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WVol. LXX. No. 11. Salt Lakh City, Utah. Tuesday Mobotstg, October 25, 1904. 12 phses. five cents. viM
(How Money of Tax Payers
I Goes Into Political Rat Holes
I VERY BAD
ch the People 111
jff's Office Dead Weight,
im It Should Produce
.ary Payrolls Padded and Whol
Needless Salaries Paid- at
El wonder If the tax payers oC Salt
ke county have any Idea how great
aaum they pay annually into the treas
ury to be disbursed on warrant hy the
Board of Commissioners?" nBked a
gait Lake business man. "And I woii
Jer If they consider how very little In
the way of public improvements they
pet for that enormous sum?"
There Is a text in these queries for
tvery tax payer to make a study of
for himself. And he should have It so
thoroughly mastered that he will have
So trouble convincing himself why the
iChderson-Calllsler-Eldrcdge clique are
forking over-time to keep the Ameri
can party nominees for Commissioners
imt of the Commissioners' ofllce next
lin the first Dlace The Tribune takes
pleasure In saying that so far as the
bookkeeping of the Auditor and the
Treasurer Is concerned that there is not
The slightest criticism to make. The
pfflclals In charge of these offices are
Iipetent and the records are kept
h care. But It must be remembered
t both positions are not admlnls
tlve. They are clerlcol. The county
nanased by the County Commlsslbn
The majority of the board is corn
ed of Commissioners Anderson and
Ijon who are nothing- If not the wil
; servants of the priesthood of the
hese men can conduct the business
the county as they may see lit. The
rd member could not Interfere If he
Ired The Pauper Clerk. James Sa
e, Is one of the principal wheels In
Anderson machine. He was until
ently a Democrat. He Is now Com
slonor Anderson's olllclal as well as
Is This Not Incrimination?
jf. Pauper Clerk Snblne says there is no
discrimination in the Issuing of pauper
Orders. If Clerk Sabine Is to be relied
gn In this statement let him tell why
It Is that the great majority of the
orders are drawn on Mormon business
Rouses and that such firms as "Walker
Brothers Dry Goods company and
fiKelth-O'Brlen company, by far the
(largest tax payers, never get a dollar.
;Ut him say why Z. C. M. I , Thirteenth
jjWard Store, Wllles-Horne and a score
j,or more Mormon houses get the great
aJority of the orders.
5J He says the orders ure drawn where
jjlie indigents request them or are
(jfrawn for convenience. "Will he tell by
hat system of reasoning the Indigents
JouId prefer to trade with the Mormon
(oiK3 than the Gentile? And will ho
y by what process he can figure that
ths Gentile houses are less "conven
ient" than the Mormon houses?"
0f course he will not say. There Is
tout one reason for It. There Is a sys
tematic effort to direct the general
junds into Buch channels as arc friend
ly to the leading politicians of the dom
inant church or direct to Mormon bus
I Must Control Conimisslonership.
IjWhy Is It that the priesthood guards
5 2alously the office of County Com
missioner? Why Is it that nominations
S.Mlll.l!?e Republican and the Demo
cratic tickets are made so as to be
pertain of control?
iflnL' neureB from the county's
'Thi u department will determine this.
W , .mUrEement oC county funds this
V pL 11 amount to nearly $383,000.
think? SUm ot monc'' don'1 vou
'manvSHm,Un, aalarlcs. Buys a great
S Th5 the old nollax machine.
Iicrcli ft rs ot lhe ch"ch-the corn
foul a i f w wel1 ns Politicians
KS! of Met that sum I)ass Into the
Eur nn.lhe "on-Morrnons for any
Krol iL WOU,d rathet; hQVe
rofi Jm lh,B vdat aum than Ql1 the
5JndirS8'tland thrUGh it, directly and
lfc orrw v Patronage of the county,
I UCe cornea a more powerful
agent for the furthering of the eccles
iastical machine than every other
branch of the government
Enormous County Receipts.
