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THE EVENING- TIMES, WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY, APEIL 11, 1900.
Q Dcnin Q2m?tf the anirs co air ant. WALTER ST1LSON HUTCHINS. President. rnm ication orncs, THE HDTCniN'S BUILDING, Oohmk. Tkvtii and D Sts Nokiu'F'zst. Subscription Ilutcs. Bv Matt One Ycar. Morning, rvcnlnjr, and Sunday. ........ St OO Morning nnd tiinda 4' Hv oiling and Sunilaj 4.oo unda only 1ol MovTHi.i in. CvntirEn M niln?, nvoiting, nnd Sundnv...rifty cent-? ?rninirt-nds-iitidtiv Thirty Mo cent Uenlnjaminndaj Ihtrt llvoconts TrTT,pnnxJIMlrorial Hooms 480 Sn Business Omce 1040 CIRCULATION STATEMENT. The circulation -nf 'The Times for the week end ri April 7, 109. wa., as follows Snmhiv. April 1 li.TU Meaduv. April 2 4MlS h. AffrtT8 . 4u,SS tVeaWdav, April 4 -U.tle Thav. AihtI 5 Sn 40779 Friday. Apti! 6 482S2 iwdii. April 7.v. 4.8 Total . .. S6742 Itott average (Sundav, P 781. cxcep'ed) . 41.193 THE TIMLS. in-all its editions Morrlrur. Ft en injr ami Sitnat, will be mciled te one address Ur FIFTV CBNTS per month Addresses changed as often kt tJesired. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11 l&OO Admiral Di'ho'h I'uslllon. It nmj bo- assumed w Kb confidence that there was net a Democrat id the United States wbe did net feel a thrill of delight J sati (jxHhJKicm en roMtsg the ether da the toOraretton of Admiral Deevej, that be met ! is but alwas has been a Deme ovM. Thte MMtoanoemeMt becomes al! th nwc mepcriant hecauee of the ktirt ef JleeroecrftC it suggests and preeuppeees I"w Dewe bails freta Vermont wber Mch lHtHticel faith mean8 and for man monotonous decades has meant, estracim frew office and to an extent, eeeiel dis ttfellttv if not persecution The Vermont Democrat mast sacrifice evarv thought ol lMikical smbitioM For seaeratioas the lfctle Spartan band of Jenereouians in the Green Mountain State annual! bienniall and quadrenniallv have marched to the polls equall wire of ckfeat and of the eternal justice ef their cattse and Its ho dving principle It is a grand thtag this VoriwoHt DetMocracv without fear wita oitt reproach and without hope of Tearrt It te always lojal to the faith to the flat form and to the candidates ef the partv, and it is the Wad ef Democracy professed I! George Dewev. Tbt Admiral has wot been an etire lxaMtidtttt pM-hfs hat seMom 'voted His ItratamfcHi ha tahon him ot of j'itios It te neither convenient hot perhaps ad vtaaiafc that military servants of the na ttma ortd he prominent m Hjhiag the interests of m one oittcal organisation litit tbtit does not prevent a man from being a patriot a; heart no: from unob trnsiiel advocating the policies of the party he believes most likelv to subserve the interests nnd honor of the ronntry Have -we said that lXw ha seidom or ieier voted" Then e are mistaken He cnet a gieat man round and cental bal lots for the Ltiion dnting the civil "war, and the ballot boxes represented h Mou tdk)43 fleet at the bottom of Cavite Kaj Khow how he and hi men filled theaj m ith the Yotee that decided the fate of the Unittd States as a great world powet Aifc In even mbtanee he has taken his life in his hand to Hc Good, honest, pmctienl American politics this We ventnred not long ngo to saj that Aniral Dcwev s eHtmnce into politics xvas a momentons political event. Aa the lV4 go by, it is eH to be more than theA. I'orhnps evoa how Ue tracts and tboir HepnWiean sponsors do not realise the elfect it has produced Passiblv, the do not vet ace that the inlnence of the Dewev Rontiment among the people iJI inahc the Democratic platform and candi lnt06 iniHcible' The dmiral is some thing more than n sailor His -word t Manila shows htm to be a groat dijilo- iiKittfet adminiKtrator and man of e Ifaire He in not under the illusions respecting; Tbe current political situation in both na- I tMmttl imrties that some pers'ms eem to 3hlk him He knows as well as an of .'his admirers critics, or cnennet can that the nomination of William J Br an at ICnnsac CHv is a foregone conclusion, and Jlut as a Democrat it will be his nleasurc . ewell -as his dutv to support liim in the ! ci&Ang oamimlgn Admiral Dewe is a' Vermont Democrat and a Vermont Demo crat never depert his pertv 'Hit' Qm-Ktloii nf Inicrv ciitiuit. The news of the da seems calculated to justif an opinion that unless Lord Rob erts can effect a radical change in the military situation In South Africa, without dela. there will be a mere or les concert ed movement in Europe it. the direction of intervention A fresh British disaster is :idded to the already long list of such Ihlngs aud another is liable to happen if :ud is no qulckl sent to General Bra bant at Weponer The British power at Bloemfontein appears to be paralvzed, and we do not hear am more talk about tho early occupation of Pretoria As The Times ventured to remark the other da, the other grentt powers are not Koing to give England from now until doomsda to subjugate the little South African States and if better progress is aiot made henceforth, than has been dur ing six months past, the will get tired of waiting and act. Kruger's special com missioners to the European governments Iiave arrived In Ital The probabilities are that, they will not be far from Berlin on the occasion or the Austrian Emperor's impending visit to the German Capital They may not bee him or Emperor Wil 3iolm; but It would not be strange if the were allowed to state their business to Counts Goluchowski and von Buelow, the Austrian and German Toreign Ministers These Boer env o s are reported as assert ing that the are empowered lo negotiate for peace on reasonable terms and to ar range lor a truce pending a settlement. It may depend somewhat upon what terms they would consider "reasonable," whether or not they are likel to interest an cabi net In their scheme at present If Inde pendence oi the status quo ante is a sine qua non with them, It is not presumable that any one of the leading states of the Continent would be willing to serve them nt this moment. Great Britain has given notice that no such terms will be granted, nnd Tor a third party to propose them would of course be construed as an affront ICov ertheless, if something is not accom- ; mlished very soon to bring the end of the South African war reasonabl within sight, we are Inclined to think that the great powers will feel It Incumbent upon them to call a halt, on general principles. The question of terms would not then be one Jor the belligerents to settle between themselves, but for a congress to agree Upon and decree. Dr. Lcjds, the Trans- vaal diplomatic agent In Europe, for months has been working ably and cease lessl for intervention; but he has not been nxjre useful to that' end thanl)lun dering British Beneralajhave beeii,Jnnd np- parentlj still are,in the theatre of -war. . .