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REPUBLICAN. Tboa li AJvord Jr Oj Hops Ait leit Library of Congr. TENTH YEAS. PHCENIX, AKIZO-tfA, FRIDAY MOBNIN6, DECEMBER 8, 1899. VOL. X. .NO. 04. THE ZONA PLEA FOR A PLACE Arizona's Petition for Statehood Put in. MORE LEGISLATIVE PAY A Senate Resolution Limiting the Period of Presidential Service. Democrats Want Time to Think About th3 Financial Bill Nkara guan Canal Appropriation Meas ure Re-introduced. Washington, Dec. ". (Special.) The president pro tempore of the senate presented petitions from the legislature of Arizona asking for statehood, one for Increasing the pay per diem of leg islators from 4 to $S, and one for an appropriation to be made for contin uing irrigation work on the Gila river. THE SENATE SESSION. Washington, Dec. 7. The routine proceedings of the senate today were enlivened by a. colloquy between Mr. Chandler of New Hampshire and Mr. Hale of Maine over a bill introduced by the former to rromote athletic sports at the military academy at West Point and the naval academy at An napolis. Both senators became face tious and at times sarcastic over the growth of athletics at American col leges, and Mr. Chandler advanced the proposition that the cultivation of such spores as foot ball and similar sports at the government academy ought to be given the sanction of law. The senate will hold no further sessions until Monday. Mr. Harris introduced In the senate a Joint resolution providing for the lim itation of the time for which a presi dent shall be, elected to one term of six years and making the terms of mem bers of the house four years. Senator Jones, chairman of the dem ocratic caucus of the senate, an nounced the membership of the caucus committee to make the committee as signments for the democratic side of the senate as follows: Senators Jones, Cockrell, Martin, Bacon, Kawlins, Tur ley and Money. Mr. Chandler of New Hampshire offered resolutions instructing the committee on privileges and elections to investigate the right of William A. Clark of Montana and Nathan B. Scott of West Virginia to seats in the sen ate and to take testimony. The reso lutions were referred to the commutes on contingent expenses. GREAT BRITAIN'S DESIGNS. Washington, Dec. 7. The state de partment has no information that will enlighten, the senate as to the reported attempt of Great Britain to acquire Gallapagos islands, as set out in the resolutions introduced yesterday by Senator Lodge of Massachusetts. THE HOUSE. Washington, Dec. 7. The session of the house lasted only half an hour to day. Mr. Overstreet of Indiana, in charge of the finance bill, attempted to reach an agreement for its considera tion next week, but Mr. Richardson, on behalf of the minority, rejected all pro posals on the ground that a bill so im portant as this should go through the regular channels. The speaker there upon appointed a committee on rules which is to include himself, Mr. Dalzell of Pennsylvania, Mr. Grosvenor of Ohio, Mr. Richardson of Tennessee, and Mr. Bailey of Texas. They will hold a meeting tomorrow and decide upon- a rule for the limit of debate, which undoubtedly will con sume the whole of next week. Mr. Roberts, the Mormon representa tive, despite the adoption of the Taylor resolution which in terms deprives him of his seat during the pendency of his case in committee, was in the hall throughout the session and occupied the seat he selected on Monday. Representative Hepburn of Iowa in troduced his bill of the last congress to appropriate $140,000,000 for the con struction of the Nicaragua canal. ROBERTS' INVESTIGATION. Washington, Dec. 7. The special committee of the house appointed to investigate the charges asair.st Mr. Roberts, the Mormon ropressntative from Utah, held its first meeting today behind closed doors. The question as to whether the com mittee would go to Utah to take tes timony In the Roberts case was not de cided today. The house adjourned at 12:55 as a mark of respect to the late Representa tive Green of Nebraska. ILLNESS OF DR. M'GLYNN. Newburg. N. Y., Dec. 7. Dr. Ed ward McGlynn, of St. Mary's church, who has been ill for several days, i3 much better today. On Tuesday, Wed- nesday and Thursday Mr. McGlynn's condition was somewhat serious. On Friday he began to get tetter and since then he has steadily improved. His physician says that all danger is now passed. JAMES GILLESPIE TO LEAVE. Stock Yards Western Union Manager Coining to Arizona. Kansas City, Dec. 7. James Gilles