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EVERYBODY 10 PAGES READS IT. V EVERYBODY IVimj nlj jt m 10 PAGE! NEEDS IT. J WEDNESDAY EVENING. TOPEKA, KANSAS, APRILy 19, 1905. EDITION. WEDNESDAY EVENING. JU.fi.iJj. TWO CENTS. "AVA LIE! OUIT Strikers Get Accessions on Southern Kansas Division. Seventeen Boilermakers and Helpers Join the Strike. KYLEIl'S STATEMENT. lteviews Causes That Led Up to the Trouble. ChargeTliatMeehanical Superin tendent Violated Contract. Rupture in Topeka Precipitated by Sending Work Here. A dispatch from Ottawa, Kas., to day announces that all the union boilermakers, apprentices, helpers and handymen employed by the Santa Fe railway company at that place, 17 in a"., joined in the strike movement to day. Except for this move on the part of the boilermakers, the situation seems to remain the same. No violence has been reported from any point, and matters are apparently quiet in To peka. It is said in some quarters that there is friction between the leaders of the boilermakers and the leaders of the machinists. E. B. Kyler, deputy grand organizer, today stated that so far as he knew there was no friction between the boilermakers and the machinists. He reiterated the statement made by President Gilthorpe of the boiler makers' union at Kansas City, that the boilermakers were not called out in sympathy with 'the machinists but rather In sympathy with the boiler makers who have ( been out on the Santa Fe coast lines. J. D. Buckalew, third vice president rf the machinists; union, gave out an interview in whi-'ch he claimed the credit for having influenced the action of the boilermakers last week. BoilcrnAakers' Statement. Mr. Kyler .-today gave our a state ment of "thet union boilermakers' side of the histrfry of the boilermakers' troubles ani the cause which led to the open rupture on the Santa Fe coast liies and the events which fol lowed and which led to the climax of c-!King out the men on the east end las't week. He says: Deputy Grand Organizer's Statement. "As the Santa Fe Railroad company has endeavored in every possible way lo show that the boilermakers and helpers are out on strike in sympathy -with the machinists, and have no real grievance of their own, I will endeav or to give the facts just as they are, in order to prove that we are not out on a. sympathetic strike. "The trouble between the boiler makers and the company started at Albuquerque on April 27, 1904," says Mr. Kyler. "On that date Mr. Bean, mechanical superintendent of the coast lines, called the boilermakers' committee into his office and asked them what their intentions were re garding the new men who were com ing to take the places of the striking machinists. The committee, not be ing under obligations to tell him their business at that time, told him that! they did not know, although they heldj a special meeting the night before andj voted not to take any action in thej machinists' trouble. Then Mr. Bean told them that if they would promise! not to interfere with the new men he would guarantee that the boilermak ers would not have to work on en gines at the same time with the new men. but would arrange it so that the boilermakers could do their work on the engines before and after the new! men. Although this was a proposition! the boilermakers had not considered, it was satisfactory to them, and they! promised Mr. Bean that they would! not interfere in any way. But the proposition made by Mr. Bean was anj Impossible one for him to keep and! one he had no right to make, as it is! Impossible to operate any railroad! shop under such conditions"; so he had! to go back on his word and put the men together on the engines. llii- Agreement of 1903. "The boilermakers had an agreement with the company, dating from Septem ber 1, 190::, ;uid one of the most import ant articles in that agreement was that the boilermakers would be granted an audience with an official having direct charge over them to adjust any differ ent that might come up. Therefore, when Mr. Bean put the new men oii the engines with the boilermakers they asked for an audience with him to find ml why he had not kept his promise. This was refused by Mr. Bean who said he would not have anything to do with the boilermakers. This caused the boil ermakers and helpers to go out on strike. "After a careful investigation bv the rest of the lodges on the coast lines it was dwlfel to ask for a conference with Mr. Wells, the general manager of the coast lines, to see if they could not come to some amicable agreement with him. Delegates represent ins; every shop on the coast lines were brought togeth er at Los Angeles, and on Mav'Hth met Mr. Wells in conference. We re quested that the boilermakers at lbu-qu.M-que be put back to work, under the same condition that then existed at ail other points on the coast lines, and