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THE TIMES, WASHINGTON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1893. QSxnt& (MOHKIEa. EVENING AND SUNDAY.) THE TIMES COMPANY. STJLSON HUTCHINS, President rDBLICATION OFFICE, THE HUTCHINS BUILDING, Corner Tenth and D Streets Northwest BUIECBIPTIOH KITES. MOKTHLT BT CARWIEB: Morning, Evening and Sunday "Fifty Cents Motnlnjr and Snnday Thirty-five Cents Evenine and Sunday Thlrty-flve Cents BY MAIL One Year. Morning, Evening and Sunday.. $5.50 Six Months. " " s- Three Months. " " " " - ,-75 One Year. Mornlnff and Sunday -00 Sir Months, " " - Three Months. ' " " ...... - ,-'ii One Year, Evening and Sunday SixMonths, " " " 2 Ihree Months, " " " 1-2j Sunday only. One Year.. '-00 Orders by mall must be accompanied by subscription price. n,.,,, (Editorial Rooms SJ 5S52l E ! Bw-ine" Office l0 isumbeks. j circulation Department 2t CIRCULATION STATEMENT. The circulation of THE TIMES for the week ended Sept. 17, 1S9S, was as follows: Sunday, September il 19,750 Monday, September 12 . . . . 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The Advertisers Guarantee Company, of Ch: cago, hereby certifies that it has, by its expert examiners, proven and attested the circulation of TlIE TIMES, Washington, D. C. The daily average PAID circulation for the mouth of Au gust. 1SSS, was 16,020 copies. This is GUARANTEED to the advertisers of the country- by a BOND of 50,cco in the Fid lity I and Deposit Company of Marjland, deposed I flith the Northwestern Naticnal Bsnt, of Chuago. ADVERTISERS GUARANTEE COIIPAXj", By J. R. MASOX. Piesicitnt. "WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1SHS. Blanco RIovinnuH. Blanco Is a most excellently bloviant Individual, and, withal, a man able to rise to the plane of his opportunities. Since he is one of the exceptional Span iards in military command who has not been whipped in the war, his chance to ipose as a hero who could have annihi lated the Yankees if only he had beer given tho chance, is too gaudy to lose. 'So Blanco is not much to be "blamed in that he strikes an attitude and tells the ltome government that, if the peace ne gotiations should fail, his nobje army will give a good account of itself. "We have not a word to say against Ulanco in this connection. Tc ghe hiir his due, he has always been opposed tb the surrender of Havana without a fight. "What we do object to, and stren uously. Is that our friend Sampson should nave encouraged him to believe that he would be in Cuba long enough to take any professional interest in things subsequent to the conclusion of the Paris Peace Conference. Under the protocol, so shrewdly inspired by Mr. Edmunds, Consignor Ireland and others, while the olive branch of gratu itous relinquishment of the Philippines was held out with both hands, there was a small sop provided for the Cer berus of American indignation, in the shape of a proviso that Spain should evacuate Cuba, immediately. It is barely possible that the proviso referred to was inserted only for politi cal effect upon the November elections. If It -was not, even Mr. McKinley must admit that his placing Sampson upon the Cuban Commission was at least open to the suspicion of a desire to construe the word "immediate" in a way to delay accomplishment months, if not years. At any rate the "raana na" genius of Sampson appears to have promoted such a delay. A real man like Admiral Schley would have had Blanco packing his bag and pocketing his pelf and ready to leave by this time. Sampson, the hero of Matanzas and the mule, seems to have succeeded in postponing results sufficiently to assure the captain gen eral of time enough to wait upon action in Paris, with the very proper profes sional idea that, if there should be a hitch in the proceedings, he will have a healthy army all ready to resume hostilities. If we might be bold enough to ex- press a wish, it would be that some time President McKinley would wake himself up to a realization of the fact that his admiring fellow countrymen experience a weary feeling every time they hear the name of Sampson. They Should Talk. It has been the opinion of most of the Boldiers that they Incurred the danger of a court-irartial by reciting the suf ferings they endured; that they were prohibited from commenting on the in competency and neglect of the higher officials charged with the duty of pro viding for their wants. This has been apparent not only in the refusal of many to talk "until discharged from the army," but also in the defiant atti tude of others who have said, in giv ing the facts that not even a court martial could reduce them to silence. That the War Department discouraged complaints was inferred from Secretary Alger's assertion that the soldiers - were too manly to complain and that the scandals were the creation of the newspapers; and also by the sending of a telegram to a Hoosier chaplain who denounced the Government for tol erating the horrors of the Camp "Thomas hospital. But on being asked the direct question whether he would allow furloughed soldiers to tell what they knew about the defects in the commissary, quarter master and medical services. Secretary Alger replied r "Certainly, these men can talk, and talk freely; every