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'. matives. There is nothing to be done at ; I suppose, but to await developments, vhen the fellow paflM his bounds, bring him up with a round turn in a manner that will not have ar.y uoubt in his mind that there is a President here who means what he says. SITUATION CRITICAL. Belgium Pressing Santo Domingo — ./ Jimincz Rising Feared. Santo Domingo, March ».-It Is rumored that j Mtlnr of the Jiminea party. It waa resolved | •aph to the followers of the former aspirant i "residency at Monte Crtati, to prepare for a t j ;e government is taking precautions to I ornln* events. The situation, although at j itot, is critical. ii Minister here haa filed a strong pro it delay in the settlement of his gov- | fa financial claims, and a demand for .iction by Santo Domingo. The Minister will • re to-morrow for Havana. SENATOR CULLOM'S WISH. That Santo Domingo Would Sink to the Bottom of the Sea. IFROM THE TRIBUNE BUREAU.] •tt'.iPhinpton, March 23.— Senator Shelby M. Cullom, chairman of the Committee on Foreiyn who called at the White House to «la>. is of the opinion that Santo Domingo and some of the othtr islands of the Caribbean would confer a lasting favor on civilization it v. re quietly and quickly, to sink into the ■ •What's new In Santo Domingo?" exclaimed botng a quostion. "Nothing be •he fart that they .ire stirring up mow . .imvn there. That's what they are doing if the time. I wish that all those islands i the bottom Of the sea. They are nothing but Internationaj trouble makers, and the world "•c'ouM be a pood deal better off if they were off the map. Of course, if the United were to take charge of affairs in Santo - quiet down on the sur but tho scam- revolutionary spirit would 1* going on underneath. It seems as natural for • down there to make trouble as it is for them to draw their breath. It Is very un fortunate that we are obliged to take any notice of them whate-. A DOMINICAN INQUIRY. Professor Hollander to Collect Facts for the President. Vaphir.pt.. n. Mar.h 22.— The State Depart ment official* b I o means abandoned minican treaty, and Secretary Taft and Acting Secretary Adee have been la -cc with Senator Cullom, chairman of tnmlttee on Foreicn Relations, respecting tht- procuring cf Information and the collection. Men it is expected will go far toward • ..ny doubt as to the merits of the treaty thct nsjr linger in the minds of gators \\h< n thty reassemble. Not only Is ,his v. Incited In Washington, but ioliander, formerly Treasurer of m tected by the President to Santo Domingo, make a thorough study of the financial conditions and report to him tally before Congress meets again, and Secretary Taft to-day conferred with Captain Pillsbui y relative to sending him to Santo Do i naval vessel. It is believed that ihe other creditor powers become fully aware of the intention of the President to press • ity at the on of the Senate and to employ the intervening time in the collection of iiu> they will refrain frcm forcing the ii^uo Dow. PAYMENT FOR GERMANS. Venezuelan Agreement xcith British Bondholders Not Yet Signed. London. Marrh 23 —It was learned to-day at the office of the Council of Foreign Bondholders that the agreement between the Venezuelan f 'vrp.-nment and the UritiEh and German bond h<Bßers adjusting arid consolidating the ex debt of about ?28.600,000 has already Legii&gned by the representatives of Venezuela ;,!.(J,;ff German bondholders. The agreement is sSbt on its way to London for the signature of th<- representatives of the British bond holdoa. With reference to a dispatch from Washing ton reporting that objections are made to the rotary Cooper of the Council of F> (holders, said he considered that Article VI of t)w Washington protocol of 1903 absoiun iy justified the agreement, and added: During- the- -negotiations we found President Castro to be i" rff'-Uy businesslike and ani mated by a desire to effect a settlement. Mr. Cooper pointed otlt, however, that the sr of the agreement was only one step , toward a settlement, as the document contains ttlve to other creditors, the provisions of which it was desired to keep secret, but which, he said, must be fulfilled before a settle witli the Anglo-German bondholders .can become an accomplished fact. . PORTER SEES DELCASSt. Franco-Venezuelan Situation Much Improved. March -'■'•■— Ambassador Porter con ferred with M. IXlcasse. at the Foreign Office, to-day relative, to the Franco-Venezuelan situ ation, and it was tiieclosed that the French government considers tliut the emergency of the ■feituation has tx • <i, <is a result of the Indefinite postponement of the decision of the as court in the case of the French Cable The future course ifi expected to be owing u» the necessity for carrying on the . .lions by mail. The authorities here in & r <t later some united ..ave to be taken to insure re fer foreign interests in Venezuela. REFUSED BY MR. HAY. \Torcign Holders of Colombian Bonds Not Entitled to Assistance. i■ • ■ ' London, March 23.