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PRICE ^WO 'CENTS.^ WEDNESDAY L DECEMBER 31, 1902.
THE W OEOF
juggling With the Price of Coal by
Brokers and Dealers Is Chi-
& ^cago's Trouble.
The Railroad Committee of the City
-- Gounoil Discovers the
V\. ' Difficulty.
One Car Changed Hands Seven
Times and Was Held in the
Yards Three Weeks.
H*w York Sun Special Service.
Chicago, Dec. 31.Juggling with car
loads of coal by brokers and speculators iu
Chicago to force still higher the present
exorbitant prices was found to be one of
the important causes of the shortage of
fuel, according to, evidence brought out at'
the Inquiry begun by the railroad commit
ted of the city council yesterday.
It was learned from the testimony of
leading railroad officials that immense
Quantities of coal have remained in the
cars on the tracks within the city for
days while brokers and dealers consigned
and reconsigned the shipment among
themselves at slight advances in price,
practically shutting 'off the fuel from the
John W. Coneys, trainmaster of the
Pennsylvania road, told the aldermen of
one instance of a car thus changing hands
seven timete and being held in the yards
three weeks in this way.
"This reconsignraent dodge seems to be
the local seat of the shortage trouble,"
was the way Alderman Race summarized
the result of the first session of investiga
tion. "It's an outrage that such specula
tion should be permitted when the city is
in such dire straits. If the railroads
would stop the practice of cornering coal
under the reconsignment cloak they
would give some relief."
The Attorney General's Work.
While the city council committee, in
session in the aldermanic chambers, was
probing local conditions and seeking for
sortie means of relief for the people. Attor
ney General Hamlin, on behalf of the state
administration, was examining railroad
officials, coal operators and dealers at the
Palmer House, with a view, to securing ac
tion by the railroads along the line of
their duty as common carriers to trans
port enough coal to meet the emergency.
The attorney general would not say what
action might be taken, but it was intimat
ed that mandamus, injunction or quo war
ranto proceedings might be called into use
if conditions were found to require drastic
The inquiry v?as private, being in the
wtture of pergonal conferences with the
representatives of the railroads and coal
companies. Although the attorney gen
eral was not empowered " to compel any
ono to testify in such an informal way,
the possibility that he might bring ad
verse legal action perhaps aided him. All
of those asked to give information re
. - - - - ^..^w^^p^^r^J^^^**^ - "^~
"A, conspicuous Vnd significant feature
of the aldermanic inquiry was the ab
sence.-of the coal dealers ahd operators
who had been invited to attend and givo
their assistance in the effort to place tho
^ takes a cosmopolitan view of the tri part
bVa'melor"thrserroJrpUghrorthT'crty ta ' "
regard to (he fuel famine.
Practically all the railroads had repre
sentatives present who told freely what
their lines were doing arid offered sug
gestions for further action to remedy the
In sharp contrast with the active co
operation of the railroads with the aider
manic committee was the action of the
dealers and operators in staying away
from the investigation as if by a precon
certed, plan. Henry E. Weaver was the
only coal man who was present and took
part in the conference. It was learned
that there was a Coal Operators' and
Dealers' asosciation in Chicago and Ald
erman Frlestedt Intimated that the pres
ent condition may be due .to a combina
tion on the part of the dealers to keep up
Members of the aldermanic committee
will meet with Attorney General Hamlin
at the Palmer House to-day to co-operate
with him in any measures of "relief that
may seem feasible.
MINERS APPEALED TO
Mayor Harrison Asks Them to Work on
New Year's Day.
Danville, 111., Dec. 81.The miners of
Danville district have been appealed to
by Mayor Harrison of Chicago to work on
New Year's Day as a holiday would mean
a greater shortag coal
telegraphed'ehiof s appeal t Sub-Dis -
trict President Walker, who In turn issued
an appeal to the miners stating:
"Mayor Harrison asks to have the
miners work every day until the string
ency in the coal market has been relieved
and the people supplied with coal enough
to keep them from freezing. You are
aware that the people of Chicago came
nobly to our assistance in - our hour of
need and if it were only, to repay that
kindness we should comply with their re
quest, but above all it is a sacred duty we
owe ourselves and humanity to relieve
the suffering where it is in our power."
