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PAGES 1-16. No. 16,273. 9 7 WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 1905-THIRTY-TWO PAGES. TWO CENTS. IDE RUSSIAN FLEET Believed to Be Steaming To ward Island of Formosa. SHIPS RE ADYFOR ACTION ST. PETERSBURG PAPERS CRITI CIZE GREAT BRITAIN. Because British Warships Persist in Reporting Movements of Czar's Squadron?Severe Reprimand. ST. PETERSBURG, April 15. 2:37 p.m.? No further news beyonil that contained In the foreign telegrams has been received re garding the squadron commanded by Vice Admiral Rojestvensky, but the Impression continues that he is steaming toward the Island of Formosa with the intention of giving battle if Admiral Togo accepts the challenge. Some of the papers, notably the Novoe Vremya. still manifest irritation at the ac tivity of the British warships in reporting the movements of the Russian squadron. The Novoe Vremya says that the vessels of all nations are observing neutrality "with the exception, of course, of Great Britain." The papers take particular excep tion to the fact that the British cruiser Iphigenia transmitted by wireless teleg raphy the information that she had passed Admiral Kojestvensky's squadron 140 miles from Saigon, which was very Important news to the Japanese, inasmuch as Rojest vensky had succeeded in slipping by the Japanese scouts. "For a commercial ship to report such a fact upon arrival at port is quite natural," says the Novoe Vremya, "but It is not so Important, as the news is then more or less old. and in the meantime the squadron might have changed its course, but for a man-of-war to send such information to a coast station by wireless telegraphy Is un friendly. "However, this is not the first time the British have conveyed a valuable warning to their friends. During the Chino-Japa n-se war, when Great Britain was on the side of China, a British cruiser at Weihai w.-i warned the Chinese admiral by firing a silute upon the approach of the Japanese fleet, although at night, when it is not the custom to salute in that fashion." Chief Interest in Dispatch. LONDON, April 15.?A telegram from Singapore, Straits Settlement, was received lu re today announcing that the Peninsular and Oriental Steamship Company's steamer Marmora sighted five Russian battleships April in lat. 8 degrees south and long. 92 degrees east, steering for the Straits of Sunda. The dispatch has no present signl ticance. The fact that the Marmora, which was bound for London from Sydney, N. S. W., sigi.ted the Russian squadron was reported i irly in the month from Colombo, Ceylon. Tl.'- news apparently has now reached Sing . :? through outgoing steamers. The chief Interest in the dispatch lies in Its giving the exact location of the squad ron. indicating that it steamed almost due east from Madagascar; it is presumed here with the object of creating the Impression that Rojestvensky Intended to traverse the Straits of Stinda and draw away the Japa nese from the Malacca straits, through which he ultimately passed in safety. Colliers at Hong Kong. 1IONG KOXG, April 15.?Many colliers ar< arriving here from Durban, Natal and Cardiff. Wales, apparently awaiting orders. War risks at Hong Kong for Japan have been raised, and trade is affected. A telegram received here from Saigon suggests that the Russian squadron possi bly will not go north before the end of April. Bourse Prices Weakened. ST. PETERSBURG, April 15 ?Doubt as to the result of the approaching naval ac tion in the far east, on which so much de pends. weakened prices on the bourse to day. all quotations falling. Imperial fours, however, only yielded a quarter of a point. Saw No Japanese Scouts. PARIS. April 15.?A dispatch to the Temps from Saigon says Admiral Rojestvensky did not sight any Japanese scouts during his en trance into the China sea by way of the Straits of Malacca. The dispatch adds that It Is expected the Russian squadron will re provision off the coast of Annam. Admiral Jonquleres, with the French cruiser Descartes, the armored gunboats Styx and Acheron, the. torpedo boat destroy er Takou and a division of torpedo boats, remains off ("ape St. James, near Saigon, prepared for all eventualities, i ROJESTVENSKYS TELEGRAM. Last Word to the Czar Was Somewhat Facetious. PARIS, April 