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The Dakota, for Oriental Service,
Is Launched at New
Miss Flemington of EUendale
Christens Her, Using
Weather Was Unpropitious, but
the Launching Occurs With
out a Hitch.
Special to The Journal.
.New London, Conn, Feb. 6. The
Dakota, the second steel steamship for
James Hill Great Northern line
from Seattle to the orient, was
launched from the Eastern Shipbuild
ing company's yard in this city to
day, mid din of whistles from harbor
craft, factories and railway locomo
tives without a hitch. This twenty
five thousand tons of steel, shaped into
an immense hull 630 feet long, 74
feet broad and 66 feet high, slid gently
into the water, as smoothly as a plank
shoved from a beach, scarcely rip
pling the surface.
The launching -was watched bv
10,000 persons from the wharves, the
heights across the liver and the para
pets of Forts Griswold and Trumbull
The weather was disappointing, but
it did not interfere with the event
The 400 special guests occupied the
deck of a large steel car float build
ing for the Consolidated railway, and
on the ways adjoining the Dakota.
Hill's Special Arrives.
The James J. Hill special train of
eleven cars rolled into the shipyaids
at 11 30 this morning, bearing 250
pei sons specially bidden to the ceie
mony Mr Hill was in high spirits
and the centei of a merry coterie, who
plied him with marine terms and
asked questions upon shipbuilding
topics Miss Clara Hill accompanied
her father, and, with Mtsi May Belle
FMemington of EUendale N spon
soi for the Dakota, was followed by
a train of interested friends who
passed a half-hour under the sides
of the ship watching the woik upon
tlfe wedges.
Then there was a rehearsal of the
(hristening and under the guidance of
President Charles Hanscom of the
ship building company, Miss Fleming
ton went thru the ceremony from the
staging on a level with the 15-foot
atermark of the vessel.
The Ship Is Launched.
Half an hour before the appointed
time the final inspection of the launch
ing ways was made by Mr Hanscom
and Mr. Hill and then the guests were
bidden to the launching stand and
Miss Flemington took her position on
the little stand at the ship's prow with
Miss Hill, Mr. Hill and Mr. Hanscom.
The word wa* given the wedge drivers
a. id sawyers and they began their ork.
The last two or thre,e-'Tlbck8 stuck
obstinately and nttd to be split to
fragments, therefore liberating the
immense weight resting upon them
Finally there was a rending, cracking
sound, as the ship tore away the re
maining bond and started, the crowd
as one person shouting "There she
goes"' The movement was slow at
first, but the ship steadily gathered
momentum and receded about fifteen
feet a second. The friction scorched
the ways and raised a curtain of
She Used Champagne.
With a slight show of nervousness
Miss Flemington broke the bottle of
champagne against the cutwater, say
ing "I christen thee Dakota," the
guests cheering her vociferously.
The Dakota began to slacken to
the resistance of the water when half
over and rose to an even keel and
floated in a mass of blocks and planks,
the remains of the sliding ways Her
anchors held a few hundred feet from
the shore The launching had been
complete success
The guests numbering 350, gathered
in the loft of the shipyard which had
been converted into a pretty banquet
hal. decorated with flags, bunting
and flowers. President Hanscom of
the shipbuilding company presided
and the orator was John McGinley of
New London. Mr Hill made a brief
address The health of Miss Hill, Miss
Flemington and Mr Hill were drunk
standing, and the toasts to the Dakota
and her sister ship, the Minnesota,
were finished in salvos of cheers.
Special to The Journal.
Alma, Wis Feb. 6 After being out
sixteen hours, the jury in the Paulson
murder case bi ought in a verdict of
not guilty at 10 this morning The
-verdict is a great surprise, as a dis
agreement was generally looked for.
STOLE $2,800
V*w York Sua Speolal Service.
