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TM MM mil uj iOjujL Tho 6 Alvord Jr 0 Hupk Ai Uep Library of Court'. TENTH YEAR. pucenix, akizoa, Wednesday moening, December c, 1899. VOL. X. NO. 20. STRONG MESSAGE i President's Allusion to the Trusts, NEW FINANCIAL LAW Action of the House on Roberts' Question leaves the "Utah Repre sentative Cooling His Heels Out side -An Opposition Resolution Which is Not Supported by the Democrats. Washington. Dec. 5. After an inter esting debate of three hours, the house today, by a vote of 302 to 30, adopted the resolution offered by Mr. Taylor of Ohio yesterday for the appointment of a special committee to investigate the charges against Brigham II. Roberts, the Mormon representative-elect from Utah. Previously the house had rejected a substitute resolution offered by Mr." Richardson, leader of the minority, to allow Mr. Roberts to be sworn in and to send the whole case to the judiciary committee. This substitute resolution, however, by no means commanded the full democratic strength. Only fifty seven members voted for it. Of the thirty who then voted against the Tay lor resolution all were democrats ex cept two, Mr. Loud of California, re publican, and Mr. Newlands, silverite from Nevada. By the terms of the resolution Mr. Roberts is not only excluded from all participation in the proceedings of the house until the committee reports and the house passes upon his case, but he is denied a seat in the hall. 'Whether this will be interpreted to deny him admission within the chamber pending the disposition of his case is yet to be decided. The galleries were almost as crowd ed as on yesterday, the debate on the Roberts case being the attraction. The I reading of the president's message, usually a great attraction, was com pletely overshadowed by the universal interest in the disposition of the case of the Mormon representative from Utah. The fact that three-fourths of the spectators in the galleries were women was particularly noticeable and was a tangible manifestation of Interest of the fair sex in the case. Representative Corliss of Michigan introduced a bill for the Pacific cable to be built by the government of Ha waii, the Phillippines, Japan and China, at a limited cost of $3,000,000, of which $700,000 is to be immediately available. , Representative Tawney, of Minneso- I ta, today introduced into the house a I resolution for the creation of a com mittee of seventeen members to b? known as the committee on insular af fairs, to have jurisdiction over "affairs concerning insular territory acquired or occupied under the treaty with Spain of December 10, 1S3, including the island of Tutila, Samoa." THE SENATE. Washington, L'ec. 5. Eefore the sen ate convened today the announcement was made informally of the death of Senator Hayward of Nebraska. Mr. Hayward was to have te?n sworn in today. A few minutes after the senate convened the message was begun by th secretary's clerk. The chamber was crowded. The new senators were sworn in upon the conclusion of tha reading, and then Senator Thurston of Nebraska announced the death of hi3 colleague and the senate adjourned. The president's message was read to day and after the announcement of the death of Senator-elect Hayward, the upper house adjourned. THREE CAUCUSES. In the Matter of the R-organization of Senate Committees. Washington, Dec. 5. Threa cau cuses were held in the senate end of the capitol today. They wer under the auspices, respectively of republican, democratic and independent senators, the last named including silver repub licans and populists and each consid ered the reorganization of senate com mittees. In each case the detail work was referred to special committees. Senator Allison was empowered by the republican caucus to select a com mittee of nine to confer with the op position and make an apportionment of members. There was a general un derstanding that the republicans should have a clear majority on all committees. Senator Hale moved a committee on the insular possessions of the United States and upon the sug gestion of Senator Lodge, agreed to amend his motion so as to provide for two new committees, one to coy Cuba, and the other to Include the af fairs of Porto Rico and the Philippines. The motion was referred to the pro posed commit toe but no disposition wa made on a suggestion made sotto voce by Senator Mason that he. Senator Hoar and Senator Hale should be given places on the proposed Philip pine commission. The conference really delegated the whole subject to the committee on committees, which Senator Allison promised to appoint promptly. The democrats transacted no busi ness beyond the unanimous selection of Senator Jones of Arkansas as chair man of the caucus to