Newspaper Page Text
E. B. THAYER. Publisher. WAUSAU, . . WISCONSIN. 3,000 MEN GO HUNGRY. WRECK IN GRAN? CANYON OF COLORADO. Methodist Delegates Help Build Track on Sunday—Detained on Slim Fare for 24 Honrs —South Omaha Mun Kills His Whole Family. Three thousand Methodists were stranded near the Grand Canyon of the Colorado without food and water from 3 o'clock Sunday until late Monday. More than 800 were forced to remain until the next morning. Their trains were delay- , ed by a wreck. Ir. S. \Y. Thomas, edi tor of the Philadelphia Methodist, said: “Fortunately I was not right in the wreck. About 2:30 o’clock Sunday af ternoon seven sections of the delegate specials landed near the canyon. Every car was dangerously loaded when the train began the ascent from Williams Junction. The strain was too severe. Several of the engines went dead, and the roadbed gave way, causing a general wreck. Away from food and water, without necessary provisions with them, the conference "delegation, 3.000 strong, poured down upon the canyon hotel. The manager had expected about 800. He made provision for 1.000, and the consequence was everyone suffered both for food and drink. Such a calamity is unprecedented. I believe, in the history of conferences. All Sunday afternoon trainmen, hotel hands, ranchers and Methodists helped to construct anew railroad. It was literally a Methodist rnil. On its completion depended the lites of the 3,000. Sunday night the work was continued. Monday morning found every able-bodied man at the pick and shovel, and so it continued until nearly sundown Monday afternoon. The new rail was ouilt around the wreck, and the first load of womout Methodists pull ed out for Los Angeles about 4 o’clock, satisfied to leave the ’air diet’ to others in the future.” SLAYS WIFE, BABY AND HIMBKLF. South Omaha Man Shoots Infant as It Sleeps in Its Cradle. Frank Smith, a stock yards employe, liviiij. in South Omaha, shot and killed his wife and his IS-months-ohl son and then fired a bullet through his own head. Domestic trouble is assigned' ns .the cause for the deed. Smith and liis wife had been married little more than two years and had recently separated. The woman was living with relatives, where Smith called on her. A quarrel follow ed their meeting, during which Smith drew a revolver and shot his wife dead. He then went to the cradle where his child was sleeping and fired a bullet ihrough its head, completing the tragedy with a third shot through his own brain STRIVING FOR PENNANTS. Standing of Clubs in the Two Principal Leagues. The clubs in the National League art standing thus: W. L. W. L New York... 11 3 St. Louis 7 7 Brooklyn ...9 5 Boston G f Cincinnati ...10 7 Pittsburg .... 5 1C Chicago 8 6 Philadelphia.. 2 11 Following is the standing of the clubs: in the American League: W. L. W. L Boston 12 3 Detroit S 7 New York... H sChicago ‘.I £ Philadelphia.. 7 0 Cleveland .... 5 S St. Louis.... 7 6 Washington... 0 13 Saves Children from Fire. Mrs. Alexander Erieson, wife of a fi.rmer. residing six miles from Duluth, rescued six children from death in a fin which destroyed their home. While her husband was away and she was in tin barn she saw flames pouring from the house. She crawled through a window, saving the children. Port Arthur Corked Up. Official reports received i.i Tokio stats that the harbor of Port Arthur is effect ually closet! by the Japanese, who sank nine merchant steamers in the ehaiine) on Tuesday. The Russian loss in the battle of Kiu-Lien-Cheng is reported offi cially as 2.000 men and forty officers, with 700 wounded. Imprisoned L ibor Leader Dies. Sam Parks, the New York labor lend er, who was sent to Sing Sing prison some months ago after his conviction on a charge of extortion, died in the prison. He had consumption at the time of his conviction. Robbers Blow Up Poetodice. Safe blowers wrecked the postoffice building and safe at Hanna, Ind.. secur ed SI,OOO in cash and postage stamps, stole a horse and buggy and eluded pur suers. Cause of Fatal Explosion. The recent explosion on the battleship Missouri is blamed by the court of in quiry' to blowing back of flames from discharge into the turret, igniting charge which was being held in tidiness. Fire Destroys Drew College. Drew College, one of the pioneer edu catif ual institutions for women in this country, was destroyed by tire in Carmel. N. Y., entailing a financial loss of SHHI.- 1 dO, with only $25,000 insurance. Hundred Killed by a Hurricane. A hurricane ravaged Cochin Chinn. About 100 natives were killed and great damage done. All t. e telegraph lines in Saigon were destroyed. Composer Dvorak Dies. Antonin Dvorak, the composer, former ly director of the Conservatory of Music. New York, died suddenly in Prague, Bo hemia. of apoplexy. He was lx>rii at Nelahozeves, Mnllhausen, Bohemia. Sept. 8. 1841. Far Push for Wheelbarrow, D. P. Evans of Bowling Green. Ohio, started from the City Hall iu Cleveland for San Francisco, pushing a wheelbar row. to pay an election bet. Evans v ag ered that Mayor Johnson would be el oct et Governor of Ohio last fall. New Revolt in China. The London Standard’s Tien-tsin cor respondent reports that a strong secret society movement. anti-governmental and anti-foreign, is iu progress in the vicinity of Tsinan-Fn. 175 miles south of Tien tsin. and that the people are flocking to the cities for safety. Track Teamsters Vote to Arbitrate. The 12.000 truck teamsters of Chicago will not strike. By agreement their de mands will go to arbitration and the business interests of the city will be spared a conflict which would nave meant immeasurable harm to Ciiioago as a distributing center. Fire Sweeps Feruie. li. C. Nine-tenths o- Pernio. B. C.. a tow-4 of 3.000 population, the largest settle! roent in Crow’s