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THE MOHNIKa OREGONIAK, -.MONDAY, '1L5T 22, 190o.
G WIND STRIKES
TOWNS IN TEXAS
Church Buildings Are Torn
Down and Roofs Ripped
MANY HOUSES. DAMAGED
Side of .Texas & Pacific Passenger
Station Is Blown In and Train
Dispatcher Is Killed at
His Post of Duty.
FORT WORTH. Tex., May 2L A heavy
windstorm blowing: at the rate o TO miles
en hour struck this city from the south
west at 6:30: tonight. Part o the -west
wall of the Texas & Pacific passenger
station was blown in and John Toung, a
train dispatcher killed.
The storm was most severe west of the
city and all telegraph and telephone lines
in all directions are down. A passenger on
a Texas and Pacific passenger train from
the west reports that the town of Min
eral Wells was partly blown away. One
church building belonging to the African
Methodist Episcopal congregation was
demolished. Many business buildings
lost their roofs. Including the First Na
tional Bank building, a seven-story
The Baptist mui Episcopal Churches In
Xorth Fort Worth were badly wTecked,
while the roofs of the Grand Hotel and
the Johnson house were torn away. Fifty
dwellings In various parts of the city,
were damaged. The Second Ward School
building was partially wrecked.
Handley. seven miles east of here, suf
fered much property damage. It Is not
learned, at thle time whether any one was
killed outside of Fort Worth.
BOARD OF STRATEGY.
Czar Would Have Army and Navy
ST. PETERSBURG. May 2.-(2:05 A.
M.) The first step toward the institution
of the long-contemplated Council of Na
tional Defence, to co-ordinate the activities
of the military and naval administration,
has been taken in an Imperial manifesto
creating a special preliminary commission
under the presidency of Grand Duke
Nicholas Nlcholalevltch. The manifesto
is preceded by a rescript which Emperor
Nicholas addressed to the Grand Duke,
in which His Majesty says:
"In order to Insure the development of
the empire's fighting force in a manner
corresponding to the needs and resources
of the state and uniformity In the duties
of the supreme naval and military ad
ministration and also to harmonize them
with those of other government institu
tions in question affecting the safety
of the state, 1 have deemed It necessary
tX. establish a permanent state defense
council. I charge the special commission,
consisting of members appointed by me
under the presidency of your Imperial
Highness, to draw up. according to my
direct suggestion, a law relating to this
The rescript concludes with the ex
pression of the conviction that the com
mission will carry out the task confided
to it without delay and with the care
and undivided attention which the high
importance of the new institution de
mands. The formation of the council and the
assumption by it of control of war Is
expected to ensue soon, as the main de
tails have already been worked out. The
dispatch of Grand Duke Nicholas Nlch
olalevltch. who Is designated as the presi
dent of the permanent .state defense
council, to Manchuria, to assume direct
command of the Imperial forces there,
has been several times seriously consid
ered and he has served repeatedly of
late as representative of the Emperor In
dealing with vital issues of the war.
The existing council of war, which has
proved unsatisfactory, will be superseded
by the new body. The step is an ex
tremely Important one, for which the
events of the war In the Far East have
shown the necessity, the 'two depart
ments falling to work together to the
best advantage, even when actuated by
the most harmonious feelings and fric
tion has been often manifested.
Many opportunities for helpful co-operation
between the two arms of the
service are constantly arising and. if
VIce-Admlral Rojestvensky succeeds in
reaching Vladivostok and destroying the
Japanese mastery of the sea the council
will play a very weighty role. At the
same time the council is created, not for
the present war, but as a permanent or
ganization of the state, subordinating the
war and navy departments and even
overshadowing the other ministries.
It is understood the formation of the
new council means the definite abandon
ment of the plan of sending Grand Duke
Nicholas Nlcholalevltch to the Far East
to assume supreme command on land
and sea . General Llnievltch and Vice
Admiral BIrlleff will be left unhampered
except as to the grand outlines of strat
DUTY OS AMERICAN IMPORTS
Russian Government Is Anxious to
Come to Favorable Terms.
ST. PETERSBURG. May 21. (11:50 P.
