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i TIMBER SALE
Interior Department, After Con
sideration, Postponed This
Event to October 2.
WHY T&E TIMBER IS
NOT SOLD IN LUMP
Complaints of Lumbermen and
Others Answered by Con*
By W. W. Jermano.
Washington, Aug. 24.Acting Secre
tary Ryan, of the interior department,
has postponed the White Earth timber
Bale to Oct. 2. After consultation
with Commissioner Leupp, of the Jndian
bureau, he has also decided to adver
tise the sale mora widely than' lias here
tofore been done, so that no complaint
can be made that lumbermen have not
had full notice.
Mr. Stevens' Proposals.
Secretary Ryan today received a
long letter from Representative Fred
Btevens, in which his attention was
called to the regulation's governing sales
and cutting, and which contained a sug-
jestion for an amendment of the regu
so as to give full iustice to the
Indians, and to allow full competition
among the lumbermen in' that section
of the country.
Commissioner Leupp "gave the pro-
osed sale ulV consideration this morn
calling on his subordinates for a
full explanation of all points to which
objection has been made by the Indians
ana. the lumbermen.
Mr. Leupp Denies
'In the first place, I' want to say
that the charge "of anybody has a
'pull' with anybody in this office is
absolutely untrue," b*e said in discuss
a statement made about this sale.
I want to say further, that if the'per
sons who are making this hue and cry
would read the advertisements and reg
ulations more carefully, they would
have no cause for complaint.''
Complaints Answered in Order.
Taking up the complaints in order,
|he first relates to the short time al
lowed for making examinations and fil
ing bids. The early date for opening
bids as fixed after several confer
ences among those in charge of the
matter in this office, because it was de
sirable that the successful bidders
should have time to set up their mills
so that they could get a full season of
The second charge is that the timber
is to be sold in lump. That is not
true. I the advertisement is studied
carefully it will be seen that the suc
cessful bidders will be required to make
contracts with the individual allottees.
If an allottee should decide that he does
not want to sell his timber, he can re
fuse to make the contract,. and .that
will end the matter so far as heis con
Buy From Indians Direct.
The regulations governing this sale
^follow very closely those adopted for
the disposal of timber on the reserva
tions in upper Wisconsin and it should
be understood that bidders will not buy
this timber from the government, but
from the Indians direct. Contract may
be" made to provide for payment at the
rate mentioned in bid, subject to ap
proval by the interior department and
not becoming effective until so ap
proved. If any Indian should decide to
cut timber on his allotment himself, he
can do so. In fact, it may be said that
all timber on the allotted lands in case
of White Earth reservation, are strictly
subject to such disposition as allotte
may want to make of it.
"As to the estimate made by one of
our agents, that estimate was only for
the guidance of the department and for
bidders, to show the probable amount
of timber of each kind on the reserva
tion, subject to disposal at this sale.
It is not absolute and contractors will
not pay for timber on this estimate,
but on actual measurement, after cut
ting, as regulations require payment on
Objection is made to the deposit re
quired with each bid, $2,500. That sum
Is desired only to bring each bidder up
to the scratch when the time comes to
make contracts with the individual In
A careful reading of the advertise
ment will show that the successful bid
der or bidders will be required to give
bond "in the sum to be fixed by the
commissioner of Indian affairs, guaran
teeing faithful compliance with the
terms and condition on such con
tracts.* Should the successful bidder
fail to give the required bond, the
$2,500 would b'e forfeited to the gov
ernment to be applied to the use and
benefit of the White Earth Indians.
"As to possiblbe collection in the
event of the highest bidder forfeiting
his $2,500, the department will do as
it has done in numerous instances in
the past. In some cases all bids have
been rejected and in one case this sea
son a lower bidder was given- the op
tion of paying the higher bid. The
Indians will be fully protected on that
Saving the Pine.
"Now as to the requirement in the
regulation that groups of from two to
four mateured pines, situated at inter
vals of 400 feet, shall be measured, be
marked and saved from cutting." That
requirement was put in at the sugges
tion of the forestry service, the trees
thus saved to be used for seeding pur
poses, in the event that it was decided
to create a forest reserve out of the un
alloted lands. This will not prevent
any Indian allottee from farming his
-land, with these trees standing, but
there is nothing on earth that can' pre
vent, him from cutting these groups of
trees after he gets his allotment patent
I believe that with the regulations
now adopted, and with the time for re
el nving bids extended, full competition
i/assured and the Indians will get a
IzSx jric for their timber.
