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FROM MISSISSIPPI. News of the Day and Notes by the Way in the Magnolia State. SULLIVAN HOLLOW HEARD FROM Fifth of the Famous Sullivans Killed by Blood Ken.—Boy Hart by Powder Ex plosion.—Work on National Park to Begin.—Hon. A. S. Kyle for Treasurer. The celebrated Sullivan's Hollow feud has broken out again, and an other dead man is scored up to the credit of the Sullivan family. Wil son Sullivan has been killed bv nis nephew, Jack Sullivan, at a ciable dead ir.un in Smith county, a short distance from the Simpson county border. The circumstances of the killing were in accord with the usual methods of that section. WU Sullivan and his brother Bill were engaged in a fight, when Jack Sullivan interfered in behulfotthe latter, and stabbed Wilson Sullivan with a huge knife, killing biin in stantly. This makes five members of the Sullivan family who have been killed by blood kin in Sullivan's Hollow within tbo past five or six years. » i SO given at the home of the • 9 son Suspect of Jail Breaking Arrested. R. D. Boyd has been arrested and placed in jail ai Hazlehurst charged with aiding and abetting the at tempted escape of Antonio Dukes and Y. B. Boyd from jail. It will be remembered that Dukes, who is under sentence of death, came very near effecting his escape. Dukes claims that he was assisted in bis effort to break tbe bars of the jail by Y. D. Boyd, the white man in jail without benefit of bail, charged with poisoning his wife in Crystal Springs last November. The man arrested is brother of Y. B. Boyd. He moved there from Tangipahoa parish, La., recently, and he is em ployed in the manufacture of candy on a small »cale. Some one from tbe outside smuggled a brace and bits to tbe would-be jail breakers through a hole in the jail flocr. The officers who arrested Boyd claim that they have indisputable proof that they have caught the right man. Wounded by Spanish Powder. James Clark, a lad of 10 years, had a narrow escape from a hor rible death a short time ago at Ocean Springs, from which he is re covering slowly. His older brother brought home from the Spanish war a lump of Spanish powder, from which the lad was breaking small bits and burning. He accidentally let a lighted bit fall on tbe main lump, when a ter rib. le explosion oc curred, hitting him in tbe stomach and igniting bis clothes. His face and eyes were blown full cf powder and terribly burned; his left hand wus cooked and the flesh fell off. His life was despaired of for many days. The face and stomach have healed witbuot a scar, and one band is gaining fast. It is a remarkable recovery from such an accident. Changes on the Coast. Hon. John F. Williams, recently appointed postmaster at Biloxi, it is understood, will tender his resig nation as deputy United States marshal, to take effect March 1 in order that he may wind jp his busi ness with the term of tbe Federal court which meets at Biloxi Febru ary 23. Mr. James C. Tyler, of Co lumbia, who was tendered the depu ty tnarsbaiship, has accepted the same aod tendered his resignation ns postmaster at Columbia, Marion, county,Miss. Mr.Tyler will be suc ceeded as postmaster by Hon. N. C. Ilarthorne. Lumber Mill to Start. The Houston Brothers' lumber mills, which have been building at Vicksburg for two years, will begin operations witbio tbe' next ten days and will employ 500 hands. This concern representts a million-dollar investment. Two Children Badly Burned. Tbe four-year-old daughter of Lutber McFarland, living in the country ten miles irom Brookhaven, was burned to death a few evenings ago by her clothing catching fire. In the same neighborhood,about the same hour, the three-year-old duugbter of Jeff Cotton was also dangerously burned in tbe same manner. Whitecapcrs Give Bond. Hugh Mugee and Ed Smith, the two young men arrested at the close of the White Cop trail Defore Judge Powell at Brookhaven, have given bond for their appearance before Justice R. D. Laniers court. It is learned that they intend to waive a preliminary trial ot that time and give the required bond for tbeir ap pearance at the May term of the cir cuit court. National Park Contractor Arrives. J. T. Gross, constructor, of Chat tanooga, who was recently awarded the contract of grading and drain ing Grant and Union avenues ot the Vicksburg National Park, baa ar rived there and will make Vicks burg his home until be completes the contracts. This grading will about complete the road work on the park, but there are a dozen fine iron bridges and much other expen sive work to be done. The park is rapidly becoming a place to be via ited by tourists who pass through Vicksurg from the North. New Ice Factory at Yatoo City. Capt. W. D. Pugh, who Las been manager of the Peoples' Ice factory at Yazoo City 9 lnce its organization, has tendered his resignation to tbe stockholders