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VOL. XLV.-O. 13,923.
POBTLANP, OREGON, MONDAY, OTLY 24, 1905
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
CZAR 111 KAISER
.MEET OH 1 YRCHT
interview Arranged' by
PUN WAS QUICKLY FORMED
Pofar Star Takes Nicholas to
Mouth of Finnish Gulf.
DIPLOMATS ARE SURPRISED
German Snpport of Russia During
the Peace Conference at "Wash
ington Is Believed to Be
Assured by Action.
ST. PETERSBURG. July 23-MldnIght).
In the eve of the peace ennference and
with a suddenness already disconcerting
to diplomatic and court circles, the Em
peror left Peterhof today on board the
Imperial yacht Polar Star for a confer
ence with Emperor William, who Is cruis
ing on the Hohenzollern In Finnish wa
ters. The first Interview of the sovereigns
was expected to take place this evening
off the Finnish port of Borgo, at the
mouth of the Gulf of Finland, near Hel
s'ngfors. This will be followed by anoth
er Interview tomorrow, after which Em
peror Nicholas will return to St. Peters
burs and Emperor "William will continue
his cruise. '
The Emperor is accompanied by his
brother. Grand Duke Michael Alcxandro
vitch, and a considerable suite. Including
Count Benckendorff. Marshal of the
Court: General Baron W. Fredericks.
Minister of the Imperial House: Count
Heydon. Chief of the Imperial Chancel
lor" Admiral Blrlleff, Minister of Ma
rine: Captain von Essen, who commanded
the battleship Sevastopol during the siege
of Port Arthur: Captain Chagln, who
commanded the Almaz, the only cruls r
of Admiral RofcstvenBky'i fleet to reach
Vladlrostok jfter the battle of tlje Re
bf Japan; Captain Hihtxe, naval attache
of the German Embassy: also a party of
courtiers and the Emperor's escort of
sailors and marines, with a guard com
manded by Admiral Neelof.
Meeting Suggested by Kaiser.
It Is noticeable that there Is no repre
sentative of the Bussian Foreign Office
.among the Emperor's entourage, nor Is
rbe German Ambassador, Count Alven
sleden, on board the Polar Star. This
gives color to the report that the meeting
was arranged between the two Emperors
directly, without recourse to the usual
Emperor William suggested the ren
dezvous' by telegram from Hernossand.
Sweden. The Idea, the report says, met
with the Emperor's favor, but the final
arrangements were only completed yes
terday, when some members of the im
perial family hastily collected last night
to accompany His Majesty.
Many diplomats were taken completely
by surprise by the news of today, the
rumors that a meeting was contemplated,
which were current since Friday, having
met with the flattest denials in official
quarters, and the German Ambassador
having stated that he knew nothing of
any such plan being on foot.
Emperor William's action was instantly
connected with the Moroccan" question,
and admiration for his political astute
ness In realizing his opportunities were
expressed on all sides.
Conference Will Be Informal.
Like the last meeting between Emperor
Nicholas and Emperor William at a hunt
ing seat In Russian Poland, where the
European and Eastern situations were
discussed between khe strokes of a game
of billiards, and Russia was assured that
she need have no anxiety regarding her
western frontier while engaged with the
Japanese, the conferences in the cabins
of the Hohenzollern and the Polar Star
will be entirely informal, and probably
without secretaries or other witnesses,
unless perhaps Grand Duke Michael Alex
androvitch should be a participant.
There Is no set programme of subjects
for discussion, aside from a general con
sideration of the factors In the present
situation affecting the two empires, but
It can be stated .that the coming meeting
of the Russo-Japanese plenipotentiaries
'will occupy a place in the foreground.
SHpport of Germany Assured.
The action of Esnpcror William in seek
ing a conference at this moment is gen
erally interpreted as an assurance of his
moral support of Russia In the coming
pour parlers at Washington and Ports
mouth, and to show that German par
ticipation in the recent Japanese loan
was not a mark of the alienation of Ger
man sympathies from Russia.
Emperor William, whose keen Interest
in the lessons of the Russo-Japanese War
is well known, has taken advantage of
the occasions to discuss the details with
eye-witnesses, and the presence of the
naval officers who distinguished them
selves in the Far East, is due to his
FRANCE MAY RESENT MEETING
Sinews -of War Rave Bcea Freely
Furnished Her Ally.
