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NORFOLK AND VICINITY? Rain; nearly stationary twnpera 3 ture: fresh to brisk east winds. ?TfT'T TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTrtTTTTTTTrTTTT?^TTTTT?TTrm vol.. ii. no. las. NORFOLK, VA? SUNDAY! MARCH 12. 1809. SIXTEEN PAG-ES. IMjICE THREE CENTS. GOVERNOR'S VISIT TO HAVANA A Graphic Description of What He Saw. HAD A DELIGHTFUL TRIP Nest to Hoeing III., Son He Most Ell? Joyed Belus Willi Fonrlb Vlrtjlnl* Volunteers ? T*io Doyi nro Home NIcli ? Ilnvnun i? flue Cliy --Tho t'nbnns nro misters - A llorrlhle HIllbt'Auiicxiitloii. (Special to Virglnlan-Pllot.) Richmond, Va., March 11.?Governor Tylor was back at his desk to-day, having returned from Havana this morning. His Excellency put In several hours of hard work try Inn to dispose of the business which has accumulated during- hi3 absence of ten days. "I had a delightful trip and 1 think the entire party enjoyed It as much as they ever enjoyed any outing. Every? thing was full of novelty and fujl <>f Interest. One doesn't realize the great difference between Cuba and the United States until one nets a glimpse of Cuba. I was there four days only, but 1 used my eyes and my ears to the best ad? vantage possible. aiicLl saw much that. to me. waB full of Interest. "Next to seeing my Bon Heath, who was awaitlns us at the Hotel Tele Telegraph, of course I most enojved be? ing with the officers and men of the Fourth Virginia at (amp Columbia, five miles out of Havana. 1 doubt if there is a liner regiment In the ser? vice. Its excellence is the talk of sol? diers and civilians down there. The boys are bronzed und soldierly in ap? pearance and the manner In which Ihcy drill excites the enthusiasm of all who witness It. It Is magnificent Colonel Taylor held a review in honor of the Virginians. It was the prettiest sight of the kind 1 ever witnessed. THEY A lib: HOMESICK. "The boys ar.- well fed, well quar? tered and.well clothed. Hut they want to come home. There Is not any doubt about that. I did not make them a speech, but I talked to them a little, and every time 1 said a word about their coming back to Virginia there was a yell. I have never been able to strike such it popular chord in my speeches In Virginia. I would be a wonderful orator if I could. When I promised to do everything possible to have the regiment brought back there was great cheering. "There are only about thirty men In the hospitals, and the surgeons told me there were no serious cases. There Is said to be not a single case of yellow fever or smallpox in Havana. 1 think the cleaning up which tho Americana have begun is having a good effect HAVANA A PINE CITY. "Well. Havana Is a fine city, a beau? tiful city, a wonderful city. I have visited most of those of this coun? try and Europe, but 1 have seen noth? ing like Havana. The general condi? tions of iif(., the novelty und the con? tradictions strike the tourist above all else. "The braying of a donkey under my window woke me the morning lifter I got to Havana. This was in the busies) part of the city, mind yon. Once, while I was sitting at a table in a fashiona? ble restaurant, 1 was startled, 1 won't say shrieked, by a rhh k.n l imping ip beside my plaie and cackling like she had laid an egg. A duck Jumped from the basin of a fountain to a table near me and shook the water from her wings onto my table anil plate. THEY ARE GREAT M1XER3. "Oh, I tell you they are the greatest mixers Imaginable. Man and beast live close together. The basemenrs r>f tho houses are occupied by the families and their domestic animals in mosl friend? ly fashion. This applies to rich an.l poor alike. UNDIVIDED IX DEATH. "Poverty and wealth is side by side everywhere. The beggar and the rich man are constant neighbor*. And in death they are not divided. The con? trasts In the Cristobal C il in cemetery are probably the most remarkable sights I saw. The tributes the de.id are the most splendid I have ?'.er Been In this country or Europa. All nroun.1 one is magnificence such as we Jo not find in American cemeteries, imposing statuary, splendid marble momimi nts, fountains, broad drives, and winding walks, and shrubs and Dowering plants in greatest luxurinnce. But in tin- cen? ter of this splendid God'3 acre Is a great pit forty feet in depth surroun ! ed by a stone wall ten fjo' nigh and nearly tilled with human bone.