that the men hired to take their places be discharged. Mr. Wells suited in re ply that it was impossible to do anv t.iing for them and that it was only'a waste of time talking about it. The company at that time showed no de sire to settle the trouble which we are sure might have been adjusted satis factorily to all concerned. "This strike was not only sanctioned by the executive council but legalized by the convention of the Boilermak ers at Chattanooga, Tenn., on July 1 - 1904. ' "On July IS, 1904. Mr. Wells m. asked again to grant the Boilermakers a conference, with, the idea in view of coming to a settlement, out this also was turned down bv the comnanv "Our grand secretary-treasurer went to Los Angeles, and on Dec. .1. 1904 requested a conference of the com pany for the Boilermakers, which was also denied. And on March 2. 190i. our grand president wrote to Mr'. Kendrick requesting a conference which was not granted. Kxlimisted Every Effort. "After exhausting every effort to ob tain a conference, and all our efforts being turned down, it was decided to call' on our brothers on the main line, to see if they could not bring influence to bear on the company to grant the Coast Line boilermakers a conference. "On April 10, 1905, a committee from every shop on the system went into their respective master mechanic' office, and requested them to use their influence to bring about a conference between the company and the boiler makers on the Coast Lines, and also announced that after that .date they would refuse to work on any engines belonging to the Coast Lines. After the company having had four days' time in which to grant this request and showing no disposition to grant it, every union boilermaker and helper on the Santa Fe system was called out in sympathy and in support of their brothers on the Coast Lines. "The strike on the coast lines would have been at an end long ago if the company had not sent work from the coast line to be done in Topeka that should have been done there. They could not do this work on the coast for the reason that they could not get com petent men to fill our places. Before the strike there were 180 full paid boil ermakers between Albuquerque and Point Richmond, and now they have not over 40 full paid men, so it is easi ly to be seen why the boilers from the coast lines were sent here to be over hauled. "The company claims that they make no discrimination between union and non-union men; they have discharged 50 men at Topeka. Argentine ami Fort Madison within the past two months, and they were told that they were dis charged for belonging to the union. These men were all first class mechanics and the company needed them badly, but they were determined to keep the men from organizing. If these mn were not discharged for belonging to the union, but owing to a lull in busi ness, why did not the company when they started hiring men again a short time ago, put these men back to work? They were old residents of Topeka. and had their homes here, and were entitled to the first opening. Situation Declared Well in Hand. "We have the situation well in hand, and we know that the company can not get competent mechanics to fill our places, for there is a great de mand for boilermakers all over the country, and the company will have a hard time finding men that will come here to take our places, when they are working under better conditions else where. "We are prepared to stay in this fight to the finish, if it takes ten years, but we are open for a conference any time, and will meet the officials of the company when ever they are ready to make a settlement with the boiler makers. "Including Ottawa men, who were called out this morning (and 17 men out of 18 men responded to the call), we now have 1S2 men out, but expect to have fully 200 men out by the end of this week, as the pickets are getting men to quit every day. We have suc ceeded in getting 2 8 men to leave the company's service since the strike was ordered at this point." PRICES CUT AT EMPORIA Standard Sells Oil at Nine Cents a Gallon, Wholesale. Emporia, Kan., April 19. The Standard Oil company has cut the price on oil here, making1 the whole sale price 9 cents per gallon. The Standard has been selling oil at 9 Vj cents for some time, while the Web ster company has been selling at 10 cents. This move of the Standard is taken by the Webster people as an invitation to take up a rate war. The Independent refinery announced that it will not drop its price below 10 cents, and its supporters among the ical merchants claim that they will use the Wrebster oil at a reasonable price, no matter what the Standard price may be. A noticeable effect of the new anti-discrimination law is the lowering of the freight rate on Web ster oil from Humboldt here. The former rate of $56 per car has been dropped to $2 