Washington Letter- The paragraph in Mr. Cleveland's let ter of acceptance which caused the most oil prise and which has been the most talked about here is that endorsing government aid to the Nicaragua ship canal. At the last session of Congress, it will be remembered, the democuatio members of the Senate committee on foreign relations joined their republican colleagues in making a nnanimons report re-port favoring the passage of the bill authorizing the United States government govern-ment to guarantee the payment of the interest on bonds to be issued by the Nicaragua Canal company, of which ex-Senator ex-Senator vVarner Miller i president, to the extent of $100,000,000; but many members of the house. Including all shades of politics, ' were outspoken in I their opposition to the bill. So much so that instead of trying to push the bill those in charge of it got the Senate to adopt a lesolutlon authorizing a further investigation of the sutiject oy ice for eign committee- Now Mr. Clovelaud has joined the republicans in endorsing the scheme. If it was proposed to appropriate ap-propriate $100,000,000 to enable the government to build this canal as a publ c work there would be little serious seri-ous opposition, but the experience of the government with the Pacific railroads makes niauy people doubt the wisdom of guaranteeing the bonds of a private corporation. Perhaps Mr. Harrison, Mr. Cievelaud and the other prominent gen tlemen advocating this measnre are in pos ession of information showing the uecessity for snob endorsement which ihev do not deem it prudent to share with the eenerol onblio. The other important paragraphs in Mr. Cleveland's letter are on the whole, disappointing and not In keeping with bis previous flatfooted public utterances. If they do not exactly dodge the public question . of which they treat they mud die them iu hi oh a manner as to make it possible that two men of widely differing dif-fering opiaions may eaoh draw conclusions conclu-sions from them favorable to his own views. That may please the shifty politicians, always ready to change with popular opinion, but the vast majortty of the voters of this country are honest and courageous and admire plain state me ts from candidates for office. There has been a very marked change in the opinious of both democrats and republicans, within the past week. The oinocrBt8 have apparently given np the hopes they have had of capturing states Heretofore repubi'o&n, n the northwest, and seem disposed to concentrate Ihelr efforts upon holding the south solid and carrying Indiana, New York, New Jersey and Couuecicut, U Oh with the democratic demo-cratic electoral votes that Michigan's new system will give them would elect their ticket. The republican have apparently ap-parently as suddenly come to the con elusion that there are no votes for them in the south and that they must hold their owu in the northwest and carry enough of the states named above In order to elect their ticket. People's party men are not doing much talking, but it is : 'ent that recent tactics of the democrats in the sou". a have made them less confident of the result in that section although they still stoutly maintain main-tain that they have a majority of the voters in from four to six of the sooth- ern states. President Harrison still continues to give the moat of his time to his sick wife, although he has this week attended attend-ed to some little official business, principally prin-cipally matters pertaining to the Bearing Bear-ing sea arbitration and other questions concerning our foreign relations. He has appointed Prof. X. C. ftlendenhall. superiutendent of the Cost and Geodetic survey, to be the U. S. Commissioner in the international commission which is to Bettle the points of eifference between Great Britain and the United States concerning the boundry line Between Alaska and BrltUh Columbia, which has been a source of trouble ever eluce Alaska was purchased from Russia. The British commissioner is Prof. W. F. King, chief Canadian astronomer. These two gentlemen will meet in Ottawa Ot-tawa some time in October or November and arrange the preliminaries for sending send-ing out joint surveying parties early in the spring. The territory in dispute embraces valuable mineral lands and the much talked of Mt. St, Elias, more or less famiiar to magazine readers; Mr. Blaiue's residence here is being put in order for the early retnrn of himself him-self and family to Washington, where they will continue to spend their winters, win-ters, just as they have done for many years.