*. A HORRIBIiE SIGHT. "The sight was horrible. Tmagir>e hundreds of human skeletons piled up together, grinning In ghasily, or i-iii^t ly. skeleton fashion. The bones are those of persons once bur'etl, but wh ise families were unable to pay the annual tax required to keep their dead under? ground. As a result the bones were taken up and thrown Into this r.harncl plle. I do not know what this t ix is called. 1 suppose ground rent would l c. a good name for It. I w inilerod as i looked at this mass of human bones If the hand of governmen: had ever been laid as heavily upon any 'and ns Spain's was laid upon Cuba. Not even the dead could res: fir the importuni? ties of tho insatiable tax-gatherer. "I did not find in Havana the pover? ty that 1 expected." said the Governor. "Meggars were comparatively few. One sees no more than on the streets of the average American city. I went Into many of the streets of the slums. Con? ditions seemed not much worse than we can find them in our own cities." ANNEXATION. Regarding annexation Governor Ty? ler said he had used every opportunity Contnued on Eighth page. THE SHIPMENT OF $3,000,000 FOR THE CUBAN ARMY. Paymaster (;.?:i?-r?T"Carpy, T\ S. A., accompanied by Major Henry L?. Rogers or ihn ray department and a de- - tachmcnt of regulars, who will guard the money on Us way. has started tor Cuba with 000,000, which is to be used to pay the Cuban army. General Carey has been directed by the war department to take charge of the money until it Is turned over to General Brooke at Havana. On the way from the New York suibtreusury to the Bhlu the money wan guarded by soldiers. MONEY FOR CUBAN TROOPS Three Million Dollars En Route to Havana. ?Irmovitl of (ho Gold mid Silver From Hie Kult? I i i'imiry Wmrliril fiy n l.jir. c t'rowil?iiitiv it Wii? Triins> ii-rnil to Ntnamtr. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) \ New York, March 11.?the United States transport Meade sailed to-day for Havana, passing Quarantine at 0:1-1 p. m. She has on board the $3,000,000 provided by the United States govern? ment to pay Cuban troops. of the total amount, half is in gold and halt" In silver. Thv weight of metal is IS (uns. GUAHDED BY SOLD!ICRS. Much interest centered in the remov? al !>r the treasure from the Sub-Trea? sury. A large crowd gathered and watched the proceedings. Captain lei? ten, of the Quartermaster's Depart? ment .had charge the detachment of soldiers from the forts in this neigh? borhood. There were about 50 men, each with a Krag-J?rgensen and a full belt of cartridges. They formed In line at til.- Treasury building and the boxes and safes of coin were passed out be-j tween them. Half a dozen ordinary trucks were in readiness in tie1 stive:, and men dragged out the money on small hand1 trneks to the l?liie street entrance of The Timid.TO- -?-j Half the money was in iron safes, about a foot and a halt' high, and weighing about a hundred pounds each, j All the money was gotten on the! trucks and eight men board each one. They stood on the safes or casks, hold? ing their rifles, and the trucks were then driven through Broad street. The treasure was taken to Pier Bast river, where General Mclgs, of the government service, was in waiting toj receive it. The soldiers again formed, in line and it dozen policemen stood at the gang plank while the money was beitiK placed aboard the Meigs. There were over a hundred casks and safes in all. The Meigs steamed over to Brooklyn, where, at Pier 22, the coin was placed on the Meade. Paymaster General Carey, accompa? nied by Major Rogers, of the paymas? ter's office, will have charge of the money and will turn the coin over to I General Brooke, who will supervise its payment to the Cuban soldiers. Crime or Regimental (Tominlnsnrloa ! fBy Telegraph to V!r<rtnian-Pllo; ) Chicago, March 11.?Lieutenant Col one.] 11. P. Sharpe testified nt the beef inquiry to-day tltat wagons which had not been cleaned after being used for! the transportation of manure, and wagons in which garbage had been carried, the bottoms of which were cov? ered with slime in which maggots were1 crawlliigs, were used to carry fresh neat to tin- soldiers at Camp Thomas, at Chickamauga, las', summer, Lieu? tenant Colonel sharpe was stationed at Chickamauga from April 23 to July ?o of last year ami was later chief com? missary with General Brooke in Porto Rico. The blame for this condition of things, said Lieutenant Colonel