- Cuban Annexation No honest American is or should be un mindful of the pledge of local Independence made to the people of Cuba b the Con gress of the United Slates Itblnds the nation in honor "toleae the island to its inhabitants, as soon as the have demon strated their ability to establish and main tain a stable covernment. "While-this is true, there is nbta doubt that most patri otic Americans have nourished a hope that the Cubans would themselves cee the great advantage which would accrue to them in placing their countrj pennancnt 1 under the flag and sov ere. grit of the Republic, and of becoming American citi zens Ever consideration of wise state craft and destin renders it desirable and perhaps necessar that the'Umted State3 should acquit eCuba.. Phsicall peiking, it belongs to onrgontincnt Its control is highl important to the scientific defence of our eastern coasjj, and of the future Ni caiagua Canal jev bud this there sro weighty rcaoiispbotb. militar and com mercial whv tlieVUBifed States -should ex ercise paramount doinlnloaJncjVutins On the accounts tue growth of an intel ligent aeatiment in Cuba fa5ntble to an nexation, bns bcn-waulied vvitlnjose in terest in this countrv and until verv ra centl the idea Lad been spread ing that, long before the Cubans possibl could prepaie themselves for a native autonomv the vvoald be knocking at our door for admission with eagerness Tnai. under reasonable conditions thev would have done o is practical certain That now tlev will do so is too improbable to talk about The er classes who were anient inneation ists a few weeks ago arc as biAer! anli Araenoan as the Siuiards in the island were in the davs ef Wevler Intead of a militar occupation, shortlv to be followed In aa American Territorial Goerrmenl, formed -at the wish and b the free con sent of the i evident population we ar2 likelv to ee Cuba rei t with levolution againet even or temporarv rule. This lamentable change in the island I situation is the direct and logical conse quence of the perfulv dfsploed toward j Porto Rico bv the McKinlev Administra I tion It is net surprising that the Cubans j Fhouid reject the idea of coming under our donuaatiOH when the realize that their neighbors who have done so arc treated as subjects and not as citizens and are being ground down under an oppression v.orse than that of Spain in contemptuous viola tion of the national promise to them of the President's declaration of our "plain dutv toward them and in Hat defiance of the American Constitution' If v e v ere to acquire Cuba, its thinking people be lieve it would be regarded merel as a Held for exploitation and loot b the trusts and monopolies and the are right sup posing the Republican pari to remain m power If that were possible, Cuba as an American possession would fare wore than Porto Rieo for the trusts fear the former island with its huge sugar and to bacco production far more than thev do the latter If Rockefeller Havemever Hanna and McKinle can keep the Con stitution out of Porto Rico no one nted think that the would let it touch the edge of Cuba Yet the dav mus"t tome "when ciicum fctances will compel .inrexation of tne Pearl of the Antilles It ma be a genera tion or so hence, bat it will happen The ! regrettable thing is that it can hardlv be thought of at present It would liever oc cur lo the people of Cuba to ask for AmoricanijwUon as matters stand, and, considering the iafamous treatment we aie inflicting on Porto Rico it would b a dead! insult lo suggest such a thing to them The District Democrats had a merrv lineal their primaries vcsteidav with the natural result that two contesting delega- lions of six will proceed to Kansas Cit and claim admission to the National Con vention The question seems, to be one between Mr William J Br an and one James L Norns of Washington. D C. The National Convention itself will decide it, and we have no doubt will decide it prop erl The stor comes from Louisville that Talor. if legal dlfliculties of a deterrent nature do not intervene will be sent as delegate to the Republican National Con vention That bod is experted to endorse his course, and it would seem no more than right that )t should Talor ma have been a trifle extreme in his methods, but the should not appear improper to a part which glories in the bull-pen hor rors of Idaho, and cheerfull hails the wholesale starvation of the Porto Ricans as a machine triumph Goebel is d.ad and the Republican part will stnl live at least until November Owing to the open winter the prospect is that there will be an unusual crop of plums this j ear. Some of them will be ripe when the Porto Rican bill passes, and the President appoints a Governor and Executive Council for the island Ratifi cation of The Hague Convention will ripen a few more, as there arc representatives of this country on the permanent board of arbitration to select With the Constitu tion and the Civil Service merit svstem out of the way, a President is not without some means of rewarding his friends these das. Mr. Frye, the Superintendent of the Public Schools in Cuba, is enthusiastic over the idea of having a Fourth of Jul celebration In the island to commemorate American and Cuban independence together. No one seems to propose anything of the kind for Porto Rico, perhaps because the Joke would be too ghastly. The story that the American military attache. Captain Itelchmann. commanded the Boers In the affair at Korn Spruit, is revived in Europe. It can hardl be true, but if it should prove to be so, this coun tr would be placed In an embarrassing position. The matter seems to demand some investigation by the War Depart ment. Suearmnkinfr In Vermont. (Irorn the Burlington, Vt , News ) C U Fitzsimmons, of Underbill, brought fif teen galfoTfe of new maple sugar into town todiv, which reprecnted tjic product nude from 1,X) trees during the last week. He got ninefv fnts a gallon for it. Sir. Fitzsimmons owns one of the larftct sugar bushes in the State Uc avs thai the flow of .sap to far has been light lie further stated that man owner of maple or chard in I nderhill and other parts