8. The freight rate1 on barrel lots to the smaller Lyon county towns has been cut two-thirds. CUT ON OIL, NOT GASOLINE. Emporia, Kan., April 19. The report sent from Topeka that gasoline is being sold at Emporia at 9Vi cents proves to be untrue. The Emporia wholesale price is 124 cents, a cent lower than that at Topeka. The difference in dis tance from the refinery is, it is stated, responsible for the advantage in the price given at Emporia. Nine cents is the Standard's price on coal oil, while the Webster people here ask 10. The independent refinery sells no gasoline at Emporia. (The wholesale price of gasoline in Topeka is 124 cents and coal oil 9 cents. The price of coal oil was reduc ed -j a cent on Tuesday. WATCH FOR HOSTILES. Positions of Americans Vessels in Philippine Waters. Washington, April 19. --Rear Ad miral Train. commander-in-chief of the Asiatic station, has reported to the navy department by cabie that the Paragua -is at Jolo. the Mindoro at Pollok, Mindanao island, and the Wisconsin at Olonogapo on Subig bay. island of Luzon. He also reports that the Quiros is cruising in Lingayen gulf, and that the torpedo boats Dale and Decatur are cruising off the island of Palawan. Reference to the map of the archi pelago shows that this disposition affords excellent opportunities for ob serving the movements of the hostile fleets should they approach or enter Philippine waters. While the vessels, with the excep tion of the Wisconsin at Olonogapo, are small gunboats, which could do no more than make observances, they all carry the flag, which it is believed would be sufficient for the purpose of enforcing neutrality in the waters con tiguous to the American possessions in the far east. BURNED THE JAIL Prisoners Trying; to Escape Perished in Their Own Fire. New Orleans, La.. ApriL 19. In an attempt to escape three prisoners to day fired the parish jail at Pontcha toula, La.. iS miles from New Orleans, two of them being cremated and a third fatally burned. The dead: HARRY TAYLOR. JAMF.S REILLY. Fatally burned: Luclen George Delas. , ; IE DODGED Tie Murdoek Says There'll Be Kailroad Legislation. Public Sentiment Too Strong to Be Ignored. ENLARGE THE POWERS Interstate Commerce Commis sion Will Have Wider Scope. Public Should Watch for Loop hole in Bill. - Congressman Murdoek, of Wichita, is in Topeka today. He came up to inter view Governor Hoch at the request of some constituent at least this was the excuse that he gave for being in Topeka. At first he claimed to have come up for want of anything better to do, but as that didn't sound just right he amended his answer, "making it more definite and certain," as the lawyers would say. "Yes, 1 believe that will undoubted ly be some railroad legislation in the next congress," said Mr. Murdoek in response to a question. "Public senti ment is too strong for congress to get away from. Congress is extremely sen sitive to public sentiment. A letter from his constituents expressing positive views on some public question makes a congressman stop and think. "Will the Esch-Townsend bill be passed?" Mr. Murdoek was asked. "No, I do not think so in its present form. But there will be railroad legis lation giving the interstate commerce commission the power to fix rates and establishing a court of review to pass on such rulings as affect the earnings of a railroad to a degree which might be confiscatory. "If the people of the United States are real smart," continued Mr. Mur doek, "they will watch this railroad leg islation. They will examine the bill tor themselves just, as soon as it is re ported from the committee. And they ought to look for the loopholes. Some fellow will try to slip in what is called in Washington 'the little joker.' There was one in the Esch-Townsend bill that provision in section 10, I think, giving the right of stay pending ap peals. Of' course that is usual in com mon law. but to write it into the stat utes in this case makes it too positive. "Another thing: The people ought not to accept as true all of the stories that come out of Washington that President Roosevelt approves this or that meas ure. It is not the president's business to approve measures till after congress acts on them, and President Roosevelt does not do so. "The people can make congress do just what they want, and if they discover a loophole in the railroad bill all they win have to do to eliminate it will be to telegraph or write their respective con gressmen saying, 'Knock out that little joker in section seven.' "The power of a letter, free from per sonal interest, is more than people gen erally realize. A congressman receives perhaps fifty or sixy letters a day on an average. Most of them relate to pen sions or some other matters in which the writers are personally interested. But here is one in which the writer, a constituent