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PRICE TWO CENTS.
MADE MONTANA
TOO HOTFOR HIM
The Real Reason Why Harry Silber
berg Quit Senator Clark's
Employ.
Reliable Information Indicates That
H8 Tried to Blackmail a
Lady There.
The Credentials on Which Senator
Clark Accepted Him Were
A s a real record of Harry Silber
berg, alias J. J. Carlisle, alias J. J.
Debralls, comes to light, the prisoner
In the Hennepin county jail figures less
as a modern Jack Shepard and more
as an unprincipled adventurer, and the
glamor wi th which his own tales have
surround ed him, rapidly disappears.
It has been stated as coming from
Carlisle that he had a most brilliant
career in Montana, where his
services were discontinued by Senator
Clark only because they were too ex -
pensive. Information regarding this
episode, coming from most reliable
sources, shows that Carlisle secured
his position from Senator Clark thru
the medium of a forged letter pur
porting to come from a prominent
Citizen of Colorado. After receiving
numerous favors from Senator Clark
be is reported to have attempted to
blackmail a lad.y who was a near rela
tive of the senator, and he was , in
eonseauence practically run out of
tne state.
Really Sick, but Putting On.
Dr. U. G. Williams and County
Physician Charles M. Kistler made a
careful examination of the prisoner as
he lay on his cot in the hospital ward
of the county jail this morning. It
was found that his temperature was
normal, as it has been a!l during his
illness. After the examination the
two physicians and Aaron Silberberg,
brother of the prisoner, had a confer
ence behind closed doors, after which
Dr. Williams said:
*'While the man is undoubtedly put
ting quite a bit of it on, he certainly
has a hole in his left lung and that
lung Is partially solid, compelling him
iolepend almost entirely on his right
lung. There seems to be no doubt
that he has tuberculosis of the lungs,
but I am not prepared to say that his
condition is serious." ^**iQ r,*.
Examination of a small bottle of
smitum. sent City Bacteriologist J.
Frank Corbett by Dr. Kistler supports
this opinion. "Th e tubercle bacilli
were present in large numbers and i
shou ld say that the person from whom
the sample came was seriously in -
fected," said Dr . Corbett after the ex -
aminatio n.
Prison er Grows Bitter.
But while Silberberg is a sick man,
he is undoubtedly taking every advan
tage of his illness. When, the phyai
cians or n^wspas^rAWAtt-axe-prefieni. ne
"lies on hlsf cot, pair and wear, with
painfully labored breathi ng and voice
hardly
: stronger than a whisper. This
ws the' case at 10 o'clock yesterd ay
morning, but at 1i1 o'clocpresenc k he was -i
i Ma , ^ ,
cussing his case n the e odis f a
third party to him unknown and was to save them, so dense was the smoke
consigning to Unholy places the Min* and so rapid the progress of the
neapol is business man who, altho in - flames.
terested in his case, did not come to Edward Capentier of New York was
his rescue.
This morning he was just as he was i
when the county physician called on
himyesterday but within the hour he,
was damning the reportorlal fraternity ,
with a voice and vigor ^teincon-| wom am n of the city ,
trast to that displayed in the presence j
of the ttvo meic
nr.,
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XL
ALL MIGRATION
BRCORDS BROKEN
More Immigrants Arrived at NewHe
York This Year Than Ever
Italy Leads the Nations and theSenator
Scandinavian Countries Show
a Big Increase.
New York, Dec . so.immigration
Torged.
thru this port in 1903 has passed all N eww Storied, Can'1t- lvrAt-
previous records. During the calen
dar year now ending 619,980 immi- City's Needs.
grantssteerage passengersarrived
here, as against 547,197 in 1902an
increase of 72,783. It is estimated that
some 2,000 more foreigners will land From The Journal Bureau, Colorado Building,
before Jan . 1, so that the total in
crease probably will be close on to
75,000.
The year of 1902 was a record
breaking year, the increase over 1901
having been about 139,000.
the case last year, the
migration was during
92,861 steerage passengers were ad -
mitted at New York. Almost as many
came here in April. The immigration
was larger every month of the cur
rent year, compared with the monthly
figures in 1902, with the exception of
the current month. Last December
36,000 immigrant s, approximately,
landed here. This month the num
ber will probably not exceed 32,000.
