Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, March 05, 1900, Page 2, Image 2

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Large Amount of Raw Materials
for Manufacture.
Flernrcs Showing: How Imports of
Haw Materials Have Grown in.
Relation to Total'lruports."
"WASHINGTON, March 4. Tho growing
demand' of American manufacturers" for
the class of materials which cannot be
produced at home Is likely to make the
Importations of .the fiscal year 1300 larger
than those of any preceding year. Tho
seven months ending with January, 1900,
show a much larger importation of manu
facturers1, materials xhan In the corre
sponding months of any preceding fiscal
year, -and as a consequence the total Im
portations for the seven months slightly
exceed those of the corresponding period
of any earlier yeaT. In the seven months
ending with January, the Importations of
"articles In a crude condition which enter
into the various processes- of domestic in
dustry' to adopt the official classification
of tho Treasury Bureau of Statistics
amounted to $169,0G3,9C2, or practically
twice as much as in the corresponding
months ending with January, 1S97, when
they were $S9,SC0,22C; and the percentage
which manufacturers' materials formed of
the total Importations was 34.79 per cent,
against 24.74 per cent In the corresponding
months ending with January, 1S9T. "While
there Jhas been a steady growth during
the decade In tho importations of raw ma
terials for nso of manufacturers, no year
has shown so large an Increase as the
present one, the Importations of this class
of material in tho seven months ending
with January being nearly 50 per cent in
excess of thoso of the corresponding
months of one year ago, and, as already
Indicated, practically double those of the
corresponding months ending with Janu
ary, 1S97.
Ten great articles form the bulk of this
great class of our importations, crude
materials for use In manufacturing. They
ore: Silk, fibers, wool, Egyptian cotton,
crude rubber, wood, tobacco, hides and
skins, chemicals, And tin in pigs and bars
for use in manufacturing tin plates. These
10 articles form about SO per cent of the
grand total importation of manufacturers'
materials. The increase in the importa
tion of these 10 great articles, comparing
the seven months ending with January,
1900, with the corresponding months end
ing with January, 1S97, Is as follows:
Hides and skins....
Crude rubber
.$12,625,841 ?33.3S7.143
. 23,025,971 30,337.553
Tin In pigs and bars.
"Wood, unmanufactured 9.461,3iS
Tobacco, unmanufd.... 3.S1S.494
Silk, raw 9.339,099
Fibers, unmanufd 5.49S.S92
"Wool, raw 10.SSS.422
Cotton (Egyptian), un
manufactured 2,289,200
It will be observed that there is a large
Increase in all of the classes, except wool,
of which the United States is a large
producer, praotloally all of the other ar
ticles being of classes or grades not pro
duced in the United States.
The following table shows the Importa
tions of articles in a crude condition
which enter into tho various processes of
domestic Industry In the first seven months
of each fiscal year since 18S9, and the
percentage which they formed of tho total
importations. It will be observed that the
Importations of tills class of material have
grown with much greater rapidity than
the total Imports, the percentage which
manufacturers' materials form of the to
tal Imports having risen from less than
2& per cent to nearly 35 per cent of the
Imports of manufacturers' materials for
seven months ending
1SS9 5 99,951,957
1590 104.400.91
1S91 112,214,826
1S92 113.474.1S6
1S93 132.S70.033
JS94 75.S18.116
lt95 104.245.9S1
1S9G 13S.919.570
1S97 S9.S60.326
ISaS U5.239.S74
1899 115.O01.CS4
1500 1C9.063.962
Royal HxitrcftHions About Two "Wars
STOCKHOLM, Sweden. Fb. 12. As
cabled to the Associated Press at the time,
a representative of the Associated Press
was recontly accorded an audience with
King Oscar, of Sweden and Norway. The
following details of the Interview are in
teresting: The correspondent arrived at the royal
palace at 10 o'clock In the morning.