To facilitate the mining of coal further
and to have the men work on New Year's
Michael Kelly has offered $312 inprizes to
the miners who produce the most coal on
that day. The first prize is $100.
Coal for America. - - -
London, Dec. 31.Owing to the heavy
order3 for coal lately placed in Great Brit
ain by American dealers, there is a heavy
demand at Liverpool for steamers to con
vey coal to the United States. Freights
are rising. They are now $1.50 to $1.80
per ton. The American orders include all
varieties of coal. Several of the American
Transport company's steamers have been
chartered at Swansea, where the demand
GEYSER IS ON "A TEAR"
Breaks Out a Second Time and
Floods a Large Area of
\ . Country.
Seattle, Wash., Dec. 31.The geyser on
Fraction No. 3 of Eldorado, in the Klon
dike, is giving the territorial authorities
much trouble and has already done much
damage, according to a dispatch received
by the steamer City of Seattle.
The geyser, which lrOk out early in
the month and which the government
had succeeded in capping, has broken out
again and is sending ah immense volume
of water Tall over-the country.
' The glacier formed from the geyser ex
tends over an area of three miles and is
increasing. ' .
SOUTH DAKOTA MAN NAKED. '
"Washington, Dec. 31.Milton M. Price" of
South Dakota, has been appointed commercial
agent of the- United States at Jeers d la frron
^I'&riS^MMMiiiSk&iMt - W^h-'^kMM.
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CASTRO ACCEPTS ,
"- ' ARBITRATION
He Agrees to the General Principles
of the Proposition Submit*
.:'.'% ted to Him.
His Answer Received at Washington
To-day and Forwarded to the
German Cruiser Falke Threatens to
Bombard a Venezuelan City
~ Revolutionists Defeated.
Washington, Dec. 31.The answer of
President Castro to the proposals of the
allies to submit to the arbitration of The
Hague tribunal the Venezuelan difficul
ties has reached Washington through
' The answer amounts to a general ac
ceptance of the principles of the proposi
tion, "President Castro being willing to
submit his case to the arbitration of fair
and impartial authorities. The details of
the answer will not be published here in
advance of its receipt by the European
allied powers and in tact it may be with
held entirely from publication on the
ground that it really belongs to those
To-day tiio answer is being prepared at
the state department for transmission to
Europe. As it is quite long and undoubt
edly will require careful consideration by
the foreign offices at London, Berlin and
Rome, it is not expected that any further
steps toward a final settlement can be
taken for a day or two. The feeling here,
however, based on a knowledge of Cas
tro's position, is that his answer prac
tically clears the way for the submission
of the case to arbitration. The answer
has given great satisfaction here.
It IB Said They Are Largely
New York Sun Special Service.
New York, Dec. 31.There lives In New
York the man who effected the settlement
of the acute "Venezuelan difficulty of De
cember, 1895, which occasioned President
Cleveland's noted message to England, to
keep hands off Venezuelan territory. He is
Julius D. Ichenhauser, known to his
friends as a placid and affable exemplar
of epicurean tranquility, and incidentally,
as a dealer in the fine arts.
Mr. Ichenhauser had long been Inter
ested in arbitration and his presence in
Washington in December, 1895, was op
portune for the furtherance of the cause
he had at heart and the wishes of Amer
icans, Englishmen and Venezuelans. He
made a hurried trip to England, had an
interview with Mr. Chamberlain, returned
to America and after several interviews
with Minister Andrade of Venezuela, went
back to England in May and there re
ceived an important letter from Mr. And
rade which aroused great public interest
when published in the British press.
Mr. Ichenhauser has mej many Venez
and Ke likes them, but he has
many decided views regarding ^he present
situation: Born in Germany, "bVcomingan
adop-s5 Briton ahd having been for a
decade a indent of the United States
while romainii^ F. British subject he
e embroglio on the South American con
tinent. But he is totally unable to see
in the action of the British and German
fleets a "peaceful blockade."
"There is no such thing as 'peaceful
blockade' when the commerce of neutrals
is interferred with.
"Germany does not want South Ameri
can teritory and she knows well that any
attempt in that direction would be re
sisted by the United States to the fullest
degree, so that it would be impossible.
But she does want to extend her influence
and mercantile Interests.
