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VOL. 36 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 1906. 12 PAGES NO. 331 StTTLEBT NOT YET IN PROSPECT Miners and Operators Use Plain lords at Indianapolis ONE MOTION IS ADOPTED Provides for Restoration of 1903 Scale for Two Years, But This Must Be Ratified By the Miners. ♦ ♦ •«. Indianapolis, March 28.—Answer- ♦ lng tho arguments made during tho ♦ day against an advance, Mr. ♦ -*■ Mitchell closed the debate for the ♦ ♦ afternoon with the following state- ♦ ♦ ment: ♦ ♦ “The miners, so far as we are -*■ concerned, In case of a strike will ♦ have no riots and no bloodshed. ♦ ♦ We may, if a prolonged strike takes ♦ ♦ place, havo hunger, and we may ♦ ♦ wear poor clothes. We may endure ♦ ♦ greater hardships, but the miners ♦ ♦ aro Just as law-abiding and Just as ♦ ♦ patriotic as are the gentlemen on ♦ -*■ your side," -+■ ^Indianapolis, March 28.—The Joint con ference of the coal miners and operators of the central competitive district ad journed today until tomorrow at 2 o’clock with no settlement of their wage differ ences reported and w'lth none in prospect so far as any indications pointed. A motion to continue the present scale for two years, made by the operators, was defeated by the solid vote of the miners. An amendment to President Mitchell’s motion to restore the scale of 1903, offered by F. I>. Robbins of the Pennsylvania operators that it be made effective for two y^rs, was accepted by Mr. Mitchell, subject to the ratification of the national miners’ convention, wTilch will meet tomorrow moirning to consider the question! Day Given to Argument. This was the only action taken during the day. The rest was argument, during the course of which great earnestness upon the part of the miners and both fac tions of the operators was shown. Presi dent Mitchell charged that many coal companies are owned by railroads and the profit on coal is not indicated by the books of the coal companies, as much of It is absorbed by the railroads. He an nounced that the miners would continue in the future to ask for more wages if the market Justified, and stated postive ]y that the miners would adhere to the de mand for an increase at this time. Op erators of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio speaking through A. J. Moorhead of Illi nois, who said he thought Illinois should break away from the Interstate agree ment, H. N. Taylor of Illinois, R, R. Hammond,' Chairman Winder and Secre tary Bent of the Illinois miners reaffirm ! ed their refusal to pay any advance. F. L. Robbins of Pennsylvania offered to pay the advance asked, not only in the mines of the Pittsburg Coal company, but in his own mines in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois, and urged the miners to sign the scale wherever it was offered, even though the mines of the other operators should lie idle. J. B. Zerbe appealed to the miners not to sign by districts, but to stand together. Hints of Arbitration. There were a number of suggestions and hints at an arbitration commission during the day. R. R. Hammond said the com plications of the coal situation would never be understood by the public until they had been examined by a commission, and he was willing that the differences should be settled by a commission. W. D. Kuhn of the independent opera tors made refrence to a possible commis sion appointed by the President. Presi dent Mitchell said in one of his speeches: “I want to ask the operators of the Pittsburg district if they are in accord with the suggestion as to an investigation. I want to ask Mr. Winder and the opera tors of Ohio, and I want to ask the oper ators of Indiana if this proposed investi gation contemplates an investigation as to the relative cost of producing coal in pick and machine mines.” Mr. J. H. Winder, chairman of the op erators, replied: ”If there is to be an investigation upon which the price of mining is to be fixed, and the relative differences adjusted be tween the various portions of the inter state fields, then I thing it would be proper to take into consideration all and any questions that are pertinent thereto.” i uanea IO uracr o/ vsnaumaii. G. W. Traer, the chairman, announced that the question was on the substitute motion offered by J. H. Winder, to re affirm the present wage scale with con ditions as they existed when that scale was adopted, the miners to pay the cost of mining, loading, shooting and timber ing. A. J. Moorehead of Illinois spoke