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>S?A I ROCK. IAN NO' vaH THE FLAG IS HOISTED. At b*t wt had pierced the' boreal centre and the flat had been raised to tha coveted btreses of the North Pole. The day was April si. 190&. The ran in<fi- 1 catad local noon, but time was a negative probjem. for here all meridian* meet. What a cheerless spot to have aroused thj atfibition of man for so many ages i An endless field of purple snows. No life. j No land. No apot to relieve the monotony of frost. We were the only pulsating creatures! in a dead world of ice. We turned our baeks to the pole on April' S3 and began the long return march. Counting ! en a continued easterly drift, the course was forced further west With fair weather, good ice and the inspira tion of the home run long distances were at first quickly covered. On May *4 the sky cleared long enough give us a aet of observations. We had resched the eighty-fourth parallel near the ninety-seventh meridian. The ice was much broken and drifted eastward, leaving many open spaces of water There remained on our sleds scarcely enough, food to reach our caches on Nansen Sound unless wf averaged fifteen miles daily. With the disrupted "lalack" and reduced atrength we were hardl7 equal to ten miles daily. At the end of a struggle of twenty days* through thick fog the sky cleared and we found ourselves far down in Crown Prince Gustav Sea. with open water and impossible small ice aa a barrier between us and Hciberg Island. Early in Julv further southward progress became Impossible and in quest of food we' crossed North Devon into Jones Sound. Pressed by hunger, new implements were, shaped and Cape Sparbo was picked aa a likely place to find life. Oame was located with the bow and arrow,, the line, the lance and the knife. The musk ox. bear and wclvea yielded meat, skins and 1st. An underground den waa prepared, and In it we remained until sunrise of 1909. On February 18 the start was made for' Amiootok. With a newly prepared equipment the Greenland shores were reached on A aril 15. To facilitate an early return I mowed south* ward to the Danish settlement and ruched Upemavik on May si. 1909. ? At sunrise of 1908 (February 19) the main Expedition embarked for the pole. Eleven men and 103 dogs, drawing eleven heavily loaded sledges, left the Greenland shore and pushed westward over the troubled ice of Smith Sound. The gloom of the long night was relieved by only a few hours of daylight. The chill oc winter was felt at its worst. As we crossed the heights of EQesmere Sound to the Pacific slope the temperature sank to 83 degrees below zero Fahrenheit Sev eral dogs were frozen and the men suffered severely. In tms march were procured 101 musk oxen, seven bears and 335 hare, and then we pushed *out into the polar sea from the northern point of Htib? rg Island. < On March 18 six Eskimos returned from here, w.th four men end forty-six dogs, mov ing supplies for eightv days. There was before ut an unknown line of 460 miles to our goaL For several days after the sight of known land was lost the overcast skies prevented an accurate dtt:rrtiination of our position On March 30 the horiron wss partly cleared of Its smoky agitst:on, and over the western mist was discovered a rc*v land. The observations gave our position latitude 84 deg. 47 min? longuude 86 deg. 36 min. Observations on April 8 placed our camp at latitude 86 deg. 36 sec., longitude 94 deg. 3 sec. In spite of what termed like Jong marches we had advanced but a little more than too miles in nine day* Beyond the eighty-sixth parallel the icefields became more extensive and heavier, the crevices fewer and less troublesome, with little or no crushed ice thrown up as barriers. Observations on the 14th pave latitude 88 *?," n!,n"and lonF',ud? 95 deg. 5a min. We were now less than one hundred miles from the Pole. On April at the first corrected altitude of the ran gave 89 deg. 59 min. 46 tec. THE STORY OF THE DASH TO THE POLE AS TOLD BY DR. COOK From'thi' New Y. rk IlvrnM. that a telegram, dated Lerwick. Shetland Islands, has been received there from Dr. Stolberg, who, with two Swiss scientists, went on an expedition to Greenland last spring. Dr. Stolberi? is returning via Copenhagen on the steamer Hans Egede and he is therefore a fellow passenger of Dff. Cook. According to his telegram, he made a most successful advance into arctic re gions, sledding over the ice for four weeks. Cook Has Proof of Success, Declares Our Minister Egan Official confirmation of Dr. Frederick A. Cook's discovery of the north pole has been received at the State Department in a cablegram from Dr. Maurice Francis Egan, American minister at Copenhagen. Dr. Egan wires that the Danish govern ment has been advised by its inspector for North Greenland that Dr. Cook had returned from his long journey across the floes and ice mountains of the inner po lar circle and had reported the discovery of the pole, presenting the necessary con firmatory data, with reoords of his ob servations. It was the first official word received by this government regarding Dr. Cook's exploit. MRS. COOK NEVER LOST HOPE WORD FROM HUSBAND SOONER THAN EXPECTED. Read News First on Bulletin Board at Newspaper Office in Port land, Me. SOUTH HARPSWELL, Me.. September 3.?Mrs. Cook, wife of Dr. Cook, arrived here