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... TWELVE PAGES TWELVE PAGES VOL. LXX NO. 10, PRICE TWO CENTS. NEW HAVEN, CONN., SATURDAY MAY 5. 1906. THE CARETNGTON PUBLISHING CO. A. fbA. : - OIL MENJIT BACK Trust Officials Take Excep tion to the Charges of Roosevelt and Garfield. HAVE NOT VIOLATED IAW ADMIT SEEKING MOST ADVANTA GEOUS FREIGHT SATES. P Not Care to Bandy Words With the President of the United States Not Kaay to Differentiate Between Mr. Roosevelt, the President, and Mr. Roosevelt, the Individual Has Given His Advice Most Generously Upon .1 Kvery Subject from the Size of Fam ilies to Mistakes of Federal Judges Intimation That Garfield is .Dense Railroads Opposed Building of Pipe Lines for Obvious Reasons. New York, May 4. In reply to Pres ident Roosevelt's message and the re port of Commissioner Garfield, Messrs. H. H. Rogers and John D. Arohbold of the Standard Oil company said that their examination of the message and report had necessarily been a hurried one, and that they should at a later date make a full answer to their share holders. (Meanwhile they made the fol lowing statement to the Associated Press: "In the president's effort to secure the passage of a bill enlarging the powers of the interstate commerce commission, and Just and equitable railroad rates, we have precisely the same Interest Ithat any good citizen has. No more and no less. Regarding his criticisms upon the management of the railways, or his strictures upon any acts of the Interstate commerce commission, we have neither responsibility nor concern. iWihen, however, he or Commissioner Garfield attacks the Standard Oil com pany, and uses its methods of doing business as an object lesson for the purpose 'of promoting his views, we protest. It may be frankly stated at the outset that the Standard Oil com pany has at all imes, within the limits of fairness, and with due regard for ithe law, sought to secure the most ad vantageous freight rates and routes possible. There will toe no denial of this fact on our part The question Is whether we have at any point violated the law or the proprieties. "The present Inquiry grew out of a resolution adopted by congress a year ago upon motion of Mr. Campbell of Kansas, Instructing the secretary of commerce and lalbor to Investigate the oil business as carried on In this coun try. We welcomed the Investigation. i"hen Commissioner Garfield In the dis charge of his duty visited our office, he and his experts were given free ac cess to our books and the fullest op portunity to ascertain Hie manner in which our business was . conducted. IFrank disclosures of all of our methods (were made, and every criticism offered Iby him was met with a candid and painstaking answer. So conscious were we of our recti tude that we reepatedly Importuned Mr. Garfield to make public the condi tions existing in Kansas, but he refus ed. We proposed ourselves to answer some of the unfair criticisms upon the eubjeot, but refrained on Mr. Garfield's advice and on his assurance that his report would present the case fairly. It turned out that so far as Kansas was concerned the state authorities abandoned their attack. "One does not care to bandy words (with the president of the United States. It la not easy to differentiate between Mr. Roosevelt, the president, and Mr. Roosevelt, the Individual. He has giv en us of his advice most generously on every subject, from the size of our fam. Slies to the mistakes of the federal judges, and somo error Is inevitable now and then to the most conserva tive man under such circumstances. "We say flatly that any assertion that the Standard Oil company has been or Is now knowingly engaged in practices which are unlawful Is alike untruthful and unjust. "The commissioner's report upon which the president's message is based, opens with the statement that the man ufacture of refined oil In this country Is about 26,000,00ft barrels annually. It is unlmpertlnent, but it nevertheless would have 'been fair for htm to have stated that over 16,000,000 of barrels of this annual manufacture is exported, and with its manufacture or the price the American public is not Interested. "He next calls attention to the fact that the Standar Oil refineries are lo cated at centers of distribution, while the Independent refineries are usually in the crude oil fields. This fact, if borne steadily in mind, will answer very many of the criticisms which he later indulges in. He charges that this location of refineries, and the natural advantages following it were obtained iby means of unfair competitive meth ods, but beyond mere assertion does not go into a history or explanation of these alleged unfair methods at all. He Bays, The development of the pipe-line system by the Standard Oil company was the result of special agreements with the railroad companies." What this this can mean is past our com prehension. As a