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YOJj. XLV-2sT0. 13,947.
PORTLAM), OREGOX, 3IOXDAY, AUGUST 21, 1905.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
;i IS IE 1
IF PEACE OH I
Japanese Have Indicated How
Much They Will Yield in
FIRM IN THEIR STAND
Russian Commander-in-Chief Has
Sent Message From His Generals
Imploring That They Be
Given Chance to Fight.
GOSSIP ON THE TERMS.
PORTSMOUTH. N. H., Aug. 20. Ac
cording to current gossip. Baron Ko
xnura told the President that Japan
would yield on articles , 10 and 11.
Xhat Japan would yield on these two
points if Russia would accept 5 and
0 ilndemnlty and Sakhalin) is consid
ered certain, but reports pretending
to describe with exactness the charac
ter or the President's proposal to
Baron Rosen are probably simply
shrewd guesses. Mr. "Wltte has never
communicated it to the members of
his entourage and the Japanese are
PORTSMOUTH, N. H., Aug. 20. The.
chances of peace have undoubtedly been
Improved by President Roosevelt's action
In stepping into the breach in a last
heroic endeavor ,to induce the warring
countries to compromise their "Irreconcil
able differences," but the result is still
The ultimate decision of the issue has,
de facto If not de jure, passed from the
plenipotentiaries to tholr principals, from
Portsmouth to St. Petersburg and per
haps In a lesser extent to Toklo.
Although there are collateral evidences
that pressure both by President Roose
velt and neutral powers. Including Ja
pon's ally. Great Brltian, whose Minis
ter Sir Claude MacDonald, according to a
dispatch received here, had a long con
ference this afternoon with Mr. Katsura,
the Japanese Preiuler, Is still being ex
erted at Toklo to induce Japan to moder
ate her demands, thore is also reason to
believe that President Roosevelt was able
at bis Interview with Baron Ttocen prac
tically to communicate to the latter's
senior, Mr. "Wltte, Japan's irreducible
minimum, what she would yield, but the
point beyond which she would not go.
Whether an actual basis of compromise
was proposed by the President cannot bo
stated definitely. The only thing that can
be affirmed positively is that if Russia re
fuses to ast upon the suggestion or pro
posal 'of President Roosevelt, the peace
conference will end in failure.
Russians Review the Situation.
And in the Russian camp little encour
agement is given. Baron Rosen reached
here after an all-night ride from Oyster
Bay Just before noon and Immediately
went Into conference with Mr. Wltte.
They remained close together for almost
three hours, during which the whole sit
uation was reviewed. Baron Rosen com
municated to his chief the President's
message and It was transmitted to the
Emperor, together with Mr. Witte's
No clew to the nature of this recom
mendation has transpired. But It can be
paid that Mr. Wltte, no matter how he
personally may view the proposition, Is
distinctly pessimistic as to the character
of the response which will come from
St. Petersburg. To confidential friends
this afternoon, he offered little hope of
a change In the situation.
The Japanese, it Is firmly believed, cling
to the substance of the form of their de
mand for remuneration for "the cost of
the war." Perhaps they are willing to
decrease the sum asked, bijt substantial
compensation, under whatever guise it is
obtained, they declined to relinquish. And
they also are firm upon the cession of
Sakhalin. By the transfer of the south
ern branch of the Chinese Eastern Rail
way first to Japan for relinquishment to
China, payment for the maintenance of
the Russian prisoners and the surrender
of the Russian warships. It Is possible to
figure out a toal transfer to Japan In
money and property of about $250,009,000.
But this is the limit.
Japanese Are Reticent.
The Japanese, as usual are very
reticent, and it is impossible to obtain
from them the least Indication of their
view of the change in the situation pro
duced by the President's action. It is
taken for granted, that the President's
appeal was made to Japan, as It was to
Russia, but the Japanese side of the
negotiations looking to a compromise is
alfost completely In the dark.
