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Iscreasir.f cloudiness, followed by show en Wednesday night or Thursday morning;. Mght ariable winds, becoming northeasterly " and increasing. Ittl . 48,042- Circulation Yesterday, NO. 1.617. WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY,. SEPTEMBER 21. 1898. ONE CENT. MAEAMM0ICI1BA Blanco Preparing a Huge Bill for GoYcrnnient Property. THE RETURN OF REFUGEES Arrangements for Spnnish Lottery OnurincN Six Months Ahead Al It'Ketl Autonomists Expect to Stas ia Power Indeliuitely Daily In rndcti of Volnnicerx Cubans As cured of American Cool Fnltli Dagoch Trust in Sampson for n LouKr AVuit Before evacuation. Havana, Sept. 20. There was no ex change of notes today between the American and Spanish evacuation com missioners. The Spanish authorities are busily en gaged In collecting information as to the value of the properties belonging to the Spanish goernment here and the number and value of the public buildings In other parts of the Island. A list of questions has been sent by the secretaries of the colonial government to all the important dependencies under them concerning the properties of state. The rector of the Unl'ersity of Havana has been asked of ficially to whom the university belongs and If it Is true that it was founded with private money. The correspondent of The Times asked today what all this investigation was for, and was informed by an official that it was for the benefit of the Spanish com mission. It is said here that this question of property will be discussed by the joint commission. Th American Commissioners refuse to talk about any subject of the negotia tions, but It is understood that the mat ter of value of the government proper ties here Is entirely foreign to their in structions, which are circumscribed to the form and terms of evacuation. A prominent American said that it was probable that the information was being collected for the use of the Paris Com mission, though the terms of the protocol are clear as to the surrender of Spanish sovereignty and all titles in Cuba. Ulanco Otitic to Madrid. Capt. Gen. Blanco has cabled to Madrid regarding the negotiations that have taken place between the Commissioners and the actual state of the proceedings. According to dispatches received from Madrid today Prime Minister Sagasta and the members of his Cabinet have con ferred over Gen. Blanco's dispatches. The autonomists here insist that no change will take place in Cuba until late In the Autumn, and they act accordingly. Senor Govin, secretary of justice and of the Interior, will appoint new magistrates and judges and remove others. Boxes to the number of 4G3, containing records of the Spanish military depart ments, were sent to Spain today on the steamer Alfonso XIII. Thirteen of the boxes belonged to the military govern ment of Havana, 13G to the superintendent of infantry, and the rest to the depart ments and to the battalions that will em bark first to return home. Gens. Gon zales, Gorral, and Figueroa Hernandez left for Spain today with their staffs. Several other officers went on the same steamer. Havana Lottery in Full Illnst. In accordance with the prevailing belief that tfie autonomist cabinet will remain in office for a long time, Senor Montoro, secretary of finance, has made arrange ments for the drawings of the Havana lottery for six months more, and tickets are being sold for drawings that will take place until December. The city continues quiet. The recent troubles between military officers and civilians were of no political importance. In compliance with an order issued by Gen. Arolas, all the Spanish officers ap peared on the streets this morning in uni form and wearing their side arms. The That is to say, everybody with sense takes out a Life In surance Policy, either for his relatives, his creditors, or him self. It can be obtained in the form of a bond, and assignalaie as security, like a note. Sen sible men are coming to recog nize its great value and con venience. It can be bought, sold or tised as security. Meanwhile, if 3rou die you leave something to 3our wife or children. It, is too complex a subject to discuss in an advertisement, I am an insurance broker and will put my services and infor mation at your command. It will pay you to see me. Insurance Broker, t Formerly General Agent, N. Y. Life Insurance Company, 519 14th Street N.W. P. O. Box 503. Carpenter and Builders leepns busy selling Best Boards at H 100 feet. Libbey & Co., Lumber, etc,6th & N.Y.Av. Everybody Does It TJ.Haddaway cafes and restaurants were full of Span ish officers peacefully discussing the sit uation. Steamers continue to arrive here crowd ed with Cuban refugees, who return un disturbPd to their homes. The Insurgent newspaper, X.a Estrella Solitario, is sold on the streets of the city without interference by the press censors. La Verdad, a paper which is under the direction of the editor of the organ of the Cuban junta, at Key West, is