GORGEOUS FUNCTIONS AT AL
GECIRAS IN HONOR OF KING
LACE AND GOLD
American Delegates Alone Uphold
Democratic Simplicity by Appearing
in Modest Civilian Attire-Govern.
ments Extend Their Greetings to
Spain's Youthful Ruler.
Algeciras, Jan. 23.-The delegates
to the Moroccan conference devoted
the day to a series of brilliant func
tions commenorating King Alfonso's
feast day. The Spanish, French and
British squadron In the harbor dis
played a full complement of colors
and at daylight the warships and
land fortifications exchanged salutes.
The most spectacular feature of the
clay was the official reception of the
Spanish minister for foreign affairs,
Duke of Almodovar, in honor of the
delegates affording for the first time
the opportunity for representatives of
the many nations to assemble in the
gorgeous uniforms of their high dip
lomatic, military or naval ranks. A
reception was held in tLie town hall
at noon. The delegates drove up
through the quaint streets in which
the balconies of the old Moorish
houses were thronged with senoritas
in picturesque costumes. The Span
ish troops rendered military honors,
with trumpets blowing, while bands
played the royal march.
The scene was rendered more gay
by the midsummer sunshine, flowers
and orange and almond trees in full
bloom. Within the conference hall
the delegations gathered, mostly re
splendent in gold lace, ribbons and
other decorations, the Americans
alone of the glittering assemolage
being in modest dress, and without
The half a score or more of the
Moorish delegates in their flowing
white robes gave a touch of oriental
color to the scene. The duke of Al
modover, standing at the foot of the
improvised throne and surrounded by
an imposing staff of officers, mace
bearers, bishops and barefooted
monks in sack cloth, received in the
name of King Alfonso the delegations
who presented greetings of their gov
ernments to the king.
DEFENDED BY SPOONER.
Administration's Course Justified Rel
ative to Moroccan Conference.
Washington, Jan. 23.-For more
than three hours today Spooner occu
pied the time of the senate in expla
nation and defense of the course of the
administration relative to the Moroc
can conference at Algericas, Spain,
in connection with Santo Dominga.
His speech in the main was a re
sponse to speeches of Bacon and
Tillman, and its purpose was to justi
fy the president's acts in both mat
ters under discussion.
'There were frequent interruptions
by Tillman and some sharp exchanges
of repartee between him and Spooner.
These amused the galleries but once
or twice Spooner showed that he was
annoyed and once he made a serious
protest against Tillman's imputation
that his appearance in the case was
that of special advocate for the admin
DECLARE FOR ALFARO.
Two More Ecuadoran Provinces Rec
ognize New Government.
Guayaquil, Jan. 23.--The provinces
of Azuay and Loja today declared in
favor of General Alfaro, leader of the
General Andrades, commander of
the government troops, refuses to
recognize General Alfaro and says
that he intends to resist his efforts to
assume the presidency.
There was no news from Quito to
SELECTING A SUCCESSOR.
Empress Dowager Looking for Prince
to Succeed Emperor.
Pekin, Jan. 23.-Since Prince
Tauan's son was dismissed on account
of his father's complicity in the "Box
er" disturbances there has ueen no
heir to the throne. The dowager em
press therefore has ordered all eligible
princes to be presented at the palace
Chinese New Year and from these she
will select three or four who will be
kept in the palace for a year or two.
From these princes the emperor's
successor will be nominated.
GROWS CORN EXCLUSIVELY.
Immense Iowa Farm which Raises No
Webster City, Iowa, Jan. 23.-The
largest farm in Iowa, and perhaps the
largest in the world where corn is
grown almost exclusively, is the Ad
ams'property of 15,000 acres near Ode
bolt. The 105 men who have been em
ployed steadily on this farm for the
past year have just finished husking
the greatest cornfield in the United
It is estimated that more than :
000 bushels were raised ih e hslu
year. The crop is all cut an.l husked
from the shock. The stocks will be
shredded for the fat cattle before
spring. Thirty-seven double stalk cut
ters were used to bind the corn in the
field this fall. Two hundred mules are
employed to do the heavy draft work.
