Newspaper Page Text
WILL GRESHAM ACT?
Hesitates to Retaliate
FLAG DUTIES IN ORDER.
Other Products May Receive
the Fate of American
GENERAL TRADE IN DANGER
Dilatory Tactics to Avoid Bringing
on a Tariff War With Pow
Washington, March B.— The State and
Treasury departments now have before
them the question of retaliating against
countries discriminating against American
meat and other products by levying 10 per
cent additional duty upon goods imported
from such countries. The act which grants
this authority is known as the "'discrimina
ting flag law," and provides that 10 per cent
additional tariff duty shall be levied and
collected by the Secretary of the Treasury
upon all goods imported by vessels flying
the flag of the country which discriminates
against American products.
No Presidential proclamation is neces
sary, but the Secretary of the Treasury has
full power in his discretion whenever he
is advised of discrimination on the part of
any foreign nation. The law is mandatory
that he s hall collect 10 per cent additional
duty on goods imported under the nag of
. that country.
This law, it is held, should in its intent
be operative at this time against Germany,
France. Belgium, the Netherlands and
Denmark, but the Secretary of State hesi
tates to officially notify the Secretary of
the Treasury of the discrimination. It is
said that he has trouble in satisfying him
self that he can declare a discrimination,
while the countries making it claim that it
is merely a health regulation that our
meats and livestock are excluded.
This same plea was made by Germany
against the American hog during Mr.
Blame's time until some commercial con
cession was made by this country in return
for the admission of hogs. Immediately
consideration of the health of his Majesty's
subjects was then dismissed.
The Secretary of Agriculture has in
formed the President and Secretary of
State that no diseased meats or livestock
are shipped abroad from this country;
that inspection here is more thorough and
complete than any foreign Government
has facilities for. and that meat which
Germany, France, Belgium and Denmark
pronounce infected is declared by our in
spectors at inland points of shipment, the
port of embarkation and a foreign entry,
to be perfectly free from disease. If this
be true it is held that discrimination
against this country is unqualified, and
the Secretary of the Treasury should have
no opinion in the matter, but should im
mediately enforce the flag law.
The question which seems to be bother
ing Mr. Gresham is whether he shall take
the testimony of our own inspectors or the
declaration of foreigners who are seeking
an excuse for discrimination without in
volving a penalty. It is said that he is
inclined to accept the technical plea of
foreign Governments and take the ground
that the exclusion of American products
is not discrimination within the meaning
of the law, and that any resentment by
this country can come only through a
proclamation of retaliation under the act
It i? predicted by students of our foreign
commerce that discrimination against
American fresh meat and livestock, if not
retaliated upon at once, will be followed
rapidly by discrimination against one arti
cle after another of American export, until
all American products will be excluded
from the countries of Europe, except Eng
land and possibly Austria. Thus far
Austria has occupied only a threatening
attitude, and it is believed that she, like
England, instead of joining in the tariff
war against America, will be inclined to
take advantage of it for her own commer
cial profit. The danger of the situation
and the probability of a very serious tariff
war between this country and all conti
nental Europe <s said to be fully appre
ciated at the State Department. It is said
that it will be with great reluctance that
Mr. Cleveland and Mr. Gresham will take
any steps looking to the exclusion or even
restriction of foreign importations, both
because the policy is to encourage impor
tations and because it is feared that if we
attempt to retaliate it might precipitate a
conflict with one or several of the foreign
FOR THE NAVAL MILITIA.
Kow the Recent Appropriation
Is to Be Distributed by
State Forces Not Properly Uni
formed Will Lose One-Half
of the Allotment.
Washington, March B.— Secretary Her
bert has issued a special circular prescrib
ing the manner of distribution of the ap-
propriation of $25,000 made by Congress in
the naval appropriation bill for the arm
ing and equipping of the naval militia.
