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LAST HOPE SECRETARY ROOT WRITES POINT ED LETTER TO. AMERICANS IN ISLE OF PINES. SAYS IT IS CUBA'S For Centuries Island Has Been Part of Cuba and Continues as Such-Even 'Should Pending Treaty be Rejected by Senate United States Would Still Not Possess or Control It. Washington, Nov. 28.-The admini stration dashed the hopes of the little band of American colonists on the Isle of Pines who have been working toward the separation of the island from Cuba and its inclusion in the United States, when Secretary Root, after consultation with the president made public the text of a letter wnica he had addressed to Charles Raynard, president of the American club of the Isle of Pines, defining the attitude of the United States toward the proposed formation of a territorial government in the island as a part of the United States. The secretary was most point ed in the statements in his letter which is as follows: "I have received your letter of Oc tober 25, in which you say: 'Kindly .advise me at your earliest conven ience the necessary procedure to estab lish a territorial form of government for the Isle of Pines, West Indies, U. .S. A.' "It is no part of the duty of the secretary of state to give advice up on such subjects. I think it proper, however, to answer your inquiry so far as it may be necessary to remove an error under which you appear to be resting, concerning the status of the Isle of Pines, and your right as residents of that island. "There is no procedure by which you and your associates can lawfully establish a territorial government in that island. The island is lawfudy subject to the control and govern ment of the republic of Cuba, and you and your associates are bound to ren der obedience to the laws of that coun try, so long as you remain in the island. If you fail in that obedience you will justly be liable to prosecu tion in the Cuban courts and to sucn punishment as may be provided by the laws of Cuba for such offenses as you commit. You are not likely to have any greater power in the future. The treaty now pending before the senate if approved by that body, will relin quish all claim of the United States to the Isle of Pines. The treaty mere ly accords to Cuba what is hers in accordance with international law and justice. Never American Territory. "At the time of the treaty of peace which ended the war between the United States and Spain the Isle of Pines was, and had been for several centuries, a part of Cuba. I have no doubt whatever that it continues to be a part of Cuba and that it is not and never has been territory of the United States. This is the view with whic. President Roosevelt authorized the pending treaty and made and signed it, and I expect to urge its confirma tion. Nor would the rejection of the pending treaty put an end to the con trol of Cuba over the island. A treaty directly contrary to the one now pend ing would be necessary to do that and there is not the slightest prospect of such a treaty being made. You may be sure that Cuba will never con sent to give up the Isle of Pines and that the United States will never try to compel her to give it up against her will. "Very respectfully, "ELIHU ROOT." AN UNUSUAL VERDICT. San Francisco Coroner's Jury Returns Rather Remarkable Findings. San Francisco, Nov. 28.-The coron er's inquest on the remains of Mrs. Catherine Depaoli was held today. The jUry rendered a verdict that she was killed by her brother-in-law, Louis Depaoli, who, however, was not speci fically accused of the crime. Antione Depaoli, husband of the murdered wo man, testified that he did not believe his brother was insane when the mur der was committed. KING CHARLES SICK. Bucharest, Roumania, Nov. 28.-For the firt time in his reign of nearly 40 years, King Charles today was un ame to open the Roumanian parlia meet in person. He wa too indispos ed to attend, and the speech from the throne was read by the premier. MAY -END FATALLY. Serious Stabbing Affray Follows Po litical Quarrel at Chicago. Chicago, Nov. 28.-John V. Kopf, one of the commissioners of Cook county, was stabbed during a political quarrel today and sustained injuries which will probably cause his death. For several years a bitter feeling has existed between two republican fac tions in the Thirteenth ward and dur ing a ward club election this after noon Kopf became involved in; a dis pute with Geo. Roberts, an election clerk, and Roberts plunged a knife inm to Kopf's abdomen. Roberts was ar rested. IN RE BALLOT BOXES. Justice Amend Directs How They Shall Be Opened. New York, Nov. 28.-Formal orders directing how the ballot boxes are to be opened were issued today, by Jus tice Amend. The orders direct the inspectors of election to report to the supreme court on December 1 and recount and can vass the ballots. The ballots to be re counted come from the First, Second, Fourth and Sixth assembly districts. RIOTOUS CZECHS. Austerlitz, Austria, Nov. 28.