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COLORED COMIC SECTIOiN M ^ B, ^ ^ [Sunday. J IS ? p No. 264 ? No. 18.108. WASHINGTON, D. 0., SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 24, 1910* FIVE CENTS. 1 FLAMES SWEEP CITY! I _ Fire in Lake Charles, La., Causes $1,000,000 Loss. HUNDREDS ARE HOMELESS Many Public Buildings and Sixty Residences Destroyed. OUTSIDE AID IS SUMMONED Blase, Starting Mysteriously in Bear of Frame Structure, Is Fanned by Strong Wind. Special Dispatch to The Star. LAKE CHARLES. La.. April 23.?In three hours this afternoon a Are. which originated at 3:30 o'clock in an outhouse In the rear of a frame building on Ryan street between Pujo and j North Court, and spread thence to the immense two-story frame building which was formerly the Lake Charles Opera House, but was condemned as unsafe after the Iroquois disaster, wiped out property conservatively estimated at $800,000 to 51,000,000. A brisk wind blew from the west, the old wooden building which proved a tbrch J ? ? olfVi nn erV? WUkH its UI y ?1 > llllUCl , aitU( I the entire Are department answered the call with great promptness, the water thrown from the hose turned to steam before it touched the buildings. The old opera house was in the midst of a nest of wooden structures, all old, comprising the remnants of the business section which had not been torn down and rebuilt of brick. Fifteen minutes after the Are started the Aames reached Ryan street and caught in a similar cluster of old buildings just north of the Catholic church property, on which was located all of the church and school buildings belonging to the Catholic congregation. and destroyed them in a twinkling. As soon as the danger to these was realized a heroic effort was made to check the Are, but it was in vain. First the rectory went, then one of the school buildings in the rear, then the big eonveiu building, the church and Anally the , neA' brick school building. Across Bilbo street the Aames caught the St. Clair 1 Hotel. By this time the wind shifted to I the northwest and the big Calcasieu | courthouse, located on the block just south of where the Are originated, and the city hall on Kirby street, across from the 1 Catholic church property, both caught 1 Are. i Outside Help Asked. In the meantime all of the sawmills sent men and fire equipment to the center of town and a telegram was sent asking Beaumont and Jennings for aid. The fire steadily waged Its way south and 1 east until it made a pathway through the residence section about two blocks ( wide and nearly a half mile long. I Some of the finest residences In Lake 1 ? tiarles were destroyed almost before the 1 panic-stricken occupants had realised their uangi r. By the tune help arrived from 1 outside at ?J o'clock the tire had practl- i rally leached the limit of its destructive- i nesa. The streets adjacent to the burned district were blocked with tangles of < household goods. About sixty residences and four hotels lay in ruins and several hundred people were homeless. Several houses far from the scene of the main conflagration caught fire, and one, that of Mrs. T. B. Reynolds, was entirely con- i sumed. While the fire raged business was suspended in the city and hundreds of people assisted in righting the fire and helping to move the rescued goods to a place of safety. A number of persons suffered severe burns and light injuries in fighting the fire, but. so far as can be learned, no one was killed or seri- , ously hurt. The homes of Lake Charles were thrown open to the sufferers, and a score of warehouses was placed at the service of those who desired to store their goods in safety. Miltia Guarding Ruins. The Sisters Mariantes and the boarders at the school, numbering a score or more, were taken care of by the Sisters of the Incarnate. Company K of the Louisiana National Guard was called out and.with a corps of extra policemen, is guarding the ruins tonight. The burned district equals in area about seven blocks. The walls of the courthouse and city hall are still standing, but it is believed that both buildings i re virtually ruined. MAKE NEW YORK A SAHARA. Mayor Gaynor's New Plan of Preventing Sunday Drinking. NEW YORK. April *^3.?There is an undercurrent report in polite circles tonight \ that New York is to have a Sunday as! dry as a desert tomorrow under a new ! plan adopted by Mayor Gaynor. Two hun? dred young policemen, unknown to saloon men, have been selected as a special excise squad. Garbed in "plain clothes" they will be assigned in paira to each police precinct with orders to vlalt every saloon in their territory. Where a place ? J w4Jl Ant ay and hnv Im louuu wycn inv/ " ??? v ..?w. ??? ? ?