Southern Europe contributed by far
the largest proportion of the total.
There was, howeve r, a marked in -
crease in the newcomers from north
ern and western Europ e, especially
Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Italy,
nevertheless, leads all the rest. - The
exodus of Italian laborers, with whom
the outward bou nd steamers were
loaded early this month has seen a
marked falling off.
THREE KILLED
IN CLUB FIRE
The Troy Club House, at Troy, N. Y., [
Catches Fire and Three Per
sons Ferish.
Cut Off on the Fourth Floor, No Help
Could Reach
Them.
Troy, N , Y., Dec. 30.-r-Moses T.
Clough, the Nestor of the Rennsalaer
county bar and the last survivor of
the class of 1848 of Dartmouth col
lege William Shaw, head of the law
firm of Shaw, Bailey & Murphy, and
..Benjamin w. .Kinney* manager for.
the Fuller-warren tympany of Bos
ton, Mass., lost their lives in a fire
which partially destroyed the Troy
club at an early ho ur to-day.
Altho the doomed men were seen
a t the windows, nothing could be done
taken from an upper window by the
flremer. an d rem0
^j^
doubtedl y sickd, weve
Sheriff Dreger that under similar con
ditions he .served but three months of
the two years' senten ce imposed on
him at Baden-Baden, Germany.
FALSE SWElRING
FOB FRIENDSHIP
Witnesses in Grand Rapids Graft
Prosecutions Change Testimony
Formerly Given.
X,ant Salsbury Tells Another Story of
the Way He Fixed the
ved to a hospital,
wher e h e i s recoV ering from the ef-
fect s o f smok e inhale
1
Grand Rapid s, Mich., Dec. 30.J.
Boyd Pantlind, proprietor of the Mor
ton House of this city, testified against
"William F . McKnight and ex-State
- Senator George R. Nichols of Ionia,
*when their examination in the police
court on the charge of subornation
of perjury was resumed to-day. H e
declared that during the bribery trial
for Lant K. Salsbury he gave Mc
Knight the key to a private parlor in
the Morton House. Pantli nd thus con
tradicted his evidence at an earlier
session and stated that he testified
falsely previously because of friend-
'. ship for McKnigh t.
Mortimor Rathbone,! manager of the
Morton House changed his testimony
alsd and stated that he gave the key
of the private parlor to Pantlind, who
gave it to McKnight. The key was
removed the same day. H e declared
he had not been asked to give mis
leading testimony.
Dan Luther, assistant stenograph er
In the Salsbury trial took the stand
and told of the evidence given by
Nichols at that trial regardi ng the al -
leged attempt to bribe Garman to
uwear falsely. I n this testimony Nich
ols denied having approached Garman
in any manner.
Lant K . Salshury next gave evidence
against Nichols regarding the work of
the latter in attempting to save him ,
Salsbury, from conviction. H e testi
fied that he had a talk with Nichols
after Nichols and McGarry returned
from a trip to the east to secure evi
dence for use at the Salsbury trial.
Salsbury swore that Nichols told him
that Garman would testify for the de -
fense. Nichols, he said, told him that
Garman had prepared a statement
that agreed -with the line of defense
mapped out for Salsbury. A man
named Richter was a go-between.
Nichols said Garman was to receive
$1,300 more for making a later and
more explicit statement for the de
fense, j
' SECRETARY HAY'S HEALTH.
- Washington Dec. 30 The improvement in the
condition ot Secretary liny, wbo lus town ill
with bronchitis for several weeks, is much
slower than was expected and It now seems cer
tain that Mr. Hay will not be able to preside
at the diplomatic breakfast to the members of
the diplomatic corps at his residence on New
Year's Day, for which Invitations have been
it out. " - - - - - " -'*-
3 ^ ^ j as one o the remarkable features ..of
the fire. "
Caught on Fourth Floor.
All the persons killed were occupy
ing rooms on the upper floor of the
club building, which is four stories in
height, and it was this part the
flames attacked first. The victims had
retired about 10 o'clock, and were
sleeping soundly whdn the alarm was
given by employes. A n effort was
made at once to reach the sleeping!
apartments, but the progress of the
fire had been too rapid.
