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VOL. 36 0 BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1U06. 3« PAGES 0 NO. H4 RACE RIOT IN ATLANTA CAUSED BY FOUR FIENDISH ATTACKS MADE ON WOMEN Negroes Dragged from Street Cars and Beaten to Death, and Fury of Citizens Knows Ko Bounds SCORE OF NEGROES DEAD HUNDREDS IN TERROR ARE DRIVEN FROM STREETS Eight Companies of Militia Are Called Out By Governor, But They Are Only Jerred at By Crowds as They Appear on Streets. Atlanta, September 22.—Four at tempts at assault on white women by negroes within or near the limits of the city today, wrought white cltlxen* here to n high pitch of excitement to night. The assaults of today follow ed two others of a similar nature within the past week, and at least half a dosen others within the last two months, and brought a climax to night. At midnight Governor Terrell Is sued nn order calling out eight com panies of the Fifth Infantry and one battery of light artillery. This order was not Issued until three negroes had been killed and fifteen taken to the hospitals, five of whom will die. These Include only those cases of which the police have official knowledge. The local newspaper men claim the number of dead is larger. PI'LL NEGROES FROM STREET CARS AND BEAT THEM. The mob began Its work la the evening, pulling negroes from street oars and beating them with elnbs, bricks and stones. Black men and women Innocently riding to their homes after the work of the day were ruthlessly torn frob the ears or at tacked on the streets. In a few cases negroes retaliated during the early part of the night, hut after 10 o’clock they were scarce In public places. The fire department was called out to disperse the mob on Decatur street, a street most frequented by negroes, and for a time seemed to hold the crowd at bay. The police reserve* were called out and will hold the fort until the troops can be mobilised. The mob seemed to lack leadership •nd this doubtless has prevented greater slaughter. TAKES FORM OF ACTIVE AND HITTER RACE WAR. The disturbance here tonight has taken the form of an active and bit ter race war. The Incidents of the i lay, which were given !n numerous extras by the local papers curly this evening, added Immensely to the usual Saturday night crowds on the streets. A negro walking along Whitehall street, the principal shopping section, was attacked about 7 o’clock, beaten, und escaped with few clothes. The news of this nttuck spread rapidly and within u few moments the appearance of n negro wns the signal for n riot. The negroes scattered from the streets, going to their homes by back alleys, or flocked to Decatur street, the home of the tougher negro element. HARDER SHOP STORMED AND ONE MAIjf KILf.ED. Soon street enrs were at larked und negroes going to their homes were taken from the cars and beaten, stamped upon and In several cases fatally hurt. The barber shops where negroes were employed next became objects of attack. One of the hardest fights of the night tok place about the postoffles. A negro barber shop ncross the street was the object of at tack, and In less time than It takes to tell the shop was wrecked and the negroes were beuteu, one to death, the other proprietors escaping by aid of the police. HARD FIGHT NEAR THE TERMINAL STATION. On Peters street, near the Terminal railroad station, n hard fight took place. This was started by a negro shooting at the crowd below from n second story window. A brick hit him and he fell back und died In n few moments. One negro who wns found with n pistol In his bands was beaten to death on the Forsyth street viaduct. In the water «>f the city, and a block from the Associated Press / Ice. At the present hour, lt30 u. m., the down-town streets are quiet, occasion ally a member o* the local militia passes and Is Jeered and hooted by the mob. The possibility of retalia tion by the negroes Is among tlie seri ous things discussed In the streets and newspaper offices. MILITIA IS SLOW IN MOBILIZING IN CENTER OF THE CITY. 12:30 a, m.—The militia seems to be very ■low ID mobilizing. At present there Is FOUR ASSAULTS AROUSE FURY OF MANY CITIZENS Atlanta* September 22.—Four assaults headquarter*. A crowd of angry citizens on white women by negroes were made is forming and trouble is expected, here this afternoon and evening, all with- Mrs. ChafCifi, living near the 9 rs’ In the city limits. Mrs. F. Arnold in the home, was attacked in a simll^^.an western part of the city was attacked in ner this afternoon. A posse is £ ■?" hing the yard behind her home at 7 o'clock the woods for her assailant. slip and escaped by screaming for help. The liar attacks on white women agroes negro ecaped, but a negro has been ar- have occurred this week in f’ «? lose to rested and is being brought to the police Atlanta. ___ _._ _ TUG WILL ASK FOR BANKER STENSLAND EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO PRE VENT SON FROM COUNSELLING FATHER TO RESIST EXTRADI TION ON HIS ARRIVAL. New York. September 22.