matter of fact the development of the pipe-line system by the Standard Oil company was in the k TiCantinued pa Third Page,), ASSESSED $200 A SHAKE. Traders Fire Insurance Company to Raise Money to Pay 'Frisco Losses. Chicago, May 4. The stockholders of the Traders' Insurance company were to-day assessed $200 per share on their holdings. The assessment was ordered by the board of directors, who, in ap praising the funds of the company, found that the available cash would not meet the losses sustained by the company in the San Francisco fire. The members of the board of directors hold a large majority of the stock,' and the assessment is therefore voluntary. The company has large assets, but they are not Immediately available. The capital stock is composed of 50,000 shares. The stockholders are all wealthy and It Is not believed there will be any opposition to the action taken by the board of directors. TRADES' COUACIL. Receives an Important Letter From Rev. Dr. Smyth. At a meeting of the Trades council last evening, held in the Insurance building, a large part of the time was occupied in the discussion of a letter received by the council from Rev. Dr. Newman Smyth, in which, as it is un derstood, Dr. Smyth inquired of the council if there was any thing at Yale pertaining to the arts and sciences which might be made available to the members of the ' council. The meeting lasted until after 11 o'clock, and the council declined to give out any thing at present concerning the contents of the letter or the action of the council concerning it. There was a very ani mated and spirited discussion of the letter. AMENDING RATE MEASURE SENATE STARTS BUT MAKES VERT LITTLE PROGRESS. Republicans Said to be on Eve of an Agreement for Judicial Court Review General Disposition to Await This Oil Pipe Lines Brought Within the Terms of the Bill, Washington, May 5. In. accordance with the agreement of last Monday the senate to-day entered upon the consid eration of amendments to the railroad rate bill under the fifteen minute rule, but made little progress. The greater part of the day was devoted to Mr Lodge's provision bringing pipe lines within the terms of the bill and it was ultimately unanimously agreed to after so amending it as to exclude gas and water lines from Its operation, thus practically confining it to oil lines. The provision Was so amended as to make it applicable, to the oil pope line in the Panama canal zone. A proposition by Mr. .Foraker to ex clude refrigerator cars from the re quirements of the bill and another by Mr. McCumber making the require ments concerning those cars more strin gent than in the original bill were im partially voted down. Upon the whole the day's proceedings were quite perfunctory, being rendered so by the general knowledge of the fact that the republican senators were on the eve of an agreement that would determine the character of the bill. There was an evident general disposi tion to await that agreement and an adjournment over to-morrow was taken for the purpose of permitting it to 'be perfected. The agreement is very sure to be on a court review amendment. HOUSE CONSIDERS NATAL BILL Burton Speaks Against Needless En largement of Navy. Washington, May 4. The house spent another day in consideration of the naval appropriation bill, the speeches in a large measure being in support of the bill and the naval programme there in out lined. Mr. Burton of Ohio delivered a schol arly address against what he termed the needless enlargement of the navy, contending that the American nation could well afford to serve notice upon the other nations that it stood for Inter national arbitration and the peace of the' world. Mr. Butler of Pennsylvania and Mr. Calder of New York supported the bill, tboth agreeing that the measure had less to criticise in it than any bill re ported from the naval affairs committee of the house in years. A feature of to-day's session was the close attention paid by the house to the reading of the president's message on .oil transportation, and the generous ap plause which was accorded it on its conclusion. The house will continue the consideration of the naval bill to-morrow. Now School Superintendent for Middle town. Middletown, May 4- Dr. H. Woolsey of Irvington, N. Y., was unanimously elected superintendent of the public, schools here at a meeting of the board of education to-night to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Walter B. Ferguson- Dr. Woolsey Is a graduate of Harvard with the class of 1890 and is now principal of the Irvington high school. Bill for Reappointment of Dismissed Midshipmen. Washington, May 4. Senator Hale to day introduced a bill authorizing the reappointment to the naval academy of three midshipmen recently dismissed for hazing. They are Worth W. Foster, George H. Melvin and Richard Tv,.De-. gaussure. ENURE SITUATION NOW RESTS WITH MITCHELL HIS