about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon in company with her two children, Ruth and Helen, and her friend, Mrs. Sullivan of Portland. They stopped at the cottage of H. A. Teague of Lewiston. She waa obliged to move from the cottage where she has been stopping on account of the impor tunities of reporters. Mrs. Cook left here at 8 o'clock this morning, and after a short stop in Port land will at once go to New York. Mrs. Cook said: "I desire to thank all my friends for the great interest they are taking in my husband, and will say to the public that I fully appreciate the gratitude felt by all of them that the pole has been dis covered by a citizen of this country. "I have never given up hope that my husband would come out all right. I have felt all along that he would return safe and that he would achieve the object of his ambition. I did not expect to hear from him quite so soon, but thought he would send word to me some time this month. Read News in Bulletin. "I first learned tfce glad news Wednes day afternoon about 2 o'clock. I had gone to r rtlaad 'o call upon my friend, Mr SuiH\.in f i while shopping .vt - iw the unnounc-:: i ' jn a bulletin i.<o?rd. We at once took ..he cars for Bru w ick and visited ft lends of Mrs. Sullivan in that town. We then went to Lewiston and remained over night. "I understand," said Mrs. Cook, as she smiled, "that the newspaper men were searching for us all night. I did not wish to treat any of them with discourtesy, but, really, I had nothing r.o say and did not wish to meet any reporters. We were in Brunswick today and this afternoon returned here. "I very much feel the strain which has been placed upon me and need quietness to realize that my husband has been suc cessful In accomplishing the one great ambition of his life. "What more can I say? There is nothing to ad<1. I shall make no state ments and will gi-e no interviews until I get back to New York." ABRUZZI'S MEN CREDULOUS. Sure Cook Would Not Be Deceived on Locating North Pole. ROME, September 3.?The question whether Dr. Frederick A. Cook, the American explorer, did or did not reach the north pole brought out statements today from Italian scientists and arctic explorers. including the Piedniontese guides who accompanied the Duke of Abruzzi on his polar expedition of 19<*). The expressions all are to the effect that Dr. Cook could not possibly have been misled into believing that he had reached the pole had he not actually done so. He must have carried instruments, it is argued, and made observations which wUl demonstrate scientifically the cor rectness of his assertion. Aeroplane Race Date Postponed. BRESCIA. Italy, September 3?The opening of the aeroplane rare meeting, in which Glenn H. Curtiss, the winner of the international cup at Rhelms, will take part, has been postponed from Sep tember 5 to September 8. The signaling apparatus used at Rhelms is being sent to. Brescia aud. will be installed here. Backer Bradley Indignantly Refutes Critics. NO STRAW HAT EXPEDITION Every Pound of Weight Sacrificed for Food Supply. GUM DEOPS FOR NATIVE TOOTH Everything Thought Out in Ad vance?-Instruments of the Best. Original Plans Followed Out. NEW YORK, September 8.?The New York Herald says today: Foresight,! alertness and the unstinted aid from the purse of John R. Bradley were elements which made possible the brilliant success of Dr. Frederick A. Cook, for the expedi tion which was sent to the pole had been equipped quietly in' a more efficient and thorough manner than any which had ever essayed the frozen north. Mr. Bradley, in commenting upon the feat of Dr. Cook, smiled when he referred to the remarks of Rear Admiral Melville and others who believed that Dr. Cook had not been sufficiently well prepared for his undertaking. "They don't know." said he, "and we took good care that no one should know how we were prepared for the enterprise. Now that the thing has been done there, are those who do not know what to make of it all. because the plans were not formed on the traditional lines. There never was a better equipped expedition. On Strictly Modern Lines. "It had many new features and it was laid out on strictly modern lines, but be cause wa did not leave a ship to be frozen in but had a house on shore there are those who do not seem to think that it was according to the way the books prescribe that arctic expeditions should be conducted. "AH the others failed; this one suc ceeded. It is a difference worth noting. "Now I have much respect for Rear Admiral Melville, and I regret that he has been so illy informed concerning the expedition as he shows himself to be In h'S interview this morning. 'Without backing, without money, outttt or equip ment,' says he, 'I do not see how Dr. Cook could have reached the pole, let alone his return journey. If Peary, with the best equipped expedition that ever penetrated northward, could not get with in a hundred miles of the earth's apex I cannot conceive how Dr. Cook has done it on his nerve, so to speak.' Arctic Expedition Well Planned. "The admiral does not know that I spent thousands and thousands of dollars on this expedition. Our ship was as well equipped for an arctic Journey as any that ever left this country, yet there are some persons who seem to think that I started for a fishing trip and that the physician went up to the pole and back in a straw hat. We never made a move but what we knew Just what we were about. "I hau 'Bob' Bartlett, comma.ider of the Roosevelt, Peary's ship, which was than lying in dry dock here in New York, go with me to Gloucester and look ovc^r our ship. 