Nest pass district, was destroyed by fire. The estimated loss is $500,000. The water supply failed and the fire burned itself out. Nearly the whole of six blocks was destroyed. Record for Train Speed Broken. Otfleial reports show that the unprece dented speed of 100.4 miles an hour has been made by the Michigan Central train carrying President Ledyard and Presi dent Newman to Chicr.go. The time was wade between Brownsville aud Spring field, Ont -RICH MAN'! LIF'E CELL. John Terrell of Bluffton, Ind., Begins Sentence for Murder of Son-in-Law. Johr Terrell, the millionaire murderer who was sentenced at Bluffton. Ind., to spend the remainder of his iife iu prison, was taken to the Richmond insane hospital Friday to begin liis punishment. It is believed that arrangements may be made for him to continue there the ad ministration of bis large estate, as he did in t-e jail—a feature that makes him one of the most interesting prisoners in the annals of penology. Terrell killed his 6on-in-law. Melvin Wolf, in a fit of passion because the young man had mis treated his daughter, Lucy. First he wounded him with a shotgun and then, W'hile the victim was under a surgeon’s care, he forced his way to the bedside and emptied both bnrrels of his weapon itito Wolf’s breast, killing him instantly. He surrendered to the sheriff immedi ately, expressing satisfaction over what he had done. "He will ruin no more homes and break no more hearts,” he told the sheriff as he gave himself into custody. Popular sympathy for Terrell and a belief that his crime was in a manner justified permitted his jailer to allow him without criticism to equ.p his cell like an office, and there to manage his extensive business interests. Every morning, a ter half an hour’s exercise In the corridor, Terrell cleared away liis correspondence with the aid of ri sten ographer and then received business call ers contractors, oil men, promoters, hankers and real estate dealers —for two hours. Terrell seemed interested more In conserving his property interests than in his ov. n case. His sole object seemed to be to increase his fortune so that his whose unhappiness he blamed himself—would be a rich woman and entirely independent, despite the dis grace caused by her domestic troubles and the resultant tragedy. SEIZE MOTHER FOR MURDER. ew York Officials Say She Killed Her Da. ghter for Life Insurance. Mrs. Henrietta De Witt was arrested at Sidney, N. Y., on the charge of mur der in the first degree. It is said she poisoned her 17-year-ohl daughter, Flor ence Mackintosh, with arsenic. She had always called the girl her stepdaughter, but when arrested she admitted Florence was her own child. The evidence be fore the coroner’s jury indicated that the mother had caused the girl’s death to obtain $2,000 life insurance. When ar raigned before the coroner Mrs. De Witt was apparently the most unconcerned person in the room, taking her seat care lessly and picking up a paper to read about her ease. She waived examination and was held to the grand jury. GONE FROM HOME 26 YEARS. Findlay, Ohio, Man Thought to Be Dead Returns to His Family. J. C. Spitler, an attorney of Findlay, Ohio, had a happy surprise by meeting a brother who had been missing for the last twenty-six years. A sad feature of his home coming was the announcement to him of his father’s death, which oc curred only a few days ago. His mother also died during his long absence. Mr. Spitler left home in the year IS7B, and as his family had never heard a word from him he had long since been given up as dead. Mr. Spitler will visit his relatives for a few days, when lie will return east. FOUND DEAD IN THEIR BED. Toledo Couple Believed to Have Pur posely Turned on Gas. John W. Martin and wife were found dead in their bed in Toledo, Ohio, as a result of asphyxiation from illuminating gas. It is believed to be a case of double suicide, as Martin the previous day was found short in his accounts in the city water works office, where lie had been employed for twelve years ns bookkeeper. Both Martin and his wife were promi nent in lodge circles and the man's down fall is believed to have been caused by policy, racing bets and speculation be yond his means. BURNED TO DEATH IN CAR. Three Men and a Boy Perish When Load of Bedding Catches Fire. Three men and a boy were burned to death in a box ear in the Northwestern yards in Council Bluffs. They are be lieved to have tramps trying to steal a ride. The car was found to be on fire while being switeued and the cries of the men for help were heard by train men, but all four victims succumbed to the flames before they could be reached. The car was filled with bedding. The car in which the men were riding was picked up at Wood street, Chicago. Inheritance Tax Law Valid. The Supreme Court of Ohio has de cided the Russell inheritance law. passed at the last session of the Legislature, to he constitutional. The law exempts ull estntes or inheritances under $3,000. On all estates of more than that amount 2 per cent is levied by the State Auditors, and it is estimated the tax will bring the State additional revenue of approximate ly $500,000 annually. Japs Win Big Land Fight. After five days 01 lighting, largely with artillery, the Japanese army tinder Gen. Knroki forced a crossing of the Yalu, driving the Russians from their fortified position by an infautry charge covering n frontage of four miles. The Japanese losses in the final struggle Sun day on the Yalu were about 700 killed and wounded and the Russian losses 800 killed aud wounded. Opening of St. Louis Exposition. The Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis was opened with addresses by the officials in charge of the enterprise and by representatives of nation, State and city. The electric impulse