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THE MORNING OKEGONIAN. SATUEDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1901.
TWO SUPPLY BILLS
Passed by the Senate at Yes
ONE OF THEM IN RECORD TIME
Tliey Were the Postoaice and Diplo
matic and. Con alar Appropria
tion IHIIk Hodnc Devoted
Day to Small Bills.
"WASHINGTON, Feb. 22. Two of the
great supply bills of the Government, the
postofllce and the diplomatic and Consu-
lar appropriation bills, were passed, by
the Senate today. During the greater part
of the session a proposal to discontinue
the appropriations for fast mail facilities
from New York to New Orleans via At
lanta, and from Kansas City, Mo., to
Newton, Kan., was under discussion.
While the debate was protracted. It was
not particularly lively. By a decisive
vote, the Senate continued the appropria
tions. Aji effort was made to obtain an
appropriation to continue the pneumatic
tube service in Xew York, Boston and
Phladelphia, but it failed. An amend
ment was agreed to authorizing the Postmaster-General
to investigate the ques
tion of establishing a postal telegraph sys
tem and to report his findings to the next
The diplomatic and Consular appropria
tion bill was passed in record time, only
40 minutes being consumed in its consid
eration. After a spirited debate, the con
ference report on the Indian appropria
tion bill was" rejected and sent back to
Early in the day Washington's farewell
address was read by Bacon. The read
ing was accorded close attention.
A resolution of the Legislature of Kan
sas in favor of legislation to prevent un
just discrimination in interstate commerce
was presented by Harris and referred.
Depew presented a resolution of the Legis
lature of New York, in support of the
oleomargarine bill. A bill authorizing the
Attorney-General, on request of the Sec
retary of the Interior, to appear In suits
brought by states relative to school lands
on Indian reservations, was passed.
Consideration of the postoffice appropri
ation bill was resumed, the pending ques
tion being the motion by Rawlins to
strike out the two paragraphs providing
appropriations for fast mall service be
tween New York and New Orleans, and
between Kansas City and Newton, Kan.
"Vest opposed the motion in a forceful
speech. He challenged the statements
made yesterday by Turley and Bate, that
the proposed appropriations were sub
sidies. He (Vest) never had voted for any
subsidy or bounty, great or small, but
these appropriations were not subsidies be
cause subsidies were money :given out of
the treasury for nothing. The pending ap
propriation facilitated the transmission of
the mails and he considered the mails
one of the greatest evidences of civiliza
tion. Harris declared that the appropriation
was a specific payment for a valuable
service rendered by the railroads. It was
in no sense a subsidy.
Thurston, in support of the appropria
tion, made a facetious speech, in which
he said Kansas was in "an unfortunate
position, with its Irrepressible conflict be
tween the unlawful 'Joint' and the il
legal hatchet I understand," he
continued, "that the train leaves Kan
sas City at a very early hour in the morn
ing and carries to the suffering people of
Kansas the consolation of the metropoli
tan newspapers and original packages.
Nothing can do so much to save Kansas
newspapers and original packages."
Morgan, Pritchard and Elklns spoke
strongly in opposition to the pending mo
tion, while Chilton argued that there was
no reason for singling out particular rail
roads and particular sections upon which
to confer special mail facllties. Caffery
said the proposition was a subsidy or
gratuity which accomplished no specific
good. McEnery made a vigorous argu
ment in support of the appropriation, de
claring it was not a subsidy. Jones (Ark.)
declared that the proposed appropriation
was as absolutely indefensible an expendi
ture of public money as had ever come
under his experience. Money defended
Rawlins motion to strike out the ap
propriations proposed was rejected. 19
Butler offered an amendment directing
the Postmaster-General to make an in
vestigation of the postal telegraph sys
tem, together with the probable cost of
establishing the system. It was agreed
Depew offered an amendment providing
that when any publication had been ac
corded the privilege of second-class mail
matter, the privilege -should not he.Tvith
drawn without a full hearing by the Post
office Department. It was agreed to.
