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Official Journal ofthe Parish of Lafourche Guardian of tho Interest of the Town. VOL XII THIBODAUX, LA..pATüR DAY. MARCHS, 1 909.' NO. 22 WRECKERS WITH CR0SSÏIE Causes Derailment of Train Near Irene. [HE EHCISEE R IS S LIGHTLY HURI Baton RowgfCitizens Greatly Inter ested in Natural Gas Project. ' Peculiar Sinking of Ground Near Abbeville. Some one placed a crosstlle on the rails of the Louisiana Railway ind Navagation Company near Irene to the upper portion of this parish, ind derailed the engine, tender and cars, and slightly Injured En eans, who was placed in the sani tarium at Baton Rouge for medical attention. The wreck was cleared in time not to interrupt traffic ind officers from the local sheriff's office and for the railroad company are making a strict inves tigation of the matter and hope to trace the agency that led up to the wreck. A reward of $50 is offered by the railroad company for the ar rest of the perpetrators of the deed. Interested in Natural Gas Project. The advent of the oil and natural gas pipe line from the Caddo oil field, as projected, is interpreted by the best authorities here as being the beginning of an era of construc tion for manufacturing enterprises !n Baton Rouge. With the large river and rail transporation fracill lies at hand and the wealth of raw material within easy reach of the city on every hand, it is the firm opinion of the best posted authori ties, local and foreign, that the city will begin to move In the direction of being a large manufacturing cen ter. The culmination of the project to pipe oil and gas through this city to New Orleans Is watched with as much interest here as It Is at New Orleans. Peculiar Sinking of Gronnd. Earthquakes are unknown in Louis tana, but the unaccountable sinking of the ground on the farm of Fran cois Polombo, about two miles north of Abbeville, suggests such phenome non. For a distance of about one hundred and fifty feet the earth is cracked open with a distinct depres lon on one side of the fissure. A ubbling spring and escaping gas on couple of hundred yards dis förftteft somé clew to the cause of this unusual disturbance of the earth's surface. The occurrence has exicited considerable curiosity in the community, and attracted large crowds of sightseers. Canning Factory Attracting Attention The fact that the canning factory at Baton Rouge is in process of erec tion and is promised to be in opera tion in the next few months has at tracted considerable atention in this Eection, and has been greatly in strumental in promoting attention to truck growing on the part of the planters of this section. As soon as (he officers are elected the manage ment will begin energetic work in the direction of assuring for the plant an adequate supply of truck and native wild fruit and berries to keep the plant in operation. Smallpox in Winn Parish. The Parish Board of Health of Winn held a protracted meeting and adopted strenuous resolutions to com bat. t.he smallpox in Winn parish. Among the measures are perfect iso lation. Teachers and public school pupils are required to be vaccinated and no child allowed to attend school who does not present certifi cate of vaccination. A pesthouse for whites is now being erected here. The most perfect confidence is felt In the plans for successfully controll ing and eradicating t.he disease in this parish. School Principal and a Patron Mix-up Considerable excitement was cre ated in front of the Parish High School at Monroe by a personal en counter between Prof. T. O. Brown, the principal and L. T. Woodward, I a patron. The trouble arose over Woodward's son. Neither of the com batants was seriously injured, al though a doctor was called in to see Mr. Woodward, who is alleged to have been cut with a penknife by Mr. Brown. Water Admitted to New Locks. The levee between the Palquemine locks and the bayou was cut by the engineers and the lock will be fill ed after which the levee to the river will be opened, admitting the river. This event marks the beginning of the end of the work on this lock that, through delays for various rea sons, has required nearly twenty years to complete. Alleged Embezzler Returned. Sheriff Jack Parker of Monroe has returned from Memphis with J. E. Johnson, who was arrested on a war rant issued here charging embezzle ment. Negro Arrested for Murder. In response to a telegram from Sheriff Marrero, of Jefferson parish. Chief of Police David Yohaffey of Jennings arrested Jesse Clark, a ne uro, whi is wanted for the murder of