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UDIIK, ... OOUJtiSO. Thinking about 'work Is enough to make some people tired. A soft answer furneth away wrath, and sometimes bill collectors. And the man who paid S3OO for a first edition of Shelley in London is named Wise. All a person has to do with his troubles these days is to get outdoors and forget them. Any automobile can be stopped In its own length, if what it runs into Is strong enough. About the only open-work stockings that are being worn now are those that need to be darned. It Is Just like a mother to do her son’s problems in algerba for him, and then to be proud of him for it. The man who lias been married three times may be a pessimist now, but he w’asn’t u little while ago. When Paris apes Newport by doing “smart set” honors to a trained monkey imitation ceases to be flat tery. The man who writes sixteen-page love letters before ho is married thinks u ten-word telegram is very long after ward. Prince “Cupid* says that the way to pronounce his name is "Kal-e-auy-o-H --la.” It sounds a good deal like a col lege yell. Another girl has found a husband by writing her nnmc on an egg. That’s cheaper than paying railway fare out to Seattle. “It takes a mighty good memory." remarked the philosopher, “to be able to forget the things one don't want to remember.” The people of Boston want their harbor made wider. But that would only make it easier for the enemy's war ships to get in. Still, in spite of all this unprece dented record breaking, it will prob ably be some time before the one minutu horse gets here. The nature of the “compromise” in the Aluskan boundary decision ap pears to be thnt the United States got the hide and Canada the tail. All the newspapers in New York but one supported Low, but the one mod estly remarks that it has more readers than all the others put together. The cable anounces that Russia and Japan have settled their differences. This perhaps moans that Russia settles .Manchuria and Japan settles Corea. Premier Hal four thinks there Is no danger of a war between Russia and Japan. In that case let’s hurry and get excited again over the situation in the Balkans. A Cleveland company proposes to insure bank depositors against loss. Is not this rather an uncertain way to increase the stability of our finan cial institutions? Even if the man in Washington wanted to complain to the President that he was being pursued by air ships is right about It. Prof. Langley can easily prove an alibi. What seemed the utterly incredible story that a man had laughed himself to death over a Joke in a New York theater Is now explained. The Joke was told him behind the .scenes by a stage hand. A German physician has discovered that rheumatism is contagious and has built an isolation hospital for bis pa tients. What lie has discovered is nothing new. All vice ami all virtue are contagious. Kaiser Wilhelm should rest assured that, if he wishes to challenge. Uncle Sam will find as much pleasure in taking the cup away from him as from any one whom he happens just now to call to mind. It appears that some of the mem bers of the British parliament do not know thnt New York state and New York city are not one and the same thing. And New Yorti is so English, too, don't you know! A Portlund man has been cured of sweating through watching the peace ful pigeons of tlie city. Let him never attempt to cultivate a garden or the suburban chickens will undo all the work of tlioir cooing cousins. We are g democratic and modest people and therefore merely mention the fact that the pallbearers at the funeral of W. L. Elkins represented $10,000,000,000. In some countrity giv en to ostentation this would be played up as a feature. It is not stated whether the Chicago man who combined 1,000 gallons of cider with carbolic acid gas. old bot tles and counterfeit labels, and sold the produce to the Chicagoese for champagne at $ I a quart, came origi nally from Connecticut. At Pcnrhyn in North Wales, work men who struck three years ago have just returned to work without obtain ing a single concession from their employer. Lord Penrhyn. Great suf fering among their families caused the men to give up. The noble lord probably considers tills another tri umph for civilization. After having observed the conduct of the New York women at a swell wedding It seems only fair to take back some of the hard things thnt itare oeen said about football gamer PRESIDENT REVIEWS REPORT REGARDING POSTOFFICE FRAUDS Washington, Nov. 30.