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\ ____________ VOL. 30 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER r>, 1903. lO PAGES NO. 213. IOODY WES ANNUAL REPORT ON J NAVY Organization of the Department Deserves Careful Thought of lire Country EXPENDITURES FOR TEAR ARE UNUSUALLT HEAVT Percentage of Citizenship in the Navy Is Steadily Growing and Number of Desertions Is No Cause for Alarm. Washington. December 4.—Secretary Moody in his annual report refers at length to the organization of the navy de partment. “As the naval establishment grows in importance," he says, "and the amount of public money devoted to its mainte nance is increased, its proper administra tion justly becomes an object of solici tude. There has been, therefore, much discussion concerning the organization of the department. It is asserted by many, both within and without the naval ser vice, that alterations in the organic law governing the administration of the naval affairs would result in an increased effi ciency and economy. The agitation for a change comes from so many and such re sponsible quarters that it cannot be de nied consideration. "The proposals for congress may be classified as follows: “First—Alterations in the organization of naval yards, which will increase the power and responsibility thereover, and for work progressing therein. “Second—The consolidation of the bu reaus in the department. “Third—The creation of a general staff which shall be responsible for the effi ciency of the vessels afloat, and the per sonnel of the navy; and shall collect and digest military information upon which plans for active operations may be for mulated. and act as the miLLUu\y adwtoos of the secretary, having no authority ex cept such as may be conferred upon it from time to time by the secretary. Wants Proposals Considered. “It is not my purpose to recommend, posals. but only to bring them forward pot ale, but only to bring them forward for the earnest discussion and considera tion which their importance deserves. Mere change is not reform and none should be attempted until it appears clear ly that conditions would be bettered thereby. I venture, however, to express the hope that congress may give to the whole subject of the organization its best thought and argument. The cost of our naval establishment, as well as the im portance of the efficiency of our navy, will simply warrant all the study which can be given. “Differences of opinion still exist as to the measure of success which has attain ed the consolidation of the engineer corps with the line. Both the chief of the bu reau of navigation and the chief of the bureau of steam engineering, believe that the consolidation is working well. “It is gratifying to note that the per centage of citizenship in the enlisted force of tlie navy is steadily growing. The number of enlisted men in the service June 30. 1903. was 27,245. Of this number 79.8 per cent were native born, and 10.9 per cent naturalized citizens, the total percentage of citizenship being therefore 90.7 per cent, as compared with 89 per cent at the beginning of the fiscal year. Desertion Percentages. “The maximum percentage of desertions under peace conditions is little less than 1 17 per cent, the minimum a little more I than 9 per cent and the normal between 11 and 12 per cent. During the fiscal year 1903 the percentage of desertions was 12.5, a little above the normal percentage in time of peace. Ways and means by w'hich to reduce the number of desertions are receiving and will continue to receive earnest and thoughtful attention; but in view of the history of the offense, present conditions cannot be rcgar|ed as alarm me. "Four out of fourteen warrant officers who applied for examination passed and have been commissioned as ensigns. "The effective force was increased dur ing the fiscal year by the addition of i twenty-five new vessels—one battleship, ' four liarhor defense monitors, twelve tor pedo boat destroyers, one torpedo boat and seven submarine boats. Results at tained on all stations show a uniformity of improvement. The expenditures for the support of the navy, which has In creased considerably, were during the last fiscal year larger than In any year of our history, except 1164 and 11RT>. nnd are certain to increase still further. The total In 1S0P. was $«.fi18,084." DIEHL FIRST WITNESS. He Will Give ti/iden:e in the Wood Case Monday. Washington. December 4.