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VOL.XLY. STO. 13,807.
PORTLAND, OREGON, FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 1905.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
IMP IS CLOSED
Nogi Has iron Band
HARBiN IS CUT OFF
Whole Army Corps Is
JAPANESE TAKE MUKDEN
Battle at Fu Pass, to Secure
VAST QUANTITY OF PLUNDER
Japanese General Staff Insists That
Communication Is Cut Stones
of Japanese Heroism in
YIKfKOW, .March 10. Mukden Xril at
10 o'clock on the moraine of March
B. The ItuKKlans are panic utrtcken.
Thousand of prisoner anil enormous
quantities of store and aruna have been
LOXDOar, March 10. In the lobby of
the House of Common lat nlgrht, It
tras rumored that General Kuropatkln
had naked for an armistice, but the re
port could sot be traced to any reliable
TOKIO, March 10 (11 A. M.). Re
ports from Mnnchiirlan army headqunr
tera nsy that the Japanese have cap
tured Ticta. The Knsslnus are vljcor
ouaJy lioldlnc and ricfendlas their for
tification north of the Hun XUver. A.
jilunt atorat 1 Interfering; with the
TOKIO, March 10. The belief Is general
at the Japanese capital that General Ku
ropatkln cannot extricate himself or his
forces from the Japanese trap, and that
-within a very short time the new will
come of his surrender. General Nogi has
completed his enveloping movement, and
there at present seems no way of escape
for the Russian phalanx other than to try
to cut their way through serried Japanese
The reports that come from SL Peters
burg that communication with Mukden
has not been interrupted are absolutely
misleading, as officers of the General
Start, who are In a position to know ex
actly what Is going on. state that General
Kuropatkln has not received reinforce
ments of men, munitions or supplies since
March 1, and that, so far as Harbin Is
concerned, the Russian Commander-in-Chief
has been unable to reach that posi
tion with messages for at least four days.
That the Japanese columns have occu
pied Mukden Is believed here, but there Is
no way of confirming the report, as the
Japanese censorship is still absolute, and
not until the present movement is suc
cessfully carried out can any report be
expected to be made public by the General
The reports .from Goncral Nogi's army,
which wero sent last night, show how
swiftly the troops In the Held are moving.
The veteran commander states that his
men are advancing by forced marches at
the rate of 25 miles a day. that they first
surrounded and cut off not less than one
Russian army corps at Tiding, and that,
after fixing a cordon about them, the
troops of the main army pressed forward
and isolated an enormous quantity of
supplies destined for General Kuropatkln,
which arc now in Japanese hands.
It Is stated that the Japanese troops
completed their cordon shortly before
dawn on Thursday, and that now there
seems but little prospect of the Russians
MAY CUT OFF RENNENKAMPFF
Russians Must Hold Fu Pass to Se
cure His Retreat.
ST. PETERSBURG. March 10. (3:05
A. M.J St. Petersburg this morning
knows little more of the outcome of the
battle of Mukden than it knew Wednes
day night, and little more of. the fate of
General Kuropatkin's beaten army. It Is
not even known whether tho railroad has
been cut and communications destroyed,
though it Is believed that the reported
destruction of the line by General Oku's
army refers to the damage inflicted
Wednesday, which was not serious,
though traffic was twice Interrupted.
It is evident, however, that- the Jap
anese arc pressing closer to this indis
pensable line of retreat. Tholr shells
occasionally cut the wires of the tele
graph lines parallelling tho railroad, and
civilian linemen are displaying no less
bravery than their soldier associates by
climbing the poles and replaclna the
wires under fire. t
The most important news received irom
Russian sources is the Associated Press
Information that the Japanese have al
ready reached -the Hun River. Fu Pass
is only 12 miles cast of Mukden and well
westward of General Unevltch's line or
retreat. Whether the extreme Russian
left has already succeeded In retiring be
hind the Kun River and moving down the
north bank of Ahat stream, to join hands
with General Kuropatkin's xnalaforce is
not stated, but it is extremely probable
that, unless the Russians arc able to de
fend the crossing at Fu Pass. General
RennenkampfTs forces will be cut off and
have to shift for themselves in the moun
tainous region north of Fushun against
expeditionary forces of Japanese, which
are reported from Chinese sources to be
retiring toward Tie Pass. The censor al
lows no word to pass, but.it was stated
here yesterday that General Kuropatkln
had been for some time assembling a
force of reserves at Tie Pass and Harbin
with this eventuality in view, to defend
the pass and positions until he can make
or fight his way back.