It is understood that Baron Kaneko
was able to explain the Japanese views
to the President. If the President is urt
successful with Russia, It may be that he
will turn to Japan. That would be the
natural course. If he has suggested to
Russia what he regards as a fair com
promise and has undertaken, if Russia
accepts, to use his Influence to induce
Japan to accept. The Japanese view of
the situation is authoritatively, but rather
humorously, stated thus:
"The result will be known soon. It is
useless to speculate, as well for the pleni
potentlaries to give their opnion of the sex
of an unborn Infant. When the child
is born we will be ablo to tell whether It
'is a boy or a girl." '
Emperor Nicholas' decision upon the fate
of the conference seems now to hang tire,
According to the best informed Russians
it depends upon conditions at home, and
these conditions they do not believe are
propitious. The main factors are the
internal conditions and the reports from
the front as to the military, situation.
The former has been ameliorated by last
Saturday's manlfosto and the character
of the reports received by His Majesty
from Manchuria, are known to be good.
Confidence of Russian Commander.
General Llnlevitch has expressed abso
lute confidence In victory and since the
conference began he and his Generals
have not only reassured His Majesty that
his army was never In better condition,
but they have sent messages to Mr.
Witte imploring him not to make peace.
They demand an opportunity to retrieve
the honor and prestige of the army
and In a countdy where the army is the
bulkwark of the government, the wishes
of its Generals are not likely to bo dis
regarded by their Severlgn, not only to
make peace, but to pay tribute to the
peace, but to pay tribute to the enemy.
It is significant In this connection that
Mr. Witte took occasion today formally
to deny through the Associated Press,
the published reports from St Petersburg
to the effect that after a meting of the
Council for -the .national defenses," pre
sided over by the Grand Duke Alexis, the
Emperor has telegraphed Mr. Witte to
come to an understanding with the Ja
panese. Mr. Witte said: '
"Witte Denies a Rumor.
"The report is a pure invention. There
is not a word of truth in ot. The nation
al council for defense has held no meet
ing. The Grand Duke Alexis never utter
ed a statement like that attributed to
him. On the contrary, the news from
General Unlcvitch is entirely reassuring.
I am not a military man and I cannot
therfore give advice or express opinions
on military affairs, but what I know is
that the whole Russian army, and espe
cially General Unicvltch, his officers and
the soldiers under their command, are
most Insistent that peace should not be
The Issue will not necessarily be de
cided Tuesday. Indeed, it Is quite likely
that there may be some delay In the
answer from St. Petersburg, in which case
an excuse will be found to adjourn the
meetings over from day to day. The
Japanese will not be impatient, but the
final decision will without doubt come
this week. One of the members of the
Japanese mission tonight expressed the
opinion that whether a treaty was signed
or not the conference would complete Its
labors by the end of the week.
"Once the bases are agreed to," said he,
"few Hetalls remain to be arranged." He
added that he did not believe any member
ofthe mission would go to Oyster Bay.
"The President fully understands our po
sition," he said.
How Envoys Spent the Day.
After his conference with Mr. Witte,
Baron Rosen (vent to Magnolia In an
automobile and will not return until to
morrow. Several of the Japanese and
Russian attaches made a cruise on the
Mayflower In the afternoon as guests of
Mr. Witte took an outing In an automo
bile. When be was about Z0 miles from
the hotel, one of the tires burst and there
was some delay in getting a conveyance
to bring him to the hotel. The Russian
ARBITRATION PROPOSED BY
PORTSMOUTH. X. H.. Aug. 20.
The Associated Press la able to an
nounce that the feature of the pro
posal of President Roosevelt, commu
nicated through Baron Rosen to Mr.
Witte and by the latter to Emperor
Nicholas, was based on the principles
of arbitration. Whether the Presi
dent contemplates arbitration of all of
the articles on which the plenipoten
tiaries hare failed to agree or only on
the question of Indemnity cannot be
stated' with posltivenese, but It is
more than probable that It relates
only to Indemnity or to Indemnity and
the cession, of the Island of Sakhalin.