of the congressman, sits down and calmly discusses a public question. That sort of a letter has weight with the congressman. He reads it over several times. He treasures it and tries to read between the lines, just as though it were a passage from the Bible, for he knows that represents the sentiment of some of his people. You will see congressmen gather in groups and read that sort of letters to each other. "The power of the press is another thing that is great in Washington. I doubt if there is a single calm utterance in any paper in the United States that does not carry some weight in Washing ton among the members' of congress. You might think that what some little country editor says does not amount to anything, but it means a great deal more than most people realize. When some of these big papers say things congressmen sometimes think there is a community of interest among them, but when some little country editor.who Is looking after nothing but the county printing, gives expression to some ra tional idea about a national question,, the man off there in congress knows that it comes from the grass roots. "The press itfelf does not realize its power. I did not when I was a news paper man. I knew I could have a lot of fun. but I did not realize the power there is in a newspaper. Tlv; press can almost make or break a congressman. When a member gets up and makes a carefully prepared address on some subject and the dis patches go -out that ho matle a long speech it's a deadener. The press might bettei'never sav anything at all. But the wo?i 'splendid,' before the word 'speeds, , in an Associated Press dispatch is vftirth a thousand dollars to a congressman. And when there is anv excitement in congress and some member is about to say something rabid you will always see him glance apprehensively -towards the press gal lery. "The lobby, the "big railroad lawyers and that class of people, realize the power of the press but they hate it. I have heard them talk about it and shake their heads and say, 'Too much power there.' The press is more pow erful than money. "There is one class of people who do not know- anything about public opinion or the power of the press." continued Mr. Murdoek in that analytical way of his. "and that is the very rich They think public opinion is something- that can be controlled. Thev do not look at it as something reah bevond the reach of money. They do riot know that it is an independent, eruptive element that rises of its own motion. These rich men. the heads of the big trusts, and insurance com panies, and railroad combines, ought to keen practical newspaper men as advisers to tell them what public sentiment means. "For instance, there is John D. Rockefeller he doesn't know what is going on any more than the czar of Russia. The study of this uprising asrainst Standard Oil would be very interesting from a Rockefeller stand point, because Rockefeller does not realize the state of public sentiment nor its force. The first thing he knows somebody refuses to take his money, and it dazes him. He asks what it means and he cannot believe that there is a mighty force called public sentiment back of it all. "I have heard some of these his money men talk and they point to the insurance companies which they control and the fact that five millions of people all over the country are Strtli-Hrl1c, in lHia I n w, . , ,IX ' - uniiJaiurfi ana have money invested in them in in- ouienjuo puncies, a.iivi iney will not WL L11C IJtUyJC Will gO DaCK on them. They do not know that the average man will kick his insurance tiiy uul ui tue iiunL uuor m a min ute on a wave of popular indignation, if he believes his interest lies in cotv,o other direction." LOEB LEAVES FOR CAF.1P He Will Stay All Night There and Retain Thursday. Glenwood Springs, Colo., April 19. Secretary Loeb left here at 9:40 a. m. today for Newcastle, where he will get a horse and ride to the president's camp. Elmer Chapman, the courier, who brought news of the success of the hunt, is serving as the secretary's guide. Mr. Loeb will remain at the camp over night and return here some time tomorrow. He has taken with him a number of documents that require the signature of the president. The Charlie Penny ranch, where the hunting party is now encamped, is in the east divide. The party will move to the west divide on Saturday or Monday, as it is reported game is more plentiful there. Before the president moves away too far It is the desire of the ranchmen and moun taineers that he visit Liberty school where their children are educated. This school is near the present camp and the children of the ranchers ride for miles around to attend. The mission of Joe Austin, who came to the springs last night with Courier Chapman, was to get Mr. Loeb to use his good offices in arranging the visit. P. B. Stewart, of