—The .report of •Fourth Assistant Postmaster General _ •J. L. Bristow on the postal Investiga tion has been made .public. The evi dence against alleged grafting in the departments was all made public at the time of the exposures. The report of ' Mr. Bristow is followed by a memoran dum by President Roosevelt, which Is published for the first time. In this document the President not only names the accused and sum marizes the charges against them, but takes occasion to severely denounce their work, saying that crimes of offi cials deserve the severest punishment, lie Rays: "The following is the list of the four teen postofHce employes in the service at the time this Investigation was be gun. who are apparently most serious ly Implicated In the wrong-doing, to- ’ gether with the account of the stejis that have been taken by the govern ment in each case and a statement of the original appointment of each man In the service. ("The case of ex-Flrst Assistant Post muster Ilmtli. who had left the service, July 31, 3800. Is sot forth in the report ' of Mr. Bristow.) "James N. Tyner, assistant attorney general for Postofflce Department; appointed special agent. Post office Department March 7. 1861; with in tervals.of a few years he has been in the service ever since, and was post master general under President t Grant for several months; he was re- I moved April 22. 1903; he has since i been indicted three times. 1 “A. W. Machen, general superintend ent free delivery wystem; appointed t clerk in postofllce at Toledo, Ohio, March 1. 1887; continuously in ser- < vice ever since save for three years; t removed May 27. 1903; haS since been 1 indicted fourteen times. < "George W. Beavers, general sttperin- ’ tendent of salaries and allowances; < appointed to clerkship in New York t postofllce January, 1881; continuous ( service ever since; resignation ae- « eepted, to take effect March 31. 1903; |( has since been indicted eight times. I "James T. Metcalf, superintendent h money order system; appointed post- i office inspector February 2. 1882; has j ( been in postal service ever since; re- ] moved June 17. 1903; has been In- t dieted once. t "Daniel V. Miller, assistant attorney, i Postofllce Department; appointed i July 1. 1902; removed May 25. 1903; indicted once; after one mistrial was t retried and acquitted. “Louis Keir.pnnr, superintendent regis- t try system; appointed clerk in New i ♦ + ♦ * ♦ * ♦ * <r + ♦ ❖ ♦ * ♦ + ♦ * ♦ + ♦ + ♦+*♦• COAL MINERS VOTE TO RESUME WORK IN NORTHERN COLORADO Denver. Nov. 29.—8 y an overwhelm- j ing majority the local unions in the 1 northern coal fields yesterday decided to accept the proposition of the oper ators. and the strikers will return to work to-morrow morning on the new schedule with an eight hour day. The meetings of the unions were well at tended and the men seemed perfectly satisfied by the vote, which will be canvassed to-day by the sub-district board. The vote, which was 574 in fa vor of returning to work to 112 against was the direct result of a telegram from strike headquarters in District lu. signed by President Howells and the national organizers in Colorado. The I telegram is supposed to have resulted , from peremptory telegraphic instruc- : tlons from President John Mitchell of j the United Mine Workers of America to settle the strike in the northern fields. All the northern plants will resume Monday, everything being in readiness The district produces 6,000 tons of coal per day, seventy per cent, of which is shipped to Denver, and this amount is fully ample to supply the demands of the city. No attempt will he made to regulate the price of coal until the men STEEL PLANT IS ENTIRELY CLOSED Pueblo, Colo., Nov. 29. —With the closing down of the wire mill of the Colorado Fuel anti iron Company's steel plant and the blnst furnaces the last of the producing departments of the steel plant lias ceased operation. Not another pound of steel or other product will be made at present. it is understood that the company will take advantage of conditions in cident to the strike to rejuvenate the entire plant. With all the departments shut down, only a few hundred men will be employed where a short time ago 6,000 men drew wages. The ma chinists. the watchers, a few gangs of roustabout men cleaning up the yards, engineers and firemen who will keep the blast furnaces warm, are about all the men who will find employment, in the great plant. An effort was made last night to learn just how long the departments will be closed down, but tlie superin tendents of the different departments would not commit themselves and said that they did not know when. The wire mill closed down last night, the men were given to understand that there would be a resumption of that department soon after the Ist of Jan uary. It is expected that when tlie works start again there will b«* u com plete reorganization. Santos Dumont Coming. Paris. Nov. 29. —Santos Dumont an nounces that December 12th he will start for New York, where he will ar range for ills participation in the aero nautic competition to he held at the St. Louis Exposition. Upon his return to France he will conduct a series of experiments with a view to solving the question of equilibrium. No Need for Regulars. Washington. Nov. 29.—Acting Adju tant General Hills yesterday received a telegram from Major General Bates, commanding the Department of the saying that he has completed ills investigation of tlie labor troubles in Colorado, and that he was about to return to his regular station at Chica go. He said that In bis judgment there whs nothing in the present situation to ea’l for the use of federal troops. York postofllce. August. 