15.?Gaston Dru telegraphs from St. Petersburg to the Echo de Paris that Admiral Rojestvensky's last telegram 1 i'fore leaving Nossi Be was singularly la conic and eloquent. He wired: "I will not telegraph again before the bat tle. If I am beaten you will learn it through Togo If I defeat him I will announce it to j ou." M Dru adds that the telegram was ac cepted s mi ming that the Russian admiral seeks victory or death. HEINZE IN AUTO WRECK. Seven Persons Injured in Collision at Butte, Mont. BI'TTE, Mont.. April 15.?Seven persors were Injured in a collision between a motor car belonging to F. Augustus Helnze, the mining magnate and a runabout containing Thomas Roe, a liveryman, and Miss Llllic I.aeombe In the automobile were Mr. Helnze. Alf Frank, a mining engineer; T. C. Bach and M. L. Gunn of Helena, Mont., and A. E. Hook, chauffeur* All were pain fully injured, but none will die. While going about thirty miles an hour the automobile clashed into the vehicle driven by Roe. hurling the occupants a dis tance of nearly twenty feet. The motor car turned completely over, but the persons riding In the car were thrown clear of the week. Helnze and other members of the party escaped with slight bruises and scalp wounds. DRY DOCK AT GUANTANAMO. It Will Be Able to Accommodate the Largest Type of Vessels. The Navy Department has just completed plans for a dry dock for the naval station and dock yard at Guantanamo, Cuba. This dock will be of the largest type and equal In dimensions to the dock contemplated at the Charlestown navy yard. That Is neees bary on account of the fact that the Guan tat a mo repair station will be the only one In West Indian waters, and It is deemed useful to have docking facilities there for the largest type of vessels. Cossack Troops Brought Into St. Petersburg. REINFORCED GARRISON PEASANT MOVEMENT NEAR MOS COW ALARMS OFFICIALS. Landowners Seeking Refuge in Cities-^ Apprehension Over Possible Dis orders?Works Shut Down. ST. PETERSBURG, April 15.?Several squadrons of Don ossacks liave been brought in to reinforce the garrison of St. Petersburg in consequence of fears of a re newal of disorders. The peasant movement In the neighbor hood of Moscow is also inspiring serious apprehensions. Many properties along the Moscow-Kazan railroad are guarded by troopa and the families of the landowners are seeking refuge in Moscow. Three Sentenced to Death. WARSAW, April 15 ?Three workmen, ac cused of wounding a policeman during the January riots, were today sentenced to death after a trial by court-martial. Policeman Killed at Lodz. LODZ, April 15.?Two workmen today shot and killed a policeman in the street. One of the assassins was arrested. PutilofE Works Shut Down. ST. PETERSBURG, April 15?The Puti lofE works have been closed. A notice on the gates says this is due to the unreason able demands of the men. the threatening of officials, frequent interruption of work and disregard of the rules. Several squadrons of dragoons, detach ments of grenadiers, mounted gendarmes and a regiment of sharpshooters of the guard have been stationed near the works all day long. Precautions have been taken to suppress possible disorders tomorrow. There is much excitement in the district. Official's Departure Kept Secret. Warsaw, April 15.?Governor-General Maxlmovitch left Warsaw for St. Peters burg today. The hour of his departure was kept secret and a strong military force guarded the entire route from the castle to the railroad station. The lawyers of Warsaw met today in a private house, received a report of the ac tion of the lawyers'congress at St. Peters burg and indorsed the action taken by the congress. NAN PATTERSON CHEERFUL. Says She Prefers Acquittal to Jury Dis agreement. Special Dispatch to The Evening Star. NEW YORK, April 15.?Nan Patter son is to go free if a disagree ment of the jury occurs as a result of the second trial, which begins Monday. The former Florodora girl will, it is understood, be permitted to leave her cell in the Tombs on a nominal ball, as Dr. Kennedy, and her counsel is satisfied that If conviction is not obtained she never will be taken again into court to face the charge in connection with the death of Caesar Young. It is safe to predict that not one person in this city, outside of the district attorney's