'Bol/ considered it as safe a ship as ever left for the Arctic. "I engaged as captain, his nephew, Moses Bartlett, who had been first officer on the Roosevelt. The mate was Mike' Wise, and we had a tirst-class sailor in a young Irish boy named Kirby?as tough as nails was he. "We left Gloucester, made a good trip without hurrying too much and got Into Melville bay. Now there arc those who seem to think that we ought to have de clared ourselves. It is not necessary for a ship bound for the pole to leave New fork with a half dozeo men-of war following her and a brass band playing all the way down to the Narrows. Reasons for Reticence. "Suppose we had found the weather un propitious after our arrival there. The newspapers would have said that we got cold feet and came back. Then, again, Mr. Peary was in New York, trying to get a flying start and mending the boilers of the Roosevelt. He was unable to get enough money to suit him just then, and I guess we had as much as he did. "If the admiral wishes to know where the Cook expedition got its backing I do not mind telling him that it was John R. Bradley's bank account in New 1 ork "^dr. Peary was about to go, and if he had obtained news as to our purpose he might have been able to hurry con siderably, especially as the winter ?^as coming. I wished to do a little walrus hunting on my way north, and that was another reason why we did not wish to (Continued on Sixteenth Page.) HOME WITHOUT ANY INMATES CLOSED TO CLERGYMEN WHO USE TOBACCO. Board of Managers Petitions Court for Authority to Sell the Institution. Special Plf<patch to The Star. PHILADELPHIA, September 3. ? Whether the proceeds of the proposed sale of the John C. Mercer Home for Dis abled Presbyterian Clergymen at Ambler, Pa., will go to the heirs or to ministers throughout the country who are in need is a question that the courts are soon to decide. The home, which was established twenty-one years ago, in compliance with the will of Ann Jane Mercer, has proved a failure, it is said, owing to the fact that no clergyman who uses tobacco is allowed to enter the house. The case presents many strange fea tures, not the leas; curious of which Is that most of Mrs. Mercer's fortune is said to have come from her husband's growth and sale of tobacco. For the past two years only one man, the Rev. W. J. Jones, has been in the home, and a few months ago it was de cided by the board of managers that the expense of conducting it lor one inmate was too great. The institution, there fore, was closed. The lone minister is now living at a hotel at Ambler and his expenses are paid by the board. Since it seemed to them that the object of the testatrix had practically ceased, the board of managers then petitioned the common pleas court of Montgomery county for authority to sell the home and use the money for relieving disabled clergymen who should come within the provisions of the will. Although the board of managers has advertised the benefits of the home, only thirty-live applications have been made since the day it was opened, and of these only fifteen have become inmates. SOME CRITICISM CAUSED. Nine Revenue Cutters Going to Hudson-Fulton Celebration. The fact that the revenue cutter service has detailed nearly all the vessels of the Atlantic coast and lakes fleet to attend the Hudson-Fulton celebration in New York as a patrol to the marine parades has caused some criticism as to the com paratively unprotected condition of the coast during the presence of the vessels in New York. The Treasury Department has ordered nine revenue cutters to go to New York September 25, and remain until the cere monies end in October. These aie the Androscoggin, Mohawk, Seminole, Gresh am Seneca, Itasca, Manhattan, Calumet and Guide. This leaces not over four ves sels, some of them small, to patrol the coast from East port to Galveston. At this time of the year, too, the equinoctial storms are generally prevalent. Capt. Ross of the revenue cutter serv ice said today that there would be suffi cient protection on the coast while the other vessels were in New ^ork. . ??Besides," he said, "it is Just as im portant to-protect life and property dur ing an occasion like that ia New York as it is to do the same duty on the coa*t. We shall Ftrive to take care of our work in all parts of the country at the same time." DO NOT WANT STUMP. Cumberland Ministers Protest Against Proposed Appointee. Special Dispatch to The Star. CUMBERLAND, Md., September .1.?A protest has been filed with the director of the census in Washington by the Cumberland Ministerial Association against the proposed appointment of John J. Stump of this city as supervisor of the census for the sixth congressional district of Maryland, which embraces Garrett, Frederick, Montgomery, Wash ington and Allegany counties. The protest was carried to Washing ton by one of the members of the asso ciation, following a meeting held early in the week. Representative Pearre rec ommended Mr. Stump for appointment. The proposed supervisor has served three terms in the Maryland house of delegates. He is a wholesale and retail liquor dealer in Cumberland, trading un der the name of John J. Stump & Co. The protest is accompanied by a num ber of advertisements published by Mr. Stump in reference to his business. In the protest the ministers call attention to the character of the advertising mat ter used by Mr. Stump in which It is alleged he urges railroad men to keep a bottle of whisky in their homes. The officers of the ministerial associa tion are: President. Rev. William Cleve land Hicks, rector of Emmanuel Epis copal Church; vice president. Rev. Dr. James E. Moffatt, of the First Presby terian Church; secretary, Edgar W. Pierce, St. John's Lutheran Church; treasurer, J. William McCauley.