—A tug charter ed by the state's attorney of Cook county, Illinois lay alongside the barge office at the Battery tonight with steam up and prepared to make a dash for quarantine as soon as the Hamburg-Amerlcan line steamer Prlnz Adelbert with Paul Stens land, the Chicago embezzler on board was sighted off Fire Island. The matter of ex tradition has been arranged with the gov ernors of both New York and New Jersey on the arrival In town of the banker and his captors. There was a rumor tonight that Theo Stensland would meet his father and make an effort to induce his father to nght extradition. This determined the Il linois authorities to make their removal of their prisoner to Chicago as expedi tious as possible. The vessel from Naples cleared September 8 and usually takes but fifteen days in passage. She will dock Sunday. little excitement in the center of the city. Fighting is reported on Peters street, near the Terminal station. From the Associated Press office shots are heard frequently. The Constitution Is authority for the statement that fiftten negroes have been killed. One negro is lying dead less than a block from the Associated Press office, on For syth street. 1:30 a. m.—Reports are being received from the outskirts of the town of rioting and negroes being killed and driven from their homes. Rumors have it that at least twenty-five to thirty, or more, ne groes have been killed here tonight, but It Is impossible at this time to confirm these reports. All Is quiet In the central portion of the city at present, but knots of people are standing on the street comers, appar ently awaiting developments. HEAVY RAIN DRIVES CROWDS FROM STREETS. At 2 o’clock this morning the down town district continues quiet. All reserve police are on duty and are patrolling the streets armed with Winchester rifles. The mobilizing of the militia appears to be slow. A heavy rain has begun to fall and this has cleared the streets. Col. Clifford Anderson of the Fifth Geor gia regiment is in charge of a squad of one hundred militiamen, patrolling the center of the city, rt is not expected that more than a full company will be mobil ized before 6 o’clock In the morning. What action is to be taken tomorrow will de pend on developments at sunrise. SEVERAL. WHITE MEN ARE REPORTED FIRED UPON. Several white men are reported to have been fired upon tonight, presumably by negroes as they were leaving a street car on the west end line on their way to theri homes. Several shots were heard and bullets struck around them. They hastily caught the car, rode to the end of the line and returned to the city, fear ing to go home tonight. bate workers are banding together to reach their homes. The fear of ambssh by frenzied negroes seems prevalent. The hardware stores did a rushing busi ness In firearms of every sort early in the evening until the stores were closed by the police. 3 a. m.—The Constitution's estimate of the dead and wounded at this hour Is six teen negroes and one white man dead and fifteen negroes and three white men wounded, several fatally. Indefinite re ports continue to come in of assaults in the outskirts of the city, but it is imposs ble to confirm them. POLICE RANSACK NEGRO SALOOI^ S Partial Explanation Is Found for Nu merous Fiendish Attacks Made Recently By Negroes. Atlanta, September 28.—(Special.)—The plain clothes men in the police depart ment have been specially cautioned and instructed by Chief Jennings to investi gate the negro saloons, clubs and other dives on Decatur street with a view to en | tlrely weeding out those which are In I any way violating the law. An investigation of these places by the police revealed the fact that in many of them there were hanging on the walls i.ude pictures of white women, chietly fancy pictures, and the police have been directed to bring these pictures into po lice court as evidence. It is believed the apepSrance’of such pictures as these in negro resorts has had something to do with the numerous assaults on white women which have been committed in Fulton county within the last few months. As a result of the police Investigation of these places a number of negroes charged with violating the Taws and city ordinances have been arrested and will be tried in police court. Test cases will be wade against this character of piaees, and the police will have them closed up wherever it Is possible to do so. PRIESTS WILT %YE french Property THEY WILL COMPLY WITH THE FRENCH LAW IN ALL THINGS EXCEPT THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. Paris, September 22.