^ drinks, thus procuring evidence, without revealing their identity, upon which warrants will be issued. Each Sunday, it Is said, the same program will be followed, The officers being shifted each week to a new precinct. As the policemen- must submit their evidence to the district attorney and are forbidden to reveal their identity to offenders. the opportunity for "holding up" the liquor men, a form of graft which the major has sought to crush, is done away with. ACCUSED OF CUSTOMS FRAUDS. Would Have Been Immune From Prosecution in Six Days. NEW YORK. April 23? Six days before they would have been exempt from prosecution by operation of the statute of limitations the federal government ; has in custody today four men accused of conspiracy to defraud the government by underweights of sugar, macaroni, figs, cheese and* other articles. The last one of the accused quartet a as arrested today in the person of John W. O'Brien, for thirty years a trusted custom* service employe. Yesterday Diaries De Witt Drew, Charles H. Wardell and George E. Bedell, weighers, were arrested on similar charges. The men were indicted by the federal grand Jury April 21. f American Girl Found Drowned. imbeds 1 Cablegram to The Sur. NAPLES. April 23.?The body of a beautiful girl of about twenty-two years was seen floating In the harbor here, and it was subsequently washed ashore on the Portico coast. It has been partially identified as that of Miss Kstelle Reid, an American, who disappeared from the Hotel Castello Wednesday. The body had been in the water only a few hours. jBB CROWNSHISCAREER Roosevelt's Own Estimate of His Reception in Paris. HONOR AS MAN OF LETTERS Address on Republican Citizenship j Stirs Members of French Academy. WORDS MAKE DEEP IMPRESSION Venerable Colleagues Join Heartily i I in the Applause?Cheered by Immense Crowd Around the Sorbonne. PARIS. April 25.?To use Col. Roosevelt's owti words, today marked (the j crowning: of his career as a man of let- > ters. From noon until midnight he was the guest of intellectual Paris, partici paring as a meraoer ai a session 01 me French Academy, delivering a lecture at the Sorbonne, which, as he himself said, was the foremost seat of learning in Europe before America was discovered, and remaining as the guest of the faculty for dinner and the grand reception given by the university in his honor. Col. Roosevelt's reception at the French institute and that at the Sorbonne were equally impressive, but in a different way. At the former he was Introduced merely as a member, and he took a seat among his distinguished confreres, most of whom have grown old in the service of science.After listening to the words of M. Boutroux, the president of the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, who spoke eloquently of American ideals and character, of which, he said, Theodore Roosevelt was the best exponent, the former President of the United States replied in French, his utterances arousing his ven erable colleagues to unwonted applause. A Tremendous Ovation. At the Sorbonne no attempt was made to restrain the demonstrations. The facade bristled with American and French Rags, and fully *25,000 persons packed the ; streets and acclaimed Col. Roosevelt on his arrival. Within the building enthusiasm was unbounded, the vast crowd In the amphitheater interrupting again and again with storms of applause as the speaker defined the duties of Individual citizenship in a republic, scorning the sluggards, cynics and idle rich and preaching the gospel of work, character and strenuous life. Several times he interjected observations in French, and after he had defined his attitude on the subject of human rights and property rights, he repeated I this in French, saying that it constituted the crux of what he had to say, and he desired every one to understand him. His words in this connection were: "My position as regards the moneyed 1 interests can be put in a few words. In every civilized society, property rights must be carefully safeguarded. Ordinarily, and In the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run Identical. But when it clearly appears that there is a real conflict between them, human rights must have the upper ' hand, for DroDertv belongs to man and i not man to property." 1 He. made his auditors clearly realize that he considered republican institutions still on trial, both in America and in France. Learned Men Impressed. The distinguished personages occupying seats on the estrade, who included, besides the deans of the various faculties of the universities. Premier Brland and his entire cabinet, and such men as Leon Bourgeois, former premier; Anatole Leroy-Beaulieu, director of the Institute of France: Jules Poincare, Jules Claretie, Gabriel Hanotaux, Marquis de Segur, the historian, and Paul Desch&nel, were evidently quite as much impressed as the students and other auditors in front, joining heartily in the applause, especially when Mr. Roosevelt spoke against race suicide and the necessity of a nation to perpetuate Itself as one of its principal duties. Following the lecture Vice Rector Liard, in behalf of the university, presented Mr. Roosevelt wth a bust of Jefferson and two vases made at Sevres. But a curious mistake had been made in the bust. A bust of Lincoln had heen ordered from the government factory at Sevres, but in some unaccountable way one of Jefferson was manufactured. M. Jusserand. the French ambassador, has arranged to have the original order executed. In replying to M. Boutroux before the Academy of Moral and Political Sciences. 