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LONDON, May 18. The Peking corre-epo-1,.
i of the Times says:
"Tv.c anti-foreign movement, headed by
the B xt r-. has attained alarming propor
t' ns. 1' p-e have been serious anti-Chrls-t
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The Universalis! Church.
NEW YORK. May 17. The Board of
Trustees of the Universalist Church, con
j ."g of 11 members appointed by the
l"r i . realist General Convention, which
ir't in Boston last October. Is in session
rt the Manhattan ilotel. The Board of
Trus ePs considers all matters concerning
t i pn grcss and advancement of the I'ni-c-a
.?t church, but its deliberations are
rot nade public One of the most Import
art questions which will come up before
it at tr.s meeting Is the establishment of
a 20th-century fund of S200.000, which is to
be used In the advancement of borne mis
sions. The trustees are very anguine of
success in raising this fund, as they have
already received several large donations.
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Result of a Government Victory la
COLON, Colombia, via Galveston, Tex..
May 17. News has been received here of
a victory by the government troops over
the insurgents in a battle In the Vetas
district, which began May 11 and lasted 70
hours. Generals Leal and Herrera were
among the killed, -who are said to have
been very numerous, the slaughter being
described as "horrible butcher-" Twelve
hundred Insurgents were taken prisoners,
and the government troops captured a
large quantity of guns and rifles.
Strike Threatened in Metal Trades.
NEW YORK, May 17. It Is feared that
the arbitrat-on committees of the National
"Metal Trades Association and of the In
ternational Association of Machinists, who
have been In session for nearly a. week,
are hopelessly deadlocked. Much de
pends upon reaching an amicable ad
justment, especially to manufacturers and
machinists In the West. Unices matters
are adjusted, the country will witness one
of the most serious disputes between cap-
I ltal and labor that has been eeen In years,
j No member of either committee would
give any Information relative to the
points in aispuie. unless a settlement is
reached, not only will strikes which were
temporarily-declared off pending arbitra
tion be renewed, but the troubles- will
STILL HOLDS OUT
But the Siege of Mafeking
Has Not Yet Been Raised.
BOER REPORTS OF ITS FALL UNTRUE
England Breathlessly Awaiting
News of Rescue of the Town
Operatioas la Free State.
LONDON, May IS. 3:35 'A. M. England
still waits with intense and almost breath
less Interest for news of the relief of
Mafeking. A crowd, remarkable for the
number of men In evening dress and in
cluding many ladles, lingered around the
War Office even after midnight, hoping
for some announcement. Only reluctantly
did the people disperse when the lobbies
of the "War Office were finally cleared with
the word that nothing had been received.
One thing seems clear. The town still
holds out. Were It otherwise, the Boers
wires laid to the camps o'f the beleaguered
camps would have flashed the news.
Skeleton messages from Lourenco Mar
ques, based on Information that leaked
out at the Pretoria "War Office, show that
the Boer stormers Saturday fell Into a
trap. Colonel Baden-Powell permitted
them to seize one fort, and he then sur
rounded and overbore them before the
large forces near at hand perceived the
strategy. It was thus that Sarel Eloff,
President Kruger's grandson, and part of
his commando were taken, and 50 Boers
The Canadian artillery contingent of the
Rhodesian force is reported to have
reached Buluwayo May 2. The distance
from Buluwayo to Mafeking Is 4?0 miles.
As the railway Is open all the way to
Pltsani, 28 miles from Mafeking, where
Colonel Plumer is, the Canadians may
yet take part in the relief:
General French, scouting northward,
found the Boers In strong force at Rhen
oster Spruit, 30 miles from Kroonstad.
Generals Botha, Delarey and Olivier, with
artillery, were holding the position.
President Steyn, according to one dis
patch, has gone to Pretoria. Another
says he Is a fugitive at Llndler. The
Free Staters are surrendering on all sides.
A dispatch from Cape Town says that
proclamations are being printed there, to
be published on the Queen's b.rthday.