succeed Senator Turpie and the authorization of the chairman to appoint a committee to confer with the republican committee on the reorganization of the standing committees. The independents agreed to act with the democrats in the or ganization of the senate and Senator Pettigrew was appointed to act as a member on minority committee on committee on committees. This con ference was attended by all the silver republicans and populist senators, of whom there are eight. THE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE. The Eagerly Expected Submitted. Document Washington, Dec. 5. The presi dent's message usually submitted on the opening day of a session of congress, was presented and read in both houses on this, the second day. The message opens with a reference to the death of Vice-President Hobart in which the President pays a high tribute to his integrity and exalted mo tives. The President then says the fifty-sixth congress convenes in its first reg-ular session with the country in a condition of unusual prosperity. The exports exceed by more than a billion dollars our imports and exports com bined in 1870. The present gratifying strength of the treasury is shown by the fact that on December 1, 1S3D the available cash balance was $J7S,0Q4, 837. The conditions cf confidence which prevail throughout the country have brought gold into more general use and customs receipts are now almost en tirely paid in that coin. "Increased activity," continues the message, "in industry with its welcome attendant, a larger employ ment of labor at higher wages, givss to the body of the people a larg?r pow er to absorb the circulating medium. "The increasing volume of agricultu ral products calls for a larger volume of money supply. The attention of congress is respectively invited to this lmporrani matter kii u.e w ui cer,Liim:i:i wnei.ner or jiol such unaji:- aMo nio'.incations can be mane m m; N ,'ional Banking Act as will render its service more responsive to the p?o lle's needs. I again urge that Nation al banks be authorized to organize wiUi a capital of $25,000. FINANCIAL LEGISLATION. "I urgently recommend' that to th? support the existing gold stan dard and to maintain the par- ffv in vnli;e of the coins of , he twQ meta,s (golJ and Eilver) anU the equal power of every dollar at all times in the market and in the pay ment of debts, the secretary of the treasury be charged with the duty J sell I". S. bond and to employ such ether effective means as may be neces sary. "In this connection, I repeat my form er recommendations that a portion of the gold holdings shall be placed in a gold fund from which greenbacks shall be redeemed upon presentation, but when once redeemed shall not thereaf ter be paid out except for gold. "The value of an Americ an merchant marine to the extension of our commer cial trade and the strengthening of our power upon the sea invites immediate action of congress. There is no lack of constitutional authority for legisla tion which shall give to the country maritime strength commensurate with its industrial achievements and its rank among the nations of the earth. "Last year American vessels trans ported a smaller share cf our exports and imports than during any former year in American history. "I am satisfied the judgment of the country favors the policy of aid to our merchant marine. THE SUBJECT OF TRL'STS. "Combinations of capital organized into trusts to control the conditions of trade among our citizens, to stifle com petition, lower production and deter mine the prices of products used by the people are justly provoking public dis cussion and should eferly claim the at tention of congress. It is a fact that uniformity of legis lation upon this matter in the several states is much to be desired. It is to be hoped that means may be found for congress within the limitation of the constitutional power so to supplant an ineffective code of state legislation so as to make a complete system of law throughout the United States to com pel a general observance of the salu tary laws." A review of the relations with for eign states i3 presented with such rec- I ommendations as are deemed appropri , ate. Referring to the Nicaraguan canal, the president says: "The great import ance of this work cannot, b3 too often or too strongly pressed upon th? atten : tion of congress and early action in j this matter is again urged. The in I ten-sis of our citizens in the I vrf-t empire of China have not been ; r.