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THE ALASKA DAILY EMPIRE I
VOL. V., NO. 627. JUNEAU, ALASKA, MONDAY, JULY 26, 1915. PRICE TEN CENTS. 1 - ' . I. J . ^ 1. ? GERMANS SINK A WELL KNOWN ALASKAN STEAMSHIP INVESTIGATE EASTLAND DISASTER CHICAGO. July 26.?Federal and State authorities today took up the task of fixing the responsibility o( the overturning of the excursion steamship Eastland, which sank In the Chicago River Saturday, with a fearful loss of life. A news telegram from Cornish. N. H.. said that President Woodrow Wil son had ordered a complete investi gation of the catastrophe, by the de partment of commerce, and Secreta ry William C. Redfteld at Washing ton immediately got the machinery of that department in motion. The President wired Mayor William Hale! Thompson a message expressing his j grief at the horror, and extending thej sympathy of the people of the United1 States. Death List About 1200. I-atest estimates of the dead are 1220. Nine hundred bodies had been ! recovered at noon today, but It is es timated that about three hundred' more bodies are still held in the mud of the river, by the superstructure of the Eastland. U D. Gadrov, one of the survivors, said the great majority of the pas sengers crowded on one side of the boat causing her to list and then turn over. The identified dead at the morgues this morning was 700. Every member of the Eastland's crew, number 7."? men. escaped by swimming to the wharves. The death list of the East land contains no names of unusual prominence. Sympathy Messages Received. In addition to expressing his sympa thy to the relatives and friends of the victims. Sir Thomas Lipton. the English sportsman, cabled a thous and dollars to the relief committee. Messages of condolence also were re ceived from the survivors of the burning of the steamer General Slo riim, at Hell Gate. New York. The Eastland was owned by the Eastland Navigation company of Cleveland. She was built in 1903. and was one of the fastest vessels i on the lakes. She was 365 feet In length. The steamer sank in 25 feet of wa ter. it was ascertained yesterday. Officers Are Arrested. Capt. Pederson, master of the East-, land, and First Mate Schuestler. were arrested last night, and while on their way to the police station nar-i rowly escaped lynching. Police drove the infuriated mobs back. Mayor Thompson arrived today on a special train from San Francisco.: having left for Chicago on receipt of the first bulletin announcing the dis-, aster. According to \V. C. Steele, secretary and treasurer of the company which owned the Eastland, and which char- j lered her to 2500 employees of thet Western Electric company, for the [ ill fated excursion trip to Michigan City. Indiana, said in jail yesterday that the vessel once had been remod eled. when it was found that she wasj top-heavy. CHIIKAT RIVER IS ON RAMPAGE; Superintendent J. C. Hayes, who re turned today from Haines on the Georgia. says the hot weather has caused the Chllkat river and its trib utaries to overflow the whole coun try. He says the water has flooded and damaged the works of the Gla cier Creek Mining company that was just beginning to handle dirt, and caused it to cease everything except ing the flght against high water. Gravel is reported to be running strong in the Porcupine Mining com pany's flume. The government road is under wa ter in places, and several piles were washed out of the Chilkat bridge, but. j Mr. Hayes says, the bridge will be saved. There are 20 men and three teams working on the government road. LAUNCH SINKS. The launch "Mable," owned by Ben j Billiard, sank at -her moorings last night, her lines having become foul ed. Only slight damage was done to the boat. STOLE TOWN PETS. ?4? Front street businessmen are com plaining at the loss of several pigeons from the flock that makes the street Its feeding place. _ It is said that one man yesterday took six of the birds. LOCATE CLAIMS. J. K. Welch. J. A. Nolan and Tim Harrington today tiled in the record ing office the notice of the location of 26 lode claims and 14 millsites, in Rhine Creek basin. + ? ? You saw it ITrst In The Em Dire. ?T7+ 4 WEATHER TODAY 4 4 Maximum?89. 4 ? Minimum?54. 