This is carnival week, according to the
Russian calendar, but the stern hand of
fate has moved tho dial forward and
plunged the city into Lcnton gloom and
despondency- The pessimism yesterday
was even deeper than on Wednesday.
Many military officials are openly specu
lating as to how long tho fragments of
the only great army of Manchuria will be
able t hold the line on the Hun River,
and if Field Marshal Oyama has actually
succeeded in placing his trap, how long
It will be before thousands of Russians
will be effecting In Japan a Junction with
their Port Arthur comrades.
RUSSIANS DRIVEN FROM TIETA
Japanese Now Attack Fortifications
North and East of Mukden.
TOKIO, March 10 (11 A. M. The follow
ing telegram has been received from the
Manchurlan army headquarters in the
"In the direction of Slngchln for some
distance our force has been attacking tho
enemy, who Is making an obstinate resist
ance in strong positions. Finally, In the
neighborhood of TIeta, our force, at 3
o'clock Thursday morning, completely dis
lodged the enemy, whom It is now pur
"Our force In the vicinity of Manchun
tan continues In hot purslt of the enemy
"In the direction of the Shakhe and
east and south ' of Mukden we entirely
pressed the enemy to the basin of the
Hun River. We stopped on the left bank
and attacked the enemy's strong fortifi
cations west and north of Mukden. Our
attacks against the enemy, who Is ob
stinately resisting, Is being pushed rigor
ously. "A heavy dust storm 'obscured the sun
Thursday and as a consequence the dark
ness precluded seeing any distance."
JAPANESE CROWD TO RAILROA
Russians Strive to Beat Them Back
South Front Petirlng.
MUKDEN, March S, 10 A. M. (Delayed
in Transmission.) An artillery fire is now
being directed from the vicinity of the
ancient Manchu Tombs against the Jap
anese forces which are crowding to the
railway, where additional troops are as
sembled to meet thL contingency. The
narrow strip west of the .railroad Is liter
ally covered with soldiers and military
The entire aouth front Is now retiring in
conformity with a plan formulated upon
the consequences of the day's fighting,
and the Japanese, apprehending the
movement, are themselves ruehlng north
around the Russian right.
Preceding the retirement last night, the
heavy firing which extended along the
entire youth front was for the first time
audible at Mukden throughout the entire
night and increasing with the day as It
approached the west and north. It ought
to be Impossible now for the Japanese to
turn the Russians from the Hun River po
sition, but the Issue appears to entirely
depend on the extension of the battle
line northward and up the railway.
The evacuation of the Shakhe position
involved several hundred miles of field
and overland railways and telegraphs,
enormous defensive works. Red Cross sup
plies, towns, fuel and forage stores, the
latter of which it was necessary to burn.
The military roads covered 500 square
miles. Fires are everywhere obscuring
the lines and it is almost impossible
longer to distinguish the conflagrations.
The hospitals here are now crowded,
but the service continues adequate. Only
sunlight and the mlldnees of the weather
prevent Indescribable suffering among tho
wounded and the supports and reserves,
who are obliged to dig deep on the wide,
shelterless plain and lie widely extonded
In order to escape the shrapnel which
Is sown broadcast for 15 miles on the
wost, while all the troops on nearly 90
miles of battle-line are constantly ex
posed. HE MAY TRY TO HOLD MUKDEN
Kuropatkin's Plan Condemned as
Leading to Worse Disaster.
LONDON', March 10. The St. Peters
burg correspondent of the London Times,
wiring this morning, states that the latest
information the Russian Gcnoral Staff has
Is that General Kuropatkln still holds
Mukden, although he has abandoned all
of the outlying defenses, and Is concen
trating his efforts to the defense of the
The correspondent states that advices
received from Harbin shortly after mid
night declared that tho advance of Gen
eral Oku'i. troops had finally been checked
by. concentrated artillery fire, and the
Russians could hold out for some time
yet, although the troops are terribly ex
hausted by their long-continued exertions.
