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j/0v~ PEICE TWO CENTS. t GOV. TAFT TO BE WAR SECRETARY Prest. Roosevelt Admits That Ru mors to That Effect Are Well Founded. Gives Out Root's Letter of Resigna tion and His Own Accep tance Thereof. Tp jjj s better the President Pays a There I s a Good Attendance and the L High Tribute to the Re v \ t. ter's resignation. In full, the correspond ence follows: Secretary Root's Letter. Dear Mr. PresidentYou have been good to assent to the sufficiency of thethe reasons for which I have wished to retire to private life as soon as practicable after the establishment of the general staff of the army and the completion of my full four years of service as secretary of war. While it is understood that you will prob ably not arrange to fill the office as you wish before the end of the year, and that I am to remain in office in the meantime, it is probable that you will be ready to Bend a name to the senate in November or Deoember, and before you do so mywith resignation should be In your hands. I find myself on the eve of sailing for Eng land to attend the sessions of the Alaska - boundary tribunal, quite unable to Judge how many months I shall be kept away j from this country, and I therefore now - tender my resignation of the office of sec j retary of war, to take effect upon the ap pointment and qualification of my suc cessor. A LIVELY TIME FROM THE START The American Forestry Association Begins Its Session With a. Warm Discussion. Arable dualities of Jack and Nor way Fine Lands Causes Debate. tiring Official. Oyster Bay, L. I.. Aug. 26.Secretary Root, under date of Aug. 19, presented his resignation formally to the president. The resignation was accepted by the president with the understanding that Mr. Root hould continue as secretary of war at least until Jan. 1. Governor General William H. Taft of the Philippines -will succeed Secretary Root. President Roosevelt to-day authorized the following statement: "The president some months ago ten dered the secretaryship of war to Judge Taft, and at that time it was arranged that he would succeed Secretary Root. Secretary Root will go out of office some time in January, and Judge Taft will as sume the duties of office shortly after wards." The president also authorised the publi cation of the correspondence between him and Secretary Root concerning the Meeting Will Be In teresting. Lively discussion marked the opening session of the American Forestry associa tion, which gathered this morning In the rooms of the Minneapolis Whist club for its summer meeting. The forestry people came to Minnesota in order to get ingent touch with the white pine lumbermen, be lieving that this was a good place for missionary work. Altho the discussion of Minnesota forestation was supposed to come up to-morrow, it was precipitated early to-day by the paper of Herman H. Chapman, superintendent of the exoeri ment farm at Grand Rapids. He spoKe of the "Effect of the Chippewa Forest Re serve on the Locality." He emphasized the fact that the agricultural character of the land Involved could be judged by the timber growing on it. Jack pine and Norway grew in pure sands only, on sandy land with a sandy subsoil, unfit for agri culture. Settlers on such lands would become Impoverished and be a dettrimen to the community. The expe rience of Michigan and Wisconsin was cited. Soil bearing other kinds of timber was not condemned, but the claim was made that nearly all, if not quite all, of forest reserve was jack or Norway pine land, and better left unsettled. The ten sections of pine land set aside for a park, taking In thirty miles of lake shore and much beautiful pine, were regarded as of great commercial value to the local ity in atttracting summer residents, and a prophecy was made that this business would grow to enormous proportions. Bernard Defends Jack Pine Land. lat-invariablyt Praises His Chief. I shall carry w.ith me unabated loyalty to your administration, confidence in the sound conservatism and patriotic unself i ishness of your policy and enduring grat i itude for the kindness and consideration with which your friendship has honored me. I shall not cease to appreciate the sympathy and loyalty to President Me Klnley with which you took and carried on his work, and I shall always be happy to have been a part of the administration ' directed by your sincere and rugged, ad herence to right and devotion to the true interests of the country. I am, with great respect awl esteem, Always fatthfuiry yourfi, Roosevelt Reciprocates. have never had a public servant o 1" thWegovernment e who has worked hardefr than you have worked during these four years and a half, and this not merely in point of time, but, above all, in point of Intensity, and your success has been equal to your labor. The only reward you have had or can have