a section boss near New Orleans nearly three years ago. Clark has been a resident of Jennings most of the time since the crime was com mitted, but had not been located. He was placed in the city jail, wait a is tag the arrival of Sheriff Marrero. [eve I STATE BOARD OP EDUCATION. Against Practice of Parish Superin tendents, Acting as Principal While a majority of the members of the State Board of Education are in principle against the practice of the Parish Superintendent acting as the principal of a high school, it now develops that It not by any means is a settled fact that the State Board when 1 meets on March 17 will take action along these lines. The probabilities are that the State Board of Education will decide that it has not the legal right to require a Parish Superintendent to give up the principality cf a school. Some of the members of the Board are known to'take the position that the Board has no right in, law to. shall divide his time; that is a mat ter for the Parish Board to say. The authority of the State Board of Edu cation is confined to the qualifica tions of the Superintendent, and to determine whether or not he is quali fied to hold the position. This question Is coming up for decision from Ouachita Parish, where charges were made against Superintendent Brown that he was acting as the Par ish Superintendent and the principal of the high school. There are about seven Superintendents in the State who do not give all of their time to their office of Superinten dent. Smallpox Prevalent. Smallpox Is prevalent In wards one, three and seven of Caldwell parish, but up to this writing there has been no fatalities. All of the lo calities affected are in the rural dis tricts, and the disease is confined mainly to negroes. Steps are being taken by the parish health authori ties to isolate the patients, and it is believed that no further spread of the malady will occur. Workmen Must Live in Bogalnsa. The men employed at the New Orleans Great Northern shop at Florenville, have been notified that the train carrying the workmen from Mandeville to Florenville will be abolished, and the men will be oblige to make Bogalusa their head quarters. Many of these families own homes, and it is a hard blow to them, as it is also to many others who reside here. Organize Law and Order League. The citizens of Ponchatoula, da ploring the many atrocities committ ed in the parish of Tangipahoa re cently, have issued a call for a mass meeting to organize a law and order league for the purpose of assisting the authorities in the punishment and detection of crime and to affil 'iate with the parif.h league, which has been organized at Amite City. Potato Acreage Increased. The week has been an ideal one for farmers around Bayou Chicot and much farm work has been done during the last few days. A great deal of corn has been planted, be sides garden seeds of all descrip tions. The Irish potatoes are com ing up nicely and the crcp in this sec tion will be three or four hundred per cent larger than last year. No Clew To Murderer. The officers of Opelousas are still without a clew to the identity of the murderer of the negro girl Victoria Eaglan, who was found dead on the track of the Southern Pacific Rail road about two miles south of thip city. Though one negro has been ar rested and is held on suspicion there seems to be little or no evi dence that he committed the crime Farmers Make Good Headway. The farmers of the Plaucheville section have made very good head way in their fields, owing to the fine weather that has prevailed here for t.he past few days. Most farmers have about finished planting their corn, and the preparation of the soil for t.he next cotton crop will soon be under way. Push Work on Mill. Progress on the tap road of the Avoyelles Cypress Company, Ltd., at Cottonport is rapid, and the laying of crossties and rails will soon he under way. Material to work on the big mill proper has arrived and ft is understood that work on the big plant will not be deferred much longer. Father and Son Escape. Joe Frank Dubois and Walter Du bois, father and son, who were pris oners in the pariah Jail at Crowley, under charge of carrying concealed weapons, have escaped. The elder was a member of the road gang em ployed building roads for the parish, and the younger had been paroled. Miss Fannie Nelkin, of Natchito ches recovered a lot of valuable jew elry which she lost two years ago while going from the Texas and Pa cific depot to her home. The jew elry was found in the possession of a negro woman who had found