Sharpe, lies on the shoulders of the regimental commissaries who sent the wagons f ir the meat without having them, proper? ly cleaned, a cording to orders. As soon as he learned of the matter he ordered the wagons cleaned immedi? ately. The meat Issued to the troops, the witness said, was of good quality, and in good condition, but after it had been carried in wagons in the condi? tion described, it was, of course, im? possible for the troops to use it. Six witnesses were examined at the first sitting of the court to-day, the evidence given by Lieutenant Colonel Sharpe being the most important of the day. GENERAL WALKER SHOT He ' Fires a Bullet Into Judge Rhea's Counsel. '?'ho Congressman r.iect'n Private .Secretary Nliool* ilio Contestant In tin Arm nml Mioulilor-William Hamilton Dangerously Wounded. (By Tclcs.'.-pV. to Vlrtrmtan-rilot 5 Richmond, Vn., March 11,?A special to the Dispatch from Bristol, Vn., says that while ex-Congressman Janus A. Walker, contestant for the seat of Jtulge Rhea in the Fifty-sixth Con? gress, was cross-examining Rhea's wit? nesses, lie became involved in u quarrel with William A. Hamilton, of counsel for Rhea. Walker shot Hamilton in the abdomen, and Hamilton may die. Wal? ker was ::h >t in the arm and shoulder, but not S'-riou.dy wounded. He and one of ills friends here have been arrest? ed. General Walker was shot by G. E. Davis, private secretary to Judge Rhea." BROUGHT <>X BY WITNESS. The difficulty was brought on by a witness, who made very offensive re? marks about Walker. Trouble had been brewing for some time. All man? ner of taunts are said to have bei t: thrown at General Walker by Rhea's f:i.mis in taking the depositions at Bristol, as well as elsewhere. Hamil? ton is a Republican, and volunteered Ins seFvices as counsel for Khoa. Gen? eral Walker, In compnny with his sec? retary, immediately after the shooting, went to the st. Lawrence Hotel, where he Is stopping. CONDITION OF THE WOUNDED. A physician dressed General Walk? er's wounds, and he Is doinjj well. He will probably recover. Hamilton is be? lieved to be fatally shot. The trouble occurred in the Virginia Courthouse, in the presence of a large party of friends of both men. All sorts of rumors are afloat as to how the affair was precipi? tated and definite details are, therefore, difficult to secure. The affair lias caused considerable excitement. and more trouble may follow as intense feeling is said to exist among the po? litical friends of both. The usual crim? inal warrants have been sworn out for both men. , Tin: RIVAL CONTRADICTS. General Walker is well known all over Virginia. He was prominent in the Confederate army, being a brigadier general. Since the war he lias served as Commonwealth's Attorney, represen? tative in the Legislature and Lieu ten? ant-Governor. He lias been twice elect? ed to Congress as a Republican frorn the Ninth District and was u Candi? da;.' for re-election last November. The returns showed the election of Rhen, bis competitor, and General Walker now charges fraud. He pave ? , dice of contest and pursuant to such notice lias been taking testimony, the result of which was the difficulty to night. Jude.. Rhen is a prominent Democrat of Washington county, "Vn. ji,. ]lc-l(l I numerous judicial positions previous to his candidacy for Congress. FIslitliiK Over Dead Rott 7. (By Telegraph to Virginian-Pilot.) London. March 11.?The Secretary of State for Home Affairs, Sir Matthew White Pidloy, has refused the applica? tion, previously grdnted by the Con? sistory of the Court of St. Paul's, to Mrs. Anna Maria Druce, who claims to be the daughter in law of the fifth Duke of Portland, to open the Druce vault In High Cate cemetery, unless the owner <>f the grave consents to have tie. coffin opened or the Probate Court orders an Inspection of the remains. Tile decision Is contrary to expecta? tions and means a further llllgatlon. Refuse to Profit by Injustice to Others. Uenr Admiral IIIkeIhsoii A-.Ks (o He It Od need In Ilnnl?. While I.leu'cu nilt Ward Heinsen to t'uliO Prcco* donee Over a Clitaaitinte. (Dy Telegraph to Virglnian-Rllot.) Washington, D. C, March 11.?Two things, in the opinion of Secretary Long, creditable to the naval service, have occurred recently that de? serve to be made public. One Is the request Of Admiral Hlgglnson, which is contained In the following; letter: Washington, D. C, March KV 1S99. Sir?l