of the State were cutting them all down fcr lumber, because lumber brought a lol of read ch, and for the reason that man farmers have become discour aged about the raeoges of the forest worm, which is killing the suar maple. Other are tapping but a small per cent of their trees In dications point to a small suppl of maple sweets this jear even if weather conditions jrove favoralle. POLITICAL NOTES AND GOSSIP. Like the Clark Case. The only caso that at all resembles the Clark caso occurred nearl thirty ears ago A man named Alexander Caldwell, of Kansas, now all unknown to fame, resigned, from the Senate under a hot fire. Caldwell entered the Senate March 4, 1S71, and resigned March 24, 1S73 Charges of bil berv were pending against him, and it said that on condition the Committee on Privileges aud Elec tions, which hid been carefully Investiga ting his case for two ears,N w ould not re port against him, he resigned He was succeeded for the unexpired term b former Governor Harvey. The amount of monc alleged to have been used b Cald well is not a matter of record The suppo sition is that whatever was srent for him came from the coffers of the Pacific laLd grant railroads, which were then even more asscitive in Western politics than the are now. A few ears after the Cald well scandal John J Ingalla also had to defend his rignt to a scat in the Senate against charges of irregularis involving the improper use of moiiej b his raiiroact supporters Nothing came of the Ingalts case except the usual amount of none and palaver As to Senator Clark, the im- pression is strong In Washington that he will lesign before the Senate gets a chance to vote on his case, realizirg it Is said tuin to Montana and seek re-election. As Senator Cartel also will be a candidate for re-election at the hands of the next Leg islature at Helena, it is not clear at pres ent how the parties in that State can co reconcile their differences as to send to the Senate a Democrat and a Repub I an Still Senatoi Carter's supporters spiak veiv confldentlv of his re-election, as do also the supporteis of Senator Clark It is supposed that the pontics of Montana have become so inextricabl mixed that in the small matter of the election of United States Serators p-my lines cut no figuie. The Democrats certalnl will carry the electoral vote of the State for Br an On this point there is no difference of opini n, even between Senator Clark aud his im plncable entmv the opulent and icckles Maicus Dal Presumabl then seme kind of ngreemtnt is to be made between Metrs Carter and Cl.uk for control of the legislature vvhereb ach will secure au urimpeachuble certificate of election to the Senate 'I lie Hi si Dresstd senator. Visitors to the Senate duiing the past week have obsrved with conflicting emotions of as tonishment and admiration that the best diessed member of that august tribunal at present is the Hon Trancis Marion Cockrell of Missouri Senator Cockrell has been somewhat careless of his attire here tofore and it is natural therefore that when he blossoms out as the glass of fashion and the mold of form there should be surprise Senators Woleott Hale and Wetmore who have become famed as the best dressers in the Senate are not in the same class with the distinguished Mis sourian at this moment His new sarto rial adornment is not es gaud as that of an of this tno but in cut and texture as viewed from the gallerv it is much more au fait not to snv comme 11 fait also de riguer likewise bang-up Senator Cock lei 1 s Easter suit is of solemn black but it lits him like a glove ave even to the trousers thereof which bv the wav not onlv are of proper length and width but also are carefullv creased Ml that he now needs to be in the height of fash ion is a gav Ascot tie and a collar of the latest design The report is being circu lated and is finding credence that Senator Cockrell even has adopted spats as the crowning glor of his recent conversion to the wavs of the fashionable world If this is true the spats will complete a raiment that is at once swagger and becoming 'I he Hll Humor. Xo credence is given in well-informed circles in this citv to the stor sent out from New York that Senator Hanna has induced the Hon Cor nelius N Bhs to reconsider his declina tion to stand for the Vice Presidential nomination It is known that about three months ao Mi Blie, promised both Mr Hanna aud Mr MeKinle that he woull liermit the use of his name for second place on the ticket but since then Senator Plati has so fastened his hold upon the pait machine in New York as to be the absolute master of the situation there The wil Piatt accepted the Bli- cantridet a first as the easiest wav to e-cape serious trouble o.er the scheme of the S.dminltratlon to force the noma ation of Secretarv Root In the prelimirmiv stages of the game Mr Piatt s great desire was to completelv head oil the Root business Having done this b accepting Blls as a compromise his next task was to so confuse the icsue as to make BUfs an impossibliit From the inception of the game Piatt s sole purpose has been to get rid of Roosevelt by forcing him into the Vice Prcddenc and thus leaving the Peld clear for the nomination of a guberna torial candidate who can be relied upon to carr out the behests of the State machine The Senator is being given credit for work ing out his scheme with consummate skill tor now it is growing evident that unles RooeveH consents to accept the Vice Pres idential nomination he will be completelv she'ved this ear It is regarded as proba ble that Roosevelt can secure re-nomination b the proper use of the new patron age placed at his disposal b the Legislut uie which has just adjourned, but a re nomination over Piatt's protest would quite probabl mean humiliating and luinous defeat at the polls in November Defeat for re-election would comnletel destrov the Rough Rider, and all of his dreams of futuie greatness would go glimmering The probabilities are that Mr Hanna went to New York for the sole purpose of sttuling at close range the conditions there as to Roosevelt and to help along the Piatt gam" rather than to confuse things by dragoon ing Mr. bliss into the race for Vice Presi dent against the earnest wishes of Mr. Bliss famil as well as himself The IJiarj of Moliere'n Troupe. (From the I ondon Chronicle ) mong the re-oied treasures of the Comedie I lurtai-i there i one (ava our l'in corro spordcnD which is looked upon a itft sacred book 'Ie KeRistrc de Lacrange," winch