to take effect as early ass practicable. Captain Pugh sev ered his connection with the Peo ple's company to build and maintain an ice factory of hi9 own in connec tion with a coal yard. The new firm will be known as the Yazoo Coal and Ice Company. George B.Twell will succeed Captain Pugh meyer with the Peoples' ice factory. Deplorable Accident at Meridian. A roost deplorable accident oc curred in the Mobile and Ohio yards at Meridian a few dayä ago when Revis Horton shot and in stantly killed Archie White. Horton is a night watchman in the yards of tbe railroad. He is unmarried. White was one of the most popular young men of Meridian. He has a ife and two children. From all the facts that can be learned from witnesses to the affair, the tragedy was purely an accident. Beauvoir Directors to Meet. Division Commander O. L. Mc Kay, United Sods of Confederate Veterans,has called a meeting of tbe directors of tbe Confederate sol diers' home at Beauvoir to take place at Jackson, Thursday morn ing, February 26, at 9 o'clock. Tbe meeting is for tbe purpose of going into permanent organization and adopting a set of rules and regula tions for the management of the home. w eye Tried to Break Jail. Alf Smith, a negro who is tobe banged at Pgplarville on February 18, made a desperate attempt to es cape a few nights age. By some mean be secured tools, with which be sawed away the bars of his ce.l. Then he secreted himself on top of tbe cell, and when the jailer came in with bis dinner be jumped down and succeeded in getting out of the jail, but was captured before be got away. Kyle Out For Treasurer. Hon. A. S. Kyle, of Batesville, is a candidate for State treasurer. Mr. Kyle wxs elected four years ago as one of the members of the legisla ture from Panola county, and was appointed chairman of tbe appro priation noonamittee of that body. Mr. Kyle is a farmer and brother of Hon. J. C. Kyle, ex-member of con gress. Walter Collins Resigns. Walter A. Collins has formally tendered bis resignation as office deputy of tbe United States mar shal, to take effect April 1, in order that he may engage in business at Hattiesburg. The position has been tendered H. C. Strauss, of Jackson, wbo has accepted the same. Disastrous Boiler Explosion. Three wbitaaseu were fatally in jured and several other persons slightly hurt as the result of a boiler explosion at a sawmill at "Shallow Ford." ten miles east of Canton on Pearl river, o few days ago. Valuable Life. New York.—The largest suit on record for tbe loss of a human life has begun in the supreme court at White Pla'ns, when tbe New York Central Railroad Company was asked to paÿ $250,000 damages for tbe death of Alfred E. Perrin, oi New Rochelle, in tbe Park Avenue crash. The action is brought by a trust company as executor of the Peri in estate and guardian of tbe children. Indicted for Sellin; Imitation Batter. De3 Moines, la.—Tbe Armour Packing Company has been indlctef by tbe Polk county grand jury foi violating tbe State dairy law by offering for sale an imitation butter, known as butterioe. It is not oleo margarine, but colored to represenl butter. The Armours intentionall} invited an arrest in order to make t test case. McGovern-Barnstein Match. Philadelphia.—Terry McGovern and Joe Bernstein went tha limit in a six-round bout at Industrial Hall. McGovern forced tbe fighting from start to finish and gave Bernstein punishment in every round. The latter evaded more severe bruising oy clinching. Ha wus knocked down in tbe fifth round, but quick ly regained bis feet. Both men finished in fairly good condition, neither showing distress. TREND OF EVENTS AT WASHINGTON. Transpiracies of Note, News and Views of National Interest. DECIDED VICTORY FOR BOWEN. Administration and Diplomatic Circles Regard the Culmination of the Vene zuelan Matter as Such.—Miss Roose velt to Visit New Orleans. In administration and diplomatic circles tbe reference of the Vene zuelan questions to The Hague is regarded as a victory for Minister Bowen, as Venezuela' thereby is en abled to recover from the distress ing effect of tbe blockade before starting upon tbe payment of her debts. The cumbersome machinery of The Hague, it is expected, will delay matters considerably, and tbe payment of creditor nations cannot begin until the important question of priority payment for the allies is decided. The finding of The Hague tribunal may not bo handed down for several months. The tribunal will also decide the vital question to South American States os to whether blockades and bombardments entitle powers to preferential treatment at the hands of their debtor. Coming from The Hague, it will establish a precedent, while a decision on the point from President Roosevelt would not have carried such weight as decisive of a point of interna tional law. The effect of an adverse finding by tbe president, therefore, could