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IXJ.VL No. 299. Sait Lake City, Utah, Tuesday MonjsTyG, February 9, 1904, 12 toges.-five Cents. ; I
Wa fighters of mikado and czar, jockeying for. ' ' I I
I POSITION AND GREAT NAVAL BATTLE MAY COME TODAY ! I
rzing Debris Marks
Path of Fire Cyclone
g 'pes of Desolation and Ruin Tell
'he Story of Wrath of Wind
pi Panned Flames That Swept
Over Business Section
i of Baltimore.
8 Si f ,
Upwards of Thirty-Four Hours the Flames
? laughed Defiance at the Efforts of Firemen
Estimates of Property Losses Vary
at From $150,000,000 to
TU. I $200,000,000.
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in l A
IS , :f-- :f n-
jf-jfcer of buildings burned (estimated) 2500.
? na of burned district, 140 acres, or seventy-five business blocks.
iiSj! cation of fire (from timo of its inception until under control)
ifklrty-four and one-half hours.
gwgate loss (estimated by city building inspector) $150,000,000
Wi ca buildings alone; on stocks $100,000,000; by insurance men,
Zj: iaildings and Btocks, not more than $150,000,000.
y."l cater of persons thrown out of employment, 50,000.
BT TTTTIIliii'-1'
tirtsfcfcicorc, Feb, S. When darkness
feght the people of this stricken
riTtKi r the worst was over. The
JKTrhlch for more than twenty
mo Jfours had swept reslstlessly
Kh the heart of the city wore
An army of firemen from
Ti?dtles, working unwearicdly, and
"b? a muddy little stream, llnally
rrjH i by a night and day of terror,
. 1 it crowds that watched the ruin
:jjrg j : dty turned homeward, and at
it the Etreets were deserted save
'police and military who guarded
Btfj Lttd area. To the south, a red
j. ijsa and falls, marking 140 acres
"flT0 sluares of property that
kiy represented values to the cx
:K k from J75.O90.0O0 to $125,000,000.
Ten a close approximation can be
,' ('of the loss. No guess can be
jj ! ft the Insurance.
t iipert, the city building inspector,
GETS f'H the loss In buildings alone
5 VM. On the other hand, It
jEia I that Insurance estimates do not
it total loss at a greater figure.
FOJ'i Jthtre has been no systematic at-
'(o fix the values that were rep-
w ln the district, in that -which
a a stated waste.
; .("tor that will figure largely In
j 02 1 ial tstlmates consists of the se-
in the banks and trust com-
J whQje homes were destroyed.
j ;,vau)la and safes tonight arc In
l Jm, covered with tons of debris.
j h ho have given them as close
Sa Uo11 possible express the be-
!t the contents are safe.
!O0W.' wrrcdneEs or falsity of this
Lfcptnds many millions of dol-
XCIIEHENT, NO
ilHX. ; DISORDER, NO LOOTING
fjS fhas been little or no excite-
i i l I I I T T I T T
ment and there has been no hysteria.
There has been no disorder, and there
has been no looting or attempt at loot
ing. Baltimore tonight in as orderly
as a village, and only the throb of the
laboring fire engines and the boom of
dynamite as It brings dangerous walls
to the ground disturbs the quiet.
So far there "hasy been no call for aid.
Proffers of assistance have, come from
many quarters, from sister cities, from
corporations and from private citizens,
but' Baltimore tonight cannot say
whether or not it will be needed or ac
cepted. That wlil be decided tomor
row. There is talk of a scarcity of food,
but, at most, this can be but tempo
rary. Twenty-four hours should sufilco
to bring provisions in limitless quanti
ties. At 12:30 o'clock this afternoon the
northern limits of the fire had traveled
from Fayette street to EaBtern avenue.
At this point half a dozen fire compa
nies -were fighting from the rear, while
other companies were flanking on the
Jones Falls and the liberty street bor
ders. Sandwlchey and coffee were
served from drays and coal was fed to
the engines.
