Washington, Sept. 1.- Secretary Hoke Smith closecí his administration of the affairs of the interior department Tuesday and retired from the cabinet. The last paper in the routine business of .the department was sigrned and hi;i active work closed Monday afternoon. Tuesday the secretary was at the department but he devoted almost hi.i entire time to callers and to taking leave of his assciates and of the employés in the department. When ex-Governor Francis will arrive from Missouri and take the oath of office is not yet deflnitely known though it will be before the end o) the week. The arrangement of his affairs at St. Louis preparatory to his removal to Washington has taken more time than was expected. All important matters that have been pending have now been disposed of so that Mr. Francis as secretary will have a clear field to begin with.