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THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC.
Christmas Comics... In Colors. Funny for Elders, Too. Next Sunday's Republic. Christmas Comics... In Colors. Funny for Elders, Too. N ex. Sunday's Republic :i t ' )Itl M. I.eml-e. One Cent. Ilul-iile St. I.eeiii-e, Trret tin train-.. Three lVnl NINETY -THIRD YEAR. ST. LOUIS, MO., TUESDAY. DEOttMP.ER 11, 1.J00. Cents. MEETING AND BANQUET OF THE CREDIT MEN. Kational Officers of the Organ ization Entertained by the St. Louis Branch. SUPPORT FOR RAY BILL. Ihe Cow Jumped Uver tlie Moon 7 S&frifrY I JCViMs 'fc-'dX? ' "io W " ' (Y .And the Llittle Dog Laughed to "T J "jL II f '$ ' JJk S such Sport. fJrA U J& rx -. ' l Eloquence anil wit were the order of th" evening at the banquet to the ISourd of Directors of tin- National Association of Credit Aien bj the St. I.euiis membe-rs of the organization .it the Alereantile Club las night, after the annual nlnn of the board. Three hundred guests tilled the dining room on the nftli floor and -st down ti an extensile menu. The s-ieakers' table n,n nrransed in the shape of it double I. that reached down the entire side of the room The rest were seated at niall tables, -i at each, and there wire few vacant Places The menu card contained, besides tilt menu and toasts. photographs of the offi cm of the association and the Hoard of Directors The guests of honor were. Pro-ide-'t John Field of Philadelphia, James G Can non of Xrn York, vice president of the Fourth National llank and president f the ChamK-r of Commerce, T II. tire en if Sioux CltJ, trer.hUrer. V. II. Pre-ton f Sioux Cit; 1". W. Stand.irt of Denier, lice president: W. A Prendf-r,-ast of New York, secretary; B. G Al Mcclien of Tole do; A. Young of St. Paul. John K. Ain-ley of Itoston and W. II. Taj lor of Kansas City. The banquet began Tilth an Invocation by the TJcicrenel jQhn V. Day. After the i lands had lieen scrvoil Ps ident Garrett II. Oliver, president of the local nssocl 1 tlon. made a short address of welcome. He .-poke of bavins a Quake- and a Knicker bocker present and concluded with a tribute to the local secrcta"-, A II. Foots, whom he characterized a- the tnovirg j onw behind the whole affair and to whom too much credit could not be glien for Us, success. This was enthusiastically ap plauded. President Oliver then Introduced Cirus I. Walbrlelge. wro acted as toa-t-master for the etenlng. Mr. Walbrid-,e introduced E. A Young of St. Paul, who responded to the address of welcome. He declared that he thought St. Loui is destined to become the great dis tributing point of the Fnlud SUtes. Ireslilent Klein" tltlross. President Field of Philadelphia delivered the principal address of the evening. He l.ept the crowd In pood humor by his droll way of saying thins. He told several an ecdote?, acknowledging that he had kiss.sl tho Blarney stone three times. He told of the active part the association had taken In securing the parsace of the national bank ruptcy act. and pointed out seieral imper fections In the law which it is desired to have am-nded. James G. Cannon rounded a cote of warn ing to the members of the association, ursine them not to seek too great a salary and advising them to be careful aliout "wabbling." In closing he -"aid that it Is the dutv of each to bo more ellligent. more careful. "Don't be dissatisfied," said he. I "with any ono except yourself, Work for jour concern with Increased vigor and in creased zeal. Jealousy." he continued, "lias ruined many men. and It Is tho duty of all tetontl by H men i;---!-.-theem -alt oc casions." Judge Selden P. Spencer's address was filled with bright stories of a legislator 'who had tried to do the best he could. Ho GOVERNMENT REPORT CAUSES PANIC ON COTTON EXCHANGE. in Five Minutes the Market Declined $2 a Bale, Breaking the Record of the Last-Two Seasons. New- York, Dec. 10. For two hours to day ther was more excitement on the Cot ton Kxchanpo than there has bet u for som years past. In point of fluctuation the mar ket In five minutes broke the records of the past two seasons, and lost J- a bale befoio enough buying: took place to stop the de cline. Hrokers were unable to execute or ders, and in various parts rf the pit a half-dozen different prices were quoted for tha same month at the same instant. Op erators fought wildly for a place in tho ring and standing- room to exeeute their or ders. Tlie cause of the excitement was the Government report, which proved a Hiirprlio to every one. being int."