mmn. VOL. XLV. 20. 13,817. POBTLAND, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, .1005. PRICE FIVE CENTS. DNEHHEDE Taft's Opinion of Canal Commission. -GIVEN TO THE PRESIDENT He Will Submit Plan, for Bet ter Management. PRESIDENT AGREES WITH HIM Rearrangement of Duties and Change of Personnel, Says Roosevelt Dr. Reed( Comes In for. Severe Criticism. - WASHINGTON, March 21.-Becreta.ry Taft today made public a letter which he has written to the .President concerning complaints made by Dr. C. A. I, Reed regarding the work o the Isthmian Canal Commission. In the course of hie letter Secretary Taft aid that many of the things complained of would be remedied by placing the control of the canal under one head, or at least under a commission composed of not more . than three mem bers. He added that. he will submit to the President in a short time a plan for the rearrangement of the commission. President Roosevelt In his reply said he was glad to know that the Secretary Is preparing a plan for the rearrangement of the commission, and promises to give the plan Immediate attention when re ceived. Following is the f ull text of the Sec retary's letter to the President, dated March 17: I herewith transmit th answer of tho Commission to the charges contained In the report of Dr. Keed to me as to "the sanitary provisions made by the Isthmian Canal Com mission on the Isthmus. I think that a reading of the two docu ments "will show what indeed was apparent on the face of Dr. Reed's statement that his charges against the Commission were biased and controversial and not written in the Judicial spirit that Inspires confidence In their Justice and accuracy. Dr. Keed visited the Isthmus at my request to act as an assessor of land upon a commls ion provided by -the treaty between Pan ama "and the United States, but, ,as he Wftfl thi head of "thy .American Medical Associa tion, it seemed to me an opportunity on his return to secure information from one rkllled in his profession as to the existing conditions pon the Isthmus. In response to my -queries he was so emphatic and so detailed in his charges that I asked htm to make his statement in writing, which he did. It is probable that had he taken more time he would have been more measured in his criticism, leas extreme in his state ments and less flippant In his references to the action of the Commission. The report of Dr. Reed was published without my knowl edge or consent. Need Check on Expenses. The reply of the Commission seems to Show that a large part of the plans and the action of the Commission, which Dr. Reed criticised, was fully concurred In and agreed to by Colonel Gorgas and the other medical officers In the employ of the Commission. It Is doubtless true that Colonel Gorgas and his staff believed that it would be wiser to give them an entirely free hand In the matter of ordering construction supplies and the em ployment of subordinates. It Is quite prob able that, had the approval of the Com mission in the matter of ordering construc tion supplies been dispensed with, there would have been fewer delays and less com plaint on this account; but in the expendi ture of such large sums as were necessary for tho organization of the sanitary system, the construction of plant and the purchase of supplies, it may well be doubted whether tho Commission would have been discharging its duty In withholding such supervisory control. Taft's Plan of Action. 2 It is doubtless true that there have been undue delays In the furnishing of what was needed for sanitary purposes on the Isthmus, but I venture to think that it Is due" rather to the Inherent clumsiness of the Commis sion as an executive body than the wilful Intention of any member of that body. There must be some restraint for purposes of econ omy upon expenditures by an executive who has In mind the total expenditures and obli gations being incurred. To allow each de partment to expend what In Its Judgment is necessary will certainly lead to extravagance and waste. The remedy for the delays which may have occurred here, it seems to me, is to be found in a rearrangement of the Commission with a new distribution of powers and the conferring of the executive on one. or at the most not more thim three, members of the Commission, with a general supervisory and confirmatory power in the Commission as a body. With your permission I will submit within a day or so a plan for the better carrying on of the work of the Commission which may be embodied in a new series of in structions. The Presidents reply, dated March 20, is as follows: President's Opinion of Defects. I have received your report of March 17. together with the report of Dr. Reed and the answer thereto made by the Commission. It appears from this that Dr. Reed's report, which of course should under no circum stances have been given to the public until you chose so