May 24, annexing the Free State. One of
President Steyn's brothers, who Is a pris
oner of General Brabant, says taat the
Free Staters will accept annexation. Those
who took up arms the second time, he
explains, had to do- so under threats of
InBtant death If they refused.
Five hundred rifles have been surren
dered at Kroonstad in excess of the num
ber of Boers who have taken the oath of
allegiance. Lord Roberts has directed the
British commanders to receive all com
ers In good spirit, and to Issue to them
passes to go to their farms.
Bailer Alms at Lains's Nelc
General Buller is pushing straight; ahead
without opposition. -He-has only lost flv
wounded during, the movement. Appar
entlr he 15 aiming at Laing's Nek, which.
is the direct road to the Transvaal, al
though he may diverge to Botha's Pass.
General Hunter's movements in Western
Transvaal are rather puzzling. He has
returned to Fourteen Streams with one
brigade, leaving another. General Bar
ton's, at Christiana. Lord Methuen is
said to be advancing along the south bank
of the VaaL Colonel Kekewich is with
him. The loop railway line across the
"Vaal is fast nearing completion. The
probability Is that General Hunter took
back a "brigade to Fonrteen Streams, ow
ing to the scarcity of transport.
General Bundle has captured 10,000 bags
of corn. He is marohlng slowly through
a district which is described as "literally
teeming with cattle, sheep and horses."
Michael Davltt, according to a dispatch
from Lourenco Marques, is said to have
advised the Boers, while he was in Pre
toria, that if they could hold out until the
Presidential election In the United States,
"they might feel pretty sure of Interven
tion." The Federals Last Stand.
At Johannesburg the women are forming
a police corps so as to release every man
for fighting purposes at the front.
Dr. Archer, who was at Dundee during
the Boer occupation, asserts that there are
several hundred Englishmen serving in the
Boer forces who would desert if assured
of pardon from the British. The Pretoria
official list of foreigners shows 160 Eng
lishmen who are not fighting, but hold
their residence In the Transvaal by special
permission. They are bank clerks, engi
neers and shopkeepers.
Durban reports the receipt of a telegram
from Lourenco Marques, saying that a
Boer plot to blow up the British cruiser
Forte was discovered, and that in conse
quence the warship steams out seven miles
President Steyn saw the flght at the
Zand River. The impression he got there
was that his burghers could not face Lord
Roberts In a pitched battle, and this re
sulted, according to advice from Lourenco
Marques. In his decision to evacuate the
Kroonstad works without a battle. The
"From pro-Boer sources we leara that
the first great stand by the Federals will
be on the ridges near Johannesburg. This
position has been strongly Intrenched, and
the burghers believe they can hold It for
some time. If driven from that point,
part of the force will be thrown Into Pre
toria to withstand a siege, while the main
body will retreat to the Lyndenburg dis
trict, with the Intention of keeping up a
guerrilla warfare from that mountainous
region. They believe that they can In
definitely postpone a pacification of the
This vlow is partly supported by a dis
patch to the Times from Lourenco Mar
ques, which says:
"There is general talk In Pretoria of
President Kruger contemplating an im
mediate departure from the capital. There
seems no longer any doubt of the intention
of the Transvaal to transfer, the seat of
government to the Lyndenburg district,
and to. endeavor to make a final stand
there. The Raad is reported to have
indorsed the "proposal."
The Times also says that a number pt
the Transvaal officials are preparing for
flight, and that State Secretary Rcltz has
selected South America as his future
It Is unofficially asserted that Lord
Kitchener Is in command ef the Mafeking
relief column, and that news .of the relief
of the town cannot be received until Mon
day. Coantess Festetics Wants a Divorce.