POWER WILL DETERMINE THE QUESTION OF A STRIKE. Convention Refers Matter to Sub-Committee With Instructions to Report Recommendations This Morning Whatever Mitchell Wishes Will be Done Still a Chance That a Strike May be Averted at Eleventh Hour. . Scranton, Pa., May 4. The United Mine Workers' convention of delegates from the three anthracite districts, which has been in session here the past two days considering the refusal of the mine operators to grant the de mands of the mine workers, will de clare itself finally and definitely to morrow. That is the only thing, that can be said with any certainty to-night. The entire situation is now believed to rest with President John Mitchell. The convention this afternoon decid ed to refer the entire question to the general scale committee with instruc tions to report to the convention rec ommendations to-morro w morning at 10 o'clock. The reference brought into the situa tion for the first time sjnee the dele gates began to arrive in the city a possible suggestion of peace, though it is generally 'believed to-night that a majority of the delegates still favor the declaration of a strike. The general scale committee went in td session this afternoon immediately following the adjournment of the con vention. It remained in session until after 5 o'clock, when Presindent Mitch ell announced that the entire matter had been referred by the general com mittee to the sub-committee. Mr. Mitchell said that the committee would submit recommendations and resolutions to the convention to-morrow, but further than that would say nothing. It is said that the purpose of Mr. Wil son's visit to this city is to give the leaders of the organization definite in formation of the financial condition, and to put them in close touch with the situation in the bituminous field, where he .has been in charge for the last few weeks. He said to-day that In his opin ion if a strike of the anthracite miners is called the majority of the bituminous operators will sign the union scale at once. The convention will to-morrow do one of three things. These three points are succinctly set forth In the last para graph of the scale committee's general report, which' was made was made to the convention at this morning's session as follows: "You will observe that your commit tee has made every possllble effort to reach an agreement as to the wage3 and conditions of employment; that they nave proposed subject to your ap provalan arbitration Df the differences between us; that our proposals have been rejected in toto, and that our of fer of arbitration upon a basis just to us and fair to them has been declin ed. "If it is true end we believe it is that the operators have made their Anal proposition, there is nothing left for us to do but to accept for a period of three years a renewal of the award of the anthracite coal strike commis sion or the conditional restricted meth od of arbitration proposed toy the oper ators, or to strike until we secure bet ter conditions than are now offered toy our employers." NO RI VOLUTION IN CUBA. Absolutely No Foundation for Sensa tional Reports. Havana, May 4.-:-jThe Associated Press is In a position, t ostate that there is absolutely no foundation In fact for the statement that there is a revolu tionary movement on foot in the east ern end of Cuba or elsewhere In this republic. In Havana as elsewhere in' Cuba there Is complete political quiet. A dispatch from Santiago says there is no truth lnthe story that iModeBto Leal is at the head of a revolutionary move ment. UP GO THEIR RATES. Several New York Fire Insurance Com panies Compelled to Act. New York, May 4 Forced by their losses in the San Francisco fire to strengthen their reserves, a score or fire insurance companies In this city to-day raised their rates and cut down com missions to agents and brokers. This advance in rates will amount to twenty-five per cent, and is applicable to all risks in what is known as the confla gration section. Independence of Rhode Island. Providence, May 4. Seven former governors and the present chief execu tive of the state, as well as a Jarge number of other distinguished citizens, participated to-day in the celebration of the 130th anniversary of the inde pendence of Rhode Island, held in this city. Not Believed In Paris. Paris, May 4. The reports that Count Witte will succeed M. Nelidoff as Rus sian ambassador at Paris are not cred ited in the highest quarters here, where the sympathetic feeling for the former premier has been modified since his declaration that the French-Russian al liance did not prevent Russian from cultivating strong relations with Ger many. Naugatuck Postmaster Confirmed. Washington, May 4. The senate to day confirmed the nomination as post master of I I Trowbridge, Naugatuck, Conn, , KING EDWARD'S TOAST. Reference to Cordial Anglo-French Re lations Attracts Comment. Paris, May 