Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, August 29, 1905, Image 1

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TOL. XXV.-!NO. 13,954.
icision of Meeting of
Mikado's Cabinet
ice of North Sakhalin to Be
Fixed by Commission.
I She Rojects New Offer, Burden
Will Rest on Her St. Peters
burg Admits Stumbling
Block Is Gone.
)RTSMOUTH, N. H., Aug. so
rrow morning Baron Komura. acting
In instructions roeoived from Tokio as
Jesuit of today's mooting of the cab-
and elder statesmen undor the direct
sidency of the Emperor of Japan, will
mlt to Mr. Wltte a new basis of com-
lise, and that compromise. It is nrmiy
levcd tonight, will insure peace.
he revelation contained in the asso-
led Press' exclusive announcement to-
that Japan had already informed
Ipcror Nicholas, through Ambassador
,'er, that Japan was reaay to -waivo
question of indemnity and submit the
to Dft naia lor
Sakhalin to the Judgment of a mixed
fcmlssion, prepared the way for Japan's
fkdown upon the main issue, me an-
inccment had been the sensation 01
day. It had met with denials nlgn
low. and was decided to be impos-
le cr incredible. The Japanese accunca
iifflrm and the Russians said they had
onnflrmatJon. Mr. Wltte intimated
nclv that St. Petersburg had not ap
sd. him of any such action ty tne
Isldcnt. There was even -a cusposiuon
ridicule the idea of arbitrating the
U of half of the Island. Nevertheless
I all hands it was admitted that, ir
Ian took this position, the ground was
out from under Emperor Nicholas.
Witte. by consummate skill in con
Lng all the demands of Japan lnvolv-
the real Issues of the war, nau
leuvered his adversaries into a posi-
-rcVir unless thev abandoned the
Im for indemnity, they could be held
Lr,etHii fnr onntimilne the war for
Turns Tables on Russia.
Japanese, by now foregoing the
liand for indemnity, practically turn
tables uoon Russia and shift the bur-
back to her shoulders If she does
consent to submit a minor issue to
Impartial judgment or a tnounai
Wltte publicly dissents vigorously
the proposition, and there will still
struggle with Peterhof, but, if Japan
lorrow agrees to formally renounce all
ims to direct or mmreui. uumimuw
for the expenses of the war, the big
-ihiintr-hloek to neaco is out of the
irery thing will depend upon the form
I which the proposal Is suomittea.
uld the renunciation be so coupled
the other proposition that Russia
lid claim it was still only a disguised
iiand for tribute, the gulf might once
re be narrowed but not bridged. The
late advices that reach the Russian
islon from St. Petersburg indicate that
military party is insistent that it be
sn a chance and that negotiations be
ten off.
Wltte Slay Yet Refuse.
"Wltte feels the pressure of this
itlmcnt, and, as a man of ambition,
may not feel that he can afford to
himself open to the charge that he
temporizing with the situation. He
power, under his instructions, to re
out of hand any proposition involv-
the payment of tribute. He need not
3ult his imperial master. He Is
of inspiration, and ho is Quite
ble, if the -Japanese proposition sav
still of "blood money," of refusing
to accept It for transmission to St.
ersburg. But such a stroke Is not ex
ked. Mr. Wltte knows that public
lilon, both in America and In Europe
roll as In Russia, would condemn him
lie broke off the negotiations Just as
way was opened for a possible accord,
Rockefeller's Man on Hand.
fhlle apparently the real negotiations
Iling up to today's denouement were
ducted by the President at Oyster
acting through Baron Kaneko on
one hand and Ambassador Meyer on
other, it is now believed that much
been going on beneath the surface
Another indication of the sudden
in events was the arrival here to
lit of Frank A. Vanderllp, vlce-presl
It of the City National Bank of New
Ik. He Is registered at the hotel as
Ihn Howard," and after dinner went
Mr, Witte's room ana remained there
hour. When asked his mission. Mr.
iderlip said ho was only "interested
he situation. He had met Mr. Witte
feral years ago when he was at the
Id of the Russian finance ministry and
also seen him In New York on his
IvaL He had talked with him about
situation and outlook in Russia, the
tc of the negotiations, etc He evaded
llries as to whether the subject of a
had been discussed, but, con Bid er-
the Importance of -the financial group
which the City National Bank 13 a
iber and the fact that the bank took
bortlon of one of the Russian loans,
it is fair to assume that the question of
financo was not entirely ignored.
