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sr fagrg? ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC. ) PART TODAY'S REPUBLIC 1 1 Is Printed la Six Pirtii 14 PAGES Four News Sections, Comic Section and Magazine. -WOTLTjID'I 1904 FIIR; PRICE FIVE CENTS. NINETY-SIXTH YEAE. ST. LOUIS, MO., SUNDAY. JANUARY 3. 1904. 'it I. 1 r 1 1-i IT X-LXJJJ it Li lt Jtf, EVERY THEATER IN CHICAGO CLOSED BY MAYOR'S ORDER; iRIOUOIS MANAGERS HELD. Carter Harrison, Determined That Wednesday's Holocaust Shall Xot I.c lie-pea ted. Lays Down Rules Which Opera-House I'ro ritloi.s Must Comply With Befoie They Can Open Their Doois Ai thnr A. Hull, Whose Family Perished in the Flames, Sv.eaijj Out Warrant Against Harry J. Powers and Will J. D.ni'. BUILDING COMMISSIONER IS - ...... , , . tySt i b; .a it : r -a r 5&iV ' i.1 , HAHI5V J POWERS ASD TVIU. I. DAVIS, Proprietors of the ill-fatf-d Iroquois Theater, who have been arrested on a charge of manslaughter, preferred by t he husband of one of the victims. Chicago, Jan. 2. The total number of dead in the Iroquois Theatre fire has been definitely established at 587, of which but twelve remain unidentified. Chicago, Jai 2. To-night every theater In the city of Chicago Is dark and its doors are loci. id Not one of them will be open to the pjbllc until its managers have complied in Pie fullest manner with every Fectlon of the ordinance regulating play 1 ouscs The order compelling the theaters to closo was issued this afternoon by Mayor Harrison after a conference with Corpora tion Couiu-el Tolman, who assured the Major that amr'-e legal grounds existed f r his actlcn Seventeen theaters and museums were clos-d last night, rnd the sweeping order of the Ma or to-day shut the doors of s.xteen more. These last are the leading theater In tio business section of the city and Include the Studebaker. Grand Opera Iioue, McVIkers, Laballe. Garrack. Illi nois and Pollers. The last tiro are owned and controlled by Mesn Powers and Davis, the man agers of the ill-fatcj Iroquois. The Gar rack Theater closed to-day is not to bo confounded f - th the Garrack Theater clotcd jesVrdaj, It being ore of the largest plahjUie In the city, while the one concerning which action was taken yesterday, hi a much smaller affair in the northwestern portion ot the city. mtin.v ..?!;, muuteu IN VAIUObS W.HS. "The seventeen places of amusement which were shut last night were closed for the on'! reason that they were not provided with an asbestos curtain The , further action takn to-day Is In conse quence of jither violations of sections of the ordlnarce regulating theaters i ncii; ia u. imsi i usii ui uieairicai J managers to the office of Mayor Harrison la the enoit to secure the withdrawal, or at least a jonpiiement of the order, but their reception was of an exceedingly frosty nature. They vvete informed by the Mayor that the iaspec-ors had reported in the case of evcrj oie of them violations of the law and he was determined that it should not bs bald hereafter that the city had neg lected anjthlrg v.h'eh could prevent a repetition of the horror of la3t Wednesday afternoon. The fact that the arbestos curtain In tho Iroqujls Theater was so badly wrecked by the lire that charred portions cf It have been carried away by various investigating comrmttees caused the com mittee to decide that asbestos curtains could not be relied upon to afford the most complete protection. sl.iV ki:gultiom i on -iiiis tiii:vh:us. It was anncunced that every theater in tho city must hereafter comply with the following prov.sicns before, it will be al lowed to open: Steel roll curtain, wide ex ito. no combustibles of any kind in the 1 jiouej juxn-.snsr.gn, nrcproor scenery, no I calcium or "spot" lights to be used on the stage, skylights above the btage provided with automatic lids to permit the egress of smoke, fire and gas; separate stair ways, each exit having Its own stairs leading to the street. After issuing his sweeping order. Mayor Harrlfon said: "I do r.ot wish to assume responsibility for these theaters. The order was- Issued to make It certain that no precaution to Insure the safety of audiences had been neglected. It is quite probablo that the ners