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VOL,. XLVIJfO. 14,G7(i.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SATURDAY. DECEMBER 21, 1907.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
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TAFT SAYS JAPAN
Secretary Tells of His
FORMS HIGH OPINION OF CZAR
Finds Him Familiar With American-Politics.
GREATNESS OF. SIBERIA
Predicts It Will Be Center of Rus
sian Population Finds Condi
tions In the Philippines Bet
ter Than He Expected.
NEW YORK, Dec. 3). William H.
Taft, Secretary of War, returned today
from his trip around the world, bringing
renewed assurance of Japan's friendli
ness toward the United States, but de
clining to say anything with respect to
the political stuation in this country.
He said that he had been too long out
of intimate touch with political affairs
at home to discuss them in any way.
One of Mr. Taft's interviewers had the
temerity to ask:
"Well, Secretary, toll us who is your
choice for President." -
Amid general laughter, in which he
heartily Joined, the Secretary replied:
"I guess I will have to leave that to
Mr. Taft left for Washington on an
early afternoon train, saying that accu
mulated matters in the War Department
would keep his nose to the official grind
Btone for some time to come and that
preparation of his special report on the
Philippines, which would De in book form,
would also require much of his time
In the near future,.
Keeps Reporters Chasing Him.
During Ills two hours' stay in New
Tork. Mr. Taft was aboard the Army
tug General Johnston, which had taken
him from the liner President Grant at
Quarantine. .Newspapermen who had
gone down the bay to meet the returning
Secretary reached the steamer's side
after he had been transferred, and then
followed a lively chase in an endeavor
to overhaul the Army boat with the
crested and four-starred flag of the Sec
retary of War flying at the masthead.
The Johnston had been placed at the
disposal of Henry W. 'raft, the Secre
tary's brother, by General Frederick D.
Grant, commanding the Department of
the East, who went down on the Johns
ton to pay his respects. First the Sec
retary was carried to Jersey City to
find out about trains, and there it was
announced that he would receive the
newspapermen at West Twenty-third
street,. New Tork, at a given hour. The
small army of reporters gathered at the
pier found It was again a few minutes
late. Away went the reporters again,
and the Secretary finally was overhauled
Just as he was about to take the train
for Washington. He was most cordial
in manner and laughingly remarked that
he was sorry to have been "lost" so long
In the harbor and that he had caused so
much trouble. Looking exceedingly well,
the Secretary said he had taken daily
five-mile walks on the decks of the
President Grant during he 13-day
from Hamburg. He continued:
No War Spirit In Japan.
It is the height of foolishness to talk
of possible war with Japan. Japan does
not desire war with us and we certainly do
not desire war with Japan. If there was
any war spirit anywhere in Japan. I failed
to find the slightest note ot It. Everywhere
there was talk of continued peace 1
SDeak very confidently about this. Our
trade relations with Japan are extensive
and constantly growing, Japan's exports
amount annually to about tl6u.000.0OO, of
whloh we take about one-third. The ex
ports consist largely of mattings, lace goods,'
embroideries and other fancy work. In the
induction of which many people are inter
ested, w e. In turn, ship vast quantities
of flour, oil and web commodities to
Japan. This sort of trade Is a great paci
flrtitor. What about the Pacific fleet?
The sailing must have been a 'magnificent
sight. Te have fine ships and a fine per
sonnel and as long as the Pacific Ocean
belongs to us a much as to anybody
I see no reason why we should not send'
our ships there on a practice crule The
Japanese are too Intelligent and high
minded to attribute any false motive to the
Much Impressed by Czar.
My trip had as Its only definite object
a report on conditions In the Philippine.
