contemplation of one What would a well man want with an operation? There's no cause, no reason for an operation." "Are there any doctors at Mr. Harri man's house? Some of the papers say that there are eight up there." "I only saw l>r. L.yle, * he answered. "Dr. Lyle is Mr. Harriman s personal phvsician. and I am morally certain that there were no others at Mr. Harriman s house." .. . "What about Dr. George W. Crile who was reported to be on his way '.'Dr. Crile?" inquired Mr. Schiff. 'V no is Dr Crlle? I never heard of Dr. Crile. Mr. Schiff took a question about the oxygen tanks and the hospital truck, which were supposedly taken to Arden house yesterday, to be awkward attempts jesting "Oxygen?" said he. "I thought the air was good enough up here without bring ing anv In cans. And that hospital tiuck ?I don't believe a word about it No Financial Significance. Mr. Schiff said that his visit to Mr. Har riman had no financial significance at all. "I'm here to see a friend." said he. "A friend who has been off on a Ions vaca- . tion. We spent the morning talking on tlie piazza. I was glad to see Mr. Harri man." Then Mr. Schiff s train came and he started back to New York. "Is Judge Lovett still with Mr. Harri man?" somebody called after him. "Oh." he replied. "I don't want to speak of Mr. Harriman's guests." Mr Schiff on the whole weighed nis words, although he appeared to spe.ak llghtlv He evidently spoke with the knowledge that financial interests all over the country would take them as the most authentic opinion of Mr. Harriman s con dition yet expressed by one of their fore most representatives. The earliest information direct from the Harriman household indoors today came in replv to a query over the telephone ?Mr." Harriman is resting well. There has been no operation and no change in his condition." was the gist of this an swer The reply came apparently from on* of Mr. Harriman's secretaries or a house servant. Overseer Apologizes. The rigorous vigilance of all the attend ants about the Harriman Estate to pre clude access or communication ^ ith tho Harriman house was explained, and. in a measure. excused tpday b^ T\ .lliam Mc Olcllan, overseer of the Arden farms. He has been one of Mr. Harriman's most trusted employes for the past sixteen years. McClellan said lie voiced the sen timent of the many other employes of the estate in saying that their watchful ness and solicitude in "enforcing the doc tor's orders" was prompted by a spirit of love and rcspect for their chief rather than by any explicit orders "Every one loves Mr. Harriman up here." said McClellan. "and there is not a man on the place who would not almost give up his life to protect him from harm or relieve him of any unnecessary annoy ance That is not because he pays his men well, but for the reason that he is so kind and sympathetic and takes a per sonal interest In us all. While we don't believe that he is dangerously ill at this time, we know that the doctors have pre scribed a rest for him. and we are anx ious to do our part to have him get it." "Mr Harriman has been more than a father to me during my sixteen years' service," he went on, "and I would get on my knees and crawl a long distance to do hint a service, if such a thing should ho necessary." i McClellan feelingly related many In stances when Mr. Harriman went out ot 'his way to show a personal interest In THE SPELLING REFORMERS CONTINUE THEIR GRINDING. his humblest employes. A number of old employes are practically pensioned on the estate, he said, and to relieve the sting of charity Mr. Harriman assigns them small tasks on the roadways and receives their reports on the work with due seriousness and interest. Cares for Pensioned Employes. "It you had been here a few months ago. before Mr. Harriman went to Europe," said McClellan, "you might have seen him arm in arm with two of these old fellows, both over seventy, walking down the road to the station, giving them serious instructions and encourag- i ing them, although they do practically nothing, but roam about the estate en joying the scenery." McClellan said he sent a photograph of these two gray-haired workmen to Mr. Harriman while he was abroad, knowing It would please him. Other pictures taken about the farm, he said, were forwarded to Mr. Harriman at tho latter's request. The only direct telephone connection with the Harriman house is under Mc Clellan's control, and he recently refused to allow any outsiders to use the big private switchboard to call the house or send messages out of Arden. But his words today would seem to rob this ac tidti of the arbitrary quality "it first as sumed. CONCERN IN NEW YORK. Harriman's Friends Fear No Near Crisis, But Are Reticent. NEW