which started the machinery was transmitted by President Roosevelt from the White House. Ovation to King in Dublin. King Edward aud Queen Alexandra had a great popular ovation in the streets of Dublin while on their way to lay the foundation stme of the Royal College of Science. Troops lined the route, which was crowded for hours before the royal cortege arrived. Five Hurt in Traction Wreck. A traction car was demolished and five persons more or less seriously injured by a collision with a Pittsburg. Chartiers and Youghipgheny Railroad engine at the Chartiers crossing, McKee’s Rocks. Pa. The accident was caused by a misunder standing of signals. flanker McKay a Suicide. Sitting in an armchair in front of a mirror in his room in the Auditorium Annex in Chicago, George A. McKay, formerly a banker, placed a revolver to his head and fired. Death was instanta neous. No motive for the suicide is known. Twenty-five Passengers Hurt. The passenger train of the Great Northern running from Dulnth to Lari more. N. !>., ran into a burning bridge over Clearwater River near Crookston. Minn., resulting in serious injury to twenty-five or more people, but no one was killed so far as known. Morgan to Quit Business. J. Pierpont Morgan is believed in financial circles to be about to retire from the business world, his gradual re linq.’isi.ment of the role of director in railn ay affairs being interpreted as a preparation for his withdrawal. Repeat* His Sermon in Court. As <:vid - nce in the trial of an editor who * his sermon, the Rev. R. G. MacLeod repeated the sermon in court in Tekamaii. Neb., at the request of the judge, to show that he did not advocate saloons. Blue in Indianapolis Stockyards. Fire at the Union Stock Yards in ic iUnspolis burned two carioads of cattle and almost totally destroyed thirty acres of live stock sheds and pens, entailing a loss estimated at $250,000 to the Belt Railroad and Union Stock Yards Com pany. Owing to the isolated situation of the sheds and pens the manufacturing and packing plants were at no riru'e en dangered. DEFECTS FOUND IN 8-INCH GUNS. Naval Board Reporta that Bi K Rifle* that Burst Twice Were Rejected. The naval board appointed to investi gate the bursting of two eight-inch guns on the battleship lowa on Feb. s;,last, reported that "when the forgings of the guns were being machined at the gun factory defects developed. The forgings thereupon were rejected by the factory. On a prot by the manufacturing com pany, a board was ordered. The board recommended the rejection of certain of ti.~- forgings. On further protest of the manufacturers another board found the defects were not serious enough to cause rejection.” The guns were designed for usu with brown powder, bat smokeless powder was used instead. With the adoption of smokeless powder the muzzle *e:ocity was increased from 2,100 to 2.300. In its conclusion the board finds that the eight-inch guns of the lowa were as strong as designed to be; that the fracture of these guns did not result from weakening from previous firing, from the premature burst 'ng of shells in the bore, or from excessive pressures re sulting from abnormal action of the pow der charge. But the inerense of muzzle velocity from 2.100 to 2.300. while at the same time the breech pressure was de ceased. reduced the margin of safety along the chase too much. FOUR KILLED IN FIRE. Brick Structure Destroyed at Lanslns;, ML'h., and Inmates Perish. Four lives were lost the other night in the burning of the Bryan House, a three story brick structure on East Mich gan avenue, Lansing, Mich., the first floor cf which was used as a machine shop. One fell from an upper window soon after the fire broke out, and died from liis in juries at the hospital. The other three victims were burned to death, their char red bodies not ceing found before day light made possible a search of the ruins. Several other boarders and two firemen were cut and burned, but their injuries are not serious. A large tank of gasoline in the basement of the building exploded a few minutes aftes the fire broke out, scattering flames all over the building and making it impossible to give assist to the inmates. The money loss is about $5,000. NEGROES MAY GO TO MINNESOTA. Grand Jury's Failure to Act Rouses Springfield, Ohio, Blacks. The negro citizens of Springfield, Ohio, are contemplating removal to Minne sota on account of the grand jury’s fail ure to take action against members of the mob in the recent lynching. The lynching of Richard Dixon has led the negroes to consider this proposition, and it is altogether probable that a large nt.mber of them will seek hemes in the far North, where they assort race feeling is not so strong. Feeling the severe crit icism of the special grand jury in its re port concerning the lynching and burn ing of the levee, Mayor Charles J. Bow lus and others of the Democratic admin istration came out in the official organ in a four-column write-up condemning the grand jury. THROWS CHILDREN IN LAKE. Cleveland Mother Attempts Murder and Snicide, but Is Frustrated. Caroline Volkman tried to kill her three children and herself in Cleveland by drowning. While her husband was in church she took her children to Case ave nue pier of Lake Erie and first threw the baby into the water. Then she push ed in the other two children and jumped iri herself. A boy saw the act aud called a policeman, who got all out of the water. The mother is locked up on an insanity charge. MAY BUILD BIG RESERVOIR. Secretary of the Interior Sets Aside $1,000,000 for Wyoming; Irrigation. The Secretary of the Interior has set aside, provisionally, the sum of $1,000,- 000 for the construction of the Path finder reservoir on North Platte river in Wyoming. Construction will proceed contingent upon