Neither is It possible to say whether
the President has yet made a similar
proposal to Japan.
The customary diplomatic proceed
ings in such a case would be to sub
mit the proposal simultaneously to
both countries, but there might be an
advantage in securing the adherence
of one before submitting it to the
To Emperor Nicholas, author of The
Hague peace conference, the sugges
tion of arbitration, which will neces
sarily immediately command the sym
pathy of public opinion of the world,
will be particularly hard to reject.
If he agrees, Japan, it she has not
already done so. will be all the more
bound to submit her claim to the de
cision of an impartial arbitration. Ac
ceptance by both sides would Involve
a great extension of the principle of
arbitration, as nations have heretofore
declined to arbitrate questions involv
ing their "honor and dignity."
Both Mr. Takahlra and Mr. Witte.
in the early stages of the conference,
absolutely rejected the idea of arbi
tration, and only yesterday both re
iterated their disbelief In such a so
lution. It was noticed, however, that
Mr. Witte's opinion was not expressed
as strongly as it was last week.
chief plenipotentiary complained that he
was not feeling very well tonight, but
said there was noting serious the matter
Baron Komura and Mr. Takahlra at
tended cnurcn in Portsmouth today.
Rosen Is Much Fatigued.
MANCHESTER. Mass., Aug. 20. Baron
Rosen, accompanied by his secretary.
Prince Koudacheff. and Baron Schllppen
bach, Russian Consul at Chicago, ar
rived at the Ambassador's Summer resi
dence at Coolklges Point. Magnolia, in
a motor car from Portsmouth today. The
Baron, who was evidently much fatigued
by his trip to Oyster Bay, denied himself
to newspaper men and retired early.
Japanese Cabinet in Session.
TOKIO. Aug. 20. The Cabinet met at
11 o clock at Premier Katsura's residence
and continues in session. It Is under
stood that Premier Katsura Is presenting
an cxtenaea resume or tne proceedings
at Portsmouth, and is explaining the
deadlocked questions. The government
Is still silent, but it is generally believed
that a rupture of the conference is In
Famous Tenor Is Dying.
MILAN, Aug. .20. Francisco Taroagno.
the tenor, is in a dying; condition at his
residence la -Vjures.
HIT ME HURT
Lincoln and Garfield Counties
Will Turn Out Very
THRESHERS ARE BLOWN UP
Oats and Barley Are Yielding Im
mense Returns In Sections of
the Palouse-O. R. & X.
to Haul Much Grain.
COLFAX. Wash.. Aug. 20. (Staff Cor
respondence.) Whitman, the bannor
wheat county of the State of Washington,
will not break any rocords this year with
the size of her crop. If all of the reports
coming out of the Big Bend arc about
two-thirds truth, there is a strong prob
ability that Lincoln County may give
Whitman a close race for first place In
the ranks of the wheat counties.
Even at this. Whitman, which embraces
such a large portion of the select wheat
lands of the famous Palouse, will run far
ahead of what Is known as a short crop.
The most pessimistic are willing to con
cede 7,DO0,O00 bushels, and some very good
authorities who have traversed the width
and breadth of the county expect a yield
of S.500,000 bushels.
The numerous, "fat" years since 1K
have enlarged the expectations of the
Whitman farmers, and while thcprosent
crop, taken as a whole. Is an excellent
one. it Is falling so far short of oarly pre
dictions that It Is proving a disappoint
ment to some of the people who wore too
optimistic early in the season.
Several times In the past ten years I
have been subjected to much criticism
at the hands of patriotic Whitman Coun
ty boomers because I was unable to find
within 4.000,000 to 6.000.00!) bushels of the
amount of wheat they assured me was
produced In the county. This year I feel
reasonably safe from such criticism, for
the damage in Whitman County was so
plainly in cvldonce that it could not be
disputed or argued away.
