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Specifications for Sew?
ers Interlined With Pen and Ink, HEAD OF OFFICE TAKES ALL BLAME No Mention Is Made of First Assistant Engineer, Who Had Charge of All Sewer Con? struction?Some Contrac? tors Aided by City at Expense of Others. Practically all of the charge.1-: brought by Contractor C. G. Burton against the City Engineer1:; Department were ad? mitted yesterday afternoon by City Engineer Charles K. Belling, who took all of the blame upon himself for the mistakes of his subordinates, and who ?tated that he had given positive orders which would pre venu the re? currence of such mistakes in the fu? ture. Gross errors In calculations, making three contractors, one after another, appear to - c the lowest bidder before, the contract was, finally awa, . ed; two sets of specifications, sonn., of them interlined In pen and ink, so that some contractors for sewers furnished stone and some were supplied by the city, and other Instances of laxity and cnrelcssneps in the sewer work, wer? admitted in the course of an investi? gation by a subcommittee of the Com? mittee on Streets, consisting of Messrs. Vonderlehr, Miller und Gunst, which was In session for several hours yes? terday, and which will meet again on Monday afternoon. llolton'N .N'nmr Not .Mentioned. During the entire Inquiry tho name of First Assistant C?ty engineer Jack ton Bolton. who committed suicide on the morning the committee was to have heard the charges, was not mentioned, livery man present knew that Mr. Bol? ton had been directly in charge of the department of sewers; that it was ho who had interlined the contracts, and given varying Information to d'f forerit bidders and made errors in cal? culations. In one specitlc Instance tho error amounting to early twice the entire amount of the .lob. Yet it was the engineer's Department, not the specific assistant by name, whose work was dittCUBso.d, (-'hairmai Vonderlehr Eiiggcstlng that the inquiry be direct? ed rather with a view of curing defects in the olflce than of attaching blame to the name of one now dead. Horton'?, Statement? Arc- Proven. Messrs. O'Flaherty and Fulton ap? peared for Mr. Burton, asserting that they were not there to bring charges or to attack any one's 'laractcr. but to vindicate certain' statements made by Mr. Hurton ficfore the Committee on Streets, all of which were susceptible of proof. Assistant City Attorney George Wayne Anderson appeared for the city, A large number of contrac? tors were present, but t was not necessary to call any witnesses. The records of the engineer's ofllco spoke for themselves, and there was prac? tically no difference as to the main facts in the case. The- subcommittee will meet again on Monday afternoon to formulate a report on the Uurton matter, and to Inquire into the alleged oyerpayn ent of about $600 to l. j. Smith i Company, an error which was defected by Mr. Smith, who gave tin city credit for the amount and per? sonally reported the mistake. Bulling AMHUinctt All Blame. Essential points brought out yester? day were that the assertions of Mr. Burton were In the main substantiat? ed both by the records of the ollice and the admissions of City Kngineer Boiling; that the department and the City engineer as its head assume all the blame for mistakes and errors made by Mr. Bolton as first assistant engineer in chargo of sewer work; that City Engineer Boiling has already given orders for changes in the speci? fications which in his belief will pre? vent a recurrence of many of the con? ditions complained of, and that Con? tractor Burton says It Is not his in? tention to bring any suit, or tile any back claim against the city, his sole object, according to his statement, being to call the attention of the com? mittee and the city at largo to obvious errors which were working an injus? tice among bidders for sewer contracts T?vo Sets of Specifications. Mr. Burton's letter to the Committee on Streets was read, setting fortli that tho office had two sets of specifications, some requiring the contractors to furnish stone, for street basins cost? ing about $17 per set, while in others the city furnished the stone; that in certain specific instances where con . tractors had bid to furnish stone the city had In fact supplied it, thus giv? ing those contractors so supplied an unfair advantage over others. Mr. Burton said he, bad called the atten? tion of the -first assistant engineer to this matter, and it "had seemed to dis? please him no little.'