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XIX. NO. 13.
PORTLAND. OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 1 1900.
PRICE- FIVE CENTS.
n j -r cV 4twrf'JlJ HJH3ex
iendcncy In the Demo-
JSE GREAT COMMOTION
Elected to the State Con-
I domination of a
2GATESTO STATE CONVENTION.
Jl T. Mllner.
C. K. Henry.
C. E. S. Wood,
H. B. Nicholas,
Geo. W. Holcomb,
J. W. Grussl.
F. V. Holman,
J. C. Welch.
t; D. McKlnnon,
Geo. H. Thomas,
W. E. Burae,
E. J. Jeffery,
R. D. Inman.
Geo. L. Hutchln,
W. N. Gatens,
T. T. Struble,
A. J. Knott.
W. A. Munlv.
Geo. E. Chamberlain,
N. A. reery.
IV. A. Robertson,
H. A. Smith,
P. A. Watts,
L. T. Peery,
Fusion was the Issue In the Democratic
city and county convention, which was
held in the assembly hall of the Chamber
of Commerce, yesterday. The battle was
fought without a word being said about
the advantage or disadvantage of com
bining with the Populists. The lines were
sharply drawn In the contest for the tem
porary chairmanship. Ex-Municipal Judge
Alex Sweek represented the regular wing
of the party, which votes the straight
ticket, whether the plavrorm Is for gold
or silver. It Is also conciliatory towards
the Gold Democrats In the hope of getting
them back Into the fold. Mr. Mllner
stood for the fusion element. His election
was. therefore, a. clear victory for tho
Two elates for delegates to the state
convention made "-.'r appearance at the
afternoon st?- kreated such a com
motion tha , Bd to admit having
had anythf Rlth them. Every
DemtJJsKL solemnly demea
kno-nHM the source from
whkK as the
polid-K er been attempt
ed jis H.ntlon In Oregon.
BoiU "Vup by the fame
cav amaaaaaaaaaamaV'- nly difference
bslB the printed slate
coH i were favorable
tQK .rltten one. The
gggggggggggggggggggggggggWiY1 create the tm-
fte elate the dorn.
He sham to
ftirai raised about
Hplved to per-
B1 to be
P the do-
I mkal WtWeBbT SAitiould have been
a contest for controrof the delegation 10
the state convention, for It Is In that bodr
that the question of fusion will be settled.
But the contest yesterday looked a little
further and contemplated the election of a
Multnomah County man as chairman of
the state convention. While the delegates
wore extremely close mouthed on this
point, the report has got out that W. E.
Robertson, who was a candidate for May
or of Portland In 1S9S, Is the man In view.
The convention was noisy In its pro
ceedings, and cumbersome In Its methods.
Parliamentary law was set at defiance,
and at times It was difficult to maintain
order. Gold and Silver Democrats and
Silver Republicans were represented In the
convention. W. E. Burke, who was elect
ed to the Legislature as a Republican In
1S34, and who .distinguished himself by
bolting the caucus nomination of Dolph
for United Slates Senator, sat as' a dele
gate from the Ninth Ward. Late in the
afternoon, time was given to M1m Mor
row to make a brief address In behalf of
The convention will reassemble later this
month to put up a city and county ticket.
During the recess, an effort will be made
to determine who arc willing to take
nominations, so that when once the ticket
is nominated, there ehall be as little
danger as possible of withdrawals.
UcKan With a WranKIe.
Convention hour. 10 A. M.. found Henry
Gray. Harry Adams and one or two
others of the faithful Industriously ar
ranging a surprise that was not in the
nature of a slate. A large picture of
Bryan had been rolled and tied with a
string, and hung across the picture be
hind the platform. The knot that held
the roll was so tied that a Jerk of the
string would cause the canvas to unfold,
displaying Bryan's face to an admiring
constituency. This little stage play was
Intended for effect. The only other pre
liminary event of Importance was the
taking of a large draught of pure water
by Judge Thomas O'Day. All the re
porters sitting at the desk hastily pulled
out tlulr watches and made due note of
the incident and the time of its occur
rence. A few applauded the Judge for his
Dr. G. M. Wells, chairman of the
County and City Central Committee,
rapped for order at 10:16 and devoted a
minute or two to suggesting that the
delegates group themselves by wards,
and that spectators keep to the rear of
the hall. It was not necessary thus to
warn the spectators, as they were few
in number, probably not over a dozen,
and enthusiastically docile.
