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VOL. 30 " BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1903. / 10 PAGES NO. 214. DOWIE WILL BE ’ PUTON STAND Prophet Will Have to Disclose Fioaocial Affairs - I THE OUTLOOK IS GLOOM! ■ j •Veceiver* Find But $12,000 In Both of the Banks, and It Is Not Believed Zion City's Industries ' to, Ar* Solvent. Chicago, December 3.—John Alexander Diwie will be put on the witness stand before Bankruptcy Referee Sidney C. Kastman and under oath will be required to answer all questions regarding the fin ancial affairs of Zion City. While the date for the occupancy has sot yet been Bet, Judge Kohlsaat this afternoon en tered the order which requires the over seer of the Christian Catholic church to submit to an examination. This action was taken on motion by Attorney Samuel Kttelson, who filed the original petition In bankruptcy against Dowie. "This application was not made for the purpose of harassing Dr. Dowie,” said Et telson. “The receivers are now making an investigation of Dowie’s afTairs, and they will undoubtedly need his testimony to get a correct knowledge of his financial condition.” Receivers Blunt and Currier spent most of the day at Zion City, looking into all accounts which they could find, so that they might prepare the report which Judge Kohlsaat has asked for concerning the advisability. In the Interest of credit-, ors, of continuing the operation of alf Industries belonging to Dowie. Funds Are Short. The receivers, it was said tonight, have found only *12,000 in both of Dowle;s banks. It is not ill ly that any of the industries will be closed down, as in such an event thousands of persons In Zion City would thus be deprived of a means of livelihood. This is said to be one of the main reasons why Dowie will be retained as manager of the business under the di rection of the receivers. The receivers realize Dowte's strong hold on his followers, and wish to prevent any turn in events which might turn Zion City Into a deserted village. That Zion City's two chief industries— the lace works and candy factory—are not paying expenses, was officially disclosed today in an examination of the plants by Chief Custodian Rodieskl. After ques tioning closely the managers of both concerns, Rodieskl said: Outlook Not Hopeful. “If Dowie relies on the Industries of Zion City to pay his Indebtedness, the town will be in the hands of receivers a year from now. Neither lace works nor the candy factory is on a paying basis. In the case of the lace works. I under stand that lack of raw material Is to blame. No one seems to know what is the matter with the candy factory. Rodieskl Is now skeptical about the abili ty of Dowie to vacate the receivership. “Dowie may have a million or two up his sleeve for all I know,’’ he said, "but I have been unable to see any evidence of financial strength in Zion City.” INJUNCTION FOR ZIONISTS. Bondsman Does Not Want Dowie to Get Trust Fund. Binghamton, N. Y., December 3.—An in junction was served on Charles J. Cook, who represents the Zion City Interests In this city, restraining him from turning over to Dowie a trust fund now held by him for his daughter, Pearl Cook. The action was brought by Charles H. Carmen, one of the bondsmen for Cook, as general guardian for Pearl Cook. Car men seeks to be relieved of the responsi bility of said bond and asks that Cook be restrained from disposing of a S1200 mortgage which he holds as guardian for his daughter. MAN WITH EAR RETURNS. Remarkable Surgical Operation Is Ap parently a Success. New York, December 3—The western mine owner who procured through the medium of $5000 a new ear. which was grafted upon his head after being cut from another man’s head, has returned from the private hospital In Philadelphia where the operation was conducted by a I" w York surgeon. Circulation has been established in the foreign flesh, and apparently the opera tion was a success. There Is some swell ing about the places where the stitches were taken, and a few small gatherings of pus. but the surgeaon says there Is no menace to the ear and this will soon dis appear under treatment. The man who sold his ear has returned to his home near Pittsburg, where he has a wife and child. STEER IS PROFITABLE. University of Nebraska Clears About $1000 on "Challenger." Chicago, December 3.