Is the knowledge of suc cessful achievement of the performance In fullest fashion of a great public duty, the doing of which was of vital impor- =- tance to the nation's welfare. Your duties have included more than merely the. administration of the depart ment and the reorganization of the army on an effective basis. You have also been the head of a department which dealt with the vast and delicate problems in volved in our possession of the Philippine Islands and your success in dealing with this part of your work has been as signal -si as your success in dealing with the purely military problems. To very few states men indeed in any country is it given at one and the same time to achieve sig nal and striking triumphs in the admin istration and reform of the military branoh of the government, and in the ad ministration of what was in effect a de partment of Insular dependencies where the problems were new to our people and were in themselves of great difficulty. A Wise Counsellor. Moreover, aside from your work in these two divisions of the government service, I appreciate most keenly the invaluable advice and assistance you have rendered me in innumerable matters of weight not coming directly In your departmental province, but In which I sought your aid """*" with the certainty of not being disap pointed. Tour position on the Alaskan boundary commission at the present mo ment is an illustration of these services. May all good fortune attend you wher ever you are the American people wish you well and appreciate to the full the debt due to you for all that you have done on their behalf. Faithfully yours. Theodore Roosevelt. STRIKE IS A FIZZLE Chicago Restaurants Are Still Open and Doing Business. Chicago, Aug. 25.Striking waiters and cooks made another desperate - effort to day to put into effect the strike order which yesterday proved almost a failure, but met with indifferent success. An ap peal for aid to the Steam Power Council, which controls the light, heat and power in the big cafes and restaurants resulted in the appointment of a special commit tee from that organization to investigate the merits of the strike. . 'M .. . A. G. Bernard of Cass Lake took issue Mr. Chapman and questioned him rather sharply about his condemnation of the jack pine land. Mr. Chapman said that not over one-tenth of the land in northeastern Minnesota would come under the classification he condemned, but that this land could not be farmed profitably without fertilization. Dr. Fillbert Roth of the University of Michigan college of forestry, came to Mr. Chapman's rescue in lively fashion. He declared that large tracts of sandy land In Wisconsin'which had been settled early was now abandoned, or was farmed by paupers, and that such soil should never be devoted to agriculture. He pictured the condition of these "sand farmers" in graphic style. T. B. Walker said he thought Mr. Chapman's estimate of the non-agricultural land was small, and that it would come nearer one-half, but he could not agree that all jack pine land was unfit for cultivation. R. L. McCormick, president of the MIs slppi Valley Lumbermen's - association, and until recently a resident of Hayward, Wis., came to the defense of the 'sand farmers." He said he could not agree that there were deserts in Wisconsin and Minnesota. A traveler in New England would find many farms there abandoned. It was no reflection on the cut-over tracts that they could not match the fertile val leys in crop production. There were mil lions of people who could not buy these valley farms, and they must settle on the less valuable lands, which were good at least for stock-raising. Mr. Chapman re iterated his. statement that the land with sandy subsoil oould not be farmed prof itably for many years, and had better be used to grow trees. Professor Roth ex plained that he had meant no reflection on Minnesota and Wisconsin. Such states as Iowa and Illinois were rare. One eighth of France was. not under cultiva tion, and Prussia had for years been buy ing up abandoned farms. What he con tended was that we should not put a poor man on poor soil and everlastingly make a pauper of him. Mr. McCormick wanted to know what the poor man should do to live. J. W. Cooper of St. Cloud said that some of the best land in the country could be found in the cut-over timber dis tricts. Ellhu Root. To the president. The President's Reply. Oyster Bay, L. I., Aug. 25. Eon. Elihu Root, Secretary of War, Wash ington, D. C : My Dear Mr. Root: It is hard Indeed for me to accept your resignation, and I do so not only with keen personal re- " i gret, but with a lively understanding of I the gap your withdrawal will create In | public life. My sense of personal loss j is very great, and yet my sense of the loss ' to the nation as a whole is even greater. Tou have been over four years secretary '\ of war. I wonder if you yourself realize how much you have accomplished during that period. If you will turn to your first reports and will read therein the recom mendatlons in order that the army might be put on an effective basis, you cannot but be pleased at the way in which these recommendations have been adopted by congress as well as by the administration, and have become enacted Into law or crys tallized Into custom. Secretary Wilson Delayed. The discussion then passed to other subjects. The attendance this morning was not large, about a hundred being present. Secretary Wilson, who is presi dent of the association, did not arrive this morning, and Dr. B. E. Fernow of the Cornell forestry school presided. Edwin BoWers of Connecticut, the secretary, was present. Among the well-known forestry men present were E. Stewart, superin tendent of the Canadian forests, and Eu gene L. Bruce, lumberman of the United States bureau of forestry. General C. C. Andrews, state fire war den, made the address of welcome, a synopsis of which is given elsewhere. The Itasca Park Plan. Attorney General Douglas then told about Itasca state park, of which he the custodian. He explained that the park was little known, but that it was well covered with Norway pine, and it was the policy of the state to preserve the forest intact, and to acquire the tracts held by private owners within the park. He de scribed his experiments in reforesting some of the tracts denuded by fire. There were 10,000 young trees planted last year, of which 85 per cent are living and thriv ing. A number planted this year met ,with unfavorable weather, and only 18 per cent were surviving. Experiments had shown that trees could not be raised from seed successfully. His work had shown the advisability of leaving three or four stalwart trees on each forty, for the pur pose of reforestration. Secretary Bowers inquired whether the park was first set aside for forest reser vation or for park purposes. Mr. Douglas replied that it ,was originally intended as a park, but that state laws had since de clared the policy of the state to preserve the forest in Its original condition. Results at Biltmore. After Mr. Chapman's paper, referred to above, Dr. C- Alvin Schenck, forester of the Vanderbilt estate at Biltmore, S. C, followed with a paper on "Financial Re sults at Biltmore." His address was in substance as follows: Forestry means, for the private owner, the financial development of forestal in vestments. Where timber has little value and is not expected to have value in the future, forestry, as an enterprise, offers no inducement to the capitalist. By improving the means of transporta tion, the present value of the trees and the prospective value of the saplings growing near Biltmore on 130,000 acres of woodland has been greatly enhanced. The original investments have been re duced on the one hand by the removal of hyper-mature trees, and have been in creased, on the other hand, by building roads, dams and chutes, by erecting saw mills, by clearing the forest where it Continued on Second Page. TUESDAY EVENING, AUGUST 25, 1903. STREETS FILLED II TH THE DEAD Turkish Troops Continue Their Course of Butchery in the Revolutionary Districts. Tension in Sofia Becomes Acute Only Half of the Horror Yet Known. Circassians Attack Three Bulgarian Villages in Adrianople and Massacre Inhabitants. Sofia, Aug. 25.Travelers who arrived here from Adrianople state that a massa cre of Christians occurred there Sunday morning. One version says the guns of one of the forts opened fire on an insur band which had attacked a military outpost. A panic followed /inside the town, - and the Mohammedan population fell on the Christians. With the rumors of massacres and the murder of prisoners in Monastir now au thenticated, the general situation is con- ^ . Dan PatchWhy That Girl Ought to Be Ashamed of HerselfI'll Have to Hurry These Wings Along. sidered here as fast becoming Intolerable. Official and diplomatic circles alike are concerned, having every reason to fear that only a part of the horrors enacted in, the interior of Macedonia have come to light as yet. The revolutionary committee is doing its utmost to force the hands of the Bul garian government and the immediate out look is exceedingly serious. It appears that the Turks have ob tained the upper hand in the vilayet of Monastir and the insurgents are planning to' remove the center of their activities close to the Bulgarian frontier. Dis patches arriving to-day from the disturbed area are exceedingly gloomy. From Ad rianople comes the news of a Turkish de feat and the extension of the revolutionary outbreak. From Monastir the news of Turkish victories is accompanied by reHe ports of barbarous excesses. Unspeakable Atrocities. While many of the reports remain with out confirmation, sufficient authentic de tails