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MAKES A GREAT HIT
Mfuoagui's ' Now Opera , "Iris , " Takes Italians
t PRODUCED IN ROME FOR THE FIRST TIME
Noted Musical Composer is Given a Great
MORE WARMLY GREETED THAN THE QUEEN
Balroi of Applause Welcome the Noted
Wielder of the Baton ,
MUSIC OF THE COMPOSITION TAKES WELL
Scenery l Elaborate nnil llcnntlfnl
nil the ContumliiK IH l lcuniit
I'crforniem Are < ilcn Manx
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ROME , Nov. 23. ( New Yo.k World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) Mascagnl's
"Iris , " produced at the Costanza theater for
the first time , was received with Immense
enthusiasm. U promises to attain the popu
larity of "Civallcrla , " and Is undoub edly
superior to all his other works. Mascagnl
appearing at the same moment as Queen
Atargharlta , received an ovation over-
Fhadowlng entirely that accorded the royal
family. Palo and trembling , yet profoundly
moved , as the audience acclaimed with salvo
after salvo of applause , Mascagnl raised h.s
baton. The theater was Instantly darkcnel ,
V > an Innovation resented fiercely by the
'itomans , who protested so noisily that for
five minutes Mascagnl could not proceed ,
but the Prst bars of the overture compelled
BlUnce , and the music gaining fascination
as the tlierna developed , was at the close
In Mascagnl's own words , "Iris" Is "a
lift1 drnraa based upon human egotism ; or , to
ho more prcclso on egotism , three m ) n con-
It nptrlng against an Innocent creatur. * iJhoss
llf < s la ono continual aspiration towards
light , the soul of the world , whoso pleas
ures consist In listening to the tales of the
babbling brook and In giving way to sunny
reveries that float before Its childish mind. "
The scenery of "Iris" Is of marvelous
correctness and beautiful effects. The first
scene Is that of a real poem. It represents
a street In a Japanese village , lined with
email houses ; that of the heroine surrounded
by a miniature garden overflowing with
( lowers and flanked by a limpid stream.
When the curtain rises the stage Is In per
fect darkness. Almost insensibly dawn
breaks , outlining houses and trees , until the
light , at first silvery , turns rosy , then yel
low , and floods the whole scene. At the
pamo time the volume of tone increases and
the chorus Joins In with a triumphant hymn
to the rising eun. The end of the first net
was the signal for another tremendous
demonstration. The composer and artists
nvoro recalled five times. The gem * of the
act was a tenor serenade which recalls the
eiclllpla of "Cavalllcra" translated into
Bxotlc In nichne .
The second act Is exotic In Its richness
nnd IB In direct contrast to the freshness
nnd purity of the first one. It Is trans
ported directly to Japan with pagodas , lan
terns and characteristic costumes , the latter
all In thin , delicately tinted , vaporous silk ,
veritable feasts for the eye. This act Is
much superior In construction , but lesi
easily understood by the ordinary public.
Here and there the reminiscences of Caval-
lorla leak out. This act ended with every
elgn of popular favor.
The third aot , although in part good , Is
considered weak from the point of opera.
However , many of the melodies were well
received and nt the finish there was a touch
ing demonstration to the composer , the au
thor of the libretto and the singers. The
audience seemed wild with enthusiasm.
In a subsequent interview Mascagnl said
his object had been to treat n Japanese
topic from a serious dramatic standpoint.
"I have not been content , " ho said , "with
two or three Ideas twlRtwlJ repeated , repro
duced and masqueraded to hide a monoto
nous repetition with learned technicalities
and cunning harmonic combinations. I have
always sought melody and hope I shall be
accused of having found even too much. I
ay I have sought melody , but as a matter
1 of fact , I have waited for It to come , and If f
I did not feel it welling up from my brain
or soul or fantasy , I simply put aside pen
and paper and waited for the pleasure of
that fickle goddess , Inspiration. For In-
etance , the serenade in the first act , which
gives the impression of being the result ot
hard work and patient harmonization ,
flashed through my mind In a moment ano
I wrote It down at once without changing
a single note on the score afterward. "
PERILOUS TRIP IN MID AIR
I'hrllllnir Kxperlenec of Two Aero *
iiaiiU Who Tr > to CI-OMM the
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LONDON , Nov. 23. ( New York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) Arthur Wil
liams , aeronaut , and Sidney Darby had vcs-
torday a thrilling balloon adventure , which
may prove fatal in the case of Darby. They
had been waiting some weeks for a fn'vorable
wind to nmUo the attempt to cross to Franco
by balloon. Yesterday they ascended from
South London. The day was stormy and
when 6,000 feet was reached the air cur-
routs drove them in the wrong direction.
They tried lower air currents without suc
cess and were In Imminent danger of being
driven seaward. Aeronaut Williams gave
the following narrative of the effort to de
"Tho question was how to maKe n sifo
descent. The balloon
was traveling at a
ralo of over thirty miles an hour. We had
no grappling Iron. The trail rope , about 430
toot In length , was Just trailing along the
ground and wo were shotting toward the sea
at an alarming rate. 1 said to Darby : 'Our
only chance Is to climb down the drag line.
Are > ou willing to follow ! ' Ho replied he
would do as 1 did. Presently the balloon
bumped and Jumped up again. Quick as
thought I at once got out of the car and
began to climb down tbo rope. There vvaa
not u moment to spare. Every second took
us much nearer the lea.