I do not know that it has been de
termined to establish a forest reserve in
the White Earth reservation,' but the
saving of the few trees at intervals of
400 feet as put in to provide for it,
in event the forest reserve becomes a
raility at some future time."
PASTOR GETS 15-YEAR-OLD BRIDE:
Philadelphia, Aug. 24.Rev. Charles
Pfeifer of Cairo, N. T., rector of the
Church of the House of Prayer at Branch
town, and Miss Alice A. Hall- of German
town, were married by Rev. John Mat
thews at the Church of the Annunciation.
The bride Is not 15 years old, While the
bridegroom is more than twice h*r age.
The bride was given away by her father,'
J. Barclay Hall, president of the Peerless
Paper Manufacturing company.
SERVED TO TAFT
Story of the Mikado's State Din
Fierce Struggle with
Joints of the Visitors Creaked
from Sitting so Long Cross
New York Sun Special Servioe.
Hartford,. Conn., Aug. 24.Colonel
Charles Hopkins Clark, editor of the
Hartford Courant, wjio, with his daugh
ter, is a member Of the Secretary Taft
party, now touring Japan and the Phil
ippines, has just written home a de
tailed account of the luncheon and
dinner given by the mikado.
The reception to Secretary Taft in
Japan surpassed that given General
Grant. The luncheon itself as as if
Morgan, Kockefeller and a few others
equally distant from the poorhouse, had
given carte blanche for the finest en
tertainment New York could provide.
He says: The luncheon as at noon, but even
at this hour the men were obliged to
wear tall hats and white ties, with
swallow-tail coats. Among the decora
tions of the elegant dining hall were
masses of beautif11 flowers laid upon
great cakes of ioe, which served to
cool the room. At the dinner one of the
items was "iced whale and. mustard
"Visitors left their shoes and hats
at the front door and were escorted to
the dining hall or gallery, which has no
windows, but is all open, facing the
club's beautiful ground. The stage was
directly opposite in the grounds, thirty
fget or so away.. There as no table
or chair in the room, but cushions or
pads were laid along the floor. At each
pad (on the flopr, of course) was the
guest's name on a slip of paper.
"Pretty Geisha girls .brought the
food in on trays, setting a loaded tray
before each person. Then trouble be
gan. We had no forks at all, nothing
but two chop sticks! The soup we drank
out of the bowl. Some of the men got
the girls to feed them, but" that meant
swallowing what they gave you. Others
ot the trick of the sticks after a "while,
ate three thin slices of iced whale.
The quail was served entire, with the
head, wings and tail feathers complete,
apparently resting on its nest in a bowl,
and the breast, which was roasted and
served cold, lay in two slices across its
"You could almost hear the joints of
the visitors groan and creak by the time
they began to do their second hour of
Bitting. They crossed and -recrossed
their legs, but couldn't get rid of
them." LINEYITCH'S MEN
GO OftR TO JAPS
Revolutionary Spirit Causes Many
Desertions, Even Among'
New York Sun Speoial Service.
Nieurchuang, Aug. 24.General Line
vitch is detaching a considerable force
to strengthen his extreme right. His
plan appears to be to divide the Jap
anese army into two or more bodies
by compelling them to devote their at
tention to their left flank, thus pre
venting them from cutting the railway
between Harbin and Vladivostok.
Numbers of Russians are continually
surrendering as the outcome of the rev
olutionary spirit which prevails thru
out the army, even among the higher
general Linevitch, for this reason,
will probably assume the offensive.
There are skirmishes between rival
scouts almost daily, the men sometimes
getting within sixty yards of each
Most of the advance lines on both
sides are so irregular and make so many
sharp angles that each side is able to
menace the enemy's rear.
FRANCE PDLLS BIG
STICK ON SULTAN
Military Display to Be Made if
French Citizen Is Not
Tans, Aug. 24.The ministers, under
the presidency of Premier Eouvier, held
a long special session' today. It was
principally devoted to a consideration
of the disciplinary measures to be
taken against Morocco should the sul
tan not yield to the demands of the
government for redress for the recent
arrest of a Franco-Algerian citizen.
It is announced that in case Morocco
refuses the French demands the entire
personnel of the French legation will
leave Morocco simultaneously and a
military demonstration will be hiade, on
the Aigeriaii frontier.
The latest advices from Fez show
that the. sultan continues to hold the
Algerian a prisoner.
-Following the meeting, Prejnier Eou
vier sent instructions to the French
minister to demand the immediate re
lease of the prisoner, informing him
that a military demonstration' would be
made in case of a negative response.