vn left in VI Julci Claretic'e room, i the record of the affairs of the theatre during the lntcrewz. period from 1G-V) to 1CS) bv tharlcA arlet de la Crance, one of the king'-, comednr 1 tlioncli intended nnlr as a biuine 9 collection of programmes, receipts and other detail-, thi au thor virtuallv krpt a diarv of the Molieic troupe, marking the jovous episodes with blue ink, tha deaths with black diamonds and the lnrth with irop The tvle is simple, and the valui oi the MsS is Incalculable It will be added to the miicum of the Theitrc Francai winch is bcin transferred to the Louvre Prcferred the Burl el. (From the vsheville V C J Citizen ) Oscar Carpenter was sentenced f-omc three weck-j apo to work on the streets thirtv dav for va grancv. During the (luce weeks of his incarcera tion hero Jlr. Ilostic has never succeeded in get ting: a stroke of work out of Carpenter, although he hjb tneil ever means suggested bv his ex penence elerdav the gang was taken to Pine s-tiect One end was knocked out -off a barrel, a hole to fit the tired man's neck was made m the other end, and "This Man Won't vVoriT"' was painted on the ide In this loud costume Carprn ter marched with the gang, took bis ttand in the middle of the street while the others wcrked, and simplv grinned V, hen asked this morning whether he would tjke out the barrel or a pick, he decided cpen the barrel, as being easier to cam " Iasll Solved. (From Tit Bits) Master Drernbc the route ou would have to follow to get to the Martinitpie Is'ands Pupil I AM proceed to Southampton "Well, and then!" "Tlien I go on board a steamer, and leave the rest to the captain, who knows the wa much better than I do." ", 7," ..nnrMsXYitPd humiliation nf he " UI,0US 0I people have passeu tnis tumnai crops of southern India might be framed W.t KnoneSon' "'? f? "f1 ranS0On In, Y cotleagues should he make further re- ""V,1,''3,5 ,,,.- P ?CmbCf' a.nd " CCn,tral dml UpPr Ind,a ui.in?o Thw it i. hiin,mi h wi.l ro- eacU thousand noticed it. by earl abundant winter lains The nor- rnn iiitoi nnn" uirct ns ni vniiiir iiuum'ii . .. ..... - . .. , I IN THE HOTEL CORRIDORS. Former Governor James Campbell, of Ohio, is at the Arlington from Hamilton, Ohio. He came east to visit his son who is in the Naval Acadera at Annapolis, and will retuin to the Buckee State within a few das. Judge John McCIure, Republican Na tional Committeeman from Arkansas, is at the Arllrgton from Little Rock. He is noted as one of the most famed criminal lawyers in the South and for several streaks of good fortune which won for him the title of "Diamond Dick." He is taking a rest while at the Capital and will remain North until the Republican National Con vention meets in Philadelphia in June. "The work of tearing down old Willard Hall and the rear of the hotel will destro one of the most curious things in Wash ington," said Chief Clerk Leech at Wil lard's last night. "In the areavva facing r Street, between the hall and the hotel, , and growiug from tue wan 0f the old hall, is a tree The trunk breaks through the wall about flftccn feet above the ground , aml the fonage reaches the roof. I have ,,eard It reiated DJ old Cmploes that the tree Blnipl out of a crack in the ma sono aud flour,BnBI, Jear after year. i I wou(, Ke tQ ,me ,)een ab,e to prCbene r L De Pin n m.-inufnntiirer from Clnttancoga. Tenn . is at Wiliard's on a1 November and December, which are term visit to tho Capital ' The reasonable price C(1 te northeast monsoons, but in reaiit of cotton has been responsible in a meas- attend the withdrawal of the monsoon eur ure for the general prosperit throughout ' ren- froni the Ba of Bengal, failed to a tin. South ." Iip Rnl.l Inst nisrht "The South I "-cy ,arRo extent. Elsewhere throughout is cnlovlmr the first real industrial boom ' in several decades nnd all who desire em- pIomeut can get It at rail wages vian.v . '"b". ,,"""- --.i "--' ''.. c cotton mills and industrial plants are be- traordinarily rainless in so mucii that lug erected and there is general attivity in ever line The South is all right and will give New Eugland a hard run for first place " John II Leeds is at the Arlington from New Haven, Conn He is noted as an ex pert on matters relating to the east aud his traveled for cars in the Orient O E Jones, J F Wilson. W S Cameron. C E Weeks and J G Aldrich, a delega tion of citizens from Jamestown, N Y , are at the Ebbitt to appeal before a Con gressional committee in tho hope of ob taining an appropriation for a public build ing in that cit Senator Wellington of Mar land has taken quarters at the Ebbitt for the bal ance of the session and will remain there with his wife and daughter Prof Telix dler. the noted lecturer and writer on social tcience is at the Arling ton from New York. He is here to see some friends and will remain until Satur da Charles de Cordova, the New York bank er is at the Arlington from Manhattan on a social visit He is accompanied b his wife and ou J R Erriuger an official of the Penn sylvania Railroad, is at the Normandie from Philadelphia on business connected w ith his companv The trout season has opened and 311 good disciple of Izank Walton are hunt ing ,;ood streams " said Col A M Lennon of Philadelphia, at Chamberlin s last night ' I thinl the best trout streams in thi part of the countr are thcce in Pike count Pa There are hundreds of these little waterwas and each is Just brimming with fish as fine as an thing ou ever paw The scener is magnificent too and I have met more than one of vour Washington officials up there ' MINING IN SLUEItlA. 