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Today's News Today The Butte Inter Mountain VOL. XXI. NO. 4T Fair, wth Showers In Western Montana Tonight BUTTE. MONTANA, TUESDAY EVENING, MAY 14. 1901. '•'-'■a; N — : Station». 0,t <y Tomoi •. PRICE FIVE CENTS The Presidential Tour Will Probably Have to Be Abandoned On Account of Mrs. McKinley's Condition THE PANAMA CANAL CONCESSION AND ALL ITS DIGGINGS FOR SALE TO THE UNITED STATES XXXXXXXXXYXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (Ry Associated Press.) New Tork, May 14.—President Maurice Hutin, of the Panama Canal company, is in this city. He came to America three months ago from Paris with the object of selling the canal to the United States government. He hat* made a visit of in spection along the canal route from Colon to Pan ama and has spent some time' in Washington. "I am unable to state at present the nature of the proposals I have made to the government, or what has been done in the matter," he said to-day. "The canal commission will finish its discussion of the question in a few days and then I shall be at liberty to talk. ' As the canal stands now it would take about seven years to complete it. Most of the difficulties complained of have been done away with, and it iq a practical scheme. At Culebra, where there was much blasting to be done, excavations have been made to a depth of sixty meters. "I am returning to Washington to-day and expect a speedy settlement." xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx PUTT BILL GOES CUBANS SQUIRM, BUT WILL AC CEPT IT AT LAST. TURNING DOWN THE RADICALS Public Impatient or Indifferent as to What May Come—Early Malcon tents Are Accepting the Terms of the Amendment, and Looking for Settlement of Relations. (By Associated Press.) New York, May 14.—A dispatch to the Tribune from Havana says: The constitutional convention is ap proaching acceptance of the Platt amendment gradually. At a secret ses sion three separate courses were sug gested. First—To ignore the Washington visit and adhere to the report formulated by Gualberto Gomez, rejecting the Platt amendment. Second—To accept the amendment un conditionally. Third—To accept the amendment with the report of the Washington committee interview, with President McKinley and Secretary Root made a part of it. The latter course seems to be favored by a majority of the members. The public is becoming impatient or indifferent. Members of the committee deny that their urposeis to delay final action until after the municipal elec tions. VilTutendas, one of the members who signed the Gualberto Gomez report against the Platt amendment, has re cently published a manifesto to his con stituents advising acceptance. Diego Tamayo, who was on the Washington committee, is also a member of the re lations committee. Quesada, a third member, is understood to support ac ceptance, which insures a majority. AGAINST THE UNITED STATES (By Associated Press.) London, May 14.—While the German Austrian proposals for an anti-Ameri can combination have not yet assumed anything like definite form, the idea is attracting considerable attention in Great Britain and on the continent, es pecially the latter, where the news papers have eagerly swallowed an al leged interview in which J. Pierpont Morgan is quoted as declaring that "he and his associates would not only swamp British trade but would paralyze Ger man competition as well." The reports of an Austro-German re taliatory movement, therefore, find much favor among the continental newspapers, though there, is little evi dence that it has yet acquired any official backing of a practical character. The opinion here is that German official circles are using the "peril of .American competition," as a battlecry to bring the agrarians Into line on the canal bill and that it is also employed easy for c hina to pay it all St. Petersburg, May 14.—The Viedem ®8ti publishes an article extending over three columns, wrlttn by Prince Ouch tomtiky, who has Just returned from Chi na. The substance of the article is that China can easily pay the sum demanded of her by means of Increased taxation on exports and imports. So great is the volume of trade that taxation might be doubled or trebled without commerce be ing affected. The Novoe Vremya publisher, a special dispatch from Seoul stating that the Ko rean government has purchased ten thousand rifles and a million «artridges from Japan. VAS TOD DANGEROUS A FEAT Equestrienne Dragged Almost to Death at the Heels of a Frightened Broncho. (By Associated Press.) Vincennes, Indiana, May 14.