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PRICE TWO CENTS. FRIDAY EVENING, JUNE 12, 1903. 20 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK
'A
GARISH LIGHT SHED
O N REBATE PRACTICE
F. N. Stacy Reports That the City Has Paid
Out $2,000,000 in Rebates in the
r V Last Fourteen Years.
Somebody Has Changed Assessment Rolls and a Big Crop of Rebates
Results from Such Alterations Made Without Authority-Hau
gan's Claim That He Was a Scapegoat Partially Borne Out by the
RecordsHe Was Apparently Urged to Accept Responsibility, for
Shortage Which He Was Not to Blame For.
Revolving fund reports by Thadeus S.
Dickey and F. N. Stacy were submitted
to the council committee on accounts of
city officers this afternoon. ^The report
of Mr. Dickey relates particularly to the
assets of the fund, while that of Mr.
Stacy seeks to explain what has become
f it. It is well known to those familiar
with city finances that there is little left
in the revolving fund, altho there are five
instalments of deferred payments on
special assessments due the fund, the
first having been collected last month, but
rot yet turned over/ to the city treasurer.
There are also large sums said to be due
from the sinking fund and the permanent
improvement fund. The permanent loss-
s, which are large, consist of money paid
out as rebates due to annulments of va
rious improvements by the council and
to the Haugan shortage.
It is understood that Mr. Dickey's
report will show that the revolving fund,
including the installments of deferred
payments, should have a credit of about
$900,000.
. Enormous Total of Rebates.
, The matter of rebates is a big problem.
For about fourteen years the city coun
cil, with yeoman* aid from the district
court and other offices, has been order
ing annulments in various ways and
these have depleted the revolving and
the permanent improvement funds hi the
most astounding manner.
It is understood that in the last
fourteen years the city has refunded
over $2,000,000 on taxes levied for
sewers, paving curb and gutter,
watermains and sidewalks.
^ _
No one seems to have cared and while
there have been some mild protests, no
one in authority has turned on the brakes
until Mayor Haynes the other day ve
toed a council resolution reducing an as
sessment for a sewer in Jefferson street
fcE.
The Books Tampered With.
Under the Pillsbury decision, rebates
were due to property owners who had been
assessed more than the actual cost of
Special improvements. Where assessments
were less than the actual cost the rolls
show that they have been raised by some
tody who interlined the new figures. In
asmuch as these increases were without
authority they were admittedly illegal and
, rebates have been collected on these al
tered assessments. The rebate agents are
reaping a rich harvest from these illegal
"changes.
Instances in which politics, favoritism,
clerical mistakes and unbusiness-like
methods have combined to drain the, re-
STOCK MARKET TIDE TURNED
William Rockefeller Has Raised His
Hand and Has Said
''Enough."
.'SB. Combination Formed to Squeeze
Some of the Short
Interests.
jlhe Rockefeller Interests in St. Paul
and Pennsylvania Have Been
Strengthened.
Bpecial to The Journal.
New York, June 12.If the stock mar
ket is not to break wide open, according to
the program outlined in some places in
the early part of the week, the position of
the bears in Canadian Pacific is likely to
hecome Interesting. The pool has sold no
stock and members of it are not at all
likely to have been seriously hurt by the
decline. London has taken most of the
floating stock here and a serious attempt
to cover will probably have rather start
ling effects. A combination ,has been
formed between English and American in
terests to engineer a squeeze of the short
interest which amounts to 50,000 shares.
- There was strong buying in Canadian Pa
cific yesterday. The financial situation in
Canada is admitted to be much clearer.
"William Rockefeller yesterday suggested
to several friends who appealed to him
for information that they might buy stocks
now with safety. On the day after Mr.
Morgan announced the organization of the
great shipping trust, William Rockefeller
said to friends:
"Morgan has formed his last big trust.
His sun is in the zenith. Sell stocks for
a long campaign."
Having in mind the prophetic utter
ance of last year and the dire consequence
to the stock market, friends to whom he
confided his bullish sentiments yesterday
dashed into the street and turned the tide
of quotations sharply upward. What the
Rockefellers have actually accomplished is
still a mystery. The only thing known as a
certainty is that the St. Paul railroad,
which the family in the past has held
largely by grace of proxies, is now held
by virtue of direct ownership of stock.