Five hundred dollars of the total will
be retained to provide books of instruction
for distribution and the remainder of the
appropriation will be allotted to the States
having national militia forces in proportion
of petty officers and enlisted men returned
from the States. One-half of the allotment
due a State will be retained in cases where
the naval militia is not now properly uni
The Governors of States are required to
make their returns before the loth of next
April, certifying to the location of the
various divisions of the militia and the
number of commissioned and warrant
officers, petty officers and enlisted men in
the service on April 1. No person serving
in the land miiitia, or as bandsman, or as
servant in the militia will be included in
THE APPROPRIATION TOO SMALL
Suyar Bounties Can Only lie Paid, at
Present in Part.
Washington, March B.— The Secretary of
the Treasury will within the next few days
begin the preparation of regulations under
which the appropriation of $5,000,000 made
by the last Congress as a bounty for sugar
produced in 1894 will be made. The act
provides that there shall be paid on cane
and beet sugar produced in 1894 a bounty
at the rate of eight-tenths of one cent per
pound and appropriates $5,000,000 for this
The best data obtainable, however, indi
cates that the appropriation is entirely too
small, and that something like $6,120,000
would be necessary to liquidate all of the
claims on a basis of eight-tenths of a cent
Louisiana, it is said, produced about
700,000,000 pounds, Florida and Texas 20,
--000,000 pounds, and estimating the beet
sugar production at 45,000,000 pounds, the
same as the yield of 1893, giving a total of
In view of the probable shortage Secre
tary Carlisle has decided to pro rate the
payments among all of the producers ac
cording to their yield. This would war
rant a payment of about .65 of a cent per
pound, instead of .8 of a cent. Under this
arrangement all claims will fare alike and
any scramble for precedence will be
SIBLEY`S VIEWS ON SILVER
Has Sot Been Offered the Presidency by
th» Setc rarty.
Pittsetjrg, March S.— Ex-Congressman
Joseph C. Sibley of Franklyn, Pa., the
head of the new silver party, was in the
city to-day, and concerning the new party
he said :
"The new silver party is more of a prin
ciple than anything else. But it is a prin
ciple that is bound to enforce recognition
from the people and one that is growing in
power daily. We may issue cartload after
cartload of bonds, but we are only carrying
the Government along on a promise, not
on solid realities."
"When asked if he would accept the nom
ination of the silverites for President, he
said: "It would not be wise to refuse a
thing that has not been offered. I cannot
tell what I will do until I see what is ex
pected of me."
JUSTICES TAKE INTEREST.
They Ask Questions During the
Arguments on the In
Corporation Attorneys Give
Their Reasons Why the Law
Shol'ld Not Hold.
Washington, March B.— ln the Supreme
Court of the United States to-day Mr. Guth
rie resumed his argument for the appellants
In the income tax cases. He discussed
the bearing on the fifth amendment of the
constitution upon the cases and also re
ferred to other constitutional provisions.
Referring to the fifth constitutional amend
ment he said its provision that no person
should be deprived of life, liberty or prop
erty without due process of law had been
made for the protection ot the people
against undue intrenchments. He con
tended that any law which would impose a
tax on one class of people and not another
was in direct contradiction of this amend
ment. He then returned to the discussion
of the question of taxation of corporations
in a different way from which individuals
were taxed and said this point was of tran
scendant importance in the case, reassert
ing the property of any corporation was
the property of the individuals compos
He asserted that if Congress was per
mitted to discriminate against corpora
tions as in the income law, it would
virtually have the power to nullify the
right of States to create corporations. He
closed with an appeal for equality in taxa
Mr. Seward followed, also speaking on
behalf of the appellants. He argued
against the constitutionality of the in
come tax. He devoted himself to the dis
cussion of the question as to whether the
tax was a direct tax, and argued that if it
was it must, under provisions of the con
stitution, be apportioned according to
Mr. Seward was dis?cus«ing the question
of apportionment when the Chief Justice
interrupted him with the question : "Sup
pose there should not be a sufficient
amount arising from the taxation of in
come of over $4000 to meet the require
ments of a given State ?"
"It could be done," replied Mr, Sewaid,
"on the basis of population, which is the
only thing to be apportioned to."
