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JfEL KO' 125' SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, THUBSDAYMOByiNG, FEBRUARY 16, 1905. " 12 PAGES-FIVE CENTS (j I j BALFOUR SILENT; 1 ffi ijfe ford in Reply to ' Asptli, I Hatter Demanded the Im- f mediate Dissolution of ! 1 Parliament. iS l-Dedared That Chamberlain Was 33e- P, i jj coming Inoculated With "Malaria $ of Ambig-uity." I I h LONDON. Feb. 13. In tho House of illrpinrnons tho debate on the address in iwvt' t0 sncecl1 from tnc throne wa6 tsV'ifemcd by Mr. A'squlth (Liberal and 'lvlMner Home Secretary), who moved the , following nmendment: h $ "We humbly represent to Your Majesty ' Ijjihat the various aspects of tho llscal question have been fully discussed In jtlio country for nearly two years, and t- SUiat the time has come for submitting 'j, ithe question to the people without fur l jlher delay "' it i 1 i i i Demanded Dissolution. J Mr Asoulth supported this demand for it, Immcdlnto dissolution of Parliament. Islth some trenchant remarks on the wide Jfjcal gulf separating tho Unionist fac rtlloos. Turning to Premier Balfour, Mr. Asqulth asked him to give a monosylla bic answer whether there was any prne jtJtal difference between his and Joseph Chamberlain's fiscal policy, but the Pre nltr remained silent. I Tlio speaker then declared that Mr. JCtarabcrlaln was also becoming lnoculnt- 'hl with lhu '-mftlnrlsi nf iinilili-iili r.,,.1 jsJJed that this Intolerable confusion, fctn.-iclng and perilous to Industry and i'.hc .Empire, could only be cleared up by a prompt and direct appeal to the peo- 2 Chamberlain Replies. t Auslen Chamberlain, the Chancellor of tilt Exchequer, replying, taunted the Lib--;,rals with asking the country for a man ,dlo lo stimulate bounty-fed competition hh British manufactures and to maln (iiln a system of frue imports without t free exchange The opposition's policy. Ksddc-d. va to shut Its eyes to all that ,VA3 passing in the rest of ,tho world nnd c&c to the ancestral traditions of sixty Teare Rgo. The Government desired a i'tt hand to negotiate fiscal matters with irrlgn countries and the colonies, and in unfettered conference of tho latter to m It a closer union could not be pro rated between Great Britain and the Uhrr parts of the Empire. Discussed at Night Session. Mr Asquith's amendment to the rcplv U the speech from the throne was dls taued at the evening session Sir Kd ird Grey said that, next to a founda tion of force a foundation of taxes was Jtt weakest upon which an Kmpln; could built. The present suspense, he said, as bad both politically and materlallv. A moral obligation rested on tho Govern ment to appeal to the country. 5 Two Cabinet Meetings Held. STtc discussion was robbed of Interest tho unexpected calling of a second (Utlnet meeting, which sat for two hours, pnng the evening. A second Cabinet Raving in one day Is unusual, and cre rg great curiosity, and an exit of mom jfP l the lobbies. It is believed that meeting had no connection with FUlIamentary matters. There Is a ru f that It was owing to tho receipt of FWftant dispatches from tho far East ffflr.cclcd with the possibilities of peace, PU nothing reliable Is known on tho sub- im - I ' I ANOTHER FLEET SAILS. .' r . ! L y ven Warships Leave Ubau to Join j Rojestvensky. I PETBRSBl-RC. Fob. IG.-The de- illi Hxtuia of Admiral Nobcgaloffs division I t four battleships, ono cruiser nnd two I 'Wlllary cnilsers from l.Ibau yesterday relnrce Vlcc-Admlrnl rtojestvonsky's I dron 1" tho far East, Is a sourco of I ?lU.1cat,on lo tho admiralty, In view of Wni !?u,lles. caused by tho strike. The irotS;-..ro1ndvous Rojestvensky iWbM1 Ut,.11 ,a ul,derstood thai It $ t to SJ , .be,,' u,lder Instructions It Trjmnn 'ay i",1? tno monsoon poriod tho l SUou of hln cruise. S ffiBH?.e ,Iiun" ?vcr lh0 dooming of iWtiliiui113.. mounding tho overtures of KWchH in?!!1 .tlm" oc!atcd Press li facrSSn!??,cfle that th0 cannonading Z IZbwaF la tensity i?' fti l. pa.tch5s Cr01n luK-den report 1 ctnef an en tiro detachment a SWnr'nrtrl,iB0 botwcen Mukden and 5 nn tSM,n41 CA,v,a,r' overtook tho Jwi f0Ut;ht untu u laat man :OTELECTRIC block signals. piman System Adopts Extensive Finns for Betterment l3SHCp?rcb- "--Extensive plans of tho Sm ttJl bystPm tl'o Southern Pn- Smx 1?Uiy fcr ncw cmotlves. cara and mi m"-ni un,i the InotalliUIon of WO ajltur ti "tlmat:d that an ex- WWPfoli Tlh. will be nccow.