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VOL. 35 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 1006. NO. 204 JOHN A. H'CALL PASSES AW Could Not km Blow of the Insurance Scandal THE END CAME PEACEEULLI Former President of New York Life Insurance Company Succumbs to Illness Brought on by Worry and Business Cares. New York. February 18.—John A. Mc Call, until recently president of the New York Life Insurance company, died at 6:33 o’clock this afternoon at the Laurel house In Lakewood, N. J., where he had been taken three weeks ago in the hope that the change might benefit his health, which suffered a break down two months ago. The news of the death was not given out by the family until some time after the end. Then Mr. McCall’s son, John C. McCall, briefly announced: "The end has come. My father hag passed away." Mr. McCall had been unconscious since about 1 o’clock this morning, except pos sibly for one brief minute this after noon, when his eyes opened and looked Into the face of his wife who was bend ing over him. He smiled and as he did so his eyes closed again, and he remain ed in the coma until the end. One of the last persons Mr. McCall talk ed to was his old friend and pastor, Rev. Father Matthew Taylor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, in West Sev enty-first street, this city. He went to Lakewood yesterday to see Mr. McCall at the latter’s request. Bishop James A. McFaul of the diocese of Trenton arrived in iJUkewood last even ing but did not see Mr. McCall, who had long been his friend. This moring at 7 j o’clock the bishop said mass in the Church of Our Lady of the Lake, at Lake wood, offering prayers for the recovery of the stricken man. The attending physicians notified the family at 1 o'clock this afternoon that the end was close at hand. It was an nounced that Mr. McCall's death was due to enlargement of the liver and the end had been peaceful and without pain. Mrs. McCall is now under medical care. She had become worn out by the long •vigil at the bedside of her husband, and when he died she prabtlcally collapsed, although it is not thought her condition win develop anything serious. The body will be brought to New York tomorrow morning and will be sent to the McCall residence on West Seventy-second street. The funeral will be held Wednes day at the Chruch of the Blessed Sacra ment. Broke Down Last December. New York, February 18.—Mr. McCall's physical breakdown occurred about the close of the Investigation of life Insur ance affairs In this state by the legis lative committee In last December. The report of the committee Is expected to be submitted to the legislature at Albany early this week. Mr. McCall’s examina tion before the committee was a severe one and the ordeal he underwent, re hearsing In detail the affairs of the com pany and divulging transactions about which the general public was Ignorant, worried him greatly. It was said Mr. McCall was 111 In bed at his home in this City when he affixed his signature to his letter of resignation from the pres idency of the New York Life. About three weeks a«o his condition be came such that his physicians and family deemed it advisable to remove him to Lakewood. During all this time Mr Mc Call worried constantly about his business affairs. He was compelled first to mort gage and then to sell his handsome coun try place at Long Branch, N. J., in order. It was stated, to repay to the New York Life Insurance Company $2.85,000 on the Andrew Hamilton account, Mr. Hamilton, the legislative agent of the company, hav ing made no accounting of this sum. Paid Back the Money. Mr McCall had promised when the Hamilton disclosures were first made to repay the amount named, If by a certain date a satisfactory statement was not forthcoming from Hamilton, who Is now sojourning In Paris. The directors of the New York Rife, at the expiration of the time set, called upon Mr. McCall for the payment of the money. He acceded to the demands, paying Jffi.noon In cash and giving his notes for 1150,000, the latter be ing secured by a mortgage on his country place, which later lie sold subject to the mortgage. Mr McCall realized In all something over *300,000 for the property, which waB said to have cost him Just douhle that amount. Three weeks ago Mr. McCall suffered the first sinking spell of his illness, and was very low for several days. Then he Improved slightly. One week ago today, however, he suffered a second sinking spell, and grew much worse. His condi tion became so low that his life was de spaired of. A priest of *he Roman Cath olic Church, of which Mr. McCall was an adherent, was summoned, and the last sacraments of the church were admtnfs tfred to the stricken man. When all hope had