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JAPAN FEELS BETTER
OVER EXPULSION OF RUSSIAN
FLEET FROM FRENCH PORT.
Although It is Believed If Admiral
Rojestvensky Entered Kamranh
Bay to Prepare for a Dash North
ward His Purpose Was Accom
The announcement that in response
to Japan's representations France has
promised the expulsion of the Rus
sian second Pad tic squadron from
Kamranh bay and affirmed her deter
mination to maintain neutrality is re
ceived at Tokio with pleasure, al
though it is believed that if Rojest
vensky entered Kamranh bay for the
purpose of finally preparing for a dash
northward his purpose was accom
The foreign office in a recent state
"The French government upon re- ■
ceipt of the report that the Baltic
squadron had arrived at Kamranh hay
instructed the governor general of
Indo-China to strictly enforce the
rules of French neutrality. The gov
ernor general telegrapned replying
that he had taken the necessary meas
ure according to instructions by the
French Newspapers Criticize.
Some of the newspapers of Paris,
commenting upon the expulsion of the
Russian second Pacific squadron from
French territorial waters in Indo-
China, hold that France, in seeking
to render exact justice to Japan, has
been unjust to Russia. The Echo de
Paris, which is strongly pro-Russian,:
says that France's insistence upon Ro
jestvensky's leaving Kamranh bay will
have the effect of making him an
easy pray to Togo, as the Russian
ships, being driven from all points
without being able to take on coal,
must put to sea wun half filled bunk
ers, being thus crippled ai the moment
of meeting Hie enemy.
The Temps criticize the Saigon re
port that Russian merchant vessels
have been forbidden to take on the
necessary coal to enanie them to
reach the nearest Russian port. The
paper maintains that the ships have
the right to take on sufficient coal to
last them until they reach Vladivo
stok, which is the nearest Russian
St. Petersburg, April 28. —American
superiority over foreign rivals again
triuinpod in the complete succe-s
which has crowned the visit of Charles
M. Schwab to St. Petersburg. Mr. i
Sohawb's negotaitions with the Rus-
Kian admiralty have resulted in tho
practical conclusion of an arrangement.
for the construction of a number of for i
midable battleships of the line, which '
will probably will startle the world.
Mr. Schwab has left St. Petersburg.
Saloons Closed Sunday.
St. Louis, April 24.—Saloons and
barber shops here were closed Sun
day. At East St. Louis, Ills., the sa
loons were permitted to be open, but
Mayor Cook issued a statement that
all Baloons which became disorderly
would close instantly. Several tights
started from efforts of authorities to
enforce the closing law on the Mis
Advices from Vladivostok say the
Russian armored cruisers Russia and
Grombol and tbe protected cruiser 15c
gatir are cruising outside the harbor.
ready to make a diversion in favor of
Rojestvensky at an opportune moment.
Cleanups of $18,000,000.
Special advices from Alaska from
various points give the following esti
mates of winter cleanups: Dawson,
between $10,000,000 and $12,000,000;
Fairbanks, $3,000,000; Nome, $:s.<
Him. Steam dredgers at work on Haw
son creek are all yielding well.
Auto Stopped on Track.
Mrs Katie Hatcher, wife of a rich
cattleman of Fountain, Col., was kill
■■■' -<Md her busbar h s . ' .sly injured
v. _^-. •■•■•-•.-. he
electric locomotive recently built for
the New York Central service, between
Croton and New York, broke all prev
ious records today by attaining a speed
of 83 miles an hour, hauling a heavy
A woman who was plaintiff in an
action in a Ix>ndon court the other day
said she earned her living by lending
out silk skirts, hats and feathers to
working girls for holidays.
American boilers installed in the Ca
nadian Bugar beet factories.
Roosevelt a Great Reader.
President Roosevelt's love for the
woods and the plains Is no greater
'than his affection for books, writes
the Washington correspondent of the
New York Tribune. In spite of the
bniy life he leads and the regular
hours he keeps, it is safe to say that
few men of affairs in the republic read
more than the president, and fewer
yet extend their literary foraging over
a wider range of subjects. In addition
to "keeping up" with the important
newspapers and magazines, which is
a task in itseU, the president is al
ways abreast of the times in fiction,
science, historical research and art.