Mr. and Mrs. Adams and family are
at present at the winter home in Chi
cago, and the farm is in the hands of
Last winter Adams hadf6,O000 sheep
brought from his North Dakota ranch
for feeding, and it is announced that
he will do it again this winter as soon
as the present stock has been market
ed. The affairs at the farm are con
ducted with as much system as any
large business office in a city. There is
a main office and headquarters, where
the manager of the farm has his desk.
It is here that the proprietor spends
a large part of his time in summer.
The farm is divided into sections and
each part is under the direction of a
sub-foreman and worked by his force
of men. All the houses of the em
ployes are in one place near the cen
ter of the farm, making a small town,
and a schoolhouse is there for the chil
dren of the workers.
The farm and its methods are a
revelation to the visitor. Adams is an
enthusiast for good roads, and all
through the place he has built hand
A YOUNG HEROINE
Quick Witted Girl Saves Two Passen
ger Trains from Serious Wreck.
Harrisburg, Pa., Jan. 23.--Two pas
senger trains of the Northern Central
railroad early today were saved from
being wrecked by Mary McCall, aged
16 years, daughter of a trackwalker,
living at Clark's Ferry.
The girl saw a huge boulder roll
from the mountainside onto the tracks
near her home. Taking a lantern, she
ran down the tracks and stopped the
Erie express within a few yards of the
obstruction. She then hurtled in the
other direction and stopped the Erie
The tracks were later cleared of the
rock by a wrecking crew.
SUMMER IN MARYLAND
Warm Weather Causes Insects to
Leave Their Winter Retreats, While
Trees are in Blooming.
Hagerstown, Md., Jan. 23.-The old
est .inhabitants of western Maryland
cannot recall such a spell of warm
weather as now prevails.
Frogs are heard from the swamp
along the Potomac and the farmers
report seeing large numbers of cater
pillars and other insects that only
come when spring fairly opens. The
warm weather has forced the buds of
fruit trees and shade trees to an ad
vanced stage and maple trees are in
bloom, while apple, peach, apricot and
other early fruit buds are swollen al
most to bursting. Fruitgrowers fear
for the fruit crop, lest the buds de
velop to such a degree and a freezing
spell of weather follow and destroy
ANOTHOR FORWARD STEP
Czar and His Advisers Discussing
Changes in Organic Laws to Make
Them Harmonize with Spirit of New
St. Petersburg, Jan. 23.-Notwith
standing their victories over the revo
lutionists and apparent opportunity to
turn their backs on the recently pro
mulgated reforms, the emperor and
his advisers have taken another long
step in the direction of constitutional
ism by deciding to entrust the first
imperial douma with a large measure
of constituent power.
The ministerial cabinet and council
of the empire are now engaged in dis
cussing changes in the organic laws
of the land and the powers to be con
ferred upon the douma cobsidered nec
essary to bring these 1iws° into har
mony with the spirit of the emperor's
manifesto of October 30, and the new
path which Russia has entered upon.
The changes will be submitted to
the douma, when the representatives
of the people will bhe empowered as
they were in 1613, to pass judgment
upon the fundamental laws of the
SUPPORTED BY DEMOCRATS
House Committee Reaches Decision
on Rate Legislation.
Washington, Jan. 23.-After a con
ference lasting all afternoon the
house committee on interstate and
foreign commerce agreed to report on
a rate bill. The measure is to be
known as the Hepburn bill and will
be reported to the house with the un
anaimous recommendation of the 18
members of the committee.
In the main the bill is the original
Hepburn bill, but a number of con
cessions were made to the democrats,
and their ideas as set forth in the
Davey bill were freely incorporated
in the perfected measure.
Hepburn Is Congratulated.
Chairman Hepburn was congratulat
ed by all of the members of his com
mittee on the drafting of a bill upon
which both parties could "agree and
the members of the committee assert
confidence that the successful outcome
of their long conferences will have a
VOTE ON RULE DECIDES
"Insurgents" Defeated In Fight
Against Joint Statehood.
Washington, Jan. 24.-When the
smoke of the livliest legislative bat
tle of the session had cleared up in
the house today, Speaker Cannon and
his organization were in complete con
trol, and .the joint statehood pro
gramme of the administration had
Forty-three republican "insurgents"
went down to defeat, having voted
vainly with the democrats to gain con
trol of the rule the terms of which
are to govern the statehood bill in its
passage through the house.