ot the theaters may sustain serious financial Joss, but. In view of the condition of tb. playhouse", we cannot take any risk, and If the law had been fully com plied with in tho first place there would nave been no question of closing them D Tho Auditorium, which Is the onl theater left open in Chicago, has a steel roll curtain and as this seems to be the only curtain thai affordB absolute pro tection against fin-. In view of the fact that the) IroquoU curtain was destroyed, I have determined as far as possible to sec that thtt other plaj houses are similarly & provided. -tThers Is no show In progress at the .' Ai'-dltorium ajul none In prospect, though mUf . ,j '.. i. ti . ., i Ej l.uui ujjvu ll 'k eu ucanvu. ji i mure OlB. coacerj naii man u xneaiei. IT; .BltlLDlRG COJtMISSIOMII 5",asp TuiopiiiLrroits aihiested. iTSi Yflii .I. xavis ana narry t'owers, pro Hon: of the Iroquois Tneater. and trSEaUdlnjf Commissioner Williams, are un- lair Brrciti. caaricca wiin mansiauKuier. Twer Udvo beer, released on liu.oao bond -hi thlilr hearinc Is set far JinnirvJii ? 'yfrfcarremti Sot their arrest were. sutT)y-Arthur IL uU who lost hl CHARGED WTH MANSLAUGHTER. . .. . . , ., , lfc-.. . ... , B ALL CHICAGO THEATERS CLOSED BY THE MAYOR. REPUBLIC SPFCIALv Chicago. Jan. Z Mavor Harrison to-day ordered the closing of every theater In Chicago, without excep tion, until It has been definitely as certained that they are not violat ing any city ordinance. wife and three children in the fire. Mr. Hull explained that his action was not In spired" by any motive of vengeance, but simply to make it certain that the owners of the theater should not cape any chance of punishment that was rightfully theirs, while stage hands and electricians and other cmploj es were compelled to suf fer. It is a noteworthy fact that Building Comnlssloncr Williams, who Is now charged with manslaughter in connection with the greatest lire horror the country has ever experienced, owes his appoint ment to a tragedy of similar nature, but of much loss extent, which occurred two yers ago Mr. Williams's predecessor vacated his sffice after the burning of the St. Luke's Sanitarium, at Twentieth street and Wa bash avenue. This was the institution In which a score of men suffering: from de lirium tremens were burned to death whlia strapped to their beds. Mr. Williams was selected with the idea that re was the proper man to see that no such catastrophe could happen again. ItErLECTOR 1EFT OPEX, CAUSED THE HITCH. Fire Inspector Munroo Fulkerson to night announced that he had finally dis covered tho secret of the fire. The as bestos curtain, upon which the safety ot the audience depended, according to Mr. Fulkerson, was blocked in Us de scent by a reflector, carelessly left open by a stage hand. While one end of the curtain got within five feet of tho stage, the other was sus pended twenty .st above It. and beneath It swept the flood of flame that carried death to so many hundreds. The first step toward a definite conclu sion as to the cause of the fire was made when W'lllam McMuden, operator of the "spct" light, threw the blame upon an other electric Ugh: near by. The task was completed with Mr. Fu.kerson follow ing up a clew furnished by John A. Maz zonl, a stage hand, and discovered the deadly reflector still open In the ruins of the theater. The wire used In the aerial ballet, men tioned as a possible cause of the curtain's failure to reach the stage, was proved to have been out of the way of the curtain as It descended. IVIPOSSII1L.E FOR CURTAIX TO PASS OPEX HErtECTOR. On each side of tho proscenium arch at the theater was a metallic reflector, con cave In form, twenty feet long, and stud ded throughout Its entire length with In candescent lights. Normally these lights fitted into niches In tho masonry, but when In use were swung out In order that the lights might be thrown upon the per formers upon tho stage. Their greatest width w hen open was fourteen Inches. When both reflectors were in place the fire curtain had no impediment in its course, but with either swung outward tho descending curtain could not get below the reflector's top. Carelessness of some employes whose Identity it