"I naturally thought Darby was following
cloeo behind me , but when I touched the
ground I looked up and eaw he was then
onfy about a dozen feet below the car. See
ing this I shouted to him to come down as
quickly as be could. I held on to the rope
and was dragged acres ? a couple of fields
through a hedge. At last I was plungi-d Into
a kind of ditch. My shoulder bumped
gainst rorocthlng and before I knew what
had happened the rope had gone. With my
weight off the balloon shot up again in a
moment. During that moment Darby's po
sition vrta a moet terrible one aud the rope ?
was fifty feet from the ground. Ho was
Tittle more than half way down It.
"Without a second to decide whether he
rhould leave go and fall to the earth or be
carried out to sea , ho did absolutely the
only thing powlblf , and If ho had delayed
doing o"ly a fraction of a second he would
soon have tccn hanging 1,000 feet In the
air. To climb back to the car was Impos
sible. With the quickness of thought he re
leased his grip , keeping his hands round
the rope. He shot down like lightning and
dropped sheer fifty feet from the end. His
hands were terribly cut by the friction , but
fortunately he ffll on very soft ground. I
d'Bcovcrcd him Ijlng on his back with his
Kaccs up and quite unconscious. It was the
most perilous Journey I have ever under
taken , and I never had to descend by a trail
rope before. "
The batlnon was lost and Darby Is In a
ATTEMPT THECZAR'S LIFE
Quick Work of it Snltclimnn Pre
vent * Wrei-kliiK of Ills Slnjmty'n
Spoclnl Trnln on n IlrlilKc.
BERLIN , Nov. 23. A dispatch from El-
blng , the seaport of West Prussia , says an
attempt was made on the life of the czar
while his majesty was returning from Copen
Just before the czar's special train crossed
the bridge between Boehmcnhoefcn and
Lagcrn , a switchman discovered that the
bridge had been barricaded. By almost su
perhuman efforts , , as a result of which he
Is now In a hospital , the switchman suc
ceeded In removing the obstacles sufficiently
to permit the passage of the Imperial train.
An Investigation , which is being conducted
In secret , Is still proceeding.
AMUIUCANS ttlVC TIIAMCS 1ST PARIS.
Pence CommUNloncm mid Gnentn
Anticipate Fount liny.
PARIS , Nov. 23 The American Univer
sity club gave Its Thanksgiving banquet this
evening nt the Hotel Continental. The
dining room was draped with the stars and
stripes and the French trl-color. In the
absence of Whltolaw Reid , duo to Indisposi
tion , General Horace Porter , United 'States
ambassador , presided. Covers were laid for
100 and the company Included all the mem
bers of the United States Peace commission
except Whltelaw Reid , the members of the
United States ambassy and consulate and
representatives of the American army In
M. Bartholdl and several other Frenchmen
General Horace Porter In the course of
his remarks dwelt upon the special reasons
America has for giving thanks In the
present jcar , eaylng that special thanks
were due to Providence and the soldiers ot
America for the outcome of the war with
Spain. Captain Cook , who replied to the
toast to the American universities , pointed
out the honors that had been won by college
men during the war.
M. Bartholdl In a speech foretold of the
great artlstlo future of the United Statee.
A program of songs followed the speeches.
I1M/.7AU1) PUB VAILS IENGLAND. .
Snow anil Henry Gnlea Interfere
LONDON , Nov. 23. Severe snow storms ,
the first of the season , prevailed today ever
the midlands and north Britain , and heavy
gales are sweeping the coasts. Trains and
mall boats have been delayed.
More Tronhle In IlanKnry'n Capital.
BUDAPEST. Nor. 23. The students made
a demonstration against the police th'a
morning and the latter was obliged to dis
perse them. On the resumption of business
In the lower housa of the Hungarian Diet
today , the members of the opposition refused
to sit , alleging that disquieting rumor * were '
afloat. The house then adjourned until It was
ascertained that the rumors were ground
less. The TOlnlsitcr of the Interior , Deslcl-
erlous de Percezel , promised to make an In
quiry Into the alleged excesses upon the part
of the police.
Ciuiipfiinntloii for Urokoii Cnhlen.
LONDON , Nov. 23. At the meeting of the
Cuba Submarine Telegraph company today
the chairman , C. W. Parish , referring to the i
cutting of the cables by the Americans , sa'd '
he requested the assistance ot the foreign |
ofllco to obtain compensation from the United I
States. The foreign office , he added , had I
promised to do Its utmost to assist the com
pany , but It was pointed out It was doubtful
If the cTalm would be admitted.
ShniiKhni'N Tnotnl Ilnmlmied.
LONDON , Nov. 21. The Shanghai corre
spondent of the Times says : An imperial
decree has been Issued , dismissing Tsal , the
' taotal of Shanghai , who is a progressist
and In sympathy with foreigners. The BritI
ish and American consuls have asked their
respective legations at Pekln to endeavor to
secure his retention in office. The question
of the foreign settlement hero has been ar
IllotliiK lit Seoul.
YOKOHAMA , Nov. 23. There has been
street lighting among the political parties
it Seoul , capital of Corea. On ono side
; wcnty-thrco i > ersons were killed and further
bloodshed Is feared. The Japanese govern
ment has been asked 'to ' send troops to pre-
ervo order at Seoul.
William In M'nrljr Home.
