Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, April 15, 1904, Image 1

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VOL. XL-IIL NO. 13,525.
Russia Finds Japanese
Sunk Torpedo-Boat
Vessel Becomes Lost in the
Mist and Is Surrounded,
PobFeda Strikes a Mine While Man
euvering, but Is Able to Regain
Port Arthur Under Her N
Own Steam,
ST. PETERSBURG, April 15, 5:25 A.
at Rumor arc current here that Vlce
Admlral Toso sent la a sumber of
Htcamcrs oa the alcht of. aiarch 31 and
Hucceeded In ulnUlnsr several of them
and In blocklnc the channel at Port
Arthur. The rumors cannot be con
firmed at this hour.
(The date referred to by the corre
spondent in the above dispatch, March
31, is probably according: to the old
style calendar, by -which the event
would have taken placo on April 13.
according to the new style calendar.)
ST. PETERSBURG, April 14. On the
heels of the announcement of the sinking
of the battleship Petropavlovsk comes the
news that the Japanese surrounded and
sunk the torpedo-boat destroyer Bez
strashni. Only five of hor crew escaped,
'although it is probable some were taken
1 risoners.
Jsews of the reverse was communicated
to the Czar by Admiral Oukomtsky. He
wired today that the destroyers and four
consorts were outside scouting during
the night The Bezstrashnl lagged behind
and became lost in the mist "When day
broke, she tried to creep in along the
coast but was discovered, cut off, over
powered and sunk. Admiral Oukomstkys
dispatch concludes as follows:
"I have taken command provisionally of
the fleet since the disaster to the Petro
sal lovsk. During some maneuvering of
the battleship squadron the' Pobleda
struck against a mine amidships on the
starboard side. She was able to regain
rort by herself. No ono on board of her
was killed or wounded."
The official bulletin on the subject was
almost as severe a blow as the loss of
the Petropavlovsk yesterday, and plunged
the whole town anew into grief.
The Russian word in the text of the of
ficial dispatch describing the accident to
the Pobleda means either "mine" or "tor
pedo," but the qualifying adjective Indi
cates something moving toward the ship.
This dispatch puts an end to the idea pre
vailing here that there had been an en
gagement following the disaster to the
Petropavlovsk. It is considered remark
able here that the Japanese did not take
advantage of this terrible accident to at
tack Port Arthur.
It has been definitely decided that Vice
Admiral Skrydloff, commander of the
Black Sea fleet will succeed the late Ad
miral Makaroff as commander-in-chief of
the Russian naval forces in the Far East
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Orders have been, sent to Vice-Admiral
Skrydloff to come to St Petersburc for
the purpose of receiving instructions,
after which ho will leave Immediately for
the Far East
The Pobleda, which met with an acci
dent is a battleship of 12,674 tons dis
placement and of 14,500-horsepower. She
Is 40iy. feet long, has 71 feet beam and
draws 25 feet of water, and is heavily
armored with steel. She was completed
in 1901, has a complement ot 732 men, her
estimated speed being IS knots. The steel
armor of the battleship varies in thickness
from four to nine and one-half inches
along her belt The armament -of the
Pobleda consists of four 10-lnch guns, 11
six-inch guns, 16 three-inch guns, 10
1.8-inch, guns and 17 1.4-lnch guns. She
has six torpedo tubes.
He Says Japanese Suffered No Losses
and Only One Wounded.
TOK30, April 14. A brief report from
Admiral TJrlu of "Wednesday's fighting oft
Port Arthur reached the Navy Depart
ment this afternoon. It says Vice-Admiral
Togo's fleet attacked Port Arthur ia the
morning and succeeded in sinking a bat
tleship of the Petropavlovsk class and
one torpedo-boat destroyer. The Japanese
sustained no losses. One Japanese was
Minister at Washington Advised.
WASHINGTON, April 14. The Japanese
Minister today received a dispatch from
his government embodying an official re
port from Admiral TJriu regarding the en
gagement off Port Arthur yesterday as
"According to the report of the torpedo
boat destroyer flotilla No. 3, our fleet ap
proached Port Arthur on April 13 and
sunk one battleship of the enemy of the
Petropavlovsk type and one torpedo-boat
destroyer. No damage to our fleet 'No
report yet from Admiral Togo."
Japan Believed to Have Two to Plant
Mines at Port Arthur.
