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-sifled columni ol Th« Herald, 3d Page; advertlse menti there ouly cost Five Cents a line. VOL. 36. —NO. 22. A WAVERING POLICY. The Farcical Handling of the Itata Affair. No Steps Taken to Head Off the Pirate Craft. The Federal Authorities in a Pitia ble Dilemma. Remarkable Timidity Displayed by the State Department—The Desert er*' Story. Associated Press Dispatches. Washington, May B.—The question of the right of the United States to take the Itata on the high seas is not alto gether settled. The state department people are inclined to doubt the right. The whole question arises from a dispute as to the character of the vessel. Were she a pirate, or a vessel of American register engaged : n acts of the violation of treaty stipulation, the case would be a simple one; but she is merely a Chi lean vessel engaged in the transportation of a suspected cargo, and there is a grave risk involved. A PECULIAR SIDE LIGHT. Dispatches from Chile today throw a peculiar side light on the war, being to the effect that President Balmaceda has directed that payments of revenue and other dues to the government must be made in silver. A naval officer today pointed out the fact that this means a good deal, and might indicate a certain amount of speculation on the part of Balmaceda, who, as lively as not, is pre paring for abdication. Such an act will, of course, be in favor of the insur gents. THE STATE DEPARTMENT'H TIMIDITY. In the matter of the international law involved, it would seem as though the state department is not in entire accord with the rest of the administration, for both Attorney-General Miller and Secre tary Tracy lean to the belief that the Itata is a legitimate prey. Secretary Tracy and other officials this morning refused to discuss the matter. THE GOVERNMENT'S ANXIETY. There can be no doubt of the fact that the government is exfremely anxious to exhibit all possible zeal in an effort to recapture the vessel, in order to avoid any unpleasantconsequences that might arise through the presentation of a claim for damage in behalf of the Chilean gov ernment ; but the naval officers are very skeptical of the ability of our ships to recaoture the Itata under the circum stances attending her flight.| THE ITATA IB SAKE. It is not possible to get a definite authoritative answer to the question whethtr the Charleston will be sent after the Itata. All the information vouchsafed is that the Charleston was ordered weeks ago to coal and get ready for sea at the earliest moment. The formalities attending the president's re ception at San Francisco necessarily de layed these preparations, but it is un derstood they are now actively under way. Single-handed, even the Charles ton would have great difficulty in catch ing the Itata. The latter vessel may be 500 miles ahead of the Charleston when the latter starts on the chase, and a variation of a point or two of the compass in the steering course, would soon separate the two vessels by many leagues, so the Charleston might pass the Itata without knowing it. On this account probably, if the navy de partment is really satisfied of its rights to Beize the Chilean vessel on the high seaß,aud has determined to do so,it must rely largely on the United States vessels in the south. So far, it is said no move had been made in that direction, but the depart ment may at any moment cable Admiral McCann who is on the Chilean coast with the Pensacola and Baltimore, and to Admiral Brown.who is on the San Francisco, eomewhere off Peru, to en deavor to head oif the runaway. A CHANCE FOR AN ARREST. A report has come from San Francisco to the effect that Richard Trumbull, a member of the Chilean revolutionary congress, has been arrested there. No knowledge of such act has been reported to the department of justice. It is stated that it would be an easy matter for any one to cause the arrest of Trumbull on the charge of violating the neutrality laws. The marshal is bound to recog nize an order to this effect, contained in information or complaint sworn to by any citizen. In case there is a mistake and false arrest, there is redress only in the form of a suit at law against the in formant; the marshal is not responsi ble. AN IMPOSSIBLE CIKCUMSTANCE. The San Francisco story that the Bal maceda transport Imperiale is hovering off the coast of California, to capture the Itata, is said at the navy department to be without foundation, for Admiral McCann's last report showed that a month ago the Imperiale was shut up in Valparaiso harbor by the insurgent fleet, and it would manifestly be impos sible for her to have reached California in a month. THE ITATA'S MISSION. Two Deserters Give a Full Account of tUe Transport's Movements. San Diego, Cal., May B.