M.) The desirability of securing the re
vocation of the imposition by Russia of
the maxim duty on American imports lev
ied in retaliation for the imposition of
a countervailing duty by the United
States on Russian sugars, which Am
bassador Meyer is trying to adjust, is
assuming additional importance, owing
to the fact that the new Russo-German
tariff, which went Into effect at the end
of the year, will form a basis for a "most
favored nation" clause.
That treaty raises the duties on machin
ery and other articles in which Ameri
can exporters to Russia are especially In
terested if the new general or maximum
tariff with corresponding increases goes
Into effect simultaneously. Certainly un
less the Russo-Amerlcan tariff dispute
is adjusted, American Imports are des
tined to bear still further burdens. If
the dispute is adjusted the United States
will get the benefit of the most favored
nation clause, not only of the reduction
accorded to Germany, but also under the
new commercial treaty about to 'be ne
gotiated with France.
The Russian government seems to be
sincerely anxious again to place the Unit
ed States on the most fa-ored nation
basis and naturally would like to see
the old status quo restored. However,
Russia realises the difficulty in the matter
of the countervailing duty on sugar,
which, without further legislation, -was
rendered res adjudlcata by the dedstoa
of the Supreme Court of the United
States and therefore is willing to waive
the question on sugar, but insists upon
the removal of the maximum duties upoe
by-products of petroleum imposed .by the
Secretary of the Treasury, which affects
English vaseline .and other products
manufactured from Russian naphtha.
The Russian government also demands
a guarantee similar to the one in the
new Ruseo-German treaty against any
psslble abuse of the favored nation
clause by specifically binding each in the
future under no circumstances or pre
text to levy duties on the products of the
other in excess of those levied on similar
products of a third power. Ambassador
Meyer has laid the matter before the
State Department and la awaiting in
structions. Stftcsecl Defends Himself.
ST. PETERSBURG. May 22. (2:05 A.
M.) The commission investigating the
surrender of Port Arthur has finished the
first half of Its labors. The investigation
of the documentary evidence presented by
General Stoessel In his own defense tend
ed to .bow that the fortress at the out
break of the war was nearly defenseless,
without supplies or cash.
Rioting in Russian Cities.
ST. PETERSBURG, May 21. Kishlneff
Is reported to be terrorized by roughs,
teachers, students, and Jews being fre
quently assaulted in the streets.
Peasant riots have occurred at Sledllco,
Russian Poland. Schools, government of
ficers and liquor shops have been sacked
and the Emperor" portrait destroyed.
Creed to Return to "Work.
LODZ, May 2L The leaders of the
Workmen's Association have Issued a
proclamation urging their followers to
return to work and not heed the propa
ganda of agitators, who have brought
them to beggary.
RICH STRIKE 3IADE IN A SOUTH
ERN OREGON 3IINE.
Ore Is Said to Hun $40,000'to the
Ton. and Has Occasioned
MEDFORD. Or.. May 2L (Special.) A
strike was made In the Opp mine Satur
day that eclipses anything that has ever
been made on the Pacific Coast, and even
beats the great district of Tonopah and
Goldfleld, in a true-fissure vein that is
between slate and porphyry, which aver
ages 15 feet in width. An ore shute was
opened which is 100 feet in length and
two feet in width, all specimen rock,
which will be exhibited at the Lewis and
Clark Fair, In Portland. This rock Is lit
erally covered with the yellow metal, and
runs $40,000 to the ton.
One man took out $10,000 in one shift,
and the rock is now on exhibition at the
Mcdford permanent exhibition building.
Some sacks go as much as $1000 per sack.
This strike has caused the greatest ex
citement among miners and prospectors
of anything that has occurred since the
great Gold Hill excitement In 18S5, which
Dr. J. F. Reddy came to lied ford from
Spokane, Wash., one year ago. In search
of a quartz property, and was advised
by many so-called experts that there was
nothing in the district that would warrant
an investment or expenditure of any cap
ital along these lines, but inasmuch as
Dr. Reddy could plainly see that nothing
but surface work had ever been done,
save where a mine had paid from the
grass roots, and having unbounded faith
in the district, after careful examination,
he decided to erect on this mine a ten
stamp mill, and since the erection of the
same it has earned $100 per diem net,
which only shows that Southern Oregon
today has more undeveloped resources
than any territory west of the Mississippi
Dr. Reddy's many friends are rejoicing
In his good luck, for they feel that he
was the first man to come into Southern
Oregon that was willing to take a chance
In a country that had been repeatedly
turned down by would-be experts.