SAN FRANCISCO, May 17. Divorce
proceedings were begun here today by
Ella. Countess Festetics, against Rudolph,
Count Festetics. In her petition, the
Countess alleges desertion, failure to pro
vide and cruel treatment. After rehears
ing their memorable cruise in the small
yacht Tolna. which was recently wrecked
In the southern seass, the Countess alleged
that when they reached Singapore, in No-
vember last year, .she was willing to pro
ceed further, and, while they were- en
deavoring to reach an amicable" under-
standlncv the Count sailer! nwav. Ipavintr
Tier without means to return to the
"United States. The Countess, who Is a
daughter of Louis D. Haggln. of New
York, petitions that she be allowed to
resume her maiden name.
Bomb Thrown at the Hbase of the
Portagnese Consul la Honolulu.
VICTORIA, B. C. May 17. The steamer
Aorangl arriving from Honolulu today
brings- news of a cowardly attempt to
destroy Portuguese Consul De Sousa. Can
avarro and his household by dynamiting
the Consulate on the 4th Inst. A bomb
was thrown at the Consul's window, but
landed outside Instead of going through.
The front of the building was badly
wrecked. This is the second attempt with
in two years" to assassinate the Portu
guese Consul. Two Portuguese, Luiz C.
Camara and A. G. Relss, are nuder arrest
Rels having been beard to declare, "Con-
sul Canavarra was rio good, anofthe soon-H
er hg "pe blown. M'p the better."
The news 6f the passage of the Hawaii- I
an di.i, mamng .Hawaii a. territory unaer
the Governorship of Sanford B.-Dole, was
received In Honolulu May 9, with great
rejoicing. Preparations are being made
for an Immense public celebration.
Preparations have been completed for
connecting the various Islands-of the Ha
waiian group by Marconi's wireless tele
graph system, all experiments -having
been most successful.
IMMIGRATION TO HAJVAII.
Povrderly Will Establish
of Inspection. .
WASHINGTON, May 17. Commissioner-General
Powderiy Is taking active
steps to establish a system of Immigrant
Inspection of the Hawaiian Islands, and
to that end he has detailed F. H. Larned,
the chief clerk of the Immigration Bu
reau, to proceed to Honolulu and make
a. careful examination of the conditions
there, and establish a system In all im
portant particulars the same as Is now in
operation In the United States. George
E. Baldwin, also of the Immigration Bu
reau here, has been appointed an inspec
tor for Honolulu.
Roman Dobler, an Inspector at New
York, will very soon go to Porto Rico to
make an examination as to the situation
on the island. He will secure statistics of
the number of arrivals from other coun
tries, their character and condition, and
will make a report as soon as possible
to Mr, Powderiy. Congressional action
will be necessary, however, before an im
migration system can be established at
Porto Rico ports with authority to ex
amine and report objectionable aliens.
GOVERNOR SMITH PROTESTS
Charges Frand in the Appointment
of Clark He Will Name a Senator.
CHICAGO, May 17. A special to the
Times-Herald from Helena, Mont., says:
When the United States Senate commit
tee on privileges and elections meets to
morrow, It will have to face another com
plication In the Clark Senatorial case.
Governor Smith arrived, in Butte this aft
ernoon, and wire Attorney-General Nolan
to meet i!m In that city. The Governor
desired to consult the Attorney-General
ao to the form In which he will put a
protect that he will wire to the Senate
tomorrow against the acceptance of the
credentials of Mr. Clark In the appoint
ment of Lieutenant-Governor Sprlggs.
Governor Smith will base his protest on
the ground that the appointment 'Is vitia
ted because of fraud. He will allege that
the resignation of Senator Clark was
written In April and that the date that It
now bears. May 11, was the result of the
erasure of the original date, which, it will
be alleged, can be easily proved by ex
amination of the document. -
He wiU allege also that the resignation
was In the possession of Charles A. Clark,
eon of the Senator, for eeveral weeks,
and that the resignation of Senate? Clark
at the time he did resign, and his appoint-'
ment by Lieutenant-Governor Sprlggs,
was part of a plan to Insure his appoint
ment by the Lieutenant-Governor. In
the carylng out of the plot, it will be
added, misrepresentation and other de
vious methods were used to get the Gov
ernor out ei the state. The Governor will
hold that, owing to alleged fraudulent
practices, followed In the appointment
of Mr. Clark, that appointment is void,
and he will himself make an appointment
to illl the vacancy from Montana.