POLA , Austria , Nov. 23. The Imperial
yacht Hohenzollrru , with the emperor and
empress of Germany on board , arrived here
today. It was saluted by the forts and
Austrian war ships. The latter were deco
rated with flags. *
American Knerey In China.
PEKIN , Nov. 23. An American syndicate
Is negotiating with the Hong Kong and
Pckln bank and Jardlnc , Mathleson & , Co.
with the view of amalgamating for the con
struction of the Hankow-Canton railroad.
rflnrxtcr of 'ttnr Unllx.
VIENNA , Nov. 22. The Ncu Frel Presie
the minister of for
gary has resigned. The report , however , bis
not been confirmed.
VALUABLE BOATS WRECKED
Tamp it nnd Arthur Orr , Worth In the
AKKri-Kilte JjU.tO.OOO , Anliorr oil
"North Lake Superior.
DULUTH , Nov. 23. The steamers Tampa
and Arthur Orr are wrecked on the north
shore of Like Superior. The two vexs Is
represent about J430.000 , with their cargoes ,
and they He within ntno miles of each
other. The Tampa , Duluth bound , with coal
from Buffalo , Is a complete wreck on the
rocks at lleaver Day , sixty miles east of
Duluth. It went ashore at 2 o'clock Tues
day morning In the fearful gale and snow
storm that swept Lake Superior all of M-n-
day'aud Tuesday. The crew U safe at
lleaver Hay. The Tampa was owned by
David Whitney of Detroit. It was built
In 1600 and U of 2,000 tons register. It li l
u total loss , and was Insured for 1100,000.
The cargo was Insured for JS.OOO.
The tug W. P. Castle returned tonight
from the scene , bringing news of the wreck
of the Arthur Orr , at Baptism river , nine
miles r-ist ot the Tampa. It U valued at
FAMOUS HOSTELRY BURNED
"Lucky" Baldwin's Place in San Francisco
TEN PEOPLE ARE MISSING AND TWO DEAD
Hotel Wan One of the fJrrnt I.nnd-
iiinrlin of the I'nulllo Connt Metrop-
ollH nnil the l.oflen Ilvnuh
SAN FHANCISCO , Nov. 23. The Bald
win hotel , for almost thirty years one of
the principal landmarks of San Francisco ,
Is no more. A fire which broke out In the
cast end of the building shortly after 3
o'clock this morning , supposedly in the
property room of the Baldwin theater , to
tally destroyed the immense structure , en
tailing a financial loss of nearly $1,500,000 ,
besides destroying property that no amount
of money or science can replace.
The loss of life , so far as reported , has
been miraculously light , but two deaths hav
ing occurred , as far as known. The list of
dead and Injured nnd missing , BO far as
known , Is as follows :
CAPTAIN J. L. WHITE , capitalist , San
LOUIS MYERS , merchant , Skagway ,
F. P. Noon , St. Louis , left ankle sprained ,
hands and neck bruised.
George Huber , San Francisco , cut about
Miss Bridget Mitchell , San Francisco ,
Fire Marshall Towc , San Francisco , cut
George Carroll , cut and bruised about
hands and arms.
J. M. Llghthcad , San Francisco , purser
steamer City of Sydney.
Tate Prjor , racing sheet writer , St. Louis.
1' . R. Andrews , cashier of cafe.
Joe Summerficld , bookmaker , Chicago.
Slier , advertising agent , St. Louis Wea-
Fred Webster ,
John Carter , race track Judge.
The financial losses are very farreachtng.
The ground floor of the hotel was divided
into a number of largo stores , and the ma
jority report total losses. Two of the most
handsome cafes In the city were gutted and
their stocks destroyed.
AdJoliiltiK Property Scorched.
The Baldwin theater , the fashionable
amusement place of this city , was totally
destroyed , with the rest of the building ,
and the "Secret Service" company , headed
by William Gillette , now playing an engage ,
ment at the theater , lost all Its paraphernalia
The flames were confined to the Baldwin
structure , but much adjoining property was
seriously damaged by water ad smoke. The
Columbia theater building , on Powell street ,
suffered considerably , and the basement of
the Columbia theater was gutted nnd much
valuable theatrical apparatus destroyed. Tht >
"Gay Coney Island" company will lose con-
glderable , and D. R. Freeman , manager of
the company , who was a guest at the Bald
win , lost a trunk containing valuable papers
and $3,500 In cash.
There were upwards of 800 guests tothe
hotel when the flre was discovered. The
watchmen , bell boys and other hotel em-
ploves worked nobly In arousing sleeping
residents. It Is believed that every person
In the building was apprised of the danger
| within ten minutes after the flro broke out ,
j I but rumors are rlfo that many of those in
the east , wing , where the flames were dis
covered , were cut off from escape and lost.
How true thcso rumors are cannot bo defi
nitely told for several days yet , as many
parts of the building have collapsed , burj-
ing any who may have been left In the
building under the debris.
A force of messenger boys employed In an
all-night office adjoining the hotel did ex
i > cellent work In connection with the warning
of guests and several brave rescues are
credited to the boys of the messenger serv-
Ice. In conjunction with the employes of
i the hotel , the police and firemen they went
through the building awakening guests and
aiding them to drebs and rendering other
assistance. Many of the guests of the hotel
are eastern turf men , many of whom lost
all their effects.