1886; re moved October .21, 1903. "Charles Hedges, superintendent city free delivery" service; appointed as sistant superintendent free delivery service July 1, 1898; removed July 22. 1903. "James W. Irwin, assistant, superin tendent free delivery service; ap pointed postofllce inspector June 27. 1887; removed September 16, 1903; Indicted once. “W. Scott Towers, superintendent Sta tion C. Washington, D. C.; api>ointed clerk, Washington postofllce, Novem ber. 1890; removed October 1, 1903; indicted three times. “Otto F. Weis, assistant su|>erintend ent registry division. New York post office; appointed clerk. New York postofllce. June, 1890; removed Octo ber 21, 1903. “T. W. McGregor, clerk, free delivery division, in charge of supplies; ap pointed postofflce inspector, March 11. 1891; removed June 5, 1903; in dicted twice. "C. E. Upton, clerk, free delivery di vision; appointed July 1. 1900; re moved June 5, 1903; Indicted once. “M. W. Louis, superintendent supply division; api>ointed Kansas City postofllce April 7, 1897; removed Oc tober 21. 1903. “Charles B Terry, clerk, supply divis ion; appointed September 20, 1900; removed October 21. 1903. "As shown in Mr. Brfstow’s report, land as partially indicated by the ac tions in the several eases, these eases show widely varying degrees of culpa bility. "Among outsiders, indictments have also been found against: "If. J. Barrett, formerly in the Post office Department from May 11. 1889. to September 20. 1893, and from June 1. 1897, to December 31, 1905; George E. Green, Diller B. and Samuel A. Groff; William C. Long, formerly in the Post office Department from April 17. 1890. to August 15. 1893; Isaac S. McGiehan; George H. Huntington; George E. Lor enz. formerly postmaster at Toledo. I Ohio, from August 3, 1886, to July 9, I 1890; Martha J. Lorenz; John T. Cup per; 11. C. llallenbeck; W. D.\ Dore mus; Eugene D. Scheble; William G. I Crawford, deputy auditor Postofflce De partment from June 12. 1893, to Sep tember 15. 1897; Maurice Runkle; Nor man R. Metcalf; Leopold J. Stern; Ed mund H. Driggs; George F. Miller; Jo seph M. Johns. “Several of the above have been in dieted two, three, or five times each. “The three chief offenders in the gov ernment service were Tyner, Macheu and Beavers." have returned to work and the operat ors determine the increased cost of 'production under the new management* John L. Campbell at re ceived the telegraphic message to settle the strike at 2:27 yesterday afternoon. This telegram read as follows: , "Trinidad. Nov. 28.—John L. Camp bell. for Local Union. Lafayette Colo rado.—We. the undersigned, after a careful discussion of the general situa tion. believe that It would he wise for the men to accept the scale offered to them on November 21st and return to work next Monday. (Signed) John F. Ream; William Howells; John Simp son: James Mooney; James Kennedy.” John F. Reams is the personal rep resentative of President John Mitchell of the United Mine Workers of America I and had been contending for a settle ment of the troubles in the northern coal fields ever since the operators con ceded all the demands of the miners. William Howells is president of Dis trict 15. and. with “Mother” Jones, vig orously opposed the plan to return to work and prevented the ending of the strike a week earlier. Simpson is the secretary of the District union, while Mooney and Kennedy are national or ganizers. Riot of Smelter Strikers. Denver. Nov. 29. —Ar.ger against the strike breakers at Globevilie, the site i of the Globe smelter, heightened by a l mass meeting of the strikers’ wives [yesterday morning in Max Malleh'ssa j loon at Globevilie, and by the arrival |of forty strikers from the beet fields, j where they had been thrown out of I work, resulted yesterday evening at 1 5:30 o'clock in a concentrated attack on one of the wagons bringing men I employed at the smelter from their 1 work. A general melee ensued, during which Policeman Gannon, the only of ficer on the scene at the time, was held by a man. while a woman filled his eyes with red pepper. Peter Swanson, a smelter employe, was dragged from his bicycle and probably fatally beaten and John Chopyack. a striker, was struck on the bead by Sergeant Dougal for resistance. Seventeen arrests were made. Chief of Police Armstrong stated last night that as a result of this riot and others which have preceded it. all the saloons in Globevilie will be closed and the po ll ice force there will he increased to . nine men. The saloons are considered as the hbt-beds where trouble is in* cited. Dreyfuss Will Be Heard. P&ris. Nov. 29.