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VOL. .30. BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER G, 1903. NO. 155. LOOTERS GANG IS MUD Fifteen New Indictments in Postal Fraud Case VARIOUS KINDS OF CHARGES James U. Tyner, Formerly Assistant Attorney General for Postoffice De partment, and H. J. Barrett, His Assistant, Are Indicted. Washington, October 5.—Fifteen new indictments were returned today in the supreme court for the District of Colum bia. as the final result of the investiga tion in the post office department. Sever al of the findings were against persons who have already been Indicted. The new indictments involve James N. Ty ner, formerly assistant attorney general for the postoffice department, and his assistant, Harrison J. Barrett; James T. Metcalf, superintendent of the money order system of the postoffice depart ment; Norman Metcalf, son of James T.; Harry C. Ilallenbaek, president and gen eral manager of the Wynkopf-Hallen back and Crawford company of 'New York, the firms which for several years supplied the department with its money order blanks, and William Doremus, who is connected with a house which has been supplying a stamp cancelling machine. There were additional indictments against August W. Maehen, formerly superintendent of free delivery; George W. Beavers, formerly chief of the salary and allowance division; W. Scott Towers, who was in charge of a sub-station of the Washington City postoffice, and State Senator George A. Green of New York. In some cases there were several indict ments against one person. Concerning the indictment against Ty ner and Barrett, the following statement was made by the postoffice department; Department Makes Statement. “Three indictments charge Tyner and Barrett with conspiracy, and two addi tional indictments charge Barrett with agreeing, while still in office, to receive fees for services rendered, or to be ren dered in cases pending before him, as offi cer. All the indictments are founded up on the treatment by Tyner and Barrett Df the business of the so-called Bond In vestment company. “It is charged that it was the duty of Tyner and Barrett, assistant attorney general and assistant attorney for the postoffice department, respectively, to in vestigate the methods of concerns charged w'ith improper use of the malls, and in case of guilt, to report to the postmaster general and recommend the issue of a fraud order; that they investigated the business of the Bond Investment company and learned that they were all carrying on a business that involved fraud, or lot tery, or both; but that instead of recom mending to the postmaster general the I issue of an order that would prevent the l| delivery of mail or the payment of money W orders to these concerns, Tyner and Bar F rett conspired to give them unobstructed use of the mails. In order that Barrett might profit thereby.” Barrett Got Partnership. "ft is charged that Barrett entered into an agreement with J. H. Nelms, of the Baltimore bar. for a partnership in law, to become effective January 1, 1901, the ob ject being to share In the profits which might arise from representing bond in vestment concerns before the postofflec department; thut in pursuance of conspir acy with Tyner, Barrett investigated the schemes of the concerns and wrote and signed the report theron; that this report declared the business in its existing form to he Illegal and not entitled to the use of the mails; hut that Its basic principle was sound and that it could he made over so as to he legal; and that Tyner and Barrett procured the signature of the postmaster general to a letter written by Barrett stating that a reasonable time would be given to those companies for making over their business; during which time their use of the mails would not be interrupted. Tt is charged that this opinion was printed at government expense and sent to every known company with a circular letter to each stating that the business of that company was Illegal; that at about | the same time. December, 1900, Barrett sent to each company an announcement that he had resigned his position and en tered into a partnership for the practice of law at Baltimore^nd Washington. Was After Business. The purpose of the conspiracy is alleged to be the sending of business to Bar rett's Arm, especially as the opinion gave nc instructions as to the proper way of making over the contracts, but showed that Barrett knew how it was to be done. In pursuance of this conspiracy, it is al legeu that Tyner and Barrett refused to consider or approve new contracts sub mitted prior to the time Barrett returned except for the one or two concerns that i had already retained his services." The principal charge against Tyner and Barrett Is that of misconduct in