Mounting five flights of stairs, he entered
an ante-chamber, where one noncommis
sioned officer from each of the regiments
of Life Guards stood at attention. Sev
eral lackeys helped the correspondent to
take off his overcoat He kept his hat, as
it Is the custom to carry it in the hand
when admitted to the presence of the
King. In the next room the correspondent
was received by the King's Adjutant. After
a short conversation he took the corres
pondent Into another room, a grand salon,
one of the most beautiful and gorgeous
rooms In the palace. There the Adjutant
Introduced the correspondent to the Cham
berlaln, who thereupon went Into tho
King's private rooms. Returning in a min
ute, he told the visitor the King was
ready to receive him. King Oscar was
standing in the center of the room, dresssd
in the uniform of a General of the Swedish
His Majesty is more than six feet tall;
his face has an expression of sympathy
and intelligence. From his sprightly move
ments one would never dream that he is a
man of 71 years. The King advanced a
few steps toward the correspondent, ex
tended his hand and bade him welcome to
His Majesty1 was very much interested
In hearing aoout the conditions in Ameri
ca. Nothing happening there has escaped
him. He spoke of the feud In Kentucky
and about the educational institutions with
the same knowledge of facts. He regretted
very much to hear of the death of Gen
eral Lawton in the Philippines, showed a
great Interest in what was taking place
on the Islands, and asked many questions
in regard to the progress of the cam
paign. Naturally the King was much concerned
about the war in South Africa. It must
be remembered that Great Britain, though
ln no way an ally of Sweden and Norway,
Is the best guarantee for the Independence
of the two northern countries. Great
Britain's power once broken, it would
not be long before the little nations would
be swallowed up by their mighty neigh
bors in the East. From King Oscar's
conversation, the correspondent believed
His Majesty was In favor of the British
In South Africa. However, he spoke In
the highest terms of the great strategic
ability of the Boers, and expressed a
fervent wish that our own war in the
Philippines, and the Transvaal war, would
soon be over.
As to the Internal troubles of his two
countries, the King naturally would not
speak for publication. Toward the end of
the audience the King took the corre
spondent Into his private writing-room, se
lected a splendid likeness of himself, said
it was the best portrait of him, wrote his
name across it and asked the correspon
dent to keep It as a memento of the audi
ence. The King then sent through the
Associated Press the greeting to the Scan
dinavians of the United States which
was contained In the cable dispatch.
'A few days later the correspondent was
received by the new' Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Mr. Lagerhelm, who. In the course
of a conversation, talked of the troubles
between Sweden and Norway. He said in
"J think both countries might meet each
other half way on many of their differ
ences, and thus by mutual concessions
take away tho bitter feeling that exists
in seme respects. You doubtless know that
In ecu eral Instances, as for example to the
nationality of the Minister of Foreign Af
fairs, Sweden has made concessions, but,
I repeat, all concessions must not come
from one quarter."
Mi. Lagerhelm said he was sure that
mosf of the talk of unfriendliness between
tho two peoples was only on the surface,
even If there, adding that if tho time
ever came when it would be necessary to
make a common stand in defense of the
union he had no doubt that the world
would find tho Swedes and Norwegians
united as one.
On That Account GcrsiaxiK "Will Ad
xuit American Meat.
BERLIN. March 4. Regarding thp re
port cabled from "Washington that Sec
retary Hay has received assurances from
the German Government that tho meat
bill would be changed. United States Am
bassador White said today that he had
no information to confirm it, but that
he expected such assurances would be
The executive committee of the Ger
man Commercial Convention yesterday
adopted unanimously a resolution against
the committee's report on tho meat bill,
declaring that such a prohibition of meat
Imports would considerably injure meat
consumption on the part of a large sec
tion of the nation, especially the indus
trial masses. The protest concludes as
follows: . .
"We protest on behalf of the Industry,
of the commerce and shipping of the
German Fatherland."
The Influential "Weser Zeltung points
out forcibly that the meat Imports, at a
conservative estimate, amount to only
50.000,000 marks, whereas the exports to
the United States reached 3S6,000,000
marks, all of which, would be threatened
by the prohibition of the bill. It says:
"A tariff war would make the British
and the Belgians successors to the Ger
man trade with the United States. More
over, the Americans themselves would
develop those Industries which Germany
now supplies."
A large mass meeting was held to
night to protest against the so-called
"Lex Heinze," framed to suppress certain
features of public and private immoral
ity. The feature was pronounced "in
.imlcal to the free development of art and
literature, and breeding hypocrisy, as
well as encouraging blackmail." Among
those present were Dr. Barth. Professor
Mommsen, Professor von Begas. the
sculptor: and Herren Llebermann, Sebcr
manl and "Wildelbruch and a number of
members of the Reichstag. At Munich a
similar meeting was held under the pres
idency of Professor von Werner.
The postal authorities announce that
packages sent by mail to the United
States must go unsealed.
Emporor WiJHam left tonight for Wll
helmshaven, where he will tomorrow ad
minister the oath to a body of naval re
cruits. Herr Carroll, editor of the Tageblatt,
has been sentenced to four" months' im
prisonment .for "exaggerated statements"
regarding the alleged vandalism, of tho
Lelner expedition to Bear Island.
Xot "Wine to Torment the. Strong:.
PARIS, March 4.' Paul Deschnnel was
banqueted today by his constituents at
Nogent Rotrou, in celebration of his re
election to the Presidency of the Cham
ber of Deputies. In the course of his
speech he uttered a warning against
demonstrations of Anglophobia In the
press and on the part of the public in
connection with tho war in South Africa.
He safd: .