—The efforts of Alfred Dreyfus to secure a judicial examina tion of his ease have at last been crowned with success. After examin ing the dossier in the ease submitted to him by General Andre, minister of war. Minister of Justice Valle has transmit ted thnt document, together with the potion of M. Dreyfus for a revis ion of his sentence, to M. Durand, pres ident of a commission instituted by the ministry of justice. This commission will pronounce upon the admissibility of the request for the revision of the sentence. Strikers Denied an Injunction. Trinidad. Nov. 29. —County Judge Lindsey yesterday denied the applica tion of the United Mine Workers for an injunetion to restrain the Victor Fuel Company from preventing them going through its towns. Hast ings and Delagua. Attorneys for the strikers question the authority of the court to dismiss the case, and this will be brought at once before Judge Nor*bcutt of the District Court. COLORADO BRIEFS. Miss .Martha T. Combs, a .prominent business woman of Boulder, died .No vember 24th. The .University of Colorado .is ar ranging for a debate with the Univers ity of Kansas. The alumni association of the State -Normal School will have a banquet in Denver during the holidays. A movement has been started among the labor organizations or Denver for the establishment of a large co-operat ive department store. At a Jubilee meeting Sunday, Novem ber 22d, Trinity M. E. Church, Denver, raised more than enough money to pay off its entire indebtedness 0f'525,000. ' General Irving Hale declines to run on the Denver charter convention tick et on account of the pressure of busi ness that accumulated while he was on a vacation. The body of Julian A. Kebler. ex president of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, who died at Denver November 20th. was cremated at Chi cago November 23d. The Arvada Lighting, Power and Construction Company has broken ground for the mains of the acetylene plant that they are about to construct lor the Denver suburb. F. E. Robinson, for twenty-eight years a druggist in Colorado Springs, and one of the leading business men, died at San Antonio, Texas, November 24th, of heart disease. Reyes Sainaru. a Mexican, was shot and killed by constable Raman Espin osa, also a Mexican, at a dance in Rio Grande precinct, Costilla county, across the river from Alamosa, on the night of November 23d. Frazier Brothers, renters on the O'Brien farm, near Fort Collins, raised twenty-nine acres of beets, which yield -710 tons, for which they received $3,195 from the factory. This is an average or sllO per acre. Bishop Matz anitounces that the building of the new Catholic cathedral at Denver will be commenced next spring. It is proposed to make it one of the finest church buildings west of Chicago and St. Louis. Charles Runyon, a Colorado pioneer and explorer, who first came west as a member of Col. John C. Fremont's ex pedition, died in the Lake county hos pital at Leadville November 24th, at the age of seventy-nine years. George B. Fravert. having charge of the fruit exhibit for Colorado at the Exposition, went to St. Louis recently, where he will store five carloads of winter apples. These will be placed on exhibition when the fair opens in May. The United Oil Company, of its own motion, lias again Increased the price of Boulder crude oil and is now paying sl.lO a barrel. Tills schedule is retro active and takes effect November Ist. About 170 barrels of oil are shipped daily. The Clear Creek Valley Teachers' Association has been organized by the teachers of Gilpin, Clear Creek and Jefferson counties, with M. C. Potter of Idaho Springs as president. The next meeting will be held at Idaho Springs in April. Colorado Springs has been taking stringent precautions in regartl to the purity of Its water supply and the dis posal of sewage, and it is now claimed that the health of the city is unusually good ut a season when typhoid fever lias been wont to prevail. The funeral of Tom Horn, who was executed at Cheyenne, took place at Boulder. Sunday. November 23d. It was not altogether a private one. as ills brother had desired, two or three hun dred people being permitted to view the old-time scout, detective and outlaw. Thirty members of the Pentecostal Union, otherwise known as "jumpers," were arrested in Denver last Sunday night and taken to Jail for making a noisy religious demonstration on the street, occasioning a street blockade. They were released on promising to he more quiet. A number of samples of marble which is found in great abundance at Beulah, are being prepared to be sent to Eu rope for the inspection of capitalists who are interested in the Pueblo & Beulah railroad. The quality is said to be very fine and more beautiful and varied in color than has been found elsewhere. A call lias been issued for the fourth annual convention for the Colorado Retail Grocers and Butchers’ Associa tion. The convention will be held at Fort Collins Tuesday and Wednesday, the 19th and 20th of January, and pre parations for a most interesting gath ering are in progress. The call is is sued by the state president, J. R. Gard ner. County Commissioner James U- Har ris of Mesa county, stated while in Denver that when the season closes Mesa will