— The Council of Foreign Bondholders to-day gave out the correspond _ enc©' '"exchanged ■ between Secretary Hay and ~X,ord : Avebury regarding Panama. Mr. Hay In -'-a letter to Lord Avebury, dated February 10, fays the United States cannot withhold further payments to Panama until the settlement of Panama's share in the Colombian debt is ar ranged. Mr. Hay's reason was that the mem ,i bers of the Council of Foreign Bondholders are - not citizens of the United States and cannot S electric Cab ' Service »;. . For shopping, calling, meeting trains , ; and fUtmett. 2?l|ifi \ Theatre and return $LM. Limit: 75th Strwt end Wkkhlnt-toa Square. ,i Surrey and Victoria* for pleasure driving. i X;JA Smart Theatre Busses. Private service by week or mom*. £ v ' Reasonable rates. *•&£ New York Transportation Co. 40th St., and hth *»«■«. i Telephone 2*Bo Columbas. XEW-YOIUv DAILY TRIBUNE. FRIDAY. MARCH 24. 1905. claim the assistance of the American govern ment. Lord Avebury in his reply to Mr. Hay, dated March 10, said he regretted that the American government was unable to comply with the council's request. Referring to President Roose velt's recent message saying that the special reason for American intervention in Santo Do mingo wan that foreign governments were pressing their claims against the Dominican government. Lord Avebury said he had hoped President Roosevelt would be ready to assist the holders of Colombian bonds, "whose claims ore at least as good as those of the banto uo mingo bondholders and who have a r ght to spe cial consideration in view of the prejudice from which they suffered in consequence of the seces sion of Panama from Colombia." Lord Avebury closed by asking Secretary Hay if the United States would intervene to secure the recognition by Panama of an equitable share in the Colombian debt if a request to that effect should be submitted by the governments of Great Britain and Holland, whose subjects are chiefly interested in the Colombian bonds. "TO SHAKE HIS FIST AT CASTEO." Rumor That Sherman Bell May Become American "Agent to Venezuela." [BT TELJEQRAPH TO THE TRIBVNE.] Denver, March 23.— General Sherman Bell may go to Venezuela as an aggressive agent of the American government, with extraordinary powers to protect American interests there, it is said. General Bell practically admitted this morning that this post was at his disposal, and that he was inclined to accept it, after his term of office ex pires, on April 1. While the general refused to discuss the nature of the duties which would fall to him there, he intimated that, under certain oondltions, they would be of a warlike nature. Friends of Mr. Bell think that the general lias been delegated to "shake the mailed fist" at Castro and his army. CUTS TONGUE OUT. Horse Victim of Miscreant— S. P. C. A. Has Clew. [BT TELEGRAPH TO THE TKIBCNE.I Morrlstown, N. J., March 23.— Borne one last night cut out the tongue of a horse belonging to Henry Schenck, a business man of this place. Mr. Schenck found the animal shivering with fear, blood streaming from its mouth. Upon in vestigation he found the animal' 3 tongue gone. The thought that the horse had bitten its tongue off was 'lispelled by the character of the wound. Mr. Schenck thinks it is the work of some one who has a grudge against him. The case has been reported to the officers of the Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals, who are investigating. A special de tective has also been put on the case. They have a clew, and it is thought the miscreant will soon be captured. STEEPLEJACK AT WORK. Removes Flagpole While Perched 384 Feet Above Ground. After three weeks of waiting, "Steeplejack" Wal ter Held yesterday determined that the weather was about right for an attack upon fhu 60-foot flag pole that rises above the cupola on the Ann-st. side