are forthcoming to cause the authori ties the gravest anxiety. According to the Sofia Drevnik the Turks committed un atrocities at Krushevo. The mutilated corpses of ninety women and children Were found in one building. Pieces of the bodies had been thrown into the street. Fifteen of the principal merchants of the town were killed and their heads were exhibited on poles. At Monastir the churches were demol ished, the houses were sacked and the town is now in a heap of ashes. The pop luace fled to the hills, where they are in a starving condition. The Drevnik also asserts that a general massacre has taken place In the whole vilayet of Monastir. Nearly all of the villages have been de stroyed. The treacherous murder of eighty insurgent prisoners by their guards near Monastir has made an especially bad impression here. Only Six Miles from Capital. A revolutionary band has appeared at the village of Tcherkeskioi, between Adri anople and Constantinople, within six hours of the sultan's capital. The insur gents and Turks fought, and afterwards the Circassian inhabitants of the village pillaged and destroyed three Bulgarian villages In the neighborhood," killing all the men, women and children except a few who escaped to the mountains. The Macedonian fugitives in Bulgaria are preparing to send a deputation to St. Petersburg to inform the czar of the piti able condition of Macedonia and to beg for his intervention. isspeakable Three More Massacres. Constantinople, Aug. 25.Three Bulgari an villages near Teherkeskiol Vilayet of Adrianople are reported to have been at tacked by Circassians and their in habitants massacred. The food and cigarettes which the sultan sent to the Russian squadron shortly after it anchored off Iniada off the coast of Turkey were not permitted to be received on board the Russian warships, Admiral Kruger refusing to accept them. In Servia there is a soldier for every twenty-two inhabitants in the United States there is one soldier for every 1,300 inhabitants. THOMPSON FINED CRIMINAL LIBEL Appleton Justice Holds the Publish er of the Dispatch to Be, Guilty. Defense Swore No Witnesses and Will Appeal to the District r Court Special to The Journal. V, S Appleton, Minn,, Aug- 25.Henry Ml-" ohel, a justice of the peace lor this vil lage, found George Thompson, publisher of the St. Paul Dispatch, guilty of crim inal libel this morning and fined him $50 and costs or sixty days in jail. Mr. Thompson will appeal to the district court. The arrest was made in St. Paul .yes terday afternoon on a warrant issued by the justice. The complaint was sworn out by Former Senator E. T. Young of Appleton. A recent article in the St. Paul Dispatch accused Senator Young of go ing into a combination with the merger interests as their candidate for attorney general. This was alleged as a libel. The trial was: brief, as M. D. Munn, counsel for Mr. Thompson, made no atinvalidates tempt to prove the truth of the article. M , , , M ,,,.,,,,,, wl , tllMttM)tM ^ A FAST YOUNG LADY He rested his defense on the claim that the article was not libelous, and on this the court overruled him after an argu ment. The defense introduced no evi dense at all. The case was called at 9 o'clock this morning. C. W. Stanton of Appleton ap peared for the prosecution. Mr. Munn waived a jury and the prosecution put in its evidence. The article complained of was submitted, and Senator Young then went on the stand. He testified that the article damaged his'reputation, by accus ing him of being a party to a corrupt bar gain, which was to put him in office for the purpose of nullifying and setting aside the laws of the state. This, he declared, injured him in the eyes of his fellow men. Mr. Munn then moved that1 A PARLOR BALLET Newport Hostess Plans Novel Enter tainment for Her Guests. - . New York Bun Special Service. Newport, R. I., Aug. 25.The limit of brilliant and expensive after-dinner en tertainments promises soon to be reached. A Newport hostess who has had acrobats and even donkeys in her drawing-room, is now thinking of giving a ballet, gay with light and color, for her guests. Her agent at last accounts was trying to learn if an Amazon chorus and group of dancers could be obtained for a single night at Newport, and at what cost. The matter is still under inquiry and there really is a possibility of society see ing a ballet in the beautiful setting pro vided by one of the most attractive draw ing-rooms of Newport. -'. Miilton M. Fisher, whose death in town of Medway, Mass., at the age of 92, is chronicled, claimed, and probably with truth, to be the oldest living man who had identified himself with the Garrison movement for the abolition of slavery. He welcomed it when it appeared, was the at tendant of its early meetings and always shared in its abhorrence of the "peculiar institution" but he differed from its