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VOLUME LXXVIIL-NO. 168.
COAST DEFENSES ARE WHOLLY INADEQUATE
Army and Navy Officers
Indorse General Miles'
NOT PREPARED FOR WAR.
At Present the United States
Could Not Withstand Any
ONLY TWO PORTS PROTECTED.
Admiral Walker and Senator Squire
Say That Defects Should Be Rem
edied at Once.
WASHINGTON, D. C. Nov. 14.— The
defenseless condition of the American coast,
which the general of the army recently
elaborated with much precision of detail,
is for the moment the principal subject of
conversation among army and navy offi
cers. General Miles' declaration that
England, notwithstanding her great navy,
would be pjactically helpless against a
powerful adversary, but for her system of
coast defenses, is fully indorsed by both
branches of the service.
Admiral John G. Walker, who repre
sents the progressive element of the new
navy, regards coast defenses and a navy
as the complement of each other. That is
to say, no great country can protect itself
without both systems of defense. What
Admiral Walker says in this connection is
cant not only because of his knowl
edge of military matters, but for the fur
ther reason that he believes war between
the United States and a strong foreign
power would demonstrate how illy this
country is i^separed for such an encounter.
"I am a good American," said Admiral
\S alter this morning, "hut I cannot shut
my eyes to cold facts. We are not pre
pared to-day to engage, in war with any
ass power. We are in the position
that China occupied in her recent struggle
wah Japan. We have a vast population,
great wealth, boundless resources and in
tense patriotism. But we cannot main
tain an offensive or defensive attitude
against any of the more powerful half
dozen foreign countries. What General
Miles says about the defenseless condition
of our coast cities is entirely correct.
"It is true New York and San Francisco
are better protected than any of our other j
commercial cities, but even they would be '
m agitLnst the- assaults of a dozen !
i yv.rful ironclads. So far as the remain- j
ing cities are concerned they have no pro
"What do you think the Government
ought to do?"
"Congiess ought to make liberal appro
priations for coast defenses and for addi
tional ships of war. More than anything
elae we need a strong navy. If we had a
dozen battle-ships of the Indiana class on
the Atlantic coast we could defy as power
ful a maritime country as Great Britain.
W« have nov.- four battle-ships building
and two others have been appropriated
for. We need at least seven more. If
Congress would appropriate the money
Two of these ships ought to be given to the
Cramps, two to the Huntington yard at
Newport News, one to the Union Iron
Works at San Francisco, and the others
ought to be built at the navy-yards at
Brooklyn and Norfolk. With any tn ing
like a fair system of coast defense we
would tben be beyond the possibility of
war. There would be no more Corinto
incidents, no more talk of foreign aggres
sions on American soil. The United
States would be pre-eminent on the Amer
ican continent. The greatest precaution
ai-ainst war is to be fully prepared for it."
'What about the Pacific Coast?"
•'Three battle-ships would be sufficient
for those waters, as the only probability of
trouble there might be with the countries
fi the south of us, and three such vessels
would amply protect us from their as
VIEWS OF SENATOR SQUIRE
There It an Immediate Xece.sslty for
Ttetter Coast Defense*.
SEATTLE, Wash., Nov. 14.— Senator
Watson C. Squire, chairman of the Senate
Committee on Coast Defenses, who will
within a few days leave for the National
capital, has very decided views concern
ing the Alaska boundary dispute. He is
by no means pleased with the present out
"Do you anticipate trouble or interna
tional complications?" was asked the Sen
ator to-night, in the parlors of the Butler
Hotel, by Thk Cam. correspondent.
"Well, our people should at least be vig
ilant. Some things have been said in
dicative of a disposition on the part of
Canada to shift the boundary line over on
to our soil if there is any possible pretext
for doing so. There are certain trading
points situated on the inlets of Alaska at
■which citizens of this country engaged in
gold mining receive their supplies, and
from which points they start to cross the
divide to reach the Forty-mile Creek gold
bearing region. Our people believe the
points referred to are in United States ter
ritory, and they think an effort is being
made to nhift the boundary line so as to
bring these points into the Dominion of
"In what light do you regard the action i
of the British Government. Senator Squire,
in stationing police along the boundary
and disputed territory?"
"I do not know what friendly object •
England can have in lending an armed i
body of men there at this particular time.
Both nations, as I understand the matter,
sire engaged in a friendly effort to definitely
locate the international boundary line. If
the present unfavorable developments con
tinue 1 shall certainly call the attention of
Congress to this matter at an early date
and in no uncertain tones."
