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RICHMOND, VA., WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 1911. TUE WEATUKU TO-PAY?UmcltlctL PRICE TWO CENTS. TUFT'S ADVISERS IK FULL CONTROL OF PROCEEDINGS p.- - Little Trace of Friction in National Commit? tee's Meeting. CHICAGO NAMED AS CONVENTION CITY Call Issued for Assembling of Delegates on June 18?No ? Further Move on Part of j Roosevelt's Friends?Sig? nificant Political Inci? dents During Day. "Washington, Decomber 12.?With llttlo trace of friction the Republican National Committee met nero to-day und formulated the preliminary plans for the campaign of 1912. The program agreed upon was carrlod out ex? peditious))- In two short sessions ag? gregating barely more than two hours. Chicago was choaen as tho conven? tion city, and the call was Issued for the assembling of delegates on Tues? day, Juno IS to nominate candidates for Prosiucnt and Vlco-Presldent. Acting Chairman .lohn F. Hill, for? mer Governor of Maine, was unani? mously elected chairman of tho com? mittee, after the acceptance ot '.he resignation of Pustmaster-Gcneral J/Yank II. Hitchcock, wiilch went Into effect on April 1, 1909. William Hay ward, of Nebraska, was elected sec? retary to serve until the now national committee is organized In Chicago In June. The committee adhered to the con? vention cal 1 of 19GS. and the primary question, which had been the solo dis? turbing topic before tho committee ?was left as It was four years ago. The champions of presidential preference primaries and S'atc-wldc primaries for the selection of delegates to the convention In States where primary laws are not operative were defeated. They were led by Senntor Horah, of Idaho, who contented himself with a minority report from the subcommit? tee on call, of which ho was chairman, and with a brief speech to the com? mittee. The meeting was unique In two respects: There was a complete absence of bitterness and the proceed? ings were conducted with open doors. Meet Ihr la t'ro-Taft. Politically, the meeting was pro Taft. The president's advisers con? ti oiled the situation. Early In the day it became apparent that Secretary Hilles and Arthur Vorys. national com mitteeman from Ohio, were In con? trol. The disinclination of Postmastcr tlcncral Hitchcock to Indorse the se? lection of Colonel Harry S. New, for? mer chairman of the committee and a member from Indiana, as chairman of the subcommittee on arrangements wat, overcome, and Mr. Hitchcock took no part In the proceedings of the day. The Southern commltteemcn, said to be opposed to Mr. New for fear that lie favored a reduction " Southern representation, voted for the Imllanlan. Th. other members of the commit? tee arc David Mulvan. of Kansas; Franklin Murphy, of New Jersey; Ar? thur I. Vorys. of Ohio; It. E. Williams, of Oregon; K. C. Duncan, of North Cnrollna, and Victor Kosewatcr, Ne? braska Chairman New announced after the meeting of the full committee that his subcommittee would meet In Chicago In January to begin the work of or? ganizing,the convention plans. The wishes of the Taft committee men prevailed throughout the meet? ing. The Ohloana and New Yorkers who had given publicity to the Roose? velt propaganda contented themselves with tho progress they have made. "Walter Brown, leader of the Ohio Roosevelt band, took no part In the proceedings, while National Commlt 1eo.m-n William I* Wnrd. of New York, who did not attend the White House dinner Monday night, was In accord with the program adopted. A committee of three was named lo devise rules and regulations for the national committee and Its ofllcers. which are to be reported to the 1912 convention. Ostensibly its function Is to devise rules by which the treasurer And secretary of the committee shall be given places In the committee and entitled to votes. rinsh In ran. The expected and long-heralded row over the primary question proved a flash in the pan. The following mem? bers of the committee were appointed to draft the call: Messrs. Borah, of Idaho; Kellogg, of Minnesota; Ward, of New York; Rosewater, of Nebraska, and Capers, of South Carolina. The com' ilttee was appointed at tho morn? ing session, which begnn at 11:30 o'clock and retired Immediately. With? in an hour the committee had agreed to report. Messrs. Kellogg, Ward and Capers signed the majority report, which em? powered States with primary laws to select delegates by primary If their committees so decided, and Mr. Rose water signed it with the reservation that he favored tho primary iden. Mr Borah submitted his minority report which ' added a provision that would permit presidential primaries In nil States, regardless of the existence or non-existence ot a primary law. When the committee resumed Its