—The first wit ness to be heard on Monday by the sen ate military affairs committee which Is Investigating the nomination of General I.eonard Wood to be a major general, will he Col. Charles S. Diehl, assistant general manager of the Associated Press Major James E. Runcle has been recalled nnd will be here Monday. He will be examin ed concerning the contradiction of some of his testimony by Ray Standard Baker, the magazine writer. It is said that Senator Hanna will con tend that the re-auditing of General Wood's accounts furnishes a precedent for the re-auditing of Major Rathbnne's ac counts. for the reason that the latter ^ were prepared under Identical conditions The Baltimore in Hampton Roads. Norfolk. Va., December 4 —The cruiser Baltimore arrived In Hampton Roads to day from San Domingo and will coal here preparatory to acting as convoy for the torpedo boat destroyer flotilla on a trial In deep water. Three destroyers arc now coaling at Newport News for this trip. DOWIE BELIEVED 10 BE ABLE TO PAY ALL DEBTS Attorney Helmer Says 1 hat an Examination of the Prophet’s Accounts, as Near as He Can Determine, Shows Assets of $10,008,000 While Claims Are $400,000. nHICAGO, December 4.—Stronger proof of the fact that all John Alexander Dowie’s creditors are not a unit in the desire to have his es*'' tate administered by the bankruptcy court was given this afternoon. Seven creditors, representing claims of more than $10,000, filed an answer in the United States district court in which they ask Judge Kohlsaat to inquire into the ques tion of Dowie’s solvency at once. They denied that the head of Zion City is in solvent, or that he was in that condition when the bankruptcy proceedings were begun against him. The lawyers who represent these seven creditors declare that additional claims amounting to oktse to $100,000 will he united in the contest against the bankruptcy proceedings. Simultaneously with the filing of these objections, attorneys representing the $100,000 claim of Samuel Stevenson, Dowie’s brother-in-daw, announced that they would appear In the federal court tomorrow morning to ask that the orig inal petitioners be required to give an in demnifying bond in the sum of $200,000. This request will be made, it is said, for the purpose of establishing something on which to hold those w’ho brought the bankruptcy petition responsible, in the event the case is dismissed on a showing of Dowle’s solvency. At the same time Dowie's representa tives will ask Judge Kohlsaat to order the receivers to vacate the lace factory at Zion City. This industry is in charge of a corporation and as Dowie is not the sole stockholder, it will bo urged tbat this concern should not be controlled by the bankruptcy court. Attorney Frank Helmer, who represents clients having claims of about $100,000 against Dowie, said tonight: 'As nearly as I can determine from an examination of Dowie’s accounts, he has assets worth at least $10,000,000. while the claims against him do not exceed $400,000. Tf such Is the case, it iB wrong to con tinue the receivership.” Is Feared Thai Recess Nomi nations May Fail PROMOTIONS ARE IN DANGER Unless Both Branches of Congress Reach Agreement to End Present Session By Monday Noon Complications Will Ensue, Washington, December 4.—Unless there Is an agreement by both houses of con gress to adjourn the present session by noon Monday, when the regular session begins, all nominations must fail, and if the present special session ends by limi tation, thus preventing the President from sending recess appointments to the sen ate, all pending recess appointments must terminate with the convening of congress in its regular session. These consider ations today furnished the incentive for a number of conferences looking to an agreement to adjourn on Monday, or even tomorrow, in order to permit the Presi dent to send in recess appointments. Friends of General Wood are vitally in terested. and will try to bring about ad journment by concurrent action. Fail ure of action would mean General Wood's reversion to the rank of brigadier general and would have a similar afreet on the appointments of ll>7 army officers, ad vanced by reason of General Wood’s pro motion. all of whom have assumed the ranks and pay of their new appointments in the same manner as though their nom inations had been confirmed by the sen aie. Situation Canvassed. The situation also has been canvassed at the war department and considerable alarm is felt over the disturbance that will occur regarding officers who were promoted in recess and whose rank de pends on the promotion of General Wood and other officers. In view of this situ ation, it is hoped that the administra tion will suggest sine die adjournment. One reason given by the leaders of the house for not passing a resolution of ad journment, was that it would he a dis courtesy to the President to adjourn a called session without completing the work for which it was convened. Members of the senate say they were ready to adjourn ten days ago, and a res olution of adjournment probably would have been sent to the house, If It had not been reported and denied that the house would not give consideration to a resolu tion for adjournment. The situation Is perhaps without precedent. Would Return Wood Nomination. It was argued in the senate that if the nomination of Wood failed of confirma tion. the failure of the senate committee on military affairs to complete its hearing of charges against confirmation, or for other cause, the nomination would again lie sent to the senate for action at the reg ular session. This programme was sug gested