The year's financial statement will
be of interest In this connection:
On January 1, 1901, there was
cash on hand amounting to. ....J S0.015 20
Tax lovy for this year is 222,TO.18
Revenue derived from fees, etc.,
to Septombcr 30 62,147.80
Revenue estimated for last qua-
ter of this year 20,715.03
Total revenues J3S3.612.20
This tremendous sum is expended,
with the exception of but a few thou
sand dollars, to meet salary accounts,
malntalnance of the several offices and
Institutions, and on account of Indi
gents and Interest on the public debt. (
Few permanent Improvements are
made. These consist of roads and
bridges and of the sum paid out on ac
count of roads and brldccs. A groat
per cent Is for work that Ib of no per
Some substantial Improvements have
been made on bridge account and to
improve several of the highways, but
the sum so expended Is such a mero
bagatelle, when considered alongxld
the $333,000 odd dollars of rovenue col
lected, that It presents a telling argu
ment against the general lack of busi
ness ability In the administration of
It must be remembered that, while'
the county has a joint Interest with the
city in the magnificent city and county
building, the amount represented in
the foregoing figures does not In
clude an part of the principal sum ex
pended for this improvement. Not a
dollar was expended on this account
The liabilities for 1904 are approximate
ly as fololws:
Outstanding warrants, January
1, 1904 $ 1,264.84
"Warrants Issued to September SO 211,636.01
Estimated expenses for last
quarter 1904 70,545.34
Interest on bondB due and paid.. 23,500.00
Estlmatod surplus Jan 1, 1905.. 7S.666.0l
Big Obligations Falling- Due.
One thing, and a serious one, that
confronts the county Is the fact that
the county building bonds will soon be
falling due. This liability muBt be pro
vided for. And In providing for It the
surplus revenues, If the estimate made
of the probable surplus will be sus
tained at the close of the year, will
dwindle to practically nothing.
At the gait the county is going, with
the bonded debt coming due, unless
there Is retrenchment of a very vlgor
our character, there cannot be any sub
stantial Improvements made without
Increase In the tax levy.
Increase In population gradually in
creases the general expenses. This Is
covered easily by the Increased reve
nues. Yet at the most Jlb.eral estimate
the surpjjis Is dwlndllng'Vheh It should'
pile higher and higher with the present
The recklessness of the ,poor account
disbursements Is not the only item thai
threatens to Involve the county', with
in the next two years, in a financial
tangle and compel the Increasing of the
tax levy. But It Is a considerable ona.
The mismanagement of the County In
firmary and the office of the Sheriff are
two public leaks that deserve, of the
most conscientious reform.
A. JstriKing- example.
On the basis of good government tiro
Sheriff's office should be self-sustain-,
ing, If not a revenue payer. But under
the present administration of the af
fairs of the county It Is run, It would
appear, more for the purpose- of paying
some political scores, than as an Im
portant branch of the public service.
Fees are permitted to accumulate un
til they have become enormous. But
what does Sheriff Emery and hla of
ficial family care If the fees are not
collected when their salaries are forth
coming? Especially when It offends
some one to force a collection.
Last year the Sheriff's office cost the
taxpayers of Salt Lake county $22,980.39.
The Sheriff turned Into the treasury but
$4141.SS, or a deficit of $18,838.58!
Now, there is something radically
wrong when an office of this character
Is run in such an unbusinesslike man
ner. There is something In this that calls
for a reform that reforms.
The American party pledges the tax
payers of Salt Lake county, if In
trusted with power, that relief shall
speedily be secured from this bit of mal
administration either through adminis
tration that is businesslike, or through
legislation that will make the office
what It should be self-sustaining.
The Sheriff's office should pay a reve
nue to the- county, Just as the offices of
Recorder and Clerk do.
This, a Public Eyesore.
The management of the Infirmary Is
nothing short of a public outrage. Ac
cording to the public statement of the
pauper clerk of the Board of Commis
sioners there are at this time 104 In
mates In the Infirmary. Of course many
of them are unable to do any kind of
work. But a large per cent of those at
the Infirmary can do certain kinds of
labor, as Is the ca2 in all Institutions
of the kind. They are better contonted
and are kept In better health when
given certain klndH ot employment. But
under the present administration the In
firmary is run In a manner that It is
more consplcuouw af a political machine
thun as a retreat for t,hosc who are un
fortunate. A glance over the palary roll for the
Infirmary will show that Superintend
ent Jones has a steward who Is paid
$05 a month.
Now what la there so engrossing
about superintending the infirmary that
the superintendent cannot act in the ca
pacity of the steward?
He also has a matron at $50. Tbls is,
of course, a legitimate Item.
Then there are two farmers at $35
each. Wpuld a good burinc3s man hire
two farmers to look after a little patch
of land such as la the Infirmary, when
there are twenty or more inmates who
are able and doubtless willing to assist
In the farm work?
