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PRICE TWO CENTS. CUBA AT AN ACUTE STAGE Rejection of Platt Terms May Be Serious. A CONFLICT IS POSSIBE Fear That United States Will Be Ordered to Leave. WOULD MEAN TO DECLARE WAR Uur I'lim Suiigested In to Diwaolve the Cuban I oustitutioual Convention. Mmw York Sun Snmclml Smrviom Washington, April a.- The practically unanimous vote of the Cuban constitu tional convention repudiating the Platt amendment is a disappointment to the ad ministration. President McKiuley had been led to believe that the convention "would accept the amendment. General 'Wood's dispatches relating to the convention have been most optimistic and the members of congress that visited the island at ihe close of the session brought back to Washington wonderful stories about the Cubans being eager to accept the Platt plan. Now the president finds himself in prac tically the same position he wa3 in before congress adopted the Plait amendment. The United States is in control of the affairs of the island by virtue of having an army there to support its occupation and authority. Situation 1m Acute. The vote of the convention renders the military situatiou very acute, for it is interpreted in Washington to be tanta mount to an invitation to get out and leave Cuba to the Cubans. Of course, the president will do nothing of the sort. He will rely upon the Platt amendment to continue military occupation until con gress meets again. That may be earlier than December, for it is admitted there are features in the situation in Havana that are extremely disquieting and even threatening. Officials in Washington admit that the vote may be only the precurser of a deci sion by the convention specifically to de mand that the United States withdraw its troops from the island and leave the Cu ban people to work out their own destiny. Such a demand is dreaded by the presi dent. He feels that it would be tanta mount to a declaration of war, and that ius consequences would be disastrous. Dissolve the Convention. Some of the president's military ad visers are in favor of adopting drastic measures to get rid of the present con stitutional convention. They are urging that it ba forced to adjourn without sub mitting a draft of a constitution to the people. If this is done, they say, the United States authorities in Cuba can see to it that the delegates to the next con vention are friendly to the United States. President McKinley. however, is balking at the idea. He is afraid that it would serve as a call to arms to all the patriots of the island and that an uprising would be sure to follow. The whole matter will be submitted to the cabinet on Tuesday and possibly some program will be decided upon. AMENDMENT REJECTED Cohan Constitution Refunes to Ac- ] cept IMutt Amendment. Havana, April 8. —The convention has voted not to accept the Platt proposition. First it rejected the compromise measure of Giberga. Then the Quilez motion to accept was taken up and def ed by a vote of 24 to 2, Quilez and Giberga alone supporting it. TELLS OF A STRIKE Discoverer of the Chisna River Dis- trict Gives Pointers. TWO OUNCES OF GOLD PER HOUR The Harddhipn Are Great and There Will Be No BuslneMH Oppor tunities for Yean. 9 Special to The Journal. Tacoma. Wash.. April B.—A letter has been received from Melvin Dempsey, dis coverer of the Chisna river district in the Copper river country, in which he details his finds in May, 1899. Mr. Dempsey says he left Valdes on April 3, 1900, crossed the glacier and reached Twenty-mile on the 21st. Haz leti and Meals offered to share the pros pect, and with Hazlett he pushed on. Meals followed with a pack horse of sup plies. They pitched their tent on the Chisna, at the point now named "Dis covery," where they struck pay dirt two weeks later. Last spring forty-eight men joined him at the new diggings, and all located rich claims before June. On June 21 the first gold was found on Slate creek, and on July 4 four cleaned up thirty-two ounces of gold in eight hours in Miller gulch. On a claim owned by R. H. Coles and him self on Slate creek two ounces were washed out of a sluice box in one hour, shoveling in from the grass roots down. All work afterward done on the claim averaged two ounces to the hour. The output of the camp, which was organized into the Chisna mining district on June 21, with Mr. Dempsey as record er, was $30,000 for twenty-five men dur ing the short season from July 4 to Aug. 10, none of the men working more than fifteen days and some not over five days. This was accomplished with poor boxes and under adverse circumstances, lumber having to be packed ten