4. King Edward's toast at the banquet In his honor given by President Fallaieres at the Elysee pal ace last night, referring to tie endur ing nature of the cordial understanding between Great Britain and France has attracted widespread comment as being a political declaration offsetting the German tendencies toward the separa tion of Great Britain and France. The Temps says: "Chancellor Von Bulow's statemet that France's effort to Isolate Germany Is a thing 6f the past must now be par aphrased 'Germany's effort to separate France from England is a thing of the past."' SENT DOWN BY JCEBt.RG. British Ship Founders Ofl Coast of New Foundland. - Weymouth, England, May 4. Captain Wilson Curtis and the crew, numbering thirty-seven, of the British steamer Anglo-Peruvian, from Shields April 11 for Philadelphia, were landed here this afternoon from, the British steamer Mohawk, Captain White, from New York April 20 for Antwerp, which pick ed them up after the Anglo-Peruvian foundered off the coast of Newfound land, April 21, as the result of a col lision with an Iceberg. CAUSE OF THE EARTHQUAKE EVIDENCE THAT IT WAS DUE TO CHANGE IN MOUNTAINS. Theory of Geologists Substantiated by Condition of Slerre Morena Moun tains Near San FranelSoo Immense Crevace at Top Indicating That the Range Was Split The Crevace Fol lowed. , . San Francisco, May 4 Geologists who have been searching since the earthquake of April 18 to find the cause of the selsmlo disturbance to-day re ported that they have found In Slerre Morena mountains a few miles south of San Francisco, what appears to be In disputable evidence of their theory that the earthquake was due to a change in the mountains. At the summit of the mountains near Stanford university, is an immense crevice, the appearance of which Indicates that the rang split at the top, the ilde nearer the ocean fall ing, toward the sea. This crevice, which is at places three to six inches wide, has been Mowed by geologists for more than four miles along the crest of the range. At places the crack is of considerable depth and at other places the evidences show that the parting of the great mass of rock and earth was followed by a partial closing of the gap. The split follows the line of the rage north and south, this toeing the general direction of the earth quake shock. CLEVELAND ON NEWSPAPERS. Many That Print Much That Is Inex cusably False, Etc. Atlantic City, N. J., IMay 4. Former President Cleveland was the guest of honor to-night at the dinner given In connection with the annual Jaunt of the Periodical Publishers Association of America. Many dlstlngulsed authors, artists and publishers were present, and the ex-presldent was given an enthusi astic welcome when he arose to speak. Mr. Cleveland, speaking of daily newspapers and periodicals, said that under the present circumstances they should1 In scope and purpose be distinct ly separated; that so long as newspa pers keep the field they seem to have chosen nothing should tempt peri odicals to follow them. Continuing, he said: "We read the dally papers for the sake of gaining quick In formation, and we sometimes wade through much that Is lUnproflta blly sensational, inexcusably1 false, grossly exaggerated, silly, and frivol ous. All of us are willing to make due allowance for the past and impos sibilities of dlscrlmlantlon which re sults from the scramble and struggle for everything which has the complex Ion of fresh news. "However, good or bad, I suppose wo must aJblde the newspapers as they are. Perhaps under the laws of their environment, most of them do the best they can.' SMOOT DECISION BEL AT. Senator" Knox Gets Another Postpone ment, This Time Until May 18. Washington, May 4. Senator Knox's desire to make a more thorough Inquiry into all the details of the Smoot inves tigation resulted to-day in a postpone ment, until May 18, of the final vote by the committee on privileges and elec tions on the character of its report to the senate. During the discussion Senator Dubois offered the following resolution: "Resolved, That Reed Smoot Is not entitled to his seat aa a senator of the United States from the state of Utah." This is the proposition as it will be voted upon when the committee meets again. The constitutional questions have been eliminated. Bomb Outrage In Warsaw. Warsaw, May 4. M. Proskuriakoff, chief of the traffic department of the Vistula railroad, was seriously wounded and M. Gutner, chief of another depart ment, and office servant were killed by a bomb this afternoon. As they were leaving the railroad offices a man threw the bomb at them, smashing their cab and seriously wounding the cabman and uiii others SEVEN INDICTMENTS IN SUGAR REBATING CASES HANDED DOWN SEALED 11T FED ERAL GRAND JURY IN NEW YORK. Railroads and Sugar Companies Are Charged With Violation of the Elkins Anti-Trust Law Statute Provides Penalties of a Fine Not Exceeding $10,000 