also sold without molestation. Part of the Cuban army is still en camped in the outskirts of the city. The soldiers, despite the fact that they have no food, do not trouble the farmers. They depend altogether upon the bounty of citizens to keep them from actual star vation. The Volunteer Parade. The volunteers continue to parade the streets every morning with their arms, but they maintain a peaceful attitude. To add to the contrast of the many ele ments here which are opposed to each other, some of the American officers, at tired in uniform, pass freely about the city. The American Commission pays $1,400 a week for board at the Salon Trocha, at El Vedado. Tlxe American flag has been raised over the building. The Commis sioners find the .place comfortab'e and as cool as possible here. A guard of Amer ican marines was put around the building this morning, replacing the orden publico. The marines will do guard duty as long as the Commissioners remain at the Salon Trocha. The cafe annex of the hotel has been closed to the public in order to prevent the Commissioners from teing disturbed. Admiral Sampson and Generals Wade and Butler were sight-seeing in the city today. They visited the Cuban camps outside the city, but did not go in their official character. The Cubans Are Satisfied. All Cubans who have visited the Com missioners express themselves as highly satisfied with their declarations that the United States is acting In absolute good faith to carry out its expressed intention to establish Cuban independence and a stable government The Diano de la Marina, which says it speaks in the name of the Spanish resi dents, answers an article which appeared in the Estrella Solitario. It declares that if the Cubans assume an uncompromising attitude towards the Spaniards the latter will have to look to the United States as the only guarantor of their interests and of tranquility. Many owners of plantations united Sun day, Sept. 18. in drawing up a circular, calling for a commission to study ques tions affecting planters, -farmers, and merchants, under the new government of Cuba. Their object is to reach an agree ment which will secure unity of action in matters affecting them. One of the most important subjects named in the circular Is that of the taxa tion of property damaged in the course of the war. It Is proposed to exempt such property from taxation for a number of years. SAGASTA BOLDLY DENOUNCED. Duke 'ret linn lilniiies Him for tlte Disastrous War. Madrid, Sept. 20. The Duke of Tetuan, who was minister for foreign affairs in the cabinet of the late Premier Canovas del Castillo, is quoted today as saying in an interview: "Senor Canovas, if he had lived, would never have accepted war with the United States. Canovas and myself were con vinced that war would lead inevitably to the ruin of Spain." The duke blamed the 'Iberals. who, he said, could have averted war, either by accepting the proffered good offices of the United States minister. Gen. Stewart L. Woodford, or by treaty with the insurgents on the basis of Cu ban independence, or by selling Cuba. In conclusion the duke said: "Senor Sagasta Is responsible for all our disas ters and must be ejected from power." The workmen If Bilbao, where the cruis ers which belonged to Admiral Cervera's fleet were built, have decided to go to Santander in order to make a demonstra tion against the defeated Spanish admiral on his return to Spain. The government, "however, has taken measures calculated to prevent the plans being carried out, and the ministry has also forbidden dem onstrations welcoming Cervera home. BLANCO'S POWEB ABSOLUTE. Madrid Says He May Change the Inland Government. Madrid, Sept. 20. Captain General Blan co has notified the government that he is in disagreement with the colonial gov ernment in Havana, and asked for in structions. The government in its reply to Gen. Blanco's message, said: "So long as Spanish sovereignty exists in Cuba, it is the governor's duty to ap ply an autonomist regime. He could, therefore, change the insular government in a disagreemtnt and appoint another." THE HEAT IN PORTO BICO. It Has Resulted In Inereuscd Sick ness Among: the Troops. Ponce, Porto Rico, Sept. 20. Major Snowden, chief medical officer here, act ing under orders issued by Gen. Brooke, is now making a tour of inspection through the island. The weather has been very hot recent ly, and this has resulted in an increasu ot the" sickness among the troops. IN SESSION FIVE HOUES. Spain's Cabinet Approves Instruc tions to the Paris Commissioners. Madrid, Sept. 20. The cabinet council was in session five hours today. The ministers fully approved the in structions to the peace commissioners, who will start for Paris Sunday. Cervera Arrives at Santander. Madrid, Sept. 30. Admiral Cervera ar rived in Santander tonight from the United States on the steamer City of Rome, which also brought some 1.C0S sail ors, marines, and other members of the crews of his squadron. FATHEB AND BABE