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Revolutionists Blow Up a Passenger
TrainSeven Killed and
Fifteen Injured. ' .
Situation in the Balkans Grows
More Tense DailyWar Al
Macedonian Mass Meeting: Held at
Sofia Urges the Powers
Sofia, Aug. 27.The east-bound
daily express from Buda Pest to Con
stantinople was blown up about
twenty-five miles south of Adrianople,
early to-day. Seven persons were
killed and fifteen Injured. Dynamite
bombs were used. Every car was
mashed. Apparently the outrage
was the work of revolutionists who
traveled on the train.
Constantinople, Aug. 27.The bomb
which wrecked the train near Kuleli
Burgas, was thrown by a third class pas
senger who was In the buffet car. Only
two car were destroyed. The dead in
clude two Mussulmans women, two chil
dren and three trainmen.
The continued absence of news from the
interior of Macedonia, where there Is
widespread interruption of telegraphio
communication, is causing great uneasi
ness to the Turkish officials here and
much unrest among the public.
War between Turkey and Bulgaria is
regarded as Inevitable unless some way
speedily is found to arrest the reciprocal
slaughter and destruction of Macedonia.
The Turks are stirred to a high pitch
of excitement by the stories told by Greek
and Moslem refugees who have reached
the shores of the Bosporus from the an
nihilated villages in the districts where
the insurgents are operating. These per
sons allege that the Bulgarian forces in
eastern Macedonia are killing men, wom
en and children Indiscriminately and set
ting fire to everything combustible. They
say that armed bands descend upon the
villages in broad daylight and carry out
their dreadful work with remorseless
Several foreign diplomats who visited
the refugees in their camps have returned
with a gloomier view than ever of the
prospects of war between Turkey and Bul
garia. They cannot see how a general
outbreak of Moslem fury can much longer
be averted. Austria and Russia are still
supported by all the powers and they
persist In their endeavor to localize the
struggle pending the issue of new negotia
tions with Turkey, which It is understood
here, are about to be inaugurated.
AUSTRIA FEARS W AR
Officials Believe that Diplomacy Can No
Longer Avert Hostilities.
Vienna, Aug. 27.It is felt in high
quarters that unless the events In Mace
donia are highly exaggerated in the re
port* sent out from there, diplomacy must r^
shortly discover a more effective way o
meeting the situation or else it must give
place to war. Happily, thus far, there is
no breach In the unity of the powers.
It is certain that, come what may In
the Balkan peninsula, the European gov
ernments will do their utmost to confine
the conflict to that region. King Edward's
visit to Emperor Francis Joseph and pro
jected sojourn of the czar and Count
Lamsdorf, Russian minister of foreign af
fairs, In Vienna and Rome, are expected
to Inspire confluence thruout Europe and
promote the movement to preserve peace.
Meeting Petitions the Powers.
Sofia, Aug. 27.A mass meeting of
Macedonians took place here yesterday.
It was decided that a memorandum should
be presented to the representatives of the
great powers at Sofia, urging their gov
ernments to take action.
The secret visit of the Russian squad
ron to Turkish waters was much com
mented upon at the meeting.
It was described as "a moment of sun
shine, which quickly passed away." The
speakers impassionately appealed for the
immediate intervention of the powers in
Macedonia, declaring that if the pouring
out of blood in Macedonia continues an
other fortnight, Europe would find nobody
there to save.
The Bulgarian ministers were urged not
to stand by While their brethren were dy
ing in Macedonia.
Subcommittee of Senate Committee
on Territories Beached
Impressed With Alaska and the Jus
tice of Its Claim for a
Spnoial to The Journal. came to Beirut while a test was being ! of which would rally, to its support and
Victoria. B. C , Aug. 27.The revenue j made with a modern American reaper and | make the republican pluralities propor-
cutter McCulloch dropped anchor in Vic-j binder. They gathered on horseback on tionately larger in the middle west states.
toria harbor yesterday
having on board the
of the senate committee on territories.
The party is all well and report a very
| pleasant and profitable trip. The travel
ers left some two months ago for an ex
tensive tour of Alaska, going by way ot
j Skaguay, Dawson and. down the Yukon to
: St. Michael and Nome, thence by Seal Is
lands and Dutch Harbor and along the
- southern coast by way of Kadiak, Valdez
Members of the committee are evidently
' persuaded that Alaska should have a dele
ijgate in congress, but probably are not pre
pared to make him elective. The con
struction of a national highway from
Valdez to Eagle by government aid seems
to be regarded with favor.