The bill was passed and then the bill
making appropriations for the diplomatic
and Consular service was taken up and in
40 minutes was passed. It carries $1.S36,
228. an Increase over the House bill of
Thurston called up the conference re
port on the Indian appropriation bill. He
said that some points were undisposed of
by the conferees, one of them being the
subject of mineral lands on Indian reser
vations. Nelson made a point of order against a
provision to allow the Secretary of the
Interior to dispose of the timber on the
Red Lake and White Earth reservations,
in Minnesota, and Clapp also entered a
protest against the proposition.
In defense of the conference report.
Thurston- declared that the manner in
which the Indians of Minnesota had
been robbed of their timber was a shame
and a scandal.
Pending further discussion. Allison
asked that the order for a night session
tonight be revoked, and the request was
agreed to. The conference report was
finally, on request of Thurston, disagreed
to, by unanimous consent, and sent back
In the House.
The House devoted today to odds and
ends of legislation. Under ah arrange
ment entered into yesterday, a large
number of small bills In which members
are individually interested were passed.
An hour was devoted to unanimous con
sent legislation, and two hours and a
half each to the passage of private claims
bills and private pension bills. Nine bills
were passed by unanimous consent, and
29 claims bills and 139 pension bills were
passed. Among the latter was the Sen
ate bill to pension, the widow of the late
General Henry W. Lawton. As the bill
parsed the Senate it carried 5100 a month.
The House cut the amount down to $50.
Under the agreement made just before
adjournment last night, the first hour in
the House today was devoted to unani
mous consent legislation. Among the bills
passed were: To amend the act granting
to railroads the right of way through
public lands; to Incorporate The Society
of American Florists and Ornamental
Horticulturists; to establish Douglas,
Ariz., as a sub-port of entry.
A number of bills favorably reported
from the committee on claims then were
passed. Including the following: Bills to
relieve L J. Dougherty. Collector of Inter
nal Revenue for the Fifth District of Ill
inois, whose office was burglarized Jan
uary 25 last of $35,000 in stamps, of re
sponsibility for said stamps; to refund
moneys illegally collected In the district
of Utah; to pay $20,000 to the University
of Kansas; to pay William H. Wanama
ker, of Philadelphia, $20,000 defaulted bond
of G. W. Marsh, cashier of the defunct
Keystone National Bank, of that city,
and for the relief of- William B. Moses
and L. H. Rogers, sureties on the bond
of William H. Howgate.
The Senate bill to pension Mrs. Law
ton at the rate of $100 per month was
made the occasion of some discussion.
The House committee reduced the amount
to $50. Robinson (Dem. Ind.) and Bore
ing (Rep. Ky.) opposed the aendment,
and reviewed General Lawton's gallant
service In supporting the Senate bill.
Bromwell (Rep. O.) favored the amend
ment. He called attention to the fact
that a fund of $100,000 had been raised for
Mrs. Lawton, and that she was in re
ceipt of an ample income. If for any
reason Mrs. Lawton's financial condition
should change, he thought it would be
time enough to consider the question of
giving her $100, a month. By 93 to IS the
House decided on $50 as the proper
Under the arrangement, the bills to be
called up could be selected from the cal
endar by the chairman of the committee
on invalid pensions, Sulloway (Rep. N.
H.). Members appealed to him in behalf
of their particular bills, and In all 139
bills were passed.
TRIED A DIAMOND SWINDLE
Four Allejred Drokcn Arrested In
NEW YORK. Feb. 22. Four men call
ing themselves brokers are under arrest
,tlxiTEDSTAXES COXSUL-GEXERAIi AT HOXG KOXG, WHO WAS LOST,
WITH HIS FAMILY, OX THE RIO DE JANEIRO.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 22. Consul-General Wildman has not been in the United State
since the Splnlsh war broke out. Hjf jvas appointed frqm California, and "wan related 1 ,
Senator Stewart, of Nevada, bavins married a niece of the latter. His cervices in the East
covered. fiX the. events leading up to and including the Spanish war. He tvas In communlca- "
Uon uith Agulnaldo at the time of Admiral Dewey's famous victory, and was accused by
the Filipino leader of having made unfulfilled premises to him. but steadily denied the
statements to this effect. Mr. Wildman was on his ay home on leave of absence. He wad
a native of .Elmlra. N. Y., but 12 years ago went to Idaho, where he was the editor of
a paper at Boise. About this time Mr. Wildman was appointed Consul at Singapore, and
after his return located at San Francisco, whe re he engaged in magazine work.
here. They are Frederick H. Roeder, of
thlc city; John Cavanagh. of Pittsburg:
Oscar Itchtenstadt and Leopold Oppeu
helmer, of this city.