The Opp mine has produced In the past
from surface workings $500,000. and it is
located on the famous Jackson Creek,
which has a world-wide reputation as
having produced $10,000,000 from the primi
tive methods of panning, rocking and
ground-sluicing alone. Some of this rock
will be exhibited by the Medford perma
nent exhibition at the Lewis and Clark
Fair, under the direct supervision of Hon.
J. D. Olwell.
RUSSIAN ATTACK REPULSED
Action Lasts All Day May 19, and
TOKIO. May 21. (2:33 P. M.)-The fol
lowing official report is published:
"In the direction of Wei Yuan Paomen,
on the morning of May 1?. the enemy,
with two companies of Infantry and two
squadrons of cavalry, again attacked
Chlengtzu at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.
Simultaneously the enemy, with one regi
ment of infantry and five squadrons of
cavalry, actively attacked Chlng Yang
Pao. but was entirely repulsod at 6 o'clock
in the evening.
"There has been no material change at
Changtu except collisions with scouts
rince we repulsed the enemy May IS. On
the right bank of the Liao River the
enemy's cavalry is concentrating, its
main strength being at Kungchullang,
eight miles west of Fakoman. At noon
May 19 they attempted to threaten the
rear of our camps by making a south
western detour, but our strong guards
disheartened them and they retreated far
in a northwestern direction without gain
ing their object-"
Assault on Russian Line.
ST. PETERSBURG. May 21-Advices
have "been received by the General Staff
from General LInlevitch. stating that a
general engagement is in progress all
along the line of the Russian left flank
and that two divisions are engaged with
The Russian position is a strongly en
trenched one. and up to the present they
have heen able to hold their own and
beat hack the repeated assaults of the
Up to nightfall Sunday the Russian
casualties were estimated at 500 and those
of the Japanese at about thrice that num
ber. The Japanese, according to the re
port, are moving against the entire Itus
slan line, although up to the present the
fighting has been confined to the left. As
Oyama has moved quantities of heavy ar
tillery into position. It Is expected the
general assault will not he much longer
Japan Brands as a Lie.
TOKIO, May 21. It is officially an
nounced that the "press report circulated
in Europe about the removal by Japanese
of the Corean Emperor to Japan has ab
solutely no foundation, such an idea hav
ing never occurred to the Japanese gov
ernment. The report must be taken to
be a malicious fabrication, calculated to
do mischief to the Japanese."
Wind Is Drying; the Roads.
HARBIN, May 24. An officer who has
returned from the extreme left of the
Russian amy says the Talu detachment
is constantly ski rails king with the Japan
ese, with whom are 5W9 Chinese Bandits
armed with captured Russian rifles and
officered by Japanese. A strong wljn2 f
Awaits Petition Before Acting
in Saloon Matter..
WILL THEN DECIDE COURSE
His Honor Will Act According to
Shape In Which the Matter -Is
Presented to Him in
"It depends altogether in what shape
the matter is presented," said Mayor
Williams yesterday, when asked as to his
probable action upon the proposed peti
tion requesting him to call a special meet
ing of the City Council relative to the
passage of "an ordinance revoking the
licenses of saloons In the vicinity of the
entrance to the Exposition grounds. "I do
not wieh to commit myself to any atti
tude." said he, "until I know exactly
what Is expected of me."
The Mayor was busy yesterday framing
his reply to the open letter of Dr. Harry
Lane, and was not at all disposed to dis
cuss the subject of the contemplated peti
tion, saying, however, that he would be
perfectly willing to do, so as soon as he
was in possession of all the facts.
Rev. J. R. Wilson said that the Anti
Saloon League had taken no action as an
organization, but some of the members
were acting individually. As yet no defi
nite action has been taken relative to re
questing the Mayor to call a meeting of
the City Council next Wednesday, but he
said that it was a matter in which all
citizens are interested, without regard to
party affiliations, although Mr. Wilson
was in no position to say just who would
take the initiative in drawing the Mayor's
attention to the situation.