favorable reports from engineers in the field as to various de tails still under consideration, and partic ularly as to whether an adequate area of irrigable land can be found in -vestera Nebraska. CIRCUS ANIMALS DIE IN FIRE. Gasoline Torch Explode* and Destroys Camels, Elephants and Bears. A circus train arrived in Pawnee City. Neb., late the other night. Early the next morning one of the animal-keepers went through the elephant cars to see that all was right, when the gasoline torch which he carried exploded and the entire car was immediately in flames and all the animals were burned. Four cam els, throe elephants, two sacred cattle and a black bear perished. The loss is estimated at about $30,000, with no in sura nee. Newehwaug Taken by Japs. Reports front Chefoo state that the Japanese forces lauded at Yinkow on Sunday and advanced, capturing New chwang Monday. The Itussian garrison fell back to protect the railway. The Japanese made an unsuccessful attempt to block the harbor of Port Arthur by sinking eight fire ships. The Japanese are reported to have lost two torpedo boats. Cuban* Fire on American Ship. Cuban cutters fired upon aud captured the American schooner Irene, ciniming that she was poaching on the Bahia Honda sponge reefs. The captain of the schooner claims that she took her cargo on at the isle of Pines aud was eu route to Key West, having put in at Bahia Honda for water. The schooner was struck by several shots and damaged. Jump Overboard front Fire. The Norwegian bark Lapwing, bound from St. Thomas for Blaye. France, which arrived in Hamilton, Bermuda, a few days ago, was burned, the fire being caused by an explosion of naphtha on the vessel. The crew were asleep at the time and were compelled to jump over board to save their lives. Barker’s Horse Kills Child. One of Chief Judge Alton IT. Parker's hors* < plunged through a large window in Lexington avenue, Albany, and crush ed out the life of Lottie Brier, a 3-year ohl girl. While being dipped the horse took fright and jumped through a plate glnss front. The Brier child had just stepped before the window. Hurt in Ferryboat Mishap. The deck of a ferryboat conveying peo ple ont to midstream from St. Lonis to see the gunboat Nashville, anchored in the Mississippi, collapsed while a large crowd was aboard and thirty-one persons were injure!. Slain by Two Highwaymen. While resisting an attempt of two highwaymen to rob him. Cnpt. Carl Up hoven of the steamship Alps of the Unit ed Fruit Company line was murdered on the levee in New Orleans. He was 35 years old. Guilty and Mnst Die. Charles Rocker was found guilty at Rock Rapids, lowa, of the murder of his employer. August Sehroeder. a farmer, in 19011. and whose wife he subsequently married. The jury fixed the penalty at death. Measles Kills Eskimos. All the Eskimos living in the Mae- Kenxie basin except ten families have been killed by the ravages of measles, says the Dawson City Jew*. Before the epidemic there were forty or fifty families of 200 or more persons. JAPS WIN BIG FIGHT. LOUT RUSSIANS AFTER FIVE „ DAYS’ BATTLE. Storm Fortifications and Sweep Back Czar’s Host of 30,000 Men-Killed and Wounded in Both Armies Num ber at Least 1,500. After five days of fighting, largely wtth artillery, the first Japanese army, under Gen. Kttroki, has forced a crossing of the Yalu river, and Sunday morning, with a gallant infantry charge covering a frontage of four miles, it drove the Russians from Chiu-Lien-Cheng and the heights on the right bank of the lho, or Aida, river, which enters the Yalu from the north almost opposite Wiju. Tiie Japanese turned the left flank of the Russian position and iu the battle of Sunday they swept away the new front interposed by the Russians to check thf*ir onward movement. Killed and Wounded Number 1,500. A supplemental report from (ion. Kttroki covering Sunday’s fighting says: “The Russians made two stands. The enemy’s strength included til of the Third division, two regiments of the Sixth division, one cavalry brigade, about forty quick-firing guns and eight machine gups. We have taken twenty-eight quick-firing guns, many rifles, much am munition. more than twenty officers and many non-commissioned officers nud men as prisoners. I am informed that Lieut. Gen. Snssulitch, commander of the sec ond Siberian army corps, and Major Kashtulinsk.v were wounded. Our cas ualties number about 700 and the Rus sians' loss is more than 800 men.” Begin Battle Sundry Morning. A bridge across the main stream of the Yalu just above Wiju was complet ed at 8 o’clock Saturday night and the Second Japanese division and the Impe rial Guards immediately began crossing. They advanced and occupied the hills back of Kosan. facing the Russian posi tion on the right bank of the river. All through Saturday night regiment after TOGO’S RISE PLANNED TO LURE OUT THE RUSSIANS. I TZUCHAP** f JAPANCH oaOf rutr S v. — The clever ruse attempted by Admiral Togo at Port Arthur on the 13th of April, when the Petropavlovsk was blown up, is shown in the diagram. It was his purpose, it will be remembered, to lure the Russian squadron into a battle. Only part of the Japanese fleet was visible that morning, after it had sunk the destroyer Bezstrashni. the remainder being eohcealed by the headlands of Liao-ti-shan promontory, southwestward of Port Arthur. Explained without technicalities, the stratagem is as' follows: The blockading fleet divides itself Into two sections, which keep in touch by means of wireless telegraphy. The smaller regiment of Japanese soldiers poured across the bridge aud at a lute hour Saturday night Gen. Kttroki telegraphed to the general staff of the army: “I will attack the enemy on May 1 at dawn.” True to his promise, Gen. Kuroki at. daylight centered all his artillery on the