office; In I obstructing and preventing the duty and orderly administration of law. The charge against Hallenback and the Metcalfs is that of conspiracy to defraud i the United States to furnish the postal service with its money order blanks. Nor man Metcalf was employed as a clerk in the office of the Wynkoop, Hallenback and Crawford company at $30 a week. It is alleged that a conspiracy c Isted between Hallenback and the Metcalfs in that there was an agreement between them that there should be no inspection of the forms supplied by the company. That on account of this agreement that the forms were printed on Inferior paper; that only one side of them was lithographed, while the contract called for the lithographing of both sides, and that by other devices the company was enabled to save large sums of money at the expense of the gov ernment. While it is not stated in the indictment, it is asserted by the postoffice authorities that the government lost at least $50,000 in one year by this arrange ment. m Bribery Charge Against Machen. ' The charge against Machen is that of accepting a bribe in connection with the t delivery of badges worn by rural free de livery carriers. These badges were made by Charles J. Heller of Philadelphia. There are two new indictments against Beavers, One of them charging him with accepting $25 each on a number of book (Continued on Second Page) LEGISLATURE DID MUCH TOR ALABAMA Dili Mote Real Work for Slate Than Any Similar Body in Twenty-fire Tears LAWS FORMED TO AGREE WITH NEW CONSTITUTION Sessions Brought Out Some New Tal ent and When Work Was Ended Strange Stars Adorned Political Firmament. BY E. E. KERSH. Montgomery, October 5.—(Special.)—Not withstanding that it Is liable to be placed upon the “unfair list,” the session of the legislature just adjourned continues to re ceive the very high compliment of ac complishing more for the advancement of the state than any that has been held within the last quarter century. A comprehensive review of the good laws enacted would require many columns of space, but it can be briefly summed up with the statement that almost everything was done that was necessary for the prop er enforcement of the new constitution. Barring the municipal code, which died in committee of conference, there was i not a really important or necessary bill j left on the calendar of either house. Much hard work has been necessary to attain this result with the constitutional limit of sixty working days, but the peo ple had sent as their representatives men who were equal to the task and willing. Those who have kept up with legislative affairs do not recall when so many mem bers of exceptional ability have set to gether in the legislative halls. True, there were really no very great set speeches made on the floor of either house, but so much more to the credit to the ability and judgment of the members who were capable of speeches that could have added to their fame as statesmen. In running debate the ability of the membership was frequently revealed, and may It not be asserted, af ter all, that it is a greater man who chooses and accomplishes that which is expected of him, rather than to spend the time in an effort to make fame for him self to be used to further his ambition to rise to a higher place in the govern ment of the country. Men of Great Ability. Those who have from day to day watch ed the sessions will not question the abil ity of such men as Walker. Simpson, Lusk, Foster. Benners, Bankhead, Tun stall. Rich. Callahan, Blackburn, Davis, Arnold, In the lower house, and Morrow, Craig, Goldsby, Thomas, Harrison. Fra ser, Rogers. Spraggins, in the upper house, to battle against the foremost men in the state. Besides this list does not include all the able members by one fourth. The constitution of 1901 Imposed many great duties upon the first legislature fol lowing Its adjournment, first among them the proper restrictions for a perfectly fair and honest count of the votes cast at future elections. It is believed that the Bankhead bill provides this, both in the primary and the general election. Following these bills reference may be made to many others, such as the broad and liberal corporation laws, text book uniformity, banking regulations, the speedy administration of justice In fla grant cases, educational advancement, enlarged powers for the state railroad commission, better protection for the old soldiers of the state, authority for the better handling of convicts, comprehen sive health laws, the restriction of child labor, the prevention of boycotts, and en largement of the supreme court. Of course, all these laws may not prove wise and perfect, and covering the wide scope of important subjects it is certain that all of them cannot be satisfactory to all the