—Miss Theresa Russell of Denver, an eques trienne connected with a Wild West show, was fatally injured last night while attempting to perform a new and extremely hazardous feat in which she leaps from one rapidly running horse to the back of another going at full speed. Just as she made her spring her foot caught in the stirrup and she was dragged around the ring among the hoofs of the frightened bronchos. The cowboys made desperate efforts to stop the horses but were unable to do so until finally one of them stuck a pitchfork into the side of the animai which was dragging Miss Russell, kill ing it instantly. Miss Russell was un conscious from various injuries, both internal and external. BAD OUTLO OK FOR FISHERMEN Very Few Salmon in the Columbia River This Year—Cannery Men Are Gloomy. (By Associated Press.) Portland. Oregon, May 14.—The pros pects for anything like a successful fish ing season on the Columbia river are not at all bright, and cannery men are feeling rather gloomy. Very few salmon are being taken at any place on the river. ■ The rise In the river has discolored the water and this interferes with fishing. One cannery at the Cascades has put up only 100 cases so far this season. Venezuela Defies France. (By Associated Press.) Willemstadt, Curacoa, May 14.—It is learned on good authority that the Venezuelan government, in the face of the draconic demands made by France in the protocal for the resumption of diplomatic relations with Venezuela, has refused to consider the protocol. to emphasize the profitableness of the ccmmercial friendship of Germany and Russia, "who," it is urged by the Cologne Gazette, "if they could reach a commercial understanding, could with out the rest of Europe put such pressure or. America that she would be forced to accommodate their policy to that of the European system." Government circles at Berlin furnish a denial that any negotiations are going on between Austria and Germany for a European commercial league against the United States. The idea is regarded as impracticable, owing to the diversities of race and commercial interests. The representative of the Associated Press interviewed Andrew D. White, United States ambassador, and F. H. Mason, the United States consul general here, in regard to the matter. They both said they had heard of no negotiations in connection with the league referred to. They regarded the matter as chi merical, and did not believe there would be two nations in favor of such a league. Great Pacific Sugar Ship. New York, May 14.—After discharging her cargo of 8,000 tons of sugar at Phila delphia, the new American steamer Californian of the American Hawaiian Steamship company, has arrived here from the Pacific. The Californian is the first of a great fleet of steamers to op erate between New York, San Fran cisco and Hawaii. Talk of Morgan's Bad Health. New York. May 14.-—According to the London correspondent of the Tribune, disquieting rumors are again prevalent in that city with regard, to the health of J. Pierpont Morgan. GLOOM SADDENS OEFICIAL PARTY NOW AT SAN FRANCISCO. ■■ While Her Condition Was Improved Somewhat Since Last Night She Is Net Well Enough to Continue the Journey —Mrs. McKinley Has Not Yet Decided to Give Up the Trip—The President Is Feeling the Strain Caused by Mrs. McKinley's Illness—He Bemains et the Bedside—A doom Ovej the Whole Party— Future Movements in Doubt. (By Associated Press.) San Francisco, Cal., May 14.—Both President and Mr^ McKinley had a restful night, and this morning Mrs. McKinley was reported to be steadily gaining. The president, however, is feeling the strain and with a busy day before him, decided not to go to Stanford uni versity this morning. He was expected to address the students there, and later lunch at the Burlingame club. Instead he will quietly remain in San Francisco until this afternoon, when he will meet the rest of his party at the railroad station and will ride in the elaborate parade ar ranged in his honor. This evening he will hold a public receptloq in the big ferry building. If Mrs. McKinley continues to improve the president will continue his trip to the northwest. If, however, she does not rally .sufficiently, the northwest trip will be aban doned and the president will take her direct to Washington. At 10 o'clock this morning Secretary Cortelyou Issued the following bulletin: "The doctors, after their morning consultation, find that FIFTEEN LIVES LOST BY SINKING OF TENNESSEE RIVER STEAMER. Crew of Wrecked Boat Had no Chance to Save Themselves—One Girl Drowned in Her Stateroom— Went Down in 30 Feet of Water—Passen gers Were Panic Stricken. (By Associated Press.) St" Louis, May 14.