WRECK BIG ESpTE
Fresh Agrarian Troubles Break
OutProperty of Land Own
Odessa, Aug. 24.Fresh agrarian dis
orders have broken out in the Elizabeth
grad and. Alexandria districts and the
peasants are destroying the property of
the land owners N
TWO CENTS. THURSDAY EVENINO, AUGUST
Great Progress Toward Sobriety,
Particularly Among the Lab
Much Sating and Drinking in the
Cafes of Stockholm All
By W. B. CHAMBERLAIN,
Managing Editor of The Journal.
Copyright, 1905, by The Minneapolis Journal.
Stockholm, Sweden, Aug. -Jd. The
progress of the temperance moyement in
Sweden of late years has been most
surprising. Teetotalism is spreading
rapidly alvd has obtained a firni hold
among the lower classes. Not more
than a dozen years ago it was quite the
rule among the workingmen in the un
skilled trades to drink to excess. The
consumption of strong drink was the
one thing that prevented the ameliora
tion of the industrial classes. Many of
the labor leaders recognized this fact
and not only deplored it, but began an
active propaganda to overcome it. All
of which is only one more evidence
that the labor movement in Sweden has
been blessed with prudent and intel
ligent leaders. Temperance, has been
preached in season and out of season to
the workingmen. The change that has'
been worked, I am told by labor leaders
and other close observers of social con
an dother close observers of social con
ditions, has been* little less than mirac.
Now the feeling in regard to drink is
very different. A workman who fre
quently gets drunk is discredited, not
merely with his employers, but with his
tellows. It is no longer creditable to
his reputation to be known as a tipplen
The organized form' of this sentiment
is the Good Templar order, which is very
strotfg in Sweden and rapidly growing.
A Hero of Labor*-,
A story was told me today which is
not without its touch of romance and
which illustrates the methods by which
the -workingmen are "being redeemed.
Knut Tengdahi is the hero. He as
born of poor parents but with the in
estimable blessing of a consuming am
bition to rise in the world and'to' do
something for his fellows. He early be
came interested in the socialists move
ment and was employed in a very hum
ble capacity on the Social-Demokrat,.
the daily paper published here by that
party. But he kept his ears and his eyes
open and by study and perseverance
gradually worked out for himself a
larger sphere of usefulness on that pa-
er He -finally, became interested in
condition ofHhe dock labored and
determined to devote himself to -their
reclamation,' A rougher and "wilder set
Of men it would be difficult to find
except perhaps in similar fields of labor
in other seaport cities. They had to
work most laboriously at loading and!
unloading vessels. The hours were long
and work, irregular and uncertain. They
earned fairly good wages when they
could get' work,, and then in the periods
of idleness they spent their money riot-,
ously. Their wages went to the grog
geries and ginmills that infest the
whsfrf districts. To these men, Tengdahi
came as the evangel of new life.
preached sobriety and unionism to them.
organized them into a, strong" body,
he aided thefn in conducting their
strikes, most of which were victories in
the end, and, best of all, he persuaded
them that their industrial salvation lay
thru the paths of sobriety. The uplift
Continued on 2d
A big estate at
Butzky has been entirely demolished.
The president the Elizabethgrad
zemstvo has asked permission of the
government to convoke a meeting of
landlords with the'yiew to settliig the
AGREES X NEGOTIATE
Swedlah Minister of Jtutics Who Re
ported on the negotiations
About 2,000,000y New Yorkers
Rubber at KnabenshaueHe
New York Sun Special Service.
New York, Aug..24.A Eoy Knaben
shaue motored his airship, Toledo, over
New York again yesterday. For- thirty-
three minutes the airship sailed the
blue, and'in that time traversed a lit
tle more than five miles.
For thirty-three minutes, from 2:12
to 2:45 p.m., 2,000,000 pergons threw
back their heads Ifcnd watched Jthe air
ship move across the. celestial back-,
ground seeming, at its. greatest alti
tude, 5,000 feet, no bigger than a cigar.
Knabenshaue started from his big
tent at Sixty-second-. Btreet .and Cen
tral Park west. He sailed as far south
as Twenty-third street where, 5,000 feet
high, he circled east to Third avenue.