miles. Mr. Dempsey believes the Chisna dis trict is open only at the edges, bedrock not having been struck on any of the claims. "I believe Chisna will prove as rich as Dawson's best when bedrock is reached," he writes. "'Not only Chisna, but other sreeks around in that neighborhood. I have two or three in mind on which, with $50,000, 1 could open up claims that would rival anything in Alaska. •'Among the creeks I consider very; good, but which will require considerable! capital on account of depth, are Hidden Treasure, Elizabeth and Daisy." ' He advises intending prospectors that the hardships are great, and it is his opinion there will be no business oppor tunities within a year or two. EMPRESS IS IN DANGER Rebellion in Shensi and in Mongolia. TROOPS MAY INTERFERE Outbreak Headed by Prince Tuan and General Tung-f v Sian. REBELS HAVE LARGE FORCES Report of a Diplomatic UreuU Be tween Rukslu. ami China. Peking. April B.—The rumors of the outbreak of a rebellion, headed by Geu eral Tun-Fu-Sian, the former commander or the northern army, in the province of Mongolia and Shensi, have been absolute ly authenticated. Li-Hung Chang and Prince Ching havo received information which, though in definite, still proves that the court is seriously alarmed. Troop* in the Field. General Fu-Sian, according to last ac counts, was about 150 miles from the court with li.ooo regular troops, all sup posed to be devoted to him. The court has about the same number of soldiers at Sian-fu, but it is probable that the troops of Tung-Fu-Sian are better drilled and better armed. It is believed that the Mongolian re bellion was brought about through agents of Prince Tuau and General Tung-Fu- Sian. Li-Hung Chang thinks there are about 5.000 regular troops in Mongolia, and he inclines to the belief that they have not joined in the rebellion. He does not think the court is in any danger and that the object of Prince Tuan (who was last re ported at Xing-Hsu with 10,000 men, pre pared to resist arrest) and General Tung- Fu-Sian is to create a diversion to force unconditional protection of themselves. Troops May Interfere. Unofficial Chinamen of intelligence re gard the rising as most unfortunate to the interests of China and as possibly mean ing the use of foreign troops to protect even the court itself. The ministers of the powers do not think that, provided foreign interests do not suffer, auy present interference is likely. If the dynasty should be over thrown, it would, to a certain extent, de lay the peace negotiations, but they con sider that a regime not bound by tradi tions like those of the present court probably will be much easier to deal with j eventually, as the ceremonial could be much curtailed. Chime Says It Is Slight. Prince Ching, who as a relative, may be considered to take the court view of the sutuation, thinks the rebellion is a storm in a teacup. He says the present court is loved and esteemed by nine-tenths of the population of China and that the same proportion of able-bodied .jen in China would rise to protect the existing dynasty. The empress dowager, as the adviser of the emperor, holds a place in the affec tions of the people not dremt of and not understood by the foreigners. Her slight est wish is the emperor's law, though he is by no means the figurehead the foreign powers frequently suppose. The emperor recognizes her ability, invaluable aid and advice. BREAK WITH CHIXA Report That Uiissia Has Severed Diplomatic Relations. Washington, April B.—Mr. Rockhill's latest dispatch does not mention any in terruption of diplomatic intercourse be tween Russia and China, yet a dispatch from Mr. Squires, the American charge d'affaires, appears to have been quite ex plicit that the difficulty had made itself manifest. At the state department it is thought possible that the trouble may have been adjusted after Mr. Squires' dispatch. There are some circumstances that indi cate that at least some strain or partial interruption of intercourse has occurred. It has developed that Russia had delivered to Cbina what amounted to an ultimatum on the. signing of the Manchurian agree ment. This fixed a definite limit within which China could act, and conveyed the cl^ar intimation that unfavorable action by China would lead to a severance of di plomatic relations. The limit is believed to have expired last Wednesday. China did not sign, and the next day, Thursday, Russia addressed her note to the powers, which has been accepted as removing the pressure over the Manchurian agreement. This at first seemed to be a waiver of her prior intimation of an interruption of di plomatic intercourse, and yet there was no such explicit waiver, and the latest ad vices from Peking reporting that an inter ruption has now actually occurred, seem to be directly in line with the threat pre viously conveyed. If there is an interruption of the rela tions between Russia and China, it is not expecod to disarrange the negotiations between- the powers and China or between Russia and the powers. It probably would be confined to a termination of the close entente long maintained between Russia and China. MONDAY MORNING SESSION Badger Lesialatoi-H Signalize It by Killing Many Hills. Special to The Journal. Madison, Wis., April B.