-Rli" "l dvring the past year. Ameri j can capita! has sought and found vari ous .iportunities. our trade with China tap continued to grow and our commer i cial rights have been everywhere muir. j tained. In my message to con ; gress in 1SCS, I urged an ap I propriation for a commission to ! study the commercial and in ; dustrial conditions in the Chinese em- pire and the opportunities for and ob- es to markets m China for tne (Continued on Third rage.) SENATOR CLARK TALKS. Is Ready for the Contest and Wants An Investigation. j Washington. Dec. 5. Senator W. A. j Clark of Montana, in a statement to i the Associated Press says the contest instituted to oust him is the culmina tion of a malicious warfare which has been waged against him for twelve j years. "I am quite willing," he says, ' "to leave the matter in the hands of the senate, knowing that a full inves tigation will acquit me." o TRAFFIC IN THE WEST Passenger Business Increasing and! Freight Less Satisfactory. Chicago, Dec. 5. Railway passenger business is quite heavy just now, and it looks like continuing so until the end of the Christmas holidays. Meantime, there are various changes in passenger systems going on that point to a bet ter passenger service in various direc tions. The St. Louis, Peoria and Northern's tracks, for example, will be divided between the Chicago and Alton and the Illinois Central in such a way that the former gets its own entrance into Peoria from Springfield and the latter its own tracks all the way from Chicago to St. Louis, the ar rangement of the latter road with the "Big Four" coming to an end at the close of the year. Then, too, the final and long-expected acquisition of the Minneapolis and St. Louis by the Illi nois Central has been completed, and this means a good route between St. Paul and Omaha over the Central by using the Minneapolis and St. Ljouis to Fort Dodge. As a result of the new control, however, the Rock Island will lose its present entrance into St. Paul. It is. however, expected that an extension of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern from Albert Lea to Minneapolis will be made to give the Rock Island a proper northwestern outlet. As to additions made and opened during the last two months through out the west they have been quite numerous and for the most part have been duly chronicled from time to time. In all, the 4. C30 miies indicated 1 by the Railway Age an the" amount j of new mileage to be added by the end j of the year is pretty nearly accounted ' for. There has been little change in the ' freight situation the past week; ad vancing rates, a restricted grain rnove- rncnt and heavy movement cf general freight, but a slackening not very marked, but still a slackening, in the movement of high-class freight. The I holiday trade is now well supplied. As regards northwestern wheat receipts, there is less difference now between j this and last year's movement, al though the movement is still light. Having stated in these dispatches some two weeks ago a comparison of the j present farm movement with that of j this time a year ago, those w ho are I dogmatic in their assertion that rail ' way earnings were never better are 1 bringing forward statistics and fore casts of heavy increases in November earnings. For example, the Rock Island officers declare that just now they are carrying fifty per cent less grain than at this time a year ago, al though the general movement has been heavy enough to produce an increase in the earnings for this month over the same month in 1SSS. Supposing even the latter part of the announcement respecting November total earnings to be true, what does the decreased farm movement ultimately mean? Fifty per cent difference in sales is a big item, especially with elevators so well sup plied with wheat and the visible con stantly increasing. Atchinson ofilcials say their general freight business of late has been perhaps fifteen per cent better than that of this time a year ago. Be this as it may. the general situation has not been quite as satis factory as far as first sources of traffic are concerned since, practically, the middle of October. o KENTUCKY IS REPUBLICAN But "ay lor is Not Yet Quite Out of. the Woods. Frankfort. Ky., Dec. 5. The ' state board of election commissioners sitting as a canvassing board, finished its work this afternoon and tomorrow morning the members will sit in the state senate chamber as a contesting board to hear arguments in the eas"?s of the eleven contested counties. The first of them will come up on whether or not the board has a right to go be hind the certified returns filed with the secretary of state by the different counties. On this point will rest the name of the next governor of Ken tucky. j In the face of the returns now on file with the secretary of state. Mr. Taylor ' has a plurality of 3.2S3. If there is to J be no "going behind" the returns, the 1 board will have no opti in but to issue a certificate cf election to Taylor. If the board decides that it has power to go behind the returns there is no tl : ing who will receive the certificate. NOT QUITE SO WARM Was the Second Day of ths Carnival. Ball and Mining Drill Contests The Elks Will Ee in Possession of the City Today and Will Give it a Distinct Purple Tinge. 