—Challenger, the champion steer of the live stock exhibi tion. was the center of attraction at the stock yards today. It was announced that Challenger had set a new record in cattle investments. Having been bought by the University of Nebraska for $65, he was fed on a special diet costing 30 cents a day for six and one-half months. The total cost of the steer up to the day he was landed In Chicago was slightly more than $130. Since he was brought here. Challenger has won seven prizes, the cash bonus ag gregating $450. He will be sold at public auction tomorrow and Is expected to bring about $7f«>. giving the university a profit approximately $1000. Wealthy Farmer Shot. Huntington. \V. Vs., December 3.—Sum ner Swan, a prominent former, shot and mortally wounded Harrison Fowler, a brother-in-law. Fowler is 03 years of age and owns valuable real -state In the county. _ Testimony of Defense in Mur der Trial is Weak ACCUSED ON THE STAND Nervous and Wringing His Hands, the Confessed Slayer of Miss Allie Armstrong Pleads That He Was Drunk. Tuskegee, December 3.—(Special.)—Ner vous and wringing his hands Ralph Arm strong, charged with killing his cousin, MIsb Allie Armstrong, took the stand In his own behalf today and testified that he knew nothing of the killing, in fact knew nothing from the afternoon of the killing until 11 o'clock that night when his aunt, Mrs. E. E. Delbrldge, told him he had Bliot Alile. The defendant testified that he was drunk and had been for several days. He stated that he recollected making the statement that he and Miss Armstrong had been married just after he came back from Atlanta, but explained that he said It in a jesting manner. He did not re member that he gave Homer Wright a paper in Auburn. If he did he did not remember, as he was drunk. He remem bered sending a telegram to him to de stroy the note. He said if he did write notes he said something about expecting trouble with J. J. Motley at Auburn. Armstrong's Testimony Rebutted. The state Introduced witnesses rebut ting Armstrong's testimony In full. Wil liam Malone testified he saw Armstrong on the afternoon of the killing and knew that he was not drunk. G. W. Chester saw' Armstrong at 10 o’clock after the killing. He was not drunk. R. L. Wll | kerson testified that he saw Armstrong [ at 9 o’clock after the killing and he was not drunk. A long list of witnesses were introduced from Auburn and Opelika, who testified that Armstrong’s character was bad. The defendant had only his relatives on the stand in his behalf. Mrs. E. E. Del bridge, his aunt, and Henry and James Delbridge. his cousins, all testified that Armstrong was drunk, exceedingly drunk, that night. J. B. Lyons of Opelika, tes tified that James Delbridge told him that Armstrong said: ”1 killed Allie and I am d- glad of it.” Peter Conner testified that Armstrong sent for him at the jail and said to witness during conversation: “I was not drunk, but was drinking the night I killed Allie.” Testimony of Defense Weak. The testimony Introduced by the de fense appeared exceedingly weak and it is thought that the only thing hoped for is that the jury will give the defendant a life sentence. The state and defense closed this after noon. Solicitor S. L. Brewer spoke first for the state and his argument lasted for nearly tw’o hours. R. B. Barnes opened for the defense and in an eloquent appeal pleaded to the jury in behalf of his client. His appeal was pathetic at times and the prisoner, his mother, brother and the spectators were weeping. Ray Rushton of Montgomery, will close for the defense and W. C. Fitts for the state on tomorrow and the judge will deliver his charge. Then the fate of Armstrong will be in I the hands of the jury. EXTEND THANKS TO MR. ROOSEVELT DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDER ACY IN TEXAS CONGRATULATE HIM FOR VINDICATING CONFED ERATE PRINCIPLES. Houston, Tex., December 3.—The Texas chapter of the Daughters of the Confed eracy today adopted the following reso | lutions: j “Whereas, the President of the United ! States, by his recent course towards the republic of Panama has shown to the world his endorsement of the principle of the right of secession, and “Whereas, the people of the northern states, by their acceptance and approval of his course have shown that they have been led by him out of the fog of igno rance to the bright realms of truth, at tained by the southern statesmen so many years ago, be it “Resolved, That we extend to the Pres I ident the hearty thanks of the Daughters of the Confederacy of the state of Texas, in convention assembled, for his endorse ment of the principles and his vindication of the cause for which the southern peo ple fought so gloriously, but so disas trously, In the war between the states.'