the bag and appropriated its contents. Rally at Grand Prairie. The advocates of the parish divi sion movement opened their camp aign for the creation of the new par ish of Evangeline at Grand Prairie Sunday. A number of local advoca tes of the government were present and delivered addresses favorable to the cause. The election to take the sense of the voters on the question is five weeks off, but both the pros and antis are hard at work, and will continue active in the field until the [eve of the election, HEWS NOTES FROH WASHINGTON Happenings of the Weak Briefly Told—The Latest News From the Capital • The House passed the Appalachian bill. Congress passed a bill revising the copyright laws. The general deficiency bill waa passed by the Senate. Fred W. Carpenter was appointed Secretary to the President. « * All of the members of President Roosevelt's Cabinet resigned. The house, by a vote to . «P « official residence at the White House. Ben S. Moore, of Monroe, La., sent President Taft a unique walking cane. Southern senators began a filibus ter in the Senate against the penal code bill. A movement has been started to change the date of the inauguration to May 1. Roosevelt is puzzled over the pro blem of how to dispose of his stock of 800 "big sticks." The War Department will send a snagboat to Cane River, La., to re move obstructions. The cadets of the Virginia Mili t ary Institute were presented with a silk flag at Washington. James Richardson Stevens, of Ala bama, was appointed National Bank Examiner at New Orleans. Senator H. D. Money, of Missis sippi, delivered a notable speech in the Senate on the race question. President Taft sent the nomina tions of his Cabinet to the Senate and they were promptly confirmed. The American cruisers Pennsyl vania and California are investigat Ing the trouble in Central American. Wyron T. Herrick, of Ohio, for business reasons, declined an ambas sadorship at the hands of President Elect Taft. The Government engineers are puz zled over the question of how to re store Jefferson Davis names to Cabin John Bridge, Ex-President Roosevelt before he retired issued an order closing the Naval Stations at New Orleans and Pensacola, Fla Everybody at Washington is happy over the resignation of D. W. Crum, the negro Collector of Customs, at Charleston, S. C. The conferees on the agricultural appropriation bill agreed to an ap propriation of $225,000 to fight the cotton boll weevil. The new tariff bill has been tenta tively completed by the Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee. William Loeb, Jr., who was Sec retary to the President under Roose velt, was appointed Collector of Cus toms at the port of New York. The Louisiana delegation In Con gress called on President Taft and ask him to revoke the crder closing the New Orleans Naval Station. By a vote 47 to 35 the Senate re fused to put a statehood rider on the House resolution looking to the prevention of discrimination against American Jews traveling in Russia. There is a rumor floating around Washington that the Supreme Court has given an intimation that it will sustain the validity of an income tax if a case again brought before that tribunal. Rear Admiral Charles S. Sperry, made formal application to be reliev ed from duty as Commander-in-Chief of the Atlantic battleship fleet, and Rear Admirial Seaton Schroder, has been appointed in his place. The Senate Committee on Judiciary voted to report a disagreement on the resolution providing for an in vestigation of the absorption of the Tennesee Iron and Coal Company by the United States Steel Corporation. The Democratic members of the Senate conducted a successful fili buster against the reconstruction provisions in the penal code bill Af ter the objectionable sections had. beep stricken out the bill was pass ed. Speaker Cannon, of the'House of Representatives, declared him self in favor of changing the date of the presidential inauguration from March, 4 to May 1, and aided that as one Representative in Congress he would lend his aid in any effort to bring this about. "I witnessed the dreadful weather conditions that prevailed in 1872, when four or five hundred people caught their deaths," he said. "I recall the Harrison inauguration, with the soaking, chilling rain storms, and the snow and icy gale that made life miserable at Cleve land's second inauguration. If the change of date is made it might as well be fixed later than April, for even an April rain would cause great discomfort and mveh sickness, and I should think that May 1 would pro mise more