"When one does not aid the weak, even
though they be admirable and heroic. It
is both puerile and Imprudent to torment
the strong, and more especially to Insult
them. Let us not set aside the great du
ties which the Continental wars of the
last half of the century have imposed
upon us. and let us continue to march
In tho direct road toward our Invariable
The Chinese ItevolutlonlntH.
"VICTORIA. B. C. March 4. Leong
Kay Ting, one of the foremost Chinese
reformers connected with the movement
of Kang Yu Wei foe the overthrow of
tho Empress of China and the establish
ment of a new Celestial empire. Is here.
He is a brother of Leong Kay Chew, now
at Honolulu looking after the interests
of the revolutionary party, who is ex
pected to come northward soon. Like
his brother, the young reformer has been
a fugitive from China since the notorious
coup d'etat of tho Empress Dowager,
when Yang Yul fled to Japan. He says
that although a posse of 26 has been sent
by the Empress to kill Kang Yu Wei, he
has no fear, for he says he Is well guard
ed. Kang Yu Wei went to Slam at tho
invitation of the King of that country, to
visit that monarch. Tho British Govern
ment has furnished him a body guard.
Revolt of Convicts at Cniro.
CAIRO, March 4. A serious revolt of
70 convicts at Tourah. tho great prison
near Cairo, nearly Involved 500 other
prisoners. Blank cartridges having failed
to overawe the malcontents, a volley was
fired from a window opposite through
tho window of the room occupied by
them. Five were shot, and two, It Is be
Jleved, fatally wounded. AH of them
then surrendered and were confined In
Murder Committed at a Dance Sev
eral Arrentn.
LONDON. Ky.. March 4. Millard
Hughes was murdered and Henry Blev
Jns and others were Injured last night at
a dance near East Bornstadt. a mining
town. Leonard Smallwood, Hamp Gregg
and others attacked Hughes. Hughes'
head was shot off, and Blevlns and oth
ers were hit by stray shots. Smallwood
later went to sleep In the room where
his victims lay. Today he and Gregg
were arrested as principals, and Edward
Smallwood, father of Leonard, and his
daughter Lizzie, were arrested as accom
plices. Union Miners Acqnitted -of Murder.
SPRINGFIELD, 111., March 4. The
Cartersville union miners, who have been
on trial for the past 40 days at Vienna,
charged with murdering negro miners,
were acquitted by the jury today. Four
other charges are pending against the
Indicative of n Pnprnn Spirit.
CLEVELAND, March 4. Rev. George
Vahey, pastor of St. John's Cathedral, in
the course of a Lenten sermon this morn
ing, said that the plays of "Sappho," "The
Degenerates" and others of a similar spirit
are indicative of a pagan spirit throughout
the country. Inasmuch as the Immigra
tion laws bar the phjsical leper from the
United States, said he, they should "be
framed so as to bar the actress from
abroad who comes to this country with
her immoral plays, the effect of which is
to spread spiritual leprosy,
i c
Xntloor SUatinfr Record.
PRESTON, Ont, March 4. The world's
Indoor skating record was broken here
last night In the first heat in the race
between Norval Baptle, of North Dakota,
and James Woolner. of Colllngwood. Bap
tle won by 17 yards In 2:55 1-5. Woolner
won thn second heat In 3;X3 nnfl "nn?t! trm
third and the race In 3:10 2-5.
Still Another Child Was Badly In-
Jured In Trying to Rescue the
Smaller Ones.-
OLYMPIA. March 4. John, Charles and
Emma, aged respectively 5. 7 and 9, chll
dren of Charles Wenger, living 11 miles
Several days ago, for reply to those who are making spiteful thrusts at Tho
Oregonlan because it had. 6aid some time back that Hon. T. H. Tongue,
among others, had not in former times, been "sound" on the money ques
tion, Tho Oregonlan said it would not revllo In turn, but would content Itself
with reprinting a letter which Mr. Tongue had once published in Its col
umns. From Hlllsboro now comes a roar, that Tho Oregonlan, In reprinting
this letter, "garbled" It. A correspondent ther says that "some of tho
party cuckoos" are trying to mako much of It, and The Oregonlan has
received the following letter, with request to publish:
hilsboro mar 2 I notls that In yure papper today you quoat mr. tongs letter
of Nov 394 you gar bled It and 1 wil bet you that you did wy can't you be
hones and not lye about a man who Is ever reddy to help us old sold lers
in the days of 1SS1 you wood not have dared to have lyed so about loyal
congrlsman pleas publish me nam A republican and sound mony veteran
The Oregonlan has caused tho letter, as printed last Friday, to be com
pared minutely with the original as published In its Issue of November 6,
1S94. It finds that In copying the letter there were some llttlo errors, but
none that affected the meaning. The only thing that could afford ground for
the charge of "garblng" was tho accidental omission by copyist or com
positor of several words that form part of two sentences, which In their
restored form run thus:
Unfortunately, also, in these "evil days" that have befallen us, these men
are powerful in tho national councils. But we arc all taking lessons of a
hard schoolmaster, and are acquiring some valuable experience.