-iry to jrfB'tHd on (K , Th0r,nc,w "lumtnt will sSW?' Ofonlhi?,Vn'on Pnc'nc. Oret'on Short Jtinc, and will b ready, thl venr. IPfeT" f0r Lumber Company. BE PMIn;nHT,,X ' Vcb- lC-nrlvi.ra have i ".mpMv int?r, th J- I- Campbell mm. W the iv..Jll" Lnl njid Lumber company jjKr VniJ1 4 forlcana Pueinc Itullrond jMtel 'jH'; a combined capltallrjitlon of uwii Vf"JfSUBoncra,,' estimated at Discord Among Russian Officers Army Officials Are Particularly Hos tile to the Fleet, Calling- It the Frightened Fleet. PARIS, Feb. 15. French special corre spondents sent to meet the Fronch fiteamor Australian, having on board Gen. Stoessel and others of the survivors of lort Arthur, forwarded detailed accounts J?.i.t,,scor(l arnonC the Russian officers, i. .arn?i' officers nro particularly hos tllo to the fleet, habitually calling it tho "frightened licet." Admiral Locklnsky. who was command er of the torpedo defenses at Port Ar thur. Jc lengthily quoted as making bitter I criticism of Gen. Stocsecl Admiral Alex eff and others. The Matin quotes Lock iriHky as characterirlng Vlcc-Admlral r,tar,k nntI near-Admiral Wlthooft as ut;tl-cnamber Admirals not acnunlntcd wltn their duties nnd seasick whonovcr afloat. ' Lockinsky Is Angry. Tho Admiral added that Vlcc-Admlral Skrydloff prudently established himself ashoro at Vladivostok notwithstanding his opportunity to break tho Ineffective blockade of Port Arthur'. Locklnsky do clarcd ho would denounce Stoescol, Skrvd loff and Alexloff before the court-martial, i as ho did not intend to let himself bo I made a scapegoat like Rear-Admiral Ouk tomsky, "who now trembles with fear In a Chinese hospital." Locklnsky cited many Instances of tho unprcparedncss of the land and naval defenses, frequent conflicts of authority and demoralization durUig critical en gagements. Substantially tho same account Is giv en by four French newspapers, which de scribo Gen. Stoepsel and Admlrnl Lock lnsky ns refusing to speak to or snluto each other. Tho papers say the discord among the officers foreshntlows gravo scenes before the court-mnrtlnl. Stoessel Is Sarcastic. Tho Petit Parlslen quotes Gen. Stoessel as sarcastically saying: 'Rojestvensky had better not eatabllnh n too secure base along the routo or like tho naval officers at Port Arthur It will be impossible to let them venture sea ward." The correspondent of the Petit Parlslen ndds "Gen. Stoessel cannot pardon the navy's failure to succor him. while tho navy fully returns his hatred." The French special correspondents con clude that the fortress fell largelv be cause of the rcgrcttablo quarrels among tho officers ROYAL DOMESTIC DRAMA. It Is Now Being- Flayed at Florence. - FLORENCE. Feb. IJJ.-Tho affairs of the Countess 0 MonOgiioso, former wife of King Frederick Augustus of Saxony, took a dramatic turn today. For dome time the Countess has suspected that her German nurse. Mnhote. was planning to abduct tho litil Princess Anna Monica Pla, and place her In the care of her father, the King. Today, under the pre text that the German Consul was wait ing to seo the nurse at the gate of the villa where tho Countess Is residing, the latter led Mahote to tho gate. Then, quickly pushing the nurse outside and closing ami locking the gate, the Coun tess cried "Go to your master, spy." En tering the bouse the Countess ordered all of Mahote's belongings thrown out of the window to the street. The nurse protested against her ejectment, but un uvulllngly, and later applied to a lock smith to aid her In re-entering the villa, saying sho had lost her key The lock smith declined Falling to enlist the locksmlth'M assist ance. Mahote went to Dr. Keener, the Dresden lawyer who came here recently lo demand that the Countess Montlg iioho release the custody of the Princess Anna lo King Frederick Augustus, and lie. In company with the German Consul, returned with her to the villa, where they found all tho bell wires cut. Dr. Koener appealed to tho police, but was told that they could not enter a private house without the orders of the court. Tho people In the vicinity of the villa have been Intensely Interested in the royal domestic drama and many of them Eay they will personally opposo any at tempt of violence ngnlnst tho former Crown Princess of Saxony. BOND FOUND GUILTY. Murder in First Degree tho Verdict of tho Jury. BCjlSE, Ida., Feb. The Jury tonlcht ro turned a verdict of murder In tho first dtgreo ntrnlnst "Fred" Rond for tho murder of Charli Daly In thin city on October 6 la.it. Tho irillrdor was peculiarly ntroclous. Bond wo r. boarder at tho houso of hln victim and apifaro to havo been tho paramour of tho lat tcr'n yollnir wife. 13aly was fjiot and struck with a hatchet- Mro. Daly at first roprosentod that nho killed her husb.md. hut It dovolopod thRt fclio wn coaxed by Bond .o toll that storv. Sho la hold as nn accompllcn and wan tho "principal witness uyulnot Bond. UNDESIRABLE IMMIGRANTS. Hungarian