General Kuropatkln, according to the
experts of tho General Staff, hopes to be
able to cope with the Japanese by dimin
ishing the length of his front and gather
ing all of his forces together.
The correspondent states that this ac
tion of the Russian Commander-in-Chief
Is bitterly criticized by tho Russian mili
tary experts, who declare that, if ho Is
unable to attain bis object, there will be
nothing left to him to do .but surrender to
the Japanese as, while he is devoting bis
attention to an endeavor to withstand the
Japanese efforts to capture Mukden, tbey
are pushing troops northward to cut eff
ATTACK ON HUN RIVER BRIDGE
Japanese Night Attack Repulsed
North of MukdW
MUKDEN. March S- The Japanese this
morning bombarded the bridge en Fa
Pass, on the Hun River, 12 miles oast
of Mukden. The Russian artillery replied
vigorously. The cannonading lasted an
. At present, the Japanese are making
JtConcludei-ba .Fifth 'Face')! .
HUNT IS ON RACK
Strong Testimony and
PLACES WHICH KEEP OPEN
Favoritism on Chiefs Part Is
SEEN AFTER HOURS IN SAL00N
Patrolmen, It Is Testified, Are Told
Not to Be Over-Zealous In Re
porting Violations of Law
Other Testimony Contrary.
THE3 CHARGE That Chief Hunt
Vjiotvs saloons are open after hours and
des not use his authority to close them;
that he shorn favoritism among- saloons;
that he transferred an officer for report
ing a e&loon open.
THE DEFENSE Chief Hunt sys he
wHl show that If saloons are open It
la because hla officers do not report them
to him; that he has issued orders to see
that all saloons are closed; that he never
removed or reprimanded an 'officer for
reporting: a taloon open.
THE EVIDENCE That saloonkeeper
declared officers were afraid to report
them because they paid for the privilege
of keeping open after hours; that war
rants were not Issued when officers re
ported saloons breaking the law; that
Chief Hunt told officers they needn't
exert themselves to tee- that saloons
were closed; that saloons are open all
over town after hours. In support of
Chief Hunt, several policemen testifies,
that he bad always Instructed them to be
vigilant In reporting violations of the
law by saloonkeepers.
In the little detectives room at the
Police Station at 3 o'clock yesterday af
ternoon there began an investigation
that will end either In the complete vin
dication of Chief of Police Hunt or In
tho. 'declaration by the member of the
pollco-'commhee of the Executive Board
that Charles H. Hunt, Chief ot Police, Is
given to showing favoritism to saloon
keepers who violate the closing law.
At the hour mentioned there appeared
: T SKETCHED AT THE INVESTIGATION OF CHIEF OF POLICE HUNT
V , BEFORE THE POLICE COMMITTEE.
Councilman Fiegel. who charges that the
head of Portland's Police Department
knows the saloon-closing ordinance Is
being openly violated and raises no hand
to prevent the breach of the law, that
Chief Hunt compels certain resorts to
observe the law and allows others to do
as they please; that certain efficient offi
cers who have dared to "report that cer
tain saloons, alleged to be under the pro
tection of the Chief, have violated the
law, have been transferred from pre
ferred beats to "sagebrush" beats to
patrol in the midst of patches ot weeds.
Police .Committeemen Present.
Police Committeemen SIchel and Beebe
were there, ready- to listen to testimony
SAID AT THE TRIAL.
EXPOLICEMAN JOHNSON "I sliced
Chief Hunt what .ne was, going to do
about that saloon. I said it before a
police committeeman. Chief Hunt said
later. J C . Johnson,, you .hadn't
ought to say that before a committee
"Chief Hunt told us tre needn't exert
ourselves to see if saloons were open."
SERGEANT TATLOR '"Chief Hunt
raid officers might get t over-zealous In
GEORGE H. HOWEU,-"Chief Hunt,
you were In the Alcazar saloon between
the hours ot 1 aad 4 o'clock A. il."
forthcoming. George H. Howell, of the
Executive Board, was there to aid Coun
cilman Fiegel in conducting the investiga
tion. Numerous patrolmen, sergeants,
captains, a detective and two ex-pollce
officers were present to glvo testimony,
having been subpenaed for that purpose.
"While awaiting the arrival of the --H-clal
stenographer. Councilman Fiegel
arose to state what ho intended to show.
