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Japan and Russia Slow in
THE NEWS IN BERLIN
rOBMIR'S THREAT OF WAS EVER
Japanese Wrikmen at Port Arthur Dis
charged?Kaiser's Son Ordered to
EERLIN. October 17.?Negotiat'ons be
tween J :;v?n ami Russia. according to the
view of the s luaik.n taken here, are not
making progress. Each side, it appears
from official information, will not yield on
the es . nti&l propositions. Japan pers'sts
in requiting an agreement that shall now
delimit tin ir respective spheres of suprem
acy, and Japr.n declines to consent to the
gene:*;; I policy of "diift" under which Itus
s.'an influence v.iil, ilie Japanese say, stead
ily be ir upon Corea and edge forward until
the time is rijo for acquiring a part of. or
t!ie whole country. Japan, as previously
cabled from here, is determined, according
to the German view, to have a settlement
with Russia by a treaty whereto they both
must abide, or else?and the threat is ever
In t! noir background?host lities will be
gin. This is the danger in plain view.
No Concealment by Japan.
The Japanese government seemingly
makes no particular concealment from the
diplomatic corps at Peking of th's attitude,
one Impiession being that Japan is merely
playing a diplomatic game and another that
the government is in deadly earnest. Rus
a a s ever-increasing military preparations
m the far east and Japan s nearly com
pleted equipments are regarded as pointing
either to a settlement before December or
Japans orders for war material were I
placed in Germany a year ago, and since
then have all been delivered or are afloat.
Four Japanese iifficers who have been buy
ing war material and supervising artillery
construction at Essen left Germany for
Japan last Tuesday.
Warlike News in Paris.
PARIS, October 17.?Although the offi
cials do not take an alarmist view of the
Russo-Japanese situation, their latest ad
vices indicate a renewal of its somewhat
serious aspect. The Russian admiralty has
prepared for a concentration of warships
on the Mediterranean station and at other
European ports. The reason "for this is
understood to be the presence of Japanese
warships in European ports, including two
ships which are about completed at Brit
ish shipyards. The Japanese crew of one
of the latter ships has already arrived,
preparatory to taking over the vessel.
The exchange of diplomatic notes con
tinues at Tokio without definite results.
The Japanese press, which for a time was
restrained by the government, has again
adopted a belligerent attitude.
Japanese Workmen Discharged.
LONDON, October 17.?A dispatch to
Reuter's Telegram Company from Tokio,
"The Japanese workmen at the Port Ar
thur docks have been discharged. The
exodus from other parts of Manchuria con
"There is no excitement at Tokio. The
people have conlldence in the government's
War Eumors Exaggerated.
YOKOHAMA. October 17.?A cabinet
minister says that Japan, agreeing with
the Marquis Ito, while stipulating the In
tegrity of Corean and Chinese sovereignty,
makes no point of the military evacuation
of Mnnchuria, thus simplifying the nego
tiations. The bellicose rumors continue,
but the reports of Russian aggression in
Corea are proving to have been exas
Kaiser's Son Ordered to Asia.
BERLIN, October 17.?Prince Adalbert,
third son of Emperor William, who has
been ordered by the emperor to Join the
second-class cruiser Hertlia, attached to
the German East Asiatic squadron, will
Wilh'Ji at wr\?;l' I,aIy' on the Koenig
\V ilhelm, which sailed from Hamburg
ihursday with thirty-one junior officers,
assigned to the east Asia station.
A dispatch from London last night savs
Special correspondents continue to send in
alarmist reports of the Russo-Jananeie
the" Moraine 'p ''nr,n'*romlent at Chefoo of
whenMcfhe tables: B?"e l? "'e'-hai-wel.
