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A LINCOLN BANQUET.
"Watterson and Marie Twain Were
Among1 the Speakers.
NEW YORK, Feb7"lL Carnegie Hall
was filled tonight with people who had
assembled to commemorate the 92d anni
versary of Abraham Lincoln's birth, the
proceeds of the meeting to go for the
benefit of the Lincoln Memorial University
at Chamberlain's Gap, Tenn.
Mr. Clemens (Mark Twain) presided.
Seated with him on either side of, a bust
of Lincoln were General Joseph "Wheeler,
Professor Charles Roberts, General John
R. Brooke, General Nelson A. Miles, Col
onel Henry Watterson, General O. O. How
ard and General Charles O'Brien. Mr.
Clemens read a letter of regret from Pres
ident McKinley. Henry "Watterson spoke
upon "Abraham Lincoln." In introducing
the speaker, Mr. Clemens said:
"It is a remarkable fact that with the
whole country to pick from you should
have called upon two old rebels, Colonel
Watterson and myself, to take the prin
cipal parts lrf this great meeting. But
are not the blue and the gray one today?
I was a Second Lieutenant in the Con
federate service. Watterson here, as
Colonel, rendered me such assist
ance as he could. If he had
only strictly obeyed my orders I
ghouid have succeeded In my vast enter
prise. It was my Intention to drive Gen
eral Grant Into the Pacific. I told General
Watterson to surround the Eastern armies
and wait until I came. But he was insub
ordinate and the Union was saved."
Excerpts from Colonel Watterson's ad
'Lincoln was at no time an extremist.
He had been for 30 year In unconscious
preparation for the fray. At the time of
his debate with Douglas, the Democratic
party, as now, seemed hopelessly divided.
"I want to say Just here a few words
about the relation of Abraham Lincoln to
the South. He was tha only one who
could nave come to the position without
animosity toward the South. For my part
I thank God that the war did not end at
Fortress Monroe, or by any other civil
proceeding, but was fought on out to the
bitter end at Appomattox so that slavery
might be annihilated. What was the mys
terious power of this mysterious man?
It was the genius of commonsense. He
was a common man, expanded to giant
proportions. Truly he was inspired of
God, as Shakespeare and Mozart. A hun
dred yoars hence no tragedy will be fol
lowed by mankind with deeper reverence
th.an that which tells the story of his
life and death."
The Tax on Banlca.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 1L Senator , Aid
rich today sent the following dispatch:
"Washington, Fob. 1L Mr. A. B. Hep
burn, chairman American Association of
Bankers, Chase National Bank, New York
City: Am receiving a large number of
letters from banks and bankers through
out the country, sent In response to re
quest issued by your secretary, demanding
that the tax en bank capital shall be en
tirely removed. The House retained the
entire tax and the Senate has. reduced one
half. No action Is possible in conference
except to agree to either the House or
the Senate provision or to adopt some
compromise between the two. I hope
this statement will save the members of
your association and the members of the
finance committee much unnecessary cor
respondence." Lloyd Grlscom Coming Home.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1L Lloyd Gris
cm. United States secretary of legation
and oharge. at Constantinople, is coming
home on leave of absence. He has not
resigned, as had been reported.
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THE NEW CHINA.
Progress of Sixty Years of Civiliza
tion. "NEW YORK. lreb. 1L Rev. Robert S.
McArthur. in a sermon last night at
Calvary Baptist Church, on the subject of
"The New China," said:
"It is now about 60 years since China
first opened her doors to the so-called bar
barians. The opium war. with all its evils,
was the hammer which shattered the
door of Chinese isolation. The war with
Japan virtually broke down all her doors.
Treaty ports speedily multiplied; she has
now nearly 400 miles of railroad in opera
tion, and nearly 4000 miles projected. With
in the last five years cotton spinning has
become an Industry and she has over 400,
000 spindles and over 2000 looms. Tele
graphs are already domesticated, electrio
cars are now running, and four years ago
the imperial postofflce was organized;
-locks and watches in China indicate thaf
time is now an object of consideration
in that once dreamy land. A school for
women is opened in Shanghai, and in the
same city another for boys has been
founded. It will surprise many to know
that in a single year nearly 1,000,000 copies
of the bible or some parts of It have been
circulated in China.