certainty for fair weather. The final act. though unofficial in so far as the House was concerned tcok place in the Senate chamber, where both houses witnessed the in coming of the new administration. It was reported that Oscar Strauss had been offered the ambassadorship to Japan. The Senate was more critical in confirming Mr. Taft's cabinet than ever before. It was stated that the records of the Federal land office might be tur ned over to the State of Louisiana. WIRE FLASHES The Pope is recov illness. The Coiima Vole in violent eruption. . The storm damaa Md., is nearly $1,001 Ten persons perishj house fire in New Railway traffic been paralyzed by The Winn Parish: tided $1,000 to -Convicts in be worked/on ig from his Mexico, is Baltimore, > a tenement fermany has ird. Jury pro llpox. wish will roads, 'made at his preliminary examination at St. Martinville. Two attempts were made to wreck Louisville and Nashville trains near Montgomery. Three young lady school teachers were injured in a runaway accident at West Point. Dan Maybe was indicted at Jack son, Miss., on the charge of murder ing Sam Reber. Attorneys for W. A. Sorsby, at Jackson, < Miss., will not ask for a change of venue. The Dawes interests brought in a gas well at Vivian, La., with 50,000, 000 feet daily capacity. The Guatemalan Government has ordered the teaching of English in the schools of that country. Mrs. Hattle Pope is under arrest at Montevallo, Ala., charged with the murder of her aged mother. T.he plant of the Tan Mile Lumber Company, Ten Miles, Miss., was de stroyed by fire. Loss $75,000 Ex-President Roosevelt announced for the first time that he would sail from New York for Africa on March 23 at noop. The grand Jury st Memphis re fused to indict O. N. Wisner, former President of the Lancashire Com press Company Police Captain W. H. Mathews, of the Fifth Precinct, at Washington, D. C., was shot and killed by Pa trolman Collier. Fannie Rice was married at Colo rado Springs to P. W. Ryder, a Bos ton traveling man, and will retire from the stage. . The Servian Go»^ment has mod ified its demandi oft^Austrla, and an early settlement of the Balkans dis pute seems probable. Mrs. J. H. Reynolds, Matron at the Escambia County (Fla.) Poor Farm, died from excitement over fire at the institution, The village of Masran, Asiatic Turkey, has been destroyed by an earthquake. One hundred and fifty people were buried in the ruins. It is learned that leases were se cured a year ago on land in West Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee Par ishes to operate an oil and gas pipe line. The death of Hon. S. N. Sample creates a second vacancy in Missis sippi senatorial ranks, Hon. Sam Whitman having been elevated to a chancellorship. Every lawyer, physician and den tist in Louisiana will have to pay a privilege license this year, and the returns will more than offset the expenses of the State Auditing De partment. Mrs. Baker Sively, Jr., of Jackson, Miss., who recently secured a verdict for $30,000 against her mother-in law at Newton for alleged alienation of her husband's affections, eloped with her husband. Joseph B. Keallng, United States District Attorney at Indianapolis, Ind., refused to prosecute Delevan Smith and Charles R. Williams, who were indicted in connection with the Panama" libel case, and resigned from his office. The peonage cases involving offi cers and employes of the Jackson Lumber Company Lockhart, Ala., will be appealed, to the United States Supreme tîoùft, pfdviding a rehear ing is not granted by the United States Court of Appeals. On motion of Senator Aldrich the Bailey resolution regarding presi dential interference with executive communications to Congress was re ferred to the Committee on Judiciary by a vote of*52 to 25. The vote was on strict party lines. The following negroes were exe cuted in Louisiana: Wallace and Benjamin Jones, brothers, at Port Allen, for the murder of Conductor Hall; Charles Davis, at Port Allen, for murdering Penitentiary Guard W. H. Boatner; Charles Madison, at Lake Charles, for criminally assault ing Sidonla Kelly, a negro girl; An drew Washington, at Tallulah, for the murder .of his wife, and Jack Ratler, at Franklin, for murdering his wife. P. U. Benjamin, former Alderman at Natchez, was fined $500 on plead ing guilty to a charge of illicit re tailing. Five suspects at Little Rock, Ark., in connection with fake contests were indicted for larceny and obtain ing money on false pretenses. A special freight train, running between Angola and New Orleans on the Red River Valley Railroad, was derailed at Irene Station by train wreckers, and Engineer C. J. Williams slightly injured. BALTIMORE BIT BY STORM Damage to Public Service Cor porations $700,000. 