4 4 CLEAR ! ! * +++>>444444444444 CLAXTON TO SETTLE TROUBLE The difficulties at the Rev. William Duncan's colony at Metlakahtla are soon to be over, all signs Indicate. Dr. P. P. Claxton, of Washington, D. C.. the commissioner of education, ar rived at Metlakahtla Saturday, in company with W. G. Beattle of Ju neau. former superintendent of the Southeastern Alaska government school s. and, C. D. Jones, who taught the government school at Metlakahtla last year, at the time of the trouble with Father Duncan. The education officials arrived at Metlakahtla on tho Dolphin, and will visit Juneau soon, it Is reported. Dr. Claxton came to Metlakahtla at the advice of Secretary of the Inter ior Franklin K. Lane, whose efforts to peaceably settle the trouble at Metlakahtla have emphasized his deep interest in Alaska and the Ter ritory's affairs. SENATOR TILLMAN IS ON WAY TO NORTH SEATTLE. July 26.?United States Senator Benjamin Ryan Tillman of South Carolina arrived here Saturday | and left within a few hours for Van- j couver. B. C.. from which point he sail ed Saturday night for a round trip to Skagway. V>nator Tillman will reach Juneau tomorrow evening on tho Princess So phia and leave here for Skagway the same evening. Returning, he will be in Juneau again Friday morning. MEXICANS MUST NOT SHOOT OVER AMERICAN BORDER WASHINGTON. July 26.?Gen. Fred j Funston has been directed to prevent i any Mexican firing across the Ameri can border in case of warfare near the boundary line between the United States and Mexico. There Is fighting threatened at No Bales and elsewhere along the border between Mexican factions. Carranzistas Threaten Border. WASHINGTON. July 26. ? Gen. Fred Funston reported today that In spite of the warning that had been; given to Gen Carranza and his as surances that there would be no fight-! ig on the border towns which would | endanger the lives of Americans, Gen. Calles has assembled 2.000 Car ranzista troops at Santa Barbara. 2C miles from Nogales, apparently with the intention of attacking the border town. SOUTH AFRICA CELEBRATES VICTORY OF GEN. BOTHA CAPETOWN. South Africa, July 26. ?All South Africa Is celebrating the retura of Gen. IxjuIs Botha and his vic torious army from German Southwest Africa. A scries of celebrations are being held in the various towns as he reachesa them. He is everywhere: hailed as the greatest man that ever was connected with the history of South Africa. STUDENTS COMING TO SEE GLACIERS SEATTLE, July 26. ? Dr. D. B. Karle of New York University, and a party of eleven graduate students, mostly teachers, who are making a 10.000-mile trip for the study of North American geology, arrived here yesterday, on their way to Alaska to examine glacial formation. They sail for Alaska on the Spo kane. A. MITCHELL PALMER TO SUCCEED LANSING CORNISH. XN. II.. July 26.?Form er Congressman A. Mitchell Palmer, of Pennsylvania, will be appointed counsellor of the State Department to succeed Robert Lansing, promoted to be Secretary of State. It was stated that the commission for A. Mitchell Palmer will be sign ed within a day or two. "SHIRT WAisT" MEN 1 TO ERONT IN JUNEAU Juneau business men in "shirt waists"? That is what it is-comlng to. and It is all due to the weather. The move ment was started today by swelter ing men who must attend to bus iness irrespective of weather condi tions. but,who do not like to carry the burden of introducing rational ha biliments in the North without plen ty of assistance. Among those who are promoting the propoganda. and urging other bus! nesa men to discard coats and vests and starched colors are A. F. Spatz. J. P. L. Graves and others. H. P. Gallagher saw the change In styles coming, and sallied forth this afternoon as the original "shirt waist" Alaskan?that is If we except "Curley" Monroe who contracted the habit in the early Dawson days and liked it so well that not even "68 be low" could Induce him to change. . SLATON GLAD ERANK'S LIFE WA^ SPARED By Earle C. Jameson. "I am glad Leo Frank Is out ot danger, after the assault on his life at the Georgia state prison at Mil ledgeville, and I'll tell you a remark able coincidence about that story," said former Governor John M. Slaton of Georgia, when ho arrived in Ju neau Saturday night on the steam ship City of Seattle, on which ho and Mrs. Slaton are making a round trip between Seattle and Sitka. "You will remember that Frank's jugular vein was partially sovored by the convict that attacked him," Gov ernor Slaton continued. 