been lost. Mr. McCall suddenly rallied. It waB an effort of the mind and will, however, and not a physi cal Improvement. The attending physi cians foresaw the approaching end and so warned his family, who remained with the sick man from that time to the period of dissolution. Censured by Fowler Report. Mr. McCall's mental effort to shake off his aliments was the result of the report of the Fowler investigating committee, composed of directors of the New York Rife, who made -public their findings ten days ago. They censured Mr. McCall se verely for certain acts of his In connec tion with the legislative bureau estab lished by him with Andrew Hamilton at Us head. An effort was made to keep the contents of the report from the sick man. but learning the statement had been filed, he worried so much over the matter that It was decided early last week to permit him to see It. The recommendations In the report demanding of him a fuller ac counting of the legislative work than he hsd made, are said to have been a crush ing blow to the company’s former presi dent. He declared to bis family and the DISCLOSURES MADE ARE “STARTLING" Big Stick is Being Felt in the Indian Territory FRAUDS ARE TO BE PROBED The President Is Taking Personal In terest In Charges Made in Con nection With Affairs of Five Civilized Tribes. Washington, February 18.—President Rosevelt has taken personal interest in the charges of fraud and corruption which are said to have occurred in connection wifti the affairs of the five civilized tribes in the Indian Territory. But for his in terference, indictments against several parties alleged to have been engaged in illegal practices would have been quashed. Now, however, under his or ders. the interior department is pushing its investigations with increased vigor, and it is reliably stated that in the near future a number of indictments will be reported against not only several men al ready indicted, hut they will also include a number of persons whose names have not heretofore been brought into the cases, including a high government of ficial in Washington. When It became known to the Presi dent that the district attorney of Indian Territory had been instructed to quash some Indictments already found, he imme- j diately sent orders countermanding this proposed action. He was led to do this by information received by him after March 4, when the tribal relations of the five civilized tribes cease, certain facts would be put into his possession which would strengthen the hands of the gov ernment in its efforts to bring to trial a number of persons guilty of gross frauds perpetrated against the Indians. It is known that Secretary Hitchcock has submitted to the President and to Attorney General Moody a special report dealing with the whole subject, which it is said gives such details as to make it imperative for the government to act. For obvious reasons the report for the present at least will not he made public, but Secretary Hitchcock characterizes the disclosures it makes as “startling.” JOHN B. STETSON DIES IN FLORIDA MILLIONAIRE HATTER EXPIRES SUDDENLY AT HIS WINTER HOME AT DELAND—DEATH UN EXPECTED BY FAMILY. ♦ Deland, Fla., February 18.—John ♦ ♦ B. Stetson, the millionaire hat man- ♦ + ufacturer of Philadelphia, died at ♦ ♦ his winter home at Gillen, near ♦ -w Deland, today. ♦ ♦ Mr. Stetson was stricken with ♦ apoplexy this morning and notwlth- ♦ ♦ standing the best medical atten- ♦ ♦ tlon he died without regaining eon- ♦ -*• sciousness. His wife was the only ♦ ♦ member of his Immediate family ♦ ♦ present. Mr. Stetson nad been feel- ♦ ♦ ing quite 111. He attended the uni- ♦ -*. verslty trustees' meeting Thura- ♦ -*• day and the presentation day exer ♦ cises at the auditorium Friday. ♦ ♦ The family and friends leave on ♦ ♦ the midnight train for Philadelphia ♦ ♦ with the body. ♦ ♦ The entire town of Deland is In ♦ ♦- mourning. ♦ Shock to Philadelphia. Philadelphia, February 18.—The death of John B. Stetson, the millionaire hat manufacturer of this city, at his winter home in Deland, Fla., today, was a great shock to his relatives and friends In Phil adelphia. When Mr. Stetson left here he was enjoying good health, and looked forward to spending a pleasant winter In the south. John B. Stetson was the son of a hat ter, and was born in Orange, N. J., in 1830. He learned his father’s trade and came to this city in 1866. He opened a small shop, prospered and soon became a manufacturer on a large scale. Mr. Stetson was the founder of the John B. Stetson university at Deland, and was its principal supporter. He leaves a widow, two sons and a married daughter. Denny Win9. Pinehurst, N. C., February 18.