SPECIAL, CABLE; j
ST PETERSBURG, July .-The meeU
Ing feet we the Csar a&d Kaiser, which
took pfcee e beard, ef the Imperial
yacht Hohenzollern in the Guifof Fin
land; has caused evtn more of a sensa
tion here than did the news that Rustla
had consented to consider President
Roosevelt's peace offers. Incidentally
there are grave feelings that this action
on the part of the Czar will be followed
by unpleasant results in France, which
is not likely to approve of the head of
the Russian nation conferring with her
Inasmuch as French bankers have fur
nished the sinews of war in the past,
this phase of the situation is considered,
to say the least, very unfortunate by
leading Russian politicians. There is an
absolute dearth of official information re
garding the meeting between the two
However, there is no doubt but that it
will have an important bearing upon the
result of peace negotiations to be begun
at Portsmouth in the United States next
month. The Kaiser has sounded other
European monarchs and he Is In a po
sition to Inform the Czar what they de
sire and It is likely that the latter will be
governed in5 a great measure by what he
France's attitude is the thlng'that prom
ises the most trouble. While the rela
tions between France and Germany are
by no means so badly strained as they
were some weeks ago, still there is a cer
tain amount of resentment left, growing
out of the Moroccan affair, and there is
a chance that sentiment In France will
demand a cutting loose from Bussla and
the dissolution of .the treaty obligations.
Should this follow there is a growing be
lief .that Great Britain will negotiate
an offensive and defensive treaty with
France and thus fortify herself against
any prospective Russian -German treaty
The situation is very delicate at pres
ent and Russian diplomats do 'not care
to discuss It, pending an official announce
ment of the result of the conference In the
Gulf of Finland.
Fear William's Strong Will.
PARIS. July 23. Emperor Nicholas
cruise In the Gulf of Finland to meet
Emperor William Is the subject of much
comment in the press. Certain news
papers express the fear that the Ger
man Emperor will influence the Russian
Emperor In certain matters and" will hin
der the carrying out of the peace pro
gramme, while others are of the opinion
that Emperor William will seek to es
trange Russia from France.
The Journal des Debats says that the
first acts of Emperor Nicholas on his re
turn to Russia will be looked forward to
with particular interest.
ANXIETY IS FELT AT LONDON
Speculations Advanced as to Cause
of Imperial Conference.
LONDON, July 2t. The London news
papers this morning note with Inquietude
the sudden resolve of Emperor Nicholas
to visit" Emperor William. -and - all kinds
of speculations are indulged in as to the
possible motives for and the results of
such a -momentous Interview at a time
when so many difficult problems are fac
ing European diplomacy.
The Moroccan and Scandinavian ques
tions are regarded as possible objects for
discussion, and It Is also supposed that
the reactionary party In Russia may have
succeeded In presuading the Emperor of
the Impolicy of permitting M. Wltte to
conclude a peace on a basis acceptable
to Franco and Great Britain. All corre
spondents agree that the interview was
of Emperor William's seeking and the
result is awaited with the greatest anx
iety. A curious story Is published In Brussels
In connection with King Leopold's appeal
recently to the Belgian Chamber Jo pass
the bill providing for the fortification of
Antwerp. The Petit Bleu asserts that a
few weeks ago when Franco-German war
over Moroccan difficulties seemed not im
probable. Great Britain called Belgium's
attention lo the fact that Belgium was ex
pected to become the chief battlefield.
Thereupon a bill extending the fortifica
tions of Antwerp was Introduced, but it
met with such opposition that King Leo
pold felt it necessary to intervene to se
cure its passage.
No news of Emperor William's where
abouts has reached London since he left
Geflev. Sweden, and was cruising north
ward. There Is no harbor at Borgo, and
the Imperial yacht must be In the open
sea. Telegrams from Berlin Indicate that
the meeting between the Emperors Is a
great surprise there as elsewhere, official
circles protesting .their utter Ignorance
regarding It "
FRANCE TO ASSIST HER ALLY
Expected to Make "Use of Friendly
Relation With England.
PARIS. July 23. As a sequel to the con
ference between Premier Rouvier and M.
Wltte at the Foreign Office Saturday, the
Russian peace plenipotentiary held an
extended conversation with Ml Nelldoff,
the Russian Ambassador, after which a
special courier left for St. Petersburg
having dispatches for the Emperor.
The utmost discretion had been ob
served with reference to the exchange
made at Saturday's meeting, but there is
reason to helleve that the French Pre
melr is now fully acquainted with the
Russian standpoint and with the plan of
action which M. Wltte will adopt at the
peace conference. M. Wltte hopes to be
satisfied with M. Rouvler's assurances
that France will adopt every possible
means to assist her ally to reach & sat
The friendly relations of the French
government with Great Britain will un
doubtedly play a prominent part when
the period for direct exchange of vle.ws
begins. It Is believed that this was the
chief point discussed during the conver
sation at the Qua! d'Orsay. but until the
lines are defined on which the negotia
tions, will be conducted, France can only
.premise to use her influence for the best
Interests of her ally.