-A mob of. Czech workmen during a suffrage demonstration here tonight broke into a sugar refinery. Gendarmes fired on the mob, wounding 27 of the workmen, many of them seriously. MOVEMENT TO END FOOTBALL UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK WANTS GAME ABOLISHED. t New York, Nov. 28.-Almost at the hour when the body of young Harold 1 Moore, the Union college student, who was killed in a football game with the University of New York team last Sat urday, was being laid to rest in Qg densburg today the faculty of the Uni versity of New York took definite act ion looking to the abolishment of the game of football as it now is played. Every college whose football team has played against New York univer sity since 1885, when the.latter's team was organized, has been invited to take part in a conference to fully con sider and finally dispose of the future of the game. With the call for the conference went the announcement that the New York university dele gates will support a resolution that the present game of football ought to be abolished. The colleges invited to the confer ence, 19 in number, are: Union, Syra cuse, Hamilton, Wesleyan high, Rut gers, Trinity, Haverford, Rensellaer, Stevens, West Point, Princeton, Col umbia, Fordham, Ursimus, LaFayette, Rochester, Amherst and Swarthmore. BROKAW IN CUSTODY. Honoluhlu, Nov. 28.-United States Marshal, E. R. Hendry left here Lo day for Seattle on the steamer Sono ma, having in custody G. L. Brokaw, who has been indicted at Spokane for complicity in land frauds in the state of Washington. MINISTER TO NORWAY. Berlin, Nov. 28.-Doctor Steubet, hitherto director of the colonial office, has been appointed minister to Nor way. A DIRTY LOT. Entire Town Prohibited by Ordinance From Bathing. Wilmington, Del., Nov. 2P.-Resi dents of Newark, Del are rot to be allowel to tab!e a tub hath for at least a month and the time may be ex tended. The town council has adopt ed such an ordinance. The penalty is shutting off the water in any house where the bath is taken. One may take a rubdown with a damp towel, but one takes the risk of going without water if the towel be too wet. A scarcity of water is responsible for this ordinance, the well which is B the town's present supply is going dry, and it will take at least a month to dig a new artesian well. BURGLARS ATTACK GIRL. Arcola, Ill., Nov. 28.-Two unknown men entered the home of Gus Racer, four miles northeast of here, this af ternoon and bound and gagged his 17 year-old daughter. They left her un r conscious while they plundered the Y house. She was found in a critical condition. The sheriff, a number of constables - and many farmers scoured the country. a Blood hounds were ordered from De catur and put on the trail. HIGH WIND' ON LAKES DIFFERENT POINTS REIORT MUCH DAMAGE TO SHIPPING AND OTHER PROPERTY. STEAMERS ASHORE Several Boats Wrecked, But No Loss of Life Results-Fierce Storm Ac companied by Heavy Fall of Snow and Freezing Weather Announced from Many Places. Detroit, Mich., Nov. 28.-Lake Su perior from Duluth to the Soo, the up per Peninsula of Michigan at the up per ends of Lakes Huron and Michigan and the northern counties of Michi gan have been swept last night and today by a terrific wind and snow storm and a number of shipping acci dents have been reported. The bliz zard raged with a velocity of 40 to 60 miles an hour, and all the harbors from Port Huron and from Sault Ste. Marie north on Lake Superior are filled with vessels which have run in for shelter. Tonight it was reported from Sault Ste. Marie that the wind had fallen to 12 miles an hour, and although the barometer is falling, the weather situ ation is regarded as greatly improved. Tremendous seas are running on Lake Superior off Marquette harbor and more than a dozen vessels are rid ing out the gale inside the breakwater there. At Alpena, on Lake Huron, the wa ter logged barge Harvey Bissell, which was tied at a dock, was torn to pieces by the gale and the barge Vineland broke away from her consort and is aground. The small passenger and freight steamer City of Holland went on the rocks while trying to make the harbor at Rogers City. The passeng ers and crew were rescued by a crew from the shore. Docks and other water side prop erty sustained heavy damages at Al pena. Much damage was also done on Thunder Bay island, where the weather station and watch house were surrounded with water and the north ern portion of the island was sub merged. Ludington reports a 40-mile gale sweeping the upper end of Lake Michi gan this afternoon and no boats leav ing the harbor, except the Pere Mar quette ferry steamers. Thousands of dollars of damage was done to water side property at Menominee and along the west shore of Green bay. From Fort William, Ont., on the north shore of Lake Superior, came news of the beaching of the Canadian steamer Rosemount inside of Welcome island. The Rosemount, it is under stood, is not greatly damaged and her crew is in little danger. The storm warnings on the lower lakes which have been up for the past 24 hours, were ordered down at 6 o'clock this evening. From Alpena north to the upper peninsula shore of Lake Superior from five inches to a foot of snow was re ported tonight. Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 28.-The fiercest windstorm in many years pre vailed on the great lakes last night and today, causing much damage to shipping and other property. Lake Michigan on this shore was a mass of foam and the water was driven high on the beach and against the clay banks south and north of Milwaukee. On Lake Michigan the wind reached a velocity of 56 miles an hour, but on Lake Superior the storm appeared a hurricane raging at over 60 miles an hour. The government lighthouse and fog signal building at the end of the Mil waukee breakwater pier was battered by the high seas and the assistant keeper, William Foster, was rescued with difficulty by the life savers. The entire east wall of the fog signal building was smashed in by the waves, which, according to Foster were the worst he had even seen in his 15 years' experience on the lakes. The big steamer Appomatox, coal laden, which went ashore seven miles north of this city several weeks ago and was later abandoned, was batter ed to pieces by the intensity of the waves. The boat broke into pieces. The bow and stern were washed away and driven upon the shore. Wreckage strews the shore of the lake from Lake Park to Whitefish bay. Steamer Driven Ashore. Port Washington, 30 miles north of Milwaukee, reports that the steamer D. C. Whitney, coal laden, ran ashore during the gale. The vessel belongs to the Gilchrlst fleet of Cleveland. The Milwaukee life saving crew went to the rescue and this afternoon took off the crew in safety. Two Mil waukee tugs also went, to the scene and will endeavor to release the ves sel. The barge George which was cut adrift by the Whitney has been towed into Sheboygan, Wis. A special from Washburn, Wis., re ports an extraordinary snowfall, ren dering train service irregular. Con siderable damagd .was done to dock property and lumber and coal piles at Menominee, Mich. Mackinaw City reports that the straits experienced one of the worst storms ever known. The temperature there is at the freezing point. SOUTH DAKOTA SNOWBOUND. Sioux City, Ia., Nov. 28.-Dispatches from South Dakota report a heavy snowstorm raging in that state today. ARIZONA FLOOD SUBSIDING. Phoenix, Ariz., Nov. 28.-Flood con ditions here are better today. It is colder and the rain has ceased. All railroads to the south are temporarily out of business. The steel bridge of the M. &. P: at Tempe, which is the last one to suffer, was damaged at one of the approaches sufficiently to stop traffic. WILL REDUCE BOTH RATES ILLINOIS RAILROAD COMMISSION SUDDENLY GETS BUSY. Springfield, Ill., Nov. 28.--The state railroad and warehouse commission is said to be preparing an order reduc ing passenger fares to a two-cent basis throughout the state. The purpose of the commission to interfere with the passenger traffic has been kept a state secret for sev eral months. The plan, however, with that portion of the order which will provide for a horizontal reduction of freight rates in the state, is said to have the approval of Governor Deneen. Regarding the exact form of the or der very little is known, and up to the present the railroad interests have not dreamed that anything of the sort is contemplated. Heretofore the commission has nev er attempted to interfere in passen ger matters, and it has been taken by the railroads for granted that it would not do so. Unless the plan is chang ed, however, the commission will is sue an order between December 1 and 10 which will amaze railroad inter ests. It is said to be possible that the commission's order will not re quire all railroads to reduce their pas senger rates to two cents a mile, but will permit certain classes of roads to continue to charge three cents. If the commission attempts to clas sify the roads with respect to earn ings, it is possible that it may pre scribe that all roads whose passenger earnings exceed certain figures shall charge certain maximum rates. If the commission follows the Michigan law upon the subject, all roads whose pas senger earnings equal or exceed $3,000 a mile will be required to charge a maximum rate of two cents. All roads whose earnings equal or exceed $2,500, but do not equal $3,000 a mile, will be permitted to charge two and one-half cents maximum rate, while all other roads will be permitted to charge a maximum of three cents. Commission's Power Doubted. In the minds of many corporation lawyers there is doubt regarding the commission's