Russian position between Chiu-Lien- Cheng and Yoshoko. To this fire the Russians made reply with all their bat teries. At 7 o'clock in the morning the Rus sian battery at Yokosho was silenced und half an hour later Gen. Kuroki ordered his line, stretching for four miles, to at tack. The Japanese infantry on the word of command charged across the lho. wading that stream breast deep, and began storming the heights at fifteen minutes past 8. At 9 o'clock they had swept the Rus sian line back across the plateau. The Russians were forced to abandon Antung. They burned the town and re- VICE ADMIRAL KAMIMUBA. treated to Feng-Huan-Cheng. The Jap anese now control the estuary of the Yalu. Humor of the War. Japan has a way of living up to the first rumors. Russia may learn after awhile to keep Its rapid-fire guns in the safe. Evidently Japan is trying to get even with Russia for sinking that transport. To vary the monotony. Port Arthur may now prepare to be pummeled ou its landward side. If Russia really wanted the Japanese on that side of the Yalu it has them there now, all right. At least, the warring powers might submit the spelling of Manchurian proper names to arbitration. Perhftps the Czar is glad now that the pan who held him when he wanted to go to the front was so strong. While the Russians had planned to re tire, they seem not to have planned to take moet of their field guns with them. Having seen the Japanese at close range on land, the Russians now know that they are all they have been painted. That able military expert who com pares The Yaiu battle to Waterloo must be a little shy of historical knowledge about Waterloo. Gen. Kuropatkin should admit at least that in conducting his retiring movement he is receiving considerable assistance from the enemy. Talk about the one line of railway get ting the Russian troops caat to Manchu ria 1 How about the one telegraph line carrj ing back all the regrets to report? Russia can console itself with the thought that it Ik better to make a warm finish with a poor start than the other way. However, it has yet to make the warm finish. Russia devotes 20 cents per head to education. This Is bet half of 1 per cent of her total budget I (SjSCENI 0 3ATTLE nSRW? 5 c * c ** s> SCENE OF FIRST BIG LAND BATTLE. RUSSIANS SINK A SHIP. Vladivostok Squadron Enters Korean Port and Destroy Jap Vessel. The Russian Vladivostok squadron suddenly became aggressive and Monday made an attack on Gensan, a Korean port 350 miles south of Vladivostok, and stink a Japanese merchant vessel that was lying at anchor in the harbor. The cruisers Rossia and Gromoboi participat ed in the ntteck. They were accompanied by a third cruiser, not yet identified, and by two torp#do boats. After firing several shots they entered the harbor, ordered the crew of the Goyo Maru ashore and then sunk her. A de tachment of marines' was landed, but was recalled and the warships steamed outside of the harbor. The arrival of the Russian cruisers off the unprotected town created great con sternation, as no preparations had been made for defense. The Vladivostok squadron had not been heard from for several weeks and was supposed still to section shows itself near the port, entices the enemy out ami then moves round in a circle, the enemy following. Meanwhile the larger section of the blockading fleet has circled round to the south of the harbor, where it is joined by the decoy section, which has been moving after it. The enemy, which has been pursuing an apparently weaker force, finds itself shut out of its harbor by a fleet of over whelming strength. From Admiral Togo’s own account it is plain that he was trying this ingenious ruse, but the lift ing of the haze revealed his hidden fleet and caused Ad miral Makaroff to retreat to the protection of the forts. be in the noitnern port. There is only a .small Japanese force in Gensan and there are no harbor fortifications. It is thought the Russians were on the search for unprotected Japanese transports laden with troops. The sudden activity of the Russian fleet that has been so long inactive gives anew phase to the situation. The ques tion of most interest now is what course will the Russians take or. leaving Gen san. If they attempt to join the fleet at Port Arthur news of a naval battle may be expected, as the Japanese are in force in the Yellow sea. j} WAR NEWS IN BRIEfTJ The Chinese in Manchuria are praying for a Russian victory. It is asserted on the best authority that the Russians are about to enforce martial law west of the Liao river. The Japanese are stated to be laying anew sort of automatic mines floating just below the surface several miles out from Port Arthur. The Dowager Empress of China has ordered the provincial governors to aban don her birthday celebration and to use the money to equip 72,000 troops imme diately. Cautain Jakovleff of the Russian bat tleship Petropavlovsk soon will be able to start for St. Petersburg. His’broken ribs are set and the fracture of his skull is healed. The Japanese steamer Kinshiu Maru, which was sunk by the Russians near Gensan, resulting in the drowning of 200 Japanese troops, was attached to the fleet as a dispatch boat. The case of the captured Russian steamers, taken over by the naval court of appeals at Sasebo, has been dismissed. The captured Russian officers now held in detenCon at Sasebo will not be re leased. The Japanese schooner Chihaya, which has arrived at Gensan, rescued a boat load of forty-five soldiers and nine mem bers of the crew of the Japanese trans port Kinshiu Maru, which was torpe doed and sunk by the Russians. There are persistent rumors of fighting on the Yalu river, but the Associated Press is informed that no serious en gagements have taken place and that the fighting has been limited