Colorado Springs, will leave the party at the end of this w eek. Mr. Loeb then expects to go to the camp and spend two days with the president. Captain Austin told Secretary Loeb that a patrol has been organized and it is now impossible for outsiders to reach the area over which the party Is hunting. Newcastle, Colo., April 19. Secre tary Loeb left here at 11 a. m. for President Roosevelt's camp. He will make the trip on horseback, which will take about five hours. It was raining hard here and snowing heavily in the mountains. SHOT AN ACTRESS. Because She Was About to Leave the Company. Philadelphia, April 19. Because she intended leaving the theatrical company of which both were mem bers, Edward Smedcs hot Bessie Helen Davis at a theatrical hotel where they were both staying, inflict ing a probably fatal wound near the heart and then attempted to kill him self. The bullet flattened against his skull and he was not haclly hurt. The couple were members of the chorus in "The School Girl" company of which Kdna May is the sta. . The woman is known on the stage as Bessie Dale. She is 2'i years of age and her home is in Hebron, Neb. Smedes' home, it is believed, is in Vicksburg, Miss. women BARRED. They Will Not Be Permitted at Nan Patterson Trial. New York, April 19. When the third trial of Nan Patterson, charged with the murder of Caesar Young in a cab in this city last summer, began in the court of general sessions be fore Recorder Goff, there were 200 talesmen in court for selection in the special panel, and three of them had been accepted as jurors when the case was adjourned. The three men are: Lovell M. Aldrich, an ice dealer, 48 years old; John H. Splint, a tea and coffee merchant, aged 63 years, and Julius Goldstone. a silk manufacturer, 38 years old. The former actress per sonally directed the selection of the jurors by the defense. Five talesmen were rejected before the first juror, Aldrich, was accepted. A large crowd witnessed the proceedings. Counsel for each side was allowed 30 chal lenges. Under an order of Recorder Goff, no women spectators will be allowed at the trial. SPIRITED AWAY. Another Important B'-ef Trust Wit ness Is Gone. Chicago, April J 9. A sensation w-as caused among federal officials inter ested in the investigation of the al leged beef trust when it developed that a much sought for witness had left Chicago. The witness is Carl Levi, head of the Berthold & Levi Sausage Casing company of this city. A servant at the home of Mr. Levi said that he had left Chicago more than a week ago and a short time later his wife followed. No informa tion is given as to their destination. MEAT COSTS filORE. Packers and Butchers Continue to Ad vance Prices. New York, April 19. An advance of one to two cents a pound in meat has been agreed upon by the West side butchers in this city. At a mass meeting of the trade it was stated that the pack ers had added another half cent to their rate last week, which amounted to two cents a pound and made a total advance of three cents in three weeks. FIFTY HURT IN FIGHT. Strikers and Nonunion Men Clash In West Virginia. Wheeling, W. Va., April 19. Fifty men were hurt in a fight between 60 nonunion men from Pittsburg and 150 strikers from the Whitaker mill. Clubs, stones, knives and pistols were used, but the nonunion men finally succeeded in getting into the mill. Weather Indications. Chicac-o. April 1 9- Forecast for Kansas- Showers tonight and Thurs day; warmer tonight; cooler in west portion Thursday: sou merry win as, becoming -variable. TAKE HOCpCES Got. Hoch's Reasons for Nam ing Advisory Board. Wants People to Have Confi dence in Investigation. MUST BE THOROUGH. Will Meet Next Tuesday to Dis cuss the Work. Still Holds Treasurer Kelly's Resignation " In Escrow." Governor Hoch has announced that Ansel R. Clark of Rice county, A. W. Benson of Franklin county and Sam uel T. Howe of Shawnee county will act with him as an advisory board in the investigation of the state treasury and the other state departments. There is no law providing for the appointment of such a board, but it was deemed advisable by the governor to have the best legal and expert ad vice possible in the general manage ment of the investigation. Next Tues day, there is to be a meeting of the board at which time it is expected that the state accountant will be se lected, and the firm of accountants for the purpose of making the special in vestigation for which the legislature appropriated $15,000. Judge Ansel A. Clark, of Rice coun ty, was the speaker pro tern of the last house of representatives. He served as judge of the district court in his district for a number of terms. Judge Benson has also served as a district judge, and was chairman of the Judiciary, committee of the house m the last session. He made a great record as a hard worker, and was