—The letter to the Catholics of France which was adopted by the recent council of bishops, and after having been signed by all the pre lates was sent to Rome for the approval of the vatlcap, will be read tomorrow In all pulpits In France. It Is this action that has again brought the question of the separation of church and state to tt e fore. Cardinal Lecot, archbishop of Bordeaux, virtual loader of the church party when questioned as to the attitude of the epis copacy would take after the reading of the letter, said It would be one of wait ing. The priests would not leave churches until they were requested by the author ities to do so, after which mass would be said In places which already were being arranged, and seminaries likewise will be tr ansferred to other buildings. “I personally will leave the place for a house rented by me," said Cardinal Lecot. “We have appealed to the gener osity of the faithful and have gathered together a large amount of money which I will distribute to the neediest of the priests and we will live as best we can. We will be careful to observe all laws except that of separation of ohurch and state. That we cannot accept because It tramples upon the dignity of the pope and the bishops, not only of France but of the whole world. The pope must look at the question as a whole. He cannot ab dicate his authority for a moment when the church is the object of attack. It Is impossible for Pius X. to countenance the act which broke off the relations be tween France and the Vatican, and since he rejects It no arrangement of the mat ter Is possible, if the government does not modify Its laws.” The archbishop of Avignon has decided to remove from his palace to the small seminary to which also the students of the largest seminary will be transferred, so as to vacate all government prop erty as soon as possible. CLARKE’S CONDITION NOT SO DANGEROUS The Patient Has Asked Physician Not to Give Out Information as to His Condition. St. Louis, September 22.—(Special.)—Dr. Albert Taussig, who Is attending ex-Con gressman Clarke of Alabama, politely de clined tonight to tell your correspondent Mr. Clarke's condition. "The family have ordered me to make no more statements," he said. Asked by your correspondent for the family's St. Louis address Dr. Taussig did not know it. The St. Luke's hospital authorities re fuse to give out Clarke's condition refer ring Inquiries to Dr. Taussig. Your correspondent at last located N. R. and G. C. Clarke, brothers of ex-Oon gressman Clarke, at the Windermore hotel. One of them Said the patleivFs con dition was not quite so dangerous tonight as last night, and that Dr. Taussig's or ders not to make statements were given at the patient's request. ROUGH RIDERS WILL FIGHT FOR MONEY They Want to Go to Cuba, But Want to Know Which Side Pays Moat. New Orleans, September 22.—A letter stating that about half a dozen of Colonel Roosevelt's former Rough Riders, now at Phoenix, Ariz., wish to enlist In Cuba to light In the present Imbroglio was made 1 public here today by Sam H. Selp of Chi* eago. owner of a Cuban tobacco p'anta I tlon. Mr. Selp said that the letter coma I from a former captain of Rough Riders, who commanded the man now seeking to enlist, and that It requested Inforroa.ion as to which side paid the largest bounty for hired Boldlers, the men having de clared their Intention to fight for the party paying the most money. Newfoundland Fishermen Aroused. St. Johns, N. F., September 22.—The re ported determination of the imperial gov ernment to override the colonial authori ties and concede to the American commis sion the more liberal construction of the herring fishery laws asked on behalf of American fishermen, has evoked much criticism here. Canada, it Is said, may bo a factor In the dispute as she has for years enforced against Americans the laws that New Foundland now seeks to make effective. Armour Will Not Retire. Chicago, September 22.—Representatives of Armour & Co. today declared that there Is no truth In the report that Mr. Ar mour Is about to close out his holdings In Armour & Co. to the Swifts. It was de clared that Mr. Armour was not anxious to retire from business and probably would not do so for many years. I THE SECRET OF IT. THIRTY DM LIMIT STILL LIVE WISE Commerce Commission Has Reached No Decision ROADS DO NOT WANT IT Indications Are, However, That Re quirement for Thirty Days’ Notice Will Not Be Suspended Until Law Has Been Tried. Washington, September 2f -(Special.)— Messrs. Knapp, Clements and Kane of (h«| Interstate commerce. mission were back at their offices in the cnnnmss.oner's building today—after their busy week In Chicago, where they have been looking Into the question of transcontinental Im port and export mtes. While the members would not Indicate what decision they might he expected to make in the application for the suspen sion ot the thirty days’ notice in an nouncing the rate, it is believed they are unlikely to suspend at this time that fea ture ot the law. The disposition is to give the law's requirements literal and thorough enforcement until It shall be certain that its operations will have bad effects. Most of the railroad Interests heard op posed the request for suspension of the thirty days' notice. While the Hill and Ilarrlman roads were not on hand, It Is the Impression that they were the chief movers in the matter of the application. The Illinois Centrnl strongly urged that the thirty days' requirements be suspend ed on rates for Imports and exports via Gulf points. Beginning about the middle of October the commission will take up