Borne of the Japanese were greatly ex
cited today over the reports that the
Japanese government had" surrendered on
tho question of indemnity. They de
clared that. If true, it would cause a
tremendous outburst of popular feeling
in Japan.
Russia Admits Japan's Proposition
Removes Stumbling Block.
ST. PETERSBURG. Aug. 29. (3:15
M.) The Associated Press dispatch
from Portsmouth declaring that Presi
dent Roosevolt was authorized several
days ago, on behalf of Japan, to waive
all claim for indemnity or reimburse
ment forN the cost of the war and to
cede back to Russia the northern half
of th Island of Sakhalin, leaving the
redomptlon" price of it to the arbitra
tion of a mixed commission, was re
ceived too late here last night to reach
the general public, but Its significance
was instantly recognized in the quar
ters whore it became "known.
There is every reason to believe,
judging from the official expression
persistently given out by the Foreign
Office since the beginning of the nego
tiations at Portsmouth, that this prop
osition by Japan to waive the quos
tiou of indemnity goes far toward re
moving the last andj, according to
official explanations, the only stum
bling block In the way of peace.
Tho Foreign Office has said that ev
ery disputed point between Russia and
Japan, with the exception of payment
of Indemnity, had practically beon ar
ranged on a basis satisfactory to both
sides, but that Russia would never pay
an Indemnity. If the latest proposals
of Japan moan that sho waivos all
claims to indemnity of any kind or de
scription, giving up all idea of reim
bursement for the expensos of the war
in any guise whatever, and In place
thoreof is prepared to accept for tne
restoration to Russia of the northern
half of Sakhalin, a redomptlon price to
be fixed by an unbiased commission.
this price to be Jetermlncd upon the
actual value of the island and not to
take into account Japan's war ox-
ponses or to carry a concealed in
demnity to Japan, Vhere Is reason for
he assertion that in all probability
Japan's proposal was never understood
here in this way, and for the deduc
tion, according to the Russian official
statement, that the stumbling block
can be removed and that there ought
to be a new and promising basis for
the continuation of the conference.
Von Buelou's Denial That He Is
'Blocking Roosevelt's Efforts. "
BERLIN, Aug. 28. Chancellor von Bue-
low's exclusive telegram to the Associated
Press from Nordenay, August 2S, affirm
ing that tho German Emperor and the
German government have ne'er ceased
to support peace whenever an opportun
ity offered, was reproduced in New York
dispatches to Berlin newspapers today.
The occasion was taken to compare this
news with the anonymous utterances and
assertions of the British and French
pross that Emperor William had covertly
persuaded Emperor Nicholas to continue
the war. This legend, as it Is called.
propagated abroad, would deny Emperor
William those higher motives of states
manship shown by President Roosevelt.
The newspapers aver that the general
political and economical situation gives
Germany adequate and powerful reasons
for desiring peace, such as the safety of
German Investments in Russia and the
necessity for German Industry to sell in
the Russian market with the stability of
credits and the advantage on the other
side of the frontier for the German ad
ministration of Poland, and also import
ant monarchlal ana dynastic reasons,
which themselves would be sufficient rea
son for tho German crown to aid in
bringing about peace.
Japan Offers to Leave Value of
Sakhalin to Arbitration.
PORTSMOUTH, N. H., Aug. 28. The As
sociated Press has definite knowledge that
several days ago President Roosevelt was
authorized on behalf of Japan to waive
all claims fo? indemnity or reimburse
ment for the cost of the war and to cede
back to Russia the northern half of Sak
halin Island, leaving the question of the
redemption prices of the sale to the ar
bitration of a mixed commission. This
statement was transmitted to the Rus
sian Emperor through the American Am
bassador at St. Petersburg. An Associated
Press telegram announced that tho Czar's
reply was "partially responsive."