Sterling, 111., Feb. 6 By the arrest
of Edward Cramer and Edward At
kins who have confessed to the theft
of a package containing $2,800 from
the Adams Express company, two
more imitators of the Chicago car
barn bandits have found their way to
The two youths, one of whom is 23
and the other 17, are stricken with
remorse over their unsuccessful ven
ture in the paths marked out by the
Chicago bandits Trapped by detec
tives they told the whole story of the
theft. The hiding place of the plund
er was revealed and all but $7 recov
Faces Death In Attempt to Cross
Lake Michigan.
New Xark Sun Special Service.
jv^flPgon Mich Feb 6-Afloat on an
ice fioe fifteen miles out on Lake Michigan
and with every prospect of death before
him is the condition of A E Allen, the
lesult of the wager which lie made that
he could walk on the ice to Milwaukee
Altho heroic measures ha\e been made
to reach the imperiled man thev ha\e been
unsuccessful thus far and were dlscon
tinued when darkness made further work
M. I. T. Graduates Hold a Radi
um Banquet" in New
York City.
Drink Radium Drin1^
and. Watch
Radiumized Skeletons Dance
Madly .M*nt Room.
To the Editor of The Journal.
New York, Feb. 6 Tlu ir glasses,
charged with "liquid sunshine," and
facing a banner behind the toastmaster
which glowea with I the
guests at the annual dinner of the
Technology club, held at the Uni
versity clubhouse last night, rose in
the dark and drank to their alma
mater, the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology. Radium made the
"liquid sunshine cocktails" luminous,
and radium paint illuminated the ban
ner and later played a leading part
in the series of experiments under the
title of "Having a little fun with sci
The 'liquid sunshine," which was
drunk without any apparent disturb
ance of the diners' digestive oigans,
was the novel feature of a dinner
which had many surprises. A poition
of esculin fluorescent chemical was
dissolved in each glass of water In
the glass was a tiny tube containing a
minute portion of radium. The
radium, acting on the esculin, caused
the contentst of the glass to glow in
the darkness"
Then there appeared in the darkness
a skeleton jumping jack, which waved
its arms and legs and waggled its
head In another part of the room
suddenly appeared a second skeleton,
which remained motionless, but suffi
ciently ghostlike to frighten an un
warned audience. Both glowed with
Deposits in New York Banks
Reach Total of $1,027,-
New York Feb. 6 For thi ee con
secutive weeks the bank statement has
broken all previous records as regards
aggregate of loans and deposits The
grand total of loans is now $998,850,-
800, while deposits have grown to the
unprecedented sum of $1,027,156,500
Fullest Reparation Will Be De
manded for Assassination of
American Engineer.
Washington, Feb. 6 "Send full
particulais about assassination of
Johnson," is the substance of a cable
gram which Secietary Moody to-day
dispatched to Commander Lewis
Heilner of the gunboat Yankee at San
Deliberation will be observed in the
handling of the Dominican situation
If the press dispatches are confirmed
it will be stated that the naval com
manders will be instructed to demand
and obtain the fullest reparation.
Government Shows Sympathy at the
Obsequies of Murdered Man.
San Domingo, Feb. 6The insur
gents deliberately fired on the launch
of the auxiliary cruiser Yankee, killing
Johnston the engineer His
body was brought ashore and escorted
to its grave in the Santa Barbara cem
etery bv a detachment of marines,
bluejackets and officers from the Yan
kee headed bv the- ship's band
United States Minister Powell and
nearlv aH the diplomatic and consular
representatives went to the funeral
The provisional government sent a de
tachment of troops to act as an escort.
The flags over the governmental build
ings and the various consulates were
at half-mast The coffin was covered
with floral wreaths, one of which had
been sent by the German consulate on
behalf of Emperor William
The streets were thronged as the fu
neral procession passed and there was
much expression of sorrow.
Great surprise is expressed by all
foreigners, and especially by Ameri
cans, that the commander of the Yan
kee has not demanded immediate sat
isfaction for this act and for the firing
on an American flag by insurgents.