It is also a current belief that when the
next election of directors of the Pennsyl-
,- vania company is held several more
Rockefeller men will enter the board. At
least one more Rockefeller representative
, Is to enter the New York Central board.
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* BTJLGARIANS SLAIN
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u* Troops and Mussulman Villagers At-
- | tack Yeninege.
j Constantinople, June 12.It became
'-"'known to-day that twenty Bulgarians
' were killed at the village of Yeninege,
' Rumania, recently in a combined attack
made on it by a detachment of troops and
t neighboring Mussulman villagers. Fifty
.prisoners were taken to Adrianople. panies^tto
volving fund and the permanent improve
ments funds may be cited without num
ber. There is scarcely any limit to this
question when one begins to study it.
That the problem as to what has become
of the permanent improvement funds is
satisfactorily answered by the.reports of
Messrs. Stacy and Dickey is not claimed
by either. If reports are correct, the
footings show that about $900,000 less
has been paid into the., revolving fund
than has been paid out." Whether this
state of affairs is susceptible of satisfac
tory explanation will doubtless be shown
by the reports of the experts when they
are made public.
The Haugan Shortage Padded.
Another reputed inconsistency in the
books is the matter of the so-called
"Haugan shortage," this being the bal
ance claimed to be due from the late A.
B. Haugan, who was unable to qualify
as city treasurer in 1897, and thru whom
large sums of money were lost to the
city in the six or seven banks which be
came insolvent while he was city treas
urer. Haugan always contended that he
was made the scape-goat for all the sins
of the administration.
Thus for instance the controller's ledger
on March 19, 1897, is said to chairge Mr.
Haugan with about $429,000 and the trial
balance book shows the same shortage.
The report of a commission consisting of
the controller, treasurer and C. A. Nim
ocks about the same time gives the short
age as $467,000. Six weeks later, however,
the net balance against Haugan had grown
to $558,000 or thereabouts. Here are three
different Haugan shortages, all on record.
The explanation is said to be that the
smallest figure does not include the
amounts due the school board and the
sinking fund that the second item in
cludes the sinking fund and $5,200 of the
sinking fund, while in the third amount
the sinking fund loss has grown from
$5,200 to about $10,000. One can suspect
a great deal, but unfortunately that is
as far as can be gone, for all the rec
ords of this trying period of the treas
urer's office, particularly - the warrants
themselves, were sent to the paper mill
a few weeks ago, after the experts were
at work on the books, by Ed A. Stevens,
who was employed to sort out and destroy
a mixed-up mess of papers and documents
which had been thrown into the old \\xm-
ber room at the old city hall. While it
is not contended that there is any sig
nificance in the destruction of these pa
pers, it is believed to be extremely un
fortunate.
Many other interesting features are
doubtless referred to in the reports, as
the problem has ramifications and compli
cations enough to mystify the most astute
of accountants.
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PATERNALISM
OR SOCIALISM
Judge Grosscup of Chicago Says It
Must Be One or the
Other.
He Gives What He Considers a Feas
ible Solution of the Trust
Question.
New York Sun Special Servioe.
Baltimore, Md.. June 12.Judge Peter
S. Grosscup of Chicago, who is here at
tending the Lutheran synod, was asked:
"What is the best and most feasible
solution of the trust Question?"
"The stupendous profits derived from a
few conspicuous monopolies by their own
ers have excited greedy emulation In al
most every line of industry and trade,.The
corporations should be forced to organize
and to capitalize honestly. The federal
government then should use one of its de
partments as a sort of trustee for the
small stockholders to look after their in
terests and to protect their investments."
"Would not this savor of paternalism?"
"Yes. but the remedy lies In either
paternalism or socialism."
THE BRUTAL TRUST
How the Government Proposes to Fight
Rockerfellerlzation of Mexloo.
New York Sun Special Service.
Mexico City, June 12.EI Imparcial
publishes an article which is attracting
much attention as developing the policy
of the federal government towards rail
ways. It deals especially with the gov
ernment's recent purchase of a controlling
interest in the Mexican National railway
in order to prevent lailroads having un
due power in the nation. In conjunction
with its control of the Interoceanlc rail
way these two lines, extending from the
Rio Grande to the Gulf of Mexico at Vera
Cruz, become a part of one great unified
system.
El Imparcial declares that "trusts are
the brutal concentrators of capital against
the immense legion of the defenseless.'