first for the operators. He said operators would be pleased to pay the miners an increase in wages but It was a business impossibility at this time. “You miners.” said he, “have the advantage over us. You can combine and centralize your voting power upon a fixed object or de sired action, but if the operators com bine we are threatened with the peniten tiary. We could contrpl the coal market andt pay you higher wages if we could buy up all the coal mines, but unfortu nately for you and for us we haven’t the money to do It. “I want to say,” continued Mr. Moore head, “that no operator will go farther than I will to meet our employes. We cannot control the markets. It is a com petitive condition beyond our power. It may be true that in some parts of the country, western Pennsylvania for in stance, they may be able to pay an ad vance, but I do know that in Illinois It is impossible.” He said miners in the thick vein In Il linois could earn from eight to ten dol lars per day. This statement was re ceived with laughter by the miners which brought a rebuke from the chair. “But,’’ said he, “a man in Illinois is not able to do the best he can for him iContinucd on Ninth Paffo). • t GOMPERS FINDS WAY TO WORRY MEMBERS Washington, March 28,—(Special.)—Sam uel Gompers, president of the American Federation of Labor, may not be nblo to get any legislation out of Congress, but he has hit upon a scheme to put con gressmen to no little trouble. Mr. Gompers has Issued a circular to the various bodies of which he Is the head. Its title Is "How to get a library for nothing but the asking." The circular contains the names of gey era! hundred books which Mr. Gompers Informs his constituents can be obtained by writing "your congressman." As a result of the wide publication of this list members are being flooded with demands for everything from the Con gressional Record to "reports on the in troduction of reindeer In Alaska." A sen ator received a letter this morning ask ing for 235 volumns which had been checked off on the Gompers ’ist. HEM SUING OF RAILS jmilHE Contracts Are Closed for 150, 000 Tons CARS ARE IN BIG DEMAND Heavy Movement of Coal and Immense Quantity Stored On Siding Have Brought About This Condition. < Cleveland, O.. March 28.—(Special.)—The Iron Trade Review tomorrow will say: "The exceedingly heavy selling of rails was decidedly the feature of the market during the past week. Contracts were closed for about 150,000 tons with a con siderable larger tonnage still to be placed if mills can guarantee delivery. These orders went almost entirely to eastern mills and are for this year's delivery. "The Santa Fe contracted for 40,000 tons from the Pennsylvania Steel company; and 10,000 tons from the Cambria Steel company. "The Northern Pacific and the Great Northern ordered 30,000 and 20,000 tons respectively from the Lakawanna Steel company, and the Cambria Steel company booked 10,000 tons each for the Georgia Central and the Chesapeake and Ohio. Traction roads are buying heavily. "The coke market has felt the coal strike influence strongly arjd prices have stiffened to from *2.40 to *2.80 for furnace coke, and *3.10 to *3.16 for foundry coke at the ovens. “While the volume of current business in pig iron continues comparatively light increasing sales and inquiries are re ported especially in the west, and fur nace men predict that the long expected buying wave is soon to start. "In finished materials, a somewhat lighter current business is noted, owing it is believed, to the known Inability of mills to make prompt delivery. "Specifications of structural materials continues at an enormous rate The re cent advance of *1.50 placed by a lead ing interest on sheet bars, is being firmly adhered to. “The opening of spring has brought about the strongest demand for wire products in years. Bar iron is slightly firmer with specifications insistent. The heavy movement of coal during the past few days and the fact that an immense quantity Is at present stored in ears on sidings, have brought about conditions approaching a car famine on certain lines.” FIRE IS CAUSED BY BENGINE EXPLOSION Catholic Church and Big Hat Factory Are Destroyed In Phila delphia. Philadelphia, aMrch 28.