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WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.— The Treasury
Department has received a number of In
quiries to-day as to whether the Govern
ment proposed to admit coal into the
United States free of duty under the act
approved January 13. or to collect the
duty and then refund It to the importers.
In view of the fact that the wording of
the act leaves some doubt as to the real
purpose of 'Congress, Chairman Payne of
the House Ways and Means Committee
was consulted to-day, and his answer
leaves no doubt that it was the intent of
Congress that no duty should be collected.
No Duty to Be Collected.
Hob Raids the Coal Cars.
TOLEDO, O., Jan. 17.— A mob. Including
over 200 men, women, boys and girls, to
day seized five cars of soft coal which
had Just arrived in the Wheeling and
Lake Erie Railroad yards, consigned to
tho National Malleable Casting Company
and local oil men. There was no attempt
to stop the wholesale theft, neither the
police nor the officials of the railroad tak-.
ing a hand in the affair. The fuel was
carried off in wagons, sleighs, boxes,
buckets and baskets.
ORANGE GROWERS UNEASY.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 17.— Those who are
closely watching the orange industry be
lieve they see in the market reports of
the last few days evidence that the coal
famine in the East is materially affect
ing the orange-growers of California. Re
ports from various sections are to the
effect that the fruit Is arriving badly
frosted, which is taken to indicate that
the cars have in many instances been left
on Fide tracks through lack of motive
power or fuel to keep them moving.
Whether this Is the cause of the re
ported loss of fruit in transit there is
Rrave rear that tbe fuel famine will rc-
Ogden Fears Coal Famine.
OGDEN, Utah, Jan. 17.— There is a
threatened shortage of coal in Ogden
caused by the fact that the Union Pacific
strike renders it impossible for the road
to move coal from it3 mines as formerly,
and the output of the Rio Grande to a
great extent is contracted by the South
ern Pacific and the Coast trade. The
railrosids have employed detectives to
patrol, the yards here as a protection
against coar thieve/" . •
HELENA, Mont., Jan. 17.— Ensign Ward
Wortman. who was in charge of the tur
ret on the Massachusetts where the ex
plosion occurred, is a native of this city
and was appointed to Annapolis seven
years ago as a result of competitive ex
amination. He was at one time captain
of the Academy baseball club and took
a prominent part In athletics.
Wortman a Montana Boy.
Walter 'William August Schert, enlisted
at Chicago, March 1, 1900, as apprentice;
next of kin, George P. Schert (father), 375
Cleveland avenue, Cleveland.
James Garfield Patterson, landsman, en
listed at League Island, Pa., March 27,
1900; next of kin, Mrs. Barbara Nagle
(next friend), 27 Sohoe street, Pittsburg.
Alberti Stephen Tacke, landsman, en
listed at St. Louis, September 1, 1839; next
of kin, Mrs. Marie Magel (mother), 2122
Miami street, St. Loul3.
The records give the following concern
ing the injured:
Alexander Newton Ddssett. landsman,
enlisted at Durham, N. C. July 20, 1501;
next of kin, Newton Dossett (father),
1G03 Pettlgrew street, Durham.
Robert Rule, enlisted at Cincinnati,
March 29, 1901; : for. four years - as .lands
man for training;, born in Cincinnati, May
12, 1SS2; residence, Mount Washington;
Ohio;', next, of kin, John A. Rule (father),
Andrew Hendricksen, enlisted at New
York, September 24, 1900, for four years;
born in Norway, March 13, 1873, residence.
New York; . next of kin, Hans Jennsen,
Kenneth Joseph Platt, enlisted at Al
bany, N. Y., August 16, 1900, for four years
as landsman for training; born In Dublin,
Ireland, May 6, 1SS2; residence, Troy, N.
Y.; next of kin, Sarah Platt (mother),
369 'Eighth street. Troy.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17.— The records of
the Navy Department give a history . o*
those killed on the Massachusetts as fol
lows: " .
Felix Herbert Loesser, enlisted at New
York, October 4, 1D00. as apprentice third
class; born Brooklyn, December 1, 1S84;
residence, New York; next of kin, Ed
ward Loesser, 313 ¦ East Eighty-sixth
street, New York.
Stephen Frank j Malincwskl, enlisted at
Chicago, August 4, 1900, for four years;
born in Poland, August 2, 1882; residence.
South Chicago: next of kin, Frank Mall
nowski, 84& Ontario street. South Chicago.
Naval Records Supply History of
Those Killed or Injured. '. ;.