—The first authentic information concerning the wreck of the steamer City of Paducah, of the St. Louis and Tennessee River Packet company, which occurred at Brunkhorst landing, Illinois, Sunday night, was obtained upon the arrival of the steamer City of Clif ton at this port, at 2:30 o'clock this morning. Fifteen persons lost their lives, in the awful catastrophe, six whites and nine blacks. The dead are: DR. J. W. BELL, of Cuba Landing, Tennessee. MISS MABEL GARDINER, of St. Louis. CHARLES JOHNSON, aged 84, deck watchman. FRANK GARDTNER, Texas deck ten der of Paducah. Ky. TWO WHITE FIREMEN, names un known. GRANT WOODS, colored, boat baker. EIGHT COLORED ROUSTABOUTS, names unknown. , Sank in Three Minutes. The City of Paducah stopped at Brunk horst's Landing at 8:30 o'clock Sunday night and took on a load of corn. When In the act of backing away from the wharf, the boat swung around and struck the bank heavily with her stern. A snag LONDON STOCK MARKET AT 'THE MERCY OF AMERICAN CAPITALISTS AND VILL Gf TO RUIN IF PRESSED (By Associated Press.) London, May 14.—According to present plans, J. Pierpont Morgan will not go to America just now. The situation on the slock exchange today was the most remarkable known, as far as Americans were concerned. There was absolutely no trading, the arbitrage people not dealing and quota tion were naturally nominal. The optimism with which yesterdays settlement of Northern Pacific was hailed disappeared in the general realiza tion that it was only temporary. Steps are being taken to form an arbitration MAY BE A C HANGE. IN CABINET (By Associated Press.) Washington, May 14.—The postmaster general, Charles Emory Smith, has giv en up the lease of his Washington home. No. 1774 Massachusetts avenue, and there ate rumors that this protends his resignation from the cabinet the coming year. All the personal effects of Mr. and Mrs. Smith were sent to Philadelphia prior to their departure with the presi dential party, and it is understood that on their return they will live at the Ar lington. Those who are close to the postmas ter general says he Is only retaining his office at the earnest solicitation of Pres ident McKinley, and as soon as prac ticable he desires to return to newspa per work. Recruits for the Artillery. (By Associated pgess.) San Francisco, May 14.—Forty recruits for the artillery post at Port Townsend, will go north on the transport Warren today under command of Lieutenant Ralph P. Brown. At Seattle the Warren will take on a heavy cargo of army eupplies for Alaska. Ship Painters on a Strike. (By Associated Press.) San Francisco, May 14.—The Ship painters at this port have struck for hauling the steamships St. Paul,. Port land, Roanoke and Zealandia has been stopped as far as that branch of labor is concerned. Mrs. McKinley has lost nothing, but has gained a little since last night's report." Secretary Cortelyou stated that the president had not yet decided as to his plans for the next two days. Every thing depends upon Mrs. McKinley's condition. The presi dent will participate in the parade here to-day and will held a public reception in the new ferry building this eve ning. Beyond that nothing has been decided. The trip to the northwest is still in doubt, and the president will not decide until the latter part of the week whether or not he will go north. President McKinley telegraphed Secretary Hay, at Palo Alto, this morning, that he would not leave Mrs. McKinley's bedside to-day. This cast a gloom over the entire party. It had been hoped and expected that Mrs. McKinley's condition would permit the president to join the party for the visit to Iceland Stanford university. Among the members of the party this morning, the prevailing opinion was that Mrs. McKinley's condition would necessitate the complete abandonment of the trip beyond San Francisco. embedded in the bank tore an enormous hole in the hull, through which the wa ter rushed with frightful rapidity. She at nnce began to settle and at the end of ihree minutes, nothing but her roof, Texas deck and pilot house remained above the surface. The impact with the hidden snag, ac companied as it was by the awful noise caused by the shifting' of the cargo, aroused the passengers to a realization of their danger. Officers acted with great coolness and as the boat settled helpless, the startled passengers ran to the cabin roof, from which boats were lowered and their charges carried ashore. Lost Her Life in Dressing. Miss Mabel E. Gardiner of St. Louis, wgs asleep in her stateroom when the shock came and probably lost her life by remaining to dress. Her body was found in the forward part of the cabin. The body of Dr. Bell has not yet been found and it is supposed he was drowned in his stateroom like a rat in a trap. The crew and their roustabout helpers being on the lower deck in the midst of the cargo when the vessel struck, were placed in a position of moat awful peril. As the steamer careened In settling, the big cargo, consisting chiefly of sacks of corn, shifted and before the men could escape half of them were pinned down and either crushed to death or held down until the water brought about their end. The passengers lost all of their be longings, and had to be supplied with clothing bv those on shore. Tlie