"I am going ' to prove that saloons
throughout tho city are open at all hours
of the night In violation of the closing
ordinance, that Chief Hunt Is aware of
the condition of things, and that he takes
no steps to see that the ordinance is
properly enforced, even going so far as
to show favoritism among the resorts
and transferring patrolmen who dare to
report saloons for which Chief Hunt has
a kind feeling. I am going to call as
witnesses several ex-officers, several
civilians and several men who are at
present on the police force. Bit I do
not want to call any police officer unless
I positively know that he will not he
afterward made to suffer for anything
he may say here."
Mr. SIchel sprang to his feet,
"If that Is to be the attitude of this In
vestigation, I refuse to sit here and listen
to It," he shouted.
"You may do Just as you d please."
replied Mr. Fiegel.
Mr. SIchel reached for his hat. thought
better of It, and sat down again.
"It is a reflection to say that If officers
testify here, even against their Chief,
they will suffer for it afterward." put In
"I will c'onfln ,tbceestIgaUon jlmply
to the subject f saloons-being operand
the Chief Knowing of this .condition ot
things," said Mr. Fiegel. He then, called
the first witness, ex-Patrolman J. F.
( Conclude! on Page U.)
Forges Letter That It
WOUNDED MAN FAILS TO DIE
John Branton Planned
JOHN FLETCHER, THE VICTIM
Pretends to Fire at Panther and Hits
Companion, Sends Letter to City
Marshal Signed With Name
of Man Thought Dead.
COTTAGE GROVE. Or.. March 9.
(Special.) In tho mall of the City Mar
shal of this place this morning was a
letter purporting to be written by John
Fletcher, stating that the writer was
tired ot life and had decided to com
mit suicide' and telling the Marshal
where to find the body. Fletcher was
found as indicated, trlth a bullet wound
In his head, but subsequent develop
ments show that he was shot "by John
Branton, who also wrote the letter, the
crime being for tho purpose. It is pre
sumed, ot getting life Insurance of
33000, payable to Branton at Fletcher's
'death. Fletcher has made a statement
declaring Branton shot him. Branton
was arrested this evening.
Fletcher had been living with Bran
ton for some time. Last night the two
men attended the Woodmen of the
"World, convention in Cottage Grove,
and about 11:30 o'clock started
home. "When a part of the distance had
been covered Branton claimed he saw
something near the road that looked
like a dog or panther. Fletcher, having
a revolver, shot twice in the direction
Indicated by Branton, nothing result
ing. On going a little further Branton
claimed to have a violent attack of
cramps, saying he supposed It came
from eating a late supper. They went
a Utile further. Fletcher building, a fire
fqr Branton to warm hlmselCbjc, is he
sllll complained of pains in his stom
ach. They remained there about an
hour. "While here Branton suddenly ex
claimed that he. saw a panther near and
asked Fletcher for his revolver to take
a shot. He took the weapon, walked, a
little distance away and fired. The ball
struck Fletcher in the head and he fell
My God, are you hurt, John?" Bran
He tried to help Fletcher home, but
owing to the darkness left him on the
road and went ahead, saying he was
going1 for help. Ho reached the house
and started to return with help, when
they met Fletcher, who had done his
best to get home, though suffering in
tensely. He had tied a handkerchief
about his head, and this was soaked
Fletcher asked for a doctor and,
while the man went for. a physician.
Branton approached the bed whereon
Fletcher lay, and said;
"John, If anyone asks you who 'did
it. say you did It yourself, or they will
be after mo."
Fletcher replied that he did not shoot
himself and would never say so. "When
Dr. Corporan. who had been called, ar
rived, Fletcner declared that Branton
had shot him. The foregoing facts he
Incorporated In a sworn statement.
Branton was brought to this place, whore
his eye was removed and his wounds
dressed. He made his statement here,
and immediately afterward Branton
was arrested and charged with at
tempting to kill Fletcher.
A letter addressed to the City Mar
shal, received W the morning, read a3
follows: "I am tired of life. Am going
to 'kill myself. Tou will find my body
on .tho road between town and BranT
ton's ranch. John Fletcher."
