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VOL. 'II. NO. 298.
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England Believed to Be Active in Preparation for Even
tualities in Case of Possible and Serious Complications
Ambassadors' Action Not Explained Satisfactorily,
Germany, Accused of Being Pro-Russian and Her Movements in the Far
East Are Watfhed with Intense Interest by Officials at ' gashing-
; , ton Rumor of Revolution in Russia Gains ' Credence
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London, Fob. 20. Tho gravest forebodings are expressed hero today, occasioned by the announcement
thet Count j Benckendorff, the. Russian ambassador, left at noon for Ostend, from which place he will pro
a eeed to St. Petersburg. No explanation of this unusual act ie given by hie government. --v .
A Following' this startling piece of newt, came the Information that French Ambaasador Cambon left for &
Parie thia afternoon. The motives for this act are also shrouded in eecreoy. '
At the foreign office the subject wuld not be discussed, but high officials are candid in saying that ;-
Russia and France have probably decided on a belligerent polcy regarding Great Britain. I
(JnurnM Spwlal Sortc'.)
London, Feb. 20. Advices from 8t.
Petersburg indicate ' that the Russian
government la aroused to strenuous en
ergy fof the purpose of offsetting the In
itial dlRSHters and aecuring ultimate sue
ceea, A large patt of its efforts are ap
parently directed toward making more
efficient the Siberian railway for the
forwarding of men, guns and equip
ments,., but, If reports from Russian
aenrces are reliable, the eoet of making
the railroad effective enough would
bankrupt a moderately proeperoue coun-
' Vbrk on warehlp-bulldlng id Ruaaian
1 dockyerda Is said to be progressing with
feverish haste. "
-' teffj1 Incensed because hjs' was auppllefl
with wrong information concerning the
preparedness of Japan. Just before ; the
war started. Victims of his dlapleasure
- Include Count trfinmdorff, the foreign
mlnlKter at Tokio, General Kuropatkin
and Prince Khllkoff, minister of rall-
Nervousness , and pessimism are do
ddered to be the prevailing note among
a large section of the people. Vie
lomosti deplores this and appeala for
calmness and determination,, giving
warning that much, greater reverses
than have occurred may well be ex
pected. These must be met with forti
tude and patience, ultimate victory be
ing assured. There is no diminution ef
discontent among the peasantry or ac
tivity among the revolutionary workera.
It la reported that these are being
roughly repressed. It is stated that tho
" oentral, revolutionary committee of
Switseiiand has everything prepared for
a revolutionary outbreak in Rusaia. It
recognises, however, that the present
moment is, not propitious, but the news
of a decisive Russian defeat will be the
signal for a general upheaval.
Summary of Conditions Made by Chef cn
(By Paclflo Cable.)
Chefon," Feb. 20. Through some, un
aM;ountaWle source the report has Tecn
' spread that Admiral Evans' squadron
of battleships snd cruisers has been or
dered here as the concession to Germany
by the police of Shantung is regarded
es a rebuff to the United Statea which
that nation cannot pass. over. However,
"U may be due to the Impression now
broadcast that the United States next
to Kngland is the strongest ally of
Japan, niid that the German sentiment In
the far east is pro-Russian. ,
The report of the loss of three Rus
sian leglments at Lake Baikal , Is de-j
.. nled.' ' - "
There has been no1 demonstration at
. Pott Arthur from the aea since Thurs
(Journal Special Service.)
Ogden, Utah, Feb. 20. Details of the
terrific explosion of a car of dynamite
on the Ogden-Lucin cutoff late yester
day were received here fills morning.
It la certain that 22 persons were killed
and 14 badly injured. .
The point on the, road where the ac
cident occurred la 86 miles from this
city at a small station called Jackson.
The fatality was caused by a headon col
lision between two extra trains, one of
which was a work train carrying abou.t
20 Greek laborers. v
. Owing to the failure of atr brakes to
work on the freight extra.1 the engineer
could not stop when the Work train was
seen approaching. ;.Three cara back of
. the' engine of the latter train was a car
of dynamite. The concussion of the col
lielon exploded the contents and for a
radius of probably. ?o miles the effects
of the terrible exploaton were felt.-
The entire family of Section Foreman
Buck were killed." Three children were
horrlblvmuUtated, and the mother's and
father's limbs' were torn easy, Sixteen
Greek . laborers were killed and their
bodies mutilated beyond recognition.