After complimenting General Miles on
his recent report on the subject of coast
defenses, ■ Washington's senior Senator said :
"This country niu«t wake up imme
diately to the knowledge of its defenseless
condition. Several years ago the Senate
Committee on Coast Defenses recommend
ed to the Senate the establishment of a
The San Francisco Call.
cannon- factory on the Pacific Coast. I
reported a bill from the committee and
supported it in an earnest speech on that
subjeci. Very few people are aware of the
fact that the old fortitications and old can
non that are mounted on our seacoast
forts are absolutely useless against modern
ships of war.
"They are about as ineffective as a pistol
would be against Gatling guns. So far as
I am aware there is now only one com
pleted modern fortification in the United
States supplied with modern guns of
heavy caliber, and that is at Sandy Hook.
This constitutes the entire modern land
defense of the great city of New York. It
is true, however, that works of this kind
have been commenced at Boston and San
Francisco. The appropriations of Con
gress have been absolutely inadequate for
the purpose of protecting seacoast cities
from destruction by a foreicn enemy.
There are twenty-eight, of the principal
seacoast cities in the United States re
quiring guns and fortifications for defense
against possible outside foes. It is, there
fore, very difficult for our Government to
take a strong stand in an international
diplomacy when it is conscious of such
utter weakness to withstand an attack."
WAR WITH THE PANAMA LINE.
It Is Said That Col/is P. Huntington Is Now
Very Willing to Make Reasonable
NEW YORK, N. V., Nov. 14.— The
Herald says: Another turn in the Pacific
Mail-Panama Railroad situation is close
at hand. The railroad company has
drawn up contracts, which are ready to
be signed, for the establishment of a new
steamship line on the Pacific Coast, and also
from New Orleans to Colon, and it intends,
so it claims, to start in with a rate-cutting
campaign at an early date unless the Pa
cific Mail Company within a few days ac
cepts its ultimatum.
It may be said, however, that although
negotiations were apparently "broken off"
further conferences have been held during
the present week, and Mr. Huntingdon is
said to have manifested a disposition to
make reasonable concessions, provided the
railroad company will do the same.
PUT UP FORGED NOTES
I Crooked ft'ork of the President of a De
FAIR BURY, Nebr.', Nov. 14.—Some
thing of a sensational nature is developing
i in the Steele City Bank failure of a few days
i ago. Some weeks since C. B. Rice, the
- sole proprietor of the defunct bank, put
i up several notes as security for $3000 with
j the State National Bank of St. Joseph,
I Mo. To-day it developed that the notes
were forgeries. One on the Lumber firm
of Train Bros, of that city was pronounced
a forgery, while several others are known
to be fraudulent. Rice is nowhere to be
found. His wife is in that city, but she
refuses to divulge nis whereabouts. It
is surmised that much more crooked work
will be unearthed.
COLLISION OF TRAINS
One Engineer Killed and Another Badly
DALLAS, Tex., Nov. 14.— News reached
Dallas to-night that the southbond ex
press train on the Huston and Texas Cen
tral, leaving Dallas at 7:30 o'clock, last
night collided with the train on the North
-1 western branch at the station at Bremond
! about midnight. Engineer Wolfey of the
[ Northwestern train was killed and En
j gineer Clark of the main line badly in
| jured. Nearly twenty passengers received
slight bruises. As six cars were ordered
from Dallas it is evident that one or both
trains were badly damaged.
Sentence of an Embezzler.
DENVER, Colo.. Nov. 14.-Walter C.
Wescott, ex-receiver of the United States
Land Office at Del Norte, was arraigned in
tbe United States court before Judge
Hallctt on the charge of embezzling $L-< 77.
He withdrew his former plea of not guilty
and substituted one of guilty. He was
sentenced to six months' imprisonment in
the county jail and fined the amount em
bezzled and costs of the trial.
KILLED BY DETECTIVES.
Frank White, Not the Notorious
Clarence, Fired Upon by
There Was a Lively Exchange of Shots
Before One Man Was
CHICAGO, 111., Nov. 14.— A man who
was at first supposed to be Clarence White,
one of the gang of porch-climbers who last
spring robbed the residence of Norman B.
Ream on Lake Shore drive of thousands
of dollars' worth of diamonds, was killed
to-night by detectives belonging to the
j Berry agency.
The Berry men have been trying to find
| White ever since the Lake Shore robbery
! occurred, and early this evening five of
! them were standing at the corner of Win
throp place and Polk street. There are
many contradictory stories as to what hap
; pened; but that two men drove by and
there was much shooting is a certainty.
i As near as can be learned two men came
by in a buggy. When they were opposite
! the Berry detectives they opened fire, and
j some say the occupants of the buggy fired
I three shots before the detectives could
i draw their revolvers. As soon as they did,
however, there was a fusillade of shots.