It says the Standard OH Company, whLh
It asserts now owns the Mexican Central
system, has assured its continued pre
dominance In the United States by the
acquisition of the principal railways giv
ing outlet to the oil produced In petroleum
yielding regions and it claims that this
monopoly, if extended into Mexloo, might
inflict great injury to Mexican interests.
TURF INVESTMENT
Ryan and Deppler Are Aoquitted at
St. Louis.
St. Louis. June 12.John J. Ryan and
O. W. Deppler of Cincinnati were ac
quitted by Judge O'Neill Ryan. They
were charged with embezzlement by
bailee. The defense contended that" the
state's evidence did not show embezzle
ment by bailee. The court sustained this
contention and took the case from the
jury.
The is the first of a number of cases of
men connected with turf investment com
panies o come to trial
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TEN HOTELS
ABE TIED DP
About 2,000 Waiters and Cooks in
cago Went Out This
Morning.
The Large Family Hotels Are the
1 Principal Sufferers
Chicago, June 12.Union employes in
ten of the large hotels struck early to-day.
Approximately two thousand men, chiefly
waiters and cooks, are out. The large
family hotels are the principal sufferers
from the latest strike development, the
large down town establishments with one
exception not being affected up to a late
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hour. At the Sherman house 350 men
walked out, completely tying up the din
ing-room and bar service. Among the
other prominent establishments most of
which will make an effort to continue
regular service with the aid of their guests
are the Windermere, Hyde Park, Chicago
Beach, Holland, Metropole, Del Prado,
Vendome, Kenwood and Lakota.
THE EATING TROUBLES
Restaurant-keepers' President Expelled for
Bribery Last Night.
Chicago, June 12.There is trouble in
the eating business owing to the strike of
cooks, waiters and restaurant employes.
Early last evening the employes of Kins
ley's restaurant went on strike, leav
ing a number of Methodist ministers,
who were at dinner, to shift for them
selves.
Later the Cooks and Waiters' union
held a meeting that lasted until after
midnight, and when they adjourned it
was announced that to-day a strike would
be called In all hotels the managers of
which are members of the Hotel Keepers'
association.
"While the anion meeting was going on
the Restaurant Keepers' association, an
organization distinct from the Hotel
Keepers' association, was holding a
stormy meeting, and after midnight G. W.
Walton, president of the association, was
deposed from the chair and expelled Urom
the organisation, after being Openly ac
cused of acting as mediator between labor
leaders and restaurant owners with a
proposition to settle the strike for $7,000.
After the charge had been made Presi
dent Walton appealed for a hearing.
Stormy scenes followed the effort of Mr.
Walton. He rose to his feet and.shouted
at the top of his voice, hurling accusations
in the faces of prominent restaurant men.
Cries of "sit down." and "question" arose
from all parts of the room..
In the midst of the turmoil Max Kop
pel, acting as chairman, put the motion on
the question of deposing and expelling
Walton and it was unanimously carried
The alleged attempts kt extortion were
detailed by members of the association to
the meeting.
"Last Saturday evening," said John Z.
Vogelsang, "I met MT. Walton and related
to him our failure in our negotiations with
the joint board of cooks and waiters on
the previous evening. Mr. Walton said to
me:
" 'Mr. Vogelsang, don't you know that
you cannot do any business with that
board unless you put up some money?'
"Later In the day I was met again by
Mr. Walton who told me he had been in
communication with this member of the
joint board, that $7,000 was the amount
demanded and that if the money was de
posited In escrow with a satisfactory per
son they would agree to a plan of arbi
tration as follows:
"We would be allowed on our sjde to
appoint three men the joint board would
appoint three men, and a seventh man
would be appointed by these six, and
that we would not have to pay $1 until
the 'goods had been delivered.'
"I told him we would have nothing to
do with such a scheme."
The motion to expel Mr. Walton fol
lowed Mr. Vogelsang's statement. The
restaurant keepers declare that a general
lockout will be inaugurated if a strike
Is attempted on a large scale.
The sudden breaking off in the negotia-
| lions between, the unions and hotelkeep-
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era came thru the fact that the managers
of the union became convinced that they
were dealing with the hotelkeepers as an
association and not as individuals. The
cooks and waiters, have contended that
their union could "not recognize, the asso
ciation of hotelkeepers and has refused to
have any dealings, -with the members of
that organization save as individuals.