'When Frank ; was taken to the prison hospital, ac cording to the press dispatches which ! I read, another convict, a Dr. Mo ; Naughton. was called to attend him, and, as developments have shown, he undoubtedly saved his life. A year i ago McNaugton, one of the best sur geons in the South, was .found guilty | of murder in the flrst degree, on cir cumstantial evidence, and he was sen tenced to be hanged. After studying the case, I commuted the sentence to life Imprisonment, as in the case of Leo Frank. It was a stroke ot good fortuno for Frank, that Mc Xaughton was in the prison, other wise I think the attack on Frank would have proven fatal." About the Frank Case. Commenting on his action in com muting the sentence of Frank, who was under sentence of death follow ing his conviction on a charge of mur dering 15-year-old Mary Phagan, em ployed in the pencil factory at Atlan ta, of which Frank was superinten dent, Governor Slaton said: "It was but an act of simple justice. I deserve no credit for it. for I did it honestly, and with the knowledge of the recep tion wrong-thinking people would give it While loud-mouthed agitators were carrying out hostile demonstra tions against me. I had the right thinking people of my state with me. Four of the Atlanta newspapers com mended me for my stand, and news papers in the principal cities of the state were, with but few exceptions, (Continued from page 1.) WILSON WILL WIN - SAYS JUDGE PARKER LOS ANGELES. July 26.? Former Democratic nominee for President, Alton B. Parker, in an interview yes terday< predicted that President Woodrow Wilson will be renominated for President and re-elected by a tre mendous maporlty. He said that this outcome of next year's Presidential contest is so clear that it requires no prophet to make the prediction and that.it will become so apparent with in a short time that it will be con ceded by every close observer. "Tomfoolery," says Roosevelt. When the attention of Col. Theo dore Roosevelt was called to the pre diction of Judge Parker, he repllod, with a rattle of his teeth. "Tomfool ery." BRYAN SAYS ROOSEVELT IS "SWAGGERING STATESMAN" SAN FRANCISCO, July 26? Will iam J. Bryan iu an address in Dr. Ak ed's church yesterday characterized former President Theodore Roosevelt as "a swaggering type of statesman." | He asserted that this country has the interest of 100,000,000 people to pre serve, and "to go to war with a mad nation at this time would be like challenging an insane asylum." Bryan to Speak at Seattle. SEATTLE. July 26. ? William J. : Bryan will make two or three speech | es while In Seattle in addition to his address for the peace society. He is ! expected to arrive hero this week. JUDGE NETERER SHAKEN UP BY AUTO COLLISION SEATTLE. July 26.?United States District Judge Jeremiah Neterer was badly shaken up yesterday when his automobile collided with a jitney bus. His condition is not serious. FORMER TACOMA PASTOR CHARGED WITH BIGAMY SEATTLE. July 26.?Rev. Waldo B. Marsh, former pastor of St. Paul's church. Tacoma, was arrested hero yesterday charged of bigamy. Mrs. Margaret Davis, whom he re cently married, is named as his sec ond living wife. GERMANY MAY DECLARE MARTIAL LAW EVERYWHERE ?I? COPENHAGEN. July 26.?A Berlin dispatch published here says that martial law will be declared through out Germany in order to suppress the socialist agitation for terminating the war. GERMAN AEROPLANES FOR TURK ARMY DEDEAGATCH. (via Salonika and Athens) July 26.?Eleven railway tank cars filled with benzine and eight aeroplanes have just arrived In Constantinople from Germany for use by the Turkish army on the Galll poll peninsula. GERMANY TO DELAY ANSWER BERLIN, July 26.?'There Is every indication today that considerable time will elapse before the govern ment will make any attempt to an swer the latest American note. The government Is confronted by two grave propositions. One is the continuation of friendly relations with the United States and the other is the desire to continue the subma rine warfare against Great Britain There is no attempt to disguise the fact that the German government de sires to retain friendly diplomatic in tercourse with the United States. To do so Is regarded as the most import ant international problem now con fronting the country with the possi ble exception of the efforts to prevent the Balkan States and Greece from entering the war. On the other hand it may be stated with finality that Germany at the present time has no Intention of stop ping the submarine war against Great Britain. The foreign office will first of all consult with the naval officials to as certain whether or not there is any practicable manner in which to har monize submarine war and acquies cence in the demands of the United States. BERLIN DISLIKES AMERICAN NOTE Berlin, July 26.?The American note to Germany has been received most unfavorably by the German newspa pers. They charge that the United States is seeking to cripple the Ger man submarine warfare. Many of the papers say that to comply with the American demands would mean In ef fect a suspension of the submarine war against British commerce. The effect of the German newspa per comment on the American note is having a tendency to revive the anti-American feeling that had al most died out. PRESIDENT PLANS TO INCREASE ARMY WASHINGTON, July 