CAREERS OF THE VICTTM&
charges were not contained in fixed metal
lic cases and the powder was. put up in
canvas- bags. . The regulations require
that the powder bags rererred to should
be conveyed from the magazines to the
breech of the gun in a canllke metal re
ceptacle Intended to guard) against just
this kind of an accident.
UNITED STATES WARSHIP ON WHICH A FATAL. EXPLOSION HAS
OCCURRED, AND THE NAVAL OFFICER IN COMMAND '. OF THE
. SQUADRON TO WHICH SHE 'BELONGED. .
SHAMOKIN. Pa.. Jan. H.-Owins to
loaded trains being robbed of fuet and to
guard against such trains being held up
by persons rendered desperate because
of the coal famine, policemen were or
dered by the Reading and Pennsylvania
railroad companies to-day- to guard
loaded trains while In transit to market
through districts where the famine U tb«
worst. . v
Police to Guard Coal Trains.
GUTHRIE, O. T., Jan. 17.— Just prior
to dying, D. E. George, an aged and
wealthy citizen, made the statement that
he was John Wllkes Booth, the assassin
of President Lincoln. George attempted
suicide at £1 Reno and made a second
and successful attempt in a hotel at
Enid, taking poison. He stated that ha
had successfully eluded the officers after
killing Lincoln and had remained un
known to the world ever since. He was
reputed to be very wealthy, owning land
In Oklahoma, Indian Territory and at
Telegrams to-day ask that the body bo
held for Identification.
DYING MAN CLAIMS
HE IS WTLKES BOOTH
WASHINGTON. Jan. 17.— The Treasury
Department has decided that the bottom
of the Pacific Ocean is not a "foreign
country" within the meaning of the tariff
laws, and hence repair cable imported by
the Commercial Pacific Cable Company
cannot" be withdrawn from a bondeil
warehouse for repair work without the
payment of duty.
The law specifically says that in order
to be entitled to free exportation tha
goods must be landed In a foreign coun
try, which fact must be verified by the
certificate cf a United States Consul in
the country where the goods are landed.
The rate of duty is 33 per cent ad va~
Duty Must Be Paid on Repair Ma
terial for Commercial Pacific
BOTTOM OF PACIFIC
NOT "FOREIGN COUNTBY"
What application the conspiracy act
could have to the local dealers and ope
rators In the face of the fact that the
combination is general was the hard ques-'
tion lor the jurors, but the attorneys ex
plained that as soon as the coal was
brought into Illinois the possessor who in
any way restrained trade was amenable.
With this Interpretation in mind tho Jury
continued the taking of corroborative tes
In analyzing the evidence to which It
had been listening for a week the Jury
believed it had found a combination ex
isting among the operators, the Jobbers,
the wholesalers and the retailers, cover
ing the course of the coal supply from
the mines to the consumers. They also
found that understandings existed be
tween the operators of the various States,
the Illinois Coal Operators' Association
and the Northern Illinois Soft Coal Ope
rators' Association being In collusion with
the Indiana Coal Operators' Association
In an attempt to govern the whole bitu
minous supply of two States.
True Bills Against Dealers.
CHICAGO, Jan. 17.-Forty Indictments
-have been voted by the special Grand
Jury which during the last. week has been
investigating the causes of the shortage
of coal in this city. No names were
given out, it being declared by State's
Attorney Dir.een that, inasmuch as the
indictments had been merely voted and
not returned, no list of the accused men
would be announced before 10 o'clock on
Monday morning, when the jury will re
convene. It Is said that among the men
against whom it Is the intention to re
turn indictments are many who stand
high in the business and social world.
This fact was given by the State's At
torney as one reason why no list of the
accused men would be given out to-night.
Chicago Grand Jury Will Return
FORTY TO BE INDICTED.
SAN JUAN, Porto Rico, Jan. 17.
Five men were killed and four
others injured, one dying aft
erward, by the explosion of a
powder charge of an elght
\ . Inch gun on board the United
States battle^ilp Massachusetts yesterday
morning while at target practice off Cule
bra Island. . Details of the explosion were
obtained when the Massachusetts arrived
here to-day. .
The explosion occurred in the starboard
after eight-inch turret shortly before
noon yesterday, and was due to accidental
dlrcharge ".ol a percussion primer while
the breech of the gun was open. The full
charge exploded in the turret and killed
or. injured .all, of tho crew of the gun.
numbering nine men. Knslgn Ward K.
Wortman, who was- in charge of the tur
ret,' escaped Injury, though he was stand
ins near tho gun. j
DISCIPLINE IS SPLENDIB.