Minister "Warns Feoplo of Hardships of Deportation. VIENNA, Feb 15. As an outcomo ot tho Xow York Immigration CommlMlonor's re cently doportlns so many undesirably emi grant:) from Kow Vork. tho Ilunenrlan Min ister of tho Interior has Rent a circular lo I locol utithorltlos to Inform oil would-bo oml Kranta to America of tho hardships attend ing deportation and further to Inform all tho p,op)e of Hungary that labor conditions In America aro now conorally unrnvorablc, that emlgrante. If admitted to tho Unlttd Slatcp, aro not liable to ret work. Japs Bombard Russians. ML'KDEN. Feb. 15. Tho Jnpnneso bejran a hcavv cannonudlng Tuesday afternoon on tho Rucilnn right nank. and thr tiring continued p.ll through today. It Is thought tho Jnpanefo ore preparing for a general attack. Tho Rub slan guns a-o replying. Summoned to Vienna. BUDAPEST, Feb. 15. In view of tho Inabll Ity of Count Andraasy to form a Hungarlun Ministry, former Premier Wekcrle hns been Mjmmoncd to Vienna to sro tho Empror-KIn. It is probable that former Premier Szell also will bu consulted. Took His Own Life. PORTLAND. Or., Feb. 1C M. A, Haifa, credit man for Allen i I.cwls. wholesale wo- ccrs in this city, today committed Filicide by (hooting himself In lhu head with n rovolvcr. DcHnonilvncy. owing to recent Illness, U ho llered to bo tho caus- HITCHCOCK SENDS REPLY TO SENATE Answers Resolution of Senator Kearos. This Inquired for Reasons for Delay in Opening Uintah Reserve. An Explanation From tho Interior Department Which Does Not Explain. i Special to The Tribune. WASHINGTON. D. C . Feb. 15.-Tho Secretary of the Interior today transmit ted to the Senate his answer to tho reso lutions offered by Senator Kcarns in qulrlnp; for the reasons for the delay In opening the L'Intah reservation. After quoting the provisions of the act of Mny 7, 1002. which was the first ef fort mnde by Congress to open the red ervatlon. the Secretary says the next day tho department directed the office of In dian affairs lo prepare estimates of the cost of making tho Indian allotments. This tho Commissioner placed at 512,000. The report of tho Commissioner of In dian Affairs, which n also transmitted, wets forth that under dnte of July IS In spector McLaughlin reportod tho consent of the Indians to the allotment could not bo obtained. History of Various Amendments. The history of the various amendments to the Indian appropriations bill delaying tho opening of the reservation Is given. On April ai, in. the Commissioner of In dian Affairs direct the acting Indian agent lo commence malting allotments, and urged that the. work be done at the earliest practicable datt I-ater, however, on November 1G. 1904. the office Informal tho lndjan agent not to proceed until tho acceptance of tho surveys by I he Com '"jslHiiSr. !f; theA"5e.ncral LaindOfflcp. OiVJanifnry il the Gom-ruT Land Ofllco advised the OaminlHsloner of Indian Af fairs of tho completion of the township .sub-divisional surveys. The Indian office replied that It wad ready to proceed with the allotment's as soon ns the surveys were transmitted to hie office. All the Commissioner Knows. This Is all tho Commissioner of Indian Affairs knows of the situation. Copies of various orders In connection with the ubove are forwarded as part of the re port. , In one of the letters of the Secretarv of the Interior to the ehnlrman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, dated Feb ruary C. 1WI. he refers to th condition of affairs on the reservation and saye In .support of the proposed arnendlneiu ex tending tho time of opening until Octo ber I. ISO! that after the completion of the survejs, some b;oo allotments aro to bb made, which will require at least three or four months, or probably longer. View Commissioner Land Office. The Commissioner of the General Land Office In his report dated February C, JMG, to which tho Secretory calls particular attention, says the whole of the survey ing season of 1101. and In fact up to Jan tinr 1. 1905. was required within which to completo tho surveys of tho reserva tion and the examination of the surveys In the Held . Tho office work necessary in connection with said surveys could be completed prior to March 10. "lOOo. but a largo number of allotments to Indians re main to bo made. In view of the climatic conditions existing at this season of the year, and tho fnct that uch allotments must be made of agricultural land that can bo Irrigated, it is not possible that such allotments can be made prior to March 10. 