"One of Venezuela's chief troubles is
what I should like to call 'presldentoma-
nla.' Too many persons want to become
president there there must be something
Speaking of the feeling in England
toward Germany, Mr. Ichenhauser said
that it was merely, a case of the German
bogey succeeding the Russian bogey
which had affrighted Englishmen of
Maracaibo Is Threatened.
Willemstad, Curacao, rec.31.-Th post
master of Maracaibo, Venezuela, having
detained correspondence belonging to
German merchants, the German cruiser
Falke threatens, in consequence, to bom
bard the town.
Rebels Are Defeated...
Caracas, Dec. 31.Barquisimeto, capi
tal of the state of Lara, which for some
time past has been in the possession of
the Venezuelan revolutionists, has been
recaptured by government forces. The
towns of San Carlos and TinaqulHo have
also been reoccupied by the government.
The revolutionists at Barquisimeto were
under the command of Generals Solagnie
and Penaliza. They evacuated the town
after losing 112 men killed and 325
The victory gained by the government
at Barquisimeto argues for President
Castro!s continuance In power.
FUMES SETTLE ON A TOWN
People in Pottsville, Pa., Almost
Paris, Dec. 31.A dispatch to the Matin
from Caracas confirms the statement that
Venezuela has promised France to treat
her claims as those of Great Britain, Ger
many and Italy, but adds that a similar
promise was refused to Belgium, Spain
arid Holland. ,
Asphyxiated by Leaking
New Xorlr, Deo. 31.The leaking of a
naptha pipe at the gas plant with an
accompanying heavy atmosphere, came
near stifling hundreds of people in Potts
ville, Pa., says a Herald dispatch from
that place. The accident occurred just
before dawn and the air was so strongly
impregnated with gas that more than
1,000 families were placed in a condition
bordering upon asphyxiation. The fumes
spread until they Invaded every house in
the town. Feople awoke choking and
gasping for breath. Hundreds were
scarcely able to breathe and lay in a kind
of inertia, without being aware of the
source of trouble. This condition of af
fairs lasted the greater part of the day
and created the wildest consternation.
Of the 16,000 inhabitants there was
scarcely a single person who was not
more or less seriously affected.
THE NEWS CHANGES OVER.
New York, Bee. 31.The New York Daily
Sews, which was founded by Benjamin Wood,
and haB been In existence for more than forty
years, as an evening fiaper, will become a
morning paper on Jan 1. Frank A. Mnnsey, the
owner, surprised everybody by printing the
announcement of change In large red typ
THE CANAL IS
Negotiations With Colombia Sus
pended and Mr. Hay's Patience
The Treaty Is Now Practically Com
pleted and Ready for the
But the Bogota Government Now
Refuses to Allow Mr. Herran
to Sign It. -
Nov? York Sua Special Service.
Chicago, ree 31.William E. Curtis
in a Washington special to the Record-^
Herald, says: The negotiations with Co
lombia for a canal treaty have been sus
pended- again and Secretary Hay's
patience is very nearly, exhausted. Mr.
Harran, the charge d'affaires of Colombia,
is not to blame, for he has acted with
CAPE COD TO CORNWALL
Yes, Dear Reader, there are some folks who don't care a whoop what the price of coal is.
energy, intelligence and good sense since
Minister Concha retired from the field and
returned to his country.
The treaty is practically completed' and
is ready to sign. It was confidently ex
pected that it would be signed before the
first of the new year, but for some reason
or another the authorities at Bogota have
forbidden Mr. Herran, or at least will not
authorize him, to conclude the negotia
tions, and he has gone to New Jersey,
where Nelson Cromwell, the attorney of
the French canal company, is now lying
ill. It is supposed that he is seeking
Cromwell's advice because his government
is not treating him fairly. He was in
structed to. make the treaty, but he is not
instructed to sign it, and if he signs it
without positive instructions he would not
dare ret lrn to his home.
It is conjectured that some change in
the personnel of the politics of the gov
ernment at Bogota has recently taken
place, or perhaps Minister Concha, who
has returned to Bogota by this time, has
persuaded the officials there-against con
cluding the negotiations. Private ad
vices report that General Aristides Fern
andez, the present minister of war, who
will probably be the next president of the
republic, Is opposed to the terms of jthe
treaty as it stands at present, and there
fore the government hesitates. Dr. Felix
Paul, the minister of foreign relations, is
supposed to be afraid to offend him by
instructing Herran to sign it. This, how
ever, is merely conjecture.