The excitement on the street was in
tense. Pedestrians ran in all directions
i and sought shelter in convenient doorways,
i The men drove west on Polk street.
A police officer sent a patrol wagon in
! pursuit. At Ogden avenue the man who
j was supposed to be Clarence White fell
from the buggy and lay dead on the car-
J tracks, while the other man drove on. The
I patrol wagon stopped to pick up the dead
j man, and the buggy went a little further,
when the remaining occupant deserted it
At midnight he had not been found.
The Berry people believed they killed Clar
ence White, but the police are equally cer
tain that the man is not Clarence White,
but'probably a man named Frank White.
The body has been identified as Frank
White by his mother.
SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 15, 1895.
MCLE SAM IS WEARY OF THE CLEVELAND FLY ON HIS NOSE.
SCHLATTER HAS GONE
Disappearance of the Man
Who Claims to Be the
Surprise of Those Who Had Jour
neyed to Denver to Be
LEFT A NOTE OF FAREWELL"
But the Healer Is Wanted as a Witness
in a Suit, and Steps Will Be Taken
to Find Him.
DENVER, Colo., Nov. 14.— Thousands
of people, poor and afflicted, waited pa
tiently under the lowering skies and chilly
wind this morning for the appearance of
Francis Schlatter, the healer. When he
failed to appear a bitter murmur arose,
and the disappointment was keen. Then
rumors were passed from one mouth to
the other, and the whole city was lost in
conjecture. Some had it he was seen near
Greeley, others claimed he was walking
hatless and shivering over the fields near
Golden; that he took the night train to
Chicago. Conflicting reports were rife.
All that was positively known was that
he had departed from the Fox home in the
night, taking all his gifts of warm clothing
and leaving behind this brief note:
Mr. Fox — My mission isfinished. Father takes
me away. Good-by. Francis Schlattek.
The crowd was at first inclined to make
trouble, but it withdrew after demolishing
the fence for souvenirß. Many touched
the boards on which Schlatter had stood,
and thus carried away his mystic influence.
Schlatter was subpenaed early in Octo
TRACK-LAYING SCENE ON THE VALLEY ROAD, 9H MILES FROM STOCKTON, SHOWING
EASY CONSTRUCTION IN THE FRUITFUL VALLEY.
ber to appear before United States Com
missioner Capron to-day to testify in the
case of the three manufacturers of fraudu
lent "blessed" handerchiefs. When
Schlatter failed to appear this morning,
and it was definitely ascertained that he
had left town, the case was postponed
until Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.
Commissioner Capron said this morning:
"He will appear t re as :,übp<tnaed, »*
we will send officers after him. The
United States Attorney will indicate what
he wishes done, although no action has
been taken yet."
All the trains from the East this morn-
Francis Schlatter, the Healer, Who
Has Disappeared irom Denver.
mc brought in an increased number of
people from Kansas, Nebraska and Wyo
ming to visit Schlatter, and many were
the disappointed countenances to be seen
around the downtown hotels. A few im
mediately purchased return tickets and
arc leaving for their homes this evening.
A late report to-night locates Schlatter
afoot heading for Grays Peak, where amid
snows, at an altitude of 14,000 feet, he will
confer with the prophets, and return re
freshed in three days.
TO SECURE AMNESTY
Vigorous Efforts for the
Release of Political
EGAN'S NEW MISSION.
Delegated by the Irish National
Association to Advocate
STIRRING APPEAL ALSO ISSUED.
Soon a Monster Petition Will Be Pre
sented to the British Parlia
BOSTON, Mass., Nov. 14.— Within the
next few weeks a vigorous effort will be
made in this country to give an impetus
to the cause of amnesty for Irish political
prisoners. The Irish National Amnesty
Association has been busily engaged in
mapping out the plans for a year past
and the action will be taken at once.
r John F. Egan, one of the best known
irishmen in the United States and himself
a political prisoner in a British convict
prison for nine years, has been delegated
by the association to visit all the cities of
prominence in America and present the
cause of amnesty to the consideration of
exiled fellow-countrymen and sympa
thizers of every race with the victims of
The Irish Amnesty Association has is
sued an address to the sympathizers with
their cause of the United States and Can
ada, asking for the material and moral
support necessary to force the British Gov
ernment to reconsider the cases of these
prisoners. They make no distinction of
party and will welcome the assistance of
every man who believes in securing justice
MASSACRES OF CHRISTIANS BY THE TURKS
for the unfortunate victims of British
vengeance, which brought about the con
viction of these men at a time when panic
reigned throughout Great Britain and
when fair trials for men charged with
political offenses was impossible. | In the
address to Irish sympathizers in the United
States the manifesto issued by the Amnesty
"We think the time has come for mak
ing a direct appeal to all good Irishmen
in America and to every one who has at
heart the interests of justice. Tne am
nesty of political prisoners is a sacred duty
with any country and should receive the
support of all. We are sure that there is
no need of commending this endeavor to
the people of the United States, for in the
name of humanity they must wish us
This movement hag created no end of
excitement among Irishmen residing in
the East, as it is generally recognized that
the time has come when the final demand
is to be made, and if the moral support of
the American nations is not sufficient to
induce England to be merciful, then harsh
measures must be taken. A monster pe
tition is to be drawn up and sent all over
the country for signatures, and will be
presented to the British Parliament as
soon as it is ready.