Until now both parties have succeeded
In keeping their respective pro grantee
frees publicity jnd there are assert toes
emanating from various quarters pur
porting to specify the cleifrfs cf each aide
as -purely speculative. The universal de
sire here Is that the remit of the con
ference will bo a cessation of hostilities,
while the hope is expressed that Xux.
will be afe-le to And an leave teem. her
awkerard ataMtfea wRht saiseasheg Jmt -'
DANIEL S. LAM 0 NT
' DIES SUDDENLY
Ex-Secretary ot War Stricken
With Heart Failure in New
York State House.
HAD JUST FINISHED DINNER
J)r. Stewart, Who Was His Guest,
Gives Heroic Treatment, but
the Patient Expires Within
Half an Hour.
POUGHKEEPSIE. N. T.. uly 23. Dan
iel Scott Lamont Secretary of War dur
ing the second administration or Presi
dent Cleveland, died suddenly at his home
at Mlllbrook, Duchess Count, tonight at
9:15 o'clock. Heart failure was the cause
Mr. and Mrs. Lamont were out driving
this afternoon and Mr. Lamont appeared
to be enjoying the best of health. After
dinner he complained of feeling ill. and
Dr. Stewart, of New Tork. who is a guest
at the house. Immediately went to his
aid. The physician diagnosed the case as
an attack of heart failure, and la spite
of heroic treatment. Mr. Lamont passed
away within half an hour.
At his deathbed were Mrs. Lamont and
two daughters. Frances and Bessie. Sev
eral guests at the Lamont home were
also present when the end came.
Daniel Scott Lamont was born Febru
ary 9. 1S51. in Cortlandvllle,- N. Y. From
ISO until 1SS3 he was private secretary
to Grover Cleveland during the tatter's
occupancy of the gubernatorial chair of
tne Empire State, and when Cleveland
was elected President of the United States
Lamont acted in the same capacity dur
ing his entire first term. Upon the re
election of Mr. Cleveland to the Presi
dency. Mr. Lamont was appointed to a
cabinet position, and from 1833 to 1537 was
Secretary of War.
After leaving the Cabinet, Mr. Lamont
became identified prominently with rail
way Interests, and at the time of his
death was a vice-president of the North
Prior to engaging in public life. Lamont
was a newspaper reporter of New Tork
City. And attracted the attention, of
Grower Cleveland by reason ot bis af
fability ot manner as well at his general
Friend Did Not Get Message.
NEW YORK. July 23. Nothing but the
bare announcement of Mr. Lamont's death
was made public by the family tonight,
and this was contained in a brief mes
sage to the Associated Press.
Intelligence of the approaching death
of Mr. Lamont was sent earlier In the
evening to Dr. Joseph D. Bryant, of New
York, a lifelong friend of Dr. Lamont,
and summoning the physician to Mill
brook. Dr. Bryant had been called out
of town for the night, however, and
could not be reached by Mrs. Bryant, who
later received a second message an
naunclng Mr. Lamont's death.
Mr. Lamont was vice-president of the
Northern Pacific Railway and a director
and trustee in many railroad and finan
cial corporations. He leaves a widow and
two daughters. He was a member of
many New York club.
Cleveland Greatly Affected.
NOBTH SANDWICH. N. H., July 2t
When informed early today of the death
of ex-Secretary of War Daniel S. La
ment. ex-President -Cleveland, who is
spending the Summer at his country home
In this village, was deeply affected. -The
news of Mr. Lamon's death was carried
to Mr. Cleveland by a representative of
the Associated Press. Upon hearing the
news, Mr. Cleveland said:
'No death outside the circle of mr own
family could have affected me more. My
relation to the dead man In public; sta
tion." in private life, and In the most af
fectionate friendship taught me to know
him as an able, conscientious and true
T OIL' TURKS BLAZE
LIGHTNING BOLT STARTS FIRE
IN TEXAS TOWN.
Much Property Is Destroyed and
Fate of Fifty 3ren Is .Not
' Now Known.