—An Asso ciated Press reporter today secured an interview with the two deserters from the Chilean steamer Itata. They said that the Chilean man-of-war Esmeralda, which is now in the hands of the insur gents, left Iquique early in April to con vey the steamer Itata to the nearest American port for the purpose of buy ing provisions, and to get arms, which had already been purchased by an agent of the insurgents in New York and shipped fc> San Francisco, to be placed on some coasting vessel and transferred to the Itata at some rendezvous, to be arranged later. The transport and man-of-war sailed northward in com pany as far as cape San Lucas, where a transfer was made of a large portion of LOS ANGELES HERALD. the crew of the Esmeralda to the hold of the Itata, with their cutlasses and muskets, and after the captain of the war ship had himself gone aboard the Itata the vessels parted, it being under stood that the Esmeralda would wait off San Lucas for the return of the trans port. One of the deserters who gave these facts was one of the marines who lay hidden in the hold of the Itata, but after spending about a weeks in those stuffy quarters he deemed life ashore E referable to his cramped position on oard, and jumped overboard Tuesday night. PREPARED TO FIGHT. After the transfer at Cape San Lucas, the Chileans who were stowed away in the inner recesses of the Itata knew very little of all that was occurring. They did know, however, that they were prepared to take part in any fight that might come along. It wag an open secret on board that they were to meet the ' Robert and Minnie somewhere off this port, but just where, they were not informed. The captain of the Esmeralda being aboard, they acted under his orders. He told them that they would go back on board of their own ship at Cape San Lucas, where she was waiting for them, and then sail to Chile. RATIONS RUNNING SHORT. Before leaving the man-of-war, their rations were becoming pretty short; in fact none of the marines on the battle ships at the front had any too much to eat, and the supplies which the Itata purchased here were to be distributed 'around as far as they would go. When asked if the Esmeralda might not have come north after the Itata left her, the Chilean said that it was alto gether probable that she had, as the transport had not expected to remain here as long as she did, and the officers of the war ship probably feared that she had got into some trouble. * The deserters are more intelligent than the average Chilean seen in these parts, and gave as their reason for leav ing the Itata that they wanted to see more of the northern country. They had no cause to complain of the treat ment they received, either on board the Esmeralda or the Itata. NOT IN PURSUIT. Neither the Charleston Nor the Omaha Chasing the Itata. San Francisco, May B.—The cruiser Charleston remained anchored at her usual position in the harbor this morn ing. The object of her visit here is not definitely known, but has bsen stated to be a mark of honor to the late Minister Swift, whose remains arrived yesterday on the Belgic from Japan, and whose funeral occurs on Sunday next. One of the of the cruiser, who was ashore this morning, was seen in regard to the story that the Charles ton had been ordered in pursuit of the Itata. He stated that the Charleston had left Mare island for gun practice, but in the meantime had been placed by orders of the navy department at the disposal of the committee having in charge the obsequies of Minister Swift. In the event of orders being issued from Washington to pursue the Itata they would be in cipher, and nothing would be known as to the vessel's destination until she was well on her way. THE OMAHA COALING. San Diego, May 8. —The United States man-of-war Omaha is coaling in the stream and will sail for San Francisco as soon as supplied with fuel. MARSHAL GARD. t What the Baffled Officer Has to Say About the Itata Affair. Marshal Gard was expected home last night, but did not arrive. The San Diego Union of yesterday contains the following interview with him : The marshal, when questioned if any thing of interest had passed between himself and the authorities at Washing ton in regard to the escape of the Itata, said that since bis report of that occur rence had gone on he had received not a word from the attorney-general. "But you can depend on it the United States government is not going to let this thing drop just where it is. The cruiser Charleston at San Francisco, if ordered to do so, could overtake the Itata within a week. And besides this, our government has got in the San Francisco, which is now in Chile, one of the fastest men-of-war in any navy in the world. It is not at all improbable that she will be ordered to intercept the pirate craft, and if she starts after her she will get her; you can gamble on that fact." "How long did you intend to detain the Itata?" "Well, I could not have held her very much longer with libeling her, and I think the captain's knowledge of the fact that a libel was about to be clapped onto the ship hastened his departure. In case the Itata had been taken into the courts, he could not have got out of here inside of eight months, and he was well aware of that fact. That is where the absurdity of the action proposed to be taken by that meeting of the cham ber of commerce comes in. If they wanted to make money out of the Itata, they should not have protested against our holding her. If she had been libeled she would have spent $150,000 in San Diego, instead of $50,000, before she left." CHAMPIONED by a fkiend. A friend of Marshal Gard was seen yesterday by a Herald reporter in this city, and was indignant at the idea of any blame attaching to the marshal for the Itata's escape. "You may be sure that when Gard returns he will be able to show that he has done his