to affairs of outposts, the Russians contesting and harassing the Japanese advance. Several American financiers are now in Paris. One of the most prominent said that a Russian loan probably wonld be made before long at 5 per cent, for three years, the bonds selling at between 97 and 98. The total amount is understood to be between $150,000,000 and $175,- 000,000. The Japanese legation in Washington has published the correspondence that took place preceding the beginning of the war. The purpose is to disclose offi cially the Japanese attitude and especial ly to point out the efforts made to force Russia to an early and conclusive an swer to the Japanese proposals relative to the evacuation of Manchuria and the neutralization of Korea. State Inspector F. M. Cunningham and Mine Superintendent Milfred Sow den are charged by the coroner’s jury with responsibility for the Harwick, Pa., mine disaster, in which 178 miners were killed last January. Warrants for their arrest have been issued. Charles Chabossean, an old school teacher of St_ Bazeille, France, died recently .\nd left his entire fortune to Paul Kroger, former President of the Transvaal. The Russian consumer pays for su gar three or four times the export price. MIKADO’S SHIPS SUNK. Destroyers and Fire Vesje'a Last in Attack on Port Arthur. iceroy Alexieff reports that two .I.?p -rnese torpedo boats and eight fireships were suuk by the Russian squadron while they were attempting to block the harbor entrance. Few details are given, but it is said that Vice Admiral Togo made another desperate effort to bottle up Port Arthur, and that a section of the Russian fleet was sent out by Alexieff to meet the Japanese fleet, which consisted of a number of fireships convoyed by two torpedo boats. All were sunk by the Russian torpedo boat* ami the fire from the land batteries, leaving the channel clear. The Russians succeeded in sav ing a few members of the crews of the fire ships, including two officers. The fire ships were discovered, by means of the searchlights of the bat teries and guard ships, creeping toward Port Arthur from the east and southeast shortly after midnight. The torpedo boats and torpedo-boat destroyers were ordered out, but none of the larger war ships. Admiral Alexieff himself went out on board the coast defense vessel Otvashni. The guard ships at the en trance of the harbor and the forts opened a fierce fire on the fire boats, which last ed uutil 5 o'clock in the morning, ulien the last fire ship went down. The official report does not specify the exact spot where the steamers wore sunk, but it is plain that a Japanese at tempt to cork the entrance to Port Ar thur has failed again. The steamers were armed with Hotchkiss and Maxim guns and responded hotly to the Russian fire. JAP TROOPS KILLED. Mikado's Soldiers Lured Over Mine Placed in Mountain Pass. A mine laid by the retreating Rus sians in a mountain pass south of Wiju exploded while Japanese infantry was passing over. Many Japanese soldiers were killed and wounded, but details are unobtainable. The second Japanese army corps landed at Chosan consists of three divisions, which are proceeding immedi ately to Wiju. No attempt has been uade yet by the Japanese to cross the Yalu. They are awaiting the concen tration of a strong force. The Russians are actively engaged in constructing fortifications in the moun tain passes north of the Yalu. Wants No Mediation. In the most categorical terms Russia has officially notified the world that she will not accept mediation to terminate the war with Japan. The official notifi cation declares: "Everything within the limits of possibility was done by Russia to solve the complications which hid arisen in the far East in a peaceful man ner, but after the treacherous surprise on the part of the Japanese which loreed Russia to take up arms obviously no friendly mediation can have any suc cess. Similarly the imperial government will not admit the intervention of any power whatsoever in the direct negotia- E| BATTLE WAS BLOODY. Nearly 4,000 Men Are Said to Have Fallen in Vulu Fijtht. The ofiici.il reports of (Jen. Kuropat- Liu and eic.ti. Z...-1-..iiteh on the bnftle of the Vain have been received by the Czar and made public. The reports show that trom 3.UUO to 4.000 men were killed and 'hat the artillery fire on both sides was . c eree in the extreme. It is now plain that no more than <S,OOO Russians wete actually engaged in the fighting i t tin Yalu against tlie Jap anese army, of a totai strength of be tween .it), (KM and 40.0U0. I'he losses on Ixjth sides, which are expected to reach 1.000 and possibly L2OO iu the Russian force and twice that number for the Japanese, make it one of the bloodiest fights in history. At the river crossing the Japanese dead lav piled up literally iu heaps and Hen. Iluroki's success was purchased at such a heavy cost that the Russians are disposed to regard it as .ather a defeat than a victory for him. A story is circulated in St. Petersburg of a striking episode during the fighting on the Ya hi river and the desperate bravery of a Russian regiment which without artillery attacked two and one half divisions of Japanese. The Rus sians, headed by a chaplain hearing a cross, fought like lions, but were crush ed and almost annihilated by overwhelm ing numbers, the scene after the light resembling a shambles. Gen. Kuropatkin’s dispatch skews that the Russians fought with such bull dog tenacity and bravery against the overwhelming superiority of the enemy that tlie nominal victory of the Japanese was eclipsed by the prowess of the Czar’s soldiers. Gen. ivumpatkin’s re port also served to restore Gen. Znssa liteh to public favor. The Russian people are especial y im pressed with the desperate bayonet charge of the Eleventh