! bales larger than tLe tmjorlty looked for. When the New Orleans crop expert. He lit J Neil), i laced the. crop at 9.6CO,iO. the majority of crop esti mates ranged about S.TdVJ"') bales. Tlie trade prepared Itself for a statement of about thoi-e figures from the Goiernment. Hut this noon the figures were leceiied from Washington, and in place of the .5"0. 000 bales, the estimate was Kl'".f" bales, or lWOW) biles over the crop of last year. As consumption this season Is expected to proie considerably less than last year and the Indian crop is larger, tho yield of 10. 100,0(0 bales will provent uch a famine a3 existed at tho beginning of the present sea son. The feeling that there would be hardly enough cotton to go around has prevailed in cotton circles for some time past, and prices have remained very high in the be lief that the buying on small-crop liews would send ptice.s still higher. For this reason the market has been without the usual .short interest, and when the leport ivas receiitd at 12 o'clock there was little, bujing to support the market. Many large opetators who are usually hort considerable cotton hale not been tin that side of the market, and this atlJed to the weakness. Jut before the report was receiied :i few covered their cotton and prices ruled steady at about Saturtlaj's figures. January sold t S.60e for several minutes, and no one ap reared willing to undertake obligations at that figure The pit was quiet, with eiery "allliK, When the figures were read rier broker MRS. HERRINGTON SEEKS PLACE "idow of K;iiIi'o:i(I (.'oiiiiiiissitnicr K'ect JJjis Many Iiidorsenu'iits. -'rs. Lillian A. Herrlngton. widow of State Ilailroad Commissioner-elect Josepn p- ilerrington, who died December 1. is a jandldate for the office of "folder" in the House of Ilepresentntiie? for the coming lon. Mrs. Ilerrington has been ilsitins friends in Jefferson City since the death of j" r "usband, and yesterday consented to let her name go before the House for the Tlncttl . """wi nameei. Advices from Jefferson City are to the , tnfeCttthat Mrs- Herrington's candielacy has "e Indorsement of a large majority of members ln lxith parties. I ine office of "folder" pays a salary of, Per day. The duties are folding and """R bills which are presented before the ofa.n1 raI'Ping and mailins packiges . official papers. ' .1 .ii.s ; i Nt. Of N't u Yuri.. . o nldre-s d the Na'lonnl Assoi iatlon of 'n.tlit Men .it the Altr- rantile Club list night said he understood that the credit men would urge legislation at Jefferson 'uy this winter. e'redit. lie said, is based on the laws of the t-ouiitr.v, and legislation in the Interest of creditors can be adopted not 11 tho cxpeiidituio of lnoutj but b educa tion. "The Missouri legislature is bout st." said he. "but it wants edm atlon. and with that It will do w'-at is best for the State." Meeting 'f the Evei-tilli Hoard. W. II. Preston of Sioui. Ci:. one of the founders of the asset iathn. dtluered it parody suited to tlie credit man on .Mark ham's potm. "The Man With the Hoe" It was an original composition and was hlghlv applauded. His address was a brilliant ef fort mil coiered'all pluses of the ctedltor and di litor subject. Secretary V. A. Prendorgnst of New York, wiio Is t it'll" .in orator, nit his spiech short on account of illness, j nob Forth wound up the evening with a few icm irks. The Executiie Hoard of the Crtdit .Men's Association met al the Mercintlie club yes terda after noon. The, session was e-xe-cu-tlie. dele-land was deeded upon a.s the place in which to hold the neit meeting, which will take jiaee probable. June U" and 13. P-d A plan by which the scope of the association could be extended to the South ern Slat's was arranged, and an effort will be made to secure the co-operation of all industrial Interests in that s, -thin of the countri. It Is proposed, to add the States of Texas. Alabama, Georgi t and South Caro lini to the association 'Ihe eities of Chat tanooga and Knoxiiile will Is- taken into the n-s-siciation. A committte was appointed to furnish n unifoim inquiry blank in nruir itftret.ces. Tint In uu to-tl-.y Is ratlu r lompli -ate-l. An effort will lie made in the future to aid the mercantile agencies of the couutiy A resolution was adopted falling on the embers of all local n-smiat!jir of tiedlt men to write (o their nis-nbers of Congrt.ss anil iset.tttnra ttrpfni; Ihe ii.s,t,. , f xhe Hay bill amending the national bank