The fire is thought to have oeen
caused by a lighted cigarette being
thrown among some combustible ma
terial. The clubhouse was built ten or
twelve years ago , at a cost of half a
million dollars. The loss by fire will
reach $55,0OD.
Mr. Clough was 89 years of age, and
Mr. Shaw was nearly 70. Both re
sided at the club, at which Mr. Kin
ney and Mr. Capentier were guests.
Witnesses.
DIED AS HE SPOKE
OF LIFE TO GOME
Mormon Elder Drops Dead as He Con
cludes Delivery of Eloquent
Funeral Sermon.
-w- -w^i,
dropped dead in the pulpit of -Uintah
meeting house this morning. Elder
Prophet had just concluded a rema rk
able address extolling the life of Mrs.
B. A. Watts, the woman whose body
lay in a coffin before hlml He" elo
quently pictured the future life and
exhorted his hearers to be ready for
the grim summons at any moment.
The people in the little meeting
house were electrified by his words,
-which rush ed forth with fervor and
force such as they had never known
hi to manife st before. With the
sm r js^usrssst
Slump In Railway Earnings Shows Its Ef
fect on 'Change.
Special to The Journal.
New York, Dec. 30.All around heavy
declines in railway earnings, shown by the
Erie, Canadian Pacific, Mexican roads and
some others, caused a sharp reaction in
railroad stocks to-day. The declines were
disappointing in view of the optimistic re
ports published by Wall street journals
during the past few weeks. The drop in
prices was. not serious, but tired holders
are getting out of the market. The de
crease in the country's exports :s also
causing uneasiness m financial circles.
EMPEROR NOT PARALYZED.
Vienna, Dc 30.Emperor Francis
has quite recovered from bis accident
pursuing his ordinary avocations to-day,
i private and general audiences as usu&L.
jv^"'i
jjljii,
wy
d . H e was in
tow a preparln g fo r hi g ar riage with
H . s e g frQ
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WEDNESDAY EVENING DECEMBER 30, 1903.
LIND TOTRY FOB !!
JEW POSTOFFICE
Will Seek to Get ah Appropriation
for a New Site at
Before.
Clapp Has Promised His Aid
and the Government Architect
Will Help.
Th
e Present Buildin g, Eve* with Its
JNe
f d
a new federal building in that city.
H e does not look for anything defi
n ite at this session of congress, but
wants to start the ball rolling and get
it past the preliminary stage, which
always consumes a gre at deal of time.
Mr. Land-, h ad an interesting inter
view wi th the supervising architect
of the treasury department/who ad
mitted that the present Minneapolis
federal building is on all fours to-d ay
with the condition of the old St. Paul
public.building, Fourth and Wabasha
streets, at the time when congress
made an - appropriation for a-new
building in that city. The supervising
architect said, in reply to a question,
that he had never indorsed the propo
sition to build additional stories on
the Minneapolis building, but ac
knowledged that at the time it was
the best that could be done. H e
thinks, howeve r, that the old build
ing, with its additional stories, will
be none too large for governmental
purposes by the time the new post
office building is completed.
""Will you recommend an appropri
ation to congress this session for se
curing the site for a new building In
Minneapolis?" asked Mr. Lind.
"With much pleasure," replied Mr.
Taylor.
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.
n.n.w an
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word of a funeral sermon on his lips, j
Parl ey H. PrP
'Accordingly, Messrs.uLind a nadsClapp P -,w - , will take the matter p just soon
Salt Lake, Dec . 30.Wi th the final M th e
h ^ . a Mormon elder,
$25,000 appropriation for ad
ditiona elevators in the old building
i a dis plO S e d of, which will be very
shor tly. If the matt er is pushed, it
i s belie ved an appropriation for the
new site ought to go thru Congress
not later than next winter. And un
der certain favorable conditions,
which may possibly prevail, it may
go thru before adjournment of the
present session.
- Fletcher Postoffice.
Congressman Lind to-d ay succeed
ed in having the execution of the or -
der recently, issued to discontinue the
postoffice at Fletcher, Hennepin coun-
S^TSJSS
his seat and sank to the floor, dead.
H e was 60 years old.
STOCKS DECLINE
s^rsS 'sssxftxsfti
advise the department whether there
was any objection to discontinuing
this office, and he advised against it,
because it was needed to serve the
Catholic church, the parochial school
a nd several stores. Later he was ad
vised that the order had been issued
to abolish the office after to-morro w.