"* >'tn Informed In truthworthy quarters
^ pan s lan<ied troops at Ping-yane
at the outlet of Corea bay It is currentfv
reported that the conference of the Russian
a n-\.Japanese authorities has been futlie "
,?3 ^.PorrwP?,n<]ent at Bakouate. Japan! of
Ti V; ? announces unusual military
activity there, saying lfloooo men have
been concentrated at Hakodate in readj
?n!HM?rxhi U ti0n the event of hos
tilities. The correspondent adds that torne
Japanare ^'nK ,aW lhe P?rtS of wSteSl
T.,0' the Dai,>' Mail s correspondents
report the recall by Japan of her military
commission which has been examining the
The Dally Mail points out that Hako
date Is the port which would be used In
the e\ent of Japan sending an expedi
tion against Vladivostok, and says that
such a large concentration of troops there
f s thut Part ?.f 'he Japanese army has
be?n quietly mobilized.
It was rumored on the Cardiff coal ex
change yesterday that both Russia and
Japan were sending large purchases of
\\ eisli coal.
Russians Fortifying Yongampho.
Cabling from Tien-tsln, a correspondent
of the Standard says a visitor to Yongam
pho. Corea, reports one Russian fort al
ready built there and another in course of
construction. The Russians are said to be
extending the boundary of their leased I
territory south of Taisan.
The Morning Post, discussing the ru
mors of the partition of Corea and the
erection of Russian forts at Yongampho
etc., declares that umler no circumstances
would Japan consent to the partition of
Core:, because to permit Russia to ab
sorb a portion would only be a prelude to
the annexation of the whole of Corea
The newspaper adds that the Anglo-Jap
anese agreement provides expressly for the
malt.;- nance of Corean Integrity, and it Is,
therefore, unlikely that Russia lias erected
the forts referred to.
Texas Oil Fields.
BKAI "MONT, Texas, October 17.?Careful
estimates of the amount of oii in storage
in the Beaumont, Sour Lake and Saratoga
fields show 13,MX),000 barrels in these and
King Leopold in Vienna.
\IKNNA, October 17.?King Leopold ar
rived here today on a brief visit to Em
peror Francis Joseph, who met the Belgian
king at the railroad station. The two rulers
?ubaequently drove to the Hofburg.
Western Man for Dislr'ot
MAY BE JUDGE WRIGHT
IF OPPOSITION OF SENATOR
HAHM CAN BE OVERCOME.
Senator Scctt a Caller Tcdav?No Hope
. lor Ez-Marshal Field's
Tlie President lias determined definitely
that lie v. 1 select a western man for the
judge t>f the Supreme Court of the District
of Columbia, to till the place made vacant
by tii" retirement of Justica Hagncr, but
just who tlie appointee will bs is not as
fully determined. If Senator Foraker can
succ ed in r.pDeasing tho opposition of
George B. Cox, thj Cincinnati republican
buss, the new ju.ige is practically certain
to be Judge Tnevv Wright of Cincinnati.
The President wants to pleasa Senator
Foraker, who i; hack of Judge Wright, and
will do so if Senator Uaan i. and Leader
Cox do not kick too strenuously. They
have filed a protest against Judge Wr.ght
at the Department of Justice, and have
indicated that they will follow this by
more active hostility if they think that
Jisdge Wright is to be appointed. In the
meantime the President has turned the
ease over to Attorney General Knox, who
is carefully invest g it.'n;^ the grounds of
the opposition to Judge Wright, to de.er
mine whether they extend beyond mere
personal and political feeling. If there are
no other reasons the President ma;/ con
clude to appoint Judge Wright anyhow, but
nothing will be done until after the Novem
Senator Proctor and other eastern men
who had candidates for the judgeship h ive
been informed that there is no chance for
tjie.-n to get the position, and that a west
ern man will eventually be appointed.
For the Court of Claims.
Senator Scott of West Virginia, whose
serious illness in Colorado a short time ago
caused h:s fr ends much uneasiness, called
cn the President this morning, looking in
his usual good health. Senator Scott has .
for a long time been urging the appoint
ment of ex-Governor George W. Atkinson
of West Virginia to a good judicial posi- ,
t.on. The President long ago decided that
he would place Mr. Atkinson on the bench
at the iirst favorable opportunity, but the
district judgeship is not to go to Mr. Atkin
son. The understanding is that the West
\ irgin a man will be put upon the Court of
Claims when some retirements bring about
vacancies there. There are several mem
bers of the court el gible for retirement.