The four men were arrested in the dia
mond office of William A. Rosenfeld.
Maiden Lane. Several days ago Oppen
helmer called at the office with Roeder
and Cavanagh. saying his friends want
ed to buy about $5000 worth of diamond
jewelry. They picked out that amount
of gems and said they would call again
and pay for them. They called again
and told Rosenfeld they would leave as
security a deed for property on West
Slxty-second street, which they said Cav
anagh owned. Rosenfeld notified the po
lice, and detectives who were assigned to
the case reported that Cavanagh had no
claim whatever to the property.
The four men called again at the Maid
en Lane office. They turned over a deed
to Rosenfeld showing that Charles Chap
man had deeded to Cavanagh the prop
erty on West Sixty-second street. They
were arrested, and the police found on
Cavanagh a bond and a mortgage certifi
cate for $10,000 made out to Rosenfeld
to be handed over to his keeping until
the diamonds were paid for. The bond
had a short affidavit attached to the ef
fect that Cavanagh owned the property.
It had passed the Registrar's office in due
form and the notary's signature was all
The detectives asserted that the scheme
in this kind of an affair is to answer an
advertisement In a newspaper about prop
erty for sale. Those in the scheme see
the owner or agent and deposit $50 or $103
for possession of the deed, so that It may
be shown, ostensibly to a lawyer, for
those in negotiation.
The Sitnatlpn in Venezuela.
KINGSTON. Jamaica. Feb. 22. Ad
vices here today from Trinidad reveal a
serious situation in Venezuela. General
Acosta, the rebel leader, has not been
captured and it is said he is being as
sisted by General Hernendez, General Ro
lando, and supporters of ex-President
Andreade. The full extent of the rising
is not known to the Government. The
whole Interior of the country is reportted
to be at the mercy of. the rebels and the
ferment is extending to the coast towns.
Several steamers, under British charter
and flying the brltlsh flag, have been des
troyed or Impressed and a number of
vessels trading with Trinidad have been
hnrnd under order of President Castro.
A strong demand Is -made for the presence
of a British warship. British Guiana
papers express disappointment at the at
titude of America.
President Glllman Resigns.
BALTIMORE, Md., Feb. 22. At the
Johns Hopkins University celebration to
day, the resignations of President Gill
man and Professor Herbert B. Adams
were announced, ill health being given
as the reason. Both were accepted.
A Mlnintnrc E RE
FOREST GROVE. Feb. 22. A brown
Leghorn egg, weighing only three drams
and nine grains, Troy weight, belonging
to .Harry Knoffts, of this place, is dis
played In the window of John Abbptt &,
Sons' store here.
- ECZEMA; NO OIJIIE NO PAY.
Tour druggist will refund your money if
PAZO OINTMENT falls to cure Ringworm.
Tetter, Old Ulcers and Sores. Pimples and
Blackheads on the face. Itching Humors, Dan
druff and all Skin Diseases no matter of how
long standing. Price 60c If our druggist
should fail to have It send us &0c In postage
stamps and we will forward same by mall, and
at any time you notify us that the cure was
not satisfactory we will promptly return your
money. Tour druggist will tell ou that weans
reliable, as our LAXATIVE tfKOMO-QUlNINE
Tablets, which have a National reputation for
colds, are handled by all druggists Address
Paris medicine co.. sl Louis, mo.
RAN ON A ROCK
(Continued from First Page.)
Just starting out this morning, saw the
sinking of the Rio and at once hastened
to render every assistance in their power.
While all this was going on Captain
Ward was directing the passengers and
trying to keep them from panic He suc
ceeded only partly, as many of the terri
fied people rushed to the railings and
jumped overboard. Some of these were
picked up; others were drowned. The
Chinese crew, to the number of over 100,
were terrorized. Some of them huddled in
little groups, chattering In fear. Others
crouched close to the deck, moaning piti
fully. Many jumped into the sea.