Assistant Attorney-General Whitney
then presented the outlines of the Govern
ment's case. He explained the difference
between tne two cases from New York and
the one arising in the district, saying that
in the Moore case the effort has been to
secure an injunction against the collection
of the tax, while in the other two cases the
effort had been made to enjoin the pay
ment of the tax, the first being an action
against the Commissioner of Internal
revenue and the two others against trust
companies of which the appellants were
stockholders. Mr. Moore, he said, a rich
man who possessed an income exceeding
$200,000 a year, did not claim to have any
property that could not be reached as a
lien for the collection of the tax.
Mr. Moore had declared that this law
could not apply to an unconstitutional
tax, but the court had held that an un
constitutional tax was still a tax.
"How can Congress make a law compell
ing a man to do a thing which the consti
tution says he cannot?" asked Justice
Field. But at the suggestion of Chief Jus
tice Fuller that further discussion of the
point was unnecessary Mr. Whitney did
not attempt to reply and passed on to the
Mr. Whitney had not concluded when
the court at 4 o'clock adjourned until Mon
day at 2 o'clock, when, after Mr. Whitney
concludes, ex-Senator Edmunds will be
heard in the case, and he in turn will be
followed by Attorney-General Olney.
Sour milk should never be used with
baking powder. Dr. Price's makes food
liirht and sweet.
ON THE SANTA FE SYSTEM
Statement of Earuuigs of the Principal
Chicago, March a.— The earnings of the
Santa jTe system for the fourth week of
February were $815,074, an increase of
$19,888 over the same week of last year.
The net earnings for the month to date
are $2,814,294, a decrease of $32,489.
The earnings of the Atlantic and Pacific
were, for the week, $G9,360, an increase of
$20,461 ; for the monlh to date, $235,015, an
increase of $46,147.
The earnings of the Colorado Midland
were, for the week, $30,074, an increase of
$2834; for the month to date, $109,032. a
decrease of $3744.
Operatives Must Stop Work.
London, March B.— Owing to the compli
cated dispute as to the use of machinery
and other matters, the members of the
National Federation of Boss Manufactur
ers has notified the operatives to stop work
on March 10. This action affects 200,000
employes through the country.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 1895.
WITHDRAWAL OF GOLD
Treasury Officials Not
Embarrassed in the
FALLING OFF OF RESERVE
Assistant Secretary Curtis Cor
rects Some Erroneous
EXPENDITURES AND RECEIPTS.
Uncle Sam Has Plenty of Money
to Pay All the Appro
Washington, March B.— Assistant Secre
tary Curtis to-day made the following
In view of certain statements in the news
papers that the treasury officials are embar
rassed by an alleged failure in gold deliveries
under the recent contract and other assertions
of a similar nature calculated to mislead and
disturb the public mind I wish to say that the
actual withdrawals of gold from the treasury
since the Ist of March, 1895, have been
i*33:>,347, of which .$281,087 has been for the
redemption of United States treasury notes
and $74,200 for the redemption of United
States notes, and divided among the cities of
New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore,
San Francisco, St. Louis and Chicago. These
are no more than the ordinary withdrawals
which in the past have usually taken place at
tills season of the year. Moreover, during the
same period the treasury has received con
siderable gold coin in exchange for various
kinds of paper currency.
The apparent falling off in the gold reserve
was caused by a misunderstanding in the gold
reserve statement, made up from the statement
sent from New York, which should not have
been included in the gold reserve until the
final certificates of deposit upon which bonds
could be issued were delivered. The February
figures quoted in some of the newspapers as
withdrawn include the heavy withdrawals of
the earlier part of the month before the gold
purchase contract was made, and one single
large item not withdrawn for export, concern
ing which there has been considerable news
The treasury officials who are charged with
the responsibility of these transactions have no
anxiety whatever in regard to the method
which is and has been pursued by the sellers of
the gold coin under the recent contract. They
are satisfied to contemplate the fact that for
five weeks the withdrawals of gold coin have
not exceeded the normal amount, with the ex
ception of the instance quoted above, and that
exports of gold would ever have been made
during that time. The fact is that fully
$9,000,000 in gold has already been deposited
on the foreign account in excess of the con
In regard to the excess of Government ex
penditures over receipts, it is well known the
latter are rapidly increasing, and that up to
this time nothing lias been received from the
income tax and very little from sugar duty,
both of which will be great sources of revenue
in the future.