* Ho furthei charged that in ' one specific instance a lateral sewer that should have cost not more than $1.U00 was figured out to cost In excess of $.">.00f>; that on ac? count of two specific errors, one of $1.170 and another of $1,200, two se? parate contracts had been made out. the first to Fletcher and Kelley, and the second to another contractor, af? ter which he. had insisted on reflguring the bid sheets, and convinced the en? gineering Department that he was the lowest bidder, and a third contract was'made out giving him the awarn. Dig Error In Small Job. Mr. Fulton made it clear that his client made no charges against any Individual, but against certain irre? gularities and mistakes which had ap? peared in the department, and which had necessitated three corrections, with a difference on a $l,l>00 job or more than $3,000 from the amount for which the contract, was first drawn. His client,' said Mr. 'Fulton'; thought it his duty to filo a protest, with the Com? mittee on Streets as one who had bid lti good faith, and who had discovered irregularities, and lie was present not to make charges, but 'to aid the com? mittee in curing certain defeats. "The City Engineer has admitted that these ?? mistakes have occurred," said Mr. C.pnst. "As 1 undcrstnnd 11, "Tc?ntihucd ?n Eighth Paeo.) Miss Warwick S w ept From Deck of Steamer Monroe. COMING TO VISIT ABRAM WARWICK Ship's Officers Bring News That Passenger Was Evidently Thrown Over Railing as Vessel Was Struck by High Wave in Terrible Gale Late Tuesday Night. Miss 1\ M- Warwick, of New Haven, Conn., who left New York Tuesday af? ternoon aboard the Old Dominion Line steamer Monroe to visit her brother, Abram Warwick, deputy collector of internal revenue, was drowned some j lime that night while the ship was lighting Its way southward through a : terrible gale. Private telegrams received by The ! Times-I ilspatch from Norfolk yester? day brought hews of the accident just at .the Dtne representatives of the uld Dominion Company were at Mr. War.- : wick's home at the lion over, giving him the llrst intelligence thai his sia: j tcr had never readied the end el' her. Journey froln New Volk. Waited for Her nt Mnlloji. Mr. Warwick had been advised that j his sister sailed for Norfolk on the ] Monroe. She was expected to leave there Wednesday afternoon ovrr the Norfolk and Western Hallway fur this city, and Mr. Warwick went to tin.- i !3yrd Street Station Wednesday night, to meet her. As she did not arrive In. went again to the station yesterday j forenoon, but when she did not appear then ne returned home, satisfied that there had been sonic mistake In the1 letter which notified him of the time I of her departure from Neu- York A j few moments later the steamship rep- I resentutLes called to convey the tragic j news. Richmond passengers who came Wednesday night stated that the Mon? roe had had a most stormy passage. Seen on Iiiper Heek. Miss Warwick, who went aboard just j before tbo sailing hour, was shown to. hrr stateroom, and she was seen as late as !i o'clock Tuesday night on the upper deck. It was so rough at thai, hour that few passengers 'were about, ' and it was the general opinion among the ship's officers ?vhen Miss Warwick 1 could not be found after reaching Nor? folk, lliat she was thrown overboard when one of Die big waves hit'the ves? sel. The fact that 5.he was lost was j not known until" long after she bad failed to claim her stateroom baggage. \ For a while it was thought that she I had gone ashore, forgetting to claim ! iL But when no trace of her could J be found in any of the Norfolk hotels. officers of the company had to admit ' that she had been drowned. Kfforts were made through*agents in Rich? mond to ascertain if Ml3S Warwick had arrived-here, though when it was i known that Mr. Warwirk was at the l station yesterday noon to meet her j and that she did not come, he was j promptly advised of the fncts. Coming to Visit Brother. > Miss Warwick had been visiting ; friends in New Vork for several days j and had been looking forward with I much pleasure to her trip 10 Rich [ moiid. She was forty-five ? years of I age. She was here last spring on a ! visit to her brother. j Because of the rough seas, most of the passengers aboard the Monroe re j malned below Tuesday night. Mils j Warwick, however, had traveled a i great deal by water, and it is thought I by officers of the ship that she wont i to the upper deck Just before retiring and was hurled over the rail while the Monroe was trying to ride through the gale. MILLIONS STARVING I Gruesome Stories Conic Fron? China'? Stricken Districts. ? "Washington, March 9.?More ~ruo ! some stories of the horrors of the j Chinese famine reached the State De : partment to-day from the consul-gen ! eral at Shanghai, who sums up condi - itlons at the beginning of February. He