man In and out of the army has this right to talk freely -within bounds. That all would concede to be reasonable." The returned soldiers, whether fur loughed or discharged, should take Gen. Alger at his word. The newspa pers have contained many stories of deprivation and abuse that have aroused intense public indignation. If these stories are true, and if the af flictions that have destroyed the health of so many and caused the death of no small number were the result of inef ficiency and carelessness, every man with any knowledge of the facts should give his testimony to the public. Only by making a whitewash ineffec tual can the responsibility be located and the future secured against a repe tition of the offenses. If the charges are .uot true, the soldiers owe it to the department to make a public denial. The announcement of the Secretary of War that no man will be disciplined for telling the truth removes the dan ger of a court-martial. It is, in fact, an invitation to the army to speak. The statements of the soldiers are more important than the report of any com mittee of inquiry, because the latter must tell at second-hand what it finds, and it is manifestly unable to learn all that the soldiers themselves are able to tell. The Voiee of the Church. Remembering the opposite view of the. situation, taken by so influential an Administration churchman as Monsig nor Ireland, and his friends In the Senate and- on the bench, the declara t.n of the Catholic archbishop of Ma n.a, on the prevailing conditions in the I'iii.'pplnes, is attracting widespread attention. -AVhile it is a matter of opinion in this country that the views and monopolistic interests of the monkish orders in the Philippines had a good deal to do with the formulation of the protocol, and its apparent tend ency to provide for a surrender of the arclupelago to Spain, on the other hand it now appears that the policy so strongly urged upon the Administra tion is not at all acceptable to the highest church authority on the ground. In a recent interview at Ma nila, Archbishop Dozal said: I earnestly hope the islands will not remain Spanish, because the rebels are now o strong that such a course would inevitably cau-x? ap palling bloodshed. The reconqucst of the natives is .iLijurtiblc until after years of the most cru;l warfare. Unfortunately, the archbishop of Ma nila, although now living under the American iiag, is nut yet an American citizen, nor docs he have a null as a leading Republican politician. If things were diJfeient, perhaps he might not take the unfriendly view that he ! setms to," 6f the immensely wealthy Dominican,- lAusustinian, Franciscan, and Recolclan orders that practically have owned, controlled, and received the usufruct of the Philippine Islands for centuries. As remarked above, it is perhaps largely in their behalf that the surrender policy has been promoted in this country, and pushed upon the Administration as "good politics" by certain gentlemen of senatorial, judl , cial, or corporate distinction. But, whatever may be the idea of their rights on this side of the world, their religious head at Manila does not look upon them with favor, nor believe that their further organized existence in the Philippines would be either desirable or possible. Mjansignor Dozal says that the whole people have determined to abolish them; that they have been al ways a source of trouble to the church, on account of incessant quarreling among theinselves; that they have been beyond control of constituted religious authority, and, finally, that they musS go, no matter what else may happen regarding the future of the islands. AVe are able to see in this picture an illustration of the impolicy of giving re ligious organizations monopolistic and extra-legal privileges which endow them with power to oppress and mulct the common people without responsi bility to the civil law. In a free coun try like America, these same monks would be worthy citizens, tending their vines, brewing their beer, building and conducting schools, hospitals, and or phanages, and believing in the benign Institutions under which they lived. Perhaps the day may come when they can follow such a career in the Ameri can Philippines, respected and liked by their government and neighbors. For the present it seems, upon the author ity of Archbishop Dozal, that they have forfeited the right to remain and they and their claims, ambitions, and mo nopoly should be eliminated from fur ther consideration in the Administra tion's Philippine policy. To be entirely frank about the mat ter? since the first Catholic dignitary in the archipelago has pronounced against them, it would seem to be the duty of President McKinley to cease giving heed to the influence mentioned, and to shape his course in compliance with the universal demand of the American "people, which is that we keep every -square foot of the Eastern em pire won for us by Admiral Dewey in the victory of Manila Bay. Cuban Ingratitude. There has recently been published the call of the council of the alleged, but un recognized, Cuban government, for a general election of representatives, which was appointed to be held last week. The representatives so elected are expected to meet some