There is plenty of money in the treasury to
pay the appropriations and the statement in
some articles, that if the treasury had the
money the passage of the enormous appropria
tions would load to immediate disbursement of
immense sums of money, is totally untrue.
There is a question of law as to when the ap
propriation for the payment of sugar bounty
becomes available, and until that question is
settled it will be impossible to make any pay
ment. Moreover, the claims for bounty must
be adjusted before payment, since payment
must be made pro rata if the appropriation is
The total available cash in the treasury to
day amounts to $83,371,495 over and above
the $100,000,000 allowed to cover the gold re
serve, which is $89,745,594 11. The treasury
officials have no anxiety as to their ability to
meet all obligations In the immediate future
with ease, and are confident the expected re
vival of business will assure the future.
SAYERS GIVES NEW FIGURES
His Review of Appropriations
Made by the Past
Expenditures Materially Cut
Down and the Salary List
Washington, March B.— Chairman Say
ers of the House Appropriations Commit
tee has made a statement of the appropria
tions of the last Congress. He presented
in the statement tables showing appropria
tions of three Congresses, as follows: Fifty
tirst, $1,035,580,109; Fifty-second, $1,027,
--104,52 7; Fifty-third, $990,338,691.
Mr. Sayers says: "The appropriations
made by the Fifty-third Congress, includ
ing permanent appropriations, show a re
duction of $46,765,856 under the appropria
tions made by the Fifty-second Congress
and $45,341,418 under those made in the
Sayers, making a comparison with last
year, shows that there is a net increase of
The new public buildings authorized, in
cluding one in Chicago to cost $4,000,000,
will not exceed in cost $5,660,00 beyond
the suni3 appropriated therefor, while the
Fifty-first Congress left to its successors
more than $8,000,000 to be appropriated for
public buildings which it authorized.
The salaried list of the Government has
been reduced by this Congress more than
600 persons, with an annual compensation
amounting to quite three-quarters of a
A given quantity of Dr. Price's Baking
Powder will do twice as much work as a
like quantity of any other powder.
NOW DEFIES THE OFFICERS.
Murderer Slerin Retreats to a Mountain
Beverly, W. Va., March B.— At "Ste
vens Cabin," near the Pocahontas county
line, Ham Collins, a well-known char
acter, has been shot and killed by Charley
Slevin heard Collins quarreling with
some one and thought it was his brother,
Samuel Slevin. Charley took his Win
chester and hurried across the hollow to
the scene of the trouble, where he found
Collins righting with Frank Maxwell. He
mixed in the light and shot Collins
through the heart, putting another bullet
through his brain as he was falling.
Slevin has not been arrested, and he is
fortified with a party of friends in the
mountains, where they defy the officers. A
grudge existed between Collins and Slevin
HIGGINS Leads by Two.
Dover, Dei., March B.— One ballot was
taken for United States Senator to-day re
sulting: Higgins 8, Addicks 6. Massey 4
Wolcott 6, Tunnel 4. '
Legislators Uuhta Hard.
Gutheie, 0. T., March B.— This was the
last day session of the Legislature, and
was one of uproar and confusion. The
Senate killed the bill to allow prize fight
ing. The time pieces are being turned
back and the session will continue all
WITH HEAVY LIABILITIES.
Failure of the Central Kansas Loan and
Russell, Kans., March B.— The Central
Kansas Loan and Trust Company made an
assignment to-day for the benefit of its
creditors to Charles P. Copeland. The
liabilities are scheduled at $250,906. Tho
company, like many others, has operated
extensively in Western farm loans. Its
guaranteed securities are widely scattered
among Eastern investors. The assets are
nominally about $400,000, but cannot be
realized on at this time.