Having secured the delay, he will now
resen t evidence to show that the of
flee shou ld remain at Fletcher.
W. W . Jermane.
BURNED HER MONEY.
Bakersville, Cal., Dec. 30. Jockey
Ransch gave his mother a thousand dollars Special to The Journal.
as a Christmas present and at the same Brainerd, Minn., Dec. 30.Judge Mc-
time entrusted $3,500 to her for safe keep- Clenahan this morning sentenced Myra
Ing-. She placed the roll In her stove and Jane Williams to state's prison at Still-
then forgot all about it. Later she started water for the term of her natural life for
a fire-and the smell of burning bills re-: the murder of Lilly A. Williams, her 2%
called her attention to them. Her own year-old - daughter, on Aug.-23 last.
RANK AN| FILE K
f I FOR BOOSEYELT
Nebraska's Delegation Will Not BeReduces
- Swerved by Railroads or Favor
ite Sens. *, r' _ - Once.
Nomination of President the Chief
End DesiredExecutive Com
mittee Meeting.
*nesva n meet
Washington.
Washington " Dec . 30.As soon as
congress disposes of the $25,000 ap
propriation - asked for to build addi
tional elevators in the Minneapolis
A s was public building, Congressman Lind,
heaviest im- assisted by Senator Clapp, who says
May, when he will gladly join in giving all the
help he can , will begin to move for
Special to The Journal. ,,. ,/
Lincoln, Neb. , tec 30.An over
whelming sentiment in favor of the
nomination of President Roosevelt was
manifest at an informal session of the
executive committee of the republican
state committee l$et nig ht at Lincoln.
The candidacy'of John L . Webster
of. Omaha for the vice presidency is
tentatively favored in the higher coun
cils of the party, but his ambitions will
not be allowed to interfere in the
slightest wi th the widespread demand
in the rank and 81 for Mr. Roosevelt's
nomination. -
The suspicion-that the railroad ma
chine in Nebraska is against Roose-
velt has become a veritable belief, and
party leaders at the meeting last nig ht
busied themselves in the formation of
plans to place Nebraska squarely in
the Roosevelt column.
Mr. Webster will likely be indorsed
for vice-president, but the delegation
to the-national convention will go un
der explicit instruction to-support'the
president without regard to all other
considerations. This decision means
that Roosevelt is to .he .Nebraska^ first
choice-and thai the -delegation .will vnot
be permitted to be swerve d- by its-ad
vocacy of.a favorite son for seco nd
place on the ticket.
' Webster to B e Ftishe d.
Omaha, Dec . 30.Representative
republicans of Nebraska held a meet
ing to-day to organize a movement for
the advancement of the candida cy of
John L . Webster for the vice presi
dency. .
The meeting decided on the selec
tion of an executive committee of thir
ty leading republicans of Nebraska
to extend the "WTebster propagand a.
Resolutions indorsing Roosevelt and
Webster were unanimously adopted.
MINNESOTA HAS
ROYAL CLAIMANT
John Boyne Vonhazer of This State
Said to Be Heir to Servian
! Throne.
London, Dec. 30.A writer in the
St. James Gazette discussing the per
sistent rumor that the Servian king is
about to abdicate because he.is dis-r
appointed with his people, says that
the world contains a lot o l pretenders
to the throne who do not really .pre
tend because they prefer to keep off
that dangerous elevation.
The most iriterstirig of the preten
ders, the writer adds, is the Minne
sota farmer, John Boyne Vouhazer,
r , thought to be descended from Milolh
Obrenoavitch, and thru- him- connected
with the last Servian,ruler. Whether
he would be willing to assume royalty
is not known. '
GT. WESTERN
CUTS RATES
Grain Tariffs Between Ne
braska and the Atlantic Sea-
'' , board 3 Cents. *
Move Made to Meet Gulf Competi-
tionIs Expected to Divert
Shipments to East.
n , , ' Primarily the Millers of Nebraska
"Will Ge t the Benefit of' Re-
' duced Bates.
Special to The Journal.