1905. UNDUE INFLUENCE ALLEGED. Colorado Legislative Committee Is Investigating Charges. DENVER, Feb. 15. The committee of five appointed by tho lower house of the Legislature, to Investigate charges that undue influence wna brought to bear on members In tho matter of olght-hour legislation .net today in executive session. No statement of what occurred In tho meeting was given out further than Rep resentatives Wei ton nnd.Streot. who made the charges on tho iloor of tho Houso ves terday were beforo the committee. An other mooting will ho held ' tomorrow. NEW RAPID TELEGRAPH. Forty Thousand Words an Hour I3 the Capacity. PAItlB, Fob. 16. Interesting experiments were mndo yesterday between I'arls and Lon don with a new mpld mlegrnphlc apparatus. Tho lnvofuor, Pollakeo and Vlurlir. claim that (ho InHlrtiment can transmit 40,UC0 words an hour wllh tho help of nix clerhs. Tlu mos wigeu arrive In written Instead of tolcgrnphlc chamclcrs. Harriman at tho White House. WASHINGTON. Feb. 16, K. II. llnrrlmnn of New York called at the "Whlto Houpy today and had a brlof talk with the IVenldcnt. Mr. llarrlnwin camo to AVaflhlnBion lo attend th dinner Klvon tonight to tho President by Secro tnry Morton. It was fltated that Mr. Harrl man's, call was personal nnd that railroad rate legislation wan not dlrcun;ed. Well-Known Golf Flayer Dead. NEW YORK. Fob. 15. Luther L. Kellopg. Jr.. holder of tnoro than thirty cupH won nt golf, and who wan a member of tho lufti All. America Oolf club which played an Knclleh tram for Intcmatlonnl honors, died hero to day of cerebral meningitis, aged IS year?. Now World's Bowling Kccord. CHICAGO Feb. lG.-Tho nenndimers of thlH clly tonlPtht established a new world's bowline record for threo names, by rolllnc an nverngu Of 1M1 1-3, Tho best prcvlou uccajited record was lhat ot tho Empires ot this city, wbu they rolled an avraco of iOJC 2-3. fay Warships Added to Japanese Navy Fifty Vessels Will Be Saved at Port Arthur,; Many Russian Ships but' Slightly Damaged. VICTORIA, B. C.. Feb. lu.-Tho steam ship Trcmont, which arrived today, brought news lhat fifty vessels, including many warships, will be added to Japanese naval strength as a result of salvago op erations now being conducted nt Port Ar thur. Investigation shows lhat the de struction wrought by the Russians on the war vessels at the moment of surrender, was by no means ns great as Imagined. I-Hirger salvage crews are working to re cover the vessels and speedily rehabltnte somo that they may bo .-uldcd to tho fleot preparing to meet tho Baltic squadron of Russia Somo will bo repaired nt the Port Arthur dockB. which 1200 workmen aro putting In repair to enable them to re ceive the sunken vessels as soon ns they aro raised. The damage to docks was un expectedly slight. Recent arrivals In Japan from Port Ar thur, who Inciudo tho correspondents, who wero with tho Japanese forces, suite that tho captured guns, artillery vehicles, lo comotives, railroad cars and other tro phies, havo been massed on the drill grounds, ready for shipment. Considerable coal Is being stored at Golden I1III, whose- forts with those of Itzeshan are unchanged. GEN. LEW WALLACE DEAD. Author of "Ben Hur" Passes Away at His Home. CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind.. Feb. 15. Ocn. Lew Wallace, author of -Ren Hur," one time Minister to Turkey and a veteran of the Mexican and Civil wars, died at his home In this clly tonight, nged iS yenrs. Tho health of Gen. Wallace bus been waning for several years, and for months, desplto tho efforts of the family to keep the publlo In Ignorance of his true condition. It has been generally known , that his vigorous constitution could not much longer withstand the ravages of a wasting disease. For more than a year ho has been unable to proper ly assimilate food At no time has he ever confessed his belief Hint the end was near, and his rugged constitution and remarkablo vitality have been responslblu for prolonging his lift several month. Tho death-bed scene was ono of calm ness. Resides his physician only his wife, his son. Henry Wallace of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Wallace were present. Two grandchildren were In the house, but were not admitted in tlje room. When told by his physician that he was dying Gen. Wnlldco was perfectly calm, and his lat words Were expressions, of cheer lo his gi-lef-strlfken family, Bidding lijem fare well, jje said: " j am ready to meet my Maker," and lapsed Into unconsclousr.e ss, from which he did not recover. N'o definite funeral arrangements have, been made. ..Pf, W- n- niallnc. who. had been Gen. Wallace's physician for many vears. aald tonight that the direct cause of the Gen ral's death was exhaustion, resulting from starvation. For weeks Gen. Wallace had been unable to take and assimilate rlrengthenlng food of any kind. Ilia stomach refused absolutely to perforin Its I unctions, and it was only his Iron con stitution and remarkable vitality that kept him alive for mure than three months. All nourishment for weeks had been given by hypodfimlc Injection The general's health began to fall two years ago. He had been an Inveterate smoker, and this was ascribed as the cause for his illness primarily, lie gave up Hie habit, however, and lent every aid to the skilled specialists that were called He failed slowly but surelv, nnd three r.