THE CUBAN REVOLUTION
Troops Being Sent Frotn Spain to the
Madrid, March B.— The work of dispatch
ing reinforcements to the army in Cuba is
now fully under way. To-day the steamer
Alfonso XIII started from Barcelona
for a Cuban port, having on board two
battalions of infantry. A battalion left
Madrid to-day for Cadiz, where it will em
bark for Cuba.
A dispatch from Havana says that Gen
eral Garrach yesterday defeated the rebels
at Los Negros, capturing the camp and a
quantity of arms. Fi wo -»bels were killed.
Handed Their assports.
Rome, March B.— The semi-official
Agence Stefuni says: According to a dis
patch from Caracas, Venezuela, the French
and Belgian Ministers have been handed
their passports owing to their attitude on
the question of the claims of French and
Belgian subjects for damages sustained
during the civil war of 1887.
Hoodie Councilmen Indicted.
New Orleans. March B.— The Grand
Jim T to-day returned three separate indict
ments against Councilman L. O. Desforges,
Thomas Haley, P. B. Caulfield and others
for conspiracy to receive a bribe from
Charles Marshal, superintendent of the L.
and N. Railroad.
MISAPPLYING THE FUNDS.
serious charges against the
Officers of a Surety
A Receiver Applied For and an
Denver, March B.— A receiver for the Col
orado Security Company has been asked
for, and an injunction restraining it from
transacting further business has been
granted. H. J. Aldrich, one of the lead
ing members of St. John's Cathedral, is at
the head of the company. The petition is
issued by H. C. Wilson, who charges that
the company is insolvent and that the offi
cers have converted to their own use at
least $40,000 collected on notes and
The petitioner recites that the business
of the corporation has been for a long time
recklessly, extravagantly and fraudulently
managed. Money has heen invested and
money collected, it is alleged, on notes
previously sold by the corporation amount
ing to $25,000 in tifie La Janta and Lamar
Ditch Compauj . which is now insolvent,
and this is practically lost. The principal
and interest collected from other loans
previously sold by the corporation, it is
said, have been used in the payment of
favored investors, who are now buying the
loans of the corporation.
The stockholders have organized other
companies, bought real estate with the
money of the corporation and made loans
upon the land greutly in excess of its value.
If the entire assets of the corporation were
sold they would not pay over 10 per cent
of said loans, the petition says.
The entire capital stock of the corpora
tion has been attached, except three shares
belonging to Aldrich, who denies the im
portant allegations in the complaint.
Mr. Wilson, the plaintiff, was the East
ern representative of this company, and
Aldrich says this action is the result of
complications which ensued during a
TELEGRAPHIC NEWS IN BRIEF.
Rev. William R. Freemantle, Dean of Ripon,
has died of influenza.
Providence, R. 1., was severely shaken by a
gas explosion in the Counter-weight Tunnel on
President Cleveland and party are having
good sport in slaughtering ducks in South
The British steamer Premier has arrived at
Colon, bringing thirty prisoners captured when
the army of General Logus was defeated in the
Department of Bolivia.
Engineer John Naffer, the American who is
held responsible by many in Mexico for the
terrible wreck on the Interoceanic Railroad
February 28 last, has gone to Texas to escape
the fury of Mexican natives.
At attempt was made to rob ' the Service
Bank at New Carlisle, Pa. An explosion
aroused the watchman and others, and the
robbers were frightened off. They escaped
after a number of shots were fired.
Socialists, headed by Eugene Foure, went to
the Church Notre Dame at Clingham Court, in
sulted the preacher and came to blows with the
worshipers. The police were called, and an
hour passed before the riot was subdued.
