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WASHINGTON, D. C., MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 1901?TEN PAGES. THE EVEfflKQ STAB. PUBLISHED DAILY, EXCEPT SUNDAY. ?afcines? Off op. 11th Street and Peamylraaia Areaaa. Tho Evening Star Newspapjr Company. 8, H. KAUTFMA.NN; Prea't. Kew York OfPcc: 126 Tribune Boildiig. Chicago 0:fice: Boyce Eaildiag. The F.venlnj; Star is served to subscribers !n tbe city by < arricrs. cu their own account. at 10 ("ruts per week. or 44 cents per month. Copies at the counter. 2 cents ea h. By mail?anywhere In the i s < rCanada?postapo prepaid ,V> cents per month. Saturday Quintuple She< t Star, $1 per year; v.ith foreign stage added. $3.08. tKntered at the Post Office at Washington, D. C-, a? second-class mall matter.) C-^All mail subscriptions must be paid In adrance. Hates of advertising made kuowu on application. LOOKS LIKE TROUBLE Situation in Steol Strike Assumes Ominous Appearance. STRIKERS BECOMING IRRITABLE Clash With Non-Union Men May Occur at Any Time. MOKE MILLS START . UP Special From a Staff Correspondent. PITTSBURG, Pa., August 19.?The steel trust has decided to commence this week efforts to open a number of the mills closed by the strikers. If this determination is persisted in it means the beginning of the trouble stage of the strike. The Amalga mated Association has given the steel trust an indication of its power, a peaceful object lesson, thus far, but no one hopes for a continuation of peace if the trust at tempts a wholesale reopening of the steel mills with non-union men. At a half dozen places the tension be tween the strikers and the non-union work ers is almost at breaking point. Rioting has been expected in several towns for the past forty-eight hours. The outburst at Wellsville last night may be the prelim inary of sanguinary proceedings before the week is over. The killing of one Amalga mated man in this region would probably be enough to start the ball rolling. The week begins today with the strikers wonderfully encouraged and jubilant. The action of the Milwaukee men Saturday, fol lowing closely upon the strike at Joliet, was exceedingly gratifying to the men. Notwithstanding unfavorable press reports from South Chicago, the strike managers here profess to believe there is a possibility of getting out the men in the Federal steel mills at that place. Pressnre From Lateral Soarce. Another step in this direction is now taken by the Amalgamated officials. Pres sure is being brought to bear to get the ore and coal handlers in those mills to strike, thus crippling the mills until the steel workers can be won over by the strikers. The biggest game in the whole strike sit uation, however, is being played in the Pittsburg district. If the strikers win in this game they will very nearly bring the trust to terms. It is a long shot, however, and victory is by no means in sight. The game is to cause a partial tie-up of the big Carnegie mills at Duquesne. This would cut off the supply of steel for the Home stead plants and shut down the immense Carnegie works, besides throwing the whole Monongaheia valley into turmoil. For two days there have been persistent ru mors that there was dissatisfaction in the Duquesne mills. These and all the Carne gie mills, it must be remembered, have been non-union since the Homestead trage dy. The management has persistently weeded out every vestige of unionism. It was rumored a few days ago that the strike fever which prevails among the works cn the opposite side of the river was infecting Duquesne, and that five Amalga mated lodges had been formed there. This report was generally disbelieved. It was reiterated daily, however, with added de tails, and culminated in the statement that a strike would occur last night at Du quesne. So every one interested in the strike went to Duquesne Sunday afternoon to see the strike come off. The steel trust managers had become worried by that time and they rushed forty uniformed coal and Iron police from their adjacent mills to Duquesne, placing them about the plant. Strike Did Xot Materialize. W hen the whistles blew there was no strike. The men came quietly to work, and after the mills started the coal and iron police were withdrawn, leaving a small guard on duty. It is absolutely certain that the Amalgamated Association is keeping up secret efforts to get at the Carnegie mills, and that the strike managers have not despaired of ultimate success. Offers of financial assistance and moral support from all branches of labor in near by states convince the strike managers that the strike is attracting widespread at tention, and that if the amalgamated is forced into a corner by the trust it will re ceive material help from the outside. Grand Master Hawley of the Switchmen's Union of North America addressing two large meetings of railway switchmen made a most significant statement. He told the men that the combination of capital and pooling of railway interests meant the ut ter annihilation of labor's rights unless labor organized. He indorsed the Amal gamated strike, and declared that when the crucial moment arrived the yard men would help their struggling brethren, al though he deprecated a strike of the switch men at this time. . The organized steel workers in the plants not owned by the steel trust have been meeting and pledging the strikers 10 per cent of their wages while the strike con tinues. Reports from a number of places in Indiana and Ohio show similar action. The El wood Tin Workers' Association, al though not connected with the organization are voting on whether they will handle im ported tin plates brought in by the trust to fill the supply cut off by the strike and a majority are in favor of refusing to work such piates. Knobhlers Strike In Sympathy. The knobblers of the National rolling mill who are not even organized are strik ing with the Amalgamated. Thus from every side, every day come additional evi dences that labor is thoroughly aroused and is determined to help the Amalgamated Union fight the steel trust to a finish. The most important utterance of the past few days upon the situation was made by National Vice President Lewis of the United Mine Workers of America. This is the organization which conducted