or Imprisonment Not Exceed ing Two Years Individuals Accused of Conspiring to Violate Provisions of the Law. New York May 4. The April federal grand jury, In concluding its labors to day, handed down seven sealed indict ments in the sugar rebating cases. The indictments are against the following: New York Central railroad, the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad company and ' Nathan Guilford, vice president of the company; the American Sugar Refining company of New York and C. Goodloe Edgar and Edwin Earle, the latter being two wholesale sugar dealers of Detroit, Mtch., the New York Central and Hudson River Rail road company and Nathan Guilford, vice president, and F. L. Pomeroy, gen eral traffio manager; the American Su gar Refining company and the Ameri can: Sugar Refining company of New York and C. Goodloe Edgar and Edwin iEarle; Nathan Gilford, F. L. Pomeroy, C. Goodloe Edgar and Edwin Earle. The first six indictments were found under section 5,440 of the revised Stat-t utes of the United States, commonly known as "the Elkins anti-trust law," which provides penalties of fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years, for giving, grant ing, applying for, or accepting any re bate or concession from the regular freight tariff, as published by a rail way company as a common carrier. The seventh indictment, found against Guilford, Pomeroy, Edgar and Earle, charges them with having col leotively conspired to violate the pro visions of the Elkins anti-trunt law. It Is not probable, It was stated to night, that any of the defendants will be arrested on a warrant, but all will be notified by the federal authorities that an indictment has been found and will Ibe requested to voluntarily appear and give ball for their appearance at the next term of the federal court In June. In the case of a corporation, it is presumed that the president or some other Important executive officer will appear and anwer to the indictment. These are the first Jndlotmenti for a violation of the anti-trust law found in this district. Sixteen sessions of the April grand Jury were devoted exclu sively to the consideration of these cases, but it Is evident from the pre sentment which the Jury handed in that with the lndlottnent that it deems the situation but hurriedly canvassed. It recommends' that the Investigation be continued by Its ucces?or, Intimating that indications point to the possibility that other common carriers may be equally culpable with the indicted roads. The presentment addressed to Judge George S. Holt, sitting as United States circuit court judge, stated that the grand jury In concluding Us labors deemed it proper to call attention to the gravity of the evils incident to the violations of the interstate commeroe laws which have been practiced in re spect to merchandise transported from the city of New York to various points in the west "During this term this grand Jury has considered,'! reads the presentment, "a very large amount of evidence bear ing on this subject. The investigation of any charge relative to the railroad relbates is most difficult. It involves not only a consideration of the volum inous records, papers alnd other com plex Instruments used In transacting the through feright business of a mod ern railroad, but It also becomes nec essary to penetrate various disguises thrown about the transaction by the parties concerned. (Continued on Third JPage.) CONSTERNATION IN I'AISLEY. Grent Thread Manufacturers Decide Not to Build in Scotland. Paisley, Scotland, May 4 J.' and P. Coats, thread manufacturers, who have large works in the United States, Rus sia and Germany, have decided to con cel their extensions here on account of local Interference between them and their female employes and to build abroad Instead. Excavations whteh had, been begun for a new mill to cost II, 250,000 have been ordered' stopped. This action causes consternation here. Safonoff to be Conductor. New York, May 4. Wasslll Sofonoff for the next three years will Ibe the conductor of the New York Philhar monic society and director of the Na tional Conservatory of Music of Ameri ca. A cablegram from Mr. Safonoff was received to-day accepting the of fers of these societies made some time since. Students Visited Ellis Island. New York, May 4. About forty stu dents of Yale university, under the leadership of Professor William B. Bailey, paid a visit to Ellis Island to day to watch the conditions under which immigrants are admitted to this country. The party returned to New Haven to-night. Nelson's "General Memorandum" Pur chased. London, May 4. The "general memo randum" of Lord Nelson to his captains on the eve of the battle of Trafalgar, which was sold at auction March 15 for $18,000, has been privately purchased for eventual presentation to the British, museum. AUTOPSY FOll THIS MORN lb G. Coroner Investigating Hilda Johnson's