'Chicago, Dec . 30.President Stlck
ney of the Chicago Great Western
once more has stolen a march on the
Chicago-Missouri river roads, infor
mation received here yesterday that
the Chicago Great Western has filed
tariffs with the interstate commerce
commission making a large reduction
in export rates on grain and grain
products from Missouri river points
to the Atlantic seaboard, came as a
complete surprise, as there had been
an understanding that none of the
roads would take independent action.
until further conferences had been
he ld wi th the eastern roads.
The new thru tariffs filed by the
Great. Western make the rate on grain
a nd grain products from Omaha, S t
Joseph, 'Iieaveh.worth and Kansas City
to Newport \News 24 cents a hundred
pounasr-a reduction from the present
tariff of "3 cents. This rate is made
in conjunction with the eastern roads,
a private understanding* as to the di -
vision ot rates having been reached
by the Great Western with the Penn
sylvania, Lake Shore, Michigan Cen
tral, Pere Marquette, Baltimore' &
Ohio, Big Four, Nickel Plate and
Grand Trunk railways.
It is understood that the agreement
between the eastern trunk lines and
the Chicago Great Western for meet
ing gulf, competition will command a
large share of the traffic for the Chi
cago gatewa y, it is the Great West
ern's firm determination to keep the
Chicago gateway open wherever it can
get the help of connecting lines.
In filing these thru tariffs on ex
port flour and grain, the Chicago
Great Western complies with the or -
der recently issued by the.interstate
commerce commission requiring the
publication of the inland proportions
of thru rates to Europe after Jan . 1,
the same as is done on domestic
shipments.
Western lines having their own rails
both east from Kansas City and to the
gulf feel greatly put. out over the- ex-
clusive arrangement made by the Chi
cago Great Western with the eastern
roads, as it is bound to turn much of
the export business that has been go
ing to the gulf ba ck to the Atlantic
seaboard. A n official of the Chicago
Great Western explains, that his com
pany has. found it necessary to take
thi action owing to the growing dis
satisfaction of the millers in the
northwest, who turn out a larger .out
p ut of flour than the combined mills
in Kansas and Nebraska.'
The thru rates just published will
apply from Omaha on all flour manu
factured in Nebraska. The mills there
have not heretofore received the bene
fit of the low gulf rates. This will
gir them the same rates that are en
joyed-by the mills in southern Kansas
NOT TO HANG
Mrs. Williams Sentenced for Life for the
Murder of Her Child.
by way of gulf ports.
Chairman Mahoney of the Western
Trunk line committee has called a
meeting of the general traffic officials
of all the western railroads to.deter
mine what shall be done to meet the
new rates. :
BlGGEST SHIP AFLOAT. ( frain from "taking measures of pre -
London, Dec. 30.It is reported that the caution in Korea." The exact mean-
White Star line has ordered a steamer 755 in g of this language Is not explained,
The feet in length, or thirty feet longer than but it is suspected to cover the move-
RUSSIA NO W REFUSES
T O RECEDE ON E INCH
Will Continue to Follow the Policy of Peter the
Support of Great Britain and the United States Is Said to Encourage Japan . #
:.-,r ~ and Irritate the Russian GovernmentCzar Favors Peace with Posses- * i*
sion, but Will Not Declare WarJapan May, and That Is Appar- -
ently What Is Desired by St. Petersburg. J
$
"JAPAN MUST STRIKE"
Berlin, Dec. 30.The Lokal
Anzelger, without reserve, says:
"The Japanese government has
informed the representatives of
the powers at.Tokio that the sit
uation at this moment is unbear
ab le and that Japan must strike
if Russia does not acce pt the
propositions Japan has submitted,
as Japan cannot longer wait for a
Anal decision."
Hew York Sun Special Service.
St. Petersourg, Dec. 30.Only by
words caught now and again can an
inkling be obtained of Russia's inten
tion, but from such-straws it is clear
ly seen there is a strong current of
irritation prevailing here under the
cover of an outward air of calmness.
This irritation Is centered largely
against the English and American
people on account of their undoubted
sympathies for Japan. T o understand
this fully, you must realize that. in
the highest circles dominating poli
tics here, the conviction is irrevocable
that, without the suppo rt and encour
agement of those two countries, Ja
pan .would never declare war upon
Russia.