The vote ordering the previous quep
tion on the rule was 192 ayes and 165
This clearly defeated the opposition,
the full strength of which was polled,
and little interest was taken in the
vote for the adoption of the rule,
which immediately followed and was
carried by a majority of 30.
Previous to the vote the debate on
the rule had proceeded under high
LINER RAMS A FREIGHTER
Boston, Mass., Jan. 23.-News of
the loss of the freight steamer Tojan
of the Boston & Philadelphia Steam
ship company's line in a collision with
the ocean -line steamer Nacoochee in
a dense fog at the entrance to Vine
yard sound Sunday, was brought here
by the Nacoochee today, which ar
rived 36 hours late, having on board
the Trojan's crew.
The accident happened Sunday
morning while both vessels were feel
ing their way about Vineyard sound
lightship, endeavoring to locate that
vessel by her whistle, and from that
signal to lay their course through the
dangerous waters of the sound. The
Trojan had heard the lightship's sig
nal, but her captain deeming it too
hazardous to proceed on account of
the fog, was about to come to anchor,
when he heard the whistle of the
steamer. He promptly sounded his
own whistle, but a moment later
found his vessel fairly impaled upon
the sharp, iron prow of a big black
vessel, which proved to be the Nacoo
chee. It was apparent almost instant
lv that the Trojan had received a
blow which would send her to the
bottom, and before examination could
be made by officers the water had'
TROUBLE REGARDED AS LIKELY
TO OCCUR ON ISLE OF PINES
Havana, Jan. 24.-It is reported
from Neuva Gerona, Isle of Pines, that
trouble is .expected on account of the
refusal of James M. Steers, the so
called "territorial secretary," to com
ply with an order of court.
Steere is custodian of a warehouse
in which the court has stored certain
chatels involved in pending litigation.
Steere refused to deliver these until
the storage charges had been paid.
He was arrested, but was allowed his
liberty until Monday last, when he was
called into court and instructed to ap
pear early Tuesday, as well as to fur
marked effect upon the attitude of the
senate toward the measure.
Hepburn and other republicans
agreed to accept the wording of the
democratic members in the provision
for fixing of the maximum rate. The
amendment which was accepted pro
vides that the commission shall fix
a "just, reasonable and fairly remun
erative ratt, which shall be the maxi
The amended bill also provides for
seven members of the interstate com
merce commission instead of nine, as
was provided in the original Hepburn
Hepburn expects to make a favor
able report on the bill to the house
tomorrow and expresses confidence
that the measure will be considered
by the house within the week.
Representative Townsend will open
the debate on the bill.
tension. The speeches were short, but
the words uttered were hot and full of
The veterans, Payne, Dalzelle and
Grosvenor, upheld the organization.
Pitted against them were the leaders I
of the "insurgents," Babcock, Mondell
and Jones of Washington. Tawney one
or the erstwhile -'insurgents," arose
and announced his acquiescence in
the will of the organization and Mark
Smith, the veteran delegate from Ar
izona, just as sorrowfully interpreted
this action as 'the "most unkind thrust
The rule adopted provides that the
bill granting statehood to Oklahoma
and Indian Territory, as "Oklahoma,"
and Arizona and New Mexico as "Ari
zona" shall be debated until 3 o'clock
tomorrow and then be voted on with
out opportunity for amendment.
The house adjourned at 5:30 o'clock,
after agreeing to meet at 11 o'clock
rushed into her engine room, put her z
fires out, and aided by the shifted
cargo had given her a dangerous list. I
The Nacoochee struck her almost I
fairly abeam on the port side and
her bow entered the hull, almost to
the very doors of her boilers. The
captain of the Nacoochee immediate
ly ordered his boat full speed ahead
and in this way forced his steamer
hard into the hole.
While the craft were thus held to
gether the captain and 27 men of the I
Trojan succeeded in climbing over
the bow of theNacoochee to safety,
although 17 of them had been asleep
below when the accident happened.