the great coal strike last fall in the an thracite region. Its branches now control the soft coal mines in western Pennsylva nia, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. Vice President Lewis, just returning from a meeting cf the national executive com mittee of the United Mine Workers, de clares that the Morgan interests are now seeking control of the mines and railways of the soft coal region, and th?t his as sociation will be the next one drawn into ? fight with Morgan. He apprehends that the concentration of the Morgan power In these fields Is as much a menace to the mine workers as the steel strust Is to the Amalgamated, and that all labor In the section named will have to join the fight against Schwab's declared Intention to de stroy unionism. Troulile I* Fermenting. The trouble is fermenting. The trust magnates in the seclusion and privacy of their New York offices may or may not feel the pulse of this great throbbing in dustrial heart out here. If they do they must know by this time that it is quick ening daily in angrier beat. A meeting of the presidents of all the Federation of Labor and Amalgamated lodges in Mc Keesport will be held this afternoon to appoint a joint executive committee to have supreme control of the situation in and about McKeesport. This is regarded as a very important move indicating closer fellowship between the Federation of Labor and the strikers. It is estimated that the workingmen have lost $<>,000,000 in wages through this strike according to local statisticians. One statement says: "This is on basis that 70, 000 men are idle as a result of the strike. Of this number it is estimated 50,000 have been idle since July 1. The skilled men in the mills average about $0 a day, while the laborers are paid from $1.50 to $2.50. The calculation is made on averaga pay of a day for all the men idle. At this rate those on strike since July 1 have lost $.">,4<>0,000. And the 20,000 Idle sincfe the general strike order was issued a week ago an* out $000,000, making a total of $0,000 000. Reports from Wellsville say that disorder and rioting continued during the morning. Several non-union men were badly beaten by the strikers. The gravest situation today, however, ex ists at McKeesport, where a carload of coal and iron police were unloaded thi3 after noon. It is believed that atn attempt is to be made to start up one of the tube mills. The strikers are greatly excited, and there are fears that if the attempt is made to start the mill by the aid of the police to night a serious conflict may be precipitated. N. O. M. To Start Up Juliet Mills. JOLIET, 111., August 10.?A rumor was In circulation here today that the steeel mill managers are preparing to start the mills this week with the aid of resident non-union men. Members of the four Amalgamated lodges whose strike on Friday tied up the mills held a protracted session today. Nothing was made public but that the strikers are understood to have discussed at length the situation of South Chicago where the mill workers have thus far refused to strike. VICTORY FOR THE TRl'ST. Two More Mill* at Painter Plant Started Today. By Associated Press, PITTSBURG, August 19.?The steel man agers made another gain over the strikers today, when two more mills at the Painter plant were put in motion. They were start ed at 7 o'clock, and brought the total num ber of mills in operation in that property up to four. They claim that several of their old men have broken from the strik ers and returned to their places. C. L. Harper, manager of the property, said that he now had 2<X> men at work, and that of the number about fifty were skilled men. He says that within a month the mill will be running to its full capacity. The strikers still assert that the prop erty is helpless, and that tJie work being done in it is not hurting their cause. The steel mill at Monessen was not start ed this morning, but the steel managers say that it will be running before night. The fires have been started, and every preparation made for actual operation. There was some excitement among the strikers whea they learned that a party of strike breakers had been spirited into the property. They have increased their vigi lance to prevent another surprise. They say that the managers have not secured men enough to properly start the mill, and that they are still in control of the situation. A non-union worker employed in the Wellsville plant was seriously beaten by a party of strikers early this morning. He had been to Vandergrift to spend Sunday, and was returning to work. He was struck with a brick and then given a hard punch ing. He promised his assailants that he would not return to work. Two Meetings of Switchmen. Two meetings of the Switchmen's Union of North America wefe held here yester day to discuss the strike. F. T. Hawley, grand master, was present and spoke at both meetings. It was decided that a strike in sympathy with the steel workers could not be ordered, but the heartiest moral and financial support was tendered to the strikers. Grand Master Hawley suggested that the American Federation of Labor call together all the labor leaders of the country for conference on the strike, and expressed the opinion that some plan for favorably ending the strike would be forthcoming. The situation at the Bellaire works of the National Steel Company i^mains un changed. The last furnaces have been blown out, preparatory for repairs, and steel works and plate mills are idle. No tices directing the men to report for their pay tomorrow have been posted by the management. The Amalgamated organ izers are still at work and have taken the furnace men in. bringing their total mem bership up to 550. They say that they will have 1,000 men organized before they stop. The steel managers also scored at the Clark mill in this city today. They suc ceeded in starting the ten-inch mill with a full crew of skilled men, and with the ex ception of the small eight-inch mill, have every mill In the plant working. Accord ing to Superintendent L. T. Brown, fifty mure men were taken on this morning, and he now states his force to be 000. There was no break in the forces at the Lower Union mill or at any of the Carnegie properties today. The strikers maintain that