The meeting last night was originally
planned to settle troubles that have been
existing in the hotels in the Hyde Park
district. During the progress of the
meeting the representatives of the union
declared that they had reason to believe
that they had' been dealing with the asso
ciation and not with the individuals.
It was decided after a long conference
to begin a strike this morning In all the
hotels whose managers are members of
the hotelkeepers' association. Among
some of the large hotels which will be af
fected by this order are the Auditorium,
Auditorium annex, Grand Pacific, Sher
man, Great Northern, Wellington, a num
ber of smaller hotels in the downtown dis
trict arid-'nearly all of the family hotels
that are not in the immediate business
center of the city. The employes in the
hotels are well organized, and the order
for a strike will carry out all the cooks,
waiters bell boys, elevator men, cham
bermaids, scrub women, and all other
classes of help with the exception of
those employed in the offices.
By noon seven large down-town estab
lishments and nearly a dozen of the most
prominent family hotels in the residence
portion or the citj were without kitchen
and dining room' help. In several in-
So Far.:
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The Union Refuses to Deal With the
Hotel Keepers as an As
sociation.
NOT THE ONLY PEBBLE ON THE BE ACH
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GOAL BARONS
BABELY TOUCHED
Nor. Illinois Coal Men's Association
Found Guilty of Conspiracy in
Restraint of Trade.
The Members Are Fined $500 Each
Another Association's Mem
bers Fined $100 Each.
Coal Carrying Roads Won on Their
Appeal From the I. C. Com
mission's Recent Ruling.
Chicago, June 12.In an opinion deliv
ered to-day by Judge Morton, members
of the Northern Illinois Coal Dealers' as
sociation were found guilty of conspira
cy in retstraint of trade and were fined
$500 each.
The members of the Retail Coal Deal
ersM' association of Illinois and Wisconsin
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stances the chambermaids and bellboys
joined the ranks of the strikers.
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Shortly before the lunch hour del
egations from the strikers' unions
visited the Auditorium, the Annex,
Grand Pacific, Victoria, Palmer and
Stratford and Wellington hotels arid
upon refusal of the proprietors to
accept their terms strikes were at
once called.
- - -
It is estimated that 1,000 people walked
out in the seven hotels. Shortly after 1
o'clock the employes of, the Kalserhoff
hotel went out. The management at once
distributed lunch boxes among the res
taurant patrons, with the statement that
the tables during the strike would be at
their disposal free of charge on which to
spread lunches brought from home.
THE WAR WITH
THE WATERS
The Flood Stage at St. Louis Is De
clining Very Slowly
I To-day.
A Fight Is Being Made to Save the
North Part of East -
St. Louis.
St. Louis, June 12.At 7 a. m., when
the official observation was made, the
river had fallen.slightly more than an inch
since midnight and stood at 37.6 feet on
the government gate. The flood is declin
ing very slowly, put with falling rivers
above and no Indication of rain the pros
pect for relief to! the territory in this
vicinity and northi for hundreds of miles
that is covered with a great body of
water seems near. '
Lansdowne, the jiorthwestern suburb of
East St. Louis, IS'fldoded by water from
the trestle on the (Baltimore & Ohio em
bankment at Hunter's Switch. At 8
o'clock this morniag the water was from
six to twenty inches deep all over the
suburb, and rising rapidly. A swift tor
rent is running under the trestle at Lake
station, meeting the backwater from the
Bouth, and spreading over Winstalney
suburb south of the rock road. At mid
night last night the East St. Louis and
Suburban company abandoned its cars
sheds at Rock Road and Terminal Belt.
The seventy-five cars were taken to sheds
at the Bluffs. At 1 o'clock this morning
200.men and a supply of sacks were hur
ried out to the belt tracks at Lansdowne.
By daylight a levee of dirt banks three feet
high and two feet wide extended along the
tracks for 300 yards opopslte -the flooded
suburb.
If the water continues' rising at the
present rate the fight for the north part of
East St. Louis will be made at this point.
were denied a motion for a new trial and
fined $100 each.
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COAL ROADS WIN A POINT
Appeal Against I. C. C. Ruling Upheld
by the Courts.
New York, June 12.Judge Lacombe
to-day handed down a decision in the
matter of the appeal of the coal-carry
ing railroads against the ruling of the
interstate commerce commission. The
coal roads win on every point. The ques
tion at issue was the admissibility as evi
dence of the coal-carrying contracts be
tween the roads and the coal companies.