j reported passing thirteen dead bodies ? in thirteen mites on the road. The j missionaries tell of the natives eating j cakes made of leaves and stews mixed j with millet chaff, which they buy with the allowance from the government of , S cents apiece. The trees had been , stripped of bark, which had been eaten. Dr. Cochrane, an American Presby . terian missionary, declared that In the w hole afflicted region there were '?',000, : u?? starving poopie. In one village of )a hundred families one-third were dead of hunger and pestilence. Snow was j falling, and many were without proper shelter or clothing. The missionaries "have attacked the work of relief with t the greatest system and directness. ', The families in the province of Buchow, j for instance, were dlvcdcd into four J classes and enumerated, with this re 1 suit: those who had plenty numbered ! 18,995; those who could exist till har ; vest on what grain they had, '209,0?7; j those who had little grain, but would ? be ifi need before the end of Feb | r?ary, 150.301, and those, really des ! tittite in need of immediate relief, 197. j GSlT ! One thousand dollars raised by the i Chinese relief committee of the Cham? ber of Commerce of Cincinnati was [cabled to Shanghai to-day bv the Amorican National Red Cross. j BIBLE~C??fEGINS ; ? [t)r, ft. Campbell Morgan, Famous Evangelist, ,n Attendance. j Atlanta. CJa.. March 9.?Dr. G. Camp j bell Morgan, of London, the well known English evangelist, arrived to? day for the ten days' Bible conference which opened hero to-night. Preachers and others Interested In religious work from all over tips Sonth will be In at? tendance. A chorus of 500 trained .singers, under the leadership of Pro? fessor A. C. Boanian, of this city, will ho"a feature-.of the confcreate, , Combination of Capital Natural Outcome of Great Age. REGULATION WHERE NEEDED Colonel Roosevelt, in Addressing Commercial Congress, Sounds Warning Against the Dema? gogue?First Speech of His Last Great Swing Around the Country. Atlanta. Go'., March !?.?Strict gov? ernmental regulation of all industrial combinations was urged to-night by Theodore Roosevelt in his speech here before the Southern Commercial Con? gress. Hut to attain this end he advo? cated the enactment of laws which are not the. result ?.f halt-baked reforms or conceived In the minds of dema- ? gogucs, playing to the clamor of the ig-' norant and a misled minority of the people. The subject of his address was '?The South s Obligation In Statesman .-hip and Business' Endeavor." Tbc \ cry l.aht. This was tli; iir.st stop in the colo n<i'a great swing around the countr> and tht very last, according 10 his oSvii declaration, be will make. A ? rowd estimated at s.00(illed the armory ami adjacent halls. Sneaking, as he said, ns a "half Southerner," Colonel Koosevelt at? tempted to show how that great prosr perlty and business awakening the Commercial Congress has for its object might be attained. lie declared ilia', purity In living must reach to all pasts of human endeavor, political and bus? iness. If the South shall reap the ben? efits nature has bestowed, and if the repuo'.ic, with h he called the greatest cx peri me nt of government the world has seen, was to stand and reach the Ideal el" its founders. Combination of great capital, he de? clared, was the natura! outcome of this day and age of great business, and also was the proper thing, providing, however, that the men who directed their affairs did not uro their power to Inflate prices and work harm to the] man In moderate > Ireumstunees. ?'I do not approve." he declared, "ot certain forms of legislation directed against industrial combinations. But iom< legislation is abtolutely neces? sary. Persons who trade with a mer? chant go to other merchants i: one does the rn wrong. Tradesmen refuse to deal with those who will not pay. When those merchants or those trades? men control that which is necessary for comfort, and combine in such a way that tliey can dictate what the people shall pay, there is only one thing which can call a halt on that state of affairs; that is the government. I'ecilllnr Position. "The railroads occupy a peculiar -po? sition in this regard. They arc situ? ated ao that if you ship you must, in many cases, ship through them alone; if you travel, you must travel on them. These have been rit objects of Federal regulation. Ultimately, other great aggregations of money will be regu? lated in the same way. "H-Mrare of those persons who unduly attack wealth. Beware of those who constantly launch tirades against the wickedness of one class of people. Be? ware of the demagogue." The colonel referred to questions asked him in Europe