Mr. Atkinson is United States attorney of
the southern district of West Virginia, and
it was the intention of President McKinley,
well known at the time, to appoint him to a
judic al position, but his death prevented.
In the Interest of Marshal Field.
Senator Proctor of Vermont saw the
President this morning to make an effort
to have the case of Fred A. Field, until a
few days ago marshal of Vermont, taken
up for a rehearing. Senator Proctor and
the friends of Marshal Field have felt that
his dismissal was rather summary for the
offense alleged against him, and it was
hoped that something could be done that
would result in the reinstatement of Mr.
Field. The President indicated, however,
that the case was settled finally, and could
not be taken up again. The Vermont sen
ators have refrained from recommending
a successor to Air. Field, in the hope that
his punishment could be made lighter. The
charge against Mr. Field was that he al
lowed three Chinamen to cscape from his
custody. There has been no insinuation
tiiat he was dishonest in the transaction,
and Senator Proctor told the President
there could not be the slightest suggestion
that Mr. Field was anything else than
honest and honorable. The decision of the
President that he will not take up the
case of Mr. Meld for reconsideration will
make it necessary for Senators Proctor and
Dillingham to name a candidate to fill the
Department of Commerce Places.
Representative Wanger of Pennsylvania
saw the President today to urge the ap
pointment of Charles Heber Clark, editor of
the Textile World, as chief of the bureau
of manufactures of the Department of Com
merce and Labor. The appointment will be
made in a short while, but no decision has
been reached, it is said.
Another important appointment in the de
partment of commerce and Labor has been
delayed for six months. This is an assistant
secretary of the department. Few people
know why this appointment has so long
been delayed. Secretary Cortelyou has
gone along organising the department with
out an assistant, when it would have been
easy to have named a man long ago. It
has been for a long time believed that the
President and Mr. Cortelyou agreed upon
Grand Conductor Clark of the Order of
Railway Conductors as assistant secretary,
and that Mr. Clark has been unable to ar
range his affairs up to this time to take the
position. It Is at least known that his
name was under consideration for the posi
Joseph L. Bristow, assistant postmaster
general, saw the President for a few min
utes this morning on postal matters. He
stated that he had not made his report to
the President, lie likewise said that he
knew nothing of alleged criticism of the re
port of Charles J. Bonaparte and Holmes
Conrad by cabinet officers.
Secretary Hay was with the President this
morning. They went over the call to be is
sued in a few days for the extra session of
Congress, and also the message of the
President to Congress when it assembles
Representative Otis of New York was
among the congressional callers with the
President today. Ex-Representative Weaver
of Ohio called with Judge Spencer B. Adams
of the Indian Territory.
The Public Land Laws.
Senator Hansbrough of North Dakota
talked with the President this morning
about the public land laws. The President
will discuss this subject in his annual mes
sage to Congress and will give it much con
sideration. He will talk with Senator Hans
brough and other western men so as to ob
tain their views. Senator Hansbrough
thinks that the public land laws ought to
lie amended so p.s to make them easier of
execution. He thinks that the laws should
provide that tlie final proof In all cases
should be made before the local land offices
instead of before land commissioners as
At 11 o'clock today the President receiv
ed the members of tlie Army of the Tennes
see, who have been taking part In the Sher
man monument exercises. Among those
present was Gen. A. V. Rice of Ohio, now In
the census office in this city. Gen. Rice lost
a leg at Kenesaw mountain. For his gal
lantry then he was promoted to brigadier
general. Immediately upon recovering from
his wounds he placed a wooden leg In place
of the amputated portion and returned to
the army, serving in the souther* campaign
until the close of the war and taking part
in the great parade in Washington.
President's "Open Shop'' Policy.
Mr. C. W. Post, president of the Associa
tion of American Advertisers and a mem
ber of the National Association of Manu
facturers. was one of the President's callers
today. He assured the President that the
latter's position in the matter of the ?'open
shop" and his evident determination to up
hold the law for the benefit of all the people
met with the hearty approval of the pa
Lunched With the President.
At luncheon with the President this after
noon were Gen. John C. Black, commander
in-chief of the G. A. K-, and Mrs. Black;
Mrs. John A. Logan and General Brooke,
U. S. A., retired.
Lieut. B. B. Woog of the marine corps
saw the President.