- St. Paul's Lutheran Church. No information regarding the filing of the protest in this city could be obtained at the census bureau. It was said there that nothing would be given out regard ing the """*1^" RESTRICTS USE OF FIREARMS CUBAN GOVERNMENT TAKES PRECAUTIONARY STEP. License Required of Dealers?Rules for Importation, of Guns and Ammunition. Cuba is becoming very strict about the Importation and sale of firearms and am munition in that republic, according to a circular forwarded to the State Depart ment by F. M. Bearing, the American charge d'affaires at Havana. It was is sued by the secretary of the Cuban gov ernment August 19. Among other things the circular pro vided that in addition to having a license for the sale of firearms and accessories In order to import them one must procure authority from the secretary. Shotguns used for hunting and the small .22-caliber gallery rifles are excepted from this re striction. Firearms and ammunition may only be imported through the ports of Havana, Matanzas, Nue vitas, Trinidad and Santiago de Cuba. All weapons received in excess of the ninety-nine allowed for retail sales are re quired to be deposited in the national armory or government warehouses. A per mit must be obtained for their withdrawal and an account furnished of sales made since the last withdrawal. All classes of firearms are included in this restriction. Monthly reports must be made of the sale of arms and ammunition by the deal ers, showing the name of the purchaser, number of license, date issued and the au thority and by whom issued. Arms may be sold only to persons who have proven themselves authorized to use them. TARIFF TAX ON AEROPLANES. Imported Machines Subject to Pro visions of Payne Law. That the Payne tariff law will subject aeroplanes imported into this country to a duty of 40 per centum ad valorem is indicated by a reply sent today by the customs division of the Treasury Depart ment to an Inquiry from Ernest La Rue Jones, editor of Aeronautics. There is no specific provision in the tariff law for the assessment of a duty on aeroplanes or other flying machines, but the cus toms officials, assuming that the motor is the most valuable part of the airship, express the belief that the basket clause of the metal schedule will govern the i duty to he levied ,up9n aeroplanes. j The Payne law provides that a duty of forty-five per centum should be levied on all articles of which metal is the com ponent material of chief value. As an aeroplane consists of the wooden frame work, the propeller, and the canvas of balloon-fabric planes, in addition to the motor, the latter seems to be the part most valuable. The Wrights have named a price of $7,500 on their machines, and the duty on one of the Wright aeroplanes built at their British or French factory would therefore be $3,873. A number of American enthusiasts are desirous of pur chasing uropean aeroplanes because the American manufacturers are not yet ready to make prompt deliveries, and the cost of a foreign built machine will be I very high on account of the big duty. ALL PASSENGERS SAVED. Steamer Run Down by British Transport at Portsmouth. PORTSMOUTH, England, September .1, ?There was an exciting scene at the mouth of Portsmouth harbor this after I noon when the Isle of Wight steamer Duchess of Kent was run down by a government transport. There were 400 passengers on board the Duchess of Kent, and imediately after the collision she be gan to "fill rapidly. The captain headed her for the shore and she was promptly beached. All the passengers got ashore safely. Many of them jumped and waded to dry land rather than wait for the small boats. UNDER SUNDAY CLOSING LAW. Sixty-Seven Liquor Dealers to Face Courts in Atlantic City. ATLANTIC CITY. N. J.. September 3. ?Sixty-seven warrants charging an equal number of liquor dealers with violating the Sunday closing law were obtained to day by agents of the Lord's Day Alli ance and Good Citizenship league. The warrants caused considerable excitement. The list of the warrants has not yet been made public, but besides those who were arrested and held for the grand jury several weeks ago on a similar charge it Is sa!d that a number of hotel men here tofore unmolested by the reformers are Included among those served with war rants today. The issuance of the warrants, coupled with the threat of the reformers to cause the arrest of Mayor Stoy if he fails to close the saloons next Sunday, probably will mean a "dry" Sabbath In Atlantic City. The reformers assert that Mayor Stoy has now had more than two weeks in which to comply with an order of the state attorney general calling