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SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, MARCH IS. 1904
VOLUME XCV— NO. 109.
NEW YORK, March 18.— The World 'has the following from Shanghai: The American
cruiser Cincinnati, which arrived at Chefu to-day, brings' a report that 300 Russians en
countered 200 Japanese near Pingyang, Korea. The Japanese force was annihilated.
RUSSIANS ANNIHILATE SMALL FORCE
OF JAPANESE SOUTH OF YALU RIVER
NEWLY APPOINTED- CHIEF OF
STAFF TO FAR EASTERN VICE
War News ! Continued ' on Page 4.
v LIAOYANG, Manchuria, March 17.—
Troops are still "concentrating here and
are f orming v guerrilla detachments:.
Prices have ' risen • enormously.
-jLL— 1 — * — ; — — — : —a
dissatisfactions; probably, will .be re-,
moved ; when » the people thoroughly un
derstand ' that this paper -currency Is
easily exchanged f Into- Oliver Cat the
nearest army ' headquartera, '
Troops :- Arriving ' at ;¦ Liaoyang.
NEW YORK, March. 17. — The fol
lowing Californians have arrived in
New York: From San Francisco —
Harry Foley, Daniel Hanlon and Eddie
Hanlon. at the Hotel Rartholdl; M.
Kejelsberg, at the Park Avenue; G.
W. Klein and B. Levy, at the Herald
Square; M. L. Requa, at the Xether
land; J. Stafford and wife, at the Park
Avenue.' and L. Levis and Miss Levia,
at. the Hotel Imperial. From Los An
fjel.es — Dr. H. Bayliss. R. R. Greist and
J. M. Greist and wife, at the Navarr*,
and A. M. Wilson at the GrenoblQ.
California!** in New York.
; OMSK,* . Siberia. March 17.— The
,troopsv*passing through this town are
well" supplied ; with .warm; clothing,
partly provided by the Government and
partly^ by donation. The Siberian Cos
sacks equipped themselves for the cam*
paign at their own- expense, j
Cossacks < Buy Their Equipment.
BOSTON, March 17.— During the
investigation Into the Boston Gas Con
solidation methods to-day Henry H.
Rogers, vice president of the Standard
Oil Company, was an involuntary wit
ness. He refused to produce certain
memoranda on the ground that they
were immaterial. Counsel for the Bay
State Gas Company, which I3 bringing
the test suit, served Rogers with a
subpena to-night at the Hotel
Touraine, where he was reported to
be sick in bed. The lawyer said that
they would force the Standard ,Oil
magnate to produce the papers to-day
jor ."have him in Jail on contempt of
court under Massachusetts law.
Refuses ; to Produce Memoranda
: Needed at Investigation of Meth
ods of Boston Gas Combine.
STANDARD OIL MAGNATE
MAKES A POOR WITNESS
the men evidently are being saved for
Contrary to my expectation, I : found
that the people are unfavorable to the
Japanese, which ; feeling grows acuter
to the northward. The Koreans, claim
that their, houses and fuel have- been
peremptorily taken and no payment
made.- ' ; ' ' ' •'¦ ... ' .. ' \ '¦, ¦ ¦ •..•'
|f At r_ Pingyang , the Koreans bitterly
resent such 'action on, the 'part of -the
officials,; and the state troops hereal
ready owe 100,000 yen ($50,000) for horses
and food taken. • To-day the army bor
rowed 100 ponies - and bullocks, ; thus
interfering with the cultivation: of the
land, on which the - people -wholly de
pend. • ; ¦••¦.¦¦¦» -•
In . defense the Japanese state 'that
they pay .fully for -: everything • taken
through the. KoTean local officials,
whose squeezing methods leave but lit
tle when the payment has reached 'the
people. The Japanese- Minister in Seoul
has officially; reported- this to the j Ko
ream Foreign ;¦ Office, • requesting that" a
remedy be; immediately applied.
Undoubtedly ; some dissatisfaction- is
traceable,; to j the 'reluctance of unedu
cated Korean \ villagers; to. take-Jap
anese pa per. currency,, they being used
heretofore only-* to- copper cash. 'Their
I have completed a ponyback trip of
five days through a country occupied
at all points, from Seoul to Pingyang,
by Japanese troops. Ordinary travel
ers are experiencing, the greatest diffi
culty in finding shelter. All available
places have been commandeered by the
The northward advance of their
troops is admirably.; planned and pro
gressing very leisurely. Small parties
aredetailed to occupy] each village and
PINGYANG, March 17.— There is lit
tle doubt, according to Russian sources
of information, that the operations in
this neighborhood . are meager and
practically worthless, where the Jap
anese have the advantage of facility
of disguise, rendering impossible much
investigation. Thus at Songchin re
cently a numerous party of Russian
scouts actually spent the. night in the
same" house with five Japanese troopers
disguised as Koreans, suspecting noth
All bodies of Russians now seen are
accompanied by Kcrrean arid Chinese
guides. The former are untrustworthy,
because they are so afraid of the Rus
sians that they will give, false infor
mation to persuade them to depart.