of the Park Row Building. He accordingly climbed the pole at 11 o'cloct. and, swinging in his boat swain's chair near it* top, caJmly set to work to saw three-foot sections from the staff. Alter an hour's work he stopped for luncheon, which was sent up to him on the end of the rope by which he had been lowering the severed pieces of wood to his assistant on the roof below. .._,,, , i .. \sldf from the inconvenience of drinking wnue swayed to and fro by the wind, the steeplejack appeared to suffer but little annoyance because or His position-384 feet above tfc© ground-arid put away some substantial food in a highly matter-of fact way. After luncheon he returned to his work, and by 2 o'clock had the pole reduced by ten toet. He then was compelled to quit for the day. It will probably take him two or three days to finish the work, for which he will receive $12j. FOR NEW BUILDING LAWS. Ahearns Collapse Commission May Follow His Recommendations. Borough President Ahearn said yesterday that he expected that bis special commission, appointed to investigate the fall of the Harlem buildings, would make recommendations to guard against future col lapses. He does} not think the building code covers all the points he has asked the commission to investigate, and believes legislation is needed to compel build ers and architects to be more careful. The recommendation* of the commission will be submitwd to. the Corporation Coun«el.an^ if he flliiii 3OR9BES r Ur Xie°arn er ff every Ul^ concerning buildings. ARMOUR MAN ON STAND. Secret Service Men Meet Beef Trust Witnesses. . Chicago March 23.-R. C. Howe, general manager received big witless fees and said he would return at once to Omaha. He declined to discuss what stenographer ii h?2»ked to testify, it is said. The others may wll Decked to testify, it is said. The others may be h*\A for use as witnesses in case indictments a?e returned by the grand jury and the case conies tO A lr branch office manager or . Armour & Co., at l^vTity was recalled to-day. The auditor in xh^rmour' New-York office followed It developed tS-day that Secret Service men meet incoming trains which carry witnesses, the purpose being to Prevent conferences between outside branch house men And heads of the packing houses here. BEEF TETJST WITNESSES EXAMINED. Foreman Folsom. of the Federal Grand Jury, having recovered from his recent illness, the grand jury to-day resumed Its hearings in the Federal Building and examined a number of witnesses in the Beef Trust Investigation. Both United States restrict Attorney Burnett and his assistant Mr. MarY were attendance. The principal witness railVd was A. S. Edwards, said to bo an important official*? th* New-York City branch of Swift & Co. It was rumored about the Federal Buildln* that the £r^d jury finds the peculiar wording of the federal statutes in Its way and a bar to decisive BSrSnKffS SB GKAEM'WSBS! ute» governing trusts be^amended. OVER 346,899 PLAGUE VICTIMS. London March 23.-Replying to questions In the House of Commons to-night. Mr. Brodrick. Secre tary of State for India, said that the latest figures on the plague In India showed that for the four weeks ended February 28 in the Bombay Presidency there were 13,475 deaths, and that for the four weeks ended March 11 in the' rest of India there were 183 660 deaths. The total number of death* from the plague in the Bombay Presidency from January 1 to February 23 was 28,721. and In the rest of India, from January 1 to March 11, 31&.17&. Mr Brodrick aaid he had communicated with the Viceroy of India looking to a remedy for this de plorable i'"« of life, and that it had been decided to Bend out a scientific expedition to Investigate the causes. The expedition will start Immediately. GREATEST -t.lilM BTORY . .of tee year, I "SouU on Firo," \--'. . •■'' Begins next Sunday . March 28, I "Soul* on Kirn,' » Urging nrxt Suiklu.t. March 2a, ■ n the I . Xew-Vork Tribune Bandar Ma»a»lne, RUSSIA DESIRES PEACE, PROPOSALS IMMINENT. Compensatory Considerations in Lieu of Cash Indemnity. St. Petersburg, March L'3.