In his opinion Judge Lacombe sustains
the position of the railway companies in
every particular except in one instance.
President Baer of the Reading is di
rected to answer certain questions re
garding the details of general expense.
Judge Lacombe holds as reason for this
that documents regarding the items of
expense were already in evidence. He
holds that any contract referring to coal
transportation alone should be produced
but no such contracts were called for.
The Work of Investigation.
The investigation by the interstate
commerce commission into W. R. Hearst's
complaint that the six railroads operat
ing in the anthracite regions have com
bined to violate the interstate commerce
law, was continued to-day. W, A. Mar
shall, a 'local dealer in coal, submitted
a table showing the refund made to his
firm by the Lehigh Valley railroad com
pany when the price of coal at tidewa
ter was too low to let the dealers make
a profit and pay full rates. No refunds,
he said, have been made since March,
1900.
Part of the evidence given by Samuel
Sloan, president of the Delaware, Lacka
wanna & Western before the rust inves
tigating committee of the legislature of
1897, was received, despite the objection
of W. W. Ross, Mr. Sloan's counsel. Mr.
Sloan testified that the presidents of the
coal-carrying roads in 1896 had informally
agreed to a pro rata division of the coal
carrying business. He adder, that the
companies had never lived up to the
agreement.
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THIS MEANS BUSINESS
No Guilty Man Will Escape in the
Postoffice DepartmentPresi-
, dent's "Mad" Is Up.
New York Sun Special Service. '*
Washington, June 12.In view of the
various conflicting publications emanating
from Washington touching the scope and
probable results of the Investigation into
the postoffice scandals, an authoritative
statement on the subject may be of inter
est and serve as an assurance to the pub
lic that if those in authority In Washing
ton are not stopped by some power higher
than that of the president of the United
States, no guilty man will go unpunished.
The investigation will be pursued to the
farthest possible limit, and the president
and Postmaster General Payne are both
determined that before the inquiry is
ended every man connected directly or
Indirectly with fraudulent transactions in
the postoffice department or other
branches of the public service will be in
jail or under indictment ' y^-SS '
BODIES O F THE DEAD
BURIED AT NIGHT
The Interment of the Assassinated Servian
Rulers Was Carried Out With All Pos- .
sible Secrecy to Prevent Pop-
, ular Demonstrations.
Belgrade Was To-day Decorated With Flags and National ColorsThe
National Legislature on Monday Will Take Action on the Succes-
sion to the Throne"Peter the First," Now at Geneva, Will Be
Named KingSt. Petersburg Papers Indicate That Interference
by Other Powers in the Affair Will Not Be Tolerated by Russia.
Belgrade. Servia, June 12.The bodies j well-known traveler and author of a book
of King Alexander and Queen Draga, as- on Servia, writes:
sasslnated early yesterday. in the royal
palace, were buried during the night in
the Obrenovitch family vault in thechapel
of the cemetery of St. Mark.
The interment was carried out with
complete secrecy between half past one
and three o'clock this morning. The body
of Colonel Naumovich will be buried this
morning.
The city to-day is lavishly decorated
with flags and the national colors. All
officers yesterday removed Alexander's
cipher from the cockades of their caps.
LaterThe funeral occurred at 1:30
a. m. The strictest privacy was main
tained in order to avoid hostile demon
strations. Two coffins were brought, in
by servants and carried up to the room
where the bodies of the late king and
queen were lying. The corpses were then
put in the coffins and the latter were
placed in a hearse, which was hurriedly
driven to the old cemetery where the
other members of the Obrenovitch fam
ily are interred. In addition to the at
tendants, only two priests were present
at the funeral. The metropolitan of Bel
grade was absent. The whole ceremony
lasted only a few minutes.
The body of the Premier Markovltch
will be buried with military honors.
Colonel Naomouvics, who was killed
while forcing an entrance to the palace
with dynamite, is described in the official
notice of his death as "dying on the field
of honor for his fatherland."
It Is now confirmed that only Queen
Draga's two brothers were killed. Her
sisters were taken to Pancrova by some
of the conspirators.
, "It Had to Be Done."
It is said that the massacre lasted
three-quarters of an hour. The assailants
declared the killing of King Alexander was
unavoidable because if the queen alone
had been murdered or removed the court
clique would have incited the king to
persecution and reprisals.
