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Rock Island Daily Argu
VOL, XL. NO. 56,
ROCK ISLAND, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1891,
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Happy New Year.
A CRISIS AT HAND.
The Chilian Situation Again Be
coming Very "Acute."
WAE PREDICTED IN FIFTEEN DAYS,
Vnless the Saury Southern Repnblie
Comes to Terms Haste Necessary toPre
vent a Chilian Sea Terror from Getting
I-oose This from the the Irrepressible
"High. Authority" Some Other Views
That Are Leu ltelligerent The Alleged
Real Purpose of Our Naval Activity.
Washington, Dec. 20 "Within a few
dtys it is hoped a communication will b
received from the Chilian government
which, if not entirely satisfactory, will
form a Imsis for a satisfactory settlement
of the-difliculty. The United States have
ken their stand and now occupy a posi
tion from when they cannot and will not
retreat. Chili is not only by words, but
by actions vthich speak louder titan words,
being informed that resjionsibilit y for
war or peace rests with her, and this is n
responsibility which she must quickly -s
line and make decision on. The fore
going is a summary of what was said yes
terday by a mnn who is described as being
"in a position to know all the facts."
Only Fifteen Hays ;rae.
"TIow long will this government lie
willing to wait ?"
Xot more than fifteen days at the ut
most. Chili must settle on the easy liasis
which we have arranged, and she must set
tle at once. Ordinarily we could uot press
the question as to time. We were our
selves in no haste in the NewOiffans
affair. It is a well settled principle that
in a judicial investigation, where the life
and lilierty of individuals are at stake, one
government may not demand haste of an
other. That Terror, the Copt. Tratt.
''But the situation in this case is compli
cated by the fact that at Toulon, in France,
ship contractors art' just completing for the
Chilian government the cruiser Captain
10111, which, when in commission, will be
the mast powerful man-of-war in western
waters. We have nothing that can stand
against her. She won id le a terror to our
new navy, and her piesenee in Chilian
waters would make it impossible for us to
land troops on Chilian soil.
M ar Before She 1 Keariy.
"The United States government has defi
nitely decided that the Captain lratt shall
not le permitted to leave Toulon. The
only way in which this sin lie prevented is
to declare war liefore the cruiser is ready
to sail. The navy department
has now at Toulon and h;.s
had for thirty days a trusted
agent, who sends frequent reports conr
cerning the progress of work on that ves
sel. His latest report was to the effect
that the cruiser might be ready for service
by Feb. M. Before that date a safe time
before that date, I may add congress wiil
lie given an opportunity to declare war,
unless the Chilian difficulty be settled
Chill Yfrteil Against A rhit rat ion.
The rumor that Senor Montt will at the
proper time suggest arbitration of the dilli
culty recalls thnt the pan-American con
gress, w hich was in session in this city in
3890. adopted a general plan of arbitration,
but the republic of Chili bitterly opposed
it, and in fact was the only government
represented that did not vote for it.
A Telegram from F.gan.
A cable was received from Alinister Kgan
yesterday: "It referred to t tie inaugura
tion of President Montt, which iZ said
passed off successfully, and was followed
by a banquet Saturday night, which was
attended by the congress, other officials
and foreign ministers with which the ad
ministration is maintaining pleasant and
amicable relations. The inference, from
the message is that Minister Kgan was not
invited to attend t he banquet. Certainly
he did not go. F.gan also referred to the
publication in Valparaiso of many ex
tracts from Santiago papers explaining
the proceedings before .ludge Foster in
the investigation of the assault upon the
Halt iniorc's sailors. The paper contained,
so far is the messnge revealed, no com
ment upon the situat ion.
Why F.gim Kiihi't All. nil.
With regard to Minister Kgan"s absence
from the ceremony of inaiigurat ion Sat
urday it may In- stated with much coti
lidence that no communicat ion passed be
tween him and the state department upon
the subject; thai his course was dictated
by what he deemed to be due precaution
if not the necessity of the situation with
out advice from this end of the line. "It.
would be a very strange thing, indeed,"
said a prominent official, "if Mr. Kgan was
instructed to use his own judgment with
regard to such p matter, the officials here
knowing his position, while if the same
day the secretary of state attended a din
ner given by the Chilian minister in honor
of the event. It would seem that thisxvns
at least an inconsistent policy being pur
sued nt the two ends of the line by the
United States authorities."
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.
And So Is 'War. with Chili, Hut Here's
Washington", Dec. 29. Secretary Tracy
was busy for an hour yesterday consult
ing with Senator Cameron (chairman of
the committee on naval affairs), Senators
Hale and But ler (of the some committee),
Senator Allison (chairman of the senate
appropriations committee), Senator Frye
(of the committee on foreign relations),
Chief Engineer Mellville, Captain Phillips
(of the new cruiser New York) and others.
All these gentlemen did not see the secre
tary at the same time, but their presence
in his private office gave rise to rumors
that the Chilian situation was the topic of
conversation. But the navy department
officials deny that there is the least speck
of a war cloud in sight.