time in Oc tober, not later than the tenth, to con fer on the alleged, but unrecognized, Cuban government powers of treaty with foreign states. We doubt if in the world's history there is a similar instance of black in gratitude. We may have the satisfac tion of believing that it does not in volve a majority of the Cuban people, or of the more intelligent classes, who have some regard for the future wel fare of their island. The ingrates who are responsible for the call are selfish politicians, who have had no higher ideal than the personal advantages they hope to gain by obstructing the Ameri can administration of Cuban affairs. The first purpose of the American people in entering into a war with Spain was to rescue an unhappy people from the vindictive policy of the ma lignant Weyler a policy of extermina tion by starvation. A second aim was to drive the Spanish oppressors fr6m this hemisphere and extend the bless- Ings of freedom to the Cubans, with a further view"1 of preventing constant disorder in a territory so near our own. In proclaiming war the American Con gress distinctly asserted that, the an nexation pf Cuba was not one of our objects. The Cuban organization 'in 'New YorlJ creator of the alleged Cuban govern mentpledged the co-operation of the Cuban army, which was said to num ber more than thirty thousand soldiers. The island was invaded and the war was fought to an end, but virtually without the aid of a Cuban army. That veteran patriot, General Calixto Gar cia, a grand old man, offered his own sword and the machetes of a few hun dred starved and barefoot" followers, and this, according to the official re port of General Shatter, is the extent of Cuban aid to American arms. Yet help was sorely needed when our sol diers had all they could do to hold the trenches they had themselves dug far into the night after a day of hot fight ing help to prevent re-enforcements from entering Santiago. Of the thirty thousand men of Gomez the Americans had no knowledge, while there was fighting to do. although we are feeding them now as far as we can with Span ish control of the ports of entry. "We expect to feed them for a long timo to come, and they are clamorous for our provisions. Having brought the war to a close, the Americans are now making ar rangements for the evacuation of Cuba by the Spanish oppressors a thing the Cubans could never hope to achieve un aided. As conquerors, it is our right and our duty to establish peace and good order, to maintain military gov ernment until the survivors of Span ish tyranny can resume the occupations of peace and Teach a self-supporting basis. The American Government has never intimated the least desire to an nex Cuba. Its plain purpose has been and is to feed and govern the people until they are able to feed and govern themselves. But it is also the distinct determlna tion of the American Government to adhere to Its policy of refusing to rec ognize the Junta government as a prop erly Grganizedrnstitutloh, representing the Cuban people. Thercis not tho least doubt that it will make no distinc tion between the fractional faction which follows the Junta and the order lv. nronertv-owninir classes of the isl and, regardless of their previous politi cal associations. This is the grievance of the alleged Cuban government. The Junta and the men It has appointed aa the officers of a government will not bo able to enjoy the honors and emolu- 1 ments of office unless they -are chosen j by a majority of the people. .Therefore, they have cajled a convention, with the clear purpose f forcing the Americana to withdraw under a congressional pledge that d'oes not apply to the situa tion, by pretending to have formed a republic. AVe say this is black ingratitude. No sane mind can believe the conditions in Cuba are ripe for anything but a military government, maintained bjj the Americans. It is essential to the very existence of the- Cuban people; it is our right as conquerors; it is a duty we owe to mankind, and it is necessary to our own welfare. That the Cubans In arms and their- representatives should have so litttes.ense of their eternal debt to the American people as to place obstacles ill the way of the easy administration of the" government, until th'e time isVlile' for self-government, is a revelatldn of selfishness, baseness and stupidity that must shock the civilized world. Of course, they can make our administration more dif ficult, but the worst of the consequences must fall on their own degraded heads. AVnliinKtoii Bnilulngr Innpectioii. The revelations made in the letter of Mr. Bernard R. Green concerning the Robinson-Chery building, which we publish this morning, should give the District Commissioners a most inter esting and instructive quarter of an hour. How many more of these buildings are there on F Street, and how long will it be before the next one, impatient of fire, falls down of its own accord. It may be that Washington Is the best governed eitj; on earth, but some of the ways of government pass all hu man understanding. Isn't it rather a snub to America that Chile and Argentina choose Great Britain to draw the disputed boundary line? It is a tremendous advance for justice and a sickening blow for the whitewash journals, that