* BIRMINGHAM SHOWS INCREA8E. Number of Registrations During the Past Fiscal Year 2097. Washington, December 3.—(8pecial.)~ Tl.e annual report of the third assistant postmaster general for the last fiscal year shows that in the state of Alabama there were 3»>98 registrations by city letter car riers, being an increase of 47.92 per cent over last year. The city of Birmingham showed an increase of 43.13 per cent, the number of registrations being 2u97. The city ranks thirtieth In this respect. The number of registrations by rural i carriers in Alabama was 2573, as compared with low last year. During the six months ending December SI. 1902. the number of registered letters sent from the state was: Domestic letters. 152.371; parcels. 25.182; foreign letters. 2097; par cels. 208. College Club House Closed. Medford, Mass.. December 3.—By order of the board of health of Somerville, the boarding house connected with the Theta Chi Society club house at Tufts college, has been closed, two cases of typhoid fever having developed among students | who took their meals at the club house. WILD EXCITEMENT PREVAILS IN THE AMERICAN COTTON MARKETS Unprecedented Rush to Buy Following the Government’s Estimate of a 9,962,039 Bale Crop Sends Prices Soaring Upward from 60 to 91 Points Above Wednesday’s Closing Figures, and 25c Cotton is Predicted at New Orleans—Scenes in Exchange Indiscribable.. New Orleans, December 3.—Today was the wildest day ever seen in the cotton market. The bureau estimate at 11 o’clock of 9,962,039 bales for this season's crop, sent prices up frdm 90 to 91 points above yesterday’s closing figures. The confusion was so great that trading was difficult, and it was fully two minutes after the estimate was read before quo tations were posted. Within four mtn utes prices had advanced 40 points. The advance was steady until March stood 60 points higher than the last quo tation before the reading of the estimate. From the highest level, there was an im-| mediate and wide recession under heavy profit-taking. The recession was of short duration, however, and was followed by another upward movement, Tvhich car ried prices skyward. Traders could hardly appreciate the bullishness of the estimate when it ap peared in ln,"ge figures on a blackboard held over the ring by one of the exchange employes. In a few seconds the ring was full of wildly waving arms, wrhile hats went up Into the air, and shouting was heard for blocks along Carondolet and Gravler streets. In their enthusiasm bulls predicted 25 cent cotton. More conserv ative members, however, thought that 15 cents was high enough for some time to come. Visitors Crowd the Floor. Up to 11 o'clock there was much sub dued excitement on the floor, trading was heavy and the trading of the day was probably greater than on any preceding day in the history of the exchange. Early in the day the floor was crowded by vis itors from the country and space had to be roped off about the ring to give as much room as possible to brokers to trade In. The galleries and part of the trading room was crowded with ladies. It was J easily the largest crowd, both of trad ers and of visitors, ever seen on the ex change. The traders who had sold short made frantic efforts to cover In the first few minutes. Some succeeded in getting un der cover before the price had advanced too far. but there were few’ so fortunate, for In the first three minutes the figures In March options advanced 34 points, and at 'the end of eight minutes the prices had advanced 59 points and March wras quoted at 12H cents. Other months also made tremendous jumps. January going up 34 points in five and one-fourth min utes. Eight and a quarter minutes after the report wras read the market received the first check. The rise in March figures suddenly stopped at 12.50, and the next sa'a quarter of a minute later was seven poi;Hs lr>wer. The-lwars mpd&,great ef forts to keep the price down, but th& bull movement was irreslstable and a few min utes later prices were again on the boom. “Bull” Brown Cool. The coolest, but at the same time the happiest, man throughout all the excite ment was W. P. Brown, the well known bull leader. In speaking of the bureau report Mr. Brow’n said: “It confirms the reports of a short crop." In answer