1 Mr. Roosevelt spoke in French. He said i that he would not dare to do so if he were not among confreres, where he was certain of their indulgence. Crowning1 of His Literary Career, i "I cannot express how much I have been touched by the honor you have paid me," he said. "It is the crowning of the career of a man of letter*." M. Boutroux, he Bald, had defined hie moral conception of life better than he could himself, and he continued: "I have always tried to translate Into action the moral principles which must Inspire the life of men and nations. There can be no economic civilization without morality. Genius is not essential, but only courage, honesty, sincerity and common sense. Men of genius without these qualities are a curse to a nation. They do more harm than good." Col. Roosevelt told of how he had received the news of his election to the academy while hunting the white rhinoceros at the equator. "T was living among naked savages," he said, "hunting for an animal which was the survivor of the long-haired rhinoceros that existed here in France when France was inhabited by naked savages." He had received the first news In letters j which came simultaneously from two , members of the academy, one In Mexico and the other in Brazil. "Mr President and dear colleaenien " ha concluded. "I thank you once more from the bottom of my heart." Oueat of Vice Rector Liard. Col. end Mrs. Roosevelt were entertained at dinner this evening by Vice Rector Liard. the guests also including Ambassador and Mrs. Bacon, Ambassador and Mme. Jusserand. Premier Brland, M. Doumergue. minister of education, and the deans of the faculties. In attending the meeting of the Academy of Moral and Political 'Sciences Mr. Roosevelt was accompanied by M. Jusserand, French ambassador at Washington and American Ambassador Bacon. He' was received by M. Boutroux, the president, with the words: "I am happy to welcome you and ask you to take your place among your colleagues." M Boutroux then delivered what hs termed "a talk." but what was really a splendid annreciation of American character and idaal^ i "IP?! r PRINCEJTIRS POPE i/atican Objects to Visit of Monaco's Ruler to Rome. BANNED TO GIVE LECTURE Announcement He Would Be Be ceived by King of Italy Brings Forth Protest. ROME, April 23.?The proposed visit >f the Prince of Monaco to Rome has esulted in a new protest from the Vatican, where the prince's act is considered a personal offense to the Pope, [t was officially announced several days ago that the prince would arrive in Rome April 24, and would be received ?y the king. His lecture on "Oceanagraphy" is arranged for April 26. In an exchange of communications between the holy see and the prince the iatter explained that he was not coming to Rome as a ruler, but as a scientist to give a lecture. The Vatican answered that it could not admit such sophistry, nor separate the personality tVin t a# O unlpnt lot Thft J J. iX 1 UiCl ItUUI til U v. Ul C* ?. J. >>u Vatican has bo representative in the principality of Monaco, and is only awaiting the attitude of the prince while in Rome, and will then decide upon what form its official protest will take. In the meantime a further communlca:ion has been sent to the prince, recalling that Catholic heads of state are pound by special tieB to the pontiff and must uphold his dignity, Independence and rights. It is pointed out that the prince might give his lecture elsewhere, out not in Rome, where, "while the full and lasting independence of the head of :he church is not guaranteed, the holy see must protest against the spoliation suffered by the pontiff." Vatican Must Protest. Continuing, the communication says: "The papacy can suffer the situation created by the events of 1870, but cannot accept it nor permit public opinion to believe that it has accepted it. To this end it chose several forms of protesC such as confinement of the pontiff within the apostolic palace and the prohibition of Catholic rulers to be the guests of the Qulrinal, considering such visits as an offense to the rights of the holy seew If the Vatican did not protest the world would believe that it had definitely accepted the present situation." FATE IN PRESIDENT'S HANDS. Congress Has Passed Bill for Letter Carriers' Overpay. It is now "up to" President Taft to decide whether nearly $300,000 will he paid t<# letter carriers for their services in a# aiorht hmir* dnllv nndar tha provisions of a Senate bill which was passed by the House yesterday and goes now to the President for approval. The beneficiaries of this measure, claiming overtime under the eight-hour law, had their case passed upon favorably by the Court of Claima All of these cases were for services rendered prior to 180-'. Eveyn Nesbit Visits Thaw. MATTBAW AN, N. Y., April 38 ?Evelyn Nesbit Thaw visited her husband, Harry K. Thaw, for an hour at the asylum here today- This was her first visit since Thanksgiving day last. The purpose of their conference could not be learned. Young Mrs. Thaw was to have sailed for Europe recently, but she evidently postponed her trip. Engineer Blown Out of Cab. NORWOOD, Mass., April 28.