tho Investigation of gram elevator business under the LaFollette resolution and push It through as fast as possible. WEEKLY HOLIDAYS FOR RAILROAD MEN Leaing French Railroad* Have Taken Steps to Give All Employee a Day of Rest. Paris, September 22,-Although the rail roads of France are specifically exempt from the operation of the Sunday rest law, the chairman of the six leading rail road companies have notified Minister of Public Works Barthou that they have arranged to grant within eighteen months fifty-two holidays a year to their entire staffs, number In all 28,000 men. The chairmen pointed out that it is Impossible to make this day of rest fall on Sunday, but that It would come from the different men In rotation. This new system will place the railroad man on an equality with other workmen in the mat ter of holidays. RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN OPENS. Notable Change In Sentiment Concern ing General Trepoff l( Observed. St. Petersburg, September 22.-Activo work In the autumn electoral campaign was inaugurated by the Octoberists wno today opened the Kazan congress with delegates from twelve of the Volga pro vinces and the vast central districts of Russia In attendance. The main subject of discussion was consolidation with the peaceful rengerlonlsts. and a plan to give the twelve provinces a preponderatlon voice In the national convention. Alexan der Guchkoff, the Octoberlst leader, was present, laboring tooth and nail. Owing to the failure of the Octoberists to obtain official sanction the congress was held behind closed doors, and mem bers of the press were excluded. The most remarkable development of the week has been the change In sentiment concerning the late General Trepoff. The universal chorus .f malediction ana con demnatlor has give piai- since In* death to a non-pir lean npprc'iatlon of m.« real merits, and defects and hls career has been the subject of fair and even lauda tory criticisms in nearly all circles. Oil Yards Struck By Lightning. Toronto, Ont., September 22.—The prem ises of the Canadian Oil company were struck by lightning today and burned. The loss is estimated at I1U0.0TO. It was the only Canadian opposition to the Standard Oil company. BRYAN EXPLMHS RAILROAD VIEWS Declares in Jackson He Has Been Misquoted IS UP TO THE RAILROADS Says He No More Favors Government Ownership of Railroads Than Does Roosevelt—John Sharp Williams Speaks. Jackson, Miss., September 22.—Missis sippi extended a cordial welcome to Wil liam J. Bryan today when he spoke to about 15,000 people, many of whom could not get Into the building, hut stood on the outside, wtdle others who could not get within range of the speaker'3 voice, left the grounds. Leading democrats from all parts of the state were here and at the conclusion of the address resolutions Introduced by R. H. Henry, commenda tory of Bryan, were adopted by a stand ing vote thus emphasizing the confidence of Mississippi democrats In the lead. Mr. Bryan's speech was along the usual lines, dealing with trusts, government control of railroads, and congratulating President Roosevelt upon his democratic tendencies. While the sentiment of Mississippi Is largely for Bryan under all circumstances, there Is a strong opposition to govern ment ownership of railroads and he de voted most of his address to explaining Ids position on that question. He declared he had been misquoted and misrepresented In his utterances on that question; that he simply expressed his views as a private citizen, whlqji he had a right to do, and was not trying to force his individual views on the party. No More Than Roosevelt. “I no more favor government ownership of railroads,” declared the speaker, "than does President Roosevelt, whose utter ances on that subject ure still fresh In the minds of all. And I noticed that Mr. Fairbanks, in his Chicago address, stated that the passage of the rate law was simply the. beginning. What the Vico President meant to convey is more open to misconstruction than uny of my state ments. I am not defending, my original statement on that question nor apologizing for anything I said, and will reiterate here, that unless the law against the railroads Is enforced, unless they are eliminated from polities, placed in a po sition where they can no longer corrupt legislation, Joint government and state ownership would be the ultimate result. But the railroads will force the Issue, not the people.” Takes Up Trust Question. Mr. Bryan here took up the trust ques tion He said President Roosevelt was a good democrat, as far ns he went, hut that he had not gone far enough. And If democratic measures were good when taken up by a republican administration they would be better In the hands of a democratic President and Congress. At the conclusion of Mr. Bryan's address, who was presented by Governor Vardaman. there were calls for John Sharp Wil liams, who occupied a seat on the plat form. Mr. Williams, when he arose to speak, was greeted with applause lasting several minutes, the audience rising to Its feet and cheering the minority loader In the lower house of Congress. Mr. Williams eulogised Bryan, calling attention to those measures advocated by him that he had enacted by the re publicans with the aid of democrats. He called attention to the fact he had sup ported Mr. Bryan In two campaigns and would do so again, but stated that he was unalterahly opposed to government ownership of railroads. "That Is the only question," he de clared. "on which I differ with Mr. Bry an." Mr. Williams' speech was well re ceived and as lie closed he was again enthusiastically cheered. Troops for Bulgarian Frontier. Salonlca, September 22.