SAVED. Smith Tried to Jump f?r n Ferry boat Wit ii a. Child in His Arms. Camden, N. J., Sept. 20. In attempting to jump for a moving ferryboat at Cramer Hill last night, Samuel Smith, of Philadelphia, plunged overboard with his sixteen-months'-old son in his arms. He clung to the child throughout his strug gles, but had sunk twice before rescuers reached him. Both lives were saved. Tour to the Omaha. Exposition via Pennsylvania Railroad. The Pennsylvania Railroad will operate a personally conducted tour to Omaha, leaving Washington October L Rate, $93, including transportation, Pullman and ho tel accommodations, admission to fair, etc For further information, apply to city ticket office. sell,13,lS,21,25am-10,15.17,20,24pTn 100 feet Ilest Seasoned Boards. SI. One width, even thickness, any length. THE WAR OFFICE GH Alger Hears Details of Neglect and Incompetency. THE DIVISION HOSPITAL Its Establishment Is Explained by the Secretary at Lexington, But Gen. Wiley, In Giving an Expres sion of Opinion, Stirs Up a Ilor uet's Nest. Lexington, ICy., Sept. 20. Secretary Alger and party arrived here last night and today inspected the troops, camps and hospitals, expressing himself as very much pleased with all. There was one thing, however, with which he could hardly have been pleased. This was a meeting in Gen. Breckin ridge's tent at noon, at which he had summoned all the colonels and brigade commanders to be present. He wanted, he said, to talk to them regarding the division hospital. He said the army authorities had an ticipated a quick movement into the enemy's field and had abundantly sup plied the regiments with surgeons, hos pital stewards, nurses, litter bearers, etc., but the matter of hundreds getting sick and having to be cared for for months had not been considered. It was found, he said, that so many were sick in vari ous regiments that it was like turning the whole regiment Into a hospital. It was impossible to get the sick and well away from each other and the division hospital had been established. There had been many objections raised against the division hospital and ho wanted to ascer tain the sentiment of the commanders here. Gen. Sanger favored the division hos pital, but thought the regiments should not be stripped of their medical corps in o.der to supply surgeons and nurses. Gen. Wiley thought the same, and in giving instances of the result of taking away all the medical corps of the. regi ments he stirred up a hornet's nest. He -said the men were drilled to death at Chlckamauga and caught the "pink eye" lying around In the dirt and filth. The stripping of the regiments of their hospital corns so crinnled them that when a man fell in the drill he was forced to lie for hours, unattended, in the scorch- j Ing sun. He said there were no stretch- j ers or litter carriers, and the poor fel lows were left without aid. There were I not enough ambulances. Somebody was i responsible for this. He thought it was the quartermaster's department. He said he made a requisition on Quar termaster Lee, at Chickamauga, for boil ers in which to boil the water the men drank. The requisitions were not hon ored. He was'finally told that the Gov ernment had no water boilers, and he wanted to know whose fault It was. Quartermaster General Ludington said he had honored every requisition made on him; that no money was spared to se cure everything desired, and that the talk of red tape is all bosh. He said he did not care how the request was made the material was forthcoming. Requisitions did not have to be made in particular form. Any kind of a note was sufficient. Gen. Wiley said he did make the re quests and they were not honored, and that he not only made them to the corps quartermaster at Chickamauga, but to the Washington office. Gen. Sternberg said officers who did not report what was needed and draw upon the proper authorities for it should be held accountable. He had complied with every demand made on him in Washing ton, and, of course, not being in the field, he did not know of the needs from personal observations. Secretary Alger said, in closing the meetlpg, that In the light of the past events, the commanding officers should be able to reduce sickness to a minimum, and that he would require every man to see to it that the sanitary conditions of the camp were kept good. He said he felt confident that this fresh air and beau tiful country here would restore the sick to health. When asked if he would tender or had tendered his resignation, the Secretary pooh-poohed the idea, saying he had nev er thought of such a thing. He said he was determined to investigate the condi tion of the camps before returning to Washington. "Camps will be located at no points where the weather will be too severe for the men to remain under canvas," said the Secretary, when asked regarding Winter army posts. "There is no commit tee yet appointed for this purpose, but I believe one will soon be." MABCHING TO GETTYSBUBG. Troops at Camp Meade