'I he Vniertcnii CoiimiiI General t on- trnilletH a Ileport. United States Consul General Hollowa at St Petersburg writes the State De partment as follows ' This consulate is in receipt of a num ber of letters bv each American mail from all parts of the United States enclosing uevvspaper articles which siv that a Rus sian engineer has recentlv made a report to his Government, stating that the same gold belt which has proved so rich at Cape Nome Alaska extends across the Behring Sea into Siberia and that there are enor mousi rich quartz lodes m gold mines all over Russia which are eas to work at a I great profit arc owned by the Govern mtijt, and will be sold to the highest bid der It is also stated that the Emperor has issued an ukase permitting Americans to prospect for gold on the west coast of Siberia and that preference is given to mcncan miners and capital to explore the mineral wealth ' These letters enquire as to the truth of these statements for copies of Russmn mining laws and permits to prospect for ; gold in Russia as numerous parties are organizing to take immediate advantage of this opportunit ' I called on N A Denis'off. the diractor of the mining department vesterdav stat ed the ubctance of the articles, and ne re plied that although the Government was taking steps to ascertain tho conditions on the west coast of Siberia the Emperor tad not issued an ukase on that subject, nor was it probable that he would do so .He aid that petitions might be made to the Emperor for permission to prospect for minerals in an part of Russia, which slmiil.l be accompanied bv recommenda- tions as to the character of the applica- cant his experience as a mining engineer capital to b" emploed, etc, and it would pie here do not believe permits could be t obtained to prospect for gold on the west4 coast of Siberia until after the Russian j Government has full investigated its con- I ditions Were it read to consider such !... !., !, n,nh,wii.i ,.- n,.,. , ' woulel require from two to three cars be fore the same would be finally decided Russian officials place no value on time. and it requires from two to twelve weeks to receive an answer to an official commu nication from the various departments, ac cording to the work involved in the reply 'The value of Russian gold mines has been greatly exaggerated Several expe nenced American mining engineers, v ho are admitted to be the best In the world, have visited Siberia in the interests of English as well as American capitalists during the past three ears and made ex tensive examinations of the conditions, and I have not heard of a single company being organized as a result of their reports The mining is almost all placer, there be ing but two small quartz mines in the Ural "Mountains which are owned by French capitalists and are said to be losing raonej. "There, is very little foreign capital In Siberia No advantages are offered to or discriminations made in favor of Americans engaging in any kind of business in Rus sia " Exhibition Cab Pares. (I rom the London Chronicle ) The Pans cabmen are gctmg omewhat alarmed ibout their prospects during the Exposition pe nod, and have appealed to the Minister who control these matters to allow them to rai e their fares lsitors to the Pans Lxpositm of IbSa will be surprised jhat such permission should be thought rccessary, as normal fares were then pricticalh unknown, and cabmen would demand four or five francs in place of the uual one franc fiftv centimes without a blush Whether it is good policv tlui fpalsc the fares is an other qurstion Fortunaelj there are tramear3 and ommhut3 in Paris, notlto mention the pros peet-of an underground railway. Her Mnv criclc. (From the Denver Post) Tint Texa girl who seared her fellow's cheel with a red hot pokce had, been taught bv the customa of the range" tiiatS it was her privilege to brand and claim a maverick wherever she found it. ENVELOPED BY FAMINE. Imlln'H DlHtresMCH Greater ovr Thau v cr IJcfore. A report to the State Department from Consul William T. Tee, at Bomba, dated January 29, alludes to the distressing con ditions prevailing In India, whose people were then, the Consul writes, face to faco with an unprecedented famine of water, food, and cattle. The number of people in receipt of relief, Consul Tee writes, has al ready swollen to abnormal proportions, considering that the season of acute dis tress has hardly commenced. Tho returns far exceed those recorded during the initial stage of the famine three ears ago. At tliis period of the famine of 18U6-97, only 1,000,000 persons were receiving govern ment relief in all India, toda, the official estimate places the number of 3,500,000, and the daily expenditure at about $84,000 "The southwest monsoons (upon which the animal and vegetable life of India sub stantial! depend), laden with the moisture- of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, break in June upon the Malabar coast and for three mouths Hood India with a rainfall avenging about 100 inches. The rains of the last monsoon proved from a half to a total failure, and famine v.as then threatened to a large portion of the country. It was still hoped that the u mil time for winter rains has now passed ". un the east coast the usual rains m India, abnormally high da temperatures were unaccompauied b the usual dews at vuiy uuiiiij liic liist i;it nt,s iiavt. Liieiu been an signs of the winter showers. Thee conditions have still further Injured the autumn crops and diminished the pros pects of a spring harvest, thereby greatl enlarging the affected area and Intensif ing the distress Tl e rice crop of Burma and Bengal has full realized expectations and constitutes a great reserve food for the rest of India The Northwestern Provinces and Oodh have successfully sown their winter crops, which have been greatl benefited b rain in the pust week In Madras and Msore, the abrupt disappearance of the monsoon was a gicat disappointment The harvest will be indi'Tercnt over large areas but, except In a few places, no distress re quiring relief is anticipated here In the irrigated or inundated tracts of Sind and the southwest Punjab, the crops will be somewhat short, owing to the contracted area of inundation b the Indus and its tributaries, due to diminished volume of water in the canals but the shortness will befomparativelv small These tracts will as In former ears vieid food in excess of local requirements and will pro fit from the misfortunes of their neigh bors ' The famine ditrict embraces the greater part of Bombav Presidenc most ef the vzams dominion of Hderabad the western half of the Central Provinces, the western states of Central Indn the entire part of Rajputana the, southeast of Pun jab ard a large portion of the native states of Cutch and Gujarat The true famine area in British India and the native states w ill thus be about 300 000 square miles w ith a population of 10.00 000 There is a further area of about 113 000 square miles with a population of 21000 000 in which more or less scarcit and distress prevail where relief Is alread being giv en in a tentative form or will probabl have to be given before the advent of the next monsoon Thus, the area and popula tion affected b the drought is larger both in Britifeh territory and the native states than was anticipated in October last As a whole the autumn harvest of lb''J was the worst on record for man ear while the present sprint; harvest on unirrtgateJ lar.d occup'e little more than half the area sown in either of the last two vears 'The liberalit of the Iocil and gen-ril government of India i-. mo-t marked, but there is a limit even to stato chirity Nothing seems to stem the How of tho people to the relief work an 1 the num ber in receipt of state aid advanced an other 210 000 during the week bringing the total up to the appalling figure of l.'