— The Ministers and supporters of the court who advocate the sub mission of pacific proposals to Japan, as previ ously set forth in these dispatches, so as to ascertain whether an honorable basis of peace Is possible, believe they have carried the day and The Associated Press hears on high authority that an actual step is imminent if not already taken. As cabled to The Associated Press from St. Petersburg last night, it was announced that at ihe conference recently held at Tsarskoe-Selo con cerning the question whether Russia should now \ndicate her willingness for peace, all agreed, first ly, that preparations to continue the wsr shall not be relaxed, and. secondly, to reject humiliating j terms. There wouli probably be two points on which Russia would be found Implacable— namely, cession of territory and indemnity— to neither of which, it wm said, would Emperor Nicholas ever agree. It was pointed out, however, that if Japan seri ously desires enduring peace, Russia migbt be . ready to offer liberal compensatory considerations. For instance, in lieu of direct indemnity, she might turn over to Japan the proceeds of the sale of all the rights and property of the Port Arthur and Dalny and the Chinese Eastern railways and lib erally pay for the maintenance of Russian pris oners, in Jap in, and, while refusing to cede Sag halin. might grant rights to the iishories there, or even relinquish all the valuaDe seal fisheries on the Commander Islands. It is possible, also, that satisfactory arrangements might be made regarding Russian naval strength in Kastern waters for a period of years. The terms which Japan will probably insist upon for negotiating peace will undoubtedly include the retention by the island empire of Port Arthur, which she has twice conquered by almost incredible efforts, and the right to maintain a protectorate over Corea, the natural outlet on the mainland for the surplus population of her own islands. How far the question of an indemnity will be In sisted on by Japan it will take time to determine. Doubtless an amount sufficient to cover the ex penses incurred in carrying on the conflict would be sought. There is a possibility that Russia might b<- willing to sell and Japan to purchase the Chi nese Kastern Railway and the Port Arthur and Dalny Railway, and this would cover- all or a por tion of the indemnity. The indemnity paid by France to Germany after the close of the war of 1870-71 amounted to live milliards of francs, about $1,000,000,000. The transfer of Saghalien Island, which Russia obtained from Japan in ISTri by exchange for the Kurile Islands, might t>o insisted on by Japan, as the pll and fishing rights there are said to be among the concessions sought in re/turn for the loan re cently secured by Japan. But the use of Saghalien as a penal colony by Russia would possibly pre clude this, and a compromise- might be made by the grant by Russia of fishing- rights off Saghalien and the rieht to catch seals on the Commander Islands. If negotiations are undertaken it is deemed prob able that hostilities, will bo suspended pending their conclusion in terms that are acceptable to both parties, or are broken off by mutual consent. If there should be any proposition which would tend to humiliate Russia or to destroy the prestige she would still possess ir. Manchuria by reason of her railroad concessions, it would undoubtedly be promptly rejected. EXPECTED IN WASHINGTON. Growth of Peace Feeling in Russia No Sur prise to Officials. Washington, March 23. — The sudden growth of the sentiment in Russian official Circles in favor of peace is not surprising to the officials here, because it is in line with the predictions of the American Embassy in St. Petersburg, when last heard from on this subject. In. fact, it' waa gathered that thf real obstacle in the way Of beginning peace negotiations was to, be found rather in the Jealousies of European powers* outsidfe of Russia than In the Czar's own court. There has for some time been substantial evi dence that by tlifß exertion, of quiet pressure from the outside on the.St, Petersburg govern ment it might be induced to break the dead lock In the situation which resuita from the re luctance of each belligerent as a matter of pride to make the first overtures-,. Bat just at this point the efforts of the real Friends of peace are said to have been negatived by the fear of some of the European powers that their inter ests might suffer in a settlement which they did not themselves arrange. There is reason to believe now, however, that the great financial interests of London, Berlin and Paris, looking to their own salvtttion and the security of their enormous Russian loans, have risen above na tional lines and that to the exertion of their powerful influence is