meeting at 2 o'clock Mr. Borah pre? sented reports and explained the dif? ference In the two. He consented to an amendment by Senator Penrose, of Pennsylvania, which overcame the con? flict between the call and the South Onko'.a law. The call required that dele? gates must be chosen thirty days her fore tho convention. Ttnd the South Dakot-. law Axes June R as the date of the primary. Tho Penrose amend? ment waives tho rule lnt the case of South Dakota, Another 'difference in Iho call was one which directed that tho call for the South Carolina solec (Contlnued on Seventh Page.) NAVAL PRIZE BILL REJECTED limine- of Lord* Defeat* Measure by Votc of 140 to 52. London. December 11.?The Home of Lords to-njght rejected the i\aval prize bill by a vote of 115 to 63. The Earl of Solborne. In mpvlng the rcjeetlejji. objected to tho constitution of the pro? posed prl>Stt court, pointing out that it grave the British Empire only the wimc representation ns that accorded petty Central American republics. Further? more,, he said, the bill permitted an appeal front the British I'rivy Council to the prize court, but no correspond? ing nppenl front the United States Su? preme Court, the representatives of the United (States having discovered that under thflr_ Constitution it Is Impos? sible to carry on appeal from their Supreme Court to any International tribunal. It was therefore possible, Dord Sel borno argued, to get two sets of con Hlcllng Judgments. The naval prize bill pnssed Its third reading In the. Bouse of Commons on December 7. but Its rejection by tho Lords had been predicted. According to the London Dally Tele? graph the rejection was determined upon by the Lords to prevent the gov? ernment from ratifying the declaration Of London. This procedure will delay the passage of tho prize bill for two years, and the declaration of London cannot bo ratified until the prize bill hae received the royal assent. NOW AMONG LEADERS United Ii tu ten Mukc? Record fh Speedy Ilnttlrithlp Construction. Washington, December 12.?The old reproach that American battleship? were so long building that they be i-itne obsolete by the tlmo they were commissioned no longer applies. Ac? cording to Chief Constructor R. M. Watt, in his annual report, the United States Is now among the lenders in the rapidity of battleship construction. Ho attributes this to the adoption of good management, which he says means "knowing exactly what you want to do and then seeing that It Is done in tho best and most rapid way." which might be one way of describing tho modern system of ''scientific manage-, nient." In tho faro of this great reduction of time in tho construction of naval vessels thtro has been a similar and progressive reduction In the cost of construction. Tbc chief construrtor de? clares that "lh<- total cost per ton ot displacement ot battleships recently built by contract for the United States Is less than that of previous United States battleships, and less than that of similar foreign vessels." DEVOTED TO THE POOR Member of .New York's Bxe'aatve J?etK Ilri-umm Philanthropist. Chicago, December 12.?Frederick Toivnscnd Martin, once prominent in New York's exclusive set, who Is in Chicago as a guest of the National Business Congress, gave out the stale, mint last night that henceforth his life will be devoted to the salvation of the poor, the down-trodden and the Unfortunate. Mr. Martin was well known ns a member of clubs In Now York, Paris and Rome. "My mission now is to solvo tho problem of poverty and banish mis? ery," said Mr. Martin. "I have tiuit puzzling my brain to devise ways to feed and entertain the idle rich, and shall be content hereafter to be known as the poor man's friend." Mr. Sfartln snld he had already taken up his life's work and declared that bo would work to banish crime from the Whltechapel district of 1/ondon nnd from the Bowery In New York, and remedy similar conditions in Chicago. DIPS INTO WATER Hydro-Aeroplane OI\e* Ducking to Llcutruunt Badgers and Pasrieugrr Annapolls, Md.. December 12.?While engaged in experimental flights In .1 Curtis hydro-neroplane here yesterday a(f tornoon Lieutenant John Rodgers, the navy's expert aeronaut, and En? sign victor Herbster, his passeng-.