on the theory that nominations and recess appointments have the same effect. An examination of the rules, how ever, discloses that a nomination does not carry authority for the President to clothe the nominee with the rank and pay of the office to which be Is appointed. In the case of a recess appointment the appointee is given the rank and pay of the position for which he is named, but under the constitution the commission continues until the end of the next session of the senate. The last paragraph of section 2. article 2, the constitution of the United States, Is as follows: ■ The President shall have power to fill tip all vacancies that may happen during the recess of the senate by granting com missions which shall expire at the end of j their next session.” Recess Must Occur. It Is argued by senators who have given serious thought to the questions involved that inasmuch as "the congress shall as semble at least once in every years, and such meeting shall be on the first Mon day in December, unless they shall by law appoint a different day," (article 1. last paragraph of section 4), a recess must oc , cur between the termination of the pres ent extra session and the beginning of the next session in order to relieve the embarrassment resulted on failure to con firm the army nominations referred to. The merging of the apodal session Into the regular session would leave only an Inflnltesmally small recess and not suf ficient,. it Is feared, for recess appoint ments to be made. Both the senate and the house will be in Besslon tomorrow, tint from appearances neither body cares to take the initiative and the outcome is uncertain. The sen ate committee on military affairs will convene Monday at 11 o'clock to resume Its hearing of the Wood case. If the hearing should continue until one minute after 12 o'clock the committee would be In the unique position of Investigating a matter which was not pending before the senate COTTON ILLS FACE A CRISIS Widespread Curtailment May Soon be Necessary OPERATORS ARE GLOOM! Conditions Confronting the Industry Are the Worst in Many Years and Concerted Action Is the Only Hope. Boston, December 4.—That a widespread curtailment of production by cotton mills in the United States will be found neces sary during the next few months on am count of the great cost of the raw ma terial, is the opinion of leading mill nun in this city, from which the policy of many cotton mills In the north are direct ed, The market for finished material has been unsatisfactory for months, and prices have not risen correspondingly with those of cotton. The mills in New England employ fully 175,000 hands, 65,000 of whom have had their wages reduced ten per cent this fall, and 15,000 aditional will be cut out within the next two weeks. A matter of great Interest in New Eng land is the project now on foot in the 1 southern states to bring about a general curtailment. A meeting of the southern manufacturers has been called for next Tuesday, and if a policy of widespread curtailment shall be adopted it will have much influence on the future action in large New England mill centers. Southern Policy Has Influence. Whether or not a general agreement in the north to shut off the steam can be reached In the present crisis is not known at this time, but it is expected that if the southerners decide on a general policy of retrenchmen It will induce a large number of northern manufacturers, es pecially in Fall River and* Rhode Island, to stop their spindles. If no agreement is reached In the south there is little likelihood of an un derstanding being arrived at b'y northern mill owners as a whole. Most manufacturers here agree that the I cotton situation is the most critical for | twenty-five years. I Arnold B. Sanford, president of the American cotton yarn exchange here, says: "The situation is very serious and the outlook offers no encouragement. I can not see anything but a general curtail ment. The conditions confronting the In dustry are the worst In many years. The mills will not manufacture at a loss. They must, therefore, curtail production and reduce wages. This will result un doubtedly in great suffering. "The one thing to be done under these circumstances to save the situation. 1s for the manufacturers to get together throughout the south and New England, for It cannot be done without concerted action, curtail production, reduce wages and break the present speculation by not buying cotton. Difficult to Make Terms. “Seldom in the history of the business has It been so difficult for the managers and fheir selling agents .to make terms acceptable to buyers and consumers. This has been the cause of the poor demand and the poor price schedule.” Should no general curtailment In New England he agreed upon during the win ter. It is thought that the mills that are financially the strongest only will be able j to keep all their machinery in operation. In Manchester, N. H.. Lowell and a num 1 here of Maine points, there Is said to be a large supply of old cotton on hand, but in Fall River and many Rhode Island towns, and elsewhere, the amount Is limited. There are about 1900 cotton mills In the , United States with nearly 22,000.000 spln 1 dies. Of this 570 mills, with nearly 14.504. ! 