GOTHAM'S SWELL HORSE SHOW.
Duke and Duchess of Marlborough There,
but They Escaped Recognition by the
NEW YORK, N. V., Nov. 14.— The
fourth day's attendance at the horse show
at Madison-square Garden did not reach
the high-water mark of yesterday, but the
big amphitheater was completely filled
afternoon and evening in spite of a nasty
drizzle of rain. Society filled the boxes
and stalls as usual, and in nearly as bril
liant plumage as last evening. Outside
the gardens lines of carriages extended for
blocks and the police had hard work to
prevent a complete blockade.
The Duke and Duchess of Marlborough
were guests of Miss Duer in arena box 4
for a couple oi hours in the afternoon, but
as their coming had been kept secret,
few of the thousands who glanced at
the pretty girl in a broad-brimmed
black-plumed hat as they passed
or at the young man with down on his
upper lip, recognized America's greatest
heiress and his Grace, the Duke. In the
evening very nearly the same society peo
ple were in their seats and the multitude
filled the promenades and stared at them,
neglecting the horses in the ring.
The special prize of $100 offered by Mrs.
John G. Heckscher for the best pair of
horses and best appointed Victoria or cab
riolet was won by Joseph E. Widener of
Philadelphia. It was after 6 o'clock be
fore the last number on the programme
was called. It was light-weight green
hunters, and was taken by Adam Beck of
London, Ont. The attendance during the
afternoon was the best of the week.
TROUBLES OF RAILROADS.
Failure of an Attempt to Settle Differ
ences JJetween Two Litirt.
CHICAGO, 111., Nov. 14.— When the
members of the advisory committee of the
Western Clearing-house assembled this
morning to consider the differences be
tween the Canadian Pacific and the Grand
Trunk and other matters, it was found
that several of the most important lines
were not represented, so- nodehnite action
was taken. The day was spent in a gen
eral discussion of the situation.
The Western Trunk Line freight com
mittee met at the office of Chairman A. C.
Bird to-day. Lumber rates were consid
ered and it was agreed to change the
classilication somewhat, just how much
was not nia^le public, but it is believed
that there will be an increase of 3 cents in
part of the territory at least.
Approximated gross earnings of the
Santa Fe for all lines for the first week in
November were $£66,501 88, as compared
with $861,230 58, an increase of $5262 30
over those of the corresponding period
last year. *
ALGER ANSWERS SHERMAN
Certain Allegations Vigorously
Denied by the Noted
Has Never Done a Single Act to Ob
struct the Senator's Political
DETROIT, Mich., Nov. 14. — General
Alger, having been asked about the charge
made against him in the second volume of
Sherman's book, said to-day:
"I cannot conceive how such an unwar
ranted report about me should have
reached Senator Sherman, unless from
men who were at the Chicago convention
working for his nomination. When Gen
eral Harrison was finally nominated these
men, in trying to explain why they had
not succeeding in nominating Senator
Sherman, must have deliberately told the
Senator that money had been used to win
Southern delegates, supposed to be
friendly to him, over to myself. They
wanted, evidently, to make a scapegoat of
some one and they undertook to make one
of me. Senator Sherman was deceived by
his managers in this respect.
"I am very much surprised that, al
though his defeat was a bitter disappoint
ment, he should have connected my name
with it in the manner he has. Senator
Sherman could not have been nominated
had every delegate that voted for me gone
over to him at one time. I advised my
friends to vote for General Harrison when
it was apparent that I could not be nomi
nated, because I believed the nomination
ought to go to a soldier. My second choice
was Senator Sherman. I gave positive in
structions that money was not to be used to
in;luence colored delegates from the South,
and if any was used I certainly do not
know it. I do know that no bills for ex
penditures of that character were ever
presented to me. I fully appreciate Sena
tor Sherman's abilities as a statesman, but
I don't know why, at this late day, he
should sprine a charge against me when I
have not done a single act to obstruct his
For Pacific Coast Telegrams sec
Pages 3 and 4.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Consul Jewett Gave Due
Notice of the Slaughter
Eighty Thousand Troops Ordered
to Proceed to Armenia
NO CHECKING THE ANARCHY.