they have secured many men in all of the plants in question and that in due time they will be called out. President Shaffer's Views. President Shaffer was at strike headquar ters today. He said that the situation was unchanged. \V hen asked about Duquesne he said: "If there had been any plan to do any thing at Duquesne the newspapers have spoiled it." It could not be told whether the Amal gamated president was serious or not In his statement. Secretary Williams dls counted the gains of the steel corporation at the Painter mill with a statement that while the company had Its machinery run ning it did not have the men necessary to successful operation. Mayor Black of McKeesport was not at his office today, and it is said that he has gone east, with the idea of securing Justice from certain newspapers as to the labor situation in that city. Nothing nbout his movements or plans can be ascertained here. The Demmler tin plate workers want to run Mayor Black for Congress It Is improbable that there will be any trouble at the Pennsylvania plant of the National tube works In this city. The wages of the men have all been advanced, and work goes steadily on. The officials of the company say that the advance is not a concession because of the strike, but part of a general plan of Increases commenced seme months ago. At the other mills ad vances running from 5 to 25 cents per day were made, and the same Increases have been given to the Pennsylvania men. Preparations are being made to extend the operations at the Lindsay and Mc Cutcheon mills, where one mill has been in motion for several days past. The old men are to be given one more chance to come back, and If they do not their places win go to non-union men. It la said that enough non-union men to start the ten-inch mill have been secured. SHIP ISLANDER SUNK Sixty-five* of the Passengers and Crew Perish. STRDCK AH ICEBER6 OFF JDNEAU Ill-Fated Vessel Sank in Fifteen Minutes After Collision. SHIP WAS IN YUKON TKADE VICTORIA, B. C.( August 19.?The steamer Islander, the flagship of the Ca- I nadian Pacific navigation fleet, and the I largest and fastest passenger steamer on I the Victoria-Skagway route, collided with an Iceberg off Douglas Island, Alaska, . while on her way south with the largest I number of passengers that she has carried I since she was replaced on the run a few I months ago, and sank within fifteen min- J utes after striking. Capt. Foote, her mas- I ter, and about sixty-five persons, includ- I ing passengers and members of the crew, I were drowned. To add to the horror of the terrible dls- J aster, her boilers exploded as she went J down, causing the death of many of those I who were struggling in the-water. The I steamer left Skagway in the evening ol I Wednesday last, and was proceeding out of Lynn canal when the collision occurred. I Most of the passengers and the members | of the crew who were in bed were rudely awakened by the shock. The majority got out on deck in tfme to be saved in the boats I which were quickly manned, but a large | number went down in their state rooms. I Some of the survivors arrived here last evening by the steamer which passed over I the scene'of the appalling disaster on the following evening and picked them up at I Juneau, to which city they had been taken. I Sml ISIon to People of Victoria. The news came as a terrible blow to the I citizens of Victoria, many of the lost being I well known and having families in this I city, and was particularly sudden, as ihe I steamer had been expected, and many were awaiting her arrival when the Queen came 1 in with the news. It is impossible at pres- J ent to obtain a complete list of the dead, as I Purser Bishop remained at Juneau to at- j tend to the forwarding of the passengers I and kept the ship's papers with him. He I sent a letter to Mr. Vincent, secretary of I the company, but gave but a few names of I those who had been lost and no details of I the wreck. The officers and passengers who came down were likewise unable to 1 give any but a very incomplete list. All I estimate the loss of life at about sixty-five, and give the greatest praise to the officers I for the manner in which they acted under I the most trying circumstances. The otti- I cers, on the other hand, state that had the I passengers not rushed the boats, the loss of I life would have been very small. The sur- 1 vivors were landed on Douglas Island, and J the mate was sent to Juneau for help, the j steamers Flossie and Lucy responding, and I taking them to Juneau. A small amount of the gold on board was saved. The papers, j containing $10,000, were left in the purser's safe, the balance in his possession be.ng returned before the steamer sank. The city council of Juneau promptly se- j cured Decker's Hall, which was hastily I converted into a lunch room and resting I place, where the survivors could warm up j with hot coffee and suitable foods. All oth- I er assistance possible was also extended to | the survivors. "Story ol the SnrrlvoM. United States Consul Smith of Victoria, 1 who was a passenger on the Queen from I Juneau to Victoria, gleaned the following I story of the wreck from among forty sur- I vivors who were passengers on the Queen: I "The Islander left Skagway for Victo ria on Wednesday evening at 0 o'clock with I 123 passengers and a crew of sixty-one I men on board and ten or twelve stow- | aways. All went well, the steamer making her usual record of fifte knots an hour, I until about 8 o'clock Thursday morning, when Juneau was passed and the south 1 end of Douglas Island was reached. Then J suddenly the steamer encountered an ob struction, said to have been an iceberg, and J stopped with a jar which aroused many of the sleeping passengers. Captain Foote was having breakfast, and j the pilot notified him of the trouble. When the vessel struck water rushed in forward I In great volumes and the pilot advised that I the vessel be run on the beach,not over half 1 a mile distant, at once. To this the captain objected, saying the beach was too abrupt. He thought there was no immediate dan- J ger, but would run a few miles farther I down, where he knew there was a good landing. Captain Wan Too Confident. "The captain assured several passengers there was no immediate