My visit to Japan was only Incidental
Traveling by commercial steamer we had
to stop there, and It was only courtesy
for me to pay my respects to the Emperor
The trip through Russia was made partly
Jlo save time and partly because I had
crossed the Pacific six times and was rather
anxious to see the territory. My visit was
In no sense official. So many courtesies
were shown me from the moment I . put
foot on Russlal soil that? I could not have
refused, even had I desired to do so. the
Invitation to an audience of the Russian
Emperor. I was much Impressed by the
Fmperor's personality and his entire fa
miliarity with current affairs, especially
At Moscow 1 had .the rather novel ex
perience of dining one day with an official
who next day was made the target of a
bomb. This was Governor-General Guer
schelmann. The ride through Liberia was
most enlightening and gave one a very
different idea of that country from what
it la generally conceived to be. Especially
is this true as to agriculture, minerals and
population. Western Siberia will probably
undergo the same process of development
as our Middle West and I believe that In
time It will be the center of population of
the Russian empire.
Conservatism In Philippines.
' ' I was much pleased with conditions In
th Philippines. They were much better
.than I had hoped for. The Initial pro
ceedings of the first Philippine Assembly
and its tendency to conservatism, despite
the supposed radical majority, was most
In China the American residents were
anxious for reassurance as to America's
Intention toward maintaining the "open
door" policy. At the banquet In Shanghai
I endeavored to give this assurance.
Mr. Taft presided at the ship's concert
on Monday evennig last, and was warmly
toasted at the captain's dinner the night
before reaching port.
MUST WAIT ONE GENERATION
Taft Talks on Prospects of Inde
pendence for Philippines'.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20. Secretary
Taft, accompanied by his son, Charles
Taft, arrived In Washington over the
Pennsylvania Railroad at 8:26 o'clock to
night. At the station to meet the Secre
tary were a number of the officials of
the War and other departments, who
gave him a hearty welcome. Mr. Taft
In reply expressed his great pleasure in
reaching home again.
When Mr. Taft .alighted from the train
his friends in official life and a num
ber of newspaper men gathered around
him and an impromptu reception oc
curred. Mr. Taft met the newspaper men
by appointment at his residence tonight,
after which he called at 10 o'clock at
the White House to discuss with the
President his trip abroad.
Mr. Taftvtaiked freely with the news
paper men concerning his long trip
abroad. He declined to be drawn' into
a discussion of the political situation,
stating that he had been absent for so
long a time that he was not familiar
with the trend of events. He did an
nounce, however, that he had made an
appointment to meet Arthur I. Vorys,
his campaign manager, early next week
in Washington to talk over the situation.
He said he expected to remain in Wash
ington all of next week, but he thought
it possible that he might have to go to
Cincinnati to look after the settlement
of his mother's estate.
On the subject of the Philippines the
Secretary said It would not be advisa&le
to grant the Filipinos Independence for
at' least a generation yet. He proceeded:
I have been very much encouraged as to
what we are accomplishing In the way of
training the Filipinos. I think that today
there is more co-operation between the
American Government and the Filipinos in
working for the benefit of the Islands in the
matter of education and business prosperity
than ever before. There has never been a
time when conditions have been so quiet as
at present. I believe the General Assembly
win be instrumental in oringniB auuu. lu.
The conditions In the Islands with respect
to business are better than they have been
since I have known them, but they are still
not as good as might be, owing to the con-
tinuance of the cattle disease, which took
away about 75 per cent of the cattle.
In speaking of the Philippine General
Assembly and its Speaker, Mr. Asmanla,
who is not quite 30 years of age, Mr.
"The Speaker is a very sensible and
conservative kind of man, easily the
ablest man of the Assembly of 80 mem
bers, and I am hopeful that the As
sembly may produce some good legisla
tion." Mrs Taft and Miss Helen Taft re
mained in New Tork City, where they
will be the guests of the Secretary's
brother, Henry W. Taft, for several
lieceptlon at Shanghai Is a Silent
Apology for (Boycott.
HONOLULU, Dec. 30. L. R. Wilftey.