people. Local Bills Kept Down. The restriction of local bills kept down the list of bills Introduced and passed, but the lists are still large. In the lower house 1056 bills were introduced, but 174 of these that met favor In committee were left upon the calendar. About one third of them were either adversed or pigeon-holed. In the senate, 667 bills were Introduced. Both houses passed 672 bills, but 118 of these still remain In the executive office unsigned. The governor has ten days In which to consider these measures, and practically all of them will become laws. One important bill hangs upon a very weak thread—the Lusk bill, re-arranging and Increasing the judicial circuits of the state. It will probably be vetoed. One Bill Died. It was discovered today that one bill, w'hich passed both houses by good ma jority votes, did not reach the governor. This Is not the fault of the clerks, how' cvcr. The Hipp hill, appropriating $50, 000 annually for four years to assist in the building of school houses, was passed by the house in the rush of the last hours. Representative Goldsmith of Lowndes moved to reconsider, and the motion was temporarily laid aside. It was the purpose of the Lowndes mem ber to offer an amendment so as to make the aid available for the real country dis tricts, hut in the rush that followed he did not again see fit to have his motion to reconsider considered, so the bill was thus killed. Governor Jelks is at his home in Eu faula, and consequently no bills were ap proved today. He will return tomorrow morning. Very few of the members re mained in the city today. A half dozen or so called at the different departments during the day, closing up some matters left over. Situation Misrepresented. Paris, October 5.—The Turkish ambassa dor here publishes a note received from the porte declaring that Bulgaria has falsely represented the situation in Mace donia, and that the reports of villages destroyed and massacres are untrue. ♦ WEATHER FORECAST. ♦ ♦ - ♦ ♦ Washington. October 5.—Forecast ♦ ♦ for Alabama: Showers Tuesday; ♦ ♦ Wednesday fair, fresh south to ♦ ♦ southeast winds. ♦ » ♦ ♦ M t M ♦ ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦»♦♦ H ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦>» NOTE TO PORTE IS NOT SATISFACTORY BOTH SIDES LOOK AT AUSTRO RUSSIAN PROPOSITION SKEPTI CALLY AND BELIEVE THAT NO GOOD CAN COME FROM IT. Sofia, October 5.—The Austro-Russlan note to the Porte published yesterday has been received somewhat skeptically in offcial circles and among the Mace donian organization with utter disbelief that any good can come from it. One point on which all parties are agreed is that action is the only satisfactory pledge of reform that the Ottoman government can give. The Bulgarian government is anxious to see the promised details of the new measures, but it is feared that If they are too stringent. Turkey may prefer war to accepting them, while if they are not stringent they certainly will be useless. Dr. TartachelT, president of the Mace donian committees, says he does not re gard the new note more seriously than the former ones. He declares that any system of European control is useless, un less it has the power to enforce the re forms entirely independent of the Porte. The frontier authorities on the Philip popolis side, announce that the Turks have retired from their posts on the fron tier to a distance of several kilometers. This step is regarded as a ruse to allow the crossing of bands in order to throw the responsibility for subsequent occur rences in Macedonia on Bulgaria. Between the elections and the war prep arations, the ministry is confronted with an awkward constitutional predicament. The time of a large portion of the reserves called to the colors should expire three days before the election, but the consti tution provides that all temporary ser- j vice men should be released five days be- j fore the election. It appears that the government must either discharge the men and leave the county exposed, or risk a state trial and a conviction, which would mean long terms of imprisonment. Apparently the government’s only solution lies in a po litical victory, after which the Sobranje could set aside any convictions. FOUR KILLED IN CALIFORNIA WRECK WORK TRAIN COLLIDES WITH TWO CARS LOADED WITH IRON AT CHATSWORTH YARD TUN NEL ON SOUTHERN PACIFIC. Los Angeles, Cal., October 5.