Immediately Dr. Wells called for nomi
nations for temporary chairman, the con
vention plunged Itself into a spirited con
test and parliamentary tangle. W. N.
Gatens nominated J. T. Mllner. "a man
who has the respect of all the Demo
crats of this county." George L. Hutch
ln, who has taken a great liking to Ore
go and Oregon politics In recent years,
nominated ex-Municipal Judge Alex
Sweek, "a splendid Democrat, who has
done a great deal for the party, and who
is still willing to carry its banner to suc
cess." The wrangle that followed related en
tirely to the manner In which the bal
lot should be taken. Judge O'Day moved
a roll-call by wards, and that chairmen
ct the ward delegations cast the ballot.
'at Fowers moved to amend by calling
tae roll of delegates, and that each dele
ate declare by viva-voce vote his choice
lor temporary chairman as his name was
called. "We want no gag rule." said
Pat. Dr. John Welch seconded Mr. Pow-
Itva. and declared that every man
nut on record. To this covert
udge O'Day said he was willing
name caned on this question
ier issue that might arise.
aoxrved as an amendment
pt delegate, and that
ivame was called, should
secret ballot In a bat
was handy. No one
f-nendment being the
i convention, was put
Ud. Then Chairman
lut the original mo-
was going along
tine questioned his
stopped short and tie delegates began
talking. Sanderson Reed, W. P. Adams,
W. N. Gatens and Judge O'Dajr ex
plained things, and tried to get the dele
gates back Into the middle of the road.
When they finished. Secretary Turney
asked to be set aright before ha became
muddled, as the rest of those about
him were. The convention chose the
easiest way out of the mix-up by author
izing the appointment of tellers to take
charge of the election, leaving the pend
ing motion unsettled. John Van Zant
and W. P. Adams were named.
By this time the convention was pro
ceeding with an election without bavins;
decided how to hold It. Seeing trouble
ahead, Sanderson Reed, always practi
cal, moved a roll-call, and that each
delegate, as his name was called, stej
forward and drop his ballot Into a hat.
This was the suggestion of Mr. Adams
that met with so little favor a few min
utes before. This time it went through
with a whoop, like something new an4
Mllner Defeats Sweek.
While the tellers were counting the bal
lots, Brer Hutchln became impatient fot
the unfurling of the Bryan "surprise."
TRINITVS NEW ASSISTANT RECTOR.
REV. C B. LAKE.
On May 1, Rev..C H. Lake, now Jn charge of St. Stephen's Episcopal
Church at Baker City, will assume the duties of assistant rector at Trinity
Church, Portland, in pursuance of a call accepted last week. Mr. Lake was
bom In Monroe, Conn., In 187L He attended the public schools In New Ha
ven, and graduated in 1891. In 189S he graduated from the Berkley Divinity
School, Mlddleton, Conn,, and was ordained deacon In June of that year. He
acsumed orders In May, 1889, and had charge of work In Northern Maine and
In Black Hall, Conn., coming from there to Baker City May 30 the same
Additional to his duUes at Baker City, Mr. Lake served congregations at
Sumpter. Granite and Canyon City. In each community he won admiration
and affection, and his proposed departure for Portland occasions no little regret.
but Dr. Wells put him off, saying that
the surprise should be deferred until tha
temporal-)' chairman took his seat.
Mr. Mllner received 72 votes and Judge
Sweek 6. On motion of Judge Sweek and
Sanderson Reed, both speaking at the
same time, dinner's election was made
unanimous, and Messrs. Hutchln and
Gatens were nioolnted to escort the new
chairman to the platform. Dr. Wells, in
the Introductory speech, said Mllner would
make an impartial presiding officer. "I
see from the upturned faces before me,"
concluded Dr. Wells, "that there are men
here who are determined to do the beet
thing- for our party and our country."