-r. got a wetting. Neither was hurt, however, nor was the aircraft damaged to any extent. The accident occurred near Orecnbury Point Lighthouse. The craft was at an altitude of between 100 and 200 feet, and Lieutenant Rodgers started the machine downward, with the object of making a skid along the surface. As It noaretl the water it seemed to have a little too much speed and failed to right Itself. A Naval Academy launch went to the rescue. NOW FOR CHRISTMAS TREES Mayor Shnnk, of Indianapolis, Pinns for Their Sale. Indianapolls. Ind., December 12.? Mayor Shank, who recently sold bcv eral carloads of potatoes and more than 1,000 Thnnksglvlng turkoys to the public nt cost. Is now planning to Import Christmas trees which he will sell at the lowest possible cost. "1 atji told." said the Mayor yester? day, ''that it Is possible to get Christ? mas trees. In Michigan for practically nothing, nnd that about nil they would cost us would be the labor for handling them and freight. If this is true we may bring In a few carloads and let every person have a Christmas tree at u reasonable price." WILL HANDLE COTTON FUND Alnbnmn (ioverner Will Appoint Three Members on That Slate's Committee, New York. December 12.?Governor Kmmet O'Neal, of Alabama, said to? day that he would appoint three mem? bers to compose Alnbnma's committee to handle the SiO.000.000 cotton fund, which, it Is said, will be furnished by New York bankers to finance the cot? ton crop. Governor O'Neal was not preparetl to announco the personnel of the committee. INJURED MAN'S STOICISM Picks I'p Severed Arm. Wrnps It, nnd i.ne... to Hospital. Binghnmton. N. Y.. December 12.? Picking up his right arm. severed from his body when he fell beneath Ir.hti wheels of a moving train at Norwich near here. Andrew Usrtson carried the member to the railroad roundhouso, calmly wrapped In up and then hur? ried to n hospital. He took his plnco on the operating tnblo and went through the operation necessary t-j remove the crushed fragments without Asking for nn anesthetic. Tariff la Considered. Washington, D. C. December 12.? The. general tariff situation and particularly President Taft's forth? coming message to Congress on the wool tariff schedules were dis? cussed at length by the Cabinet to? day.' The message will be sent to Congress next week, and It was said to-day It will ho brief. BRST BBItVIOK TO CALIFORNIA. Standard or Tourist. Latter personally con? ducted Without change. Berth 15. Wnsb. Stinset Route. 307. Main Street,; KING PROCLAIMED EMPEROR OF INDIA George V. and Consort Crowned With Mag? nificent Ceremony. PRINCES OF EAST PLEDGE LOYALTY .Scene for Richness of Color and ( Beauty of Decorations Proba-. bly Never Surpassed in Mod? ern Times?Money Dona? tion for Education An? nounced by King. Delhi. IriiUa, December 12.?King George V. and his consort. Queen Mary, were to-day proclaimed Emperor and Empress of India. The culminat.ng act ot the English monarch's accession to the throne of his vast Indian domin? ions took place amid a scene which for richness of color and magnificence ? ?f decorations probably has never been surpassed in modern times. The crowning was followed by an act of generosity on the King-Emperor's part, of which a slight hint had already been given. The Viceroy proclaimed that the Klng-Empcror was to donate a larg- sum of money to promote popu? lar education, and that further hand? some gifts would be made. Another important change announced by Eord Ilnrdlngc was that the seat of government was In future to bo transferred from Calcutta to Delhi. Ilrilllnnt Scene Presented. The huge amphitheatre which had been erected In the Durbar camp was thronged from an early hour. The bright tissues and sparkling gems of the many Indian princes and the smart uniforms of the soldiery contrasted strongly with the white dresses of the European women and the sober garb of civilian ofllclals. The great feudatory princes and rulers of India, with the leading I'.ritish officials, occupied seats of honor near the- pavilion located In the centre. Screened from the gar.rt of the curious by a lattice framework, a number of mahuranls and other In? dian ladles of high rank occupied two sections of the front galleries. The Interval of waiting was beguiled by the playing of military music. The EOldlcrs played a large part In the Durbar, and a guard of honor com? posed of !0iV picked" n-.en was drawn up before the central pavilion. Troops of every arm surrounded the arena In a compact mass, and lines of soldiers extended along the route of this royal approach. ? Veteruos of (lid Wars. Cheers lit raided the arrival of a little band of veterans, the survivors of the armies which had made the present Durbar possible. lhe old fighters. In their weather-be t ten uni? forms, strove to keep up a show of military formation as they marched to the privileged place allotted them, but generally It was Impossible, and m:iny of them limped to their seats. Almost Immediately the vice-regal procession came into view. Escorted by a brilliantly uniformed native bodyguard. the viceroy ami l?ady Hardlngc sat in their state carriage, drawn by blooded horses, with out? riders uniformed in scarlet and gold. Iln>n1 1'nrty Approaches. Then the bopmlng of an imperial salute announced the upproach of the Emp-?ror