Surgeon General Stern berg has confirmed all The Times has charged against the hospital service of the army. That the War Department envies the power of the French war minister to im prison editors who criticise army admin istration we infer from its attempt to in tlmidatea chaplain who openedhis mouth to make charges of inefficiency. There were so many Republican work ers throughout the country' still unpro vided for, that It is proposed to exempt from the civil service rules all appoint ments of the Internal revenue service. When a worker has to demonstrate his fit ness for an office, what reward is there for party work? Of course, the army hospitals are less offensive now than they were last month. Most of the patients are dead. There may be some hesitation on the. part of the volunteers who are still ex posed to Alger methods to come up before that distinguished official arid tell the truth as he invites -them to. This diffi dence, however, Is very apt to disappear when they are summoned to give evidence before the Congressional committee on the conduct of the war, which will be authorized and organized early in Decem ber. The More the Better. (From tlie RrooMyn Eagle.) They say that 'we may not liave a cable to Hawaii for a while, because it is easier to reach Asia by way of Alaska. What is the Katttj with two cables? Takes After Him. (From the Chicago Post.) "Here's a story of a dog named Dewey that lives in a machine shop and actually cats iron filling3.-" "Well, why not? The man he was named after made a meal of Spanish warships, didn't he?" HEM) IN THE LOBBIES. Levi Edgar Young, of Salt Lake City, is at the National for a few days before proceeding to Cambridge, Mass.,, where he will ..complete his studies at Harvard. Air. "iHigg IS a grandson of Brigham Young, y.he4famous Mormon, and resem bles hiJHiistrious grandfather to a markedilejee. The young man has been acting Sis iprofessor in tlie Utah State University "or several years, and his peo ple honor him as their ancestors loved Brigham Young. Levi Young Js a handsbme young fel low with a massive head and has scores of friends- throughout the country. "X have, just returned from Omaha, where I visited theTrans-Misslsslppl Expo sition," said he last night, "I was greatly impressed with our progress in tho West, as shown there, and our progress during the next decade will surely be great. "It Is strange, how completely the Klon dike crazo- has vanished. When I was last in the East everybody was wild over it, and now one never hears a word of the famous Hnd. Out in Utah we always distrusted this Klondike business and very few, If any, of our people took tfie trail." Capt. W. HwH." Iweilen and his son, Lieut. Lewellen, of Las Cruces, N. M., are at the Ebbitt House. Both father and son belong to Troop I of the Rough Riders, and fought side by side all through the Cuban campaign. Neither of the two were wounded, although they took part in the famous charge which has Immortalized the Rough Riders. Lieut Lewellen is nearly seven feet tall and weighs over 200 pounds, and, to use his own expression, was "the best target in the troop." A. P. Folsom, of New York, who Is on his way home after a visit to Key West, Is at the Arlington. "While In Key West," said Mr. Folsom last night, "I met a number of Americans and Cubans who had just left Cuba. They were bitter in their denunclatltfn of the Cuban War Commission because of the extremely slow progress that is being made In the negotiations for the evacua tion of the Spaniards and the apparent desire on the part of the Commission to act only in accordance with the- wishes of Gen. Blanco. "In my judgment the Commission should have completed Its labors before this. The delay is adding greatly to the suffering of the Cubans, particularly the reconcentrados, and the President would do well to prod Sampson with a sharp stick." "It must be" apparent to the warmest friends and admirers of Secretary Algor thatr ggoss mismanagement has marked his administration of that department during the war," said Charles Hendrick son, oOobile, at the Metropolitan last night. ? "I anvjglad that the President Is deter mined iO'.push the Investigation, and I fear that, the majority of the charges broughtagalnst Secretary Alger will be found tO't true. When his administra tion of the Var Department In contrasted with that -pf the Navy Department, his incompetency is magnified. I hope that the Investigation will be honestly con-ducted,-ana"that If he has been derelict the commission will have the- courage to say so." i SYMPATHY. TOa MBS. DAVIS. Her Da-iisrhter' Remains "Will Lea.ve XurroK-uiiHett I'ler Tomiirroir. 