to a question he said: “I have been buying pretty heavily dur ing the past few’ days. There is a strong bull market. The supply of cottop is not enough to go around. The estimate is lower than any one expected—lower than I expected. In former years the bureau has been very successful in estimating the crop. Their figures this time should be about right. As a result of these con ditions, prices wilUbe higher and remain up. That makes a pretty big day.” Mr. Brown did little business in the ring. Occasionally he made a trade and when he did it was with the same deliber ate gestures that the astounded brokers In the New York exchange were compell ed to face last summer. CONFERENCE RESUMED. Colorado Coal Operators Threatened With General Strike. Trinidad. Colo.. December 3.—National President John Mitchell of the national organize!a and officials of District 15 to day resumed the coal strike conference. It is reported that It has been decided to insist that the miners shall be permitted to select pit bosses and camp physicians. If the operators refuse <0 grant a con ference, or In the event that no agree ment is reached, it is said to be the In tention of the mine officials to tie up all Colorado mining Industries In a sympa thetic strike if possible. Runners have been sent to the surrounding camps to spread the news. Urquhart Resigns. New Fork, December 3.—At the annua! meeting of the stockholders of the Amer ican Cotton Oil company today, the resig nation of Edmond Urquhart as a director was accepted. Mr. Urquhart is probably the oldest living man in the cotton seed oil business. Francis I,. Line, president of the First National bank, was chosen In his place. The other retiring directors were re-elected. LIEUT. BANKHEAD WEDS IN CHICAGO SON OF CONGRESSMAN BANK HEAD OF ALABAMA IS MARRIED TO MISS ALICE STICKNEY, THE WARD OF THE LATE JUDE LONG. Chicago, December 3.—Lieut. Henry Bankhead. U. ft. A., son of Congressman Bunkheud of Alabama, and .Miss Alice Stlckney, whose guardian was the late Judge Long, at one time consul general to Egypt, were married here today at the home of Mrs. (Jeorge M. Pullman. Miss Stlckney has spent several sum mers with Mrs. Pullman at Elberon. N. J. The wedding was a quiet one, as Mrs. Bankheard is In mourning for her late guardian. The young couple, after the wedding, left for the south. They will sail for the Philippines In February, Lieutenant Bankhead having been order ed to report for duty at Manila. MITCHELL URGES MINERS TO STRIKE Says the Companies Should j Also Obey the Law HE IS GREETED BY CHEERS f After Conducing Speech to Colorado | Miners, Advising Them to Battle for Their Rights, President Gets an Ovation. Trinidad. Colo., December 3.—With the temperature at the freezing: point, Pres ident Mitchell addressed a crowd of 4500 j in the open air this afternoon. Mitchell 1 was blue from cold at the conclusion. He said in part: “I cannot tell when or how the strike j will end, whether in a day, a month or a year, that depends on yourselves. If you are of the same mind as I am. you I will mine no more coal till your receive 1 fair compensation under proper condi tions. I understand the Citizens' Alliance, both here and in Denver, states that the men have no grievance and are out be cause they have been intimidated by agi tators. This is a short-sighted policy. Business men profit by higher wages The companies should obey the law as they ask you to do. “Be peaceable and law-abiding, and strike, and strike, und strike until you win!” Loud, prolonged cheers greeted the speaker's last words. "The conditions of the strike are un [ changed and I see no immediate chance for a settlement,” said President Mitchell tonight. Summons were served on Mr. Mitchell j today, citing him to appear in court with i in twenty days to answer a suit for dam ages for $85,000, brought by the Victor Fuel company a gut n tpe T life. .Mine Workers of America* its A'stovW vice president'Mnd all officers, and organisers on national and district boards, alleging $50,000 loss in profits, $35,000. paid out for guards and other damages to the amount of $10,000. This evening President Mitchell re ceived word from Hastings that the Victor Fuel company was tearing down the houses of the men there. These houses are owned by the men, but are built on the land of the fuel company, and the miners pay for the use of the ground. The houses are being torn down over the heads of the families. Steps will be taken at once to start criminal and civil proceedings against the com pany, if the report proves true. premierMains POLICY OF STATE PETROFF SAYS BULGARIA WAS NOT TO BLAME FOR MACEDO NIAN DISTURBANCES, BUT WAS THE VICTIM OF SCHEME. Sofia. December 3.