Residing is to the president what rest
is to most men. When he Is at his
home in Oyster Bay, at the White
House in Washington, or in his car
speeding over the rails to meet some
distant engagement, he is invariably
found wth a book in his hand when
not engaged in some more important
work. When he starts on a trip, be
it long or short, his car is always
stocked with volumes and magazines,
and just as soon as he disposes of his
correspondence or bows out the visit
ing "local eommitteemen" who come
to pay their respects, he takes up the
book that lays open and continues to
race through its pages. Aided by a
wonderfully retentive memory, the
president holds fast all that he reads,
and is ready, if the need arises, to re
peat almost any thought expressed by
the author, years after his eye had
traveled with lightning speed over the
page. That the president is able to
cover so much ground in literature is
ilue to his systematic sticktoitiveness.
Easter Day and Its Origin.
It is probable that Easter received
its name from the Saxon goddess Eas
tre, whose festival was kept about the
same season each year as Blaster.
In the ancient church the celebra
tion of Easter lasted eight days, but
in later times it was limited to two or
three days. It used to be a festival
of pleasure as well as a time for
generosity and the performing of good
deeds. Alms were given to the needy,
the sick were visited by the rich and
great, and often slaves were freed
and poor unfortunates suffering Im
prisonment liberated. Services were
held during the whole week preceding
Easter Sunday, on which day people
greeted each other with kisses, say
ing: "He is risen!" the response al
ways being: "He is risen, indeed!" In
the Creek church this custom is still
The custom of exchanging eggs on
Easter —or during Holy Week —is a
very old one and symbolizes the resur
rection or renewed life.
Easter day is always the first Sun
day alter the lull moon which conies
upon or next alter the 21st of March,
which date is the beginning of tin 1
old church year.
If the full moon comes on Sunday,
Easter day falls on the Sunday follow
Tsingtau, Shantung Peninsula, Chi
na, April 27. — Russian officers here
have received news that Vice Admiral
Rojestvensky's Meet on leaving Karu
rauh bay, steamed in a southern direc
tion to join Nebogatoff's detachment.
Nine warships, supposed to be Vice
Admiral NehogattofTs detachment of
the second Pacific squadron, doubled
Cape Bake, 50 miles northwest of Sai
gon, the night of April 25.
The Admiialtv circle of St. Peters
burg are coming to accept the view
that there will be no great or general
action between the fleets of Russia and
Jap in for some time, basing their In
lief on strategic and tactical reasons,
which arise from the belief that the
Japanese commander in chief avoid an
open engagement until he has weaken
ed the Rusiau fleet by night attacks of
The admiralty scouts the reports that
engagements have already occurred.
Wealth of Timber in Russia.
'Die vast forest areas of Russia in
Europe, which cover nearly 500,000,000
acres, or 36 per cenl of the entire area
ountry, arc aptly termed "wood
Few people who have noi
traveled through this pan of the coun
try can t' >rm any idea of the country's
boundless wealth in timber. Houses
built of any other material are en- ,
tlrely unknown outside of the great
cities and wood constitutes the prin
cipal fuel. THfl forest belt in Siberia.!
called the "Taigi " stretches in a di
rect line from the ''ral mountains to
the Pacific for 4000 .uilos and is in
many parts 500 miles .road. This is
all tin 1 property of the czar.
General Nog! and Qenvral Kuroki
are members of the Presbyterian
| church. Field Marshal Oyima's wife
is also a member in good landing of
that denomination. Admira. Togo is
a Roman Catholic. Other instances of
high Japanese officials being Christians
might be DOted. No country in the
world possesses today a larger meas
ure of religious liberty than does Jap
an. That is one of the secrets of her
success and progress during these lat
American motormen operate Ameri
can electric street railway lines in
EMINENT ACTOR PASSES AWAY
AT BALM BEACH, FLORIDA.