Judge of the 'United States Court at
Shanghai. China, arrived here today on
the steamer Manchuria, on his way to
Washington, for the purpose of urging
on Congress the. adoption of a new code
for China and the construction of a Gov
ernmental building commensurate with
American interests. Judge Wilfley refused
to discuss charges that 'have been made
against his conduct of his office.
He said that the magnificent reception
tendered Secretary of War Taft on his
recent visit to Shanghai by the Chinese
merchant guilds was interpreted there
as a silent apology for the recent boy
cott on American goods In China.
British Squadron in Pacific.
LONDON, Dec. 20. According to the
Standard, the Admiralty has decided to
establish next May a Pacific and North
American squadron, the base of which
probably will be at Esquimalt, B. C.
CONTENTS TODAY'S PAPER
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. 49
degrees; minimum. 43.
TODAT'9 Rain, southerly winds.
Harden trial held in secret after Voli
Moltke's cousin testifies. Page 3.
"Wltte attacks Kuropatkln's war record.
Movement to depose the Shah. Page 4.
Fleet approaching the West Indies. Page 4.
Secretary Taft returns and says Japan wants
peace. Page 1. i
Ambassador O'Brien banqueted and given
assurances of Japan's friendship. Page 7.
Cortelyou's intrigue to Beeure nomination
for President. Page 1.
Bryan's tour in the Southwest. Page 4.
Troops to leave Goldfleld December . 30;
alarm among mineowners. Page 1.
Columbus mob chasing negro assailant of
white woman. Page 7.
Fish wins point In Illinois Central flght'after
row with Harahan. Page 3.
Only six. bodies, recovered from Darr mine;
at least 180 dead. Page 7.
New York broker killed by ruined specula
tor, who commits suicide. Page 4.
Squires knocked out by Flynn In six rounds.
St. Louis football team at St. Paul. Page 4.
Pettlhone Juror lias sensational statement to
make. Page 1.
Speckart will contest decided in young
woman's favor. Page 6.
Political scrap over election State Fair
Board secretary. Page 6.
Society belle of Vancouver elopes with sol-
dier boy. Page 6. 4
Commercial and Marine.
Durst confident of success of hopgrowers
union. Page 17.
Sharp advance in Eastern and foreign wheat
markets. Page 17.
Stock, list is generally stronger. Page 17.
Holiday trade large but not equal to last
year's. Page 16.
Steamship Glenstrae and the German ship
Ostera clear with wheat for the United
Kingdom. Page 16.
portland and Vicinity.
City Attorney confident of winning appeal
in charter amendment case. Page 12.
Children of M. G. Bradley, fugitive m -
derer, taken from custody of dissolute
wife. Page 12.
Asiatic Exclusion League lays plans for
mass meeting. Page 13.
Commonwealth Trust Company suspends;
liabilities small and covered by assets.
Tage 13. '
Local railroad offices' cut 'down expenses
Page 13. .
-4IELY RUMORS SET
AFLOAT 111 USE
Juror Evans Starts
ANXIOUS TO TELL SOMETHING
Refrains, However, From Mak
ing Public Statement.
SHOWS GREAT AGITATION
Old Story Revived State Not Satis
fied With Haywood Jury Objec
tions Made to Bailiffs Much
Excitement in Courtroom.
BOISB, Idaho. Dec 20. (Special.-Im-mediately
after court adjourned this
afternoon In the Pettibone trial after a
day marked by intense interest. Juror B.
L. Evans arose and asked permission of
Judge Wood to make a statement to the
court and the two leading counsel in
the case. Judge Wood, after studying a
moment, said that It would not be
proper fbr him to speak to them In pri
vate, but that if he had anything to
say he could speak in open court, as the
jury could not be separated.
"I have no objection to speaking in
the presence of the jury," said Evans,
but when Judge Wood instructed him to
speak, he remarked that the statement
should not be made in public, and turn
ing to pass out . with the others the
juror said: "I do not think that would be
The judge then stated the matter would
have to be postponed.
' Juror Much Agitated.