YORK, August 28.?So far as can be learned, the intimate and confi dential associates of E. H. Harriman do not feel that his present condition is one of imminent crisis. They realize that he is a sick man, having ailments which the doctors themselves do not freely discuss or disclose, and which makes rest and freedom from anxiety a most desirable factor in recovery. Fo this reason there has been careful avoid ance of any authorized statement op his physical condition, since this, it is tfelt, is a question upon which the doctors are the only ones to speak with deflniteness. On the other hand, Mr. Harriman's in timates are loath to talk about his sur roundings, daily habits and routine, be cause any deviation from normal condi tions might be given a significance which the general condition of the patient did not warrant. Information from these usually well informed sources is. therefore, chiefly negative at present. There is a noticeable tendency in these quarters to minimize reports of an alarmist character, indi cating some grave and immediate crisis, and in this connection it is pointed out that those in relation witli Mr. Harriman j have carefully refrained from making i statements which would mislead the pub- ; lie. Reserve Is Manifest. At the same time there is equal re- | serve in asserting that his health and j physical condition are entirely satisfac- j tory. | On the contrary, it is manifest that i Mr. Harximan'a condition is regarded by his closest friends as more than a pass ing ailment. Rather, they look upon it as a question of serious imp.ort for the doctors to diagnose and direct, but one not involving symptoms indicating that a critical or decisive juncture has been reached. Uncertainty concerning Mr. Harriman's | condition was still strongly reflected on j the stock market today, but toward the i do.se, when the report became general ' that he was not to undergo a surgical 1 operation at present, there was a genera! ! rally. DARK DAYS IN TEHERAN. Soldiers' Patrol the Streets; Plots Hatched in Secret. ST. PETERSBURG, August 28,-Special rispatches received here from Teheran say that extraordinary measures of se curity have been adopted in the Persian capital. Soldiers patrol the streets at night and halt and question nil passersby. The government is apprehensive of a reactionary plot to restore the deposed shah to the throng. It is known that the former shah's adherants are meet ing and plotting in secret. Both factions are arming with energy, the reactionaries purchasing weapons out of their ample fundn. The government is reluctant to accede to the request of Russia to guarantee saf?*ty of the functionaries of the former shah, who have taken refuge in various mosques and missions. American Consulate Damaged. LAREDO, Tex., August 2S.?It is learned from a reliable source that the Ameri can consulate In Monterey was dam aged to the extent of a thousaid dol lars by the deluge of rain and water and inundation by the Santa Catarlna river. Tliere was much Inconvenience caused to I the employes at the consulate, but no joss of life. Heavy Loss Caused by Lightning. BOWLING GREEN, Ohio. August 2 During a heavy electrical storm this morning lightning fired three oil tanks of the Ohio Oil Company at Cygnet, each containing 33,000 barrels, causing a prob able *ioss of $100,000. GIVING SPANISH HARD FIGHT: MOORS ARE RESISTING ATTACK WITH GREAT FIERCENESS. Tasaquin Captured, After a Brave and Stubborn Defense by the Natives. I-I8BON, August 28.?EI Mundo pub- j lishea a dispatch from Pcnon de La .Go njera today saying that the Spaniards tn Morocco exploded a number of mines, killing 10<? Moors. The Spaniards were relaying the mines in the darknesa when the Moors returned and attacked them savagely. Three Spanish officers anu fifty men were killed. According to another message received here a Spanish division left El Arbar hoping to push on to Zelouan. But it was repulsed by the enemy with consid erable loss and fell back to El Arbar to await reinforcements. MELIL.L.A, August ?Official details of the capture of Tasaquin, near ap de L'eau show that the Moors made a stubborn and brave resistance. The Spaniard* form ed in two columns, including a band of | friendly Kabyles, five m;les from Tasa quin. The Moors opened the engagement with fierce fighting. but after a prolonged struggle the Spaniards gained the top i of the hill and drove the enemy back. The I casualties are not given. MOSBY'S MEN IN REUNION. Large Gathering of Ex-Confederates at Front Royal, Va. Special T?i*pa?<-h (o Tlif Star. FRONT ROYAL, Va., August iS.