The men were stringing a trolley
wire at a switch about half a mile
from Los Garo's. j In switching the car
got away from them. It gained mo
mentum rapidly, and when the crash
came was going at a speed of more
than a mile a minute. A quarter of a
mile from where it started, at a curve,
it jumped khe track. When it* was
seen the brakes would not hold upon
the wet track the men jumped, escap
ing with a few scratches. The traffic
of the interurban was not interfered
with by the wreck.
SAN JOSE. March 17. — A construc
tion car upon the San Jose-Los Gatoa
Interurban Railway ran down a grade
at a frightful speed near Los Gatos
this afternoon and was wrecked. Two
linemen who were on the car
jumped and saved themselves.
Jump From Runaway Construction
Car Just Before It Leaves the
SPECTACULAR LEAP SAVES
LIVES OF TWO LINEMEN
SALT LAKE, March 17. — John Bat
teson, a prospector of American Fork,
who has delved in the creeks and
gulches of the West for thirty years
in a vain search for fortune, has fallen
heir to $100,000, the estate of a frugal
and industrious brother, who lived in
Thirty years ago John Batteson de
termined to ' search for gold in the
West. He was warned against leav
ing home by his brother, but per
sisted. The latter remained in Penn
sylvania, lived a hard and sordid life
and managed to accumulate $100,000,
and dying, left it to his stubborn
brother, who is his only heir.
Prospector Who Sought in Vain for
Wealth With Pick and Shovel In
herits Brother's Savings.
FORTUNE COMES FRO3I
AN UNEXPECTED SOURCE
"Please make it known that the re
port is entirely unfounded. Beyond one
large and j several small . houses which
the shells destroyed on. March 10 every
thing is- intact." \
. The Viceroy also telegraphs from
" • VThe .' situation ¦ has ; remained un
changed since: March 10. Part of the
fleet has madeseveral cruises after the
foe within a radius of fifty miles around
Port Arthur; but -could get no sight of
the enemy." — ¦-- -
The -Viceroy telegraphed as follows
yesterday from Mukden regarding the
reported evacuation of Port Arthur and
its occupation -by the Japanese, and the
statement that the new town was in
flames, as published by pro- Japanese
papers: : ."--...
CHEFU, March 17.— It is reported
that while the Russian torpedo-boat de
stroyer. Skorri was proceeding to Port
"Arthur after " a , scouting cruise on
Wednesday morning she was accident
ally, blown up by a misplaced mine,
only, four person's being saved.
Special Cable to The Call and Xew York
Herald.. Copyright, 1904, by the New York
Herald Publishing Company.
PINGYANG, March 16. — The present extensive land ¦ move
ments'in Korea are directed toward cutting the communications of
Port Arthur and Vladivostok, which are now considered of. prime
importance. High Japanese officers here. frankly state that there
will be serious fighting on Korean soil only if they are forced to it.
Their army will commence serious work after crossing the Yalu.
The Russian retreat tactics seem to permit this, rendering probable
that the first stand will occur on Manchurian soil. #
Correspondents proceeding north from Pingyang have been
stopped and thus the Japanese are the only ones giving out news.
They state that the Russians have withdrawn to Wiju. Two him- 1
dred and fifty Japanese cavalry have crossed An ju River and sup
ported small columns of infantry. The opposing scouts were occa
sionally in sight at long distances, but rarely clashed.
Recently, near Pacchun, shots ivere exchanged. The Japan
ese were outnumbered and lost one man. Somewhat to the south of
the American mine the Russians started to fortify two passes, but
desisted and withdrew.
stroyer Is Sunk,
by a Mine.
S|>ecial Cablejjram to The Call and New York Herald. Copyright, 1904, by
the Xew York Herald Publishing Company.
War Correspondent, of The Gall
Travels With Troops Through
Bristow was asked as to how the
committee was to get possession of
certain of the confidential exhibits con
nected with his report. These exhibits
have been kept secret because of their
bearing on pending prosecutions. They
were used in making up the report
touching matter that,jvas submitted to
the House. Bristow told th'e committee
the reports " would be submitted to it
for confidential inspection.
The committee adjourned until Mon
day, when Bristow will resume his tes
The Question of Bartlett involving
the President was not touched upon
during the executive session of the com
mittee. The two inspectors* reports
marked "Q" and"R" were examined,
as also were a half dozen others. Chair
man McCall said the committee had
begun to realize that the task before
it -was larger than at first anticipated.