pie, for many years manager of the stock yards office of the western union , Telegraph company, has. resigned his position and will leave this morning for Prescott, Ariz., to take a position as general manager of a big mining corporation. Mr. Gillespie has made many friends at the stock yards and was offered a much better position with the telegraph company in Chicago, but he preferred the place in Arizona. TO ANNEX CUBA IN THE END The Ultimate Intention of the Ad ministration. Washington, Dec. 7. President Mc Kinley has two distinct policies in re gard to Cuba. One, intended for the people of Cuba, is the policy of grant ing autonomy and independence to the people of the island. The other is not intended for general circulation. This is the policy of annexation, eventually, the absolute ownership of the island, its resources and control of government a3 a territorial annex to the United States. The president personally fa vors the continuance of the quasi-military government under the auspices of the United States until such time as It may be deemed expedient to submit the question to the Cuban people. By the expressed wish of the president. General John R. Brooke, the military governor general of the island, and the four commanders of the military de partments of the island have made re ports giving their reasons for favoring one or the other form of government. With only one exception the military commanders have reported that in their Judgment the people of Cuba are not and will not be for many years capable of governing themselves. Their sentiment is for annexation. The exception is General Fitzhugil Lee, military commander of PInar del Rio and Havana provinces. Some lead ing Cubans in Havana and Mantanzas hold to the belief that General Lud low, who commands the department of Havana city, is favorable to in dependence. The view entertained in Washington by the president and his advisers, and based upon verbal re ports from General Ludlow, is di rectly opposite for annexation. The policy of "benevolent assimila tion" which he is to apply to the peo ple of the island as a means of pacifica tion and education dees not contem plate the appointment to office of agi tators who are leaders in the Cuban army. The plain people will be weaned from the influence of their old leaders. It is settled, generally, that the force of United States troops will be materially reduced within the next two or three months. General Wood's plan, as it is understood by the presi dent and the members of his cabinet, favors the withdrawal of all the troops in the island, with the exception of one squadron of cavalry in each province and augmentation of this force with a squadron of native cavalry. Senor Quesada, the Cuban repre sentative at this capital, was at the White House today. He complimented the president oh the wiss report of Secretary Root. "The report will have good influence in Cuba," he said. "The declaration in the report that the Cubans will be left to settle their own future was es pecially pleasing," he said. AH of which would seem to show that Senor Quesada, in the pure and undefiled ver nacular of the west, ' doesn't know much." MR. ROBERTS' APPEAL He Reviews the Late Proceedings in the House. Washington, Dec. 7. Brigham H. Roberts of Utah, who was not allowed to be sworn in as representative in congress of that state, has- issued an address to the American people. It contains much that was said by Mr. Roberts on the floor of the house and by Mr. Richardson, who opposed the resolution of Mr. Taylor of Ohio. Mr. Roberts severely criticizes the mode of the procedure in his case as being unjust and says: "The member fiom Utah is not allowed to take the oath of office and a committee is ap pointed to try him as to iis alleged guilt of offenses charged. Nay, even more is granted than was asked, at least mare than was asked upon the floor of this house, for a hostile com mittee has been appointed to inquire Intn tho. T. mmv,.rhir o mart up entirely of those who voted to j adopt the method of procedure. Not one who voted against it was j allowed to find a place upon that com mittee and if the creation of such a tribunal for such purpose be allowed there is no reason why the committee should not be made up of members of one political faith, for the majority may do as it pleases about that. I ask the American people to stop and think what that may mean to this country in times of high political excitement and party strife and passion." NEW BALANCE