danger and that 1 they could go back to bed, and sent the I first officer down to examine. That officer I reported there was great danger and I urged that the vessel be beached at once. J The first officer ordered the boats let down, I but this order was countermanded by the I captain, who, however, finally realized the j seriousness of the situation and allowed the I first officer to get down the boats. "Meanwhile the passengers, aroused to I their peril, appeared on deck and a rush I was made to the purser, who had been I given much treasure for safekeeping. I Purser Bishop handed all out except two I bags of $10,000 each, which were not claimed and went down with the vessel. | The bow of the steamer steadily sunk, I and twenty minutes later the propeller and | rudder were high in the air and useless, I but the captain remained on the bridge I until the last, and finally jumped on a J life raft. When the steamer went under I an explosion occurred. The captain lost his I hold on the raft and went under. "Owing to a dense fog much difficulty I was experienced in ascertaining the loca- I tlon of the shore. After a time water was I heard trickling down the rocks, and all 1 the boats reached shore. Many persons I who jumped off the steamer were rescued | later, only to die from exhaustion and the j intense cold. Several persons recovered I consciousness only after four or five hourB' I hard word by their comrades." Mrs. Rosa Among the Missing. Among the passengers lost were Mrs. Ross, wife of Governor Ross of Dawson, her child and her niece, and Dr. John M. Duncan of Victoria. The doctor was seen with a life preserver about him, but no one saw Mrs. Ross, and It was thought that Duncan lost his life in a futile attempt to rescue Mrs. Ross and family just as the steamer sank. All the rescued speak in high tfrms of the courage and assistance given by Chief Engineer Brownlee and First Officer Neu rotsos, who saved several lives. The in tense cold of the water caused severe cramps among many who were on life rafts, and resulted In death from the ex posure. The bodies of those dying In this manner turned black. M. M. Brumbauer "of Portland, Ore., had (14,000 In gold frjgt in his satchel, but promptly abandoned it, tumbled into the water and was rescued. D. H. Hart of Klondike had $40,000 In gold dust, which he abandoned when he jumped Into the last boat and reached shore safely. M. M. Manlln of Winnipeg dropped his satchel containing $4,000, and a friend left $3,000 behind. Another Klondtker, whose name is not given, is reported to have taken his port manteau, containing $40,000 in gold dust, > from the purser and jumped from the sink | ins steamer to a heart which he to reach. Both the man and his treasure sunk. At Juneau, Consul Smith saw Dr. Philips of Seattle, who escaped but who lost his wife and child. The doctor insisted no one called at his state room to warn him of the disaster impending. Dr. Philips re mained at Juneau endeavoring to recover the body of his wife. Story of tk(^ Pilot. Pilot Lablond, who had charge of the steamer, said: "The night was fine. As we always ex pect to meet ice, a sharp lookout was kept. About 2:48 a.m. the crash came. The boat was under full speed and no ice was in sight and there was no fog. The fatal berg was, no doubt, even with the water. After she struck 1 stopped the engines. Then Captain Foote appeared with the night watchman, who reported the ship leaking forward. I told Captain Foote that we would better hold for the beach, but the ship was making water so fast she would not answer her helm. Then I called the mate and ordered the boats. This was done, and they were loaded with passen gers. Many passengers jumped overboard with life preservers on. I jymped over board and was in the water over two hours before securing a piece of wreckage." The Islander was the largest passenger vessel of the Canadian Pacific Navigation Company. It was built at Glasgow and cost over $200,000. The vessel arrived at Vic toria on December 9, 1888, and was put on the Victoria-Vancouver route. Since then it has been engaged In the Vancouver trade, occasionally going to Alaska and the Columbia river. The Islander was a twin screw steamer 240 feet long, 42 feet beam and 14.8 hold; possessed great speed, had accommodations for several hundred passengers and a large freight capacity. Lint of the Ml?*ing. Among the passengers lost were: Mrs. Ross, wife of the governor of the* Yukon territory, her child and niece; Dr. John Duncan, Victoria; W. G. Preston and bride of Seattle; F. Mills, Victoria; Mrs. J. C. Henderson, Victoria; W. H. Keating and two sons, Los Angeles, Cal.; J. V. Doug las, Vancouver; Mrs. Phillips and child, Seattle; J. W. Fall, Victoria; Mrs. Nichol son, wife of Capt. Nicholson; Mrs. W. Smith, Vancouver; J. A. Bethan, Vancou ver; Mrs. J. L. Wilcox, Seattle; P. Burke, H. P. Burke, F. H. Dolt and two children, H. Porter, Neal Falk. The members of the crew lost were: Capt. Foote, George Allen, third engineer; Horace Smith, sec ond steward; S. J. Pitts, cook; two Chinese, Buckhooder and Burke, oilers; two fire men, A. Kendall, saloon waiter; Joe Bard, second pantryman; two waiters, G. Miller, barber; N. Law, M. P. Jdck, Porter and Moran, coal passers. Another Pmmencer'l 'Story. F. G. Hinde-Bowker. late manager of the British American corporation of London, who was a passenger oil .the Islander, said: "My first intimation of an accident was the rushing of passenger* on the deck woke me up. I was in a cabin with Mr. Maghlen. I got up, went out of the cabin, and saw the steamer slaking at the bow. I woke my partner up and we dressed. By the time I got out of the cabin the water was about the smoking room Uoor. I went on the upper deck, followed, by my partner. I saw the boats were ??ne. By this time only the stern was out of tfte water. I saw a raft in the water, with eight or ten peo ple on It. I slid down the rope to the raft. When the steamer sank^the raft, with all on board, was carried under water by the suction. I held on, and when it came up only two of us were left. We hailed two men and a Chinaman, who'were swimming, and got them aboard. By this time the steamer had sunk entirely out of sight. Many people hung onto the raft at differ ent