for the closing of the saloons Sundays, and It is asserted that unless the liquor establish ments are closed next Sunday the mayor will be arrested on a warrant charging misdemeanor RIGHT Of PQSStSSiOH Question Between Government and Property Owners. AWARD NOT SATISFACTORY! Squares Between Pennsylvania Avenue and the Mall SPECULATION AS TO AN APPEAL Belief Expressed That Transfer of Property Only Awaits Con firmation by Court. Since the filing of the report of the commission which has been ascertain ing for condemnation purposes th?j value of the lund in the five squares between Pennsylvania avenue and the Mall. 14th and loth streets, there ha3 been much speculation as to when the Kovernment will begin to take posse. - sion of the property in question. A second qii* stion, raised because of dissatisfaction with the awards on the part of some of the property owner.*, is as to what can be accomplished oy an appeal to the higher courts and ! whether one appeal will hold up the taking of possession of the property not involved in the appeal. Trominent attorneys of the city sai l this morning that they believed that tis soon as the Supreme Court of the Dis trict has confirmed the award and the President of the United States has caused the amounts to be paid to the respective owners or Into the United States Treasury, in c-ve the owne's are unable or neglect to receive pay ment, the government can take im mediate possession of the land. Will Not Stay Proceedings. The taking of an appeal from the com mission's verdict to the higher courts, it is also stated, will not affect the power of the government in immediately taking possession of the property. Even though appeals are taken in some cases, it is also believed by prominent attorneys the government could Day for and take oos session of the other parcels not concerned in the a; peals. Under the laws governing the proceed ings by which the government is con demning the land in question, many law yers declare there are serious doubts as to whether any appeal can be taken from the award of the commission after Its confirmation by the District Supreme Court. The laws themselves make no pro vision for appeals; and the only ground for believing that an appeal may be taken is found in the act creatine the Court of Appeals, which Is very general. The law providing for the condemnation of the five squares between Pennsylvania avenue, the Mall, 14th and 15th streets says: "That the Secretary of the Treasury be, and he is hereby, authorized and directed to acquire by purchase, condenmation, or otherwise, for the use and accommodation of the United States departments of State, Jus tice and Commerce and Labor, the whole ?of squares numbered 220, 227. 228, 229 and 230, in the city of Washington, Dis trict of Columbia, and the sum of $2,500, 000, or as much thereof as may be nec essary, to pay for the land so acquired Is hereby authorized. That part of C street, Ohio avenue, D street and E street lying between the squares named herein is hereby made a part of the site authorized by this act. That should the Secretary of the Treasury decide to in stitute condemnation proceedings in order to secure any or all of the land herein authorized to be acquired, such proceed ings shall be in accordance with the pro visions of the act of Congress approve 1 August 30? 1890, providing a site for the enlargement of the government printing office." ? Quotation From the Act. The act to which this refers and which governs the steps to be 1 -.ken before the government takes possession is, in part, as follows: "Such commissioners shall, upon being duly sworn for the proper performance of their duties, examine the premises and hear the persons in interest who may ap pear before them, and return their ap praisement of the value of the interests of all persons, respectively, in said land; and when such report shall have been confirmed by the court the President of the United States shall, if he thinks the public Interest requires it, cause pay ment to be made to the respective persons entitled according to the judgment of the court, and in case any of such persons are under disability, or cannot be found, or neglect to receive payment, the money to be paid to any of them shall be de posited in the Treasury to their credit, unless there shall l>e some person law fully authorized to receive the same un der the direction of the court, and when such payments are so made, or the amounts belonging to persons to whom payment shall not be made are so de posited, the said lands shall be deemed to be condemned and taken by the United States for the public use. "And, hereafter, in all cases of the tak ing of property in the District of Colum bia for public use, whether herein, here tofore or hereafter authorized, the fore going provision, as it respects the ap plication by the proper officer to the Su preme Court of the District of Columbia and the proceedings therein, shall be as in the foregoing provision declared." No Provision for Appeals. lawyers point out from this latter act that there is no provision for appeals and that apparently the government can take possession as soon as the report of the commlrsion "shall have been con firmed by the court" and the President shall "cause payment to be made to the respective persons entitled according to the judgment