Every bridge over Jones Falls had a
score of firemen and not Infrequently
they were compelled to turn their at
tention from towering pyres to put out
llames on the floor between them and
deqp water. Both banks of Jones Falls
were lined with lumber yards, and the
piles on one side were blazing constant
ly and those In the other throwing off
clouds of steam caused by the water
turned on wood heated almost to the
point of igniting.
The President street railroad station
Is used as barracks for the militia
which is enforcing martial law. The
(Continued on Pago 10.)
J!!' AI133; Brown & Sons' Bank
I MAP OF BURNED t
I DISTRICT IN $
BALTIMORE. J
HUM HH -H-HH-t
HAS MAYOR MORRIS
MADE A
DEAL ON SPOILS?
Hewlett and Preece Vote
With tli8 Democrats.
WANT CHIEF DEVINE'S SCALP
Big Batch of Appointments
Sont to Council.
Eoferrod to a Special Committee of
Five Red Onion -Saloon Fails to
Got a New License.
-f George "W. Snow, City Englncor.
Richard L. Shannon, City Sexton.
Eli A. Folland, Superintendent of
-- "Waterworks. -f
Hebcr II. Davis, Bulldlnfi: In-
spuctor.
4- Dr. C. I. Douglas. City Health -f-
-f- Commissioner. -f
-f T. A. KcamcrOlI Inspector and -f
-f- Sealor of Weights and Measures. -f
4- B. B. Mann, Humane Officer. 4-
-f Ben D. Luce, Land and "Wutcr 4-
4- CommlBBloner. -4-
4- Henry C. James, Plumbing In- 4-
4- spector. 4.
4- G. H. Morris, Estray Pound- 4-
4- keeper. 4-
4- Georg- T. Alder, Member Board 4-
4- of Health. 4.
4- R- H. Browne, Mc.-nber Board of 4-
4- Health. 4
4- William H. By water. Chief of Fire 4-
4- Dcpartniont. 4--4-4-4---4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-
Tho above appointments were sub
mitted by Mayor Morris to the City
Council lat't night and were referred to
a special committee of five for report.
The first twelve appointments camo ln
one communication. Immediately after
it had been read Councilman Prcecc
moved that the communication be re
ceived and filed and the appointments
roferred to a special committee of five
for ropou It was plain that the mat
ter had all been fixed up in advance.
Councilman Neuhausen objected to
the appointments being referred to a
special committee, and thought they
should be taken up In committee of the
whole. Councilman A. J. Davis offered
an amendment to the effect that each
appointment be referred to lta respect
ive committee, and Fcrnatroni then
mado a sort of explanation of the deal.
He said that It was the policy of the
Mayor to give and take with the Re
publicans, and that tho appointees had
been cho&csn from both parties. For
that reason they ahould bo referred to
' Continued on Paso
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The burned district is within the territory bounded on tho west by Liberty street, on the north by Lexing
ton street, on the east by Jones Falls and on tho south by the basin. Within this district were tho big struc
tures on Fayette, Gay, Lombard, Charles, Balderon, Elliott, Hollingsworth nnd Cheapsldo streets. Passing
southeast along the basin the following large docks wcro destroyed: McCluro's, Patterson, Smith's, Fred
erick's Long and Union. Small thoroughfares which oxtended as far north as Lexington street, and which
wero in the path of the flames arc Commerce, Fredericks and Mill streets. Tho district thus swept by tho
fire comprised soventy-five blocks and nearly 2500 buildings. Among tho other buildings burned were the
Custom-House, Brown & Sons' bank and the Metropolitan Life Insurance company building.
MAYOR M'LANE
ISSUES A STATEMENT
Mayor Mcluino today gavo the following
to tho Aesoclated' Prcaiu ....
"I wish you would say for me that the
flro Is now under control.
"The people throughout tho country
have been very kind to us In our -terrible
calamity, and I cannot find words to ex
press my appreciation. We havo had
offers of assistance from nearly every
largo city ln the East and several offers
from the West. Of course, there has as
yet been no relief svstem adopted, as wo
do not know Just how we stand, but by
tomorrow we shall know what relief meas
ures It will be necessary to adopt."