gen eral policy as regards political action, be ing an earnest member of the free soil and republican parties successively. **"- Z:iiL^^4k^^M^^-^j^^^4MM-^^Lk^ RELIANCE ONC E MORE DEFEATS CHALLENGER Mttl!tt)( THE I . D. CASE WON BY STATE An Important Decision Bearing on New Form of Corporation Tax. The Western Union Sought Shelter , Under the Interstate Commerce Regulations. Judge D. F. Simpson this afternoon filed an order, sustaining plaintiff's demurrer to defendant's answer in the ' case of the State of Minnesota against the Western Union Telegraph company. This decision the telegraph company's de fense against conforming to the Somer- ^ , M)( ^ )WMaa(( ville law taxing foreign corporations, and upholds the constitutionality of this law by determining that it does not interfere with interstate commerce or govern mental business. This action was brought to enforce a new law which requires a corporation to conform to certain regulations and to pay into the state treasury a minimum tax of $50 and an additional sum proportionate to the excess of its capital stock over $50,000. The suit was commenced in an other county, but was dismissed on stipu lation and recommenced in Hennepin county. The defendant company answered to the complaint and the state demurred. This demurrer was argued before Judge Simpson some time ago, the state being represented by Charles W. Somerby and the defendant company by C. M. Fer guson. Judge Simpson has given the questions involved careful study and his decision is a big victory for the state. The decision is accompanied by a lengthy and exhaustive memorandum In concluding Judge Simpson says: "Under the act no corporation is singled out because its business is interstate, but on the contrary the defendant seeks to avoid compliance with a reasonable local regulation, because portions of its busi ness are governmental and interstate. "The act in questiton does not lay a tax on interstate commerce by way of duties laid on the transportation of the. subjects of that commerce, nor on the re ceipts derived from that transportation, nor on the occupation or business of car rying it on, but it is a regulation adapted to protect the people of the state from fraud and imposition, and to promote the general welfare, a regulation local in its nature, and apart of a system established in this state, applicable alike to domestic and foreign corporations. "We therefore conclude that the act in question is applicable to the defendant corporation, and as to it is not in conflict with the federal constitution." the case be dismissed, as no libel had been proved. urged this in a lengthy argument, quoting decisions, and. setting forth that the statements in the article* did not dam age the reputation of Mr. Young. After a reply by Mr. Stanton, the court overruled the motion to dismiss, and as the defense put in no evidence, he adjudged Mr. Thompson guilty and imposed sentence. Messrs. Thompson and Munn left on the afternoon train. They have ten days in which to appeal, and Mr. Munn declared that they would do so, as he was con fident the district court would rule with him. The trial was witnessed by a large crowd, as many as could get into the office and as it is Senator Young's home com munity the sympathy of the audience was evidently with him. The maximum pen alty for the offense Is $100 or ninety days. PHISIC1AN IAS COOL Studied the Progress of His Disease and Wrote His Own Death Certificate. Hew York Sun Special Servioe. City of Mexico, Aug. 25.t)r. Salazar, physician in charge of the American hos fn Tampico, has given his life in a brave fight to check the yellow fever epi demic. Dr. Salazar detected symptoms of the fever in himself less than "a week ago, but not until the disease Tiad progressed did he relinquish the direction of hisclub's staff. Then he turned to studying the state of his own disease, noted every ad vance and at the last he coolly called for pen and paper and wrote his own death certificate. thepital PAETLT CIOUDY TO-NIOHT AND WEDHESDAY,' ^ HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 16 PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK. The Result, However, Was Uncomfort ably Close and in Doubt ven After : Both Yachts Had Finished. Shamrock Was Handicapped at the Start,Captain Wringe Failing to Get: Her Over the Line in TimeRace Was a Highly Unsatisfactory One From a Spectator's Viewpoint, Both Yachts Being Concealed1 by a Heavy Haze Over Most of the CourseWind Was Light and Variable. '""**' THE RACE IN A NUTSHELL Reliance. Shamrock III. Start (official) 11:00:36 First Mark (unofficial).. 12:21:00 Second Mark (unofficial). 