of the court, and in case any of such persons are under disability or cannot be found or neglect to receive payment, the money shall be deposited in the Treasury to their credit." When the report was filed with Justice Gould yesterday afternoon be fixed Oc tober t; us the date ujon which excep tions to the commission's proceedings should be filed. As many of the property owners are expressing dissatisfaction, it is believed that there will be numerous exceptions to be noted at that time. To Adjust Railroad Strike. NORFOLK, Va., September 3.?The striking machinists and blacksmiths in the general shops of the Seaboard Air j Line railway at Portsmouth have en-1 tercd into negotiations with the railway management through a special grievance commirtte, and the strike appears to be in Course of adjustment. The strikers, following a committee conference with raiiway officials, were in session until an early hour this morning. Records for Twenty-Four Hours. The following were the readings of the thermometer and barometer at the weather bureau for the twenty-four hours beginning at 2 p.m. yesterday: Thermometer?September 2, 4 p m., 73: 8 p.m., '12; 12 midnight, 55. September 3, 4 a.m., 49; 8 a.m., 56; 12 noon, 75; 2 p.m., 70. Maximum. 70, at 2 p.m. Septem ber 3; minimum, 48, at 5 a.m. Septem ber 3. Barometer?September 2, 4 p.m.. 30.08; 8 p.m., 30.09; 12 midnight, 30.11. Septem ber 3, 4 a.m., 30.13; 8 a.m., 30.16; noon, 30.14; 2 p.m.. 30.12. Maximum temperature past twenty-four hours, 76; a year ago, 83. Mrs. Susannah Aubrey Thomas, wife of Rev. David S. Thomas of Plttstown, Pa., died yesterday at Rldgeley, W. Va.t op posite Cumberland, Md., where she was visiting her son, James G. Thomas. Joseph Payne of Caroline county. Va., died at the home of W. T. Morris, in that county, aged thirty-two years. Trophy Promised Roosevelt by Abyssinian Prince. BID FDOM LIDJ JEASSU Fourteen-Year-Old Son of Menelik Plans Mighty Hunt for Guest. 5.000 MEN TO DRIVE GAME IN Gray-Hided Old Fellows Sure to Be in Thousands of Pachy derms So Assembled. BERLIN. September 3.?L dj Jeanu, Crown Prince of Abyssinia, has invited Theodore Roosevelt to a gieat elaphant hunt, promising to beat up a whit** ele phant for him to kill, and otherwise to o range a splendid sporting program. This news has been brought into Berlin by Adolf Mayer, kinsman of King Mene lik of Abys??nia. who lias arrived her** j with a commission from the Abyssinian j government to purchase supplies. King Menelik sent an invitation to Mr. j Roosevelt at Washington to be his guest. j Mr. Roosevelt then declined, explaining. j as he had refused the invitations of sev j eral European sovereigns, ho could not j make an exception of King Menelik. how- j ever much he might desire to do so. It was then arranged that the crown prince should invite Mr. Roosevelt unofficially. Mission Sent to Roosevelt. Before Mayer left Abyssinia a mission had been sent to hand txiis invitation to Mr. Roosevelt, wherever it could find him. King Menelik was hopeful that the former President of the United States would ac cept the invitation in Us present form. " J he envoys of the king arc empowered to point out to Mr. Roosevelt,'' Mr. Mayer said today, "that there is unrivaled ele phant hunting in Abyssinia. The crown prince will send out 5,0 ?> horsemen to encircle an immense range of prairie and drive in the elephants. "Hundreds and possibly thousands of elephants could he thus assembled. There would probably be one or two white ones among this number. These beasts are not really white, but merely animals of great vigor which have lived to be gray haired." Young Prince a Mighty Hunter. When it was suggested that the crown prince of Abyssinia was only fourt- e.i years old. Mr. Mayer replied that Abys sinians develop young. He declared that the prince was an expert and adventurous huntsman; that he spoke English, French and German, and that he was quite capa ble, personally, of showing Mr. Roosevelt tine hunting. "Many stories have rerched the court of King Menelik." Mr. Mayer said, in conclusion, "of Mr. Roosevelt's prowess as a horseman, a hunter, a soldier and an administrator. The king is most keen to greet him. "He probably would go to the borders of his country with a great following to receive Mr. Roosevelt." Mr. Mayer is the son of a German en gineer who married a sister of King Menelik. 2,500 Specimens of Hunt Forwarded by Roosevelts NAIROBI British East Africa. Sep tember 3.?J. Alden Loring and Maj. Mearns, members of the Roosevelt ex pedition, are about to undertake an ex tended trip through Kenia province. Mr. I>oring started out today and will be followed by Maj. Mearns tomorrow. The two travelers will return here No vember 1 to join Col. Roosevelt. A total of 2,500 specimens were ship ped yesterday to the Smithsonian Insti tution. They include birds, mammals, snakes and plants. Strange Trophies Captured. GOVERNMENT FARM. Naivasha, British East Africa, Sunday. August 1.? Col. Roosevelt, accompanied by Maj. Mearns, came into Naivasha on Thurs day, July 22, riding around the east side of the lake, while J. Alden Loring, the naturalist, came across in C'apt. Atten borough's launch. Prof. Edmund Heller remained at the Attenborough farm to look after the "hippo" trophies. Kermit Roosevelt had ridden into the township the day before, so he and the