BEHIND LOCKED DOORS.
Long and Important Conference at the
There was a long conference at the Navy
Department this morning between Secre
tary Moody and Rear Admiral Taylor,
ohlef of the bureau of navigation, on the
one side and Capt. Humphrey, 3d Infantry,
and Lieut. Murphy, 27th Infantry, on the
other side. The two army officers named
have just returned from an inspection of
the military and political conditions In
Venezuela and the Isthmus of Panama, and
it Is a fair assumption that they made cer
tain discoveries which it was advisable
should be immediately imparted to the
r.aval authorities. The conference was
held behind locked doors, and there was a
general air of mystery over the proceed
Acting Secretary Oliver Confers With
Heads of Bureaus.
Acting Secretary Oliver of the War De
partment was in conference today with the
heads of the various military bureaus with
a view to the reduction of the estimates
for the support of the army during the
next fiscal year to the lowest possible limit
consistent with efficiency. The estimates
will bo finally considered next week and
sent to the Secretary of the Treasury for
transmission to Congress.
Five Vessels Built for This Government
by a Japanese Company.
It Is reported that the five small vessels
built by the Uraga Dock Company of Japan
for the United States for service In carry
ing the mails in the Philippine Islands have
proved unsatisfactory, on account of the
use of inferior material, and have been re
jected. As a xesult of this action the shlpr
building company is reported to have failed.
These ships were to cost $40,000 each and
to have a speed of ten knots an hour. In
addition to carrying the malls they were to
be used for the transportation of the Phil
ippine constabulary and civil government
supplies. Fifteen similar ships built at
Shanghai on the same plans were accepted
as satisfactory. -
It is reported that Henry D. Rose, the
United States inspector of the work on the
ships built by the Uraga Company, has
been dismissed for allowing the use of the
inferior material In the work.
Bids for File Boards Opened.
Bids were opened in the office of the
chief clerk of the Interior Department to
day at noon for supplying the department
with 500 file boards. But two bids were
received. These were: Richard Bankmar.n,
$7.1)0: the Woodruff Manufacturing Com
pany, $9.40. The file boards are to be used
In connection with the filing of papers in
cases where the correspondence, evidence,
briefs, etc., are of a voluminous nature and
require stiff boarding to preserve them for
School for Gunnery Sergeants.
A school for gunnery sergeants has been
opened at the marine barracks, in this
city, with Capt'. J. P. Bootes of the Marine
Corps in charge.
Recommendations of Bureau Chiefs
Approved by the S&retary.
Secretary Moody has approved estimates
for the support of the navy for the r.ext
fiscal year, as recorr.iftended by the chiefs
of bureaus, amounting to $102,800,4-19, as
against the sum of $79,810,791 appropriated
for 11)04. The summary of the estimates
is as follows:
Pay of the navy, $19,824,093.
Pay, miscellaneous, $000,000.
Contingent, navy, $15,000.
Emergency fund, $.">0,000.
Bureau of navigation, $1,303,880.
Bureau of ordnance, ?<,770,700.
Bureau of equipment, $0,497,1X>3.
Bureau of yards and docks, $922,884.
Public works, bureau of yards and docks,
Public works, bureau of navigation?
Naval Academy, $3,000,000;- naval training
station, Rhode Island, $14,0001 Naval War
College, $8,125; naval station. Great Lakes,
Public works, bureau of ordnance, $218,
Public works, bureau, pf equipment, $7,800.
Public works, bureau of medicine and
Bureau of medicine and surgery, $300,000.
Bureau of supplies and. accounts, $5,203,
Bureau of construction and repair, $8,
Bureau of steam engineering-, $3,572,900
Naval Academy, $314,588.
Marine corps?Paymaster, $2,118,875;
Increase of the navy-rConstruction and
machinery, $23,82.>,800; armor and arma
ment, $12,000,000; equipment, $400,000.
GUARDING THE BORDER.
Vigilance of the Marine Hospital Ser
vice in Texas.