regiment. The nitntal picture of the regiment advanc ing against the enemy with hands and bugles blaring and the priest with cross aloft at tlie head appealed to the dra matic sense of the Russian population as nothing else could. The survivors of this heroic regiment which cut its way out declare that tlie position was surround ed by more than 1.000 dead Japanese. The loss of the guns which, according to the best information obtainable, con sisted of twenty-two field pieces and eight machine '-guns, is considered par ticularly unfortunate, even though they will lie of no service to the enemy on account of tlie removal of their breech lock s. Blows that Have Staggered Russia. The naval losses of Russia since the outbreak of ire war in battleships, cruis ers and torpedo craft destroyed or dam aged are as follows: Retviznn, torpedoed and beached at Port Arthur. Feb. 8. Repaired and used as a floating fort; 12,700 tons. Or are witch, battleship, torpedoed and beached at Port Arthur, Feb. 7; i3, 110 tons. Poltava, battleship, disabled by Japan ese at Port Arthur; hole below water line; Feb. 1); 10.900 tons. Petropavlovsk. battleship, blown up by mine at Port Arthur, April 13; 10,900 tons. Pobieda. battleship, damaged by mine at Port Arthur, April 13; 12.074 tons. Boynrin. cruiser, disabled by Japanese at Port Arthur and beached, Feb. 8; sunk on Feb. 14; 3,200 tons. Pnllada. cruiser, torpedoed at Port Ar thur And beached, Feb. 8; repaired; 3.200 tons. Askold, cruiser, disabled by Japanese at Port Arthur: hole below water line; Feb. 9: repaired; 3,100 tons. Pinna, cruiser, disabled by Japanese nt Port Arthur: hole below water line; Feb. 9; repaired; 0.030 tons. Taring, cruiser, destroyed by Japai ese nr Chemulpo, Feb. 9; 6,500 tons. Torpedo boats and gunboats: Ixorietz, destroyed by Japanese nt Chemulpo. Feb. 9. Maiija, said to have been seised by Japanese nt Nagasaki, Feb. 9. Skori. torpedo boat, sunk by Russian mine, March 10. Y’enesei, torpedo destroyer, blown up by Russian mine, Feb. 11. Bez Slmmi, torpedo destroyer, sunk by Japanese, April 13. I.ezskrnslmi, torpedo destroyer, sunk by- Japanese, April 13. St. Louis evidently is trying to keep its promise to have a cool summer. Whnt Russia needs is n (ten. Wood to clean up its camps in Manchuria. Alexieff’s plight should assure him the sympathy of Gen. Buller, nt all events. Perhaps by good conduct Senator Bur ton may get out in time to help move the crops. Perhaps Ivuropntkin intends that his masterly retreat shall go down in his tory. Already Kansas has raised a magnifi cent crop of aspirants for Senator Bur ton’s seat. Grover does not care for the job him self, but he knows a good man whom he can recommend. Clearly no mistake was made when one Brigham Roberts was put out of the House of Representatives. Now that the opening ceremony is out of the way. St. Louis is able to go to work and build its fair. One can hardly see how the war in the far East can bo waged much longer without resulting in fighting. It will he delightful weather to sleep out on vacant lots if the St. hotel keepers raise the prices too high. Nobody need be surprised if Manchuria proves to be the graveyard of other rep utations besides that of Alexieff. Kansas will be 50 years old May 30. Would you think that a State could crowd so much history into fifty years? Cossacks were great fighting men once upon a time, but against machine guns their advances may have little impres sion. While rent is cheap in Vladivostok, the price of groceries is so high that it more than offsets the saving that comes out of file landlord. A Boston dog was sold the other day for S7OO. This is the Boston method of relaxing once in awhile from the severe strain of its culture. St. Louis would be happy if it could get the Secretary of the Treasury to push a button on closing day that would pay ail the debts. Considering that Admiral Rtark, the original commander at Port Arthur, had relinquished his command, the Czar thought he deserves] a decoration. Every attempt to oust the Washington baseball club from its securely intrench ed position at *iie bottom of the percent age colum: • .'nets with ignominious fail ure. If the Japanese will only bide their time those I-ondon military experts will I have the war won for them in a little j while. Over 10.000 persons have applied for j permission to see the car ham bandits hanged. There is no accounting for tastes. Alexieff is not the first man to discover the unpleasant consequence* of occupy ing a job that is several sizes too large to be a fit. While the key to the fair has been presented to President Francis, it is more than probable that the key to the Pike has been thrown into the Missis sippi. CONGRESS Tlie attention of the Senate was de voted Wednesday to consideration of re ports of conference committees, eat speeches, passage of bills to which there v ** little or no objection, and an execu tive session. Final conference reports on the sundry civil, ffeueral deficiency, postoffloe an *l the mili\a£y academy ap ptyjprintiou bilie, were agreed to practical ly without opposPh a and Mr. McLaurii* on the old age pensioi order and trusts and in criticism of tie President, Tbw bill creating a merchant mnriue commis sion was passed. A resolution anthrtrta ing the continuation during the recess of the inquiry into the right of Mr. Smoot to his seat in the Senhte was favorably considered during the day. The House agreed to conference reports of tlie post office, military academy, sundry civil general deficiency appropriation bills anil others of less importance. At 0 o’clock the House took a recess until 9 o’clock, when it reconvened and adopted the con ference report on the emergeucy river and harbor hill. The shipping bill was passed. The Senate met at 