The - president is not inclined to tem
porize with Colombia much longer and the
members of the senate and house of rep
resentative who have taken the most in
terest . in . canal legislation are of
the opinion that the negotiations
with Colombia had better be ter
minated- and work begun on the
Nicaragua route. As soon as congress re
assembles Mr. Morgan in the senate and
Mr. Hepburn in the house will Introduce
resolutions intstructing the president hot
to bother with Colombia any longer, but
to close with Nicaragua and Costa. Rica"
and commence construction.. Such ac
tion will probably bring Colombia to
terms,",.'.... -: -- .
The. Marconi Stations Exchange the
First Wireless Messages. ig
' Without Trouble.!/^'!!,
New York, Dec. 31.Direct commuftfea
tion by wireless telegraphy between the
United States and the old world has been
had for the first time, says a dispatch from
Wellfleet, Mass., to the Herald, by the
exchange of message by the Marconi sys
tem between the Wellfleet station' and
Wellfleet is six hundred milesf further
from Poldhu than the Tablehead station
at Cape Breton. N. S. J '"- f*/~M.
" ",, BOERS FOB. SOMALILAND.*^!*'
Cnpe Town, Dec. 31.A detachment of 100
Boers who haW volunteered for military serrice
in Somsliland, aaiifl from here next week.
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Senator Hoar Giving the Matter His
|TJndki^ed Attention During,
The fell frill Cover the Views of
Both the President and the
: Attorney General.,
It Will Not Be j&adicai and Stands
a Chance 6i Passing the ,:
w'Y.: Senate.. ' ''
From The Journal Bureau, Room 45, Pott Build
ing-, Washington .
Washington,- Dec ^1.-Senator Hoar
seems greatly^ in earnest regarding his
giving the subject his undivided atten
tion during the" holiday recess, and will
have the bill ready /or presentation to
..the senate, next-Monday. Several con-
forthcoming anti-trust bill. He has beenj over a new leaf as soon as possible after
the new year by adopting the European
as well as the American plan.
Realizing the growing demand in Min
neapolis for first-class restaurant and cafe
IT'S WARM IN AUSTRALIA.
ferences have been held between Senator
Hoar and Attorney General Knox regard
ing the language of the bill, and the
president has also been conferred with.
It seems altogether likely that the bill is
to cover the views of both the president
and Mr Knox and to be known as an ad
ministration measure. The republicans in
the seriate are preparing: to give Senator
Hoar's bill a respectful hearing, and if the
republican organization can-, be got to
gether in support of any anti-trust
measure at this time, it will, support the
Hoar bill. "
It is a strategic move to have Mr.
Hoar's name linked to this bill. New
England has been and is opposed .to anti
trust legislation of any radical character
owing to the dominant influence of New
York sentiment there. To have an ad
ministration bill introduced and cham
pioned by the senator who is at once the
leading figure of the New England dele
gation and of the United States senate
and the chairman of the judiciary com
mittee, to which the bill will be referred,
means much for its smooth - progress
through the committee and later
The Hoar bill will be an independent
measure, but nobody has yet been in
formed of lines it will follow. Necessari
ly any bill which might be introduced
would be amendatory of and supplemental
to the existing Sherman law and the in
terstate commerce act even if standing
on its face as an independent measure.
It is believed that the senate will agree
to'Straighten one-or both of - these laws,
and if the Hoar bill is not too radical,
and it can hardly be coming from -so con
servative a quarter, It will stand a good
chance of getting through. It is now
believed that attempts at anti-trust legis
lation at this session will be concen
tratedon ~the Hoar bill, which .-will give
that measure an importance it would not
otherwise have. . Senators who are in tho
city forth holidays express the opinion
that the iHoar bill can probably be passed
through the upper house, which means
anti-trust legislation at this session, for
the house --tinder its strict. rules, :cari be
made-to pass the bill at any-time. - It is
by everybody thought to be fortunate that
the "bill is to appear in the senate first,
for that body for years has been the
stumbling bloclc in the way of legislation
of any character. .
~i'*-W. W. Germane.
WRECK ON A BIG BRIDGE
Grand Trunk Freight Trains Collide
on the Victoria Bridge
* at Montreal.