'Narragansett Pier, R. I.. Sept. 20 It has been decided that the body of Miss Winnie Davis, after a brief service here, will be forwarded to Richmond, Va on the train leaving here at 10:20 o'clock Thursday morning. Mrs. Jefferson Davis has asked Gen. Archer Anderson and the vestry of St. Paul's Church, where the services will be held, to take charge. The Jefferson Davis Monument Associa tion will participate In the ceremonies, and the Confederate soldiers of Richmond have been formally invited to take part. So far as selected, the honorary pall bearers are: Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, U. S. A., Burton N. Harrison, Clarence Cary, A. A. Maglnnls. Gen. Archer An derson, William O. Skelton, and J. Tay lor Ellison. Hundreds of telegrams arrived today from soldiers and statesmen and from the commanders of many camps of Con federate Veterans. FTJNERAI, OF "WTNITIE DAVIS. Coiifederute Vetoruim From nnsh iiiKton Who "Will Go to Richmond. In compliance with the order issued by Gen. J. B. Gordon, commanding the United Confederate Veterans, the following detail has been made from the Confederate Veteran Association of this city to at tend the funeral of Miss Winnie Davis, at Richmond, Va., on Friday next: Gen. L. L. Loraax, Gen. Marcus J. Wright, Gen. Frank C. Armstrong, Major R. W. Hunter, Major H. L. Biscoe, Major Holmes Conrad, Major E. W. Anderson, Capt. Charles-C. Ivey, Capt. J. W. Drew, Capt. H- B. Llttlepage, Franklin H. aiac key, Leigh Robinson, William A. Gordon, E. C. Crump, Hon. Silas Hare, Hon. H. A. Herbert, Thomas W. Hungerford, Dr. W. P. Young, G. Edmonston, Hon. W. H. Sims. PEESONAL BREVITIES. Prof. Harrison Randolph, president of the College of Charleston, at Charleston, Is the guest of Gen. Gibson, In this city. Rev. Kemper Babcock, of Grace Church, Georgetown, has returned to his home' in Virginia, for several weeks' stay. Lieut. John W. Stewart, of the navy, will make his home In this city this Win ter, and has taken up his residence at No. 1400Massachusetts Avenue. Dr. J,oh'n W. Jennings, recently married to Mis's Isabel Auth, has returned to this city with his bride. S. R. Bond has returned from an ex-tendedvislt- to the Maine coast. J. Louis Loose, whose place of business narrowly escaped destruction during the Robinson-Chery Cpmpany fire, has just returned with his family from a European trip. JohnP- Hcaly will leave the city to morrow for Cumberland, Md., for a two weeks' vacation. B. J. Downey, jr., of L Street, has left the city for an extended tour through North -Carolina and other Southern and Western States. Benjamin . Woog, one of Washington's recruits in Roosevelt's Rough Riders, has returned to his home in LeDroit Park, on furlough. Mr. Woog was one of the un fortunates of Col. Roosevelt's command who were kept In camp at Tampa-durlng the war. William Price, of the Treasury De partment, has returned from a trip to England, where he visited his father. District Commissioner Wight made a personal call upon Secretary John Addi son Porter at the White House yester day. Gen. Wilson, chief of engineers, has re turned from his inspection tour of the seacoast defenses. He called upon the President yesterday. Mr. Iddy Dean, of Chicago, secretary of the National League of Willing Work ers, is here on a visit to her sister, Mrs. Ellen G. Whitney,, of No. 600 Third Street. An Assault From the Rcnr. (rrom tlie Binghamton Herald.) One sick soldier returning from the war was "kiised on the train by fifteen young wemtn." Exchange. Probably the fact tliat M wasn't kissed on the mouth prevented him from being killed outright. ALGER HAS NOT RESIGNED, Hut Ills Retirement From the Cab inet l.s Imminent. Tt was intimated in The Times when Secretary Alger left Washington on his present trip, nearly two weeks ago, that his retirement from the Cabinet was im minent, because of the attacks upon his administration of the War Department. Taking this intimation as a "tip," cer tain newspapers arc now asserting thai the Secretary, prior to his departure, made a verbal tender of his resignation to the President, who declined to con sider it. Tills is merely a subterfuge by which to exploit as news at this time the information that The Times furnished when Secretary Alger left Washington. The real situation of affairs as affect ing Secretary Alger's future connection with the Administration is as follows, based upon authority that cannot be questioned: President McKinley 'was disposed to stand by Secretary Alger, believing that if there had been abuses in the AVar De partment the Secretary was ignorant of and not responsible for them. So many representations were made to him, how ever, that the abuses were mainly due to Alger's incompetency and neglect, by subordinates, who were determined not to be held culpable -for offenses of so serious a character, that the President was compelled to take cognizance of them. It is known that Secretary Alger pooh poohed the idea of an Investigation be ing ordered by the President, it Is equal ly well known that the President did or der an Investigation and is now trying to organize a commission to conduct it. But there were political phases In the situation that probably exerted a more powerful influence upon the .President than the protestations of Secretary Al ger's subordinates. The President was Informed by party leaders in whose judgment he places Implicit confidence, that the belief in Al ger's utter Incompetence had become gen eral throughout the country, and was be coming more and more confirmed by the uniform tales, of suffering told by the thousands of volunteer soldler3 returning from the war and from the pestilential camps in the East and South. It was represented very plainly to Mr. McKinley that the Administration could not afford to brand all these tales as fabrications and