.OO - 004) The most tring period of the famine ! is sun iwo montns aneau ami even no It is questionable whether the finan. ial re- j sources oi me guxTiiiuem nun iiic iui;i n nvm i.Tn l.r-nf.,1 Atllnlnl maht fit QtlMl ..Cf . to provide useful emploment for such numbers v. ill be equal to the strain If present standards are to be maintained Vgricultural prospects are crowing Irotnv and the water famine increases in inteusitv Lord Curcon tho icerm if Intna in nn address to the unpen tl leg islative council on the li)th inst ..alltd attention to another feiture of the present dlstre s During the famine years of !SUt P7 the whole external world seemed to share India s sorrow and contributed to al leviate its distress The attention of En zlnd was then turneel unoa sufferinc In dia and hundreds of thousands of pounds' were contributed bv generous heart Now the thoughts of almost ever En- giishman throughout the Empire are fixed unnn the wnr In South Africa It vvoulel bo tco mucirto expect that England can1 tersbtirg for a verv long time was that here again come to tho rescue as speedilv s lat night, when the large frame leaf to sho did iu is!7 and it seems clear that ' bacco factorv. a build.DK about '."0 feet in India mrst fight the pi iguo and famine w ith her ow n means " FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION. ( (.streiurtii lie lopiiiK In raor or n i Virginia Convention. R1CHM0XD v. a . April 11 -The strength i a , J ' ., . , developed b those who favor calling a Constitutional Convention is surprising those on the other side of the question It is conceded bv the representatives of some of the largest corporations m the State The failure of Senators Daniel and Martin to give public expressions on the question of calling a convention has been ,.ii. .i.i,i c. i, i,r. generall criticised Some of the closest friends of the senior Senator several weeks ago expressed the belief that he would at gome time soon write an open letter an- nouncing himself in favor of the conven tion It seems to be the impression now that this was a mistake, or at least that Senator Daniel is not disposed to commit himself on this point The fact that the sentiment In favor of a convention seems to be developing is certain to aroue the opposition and cause them to put forth more sstematic efforts to either secure delegates to Norfolk committed against this proposition or have them go unin structed It is the belief that before many counties elect delegates the opposition will manifest a stubborn though quiet deter mination to be heard Money could be had. It Is generally conceded by politi cians, for use in defeating a convention. The elements most Intersted in defeating the assembling of such a bod can easily obtain a campaign fund for use in accom plishing this object. The counties which have thus far elected delegates to the Norfolk convention in structed to vote for making the calling of a Constitution Convention a party Issue are Augusta, Appomattox, Charlotte, Gloucester, Nottoway, Pulaski, Franklin, King and Queen, Henry, Northampton, Campbell, Botetourt, Caroline, and Lun enberg. The counties and cities that have either expressed themselves aaglnst a con vention or failed to Instruct are: Rich mond (county), Spottsylvania, city of Staunton. Russell, Prince William, Middle sex, Mecklenburg, Fredericksburg. Wrthe, Nansemond, Mathews, and Northumber land. The contest In some of the other coun ties promises to be interesting, for the meetings for delegates have been rather quiet and little activity manifested on either side. As the strength of the oppo sition side Increases, however, more snap will find its wa into the campaign INVADING THE KLONDIKE. -t A Small Pence Contingent Hound for the TrenHnre 1'lelil. PHILADELPHIA, Aphil 11 A party of ten mechanics from this "city left last week to Join a great army of sol diers and workmen at Seattle, Wash , which Is about to move into the Klondike region to re-enforce the United States mll tary forces there. Major G. S. Bingham, former! at the head of the Schulklll Arsenal, is In charge of the men. The workmen, 100 of whom will accompaiy tho soldiers, are to build permanent barracks for the military forces at the three army stations in Alaska. One thousand troop3 will comprise the re-enforcements under the charge of Major Bingham. "While his army is being recruit ed Major Bingham is gathering materials for the construction of the barracks. At present the barracks used to house the 400 soldiers are rough timber bousei offering but small protection from the rigors of the Arctic winter. Corrugated iron work will be used to a great extent in building the new quarters The workmen 100 of them recruited from Government arsenals throughout the country, will erect the bar racks There are four forts In Alaska, where troops are now stationed where the re-en forcing army Is to settle They are Fort Gibbon, at Tannan, Fort St. Michael, at St. Michael, Fort Egbert, at Eagle C.ty, and Fort Wrangel. Another fort will be estab lished at Cape Nome, the latest centre fcr gold mining. The troops will leave Seattle on Jul 1 to travel b water to St. Michael and th mouth of tho Yukon River B August 1 the expect to reach their destination Alread temporary accommodations are te mg prepared for the troops and workmen, for it is expected that six months will be required for the completion of the perma nent barracks. The additions to the military force sta tioned in Alaska will be under the com mand of General Randall, department com mander. The rapid population of the go'd region has necessitated the despatch of re enforcemeuts, the troops in Alaska at tie present time numbering onl about 409 men EXCTJKSIONISTS IN TROUBLE. taitiInM I iiei!ainetl Vetion Ijenie 'I'll em Minmlei). BOSTON April 11 The fact that trou ble of some sort had overtaken the Clarke excursion partv which left here for an Oriental cruise on the Dominion Line steamer New England, February 1, has been known in local steamship and tour ist