100 MILES Of WIRE ARE DOWN Traffic Greatly Impeded in the East Trains In and Out of Wash ington Delayed Many Hours. Baltimore, Md.—Latest and care ful estimates based on information obtained, place the damage by the stoTn^fatnrda^ to public service cor fTOOjMO^ to. 4J of George R. GaitBer, whô~"âf "the last election was the Republican can didate for governor, was found dead, a victim of the storm, beside the tracks of the United Railways, by linemen of the road. His body was frozen stiff. It is thought that Granger attempted to walk from the home of friends in Mount Washing ton, a suburb of the city, to his home in Forest Park, a distance of several miles and that he was over come by the cold. It Is estimated that at least one hundred miles of electric wires lie prostrate within the limits of the city as a result of the storm and more than five hundred poles are down. The long distance telephone peo ple report six hundred poies down between here and Washington while between here and Havre De Gras about five hundred sections of wire are down. Between this city and Harrisburg scattered wires are brok en and many poles are down. All the trouble in this direction-is south of the Susquehanna river. The town of Annapolis is a mass of tangled electric, telegraph and telephone wires. Communication by rail from this point to Annapolis is almost normal. Hardships Endured. Washington.— v»ashington was badly tied up. Trains were few and far between, running generally from five to six hours behind their sched ule. -Little parties of those who went from this city to attend the in auguration ceremonies straggled with all sorts of stories of hardships. Traffic out of Washington, they re port, was seriously muddled and there was little hope of relief for twenty-four hours or more. Passen gers on particularly belated trains told of making forty miles in ten hours. There was no dining car on the train and sandwiches commanded fabulous prices. Traffic Prostrated. Philadelphia.—The most severe rain and sleet storm of the winter prevailed in eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey Saturday, and as a result all wire communica tion with the south was broken off. The telegraph, telephone and rail road companies announced that thoy had lost ail their wires between Wilmington, Delaware and Balti more. The telephone companies say they encountered the worst trou ble about forty miles from Balti more. Between Wilmington and Bal timore it is reported that poles and wires were carried to the ground by either the wind or the heavy coat ing of ice and snow with which they were encumbered. Train service be tween this city and Washington has been greatly hampered on account of the slow movement of trains made necessary by the lack of wires. FRENCH PRESS COMMENT. Views on the Outgoing and Incoming President. Paris—The papers of Paris show the consensus of opinion is that Roosevelt has had a remarkably successful and picturesque career; that he has aroused the moral forces of the United States, and interna tionally has filled an important role on the world's stage. Although he is a great preacher, he has been dis tinctly a man of action, "an athletic in politics as well as in sport, war and theology." Mr. Taft, although less Impulsive than his predecessor, is regarded as a man of great capac ity and moral strength; consequent ly, he is characterized as a "safer" President, both for America and Eu rope. "Neither the United States nor Europe, ' one paper says, "need now fear the theatrical coups which up set them In the Roosevelt regime." SALOME DANCE FORBIDDEN. Police Stop Gertrude Hoffman's Per formance in Kansas City. Kansas City, Mo.—Gertrude Hoff man, thé actress, was enjoined by the Circuit Court here from presenting the Salome dance during the remain der of her engagement here in the leading part of the ,'Mimic World" on the ground that the dance is Inimical to public morals. PAYS DEATH PENALTY. Mnrderer of a Women Hanged in Nebraska. Lincoln, Neb.