Cerain sections of Article 1, Chapter 3, of
the city charter, seem to cover the ground
very effectually, and It Is likely that the
present agitation may take definite shape
either today or tomorrow. Section 53 pro
vides as follows:
"Whenever there shall be presented to
the Council a petition signed by a number
of voters equal to 15 per centum of the
votes cast at the last preceding city elec
tion, asking that an ordinance, to be set
forth In such petition, be submitted to a
vote of the electors of the city, the Coun
cil must submit such proposed ordinance
to the vote of the electors at the next
city election; but such ordinance shall not
be valid unless within the powers herein
granted to the Council."
Section 56 provides further: "If a ma
jority of the votes cast upon such ordi
nance shall be in favor of the adoption
thereof, the Mayor shall, within 30 days
from the time of such election, proclaim
such fact; and upon such proclamation
such ordinance shall have the same force
and effect as an ordinance passed by the
Council and approved by the Mayor, and
the same shall not be repealed by tne
Council. But the Council may submit a
proposition for the repeal of such ordi
nance, or for amendments thereto, for
vole at any succeeding election; and
should a majority of the votes thereon be
cast In favor of such repeal, or amend
ment at such election, such ordinance
shall be repealed or amended accord
ingly." "This is a matter that belongs to the
public-spirited citizens of Portland," said
Mr. Wilson. In further explanation of the
situation, "and not to any temperance
society, league of any kind, or the
churches individually, but to all who have
the honor of the city at heart. A public
spirited man, who is not allied with any
opposition to the saloon or liquor Inter
ests, Informed me today that It pressed
vigorously he had no doubt fully 6000 sig
natures could be secured for such a peti
tion. While I am heartily in favor of the
idea, and will do all I can as a citizen to
assist in the movement, my time Is not
my own, and I am too much occupied with
other matters to take the initiative. Prob
ably the next day or two may develop the
situation more thoroughly."
Thursday Is the last day the ordinance
can be presented to the Council, as the
ticket will have to be made up then, so If
any steps are taken In the direction Indi
cated, there will "have to be quick action.
ON THE EVIL OF DRINK
National W. C. T. U. 'orficers Speak
While Mr. L. M. ?f. Stovnns nr. Xf It.
Anna Gordon, national president and
vice-presiaent. respectively, of the W.
C T. U., attach no national significance
to their presence in Portland at this
particular time, the event Is treated
by the local organization as a na
tional conference. In a way, and the
two distinguished temperance leaders
are consequently made the recipients
of a great deal of well-deserved atten
tion. Yesterday was an exceedingly busy
day for the two disciples of prohibition,
the afternoon being devoted to a mass
meeting of young: people's societies at
the White Temple, and the evening to
a praise service In the Taylor-Street
M. E. Church, both of which attracted
large contrresrations ivpn tnv thn.n
highly popular places of worship.
.-urs. Stevens talked quite freely
about the plans of herself and Miss
Gordon Immediately following the aft
ernoon services. In which both partici
pated." She stated that the object of
their trip to the Coast now was to
arouse Dublic enthusiasm
of the national convention of the W. C.
i. u.. wnich s to be held at Los Angeles
next October. They left Portland. Me.,
April 1, and by the time they return
will have traveled about 10.600 miles,
which they seem to regard" as a mere
outing In comparison to some of their
trips, whose Itinerary has included
many portions of Europe.
Outlook Is Promising.
In response to an Inquiry relative to
conditions affecting the interest of tem
perance throughout the sections they
have traversed. Mrs. Stevens said that
the outlook was never better for the
organisation. She claims that more
than one-half of the population and
territory ot the United States is under
n "prohibitory form of government, so
far as the sale ot liquor Is concerned,
either through national, state or local
laws, and this statement she repeated
at the evening services. More than
30.000,000 people were thus affected,
and it was her "earnest desire to see
this beautiful region enlisted In the
Prohibition in Maine is all that the
name implies, according to the national
president, and is upheld by the bettor
element In the state. She referred with
a great deal of satisfaction to the atti
tude of the secular press in connection
with Bishop Potter's conduct In assist
ing in the dedication of a so-called
"respectable saloon" at the entrance to
the subway in New York City. The
national organization of the W. C T. U.
keeps in touch with Rublic sentiment
to a large degree through the instru
asentallty of a press-clipping bureau,
which furnishes the association with
extracts from thousands of newspapers
all oyer the country, and she 1 oak fed
upen the almost universal condemna
tion -of -Btehep -Potter's action in ce
Baetlu wjtfc ls atJbir&y aatoaa affair
as the best possible proof of public
sentiment In regard to the liquor In
terests. Will Visit Exposition.