Death Mrs. Vaughan Re-arrested. The death of Hilda Johnson, the twenty-four year old young woman up on whom it is alleged a criminal oper ation was performed by Mrs. Gertrude A. Vaughan, which occurred yesterday afternoon have put a st'M more serious light on the case. The coroner has ar ranged to have an autopsy on the woman this morning. Mrs. Vaughan and the man in the case, Engstrom, were re-arrested last night on more serious charges on warrants. Mrs. Vaughan was again balled out under bonds of $5,000. There wa an investigation held at police headquarters last night by Cor oner Mix, but nothing new was an nounced. The oase against Mrs. Vaughan was continued in the city court yesterday morning until May 11 WOULD SUSPEND POLICE CHIEF Providence Minister Clnims a Witness Was Intimidated. Providenoe, May 4. Rev. A. B. Cristy to-day filed with the Providence police commission a formal request for the suspension of Chief of Police Mathews pending an Investigation of charges which John B. Nash, an important wit ness for the minister In the hearing which has been conducted here, makes against the chief. Nash charges that he was intimidated and asked to leave the city by persons purporting to be allied with the Mathews Interests. Nash was missing when his name was called yesterday in a hearing held on Cristy's charges against the chief for alleged attempts to destroy Cristy's good name. The witness was located in Hartford, Conn., last night He returned here to day. BAD WRECK ON PENN, R. R, SEVEN PERSONS KILLED A ND ABOUT TWENTY INJURED. Two of the Fastest Passenger Trains on the System, the Chicago Mall and the St. Louis Express, Meet II end-on Going at Full Speed Seven Cars Wrecked and Engines Badly Dam- ' aged. . Altoona, Pa,, May 6 2;30 a, m. The most disastrous accident on the Penn sylvania railroad since the disaster east of Harrisburg nearly a year ago, when about twenty persons were killed, occurred late last night about 10 o'clock on the Petersburg1 branch, about 100 yard east of Clover Creek Junction, The Chloago mail, bound east, and the St. Louis express, bound west, two of tne fastest trains on the system, go ing at full speed, met head-on. Seven cars were wrecked and both engines badly damaged. The best Information obtainable is to the effect that seven persons were kill ed and about twenty Injured. The par ticulars may change these figures, but not to any appreoiaitble extent. A partial list of the dead, as far as could be ascertained, is as follows: Frank Harder, brakeman of 'No. 21, of Harrisburg. . Unknown woman of Duncannon, Pa, Unknown man1. J. W. Herr, baggagemaeter, died shortly after being taken from the wreck. A partial list of the injured la as fol lows: Oscar Anderson, of Delva, N. IX, bad ly Injured; will die. Joseph Hoskln, of , Philadelphia, slightly Injured. W. W. Attaiegraph, 1511 West Fay ette street, Baltimore, slightly injured. W. D. Diekman, of West Falrvlew, Pa., slightly injured. A. W. Livingstone, of Lancaster, Pa., slightly Injured. J. W. Wagner, a postal clerk, is se riously Injured. ' NO CHARITY NEEDED. San Francisco Able to Rebuild Itself $100,000,000 In Insurance. San 'Franeisco.May -4. The San Fran cisco clearing house to-day adopted a report from its executive committee. A portion of the report reads: "The committee feels that the busi ness intetreste, as such, do not need charity to aid them in rebuilding the city. With $150,000,000 or more to be received from the Insurance companies, the banks in a strong, solvent condi tion, bountiful harvests promised in the state and general underlying business sound, any further financial help should be looked for only on strictly business principles. We cannot rebuild tn a day. We shall shortly have more money than can be immediately used; s it seems premature to asswna that oar resources will prove inadequate, and especially that the occasion demands the intro duction of untried methods of finance which would be found to be illegal, or otherwise impracticable." Many Minds Deranged by Fright. San Francisco, May 4. Superior Court Judge Murasky, who has been sitting as committing judge of insane persons since April 18, has passed on the sanity of eighty-three persons whoee mind3 have been deranged by fright. Funds for Tolcano's Victims. Washington, May 4 Through the etate department the American Red Cross to-day cabled $6,300 to the Italian Red Cross for the relief of persons ren dered destitute by the outburst of Ve suvius. This money was subscribed Iby citizens of Massachusetts before the &a Fraaeisc disaster. ULTIMATUM SENT IB . TURKEY BY WUP THE BRITISH MEDITERRANEAN FLEET PREPARING TO MAKE DEMONSTRATION. I Saltan Must Withdraw Garrison P end lug Delimitation of Rival Claims In the Slnnt Peninsula Not Considered Likely That He Will Bold Out Pur pose of Bis Occupation ' of Tabah Wants AU-Turktsh Route for Pil grims Going to Hedjaa and