Meanwhile Warships of the Protect*
ing Powers Are Speeding to
CONSTANTINOPLE, Turkey, Nov. 14.—
The representative of the United Press in
this city learns that on November 12 M. A.
Jewett, United States Consul at Sivas,
telegraphed to United States Minister
Terrell, informing him that massacres of
Christians by Moslems had begun at that
place. As soon as he received the dis
patch Mr. Terrell hastened to the Foreign
Office, where he personally saw Tewlik
Pasha, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and de
manded that adequate protection be
afforded to the United States consulate at
Sivas, at the same time warning him in
the name of the United States that Turkey
would be held responsible if even the hair
upon the head of an American should bo
On November 13 Consul Jewett advised
Mr. Terrell that there had been a terrible
massacre of Christians at Sivas, but that
foreigners had been afforded full protec
tion by the authorities ana order had been
While the massacre at Marash was in
progress the foreign missionaries were
guarded by troops in pursuance of orders
received from the Porte. The Porte has
written notes to the protesting powers in
reply to the notes of the latter demanding
to know what steps are being taken to
restore order in the disturbed districts of
Armenia, stating that 80,000 reserves have
been ordered to proceed to Armenia at
Official dispatches received here to-day
show no diminution in the reign of anarchy
in certain parts of the empire. A tele
gram from the authorities at Arabirkir,
Pashalic of Sivas, Asiatic Turkey, starts
that 1500 Armenians rose against the
Turks and committed many excesses on
October 26 and 27.
The Armenians set fire to a mosque, th«
school and the bazaar, using bombs con
tainine some inflammable material to
make their work more certain. The flames
spread with startling rapidity, and several
stores and houses occupied by Mussulmans
and Christians were destroyed. The in
surgents also attacked the Mussulman
quarter of Ouloupinar and killed many of
the residents. The Mussulman popula
tion of Arabirkir has telegraped to the
Porte Imploring protection. The author
ities there succeeded, however, in restor
ing order. Forty bombs were discovered
with which the Armenians designed to de
stroy the barracks and Government offices.
Five thousand Armenian revolters have
assembled at Tchoukmerzen, Adana, and
are preparing for aggressive action.
The official dispatches, charge the Ar
menians with various acts of murder and
pillage at Erzinghian, Sivaa and Mand
ROME, Italy, Nov. 14.— The Govern,
ment has decided to increase the Italiaa
fleet that has been ordered to proceed to
the Levant to act in conjunction with the
British squadron in any contingency that
may arise. As stated exclusively in The
United Press yesterday, the turret ram
barbette ships Re Umberto and Andrea
Doria and the cruisers Stroraboli and
Etruria were ordered to proceed to the
Levant with all possible dispatch, and to
day orders were issued for the torpedo
cruiser Parthenope and the dispatch-boat
Galilee to proceed with the squadron.
ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 14.— 1t is re*
ported here that Greece has requested th»
powers which are acting conjointly in the*
Turkish matter to allow her to join mv
any naval manifestation that may be made
against Turkey. The request is made oa
the ground that the large number of
Greeks residing in Turkey should be pro
tected by their own Government. If the
powers assent to the request the Greet
Minister of Marine will order the steek
barbette ship Spezia, 4480 tons, one of the
largest ships in the Greek navy, to join
the allied squadron.
WASHINGTON, D. C, Nov. 14.— Tha
Turkish legation has received from the
Subiime Porte the following telegram un
der yesterday's date:
"His Imperial Majesty, the Sultan, in
his high sentiments of generosity has is
sued orders to the effect that all of his
Mussulman and Christian subjects who
sustained any damage during the recent
riots in certain provinces of the empire
should be nourished and sheltered at the
expense of the state. The valis of the
provinces have been informed of the
"The authorities of Mamouret-Aziz tele
graph that a conflict took place at KesruJk
between Mussulmans and Armen
ians, in consequence of the latter firing a
few shots from revolvers. Two Mussul
mans and two Armenians were slightly
wounded. Bagdjioelon Kircor, instigator
of the conflict, was arrested and order was
restored. At Malatia also order prevails.
"The Armenian rioters of Arabirkir set
fire to a mosque, to a medressee and to the
bazaar. The fire assumed large propor
tions and many houses of Mussulmans and
Christians were burned. The Mussulman
part of the city was also attacked and
many Mussulmans were killed. The
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