Will Assist at a Dedication. Harrisburg, Pa,, Sept. 20. Major Gen eral Graham was seen at headquarters this morning and expressed the opinion that the army now at Camp Meade would be there for several weeks yet. This morning the Second West Virginia, Col. Casteel, commanding, started on the march to Gettysburg. The regiment will take part in the dedi cation of a monument to the West Vir ginia soldiers who fell on that batUefield and will be absent from camp about three weeks. The health .conditions of the camp are steadily improving. All the dangerous typhoid cases are sent from the division hospitals to the Red Cross wards, which are being enlarged. Twenty Red Cross nurses have been sent from Philadelphia. Tho Seventh Ohio, which is under or ders to be mustered out, will leave for Columbus about Friday. The Fourth New Jersey, which has been held up at Sea Girt for several days, after being or dered to Camp Meade, is expected to ar rive the latter part of the week. Sergt. Maj. Charles E. Brayton, of. the Third New York Volunteers, died this morning. The cause of his death was spinal meningitis. SOME HOSPITAL FIGUBES. A Suspicion That the Facts Have llcen JnETsrled. Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 20. A dispatch from Washington received here this morning says: "The War Department has received a report from Gen. Lee's camp, being.ua. report from Col. Maus, chief surgeon, which says that the three division hos-' pitals htrVT-569 patients now under treat ment." There seems to be some "Juggling.' Last Saturday the second division hos pital alone had about 000 patients, the Flyim's Business College, 3th and K, Business, shorthand, typewriting $25 a yr. Only SI for 100 feet Best Boards. All dry, bright, heart, and seasoned. first division about 300 and the third di vision nearly 500. The Second Texas leaves today for Dallas. Major Lynch, colored paymaster, paid the Fourth Illinois Regiment yesterday. A BANQUET TO GEN. MILES. New Tone unnkcrs Tender the Hon or to- the Soldiers. New York, Sept. 20. J. Edward Sim mons, Frederick D. Tapnan, Henry W. Cannon, Richard Apgar, George F. Baker, and other bankers have tendered a ban quet to Gen. Miles, commander-in-chief of the American array. The general is popular with the bank ers and business men down town, and the invitation sent to him was signed this afternoon by a large number of the best known firms in financial and com mercial life. It is expected -that the ban quet will be held in October next on a date to be fixed by the general him self. MANY DEATHS BEPOBTED. Gen. Lawton's Daily Health Bulletin From Snutliigro. The War Department last night received a report from Maj. Gen. Lawton which read as follows: "Santiago do Cuba, Sept. 20. "Adjutant General. Washington: "Sick, 1.1S7; fever, C79; new cases, SS; returned to duty, 2S9. "Deaths W. M. Johnson, Eighth Illi nois Infantry, teamster, thermic fever, September 19; Felix Boswell, D, Ninth U. S. V., bilious fever, September 18; Al bert Richardson, nurse, L, Ninth U. S. V., pernicious malarial fever, September 17; John J. Nickoden, K, First Illinois, ty phoid fever, September 17; John J. Blake, private, F, Fifth U. S. Infantry, typhoid fever, September 19; Robert L. Courson, private, B, Third U. S. V., yellow fever. September 19; Walter Gray, private, Third U. S. V., pernicious remittent fever, hem ophysis. LAWTON, "Major General." GEN. HASKELL AT REST. His Remains II ii lied at Arlington AVIth Distinguished Honors. President McKinley drove to Arlington unattended yesterday afternoon to par ticipate in the funeral services- over the late Brig. Gen. Joseph T. Haskell, who died last Saturday at Columbus, O., from apoplexy, superinduced by -wounds re ceived in the Santiago campaign. The remains reached Washington yes terday accompanied by a mijitary escort under command of Capt. 'Charles Clay, of the Seventeenth Infantry, , a grandson of Henry Clay. The regular funeral service was held at Columbus on Monday.. No service was held here other than the regular military committal service, which took place at the grave at Arlington. A detachment of artillerymen from the arsenal and the officers of the leading Masonic organizations of the city escort ed the remains to the cemetery. The fu neral cortege left the railroad station at 2 o'clock, led by a single cavalryman and a trumpeter, and proceeded directly to the cemetery. The casket containing the general's remains was borne across the city on a gun wagon. Following were nu merous representatives of the various Ma sonic organizations of which the deceased was a member and officers from the War Department. Among the latter were Gen. Miles, Gen. John M. Wilson. Gen. Stan ton, Judge Advocate General Lieber, Gen. Eagan, Col. Staunton, Col. Dunwoody and Maj. Shaler. Every branch of the War Department was represented. The funeral procession was met at the south end of the Aqueduct Bridge by a small detachment of cavalrymen from Fort Myer and proceeded thence over