000 spindles, are in New England. About j 2.192,000 bales of cotton are consumed an* i nually In the northern states when tha | mills are all running. Bank and Postoffice Robbed. j Raleigh. N. C\. December 4.—Both the I hank and postoffice at Mount Olive. N. I C., on the line of the Atlantic f’oast Line I road, were robbed last night, about 44t>0 | in money and stamps being taken from the postoffiee and 471 from the bank. The postoffice safe was wrecked, but the at tempt on the bonk vault failed. I ho robbers left no trace. Eleven Miners Killed. Liege. Belgium. December 4.-Eleven coal minors were killed today at the CJas son-La Quasz mine at Montengc. by the breaking of the rope with which the cage was being hauled up. The men were pre cipitated to the bottom of the pit, and *heir bodies were horribly mangled. DEATH PENALTY Jury Returns Verdict ef Mur der in first Degree . NOTICE OF APPEAL GIVEN 4f Dazed and Unable to Speak, Young Man Convicted of Killing His Cousin Hears Sentence Passed By Judge Denson, t vjf 1 •/ - Tuskegec, December 4.—(Special.)—"We, the Jury, find the defendant guilty of murder in the first degree and lix the pun ishment at death.” This was the verdict of the jury in the case of Ralph Armstrong, charged with the murder of his cousin, Miss Allle Arm strong, at Notasulga on the night of Oc tober 23. The jury had been out only a little over an hour before the verdict was reached. The news quickly spread and by the time the defendant was brought Into court there was a large crowd pres ent. The defendant heard his death warrant read. He sat as if dazed and his lips moved, but not a sound escaped. Arm strong was then asked to step forward, and aided by the sheriff did so. The judge set the date of his hanging at January 8. Armstrong, aided by the sheriff, was seat ed. Attorneys Will Appeal. The attorneys for the defense gave no tice of appeal and tjhjs will stay execution for some time. Should Armstrong be hanged, he will be the first white man who ever dropped from the gallows in this county. There is no sympathy expressed for the defendant, but all deeply sympathize with his aged mother, who has defended her son from the start and sat beside him during the trial, but it is thought the ver dict will break her down. With no one to testify In his behalf but his relations and himself, Armstrong and his attorneys fought hard against the death sentence. Armstrong is the son of the late H. Clay Armstrong, ex-consul to Brazil and ex-grand secretary of Alabama Masons. No trial has attracted so much atten tion, as Armstrong corner from one of the most prominent families In the south. Shot Woman He Lovetf. Armstrong is charged with a cruel mm* der. He was in love with his first cousin, Miss A Hie Armstrong. She spurned his | love and he shot her down in her own home. He claimed he was drunk and knew nothing about the killing, nut the state proved he was sober. The girl was known to have been a pure young lady and had just returned from a stay in At lanta with relatives when she was kill ed. The community is satisfied with the sentence. The court opened this morning and Ray Rushton of Montgomery closed for the j defense, while ex-Attorney General W. C. Fitts closed for the state. This after | noon Judge N. D. Denson charged the I jury in a concise and pointed manner, then the case went to the jury, j Armstrong is a young man 21 years of | age. and is said to have a bad character. Nothing has stirred the city and county as this trial. It is being discussed every where tonight. OFFER NO WITNESSES. Counsel for Accused Postal Clerks Show Great Confidence. Baltimore, December 4.—Pinning confi dence in their belief that the prosecution has failed to make a prima facie case i against former postal clerks Thomas W. McGregor and Columbus E. T’pton, coun sel for the defense in the trial for alleged conspiracy to defraud the government by selling leather pouches at exorbitant prices, decided to close the case without putting a single witness on the stand to testify for their clients. When United States Attorney John C. Rose announced that the government closed its case, it was generally thought that witnesses for the defense would be called immediately. William S. Bryan of counsel for the accused caused decid ed surprise when he arose and said: "We don't think the government has made out a prima facie case and, there fore, wo will offer no witnesses." Mr. Bryan then announced that papers will be prepared tomorrow and exchanged between counsel. Arguments will be of fered Monday. Herbert Spencer Very III. London. December ■!.—A bulletin Issued here this afternoon announces that the condition of Herbert Spencer, the famous writer, who has been ill for some time, Is causing grave anxiety. HEAVY LOSSES IN THE SAUNA FIRE FOUR-STORY BUILDING OCCUPIED BY THE H. D. LEE COMPANIES IS DESTROYED. ENTAILING A LOSS OF $500,000. Salina. ICan.. December 4.