Editor Charles A. Dana of the New York Sun
was arrested on the indictment charging that
he criminally libeled Frank B. Noyes of the
Washington Star. Mr. Dana was released upon
his own recognizance and his hearing set for
the 16th but
Colonel Kdmund Rice of the Fifth United
States Infantry, organizer and commander of
the Columbian Guards at the World's Fair, is
the most prominent candidate for superin
tendent of the New York police, to succeed
Rev. Elijah Tuller, a resident of Pigeon
Creek, Logan County, Va., left his home for a
short walk down the creek. Pieces of his body
were found scattered along the road. It is
thought that he was attacked by wild beasts
and torn to pieces.
The revolution begun in the north of Hayti
has spread to the south. The Haytian exiles,
who have been living in Jamaica, waitinp for
a chance to overthrow Hippolyte, are prepar
ing to leave. Hayti's Minister of War, General
Adelson Verene, has fled to San Domingo.
During the religious services at a Protestant
church atLompaniz, in Bulgaria, the building
was invaded by a mob of the members of the
Orthodox Greek Church, who assaulted the
worshipers, tore up the prayer-books and com
pletely wrecked the interior of the church.
Several Germans and Americans were seriously
injured during the disturbance. The Ameri
cans are under British protection.
SUGAR REFINERS COMBINE
JVb further Clash JirUceen Independent
Operators and the Trust.
Philadelphia, March B.— lt was stated
to-day on good authority that the inde
pendent sugar refineries have combined
with the sugar trust to maintain prices.
The fact that the sujjar market has been in
better condition during the past two clays
seems to bear out the statement that there
will be no further clash between the trust
and the independent operators.
BURDEN OF FARMERS
Can Be Lightened Only
by National Remedial
CAUSES OF DEPRESSION.
Mainly Owing to a Decrease in
the Silver Purchasing
DEMONETIZATION IS A CRIME.
Report of the Majority of the Con
gressional Committee Appointed
Washington. March 8.- — The majority of
the special committee of the House ap
pointed to inquire into the causes of the
prevailing agricultural depression has pre
pared a report, in which it says:
It is unnecessary for the committee to enter
into or dwell upon the fact that agriculture is
depressed in every branch of this most im
portant industry; that the values of land and
farm, unless surrounded by exceptionally rare
conditions, have depreciated steadily as the
purchasing power of the dollar has increased.
But while the values of the property owned by
the American farmers have decreased in thirty
years from nearly one-half of the total wealth
in 18G0 to less than one-fourth in 1890, of
which 30 per cent is now under mortgages,
taxes have steadily increased and debts now
require four times the labor to be—paid than
was then required. The purchasing capacity
of the dollar to secure the farmer's land and
his produce has increased fourfold, while the
power to pay his taxes and debts has remained
at a standstill.
In 1873 wheat sold from $1 55 to $2 25 a
bushel (according to Spofford's Almanac) in
New York. In 1894 ft sold at 50 cents.
Discussing the causes of the depression
the committee says:
Class legislation of the worst character en
cumbers the statute-books and has been car
ried on to the detriment of agriculture And its
dependent industries for thirty years, culmin
ating in the crime of the age, the demonetiza
tion of silver in 1873.
The demonetization of silver was a bold
stroke in the interest of capital that has re
duced the^value of every product in the world.
This is conclusively proven by the fact that
just as silver has depreciated in like proportion
have all other values fallen in the scale. Silver
bullion to-day has the capacity to purchase as
much wheat, cotton, pork, corn and lard and
every other commodity that it ever had, there
fore the depreciation of the white metal simply
means the depreciation of every article under
the sun with one single exception, the gold of
The tariff system of taxation is not only un
equal, but, as for the past thirty years adminis
tered in this country, is most unjust to the con
sumer, and has built up trusts, combines and
gigantic corporations that have not only
amassed great wealth at the expense of the
people, but who have assumed to control and
direct legislation so as to perpetuate their
power and gratify their greed. The tariff bears
with undue weignt upon the producer of agri
cultural staples, as it forces him not only to
buy in the dearest market, but to sell in open
competition with the world's lowest prices.