Magnifieejit discipline was immediately
shown by the officers, and crew of the
battleship. Captain Barry Lee, command
ing the marine guard of tho vessel, and
Ensign Clarence Abele immediately flood
ed the turret with water, and Lieutenant:
Charles I<\ Hughes and Gunner Kuhlwe.in
went below to tha magazine, picking up
powder charges and preventing j further
explosions, while Lieutenant William O.
Cole and Gun Captain Soneman entered
the turret and withdrew the charge from
the other gun, whose breech was open.
The survivors of the gun's crew when
rescued were burned, mutilated and near
ly dead. One man, whose clothing was on
fire, jumped overboard..
In less than a minute after the explosion
three streams of water were pouring into
the turret, preventing tho charge in the
other 8-inch gun exploding.
A naval board, summoned by Rear Ad
miral Higginson, in "command of the
squadron, is investigating the disaster to
learn its cause and fix the blame, if any
there be. -.
FIVE ' VICTIMS BTJBIED.
A funeral service for Platt, Malinowsky,
Loesser, Hendricksen and Rule, the five
men killed outright, was held at 1 o;clock
this afternoon on board tho Massachu
setts,, Chaplain Wright oHlclatlng. After
ward a procession was formed on shore
and . proceeded to the military cemetery
of Porto Rico, where the interment took
place. The regimental band of the garri
son of Porto Rico took part in tho cere
monies. Admiral Higginson and tha offi
cers of the Massachusetts were at the
graveside, where military honors and also
Masonic honors for one of the dead were
Coxswain Take, the sixth victim, died
this afternoon.' The condition of Appren
tice Schert and Seaman Dossett is critical
and it is now believed that these men will
not survive their Injuries. Seaman Pat
terson is doing well and it is 'expected
that he will recover.
The S-inch guns on the Massachusetts
are next, in size below, the 13-inch turret'
guns carried by this battleship and Just
above the rapid-flre • gun limit. ,Thc
X. J. Platt, 369 Eighth
street. Troy, N. Y.
S. F. Malinowski, 8433 On
tario stre«t, Chicago.
F. H. Itoesser, 313 East
Eighth street, New York.
Andrew Hendricksen, ITor
A. S. Tacke, cockswain,
Miami street, St. Louis.
B. Rule, Walnut Hill, Cia
A. N. Dossett, seaman,
Durham, N. C, probably xrill
J. G. Patterson, seaman,
22 Sohoe streat, Pittsburg,
i W. A. Schert, apprentice,
375 Cleveland avenue, Chi
cago, probably will die.
South Heips Northern Poor.
BIKMJNCHAM. Aia., Jan. IT.-rCiUzens
of nirmir.ghani have contributed fifty
CMi-jads cf cca! to relieve the distress of
¦J/f r.oor «>f New York and Chicago by
r>-*son of the fuel faminf. Twenty-five
oar loads will be sent to each city.
Indications point t--> anothrr strike of
this Street car m*n In this city unless the
Intervention cf President Mahon of the
.Amalgamated Association of Street Rail
way Employ* 1 ; shall *tem the spirit of
revolt that has already developed among
the car men because of the alleged ag-
Frossions of General Manager I'hapman.
The s>dmini*tra.Tinn of rt-esident Arthur
Holland and G^eral Manager George F.
"'hapman of «ie fnited Railroads has
reached a. climax. "Within a. few days
two of the largest stockholders of the
corporation will arrive here from New
"Vork ejid will make a personal inspection
. of the present operative workings of the
p;Ftcm. It is *aid that they arc thor
oughly dissatisfied with the present re
sults of the road and will demand many
changes and innovations.
The present affairs of the United Rail
roads are in a very disordered condition,
efTyoofptly in regard to the position of the
officials and street car men. \V. D.
Mahcn. president of the Amalgamated
Association of Street Railway Em
\j->loyes, arrived here Friday frcm De
troit and is registered at the Grand
Hotel. It war learned yesterday that his
roaJ motive in coming- to this city is to
give the slvteen mon who were expelled
from the local streetcar union a rehear
ing in regard to their reinstatement.
President MsJion lias decided upon next
Wednesday as the date on which to listen
to the case. The officers of the local
tiij'on vill not be present at the liesring
nor will ih^jp-txke irny Eteps In regard,
to the matter. The officers of the union
claim that the Eixteen men were expelled
from the order tor breeding strife and a.t
if rr.ptirg to disrupt the present organiza
tion of street car men in this rity.
