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Number 146S.
WASHINGTON, THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 1900.
Price Oxe Cent.
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Heavy Caunoiiadiiis Renewed by
the Boer Couunandos.
Fmltltfield Kcoceiiiiloil hy the Free
Mnter- The British Itctrcntiimr to
Alhial ortli FIkIiUiik; t i:inndi
laauto Suspended, tin' IlurKlicrN
Reported to He Pressing South.
LONDON. April 12. Heavy cannonading
was renewed at Wepener on Wednesday.
The garrison is using the Jammersburg
Drift mill for a hospital. The Boers re
spected the Bed Cross Hag and did not fire
in that direction.
A despatch, dated at Pretoria, April 10,
via Louronco barques, April 12, 7 a. in.
(says:
"A dospatch from Kroonstad, dated April
10, states-that Sniithfleld has been reoccu
red by the Free Staters and that the Brit
ish troops are retreating in the direction
of Aliwal North.
General De "Wet has surrounded anoth
er British division in the vicinity of We
gener. There was heavy fighting yester
day (Monday). An excellent result is ex
pected hourly.
"Dospatch riders from the Boer head
laager at Glencoe, Natal, bring news that
at daybreak today Gen. Louis Botha made
a dashing attack on the English camps at
Elandslaagte. Heavy cannon and rifle fire
was heard for several hours. The result ie
not yet Known.
"Confirmation of the reported killing of
Gen. De Villebols-Mareuii, while scouting
betweon Boshof and Kimberley, has been
received here. The news has created pro
found sorrow. If it is possible to do so,
the remains will be brought here to receive
national honors.
"A rumor is current in Pretoria that
Colonel Baden-Powell is -either dying or
dead of fever at Mafeklng."
A despatch from Ladysmith, dated to
day, says: "There is no further fighting
at Elandslaagte. The Boers are reported
to be pressing south, by way of Help
makaar." According to despatches front Natal the
Beers again attacked the British iiositions
at Elsndslaagte yesterday and got within
4skjh of the outposts. Rifle fire resulted
and the there wa6 an artillery duel of
two hours, after which the Boers -withdrew.
It is difficult to understand the
object or the Boers' attack. ut it was
preabaWy a teeonnokwanee witVi a view to
ktfce possibility of cutting eft the British
from Ladysmith.
Despatches from the front indicate that
S,000 Boers are facing Lord Roberts and
are waiting for him to make an aggres
sive move or leave an opening for an at
tack. The activity of the Transvaal
troops is astounding Englishmen, who had
LAST
THREE
DAYS'
RACING
OF THE
iBenniog
Thursday,
Friday,
-AND-
Saturday
Six Races
Saturday.
Spring
Meeting.
On, car load of Floorlnjr. n bnrcrnln.
Aiv 3. ulnar X f nine 21sC. Libbcj k Ca.
supposed the taking of Blocmfontein was
the beginning of a swift march to Pre
toria. The latest from the headquarters
of Roberts shows that, despite the ac
tivity of detached bodies of Boers oper
ating east, southeast and south of Bloem
fonleln, work on the main defences of the
burghers goes on with unabated vigor.
Their main position, the despatches
say, is in the hills between Winburg and
Kroonstad and extends for sixty miles,
while 35,000 Boers with ninety guns arc
concentrated there. Every kopje in this
district is fortified and the whole line has
been made impregnable, according to Boer
accounts.
Winburg Is fifty miles northeast of
Blocmfontein and it is supposed that Gen
eral Roberts is getting ready to move on
these fortified kopjes as soon as his pre
parations arc complete. Then a slaughter
will be expected. It is doubtful if this
movement can begin for a week or irore.
.New and warmer clothing for the Bri.Uh
Army is being received and distributed
among the men. No movement can be
made till this reclothing of the army is
completed. The supply of cavalry hor&es,
too, must be replenished and this is a
slow process. General Roberts, it is sjid,
does not feel that he yet has enough nun
to risk an advance and more troops ai3
being hurried to him.
A brigade has been withdrawn fiom La
dysmith and under command of General
Hunter will go to Durban and be sent to
Roberts by ship and rail. The Dublin fu
siliers and Connaught Rangers have al
ready embarked at Duiban. The wa'or
work near Koru Srruit are reportel in
tact and that few Boers are about them.
THE FIKST TRAIN TO ARRIVE.
Illocmfoiitcin Permitted to Itccele
Twcntj Truck f .MeroluiiMllse.
BLOEMFONTEIN. Apiil 11 -(4.20 p. rn.).
The Chambers of Commerce of Crte
Town, Port Elizabeth, and U:o(-tnfont?i.i
recently sent a joint petition to Sir Alfrtd
Milner. Governor of Cape Colony and Hr t
ish High Commissioner, ask.ng him t" re:n
elude the districts of the OraasO Ftc
State in the customs union as rapidly as
they are occupied by British tronp-. When
the war broke out these districts wve. of
course, excluded from the union. Sir V
fred agreed to do so.