PARIS, April 15. The St Petersburg
correspondent of the Echo de Paris,
under this morning's date, sends tho
"I learn that a firm opinion prevails
in naval circles, based on telegrams
from the surviving officers, that tho
loss of the Petroplavlovsk and the In
juries to tho Pobleda were caused by
torpedoes launched by the Japanese,
and by submarine vessels. Hitherto It
has not been believed that the Japan
ese had any submarine boats, but it la
now admitted that such boats might
have, been received with the cruisers
bought from Argentine and brought out
from Genoa by English crews. It is
difficult to verify this, but the Admir
alty is of- the opinion that tho cruiser
brought out two submarine vessels."
Sure Submarine-Boats Are Used.
NEW YORK, April 15. Expressions from
St. Petersburg of a belief that tho Jap
anese are using submarine boats in their
Port Arthur attacks are given color by a
statement credited to a retired naval ofll
cer In this city. Ho declares it to be the
only way in which one can account for tho
succession of disasters met by tho Rus
sian ships.
"It Is incredible," he said, "that ships
which undoubtedly have charts of the
mines aboard should be blown up by them.
One of tho first things Vice-Admlral
Makaroff did when he readied Port Ar
thur was to rcsurvey the harbor and lo
cate the mines.
"What is tho sense of these constant
bombardments if they are not feints made
in order to entice the Russian ships out?
The theories that the Petropavlovsk
struck her own mines, or that the Jap
anese planted a mine during the night are
untenable and we know that the Japanese
have submarines.
"A United States naval officer landed at
the wrong dock, apparently an unused
wharf, in a Japanese town before the war
and saw a submarine boat surrounded on
three sides by high fences so that It was
visible only from the water side. Before
ho had an opportunity to examine it Jap
anese soldiers on guard drove him away
with fierce threats. They seemed highly
Indignant that ho should have caught
sight of the boat at all."
Hearst Is LosingGround
in the Middle West
Manager of the Editor Ascribes
the Change to Wall Street.
Williams, Its Favored Son, Is Likely
to Be Sidetracked, and the
New York Man Fall Heir
to His Strength.
CHICAGO, April 14. (Special.)-The
Parker "low barometer," -which started
In New York, has begun to bo felt with
distinct vigor. In tho Democratic political
field of the Middle "West. For tho first
time tho Western manager of W. R.
Hearst has admitted its potency. Andrew
M. Lawrence, who Is engineering the
Hearst campaign in the Mississippi Val
ley, said today:
"Parker and the forces behind him stand
for Clevelandlsm. The organized opposi
tion to Hearst, which has begun to be no
ticed in. the last ten days, is instigated
by the Wall-street crowd which has be
come terrified by the Hearst strength, and
has concentrated its power behind Par
ker." ""
"Virtually the only two names mentioned
in the Middle West for tho Democratic
nomination are Parker and Hearst. There
are scattered cries for Cleveland, and still
more scattered and feeble ones for Gor
man, but Parker is the man who is loom
ing bigger every day. As his candidacy
grows in importance, that of Hearst be
comes less aggressive.
"Favored Son" May Be Sidetracked.
Illinois has a "favored son" in Repre
sentative Williams, of Carrol, but tho
struggle to keep his name to the front
has been a hard one. Looked at from tho
viewpoint of today, Mr. Williams will be
lucky if he even gets a complimentary
vote from the Illinois delegation. Shrewd
politicians from the start have considered
that his candidacy was advanced to side
track that of Hearst This view becomes
more logical every day in the 'light of de
velopments. Hearst is the only man who
has made a showing in tho Btate with del
egates thus far, but the opposition is just
now getting seriously to work.
The Harrison and Hopkins anti-Hearst
machinery is in motion In Cook County
with the result that fewer and less en
thusiastic Hearst meetings are being held.
The atmosphere has changed perceptibly
Basso-Japanese War.
Japanese sink a Russian torpedo-boat and
nearly all of crew perish. Pago 1.
Busslan battleship strikes a mine while maneu
vering at Port Arthur, but is able to return
to port. Page 4.
St. Petersburg holds requiem mass for Mat
ron. Page 4.
Not a man who was between decks on Maka
rofTe flagship escaped. Page 4.
St. Petersburg has the report that Togo sunk
seeral steamers and closed the entrance to
Port Arthur. Pago 4.
Hearst Is fast losing ground to Parker In tho
Middle West. Pago 1.