-Thc fifteenth annual reunion of the 4od FJat tallon of Virginia troops of the Con federate service, better known as "Mosby's Men," was held here today. It was an occasion for fraternal greetings among the members of the battalion. The ad dress of welcome was delivered by Capt. II. M. Downing, and was responded to by Maj. A. F. Richards. The orator ot' the day was Capt. Samuel F. Chapman. There 'was present a large gathering of the famous "Freebooters." Mosby's men took uopn themselves the special duty of harassing the rear and flank of the Federal army. NEW GREEK CABINET. Formed as Result of Meeting of Athens Garrison Troops. ATHENS, August ilS?A* a result of disturbed conditions and tlx mutiny of j the local garrison today, because of dis- j satisfaction with the ministry and con- ; ditions In the army, a new ministry was formed this evening. M. Mavi omi<-haliB, ex-minister of war. succeeds M. Rhallis as premier. He also assumes the port folio of foreign minister and temporarily of war. M. Triantafyallake, former min ister of .justice, has been appointed min ister of the interior: M. Topalis minister j of justice, and M. Eutaxias minister ot i finance. Quiet relgna in the capital and the i provinces* but the mutinous soldiers are ; still encamped on tl\e outskirts of Athens, j SENATOR MANN RESIGNS. Will Give His Attention Wholly to the Gubernatorial Race. Sp?<i?l Dlspntrli to The Star. RICHMOND, Va., August 2S.?Senator William Hodges Mann of tlv twenty eighth district today handed to Gov. Swanson his resignation as a member of the law-making department of the state of Virginia. The resignation is effective at once. Judge Mann retires from the legislature in order to make the race before the people of the state for the position of chief executive. Immediately upon receipt of the res ignation Gov. Swanson issued a writ for a special election in that district, to be held at the time of the regular election in November. ALDRICH GOES TO EUROPE. Rhode Island Senator to Study Monetary Systems Abroad. NEW YORK. August iiS.-F. S. Sen ator Nelson W. Aldrjch of Rhode Is land. chairman of the national monetary commission, appointed by Congress last year to improve the currency system of the United States, sailed for Europe on the steamer Amerika today In the interests of the commission. His principal object, according to an authoritative announcement, is to complete arrange- j ments heretofore made for information ! regarding the monetary system in Italy, j The commission already has collected a ' mass of Information relating to other j European monetary systems, but sup- | elementary data are required in the case . of some of them, and Senator Aldrich will make the necessary arrangements to obtain such additional reports also. He is expected back In time to preside over the final meetings of the commis sion. which are scheduled to begin early in October in Washington. GEN. GILMAN BURIED. Fired First Shot for the Union in the Civil War. NEW YORK, August 28.?A military salute was fired by a squad of United States infantry in a Brooklyn cemetery today over the body of Brig. Gen. Jere miah H. Oilman, who fired the first shot In defense of the Union at the* outbreak" of the civil war. while a lieutenant In com mand of Fort Pickens, Fla. Col. George B. Anderson, Gen, Leonard Wood's chief of staff, represented the army at the funeral services, and Rear Admiral Eu gene H. Leutze, corftmandant of the Washington navy yard, represented the navy. Gen. Gilman died at his home at Sheepshead Bay Thursday of infirmities incident to old age. He was seventy six years old. DIPLOMATS TAKE HOLIDAY. Three American Ambassadors Spend Week in England. LONDON, August 28.?England has been entertaining three American am bassadors during the past week. They are W. W. Rockhill, who left London today to take up his new duties at St. Petersburg: Thomas J. O'Brien, the am bassador to Japan, who has been spend ing a quiet holiday in Hereford, and Charles S. Francis, the ambassador to Austria-Hungary, who is making a tour of England In a motor car before return ing to New York. Mr. O'Brien is going to the continent next week, and will sail for the United States September 15. PUBLIC OPINION AROUSED. Feature of War on Delinquent Trusts Pointed Out. BUFFALO, August 28.?'The convention of attorneys general, representing a doz en states between New; York and Cali fornia, closed today with an. executive session. Tn discussing the problem of handling delinquent trusts. Vice Presi dent U. S. Webb of California said that what had been accomplished was not the most encouraging feature of the figiU against privileges, .but it lies in the fact that public opinion has b?en awakened to the finding of some way of controlling corporations who oppress or extort. The country is about to solve the question, he said, but the right thing has not yet bacn advised. ? ? The