concerning sto? ries of political and business corrup? tion In the United States, and declared they often were the subject of sneering mirth of those who predicted the fall of our scheme of rule. "Let this be a warning," he declared, "if this colossal experiment In gov? ernment is to stand, we must stand to? gether and develop evenly, and "we ; must not fall short of honesty and ' right.' He predicted that the greatest devel? opment In future years would be In the South, and called all to forget the past disputes and sectional strife. Ovutton fur lirnVe*. An ovation was tendered .lohn Tem? ple Graves, editor of the New York American, and a former Atlantan. when he rose to speak on "The 1'romotlve Power of the Southern Press." He paid a glowing tribute to the Southern newspapers for their part in the up? building of the South since the days of the Civil War. To-morrow President Taft will re? view the business forces of the South at the morning session of the congress. The congress will close with the .ad drcsa by President Taft on "A Greater Nation Through a Greater South." The importance of the Panama Canal to the commerce and industry of tin- South was the subject of the morning session. The speakers were John Barrett, director of the Pan Ani erica n Union, und Bannard N. Baker, of Baltimore, who advocated the ship subsidy preposition which was before the last Congress." Charles H. Sherrlll, United States j minister to the Argentine Republic, spoke on foreign trade relations. David B. Francis, former Governor of j Missouri, and Secretary of the In? terior in President Cleveland's Cabi? net, presided at to-day's sessions. The nominating committee decided ; upon the following to be officers for next year: President, Senator Duncan U. Fletcher, Florida; VIco-President, I John M. Parker, New Orleans; Second Vicc-Presldent, General Julian S. Carr, North Carolina: Secretary, Edwin IJ. Q'ttarles; Washington, p. ('.; Managing Director, G. tiro3venor Dawc, Wash? ington, D. ?'. ... . ?TobT?r crisp He Will De Parliamentarian and Clerk j to Spcnher Clark. A me r leu s. da., March 9.?Charles Crisp, son of former Speaker Crisp, of the National House of Representatives, to-day received a telegram from Champ Clark. Speaker-to-be of the House, of? fering him tho place of House par? liamentarian and clerk to the Speaker, .fudge Crisp Immediately accepted the appointment, apd Was Instructed' to report in Washington March 21 for duty. c CLOAK OF MARTIAL MYSTERY REMOVED, AND MOVEMENT OF TROOPS TO BORDER IS ADMITTED TO BE A DEMONSTRATION President Diaz Re? ported in the Best of Health. MEXICAN FEARS ARE ALLAYED They Accept in Good Faith Taft's Statement That This Govern? ment's Attitude Toward Its Southern Neighbor Is One o? Friendship?Ambas? sador Is Satisfied. President Diaz Well I.n redo, Texan, March 1).? Miguel Ii lehn Id, Mexican com no I In thin city, hart rccchcd the follow? ing telegram from Mexico Vliy, dated lo-dny: "I'rcnlileiit Dior, in enjoying; the bint of health. "KMtlQlll C. CR IS 131,." Washington. March 0.?The Mexican ambassador, Scrior de la Karra, to-day appeared to be fully satisfied with the good intentions of the United s'hiici, after a long conference with President Taft at the White House, lie said the President assured him that the .ittitud'J of this government continues to be friendly to Mexico as in tlie y'ust Senor Lima n tour, the Mexican Min? ister of |-'inance. with whom '.ieiipr de la Harra has been consulting in Now Vork, will not see President 'fail, who lull Washington this, afternoon. H-a will, however, see the acting Secretary of .State should tie come to Washing- i ton. Aniliaxnador 1m a 11 * ti c J. "The President was very cordial in receiving mo to-day," said the am has sador, as he was leaving the While Mouse. "I talked with him for some moments with regard to the assembling of troops on our frontier, and he us> sured me that the statement made lo iny government apd puhpshed in Mex? ico Cit>* yesterday was the sincere po siriop of the United States. "This was qiiiteC satisfactory. 