The Battery could plainly see-the To
ledo then and the. Battery dropped its
pen in its books and its yardstick and
swarmed out of doors. Then Knaben
shaue .sailed north and* finallv, de
scended lightly in Central Park very
close to the point from which he as
Altho Knabenshaue -maintained thoro
controlof his airship,.turning, descend
ing, or -sailing straight ahead at will,
he could not sa& ag*mat the wind.
tried to point in&jS tJio wind in order
ito loop tirf .Ffficfoft&i building, but
failed .The^best he could do was to
tack an then sail along' broadside to
The. daring aeronaut tried half a dofc
eu times to point into the windfall the
Page, 4th Column.
wind he motored the airship in a, -cir
cle at 2:22 p.m. over Madison Square,
and swinging around Over Twenty-sec
ond street and Third avenue, headed
VALUABLE CARGO OF REDWOOD,
San Francisco, Aug. 24.Contracts
have ibeen signed for the shipment of
1,500,000 feet of redwood to New York
city. It is the largest single shipment
of redwood, ever made direct to New
York, and the first to go by the water
route. The value Is about 476,000.
COUNCIL IS TO
Minister of Justice Berger Makes
Acceptable Proposals to
Crown -Prince Regent Approves
and King Oscar Is to Sanc
Special Cable to The Journal.
Stockholm, Sweden, Aug.V'24.A long
step toward the peaceful solution of
the union crisis was taken today when
Crown Prince Gustaf, sitting as regent
in council of state with the'cabinet,
gave his approval to the proposals of
Minister of Justice Berger that the
council be empowered to name delegates
to enter into negotiations with those
These delegates, it is expected, will
be named very soon and when the Nor
wegian government names its repre
sentatives, very little time will be Tost
in beginning the conference. Mr. Ber
ger, in order to give more binding force
to the action, proposed that King Oscar
himself, instead of the cwn prince,
be asked to give his authorization for
this line of procedure.
The mooted question of the legality
of the Norwegian act of disunion is the
one rock upon which the conference
may strand, but it is hoped that the
delegates will find some way to avoid,
"it without giving offense to either coun
try. NEW RAILROAD
Des Moines, Iowa Falls & 'Nortfr
era May Build or Lease Line
The Des Moines, Iowa Falls & Nor
thern road is seeking an entrance into
Minneapolis. Representatives of the
line have canvassed city seeking
data as whether ttKwould be profit
able, to invade this territory. To savev
the "expensive item of terminals, it is
possible the company may build to the
city limits and negotiate for station
and terminal facilities with some other
The matter has been taken up
actively with, loading business men
and it is likely that plans will be
carried thru to give the city another
outlet to the southwest and the Iowa
ELOPERS WED BY MOONLIGHT.
'South Paris, Me., Aug. 24.Mounted on
a high rock,. Clayton E. Hazelton of Falr
field and Miss Cora Fogg of Paris, an
eloping couple, were married last night
under no other light than that given by
the moon." Rev. H. M. Newhall per
formed the ceremony. The couple were
friends in childhood and attended the
same school at Fairfield.
The Jap seem. to fail to appreciate the artist',s^ little joke.-
FAIR TONIGHT WITH COOLER, PROBABLY LIGHT FBO&T FRIDAY FATB.
THAT CANJ EE
Bit of Fiction That Brought Mor
gan Robinson a Small
'Fluorescent Searchlight" That
Lights Up the Waters of
New York Son Special Berrlce.
New York, Aug. 24."That is
most improbable story I ever read,'' a
man might exclaim over Morgan Rob
ertson's latest magazine story, "The
The story did look a bit improbable,
but Robertson has been paid a fortune
for only one of the ideas embodied in
his little piece of fiction. told, of a
queer craft that would revolutionize
warfare, that would sink tweWty subma
rine boats in a minute and make the
now dreaded ships of war no more to
be feared than a common washtub.
Inventor Quits Typewriter.
It is the last story Bobertson ever
will write unless his mind is completely
changed. He is now connected with a
submarine boat company that manufac
tures the Holland submarine torpedo
boat. It is said he got $50,000 in cash
for the idea that first appealed to the
Holland company, an idea he had de
veloped to go in the magazine story
without any thought of practical appli
From now on the fiction writer will
devote all his energies to putting his
literary creations imo the formj)f prac
tical inventions. believes firmly
it will not be long before he can send
every submarine in the world to the
bottom of the sea.
That he is no impractical visionary is
proved by the big price paid for his
periscope, which is now controlled by
the Holland company.
In* his last story Robertson has
equipped his submarine destroyer with
a fluorescent searchlight to light up the
waters of the sea. So far scientists
and inventors have been baffled in'all
attempts at making a searchlight that
would light up the waters.
"An Invisible Searchlight."