With that. Dr. Wells Jerked the string
that Brer Hutchln had been Jealous
ly eyeing all through the proceedings, and
Bryan's face shot down with the same
alacrity that his Presidential prospects
shot down four years ago. The inscrip
tions on the banner were: "Liberty, Jus
tice and Humanity": "No Crown of
Thorns": "No Cross of Gold": "16 to 1";
"E Pluribus TJnum"; "Equal Rights to
All"; "Special Privileges to None." Brer
Hutchln, the same who had been watch
ing the string for some time, promptly
Jumped up and shouted "Three cheers for
William Jennings Bryan, the next Presi
dent of the United States!" Vigorous
cheering followed, but it. was rioted that
many did not arise, and' several neither
applauded nor cheered. The amount of
cheering which greeted Bryan's name did
not afflict the "convention with hoarse
On taklnr the chair. Mr. Mllner said:
"Our hearts are one. In accepting this
position, I desire to say that I will be fair
to all with whom I have to deal. We
are on the eve of the greatest battle the
party has over fought, and we hope the
outcome will be favorable to our peerless
leader, William Jennings Bryan. I-am glad
to know that this spirit of f rlendUnees pre
vails. There has been no enmity between
Judge Sweek and myself. I know that
he will stand by me now as I have stood
by him in the port. Gentlemen, I hops
you will forgive me for any errors that
I may make, and I thank you for this
Sanderson Reed and O. B. Cochran were
nominated for temporary secretary. Mr.
Reed, dreading a long drawn-out ballot,
such as had taken place on- the temporary'
chairmanship, withdrew, and Mr. Coch
ran was elected.
The .morning session ended with the ap
pointment of the following commltteee:
Credentials T. J. Concannon. J. D. Mc
Klnnon. D. M. Watson, T. T. Struble,
John Montag. George H. Thomas, M.
Strauss, Alex Sweek. . J. Beaky, L. T.
Peery. a K. Henry, Jacob Johnson, A.
Organization and order of business Dell
Stuart, H. B. Compson. W. E. Burke,
Sanderson Reed. F. A. Watts.
List of Delesrates.
Exactlv at 2 o'clock the convention was
called to order, and the chair called for
the reDort of the committee on credentials.'
The committee was not in the hall, and
at the suggestion of John Montag, Captain
A. C Barclay was sent for the commit
tee. Pat Powers thought a few speeches
would be a good thing at this point, and
George E. Chamberlain was loudly called
for. Mr. Chamberlain spoke only a few
minutes, and congratulated the conven-
'Concluded oa Firth Fax.)
BOUND FOR THE VAAL
Roberts Advancing on Kruger's
BIG BATTLE SAID TO BE IMMINENT
Details of the Kane Bldlns; Affair
Indicate It to Bare Been Stub
LONDON. April IU M.-The War
Office Issued no further news tonight, and
the few dispatches received from the seat
of war bear evidence of having been de
layed by the censor.
According to a special dispatch from, Pre
toria, dated yesterday. Lord Roberts has
j commenced his advance northward. Tha
I dispatch says there are dally skirmishes,
j and that a big battle Is Imminent. Thlr,
, however, may refer to the operations pre-
uns me engagement at Karee Siding,
which has apparently cleared the way, as
well as secured an advantageous position
whence the next operation may be con
ducted. Tucker's division is now strongly
occupying the Boer camp at Karee Sid
ing, with the way cleared to Brantfort,
which Is reported already evacuated.
Orders have been received at Cape Town
for the Eighth division to be disembarked
and sent north Immediately on its arrival
The Boer forces in the neighborhood of
Paardeberg are reported to be actively en
gaged In marauding and In attempting to
capture British horses left on the veldt,
owing to their weak condition. Six hun
dred Barkly refugees sent back from Cape
Town are stranded, tbe Klmberley mili
tary authorities refusing assistance to all
of them to proceed. Much Kaffir looting
is reported at Kllpdam.
An active campaign Is in progress on the
part of the loyalists of Cape Colony for
the annexation of the republics and the
punishment of the Colonials who served
in tbe Boer army. Meetings in support of
this policy have been held In many import
ant centers under the auspices of the
South African League.
The transportation of the prisoners to
St. Helena is arousing the anger of the
Boers, who threaten to retaliate by sending
the British prisoners to Kcomatlpoort, re
puted to be tbe worst fever den In South
The transport Norfolk sailed from South
hampton yesterday for Cape Town, and
had an enthusiastic send-off.
Speaking at Trowbridge Saturday even
ing. Right Hon. Walter Hume Long, Mem
ber of Parliament for West Darby, the
poet, said when the war was over Great
Britain should have to tee that the people
of South Africa, no matter what their
color, religion or politics, have equal lib.
erty. He could net say when the general
election would take place, but it would'rot
be until after the government had com.
pleted their task.