ruptcy net. The secretary's report showeU an Increase In the memberjtMy rnd a health) condition of the treasury. attempted to pell at tlie same moment, and prices went down with a clash January broke, to BCoc. and from then until prices touched t'.2Ct. it was Impossible to record fluctuations. Whether any e-ctton was sold between S.ie and l'.C"c appeared to have little effect upon the market, for a minute later January was I ought for 9 J2c, and ruled around that figure for some time. Later, tho excitemi'nt tiled down and pi lies fteadltd somewhat, with Januar sillin; up to 3 27c. and ruling around t'2 for an hour. Receipts al Houston were plaenl at J-J.VjO to 27,y bales, and thtse larve figures sfrvtd to ket p the ton mil oils. Man expeeted Liverpool to show les., weakness to-morrow, and were prepared for u further ad vance In prices on the. react! ui. ;o i:iiMiK.vr khimiiit. Washington. Dec. l'. The statistician of the Agricultural Department reports K'.ll). ii balers as tho probable cotton production of the L'nlted States for lMMMl. In the making of this estimate the s.nr.e methods and ngeneies haie Iieen useil tint were em ployed last jear. Many thousands of gin ners haie. however, made reporjs for the tirst lime The estimated yield in pounds of lint rotton. per acre. ib ns follows: Virginia, 10; Neirlli Carolina, lt'.i; South Carolina. lt!7; Georgia, 17J: Fleirida. 1?-1; .Mali una, F.l. Mississippi, liD: Iiuislaua. SI; Texas, S; Arkansas. 223; Tennessee. 177; Missouri, r7J, Oklahoma. !H, Indian Territory. rSJ The acreage, afl'r ellmlnatlrg all land fie.ni which no crop whatever will lie gath ered, is estimated at 2.',o3t.l- ni.i.s maiiki:t iiiimiiii i.i.i:ii. kkitri.ii" si::e'ti.. Dallas. Te.. Dec. K The Geiicrnmtnt report demoralized the lewal eeitton market here to-ilay. Prii es for spelts were approxi mately half a tent :t peiuml lower than at Saturday' tleise'. anel praeti'-ally net busi ness was done. 1-ess than sixty bales were solj In Dallas. Senne farmers storeel their eotton. otilers h.-iuleel their loails back to the farm. Tlie Government lepurt put the crop fpm half a million to three-quarte-m of ii million bale-s higher than any of the eotton interests in Dallas was prepared tu expect DE SELIR SAILS FOR LISBON. l'oitiifliiosi' .'ind Dutch Ministt'i's J.oave TIhmi' Posts. The Hague, Dec. 10. Tho Portuguese .Min ister to tho Netherlands. Count de Sellr, has saileil feir Lisbon, and the Dute-h Min ister to Portugal, llaron ion Heetkere-n, Is expected here from Lisbon this evening. Count Van Ilylant, In the recend Chamber, to-day notllleel the foreign Minister that he would interpellate the Goiernment ti nurrow on the tension bctwt"en the Nether lands and Portugal. The wlthdmwal from Lisbon ami The Hague of the Dutch and Portuguese Min isters is the result of some sharp eliplomatic exchange's, growing out of trouble oier the extqiiater of the Dutch Consul at Lorenzo Marqucz. The feelins between the two touutiies has been turther strained by the recent Anglo-Peirtucucse felicitations at J.lftiOU. It is nut uctie.e;u tei.et nii Mitt it- . suit from the diplomatic rupture. J ,L& NgPf " DISASTROUS FIRE IN WHOLESALE DISTRICT. Building at Nos. 717 and 710 Lucas Avenue, Occupied by Six Finns Almost Completel' Destroyed Total Damage Estimated at $1.10,000. lire whie-h originated on tlie third floeiror the- si-steiry buililiug at Nos. TIT and l'J Lucas aienue and which was dlscove reel at 10.31 ei'e'.eieU last night by Private Watch man Martin Itvaii di'l iliiimice e silmatesl at JIVUmi be-fore it was under control, rhortly after midnight. Iteforeani of the eighteen eompanle'-e that rpspuiideel to the tun alarms hail arrived on the scene tlie llaim - hail eaten through the fourth, tlfth and sixth tloors and were bursting tlirougli tlie roof, but by ilint f luinl work. ur.deT rather adiere clrcuin Htuncei. the- firemen conlineel the blaze with in the four walls In whbh It started, and ithnf ml"bi haie i.roie.l one- of the nio-U tlls-streju- fues In the history of St. Louis j was aiertetl by a narrow margin. The partly tlestretsl building, which wa eccupleel by sK Jobbing and ir.anufai Hiring tlrms, is in the enter eif the wholesale elis trlet of the citj, and if tin- llame-s had spread thele is no telling the amount of damage that would line- be'n wrought Mreet fur l.iliet Tied I p. Tlie lire was at Hi height itist at tlie hour when tl.e theaters dismissed their au elivT.ces. and in the trowels which surgeel lewaril