have shipped $500,000 worth of agricultural and horticultural pro ducts. He added that if the similar products of Delta and Montrose coun ties are included, the product of the western slope this year will reach over $1,000,000. Concerning reports lately current in various newspapers that the Union Pa-, eifle Railroad Company is about to change its policy in the disposition or its granted lands by offering to set tlers only, on some homestead scheme. Mr. B. A. MeAllaster. land commission er of the Union Pacific Railroad Com pany. states that suen reports are wholly and entirely visionary and un warranted. No land will be given away. Thirty property owners along Monu ment creek in Colorado Springs gath ered at Colorado College recently to meet General William J. Palmer and C. W. Leavitt Jr. of New York, to in spect and discuss the general’s plans t'or the parking of his and other lands along the banks of the creek. General Palmer intends to expend $300,000 on the first parking project, with $200,000* as a secondary expenditure. The parked tract will extend from the Denver & Rio Grande depot north to Monroe street. Left Thirty-five Millions. New York. Nov. 29.—The appraisal of the estate of Collis P. Huntington, who died August 13. 1900. shows that he left a net real and personal estate in this state valued at $28,301,765. The chief beneficiaries under the will are Mrs. Huntington, whose share amounts to $15,025,000: He irv E. Hunt ington. a nephew of Mr. Huntington, who receives $9,239,734: the Princess Clara E. Hatzfeld. his adopted daugh ter. for whom ST.OOO.OOOi was left in trust, and Archer M. Huntington, his adopted son. who receives a bequest of $250,000. besides a contingent interest in a portion of the estate. Johannesburg. Transvaal. Nov. 29. Prince Arthur of Connaught, who is a lieutenant of hussars, is suffering from dysentery and is in the military hospital at Krugersdorp. SHORT TELEGRAMS. It 1c believed that <-old weather will eoon stamp out the yellow fever at La redo, Texas. Henrj’ Seton Merrlman (Hugh Stow ell Scott), the novelist, died in London, November 19th. F. M. Drake, ex-governor of lowa and founder of Drake University, died at Centerville, lowa. November 20th. Nearly 10,000 operatives are affected toy the ten per cent, cut In wages in the great cotton mills at Fall River, Massa chusetts. Ex-Congressman Moody of Oregon, charged with securing and withholding a letter addressed to Mrs. Margaret L. Conroy, was acquitted on trial. Hart P. Dank, composer of the old time popular song, “Silver Threads Among the Gold.” died at Philadelphia. November, 20th, at the age of seventy nine. Dr. Mary E. Jackson of Hammond, Indiana, is testing the Finsen rays in cases of tuberculosis, and is said to have cured the disease in three pa tients. A heavy shock of earthquake was felt in eastern Sic'*y November 21st. The disturbance Is believed to be a result of the recent eruption of the Stromboli volcano. The Columbia, the sailing boat, nine teen feet long. In which Capt. Elsen braun left Boston August 11th, alone for Marseilles, arrived at Gibraltar No vember 20th. St. Thomas' church at Br&ddock, Pennsylvania, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Schwab to the Catholics of that city, was dedicated November 22nd. it cost $125,000. The Berlin Bourse was closed No vember 18th. that being the annual day for meditation and prayer. Any one working except for the necessities of life ran be fined $7.50. The steamer Discovery, which left Nome October 14th with thirty-one passengers, has not been sighted since October 28th and shipping men believe she will never reach jx>rt_ The hearing in the United States Ship Building case has been postponed until December 24th. Counsel for the complainants declares that no negotia tions for a settlement are in progress. In the recent election in Ohio the vote cast was 877,202. Myrnfi T. Her rick's plurality over Tom L. Johnson for governor was 113.812. the highest ever given a gubernatorial candidate in Ohio. Three hundred men • employed !n making steel tank cars at the works of the Standard Oil company at Whiting. Indiana, have Wen discharged. Cur tailment of expenses is given as the cause. Judge Joseph E. Gary recently cele brated the conclusion of his fortieth year cf service on the Chicago Though elglity-two years old he retains his vigorous mind and firmness of de cision. A special Trom Dawson says the office of the Yukon Sun was wrecked by an explosion of gasoline In the basement on the night of November 19th. Fire destroyed building and plant. Loss. $25,000. Pietro Saccardo. the architect who restored St. Mark's at Venice, died No vember 19th. His death is said to be duo to the shock caused by the collapse of the campanile of SL Mark's on June 14, 1902. , The correspondent of the London Mail at Sydney. N. S. W.. says that Professor Hussey of the Lick observa tory. who has been camping for sev eral weeks at Canoblas. has discovered ten new double stars. Professor Hus sey regards the discovery as of the greatest importance. The steel most of the America's cup challenger Shamrock 111. has been pre sented to the town of Cape May, New Jersey, to be used as a Hag pole. It is 158 feet long. The gift was made by Captain Barr, skipper of the defending yacht. Reliance, he having bought the challenger for the materials It con tained. Officials of District No. 8. Interna tional Ascociation of Machinists. Chi cago. recently discovered what they be lieve to be an extensive system of sell ing trade union secrets to employers. As a result they revoked the charter of Local No. 43 and gave a new charter to seven men picked from the member ship of22001. 