26.?Pending tho return of President Woodrow Wilson from Cornish, N. H., when he will, vwith the aid of Secretary of War l.lndley M. Garrison and Secre tary of the Navy Josephus Daniels, decide on a plan for the strengthen ing of the army and navy, the White House announced today, and that the President expects to prepare a plan of what will bo a "sane, practical pro gram for the National defense." Army and naval officials are already assembling information upon which the new military policy will be based. The army plans now are to look into the feasibility of building the army up to include 500,000 regulars in ad dition to the militia in the scpartc States and Territories. JAPS TO RUN EIGHT STEAMERS TO GOTHAM NEW YORK, July 24.?The Japnn Mall Co., subsidised by the Japanese government, has decided to establish a direct passenger and freight ser vice between New York, Yokohama, Kobe, and Vladivostok, by way of the Panama Canal, and will put on eight new steamers. SPOKANE COMING WITH FULL PASSENGER LIST SEATTLE, July 26?Tho Spokane will sail tonight with all of her pas senger accommodations sold out to tourists. NEW YORK'S MAYOR ARRESTED FOR SPEEDING ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., July 26. ? Mayor John Purroy Mltchel, of Now York was arrested here yesterday for exceeding the automobile speed limit CRAWFORD TO BUILD STORE. VALDEZ, July 26. ? Chas. Craw ford who was a heavy loser in the Valdez fire has returned here. He will construct Sam Blum's new store. He has been over at Anchorage where he and Chas. Bush, formerly of Vp.ldez of the cigar firm of Ingram & Bush, are now in business. * ? ? JOHN ROSENE SEVERELY * ? HURT IN AUTO ACCIDENT 4 + + + Seattle, July 26.?John Ro- 4 + scne, pioneer of Alaska, orlg- <? + inator of the "Northwestern" + companies and for the last * + several years promoter of the + 4- ("Alaska Midland railroad" * 4- from Haines to the Tanana, 4 -J- and Miss Bertha Heutls, a Se- 4 4- tie school teacher, wiiro seri- 4* 4* ously injured yesterday when 4 4* their automobile upset, as they 4 4? were returning from Mount 4 4* Rainier. 4 4? 4 ????????? ? ? 44 44 BRITAIN REFUSES TO YIELD WASHINGTON, July 26. ? Groat Britain's reply to tho American note protesting against the enforcement of the orders in council of last Febru ary which restrict neutral commorce was received today. It holds that the orders are absolutely within the prin ciples of international law. In most courteous language it holds that Great Britain's action was justied by de cision of the United States Supreme court in several cases arising during tho American Civil War. The note is extremely friendly, and says Great Britain would make any reasonable concession for the friend ship of the United States which that country prizes so highly. BRITISH PREFER TO SELL BONDS RATHER THAN STOCK SHARES NEW YORK, July 24.?One of the noticeable things In connection with the tremendous sales of American se curities by British holders in this country for tho last few weeks has been the disposition of the English men to sell bonds rather than divi dend paying stocks. The bonds have a fixed value, and the European hold ers feel that mere is sure to be a rise in all American values within a short time, and they desire to parti cipate in tho rise. However, the British sales of stock have been sufficiently large to cause a downward tendency in stock pric es. STANDARD OIL COMPANY FORMS NEW STEAMER LINE NEW YORK, July 24.-cTwenty-five vessels of the Standard Oil Company of New York, together with a large number of harbor tugs and barges, the entire fleet aggregating about 60, , 000 tons displacement, have beon re cently transferred to the ownership of the Standard Transportation Com pany, a newly organized corporation, formed to handle the Standard Oil i Company's transportation affairs. Its capitalization is $15,000/100. SPECIAL REVENUE AGENTS TO GUARD INTERESTS WASHINGTON. July 24.?A "flying squad" of special Internal revenue agents has been organized by Com missioner Osborn of the Internal rev enue bureau to uncover frauds and Increase the efficiency of the ser vice. The number of men in the squad Is to be kept secret, but they will oper ate In any rovenuc collection district in the United States where the com missioner has reason to believe their activities are needed. INVENTOR SAYS GERMANS "HOUND AND THREATE " ?