—In the sobrarije (na tional assembly) today, during the debate on the address in reply to Prince Ferdi nand’s speech from the throne, Premier Petroff explained the policy of the gov ernment. He said that the government had taken measures to place the Bulga rian forces in a position to defend the country’s interests which his predecessors had abandoned to the discretion of a for eign power. The government was doing its utmost to avoid a war. Premier Petroff said that the Macedo nian question was created by the treaty of Berlin, but that since then the situa tion had become worse, driving the youth of the country to emigration or revolu tion. The refugees today numbered 160, 000. I’nfortunately. said the premier, tho ports, Instead of endeavoring by straight forward measures to efface the effect of the situation on state affairs, had suc ceeded in making certain governments believe that Bulgaria was responsible for the revolution In Macedonia. Owing to the representations of certain ! great powers. Bulgaria had called out : the reserves in order to prevent bands of sympathizers with the revolution from crossing the frontier, while the measures adopted by Turkey had forced the Bul garian government to incur other extra ordinary army expenditures. Fortunate ly. the Macedonian question was now ap proaching a solution. SPANISH CABINET RESIGNS. Action Is Due to Republican Policy of Destruction. Madrid, December 3.—At the close of today's ministerial council the Marquis 1 Vlllaverde. the premier, proceeded to the | palace and tendered the resignation of the cabinet to King Alfonso. The resignation of the ministry was the outcome of difficulty encountered In get ting the budget voted In the face of the republican policy of obstruction. It Is ex pected that General Azcarriuga. president of the senate, will be charged with ihe task of forming a new cabinet. The sudden decision of the cabinet is ! believed to be due to the fact that King j Alfonso will start for L/lsbon December 13, and that Premier Vlllaverde was an- , xlnus to get matters settled before his majesty s departure. Foulke Elected Captain. Princeton. N. J , Deermh. » 3.—Walter L. Foulke of Germantown, Pa., was elect ed captain of Ihe Princeton football team today. -le has played righ half-back on the 'varsity team for th- ;e years. New York. December 3.—An unprece-! dented rush to buy, a sensational soaring of prices upward, and the heaviest sales on record, followed the announcement on the cotton exchange today of the agri cultural department's estimate of the cotton crop of the present season at 9,902, 03D bales. At the sound of the word “nine," indicating the number of million bales In the estimate, a scene of frantic bidding set in, the shorts in their excite ment not waiting to learn that the total estimate was hut 37.901 bales short of the round ten millions, and instantaneously prices jumped from 10 to 20 points on tho iirst sale, the rise continuing until ad vances of from 30 to 40 points were reg istered before the close of an hour, and ] from 00 to 70 points before the upward movement was chacked. Then the uncovering of long cotton In tremendous volume met the advance, and the realization that the estimate was practically ten million bales caused a temporary reaction, but soon an in-pour of buying orders from outside markets and bullish reports sent prices upward again. The Prices. At the high point, reached shortly be fore the (dose. December sold at 12.32; January, 12.46; March, 12.59; May, 12.57, and July, 12.56, or 79 to 87 points above the low level of the morning. The mar ket closed strong at nearly the top with prices net 69 to 74 points higher. Sales estimated at 2,000.000 hqles exceeding any thing before recorded, while prices broke all records for the season of the cotton year. The cotton market opened with prices a little off from those at tin* closing of last night. The market was depressed to 11.60 for January and 11.73 for March. May, and Julj' and there seemed to be a dis position among the bidders on both sides to postpone trading until the government was received. When the report was read at noon the effect was electrical, and the immediate clamor of bidders drowned the