will be the effort of the police to ascertain to-morrow resulted in the combination of the open reflector and falling curtain which cost approximately GOO lives. Mazzonl, who was employed as a scene shifter, was one of the first of the stage hands to be placed under arrest. After his release this afternoon on bonds of iZ, 000, he disclosed the truth of the mis placed reflector to Fire Inspector Fulker son. WILL TEST ASBESTOS CURTAINS IN HEW YORK. ItFPT""- SPECIAL. New York. Jan. 2. Fire Commissioner Nicholas J. Hayes, who took office yester day, sent out Assistant Foreman Patrick TtVenlhan io-day to try to set Are to aU ofnno" asbestos curtains used In the the ContlrRd on Faze Ttto. INVESTIGATION OP DISBURSING OFFICE Comptroller of Treasury Will Thoroughly Inquire Into D: parlment of Interstate Commerce Commission. NO ANXIETY IS FELT. Rumors of Irregularities Among Employes P.iin About In quisition to Clear At muspheiv. SPECIFIC CHARGES NOT MADE. Secretary Moseley and Cashier Milstead Surrender Keys, and Give Papers and Records to Examiners. The Republic Bureau. 14th St. and I'enn.jlvanla Ave. Washington. Jan. 2 An Investigation by expert accountants from the offices ot the Comptroller of the Treasury and the Auditor of the Treasury for the State and other departments Is In progress at the disbursing office of the Interstate Commerce Commission. It was Instituted this morning at the Instance of Commissioner Clements, who Is acting chairman In the absence of Chairman Knapp. who Is now In New York. Although It Is not felt at the of fice? of the commission that any serious trouble exists. It was deemed best to have the authorized officials look Into the mat ter and set any doubts at rest. Humors having persistently come to the ears of the Commissioners that there were irregularities In the office of Secretary Moseley, the disbursing officer of the commission, this action was taken. The Comptroller of the Treasury was called upon to InsUtute an investigation and inspection of all the accounts of the of fice, and immediately detailed for the work Nathaniel M. Ambrose and Richard H. Tailor, expert accountants. EXPERTS DETAILED FOR INVESTIGATION. . In addition to these two, James L. Chase was sent to co-operate. Mr. Chase is from the office of the Auditor for the State Department. The three went to the offices of the commission, where they saw Secretary Moseley, H. S. Mtlstead, cashier of the commission, and other em plojes of the office. in a star chamber meeting those em plojes of the commission were told that the affairs of the company were tempo rarily turned over to the care of the ex perts. Mr. Mllstead gave up his kev s and turned over to the examiners all papers and records In his possession, and a seal was placed upon the safe, the name of each of the examiners being written across It. PROFESS IGNORANCE OP IRREGULARITIES. No one connected with the commission would admit knowledge of any specific Irregularities, but it was felt that the at mosphere had better be cleared, and that the proper officials to do this work were those from tho Treasury Department. In order to simplify their labors the latter were given absolute control of the dis bursing office, and will continue to excr ete the functions of the Incumbent of the office until they have completed their work and made their report to the Comp troller. That official will then notify the commission of the result of the Investiga tion. There has been no accusaUon of any character made against any one connected with the office and Cashier Mllstead turned over his kees to the experts ac cording to a rcgu'ar custom obtaining In cases of this character. He has not been suspended, nor has any one else connected with the office, and no such action Is at this time contemplated. The investigation Is taken simply In order to ascertain the true condition of affairs In the office and either to give the reports a foundation in fact or to prove their untruth. IS AOT 3IEAT TO DISCREDIT OFFICIALS. Commissioner Clements said the rumors of irregularities in the office had become so persistent that they could no longer be Ignored, and the Treasury Department was, therefore, called In. He added that he