—Fire that started here at noon today and which for a lime threatened the entire business district, destroyed the four-story building occupied by the II I). Lee Wholesah Grocery company, damaged the building und contents of the H. D. Lee Hardware company, and burned several smaller buildings, causing ai| aggregate loss esti mated at IjsO.Cuo. Insurance about $2.'>(l,oi»). The loss sustained by the hardware company Is placed at $35,000 and that on the grocery company at approximately $135,000. Both firms are a part of the H. D. Lie Mercantile company, whose presi dent. II. D. Lee, lives in New Fork. He Is chairman of the executive committee of the Wholesale Grocers' association of the United States HEROIC SEAMAN RISKS LIFE TO SAVE THE ADDER Plunges Into Mountainous Waves While Gale is Raging and Swims 100 Yards to the Drifting Submarine, Which is Now High and Dry on the Beach. □ORFOLK. Va., December 4.—The naval tug Peoria arrived at the ] navy yard today with the subma rine torpedo boat Adder in tow. and left tonight for Currituck to aid the Yank ton and Vixen in floating the Moccasin, now high and dry upon the beach. The bravery of Boatswain Derry of the Ad der’s crew saved that craft. In the teeth of a thirty-four mile gale, with mountainous seas crashing over the Peoria and burying the drifting subma rine boats beneath tons of water, Derry responded to the call for volunteers and with a slender line fastened around his waist, plunged into the ocean and battled wdth wind and tide for a full hundred yards, finally reaching the Adder and gaining her deck. There he hauled a thick hawser aboard by means of the life line and made it fast. All this time the Adder w’as being tossed about like a cork, but Derry held on and accomplish ed his work. Then he went back to the tug, hand over hand on the howser. The i Currituck life saving station reports the Moccasin In good condition without any water In her. From the coast reports, however, it is not thought any headway can be made toward floating the vessel without the aid of wreckers, as she is high and dry upon the beach at low wa ter, and directly In a bad surf at high tide. The Adder Is leaking and her electrical machinery is badly damaged. Lieutenant English, commanding of ficer of the Peoria, says the little boats towed very well until they were Just off the Virginia capes. There the heavy seas running at the time proved too much tor the frail towing bits of the Adder, which was following the tug. They snapped short and the two submarines went adrift. The Peoria sought to catch them, but they difted southward before the wind. There were only the broken bits on which to get a hold, so the tug could only run in between (hem, and keep them from humping one another. All Wednesday night this continued and then the lino between the boats snapped. It was then that Derry swam to the Adder. CRIPPLE CREEK MINERS ARE UNDER MARTIAL LAW Denver, Colo., December 4.—Governor Peabody today issued a proclamation de claring Cripple Creek under martial law and suspending the writ of habeas cor pus. He declares that the gold camp is in a state of insurrection and rebellion i and that the civil authorities are power less. After mentioning acts of lawlessness, said to have been committed in Cripple Creek, the proclamation concludes as fol lows: "Whereas, I have reason to believe that similar outrages may occur at any time, and believing the civil authorities of said ' county of Teller are utterly unable, un willing and are making no special attempt to preserve order, and to protect life and property. “Now, therefore, I, James II. Peabody, governor of the state of Colorado, by vir tue of the authority in me vested, do hereby proclaim and declare the said county of Teller, in the state of Colorado, to be in a state of Insurrection and re bellion.“ Governor Peabody bases his action on the decision of the Idaho supivme court, which declared that the act of the gover nor of Idaho in putting into force to a limited extent martial law in ‘he Coeur P Alene, was In thorough harmony with the constitution of that state. The con stitutional provision relating to the sus pension of the writ of habeas corpus in this state is similar to that of the Idaho constitution. Wholesale arrest of strikers suspected of implication in the Vindicator explo sion and other cases of violence will be j made tomorrow. Tho “bull pen" will be j enlarged so as to accommodate several i hundred prisoners. ATKINSON STORY FALSE ; SAYS PREST. WILLIAMS Tampa, Fla., December 4.—President John Skelton Williams end other .officials of the Seaboard Air Line, who are in South Florida on a tour of inspection, spent the day on a trip over their tracks. President Williams tonight was shown the special dispatch from Boston which said that If. M. Atkinson of Atlanta might succeed Mr. Williams as president of the Seaboard Air Lino railway, and that the Old Colony Trust company of Boston now controlled the system. In this connection he said: “The story is wholly untrue and en tirely without foundation. Such a i change has never been suggested or con- i | sklered. Wo are gratified to have our I friends of the Old Colony Trust company ! considerably interested In the Seaboard, 1 but a controlling Int rest of the property is not owned in Boston.’