The committee is much impressed with
the fact that Alaska needs improved fa
cilities for inland transportation. It is be
lieved, too, that the building of a wagon
road thru the interior from the south
: j coast will stimulate the development of
jthe country to such an extent as to hasten
materially the time when private capital
iwill construct a railroad over practically
ithe same route, Valdez to Eagle on the
The committee also seems inclined to
favor taking practical steps to perfetuate
the salmon and other fisheries by having
j ithe government establish government
"hatcheries, to be supported by taxes levied
on the canneries and other fisheries ac-
! i : cording to their output. This plan is also
favored by the. experts of the United
j 'States fish commission, who are now
(^working in Alaskan waters.
The committeemen left Seattle last
evening, where they wiU
Intentional Duplicate Exposure
O.S. VICE CONSUL
William C. Magelssen, Formerly of
Minnesota, ,Is Killed at
Naval Department Promptly Tele
graphs Admiral Cotton to Pre
pare for Service.
Fleet Will Be Sent to Turkey Unless
American Demands Are
-$ Washington, Aug. 27.The state depart
ment has received a cablegram from
Minister Leishman at.Constantinople an
nouncing that William C. Magelssen,
United States vice consul at Beirut,
Syria, was assassinated yesterday while
riding in a carriage.
The American minister immediately
brought the crime to the attention of the
government and demanded amends by
Acting Secretary Loomis to-day cabled
Mr. Leishman instructing him to demand
the Immediate arrest and punishment of
the persons guilty of the murder.
No demand for money indemnity for
the man's family has yet been made, but
probably will follow. Magelssen was ap
pointed from Minnesota.
Fleet May Go to Turkey'.
Admiral Cotton, commanding the Euro
pean squadron, has been cabled by the
navy department to have his vessels in
readiness -to move to Beirout, which is
on the eastern shore of the Mediterra
nean sea, In case the demands of the
United States government upon the Tur
kish government are not complied with.
The Brooklyn and the San Francisco are
at Vllle Franche and the Machlas is at
Genoa. Magelssen was appointed vice
consul at Beirout Sept. 20, 1890, by Con
sul Gabriel Bieravudal, who is a Scandi
navian. At the time of his appointment
as vice consul he was consular clerk in
Turkey. Magelssen was appointed on the
recommendation of Senator Nelson of
Minnesota, who says that he was the son
of a prominent Lutheran minister. He
was born at Blatzburg, Pillmore county,
Murderer Is Not Known.
Minister Leishman's cable was dated
yesterday and said that the assassination
occurred Sunday, the minister being in
formed of the crime by Consul Rouvadal.
The consul stated that the murderer was
not seen and Is not known.
The announcement of the assassination
of the American vice consul, following so
soon upon the assassination of a Russian
consul in Turkey, created a strong im
pression in official circles, and the sug
gestion was made that such frequent as
sassinations Indicate a very disturbed
condition of affairs in the Turkish do
mains. Mr. Leishman gave no particulars
of the assassination and the state depart
ment has ho Information as to the cause
of the murder. The American govern
ment will insist that the local authorities
be punished if they were neglectful in
their duty, and that full measure of pun-
me p t ~be "given the actual perpetrators
of the outrage
It Is Up to Turkey.
Beirout is a city on the eastern coast
of the Mediterranean sea and is a place
of considerable commercial activity. The
action of. the Turkish government will
determine or not whether the European
squadron is to be sent to Turkish waters.'
Unless the Turkish government acts
promptly upon the demands made by the
United States government, it is expected
the European squadron will at once move
The state department forwarded Mr.
Leishman's dispatch to the president at
Oyster Bay, and Is now in communication
with him on the subject.
WAS A MINNESOTAN
William C. Magelssen Was Born at Blatz
berg, Fillmore County.
From The Journal Bureau, Room 45, Post Build
Washington, D. C , Aug. 27.William
C. Magelssen, vice and deputy consul of
the United States at Beirout, Syria, re
cently assassinated, was a native of Blatz
berg, Fillmore county, Minn., where his
father for many years was a Lutheran
minister. The young man was educated
at the Lutheran college, Necedah, Iowa,
and then went aoroacl.