City of Paducah lies in about 30 feet of water and the loss will be total. She was valued at. $1.5,000. committee to relieve stock brokers of thi ir difficulties in connection with tile Northern Pacific affair. A representative of one of the large hour.es said: •Unless the Morgans and Kuhn, Loab and company accept soipe such arbitra tion nothing can save the London mar kei from a serious smash. The tempo rary, arrangement, it is believed, may overrun the next settlement but not much longer. It is thought the arbitra tors might set a fixed price. That would prevent serious failures and meet the views of Messrs. Morgan and Kuhn, Loeb and company. TRIPLETS THREE TIMES IN THREE YEARS Paris, May 14. Mme. Desboges, former ly Harriet Lancaster, of New York, to day gave birth to triplets. This is the third time that the same thing has hap pened to her. She was married exactly three years and three months ago, and has nine children, ail boys and healthy. The father joyfully hopes that the next arrival "will complete the dozen and break the record." Harriet Lancaster studied balnting in New York till she tvas elghten. Then she came here and married three years later. M. Desboges Is an architect. Mme. Desboges herself continued to paint, but when she was haw her family was grow when she saw how her family was growing she abandoned art to devote her whole time to her children. Ship Wrecked, Crew Lost. Nanaimo, B. C., May 14.—The wreck of the American ship Colusa has been found in a rocky cove at the south west side of Peunnel sdlind, Queen Char lotte island. The ship was apparently stripped by the crew and abandoned at sea. No trace of camp fires or human occupation ciuld b found around the cove. Kaiser Is Doubly an Uncle. (By Associated Press.) Frankfurt On-the-Main, May 14,— Piincess Frederick Charles, youngest eivter of Emperor William, gave birth to twin sons this morning. CABLE ERROR WAS SERIOUS Mistaken Dispatch to Minister Conger Made Great Trouble for Brit ish Diplomats. (By Associated Press.) London, May 14.—The foreign office has issued a Chinese bluebook bringing the record of negotiations down to Decem ber. The cable mistake by which Mr. Conger was instructed to agree to the conditions imposed on China being ir revocable, forms the basis for almost a score of dispatches. One of these, from Lord Lansdowne to Lord Pauneefote, dated December IS, contains the follow ings "Mr. Choate told me there was doubt as to whether the president had the right, without act of congress, to accept words which might have the effect of making it incumbent on the United States government to remain in permanent oc cupation of Chinese territory. I told Mr. Choate that in my opinion the words did not go as far as he supposed." BUYING BETHLEHEM STEEL. Great Plant Will Be Made Part of the Vickers-Maxim-Cramp Ship building Combine. (By Associated Press.) Philadelphia, May 14.—Control of the Bethlehem Steel company is the first positive step in the organization of the Vickers-Maxim-Cramp «Upbuilding com bine, and probably will be definitely ar ranged for this week. Negotiations to this end, actively begun ten days ago, have reached a crisis and, In the opin ion of Bethlehem stockholders, the deal will be closed this week. "There is nothing to say now. but there probably will be before the end of the week," a Bethlehem stoeaholder said to-day. "If a sale of stock results, all will 'get the same price as the large holders will insist, before agreeing to sell their stock, that the purchasers shall agree to take all other stock on the same terms. The big fellows have no intention of selling out and leaving their associates in the lurch." It is believed the purchasers «ill have to pay $30 a share, or an approximate total of $10,000,000. STREET CAR STRIKERS AT ALBANY, NEW YORK, RESORT TO RIOTINC Albany. May 14.—Riots followed the attempt today of the Union Traction company to resume the operation of a portion of Us electric stret railway system In this city, which had been tied up by the strike of the employes inaugurated lust week. The company hud secured 200 non union men to take the places of strikers and last night housed the ne«'-comers in the Quail street barns where they were guarded by police and depu sheriffs. Outside the barns u large number of strikers and their sympathiz ers assembled during the night, the crowd growing until it numbered 2,000 or more by the time the company was ready to send out its first car. Two po licemen, were on the platform with the motorman and two guarded the rear platform. The crowd greeted the appearance of the car «ith derisive and insulting cries and obstructed its passage, but a squad of police cleared the way and it passed on and away from the vicinity of the barn. Half an hour later a second car emerged from the barn. The crowd Immediately made a dash for