—The first Mon day morning session of the assembly found fifty-seven members in their seats, just a few more than the quorum neces sary to do business. Most of the work done was of a murderous character, thir teen of the twenty-four measures acted on being killed. Among these was the bill passed by the senate requiring three years" study in stead of two before examination for ad mission to the bar, and the bill giving the state board of health supervision of water and sewer plants. Effort? to save this by an amendment cutting of? the appropria tion failed. Only one bill passed, Mr. Zinn's amendment to the statutes requir ing fire escapes in hotels and other build ings so as to require at least two exits from each floor and two escapes on the building, or in lieu thereof and inch and a half rope in each room. Among the bills advanced was Senator O'Neill's, providing for the appointment | of a woman on the state board of normal school regents. The Harting bill requiring dogs to be 'licensed, went to ttjf third reading amended so as to make the license fee $2 instead of $1, and providing that the law shall not apply in cities and villages hav ing local license ordinances. MONDAY EVENING, APRIL 8, 1901. <gk*sr^ THE LAST OP THE BELLIGERENTS. Aguinaldo—Come, fellows; take the oath and the war will be over. HE BUYS DIAMONDS Aguinaldo to Be Moved to a House in the Fashionable Quarter. HE BALKS ON THE CONDITIONS Filipinos Are ' Complaining Be cause He Gets Special Favors. Manila, April B.—lt is possible that Aguinaldo will soon be removed from the Malacanan palace to a large house, with | pleasant grounds, 56 General Solano street, a fashionable quarter of the city, beside the Pasig river, which is being renovated and prepared for occupancy. Aguinaldo is purchasing diamonds and other jewelry. It is said that the manifesto, which Aguinaldo has been preparing, has not yet been signed aid it is added that Aguinaldo is reluctant to comply with the conditions. li appears that the majority of the Fili pinos in Manila distrust Aguinaldo and dislike to see him accorded special fa vors. They say he ought to be severely punished. Ceneral Sandico, a former member of Aguinaldo's cabinet, has surrendered at Cabanatuan, in the Drovice of New Ecija. He has a bad record and may be tried. The trial of M. Brix Hoelterman, the Belgian conencted with the Philippine Trading company charged with furnishing supplies to the insurgents, has been com pleted. The Filipino Colonel Herrera who recently surrendered, testified that Hoel terman furnished money and rice to the j insurgents. CIVIL GOVERNMENT Taft CommiMslon Submits* a Plan for the Philippines. Cayagan, Mindanao, April 7. —The Philippine commission has prepared recommendations as to the form of gen eral civil government to be stablished for the Philippines, July 1, and to continuo until congress organizes a permanent government. This temporary civil government is ex pected to consist of a governor, a cabinet and a legislative council, and it is be lieved that the members of the present commission will act as the principal ad visers of Governor General Taft. The members of the provincial legislature will all be appointed. EnlUt the Filipino*. Washington, April B.—lnstructions have been cabled by Secretary Long to Admiral Remey authorizing him to enlist 500 natives of the Philippines in service on board the former Spanish gunboats and other small vessels which are to be maintained exclusive ly in the Philippines. Americans, especially those serving in the flrerooms, become quick ly debilitated. It is believed that the health of Filipinos will not suffer, because they are acclimated. Helped Capture \mi I naldu. Lake City. Fla.. April B.—J. I). Taylor has received a letter from his son, Lieutenant James i). Taylor, Jr., of the Twenty-fourth United States infantry, which shows that the young man, with kindness and seven cigars, won over seven Filipinos and secured the information which enabled General Funston to capture Aguinaldo. He got from them letters and information wn!en resulted in finding Aguinaldo'a messenger. CANT FIX GAS RATE Appellate Court in Chicago Dis- solves the Injunction. Chicago, April B.