The sixteen men, however, tell another
si«->ry. They claim .that they were con
victed before th«=-y even had a hearing—
that when their cases came up they were
not allowed legal representation at tho
riveting, an'l were also refused the per
m'.sFion cf having a stenographer in at
tendance at the trial.
The sixteen men discharged have con
futed attorneys on the matter, and the
' m of McClellan & McClellan. with of-
Iioes in the Emma Spreckels building, has
charge of their case. It is said that
rhculd President Mahon decide the v case
*"ainst the sixteen expelled men the con
troversy will be taken into the courts.
Doth fides in the present quarrel
p.re determined. President Cornelius of
tlie local street car union is loyally sur
r-'Uiided by all the street car men. Man
user Chapman of the United Railroads
nnd President Holland are both looked
¦upon with distrust by the street car men,
and th«y are watchful that these officials
d<i not make a break in their ranks and
<ijuse the local union to be thrown into
At the present time Manager Chapman
oily meets President Cornelius as an em
ploye, and refuses to discuss matters with
him as the local executive head of "the
•jiiion. There was an open rupture be
tveen the. two men for several months.
l>tit Interrfi«J parties on both sides event- !
ually arranged for them to be brought to
Among the features of Manager Chap
man's regime which "ere severely criti
cized by the street car men is the ap
jK/lntment of A. Bigelotr as inspector of
the San Mateo line. Members of the
union ciaim that he had only been em
ployed en the San Mateo line for eight
months previous to his appointment and
"hat he received the promotion for his ac
. "ions and determined expressions of con
tompt for organized labor. It. Is said by
them that when the teamsters' strike was
on he volunteered to head a gang of men
and procure horses to haul a new cable to
the California power house. His offer
was refused by the California Street Car
Company and a donkey engine was used,
which was brought down from Stockton
to do the work.
What the result of the present agitated
condition of the United Railroads will
bo Is at present hard to say. It Is cur
lently reported, however, that should the
sixteen men'* reinstatement be refused by
President Mahon they will ask for a
.•barter to organize a new lodge. Union
street car men Bay that Manager Chap
man Is encouraging them In this etep and
that he hopes that with two local street
car unions In this city seeds of dissen
tion will be .sown and lie will g a $n a vic
tory over the prf *jnt organized labor of
street car men.
President Cornelius, wher seen yester
day, was very' reticent 'about' the future
action cf the onion" ind iesMJ; that he Is
waiting developments from 'he other Hide.
rr^ridrnt Ma hob was c!»o st-e:i at the
i;iand Hotel ajid toe a<5»n"tt«d ihat he
-.vnu!d h<.;-r «hc case tf the Vixteen ex
;if-ikd- bjci! "«n \\>d-.ie>v!a:.\*
suit In a serious blockade of fruit moving
to the far Eastern markets The large
size of the fruit is tending to confirm
the larger estimates of tno size of the
crop and it now seems certain that there
will be shipped during the season fully
22,000 carloads of citrus fruits.
Gold Stream is a big district, three
claims (Alaska dimension) wide. It was
not yet all staked when Wada left. About
100 men are working the ground. Jack
Costa was offered $50,000 for his claim on
Gold Stream and refused it.
Thomas B. Grimsey, who -was serving
one Year f O r theft, escaped from the po
pollco barracks Wednesday evening. It
was dusk at the time. Grimsey was work
ing on the police water wagon, in charge
of Constable "Atkinson. He entered the
barn at the front door and escaped out
of the rear. When on trial he told the
Judge that he had a wife and children in
Seattle. The police have been unable to
find any trace of him, although It is al
most impossible for him to leave the
country, as the trail is guarded.
Joseph Andrew Clark, the opposition
candidate, polled the largest vote In Tues
day's election for the Yukon Council in
the Dawson district Dr. Alfred Thomp
son got second place. In district No. 2,
which includes all the creeks, Rev. John
Pringle polled the largest vote. Max Lan
derville got second place. Robert Lowe
was elected from the White Horse dis
trict. >:} ¦*
BIQ OJFFEB. FOB. CLAIM.
Pedro Creek, the discovery creek, has
not as yet equaled Gold Stream. Seven
cents is the richest found, but Its wealth
is better indicated in a statement that
the Costa brothers sunk seven holes to
bedrock and found an even run of gold
in every one with a pay streak over
eight feet deep right through with a width
of about eIx* hundred feet
The original strike was made on Pedro.
a creek running 1 parallel witft. Tanana,
abont eighteen miles from the river. This
creek Isstaked for. miles. Dan McCarthy;
a well-known^awsonite, made the dts
tj^efy^n ufold Stream, a continuation of
Pedro, which has proved to be the rich
est so far found. It run 23 cents at thir
teen feet down and bedrock not yet
McCarthy struck pay December 24 while
sinking his first hole. It panned 7 cents.