Had Been Gradually Sinking for Some
Time—His Family Surrounded the
Death Bed—The Body Will Be Tak
en to Buzzard's Bay, Mass., on Spe
West Palm Beach, Fla., April 24.—
Joseph Jefferson, the eminent actor,
died at his home, "The Reefs," at Palm
Beach at 6:15 Sunday evening. The
end came after a day of unconscious
ness, and after a heroic struggle of
days which had exhausted his vitality.
At his deathbed were his wife, his
sons, Charles B. and Frank Jefferson;
his nurse, Miss Mabel Bingham; Dr.
R. J. Potter and his faithful old ser
vant, Carl Kettler.
The end was not a surprise to his
family. Ever since his last sinking
spell, which came after a rally on
Thursday morning, and which was fol
lowed by an apparent improvement
until Friday, the family had been
waiting for the end. Mr. Jefferson's
condition Saturday night grew stead
ily worse, and the family, who had
retired, were summoned from their
beds and Dr. Potter was called. The
patient's condition continued to grow
worse all through Sunday, and the
brief bulletins from the bedside con
tained no words of encouragement.
Recent Visit to Cleveland.
The sickness of Mr. Jefferson which
ended in his death was contracted it
is believed while on a recent visit
to his son, Charles B. Jefferson, at
Hobe sound, a few miles above Palm
Beach, and his friend, former Presi
dent Cleveland. It is believed that
from a slight ndiscretion in his out
ing there 1 he suffered an attack of in
digestion. Since his return to his
home his condition grew steadily
worse, with slight rallies until the
The body of Mr. Jefferson will be
taken to Buzzard's Bay. Mass., on a
special train, accompanied by all the
members of his family who are here.
It will reach Buzzard's Bay the even
ing of Wednesday.
Berlin, April 27.—Discouraging re
oprts have been received as to the true
condition of Secretary Hay, who re
cently arrived at Bad Nauheim in the
grand duchy of Hesse, near Frankfort.
The secretary underwent his 'first ex
amination at the hands of Professor
(Troedel, the celebrated heart special
ist, on Sunday. Dr. (irroeriel found
him in wretched shape. His suffering
is aggravated by a combination of
heart trouble, nervous collapse and
anemia. There is ground for stating
that unless a miraculous change for
the better sets in, Secretary Hay can
never again hope to return to activity.
He is thin, wvak and extremely ner
vous. The slightest noise disturbs
Portland, Ore., April 2ti. —Without
exception every contentoin made by
Cnited States D;-trict Attorney Fran
cis ,T. Heney in his argument against
the plea in abatement filed by the
United States Senator John H. Mit
chell is support by Judge Bellingex of
the United States court for the district
of Oregon, who rendered a decision of
about i) 000 words on the plea of abate
The contention of Mr. Heney that
(George (iiustin, a member of the fed
eral grand jury which indicted Senat
or Mitchell was duly qualified to serve,
was supported. The defense contended
that Giustin was not a citizen of the
United States. Judge Bellinger holds
that Air. Heoey may prove Gtiustin'i
citizenship by means of affidavits.
Milwaukee, Win , April 88. —Confi-
dence has again been retsored in bunk
ing institutions of Millwaukee, and the
run on the First National bank and the
Milwaukee Trust company, which was
caused by the defalcation of Frank (i.
Bigelow,until Monday president of the
bunk, of over $1,000,000, is a thing of
j the past and bunking affairs in Mill
: wankee have resumed their normal
(treat Falls, Mont, April 27.—The
I best sale of wool in Montana in years
was made tonight when J. B. Long ac
cepted a bid of 23., cents per pouud
for his wool, amounting to approxi
mately 1,000,000 pounds. At this fig
ure Long realizes $(50,000 more for his
wool this season than last. This sale
is considered by growers better than
one of 24 cents in Fergus county, as
that did not carry buck wool.
Nelson, B. C, April 27.—A. .7. Mc-
Millan announces that the Leßoi-War
Eagle amalgamation is practically as
sured and nothing but the illness of
Messrs. Waterlow and Blackstone is
hindering it. AH smelting is to be
done on this side of the line.