Branton's father, who lives at Lo
ranc. reached here this afternoon, ex
amined the letter and declared his son
never wrote It, as he knew his son's
"handwr'.tlng. It Is believed the letter
was written by Branton and that he de
liberately attempted to slay Fletcher
for tho life insurance of $3000 made
payable to Branton on Fletcher's death.
The policy Is with the "Woodmen ot the
"World. Claude Branton, a brother ot
the suspected man. was hanged at Eu
gene a few years ago for the murder of
a man in the Cascade Mountains. John
Branton has bad three wives, all ot
whom are dead, and the authorities
believe Branton is responsible for some
of the deaths.
BEYAtf LOSES THAT $50,000.
Connecticut Supreme Court Holds
Sealed Letter inoperative.
HARTFORD. Conn., March. 9. The Su
preme Court of Connecticut today handed
down a decision In the case of Phllo S.
Bennett. In which "William J. Bryan has
figured as a possible beneficiary to the
extent ot $50,000. as provided In a "sealed
letter" left, by Mr. Bennett, and finds no
error. The decision' upholds the Superior
Court, which rendered Judgment to the
effect that the clause In Mr. Bennett's
will containing the paragraph In regard to
the $50,000 to be left to Mr. Bryan Is In
operative and that the fund Is rart of
the residuary estate. 1
Counsel Xor Mr. Bryan, when ajked to
night It the case would be taken any
higher, said that It would not be.
MILWAUKEE. "Wis., March 9. The dis
patch from Hartford. Conn., announcing,
the decision, of the Supreme Court In the
Phllo S. Bennett will case was read to
Mr. Bryan over the telephone late tonight.
Mr. Bryan said that he presumed that the
decision ends the contest.
CONTENTS OF TODAYS PAPER
TODAY'S Fair; winds becoming- southerly.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 77
dec; minimum, 47. Precipitation, none.
The War la the Ixast.
Japanese have completely cut off Russian re
treat northward. Page 1.
"Whole Russian division cut off and besieged at
Tie Pass. Page 1.
Desperate fighting at FU Pass, which Is Ren
nenkampfTs only way of escape. Page 1.
Kuropatkln may try to hold Mukden, which
means a siege. Page 1.
Tour vessels la Baltic fleet worthiest, and it
trill return. Page 4.
Russia secretly gathering army on Indian fron.
tier. Page 2.
Autocratic party In Russia forms' armed hands
to tight Liberals. Page 4.
Armed peasants in Russia burn and loot land
lords estates. Page 4.
Dominican treaty reported favorably by strict
party vote. Page 3.
Secretary Hay denies It was Intended to ignore
the Senate. - Page 3.
Decision between sta-level and lock canal hot
urgent. Paga 4.
Senator Bate, of Tennessee, dead. Page 4.
Evidence In Ch&dwlck case completed, and
Judge refuses to order acquittal. Page 3.
New York subway' strike repudiated by Na
tional labor leaders. Page 4.
Bryan loses appeal in Bepnett will case. Page 1.
Portland ticket agent aids In uniting couple of
lovers. Page 3.
More light on Standard Oil methods in Kansas.
Colorado Legislature asks Supreme Court for
opinion on contest. Page 4.
Commercial and Marine.
Activity awakened in stock market. Page 15.
No improvement in California hay market.
Crop reports cause nervous wheat market at
Chicago. Page' 15.
No clash between sailors and longshoremen.
Port of Portland may convert dredge Columbia
Into wood-burner. Page 11.
Sailor boarding-house license will be issued to
Jack Grant. Page 14.
Oregon legislators generally willing to attend
extra, session on $ 1.000,000 appropriation bllL
x Page 1.
Washington Legislature ends 60-day session In
Otympia. Page 6.
Senator Kuykendall replies to questions of
Yamhill referendum committee. Page 7.
Coorners Jury decides that Mrs. Stanford died
of strychnine, administered In soda bottle.
fartlasd aad "Vicinity,
Military officers of this department give an es
timate of Oyama. Page 15.
It looks very dark for Irrigation in Oregon,
declares United States Representative Wil
liamson. Page 10. -
Plasterers and staffworkers are Joining the
"strikers.. Page 12.
Famous men the country over are coming' to
participate in conferences at the Lewis and
Clark Exposition. Page 14.