As printed the other day. these two sentences read:
Unfortunately, also, in theso "evil days" that havo befallen us, these men
aro powerful in taking lessons of a hard schoolmaster, and are acquiring
some valuable experience.
Here, now, is the comparison. What is there to roar about? A few words
were accidentally dropped out. but the general sense of the letter was in
no way affected. The comparison shows, moreover, that it could not have
been Intended, but was on error of omission of a kind that has frequent
occurrence In copying matter and putting it in type. Yet the accidental omis
sion of these words was no misrepresentation whatever of tho meaning, pur
port, or Intent of tho letter. However, to put a stop to all cavil, The Ore
gonlan will print the letter again, after most careful and minute comparison
with the original, even to punctuation; and it will put it in type and form
that will render It easy to read.
HILLSBORO, Or., Nov. 3, 1891. (To tho Editor.) I have read with
some care your editorial In today's Oregonlan, as well as the one of a
few days ago, In which you depict the terrible consequences of either
the free coinage of silver or coinage of the product of our own mines.
It Is to be inferred from these articles that The Oregonlan approves
the present coinage laws of the United States, and is ready to wield
its powerful influence in favor of their continuance. Let us look at
those laws squarely, and see what they are "and where they are leading
us. Heretofore our silver mines have been a vast source of wealth;
they have furnished employment to thousands of men, who became
consumers of the products of the labor of others, and have furnished a
good share of the increased circulation needed by a constantly expand
ing population to do its Increasing business. Nearly all of this has
been overthrown by legislation in the last year. Wo havo reached a
' condition unknown to our previous history. Our silver mines are ab
solutely worthless to us as producers of money metal. If run to their
full capacity, not one ounce of their products could pass through tho
mints of the United States, or get Into circulation among our citizens as
money. Not a dollar f additional silver can get into circulation as
money, except by redeeming a treasury note. When the sliver is got
out the treasury note Is redeemed and destroyed, and the circulation
remains tho same. A vast amount of silver money is lost and destroyed
every year by abrasion and by accident, and there is no way to supply
,the loss. Constantly increasing population demands increased sliver
circulation, and the demand is ignored. On the contrary, as the popu
lation increases, the silver coin, by abrasion and destruction, constantly
decreases. This will lead inevitably, If long continued, to gold mono-
'metalism. With tariff laws designed to increase our Imports, while ex
ports are diminishing enormously in value, the products of our gold
mines, Inadequate even to pay the interest on our public, private and
corporate indebtedness to Europe, what will be the end? And where
will the supply of money be obtained?
A continuance of this legislation means constant contraction.
Scarce money means dear money, with increased purchasing power;
it means a decrease In the price of every other species of property, real
and personal, In the country, and in the city; it means decrease in the
wages of all classes of labor, skilled and unskilled, manual and profes
sional. But worst of all t means an enormous Increase In indebted
ness of every class, public and private, with diminished power to pay.
It means confiscation of the property of the debtor, for the benefit of the
creditor. It will make the United States a paradise to the class of
people who are exclusive creditors, but It will make it a hell for every
body else. Even the most generous and less exacting creditors will
suffer with the rest Having loaned his money on property with only
a fair margin of old-time values, when the power of tho debtor to pay
is taken away, he finds himself compelled to take property robbed of
Its value. That it would be downright dishonesty to legislate to enable
the debtor to repudiate just financial obligations, is not disputed; but
it is equally dishonest, and productive of much more hardship, to In
crease by legislation the obligations and burdens of the debtor for the
benefit of the creditor. It is easy of comprehension why England, tho
creditor nation of the world, should favor contraction of the world's
money and limitation of money metal. Having no silver mines of her
own, and being a purchaser of both silver and food products, it is
equally easy of comprehension why she should use every effort of di
plomacy, and legislation to diminish the value of both. But why the
United States, a debtor Nation, with extensive silver mines and vast
stores of food products to sell, should voluntarily assist in carrying out
the same policy, and diminish tho value of her own resources, "passeth
understanding." Unfortunately for the welfare of the country, it con-
fains too manv neonlo who. siirronndpd hv hup a hlnnt-e f wniLcopnraH
interest-bearing obligations, are interested in legislation that makes
money dear, and everything else cheap; who, not engaged in productive
Industries themselves, are anxious to secure the product of the toil of
others at the least possible. outlay. Unfortunately, also, In these "evil
days" that have befallen us, these men are powerful in the "National
councils. But we are all taking lessons of a hard schoolmaster, and
are acquiring some valuable experience. This is about the only valu
able thing we are acquiring. When the change comes, and when the
American producers supply the American markets; -when we cease to
buy of Europe what wo can buy of ourselves, tho same beneficial legis
lation that brings about this result, applied to our silver mines, will
make of them hives of industry, fill them with an army of men,' who
will purchase supplies at fair prices irom men who are now standing
idle, while their families are hungry. As business and population ex
pand, our monetary needs will be constantly sunnlied from siivpr minoo
on American soil, owned by American citizens, worked by American
miners, who in turn supply their needs from the production of other
American workmen. How this result, if accomplished, placing in cir-
culation the entire product of our silver mines, not needed for other
uses, and will not exceed probably 50 cents per capita, will disturb busi
ness or commerce or prove detrimental to our financial system, I am at
a loss to see.