circles for over a week but up to es terda nobody here has received an def inite information as to the exact nature of the difficult! It appear that all vent well until the ship arrived at Naples on the return, ami the 500 passengers went up to Rome for a two-davs sta During their absence. Captain McCaulev for some unexplained reason, had their bagxage landed and steamed aw a for Liverpool In addition to having their clothing, etc , ruined in tho landing and being obliged to pa duty on evervthing a number of pasengers including several women, are stranded in Rome and dependent upon the American Consul THE INSURANCE BONUSES. N,o Credence "ien Keport That Sir curitie ll.ive Been Molen. NEW lORK pr I tl -Whether or not the reports from England are true that securities deposited with the Orange Free State authorities for the protection of polic holders m that nation by American life insurance companies have been lost it is not believed here that the loss will fail upon the coniDanies The report stater that about J00 000 worth or negotiable bonds have disappeared Here the report is not credited as the companies interested have heard nothing of the Ios exeept what has appeared in the newspaper des patches from London Moreover there i not that value on depoit in the Orangp Free State b American companies The Mutual Life Insurance Compan has about SjO.OOO in bonds deposited at Bloemfontein and another fQ 000 worth at Pretoria, which latter is seeurit for the polie hold ers in the Transvaal Republic Tne Equit able Assurance Societ has a few bonds tlf-poltC(, IH the Transvaal bur the amount N IncoMWeraWe An officer of the Mutual , ,.p c d tjj, "We have no word of a theft and therefore have l-aued no warning not tc deal in the secmitics said to be miaeiag If the we-re mi-6ing the loss would net fa'l upon the compan n the Government with vvhiih the bonds are deposited Is re sponsible for their safekeeping Probablv the whole thing is a canard. The same view is taken b the officer1 of the Equitable A FIRE IN PETERSBURG. valuable Leaf Tobacco l-ttnn -l i the ri.-.mes PETERSBURG Va pril 11 The mot destructive fire that ha: occurred in Pe- length L sbiped on Pine Street, owcetl b W L Venable a prominent tobacconist of this place and occupied b W G Dun nirgton & Co. leaf tobacco buvers. was burned to the ground In the building ware over one million pounds of the finest leaf tobacco in bulk and hanging which had been purchased for the Austrian Gov ernment and which was awaiting ship ment, all of which w is entirel consumed The loss is estimated at full $123,000, which is covered bv insurance The resi dence of T E. Waugh. wnich v.as in close proximit to the fire was ver bad! gut ted Rod W illiams. a fireman, was badly burned about the face and was suffocated b smoke. CURRENT HU2IOR. l"or Twi ItciiNoiix. (Irom the Chicago New) "I don't clunk the editor will eit on time joke," said the funn man, as he laid down hi pen. Beeauc of the point, I presume," said the horse reporter. .o. but because it' a standimr joke." replied the- man of humor; "one of the crowded street car brand, ou know." Preferred Quicker Ilelicf. (From the Chicago News ) Conv ict w ell did the guvmdr git mc pardon petition? Arden Ycr and put it on file. Convict (eagerlv) S. , tell him to return me petit on if mijuilab'e and to send de hie along wid it. Veeuratelj Stnteil. (From the Indianapolis News 1 ibile Are ou still living at Mrs. Ilash croft's? iludge No. I am ilowlv djing there, though Omar lvhajjnm tp to Date. (From the Chicago Itecord ) Weep for the post if ou want to Hut let me herewith sar, 'Twill redden our ncse. 'twill spoil our eyes And make 0U waste ToeU. A Condition, ot n Theorj. (trom Harper' Dazar) Pobticus The question is what shall we do wit'i our new possessions? , ounshub I'll tell you what I do with -nune; I walk the floor nights" with it lrobnbl Prcnrraniced. (From the Chicago Tribune.) "We come now," said the campaign orator, pausing a moment to take a drink of water, "we come now to tlie marrow" of the subject " "How do ou know it is the marrow V inter rupted a jeering auditor near the ifOor "I feel it in m boncsl"jFnnstantI retorted the orator. Hereupon the enthiiaii-tic crowd cheered for five minutes, to the great? ind Overwhelming con fusion of the other fellow. NOTES OF THE DAY. Statkties of the criminal papntethm at fee tnited Stutt fbow that onl 8 per cant at Ike total number of criminals are vrotften. A book published In Japan l.WW ymm a iMtjW that at that time good ITk a aircadgr pmaigdM in twenty five previnwn ef taut ceentry. One hnmh-ed and twelve Pptte t "nTUn choot Jt Cartale, Pa , hare been b the Cathohe Chun The ehool has MB pfei The Itritfefc Forercn RtMe 9eictr bate provide aH Beer prawaeti with RIMw iriali In Dutch, ami the phtn will be earfled ut few weeks In parts of India eskf-j M Ira mt hi (3hhM pieeea cf Kilk paee a rtrNMj. Oaaft MaaV an tlte eirentatiRg imthnm awoiac i j tt A Mlm and Kaffirs The jrnount of net mwl haak gtork hrii tai mf men in Ameriea w -"inat i at $9MMMiv and the armrant of pnrale ami 5t hank aawft. M $137,000,0X1 Vtide awake rnhner" ef et. Vtmt. tfNy h approved a praject of nailirmc atfHaWi a aan of eMertMBment m the imm( Mafs CMrthm x,iaiim roemt. V steamer Mae betwera Vaacrica aa4 IMMah porW and an aznevHontt ta4tlBn a iMa iKHtMf for ntenean poods at Cai WniialHl aw about to be eMaMMMd Freneh Fciewtiat hut mad 4m (Jair 1 1 tit wily Mpine" by keepia: thew a nmkftm H nrsht and epemz thrm t taw Ml act tt the ir dorm; Ik? dir I!o-i ICofthew left majr tably a larse rafivvt repreaeatmc ! " iMaTC it tell etAtnp ThnwKh offered .fflM atfo I p-ioting ahe rehd u Hauiti h A new kind of boot W Veea utiwri hy a XueembefS merrhact who ha 4!ru4 mmmt t wjrmirx the ho f a wearer br son f m jpfatramK in the ?i of tbe-tfcoe The rjbmen of aptr r arcwed m cntUfcOT to the nttnwluctfcm ol aoturtim lit th city. Hm thnwand f the Julian caWwe opt th? f$tm to force a change m their earplorara Word eemr frcm Herlm that mnry weft-ftHMl , mmoc me, t rwwi i wpulwr NtfKtarjr '. have been takhwc drag which prcdnera tappaaafp heart weakacM. ntUat I urcetvr UK 3mf fuya time , There has act been an ewetntioa te tmf jr eiarr rt. and H w a tnkiar fettfittatrft Kiucrror.i' o'tfiw tulmt4 I tb thf laBM? oflnaw lariur the wav with rpwa not M enMcnteiL V t-"l qMAthH aw the jauajr h9MV U be mr by th IVrnwh iie-iuUfial, Mr. i(Mm. Be will br isviuiiea. visit Cans, m wMrk tiMff an jrwnt hundred team, m wtB ae ftMata avaY other Kwtrra rtmioes There h beta appointed a aprctai to report the nria A th rtrf the tr of Jhwfo and Ci. CfJL. ma ah near tc Mx . with tl idea o rer:a! Ike landte a national park V rrmrt Irrtorar oa the ramhndft of Tm Smh t.alta oerutnated that eouatrr an th hot o eaa It wh?re wurcN are without I iaiaW. hlniii without .