What do the two farmers do? "What
Is the need for them?
Then there Is a cook at $30 and a
laundresw at $301 Now, these expendi
tures are absolutely needless In an in
firmary where there are 110 Inmates.
Those who have visited the Institution
and who have seen the Inmates are au
thority for the statement that fully
forty of the Inmates are able to cover
the work done by the cook and the
laundress with as much skill and effi
ciency as thore on the rolls. But Sup
perlntendent Jones Is so busy working
for "Fussy Jimmy" that he doubtless
has not discovered this,
I Deficit Greater Than Justified.
j He drew from the County Treasurer
last year to pay salaries and- maln
talnance, $15,560.30. Of thlB. $4087 was
for salaries. As a matter of fact, the
salary account should not have exceed
ed $2000, which would have covered the
superintendent's and the matron's, with
such a. large- colony to draw upon for
help. And ho turned into the treasury
$602.68, part of Which was money paid
br others for the malntalnance of some
of the lnmateo!
Thre in good administration with a
There la another little item In connec
tion with this institution. It is of very
recent occurrence. "We Just stumbled
onto.it and tell the story for the edifi
cation of the taxpayers of Salt Lake
county who like to pay money Into the
treasury to be squandered by the mem
bers of the Andefson-Calllster-Eldredge
Here are some Items sent in last
month by Superintendent Jones and
paid out of the public funds:
"W. R. Jones, Jr $1S.35
Reese Jonea 5.S5
J. H. Hayford 10.65
S, J. R. Miller 8.35
Carrie Telford 5.00
This tolls of the little system which Is
In vogue at the Infirmary' of padding
the expense account. The persons In
whose favor the warrants were drawn
are on the Infirmary payrolls. They
get a straight salary. There Is a cus
tom of giving the employees a vacation
of ten days a year Avlth pay. The va
cations are supposed to be so arranged
that when one of the employees is
away the others double' up and do
the absent one's work. Itjs a practice
which many business houses employ.
And there is nothing special to criticise
In it that the public would care about.
But Superintendent Jones has his
own peculiar way of running the infir
mary and the vacation system furnishes
a way of relieving the county of about
$120 a year.
It Is this way. The salary" roll for the
Infirmary Is now $355 per month. The
vouchers covering the sum of tho five
Items In the foregoing ($48.20) are with
the files for last month. They all read
"for 10 days vacation at the salary of
$ (the respective amounts being
filled In the space, according to the em
nlovfee npr month."
Nice Little Pick-Up.
Superintendent Jones increases his
salary $18.35 a year by this little play
and he can thus pay some portion of
So can the others. But the taxpayers
have to come around on taxpaying time
and put up their good money for It.
Salt Lake county not only does not
get any returns for the $120 thus,
wheedled out of the treasury, but wit
nesses the abuse of a vacation rule
that was made as a kindness to Its em
ployees. But these Items these leaks are but
a few of hundreds. It Is such as these
that call for reform. It Is such as
these that make It Impossible for Salt
Lake county to be put on a basis with
other progressive counties.
There has been enough money squan
dered on unnecescary clerkships, on
unnecessary supplies, on a general frit
tering away of funds on unsubstantial
road building and In unjustifiable tax
rebates during the past four years to
pave fifty mlle9 of the county's high
ways! The public Is being milked to preserve
and to perpetuate the reign of a clique
of so-called Republicans In office, "We
say "so-called," because these- men re
fuse to sustain the Republican organi
zation unless they control the organiza
tion and domineer the conventions.
When they cannot do this they either
oppose the nominees or sulk In their
Party fealty means party perfidy with
them. Church and self predominate.
Party Is but the livery with which they
serve tho priesthood and the commer
clallsts ot the dominant church.
Taxpayers of Salt Lake county will
sooner or later find It absolutely neces
sary to break away from these political
wreckers and self-seekers. There Is
nothing more certain. They have the
opportunity to withdraw from the dis
honored and prlestrldden parties In Salt
Lake this year and' elect men vho are
anxious to and are capable of making
of the county a truly American corpora
tion, whose plan Is to serve the people
faithfully and efficiently, without re
gard to religious or other environments.
H. G. McMillan and Jacob Bourgard
are the American party nominees for
County Commissioners. They are both
capable and honest business men. If the
county's affairs are entrusted to their
care there will be no diverting of funds
to. ecclesiastical ends, no raping of the
News Evades Charges.