Where the accident occurred the track
was torh up for a distance of 600 feet
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day, when the Japanese fleet approached
to within, four miles of the forts and
the defenses were made ready to repel
the attack. The Japanese ships with
drew after cruising about a short, time.
The Russians claim to have cleared the
Manchurtan railroad and to have driven
back the pestiferous bandits and that
the concentration of the movement con
tlnuea without interference.. Tho main
bodies of troops are' atill many miles
apart, but Japan must strike soon or
lose mucn of the advantage-h has
Washington, . JFeb. 20, The ' navy - de
partment gives out no information re
garding - the movement of Admiral Ev
ans' squadron, but, officials of the gov
ernmenc are ' showing , some "uneasi
ness at the turn vf affairs-In the Orient
Kngland'a activity shows that aha ex
pects to be drawn into the light, or else
be forced to take a determined atand
that may mean a world war or a world
peape. This government la still striving
to preserve an impartial balance and
assure both Russia and Japan that it is
nott anxious to secure anything but ordi
nary treaty rights in the far east. The
actions of France and Germany are
watched with Intense Interest.
jaws au zxtzlleo,
forced Away from Busslaa Xallroad
i, rreoca and English Mix.
.(Journal Special gfvvlce.)
Berlin. Feb. 20. The Jews here have
received -information that the Russian
government has expelled the entire
Israelite population of Omsktomsk,
Yakutsk, and all towns on the route of
the Trana-81berian railway, on the
ground that they might betray their
military secrets to the Japanese. The
expelled Jews are not allowed to use
the railway, and are compelled to take
a long tramp through the snow and cold
to places of safety. Three thousand
are affected, many of whom are liable
not to survive the hardships of the
Journey,, - -
' Paris, Feb. 20. Mall advices from
Pondicliarey, French India, report ef
fervescence among the French residents
over the Labree supplies of coal Im
ported and stored there, as if for the
war purposes, hss caused strained rela
tions between the French and English.
In one street fight two were killed and
four injured. '
mvssxAjr orrzcxAU uitlzd,
Dazed Over Their . Bererses Political
' Inspeota Invited to Enlist.
(Journal Bpeds! Service.)
Birmingham, Feb. 20. The , Iondon
and a hole blown In the ground deep
and long enough to bury an entire train.
Telegraph polea were blown down three
miles in each direction from the wreck,
thus shutting 'off all wire communica
tion. The news of the catastrophe was
communicated to nearby towns by the
noise and concussion of the explosion,
and eoon there were hundreds on their
way to the scene. The sight presented
at the scene was awful, as those dead
and injured were terribly manglosl. A
relief train was sent frdm this city and
the dead and injured arrived here early
this morning. The Ogden-IMIn cutoff
13 the new line across Salt lake recently
opened up by the Southern Paclflo Rail
way company, j." :
Those killed and injured are the fol
lowing. T. W. Burke, section foreman, .wife
and three children.
, J. V. Burke, ex-general foreman.
"to". L. Holler, messenger, Andrew. Ind.
Owen Drrmody. conductor, Beaver
. Sixteen Greek laborers. . -
The Injured: Kngtneer t,elna, slight
ly; Conductor Courtney, slightly; Engi
neer Stanton, not serious: Operator
Taylor and wife. Injured about face and
body; s;ven Greeks, serious.
correspondent to the Post says he has
seen a private letter from a prominent
official at St. Petersburg, stating that
extraordinary confusion exists in prac
tically all the Russian government de
partments, which appear stunned and
dead, as a result of recent reverses.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 20. An Imperial
ukaae has been issued inviting all polit
ical suspects to enter the army as pri
vates and promising to relieve them from
police supervision in the future if . they
St Petersburg. Feb. 20. A. dispatch
printed in Naxodni Listl, yesterday,
to the effect that three Russian regi
ments were drowned while crossing the
Baikal river la denied.. It is officially
announced fthat the casualties were one
drowned ,and It injured.,
, OBBAT BXZTAZsT PBEPABIWO..