—J. N. O. Denny of Pittsburg, w’ho in t'he St. Val entine’s golf tournament yesterday tied with C. H. Rosenfeld of New York, with a net score of 80, won in the play-off. Intimate friends who saw him that ^ie would try to get well; that he wanted to live to set himself right before the Ameri can people. The strain was too much, however, and from that time Mr. McCall's decline was rapid. John A. McCall was born in Albany, N. Y., March 2, 1849. He entered the insur ance business early in life, and in 1885 was appointed state insurance commis sioner by Grover Cleveland, who was then governor. He relinquished that position to become comptroller of the Equitable Life Assurance Society, which position he held until he became president of the New York Life Insurance Company in 1892. t FIRST DAY QUIET. t ♦ ♦ Washington. February 18.—Rep- ♦ ♦ resentative and Mrs. Nicholas ♦ Longworth. who were married at ♦ ♦ the White House yesterday, passed ♦ ♦ the day very quietly at "Friend- ♦ ♦ ship,’’ the country home of John ♦ + R. McLean at Tennallytown, which ♦ ♦ they are marking their temporary ♦ ♦ headquarters. The weather was ♦ pleasant most of the day and the ♦ ♦ couple took a stroll around the ♦ ♦ grounds surrounding the place. The ♦ ♦ gates of the grounds were closed ♦ ♦ during the day, and it was said at > the house tonight that there had ♦ -» not been any callers. ♦ i tJ , ,, ,,,,, ,, ,f DOLAN ROASTS Says leader of Mine Workers Has “Big Head" r -- TOO SMALL FOR HIS JOB In Denunciation of Mitchell District •-resident Accuses Him of Trying to Shirk Responsibility for Present Trouble. Pittsburg, Pa., February 18. —In a state ment he made public tonight, President Dolan of the local district United Mine Workers of America, scores the methods of John Mitchell, national president of the mine workers, and charges him with trying to shirk the responsibility for the position in which the mine workers are at present. The statement says: "President Mitchell is trying to shirk the responsibility for the mess he has gotten the miners of this country into by saying that 1 am evidently trying to divide the miners’ forces. I am not.. I am trying to save the miners from the dangers which threaten them because of Mitchell's lack of courage. Mitchell got started wrong in the joint convention and did not have the courage and common sense to make a temporary retreat when he saw he was worsted and should take up the light along other lines. "He led the argument for the miners by demanding an advance in wages on the claim that prices of coal were higher at that time than they were two years ago. The operators immediately took him at his word and offered to bring In the books of all companies in the country, large and small, and have them examined if the miners would agree to taka a re duction if the price was shown to be lower, the operators to pay an advance if the pay were shown to be higher. Says Mitchell Was Cornered. “F. L. Robbins asked Mitchell to accept that offer. Mitchell let on he never heard the question. Robbins repeated the ques tion a half dozen times and Mitchell sat staring into space. Robbins appealed to the chair and th£ chair ruled that Mitchell ought to answer the question. Mitchell then arose and said: “ *1 decline to answer the question.’ From that time on our cake waR dough. The operators had us whipped from that moment. “When Mitchell saw what a mess he was in, he thought he would scare the operators by the threat of a national strike, but the operators called our bluff. After thla blunder of Mitchell's we were In nice shape to ask the public to allow us to shut off their coal, shut down the railroads and stop the mills and factories, and then have the newspapers make pub lic sentiment for us by telling everybody how just our cause is. “From that time Mitchell made the first blunder, he went from bad to worse until the Ryan resolution made our situation hopeless and we came off without an agreement. Mitchell has always lacked courage. He is more careful of his own reputation as a successful leader than he is of the interests of his people. Two years ago when the operators whipped him Into line for a reduction, he disap peared from the convention with ar at tack of what he called ‘nervous prostra tion* and after he Sfot out of the Turkish bath he made all the miners' leaders fight to have the delegates accept the reduc tion before he would do so. Not Unfriendly. “Mitchell says I have always been un friendly to his administration. I have not, although he has always fought me. I had the gall’ to be a candidate for na tional vice president against him in 1898 and he never forgave me. I have letters in my desk to prove that he sent organizers Into his field and Issued orders to spare no expense to have me defeated for dis trict president in my own field, and It was the union's money and not his own that he was willing to be so lavish with to vent a personal spite. “It has been evident for years past to everybody connected with the labor move ment that Mitchell Is suffering from a common ordinary dose of ‘big head.’ He is working all the time toward the one man power, and the truth of the matter is that he is not in touch with his own people, or with the mining situation. Cir cumstances have made him. The tide has always been in his favor until lately, and now he does not measure up to his Job.” Proposals Ready. New York. February 18.—John Mitchell and his associates on the anthracite min ers’ subcommittee, today finished their work of preparing proposals for an agree ment, and will probably meet with the coal operators sub-committee Tuesday or Wednesday. It was stated that no formal document would he submitted, but that the miners would notify the operators that they were ready for a joint meeting of the sub-com mittees, and then would state in general terms what they expected the operators to grant them In the nejv agreement. It is practically certain that the miners will make a firm demand for the eight hour day for all men employed about the mines. Tf at the meetings with the oper ators this week no agreement should he reached, the miners would have to go back to Pennsylvania, and the w'hole mat ter would be submitted tp a tri-district convention, that being a convention for the three big anthracite districts which control the entire cOal field. No matter what may be the result of the conference here, it will have to be ratified by the convention to be called in Pennsylvania. Hope for Ship Subsidy Bill. Washington. Februarv 18.—(Special.)— Friends of the ship subsidy bill, which passed the Senate last week, express con fidence that the speaker will allow It to be considered In the House. The speak er is said to be undecided as to just what 'he ’ will do about the latter. He has heretofore set his face squarely against this species of graft. Payne, Grosvenor and Dalzeli are for the bill and hope to be able to win the speaker over to their side, if not at this session then at the next. WANTS SUBSTANCE OF GILL RETIED President After the “Essence” of Hepburn Measure CHANGES COULD BE MADE Minor Points Could be Modified to Advantage But Mr. Roosevelt Wants Tenor of the Bill Unchanged. Washington, February 18.—President Roosevelt in recent talks with senators and representatives has stated that while he is not attempting to dictate the term inology of the railroad rate bill ,hls pre ference is that the substance of the Hep burn bill should be kept. He has taken oc casion to say that he cares very little for the form of the bill, if the “essence" is kept. There are t\yo or three minor ! points as to which he thinks changes ' may possibly be made with advantage; I as for instance, instead of making a I thirty-day limit for the time when a regulation is to take effect, to make it go Into effect at any time set by the in terstate commerce commission. The Presi dent has felt that there are arguments both for and against the proposal that If a Stay Is granted, the railroad shall be I required, pending the decision, to pay j into court the difference between the rates as they exist, and as they will exist I if the commission ruling is sustained. The President has empnasized that the ' main point is appeal to the courts. The I Hepburn bill itself, the President believes, allows such appeal, and so does every ! other proposed bill in both houses. The proposal coming from Senators Aldrich, Foraker and others who hold similar views to them, looking to com- ' plete retrial of the case by the courts, both as to the law and the facts, the President does not believe In. He believes, as outlined In his speech before the Iro quois club last May, that the appeal to the courts should be only to test whether the order of the commission Is in whole or in part confiscatory, and to test the legality of this order. The President is entirely Indifferent as to the form of the provisions in the bill, so long as the substance is represented as set forth above. The President re gards this as all contained in the Hep burn bill, but does not care as to the form in which the provisions are put, so long as the substance Is kept. NINE TRAGEDIES IN CITY OF NEW YORK A LONG CHAPTER OF MINOR AC CIDENTS AND SHOOTING AF FRAYS MARKED THE SABBATH IN THE METROPOLIS. New York, February 18.