times, but it was not air-tight, and we had much difficulty In keeping afloat. We were .turned over once by others climbing on. but generally managed to right our selves. "The scene was heartrending. The boats were scattered and overcrowded, and peo ple were adrift, begging, pleading and cry ing for help. We gathered lumber and made our raft float, and were finally picked up by one of the boats returning from shore. I cannot speak too highly of the officers and crew." How the Newit Came. Word of the disaster reached Treadwell the next morning by a party of passengers headed by the chief engineer, who walked up the beach a distance of twenty-five miles to appeal to the city for help. The Treadwell steamers Lucy and Jenniker and the Juneau steamer Flossie promptly responded. The Flossie arrived In from the scene of the wreck at noon with her flag at half mast and six dead bodies on board and the surviving passengers. The description of the disaster by the Burvivors is heartrend ing. They say that the Islander struck on an Iceberg and so severe was the shock that every door was jammed fast in the state rooms and the ill-fated passengers, numbering 107, and the crew of 71, were forced to break through windows to reach the deck. Steward Simpson lost ten In his department. His description of the wreck is clearly given. He w.as awakened by the shock and could not get out of his state room until he broke out the window. He reached the bridge, where the pilot, Lablond, was on watch, and with the mate, ordered out the lifeboats. The vessel was then taking water fast and the chief engineer reported the pumps unable to take care of the wa ter. Simpson went below with an ax, broke down the lower state room doors and stayed at this work until the water forced him to go to the upper deck. By this time the ship's boats were load ed and had got away, and while the offi cers were getting out the last lifecraft Capt. Foote called to all hands to clear the ship as she was about to go down. This was the captain's last order, as at that mo ment the ship sunk and the captain, leap ing clear of the wreck, was picked up by a lifeboat, which in some manner was over turned. The night was very misty and all hands were forced to shift for themselves. ? ? ? FIRED INTO CROWD OF BOYS. Chicago Saloonkeeper Fatally Wound ed Two of Their Number. CHICAGO, August lt>.??nraged because one of his guests cut up a pool table, Powell Phlacepka, who conducts a saloon at No. 55 West 21st street, Ared six shots into a crowd of boys who stood In front of his place last night. '?Three of them were wounded, and two will die. William Harrison, rtxteea years old, shot through the stomach. wtlUdle. Henry Keigelmeier, eighteen years old, shot through the left side, will die. Charles Bouhaused, seventeen years old, shot through the left ann and side, condi tion serious. Phlacepka was arses ted. BOER LAAGER'MTHMMSED. Constabulary Score a 4pccm?, but Later Have to Retire. LONDON, August lft.-frLord-'Kitchener, in a dispatch from Pretoria dated today, Bays that a party of South African constabulary yesterday surprised a strong Boer laager near Middleburg, Cape Colony, killing twenty-three men. The constabulary num bered 150 men, but, owing to the strength of the enemy, 600 to 800 men, they were unable to follow up their success, and, dur? lng their retirement, they lost one man killed and had.six .men wounded. Four teen men are mlsslhg. ULTIMATUM TO TURKEY. Bulgaria DetaaaAs Withdrawal of Treepa From Kllsobair. CONSTANTINOPLE, August l&.^-Two companies of Ottoman treat*! have oc cupied Klisobair, disputed territory across the Bulgarian frontier, and tro* Bulgarian charge d'affaires has demanded; their re oall within, a apeetfla&. tlme. * \ ? / I COURTOF INQUIRY It Will Be Held in the New Gun Shop at the Navy Yard. SCHLEY AND COUNSEL CONFER # Latter Asks the Navy Department for List of Witnesses. JUDGE ADVOCATE TO ACT Admiral Schley, Mr. Wilson, Attorney General Rayner and Captain Parker, his counsel, met in Mr. Wilson's apartments at the Shoreham shortly before 11 o'clock this morning and remained in conference over an hour. When the gentlemen came down at the conclusion of their delibera tions none of them had anything to say on the subject of their discussion. Mr. Wil son, Mr. Rayner and Captain Parker en tered a carriage and were driven to the Navy Department. Admiral Schley was stopped for a few minutes by a group of newspaper men when he was about to walk over to his apartments at the Arlington. "Not a thing to say; not a thing to say," was his smiling reply to all inquiries about the nature of their conference. "This is no time to say anything. Why don't you gentlemen let the whole subject drop un til September 12?" Some one remarked that the ancient Sphinx would be a good running mate for the modern Schley and some one else re marked that the weather was warm. Admiral Schley's Weather Story. "You should have been in Buenos Ayres with me," remarked the admiral, "if you wanted to experience real hot weather. When I was last there the thermometer was over 100 day and night for twenty-one days. The north wind, which is the hot wind below the equator, blew nearly all the time. Horses dropped dead in the streets and so did people. The bubonic plague was prevalent there at that time, and many persons thought the fatalities from the heat were due to some mysterious form of the plague. Consequently there was colos sal terror on all sides. I never saw any thing like it." It didn't seem to be so hot In the vicinity of the Shoreham after that recital, and with an exchange of salutations Admiral Schley and the reporters separated. Inquiry at Kavy Yard. A decision in the matter of a change of venue In the case of the Schley court of inquiry was reached by Mr. Hackett, act ing secretary of the navy, today, when the gunners' workshop at the Washington navy yard was selected as the place for holding the sessions of the court. This ac tion was taken by the Navy Department for the reason that the ante room of the office of the Secretary of the department, first selected as the place for holding the Inquiry, was found to be too small for ac commodating all concerned. It is expected that there will be a great demand for seats by persons