respectfully request to be al? lowed to resume my formed number on the naval list after Hear Admiral Kcmplt. Willie deeply grateful to the President and yourself for my nomina? tion for work done off Santiago 1 do not regard my own services as so con? spicuous as to warrant my advance? ment, while the other commanding offi? cers nominated at the same time as my? self go unrewarded. They were a gal? lant baud of naval officers and cer? tainly deserved well of their country, and if their services are to go mi< recognized I desire to share the same fate. Very respectfully, FRANCIS J- HIGGINSON, Hear Admiral U. S. N. i To Hon. J. D. Long, Secretary of the Navy. Admiral Higginson's name was one of the last list sent in by tho President for advancement for gallant service ??if Santiago. Probably by Inadvertence Admiral Higginson's name was con? firmed apart from the rest, which the Senate adjourned without confirming. SECRETARY LONG'S APPRECIA? TE IN. Secretary Long has addressed the foil..wing b iter to the Admiral: "Will you lei me express my high ap? preciation of your very handsome and ! considerate conduct in asking to re? sume your former number on the navy list, rather than to accept tin; advance? ment which places you above other ,.f flcers who, for their gallant services in the recent war. deserved recognition, but failed to receive it. owing to the failure of th.. Senate to act upon the recommendations sent in by the Presi? dent. The spirit which you manifest is so admirable tliat 1 hasten to write you this letter," THE OTHER CASE. The other is the case of Lieutenant Aaron Ward, who was recommended by the Hoard of Promotions for advance? ment. On learning of this he wrote to the Department declining advancement, inasmuch as it gave him precedence over his classmate. Lieutenant Stniin ton. stating that he did not feel that the actions in which his vessel were engaged Were of so great value as to justify him in availing buns. ':' of the opportunity. "It Is Impossible," said he. "for me willingly to accept a promotion which might deprive such nn officer of a com? mission In the highest grade." The recommendation made by the Hoard of Promotions In the case of Lieutenant Ward was not sent into the Senate, all the promotions recommend? ed by that board Having been held back to await the result of those which had been pending since the Opening of ihe session and which the Senate adjourn? ed without confirming. Havana Mortuary Iteport. (fly Telegraph to Virglnlan.pllot.) Washington. March 11.?The follow? ing has tieen received at the War De? partment from General LudiOW, at Ha? vana: "Tho Havana deaths for February, 1S90. are f>i nor cent, less than that oT February, 1$9S." SITUATION IN THE PHILIPPINES All Quiet Along the Ameri? can Line. THE' FAMILIES OF OFFICERS order Fort? I titling Women anil ( luu ?Iren to '" tlio I'Utttpnine* - I.net Bntclt <>l N|mui?li Nuldlem Heul llonie ? Agntmiltto Cunngei I'ront ? ?* rrangtny l or rrnti?por? (nduii "f Reinforcements, (By Telegraph to Virginia-Pilot.) Manila. March 11.- 3:15 p. in. - Exten? sive preparations are being made for ,i general advance of the American forces. The movement will probably t.iko place soon. All Is quiet, however, along the line. At daylight the rebels were caught working on enfilading a trench at Ca loocan, and were shelled by a battery. Desultory firing also took place at San Pedro Macatl. The United States cruiser Charleston has relieved the armed transport Buf? falo, off Paranaquc, The last batch of Spanish soldiers, numbering ssr. men, exc< ptlng a few ??ho are in the hospitals, were ombark? ? ?1 en hoard til-- transport Buenos Ayres to-day. FAMILIES OP OFFICERS, Washington, March lt.?The War De? partment to-day issued the following: Adjutant General's Office, Washington, March 11, 1S93. Commanding Qcncral, Department of tho Bast, Governor's Island, New York: The following cablegram ins been re? ceived from General Otts: "Manila Is not a safe place fer offi? cers' families. Great difficulty Is ex? perienced In caring for those now here, and thi if safely is one of the chief causes of anxiety. Officers' families should remain In the United States. (Signed) "OTIS." MUST REMAIN AWAY. Under such conditions the Secretary of War regrets that no more families of officers or enlisted men will be pcr mi'ted to accompany troops. Families of ofilcers nml all non-commission h! officers for