—Nine violent deaths, with a long chapter of minor ac cidents and shooting affrays, some of which may result fatally, constituted the unusual Sunday report submitted to hoad ! quarters today by the police of New York and Brooklyn. A street murder In the Italian quarter heads the list. There were three cases of suicide, all in Manhattan; one man was ground to death beneath the wheels of an express train in the subway; a woman was burned to death In her homo; another woman was accidentally killed by Inhaling illuminating gas In a West street hotel, while the man who had ac companied her, was found in a critical condition; a man was killed by escaping gas in Brooklyn, and the body of a young man was found in a canal In South Brook lyn. Three women overcome by gas In a tenement In West Forty-thord street were taken to a hospital and will recover; two soldiers, one a sergeant and the other a corporal of artillery, from Fort Totten were overcome In a Second avenue hotel, where they spent last night, and are in a critical condition at a hospital. BIG FIRE IN VERMONT. Fire L06S at Rutland Is Estimated at $750,000. Rutland. Vt., February 18.—Six large brick blocks In the business section of the city occupied by nearly a score of firms and many smaller tenements, were destroyed by Are today. The loss Is esti mated at $750,000. The Are got beyond the control of the local department and help was summoned from Whitehall, N. Y., nnd other places. The heaviest losses were William Y. W. Ripley, estate, build in* $30,000; Dr. A. J. Mead, buildings, $50,000; A. H. Abraham, drugs and tobac co. $25,000; Wilson & Root, clothing, $35, 000; J. L. Baker, buildings. $40,000; the Tuttle company, buildings. $40,000; the ; Tuttle company, printers, $130,000; Cramp j ton and Combination Cash Store block, $60,000: Combination Cash Store com pany’s stock, $135.00f». The Insurance amounts to about two thirds. Consistory February 26. : Rome, February 18.—Pope Pius has de | elded to hold a consistory February 26, to i appoint nineteen French bishops to the ■ twenty-two vacant bishoprics. No new i cardinals will be made. His holiness today received In private audience Marquis Tovar, Spanish ambaB i sador to the Vatican, who presented to the Pope an autograph letter from King I Alphonso Informing him of his approach ing marriage to Princes; Ena of Uatten , berg and her conversion to Catholicism. New Phase of Sugar Market. Mexico City, February IS.—A new phase ! of the sugar market Is the lower price for Mexican sugar in England, and this clr i cumstance, with the larger erhp, glveg j reason for the belief that prices will fall. I Should the crop now being turned out I be smaller than was anticipated, prices I will become steady. FALLIERES IS Assumes His Duties as Execu tive Head of francs by His Successor—Ovation Tendered by the Crowds. Paris, February 18.—Clement Armand Fallieres today assumed the duties of President of France, while former Presi dent Loubet passed Into private life. The ceremony of the transmission of *tho office took place in the Klysee palace at 4 o’clock this afternoon while the crowds massed in the surrounding streets shout ed: “Hong live the President!” and “Long live Fallieres.” Every military garrison in Franco thun dered a salute of twenty-one guns. Pres ident Loubet. surrounded by the mem bers of his cabinet, the presidents of^the senate and the chamber of deputies, and the members of his military household, welcomed M. Fallieres and in a few earn est words committed the executive func tions to the new President. The reply of M. Fallieres was without formality. It was a simple .acceptance of the new responsibilities and an ussurance of his best efforts in carrying them out. Mme. Fallieres and Loubet both wore evening dress with the broad scarlet sash of the Legion of Honor across their breasts. The presence of their military staffs in full uniform gave a touch of brilliancy to the scene within the palace, while the escorts of cuirassiers, which accompanied Mme. Fallieres and Loubet to and from the palace, gave fitting dig nity to the occasion. Loubet Withdraws. Following the ceremony the former President and his family withdrew to their private apartment In the Rue Dante. President Fallieres did not remain long at the palace, returning to his former home where his wife awaited him. Pres ident and Mme. Fallieres will take up their residence at the Elysee palace to morrow. Thousands lined the route from the Luxembourg palace to the Elysee and cheered the new President as he passed in an open landau with Premier Rouvler smiling and bowing to the continuous ovations. The scene as the President-elect drove Into the courtyard at the Elysee palace was one of great animation. A regiment of Infantry which encircled the entire courtyard rendered military honors; buglers sounded fanfares, the colors were dipped and the band struck up the "Mar seillaise." President Loubet awaited his successor in the salon Des Amhassadeurs where the formal transmission took place. After