reading of all but the first figure of the report. Shorts did not wait to hear wheth er the estimate might be only one bale less than ten million or only nine million, but in a panic rushed to cover and in fifteen minutes 12 cents or more was being asked for every option on the list. Wildest Buying on Record. Although the trade had been prepare^ for a low estimate, an average of pri vate estimates put forward last week by cotton exchange members being 10,353,000 bales, nothing below 10,000,000 had been anticipated and the wildest buying move ment in the history of the exchange en sued. So great was the excitement, with over 100 brokers Becking to buy all, that prices were 10 to 15 points apart In differ ent sections of the pit. The business was so great and the excitement so intense that the brokers were on the verge of col lapse, the maximum advance representing an enhancement In value of $3 to $3.50 per bale, and the fluctuations meaning the gain or loss of fortunes. WILL KEEP DOWN LAWLESSNESS. Governor Peabody of Colorado Will Control Striking Miners. Denver. December 3.—Governor Peabody i decided today that he would take steps to I nullify the action of the court at Cripple Creek should It liberate any of the "bull pen" prisoners. "The reign of the law breaking ele ment of the Western Federation of Miners has got to end In this state.” said the j governor. Attorney General Miller has advised the governor to instruct the military to re-arrest and hold at Camp Goldfield any of the prisoners charged with crimes who may be set free by the civil authorities at Cripple Creek. "Teller county Is in a state of anarchy," said Mr. Miller. "The civil authorities are aiding and abetting the lawless element. No man can get a fair trial in the coun ty. and no trials should be held until things have become normal.” ARE FOUND GUILTY. So-Called French Noblemen Charged With Immoral Acts. Paris. December 3.—The so-called Baron De A del sward and Count Do Warren were found guilty today of exciting mi nors to debauchery. Bach was sentenced to six months’ Imprisonment, and to de privation of civil rights for a period of five years. The trial of Dp Adelsward and De War ren has been before the lower courts for a long time and finally was carried to the superior court tribunal. The ac cused sought to show that the immoral acts charged were Incident to the per formance of erotic mysteries, including the worship of Idols, skulls and cross bones. symbolical of the devil. EDITORS DISCUSS THE TRINITY AFFAIR NORTH CAROLINA PRESS ASSO CIATION DECIDES THAT IT CAN NOT CONDEMN THE OPINION OF PROF. BASSETT. Washington, December S.—The refusal of the trustee* of Trinity college at Dur ham. N. to accept the resignation of l»r. Bassett, which had been offered on account of public criticism of bis state ment that Booker T. Washington ranked nest to Kobcrt E. Lee In the south, was the chief suljject of discussion at today's meeting of the North Carolina I'reas as sociation. The association finally decided that It had no authority to condemn the trus tees for refusing to accept the resigna tion. Three men, however, fought to the last to havi a stinging resolution con demning the statement of Bassett adopt ed arid deprecating the action of the trus tees A compromise resolution express ing indignation at the hanging In effigy of Josephus Daniels, editor of the ltalclgii News and Observer, a member of the association, was adopt'd The resolu tion declared that freedom of the press was thereb ’ hv the action of the student MOVEMENT IS FORAJREm Sentiment Favors New Conicn-' tion With Great Britain MEETING IN WASHINGTON Prominent Men Gather to Discuss the Needs of Arbitration Treaty With England and Will Push Plans for Its Consummation. Washington, December 3.—The awaken ing throughout the United States of the popular sentiment which it is hoped will develop into a national demand for an arbitration treaty between the United States and Great Britain was the object of a gathering this evening at the res idence of General John W. Foster, former secretary of state. It is understood the movement has the hearty approval of the President. Among those present today were Admiral Dewey, General Nelson A. Miles. Wayne McVeagh, Thomas Nelson Page, Gifford Plnchot, John Proctor and General H. V. Boynton. The gentlemen named are members of the local commit tee and will arrange for a meeting of the national arbitration committee in this city January 