Only two deaths bare been reported. Cap
tain J. L. White , who occupied a room on
i I the fourth floor , was killed while trying to
I i escape by means of a rope which dangled
I from the fifth floor almost to the street
' below. The rope had previously done good
, service , being the means by which five persona -
sona escaped from the burning building.
ThrlllhiK Encniien on a Hope.
The story of the rope Is a thrilling one.
For eight years Kate Richardson has been
an employe of the hotel , occupjlng a room
on the fifth floor. Five years ago Miss
Richardson , as a precautionary measure for
Just such an emergency , procured a Icngtny
rope , rbng enough to reach from her room to
the street. When the alarm was given Miss
Richardson , with the assistance of fiussle
Johnson , a companion , secured the rope 10
n piece of heavy furniture and threw the
free end out of the window. The two girls
were able to make the descent to the pave
ment , when three lady guests rushed Into
the room and begged to be saved. The two
bravo girls gave precedence to the guests
and then Miss Johnson took her position on
the rope and went down hand over hand.
Miss Richardson was the last to leave and
she had gene down but ono story , when
Captain White , who occupied a room on that
floor , called to her appeallngly , begging her
not to Jump. Miss Richardson stopped and
begged the captain to take her place on ths
line. This he refused to do and only after
dint of much persuasion could he Induce
Miss Klclnrdson to save herself , promising
to follow her. Miss Richardson reached terra
flrma In safety and Captain White had
launched himself In the air , when suddenly
thn rope broke and ho fell to the ground
below , a distance of nearly 100 feet.
Thu other known death was that of Louis
Mvers. a merchant of Skagv.ay , Alaska , who
was In this city on business connected with
his Alaska store. Mr. Myers , who was 63
jears of age , had been safely rescued , but
the shock had been so great that his heart
weakened by fright and old age could not >
stand the strain and he died. *
The Insurance on the building may reach
$100,000 and $50,000 of this Is divided be
tween fifteen companies , the National of
Hartford being the heaviest loser among the
companies , $7,500 being carried with this
concern. The Insurance on the contents of
the building , so far as known , amounts to
$77,600 and Is divided among twenty-three
companies , the National of Hartford being
responsible for another $7,500.
Teeuniieh Hotel Scorched.
TECUMSKH , Neb. , Nov. 23. ( Special Tel-
egram. ) The kitchen and laundry depart
ment of the Hotel Hopkins were damaged by
fire to the extent of $300 tonight. The cause
of the flro Is supposed to have been from
a defective Hue , Insured.
FERTILE AND PROSPEROUS
Interior of Philippine * found In n
MiirnrlxliiK Slnte of ( 'Ivlllmi-
MANILA , Philippine Islands , Nov. 23
Pa > master W. B.Vllcox nud Naval Cadet
L. II. Sargent of the United States monitor
Monadnock , ha\o returned lie re , after a six
weeks' tour of the interior. They were welt
received everywhere. Traveling , hone\cr ,
was moet difficult. They crossed the prov
inces of Pangaslnl nnd Nueva l&lja and then
traveTed o\er the mountains. The scenery
was magnificent , but the roads were execra
The officers next visited the water shed of
the nio Grande and Casayan. They say Its
fertility Is marvelous. Not a yard of barren
land wan ecen , the towns were quiet and
prosperous , the plains were highly cultivated
and the mountains were splendidly timbered.
The rivers are mostly without brldgw anJ
are almost Impatsablc during the rainy sea
son. A pack horse was drowned and the
travelers had scveraf narrow escapes.
The native authorities refused to permit
travelers to go Into the mountains unes
corted , because the "head hunters" anni
hilate any party of Iws than twenty rifles.
Near lllgan the natives mistook Mr. Sar
gent for a Spaniard , and opened flre but no
body was hurt. Messrs. Wllcox and Sargent
enjoyed three days' festivities at lllgan.
There were dinners , theater parties and a
ball in honor of the Americans , who were
Immensely surprised at the culture and edu
cation of the people. The latter wore west
ern dress , and the women are beautlfur , en
tirely falsifying the anticipations of eeml-
The Insurgent troops have everywhere , ap
parently , settled down , and there were no
sign * of dls atlsfacUon with a guileless
There are many Spanish soldiers nnd
friars in captivity , but no slstero of charity
were observed amonc the prisoners. They
sailed down a splendid river to Aparrl at
the extreme north of the Island of Luzon ,
where they arrived on November 5 , on board
the Insurgents' steamer Filipinos. From
there the apparently Idle travelers took a
steamer to Oslo on the -west coast and landed
and tramped through the province of
Ilocos , near the mountains Inhabited by the
Negritos or black aborigines. They saw
none , but they collected a number of inter
esting weapons and Implements. That part
of the country Is apparently quiet except
ing In the mountains , where a Btate of
primitive savagery exists.
The Insurgent officers had Just received
Agulualdo's proclamation not to permit
foreigners to carry weapons , so the Ameri
cans agreed to have everything of that na
ture forwarded to them later. The two of
ficers reached Santo Tomas with difficulty ,
because the bridges had been washed away
a century ago and had never been rebuilt.
Only temporary bamboo bridges are erected
during the dry season each year. From
Santo Tomas the travelers went by boat to
Dagupan , where they' took the train for
Manila. The American officers are now
drawing up a detailed report of their trip
for the use of the authorities here and at
DATES OF TROOPS' DEPARTURE
Spanlnh Communion * TotlUe Ameri
cana of the Tliup of Evacuation
of the Province * .