the leader of the fight on the floor against the state oil refinery. Samuel T. Howe of Topeka has served as state treasurer and member of the board of railroad commissioners. He is now manager of the Bell Telephone com pany in this district. Governor Hoch gave the following in terview this morning concerning his purpose in appointing the advisory board: "There teas been a good deal of politi cal animosity stirred up by this investi gation of state departments, and I de sired to arrange the investigation so that it will be recognized by the public as entirely free from political influence The three men who have consented to act with me in this matter are of such high standing and character that they command the respect of the public, and what they say will go. This board will act with me in an advisory capacity throughout this investigation. TFtey will be consulted at every step in the proceedings, and . when the report is completed, they will go over it with me, and give their opinion upon it. "What the people of the state want is a thorough, unbiased investigation of the charges which have been made, and I expect to do my best to have that sort of an investigation made. There will be a meeting of this board next Tuesday for the purpose of talking over the employment of a firm of account ants to do the work." "What has become of the Kelly res ignation which was placed in your hands?" was asked. '"Nothing," said the governor. "You still have it?" The governor nodded, and his mus cular jaws tightened a little. "I never attached much importance to that document," he remarked finally. "I have always looked upon it as a sort of political business. I did not want to accept the resignation in escrow in the first place, but decided that it would make less talk to accept it than to refuse to acceptit." Charles Rowett, the ex-state ac countant, is now in Kansas City. He has not been in Topeka for some time. His job was knocked out from under him when the new state accountant bill became a law-. Judge Ansel R. Clark, one of the three members of the new board, was still in town today. He will leave this afternoon for his home at Sterling". He said in regard to his appointment: "I don't know as this will amount to much, but I have consented to serve on the board. I am in favor of having a thorough investigation made of the state departments, and if anything wrong has been going on of showing it up. I don't have much doubt that there have been loose business meth ods employed in the management of the state's business. If it is true that coupons have been clipped from bonds which the state was supposed to be buying at par, it would probably con stitute a violation of the letter, and possibly the spirit, of the law. "I don't know anything about the expert accountants who are being con sidered for the work of the investi gation. I'm not an accountant myself, and I do not know how complicated the work of investigation will prove to be. I understand from the governor that there are several applicants for the work. That is all I know about that part of it. I suppose that we will meet Tuesday to decide about that matter. As I understand it, our work is to deal entirely with this special in vestigation, for which $15,000 was ap propriated, and not with the appoint ment or work of the regular state ac countant." Judge A. W. Benson was called up bv long distance telephone yesterday and agreed to act on the board. He will be here to attend the meeting Tuesday. JEFFERSON IMPROVES. His Doctor Now Feels Slightly Encouraged. West Palm Beach, Fla., April 19. This morning the condition of Joseph Jefferson, the actor, was reported as better than yesterday. The distinguish ed patient rested comfortably during the night. The doctor is slightly en couraged. Charles B. Jefferson, son of Joseph Jefferson, is authority for the state ment that his father apparently is much better today. The aged patient so expresses himself and is taking and retaining nourishment. Hopes of his recovery are renewed. Washington, April 19. Mrs. R. W. Scott, the granddaughter of Joseph Jefferson, today received a telegram from West Palm Beach saying that her grandfather is very much better. CLOUDY WEATHER GENERAL. Rain and Warmer Weather Promised for Kansas Tonight. Today's gloomy skies forebode show ers, bo does the government weather bureau forecast. The " prognosticator has said showers for several days, but Topeka is dry. Today's forecast for Kansas says, j "showers tonight and Thursday: warm- I er tonight; cooler west portion Thurs day. ine wind at noon was soutn 1 blowing 18 miles an hour. Today's corn and wheat region bulle tin says: "The weather was cloudy this morning over Kansas, southwest ern Missouri and the northern portion of the territories with higher tempera ture. A trace of ram has occurred at Wichita. The temperature has risen in all districts. Frosts occurred this morn ing in the Chicago, Indianapolis and Louisville districts, with killing frosts at five stations in the Louisville and at one station in the Indianapolis district." The maximum and minimum temper atures recorded by the Kansas stations for the 24 hours ending this morning at seven o'clock were: Baker 62, 36; Con cordia 56. 