correspondent rode out to meet the colonel at luncheon at the government experimental farm, on the Morendat river. J. K. Hill, a nephew of Sir Clem ent Hill, member of parliament, who was recently permanent under secretary of 3tate for the colonies, is the manager of the farm, and he offered every hospital ity, showing the party around the farm. The party then had luncheon with Mr. Hill. Col. Roosevelt arrived at Mr. Hill's house at midday and was received by Mrs. Hill. There was quite a party to meet the ex-President of the Unite! States, and after the meal everybody drove or rode over the farm, inspecting the various flocks of sheep and the pedi greed stock. Roosevelt Interested in Farm. Col. Roosevelt was much interested in the work and all that he saw, and car- j ried on an animated conversation with Mr. Hill, inquiring into all the results of the various experiments in the crossing of stock. The government farm is beautifully sit uated. and there are several herds of al most tame Thomson!! gazelle on the prop erty, which is well fenced. The party saw on the way out there at least one hundred "Tommies.' as they are locally nicknamed; also several warthogs and a few jackals. The manager's house is a large and roomy wood and iron building, very well situated. The farm is of great assistance to the settlers of East Africa. Cyl. Roosevelt, Kermit and the corre spondent returned to Naivasha and found that R. J. Cunninghame. general man ager of the expedition, with all the por ters and the baggage, had only just ar rived. The men were busy pitching the tents near the water's edge. The whole party dined at the local apol ogy for a hotel, as thev had not been able to get dinner in the c?mp, owing to the lateness of their arrival. It was planned that evening to go out after peli cans the next day. Early next morning the correspondent went down to the camp and had break fast with Col. Roosevelt and Kermit. and then the tlnee started off in a small row boat. CoJ. Roosevelt occupied the how and Kermit the stern. A native helped pole the boat through the reeds, whieh are thick for several hundred yards from the shore line. Egyptian Geese Brought Down. The boat had not gone far when the colonel brought down a couple of Egyp tian geese with a pretty shot. The boat was then turned for the usual hunting ground cf the pelicans and brought with the least possible noise to within 150 feet of two tine specimens. Col. Roosevelt took careful aim and killed a splendid bird with a single shot from his ritie. It would be considered a fine shot, considering it was fired irom an unsteady boat. The spoil was sicked up, and pleased the colonel much. Then the boat was paddled after the other pelican, which had flown off to some distance. It proved impossible, however, to get near it, und so Col. Roosevelt and Kermit indulged in some effective shooting with their shotguns among the gullB, which have long red beaks and legs and feathers of beauti ful slate blue. In all, they bagged five fine specimens, to say nothing of a complete nest with three eggs. On the return to the landing stage the colonel essayed a long shot at a crane and killed it at the first shot. The party was delighted with these prims and thought most highly of the pelican, which they badly wanted. Meanwhile Maj. Mearns and J. Alden Ix?rinj; had been busy and had obtained s?mo fine specimens of the bird Inhabi tants of the lake. Roosevelt's Ride on Cowcatcher. Early nf*xt morning Col. Koosevelt and Kermit proceeded by the ordinary pas senger train to Nairobi, traveling in the traffic manager 8 carriage, which had been placed at their disposal. They varied the monotony of the journey by riding ori the cowcatcher. Mr. Cuning hame followed with the specimens b?K Ked on the Sotik trip, in a special train. Maj. Mearns and Mr. Loring remained at Naivasha collecting birds. , On arrival at Nairobi the colonel was met by W'tlllain N MacMIUan and F. C. Seious, wiio was oil his way home. The colonel remained in animated conversa tion w;'h Mr Sulcus until his departure, and then drove to Air MacMillan's house, where he is to remain as a guest during his stay at Nairobi. NO DATE FOR EXHUMATION DISINTERMENT OF LIEUT. SUT TON AWAITS MOTHER S WORD. Officers Who Were Present When He Died Not Expected to Attend. In the absence of any word from Mis. Sutton no time has been definitely fixed for the exhumation of the body of her son. Lieut. James N. #utton. from its renting t.. ce in Arlington cemetery. When she has apprised the officials of the War Department of he^ wishes in the matter they will be ready on a day's no tice to arrange for the disinterment. Touching the suggestion of Secretary Dickinson that the young marine officers who were vlth Lieut. Sutton on the night when he died could be represented at ttie exhumation und autopsy if they so de sired. it is entirely improbable that they will avail themselves of the privilege ex tended to them. Certainly such a step would be opposed by Gen. George F. El liott, commatidant of the Marine Corps. He sees no reason why they should ->e represented, he says, as nothing is to be gained by it, and they have been ac quitted by two courts of inquiry which made a thorough investigation of the causes leading up to Sutton s death. The interests of the government, he says, are to be looked after by Surgeon