Still the Itig Shops Are Hikv,
And in fact, war with Chili is not prolia
ble. Of course it is possible. All things
are. And from the swarm of rumors that
buzz about it is easy, if one desires war, to
make ore self believe that war is next to in
evitable. The early morning hours in the
southeast jiart of Washington echoed with
the sounds of preparation in the navy
yard. And a visit there discovered that an
Increased force bc"i . -n hour earlier
and will continue an hour later. More
over, the same state of things may be dis
covered by a visit to al! the navy yards iu
What it All Means.
Repairs on old ships are being pushed;
so also is the work on new ones, Guns are
being put in order and instructions to
rush the newly completed ones have lieen
issued. Ammunition of all sorts is being
purchast&in large quantities and negotia
tions with the owners of merchant steam
ers looking to the employment of ths'r
craft in the event of war are being carried
on by the represent at i ves of the government.
But all this does not mean war. It simply
means that in the event of war the gov
ernment desires to 1 as nearly ready as
possible and a very large portion of all this
"hustle" is inseparable from the fact tbt
we began building a new navv months be
fore trouble with Chili was thought of.
Acting Secretary Grant Smlies.
At the war department neither Acting
Secretary Gftmt nor Major General Scho
field, who would certainly be in a position
to know, had any information of au inten
tion to appoint General Miles to command
the army in the event of war with Chili,
which was t lie report of a New York
Herald special, which also laid down a
plan of campaign for the general, and all
from the 'highest authority." Secretary
Grant said: "Nonsense to talk of war
with Chili. Nonsense; why do they not
talk of war with Italy? Tile situation on
our Mexican bonier seems serious to me.
I think there is positive danger of out g-t-tiug
into trouble with Mexico.
Ntexico May Complain.
"They may complain of our permitting
Garza and his band to pass back and forth
arross our Itordcr. We must have troops
there to prevent this. It begins to look to
me as if Garza might succeed in getting up
a serious revolution. The situation is seri
ous, and we have got. to look out for things
Rll along the Mexican bonier." General
Grant also said that the war deiart
ment was exerting itself to prevent fur
ther violations of the neutrality laws by
Garza's hand of revolutionists. If neces
sary to prevent these men from passing
backward and forward between Mexico
nd the United States the entire military
force under General Stanley's command
will le distributed along the north bank
of the Kio Grande.
OUR REAL OBJECTIVE POINT.
A Foreign A flair Committeeman Quoted
A telegram sent from here to The New
York Evening Telegram said: It is be
lieved that the court of arbitrators in the
Behring sea case w ill lie announced soon.
Our government will select France, and it
is believed that England will select Italy.
These powers will select a third. As the
sealing season will not open until .Tune
there is no great, hurry. A prominent
member of the foreign affairs committee
of the senate, w ho has lieen consulted in
every stage of t he Behring sea case, said
yesterday morning that it is not to be ex
pected that the decision made by the com
m ission would lie mutually satisfactory to
both the United States and England.
Why W e are lluilding a Navy.
"It is only a question of time," said the
senator, "until we will lie compelled to go
to war with England to settle the question
of our northern boundary. We are not
ready for war now with a great power, but
we will have to have one sootier or later,
and we have no time to lose in establish
ing a good navy and a system of coast de
fense. Of course, we could whip England
on land. Congress, I believe, will appreci
ate our position toward England, and will
see the necessity of making lilieral appro
priations for the immediate improvement
of our navv.'"
WENT DOWN IN MID-OCEAN.
An Ocean Steamer sighted liy a Itritisb
Norfolk. Va.. Dec. '-'a Captain Hop
kins, of the British steamer Ocean Queen,
which arrived yesterday, l-eports having
encountered a terrilic gale in mid-ocean on
Monday. Dec. 21. Four of his crew were
lost, Captain Hopkins reports that on the
next morning he sighted a large ocean
steamer flying signals of distn-ss. The
vessel to all apcarniKi-s was a passenger
M earner bound from Liverpool to New
tlsappeared lluriiig the Pog.
Owing to a dense fog t he Ocean Queen
was unable to go to her rescue. When the
fog lilt ed nothing more was seen of the
distressed steamer. A ship's compass, in
rased in cork, was picked up afterward
The initials, -J. P. C. of England." were
engraved upon the case. Captain Hopkins
is positive that the steamer was wrecked.
An Incident in the French Deputies.
Paius, Dee. 2!i. In t he chaniU-r of depu
ties yesterday M. Kibot, minister of for
M'gn affairs, in reply to Deputy Miilevoye
stated that Greece, Italy and Germany, lie
sides France, had complained of Bulgaria's
answer to the French note regarding the
expulsion of the journalist Chadouine as
Inadequate. M. Hi hot added that France
must obtain sat isfact ion from Bulgaria, She
would not act. hastily but would act firmly.
The debate was a stormy one and in the
rourse thereof a quarrel arose lietweeii
Deputies Maillefeu mid Miievoye. which
has resulted iu a challenge ami seconds
have been appointed.
Snu tleI the Naval Officer.
Washington", Dec. '-V. The naval officer
tthe port of New York seems to feel ag
grieved that the instructions governing im
portation for the World's fair do not pro
ride for t he concurrence of the naval offi
Mr in the proceedings on entry, and lias
ssked the treasury department to amend
the regulations so as to require such con
lurrence by him. This the treasury de
partment has declined to do, stating that
It sees no necessitv f ot it.