—Four rail road laborers were killed today and thir teen were injured, two of them prob ably fatally, in a collision between a work train and two cars loaded with iron that were standing on the track at the South ern end of Chatsworth yard tunnel, on the Southern Pacific railroad. The victim* belonged to a crew of one hundred men, who were on their way to work. The dead: Martin Salyers. James McConnell. Irish laborer. Mexican, name unknown. The work train left Los Angeles and proceeded to Chatsworth Park, where one hundred men were taken abroad the first car/ which was loaded with railroad steel and construction material. The locomotive was behind the train and pushed It in a new track leading to the partly complet ed tunnel, six miles distant, where there were two flat cars loaded with railroad Iron, which were to be picked up by the work train. The engineer did not slacken speed and the first car. laden with the laborers, crashed Into the standing cars, killing and wounding the men. GERMAN STEAMER BURNING. Cook Seivert Went Into the Hold and Was Badly Injured. Norfolk, Va., October 5.—The Ger man steamer Eurica, from Wilmington to Liverpool with 4900 bales of cotton, was towed Into port tonight with her cargo burning. The Eurica left Wilmington Satur day night and Sunday night fire was discovered in her hold. The hatches were battened and Captain Hickman endeavored to smother the fire with steam, but unsuccessfully. This morn ing Cook Seivert went below and wa3 seriously burned. He was rescued with great difficulty. The Eurica reported her condition when she passed in the capes and asked that a physician meet her here. Captain Rickman called up the Ger man consul and that officer, with a detective, has gone down the harbor to the ship, which is moored off Nor folk. The captain will not make a statement of the trouble on board. The fire has already done damage tft fhe amount of J3000 and Is still burning. Reduction In Duty Expected. St. Petersburg. October 5.—It is esti mated in the Official Messenger that a reduction in the duty on raw cotton may be expected In the autumn of 1904. This is the first prospective departure from the prevailing protective system. The purchasing power of the Russian masses Is so low that the textile Interests are threatened with ruin, notably those In the St. Petersburg quarter. The duties on goods are sufficiently high to exclude foreign competition, but the high prices can not be maintained, owing to inability of the masses to pay them. The spinners have long been asking for a reduction In the duty on raw cotton, which now stands at 50 to 80 per cent, according to the prices of cotton abroad. Missionary Killed. Delaware, O., October 5.—News was received today at Ashley that the Rev. j C. W. Kennedy, who went from that, i place as missionary to China several | months ago, has been killed by box ers. The Rev. Mr. Kennedy graduated from Ohio Wesleyan in June. I ENGLAND LOSES Duke of Devonshire Resigns as President of Council BALFOUR SEEMS VERY SORE Writes Long Letter to the Duke, In Which He Asks Some Pointed Questions — His Sheffield Speech Caused Resignation. London. October 5.—The Duke of Devon* shire, leader of the conservative party in the house of lords, has resigned the office of lord president of the council, and the king has accepted the resignation. The duke wrote Mr. Balfour giving hjs reason for his resignation, which he at tributed among other things to the pre mier’s speech at Sheffield, and his pam phlet on insular free trade. The Duke of Devonshire has not yet made made his letter public, but the following letter of acknowledgement from Mr. Balfour wai published tonight: Whittlngham. October 3. My Dear Duke: I received this evening two telegrams forwarded by my secretary in London, the first from you asking how Boon your resignation might be announced and the second giving a full summary of the reasons which moved you to resign, i I am not h re which of these unexpected j communications surprised me most. On j the whole, perhaps, it was the second. ; rihe first, however, was sufficiently ' Btrange. Do you remember the cireum- • stances? It was on September 16 that ' you informed me of your resolve to re 1 main in the government. This decision ' was preceded by much confidential cor- 1 respondence, much intimate conversation. | There was no phase of policy which 1 wai not prepared to discuss, and which I did not, in fact, discuss with perfect frank- j ness. Men and measure! alike were sur- | veyed from every point of view bearing upon the present course, and future for tunes of the party. Considered Decision Final. “The decision arrived at alter these pre- j liminaries I hud a right to consider final, and final 1 certainly considered them. \ Accordingly i consulted you as far as the | circumstances of time and place permit- ; ted on the beat mode of filling the vaean- , cies in the government, of which you are | the most distinguished member. You j were good enough to express some | weighty judgnisjuL.^i. 