He was in Syria in 1899, at which time
he was appointed to the vice consulship
at Beirout. The state department has
no record of what toook him abroad or
any of the circumstances leading to his
appointment. His record was uniformly
good, and he was a man of fine personal
Gabriel Bieravudal, consul at Beirout,
was appointed from South Dakota. He
was born in Norway.
W. W. Jermane.
A Possible Cause for Deed.
Several months ago in this correspond
ence attention was called to the efforts
of American consults in Syria, more par
ticularly at Beirut, to introduce American
agricultural machinery, and modernize
other phases of agriculture. These ef
forts, while successful on the surface, ex
cited the bitter oppo'jition and finallly the
hatred of the lower classes
Last summer a large body of Bedouins j fact be the old populist party, the molders
from Nome, ] a neighboring hill and their mutterings
subcommittee were loud, and long. They complained that
the new process cleaned up the fields so
completely that there was nothing left
for the poorer people, who for thousands
of years had been accustomed to follow
after the old time hand reapers, like Ruth
after Boaz, their gleanings being sufficient
to keep them in food for months. They
abjected again because the new machinery
threw so many natives out of employment.
Similar objections were made to other
modern devices which the American con
sul undertook to itnroduce into Beirut,
and the later consular reports, while
speaking rather lightly of the opposition,
made it clear that the peoplpe were hostile
to air modern innovations.
Whether the assassination had anything
to do with these conditions is not yet
known here, but It is shrewdly suspected
that they are in some way connected with
it ..- W. W. Jermane.
Pi-ofessor Newcomb considers that we are
probably nearer the boundary of the visible
universe which lies in ihe direction of Sag
Ittararlus and Scorpio, and he thinks that
we may possibly be so much ne'arer this par
ticular region that we may soon be able to
detect motions among the fainter stars in
this direction. ,. ? ^
Lilli Ler.rnann, the prima donna, confesses
to being 62 years old, and has spent 34 years
upon the stage, having made her debut at
Prague when she was 18.
It is stated that when Lord Roberts comes
to America in August it will be in Ms of
ficial capacity King Edward has expressed
a wish that his trip shall be regarded as an
official one in return for the recent visits
DOES BRYAN , *
PLAN A BOLT?
Mr. Harrington's Speech, It Is Con
tended, Goes Strongly to
Charles Towne Is to Have the Nom
ination of the Bump
- - - Convention.
Bryan Declared to Favor the Ex
Minnesotan and the Alleged
From The Journal Bureau, Room 45, Post Build
Washington, Aug. 27.Advices from
Grand Island, Neb., where the state pop
ulist convention has just been held, are
to the effect that Charles A. Towne,
formerly of Minnesota, now of New York,
is Bryan's personal choice for the presi
dency next year.
According to a speech before the con
vention by M. F. Harrington, a leader
of the Nebraska populists, and in the
confidence of Bryan, if the Bryan follow
ing finds itself outnumbered in the dem-
ocratic national convention it will bolt and
nominate a third ticket. Towne is fav
ored by Bryan as the head of this bolting
contingent, according to the Harrington
Much interest is taken here in that
speech. It seems to foreshadow that the
Bryan followers will, before resorting to
rash measures, go to the democratic con
vention in an effort to control it. Towne,
is is now believed, will be a delegate from
New York and will ably second the efforts
of the Bryanites. Indeed, it may be that
he will be their leader on the convention
floor, for nobody supposes that Bryan
himself will be a delegate.
There will be a contest very similar to
that which occurred in the republican na
tional convention in St. Louis in 1896, and
it will probably have similar results,
and Towne and the rest of the Bryan
following will walk out after having made
their protest either against the platform
or against the candidate who is likely to
receive the nomination.
Then will come a convention and ap
parently it is Bryan's hope that Towne
will accept the presidential nomination at
its handsat least that is the interpreta
tion put on the Harrington speech by
politicians in Washington.