Hot Weather -Cut Down Yield.
Fall wheat, and oven the Spring grain
that was sown early on Summer fallow
land, withstood the tcorcblnjc weather In
most cases, but late-sown Spring wheat
was either burned Into fodder or olse so
badly shriveled that It hardly paid for
It is somewhat singular to note that the
poorest crops In Whitman County are
found In the localities that had the best
out-turn last year. Down in the vicinity
of Diamond. Endicott and SL Johns, the
weather man laid a heavy hand on the
crop, while both east and west of this Ill
favored strip some excellent yields are re
ported. In the territory mentioned It need not
be Inferred that the crop Is anything like
a failure, for there are still plenty ot
fields that are turning out from 15 bushels
to 25 bushels per acre. This would not be
so unsatisfactory If the farmers could
forget that they harvested from 30 bushels
to 30 bushels per acre In the same district
Red Russian Wheat Plentiful.
While Whitman County may lose a little
prestige In the amount of the wheat crop,
she has the distinction of producing more
red Russian wheat than was grown . by
all other counties in the state combined.
At least 40 per cent of the crop of the
county Is of this Inferior variety ot wheat,
and some dealers place the amount as
high as 60 per cent of the entire crop of
, The Red Russian is a good ylelder, and
stands the. climate better than Walla
Walla or bluestcm, but as a "seller" It is
way below par and steadily going lower.
The heavy increase in this variety Is due
to the high prices paid for it by Eastern
buyers last year. The gentlemen from the
other side of the Rockies liked the color
of the wheat, and they bought It to mix
with the No. 2 red and thereby Increase
the visible supply of contract wheat.
From a color standpoint, the mixture
was not so bad. but as a milling proposi
tion, it was unsatisfactory, and the at
tempted delivery of most of. It brought
on a volume of litigation sufficiently im
posing to prevent buyers having anything
more to do with It, except at a heavjdls-.
count. It Is now quoted at 5 cents per
bushel under Walla Walla, and unless a
dumping ground is found for It. a still
greater dlfforonce will be made.
Whitman County has considerable new
land In crop this year, and as most of' it
is In the western part of the county,
where the yield is best. It Is materially
aiding In holding the output up to last
There is a much larger acreage of oats
and barley In the county than ever before,
and some very fine yields are reported. A
20-acre patch of oats near Oaksdale aver
aged 103 bushels per acre, and the entire
field of 120 acres averaged slightly better
than 0 bushels per aero
Garfield Has Good Crop.
Sixty-bushel wheat yields have been
less common In Whitman County this
year than they were a year ago, but over
In the vicinity of Pomeroy. the reputation
of Garfield County is being maintained,
with a number of crops running from 0
to 60 bushels per acre, while barley yields
of 60 to 70 bushels per acre are Quite
Smut Causes Loss.
The smut nuisance, which played such
havoc with the profits of farmers and
threshermen two years ago. Is very much
In evidence In the Palouse again this year.
Jhr Rmchjaej were destroyed by explo
sions due to smut. In various parts of
the Palouse last Monday, and the total
number of disasters of this nature Is said
already to exceed a doxon, with the re
turns still coming in.
Most of the complaint of smut comes
from the eastern part of the Palouse. it
being less noticeable in the new-land dis
tricts farther west.
Rust has made Its appearance at a
number of points In the Palouse. but . the
damage from this source is not serious,
when the total area in 'wheat Is consid
ered, although It has caused the aban
donment of a few fields west of Colfax.
Scarcity of Labor.
Labor seems to be scarcer and more In
dependent than usual this season, and
the effect of the scarcity Is Intensified by
the fact that the abnormally hot weather
hurried the whoat along to the ripening
stage so rapidly that there was a much
greater amount than usual to bo taken
care of early.