—Judge Windes of the appellate court to-day dissolved the in junction granted by Judge Dunne of the circuit, court, restraining the People's Gas lrgnt and Coke company from charging more than 72 cents per thousand cubic feet for heating or fuel gas. Judge Windes holds that the circuit court is without power or jurisdiction to determine the rate. It had been held that the injunction established a precedent under which the rates charged by street railways, gas and electric companies and big corporations could be fixed by the municipal govern ments. ELEVATOR FIRE INCENDIARY Bojk Are Thought to Have Started the St. Louis Blaxe. St. Louis, Anril B.—lt is believed that the fire that caused the destruction of the grain elevator owned by the St. Louis Ele vator and Storage company, causing a loss of $650.00, was started by boys. BARBERS UP FOR EXAMINATION. Special to The Journal. Owatonna, Minn., April B.—Secretary Mar tin of the state barbers' board is holding ex aminations at the courthouee here to-day. [About seventy barbers are in attendance. MAYBELAWANYWAY A Queer Tangle Over the Deming Parole Bill. THE CLAIM OF SENATOR WILSON A Question Whether the House Can Thus Withdraw and Kill a Bill. It the Deming parole bill a law or a piece of waste paper? This is the prob lem the attorney senerav'is now laboring 1 over. The bill in question was recalled by the house from the governor's hands, and after an unsuccessful effort to amend it, it was indefinitely postponed. The senate was not consulted, though that body had passed the bill. Saturday was the last day allowed by law for the governor to act, and as it was not vetoed or signed within that time the friends of the bill claim that it became a law by expiration of the time limit. The point was raised in a letter to Gov ernor Van Sant, from Senator Wilson, as follows: Referring to the parole bill returned by your excellency yesterday, I request that you ask for the opinion of the attorney general, to be given at < his earliest convenience, whether said bill, notwithstanding the same was returned to the house at its request, be came a law. The constitution, article IV., section 11, provides that after an act has passed both branches of the legislature and is presented to the governor, he must, within the time prescribed in said section, do one of three things—namely: First—He must sign it; or, Second—Return it, with his objections, un signed: or, Third —Allow it to become a law by allow ing the time to expire. There is no question but that the parole bill was regularly passed by both branches of the legislature, was duly authenticated by the proper officers and presented to your ex cellency for action as prescribed by the con stitution. Can one branch of the legislature, against the will of the other, or -without the con sent, even with the consent of the executive, nullify a law, or an act, which has become a law by the omission of the executive to do what the constitution requires of him? Attorney General Douglas has not had time to decide the question. It has been a custom for several years for the house where a bill originated, to withdraw it when desired from the governor's hands for the purpose of amendment. But this is the first time on record when a bill so withdrawn has been killed outright. It raises the question whether one house can withdraw a bill passed by both without the consent of the other house. Should the attorney general decide Senator Wilson's point well taken, then the bill is a law. It is in the hands of the house, however, and by the house's records indefinitely postponed, and as the house refuses to yield the bill it cannot be turned over to the secretary of state. Friends of the bill, however," say that even then the bill is not lost. Should the courts determine that the bill is a law, the chief clerk of the house can be summoned to prove the fact, and on such a showing the bill may yet be placed on the statute books. It would probably be declared void if tested, but friends of the Youngers would have a better opportunity to amend the bill two years hence than to pass an entirely new measure. ROCKEFELLER'S HARBOR Purchase Is Confirmed, but the De- taila Are ruckiiii;. Superior, Wis., April B.