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Bui Francisco ami vicinity— Cloudy
unsettled weather Saturday, probably
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A. O. McADIEV, •
VOLUME XCVII— NO. 102.
KUROPATKIN'S ARMY IN DISORDERLY RETREAT
PURSUED BY THE RELENTLESS NIPPONESE.
At Once Begin Work
Miss Berner Is Interviewed
Twice by Reynolds and
Tourist Says Mrs. Stanford Feared
Natives in Egypt md Saw
Vision Before Sphyni.
HONOLULU, March 10.— Detective
Harry Reynolds of the San Francisco
police department and Captain Jules
Caliundan of Morses agency had two
Interview^ to-day with Miss Berner
In connection with the death of Mrs.
Jane L. Stanford. Mis 6 Peraer
• ally shocked by the
that c to a certain extent, had
against her. Detectives
and Caliundan have taken
charge >>f the case here and High Sher
iff Henry has declared that he ia no
lungrr conducting the inquiry.
The results of th> in\ estimations of
the visiting detectives ■will be reported
to the author -in Francisco,
That very little of
ati <- ured by them will
here. They will rettrrn j
• amer Alameda, and Presi- j
d<*nt Jordan, Timothy Hopkins and
Miss Berner will accompany them,
■ c in their care the body of Mrs.
President Jordan is disposed to op
; ny theory that Mis? Berner had
y way any connection with the
death of Mrs. Stanford. He says that
she had no motive to wish for the
death of her benefactress and that she
has lo?t a position more valuable than
•if $15,000 will be to her.
Services will be held next Wednes
day at th* Central Union Church be
fore the steamer Alameda leaves, at 9
o'clock, and President Jordan will
*=peak to the alumni of Stanford Uni
versity and the ornians who will
Almost the first question Detectives
<~allundan and Reynolds asked on their
arrival to-day was in regard to the
f-rm of strychnine found in the bi
carbonate of soda.
The chemists testified at the inquest
that it was of the pure variety. This
is the same as was found in the bottle
of Poland water in San Francisco. This
important point in the investiga
The detective? speak highly of the
thfl High Sheriff Henry and
Deputy Rawlins have done.
TOT'RIST TKLLS STRANGE TAL/E.
Says Mrs. Stanford Saw Vision Before
Bperfal Cable to The Call.
N< >I*ULU. March 10.— An English
tourist named Augustus Pelham, who
If sojourning In Honolulu, says he met
Stanford and party at Assuan,
Egypt, last year He soM an elephant's
to Albert Beverly, the butler, who
was purchasing curios for his em
Mrs. Stanford was at that time In
tant fear that the natives would
rrur<ier her, says Pelham. She would
not leave her room at the hole! and her
meals and everything she needed were
taken to her by the butler. Beverly
told Pelham, according to the tourist's
story, that Mrs. Stanford had him sleep
at the floor of her room and he never
left the post without notifying her and
knowing that she was awake. Miss
Berner, the secretary, was always with
Mrs. Stanford in her room.
Mm. Stanford told the landlord of the
hotel she must leave "because of fear
that the natives would kill her.
Pelham further says Miss Richmond
•was with the party in Assuan and that
ehe approached him with a request to
help her change places with come other
maid as she did not wish to remain
longer with Mrs. Stanford.
The tourist declares that the Egyp
tian Gazette In Alexandria published
stories during: Mrs. Stanford's stay at
Cairo in regard to her fears of th«
natives. These were said to have
vanished, ; but she was compelled to
leave the pyramids because ahe saw
visions before the sphinx.
Pelham says that be met the party
later In his travels and Beverly then
said he was anxious ' to leave Mrs.
RFPTJES TO CKTTKTSM.
Lathrop Say* He Did All He Could
to . Investigate Poisoning^/
PALO ALTO, March 10. — Charles
G. Lathr«p was first Informed of the
result of the Inquest at Honolulu
h*> came down to Palo Alto to
take the train for San Francisco this
morn.!. jr. He found awaiting him at
• Phil Atkinson, the head
: Hai of the university grounds,.
who handed to Mr. Lathrop a copy of
this morning's Call.
Lathrop read the lines slowly and
Continued on Page J, Column S.
The San Francisco Call.
Several Villages in
New Mexico Are
Trains From California Are
Held in the Town
Heavy Rainstorms in the Southwest
Cause a Great Loss to the
Special Dispatch to The CalL
ALBUQUERQUE, N. ML, March 10.—
The coast lines of the Santa Fe west
from this city in the Rio Puerco
Basin are again threatened with seri
ous washouts. Near Bluewater two
small mountain streams known as San
Jose and Bluewater creeks juin and
empty into the Rio Puerco. For the
last two days and nights rain has
fallen incessantly and last night, fol
lowing a cloudburst, the streams over
flowed their banks.