5 TODAY'S PROGRAMME Elks' Day. 9:30 to 11. local Elks will receive visiting herds at Elks' hall and will deliver to them with impressive ceremonies, the kev to the citv. J10 a. m. sharp, foot ball, Pres cott vs. Monarc hs of Phoenix, at Phoenix park. & 11 o'clock, grand street parade, in which visiting Elks are invited p to participate. 4 1:30 to 2 o'clock, at city hall 4 plaza, wild Indian band. 4 1 o'clock, league foot ball game between Indian school and Tuc- son, at Phoenix park. Music by i. Mariners' juvenile band. ? 2:30 o'clock, base ball game be- tween two picked nines of Elks, at Phoenix park. 5 7 to 8 o'clock, concert by Albu f querque band at city hall; Mar ? iners juvenile band at court r house; Chinese band at Washing ( ton and Center. 0 S o'clock, superb minstrel show P at opera house by Elks. 0 11 o'clock, grand ball and ban- 4 quet at O'Neill hall. Feuerstein's 5 orchestra. Carnival proceedings were tame yes terday in comparison with the bril liancy of the day before. The crowd needed a rest so that, except the ball gan3s at the park, the cowboy parade and the miners' drilling contest, there was little to suggest the carnival, ex cept the desultory playing of bands, the gorgeous street decorations and the throng on the streets, which made pas sage along the sidewalks difficult. The crowd was really greater yesterday than th day before, though it was net concentrated in the central paVt of town as it was then. Every train has increased the congestion. .V special from the north came in last nitrht b?a:ir2 a delegation of Eiks and cit i.'.LTis of Prescott. about 133 passengers in all. The train was met by the local Eiks U''ge headed by Marin-r's Ju - c-r.iio band. A V,. P. O. E. coming -n' will come in from Tucson this morr.i-ig. This dy has t e n nnde s irred 'o the Elks whose programme provides for the filling of almost every minute of it lapping over upon the small hours of tomorrow. There w ill be a street dem onstration embracing many allegori cal representations, and it is likely that many of the floats which participated in the grand parade will be brought out again. The weather all day yesterday was threatening. At night it cleared slight ly, leaving a hope that the week may end without rain. THE COWBOY GALLOP. Hundreds of Punchers Rode Through the Streets of the City. THe cowboys took possession of the main thoroughfare of the city yester day morning. The crowds were on hand early to greet them and the ex citing gallop over the course of Mon day's great parade was witnessed by thousands of people. The gallop was led by Doe. Goodin, the champion steer roper of Arizona. Jack Gibson had charge of the affair, assisted by S. J. McDonald, the well known cattleman. The cowboys ren dezvoused at the corner of Seventh street and Washington, and the run started at the intersection of Seventh on Adams, and went west to Fifth avenue, thence south to Washington, and east on Washington to Seventh. Although it was called a gallop in the official programme those who wit nessed it termed it a run, each horse man apparently trying to gain the lead. It was well conducted and there were no accidents of any sort. After the run to Seventh street the cowboys rode back over the course with th3 horses walking to allow the crowd to review the men who participated in the dashing spectacle. Lou Compiler rode with Doc Goodin. These two cowboys are "partners," and they came to Phoenix together from the Sulphur Springs valley. Of the two men Doe Goodin is better known in Arizona, and perhaps hundreds who witnessed the run recognized in him the "Arizona Kid" who was the star rider in Buck Taylor's wild west show, and later the foremost cowboy of Ari zona Charlie's aggregation of rough riders and broncho busters. The show business has lost its attraction, and Doc is now the half owner of the C. P. Scripture cattle outfit in the Sulphur Springs valley. He has settled down and is making money in the cattle business. He comes to Phoenix to de fend his title as the champion rop3r and broncho rider of Arizona against all comers. At the last carnival he was awarded the championship honors in the roping contest. At that time he gave a suoer seventy-five yards har.di-c-.p. n ;.cd it, threw the animal to the ground and ti?d its legs ready to be branded in forty-eight seconds. He will take part in the tying contest on Friday and will also ride the most vicious broncho that the enrnival as sociation can find. He says th.it h" will challenge the winner of the rop ing contest, provi'Mnsr he f.