did not believe that, the InspecUon and auditing of the accounts of Cashier Mil stead would result to the discredit of that official, but that It was the unanimous opinion that Justice to all connected with the offico demanded the action taken. Secretary Moseley Is a bonded officer In the sum of $23,000 and all the employes of the disbursing office are Immediately un der his control. He pays all salaries, drawing Treasury warrants for those of the Commissioners, ns Is done in the case of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United Stpfs and other public officials. Not a great deal of cash Is handled in the office, the only general use for It being for expenses when Inspectors are sent un expectedly orpbuslness of the commission, when any of the Commissioners make a, trip on nubile business and similar mat ters. The method of drawing some of the war rants and vouchers for cash has been questioned by the Commissioners, and this started tho uncertainty that has resulted In tho actual Investigation. It Is not known how much Ume will be consumed In the Investigation, this de pending; upon what discoveries are made during tho course of the work. WYMAN "iuSPE"NDS COMFORT. Joseph Wilson Takes His Place in Auditing Department. Charles D. Comfort of the Auditing De partment of the Post Office, under F. W. Baumhon, was yesterday suspended by J Postmaster Wyman. Joseph O. Wilson of the stamp division was placed In Mr. Com fort's position. W. H.-Black takes the position left va cant by the transfer ot Wilson. TO-MORROW'S DAWN MAY SEE BEGINNING OF GREAT WAR; FORCES OF JAPAN AND RUSSIA READY FOR STRUGGLE. i Pekin, Jan. 3. Information in the possession of the best-informed diplomats in Pekin convinces them that war is inevitable, possibly within a few days. ... . "'i -1 j r rv"tn j r" " !Ht 'ijTiTi 5 ' lK! ' - - . m . ! . - i SEA POWER OP RUSSIA AND JAPAN IN THE ORIENT COMPARED. RUSSIAN EATTLESHirS (1) Tsarcvitch. 13,009 tons, 64 guns (2) Retvisan, 12.700 tons 62 guns (3) Pobieda, 1-.C70 tons, 61 guns (I) Pcrcsvlet, 12.G74 tons, 61 guns. (0) Osllab'n, 12,674 tors, 61 gup. (6) Ietroravloki, U.COO tons, D3 guns. (7) Sevastopol, 11,00) tons, Z3 guns (S) Poltava. 11.000 tons, 53 guns. Amorcd cruisers: (9) Baian. 7.S0O tons. 37 guns. (10) Iiosslyu, 12.KO tons, 6S guns. (11) Gromovlo, 14.367 tons, C4 guns. (12) Rurik, 10.500 tons. 48 guns. JAPANESE BATTLESHIPS-(A) Asahl, 15,200 tons, 52 guns. (B) Mikasa, 15.200 tons, 50 guns. (C) Hatsuse. 15,fl"0 tons. 32 guns. (D) Shikishima. 14,630 tons, 52 guns. (E) Yashlm.i, 12 300 tons, 34 guns. (D Puji, 12.500 tons, 31 guns. (G) Chin Yen, 7,350 tons, is guns. Armored cruisers: (H) Idzumo, S.SOO tons, 42 gv.ns. (I) Iwnte, 9,500 tons, 42 guns. (J) Yakumo, S.SS0 tons. 40 guns. (K) Azuma, 9,436 tons, 40 guns. (L) Asama, 9,750 tons, 37 guns. (M) Toklwn, 9,730 tons, CZAR HOLDS WAR COUNCIL; JAPAN MAY ACT TO-MORROW; EUROPE'S HOPES WANING. All Outward Indications Toint to the Early Beginning of Hostili ties in the Far East, Though European Diplomats Still Cau tiously Express the Hope ThJit Peace May He Arranged Stock Markets in United State. and Abroad Badly Affected by Prospects, While the Prices of Grain and Provisions Make sVio lent Advances Large Quantities of Foodstuffs Bought in United States for Immediate Shipment. JAPANESE PEOPLE REVIVE 0 All outvvml indications point to the beginning of hostilities In the far East between Japan and Russia within the next few days possibly to-mor-rovr. This Is the firm belief of the bcst-lnformcd diplomats at Pekin. The only ray of hope anywhere is In unofficial communication from United States representatives abroad to the effect that diplomats In Europe say some pacific arrangement of the matters In dispute may yet be made, though nopuiir hojics of averting war have almost disappeared. It Is even rumored that the Czar has suggested proposals almost exact ly in line with the Japanese demands, but official Information at Washington is to the effect that Russia never will consent peaceably to the limitations which the Mikado's Government would place upon Russian aggression. Meantime. St. Petersburg confirms the statement made by Baron Ha yashi at London that Russia will