Montreal, Dec. 31.A rear-end collision
occurred to-day on the Victoria Bridge of
the Grand Trunk railway between two
freight trains. Conductor Octave
Trembley was killed. The wrecked cars
took , Are and" all traffic was blocked.
Trains to and froni the United 'States
cross the St. Lawrence river over the Vic
toria bridge. nKc - v -~ ,
m PAS S
WEST HOTEIlON *
ii EUROPEAN FLAN
The Management Will Introduce
This New Feature in About
Present Ladies' Ordinary Will. Be
Made the a la Carte Din
A Erne Grillroom Will Also Be
Established on the Main
, ' Floor.
Feb. 1 will mark a new era in the history
of the West hotel. The big hostelry,
whose fame in the United States is almost
as wide as that of Minneapolis,-,will turn
facilities, the management has at length
decided to give the people of the city
and outsiders an opportunity to dine when
they will, with surroundings which will
compare favorably with any of those of
fered in, larger cities.
While the hotel will still be conducted
on the American plan, the management
to-day decided to make such improve
ments as will give the public an oppor
tunity to dine: at the hotel at all hours
of the day and until a reasonable hour
in the evening in the dining-room which
has been used since the erection of the
hotel, as the ladies' ordinary. . .
In addition, the hotel is to be fitted up
with an up-to-date grillroom, modeled
along metropolitan lines, In which the male
patrons of the hotel will be afforded every
opportunity^ dine a la carte along thor
oughly modern standards.
The grillroom, in which the service will
closely approximate that of the Audito,
riuna Annex in Chicago, will occupy the
space now utilized by the "Dutch" rooms
in the rear of the hotel buffet.
A portion of the partitions of the buffejb
will be torn out so as to give an outside
exposure to the grillroom, and the ap
pointments will be In thorough keeping
with the eating room.
The ladies' ordinary is to be redecor
ated, and new carpeting, a new illumin
ating feature, new china and silverware
service will combine to make it one of
the most delightful dining rooms for its
size in the country. The corridor out
side the ordinary will be refitted as a re
ception room, in which smoking will be
-Addison Gr. Rrohson, manager of the
hotel, explained this afternoon that the
changes had been agreed upon only after
a careful canvass of the-situation had ap
parently revealed the fact that a growing
-demand existed-in Minneapolis for' just
such accommodations. He intimated that
if the resulting patronage was great
enough to justify any such move, the
management would carry out the present
improvements on a much larger scale than
A feature of the improvements which
will appeal especially to prospective pat
rons is the plan to cater to after-theatfer
parties of a class which have heretofore,
complained that Minneapolis has been
signally lacking in that respect.
CUSTOMS FIGURES OP '02
Merchandise Imports Increase and
* $18,000,000 More Duty
Washington, Dec. 31.^Customs figures
for the calendar year (December esti
mated) show imports of gold and silver of
$10,608,357. against $13,367,785 last year.
Merchandise imports aggregated $683,621,-
495, as against $555,220,575 last year. Du
ties collected for merchandise amounted
to $173,054,504an increase of about $18,-
000,000 over last. year. . ,vf
BROOKLYN GRAND JURY OUT
- V AFTER STREET CAR CO.'
IT RECOMMENDS THAT THE BROOKLYN RAPID TRANSIT CHAR.
TERS BE. ANNULLED BECAUSE PRESENT CON-
DITIONS ARE ''INTOLERABLE/* . .
The City, the Jury Says, Should Operate the Surface and Elevated Lines ^
''The Only Solution of the Vexed Problem of Metropolitan Tranr.
sit Is Municipal Ownership and Operation of the Means of Publio ^s
Travel'The Grand Jury Says That Three-Cent Pares Would Still ij|
Leave a Large Surplus Revenue.
s ' -.-.' . '.-- -- - -. - ... . - ' :*
New York, Dec. 31.The King's county grand jury made a presentment to-dayy^.,
on traction facilities in Brooklyn, recommending that steps be taken to annul t!M$vJ
charters of the constituent companies of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit company and
that the City acquire.and operate the surface and elevated lines." ^^
The presentment declares that present conditions are intolerable and contain|^^*
the statement that the officials of the Brooklyn Rapid Transit company had ad-jj*
mitted.they could'cure the evils but were unwilling i do sol
the opinion that the roads could be operated at a proflton a 3-cen.L.fare basis. The
The Charges Against Him Will Prob
ably Be Referred to Minis
Relations Between John and the
Americans at Shanghai Are *-
Severely Strained. ..