While it Is not positively known whom
n, . Jr. i ,,
will appoint. It Is believed
that Martin Maginnis, who represan;ed
Montana In Congress in the early days of
the territory, will be chosen. Ho la not
allied with either Democratic faction, and
has always been a strong party man.
Yesterday's Gold Shipment.
NEW YORK, May 17. The French line
steamer La Gascogne. which, sailed today
for Havre, Carried 53,200,000 la gold. -
Presbyterians Are in Session
in St. Louis
RETIRING MODERATOR'S SERMON
Dr. Dicker, of Philadelphia, Elect
ed. Moderator Northwest Dele
eatca A Sadden Death.
ST. LOUIS, May 17. The Presbyterian
General Assembly began Its 112th annual
session today. Nearly 1000 commissioners
and delegates, representing all the North
ern and Western states and territories
and many of those In the South, with the
synods of Central and South China, North
THE -GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS BEING HELD
COMPT6N AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN
CHina1 and -India, are in. attendance. Spe-
da! interest centered in the election of the
successor to Rev. Robert F. Sample, mod-
erator of the assembly.
Rev. A. M. Echolz, of Middlesport, O.,
commissioner to the General ' Assembly,
representing Athens, O., Presbytery,
dropped, dead at 10:30 A. M., in the audi
torium of the church. He was seated in
a pew In the rear of the church, when at
tacked with heart disease. Before going
to the church he complained of being ill,
and consulted a physician. The church was
crowded at the time of Rev. Mr. Echolz"3
death, there being nearly 2000 persons pres
ent, and the sad incident cast a shadow of
gloom over the assemblage and delayed
the opening exercises.
The first session opened when Musical
Director D. J. McDonald arose and led
in the singing of the doxology. Rev. John
M. Wooral, of Danville. Ky., delivered" the
opening prayer. Rev, Dr. Craig, of Mc
Cormick Theological Seminary, read a
.Scripture lesson and Dr. Massau, mission
ary from China, delivered the formal In
vocation. Retiring1 Moderator's Sermon.
Several selections were sung by the
quartet of the church, at the conclusion
of which Rev. Dr. Sample, the retiring
moderator, delivered his sermon. He said
"Moses waved his mysterious rod over
the sea, and. down the long line of Israel
sent the divine command 'Forward. Is
rael obeyed, and, having descended the'
shelving bench, the waters divided as they
went on. Thus God triumphed gloriously
and the pursuing hosts of Pharaoh, horse
and 'rider alike, were overthrown in the
sea, and Israel saw their enemies no more.
The typical scene of the text suggests our
duty, and God, through his word and
works and girdling providences, bids us
go on to the world's conquest, and Mes
siah's glorious reign. Protestant Chris
tianity has planted itself under the eaves
of the Madeleine and Notre Dame In Paris,
and entered many of the cities of France.
In Russia religious toleration has been
greatly extended and Protestant churche3
have been erected In St. Petersburg, near
by St. Isaac's Cathedral. Protestantism
builds its sanctuaries in Rome, and the
Bible House on the Corse looks across
the Tiber on the towers of St. Peter's and
the Vatican. In Spain, liberty of worship
has found a place. In South America, in
the old homes of the Aztecs, in Madagas
car and the once pagan Islands of the
Pacific, the truth, has been Joyfully re
ceived. "To limit our views to the last decade we
observe this significant fact that during
the year ISM, in which the church was
occupied with two important ecclesiastical
trials, there occurred the greatest number
of additions on confession of faith in the
entire history of the denomination. The
year following, publicity having been given
to doctrinal errors, and confidence in the
essentials of Christianity have been weak
ened, there set In a period of spiritual
-decline. Yet the net increase of our
church In 1SS9 was about 9000; that of the
Congregational church being about 2400,
whilst the Methodist Episcopal church.