The Deseret News dares not meet the
charges made by The Tribune that pub
lic fundpare diverted, into channels con
trolled by churchmen. It knows that,
under tho administration of James H.
Anderson, the Commissioners' ofllce
Is used at all times and in all manners
to discriminate against non-Mormons
and that the poor fund Is used to sus
tain in large part the indigent members
of the. dominant church.
Tho .records reveal such a condition
as to jrlve offense to every man who
believes In fair play In the ndmlnjEtra
tton of" the public's affairs and In the
distribution of public funds.
And the Deseret News attempts to
have It appear that The Tribune would
convey the thought that the poor of the
county are all In the infirmary Thin It
knows Is not the case and has not been
The' greatest sum paid out on poor or
pauper orders is to Indigents outside of
tho asylum. And ihe greater part of
Fought Willi Pistols
Well-Known Citizen of Butte, Bailiff
of the Federal Court, Is
Special to The Tribune.
EUTTE, Mont.. Oct. 24. Henry J.
Callahan, bailiff of the Federal court, a
pioneer placer miner and well-known
citizen of Butte, was shot twice and al
most Instantly killed after a desperate
duel with six shooters with a man w,hom
ihe police believe to be Miles Fuller.
Fuller Is now In the county Jail and
denies all knowledge of the tragedy.
Fuller Js alleged to have made a
threat that "Callahan would be In his
coftin before next Christmas evening."
Neighbors heard a fusillade of shots,
and, rushing to the scene, found Calla
han dying, half of his neck torn away
by a large oallber bullet fired at close
range. Another bullet had. entered his
left eye. By the dead man's side lay
his empty six shooter. "Willie Simmons,
a small boy, saw the beginning of the
duel and gave the officers a description
of the murderer.
A month ago an attempt was made to
poison Callahan by putting a quanitity
of strychnine In his coffee. Callahan
found his home broken Into and detect
ing a bitter flavor In his coffee and sus
pecting something was wrong, he gave
tho dog some of the beverage, killing
the animal in a short while. Investiga
tion by chemists disclosed the presence
of enough strychnine in the coffee to
kill a dozen men.
Fearful of an attempt being made to
kill him while he slept, Callahan kept
the doors of his home constantly
barred, using a side window as a door.
Many years ago Callahan caught Ful
ler In the act of robbing the placer gold
box and thrashed him.
ROW IN COURTROOM.
Sensational Sceno in Which. Guns and
Special to Tho Tribune.
BOISE, Ida,, Oct 24. A Honsatlonal
sccno was witnessed today In Justice
Dunbar's courtroom ovor tho possession
of eleven slot machines captured Satur
day evening. A replevin suit was brought
In the District court by the Mills Novelty
company and a writ placed in the hands
of Sheriff Agnew, commanding him. to
take possession of tho machines.
When Agnow arrived to aorve hla writ
ho had two policemen with him. Justice
Dunbar had Just Issued an order direct
ing the constable to take tho machines
out and destroy them. Agnew inter
fered, claiming tho right to take them
under his writ. He socured a largo num
ber of special deputies and Constable An
derson did likewise
Tho Justlco was advised that the ma
chines were In the hands of the law to
be destroyed and could not bo takon and
hla conslablo proposed to carry out tho
order. Axes were finally procured with
which to smash the machines up In tho
offlco. Agnew commanded them to de
sist and advanced In a threatening man
ner upon Deputy County Attorney Klnn-
von, who raised an axo with which to
defend himself. Though tho Sheriff lev
eled his weapon at the prosecutor blood
was not shed.
Finally It was agreed tho machines
should be left In the hands of a commit
tee representing both sides until the re
turn of Judge Stewart, ho being In Owy
hoo county holding court.
CKUSHED TO DEATH.
Prominent Dillon Citizen Is Acciden
DILLON, Mont, Oct. 21. G. B. Scott, a
prominent real estato man, formerly of
Pittsburg, Pa., while driving In from tho
country this morning, met with an accl
dont that ondod fatally. He was bringing
a load of grain to town and was seated
on ono of the grain bags. The sack
slipped ns the wagon reached an unevon
pleco of road and Mr. Scott fell with It to
the ground Ono of the wheels of tho
heavily loaded wagon passed over his
breast, killing him almost InHtantly.
DIED IN A TRENCH.