refuse Japan's demands, which, It has been asserted, represented the least that Japan would concede without a fight, The Czar has held a highly Important war council following the receipt of long messages from Viceroy AlexiefT. Japan is ready, says a dispatch from Toklo, to send a squadron to-morrow to seize Masampho, Korea. Japanese war sentiment has led to a re vival of the old feudal battle songs by- the people. Murine engineers of the Clyde, engaged months ago by Japan for serv ice In case of need, have been ordered by cable to hurry to the far East. German undcrw ritere are refusing to take risks on cargoes to the Orient, while English rates for strictly neutral cargoes in.nentral ships are very high. Stock markets at all commercial coifers were greatly depressed yester day by the outlook and there was a sharp break In English consols. Grain and provisions, on the other hand, rose violently. Both Japan and Russia arc buying large quantities of foodstuffs In the United States. The Japanese army and navy are In a state of complete preparedness for war and just now would have a distinct advantage, especially If they could gain one victory over the Russians, while, If they wait until spring, Russia will be in better position to fight. This adds to the expectation that Japan will force matters with the least posslbiu delay. Washington, Jan. 2. Tho Associated Press learns from an official source that Japan, In her last note to the Russian Government, announced that the mini mum proposition which sho can accept from Russia are rights in Korea equal to those claimed by Russia in Manchuria. In return. It is said, Japan agrees to recognize the supremacy of Russia in Manchuria. To tills proposition the Russian Govern ment will not givo Its approval, feeling that Japan should content herself with modifications In the form of concessions In Korea for her commerce. The Russian Government has not aban doned hope of a diplomatic settlement of the question. In view of the powerful pressure which Great Britain and France are bringing to bear upon Japan to con sent to a continuance of the negotiations, but It Is emphatically stated that Russia wilt never admit the parallel between her position in Manchuria and that of Japin In Korea. Count Casslnl, the Russian Ambassador, thinks the far East situation "gloomy," but not without hope of salvation. At the Japanese Legation to-night It was Intimated that If the Russian reply does not give definite assurance that In general the concessions asked for by Japan In Korea will be granted, the To klo Government will be Impelled to aban don diplomacy for force. Dispatches received by Mr. Takahira, the Japanese Minister from Toklo, to-day tell of the critical state of public, feeling there. It Is dated if Russia falls to give a definite reply Japan will interpret a dila tory note as Indicating Russia's wish to defer hostilities until the spring, when her forces on land and sea can be used to better advantage. If Japan ts convinced of Russia's Inten tion not to accept her proposals, the Toklo Government, it Is declared, will not hesi tate to take the initiative and assume the responsibility for making war. The Japanese Minister does. not believe that, tter the manner in which b "';-7 37 guns LDFEODATTBATTLE SONGS? his people have acted throughout the ne gotiations, they will forfeit any sympathy which they may have in this country by striking first. CZAR IN SECRET COUNCIL. SPECIAL DY CABLE TO THE NEW TORK HERALD AND THE ST. LOUIS REPUBLIC. Bt. Petersburg, Jan. 1, via Eydtkuhnen, Jan. 2. (Copyright, 1904.) A meeting of a most serious nature was convened by the Emperor at Tsarskoe-Selo, which has been kept very dark. Those present were the Grand Duke Michael Nlcolalrvlch. President of the Council of the Empire, all the Senior Grand Dukes and a few ot the most trust ed councilors. At this meeUng, it my Information is correct, according to the strong desire of the Emperor for peace, a plan was worked out which, at this eleventh hour, yet may save the situation and avoid the devasta tion and horrors of war. It would save the amour propre of both parties and prove acceptable and advantageous to all concerned, and