Lord Roberts has issued an order, per
mitting a train of twenty trucks of mer
chandise to come into Blocmfontein. This
will be the first train of this kind that
has been allowed to enter the town since
the occupation by the British. Hitherto,
only passenger trains, with the personal
belongings t the people on board, were
allowed to come in.
The Fourteenth Hussars have arrived
by road from Bethulie. It was reported
a few days ago that the Fourteenth Hus
sars were convoying remounts for Lord
Roberts" Cavalry.
RUMORS FROM DURBAN.
Discredited Reports Tlint the .Mine
Are to lie Destroyed.
LONDON. April 12. A Durban despatch,
of yesterday's date, reasserts that the Bo
ers are preparing to destroy the Johannes
burg mines with dynamite. It alo at
tributes to Slate Secretary Reitz a state
ment that within two weeks all the Brit
ish and Americans, and many Germans,
who are now in the Transvaal, will be sent
aero the border These Durban rumors
are not worth of much credence.
THE BOER ENVOYS GO TO MILAN
r. I.cj lis, the Traniiaal Diplomatic
Knt. to Meet Them There.
NAPLES. April 12. The Boer peace en
voys, Messrs. Wolmarens, Fischer, and
Westels. have gone to Milan. Dr. Leyds.
the Transvaal diplomatic agent, has start
ed to meet them.
TO BE SENT TO ST.
HELENA.
A l)eel
on nt fniic Town in IlcKnrd
lo tin- liner Prisoner.
LONDON. April 11. Despatches from
Cape Town state that the authorities have
decided to send all the Boer prisoners to
St. Helena.
In a despatch to the War Office Lord
Roberts intimates that telegrams and
books, clothing and luxuries were freely
transmitted to the Boer prisoners.
A MESSAGE FROM THE QUEEN.
Victoria cIcoiiicm Home Defenders
of I.nilj Minlth.
LONDON. Aril 12. The Queen has sent
a telegram to the men of the cruiser
INwerfl, who were part of the Ladysmith
garrison, welcoming them home and con
gratulating them on their work. She adds:
"I hope to see you all shortly after my
mum."
THE PEACE PARTY ACTIVE.
Petitions for Cessation of the "War
nt Cape Town.
CAPE TOWN, April 12. (11:20) a. m, )
The Peace Party shows signs of renewed
activity, and petitions asking that the war
be slopped are being extensively circulat
ed. It is notable that no alternative to
annexation of the two republics is sug
gested. TO WELCOME CUBAN TEACHERS.
Harvard I'niver.sity Vote Guaran
tee of $70,000.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 12. The fol
lowing telegram was sent last evening to
the military Governor of Cuba:
General 'Wood, llaaiu:
Tlie president and fellows of llarvjrj Vnivcriity
vetcd unanimously to guarantee 70,000 for tlic
welcome of 1,491 Cuban teachers. KKYE.
GATHERING AT TAXTJ.
Several Foreign YVnrtlii on the
Coast of China.
TIEN TSIN. April 12. The Italian cruiser
Elba has arrived here. The British third
class cruiser Brisk has sailed for Taku.
A dcepatch from Shanghai last Sunday
stated that the American gunboat Wheel
ing had arrived at Taku. It was supposed
that she had been sent there to protect
American missionaries from attacks by the
anti-foreign "Boxers" Society.
THE QUEEN'S THANKS.
.She Exiiree FeelliiR- for the 3Ierci
ful Protection of Her Son.
LONDON, April 12. The Queen, through
.the court circular, acknowledges the re
ceipt "from all parts of the Morf5 congrat
ulations from tt5e who share in Her
Majesty's deepest thankfulness for the
merciful protection granted her beloved
children, the Prince and Princess of Wales,
from the great danger to which they were
reccntly exposed."
.Ask yonr draeslat for Krctol.
Ordinary Flooring:, d reared 2 sides,
?l,So per 100 sq. ft. Prank LibUy & Co., Ctb
stul X. 1". ave.
BOILED AEI7B BY STEAM
Three Men Caught BenciUli an Over
turned Eniriue and Killed.
A
Fnial Ituiluny Accident Xenr
Suow.shoc, I'll. Of Konr Men In the
Call llut One, the Uneha-vr. 1
cniicN The Locomotive Hurled In a
Suiiinn LIht of the CiiHimKici.
BELLEFONTE, Pa., April 12. The min
ing village of Snowshoe reports another
frightful railroad accident this mornng
and three men are lying deal under a
Pennsylvania Railroad engine, tea; is lulf
buried in the swamps about Sugar Camp
Flats. The engine was returning empty to
Snowshoe, after a trip to the Sugar Camp
Mine. Four men were on it, three or l hem
riding on the fireman's side. When round
ing a sharp curve the engine left the track
and, after running about sixty feet on tho
ties, fell over a six-foot embankment inio
the swamp burying all of the men under
neath, save the engineer, who escaped
through the cab window.
The heads of the three men can be seen
sticking out from under the imbedded
boiler, hut it is impossible to recover
the bodies until a wrecking crew arrives
from Tyrone, which will take several
hours. Their death must have been hor
rible, for they were practically boiled
alive by the escaping steam.
The dead are:
Harry Temple, fireman, of Snowshoe,
unmarried.