BATTLE OF KAREE SIDIXG.
Boers Ousted From a Strong; Xararal
BLOEMFONTEIN. March 3L The Boer
position yesterday was one of great nat
ural strength. Only the turning move
ment of General French and Major Le
Galllals. the latter commander of the
mounted infantry, on either flank. In
sured the British success.
The shape of the kopjes was Irregular.
The Boers' right flank position consisted
of a long hill with wooded sides connect
ed with the main position by & long, low
ridge, thickly wooded. The rest of the
position, toward the left, consisted of
broken kopjes, all connected by a high
Major Le Galllals moved around the
Boers' left and engaged them, first freely
using his Vlckers-Maxlms and gradually
forcing the Boers toward the center, whero
they made a good stand. Major Le Gall
lals was unable to move until late In the
day, while General French moved early.
The latter made a wide detour toward the
rear of the Boers, but was unable to com
plete the movement before the Boers per
ceived his intention and abandoned the
position. They retired In good order .be
tween General French and Major Le Gall
lals, where the main body of the Boers,
with four guns, held an excellent posi
tion on the edge of a deep donga, whence
they shelled General French.
The Infantry attack was delivered at
midday, when the Norfolks opened the
fight by seising the lower slopes of an
ugly kopje. Steadily they worked their
way to the crest of the hill, where a hot
engagement ensued. The Llncolnshlres oc
cupied the hill on the right, protecting tha
Eighteenth Battery, which dragged its
guns up tha hill with the greatest diffi
culty and opened a heavy fire at close
range. Maanwhlle, the City Imperials, get
ting In touch with the Boers, the re
mainder of Tucker's division' advanced
across a semi - circular basin, through
which the railway ran. It was very open
ground, and the Boers, from the kopjes
and ridge, delivered a heavy fire. In spite
of this, however, the British moved on
steadily as If on parade. The advance
was protected by guns, which vigotously
shelled the Boer positions.
At 4 o'clock the British advanced simul
taneously and occupied the Boers posi
tion, from which an excellent view could
be had of Brandfort, 15 miles distant
across the open plain. The Boer loss Is
Lord Roberts has sent a telegram of con
dolence to President Kruger on the death
of General Joubert. Rudyard Kipling has
written a poem on Joubert's death, which
appears In tbe Friend, of the Free State.
Colonel GonKh Dead.
LONDON, March. SL Lord Roberts re
ports the death at Non-si's Pont, March
23, of Colonel the Hon. George Hugh
Gough, C B. Gough had been private
secretary of the Commander-tn-Chlef of
the British forces. Lord Wokseley, since
Ir!onersSnt to St. Belena.
CAPE TOWN. March JL-Today the first
batch of prisoners started fcr St, Helena.
PECK IN A DILEMMA.
Faclns; the Question of Opening Am
erican Bnlldlass on Sunday.
PARIS, March SL The Important ques
tion whether the American and British
sections of the Exposition shall be open
Sundays came up this week, engaging the
serious attention of both the American
and British Commissioners, upon whom
pressure Is being brought to bear by some
of their respective countrymen to close
their exhibits. United States Commissioner-General
Peck's mall has brought a
big batch of protests on this subject, and
the Commissioner finds himself m a di
lemma, as the closure of the American
section on what will be the most popular
visiting day of the week certainly will not
meet with favor from Frenchmen. The
British Commissioner has received an of
ficial Intimation from his Government to
go as far as possible toward conciliating
the religious feeling on the subject. The
American Commissioner Intends to close
the bureau on Sunday, nnd ComnVt-iIoner-
, tl ta?h 1.1
General Peck will consult with
authorities with a view of com'
arrangement which will
.nr ,,-i sri
ceptlbillty of his own
h. and with tk' UKS?
the French 'expectations,
custom here, which makes Sunday a pub
A representative of tho Associated Press
saw the French exposition authorities in
regard to the question of closing the
American section on Sunday, and was told
that the United States would be quite
within its rights In closing Its exhibits,
but that it would be regarded as a very
unfortunate decision. Sunday, he was In
formed, was always the greatest day of
the week, and the shutting up of the
American buildings would debar hundreds
of thousands from viewing what will un
doubtedly be one of the most interesting
and Important exhibits.