-WhiIe his train was running at thirty miles an hour tonight a terrific outburst of steam blew Louis Golden burg, engineer of a New York, New Haven and Hartford railroad freight train, out of his cab and forced the fireman to flee to the rear of the tender. Goldenburg received fatal injuries. The train ran wild for a half mile, until all the steam had escaped. Trouble with the engine's pipes caused the accident. i y ^ r TRUE GALLANTRY. KILLED BY M C > Railway Motorman Shot Dead by Negroes. CONDUCTOR FATALLY HURT Ruffians Get Small Amount of Cash and Disappear. CRIME IN ATLANTA SUBURB Entire Police Reserve Searching for the Fugitives?I>ying Conductor Makes Statement. ATLANTA, Ga., April 23.?At the end of the Druid Hills street car line, a lonely spot in the outlying section of one of Atlanta's residential suburbs, three negro highwaymen tonight shot and instantly killed Motorman S. T. Brown, and after robbing Conductor W. H. Bryson of $35 ' fatally shot him in the back, and made their escape into the nearby woods. Twenty minutes later the crime was discovered and Atlanta's entire police reserve was rushed to the scene. No Witness to Crime. There were no passengers on the car. The car had just reached the end of the line and the motorman was reversing his trolley when the attack came from the negroes, who had concealed themselves behind a clump of bushes. Motorman Brown was shot down as he started to re-enter his car, and with revolvers leveled at the conductor's head he was ordered to throw up his hands. On complying, one of the men relieved him of all the cash he had on his person, and then he was told to "hit the grit." He was shot in the back by one of the men after he had run about fifty yards and fell in his tracks. Two shots penetrated his liver. The injured conductor was rushed to a hospital, where it was stated that there was no possible chance of his recovery. Found by Another Train Crew. The dead motorman and injured conductor were found by Motorman Tlnsley and Conductor Royeter, who were in charge of the oar which reached the end of the line just twenty minutes later. Brown was lying face downward beside his car, a bullet through his heart, and along the track fifty yards distant was found Bryson. lieiore losing consciousness Bryson told of the attack. "Motorman Brown was shot to death by the negroes," he said, "and then they turned their attention to me. After taking all the money I had one of the negroes yelled, 'Hit the grit,' and while running I was snot in tlie back by one o/ the men. I didn't have an opportunity to get away." JAPANESE TOURING WORLD. Party of Business Men Arrives in San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO, April 38.?The fifty Japanese business men who arrived here yesterday on a tour of the world were the guests of local fellow-countrymen today in an inspection of the commercial concessions of this city. After leaving here the party will visit Chicago, Niagara Falls, Boston, Washington and New York. Leaving the American metropolis the party will call at London, Liverpool, Paris Genoa, Rome, Naples, Lucerne, Cologne, Berlin, St. Petersburg, Moscow and Vladivostock. Rapid Machine Gun Work. Special Dispatch to The Star. TACOMA, Wash., April 23.?Yesterday at Vancouver, Wash., the world's record for machine gun platoon running 100 yards, unloading, assembling gun and firing a shot, was brokein when the second section of the machine gun platoon of the 1st Infantry made a new record of thirty-eight and four-fifths seconds. The former record was forty-five seconds. CENSUREDELEGATES Takoma Park Voters Resent Loss of Two Blocks. LEGISLATURE CONDEMNED Nominations for Mayor and Fonr Members of Council Ar?>Made at Meeting. The Montgomery county delegation in the Maryland legislature was stronglycondemned for its recent action in connection with the passage of the law eliminating blocks 64 and 65 of the town ul lattonia raru, j/ia., at tne political caucus held last night in Takoma Park. Tne caucus was called for the purpose of nominating a mayor and four councilmen to be elected May 2. Three of the councllmen are to serve for two years and the remaining member one year. The latter nomination was made necessary by reason of the resignation of John H. Saunders, for the last year a member of the council and a resident of the section which was removed from the town. The new law practically legislating him out of office, he resigned. It was after the nominations had been made that the "ball was started rolling." Up to that time everything went along peacefully. Members of the