which quarters are wtgally provided will he permitted i > retain their quarters at the posts from winch troops depart, according to the pro? visions of memorandum circular dated Adjutant General's oHlee-, January 10, 1899. By command Major General M1I03. '(Signed) II, <\ CORBIN, Adjutant General. A coi>y of tIt 1st order has been sent to all generals commanding depart? ments of the nrmy. AGUlNALDO CHANGES FRONT. Madrid, March II?It Is reported hero that Auglnaldo had redoubled his opposition to the release of the Spanish prisoners now In the hands of Hi., in? surgents, because General Polnvloja, now .Minister of War. caused Or. RIsal, who drew up tlii- statutes in the Philip? pine League, and was. therefore, prac? tically the Instigator of the revolt In tlio Islands, to be shot In I">ocomb?r. 1896. THANSPd RTATION OF TROOPS. New York. March 11.?Bids were to? day opened in the quartermaster's de? partment in this city for the transpor? tation of troops from their stations to San Francisco, whence He y w ill go to Manila- The troops are of the com? panies of the Thirteenth Infantry (about 400 men) and two batteries of tho Sixth Artillery*(about 200 men), now at New York. The We.-t Shore, Lehigh Valley, Dela? ware, Lackawannn and Wcstren, New York. Ontario mid Western. Chesa? peake nnd Ohio, Baltimore and Ohio, Delaware and Hudson Canal railroad, New York Central and Norfolk and Western railroads all offered in the bids. Ni< award was trade The b ds will ho forwarded to Washington. ENLISTMENT <>K GENERAL OFFI? CERS. Washington. March 11.?-The-W'fVr*De? partment has asked Judge Advocate General Leiber for an opinion a a to the authority of the President to enlist general volunteer officers for services in tho Philippines, and General Leiber makes tile following reply: "I am of the opinion that under the proviso referred to, general ofilcers of volunteers may be enlisted for abso? lutely necessary purposes In tho Phil? ippine islands. The President is by tin.! proviso authorized to enlist ofrl :ers and men individually or by organizations, nnd tins. In my opinion, gives him nu thority to enlist general officers Indi? vidually. I attach no significance to the word 'enlist.' " Under this construction of the law, the President can appoint or "enlist," as the law says, such general ofilcers] and volunteers as may be necessary.' This will mean that the :i"ot,s in the Philippines will bo supplied with gen? eral officers In sufficient numbers. 1 tin floll Club Contest. (By Telegraph to Virginia-Pilot.) Miami. Fla., March 11.?The Miami events of the annual tournament of the Florida East Coast Golf Club dosed to-day. In the finals for the Miami championship Merrill, of Boston, beat Ballard one up. The mat. h was dose throughout, neither player being more than one up after the third hole. On the eighteenth and finale hole, with the score tied, Merrill m ule a fine ap? proach, then an excellant put, winning the match by the stroke. In the finals for the consolation cup, Sutherland, of New York, beat Mad dock, of Brooklyn, and Palm Peach, thi champion of the s >uth, four up ant I three to play. This play attr.ute? I murli Interest, and the outcome was a complete surprise. The winners of the Miami cups are Merrill, Tust championship; Ballard, second prize, and Maddpck, the quail flcation prize on grow score; Lind, of New York, handicap cup for best net s ?re, and Sutherland the cousolation pi Ize. BAILEY ON IMPERIALISM. "SOUTHERN NEGRO A PRINCE COMPARED W ITH A FILIPINO." Buffalo, N. Y.. March IL?Represen? tative Joseph W. Bailey, of Texas, was the p<i';st of the Independent Club at their March dlnnt r to-night- About three hundred members of tin: club and invited guests assembled in the ban on t room of the Elllcott Club to wel? come the distinguished Congressman. Mr. Bailey was heartily applauded, and it was some minutes, before he could speak. His theme was "Imperial? ism." He r< pen ted his well known views on tilt' BUbjei t anil incidentally referred to the tariff, free silver ami other ques? tions of public Interest. The Filipinos, he declared, could maintain as good a government as some of the South American states. If, as Admiral Dewey hail declared, the Filipinos were as cap? able of governing themselves as the Cubans, why not let them govern them? selves? He would say to them: Assemble peacefully, form your government and we will recognise yen. There should be no taxation, however, without repre? sentation. "Our friends, the enemy." he continued, "had had Borne difficulty in keeping the peace In the Southern States, and I have had some difficulty in assist inn them. Why shall we ag? gravate the race question further, The Southern negro la a prince compared with the Filipino." 