* Messrs. Blair and Coolldge confirmed the statements of President Williams and added that the new Interests in the prop erty were friends of Mr. Williams, who recognized and appreciated the successful results of his administration and that it was the desire and intention of the offi- • cers of the property that Mr. Williams j remain at the head of the system and ! i that nothing else was contemplated. SANTO DOMINGO MAKES A REQUEST THE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT WANTS RECOGNITION FROM THE UNITED STATES, AND MINISTER POWELL STATES CONDITIONS. Sun Domingo, December 4.—Tho provi sional government today made an Infor mal request for recognition lo the diplo matic and consular bodies. I'nited States Minister Powell's condi tions on which the I’nited States will re cognize the new government arc as fol lows: The government must agree to abide by and respect the agreements made by the preeedlng administrations; must recog nize the matter of settlement arrived at in the case of the improvement company of New York, and the Ros and Sala cases; must recognize and carry into full effect the concession of the Clyde Steamship company and must grant the privilege lo the united States to establish at danger ous points on the coast lighthouses to aid maritime commerce. Should the provisional government not accept these conditions, ils recognition by tile United States is doubtful. Owing to the decree of the provisional government making custom house duties payable in cases without considering tho contracts entered Into with former gov ernments of Santo Domingo, the mer chants have agreed not to Import goods unless the government agrees to set apart thirty per cent of the duty towards the payment of the sums due to merchants under contracts with previous govern ments of the republic. The provisional government Is considering the matter. Should it refuse to do. as the merchants request, all importations will lie slopped. The news from the interior is more fa vorable. The weak financial condition of the governemnt Is unchanged. FOUND IN RIVER. It Is Believed That Mobile Boilermaker Was Murdered. Mobile, December 4.—The body of John IT. Redmond, a boilermaker, missing for eight days, was found In the river today with the skull crushed and other evi dences of foul play. Deceased had con siderable money on him when Iasi seen alive, none being found In hls clothing. The theory Is advanced that ho watt rob bed and murdered. The verdict of the coroner's jury rails for police Investigation. ♦ ♦ ♦ THE WEATHER. ♦ ♦ - ♦ » Washington, December I - Fore- ♦ «. cast for Alabama: Fair Saturday; «. colder in southern portions; Sun- ♦ » day fair; fresh northerly winds. ♦ YOUNG BURTON IS AT LAST LOCATED BOY WHO LEFT BIRMINGHAM FOR NEW YORK AND CAUSED HIS MOTHER MUCH SUFFERING IS FOUND IN CINCINNATI. New York. December L—Mrs. Francis Burton, who lives at the Hotel Endlcott, received word late tonight that her four teen-year-old son, Theodore, who disap peared while on his way to this city from Birmingham, Ala., had been found In Cincinnati. The despatch announcing that the boy was safe came from the Cincin nati police. It merely stated that the lad had been picked up while wandering around the streets there and give no In formation of his movements since he left Binnlngham more than a week ago, osten sibly to come direct to Now York. Theodore's exploration tour, if such It was. had caused his mother no end of worry and she was almost frantic, fearing that he had met with some harm. Shu at once telegraphed to the Cincinnati au thorities asking that they ship her hoy to this city at once, ana unless Theodore takes it itno ,hls head to explore new fields he ought to be here to give an ac count of himself tomorrow. RATE DISCRIMINATING. The Interstate Commerce Commission Hands Down Decision. Washington, December 4.—Of the case of H. Martens against the Louisville ahd Nashville Railroad company involving the long and short haul question, the Inter State commerce commission today hold that the lumber rate of 10 cents for the shorter haul from Intermediate points to I^ouisvillc, as against 8 cents for the lon ger haul from the same points to Nash vlll. was unduly discriminating. The corrunission decides that a differ ence of one cent In the rates Is sufficient to offset the difference in circumstances and condtions between the two points, and that any greater difference la In vio lation of the interstate commerce law. YALE WIN8. Takes the Annual Inter-Collegiate De bate With Harvard. New Haven, Conn., December 4 Yub won the annual Inter-colleglute debate in Woosley ball wMth Harvard tonight. The decision was unanimous in favor of Yale upon nil points to be considered as to argument, manner of presentation, and logic of construction. The question un der discussion was: ‘‘Resolved, That the history of trade unionism in the I'nited States for the past twenty years shows a tendency detri mental to the best Interests of the coun try.” Yale sustained the affirmative HANNA PAIS A LONC VISIT TO ROOSEVELT Ohio Senator Admits That He Spent a Very Pleasant Eve ning at White House REPORTED RUPTURES ARE SIMPLY PREPOSTEROUS _. ! Both the President and Senator Hanna Want It Understood That There Is No Break In Their Pleas ant Relations. Washington, December 4.