welcoming the president-elect, President Loubet said: "your long and brilliant services to the. republic assure the success of your presi dency, and the well-being of the republic and the country. Thorughout my adminis tration, which Is now brought to a close. I have sought to establish peace, union and concord between all good citizens, that they might labor together in the upbuilding of our Institutions of social progress, and In strengthening the bonds between France and other countries. The future will say If I have realaized some of this programme, to which I have con centrated all my efforts. Loubet Much Affected. "Thanks to the constant support of parliament, the relations between France and other nations have been constantly fortified, and we may have full confidence in the maintenance of peace, and the se curity of the national honor.” President IvOUbet dosed with evidence of much emotion. M. Fallleres responded as follows: "I am profoundly touched by the cor diality of the welcome given me. I come here simply as one goes to a duty—know ing that I will he sustained In my task by the recollection of the high civic vir tues of which you have never ceased to set an example during the too short years of your term as president. I take up these great responsibilities, hoping that T may fulfill them as you have done under all circumstances. Tdke you. T will be everything to France and to the republic." As a delicate compliment President Fal lleres drove with M. TiOubet ns the latter left the f^lvsee palace to return to the life of a simple citizen. This evening Premier Rouvler formally handed the resignation of the cabinet to President Fallleres. The new president, however, requested the cabinet to remain in office. CLEARING HOUSE OPENS. First Institution of the Kind in Mexico Begins Business. Mexico Pity. February 18.—The clearing •house, the first ever established here, was duly Inaugurated at noon yesterday, and Is now open for business. The facts as to further exportation of silver dollars are that to prevent any tightness In the local money market the secretary of the treasury proposed to the leading banks and bankers of the city to limit exports to the corresponding ac quisition of gold currency, or until there be sufficient gold coin in circulation to meet the requirements or trade, in the meantime the exchange and currency commission would Issue gold certificates i against deposits of gold In bars, or in foreign coin which chartered banks may hold as part of their assets In monthly statements submitted to the treasury de I partment. See Bull Fight. Mexico City. February 18.—President Mather of the Rock Island system and his guests of the Chicago Merchants’ club were presented to President Diaz yester day. The party attended a bull fight to day and left this evening for San Potosi and Tampico, where the party will fish tor tarpon. HOUSE WILL WORK ONLY FIVE DAYS Will Probably Adjourn from Friday Until Monday SUPPLY MEASURE* IS UP The Army Appropriation Bill Will be Disposed of This Week—Increase In Expenditure $76,000 An nually—Senate Plans. The national House or Representatives will dispose of one of the regular an nual supply measures—the army appro priation bill—this week. On Monday the first "suspension" day of the session will take place. Suspension day Is a proced ure whereby a member may, If be has made arrangements with the speaker In advance, be recognized and enter a mo tion to suspend the rules, and pass a bill. If objection Is raised, a two-tldrds voto will obviate the objection and pass the bill after a debate of forty minutes, which Is automatically ordered by the ob jection. Under this order any hill on the calendar Is eligible for consideration. Chairman Hull of the military affairs committee expects to call up the army appropriation bill Tuesday. He estimates that it will be Thursday or even Friday before the measure Is finally disposed of. The provision of the bill abolishing the grade of lleutennnt general of the army will be the text of a number of speeches. The provision Is "new legislation" and consequently subject to a point of order. The making of a point of order Is with in the province of any member, and the provision may go out of the bill In this manner. To encourage marksmanship in the army the committee has inserted a pro vision In the hill creating three grades of "experts," and providing for Increased pay for each grade. The first grade car ries with It added pay of $1 a month, the second grade $2, and the third $11. It Is estimated that the aggregate in crease In expenditure under this pro vision will amount to $76,000 a year. The benefit of the army by encouragement of rifle expertness is regarded as more than compensatory and while