visiting delegates were the guests of the Erie County Bar Association on a trip to Niagara Falls this afternoon. During the. secret session the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, /red S. Jackson. Kansas; vice president. U. S. Webb, California; sec retary and treasurer, James Bingham, Indiana. POLICEMAN'S AIM BAD. Shoots at Fugitive's Legs and Fa tally Wounds Him in Abdomen. HARRISBURG. Pa.. August 28.?George Graham, who escaped from the Carlisle jail yesterday, was shot and killed by a Harrisburg policeman today. Late last night the police were informed that Gra ham was hiding in a house here. The place was watched and this morning a detail of policemen was sent to get him. Graham saw them coming and dashed from the house. Three shots ware fired over his head, but when he continued to run Policeman Scott fired at Graham's less The ba'l went high and struck him in the abdomen. He died an hour later In a hospital. Graham was arrested two weeks ago i charged with robbing a store in Carlisle. Gov. Crothers at a Picnic. IIAGERSTOWN. Md., August 28.-Gov. Crothers of Maryland was the principal speaker at the big union picnic held today in the Poffenberger woods on his toric Antietam battlefield. Gov. Crothers came to Hagerstown. and was taken by automobile to the picnic, being a<-com- j panled by State Tax Commissioner Schley and others. The six thousand people in j attendance gave him a rousing reception, j Tentative Plans for Atlantic Fleet. Tentative plans for the disposition of the Atlantic fleet after participation in the Hudaon-Fulton celebration in New York are that the ships shall go to the navy yard on October 4 for docking and overhauling. They leave the yards No vember 2J?, rendezvousing in Hampton Roads. Then for three weeks there will be tactica' and other exercises, with Hampton Roads as headquarters, to which place returns will be made each week Saturday and Sunday for coaling. Dur ing the holidays and early in January the fleet will proceed on the southern cruisoi and to Guantapamo. UNTRUE!" SMS PRICE1 That Is His Reply to McHarg's Charges. FORESTRY SQUABBLE BOILS Proof of Concealment of Timber Facts Demanded. FALLS BACK ON ROOSEVELT Associate Forester Also Charges| Assistant Secretary With De moralizing Service. "Untrue In nil |(a parts, both a* to the existence of Much facta and also a? to their concealment." Such ?won the response of Associate Forester Overton W. Prlee to the charge mvde yesterday by Assistant Secretary McHary of the Oepartmeat of Commerce rod Labor that the for estry bureau Is concealing facts re garding the timber supply [ Mr. Price lias aiided another highly in i teresting chapter in the conservation con troversy that has been waging this sum mer in government circles. His char acterization of Mr. McHarg's assertions i formed part of a general statement by i Mr. Price. ! "That this baseless charge should be made by a public servant in high office," 1 said Mr. Price, "is against the public in terest and demoralizing to the public service If Mr. McHarg's statement is I true he will in his own interest and in ! the public interest establish its truth con I clUFively and at once. I "I shall gladly co-operate with him in lending all aid possible in an investigation of the records of this service. The rec ords of the bureau of the census and of the bureau of corporations he can com mand without my co-operation. If Mr. McHarg's statement is untrue through er i ror he will in his own interest and In the public interest so state, and at once." Calls McHarg Charges "Deplorable" Declaring it to be "deplorable and sig nificant that the assistant secretary of | commerce and labor, if he be quoted cor rectly, should select this time of all others to make a statement which impugns the Integrity of the forestry service." Mr. Price declared that "it is against the sum of human experience and is disproved not merely by records here, but. by those of two bureaus of the department over which Mr. McHarg presides." Continuing, he said: "We take from our forests each year, not counting the loss by fire, three and a half times their yearly growth. We take 40 | cubic feet per acre for each 12 cubic feet j grown: we take 260 cubic feet per capita, ; while Germany uses 37 cubic feet and I Fr&nce 25 cubic feet. Since 1870 forest fires have each year destroyed an average of $50,000,000 worth of timber. The young growth destroyed by fire Is worth far more than the merchantable timber burned. An average of only 320 feet of lumber is used for each 1,000 feet that stood in the forest. Must Have Timber. And year by year, through careless cutting and fires, we lower the capacity of existing forests to produce their like again or totally