12, next. Regarding the scope of the plant which is to be pushed vigor ously in the hope of securing at an early date the conclusion of an arbitration treaty, following the general lines of the Hay-Pauncefote treaty of 1902, the Asso ciated Press is authorized to make this statement: Conference Held In Washington. In April, 1893, a notable conference of the friends of the International arbitra tion was held in Washington, attended by prominent and representative citizens from all parts of the United States. That conference decided in favor or an arbi tration treaty between the United States and Great Britain, and It was followed in January, 1897, by the signing of such treaty by Secretary Hay and Sir Julian Pauncefote. The treaty failed by a close vote to receive the two-thirds majority re quired for its ratification. “It is understood that prominent among the objections urged against the treaty were the complications growlfig out f the Clayton-Bulwer treaty, and the con troversy over the Alaska boundary. Those having been disposed of, it is felt that tile present is a favorable time to re awaken public sentiment in favor of a new arbitration treaty with Great Britain. France Has Taken Lead. It is pointed out that France lias al ready taken the lead of us in this mat ter by the convention recently made with Great Britain, when the United States, as a kindred nation, should have set the example. At a meeting of the executive committee appointed by the conference of 189<». held last week in New York, it was decided to call a meeting of the na tional arbitration committee in Washing ton on January 12 next to take this sub ject in consideration. “It is learned that Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, the new British ambassador, who has Just arrived in Washington, ip an earnest advocate of international arbi tration. While he has not associated in the movement in this country, it can be stated that Sir Mortimer may be relied on to bring about In Great Britain the re sult which the national arbitration com mittee in the United States is working for.” STEERAGE OF THE CEDRIC CROWDED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF STEER AGE PASSENGERS EVER CAR RIED FROM A UNITED STATES PORT SAIL FROM NEW YORK. New York. December 3.—Fifteen hun dred steerage passengers sailed on the Star liner Cedric, which left here yester day for Liverpool. This Is the largest number of passengers ever carried from a United States port on any steamer. The French line steamer La Tourraine, which sailed today, carried 1000 steerage pas sengers and it was estimated than over 200 steerage passengers with tickets were left on the dock, owing to the over-sell ing of accommodations. The line has agents all over the country selling tick ets, and as advices regarding the num ber of tickets sold for a vessel are not received until the day before sailing, it Is impossible to ascertain the number of tickets sold. Those who came first w«*re sent on board before their tickets were examined. For several months the number of steerage passengers on all outgoing steamers has been very heavy. During the fall months there Is usually a great er number of steerage passengers, includ ing those whose busy time Is during the summer and who wish to revisit their old homes. The travel this fall, how ever, has been heavier than usual and It is thought many laborers, especially Ital ians. have been able to accumulate what Is to them a competency, anil now that i there is less demand for their services ; they are returning to their native lands j to remain permanently. Boodle Cases Postponed. Grand Rapids, Mich.. December 3.—Lant Iv. Salisbury, the people’s chief witness in the water scandal bribery cases. Is still 11! ami an adjournment has been taken of further examinations in the police court until Saturday. ♦ THE WEATHER. ♦ ♦ - ♦ ♦ Washington. December • Fore- ♦ ♦ cast for Alabama Generally fair ♦ ♦ Friday and Saturday: variable ♦ ♦ winds, becoming northerly and ♦ ♦ fresh. ♦ ♦ ♦ DIN AFTER SENATOR SMOOT IpizT Union in Washingtoa lo Carry on Fight MBS, SMOOT ALSO PBESEIT Wife and Private Secretary of Mormon Statesman Attend Meeting, But Leave Before It Is Ovor« Campaign it Begun. Washington. December 3.