to give it and until the answer thereto had been made by the Commission, was without your knowledge printed in the Medical Journal. It further appears that the statements which he thus published were in many Instances unsupported by professional men. Dr. Reed has not displayed In this report the qualities of temperament or the power of accurate Judicial observation needed to make a further report valuable to the Govern ment. It Is true that he was not charged with the duty of making such a report and that ho was appointed to b a commissioner to assess the value of real estate. Never theless, when he assumed to make a report on sanitary conditions at your request as Secretary of "War he was under obligation to speak with Justice on so important f subject and to observe the propriety as to Its publi cation. Judging from your report. It appears that the chief difficulties that have arisen have come from the Inherent faultiness of the law under which the Commission was appointed. It further appear however, that, in view of our experience wi. the workings of the Commission, a rearrangement of duties, and a change of personnel in view of this re arrangement, should be made.' I am glad that you are shortly to submit to me & plan with these objects In view. Lieut. Mohn's Sentence Approved. WASHINGTON, March 2L The Presl missal imposed on Eecond Lieutenant Al bert J. Mohn. Fourth Cavalry, by a gen eral court-martial convened at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, on conviction of con duct unbecoming and 'officer and gentle man. This officer had written letters to the President alleging that a number of his superior officers in the Department of the Missouri were engaged In a conspir acy to force him out of tho Army. CABINET CONSIDERS CANAL. Burt Is Most Likely Choice for Man ager, Wallace to Remain. "WASHINGTON, March 21. Questions relating to the Isthmian Canal and the reorganization of the Canal Commis sion occupied much of the attention of the Cabinet at today's meeting. No definite announcement was made at the conclusion or tne meeting regarding tnc canal question other than that a state ment on the general subject of the de cisions reached will be made prior to the President's departure on his South western trip. It is stated that the name of Horace G. Burt, former presi dent of the Union Baciflc Railroad, Is under consideration for the position of executive head, of the commission, hut It has not been decided yet whether he will accept the place. His appointment would Interfere In no respect with the retention at the head of the engineering work of the present chief engineer, "Wallace, who, assisted by probably two other engi neers, will have control of the prac tical engineering of the canal con struction. It is the desire of the Pres ident and of Secretary Taft to make Mr. Burt the business head of the Canal Commission, and build up around him such an organization as he would re quire to accomplish the great work he would undertake as head of the com mission. His salary, it Is Intimated, will not exceed 325,000 a. year. Some details of the reorganization of the commission remain yet to be worked out. It has not been determined definitely whether the President has authority to reduce the number of the Commission ers, but if it should be decided he has tho number will be reduced. It is said to be not unlikely that Barclay Par sons and "William H. Burr, two of the engineers now members of the Com mission, will be retained as assistants to Engineer "Wallace. In other re spects the Commission's personnel will be changed entirely. SEEKS FRIENDSHIP OF FRANCE German Sets In Russia's Humiliation "a Favorable Opportunity. LONDON, March 2L The Dally Chron icle this morning claims to have the au thority of the German Embassy at Lon don for stating that Germany is anxious for a reconciliation with France and that Emperor "William la desirous of getting on terms of closest friendship with the French government. According to a high official of the Em bassy whom the Dally Chronicle inter "Viewed, the present moment Is consid ered most opportune to arrive at such an. understanding, the Russo-Japanese war having "entirely changed the political sit uation. Germany, this official pal a. had reason to consider the Franco-Russian al liance as directed against herself ""fl in. that case the rnotlve of German overtures to France might have been misjudged. Now, however, it will be impossible for Russia to engage in war with Germany for years to come, even If she wished, and therefore. If the question of revengo Is buried, there Is nothing to prevent Ger many and France from shaking hands and inaugurating an era. of peace and good will. Prince Henry's visit to France to see the James Gordon Bennett automobile race will bo the first official visit of jt Prussian Prince since the war, and the relations of tho two