destroy them. The condition of the world supply of timber makes us de pendent upon what we produce. We send gut of our country one and a half times as much timber as we bring in. Except for finishing woods relatively insignificant in quantity, we must grow our own supply or go without." Contrary to Mi*. McHarg's assertion that logging is impossible under the forestry regulations, Mr. Price said: "The forest service is selling yearly from the national forests about $1,000,0110 worth of mature timber. This timber is purchased by lumbermen at the market price, is logged under regulations of the forest service, which prescribe that only designated trees be cut. that brush be dis posed of as a safeguard against forest fires and that young growth be protected in logging. "Within the past month, applications to purchase over 150,000,000 feet, board measure, have been received from lum bermen, many of whom are already pur chasers of national forest timber and all of whom are thoroughly familiar with the metnods under which it must be cut." Relies on Roosevelt. Mr. Price also referred to Mr. Mc Harg's ridicule of the charge that there exist combinations to control water power sites, saying: "This service is deeply concerned in the giowing concentrations of water power since within national forests are power sites, in part utilized and in part not yet utilized, witli the regulation of whose use in the public interest the forest service is charged. Mr. McHarg's statement in this connection Is directly at variance with the message of Presi dent Roosevelt of January 15. 1WJ9. to the House of Representatives, vetoing a bill for the construction of a dam across the James river, in Stone county. Mo." LIMIT GRANTS OF RIGHTS. National Conservation Congress Takes Record Vote. SEATTLE, Wash., August 28.?'The national conservation congress today adopted a resolution declaring that the federal government should limit grants of water rights to a reasonable, definite lime, and should exact an annual tax upon them. The resolution was drawn by Dr. W J McGee, the soil-water expert. j Those who voted for it in the com I mittee on resolutions were ex-Gov. j Pardee of California, Dr. McGee, H. A ! Barker of Rhode Island. Ralph Hosmer of Hawaii, W. J. Fleming Jones of New j Mexico, John E. Hartner of- Louisiana. Those who opposed It were United States I District Judge Cornelius H. Hanford of | Colorado, Benjamin F. Wilcox of New York and Prof. L. CJ. Carpenter of Colorado. Judge Hanford Introduced a subresolu tion setting forth that It was the promise of land and water rights whicn drew the tirst settlers to the west, and that It was the same attraction which is now develop ing it. Other resolutions adopted indorse the forestry and reclamation bureaus; recom mend the creation of a national bureau of I mines: indorse the national conservation commission: urge a federal appropriation for the work of the commission, and fa vor statehood for Arizona and New Mexico. The congress formed a permanent or ganization and elecied the following , officers: President, Bernard N. Baker of Balti more. Secretary, L. F. Brown of Seattle. Executive committer. J. D. White. Mis souri: Liberty P. Galley of New Y6rk. J. N. Teal of Portland, Ore.: J. E. Hardner of Louisiana, W. J. Fleming Jones of New Mexico. A. B. Farquhar. York, Pa.; Mrs. J. Ellen Foster, Washington, D. C\, and Thomas Burke. Seattle. Italian Camorrists to Be Tried. NAPLES, August 28.?In addition to Enrico Alfano, the head of the Naples Camorra, the forty other Camorrists will be tried at the assizes court. They in clude Prof. Rapi, a brother of Alfano, and other members of the organization named Mariano, Ioelll, Ballot and Yittosi. HOUNtASY ONE Bleriot's Time in Speed Con test Was Only a Few Sec onds Slower. MADE ONE LAP FASTER . THAN AMERICAN'S BEST Clips Off 5 2-5 Seconds in a Ten Kilometer Speed Flight. AMERICANS ABE JUBILANT Ambassador Hill, Mrs. Roosevelt and Family Among the First to Congratulate Winner?The Day in Detail. The international cup of avia tion, known also as the Gordon Bennett trophy, was won yester day at Rheims by Glenn H. Cur tiss, the American aviator, in the fastest aerial journey of twenty kilometers (12.42 miles) ever ac complished by man in an airship. His time, 15 minutes 50 3-5 sec onds, was only 5 3-5 seconds faster than that made by Bleriot over the same course. The other two pilots who represented France, Latham and Lefebvre, finished, respectively, in 17 min utes 32 seconds and 20 minutes 47 3"5 seconds. Cockburn, an Englishman, ran into a haystactc as he was maneuvering for the start and did not cross the line. Several other machines which were expected to start were not ready within the time limit. BETH EN" Y