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PART 1.
PAGES 1-16.
No. 16,273.
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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.

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