—The report that John D. Rockefeller has purchased a large tract of land with a harbor in northern Wisconsin is true as far as the harbor is concerned, but the figures and amount of land cannot be confirmed at the present time. The land is located at the mouth of the Montreal river. The dividing line Is between Michigan and Wisconsin, at the northerly end of those states. The harbor is a good one but there may be some trouble from the fact that it has a sandstone bottom and would not ac corSmodate boats drawing more than eigh teen feet of water. It is but twenty miles from the Gogebic range and a railroad survey connecting the harbor and the range, has been made. USED A HAY KNIFE. Special to The Journal. Thorpe, Wis., April B.—Louis Lindgren, a farmer residing four miles northwest of here, committed suicide last night by cutting his throat with a hay knife. Insanity was the cause. He leaves a family. RUSSIA IN TURMOIL Letters State That Arrests Are Still Numerous. NEW MINISTER OF INSTRUCTION Opinion Differs Regarding the Ef fect of Van Novsky'n Ap pointment. Mow York Sun Saootat Saevlom. ; Parjs, April 8. —Letters from . Russia | give very pessimistic accounts: of the out look in the kingdom of the czar. Arrests are still numerous. The students espec ially are receiving the attention of the police. -?"..-..'■:';,-■ General Van Novsky, the new minister of public instruction, is described in an "inspired" telegram as "very popular among the students." In Russian circles here, however, this is said to be a gross exaggeration. The new official is de scribed as an exceedingly ignorant gen eral, and the mere fact that a military man has been appointed to such a post is considered very significant here. IT'S LEADERS BLIND Countess Tolstoi Scores the Action of the Greek Church. 2?eu> Tork Sun Special Service Berlin, April B.—The Tageblatt pub lishes an open letter from Countess Tol stoi to M. Pobedonoszew, procurator gen eral of the Greek Catholic church in Rus sia, In which she defends her husband and bitterly arraigns the injustice and the hypocrisy of the leader of the ancient | communion. The letter reads, in part, j as follows: i Words cannot describe to you my fearful I sufferings and sorrow for the action taken } against my husband by the holy synod—suf ferings induced by the knowledge that the church has fallen so low as to excommuni cate the noblest member of the historic com munion, which has done so much toward the redemption of the world; sorrows for . the deep blindness into which its leaders have fallen. •!.' ? .V..." ,} : :.; ■"* I am «consoled by the positive conviction that this excommunication cannot rob my husband of his eternal salvation. This power lies only in the hands of a just providence and not in the power of unjust men. When, however, I read this decree and find that it emanates from the church in -which I was baptized and confirmed and which I never leave of my own free will, my eyes fill with tears. Because my husband gives vent to his hon est convictions he is put under the curse of the church .while hosts of hypocrites desecrate the holy coinmuDion by godless lives, though outwardly they concur with the abuses of priests and monks. I shall pray God that he may open the eyes of the blind leaders of the blind, and that the holy synod will reconsider their ac tion before my husband shall have passed into eternity. Moscow, April B.—Antonius, metropoli tan of St. Petersburg, has issued a reply to Countess Tolstoi's defense of her hus band. The ecclesiastical manifesto, in rather tame language, criticises the countess' statements and attempts to re fute her incisive and pugnacious protest against the synod's ban. The metropoli tan concludes by saying: "God bless and guard you, and pardon your huSDand." REFORSI THE SCHOOLS i/ar's Instructions to the New >lin- iHter of Education. K&w York Sun Special Servian St. Petersburg, April B.—General Van Novsky has been appointed minister of public instruction in succession to K. Bogolyopoff, who died a few days ago from a bullet wound inflicted by an assassin. The czar has addressed a rescript to the new minister in which he says: The experiences of recent years have shown the existence of deficits in our schol astic system that are so material that I think the time has come to undertake an immediate and thorough revision aud im provement. Highly valuing your experience as a statesman and your enlightenment, I have chosen you to co-operate with me in renovating and reorganizing the Russian schools, firmly convinced that you will un swervingly endeavor to attain the goal indi cated by me, and that you will bring to the work of educating the Russian youth cordial sympathy and sagacity, ripened by experience. Berlin, April 8. —The appointment of General Van Novsky as Russiah minister of education is regarded as a great refor mative step, and a recognition by the czar of the genuineness of the grievances on which the students' agitation is based. General Van Novsky has the reputation of having great administrative ability. He is sympathetic toward the students. It is 12 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. MEN AND SHIPS READY FOR WAR Both Japan and Russia Are Said to Be Making Open Preparations for a Conflict. Japan Has No Confidence in Russia's Honesty of Purpose—Russia May Give Up Korea. Mmw York Sun Saeciml Servian. London, April B.