"China is becoming modern. Antl-foot-blndlng
societies are growing in number
and influence. China is vastly further ad
vanced than was Japan 50 years ago. Who
dares say that 50 years hence China will
not be largely Occidental, and domlnantly
Christian in religion? She is the prize for
commerical ambition in America. She is
In. need of all forms of manufactured pro
ducts that America knows how to supply.
China Is to be the paradise for American
enterprise. Let no manufacturer and no
statesman forget that China is to be one
of the greatest among the great nations
of the 20th Century.
"Our friend Wu Ting Fang, will find
out that the missionaries are the best
friends of his country; that he can best
advance Its interests by a sympathetic
attitude toward Christianity and by re
fraining from unwise criticism of the offic
ials of the American Republic We shall
soon welcome China Into the great sister
hood of great, progressive, civilized and
Christian nations of the earth."
WASHINGTON. Feb. 11. TJ-ntennnt
i Richard S. Hooker and Miss Mary O.
Condit-Sm'ith were married at noon today
at Epiphany Church by Bishop Satterlee.
Lieutenant Hooker Is stationed at Brook
lyn navy-yard. He Is the grandson of
Senator Stewart. The bride is the daugh
ter of the late J. Condlt-Smlth, of New
York. While solonrnlnir In CThinn. newrftl
months ago, she became a prisoner during
the siege of Pekin.
Contracts for Protected Cruisers.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1L The Board of
Naval Constrution today decided to re
port to Secretary Long that the bid of
Neafle & Neavy, for constructing one of
the protected cruisers, should be accepted,
but that the two other contracts be not
awarded, in view of the heavy cuts made
in the specifications by the bidders. They
recommended a readvertlsement.
A New Swiss Loan.
NEW YORK. Feb. 1L A Swiss Govern
ment loan of $15,000,000 was tendered on
the New York market today. The offer
ing consisted, of 4 per cent railroad federal
Maurice Thompson Dying.
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind., Feb. 1L
Maurice Thompson, the author, is barely
TEN NEW REGIMENTS
Orders Prepared for Their
UNDER THE NEW ARMY LAW
The Twenty-eighth Infantry Is to Be
Assembled and Equipped at Van
couver Barracks To Be For
Trardcd to the Presidio.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 1L Orders were
prepared at the "War Department today
for the organization, assembling and
equipment of 10 additional regiments au
thorized by the Army reorganization law.
According to these orders, the new regi
ments will be designated and located as
Eleventh Cavalry, headquarters at Fort
Twelfth Cavalry, Fort Sam Houston,
Thirteenth Cavalry, Fort Meade, S. D.
Fourteenth Cavalry, Fort Leavenworth,
Fifteenth Cavalry, Presidio, San Fran
cisco. Twenty-sixth Infantry, Fort McPher
Twenty-seventh Infantry, Plattsburg
Barracks, N. Y.
Twenty-eighth Infantry, Vancouver
Twenty-ninth Infantry, Fort Sheridan,
Thirtieth Infantry, Fort Logan, Colo.
The first battalions of the Twenty-sixth
and Twenty-seventh have been already
organized at San Francisco and will be
sent to Manila on the Sherifan, which
sails the 16th Inst. As the other regi
ments are organized, equipped and drilled,
they will be forwarded by battalions to
San Francisco for transportation to the
The designations of the new regiments
are in continuation of the numerical sys
tem of the existing Army.
The field and regimental officers for each
of the new regiments have been chosen,
and will be officially announced in a few
Similar arrangements are being made
for the Immediate organization of the
batteries of light artillery provided for
under the new law. "
The nominations of the many junior of
ficers of the Army under the reorganiza
tion act, it Is said at the War Depart
ment, probably will be submitted to the
Senate at the end of the present week.