the provision Is like that abolishing the grade of lleuten i ant general, subject to a point of order, the military committee have a belief that the provision will remain In the bill. A provision for Joint army and militia military maneuvers Is another topic pro lific of discussion. There Is an uggreguta of $700,000 cash In the measure for this purpose. The plan Is to nave the man euvers held In many sections of the coun try. Regular army troops are to be march ed from their posts to the sites selected for the maneuvers, and militia within a convenient location will bo asked to par ticipate. The House will probably content itself with working hut five days this week, taking adjournment from Friday until Monday. The Senate Programme. The Senate's programme so far as It has been arranged, provides only for the final consideration of the pure food bill, and the continuance of the present discus sion of the statehood bill, which was begun las$ Thursday by Senator Dick. The vote on the pure food bill will be taken on Wednesday, and it will be dis cussed to a considerable extent during Monday and Tuesday. Senator Dick will continue ills speech Monday in support of the statehood hill, but there is no decision as to who will follow him. Senator Beveridge says that he expects the opposition to choose a sen ator to reply to the Ohio senator, but no one on that side appears prepared to proceed with a set speech. All interest centers in Senator Foraker's l^oVisions giving both territories an op portunity to vote separately on the ques tion of Joint statehood for New Mexico and Arizona, and it Is not at all im probable that that point may be quite suddenly reached. The acceptance of the amendment would not have the effect of bringing the discussion of the measure ^ to a close, because there are other ques tions on which the Senate is divided, but It would materially curtail It. and In the end Insure the passage of tju* bill. Sen ator Beveridge expresses confidence that the bill will not be amended In respect By the Senate. The opponents of the bill concede tlie closeness of the dlvlsiqns, and feel that their chances are all in the Foraker amendment. The conference on the urgent deficiency Appropriation bill will bn reported dur ing the week, but it will probably create very little If any discussion. When King Edward formally opens par i liament Monday, he will set In motion the wheels of a new government in Great Britain. His majesty will make the usual speech from the throne and parliament will immediately take up the discussion of Its reply. The liberal party under the leadership of Sir Henry Campbell-Banner man will then begin putting into effect measures which it promised In the recent electoral campaign. i ne Aigectrag conference on Moroccan affairs does not promise Immediate re sults. The dlseusslon uf the most difficult question before the conference, the polic ing of Morocco, will proceed this week. Every promlnen .wlmgicr In the Uni ted States has entered for the Indoor swimming championship to be held at the New York Athletic club beginning Feb ruary 21, and continuing for four days. The national convention of the Amer ican Institute of Mining1 'Engineers will be held at Uehlgh university, South Bethlehem, Pa., on February 21. The annual Mardl Oran festivities In New Orleans begin on February 22, and continue to the 27th. SEVERE EARTHQUAKE. Buildings Are Rocked Violently in the British West Indies. Kingston. Bt. Vincent. B. w. I., Friday. February 18.—The most severe and pro tracted earthquake that has been experi enced in this island since 1902 whs felt 1 at 1:40 p. ni. today'. Huildlngs of every description were rocked violently, and the people rushed from them to the streets Ho far as has been ascertained no seri ous damage resulted beyond the cracking of walls of houses here, at Georgetown and elsewhere. A small landslide occurred at the Ce- | dnrs In the Windward district. The cable between St. Vincent and St. Lucia Is broken, and the transmission of messages to the United States and else where is delayed. — King Christian II laid to lies' At Roskilds THE FUNERAL ELABORATE Royalty Attends and Brilliant Throng Pays Tribute to the Dead Mon arch—Services Beautiful and Impressive. Roskllde, Denmark, Feb. 18.