Temen. London, May 4. The presentation of what Is tantamount to an ultimatum to Turkey and the preparations of the British Mediterranean fleet for a desn tinstratlon in Turkish waters in the event of non-compliance is expected to produce a speedy yielding on the part of the sultan and the settlement by the withdrawal of the small .Turkish gar rison pending dellmlnatlon of the rival frontier claims in the Sinai peninsula, which were left somewhat doubtful, in the previous negotiations. The sultan possibly may hold out longer in the hope that Great Britain will be reluc tant to open delicate questions involv ing the forcing of the Dardanelles In order to make a demonstration before Constantinople, but, seeing that none of the powers is inclined to support , Tur key in her present attitude, this is con sidered unlikely. , According to the Dally Telegraph's correspondent at Constantinople, the sultan's only object in occupying TabaK was to seoure control over the Gulf of Akabah, direct route from Syria to Hedjaz and Yemen, enabling Tur&Ish troops to move throughout the empire without leaving TurklBh territory. All troops and pilgrims going to Hedjaa and Yemen had to traverse the canal at great expense, whereas if they went by rail by way of Akabah it would be a short and shsap journey.' In return for full control over the Gulf of Akabah,, the correspondent adds, the sultan is ready to agree to the Egyptians estab lishing military posts in the Sinai peninsula at such places as would tul ly guarantee protection of the canal. The correspondent at Constantinople of the Times telegraphs as follows: "There Is absolutely no evidence here of any German intrigue. In fact, on mora than one occasion the German ambassador has told the grand vizier that the only sensible thing for the Turks to do' was 'to evacuate Tabah as speedily as" possible." PRESIDENT'S ATTITUDE. Explains Bis Position Regarding Rail road Rate Legislation. Washington, May 4. Thirty-six mem bers of the corps of Washington corre spondents, representing the1 leading dally newspapers and press associations in the United States, met President Roosevelt, by invitation, In the cabinet room of the executive offices this after noon to discuss with him the status of railroad rate legislation and to aearn the president's view aa to oertaln pend ing amendments to the Hepburn bill. The meeting lasted more than an hour. While the president made It clear that he desired not to be quoted directly as to the views he might ex press, he said that he was perfectly willing that his views should be known and be stated In the language of the members of the press wh6 were pres ent. With this understanding the informal discussion which ensued took a wide range as to the rate measure and pro posed amendments to it The president talked with frankness in answering questions which were propounded to him from all sides, and in explaining the attitude of himself and the advo cates of. the suggested legislation. The discussion dealt chiefly with the various propositions for a court revieW from the broad amendment proposed by Senator Bailey, of Texas, to the re stricted amendment offered by Senator Long, of Kansas. The president indi cated clearly and positively that he would be satisfied with the enactment of the Hepburn bill as it was reported to the senate from, the committee on interstate oommerce. He pointed out, however, that some advocates of rail road rate legislation, as sincere friends of the legislation as he himself was believed It would be wise eo to amend the measure as to provide specifically for a review of th deClsoins of the In terstate commerce commission by the courts. To this end, the proposition evolved by Senator AlllBon of Iowa, which now practically has been agreed upon by the republicans of the senate, was of fered and after consideration was ac cepted by the friends of the measure, including the president. The president expressed the opinion that the effect of the Allison proposition already i em bodied in the Hepburn bill, but it also is his opinion as he stated to-day, that if there is the slightest doubt that the Hepburn bill, by implication, does not carry the effect of the Allison proposi tion it ought to be incorporated explic itly in the measure before Its enactment into law. Personally he favors the nar rower restriction of the amendment of Senator Long. He made it clear 'that the judgment of the friendb of the measure was so evenly balanced on "the question of the Long amendment that it was scarcely worth. While to xnalre a contest for it, as a year or two oi the law's operation would demonstrate clearly whether it would be necessary further to amend the act in the way proposed by. Senator Long. The president assured his hearers that he and every advocate ofthe pend ing measure would satisfied perfect ly with the Hepburn bill MithJ amendment proposed by Senatos ' ' sen. .