In this contest it Is greatly to be regretted that The Oregonlan,
right upon so many questions, should, In the opinion of many of Its
stanchest friends, be wrong upon this, should throw the weight or Its
vast influence upon the hand that, while oppressing other people, bears
with equal hardship upon the proprietors of The Oregonlan. The heart
of .the editor is generally in the right place, and sympathizes with those
who are wronged and oppressed, and it ought to be so In this matter
With The Oregonian on the right side of this question, the entire West
would present a solid front against thoso who are doing us financial
wrong and laying heavy burdens upon those least able to bear them.
from here, were burned to death last
night at 11 o'clock. The parents were an
ient from home attending a dance, and
an elder sister, aged 12. was left In charge
of the house and children. She was bad
ly burned in attempting to rescuo her
brothers and sister. Being unsuccessful,
she finally jumped from a second-story
window eight feet from the ground. The
fire Is supposed to have originated from
the explosion of an air-tight heater.
PrlnccHH Snlm-Snlru, Humanitarian.
CHICAGO, March 4. Princess Agnes
Salm-Salm arrived In Chicago today and
J went to tho residence of her ncphow, Ed-
ward Mendel. "My object," she said, "is
to Interest humane and wealthy people In
fitting out one or more ambulance corps.
"Each corps should have at least 10 doc
tors, trained nurses and a liberal quan
tity of hospital supplies. Some people
seem to think that the war in South Af
rica Is practically ended, but that Is a
great mistake. I believe It will last for a
considerable time that. In fact. It Is just
(beginning. Personally, my sympathies
are on the sldo of the Boers, but, of
course, that has nothing whatever to do
with my humanitarian work.
"I am not a novice In hospital work. I
made my studies In Rome and graduated
as a nurse. In three wars the American
Civil, the Franco-Prussian war and the
war In Mexico I had ample opportunity
to work.
"If I succeed in fitting out one or more
ambulance corps, I shall accompany them
to South Africa,"
Canadian Paper Gnci Up.
MONTREAL, March 4. The Canadian
Papermakers' Association today adopted a
scale of prices for carload lots, five-ton
lots, and 20-ream lots of different grades
of paper. The increase in present prices
is from 10 to 15 per cent.
The business don In Oregon by tho six
most active life Insurance companies Is
shown on page 3. 2
With, a Square Dcnl In Trade With
This Country' Cuba Will Continue
Prosperous and. Happy.
MAT1V71C r.,o -Toyvi 1 fJpTIPMl
James H. Wilson. Military Governor of '
the Department of Matanzas-Santa Clara,
In the course of an interview today, said
to tho correspondent of the Associated
"Trouble Is absolutely out of the ques
tion. The future depends largely upon
tho agricultural prosperity; and where
work is plentiful, wages are good, and a
country is prosperous, no sensible man,
wishes to alter conditions.
"Any person who publishes reports rep
resenting tho Cubans as preparing a ris
ing, does so with malicious Intent to mis
represent them, or because he has been led
to believe this bynhose who know better.
Tho prospects of Cuba are very' bright.
If sugar goes to the United States free or
nearly so, there will bo such an Influx of
capital and of Immigrants as will render
Cuba, ere long, one of the richest and
meat prosperous places In the world..
"Tho best the United States can do for
Cuba and the Cubans- is to give every op
portunity for Improving the value of the
land by putting it to the best uses. In
this way capital could do an Immense
amount of good .here as well as get large
General Wilson suggests supplying cattle
for working purpoces on a time basis, ac
cepting regular rates of Interest, which'
should bo about 1 per cent a month.
"Cattle," eays he, "can be landed here at
a cost of 570 a yoke, which, once here,
would bring more than $150. Large num
bers of working cattle are required by re
liable and hard-working men who are anx
ious to obtain them."