The applications are In the ratio of at
least 10 to 1, compared with the positions.
The War Department has found it neces
sary to ask for some corrective legislation
in connection with the Army reorganiza
tion act. This is to be secured by a
"ride to one of the .appropriation Mite.
The" corrections 'concern the commissary
and, Quartermaster's departments, and the
purpose Is to open these departments to
volunteer officers of all branches of the
PRIMARY ELECTION RIOT.
Ballot Box Stolen and Throe Men
Hurt In a Fight in St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 1L More than 150 shots
were fired, a sergeant of police and two
negroes were wounded, and a ballot box
was stolen in the course of a riot about
the second district polling place of the
Fourth "Ward, at Twelfth and Linden
streets, early this evening. It was only
after a riot call had brought Captain
Klley, with 40 police and riot guns to the
scene, that a semblance of order was re
stored. Even then the streets were filled
with negroes and some white, men, all of
whom were armed, many ofMhem intoxi
cated and looking for trouble. Not a bal
lot was cast there during the day. The
wounded were: Sergeant Quinllvan, of
the Fourth district, shot In the leg;
George Monroe, shot in the arm, and Fred
Jones, shot in the leg.
The trouble had been brewing all the
afternoon. The Tinker Judges disagreed
with the Wells men as to the advisability
of opening the back door of the polling
place. One claimed that the other had
a host of heelers in waiting and if the
door were opened, these men would press
in to cause confusion and prevent their
opponents from voting. A third faction
asserted that both the other factions were
Jockeying to prevent any voting what
ever, because, theyv said, the ward was
overwhelmingly for their leader, Noonan.
The judges being unable to agree, no
voting was done.
Finally, a shot was fired, supposedly
from the revolver of Arthur Gardiner, a
negro. As soon as the shot rang out,
the street about the polling place be
came the scene of a. fusillade. Every man
drew one or two revolvers. Judge John
Ryan ran out Into the street and shot
squarely at a negro advancing upon the
booth, gun in hand. The police, under Ser
geant Quinllvan. rushed upon the bolder
rioters, attempting to disarm them. It
was while he was arresting George Mon
roe, who had resisted the attempt to
disarm him, that Sergeant Quinllvan was
shot. Detective McGrath ran to his as
sistance, disarmed the negro, and in the
midst of. a scattering fire, wrapped a
handkerchief about the sergeant's wound
ed leg to stop the flow of blood from a
Ten policemen were on the spot in a few
minutes and succeeded in quelling the
riot and dispersing the 200 negroes who
had figured most prominently in the af
fray. After order had been restored, it
was found that the ballot box had been
stolen. Every judge and clerk had been
at the windows or front door, holding the
fort. Someone had slipped In the back
way and taken the box from behind
them. The upshot was that no votes
were polled today in the second district
of the Fourth Ward.
Gang- From Chicago Arrested by St.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. U. The Post-Dispatch
"Twenty-five men, who say they are
from Chicago, were arrested today on
suspicion that they were brought to St.
Louis to be used as repeaters in the Dem
ocratic primary election. Information
reached the police Sunday night, through
David Perry, a Chicago saloon-keeper,
that a large party of men had left that
city for St. Louis with the expressed in
tention of taking part in the primaries
here. According to the terms of their
agreement, so the police were informed,
the man were paid $100 each before the
train left Chicago, and were to receive $200
more at the conclusion of their day's
work. Upon the opening of the primaries.
If Itt enf thfttr wbld tA )ia evvrirl?Af1 rltV
guns and ammunition. Their instruc
tions, the police declare, were to vote at
the primaries as often-'as told to do so,
and to use force with anybody who inter
fered with them, whether police, election
officials or party workers.