Sheriff will sue to have bis bills for employ
ment ot Kuardi'pald. Page lol
High rate fixed foe franchise for automatic
telephone. Page 10.
Arrests axe 'made in the interest "protecting
Portland's eldewajka from encroachments.
Special Session Is
PAY IS ASKED
Solons Would Amend
PUT NORMALS OM MERITS
Inconvenience and Extra Ex
pense Saved State,'
REFERENDUM A COSTLY MOVE
Objection Is Made on the Part of
Soirje, Favorable to Senator
Haines' Plan, to Giving
Pledge to Governor.
The Oregonlan Interviewed a large
number of members of the Legislature
yesterday as to . the project of Senator
Haines to call an extra session for the
purpose of amending tho $1,000,000 appro
priation bill so that the State Normal
Schools shall be obliged to stand on their
own merits. It Is stipulated by Senator
Haines that the members shall agree to
serve without compensation, and it is
to be further arranged that they shall
take up no other topic of legislation at
the special session.
Sentiment of tho Legislators In the main
eeems to be favorable to an extra session,
though there Is strong opposition on part
ot the minority. It is realized that a
referendum Is imminent and that the ap
propriation 13 certain to be tied up and la
the end vetoed unless curative, legislation .
-Is undertaken at an early date. Members
who favor a special session view. with,
uneasiness the consequent Inconvenience
to the state Institutions as well as the
extra expense. Nearly all of them ap
pear to agree that the taxpayers "have a
grievance as to the Normal Schools, but
they are not agreed as to the exact
method of meeting the situation.
Some of the members who are favorable
to an extra session do nob think that the
Governor has a right to stipulate what
they shall do when they get to Salem,
and a few say that, if 'they are called
together again, other Important measures
will be taken up. Some of them do not
want to promise the Governor anything,
though they are willing to serve without
pay. A number are noncommittal, while
some have not had time to consider the
President Kuykendall Is disposed to
think that a special session Is Inexpedi
ent, In that It may Involve the s.tate In
legal tangles. Senator Miller of Linn,
who led the fight against 'the Normal
Schools, expresses himself as flatly op
posed to the scheme ot Senator Haines.
It eeems to be clear, however, that the
greater number of members, so far as
heard .from, think that it would be ad
visable to make an endeavor . In a spe
cial session to put a stop . to the wide
spread agitation for the referendum. Gov-i
ernor. Chamberlain has been advised by
some of his friends not to take action,
but his Inclination la undoubtedly to Issue
a proclamation convening thef Legisla
ture, If he shall be satisfied, that It Is the
desire ot the majority to extricate ths
state Institutions from the dilemma la
which they have been placed and to meet
the general public demand for reduction
ot the amounts given to the Normal
Members who have expressed them
selves as being favorable, or at least
not unfavorable, to the special session,
are as follows:
Senators Avery, Booth. Brownell. Crolsan,
Haines, Hodson, Holman, Malarkey, Notting
ham. Pierce. SIchel. Wright.
Representatives Bingham. Burns (Coos), .
Caldwell. Capron. Colwell, Cornett, Griffin.
Huntley. Jagger, Jayne, Kay, Killingsworth,
Llnthlcum, Mills. Mnir. Settlemier. -
The following members are opposed
to the session or object to Haines'
Senators Coshow. Farrar, Hobson. Kuyken
dall. Lougbary. Miller, Rand. Tuttle. Wheal,
Representatives Burgess. Burns (Clatsop),
WOULD SERVE WITHOUT PAY
Legislators Will Not Bind Them
selves to Chamberlain by Pledges.
Members of the Multnomah Legisla
tive delegation say they will go to Sa
lem should the Governor call an oxtra
sesslon. None of them declared him
self hostile to a special session. Still,
should an attempt be made to line them
up Into pledging .themselves to the Gov
ornor for this or that, strong opposi
tion would develop, Just as among
members of the last delegation frpm
this county when Governor Chamber
lain Jxled to bind them with pledges
before he called, the special session in
The Multnomah lawmakers profess
willingness to serve the state without
pay or mileage, except Representa
tive Madison "Welch, who says he won't
serve anybody for nothing.'
In the delegation the sentiment Is
strong and near to overwhelming- that
If a special session will prevent a ref
erendum and fix up the appropriation
bill the way the people wish it and' cost
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