HAVANA , . ,
secretary of the Spanish'Evacuation com
mission delivered two notes to the United
States commissioners. The first announcefl
that the troops in the province of Plnar del
Ilio and the province of Havana would em
bark for Spain at the city of Havana ; that
those in Matanzas province would embark
at Matanzas City and those In the province
of Santa Clara at Clenfuegos.
The other note announced that the Trin
idad division would b evacuated at the end
of November and the SanctI Splrltus di
vision on December 3 , ooth dhlslons belong
ing to Santa Clara province ,
MILITARY NEWS FIIOM SAN JUAN.
Tfro Ilatterlen and LnrRe Number of
Sick Homuvrnril Hoiintl.
SAN JUAN , Porto Hlco , Nov. 23. The
United States transport Michigan left hero
yesterday to collect troops from inland
ports. The artillery homeward bound con
sists ot Lemley's and Thorp's batteries.
The Michigan Is due In New York In about
ten days. The steamer Uellef of the hos
pital service sailed today for home with 253
sick and convalescent soldiers. The trans
port Mississippi arrived hero this morning
and was quarantined for three days because
a passenger on board Is suspected of having
yellow fever. The efforts of the military
iiithorltles to collect arrears of taxes , dating
back to the Spanish regime , are unpopular
nnd the collection will prove difficult.
Helea e Military 1'rlnoncra.
HAVANA , Nov. 23. Captain General
Blanco has directed that all suits In cases
pending against civilians or members of the
volunteers , guerrilla or mobilized forces un
der military Jurisdiction shall be turned
over to the civil authorities. The effect or
this order will bo that all such prisoners
now confined In military fortresses will be
transferred to the public Jails. Provision is
made that this transfer Is to bo completed
"by " December 15. All the military prisoners
are to be shipped to Spain during the first
fortnight of December.
ThniikHKlvInK in lln\nn > .
HAVANA , Nov. 23. The first Thanksgiv
ing day dinner In Havana under the new
regime will be given tomorrow at the Hotel
Paslg. Covers will be laid for moro than
100 guests , Americans and English. Gen
eral Greene and the members of the United
States Evacuation commission will attend
GENERArBLANCO STEPS OUT
a * Governor General of
Cuba Accepted hy the
MADRID , Nov. 23. The Official Gazette
today publishes a decree accepting the resig
nation of Marshal Blanco as captain general
WASHINGTON , Nov. 23. No surprise is
expressed In government circles at the news
of General Blanco's resignation. Some time
ago the general sought to resign the ofilco
of captain general of Cuba and he was In
duced to retain that post only by appeals
to his patriotism on the part of the Madrid
government. It Is supposed that his pur
pose U to avoid what he may regard the
dishonor of surrendering the gem of the
Antilles to the United States.
ATTEMPT ATBANK ROBBERY
Town Wntchmnii 1 Tied to a Tree
and the llanilltH Then Proceed
to Do IIM They Plennc.
ST. LOUIS , Nov. 23. A special to the
Post-Dispatch says an attempt to rob the
Lincoln County bank at Ellsberry , Mo. , was
made today. The town watchman was tied
to a tree by four robbers , who broke into
the bank and attempted to enter the safe.
It IB not known that they got anything for
the officials themselves cannot open the safe ,
I the time lock of which was tampered with ,
BILL FOR HAWAII'S ' ADMISSION
Commission Meets at the Capital and Con
siders Recommendations ,
LEGISLATION PROPOSED FOR ISLANDS
SMtcnt of Importing Contract Labor-
CM AVII1 IIr Alxillxticd nnil Amcr-
Icnti Workmen Gl\cn
WASHINGTON , Nov. 23. The commission
appointed by the president to recommend a
form of government for the Hawaii Islands ,
as a part of the United States , met In
Senator Cullom's committee room at the
npltal today for the first time since leav-
ng Honolulu , Senators Cullom and Morgan ,
eprcsentatlvo Hltt and Judge Frear being
The meeting was devoted to dlscusulng do.
alls of the bill and reports which the com-
nlsslon will present to congress which had
ot been fully decided upon at the last
meeting. The lcgl < latlon which will be
ecommcnded by the commission will be In-
ludcil In a 'bill ' which , to all Intents and
urposes , will be an enabling net and much
ke the bills providing for the admission
f new states Into the union except In the
tie Important detail In that It provides for
he admission ot a territory and not a
The bill has been completed , but probably
111 be amended somewhat In detail. The
eport has not been completed , but the com
mission has decided upon Us Important tea-
ures. One of these is a recommendation
hat a system of Importing laborers under
ontracts shall bo discontinued. The com
missioners have concluded that as the ays-
em Is contrary to the laws applying to th'is
ountry as a whole , it would not bo wise
o continue It oven temporarily In Hawaii ,
t is understood that a majority ot the
members of the commission do not accept
he theory that Americana and Cubans can-
ot do manual labor In the Islands.
Territorial Form of Government.
The commission will recommend a regu-
ar territorial form of government with a
governor , a delegate In congress mid a leg
islature. The legislature will be elected by
he qualified voters of the Islands , but there
111 1)9 property and educational quallflca-
lens Imposed upon those who vote for mem-
icrs of the upper house. The franchise will
not bo extended to the Japanese in the
sland , but the Portuguese who become clt-
zens will not be excluded. The commission
kill present full details ot the value of the
jroperty acquired and other Important facts.