Cal Temple, brakeman, of Snowshoe.
Leaves a widow and two children.
Allen Reamer, engine hostler, of Dix
Station, single.
The only other man on the engine was
engineer AI Rowen, who is quite seri
ously injured.
ARRIVED AT BERMUDA.
An A merlon u Fleet Drops Anchor n
Hamilton.
HAMILTON, Bermuda, April 12. An
American fleet arrived here this morning.
All on board are well. The ships anchored
off the British stockyard at 9 o'clock. Great
preparations are being made by the offi
cers of the British fleet at this station for
the entertainment of the American offi
cers. A grand ball will be given in their
honor on Apiil 17.
A LANDSLIDE IN BOHEMIA.
riftj-tvto Houses Have Fallon In
and the Kest Are Doomed.
VIENNA. April 12. A landslide has oc
curred at Klappai. Bohemia, causing a hill
to move. Fifty-two houses built on the
bill have fallen in. and It is apparent ihut
the rest of the village will follow.
RUSSIA RENEWS HER DEMAND.
The PrlillcKTe of T,midlnf; Troops at
Mitsnmphn Eviiclcd.
YOKOHAMA, April 12. Advices from
Seoul, Korea, are to the effect that Rus
sia has renewed her demand for the privi
lege of landing troops at Masampbo.
DROWNED BELOW HATCHES.
llKlil Sailors CniiKrlit
in
Capsized
Itoat.
LONDON. April 12. The steam lifeboat
from the P.ulestow. Cornwall, station,
while attempting to assist a fishing smack,
which was in trouble, was overturned.
Eight of the crew, including two engi
neers and two firemen, were drowned. The
latter were in the engine room, and as the
hatches were battened down they could not
escape.
&AID TO BE A PRISONER.
Mr
Frederick IIiiiIhiiii Thoiiirht to
Il" Held lj TrilicNincii.
ACCRA. April 12. There is an uncon
firmed report that Governor Sir Frederic
Hodgson is a prisoner at Kumassi. A
European missionary writes that five Eng
lish officers and forty Haussas have been
killed in the fighting with the tribesmen.
BARRED FROM CITY STREETS.
A Hallway Company Shut Out by
Court From Wilmington.
WILMINGTON. Del., April 12. Chancel
lor Nicholson has granted a preliminary
injunction restraining the Wilmington and
Brandywiue Springs Railway Company
from laying its tracks on West Sixth
Street, thus preventing tho road from en
tering the city.
At the same time the chancellor decided
that the Wilmington City Company does
not have exclusive rights to the U3e of all
the city streets, and that the legislature
at that time had a right to grant a com
pany the use of any of the streets. The
Wilmington City Company Avill move to
have the injunction made perpetual and
the Brandywine Springs Company will ap
peal the case to a higher court. The chan
cellor decided that the Wilmington and
Brandywine Springs Company had not
built its road according to the conditions
of its charter.
The Brandywine Springs Company may
apply for a new charter under the corpo
ration law.
RELEASED FROM CUSTODY.
The
Charge of Murder Airninst
Charles Iinwcii Nol-nrosscd.
On the motion of the United S.tates At
torney for the District, the indictment
against Charles Bowen, colored, charging
him with manslaughter, for the killing of
Samuel Jones, also colored, on September
17, 1S9S, was today nol-prossed.
Unprecedented Snowfall in Chicago
CHICAGO, April 12. The snowfall yes- J
lerday and last night broke all records in
Chicago for April. Two inches fell in two
hours at one period of the storm. The
storm continued until daylight this morn
ing, and flurries of snow are falling today.
Considerable damage has been done to tele
phone and tedegraph wires.
To View the nelipse.
NORFOLK, Va., April 12. Lewis W.
Ripley, representing the Hartford Scien
tific Society, of Hartford, Conn., which is
planning for an expedition to the South
to see the ecjipse of the sun next month,
has made arrangements with Observer
Gray to allow a party of students from
Yale, Brown and Harvard Universities to
witness the eclipse from the roof of the
Weather Bureau building in this city.
Dawes Commission Lcnrcs.
The Dawes Commission, acting on behalf
of the Five Civilized Tribes of Indian
Territory, left this city last nicht for their
headquarters at Muscogee, Indian Tcrri- I
tory.
$1.25 to Baltimore ami Ttetnrn via
II. & O. Saturday and Sunday;
pril It and 1.1, good for return until following
londjj". Tickets good on all trains except Hoyal
Limited.
Very wide Poplar, :iO Inches wide,
cjjJw fCtcA in. lawn, t cr it., At fith and N. Y. ave.
A STRIKE ON THE SOUTHERN.
The Iloml Snld to lie Affected From
ThlK City to Memphis.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., April 12. All
members of the Order of the
Railway Trainmen- on the South
ern Railway system quit work at 11
o'clock today on the order of President
Powell, of the Order-of Railway Trainmen.
At S o'clock this morning President Powell
sent over the wires' from Atlanta the
following message:
To all telegraphers aJ i-iaiions ol Southern fijil
waj :
Turn jour red blodc aliotit and quit work at
11 oYkiek todaj Perform no irtke of any -rt
Bland firm ind tkturj L jours.