not have prevented tbe allied powers from repeating their block ade next month if they desired, whereas an adverse verdict from The Hague would add a uew canon to the law of nations and stop such a course of practice completely. Disclosure of a secret alliance be tween Germany and Italy consti tutes one of tbe moat Important de velopments in tbe Venezuelan situa tion. This fact has been made known to the British ambassador and it will put all of the negotiators more cloesely on their guard in tbe drafting of the protocols which they hope to submit to Minister Bowen during tbe next few days. Tbe Ger man-ltalian alliance was old news to Mr. Bawen, tbe fact having leaked out iu Caracas before he left there. Generally speaking, the al liance is intended to secure to Italy the same treatment In the allies' set tlement with Venezuela as that re ceived by Germany and Great Britain. Alabama is at last to have a child labor law." Such an enactment is scheduled to go through the State legislature without opposition,"[said Milton T. Tally, of Mobile, while spending a few days in Washington. "This was brought about by a re cent agreement by those representa tives of tbe opposition to child labor in the factories and the Manufactur ers' Association. While tbe measure is not entirely satisfactory to either side of the controversy at the same time, both are willing to let it go through tbe legislature without op position, in lieu of a better meas ure, which, it is felt, could not pass at this time. it I have quit worrying about my nomination." president Roosevelt is reported to have said ta a friend. I consider that settled, and I am quite sure that 1 will be tbe choice of the convention. What I am wor rying about now is whom the Dem ocrats will noninate. From all I can learn, and from the trend of things io general, it seems to me that a man from my own Stats, Judge Parker, will be my oppo nent. <4 44 » I Senor Lopez, the Salvadorean minister, has had advices from his government of a reassuring charac ter, which he has communicated to Secretary Hay. Generally they were to the effect that the people of Salvador are not inclined to war with their Central American neigh bors, and are determined to keep the peace. Tbe boom of Judge Alton B. Parker, of New York, for the Demo cratic nomination for president will be launched next Saturday night, when the Colonial Club will give a dinner in his honor in the club's home, at Seventy-second street and Broadway, being distributed to various digni taries whose presence will give the desired tone to tbe occasion. Invitations are now ; The senate committee on appro priations has reported the District of Columbia appropriation bill. In ■ amounting to $1,645,435 have crease Ijeen made, making tbe total of $11,396,090. «A provision has been incorporated in tbe bill making an advance of $10,000,000 to be made to the District by the treasury to meet genera! expenses of the Dis trict, upon which interest, at 2 per sent, is to be paid. Washington.—-Senator Patterson bas introduced an amendment to the Philippine currency bill to carry into effect the recommendation of the president for the appointment of a commission to devise a plan for a commercial exchange ratio between the gold standard and silver stand ard countries. Senator Elkins, of West Virginia, presented to the president three members of the West Virginia legislature who came to consult with the rivers and har bors committee of the bouse as to the project to make a nine-foot stage of water in the Ohio river from Pittsburg tc Cairo. Senor Assis Brasil, the minister from Brazil, called at the state de partment recently to talk with Sec retary Hay over the threatening conditions in Acre. The secretary's efforts to prevent hostilities have not sc far suceeded, and he is re strained from tendering the good offices of the United States by an in disposition on the part of Brazil to accept them in a case like this, when she is not prepared to admit of any doubt of her claims to Acre. Somo of the New England Repub lican senators are saying some pret ty things about New York these days. One of them, in conversation with a correspondent, said: "lam getting tired of a certain coterie of prominent financial men in New York trying to run this gov ernment, and incidentally the United States senate. They think the sue rises and sets in New York and that the rest of the people have no rights that they should respset. Friends of the navy in and out of government are rejoicing over the organization of the Navy League of the Uuited States. The league is en tirely free from politics, aud its sole purpo69 is the building up of the navy, until it is equal to any de mands that may be made on it, and holding it there. The bill creating a department o commerce and labor has beeD agreed upon by conferees of both bouses and it is expected that in tbe form agreed upon it will become a law. All features of tbe bill have been published, ineluding section 6, the amendment relating to corpora tion Half a billien dollars in gold is the value placed on the American in vestments owned by 1117 American companies, firms and individuals in Mexico, according to a recent con sular report. A new postofflee has been estab lished at Harvey, Claiborne county. Miss., with Robert W. East, as post master. _ CHINESE DOWAGER MAY BE DEAD. Though if Such is the Case all Authentic News is Suppressed. London.