council appointed to represent the town at a hearing at Annapolis before the Montgomery county delegates were called upon to make a report. The resolution disapproving the action of the delegation in the legislature was to the effect , that "it is the unanimous sense of the voters of the town of Takoma Park, assembled in meeting, that the action of the Maryland legislature and of the delegation to the legislature from Montgomery county agreeing to the alteration of the boundaries of the town at the request of a few parties and without paying heed to the voice and protests of th? representatives of the town at large and without giving: them a proper hearing, is emphatically disapproved. Mayor Is Renominated. The meeting was called to order at S o'clock. Ben G. Davis was elected chair man and James O. MacallUter secretary. W. W. Dyar, corporation counsel, nominated Wilmer G. Piatt, the present mayor, for another term. There were n< other nominations. W. A. Kroll nominated H. F. Taff for two-year term councilman, J. B. Derrick named R. D. Rush and Homer Guerry nominated JL. R. Grabill. All three of tjie candidates are members of the present council. H. Van Houten nominated S. W. Williams tc serve one year. Then followed a complete history ol the secession of blocks 64 and 65 ii the town, and the conditions which let up to it. The discussion lasted a couph of hours, and, incidentally, the name oi J. H. Sanders crept into the discussion it being suggested that he also b< nominated for councilman. Mayor Piatt jumped lo his feet. H< said that there had been a suggestion at the last meeting to Mr. Saunders that inasmuch as Gov. Crothers had signed the bill removing the two blocks from the town, and that as he (Saunders) resided in one of them, and represented that district, in order not to cause any legal complications in connection with the passage of imDortant ordinances which were about to be passed, he should resign. Mr. S&unders accepted the suggestion and anounced at the meeting that he tendered his resignation, which was accepted with regret by the council. It was also stated that when It was suggested that the resignation be in writing he promised he would send it to Town Clerk Ben G. Davis in a few days. Mayor Piatt said he reconsidered his action and did not send it in in writing. Instead he sought legal advice and was told not to raslgn. Resignation Must Stand. ; The voters, after hearing the status of the case from the mayor and several members of the council, decided that as Mr. Saunders had tendered his resignation and it had been accepted, he was not eligible to reinstatement on the council and could not be nominated. The constitutionality of the act of the legislature removing a portion of the town was also discussed. Any legal affairs in connection with the act will be i considered in the near future by the council and action t^Jten accordingly. 1UBAN M CLASH I Thirty More Negroes Arrested < on Government Orders. GOMEZ ACTS WITH VIGOR Announces Determination to Suppress Revolutionary Propaganda. BAIL IS REFUSED PRISONERS Special Court Appointed to Formulate Indictment??American Minister Informed. HAVANA. April 23.?The culmination of the recent agitation of the race question in various parts of the island, which apparently was subsiding, was reached last night, when Gen. Evaristo Bstenoz, the leader of the independent party of color, and four of his associates were arrested. This was followed today by j the arrests of twenty-four more negroes in Havana, three in Oriente and three J In Santa (Mara. Those arrested in Santa Clara are charged with making exceptionally in- , flammatory speeches. All of the arrests i were made In compliance with orders from President Gomez, who has an- j nounced his determination to proceed , with ?...e utmost vigor against the ele ments responsible for the agitation, 1 which in effect is regarded as a seditious j movement calculated to develop open revolution against the govkernment. It is probable that many more negroes will be taken in charge by the authorities. The secretary of justice, under the direction of the president, made a t request to the supreme court to have the audencia court appoint a special judge i to consider the charge against Gen. Estenoz and others, a list of whom has been furnished by the secret police. Special Judge Appointed. Judge Alberto Ponce was appointed today and Immediately began the formulation of charges, the particulars of which have not been made public. It is known, however, that they include the holding of illegal meetings for the purpose of arraying the blacks against the whites, conspiracy with the same purpose, incendiary and seditious speeches and the publication by Estenoz in his newspaper, EI Prevision, of articles defamatory of the government and provocative of disorder. It was expected that the prisoners would be arraigned today, but court was not held. The prisoners remain incommunicado, bail having been refused. Among the negroes arrested