Under these conditions the third ticket,
while possibly, masquerading under some
form of the democratic name, would In
TAMS DEMANDS^ f
This Will Be Don$ the Investigator
to Be a Man Outside the
Will Be Instructed to Make a Com
plete and Impartial Inquiry
Washington, Aug. 27.Acting Secretary
Hitchcook of the Interior department to
day announced his intention of having a
thoro investigation made into irregulari
ties in the Indian Territory by some one
not connected with the department. This
announcement was made in response to
a request from the Dawes commission as
follows . / ~
"Muskogee, I. T., Aug. 26 1903. Secre
tary of Interior,'Washington: Widespread
and continued newspaper criticism of a
most serious character, involving the in-
THE OHIO SANCHO PANZA
tegrlty of our work and our fidelity to
duty, impels us to request that an im
mediate and searching investigation be
instituted and that the president be in
formed of this desire. A work unparal
leled in the history of civilization, the
result of years of unremitting toil is
threatened by fanatical reports and ques
tionable journalism. W e .urge that There
be assigned to the work of investigation
one whose reputation for honesty, abil
ity and fearlessness is well established
and whose findings will be universally ac
W. W. Jermane.
TAMS IS AT MUSKOGEE
Admits Affiliation With. Land Com
panies, but Says There Is Noth-
' ing Wrong in It.
New .York Sun Special Service.
Muskogee,. I. T., Aug. 27.Tarns Bixby,
chairman of the Dawes commission, arrived
here yesterday from his home in Minne
sota, his return having been hastened by
the charges preferred against him and other
Indian territory officials.
Mr. Bixby admitted that he owned stock
in the Canadian Valley Trust company and in
the Muskogee Title & Trust company, both
of which handle Indian land letses. He de
clared, however, that he sees no impropriety
in this, as he does not attend to any of the
business of the companies during office hours
and, as ho puts it, "as socn as land is al
lotted to Indians it passes from under the
control of the Dawes commission forever."
ARRESTED FOR ASSAuXT.
Special to The Journal.
Marshalltown. Iowa, Aug. 27.Orrin C. Beach,
who is married and has four children, and is
well known at Albion, has been arrested, charged
with criminally assaulting Laura Larison. He Is
in jail here on $500 bonds and his hearing is set
for ept. 8. .
In England, where- automatic coupling of
cars is yet unknown, 150,000 railway employes
are killed or injured in ten years in making
couplings, as shown by reports of the board
of trade. This offsets in way-*the mortality
which is very much smaller
* /\, \
Dawes Commissioners Ask Secretary
Hitchcock to took Into Charges
Edith White, "IT Dental College
Graduate, Starves in Copper
Her Body Not Found Was Doubtless
Devoured by Wild
Leaves From Her Diary Tell of Her
Life Since Leaving
, Edith White, former wife of John A.
White, general agent for the Deering di
vision of the International Harvester
company, died of starvation in the Klon
dike country and her body has been de
voured by wild beasts.
Such is the information contained in a
special dispatch from Seattle which gives
the details of the findings of the unfor
tunate woman's diary containing a history
of her life from the time she left her
former home in Mankato until she died
of exposure and lack of food in the heart
of the trackless Copper river country.
"T. B. Needles,
The secretary replied to the telegram,
saying that as soon as the proper man
could be secured he would be'sent to the
territory with Instruction to make a com
plete and impartial inquiry into condi
The Secretary's Reply.
Following is the text of Secretary
Hitchcock's reply to the request of the
"Replying to your telegram requesting
that an Immediate and searching investi
gation be instituted with reference to the
integrity of your work, and your fldelllty
to duty in connection with your official
position as members of the Dawes com
mission, I beg to inform you that your re
quest has been anticipated? and that ar
rangements are in progress which will be
consummated with the least possible de
day. E. A. Hitchcock,
The leopard is the. most cowardly of animals.
This may account for his being almost univer
sally used by female animal trainers.
GENERAL LUKE E. WRIGHT
Vice Governor of the Philippines, Who
Succeed Taft as Gov.-Gen.
" y* s^^
MAY HAVE BEEN MURDER
People In Seattle Who Knew Mrs. White
Think So. .*.,,
Special to The Journal. i - .". ,-*,
Seattle, Wash.. Aug. 27.It Is believed
Continued from First Pagei ^
RELIANCE IS AHEAD - I
IN DRIFTING MATCH
The American Defender Walks Right Awa^
From Shamrock, but Probably Can't ?
Finish Within Time Limit.
The Wind Is Very light and a Strong Ebb Tide Retards the Progress
of the YachtsCaptain Barr Outgeneraled the Shamrock's *$&
Skipper at the StartRace Is Between the Reliance and Time
Shamrock Hopelessly Beaten.
BULLETINS OF THE RACE.
11:05 a. m.Both yachts have crossed
the starting line. Their official starting
time was 11:02.