OF POWER The Part Being Played by Japan in Chinese Affairs. Shanghai. China, Dec. 7. There is a radical change in the balance of power at Peking. It was the expectation in the east that Russia would seize the opportunity afforded by the British Boer war to bring the unusual pressure to bear on the effete Peking regime. This was attempted, but thus far it has utterly failed, so a third party has ap peared on the scene. Japan is undoubtedly in the confi dence of the empress dowager and Ja pan is utilizing the opportunity. Dur ing the past week there has been a gathering of Japanese statesmen at Feking. Baron Nishi has been appoint ed n.ir.Ister from Japan. M. Yano has rsisseu s minister to Peking and at the direct request of the empress dow ager has been appointed "foreign ad viser" to the Chinese government. Prince Koyet of Japan, a man of mark is also in China being feasted and toasted by the leading viceroys. AGILE AGUINALDO The Filipino Affair is Not Yet Quite t Over. Manila, Dec. 7. The expectation of catching Aguinaldo in the north has been practically abandoned and the probability is now that he will turn southward, if he is not already there, with his destination, Cavite province, his home, where the insurrection began and where It still has its greatest strength. There are 3,000 insurgents before Imus and Bacoor. keeping the Ameri cans sleeping on their arms and nightly awaiting attacks. GENERAL YOUNG'S REPORT. Manila, Dec. 7. General Young re ports his arrival at Vigan on the even ing of the 5th, having encountered a force of the enemy at Narbacan, twelve miles south of the city, whom he drove to the eastward of the same into San Quentin canyon. His troops are now pressing them back. The country is extremely rough and is strongly en trenched. About six hundred prison ers who escaped reported that the in surgents allowed all but the Arnerican and prominent Spanish prisoners to es cape. STIRRING NEWS Early Important Happenings in South Africa. London, Dec. 7. General Buller's ar rival at Frere is held to indicate that all preparations for an advance to the relief of Ladysmith are complete and that stirring news will scon be re ceived. The fact that Lord Methuen is an nounced as resuming his command at almost the same moment is interpreted In some quarters to mean that battles will be fougjit simultaneously in Natal and at Spytfonteln. It appears doubt ful, however, whether General Me thuen's force is yet ready for what will evidently be a heavy encounter. QUIET AT KIMBERLEY. Kimberley, Dec. 4, via Modder river. Everything has been quiet here dur ing the last three days. The theater and the convent have been fitted up aS hospitals. A number of our cattle have been captured by the enemy. , A SORTIE AT KIMBERLEY. Pretoria, Dec. 7. Official dispatches received from different sources say all is quiet except at Kimberley, where an armored train made a sortie this morning. The Orange Free State has proclaimed the annexation of Dord reicht about fifty miles north of Queenstown, in Cape Colony. RUMORS OF BoSR DEFEAT. London, Dec. 7. The war office has received the following message from General Forestier-Walker, the British commander at Cape Town: "General Methuen wires, today that he has re sumed command and is nightly in com munication with Kimberley. The health of the troops is excellent." The story is current at Durban that the Boers made a final effort to capture Ladysmith December 4 and were de feated and retreated. GAVE HIM A RIDE. London, Dec. 7. A news agency dis patch from Cape Town says that a native runner, who was trying to communicate with Mafeking, was cap- lureu near ryourg oy me isoers, wno tied him to a wheel ot a ' agon, which was tnen uriven along tne roaa, tne victim turning with the wheel. A FLAMING BAY Consecrated to the Phoe nix Fire Department, IT WAS FILLED FULL Exciting Hose Races and Te3ts -Speed Contests at the Race Track. Musical Carnival and Attack on Sutter's Cabin One of the Most Enjoyable Days of the Phoenix Indian and Cowboy Carnival. TODAY'S PROGRAMME i Morning events at Lightburne plaza. 