their narrators as falsifiers by blind ly sustaining Secretary Alger in his con tention that they were sensational Inven tions, Finally, the President took a look around for himself, and with his own eyes saw some hundreds of starved and fever-stricken soldiers who only a few months before had enjoyed robust health. He was then convinced that he could not afford to play a political Sinbad to Alger's Old Man of the Sea. Having reached this conclusion, so the apparently authentic story goes, the President sent for Secretary Alger and placed the situation before him. The success of the Republican party was the paramount consideration. Had il not been for the War Department scandals the present Administration would have been a glorious success, and on Its war record alone as an Issue would have buen assured of another leae of power. Those scandals had become so serious as to menace the welfare of the party, and the President did not feel as if party success should be imperilled by sustaining any one member of the Administration in da fiance of public opinion, at least without some show of complying with the popu ; lar demand for an investigation. The President was grateful, of course, for Alger's financial assistance In the last campaign, and believed, equally of course, that an investigation would vin dicate the Secretary. A request from the Secretary for an inquiry would, there fore, relieve the Administration from much embarrassment. If the investiga tion showed Alger's innocence, no harm would be done, and his retention in the Cabinet would be assured. On the other hand. If culpability were proved it would be better that one member of the Cabinet .should be sacrificed than that the entire Administration should be ruined. ' ' Secretary Alger was greatly chagrined, for he believed that the President should have been willing to stick by him through thick and thin. He told the President he was sure that the scandals would die out if left alone. Somewhat sarcastically he inquired, it is said, if the President would not like to have his resignation then and there. "After the report of the Investigating committee is received there will be time enough to talk about that." the Presi dent is reported to have said, which was equivalent to saying that in case of en unfavorable report the Secretary's resig nation would be expected. Secretary Alger affected an air of non chalence and made the request for an in quiry as suggested by the President. As the case now stands it is understood by the President and Secretary that if j the Investigating commission's report con tains a censure, Alger will resign. This was what wns meant when It was said that Secretary Alger's retirement from the Cabinet was imminent, for with all the evidence that has been accumulating nothing less than a report of censure is looked for in official circles. But Alger's retirement is Imminent for another reason. The session of Congress is rapidly approaching and whether the President's commission has reported by that time or not, Congress will surely start an investigation on Its own account. When Congress investigates a Cabinet officer's conduct of his department it is certainly to be an extremely serious affair for that officer. The belief is general that President Mc Kinley was honest in his conviction that such a commission as he is trying to or ganize would be able to get at the truth despite Its lack of power, and, in fact, of any legal existence. It is also believed that he earnestly desires that the truth should be known, not only because it is good politics on his part just now to have it known, but because he Is really a friend of the volunteer soldiers and Is not willing that they should be starved, neglected and otherwise outraged with Impunity. Department officials are having a lot of quiet fun over Secretary Alger's grand swing around the camps, accompanied by Surgeon General Sternberg and Quarter master General Ludington. One of them said last night: "Alger is shrewd. During his swing around the camps he will find any num ber of men who will be willing to appear before the investigating committee to tes tify that camp life had been one long, sweet dream, that they had been fed on the fat of the land, had been provided with all the comforts of home, and that they had never seen any sickness, suf fering, starvation, or dying. It is a good thing to pick out your own witnesses and have a quiet little talk with them before they go on the stand." Col. I'ryan and Xciirnnka. (From the Omaha World-Herald.) The charge that Col. Bryan is needed on te stump in Nebraska in the present campaign is untrue. Tlie biineullists of this State will win a splendid victory without the pre-sence of their great leader. Tlie Republican organs may con tinue their despicable flinch at the colonel of the Third Ncbtaska, but every new assault will only add to Bryan's fame, and the people of this State will "hold the administration responsible fcr tho health and welfare of every member of the Third Nebraska. Cold Facts. (From the Chicago Post.) "The difference between the idealities and the reaiitas of life," sa!d the philosopher, -thoughtfully, "lies in the chance that when you meet your Ideal and have thoroughly ati-fird"3-ourJelf