10:30 o'clock Ttmrs dy morning and immediutel’- agreed to the conference report on the river and harbor bill. The Philippine bond bill was read, the House mea mre being sub stituted for that of the Senate. Mr. Lodge said he would not press it for passage at this session. The conference report on the Panama government b.J was adopted. A concurrent resolution to adjourn nt 2 o’clock was adopted and at 1:25 o’clock the Senate went into execu tive session to consider appointments. At 1 Ji2 o’clock the usual resolution offering the thanks of the Senate to its president was introduced by Mr. Gorman and nt 2 o’clock the president’s gavel fell, adjourn ing the session sine die. Although it was admittedly the last day of the session, the House galleries contained only a sprinkling of spectators when work was resumed nt 10:30 o’clock in the morning. A number of conference reports on minor bills and that oa the Pnnama canal zone government were agreed to. A vote of 162 to 97 was recorded in favor of the bill readmitting three naval cadets sus pended for hazing, but tlie bill was de feated, two-thirds not voting for it. Mr, Williams, tne minority leader, introduced the reso'ution of thanks to the Speaker and at 2.10 o’clock the House adjourned without day. In the National Capital. The Comptroller of the Currency ban authorized the Trnders’ National Bank of Clarksburg, W. Va., to reopen. Secretary Hitchcock ordered that one fourth of tlie bids iu tlie Indian ware house business shall be opened at St. Louis. The Senate received a petition of the Chamber of Commerce of the territory of Alaska, requesting an appropriation of $250,000 for the purchase of a site and the construction of a capitoi building at Juueau. Representatives Win. Alden Smith of Michigan and Sulzer of New York ap peared before a sub-committee of the House committee on postofflees and post roads, and argued in behalf of their bills adding S2OO annually to ihe salary of tfie three classes of city letter carriers. The House committee on merchant ma rine and fisheries authorized fuvorable reports on Senate bills revising the laws regulating steamboat inspection and sup plementing “the crimping” legislation by making it unlawful to collect any feo or charge from a sailor for shipping him. The case of James M. A. Watson, ac cused of embezzling $73,000 from funds in tlie custody of the auditor of tlie Dis trict of Columbia, was ended by the dis charge of the jury nild the arrest of one of the jurors, Arthur L. Orrison, for contempt of court. Orrison was given two months in jail. Through the Swedish legation here the State Department has received officially the thunks of tlie government of Sweden and Norway for the protection accorded vessels of that nationality by United States warships in Dominican waters during the many revolutionary disturb ances there lately. Senator Proctor Introduced a bill to authorize the President to reward dis tinguished or especially meritorious ser vice rendered by certain officers of tbs active list of the army. The bill pro vides for the creation of n “distinguish ed service list” to include five colonels, six lieutenant colonels, eighteen majors, ten captains and five first lieutenants. Senator Dillingham reported favorably a bill to amend the immigration act. It* principal provision is that at least one inspector and one surgeon shall be as signed to each of the principal foreign ports of embarkation for aliens destined to the United States. The officers select ed will be members of the consular ser vice, but will serve under the commis lioner general of immigration. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals sustained Justice Pritchard of the criminal court in holding that the statute to punish conspiracy covers the charges made in the indictments against former Assistant Attorney General James N. Tyner and former Law Clerk Harrison J. Barrett of the Postoffice De | partment. These indictments were re turned ns the result of the postal investi gation. The Lattimer good roads bill will be re ported favorably by the Senate commit tee on agriculture early in the next ses sion of Congress. An agreement to that effect was reached nt a meeting of the committee. It was decided to amend the bill by fixing at SIOO,OOO the minimum appropriation which each State shall re ceive first, the balance of the appropria tion to be shared by each State in pro portion to its population. Told in a Few Lineo. Cincinnati has the tallest concrete building In the world. It has fifteen stories. In eight months the French have trought 0,000 tons of American chopped apples for cider making. The average annual dividend on the capital stock of American railways Is 2.G1 per cent. The deaths hy violence In Chicago during 1903 numbered 2,571; of these 492 were suicides. The cost of living in Tainutave, Madagascar's metropolis, Is double that In New York. An authority puts the total annual expense of printed forms of adver tising at $000,000,000. It Is not mere endurance, but right endurance of affliction that brings blessings.—J. H. Evans. The receipts of the Cuban govern ment last year were $18,007,302 and its expenses were $15,933,046. The smallest bird is an East Indian bumming bird. It is a little larger thau the common house fly. The Penates were gods of the pan try, from a Latin word signifying a room where food is kept One authority on botany estimates that over 50,000 species of plants are how known and classified. Chile will build a "longitudinal rail way” 1,200 miles north and south, at an estimated cost of $28,000,000. There is one thing In the wide uni verse which Is really valuable, and that la character. —John Todd. Maximite. the secret explosive used in shells by the United States, la 50 per eent stronger than dynamite.