-oar. Harnm without trauma, mm wber aW ant hark." Tb aanealtaral part at CTutf which Bre aaatt) nf A jlparawo. m brtanr. rapidly thuhipaJ a ahe cnies- of TVcahauaao. the pnaripal ttwmwt, 3ml (oaeepeton, the rornarn-ial njurupolaj at what section, are tall of eMerpr V fe!I to provide for the takiaa of a trmmm 1 lb Mritiah Manx nWl i rttt the Moor of rowaaoam. tar How are m tarcr el wattia rift a tar h.Ie tmptre eaa be fcthra jj, Switzerland drq not prooWc niliiajn.fi aaal her keep three small esjar mmimc tim iahe of Zurich donna the year. auaT yet SKhheffca fcvi. raafciac steady advances hi naurr ialwffuy aV of which need Mare or lea coaL George W Heaa r , ami km ftw torn ef Saae i t mile. Mm . were asade nawter XiiJ a IN ' watt' evewnwr hwt weeh in rutnaai leafee. j an m known a wir event ha never ocean in the hitery at the Masotitr trail maty. The ode rrerptrnt of the Hvhub ftayat aht maee 'oewtr'i Medal the He Whlaua CMpf ledger, of LewMkea hrland to when) has ja bee awarded that boaor at It- m el seventy the lor rearoir- a drowmar woman nt Mawh. Pans contractor' offer to rfcoiM the Coaavaai Frawrsfee ni brty day by raoyng; vajnlKtaei. methods has been rejected en the neaad that arf the ediaee betoae to the svare iv lUMttMflery. mart remain m the hands f the tate aavrhMa. r captive Boer we dehehted whra ta - e the eastae room of a tramp art. aatd t -mmi-t Had there been bo war 1 ahonM never Wave ee " such wonder " He tA ideally considered tnajl oney more than made up tar hn defeat aad eaatare I officer Iwtim eapree 'vpefee-aaeV thr fact that the Mrrttjh GovenuaeBt hue eomh; Bm-'j un and Vmencan moles when at Mkamo. n Bar- , nu iwMf inwie moieg are 10 ur ow - .- k.1 .,.., U) s JMU SIW apiefr K-wpaHM VI .mmwv iv. iv aae. ' "? Population of the four greatest one of the Rav,. nan Empire is given as iethyn is the vwtJ ef j, the recent eear, St Pevewonrti. 1.13Sj77-. MJe- -eow. vrnh it- two wmrh. M. Ode 41 (a grea mcreaee staee YZ). ami war. .07i It H Mated on the satherhy of theee who hew imdersnae the experience, that people buried) he an avalanche bear dratuM-try every word uttered hf tho-e who are -eekiiwr for them, while their nea-t trennnwi shouts fafl to penetrate eves a lew feet cf ) The W C T I of Waterloo had., have wrx rha-ed . ewefrvr aetl and have had it plartil mTa .id are enuine hnaee, where it e o weeded everyJh evesiae a a warerer; to hoy mm swis eajijr hr .ere of fourteen years to go home, ueder a nrunfty ntiiS true ? In Fehenarv tmrtv me loeomotive wear eX ported from the I meed Metea. egahW twenty- seven in the amo month af )9a For mWtif p-4 N-ut4& 3SS were eWpeed ahread. innm t etfks. in the ww months of the lex al year. U3&. mwT tm in 103. CeruM CatbelNV have coJIeeted la.aU fK huiM a new rhorch of the DeranhiR at Jerayiv hm. the -lie lor which wu sivea ay Km pern t) Wiltum TV nr-t tooe will be bud about . tober 1. when a prlgrtmage af OiehoRes h nVe scene will be Made The PhilaefcJpbw OeoerpWcal sarfety e h coiHirue its work of -Mtine wooden cjfchw aderlt en the ice north .f tb eontiitent. te eliweaMeite tbe enrrenb of '..lic water- mtetb oi BeheiaC ctrrt l!ach eask will eooUm a hhuat te be filled ib by the muter - ,.,- bill ha. been introehteed in the Ufae keojK Iturr Brovitlin? that rahoe bts- of rehcAm e?n miMition shall be emwowered to numit jwy truster ef renomnuitiooal irtriirtons I ehjaett r to give the control tf Laee Theelosieel Seawr narr to the I"rehviea Choreh. V icmst ha-i never had a rat show, and, in tort!. Mieh a thing ban never been known in the en The Ufetru IIiuxrun Bird linear' has now taken the mitlr up m pUmnnc a eeae sitKn to be held in Jnne Man look " lt tendertakint: as a hnze joke or a a eriela efnjd nul idea Aeeerdlng ie "ItalhiB EBieeeTidft'' tcaMt roset will soon be twik Ob the Keed a MaaJMe lay " V eheme submitled bv an electrical eeae panv was accepted a short time ao bv the Man delay Mtnm-ipol Conned, and the road h t he leKiin wKhin one year and to be runmar wIUbji three yeare Thc Impression that wire Be at the inaemV of the nvera are resperteehle far the soaroel at hsli in the up-ceuntr eMaiu, it appvs. ha orth Carolma, akr The ' Chartette ObVBrver1 saya: "A few years ago thontmtkt of -dmd were raucht at the faR ef the " hcin. m thw state, but now the catching of a stable shad a rarity. The fLh arc stepped bv the wwe neta elrwng aeress the river (the (Jreat Pee Dec, as it: t fcnewn, afhrr it enters South Carehna) anl. in ewu'nnatr. had are xt scarce in the Yadkin as the rnunhudm are along the New Fnshind eoa-it. The wire ne olistructiors should le elealt with h) the Iiigfcnji tures of the two Stalls " Tlie meridian of Greenwich m geaeralry aecepved as the tartirg line from which to reckon Isian- tude and time oil over the earth But ohjretaeo arc, from time to time, raided acainst the nntvtr sal adoption of the Greenwieh mendtin ter eeh , pnrpose. Recentl Italian avanU have empha sized these objeetioi by pojntiRr oHt that Htee meridian of Greenwieh clouel. and bad. weather are frequent, interfering with atrtnmreJ olPejo 1 ration. They suggest that the einhzed world should agree to adopt tbc meridian ef Jeraeahim a a common reference line, becan-e there the skier arc clearer, anel the polbilltv f maklfnr Palestine neutral terntory would ehmMMte paNH cal objeetioK? Nearly ever ekir in the Swedish calerweJr- hex. besides the name which indicates it order In- the . week, a special title,, moertl the ChrbHraH Batne ' of a person, says the "Chicago News " Many oi these names arc of old Roman origin anel are net ued bv modem peeple. while nnniirem names used nenadav are not found in the relandjHt. Tvpieal Swedes espeetaHy iadiee, eelehiate taehr name ifajs with nearly as much ceremony aa their birthdays, ami corxrattilatiofw and pweaato arc ic-vuih receivetl on seh a day Itet the natNf whoe norres are not in the name Mat have bejen dl-s-atisfied and have set Iheir minds ca imltlil. the old orefer chanseei The Veademv rt jewjual at Stockholm hae made a revised ht Mea. if approved, w 11 OBdoebtedlv plea those wlo were not in the calenelar heretofore some ililHav eaT aenfuceit;. jtV:ccrtMW&.M".htt4 -sw W&t- Att