Before the last of them had reached
the deck the Trojan had listed so
badly that they were unable to obtain
a foothold on the inclined planking
and reached safety only after lines
had been thrown them by the crew of
The water had reached the waist of
the Trojan's engineer before he could
rush from the engine room. When
the last man had been rescued the
Nacoochee backed away and the Tro
The lost steamer was valued at
$250,000 and her cargo at an equal
nish bail. Steere refused to comply
with the order to furnish bail, and ac
cording to last advices was given one
day more in which to do so.
Letters from Neuva Gerona assert
that the Americans on the island are
General Freyre Andrade, secretary
of the interior, and General Nunez,
governor of Havana province, said to
day that the number of guards and
police in the vicinity of Neuva Gerona
was amply sufficient to put Steere in
jail, 'notwithstanding any assistance
he might be able to muster.
DISASTROUS BUSH FIRES.
Large Area in Australia Devastated
and Lives Lost.
London, Jan. 24.-The Melbourne
correspondent of the Daily Chronicle
"Bush fires are raging throughout
Victoria and great stretches of the
country have been devastated. A wall
of fire a hundred feet high which was
driven by a gale passed with appalling
swiftness over Mount Fatigue, killing
at least 15 persons.
COTTON COMPRESS BURNS.
Jackson, Miss., Jan. 23.-The Mis
sissippi cotton compress burned to
day with 9,500 bales of cotton. The
loss is $750,000.
HAS TAKEN NEW TURN
Counsel in Case Against Packers
Seeking to Reach Agreement As to
Facts Concerning. Possible Promises
Chicago, Jan. 24.-When the first
witness had been called by the de
fense today in the "packers" case the
entire proceeding was suddenly stop
ped and the lawyers for the govern
ment and packers engaged in a long
conference in which an attempt was
made to reach an agreement as to
what the facts are as regards possible
promises made to the defendants dur
ing the investigation of the beef in
dustry by Commissioner of Corpora
tions James R. Garfield. If an agree
ment on this question is reached the
necessity of testimony will be elimin
ated and the entire case will stand or
fall- on the question of law alone
which will be presented to Judge
The jury would then be instructed
to return a verdict in accordance with
STEALS MARCH ON HILL.
Harriman Secures Much Wanted Ter
minal Facilities at Seattle.
San Francisco, Jan. 24.-By the
transfer of $10,000,000 of stock of the
Pacific Coast company, E. H. Harri
man is credited with getting control
of the company and also with securing
terminal facilities at Seattle, thus out
witting J. J. Hill. The transfer was
made in New York.
The most valuable asset of the Pa
cific Coast is the Columbia & Puget
Sound railroad, about 60 miles long,
with an entrance into Seattle. Its de
pot is between the Great Northern and
Northern Pacific and it has 30 of the
70 feet of choicest business water
front. It also has four large whairves,
coal bunker plant and machine and re
This purchase puts Harriman on an
equal footing with Hill and the Great.
Nurthern. By this purchase Harriman
also acquires a feeder for his steam
ship lines, as the company operates
vessels from Mansaillo to Vancouver
and does a great Alaskan business in
summer. In this way Harriman will
practically control the steamship busi
ness on the coast.
A SURPRISED VETERAN.
Finds Another Man Has Appropriated
His Army Record to Advantage.
Bismark, N. D., Jan. 24.-J. P. Ken
yon is having rather a novel experi
ence in securing a pension. In 1880
he applied for one, but failed to get
it. About a year ago the agent at
Washington, through whom he had
applied, sent him some papers to sign.
They included inquiries as to why he
had ceased drawing his pension. Mucn
surprised, Kenyon replied that he had
never been granted a pension. Fur
ther correspondence developed the
fact that a man in Iowa, claiming to
be J. P. Kenyon, had taken over Ken
yon's ten-year army record, had added
his own subsequent service in the
army in 1896, and secured a pension
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agent, in going thrrug i the r cOrd
discovered these facts and. aid th T:=a
matter before. S.enator McCumber,
who has taken the matter up with the a
department. -An official has been sent
to Iowa to try and discover the man
who took advantage of Kenyon's i
name and army record.
WHEELER HAS PNEUMONIA.
New York, Jan. 23.-Brigadier Gen
eral Joseph Wheeler, retired, has a
mild attack of pneumonia, it was an
nounced today. He is at the home of
his sister, Mrs. Sterling Smith, at
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