The onfy solution of this vexed problem-of metropolitan transportation
Is municipal ownership and operation of the means of public travel. Those
street railways, elevated railways and tunnels, all the facilities of metropoli-
tan transit that have been given away for absolutely nothing until recently,
and practically nothing of tate years, should be brought back where they
naturally belong, under the control from which they passed, the-ownership
and operation of the public. .:.,._. - .:'.-
"We are of the opinion also, from statistics submitted to us, that experience'
has demonstrated that, under public control, these railways would not only be
operated efficiently for the public, but that fares could be reduced to, say 3 cents.'
still leaving a large net surplus, after the cost of operation is met, which could be1
applied to reduce general taxation."
With Instructions to Investigate
and Report as Soon as
Vrom The Journal Bureau, Boom 45, Post Build
ing, Washington. .
"Washington, Dec. 3.1.Formal charges
against Consul General John . Goodnow
have reached the state department
through Minister Conger at Peking, to
whom they were forwarded by the Ameri
can Association at Shanghai. They are
very voluminous and indicate unmis
takably that the relations between Mr.
Goodnow and the Americans resident at
Shanghai are severely strained. It is
said-here that - Goodnow has been dis
missed from the American Gentleman's
It is not yet determined what will be
done with the charges, but it is' probable
that they will be referred to Minister
Conger at Peking, with instructions to
him to make a thorough investigation and
report at the earliest possible time.
Should this course be pursued, nothing
definite will come to light for several
It seems now to be the intention of the
state department to go to the bottom of
the matter. Heretofore a number of
charges of a minor character have been
made against Mr. Goodnow, but they have
"not "been, serious encrogn-, to warrant in
vestigation. ''"''- - --~ -
Some of the charges contained in the
present list were made a year or two
ago, but through lack of knowledge on* the
part of the-American Association of how
to present them properly, they failed to
accomplish anything. This time they are
renewed in a formal manner through the
American minister in China, and the de
partment eo longer has any excuse Tor
ignoring them, nor does it care to do so,
as in their present form, they ere very
. In a general way, Mr. Goodnow. is
charged.with various crimes .61 corruption,
including. the reception of,hribes, accept
ance of pay for services, which should
have been rendered gratis, and the mak
ing .of "touches" , whenever opportunity
fordoing, so cohld be found.
Accompanying the charge Is an affidavit
from Goodnow denying in totb every alle
gation. The question, therefore^ be
comes more oJ fact and can b disclosed.
only through an investigation at Shang
hai by the American minister.
The American association at Shanghai
Is said* to represent aj very
citizenship. Most of its members are
business men of means and wide experi-
ence,- and. considerable culture. The
charges states that the members of the
association, join in the charges and ask
for GoOdnow's removal.
r Conger: Unfriendly to Goodnow. r '
Minister Conger Is known here to be
unfriendly to Goodnow, and it is assumed
that,he .will not give him the benefit of
"When the charges began to be heard
several years ago, Mr. Conger was active
in pushing them, although standing under
cover as much as possible, because of his
fear of Goodnow's political backing.
When in - Washington last summer, Mr.
Conger expressed himself freely regarding
Goodnow and his conduct of the Shanghai
consulate, and made it clear that he took
a good deal of stock in the charges.
"With the death of 3?resldent- McKinley
it is probable: Goodnow haB lost his beBt
friend. President Roosevelt has strict
ideas regarding how" American consular
officers- should, behave, and there .would
be no reason why he should shield Mr.
Goodnow ito the event that congress should
report the charges well founded.
It is possible that Mr. Goodnow may
protest against an investigation by Min
ister Conger on the ground of prejudice.
Independently of whether Goodnow was'
guilty in the whole or part as charged,
it is very clear that he has notttctea in
a tactful manner, so far as his fellow
countrymen at Shanghai are concerned.
The United opposition of these men, -with
a reouest that he be removed, might'of
itself be sufficient to cause his removal or
transfer, even if no charges of mal
feasance In office accompanied it.
President Roosevelt, is disposed to
strengthen the consular service wherever
possible and to hold, consuls to stricter
'"* 5Wf 1 "-
9 fine type of
- . :
account than formerly for their personal
and official conduct. Numerous Instance*
of this disposition have come up within
the past year.