"The police say the arrangements for
bringing the men to St. Louis were made
by two candidates for nomination to the
House of Delegates. Acting upon the ad
vice of the Chicago saloon-keeper, the en
tire detective force of the Police Depart
ment was sent out to locate the men this
morning, resulting In the arrest of 26 of
the supposed gang. The photographs of
some of the men are said to adorn the
collection of the National Identification
MRS. MAYBRICK NOT FREE
British Home Office Gives Out the
LONDON, Feb. 11. The officials of the
Home Office say there is no foundation
whatever for the report that Mrs. Flor
ence Maybrick has beeji pardoned. The
official denial would have been Issued
earlier but for the red-tape rule of the
Home Office, which alone of all the Brit
ish Government departments requires that
press inquiries shall be made In writing
and answered through the mails. The
only exception was made known this af
ternoon for the benefit of the Associated
Press. After this was done the officials
freely said the Maybrick story was on a
par with the recent epidemic of "fakes"
published in the United States, among
them being the statements that King
Edward Is suffering from cancer; that
there is friction between Lord Salisbury
and King Edward, and that General Sir
Evelyn Wood is going to South Africa as
a peace commissioner, etc. The Maybrick
report was circulated freely here, Sun
day, and Mr. Choate, the United States
Ambassador, told Its authors last night
that it was untrue. But this evidently
had no weight with them, and when It
was published nothing remained to do but
to wait until the Home Office had made
up Its mind to break through tradition
and give the quietus to the latest of the
utterly baseless reports.
Deadlock May Be Broken.
LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 11. The vote on
United States Senator today was as fol
lows: Allen, 44; Cummins, 4; W. H.
Thompson, 25; Hitchcock, 16; Berge, 4;
Coffee, 9; Crounse, 6; Currle, 18; Hainer,
5; Hlnshaw, 10; Martin, 9; Meiklejohn, 2s;
Rosewater, 15; D. E. Thompson, 31; scat
A possible ending of the Nebraska Sen
atorial deadlock came tonight when 70
Republican Legislators, two short of the"
entire Republican membership, signed an
agreement to go Into caucus tomorrow
night. The call provides that 50 members
shall nominate by open ballot and that
nominations for the long and short .terms
shall be simultaneous. The agreement
came unexpectedly after different caucus
petitions had been circulated during the
evening. It cannot be seen that the
agreement especially favors any ono par
HELENA, Mont., Feb. ll.-Tohn Mac
Ginnis led the Fuslonlsts in the contest
for Senator today. The vote follows:
Mantle, 31; MacGlnnls, 21; Cooper, 7; Hoff
man, 2; Cobum, 2.
Purchasing for Moriwa." ,.
2RONTON, O., Veb. lL-Colonel B. J.
Bird, Jr., late superintendent of the Mar
tin Iron & Steel Company, is here repre
senting J. P. Morgan & Co., for the pur
chaso of the plant of the Hanging Rock
Iron Company, the Belfonte Iron Works
Company, the Kelly Nail & Iron Com
pany, the Martin Iron & Steel Company,
the Norton Iron Works Company and the
Ashland Steel Company, Ashland, Ky. If
the deal is- consummated, other plants will
be erected here.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT NEWS
An order Is being prepared for the organiza
tion of 10 new regiments. Page 1.
The new regiment of the Twenty-eighth in
fantry is to be organized at Vancouver.
Mrs. Nation says she is going on a, world tour
of "Joint" smashing-. Page 2.
All the saloons a Topeka, -were oloeed yester
day. Page 2.
A ballot box was stolen and three were hurt
In an election riot in St. Louis. Page 1.
The prizefight injunction case will bo decided
Thursday. Page 3.
Testimony Important for the defense was intro
duced in the Hamilton trial". Page 0.
The House bad a lively session. Page 2.
Suiter's proBoer speech almost led to hostili
ties. Page 2.
The House voted to ask for a conference on
the war-tax bill. Page 2.
The Senate passed the Naval appropriation
bill. Page 3.
Caffery spoke against the ship subsidy bill.
Bids for Manila harbor improvements will
soon be advertised for. Page 2.