The marine hospital service is guarding
from yellow fever the Texas border. ' The
disease continues to make headway at La
redo, where the reports shpw from twenty
to forty new cases each day, with numer
ous deaths. The disease has not spread to
any appreciable degree outside of Laredo. 1
Surgeons of the marine hospital service ,
have been sent to El Paso to be on the
lookout. A rigid Inspection of trains and
quarantine continues at Laredo, and houses
are fumigated with great care. An in
spection at Eagle Pass, Tex., showed some
malarial fever at Quemado, but no yellow
fever. All places are. being watched.
CONNIVED AT BY SULTAN.
The Recent Atrocities .of the Moslems
BEIRUT, Syria, Wednesday, October 14.?
The apparent indifference of the European
powers to the recent outbreak of Moham
medan fanaticism here has deeply im
pressed the Christiana. The Moslems, on
the other hand, are elated and scofT at
the idea of the European Intervention. The
attack on the Christians was planned weeks
before the arrival of the American war
ships at Beirut. The then governor, Rechid
Bey, telegraphed the details to Constanti
nople and asked for instruction. None,
however, reached him. That his policy of
non-interference was approved at the Yil
diz Kiosk was apparent from a telegram,
signed by the sultan's chamberlain, which
was handed to him on the eve of his de
parture after his dismissal from the govern
orship on the demand of the United States.
The telegam follows:
"Your excellency's fidelity being well es
tablished in the eyes of his most sacred
majesty, the kaliph, you should not allow
yourself to be in the least affected by the
fact of your dismissal. It Is his majesty's
imperial will that you return at once to
Constantinople in order to be the recipient
of imperial favors."
DENIED BY MR. LOREE.
Rumor That He \$Tould Leave the B.
BALTIMORE, October 17.?In regard to
the published report that he would short
ly resign his present place to succeed Presl*
dent Baer of the Reading, President L. F.
Loree of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad
?aid today that the report was "put out
either for stock market effect or by some
cne with a personal ajilmus/'
He stated that both Mr. Murray and him
st If were "very well satislied with their
1 jobs and with each other, and with their
r.!;soelateK," and they both knew positively
this was the feeling of the board of di
rectors, and that no changes were in con
templation or would be made.
A dispatch from New York last night
"According to rumors now floating about
Wall Htreet George F. Baer is to be forced
out of the presidency of the Reading road.
This, it is expected, will be accomplished
at a meeting of the stockholders of the Bal
timore and Ohio, or, at least, the prelimi
nary moves toward that end will be accom
plished at this meeting, which is to be held
in tliis city on November 10.
"According to the rumors L. F. Loree,
present president of the Baltimore and
Ohio,,'.will be deposed and will be given
the presidency of the Reading, succeeding
"First Vice President Oscar G. Murray
of the Baltimore and Ohio is slated for the
presidency of that road, and Mr. Baer may
be elected head of the board of directors.
Third Vice President Potter of the Balti
more and Ohio will be made general mana
"It is said these changes are due to fric
tion wh cli has existed for some time among
the officials of the Baltimore and Ohio."
TO GATHER INFORMATION.
Army Officers to Be Detailed as Mili
The army general staff has mapped out
a plan for the gathering of military infor
mation abroad, which involves the detail
of an army officer as military attache at
the capital of every country of any im
portance. In a very short time four offi
cers of the general staff, who have be?n
on temporary duty in the military informa
tion division for the purpose of receiving
special instruct'ons in the duties of mili
tary attaches, will leave fqr their new as
signments as attaches abroad. These offi
cers are: Capt. Sydney A. Colman, 23d In
fantry, detailed as military attache to the
United States legation at Bogota, Colom
bia; Capt. William G. Haan Artillery
Corps: Capt. Horace M. Reeve, 3d Infantry,
and Capt. Dennis E. Nolan, 30th Infantry.
Although the assignments of the last
named three officers have not yet been an
nounced, they will probably go to Central
and South American countries.
Opposed to Site of Prison.
On behalf of certain residents iiy the
vicinity of the navy yard, Portsmouth, N.