countries never have been better. Germany has no territorial designs on Morocco and no desire to em barrass French political ambitions, her only wish being- to open the door and to guarantee her large commercial Interests. SYRIANS MIST LEAVE HAYTI Black Republic Yields to Hatred They Have- Inspired. PORT ATJ PRINCE, Haytl, March 2L Public notice is made In the Official Mon Iteu today that Syrian traders must set tle their affairs, cease .trading and leavo the country by April 1. Their legations must designate the liquidators. American Minister Powell, on being questioned, said that the Interests of of Syrians who have genuine American naturalisation papers will be protected. The French, British and Dominican lega tions will protect those under their juris diction. Syrians who lare Ottoman sub jects, having "vainly appealed for protec tion td tho United States and French le gations, will probably bo expelled In a body. Those who remain under the pro tection of the several legations will be in danger of personal violence, as they are hated by the populace. Not AH Syrians Are Affected. "WASHINGTON. March 2L Jackson U. Ralston, of this city, who was umpire of the Italian-Venezuelan Mixed Commis sion, .which considered the Gaunt mines and other awards, called on Acting Sec retary of State Adee today In regard to the order that Syrian traders must settle their affairs and leave Haytl by April 1. Syrians In this country believe the order is of a general nature and will affect all Syrians trading In .Haytl. Mr. Adee, how ever. Is of the opinion that the order concerns only those about whom the de partment has had correspondence. He cabled to Minister Powell for his inter pretation of the order, and, pending a reply, nothing will be done by this Gov ernment. NEW ISLAND RISES FROH SEA Volcano Raises It, and Japan Promptly Hoists Her Flag. SPECIAL. CABLE. TOKIO, March 2L Amid loud rumb lings and clouds of various col ored smoke, a new Island gradu ally emerged from the sea off the Island of Iwo. It has been many weeks since the first signs of the upheaval were no ticed, and the inhabitants of Iwo have watched the phenomenon with an Interest akin to awe. A venturesome party of Japanese finally rowed to the newly formed Island and raised the Japanese flag. The new acquisition to the Mikado's territory is an Island two and three-fourths miles in circumference, and rises to a height of 4S0 feet above the sea. It has been, named DHIVEN TO PESCE Rather That Than Yield Their Privileges, SAY RUSSIAN NOBLES France Has Forced Bureau crats to Discuss Terms. BLUFF AT CONTINUING WAR Preparations Only a Prelude to Ne gotiations Kuro'patkin Accepts Subordinate Command, but Is Distrusted. ST. PETERSBURG, March 22. (1 A. 31.) General Kuropatkin has been ap pointed commander of the First Man churl na Army. The appointment I gazetted In the Official Messenger to day. CHICAGO. III., March 2L (Special.) A special cablegram to the Dally News from Tsarskoe-Selo says: France's refusal to lend Russia more money without the Indorsement of a na tional assembly has Induced the bureau cracy to prefer peace to resigning Its pre rogatives. Tha spreading, of agrarian troubles has converted both landowners and nobility Into active anti-war parti sans. The Czar presided over a meeting held yesterday to discuss peace terms. One of the most prominent members of the committee said to the Daily News correspondent as he left the conference: "Tho mobilizing of further troops, the equipment and dispatch of the navy to the Far East and the improvement of the Trans-Siberian Railway before making any attempt to negotiate peace terms In dicate that there will be a limit? to the concessions that will be made, and that beyond that limit the war must go on. Russia is succumbing to an unholy alli ance of cosmopolitan high finance, inter national Socialism and Jewish perfidy." While the country at largo commends Xuropatkin's .conduct 1n, desiring to re main at the front and to serve under Gen eral XJnlevifch, General DragomlrofTa friend, Prince Eristoff, said this morning: 1 know Kuropatkla. He Is subtle. I do not trust his assumption of humility. X hope Admiral Alexieffs friend. General XJnlcvltch, win not consent to his pres ence with tho army." "MUST NOT TAKE MANCHURIA America Leads Neutral Powers In Giving Pledge to China. SPECIAL. CABLE. KOBE, March 2L According to the Pekln correspondent of the Malnlcbl Shimbun, one of the leading Tokio pa pers, United States Minister Conger has notified the Chinese government that In future no power will permitted to acquire territory in Manchuria. It Is also said that in this policy America Is supported by Great Britain, France, Germany, Bel glum, Austria, Hungary and Italy. PLACES HIS COUNTRY FIRST Kuropatkin Voluntarily Takes Com mand Under Former Subordinate. ST. PETERSBURG, March 22. 