the burning building were hundreds of dnlntllv eowneil women, who rusheil Into clouds of snied.e' and thiemeh tlrenehliii; shoi.eis of spray to ilew tlie sMeucle. Tln-y were repaiel for the risk ind discoiu ftrt when, at 11 o'elotk. the great roof gale wa with a crash tlint could be htaril alm'.u the-elin eif the- palling engines anil shouting liie-men. and a shower of sji.uks shot u Into 'he air. illuminating tlie whole elowntowu eiitriet The weie forced to wait on the striets until the liie- was practically timlT tontrcl. beeause all the -treet car lines in the alMrict were tied up by lim-.s of hoe, which strefehenl fiom eiery lire plug within a r.'eiius of live blocks. Tons of water weie piunpeel Into the building, tlie most effe't-tlie work lielng ac eonipli'died by two water towers in thu al lej in tlie rear, anel tour lints of hose which we're carrbil up the lire-escape on tli.. l.iiiiaim. .if t Itu ei I I pnlu 1rf:t till It. fniiuini which is elires'tlv olilMi"ite on Lu- eas uienue 11 tills elrenchiug the Hie was ceinllned lu the three upper Moms but tlie elamage- done by water below Is almost as great as that dime bv lire above. Water found lis way into the basement of the- adjoining biil'el lug on the- cost, and elid elaiuage lliat was impossible to estimate last night. The lire was liarellv well under way be fore Night Chit f of Pulli e Picked arriivtl j on tlie seem- with ;i squad eif tin tit patrol men, nho did good weirk in pre-ieuling ac clelents and prcseriing tinier. There were no casualties. M& l-'lrills lllTereil l.tisHfN. Six linns oeeupirel the building which was burned last night. Tlie llrsl Hour was occu pied li Jnlliisi tllasiT A: "o , a lirm conipose-d of .lulliis ami Meirris tllaser. lmiMirters of laces, llnenti ami inbroldery. ami the Linen Thread Company. Moirls (liascr .t Co.. m.in ufneturers' agents-, also had an eilllte on this floor. The second and sixth iloors were oc cupiesl by the St. Iiui-. Pants Manufactur ing Compiny, of which Abraham ICatz Is president. Tlie third tloeir was ocenpleel by th" Itoyal Skirt Manufacturing Company. The fourth tioor. in whltli tl.e lire nasi first seen, was occupied by tlie Agatste-m Shirt Comptny. of whltli Pi".ee-s Agatstein is lice prr-sltlent and I-.int Agatstdn is seeiefiry. and tlie tiftli lloor n.n oceupleil b.i llnnin Ilro A. Co.. i firm tempo" el of lMward and IIs-Try liohm Tlie liiilldlng N a elouble brli k. "i stories .tud a bae-ment anel has liin owneel by FRENCH' NOW TURN AGAINST ABSiNTHE, ni.un.K'i' of Pepin if. s Ueri.iii- iiu'iiils I'l-nliHiitiuii of lis .MiiiiiiftU'tinv ami Sale. Pans. Dec. la. In the Chamber of Depu ties to-cldi. M. Mane Kdouard Vaillant. Soeialist. one of the Deputies for tho De partment of Sein-, moved a resolution call ing upon the Goiernment to prohibit the manufacture and tale of all alcoholic liquors pronounced "danveroiis" by the Academy of Medicine-. The resolution was aimed at absinthe, the consamption of which has nearly doubled In France since lb91, and now stands at 10.-iM,e litres an uuallv. M. Valiant and others denounced tho spread of absinthe drinking, and laid stress upon the ravages among the population. "The incre-ase of consumption of ab sinthe." said the moier of the resolution, j "maichfs arm In arm with the Intrease of ' cases of drliellng insanity, whicii will end j bv becoming a national malady " The thamber adopted the rt solution uuaai-Inously y mk rwar jl wv iz&rrwj nmr . - VLr ---" nTll AiNHin r XSJitft, S-i -L"w sS" eX Tin. Govern I o.i an Rnot;. IV Mil .T7 S y- Robinson Crusoe and Ins Man Friday. MOTHES i p.immore llros. ,fc Co. for Ir.e irars. It i- j i.ilcieel at ? w . and Tred ". Paramore, a , mtinber of the firm, stateel last night that It was insures! feir about onc-liilf of its lalje Chief Swingltv of tl-c Fire Departmem and II C llauley. an inp'clnr for the I'n elerwilteis. state-il last light that tlie walls were- preihahly Int.ict, and tli.it compara tiiedv Utile male-rial -Vniage- extemleil i.t lem the fourth lloor. Tlie fourth, fifth and sixth tloors are praetlcitlly ruined, and there is much lois in tether parts of tlie building bv reason of the tlood-j of wate-r ui tne ioliimes of smeike. Tiie stiit1; of Julius Ui.iser .