-i's to win the prize. One attempt, he says. i3 hardly a fair test of a cowboy's skill. and his challenge will be for three out of five attempts. Those who know Doc's skill believe that he will win the prize, and if the championship is taken from him it will be gained by a puncher of exceptional skill. The contest, at any rate, will be the best ever seen in the southwest, and thousands of peo ple are looking forward to it with interest. EXPERT ROCK DRILLERS. Miners' Contest a Feature of Yester day's Programme. "We've got to get the money if we want to have a time; pound her hard, old man now she's walking." Talk about your coaching and your rooters on the gridiron if you want to, but if you did not attend the miners' drilling contest at Lightburne plaza this morning you missed a treat that is not often presented. The miners who did the drilling could not spare any breath to talk, but the attendants who kept the drillings wet with a quarter inch hose spurred on the workers with the most original coaching ever heard. His position was one which could not be properly played without enthusiasm. He was between the muscular giants who swung the hammers, and as the time drew near for the final blow he became mesmerized and talked without knowing wnat he said. His mind gave up the secret plans for the disposition of the prize money the good time3 that were being so laboriously earned all appeared before his eyes, and his lips communicated the most urgent pleas for the realization of the feast of pleasure. But the miners swung the heavy hammers with quick and effective blows upon the drills and if they heard what their enthusiastic attendant said it was not apparent on their faces. The muscles of their arms bulged out with the demand upon them, and the blows came quick and hard during the last minutes of the striking contest It was an exhibition of physical endur ance as well as great skill. To per sons who are unfamiliar with the work of the miner it seemed impossible that a man could stand such a strain for fifteen minutes. Jim Bark conducted the contest, and Will Pomeroy of Mesa was chosen time keeper. Some delay was occa sioned in the preparations, and the show did not commence until nearly 11 o'clock. The entries were all in early in the morning. There was a double drilling in which three teams entered, and a single drilling in which there were also three entries. The drills used were "s-inch steel, and all the drills were carefully measured and tested before the contest began. The prizes offered by the carnival associa tion for the vi-to-s was ?2"0 and sixty five per cent of the entry receipts, and a purse for the second best in the contest. Felix Yewell and George Baxter of Bisbee, the champion team of the Cop per Queen mine, won the double drill ing prize. They drilled thirty and thiee-eieh'h inches in the fifteen min '' ':'!:! A. TV McDoucall and C. F. McGowan of Prescott came near carrying off the prize. During their drilling the hammer slipped from the driller's hand and several strokes were lost. This team sunk thirty and one quarter inches, leaving a margin of one-eighth for the winners. Had it not been for this misfortune the money might, have been theirs. But the prize was won fairly by the Bisbee team and there was no hard feeling over the decision of the referees. The third team was Thomas Carbin and George Beck who sunk L."s inches. The single drilling contest was won by Dan McGowan of Prescott. The hole drilled by him measured 13 13-16 inches. J. H. Donnelan diilled 13 9-16 Inches and Walter Smith made a depth in the granite of 10 7-16 inches. The rock used was a fine grained granite, such as was used in the superstructure of the new capitol building. It is much harder than the Gunnison granite which was used in the Denver contest, when a record of 3S7s inches was made. At Prescott on the last Fourth of July the drilling contest resulted in a depth of 27"s inches. The participants in the contest of yes terday probably represent the fastest and most powerful drillers In Arizona. The miners worked hard to win, and there was a great deal of Interest in the contest. The crowd was held for over two hours, and there were more people at the close than when it began. EVENING PROGRAMME. Indian War Dances the Leading Feature. Last efening's programme at the Lightburne plaza consisted of the pre sentation of some of the events in the carnival programme that in their nov elty were of exceptional interest to visitors in the city and particularly those who are here from the east and north. These features were, of course, the Indian war dances, and while there is little about them to inspire a civil ized person, they afforded considerabU