- A window of the Russian legation was
shattered by a bullet during the fusila.de
at the palace. V
"V "'"^'^T "T?pter the V -='*
In the course of an interview to-day
Premier"Ayakumovics said:
' "WeV ministers dnl accepted office in
ordtr to avoid the country falling into a
condition of anarchy. *A soon as a king
is elected he 'will have to appoint a defi
nite cabinet. The skuptschina can de
cide the fate of the country quite inde
pendently of the army, altho an agree
ment seems probable. In the event of the
election of Prince Karageorgevitch a dep
utation will go to Geneva, inform him of
his election and- invite him to come to
Belgrade. He will be Peter the First.
"The constitution of 1901 will be the
basis of the future government system.
As to the pn=eit position of the country,
calm prevails everywhere. There have
been no disturbances and the situation
promises to become better in the future.
Those who speak of excited popular sen
timent and predict further changes are
entirely wrong."
SOMETHING ABOUT DRAGA
Her Advent at the court Resulted In Many
Troubles.
Belgrade, June 12.Draga, whom King
Alexander married In 1900, was the widow
of a Servian officer and was twelve years
older than the king. She was introduced
at the court by King Milan and Queen
Natalie took such a liking to her that she
made her a lady-ln-waiting.
She was well educated, an accomplished
linguist and well known for her wit and
social diplomacy. King Alexander's lik
ing for Mrs. Maschin was well known for
a long time in court circles but the an
nouncement of his betrothal to her in 1900
came as a great sensation. The Servian
ministry. declared the proposed marriage
preposterous and a menace to the state
and promptly resigned.
Ex-King Milan heard the news in Carls
bad and immediately resigned his post
as commander-in-chief of the army. He
also started at once for Belgrade, but the
young king showed his.spirit and?sent an
officer to the frontier to prevent his
father's return. He also organized a new
ministry.
King Alexander paid no attention to op
position and married Mme. Maschin in
Belgrade on Aug. 5, 1900. Tho the mar
riage had been violently opposed by offi
cials of the government, the people ap
parently had no objection and heartily
cheered the bridal party. . The king took
the precaution, however, to line the
streets with troops.
The marriage of King Alexander and
Queen Drega led to many^ scandals and
quarrels in the royal household. For a
while the domestic affairs of the king
dropped from public attention until early
in 1901 it was rumored that an heir was
expected to the Servian throne. In May
of the same year it was announced that
the report was without foundation. This
was a scandal and the queen was ac
cused of wilful deception. It was also
said that she had attempted to foist upon
the country a bogus heir, but this was
officially denied.
It was said that the king was furious
with his wife and public opinion was di
vided as to .whether she had attempted
to dupe the king. It was also said that the
king intended to apply to the holy synod
for a divorce, but he aid nothing, and the
scandal was forgotten.
There have also been numerous stories
of quarrels between King Alexander and
Queen Draga in which the queen as
saulted the king and acted scandalously
before the courtiers.
Foreign dispatches have said that the
king, after a quarrel once stopped the
queen's pin money, for.which she boxed
his ears in the presence of the court, and
accused him of a liason with her sister
Helen. The queen's unpopularity also
gave rise to many rumors that she had
been murdered or poisoned.
There is little doubt that Alexander
realized of late years that a revolution
might break out at any time.
*" ^HERBERT VIVIAN'S VIEWS,
He Believes the Crime Was Done by Mai
*h %'*,{
"I decline to believe this crime has
the countenance of the Servian nation.
I have conversed with all classes and
know absolutely that the only malcon
tents were a few ladles who were jealous
of Queen Draga because they thought
themselves more suitable to share the
throne a few officers who thought them
selves entitled to more speedy promo
tion, and a few professional politicians
who coveted office. When I last had the
honor of an audience of the king be talked
to me of the bad geographical position
of the capital. He said no other country
had a capital on its frontier. A scribe
need only cross it and he could telegraph
any lies he liked, while the Servian offi
cials had to wait until they were pub
lished before they could refute them. I
gathered that the king contemplated mak
ing Nish the capital. It was his and
Queen Draga's favorite resort, as it was
King Milan's.
"Queen Draga's unfailing good humor
wit, beauty and charm conquered all
hearts. The devotion of King Alexan
der to Queen Draga was pathetic and in
spiring. Even after years of married life,
when the foreign press was representing
them as slapping each other's faces, they
never seemed happy half an hour apart.