Discoveries Ncnr an Ancient City
Price of Cotton Too Illffh.
CITY OF MEXICO. March 4. Profes
sor Marshall Savllle, representing the
American Museum- of Natural History of
New York -has left fop home, taking
many unique objects discovered by him
at the ruins near the prehistoric City of
Mltla, in the State of Oaxaca. The prin
cipal work of the professor was the un
covering of many ancient mounds over
grown with forests to which a road had
to be constructed.
Duke de Loubat, himself Interested In
archaeological research, describes the
work of Professor Saville as most Im
portant. Half of the objects discovered
go to the Mexican Government under tho
agreement made previously.
Some of tho largest cotton mills at Pu
ebla and Orizaba will suspend operations
for a time, owing to the high price of
cotton, and will sell off accumulated
stock, which Is considerable. Refined su
gar production for the republic last year
amounted to over 50,000 tons and the un
refined to more than double that amount
There will be a large Increased production
this year.
Many of enfranchised "Will Not Sub
Milt to Belnfir Shut Out.
' NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 4. Colonel
Frank M. Fardenshlre, well known oyer'
the state, Aai just returned from a trip to
Havamumin an interview he said:
"In my opinion there will be serious
trouble in Havana on tho day of election.
I have several personal friends In Havana,
.and this seems to be tho impression nmong
them. According to a late '"regulation
promulgated by Governor Wood and other
authorities, GO per cent of the voters will
be disfranchised. Voters musu-be able
to read and write, and own $230 worth of
property. This rule was advocated by the
Spaniards and the more intelligent clasps
In Havana. The regulation almost shuts
out the average run of natives, and many
of them declare that if they are not per
mitted to vote In the election, there will
bo some throat-cutting on election day.
"The people from the outside country are
moving Into Havana, and all want offices."
Cuban. Accepted Ofllcc.
HAVANA, March 4. Qulnto Bandera
has written to the Patria saying that a
post has been offered him by the inter
vening Government and been accepted by
him. after consultation with Generals
Padro, Rabl and Larl. who have them
selves accepted positions. He says
"Although I have accepted the position,
I nevertheless belong heart and soul to
The Sedgwick will go out tomorrow
morning to welcome Secretary Hoot
General Lee and his staff will ride In
from Quemados to join In the reception.
Peru Ready to Take Part.
LIMA, Peru. March 4. via Galveston.
El Commercio. commenting editorially
today upon a dispatch from. "Washington
announcing the probable reconvocatlon
of the Pan-American Congress says:
"Although Peru was the only South
American Government not represented at
the congress, she will probably be Invited
in this Instance, and will take part, thus
emerging from the International Isolation
which for some time she has suffered
Free Zone Not "Wanted.
EL PASO, Tex., March 4. Business men
of Juarez, Mexico, hold a mass meeting
today to petition President Diaz to abol
ish tho free zone of Mexico, in which
Juarez is situated, and which Is GO miles
In width, south of the Rio Grande. The
merchants contend that the free zone Is
detrimental to them, as well as to man
ufacturing interests.
Leylnnd-Atlnntlc Transport Lines
Under Capitalization of $1:5,000,000.
NE"W YORK, March 4. Bernard H.
Baker, president of the Atlantic Trans
port Steamship Line, returned on tho Lu
canla today. He confirmed the report of
tho consolidation of the Leyland Lino and
the Atlantic Transport Line. The con
solidation will take effect on May 1. Mr.
Baker said:
"The Leyland and the Atlantic Trans
port Lines have amalgamated. Neither
line has been absorbed. Tho consolidation
takes in all the lines of both companies,
and the capital of the new concern will
be $25,000,000. The name of the new com
pany has not been decided upon."
Mr. Baker said that while he could not
make public the amount he had Invested,
he would say that he Is the largest 'n
dlvldual stockholder. Ho continued:
"Tho Leyland Line has at present un
der way five big boats, and our company
are building 13. "We will have a very big
fleet, and in addition the 10 ships be
longing to the combination, which are in
the service of the English Government,
will bo put on again as scon as they ara
released. The new boats have accommo
dations for both freight and passengers,
and are of more than 10.000 tons each.
"Tho corporation will be English, as the
vessels are under that flag. However,
many of the stockholders are Americans.
"We will have three vessels a week from
New York. Two will go to London and
ono to Liverpool. I will bo the head of
the line here, and the headquarters will
be in New York."
Storm on Rhode Island Coast.