On Christmas day he had IS, cents to the
pan. Three days later he had found 23
cents to the pay. The ground became
richer all the time as he descended and
what he found before reaching bedrock
may be still more sensational reading
when the news is finally received.
The gist of Wada's report on the ground
is that the district resembles the Klondike
in its physical formation, but has a heav
ier srow/h of timber. Gold in widely dif
ferent kinds had been found In eight dif
ferent creeks when Wada left for Daw
son, December 2S.
Tho holess that have proved the wealth
cf the country were sunk late this winter
and the lirst man to reach Dawson from
the new country has just arrived. He is
a Japanese, named J. Wada. well known
in Dawson, where his veracity and hon
esty are known as his chief traits. So far
the report has not been spread to any ex
tent in Dawson. but the little that has
been told lias created an excitement that
surely means a stampede.
GOLD IN VARIETY.
SKATTLE, "Wash.. Jan. 17. — A special to
the Times from Dawson says: A tremen
dously rich strike, the magnitude of
which has ne.-fer been equaled since Bob
Henderson told his wonderful story of the
Klondike, has been wade eighteen miles
north of a point on Tanana River, 300
miles from its source. The district is
American territory. Clrcic has been de
populated and a wild stampede, of pros
pectors frr.m all the surrounding country
is In progress. As yet fetv have reached
Strike Is Stated to be the
Greatest Since Hender
son's Big Luck.
Two Stockholders of Rail
road En Route Here
From New York.
"I am not attempting, of course, to tes
tify as a, witness tn the matter. ¦ I am
giving the sources of my information iu
etch case. I do not say this- for the pur
pose of placing the responsibility on any
body else. The fact of the matter is, my
information would indicate that it is im
possible to move more coal. The miners
tell me the tracks are congested with
loaded cars of coal at the mines. I want
to say this, in connection with it, that
we have 3f»o men who were on strike that
have so far boon refused the right to
work. We have waited patiently since
, the date of resumption for our men to be
placed back in the mines. We believe
ttey ought to be given work. "We do not
want to and will not cause trouble at the
mines, but will do all we can to prevent
it. But I want the commission to under
stand that the men who have been idle
all this time arc getting impatient.
Major Everett "Warren of Scranton. •who
represents several coal companies before
the commission, interrupted Mitchell and
requested him to bring- proof wajrantinK
tl is assertion. The companies, he said,
had Information to the contrary, and
they would show that the men did not
and were not willing to lond a* many cars
as they could be supplied with. In re
ply to this Mitchell saM:
PHILADELPHIA. Jan. 17.— President
John Mitchell of the Mine Workers' Union
ilf-Ilver^d to-day his farewell address to
the coal strike commission, in the course
cf which he paid: "Several days ago I
addressed a communication to all of th'_*
anthracite miners, urging tliem to ro-op
crat© ¦with the management of the mines
In increasing th<* output of the mines, for
the purpose of relieving thi? terrible suf
fering due to the coal famine. Since my
communicntion was receive*! by them I
have heard frcm a large number of our
local unions and in nearly every-- instance
the miners tell me that the. production
of coal cannot be increased through any
effort of theirs; thst in most capes the
companies sre falling to supply them as
many cars as they would load. In other
v.ords, the regular turn of cars will not
amount to as much as the men are ac
customfd and willing; to load, so that they
cannot increase the output of the mines.
In sonic few cases they Fay that they
could and have agreed to «lo so."
Says Men in Collieries Are
"Not Supplied With Suffi
Testimony of Sixteen
Will Be Taken
Sensational Charge Is
Made by John W.
Stampede Jtegins to
Golden Soil Near
uiiG icin 0.118.,
Output, of the
New Klondike Dis
covered in' the
by Union Make
IN THIS CITY
Pap 17 to 28"
VOLUME XCIII— NO. 49.
Pages 17 to 28
SA1ST FBAXCISCO, SUNDAY, JANUARY 18, 1903— FORTY PAGES.
PKICE FIVE CENTS.
Powder Charge for 'Bight-Inch Gun Is Touched Off
by Accident During Target Practice.
EXPLOSION ON THE BATTLESHIP
MASSACHUSETTS KILLS SIX MEN
The San Francisco Call.