—A dispatch frem Tien Tsio, China, to the London Stand ard says that private reports indi-' cate an unusual state cf affairs in the imperial palace at Pekin. It is suggested that a recent rumor of the death of the dowager empress may possibly be true, aud that the news is being suppressed until the completion of the New Year's ob servances. Tbe Empress Dowager Tsa-Hsi was boro November 17, 1833. She is one of the most remark able women of the age and has for many years been virtual ruler of Chiua. Grau Retires. New York.— Muurice Grau, the head of the Maurice Grau ÜDera Company, has officially announced that he would retire from the opara business for a year at least. The di rectors decided they would not en gagera the opera business until Mr. Grau was management. ready to rfesume active Boers Like Texas. Houston, Texas.—A number of representative citizens and officials ol the late Boer Republic, who re cently toured Texas with a view to colonization, have returned to Hous ton, accompanied by Southern Pa cific officials. The Boers expressed themselves as intending to advocate cofouies of Boers for Texas. Shot Desperate Man. Montgomery, Ala.—An Adver tiser special from Jasper, Ala., says: City Marshal Frank Wilson, of Car bon Hill, shot ucd killed Bob Bur ton in a pistol duel on the streets. Burton was considered a dangerou* and is said to have killed three man men. He had a dispute with Wilson a few days ago ana both men were ; on tbe lookout. Killed by Dynamite. Roanoke, Va.— 'While several men engaged in thawing dynamite at the Grubbs mines, fifteen miles from Roanoke,an explosion occurred P. W. Welford and were occurred. Palmer Keller were instantly ki led and L. EL Payne was fatally injured. Welford leaves a widow and saveral Ti e other men were un All tbe victims were children. married. white. SLIGHT INCREASE IN COTTON CROP Over the Marketings of the Five Months Just Past of 1901-2. A TOTAL OF 8,949,984 BALES Being an Increase of 9,744 Bales Over Last Year, 843,518 Over Year Before Last and of l t l68,872 ( T)ver 1900.—Tex as and Indian Territory Show Decrease. New Orleaus.—Secretary Hester's analysis of the cotton movement for tbe five months of the season from September 1 to the close of January, inclusive, shows that compared with tbe crop movement last year, Texas, including Indian Territory, has brought into sight this season in round figures 91,000 bales less, while other Gulf States, 'which include Arkaosass, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Missouri and Oklahoma, have marketed 24,000 more and tbe group of Atlantic States, which in dudes North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Vir ginia, 77,000 more, making the net increase in the total of crop market ed 10,000. Mr. Hester shows the amount brought into sight by groups of States for the five months of this season as follows: Texas and Indian Territory 2,337,924 bales, a decrease under tbe same time last year of 90,825; a decrease under year before last of 523,183, and an increase over the same time in 1900 of 21,002. Other Gulf States, 2,589,140; an increase over last year of 24,260; an increase over year before last oi 470,443, and an increase ôver 1900 of 531.645. Atlantic States, 3,113,025, an in crease over last year of 76,309; an increase over year before last of 536,263, and in increase over 1903 of 534,045. Total crop in sight at the close of January, 8,040,934, an increase over last year of 9,744; over year before last of 843,518, and an increase over 1900 of 1,168,872. The groups of States above fur nisbed in round figures of the crops of lost year and the year before, from Texas and Indian Territory last year 2,933,000 bales, and year before last 3,809,000; other Gulf States, 3,434,000 last year, and year before last, 2,287,100; Atlantic States, 4,254,000 last year, and year before last 3,793,000. Duty Refunded. Berlin.—The customs controversy regarding tbe American wheat, which, it was claimed, contained a mixture cf Canadian wheat, has been settled by the refunding of tbe extra duty. The committee of Ham burg and Berlin grain experts, wbo were called in by the customs au thorities, reported that it was im possible to prove cases where Cana dian wheat was mixed up with American [wheat. It is believed by tbe German shippers that tbe recent agreement with tbe American ex changes that Canadian wbuät cer tificates must be marked "bonded, will remove all causes for disagree ment iu tbe future. I » Self Government Promised. Uloemlontein, Orange River.