the military road to Arlington. At the grave the service was simple and impressive. After the body was placed in the ground taps were given and three volleys were fired over the grave by a detachment of artillerymen from "the Washington Barracks. A PBIZE CAEGO BELEASED. The Rodriguez Round for New York: to Discharge. Charleston, S- C., SepL 20. The French steamship Olinde Rodriguez, which was captured as a blockade runner and sent here for trial, sailed today for New York, where her cargo will be discharged. The cargo has been released by the district court. The case against the Rodriguez has not been settled, and the marshal is in charge of her still. The steamer Is valued at $125,000, and was captured by the cruiser New Orleans. The British steamship Newfoundland, recently condemned as a blockade runner, was released today by the owners for $8,000. The cargo, valued at $10,000, is condemned and will be sold here in Oc tober. THE BEOOKLYN TO BE DOCKED. Fifteen Thousand People Visit the Cruiser at Newport. Newport. R. I., Sept. 20. The cruiser Brooklyn sailed from here at 4:30 this af ternoon for the New York Navy Yard, where she is to be docked and undergo repairs. It is estimated that 15,000 people visited the vessel while here. The supply ship Celtic began coaling to day from the collie Justin, , preparatory for her trip around tho Horn with the battleships Oregan and Iowa. She will sail for New York tomorrow. The gunboat Vicksburg will sail in a few days on a cruise in Southern waters with a crew of naval apprentices which she received yesterday from" the naval training station. THE AMPHITBITE ABBIVES. Towed to Old Point Yestertlny uy the Yosemite. ) Newport News, Va., Sept. 20'. The mon itor Amphitrite, which was engaged in the Cuban blockade, and recently was re ported to be lying In one of the West In dian ports with disabled machinery, ar rived at Old Point today in tow of the auxiliary cruiser Yosemite. The men on board seemed inclined to make light of the monitor's injury, and said the report sent to this country was greatly exagger ated. The monitor had a pleasant voyage up the coast. It did not run Into the great hurricane' which devastated the Wind ward Islands,- the storm, passing oft to -the eastward of the two vessels. Niagara Falls antl Rctfirn via B. Jt O.. 910. , Special train of coaches' and parlor cars wlir leave B. &r O. Depot at 8:10 a. m., September 32. Tickets., good to stop off returning at Buffalo, Rochester, Geneva, and Burdette (Watkins Glen), and Mauch Chunk. $10 for the round- trip. Tickets limited to ten days. sel5,17,18,20,21-era The Weather Libbcy fc Co. sny Increasing cloudiness followed by shwers. He Declares He Has Author ized 1Sto Confession. THE STORY OF HIS CRIME He Clninis That Dreyfus Was Moral ly, Not Legally, Guilty, and tltu French General Staff Resorted to Munufaetnred Evidence lu Order to Reach Him How the Bordereau AVas Wrlten. (Special Cablegram Copj righted.) London, Sept. 20. Major Count Ester hazy, who was recently retired from the French army, still remains in London, where he is now In the hands of a well known firm of police court lawyers. The latter issued a statement in his behalf todny, declaring that he has not author ized any confession or revelations in the Dreyfus case. He particularly resents the imputation In today's papers that he has received payment for his story, and affirms that he intends to act "for the best interests of his country and her army." This grandiloquent declaration from such a scoundrel is so grotesque that It Jc amusing. Esterhazy has told three persons, prob ably more, within a month, that he wrote the Dreyfus bordereau. He also described an interesting list of other crimes com mitted In connection with the case by himself and others. . He affirms that there was moral, not legal, proof of Dreyfus's guilt, and the officers of the French general ataff resorted to manu factured evidence in order to secure his condemnation, which was really deserved. He declared that he wrote the bordereau in obedience to orders from a superior officer, and justifies his act by the reason already cabled The Times that a soldier should place hfs conscience as well as his sword at the disposal of his superior officers. But his story of how he came to write the bordereau Is almost certainly false. I le w rote It and handed It to two military officers of a foreign power before Drey fus was dreamed of In connection with the affair. He-wrote it under instructions from officers ol the intelligence depart ment, in which he was employed. In order to obtain greater secrets in return. He was, however, playing a double game. He was needy, his French stipend being Insufficient to meet his expenses, and he really received money from both aides and actually delivered the documents named In the bordereau. When the fact that the documents were missing was discov ered, Esterhazy claimed the bordereau from tfi'o'je to whom it had been delivered. That was why the bordereau