this afternoon some are said to belong to secret societies which are fanatically hostile to the whites and -which have been practicing drills in anticipation of a general uprising of the blacks. Excitement Among Negroes. The vigorous action of the government has caused a stir and Is generally commended as calculated to nip In the bud a dangerous movement if permitted to gain headway. There is excitement among the negroes, but no outward manifestations, and it is believed they have been overawed by the sudden action of the authorities. Martin Morua Delgado, the foremost colored leader, who now holds the portfolio of minister of agriculture, is known to be hostile to the tactics of Estenoz. The special judge i6 allowed by law seventy-two hours in which to find indictments. Gen. Estenoz yesterday visited the American legation and informed Minister Jackson that he did not desire to stir up race feeling and overturn the ' government, but merely wished to proceed legally with the organization of the ' Jm An* naotif nf AniAP There are no reports of disorder in any , part of the island. APPEAL IN WOLTEB CASE. [ Lawyer Will Serve Notice Following Sentence Wednesday. Special Dispatch to The Star. NEW YORK, April 23.?Wallace D. Scott, counsel for Albert W. Wolter, convicted of the murder of Ruth Wheeler, said today that Immediately after Judge Foster sentences Wolter, Wednesday, he will serve notice of appeal. "That will give me at least six months," said Mr. Scott, "and I expect in that time to be able to show that Wolter is, as-he says he is, innocent of the murder of the girl." The appeal for a new trial will be based | mainly on the fact that Judge Foster | did not charge the Jury that it there was reasonable doubt created by Wolter's . alibi Wolter should have the benefit or; the doubt. The jury was charged, of course, that they should not convict if 1 there was reasonable doubt. KELIHEE DENIES CHAEGE. i Pleads Not Gnilty to Abetting Mis ?_Ai ? l_ ? 1 appropriation 01 nana uunas. 1 BOSTON, April 23.?William J. Keliher. | a well known sporting man, pleaded not ( guilty to a charge of aiding and abetting ? the misappropriation of the funds of the insolvent National City Bank of Cam^ bridge before United States Commissioner [ Hayes today and was held for further j i hearing in $2,500, which he failed to furf nish. J Ever since the closing of the bank and the subsequent arrest of Bookkeeper George W. Coleman for misappropriation of a quarter of a million dollars of the i bank's funds the government authorities [ have declared that Coleman lost large j sums of money at faro in New . York. Keliher was frequently mentioned as be\ ing a friend of Coleman, and it is stated that Coleman confessed that the money i was lost through him. | BELGIUM EXPOSITION OPEN. | American Section Not Completed, i > and Inauguration Postponed. | BRUSSELS. April 23.?The kins, in ; opening the exposition today, declared it was a notable demonstration to the world of Belgium's vast progress in the last century, and, incidentally, a colonial exhibition to show what was being: done in the Kongfo. The United States was represented by 1 Charles Pago Bryan, the American minister, and U. Qrant Smith, secretary of i legation, who is acting American commissioner pending the arrival of J. B. Osborne of the bureau of trade relations in the United States State Department. Lewis S. Ware is the representative of the committee of American exhibitors. The American section, however, has not yet been completed. Xts inauguration has been postponed. REFUSESMCEDE Congress of D. A. R. Puts Quietus on State's Rights. < AMENDMENT VOTED DOWN No Change in Manner of Electing Regents and Vice Regents. CONCLUDING SESSION HELD Expression of Thanks for Courtesleg and Services Precedes Adjournment Sine Die. With an animated discussion of "state's rights" as its finale, the nineteenth continental congress of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution passed into history today. As the curtain was rung $own on the closing session the delegates refused, as they did Thursday and at various preceding conventions. to amend their constitution so as to authorize the election of state regents and state vice regents to he held in their respective states or territories. About the last thing done in the closing seconds of the congress of the D. A. R. was to thank everybody for everything. There seemed hut a handful of the members left In the hall, but they were quite harmonious?insurgents and conservatives mixed in one big thankful mood. It all happened about 6 o'clock. Everybody was tired, hut nobody was cross. The president general was thanked for her unvarying courtesy and kindness to the congress, and in reply she said, in the same quiet tones with which she opened the congress, that she had to thank the congress for being so good to her. "I certainly did get tangled up sometimes," she said, "but all were willing to help me out." The press was thanked and the president general said