entertainment and satisfied the curios ity that has led others over miles of plain and mountain, the endurance of hardship and the braving of dangers known only to the frontiersman. The early part of the evening like the preceding night was devoted to musical concerts by the various bands, the center of attraction being the city hall plaza, where the Albuquerque band rendered a most delightful programme. Mariner's band held the grand stand at the plaza and the Indian school or chestra was stationed at the platform which had been placed in the center of the parade ground for the actors of the evening. Additional electric lights had been provided and the view from the re served seats was unobstructed. The programme opened with a short performance by Adams and Carter's colored minstrels. It was followed by three couples of the same company in a grand cake walk. One couple was arrayed in plantation costume, another in up-to-c!ae "warm coon" attire, and (.Continued on Seventh Page.) A LOST VESSKL. Manila, Dec. 5. The British steam ship Huepah, Captain Quail from Hong Kong, has foundered in latitude 14 north, longtitude 110 east. The crew, with the exception of the Chinese members, was saved. VICTIMS OF THE MAINE. Washington, Dec. a. Contracts have been executed for exhuming the re mains of the dead of the battleship Maine, buried at Havana. The remains will be reinterred in national cemetery here. A DAILY DAMAGE. Pretoria, Dec. 1. The Standard and Diggers' News says that Wednesday a Cecil Rhodes dispatch intercepted near Kimberley, said the DeBeers mines were filling with water and that Mr. Rhodes estimated the damage at $30,000 per day. o AN $S0OO HAUL. Pontiac, 111., Dec. 5. The bank V was Cornell, 111., eight miles from here v.- robbed of $S000 in currency last night. A HARBOR CASUALTY. Steamers Collide at Quarantine Near j New York. iew iorK, uec. o. At quarantine me Red Star line steamer Friesland, from Antwerp, fouled with the British steamer Lassell, one of the Santos cof fee steamers held in quarantine. The Friesland carried away her bowsprit and suifered other damage. The Las sell had a good sized hole made in her portside through which the water poured and she was beached. o EAYWARD DEAD The End of the New Senator From Nebraska. Nebraska City, Dec. 5. Senator Hay ward died this morning after a pro tracted illness, the result of apoplexy and paralysis. Senator Hayward was elected last winter to succeed W. V. Allen. He has been for many years prominent in Nebraska politics and at riiie time oecu Med a seat on the su preme bench of that state. He ran for governor a year ago and was defeated by Gov. Poynter. It is believed that the governor will appoint ex-Senator Allen to fill the vacancy caused by Senator Hayward's death. o NOTHING GETS OUT British Censorship of the Strongest Character. London, Dec. 5. A Modder river special dated Thursday, November 30, says: "The Boers occupy a strong ridge about six miles north of this point. Today the lancers came in con tact with them. The censorship continues to be of the strictest character. Virtually no news is allowed to pass except a diary of events within the beleaguered garrison and positions. A WORKING CABLE. London, Dec. 5. Although the repair ing of the cable between Aden and Zan zibar has restored the route via Aden to South Africa and thereby relieved quite a budget of belated dispatches , ... . . . there is nothing on hand throw.ng light on Gen. Buller's preparations f r the relief of Ladysmith or the mo- e.nents of other British columns. A special dispatch from Durban says the Boers lost 1800 men at the battle of Glencoe, Scurvy and dysentery are rampant among the burghers beleaguering Ladysmith. WILL SURRENDER ButAguinaldo Makes a Choice of the Man to Take Him. New York, Dec. 5. A special cable gram from Hong Kong says the Filipi nos there announce that Aguinaldo is ready to surrender if Consul Williams will receive him at Manila. The dis patch adds that the Filipino junta at Hong Kong was in communication with Aguinaldo last week and advised him then to throw himself on the mercy of the United States. STILL AT WAR. Manila, Dec. 6 11 a. m. Last night a force of insurgents estimated at S00, attacked the American garrison of 2-''0 at Vigan, province of South Ilocos. American loss was eight killed and many wounded. LITTLE RESISTANCE. Manila, Dec. 5. Gen. Hughes now occupies Santa Barbara and Cabutuan and the Island of Panay, the lines ex tending 35 miles from Hoilo. He has occupied twenty towns. The inhabi tants are returning with white flags, their fear of the Americans diminish ing as they learn that they will be well treated. It is impossible to get the insurgents to fight. They are retreat ing to the mountains and no more or ganized resistance Is expected. WAR TAX INCOME Annual Increase in Re venue Amounts. RECEIPT 5273,484,573 Eeport of Internal Eevenue Commis sioner Places Costs of Collections at 1.63 Per Cent Recommends Taxing Undivided Profits as Sur plusCommercial Brokers Should Be Eslieved. Washington, Dec. 5. Commissioner George W. Wilson of the internal rev enue, in his report to the secretary of the treasury of the operations of his ' office for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1S99, shows that the receipts from all sources aggregated $273,484,573, an increase over the preceding year of $102,617,000, and an increase of $3,431. 