The Bluewater dam broke, flooding
the towns of Bluewater, Grants and
Cubero and the track for several miles,
to a depth of several feet. Eastbound
trains last night and to-day were held
here, while those from California were
held at Gallup.
At this hour trains are moving again,
but with orders to run very slowly.
The Rio Puerco, one of the most
treacherous streams in the Southwest.
is still high and local railroad officials
are alarmed about the safety of the
big iron bridge across this stream. It
is stated here that a work train had
to make a fast run last nigrt to save
itself from being caught in the tor
rent? of the water. All trains are be
hind time to-night.
FLOODS IN THE EAST.
High Waters in West Virginia Damage
MORGANTOWN. W. Va., March 10.
No flood since 1888 has wrought the
damage done by high waters here to
day. The Monongahela River has
reached a stage of twenty-six feet. The
Baltimore and Ohio and the Morgan
town and Kingwood railroads were
both paralyzed in this vicinity to-day.
I' will be at least four days befor%
trains can be run on the Morgantown
and Kingwood Railroad.
Explosive Intended for Use
of Anarchists Bursts in
City of St. Petersburg
LONDON, March 11.— The St. Peters
burg correspondent of the Daily Mail
telegraphs as follows: "At 4 o'clock
this (Saturday) morning an explosion
in the center of the city at Vosnacen
sky Prospect and Bolchoiamorskair,
facing the Isaac Cathedral, blew out
the interior of an apartment-house,
killing four men and four women. It
undoubtedly was the accidental ex
plosion of an anarchist bomb, killing
those who intended to use It."
UNCLE SAM MAY
Jud^re Decides That Gov
ernment Had No Kight to
Collect Duty on Raw Sugar
NEW YORK, March 10.— Judge
Wheeler, in the United States Circuit
Court, to-day handed down an opin
ion, which, if finally sustained, will
cost the United States Government |8,
000,000. This money the Government
will have to refund to the American
Sugar Refining Company for duties
paid on raw sujr*»r imported from Cu
ba In 1903 and upon which the com
pany contended that a reduction of 20
per cent should have been allowed un
der the then existing treaty.
FIRE IX PHILADELPHIA
ENTAILS f 100.000 LOSS
PHILADELPHIA, March 10. — The
three upper floors of the seven-story
building at 1302-1304 Filbert street
were destroyed by fire to-night, entail-
Ins a loss of $100,000.
SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 1905.
General Kuropatkin's army is in full flight for the hills back of Mukden. The Russians abandoned great quantities of stores
and many of their big guns. Tie Pass, heavily fortified stronghold, is their objective point. Field Marshal Oyama is still in pursuit
of the Russians, with the object of preventing their arrival at Tie Pass. Should the Russians reach their stronghold they will be a posi
tion to stem the advance of Oyama.
Big Guns and
In Mad Flight to
the Hills Back
WITH THE WESTERN JAPANESE
ARMIES, March 10. 1 p. m. via Fusan
(delayed in iraiismilseion). —During;
the nijfht General Qku's army ad
vanced almost to the railway, despite a
desperate resistance, occupied Sujaton
Station, the main Russian supply
depot, and captured enormous quan-
tities of supplies, including 6.000,000
rifle cartridges and other supplies in
proportion. The Japanese are not
harrying their movements, being de
termined to lose no chance to make
victory certain and decisive. They are
confident of the success of their plans.
NEWCHWANG, March 10.—Accord
ing to reliable information received
here, the Russians, having been driven
out of Mukden and Fushun and with
the railroad cut, are retreating in a
demoralized condition to the hill coun
try towards the northeast.
Detached bodies of Russians are
roughly entrenching with a view to
checking the pursuit, but no great rear
guard action Is being fought.
It will be impossible for the Russians
to keep any sort of resistance for many
days, as there are no means o-f provis
ioning in the rough country to which
they are retreating.
It is believed that the Russians may
attempt to reach Kirin, 225 miles north
east of Mukden, through the valleys,
but a special Japanese corps from the
direction of the Yalu River (probably
General Kawamura's forces) threatens
to cut them trff.
General Kuroki is advancing north
west and is • forcing the Russians
against General Nogi's army.
Th»- casualties on both sides have
been enormous. The Russian Sixteenth
Army Corps was r practically annihil
ated at Tatchekia'o. Eight thousand
Russians fell at Leukuanpao.
TOKIO, March 10, noon.— lt is un
officially reported that the Russian
strength west of Mukden consists of
two cc-rps. The Japanese, who de
stroyed the railroads, are pressing the
Russians northward, and the portion
of the Japanese center pressing the
Russians northward along the Mukden
road is now engaged six miles north of
the Hun River.