United States Ambassador Porter went
through the American section Thursday
In order to see for himself the exact po
sition of affairs, and he afterward ex
pressed himself as extremely satisfied with
the state of progress, u compared with
the representations of other countries.
The speech of M. Mlllerand, Minister of
Commerce and Industry, at the Inagura
tlon of the exposition. Is looked forward
to with the keenest Interest.
An Interesting little Franco-American
demonstration took place this week In
the town of Vendome, which Is the home
of the Rochambeau family. A subscrip
tion waj recently raised, to which Am
bassador Porter and the members of the
American Embassy were Invited to con
tribute, for the erection of a monument
to the Marquis de Rochambeau. The first
stone was laid early In the week, and Its
laying was made the occasion of a local
fete. The Stars and Stripes were flown,
and a message of fraternity was sent
to President McKlnlcy. The committee
today was delighted to receive a charm
ing reply, saying the President was deep
ly touched by the sentiments of cordial
fraternity for the United States which
the committee expressed on the occasion
of the foundation of a monument to "one
of the most Illustrious of those generous
Frenchmen whose names live in the
hearts of all Americans."
It is now settled that Archbishop Ireland
will deliver the dedicatory address at the
unveiling of the Lafayette monument,
July 4. 4
The French Society of La Sabretacho.
which Is composed mainly of well-known
artists and litterateurs, has raised a sub
scription to erect a monument to the
French soldiers who fell at Waterloo, to
be placed upon the battlefield. The de
sign of the monument Is very striking.
It represents on the summit of a pyramid
a gigantic caglo at bay, one claw clutch
ing the staff of a standard to which still
adhere shreds of a flag. The bird, with a
broken wing, stands facing the enemy.
The other claw Is raised menacingly, and
the beak Is ready to strike a dying bl?r.
The monument Is tbe work of Gerome.
Ex-Senator Gibson Dead.
WASHINGTON. March &. Ex-United
States Senator Gibson, of Maryland, died
at 2 o'clock this morning of heart dlaeasa
at the residence of his brother. Lieutenant
Gibson, of the Navy, In this city, where
he had resided since his retirement from
the Senate. Last night he visited the
Metropolitan Club, returning home about
10 o'clock. He complained of feeling 111.
but as he had not been in good health for
some time, this did not cause any alarm.
His condition grew worse, and at 1 o'clock
a physician was called In. He sank stead
ily, and died an hour later. He leaves a
widow, but no children.
President Colombo Reslsraed.
ROME. March 2L SIgnor Albert!. Vice-
President of the House, took the chair at
the opening of the Chamber of Deputies
today, and announced that SIgnor Colom
bo had resigned the Presidency, and that
other officials attached to the Presidency
had also resigned. The sitting today was
calm, though the Socialists were exultant
at the resignation of Colombo, which, with
the withdrawal of the degree of law, they
attribute to their uncompromising obstruc
ACTIVITY OF RUSSIA
Military Preparations in Several
WAR WITH JAPAN U NOT PROBABLE
The Mikado's Government TJnpre-
pared (or Hostilities Coercion of
Tarkey Balsarla Restless.
LONDON, March tL Russian activity
has been the international factor of the
week, and diplomatic functionaries at
tached to the court of St. James are ask
ing themselves: "What does It all mean
and where will It end 7" Tbe Russian Am
bassador smiles blandly and assures his
M - J
Trtunjtii -4t-r--"-'" 'tv'"r nb-
v aeuHBsr : oui jihk. ine cune, tpec-
:Iea lv .- Toere.h re many men
of fair standing and a tolerable knowledge
of international undercurrents who are
willing to say that war between Russia
and Japan has now come within meas
urable distance. Ot these, Henry Gor
man, who has Just returned from a trip
to Russia. Is one. But the Associated
Press learns that no such view Is taken
by the British Foreign Office, which, dur
ing the recent troublesome times, has
sized up tbe International situation with
wonderful correctness. The next few
weeks may, perhaps, bring up a tremen
dous war scare, but the salient fact re
mains that Japan is not ready for hos
tilities. Alarming telegrams from the
far East may Increase and multiply, and
Corea may seem to be on the verge of an
nexation by Russia, but the calm of Down,
lng street is not likely to be disturbed.
Corean matters have neen arranged by
treaty, and Lord Salisbury does not be
lieve that Russia Intends to break tbe
treaties, though her relations with Japan
may become strained to a serious point.