They estimate the property secured to the
United States will amount to more than
10,000,000. The public lands alone are be
loved to be worth $3,000,000. The report
will bo presented to congress soon after It
Mr. Justice Frear , ono of the Hawaiian
lommilssloners and also a member of tlie
upreme court at Hawaii , said this after
noon , In answer to a question as to the solu-
, lon of ths coolie labor problem In Hawaii :
'Under ' the present law coollo labor can
bo Imported. Our people , If left to their
own choice , would prefer to continue this
system , but -wo will not hesitate to give
, t up If required. We realize that the sta
bility of the government will be largely In
creased under-annexatlon and that we could
afford to amend our labor laws and sacrlfleo
"As a matter of fact , our planters arc
now starting In to make a serious attempt ,
to Introduce white laborers. Some have al
ready been brought In from California , and
t la believed the experiment will succeed.
The notion seems to prevail In some quar
ters that whites cannot work in the tropics.
It must bo remembered , however , that there
are differences in tropical countries.
"Hawaii really Is on the edge of the
tropics. Furthermore , the islands are tem
pered ! by a cool ocean current , which re
duces the temperature 10 degrees below that
of other countries In the same latitude. A
great proportion of the best coffee lands are
located In a very temperate zone. "
OREGON'S AND IOWA'S CRUISE
Sillied from nio de Jnnclro In t
Saturday After JiilnliiK In Cele
bration at Ilmclltnn Capital.
WASHINGTON , Nov. 23. The battleships
Oregon and Iowa have resumed their long
cruise to Honolulu. Captain Barker , com
manding the Oregon , and the senior officer
of the expedition , has notified the Navy de
pnrtment that his little squadron sailed last
Saturday from Hlo do Janeiro for Monte
video , where another stop will be made for
coal. After leaving that port the ships wll"
head for Punta Arenas , In the Straits o
Magellan , almost at the extremity of South
America , which will mark the accomplish
ment of about one-half their voyage , untl
they are ordered at Honolulu to proceed to
Only a brief reference has been made offi
cially to the ceremonies at Ulo do Janeiro
attending the celebration of the anniversary
of the creation of the Brazilian government
but it Is known that the visit of our battle
ships to the Brazilian capital made the mos
happy Impression on the people of that grea
republic , and will tend to cultivate the fra
ternal relations now existing between th
Unlttd States and Brazil.
COSTA IlICA'S PIinSIIJK.NT AIIIUVCS
Felicitation * UxuhiiiiKcd Ilettrecn
McKlnlc } anil iKlexInii.
WASHINGTON , Nov. 23. President Igle
elaa of Costa Illca arrived here this after
noon and although tra\cling Incognito he
was accorded all the honors fitting to the
visit of a sovereign government and a sister
republic. Shortly after the president's ar
rival Secretary Porter calfed to ask when I
would be agreeable for Mr. Igleslas to re
celve the president of the United States , who
desired to pay his respects. An Immedlati
engagement was made and saon thereafte
President McKlnley , accompanied by Secre
tary Porter and Colonel Blngham , drov
from the White Hou e to the hotel , Th
presidents exchanged good wishes and the :
President McKlnley bade Presl lent Iglrsia
good-bjo. Liter President Igfcslas returnn
President McKlnley's call. The Costa Hlcan
was accompanied to the White House by the
officials of his party and wa received by
President McKlnley with another exchange
of well wishes. A dinner will be given at
the White House In honor of tbo visiting
president some time next week.
I' IIK S11) B N T I'AVOHS I.AIIO II H K PO It M
.liny Kmlioily ( Vrlnlii SiiKKeftfloim In
III * MI-KHHKI- CoiiKrena.
WASHINGTON , Nov. 23. Samuel J. Gora-
pers , president of the American Federation
of Labor , accompanied by the secretary of
the federation , had an hour's conference
with the president today In regard to legis
lation in the Interest of labor now pending
In congress. The president was deeply In
terested In Mr. Oompera' remarks and with
out Indicating what , if any , specific recom
mendations would bo made In his message
on these subjects , said ho regarded It the
duty of every man , whether In public or In
CONDITION OF THE WEATHER ,
Forecast for Nebraska
Fair ; Wnrmcr ; Southeast Wlndi.
Yrntcna ! > ' temperature nt Otnalini
Hour. Heir. Hour. ! ) < .
1 " >
POOT IIALI , GAMKS TODAY.
I'eniiNj l unlit \ . Cornell nt Phila
KiiiiNitN MI , Sll onrl nt ICnimni City.
ClileiiKo 'Viirslty tN. MIchlRiin at
CiirllHlc IndlntiH TO. Wlnconnln nt
> ebrnnka 11. Itmn nt Council Hindu.
private life , to use every effort In his power
to Improve the condition of the workingman -
man and to bridge the chasm between him
nud his cmplojer.
Mr. ( tampers favored < he eight-hour law.
vhethcr the work is being done directly by
he government or by contractors , and the
Ml having for its object the Improvement
n the condition of American seamen. This
till gives to ecamen the right to leave a
essel when it Is In safe harbor and abol-
shcs corporal punishment. He also argued
ho Lodge immigration bill , which limits
mmlgratlon to pereons who can rend and
vrlte , and the convict labor bill , which pro-
ilblts the transportation of the product ot
convict labor from ono state to another.