that she is your ideal jcu will flrd that yen are not hers." Then they knew that he was not philosophiz ing in this instance, but giving a scrap of per sonal history. Spreading; an Epidemic (From the Chicago Record.) "Those people at the country hotel didn't give us half enough to eat." The Very last of the Smith Stock, We're going to keep our word if it costs a fortune there will be no stock from the Smith store to mingle with the new that will open the Saks Stores next week. If s well gone already and what's left pays the penalty of its presence with the greatest reductions chronicled during the sale. Per haps we've cut deeper than need be but we've surely made certain of com plete clearance by Saturday night. Largely odds and ends but the reputable values the Boston Variety Store was " known for. It's the last page of the preface to the record of great events that are to follow the open ing of the united stores. ODD PAIRS OF LADIES' AUSSES' KID GLOVES And the best of it is these are gloves that though they are Smith's haven't been in the storeort-eight hours, They're sample Gloves he contracted for to be de livered September 18. Of course when they came we had to take them. And for your benefit were glad to. They're In all street shades. Including Black; mostly 2 and 3-clasp Gloves, which identifies them as this season's. They've been handled, of course and some show It a little. But they're not harmed. We put them all on sale today among 'em are Trefousse Gloves that sell the world over at $2. Take your choice of any any Make and Size in the lot. up to S2 for Men's Furnishings. Those bargains you've already had from tho Smith stock will whet your apprecia tion for these the last you can have. Choice patterns in Silk Band Bows and Club Ties; worth 23c. Your r 0C pick of any 2 101" Z0U What are left of the regular 50c. Silk Tecks, Puffs and Four-in-hands; "Cp every pattern a good one Zuu AH the Smith 10c. Linen Collars are tumbled Into" a big basket. n Choice u Lot of 50c. Negligee Shirts: with sep arate cuffs: only sizes 1G 1-2 and OQn 17 left i3b What remain of the C3c. and 75c. Mad ras Negligee Shirts not all sizes Op by any means..... tJu Smith's regular $1 Gray and Cam- PHp el's Hair Underwear fs offered at....JJU Ladies' Hosiery. This is a short story two items long only. But it offers the inducements forty would ordinarily. 200 pairs Ladies' Lisle Thread Hose; rlchelleu ribbed. One of Smith's pur chases that came after Smith had J gone. All sizes 35c grade "" A pair. Ladles' Gray Silk and Lisle Thread Hose; that's worth Jl a pair but OCp S's and 8 1-2 are all that are left ZUU Ladies' Neckwear. meaning Linen Collars, Lace Ruffles and Silk and Wash Cravats. Lot of Ladies' Linen Collars and White and fancy Shirt Fronts that have On sold from 15c to 35c Ou Ladles' White Pique and Fancy Wash Flat Scarfs and Silk Puffs; the cheapest In the lot were 25c from that to 75c. Choice Ladled' Black Fancy Ruffs, for 8c 59c the neck full and fine; were $1.00... Ladies' Handkerchiefs, j Hemstitched: fancy bordered; lace trimmed, and Mourning Handker- " chiefs, 12 l-2c. and 15c. qualities, for.. Ou Ladies' Underwear. Two tables hold all that's left. On one table are Ladies' Light Medium weight Vests, in White Cream, with lace trimmings. Worth up to 25c Choice and and (Qo On the other table are Ladies Heavier vier 9g Weight Ribbed Vests and Draw ers worth up to 50c for Sterling Silver Novelties. A big tray full of them Silver-back Combs. Paper Clip. Memo. Tablets. Key Rincs. Pencil Holders, Ink Stands etc. Worth up to S1.9S. Choice for ,39c Military Buckles, with enamel f nn flags; worth up to 19c, for ....I vJw Ladies' Yea Gowns. Four Fancy Cassimere Tea Gowns; made up in exclusive styles, neatly trim med. Smith's price was $3.50. Your choice .53.98 ak s ql company, Penna. Ave. and YELLOW FBVEB, PRECAUTIONS. Persons From Infected lllstrlets MnHt Have Clean 11111s. Jacksonville, Fla., Sept. 20. The reporr that yellow fever Is in Louisiana and Mis sissippi does not cause the slightest ap prehension, and business goes right along. The State board of health has placed quarantine inspectors on all trains enter ing Florida with the view of preventing the ingress of persons from New Orleans and the Infected districts of Mississippi. These inspectors are clothed with con siderable authority, being authorized to make arrests without warrants and turn over the offenders to the nearest sheriff. , Inspectors are on duty wherever railroads j enter the State, the most important point being the Alabama and Florida State boundary, where the agent of the board for Escambia County is giving the matter personal attention. No one will he al lowed in Florida who comes from New Orleans nr Franklin, La., or Jackson, Miss., or neighboring towns of Missis sippi, until they have certificates from Dr. Edmond Souchon. president of the Louisiana State board of health; Dr. H. H. Harolson and Dr. J. F. Hunter, of the Mississippi State board, of Drs. Carter or Murray, of tlso marine hospital service. No baggage can be brought in until it has been disinfected. No more furloughs are to be given soldiers who go to or through the Sta lea of Louisiana and Mis sissippi, and those absent are to have their furloughs extended. Personal Details. (From the Minneapolis Tribune.) Mr. Andrew Lan? ascribes the pop'riarit 0f such religious novels as "Ben Hur," "Quo Vadis" and "Barabbas" to modern delight in the Inter view. People like personal details. Thev want to see the apostles at home. They are iutcre-tcd in such family gossip as "Peter's Wife's Motjier Lay Sick of a Fever." They want to know the characters of apostolic story amid their every-diy surroundings, and in their personal relations to their fellow men. No matter how much the novelist draws on imagination for his facts, the reader is inclined to accept his fictions a? verit able history so strong is the desire for this out-of-the-way information. AND 57c. A PAIR. Shade, Worth 57c. Ladies' Underskirts. 