AVIATION FIELD, RHEIMS, August US.?Today s great rar e for the Gordon Bennett trophy lay be tween Bleriot and Curtiss, with Latham as a possible outsider. Lefebvre 011 previous performances apparently had no chance. Fortune favored the American. An accident two days ago to Bleriot'* powerful fast machine, with which he held the lap record, was a serious hand icap. since he had no opportunity to try out the repaired machine. Curtiss stole a march on his rivals by getting away early. Find'.ig conditions favorable at 10 o'clock in the morning he decided to take no chances in the fickle weather, and after a trial trip, in which he made the circuit of the course in 7 minutes 531-5 seconds. lowering the world's record nine seconds, he started imme diately on his attempt to win the cup. He handled his machine, which flew along at a speed never before witnessed. In masterly style, especially at the turns which he took on the down grade. The first round, measuring 6.21 miles was made in 7 minutes, 37 2-5 seconds, some what slower than the trial time, but the second round was covered two seconds faster. 7 minutes 53 1-3 seconds, an other world's record. Got His Rivals '?Rattled." This remarkable showing on the part of the American created consternation in the Bleriot camp. The French favor ite, whose machine was equipped with a four-bladed propeller, made a trial, but could do no better than 7 minute? 57 1-5 seconds for the round. Then, upon the advice of Santos-Dumont. he substituted a two-bladed propeller, but this proved slower still and the French begun to doubt the ability of their champion. Bleriot replaced the original propeller and tinkered with his machine for sev eral hours. In t'ie meantime I^fehvre in a Wright biplane, but without hope or winning, flew over the course, but his time was five minutes slower than t.iat of Curtiss. The excitement grew steadily a* ?> o'clock, which the public understood was the time limit for starting in this event, approached. Bler'ot's and Lathams ma chines were run out and everybody stood watch in hand. At 5 o'clock the crowd? concluded that the two French champion* had defaulted and a murmur of protest arose but a minute later it was officially announced that the wording of the rule had been misunderstood, and that tne rule allowed a start to be made any time before 5:30 o'clock. A few minutes later Bleriot and Latham crossed the line in quick succession. Bleriot went by the tribunes at a terrific pace, and for a mo ment the Americans feared Curtiss would be beaten He finished the round in al most the identical time of Curtiss' fastest lap. covering the ten kilometres in ? minutes 53 5-5 seconds, but his spee< seemed appreciably to decrease on the , last round, and before he reacned the i final turn the stop watches showed that he had lost. The French crowds were ! greatly disappointed at the failure of i their countryman, but largely owin?; ! the popularity of the Wrights in France , and the general French recognition or the wonderful stimulus Americans have giv<>n to the science of aviation, no foreign vic tory could have been so popular as that of an American. Ran Up the Stars and Stripes. They immediately ran up the American | flag on the signal pole on the timekeep 1 ers' stand in front of the tribunes and I the bands played the "Star Spangled Banner." There was gerat repoicing among the American spectators. Ambassador Henry White, accompanied by Mrs. Theodore Rooaevelt, Miss Ethel Roosevelt, yuentin and Archie, had arrived in time to witness the flights by Bleriot and Latham from a special box placcd at the disposal of the party. 1 When the American flag went up ( ur tiss. who had refused to accept congratu lations until it was officially announced that Bleriot's time was slower than his. was escorted, or rather dragged, from the shed to the ambassador's box by several hundred enthusiastic Americans. Mr. White's first words were: "I came to see you win, and you have done it." The ambassador then told how proud he was that America had triumphed and that the blue ribbon of the air would now be defended by the United States. He concluded by congratulating Curtiss in tho name of the government and the people ?L the United States, and then presented Mr*. White and Mrs. Roosevelt, as well as the other members of the party, who added their congratulations in warm terma. Quentin said: "It was bully, at which everybody laughed. Mrs. Roosevelt ex pressed regret that the ex-President wa. not there to witness the American victory. Thousands watched the scene from the lawn below the stand. The entire party then visited Curtiss in the shed, where the hero of the hour got in the seat and explained how the machine ^aa controlled.