The juror was flushed as be spoke and
his eyes were filled with tears, indicat
ing that whatever he wished to say he
considered of grave importance. Attor
neys on both sides profess to have no
Intimation of what the juror proposed to
The Incident created excitement amone;
an older story which 'It served to bring
At the opening of the trial the state
was not satisfied with the two bailiffs put
in charge of the jury. One is a cousin of
Edgar Wilson, of counsel for the defense,
and the other has been a warm friend
of Wilson for 30 years. Both served In
the same capacity with the Haywood
There have been disquieting rumors
about some members of the Haywood
jury, hence the dissatisfaction of the
state. The prosecution took the matter
up with Judge Wood, suggesting there
should be a change of bailiffs.
All Manner of Rumors Afloat.
The judge was unwilling to act on sus
picion or to believe the two men could
not be trusted, so he declined to remove
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them, but said he would name any one
recommended by the state for the third
bailiff: Clawson, a brother-in-law of the
Sheriff, was o recommended, and ap
pointed. With this story known there are all
manner of rumors as to what Juror
Evans wishes to tell the court. It Is
thought it will be arranged for the state
ment to be made with none but the jury
and attorneys present. ,
Juror Evans Is a farmer, 3S years old.
ORCHARD'S VIF1S A WITNESS
Tells of Pettioone's Visits and Con
versation at Her Home.
BOISB, Idaho, Dec. 20. Evidence in cor
roboration of Harry Orchard's testimony
was given this afternoon by Mrs. Ida
Tony, Orchard's second wife, who was on
the witness stand all the afternoon and
will be recalled tomorrow morning for
She told of Pettibone coming to their
home at Independence under the name of
Morgan, bringing with him a small valise,
and of leaving with Orchard, going to-
Secretary of War William H. Taft,
VI "ho . Returned Yesterday From
Tour Around World.
ward Bill Davis' house; of Orchard
leaving home in company with Steve
Adams on the night of the Independence
depot explosion; of his bringing her
a large roll of money after one of his
trips to Denver and of. her efforts to find
him after his disappearance.
Most of the morning session was con
sumed in tho cross-examination of Young
Charles Neville. Clarence Darrow, chief
counsel for the defense, was in court
again today, after an illness of nearly a
week and h3 concluded the cross-examination
of Mrs. Tony, this afternoon.
Mrs. Ida Tony was called to the witness
stand when court convened for the after
noon sS!''n. - ri vjtrjj-- ; - ; . .
the -Vindicator mine Orchard was away
from home. She read an account of the
affair in which mention was made of the
size of the boots worn by the man who
did the shooting, and that they were the
same eize as those worn by her husband.
When Orchard read this, she said, he
threw his boots down a shaft. Before the
Vindicator explosion. Orchard brought
a revolver home, and it disappeared about
the time of the explosion. After this, she
continued, he went to Denver for three
or four days, and when he returned he
gave her a roll of bills. She said that
when he left home he had only some
Mrs. Tony said that she first met Pet
tibone at her. home in Altman In May;
1904. He brought with him a small valise
and inquired for Orchard. Pettibone was
iiuiiuum.au as iui, 4au1gu.il. Alter tsjey
naa DreaKiast, tne witness said, .Petti
bone and Orchard left, going toward Bill
(Concluded on Page 3.)
Cortelyou Forced to
Show His Hand. ;
WAS WALL STREET FORITE
But Roosevelt Spoiled Plan J
HIS BOOM HAS COLLAPSED
Silent Secretary Had Emissaries at
Work to Gather In Delegates, but
. Roosevelt's I setter of Renun
ciation . Foiled Them.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Dec 20. Now that all doubt as to
President Roosevelt's intentions has been
removed, "the interests" will lay plans
to prevent the nomination of any candi
date committed to the so-called Roosevelt
policies. Whether they will ultimately
concentrate on Senator Knox or Secretary
Cortelyou or Senator Poraker, or on some
man not now regarded ae a -candidate,
will depend largely upon the trend of
events during the next few months, but
until his intrigue to secure the nomina
tion had been exposed and he had con
sequently been- forced to deny publicly
that he was a candidate, also that he had
used any Influence to forward his candi
dacy secretly, Mr. Cortelyou was the fa
vorite candidate of Wall street.