office, believes that Miss Patterson can be convicted of the charge of murder, and her long detention in prison is generally re garded as being little short of a great in justice. The almost unanimous opinion of the public is that Young killed himself, consequently there is no doubt that next week will see Nan Patterson a free woman. Nan's confidence in the outcome of the trial is greater than ever, for it has been intimated to her that the arrest of the Smiths will not work to her disadvantage. She is In unusually good spirits, and hopes for a unanimous verdict in her favor. "I don't want to go out in the world with a shadow of crime over me," she said today as she was in her cell sewing. "Disagree ment might mean freedom, for which 1 have yearned and prayed so long, but it would never satisfy me. It would be hard for me to face the world on such conditions." Miss Patterson will Insist upon a jury composed of young men. Daniel O'Reilly, her counsel, stated today that she would object to jurymen over forty years old. She believes a jury of younger men than she had last time would never convict her cn the evidence presented by the prosecu tion. ? "They were mostly old men on the jury at the last trial," said O'Reilly; "and Miss Patterson feels sure if they had b^en younger she would have been acquitted. She is not counting on susceptibilities of younger men, but she says they can see things better than older men. who mere>y tlgure on law of mean points and pay no attention to the little bits tiiat count so much." . , . As to the dismissing of the indictment for conspiracy against her, she said she never could see how the court could d> anything else, and she fully believes the indictment against Morgan Smith and wife Will be dismissed also. LEFT TO THE HAGUE TRIBUNAL. Proposed Scope of the Second Peace Conference. Inquiry into the status of the negotia tions initiated by President Roosevelt look ing to a second peace conference, suggested by Lord Lansdale's reference to the sub jec. in the British parliament, develops the fact that the State Department here has completed its functions so far as that mat ter is concerned, at least for the present, having remitted it to the executive coun cil of The Hague tribunal. That was done notwithstanding an effort on the part of the German government to Induce this gov ernment to outline the program of the sub jects to be considered at the Becond con ference. For some reasons the State Department would have been pleased to have acceded to this German suggestion, but after ma ture consideration it was concluded that to accept it would be to jeopardize the suc cess of the undertaking. It was feared that conflicting views of the great nations as to the limitations to be placed upon the con ference could be more easily reconciled by the august executive council, whose recom mendations would be free from any sug gestion of leaning toward the interests of any one power. Even the peculiarly favor able situation of the United States might not suffice to prevent the suspicion on the part of some of the powers that the State Department's suggestions in the shape of a prcgram were entirely disinterested. Sft the wliol-; matter has been duly submitted by the State Department to the executive coun cil with the full approval of all of the great powers addressed by President Roosevelt, and t Is fully expectedjthat very soon after the conclusion of the present war In the far east the council will issue a call for the second conference. I fc FOR COURT OF CLAIMS EX-GOV. ATKINSON OF WEST VIR GINIA SELECTED. President Roosevelt has telegraphed to Attorney General Moody that he desires ex Gov. George W. Atkinson of West Virginia appointed as a Judge of the court of claims, and the appointment is to be made at once. Official announcement of the President's Instructions wa.4 made at the Department of Justice today. ' The appointment of Mr. Atkinson is to fill the vacancy by death a few days ago of Judge Lawrence Vv'eldon of Illinois. The selection of Mr. Atkinson had been predicted in The Star and was expected by his friends, as it was well known that the Fresident had promised Senators Elkins and Scott that he would provide Mr. Atkinson with a Judicial position. Mr. Atkinson was the first republican elected governor