power to make and en force such an order. They say that the statute creating the commission gives it general supervision over botn freight and passenger rates in the state of Illinois, but that it is a ques tion whether an order requiring a re duction to a two-cent rate would not require the passage of an act of the legislature. Others declare that the commission has the power to fix the maximum rates to be charged, both for the transportation of freight and passengers, over all railroads within the state of Illinois, and that the com mission would, therefore, have the right to reduce passenger fares. That the commission has decided to adopt some sort of reduction in the passenger rates there seems little rea son for doubting, but some surprise is caused from the fact that the rail roads have not been given the op portunity to present their side of the case. It is understood that the com mission believed that the volume of traffic in the state would make a two cent rate profitable to a large number of railroads. The commission has also decided upon ordering a horizontal reduction in freight rates, but will not be as se vere as the order first contemplated. It will not exceed, except in few cases, it is stated, 12 per cent. The final touches will not be given the order until after a further conference with the governor, who has taken thp great est interest in the matter. Oalliag cards at Gaette omo. 40 NICE WARM JOB HIGH UP IN AIR CABLE SPLICER NQT DETERRED BY COLD WEATHER. A COMFORTABLE TEPEE No Terrors for Him-Tent Furnished With Gasoline Stove and Splicings Furnace-Too Hot at Times. 1 From Wednesday's Daily. Working in a canvas house in mid air, 40 feet above the surface of the snow covered earth, is a job that George Foechlinger, splicer for the Bell Telephone company, is' now fill ing, and yet George says he is com fortable. d A great many people have perhaps E noticed a box shaped canvas tent sus- e pended to the telephone wires near t the corner of the old court house, but a very few of them were aware, no ? doubt, that the queer looking contriv ance contained a man, and that he is c occupying it as his office every day e and part of the night, busily engaged P in making the cable splices that are c necessary before the Bell company can n remove from its present quarters in @ the bank building to its handsome new home on North Twenty-seventh street. Mr. Foechlinger makes a spe cialty of cable splicing and whenever the Bell company makes a move or lays a new cable he is sent for. In the summer he has sort of a palan quin, such as was ridden in by the re-incarnated Krishna Mulvaney, that Kipling tells us about. He keeps the curtains up, however, and the top pro tects him from the piercing rays of the sun. He is not troubled with the sun at this particular time, however. but he must needs be protected from the cold, for the work is of a delicate and particular nature, requiring the free use of the bare hands. In order to keep comfortable he has a nice lit tle gasoline heater in his tepee and beside he has some sort of a furnace in which he heats the wires when mak ing the splices. Between the two he says that he is quite as comfortable as if he were working in the tightest office building in the city. In fact he said last night that at times the temperature is a little bit overheated and he is com pelled to raise a flap for a short time to allow a little of the cooling ozone to enter. Upon the work of Mr. Foechlinger depends the date of the removal of the telephone office. There is much yet to be performed in his line and it is almost impossible for more than one man at a time to work at the job. Hence he is working about 18 hours a day at the present time. SHORT SCHOOL VACATION. Will Adjourn This Afternoon Until Next Monday Morning. From Wednesday's Dalily. The public schools of the city will observe Thanksgiving, and incidental ly the pupils and teachers will be given a vacation until next Monday morning. Thanksgiving will be observed in every room in the various buildings this afternoon, Superintendent Broth er states. Short programmes of enter taining characters have been prepared by each of the rooms and there will be visits, no doubt, from many of the parents. The' spirit of Thanksgiving is already pervading the atmosphere of the schools and in addition to the rendition of programmes as stated, the children will make donations to those less fortunate than themselves. A great many, articles in the way of clothing and other necessaries of life will be distributed among the poor of the city in a systematic and thorough manner. TAKEN TO HOSPITAL. A Sick Printer From Forsythe Arrived Here Yesterday. From Wednesday's Daily. C. M. Jefferson, a printer who has been employed in Forsythe a short time, was taken off of train No. 1 here yesterday, and removed to the Sisters' hospital. He was at first taken into