Roosevelt Pricked the Bubble:
But Mr. Cortelyou, In cultivating Wall
street, has overlooked the general deter
mination of the people to control the next
convention, 'or else he believes that "the
interests" rather than the people will dic
tate the action of that convention.
Whatever his reasoning may be, and de
spite his positive denial, the fact remains
that Mr. Cortelyou has made use of his
official position to strengthen himself, with
tn money ww. nni f- mn-' 36.
lel'you would be stronger in convention
than any other candidate acceptable to
them, their funds would have been placed
at the disposal of the man who rose from
stenographer to Cabinet officer.
Mr. Cortelyou cannot get over hl dis
comfiture resulting from the President's
reiteration of his election-night state
ment. That , announcement from the
White House worked great havoc with
the deep-laid plans of the Secretary of
the Treasury, and In the opinion of many
the timeliness of that announcement wig
destroy whatever chance there may have
been for nominating Mr. Cortelyou at the
convention. Those who know Mr. Cortel
you know that he works underground and
he works without noise. But in spite of
that fact the President discovered his
plan, forced him into the open and there
by lessened his chances of success.
Mr. Cortelyou. though a member of
the Cabinet, has never looked with fa
vor on the Presidential boom of the
Secretary of War, who In point of of
flclr -ajik is below the Secretary of
the Treasury. Entertaining, as he did
and does, the Idea that he is marked by
fate to occupy the Presidential chair.
Mr. Cortelyou has long felt that the
President. Instead of favoring Mr. Taft.
s'lould give his moral support - to the
Secretary of the Treasury, espeela'ly
as. the latter hails from the President's
own state. On that point Mr. Roosevelt
and Mr. Cortelyou have never beeq able
to agree and, because of their disa
greement. -there has been more or less
of -a coolness in the Cabinet. -
When Mr. Cortelyou fuund that fTe
could not count on Mr. Roosevelt's Sup
port not even his moral support he
sized up the situation and decided to
go ahead Irrespective of thj -wishes and
preferences of his chief. In the last
campaign Mr. Cor-.elyou had been chair
man of the Republjran committee and
1 to anftr,-'Nfffre"" dght for Mr. Roose
velt. He had come in contact with
ReptiDlican loaders from every state,
and many of them he came to know in
timately. In that campaign he had as
his right-hand man Frank H. Hitch
cock, aow Frst Assistant Postmaster
General. Closely .associated with him
,vas John. G. Capers, now Commissioner
of Internal Revenue. These three got
together to engineer the Cortelyou
boom, and they were making magni
ficent progress when the President in
tervened and upset the machinery.
Scheme to Organize Stampede.
Mr. Cortelyou had no intention of
publicly announcing himself a candi
date, but was content to let his friends
talk of him and quietly work up senti
ment In his behalf. Mr. Hitchcock was
business manager of the campaign and
Mr. Capers was press agent. Mr. Hitch
cock found it necessary frequently to
Inspect postofflces in the South and
West, and on these Inspection trips he
conferred with the Republican
leaders who were known to be
friendly to Mr. Cortelyou. He also
took occasion to discuss politics with
Postmasters, for in the South Postmast
ers are always active politicians, and' in
the smaller towns the Postmasters are
leaders of the Republican party. But
Mr. Hitchcock did not instruct the post
masters to shout for Mr. Cortelyou, to
build up Cortelyou machines and to ar
range to send Cortelyou delegates to the
convention. Oh, no. That was not the
game. The Postmasters and the bigger
Republicans friendly to Mr. Cortelyou
were to shout for Mr. Roosevelt and un
dertake to send instructed Roosevelt del
egates to the convention, out it was un
derstood that at the proper time it would
become known that Mr. Roosevelt would
not accept the nomination, and then the
delegates instructed for Mr. Roosevelt
were to swing to Mr. Cortelyou and stam
pede the convention.