American radiators installed in the
palace of the Mikado of Japan.
Past Week of the War.
Important war developments were
expected in the far east last week, but
the expectations were not realized.
The great naval battle for which the
world has been looking may yet be far
away, for even the experts have found
all their calculations upset by the pro
gress of events. It was thought that
the two fleets must come together soon
after Rojestvensky had passed Singa
pore, but no one seems to,.know what
Admiral Togo's plan of campaign is,
and predictions as to the great light
that must eventually come are merely
It is evident that France will heed
the Japanese protest against the Rus
sian squadron making French waters
a base for operations, and Rojestven
sky will probably put to sea and move
toward the north. He may be attacked
off Formosa or he may be allowed to
approach nearer to Vladivostock. One
authority had it tnat the Japanese
plan was to allow the Russian ships
to enter Vladivostock, where they
could be destroyed after the fashion
adopted at Port Arthur. Perhaps such
a program might appeal to an expert,
but to a layman it would hardly seem
possible that a good sea fighter of the
Togo order would allow a hostile fleet,
after so long a voyage, to proceed leis
urely up the Chinese coast and not
attempt to do serious damage to it.
The Manchurian war news has been
even more featureless than that from
the sea. The great armies appear to
be idle, and there is no definite infor
mation regarding contemplated ad
vance movements. However, it has
not been the practice of Oyama to
stand still if he was in a position t&
move effectively, and it can not be
many weeks before he once more takes
Committed Suicide in Church.
In the midst of a 'great throng at
tending Good Friday services in the
famous Dumb cathedral Marchioness
Maria Pallavieini, viscountess of Trent,
Austria, has committed suicide by
shooting, cables the Milan correspon
dent of the i\ew York American.
The circumstances were so intensely
dramatic and extraordinary as to be
The suicide of the marchioness oc
curred at the moment of the most in
tense religious concentration in the
great cathedral, wnere were gathered
15,000 Catholic worshippers. The con
gregation was kneeling when a shot
An American priest hurried to the
side of the countess and found her
dying, with a wound in her forehead.
Her death occurred a few moments
later, while she was on the way to
She was renowned throughout Italy
for her great beauty. She was not
yet. 30 years of age. Domestic unhap
iiiness following separation from her
husband is supposed to have been the
cause of her suicide.
Great Forest Fires.
Northeastern Minnesota and the
western end of Lake Superior are en
veloped in a pall of smoke from forest
fires. Scores of fires are burning in
woods and slashings, aim reports are
coming in concerning them from every
line of rail communication entering
Duluth. Fires are burning close to
several of the mining locations on the
Mesaba. The country is dry, no rain
having fallen for three weeks.
Familiarity Breeds Contempt.
"Those ladies," shouted the spieler
from the top of the "Seeing New York"
automobile, "are the wives of multi
millionaires. Look well at them while
you have the chance."
"Oh, we've seen 'em before" said
Reuben Grassbinder. "They kirn up
tew my place every year to git some
sunburn, el $•" per week, and then go
hum and say they hez been yachtin'."
—Cincinnati Commercial Tribune.
Suicide of Two Young Men.
Two young men, well known in me
upper country of British Columbia,
have committed suicide. The body of
J. A. Moore of Kamloops was found
hanging from a tree. He was only 21
years old and was to have been mar
ried in two monins. Frank Wycott of
Churn creek killed himself by taking
strychnine. He was despondent be
cause of illness.
His Ambition Quenched.
"Some day you my be president of
the United States," said the patroniz
"I hardly think so," answered the
small boy with spectacles. "My par
ents would never consent to my stand
ing out of doors on a March day to be
German Royalty at Messina.
. Messina, Italy.—Emperor William of
Germany, Empress Augusta and the
Princes Eitel, Frederick and Oscar
who are staying here, are objects of
enthusiastic manifestations by the Sic
Remain in Cabinet.
Paris.— Delcasse has informed
Premier Rouvier that he will retain
the portfolio of foreign affairs.
AROUND THE WORLD
SHORT TELEGRAPH NOTES FROM
ALL POINTS OF THE GLOBE.