H., Capt. C. F. Goodrich, commandant of
the yard, has forwarded to the Navy De
partment a protest against the proposed
location of a naval prison at that yard,
and the matter is now under consideration
at the department. Bids for the construc
tion of the prison have been invited, and
will be opened at the department November
21, but they will all have to be rejected, of
course, and new bids invited, if the depart
ment decides to change the location of the
Capt. Lemly Exonerated.
In the Hughes divorce case in New York,
in which there were eight co-respondents,
the jury disagreed, but they were unani
mously of opinion that Capt. H. R. Lemly
of the army, retired, had nothing to do
with the case.
The Dolphin at the Navy Yard.
The Dispatch boat Dolphin arrived at
the Washington navy yard yesterday and
?will remain on this station throughout the
winter. The naval yachts Mayflower and
Sylph are also at the Washington navy
yard, subject to the orders of the Presi
Commissioner Allen's Departure.
Mr. Frederick I. Allen, commissioner of
patents, has gone to Auburn, N. Y., to reg
ister in order that he might vote In the
coming election. Mr. Allen believes It to
be the duty of every citizen of the United
States to exercise the franchise, and he
makes pilgrimages to his old home every
year for the purpose of registering and
15 KILLED: 40 INJURED
Gravel Train Crashes Into a
NEAR TRENTON, N. J.
VICTIMS WERE HOSTLY ITALIAN
After the Accident the Survivors
Fiercely Attacked the Crew
of the Gravel Train.
TRENTON, N. J.. October 17.? F.fteen
persons were killed and about forty more
injured in a collision which occurred to?1ay
on the Belvid-ra division of the Pennsyl
vania Railroad Co npany near Washing
ton's Crossing. Tha persons killed and in
jured were laborers who were on a work
train, and were on their way to work at
Wasli.ngton's Crossing, to repai." washouts
along the road. Fourteen bodies hava been
taken from the wreck, and one more body
is known to be under the debris. Only two
or three of those who are injured w.ll be
As soon as the collision occurred a spe
cial train was sent from Trenton with a
corps of physicians, and the dead and in
jured were brought to this city.
The injured were taken to St. Francis'
Hospital. The dead men, with one or two
exceptions, are Italian laborers, who re
sided in this city, the others ba ng colored
men. Their bodies were taken to the
morgue for idencific ition.
Train of Four Cars.
The train bearing the men who were
killed and injured was made up -of four
cars, two coaches, in which the men were
riding, and two flat cars in the rear. The
train stopped near Washington's Cross ng
to receive orders respecting the passing of
the regular passenger train. While the
train was standing on the track it was run
into from the rear by a gravel train. The
two flat cars teles oped tfe two coaches.
There were about 1X1 men in tli? two cars.
As soon as the accident li ippaned the Ital
ians became frantic and made an attempt
to do bodily harm to the crew of the
gravel tra.n. Word was sent to Trenton
for police assistance, but the men were
finally quieted by the foremen.
The railroad authorities here are reticent
as to how the accident occurred, but it is
believed that the gravel train either failed
to see any adverse signal or that the flag
man of the first train failed to go back a
NON-UNION MAN BEATEN.
Three Men Arrested in Chicago for
Violating Strike Injunction.
CHICAGO, October 17.?A savage street
fight, in which one workman was badly
beaten, occurred last night as a result of
the strike of the Franklin Union of Press
Feeders. The assault was the culmination
of several days of disorder. A gang of
men, declared to be Franklin Union pick
ets, attacked a number of employes of the
R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company. In the
fight which followed Frank Lahew was so
badly beaten that the police took him to
the County Hospital. A number of other
Donnelley employes were struck, but not
The police arrested three men?Frank
Ketchum, John Mucher and Charles Smith.
With a number of their fellows they will be
taken before Judge Holdon today for vio
lating the injunction which prohibits all
interference with the men who have taken
the places vacated by the Franklin Union
TO CLEAR, JONES' CHARACTER.
Mrs. Leslie Trying to Establish Dead
OAKLAND, Gal., October 17.?Mrs. E. G.