The Captain Lout With III Ship.
Captain Ward stayed on the deck until
the vessel had settled to such an extent
that water was engulfing him. Then he
went up on the bridge, and from there
continued to Issue his directions, although
by this time the confusion was so great
that few.paid any attentton to his com
mands. That the steamer sank almost Imme
diately after striking is the report of
many of those who were aboard. Some of
the passengers say that she instantly llstl
ed forward, and that In five minutes she
went down, while others declare that she
stayed afloat half an hour after she
struck. In the confusion occasioned by
such an incident, it is not surprising to
find that there is a lack of unanimity as
to the length of time the vessel remained
The wreck lies about three-fourth of a
mile south of Fort Point, and about 1000
yards off the rocky shore. The smoke
stack and a portion of the upper -works
of the ill-fated steamer are visible.
There are several conflicting stories con
cerning the fate of Captain Ward. Tho
steward of the Rio says that he stood be
side the contain when th vrii -aronr
down. Two other survivors say that they
also saw the captain, but Frederick Lln
strom, the quartermaster officer of the
Rio, emphatically declared that Captain
Ward emulated Admiral Tryon, of the
British battle-ship Victoria, in going down
to his cabin, where he jnet his doom be
hind a locked door.
Quartermaster Officer Llnstrnm -am nn
of the first to land at Meigg's wharf this
morning, and one of the first statements
he made was that Captain Ward had one
down with the wrecked steamer. Accord
ing to his story. Captain Ward, after
consulting with Pilot Jordan, came down
from the brfdge. He was standing on the
deck when jtho vessel crashed upon the
rock. There was a cry of "man the
boats," but It was apparent that in the
midst of the awful confusion, a syste
matic effort to save the passengers would
be of no avail. Everybody was scrambling
for his own safetv.
It was at this time that LInstrom says
ne saw aptain ward standing on the
forward deck. Suddenly the captain
turned nd walking hurriedly to his cab
in, disappeared behind the door, which
he closed. A second later the vessel was
plunging to the bottom of the sea.
The Pilot' Story.
Captain Frederick W. Jordan, the pilot
of the Rio, was rescued by an Italian
fishing boat owned by Frederick Castrini,
and was brought to Meigg's Station about
10 A.. M. Along with him was a Japan
ese and Philip Nusscnblack. He was tak
en up to the room occupied by the cus
toms officials and told tho following
"We anchored Inside about 5 o'clock
last night. The weather was thick and
I left orders that when the weather
cleared we should go further In. At 5
A. M the fog lifted. We could see the
Cliff Hoube and the North End light and
I told the mate to heave short. After we
started heaving short, the wind came In
from the northeast and the fog settled
In thick and I told the mate to stop heav
ing. Then the captain came up and said:
'Let her go. We can go ahead.' "
Captain Jordan made this statement to
Captain Freeman and his friends who
crowded around him. To Captain Free
man he said- "Ain't I In a of a fix?"
Captain Freeman put his arms about the
pilot and said: "Don't talk about It;
you are here, and that is all we care."
Captain Jordan then continued his story:
"You see my watch stopped at 20 minutes
to 6. When the vessel struck, I ordered
all the boats out. The first boat out was
that of the doctor. It was half filled with
water no sooner than she struck the
water. I got a ladder and placed a woman
on it and we began to descend. She had
a boy with her, a child of about 8 years.
She gave him to me. I held him In my
arms and the little fellow had his arms
around my neck. The woman and I were
about half way down the ladder when the
Rio gave a tremendous pitch. I was
flung off the ladder. I saw nothing then
of the woman or the boy. I went down
with the ship about 50 feet. I worked my
way up to the surface and got hold of
some wreckage. I had sense enough left
to turn on my back and drift with the
1 wreckage. Then I came across what
seeme'd to me the top of. a house with
a Chinaman on It. He helped me to
clamber onto the roof and with him r
drifted out toward the North Heads. I
was then rescued by the fishing boat. I
cannot say who the woman was. I be
lieve she had a husband, but he was not
on deck when we left. I saw nothing
either of the woman or the boy after I
was flung off the ladder Into the water."