and Empress. The royal car? riage drawn by four magnificent horses was almost hidden from view by the gaily caparisoned escort. The Emperor wore a robe of Imperial pur? ple, a surcoat of purple, with white satin breeches and silk stockings. Ho 1 was decked with the collars of the orders of the Garter and the Star of India, and also with the star of the latter order. The Imperial crown con? sisted of a band of diamonds, studded with large emeralds and sapphires, with rubles in the centre nnd n cap of purp'e velvet turned up with ermine. I The Queen-Empress's dress was of white satin, embroidered with a de? sign of roses, thistles and shamrocks, with a border of lotus flowers. The St-r of India embroidered the front of her dress. Hor Majesty's Imperial robe was of purple velvet, trimmed with ermine, and with a border of gold braid' She wore the orders of the .Garter and the Star of India. Her or? naments were a diamond and emerald necklace nnd brooches. Carriage nfter carriage with mem? bers of the suite followed the imperial pair. The guard presented arms ami the bands burst into the royal anthem. The combined processions proceeded slowly to the great central tent, where Their Majesties stood up to receive the homage and congratulations of the governors, ruling princes and other representatives of British lndln. nrgeou? VnlforniK Worn. When this gorgeously uniformed line had tiled past the imperial and vice? regal parties nppoared before the vast assemblage in the Durbar amphi? theatre. When they took their seats on the crimson dais the strains of tho national anthem were heard and tho people rose as one pcrsun and stood In profound silence. U wns a pretty group around 'he four thrones of the Emperor, tl.c Em? press, the Viceroy nnd the Vicereine, at the back of which Imperial nnd viceregal staffs and the Imperial ec.rtet corps, composed entirely of youthful princes and scions of princely familes, formed In rank. Tho first formal act of the cere? mony was performed by the fore'gn secretary.. who advanced to the dais ami asked permission of the Emperor to open the Durbar. At his signal a long roll from the drums and a thrill? ing call from the bugles were sounded, followed by a triumphant peal of music from the b?nde. Then a not--, from tho heralds' silver trumpets rang over the plain. ? ' At that moment appeared the strik? ing ngure of tho Imperial- herald, mounted on a jet r61Ack charger and blazing in his brilliant uniform of gold nnd purplo. Behind him wevo a drurn (Continued on~Thlrd I'age.) Provides Increased Pen? sions to an Amount Exceeding$40,000,000 SENATE MAY NOT ACT FAVORABLY Measure Is Vigorously Opposed by Several Democratic Leaders, and Eight Republicans Cast Vote Against It?Fight Waged Largely Along Political Lines. Washington, D. C, December 12.? The Sherwood service pension bill, which would add upwards of ?10,000, 000 to the government annual expendi? tures by granting Increased pensions to Civil and Mexican War veterans on (he liasis of length of service, wan passed by the Mouse to-night, dcBpllc the determined opposition of many Democratic leaders. Secretary of the Interior Fisher had estimated that the bill would add $75,000,000 to the pen? sion roll If the 100,000 veterans eligible tuk?; advantage of the Increased wage. Light Republicans voted with the eighty.four Democrats against the I 111. Speaker Clark voted with the majority of his party for the hill, and Demo? cratic Leader Underwood and Fitz? gerald, of Now York, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, voted against it. The bill now goes to the Senate, where there Is a disposition to pass some form of amended service pension legislation. Senate lenders. however, will proceed slowly In the considera? tion of this legislation, and many House Democrats voted for the meas? ure In the belief thin the Senate would not pass It. The Sherwood hill would establish the following basis of pensions: For service for ninety days to six months, $15 per month; from six to nine months, $20 per month; from nine months to one year, $25 per month; more than one year, (30 per month. Changes Made In mil. Two Important changes were mad? In the Sherwood bill during the all day buttle over It. A Joint amendment, by Representatives Hauch, of Indiana, und Cox. of Ohio, struck out the pro? vision denying entrance to Federal soldiers' horn's of veterans recefving more than $10 a month, and refusing to State homos Federal aid for the support of such pensioners. The redlstrlctlon against the pay? ment of any pension to a veteran Whose Income exceeds $1.0on a yenr was voted out, on tho motion of Rep? resentative Rucker. of Colorado. The fight on the 'bill was waged along political lines to n considerable extent, and members of earn