'lue deiic.ile mat- j ters submitted to you. You even inlti- j ated proposals of your own, which I glad- j ly accepted. Our last communication on j these subjects was Thursday afternoon. Less than forty-eight hours thereafter 1 j received in Edinburgh the telegrams j which first announced your intention to j resign. The principal occasion for this singular transformation was, you tell me, my Sheffield speech. This is strange, in deed. In intention, at least, there was no j doctrine contained in that speech that was not contained in my vote of insular free trade, and in published letters to Mr. Chamberlain. You were intimately acquainted with my speeches during the whole fortnight in which you lent your countenance to tho government after the recent resignations. 1 must suppose, therefore, that it is some unintentional discrepancy between the written docu ment and the spoken words you saw which now drives you to desert the administra tion you so long adorned. Such unin tentional discrepancies are without doubt hard to avoid. Can t Always Say Right Word. "Not every one, certainly not I, can I always be sure of finding on the spur i of the moment before an eager audience j of 5000 people the precise phrase which | shall dexterously express the exact opin- ! ton of the speaker on difficult and abstract | subjects to foil his opponents, who would wrest it either to the right hand or the I left. But till 1 o’clock this afternoon I I had to confess, counted you not as an opponent but as a colleague in spirit as well as in name. To such a one it would have seemed natural, so X should have thought, to take In cases of apparent dis crepancy the written rather than the spoken words ns expressing the true meaning of the author, or, if this is ask ing too much, at least to make an In quiry before arriving at a final hostile conclusion. But after all, what and where is this discrepency which lias forced you into so unexpected a fashion to reverse a considered policy? "I do not believe that it exists, and if any other man than you yourself had ex pended so much inquisitorial subtlety in detecting imaginary heresies, I should have surmlssed that he was more anxious to pick a quarrel than particular as to the sufficiency of the occasion. To you, fortunately, no such suspicion can attach. Yet am I unreasonable in thinking that your resignation gives me some just oc casion of complaint and perhaps some special occasion of regret to yourBelf. Yet am I, for example, not right in complain ing of your procedure in reference to my Sheffield speech. Will Aggravate Division. "You fear that it will aggravate the party division, if there is anything cer tain. it is that the declaration of policy then made produced and is destined to produce greater harmony in the party than has prevailed since the fiscal ques tion came to the front, six months ago. To resign now. and to resign on the speech is to take the course most calcu lated to make harder the task of the peace maker. "Again, do you not feel some special regret at having, at this particular Junc ture, to sever your connection with a unionist administration? Doubtless there Is no imaginable occasion on which you could have left one without inflicting on It a Berious loss. At the moment of its most buoyant prosperity, your absence from its councils would have been sen sibly felt, but you have In fact left It when, in the opinion of our opponents, its fortunes are at the lowest, and Its per plexities at the greatest. Maybe, how ever, you are spared this aggravation of the inevitable pain of separation by hold ing. as I hold, that our opponents are In this mistaken. I firmly believe they are. i see no difficulty in carrying out the policy which for a fortnight you were willing to accept, by the aid of an administration which for a fortnight you helped me to construct. "On this point, I feel no disquiet. I can not pretend to view with light equan imity the loss of a colleague whose ser vices to the unionist party, no change and no political fortune can tempt any unionist to forget. "YourB sincerely, •4. J. BALFOUR.” A , I v J SEABOARD SYSTEM IS NOT AFFECTED J, Skelton Williams and J, W. Middendorf Discuss the Failures of the Two Firms, and Both Say the Seaboard is Not Hurt—Yoakum Not Chairman of the Board. nEW YORK. October 5.—(Special.)