"The Servians have oriental ideas of
the subjection of women. In country
houses I have protested, vainly protested,
when the hostess stood and acted as wait-,
ress while the men folk took their ease.
The Servians were accordingly shocked
when the queen was treated like a lady,
and they complained that when the king
drove out in Belgrade he would gaze at
her and hold her hand instead of taking
off his hat with regal regularity."
ST. PETERSBURG HORRIFIED
But Interference by Other Nations Will *!
Not Be Tolerated. _v *
St. Petersburg, June 12.The tragedy i % j
at Belgrade yesterday caused an immense*!
impression here. The newspapers ex- * ~'.\
press indignation and horror at the out
rages, parallels for which, they add. are VI'
only findable in ancient times. At the_,tN,
same time the papers consider that the".'^ -1
interference of the powers in Servian in-',/-! \
ternal affairs at present is not permts-,"^ - -
sible, altho developments might compel'tf&\
Russia and Austria to take action. '$i
SKUPSCTCHINA MEETS MONDAY SI
At That Time Karageorgevitch Will Be
Made King of Servia.
Paris, June 12.The foreign office here-^
received a dispatch from the French agent
on the Servian frontier, confirming the
press announcements that the new gov
ernment at Belgrade had abolished the -
legislative assembly created by the late
King Alexander and had renewed the an
cient skupsctchina, which has been or-T."^
dered to assemble next Monday for the ^
purpose of ratifying the proclamation of f
Prince Peter Karageorgevitch as king.
The assembly just abolished was made .
up of appointees of the late king and did" /
not contain a member who was opposed"' '
to Alexander's policy. c"U
The dispatch adds that Belgrade con- -|
tinues quiet, the people apparently being. ^
reconciled to the new conditions. V
Officials here doubt the truth of the - "^
report that Belgrade is quiet, as the au- - ^
thorities here are unable to secure fur- ,*
ther direct dispatches from Belgrade. X
Even the official dispatches which have'-*
reached Paris appear to have been mu-' ^S
tilated. ^rt
It Is stated authoritatively that thus'jtf }:
lax there has been no exchange of com-'"
munlcations between the powers concern
ing Prince Peter Karageorgevltch's as
sumption of the throne of^Servia, but the
officials are beginning seriously to con
sider the delicate question of the recogni
tion of the new sovereignty. It is ex
pected that the Servian authorities will
convoke a meeting of the foreign minis
ters . at Belgrade and present the latter
wtth"xfennite evidence that the people ac
cept the new government and that it has
the ability to maintain order and guaran
tee the safety of' foreigners. When the
ministers advise their respective govern
ments that such assurances have been re
ceived, the various powers will deter
mine whether recognition will be accord
ed. It is considered probable that the
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London. Jul! 12.Herbert \ Vivian, the
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VIEWS OF AVAKUMOVICS
What the New Servian Premier Says of
*" ' the Situation.
Vienna, .June . 12.The, new Servian
premier, M. Avakumovics, is quoted in a
dispatch from Belgrade to-day as saying:
"I returned home yesterday from Alex
inatz, where I was on professional legal
'business."--!"was at ohce "summoned to the
ministry where th6 other-members ha -
assembled. They informed me that the
deed was committed at their request. * I
accept the premiership The cabinet
meets to-day and will consider what steps
shall next be taken At present we are
not in communication with Karageorge
vitch, even if the army has proclaimed
him king. His election as king is proba
ble, as there is no other course open. It
will remain for the skupschtchina to elect
him or not. The government will not
propose him but will eave this task to the
representatives of the people. We shall
then resign.. We do not fear any external
interference as there was non In the case
.of Bulgaria. Please say that peace pre
vails thruout the country and that It will
continue. Whatever has happened now
belongs to history. We should not judge
the dead nOr dwell on the past, but look
to the future."
Sensational stories, man yof which are
undoubtedly being sent for the purpose of
political influence, are published here, the
most revolting of them being that the
soldiers outraged Queen Draga and muti
lated the body of King Alexander and
that those who were admitted to the pal
ace yesterday to view the remains spat
and stamped on them.
The telegrams from Belgrade differ as
to the attitude of the Servian people.
Some of them say that only the military
element desires Prince Karageorgevitch
to be king, others say the Servians want
Prince Mirko of Montenegro to rule over
them, while many of the more intelligent
section of the population are In favor of
the establishment of a republic.
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