PROVIDENCE, R. I., March 4. Owing
to the break in the telegraph line along
the Southern Rhode Island coast, the de
tails of the destruction caused by Thurs
day's terrific gale are just beginning to
be received. All sorts of wreckage Is on
tho beach between Point Judith and
."Watch H11L and tho lifesavers believe
that other vessels were also wrecked by
the gale. The "Watch Hill lifesavers found
what appeared to be a portion- of a large,
deckhouse, and the Point Judith Station
reported finding a portion of, a stairway,
evidently belonging to a barge or a ves
sel of some sort. The Quonochontag
Station found what appeared to be a
piece of a mast and part of a bulkhead
and a hatch combining were washed
ashore Thursday night at Narragansetf
VIcforinh and Prosper Collide. '
SEATTLE,' March 4. The steamers Vic
torian and Prosper got into collision about"
noon today in the harbor of Port Town
send, doing about S0O damage to the lat
ter. Forty feot of the Prospers main house
from the forward gangway on the port
side to the after cabin were stove In.
No ono was Injured, though for a mo
ment it seemed that the smaller vessel
with her officers and 15 or 20 passengers
would be sent to the bottom. The Vic
torian's after-guard did the damage, driv
ing clear through the Prospers side In
places, though the -former was not In
jured. ,
Catches of Two Sealers.
MONTEREY, Cal.. March 4. The Brit
ish Columbia sealing schooner Diana,
Captain Nelson, has reached this port,
where she will take on provisions. Her
catch up to date was 450 skins. The sealer
Enterprise, Captain Bishop, which came
hero from Vancouver last Sunday, has
sailed, to continue her cruise. Her catch
for tho season was 247 skins.
Russian Steamer Chartered.
TACOMA, March 4. Dodwell & Co.
have chartered the Russian steamer
Dalnyvostock, from Japanese parties, and
will put her In the trade between Tacoma
and tho Orient. The Dalynvostock was one
of the crack ships of the Pacific & Orien
tal Line. This makes 12 large steamers
now in the Oriental trade from the port of
British Cruiser In DHtrei.
NASSAU, N. P., March 4. The British
second-class cruiser Hermes Is reported oft
Cat Island, in the Bahamas, with her shaft
Domestic and Foreljm Ports.
ASTORIA, Or., March 4. Sailed, at 12:30
P. M., steamer Columbia, for San Fran
cisco; at 2 P. M., American ship Clarence
S. Bement and British bark Belmont, for
Queenstown or Falmouth, for orders;
British steamer St. Irene, down at 4 P. M.
Condition of tho bar at 5 P.. M., smooth;
wind, south; weather, clear.
San Francisco, March 4. Sailed State
of California, for Portland; steamer "Wash
tenaw, for Puget Sound.
.New York. March 4. Arrived Steamer
La Champagne, from Havre. Sailed
Pennsylvania, for Hamburg.
Queenstown, March 4. Sailed Etrurla,
for New York.
New York, March 4. Arrived Pretoria,
from Hamburg.
Closer Understanding "Would Be Ben
eficial Chicago Mtuntlon.
CHICAGO, March 4. President James
O'Connell, of the International Machinists'
Union, delivered an address today at the
meeting of the Chicago Federation of
Labor, expressing the belief that a closer
understanding between the employers' and
employes would be a good thing for the
laboring classes. Coming as It did from
the leader of a striking union, this" senti
ment created a sensation in. the meeting.
It seemed, however, to meet with almost
unanimous approvals Following his refer
ence to labor struggles. Mr. O'Connell
did a more unusual thing by launching Into
a eulogy on nonunlbn workmen.
President O'Connell had been granted tho
floor to make a report on the machinists'
strike. In his speech, he deprecated the
tendency to regard the present labor
'trotfbles'as a beginning of -serious Strife.
"While tho utterances of tho leaders of
the machinists aro peaceable, there la
llttlo hope that the building war will be
carried on without trouble. Fights be
tween nonunion men and pickets are ex
pected tomorrow.
Plans for' starting to work many non
union men tomorrow were completed today
by the United Contractors. If the weather
is favorable. It is estimated that per
haps as many as 1000 men will be put to
work. To. protect them a large number
of special officers have been engaged by
the contractors, and It was stated that
the city police force will also keep a close
watch at points where trouble Is expected.
Tonight 150 union machinists employed
at the Illinois Steel "Works, and the 1255
union machinists of the Chicago, Lake
Shore 5b Eastern shops, which are in the
Illinois Steel Works yards, declared a
strike, and will not go to work tomorrow.
Pickets will be placed near all the en
trances to the yards to induce men not to
go to work.
NInc-IIour Day Demanded.
PHILADELPHIA. March 4. Twenty
five delegates representing the Machin
ists' Union. In this city and all towns
within a radius of 30 miles of Philadel
phia, met today and decided to make a
general demand on June 1 for a nine
hour work day, and tho abolition If possi
ble, of piece work. It is possiblo the
manufacturers may lock out the men be
fore they formally make tho demands.