There is reason to believe that this
proposition on behalf of Japan was not
clearly understood at Peterhof, but was
supposed tc be a revival of the efforts of
Japan to secure an indemnity under the
guise of purchase of a fraction of Sak
halin. It Is believed the conference which
was held last evening hetween Wltte and
Takahlra was for the purpose of clear
ing up the- situation, and it Is now pos
sible that, following the precedent of its
ally. Great Britain, Japan will agree to
settle tho whole question of the redemp
tion price of Sakhalin as the Iogger Bank
troubles were adjusted.
The Japanese contention is that Sak
halin is de facto Japanese territory, and
that Russia has no means at her com'
mand for Its present recovery. It is un
derstood that M. Witte has accepted this
view in principle and expressed the judg
ment that they should pay something in
the nature of redemption money. It Is
believed that tho Toklo Council, which Is
in session this morning, is considering
this "phase of the question.
It is not true that the adjournment
which was agreed to last night until
Tuesday afternoon was made at the sug
gestion of President Roosevelt. There Is
reason for believing that he knew noth
ing whatever of it, but that the adjourn
ment was by mutual agreement betwsen
the Russians and Japanese.
Northern Pacific Will Obtain
Much Land Adjacent to
It Has Worked So Secretly 'xnat
Xclther Owners Nor Agents
Knew for "Whom Proper--tlcs
"Were Wanted.
Unmistakable evidence of tho grow
ing commercial Importance of Portland
in tho estimation of officials of the
Northern Pacific Railroad Company is
had in tho purchases being made of the
property adjacent to the tracks of that
road below the western limit or tne
Northern Pacific Terminal Company
yards at the Unjpn Depot, Holdings of
the Terminal Company already extcna
somewhat beyond the depot yara
tracks and to tho ground on which is
located the plant of the Cold Storage
Company. Beyond this plant are about
16 lots with water frontage on one side
and tracks on the other, making them
most valuable as a site for yard exten
sion property and that may bo advan
tageously adapted to other transporta
tion purposes, extending through to
the Weidlor property, which was long
under negotiation before any transfer
took place.
On the opposite side of the tracks
are lots and portions of blocks trav
ersed diagonally by the railroad right
of way that are understood also to be
included in those upon which options
have been acquired and payments
made. These are located In what is
sliown on the map as blooks 23 and
244 of Couch's Addition and portions of
Watson's Addition.
Options Secretly Obtained.
So secretlyvhas the work of securing
this property been carried forward
that dealers through whom some of
the options were obtained do not know
that the purchaser is the Northern Pa
clflc, but that such is the" case is no
longer a secret with somo of the real
estate defers who have been acting in
the purchases.
Options Lave already been obtained
on more than a soore of tracts, many
of them consisting of single lots, by
one lawyer, who declines to say for
whom he is acting, but the fact that
other property of the same vicinity,
some of It practically adjoining, is said
by the former owners to have been ac
quired by the Northern Pacific, Is taken
as sufficient evidence that the pur
purchases are all made in behalf of
the same purchaser.
Titles Within Thirty Days.
Under the options secured titles are
to pass during the next 30 days, and
in the case of the owners who have ex
hibited some reluctanco to turn over
deeds after ascertaining that the pros
pective purchaser is a corporation of
such magnitude, the cash has been an
nounced as ready and no withdrawal
will be permitted. It Is said that the
Northern Pacific proceeded with care
in these negotiations, for the reason
that a previous transaction, many years
ago, involving property In the same
locality, was defeated by lax methods
and failure to obtain an option that
could be enforced.
Necessity for additional yard facili
ties to extend the grounds of the
Northern Pacific Terminal orapanr
and storing extra equipment, has been
apparent for a long while and espe
daily has been emphasized during the
Fair. When the improvements under
contemplation, including more direct
lines into Portland from tho East, that
1b recognized by all well-Informed rail
road officials as a certain development
of the near future, are realized, the rie-
cosslty will be Increased many fold,
and with an already heavy local traffic
that Is increasing rapidly, keeping
pace with .growth of the commercial
Interests of the city, the far-sighted
officials do not propose to wait until
exigencies of the situation force prices
of realty in the trackage quarter to
higher figures.