The Board of Insurance Commissioners
refuses to estimate the loss. A prominent
mo Tiber of the board said:
"It Is impossible at this time to give
on approximate estimate of the loss. I
would say from 5UO.0C0.000 up. It Is safo
to sav the loss exceeds ?100.000.000."
Tonight the flro district nnd the territory
immediately surrounding it are under the
strictest military control.
During the confusion of Sunday night
detachments of regulars from near-by
forts wero sent to tho fire district and
assisted the police In maintaining order
nnd restraining tho great crowds from en
croaching upon tho firemen. Tho Fourth
and Fifth regiments of Baltimore, ordered
out by Gov, Warfleld. came on duty before
daybreak. Tho men. who numbered 1200.
wero distributed about the lire district nnd
none could got beyond tho lire established
unless ho had a military puss. Passes
wero Issued personally by tho Brigadier
General at his hcadquartere In the court
houso. In order lo be on tho safo side.
Gov. Warfield, aftor a conference with
other officials, decided early in the day to
order out ajiolhcr regiment, nnd accord
ingly orders were sent to tho First regi
ment, companies of which ula scattered
over tho State, to come to Baltimore at
once. Thoy arrived during the night and
were distributed around tho area of deso
lation. Tho Maryland navul reserve also
was called out.
Thoro was some fear that with nightfall
tho looting would start. The lines of
troops nround the ruins wcro so tightly
drawn, however, that it will be impossible
for thieves to enter the lire zona without
detection The auxiliary policemen sent
here from Washington. Wilmington and
Philadelphia, numbering about 400, have
been relieved. These men were nearly ex
hausted, having been on duty yesterday,
all night and most of today.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT
OF JAPAN'S POSITION
Toklo, Feb. ). The following is the
text ofthc?stntement -Issued 'by tho
Japanese Government, setting forth its
position:
"It being indispensable to the welfare
nnd safoty of Japan to maintain the
Independence and territorial Integrity
of Korea and to safeguard her para
mount interests therein, the Japanese
Government finds It Impossible to view
with indifference any action endanger
ing the position of Korea, whereas.
Russia, notwithstanding her solemn
treaty with China and her repeated as
surances to the powers, not only con
tinues her occupation of Manchuria, but
has taken aggressive measures In Ko
rean territory. Should Manchuria be
annexed to Russia the Independence of
Korea would naturally be Impossible.
The Japanese Government, therefore,
being desirous of securing permanent
pence for eastern Asia by meany of di
rect negotiations with Russia with a
view of arriving at a friendly adjust
ment of their mutual interests ln both
Manchuria and Korea, where their In
terests meet, communicated towards the
end of July last such desire to the Rus
sian Government and invited its adherr
ence. To this the Russian Government
expressed a willing assent. According
ly on tho 12th of August the Japanese
Government proposed 'to Russia
through its representative at St. Peters
burg the bnsls of an agreement, which
was substantially as follows:
"First A mutual engagement to re
spect the Independence and territorial
Integrity of the Chinese and Korean
empires.
"Second A mutual engagement to
maintain the principle of an equal op
portunity for the commercial Industry
of all nations with the natives of those
countries.
"Third A reciprocal recognition of
Japan's preponderating interests In
Korea and that Russia has special in
terests in railway enterprises In Man
churia and a mutual recognition of the
respective rights of Japan and Russia
'therein.
"It was tho intention of the Jupanese
Government originally that a confer
ence take place between their repre
sentatives at St. Petersburg and the
Russian authorities, so as to facilitate
progress as much as possible ln reach
ing a solution of the situation, but tho
Russian Government absolutely refused
to do so on the plea that the Czar
planned a trip abroad and for other
reasons It was unavoidably decided to
conduct the negotiations at Toklo.
WHY CONFERENCE
WAS HELD IN TOKIO
"11 was not until the 3rd of October
that the Russian Government presented
counter-propof.cils, and In them she de
clined to engago in respoct to the sov
ereignty and territorial Integrity of
China and stipulated the maintenance
of the principle of equal opportunities
for the commerce and Industry of all
nations In China, nnd requested that
Japan declurc Mnnchuria and its lit
toral as being entirely outside of her
sphere and interest.