interested in the sessions of the court, and for this reason it was found necessary to select quarters of greater ca pacity than those first chosen. The gunners' workshop at the navy yard is an entirely new building. It has never been occupied. It Is situated in the north western section of the yard, near the offi cers' quarters, and in point of convenience for those who will attend the sessions of the court no better building could have been selected. The gunners' workshop af fords ample room for all requirements. It is 200 feet long by GO feet wide, and the second floor of the structure, which will be occupied by the* court In holding its ses sions, is free of partitions or other obstruc tions, thus affording a clear space of large area. Judge Advoeate and Witnesses. The Navy Department, In regard to the reiterated statement that Admiral Schley's counsel have demanded a list of the wit nesses which have been selected to testify before the court of inquiry, announces that It has absolutely nothing to do with this subject. The matter of the preparation of a list of these witnesses devolves upon the Judge advocate of the court of inquiry, Captain Lemly, who has exclusive charge of the subject. Although Captain Lemly is the judge advocate general of the navy the department has little official knowledge of his action in regard to preparation for ?the sessions of the court, for the reason that the whole subject has been turned over to the court and the department takes no official action in the matter until the report of its decision is submitted. As a matter of fact, no complete list of wit nesses has been prepared by Captain Lem ly, and will not be until he returns to the city. He is expected to be here next Mon day. Referred to Judge Advocate Lemly. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Rayner after leav | ing the Shoreham made a call upon Mr. j Hackett, acting secretary of the navy, today for the purpose of asking for a list of the witnesses to be summoned be fore the court of inquiry. Their visit was of rather an informal character. Mr Wil son and Mr. Hackett are old-time personal friends. . In answer to questions Mr. Hackett told the attorneys that the department had no prepared list of witnesses. Mr. Hack ett stated that the business of preparing a 51st was in the hands of Captain Lemly, judge advocate of the court, who, it was stated, is now in Canada. Mr. Hackett in formed the attorneys that they might either write a formal letter to the depart ment asking for the list, which letter would be forwarded to the judge advocate or await his return on Monday next and apply to him at his office in the Navv Department. Mr. Wilson and Mr. Rayner intimated that they would file a letter with t? de partment formally, asking for the list This letter will be forwarded at once to Captain Lemly for a reply. Admiral Cevera's Position. The Philadelphia North American pub lished a cablegram from Admiral Pasquel Cervera this morning. It Is self-explana tory, as follows "I note the receipt of your cablegram, to which I have already replied by way of Vichy. "I ought not and do not wish to interfere Schley controversy betweei> Sampson and "You will understand the delicate situa tion in which I find myself in this matter I could intervene only by the express order of my government, and I feel that any in tervention on my part would avail but lit tle, if at all. In this connection I would call your attention to the service rule gov erning the ?ase." / PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENTS. Many Designated for the Artillery Corps la the Army. The president has made the following ap pointments: War?To be colonel in the Artillery Corps, John R. Myrick; to be lieutenant colonel in the Artillery Corps, William Ennis, Abner H. Merrill; to be major in the Artillery Corps, Thomas R. Adams, John A. Lun deen, William E. Birkhimer, Arthur Mur ray, Hefcry L. Harris; to be first lieuten ant in the Artillery Corps, James A. Rug gles, Charles H. Hilton, Jr., Terence XL Murphy, George O. Hubbard. John G. Liv ingston, Harry T. Matthews, Henry H. Sheen. Ernest A. Grcenough, Joseph S. Hardin, Sylvanus G. Orr. Lanlel Cravens. Edward Hill. James D. Fauntleroy, Harry W. Newton, Richard T. Ellis and Frank S. Long: to be second lieutenant in the Ar tillery Corps, Allen Lefort, Frederick B. Hennessy, Robert S. Welsh. John J. l.lpop; to be second lieutenant of infantry, Henry H. Hall, Harry W. Bathiany. Thomas T. Duke. Harry D. Blasland. George R. D. MacGregor, Charles H. Errington, Frank Pratt; to be llrst lieutenant of cavalry, William M. Connell. George W. Winter burn; to be second lieutenant of cavalry, Herbert E. Mann; to be assistant surgeon of volunteers, with rank of captain, Luther S. Harvey. Navy?Howard Gage to be lieutenant com mander, William L. Burdick to be lieuten ant comander and Percy Herbert to be boatswain. Treasury?'Thomas B. Morton to be collec tor of internal revenue for the district of Alabama. AFFAIRS I* SAMOA. Reception Tendered by Xntim to Crnlier Philadelphia. The Navy Department today received a letter, dated July 21) last, from Lieutenant Commander E. J. Dorn, at Pago Pago, Tu tuila, relating to existing affairs in Samoa. In speaking of a reception by natives re cently tendered the cruiser Philadelphia at Falesau recently he says: "During the stay of the Philadelphia the natives assembled in great numbers from all parts of the island and the native gov ernors of both districts paid official calls upon the captain. On July 17 a large Taa lolo was given to Captain Mead and his officers in the malae, or public square, in front of the commandant's office. At the conclusion several felicitous features of welcome and loyalty were made by the chief talking men of the island. On the next day a native feast, followed by a siva-siva, or native dance, was given and attended by the captain and his officers, the native governors and the leading chiefs of Tutuila." Commander Dorn says that recently the sum of $555.50, representing the excess copra delivered by the people of Manua over the amount not required for taxes at the high price obtained by the government, was returned to the villagers pro rata. He adds. "The record of the examination just com pleted of