due the present promise of peace in the near future. INTERNAL WAR LOAN. Russian Banks and Syndicate Pledge $75,000,000. St. Petersburg, March 23. — A preliminary con tract was signed to-day with a number of Rus sian banks for the issue of $75,000,000 of the proposed internal loan of $100,000,000. The bonds bear Interest at the rate of 5 per cent per annum and are redeemable in fifty years.. The issue price is 96. The successful conclusion of the internal loan comes as a gleam of sunshine in an otherwise clouded situation. Of this amount the Gov ernment Savings Bank takes one-fourth, and private banks and an underwriting syndicate the remainder. TAKE JAPANESE LOAN. Negotiations for Flotation of £S0 } - 000,000 Completed. Negotiations for a Japanese government loan for £30,000,000 have been closed In London, it was definitely learned yesterday afternoon. The bonds will bear 4^ per cent interest, and will be secured by a first mortgage on the tobacco monopoly of Japan. It is understood that they will mature in 1&23. Parr's Bank, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Association, the Yokohama Specie Bank and Kuhn, Loeb & Co. are associated in the taking of the loan. One half of the entire i3sue will be taken in this country by a syndicate headed by Kuhn, Loeb & Co., in which syndicate the National City Bank and the National Bank of Commerce will participate. The figure at which the new loan has been taken could not be learned yesterday, but it is understood to be relatively much higher than the prices at which the two preceding loans were taken, as the security of the tobacco mo nopoly revenues is ample for providing the interest called for by the new bonds, and the quotations for tho two former loans are now ma terially above their issue price, reflecting the constantly improving prospects of Japan in the war now vvaplng with Russia. It is said that urgent efforts were made in Toklo to obtain the new loan by a German bank- Ing group and another International group, headed by Speyer Brothers, of London. RUSSIAN FLEET HEADS NORTH. Port Louis, Island of Mauritius, March 23. — A steamer from Colombo, Ceylon, which arrived here to-day, reports that during the. night of March 10 she met a Russian torpedo boat, which was followed by a ; squadron of warships some distance behind. , The steamer was- unable to make out the number or character of the ships. m lir.M)MH|-> AM> MM KAI.4IM FBOSI COLDS Laxative Hroino Quinine, the world wide Cold and Onj. remedy, removes the cause. Ci.il for th« full tuitn* ac 4 look lor al(D«.tur« at E. W. Grove. S3«« _ "OPERA. SALE" ©? WEBER PIANOS THE annual sale of Weber Pianos used during the opera season by members of the Conried company was or:g:n.illy intended to last through the entire week. After three days' selling the collection has been depicted to such an extent that only a few instruments in odd woods still remain. The places of the sold pianos have been tilled by a collection or'entirely new instromsn-s, fresh from the Wheelock and Stuyvesant factories. The appreciation and enthusiasm which the public bestowed upon the sale of the opera artists' pianos are equally deserved by this new offering. Wheelock Pianos. Uprights at $560, S2OO and $450. Wheelock pianos, have been made and sold in large numbers for over a quarter of a century. Their reputation for high musical quality extends from coast to coast, and they are as popular in San Francisco as in New York. Purity, resonance, brilliancy and evenness of tone are the foundations of the Wheelock's admittedly great success, while its exceptional durability is known and enthusiastically en dorsed by numerous school* and other institutions in which pianos are put to the severest tests. • . • •• . These Flanos arc purchasable on moderate monthly payments. Both the Wheelock and Stuyvesant Pianos are made in their own factories in New York City and have had an independent and successful existence of their own. A little over a year ago rhey were united with the Aeolian Company, since which time they have had the benefits of close alliance with the largest house in the musical industry and the active co-operation of the greatest corps of musical and mechanical experts ever brought together. No pianos selling at anything like the prices of the Wheelock and Stuyvesant have, or could possibly have, such important advantages as these instruments have under their present auspices and organization. The best evidence of actual success based upon pub lic appreciation is the fact that extensive additions in both factories have been made nec essary and are now being actively carried forward. This collection should be inspected iy every person contemplating the purchase of a piano. The Aeolian Company, Aeolian Hall, JSiTiS^usa Controlling the manufacture and sale of Weber, Steclc, Wheelock, and Stuyvcctnt PUr.oi. AGAIN FORMING CRESCENT JAPANESE CLOSING IN. Advance Flanks Executing Wide Tu rning Movem ent. Gun-Shu (Hua-Shu) Pass, March 23.