— Colouial Secretary Chamberlain in a speech delivered here promised that progressive self-government would be granted by Great Britain to the Orange River and the Trans vaal colonies. He said that tbe ravages caused by the war had been greater than he expected to see, and he was convinced that if hostilities bad ceased at the time of tbe fall of Pretoria nine-tenths of the loss could heave been avoided. To Investigate Condition of Negroes. Washington.—The senate commit tee on educution and labor has au thorized a favorable report on tbe bill providing for the appointment of a commission of five to investigate the condition of the colored people of the United States, especially with référé nee to the educational facili ties afforded them. Republican Editors to Meet Washington.—The annual national convention of Delegates from the Republican States' Editorial Asso ciation in the United States has been called to meet ot the Arlington Hotel, in this city, on Thursday and Friday, February 26 and 27, by A. O. Bunnell, editor of the Danville, (N. Y.) Advertiser, secretary of tbe National association. Favors an Alliance. Paris.—The Marquis of Castel lane, father of Count Boni de Cas tellan, has an article in Eilaire iu which ne advceate3 an alliance be tween the United States and France, with the object of keeping Germany and the rest of Europe out of South America. Tbe writer asserts that such an alliance would place tbe Monrce Doctrino in shelter from all attack without costing a drop of blood. A GHOULISH AFFAIR. 1lfh Officers Charged With Implication in Indianapolis Orave Robbery. Indianapolis, Ind.—No evidence iver recited in an Indiana court produced a greater sensation than :bat caused by the testimony heard n the cose of the State against Dr. los. C. Alexander, charged with grave robbery, and, io substance, with being chief and principal of a ■>and of ghouls whose operations save despoiled 1000 graves in a icore of the cemeteries of Indianap )lis. Cantrell's testimony bas con îected not only Alexander with the putrages, but also implicated pby noians of public institutions. Offi cials of the Central hospital for tbe nsane, according 'to bis evidence, were "seen" by D*. Alexander and 'fixed" to enable Cantrell to rob institution graves. Addicks Withdraws. Dover, Del.—The announcement that J. Edward Addicks had with drawn from tbe candidacy for United States senator, which he has urged so persistently since 1895, created an immense sensation. The belief is general that tbe refusal cf tbe United States senate to confirm United Spates District Attorney William M. Byrne had tbe effect of bringing about Mr. Addicts' with drawal. choice for senator in place of Ad dicks will probably be Governor Hunn or Secretary of State Layton. . The Union Republican Hobson's Resignation Accepted. Washington.—Naval Constructor Richmond P. Hobson's resignation has been accepted by Secretary Moody, who bas written Mr. Hobson as follows: << The department ac knowledges receipt of your resigna tion tendered January 20, 1903, also your telegram February 20, 1903, declining to reconsider the same. Your resignation from the United States navy is accepted to take effect from this date, February 6, 1903." Green Sentence Commuted. Washington.—In the case of James Green, who was convicted in Octo ber last cf violating an injunction of the court io intimidating miners of the Pocahontas coal mines, in Vir ginia, and sentenced to serve four months in jail, from December 18, th8 president has commuted tbe sen tence. The attorney-general in re viewing the case, found that the in fraction of the injunction was slight, and as Green previously had an ex cellent reputation, and has a large family dependent upon bim, it was recommended that bis sentence be commuted to expire forthwith. *» Charged With "Trusting. Chicago.—Suit for $100,000 dam ages has been filed agaiustGudebrod Bros. A Co. and the Pottstown Thread Company, two New York thread houses, by Smith A Meyer, Chicago, thread manufacturers, in which the defendants are charged with attempting to "crush" their Western competitors. According to the statement of facts filed, falss re ports were circulated reflecting upqo tfrfl credit ot the plaintiffs. The defendants are also charged with beingin a trust. Disastrous Windstorm. New York.—A terrific Windstorm prevailed in this city throughout the entire day. The gale blew at tbe rate of sixty miles an hour, and in the vicinity of the now famous "Flatiron Building" no one could stand long eoough to make an esti mate of its force. Scores of people were blown from their feet at this place, and several of them were se verely injured. A 14-year-old bov picked up by the wind and hurled under the wheels of an auto mobile and killed. was Murdered for His Money. Athens, Ga.