Nearly all the Russian heavy guns
and many field guns have been cap
RUSH FOR TIE PASS.
The defeated army is now rushing
northward toward Tie Pass, around
which are high hills, which were pre
pared for defense after the battle of
Liaoyang in September, there being no
hope at that time that the Japanese
would allow the defeated army to rest
south of the Tie Pass. That the Rus
sians have lost many men and large
quantities of ammunition and supplies
ia certain, for with a single track rail
way to the north it would be Impos
sible to remove the large stores which
had been gathered together at Muk
den. These, It seems certain, have been
destroyed. The Japanese have not yet
reported the capture of guns, which
they generally do almost immediately,
but it seems hardly likely that Kuro
patkin could have removed all of his
Or. the Ist of January, according to
correspondents who have just returned
from Mukden, the Russians had In po
sition along the Shakhe and the Hun
rivers 1500 guns, Including a number
of six and eigl\t inch guns on cement
foundations, straddling the railway
juft north of Shakhe station. In addi
tion, many guns arrived in Mukden
during January and February, so that
the Russian artillery, when the big
battle started, must have numbered
neariy JOOO pieces. It is likely that
Kuropatkin has sacrificed some of
those and is bending all his energies to
extricating his army. That his task Is
a diifioult one all the dispatches Indi
cate, but Russian sympathizers point
to his retreat from Liaoyang, where
conditions were opposed to him.
ROADS ARE FROZEN.
The retreat from Liaoyang waa ac
complished during a terrific rainstorm,
over roads hub deep in mud, while at
the present time the Manchurian roads
are frozen hard as stone and have been
worn as smooth as asphalt by the con
tinual passage of the big wlde-tlred
commissariat wagons. The result of
Oyama's great turning movement de
pends almost entirely upon Kawa
mura's army, which has not yet been
located definitely, although supposed to
be moving from the east toward Kuro
patkin'i line of retreat. Should he
reach the military road, which runs al
most in a direct line from Fushun to Tie
Pats before the passage of the Rus
sian army, the circle will be complete,
as Nogi's guns already command the
railway and should soon control the
Mandarin road, which is but a short
distance east of the railroad and runs
parallel with It.
The army of General Kaulbars, which
has been pressed back across the west
ern plain, fighting every Inch of
ground, is moving northward to pro
tect the line of retreat from the attacks
from the westward, while General Bil
derllng is protecting the rear against
Generals Oku and Nodzu, and L»ine
vltch Is doing his best to hold the
military road against Kuroki. They
have numbers against them, but have
succeeded against odds in similar re
treats before. The appearance of Gen
Continued on Pace 8, Column 1.
FIBLD MARSHAL OTAMA. WHOSE BRILLIANT VICTORY OVER GENERAL.
KUROPATKIN. COMMANDER OF THE ARMT OF THE CZAR, HAS WON
HIM FAME AS A MASTER OF TH£ STRATEGY OF WAR.
ST. PETERSBURG, March 11, 4:35 a.
m.— Up till this time no further dis
patches of yesterdays date have reach
ed St. Petersburg, the censors releas
ing, however, a belated dispatch dated
Wednesday afternoon, giving details of
the retirement to the Hun River and
describing' the dust storm, under cover
of which General Kuropatkin arranged
the disposition of his retreat. "We
AIXTAZARr— "Th* Middleman."
! CALIFORNIA— David ; Haruml"
OOL.UMBIA— EngIIih . Grand • Opera.
CENTRAL. — "A Texas Steer."
CHUTES— Vaudeville. '
FISCHER' Vaudevilla. \
GRAND— "I. O. : U. " **
MAJESTIC— 4 Mist pah."
MECHANICS' PAVILION— NorrI*
. Howe's Circus.
ORPHEUM- VaudeTllle. .
TIVOLJ— Comic Opera; :•*■
- Matinee at all theaters to-day.
gasp for air," the dispatch says, "but
breathe not air. but a continuous fine
powder which Is filling space—irritat
ing particles of fine, yellow dust. Every
gust of vvina raises and swirls this
dust. The fon drives in denser columns
before It. in which at five or six paces
It Is impossible to distinguish objects."
During the retirement on March s the
Continued on Page S. Column S.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
MESSAGE TO CZAR
OF CRUSHING BLOW
Grim Tale Is Told
in Few Words
ST. PETERSBURG. March 11. 1 30 a.
"m.— "l Ast night all our armies com
menced to retreat."
T>e greatest defeat in the history of
the Ru»«M>-Japanese wax waa mads
known in dt. Petersburg last night, but
only In the paltry eight words from
General Kuroratkln to Emperor Nich
Conttnoed on Pag© S, Cotaam •.