—An explosion of benzine today resulted in a fire which wiped out the major portion of the Ro man Catitollc church of St. Francis Xa veria and destroyed the hat factory of Henry Roelofs & Co., at Twenty-fourth and Green streets, entailing an estimated loss of *60,000 on the factory and *100,000 on the church edifice, partly covered by Insurance. tVhen the explosion occurred there were seventy-five children in the basement of the church, who had gathered to attend Lenten devotions. They es caped without Injury. About 700 pupils who were in the pa rochial school opposite the burning build ing, left the school house in order. Sev eral hundred workmen in the hat factory also escaped. Three firemen were injured by the fall ing walls, but their injuries are not se rious. LYNCHED IN LOUISIANA. Young Woman Had Found Negro In Her Room. Memphis, March 28.-A special to tho Commercial-Appeal from Flora, La., says a negro known as "Cotton," was lynched last night near Oak Grove station In West Carroll parish, within an hour after he Is alleged to have attempted to crim inally assault a young white woman. Miss Blair, daughter of a contractor, at a railroad camp, where "Cotton" was employed, discovered the negro in her room, screamed and struggled with him until members of the family were aroused. A posse was formed and was quickly In' pursuit of "Cotton.” who had fled when members of the family to Miss Blair's rescue. When captured, within an hour, he was hanged to a tree. New Jersey Meets Requirements. Rockland, Me.. March 28.—The stand ardization trial trip over the Owl's Head mile course today of the new battleship New Jersey was considered very success ful. The contract requirement of 19 knots an hour was exceeded, a maximum speed at the rate of 19.48 kiots per hour being attained. The mean of the 2ve runs at top speed was 19.02 knots. T he trial board determined that the mean revolutions of the screws correcponding to the contract speed was 124.5 per minute. The battleship will be placed In commis sion during May under the command of Cptaln Kimball, a native of Malna GOV, JEFF, P^o IN LEAP M SENATE Majority Over Senator Berry May Exceed 10,000 LITTLE TO BE GOVERNOR Fully 30,000 Arkansas Voters Were Kept From the Polls By Rainy Weather—Complete Returns Are Not Available. * Little Rock. Ark.. March 28.—Congress man John S. Little carried the state dem ocratic primary today in the contest for the nomination for governor over Attor ney General Robert L. Rogers and S. Q. Sevelr. In the state convention, which meets in Hot Springs on June 6, next, he will have probably more than 300 delegates out of a total of 517, thus assuring his nomination on the first ballot. Governor Jefferson Davts has an ap parently Insurmountable lead over Sena tor James P. Berry for the nomination for United States senator, returns to the Ar kansas Gazette Indicating tnat Davis majority in the entire stale may exceed 10,000. Complete returns will not be avail able until tomorrow. No concessions of defeat come from Senator Berry’s friends, and many of them express the belief that fuller returns will at least niafce the con test close. It is estimated that fully 30,000 voters vpere kept at home by the rain and low temperature. Indications are that X. O. Pindall will be successful for attorney general. The other state contests cannot be determined from the returns thus far received. C. orundidge is probably renominated for Congress in the Second district. In the Fourth district the contest is close between L. A. Byrne and W. B. Cravens. Congressman R. —. Macon is renominated in the First district. There was no opposition to the incumbents in the four other congressional districts. IMMIGRANTS MAY PAY $5 HEAD TAX Southern Members Hope for Provision Allowing Headquarters for Rep resentative of States. Washington, March 28.-(SpeclaI.)—The House immigration sub-committee has about completed the bill restricting im migration Into the United States. It pro vides a head tax of J5. An important feature Is the establishment at the New York station of headquarters for the states, where state commissioners can acquaint emigrants with the advantages of their sections of the country. Southern members have been especially insistent upon this provision and its adoption would insure an Increased im migration to the south. The supporters of the bill hope that it will be favorably acted upon at the present session. The question of educational test is still un der consideration. SUBJECTS AGREED UPON. Many Questions Are to Como Before Pan-American Congress. Washington, March 28.