Leslie, a missionary, is now working in
New York in an effort to establish the in
nocence of George Jones, the convicted
murderer, who died of old age recently In
the Alameda jail, after an incarceration of
nineteen years awaiting a new trial, by re
viving the old story of a confession made
by a dying man in a New York hospital
that he was the guilty party. Mrs. Leslie
nas Just written to the ja.l officials that
she still believes Jones was a victim of
Unfortunately for Jones, he never could
explain the possession of articles of jewelry
belonging to Lorenzo Dutll, the murdered
man. He claimed to have bought them
from a stranger on a ferry boat coming
from San Francisco, but it was proved that
Jones was not on the boat, as he claimed
to have been. The story of the alleged con
fession dates back to IStKl.
DENIED BY MR. MacVEAGH.
Report That He Wrote Letter to Hague
NEW YORK. October 17.-Wayne Mae
Veagh, senior counsel for the United States
in the Venezuelan arbitration, returned
from Europe on the steamer St. Louis to
Mr. MacVeagh replied In part to a pub
lished dispatch from Washington alleging
that while at The Hague he wrote a letter
to the executive council of the tribunal,
in which he said that If the members of
the court had been lawyers instead of dip
lomats they would have been better quali
fied to decide the question on its merits.
Mr. MacVeagh said: "There is no truth in
the story that there was friction. While I
will not go into the question now, I will
say that the sitting of the tribunal was
agreeable throughout, and the arbitrators
were most courteous. That dispatch from
Washington Is most misleading and incor
rect. The members of the administrative
council of The Hague tribunal are diplo
mats, accredited there. We differed before
the meeting of the tribunal as to some mat
ters of procedure, but there was no un
Mr. MacVeagh admitted that a letter had
been written on the subject, but of that he
said: "Send a copy of that Washington dis
patch to mj- home at Bryn Mawr, Pa., and
I will go into the matter later."
Speaking of the sessions of the tribunal
he said: "Not only were the members kind
and courteous In their treatment, but the
same can be said of counsel. It is Impossi
ble to predict what will be the outcome.
The counsel for the other nations will mako
their arguments for the blockading nations
?Great Britain, Germany and Italy?and
after that six more, arguments will be made
for our side. I hope that Judge Penfleld,
the solicitor for the State Department, will
have a chance to argue. After all have
been heard the tribunal will consider the
Cholera Breaks Out at Bethlehem.
JERUSALEM, October 17.-Cholera has
broken out at Bethlehem. The town has
been cordoned by troops.
An advertisement in the
evening newspaper presents
its proposition to prospec
tive customers when they
are in the mood to be in
terested and enlightened.
All American Coutentiona
Save One Granted.
EXCEPTION IS THAT OF THB
Points Covered by Decision?American
Contentions Summarized ? Formal
Agreement Expected Monday.
0 LONDON, October 17.?The Alaskan
boundary commission lias verbally agreed
to grant all the Ameri-- in con ten-ions ex
cept that for the Portland canal, which
goes to Canada. The formal agreement i*
being drawn up and will be rendered .Mon
The successful termination of the Alaskan
boundary arbitration this afternoon t ame an
a complete surprise to all interested in the
case, except, perhaps, the comr.:!ssioiiers
themselves. "When the tribunal adjourned
at 3:30 p. m. it was understood that no de
cision had been reached, indeed, so gen
eral was the impression ti.it no decision
would be reached till ne.ct week that several
of counsel and others employ* d in the case
left London soon after the ad.ournn.ent.
However, the Associated Pre.-s 1 ' '? rncd
that, a vote had been taken, and that the
decision to grant all tl ? Aineri n con
tentions except that for the Portland
canal, which goes to Canada, had been
arrived at. But, as rabled yesterday,
wliile the Ameiicans throughout have been
very confident, no vote had previ >usly been
taken, and no one could before this after
noon say that the United States had won
The Concession to Canada.
It is understood th.it the granting of the
Canadian contention about the Portland
canal merely gives Canada, control of
Tearse Island at the inoith of the canal.
The latter is divided into two channels by
the island, and Canada formerly had un
disputed use of the eastern channel. I nder
the present decision Canada will have tiie
use of the western chunii 1. It is not un
derstood that 'Canada lias gained any ma
Points Requiring Decision.