1 am convinced "*that the friendly relations between the United States and the gov? ernment of Mexico are undisturbed, and will remain undisturbed through? out all this seeming trouble "There is no apprehension on the part of the Mexican government as. to the object of the United Slates in j mobilizing so many troops on our, border. This I am nblc to say without! qualification. There have been man..' ' misleading reports sent out concerning this disturbance and the activity uf the American army. I can say again thtit| my government is nut concerned fur- I tlier over the situation. . "In Mexico the. administration is lit in and is able to "take cure of the in- ! surreetion. It has hecn ablo from the! beginning. There need be no fear on j that score." neelnre? Diaz's Health tiood. The ambassador was asked if the re- j ports concerning President Diaz's con- ; dition of health were true. He was told ; that tue aged President was reported to be in extremis. "That i.s all a mistake." said the am? bassador. "President Diaz is 19 < xcel lcnt health and has been. He is quite as strong .is he has been for some years, and tho suggestion that: lie is 111 and unable to keep bis commanding place in our government is an error." "Will the Minister of Finance conic to Washington and will he see. the President?" the ambassador was nuked. "I fear if he should coma he will not be able to see the President. 1 under- ! stand His Excellency Is leaving Wash? ington this'afternoon. That would pre? clude the possibility of a meeting at this time, as the minister is stKl in New York. I am not sure that" he will conic to Washington, but it lie does he will arrive after President Taft de? parts." Id ni an tour Optimistic. New York, March !).?Sonor .Jose Limantour, tho Mexican Minister of Finance, continued Iiis conferences on the Mexican situation at Iiis hotel here and maintained his attitude of ?opti? mism that be saw no untoward' events foreshadowed In the rush of United States troops to Die border. Henry Dane Wilson, the American ambassador to Mexico, called to pay his respects late tills afternoon and left at G P. M. for Crawfordsvillo. Ind., to see Iiis mother, who is critically ill. His visit with Senftr Li ma 11 tour, he said, had no political significance. Those wlio called upon Sonor Liman lour to-day were J. P. Morgan. Jr.. D; P. Bennett, vice-president of the National Railways of Mexico; Bradley Webster Palmer, of counsel for the National Railways of Mexico; Cecil Circhfcll, a member of the British Par? liament; Jacob II. Schiff, the banker, and George Norden Holt, tv mining en? gineer and friend of VIce-President Ramon Corrnll, of Mexico. Referring to President Taft's mes? sage to President Diaz last nigh t, Scnor Li man tour said; "This communication will, j am sure, lie reassuring to my government and should l?e to my people who naturally haye been greatly discouraged by tlie sensational statements which have been made by the press. I greatly regret the tone of the many comments made by the press on tho whole, and also the numbers of fnlse rumors which nie daily printed In Moxieq. It Is impos? sible for me to understand why sensa? tional developments should be expect? ed with two peoples whose relations are so well defined as those of Mexico and the United States are, and who I are living and feeling tho time they have lived as such good neighbors." tiovernor \>?n Confident. San Diego, Oil., March !?,?Word was received In San Diego to-day that forty i officers and 175 men, comprising the Eighth Battalion of Die Mexican army, with a number of corps of artillery, had roached Ensenada, on the Mexican gunboats Guerrero and Deniocratan. Theso troops arc to be employed in a campaign against tho rebol forces now ' at Mexican. IMtHsmu.XT P?IlFlItlO DIA'/., OK MUX ICO. VIRGINIA OFFICERS GOING TO WAR GAME Majority Expected to Attend Army Manoeuvres on Texas Frontier. WAR DEPARTMENT' PAYS BILL General Sale Calls Meeting of Commanders in Richmond To-Morrow. Wildest excitement reigns among the olliccrs of the Virginia Volunteers over the opportunity given them by the War Department to attend the army manoeuvres in Texas It Is evi? dent already that most of them will go to the -front, headed by the Adju-' tant-General himself. It is t lie ex? press - desire of i Governor Mann that General Sale shall go with the Vir? ginians .and witness the war game. Pay and transportation will bo-fur nished by the War Department, with j out cost to the State of Virginia. Upon j this basis, tho only limitation is that the government may not ' bo able to care for -till the officers who wish to , be present. To this end, a request j has come to be informed as to just how i many of the commanders of tho' Vir? ginia" Volunteers will go. General Sale issued orders yesterday to the brigade commander, . the three' colonels, and the two separate bat? talion commanders to assemble in Richmond at in - o'clock to-morrow morning, and bring with' them full in 1 formation as to bow many of the of? ficers under them can attend the 1 manoeuvres. Volunteer for Service. A stream of callers went to the Adjutant-General's office yesterday, following the announcement In The Times-Dispatch of the invitation ex? tended by tho War Department to the officers of Hie organized militia. Prac? tically