North, had a net loss of 3700. In later
years In a great majority of the Chris
tian denominations, there has been, so
far as indicated by conversions, a marked
religious decline, and for this condition,
some general, not local, cause must be
assigned. Here let it be observed that
divisions In our church have never result
ed solely from doctrinal differences, but
mainly from opposing views of administra
tion, or questions of National government.
This fact indicates the prevailing and
steadfast loyalty of our church to its doc
trinal standards. Notice some of the
t problems that confront us. The problem
I nf th lt th Pntra.iitin nf nL,.
latlon. rapidly advancing, has been a
marked feature of this country. One hun
dred, years ago 3 per cent of our popula
tion was urban, now nearly 30 per cent.
Vice is sure to stimulate vice, and crime
begets crime. Here we find general moral
corruption: the Idolatry of wealth, de
votion to sinful pleasure, wickedness in
high 'places, the beastliness of open Im
purity, closeted skeletons of virtue, every
shameless form, of iniquity, and absolute
indifference to all woe, save Its own.
"The problem of Intemperance, most ap
palling in great cities, still waits a solu
tion. Liquor interests dominate Legisla
ture, corrupt courts, bribe Executives, de
bauch rulers, desecrate the Sabbath, and
turn many away from the house of prayer.
Just now the traffic in Intoxicants, as in
Manila, Havana. Porto Rico and Alaska,
misrepresents Christian civilization and-l
sets the world's salvation far down the
years. Another problem demands solu
tion. The most thoroughly organized
hierarchy in the world, Rome excepted,
hides among the mountain ranges of Utah,
builds its harems in secluded valleys, de
fies the Government, which would suppress
its crimes, and seeks to establish an em
pire of its own, and ends Its missionaries
throughout the civilized world, to delude
the Ignorant and entrap the unwary. This
is Satan's masterpiece, nnd one of the
darkest blots on civilization the ages have
known. Another problem. Yonder it lies.
In our beautiful Southland. It is a con
I dltlon for which generations gone and
I ourselves are responsible. Eight millions
' of our population belong to the colored
race, SO per cent of whom have been born
CHURCH, ST. LOUIS.
since slavery ceased to exist. A stu
pendous enigma confronts us. Patriot
Ism, philanthropy and piety demand action
and raise the anxious question, "What
shall be done?'
"There Is a philosophy so called, a seem
ingly misguided reaction frojn material
ism. It denies a person God, an incarnate
Christ, a Savior from sin. , It is largely
a revival of ancient gnosticism. It is
gaining ground with an alarming rapidity,
and Is wrecking souls, homes and commu
nities, over which once fell the light ot
happiness and peaoe. The Increasing
desecration of the Lord's daj' presents a
serious problem. Still another problem
Is associated with the rationalism of the
age. It threatens the foundations of pub
lic morality and of all saving truth. Wher
ever it extends, religious experience loses
in depth and in power: revivals are few
or unknown; worldllness Increases; sym
bolism m gains ground, and formal cere
monles'lmpair spiritual worship.
Again, we cannot detach ourselves from
social conditions. Concentration of force
is required by the ex'trncles of our age.
The existence of denominations Is not to
be condemned. They may conserve truth.
The church, when an organic unit, became
corrupt. Churches of the same faith
and polity should be united. Let us
maintain this conviction in the face ot
every difficulty and discouragement, and
go forward in hope. Brethren, let us be
gin with the nearest branch of our church
and invite Joseph, now separated from the
brethren, to come home, or if he prove
more magnanimous than we, and send hl3
wagons, let us go to him. Wo need our
Southern brethren, and they need us. Our
form of government is the same. Our
modes of worship are the same. Our tra
ditions blend. We adopt the identical
symbols of faith, and our devotion to the
doctrines of grace never wanes. We
stood side by side In the war of humanity
before Santiago, and together stormed
the castles of Manila, anc have vied with
each other in our loyalty to our National
flag. Why not unite our forces In the in
terests of the Church of God. The encour
agement to seek the world's salvation
should stimulate effort. God is in all
history, and Is ever marching on. The
conversion of the world is as certain as
his throne. Greater achievements than
ages have known await the church of the
coming century. The evangelization of
America claims our first attention, and
before the 20th century 13 half advanced
we may give the gospel to every creature:
If we will but consecrate ourselves, our
service and our substance to the Lord
who bought us with his blood.