of "West Virginia,, becom ing chief executive of that state in 1S!)0. President Roosevelt wanted to make him a Judge several years ago, but thought that Mr. Atkinson's legal experience had not been sufficient, and he appointed the ex governor to be United States attorney of the southern district of the state. Mr. At kinson has served in that position since De cember 17, 11)01, and his record is a good one. It is practically certain that Mr. Atkin son will be succeeded as United States attorney of the southern district, by Elliott Northcott, the present assistant attorney. Mr. Northcott is ilic republican state chair man of West Virginia. Preside!.tly Roose velt recently appointed him collector of in ternal revenue of the state, but he declined to accept because he had promised his sup port to another man, Mr. Glasscock, who has since been appointed. CAPT. CURTIS REDUCED. Convicted of Conduct to Prejudice of Good Order. Gen. Grant, commanding the department of the east, has acted on the case of Capt. Arthur F. Curtis, Artillery Corps, stationed at Fort Hunt, Va., recently tried by court martial at Washington Barracks on the charge of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, neglect of duty an<f em bezzlement. The court acquitted the officer of the charge of unbecoming conduct and of the charge of embezzlement, but found him guilty of conduct to the prejudice of good .order and military discipline and of neglect of duty and sentenced him to a loss ol fifteen files in rank and to be repri manded. The sentence was approved by Gen. Grant, who remitted that portion calling for a reprimand. TO CARRY THE MIDSHIPMEN. Vessels of the Coast Squadron to Be Fitted Out at Norfolk. The Navy Department is informed that the Atlantic coast squadron, commanded by Rear Admiral F. W. Dickens and consist ing of the battleship Texas and the mon itors Arkansas, Nevada and Florida, left Key West yesterday, In accordance with Instructions from the department for Hampton Roads. These vessels will be fit ted out at the Norfolk navy yafd for the usual summer cruise and exercises of the midshipmen at the Naval Academy. Al though not finally settled. It Is probable that these vessels will constitute "the en emy" during the proposed joint war game in Chesapeake bay next June. The general project for these games includes the de fense of Washington and Baltimore by ar tillery troops against an attack by a fleet of warships. SECRETARY TAFT IN NEW YORK. Meeting of the Panama Railroad Direc tors to Be Held Monday. Secretary Taft left for New Tork at noon today and will attend a meeting of the Panama railroad directors in that city at 10o'clock Monday morning. Chairman Shonts and other members of the isthmian canal commission will leave tomorrow afternoon and will meet Secretary Taft to morrow night. Prior to his departure Secretary Taft saw a number of visitors on business connected with the War Department. He will return to Washington Tuesday morning. Part of 13th Cavalry Returning. The military secretary is informed by Gen. Corbln at Manila that the transport Logan sailed today with headquarters, first and second squadrons, 13th Regiment, United States Cavalry,308 enlisted men, 150 casuals, 30 sick, 6 insane, 11 general prisoners. Riotous Strikers Attacked Non-Union Drivers IN CHICAGO STREETS DRAGGED A STRIKE-BREAKING DRIVER FROM! HIS WAGON. Police Taken by Surprise by Sudden ness of Move?Desperate Fighting ?Peace Efforts Futile. CHICAGO, April 15.?Infuriated teamsters attacked a caravan of Montgomery, Ward & Co. wagons near the northwestern freight house at Klnzie and West Water streets today, dragging John Cox, a non-union driver, from his wagon. The attack was made so quickly that the police were taken by surprise, and It was only after a desperate fight that Cox was rescued. No Signs of Peace. A peace conference at the office of Mayor Dunne today was apparently futile. When the strike leaders emerged, after a brief session, President Cornelius P. Shea of the teamsters' union said: "Negotiations are all off as far as I am concerned. We will not come back again unless the mayor sends for us." The teamsters, President Shea said, were willing to end the strike if the locked-out garment workers were immediately rein stated. Mayor Dunne, while admitting