11.- then referred to the recent Presi? dential campaign and the epithets np flttl d l.v .-ach patTTr-nnifcsaM-tt >* light: we want now. not heat. Referring to the increase of the army, he said every war in which this country had parti? ell?.it d had been won by volunteers. and yet the powers that bo would de? stroy this patriotic feeling by employ, irnr hired soldiers to fight its battles. Referring to the future title of Presi? dent, he said it would probably be the President of the United States and Emperor of the- Philippine Islands. In Conclusion lie said lie would pledge his lift'?yes. his Independence, which he valued more -that the party that stands for the Union nr-ralnst empire will command (lie suffrage of the Amer? ican people. Mr. Bailey's remarks were frequent? ly Interrupted by applause. Letters were read from Whltelaw Bold and Senator-elect Bcverldge, of Indiana, regretting their inability to accept invitations to address the club. THE CHINESE IMBROGLIO. ! TROUBLE BETWEEN RUSSIAN BEAR AND JOHN HULL AVERTED. (Copyright. 1S99, by Associated Press.) London. March 11.?The British lion and the Russian bear came to uncom? fortably close quarters this week over the Chinese Imbroglio, The newspapers had already begun to talk of a serious crisis, and a grave outlook, but the diplomatic switchmen again succeeded in warding off a collision on the sub? ject of the Northern railroads, a con? flict being averted by a Hussion back? down, according to the .lingoes, and by a compromise, according to more im? partial observers. The real explana? tion of tile aff.tir appears to be that Russia made a protest an.iln.st the Brit? ish railroad contract partly as a fold? er and partly as a warning. If the British premier had shown weakness, Russia would have persisted; but. In any case, Russia, by her protest, elicit? ed a ministerial statement In the House of Commons that the conditions of tho l.i.i n did ??<?>* e/irisliliil.% fcMi'ifii control Thus, Russia obtained a pledge that no such Interpretation would be placed on the contract In the event of default, w hich is a further substantial conces? sion to the Russian claims in Northern China. On the other hand. Lord Satis* bury sc<.1 In securing a withdrawal of the Russian protest. SUSPENSION OF BANKS. THREE CLOSIi THEIR DOORS IN CALIFORNIA. (By Telegraph to Virglnlan-Filot.l Sin Luis Oblsuo, Cal . March 11.? The closing of the County Hank was followed to-day by tho suspension of the. Commercial Hank of this place. Liabilities of the County Hank amount to $139,000 and the assets are placed at $650,000. The Commercial Hank is well connected with other banking con? cerns and it Is predicted that its sus? pension will only bo of a temporary nature. AND STILL ANOTHER. Paso Pobles. Cal., March 11.?The Hank of Paso Pobles did not open Its doors to-day. The failure of the Coun? ty Hank at San Luis Oblspo and in? ability to realize on assets fast enough to meet depositors' demands are the causa assigned for the suspension, which, it is thought, will be temporary. The cashier asserts that the deposits, which amount to about $100,000, will to paid in full. The t uble tlie?? Mutch. (By Telegraph to Virgiman-Pilnt.) New York. March 11.?After a strug? gle lasting for nearly fifteen hours the American chess players came out with flying colors against the Britishers or. Friday morning and concluded this evening at half past ?. tho score being ?