9:30 to 10. Trained dog show. 10:15. Archery contest between two Apaches, two Pimas and two t Maricopas. p Realistic fight between Apaches and Pimas, in which bows and arrows will be used. back. Music by colored minstrels, wild Indian band. Phoenix Indian school band. All afternoon events at the race track. Music by MarineVs juvenile band. 4 Steer tying contest: purse, $130; i entrance, $3; prizes, $73, $30. $25. Uronco riding; purse , $S3; prizes. $."0, '5, $10. K Pursuit and holding up of over T. land stage by Indians and des K peradoes. ? Evening (Carnival night). All V bands and minstrels, illuminated 0 parade, red fire, rockets, etc. Grand ball at the O'Neill hall. p Everybody have a good time. Yesterday was fireman's day, one of the most interesting of the carnival. What with the races on the street in the morning, thi. speed contests at the race track in the afternoon, the musical carnival and realistic attack on the settler's cabin at night, to say noth ing of the cake walk and the reap pearance of the Elkian minstrels, no other day has been so filled in with interesting events. The firemen gave a banquet at the engine house in the afternoon. It last ed all day and may be going on yet if anybody would take the trouble to go and see about it. It was a most de lightful affair, as all firemen banquets are. It was attended by many strangers, among whom was a repre sentative of the New York Journal, who had been taking pictures of the races and fire apparatus to illustrate an article for his paper, in which he was going to say that there was a misap prehension in the east about the west. He had just learned that among these Cactus Eaters and Rattlesnake Ikes there were firemen who would shed lus tre on a twenty-story conflagration. Editor Thomas Schultz of the Pres cott Prospect, a charter member of the Phoenix fire department, addressed the banqueters, describing the condition of the department when it was in its swaddling clothes long before it got its new suits. Among the other distinguished ora tors was a Republican reporter, who tongue tied from his youth, suddenly found expression and inflamed the au dience with burning eloquence until somebody turned in a fire alarm. James H. Kinney, a member of the department of long standing, and a soloist of municipal reputation, sang twenty-seven of his best selections. The twenty-eighth was drowned in riotous applause. This banquet was not on the carnival programme, but was a carnival of itself and was able to stand alone. E. Cobb had control of it and was abetted by the rest of the department. The Apache Indians who have been herding close since their arrival last Sunday, went out yesterday for the first time to take in the town and were followed by vast crowds of eastern tourists. Their costume is distin guished by the unconventional and even reckless manner in which they wear their shirts. Yet nobody seemed to take offense at it. If a regular citi zen and taxpayer were to go around that way he would be quickly brought into conflict with the police and his friends would have to bail him out. FAST .WORK WAS SEEN. The Fire Department Entertained the Carnival Visitors. Yesterday was firemen's day, and the crowd appreciatingly designated it the hottest exhibition of the week. At 10:30 o'clock the first demonstration oc curred. A structure placed on the Lightburne plaza was ignited and an alarm turned in. The department re sponded promptly and made the run in one minute arl fifty seconds from the time the alarm was sounded. The dis tance was three blocks from the station house. The hose wagon, driven by John Rock, was first to reach the scene of the conflagration. The handsome team of grays showed that they were thoroughly trained by Mr. Rock, and the time was a record brpakr. .Toff Duncan drove the engine team, and Reggie Price the hook and ladde:- truck. ' There were eight or ten thousand people seated in the amphitheater of j 1 the plaza where the conflagration oc curred, and hundreds of horsemen and bicyclists rode with the department from the station to the fire. After the fire was extinguished the crowds gath ered on Washington street to witness the further exhibitions giveH by the department. Some difficulty was ex perienced in handling the crowds by the officers. There was considerable excitement and the people were bound to see every movement made. The offi cers were finally compelled to stretch ropes to keep the crowds back. At 10 o'clock in the morning the streets were cleared for another gal loping parade by the cowboys and they entered heartily into the sport. They were given permission to do the thing up right and as the world has learned to know the cowboy as well by his aix shooter as his big sombrero and spurs the visitors were not surprised when the long line of broncho busters charged like rough riders firing right and left. It was a typical illus tration of sports on the range and was