2:20 A. M.) The Russian army In Manchuria Is still to have the services of General Ku ropatkin, who Is considered by many, In splto of his series of reverses, the best general and foremost strategist of the Russian army. Sinking all feeling of personal bitterness because of his super session and all the old-time enmity be tween himself and General Llnlevitch In a patriotic- desire to be of service to the fatherland, the ex-Commander-in-Chief volunteered to remain in any ca pacity with the army which he had so long commanded. The tender has been accepted by Emperor Nicholas and grate fully received by the new leader of the grand army. Tho change exactly reverses the old order of affairs, when Kuropatkin was the supreme leader and IJnlevltch. direct ed the first army. Authoritative news of this remarkable step was known In Manchuria, much ear lier than in St. Petersburg. General Ku ropatkin, having paused on his homeward journey at Harbin, started southward the afternoon of March 20 amid a more re markable farewell from residents of Har bin and soldiers who are on the way to fill out the ranks of the depleted army. The send-off was a mere foretaste of what awaits General Kuropatkin at the front; and his self-sacrificing determina tion and the equally patriotic course of General Llnlevitch in accepting the serv ices tendered are bound to do wonders for the relnsplratlon of the Emperor's legions and give promise of union and harmony at the council table which that army has hitherto lacked. The retreat Is apparently progressing uneventfully. No dispatches of moment were received yesterday. Little weight Js placed here on the de duction drawn at certain European capi tals from the dispatch announcing that cannonading had been heard south of Tie Pass; that General RennenkampfTs corps, endeavoring to rejoin the main army, had been Intercepted south of Tie Pass. As stated yesterday morning, the ditch In question undoubtedly was erroneous, and It may be pointed out that several corre spondents at tho front have mentioned the orderly retreat of General IJnlevi ten's army and asserted that it effected a Junc tion at Tie Pass with scarcely a straggler missing, but made no mention of the ab sence of so well known a fighter as Rea- JLnenkaxnptt Ja - addition jLh.. Pres3 correspondent, who was with Ren nenkampfTs command during the battle, has arrived at general headquarters slightly wounded. . Preparations are now making for mob ilization of a number of detachments, not, however, on a general scale, the orders affecting but 21 districts In the govern ments of Odessa, Warsaw and Moscow. The grenadiers havo not recleved orders to proceed to Manchuria, but many o Ul cers of that organization, drafted to command units and now bound for the front, left Moscow yesterday. OVATION GIVEN KUROPATKIN Population of Harbin Cheers Him on Return to the Front. HARBIN. March 21. 3 A. SI.) At the departure south of General Kuropatkin crowds of thousands of civilians and sol diers gathered at the station and gave him a great ovation. Above thundering hurrahs were heard cries of "God send you happiness," "Good bye, brother," "Good bye, father." As the train started, soldiers rushed forward, in a surging crowd and grasped the handrail of the General's car, h rowing their caps In the alr and running some distance with the car. The sccno made a deep impression on General Kuropatkin, down whose face tears streamed. Removing- his cap. he saluted again and again and stood bare headed on the platform as long as the train was in sight. Residents of Harbin are uneasy and many of them are leaving. Chinese ; are withdrawing their deposits from Chinese banks here. WILL RAISE RUSSIAN- SHIPS Japan Lets Contract at Port Arthur Variag- Under Repairs. VICTORIA, B. C 'March ZL Tho steamer Hyades brought news from Japan that an English company has been awarded a contract to raise the sunken ships at Port Arthur. There was some talk of making a cofferdam at the harbor mouth and pumping out the water, but this plan was abandoned in favor of placing cofferdams about eacb of tne sunken craft, by which means. It is claimed, every vessel, with the possible exception of the Sevastopol, can be raised and repaired. The former Russian cruiser Variag; sunk at Chemulpo, has been raised and brought to Nagasaki. She is being rapidly repaired with a view to arming and com missioning her under the Japanese flag. JAPAN WANTS SAKHALIN BACK Agitation for Expedition to Recap ture Ceded Island. VICTORIA, B. C. March 2L Advices received by the steamer Hyades today state that an expedition may be sent from Hokkaido to capture the. Island of Sakhalin, regarding which the Japanese feel that they were cheated when Russia forced an exchange for the JCurilee. The Japanese shared th fishing, .privileges, which net d mllUrn end. a hall dollars a COHTENTS OF TODAYS PAPER The "Weather. TODAY'S Occasl cnal rain; southwest winds. YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 40 desr.; minimum, 40. Precipitation. 