HUMBLE, Tex, July 23. Fire started
today In a tank belonging to the Texas
Oil Company, caused by lightning striking
the oIL The fire was held under control
all the afternoon, but began to spread
tonight. At 10:30 o'clock tonight 11 of the
32 great tanks were ablaze and over
099 barrels of oil consumed. Fifty men
are surrounded by the flames and their
fate is unknown. One hundred teams are
known to be cremated, and a number of
families have been burned out ot aoute
At 13 the Are is still beyond control,
all -the tanks of the Texas Company bar-,
lag caught Loss ot life among the men
handling the teams u reported, but can
not be verifted before morning. There
will be considerable loss of property, be
sides that of .the oil. which la Itself, may
run up toM or i.Ws.680 Barrels, -wnrth
$. per milsiea barrels.
2 A. yu There Is stHl no raaarmatfen
of any Ism Hfe m the are. Thi tZ tanks
Kt the. Texas Osmpmy at 2 'c.leek' tats
UMtw) msrntng are all sMm, and the
entire, lot will be consumed. Little rivu
lets of burning oil are running toward
the oil fleld proper, but a heavy rain has
been falling, and an electric storza rag
ing, the water serving to keep the der
ricks from burning. The workmen have
all fled from the fleld. The1 town itself Is
filled with refugees.
HUMBLB, Tex.. July Si. Covering an
area three-quarters of a mile' square,
with a great canopy of smoke covering
two square miles, the oil tanks of the
Texas Company continue to boll and bub
ble under the great heat of the burning
oil. the fire having burned all night.
When It can be extinguished, no one
guesses. Certainly not until it has burned
all the oil In the 11 big tanks, which held
X4O5.CO0 barrels, when lightning struck
them Sunday afternoon.
It Is now known that Ave of the negro
workmen perished, and the rumors place
the number of dead as high as 50. al
though this cannot be confirmed. There
are -hundreds of homeless people, many
of them only awaiting a train to go to
Houston for shelter. They were living In
tents and shacks In the field, and fled
for their lives to the town, away from
They left all their belongings and they
have been destroyed by Are which runs
out toward the oil fields, though it has
not yet been communicated to any of the
derricks and wells.
During the whole of the night there was
a heavy downpour of rain; and this cov
ered, the. .ground with a sheet ot water,
coating which Is a thick film ot oIL If
this waste oil catches fire, then It Is
probable that the tanks of the Guffey
Company, the Sun Company, and the
smaller owners may go. These tanks bold
4.50aB barrels ot oIL
Shortly after the big tank began to
blaze. 200 workmen with 75 mules were
hurried to the place to throw up earthen
embankments to confine the Are to tine
tank where It originated. Suddenly the
oil gave an unheaval. bubbled and lifted
a great mass of the burning fluid bodily
out of the tank, and the fire was com
municated to three other tanks.
.The burning oil caught the men and
mules and hemmed them in. There was
a wild scramble for safety, men deserting
the scrapers and running and fleeing.
Some of them mounted mule? and rodo
out. but at least 40 of the mules balked
and were cremated.
Five negroes were seen to go down, and
It is not believed possible that they could
have escaped. While all of the men have
not been accounted tor. thete five are all
that are certainly known to have per
ished. At o'clock this morning fire broke out
In the stetl tanks of the Texas Company
at the pumping station, a mile from the
original fire. What damage Is being done
cannot be ascertained yet. because It Is
Impossible to reach that part of the field.
KontHra Arrives at St. PauL
ST. PAUL, July 3. Baron Komura.
the Japanese eovey to the Russo-Japanese
peace conference, arrived" In St. Paul
"tfjf6 tnl mapilag VV th .Great
Northern Railway. Although no official
welcome was accorded the Baron and his
party, they were greeted at the station
by several hundred people. Including
among whom were city and state officials
and prominent St Paul business men and
clubmen, besides a large number of Japa
nese residents of the Twin Cities. Tho
party left at S: tonight on the Bur
lington Road for Chicago
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
TE3TE5tDAT3 Maximum temperature.
arc; minimum, w drc
TODAY'S Filr; continued warm; north wen
Csar aad Kaber Ceafer.
Kalcr arranges Interview with Czar aboard"
the Imperial racbt. Paxe 1.
RuuUn Braperor accede to pUn qulcklr ana
depart on rolar Star for- the rendezvous.
Frauce U very much arooed by the action
of her tlefeated ally. Pare 1.
Daniel S. Lamont. ex-Secretary of War, dies
of beart failure at hla borne. Mllbrook. X.
T. Pte L
Alleged Jurxlery of cotton crop reports to be
takea Tip by Dfatrlct of Columbia grand
Jury. Pag 4.
Government win permit New Hampshire to
jfcare In the cost of eatertalnuur peace
plenipotentiaries. Paxe 4.