W. V. l'OWKLL.
A. B. Stillwcll, of St. Louis, first as
sistant to Mr. Powell, has opened head
quarters at the Southern Hotel litre and
has two stenographers busy. Mr. Stlllwell
states that 75 per cent of tho emplojcs t-f
the system are invaltcd n the srlkc end
that the road will be tied up iro:n Wash
ington, D. C, to Greenville, :i'- tud
Memphis, Tenn. The. railroad authorities
claim that the strike will not tie up a cin
gle train and that Uiey have men n ady
to take their placs. So far, tboru is ro
appearance of an interruption to builccas
here.
THE CUMBERLAND STRIKE.
l'rohnble KtTectK of the SumiiciikIoii
of .the Mines.
CUMBERLAND, Md., April 12. The mln
ers of George's Creek will lose on an av-
erage about $7,700" a day in wages at the
present rate of 55 cents a ton as long as
the strike lasts. The aeragc dally ton
nage last year was 11,000 tons. It is said
that should the strike exhaust itself
and not a few people think it will the
operators will embrace the opportunity
to reduce (he forces in some of the mines,
which, it is claimed, have been overcrowd
ed. On the miner's tide, however, the ul
timate success is anticipated, and, of
course, if they win the reduction of the
forces would be improbable. Conservative
people think the most serious loss will re
sult to the minors, as it will promote the
introduction of machines, which the op
erators are said to contemplate. Such
a move would largely lessen the number
of local mine workers.
The suspensions of men by the consoli
dation Coal Company is said to be respon
sible for the thorough unionizing of the
district. The union,, pre ions to the sus
pensions, was numerically weak in com
parison with the total force of the region,
but since then men have been joining by
the hundreds.
The op-rators say they have never ob
jected to conferring with their own men,
but they will not consider outsiders who
come into the region and make trouble.
Some of the present agitators arc from the
central Pennsylvania region, where tha
men will keep on working, despite the
strSU? here. The central Pennsylvania
people teceivc CO cents a ton.
A gentleman from Lonaconing stated
that 1'iider the present rate the Mary. and
miners were making big money, and he
knew of a father and son who together
were averaging ?200 a mouth.
HAMPERED BY THE STRIKES.
The Chicago Police I liable to Cope
With Tlilcieft.
CHICAGO. April 12. The robbers v ho
entered the resideice of O. W. Potter, 130
Lake Shore Drive on Jlonday night, and
carried away diPmori..s and other jewelry,
variously valued t"?lC,oOt hae not jet
been caught. The robbery was not re
ported to tho police until late at night.
The plunder, whk'h in-value exceeds any
haul made by thieves In Chicago for sev
eral years, consist, of diamonds, rubles,
emeralds, opals, silverware, and watches.
The robbery is supposed to have taken
place at C o'clock, hi!e the family were
at dinner. It was a second tory affair.
Chief Kipley. of the Police Department,
charges that the labor troubles have made
such demands upon the department that
he cannot properly patrol the rsidencc
district. Nevertheless, he has issued an
order to patrolmen that is liberally laden
with sarcasm. He calls attention to the
Potter robbery, alluding to it as the big
gest robbery of the kind in the history of
the city, and concludes by saying that a
police department, comprised of 400 detec
tives and 2,500 patrolmen, should be ample
to cope with the half dozen porch-climbers
known to be In the cRy-
A NEW PRESBYTERIANISM.
Dr.
Hillis Thinks the AVesmiiistcr
Creed Should He Amended.
BOSTON. April 12. Dr. Newell Dwight
Hollis, pastor of the Plymouth Church,
Brooklyn, adds his voice to a cry for a
new creed In Presbyterianism. Rev. Dr.
David Gregg started the cry and now
comes this confirmation. Dr. Newell
Dwight Hollis was seen last evening.
Ho was shown tho report of the action
of tho Utica Presbytery and Dr. Gregg's
statement. He read them both over care
fully and then said:
"Yes; I think that the Presbyterian
Church needs a new creed. I do not care
to comment especially on Dr. Gregg's
statement, but I quite agree with him on
the whole. The Presbyterian Church is
badly in need of a new creed. A great
movement, I think, is now on foot that
will culminate in establishing the Church
on a new doctrinal base.. Such a thing
is perfectly natural and not in any way
throwing discredit upon the Church."
MAN AND WIFE GO TO PRISON.
A New
Haven Couple Given Long;
Sentences for Forsrcry.
NEW HAVEN, Conn.. April 12. Samuel 1
G. Parker and his pretty wife sat side by
side in the criminal part of the superior
court today and liftened to sentences that
sent the husband to State prison and the
wife to the New Haven county jail. The
husband had pleaded guilty to five counts
of forgery and the wife to the same. Par
ker was sentenced, for ten years and his
wife for four yearr.
Jacob B. Ullman, who appeared in behalf
of Parker, told Judge Wheeler that dab
bling In stocks was the cause of Parker's
downfall. Parker formerly ran a b-cket
shop in Derby and Hie money he lost on the
stock market he had gained by committing
the forgeriee.