0.6S inch. The War la tho Tar East. Russian bureaucrats driven to m&ke peace br terms dictated for French loan. Page 1. ICnropatkln returns to the army &a sub ordinate commander. Page 1 Llnlevitch preparing to bold new lino of de fense. Pas L Japan raisins sunken ships at Port Arthur. Page 1. Pcreiga. Strikes and peasant revolts renewed In Rus sia. Page 5. Large majorities In French Chamber for separation of church and state. Page 4. Germany seeks reconciliation with France. Page 1. Balfour refuses to make fiscal question a party issue. Page 3. Kossuth will obstruct government of Hun gary till demands are granted. Page 3. .New Island rises In Japan Be a. Page 1. Jules Verne at point of death. Page 4. Xatloaal. President announces bis Intention to change Canal Commission. Page 1. Government calls for arbitration of Vene zuelan dispute with alternative of force. Page X. t Fears that European powers may Intervene In Eanto Domingo. Page 4. Politics. Colorado bribery committee condemns Mor gan and be may be expelled. Page 4. Domestic: Great precautions for secrecy la beef trust Investigation. Page 5. Dressmakers rise In revolt against Paris fashions. Page 2. 2illwaukee road will begin extension to the Coast this year. Page 1. Fifty-five dead and 45 missing Is result of Brockton disaster. Page S. Tornado spreads death and ruin In Alabama. Page 1. Sports. Battling Kelson's manager says Brttt de manded his man should lay down In fight. Page 7. Pacific Coast. Puget Sound has a "Barnes" in well-bred, well-mannered Clyde B. Clancy, a thief. Page 6. Referendum petitions are being Industriously signed In Yamhill County. Page 6. Sheriff Unvllte at Astoria has shut down all gambling. Page 6. Southern Oregon District Good Roads Con vention at Grant's Pass. Page 5. Portland and Vicinity. Flans for opening day at the Fair are per fected. Page 14. France asks for more space at the Exposi tion. Page 14. Dispute of Longshoremen and Sailors Union gets Into court through arrests made Page 12. - . Children will help the Civic Improvement Board. Page 1L National Good Roads Convention Is assured Portland. Page 10. Dr. Patton finds that Orientals understand imagery of the Bible. Page 10. Plans for the big revival meetings in Port land are announced. Page 10.' Democrats axe boosting Dr. Lane for nom inee for Mayor. Page 11, Prohibitionists declare they will not sup port Albee. Page 0. Many prominent Republicans are aspirants for nomination as Governor. Page 10. Opposition may unite to beat W. V. Jobes for Mayor of St. Johns. Page 14. Commrrclal aad Maria e. February record month, for Imports. Page 13. Stock speculation restricted. Page 13. Boston wool market strong but quiet. Page 15. Strong wheat marker at Chicago. Page 13. High-grade potatoes Arm at. Sah Francisco. Page 15. Oriental demand for flour revives. -Pare 7. HE MUST SETTLE United States Makes De mand on Castro. OFFER TO ARBITRATE But Restrictions Named by Venezuela Are Rejected. COERCION THE ALTERNATIVE Rights of American Concessionaires Asserted Holland Threatens to Whip Castro France Awaits Court Decision. WASHINGTON. March 2L-In calling upon President Castro for aa answer to his proposition to submit to arbitration the Issues between the United States and Venezuela, Mr. Bowen Is acting" in con nection with Instructions from the State Department, which have recently been placed la his Hands. II r. Bowen made a proposition of this kind to the Venezuelan Foreign Office several months ago, and mere was an exchange of notes on the subject, but Its further consideration was cut off by the abrupt departure from the capital of President Castro at a moment when his own decision was required. The Venezuelan government, at that stage, had made a counter proposition to Mr. Bowen, looking to the arbitration of the dispute by The Hague tribunal, but with. tne important qualification that the tribu nal should arbitrate as a preliminary the question as to whether or not tha United States Government had the right, under International law, to Intervene at all, as unaer the Venezuelan, government s claims the American concessionaires must look to Venezuela for their protection. This was construed here as an at tempt to brng- into play the old Calvo declaration, which the United States has resolutely and repeatedly refused to accept In Its negotiations with Southern republics. So Mr. Bowen re ported to the State Department the fact of President Castro's departure ana asked, for Instructions. These were prepared with great care, after Attorney-General Moody had. unon call from the President, furnished an. opinion to the effect that the proceed ings in the Venezuelan courts Ihvolv Ing the asphalt company's properties were so irregular as to amount prac .ticaily to a denial of Justice. There fore, Mr. Bowen