All houses outside the city walls
have been pillaged The Insurgents
are desperate and are destroying for
eign property wherever they find it
Mr. Powell has received urgent ap
peals to protect foreign property
against pillaging.
Firing around the city continues
The situation is serious, the prices of
provisions are exceedingly high and
the poor are suffering for want of
New York Sun Special Service.
New York, Feb. 6 The state law
forbidding the desecration of the na
tional flag is unconstitutional. The
supreme court held that the use of the
flag in advertising devices ana on
trade labels is not degrading
Negro Boards Private Car and Secures
Money and Clothes.
Savannah, Ga Feb 6 President Er
win of the Atlantic Coast Line, and his
secretary, W Sullivan, were robbed of
tneir clothes and valuables by a negro
bandit in Erwin's private car, which was
attached to a Central train en route to
Erwin and Sulli\an who had retired
were aroused by the negro standing over
them pistol in hand He demanded their
money and valuables shot the porter and
leaped from the train
Eiwm and Sullivan had to send out and
bu clothing before they could leave the
train when it reached here.
Victory for Liberal Party Which
Favors Reciprocity Now
Seems Assured.
Politicians Believe, However,
That Next Move Should
Originate Here.
Manufacturers Are Beginning to
Look Askance at the Cham
berlain Policy.
Special to The Journal.
Ottawa.Can'.Feb 6The Canadian
parliament will meet on March 10, and
fiom all indications the session will
be a shoit one, the only important
business to be introduced by the gov
ernment being some proposed modifi
cations in the contract with the Grand
Trunk Pacific, for the construction of
the transcontinental raihoad. The
Grand Trunk people in Canada, after
consultation with the English share
holders, appear to have come to the
conclusion that they cannot under
take the construction of the road
without some modifications of the
terms agreed upon last session
Whether the Canadian parliament will
agree to additional concessions re
mains to be seen.
The opposition will ceitainly op
pose anything of the kind with all
their strength, and it is possible that,
in view of the approaching appeal to
the country, members of parliament
on the government side may be re
luctant to arouse public opinion by
meeting what are held in many quar
ters to be extravagant demands, There
is no question that the people of Can
ada, however much they desire ade
quate transportation facilities be
tween eastern and western Canada,
do not altogether approve either the
route of the proposed transcontinen
tal raihoad or the terms of the con
tract between the government and the
Grand Trunk
Another influence that -will be
brought to bear against the granting
of any better terms to the Grand
Trunk is the very powerful one of
the Canadian Pacific railroad. Alto
gether, it is open to question whether
the Grank Trunk will secure any sub
stantial increase in the terms already
granted The government, having
committed themselves irrevocably to
the transcontinental railroad policy,
and in view of their apparently se
cure hold upon the electorate, may
venture to force a measure thru par
liament, to meet the views of the
syndicate, but, if they do, the ques
tion will inevitably be made an issue
in the elections, and will almost as
certainly prove damaging to the ad
ministration and its supporters.
Appeal to the Country.
Altho no formal announcement has
been made, it is well understood In
political circles here that the govern
ment will appeal to the country short
ly after the close of the session Noth
ing is, of course, more uncertain than
a general election, especially in Can
ada, with its constantly shifting and
increasing population, and its peculiar
racial and other elements,, but, un
less the administration should be
guilty of some colossal blunder be
tween now and then, there Is every
reason to suppose^that they will be re
turned to power, tho probably with a
reduced majority
As they have at present a majority
in parliament of a little over fifty,
they can stand the loss of quite a
number of seats and still come back
with a good working majority
A few months ago it would not have
been possible to prophesy with any
thing like certamtv, the return of the
present administration Several in
fluences were then working lnsidious
Continued on Second Page,
He Is Vejy Weak* but Dr. Rixey
Views the Outcome with
w^ Confidence.