the failure of today's conference, gave as his opinion that the trouble could yet be settled with justice to both sides. "I shall not admit that a settlement is impossible until I have exhausted every possible resource?and my self," said the mayor. Teamsters Had Signed Agreement. The teamsters had signed an agreement to return to work pending arbitration, the peace pact comprehending acceptance of Mayor Dunne as arbiter and stipulating that the employing tailors should reinstate all former employes and should not hire any non-union help except under conditions which prevailed 'previous to the strike. When this proposition was presented to the National Wholesale Tailors' Association It is said the officials of the employers' or ganization flatly relused to sign the agree ment. TROUBLE IN PHILADELPHIA. Boss Teamsters Asked for Police Pro tection, Fearing Violence. PHILADELPHIA, Pa., April 15?Fearing violence on the part of the striking truck drivers, the boss teamsters applied for po lice protection and a squad of patrolmen are today guarding the West Philadelphia freight yards. A number of non-union drivers have been employed and the employers today report that a considerable portion of the produce which had been held up in the yards has been delivered. The striking drivers have made no at tempts at violence, and both sides are confi dent of winning. To Visit the Rock Island Arsenal. The following-named/ officers of the Artil lery Corps have been ordered to the Rock Island arsenal for the purpose of familiar izing themselves with the design, construc | tlon and operation and witnessing the proof firing of the nyw three-Inch field artil lery material, model of 1002: Capts. Stephen M. Foote, John C. W. Brooks, Edward A. Millar, John E. McMahon, George W. Gatchell. Herman C. Schumm, William L. Kenly, William S. McNalr, William J. Snow, Charles P. Summerall and John Conklln, jr. Minister Hardy Named as Representa tive. Acting Secretary Loomls has designated Mr. Hardy. U. S. minister to Spain, to rep resent this government at*the great Quixote celebration. May 7, In Madrid, In accord ance with the request of the Spanish gov l ernment that sonh| distinguished literary American be nameoC GUN MUZZLE BLOWN OFF ACCIDENT ON THE IOWA WHILE AT TARGET PRACTICE. A telegram from the chief of staff of the North Atlantic fleet, received at the Navy Department today, states that one of the 8-inch guns of the battleship Iowa blew off while engaged in target practice yesterday. No one was injured. The telegram stated that after four of the 8-inch guns had been fired in target practice the muzzle of the fifth gun blew off at the first round. It was one of the old type guns of that caliber mounted on the Iowa before the Spanish war and de signed to use brown powder, and conse quently with much thinner muzzle than the new type guns. It had been fired success fully one hundred and three times and buret on the one hundred and fourth time with normal powder conditions, so far aa now known. Several other gyns of the same type on the Iowa, and made at the same time, have suffered similar accidents, and that class of gun is being replaced aa rapidly as possible with longer and thicker tubed weapons. The Navy Department has ordered a thorough investigation of thia last accident. TRAGEDY AT GENESEO, Italian Shot Three Women and Then Committed Suicide. GENESEO, N. Y., April 15.?After a fam ily quarrel today Antonio Sparacio, an Ital ian who lived in this village, shot his wife, her mother and her daughter and then shot and killed himself. Sparacio's wife's moth er was killed and her <Ktn?hter, aged six teen years, was fatally wounded, but lila wife was only slightly wounded. Sparacio himself died instantly with a bullet wound through his heart. The girl was his stepdaughter. Going on a Tour of Inspection. Lieut. Gen. Chaffee, chief of staff, and General Humphrey, quartermaster general, will leave this city next Wednesday to in spect the principal military posts and sta tions in the southwest. From here they will go to St. Louis and then in turn visit Little Rock, Fort Reno, Oklahoma City, Fort Sill, Chickasha, Fort Worth, San An tonio, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, San Miguel, Matarcoras, Laredo, Eagle Pass, Spofford, El Piiso, Deming, Fort