Kclnforcemcnts to .Be Sent From
3fany Russian Provinces.
ST. PETERSBURG, Aug. 25. An im
perlal ukase, dated August 19. ordors the
mobilization of txiops for the reinforce
ment of the army In the Far East. The
order applies to certain districts in the
governments of Vllna. Grodno, Korao
Courland, Livonia, Perma. Vlatka. Sim
bjrpk, Saratov, Vorenburg, Astrakhan
and Ural and to the Don Cossacks,
Horses have been requisitioned In various
districts of IS governments.
Can Finish -It by Blockading Bus
sia's Baltic Ports.
ST. PETERSBURG. Aug. 2S. (Special.)
"Togo began tho war and will finish Jt,
Is the statement made by a prominent
Russian statesman.
"Outside Intervention being improbable.
and the land forces of equal strength.'
ho continued, "only the Japanese fleet,
by blockading Russia's Baltic ports, can
decide tne war."
First Step in Army Reform.
ST. PETERSBURG, Aug. 2S. Following
the Russian reverses at LSaoya n sr. U u k-
den, the Sea of Japan, etc, earnest and
persistent demands were made upon tne
War Office for army reforms, one result
of which is that it is now proposed to
do away with the officers personal mili
tary servants at tho front, making tho
officers an allowance with whlcn to pro
vide themselves with servants, but doing
away with military servants. This will
increase the fighting force by nearly
9.000 men.
Japan Gives Up Hope of Peace.
TOKIO, Aug. 23. The public remains
uninformed regarding the latest develop
ments at Portsmouth, but seems con-
lnced that peace Is hopeless. The mar
ket reflected this sentiment. After the
opening today, prices sharply declined.
A failure of the peace negotiations
would be generally regretted, but the
press and other widespread expressions
would be generally for a continuation of
the war rather than the acceptance or un
satisfactory terms. Underlying this popu
lar attitude Is deep-rooted confidence that
Field Marshal Oyama will defeat General
Llnlevitch and take Harbin, and that
Japan will completely overrun the coast
provinces, and continue the war lor an
extended period. '
Kuropatkin Resigns Again.
LONDON, Aug. 2S. The Japanese cor
respondent of the Dally Telegraph at
Mojl, Japan, sends a report that General
Kuropatkin has resigned his command
and that his health has given away.
LOSS OP $500,000 IX BIG DE-
Rubbish Near Elevator Starts Blaze
in Flood-Famous City Sev
eral Firemen Injured.
JOHNSTOWN. Pa., Aug. 23. The build
ing and stock of tho Penn Truffle Com
pany, which operates tne largest oepari-
ment store in the city, are a total loss
as the result of a fire that started about
11 o'clock last night among some refuse
near the elevator shaft In one of the
winra of tho building. Tho estimated
loss is JKtf.OOO. which Is almost covered
by insurance.
Tho entire fire department was called
out. For a tlmo the Crystal Hotel and
other buildings across the street from
the Penn Traffic building were threatened.
but tho fire department succeeded In
confining the blaze to the building in
which It originated.
Four firemen were seriously hurt by the
explosion of boilers In the electric plant.
a number of others by falling beams, but
none are believed to be fatally hurt.
Lincoln's Birthplace Brings Nothing
Extra for Association.
HODGEVTLLE, Ky.. Aug. X. Abraham
Lincoln's birthp'aee. a JlO-acre farm, was
sold today at auction to E. J. Collier, of
New York, who probably bougnt it as an
Investment. Tho price paid for It, $3C0O.
Is not more than It would bring for farm
ing purposes.
The property was sold by order of court
in the bankruptcy case of A. . Bennett.
of New York, who had purchased it 15
years ago .from the Creal family. Into
whose hands It came at the time the Lin
coin family removed from the state.
Death of Colonel Baldwin.
WASHINGTON. Aug. 2S. Colonel Will
iam H. Baldwin. Deputy commissary
Gonoral. died at Manila today of septice
The Weather.
TRsTEnnAVS Maximum temtwmture. 70
dec- minimum. 30. rrecipiiaiion. wace.
TODAY'S Shower. Southerly winds.
The Feace Conference.