573 over the estimate of the commis sioner made one year ago. The total amount expended in the collection of revenues during' the last j fiscal year was $4,591,754, or 1.68 per cent ui me collections. This percentage of cost is the smallest that has ever been reached in the history of the bu reau. For the fiscal year 189S the -ost was 2.29 per cent of the collections. The estimated expenses for the next fiscal year are $4,877,340, a slight In crease over the last year. In addition to the statement of the receipts for the last fiscal year, figures are presented showing that the re ceipts for the first four months of the current year amounted to $103,103,485, an increase over the receipts for the corresponding period last year of $9,378,307. While it may be possible, the commissioner says, that this large re tio of increase will be maintained dur ing the current year, he is of the opin ion that it would not be wise to an ticipate such a result. All things' con sidered, the commissioner estimates; that the receipts from all sources for the present year will approx'mate $285,000,000, which is about $11,500,030 in excess of the recsipts for the year i closed June 30, 1899. j The commissioner recommends , amendments to the existing laws as follows: I Amenc1. the third paragraph of Schd- ule A, relative to bank checks, by add ing after the words "order for the pay ment of any sum of money" the words "or receipt given for withdrawing de posits from banks other than savings banks." Amend section 20, In the first pro viso of the war revenue act, by adding after the words "that no stamp tax shall be imposed upon any uncom pounded medicinal drug or chemical" the words "except such as are sold un der a claim of patent, trademark or proprietorship." Amend section 13 by adding to the first proviso, after the words "bonds, debentures, or certificates of stock or of Indebtedness," the words "or any instrument, document, or paper of any kind or description whatsoever men- j tioned in Schedule A of this act." ' Amend section 28, act of June 13. 1898, ' reIatK;e slP t Plor car i and sleeping car tickets, by provld- , illg. a penalty for railure to afflx stamns. The commissioner recommends amendments to the war revenue act, providing that estates in this country of persons residing abroad at the time of their death shall be taxed the same , as the estates of persons residing In this country. Several other amend ments to the law regarding the tax or legacies are suggested. It is further recommended that the law be amended so as to .provide that "undivided profits shall be considered as surplus in estimating the tax due from banks, the amount to be esti mated by taking the average for the preceding year, provided that the word 'capital' shall not be understood to mean money borrowed or received from time to time as deposits in the usual course of business from any person not a partner of nor interested in the bank, association or firm." The commissioner says that he sees no special reason for singling out com mercial brokers and requiring a special tax from them, especially as the tax falls in the main on a poorer class of people. He recommends, therefore, that the tax on commercial brokers be repealed or that other classes of business, such as commission mer chants and real estate agents, be also required to pay special tax. It is further recommended that the law be amended so that all special tax stamps may be transferable from one special taxpayer to another to enable the successor in business to carry on business at the same place for the rest of the year under special tax stamp issued. The commissioner calls attention to the inadequacy of the salaries of col lectors of internal revenue, and fa vors an amendment to existing law so as to allow revenue agents $3 a day in lieu of subsistence. He also favors a law authorizing the redemption of ad hesive stamps when presented In amounts of not less than $2 face value. ' Special attention is called to the need I for an additional deputy commissioner. i and it is recommended that one be au-' j thorized at a salary of $4,000 a year.