-i Co. was probably the mott eetstly, as well as tlie out most Ii tble to (1. image from tire of any in the building. Tills consisted wholly of im lorttd laces, linens and embroideries. Mor ils Glase-r. a member of tlie firm, eli-tlare-il last night that he could give no estimate of the lie er of th" In-iirance I'ants ttioils Ileetrieil. The St lniis Pants .Manufacturing Ceim lanj. whicli occuiiieel the !ir--t and si-th tloors. we re manufacturers of pants, the fac teri being on the tcp iloe,r. The factoiy ulid the goenls eontahud therein are it total loss, the- sixth door being the worst elamage-il by the lilt The slock on tlie se-eoiiel lloor Is b iillv .lamagtel ly smoke and water Smoke and water plaice! haieie with the stotk and plant of the Itoyal Skirt Manu facturing Com! any '"' tlie third tioor, uud tlie I'iss here will reach u laige peieeiitage of the total laltie-. The Agatstein Shirt Conipau.i which oo cuiilotl tlie fourth lloor. Is probably a loser to tho full value of the stock that was cirri ui on th.it tleior. It w.us ln tlie front, or south, end of this lloor that tin- lire was first se-e n. and be-fore firemen could get work tile 1!. lines iiad bur.t from e-ierj win dow and had eaten their way Into the fifth and sixth Moors IJohni P.ros it Co suffered tomplete less eif their stock ami pl-tnt on tl.e fifth llooi They were- insured In the Moses l'ralev agency, and a memler of that firm stated last night that tlie policies, wlilcii amounted to JT.ti", would iroliaIily cover the los-. The agencj of Peugnet ,i Hemenw-uy t-nr-rieel Insurani-e on the Uohm Itro-e. & Co. stock anil plant. AeljollllllK llelllse-s 111! louue-el. Chief Swingh-y eleclaittl nt ; o'clock that it was Impossible to giie a detailed .-sti-inate eif tlie- damage-, bec.uis,- no firemen had been able to enter the building above the first three Iloors. He expressed the- be lief that the lire's raiages had he-en ron-fine-d lo the fourth, fifth an I sixth Iloors, although the damage by water and smoke to the stocks em Die- low-e-r tloeir.s was al most :,s gre-at as it would hale been had thefire itstlf got to them. Wate-r anel smoke damaged tlie slock of the llufnagel Shoe Company and the .Mc Donald Manufacturing Company, in the building at Xos. 713-71.". Lucas aienue. !m inetllatcly tast or tin- eiiie that was burneel and owni-d by P Hums & Co., nnf , ine Mock on the fifth -11111 sixth floors of tlie o. J. Lenta Mertantlle Company, across Linns aienue. The il.-tni.igt to the Ia.-wIs lock was eiceasloneil principally by nn ncclde-nt. The cre-iv of one of Ihe water timers were 1 at work witli it in tlie middle of Lucas an- I line when tin- hose got be-oiiil their con- j trol. switched mound, and, nfter drench- I lug eieribody beue-ath. poureel lis loltime ! or water against the wim.'ow of the Lewis building until it had broke 11 th-m. Abrah.u11Katz.frt ident of the St louis Pants Company. last night estimated the loss his company had sulTered at IClVJ. full-, illsllr-sl. DETROIT WM MAY GET THE PLACE, I.iiinniT.l Tlint A. 15. Iiuitoiit Will J!t Second Vice President of I lie Transit t'oinpany. It wis rumored in stieet railway circles ye-sti-nl.,y that A. R. Dupont of Detroit, manager of the Citizens' Street Railway Company of that city, would lie appointed to the ollieo of se-cond x-ice president of the St. Louis Transit Company. This othce was created at tho meeting of the directors of that company held lust Thurselay. for the purpose of giiins to President Kduarels Whitake-r an assistant who is familiar with tlie street railway business and who can rclieie him, In part, at least, or the active duties devolving upon the president. The purpose of the directors of tho road, as stated by seieral of them at the time the ollice was created, was to select a prac tical railroad man for the position. Tho fact that Mr. Dupont has for jeurs been ..si. .11. T-iiei.e-ii 111 mis niit; ui WOTK leu IS color of truin to the report of his selection. I Of the oinccrs ot Hit: company who were j GOOSE TO IDjTE. LEADING TOPICS IN TO-DAY'S REPUBLIC. I'eir llisstttirl f.e-lirrnlty fair Toes tlii 11111I etliifititio ; inrlnlile -nlntls. I'tir Illinois Cc m-rnlly fitlr 'ru-Niln mill i-iliii-stln ; inrlnlilc -nlntls. I'tir Arkansas I-'nlr Tuepetluy anel A etfnestluj ; iiirliifilc- enlntlM. Pag-- 1. Nesbit I-in Siie-talned by Supreme Court. Cole rnnient Ke-port Causes Panic In Cotton. Cn dit Men Hantpiet. Desttuctue I-'ire on Luca5" Avenue, 2. Wichita Indians Ott Decision. l're. Says Hay Will Xot Iteslgn. .Man anil Wile Killed by Train. Z. lillllioard l'ut l'p to Hide Advertise ments. Ke-re ns Meets a Defeat. P.ritish Neienttstn Denounced. John W. Gates Won tho Hattle. lEieelve-el ISad News In a. Dream. Mis-don of tlie Pancroft to Colon. Gloomy View of German finances. Chicago Ministers to Fight Vice. i. Why Germany Die! Not Intenene for the I leers. Must Have a Wife Within a We"k. Die el He fore Mother Arrlve-el. Altrnhe-Im Itazaar Clo--s To-Night. Transport Arrives With Dead. ChaHte's Courso Meets Approval. J. Offers to Assit Would-lle Sulciilen. City News in Hrlef. Morrison Cnse Scut to Jury. Heavy Judgment Against New York. G. l:. .