— Samuel S. Hudson, a Confederate veteran aged 75 murdered at his home years, was | four miles from tbib city one week ago and his body was found in a cot where he had lived. It Is tage thought robbery was the motive for the crime. Monte Carlo Closed. Cairo.—A number of wealthy and upper-class people from parts of the world who have been in the habit of gatnbliug at Monte Car lo, and who flocked to Cairo to gam ble at tbe casiao here, bave been noyed by tbe action of Lord Cro mer. British agent in Egypt, in causing the police to close the casino and stop the gambling. various an Giron Goes Home at Last. Geneva.—The local advisor of the former crown princess of Saxony has made the following announce ment: 41 M. Gircn will leave Geneva this evening for Brusssels, where he will join his family. M. Giron has broken off all relations with the princess in order to impede the reunion of the priaceas with her children. »9 NEWS OF THE DAY TERSELY RELATED. Doings of a Busy World Told in Pointed Paragraphs. WAVES FROM THE MAGIC WIRES Condensed and Served While Hot To Our Readers in Labor Saving Slices Cream of Late Dispatches From The Fonr Quarters of the Globe. Monroe,.La., is to have a new $15,000 opera bouse. A Delaware man is organizing a charity trust In Washington. Dr. Aronson, oi Berlin, has dis covered a cure for scarlatina. John H. Carroll, United States consul at Cadiz, Spain is dead. Tbe Tennessee legislature has passed a "Jim Crow" street car law. The total number ot doaths from plague at Mazatlin up to February 1 was 200. The measures for relief ot the destitute in Finnland are being well organized. Nebraska farmers have been un able to have their grain moved by tbe railroads. The keel of tbe battleship Louis iana has been laid at the Newport News navy yard. The sultan of Turkey is mobiliz ing an army of 240,000 men for ser vie# in Macedonia. Coi. F. N. Wicker, United States appraiser of customs for the port of New Orleans, is dead. Marconi expects soon to encircle the earth and to apply his system to publishing newspapers. . The president of Mexico has ap pointed a commission to study the silver and other financial matters. William J. Bryan has announced that he will not no attend any ban quet at which Grover Cleveland is a guest. Tbe British Temperance party is jubilant over the operation of the new liquor law, which has reduced the number of saloons, and caused a decrease in druukenness. Commercial bodies of San Fran cisco are urging that the bubcnic plague be stamped out, and that dead wood be lopped off the State board cf health. Wireless electric messages have been sent through plate glass win dows in New York. Dr. Douglass, of Morgan City, La., died suddenly of heart disease at Pensacola, Fla., a few days ago. Tbe British minister at Washing ton has been "annoyed" at finding that Germany and Italy have a se cret treaty concerning Venezuela. The United Confederate Veterans of Birmingham, Ala., have indorsed the bill to pension ex-slaves. Deputy Lasies has challenged Deputy Sellee to fight a duel, as a result'of an altercation in the corri dor of the chamber of deputies at Paris. Vexation at tbe prolongation of the Venezuelan affair is still upper most in the minds cf Englishmen. Get out of the mess aod keep out of it" is the goneral sentimënt in Great Britain. The polygamy question again came up for discussion in the United States senate and the opponents of the measure insisted upon inserting a provision aimed at the Mormon church. Many people in Great Britain and Ireland believe that the Irish land problem will «hortly solve itself. The announcement from Washing ton that the Venezuela protocols are in course cf preparation has created great satisfaction in London. ' The Statehood bill blocks the path of tbe Cuban reciprocity treaty. Unless a compromsie is reached on the Statehood bill an extra session of congress will be called. The bouse passed the Littlefield anti trust bill by a vote of 245 to 0. All amendmenhts offered by Demo crats were ruled out or voted down. 11 Tbe Littlefield anti-trust bill passed the-house unanimously. Senator Patterson has introduced an amendment to tbe Philippine currency bill to carry into effect the recommendation of the president for the appointment of a commission to devise a plan for a commercial ex change ratio between the gold standard and silver standard coun tries. M. J. Jussserand, the recently ap pointed French ambassador, has been presented formally to Presi dent Roosevelt. Disclosures of a secret alliance be tween Germany and Italy constitued the most important development in the Venezuelan situation at Wasn ington. The fact was made known to the British ambassador, and it will uiako the negotiators more cau tious than ever.