While this was going on in the South,
thy active Mr. Capers was adroitly id
. ( g rt- vs'u--; urn ind rjp'r.. ' '5n-tutmine-
them tit a friendly ' way Oat Mr.
Roosevelt, as a matter of fact, did not
favor the nomination of Mr. Taft, but
really wanted to see Mr. Cortelyou nom
inated. He tried to break down the well
established idea that Mr. Taft wets the
President's first choice, and to some ex
tent he succeeded. That Is, he managed
to get a number of stories printed along
the lines of his talks. .
Death Blow to His Boom.
This was the state of affairs when the
President ordered his cabinet officers to
prohibit all Government employes from
going to the convention as delegates in
structed to vote for Mr. Roosevelt. This
order went to every cabinet officer, but
Mr. Cortelyou did not spread the news
among his bureau chiefs as rapidly as
he might have done, and Mr. Capers
promptly rushed out onto newspaper row
and stood sponser for stories emphatic
ally denying the statement that the
President was undertaking to prevent
office-holders from going to the conven
tion instructed for him. ' For his per
nicious activity Mr. Capers has since
been called to time, and has lost stand
ing In newspaper circles as a man of de
pendability. Mr. Cortelyou, Mr. Hitchcock and Mr.
Capers wanted the President to -remain
silent on the subject of his renomlnation
until the convention assembled, or until
a very short time before it convened, so
that they could adroitly work the dele
gates from the South and West by con
vincing them that Mr. Cortelyou was Mr.
Roosevelt's first choice. Could this have
been done, the Taft men might have been
unable to head off the stampede, and Mr.
Cortelyou might have landed the nomina
tion. But the President became aware of
Mr. Cortelyou's plan; he learned of the
combination and its methods; got all the
details of the campaign, and after calling
down Mr. Hitchcock and Mr. Capers,
made his announcement, which was fatal
to the Cortelyou boom.
Forced to Deny Candidacy.
In order to square himself with the
President after his machinations had been
discovered, Mr. Cortelyou felt compelled
to publish a letter denying that he was
a candidate and repudiating all that had
been done on his behalf. He was forced
into the open and fresh air was not
healthy to his boom.
After his long experience as Secretary
to two Presidents, as chairman of the
Republican National Committee, and 'af
ter serving aa head of three different Gov
ernment departments, Mr. Cortelyou
should-have known better than to under
take to prostitute his public office to pro
mote his personal ambition, and he should
have known better In the recent finan
cial crisis than to have favored New Tork
and his Walll street friends at the ex
pense of the rest of the country. Wall
street is not in a position to deliver the
nomination and the public Is not In a
mood to elevate a man who jockeys with
his public trust. As a popular idol and
apostle of all that Is clean In politics,
Mr. Cortelyou haa turned out to be a
- Irish Iader Sent to Prison.
DUBLIN. Dec. 20. Laurence Glnnell,
member of Parliament for Northwest
Meath, who "has been prominent in the
cattle driving campaign, was sentenced
today to six months' imprisonment for
contempt of court In connection with
comments in a recent 6peech upon the
cattle driving trials.
THBdS STATE OH
Roosevelt Will Recall
CONSTERNATION II) GOLDFIELD
Governor Orders Sheriff to
THREAT OF MARTIAL LAW
President Says Troops Can't Do the
Mate's Police Work Indefinitely.
Mines May Close or .Be Crowd
ed 'With the Strikebreakers.