-onlhs ago his condition necame alarm ing. Ho rarely left his home, nnd tho last time he was on the streets was Xo vember I. when he witnessed the foot ball mime between Wabash and Indiana universities. Son after he was confined to bed and since that time he sat up only a few hours each day A week ago It be came known he wna sinking rapidly. ARGUMENTS IN SM00T CASE. Senate Committee Will Meet on Sat urday to Consider Them. WASHINGTON, Feb. ir,. Chairman Burrowa has called a meeting of the Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections to he held on Saturday to consider the argtiinents of counsel In the Snioot Investigation and determine some course of action. There has been 110 meeting of the committee since the hearings were rlosod and no consultation of members to discuss whether it Is .possible to de cide the case at this, session of Con gress. In view of the limited time that re mains of the present session, the dis position Is to postpone action until the ne.t session. There are so many points Involved In the discussion that it is es timated that a week or more would be required in tho Senate to bring the case to a vole. The arguments of counsel have been hound In one volume and are belnir distributed. ANSWERS THE SUMMONS. Wife of Gen. Frisbic Dies in Mexico City. MEXICO CITY, Feb. 15.-Franclsca Guadalupo Vallejo, wife of Gon. John B. Frlsblo. an old and wealthy American resident hero. Is dead of pneumonia. Mrs, Frlsblo wns tho ilrst whlto child born In the valley of Sonoma, Cal.. nnd her father was tho famous Gen. Vnllejo, head of the Mexican military department In California before the annexation of that territory to tho United States. Bubonic Plaguo Breaks Out. VICTORIA, ii. C. Feb. 15. Mnll ndvlces wero received from Australia by iho fteamer Mcnna of tho outbrenk of hubonlo plague In Sydney and Grafton. In consequence, wnr on rnt Is being vof?ed In Auntrullnn cities. Many plaRnie-lnfied rodents veri found. Horace Boies Seriously 111. HOT SPRINGS. Ark.. Feb. 15. Kx Gov Hcrace Holea ot Iowa, who bus been 111 for some time, will loavo foV home tomorrow, nc coropanled by his son. Hln Illness Im of a seri ous nature. Pictures Presented Art Gallery. LONDON, Fell. 16. The l'rlnco and 1'rlnceFS ot "Wales have nrerented flvo pleturcN by Con stable und Corot to the new Irish art gnllnry. to which President Roosevelt has Just ovnt a floruitlon. A CAVALRY MOVE AGAINST OYAMA Nine Thousand Men Make Attempt, Operations Began Tuesday Night West of Chi-taitzu. One Force Stole Into Laohunshi and Simultaneously Another Ap proached Tncha, TOKIO, Fob. 15. The Russians have be sun nn extensive cavalry movement against Field-Marshal Oyama's extreme left. Iost night they were attempting to cress the Hun river west of Llao' Tang with 9000 horsemen. The operation began west of Chltnltzu. Ono force of cavalry stole In Laohun shi and simultaneously another cavalry force approached Tacha, which Is situated thirteen miles southwest of Chitaltzu and twenty-seven miles west of Mao Ynng. Nine thousand cavalry with artillery approached the river a mile below Tacha and attempted to cross at 0 o'clock In the evening, advancing on Ilelokoutnl (Pc kowtal.) The shelling of Oyama's center continues. MONEY FOR THE DISTRICT, Senate Still Has Supply Bill Under Consideration. WASHINGTON. Fob. 15.-Tho Senate today continued, but did not conclude, consideration of the bill making appro priations for the' support of the govern ment of the District of Columbia. Whllo the bill was before the Senate Mr. Flklnu looli exception to an Item for the, con struction of 11 local bridge as In the in terest of speculators, and made a goneral plea for economy In the matter of ap propriations. A resolution calling upon the Secretarv of the Treasury for a statement of thu amount of silver coined under existing law, which was offered bv Mr. Teller, was adopted. The following bills were passed: Pro viding for the payment of pensions due lo InmalKH of the Government hospital for tho Insano. Authorizing the establishment of a lep rosy hospital In the L'nltcd States or the Philippines. Limiting