Fever is Higher To-day Than It
Was YesterdayBulletins
Are Brief.
Washington Feb. 6.Senator Han
na is in an extremely weak condition
to-day, but the attending physician,
Dr Rixey, continues to view the out
come with confidence. The senator
had a comfortable night, but the
fever gained a little ground and was
higher this morning. At 10 o'clock
the following bulletin was issued
"Senator Hanna rested well. Tem
perature, 101, pulse, 82."
This brief announcement was. all
that was given out. A rise of one de
gree in twenty-four jhours was shown
in the temperature but there was a
decrease of 1 2-5the degrees from the
temperature as taken at 8 o'clock last
Wonder Where Those Workmen Got That Plank
mght. It was said there was nothing
unusual in these fluctuations.
When the crucial point will be
reached is problematical as it is not
known positively where, or when the
typhoid was acquired
The senator's stomach is better
condition to-day and he is taking
nourishment much more satisfactor
ily than heretofore.
They Murdered Seven Persons for
the Insurance and Must Pay
the Penalty.
New York Sun Special Seroee
New York, Feb. 6 Leslie W Hul
bert, formerly of the district attor
ney's office of New York and Dr C.
Harle, a physician of El Paso,
Texas, will be shot some day next
week at Chihuahua, Mexico, for many
murders committed by means of slow
poison. With their death the New
York Life Insurance company will
conclude the final chapter of one of
the most sensational life insurance
swindles the history of this country
While these men were charged with
but two specific murders, they have
admitted to seven and have confessed
also that they collected insurance
fraudulently on a score of persons.
Special to The Journal. ft
Eldora, Iowa, Feb. 6.Ebenezer S
Blydenburgh will be sentenced to life
imprisonment in the Anamosa peni
tentiary by Judge Richards on Mon
day evening. The Judge has set Mon
day as a day to hear motions and argu
ments for a new trial, but it is pre
dicted that the plea will not be
Blydenburgh hasslost much of his
nerve and is sad and dejected, but has
been braced up by a little encourage
ment from his lawyers that if they
cannot secure a new trial the will ap
peal the case to the supreme court.
Sentiment here is not in favor of a
new trial and the verdict meets with
almost universal approval
Blydenburgh will undoubtedly be
taken to prison on Tuesday morning
by Sheriff Mitteww,
Gov. Odell Will Institute a Crim
inal Action Against the
Scandal Promises to Involve Men
~Who Are Powers in the
Money World.
The Governor Has His Dander
Up and Threatens Seri
ous Trouble.
New York Sun Special Service.
New York, Feb. 6 A determined
effort will be made to have those who
are lesponsible for alleged frauds in
the United States Shipbuilding com
pany sent to prison. The purpose is
not to'punish one or two men but
every man, no matter how high his
position, who had any part in the
hase of the scandal which are be
to come withm the cuminal
If this plan is followed out some
men who have figured inconspicuous
ly in the scandal will be placed in the
position of defendants to a serious
criminal charge One of these men is
called "the head devil" by those hav
ing an inside knowledge of the facts.
This man, who once came very close
to getting one of the most prominent
places within the gift of the nation, is
the particular target of Governor
Odeirs hatred, as the governor alleges
that lie concocted the fraud that swal
lowed $187,000 of the executive's
money and nearly $300,000 of hard
cash belonging to his friends The
governor, however is not so much bent
upon the recovery of his money as he
is determined to administei a salu
taiy lesson to a certain group of Wall
street financiers
The recent piosecutlon and convic
tion of Whittaker Wright in England
was initiated by the London Stock Ex
change, and the governor declares that
for the protection of its own reputation
and as a matter of justice to its honest
members, the New York Stock Ex
change should follow that example in
both the Shipbuilding and the Ameri
can Steel Foundries scandals How
ever, the criminal action is to be prose
cuted in any event, whether the ex
change acts or not
Said to Have Been the Cause of
Explosion in the Iroquois
New York Sun Special Service.