The pacification of Panay Is complete. Page 2.
The Philippine tariff act has reached Wash
ington.. Page 2.
There s a lack of cordiality between Army
men and the- commissioners. Page 2.
Ei-Klns Milan Is dead. Page 1.
The disorders In Madrid and other Spanish
cities continue. Page 3.
The Chinese plenipotentiaries will be excluded
from meetings of the foreign envoys. Page 3.
There Is no longer any doubt of the plague at
' Cape Town. Page 3.
Washington politicians form a powerful anti
railroad combine In the Interest of Governor
Rogers. Page 1.
Move will be made to have Washington Sen
ate reconsider Preston railway bill. Page 1.
Railroad rate and liability bills wero consid
ered, by the Oregon House In a lively com
mittee session. Page 5.
Mitchell Is the man McBrlde forces want for
United States Senator from Oregon, and Is
the only one who will receive their genuine
support. Page 4.
Oregon Senatorial deadlock continues. Page 4.
Idaho House passed bill for an eight-hour day
for underground workers and employes of
smelters and redaction works. Page 4.
" Pacific Coast.
The Mammoth has been added to the list of
Eastern Oregon producing mines. Page 6.
An institute at Pleasant Hill was given to dis
cussion of farm topics. Page C.
Commercial and Marine.
Wheat market resists efforts of the bears.
Union Pacific the feature In Wall street? yes
terday. Page 11.
In-bound grain fleet delayed by east winds.
Two more grain cargoes clear. Page 10.
German ship Edmund reaches San Diego.
Portland and Vicinity.
Rev. John Fllnn, former Methodist preacher,
made legatee ot $25,000. Page 12.
Most of the lawyers oppose a constitutional
convention for Oregon. Page 8.
Boy kidnaper pleads guilty and makes a third
"confession." Page 8.
Lincoln's birthday will be celebrated at Cen
tenary Methodist Church tonight. Page 10.
Colonel D. B. Bush's editorial presenting Lin
coln for President. Page T.
MING MILAN DEAD
Exiled Ruler of Servia Passed
Away at Vienna.
NEITHER WIFE NOR SON THERE
He Retained Possession of His Fac
ulties Until "Within a Quarter of
an Hoar of His Death Remains
to Be Interred In Slavonia.
VIENNA, Feb. 11. Ex-King Milan of
Servia- is dead. He passed a sleepless
night and was unable to take sufficient
nourishment. The remains will be Interred
at Kronchol, a sacred monastic shrine in
THE LATE EX-KING
Syrmla, Slavonia, with the honors due a
member of the reigning dynasty.
Last evening (Sunday) he received Ad
jutant Popvlas, who had been sent by
King Alexander. The Interview excited
him somewhat, but he rocgnlzed and
talked with the adjutant. From that time
his strength failed rapidly, and the diffi
culty of breathing rendered further con
versation Impossible. At noon today he
again received the adjutant. He was then
in full possession of his faculties, and
seemed to have no Idea that his life was
In danger. Consciousness was retained
until within a quarter of an hour of his
death, which came quietly. In the pres
ence of his uncle. Colonel Constantlnevlcs,
and his friend, Count Zlchy.
The Illness began with Influenza. Milan
left his bed too quickly, and the result
was pneumonia. The doctors also found
faty degeneration of the heart, which was
the actual cause of death, as the danger
Immediately arising from the lung trouble
had been overcome. Fearing a fatal issue,
the doctors caused messages to be sent
King Alexander and ex-Queen Natalie,
but although Milan desired to see them
and himself sent messages requesting
their presence, neither came. Natalie's
reply, which was to the effect that she
would come If her presence was really
desired, reached him just before death.