Japan withdrawn demand for Indemnity and
agrees to arouraie price ai onn
hulln. Pace 1.
Rurala admits Japan's proposition removes
stumbling btocx to peace, j-brc i.
vw offer adoDted at all-day session of
Mikado's cabinet. Pace 1.
Russia makes Immense preparations to con-
uave war. rage l.
Interparliamentary Union meet at Brussels.
Pace 4.
Germans tcelcome British fleet coldly. Pace 4.
Cni.i tcftit Wilson's downfall and Its
eaose. rare
TTlna mirrnders and Is out on ball.
Pace 3.
Chinese boycott losing strength. Pace 1.
Great convention will discuss railroad rate
leclsntlon. race l.
Governor Cummins answers Secretary Shaw,
race 7.
Strange desertion of two children In hotel.
Pa are 3.
Steamer etnks oS Florida coast with all cn
board bat two men. Page, 1.
Yellow fever spreads along Gait coast and
Hp Mississippi Hiver. -race .
Great are at Johnstown, Pa. Pago 1.
Oakland will try to repeat success of Lo
Anceles on the diamond. Pago. 7.
Winners In National rifle tournament. Page 7.
P&rlfln Coast.
P. H. Ross and wife murdered near Kerrys-
totrn. TVasH- ana ooaies ourneu iiu
hsHss. Pace C.
Opening ceremonies of the regatta take place
todav at Astoria. Pace 0.
Damage done by dust storm In Inland Em
pire. Page .
Decisions handed down by tho Oregon Su
tirems Court. Pace 0.
Youth near La. Grande Is killed by touching
a live wire, i'age u.
Commercial and Marine.
iion-tilcklnc will be general next week.
Page IS.
Small stocks of 1004 hops unsold. Page 15
Reaction In stock market. Page 15. '
Chicago wheat market lower on large Rus
sian smpmenut. .rage ij.
Wheat and barley easier at San Francisco.
Page la.
Inspects the Jetty. Page 14.
Flreboat drills. Page 14.
Launch adrift. Page 14.
Another big steamer engaged. Page 14.
Xewls and Clark Exposition.
Admissions. 18,514. Tage 10.
Seattle week begins at Fair. Page 10.-
Festlrltles in honor of King Nogero I will
be held at the Exposition. Page 10.
Mayer orders rearrest of poker players.
Tr4 11.
Educational Congress begins Its work. Page
Ri Tlfv saloon la araln In the tolls. Pace 14
Northern Pacific gets option on lands- near
terminal yaras. page h.
St. Johns Council orders Impeachment of
Mayor King and Councilman Peterson.
Pace 11. .
Attorney Rcffin accused by heir to estate.
Pace 11-
Fire does great damage to grocery. Iodglag-
couec iaa uvcii suic. jrass jjk -
Only Two Survive of Crew of
Peconic Swamped Off
Florida Coast.
Terrific Storm Sweeps Down on Col
lier Italian and Spaniard
Bush for Boat and See
Another Sink.
FEBNANDINA. Fla., Aug;. 23. Twenty
men, constituting an but two ot tne
officers and crew of the American steam
ship Peconic, Captain Jones, bound from
Philadelphia to New Orleans with coal.
wero drowned by the sinking of that ves
sel off the coast of Florida today. The
disaster was the result of a fierce gale
which raged along tho coast during the
night and morning. Lashed by the storm.
an Immense wave struck the vessel with
terrific force about 12:S o'clock this morn
lng. The Impact, coming Just as the
vessel was making a turn, caused a shift
of the cargo and the vessol leaned over
and sank Immediately.
lue accident occurred so quickly that
only two of those aboard her an Italian
and a Spaniard wore able to save them
selves. They succeeded In getting Into
lifeboat, reached Amelia Beach about
noon and on landing told the story of the
Cargo Shifts and Ship Sinks.
About midnight on Sunday, according
to their story, during the heaviest part
of the storm, which had raged all day.
the officer of the deck gave the order to
put farther out to sea, fearing they were
approaching themcoast too nearly. In the
endeavor to turn, the ship was struck
by a heavy sea; the jcargo shifted and
she began sinking rapidly. In less than
ten minutes after tho alarm was sounded
she had gone to the bottom.