Bayard. Maricopa, Phoenix, Prescott, Wingate Kansas City, aud possibly Denver and Chi cago. They expect to return to Washing ton May 14. Movements of Naval Vessels. Cable dispatches to the Navy Department announce the arrival at Cavite, P. I., yes terday of the battleship Wisconsin and the torpedo boat destroyers Decatur, Dale and Bainbridge. The supply ship Culgoa arrived at Santo Domingo City yesterday, the cruiser Mar blehead at Corinto and the cruiser Chicago and the gunboat Bennington at Santa Bar bara. El Cano left Shiakwan yesterday for Shanghai, and the Truxtun sailed from Pen sacola for Monti Crist). Col. Wood to Be Stationed Here. Lieut. Col. Oliver E. Wood of the Artillery Corps, recently relieved from duty as United States military attache at Tokyo by Capt. J. J. Pershing. 16th Cavalry, will be detailed to duty at the War Department in the mili tary secretary's office, to succeed Brig. Gen. Edward Davis, retired. Naval Orders. Assistant Surgeon H. M. Tolfree, to re port to the surgeon general of the navy, this city, for a course of Instruction at the Naval Museum of Hygiene and Medical School. Paymaster H. L. Robins, to the Atlanta. Passed Assistant Paymaster W. A. Areer. to the Terror. Assistant Paymaster O. R. Crapo, from the r ivy yard, Pensacola. Fla., to the Cheaspeake. Personal Mention. Mr. Minor L. Crippen Is at Herndon, Va., visiting his home for a few days. Dr. R. F. Rowdybush has Just returned from a two months' vacation spent in San Antonio, Houston and Galveston, Tex., aa well as the gulf coast. Mr. Anson McKim, one of the well-known advertising men of Montreal, Canada, has been in the city for a few days, where~he has some relative*. SITUATION AT FRONT Japanese Vigorously Chased Body of the Enemy ALONG HAILUNG ROAD RUSSIANS FORCED MIKADO'S TROOPS TO EVACUATE HILL. There Has Been No Change Elsewhere in the Military Situation? Cavalry Scouting. TOKYO. April 15?7 p. m?The follow ing official announcement was made today from the headquarters of the Japanese armies in Manchuria: "Our force, advancing east along the Hailung road, defeated a body of the enemy April 14 near Heishihmu, ten miles east of Panshi, and vigorously chased them toward Tachotzu, twenty-six miles east of Panshi. "Another force, advancing north from Singking, attacked the enemy holding a po sition five miles south of Pachatzu. "There has been no change elsewhere in the military situation." Russian Cavalry Active. ST. PETERSBURG, April 15.?General Linevltch, in a dispatch to Emperor Nich olas, dated yesterday, says: "Our cavalry, April 10, found the Japa nese in occupation of a hill southward of Mount Goaschan, in the valley of the Hun river. The cavalry turned this position and forced the Japanese to evacuate it and re tire westward." ASKS PERTINENT QUESTION. Russian Paper's Comment on the Washington Dispatch. ST. PETERSBURG, April 15.?The Russ today remarks, referring to the dispatch from Washington published here yesterday on the subject of the Japanese assurances in regard to the opening of hostilities: "If the telegram Is true Japan deceived the United States. Why has the United States waited fourteen months to let the world know this when it did not hesitate to charge Russia with breaking her prom ise?" Turning Movement Not Developed. GUNSHU PASS, Manchuria, April 15.? The expected Japanese turning movement is not developing, but preparations, it is understood, are progressing. Reinforce ments, food and ammunition are being brought up from Newchang. The Japanese outposts extend thirty miles on either side of the railroad. WILL BE INVESTIGATED. Gov. Montague's Assurance Regarding the Death of Leanto. A note has been received at the State De partment from Governor Montague of Vir ginia acknowledging the receipt of the de partment's communication transmitting the request of the Italian ambassador for an explanation of the violent death of Joseph Leanto while an attempt was being made to arrest him at Lorton, Va., a short time ago. The governor replies that he will imme diately direct an investigation and report the results to the department, and the Ital ian ambassador has been so notified. WITHOUT ANY SIGNIFICANCE. Publication of Diplomatic Correspond ence Was in the Usual Order. Acting Secretary Loomis today stated that the