Emperor Francis Joseph, who sent an
ald-de-camp to the deathbed, has ordered
a military funeral, as Milan was formerly
the Colonel of an Austrian regiment. It
was Milan's written wish that he should
be burled at Syrmia. He said he had
been greatly disappointed at the absence
of hisson, whose Ingratitude has pro
voked much comment in Vienna. Accord
ing to the Neue Freie Presse, be said to
his physician: "I feel that I must die,
but it is very sad to be compelled to die
(Ex-King Milan, who was born in 1854,
abdicated the throne In favor of his son,
Alexander I, March 6, 1889. The circum
stances that compelled the King to abdi
cate arose from the policy that he had
pusued at the beginning of his reign,
both in domestic and foreign affairs. The
new Servian constltuion was adopted by
the Grand Skupshtina January 2, 1SS9, by
a majority of 494 votes against 75. The
Ministry of Nikola Crlstich resigned. The
King was unwilling- to appoint a Radical
Cabinet, and applied first to Jovan Rls
tlch, but could not induce that statesman
to form a Cabinet. The Radicals refused
to take office unless Tauschanovlch, a
revolutionist, who had been condemned to
death for participation In the Tlmok Val
ley uprising, should be given the port
folio of the Interior. The King's throne
was at stake. He determined to appoint
Liberal prefects and sub-prefects, and at
tempt by pressure on the people to bring
In a Liberal majority in the elections In
the Autumn. The Radicals became en
raged at he determination to exclude
them from office. Crlstich was unwilling
to play so dangerous a game, and told
King Milan that it was impossible for him
to remain In office. Milan abdicated the
throne in the presence of the Ministers
and chief dignitaries, and the members
of the diplomatic body assembled in the
Konah to celebrate the anniversary ot the
erection of Servia into a kingdom in 18S2.
On being promised a liberal yearly allow
ance, he agreed In 1888 to go into perpet
ual exile. It was decided that Queen Na
talie should likewise live abroad. Queen
Natalie, however, came back, and was
only expelled after a desperate resistance
on the part of her adherents In 1E9L)
The News in Servln.
BELGRADE, Servia, Feb. 11. King
Alexander, who was at Nish when he re
ceived the news of the death of his
father, Immediately summoned the mem
bers of the Cabinet to meet at Konah,
where he communicated the Information
to them officially. The King and Queen
V, j i - m ts swwww osi i i
left Nish this evening for Belgrade, not
going to Vienna. The remains will be
In the Narodna-Skupshtlna, or national
assembly, the Premier, M. Yovanovltch,
announced the death of the ex-King, eu
logized his services in obtaining more com
plete independence and territorial exten
sion for Servia.
"Although political circumstances of
late caused his absence from the coun
try," said the Premier,, "these services
will not be forgotten."
During the speech the entire chamber
remained standing. A resolution was
adopted that the members of the House
should attend the obsequies in a body at
Belgrade. The sitting was then closed by
DR. VAN SCOY DEAD.
For Years President of the Portland
HELENA, Mont., Feb. 1L Rev. Dr.
Thomas Van Scoy, president of the Wes
leyan University, of Helena, died today
of penumonia. He was one of the best
educators and church men of the state.
He came to Helena from Portland, where
he was for several years president of the
Colonel Ferris Forman.
STOCKTON. Cal., Feb. ll.-Colonel Fer-
MILAN, OF SERVIA.
rls" Forman, who was in command of an
Illinois regiment during the Mexican War,
of which he was the last surviving field
officer, died here today at the age of 94
years. He was appointed District Attor
ney of Illinois by President Buchanan,
was the first Postmaster of Sacramento,
Cal., and was Secretary of State under
one of the early Governors of Cali
John TV. Power.
HELENA, Mont., Feb. ll.-John W.
Power, ex-State Senator, brother of ex
United States Senator T. C. Power, died
at Fort Fenton today. He was a leading
business man of Montana for 33 years.
Henry J. Elliott.
"WASHINGTON, Feb. 11. Henry J. El
liott, the sculptor, long identified with
public works of Importance, died suddenly
at his residence here today of pneumonia.
He was 53 years old.