I have invented an invisible search
light/' is all Robertson will say for
publication. It is declared to "be a
light that will be as a torch for two
miles around, and yet cannot be seen,
tho it stands high above the surface of
Robertson expects this light to be
transmitted thru the waters so subma
rines of the enemy may be discovered
a mile away. He will not tell how the
light is constructed. In his story he
gives only a vague hint, calling it a flu
orescent light. It is known that the il
luminating agent will be electricity.
Robertson is careful in. guarding the se
cret formula by which he veils the light
so that it may be unseen.
Robertson's debut as a practical in
ventor is as surprising to the public as
if H. G. Wells were'to^buildfavwar
ship of air, suck as he used to such good
effect in the imaginary battles in the
"War of the Worlds,^ 1 m^
Just about ten years 'agof'^Morgan
Robertson began to write tales of the
sea. Robertson knew how to write
stories of the sea for he has been a
sailor. He sailed before the mast for
years and had positions on nearly every
sort of vessel afloat. Before he went to
sea he was a cowboy, hotel clerk, miner,
prospector, railroad "man and1
everything else. He has worked all
over the world and knows it- like a
^The development of submarines ap
pealed to Robertson's imagination. He
began to write stories of submarines.
Not long ago he wrote
a story of a Jap
anese submarine that was equipped with
a wonderful periscope. This periscope
enabled the submerged vessel to see
the horizon for miles in every direction.
In fact, it gave a complete picture of
the water and everything above it. The
story was called "The Mistake."
Holland Co. "Bit" on Tale,
Submarine boat people have wanted
a periscope that would show all the
horizon at the same time. One of the
officials, of the Holland company be
came interested in Robertson's story. He
fotin communication with the writer,
his surprise he learned that Rob
ertson had not stopped at imagining a
periscope, but had gone ahead and in
vented it. Robertson even had gone so
ar as to patent his invention.
The Holland company bought it. The
price is said to have been $50,000 cash,
$500 for_each. boat equipped with a
periscope and $300 for each boat sold
without the equipment. This, i with
other inducements, has persuaded Mr.
Robertson to give up story writing for
more lucrative business of building sub
marines and submarine destroyers.
He has given only a hint or his sub
marine destroyer, which he believes will
be able to destroy every submarine in
the world, and do the job in a ew min
utes. says he did not dare go be
yond the vague hints in his fiction
story. The submarine destroyer of his
creation is a curious craft of circular
form, like two salad bowls with their
edges' together, convex above and be
low, and concave near the edges. The
edges extend sharply horizontally for
about twenty feet from the termination
of the convex curve making a circu*
lar boat about eighty feet in diame
ter. The boat has no rudder, no pro
peller and no visible^ means/of propul
sion. It has a combination engine for
liquid air and pil. In general aspect it
is a big globe.
THIRD BAD STORM
IN SEVEN DAYS
Wrecks Caused by Washouts on
the Burlington Line Near
La Crosse, Wis., Aug. 24.As the re
sult of another disastrous storm to the
north and west of La Crosse today,
railroad traffic on the Burlington ana
Milwaukee roads was again badly de
moralized and trains are running sev
eral hours behind schedules.
This was the third storm in a week,
each of which did immense damage to
railroad property and demoralized traf
fic. Washouts occurred on the Bur
lington at Alma and on the -Milwaukee
at Lake City. I attempting to trans
fer, from the Milwaukee to \the Bur
lington tracks Burlington. ..passenger
train No. 47went into the' ditch and
two cars were wrecked.
A Burlington freight train ra into
the washout near Alma and several
cars were wrecked.
lake a Comparison
O \Of today's Journal With Any
Its Competitors. There'a I
Such a Difference!
"NOT ONE KOPECK"
Russians State Position So That
None Can Fail to
STILL IN THE BREACH
He Makes Proposition to Refer
Saghalien Purchase to a
St. Petersburg, Aug. 24.The
correspondent of Renter's Tele
gram company was today author
ized by Count Lamsdorff, the for
eign minister, to state officially
and in the most formal manner,
that Russia will pay Japan no
contribution, direct or indirect, nor
will it make any cession of terri
Portsmouth. N. H., Aug. 24.Presi-
dent Roosevelt has taken a new step,
possibly the final one, in a last appeai
to both sides to leave the question of
the purchase price of the northern half
of the island of Saghalien to the arbi
trament of a board or commission.