Thore has, undoubtedly, been some loss
through the Inability of farmers to secure
help. Although a serious matter. It Is
amusing to watch a farmer stop In the
middle of a yarn which he may be tell
ing to a group of fellow-sufforers. and
strike out to meet an Individual who may
have the appearance of wanting a Job.
No hotel-runner In search ot guests for
his house' ever threw more earnestness
into his efTorts than Is displayed by these
farmers In rounding up help.
As there Is nothing In the situation to
Indicate that the 1905 wheat crop will be
diverted from the old route to market by
way of the tidewater ports of Oregon
and Washington, it Is Interesting to note
that the best yields in the Palouse are
nearly all in O. R. & N. territory-
The same Is true In Walla Walla and
Umatilla Counties, so that the Portland
roa'd will make up for some of the short
age In the Oregon crop by an Increased
business with that of Washington.
E. W. W.
SLUGGERS ARE IN CONTROL
DOLD OUSTED FROM OFFICE IN
President Elected Last Sundny Was
Given a Hint to Stay Away
From the Meeting.
CHICAGO. ' Aug. 20.-(SpeclaU The
Chicago Federation of Labor election held
one week ago. was today annulled, the
Dold faction ousted and the "Skinny"
Madden faction, representing the slug
gers. Installed In office. Notice was
served upon the decent element that
when the "handy men" returned from the
Philadelphia meeting there would be
Both sides made elaborate preparations
for today's election. The Dold faction
had secured wore than '100 Turners,
proved fighters, and had also asked the
police for a dotal' of 23 men. T.he Madden
faction save out.no Information of Its
plans, but they were eminently effectual,
Some time between last night and 10
o'clock today strong "influence" was
brought to bear upon Charles J. Dold. the
man elected president of the Federation
last Sunday. As a result, he failed to ap
pear at the hall. The gavel was turned
over to a vice-president, who was a Mad
den man, a mqtion was made to annul
the election held last Sunday, which went
through without a dissenting voice. The
Madden forces then elected an entirely
new set of officers from their own ranks.
The police were notified that tholr serv
ices wero not required and that tholr
presence was extremely distasteful to
the "proper" union men. The. Turners
were also dismissed .and the Federation
has passed completely under control of
the slugger faction. This means stormy
times for Chicago, the calling ot many
strikes upon the slightest pretext, and
Incidentally the disintegration of the Fed
eration, as many of the more conserva
tive unions had given warning they would
withdraw if the violent faction secured
The only explanation the Dold forces
give for their complete lay-down Is that
they have a desire to live a few days
longer, nor do they care enough for con
trol to Jeopardize the Jives of helr wives
and children and Uriylte the burning ot
their homes. Non ,pt them will say
whom they fear would do these things,
but shrug their shoulders and admit that
everything that has been done Is for the
Today's action Is expected to mark the
rapid crumbling of the central labor body,
once the most powerful In the entire
country but now badly torn by internal
RESIGNS AS VICEROY OF INDIA
LORD MINTD IS
- VICEROY OF INDIA
Acceptance of the Resignation
of Lord Curzon Was An
BITTER FEELING IS SHOWN
Appointment of Major-General Sir
Edmund Barrow to the Coun
cil "Was Refused by the
LONDON. Aug. 20. The resignation of
Lord Curzon of Kedleston as Viceroy of
India and the appointment of the Earl of
Minto as his successor was announced at
the Indian Office today. According to the
correspondence, which is Issued In the
form of a white book. It appears that
Lord Curzon's resignation was cabled to
that office, August 12.
The correspondence shows a decidedly
bitter feeling between Lord Curzon, the
India Office and Lord Kitchener, commander-in-chief
of the forces In India,
over the new plan of army administration
In India. Lord Curzon's dissatisfaction
came to a head with the refusal of the
Cabinet to appoint Major-General Sir Ed
mund Barrow, on Lord Gurzon's recom
mendation, military supply member of
Replying. August 2. to the refusal of
Mr. Brodrlck. Secretary of State for In
dia, to make this appointment. Lord Cur
zon reauests that the government recon
sider Its decision, "in order for me to ac
oept the responsibility which I Infer His
Majesty's government still desires me to
Confidence Is Denied.