— President John Skelton Williams said today: "The business affairs of John L. Williams & Sons have no great bearing on the status of the Seaboard Air Line. The majority of the stock is held in the south and the stockholders are unanimous in saying that any connection the Seaboard has made has their approv al. Most gratifying to us has been the expression of opinion rend from the Sea board stockholders. The Seaboard is still independent property and Its status has not been changed an iota on account of any event of last week. Apropos of the position of the Mlddendorf and Williams firms, I will say that everything Is pro gressing Id a satisfactory manner. Have Valuable Securities. "The firms have securities of great val ue which are far in excess of their lia bilities. They did not think It was fitting or proper to attempt to negotiate any of these securities In such an abnormally de pressed stock market as they have wit nessed during the last three months. To have done so they would only have sacri ficed values without resulting good. The firm of John L. Williams & Sons have not Incurred any losses, and in a short time with the return of a normal securities market and with confidence of the public restored, everything .will be all right." J. W. Middendorf Talks. J. William Mlddendorf said: "In an article in a New York news paper the statement was made that B. F. Yoakum had been elected chairman of j the board of directors of the Seaboard Air i Line railway, and a representative of i the new interest was also quoted as say ing, 'We were fully aware of the fact that the Williams and Mlddendorf firms were In trouble when we took the prop- I orty'; also that 'the drop In Virginia- I Carolina Chemical stock is supposed to have hastened the embarrassment of at least one of the firms.’ “A representative of the Seaboard Air Line Is quoted as saying that the sus pension of these firms was, in many respects similar to the failure of Talbot J. Taylor & Co., W. L. Stow & Co. and Sharp & Bryan/ and also further state ment was made that ‘YV. K. Vanderbilt, Jr. recently became associated with the Seaboard Air line/ and that he has been preparing the removal of the com pany's transfer offices to New York. Also said that he is slated for a very respon sible office with the road, and that ‘prepa rations are being made to list the securi ties of the Seaboard Air Line on the New York Stock exchange.’ Simply Fabrication. “The firm statement/’ said Mr. Midden dorf, "is simply a fabrication. Mr. Yoa kum has not been elected chairman of the board. Mr. Williams is now and al ways has been chairman of the board of the Seaboard Air Line system. “The allegations that the Frisco in terests took over the property," con tinued Mr. Middendorf, "is an untruth. The Seaboard Air Line is now and always has been independent. The property has not been taken by anybody. A majority of this stock is still owned in Baltimore and the south. Furthermore, the decline ! in Virginia-Carollna Chemical company securities had nothing to do with the situation, and the difficulties of the two firms are not at all similar to the New York houses who made an assignment a fewr weeks ago. Messrs. Williams & Sone and Middendorf and company have made no assignment and confidently ex pect to pay all creditors in full and have a handsome amount left over. The gos sip about Mr. Vanderbilt is without foun dation. He is not slated for a place with the Seaboard Air Line, and no prepara tions are being made to list Seaboard stock in N>w York. Seaboard bonds have been listed in New York for a long time and are regularly quoted on the ex change." WOMEN TRYING TO NAME SIR MICHAEL’S SUCCESSOR London, October 5.—While the govern ment is endeavoring to maintain the re solve not to consider the question of a successor to Sir Michael Herbert at Washington at present, there is reason to believe that considerable wire-pulling is already going on, and several women prominent on both sides of the Atlantic are becoming interested ir the matter. It is known that after the death of !Lord Pauncefote, the appointment of Sir Mich ael Herbert was opposed by several well known New York people, and a promi nent English woman, then visiting Amer ica, who was supposed to have the ear of the King, was enlisted on their side, and that it was only with great difficulty that the King's consent was obtained to Sir Michael Herbert’s appointment. Now Sir Henry Howard, the British minister at The Hague, is reported to be the King's choice for the post of am bassador at Washington. Lady Howard was formerly Cecelia Biggs of Washing ton. The King alone will make the selec tion. and it is unlikely that the premier or the foreign office will be referred to to nominate the ambassador. The next like liest selection from the service is said to be Sir Arthur Nicholson, British minis ter to Morocco. He is regarded as being in line for an embassy. Either of these appointments would please the service. GAMBLERS MAKE A GREAT KILLING ON THE FIDDLER Memphis, October 5.