would probably settle the far Eastern question. Broadly speaking. It would be founded on lines somewhat as follows: Russia would guarantee the Integrity ot China on the understanding that this coun try's protectorate over Manchuria is rec ognized, and Japan would then be allowed to, fulfill her wishes as regards Korea. This may account for the assurances given, by august personages, as mentioned in my telegram of yesterday, that peace is hot likely to be disturbed, and also ac count for the confidence of statesmen and diplomats In the same direction during the last few days, which few people have been able to understand. . JAPAN MAY BEIZE PORT. Toklo, Jan. 2. The report Is current thit the Japanese squadron ot six ar mored cruisers, under Admiral Kami murs, now at Saseho, will seize the port ot Masampho, Korea, and that Its de parture has been fixed for January 4. lit some will-informed circles, however. It ta-douhted that Japan would seise Ma sampho or any Korean port, except to fflMB2fiLrK CIMlaKOT Tgp.Ug4MgE tXKY forestall Russia In the event of the latter showing evidences ot an Intention to take such a step, or in the event of the nego tiation's between the two countries finally ending In failure. Great activity prevails and the force of workmen has been increased at the Osaka Arsenal. The holidays of the arsenal op eratives have been curtailed in order to hurry up the work in hand. A significant and curious feature of the New Year's festivities is the revival of "the old feudal battle songs by the people here. LONDON LOSES HOPE. London, Jan. 2. No word has been re ceived here Intending to show when the Russian reply to Japan may be expected. Foreign Spcretary Lansdowne has In formed Baron HayashI, the Japanese Min ister, that he fears that the war party In Russia Is In the ascendant, and that he has faint hopes of Japan receiving a fa vorable reply. Baron HayashI says he has received no news of tho intended dispatch of a Jap anese squadron to Masampho. The lat news he heard was that a Russian cruiser was there. The Minister pointed out thtt the dispatch of a squadron to Masampho would not necessarily be a warlike ac tion, though It could scarcely help being regarded in the line of other precautions which Japan has openly taken. The weekly papers here share In the general feeling of alarm current in Great Britain. The Spectator says war draws ever nearer, and adds: HATRED FOR RUSSIA. "If we are dragged into this war, as we may be, the country will not be divided In sympathy, dislike of Russia being ns strong among the masses of our popula tion as It was In 1S35." The paper surmises that Russia may keep her ships in her harbor as sho did during the Crimean war, thereby forcing land actions or a dangerous attempt by Japan to seize Port Arthur and Vladivos tok. The Saturday Review adopts a some what similar tone, saving that the likeli hood of Chinese Intervention menaces the commercial Interests of all Europe and of the United States. Information has been received In a Lon don diplomatic quarter unfriendly to Rus sia that M. Bezobragoff, who was recently raised by the Czar to a secretaryship of state, is the power behind the scenes of Russo-Japanese negotiations. M. Bezobragoff, according to this source of Information, who is now the prime fa vorite of the Czar and the leader of the war party. Is president of tho Yalu River Timber Company, .s largely Interested In lumber enterprises in Korea and Is the bosom friend of Viceroy Alcxlcff. Though the news Is evidently partial. It receives some credit and adds to the alarmist feel ing. STOCK MARKET DEPRESSED BY NEWS FROM FAR EAST. REPUBLIC SPECIAL. New York, Jan. 2. Wall street Inter preted this morning's news from the far East and from European diplomatic cir cles as pointing apparently to the certain ty of war, and heavy London selling, combined In tho second hour with the appearance of an unfavorable bank state ment, brought about a bearish reaction In the stock market and a severe decline in values. The market closed feverish, but with little evidence of active short selling, and a rally on Monday's opening was confl dtntly predicted. HENRY NORMAN ADMIRES , JAPAN AND HER NAVY. REPUBLIC SPECIAL. New York, Jan. 2, Henry Norman, member of Parliament and author, was fimong those who arrived on the White Star Liner Majestic this morning. He Is en route to Canada to invesUgate prefer ential tariff. Regarding the situation between Russia and Japan and the possible outcome, Mr. Norman said. "I am no prophet. I will say that If Russia fights Japan it will be the hard est proposition she could tackle. Japan Is well equipped and Is a nation of fight ers." '"How about Janan'a mvt!" 1 don't- h-'v It. has been ovmsU- Men ovsU- j--.fcr: . -.