party charged the other party with bun? combe, in "their attitude toward the old soldiers." Prominent Democrats attacked the bill as directly opposed to the Demo? cratic principles of economy and de etriictlvc of the plans to reduce the tariff. Chairman Fitzgerald, of the Appro? priations Committee, fought it be cause of its tremendous draft on the treasury. Representative Harri? son, of New York, a leading Demo? crat on the Ways and Means Com? mittee, declared that the bill "knocks In the face all pretensions mndo by the Democratic party In the last cam? paign." I'crcy Attnekn Itenr.t. Washington. Deremher 12.?Senator Leroy Percy, of Mississippi, rose to a question of personal privilege in the Senate to-day and delivered a scath? ing denunciation of an article re? lating to his election published In the November number of a popular maga? zine. He nlso bitterly attacked Wil? liam R. Hearst, who. he said, owned the magazine nnd Inspired the article, and former Governor Vnrdaman. nom? inated by the Mississippi Democratic primary to succeed Percy. The Son j ator said he would not ask for an : investigation of his election, but 1 challenged bis prospective successor to make such a demand, saying: "If he W'll by let" !?' .ulv'se me that any ono 1 of these eighty -s?vcn volis cast for me wns Improperly Influenceil in my behalf, nnd he desires nn Investiga? tion by the United States Senate, I. In his hehnlf. will introduce n reso? lution requesting such an Investiga? tion and urge Its favorable considera? tion." He alFO said he would urge an in? quiry if one were asked for by Iht Mississippi Legislature, which, he de? clared, bad ridden Into office, by the fame tidal wave that had nominated [ Vardaman. ! Tongue-lashing Vardaman. Senator Percy declared that the former was now defendant In a suit, filed by tho Attorney-General of Mississippi, charg I Ing emhessslemciit of trust funds. Mr. i Hearst wns characterized as "a states? man without a record; a mendacious muckraker without a peer," whose 'bitter; malignant and incendiary ut [ icrnnces caused hlin to be held by the emmtry morally responsible for the si. .its tired into Cue body of William McKinley." Every allegation of corruption men? tioned in the magazine article, the Senator snld. had been probed by tho I courts or Legislature of Mississippi \ nnd found wanting. In the faco of tho wide publicity given the. chnrges and I the "avid and gloating indorsement by the Senntor-elect from Mississippi," I Senator Percy said he could not, as ho linn announced, carry out his Intention of presenting his reslgnntlon as Sen? ator to tho Stato Legislature next month. Vardnmnn Aska Injunction. ? Jackson. Miss December 12.?United States Senator-Elect James tC. Vnrda mnn to-day tiled petition for nn In? junction to prevent hearing of a suit filed' against him, asking for' an nc ^Continued on Second Pago.) Wednesday Club Plans to Bring Other Stars Here in Spring. GRAND OPERA IS ULTIMATE GOAL Semi-Annual Seasons Discussed at Annual Meeting of Club. Proposition Is to Make Af? fair of 1912 Greatest in History of Organi? zation. Seventy-five members of the Metro? politan Grand O;iori chr.rus, ibe Metro? politan Orchestra. Madame Alma Gluck, prlma donna of Unit organisation, six op?-ra stars to he chosen from such names of Caruso. Rlccardo Martin. Geraldlne Farrar, Louise Homer and Madame Schumnn-Holllk, Z'.mbaltst, the Russian virtuoso, and the famous Richmond pianist, John Powell, will be brought hero to augment nnd assist the chorus of the Wcdnosduy Club In giving this city next spring the great? est music festival In Its history. Such are the plans outlined and en? thusiastically adopted last night at the annual meeting of the Wednesday Club at tho Jefferson Hotel. Going Afl.er Chorus. Louis K. Weitzel, organist and choir? master of the Grace Street Presbyter Ian Church, and for years the nccom pantst of the club, was chosen by tho executive committee to conduct tlio work of the Richmond chorus, and w-as Instructed to begin Immediately the difficult task of organizing and welding together a singing body of four or live hundred local voices. Jan? uary 2 was named ss the night for the tirsl meeting of the chorus, by which time all preliminary details will have been arranged. The hoard ot" gover? nors will secure immediately a suit abb; hall fur rehearsals. According to the plans already agreed upon, Richmond will be given next May its first concert, In which the most celebrated and accomplished artists of the musical world will ap? pear. The Wednesday Club will givo this city grand opera except for the stage setting and the costuming. Cor? respondence between President J. G. Corlcy, of the Wednesday Club, nnd the directors of the MetropolfTnn Upera Company disclosed