1 Ten men were killed by an explosion In the Ferguson roal mine at Connells ville. Pennsylvania. November 21st. It Is believed by mining experts that the fire which has raged in the Hill Farm mine since the disaster of 1880. broke through the walls which had been erocted between the Hill Farm mine and the Ferguson. Mrs. Phoebe Gifford, the oldest min ister in the Society of Friends in the world, died at Providence. Rhode Is land. November 23rd. aged 100 years and five months. When she celebrated her 100th birthday, last June she re ceived telegrams .of congratulation from all parts of the world, as her work In connection with the mission ary labors of the Quaker is historical. At Fort Worth, Texas. November 20tli. the National Livestock Exchange elected George W. Shannon of Chica go. president, and voted to hold the convention of 1904 at St. l>ouis. It was recommended that local live stock ex changes composing the membership of the national body, adopt rules abolish ing solicitors for commission men and abolishing the paying of shippers' tele grams. Marks Nathan, the "scrap iron king," whose will has just been filed In Chi cago, left provision for the erection of a synagogue in Jerusalem. He also left instructions that lane, be purchased in the Holy City and dwellings erected for the free housing of families of poor and deserving Jews. Out of a total for tune of sl2o.ooo—made in the buying and selling of scrap iron—Mr. Nathan bequeathed $40,500 to charity. While over 100 Italian railroad labor ers were asleep in a shanty near Lil ly. Pennsylvania, on the Pennsylvania, railroad, on the morning of November 21st. the building caught fire and be fore .the men could escape at least twenty-eight were burned to death and a score or more were seriously injured, some of whom will die. The men were employed by MrMenamin & Sims, on the Pennsylvania railroad improve ments. The Rev. James Minto Pullman. D. D.. pastor of the First Universally church at Lynn. Massachusetts, died suddenly of apoplexy immediately af ter the close of a sermon Sunday. No vember 22nd. He was a brother of the late George M. Pullman, founder of the Pullman car business. A Vienna dispatch says that since the formation of the Austro-Hungarian petroleum cartel prices have been ad vanced fifty per cent, with the prospect that they will go still higher as soon as the present stocks become exhaust ed. The advance inflicts the greatest hardships on the poorer clause*. EVENTS IN WASHINGTON AND TRANSACTIONS OF CONGRESS The treaty between Cuba and the United States for adjustment of the title to the ownership of the Isle of Pines lias been returned to the Sen ate Committee on Foreign Relations for amendment to protect the interests of American citizens before action is taken. Senator Thomas C. Platt and Gov. Benjamin B. Odell of New York have reached an absolute and entire agree ment politically. Both will work in perfect harmony with each other, and with President Roosevelt. This, in brief, is said to be the net result of a con ference held at the White House re cently. The parties to the conference were the president, Senator Platt. Gov ernor Odell and Chairman George W. Dunn ot the Republican State Commit tee of New York. Representative Stevens of Texas harf offered a resolution directing the secre tary of the interior to report to the House the result of the Investigation into the land fraud cases. The reso lution recites that it is currently re ported that the United States has been defrauded of vast tracts of public lands by means of fraudulent entries under the stone, desert, timber and home stead acts and that public officials have entered into unlawful arrangements to obtain possession of the public lands. The resolutions reciting the fact that the existence of land frauds Is offi cially admitted, calls for specific de tails, Including names, dates and places. But one member of the United States Senate is more than eighty years of age. Mr. Pettus, the Junior senator from Alabama, who was born in 1821. Fourteen are between seventy and eighty, twenty-nine are between sixty and seventy, and thirty-two between fifty and sixty. The fifteen who have crossed the three-score-and-ten line include both senators from Alabama and both from Connecticut, besides Messrs. Teller, Allison, Frye, Hoar, Gibson. Stewart, Platt of New York. Quay. Bate, Proctor