—Altogether 40. 000 troops will he stationed along the Bulgarian frontier In the direction of Palanka with headquarters at Istlp, osten sibly for maneuvers. Another army corps will concentrate at DamumumalbaJa, and three battalions of artillery will be sent to Serres. Americans Killed By Collision. Colon, September 22.—In a head-on col lision yesterday near Mammal, between two canal working trains, three Ameri cans and two West Indians were killed. Four other West Indians were seriously injured. All were employes of the Panama canal commission. RESCUED AT SEA AFTER AWFUL DATS I wo Men Ate Three Fishes in Four Days SCHOONER WAS WRECKED Using an Old Table Cloth for a Signal, They Finally Attracted the At tention of a Passing Shio. i- ■ _ Norfolk. September 22 —From Monday morning at 8 o’clock until Thursday even ing following thirsting and starving, but for three small fishes which wmv 'ast up • by the sea upon a bit of wreckage, on w'hlch they rode, and w. re divided ind devoured, John Cocrber and Karmten Bernsen, seamen aboard the hist three masted schooner Nelson E. Newbury of New York, Captain Bernarde, rjde on a raft on the sea off this coast alternating between faint hope and deep despair until the steamer Egda came along and saved t'hem. The men were landed he v. this morning by Capt. Thomas Olsen. Story Is Pathatlc. The story, which they told simply, of their escape from death and the drowning of their mates, is particularly pathetic. They said that thJ Newbury sailed frori Port Royal, S. C., September S for N-w York with cargo and a deck load of lum ber; that they were becalmed outside for eight days, but on last Monday morning when the cook said they were off Charles ton, a hurricane struck them, which with in fifteen minutes stripped every Hail from the vessel. Within a few seconds the vessel was turned over and nil hands tried to climb over tiho weather side. A big sea came then and Hwept four of the six men otT the wreck, and the survivors, who never Ha.w them again, are confident they were drowned. Uso Planks to Aid Them. Coerber, who is a German, 27 years of age, and Bernsen, a Norwegian, 21 years of age, swam about for two hours, al ternately in the water and upon some of the three-inch planks of which the deck load w'us composed, or tom from these by the waves. Winally botJh uien. good swimmers, got a-top of a cabin roof, and although the waves reeled over this for many hours, they hung to It until they were rescued. The cabin tablecloth, which they found | hanging on a hook; an oilskin coat and a i pulr of overalls were hoisted above tho j raft and were waved by the men, who ! also shouted and screamed when passing ships were sighted. Fifteen steamers passed them, some of them so close that they could see their rigging, before the Eegda came. EITHER SPELLING WILL BE ACCEPTED Candidates for Examination In Civil Service Can Spell a la Roosevelt or Noah Webster. Washington, September 22.—Simplified civil service examinations will be accept ed the same os old style, according to an order Just Issued by the civil service commissioner. Many Inquiries on the sub ject reached the commission from persons desirous of taking examination* for the governmental service who were fearful lest they should suffer In percentage of efficiency. While It Is the purpose of the commis sion to conform In every way to the direction of the President with respect to simplified spelling In the matter of official documents, they nevertheless concede that for some time to come at least they could not make It the exclusive style as the basis for marking papers. Uprising Reported Against Diaz. El Paso, Tex., September 22.—La Re forma. social, a Spanish paper, published here by Laure Aguirre, a representative of the Mexican Junta, of St. Louis, today received the following dispatch from Cuatzacoalcos, Mox.: "The people of Mlnatltlan, Cuchll. Can guain, Exuutmla. and San Oeronlmo have risen against Diaz. The garrison of fed eral troops has Joined them, and the uprising at once will spread to Vera Cruz. Tabasco and Chiapas." PEACE IR WAR IS 1TTEROEHOUIS II HE ANTILLES Cuban Mailer is Resolving It self Info figbt Bel» Whiles and Blacks BLACKS RESENT COMING Of AMERICAN VESSELS Taft Now Has a Scheme Which May Do Away With the Use of Force, But He Is Keeping Plans Secret. Havana. September 22.