For the next ten da ys or so there
will'be a calm which cannot be looked
upon as anything but ominous. I t is
an open political secret that Japan
would not accept Russia's last propo
sitions, and has returned them for
! reconsideration as unacceptable.
Those WHO hurried to. -assure the
world' no ultimatum had been sent
were technically correct in that ulti
matums, like form al declarations of
war, are out of date.
" Statesmen have oth er methods of
procedure to-day, and from what can
be gleaned of the tone l^ere, Russia
will not recede an inch. She cannot.
The policy of this count ry has been
laid down on the hard, unbending
lines of Itussla-'s traditions, inherited
from Peter the Great.
This policy is never to draw back
from a position she has taken. The
present emperor, while an apostle of
peace,, is firstly a Russian. A n amia
blx.worded reply -will surely be si-%re3x'
to&Swwm and probably also a kindly
paternal lecture upon thK.2oUy.--6f
trying to match herself against Rus-
.sia.: ..'.*.'- :.'.-
That may or may not be consid
ered an ultimatum, but it will be
Russia's final - word, not Russia's dec
laration of:
Russia Must Reduce Eastern Fleet by
One-Hair.
'Kew York:Bun Special Service.
- London, Dec . 30.Baron Hayashi,
the Japanese minister here, while de -
nying that Japan has set any limit
in which Russia must reply to her
note, asserts that he has received no
news from his, government concern
ing the negotiations, and that he does
not expect any developments until Ja
pan receives the Russian reply.
Nothing authoritative is yet known
of the terms of the notes exchanged.
The Mirror clai ms to supply informa
tion on the subject of Japan's de -
mand. I t says that Japan invited
Russia to give a material guarant ee
of her honest intentions in regard to
Korea by reducing her fleet in the far
east by one-half, and declared that if
this was refused, there must be war.
RUSSIA DOESN'T WANT WAR.
Will Not Permit Japan to Perform
Diplomatic Dance.
St. Petersburg, Dec . 30.The for
eign dispatches received here yester
day afternoon are reflected to-day in
more pessimistic editorials. The
Novoe Vremya begins its leader with:
"There is no war to-dayto -
morrow there may be war."
4
The paper rather . fatalistically di -
rects attention to the fact that wars
marked the opening of the seven
teenth, eighteenth and nineteen th cen
turies. The Novoe Vremya, neverth e
less, still professes faith in a peaceful
settlement, saying:
"We believe Japan will not place
Russia in a position where to yield
would appear to be a renunciation of
the defense of her vital interests in
the far east. Russia does not desire
war but nobody in Russia will permit
the Japanese or other friends to exe
cute a diplomatic dance upon Russia's
peaceful disposition. I n firm con
sciousness of her power, Russia will
await events."
JAPS ARE IMPATIENT
N o Time Has Been Se t for Russian
.
FAIR TO-NIGHT AND THUESDAT.
Ifl PAGES-FIVE O'CLOCK.
Great and Fight Japan, if , ^ :
Forced to Do So.
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s
Yokohama, Dec. 30.At. an extra
ordinary meetingf of the privy council
to-day the fact was develop ed that no
time limit had been set for Russia's
reply to the last official no te from the,
Japanese government.
A strong opposition is now publicly
manifested to the cabinet, owing to the
dilatory tactics they are pursuing.
The latest ordinance announced in
vests the commander of Formosa with
full authority to act in case war Is de
clared.
BRITAIN SUPPORTS JAPAN
Foreign Secretary Objects to Disturb
ance of Balance of Power.
London, Dec. 30.Viscount Haya
shi, - the Japanese minister, has In
form ed Lord Lansdowne that circum
stances no longer permit Japan to re -
insula. I t is feared that Russia will
adopt a policy of counteraction.
Downing street's only hope of peace
continues to rest on the hypothesis
that Russia, at the elevenh hour, will
take steps to mitigate Japanese anx
iety. I t is reported in diplomatic cir
cles that Lansdowne's attitude in sup
port of Japan is assuming a more
definite character, and that he has
gone so far as to Intimate to Count
Lamsdorff. that Great Britain cou ld
not witness any overturning of the
balance of power in the far ea st -with
out extreme uneasiness.
s
GERMAN GOVERNMENT'S VIEWS
Hostilities Are Unlikely Diplomats
* Are Suspiciously Friendly, Tho.