-ults at the Kace Tracks. Minneapolis Mai or Favors Iloxing. Sfecrtlng News. llastbali Magnates in Ftsion. 7. Strike of the Santa Fe Telegrapher. Iniolies America's Ke-hitlons Witli Cuba. Uperators Say Knd of Strike N Near. 8. IJlili.ri.il. Society Note". At the- Theatt rs. a. Alleg-itions in Capen Dilnrce Suit The Ilailroiid-e. .Missing Roy Found In Sedalia. W. Republic Want Advertiement.. Hes.oid of lllrtlis. Marriages. Deatii". 11. Kejiubhc "Want AIi-rtl-mentF. 12. Grain and Produce. Cattle Salt-. IX Financial News. Itiver Tt It-grams. II. Captain Carter Remanded to Prison. Parents Wonder if He's Married. Anxious to Send Sun to Prison. seen last night peine would either confirm or deny the report of Mr. Dupont's. appoint minl. President Whttakt-r said: "No ap pointment tint et been made. Further than this I do not care to say anything at tills time-." Messrs. Patrick Calhoun. Hugene Delano ind James Duane of New York, represent 1-tive-s of Itroviii Hrothers of that city, who cam to St. Louis last week to attend the ini-etlii-j of the Hoard of Dire-ctcrj of the Transit Company, departed last night tor the Last. He fore their departure they were seen anel asked whether the rumored selec tion of .Mr. Dupont wa.s correct. They re fused 10 confirm or deny tint rumor, simply stating that no one had been positively de cided ul'on. lilt. IH PONT MI,i:T. itKPCiii.ir .spixuii. Detroit. M!th..'Dtc. 10. Anionic R. Du pont. general manager of the Citirens" Stre-et Railway Company of this city, when nske-el ceinceiniui; the rumor current ln St. Locis. scemeel pleased at the Inform itlon ie'iking out that lie nal been teniie red the stc nd lice preside nc.v of the St. Louis Transit Company, but inclined to ll.-ca-n the- epiestlon eir say v.hithT or not lie would accept the position. DINE AT YMlmZPALACE. American Naval Officers Keceiieil by tin; Sultan. Constantinople, Dee. 10. A dinner was giien at Yildiz Palace to-night in honor of tho officers of the Fiiited States battle ship Kentucky, now nt Smyrna, preiious to which tho United States Charge el'Af falrts. Lloyd C. Gilscom. Inttoeliued tho otllcers to tho Sultan. The Grand Vizier and other dignitaries were present at the dinner. Subsequently Mr. Grl"Com aid Captain Colby Jl. Chester were re-ceived in private audicnee by the Sultan, v.l.o aft erwards receiied tne other nillccrs and ad dressed to them a few gracious words. NEW BULGARIAn"cABINET. Ivantselioli" Will He Premier anil Finance .Minister. Sofia. Hulgaria. Dec. 10. The crisis cause-el by the resignatiein of the Rulgarian Cabi net, presided over by MM. Iiantclioff and Radslaioff. Jias ended with the formation of a Minlstrv by M. Ivantschoff, who, 111 addition to the firemit rsnip. will hold tl.e peirtfolio of Finance", with Al. Temscheff as Minister eif Feirelgn Affairs and Gene-al Pctroff as Minister of the Interior. s.jt,Xt,eJ Ing Al. Radsluvoff. &-0 Jackie ,' jhj) j Horner. NESBIT LAW SUSTAINED BY HIGHEST TRIBUNAL IN LAND- Supreme Court of Missouri Upheld fey Fed eral Supreme Court Argument of Case In stituted by Auditor Mason. Tlie rte-rublic Itarrau. llth Ft and lvr.n.jliar.la -lie. Washington. Dec. 10 -The United States Supreme Court to-day affirmed the Judgment of the Supreme Court of Alissourl in the case of Isaac Al. Alason. Auditor of St. Louis', plaintiff in error, against tte State of Alis sourl, brought to test the xalldity of the Nesbit election law. Acting under the Nesbit law. the Governor appolntcel James AlcCaffery. L. D. Kings land and G. J. Kobusli members of the Hoard of Election Commissioners for St. LouK two being of one political party and one ot the other. Thereufsjn two suits were instituted In the Circuit Court nt St. Louis against these Commissioners, one by Aloa mid other taipaiers of St. Louis and the other by Theoeiore C. Eagcrs. Circuit At torney of St. Louis. It was claimed that the so-called Nesbit law wusi unconstitutional, ln violation of the Constitution of the State and of the first sec tion of the Fourteenth Amendment to tho Constitution of the United States. 