The agricultural depression is still further
augmented by tne sale of futures on our stock
exchanges, where the grain gamblers grow
rich by farming the telegraph wires and sell
ing wind while the honest and industrious
toilers on the prairies reap the whirlwind.
Food adulterations add millions annually to
the farmer's losses and compel him to meet in
competition the thief. To these might be added
other causes, but the principal ones to which
agricultural depression and stagnation in trade
is due have been cited.
The remedy lies in remedial legislation, and
until that is secured relief will not come per
manently. To secure relief we suggest:
First— That silver should be remonetized at
the ratio of 16 to 1.
Second— That so long as the present unjust
and unequal system of protection continues
agriculture should receive its just propor
tion, and as this cannot be secured by a pro
tective tariff that a bounty on exported agri
cultural staples should be allowed, similar to
that on fish in 1813, and for which John C.
Third— The Rambling in futures should be
prevented by law.
Fourth— That a national pure-food law should
A minority report is being prepared.
It is an age of practical economy. Dr.
Price's Baking Powder is the most eco
nomical of household agents. Strong, pure
ON THE CABLE PROJECT.
Communication With Hawaii of
Great International Im
Russia Is Perhaps as Deeply In
terested as the United
Washington, March B.— When Congress
failed to provide for building the Hawaiian
cable, it by no means ended the question.
On the contrary, it has brought forward a
project of international importance by
which Russia, France, Japan and Hawaii
will join in an American enterprise for
laying a cable from the United States to
Hawaii, and thence to Japan, with branch
cables to the French islands and extensive
naval stations in the South Pacific. The
negotiations with these Governments has
proceeded quietly, but with such satis
factory results that they are well along
toward completion. A number of confer
ences have been held with the officials of
the Japanese legation here, and several
phases of the subject are now under nego
tiation between Tokio and Washington.
Minister Kurino is much interested in the
project. It is pfobable five or six of the
most influential and wealthy Japanese
merchants will be named among the incor
France has also been interested, and in
the course of the negotiations she has
made a suggestion to Hawaii to the effect
that French interests will be better sub
served by having the cable go via the
United States instead of Vancouver, which
would be controlled by Great Britain. The
chief interest of France is in securing cable
connections with Tahiti and her other Pa
citic possessions and with her naval ren
dezvous, which is now cut off from com
Russia's interests in the project are re
garded as even more important than those
of Japan or France. Russia's cable com
munication with the Western Hemisphere
is now eastward through London or Paris
and this filtering of all her news and offi
cial messages through London in particu
lar has long been a source of irritation.
The Russian imperial family already
have a cable from Vladivostock, the east
erly point of Siberia, to Japan, so the new
line would give Russia through cable com
munication eastward instead of through
London or Paris. The military and
strategic importance of this is very great,
for should Russia be arrayed against the
triple alliance she could not communicate
eastward to the outer world, but could
always maintain communication eastward
to the United States and to France.
Hawaii is also interested in the enter
prise, as she regards it as a practical realiza
tion of her efforts to communicate with
the outer world.
STRIKE OF THE MINERS.
I.ittlr Chance of a Speedy Settlement of
the Wage Question.
Pittsbukg, March B.— The miners are \
holding out for the 60-cent rate and reject
all compromises. About 1000 men have j
been granted the demands and are at ;
work at the few mines running to supply
the local demand. It is estimated that of
over 20,000 miners in the district 4000 re
fused to join the strike and are working at !
55 cents a ton less. A dispatch from Clarks- j
burg, W. Va., states that the Pittsburg
district official* are trying to get the j
miners there to quit work and thus cut off
As was predicted last night, the Robbins
Company miners in the lirst pool quit
work to-day, although they were under
contract, a"nd will Fikelv lose the ten
per cent in wages held back by the com
pany according to the agreement. The de
fections yesterday and to-day demonstrate
that a working combination among the
operators will be difficult to effect.
On the Hear to Alaska.