publication of the diplomatic cor respondence respectii g the Russo-Japanese war, and particularly tliat portion relative to the outbreak of hostilities before the formal declaration of war, was entirely in the usual course of departmental routine and was without any motive whatever or inten tion to affect the sensibilities of either of the belligerents. He further said that it has been for many years the custom of the State Department to publish a considerable part of the correspondence which it has had with foreign governments in an annual (known as the Red Book), and as a cour tesy to the press advance proof slips are furnished, which the newspapers are at liberty to use in their own discretion. SETTLED SUIT FOR $100,000. Embezzlement Charges Against Father Withdrawn by Daughter. CHICAGO, April 15.?The embezzlement charges against Cuthbert Laing for alleged conversion of the $249,000 estate of his daughter, Mrs. Adelaide Laing Malcolm, have been dismissed in Justice Martin's court. Attorneys for Robert C. Burkholder, who signed the complaint, appeared and agreed to the dismissal, asking five days' time in which releases might be drawn and signed by all parties. The daughter has agreed to drop the prosecution, the payment of $100,000 having been accepted in full settlement, said her attorney when the case was called. The $100,000 was paid by Dr. V. C. Price, one of Laing's bondsmen. SAYS MOMENT IS INOPPORTUNE. Czar Refused to Grant Convocation of Council for Clergy. ST. PETERSBURG, April 15.?Emp.-ror Nicholas has decided that the momui is Inopportune to grant the petition of a group of the influential clergy for a convocation of a general council to effect a reform of the ecclesiastical administration. On the margin of the petition the emperor append ed a note, as follows: "I And it Impossible in the present dis turbed times to undertake a task of such magnitude requiring calm consideration. Following the old example of the orthodox emperors, I intend, however, as soon iis there is a favorable moment, to set afoot this great work and summon the council of the old Russian church for a canonical dis cussion of questions of faith and ecclesias tical reform." WHITE AT ROME. Arrival Delayed by a Fatal Train Wreck Near Genoa. ? ROME, April 15.?Ambassador White ar rived here today an hour late owing to a collision on the railroad near Genoa, In which seven persons were killed and forty were wounded, which delayed his train. Mr. White brought good news of the health of Secretary Hay, whom he visited at Nervi, saying he found him wonderfully improved. Foreign Minister Tittoui will receive the new ambassador this afternoon. FIRST STONE PLACED Granite Corner of the New Onion Station. CONSTRUCTION BEGUN BUILDING TO BE COMPLETED BY JULY 1, 1906. Ceremony Today Attended by Number of Interested Parties, Including Architects and Engineers. The first piece of granite to be laid In the construction of the new union station was put in place this morning, and the cere mony was witnessed by quite an audience of architects, engineers, inspectors and oth ers interested in the work. While the stone which was first placed is not in fact a "cor ner stone" in the ordinary acceptation of the phrase, it is located on the. northeast corner of the terminal at the opening to the driveway concourse. This particular stone is a beautiful specimen of the Bethel white granite, which is to be the material for the entire superstructure. When Foreman G. S. Kline of the Thomp son-Starrett Company, contractors, gave the signal at 10:05 o'clock the chairs on the great derrick began to move and the stone was swung directly over the spot which had been selected. Thin Mr. Kline dumped a couple of buckets of mortar on the base, and Mr. Harlow l.ewis, superintendent of construction, took the trowel and began to level the mortar. This was the signal for contributions, and nearly eVery one present dropped a nickel or a dime or a quarter In the mortar, where the coins will find an abiding place for many years to come. The stone was then towered into position, !?