11:10 a. m.Reliance crossed the line first,
Shamrock a minute later. The actual
starting time, unofficial, was, Reliance,
11:03:05 Shamrock, 11:04:05. Both boats
had such a close fight for position that
neither boat crossed before the handicap
gun was fired, so that the official time for
the start is 11:02
,11:25 a. nuReliance apparently leads
by half a mile.
11:40 a. m.Reliance seems to have
struck a puff of wind and is moving quite
fast. Both yachts are on the port tack.
11:55 a. m.The yachts have sailed
about three miles. Reliance leading about
12:09 p. m.Reliance looks to be nearly
a mile ahead.
12:13The wind freshens and is now
about seven miles an hour and hauling
further to the south.
12:45 p. m.Four miles from the start
Reliance is leading by a half mile. The
sea is smooth, weather cloudy, wind five
knots and increasing.
.1:04 p. m.Reliance still has a com
manding lead. She is four miles from the
1:15 p. m.Reliance is leading by 8
minutes and is dead to windward.
1:42 p. m.Reliance turns the outer
1:50 p. m.Unofficial time at outer
mark, Reliance 1:42 Shamrock 1:48.
1:53 p. m.Reliance is leading by one
Reliance turned,the outer mark 12 min
utes and 30 seconds ahead. The smoke
and haze almost obscures the yachts but
one can be seen.
2:36 p. m.One yacht barely can be seen
fanning home under spinnaker. She has
covered about three miles since the turn.
2:43 p. m68.Reliance is running to the
lightship very slowly but it is estimated
she will finish within the time limit unless
2:50 p. m.Both boats are in view, Re
liance apparently leading something over
Ten miles from the finish Reliance was
leading by a mile. Wind is at five knots
and Indications are that the finish will
be wlth'n-the time limit
3:10 p- m.Reliance will hardly finish
within the time limit. The wind is four
miles an hour. To further-retard her is
the fufltjootfrae of tile efeb tFde. "
3:20 p. m.The contest has developed
into a race between Reliance and time.
Reliance is still six miles from the light
ship and has one hour and ten minutes
within which to cover that distance.
Shamrock is hopelessly beaten.
On passing an Imaginary line, Reliance
was leading by 15 minutes, with Sham
rock nearly two miles astern.
8:40 p. m.Reliance four and a half
miles frbm finish and fifty minutes left.
Her race against time will be a close one.
New York, Aug. 27.It 'was dark and
lowering this morning when the crews of
the^ two big yachts appeared on deck to
prepare for the third contest. The sky
was overcast and at 7 o'clock light show
ers of rain were falling in many places
within a radius of thirty miles of Sandy
Hook. The southeast breeze, which blew
finely all day, had blown itself out by
dawn, and altho there were faint breaths
of air from that direction, there were
many calm spots out over the ocean.
Yesterday's southeaster had left some
thing of a ground swell, and the surf
along shore was fairly heavy, but not so
strong as that which prevailed a week
ago. Notwithstanding these dull condi
tions, the air was surprisingly clear, and
from Sandy Hook vessels could be dis
tinguished many miles out to sea. About
7:30 the wind began to breeze up from
a little north of east, thereby carrying
out the predictions of the weather bureau.
Still, at this hour, the air did not have
strength enough to encourage the start
ing of a race, and three and a half hours
before the time for the yachts to cross
the line the chances for a postponement
seemed better than for a race.
Mrs. White w as a graduate of the dental
school of the state university and prac
ticed dentistry in this city until she left
here three years ago. It has been two
years since her husband, Mr. White, or
other members of her family have heard
Last Message Received.
She w as practicing dentistry in Dawson
City two years ago, when she sent a let
te rto her relatives here saying that she
was going into the interior and would
probably not be heard from for some time.
Nothing was heard from her until the dis
patch to The Journal told of her
Altho no trace of the woman's body has
been found, there seems to be not the
slightest doubt that she wandered into
the Copper river valley, where she died
from exhaustion, her body being devoured
by wild beasts, and only the leaves of her
diary being left to tell her people what
she suffered. ~ :
How the Story Came.
In a letter written to the Post-Intelli
gencer, dated Central Alaska, July 29,
1903, William Shafer, a petty officer in
the employ of the government signal
corps, related the story of the find in one
of the wildest portions of the Copper river
country. Shafer secured the letters and
the diary tending to show that the writer
perished from cold and hunger under cir
cumstances most pitiable.