1'iiivr .Ti:es i. tiii: Aill'llU I.IIIGATIOV The three new Commissioners sued out writs of prohibition In the Sapreme Court of the State against the Judges of the St. Louis Circuit Court and Aloe and Bggers to pro hibit that court from proceeding therein, they contending that that court had no jurisdiction over the subject matter and that esfulty could afford no relief in such cases. Prohibitions were issued In both cases by the Supreme Court of the State, that court sustaining such contention. Tim Governor's appointees having taken office under the Nesbit law, demanded of Auditor AIaion that ho audit their accounts ns Llectlon Commissioners and draw- war rants on the City Treasurer. Alason havinff dee lined to do so. the present action was Instituted in the State Supreme Court by Commissioner AlcCaffery and others and a writ of mandamus asked from that court against Alason. An alternative writ, or rule to show cause, was Issued by the Supreme Court of Alis sourl and served. Auditor Alason replied, and issue was Jidned. The cafe was argued lu the AIIssouiI Supreme Court and It award ed a peremptory mandamus. In tho conclu sions of width ?! of the stien concurred, three of them dissenting from a part of it onI. VTATi: MTIIIIMII CeUItT i riii-.i.o tiii: i.x. Tho State Supreme Court held: "In the absence of a protest by members of the Senate, the objection made to a fail ure to observe constitutional rt-eiuiremetiLs lu the passage- of a bill through the two houses cannot be inquired Into by tho court. "That In this case the only protest ln the Senate was 011 the ground that It was a sieclal and not a general law. "Th.it so far as relates to cities of rflo.&iO Inhabitants or over, the Nesbit law repealed tho 'Cardwell act' of 1S?3, and It was not necessary to discuss the effect cf that act lu this ca"e. "Finally, that the appropriation for pay ment of Election Commissioners Is avail able for the pavment of Election Commis sioners appointed under the Nesbit law. "The court holds that the law of Alay 31. 1SS3, Is repe.ileel as to citie-s of t",li inhab itants, and over by the Nesbit law. This leaves the law of lb?I operative only lu cities of HiO.ouO and up to SiK'.ui.U Inhabitants. and gives us one law (the rvestilt) govern- ing registration and elections In citits of , over av.'iiv population, and another (the j law of lss.il goierning cities 01 ilv.ij unit up to 3'IMW." A motion for rehearing was de'nled. AI'l'KAI. T.tliKA TO Till: ki:ui:ki. sii'iiEiii: coriiT. j An appe-al was taken by attorneys for Alason, and recently the case was argued in the Supreme Court. Appellants conten led that the Nesbit law dinks niual proteetion of the law us to registration and elecliuns; that it is unfair and partisan and unequal as to punish ments; that it U unconstitutional because it contravenes the ilaFsiticatlon of article S. section 3 of the State Constitution; that classification by the Statu Court Is unrea sonable and arbitrary, and therefore con trary to the Fourteenth Amendment, which protects the right of suifrage and reiiuires equal protection of tl.e laws; that a Fed eral question arl-es on the decision of the State Supreme Court, and that on this question the United Mates Supreme Court is not bound by thu State Court. The final detision of this matter, which was rendered to-day in an opinion handed down by Associate Justice White. Is us fol lows: "The Constitution of .Missouri, In force at the time of the enactment of thu law of June 19, lS'jie, usually referred to as the Nes bit law. In addition tu prescribing certain qualifications as necessary to the right to lote. empowere-d the General Assembly of the .state to 'proilde by law for the regis tration of inters In cities and counties hav ing a population of more than one hunelred thousand Inhabitants.' and. further, direct ed that the General Assembly 'may provide 1 for such a registration In cities having .1 population exceeding twenty-fne thousand Inhabitants and not exceeding one hundred, thousand, but not otherwise.' "A law. approved May 13. 