full duty in the matter, and that no mistake on his part was made. How could he keep the Itata by force ? He had only received orders to detain her pending the filing of libel papers, and no order was received to libel her. The only possible thing that Gard could do was to try to hold the vessel peaceably until the libeling or ders came. If he had tried to use force there would undoubtedly have been an extensive fight and a lot of men killed, and all he would have had to show for such action would have been some telegrams simply asking him to detain the vessel. The sympathy of the San Diegana was with the Itata, and he could not have got much moral or phys ical support from the city. There were eighty soldiers at the barracks, but SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 9, 1891.—TEN PAGES- there were a hundred desperate, armed men on the steamer, and if the two forces had clashed, the loss of life would have been frightful, and Gard would have had to answer for it. No sir; be did all he could do. He received con flicting instructions, 1 am told, from United States District Attorney Cole, and no definite' instructions to proceed to extreme measures from any one. There was an indignation meeting held* in San Diego, when this matter of seiz ing the Itata first came up, but it was not directed against Gard, but against Collector Berry, and a petition for his removal, Bigned by a number of the beßt people there, has been circulated. No, sir; the public should not judge of this matter until Gurd's story is printed. He is all right." coming home today. San Diego, May 8. —Marshal Gard and his assistant will return to Los Angeles tomorrow, unless ordered otherwise. They expected to leave for the north this morning, but received orders to re main here. They would give no infor mation as to what the special order con tained, but it was intimated that they expected to await the arrival of the United States cruiser. First Shipment of Apricots. Winters, Cal., May B.—G. W. Hinck ley, of Skyhigh fruit farm, today shipped by Wells, Fargo & Co.'s express a ten pound box of Royal apricots to Porter Bros. Co., Chicago. He shipped a box just a year ago today, which sold for 60 cents a pound. This is the first ship ment this year. The I ret t. Case Beady for Argument. Merced, Cal., May B.—The taking of testimony closed in the Ivett murder case today, and argument of counsel will commence tomorrow. THE BIG COKE STRIKE. NO APPARENT IMPROVEMENT IN THE SITUATION. The Strikers Slowly Losing Ground-The Region Filling Up "With Foreign Im ported Labor—Stupendous Losses. Pittsburg, May B.—Foreigners are coming into the coke region in bulk. An operator said, today, he can turn 3000 men into the region in 24 hours, but cannot shelter them. The peculiarity about this wholesale importation, is that the strikers are as firm and unbroken as ever, today. The labor officials say there will soon be a plentiful supply of money and tents for the needy, but this they have been promising for weeks. It is particularly noted that the aid pledged from the Federation of Labor has not yet made its appearance. The strikers are losing ground, though the region as a whole is making a poor showing in coke shipments. Outside of several pacific evictions, and one occasion where a "black-leg" was obliged to quit work by the strikers, all was serene today . The leaders and men fire preparing* for a . vig orous campaign between this and Monday, and will endeavor to talk with every worker, either by mass meetings or individually, in order to induce them to stop work. The efforts of this concerted move will be known Monday. In addition to the inconvenience suf fered by the near town furnaces, owing to the coke strike, a general complaint comes today from the Mahoning and Shenango valley furnaces, that are esti mated to produce one-eighth of the pig iron in the country. The furnaces in these valleys shut down last January for two months, but the coke strike came upon them just as they expected to resume, and for five months many blast furnances in the valley have been dead. The operators would be glad to resume, but the coke supply is too weak to be depended upon. In figuring up the losses, no attention has been paid to the railroads that are really the greatest losers. The lines running through the coke regions have missed their 8000 cars of ccke per week, for three months, while the roads in the Shenango and Mahoning valleys for five months have found a falling off in shipments of millions of tons of coal, iron ore and finished articles. All this loss, exclusive of the wages of the men on every side, and the profits of the coke and furnace and mill men, will present figures of loss almost beyond belief. The ruins of Tuesday night's confla gration were looted today by a mob of Hungarian and Italian men, women and children. No police were present, and the crowd, knowing that beneath the ruins were thousands of dollars worth of goods, eatables, etc., made a raid. Hums, cans of lard, other canned goods and everything not destroyed that could be gotten at was carried away. The crowd numbered several hundred, and several fights took place between them. They were finally driven away by the firemen still at work on the ruins. WORLD'S FAIR TRANSACTIONS. The Wage Question Dismissed—Max