*v eled. and after a photograph had been taken by The Star's start photographer, the cere money was complete. Makes Brief Speech. Some one in the audience rc-quested a, speech from Mr. Lewis. and after consid erable pressure and pleading that gentle man said: < " 'When ifi the course of human events it becomes necessary' to lay a corner- stone, we lay it. That'll be about all." The laying of the stone this morning marks the beginning of the work on the superstructure. The foundations have prac tically been completed and much of the steel structural work?about 2,000 tons?has been placed in position. It is predicted by those in charge that the improvement will be completed in July 190?S, although they are making no promises and offering no odds that tilis will be accomplished. First Steel Column. The first steel column to be placed in position and reaching to the roof line of the new station, was riveted in place today, and from its top there floats an American flag, the first to be hoisted over the vast area of what is to tlie average eye nothing but chaos. "It looks as if we had been tearing things up a bit," said one of the engineers today to a representative of The Star, "and there is little actual construction to show for our labors, but now that the superstructure work is under way, the station will rise like magic and within six months you will see that we have accomplished something." Among those present at the cornerstone laying were Mr. Edward Willman, repre senting the D. H. Burnliam Company of Chicago, the architects; Mr. A. G. Norton, member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and representing the Baltimore and Ohio railroad; Mr. Harlow Lewis, su perintendent of construction for the Thomp son-Starrett Company; Mr. Frank Holmes of the Burnliam company; Messrs. H. C. Cresson, G. S. Kline. W. P. Tunstall and Wm. H. Feigenson. representing the Thompson-Starrett Company; Messrs. James Finley, Wm Houghtllng. Michael Broidy, W. S. Wllkerson, D. E. Davis and E. Smith. RUSSIANS ARE SHOCKED. Prank of Students Led to Confiscation of Newspapers. ST. PETERSBURG, April 15,-Quite a sensation was caused this morning by the appearance in the Neva, the most ?widely circulated illustrated weekly in Russia, of a half-tone picture representing the im perial family, including the empress, hold ing the heir to the throne, the background of tl^ptoture showing in shadowy outlines the emperor. Grand Duke Sergius, Grand Duke Alexis, the dowager empress, the heir to the throne, and practically all ths living members of the Romanoff family ly ing dead in their coffins. The work is done so skillfully that in the shadows in the drapery behind, the Impe rial family are discernible with great diffi culty. The publishers disclaim any pre vious knowledge of the shadowy figures. The culprits, who were students employed on the paper, have not yet been locaated. Copies of this edition are selling at a big premium. COMPANY HAD "BUSTED." Revelations of Search for Alleged Fraud Company in St. Louis. ST. LOUIS. April 15.?It was learned today that U. S. deputy marshals arid post office inspectors have been searching St. Louis and East St. Louis during the past week for M. Havlin, alleged manager of the Keystone Commission Company of East St. Lou's, which is said by inspectors of the Post Office Department to have used the mails in furthering an alleged get-rich qulck scheme. The elevator boy in the building where the company had offices told the inspectors ho had been instructed to teli Inquirers for the Keystone company that "the company has busted." * FATAL QUARREL OVER LAND. Three Men Killed in Pitched Battle in Missouri. POPLAR BLUFF, Mo., April 15.?Word has reached here that three men have been killed in a pitched battle at Ten-Mile Creek, ten miles west of here, resulting from a quarrel over a piece of land. The dead are: H. S. Adams, William Hech and Riley Henson. Circuit Clerk T. M. Henson. a brother of Riley Henson, has been placed under arrest. He saw the shooting, but re fused to give any details. $40,000 Tugboat Burned. PITTSBURG, Pa., April 15.?The larg? tow boat Cyclone, owned by the Mononga hela Consolidated Coal and Coke Company and valued at $10,000, was burned to the water's edge, on the Monongaliela river, near McKeesport, Pa., early today. The fire started In the pilot house from a small coal stove and the blaze spread so qulckly that the crew was compelled to make a hurried escape to the shore. No one was Injured as far as can be ascertained.