1:17:00 Finish (official) 2:15:30 . Elapsed Time 3:14:54 Corrected Time 3:14:54 Reliance wins by 1 min. 19 sec. (official time.) To this time al- lowance of 1 minute 57 seconds given to Shamrock must be added the: 1 minute and 25 seconds start Reliance had. Special to The Journal. New York, Aug. 25.Reliance won again to-day, but the margin of her victory was uncomfortably small. In fact, observers were unable to determine which yacht had won the race until the official announcement came, and that was not made until after Shamrock's time allowance had been reckoned and found inadequate to save her from defeat. At the start Captain Wringe got Into difficulties and was handicapped several seconds in getting over the line. Either the captain misunderstood the signal guns or something was wrong on board the yacht, for while Reliance got away nicely the challenger exceeded the allowed two minutes, and was handicapped in consequence. It is probable that Reliance would have won, even without this contretemps, which, however, will be regretted by yachting enthusiasts generally. The race was an unfortunate one from the spectators' standpoint, as the yachts were hidden from view most of the time by a thick haze. TO-DAY'S BULLETIN Official time of start: Reliance, 11:00:36 Shamrock, 11:02:00. 11:05 a. m.Shamrock has been out pointing Reliance until she has secured the windward position, but Reliance is fully a quarter of a mile in the lead. 11:30 a. m.With strengthening winds, Reliance has increased her lead to three eightha or half a mile. 12:10 p. m.The yachts, still holding the starboard tack, are about opposite Momnoutih Beach, nearly five miles off shore.- The Reliance is leading by one fourth of a mile. Shamrock seems to point higher to-day than Reliance. Haze Hides Racers. 12:30 p. m.Reliance went on port at 32^21:05, -Shamrock at 12:28:35.- The weather is very hazy and it is difficult to discern the yachts. 12:40 p. m.As Reliance crossed the line a minute and 24 seconds ahead of Shamrock, she will have to lead the chal lenger at the finish by at least 3 minutes and 21 seconds to win the race. 1 p. m.The yachts are still lost to view in the haze. Both boats have turned the first mark and have set spinnakers for the run to the second mark. The wind has veered, giving them a free run instead of the ex pected reach. 1:36 p. m.Part of the excursion fleet can be distinguished well to the eastward from the Highlands, and it looks as if the yachts were nearing the second mark. 1:54 p. m.One of the excursion steam ers is coming in off shore and heading for the lightship. It looks as if the yachts had turned the second mark. 1:58 p. m.The excursion fleet can be seen about the vicinity of the lightship. The yachts, however, cannot yet be made out. 2:02 p. m.The movement of the excur sion fleet indicates that the yachts are four or five miles from the finish. One yacht seems to be coming out of the haze four miles from the lightship. New York, Aug. 25.The prospects for another good contest between Reliance and Shamrock III. to-day are encouraging. At 7 o'clock a fine seven-knot breeze was blowing out of the southeast, the sea was fairly smooth and the horizon clear for many miles. Contrary to predictions of some of the weather prophets along shore, the easterly breeze which blew nearly all day yesterday and which shifted towards the south at night, did not drop away completely, but continued thruout the night and was still blowing at a five or six knot gait at dawn this morning. Four hours before the time set for the start it had increased to about seven or eight knots, and there was every indica tion that it would hold thruout the day, giving the yachts every opportunity to prove their worth over the thirty-mile triangular course which, according to the program, must be sailed in the second contest between the boats. The Triangular Course. With the wind from the south-southeast, it looked some hours before the time set for the start as if the committee would send the boats on a ten-mile beat to wind ward from Sandy Hook, followed by a reach of another ten miles about north east and another reach of ten miles a representatives, smiling and Jok ing. Reliance's sail was got up quickly and at 8:30 both boats were taking aboard the day's provisions for the crews. Reliance raised her club topsail at 8:32 *^te&.^t^'J^^^ i ,'' \ , ic tt*z-* -.' v - * '-|s * 11:02:00 12:23:30 1:21:00 2:20:10 3:18:10 3:16:13 little north of west to the lightship. There was plenty of sea room under these conditions to start the boats at the lightship, and no preparations were made therefore for shifting the starting place, as was the case Saturday. As the morn ing progressed numerous little fishing boats came sailing up the coast from the south at a fairly good gait. They rolled and dipped a trifle, but the sea was much panied by the other fleet, and the John smoother than last week. In fact, there was comparatively little surf along the shore. The air was wonderfully clear, and some of the incoming European vessels couid be sighted tSventy-ftvo or thirty miles off shore. -^ - Altho the wind was nearer to the south east, along the Jersey .shore, off at sea, -$ rteare - the lijhtsiHr* it looked: to be three ' " or four points nearer to the southward, as several pilot boats.seemed able to hold a course very nearly parallel to the shore. Crews at Work Early. Nearing the Finish. 