11 Striped Merino Underskirts, fin- ished with ruffle. To close Z!"h..,f:. 58c 11 Near-silk Underskirts, In silky snaues and effects. Worth $1.75, for 98c Ladles Domet Flannel Underskirts. sinpeu anu plain, finished with scallop aiuuiiu ooiiom. smiths price was 50c. We close them out at 29c Ladies' Dress Skirts. 23 Linen Dress Skirts. In all lengths properly draped, wide hem. and worth w-uwi was smith's price Now -v .75.C ItO Black Dress Skirts, cut latest style; worth $3.50 for . in S3.95 Ladies' Pique and Lawn Suits. Altogether, they'll only fill ,0ne rack and at these prices they Should be clear ed out In one morning. Pique Suits, plain and fanclly trimmed-tailor-made, perfect fitting. Smlth-i prices ranged from 56 to $12. (Tn nn Our closing out price Is v... 4)2, DO Ladies Fancy Lawn Dresses, made up in the best style and best man- q i nn ner; reduced from $1.50 to ........ 3 I .JO Another lot of Lawn Dresses, dark. xancy patterns; made up In the Qf) nr latest style; reduced from $5. to. ....JU Girls' Wash Suits. Ne.w blouse effects, trimmed with White. Red and Black braid. -'Those that have been $ff.30, we shall sell at $U5; and those that have been $3.75, (Q nr go at .' 4)0, JO Three Girls White Duck Dresses; sizes b. 3 and 10 years: they are made with blouse effect. Smith's price was $ 1 .98 1 $1. To close them out :... Ladies' Shirt Waists. All there are but not over fwenty doz ensome or them have been" selling up as high as $2J23 Madras Pereales, Lawns. Ginghams. Dimities,, fine Cheviots, etc; choice of any Waist CQn in the lot r. 03b Ladies' Wrappers. Two small lots but two big values that we have made more attractive still by cutting the prices more than one-half. Choice of Lawn and Cambric Wrappers, in Light and Dark effects; perfect QCft fitting and neatly trimmed. "Were $2.. Dub Lot of Fine Lawrt AVrappers, made up in the latest style both Iignt and dark patterns: trimmed in good taste; perfect fitting. Were $1 and $1.59. CCn Choice now 00 b Muslin Underwear. Lot of Muslin and Cambric Gowns; trimmed with embroidery; cut full and long. Smiths price was $L25. CCn Ours 00b Lot of Muslin and Cambric Drawers and Chemise; trimmed with tucks, ruf fles and embroidery; some have Qfc been S3c, others SSe. Choice of any.. r0 9 Seventh Street. jMAY BE A IdTABYT.ATTO GIRL. A Suggested Solution of the Briilue port Murder My.Htery. Baltimore, Sept. 2J. The Bridgeport murder mystery may find its unraveling In Maryland. Last March Miss Laura Gertrude Mc Coomber, twenty-one years old, sister of a. prominent St. Mary's County fann-rr left her home and went to Philadelphia, where she stated she had secured a posi tion in a cigar factory. From Philadel phia she wrote to her family that she was going to New Haven, Conn., but did not state for what purpose. The last heard from her was on June 15, when she wrote her brother that she- had been offered a position In Bridgeport, Conn Miss McCooraber had dark blue eyes, chestnut hair, and one or more teeth filled with gold. The matter has been placed in the hands of a local detective agency for investigation. Hank Surety Paper. (From the New York Sun.) A new kind of safety paper for banks, etc . J announced, though the inventor. nsra- J not appear. It is a foreign idea, one (caturu "' the invention consisting in printing or other s irapressing on the paper employed a piunhtt f sets of lines or marks, one or more ct i" which are indelible and the remaining sets d h ble; these lines or n:ur!v3 are made !o fine and so closely alternating or relatively disfxxed thit. in ordinary observation with the naked ere no single line or mark Is distinguishable; Again, the indelible lines or marks are made of a color d.f-fering- from, tbocgh complementary to, that ff the delible lines or marks, so that, owing t their clooc juxtaposition. they will convey the impression of a color differing from those of either cf the sets of lines or marks. Thus, any chemical action or erasure on such paper uroold. It is claimed, be at once discernible, and the shade made by the two color combination wonM be hard to duplicate. A Contraxt. (From the Philadelphia Item.) Contrast this Government train with the finely equipped hospital trains Philadelphia, sent out. On the latter every possible attention and iLIi cacy had been provided. There were sufficient nurses to see that every sick, man wai raad; a comfortable as possible. One was true Brotherly Lovci the other wa United States army red tape and unwise economy.