—Both Japan and Rus sia have emerged from cover, and their preparations for war are made so openly It is clear that both nations expect an early outbreak of hostilities. In Yokohama public proclamations were issued to-day that indicate Japan's atti tude only too clearly. Orders were trans mitted to shipping companies, according to cable dispatches to the Daily Mail, to hold ell their vessels in readiness for transport service. This laid the first dis tinct embargo since the outbreak of the Japan-China war on steamships depart ing from Japanese ports. Ships and Ariuw. Every cruiser on the reserve list has been directed to be put into commission for active service at once. Marshal Mar quis Yamagatta, at the command of the emperor, has recalled all furloughs to of ficers and soldiers o£ the first reserve, and. warned them to be on hand to take the field at a moment's notice. At the ar mories and government arms factories ex tra forces have been put on. Recruiting is pushed at all the stations. Public sentiment is for aggressive meas ures against Russia, and Premier Ito's de cided stand against the Manchuria agree ment has received marked support. Xone of the emperor's advisers has any hope that the czar will back down. The mobili zation of a strong Russian fleet near Seoul, where Japan maintains its naval station in China, has not escaped notice, nor has the inpouring of thousands of Muscovite troops into Manchuria in the past few weeks. \o Confidence in Itiissia. The Japanese decry any belief in the sincerity of Russia's protestations that it will not insist on forciag China to relin quish Manchuria now that the powers have gone on record as opposed to the grab. The public in Yokohama, Tokio and the other big Japanese cities are excited and belligerent and do not believe that they will take on a big contract in going to war with a big nation like Russia. The army is on a war footing now and so is the navy. And the Japanese contend that it is not an insignificant fighting strength. Russa Prepares, Too. - The night's cable dispatches from St. Petersburg do not show that civilians are enthusiastic over the prospects of an ex pensive and, burdensome war, but the of ficials of the czar's government are keep- said that his appointment carries unlim ited powers for two years, so that the reactionary officials will be unable to interfere with reforms. Students Arrested. London, April B.—A dispatch from St. Petersburg to the Reuter Telegram company says the police at Kharkoff have arrested twenty-one students for rioting at the rail road station on the departure of other stu dents who were expelled for being connected with previous disturbances at Kharkoff. A number of students were also arrested in St. Petersburg on leaving a theater, where they had manifested particular approval oi passages of a play which seemed to refer to political conditions in Russia, LOUBET IN DANGER Plot to Assassinate the French Pres- ident Is Discovered. ON HIS COMING JOURNEY TO NICE Extraordinary Precautions Taken to Prevent His Death. London, April B.— A dispatch to the Evenig News from Paris says that the French detectives were informed of a plot to assassinate President Loubet in his comicg trip. Extraordinary precautions have been taken and the usual police protection has been doubled. Outsiders have been ex cluded from the railroad stations. Ten thousand soldiers have been detailed to maintain order during the French presi dent's stay at Nice where stringent orders have been issued to suppress the slightest hostile demonstration. The president will ride in a high built landau, the pattern of which was suggested by the manner of President Sadie Carnot's assassination. It will afford little opportunity for anarchists or other lunatics to reach the head of the state. BOARD APPOINTMENTS Governor Van Sum Announces Tliree More of Them. Governor Van Sant made his last board appointments this morning. He an nounced as members of the board of Sol diers' home trustees John R Parshall of Faribault, reappointed; F. B. Doran of St. Paul and George C. Whitney of Wa dena. Killed in a Crap Game Dcs Moines, lowa, April B.