—An important conference was held at the white house tonight between the President and Sen ator Hanna of Ohio. It occurred on the initiative of Mr. Hanna, and to both par ticipants the conference was perfectly satisfactory. Senator Hanna arrived at the white house at 9:30 o’clock and re mained with the President until 11 o’clock. At the conclusion of the conference, which it can be said was marked by dis tinct evidence of sincere friendship and cordiality on both sides, neither the Pres ident nor Senator Hanna cared to discuss for publication the details. It was an nounced that the reports recently circu lated that there had been or was likely to be any break in the existing pleasant relations between the President and the senator, amounted to preposterous absur dity. President Will Ignore Reports. The President himself desires to be un derstood that hereafter he will not take occasion to refer to these reports or to dignify them with any attention. It may be said that the relations between the two are those of cordial and appreciative friendship. Hie conference tor' ht dealt princlpaly with pending and prospective legislation before congress, particularly with that relating to the isthmian canal an® with geiietal political ‘Conditions. Both before and since lie became chair man of the inter-oceanic canal commit tee of the senate, Mr. Hanna has mani fested deep inter* st in all that relates to the construction ol’ that water way. Their agreement on the subject was absolute. Both, it can l>< said, sru confident the position taken by the ndmlnstrntion will be approved by the American people. The contested confirmation of General Wood was not considered, though an inci dental reference to it was made. It is known that the President and Senator Hanna differ on that subject, but each fully recognises that that difference is honest and sincere, and it is believed by friends of both that it cannot possibly interrupt their pleasant relations. Chairmanship Not Discussed. It can lie said also that no discussion took place concerning the chairmanship of the republican national committee. It is known that President Roosevelt has expressed to Mr. Hanna a desire that he should retain the chairmanship. The sen ator has not announced yet his final de rision regarding the matter. It may be said that the state of Mr. Hanna’s health is involved In the decision, and indeed, will be the controlling factor in it. After Senator Hanna left the White House, lie was besieged by ne wspaper nu n who desired to learn the result of the con ference. ‘‘I spent a very pleasant even ing,” he admitted finally. “That is about till there is to it. You run say. how over, that all these stories about wide differences between the President and myself are absurd. I have no statement to make about the conference." BISHOP PROTESTS AGAINST PARSIFAL NEW YORK DIVINE THINKS THE PORTRAYAL OF THE LAST SUP PER IN GRAND OPERA IS A SAC RELIGIOUS PERFORMANCE. New York, December 4.—lit. Rev, Fred erick Burgess. D. D., bishop of Long Is land, preached a sermon in 8t. Paul*! chapel, N. Y.. today, in which ho protect ed against the forthcoming production o “Parsifal” In this city. He did not men tion the opera by name, hut he left n< doubt as to his meaning when he said “The last supper, with its sacred feeling and associations, la to be played before our eyes. We cannot be blinded to th< blasphemy of this by all the gran/ harmony and fine language that even i grreat artist can give us. Let them laug! at us. sneer at us. even. If they must choose plots from the bible, but at leasr let that story of our Lord remain sacred I,M them choose whom they will for thel plays from all the characters in history but let this man. Our Saviour, go througl time as the one whose Being was tot holy to be profaned before eyes. Let ui 1»h spared this climax for the scoffers oi our Christmas eve.” The first performance of "Parsifal” Is t< be given on Christmas eve. Will C sc Continued. Victoria. B. (’.. December 4.-The Flop ptr-Dnnsmtiir will case w;is continued here today. DeWolf Hopper, the actor told of Incidents of tin1 heavy drfnkini of Alexander Dtmsmuir at the Pacilh I'nion dub and in Han Francisco and a New York, and of his weakened condltlor as a result. Rita Schrader, wardobe mai of th- DeWolf Hopper company, gavt evidence. Griders’ 2.k- meals are the talk south of Mason and Dixon's line.