—A programme of subjects to be considered at the Pan American congress to be held in Rio Ja neiro, beginning July 21, was agreed on today by the committee of the congress having that matter in charge and of which Eecretary Root is chairman. There are perhaps a dozen general topics In all on the programme, covering practi cally all the matters of an International character of Interests to the nations, both of North and South America. Secretary Root Is not prepared to make public In detail the subjects to be considered. These subjects, however. Include sanitary and quarantine regulations uniformity of pat ent laws, international recognition of di plomas and of practitioners of the learn ed professions, questions affecting com mercial intercourse and an itnernational railroad. It is expected that what is commonly known as the Dragon Doctrine, which is opposed to the forceful collection of pri vate debts by one nation from another, a doctrine adhered to by the United States, will come up for consideration In some form. MORE QUEER FREAKS. Lightning Plays Pranks With Uchee, Ala., Storekeeper. Columbus. Ga., March 28.—(Special.)— Lightning played some queer pranks at a store house at Uchee, Ala., a day or two ago. At the point where the bolt entered the roof only a small hole was created, but the electric fluid expanded when under the shingles and tore a hole several feet square in the ceiling, shat tred every pane of glass in a window and twisted the shutters off the hinges. Pieces of celling were thrown the en tire length of the building, thirty feet. Eight dozen lamp chimneys were broken. A clock was hurled the entire length of the store and shattered. Lightning went through one side of a tin pail, cutting a hole the size of a silver quarter, round perfectly smooth, and did not Injure the other aids of the paJJ. PERKINS IP FOR IRANI LARCENY Arrested for Giving $48,702.50 lo Campaign Fund MUTUAL OFF CEHS REM Perkins Writes to Jerome That It Never Occurred to Him That the Propriety of the Contribution Would Be Questioned. New York. March 28.—On a charge that his connection with the contribution of $48,702.50 from the funds of the New York Life Insurance company to Cornelius N. Bliss, treasurer of the republican national campaign committee in the campaign of 1904, constituted grand larceny in the first degree, George W. Perkins, a member of the firm of J. P. Morgan & Co., and un til recently first vice president of the New York Life Insurance company, was ar rested today on a warrant Issued by City Magistrate Moss. When a detective went to serve the warrant upon Mr. PerkinH he found that a writ of habeas corpus had already been obtained from Justice Greenbaum of tiro state supreme court, and the matter was Immediately taken out of the magistrate’s hands. Mr. Perkins appeared before Jus tice Greenbaum and at the request of his counsel the hearing in the case was ad journed until Friday. Mr. Perkins was paroled in the custody of his personal attorney. Lewis A. Deiafleid. The warrant for Mr. Perkins' arrest was applied for yesterday' by District Attorney Jerome. Magistrate Moss would not act. however, until affidavits were filed in the case. These were presented to him today. They were signed by Dar win P. Kingsley, vice president of the New York Life; Edmund D. Randolph, treasurer of the company, and by Thorn us A. Buckner, also a vice president. Admits Advancing the Sum. Mr. Perkins' counsel admitted to Jus tice Greenbaum that Mr. Perkins had advanced the sum named to Mr. Bliss upon the requeest of the late John A. McCall, president of the New York Life. Hf *'us afterwards reimbursed through the action of the company's finance com mittee. It was contended that Mr. McCall •had executive authority to order the pay ment, and that if any crime was com mitted it was participated in by every member of the finance committee present when the matter was acted upon. Despite the action of Mr. Jerome In ap plying for a warrant for Mr. Perkins, and thus taking the matter to the higher courts of the state, Justice O'Sullivan in the court of special sessions today again addressed the grand jury which is con sidering life insurance matters, and in structed them that it was their duty to continue the investigation to the end. He told the grand Jurors it was their right to demand that the district attorney sub poena witnesses to be examined before them In any matter they may have under consideration. Tender Their Resignations. Robert A. Grannies and \V. R. Gillette, vice presidents and trustees, and Eldrldge T. Gerry, us trustee of Mutual Life In surance company, today tendered their resignations at a meeting of the board of trustees of