While trying to make her way unac
companied to an interior camp in the
I Copper river country, Mrs. White says
she was lost in the mountains for days.
She wandered thru the canyons of the lo
cality in a vain endeavor to find some
human habitation. Twice she had nar
row escapes from wild beasts.
Once she escaped death at the hands t
a vicious mountain lion by wading Into
a small lake up to her chin. For two
hours she stood in the Icy water, while the
ravenous beast crouched on the edge of
the lake, snarling and licking his vicious
chops. Finally the cat got tired of wait
ing and slunk away in a canyon. More
dead than alive, Mrs. White emerged
from the water and lay down exhausted.
But the desire to let her family in her
old home know that she was penitent for
a wrong Which she had committed and
which, It is inferred, drove her from her
once happy family, was strong, and with
her remaining energy she scribtaled with
an indelible pencil the letters and diary
which recorded her wanderings and suf
erings up to the time that hunger deprived
her of strength to write.
Shafer took possession of these letters
and diary and also made a diligent search
for the body. This he did not find, how
ever, and returned to camp. Shafer for
warded copies of the letters and the diary
to the address given, that in this manner
White might be informed of his wife's
Crews Took It Easy.
At 8 o'clock the winds had freshened
somewhat and was blowing about four
miles from the east. On the racers there
had been no attempt to get ready, as has
usually been the case on race day morn
ings. Instead of putting their headsails
In stops and stripping the covers off main
sails before getting their breakfasts, the
crews idled about the decks of their
yachts looking with some degree of appre
hension at thfe weather signs.
Mr. Herreshof, the designer of Reliance,
who is aboard his steam yacht Roamer,
predicted that while the yachts might
start, they would hardly be able to finish
within the time allowance unless there
was a great change in the weather.
Shortly after 8 o'clock the crews on the
two yachts, encouraged by the appearance
ot a. lew scattered rays of sun, put up
their staysails and jibs in stops and took
the covers off their mainsails. The Irish
boat raised the mainsail she used on Tues
day in the triangular course race. It set
badly* on its first run up, but as the light
breeze filled it, it bellied out and looked
like a splendid fit.
At 8:15 Reliance raised the mainsail she
has used thruout the series of races. She
wore the new gaff that was measured
yesterday. It is similar to the old gaff,
but is considered a trifle stronger in case
of a stiff breeze.
At 8:30 Shamrock sent up her clubtop
sail, but had quite a little trouble getting
it to set properly.
Captain Wringe of Shamrock in. and Mr
Fife were rife last night.
Wringe in Absolute Command.
In an effort to learn the truth Sin
Thomas was approached on the subject.
"The two men," he said, "occupy entirely
distinctive positions. If they have been
criticising each other I do not know it.' -
Mr. Fife advises about the sails, the trim,
of the boat and other details of that char
acter. Captain Wringe Is in absolute com-.
mand and I, as owner, have not criticised j
It was said further on the Erin that Siri
Thomas is deluged with anonymous letters'
and telegrams informing him that mem*
bers of the crew are traitors to the inter
ests of the boat. Only a day ago a tele*,
gram signed by the captain of a coastwise I
steamer was received by Sir Thomas say
ing that the boatswain of Shamrock III*
was the cause of that boat losing that
race and that the signer knew him as af
Sir Thomas said:
"I throw such letters and telegrams,
overboard. I am not changing my cre^w.'*
Shamrock Starts Out.
At 9 o'clock-to-day the prospects for si
race were brighter. The wind had fresh
ened to five knots at Sandy Hook and the
sky was beginning to clear. The tug:
Cruiser passed a line to the Shamrock and
at 9:05 the challenger started out, main*
sail and club topsail set.
After his guests had boarded the Erin
Sir Thomas Lipton left the hook for the
starting line. The committee boat Navi
gator and the ' stake boat John Scully
passed out by the hook with the first of the
excursion fleet In their wake.
If "the wind holds from the present
quarter, east by south, the course will Jay
out to sea along the Long Beach shore.
An hour before the time set for the start
there seemed to be little prospect of finish
ing a race in fact, the conditions were
the most discouraging of all the series.