was in pieces and not because it had beep ex tracted from a waste-paper basket at the German embassy. That bordereau was handed to a civil spy, who was charged with its trans mission to Gen. Mercier, then minister of war. As yet, Dreyfus was positively unsuspected. Esterhazy trusted to a chapter of accidents for finding a re semblance between his handwriting and some one, no matterwho. Had the hand writing of the bordereau resembled that of any officer but a Jew and so thorough ly disliked as was Dreyfus, the victim of .the error would have got off with five or ten years' Imprisonment, but it. was almost the counterpart of the hand writing of the bete noir of the general staff, for Dreyfus was that. Given halt a dozen Du Paty de Clams, Henrys and Sandherrs, who were without scruples as to the means of satisfying their hatred, and the rest followed as a matter of course. The manufacturer of false evidence did not end with the bordereau, and Ester hazy could, if he chose, make many more startling revelations, but he is 'so utter ly discredited and so persistently mixes truth and falsehood, that it is doubtful if any statement he makes will gain any credence, even among the friends of Dreyfus, whose cause It would help. Esterhazy is almost penniless. He is extremely bitter against his former asso ciates, who have now abandoned him. There are some indications that the par tial revelations of the past few days will bring some of those whom Esterha zy would involve by a full confession once more to his support. In that case, this precious individual will probably become once more the champion of the military honor and glory of France. SHOULD DEMAND BEvTSION. Gen. Pellieuv. Says the Army TTbuld Lose Nothing: by Such a. Course. Paris, Sept. 20. Gen. Pellieux, writing to M. Meyer, director of the Ecole des Chartes, repudiates all responsibility for Col. Henry's forgery. He says he is of the opinion that the army ought to demand a revision of the Dreyfus case. Notwithstanding all the circumstances, he is convinced -that the army would lose nothing by such a course. THE SITUATION AT FASHODA. Said That the Egyptian Flaw Floats Over the City. London, Sept. 20. It is reported in gov ernment circles that news has been re ceived that the Egyptian flag is flying over Fashoda. The alleged fact, however, has not yet been offically announced. GEBMAN ABMY MUBDEB. A Soldier AVas Rude When Reproved for Bad Cooking. London, Sept. 20. A dispatch to the Dai ly News from Berlin says that at the recent army maneuvers in Alsace-Lorraine, Capt. Count Stolbergh-Wemigee-rode reprimanded Sergt. Scheinhardt for bad cooking. Thff sergeant is alleged to have answer ed rudely, whereupon the count boxed his ears. The sergeant turned sharply, when he was hit and the count drew his sword and pierced his subordinate's neck, killing him. The count was arrested. CHEEBS POB FBANZ JOSEF. The HuiiKarlnn Diet Receives Ills ThoitliH for Its Sympathy. Budapest, Sept. 20. In the lower house of the Hungarian diet today the president announced that upon his visit to Vienna to attend the obsequies of the empress he had been received in audience by the Men Look Elsewhere, But Buy Here. Drop in and let's talk it over. White ash coal, $3.90. S. S. Daish & Son, 705 Twelfth Street northwest. seS-tf-em Both Price and Boards are rlprht. Only $1 for 100 feet of "best" Boards. emperor, who had charged him to convey to the members of the chamber his majes ty's thanks for their sympathy. He called for three cheers for the em peror, which were heartily given. Sub sequently a bill was submitted to the chamber authorizing the erection of a monument? to the memory of the empress. The bill was referred to a committee. GIVING UP THELB ABMS. Mussulmans Are Complying Slowly With Admiral Noel's Demand. Candia. Crete, Sept 20. About 1.C00 fire arms have thus far been surrendered by the Mussulmans in response to the Ge mand of the British admiral. The most credible reports place the number of rifles in possession of the Mussulmans at about 23,000, which is exclusive of 5,000 Martlni3, which are the property of the Turkish government. Much difficulty in compelling the sur render of all these arms is expected. M. BUIottl, the British consul, has vis ited the Christian chiefs and Informed them that Great Britain had undertaken the protection of the disarmed Moslems j and warned the chiefs that any attack on the Moslems would be regarded as an at tack on the British. The chiefs promised to abstain from attacking the Moslems. THE NAVY TO THE FOBE. M. Lockroy Says Future- Great Rat tles AVI 11 lie Foucrht at Sea. Toulon, Sept. 20. M. Lockroy, minister of marine, who visited this city to wit ness the artillery experiments, made a speech tonight. In the course of which he said that the role of the navy had too long been misunderstood. It was a pre ponderating influence. The great battles of the future would be decided at sea. There the first blows would be struck. The Spanish-American war