Berlin, Dec . 30.The foreign office
continues to assure - inquirers that the
German government does not believe
war will issue from the Japanese
Russian controversy. This is also the
view of the press, whether derived
from official sources or as independ
ent opinion. I t does not appear that
Sir Frank C. Lascelles, the British
ambassador here, as previously
cabled, said that war is not unlikely
unless Russia yields.
The Japanese legation believes and
hopes Russia will grant Japan's just
requests. Count von Osten-Sacke n,
the Russian ambassador, has been ac
cepti ng invitations in unusual num
bers, appearing at breakfasts, recep
tions, dinners and balls, serene and
confident, always taking it as an im
possibility that the situation in the
far east is ev en grave. Others of the
diplomatic corps seem to be without
news and express general ideas, the*
easy and safe one being that "hos-_
tilities are quite unlikely," and thai
each side is testing its adversary to
the breaking point.
Everywhere there is anxiety for au
thoritative news that shall bring the
period of suspense to an end .
Koreans Hostile to Japanese.
The mobilization of the Japanese
navy is at least partially attributable, '
according to a Vladivostock dispatch
to the Cologne Gazette, to open acts
of hostility on therpart . of Koreans
toward. Japanese, probably necessitat
ing1
war. Russia has officially
giVen assurance that she wants no
'war, but-at-the same time she cannot
bow. to Japan. Russia .will declare
i no war . Japan, may do so . Russia
will.readily accept the necessity forced
upon'her for fighting.
JAPAN WANTS GUARANTEES
/active measures-of defense of
Japanese inierests-skt southern Korea.
The Cologne Gazette considers that
this dispatch is ah admission that
Japan has a good claim to defend her
interests in southern Korea by force
of arms, and controverts the rumors
to the effect that Russia would re -
gard the landing, of any considerable
Japanese force in southern Korea as
a casus belli.
The paper conclude s: "Th e atti
tude of Russia on this question may
therefore be regarded as a further
concession oh her part." -
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Paris, Dec. 30. It is learned In
diplomatic circles that the Japan
ese government has informed the
foreign diplomats that the situa
tion wi th respect to Russia is des
perate, but not hopeless. It is be
lieved this information was com
municated to the French govern
ment for presentation at St.
Petersburg.
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CHINA WILL RATIFY
Emperor's Signature to United States
Treaty I s Promised.
Peking, Dec . 30.The Chinese gov
ernment has promised Unit ed States
Minister Conger to soon forward the
Chinese co py of the treaty to Wash
ington for the exchange of ratifica
tions.
It is necessary first to obtain the
emperor's seal. After the treaty Is
ratified the opening of Mukden and
Antung: to the commerce of the -world
can be pressed.
Australians Would Fight.
Sydney, N . S. W., Dec . 30.The
Japanese consulate here is over
whelmed wi th offers for volunteers for
service in the Japanese army in an
ticipation of war with Russia. The
consul has informed the applicants
that it is impossible to accept for
eigners for enlistment.
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Japan Threatens China.
Peking, Dec . 30.Uchlda Tasuya,
Japanese minister to the court of Pe
king, informed the Chinese authori
ties yesterday that any concessions
calculated to legalize Russia's occu
pation of Manchur ia would be regard
ed as acts prejudicial to Japanese
safety and expose Chinese territory
to the threat of aggression on many
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Japs Buy Warships.
London, Dec . 30.Japan this even
ing completed the purchase of the Ar
gentine warships More no and Rivada
via, building at Genoa, Italy, for which
Russia also was negotiating.
LIMITED TRAIN
OH1 P. WRECKED
Reply.. . . .
Seven Cars Were Derailed, but
No One Was Injured-Bro-
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Sand Point, Idaho, Dec. 30.The
Overland limited on the Northern Pa
cific was wrecked at Tuscor, Mont.,'
a flag station just over the state line,
to-day. Sev en cars were derailed, but
no one was injured!
The cause of the wreck is supposed
to have been a brok en rail.
NAVAL RESERVE MUST X7X.E NOTICE, ~ '
Washington, Dec. 30.Guy Eaton, lieutenant
commander of the Minnesota naval reserve at
Dnluth, has beau notified by the navy department
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