At Batlonal Capital , There Seems Ko
Doubt of World's Crisis;
(Hearit Special Serrlce.)
Washington, Feb. 20. That Great
Britain la preparing for eventualities in
the far east cannot be doubted, said a
high naval officer who has been carefully
watching the movements of British war
ships in the Mediterranean since the be
ginning of hostilities between - Russia
an,d Japan. "That England expects to
be drawn Into the conflict, and that at
no distant day," said he, "would seem
to be indicated by the sudden and rapid
movement of her warship, not only In
the cast, but on the home stations,
Bermuda, Halifax and in the Mediter
ranean. In the Mediterranean today
England's power fleet consists of 13
battleships, 10 armored or protected
cruisers, 20 destroyers and one dispatch
boat. This Is the strongest fleet that
has been concentrated In these waters
in many years. The significance of the
situation is the manner in which thev
are distributed from Gibraltar to the
northern entrance of the Sues canal.
The movements of vessels as shown by
Jaily reporta of the naval department
Indicate that deep laid plans are being
quietly carried out to meet any
emergency that may arise in tjie east.
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MABIBB BATES OBOW.
Trench Teasels Considered Bliky By
Shippers Over War Prospect
(Hearit Special Service.)
San Francisco, Feb. 20. As a result
of the feeling In the commercial world
that other nations will be involved in the
Russo-Japanese war. steps have been
taken to protect the shipping Interests in
this country, Yesterday the war risk
quoted on French vessels carrying grain
from his port to Europe was quoted
at per cent, and it Is likely that the
rate will be rapidly advanced. The ne
cessity for such an unusual step at the
present time shows that local shippers
fear that France may bo drawn into the
present difficulty1 in the far east Sev
eral banking lnstltutiona in this city
demand that war risks be placed on car
goes carried to Europe in French ves
sels and the announcement of this de
mand causes considerable-comment in lo
cal shipping circles. It was pointed
out that the French vessels bound
from this coast to Europe will
run no risk . of capture by either
Russian or Japanese, but banking firms
were not to be Ignored, ana as a conse
quence H per cent risk was quoted by
the underwriters. There are only a few
French vessels In the harbor at present
under charter to carry grain- to Europe.
There are a number : of ships under
charter in northern ports on this coast
and the cargoes of these vessels will be
covered with war' risks.
JAPAN WAS BABXY ACTIVE'.' "
Beta ra lug Teasel from Japan Beports
(Special Plapatch to The , Journal.) v,
Victoria. B. C, Feb. 20. The steamer
I.yrla , arrived from the Orient today.
She left Just before hostilities broke
out. At that time the greatest excite-,
ment reigned in. Japan. Seaports were
being carefully guarded by. a patrol of
vessels watching all ships to and from
all ports. Off Nagasaki were about ,1S
or 20 of these." At Yokoharna a Russian
merchant ship had been arlven 24 hours
to leave. In taking on sulphur atFor-
moso-for chemical works here, It was
necessary to present a manifest to the
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you please stop those
DIABOLICAL PLOT TO
BLOW UP THE PALACE
(Journal Special Service,.)
New Orleans,' Feb. 20. Honduras Is in
the throes of another revolution and
complications may Involve the country
In a war with Nicaragua. . Congress has
been dissolved and President Bonllla has
taken matters Into his own hands.
On the night of February 6, Presi
dent Bonllla, with a number of digni
taries were attending a reception at the
College of Arts and in the midst of the
Governor .Chamberlain expresses him
self as confident that the negotiations In
progress for the acquisition of a right
of way for the Celllo canal will result
"I do not feel at liberty to go Into
details." he sAld this morning, "but I
am satisfied that we shall secure the
right of way. We have given the canal
precedence over the portage road, and
our efforts are concentrated upon the
former. It takes time to reach an agree
ment with the property-owners, but I am
quite sure that we shall succeed in get
ting the right of way."