GOLDFIELD, Dec. 20, News of the
President's order removing the Federal
troops from Goldtield on December SO
has caused a sensation among the mlne-
, owners and the residents of the city gen
erally. The roews was received at noon
today and during the afternoon confer
ences were held between Captain Cox,
the representative of Governor Sparks
in Goldfleld, and Colonel Reynolds, com
manding the troops here, and between
the. mineowners and members of the
President Mackinnon and other officials
of the Miners' Union said tonight that
the possibility of disorder or violence of
any sort will be no greater after the re
moval of the troops than now, and that
they shall use every endeavor to main
tain peace and quiet.
O. N. Hilton, sent here by President
Moyer, of the Western Federation, to
assist in effecting a compromise for the
Western Federation of Miners witn le
Mineowners' Association, if possible,- aft
er a conference with Mr. Mackinnon said
that he was assured that no violence
would be attempted. He said also that
the position of the miners of the Western
Federation is unchanged.
Order Sheriff .to Keep- Pc. -
Capl'fln Cox siid that the tiovp',.or will
at once Issue Instructions to Bhei'ift ln
galls of this county to the effect that he
shall expect the Sheriff to adopt vigorous
measures to secure the safety and peace
of every resident of Esmeralda County,
and that he will be prepared at the first
sign of trouble to declare martial law.
"If violence Is attempted Immediately
upon the removal of the troops," said
Captain Cox, "then the troops will be
stopped en route to San Francisco and
brought back here. Or they may be
brought back to Goldfleld from San Fran
cisco or Monterey ' on very short notice.
The order of withdrawal does not mean
that Goldfleld Is to be entirely without
the possibility of aid from the Federal
troops in case of . serious trouble,"
The officers of Esmeralda County vis
ited the labor commission and signed a
statement to the effect that it will be to
the best interests of the people of Gold
fleld to have the Federal troops remain
in Goldfleld for an Indefinite time. The
Sheriff was one of the sisners.
Operators Consider Policy.
The civic bodies of Goldfleld are hold
ing sessionB and strong statements will
be forwarded to the President within
the coming few hours regarding the wis
dom of withdrawing the troops. The
Mineowners' Association is holding an
executive session and will issue a state
ment later setting forth the position ot
the mine operators. At this meeting two
extreme measures willf be discussed and
probably one of them will be decided on
definitely. One involves the closing of
all the mines indefinitely, the other the
bringing in of a large number of strike
breakers to be on the ground by the
time the troops leave. President Dowlen,
before the meeting, saHd that he favored
closing the mines.
"The mine operators will at once or
gaplze for protection," he said. "We
have now here 150 men to whom we are
morally bound to give protection and we
have ourselves and our property. Wo
shall take every precautionary measure
possible and shall lose no time in doing .
so. We fear personal violence an'd riot
when the protection of the troops is
Hundreds of Deputies.
Constable Inman, who now has a large
force of deputies, many of whom are in
the employ of the Mineowners' Associa
tion as guards, states that he will at
once make out several hundred blank
commissions and that he will Increase
his force greatly and as fast as reliable
men can be secured for deputies. The
Sheriff declares that he sees no cause for t
alarm In the order for the removal of
the troops and that he shall use his best
endeavor to preserve peace;
Notwithstanding all these assurances,
the people of Goldfleld are tonight greatly ,
apprehensive that trouble will como when ,
the troops shall have departed, and great :
pressure will be brought to bear upon the i
President to countermand his order in-!
spfar as at least a portion of the Federal '
troops now here is concerned.
Mineowners Will Stand Firm.
A statement Issued by the Mineown
ers' Association after the session of the :
executive committee says that the ab- '
sence of troops from Goldfleld will in I
no way affect the position taken by the !
association, and concludes:
If we are unlawfully Interfered with, ft ,
Is the duty of the State of Nevada to (rive
us protection, and, if the state Is unable ft :
do so, then It is the duty of the United
States. We will employ guards and discharge
as far as possible the duties that really be
long to the state and JJation. tf ire fail and
out property is destroyed and. the Uvea of