Washington, March 8. — Assistant Secre
tary Sims of the Interior Department has
addressed a letter to Secretary Carlisle
asking permission for Dr. Sheldon Jack
son of the Agricultural Bureau to accom
pany the revenue cutter Bear to Alaska.
Dr. Jackson has been allowed this privi
SEVERAL CARS NEW FURNITURE
NOW BEING PLACED ON SHOW
Beautiful ODD CHAIRS and DAINTY DIVANS
Suitable for Parlor Furnishings.
Artistic Styles in BEDROOM SETS, CHIFFON-
IERS and DRESSING TABLES.
Magnificent Display of DINING-ROOM, LI-
BRARY and HALL FURNITURE.
The above lines are all of the very latest importations and are
offered by us, until further notice, at a reduction ranging from
2O per cent to 5O per cent
LESS THAN REGULAR PRICES.
We urge intending purchasers to compare stock and prices
Special attention called to our window display.
11l Uy U L I I LU A superb line of private patterns made ex-
pressly to our order in high class designs and
$1.00 per yard coiorm««.
SEWED AND" LAID.
AXIVIINSI I Hi These goods are absolutely controlled by
ilAllllllU I LIIU us. We are enabled to offer the consumer an
. immense and unrivaled range of high class
$ 1 .20 per yard patterns, that cannot be obtained elsewhere.
SEWED AND LAID.
lArrMm nmlNNn S The best quality manufactured, and lead
iniLUIIII UIIUUULLU the market in design and colorings.
„ We call special attention to the great va.
75 CentS per yard '«ety offered from which to make selections?
SEWED AND LAID.
THE NAIRN LINOLEUM.
PERFECT WATERPROOF FLOOR COVERING
AUTISTIC ! SAKTITARir: DURABLE!
■' '-."•"'t '-: Regular Price. Reduced Price.
1000 Square Yards $ .50 .40 laid
1500 Square Yards V 65 .50 laid
2500 Square Yards .75 .65 laid
5000 Square Yards go .80 laid
5000 Square Yards ;.. 1,00 .90 laid
THE LATTER THE BEST QUALITY MADE.
NEW GOODS Magnificent Assortment
NEW PRICES of Irish Point Lace Curtains
NEW DESIGNS. at half former price.
Large Line of TAPESTRY PORTIERES, fringed edge and bottom, reduced
to $4- 5O per pair. .
PLAIN and FIGURED DENIMS at 3O cents per yard.
Immense Line of RICH TAPESTRIES, commencing at 5O cents per yard
and upward, 5O inches wide.
LARGE LINE BLANKETS AND COMFORTERS AT REDUCED PRICES.
W. k J. SLOANE A CO.,
641, 643, 645 and 647 Market St., S.F., ''
FEARFUL MUTINY ON BOARD
Sensational Story Regarding
the loss of the bark
Cutthroat Peruvians Killed the
Officers, but the Vessel
Philadelphia, March B.— A letter re
ceived in this city from Charles Jones,
steward of the missing American bark
Portland Lloyd, which left Junin for New
York on February 4, conveys the startling
information that the vessel was wrecked
during a desperate mutiny on board in
which the captain and most of his crew
were killed. Shortly after the bark left
Junin with a valuable cargo of nitrate it
was reported she had struck on a rock at
the entrance to the bay of Junin and all
hands were drowned.
Jones' letter declares that the affair was
a planned attempt by the revolutionary
party in Peru to seize the vessel's cargo for
use against the Government.
The captain was knocked down with a
handspike, the chief mate was shot dead
and two sailors stabbed. The men at the
wheel, seeing that they were at the mercy
of a set of desperate men, purposely steered
the bark on to the rocks.
The steward and A. B. Jellusson, a
seaman, were the only ones of the Ameri
can crew saved. They endured great hard
ships and had to lie concealed for some
days before they could escape the ruffians.
The leader of the mutineers is said to be
Gonzales de Pietro, a notorious character
who had shipped as a seaman on the Port
land Lloyd and had a gang of cutthroats
concealed on board. It is believed most of
these men perished in the wreck.