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No. 15,125.
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Situation in Steol Strike Assumes
Ominous Appearance.
Clash With Non-Union Men May
Occur at Any Time.
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.
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
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.
Sixty-five* of the Passengers and
Crew Perish.
Ill-Fated Vessel Sank in Fifteen
Minutes After Collision.
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
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
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
"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
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.
? ? ?
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.
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.
Bulgaria DetaaaAs Withdrawal of
Treepa From Kllsobair.
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. * \
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It Will Be Held in the New Gun
Shop at the Navy Yard.
Latter Asks the Navy Department
for List of Witnesses.
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
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
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
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
"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." /
Many Designated for the Artillery
Corps la the Army.
The president has made the following ap
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
Treasury?'Thomas B. Morton to be collec
tor of internal revenue for the district of
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
"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
Commander Dorn reports the death of
Robert Okiner. an American merchant sea
man, on July 28, who had been ill with sep
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Dr. Silva's Confereiic3 With Secre
tary Hay.
His Government Can Maintain
Open Traffic.
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
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
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
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.

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