greatly enjoyed. The next event was an exhibition ladder climbing performance. The lad ders were run up on the Heyman build ing and some good work was done by the members of the hook and ladder company. This was followed by a water test between the Pioneer hose cart and horses and a team from the department under Captain William Evans. The run was made by each for 300 feet. 150 feet of hose laid and water turned on. The horses made the distance first and the water was turned on in thirty seconds from the time the signal for the start was given. The hose team, which was composed of picked run ners of the fire department, made a record of thirty-two seconds. It was a fine exhibition and the firemen added to their laurels for fast work. The praise of the multitude was given them and it was well worth the long wait to see. Following this the department kept open house all afternoon and evening, serving beer, sandwiches and other ed ibles to all visiting firemen and their friends. Every stranger that entered was introduced and made to deliver a short speech, all of which added to the Jollity of the occasion. FAST RACING AT THE PARK. Running Races, Flag Picking and Other Features Witnessed. The afternoon of the carnival was filled with interest from 1 o'clock till dark. The chief attraction was the racing at the south end park. There was a running race, a relay race, flag picking, and a pony race participated in by Apache Indians. The latter at traction was substituted for th Indian ! relay race through necessity. It had been arranged to give an exhibition of Indian relay riding and the Pima In dians were notified to appear at the park and take part. They were on hand at the time the race was sched uled, but when the chiefs learned that the Apaches were to be their compan ions in the exhibition they withdrew. The Pimas refused to ride with the Apaches for some unknown reason. The Apaches and Pimas never did ride well together; it was always a victory for the Apaches, and the latter riders did not care to take their chances with their old enemy even at this late day. The grand stand was crowded, but the most of the spectators were in car riages, and on the grounds about the amphitheater. The Indian school band and the Albuquerque band were pres ent and each played a number of selec tions. There was no difficulty in hand ling the crowd, for only those mounted or in carriages were allowed Inside the track grounds. A half dozen guards held the excited people from entering the track. The running race had four entries, and a horse from Montana known here as Lookout, was the favor ite in the betting. Odds were offered by the bookies on the imported animal against the field, and there was plenty of money in the crowd ready to take this exceptional chance for winning. The Montana horse was known to pos sess a record for short distance run ning, and the owners thought they h id a snap against the Salt River valley stock that was entered. Lookout looked clumsy alongside the triin horses of Arizona. It was not a favorite with the crowd, notwithstand ing the odds Offered in its favor. A number of attempts were made to start before the signal was given. Some of the horses were tired out before the race began, and Lookout must have been one of the unfortunates, for its record was broken by Al Goodin's "Mary Nance" in the finish. These two horses came down the last quarter neck-and-neck, with Mary Nance gain ing as the wire was reached. The Ari zona runner passed under the wire sev eral feet ahead of the Montana fcorss and the crowd went wild. It was an Interesting finish. The time was thirty seven seconds, and the distance run was three-eighths of a mile. Mary Nance was ridden by Raggs, a colored boy, who weighed in at 11 S pounds. Lookout was ridden by Town send, whose weight was 115 pounds. Franklin rode My Boy, with 118 pounds, p.iid Esther was mounted by Passey at 100. The order in which the horses passed under the wire was as follows: Mary Nance, Lookout, Esther, My Uoy. The owners of the horses are: "Look out," A. C. Emert; "My Boy," C. H Rosenbaum; "Esther," Charles Zeli ner; "Mary Nance," Al Goodin. The judges of the racing were: T. W. Pemberton, E. L. Kastner and Dr. G. A Scroggs. Those who entered the relay race were James Gibson, William Goodin and George Ruftner. This was thj most interesting contest of the after noon. The distance was two miles, with relay every half mile. Thi horses were stripped of their saddles a:il lu-id ready for the