the period of absence of diplo matic and consular officers from their posts to sixty days; also 375 private pen sion bills. Tho matter of the Swayne Impeachment trial hud the attention of the Senate for twb hours, and at 5:12 p. m., the Sen atu went Into executive session and soon nfterwurd adjourned. OPTIMISTIC OVER STRIP. If Statehood Bill Is Reported, Kearns Amondment Will Go Through. Special to The Tribune. WASHINGTON, Feb. 15. Delegate Ro doy of New Mexico summed up the state hood proposition this nftcrnoon In the following: "The House will surely nsk for a con ference. There will bo no statehood bill giving Arizona and Now Mexico separate Btatehood It will be two Stales or noth ing." This is generally conceded to be tho situation. Senator Kearns Is optimistic 'as fnr as his amendment Is concerned. "It looks todny as If my amendment would go through If any statehood bill Is reported," he said. DEFECT IN WARSHIP. Something Wrong With Forward Turret of tho Ohio. SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 15. The Ex aminer today says: A 3erlous defect hns been found In the forward turret of tho new battleship Ohio. The Ohio left here February G for the Santa Bnrbara channel nnd there for the first tlrno her big guns wero fired. A re turn wns mado to this port and thon It wns found that the discharge of tho guno had uncovered defects In tho forwurd turret. It will require four or five weeks to put the vessel's turret In the proper condition. TJ, S. Mining Dividend. Bpeclnl to Tho Tribune. nOSTON Mas., Feb. IS. Dividend checks of tho l'nltcd StateH MIiiIiik company nro ko ln out today, but no ftatcment of earnings and llnanclnl condltlonn necompanlen llum, ns was reported would be the cnuc. Directors ot Centennlnl Kurcka hnvo declnrod a 00-cent dividend, payabln on demand of .stockholders nf record, mant of which, of course, pc-cs to rnlt.nl Slutca Mlnlnsr. Steffens Is Convicted. SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15. Adolph Steffciia. nccu.icil of fraudulent vothiK nt the last pri mary election, wan today found cullty. after the Jurors hail conferred for a few minutes. Xhle Is the second conviction In connection with tho primaries, ChnrlcB "ft'yman having been previously convicted on n slmllnr charpe. Amending Indian Bill. WASHINGTON. Feb. 1.".. Senator Rard In troduced nn amendment to tho Indian appro priation bill that no portion of tho fund nhall be available for tho support of any xcclurlnn or denominational vect Russian Officer Promoted. ST l'HTKRSUCRG, i", b 13, -M, Vnlnlsl Director-General of Iho Affair a of tho Ministry ot tho Interior, bos been appointed ;uj ar-ttlstant Jj3 Uio illnlntcr of tho Interior. Smoot Kills Land Office for Utah His Refusal to Agree to Bill Leaving Location of Office to President tho Cause. Special to The Tribune. WASHINGTON. Fob. lo.-Rcproacnln-tlvo Howells's bill, creating a new land office at Vernal. Utah, was up for con sideration nt today's session of the Com mittee on Public Lands ot tho Senate. Senator Hnnsbrough, chairman of the committee, declined to hoar arguments upon the merits of the bill and sent It to a sub-comnilttce, composed of Senators Gamble, Newlands and DIetrick Senotor Kearns was In hope a bill could be re ported establishing a new land office In Ltah and leaving Its location to the dis cretion of tho President. This, however. Senator Smoot refused to agree to, nnd It looks now ns If thero.would be no addi tional land office provided for Utah at this session. LEAVING NIEDRINGHAUS. Bolt From Caucus Nominee for Sena tor From Missouri Oecurs. JEFFERSON CITY. Mo.. Feb. .-Today's Joint session of tho Missouri Legis lature was tho most Intorestlng since tho establishment of tho deadlock over the selection of a United Slates Senator to succeed Senator Cookrell. The expected bolt from the NIedrlnghaus forces camo on tho twenty-third ballot, tho llrst taken today, but was not of sufficient strength to change the relative standing of the candidates. Maples of Christian and lies of Stone broko from the caucus nominee and cast their ballots for Lieut. -Gov. John C. McIClnley The Lieutenant-Governor declared he was not a candidate for tho Scnatorshlp. and requested tho bolters to return to the caucus nominee In the interests of partv regularity ami ildellty. Both Maples anil j lies defended their votes, declaring that they believed they wero carylng out the wishes of their constituents. JJrown of Grundy, who has been voting for Pettljohn for several days, changvd to McKlnley The "Walmslev compli mentary vote" went to State Senator Noting. The result of the ballot was: NIedrlnghaus, C5; Cockrell. 