NewOrleans will make war oo mosqultees to
blot out yellow fever. Paxe 1.
Body of John Paul Jonra will be landed at
Ann polls today. Pace 4.
Fortyaeven Tlctlic -ot the Bennington dtoas-
ter are laid in a common grave In hill over-
looklnr tfee ee. Page 1.
.Aasur&i oooanca goat lau unto tvalcve-.
Urate cause of disaster. Page 1. V""
Navy Department orders captain ot sunken
vessel to afford every care to wounded.
Plutocrat aad wsge-eeraer Sgbttsg for Tam
many leadeneilp. Page' 1.
Governor Cutler, of Utah, refuse to tarue
requlsttloa for J. C Caaaon. a Mormon
fugltlre frees Justice. Page 3.
Mrs. Hyde may lose r36,C0 "peaatoa." now
paid by the Beatable Society. Page 1.
Tacbt Markeete stake la Delaware Bay; crew
ot four Is mlatlar. Page 2.
Boy Investor rejects biz salary offer, and will
cootlBue to anted school. Page 4.
J. D. Farrttl. prrrfitnt of tee Great Xortnern
Steamekly Cbey. resizes 'office. Page -l.
O. R. Jb K. aad aa ladecxadest company
bea44ag for teeWaliewa Valley. Page 3.
Only latefsotm Seeter sraJa is damaged by
beat la Inland, sTesstre. Page S.
Five-year-old cblld of Mrs. X. Vaa Doechrea
' killed by fall frees.) BarltAgtoa train.
Eaters turfaeaa azies to race at Irrlag-
too. Paxe 13..
Big teaals saeet scheduled, for today. Page 13.
Pacific Coast aceres: Pertlaad X Tacossa 3;
OakXaad 5-e. Sea Francteeo Page IX
Lewis aad Cleric' Bze4t!e.
AdeBlseteew. 913a. Page si
Geraoaas give sacred eeocert at Bzyeettloa.
reetiaad aad Vlebdty.
Beceed trial of WlWaaeeecs V1H develee sew
tfeee &t aetiea by preeecHWea. Page 14.
Os anadred and thirty w-sKs are te be gtrec
aa ewtteg at the aeaebere. -Page M.
O, A. R- aeaere Btaekeaafa aeeaaery. Pace
OaMauej. eieeee Ms see elans Pace 9.
Sersaene in the eity'a eknrehee. Page 9.
Xayaeem deetaree. Waeeg PeadJwtor-BSeet Ueyd
Is neyK far efftee. Pajce 9.
Tetdee Otef .OettsaM snirSseaseea te dieatVes
DttisUve.HarlwisTi asslias Utter can gfr
rtaienaela izens fee Hit wezeealned -eeerce.
Pae T. t
Ceearod .wsmas-aeeeU her rival. Pace 9. H
nedsK-tlred C seed week, eeseaaeu en!.
LAID TO REST III
IE (M GRAVE
Victims of Bennington Disas
ter Buried on Promontory
Overlooking the Sea.
SERVICES WITHOUT POMP
Soldiers, Sailors and Civilians Fol
low the Flag-Draped Caskets
from San 'Diego to the
SUMMARY OF CASUALTIES.
Burled In military cemetery at Fort
Ronecraas today..... 4?
Dead cow In morgues awaiting ship
ment to relatives 10
Dad in nreroom of Bennington, still
Total dead SO
Injured at various hospitals SO
Grand total IX
Of the Injured at hospitals, seven or
elect are expected to -die.
Forty-nine bodies were taken to the
cemetery today, "but two were brought
back, upon telegraphic orders for ship
ment which reached here "after they had
been started for the cemetery.
Enetzn Perry's body has been em
balmed and will be ehlpped to-the Xa
val Cemetery al Annapolis.
SAX DIEGO. July 23. They hurled the
Bennington's dead today forty-seven of
them In a common grave. On the crest
ot the promontory of Loma. high above
the simmering waters of San Diego Bay
on the one side, and within sound of the
booming surf of the Pacific on the other,
they were laid to rest in the peaceful
little military burying ground. Without
the crash of drum of the sound of brass,
without pomp or parade, yet with simple
Impressiveness. all honor was paid the
They have 'honored dead to keep them
company, these brave boys of the Ben
nington. All about them lie those who
died in the Nation's service In more trying-
times. Gravestones yellow with age
bear the names of men who Jled at Mon
ljer. In the 3ex'can War; others' who
gave up their life In the conquest of Cal
ifornia and who followed Commodore
Stockton at Old San PasquaL These are
their neighbors in death. Surely they
should rest well.