the wait ing room and laid on a bench and Doctor Armstrong was summoned at his request. He informed the Doctor that he was en route to the Union Printer's home at Colorado Springs but would prefer to enter the hospital here and remain a few days if possible. After an examination the Doctor in formed him that he Was in no condi tion for making such a long trip and Jefferson was then taken to the hos pital. He stated that he was suffering from bladder trouble, and his appear ance indicated that he was a very sick man. He has worked at Forsyth only a few weeks and his home is in Wisconsin. STOLE HIS IT CASE. Railroad Claim Ag Loses Valuable Baggage F Train. From Wednecsdav'lY. W. H. Dyer, cl agent of the Northern Pacific, as reported to the police that on th ight of November 17 his suit case stolen from train No. 3, while the tin was standing at Big, Horn statioqieast of Billings: about 80 miles. He states that e case contained a bunch of claim nks and reports, a considerable a nt of stationery, a suit of clothes d other wearing ap parel. Mr. Dye as such an excellent idea of the per n who took his prop erty that he s given the police a description of an, and they are now looking for hi The description tal lies with an i vidual with whom the police are wel acquainted. DONAT GOODLY SUM. Eagles Auth rize $150 Spent for Than giving to Poor. From Wednesdays Daily. In a spirit characteristic of the in dividual members of the order the Eagles at their last meeting, authoriz ed a special committee appointed by the lodge to spend the suin of $150 among the poor people of the city on Thanksgiving day. The committee has been over the city very thoruoghly and have compil ed a list of the poor and deserving people to whom a little Thanksgiving cheer will be very acceptable. In making up its list thq committee took great care to avoid undeserving per sons and it is safe to predict that the fund will be carefully spent. Last year the Eagles spent about $165 Thanksgiving day. For Rent-200 acres plow land near railroad station. J. F. Tilden, Park City. ki-13 CONTEST NOTICE. Department of the Interior, United States Land Office, Bozeman, Montana, November 18, 1905,-A sftficient con test affidavit having been filed in this office by Edward A. Miner, contestant, against homestead entry No. 5538, made June 4, 1904, at Bozeman, Mont ana, for lot 7, section 13, township 3 south, range 23 E., M. P. M., by Ernest Robison, contestee, in which it is al leged that said Ernest Robison has abandoned said land for more than six months last past, and has not cul tivated the same as required by law. And that his said alleged absence from said land was not due to his employ ment in the army, navy or marine corps of the United States in time of war, said parties are hereby notified to appear, respond and offer evidence touching said alegation at 10 o'clock a. m. on December 26, 1905, before Lucius Whitney, U. S. commissioner, at Joliet, Montana, (and that final hearing will be held at 10 o'clock a. m. on January 3, 1906, before) the register and receiver of the United States land office in Bozeman, Montana. The said contestant having, in a proper affidavit, filed November 14, 1905, set forth facts which show that after due diligence personal service of this notice can not be made, it is hereby ordered and directed that such notice be given by due and proper pub lication. M. R. WILSON, Register J. N. KELLY, Receiver. (First Publication Nov. 28, 1905-201) United States Land Office, Bozeman, Montana, Nov. 23, 1905. To Whom It May Concern: Notice is hereby given that the state of Montana has filed in this office the following list of lands, to-wit: Township 2 North, Range 27 East, M. P. M. Section 22; all. Section 14; all. Section 18; E% of SE'4. Section 18; SE1 of NE'!4. Section 8; E½. Section 8; SW of NW!4. Section 10; All. Section 12; W%. Section 12; W% of Ek (includes lot 2). Section 2; All (lots 1, 2, 3 and 4). Section 4; All (lots 1, 2, 3 and 4). and has applied for a patent for said lands under the acts of August 18, 1894 (28 Stat., 372-422), June 11, 1896 (29 Stat., 434), and March 3, 1901 (31 Stat., 1133-1188), relating to the grant ing of not to exceed a million acres of arid land to each of certain states and that the said list, with its accomp anying proofs, is open for the inspec tion of all persons interested, and the public generally. Within the next 60 days following the date of this notice, protests r contests against the claim of the state to any tract described in the list, on the ground of failure to comply with the law, on the ground of the nondesert character of the land, on the ground of a prior adverse right, or on the ground that the same is more valuable for mineral than for agricultural purposes, will be received and noted for report to the general land office at Washington, D. C. M. R. WILSON, Register. J. N. KELLY, Receiver.