This afternoon Mrs. Stevens and Miss
Gordon will visit the Fair grounds, and
this evening, from S to 18. there will
be a public reception to the national
officers in the Hobart-Curtis, 265 Four
teenth street, after which they will
take their 'departure for Seattle. Com
mencing this morning at 9:30. the Na
tional Conference of the W. C T. U. will
be held in the First Christian Church,
corner Park and Columbia streets, last
ing until the lunch hour, when an ad
journment will be taken until 1:30 P.
M-, remaining in session nearly all the
afternoon. Mrs. Stevens and Miss Gor
don will speak upon both occasions,
and the exercises will be participated in
by a number of the state officers' of the
The Taylor-Street M. E. Church was
filled to overflowing last night when
the two national officers took their
seats upon the platform. After an
earnest prayer by Rev. F. Burgette
Short, pastor, Mrs. A. E. Whltesldes.
president of the Multnomah County W.
C .T. U., introduced Mrs. Stevens with
some appropriate remarks, after which
the national president of the order held
the attention of her audience fully an
hour, in the course of which time she
made an earnest appeal In behalf of the
doctrines of prohibition. Mrs. Stevens
has a remarkably clear and penetrat
ing voice, and her words could be heard
distinctly in all parts ot the edifice.
She commenced by saying that the
spirit of God was in thisvrcform move
ment, and It touched the hearts of the
women of the Nation more than 32
years ago, and compelled them to go
forth and save their homes and the
homes ot others through the W. C. T.
U. After speaking In eulogistic terms
of the efforts of Miss Frances E. Wil
lard in founding the organization, Mrs.
Stevens said that she would not refer
to the dark side of temperance, but
would conflnv -Oier -remarfcs "to the
bright side. Inferring thai all working
In the interest of temperance reform
were optimistic In their ideas.
According to her belief, there never
was a time when total abstlnance was
practiced so religiously throughout the
country as now. A great wave of re
form has overspread all communities
during the past quarter of a century,
and commercialism has come to the aid
of temperance by Imposing conditions
of sobriety upon all employes, so that
now It Is considered morally certain the
young man who Is a tippler or who is
known to drink liquor In any form Is
far below par in the estimation of his
She referred to a visit to France two
years ago, accompanied by Miss Gordon,
and spoke of the proclamation Issued
by the government of that drink-cursed
country, wherein the subject of Intoxi
cants was handled as vigorously as If
under the skillful touch of a minister
of the gospel or even Miss Wlllard. One
of the posters was exhibited, printed In
the French language, and the speaker
read a passage from It Interpreted as
follows: "Alcohol Is good for nobody.
It Is dangerous for anybody that uses
It. Therefore, touch It not It will do
Scores Saloons Xear Fair.
Mrs. Stevens next touched upon local
conditions and referred to the establish
ment of saloons In the vicinity of the
entrance to the Exposition grounds, not
omitting to call attention to the ex
istence of the evil In the very shadow
of the public schoolhouses. as she put
it, evincing a further knowledge of the
situation by quoting section 53. article 1.
of chapter 3. of the city charter, which
Indicates that whenever 15 per cent of
the voters of the preceding municipal
election petition the Council asking that
an ordinance, to be set forth In the peti
tion, be submitted to a vote of the elec
tors of the city, the Council must submit
such proposed ordinance to the vote of the
electors at the next city election, and In
her opinion the. Mayor ought to be asked
to call a special meeting of the City
Council for that purpose.
( In this connection Mrs. Stevens related
an amusing story about being on a rail
way train that stopped suddenly in tne
midst of a desert, and when some curi
ous passenger asked the engineer If there
was any water in the locomotive, he re
plied: "Yes, there Is plenty of water
In the boiler, but It ain't abllln'!" and she
drew a comparison between this episode
and local conditions saying that any
body could take the Initiative relative
to calling upon the Mayor concerning
a special session of the City Council to
take action on the revocation of the li
censes of those saloons at the entrance
to the Exposition grounds, but nobody
would start the ball rolling, and she
made an earnest appeal for some one to
come forward and take the matter in
hand, saying that there was plenty of
sentiment against the licenses, but It
Prohibition In Maine.