"Did you see Captain Ward?"
"I saw nothing of him after we struck.
I believe he is lost."
Story of a Passenger.
William Brander, of the firm of Brander
& Co., London, was one of the cabin
passengers. Mr. Brandner was making a
tour of the world, and boarded the Rio at
Yokohama. He carried a large amount of
luggage, all of which was lost. When
taken to the Harbor Hospital, Mr. Bran
der was chilled and very 111. He made the
"I was asleep when the accident hap
pened. I was awakened by a series of
Jars and scrapings, and as I arose, I
heard the screaming of women In the
cabin. I dressed hastily and went on
deck. I saw Captain Ward and some
officers directing the handling of boats.
I was excited, of course, but I could not
fail to observe many women who were
crowded aft about the boats. One of these
boats, I remember, was full af water and
useless. I ran for a life preserver and
had got one arm through It when the for
ward part of the vessel gave a sickening
lurch and went down. I was standing
near one of the shrouds and I remember
grasping these Just as the vessel dived
down. When I found myself In the water,
I was compelled to force my way through
the ratlines of the shrouds. I finally
reached the surface and saw people swim
ming near me among a lot of wreckage.
Among those reqognlzed Russell Harp
er, a journalist of Nagasaki, who called
out to me that both his legs wero broken.
I lost sight of him for a time, but wan
to'd that he was picked up. I was picked
up and taken ashore to the hospital."
Mr. Brander could not recall events
definitely. He does not remember wheth
er the women he saw on deck were taken
off in the boats. What surprised him was
that these women, were fully dressed, a
circumstance he attributed to the fact
that they had arisen in order to witness
the start. "I had only time to grasp a
few of my valuables," he said, "and went
on deck. I should judge I was there
only five or 10 minutes when the ship
went down, carrying me with It. It Is
possible that all the cabin passengers
reached the deck before the fatal plunge,
out I doubt It. The Chinese In the steer
age were In the greatest danger, and I
am convinced a large number of the Ce
lestials were drowned."
Mr. Brander's watch stopped at 20 min
utes of 6 o'clock, thereby Indicating that
the ship went down at that time. Among
Mr. Brander's valuables were letters of
credit and cash in excess of $1000.
A Steward' Experience.
H. Donahue, the steerage steward, gives
the following as his experience.
"I was below decks, but partly dressed
when we struck the rocks. The ship
seemed to be riding even, and I suddenly
thought of the steerage. I ran with all
my might to the steerage cabins, where
I hauled and yanked people out of bunks
whites, Chinese and what not. I threw
them about whether they had clothes on
or not and finally got 23 or 30 of them
on deck. I told them to save their lives
then Jf they could, asking them to get
life preservers. By this time the ship
was turning over, and I left these people.
I ran to the middle deck.
"When I reached there I ran. In my
bewilderment, to. the forward deck, where
I distinctly remember seeing Captain
Ward as he ascended the bridge. I felt
the ship going, and I fled. for the rigging.
I climbed with all my strength and speed,
and just as I reached tho crosstrees I
looked below'. There I saw Captain Ward.
I am sure It fas he standing at t&e
bridge and wildly swinging his arms,
Then X saw .the, water swirl about at his
feet, and suddenly coverv him. At that
instant. I realized that we were plunging,
,to tfie bottom. I had not felt our de
scent while in the rigging. Even while
I was making' up my mind to this1 I was
amazed and terrified to have my feet
thrown above my head by the force Of
water rushing from below Then I was
torn from the crosstrees and plunged be
low. I held my breath and fought against
the terrible suction, coming finally to the
surface again. By some strange chance
I was not struck by spars nor caught in
the rigging. It was one chance in a mil
lion. I struck out when I came gasping
to the surface, and a few minutes later,
Just as my senses were slipping from me,
I was picked up- I am confident I saw
the captain go down at the bridge."
No Warning: of Danger.
Second Officer Graham Coghlan was on
the bridge in company with Captain Ward,
Pilot Jordan and First Officer Johnson, as
the vessel was making port. The Rio had
passed Point Bonlta light and a few mo
moments later Fort Point light was sight
ed. Then, without a word of warning the
big steamer went crashing upon the rocks.