that company. They were ac cepted. A report of the Truesdale investi gating committee was received, and ord ered printed, but no other action was taken upon it. District Attorney Jerome tonight made public correspondence between himself and Mr. Perkins, which showed that upon the district attorney's request for Infor mation and without promise of any im munity whatsover, Mr. Perkins had sup plied Mr. Jerome with all the facts con nected with the 1904 campaign contribu tions. In concluding his letter on the subject Mr. Perkins wrote: "When I made the advances mentioned, and when I was reimbursed therefore, It never occurred to me that there could be any question as to the propriety of such expenditures, which I believed to be for the benefit of the company.” WOULD PROTECT EMPLOYES. Senator Daniel Introduces Amendment to Railroad Bill. Washington. March 28.—Senator Daniel today Introduced an amendment to the house railroad rate bill making railroads liable for damaged to employes resulting from negligence or mismanagement or in sufficient railroad equipment on the part of a railroad. It provides that contributory negli gence on the part of the employe shall not be a bar to the recovery of damages when such negligence Is slight compared with that of the employer. It provides that no contract for Insurance, or relief Indemnity of any kind that may have been entered Into between employe and employer, shall be a bar to any action on the part of the former or his heirs to recover damages for personal injuries or death. GIVE AND TAKE. Philadelphia Rapid Transit Gets an Extension of Time. Philadelphia. March 28.—Mayor 'Weaver today signed the ordnance granting the Philadelphia Rapid Transit company an extension of three years for the comple tion of Its Market street subway. In consideration for this extension, the company filed with the secretary of the commonwealth at Harrisburg and with the city solicitor of Philadelphia, a full surrender of all other franchises of cor poration acquired several years ago with the exception of those for the Broad street subway and for the elevated rail road to the northeastern section of the city. The company also agrees to pay to the city 1400,000 to be applied to the csot of removing railroad grade cross FOUNTAIN PEN WILL BE REPLACED BY THE PUNCH Washington, March 28.—(Special.)—1The fountain pen will go out of business for the next census In 1910 and Its place will be taken by the punch. Heretofore the ten thousand enumerators with fountain pens wrote In the answers to questions. This material was shipped into the Cen sus Bureau where a force of one thou sand clerks was employed to pUQ^li this information into cards so that electrical tabulating machines might do the rest. The machines, almost human fingers, passed over the cards and wherever a hole had been punched an electrical con tact resulted which added one to the count of the particular qualification or characteristic which the punch denoted. Under the new scheme Director North says that Instead of waiting six months tha country will know the result of the census within three months. Each enu merator will be supplied with a punch with which after asking a question he will perforate the card and it will not be reccss&ry to do that branch of the work here. Incidentally the government will bo saved thousands of dollars In clerk hire. ... GOVERNMENT MAKES TACTICAL MISTAKE HAS COME INTO SERIOUS CON FLICT WITH ENGLISH LABOR PARTY AND MAJORITY OF ITS LIBERAL SUPPORTERS. London, March 29.—What is considered to be a tactical mistake on the part of tile government In coming into serious conflict not only with the labor party but a large majority of its liberal supporters over the Introduction of the trades dis putes bill in the house of commons yes terday, Is avowedly due to differences of opinion among the ministers themselves, a strong minority being against a com plete concession of labor views and the compromise adopted apparently pleases nobody. The incident is the subject of unani mous and keen regret on the part of the newspapers this morning, because they say it has already become known that the government will yield by leaving the question to the decision of the house, and that the result of this will be a great loss of prestige. Besides, the papers say it is almost certain to meet with opposition in the house of lords which will send the bill back to the house of commons short of the clause granting immunity to trades unions and possibly of other important features which probably would have been accepted had the government boldly faced the problem. The house of lords, the newspapers declare, will not point to the. government’s own course as justification for its rejecting the immunity clause. The unionists organs naturally are ju bilant, pointing out that this action is ;n fulfillment of their predictions of the danger of the government's unwieldly majority, and heralding it as the begin ning of the disintegration of the liberal battalions. BERNHARDT VISITS TEXAS LEGISLATURE Rain Put Tent Out of Business and Show Was Finally Given In Opera House. Austin, Texas, March 28.