One of tho two survivors was at the
wheel at the time the order was given;
the other was upon watch. As soon as
the ship began to careen, these two men
rushed for one of the small boats, which
they jumped Into as the vessel began to
sink. With their knives they severed the
ropes at the water's level, and the small
boat was thrown far out on the waves.
They say that they discovered through
the blackness and storm the figures of
part of the awakened crew, some
of whom managed to crowd Into
another of the ship's boats. This was,
however, caught In a trough of tho sea,
thrown violently against the ventilator.
and then wedged fast. Their pitiful cry
for help could be heard as the ship went
Alone In Storm's Fury.
Alone through the remainder of the
night In the awful wash of waters, with
the storm raging and threatening each
moment to swamp their boat, these two
men were gradually borne ashore toward
Amelia Island, landing just at 11 A. M.
today. The men, whose names arcBagel
linl Humbertl and Antonio Clark, were
unable to speak, except In their native
tongues, and it was some time before the
facts of the disaster were thoroughly
ascertained. They have testified to the
correctness of the above report before a
notary public, and the community here
cared for their wants.
At the time of the disaster, the ship
was about so miles nortneast or here.
heading south and In the teeth of the
The vessel had been engaged In the fruit
trade from Central America to New Or
leans, but on account of quarantine regu
lations prohibiting the Import of bananas,
she had been engaged for two voyages to
carry coal from Philadelphia to New
Orleans. She was a ship of 16S4 tons regis
ter and had on board about 1500 tons of
Morgan Visits President Prior
Action on China's Offer.
OYSTER BAT, Aug. 28. J. Plerpont
Morgan had an extended conference today
with President Roosevelt pertaining to the
Canton-Hankow Railroad In China and
Its probable disposition by the present
owners, the American-China Development
Company. The firm of J. P. Morgan &
Co. practically controls the road and Its
concessions. Mr. Morgan visited the presl
dent several weeks ago on a mission sim
ilar to that ot today. Subsequently Sir
Chentung Liang Cheng, the Chinese min
ister, had a conference with the Presi
dent on the same subject. No definite
disclosures were made regarding either of
tho conferences.
The Chinese government has proposed
to tho American-China Development
Company that it will sell the road and
Its concessions to China, the price gener
ally regarded as close to the cost, tho
precise figure being 57,000,000. So far as
can be learned, the directors of the com
pany have not passed finally upon the
offer of the Chinese government. It Is
said to be the Intention of the directors
to hold a meeting tomorrow In Jersey
City, the American-China Development
Company being a New Jersey corporation,
and it Is likely that at that meeting the
question of the disposition of the road
will be determined uenmtciy.
Mr. Morgan arrived In Oyster Bay on
his steam yacht Corsair shortly before
1 o'clock thi3 afternoon. Accompanied
by a man whose name was not obtainable.
he was conveyed in a launch to the pier
and thence In
one of tho President's
coaches to Sagamore Hill. There Mr.
Morgan and his friend were guests at
luncheon of the President and Mrs. Roose
velt. They remained with the President
until nearly 3 o'clock, returning then to
the Corsair, which sailed soon after they
went aboard. It can be said positively
that the conference had no relation to the
pending peace negotiations.
Press Unanimous In Condemning
Proposed Concession to Russia.
TOKIO, Aug. 23. (S A. M.) The press
opinion Is almost unanimous in condemn
ing the proposal to divide Sakhalin in
consideration of a monetary remunera
tion. The Hochl says; "It would be an abom
inable disgrace Identical with selling the
national territory. The country's honor
forbids the continuance of the conference.
Should Russia not yield, Japan's patience
Is not without limit-"
The Atxihl advises the breaking off of
tho conference owing to Russia's "unrea
sonable obstinacy." "The fact remains
Indelible," It says, "that Japan has been
victorious in war. Japan Is not Impov
erished to the extent of thirsting after a
paltry sum of money to be paid under the
name of prisoners' expenses."