Immediately everything was In chaos. In
the steerage below It was announced that
the water was rushing in upon tho sleep
ing passengers and a number of the crew
rushed to the d.eck.
Shortly after the shock the four big
boats In the davits were lowered. A
large number of passengers, hastily sum
moned from their rooms by the commo
tion on deck, crowded into the boats, and
they pushed off. Ten minutes after, ac
cording to the second officer, the vessel
sank. The lifeboats In the chocks floated
off as the vessel disappeared beneath the
surface of the water and there was a wild
scramble on the part of many persons In
"the water to get into them.
"The order was given to arouse the
passengers," said Coghlan, "and the crew
went about their work coolly. They could
not have acted better, and everyone was
apparently summoned. I myself went In
search of Consul-General Wildman and
family, but I could not find them. Just
before one of the big boats, which I com
manded, pushed off, I saw Captain Ward
going forward, and then we started for
"We could see many persons In the
water and crying for help, and assisted
some to get on the llferafts. The boat
I was In saved 13 of the people on board,
and. after being picked up by a gasoline
launch, we were towed to shore. There
were three llferafts that I saw, and there
wero a number of people on them."
In the boat with Coghlan were Captain
Hecht. of the German Navy, Mrs. Ripley,
Mrs. West and Miss K. LeHarcn. Mr,
Coghlan is the son of Captain J. B. Cogh
lan, of the United States Navy.
Narrative of the Qsartermavter.
Quartermaster Fred Lindstrom had the
wheel when the steamer struck, and his
narrative Is interesting.
"I was on lookout," said Quartermas
ter Lindstrom. "when I heard the pilot
yell and the next Instant the ship struck.
Instantly all was confusion. Many of the
passengers had assembled on the deck to
see the harbor a3 the ship passed In, and
the women seemed to lose all control of
themselves. They screamed plteously and.
the men, crew and passengers wre ap
parently dazed by the suddenness of tue
"My attention "was claimed by the ship,
however, and I saw at once that she was
badly punctured. As soon as she struck
sho began settling by the head, and
in a short time went down. When I saw
all hope of saving the vessel was lost I
turned in and aided the officers and crew
in saving the passengers. The .Chinese
were oven more panlc-strjcken than the
white women. They rushed about the
deck howling frantically, and some of
them jumped overboard In their craze.
We did our best to get out the boats,
but our time was limited, and I don't
know just how many boats were launch
ed. I do know, however, that I assisted
in getting 19 Chinese, one cabin passen
ger and two white steerage passengers
safely from the ship. I saw three boats
filled with people leave the ship, but what
became of them I have no means of as
certaining, as I was busily engaged in
attending to the people I was with."
William Caspar, of Toledo, Ohio, was
among the survivors, who, while floun-
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"I had sores on one of my limbs and was
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dering in the water, encountered the raft
on which were R. H. Ixmg and a num
ber of Chinese. Caspar was out of hi
bunk and on deck when the first alarm
was given. He agreed with Long that
most of the steamer's passengers were
on deck when -- vessel struck. "I
scrambled to the hurricane deck." said
Caspar, while telling of his experiences
at the barge office, "but I had been there
only a second when a heavy sea wasned
mo off. I went down, I don't know how
far, and I thought it was all up with
me. The water was full of wreckage
which knocked me about when I reached
the surface. I -t"oi to swim for the
shore, but on the way met the raft and
was pulled aboard."
Caspar was formerly attached to the
One of the llfenavlng boats picked up
G. Helns, a passenger, about half an hour
after the ship went down. He was
greatly exhausted and Is now very 111.