2:06 p. m.Both yachts are now nearing the finish. The leading boat, which looks like Reliance, is about two miles from the lightship and is apparently one and a half miles ahead. 2:08 p. m.If the leading boat should prove to be Reliance, it looks as if she would win the race by a margin of less than two minutes. 2:10 p. m.The leading yacht is now within a mile of the finish. 2:12 p. m.The yachts are having the benefit of a southwest breeze and are reaching for the finish at a lively gait. Shamrock, if the second boat proves^ to be she, is holding Reliance well and looks to be scarcely a mile away. 2:13 p. m.The leading boat is now half a mile from the finish, and it looks as tho she would win, altho the margin will be close. 2:16 p. m.The leading boat, which looks like the Reliance, crossed the finish line at 2:13:07, unofficial. Looks as If Reliance had won the race. 2:20 p. m.Shamrock crossed the finish line at 2:19:20, unofficial. Reliance Wins. 2:25 p. m.Unofficial: Reliance wins by fifty-two seconds. The crews of the two contestants were out early, and before breakfasting had, taken the covers off their mainsails and raised their jibs and staysails in stops. After breakfasting at 7 o'clock, Sham rock's crew started at once to w*r on the new mainsail, appreciating that it I would would take some time to get a ' proper set to it. At 7:45 they had it well under way, while Reliance, at the same hour, began to raise hers. The breeze was increasing and the flag* at headquarters and on the yachts began to stand out from the masts, against which they had idly flapped since sun- i rise. The Shamrock got her new mainsail ia place and to those ashore it looked to be | very much of an improvement over the i old one. It did not lap the boom and it ' set up well to meet the club topsail. There was only one pucker in it and that about thirty feet from the boom. As the wind! caught it, it bellied close to the mast and I there was a broad curve to the leach., This should be of great advantage on the | reach, so the yachtsmen said. Reliance's New SalL Reliance was only using one new sail and that a jib, set a little flatter than, her older jib. This, too, is considered an. advantage on the reach. Mr. Iselin went aboard Reliance while his crew was at breakfast on the tender. Sir Thomas on the deck of the Erin was inclined to be less communicative than usual. He finally said: "I think we will get a good raoe to-day and I hope our new sail may be a suc- cess." j Mr. Iselin was in excellent good humor j and to a query said it looked like good raoing weather and it looks like Reliance weather, also. Reliance began to raise her mainsail at 8:20 and by that time Captain Wringe had Shamrock's sail to his liking, after having sent two men to pull it taut at the boom end so as to draw out tlie wrinkles from along the gaff. It wrinkled then only where it is liable to catch the full force of the wind on the reach and hold it. Sail Sets Well. Reliance's mainsail showed hardly a wrinkle and looked half as big again as - that of Shamrock. Captain Wringe was evidently in good spirits, after his sail was fitted. He paced the deck with the Ne wYork Yacht - and after the trimming of yesterday it fitted perfectly. Mr. Herreshoff, builder of the Reliance, who passed the night on his yacht Roam er, which was anchored in Sandy Hook bay, went aboard Reliance, taking with him an extra topsail. Reliance dropped her moorings Just before 9 o'clock and, under mainsail and club topsail, was ready to go to the start. She started on the port tack, broke out her staysail and Jib and caught the breeze beautifully, rounding the Hook like a great white bird. As she went out the passengers on the Kaiser Wilhelm der Orosse, which was coming in from Cher bourg, gave her a cheer. Shamrock, at 9 o'clock, took a line from the cruiser, her tender, and was toweol out with her mainsail set. At this time the wind was blowing seven miles an. hour from the south and was very steady. It was not, however, increasing in veloc ity as much as the yachtsmen would wish.' The American yacht left under sail for the first time. On Thursday and Satur day of last week she had the service of a tug. Before going out a No. 2 club topsail, one of the largest on the boat was sent aloft and breaking out two lower headsails she slipped away from her moorings and easily rounding the point of the Hook, stood to the eastward thru the main ship channel. Two or three miles off the Hook'the Reliance took a line Xcoat ! " . . . .