— The Japanese are following the Russian rearguard, which Is moving north from San-Tou-Pu at the rate of eight and one-half miles a day. On both flanks -the Japanese are operating a wide turn ing movement, but the strength of the flanking forces has ;.ot been detinitely ascertained. At a number of places along the. railroad be tween San-Tou-Pu and Gun,-Shu Pass there are broken Mils with- steep sides and gorges, where Btubborn resistance might be made, but it is doubtful whether General Linevitch will make a stand before he reaches the Sungari River and Chant-Chia-Tu. I'nless he Is able to hold the line of the river the Russian position will be so weak strategically that he may be compelled to retire back of Harbin into Siberia, owing to the fact that as they approach Harbin the Russian front parallels the railroad, rendering the danger of a severance of the sole line of communica tion constantly greater. While tho army is still far from Siberia and with the Chinese Kastern Railroad behind It in perpendicular front the danger to the Siberian Railroad is only from raiding: parties and Chinese bandits, and com paratively few railroad- guards are sufficient to protect the bridges. But once the army falls back behind the Sungari River communication with the faraway base will be terribly jeop ardized, not by the small number of the guards, but by the slza of the army which will be re quired-to protect the railroad. The prospect of tlie Isolation of Vladivostok must also be met, and It is urgently necessary to supply the gar rison with provisions and ammunition, not for a few months, but for two years. Two hundred thousand reinforcements from Russia are now necessary to make it possible for the Russians to meet the Japajiese on any thing like even terms. Gun-Shu Pass, March 23.— General Linevitch, the new commander in chief of the army, to day received the members of his staC. Chinese state that the Japanese have re cruited many Chinese bandits, and that probably they are now "able to count a superiority in cavalry as well as in infantry- The branch of the Russo-Chine3e Bank has removed from Klrln to Harbin, after an attack on the bank office. In which two of the guard 3 were wounded with stones. Captured Japanese report that a terri'olo affray took place in the streets of Muukde.i on March 10, when a big detachment of Russians, the last to leave the city, were entrapped by Chinese* bandits and a few Japanese soldiers, who closed the city gates and blocked the nar row streets. According to the report, which is not confirmed, not a Russian escaped. Field Marshal Oyama haa communicated to .Geuural Linevitch the news that the eiuiit- Rus sian medical staff which remained in Bfoukdeu alter the evacuation is uninjured and well. MAY LOSE HARBIN. Russian Position Weak—Reinforce ments Arrive Sloztfy. St. Petersburg, March 24.— The possibility that if the Russian army should be unable to hold the lower line of the Sungari River at Chun-Chia-Tgu it may be compelled to retreat n^t only to Harbin, but also further westward along the railroad, abandoning to the Japanese Northern Manchuria and the Russian maritime Amur provinces as veil, is the latest startling newa from the front. The strategic weakness of General Linevitch's position as he falls back northward is made clear by a Gun-Shu dispatch. in which it is pointed out that unless Chun-Chla-Tsu and the Sungari lines, a scant one hundred miles below Harbin, can be held, it will be difficult to main tain a position further lack before Harbin, where, with the front of the army paralleling the railroad, the practicability of ■ turning movement to completely sever communications and Isolate the army 0,000 miles from home is too serious for Russian consideration. In view of this possibility the dispatch alluded to suggests the advisability of immediately pro viding Vladivostok with war munition! and Always F.enembier"tbe Full Namo ' _, . fcaxative Rromo Quinine j* pyj £ M9Vvy NEW PIANO DISPLAY AT AEOLIAN HALL Is succeeded by An Important Exhibit of New WHEELOCK and m. uyvesant pianos FIFTH AYE. AUCTION ROOMS ! 