Misleading statements have been pub
lished to the effect that the negotiations
have been for a right of way . for the
English and United States consuls for
signature, showing that the vessel was
bound for CanadaV Officers and crew of
the Nippon- Yusen-Kalsha liners were
pressed Into service and have been re
tired on full pay, having been replaced
by Japanese naval officers and crews.
BVSSXAST toss 11 SHIPS.
Details of Explosion of Marias Maes
and I.oss of Xlfs.
(Hparat Special Service.)
Tien Tsln, Feb. 20. It has been obtained
In Nlu Chwang today from an officer who
survived the explosion on the, Yencsl
details of the accident which destroyed
the ship. . . ;' '"V
The , Yenesl was engaged In laying
400 mines. Three hundred and ninety
eight already had been planted, but the
three hundred and ninety-ninth, floated
Instead of sinking. Thereupon the
Yenesi drew off and fired her light gun
in an effort. to sink or explode It. While
thus occupied a lookout discovered that
the ship had .drifted, near another mine.
He gave'; the alarm and . Jumped over
board. Immediately afterward , there
was a terrific explosion.- One hundred
and ninety officers and men, including
(Continued on Pftga Two.);
FEBRUARY 20. 1904.
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IN TEARFUL CONCERT: "Bo-ho-o. Uncle Harvey, -won't
Journal fellows from printing the news before we do?" ;
gayettes the building was flred in a
doeen places and dynamite was also dis
covered. Panic reigned from one end
of the great structure to the other and
the presidential - party barely . escaped
death, but finally made their way to the
palace, :.. ;
The whole police department was put
to work instantly with the result that
the following members of the Honduras
congress were arrested and are in immi
nent danger of never being heard from
portage road and not for the canal. This
is not the case. If a right of way is se
cured from the property-owners Jt will
be immediately available for the canal,
and there will be no legal obstacles to
the commencement of work.
If the state acquires a right of way
for the portage road there is, of course,
no question that it could be -turned over
to the government to be used for the
canal. But the state officials who have
the matter In hand are fully advised as
to the legal questions Involved, and for
the time being at least the portage road
has been relegated to the rear. - The
express object of the present negotia
tions is to obtain s right of way for
the canal. ' .'"
(Hao Frinclaco Bnraao of The Journal.)
Snn Francisco, Feb. 20. The transport
service officials here are very much con
fused over apparently contradictory or
ders regarding the loading of the trans
port Buford. One telegram from Wash
ington says the marines will go on board
at San Francisco while another orders
that they be forwarded to and shipped
at Portland. Meantime everything was
made, In readiness and the transport got
ready. It sailed from here for Portland
today to take on board Its forage and
While no reply has yet been directly
received as to what port the marines
now being I formed into battalion at
Washington are to, be shipped from, it
seetps altogether jtrobable that with the
Buford loading In Portland the marines
will be sent overland direct from Wash
ington and placed aboard the transport
In the Oregon city. - While Major Pevol
has not yet ifecelved the direct order
which he sought this is the Judgment
of -.the- officials who hare been ap
proached on the matter. 1 ,
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W"ta SW V'Jil
again: Pollcarpo Bonllla, a eousln of
the president of Honduras; Salvador Ze
laya, a cousin of President Zelaya of
Nicaragua; Marcos Cartas, Miguel Na
vana, Miguel Bustillo. Jesus N. Alarado,
Manuel F. Baronhonda, Ricardo Pineda
and 'Jacinto Rlvas. . - '
From the facts in the hands of the
government officials it is believed thoBe
under arrest had planned a coup d'etat
and that. Pollcarpo Bonllla was to have
been' made president.
Troop Trains Are Active Cossacks Cap
ture Japan ase spies in Korea.
(Journal Special Service.)
Chefoo, Feb. 20. Advices today atate
that the Russian land forces are concen
trating between Mukden in Nlu Chwang,
in Manchuria. : Troop trains are arriving
there with considerable precision, The
Russians at Port Arthur are again in a
boastful mood. v
Port Arthur. Feb. 20. An encounter
In Korean territory has occurred be
tween a Cossack picket guard and - a
small detachment of Japanese. The
Cossacks captured . several Japanese
with maps and papers.