the boys of the navy school at Tau shows a most satisfactory progress on the part of the scholars. The school is in charge of bright native teachers, who, however, speak English Indifferently, a fact to be regretted, as the great desire on the part of the scholars is to learn Eng lish." Commander Dorn reports the death of Robert Okiner. an American merchant sea man, on July 28, who had been ill with sep ticemia. MR. HAY'S VISIT TO CANTOX. Xo Espeelal Significance In the Con ference With the President. Secretary Hay will leave for Canton in a day or so, probably tomorrow, but his plans do not contemplate a departure today, as has been stated. More significance appears to have been attached to the visit to the President than the facts warrant. It ap pears that the President invited Mr. Hay some ten days ago. When the President is in Washington there are frequent opportu nities for consultation with his cabinet ad visers, but owing to the absence of both the President and Mr. Hay there has been no opportunity for such an exchange be tween them for something over a month. Although it is quite evident that the visit will give an opportunity for going over the disturbed condition in South America, the Chinese situation and other pending inter national questions, yet there is reason to believe that the meeting has no special reference to any one of these topics, but is more with a view to affording opportunity for a general exchange between the Presi dent and the Secretary of State. MINISTER Wl'S SON. Might Have Been Excluded From This Country but for Foresight. Wu Ting Fang, jr., the son of the Chi nese minister, recently had an experience with the Chinese exclusion act. Young Wu Is at school in New Hampshire, and his fellow students wanted him to go on an excursion that woold take them through Canada, returning to the United States by another route. It was found at the last moment that young Wu would probably be detained when he returned to the United States, and so the excursion had to be post poned until the treasury officials could write a document that would keep the Im migration officials from bothering the young Chinaman on his return from Can ada." THE CHINESE NEGOTIATIONS. Minister Conner and Mr. Rockhill Will Make Plans to Conduct Them. The arrival of Minister Conger at Pekin, reported by dispatches, makes rafther in definite the question whether he will take up the Chinese negotiations at the point to which they have been brought by Mr. Rock hill, thus leaving Mr. Rockhill free to come home, or will leave the negotiations in Mr. Rockhill's hands until the final signing of the protocol. The State Department will not send any specific instructions on this point, but will leave It to Mr. Conger and Mr. Rockhill to arrange plans to their mutual convenience. Regulations for Artillery School. Col. Ward, acting adjutant general of the army, today promulgated a new series of regulations governing the United States artillery school at Fort Monroe, Va. Some changes are made therein in the old regu lations at the suggestion of Col. Randolph, chief of artillery. The new order exempts student officers from all ordinary garrison routine, including courts-martial, boards of survey and such drills as are not in cluded in the course of instruction. The enlargement of Fort Monroe and the in crease of the garrison to eight companies of artillery makes this change possible. Col. Randolph thinks it is very desirable, as the studies of officers should not be In terfered with by other duties. In the course of Instruction art and science of war has been dropped and coast defense substituted. As the artillery school at Fort Monroe will be almost entirely attend e'd by officers of the coast artillery It was thought that coast defense would be practi cally the art and science of war. Former instruction under this head necessary for field artillery will be carried on at the ar tillery school at Fort Riley, Kansas. The other features of the order are the same as last year. Chinese Girl Admitted. Miss Julia Yen, the Chinese girl who was detained at Lewlston when she attempted to enter this country from Toronto, has been admitted by direction of Assistant Secretary Taylor of the treasury. Miss Yen arrived in Canada a short time ago, ac companied by Bishop Graves and Miss Mar tin, with whom she had done missionary work in Shanghai and other places in China. Miss Yen has been admitted on the ground that she is a student, and intends to return to China after traveling In this country. Appointed Secretary. Secretary Hay has appointed Dr. J. I. Rodriguez of this city secretary of the United States delegation to the Interna tional conference of American states to be held in the City of Mexico next October. Mr. Rodriguez Is a lawyer, and served as a special counsel to the American peace commissioners In P&ris. THE STAR BT MAIL. Persons leaving the city for any period can have The Star mailed to them by ordering It at this office. In person or by letter. Terms: 13 cents per week; 25 cents for two weeks, or 60 cents per month. Invariably In advance. The address jnay be changed as frequently an desired. Always give the last address, as well as the new one. COLOMBIA'S MINISTER Dr. Silva's Confereiic3 With Secre tary Hay. CERTAIN FEATURES HADE CLEAR His Government Can Maintain Open Traffic. A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE Dr. Martinez Silva, the Colombian minis ter, was a caller at the State Department today, and had a twenty-minute conference with Secretary Hay. The talk was in ref erence to the disturbed condition of affairs at the isthmus and thereabout, and Dr. Silva came prepared to give assurances that Colombia was entirely able to handle the situation and to keep open traffic across the isthmus. It was the first personal exchange between Mr. Hay and the Colom | bian minister since the present acute stage i of the trouble arose, as Dr. Silva returned only Saturday night from an extended stay at a summer resort. The minister's communication to Secre tary Hay did not take any formal or writ ten shape, but wai an informal discussion of the situation, based on the minister's latest advices. He informed the Secretary that a cable dispatch from Bogota, sent last Thursday, stated that