Parker was apparently not affected by
the sentence. The wife was calm and col
lected. Mrs. Parker is twenty-eight years
old.
Burned by n Gasoline Explosion.
GREENSBURG, Pa., April 12. Henry S.
Breitigam, late tax collector of this town,
and his son, Harry H. Breitigam, were
burned by a gasoline explosion yesterday
evening. The son was fatally hurt and
the father seriously injured. The son con
ducted a merchant, tailoring establish
ment. A spark from the stove fell into a
gasoline tank. The building was de
stroyed. Tryinp? to Starve Jlerwelf fo Dentil.
SHARON, Pa., April 12. Mrs. Ollle Rei
mold, an inmate of the Mercer County
Hospital, is trying to starve herself to
death. For over forty days she has sub
sisted entirely upon milk Injected Into her
stomach through a rubber tube.
Fence Pickets, 3,-lnch .sounrc. 4 ft.
long, No. 1 qualitr, dressed 4 eides, 2&c. Lilbey
fcUo.
BOBIED IN TIE DEBRIS
Tlii'ec Persons Killed and Many In
jured by a Falling Structure.
A. Four-Story "Warehouse Collapse
in Pittsburg, KiiKiiIUwc Twenty
live People The Ilt-movul of n Gir
der Said to Iluve Jleeu Responsible
for the DlHiiMter The Victim.
PITTSBURG, Pa., April 12. The four
story warehouse of the Armstrong & Mc
Kelvey White Lead Company, at Second
Avenue and Wood Streets, collapsed at
9:30 o'clock this morning, and it is believed
that twenty-five persons are injured or
buried in the ruins. A general alarm of
fire was sent In and the firemen were im
mediately re-enforced by the entire corp3
of men from the street cleaning depart
ment, but it will be some time before the
buried persons can be reached as the front
half of the deep building sank to the
ground and the wreckage Is fully fifteen
feet high. Three men, who were thrown
toward the Wood Street entrance when
the accident occurred, were taken out alive
before the firemen arrived, but all wee
too badly hurt to give any explanation of
the cave-in. It is said that the building was
being repaired and a girder was tempora
rily removed yesterday, but this report has
not been confirmed.
Later reports indicate that the accident
was not as serious as first reported. It is
known now that the following persons all
more or less hurt, crawled or were helped
out of the ruins before the firemen arrived:
Charles Casper, Secretary of the Armstrong
B- McKelvey branch of the lead combine;
Miss Stewart, his stenographer; Herman
Doescher, Harry Dawson. Charles Cooper,
Fred Miller, Charles Ralney, William Mc
Clure, James Simmes. It is also known
that Noel Casper, Charles' brother, anJ
Eugene Bernhardt are still in the build
ing. Casper is alive. One fireman reacted
him with a cup of water, but cannot g-t
him out for an hour or more. The men
employed by the contractor, who was ie
palring the building, two women custom
ers, and a man from Fayette county, who
was in the store this morning, are all miss
ing. A Iibt of the victims is as follows:
The dead arc:
Oscar Bigil, carpenter, employed by Mc
Govern and Lytic
E. C. Barnhardt, store salesman, thirty
years old.
Unknown woman, customer In store.
The injured teriousiy are: Noel Caspar,
citj salesman, rescued by firemen; un
known man, a teamster, removed to hospi
tal; Joseph Schloss, No. 1 engine Company,
caught unckr falling wall; Michael Scans,
steam fitter.
The other injured were: Herman
Doecher, warehouie man; Harry Dawson,
shipper; J. Frank Webster, porter;
Charles J. Casper, Secretary Armstrong,
of McKelvey &. Co.; Miss Annie L. Stew
art, stenographer Mr. Rainey. book
keeper; JameSJms. employe of McGov
ern & Lytle; iS"ed Miller, an employe in
the htores; WllJJam McCIure, a watch
man of the company; Bob , office
boy.
DEATH OF LIEUTENANT SCOTT.
The .lllstnke of a- British Sentry
Proves Fatal.
VICTORIA. B. C, April 12. The tragic
shooting of Lieutenant Scott by Sentry
Gunner Higgins, Royal Atriilery, at Es
quimau Naval Yard, on Friday night last,
is again brought prominent! into attention
by the death at the Naval Hospital of that
unfortunate officer. His Injuries frcm the
first had been regarded as most serious,
the bullet tming penetrated his chest,
passing through the uppar part of the
right lung and dividing, left the bedy
thxouzh two holes in the back.
it was hoped that the lieutenant might
survive and this hope gained strength when
it was noted how bravely he ma ntained
his strength during Saturday, Sunday, rnd
Monday. On Tuesday morning he was un
conscious and. Tuesday evening, the erd
was announced. The enquiry in the cir
cumstances of the shooting was resumed
at the navy yard. It developed that, ac
cording to the deceased officer's own state
ment, he had lost his way prior to the
shooting and was, at the time he was
challenged by the sentry, climb.ng oer
the ramparts.
AN UNABASHED BRIBER.
He Sees Xofhinf; AVronp In Offering
Money for an Appointment.