A MASSACHUSETTS SCANDAL
Rumor of a Million Dollar Corrup
BOSTON, Feb. 11. 'Representative Mc
Pherson, of Farmlngton, was examined
by the House committee today relative
to the allegation he made at a hearing
last week that $1,000,000 had been sot aside
on the books of the New England Gas &
Coko Company for legislative purposes,
and also that many securities of doubt
ful nature had been sold to banks in this
state. Mr. McPherson repeated his char
ges, somewhat modified.
Thomas W. Lawson testified that Mc
Pherson's charges were true, and that the
Coke Company's books would prove it.
Mr. Lawson said that he heard that
Henry M. Whittler, president of the Gas
& Coke Company, had paid him $1,000,000
to stop prosecuting the Coke Company.
"One of the directors," said Mr. Law
son, "told me that the money had been so
voted, and that he had been made one of
a committee 'to see that I got It."
Mr. Lawson refused to give the name of
the director who had given him this in
formation, but said he would do so If an
investigation was held. The committee
took the question of ordering an 'Investi
gation under advisement.
LOSS A MILLION AND A HALF
Gloss Plant Burned In a Pennsyl
ROCHESTER, Pa., Feb. 11. The town
of Rochester, on the Ohio River, about 25
miles from Pittsburg, today suffered the
greatest fire In its history. The loss Is
estimated at $1,500,000. The fire started
I just after midnight in the cooper depart
ment of the National Glass plant, the
largest tumbler plant In the world, lo-
i cated outside Rochester. The night em
ployes turned out with their own hose and
endeavored to subdue the blaze, but a
strong west wind was blowing, and the
flames soon spread to the packing de
partment. The plant occupied several
acres of ground and employed 1500 per
sons. The flre departments of nearby
towns were called upon.
Topeka Is Not Overdue.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 11. The officers
of the Navigation Bureau In the Navy De
partment are indignant at the circulation
of a report that the training-ship Topeka
is overdue. She is" only 16" days out from
Cape Verde Islands to Barbadoes, they
say, and she took 17 days to make the
run across from Tompklnsvllle to the
Azores, a distance of several hundred
miles less than the run from Cape Verde
to Barbadoes, so It cannot be said that
she is even yet due.
COMBINE IS FORMED
Politicians Will Fight Wash
GEORGE U. PIPER LEADS MOVE
lie Proposes to Pay- Off a Republican
Political Debt, and at the Same
Time Do Some Work
OLYMPIA, Wash., Feb. 1L Sensational
rumors are afloat In the lobby tonight
concerning the future of railroad legisla
tion. Boiled down, these rumors are that
George U. Piper and W. H. Paulhamus
are seeking to effect a combination with
Senator Preston, Lieutenant-Governor Mc
Brlde and Governor Rogers, whereby the
Tolman railway commission bill Is to bo
passed. This bill gives the appointive
power to the Governor, and can practi
cally command the solid Democratic sup
port, which the Preston bill failed to re
ceive. Mr Piper and Attorney Grosscup, of tho
Northern Pacific, are bitter enemies, and
Piper's dislike extends to George Steven
son, the representative of the Oregon Rail
road & Navigation Company, who Is the
head of the railroad lobby. Paulhamus Is
showing a decided disposition to help Pi
per, and he is known to be very influential
with several Senators who voted against
the Preston bill. It Is asserted that Piper,
whose Republicanism is well known, has
an understanding of some sort with Gov
ernor Rogers, who is very anxious for the
passage of the Tolman bill, and that the
two are working In absolute harmony. It
is known that Preston and McBrlde have
not yet entered the combine, but they and
Piper were In consultation for several
Senator Preston, it is said, desires Pi
per's aid In having his commission bill
reconsidered. If that falls, it is said ho
is then willing to work for the Tolman
bill. Several Senators who voted against
the Preston bill have expressed a willing
ness to vote for the Tolman bill, and Pres
ton Is desirous of putting them to the
It is said that the terms of the deal
which it is sought to effect are that Gov
ernor Rogers Is to name one of the com
mission, Preston and McBrlde the second,
and Piper and Paulhamus the third. It 'a
not believed at this time that Piper can
force the passage of the Tolman bill, but,
working with Paulhamus, he can give the
railroads a much harder fight than they
had on the Preston bill. Piper and Paul
hamus have Just returned from Texas,
where they are interested in a big oil
The trouble between Piper and Grosscup
and Stevenson dates back a long time.