had convinc ingly shown the truth of this view. THE SITTINGS BESUMED. The Quebec Conference AV1I1 Get Down to Ilusiiiess Tomorrow. Quebec, Sept. 20. The sittings of the Anglo-American commission were resum ed today, but no real business will be transacted before Thursday. On that date Senator Charles J. Faulk ,ner, who succeeds Senator Gray, will join the commission. THE NIEU CHWANG BATT.WAY. England and Russia Have Settled Their DIHIcuIty. London, Sept. 21. The Daily Graphic says that as a result of the recent friend ly exchange of views between Great Brit ain and Russia the Nleu Chwang Rail road difficulty has been satisfactorily ar ranged and the original contract will be ratified, with modifications respecting the security of the loan for the construction of the line. TUBKEY AND ENGLAND. The LiiitcrN Attitude Townrd the Former Is Significant. Constantinople. Sept, 20. The prominent persons in political circles here are dis cussing three salient features marking the situation of Turkey in regard to Crete, namely, the action of Great Britain in Ignoring the Sultan; the cool reception accorded by the powers to the Turkish circulars, to neither of which has any one of the powers as yet replied, and the action of Great Britain in dispensing with the assistance of the other three powers in Crete. The attitude of the English government has produced a deep Impression in all circles. Passed a Larp;e leeherjc. Queenstown. Sept. 20. The White Star steamer Majestic, which arrived here to night from New York, reports that on Sunday last, latitude 54.20 north, longi tude 49.01 west, she passed a large ice berg. JOHN SHEBMAN IS ILL. The Aired Statesman Suffers an At tach: of Uroncliitis. Hon. John Sherman, former Secretary of State, is ill at his residence in this city. He is suffering from an acute attack of bronchitis, a disease that has afflicted him at intervals for several years. During tho recent cool weather Mr. Sher man contracted a cold, which developed Into bronchitis, and he was confined to his bed for a few days, a week ago. He was on the road to complete recovery until Sunday last, when he contracted more cold and had a slight relapse. Mr. Sherman was said last night to be Im proving. He suifered from a light fever during the day. THE NEW B. & 0. BATT.WAY. John K. Cowan AVill Be President and O. G. Murray A'ice President. Baltimore, Sept. 20. John IC. Cowan to day stated that he would be president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad under th new arrangement and that Oscar G. Murray would be vice-president. He de clined to state definitely, however, whether the road had passed into the hands of the Western capitalists. He said they were buying the stock and not the bonds, and they will be the strongest holders the Baltimore and Ohio ever had. Mr. Cowan intimated that other influ ential railroad men besides Hill, Armour, Field and Ream were interested in the deal. He also said that the reorganiza tion plans would be completed in three or four months. As to the directors, he said the new Interests would have a full representation. There would be no change In terminal facilities, excepting that - they would be enlarged. He also contended that there was absolutely noth ing in the statement that there would be a consolidation of roads by which a transcontinental system would be ar ranged. Said he: "There will be no consolida tion of roads, with the Great Northern or any other. The Baltimore and Ohio will hold Itself open at Chicago to accept busi ness from any of the great Northwest roads which empty at Chicago. There would be absolutely nothing in tying up with any of these roads." THE COHOES FATALITY. Conductor and Engineer of the D. ifc H. Train Arrested. Troy, N. Y.. Sept. 20. Conductor Con naugh'ty and Engineer Richards, of the Delaware and Hudson train that ran into a motor car at Cohoes, on Labor Day, and killed fifteen persons, were arrested this afternoon, in accordance with the recommendation of the coroner's jury. Fortunes in Cuba. Book on Cuba free. Cuban land and Trading Co., 1421 F st. selltl One AA'ith and Even Thickness. Bright Heart Boards, 100 feet for XL THEIR LABOBS ARE ENDED The Hawaiian Commission Will Sail for Home Friday. PROBLEMS TO BE SOLVED The Oiuetlon of the Form of Gov ernment of the Islands Has Claim ed Considerable Attention Mr. Dole Still SlKns u.i l're-sluent of thy Republic of Hawaii. Honolulu, Sept. 12, via San Francisco, Sept, 20. Whatever the report of the an nexation commission may contain, it is certain that the commissioners will have information on every phase and subject of the government of the islands to put Into it. Eight and nine hour sessions of the commission have been the dally rule for the last week. An effort has been made to conclude the work here soon enough to permit the Congressional members of the commission to return to the United States on the steamer Alameda, due to leave here September, H, but this was found Impossible, and the commission