It all this rumpus In the far East had
been postponed for another year, there
Is scarcely any doubt that war would be a
serious probability: but those having any
Intimate knowledge of Japan's far-reaching
naval projects and her recent state ot
Incompleteness, do not hesitate to say
that Japan is not going to risk anything
until her plans are matured. The Jap
anese naval maneuvers in the coming Fall
are to be carried out on an unprecedented
scale, and will partake more of the nature
ot a demonstration than of peaceful evolu
tions. Forty or more war vessels are ex
pected to be present in Japanese waters.
The moral effect of such an aggregation
upon far Eastern questions is causing no
As far as Great Britain Is concerned.
Russia's military .rather than naval ac
tivity Is chiefly Interesting, though the
press Is not yet allowed to take up Its cue
In this matter. The Foreign Office, while
only faintly Interested In Corea, being
sure that no serious trouble will result
there, is devoting careful Investigation
to the warlike preparations occurring in
There seems no longer to be any doubt
that Turkey, for her tardiness to meet
the Russian demands regarding railway
concessions. Is being menaced by her
northern neighbor, and many signs point
to the fact that Russia Intends to settle
herself In the northeast ot Asia Minor,
unless Turkey gives In. Already 23,000
Russian troops are maintained on those
borders, while the Black Sea squadron is
ready for business at a moment's notice.
To what extent British moral assistance
can be given to Turkey In withstanding
the Russian demands Is a question at the
present moment occupying Lord Salis
bury's attention to an even greater extent
than the South African War. In lew
of the troubles of Great Britain In South
Africa, It Is'more than probable that Tur
key will meet the demands and that Rus
sian troops will be withdrawn.
The scare anent Russian troops concen
trating to Invade Afghanistan apparently
arose from this movement In the direc
tion of Turkey In Asia Minor and Af
ghanistan, and has passed into the cate
gory of peaceful, uninteresting spheres.
With all these reports, to say nothing of
continued rumors of Bulgaria's desire to
throw off Turkey's suzerainty and beroro'o
a vassal of the Czar, it Is evident that,
while Russia Is observing to the letter her
promise to England not Interfere In South
Africa, she Is not Idle In taking advan
tage of opportunities in every quarter of
the globe. For the peace of the world,
it is reassuring to remember that the fixed
policy of Russia for years has been to
take matters almost to the point ot hostili
ties, and then to settle diplomatically, the
only exception of this In modern times
being the Crimea, when the tone of the
peace party In England led her to believe
that this country would not Interfere.
The Delaa-oa Bay Airnrd.
As a nation and as individuals. Great
Britain Is very wroth over the Delagoa
Bay Railway award. The average opin
ion is that this Is merely the latest In
stance where the country has got the
worst end by trusting to arbitration. AH
high-flown prophecies that an Anglo-Gr-man
secret African agreement' would be
come operative through the decision hav
ing fallen flat, because the damages agaliut
Portugal are so small that she la amply
able to pay them herself, without giving
either party to the secret agreement the
opportunity of bidding for Delagoa Bay.
That this would occur was definitely
stated some days ago In these dispatches,
and right up to the last several of the
most Influential organs seemed to be al
most sure that Portugal wouiu be obliged
to sell Delagoa Bay to Great Britain In
order to pay up. As a result. Delagoa Biy
Railway debentures went up to 132. and
shares of .the company to 7. After the
announcement of the decision the deben-
tiirA -nrant Anrcn 1ft) whtl Rhnrejl routu
be bought for 2s 6d. or practically noth
ing, as It was evident that the award pro
vided scarcely anything to make them
good. After this tremendous drop. It wlk
be a long time before the city looks favor
ably on arbitration proposals.
An American Boy in Sonth Africa,
The publication of dispatches relating
to the action of the naval brigades with
m COMMAND OF
Generals Methuen jmd BuSTsjtWr.si
ceuent Idea of tliy splendid'.woric
pllshed by the sailors, and araoag- these
singled out for distinction tf being
tloned in dispatches" is an American bay
of 17. MIdshapman W. W. Sill em, who
of 17, Midshipman W. W. Slllem. whose
mother Is now the wife of the English
Vice-Admiral. Richard C. Mlnehan. He Is
the son of the late William Slllem. of San
Francisco. The official report of the bat
tle of Belmpnt says:
"Midshipman Slllem also charged to the
top of the hill, gallantly leading his men.
all the time under a very heavy fire, and
Is deserving of special mention."