The excursion., fleet began to appear at
this time and the revenue cutters steamed
in and out preparatory to clearing the
Despite the discouraging conditions,
when the committee arrived at the start
ing line, it was decided to make an at
tempt at a race, and the course signalled
was southeast, for a windward and lee
ward race, - The wind at this time was,
scarcely more than three or four miles an
hour. As the course signals were broken
oift tiie . yachts ,.dropped their tows, set
jibs and fore staysails and began, to. jockey
about the starting line. Twenty minutes
before the time set for the start the wind
seemed to increase.
The wind. had. hauled a trifle south and
the clouds began to break near the hori
zon, giving promise of clearer weather
and a fair breeze.
At 8:45 o'clock the breeze, from south
of east, was freshening, and Shamrock
was ready to go out, while Reliance!was
preparing to take a tow. Shamrock's
two sails had been carefully set and were
better looking than on any day yet, par
ticularly the club topsail, which set beau
Mr. Iselin went aboard Reliance at 8:46
and a few minutes later a line was taken
by the tug, "Guiding tSar," and the cup
defender started out from the hook for
Sir Thomas aboard the Erin said: '*'' '
"We are going to do our best to-day,
that is as much'as anybody can do."
Stories that there was friction between.
The Preparatory Gun. .
In spite of the light air and the pros
pects of the yachts being unable to finish
within the time limit, the regatta com
mittee fired the preparatory gun at 10:45.
At that time both yachts were close to
gether on the leeward side of the line,
sailing about with jib topsails set in or
der to maneuver more Quickly. In the
preliminary work. Reliance seemed to
move with more life than the Shamrock,
altho neither boat maneuvered very fast.
Six minutes before the time set for the*
start, the wind had increased to about
five miles an hour and the fight for posi
tion became brisk.
The fight for position was very keen
and was entirely in favor of the American
boat. Four minutes before the starting
gun was fired, Shamrock being at a fur
ther distance to the south of the com
mittee boat, headed back to the line. Re
liance held away -for about a minute and
then started after her. The great sail
spread of Reliance enabled Captain Ban*
to completely blanket Shamrock and from
this position Captain Wringe was unable
to extricate his boat. Captain Wringe,
however, w as able to prevent Reliance
getting down, into position, on the leeward,
side of the line, and both boats, when the
starting gun was fired, were on the wind
ward side, heading over toward the light
ship. Reliance then pulled by Shamrock
and rounding the lightship headed for
the line on the port tack.
Shamrock w as more than a minute
astern of the American boat and had &
handicap of two minutes and five seconds.
It was the worst start an English boat has
made in a cup contest for many years. A t
11:15 both yachts were headed a little
north of east, sailing slowly on the star
board tack. Reliance was well in the
lead. The wind at the time was blowing
about five knots, and at 11:20 Shamrock
was heading four or five points off the
course sailed by Reliance. In fact the
Reliance, twenty minutes after the start, i
had an apparent lead of nearly half aj
mile. ' ]
The start of the third yacht race of the
series was close but most exciting. The,
skippers aboard both yachts toyed with'
the handicap time to such an extent that'
both went across the starting line after
the two-minute handicap had expired,
and the official time of the start was re
corded as follows:
As a matter of fact, Captain Barr, the
American skipper, won another victory
and sent his boat across the line 53 sec
onds ahead-of Shamrock III., according
to unofficial watches.
Captain Wringe Inaugurated the tac-
tics which resulted in the failure of the - .
boats- to cross within the time limit. Aa
the starting time approached, the Eng
lishman begen to play with the handicap
time. He held off repeatedly and refused,
to approach the line where Captain Barr?
was trying to coax him. The latter finally'
decided to take up the gauntlet and he,
too, used dilatory tactics.
Reliance won at' last, and after putting'
the Britisher in an awkward position,,
darted across the line a full minute (un-
official) after the handicap gun, but wett1
ahead of her opponent. ' -- -il
Reliance's Big Advantage.
The conditions of the start gave Re*'J
liance a very decided advantage for thd
both yachts are officially timed as cross*
ing at 11:02 Shamrock actually crossed
one minute and seven seconds behind heij
competitor. Thus Reliance in actual saili
Ing only has to overcome In time allownj
ance 50 seconds. '
Both yacht3 held to the eastward on thfc
starboard tack until 11:28. Reliance con*
tinued to pull away a bit and when botb^
tacked, to port she had a lead of fullyi
three-eights of a mile. Shamrock h&m
moved so slowly that she was scarcely aj
mile from the lightship whea she oamoj
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