will conclude Its labors on September 20 and the Congressional members will return on the Gaelic, leaving here on September 23. Mrs. Hitt and her son, Robert HItt, jr., sailed on Saturday on the Belgic for a tour of Japan. A A'isit to the Lepers. The commissioners went to the leper settlement on the steamer Mikahala on Saturday night, arriving there about day light Sunday morning and returning Sun day afternoon. They were accompanied by several officers of the local govern ment and a number of army and navy physicians from the Philadelphia and the military garrison here. They visited all the institutions at the settlement and at a meeting of lepers addressed them on the subject of the work they were en gaged in and offered to listen to any com plaints or suggestions. The addresses seemed to create a good impression on the people of the settlement. The Commission has, during the past week, been presented with a number ot memorials from different elements and business Interests in connection with various phases of the future government of the islands. The Japanese consul asked. In a general way, that the rights and privileges now enjoyed by his coun trymen should be continued. The Plant ers' Association, Chamber of Commerce and Bar Association have each presented a memorial and the Aloha AIna and the Kalaina. the two principal previously anti-Republican organizations of H walians, began a general convention today to frame a memoriaL A Territorial Government Crped. The Planters' Association urges a ter ritorial form of government rather than government by commissioners, such as that of the District of Columbia, but they ask that the officials appointed by the President shall be bona fide residents-of the islands; that the elective franchise shall be limited to those possessing quali fications now required; that the present judicial system be continued7 or, at least, that the judicial system given shall vest in local courts exclusively final jurisdic tion in all matters involving only local questions, and that the judges remain, as now, appointive. On the subject of labor, in which the members of the Planters' Association are vitally Interested, they ask that there shall be a probationary period during which the interests of the Islands may adjust themselves to the new conditions before the Immigration laws of the United States shall be extended to those islands, so as to prevent the employers of labor from advancing to Immigrant laborers the cost of getting here. The Question of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce makes the same request as to the territorial form of government and on the subject of la bor, and also that the United States shipping laws shall not be extended to these islands, so as to prevent trade be tween them and the mainland In foreign bottoms until it has been demonstrated that enough American vessels to do ta business can be secured. The chamber also asks for a probationary period be tween the extension of the United States tariff laws to the islands and their en forcement here. "On Thursday evening, September S. the Princess Kaiulani gave a luau at her home to the members of the commission and their party and a number of others largely from the naval and military or ganizations represented here. The Government's Status. Recently the Hawaiian government has received from Minister Sewell replies to certain interrogatories In regard to Its present status. These are the minister's decisions in the matters inquired about: 1. A'acancies in appointive offices will, a3 a rule, be filled &a heretofore. The oath of allegiance to the United States will, however, be required. 2. The land laws of the United States do not apply to public lands In Hawaii. Lo cal legislation in regard to public lands remains In force. 3. Mr. Dole, for the time being, stUT signs as "president of the republic of Ha waii." 4. Processes of courts will run as here tofore. 5. The use of the word "republic" does not necessarily imply independence. Major General Merriam has Issued an order creating the military division ot Hawaii. Brig. Gen. Charles King ha? been placed in command. ATTACH IN CEBU AND LLOTXO. Rumored Activity Amone the Phil ippine Insurgent. Manila, Sept, 20. The British warship Rattler has gone to Cebu, in consequence of a rumor that the rebels are attacking that place and Hollo. Twelve Spanish steamers and eight sailing vessels have been transferred to the American flag, and a majority ot them have started on coasting voyages. Uncertainty Is felt concerning the con duct of the native crews, especially in view of the reports that Filipino vessels are seizing Spanish coast towns and property. The United States cruisers Boston and Raleigh sailed from here to day to protect commerce. TBOU3LE WITH INDIANS. Several Forest Fires Supposed to" Have Heen Started by Redskins. Walker, Minn., Sept. 20. The Indian' situation remains practically unchanged.. 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