Army and Navy paid their last tributes
no less sincere than the simple grief ot
the representatives of peace who made
the long Journey around or across the
great bay. From Fort Rosecrans came
the 115th company. Coast Heavy Artillery;
from the city of San Dlcgo the naval re
serves; from the Universal Brotherhood's
Home on Point Loma a company of
khaki-clad representatives, and from the
Government ship Fortune a number of
her sailors. But the most Impressive
body of mourners were the 52 men from
the battered Bennington. Besides these
were hundreds of civilians who. un
thoughtful of the fatiguing Journey from
tne city, brought their offerings of flow
ers to lay upon the graves.
All Jho City In Mourning.
San Diego was a dty of mourning today.
Although the people of this Utile city have
taken in the Bennington catastrophe an
interest that was personal to all from the
moment It happened, they set apart this
beautiful Sabbath day fo pay last and lov
ing tribute to the dead.
Thousands filed through the morgues
this morning with arms filled with flow
ers, dropping the blossoms here and there
upon some unfortunate's flag-draped cof
fin. Other thousands gathered in the
place from which the procession of the
coffin-laden wagons were to start.
Promptly at noon the lone line of ve
hicles began the long Journey around the
bay to the burial place. Owing to the
steep hills and rough roads It was found
Impracticable to use hearses or even deaj
wagons and the bodies were stacked In
heavy express wagons and other ordinary
There were no bands of music to stir
the people with doleful melodr -t-ir-
thiag was quiet and business-like; The task
was too big to be hampered by any of
the usages of aa ordinary fsneral. Forty
seven men were to be burled and to bury
them it was necessary to haul then tea
miles up steep hills and aIog dusty
roads. And so there were only flowers
and flags. -But there was a strlklac ji.
play of these.
Caskets Strcwa TVItli Flowers.
Every casket here a beauUfullr executed
wreath of aspaealgas ferns. wMte carna
tions and tsasaprtess. thoughtfully sent
by the San Diege commercial bodies. The
Hags came from the Katiea is whose serv
ice they had died. Every cae ot the ptaia
blaclc-staiaed caskets was draped with
the national embleas and the pa!a cea
SBerdal utility of the dsed wairens -was
ettg-led under "the folds o the Natkwal
Frew nooa txatll 3 o'cteek these dead-
burdened wagon totted toward the serial
groeads aad ' not until a'saeet J was
the last casket placed la the reek-ribbed
t reach. Hundreds ot other vehicles
stirred the chokiag dust ot the M-satfe
road thrsvgaet-t the ferenooa, all aaakiag
tor the aaate petat. watfe every craft
that cevlde had hreagat husdrede aereax
the flve-asOe stretch ef bay. wta. aaariad-
lul ot the preclpttetu heights te he. sealed.
chaefced m feet ta the crest ot the ridge.
la thfcr way the soldiers from Fert
jUsecrsM cacae. Mag- a the steep
ieetaata. their atr)Mr fwM-dreee . taai
snar gh-ter cc ta the grey- hftka-.
. War Xhaaa eta the aavai cm term aad,
still later the survivors ot the Benning
ton. Captain F- J- Drake, Commander
Luclen Young, of the Bennington, and the?
members of his staff; Captain E. D. Scott,
commanding Fort Rosecrans: Captain
Rote, of the same post; Mayor Sehon. of
San Diego, and members of the executive
and legislative branches of the city were
hauled around the steep hills In ambu
lance wagons from Fort Rosecrans.
One Long, Deep Trench.
The deep trench In which the bodies
were placed. In two rows, feet to feet,
is 70 feet long and 14 feet wide. It was
finished but a few minutes before the ar
rival ot the first load of bodies.
Around It were drawn up In long lines.
tKeTartJlIery company from the fort 75
strong on the west; the naval reserves,
bearing armfulls of flowers, on the north;
Bennington's survivors on the east and
the Universal Brotherhood on the west
Just outside the -simple picket fence en
closing the burrylng-grounds, gathered
the public In solid masses on all sides.
This was the setting for the most Im
pressive spectacle the culminating scene
of San Diego's week of sorrow.
Without a moment's delay the work- of
lifting the coffins from the wagons and
ranging them in the trench was carried
on. Shipmates from the Bennington per
formed this sad duty. Squads of six
came forward from their ranks In rapid
succession, lifting the caskets gently, en
tered the trench at the head and de
posited the bodies as directed by Lieu
tenant Tobln. who checked them and saw
that the board placed at the head of each
was properly marked and numbered.