—It is reported that the horse ‘‘The Fiddler,” which was the medium of the sensational coup on Saturday last at Morris Park is a speed • marvel” from Arkansas. The local pool roof# was hit heavy on Saturday's race, 310/uo having been paid out to local play ers. It 5s said that the horse had been specially prepared for Saturday’s race. He was entered in another race at Morris | Park only a few days before, but for ! some reason was withdrawn before post time. Several well known bettors here had been on the lookout for the horse, the entries from New York being spanned eagerly at night. When the Fiddler ap peared as a contestant in the sixth race at Morris Park for Saturday, the plungers left the city Friday night for Hot Springs and Covington, where it is supposed they i placed large amounts In the betting ring. TWENTY-TWO NEW CASES OF FEYER WHILE THE INCREASE IN NUM BER OF CASES IS VERY LARGE, DRS. GUITERAS AND TABOR SAY IT WAS EXPECTED. Laredo, Tex.. October 5.—Today’s official bulletin shows there have been 22 new casse of yellow fever with no deaths. This makes the total number of cases to date 83 while the total death have been five. While today has shown a very large increase in yellow fever cases, both Drs. Guiteras and Tabor concur In the opinion that there is no cause for alarm, the doc tors believing that the Increase is no more than they expected at this time, this being the fourth Infection, or, in other words, the cases being the result of bites from mosquitoes which had been Infected with the yellow fever before the arrival of the experts. As all the patients infected with the disease are now being protected from the mosquitos by netting. It Is very probable that when those now down with the dis ease have reached the stage of convales cence. the stamping out of the disease will practically have been accomplished. No new cases or any deaths have been reported from Minora, a mining town 28 miles up the river, and It is thought the disease wll not gain a foothold there. Conditions In Neuvo Laredo are greatly improved. A telephone message from that city this evening states there has been but one new' case today. Traffic will be resumed on the Texas and Mexican road into Duval county next Wednesday, so far as through freight from Alice is concerned. The authorities have decided that those who fled from fear of the fever will not he allowed to return to Laredo until all danger has passed, as It is said certain of the non-lmmunes would only add fire to the flames. One more case of fever has appeared at Monterey, the case being that of a woman servant. The case has been protected and measures taken to prevent any spread of the disease. Commercial business in Monterey has been greatly crippled since the be ginning of the yellow fever, although merchants Buy that under the circum stances they are doing much more than they expected. •» \ ROOSEVELT THROWS TO ANTI-ADDICKS JOHN P. NIELDS OF DELAWARE IS APPOINTED TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYSHIP OF THAT STATE. A SOP TO PUBLIC. BY WATTERSON STEALEY. Washington, October 5.—(Special.)—Pres ident Roosevelt today threw a sop to pub lic sentiment and appointed the anti-Ad dlcks candidate, John P. Nields, to the Delawure district attorneyship. This ap pointment was not wholly unexpected here. The administration has played so I fast and furiously hand In glove with the Addlcks faction, regardless of general criticism that It was thought the Presi dent would give the anti-Addlcks faction a crumb either In the vacant district at- I torneyship case or else reinstate the post- ] master, Miss Todd at Greenwood. J. Bid- J wards Addlcks himself called at the White House yesterday and probably knew when he left of the intention of the Presi dent. The statement given out by the Presl- i dent today, basing the appointment on ! the "overwhelming majority of the Dela- | ware bar, without regard to party or fac- j tion,” of course explains Itself In another way wlun applied to the Todd case and other Delaware patronage questions. Nat urally the President and his advisor, Postmaster General Payne, are extremely worried over the constant criticism of their alliance with Ihe Addlcks faction. The administration press will probably give much space to the Nellds appoint ment, though there Is reason to believe that Addlcks will live In the hope of fu ture and more substantial recognition i than that relating to a vacant district attorneyship. Blacksmiths Meet In St. Louis. St. Louis, Mo„ October 5.—The bi ennial convention of the international Brotherhood of Blacksmiths began here today with 214 delegates present, rep resenting 20,000 blacksmiths in the United States and Canada. The con vention will be in session six days, Gen. St. John Slocum of Moline, 111., presiding. Today was devoted to or ganization. LABOR TROUBLES CAUSE FAILURE Morse Iron Works and Dry Usd Co. Compelled to Close Up BLAME IS LAIS ON UNIONS President Morse Says Continued Strikes and Uncertainty About Se curing Labor Has Caused Both Employer and Employe Loss. New York. October 5.