7:i; McKln ley, S; Kerens, 12; Flnkelnburg, 1; Pettl john, i: Young, l. A motion to adjourn until tomorrow was opposed by tho Kerens forces, who. vot ing with the Democrats, succeeded In ordering another ballot. The. vote resulted the same as the pre vious ballot, wllh the exception of Whltaker, who changed from Flnkelnburg to McKlnley, and tho Walinsloy vote which went to State Senator Hnjiman of St I.ouis. TALKS WITH STOESSEL. Russian General Denies Charges Re garding His Surrender. LONDON, Feb. 1C The correspondent at, Port Said of . the Standnrd gives an interview with Gen. Stoessel. chlolly deny ing the charges made by the Peking correspondent of tho Times concerning the surrender ot Port Arthur and Its de fensive condition. Gen. Stoessel attributed tlie Japanese success In a great measure to the superlative iiallly of their drilling tools us compared with those of the Russians, which latter fpilcklv deteriorlatcd when used against' hard rock. The General emphatically dcclured that all the public descriptions of the second line of forts wore purely Imagi nary. These forts, he said, were only temporary defenses. Gen. Stoessel further declared that the strength of the garrison never nmounted to Hj.CO) men. At tho end of April, before the Investment became total, tho Russian forces on the Kwantung peninsula wero only 19.CSS. Ha adhered to the original reasons given for the surrender, and througnout tho Interview appeared to be bitter whenever the navv was referred to J ALLEGED BANK ROBBERS. Four Persons in Jail in Portland to Answer Serious Chnrge. PORTLAND. Or.. Feb. 15.-Sheriff Whlto of Linn county loft this clly to day with four prisoners. Ell Dunne, Mtb. Ell Dunne. Harry Crosslov or Hurry Reynolds,. Mra. Dunne's father, and Hen dry or Culver, who wero arrested In this city by Sheriff Ford In connection with the robbery of the Lcbnnon, Or., bank last week, when the robbers succeeded In making away with about J5000. Another of tho gnng, a man named Klngsloy, is reported by tho Sheriff of King coun ty. Washington, to havo crossod the line Into British Columbia. PANIC-STRICKEN GIRLS, Wholesale Dash for Exits When Cry of Fire Is Raised. CHICAGO, Feb. 15. Threo hundred Tjirls employed In lhu manufacturing de partment of tho Chicago Mercantile com pany, iw to 110 Wabash avenue, became panic stricken todny when lire wns dis covered In the roof of tho building. There was a wholesale dnsh for stalrwavs and elevators. One girl hnd her arm broken and a number of others becamo hysteri cal. Tho panic was flnnlly overcome by James Hallfday. manager of the. com pany. Property damage was small. Would Investigate Kuropatkin. ST. I'BTBRSBPHO. Feb. 15. In view of tho continued attacks on nnd crltlclum ot Gen Kuropatkin, which nro prejudicial to tho Rus sian arm!, tho Novoe Vremyu. In nn oxteuded defeneo of the tactics of iho conimander-ln-chlef. propose that a commission, composed ot lotlrod of lice, bo appointed to paM Judgment on tho General. Petitions for a Receiver. NETVAUIC. N. J., Feb lS.-Api'llcatlon for the uppolntmcnt of a receiver for the Standard Lead und Smelting- company was inado to Vice-Chancellor Emory today by Alloln Bro:n bnch, one of the stockholders of tho company. Ho alleces that tho company Is Insolvent. It Is capliallrcd at $ 1.00. OCiri. Seized Vessel Heavily Insured. XKW YORK, Feb. 15, Tho Insuinnco on (lie Urllluli Miramcr Apollo nnd Scotsman, which have been captured by the Japanese, amounts to JJJ0 CM, The ncKrcKnto Insurance on the twelve ntcamcrs bound for Vladivostok which havo been seized by iho JnpaneEo slnco Janu ary 13 amounts to over JI.OOO.W. coin "division 1 DAY IK IDAHO 1 fajse Discusses Many 1 Measures. One Abolishing Kobtendr i County Came Near Be- ' Ii1 ing Killed. . ' It Proposed to Create ' Iris nnd 331 Clark Counties Frcm the . . D j Special to The Tribune. H BOISE. Ida.. Feb , 15. This Avas county B division day In tho House. Tho bill M abolishing Kootenai' county and creating M Lewis and Clnrk counties out of the silmo I territory was reported back from the, 9 committee, nnd came near being sent lo fi Its grave. The committee's report recom- I mended that tho bill do not pass. A ml- " , H norlty report, signed by Fnld of Blaine. I Tlmm of Idaho and Aulbach of Shoshone, jl favored tho passage of tho bill. The llrst 1 contest came over a mollon to adopt tea HI minority report. This was defeated: 17 Bl to i. A motion to adopt the majority Bl report was superseded by one to make Mil tho bill a special order for Frldav. which Hi prevailed. The action of the House has f greatly discouraged tho advocates of di- mm vision. HJ One Measure Slaughtered. III The bill by Turner of Hlngham. iho