+? PHILADELPHIA, July 24? Not on ly have the German government la ken Dr. Isadore Kitsee's censor-cir cumvening wireless device from him, according to the doctor's friends, "but the foreign government," as he calls it is threatening Kitsee. Dr. | Kitsee admitted as much today. Ger man agents in this country, he said, have been hounding him. In explain ly why he had not begun suit againBt Germany he declared that he had "been hounded and threatened" and that some one had said he would "go to jail" if he talked about his know I lodge of the disappearance of his invention. OLD FIRM GETS BIG ORDER FOR RIFLES BOSTON*, July 23.?It Is understood that one of the biggest war orders placed In this country in recent weeks has been alloted to the Hunter Arms . Company," of New York, one of the | old "up-state" firearms concerns. The order comes from Serbia and lis for $3,500,000 or rifles to be de livered as fast as they can be turn ed out. The fianancial arrangements for payment, which havo been the stumbling block In the way of con summating so many of the European Inquiries for war munitions, have i been satisfactorily completed so as ! to insure clear sailing for the com pany. To provide for the purchase of ad ditional equipment for the expeditious manufacture of the rifles the Hunter' Company has already been paid in tho neighborhood of $1,500,000 and further payments are to be made as the rifles are delivered. MAYOR MITCHELL TRIES TO PREVENT STRIKE ? NEW YORK. July 24.?Mayor John Purroy Mitchell of New York has ap pointed several prominent men, in cluding Louis D. Brandies, to act as arbitrators In the threatened strike of 50,000 cloak and suit makers. STOCK QUOTATIONS. ?+? NEW YORK, July 26.?Alaska Gold closed Saturday at 33%: China, 41U; Ray, 22%; Utah Copper, 65%: Butte and Superior. 70?/4. Copper was quoted at 19 cents. RUSSIA HOLDING POSITIONS LONDON, July 30. ? The Russian line of defense against the terrific German offensive movement that con tinues to hammer it from the Baltic to Galicia's southern boundary, is still holding fast. Reports from Ber lin, while claiming that progress is being made in the Investment of Warsaw, says the Russian resistance is determined and effective. The fighting continues to be most severe along the Lubin-Chelm rail road, where the Russians are fighting with desperation to throw back their assailants, and where they have stubbornly refused to yield ground. The losses in this region are particu larly severe. The Germans seem to count no cost too great in their ef forts to take the Russian positions along this part of the front, notwith standing that they have been con tinually attacking them for days with out appreciable gains. While the reports from Petrograd are hopeful of final success, the Ber lin reports Indicate that Germany has not wavered in her expectations of final success in the general movement against Warsaw. They claim that slowly but surely their plans for the investment of the city are being work ed out and that the steel and flesh chain is gradually being forged. GERMANY MAY BE AFTER PETROGRAI) ??? PARIS. July 26.?It is said here that the Russian drive at Riga is for the purpose of capturing that fortress and to use it as a base from which to op erate an attempt to capture Pctro grad, the capital of all the Russias. AUSTRIA MUST TALK FOR HERSELF AMSTERDAM, July 26.?"Germany will not insist too much upon tlio ob servance of conditions of the Aus trian note protesting against the shipment of war munitions from the United States to England and France." says the Gazette do Hollan do, in commenting upon the docu ment. "During the Spanish-American- war Germany furnished Spain with war supplies, consequently she considers it safer to let Austria take decisive steps alone." FIGHTING BRISK ON TYROLESE FRONTIER ROME, July 26.?It is reported from Bologne, the headquarters of the gen eral stafT, that both Infantry and ar tillery duels arc in progress on the Tyrolese frontier. Premier Salaudra left Rome for the front Thursday, to hold a conference with King Victor Emmanual. Italy Captures Pass/ ROME, July 26.?Falz Argo pass, reported to have been captured from the Austrian by Italian troops, is in a position of the greatest strategical importance and lies in the Tyrolese Alps between five and seven miles west of Cortina D'Ampezzo. The summit of the heights lies 6945 feet above the sea level. To the south west appears the snowcovered Mar molata with the distant Pala Dl San Vartino and the Civetta to the left in the foregrouud to the right is the Col di Lana. Falz Argo pass has long been a favorite spot for tourists In tho Tyrolese Alps on account of the rug gedness of the scenery. ' GREEK PARLIAMENT FOR ENTRANCE IN WAR IN EUROPE ATHENS, July 26?A conference of the followers of Former Premier Venzllos, who have been in session ut tlils city, discloses that practically without exception they favor the en trance of Italy in the war on the side of the Allies. Venzllos has been