DINNER FOR SOLDIER BOYS
i'eople of Savannah Contribute Good
to Feed the Third
SAVANNAH , Ga. , Nov. 23. ( Special Telo
gram. ) The men of the Seventh Army corps
vlll ibe the cucsts of the churches ot
Savannah tomorrow , The entire command
s to bo clvcn a dinner and gymnasium
hall of the Young Men's Christian associa-
: lon is filled with food for the men. This
a the general store house for good things.
The gymnasium floor Is covered with tables ,
Sach table stands' for a regiment and things
are piled on them. There arc many wagon-
oads of edibles already on hand. Tomorrow
morning army wagons will call to transport
: he food to the several camps. More than
1,000 turkeys will bo given the soldiers. Thft
comraitteo is trying to allow ono turkey to
each man In each regiment. The work li
thoroughly systematized. Everything la re
colpted for by those appointed to take It.
There Is scarcely a family in Savannah that
: ins not contributed something toward th
lilll ot fare. The best young women ol
Savannah will eervo the dinner to the troops
at the camp at 4 o'clock tomorrow after
noon. The regimental bands will play dur
ing the dining hour.
FOR MILITARY DRILL SYSTEM
Pimm for the Convention nt Tnmpn ,
Via. , for the Placing \utloiuil
Guurd on lietter Footlnic.
WASHINGTON , Nov. 23. Governor Blox-
ham's call for a national convention to as
semble at Tampa , Fla. , February 8 , to sug
gest and formuUto planrf for reorganizing
the national guard , Is receiving favorable
support from the state executives. The ob
ject of the convention will be to aid the
government to place the national guard on
a successful footing.
The Florida state auporlntendcnt of edu
cation has extended Invitations to superin
tendents of education In all states , Inviting
them to this convention to consider the
Introduction of a military drill system for
public 'schools of the United States , In the
Interest of patriotism , subordination am
The school board of Toronto , Canada , wll
be Invited to ccnd a company of their mili
tary-trained school bovg to the convention
Chancellor McCrackcn of the New York unl'
verslty will address etate education dele
gates In advocacy of military drills for
pupils of the public schools.
Itccommenda Dlncount on Hniiil * .
WASHINGTON , Nov. 23. The commis
sioner of Internal revenue In his report , the
principal features of which were rondn pub
lic In July , recommends that the war rev
enue law bo amended so as to allow a dis
count of 3 per cent to purchasers of bonds
of $100 or more instead of 1 per cent , as Is
now provided. Unless such action is taken ,
the commissioner eays , a very largo In
crease in the number of stamp deputies will
be necessary. The number of internal rev
enue stamps Issued during tbo year waa
1,442,274,18'J , of the value of $182,153,933.
LIEUTENANT SWAINE IS FREE
I'roneeiitlon I'"alln to Put In nit Ap-
Iicarunce and He In IJls-
P1TTSBURG. Nov. 23. ( Special Tele
gram. ) Lieutenant William II. Swaino was
discharged from custody at 3 o'clock this
afternoon In Alderman F. M. King's court
on the charge of adultery preferred by S.
F. Neal , an agent of a private detective
firm In this city. Lieutenant Swalne was
present with his attorneys ready to fiqht the
case and ho had an array of witnesses pres
ent to prove his complete Innocence of any
criminal acts with Mrs. Mary Blackmoro
Wassell , who was charged with him In the
warrant. The failure of the prosecution to
appear was the cause of the dismissal of the
case and It confirms the belief of Lieutenant
Swalne's friends that the case was one
simply of malice.
MEN ON SICK LIST AT 'FRISCO
One Hundred mid .Sixty Suldlcm He-
in a I ii In Honpltnl Ueutlm of
Several New York Men.
WASHINGTON , Nov. 23. The secretary of
war has received a telegram from General
Mcrrlam at San Francisco as follows :
Reports from Honolulu November 14 : Ar
izona sailed for Manila with General J ,
King's detachment November 10. leaving
about ICO men In the hospital. Statement
of sick In general hospital as follows : Ty
phoid cases , First New York regiment C3 and
expeditionary troops 48. total typhoid 111 ,
malarial fever and others , Including conva
lescents , First New York and expedition
ary troops , 102 ; total , 208. Total patients1 ,
312. Deaths since last report * 1'rlvaten
William Hayden , Company I , Eighteenth In
fantry , and II. Woodbeck , Company G.
George Howler , Company H , and Robert E.
Wands , Company C , all of the First New
Comet Olint-rv ed.
BOSTON , Mass. , Nov. 23. A message re
ceived at Harvard college observatory an
nounces the discovery of a faint cornet by
Mr. Chase , assistant at the Yale observa
tory. New Haven. Its position at the time
of discovery , November 14 , 7'29 Greenwich
time , was right ascension ten hours seven
mlnutei' , four seconds ; declination , north
tweniy-two degrees , fifty-five minutes. The
comet has a dally motion In right ascciiHlou
of twenty-four mlnutet ) ; decllnatloir , four
PLEADS FOR DELA\
Spain Asks More Time to Consider the Amer
ican Proposals ,
HOLDING OFF AS LONG AS POSSIBLE
Date of Meeting of Joint Commission Not
Yet Tiied ,
TIME NAMED BY AMERICA IS UP MONDAY
Dons Fullj Expected to Collapse When that
Date Arrites ,
MONTERO RIOS PLAYS TO THE GALLERIES
He I * MKcly to Slfcn v l h the Ottict
SimninriU , Iliit ir > ot Sciior Cn -
tlllii Will Take 1IU
< -w I .