"Our recently acquired possessions,
whatever their governmental status Is or
may be, must be evangelized. Cuba and
Porto Rico must be brought to Chrl3t.
The Philippine Archipelago, reaching from
Formosa to Borneo and the Celebes Sea.
must be Christianized. Mexicans and
Asiatic coolies, Tagals, Hoots and pagan
tribes must be brought into the kingdom,
or. disobeying God, who bids us go for
ward, we may some day wish we had not
been born. China and India, Japan and
the lesser isles, are waiting for the salva
tion of God. Africa and South America
are appealing by their perishing need, and
we mast do our duty or ourselves be cast
away. Brethren commissioried by the
now reigning Christ to bringing a lost
world to him, let us go forward. Nations
shall be horn in a day, and
our world, now marred by sin,
shall become God's own fan world again.
If that consummation do not come in our
day, then beyond life's tempestuous sea we
shall behold It from the battlements of
heaven, joyfully awaiting the glad coro
nation day. when the church on earth
shall Join the church in heaven, and ene
mies conquered, faith triumphant, Jordan
passed, we shall abide In the land of the
King, and reign with him forever and
ever. Hallelujah. Amen."
The report of the Board of Church Erec
tion stated that the number o applica
tions during the last year was 'about 50
per cent larger than In the year, previous
and almost the largest of any year In
(Concluded on Third Page.)
PLAGUE IN BAY CITY
Disease Exists in a Virulent
Form in San Francisco.
EFFORTS TO SUPPRESS THE NEWS
Six Deaths Hare Already Occarred-4
Man-- Cases Being: Watched The '
Victims Are Chinese.
SAN FRANCISCO. May 17. Bubonia
plague In its most virulent form actu
ally exists in San Francisco. Every en
deavor Is being made by the authorities
to suppress the facts at the request of
local merchants and commercial bodies,
who fear the news might hurt Paclflo
Thus far, the dread disease Is confined
to Chinatown, situated in the heart of
the city. Six deaths were reported in aa
many weeks, and a number of plague
cases are being watched. All the victims
are Celestials. An epidemic is feared, but
physicians are trying their utmost to pre
vent its spread. The Health Board-holds
meetings dally, and Is much alarmed."
The district is in a squalid condition, andt
favors the spread of the disease.
Federal Quarantine Officer Kenyoun,
of the port of San Francisco, has co-operated
with the local health ofllcers. and
has offered the use of Angel Island, the
Government quarantine and disinfecting:
statin. A large three-horse power
sulphur dlstafector was brought up
from the island this morning, and has
been in operation a.l day. All the housea
In the district are being fumigated with
formaldehyde gas and sulphur. Kenyourt
makes s personal Inspection with the
health board daily of ail cases under
suspicion. Autopsy and fumigating rooms
have been erected at Waverly and Sac
ramento streets. In the district in charge
of Chief Sanitary Inspector Chalmers,
and 12 medical assistants. All Chinese
bodies, regardless of the cause of death,
are removed to the autopsy rooms imme
diately after death. Inclosed in convey
ances, and post mortems are performed
by Dr. J. G. Morrisey. the city physi
cian, and Dr. F. P. Wilson, assistant. The
bodies are then placed in hermeticallj
sealed caskets and hastily burled.
All sewers In the. district have been
screened with netting, and thousands of
pounds of fish poisoned with arsenic and
phosporus thrown Into them for the pur
pose of killing Tats which might dis
tribute the disease germs. -
Physicians are stationed at wharves,
railway stations and all outlets of the
city to prevent Chinese from departing.