was told to renew his proposition for a free arbitration of the Issues between Venezuela, and the United States at the first "oppor tunity, and this. It appears, he has now done. Several Cases to Settle. Besides the New York and Bermudes asphalt case, there are three other matters which are suggested as proper subjects for arbitration, namely, the uriicaneta claim, also based on an as phalt concession; the claim of the Orl noco Steam Navigation Company, based on a violated franchise, and tha claim of a newspaper correspondent for damages arising from his summary expulsion from Venezuela. If President Castro rejects this last offer of Mr. Bowen to arbitrate these cases, It Is expected that the American Minister will promptly report that fact to the State Department, and it will be determined what course to pursue. The Ministers presentment of this matter. therefore, is not an actual ultimatum. for the way Is still open for further negotiations if the Department decides tnat the time has not yet arrived to withdraw Its Minister and adopt some coercive measures. Coercion as Last Resort. There was great reluctance on the part of officials to adopt the latter course, but the situation la believed to be such that unless the .Department is willing to submit to the complete effa ce ment of the American claims, some action must be taken soon. The reported arrangement whereby president Castro, through his agent; Benor Veluuna, ' has agreed to set apart 50 per cent of all the Vene zuelan customs receipts outside of the ports of La Guayara and Port Ca bello to eatlsfy German bondholders, would. If consummated, it is feared, make it Impossible to secure a single cent from Venezuela for the payment of any Just American claims, for there would be no surplus, the remaining 50 per cent of the revenues being required for the eupport of the Venezuelan Government. Reports have been arriving here for some time that many of the DeoDle of Venezuela are penniless and in ' need of food. One foreign diplomat there recently reported that conditions were Indescrib able and that the strict censorship on everytmng sent out prevented the world from knowing the actual condition of af fairs. All foreigners were closely watched. No official Information has reached here regarding the seizure of the Italian coal mines nor has the French Embassy been advised further regarding the affairs of the French Cable Company. FRANCE HAS TAKEN NO ACTION Will Not Send Warships, Thinking America Has Better Right. PARIS, March 21. The Foreign Of fice says the French Minister at Cara cas has not presented an ultimatum to Venezuela, and no French warships have been sent to Venezuela. The statement to that effect results from the publication In London newspapers of dispatches saying the presentation of an ultimatum had been followed by the dispatch of two warships. The of ficials here are surprised and displeased at the reports, which they construe as tending to force the hand', of France Into a more aggressive and belligerent policy than France contemplates. The United States occupies the best position In which to send warships, owing- to the length- of time the Ameri can controversy with Venezuela has been pending, whereas the French cofr- troversy Is of comparatively recent origin and nas not yet been decided by the courts. The instructions sent to the. French Minister atCaracas directed, that dlplo rtittVrs to the holding- up of, the vested rfgbts of the cable company, but did not con template threats or an ultimatum, as the authorities say the affair has no gravity calling- for steps of such a warlike character. Up to noon today neither the For eign Office nor the cable company has received the expected decision of the Caracas court upon the French Cable Company's concession. The Council of Ministers met this morning, and Foreign Minister Del casse lengthily detailed the relations with Morocco, but the statement re garding the proceedings of the Coun cil does not mention Venezuela. This means that- no action will be taken pending the receipt of information as to the Caracas court's decision. The cable company during the day re ceived a dispatch from M. Bran, the com pany's manager at Caracas, saying that tho court's expected decision was not giv en today. He reported the general condi tions" to be quiet. MUST ARBITRATE OR FIGHT Demands by United States and 'Hol land on Castro. WILLEMSTADT. Island of Curacoa. March 2L The Venezuelan government. It is announced from Caracas, has re ceived a note from the American Minister, Mr. Bowen, requiring an answer as to whether Venezuela will arbitrate the ques tions pending, and saying that In case of a refusal the United States will feel free to take the step which may be necessary to secure Justice. The Charge d'Affalres of the. Nether lands has advised the Venezuelan govern ment that Holland will use coercive