"Maine was formerly one of the poorest
states In the Union." she said, "but today
It Is one of the richest. Maine once had
lots of criminals, and after prohibition
had been adopted, the people of Massa
chusetts, which was under a high-license
system, were wont to ridicule the idea
of strict temperance as It existed in
Maine, with the result that an account
of stock was taken, and It was shown
by unimpeachable statistics that there
were 341 criminals in high-license Mas
sachusetts, and 731 In prohibition Maine,
being In the ratio ot 33 and 13. respective
ly, to every 10,000 Inhabitants. Prohi
bition is so popular in the Pine Tree
state that every effort to amend the laws
has been overwhelmingly defeated."
In conclusion Mrs. Stevens related an
incident that occurred In a Western state
where several young workers of the W.
C. T. U. encountered a saloon where
youths of both sexes had congregated,
the proprietor brazenly Informing them
that he was conducting his establishment
under the law's of the land, In the face of
the fact that many of- his customers were
minors, to whom It was a crime to sell
liquor, and drunkards, who were like
wise included In the proscribed class.
Mrs. Stevens went up to a table where a
man and a woman were drinking, and
as the temperance advocates commenced
singing "Rock of Ages." all present
joined In the old hymn, the tipplers at
the bar pushing their glasses back and
listening with Teverent Interest. The
young woman at the table, who. despite
the marks of dissipation, still bore traces
ot beauty, when asked who taught her
to sing the glorious song, responded in
a humiliated " way: "My mother, but
It was so long ago that I had almost
forgotten it!? "Just as long as there Is
a sentiment In the .community that per
mits the sale of that which will make
a woman forget who taught her to sing
Rock of Ages," said Mrs. Stevens
vehemently. "Just so long will the old
crusade spirit be abroad in the land."
Miss Gordon closed the meeting with
some eloquent, remarks, which met the
keen appreciation of her audience.
Altogether five of these national con
ference meetings will be held In Oregon,
as follows: At Medford. Albany, Port
land, La Grande and Baker City.
Like many other dangerous maladies,
diarrhoea often comes on unexpectedly
and scarcely before the patient Is aware
of it a serious disorder has developed.
During the warm weather, attacks of this
kind are very freauent and are often so
swift in their results that life Is in dan
ger before a physician can be summoned.
Every man who has the interests of his
family at heart should, keep a reliable
remedy In Ms home for Immediate use in
cases of this kind- Chamberlain's Colic.
Cholera and Diarrhoea Remedy Is, with
out doubt, the best medicine prepared for
diarrhoea. It should be given, If possible,
at the first unusual looseness of the bow
els and the attack .may be avoided. Ad
vanced stages, however, are sttocesfally
treatd..aiia.eve. la. the mestsevere and
dangerous cases, it has never been known
to faJL gale fci' ajl druzxtetx.
FLEET DIES TIED
Russian Vessels Are Said to
Be in the Pacific.
USE THE BASHIC CHANNEL
Unconfirmed Ttcport of the Passage
or Forty Armored Vessels in.
Command of Vicc-Admlral..
HONGKONG, May 21. The - steamer
Arabia, which arrived here Sunday "night,
reports having heard heavy cannonading
off Pedro Blanco Rocks, 50 miles to the
eastward of Hongkong. Whether it was
occasioned by warships at target practice,
or was an encounter between Russian and
Japanese vessels Js not known.
It is rumored In official circles that the
Russian Baltic fleet, comprising 40 ar
mored vessels, has successfully navigated
the Basblc Channel. This report Is also
unconfirmed. If true It Is most Import
ant, ae it Indicates .that the Russians
have successfully eluded Togo and are
now In the Pacific Ocean.
The Bashle Channel, lying as It does,
directly south of Formosa, and supposed
to be guarded by the Japanese fleet, of
fered Rojcstvcnsky an open route to the
Pacific Ocean, where he would be safe
from attack by the Japanese torpedo
craft. This latter report has created a
sensation, and. If true, will redound Im
mensely to the credit of Rojcstvcnsky.