Mr. Brodrlck again refused to comply
with the request for the appointment of
Major-General Barrow, and Lord Curzon
replied as follows:
"It is apparent that His Majesty's gov
ernment denies me that confidence which
alone can enable me to Ferve them, and
attach a fundamentally different Inter
pretation of myself to the modifications,
upon the acceptance of which alone I
consented to remain In office. The situa
tion, therefore, remains where It was
when I resigned In June. If the govern
ment Is unable to accept my vrews, I re
quest the Premier to place my resignation
in the hands of His Majesty."
To this Mr. Brodrlck replied that there
was a request from Mr. Balfour that
Lord Curzon reconsider his determination.
In a final dispatch: however, dated Au
gust 12. Lord Curzon says:
"The main question Is not the choice of
an individual, but one of the principles
underlying a future change in our admin
istration. I am driven, to the conclusion
that the policy of His Kajesty's govern
ment Is based on principles that I could
not conscientiously carry into execution.
In the interest of the new organization.
It Is desirable that I should be relieved ot
my duties with as little delay a3 pos
sible." .Resignation Sent to King.
To this Mr. Balfour himself replied that
he had "with the most profound regret
submitted Lord Curzon's resignation to
Supplementary dispatches, after the re
ceipt of the resignation, show firstly that
Lord Curzon and Lord Kitchener were
unable to agree over the details of the
reorganization, and, secondly, that Lord
Curzon. at the time, he left England, ex
pressed his entire disagreement with the
"But," he says, "I loyally commenced
the undertaking and resigned only when
I "realized that conflicts were certain to
arise between the commander-in-chief and
the rest of the government of India."
His concluding sentence read:
"I regret with sorrow how little justi
fication .there has been for the claim that
you have rendered me your constant sup
port." Praise for Curzon's Work.
LQNDON, Aug-. 21. The resignation of
Lord Curzon as Viceroy of India, which
is the chief theme of the morning newspa
pers, was discounted by previous reports
that a disagreement was Impending, or
that his resignation had been' tendered,
all of which had been steadily and flatly
denied by Mr. Brodrlck, Secretary of
State for India. The correspondence
given in the White Book, however, makes
it clear that the situation has been an
Impossible one for some time, and that
the breach between Lord Curzon and
Lord Kitchener could not have been
patched up by minor concessions to Lord
All of the editorial articles praise Lord
Curzon's administration unstintedly, and
credit him with having done as great
service In India as any ot his predeces
sors. If not greater. It 13 conceded that
the Earl of Minto takes the reins at a
difficult stage, but he is credited with
ability equal to that of any man in Eng
land to grasp quickly and masterly the
difficult administrative work.
E BIS 100 FAST
CHICAGO MAYOR'S CHAUFFEUR
EXCEEDS SPEED LIMIT.
Arrested With a Friend While Speed
ing Through a Suburb
of the City.
CHICAGO, Aug. 20. Mayor Dunne, of
Chicago, was arrested this afternoon In
the suburb of Evanston for violation of
the ordinance regulating the speed of
The Mayor, In company with his friend.
John Boyleston, was riding through Ev
anston, when he was stopped by a police
man, who accused the chauffeur. Edward
Sykes, of going too fast. All three were
taken to the police station. The Mayor
remained outside In the automobile while
the other two went In to appear before
"I don't know anything about the speed
of these things," said the Mayor, "but I
do not think we were going very fast.
However, we may have been, and I guess
we will have to pay our fines like any
Sykes was unable to decide whether he
should pay the fine of $10 which was
placed against him by the Justice, and
came out to consult the Mayor about It.