well* Competency Questioned. Chicago, May B.i-The world's fair directory this afternoon took action on the question on the minimum scale of wages demanded by the labor organiza tions, by discharging the conference committee and adopting a reso lution to ■ have no more nego tiations on the subject. One of the directors said this evening that the concessions of eight hours, and arbitra tion made by the former directory, ought to satisfy the men ; that if there is no question of wages or anything else that cannot be covered by arbitration, the committee did not see why so im portant a departure from the establish ed usage, as the fixing of a minimum scale, should be made. The appointment of Walter S. Max well, of California, as chief of the horti culture deparment, was referred to a special committee to investigate the charges of incompetency preferred against him, and to report to the next meeting. Several horticulturalists, in cluding John Porpe, of New York, were at the meeting ready, if allowed, to speak in opposition to Maxwell's confir mation. Dock Laborers Strike. Cleveland, 0., May 8. —Nearly one thousand dock laborers, at Ashtabula harbor, struck today against a reduction of wages. OLD WORLD ECHOES. An Important British Cabi net Conncil. Lord Knutsford's Newfound land Bill Discussed. Action Taken Against the Early Dissolution of Parliament. Liberal Strength Not Weakened by the l'arnell Disaster—A Relief Bill for Blackguards. Associated Press Dispatches. London, May B.—[Copyrighted, 1891, by the New York Associated Press.] Today's cabinet council discussed Lord Knutsford's reply to the memorial which the Newfoundland delegates presented on Wednesday, and the more momentous question of a period of dissolution of par liament. The recent series of elections have afforded abundant proof that the Parnell disaster has not weakened the popularity of Gladstone, or of the Lib erals. The ministers determined against an early dissolution. In regard to New foundland, Knutsford, after today's council, resumed communications with the Newfoundland delegates. MORAL LEPERS IN PARLIAMENT, The formalities of the expulsion of Captain Verneyand Mr. De Cobain from the house of commons will be secret. The recent report of the scandals in volves seven members of parliament, not including several who escaped ex posure, though their cases were widely talked about. No party capital can be made, each section contributing black guards to the list. In talking of recent developments with a friend, Gladstone said there was nothing exceptional in the cases of the public men exposed; that the impor tance of the case lay in their being symptomatic of social and moral dis ease, requiring vigorous united Christian action to amend. Sir Henry James has introduced a bill enabling members of the commons to resign without resorting to the fiction of app'ying for stewardship of the Chil tern Hundreds. It has been judged as designed to enable other culprits to sneak out silently, and has got fatally dubbed, "the parliament blackguards relief bill." BALMACEDA GETTING READY TO ELY. Private Chile cables states that Presi dent Balmaceda is arranging to flee from Santiago and come to London via Buenos Ay res. The proposals of mediation of France, Brazil and the United States, are rejected by Balmaceda, who consid ers the success of such mediation impos sible. Balmaceda haß invested a large iwm on his persona! "account in a London bank. CATHOLIC EMIGRANTS. Continental Churchmen Jealous of Irish Supremacy In America. Bomb, May B.—A memorial recently presented to the pope in the name cf all the United States emigration com mittees, who recently held a congress at Lucerne, begs the pope's protection for 400,000 to 600,000 Catholics, who an nually emigrate. One point urged is that national bishops should be appoint ed _ for America to look after emigrants from different na tionalities, as the petitioners assert that the Irish bishops in the United States only nominate Irish priests, who do not know the languages spoken by the emi grants. The result of this is that Cath olic emigrants lose their religious faith. At the Vatican, no allusion is made to thisj project. Some believe the carrying out of the plan would have dire results. It would augment the division among the Catholics now,when the pope desires so earnestly unity and concord. AN APPEAL TO EUROPE. Italy Going; to Lay Uncle Sam's Conduct Before the Powers. Rome, May B.—The Italian govern ment is about to address a circular to the European powers, submitting the conduct of the United States govern ment in the New Orleans affair to their judgment. Italy will thus be the initi ator of an international agreement to compel the United States to find means to guarantee the protection of foreign subjects. The Honduras Revolution. City op Mexico, May B.—The revolu tion which broke out at Auapala, Hon duras, on May Gth, one'of the leaders of which, Bardales, was killed, appears to have been instigated by Guatemalans who were angry because of the Guate mala-Honduras treaty. It appears that Villavicence, who betrayed the Salva dorans in their late war, is heading the revolution. A Terrible Disaster. Rome, May B.—A terrible dieaster occurred today at Allerona, in the prov ince of Umbrfa. 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