traffic across the isthmus was entirely unobstructed as a result of the efforts of the Colombian au thorities. He also expressed the fullest confidence that Colombia was able to main tain free traffic across the isthmus. So far as the United States government Is concerned, there never has been any pur pose to exert any miiitary force in keeping open isthmian traffic unless it became per fectly plain that Colombia was unable to do so. This view was made known to Dr. Silva, who afterward expressed his satis faction at the result of the interview and his complete reliance in the conservative purposes of Mr. ,Hay. Certain Feature* Made Clear. The assurances given by Dr. Silva make clear certain features of the situation. First, there is no Interruption of traffic at the present time, Colombia giving official assurance of this and the United States having no advicecs from its representatives showing an actual stoppage of traffic with in recent days. Second, both governments are agreed that the first responsibility for maintaining free traffic Is on Colombia, and that the United States is not called upon to act until Co lombia finds herself unable to fulfill the primary responsibility. Third, the United States will undoubted ly judge for itself when any occasion arises for exercising its authority on the isthmus. A request from Colombia would be strong evidence that such occasion had arisen. But it Is not essential to await a request or notice from Colombia, although such a communication would undoubtedly receive the fullest, consideration. The actual con ditions as to whether traffic is open or closed will determine finally whether there Is any occasion for the exercise of force by the United States. Although the foregoing is not an official statement, yet it is believed to cover the main questions involved at the present time. A Precautionary Meaaure. It discloses that the movement of <mr warships southward has been entirely a precautionary measure to look after Amer ican interests In case of an actual obstruc tion of traffic, and that the situation as It exists today does not call for an exercise of any American authority on the isthmus. It la understood that the Navy Depart ment has been looking over the situation as regards other ships available on the At lantic side in case future events should necessitate reinforcements on the eastern side of the isthmus, and it has been found that a ship could easily be detached from the North Atlantic squadron at short no tice. There are indications that there will be a considerable gathering of foreign warships at the Isthmus, and that the American ships will be brought Into company with those of the British, German and French navies. Already the French cruiser Suchet is at Colon. According to German reports a German war vessel is moving west from Africa, and the cruiser Niobe is likely to be assigned to service aioajf the isthmus. The German cruiser Geier, which was in American waters for some time, is also ex pected to return. English reports have also referred to the probable presence of some of the ships of the British West Indian fleet. This will make a rather unusual gathering frcm the foreign navies, and the authorities here will doubtless be desirous of having American interests represented by ships worthy of comparison with those from other countries. On the Pacific side the Iowa will undoubtedly be the largest ship among those present, as there are few for eign ships on the Pacific side, outside ot those attached to the British station at Vancouver. It was stated at the Navy Department to day that the battle ship Iowa, now at San Francisco, would probably sail for Panama tomorrow morning. The Iowa Is undergo ing repairs to her boilers, and this work is being pushed with all possible expedition In order that there shall be as little delay as possible in her trip southward. Dr. Silva Satisfied. When seen at the Colombian legation after his visit to the State Department Dr. Silva expressed himself as highly satis fied with the assurances given him by Mr. Hay that the United States would not take a hand In affairs on the isthmu?. unless a request came from the Colombian gov ernment itself, or else the need of inter vention became so apparent as to make a request unnecessary. The minister stated that some time ago he Informed his gov ernment the United States could not put into operation the treaty provision for keeping open traffic on the isthmus unless Colombia found herself unable to do so. His interview with Mr. Hay strengthened this view or affairs, and he advised his gov ernment of the entirely disinterested pur poses of the United States, and of Its pur pose not to act so long as traffic across the isthmus remains unobstructed. Dr. Silva was most agreeably impressed by his call at the State Department, and he expresses complete confidence that Mr. Hay's conservative view of the situation assures Colombia that no intervention will come from the United States unless it Is obviously necessary, or Is asked for. Squadrou Going to Hampton Roads. It was announced at the Navy Depart ment this afternoon that the North Atlan tic squadron would leave its present ren dezvous near Newport about August 29, to go to Hampton Roads. 'When specific Inquiry was made as to whether this had any connection with the troubles in South America, an authoritative answer was given that it had no relation whatever to affairs in that quarter. It was explained that the maneuvers of the squadron in New England waters had now come to a close, and that the southern drill grounds off Hampton Roads afforded better facilities for the evolutions now In contemplation. These plans appear to have been formed some time ago. It is evident, however, that the effect of the movement will be to place the vessels of this squadron about a day and a hairs sail nearer the scene of southern difficulties than they would be if they remained on the New England coast. It Is also true that if the necessity arose the ships could coal more quickly than at any northern port. The vessels comprising the North Atlan tic squadron Include the battle ships Ke&r sarge, the flagship of Rear Admiral Hie* glnson; Alabama and Massachusetts, ami smaller ships, with several torpedo boats.