WILL SUBMIT EXHIBITS.
"Do I understand the chairman to
suggest that I should not ask that
question?" Inquired Bartlett.
McCall intimated that, without at
tempting to restrain Bartlett, he
thought the question should be consid
ered by the committee In executive ses
sion. He desired the matter left open
until the committee should go into ex
"I will not pursue it further at pres
ent," concluded Bartlett.
The committee then went into execu
hearsay evidence," declared Chairman
"It Is entirely outside of the scope
of our investigation," remarked Bur
"I have very sorrowful news to tell
you. I am here charged with a crime
of which I know absolutely nothing.
The crime is the lynching pf a negro
at Mojave last* Friday night. I swear
by all I love and ' reverence I know
nothing of it. Pray for me."
BAKERSFIELD, March 17.— Slowly
but surely the links in the chain of
evidence in the Mojave lynching are
being.forged by the officers, who from
the beginning have labored constantly
to learn the facts and truth of the
awful affair, j
At the jail last night William Clan
cey, one of the first to be arrested upon
suspicion of being implicated in. the
work of the mob, made a complete con
fession to Sheriff Kelly, telling of his
connection with the case and what
transpired during the affair on Friday
night. Clancey told much the same
story as the men who confessed to Dis
trict Attorney Laird at Mojave Tues
day evening. He said 'that he, with
others, had joined in the movement to
subject the negro, Cummings, to the
indignity of a coat of tar and feathers.
When the jail door was opened Cum
mings ran out of the jail and made
straight for the crowd in an angry and
demonstrative manner. When Cum
mings was a few feet from the prison
Cowan fired a shot in the air, and when
the negro continued advancing a sec
ond shot was fired. Then Cummings
attacked one of the crowd .and a scuf
Clancey stated that the oil and feath
ers were applied after Cummings was
dead, and the body was then dragged
back into the Jail. In several . letters
which Cowan wrote to friends last
night he stoutly declares his inno
cence. In a letter written to his mother,
Mrs. R. Cowan of St. Johns, N. F., he
Special Dispatch to The Call.
To this Jerome retorted that he was
after a certain member of the Univer
sity Club of New York, who, he aver
red, acted as a "tout" for Canfield.
"Let us understand each other,"
broke in Elsburg. "There is no con
sideration here for Canneld."
"Then why not give me a chance
to prosecute him, to send him to
State's prison?" asked Jerome. "Can
field will not stand trial. He will not
endanger the prominent men who
have patronized his resorts in New
York and Saratoga. Why, he has al
ready offered to plead guilty if he
could get off with a fine or a sus
pended sentence. But we don't pro
pose to let down on him.
"When I find a Legislature not dis
posed to enact a bill to assist me in
prosecuting an ex-convict and gam
bler, it does not conduce to my re
spect for the Legislature. All of us
holding public offices are a little bet
ter off for being watched carefully."
Jerome said he had found obstruc
tions and obstacles placed in his way
from the beginning, but he was deter
mined to pursue Canfield to the end
and to make it plain exactly from
whom he was receiving protection.
Senator Elsburg, chairman of the
committee, remarked that he had re
ceived letters from certain clubmen
protesting against the enacement of
ALBANY. N. Y.. March 17. — "I
want to put Richard Canfield in
State's prison, and I want Reginald
Vanderbilt of New York as a witness
to help me do it," declared District
Attorney Jerome of Xew York City
to the Senate Codes Committee to-day
in the course of a hearing on a bill to
make it possible for a witness to give
testimony without having his evi
dence used against him and which
eliminates the excuse of declining to
testify through fear jot incriminating
NACO, Ariz.', March 17. — Pedro Ayon
and Jose Martinez, two Mexican high
waymen, who entered the Racket store
at Cananea last night, held up the pro
prietor and his clerks and started in to
loot place, are dead as the result of
a gun fight with Mexican gendarmes,
who caught them in the act.
J. H. Hooper, who returned to Naco
this afternoon, brought the news of the
affair. The Racket store is upon the
main street, and the Mexican robbers
entered by a rear door, according to the
story told by Hooper.
Ayon and Martinez were heavily
armed, and the storekeeper . and his
clerks, being taken unawares, lost no
time in holding up their hands, while
the robbers started for the safe and
money drawer. . A citizen on the outside
happened to hear the command of the
desperadoes and quietly informed the
officers. Four of these hurriedly entered
by the front door, leveled their guns at
the heads of the robbers and ordered
them to hold up their hands. Their
command was disregarded by Ayon and
Martinez, who started for the back
door, where they had tied horses to be
used in ma*king their escape. The of
ficers, seeing they were about to lose
their men, opened a deadly fire. Ayon
and Martinez dropped behind some bar
rels in the back of the store and re
turned a fusillade from their repeating
rifles. The officers were as determined
and desperate as the bandits, and when
the smoke cleared away Ayon had been
shot dead and Martinez was mortally
wounded. Martinez died a few hours
later. : v
Special Dispatch to The Call.