threatened with death, and Is guard ed wherever ho goes. GERMAN NEWSPAPER IS FORCED TO STOP AMSTERDAM. July 26.?The Ger man newspaper Maorkische Volstlm me has been suppressed for publish ing the French account of the light ing at Notre Dame de Ixirette in which the Germans were defeated. GERMANY PREPARES FOR WINTER CAMPAIGN LONDON, July 26.?German con tinues her preparation for another winter campaign. An official dis patch from Berlin received here says that the war department already has a supply of warm clothing and other winter supplies for the troops. AUSTRIAN SUBMARINE DESTROYED BY FRENCH LONDON, July 26.?A French tor pcdo boat destroyer operating in con Junction with the Italian fleet yester day destroyed an Austrian submarine and the aeroplane station on Lagostt island in the Adriatic sea. The Empire has most readers GERMANS SINK S. S. LCELANAW LONDON, July 26.?The American ateamslp Leelanaw bound from Archangel, Ruuia, for Belfast, Ire land, for a cargo of flax waa sunk yesterday by a German submarine off the coast of Scotland. The officers and crew of the Leela naw were brought to Kirkwall. The Leelanaw left New York last May with a cargo of cotton consign ed to Russia. She had discharged her cargo of cotton and was coming back to Belfast in ballast. The leelanaw was well known on the Pacific Coast. She has been en gaged from time to time for many years In the Alaska traded and two , years ago was under charter to the White Pass and Yukon route, carry ing general merchandise and ma chinery cargoes north and White horse ore south. She was a steel steamship of 1,923 gross and 1,377 net tons; 273.8 feet In length; 36.1 feet beam; 21.4 depth of hold; was equipped for passon gers and carried a crew of 34 men. She was built at New Castle, Eng land, and was given an American reg ister when in the government service at the time of the Spanish war when she was sold to the United States though Barncson and Chilcott, of San Francisco. Ho home port was San Frnncisco. GERMANS SINK THREE SHIPS IN NORTH SEA BERLIN. July 26.?German subma rines report that the French steam ship Danae and the British steamships Firth and Grangewood have been sunk by submarines in the North sea. GERMANS ACTIVE ON WEST FRONT AMSTERDAM, July 26 ? Another great effort is being made by the Ger mans north or Dixroude to press back the Belgians and gain the western bank of the Yser. Violent attacks were luunched near Schoorbakke, which were repulsed with heavy loss es. A tralnload of German dead pass ed through Ghent Thursday lfrom the battlefields. Germany Strengthens West. ROTTERDAM. July 26.?Over 85. 000 German troops are reported to have passed Aix-lafChapelle during the last week going to the west front. WAR CONTINUES TO DRAG ALONG WEST FRONT LONDON, July 26.?No Important eventualities are reported from the west where fighting continues to bo * severe, but, without decisive results. The German attacks along the Flan ders lines and on the Crown Prince's front have been repulsed. ALLIES PROGRESS AT THE DARDANELLES MITYLENE (via Athens). July 26. ?British reinforcements are report ed to have been landed upon the northern shore of the Gallipoll penin sula and nre now within three hours' march of the town of Gallipoll at the entrance of the Sea of Marmora, ac cording to world received yesterday. Turkish losses in the past six days' lighting at the Dardanelles are esti mated at 25,000 men. The anglo French fleet has redoubled its fire, and the land batteries of the Allies have been advanced. Tho Allies in their latest successful drive on the southern tip ot the peninsula cap tured much war material. ROUMANIA AND BULGARIA CONFER ROME, July 26. ? The newspaper Idea Nazlonale states that negotia tions for a final agreement between Bulgaria and Rouamnla are taking place here. Mr. Stanchioff. the Bul garian minister to Italy is holding daily conferences with Prince Ghlka, the Roumanian envoy. On Thursday Mr. Stanchioff visited Boron Sonnino, the Italian foreign minister, and the two conferred for some time. Turkey Gives Railroad to Bulgaria LONDON, July 26. ?A dispatch from Sofia to the Times says that a treaty ceding to Bulgaria the Turkish portion of the Bedegatch railroad was ' signed at Constantinople Thursday. i GERMANS MAY CONFISCATE i MUCH OF BELGIAN CROPS? LONDON, July 26.?A dispatch from Rotterdam says the Germans intend to confiscate the Belgian crops and I fix its selling price by commission. CHOLERA IN HUNGARY. GENEVA, July 26. ? Dispatches ? from Vienna say It is officially an ; nounced there that 543 cases of chol i era have been recorded in Hungary, 281 resulting in death. There have been 64 cases in the army, 24 soldiers dying.