WITH BIG STRIDES
, (Journal Special Service.)
Chicago, Feb. 20. The excitement and
the strain in the wheat pit today toward
the close of the market was one of the
greatest In the history of the pit. The
additional war news which was very
startling, and the reports' that the Rus
sian and the French ministers to Qreat
Britain had left London for home, caused
Intense excitement, and. under the lead
ership of Armour, prices Hvcnt from" 2 to
3 cents a bushel higher than the close
of yesterday,, May. wheat opened at
$1.02 to $1-04, and reached $1.07 as the
high point of the day, and fl.02 ss
the low point. The close was at 11.05
cents, an advance Of t cents since the
close of yesterday.
Old July wheat was also higher. The
market opened very firm at H3 cents.
Under large buytnga and reports of a
shortage in this option the price touched
96T cents as the high point of the day.
and closes at it cents, an advance of
2 ,4 cents since the close of yesterday.-
Only the action of Armour in making
some small- sale kept the prices In wheat
from going still higher. This wss done
for th? purpso of keeping out a larse
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
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Terrific Powder Explosion)
Kills Eleven, Injures :
Fifty- , '
JAR FELT FOR MILES!
Three Large Mills Wholly Demolished-
Fire Follows and Burns Bodies
to a Crisp Others
May - Die.
(Journal Special Serrlee.)
Paterson, N. J., Feb. 20, A terrtfl
explosion this morning destroyed threej:
big buildings of the Laflln Rand Powder!
Works, nine miles from here, v Th
shock of the explosion was felt heps.
Besides ' the three powder mills de4
mollshed, eight other buildings and two
magazines were badly .damaged. Th
explosion occurred : in : the -dross mill,
where it is supposed some foreign sub,
stance found its way into the mixer. '
The plant blown up belongs to the)
Wayne Powder 'Mills company, and
form part of the JLafllin Rand, works.
Nina men wore killed, three of whom
were Fred Talnso, A. Jackson and James
We it. Between 40 and - SO men werev
working at t o'clock, when the explo-'
slon occurred. None of these, escaped.
Injury, although In most cases it was
slight. Several more are possibly
fatally Injured, although in most cases)
It was slight. : Several more are pos-
slbly fatally hurt The force was so
great that it : toppled chimneys and
broke windows at Little -Falls, four
miles distant. Some of the bodies re. I
covered after the! flames were extin'
guished could not be identified.
HEARST, OPENS WAR '
AGAINST GAS TRUSTl
(Journal Special Service.)
New York. Feb. 20. W. R.. Hearatt
today, through his counsel, began the at-.
tack on the gas trust of this city. Th4
case was argued before the attorney-!
general, and facts shown that the atate
should proceed to relieve the people from;
SA2TTO DOKZVOO TBOTOIB.
May Be Annexed By Vnols Sam Troops
Stay Bs Landed on the Island.
(Hrrtt Special Sorrtce.) ' ' . ,
Washington. Feb. 20 Is the admlnls
tratlon preparing to annex Santo Po-j
mlngo? That is the question well-In'
formed politicians are asking. At the
state department, since the killing of
Machinist Johnson by Dominican insur
gents, 'the sentiment has been strong
for landing troops on the island." So
soon as the Panama canal treaty Is out'
of the way It seems certain that marines'
will be landed, the . island policed and .
events will be allowed to run their,
course. There will probably be clashes
which may have far-reaching results.
Eager as the administration is believed.
to be to get its hands on Santo Domingo
for annexation purposes, : there is a,
strong restraining influence in the fear
of furnishing Democrats in the coming;;
campaign with a campaign Issue.
amount of the wheat ; of the outside)
markets, which, would coma 'to this city
if the quotations showed too large a gain
over the prices quoted in the various
other exchanges of the country.-
The holdings of Armour are now enor
mous, and he ia very likely adding to
them every day. Just what ha is doing
is a mystery among the pit traders, but
they say that all indications point to his
being an active buyer of May today until
the price went too high, and then he was
a small seller.
The ranges of the various pit toddy;