measures in view of the fact that she has been unable to secure the release from Imprisonment in Venezuela of five Dutch sailors who have been illegally kept in -prison for seven months. SPURN SOCKEEELLER'S HONEY New England Preachers Make Unique Petition to Mission Board. BOSTON, March a. Congregational ministers, representing Boston and vari ous sections of New England, have for warded to the American Board of Com missioners for Foreign Missions a pro test against the acceptance by the board of a gift of $100,000 from John D. Rocke feller. The petition, which was prepared by a committee chosen at a meeting of the clergymen, protests against the ac ceptance of the gift on the ground that the Standard Oil Company, of which Mr. Rockefeller Is the head,, "stands before the publlo under repeated and recent formidable Indictments in specific terms for methods which are morally iniquitous and socially destructive," and that "the acceptance of suoh a gift involves the constituents of tha board in a relation implying honor toward the donor, and subjects the board to tha charge of Ig noring the moral issues Involved." In conclusion .tho protest says: "We, the undersigned, therefore pro test against any action by which pur church may even seem to be compro mised, and we plead with the officers of the board to decline the gift or to return it If it "has been accepted." - Amonar the signers are: , Dantel Evans. Cambridge Edward 2. Sanderson, Provi dence. B, I.; George -ft. Guttersln. Derry, N. H. ; :N. Voaderpyl, Marblehead, Mass.; Reuben Thomas, Brookllne. and James S. "Williamson, Haverhill. WORST HOOD m 3CANY YEAES Swollen Rivers Swamp the Pittsburg Mills and Drive People Away. PITTSBURG, March 2L Pittsburg is threatened with one of the worst floods in years. At U o'clock tonight Fore caster Frank Ridgway predicted over 30 feet of water In the river. He does not expect over 85 feet, if that much. During the early hours today the water began to recede from the rise in the Allegheny, but a fresh Impetus was given to the rushing torrents by a rain fall of nearly two Inches over the entire watershed of the Monongahela River. To night about GO miles above Pittsburg the Monongahela Is rising eight inches an hour, and at the harbor here the gauges show a rise of nearly three Inches an hour. Already a number of mills have shut down as a result of the water putting out the fires. From three to five feet more of water is expected up the valley, and a total of3),C00 men are liable to Idle ness. Hundreds of houses on the South Side and in McKeesport ana other suburbs of this city are surrounded by from two to eight feet of water, the occupants living in the second stories. In some places the water has entered the upper rooms and homes are being abandoned for the time being. No fatalities have been reported. TORNADO TAKES NINE LIVES Tears Through Alabama, Wrecking Houses and Slaying' Occupants. ROANOKE, Ala., March 2L Reports have reached here of. one of the "most disastrous storms that ever visited that section, which swept across the southern part of Randolph County late last night. Eight or nine lives are known to have been. lost and damage amounting to thou sands of dollars was done to property. The tornado started at a point near Dou ble Heads and proceeded in a northwest erly course. The residence of Mack Carlisle was de molished and R. C Haynes, of Roanoke, was killed. Three negroes were killed and several Injured, on the "Wilson planta tion. Thre or four negroes were killed on the Holly plantation, near Rock Mills. At Lime Postofflce a store wa3 demol ished and a little white girl, daughter of a Mr. Lucas, was killed and her mother seriously Injured. Details of the storm are difficult to obtain on account of wires being down. Kentucky Grand Jury Bulldozed. LEXINGTON, Ky March 2L The In quiries into the case of Hargls and Calla hans, charged with conspiracy In the mur der of Cockrell, for the purpose of decid ing the question of admitting them to ball, was resumed today. A. O. Bowman, foreman of the Breathitt County grand, jury, when the grand Jury was investigating- the case against Will Britten for kill ing Cockrell, for which he was after! wards given a life-term sentence, gave sensational evidence. Bowman said that Riley Coldiron had Just given sensational testimony against Brit'ton. when Alexis Hargls rushed Into the grand jury-room, and by threats and angry attitude com pelled, the grand jury to adjourn. After vain etforls on the part of Britton's friends to get the jury to investigate a charge of perjury brought by Britton's friends against Coldiron, Bowman said, the case was dropped and never resumed I V hrra throngs Xsr,. ON TO THE CUT Milwaukee Road De cides to Extend. PRESIDENT ADMITS FACT Will Construct 300 Miles of Road This Year. - ACTION FORCED BY HILL LINES Refusal of Traffic Agreement Caused Decision to