1S03. applied to all cities having a population ln exce-ss of lWv) inhabitants, and. before the adoption of the Nesbit law, the act of isy was op erative! In the city of St. Louis. The Nesbit law, which applleel to cities having- a popu lation of over SvO.OOO Inhabitants, necessarily withdrew the city of St. Louis from tha operation of the earlier statute. AIUICJIKNT OX QUESTION" OF ItEGI.sTKATTOX LAWS. "The contention that the Nesbit law de nied the citizens of St. Louis the equal pro tection of the laws, ln ilolatlon of the first section of the Fourteenth Amednment tt the Constitution of the United States. i based upon certain propositions, elaborated ln the argument of counsel, which we have reproduceel in the statement of the case. "The assertions referred to, it must bs borne In mind, are made by a public of ficial, who is seeking to avoid the perform ance of duties enjoined upon him by the law In question, and who does not allege that any particular rights possessed by him a an Individual havo been expressly invaded, "Whether, under tho ruling ln Wiley vs. Slnkler. the plaintiff in error could properly raise the objection in question we shall not determine, ln ilew of tho fact that the Supreme Court cf Alissourl entertained and considered the question whether the law In, question violated tho Constitution of tha United States. "In its nnal analysis It is apparent that the reasoning urged to sustain the proposi tions relied on must rest upon the assump tion that, under the Constitution of Alis sourl. but one registration law can be en acted, applicable to cities having a popu lation ln excess of 1W.100 Inhabitants, what ever the maximum number of inhabitants may be; that, as a natural consequence, tho citizens of St. Louis cannot be classified separately from cities having a population lu excess of 1W.0W. but less than 300,000 lnt' habitants, and that the law of 1S9S more ef fectually protected the exercise of tho rights and privilege of voting, and threw abuut the enJomcnt of the right of suffrage greater safe-guards than does the later law; therefore, the, last enactment denies to thu citizens of the city of St. Louis tha t)quaJ protection of the laws. STATE'S DLCI5IO.N AllST HE ACCEPTED. "Hut the State Supremo Court has la this care decided that tlie provision of the State Constitution respecting the enactment oC registration laws does not limit the power of tlie General Assembly to create more than one class composed of cities having . population in excess of luO.OCe) Inhabitants, ami. hence, that the Ne&blt law was not. repugnant to thu Statu Constitution. This, euixtiusluu must be accepted by this c-ourt, tUacku.s is. Fort Street Union Depot Corns paiiy; .Merchants' Bank vs. Perms) Ivanlo, and casea cited. J "In one aspect tho argument urged ugalust the validity cf the provisions of th" Nusint law depends merely on comparison) of the re-quiieiueiits of that law with tha act of l&a. "All the other contentions are reducible to tins, proposition that a vlolutlon of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution ot the United States has resulted from the putting In force, by the General Assembly of AUssouri, in cities having a population of over Av.mw Inhabitants, ot a registration law 11I111 h, lu thu mind of a Judicial tri bunal, may not us etfectually safeguard the light and prii liege of voting as might bej devised, considered a'one, or with reference to u prior enactment. "Hut thu obilous answer Is that the law in epjestlun has been declared to bo valid under the Constitution of tho State. Tho general right to lote in the State of AUs souri Is primarily derived from the State (United States is. Ktese, and the elective franchise, if one of the fundamental privi leges and immunities of the citizens of St. Louis, u.s citizens of Missouri and of tha United States, is clearly such franchise 'as regulaitel and established by the laws or Constitution of the State ln which it is to be exercised." (Blake vs. AlcClung, quoting from tiie opinion of Air. Justice Washington at circuit lu Corlield vs. Corjell). "The iiower to classify cities with refer enc te ihtir population having been exer cised In conformity with the Constitution ot the State, the circumstance that tha registration law in force in tho city cf SU Loul.1 was made to differ ln essential pari ticulars from that which regulates the con duct of elections in other cities ln the State cf Alissourl. dots not in Itself deny to the citizens of St. Louis the equal protection of the laws. "Nor did the exercise, by the General As sembly of AUssouri, of the discretion vested in it by law. give rise to a violation o the Fourteenth Amendment to the Consti tution of the United States. (Chappell Chemical Company vs. Sulphur Alines Com pany anil cases cited; Alaxvveli vs. Dow). "Judgment affirmed." i U I ,1" I i . s . ! s k -r I '! 1 sl h 1 j :i . ; ? i'i !! a . 1?- 'I I if I tm M it li f