Raymond Spear of the navy. DR. C. A. BALL DEAD. Descendant of Washington Passes Away, Aged Fifty-Eight. Dr. Charles A. Ball, a descendant of Gen. George Washington, died today at his home, 2.H3 G street, following a linger ing Illness. He was a son of the late Robert Ball of Virginia, where Dr. Ball was horn, about fifty-eight years ago. Dr. Ball had lived in this city more tl nn thirty years and had a large practice. Ti.e funeral will take place Monday. News Briefs. Post Office inspector Calvert, who has served at Richmond. Va., for the last few years, will leave In the next few days for Martinsburg, W. Va.. where he will have charge of the territory be tween Harpers Ferry and Grafton. The case of John Armstrong Chaloner, who Is fighting in the courts at Char lottesville. Va., to recover the estate he declares was illegally taken from him, will not come up this week, as antici pated. An agreement has been reached to postpone the trial until October 25. Mrs. Lucy Carter, wife of Wallace Car ter of Spottsylvauia county, f?n dead In the yard of her home, near Post Oak, \ a. She was sixty years old. She is survived by her husband, live sons and four daughters. | Granby street. Norfolk. Va., for ? dis tance of five blocks, from Main street to i' reema8on, has been converted Into a great white way when the thousands of ? i?*\I?Wer*,L incandescent lights arching that thoroughfare biased forth their light for the first time. Merchants along the street had the lights installed. Miss Ethel Wheeler, daughter of Rev and Mrs. William Wheeler of Luray Va. and for the last four years confidential secretary In the office of the Berkeley Limestone Company, In Martinsburg. \V. t\aY ?*fiSKm^friedJat her home In Luray to J. \\ ishard Anderson, a prominent Jew eler of Martinsburg. eminent jew VaIr'ian.d Mrs' James A. Arnold of Dido, ? c announced the of ;h*!r Ml., mi x? Stuart Maxwell of Woodstock' Md. The marriage will take place this Miss Rosa S Grace of Shepherdstown. \\. \ a., and Charles B. Huyett of Sharps burg, were married by Rev. A. A. Ker burg1 the Lutheran Parsonage, Sharps ??r8;fI^aC Pu*ey' s,*t>'-four years of age, of Nassawango, Md., is dead. She was Miss Mary Jane Truitt of Laurel, Preston Pierce of Colora, Md.. a con ductor on the Central branch of the Pennsylvania railroad, who several weeks ago became ill at a funeral in Oxford. Pa., died in a Philadelphia hospital. Willim L. Cobb, fifty-nine years old one of the most prominent citizens of Caroline county. Va.. died at his home near Ruther Glen, after a lingering ill ness. George W. Sprecher, seventy-six years old, a well-known carpenter and wagon maker, died at his home, at Huyett, Md. He was a son of Jacob Sprecher, who came to .America from Germany. Prof. Leonard A. Prouty of Locuet Dale, Va., and Miss Helen Elizabeth Her sey, daughter of Dr. G. D. Hersey of Providence, R. I., were married a few days ago at the home of the bride bv Rev. A. H. Wheeler. The Caroline county prohibition con vention will be held in Denton, Md.. Sep tember !>. and It is likely that a complete county ticket will be nominated. i.ie convention will be followed by a mass meeting, at which Rev. C. M.Elderdke will speak. A real estate deal Involving property- in the shopping district was consummated when Adele M. A. Henritze of Montgom ery county. Md., sold to Frank A. Per sohn. jeweler and optician, the large dwelling and lot at the northwest corner of Liberty and Clay streets. Baltimore. The purchaser will have the present build ing razed and a modern four-story brick business house erected In its place. Steps have been t?ken at Strasburg. Shenandoah county. Va.. bv a number of ! wealthy men of that section to buy the Fishers Hill battlefield grounds from C. li. Kstep. the present owner, and convert the grounds into a large military park. The will of Mrs. Henrietta Fineherg of Landsdowne. Md.. bequeaths her real es tate at Joshua, Md., to her three daugh ters, Mrs. Mamie Thompson. Mrs. Jennie Griffee and Mrs. Rachel Rockwell. The residue of the estate is bequeathed to Mrs. Rockwell absolutely. Af'er a courtship of less than three moults Miss Marie Moshkevich. daughter of Samuel Moshkevich. 7'Jti East Balti more street, Baltimore, was married at Fink's Hall. Bond and Pratt streets, to Morris Cooper, a business man of Peters burg, Va. The will of Henry Lee Baugh of Tow son, Md., has been filed for probate in the orphans' court at Towson. He be queathed his estate to his widow during her life, and after her death to the tea tator's three children. Scholarships in the Woman's College of Frederick. Md., for the session which will open September ltf have been award ed to the following young ladies: Misses Mamie Akers and Rutliella Witter of Frederick county. Isabel Storm and Mabel S. King of Frederick, Blanche Rudy of Middletown, Madeline Friley of Kmmitsburg, Chloe Cecil of Walkers vllie, Ruth Easterday and Emma May Hine of Jefferson. Capt. Harry S. Herman, aged fifty-two years, treasurer of the city of Norfolk, Va., since 1807, died in a sanatorium near Baltimore. His death came sud denly, Mrs. Herman being at the time in Blowing Rock, N. C. Prof. John Nicholas Dunivan, an edu cator of Harrisonburg, Va., and Mis* Irene Briscoe of Bristol, Va., met at Roanoke, Va., and were married in the First Presbyterian Church by Rev. Dr W. C. Campbell.