the fact that many of that famous organization could be engaged for a local concert at reason? able rates, as the company can stop over here either going or returning from Atlanta. Wnnl Operatic Music. When It was found that the week of opera In Atlanta fell at tho lime ot the May Festival here, the board of governors immediately met and re? commended the adoption of the fol? lowing resolution: ''Resolved, That In the opinion of tills board. It is desirable to give, operntlc music in concert form at the approaching festivals, and to that end to organize forthwith a local chorus and engage a portion Of the Metro? politan chorus to sing in conjunction with the local chorus, provided it is found practical to blend Hie two choruses." This resolution was unanimously adopted, after the fear of some mem? bers had been allayed that the intro? duction of the Metropolitan chorus nnd the singing of operatic music would result In the dissolution of the Wednesday Club. The board of gov? ernors assured the members, however, that such was not the Intent of the resolution, and made clear that the Metropolitan chorus was designed to augment the Wednesday Club chorus of 100 or 500 voices. Radical Action Needed. Lively discussion was provoked wTien P sldent Corley suggested that two festivals he given each year tinder the nusplces of the Wednesday Club, a midwinter concert of purely oratorio music, to bo sting hy the Wednesday Club chorus, assisted by regular ora? torio stars and an orchestra (fecus lomed to play oratorio music, and a May Festival of grand opera to be clvcn by the Metropolitan company In Its entirety, to consraft o the full performance of two three operas. Radical as this suggestion seemed, it was enthusiastically indorsed by IT. T. Meloney. "the father of the Wed? nesday Club." In a speech which point? ed out the need for radical action on the part of the club to preserve Its position nnd educational power. He called this suggestion the eventual so? lution. Had it not been demonstrated that Richmond hns no auditorium with a stage suited to the production of grand opera, it is probable that Iii? club would have, adopted the seml-an nunl festival plnn.lnst night. As It stood, conviction was expressed thai within the year, the Wednesday Club must mnke arrangements to give Richmond a season of grand opera. With Atlanta. Washington, Philadel? phia. Roston and many smaller cities having their seasons of Metropolitan opera, It was agreed that Richmond demanded and would shortly get a similar operatic festival. The progres? sives In the club say that If grand opera Is to come here. It should come under the auspices of the Wednesday Club, nnd from the enthusiasm shown on the subject last night, it seems cer? tain that such will shortly be the case. \. Iteal Opern Stars. Immediately after the adoption hy the club of the resolution concerning the Metropolitan chorus, President Corley announced that the services of the Metropolitan Orchestra had been bttl?ffled for the coming festival. Madame Alma Gluck, whose wonder? ful voice captured th/1 hearts of those, who heard her at th'n last festival, has also been engaged, Mr. Corley stated. In addition, five of the shining lights of the New York opera are to be sign? ed up, as soon as possible. The se? lection Is to be made from the stars TYcontlnuod on Third *'aso.) SUCCESSOR TO WYMAN Dr. J. II. White Will Be Namc<1 an Surgeon-General. Washington, December 12.?It be? came known from an authoritative source this morning that Dr. J. H. White, surgeon In the Public Health snd Marine Hospital Service, has been chosen to succoed the late Surgeon General Walter Wyman as heed o? that service. Dr. White Is ow In charge of the New Orleans district, and Is regarded ns one of the most capable offActuls in tho entire sorvlco. lie led the fight against yellow fever In Now Orleans a few years ago and scored a grout tri? umph In that movement. So Impressed were the New Orleans people with tho work done by Dr. White at that tlmo that he has by their rennest been kept In that district ever since. ? The only other strong competitor Dr. White hod for the surgeon-generalship was Dr. Itupert Blue, who also In ouc of the. most successful surgeons In the service. He Is on his way to Wash? ington now from Honolulu to look after his Interests In this matter, but It has been practically settled at the White House that Dr. White will be given the poslt*on. M'CREARY INAUGURATED ttcorriiples Chnlr n* Governor of Ken? tucky After l.npnc of .12 Ycnrs. Prankfort, Ky., December 12.?Next to Kentucky's incoming Democratic Governor, James B. McCreary, and the retiring Governor. Augustus K. Wilson, positions of honor at the Inauguration to-day were occupied by the twelve surviving members of