BOSTON, April 12. G. W. Ernst. Mayor
Hart's private secretary, is authority for
the statement that the mayor received a
letter, a few days ago, from a citizen, who
asked for appointment to an important of
fice and offered, as a reward for the
mayor's granting his request, the sum of
?1,000. Mayor Hart replied to the letter
Inst Monday in a very brief manner and to
the point. In the fewest possible words
the mayor told the applicant that he had
made a grave mistake.
Ho called his attention to the bribery
laws, the penalty thereof and, in order to
save the officeseeker from disgrace and
punishment, the mayor wrote that he
would hold the letter for two or three days
in order to allow the correspondent ample
time to call in person for the letter lest it
might be recorded against him in criminal
annals.
The strangest part of it is that the appli-
.f nmt nrnmnJlv nt. thf mavor'K nffie
and expressed his provoked feeling that he
could not have the appointment, and,
moreover, that he had
bribery offer of ?1,000.
to withdraw hie
To Advance General Corhln.
Mr. Frye, the Presiding Officer of
the Senate, today submitted to that b dy
an amendment intended to be proposed by
him to the Army Appropriation bill pro
viding that the Adjutant Gcner.:! of the
Army shall have the rank, pay, and allow
ance of a major general.
31r. Allen Jtetlcent.
Assistant Secretary Allan declined tb:a
morning to discuss his pr33p3:ttve teii.e
ment from the Navy Department and ap
pointment as Civil-Governor cf Potto Rio.
He referred all enquiring persons to the
President for information.
Cuban Departments Merged.
A general order was Isued at the War
Department today, abolishing the Depart
ment of Havana and the Departments of
the Province of Havana and Pinar del Rio.
and merging them Into one department to
be known as the Department of Havana
and Plnar del Rio. Brigadier General
Fitzhugh Lee has been apolnted the com
mandinggeneral of the department.
$1.2.' To Baltimore nml Re- $1.25
tnrn via Pennsylvania Railroad.
Ticket? on sale Saturday and Sunday, April II
and 15, good to return until Monchy, April 10.
All trains except the Congressional Limited.
Flynn's BnsincBs Colleee. Sth and K.
f5 Census Office Examination ?5
"Window T'ramea, made up at 75 c.
tnd up; millwotk at low prices. Ctb and ". Y. at.
THE PORTO RtCAN-BILL.
Now In the Hands of the President
for 111 SlKiintnre.
The Porto Rican Tariff bill was handed
to the President shortly after 2 o'clock for
his signature. Mr. McKlnley was just
starting for a drive and stated that he
would not attach his signature to the bill
until after his return. "
LEAPED FOR THEIR LIVES.
TnhnhituiitM of a. Tenement House
CuiiRht hy Flame.
NEW CASTLE, Pa., April 12. Elwood
City, near here, was visited by fire in a
big tenement house yesterday. The house
was occupied by three families and board
ers, in all thirty persons. All were sleep
ing in upstairs rooms and escape was cut
off by flames from below. Everyone had
to jump and seven were injured, two per
haps fatally.
The others escaped with broken arms
and legs and bruises. Ellwfiod has no fire
I department and the house was destroyed.
Loss, $7,000.
MONEY LEFT TO COOPER UNION.
John llalstead Ilcaiticafhs Ills For
tune to the Institution.
NEW YORK, April 12. The will of John
Halstead, a retired merchant who died last
May, makes Cooper Union the residuary
legatee of bis entire estate, which Is ap
praised at nearly $300,000.
The bequest was a surprise to the trus
tees of Cooper Union, for none of them had
ever known Halstead personally and none
of them knew that Halstead ever had even
visited the Union. Nevertheless it turns
out that the old gentleman he was more
than eighty years old was a close student
of the educational work of the Union and
had devoted years of his life to observing
the good that It did. Abram S. Hewitt,
Secretary of Cooper Union, said of Mr.
Halstead's bequest:
"His gift, I think, will prove one of the
largest ever made to Cooper Union. The
value of the estate today is between $250,
C00 and $300,000. but Cooper Union will
not receive the bequest until the death of
Mrs. Wiibert, Mr. Halstead's sister. It
may then be of even greater value."
THE POVERTY OF INDIA.
Former Secretary Edare Writes ol"
Destitution and Death.
IIABRISBURG, Pa.. April 12. Former
Secretary of Agriculture Edge and Mrs.
Edge are on a tour around the world. They
left here last summer and have been in
Hawaii, China, Manila. Japan, and In Feb
ruary were in Bombay, India. Colonel
Edge writes that in the interior of India
there has been no rain for three years and
that the country is a de3crt. The people
are starving and much of the live stoek
has already perished. Nothing can be I
grown except by irrigation and this only
by hauling water up from deep weels with
oxen.
Their month's stay In India was full of
Interest. At many stations they saw large
piles of the bones of animals that ha-I
died for want of food and water. He says
they sav more real poverty in one day in
India than they would see in a year in the
United Stafs. "In fact." he writes, "our
own people do not know what povert?
ami the want of food means." In India
he says hundreds of people are dying daily
for the want of food.