Laborer Laying a Tllo Drain Buried
OREGON CITY, Or.. Oct. 24. T. Rob
inson, aged 56 years, a laborer employed
In tiling a ditch In a hop yard about
ono mllo below this city, was burled under
six tons of dirt and killed this after
noon. Workmen sturtcd at onco to dig
out the unfortunate man, and succeeded
In getting a rope around his body, whon
another lot of dirt caved In. and nearly
two hours elapsed before his body was
brought to tho surface
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24. Tho President
has accepted the resignation of James F.
Cooper. Associate Justlco of the Supreme
court of tho Philippine Islands, to tako
effect October IS. Judge Cooper was ap
pointed from Texas. He served throo
years on tho Philippine bench with credit,
and resigns on account of advancing
this money Is systematically directed
through Mormon business houses. Gen
tile houses, which pay tho larger part
of the taxes, do not get a dollur. The
Tribune will produce examples of thiB
discrimination to Justify Its claims.
Under the administration of the An-derson-Calllstcr-Eldredge
pool of poli
ticians in the joint building those who
receive any benefits for the funds paid
in as taxes must be tithe payers, or so
situated as to be able to serve the ends
of the men who direct the destinies of
the so-called Republican organization
in Salt Lake county.
The whole story of the diverting of the
public funds for political purposes can
not be told. The records fairly reek
with these outrages. And the clique Is
tearing heaven and farth to prevent a
thorough Inquiry into these methods.
" - .
ALL EYES ON
Britons Look Toward
Prompt Reply Is Expected
From Note Sent Russian
Explanation Demanded for Amazing
Attack by Bussian Warships on
British Fishing Fleet.
LONDON, Oct. 24. Great Britain today
sent a long urgent note to the Russian
Government officially detailing tho cir
cumstances of the amazing and unex
plained attack by the Russian second
Pacific squadron during the night of Oc
tober 21 on British fishing boats in tho
North sea. The text of the note has not
been given out, but It is officially stated
from the Foreign office that It contains
the significant announcement "the situa
tion Is one which, In the opinion of his
majesty's government, does not brook
Jingoes Want War.
Meanwhile the conservative public and
press are remarkably undemonstrative.
As usual tho Jingo clement demands war,
and even In official quarters some go so
far ns to say that It may be necessary
to stop the Pacific fleet pending settle
ment of the whole affair, though this ex
treme mcasuro, It Is believed, will not be
No Time for DIIly-Dallying.
Everywhere thoro Is evidence df tho
positive opinion that this la no time for
the usual diplomatic dilly-dallying, and
there must be no delay and no limit set
by Russia to her apology or the extent
of compensation for the sufferers by
what King Edward himself terms "the
unwarranted action" of the Baltic squad
ron commanders. Tho King directed his
private secretary, Francis Knollys, to
send tho following meusago to the Mayor
Message From. King Edward.
"To His Worship, tho Mayor of Hull:
Tho king commands mo to say that ho
has heard with profound sorrow of tho
unwarranted action whloh has been
committed agajnst the North sea fishing
fleot and asks you to express tho deepest
sympathy of tho Queen and his Majesty
to the families of thooo who have suf
fered from this most lamentable occur
Might Be Act of War.
There waB a hostile demonstration at
Victoria station tonight upon the arrival
of Count Benckondorff. the Russian Em
bassador to Great Britain. A crowd
gathered and hooted him and attempted
to break the windows of his carriage.
Aotion of Mob Besonted.
Tho deep resentment of tho whole Brit
ish public, however. Is reflected by tho
Incident at tho Victoria station on the
arrival of Count Benckondorff from tho
continent. There Is no attempt any
where among the men of responsibility
to magnify the occurrence Into a delib
erate act of war. but In view of tho pres
ent Inability to find an explanation thero
Is being poured upon the heads of the
officers of the squadron a flood of In
vective and Insinuation, though lncompo
tenco first and thereafter complete panic
is the most generally accepted explanation.
No Word From Bussia.
Thus far no official word has been re
ceived from St. Potoroburg as to tho atti
tude of tho Russian Government Tho
faot that It had been decided during tho
day to prepare a semi-official nolo ex
pressing the regret of tho Russian Gov
ernment and Its willingness to make full
reparation, bo soon as tho responsibility
was flxod, was communicated by tho
Associated Press to Lord Lansdowne and
was the flrwt Information on tho subjeot
he had received from St. Petcrnburg.
Beason for Delay.