THE GERMAN-AMERICAN VOTE
Editor Ottcnclorfer on Isaacs of the
NEW YORK. March 3L The World to
morrow will say:
Oswald Ottendorfer, editor of the Slants
Zeltung, was Interviewed by a World re
porter on the political Issues of the day
and the prospects ot tho coming Na
tional campaign, .sir. ottendorfer said:
"The German-Americans voted almost
solidly against Bryan and free silver four
years ago. They aro still opposed to tho
free coinage of sliver, but they know that
the gold standard Is now a reality, and
that It cannot be Interfered with for some
years to come. However, the German
American voters might fear the election
of Bryan on a 16-to-l platform. They
might dread the uncertainty of things
should Bryan become President."
"As between McKlnley and Bryan, who
would be your choice?"
"Personally, and speaking only for my
self." replied Mr. Ottendorfer. "I would
prefer Bryan's election to McKlnleys re
election. In my opinion, the Kansas City
convention would do a wise thing by re
maining silent on tho free-silver issue. I
do not suggest a trimming of sails to
fool the people on the money question, or
that the convention should repudiate the
platform of 1S3S. But there Is no reason
why the lG-to-1 issue should bo brought
forward this year. Why should the bat
tie of 1900 be fought on tho Issues decided
"The Democratic party has a great op
portunity if it looks forward, and not
backward. A great majority of the people
of this country do not wish to be forced
to vote for McKlnleylsm. Imperialism and
militarism, and I am convinced that thou
sands and thousands of voters who four
years ago preferred McKlnley to Bryan
are now ready to prefer Bryan to Mc
Klnley." "Do you think Bryan would have a
chance of winning?'
"Yes, if heand his friends do not In
sist upon a radical reaffirmation of tha
Chicago platform. The Republicans have
only one hope of re-electing McKlnley,
and that hope Is that they can again
make 1G to 1 the issue against the Demo
"What do you think of the tariff against
"Monstrous, outrageous, against tha
Constitution and all precedents."
"How about the trust question?"
"The solution of the trust Issue is Gov
ernment ownership. I have always been
a firm believer In Government ownership
of public franchises, and laws against
trusts and monopolies that will be en
forced." t m
All Indiana Coal Mines Closed.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.. March 3L All
the coal mines In Indiana suspended oper
ations at the close of work this evening.
This action was due to the failure ot tha
operators to sign a wage contract for the
year, beginning April L About 9000 men
will be Idle until the Joint conference Is re
sumed, April 10.
Dreyer'a Fartner Sentenced.
CHICAGO, March 31. Robert Borger, a
partner of E. S. Dreyer. the banker, re
cently convicted of embezzling, was to
night found guilty and sentenced to an
Indeterminate term In the penitentiary.
The specific charge against Borger was
receiving funds for deposit when he knew
the bank to be insolvent.
FREE TRADERS' PLAN
Scheme to Thwart Henderson
and the Tariff Men.
TO KEEP BILL FROM CONFERENCE
Senator Elklns Predicts That tha
f Puerto Biean Measure Will Be
come a Law by. Jfext Friday.
WASHINGTON. March 3L The Puerto
Rlcan free traders in Congress are some
what encouraged In the belief that the
amended Senate bill, if passed by that
body, cannot be put through the House,
and the Speaker and members ot tha
ways and means committee are consider
ably worried. The speech ot Senator
Proctor, declared by the Eastern press to
be the most comprehensive and convinc
ing yet delivered, has caused a wavering
among a number of Representatives who
previously voted for the tariff, although
they are still reticent about declaring
themselves In opposition to the party
leaders. If tha Senate amendments to tha
House bill are disagreed to and the hVu
goes to conference, that will end all pos
sibility of substituting free trade in tha
bill, and It will be a question of sub
stituting the one or the other tariff meas
ure. On that account there will be a
strong fight by the free-trade forces in tho
House to head off such a course. But as
the House has never had a chance to
pass upon the civil government bill, those
members who are opposed to adopting
that feature before discussion will also
object to sending the Senate bill direct to
conference by disagreement. Then. too.
the fear Is expressed that the men se
lected as conferees.may. In all likelihood,
be tariff men. For these reasons it Is
not likely that the bill will be sent to
conference without discussion in tha
House, unless the Speaker and his leaders
feel that such action -win be necessary
to save the tariff provision of the bill.