40; Dodge City 54, 42; Dres den 48, 38; Fort Scott 64, 40; McPherson 58, 38; Manhattan 62, 36; Russell 54, 36; Sedan 60, 44; Topeka 5S, 39; Wichita 54, 40. The hourly temperatures recorded by the government thermometer today were: 7 o'clock 45111 o'clock 53 8 o'clock 47112 o'clock 58 9 o'clock 491 1 o'clock 54 10 o'clock 52(2 o'clock 56 Fifteen Mile Wind Today. The wind at two o'clock was blowing from the south at a rate of 15 miles per hour. 10 AGREEMENT Tictor Morawitz Says There Are None Among -Railroads. Points Paying Higher Rates Than Others Are Benefited. Washington, April 19. Victor Morawitz, of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, again was before the senate committee on interstate commerce today. Replying to questions by Senator Dolliver, Mr. Morawitz said that the executive committee and boards of di rectors never know anything about the details of traffic management. They give directions to the president of the road and the president directs the other officers. "Where traffic managers violate the law in granting rebates and discrimi nation to one shipper do you think it would be rierht to compel the road to give all shippers the low rate?" asked Senator Dolliver. "In many cases it would be right and in others unjust, replied Mr, Morawitz. "It would not be right to make stockholders suffer because some agent had committed a wronk." Senator Dolliver questioned Mr, Morawitz about the agreements be tween companies as to rates. The lat ter replied that there were no "agree ments." The railroad, he said, talked things over and reached an understanding as to what rates would be from com petitive points. He said these rates were fixed on a remunerative basis. Senator Dolliver asked why inter mediate points were compelled to pay higher rates than the competitive points. He maintained that the inter mediate points were really benefited by such action. D0W1EITE ATTACKED. Chinese Beat Him and Loot His Establishment. - Shanghai, April 19. A Dowteite missionary named Kennedy recently rented for mission work a native building in the village of Tsungli. about four days' journey from Shang hai. At midnight, on April 12, 100 Chinese armed with swords and wear ing blouses marked "the people's vol unteers," attacked the house, wound ing several Chinese, striking Kennedy on the head, leaving him apparently dead and looting- all his goods. A messenger who left the scene early the next morning, reported that Kennedy was still breathing, and later advices give hopes of his recovery. Acting United States Consul David son promptly dispatched Vice Consul Cloud with 2 0 native soldiers to Tsungli to prevent any further out rage. OlfPRICES CUT. This Makes the Third Reduction Within a Month. Pittsburg, April 19. The Standard Oil company has made another re duction in the price on all grades of crude oil. The high grades were re duced two cents and the lower grades one cent. This makes the third cut in oil within a month. The quotations follow- Pennsylvania. $1.31; Tlona, $1.46; Corning. 98: Cabell, $1.06; New castle, $1.23: North Lima, 88c; South Lima, 83c; Somerset, 77c; Raglan, 50c. FOUR POINT BREAK. Northern Securities Causes a Down ward Plunge in Stocks. New York, April 19. A four-point break in the price of Northern Securi ties in the curb market caused a downward plunge again this morning in prices on the exchange. After some show of opening strength. St. Paul was forced 1 under last night. Union Pacific 1, and New York Central nearly two points. Stocks were freely unloaded in all directions, and there was considerable disorder in the trading. Great Northern preferred was quoted at 290 bid and 330 asked, and Northern Pacific was offered at 180. Temperatures In Large , Cities. Chicago, April 19. 