- TVDTfTP ECE0W? rimtfTER CTKKHME mated. If I can believe English officers I have met, next to the United States and England, they say. no nation has her navy better kept up or more prepared. It Is hard to forecast what the outcome of such a combat would be." "Would the other nations be Involved?" "According to an article ot alliance England has with Japan, we would help If another nation sided with Russia. A war between Japan and Russia would, I be lieve, tend to Involve other nations. It would be a most grave situation. As for the United States, she might be involved afterwards, but It would be through trade relations with Manchuria." GERMAN UNDERWRITERS REFUSE RISKS IN ORIENT. San Francisco, Jan. 2. An indication of the imminence of m war in the Orient is shown by the refusal of German under writers to Insure vessels bound to the far East. "I cabled to Hamburg," said a leading insurance broker to-day, "asking for quo tations on a cargo for the Orient by the America Maru, sailing January 25, and have Just received an answer stating that no Insurance would be placed. "A London ceble quoted Insurance on the Nippon Maru, which Is to sail Janu ary 30, at 2i4 per cent for a cargo to Japan. "On English or American vessels, whlch means the Occidental and Oriental and the Pacific Mall lines, for immediate sailing to Jaran alone, neutral cargoes, half of 1 per cent is quoted. "The highest quotation Is to Manchurlan and Siberian ports, 3 per cent being de manded on neutral cargoes, under neutral flags, to those places." EUROPEAN DIPLOMATS HOPE WAR MAY YET BE AVERTED. Washington, Jan. 2. Acting Secretary Loomls has received in an unofficial way communications from representatives of the United States in various foreign cap itals bearing on the Russo-Japanese situ ation. It Is not deemed proper to publish these messages, but the statement is made that they aro generally Indicative of a belief that some arrangement will be reached between Russia and Japan which will avert war. It is expressly stated that these advices are not positive statements of fact, but represent the trend ot sentiment in the official circles of European capitals. JAPAN CALLS ENGINEERS FROM GLASGOW BY CABLE. Glasgow, Jan. 2. A large number vt Clyde marine engineers received cable or ders from the Japanese Government to day to proceed Immediately to Japan. These engineers were engaged by th Japanese Government six months ago on the understanding that they would be called on If active service was probable. Full InstrucUons were sent them In ci pher. They will go to the far East by way of Canada. WISHES TO PREVENT FIGHT. Attorney Petitions Court to Re scind Exhibition License. Attorney R. Lee Mudd .3 esterday filed a petition In the County Court at Clayton asking that its action in licensing an Imi tation Spanish bull fight exhibition be re scinded. In his petition ho took exception to tha legal opinion on which the court acted In licensing the exhibition. The license was granted to Richard Norris. V. G. Ilagar Entertains Employes. W. G. Hagar, president ot the Western Iron and Supply Company, gave a banquet last night at the Mercantile Club to tha heads of departments of the firm. A gold headed cane was presented to Mr. Hagar by his employes. Thlrty-llvo were pres ent. Drag Employes Bntertataea. -'- Cyrus P. Walbridge. president of tha J. i S. Merrill Drug Company.- entertained tha traveling representatives and heads of -1 partments of the nrmLit night atba;i auet at the Mercantile; dub. ployea were presenWsHjSiV S-ftuWiSrV "1 1 i 'il t?l fr ?'fi m ?. ' et .f-e . f -.- ., Jg.jiz&M2k ht4mMmMb5hsjts i'l . -L '-T, 7-'j?. -fz a-fr . '-!'.