In which event they may arbitrarily uso
the power that lies -with them and force
It is reported here that on the final
vote in the Senate on the Puerto Rlcan
bill, but six Republican Senators will
vote against the bill, and that It will pass
by a majority of from eight' to. 12. Sena
tor Elklns, who keeps abreast of the
times, and Is very close to tha Adminis
tration, declares that the bill, as passed
by the Senate, will go through the House
In less than two days, and become a law
by Friday of next week. According tb
the Senator, tho President Is well pleased
with the amended Senate bill. ai6VwfU
sign It without hesitation. " 'f
The "Opea Door" Miafk. -t
Chairman Hltt, of the House" foreign
affairs v committee, regards the Chinese
"oeaa'teor' negoUaUBas as the greatest
stratum. He de.
he commerce o
eges with other
The grantrfpjAnsportat!on fa
cilities, ho l!iiJiJBopjtKa-:ar
trade tho Tast-B"BH
thinks that no
United States couT.'TSS
agreement, and this becau
fldence tho other powers
frankness of purpose.
Crater Lake National Park.
Senator McBrlde today introduced a bill
creating a Crater Lake National Park.
His bill was similar to that of Mr.
Tongue recently reported to the House.
The Senator will work in the some com
mittee, and secure a report, in the hope
that by concerted action the park may be
secured earlier than by a single bill.
Bliss Probably the Man.
Whilo Bliss Is not being loudly boomed
for the Vice-Presidency, it is now gen
erally understood that he Is the most ac
ceptable man to the Administration and
the party leaders. Tho Republican lead
ers have considered the matter very care
fully, realizing that McKlnley's running
mate must be a strong and popular man.
They have Ignored Woodruff entirely, al
though ho Is making a great deal of nolss
and has not been publicly opposed. Sena
tor Kean declares that New Jersey will
"send a delegation pledged to support
Bliss, and thinks ho will be the strongest
man In the West of any Eastern candi
date. Senator Scott says Bliss will b
favored by his state. West Virginia.
Released. Reserve Lands.
A careful computation shows that tha
total exclusion land from the Clympla re
serve in Clallam County recently secured
by the Washington state delegation will
aggregate 297,000 acres Instead ot 200,000
acres, as was formerly estimated.
Grnxlnic on Rainier Reserve.
Tho Secretary of the Interior has finally
agreed to allow sheep and cattle to graze
on the east side of tha Mount Rainier for
est reserve In limited number, and under
euch regulations as ho will promulgate
Fish Station Bill.
Tho committee on merchant marine and
fisheries today ordered Congressman Jones
to report favorably the bill introduced and
passed in the Houao by Cuehman. pro
viding for the appropriation ot $1500 to
determine the best available locality in
the States of Oregon or Washington for
the establishment of a biological fish sta
tion. DOUBLE TURRETS TESTED.
Those ot the Kenrsars-e Proved to
Be a Snccess.
WASHINGTON, March 2L Admiral
Sampson, who was aboard the battle-ship
Kearsarge during her last run out to sea,
arrived here today from Fort Monroe.
The Admiral watched the test of the dou
ble turrets, a feature of naval architec
ture peculiar to the United States navy.
The test proved the practicability of this
idea. According to Admiral Sampson,
none of the predicted faults of the system
The following telegram has bten re
ceived at the department from Commo
"The doublo turret was thoroughly tested
and Is an assured success, both from
military and structural standpoints.
There was no Interference between plates
on guns or Inconvenience from blast of
Disposition of Spanish Wrecks.
WASHINGTON. March 3L Attorney
General Griggs has given an opinion to
the Secretary of the Navy to the effect
that the Secretary of the Treasury has
complete authority in the matter of tha
disposition of wrecks of Spanish vessels
along the shores of Cuba.
Mexican Gunboat Seises Poachers.
SAN DIEGO. Cat. March 3L A private
dispatch from Ensenada, Lower Califor
nia, says that the Mexican gunboat Demo
crata has arrived at that port, having
in tow the Junk Hong7 Kong and two
other small vessels, almvh&lllng from San
Diego, which were -K.on charges ot
poaching at GuaqajaJMuuand,
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