Chicago, Feb 6 Arthur E Hull,
vice Dresident of the Iroquois Memor
ial association, says he has informa
tion that Klaw & Erlanger, owners of
"Mr. Bluebeard," had upon the stage
of the Iroquois theater at the time
of the fire a machine that furnished
gas for light effects, to the introduc
tion of which both Managers Davis
and Powers objected.
Mi Hull says if his information is
substantiated he will endeavor to have
the New York syndicate managers
held to the grand jury He declares
the gas was reported to him to be
highly explosive and inflammable, and
may have been responsible for many
Special to The Journal.
Hastings Minn Feb 6E Vvhit
aker, a resident of Minnesota since 1843,
died at Point Douglas this morning of a
complication of diseases. He was 81*
London Regards Russo-Japanese Struggle as In-
evitable and Expects Trouble in
the Balkans.
St, Petersburg, Feb. 6.The
Japanese minister, M. Kurino, is
making preliminary preparations
for his departure from St. Peters
The Russian, reply has been
handed to the Japanese govern
ment by Baron de Rosen, the
Russian minister at Tokio.
Russia is standing on the tip
toe of expectancy and apprehen
sion. Her responses have now
reached the hands of the Japanese
government at Tokio and word
therefrom is awaited with extreme
The Japanese Minister at St. Petersburg Prepares to Leave Russia
Japan Now Has the Russian Reply Which Was Delivered by
Baron de Rosen To-dayJapanese Desert Vladivostok in Num-
bersAll Signs Point to Inevitability of Impending Conflict.
London, Feb. 6 Prospect of a great war in the far east next week,
which is acknowledged even in hitherto most pacific quarters, has been
brought appreciably nearer by the developments of a day or two
That a Russian-Japanese conflict will be followed by a Balkan outbreak,
the latter likely to develop into a widespread European conflagration, is also
considered extremely probable, and increases the depression pervading all
political and commercial circles.
The news from St. Petersburg*of the preparations of M. Kurino, the
Japanese minister, for departure is not yet known here in official circles, but
the press and the public already have practically decided that nothing can
avert war.
Prices on the stock exchange fell again this morning, consols opening
lower, Japanese 1% lower, and Russians one point lower. Later consols im-
proved one-sixteenth.
Information received at the Japanese legation here from. Tokio shows
that Russia's reply, the estimation of the legation, decidedly does not
meet Japan's wishes
The scare in city circles here was exemplified to-day by a wild report,
current on the stock exchange, that a severe naval engagement had taken
place in which three Russian and two Japanese ships were sunk.
London Diplomats Believe It Must
Come Within a Few Days.
London, Feb. 6 The concensus
among officials and diplomats, not
onlv in London, but at the various
capitals of the world, is that the
opening of hostilities cannot be de
layed longer than next wek.
Japanese officials regard the situa
tion as hopeless It is believed
Tokio that the elder statesmen have
decided on the final measures,
The Japanese at Vladivostok are
panic-stricken *.nd are ruining them
selves- financially in their huny to
get away before the outbreak of war
The Russian fleet is preparing to sail
from Vladivostok, ready for action
Baron Hayashi Gives Out an Un
equivocal Statement of Situation.
Paris, Feb. 6 An interview pub
lished here with Baron Hayashi, the
Japanese minister to Great Britain,
has attracted marked attention, par
ticularly his declarations that unless
Russia signs a treaty carrying out
Japan's demands, war will result
and also his statement that Japan de
sires to be left alone and will object
to any intervention from Great Brit
ain tending toward inducing the ac
ceptance of Russia's reply
Baron Hayashi, besides reiterating
his former published statements that
Japan will insist on a signed treaty
recognizing China's rights ln^Man
churia, is quoted as saying
"If Russia refuses this treaty we
will fight"
Preparations to Repel an Attack Are
Prosecuted Vigorously.