7 a. m. tempera tures: New York, 34; Philadelphia, 38; Chicago, 40; Cincinnati, 40; Bos ton, 40; Washington, 38; Minneapolis, 40; St. Louis, 46. IT KAEMIII Rojestvensky Proposes to Stay There Till May 7. Uis Cruisers Meantime Will Prey - on Japanese Commerce. PLACE FOR THE FIGHT. Russians Think Togo Will Wait Off Nagasaki. They Have Cut the Cable Extend ing to Formosa. London, April 19. A disnatch to a. news agency from Toklo says: Information received here is taken to indicate that the Russian squadron Proposes Stavins- at Vnmranh til May 7, Admiral Rojestvensky mean- "iiiic sending out cruisers to overhaul merchantmen proceeding along the trade route to the straits of Formosa. rue transports accompanying the Russian sauadron are. ruirt.fl trt h. plying between Kamranh bay and Saigon under the merchant flag of nussia. . Place for the Fight. Paris, April 18. The Russian naval attache here. Capt. Yppantchins, in an interview, says he believes the strate getic situation will lead Admiral Togo to await Admiral Rojestvensky oft Nagasaki, Japan, where - Togo will have a base to repair his damaged ships. This Capt. Yepantchine admits is important, owing to the Japanese not having reserve vessels. The cap tain further says that Togo's strength represents seven battleships against Rojestvensky's five. The gun power of the squadrons, he asserts, is prac tically the same. Togo's heavy guns dismounted for use at the siege of Port Arthur have been replaced by new guns of English and American make. Capt. Yepantchine also declares that Rojestvensky's lengthy voyage and daring entrance into the waters of the Japanese constitute an achievement without historical precedent. Cut the Cable. London, April 19. The Daily Mail's correspondent at Singapore learns that Russian agents have cut the cable be tween Foochow and Formosa. A dispatch to the Daily Mail dated Manila, April 18, says: This morning sixteen Japanese cruisers and torpedo boat destroyers were scouting off Sampaloc point. Russians Have 200,000 Men. Tokio, April 19. The Russian force concentrated along the Chang-chun-Kjrin line amd southward is esti mated at 200,000 men. A final revision of the number of prisoners captured at Port Arthur show the total to be 41,600-. A Survivor of the Kurik. Seattle, Wash., April 19. Among the passengers on the steamship Minnesota, just arrived from the Orient, were Lieutenant R. Bruns, an officer of the Russian armored cruiser Rurik, pound ed to pieces at Chemulpo by Japanese shells, and Mrs. Ristoftseva, a Russian Red Cross nurse, who was In Port Arthur throughout the siege. Lieuten ant Bruns is on parole and both are en route to St. Petersburg. Lieutenant Bruns is heartbroken over his capture and the fact that he is not now with Rojestvensky's squadron. No Cool for Russians. Port Louis, Island of Mauritius, April 19. The German steamer Ju liette, late the British steamer Dun noly Castle, which cleared from Diego Suarez, Madagascar, April 14, for Ea tavia. Java, put in here today and asked for 900 tons of coal. She was informed that she would be allowed to take 600 tons, but when 100 tons had been taken on the colonial of ficers stopped her from taking any more pending instructions from th home government. The action of th local officers was due to statements made by members of the crew that the Juliette is carrying stores to the Russian squadron in the China sea. Neutrality Must Be Preserved. Amoy, Straits of Formosa, April 1 9. The provincial authorities had a. conference today with the object of determining on the course to bo adpted in case of the Russian squaj ron appearing here. The offloia.ls are prepared to insist on the neutrality of this port being respected. The Japanese ships which have been plying between Amoy and the Island of Formosa are not making' their usual trips. The Japanese have a building hera filled with stores supposed to be medi cal supplies. The British steamer Heathbank. which has been at this port since February 11, is said to have ammuni tion and light artillery under her sup posed cargo of coal intended for the Russian squadron. OBJKCTS OF PITY. Terrible Plight of Russians on Retreat From Mukden. Victoria, B. C, April 19. According to advices received by the steamer Em press of China, returned Japanese offi cers describe the Russians as objects of pity in the retreat from Mukden. They had discarded their arms and every thing likely to impede them, and for miles the roads were scattered with broken uniforms and equipment, boots, etc. Numbers of sick and wounded were left to die by the roadside. Marshal Oyama's entry into Mukden was an affair of splendor arranged to impress the Chinese. Governor Tseng came "out with his retinue to meet the Japanese. The procession of Marshal Oyama was similar to that arranged by General Kodama for the entry into Taihoku. Formosa. Cavalry led, than bands of music, guards of honor, then Marshal Oyama and staff mounted, gen erals of the different armies and their staffs, foreign military attaches, Chi nese attaches and a large force of in fantry were in line. Fifty thousand soldiers lined the route. Details are given by the Japanese of the great bravery of Col. Murukami' reeiment, which was besieged for sev eral davs at the Chinese imperial tomba north of Mukden by tremendously su perior Russian forces. For three days the Japanese fought on a scanty ration of biscuits, holding the northern mausoleum against all attacks to dis lodtre them. The colonel was killed nnd all officers save two killed or wounded.