but it has been fanned into an open flame
recently by the determination of the lat
ter two to have Piper" deposed as Levi
Ankeny's political manager. It is assert
ed that they have already accomplished
that purpose, and that Piper Is now fight
ing for revenge. Paulhamus has in times
past worked with the railroads, but It 13
said that in the present trouble he has
elected to stand with Piper.
The air Is charged with sensational talk
tonight, and everybody is wearing an air
of expectancy. Important developments
are looked for within the next few days.
Piper absolutely refuses to discuss his
plans, while the railroad people scoff at
the Idea of the passage of the Tolman bill,
or any other commission bllL
K0G0R0 WAS MAD.
Japanese Minister's Trying Time at
a New Yorlc Banquet.
NEW YORK, Feb. U. Over 375 members
of the Silk Association of America and
their guests sat down to the 29th anniver
sary banquet of the association at Del
monlco's tonight. The conspicuous guest
of the evening was the Chinese Minister.
Wu Ting Fang. Senator Thurston, of
Nebraska, spoke to the toast "The Great
Republic In tho New Century," and Sen
ator Galllnger, of New Hampshire, spoko
to the toast, "The Congress of the United
States in Its Relations to the Silk In
dustry." Minister Wu was then Introduced to
speak to the toast, "The Youngest Great
Nation of the World In the Eyes of the
Oldest Great Nation." The orchestra
played the "Choy Suey" march, and
cheers greeted the Minister as he arose.
Wu Ting Fang said In part: "Although
your nation is the youngest, I think I am
justified in saying that it commands as
great respect as the oldest nation on
earth. You deserve this not on account
of your age, but on account of your wis
dom, Intelligence and enterprise."
The Japanese Minister, Kogoro Taka
hlra, was introduced to respond to the
toast, "Japan and Her Estimation of
America and American Ideas." The Jap
anese Minister began to read his speech
in a very loud voice, which commanded
attention by it3 tone; but before he had
read far he got down to a sing-eons' tone
that caused a majority of the diners to
forget the speech and talk among them
selves. Half a dozen times they talked
and laughed so loudly that General Cong
don had to rap hard for attention. Then
the Minister would break out ot his sing
song style and read a few sentences In a
clearer tone, but would soon become al
most inaudible. The talking and laugh
ing continued, and the speaker finally
threw down his paper on the table, folded
his hands In front of him, and, closing
his eyes, stood silent. For a second there
was quietness. This was broken by a
call for cheers for the Japanese Minister.
They were given with great vigor, but
the recipient was vexed, and flung his
paper down on the floor.
Senator Galllnger picked up the paper
and handed It to the Minister, who was,
preparing to start again. He soon re
lapsed into the slng-uuig style, and the
talking and laughter began again. There
upon the Minister flung the paper down on
the table, and. resuming his seat, would
not finish. Then many of the diners
came up to him and congratulated him
on his effort, somewhat molifylm? him.
Profits of People's Gas Company.
CHICAGO, Feb. 1L According to the
annual statement of the People's Gas
Company, made at the stockholders' meet
ing of that company today, last year waa
the most prosperous in the history of
the corporation. The statement showed
earnings of 7.63 per cent on the capital
stock of $28,000,000. The old board of
directors was re-elected without change.
The directors elected, are: C K. G. Bil
Jlngs, Chicago; F. S. Winston, Chicago.;
A, N. Brady. Walton Ferguson and A. R.
Flower, New York. In submitting: Ida
annual report. President Billings, showed
that net earnings for last year, after all
charges were paid, amounted to $201)71.