In Just one hour and fifteen minutes
the last body had been deposited in the
trench. The work of caring for the un
fortunate men. begun last Thursday
morning, was completed.
It only remained for the representatives
of the church to pronounce final blessings
of the dead. Rev. J. A. M. RIchey, rec
tor of St. Paul's, read the Episcopal
burial service, the 21st Psalm, and re
peated the Lord's Prayer. He closed his
impressive duty by casting a handful of
earth upon the coffins.
Venerable Father A. D. Ubach, of the
Catholic Church, attended by two censor
bearers, then stepped forward, "in a rich
and resonant voice, he read the service
of the dead, and blessing them with water
Impressive Incident at Grave.
Believing all was over, many turned to
gov There was yet to come, however, the
most Impressive Incident of the scene.
Commander Young, of the Bennington,
stepping out from the group of officers
at the head of the graves and raisin? his
hand, commanded Instant attention. In
a deep, gruff volce-the voice of a typical
"sailor he said:
"Captain Scott, Commander of Fort
Rosecrans. and his Successors: I commit
to your tender care the bodies of our
unfortunate shipmates and patriot dead.
.May their graves never be forgotten by
the band of affectlosfeJtfay there rise
above this, their lAsrrrt&ag place. mar-
Die siros uj mart inpi aee as sacrea to
the Nation's care, ahd 'SEy- the morning
sun ever kiss the green sod above their
dust, emblematic of our lovfe and affec
tion." T accept the sacred trust of the hon
ored dead." replied Captain Scott There
was many a furtive tear brushed from
moistened eyes by this simple but im
Three Volleys and Then "Taps.''
"Attention V came the sharp command
in sharp tones from the big Sergeant in
command of the artillery company. There
was a rapid concerted mpvement along
the double file of soldiers at the head of
the grave. Another command and every
gun was pointed over the long row of
caskets. In quick succession three sharp
volleys crashed noisily.
Out of the ranks stepped a bugler, and
with Impressive deliberation the solemn,
quavering notes ot the last bugle call
over the dead sounded far out over the
bay, waking the echoes far down among
the rugged rocks below.
The crowd turned and walked away.
The Naval Reserve boys cast their flow
ers upon the coffins. Thus they burled
the Bennington's dead.
While the Government will place stones
over the graves of the Bennington victims
burled at Fort Rosecrans, the people of
Ban Diego propose to give them a me
morial in a more consslcuous locality.
The plan is to erect a handsome monu
ment, suitably Inscribed,,!!, the city park.
The naval reserves have started a sub
scription In this behalf and already a
considerable sum has been pledged. It is
not doubted that ample funds will
promptly be raised, to carry out the pa
triotic undertaking in a fitting manner.
GOODRICH GIVEX FULTi POWER
Admiral Will Make Searching Inves
tigation or the Wreck.
WASHINGTON, July 23. Officials of the
Bureau of Navigation were at the Navy
Department throughout today to recelve
telegrams from San-Diego regarding the
Bennington disaster. Actipg. Secretary
Darling, ot the Navy, came In from his
country home and was at the department
today. He has sent to the President cop
ies of all telegrams received from the
naval officials atTBari Diego, and a full
account of all that the department has
By the direction of the Acting Secretary,
Surgeons V. C B. Means. F. T. McCul
lougb and C. P. Klndfeberger. of the
Navy, were ordered by the Surgeon-General
froaa San Francisco to San Diego.
R ear-Admiral Geedrlch, commander-in-chief
ot the Pacific station, who is expect
ed te reach Saa Diege Thursday, la clothed
by the regulations with full authority
ta order such investigation as be jaay
deesa necessary, either by; a board of o Ri
sers, or by a court of Inquiry, which will'
determine what further action may be,
With his aegshlp. the Chicago, and the
Iris at San Diego, Admiral Goodrich will
have a- aaAdeat auaber of officers froaa
which, te apaotat aa Investigating- board.
It k expected that he wHl enter Into cora
ataaicatlen with Waehlngtos, fully ad vis
tog the 0-Heta.Is here of the steps he aaay
Expects te Float the Beaningtea.