—R. Meade Shum way, convicted of the murder of Mrs. Jacob Martin was hanged Monday af ternoon at the Nebraska penitentia ry. The drop fell at c-:30. He was pronounced dead at 2:08. Shumway kept his nerve until the end. He walked calmly to the scaffold pro testing his innocence before the death march began. GIST OF TAFT'S ADDRESS. Defines His Toward the Attitude South. The steps which my predecessor took and the legislation passed on his recommendations have accom plished much, have caused a general halt in the vicious policies which created popular alarm, and have brought about in the business affect ed a much higher regard for existing law. It is imperatively necessary that a tariff bill be drawn in good faith in accordance with promises made be fore the election by the party in pow er, and as promptly passed as due consideration will permit. The putting into force of, J*wa afcalj may the- conservation eral Government, including the most important work of saving and re-, storing our forests, and the great improVment of waterways, are alj proper government functions which must involve large expenditures if properly performed. We should have an army so organ ized and so officered as tr. be capa ble in the time of emergency, in • o operation with the national militia and ander the provisions of a proper national volunteer hv, rapidly to expand into a force sufficient to re sist all probably invasion from abroad and to furnish a respectable expeditionary force, if necessary, in the maintenance of our traditional American policy whlcii hears the name of President Monroe. One of the reforms to be carried out during the incoming administra tion is a change of our monetary and banking laws, so as to secure greater elasticity in the forms of cur rency available for trade, and to prevent the limitations of law from operating to increase the embarrass ments of a financial panic. The Panama Canal will have a most Important bearing upon the trade between the eastern and the far western section of our country, and will greatly increase the facili ties for transportation between the eastern and western seaboard, and may possibly revolutionize the trans continental rates with respect to bulky merchandise. I look forward with hope to in ceasing the already good feeling be tween the South and the other sec tions of the country. It may well admit of doubt wheth er, in the case of any race, an ap pointment of one of their number to a local office in a community in which the race feeling is so wide spread and acute as to interfere with the ease and facility with which the local government business can be done by the appointee, is of suffi cient benefit by way of encourage ment to the race to outweigh the re currence and increase of race feel ing which such an appointment is ».kely to engender. Therefore, the Executive, in rwogai tu-; the ii'-gro race by appointments, must exercise a careful discretion not thereby to do it more harm than good. On the other hand, we must be careful not to encourage the mere pretense of race feeling manufactured in the in terest of individual political ambi tion. OVER A THOUSAND LOST. Great Boat Disaster Reported on the Canton River. Victoria.—A disaster on the Can ton river involving the loss of more than one thousand lives followed the overturning of a kerosene lamp on a flower boat while t.he steamer Akima Maru, which reached this port, was at Hong Kong. The boat was burn ed to the water's edge, the flames reaching to the other boats and per mitting no one to escape owing to the dffiiculty of moving the cumber sume flower boats lying along an un broken line made fast from chains. SERVIAN CRISIS ENDED. The Belgrade Government Has Re ceded From Its Position. Berlin. — Dispatches received at the Foreign Office here confirm the reports that the Servian Premier had declared that Servia, on the ad vice of Russia, France, Great Britain and Italy does not insist upon terri torial compensation from Austria Hungary. Servia regards the ques tion of the autonomy of Bosnia and Herzgovents as settled through the Turkish-Austrian agreement, and she will not bring the matter up again. NEGRO LYNCHED. Slayer of Deputy Sheriff Shot to Death by Mob. Atlanta, Ga.—News has reached here of the lynching at Blakely, Ga., of John Fowler, colored, who was in jail at that place charged wlt.h th? murder of Deputy Sheriff Murchison Monday. The negro was taken from the jail by a crowd of about twenty five and shot to death. SAFE BLOWER CAPTURED. Booty and 7,000 Stamps Recovered in Room. Birmingham, Ala.—James O Con nell, partner of George Barton, the noted safe blower, was captured here by local officers. O'Connell was in room 13 of a local hotel, and a large quantity of booty was recover ed in the room, including about 7000 stamps. The two men are believed to have been the robbers of the post office at Outhbert, Ga. — REFUSES 10 PROSECUTE. Federal District Attorney in In diana Creates Sensation. GOmENT 'S ACTION DENOUNCED The Attorney Declines to Aid in De lavan Smith's Extradition Be lieves Government's Work Is Unlawful. Washington.