The Nlchi NichI, which Is under the
guidance of a diplomat of recognized
ability, says:
"The Idea of dividing Sakhalin la
not to be entertained. An Inefficient
and unsatisfactory peace simply
amounts to the inviting of a future
menace to our Interests. An indemnity
must also be insisted upon. A strong
adherence to our demands might In
vite a rupture, but no other course Is
open. Under the circumstances, a rup
ture Is preferable to a patchwork
peace. The nation Is determined to
realize the aim and purpose of tho war
and establish a lasting
"We trust that the Cabinet and elder
statesmen who met In the presence of
the Emperor yesterday are united and
prepared to carry out this national
.leterminntlon even If it Involves the
lamentable continuation of the war."
Tne Kokumln does not believe that
a rupture of the negotiations will take
place and trusts that Russia will yield
to Japan' fresh proposal. "Other
wise." it says. "Russia must bear tho
whole responsibility for the continua
tion of the terrible war."
Centennial Carries Suspicious Cargo
and Lands It In Siberia.
SEATTLE, Wash., Aug. 2S. The steam
ship Centennial reached port last night
after a voyage to the mouth of the Amur
River, for which place she sailed from
San Francisco June 12. The officers say
the fog and their captain's nerve saved
them from capture by Japanese. ,
Under command of Captain Strand, the
Centenn'al sailed from San Francisco
with a cargo, the principal part of which
was salt, although sho carried some
flour. It is understood by the ship s offi
cers that she was under charter to a man
named Lourl. .who said that he was tak
ing the cargo to a cannery which he
owned at Nlkolalevsk, which Is some dis
tance from the mouth of the Amur.
The Centennial dropped anchor SO miles
off Nlkolalevsk. Here she was obliged to
wait for 19 days before she could dis
charge her cargo and get away. Al
though the cargo of the Centennial was
said to have been shipped by a private
party, the fact that work of discharging
was done by Russian soldiers caused the
officers and crew to have suspicions as to
whether or not It was for private use.
Canadian and Washington Commis
sioners Will Discuss Salmon.
VICTORIA. B. C. Aug. 2S. Arrange
ments have been made to hold an Inter
national Fishery Commission, with spe
cial relation to the salmon Industry, early
in September. Professor Prince, chair
man of the Canadian Commission, has
advised local members the first session
will be held In Victoria early In Septem
ber, and communications are being made
with fishery officers of the State of Wash
ington, so that the Canadian and United
States Commissioners can meet at Bel
lingham, Seattle and other Puget Sound
AVoman Drowned Whllo Telegram
Tells of Husband's Death.
NEW YORK. Aug. 23. Separated by
10.000 miles of distance. Mrs. Jane Johnson
and her husband, Allan Johnson, a Little
Rock. Ark.-r' banker, met death almost
simultaneously today. At the precise
hour when Mrs. Johnson's body was
taken from the bathing waters of Coney
Island, a telegram arrived to Inform her
of the death, ol her nusoand.
The wife was a magazine contributor.
who wrote under the nom de plume of
Helen Dixie Johnson, and the husbnd
was president of the National Exchange
Bank, of Little Rock.
NEW YORK, Aug. 2S. Mrs. June John
son. of Little Rock. Ark., a magazlno
contributor who wrote under the nom da
nlumc of "Helen Dixie Johnson," was
drowned ' while bathing at Coney Island
today. Mrs. Johnson entered the water
during the forenoon and. as there were
but few bathers in the water, no one
noticed her disappear. Tho body was
found some distance out to sea about 3
o'clock this afternoon.
Sutton Ties With Champion
Indoor Tennls-Player.
CINCINNATI, Aug. 23. The surprise of
the tennis tournament came this after
noon, when Miss May Sutton, champion
woman tennis-player of England and
America, defeated Robert Leroy in one
3et and almost defeated him In a second.
Leroy la Intercollegiate champion, New
York champion and world's champion at
Inlnnr tennis. Th BMIIB. hnwAVpr tens
not on the regular schedule, being en-
tlrely an exhibition affair.
In the first set Miss Sutton was given
a handicap nnd defeated Leroy 6-1, but
In the second, playing without a handi
cap, she was defeated,
Commercial Bodies Will Hold
Convention on Interstate
Commerce Caw.