all of the olliccrs expressed their delight at tho opportunity, and but one said business engagements would make his participation impos? sible. Some applications to be among the number .were filed on the spot. Soon after the olfice was open for tho day a telegram came confirming ' The Times-Dispatch's announcement, I and stating that Information could be had from the acting chief of the ! Rureait of Military Affairs. General j Sale at once asked for particulars, and later received a copy of the telegram , sent to all the adjutants-general, and j which appears elsewhere in The Times Dispatch this morning. Deportment Pays 1)111. I An examination of the section of the [ militia law referred to In the tele i gram revealed the fact that the pay [and transportation of the officers is to j be made by the War Department with? out reference to the States' allotment ! of funds for Joint manoeuvres. This means clear gain to the State, in the way of instruction for her military oluoers. After a consultation with the Gov? ernor, who left in the nfternoon for IJrbanna', General Sale sent out his telegram calling for the meeting to be held to-morrow morning. Tho Gov? ernor In this conversation expressed flic desire, as commander-ln-chlef. that the Adjutant-General should avail himself of the opportunity t) Witness manoeuvres with the most approved ippdcrn methods. The telegram was then sent to (Continued on Second Page.) HILL SUMMONED His Corning Probably Connected With Potash Dispute With Germany. Washington, March 0.?David .!. Dill. American ambassador to Germany, has I been ordered to Washington to discuss ' several matters pending between the two governments. It was made clear at the State Department that the in? structions to Mr. Hill . to come to ! Washington have no bearing upon the j Mexican or any other political situa? tion. The potash dispute, which is now th? subject of diplomatic negotiation i between Germany and the 'United States, it- was said. 'ls tho principal i question upon which the Stato Depart? ment officials desire to consult direct? ly with Mr. . Hill. There ' are some other matters, it was added, of: lesser importance, which also will be dis? cussed. The reply of the United States to I tho German government's recent pre? sentation of the potash matter was de? livered to i-'ount. ? Von 'IJernstorff to day. State Department officials were unwilling to tiiseitss Its nature Win Salt Saturday. Berlin', March 0.?Dr. D. .1. Hill. American ambassador to Germany, will leave the capital. to-morrow ami sail from Bremen Saturday on tho steamer Georgo. Washington for New Vor It. It is understood that the State De? partment wishes to discuss with him several questions, the most important of which probably is the pptash con Lroversy, which has reached the stage of diplomacy. It is thought that a settlement of the matter acceptable both to this government and the American interests . will be attempted. I'otOHb I.nw Attack. Berlin, March 9.?Tho Prussian pot? ash law was under attack at a meet | Ing of the budget committee of the Reichstag to-day, when proposals for the disposition of the potash tax were j considered. Tho large sums used for "propaganda." particularly the amount [ spent abroad. were censured. The progressives introduced a resolution to amend Die law by cutting tlie pro? paganda tax from 1 ,"> cents to 7 1-^ cents per hundredweight, and corres? pondingly reducing the price of potash at home and abroad. A represent;!live of the government, stuted thai $500.000 lias been used for foreign propaganda In 1910 and ob? jected to a reduction of tiie sum to $100,001* in 1911. Tho potash syndicate) has addressed a letter to tho commltteo protesting against the term "eorruir tlori tund." as applied In debates to this expenditure. (on'.Tii .Makes Knut Trip. Augusta, tin.. March '.'.--Krank Coffyrii in his Kright biplane, made the trip to Alken, S. C\, a distance of twen? ty-eight niilc?, in thirty-one minutes, to-day, United States Decides That Revolution in Mexico MustCease. NO INVASION IS CONTEMPLATED Solid Military Wall Will Be Built Up Along Rio Grande, and, Ad? ministration Believes, Impos- , sibility of Smuggling Sup? plies Will End Trouble. May Be Emergency. Wnshlugton, March 0.?That the nd? uilnintrntinn has decided to ritsscmhle no longer it* reasons for the suddcu ncSH nnd unprecedented movement of troops to the .Mexican border, In indi? cated by the following dispatch, re? ceived to-night from the wtnft corres? pondent of the Associated Prc?N, who Ih< accompanying President Tnft on his journey to Atlanta. Tbc dispatch, dated CbarlbttcNvlllc, Va., through which place the President's train pnMNcd