PERISHED IN THE FLAMES.
I 'Woman and a Itoy llurned to Death
ear Pittsburg.
PARKERSBfRG, W. Va.. April 12.-The
residence of Peyton II. Ruble, at Daisy
postoffice, seven miles south of here. ws
tlestroyed by fire. The Ruble residence
was a two-story frame building and was
occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Ruble, a little
boy named Dais and Mr. Ruble's mother,
aged so years. About 12 o'clock the grand
mother woke up and found her room al
most a mass of flames. She immediately
called for help and her son soon appeared
and carried her to a place of safety.
He then hurried back and made three
heroic attempts to rescue his wife and
the Davis boy. who were sleeping on the
second floor, but the flames had made too
much headway, and it was impossible to
reach the head of the stairway. He then
called to his wife from the outside to
jump from the window. She came to the
front window and broke the glass, but
was en eloped in flames before she could
jump, and fell back. The dead are Mrs.
Ruble, wife of Peyton Ruble, and Gonloa
Davis, aged nine years, son of Albert
Davis, of this city. Mr. Ruble was seri
ously injured while trying to rescue his
wife and will probably die.
DISTRICT WATER SUPPLY.
Heport on Its Condition During
the .Month of March.
Colonel Miller, of tho Engineer Corps.
U. S. A., who has supervision over he
Washington Aqueduct has submitted a re
port on the condition of the w?ter svpvly
for the month of March. This rapott con
firms the experience of the people of the
District and pronounces the water bad.
During twenty-three days of the month
the water was "very turbid" and "turbid"
for six das. being clear for only two
days during the entire month. The rej ort
does not assign causes for the conditiou
of the water or suggest any remedy for
its betterment.
The consumption of water, including
waste, was tested for twenty-four boure.
ending at 7 a. in.. March 28, and was in Hie
aggregate 47,083,452 gallons.
The balance of the report relates to
detail work on the removal of sand Ixirs
and the progress of repairing the tunnel
and the Howard University reservoir. Some
unexpected difficulties were met near sta
tion 15 a short distance west of Howard
University and it became necessary to close
up the ends of tho tunnel with masonry
walls and to pump cement into the sur
rounding earth, which after hardening
would enable the engineers to proceed
with the work.
The District Reform School.
Senate bill 2190 amending the act relat
ing to the Reform School of the District so
as to raise the age of commitment from
sixteen to seventeen years was passed to
day. The bill also provides that the board
of trustees may make rules and regulations
for their own government and that of the
Institution and for the release of boys com
mitted to the school.
The Government Receipts.
The receipts of the Government today
reached the sum of ?1,370,7S0.3S. They are
made up of customs, $455,003.20; internal
revenue, 871,584.24; miscellaneous, $44.
150.80. The expenditures amounted to $1,
6S3.C0O. Conference Report Asrrecil To.
In the Senate this morning the confer
ence report on the Legislative. Executive,
and Judicial Appropriation bill v- .re
sented and a-greed to,
KorfolU'&AVnshlnffion Sicamliont Co.
De'Jglitlul trips daily at 6:30 p. 13. to Old Point
Cotnfott, Newport News, Norfolk, and Virirlnu
Beach. For chcdule,sce pajre 7.
Carpenters' List alwny Iltl on low
at Friendly Comer, Libbey & Co. CtU k N. . av.
AGAINST SEATING QUAY
3Ir. Burrows of jliclrigan Addresses
the Senate.
Compare It AVIth the Case of Jlenrj
V. Corhett. of Oregon Comment
on the Report of the Committee
on Privileges anil Elections Ques
tions the Governor's Authority.
Mr. Burrows today delivered In th Sen
ate the speech in opposition to tho Mat
ing of M. S. Quay as a Senator from Pom
sylvania which has long been Ieofcd far
ward to as being the strongest argnuxmc
to be put forward by the opposition. The.
3peech summarized the various contastims
which have heretofore been prdsenUil. awl
contained a long list cf quotation ttmtx
various legal and constitutional authori
ties in support of the ground taken br Mar.
Buriows and his associates. Is begiaalas
hia remarks the Miehigan Senator raid:
"It is never a pleasant duty for tmg to
differ with any considerable number of hi-)
party associates, especially upoa a meas
ure of party policy; but when the qHstlm
in controversy Is not, or at least nttghc
not to be, in any sense a party issue, bt
is entirely dependent upon the higher eem
sideration of constitutional construetfefr.
the embarrassment largely disappears. My,
views upon questions of this character
have not been hastily formed or how for
the first time publicly expressed.
"Two years ago Henry W. Corbett pre
sented a letter from the Governor of the
State of Oregon commissioning him to a
seat in this chamber, made vacant by the
expiration of the term of Senator MtteheM.
The right of the executive to make such
appointment was questioned by the Sm
ate, the oath of office withheld, awl the
matter referred to the Committee e Priv
ileges and Elections. As an humble "mem
ber of that committee it beeawe my ty
at that time, with the other members of
that committee, to examine the (fwestiaH
and, as the result of sueh examimtbMw I
was forced to the conclusion that lfe
power of appointment in that cae wtm
not lodged with the executive, ami a ma
jority of the committee so reported Tho
Senate sustained that report by a veto
of fifty to nineteen. Since that time I
have seen nothing to cause me to reverse
tny judgment; further exaiaisattoa h
served rather to strengthen aad cosftrm It.