Hearst men bolt New Jersey Convention, and
will send delegates to contest scats of reg
ulars. Page 3.
West Virginia Republicans declare for Roose
velt and Elklns. Page 3.
Democratic conventions held In several Oregon
counties. .Pare 6.
Senate Committee on Appropriations 'cares for
no Northwest harbor work, save The Dalles
Cclllo canal, In sundry civil bill. Page 2.
House passes the Philippine bond bill to en
courage the building of railroads. Page 0.
Senate votes down all ol Morgan's amondments
to canal bill, but docs not dispose of the
measure. Page 5.
J3unners mate on the Missouri is found to
have i&ed the ship and the lives of 600
men; Injuries of two seamen provo fatal.
Page 3.
Thibetans surrender last stronghold to British.
Page 5.
Pacific Coast.
Vancouver Island wreckage Indicates loss of
sealing schooner Triumph. Page 1.
Salmon fishing reason opens oa the Columbia
Rlth good prospects. Page 6.
Lardgrabber Benson claimed by two wives at
San Francisco. Page C.
Ekrvon people Injured In run or SeatUe are
department. Page C.
Commercial and Marine.
Mohair pool at Silverton withdrawn. Page 15.
Chicago wheat market shows- strength. Pago
Stock trading lifeless at New York. Page 15.
San Francisco potato market advancing. Page
Port of Portland will rush work on drydock.
Page 10.
China Commercial liner Ching Wo due next
week. Page 16.
Pacific Coast League scores: Tacoma. 10. Los
Angeles 4; San Francisco 2, Portland 1.
Page 7.
Eastern baseball season opens. Page 7.
Many entries for Portland Kennel Club Show
Pase 9.
l'ortland ana Vicinity.
Republican State Convention nominates slate
ticket. Page 1.
President Roosevelt Is indorsed and delegates
to National Convention chosen. Page 1.
Multnomah delegates name district officers In
caucus. Page 10.
judges and Prosecuting Attorneys nominated
Page 10.
Democratic Convention
Word Sheriff. Page 14.
nominates Thomas
New actors and actresses engaged for Baker
Theater Company. Page 11.
Distribution of funds in Corbett estate. Page,
to the anti-Hearst side since the munici
pal elections. It looks now as If Hearst
and Williams are both to bo eliminated
practically from the equation in Illi
nois in the next month, add that the real
fight will be one between the zealous
Hopkins and Harrison factions with Par
ker as the legatee of State Convention
honors whichever of tho factions may pre
vail. Indiana Fight on Hearst.
Tho Democratic managers in Indiana
are going into an aggressive war against
Hearst In every county In which dele
gates have not been selected for the con
vention May 12, there Is to be an efficient
organization with the management In the
bands of the most experienced organizers
of the party.
The Hearst defeat in Indianapolis Is be
lieved to sound the keynote of a whole
symphony of disasters. Thomas Taggart,
Democratic leader and rabid ntl-llarst
man, has said that he would not be afraid
to bet his last dollar that Hearst will not
get a single National delegate from In
diana. The same feeling is shared by
many other party leaders. Indianapolis
Democrats have not accepted Mr. Hearst's
denial that ho sent a telegram to his
Western managers instructing thefti to
give, up the fight In that state and turn
their attention to other more promising
fields. It Is openly declared that such
orders were received; that they were gen
uine and that they were recalled after It
was represented to the New York Con
gressman that he still had a chanco In
Hearst has had a strong and aggressive
organization at work In Wisconsin, but its
efforts have been virtually nullified by tho
Wall street movement Wisconsin Democ
racy has never been of the radical stripe.
Bryan stock In the state was small In 106
and 1900 until circumstances created a
fictitious sentiment in favor of tho Ne
braskan. Thero are enough of the middle
ground Democrats to make the candidacy
of Judge Parker particularly acceptable in
Wisconsin, and thd drift toward Parker Is
Kansas May Disappoint Editor.
Although Hearst is putting Kansas in
his column because It gave him a resolu
tion of indorsement the failure to instruct
Is said to mean that unless he makos a'
big showing in the Bast and South, which
tho West does not believe he will do, Kan
sas will be for another man. Hearst's
managers claim 16 of tho 20 delegates sure.
The best the opposition wHl do Is to con
cede him. a possible six on the first ballot
and none thereafter. The resolution of in
dorsement has been interpreted as mean
ing Kansas did not caro to give offense
to a man who was willing to apendhTs
money for tho party and who did valiant
service for Bryan in two campaigns.