Final arbitration has been in the pres
ident 's mind from the beginning. He
sent to Mr. Witte in the night a loaf
message outlining -the new step he hal
Presumably this message was pre
pared after the president had received
the' account of Ambassador Meyer's au
dience with the emperor at Peterhof
yesterday. It would seeni to follow'
logically that Mr. Meyer's reply wau
not satisfactory, and therefore necessi- Js
tated an appeal not to allow a mere
question of money to stand in the way
of peace, and to suggest a new form of
compromise'for the point still in issue.
The message of the president reacnefl
Assistant Secretary Peirce and wag
placed in the hands of Baron De Rosen
at an early hour today.
After he had. consulted with Mr.
Witte, the proposition was placed in
Russian code and dispatched to Peter
hof. A reply to the president was de
livered to Assistant Secretary Peirce
at 9:30 this morning. Whether it was
a response from Peterhof is not known.
It may only have been a message from
Mr. Witte giving his views of the new
step proposed by the president.
THE DAT I N DETAIL
The President Has Thrown Himself
into the Breach.
Portsmouth, N H.. Aug. 24.Thff
personality of President Roosevelt
looms larger and larger in the crisis.
stands ..between the warring coun
tries, insisting that the peace confer
ence shall not fail. Had not he stepped
into the breach the conference would
already have gone to pieces.
President- Roosevelt, until Tuesdays
had confined himself to communicating
with Mr. Witte and Baron Kaneko.
His role was unofficial. had not
put himself in direct communication
with St. Petersburg and Tokio. Now
he has made an official appeal, per
sonally, as the head of one state to the
head of another. If if has failed, there
still remains recourse to the "emperor
Today There I a Pause.
Today, superficially, at least, there is
a pause. Mr. Witte and Baron, de
Rosen were off at 10 o'clock, in an au
tomobile announcing that they were
going to Magnolia to lunch with Baron
ess de Rosen at the Russian embassy.
They expected to return tonight, but
might stay over until tomorrow. A lit
tle incident occurred just before they
left, which may or may not be signi
Mr. Peirce, the assistant secretary of
state, was hastily telephoned for and
came to the hotel at 9:20. He was with
Mr. Witte for twenty-five minutes. Mr.
Peirce dismissed the visit with the ex
planation that it was only to make ar
rangements about the trip of Mr. Witte.
But twenty-five minutes is rather a long
time, and there is a suspicion that Mr.
Witte delivered to Mr. Peirce a com
munication for the president.
The so-called protocols signed at yes
terday's session of the conference were*
not protocols at all in the proper sense
of the word. They were simply what in
diplomacy are called the "proces
verbal," or minutes of the meeting. In
Russian they are called "protocols,"
and as the. Russian secretary, made the
announcement, the word employed led
to a misunderstanding.
Where the Negotiations Stand.
President Roosevelt's compromise
proposition, which Baron Komura pre
sented at yesterday's meeting, calls for
Japan to withdraw articles 10 and 11
(surrender of inferned warships and
limitation of Russia's naval force In
the far east), and to substitute for
articles 5 and 9 (cession of Saghalien
and indemnity), a new article providing
for an arrangement by whicn Japan
should get legal title to the southern
half of Saghalien, while Russia should
redeem or repurchase her title to the
northern half of the island for 1.200,-
000,000 yen, or $600,000,000.
Russia, while rejecting the compro
mise because it included remuneration
for cost of the war under another name,
was willi'rfg and indeed offered to re
store the status quo existing before the
treaty of 1875, and to delimit the fron
tier, and forever renounce all claim to
the southern half of the island. The
only thing, which remained was the in
demnity, which has been a stone will
across ^he path of a. complete agree
ment. Under the financial head, Rus-*
sia offers to pay liberally for the main
tenance of the Russian prisoners in
Japan. Her cession of the Chinese
eastern railroad also will place a tidy
sum in the Japanese exchequer, but
further than that Mr. Witte has as yet
no instructions to go.
A Appeal to Tokio Remains.
There is yet no^ clue to the response
Mr. Meyer received from Emperor
Nicholas, but it is ^already in President
possession, and he is in a
position to determine his next step. If
the emperor declined absolutely to
yield, there may still be time to turn
to Tokio for a last appeal to forego
$300,000,000 or $400,000,000 rather tha!
protract the war indefinitely, at the cost
of millions in money and thousands of
lives with no surety that she will ever
be able, whatever her military successes,
to force tribute from her burly oppo
Now too, in the final struggle, the in
fluence of the neutral powers and the
threats of financiers can be brought
to bear to force the combatants to cease
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