—Instead of in a tent as was contemplated, Mme. Bern hardt appeared here tonight at the local opera house. The Bernhardt party ar rived early this morning and arrange ments were made for the appearance of the distinguished actress in the tent. Sev eral hours later rain fell in torrents and It was evident If the tent was used to night, it would be with much inconven ience. A delegation of citizens then took the matter In their hands and after se curing the consent of the management of the opera house for the use of the building, the delegation called on the managerial department of Mme. Bern hardt and requested that the opera house be substituted for the tent. This was agreed to and Mme. Bernhardt appeared tonight In Camille before an enthusiastic audience. Today Mme. Bernhardt visited the leg islature and received a most cordial re ception. During her visit proceedings were suspended. MILLER ASKS FOR STAY. Cuba Is 'irm In Determination That Cristobal Colon Fly Cuban Flag. Havana, March 28.—J. A. Miller, mana ger of the company operating the Amer ican steamer Cristobal Colon, whose traf fic between the Isle of Pines and the Cu ban mainland has been Interdicted unless she sails under the Cuban Hag, has ...ed a petition asking for an extension of thirty days before the order is put into opera tion. The Cuban board of navigation tonight Issued a report regarding the Cristobal Colon case, sustaining the government and citing a letter from Clarence Kdwards, chief of the United States bureau of In sular affairs, dated August 24, 1901, In, which he states that "the privilege of coastwise trade is by all modern civilized nations reserved for their subjects, and considering that Cuba when It becomes independent will assume the same atti tude, It Is the United States policy to leave the way prepared for that system." The department declines to make any change in the customs regulations so as to |>ermit foreigners to engage in coast wise trade. General Bell Ordered to Report. Washington. March 28.—An order Issued at the war department today directs Blrg. Gen. Franklin Mell in charge of the staff college at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., to repair to this city not later than April 9 and report to Lieutenant General Bates, chief of staff, for assignment to duty. April 14 Is the date fixed for the retire ment of Lieutenant General Bates, the promotion of Major General Corbin to the rank of lieutenant general, and the In stallation of Brigadier General Bell as chief of staff by presidential designa tion. Democrats About Ready. Washington. March 28.—At a meeting tonight of the democratic congressional committee the personnel of the various sub-committees were completed. Repre sentative Bowers of Mississippi was ap pointed chairman of the campaign sub comin'ttee and Representative Gaines of Tennessee was appointed chairman of the sub committee on literature. $190,000 TO FIGHT BOLL WEEYIL.PEST! AGRICULTURAL BILL WILL CARRY $10,000 FOR WEATHER STATION TO BE BUILT AT FOUNTAIN, HEIGHTS, BIRMINGHAM. Washington, March 28.—(Special.)—In addition to carrying 090.000 for continued warfare upon the boll weevil,, the agri cultural appropriation bill, whtirh will be l reported next week, will rnnke. an appro priation of 165.000 for the extermination of the cattle tick. This amountrwas placed in the bill largely through the efforts of Representative Bowie, a member of the agricultural committee. In the opin ion of the department of agriculture. It Is declared sufficient to prevent (he fur ther spread of the pest. The agricultural bill will also carry $10,000 for a Birmingham weather sta 1 tion which is to be located at Fountain I Heights. Birmingham is not designated by name but Representative Underwood has been assured by the ehlef of the weather bureau that it will be located in that city. CENTRAL Y. M. C. A. WINS. Athletic Meet in Chicago Was a De cided Financial Success. Chicago, March 28.