"I understand General Bristow to
»a.y he did not know. It. could be only
"Ought not we to inquire Into whose
hands it went?" asked Richardson of
Alabama. . ¦
"I don't think you ought to ask
that," interrupted Burton, "it was not
within the scope of our investigation."
"Well," broke in Bartlett, "we can
not get the President here, and there
have been hints in the newspapers
"Have you ever had any conversation
with the President that would lead you
to believe so?" asked Bartlett.
TRYING TO TRACE REPORT.
•"I don't know. I have been told, but
1 have no knowledge of it," answered
Uristow. --:;¦¦» s
"Do you know whether or not this
report came directly from the hands of
the Postmaster General without going
into some one else's hands for inspec
tion or perusal before it was sent to
the Postoffice Committee of the
House?"' aeked Bartlett.
"I had nothing further personally
to do with the matter," continued Bris
tow. "I am Informed that the Post
master General asked that the office
of the Fourth Assistant Postmaster
General prepare the information asked
for, and that it was prepared by in
spectors and tutned over to the Post
master General by the chief inspector."
The night of January 25, Bristow
eaid, he was taken sick with the • grip
and he had been unable to be in his
office until last Monday, March 14.
The first information referred to is
that concerning the lease cases of
Representatives Wadsworth of New
Tork, Lilly of Connecticut and Bower-
Eock of Kansas. The second letter re
cited that there were a number of
caBes where "illegal and Improper al
lowances were made," and that It
would require time to make a compila
tion. ¦ It also stated that there were
many cases where the rents of postof
flces had been increased over the
amount called for In the leases.
In answer to this Overstreet wrote
the Postmaster General asking for ad
DID NOT PREPARE REPORT.
The clerk hire section, he said, was
prepared in the office of the First As
sistant Postmaster General, and that
part relating to leases by inspectors
and others In his own department.
BriEtow's testimony threw much
light on all phases of the inquiry. He
practically cleared members of Con
gress from wrongdoing: touching the
clerk hire section of the report by
Etating that it was the duty of the
First Assistant's office to ascertain the
condition of the work in an office where
en increase had been recommended.
Bristow was asked how the special
report was made up. In reply he said
that on January 22 of this year the
Postmaster General referred to him
the letter from Overstreet which ap
pears in the report. He personally pre
pared the statement contained on pages
4 and 5 and transmitted it to Over-
Etreet with the letter appearing on
pap es € and 7, which was sent by mes
cenger on the forenoon of January 25.
WASHINGTON. March 17.— Fourth
Assistant Postmaster General Bristow,
in testifying before the House Special
Committee on the Postoffice Report, to
day claimed for himself responsibility
for only the first seven pages of tho
icport which was sent to the Postof
fice Committee, and said the other
portions of the document were the
work of other officials of the depart-
Prisoner Cowan, Who Is Accused of
Having Shot the Negro, Still As
serts His Innocence.
Promises to Submit Confidential Ex
hibits to Members of Committee •
Officers Open Fire on Highwaymen.
When Smoke Clears Away Hold-Dp
Men Are Found Dead.
Says Legislature Is Not Disposed to
Assist Him in Prosecution of the
New York Gambler.
Says He Is Responsible Only
lor First Seven Pages
Bandits Are Surprised in
the Act ol Robbing a
Complains That Obstacles
Are Being Placed in
Authorities Now Learning
Trntfi. of the Murder
Tells of Preparation
Pierce Battle Takes
Place in a Town
Gives Vent to Peel
ings on toe Can-
Held Case. •
Tells o! the Part He
Took In Mojave
J! ) -*H£ THEATEB3,
• —*^ ! • .
• - AlcEsar— # "Far »lf al."
' CaUJcrnlft — "The Old Mill
Central— "Shamus O'Britn."
Columbia, — "The Silver Slipper.**
-Chutes — VaudeviUe. f. ;'¦ ' ¦_¦
Flsehex's — "The Soundsri."
Orphetun — Vaudeville.
Tivoli — "The Gypsy Baron."
THE W£ATS£B/ *
rorccast made at San rran
cicco for thirty hours endtnsr
midnlyht. March 18:
San Francisco and vicinity-
Cloudy Friday; profcafcly show
ers; brisk southerly winds.
A. G. Me AD IE,
The San Francisco Call.