"She further put several restrictions
upon Japan's freedom of action in Ko
rea. for instance, while recognizing Ja
pan's right to dispatch troops when
necessary for the protection of her In
terests in Korea, Russia refused to al
low her to use any portion of Korean
territory for strategical purposes. In
fact, Russia went so far us to proposo
lo establish a neutral zone In Korean
territory north of the thirty-ninth par
allel. "The Japaneiv? Government utterly
failed to see why Russia, who professed
no Intention of absorbing Manchuria,
should be disinclined to Insert In the
JContlnucd on Pago 8, Col, 3.).
Japanese Squadron Reported to j j I
Have Engaged a Fleet of Rus J I
sian Ships and After a , j I
Sharp Battle Is Said to j I I
Have Seized Thqm. j j jl
Transports Sail From Japan for Korea With an
Invading Force and the First Land Battle
Will Probably Take Place Near Che-
mulpo, Where the Russians 1 .fc j
Have Strong Force. 'M
St, Petersburg, Feb. 9. An official dispatch received here says' that '
Japanese torpedo boats have attacked the Prussian squadron in the onter
roads at. Port Arthur and that three Russian ships were damaged. J , wt
London, Feb. S. A Paris dispatch says the papers there are publishing ' i !
"on high authority" a report that Japanese warships have captured some Rus- I ll
slan merchant ships in Chinese waters. The report lacks confirmation in j j) IJ
othclal circles, as does also a report that the Japanese squadron had engaged 1
and captured three Russian warships. j
The fact that Japan has cut the cable between Korea and Japan give.', J lf
credence to the report that there may have been a sea flghL In this connection , '1 1 jfl
another dispatch from Nagasaki says: "Japanese patience became exhausted, g
and today Japan moved her ships and took unresisted possession of certain !?
merchant vessels, including the Shllka and Manchuria." The correspondent (j
"Two other Russian vessels were seized and escorted lo Sascbo, Japan." VM
The Dally Telegraph says It supposes the foregoing seizures occurred at j
Masampho, but that the censor suppressed the location. 1
- - -lir-a-dispatt)hTi-om';TokIo. a correspondent of the Daily Mall-says the JijI
Shlmpo ha3 received a telegram from Fusan, Korea, declaring that the firing i
of guns was heard to the east of Koje island (about twenty-five miles 'south- (
west of Fusan) at 8 o'clock Saturday morning. j
In a dispatch dated Nagasaki, Saturday, February 6th, and which was de- jj
layed by the censor, a correspondent of the Dally Telegraph asserts that j VM
Russia deliberately precipitated the crisis by secretly dlsuatchlng, a few days I
ago, from Port Arthur, transports loaded with a full division of troops and , IH
escorted by a licet, and landing them near the Yalu river, thus occupying I
northern Korea.
The Chefoo correspondent of the Dally Mail cables that six Japanese trans
ports are landing troops at various ports in Korea, from Masampho and Fusan,
on the south of Kunzan, Mokpho and Chemulpo, on the west. Il
Seoul Is to be occupied and the landing Is being 'covered by a torpedo dl-
vision. The main body of the Japanese fleet, the correspondent concludes, has
sailed In the direction of Port Arthur.
The Paris correspondent of the Dally "Mall says France fhas agreed, with t
ether powers, to land troops ln China directly hostilities begin, ln order to insure i J
neutrality of the middle kingdom.
In a dispatch from Nagasaki, dated Monday, February Sth, a correspondent .
of the Dally Telegraph says: "It Is assured that the Russian -fleet will fight. I
The Russians long ago decided upon war, and their delay was due to lack of j
preparation and uncertainty whether certain powers would Intervene or not." ' IJ
Berlin, Feb. S. The German Foreign office has been advised that a portion 4 jH
of the Japanese fleet sailed from Sasho yesterday. Its destination Is unknown,
but Is supposed to be Chemulpo, Korea. j
Another dispatch says: The Russian warships at Port Arthur frequently '
put to sea, and the inhabitants of Seoul are uneasily expecting the arrival of
the Japanese troops.