Demand of Nation for Prompt Leg
islation Will Be Impressed on
President and Congress,
Bailroads' Work.
CHICAGO, 111.. Aug. 2S. (Special.)
The executive committee of the Inter
state Commerce Law Convention has
practically decided to hold a National
convention in Chicago early in October
with a view to formulating fur.ther
plans to Induce Congress to pass reme
dial railway legislation.
E. P. Bacon, who is chairman of the
committee, has notified the various
local commercial organizations which
are members of the convention that an
early session may be looked for In this
city. There was some doubt In the minds
of the committee whether another gather
lng would be necessary, but, In view of
the fact that the railway educational bu
reau claims that the danger of legisla
tion has passed, Mr. Bacon believes that
the situation should be discussed.
Plans for Convention.
The convention Is composed of between
350 and 400 commercial bodies and boards
of trade throughout the country, and was
tha chief Instrumentality in starting the
present agitation for rate legislation. No
plans have been formulated for the pro
posed session, btrt it is purposed to have
free discussion of the situation, to receivo
reports of various committees regarding
work already accomplished, to make ad
ditional plans to Impress the President
and Congress with the necessity of imme
diate legislation. One of tho members of
the committee said:
Don't Let Agitation Cool Ofr.
"We do not propose to let the agitation
cool off. The country Is aroused over the
railroad situation, and every" one save
the railway officials agrees that some leg
islation is essential. The convention real
Ize that tons of literature containing
spurious arguments are beina- sent broad
cast over the country, purporting to tell
people why no further legislation is need
ed. We do not think this campaign ha3
had much effect, because the press has
not given much publicity to the material
sent out and It is not of such a character
as to appeal to the reason."
Bny State Socialist Ticket.
BOSTON, Aug. 2S. Ex-Stato Represent
ative James F. Carey, of Haverhill, was
nominated for Governor today at the So
cialist State Convention. Patrick F. Ma
honey, of Boston, was nominated for Lieutenant-Governor,
and C. C. Hitchcock, of
Ware, for Secretary of State.
First Step in Collapse of Anti-American
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2S.-Of particular .
importance to the Southern cotton spin
ners and weavers is the announcement
by Minister Rockfiill today that the Chi
nese boycott on American piece goods is
about to be lifted. Cabling from Pekin,
the Minister says that his Information Is .
to the effect that the antl-Americarf boy
cott as a whole Is gradually subsiding.
The Chinese merchants of Shanghai deal
ing In piece goods are strongly opposing
the boycott, and taking steps which Min
ister Rockhlll believes are likely to break
it, so far a3 piece goods are concerned.
Good Cargo Despite Boycott.
SAN FRANCISCO. Aug. 23. The ship
ments of freight to China by the steam
ship Mongolia, which has Just sailed, did
not show any effect of the boycott of
American goods In the Orient. The vessel
carried 12,000 tons of merchandise. Includ
ing 11S0 tons of flour for Hongkong and
15,000 bales of cotton domestics for Shang
Denver Bank Officials Plead to
Charge of Bankers' Larceny.
DENVER. Aug. 2S. Officials of the
suspended Western Savings Bank and
Denver Savings Bank, awaiting trial on
tha charge of bankers' larceny, were in
the Criminal Court today, the latter to
plead, and the "former to ask a contin
uance. The motion for a continuance will
be heard on Wednesday. Carlos Wood,
cashier, and Robert Brown, paying teller,
of the Denver Savings Bank, pleaded not
guilty to the change of bankers' larceny,
and trial was set for September 12.
James A. Hill, president of the Savings
Bank, arrested at McAIester, I. T., on
the same charge, reached Denver late to
day In the custody of a Deputy Sheriff.
He was hurried to the Criminal Court,
where bonds In the sum of J5000 wero
provided, and he was released.
Centenarian Black Hawk Veteran.
CUSTER, S. D., Aug. 23. Rufus H.
Pitcher, supposed to be one of the two
last survivors of the Black Hawk War, Is
dead at the homo of his son here, aged
101 years.
Lawrence Hanley, Actor.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., Aug. 28. Law
rence Hanley, the actor, died In tho
county hospital here today. The cause- of .
his death was a pulmonary affliction, 1