The absence during the day of Count
Bcnckendorff, the Russian Embaosador,
necesarlly caused oomo delay, but the
RuHsInn Charge d'Afralrc,s, who called at
tho Foreign office on request by nolo
from Lord Lanedowno, unofficially ox
prcsscd deep regrot and, as far as It was
possible for him to go, pave assurances
of speedy action by tho Russian Govern
ment. Wants to See Bussian Envoy.
Lord Lansdowne, in this Interview, told
M. Sansonoff, the Charge, that he desired
to see Embusudor Benckondorff Tuesday
morning. Lord Lansdowne asked M. San
sonoff if he could offer any explanation
of tho affair, and tho latter replied that
ho only knew what had appeared In the
papers and that ho had not received any
word up to that time from St. Petersburg.
Lord Lansdowno gave no suggestion as to
what might be done In tho matter
Declare It a Mistake.
At tho Russian embassy It was staled
that "the whole affair was so obviously a
mistake, from whatcvor cause, that Rwu
sla's course was plainly dictated, namely,
apology and ample compensation " AH
oyes are now turned toward St, PeierB
burg. awaiting word from the RubsUj
Earl Onslow, president of tho Board of
Agriculture, speaking In Stirlingshire to
night, said It would bo well If explana
tion were not sought for this "extraor
dinary Incident" until tho country had
some authentic Information. The whole
affair, he said. Bccmed so unaccountablo
that ono could not help fooling sure there
would bo an explanation of 'what munt
have been a glgantlo blunder. Earl
Onslow added that the country might rely
upon one thinp, namely, that the Emperor
pf Russia, "who Is known throushout the
world for hln feelings of humanity, could
not fall to be depressed by such nn Incident."
Kentucky College Burned.
CAIRO. Oct. 24. Blandvllle. Ky.. col
lege burned today, leaving only tho brick
walls standing. Prof. Roblnnon and fam
ily and a fow students who bonrded with
them lost moBt of tholr personal effects.
Js'o one was seriously Injured.
Alice Boosevelt Betuxns Home.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24. Miss Alice
Roosevelt, who has been away from
Washington Blnco early In the summer,
returned home tonight.
Hostile Crowd Meets Bussian Envoy
at Victoria Station, London, and
Attempts to Mob Him.
LONDON, Oct. 24- Count Benckondorff,
the RusslanEmbossador, returned to
London tonight from celebrating his sil
ver wedding with his wife's relatives In
Silesia and barely escaped assault from
a crowd at the Victoria station, which
followed him almost Into tho cmbasHy.
Fortunately for the Issue of peace or
war, nothing resulted; yet throughout tho
night a special force of peace was com
pelled to guard the Russian embassy.
Is Friend of Peace.
Count Benckondorff has always boen re
garded In official circles here as a friend
of peace, and he was as much opposed
as was Count Lamsdorff to the Rubso
JapancHc war. Indeed, he Is almost an
anglophlle In sentiment There Is no
doubt that Count Bcnckendorff was deep
ly hurt by tonight's demonstration.
Escapes Hostile Crowd.
After escaping from the hostllo crowd
that met him at the station he drovo at a
gallop to the embassy. Half a dozn
rowdies followed, but the Embassador
arrived unharmed. His noisy puruorj
encountered a cordon of police that had
been hurriedly dispatched to guard tho
embassy. After singing "Rule Britan
nia" the disturbers dispersed, no arrests
Guarded by Police.
The police guard the embassy an If It
wero a British fortress. With such vigi
lance did they carry out their task that
Prince Svlatopolk-Mlrsky, a cousin of
the new Russian Minister of tho Interior
and second secretary of the embassy, ar
rived he had hard work getting In. Count
Benckondorff telephoned him to come to
the embassy to write a long cipher mos
sage to St Petersburg describing to
night's hostile demonstration.
Embassador Declines to Talk.
In reply to a request for somo state
ment to the Associated Press tho Em
bassador sent word that he oould say
nothing, but It was gathered that ho had
sent a dispatch to St. Petersburg whloh
may add to th6 oxlstlng delicacy of the
Mistake Made, Apology Must Follow.
Prince Svlatopolk-Mlrsky said: "Tho
attack on the, trawlers was obviously
either an act of war or a great mlBtake.