—A union ot women's clubs with headquarters In Washington, was formed here today to secure the expulsion of Senator Reed Smoot of Utah, from the United Statot senate. The formation of the union was the re sult of a conference called by Mrs. Fred erick Schoff, of Philadelphia, the presi dent of the National Congress of Mothers. Half a dozen other national organizations were represented at the meeting. Mrs. Lucia Blount was elected president of the local union, the name of*which la to be the Union of Women's clubs. Mrs. T. Hamilton of Washington, D. C.. will act as secretary-treasurer. A call will be issued and sent out over the country ot raise $3000 for the purpose of employing an attorney to assist In the fight, and a pamphlet will be issued. A committee from the meeting culled by appointment on the President. Following the meeting for the organiza tion of the union, there was a public con ference at the Church of the Covenant. Dr. J D. McMillan of New York, said that Senator Smoot's exclusion was not desired because he Is a Mormon, but be cause he Is an apostle In the Mormon church, and has taken vows and oaths which conflict with those of the United States. Mrs. Hamlin said the objection to the retention of bis seat by Senator Smoot was the union of the church and state. The presence of the private secretary to Senator Smoot and bis wife at the meeting caused some comment. They i left before the meeting was concluded. ALL LITIGATION BELIEVED ENDED WRANGLE OVER THE ESTATE OF \ \ THE LATE HENRY B. PLANT IS NOW ON THE EVE OF A COMPRO MISE. New Haven, Conn., December 3.-Liti gation In t.ils state over the SlT.OuO.OOO es tate of the late Henry Bradley Plant will be ended, If the petition tiled late today shall be granted by Judge Cleve land at a hearing on December 15. The petitioners are Charles E. Hoadley, Em met B. Hoadley, Horace Q. Hoadley of Waterbary, Conn., who have been In liti gation with the executors of the estate for moro than a year, and Morton F. Plant of Groton, Conn ; George H. Tilley of Darien. Conn.; and Mrs. Margaret J. Plant of New York, widow of the tes tator. Although Mrs. Plant s name appears aji one of the petitioners, It Is not signed to the petition, but the court understood that to be a mere oversight. The petition sets forth the history of the litigation from the death of Mr. Plant, in 1899, and details the main points of his will. Under It Messrs. Hoadley and Emmet B. Hoadley were recipients of an annuity. When the executors won the New York court’s approval to the claim that Mr. Plant was a resident of the state, they placed with a trust company a iund to secure the payment of the annuity to the Hoadleys. Contest was brought by the latter In Connecticut to prevent the fur ther removal of the estate, and also a suit was brought praying for the removal of the executors on the ground that they were acting Illegally. The fact that the Hoadleys bow join in a petition which asks that the probate court of New Haven district declare that Mr. Plant was at the time of death a resident of New York and that proceed ings in this state be made ancillary to those in New York. Indicates that a set tlement has been effected, and that the suits brought by the Hoadleys will not be pressed. Samuel Gompers Needed. Pittsburg. December 3.—President Sam uel Gompers, president of the American Federation of T.abor, has been asked to come to Pittsburg to settle a trade tight. The request was made by 48 lodges of the International Brotherhood of Boilermak ers and Ship Builders, who are at present holding a meeting here. The delegates, it Is said, base their complaint upon the fact that the international officers declared a $2 special strike assessment without hav ing it voted upon by the referendum. Transfer Signed. Paris. December 3.—Foreign Minister Deloasse has signed the transfer of M. C. De Margerle. counsellor of the French embassy at Washington, to Madrid, where he will have the same relation to Am bassador Cambon is existed while M. Cambon was ambassador at Washington. M. De Margerle will go direct to Madrid. This terminates the projected visit to America «>f M. Holland, who is a brother of Mme. De Margerle. Will Fight Dreyfus. Paris, December 3.—The nationalist members of the chamber of deputies held a meeting today at which they adopted <& resolution criticising the governemnt’s ac tion in the revision of the Dreyfus rage, saying they regarded it as a political move, preliminary to a judicial step which •’only the enemies of th** country could make'' and affirming that U is ihe nation alists* purpose to continue the struggle against Dreyfus. Griders’ 25c meals are the talk south of Mason and Dixon’s line