( Copyright , 1S93 , by Press Publishing Co. )
1'AKIS , Nov. 23. ( Now York World Ca
blegram Special Telegram. ) Despite Mon-
tero Hlos' \aunt on Monday that the Span
ish commissioners would be quite ready to
reply to the American ultimatum today
they have been obliged to ask a further
It Is rumored tonight In Spanish circles
that Spain will refuse to assent to the
American proposals. Twnpa s > a\a that If
Spain retired hostilities will not be re
newed , but the protocol again come Into
force. The Spanish army would evacuate
Cuba and Porto lllco and the Philippine *
would remain In Dowcy's occupation , not
America's possession. The only result
would bo that diplomatic relations would
not be rcnened.
Temps considers such a
course preferable to a renewal of hostili
ties , but ono would rather wish to see a
mo\oment of reason and conscience In thn
United States to avoid abuse of the rights
of the conqueior In recourse to force which
the civilized world would neither under
stand nor ratify.
ANNoclntcd Prcua Story.
PARIS , Nov. 23. At the request of the
Spanish peace commissioners thcro was
no Joint session today pending Instructions
from Madrid. The date of the next meeting
Is not fixed.
The postponement la regarded as a hope
ful sign that the treaty will bo signed.
While the Madrid government hod not yet
received the text of the American ultimatum ,
the Spanish ministers received quite enough
by telegraph on Monday night to enable
them to Instruct their commissioners to re
tire , were such their Intention. The belief
was confidently expressed by several of the
American commissioners , In conversation
with the correspondent of the Associated
Press today , that before the time expired
by the Americans , namely , Monday next ,
the Spaniards will acquiesce In the United
States' offer for the Philippines and that
ultimately the treaty will bo signed by all
the Spanish commissioners. It In true that
the course which Senor Montcro RIos , pros- !
dent of the Spanish commission , will follow
Is still uncertain , n's ho continue ! to "play "
( o the galleries , " but a loading member of tbs
American commission believes he wilt sign
with the other Spaniards. In any case , hl
place on the commission will bo speedily
filled , nrobably by Scnor Leon y Castillo ,
tbo Spanloh ambassador hero.
Senor Montero Rlos sent a communication
to the American commissioners last evening
asking a number of questions. The most
Important of them , and to get an answer
to which the letter was undoubtedly written ,
was tucked away In the middle of the
letter. ! t asked , In effect , If the Americans
really meant that the ultimatum must bo
answered by Monday. The Spaniards were
assured that such wan the Intent and the
answer cleared the air. A member of the
Spanish commission today assured the cor
respondent of the Associated Press that tha
next meeting of the commissioners will taks
place on Friday or Saturday and that Spain's
answer then will bo the last It will make
and that It will be a definite conclusion of
the matter In hand.
This utterance Is looked upon as Indicat
ing that Spain will sign the treaty of peace.
MADRID , Nov. 23. After the meeting of
tbo council of ministers last night It was
Enid nothing definite had been decided
relative to the subject of the peace negotia
Denial ( rani Madrid.
LONDON , Nov. 24. The Madrid corre
spondent of the Dally Mall says :
Ministers deny that the Americans have
offered Spain equal commercial privileges
In the Philippines. They dtclaro , on tha
contrary , that the United States commission
ers have only" offered to negotiate , after a
peace treaty has been signed , a special com
mercial treaty with regard to Spanish com
PARIS , Nov. 23. It Is said 'that ' Agondllo ,
the representative of Agulualdo'g govern-
ircnt , Is going to Washington to ascertain
the Intentions of the United States.
SPAIN STHIVICS TO MAVIS CIIEI1IT.
Kffort Will He Mnde to Itrunmire
MADRID. Nov. * 23. A semi-official note
Issued today contains an appeal to the
Spaniards to furnish assistance to save tha
national credit "It they do not wish for
eign capital to bo withdrawn from Spain "
The note adds : "Somo pojplo bellova
Cuba ought to assume Its own debt , no
matter in whoso hands la Its sovereignty ,
because It Itself possesses the security thcro-
for In the form of the customs. If , how
ever , nobody will nceuino the debt , Spain
must pay what Cuba cannot , because Spain
made Itself responsible. "
Continuing , the note rends : "With re
spect to the debt of the Philippine inlands ,
Spain must await a definite treaty of peace ,
in order to 'know what conditions America
will Impose upon Spain through the Paris
peace commissioners. "
FOR NATIONALJROAD INQUIRY
311 null n rl Good ItnaiU Amiocliitlon
Adjourn * After Adopting Nu-
BT. LOUIS , Nov. 23. The Missouri Cool
Heads association , which has been In ses
sion hero for the last two days , with dele
gates present from prominent cities of other1
states , adjourned to.lay. A number ot reso
lutions were adopted. One requests tha
Missouri congressmen and senators to vote
for the bill for the establishment of the
United States road Inquiry under the secre
tary of agriculture. W , H. Moore
of thin city was elected president ,
with authority to name such other olflceru
as may be deenmd necessary. The first reg
ular meeting of this organization will beheld
held at some fututro date to be designated by
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