and Cullom. The Constitution of the United States spe cifies thirty as the age requirement for the Senate, and all the states have made good this condition by a safe margin of ten years. In spite of all reports to the con trary. the United, otates Senate seems to be growing more youthful. Thirteen years ago a careful computation was made, from which it appeared that the average nge of Its members was sixty years. There were then only eight, who were less than fifty years old, and one who was less than forty-five. To-day the average is fifty-nine years and four months, and in a slightly larger Senate there are fourteen men. instead of eight, who are less than fifty, and of these eight are les3 than forty-five. This difference Is doubtless due to the new states which have come into the Union since that time, whose political leaders were naturally younger men. The Delaware overturn has also given the Senato two youthful members. It 1b almost a rule that the young states have young senators. President Roosevelt entertained at luncheon on November 24th representa tives of the lal>or organizations of Butte. Montana. The special guests were Malcolm Gilles, president of the Stationary Engineers’ union; Edward Long, president of the Miners’ Union: M. R. Demjwey. former president of the Miners' Union; F. M. Cronin, presi dent of the Hotel and Restaurant Helpers' Union; William Robinson, former secretary of the Miners’ Union; J. W. Gilbert, president of the Miners' Union; J. W. Gilbert, president of the Workingmen’s Union. and Frank Doyle, president of the Trades and La bor Assembly. Invited to meet the labor representatives were Secretary Cortelyou of the Department of Com merce and Labor. Carrol I). Wright, commissioner of labor; Representa tive Dixon of Montana and Wayne MacVeagh. former attorney general and one of the counsel of the Pennsyl vania coal operators. The Bureau of Statistics has issued the preliminary figures for the Im ports and exports for 1903. corrected to November 14th. The imports of merchandise for twelve months ending Octolier. 1903, amounts in value to sl,- 020.474.037. and for ten months of the present year. $840,730,880. The ex ports for Twelve months were $1,422,- 887.954. and for ten months $1,149.- 694.933. Of the imports for the ten months this year free of duty amounted to $386,429,983. and the dutiable $474.- 300.897. this being $32,993,890 increase In free and $18,163,277 increase in du tiable-imports. The exjKjrts for the ten months were, domestic $1,126,165.- 786. and foreign $23,529,147. an in crease in domestic over the preceding year of $61,994,731, and foreign of $207,290. Gold imports for ten months were $36 651.328. an increase of $631.- 390. and the exports were $41,889,028. an increase of $9,431,880. Silver Im ports for ten months were $19.334.921. a decrease of $2,167,656. atul the exports were $28,053,967, a decrease of sll.- 909.138. Representative Mondell has intro duced a bill prohibiting the selection of timber land In lieu of lands within forest reserves and which follows out the recommendations made by the com missioner or the General Land Office in his last annual report. The text of the bill follows; "No public lands of the United States, chiefly valuable for the timber they contain, shall be subject to location or application un der the provisions of the law provid ing for the location, selection and pat enting of lands in lieu of tracts cov ered by an unperfected bona fide claim or (intent within a forest reserve, and any location or selection made or sought to be made of lands chiefly val uable for the titfiber they contain, in lieu of lands within a forest reserve, shall be void and of no effect." It is understood that- Maj. Gen. George W. Davis, retired, who has Just relinquished command of the forces in the Philippines and returned to the United States. Is likely to be appointed a member of the Isthmian Canal Com mission. General Davis was a mem ber of the original Isthmian Canal Commission. Postmaster General Payne and Ar thur Raikes. the British charge d'af faires. have signed the parcels post treaty with Hong Kong, and it will be approved immediately by President Roosevelt. The treaty will take effect January Ist next, and provides a maxi mum limit of four pounds six ounces. The trial of%he postal cases of Aug ust W. Maehen. former general super intendent of the free delivery system: Samuel A. and Ttiller B. Groff of this city, and Mr. and Mrs. Lorenz of Tole do, Ohio, arranged to begin November 23rd. has been postponed until Janu ary 11th. by request of the prccecution. Committee Assignments. The Republican membership ol Senate committees was agreed on in the Republican caucus as follows; Agricultural and Forestry—Proctor, chairman; Hansbrough. Warren. Fos ter (Washington), Dollivar, Quarles. Quay. Appropriations—Allison, chairman Hale. Cullom. Perkins, Warren, Wet more, Quay, Gallinger. Audit and Control of the Contingent Expenses of the Senate —Kean, chair