riders t hen they reached the points of relay. The riler was compelled to saddle his hor3e and con tinue the race with all the skill he possessed. It was an exhr'i'.:o! of saddling seldom seen. At the start (Continued on Third Page.) BURNING HOSIERY. Reading. Pa., Dec. 7. The hosiery mill of the Nellie & Horst company was destroyed by fire today. One em ploye was killed and fifty-seven more or less injured. GOMPERS SERIOUSLY ILL. Washington, Dec. 7. Samuel Comp ere, president of the American federa tion of labor, is seriously ill. COTTON MILLS WAGES. Manchester, N. H., Dec. 7. Cotton mills will grant an Increase of ten per cent In wages on December 10th. Lewiston, Me., Dec. 7. The mills of this state will grant the general in crease in wages now being arranged in the cotton manufacturing towns of New England. Notices of ten per cent advance are being posted. ! o MR. QUAY'S APPOINTMENT Question of Seating Him Occupying the Attention of Senators. Washington, Dec. 7. The question of Mr. Quay's appointment by the gov ernor of Pennsylvania to a seat in the United States senate in the absence of action by the legislature of Pennsyl vania Is occupying a great deal of at tention among senators. While sena- ! torial action on this class of questions is in favor of not seating a governor's appointees to the senate, yet the case is regarded as an open one, and the records of senators on former cases is not generally regarded as necessarily an indication of how they will vote on the question of Mr. Quay's admission. Every case of this class differs in some detail from every other case, and as the vote is on the general qualification of the senator to his scat, senators feel free to exercise their judgment in view of all the circumstances in the case. There is no disguising the fact that there is a very general feeling that Mr. Quay is likely to receive far more fa vorable consideration because of his long connection with the senate and because there are political reasons that will Induce republicans to vote for him if they can find any reasonable excuse for doing so. -There were features of the Corbett case which make it fail as a criterion on which to base a prediction of the vote on Mr. Quay's case. In that casi the vote was 19 to 50 against seating Mr. Corbett. The vote was as follows: Against seating Mr. Corbett Yeas: Allen, Bacon, Bate, Berry, Burrows, Butler, Caffery. Carter, Chilton, Clay, Cockrell, Cullom, Davis, Deboe, Faulk ner, Gallinger, German, Gray, Hall, Heitfeld Jones of Arkansas, Jones of Nevada, Kenney, Lindsay, McBride, McMillan, Mallory, Martin. Mills, Mitchell, Money, Nelson, Pasco. Pen rose, Pettigrew, Pettus, Piatt of Con necticut, Rawlins, Roach, Shoup, Stew art, Teller, Thurston, Tillman, Turely, Turpie, Vest, Warren, Wellington. In favor of seating Mr. Corbett: Al- drich. Allison, Baker, Fairbanks, For aker, Frye, Hanna, Hansbrough, Haw- ley, Hoar, Lodge, Mantle, Mason, Mor rill, Perkins, Sewell, Turner, Wetmore, Wilson. If Mr. Quay is seated, the case will doubtless be accepted as a precedent for seating gubernatorial appointees, although the senate might refuse ad mission to some one else because of some difference In the case. California and Utah, with republican governors, and Delaware with a democratic gov ernor, lack representation of one sena tor in the United States senate be cause of the failure of the legislature to elect, and in case Mr. Quay is seat ed the governors of these states will undoubtedly make appointments, pro vided action is taken before the legis lature of those states meet again. o LOOKS LIKE TAYLOR Kentucky Election Contest to Be Settled Tomorrow. Frankfort, Ky., Dec. 7. The decision of the state board of election commis sioners covering the gubernatorial con test will be handed down on Saturday morning. There is a strong probability that a certificate of election will be given to Taylor, the republican candidate for governor. o IN CHARGE OF PRESS GALLERIES. Washington, Dec. 7. At the biennial meeting of Washington correspondents and newspaper men, held today in the Washington offices of the New York World, the following named gentlemen were elected as the standing commit tee of correspondents for the Fifty sixth congress: Mr. W. B. Stevens of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Mr. J. A. Mathews of the Chicago News, Mr. R. J. Wynne of the New York Press, Mr. E. G. Dunnell of the New York Times, Mr. "E. E. Paine of the Asso ciated Press. The election was by ballot and was participated