—Labor difficulties are responsible for the closing down in definitely today of the Morse Iron Works and Drydock company In Brooklyn, one of the largest concerns of its kind on the Atlantic coast. President Edward P. Morse attributes the blame to the walk ing delegate. He said: “On account of continuous labor trou bles and consequent losses which com menced over a year ago. vc have been compelled to close our plant. Last year we were working on contracts amounting to more than $1,000,000, employing about 2200 men, and with a weekly pay roll of 23.000. The strikes commenced as soon as the unions discovered our yard was full of work and that we were bound under a penalty to complete our contracts on time. Had they planned to ruin our con cern, they could not have worked more systematically. “The troubles.” he added, “began when the employes demanded and the company consented to the dismissal of a foreman who had discharged thirty men for idle ness. From that time It has been one continuous succession of strikes, winding up with the machinists strike of May 2ti, which Is still on. “If the men would give a full day’s w'ork, employers might be more willing to meet their demands,” said Mr. Morse, “but the fact Is that the employer re ceives only about one-third of a day's work, and it Is impossible to figure on a large contract without running the risk , «*f a heavy loss. Trade unionism is re sponsible for the w-hole trouble. , “Nearly all, if not all of the shipyards I in the country, huve lost money during I the last year or two. Some have gone ! into receivers hands and others out of I business. In each case the cause can bo traced back to labor trouble. Since the machinists' strike In May, our yards have* been plcketted continually and our business has been Injured In every way possible. Our new men have been as saulted, and in one case two of our non union men w*ere severely wounded. I simply give these facts to show why we have been compelled to close one of the finest plants on the coast, which during the past few years has paid to the work Ingmen of South Brooklyn millions of dollars. CASTRO WANTS THE MONEY. Not Only Taxes, But Custom Houses Duties Must Be Collected. Port of Spain, October 5. Emissaries of President Castro of Vtnozukhv. have ar | rived at Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela, vrithi S orders to collect forcibly not only the I taxes but the custom house duties, al I ready paid by Importers from May, 1902, I to A\igust. 1903. the period during which I the revolutionists occupied that city a9 government de facto. The amount de ! manded is abm^ $1,000,000. The foreigners especially the firms of Blohm and com pany, German; Palazzl and company, American, have refused to pay, claiming that duties had been already legally palds Menaces and vexatious tactics are employed against the foreigners. Herr Sprlck, a German, refused to pay back duties and a cargo of rum belonging to his firm, which was landed from a steamer was seized by the government and sold at public auction for almost nothing. The German merchant in this manner, lost $25,000. Venezuelan mer chants. who refuse to pay* having no protection .are imprisoned. A reign of terror exists everywhere at Ciudad Bolivar, and consequently trade is paralyzed in every direction. President Castro’H representatives at Ciudad Bolivar was quoted as saying: “Germany and the other foreign powers obliged the Venezuelan government to pay millions. Now. It Is Venezuela who forces the foreigners to reimburse her." BRYAN MAKING SPEECHES. Democratic Leader Working for John H. Clarke in Ohio. Cleveland, O , October 5.—Hon. W. J. Bryan spoke three times In the inter est of the state democratic ticket to day, at Napoleon in the morning, at Oak Arbor in the afternoon and at Sandusky tonight. Large crowd3 heard the democratic leader at each place. He spoke for two hours at Napoleon and an hour each at the other places. He en dorsed the candidacy of John H. Clarke for the United States senate. After the Sandusky meetin:, Mr. Bryan left for New York. Today’s speeches are the last that Mr. Bryan will make in Ohio during this campaign. . «»» . D. Leroy Dresser Will Testify. N'W York. October 5.—It was an nounced In Wall street today that D. Leroy Dresser, formerly president of the Trust Company of the Republic would take the stand on Wednesday morning, at the hearing of tho Conkllng case against the United States Shipbuilding •nmpany and give a full account of his. ■onnectlon with the whole affair. Receiver Is Wanted. Clarksburg, W. Va., October a.—Charles C. Moore and other Ohio parties have tsked for a special receiver for the Jack ion Iron and Tin Plate company at this place. The object of the suit is to enjoin :he directors from making a sale of the property which they have threatened to lo. The assets are 139-1,000; liabilities, 1412.000.