The material facts la this ease are the
same as they were iH that. The Consti
tution is the same. The preeedeate Me .
the sam The only change Is in tfc
name of the party seeking admk o
the Senate.'"
3Ir Borrows then, recited the bfetory f
the Quay case, and in eomraeatisg apw tfc
majority report of the Committae cm Prirl-
Iexes ami Election said:
"The sole question preeeated fr the cw
sideratios of the Seaate is whether thto w
caacy. occurring when the Legfctatwe wad
in session, was sueh a vacancy, wtthte tb
meaning of the Coastituttoa. J the O
ernor of the State eould supply by t8wr
ry appointment. If it was, then the rfcjfct
of Mr. Quay to a seat Ih this h4sf, f
virtue of the Goveraer's eenamlslo. te vm
Qttstioned aad unquestionable- If k
not. then sueh appoiataaeat was wbwi
without authority of law, ami the umiiiiIId
sion issued in pursuant thereof utterly,
aull aad void."
Referring to the remarks made by Sir
Wofcett a few days age la which b .
pealed to the friends of Mr. Quay !
to his assistance.' Mr. Burrows mti: "II
have understood and supposed that ih
qualifications for a United States S-. z$zw
ere prescribed by the Cca&tiitii 1 i
Pelted Stales, requiring that aa inanlit
have attained the age of thirty year at
Bine rears a citiaen of the I'siled Staff,
and an inhabitant of the State iftmt " a
chosen."
"It has not been my understawttitg thai
in addition to these qualiftcattaw b
should possess the friendship of the indi
vidual members of the Senate, or hu U
he possessed these constitutional mwMM-t-jtions
that the personal likes or rtkiMfce
of the individual members of the Swte
could in any way be invoked in deterwfefr
ib? the right to a seat in this body. Wa
are admonished that Mr. Quay ha hw
t of ore been a member of the United State
Senate, but It hs not been my t
sundins that, in addition to age. ciiU
bip. and inhabitancy of the State. II
alco essential that one shouW have bewt a
member of a previous Senate. 1 k jm
And it laid down in the Coastltwhw. m
on of the qualifications for adntrwtaa to
thte body, that a naa should nt nmtf ba
of proper age. citizenship, and a esiitBt
of the State, bwt should also have Toted
for or against the Force Wll at onw tinta
in the course of his Senatorial career."
Mr. Burrows thea referred to the flUctie
sions that have taken place over the Mean
ing of the "appointment clause"' at t
''onetltntian, and after a general tHecmfltwi
of that subject, said:
If Mr. Quay te admitted it will be tie
Rrfel time in the history of the Senate at lb
United States that the right has beew a
corded the Governor of a Staia to nmiN
temporary appointment to a vacancy wialcll
happened when the Legislature was h e
sien awl declined or failed to Ml K. M
this be trne it onght to be tetef a ttal
caae and end the controversy.
That the Executive of a State hns tb
power, under certain circuastaaces awl
conditions, to raafce temporary aawolst
menU of United States Senators to w t
tited. but the extent of such power te rfc
matter in ecntroversy. The executive w
empowered to make temporary Apaotoit
ments under certain restrictions rr.il lim
itations, clearly set forth and tlo8wk IS
has no authority, however, to strjT '!
vacancies unless the construction r.tw
ed for by the minority shall prevail."
Mr. Burrows then gave a detailed l!ey.
step by step of the develcpmetrt of v"o
"appointment clause" from its incepti-JM to
its fintl completion and embodiment la tfc
Constitution and declared that the fjtfa
ing express conditions nwrt 11 -exist
before the executive of tho St can,
exercise the power of temporary aaohtf
ment' Firs-, a vacancy must happen: jeeantf.
It mutt happen during a recess; ami thfal'.
it must happen by resignation or other
wise. "Only when these three thing oancwr
and tfth-cxlat," he said, "can the ExeeHiHr
of a State exercise the powar of tempwany
appointment.
"Xo Governor has yet attempted fd talto
the mutter of selecting Senators out aC lia
hands of the Legislature and make, tem
porary appointment to a vacancy when tfia
Legislature was in actual session. It will
be a mere matter of time, however. If ibfcs
refinement of construction continues, whorr
the Executive of a State will usurp io
functions of the Legislature and make ap
pointments even when tho Legislature Jfci-ih,
session. He can now, in the pfttiir JWr
guage of the Constitution. aapoinS onfall
vacancies which 'happen during the rcts
of the Legislature."
Death From Apoplevy.
John" J: Jackson, colored. emgdoy4 a
laborer in the City PostoSico, was. sctaMli
with a stroke of apoplexy whlla at wtH
in the mailing division about St.lO" o'elfttfl
this morning. He was removed lo tie'
Emergency Hospital, where he died.
Door. .51:5; lloarils. only ?l.Os Mil
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