> to 1. Nearly from tho start of this great International contest the Ameri? cans seemed to get the better positions on tile majority of the boards, and al? though only three matadors, namely, Showalter, Harry and Podges, scored a win for America on-each of the boards that w. re engaged on, no fewer than six games were drawn, but Champion Plllsbury had to resign his game tgatnat the British champron, Btack burne. GERMANY AND THE UNITED STATES Emperor Pleased With Res? toration of Cordial Relations THANKS AMBASSADOR WHITE Commissioner Porter's Stay in Berlin Produce* Good Besulm?Disparity In Gcrmnu Imports nod Exports Will Be Accorded Diplomatie no* ceptlon? Explanation or Cuban Tariff?StllesaEagan nispntc. - i (Copyright, 1S99, the Associated Press.) Berlin, March 11.?At the annual dip? lomatic dinner, given by the Emperor of Germany on Wednesday, His Ma jesty again warmly thanked the United States Ambassador, Andrew D. Wbite, for his efforts in re-establishing moro cordial relations between the two coun? tries. Mr. White, in replying, said, the Emperor's gracefully expressed anx? iety regarding Rudyard Kipling had an excellent effect in the United States HIS ROBUST MAJESTY. His Majesty looks moro robust and stronger than ever. He has fully re? covered from the effects of his Pales? tine Journey. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harun von Buelow, and Mr. White also conversed at some length and pleas? antly. Although Mr. Robert I\ Torter since bis arrival here has repeatedly an nounced to the official world and the press thai, his mission Is In no wise authorized by the United States Gov? ernment, his stay here has attracted considerable attention and Is produc? tive of tiood results. A series of in terviews has appeared in some of tho leading; papers, in which Mr. Porter has strongly pointed out the mutual advan? tages ot" intimate and uninterrupted commercial relations between the two countries. The comments on his utter? ances have been extensive and varied. The Agrarian press does not look fav? orably upon them. The Kreuz Zeitung takes exccDtlon to the fact that Mr. Porter lias no where hinted at Ameri? can concessions. MR.-PORTER DISPUTED. The seml-oincial Post dispute? the correctness ot Mr. Porter's figures on the subject of German exports to the I'niied States; denies the Justness of his conclusions, and adds: "It is undeniable that German im? ports from the United States vastly in? creased during 1S9S, while the exports to American decreased fifty-three mil? lions, compared with 1S97, and forty millions compared with 1S96." The commercial and liberal press, howevt r, hail Mr. Porter's declarations with satisfaction. INVITED TO A RECEPTION. While the Government has taken pains to show Mr. Porter that his ef forts toward a better understanding Commercially, between the two coun? tries, are duly appreciated. Baron Von Buel iw, of his own volition, has asked Mr. White to bring Mr. Porter to the diplomatic reception on Wednesday, a3 the Foreign Minister wishes to con? verse with Mr. Porter. Similar invi lons have been extended to Mr. Por t( ;? by tho Secretary of Interior, Count V :s l\<s ulowsky-Wehner, and the Sec? retary of the Imperial Treasury, Baron Von Thielman. CUBAN TARIFF EXPLAINED. ?At tho instance of the Government, Mr. Porter, this week, fully explained the new tariffs of Cuba and Porto Rico to a commission of experts. Mr. Porter explains to the Corres? pandent here of the Associated Press that a serious discrepancy exists be? tween the figures of the imports and exports of Germany and the United States, furnished to the United States Treasury and those apparently drawn from German official sources and quoted In the Agrarian press. This explains the different conclusions reached. THE MILES-EGAN DISPUTE. The testimony in the Miles-Egan dis? pute at Washington has furnished tho Agrarian press here with welcome ma? ter, al for the war on American meat. S< ma of tho comments are extremely uncomplientary to the American pack? ers. Tl:,> Kreuz Zeitung says: "Since 'in* testimony of General Miles has proved that tlu> packers are so conscienceless as to furnish totally un? lit meat to their own soldiers at the front, they would certainly not Bcruple to sell similar meat to foreigners. We hope these facts will not be lost sight of wh( it tho new meat inspection bill Is considered In the Reichstag." MEAT INSPECTION BILL. As the Reichstag adjourns for Easter on March C.'.tbe meat inspection bill will not bo discussed until the middle t April. The chances of its passage in present shape have diminished late Continued on Eighth page. OTHER TELEGRAPH PAGE 8. j CLASSIFICATION OF NEWS. BY DEPARTMENTS. ' Tetemoh News?Papes l and S. 1 ocal News?Pages 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 13. ji tditori.il?Pace 4. Home Study Circle?Page 4. j Societv?Pages 0. Theatric.!?Page 13. j Special Features?Page 5. \ Irglnia News?Paces to and It, Notth Carolina News?Page 12. i Portsmouth News?Pages 10 and 11. Berkley News?Page n Markets?Page IS, Shipping - Page t6.