He was twice drawn under water by the
suction, and as he camo up the second
time his head strurtc a floating spar with
considerable force. Half stunned, ho
grasped the spar and clung to it until
rescue came. He says that several other
people were saved by clinging to the
spar which came so near to stunning him
.and aqtually was his means of salva
tion. Ztescned hj- Fishermen,
At- the instant the Rio went on the
rocks,. Andrew Adami, an Italian fisher
man, was not a great distance away in
a small .smack. Near to him was L
Albert, another Italian fisherman. Both
men saw the Rio Janeiro in the gloom
and marveled that she could be so close
to the shore. The next moment they
knew something was -wrong, and each
Headed for the ship, proceeding care
fully in the fear they might be entangled
In the wreck. They came near enough
before the ship went down to hear the
voice of some person through a mega
phone. The man who yelled at them
told them the ship was sinking, and to
stand by with help, sending word to
San Francisco as soon thereafter as they
could. When the ship disappeared, the
Italians hurried to the scene. Adami
picked up three persons who were strug
gling In the water; then his small smack
would hold no more, and he set out for
shore, bent upon summoning other aid.
Albert, however, had more room in his
steam launch, and he picked a number
of Chinese he says he does not remem
ber just how many. These boats pro
ceeded to Melggs wharf where the res
cued people were put ashore. Both the
Italians then put back, after giving the
alarm, to the scene of the disaster, but
they found no more people in the water.
They soon afterward came ashore.
Adami saya that whoever the officer was
who shouted to him through a mega
phone, he was a man of' surpassing cool
ness. He stood with the megaphone to
his mouth, still shouting. Instructions
when the ship sank, and the Italians saw
him go beneath the surface even as he
Italian fishermen brought to the Mer
chanta Exchange station at Melggs
wharf 12 bags of mall which they picked
up at the scene of the wreck. These In
clude two pouches from the United States
military station In China. Also two bags
of registered mall. When the registered
bags were delivered, it was found that
they had been ripped open with a knife
and all their contents stolen. When this
crime was committed Is a question, but
the fishermen who brought them in are
not suspected, and it Is impossible to de
termine when the robbery took place. The
Rio carried in nil 200 bags of mall. Five
bags of newspapers are among the res
cued sacks. There Is not a single letter
for San Francisco in the mail recovered;
There is one sack of mall from Tokio for
Germany and one sack from Tokio for
London, all !n a horrible condition. The
mail from the United States military sta
tion was not tampered with.
J. Wade, a Japanese passenger, had
51500 In his trunk, which was lost.
DrorrnlnR: of the "WlldmaHS.
Rounsevelle Wildman, who Is presumed
to ba lost,, was well known In this city,
where he resided for a number of years.
.He first came Into prominence locally
when he purchased Che Overland, which
he owned, and edited for some years
prior to entering the consular service at
Hong Kong. He resigned recently from
the post of consular agent at Hong Kong
and was on his way home with his wife
and family. Mr. Wildman married Miss
Letty Aldrich, daughter oC Mrs. Louis
Aldrich, a sister of United States Sen
ator Stewart's wife. Mrs. Aldrich Is now
In this city, where she has been awaiting
the homecoming of her daughter.
Concerning the missing cabin passen
gers, the following has been learned:
Mrs. and Miss Wakefield boarded the
ship at Honolulu. Mr. and Mrs. Wood
worth, of Denver, man and wife, were
evidently quite wealthy. The gentleman
was a consumptive and had gone to
China for his health. Mr. Mattheson, a
statistician of Shanghai, was on his way
to London. Two Japanese gentlemen,
with their wives, names unknown, were
cabin passengers. As far as known they
have not been seen since they retired last
night. J. F. Seymour, editor of the Amer
ican at Manila, was a well-known news
paper man and he intended to spend a
hard earned vacation among relatives in
this country. Mr. Hart was a wealthy
diamond expert of Manila, and he and
his wife were on their way to London and
Paris. Dr. Dodd apd Attorney Henshaw.
of Butte. Mont., had gone to Honolulu on
a vacation trip. Mr. Dodwell. a solicitor
from Shanghai, was on his way to Santa
"We have used Hood's Sarsaparilla for the
last five years, and think we could not get
along without it. We always keep it in the
house. It is an excellent blood purifier, and
has saved members of our family from sick
ness. We had a little boy with us last win
ter whose hands and face were broken out
with sores. We began giving him HoGd's
Sarsaparilla. and the sores soon disap
peared." John Schwab, Nipomo, Cal.