The points upon which a decision was .en
quired were set forth in the following series
First. What is Intended as the point of
commencement of the iine of dernarkation
between the two countries?
Second. What is the Portland channel?
Third. What course should the line taka
from the point of commencement to the en
trance to Portland channel?
Fourth. To what point of the With paral
lel is the line to be drawn from the head of
the Portland channel, and what course
should it follow between these points?
Fifth. In extending the l'ne of demarka
tion northward lrom s iid point on tha
parallel of the flfty-sixth d i\?e of north
latitude * * * was it the intent on and
meaning of said convention of lf?i5 that
there should remain in the exclusive pos
session of Russia a continuous fringe or
strip of coast on the mainl uul, not exceed
ing ten marine league in w dth, separating
the British possessions from the bays,
ports, inlets, havens and waters of the
ocean, and extending from the s-.id point on
the flfty-sixth degree of latitude north to
a point where such line of demarkition
should intersect the Hist degree of longi
tude, west of the merid an of Greenwich?
Sixth. If the foregoing question should be
answered in the negative, and in the event
of the summit of such mountains proving
to be places more than ten marine leagues
from the coast, should the width of the
lisiere which was to belong to Hussia to be
measured (1) from the mainland coast of
the ocean, strictly so called, along a Una
perpendicular thereto, or t2) was it the in
tention and meaning of said convention
that where the mainland coast is indented
by deep inlets, forming part of the terri
torial waters of Russia, the width of the
lisiere was to be measured (a) from the line
of the general direction of the mainland
coast, or (b) from the line separating the
waters of the ocean from the territorial
waters of Russia, or (c) from the heads of
the aforesaid inlets?
Seventh. What, if any exists, are (lie
mountains referred to as situated parallel
to the coast, which mountains, when within
ten marine leagues from the coast, are de
clared to form the eastern boundary?
' American Contention Summarized.
In concluding the:r presentation of the
case in the main the American representa
tives summarized their contention as fol
That It was the intention of the high con
tracting parties to the convention of Feb
ruary, 1823, to confirm in full sovereignty
to Russia by that instrument a continuous
strip or lisiere of territory along the conti
nental shores of the northwest coast of
America, extending from Portland canal to
the 141st meridian of longitude west of
That it was the intention of these high
contracting parties that the width of such
lisiere was to be ten marine leagues, meas
ured from the heads of all gulfs, bays. In
lets and arms of the sea?that Is, from tide
water?unless within that distance from
tide water there was wholly or In part a.
continuous range of mountains lying paral
lel to the sinuosities of the coast and ex
tending from Portland canals to the 141st
meridian. In which latter case the summit
of such range was to form the boundary.
That the acts of Gr^at Britain and Rus
sia subsequent to the signature of the
treaty, and the universal interpretation
given to its delimiting articles by govern
ments, geographers, cartographers, his
torians of those and other civilized nations,
agree with and confirm the intention and
meaning as above stated.
That the United States purchased the ter
ritory from Russia, relying upon such Inter
pretation of the treaty.
Unclaimed by Great Britain.
That the purchase was open and notorious
to the world for the period of one year be
fore the purchase price stipulated in the
treaty was paid, and that neither during
that period nor within tViirty years there
after did Great Britain give notice to the
United States that she claimed any portion
of the territory then ceded by Russia.
That the United States entered into pos
session of and occupied the lisiere as above
described, exercised sovereign rights there
in and treated the same at all times as a
part of its national domain; and to such
occupation and exercise of governmental
authority Great Britain entered no pro
test or objection.
That the United States from the time of
the cession from Russia has remained In
continuous and undisputed possession of
the territory ceded It.
That the beginning of the southern
boundary between the British and Russian
possessions was Cape Muzon, which waa
for a time believed to be a southern iioiut
on Prince of Wales Island.
That Portland channel was the body of
water now commonly known and described
as Portland canal.
That there Is not at any point within tea
marine leagues of tidewater between tk*
head of Portland canal and the one Iran-,
dred and forty-first degree of longitude
any range of mountain* parallel with tfcn
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