Kansas and Nobraska are alike in that
(Concluded on Page Five.)
THE REPUBLICAN "'- :" - S&siiiD
:; CONVENTION . $ :'f - ) .. -. j
Sealing Schooner Had
25 Souls Aboard.
Name Board Comes Ashore at
Mouth of Quatsino Sound,
Inhospitable Island Coast Is Strewn
With Wreckage From the Brit
ish Ship Lamorna and the
Schooner Kailaua.
TJCIiTJELET, B. C, April 12. (Staff
Correspondence.) Wreckage from three
vessels which carried crews of about 60
men and represented a property valuation
of over J2GO.00O has been drifting In on the
west coast of Vancouver Island for the
past three weeks. Over all threo of these
disasters, which have resulted In such an
enormous loss of life and property, lin
gers an air of mystery which may never
bo cleared up. x
Considerable has been printed regarding
the loss of tho Brltltsh ship Lamorna and
the schooner Kailua, but thus, far the
public has not yet been informed of tho
absence and probable loss of a vessel car
rying a larger crow than that on board of
either of the other vessels. This latest
addition to tho ranks of the missing is
the British sealing schooner Triumph, and
there is very strong circumstantial evi
dence thtt she was pounded to pieces In
tho same gale that Is supposed to have
destroyed the Lamorna,
Last Seen of the Triumph.
The Triumph, after several weeks' seal
ing off the Oregon and Washington coast,
headed north for Hesquolt, late in Febru
ary, under orders to call at tho Indian
port on the West Coast of Vancouver
Island, March 23, where supples and equip
ment for her Behring Sea cruise awaited
her. So far as known, she was last sight
ed off Point Arenas by the schooner City
of San Diego, now lying in Clayoquot Har
bor, but the master of the schooner Jes
sie, which was at Ucluelet a few days ago,
believes that he saw her off the Columbia
River Just before the big gale which swept
over the North Pacific about March 19.
With tho exception of the Triumph, all
of the sealing vessels that were out In
that terrible battle with tho elements
have since put Into the West Coast ports,
and none ot them escaped some injury.
While there was some uneasiness over the
non-appearance of the Triumph Immedi
ately after the storm when the other ves
sels began arriving, no positive alarm
was felt until a few days ago, when tho
name board of the vessel was picked up
on Entrance Island at tho mouth of Quat
sino Sound.
On n Barren Coast.
Tho coast in that vicinity is much mora
isolated than that lying farther south, and
for this reason no other wreckage has yet
been found, and there has been no de
termined search for It. The vessel was In
command of Captam Burns, of Victoria,
and carried a crew of 25 hunters and crew,
all whites. To avoid awakoning prema
ture anxiety among the relatives of the
crew, the matter has been kept very qutet
In Victoria, but it Is a matter of grave
concern nil along tho west coast, espe
cially since the finding of the name board.
Positlvo evidence of the loss of tho Brit
ish ship Lamorna is still wanting, but
thero is such an overhwelming mass of
circumstantial evidence flint there seems
hardly a shadow of a doubt that the big
four-master has been lost with all on
board. The Indian house at this place
are rapidly filling up with wreckage from
ail parts of a big ship, and whlio as yet
parts coming ashore which would be
vital to the safety of the vessel have not
borne the name of the Lamorna, the
fact that they drift In with comparative
ly unimportant wreckage that docs bear
her name is pretty conclusive evidence
that all of It came from the same ship.
Washed Up by the Waves.
Among other wreckage, which I exam
ined here today, wag an oak hatch
beam 12 inchos wide, six inches thick,
and aobut 12 feet long. There was
also a piece of polished casing which had
apparently encased the mlzzcnmnst,
where it passed through the cabin. Bat
tered Into short lengths was about 30 run
ning feet of scroll work, such as Is used
over stateroom doors for ventilation, and
with It was a number of cabin doors with
brass locks and knobs still attached.
Large quantities of deck plank from
both main and poop decks is piled up
around this Indian rancherle. It is so
llttlo water-worn that the poop decking.
(Concluded on Page Seven.)
Republican Convention
Travels Smooth Path.
J. W. Bailey Wins for Food
and Dairy Commissioner.
President Roosevelt Is Indorsed,
Presidential Electors Nominated
and Delegates to National Re
publican Convention Chosen.
y- i
Supreme Judge Frank A. Moore, ot
Columbia County.