it, some of them hurling missiles at the motor man. The police could not withstand the rush of the mob and some of the rioters were soon upon the platform. The motorman was struck several times on the head until, bleeding and senseless, he relinquished his grasp on the handles. On the rear platform two men pulled the trolley pole down and bent it until it broke. The car had ob tained some momentum, and, striking the switeh. went off into the gutter. Once the mob had accomplished its purpose It withdrew with cheers. The pJlice arrested four or five of tlie rioters. One of the trolley wires fell u» J GEN. ALGER'S PLAN TO CAPTURE AGUINALDO TWO YEARS AGO WAS NIPPED IN THE BUD XXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX X X X (By Associated Press.) X X New York.^May 14.—General Russel A. Alger, X X former secretary of war, Mrs. Alger and Russ,el X X Alger, Jr., are in this city, and will sail to- X X morrow for Europe, to be gone about three X X months. General Alger's health is much better • X X than while he was secretary of war, but he has X X not entirely recovered. X X ■ "I would have captured Agulnaldo two years X X ago if I had been allowed to follow my plans,'' X X declared General Alger, in an interview last night. X X "His capture broke the backbone of the X X insurrection. X X "I think the Philippine war is now a thing X X of the past. X X "The Cuban question will not lie finally settled X X until Cuba is a part of the United States. It X X should have the same status as Hawaii. X X "It will not be taken by force, but the intelli X gent people of Cuba will ask to become a part X of this country. When it does, values there will X quadruple." X X X X X xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx NEBRASKA BLACKMAILER WHO PURSUED SENATOR KEARNS. HIS CAREER WAS CUT SHORT Prosecution in Federal Court for Send ing Threatening Letters Through the Mails—Struck the Wrong Man When He Picked Out the Hardy Western Miner as Easy Game. (By Associated Press.) Omaha, Neb., May 14.—Senator Kearns, of Utah, is in Omaha to pvoseeute a suit of blackmail against E. J. Wolters, for merly a resident of Schuyler, Neb. In the indictment on file Wolters is charged with attempt to blackmail 'Sen ator Kearns and secure $5,000 from him, stating in the letters written that if this sum was not oaid his children would be kidnaiwd. These letters, it is alleged, were sent through the mails, hence the suit is in the federal court. Just what turn the suit will take is not known, as the attorneys for Wolters have demurred to the indictment, alleg ing that tlie accused has been indicted as "Wolter" while his real name is. Wol ters. By reason of the dropping of the "s" at the end of the name, it Is con tended that the indictment Is void. The demurrer has been argued before Judge Munger, but the contended for has not been passed upon. Gould's Purchase of Steel Rails. (By Associated Press.) Ne« 1 York, May 14.—George J. Gould has made arrangements for the purchase of 25,000 tons of rails which, it is said, will make In all nearly 110,000 tons of rails bought this year for his system of railways. Practically all of his pur chases will be used for replacing the rails in his southwestern system. His different orders, placed with the pool, will involve the expenditure of $2,860,000. the streets a few- minutes after having been cut, putting one line out of com mission. 'The car which had previously left tha bain made several trips up and down, not carrying any passengers. At thu corner of State and Pearl streets, when the car came up on its second run, a boy threw a brick at it. A man who saw the act caught the boy by the shoulder. In an instant the mob had torn the boy away and assaulted the citizen who held him. ^ Nearly a dozen of the non-union men the company brought from out of town deserted after the attack on the second car. They were carried away in triumph on the strikers' shoulders. The indications are that if the cars can not be run the national guards will huve to be called out. The crew deserted the car after mak ing two trips. On its last trip, this car was obstructed by planks taken from buildings in course of construction and Idled upon the track while crowds gathered at nearly every street corner, stones, bricks and sticks were thrown at the ear and the motorman and con ductor. The non-union men brought here are reported to have notified tlie corporation that they had decided not to take out cars. An attempt has been made to operate the Union Traction company's line in Uohees, Rensslaer, Troy and Wuter vliet, on which the employes struck when those in Albany walked out. Mayor Blessing and Sheriff McCreary have decided that they have not suffi cient force to quell *he disturbances and are in consultation tilth the adjutant geneial regarding the calling out of state troops.