"Go ahead and pay the fine," advised
It was paid, and the machine moved
away, after Mayor Dunne had rolidtpus
ly inquired concerning the speed limit lh
his own city, saying that he did not de
sire to be arrested again.
Ownership of Diamonds.
ST. PAUL. Aug. 20. A man to whom
diamonds are sent with the option of buy
ing any or all of them Is, according to
the purposes of the customs laws, the
owner of the gems. This new and most
Important principle of law ha3 been laid
down by tne United States Circuit Court
of Appeals In a decision by Judge Walter
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. SO
its.: minimum. 50 dg.
TODAY'S Fair and slightly cooler; westerly
Proposal made bv President Roosevelt has
been presented to the Cxar. Page 1.
Plenipotentiaries vrHI prabably not held reg
ular .conference until Thursday. Fage 1.
Full opportunity to be jtlven for Czar to con
alder tha matter. Page 1.
Russian correspondent tells of Russian peo
ple's desire for peace. Page 3.
Lord Curzon has resigned the vice-royalty of
India. Page 1.
Lord Minto succeeds to the position. Page 1.
Cuba declared to be in a very prosperous
condition. Page 3.
Platform collapses at dedication of syna
gogue at Pittsburg. Page t.
Yellow fever reports show that the plague
has been stayed. Page 3.
Sluggers in control of tho Chicago Federa
tion of Labor. Page 1.
Mayor Dunne, of Chicago, arrested for fast
automobUlng. Page 1.
Eagles elect officers at Denver. Pago 5.
Ambassador Conger declares that America
has more to fear from Japan than China.
Whitman -will hare fair wheat crop, though
hot weather did much damage. Page 1.
Railroad to reach Kl&mAtb:- la hy next
July. Page 4.
James B. Anderaon. of Colfax, laughs at
Joke so heartily that he dlf. Page -1.
Assassin nearly kills R. T. Street, of Col
fax. Wash., attacking wltn a knife.
Ten killed in wreck of trolley car at Butte.
Battling Nelson begins to take off fat at
San Francisco quarters. Page 4.
Pacific Coast scores: Portland 2, San Fran
cisco 1: Los Angeles 6. Seattle 2j Oak
land 1-4. Tacoma 0-1. Page 13.
John L. Sullivan leaves San Francisco after
losing his money. Page 13.
Lewis and Clark Exposition. '
Exposition attendance yesterday, 11.041;. to-,
tal to date. 1,327.050. Page 0.
Spectacular naval attack on Fort Moro
planned. Page 9.
Indian Teachers' Institute will be held.
rortland and Vicinity.
Chief of Police and District Attorney's de
tective say they suspect negro ot mur
dering Mrs. Van Dran. Page 7.
Hop production shows decrease. Page 13.
Review of industry and development work
in Oregon. Page 9.
Irrigation Congress begins today. Page 9.
Noted Indian chiefs visit Portland. Page 8.
Prominent speakers occupy pulpits of Port
land churche. Page 5.
jfo Willamette water turned Into city mains.
One man killed and another seriously In
jured by a street-car. Page 14.
Trunk containing S 10,000 worth of jewelry
reported missing. Page 7.
Boys gather to see the circus tents pitched.
Hundreds of Men, Women and
Children in Struggling
Mass .at Pittsburg. ,
FRAIL PLATFORM FALLS
Many Aro Injured at the Exercise
Incident to Laying the Corner
stone of a Russian Hebrew
PITTSBURG, Aug. 20 More than
500 men, women and children were pre
cipitated 15 feet into a cellar by the
collapse of a platform today during
the exercises incident to the laying of
the corner-stone of the Beth David
nn'xlm Hebr6W 0rthodo synasosue
on Miller street, near Washington.
Nearly all of them were cut and
bruised, but It Is believed no one was
fatally hurt. Three rabbis were among
those who went down, and although
injured, they concluded the ceremony
after the panic had subsided. Among
the more seriously injured are Rabbis
Ashlnsky, S. Graffman and A. Bloom.