—William Williams, aged 17, died to-day from a wouttd received in a fight over fifteen cents in a crap game at Carbondale, a mining camp near here. Henry Hoilins is charged with having fired six shots into the crowd of erap-shoters, wounding Sam Johnson, Henry Brown and William William*, but ba» not been arrested. Johnson and Brown will recover. All are colored. ing pace with Japan in preparing for con flict. All avilable war vessels are being hurried to Chinese waters. Soldiers are still being poured stealthily over the Man churian border and massed at stations near the Pacific coast. Russia is not eager to fight the belliger ent Japanese, but it will not recede and it is doggedly fortifying itself. To what, ex tent the land an* sea forces have been enlarged in the last few weeks is not known in London or on the continent, for the censors suppress all reference to theso matters. But the czar's government as suredly is not going to be caught napping. JAPAN PACIFIC Another Statement Say* There Are No Warlike Preparations. A'»w Torh Sun Special S»mlc» London, April B.—Apropos of the reiter ated reports that Japan is arming and sending an ultimatum to Russia,the Tokio correspondent of th© Times telegraphs that there is no truth whatever in the alarmist rumors of warlike preparations or per emptory demands. Japan, he adds, main tains a pacific attitude. GIVE IP KOREA Chinese, It Is Said, Hoped for m European Conflict. 2f*w York Sun Special Servi— London, April B.—The Peking corre spondent of the Morning Post says it i» stated on good authority that Russia is willing to give Japan a free hand in Korea to prevent the Japanese acting against the Russian policy in Manchuria. The correspondent adds that the French at Cheng-ting Pu intercepted a letter from Li Hung Chang to the governor of Shansi, in which Earl Li said the recent disturbances among the allies at Tientsin had caused the hope of a European con flict, by which Manchuria might be saved, but the differences were now settled and the other powers were willing, as usual, to watch Russia devour China. The con vention, therefore, must be signed. AFTER THE BATTLESHIP Itnsxiau Vessels Are Reported to Be Very Active. 2feu> York Sun Special Service. Singapore, April S.—The Russian tor pedo boat destroyers Kosatka and Skat, after hurriedly coaling at Puolway, Su matra, have cabled here to Inquire when, the Japanese battleship Hatsuse left port. After remaining off harbor four hours, the destroyers went away at full speed. It is believed that they will be ready to inter cept the Jap when war is declared. Russia in the Concert. Washington, April B.—Russia has not with drawn from the concert of nations, but is still working with the United States to hastea Conclusions in the Peking negotiations. SEEDS ARE DELAYED Government Distribution Is Too Late for Planting. FARMERS SEND NO COMPLAINTS Trouble Is That the Seeds for the South Are Always Sent Out First. Front The Journal Bureau, Room *6, -Pas* Building, Washington. Washington, Dec. —Many complaints have been received here from Minnesota and other northwestern states that, the seeds provided for distribution by mem bers of congress have not reached that section. The writers say that unless the seeds arrive within ten days they will be of no use, as they ought to be planted be fore the middle of this month. When senators and members make inquiry at the agricultural department, they are told that the law requires distribution in the southern states first, and the northwest must necessarily wait. In many cases the addressed slips to be pasted on the seed packages were sent to the department a month ago, but they have been piled up in a warehouse and no attention has been paid to them. Mem bers and senators have written to Secre tary Wilson urging expedition and he has promised that he will do what he can to supply the farmers and others who want : the government seeds as soon as possible.' The same condition obtained last spring, I whenthe seeds were distributed too late to be of any use and vegetables never ma-» tured owing to late planting. ■# *: '—H. C. Stevens. Wnxhlngton Small Talk. lowa postmasters appointed to-day: Star, Marion county, Anderson Bacus; Van Meter, Dallas <*>unty, H. H. Phillips; Warren, Le« county, E. A. Wallingrod. Rural free delivery service has been estab lished to commence May las follows: Min nesota—New Brighton, Ramsey county; car rier, A. J. Roach. Anoka, Anoka county; carrier, J. W. Clark. The controller of the currency has ap proved the organization of the First National Bank of Arcadia, Wls., with a capital of $25,000. The incorporators are John C. Qav eney. Ole O. Peterson, John A. Cashel, Olive* Busby and Andrew T. Christ.