A Review of Happenings In Both
Eastern and Western Hemispheres
During the Past Week—National,
Historical, Political and Personal
Hedwig Niemann Raabe, a noted ac
tress, died recently at Berlin in an in
stitution for mental diseases.
Gold estimated to amount to $1,400,
--000, and sent by President Castro of
Venezuela, has arrived in New York.
St. Ann's convent at St. Genevieve,
near Montreal, was destroyed by fire
recently and 13 lives are known to
have been lost.
The fight on Sunday closing in St.
Louis promises to be one of the most
interesting struggles of the kind that
has recently been seen.
lon Perdlcaris, who was captured by
Raisuli, the Moroccan bandit and held
for a ransom near Tangier several
months ago, is now in New York.
Colonel Henry E. Dosch, director of
exhibits of the Lewis and Clark expo
sition, announces that all exhibitors
who do not utilize their space by May
1 will forfeit the same.
During the year the Russian gener
als Saasaulltcb and (Jrloff, were retired
from their commands in disgrace, and
General Grippenberg gave up his com
mand after losing the battle of the
The Employers' association of Chi
cago has refused to accept the propo
sition of the teamsters that all ques
tion B Involved in the Montgomery,
Ward A Co. strike be submitted to ar
bitration, with Judge i uley acting as
Four men were asphyxiated and
three others are in a dangerous condi
tion as the result of the breaking of
a gas main at the Edgar Thompson
steel works in Plttsburg. The three
men still living were trying to rescue
the four who were killed.
H. P. Thrall was blown to pieces by
a dynamite explosion at Crow's Nest
summit, B. C. He was employed in a
railway construction gang and was
thawing a stick of dynamite in the
powder magazine at the time.
Winnipeg will soon be one of the
largest Hour milling centers in the
world. The Lai<e of the Woods Mill
ing company of Montreal has secured
a site here and will erect a 5000 bar
re! mill immediately.
I. 1. I.oak was elected to the office
of head consul of the Pacific division
of the Woodmen of the World. The
other officers elected were: p. c.
Snodgrass, Eugene, Ore., bead banker;
P. P. Bertschey, Denver, head auditor;
Dr. T. A. Hughes, Denver, head physi
During a circus parade at Columbus,
Ohio, six horses attached to one of
the closed animal wagons, which, for
tunately contained no animals, became
frightened and aashed among the spec
tators, seriously injuring three per
sons. A number of women and chil
dren we-- also trampled upon.
Tangier.—The Doukali, Chaidma and
Mtouga are in full revolution near No
gador. The kaids of Tchladma and
Mtouga tribes have been killed. No
gador is a seaport on the west coast
of Morocco on the Tensfi river. It has
a population oi about 1.9,000, eight
thousands of whom are .lews and SM
Will Go it Alone.
St. Petersburg, April 85. — The arf
mirlaty professes to have uo informa
tion as to whether Vice Admiral iio
jestveusky is waiting for Nebogatoff'l
detachment, and says the matter is en
tirely in his hands and he has uot com
municated his detexmiaatioon.
Naval men do not eipeot v junction
of Kebbogatoff with Rojestyenesky.
They suggest that the trransport fleet
may be left to the care of the slow but
powerful ships of Nebogatoff'l detach
ment, while Rojestressky tries conclu
ions with Togo.
Coal Mine Afire.
Frank, B. C, April 2<i. — For six
days past a fire has been raging in the
coal mines here, but only during the
last few hours has it assumed a serious
aspect. It is supposed to have started
from an open miner's lamp a mile fiom
the mouth of the tunnel and, so far as
can be ascertained, has extended all
over the works. An effort is being
made to close the air passages and thus
smother the fire, but this is rendered
diftiffcult by the smoke and heat,
which are intense.
First Negro Ever Acquitted.
Jackson, Miss.—For the first time in
the history of Mississippi, a negro
charged with criminal assault has been
acquitted of the charge by a jury of
white men. Stewart Jewell was charg
ed with assault on Miss Mamie Mit