Dairy and Food Commissioner J. W.
Bailey, of Multnomah.
Presidential Electors J. N. Hart, of
Pelk; James A. Fee, of Umatilla: Grant
B. DImlck. ot Clackamas; A. C. Hough,
of Josephine.
Delegates to Republican National
At Kirge H. "W. Scott, of Multnomah;
S. L.. Kline, of Benton; W. B. Ajer,
of Multnomah, and Ira S. Smith, of
First Congrcrslonal District J. IT.
Campbell, of CUiokamac, and J. M.
Kcene, of Jackson.
Second Congressional District Charlei
H. Carey, of Multnomah, and X. C.
Richards, of Baker.
Tho Republican Stnto Convention met
yestorday, nomlnnvd candidates for Su
premo Judge, Food nnd Dairy Commis
sioner and Presidential electors, chom.
deiegntos-at-largo to tho Republican Na
tional Convention, adopted a plutforro
pledging the Oregon dologntion to the sup
port of Theodore Rooaexelt for Prosident,
rattnod district convention nominations for
Circuit Judgos, District Attorneys, Joint
Senators and Joint Representatives, and
elected n new State Central Committee
Harmony characterized all the proceed
ings and apparently no sore spots have
been left.
B. Ii. Eddy, of Tillamook, presided as
chairman and Harrison Allen, of Clatsop,
acted as secretary. The new contrnl com
mittee organized last evening by electing
Frank C. Baker chairman.
Thore was no contest whatever over the
nomination for Supremo Judge. The re
nomination ot Justice F. A. Mooro was so
cortnin that no one had arranged to place
his name before the convention. Four
times Chairman Eddy announced In a loud
voice that nominations for Supreme Judge
were In order beforo any one arose to
suggest a candidate.
Prosuming that somo person had been
assigned the privilege of presenting tho
name of Judge Moore, tbe delegates
waited for that person to speak. Finally
Charles II. Carey arose and after saying
that he had not been requested to do so,
presented the name of Frank Moore. The
nomination was made by acclamation.
Thero was a contest over Food and
Dairy Commissioner, with only two can
didates In tho flold. Other aspirants had
concluded that tho covered plum would
fall to either J. W. Bailey or Charles
Holman and they kept their names out.
As soon as tho two names had been placed
before the convention, delegates from
every part of the hall seconded tho nom
ination of Bailey until it seemed that tho
present incumbent must bo a winner.
Then followed a landslide. The result was
215 to 142 In favor of Bailey.
Delogates to tho National Convention
wero chosen by acclamation. Thero wera
firo candidates for Presidential electors,
J. B. Hosford, of Gilliam, bolng the low
man and therefore the unsuccessful one.
The State Central Committee was chosen
as follows:
Baker, J. H. Aitkin.
Benton, B. R. Bryson.
Clackamas, T. F. Ryan.
Clatsop, John Fox.
Columbia, Harry "West.
Coos. W. J. Butler.
Crook, William Wurzweller. .,
Curry, Delos "Woodruff.
Douglas, A. C. Marsters.
Gllllajn, C. A. Dannoman.
Grant, T. J. Bannon.
Harney, George "W. Clevcngor.
Jackson, I. L. Hamilton.
Josephine, J. C. Campbell.
Klamath, H. H. Van Valkenbergi
Lake, W. A. Massinglll.
Lane, I. T. Harris.
Lincoln, O. G. Dalaba.
Linn, P. R. Kelly.
Malheur, I. "W. Hope.
Morrow, Fred Wnrnock.
Marion, H. D. Pat ton.
Multnomah, Frank C. Baker.
Polk. R. E. Williams.
Sherman. J. B. Hosford.
Tillamook, A. J. Stillwell.
Union. J. S. Baker.
Umatilla. Lee Moorhouse.
"Wasco, T. H. Johnston.
Washington, W. N. Barrett.
Wallowa, B. A. Holmes.
Wheeler, H. Halstead.
Yamhill, J. M Crawford.
yWhen the committee met last evening
there was a division over the election of
a chairman, Frank C. Baker winning over
Willis Duniway by a vote of 20 to 13.
Business Is Transacted With Dis
patch and Few Contests Occur.
The Reaubliean State Convention was
called to order In the Empire Theater at
10:30 yesterday morning by Harrison Al
len, in the absence of Frank C. Baker, the
Concluded on Eb 10.)
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