—Everything hangs upon a conference that Is now pro ceeding at United States Minister Moi gan’s home between Secretary of War Taft and Assistant Secretary of State Bacon and the representatives of the lib eral leaders, the prisoners under arrest for alleged conspiracy and the rebel field com manders. Since the arrangements for tins impor tant meeting were completed, Secretary Taft had believed that there was fair rea son for expecting a favorable outcome to the negotiations which would lead to a settlement without the necessity of Ame» iean intervention. Situation Considered Changed. The situation today was considerably changed from that of Friday as a result of the proposal made Friday night by too moderates to accept whatever disposition of the controversy Messrs. Taft and Ba con might deside upon conditions tliul the rebels surrender their arms and legal ly promise to accept and comply with such decision whatever it might be. Sec retary Taft, however, sees a way tonight of saving the sovereignty of the Cuban republic. He admits that he has a tangible plan, but will not disclose its exact character. It is not a victory for either political party, but contemplates radical conces sions by both. The secretary’s programme flu as yet oil brydnic and depends upon the pairin'* Ism of the moderate and liberal leader*., both of whom have shown confidence in the mediators by naming delegates with definite powers of attorney to treat for their respective parties. Action Considered Important. This action by Messrs. *faft and Bacon Is regarded as the most importunt yet taken. Negotiations on a new basis will open immediately, and It is believed that ewntuully the opposing delegates wbl bu brought together at United States Minu ter Morgans villa at Marlanao, with President Roosevelt’s mediators as ref erees. This evening the unwelcome news reached the mediators that the govern ment had refused to release the prisoners In order that they might attend tonight's conference, and that the prisoners them selves had refused to accept thc*se condi tions, declining absolutely to be the re cipients of favors from the present gov ernment. Secretary Taft took up the mat ter diplomatically with the result that Consul General Stelnhart and Captain McCoy, military aide to President Roose velt, drove in an automobile to the Presi dio here, where they saw Secretary Mon talvo and got his consent for the release of Jose Miguel Gomez and four others of the leading alleged conspirators. The lat ter returned with them to Minister Mor gan’s house, arriving there at 7:.’JU o’clock this evening. Rebel Leaders Go to Camps. Meanwhile Machado and Ferrera, the rebel leaders In Santa Clara province, had taken an automobile hero and gone direct to the rebel camps outside Marlanao, re turning with General Delcastlllo and I’lno Guerra, respectively the leaders of the revolt In the provinces of Muvana and Pinar del Rio, who were on horseback. Arriving at Marlanao tiiey went to the •house of the local president of the lib erals, P.uldomero infante, where they held a preliminary session. On the arrival of the prisoners from Havana all went to Mr. Morgan’s house and the conference on which all persons felt rested the suc cess of the endeavors to settle mutters without American Intervention proceeded. Crowds Throng the Streets. Not since the efforts at mediation began had such intense interest prevailed. Crowds thronged the streets surround ing Mr. Morgan’s villa and with sup pressed excitement awaited the arrival of the rebel leaders. It was evident that the sentiment A the village was with the rebels, but the people feared to applaud them. Automobiles dashed to and from the villa regardless of speed limit, taking par ticipants to the conference and carrying messages. There were similar scenes in front of Senor Infante s house during the afternoon on account of the expectations that the prisoners and the rebel leaders would gat’her there. Streets were crowded hut order was maintained by the local po lice. On the announcement being made that the prisoners had refused to accept eon d'tional release, the crowd withdrew quietly, but r« assembled again this even ing and followed the outer evidence of proceedings with avidity. Palma May Be Retained. The impression tonight Is that the sug gestions of the commissioners will include the retention, of President Palma and per haps Senor Font y. Sterling, Secretary of the Treasury, with Manuel Despalgm:, the administrator of the customs, in hia present position or in the cabinet. The Miggestlon of the commissioners probably also will include new general elections, although there may be only un arrange ment for electing members of the cabinet, the present Congress to continue until next year's congressional election. This morning Secretaries Taft and Ba con. accompanied by Consul GtgerV. Steinhart and Captain McCoy came In an automooile from Marlanao to the paluc\ where they were In close conference with President Palma, obtaining from him his ideas as to what he was willing should be done under the circumstances. Upon having the palace Assistant Secretary Bacon said the formal matters of the con