Abraham Nathanson, pastor of the
congregation, and Policeman Adam
The platform, which was 50 feet
square, had been constructed over the
foundation walls for the accommoda
tion of the rabbis, officers of the church
and Invited guests. Just prior to the
corner-stone ceremony, a brass band
leading S00 Zionists arrived.
When the Zionists were Invited to
pass over the platform In ordor to sign
their names to the roll to be placed In
the stone, a mad rush was made by
the thousands of persons gathered to
secure the same privilege. The police
men were overwhelmed. In a moment
the platform was packed and the frail
The panic that followed attracted
thousands of persons to the spot and
the police had great difficulty in ex
tricating the screaming and groaning
victims from the wreckage.
When the cellar had been cleared, it
wa3 found that scores were hurt, their
injuries consisting of bruises and cuts'
about tho head and body. Some of the
Injuries were due to tno panic that fol
lowed the crash, many being trampled
on In the wild rush to escape.
Rabbi Ashlnsky was trampled upon
and suffered severe Injuries, but con
tinued the services after some sort of
order had been restored. The fact that
there were no fatalities is a marvel, as
when the platform broke It closed up
like a jackknlfe, throwing the people
Into a struggling mass in the cellar.
The policemen had an exciting time
in handling the great crowd. A rumor
gained credence that several children
were burled In the ruins and frenzied
fathers and mothers who could not lo
cate, their children were restrained
JAM3IED OX NARROW SPACE
Croud Caught Between Two Tralna
on Panhandle Road.
M'DONALD, Pa.. Aug. 20. Hemmed
In on a narrow platform between two
trains at the station of the Panhandle
Railroad station, three of a crowd of
SO jammed in the narrow space were
seriously Injured and a number of
others are suffering from the shock of
the panic and crush caused by the acci
dent. The Injured are:
Miss Lulu Nesblt, of Oakdale: foot
mangled and later amputated.
William Harper, of McDonald; badiy
bruised and Internally Injured.
Samuel H. RIdall. of Wllkensburg; arm
crushed and bruised about body.
A crowd was awaiting the arrival
of an eastbound passenger train on a
small platform which separates the
eastbound passenger track from a
freight siding. As the passenger train
drew up an eastbound freight train
ran through the switch onto the siding
and caught the crowd between the two
trains. Those standing near the edge
of the platform near the siding were
struck by the freight train.
The accident caused great excitement
and the panic-stricken people surged
back and forth on the platform In an
effort to escape out of the trap.
Fourteen Bodies Taken From River.
NORFOLK, Va.. Aug. 20. Two more
bodies of the wreck of Thursday were
found In the Elizabeth River, near tho
scene of the accident, today. One of these
was Thomas Ferguson, the drawbridge
keeper, who was knocked off the bridge
and drowned When the train plunged
through the draw.
The other Is being held for identifica
tion. This makes 11 bodies In all that
have been Recovered from the river, with
two that died In the hospital here.,
making 16 known dead. It Is believed
that more bodies are In the river. Some
of the excursionists who returned home,
not finding their friends there, have come
back to Norfolk to make further search.
It is thought that seven persons are yet
Burled Under Falling Wall.
PITTSBURG. Pa., 'Aug. 20. Fifteen
Italian laborers were carried down by the
falling of a wafl this evening in tho
ruins of the Avenue Theater, which was
destroyed by fire a month ago. Thirteen
of them were taken from the wreckage
in a badly battered condition. None will
die. but nve of the number are seriously
Fortunately the men were not burled
by the falling debris, and In a short time
all were extricated.
Street-Car Accident Near Lansing.
LANSING, Mich., Aug. 20. George
Burton, manager of the John Hlqks
Dry Goods Company, was killed and
ten persons were seriously injured In
a street-car accident at Dewltt. six
miles' from Lansing, this evening,