la teJegraaur eemlrfg. to the departsaeat
ever night from Caputs Drake, that o st
eer aaaeuaced that be expected eventual
ly te fleat the Beaaeagtee. He stated
aise that he ordered a heard ot iaveetl-
(Ceaeteded ea Pafe X)
MM DIE FROM
Lewis Spangler, Private
Company A, in Bad
UNCONSCIOUS IN HOSPITAL
Member of the National Guard From
Baker City Dangerously Injured
in Sport by His Comrades
Lewis Spangler, a private in Company A
ot the Oregon National Guard, which Is
encamped on the Goldschmldt tract near
the Exposition grounds,, was seriously In
jured last night by being tossed up in a
blanket by his companions. Instead of
being caught In the blanket after being
tossed high In the air. Spangler fell to
the ground, striking his head on a root
that protruded from the ground. He was
taken to the emergency hospital at the
Exposition grounds, but his condition was,
so serious that he was removed to St
Vincent's Hospital. It is thought his skull
is fraqtured. Company A Is from Baker
City, where Spangler's parents are prom
inent people and are- well known. Spang
ler Is one of the most popular young men
In the 'company, .and is universally liked.
fHe Is about 19 years of age-
. Asked to Be Tossed.
Last night about 6 o'clock more than a
dozen of the soldiers procured a blanket
and began tossing each other in the air.
Spangler was near by, and his companions
say that he asked to be topeed. About ten
men took hold of the blanket and threw
him In the air several times. The last
time he was descending, one of the sol
diers let go an end of the blanket, which
resulted in Spangler falling head first
against a root He uttered a groan as he
struck, the ground, and then lay perfectly
still. The soldiers were panic-stricken,
as at first they thought he had broken his
neck, but upon closer examination It waa
found that he was breathing slightly."
A hurry-up call was sent to the ambu
lance at the Exposition, and the wounded
boy was taken to the emergency hospital.
After being at the emergency hospital for
several hours without regaining consclou3
rwashe was sent to St Vincents, Hos
pital, where he is, now being cared for.
May Be Dismissed.
The. soldiers who tossed Spangler In the
air and who are responsible for the acci
dent are heartbroken over the affair, as
they had no Intention of Injuring or hurt
ing the boy' in the least. But neverthe
less they are threatened with a heavy fine
or dismissal from the company, as tossing
had been forbidden time and tune again.
The soldiers were warned to stop the
practice, which is one of the sporta of
army life, but they did not s'eem to realize
how dangerous It was. It Spangler suf
fers any bad effects or dies from the re
sult of his Injuries, all ot the soldiers who
participated In the tossing will undoubt
edly be dismissed from the company,
which means disgrace.
During the encampment at Gearhart
Park the soldiers started the tossing prac
tice, but Colonel Gantenbeln, who was in
command, put an' Immediate stop to It It
is said that one whole company was
placed under arrest for blanket-tossing.
The encampment at the Exposition broke
.up Saturday afternoon, but Company A
was granted permission to remain over
until after Tuesday, which is Baker City
day at the Fair.
Lieutenant R. "W. Haines, who Is In
command. Saturday night saw several of.
the men tossing another soldier in a
blanket and he upbraided them for It and
warned them In the most emphatic terms
to desist threatening- military punish
ment But last night Lieutenant Haines
was absent from the camp, and the boys
brought out a blanket and a few minutes
later Spongier was lying on the grass un
conscious and In a very serious condition.
The affair is particularly unfortunate and
untimely, as tomorrow many of the par
ents of the soldiers will be at the Expo
sition from Baker City to visit them.
Inquiry at the hospital at an early hour
this morning elicited the statement from
the physicians that the condition of Spang
ler was unchanged and that he had not
regained consciousness. The physicians
state that all Indications, point to a frac
ture at the base of the skull.
Unable to Learn Names.
An investigation was made of the affair
last night by Lieutenant Haines, but he
was unable to obtain the names of the
soldiers who took par In the tossing of
Spongier., This morning at the rollcall
the men implicated In the affair will le.
asked to make a clean breast of the toss
ing, and it Is hoped to- then determine
whether Spangler made any resistance.. It
Is-not known whether th6 soldiers will Be
put bunder arrest or not. but lt.Js very
probable that they will.
HEARD F!VEMILES' AWAY
Tornado Kills a Man aad Ralas
3Iach Wisconsin Property..
RACINE. "Wis.. July 23. "With a roar
that was heard, five miles, a tornado
struck the northern part of Racine County;
today, killing two mea and d&nragiag .
property and crops te the exteat ot
The storm came from the southwest,
and at Its first dip struck the large' ham
of Adolph Meisaer, which was- torn to
pieces. Trees were uprooted aad feaces
blowa away. For miles trees can be seen
uprooted and fences down.
At a farm. In Thompsonvllle, a werk.
aaa who name Is not knewa was struck
and killed. Near Union Grave. Adam
Hunter, an old farmer, was picked up by
the aterm and his neck broken. At the
Hansnersea briekyars lightning atraek a
shed aad six smb. were staaBed.
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