Washington, Feb. S. The State department has received a cablegram j ' VM
from the American legation at Seoul to the effect that it Is reported that the ,
Japanese warships have arrived off Masampho, but that telegraphic communi- ( '!
cation has been cut off and it is impossible lo confirm the report.
St. Petersburg, Feb. S. A Mukden dispatch says a Japanese squadron. Is j '
off Wei Hal Wol, on the north coast of the Shan Tung peninsula, with the ob- I
Ject of intercepting the Russian ships coming from Europe. j
Washington, Feb. S. Tentative orders
havo been prepared sending the cruiser
cquadron of the Asiatic fleet northward
from Sublc bay ln tho vicinity of Port
Arthur to observe the Japanese and
Russian naval operations, and they arc
to be at hand to protect American In
terests wherever they may be menaced
In the war-stricken district. The orders
were submitted to the President for
final revision, but will not be sent un
less they are agroer.ble tq Russia and
Japan, which will be sounded' In ad
vance on this side.
When the orders were prepared today
it was expected they would be sent
forthwith, in view of the restraining In
structions they contnlned for Rear-Admiral
Evans, commanding the Asiatic
ficet, to observe strict neutrality In all
his movements.
Secretary Moody, however Is not
willing that this country rhall give
ground oven for suspicion either by
Russia or Japan, and it has, therefore,
been decided that these Governments
shall be asked if the dispatch of the
crulrer squadron to Northern waters
will embarrass other combatants.
The cruiser squadron consists of the
Albany, flagship; the New Orleans,
Rnlclgh and Cincinnati, ln case the
squadron goes northward it Is fully ex
pected hero that Rear-Admiral Evans
will transfer his flag to the Albany and
assume command of the squadron, re
maining in the far East after his regu
lar tour of duty has expired, to observe
the war.
Ordora were Issued today for Lieut.
Newton A. McCaully, now on the
Dolphin, to relieve Lleut.-Commander
Charles S. Marsh as naval attache at
Toklo. ..... . .
JAPS WILL TRY TO TAKE ,
RUSSIA UNAWARES i
Lieut. -Commander Marsh and Lieut. I J, VM
Irvine V. GilllF. who has been detached " ;H
from the Kentucky and is now on his V ll
way to Toklo. are under orders to follow j
the Japanese naval operations as le.w,t I
thoy can. It is not expected thoy will 1
be taken aboard the Japanc-so ships ,
permanently.
That Japan has fully determined on It
war Is evident from a cablegram re- 1 i,
celved at the Navy department today f
from Lieut. Marsh, saying that a j
Japanese naval division had loft for j I
Chemulpo, the port of the Korean capl- i jM
tal. The seizure of Seoul, the general H I
naval board believes, will be Japan's j I
first act of war. .
Count Cassini. tin' Russian Em- ('
bassador, called by appointment on Sec- ":u ,
retary Hay at U o'clock, -and the two I (
were in conference for nearly an hour.
The Embassador was again assured i i
that this Government could be depended "
on to maintain the strictest and most
complete neutrality in the coming war. i
Count Casslni gave Mr. Hay a brief j
summary of the negotiations. He In- i' jH
farmed the Sccretury that Russia was .
convinced that Japan had all along been '
anxious for wur. nnd that her breaking j
off of diplomatic relations at the mo- I;
ment when Prussia was putting forth her I
utmost effort lo mAK conccv&lons that ij
would preserve peaces was an evidence U
of bad faith. '
In Russian circle? it is not expected pl
that Japan will formally declare war. '
but that she will attempt to catch Rus- - (
sla unawares. It is declared that th ' P .
Russian army and fleet will be found
ready and waiting: that Russia will not
assume the offensive until she hn been m 'H
attacked, but that after that there wilt
be no delay. ;
At the Japanese legation It was said If
tonight that there was no further news
on the situation lo be given out. At tha ,
.(Continued on Pago S, Col. 1.) I if

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