the old McCreary Guards. This wus a military company organlzed In Prankfort In 1877 during Governor McCreary's llrsl administra? tion. Six on a side, these veterans es? corted the Governor's carriage' to-day In the parade that led from tho Gov? ernor's mansion to the Capitol. Governor McCreary, most of whose life has been spent In public orlice. vacated the chair lid rooccufjled to-day thirty-two years ago. Now he is over i seventy. Many personnl and political friends who attended the first Inauguration were present to-day. along with the 2.0110 members of the Democratic marching clubs from the various cities I of the State. In electiiur Governor Mc? Creary Kentucky returned to the Dem? ocratic column. NO TRACE OF ROBBERS Believed Men Who Held Up A. C. I? Train Bscnpcd to North. Savannah, Ga., December 12.?Though olliccrs of two States and several cities and a battalion of railroad special agents have searched far and wide, they seemed no nearer to-night the solution of the mystery of tho Iden? tify of the two men who held up At? lantic Coast Line train No. Su. north? bound, near Hardevlllo. 8. C, early tills morning, and robbed It of one "Jacket" of reg-'slered mall. The value of the booty le estimated nt $5,000. One man was arrested at Savannah, but was re? leased. No other arrests have been made, according to local ofllcers. Bloodhounds wen; put on the trail of tho robbers and followed It into the country for probably a mile, then circled back to the railroad. Officers believe this Indicates that the robbers made their escape on a later north? bound train, boarding It very near the scene of the hold-up and possibly while ofllcers were searching for them but a few hundred yards away. ATTACK IS UNSUCCESSFUL Turkish Troops Attempt In Brenk Through AMvnnced l.ln? t>f Itnllnnn. Benghazi. Tripoli. December 12.?An? other attack was made by Turkish troops last night. They attempted to break through the advanced lines of the Italians, but were unsuccessful, re? treating with a loss of thirty-six dead. The Italian officers /say Italian truops lost three dead ami one wounded. British Steamer Fired On. Marseilles, France, December 12.? The British steamer Baron Polwartb. which sailed from Manila on Novem? ber S for this port, arrived to-day und reported that she had been IIred upon by an Italian cruiser while passim; through tho Red Sen on November SO. Her bows were badly damaged when she came Into port. The captain says that the commander of the Italian cruiser apologized for the occurrence. GOVERNMENT NOT WARNED emphatic Dciilnln of Sintritjcnt flouring uu Destruction ?f the virdnc. Washington. December 12.?Rmphntlc disclaimers were mnde to-day at tho State, War and Navy Departments of the possession of any information con? firmatory of the statement of ex-Consul A. C. Hrlce thnl he was warned of the approaching destruction of the Maine two days In advance by a Cu? ban sympathizer In Mntnnzas. Ad? miral Wainwrlght, who was executive officer of the Maine when the ship was destroyed, also says that no warn? ing reached him. It Is tho opinion of officials that only through a death? bed confession. If at all, will the secre t be disclosed. ANOTHER VENIRE SUMMONED Seven Men llemnlii In Juiry Ilnx for Trial of Chicago Pucker*. Chicago, December 12.?The trial of the ten Chicago meat packers n dloted for violation of the criminal provisions of the Sherman antitrust law. was adjourned before the usual hour because of the absence of fur? ther venlremen. When court convenes to-morrow fifty venlroment are ex? pected t" be on hand. Excuses will first be beard, and later the weeding out process will be recommenced. At the'adjournment seven men remained in the jury box out of the twelve ten? dered earlier In the day by the pack? ers' counsel to the government. WILL MAKE NO COMPROMISE Iliil-Fiing-lCnh Instructed in Hohl Out foe Chinese Republic. Knn Francisco, QaL, December 12.? The revolutionary government at Can? ton dispatched Its delegate. Hul-Fung Knh, to Shanghai to-day with instruc tlons to hold out firmly for a Chinese republic at the general constitutional convention, according to a dispatch re? ceived from Canton by the Chung *ai Vat 1*0, Hut haa been forbidden to malte any compromise. In a clash oetwosn soldiers and a robber band on Sny-Hoy River, the dispatch adds, where many have been plundered, ten of the robbers wore kill? ed and a number of others captured. These were put to death. BOYLE GETsT?WrACT New York -Sculptor Will Hrect Statue to Commodore ltnrry In "WiinhlnKtou. Washington, December 12.?After many delays and much controversy, a contract has been concluded with John J. Doyle, of New York, sculptor, for the erection in this city of a statue to Coinmodoro John Barry, famous. In the early naval annals of the republic. Congress appropriated $&0,000 for this purpose In 1006 BOARD ADOPTS ORIGINAL PLAN, WHICH GOES TO i LOWER BRANCH Health, Police and Fire Departments Stricken Out of Amended Ordinance. WHOLE CITY IS NOW CUT DOWN TO FOUR WARDS Common Council Reduced Front Membership of Forty to Twenty, With Twelve Instead of Twenty-Four Aldermen^ Great Crowd in Chamber and Corridors Cheers Wildly as Better System of Government Is Provided?Regarded as Cer? tain That Council Will Concur, Owing to Tremendous Pres? sure From Business People. Special Meeting to Be Called for Final Action. Division of the city Into four vrnrda wns concurred In by the Honrd o(t Al tier men ln?t night by n vote of 15 to (I. 