in by those entitled to the privileges of the press galleries of the capitol. Mr. William E. Curtis of the Chicago Record presided at the meeting, and Mr. E. E. Paine acted as secretary. A MILLION A DAY Importations of Tropical Products, CHANGED CONDITIONS Instead of Having cto Buy These Things From Foreign Countries They Are Now Obtained Within the Broadened Boundaries of the United States The Future Possi bilities. Washington, Dec. 7. (Special.) The commercial possibilities which await the tropical island territories which have come into closer relation ship with the United States during the past year, in supplying a perma nent and growing market in this coun try, are suggested by a compilation just made by the treasury bureau of statistics of the importation of tropical and subtropical products into the United States during ten months of the present year compared with that of the corresponding months of the preceding year. They amount to the surprisingly large sum of $230,000,000 during the 300 days in question, or an average of over a $1,000,000 for each business day of the year, showing that for the full year the total will reach more than $300,000,000. This compil ation, it is proper to add, includes raw silk, tea and rice, and the small pro portion of our sugar importations which is manufactured from beets; but even if these be omitted, the total which would be clearly entitled to be classed as tropical products would ex ceed $250,000,000 annually. Sugar, cof- ' fee, India rubber, fibers, tropical fruits and nuts, cocoa, tobacco of the finer grades, spices, gums, indigo, dye woods and cabinet woods form the Important features of this large im portation, and all of them articles for which the United Sta-.es is absolutely dependent, with the possible exception of sugar, upon other parts of the world and for the present, at least, for the large proportion of our sugar. Curiously all of these articles can be produced and are now produced to a greater or less extent In the islands in question. Sugar, as 1 everybody knows, is produced in large quantlti?s in Cuba, Porto Rico. Hawaii and the Philippines. Of our sugar importa tions in the ten months just ended, Cuba has furnished 683,000,000 pounds. Other West Indies 514,000,000 pounds, the Hawaiian islands 534,000,000 pounds, the Philippine islands 50,000,000 pounds, while the East Indies have in the pres ent year furnished a larger share of our sugar importations than any other single part of the world, the total num ber of pounds from the East Indies alone being for the ten months end ing with October, 1,078,907,548, out of a total of 3,767,756,981 pounds. Coffee, of which our importations are growing constantly and rapidly, amounting to about 850,000,000 pounds annually as against an average of about 550,000,000 pounds in the earlier years of the de cade, is successfully grown in all of the islands in question, and at one time was a very important crop in Cuba as well as at present in Porto Rico, Hawaii and the Philippines. Fiber, of which the importations in the present year will amount to $20,000,000 In value, can readily be grown in all of the islands, the Philippines already supplying that most important feature of our fiber importations, manlla hemp, which alone in the present , year will amount to about $6,000,000 in "value. While two or three of the larger items of our tropical and 'subtropical im ports, rubber, silk and tea are not produced in any considerable quanti ties In the islands in question at pres ent. Experiments which have been made In those islands, especially In tea and silk, indicate at least that their production is possible and may prove entirely practicable with further experiment. Even without these items, the list of Importations of tropical pro ducts which it is well known can be produced in these islands suggests the possibility that fully $200,000,000 which the United States has been heretofore expending outside her own territory and population for products which her people must have and do not produce can, In no distant future, be distributed in these islands in exchange for their supplies whose production .will doubt less be stimulated by' the Introduction of American capital and American methods. 0 ' - PALACE CAR COMBINE. Merging of the Two Big Companies oa January 1. New York, Dec. 7. The Pullman and Wagner palace car companies will be formally merged into one on January J. Details of the future operations of the company are not yet formulated.