—United States Dis trict Attorney Keallng, of Indiana polis, has resigned rather than par ticipate in the efforts of the Depart ment of. Justice to bring Delavan Smith and Joseph Pullzter to Wash ington to stand trial for criminal Won with publicatiç railroad. District Attorney Keallng, in a let ter to the Attorney General, dated March 2, says: "I beg to inform you that I have to-day sent my formal resignation as United States Attorney for the Dis trict of Indiana to the President of the United States, with the request that the same be accepted no later than March 15, 1909. "I am informed that indictments have been returned by the Grand Jury of the District of Columbia, against Delavan Smith and Charles B. Williams, proprietors of the In dianopolis News, for criminal libel and that steps will be taken to re move them to that district for trial. As both are in this district, under the law it will become my official duty to assist in such removal proceed ings. "For almost eight years I have had the honor of representing the Gov ernment of the United States as at torney. During that time I have pro secuted all alike, without fear of fa vor, where I had an honest belief in their guilt. "I have been compelled on several occasions to prosecute personal friends, but in each case I only did so after a thorough investigation .had convinced me of their guilt. "In this case I have made a care ful investigation of the law applica ble thereto. As to the guilt or inno cence of the defendants on the ques tion of libel I do not attempt to say. If guilty they should be prosecuted, but properly indicted and prosecuted in the right place, viz: at their home. It is only with the question of re moval that I have to do. "I am not in accord with the Gov ernment in its attempt put a strained construction on the law, to drag the defendants from their homes to the seat of Government to be tried and punished, while there is a good and sufficient law in this jour s isdlctlon in the State Court. "I believe the principle involved is a dangerous one, striking at the very foundation of our form of govern ment. I cannot, therefore, honestly and conscientiously insist to the Court that such is the law, or that such construction should be put on it. Not being able to do this, I do not feel that I can, in justice to my office, continue to hold it and de cline to assist. "In order, therefore, to relieve us both of any embarrassment, I have tendered my resignation and have asked that it be accepted not later than March 15, 1909. I have made it of this date in order that President Taft, for whom I have the highest respect and admiration may have time to name my successor." Mr. Keallng has held the office of United States District Attorney for nearly eight years, and his standing with the Department of Justice is said to be high. WHAT'S DOING IN WASHINGTON. Senate Confirms Nominations and Extraordinary Session Adjourns. Washington.—The nomination of Wm. Loeb, Jr., to be collector of the port of New York, and Beekman Winthrop to be assistant secretary of the nevy, were confirmed by the senate in executive session. A committee was appointed to wait upon the president and inform him that the extraordinary session of the senatewaa-raady to adjourn. When Senators Frye, and DanieTT who formed the committee which went to the white house returned to the capitol they reported that the president had nothing further to communicate, the session of the sen ate was then adjourned sine die. President Taft has issued a procla mation calling congress to extraordi nary session March 15. While there was nothing In the call which hinted as to the purpose of the session, its object has heretofore been rtaterl to be to revise the tariff an:l transact no other business. The weather cal amity which overtook the national capital on inauguration day. how ever, has created such a general pub lic demand for a change of date for the inauguration that the prediction of congressional action on this ques tion seems to be general. LIBERTY OR DEATH. Rice's Murderer Says Imprisonment is Worse Than Electric Chair. New York.—Albert T. Patrick, who was convicted of the murder of Wil liam Marsh Rice, made a sensational appeal to the appellate division in Brooklyn to free him from impris onment for life or send him to the electric chair. He declared that im prisonment for life was a greater punishment than the death penalty.