All conveyances are searched. Chinese
Consul-General Ho Yow Is offering every
assistance in sending Chinese into the
field, and the police have sent corps of
Interpreters and guides, who assist the
medicos in the search for plague cases.
The Chinese hide the sick, as they fear
the qharantine, and 'dylrg celestials are
carried over roofs by their countrymen
to avoid the heath authorities. -
The first case discovered was He Woon
York, at 732 Pacific street. The Chinese
had come from Stockton recently, ami
died six weeks ago. Dr. Wilson submit
ted the swollen glands-taken frqm the
body to Dr. W. H. Kellogg, the city bac
teriologist, and Dr. Kenyoun. The cul
tures confirmed their suspicions. All sub
sequent cases have shown virulent plague
germ. Dr. Williamson, president ot tha
Board of Health, has been In consulta
tion with Dr. Kenyoun. and the latter re
ported to Washington the condition of.
affairs. He received orders today to assist
the local authorities as much as possible,
The Merchants Association, the leadirg
commercial organization, yesterday sug
gested an appeal to the Government to
take charge of the district. The health
offlcia's promised they would call for
Federal aid if the plague got beyond-con-trol.
Dr. Williamson today sent a formal no
tification of the plague conditions to tha
consuls of foreign countries, with a re
quest to suppress the news." All facta
are being withheld from the public, owing
to the recent censure of local newspapers..
The deaths to date are as foflows: Wins,
Chut Kin. 1001 Dupont street; He Woon,
York, 732 Pacific; Ho Sam, same address;
Thin Moon. Pacific hospital; Yong Hoop,
S3S Clay, and Wing Chlng. 717 Clay.
Dr. Chalmers said: "Conditions are very
bad. and favor a spread ot the disease.
Thus far we have the plague in check."
Dr. Kellogg said: "I fear an epidemic,
and will suppress facts If possible. We
may be compelled to burn the infected
houses in Chinatown."
Dr. Williamson said: "We have the
plague pretty well In check, and will
Isolate the suspicious cases." ,
The Health Board will meet again to-
morrow morning. , ,
PLAGUE SPREADING IN AUSTRALIA.
Sydney. Reports 142 Canes nnd. 40:
Dcnths From the Epidemic.'
VANCOUVER. B- C. May 17. That the
plague Is spreading throughout Australia
Is the news brought by the steamer
Aorangl today. She sailed from Sydney
April 25, and up to that date in Sydney
alone there had been 142 cases of plague,
and 49 deaths.
Despite all the efforts of the sanitary
authorities to suppress the pest, new cases
are reported from almost every seaport
town In Australia, and even In the In
terior the dread disease is making its ap-;
pearance under conditions which puzzle'
the plague experts. The government has
Issued a circular stating that mere cleans
ing ot the town will not suffice to stamp
out the disease, which cannot be eradi
cated until all the plague-Infected rats
have been destroyed. Under an official
rat-catching order, 12,000 rats have al
ready been incinerated. The government
is spending- S0,0CO monthly in the effort .to
free New South Wales from the plague.
At a plague conference In Sydney, where
the governments of all the Australasian
colonies were represented. It was decided
that uniform action should be taken to
prevent the spread of the disease. The
rules of the Venice plague conference
were adopted. Regulations have also been
adopted for compulsory Inoculation with
No Loan to Banlc of France.
NEW YORK, May 17. The Teport that
the millions of gold recently shipped te
France from this port was a loan to th
Bank of France was emphatically denied
today by several of the shippers. The
exports. It was averred, were made In the
regular course of business, and sentiment
did not enter Into the matter at any stage.
Experts declared today that foreign ex
change rates were such as to permit of a
narrow margin of profit, and the supply of
gold here being more than ample for do
mestic needs, local bankers availed them
selves of Europe's demand.
Dnlly Trearary Statement.
WASHINGTON, May 17. Today's state
ment of the Treasury balances In the gen
eral fund, exclusive ot the $150,0C0.0C0 gold
reserve In the division of redemption,
Available cash balance $142,177,607
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