—First honors In the New Illinois Athletic club indoor track meet went to the athletes from the Central Y. M. C. A., of Chicago, who scored a total of 32 points. The University of Wisconsin was second with 24 points. University of Chicago, third, with 12; fourth placed captured by F. C. Irons, unattached of Chicago, who scored 10 points. Beloit college came nevt with a total of 8 points. The remaining points were won by different Institutions and Several unattached athletes. The meet which was held in the interest of charity, was a decided success from a financial standpoint, and the Chicago Union hospital will receive over $10,000 as a result. BANK AT VENEZUELA. France Proposes to Stop Importation of Coffee. Paris, March 28.—It is semi-off lei ally stated that a decree Is being prepared establishing a maxlmufn tariff against Venezuela. The Franco- Venezuelan com mercial convention of 1902 gives France j the same trade treatment as other na j lions, but President Castro’s refusal to j permit the landing of French merchandise i in Venezuela is construed as being a ! violation of tl\£t convention. Therefore i the law of 1892 which provides for a maximum tariff against Venezuela will go Into effect and will result In the practical exclusion fr'm France of Ven ezuela’s chief expor'. coffee. The lmporcf of Venezuelan coffee into France In 1905 totalled about $1,300,000. HOLDERS IN ENGLAND DEPEND ON HOLDEMAN Mutual Policy Holders Are Inclined to Trust to His Judgment In Adjusting Matters. i_ London, March 28.—So far as is ascer tainable the British policyholders of th» Mutual Life Insurance company of New York are disposed to wait for the formu lation of the scheme of 1). C. Haldeman. the British manager of the company be fore taking action, being confident that as he himself holds policies In the Mu tual to the extent of $146,000 he has a strong Interest to see that their Inter ests are placed on a sound basis. In the course of an Interview with the Dally Telegraph of today Mr. Ilaldeman said he could not believe that President Peabody could have stated that the sal aries of the London staff were reduced at the beginning of the year. "It being," said Mr. Ilaldoman. "a question of reduc tion of expenses, I adjusted the matter so that the only man who suffered any reduction was myself." Mr. Haldeman still maintains that im portant letters ami telegrams which he sent to the New York office of the Mu tual Life Insurance company remain un answered but adds that he Is not sure the Interest of British policyholders will be advanced by public expression on these matters. Agnes Stone Is Dead. Fairmont. W. Vu., March 28.—Agnes Stone, sister-in-law of VVm. McDonald, of the Bostonians, whose death was an nounced last night, dropped dead today upon reading of the news of bis death. Agnes Stone was a sister of Marie Stone, who for years was the soprano soloist of the original Bostonian Ideals, und was the wife of McDonald. Agnes Stone was also an operatic singer and was with a "Robinhood" company when she died. -- Claims Commission Expensive. Washington. March 28.—The awards so far made by the Spanish treaty claims commission aggregating $75,740 and the cost of the commission has been $65,300 according to a statement by Representa tive Sullivan of Massachusetts, before the House committee on Judiciary today. The committee had under consideration the Sullivan resolution of Inquiry as to the number of claims adjudicated. The committee authorized a favorable report an the resolution. \ GRUESOME FI III MINNEAPOLIS Bodies .of Six Bulgarians Am Horrib’g Mutilated MYSTERY SURROUNDS CASE The Police Believe a Crowd of Men Had a Fight Over Money—Bag gage Had Been Checked to Duluth. ^ Minneapolis, March 28.—At 10 o'clock this morning the mutilated bodies of six Bulgarians, evidently workmen, were found lying in deep pools of coagilated blood in a little tumble down house, No. 245 Tenth avenue south. Four of the bodies were found in a sleeping room on the second floor, cut and slashed in a most horrible manner, while in the cellar were two others with their throats cut from ear to ear. Near the bodies were f^und five large bowlt knives, and a bloodstained hatchet. The dead: Nicolo Dimitri. Klrle Dimitri. Ague Karolll. Kerstan Yovko. L’nka Naudaba. Baaker Kappanni. All Comparatively Young. The Dimitri's were evidently father and son. All of the men were comparatively young and smooth shaven, their identity being established by letters found op their persons. 