—In the magntflecent old Gothic Church here this afternoon the body of King Christian IX, amid the thunder of guns, the sonorous tones of the organ, and the blare of trupets, was laid to rest with the long line of his predecessors on the Danish throne whose remains repose In the chapel In Roskllde's red stone fane. The coffin lay In the chancel beneath a black and gold baldachin, supported by high officers in full dress uniforms. The only decoration on It was a golden branch, a tribute from the children of Denmark. Leaning against the altar rails were floral tributes from foreign rr.onarchs, and members of the Danish royal family. The choir was filled with members of the clergy, whose quaint black gowns and white ruffs formed a striking background to the blaze of gold laced uniforms of the diplomatic body oc cupying the corner of the choir. H. E. O'Brien, the American minister In even ing dress, was a notable exception. As Mr. O'Brien was personally representing President Roosevelt, the Danish govern ment had given him an attache of honor. M. Scavenlus of the foreign office. Scene Was Brilliant. The left of the church was reserved for the ministers and court and state officials, whilst on the right were the members of the Riksdag. The galleries and side aisles were filled with ladies. The scene was brilliant In the extreme, the only sign of mourning being the black floor cloth. Members of the Riksdag and of the Folkething hnd placed wreaths on the cof fin, when .hist before 2 o’clock Queen Alexandra, the Dowager Empress of Rus siu, tho Queen of Denmark, the Duchess of Cumberland, and the other royal ladies, emerged from the Apse and seated them selves in the front row of chaJrs to tho left of the coffin. Then n herald at tho door of the cathedral heralded the arrival of the King, and while the organ played Beethoven's majestic funeral march, tho royal procession swept up the center aisle. King Frederick was attired as a Danish general. Emperor William. In the uniform of a Danish admiral, walked at his left, and the King of Greece at his right, both keeping a little behind him. King Haakon and the other royal personages and tho representatives of foreign sovereigns fol lowed. Royal Party Is Seated. At the catafalque Dr. Roerdam, pri mate of the Danish church, with Dr. Paulll, court chaplain, and Dr. Bondo, dean of the cathedral, awaited the King. The royal party took seats with the royal ladies. The services began with the singing of h. hymn and then Dr. Roerdam delivered a long panegyric touching upon the prin cipal Incidents of the King's reign, dwell ing upon the great economical and polit ical strides of the country under his beneficent rule, and addressing consoling words to the many bereaved royal per sonages throughout Europe. The sermon was followed wlt.h another hymn, tho royal mourners Joining In tho singing. Then to the strains of the funeral march composed by Hartmann on the occasion of the death in l.Ht of Albert Bertel Thorvaldsen, Denmark's great sculptor, eight officers carried the coftln from tho chancel across to the Cpale of Frederick. As the solemn notes pealed forth, tho windows of the cathedral were shaken by a salute of twenty-one guns from a battery outside, while simultaneously in the town all flags were hoisted from half mast to the mast head In honor of tho new King. Deposited in Sarcophagus. A short wait ensued while the coffin was being deposited In the sarcophagus. Then King Frederick and Queen I,oulsa, follow ed by Emperor William and Queen Alex andra. whom the Emperor assisted from her chair, and King Haakon and the Dowager Empress of Russia the four walking abreast, proceeded to the chapel where Dr. Pauli! read the burial service In the presence only of the royal person ages, the foreign representatives, and the ministers. Earth being thrice thrown on the coffin, the Dord’s prayer was repeated and tho service concluded with the benediction. A most Impressive conclusion was gl\"en to tbe services by the rendering of a special ode to the King which a Choir of students sang iinaecomapnlecl. The royal mourners lingered while tbe battery fired minute guns, and the Infantry three vol leys. Having knelt for some time, tho royal personages reverentlv kissed the catafalque and the Indies having placed fresh flowers on the coffin, all departed. The mourners left at 4:30 o’clock for Co penhagen. MAYOR KILL3 HIMSELF. Charles H. Wilmans, an Arkansas Pol itician, Commits Suicide. Memphis. Tenn.. February 13—A spe cial to the Commercial-Appeal from New port. Ark., says: Charles TT Wilmans. mayor of this place and prominent In state politics, is dead as a result of a pistol shot wound Inflicted with suicidal Intent yesterday. Mr. Wllmans was returning from a bus iness trip to Uttle Rock and stopped at Olyphant, where he has extensive Inter ests. When he reached that place he acted strangely and requested that a pistol be secured Immediately for him. V physician was summoned w'ho stated that the man was suffering from extreme nervousness and when the latter and Wll man's nephew' stepped from the room, he seized a revolver lying on the dresser and shot himself In the breast, from the ef fects of which wound he died today.