Vladivostok, Feb. 6.Even the au
thorities here apparently are without
information in regard to thepgeneral
situation. It is apparent, however,
that preparations are on the increase
to repel a hostile attack. The move
ment of troops towards Korea haa
been stopped.
If Vladivostok is blockaded the of
fices of the Usuri qailroad and the
law courts will be transferred to Kha
barovsk and the administrative offices
to Nikolsk, Ussuri. The oriental insti
tute and other eduoational establish
ments will be closed.
It is rumored that all strangers,
whether Russian or foreign will be re
quested to leave the precincts of the
fortifications and the native residents
will be required to provide quarters
for 8,000 cavalry. Orders to mobilize
the reserves are expected hourly.
The hasty flight of Japanese resi
dents is attributed to secret orders
from the Japanese government.
Neither persuasion nor promises of
protection by the authorities had any
effect. The Japanese commercial
agent aided in the exodus During
the course of the flight yesterday the
store keepers sacrificed stocks valued
at several hundred thousand roubles
for fi\e to ten Kopecks on the louble.
Russian-^oldiers Attack a Woman
Insurrection 9fear Seoul.
Jsame Tonnage
Asaki 15,000
Chen Yuen 7,490
Fuji 12,320
Hatsuse 15,000
Mikasa 15,200
Shikashima 14,850
Yashima 12,320
Asama 9.750
Azuma 9,436
Idzumo 9,750
Iwate 9,750
Tokiwa 9,750
Yakumo Jfc0
(Trial) Name Tonnage
18 Czarevitch 13,110
11 Peresviet 12,674
18 5 Petropavlovsk ..10,950
19.11 Pobieda 12,674
18.6 Poltava 10,960
18 Ketvizan 12,700
19 2 Sevastopol 10,960
Armored Cruisers.
22 7
21 22" 218 20 7
Bayan 7,800
omo\ oi 12,336
Rossia 12,200
Runk 10,940
Protected Cruisers.
Akashi 2,700 20
Akitsushima 3,150 19
Chitose- 4,760 22 7
Chiyoda 2,450 19
Hashidate 4,277 16.7
Itsukushima 4,277 16 7
Idsumi 3,000 18
Ka&agi 4,760 22 7
Matsushima 4,277 16.7
Naniwa 5,700 18.7
Niitaka 3,420 20
Sutma 2,700 20
Takashiho 3,700 18
Takasago 4,300 24
Toushima 3,420 20
Yashino 4,150 23
Total 209,507
Torpedo Boat Destroyers 19
Torpedo Boats 76
Askftld 6,100
Bogatyo 6,750
Boyarm 3,200
Diana 6,630
Novik 3,200
Pallada 6,630
Vanag 6,500
Kor6a' 'Ve'B"'Russian: sol
diers seized a woman and an angry
crowi gathered Korean gendarmes
fought and overpowered the Russions,
one ofi whom was wounded.
The Koreans declare that the Rus
sians will destroy the countiv An in
surrection has broken out sixtj miles
north of Seoul and the prefect house
has been destioyed by the people.
Japanese Minister At St Petersburg
Prepares to Leave Russia.
St. Petersbuig, Feb 6 The belief
is openly expressed here that if Japan
considers the Russian reply, unsatis
factory it will be the end of diplomatic
negotiations Minister Kurino and
Sir Charle3 Scott, the British ambas
sador to Russia, have been in close
conference, evidently determined upon
action to be taken in case of a rup
ture of the negotiations which, it is
believed, will be immediately fol
lowed bv the breaking off of diplo
matic relations
In this event, Kurino will leave
St. Petersburg at once. The minister
has already anticipated such a contin
gency and is making arrangements to
vacate the legation building
It is even reported to-day on ap
parentlx good authority that M. Ku
ino has ordered a special par to be in
4 I
Total 166,314
Torpedo Boat Destroyers
Torpedo Boats

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