man; Warren, Millard. Canadian Relations—Fulton, chair man; Dryden, Hoar, Hale, Fairbanks Census —Quarles, chairman; Hale. Platt (New York). McCumber. Me Comas, Burton, Long. Civil Service and Retrenchment— Perkins, chairman; Lodge, Elkins. Platt (New York), Millard. Claims—Warren, chairman; Stew art. Kean. Clapp, Burnham. Butron. Allee, Fulton. Smoot. Coast and Insular Survey —Ankeny, chairman; Foster (Washington), Haw ley. Fairbanks. Allee. Coast Defense—Mitchell, chairman: Hawley, Alger, Ball, Ankeny, Hey burn. . Commerce —Frye, chairman; Elkina Nelson. Gallinger. Penrose. Hanna. De* pew. Perkins, Foster (Washington). Quarles, Alger. Corporations Organized in the Dis trict of Columbia —Aldrich, Hopkins, Long. Cuban Relations—Platt (Connecti cut), chairman; Aldrich, Spooner, Burnham. Mitchell. Kittredge, Hop kins. District of Columbia— Gallinger. chairman: Hansbrough. Stewart, Dil lingham. Foster (Washington), Fora ker, Scott, Gamble. Education and Labor —McComas, chairman; Penrose. Dolliver, Clapp, Burnham. Engrossed Bills—Dryden, chairman; Hopkins. Examine the Several Branches of the Civil Service —Clapp, chairman; Hoar. Ball, Smoot. Finance —Aldrich, chairman; Alli son. Platt (Connecticut). Burrows, Platt (New York), Hansbrough, Spooner. Penrose. Fisheries Hopkins. chairman; Proctor. Frye. Perkins, Fulton. Foreign Relations—Cullom. chair man; Frye. Lodge. Clark (Wyoming), i Foraker, Spooner. Fairbanks. Kean, i Forest Reservations and the Protec ! tion cf Game—Burton, chairman; De pew. Perkins. Kearns. Kittredge, Burn ham. Ankeny. Geological Survey—Foster (Washing ton), chairman; Elkins, Hey burn, Fair- Immigration—Dillingham. chairman: Penrose. Fairbanks, Ixidge, Dryden, McComas. Indian Affairs—Stewart, chairman: Platt (Connecticut). McCumber. Bard. Quay. Clapp, Gamble, Clark (Wyom) ing). I>ong. Indian Depredations—Allee, chair man; Beveridge. Dillingham. Kearns, Dietrich, Smoot. Interoceanic Canals —Hanna, chair man; Platt (New York), Mitchell, Millard. Kittredge. Dryden. Hopkins. Interstate Commerce —Elkins, chair man; Cullom, Aldrich, Kean, Dolliver, Foraker. Clapp. Millard. Irrigation—Bard, chairman; War ren. Stewart, Kearns. Dietrich, Hans brough. Ankeny. Fulton. Judiciary—Hoar, chairman: Platt (Connecticut). Clark (Wyoming). Fairbanks, Nelson, McComas, Depew, Mitchell. Library—Wetmore, chairman; Hans brough. Dryden. Manufactures —Heyburn. chairman; Proctor. Warren. Quarles, Scott, Fora ker. Alger. Mines and Mining—Scott, chairman; Stewart. Hanna. Kearns. Heyburn. Mississippi River and Its Tributa ries—Nelson, chairman; Dolliver, Mil lard. Hopkins. Naval Affairs —Hale, chairman; Per kins. Platt (New York). Hanna, Pen rose. Gallinger. Burrows. Expenditures of the Executive De partments —Quay. chairman; Wet more. Beveridge, Allison, Alice. Pacific Islands and Porto Rico—For aker. chairman: Depew, Wetmore. Foster (Washington), Mitchell. Kearns. Burton. Pacific Railways—Dolliver. chair man; Frye, Stewart, Millard, Kitt redge. Patents —Kittredge. chairman; Mc- Comas, McCumber. Clapp. ) Pensions McCumber. chairman: Scott. Foster (Washington). Burton, Burnham. Alger. Ball. Smoot. Philippines —Lodge, chairman; Hale, Proctor. Beveridge, Burrows. Mc- Comas. Dietrich. Long. Postofflces and Post Roads —Pen- rose. chairman: Dolliver. Lodge, Bev eridge. Mitchell, Proctor. Burrows, Scott, Burton. Printing—Platt (New York), chair man; Elkins. Private Land Claims —Hale, Kean, Gamble. Burton. Privileges and Elections—Burrows, chairman; Hoar. McComas. Foraker, Depew, Beveridge, Dillingham, Hop kins. Standards. Weights and Measures— Smoot, chairman: Dolliver. Long. Governor Ferguson of Oklahoma in his annual report to the secretary of the Interior, estimates the present pop ulation of the territory at 650,000 and the actual value of taxable property at practically $400,000. although only $84.- 134.472 is returned by the assessors for 1903. The territorial Indebtedness la $461,766. Secretary Wilson has presented tc the President and Cabinet specimens of fine dates grown in Arizona. Font years ago one of tne scientists of the Department of Agriculture was several hundred miles into the interior of Africa. He discovered date palms growing A year ago the department had several hundred of the trees brought out to the coast through the desert of Sahara and shipped tc this country. They were transplanted in specially cultivated land in Arizona* 7 Secretary Wilson pronounces the fruit from the transplanted trees the finest of its kind ever grown. Cate for Cuban Bill Vote. The Republican and Democratic lead ers of the Senate held a conference on the question of fixing a time for a vote on the Chban reciprocity bill and. so far as they were empowered to do so. entered into an agreement to take the final vote December 16th. or a little more than a week after the convening of the regular session of Congress. There was no opportunity to consu-t some of the Democratic senators wLo desire to speak on the bill, but it was *>ot doubted that they will assent to the arrangement.