she must add her personal tribute to that of the congress. She thought the papers had been extremely generous with her and with the congress. The house committee was thanked and so were the pages. The pages were a hard worked lot of young women, and invaluable to the congress and 10 uie press, i ne policemen got their thanks also. State's Rights Issue. The afternoon was devoted to an attempt to reconsider the "state's rights" amendment. It would change the constitution so as to give state conferences the right to vote for state regents, the congress to confirm them. As the law stands now, the delegation which comes to the congress elects the state regent here In Washington and the congress confirms the election. Sometimes a state will have but one delegate attending the congress and there should be a dozen, but that lone delegate can nominate and elect herself or any other member of her state as state regent and the congress V.WUJ1I HI cue cictll'ui J Cgdi Uir?B UL wliether the lone delegate la acceptable to her state or not. The motion to reconsider, always a difficult one to tackle, proved to be a. white elephant to the D. A. H. The president general had no more than put the motion to reconsider than the fun began. The parliamentarian. Mrs. Fox, made a long and clear statement of the motion to reconsider and a test vote was about half concluded when a thin, piping voice "wanted to know" things. Then the round of argument began again. Mrs. Wiles of Illinois explained the situation and somebody in the gallery rose to a question of personal privilege, whloh it proved not to be. and the congress was about to vote when a lady in the Pennsylvania delegation asked for information. Mrs. S. B. C. Morgan of Alabama answered her very clearly, but a delegate in the District of Columbia was tangled up in her ideas about that time. For full two hours the reconsideration act was discussed, till a careful observer might have seen daylight through it, and then it was voted down; and there will be no state's rights in the D. A. R. this year. The motion to reconsider never did get properly before the congress. Amendments Proposed. Several new amendments were offered. as under the law they must ho presented one year ahead. One of the amendments limits the number of alter, nates that may be elected to ten. An amendment to tiie by-laws, offered by Miss Mary Desha and Miss Mary Wilcox, looked to a Change so as to place the president generals appointments, and the national officers as well, under the absolute power of the board, with right of appeal to the congress. This would let all the small differences, such as the Gerald and Wilcox cases, come before the congress to be thrashed out in "open court." The amendment was practically "lo?t by default." It was read, and nobodysaid anything. There was a burst of applause, which claimed every body's attention, for the president general was entering the hall. She ascended the platform, and the vice president gen_ eral, Mrs. Egbert Jones, who had been presiding, yielded the gavel. The pres- ' ldent general ascertained the status of affairs, faced the congress and waited. Nobody made a motion to adopt the amendment, and the president general proceeded to active business. Suddenly somebody asked what happened to the amendment. The president general replied that it seemed to be up in the air, as nobody had moved its adoption. There were cheers for about three minutes while the promoters of the amendment gathered their stunned wits. I'Vr t i\/\ 1 f> t n K/vn>#vtr/k? i nr > vt ci r iuu loir, uvn rvri . iwu? , excepting the insurgent?, seemed to want the amendment, and they were vanquished. In common parlance, the congress was "dead agin" them on everv vote where insurgency showed its head. In the last hours of the congress congratulations flowed in upon the pre si dent general, accompanied by loads of flowers. The attached notes all spok? of the love and esteem of the donors of the flowers, and the writers were "prouder than ever" of their president genera! President General Complimented. It is the consensus of opinion among the Daughters that Mrs. Scott has pre sided "with eminent fairness to all. There has never been an appeal taken from her decision, and, it Is declared, the utmost good humor prevailed throughout the congress At no time did debate reach the acrimonious state, and when the situation seemed to be growing tense, the president general managed to get in a little feminine touch, which created a laugh, and the clouds rolled by. For an hour after the congress closed the delegates gathered about Mrs. Scott, and she held a heart-to-heart reception with all comers. The editor of the magazine, Mrs. Elroy M. Avery of Cleveland, was unanimously re-elected. She has served in that capacity with satisfaction to the whole national society for about ten years. The chairman of the tellers, Mrs. J. Morgan Smith, was presented with a silver and cut glass dish by the pages; ^Continued on Sixteenth Pgge.j