Lumpy ,Iaw Cattle I'nfit for Food.
Sri:iNi..m:i.!, Ills., Dec. at. The state
board of livestock commissioners of Illi
nois have issued anil hail published a re
sume of that port ion of the test imony in
troduced in the recent case brought against
them by J. B. Urceiihtit and other mem
bers of the "whisky trust" of Peoria,
knowu as the actinomycosis or lumpy
jaw cattle case, liearing upon the
question of the contagiousness of the dis
ease among cattle and from cattle to
human beings, and the unfitness of the
flesh of cattle affected with this diseai-e
for use for human food. It proves that
the disease is contagions and the cattle
f therew ith unfit for huuun .
FALSE TOTH E CZAR.
His Own Brother Said To Ba
CONSPIRACY CLOSE TO THE TERONE.
An Alleged Plot of Poles and Ilassian
t'uearthed, or Which the Grand l)uk
Sereins Is the Head The Chief Con
spirator Husband of Victoria's Grand
daughter Fearful F.ft'cct of a New
Powder for Shells Another Fight with
London, Dec. 20. A dispatch from War
saw says that a plot against the life of the
czar has been discovered. Many Polish and
Russian students and military and civil
officials have been arrested. It is said by
the police that they are members of a se
cret league, and the report is further thtt
at the bead of the plot is the czar's brother.
It is announced that the Grand Duke Scr
gttis has lieen tampering with the loyalty
of officials in high standing at Moscow,
Warsaw and Wilna. and it is believed
that he has lieen plotting to overthrow the
Confirmation of the Report.
A later dispatch from Warsaw confirms
the alHive. It -says t hat it is reported there
t'.at a very h:;h persona ;re, closely related
to the car. was at the head of the newly
discovered plot to overthrow the preseut
ruler of the Hussian empire. It adds that
the most extraordinary rumors are afloat,
and that some sensational arrests may bo
expected within the next few hours.
Interesting to Oueen Victoria.
The affair is causing much comment in
court circles here, as the wife of the Grand
Duke Sergius is a daughter of the Grand
DtikeliOiiisofHesse. and consequently a
granddaughter of Queen Victoria. The
grand duchess was formally admitted to
the Greek church in April last, after hav
ing renounced the Protestant faith. At
the time the grand duchess was reported
to have lieen converted it was charged
that her change of faith was not the result
of her own free will, but of cruel pressure
brought to lx-ar" upon her by the grand
duke and others.
A DEATH-DEALING POWDER.
The Germans Have Ammnnitinn That
Make Their Officers shudder.
IiOMKiN, Dec. 2y. The Munich corre
spondent of the United Press telegraphs
that he learns from au officer of high rank
that the new German artillery is possessed
of an element of appalling effectiveness in
the new bursting powder. In the war with
France the In-st record made by shells
then in use was to cover with splinters an
area of forty or fifty paces. There weie
seldom more than seven or eight persons
wounded by the bursting of one shell.
Ouite Anothev Sort of Weapon.
Experiments with the new shell have
proved that it will burn everything within
a large area where it falls. Its splinters
w ill cover a circle of nearly 5HT0 feet. Some
of the fragments will he large enough to
kill a man: others almost invisible and
calculated merely to excoriate the skin. In
the experiments nn euormous target was
riddled with tens of thousands of holes,
liythe bursting of a single shell. Four
shells were sufficient to sink an obsolete
ironclad used as a target at Kiel.
Too Ruthless for the Army Heads.
Our informant expresses the belief that
oneliattery. if the range were accurate,
could annihilate a whole division. The
officers added that the heads of the army,
inspired by hopes of peace, shudder at the
idea of war with such ruthless weapons in
hand. Nevertheless, sentiment plays no
part against necessity, and the reichstag
will lie asked soon to vote a large amount
for the supplying of the entire artillery
army with the destructive powder.
WHIPPED THE TRIBESMEN.
The British Have Another Fight for 'Po
sition on the Frontier.
Simla, Dec. St. Advices from Gilgill
state that fifty Kashmirs, under Lieuten
ant Manners Smith, supported by fifty
other Kashmirs, succeeded in scaling the
precipice opposite Fort Nilt and captured
the stone breastwork after a desperate en
gagement in which seventy of the enemy
were killed, many wounded, lis captured
and the remainder put to flight. Captain
Mackenzie pursued the fleeing triliesnien
so closely that they could not make a new
formation a. id wen- completely routed.
The British occupied Ma-yun, Sulmitand
Pisan. They had only four men wounded
and none killed. The khan of Nagar has
submitted to t he Brit ish.
Rilled a Freight Conductor.
PLTMUITII. O.. Dec. The wptt-linnn.l
limited vestibule train crashed into the
rear end of a westdiound freight train
while it w as liearing the B. & O. yards yes-
icruay. i ne conductor ol the freight, Wi o
Was ill the eliiMisi. nt. tit.. ..f UA
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lisiou, was almost instantly killed.
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