No sensible man can now think It was
an act of war, and therefore It was a
mistake; and when you havo made a mis
take all you can do Is to apologize and
pay Xor It. Neither country concerned
wunts to go to war with the other. It Is
annoying to cur diplomatic relations with
Great Britain, but It Is quite different
from the sinking of the Maine.
Will Not Cause Clash,
"Incidental mlstakos, however much
they may be deplored, do not create war
botween great powers unless thoso pow
ers havo some ulterior reasons for going
to war. Nelthor the trawler nor to
night's affair Is likely to produce a clash
between two powers who havo every rea
son, from a selfish point of view, to pre
serve peace between themselves."
TAME RAT CAUSES WAR.-
Boarder's Pet Goes to Sloop in Land
lady's Bed, and Meets Sad Itot.; .
STAMFORD, Conn., Oct 24. A tasa
white rat caused endless trouble in
house of David Tanner of No. 25 TWii
street. Tho rat was one of scvrI
kept by Miss Rosa Alexander, a bosEflf.,
The pots have shown a tendoncy to rqMi
into the Tanner apartmontu and mlBpts
away at Mr. Tanner's trousera hariitng
In closet3, and have In various ether
ways gnawed their way Into dlafaYor
with tho Tanners. Mrs. Tannor prepared
to rettro early
Humming a snatch of a popular song,
hho turned down tho lights In hor room
and climbed Into bed. She climbed out
again with a shriek Hint brnUShl ovcry'
ono In tho house to her room on a run.
When the lights wero turnod up acaln
one of Miss Alexander's pet rats was
found cowering beneath tho coverlot.
Mrs. Tannor showed tho rodent no mercy.
She hurled It from a window with a
violence that caused the pot's death.
Miss Alcxandor woa out when all thla
transpired, but whon aho returnod and
learned the facts she wns angry, ohe had
company, and sno entertained the com
pany by saying things about the Tanners
nnd bemoaning tho fate of her pet. Fi
nally Mr. Tannor descended to her room
and ordered her out of the houEo with
all her pets! She reiuscd to go nnd Mr.
Tanner escorted her out.
Mlsn Alexander hurried to tho rear of
the house, broke a pane of glass and got
in ahead of Mr. Tanner. Tho man re
tired to ponder over the matter, and this
morning early ho appealed to the police
to aid him to got rid of Miss Alexander
and hor mena?eric. The police directed
him to tho city Health department.
SHOT HORSE ON HIGHWAY.
Unknown Person Takes Shot at Boys,
and Kills Animal.
Special to The Tribune.
LOGAN, Utah, Oct. 24. Georgo Pctcr
Hon and Honry Chrlntlunson wero driv
ing to their home at Hyrum from a meet
ing at Paradise and were singing and
making considerable noise, when somo
ono by the roadside fired a shot at tho
boisterous boy.". The bullet struck the
boys' horse In the neck and cut Its
Jugular vein The horse dropped dead
In tho road. There Is no clue to the
Identity of the miscreant.
BURNED WHILE AT PRAYER.
Centenarian Perishes While nt Devo
OPELOUSAS, La., Oct. 24 While en
gaged at prayer In the Catholic church
here Mrs. Donal Guillory, aged 100 years,
was burned to death In a horrible man
ner. She was bowing before the altar, near
which a number of candles were burn
ing. Her devotions concluded, she roso
to leave the church, when her dress
came in contact with a candle and In
an Instant she was ablaze.
Only a few worshipers were In the
church at the time and their attention
was attracted by the agonized cries of
the centenarian. They ran to the wo
man's rescue, but too Jate. She died Sn
ngony a few minutes after her removal
from the church. (
RUSSIA GROPES I
IN THE DARK I
Deplores Act of Fleet
Off Hull. l
Does Not Understand Why J'
Admiral Fired Into the
Russian Foreign Office Manifests the it
Greatest Anxiety, and Hopes for in fll
Speedy Adjustment. t
ST, PETERSBURG, Oct, 24. No of ft- '
clal or unofficial Russian explanation of Jf
the unfortunate affair off Dogger bank j
1b forthcoming up to this time, and the i
world must wait until tomorrow to hear A 'H
Vice Admiral Rojestvensky's version of s :H
the firing upon the British fishermen. ; 'f
Rojestvensky has communicated direct ? j
to the Emperor, but at 10:30 o'clock to- ( . '
night the Admiralty announced that it i fl
had not yet received a report. At the '.. 'WM
same hour the Foreign office Issued a 1
statement expressing the regrets of the t
Government for the deplorable Incident. , ;
but explaining that no formal action is ' if
possible until Admiral Rojestvensky's . ! flf
ofllclal report of the affair ,1109 been 1
received. . .H
Deep Begret Expressed.