Barbara, where his family was awaiting
The last seen of Consul Wildman was
by George Englehardt. Mr. Englehardt
says that Mr. Wildman went below In
order to get some papers out of a tin box.
Nothing was seen of him after this.
The Fort Point life saving crew was
out drilling at 7:15 o'clock when the fish
ing boat with the first of the survivors
passed In and reported the wreck. The
rescued people were taken asihore to the
lire saving station and the crew started
out to the wreck, but there was nothing
to be found. The South Side crew was
on the scene about an hour later and Its
captain was of the opinion that all the
wreckage pointed to the fact that the
Rio had blown up after sinking. All the
woodwork was splintered and other de
tails known to seafaring men. too numer
ous to mention, support this theory.
Other Ships Wrecked There.
The Rio de Janeiro Is not the first ship
that has come to grief on Mile Rock.
About 10 years ago the Frank Jones, an
American deep water ship, struck it and
went down. She was standing Inshore,
blindly feeling her way through the fog,
and those who recall the disaster say
that the circumstances attending it wero
about the same as those of the Rio loss,
with, however, a far less number of cas
ualties. The Rlo's resting place is about
Half a mile from the shore, a mile to the
southward of North Head. nd a" mile
and U hair to the"sontlr'atiar went of Fort
Point. The tide, ebb or flcod, has a
southerly set in this bight, and this is
wfoat put the steamer la with the land.
On the north shore there is it northerly
set quite as strong, and it was this that
caught the City of New York and plied
her high and dry under North Head.
The City of Rio de Janeiro was an iron
steamer of 3548 gross tonnage and 2273
net. She was built by J. Roach & Son;
at Chester, Pa., In 1S78. The vessel was
owned by the Pacific Mall Steamship
Company and has been In the Oriental
service since sfoe was built. She sailed
from Hong Kong for this port January 22.
Captain William Ward has been In the
employ of the Pacific Mail Steamship
Company for many years. He first en
tered the service as a cadet on the steam
ship Tokio, and In 1ESS was assigned to
the command of the Rio. Later he was
transferred to the Peru, then to the China,
and then to the City of Peking. He was
then placed In charge of the Rio de Janeiro
again, and had been three .years and a
half on the ship when the disaster of to
day occurred. The captain was 3S years
of age and a native of Raleigh, N. C.
He left a sister and two brothers, who
are residents of Raleigh.
The cargo of the Rio de Janeiro was
valued at over $500,000. There was besides
JCCO.0O0 In treasure In the specie tank.
The steamer itself was valued at from
5C50.000 to 5700.000.
TVn n Resident of Butte.
BUTTE. Mont., Feb. 22. Dr. W. E.
Dodd. one of those reported lost on the
Rio de Janeiro, was for many yeirs a resi
Ident of Butte. He went to Manila with
the Montana Regiment, and returned with
it. Coming to Butte, he practiced here
awhile, and then went to Honolulu with
his brother and Attorney Henshaw. who
Is also reported lost. Very little Is known
here concerning Henshaw.
Prl for Temperance Essays.
PITTSBURG, Pa., Feb. 22. Plans were
adopted yesterday by the temperance com
mittee ot the general assembly of the
Presbyterian church for a National cam
paign of the temperance question. Prizes
aggregating 5100,000 will be offered for lit
erature bearing on the question that will
appeal to the voters of the country and
to children. Literature for competition
for cash awards must be in the thape of
essays of not less than 500 or more than
1000 words in length, and must appeal di
rectly to the voter and to adult readers.
Great Eastern Tea Co.
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223 First Street, near Srtlmon.
keeps the promise.
Rev. John F. Hill, of Canonsburg, and
William C. Lily, of Pittsburg, were ap
pointed to prepare a leaflet for distribu
tion to all presbyteries, setting forth de
tails for the competition.
British Subsidized Cable.
OTTAWA, Ont.. Feb 22. The Postmaster-General
has given notice of a res
olution providing for Canada's share in
the increased cost of the Pacific cable.
The British Government is willing to ad
vance 2.000.000. and Parliament will bo
asked to authorize the Government to
pay 4 per cent per year on Canada's share
of five-eighteenths of the 2.000,000.
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