Bfl administration leader on the iloor, annex- j ing part of Fremont county to Ulngham, B U came up during Turner's absence. The 1 only plea that action be deferred was on Bl the ground of courtesy to tho leader, but tH only a handful of voters supported It. Mm There has been a good deal of feeling N fl over this measure, because Turner did jRi I not consult the delegation before presont- III lug it. and -it Is understood this sentlmfcilt BJ had something to do with the r.uthles Bjf slaughter of the measure. Notice of re- I consideration was filed. I Railroad Controversy. nfl Tho llrst railroad controversy occuued B when Johnson of .Ada. author of the 3- H eent-a-mlle bill, asked to hav the M measure sent to the printer. Instead O of having It considered as a .special old-r M ns planned. Johnson said the comniltteo Bj had slated the bill had been referred m back to the House without recommenda- nj tion as a "courtesy" to the author. " M do noc desire sulMi courtesies from that Bj committee." said Johnson. "It looks -ery II much to me as though an attempt had il been made to rush the bill through to If finality, and possibly pass it. knowing It Bj had not been printed, and. therefore, that Bj It would be unconstitutional." Bj Chairman Sweetser of the Railroads H committee said the bill had bcn reported n without recommendation because of the. M dally howl that had gone up from John- son. He disclaimed ui.y inteutlor. of B jockeying with the bill. After a few Bj bal pussages the bll! was sent to th Bj printer. Must File Itemized Accounts. B Another measure of a semi-railroad na- B ture was passed. It Is fathered by Rep- 1 resentntlve Powers of Ada, and requires n public ofrtcluls to flic Itemized accounts M of any expenses incurred on behnlf of tho Bj State. In case nny ride on passes the Bj r mount of the railroad fare. If included In Bj the bill, is to be deducted from the total. Bj Chairman Sweetser asked if the bill wns SB Intended to prevent Legislators rldjng on H pusses. Powers renlied It was not. biiL U that It would prevent l hose riding on Hjfl passes from collecting mileage. The bill mtfl was tnen passed by a vote ot ..J to tU. sBJB Reapportionment Bill Presented. B During the day the reapportionment bill Bfl was presented by Thomas of Noz P.erces. BjH It Increases the membership of the. House MB fiom fifty to llfty-elght, or within two of mm the constitutional limit. It adds two each Hfll to Kootenai and Nez Perces and one each Bfl to Ada, Bingham, Canyon, Idaho and i lull Latah. One Is taken away from Oneida. j hHI Tho measure will no doubt bo vigorously . Bll attacked, especially by Mormon represent- 9Kp The proposed reappointment by comities ' Ujf follows: Ada 5, Banner 3, Bear Lake 2, Bll Bingham -I. Blaine 2. Boise 1, Canyon 1. BB Casala 1, Cnsler 1, Filmore 1, Fremont -1, IB Idaho I, Kootenai 6, Latnh A. Lemhi 1. B Lincoln 1, Nez Forces 6, Oneida 2, Owy- Bj hee 1, Shoshone 4. Washington 2. H The Senate passed tho Houso bill provld- Uf ing for the caro of Idaho femalo convicts IE in somo prison outsldo the Stato having m a woman's ward MncBoth, Democrat. 'H made another futllo attempt to have. the. ' M Sunday closing bill taken out of commit- , Bj FREEZES TO DEATH. i Coyote Jim, Drunken Indian, -Suo- ; B crumbs to Cold Near Pocatollo llj Special to The Tribune. 1 II POCATELLO. Ida., Feb. 15.-A Sho- B shone Indian named Coyoto Jim wns ; iB found dead botween Pocatcllo nnd Ross i M Fork. It Is supposed that ho was frozen i h' to death during the recent cold snap, na ' nj ho was last seon In Pocatollo on Sunday III evening. In an Intoxicated condition. w Coyoto Jim was a son of Sergeant Jim 1 fin' of the Indian police. j tin F. R. Pcttlt of Denver, who hns been i K In Pocatollo during tho past month, nub- If, n ' milted a list of 125 appllcanls to Fre U SHvcr camp, Xo. C3, AVoodmen of the. ! W m Tho Initiation of the new class In B IK to come off about aiarch 1 Mr. Pettlt . Is special representative of tho W. O. W. Ijl fl nnd has charge pormanently of Idaho and Ha w Montana. . II f Castro Returns to Caracas. WASHINGTON. Feb. 13. The State depart- Vif ment hnn been ndvlscd that President Castro UK hns returned to Carncnn from his visit to th MB Interior of Venezuela. It Is not Indicated SBH whether or not tho negotiations relative to a UU 1 settlement of tho asphalt dispute. Interrupted Hj 1 by the President's departure from ihe Veni- Bt X elan capital a month aco. have been resumed. Ill ffl Sails for Odessa. Bali PORT SAID. Feb. 13. - Gen. Stoessel and m SI 13! offlccro and men from Port Arthur called thli M fji ofternoon for Odessa on board tho nteaiaer BL. Ml til Nicholas. HI n