Proceed With Con struction to Portland and ' Puget Sound. MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.. March 2L (Spe cial.) The admission of President A. J. Earllng, of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, today that an early extension of the Milwaukee system to the Pacific Coast Is a possibility makes practically certain the consummation of the much mooted plan that will give Portland, Seattle and Tacoma terminals of a new railroad. Heretofore the Mil waukee interests have emphatically de nied that there was an lota of truth In the statements regarding the proposed ex tension, but today In his private car, surrounded by seven New York finan ciers, among them two members of the Rockefeller family, Mr. Earllng made the brief assertion that he would not now deny the report. E. G. and P. A. Rockefeller, Mr. Van Wyck, L. Sackett, F. B, Adams, C. E. Sullivan and I. B. Jaun, all railroad in vestors, composed the party which had Just returned from a tour to Chamberlain. S. D., In Mr. Earllng's private car. While in the latter city, which la the present Western terminus of the Milwaukee, it Is known that they gave serious thought and Investigation to the proposed exten sion to the Coast. It can also be said on unquestionable authority that plans have been made to begin the construction, of the extension within a month and that 300 miles of road bed will be- put in. shape for rails during tho. coming- Summer It has developed that tha Rockefellers have been forced to make the extension. Until a few days ago they hoped to effect traffic arrangements with the Hill inter ests that would save'them. the trouble of building any until that recent day, and their denials were made in good faith, but now their hope has vanished and they will extend the Milwaukee. THREE NATIONS DIVIDE I0AN United States and Britain Join Ger many in Lending to Japan. BERLIN, March 2L The new Japanese foreign loan will be divided among three nations, the United States, Great Britain and Germany participating. The amount will depend upon how much the bankers here and elsewhere will guarantee to dis pose of, but probably it will not be less than $30,000,000, of which amount Ger many is likely to take $13,000,000, although this is still undetermined. 'The security offered by Japan Includes the customs previously uncovered and the railroads. Baron Takahashl, the Japan ese financial agent, was correct In say ing that Japan was not negotiating with Berlin direct. She has no agent here. The Deutsche Aslatlsche Bank: Is con ducting the business In connection with the Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Cor poration -through London. The German government, the Associated Press is informed, gave its approval in advance to part of the loan being- taken here. The Japanese government desires to broaden the base of its foreign credit and interest Germany in the affairs of Japan so as to counterbalance to some extent the material reasons for Ger many's wishing Russia to succeed. Japan would be glad If the French bankers had taken some of the bonds for the same reason, but that naturally Is excluded from consideration. As it Is, the bank group here which supports Russian credit, Mendelssohn & Co., H. Bleichroeder, tha Berliner Handelsgesellschaft and Robert Warscauer & Co., takes no direct part In the loan. IJs interests are identified with those of Russia- Loan Will Bring Good Price. NEW YORK, March 21. Progress is being made in the negotiations for a new Japanese loan, and it Is believed the bonds will be offered for sale shortly. Bankers here and id Europe are consid ering the , final details, today, and will very likely offer the Issue .t a price con siderably higher than the flotation of last November, when the bonds were offered at S3. While the New York bankers In terested would not say just . what price will be made, it was said that a short term of 6 per cent Issue- would command a price considerably above 90 by reason of Japan's increased prestige and the popularity of such an Issue with Ameri can investors. Bodies Recovered From Mine. THURMOND. W. Va., March 2L The search for bodies of the victims of the explosions Saturday In the Rush Run and Ash Fork mines was continued today. Eleven bodies have been recovered from the mine. Four bodies were those of Ernest Philips, K. Mosely, Brack Jarrett and Crocket Hutchlngson. The seven bodies recovered yesterday were those of Thomas Banister, Charles F. Wynn, James G. Wynn, George HopkIn3, N- W Henson, Norwood Hutchlngson and Peter Hutchlngson. Oregon Mining Company in Maine. AUGUSTA, MeU March 2L (Special.) The Calumet & Oregon Mining Company has been incorporated here with a cap ItaTof ?2,50,000. W. S. Lee, L. J. Cole man. B. F. Whittum, H. M. Heath and L. Andrews, of this city, are named as the incorporators, the names' of the real promoters- npt belny disclosed.