This 13 part of the movement started In
Tho Manufacturers' Association ol
"Woodworking Mills have refused the re
quest of tho woodworkers for nine hours'
work at ten hours' pay.
ClprarmaUers In Trouble.
TAMPA, Fla., March 4. Trouble has
arisen between the cigar and box manu
facturers of this city. A few days ago
the latter Issued a circular giving notice
of an advance in the prices. The cigar
manufacturers protested, but to no avail,
and havo now organized a company with
ample capital, and propose to establish and
operate a factory for themselves.
Secretary Root and Party.
TAMPA, Fla.. March 4. Secretary of
"War Root and wife and General Ludlow
and party are spending the night at Port
Tampa. They arrived there this morning,
and proceeded down Tampa Bay to Ego
mont Key, 30 miles. Here they expected
to meet tho transport Sedgwick, which was
to carry them to Havana. The boat failed
to arrive, however, and, after waiting
all day, the party returned to Port Tam
pa. The party hopes to get away for Cuba
some time tomorrow.
M. E. Agache, a London scientist, gave
a dinner recently In which liquid air was
used at the table to keep tho champagne
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It "Was In the Cheap Bowery Section,
and Property Loss.Was Only
About $2000.
NEW YORK, March ,4. Six persona
were burned to death and two were In
jured early thla morning In a fire which
occurred In a seven-story lodging-housa
at 44 to 4S Bowery. The dead 'are:
Charles Buttle. 40 years .old.
John Clark, 50 years old.
Edward Doyle. 35 years old.
Henry Jackson (colored) 35 years old.
One unidentified man about 50 years old.
Stephen Carney,. 75 years old.
Martin Gallagher, 53 years old, wa
burned' about the face and hands, and also
removed to the hospital.
Edward "Walker, 47 years old. was
burned, but after having his wound
dressed, remained at the lodging-house.
The fire was first discovered shortly after
2 o'clock. Smoke was pouring from tho
windows of the fifth flcor, and the flames
were making rapid progress.
The lodging-house was cut up Into 122
rooms, and 90 of these small places wera
occupied when the fire broke out. Pollce-
j men sent in an alarm and burst Into tho
place to arouse the inmates. They noti
fied the night clerk, who immediately
rang the alarzfS all over tho house. Tha
hallways were Instantly filled with a
crowd of excited people. The policemen
forced their way to the upper floors in an
effort to rescue some of the helpless, be
lieving one or two were overcome witlk
smoke. They carried out Thomas Harper.
a one-legged man, and Ed "Walker, who
had been burned and partially overcomo
by the smoke. Stephen Carney was found
lying en the floor in his room, where tho
flames had already burned the old man's
face, hands and body, but a policeman
picked him up and carried him out oC
the building. ,
The firemen succeeded in putting out tho
flames without great loss to the building.
After the fire was out they began a search.
The bodies of all five of the victims were
found on the fifth floor, where the fire did
the iriost damage. Buttle was suffocated
in his bed. John Clark was found on tho
floor of his room dead, as was also Ed
ward Doyle. Tho colored man was found
dead at a window, and the unidentified
man had been overcome just as ho was
dragging himself from the window to the
fire escape. All the bodies were taken to
the' morgue. '
The damage to tho building will amount
to about $2000. The place was conducted
by Domino Mllano, and was a cheap Bow
ery lodging-house.
Carney, who died tonight, is said to havo
been a licensed priest of the Catholla
Actress Nenrly Burned Alive.
PARIS, March 5. Mile. Yvette ullbert
narrowly escaped being burned alivo whllo
asleep in an invalid's chair. Tho curtain
of her aparement In the Avenue de Vlllera
caught Are. Choked with smoke, sha
awakened and called for help, being una
ble to walk alone, as she Is only now re
covering from the effects of the recent
operation for the extirpation of her right
kidney. Alarmed by the qries, her at
tendants rushed In and removed her to a
place of safety, after which the fire was
Lnrpre Tannery Burned.
CORRY. Pa.. March 4. The. "Western
Union Tannery, at Spartansburg, and
contents were destroyed by fire today.
"With no means of fighting the fire, tha
citizens had to stand helplessly by watch
ing the only Industry of the town being
destroyed. Tho loss is $S0,0OO, fully cov
ered, by Insurance- t ..
Fire In Apartment House.
TROY, N. Y., March 4. Fire at midnight
visited the Willard block and apartment
house, on Broadway, and caused 5100,000
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for helr were heard coming from tho
Niagara River last night was Ashton
Smith, 27 years old, son of Rev. Henry
Ashton Smith, rector of St. Paul's Epis
copal Church, at Fort Erie, Ont. Young
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S o'clock last night, and attempted to
row across tho swift current of the Niag
ara to Niagara Falls on an Important
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