to-night at 7:10 o'clock, Is as follows: All dauht n.s to the purpose of tho government In Heading ^0,000 troops to tbc Mexican border has at lust been swept away. The United States has determined that the revolution In the republic to tin- south must end. The American troops have been sent to form a solid military wall along tho Uio Grande to slop filibustering and to sec that there is no further smug? gling of arms and men ucross the in? ternational boundary. It is believed that with this source of contraband supplies cut off the in? surrectionary movement, which it us disturbed conditions generally for nearly a year without accomplishing anything like the formation of a re? sponsible independent government will speedily come to?a close. Tnft Well Satisfied. President Tuft, on his way to Atlanta, and Augusta for a ten days' vacation, passed through hero at 7:10 o'clock to? night. He appeared well satisfied with the situation. There is a general be? lief that tho rapid movement of troops into Texas and Southern California will so speedily accomplish its purposo that the net results in the end will constitute a valuable lesson In quick mobilization of an effective lighting force that will prove u revelation to tlie country at large, to tho critics of the army in particular, and a justifica? tion of the diplomatically worded ex? planations that havo been given out: from official sources in Wushington. There no longer is reason to doubt that the sudden move on tho part of, . tlie American government was tho re? sult cither of unotlicial representations I of foreign governments regarding tho situation in Mexico or the intimation that several of the European powera were sounding each other as to tho desirability of making representations to the United States at an early date/ At any rate, the matter was put up to tiic administration in such a way as to call for the quickest sort of ac? tion. Tito necessity for this speed of mobilisation was seized upon by tho War Department as a heaven-sent op? portunity to answer critics both "n and but of Congress, and that interpreta? tion was put upon the movement. Thera was little doubt in the minds of theso officials that the true meaning or tho ??manoeuvres" soon would be known, and the logical interpretation so quick? ly put upon (the movement of the troop*? unquestionably disconcerted the ad? ministration otllcials from President Taft down. Prepared for Invasion. Tho Washington government tines-: pectcdiy found itself confronted by tho necessity of throwing an army along the border line of Mexico to stop tha source of supply to the revolutionists and to he In a position to invade Mex? ico at a moment's notico in the event j of the death of President Diaz or any I other untoward circumstance which might precipitate general fighting and rioting. It was represented at the Stato De? partment that tho United States must; act and net quickly If tho Monroe doc? trine was to be maintained. Koiclgti Interests in Mexico naturally look to Die United States for protection under that doctrine. The foreign Interests in tho republic, however, arc hot to be compared with Die American capital invested there, so after all tho mova to bring about more, tranquil conditions In Mexico has to do principally with Americans and American interests. Just what part tho Diaz government lias played In recent events has not yet been disclosed. From time to tlmo protests have neon made to Washington , regarding the violation of the neutral? ity laws along the border. Such pro? tests, however, would not ordinarily call out such a force as has been rushed toward Texas and the Mcxicun frontier during the past fortv-cight, hours. It is considered probable that tbc Mexican government may have In? dicated to foreign powers Its Inability to put an end to the disorders so long as succor was given to the revolution? ist forces In tho United States. Whatever tho inner and diplomatic moves, there no longer is any purpose on the part of tlie administration to cloak the movement of troop? with mystery. Given Great Assistance. The Mexican government, whether It asked help of this government or nor, has been given the greatest assistance it could possibly have, desired. Tho ofilrl.il note from Washington, made public, in Mexico City, reassuring Gen? eral Dia:; that there was nothing in the movement of troops that should cause uneasiness on the part' of tho Mexican government, was more than justified by tho admissions mado' tq*'. day. There is no telling at this time hn*.v long the big' army sent to the Mexican frontier will have to remain thcro. It will not bo withdrawn until tho revo? lution has been crushed out and uatH