'Hie only clue possessed by the police which may lead to a solu tion of the crime was obtained from a drayman named Mieklenberg. He says that he was approached * Monday after noon by some men whom lie took to be Italians or Greeks who wanted him to take six packages from the house where tlie bodies were found to the union sta tion. On arriving at the house he found there were 12 packages and after some haggling about the price he took them to the station. A young man, aged about 20 years, rode on tlie wagon with him. The other men walked. The man who rode on the wagon said the party was going to Duluth. At the station he noticed that the men h fib lift were Joined by several otlifc” men, a woman and a little girl. From this story tin* police adduce that tlie murders were committed some time between midnight Sunday and Monday morning. This suspicion is strengthened by the statement of S. Magnuson, owner of the house where the murders occurred. Asked to Search House. At about 10 o’clock today he asked the police to search the house. He said that an aged German who occupied the lower floor of the house could not be found. He it was who notified MagnuBon that a fight had taken place in the rtom* over the ones occupied by the German Sunday night. The German said he heard scuffling In the rear of the house but thought nothing of it until today when he observed that the tenants above him were not moving about as usual. After notifying Magnuson the German disap peared and has not been located up to a late hour today. Magnuson at on<’6 called up Patrolman Peterson who broke in the doors and made tile horrifying discovery. Paid Rent in Advance. Magnuson told the police that about four months ago a well dressed Italian rented the upper floor of the house and paid four months’ rent in advance. The Italian told him ho was foreman of a railroad construction gang, and that soma of the hotels W'ould not keeb the men. Tho next day twelve men moved their few belongings to the house. They went to work each day and returned in the evening. They never drank and made lit tle noise and those about the place paid little attention to them. Magnuson never Inquired thHr names, and merely entered them on the books as tenants for whom four months’ rent had been paid in ad vance. The men lived, slept and ate thehp meals in these little rooms on the second floor. The “foreman" was never se.ea again and the police have absolutely no line on him. Murdered for Money. The police are inclined to believe that the men found dead in the cellar were murdered for their money, and that a free-for-all fight followed over a division tif the spoils resulting in the four other deaths. This is indicated by the wound* on the bodies found in the upper room. Their faces were slashed almost beyond recognition, and there were wound* all over their bodies, all. however, having deep slashes in the throat. One man had fallen against a hot stove and the right side of ids face was burned past all Iden tification. Beside this man lay the bloody hatchet. The tight for money theory is borne out by tbe finding near the bodies of one or more money belts in which was $56 in ITnited States currency, and gold. On one of the bodies was found a watch which was still going. Some of the bodies hud been stripped, evidently for robbery. At the morgue this afternoon J. Mick lenberg. the drayman, identltled one of the dead men as the one who had met him at the house on the afternoon he had call ed to haul away baggage. Inquiry at the baggage room shows the party checked most of their luggage to Duluth. Duluth Officers Ignorant. Duluth. March 28 —The chief of police [lisclaims any knowledge of the arrival here of the party of Bulgarians believed to be concerned In the tragedy at Minne apolis. (Officers are on the lookout for the men, however. Big Sale of Spot Cotton. HurutsviHe, March 28.—(Speciial.)—Per haps the largest sale of spot cotton of the year in this section lias been made by James E. Butler, a merchant of New Hope# Ala., who has sold 1300 bales to the Decatur representative of a Montgomery commission house. Mr. Butler got 11 cents for hi* cotton, the lot bringing him about $71,.V»n. Several bids were made for Mr. Butler’s cotton. He offered it to the market a few weeks ago at 10.35 and there were no takers. Mr. Butler ha* *>> bales left of the last /crop which h* will hold for price* around 15 coata.