While no formal action has been '.
taken, the deepest regret Is expressed In ' j
all quarters, and the purpose of the 1
Government to make amends If Rojest- j 'H
venaky shall be found to have been in
fault has been proclaimed In every Gov- '1
crnment department. Emperor Nlcho- fll
las, himself, was greatly aggrieved j"
when he heard the news while he was
Inspecting the cruiser Oleg at Cron- i H
stadt this afternoon, and Foreign Min- A
ister Lamsdorff expressed to Embassa- ,f
dor Hardinge his deepest personal re- ' t
grets. ( . ',
The Russian Embassy at London has ,
also been directed to convey similar ex- I :H
presslone to the Government of Great J '1
Britain. It is felt that this Is all that ii
can possibly bo done pending: the re- -'
celpt of Admiral Rojestvensky's state- .jt
menu j j
Horrible Blunder Committed. M:; jH
That a horrible blunder has been com- ' :H
mitted is recognized and deplored every- ' j I
where, and nowhere has an attempt j
been made to Justify the firing upon In- '
nocent fishermen. It Is felt that Rojest- s 'M
Vensky Is too good a man and ofllcer to iH
be summarily condemned. It Is agreed '
that he Is entitled to a hearing, but even
the Admiralty regretfully admits that it
is at a loss to understand what expla- .
nation could Justify such an apparently
cold-blooded act as the affair is made 1 '
to appear by foreign reports. ' 3 1
Developments of a Day. r
It developed during the day that the (
Admiralty had strong reason to believe . kH
that an attempt would be made against Ij (
the squadron during Its passage through j , j
the Great Belt or the English channel. . ,
So Bpeclflc was the Information that 'h !
even the present crisis has not diverted - ' i
attention from the possibility of such
nn attack yet occurring. The failure , H
of the steam trawlers with their nets ' ''H
out to obey the signals from the Rus- ,1
sian warships or the nervousness of 1 l
some officer who Imagined that fisher- ' )'H
men working with their nets In the J
water were laying mine?, may be re- 'f
sponsible for the blunder. , VlH
Will Offer Boparation. , jj
As soon as the facts are established j A
It is certain that the Russian Govern- 1,(H
ment will voluntarily offer the fullest -'tjH
reparation. It Is hinted that the Em- 'HH
poror tomorrow will send a formal mes- i''r
sage to King Edward, conveying his ( Ii H
profound sorrow for the Incident and of-
ferlng to make what reparation Is pos- ; ''H
slble as soon as the responsibility can 'll
be fixed. These advance assurances. It r)H
is hoped, will be met in an amicable
spirit by Great Britain. "H
No Instructions Beceivcd. r jH
Notwithstanding the provocation ''H
which may seem to exist for most vigor- ij
ous and uncompromising demands for j!,
redress, Embassador Hardinge had not ji'l
presented any instructions from his
Government up to S o'clock tonight and i M
up to midnight It had been Impossible i'i'H
to ascertain whether Instructions had ,,
actually been received. F'l
Diplomats Nervous. , ' j
In diplomatic circles the gravity and '
delicacy of the situation is recognized. ' ' 1
Unquestionably nervousness exists, but j '
In view of the sentiment In Government .
circles here the feeling- prevails that an j' ji
amicable adjustment will be reached. ,'
This evening: the censor passed all tele- L
grams relating to the subject, which I
immediately became the all-absorbing jj ;
topic In every public resort. The war ft j(
in tho far East seemingly was tempo- -jit.
rarlly forgotten. it'1
Populace Begrets the Act. J
Notwithstanding the latest sentiment , 'rlH
of hostility against Great Britain which , B
smoulders In almost every Russian j;
breast, the reports of the blunder of the 1
Baltic fleet have aroused only expres- s
sions of rincerc regret, coupled with i
hopes that when Rojestvensky's report - i
nrrlves it will place a different com-
plexlon on the incident. 1
LANSDOWNE BEACHES LONDON. , (
Foreign Secretary Has Long Confer-
ence With King Edward. 'i,
LONDON, Oct. 24. Foreign Secretary ' ( hJ
Lanwdowne reached London thla after- , ) JJH
noon and after gathering the latft de- , 'H