WEAK VESSELS ARE ABANDONED
Russian Admiral Off With Fleet
Ships for Vladivostok.
PARIS, May 32. It Is openly asserted
In Russian and French diplomatic circles'
here that Admiral Rojcstvcnsky has
worked a clever ruse on Admiral Togo
and that he is now well on his way to
wards Vladivostok, having eluded the Jap
anese trap set for him.
While there is no confirmation ot this
report, color le lent It by the Minister
of Marine, who states that he lias re
ceived Information from Sulgon to the ef
feet that after the Russian fleet left
Port Dayot, they went to Hainan, where
they loaded coal during last Friday night.
Saturday a part of the fleet, comprising.
seven auxiliary cruisers, returned to the
coast of French Indo-China and "anchored
for a couple of hours, after which they
sailed for Port Dayot.
This action on the part of the Rus
sian auxiliaries is declared to have been
a ruse on the part of the Russian com
mander, who sent them baok In order
to deceive the Japanese Into believing
that he was returning to French waters
with his whole fleet, while the fact. was
that he was steaming at full speed to
wards Vladivostok with his battleehlps
and cruisers, leaving behind him the
weaker vessels that would only retard
Place for Coaling Ships.
LONDON. May 22. A dispatch from the
Paris correspondent of the London Times
"I hear from .a well-informed Russian,
source that the rendezvous of Admiral
Rojestvensky's coaling fleet Is an island
In Ballntlng Channel, probably Babuyan
Claro. The .Island Is north of Luzon.
"A Russian coaling fleet, consisting of
23 colliers and three others vessels, sup
posed to be carrying ammunition with
sailing orders from Hamburg, received
instructions at Singapore that the Island
in Ballntlng Channel would merely be
a point of rendezvous where the coaling
fleet might receive further Instructions
"As to the particular harbor or bay
where Rojestvensky's fleet will coal. It
will In all probability be somewhere on
the coast of the Island of Luzon, that
Is to say. In American waters.
"From this Information, It would seem
that Rojestvensky's Intention Is to con
tinue his route to Southeast Formosa,
instead of taking Formosa straight."
COAIj FOR THE RUSSIAN FLEET
Forty Vessels Flying: Various Flags
Off the Mekong Delta.
PARIS. May 22. Advlcee from Hong
kong report that an enormous fleet of
colliers for the Russian Pacific fleet is
off the Mekong delta and along the whole
coast as far as Cape St. James. 'Forty,
of- the colliers are flying the German flag
and a score of others show British, Nor
wegian, Russian and French flags.
SINGING OF THE PSALMS
Concessions Should Be Made to the
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Knox, the Scotch reformer, that many of
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the meetings overlapped. Much comment
was occasioned by that part of the mod
erator's sermon which referred to the pro
posed union with the Cumberland branch
of the church. Dr. Moffat said in part:
"There Is a widespread feeling through-,
out our church that the United Presby
terian Church should unite with us.
"We should not only ask them to come
to us. as we have been doing, but we
should make an earnest effort to go to
them. We have been asking.them to come
to our position with respect to the singing
of hymns. I am not sure that we should
not go a considerable ways toward their
position In the matter of the psalms.
"Why should we not take the psalms of
David as the form of our hymns and
write Into them Jesus Christ? We need
not take Rouse3 vers!on of the Psalms
or any existing translation of them, but
we can take a new version of the 20th
century. To this, subject I would apply
our text, 'God having provided some bet
ter thing for us that they without us
should not be made perfect. I hope to
see the day it may."
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Assembly of the Presbyterian church, now
in session here, will be taken up by the
assembly tomorrow as a special order
of business. The special committee ap
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Japanese Consulate at Shantung.
TSINGTAU, May 21. The newspapers
say that the Japanese will establish a
consulate at the Shantung treaty port of
Welhslen and push Japanese trade in the
province of Shantung.
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Polish Troops Sent East.
ST. PETERSBURG. May 21. Greatly
increased activity Is observable In the dis
patch of troops to the Far East from Po
land. Recently picked drafts from vari
ous regiments were sent from Warsaw,
Lodz and other places.