'I'lie original plnn for nn ndmlulMtra tlvc hotiril, ax proponed by the npcclnl committee, wan nilnptcd by the decisive vote of 111 to ?*>, nil amendment* eon lathed In the lllrschberg substitute being ntrlrken nut, nml the pn|>er Kent bnck to tbe Common Council for con? currence iim nmeudrd. The onllunncc rcdlntrlctlag; tbe city Into four uard* of approximately equal population reduce* ibe membership of the Common Council from forty to twenty member*, nnd of the Hoard oC Aldermen from livcnty-tmir to twelve* taking effect from September 1 nest. The new Council will lie ?cleeted nt n nrlntnry held previous to the general election nn the nrrunil Tuesday in .Tune. Amendment* Killed. By .adoption of nmendmetits offered by Mr, Don Leuvy, ihe Hoard eliminated from control of the proposed adminis? trative, board the KIre, Police and Health Departments, which, under the original committee plnn adopted by tho Aldermen, will continue as heretofore. The amendments bring the paper back; to Just what was originally recommend? ed t.i the Council, other amendments proposing submission of the matter to popular vote, and the appointment In? stead of election of members of tha proposed board, being rejected. President Peters suid that as soon as the smoke had cleured away a little a special meeting of the Common Coun? cil would be. called, probably for next .Monday night, to take up the question of concurrence In the administrative board ordinance as amended by tho Aldermen. The four-word rcdlstrlct ing ordinance goes to the Mayor for his iinnl signature as soon as it Is enn grossed. Voic Wildly Cheered. Every member of the Board of AH tlermen was In his scat when President Whittct's gavel fell last night, and more than .100 people were standing In the limited public space within the chamber, while outside the corridors j and staircases were packed with cit? izens, waiting eagerly for news ul better and progressive, government. Applause rang frequently through the house, and was echoed oack from tho halls, spectators being apparently In favor of tho whole ordinance as it came from the Council and shorvlng no approval when the vote wus an? nounced eliminating the Fire. Police) and Health Departments. The fca< was expressed that this move would result In a deadlock In the two branches and the delays that could only spell defeat. Leading advocates of the plan, however, Including mem? bers of the special committee which drafted It and of tho commercial or? ganization* which have given it such unanimous and hearty support, predict that hot less than thirty Councilman will come out for the Administrativ? Hoard, now that the Police, Flro and Health Departments have been ox* eluded. K?mest and open canvassing for votes went on throughout the cham? ber both before the meeting and dur? ing the reading of the minutes and other preliminaries. A quick poll showed only eleven Aldermen who would certainly vole for the Adminis? trative Hoard with the I'.lrschborff amendments, and it was considered dangerous to force the Issue on that vote, although Mr. Ilohson, Colonel Orundy and others fought hard to tho last for a clear-cut vote for the whole proposition Just as it came from tha lower branch. Pour Word Pinn First. The redist riding ordinance came tu? first, and Its reading was dispensed with. It was reported, as a substitute for a tlvn ward paper ortet ed by Coun? cilman Ratcllffo last February, ha having been the first to propose the reduction of the Council by cutting down the number of wards. It was jocalled that there was open laughter in tho body when the paper was tlrst offered, the campaign of education of the past ten months having produced wonderful results. Mr. Don Leavy. for the advocate" of tho ordinance, stated that It w?< so evident that a reduction was ne? cessary and since redistrlctlng tvaa tho plain duty of the Council the pm per would be submitted to a.-vote with, out argument, unless the opposition raised .questions which needed to ba answered. The argument was brief* Mr. Powers held that the whole matts*