238 STH AYE. WM. B. NORMAN, VJCT'CNEEFL * A Collection of the Finest Persian Rugs and Carpets j EVER OFFERED, t To=day and Saturday, March 24 and 25, comprising thirty original bales of the b««t exaTc'es of O'iH «r.j w««* «- v - r™™ c • -world famed provinces of Persia. Several Large Size Kermanshah Carpets in sizes of 25x15, 28x24. 36x26, 21x19. <fi.c^ &o. The choicest of tha best masterpiece*. ♦ By order of one of the most prominent BANKING firms of New York, TO BE BOLD AT AUCTION AT 1:30 O'CLOCK EACH DAT. TO-JWGHT AIS S.IJ UNRESTRICTED PUBLIC SALE OF THE REMARKABLE EHRICH COLLECTION OF "Old Masters" in tho Grand Ballroom of tho WALDORF-ASTORIA. NO TICKETS KEQUIR.ED. SO.IO conducted by Mr. J&mes P. Silo. supplies for a two years' siege. The correspond ent estimates the number of reinforcements needed to give General Linevitch the requisite superiority in force at 200.000. That such a dispatch should have been permitted to pass the censor at the front is significant, and If General Linevitch has communicated a similar estimate of the situation direct ,to _ Emperor Nicholas it may account for his majesty's In creased disposition to listen to peace counsels and open negotiations before the Japanese es tablish themselves on Russian soil. With Man churia entirely abandoned to the Japanese and Vladivostok left as Russia's solitary sentinel on the Pacific, It is realized that Russia will be practically at Japan's mercy in the matter of peace terms.' It tan now "be definitely stated that the d*s clsion to appoint Grand Duke Nicholas Nicho laievitch to the supreme command in the Far East has been reconsidered because the outlook at the front does not warrant the risk of com promising the prestige of a member of the im perial family. .r". r " " At the general" staff the view that General Linevitch may be compelled to abandon- Harbin and retire toward Lake Baikal, leaving Vladi vostok to. lts fate, is regarded as almost un warranted by anything that la officially known there, it being pointed out that Field Marshal Oyama will have a long and laborious task to bring up an army of 000.000 or 400.000 men. Meanwhile Russian reinforcements are arriv ing at Harbin at the rate of 1.200 men a day. Nevertheless, it is significant that there Is now a well marked peace party at the War Office. TEN PEASANTS KILLED. Russian Infantry Fire on Strikers — Many Wounded. Kutno, Russian Poland. March 23.— peas ants were killed and fifty were wounded at Lamentn, March 21, by Infantry sent to quell agrarian disturbances, A crowd 'of peasants from Benlgnowa proceeded to Lamenta to in duce ihe farm laborers to strike, and rioting occurred. The Chief of Police with a company of soldiers went to- the scene, and the troops tired two volleys at the peasants, killing two and wounding fifty. The latter were brought in carts to the hospital her*, where seven men and me woman subsequently died. Eleven others are dying. . »-. Stuyvesant Pianos. Uprights at $250 and $285. In th« Stuyvria-i; Piano the cdbrt froTi th« fire ha* b-cn to nuk: an imtrument which (hall be thoroughly re liable in every mental respett «nd yet, by adc? a careful system of economy in in ■nfntw, hr.a; its cc«: within reach of those who hire a limited and fixed rim to iareit m a piano for the home. It i* bellrved ta*t the Snyresaa: Piano to-d-y represents the greatest value at its price to be had anywhere in the market. It has been before the public for over two decade* and thoroughly fills the demand for as instrument of moderate cos: and known reliability. NATHAN KELLOGG DEAD. Nathan Kellogg, the father of the w#U kno«a la»-:-er. Luther Leflin Kellogg, of the firm of Kel logg. Ros* * Smith, died yesterday inDansviUs. N. V.. at the age of eighty-one years. Mr. Kel logg was a well known up-State mm . Hah t. an* a graduate of the Troy Polytechnic |«^g» His wife. Helen M.. wra* the daughter df UaMT Larlin. one of the first mannfactureraof jsunpo^.e. in this country. His mir 1 Luther logg. the golfer. dt«l rer#ntn. • Fuil#rtl-.»«».c« will be held to-morrow evenin* at. tn*.bo.~*or Luther Laffin K>llog*. No. 133 W*st .»h-st. » l * o'clock. . 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