The state department, however, does
not feel justified in proceeding tpo harsh
ly. It removed a consul several months
ago on a prima' facie showing and was
compelled later to reinstate him, on orders
from the White House.
It is not likely, therefore, that Mr.
Goodnow will be suspended pending the
investigation, unless the situation should
become more serious than it now Is, but
the charges will probably be carefully
probed. The case may eventually reach
a stage where the Minnesota delegation
in congress will get into it,
Should the report of Mr. Conger he-ad
verse to Goodnow, there would probably
be a disposition on the part of Mr. Good
now's friends in Minnesota o do every
thing possible to protect him and to as
certain whether Mr. Conger's admitted
prejudice had governed him to any ex
tent in hhi report. , ,
W. W. Jennane. ,
EXC196IVE FEES CLAIMED
Some of the Charges Made Against Mr.
Washington, Dec. 31.John Goodnow of
Minneapolis, United States consul general
at Shanghai, has been made the - object
of formal attack by the American asso
ciation at Shanghai, and the charges Willi
be duly investigated by the state depart
The principal charge is connected with
the transfer .from the Chinese to the'
American flag of a vessel. It is alleged,
that the consul general charged excessive j
fees for his part in the transfer. Again1
it is charged that he refused to perform'
his duty in ordering a court of inquiry
to examine into the facts connected with
the wreck of a ship.
Mr. Goodnow has put in a vigorous de
fense. He asserts that the first charge,
based principally on the affidavit of a
Chinaman, is untrue. To the second
charge he, replies that he was not ap
proached by any authorized person to or-,
der the court.
It is expected that when the state de
partment comes to take up this case the
question at issue, being mainly in Cact, it
will refer the matter to the United State*,
legation at Pelting
report.. - ':'-^': - -'/
Pierce Has Not Heard of It.
- - Washington, Dec. 31.Herbert H. D.
Pierce third assistant secretary of state,
who has had charge of the United States
consular service, said last night:
"I have not heard officially or other
wise of any charges against Mr. Goodnotr*
If any had been received at the depart
ment I should certainly have known of
them. I know of nothing upon which
charges against Mr. Goodnow could be
Cnt and Braised by Falling Wallf
in MilwaukeeA Pire Loss ?Jt
Milwaukee, Dec. 81.The entire planti
of the Charles Abresoh.company, carrias*
manufacturers ,ot 392-388 Fourth street,, ^
was destroyed, by fire at an early hour to-l
day, entailing a loss of upwards bfo
jioo.ooo. .-' - :
The fire was ffrst' seen Jn. the repair,
shop" in the rear of the. main building ahdi
spread so rapidly that the firemen wer*
unable to save a single carriage frcui thai
main building, and it is on these goods ,
that the loss will probably be the heaviest.
The building and contents' Were partly. ,
insured.- The Abresch plant was partly *
destroyed less than two years ago.
After the fire was under conrtol and the
firemen ,were directing: streams on the
smouldering ruins, the south wall of the
main'building fell, injuring seven firemen.,
*The injured were taken to the emergency
Captain Patrick Roddy of engine com-, IS
pany No. 1, was the- jnost seriously in
jured. The others are: Charles Heinz of
engine company No. 2 Frank Tesensky
acting lieutenant truck company No. 7f
Xanle Harrington, pipeman engine conj
pany No. 23 Fred Banholzer, truck cortr,"
pany No. 3 Patrick J. Coffey, engine eont'^
pany No. 23 Charles Fenske, truck coaH^
pany No. 7. ,
Their condition is not regarded seriousw
the injuries consisting of cuts and bruise**
iAR BXACX AS SAdffiR'g WATCH. -4"*
Washington. Dec. SI:Special series of tin*.
ignalB, on the urne plan, aa the signal* t oofe
daily t moon, irill be transmitted trcm ]
United State* naval obaerratory here over the*
lines of the Western Union Telegrapb eoi*May,
at midnight, aerent.r-flfth meridian time. Japy^/ls
1, ns an exact midnight signal to toe ttrnttrnJ-^M
central, mountain and Pacific coast section*. -1
for the benefit of thosa interested in all parts M
toe country in knowing the exact instant *f tMb
beginning of tbt. wur tear, *
for examination and,'
of $ioo,ooa *"
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