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TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR. NO. 358.
AMUSEMENTS
g\~ ' Lot Angeles! Society Vaudeville Theater
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* ft * ALL VAUDEVILLE STARS ft « ft
LITTLE LEOLA MITCHELL, the Living Soil;
STANLEY WHITING, Comedy Musical Artist;
ADOLPHI TRIO, SMITH and CAMPBELL, LESLIE and CANN, MARY AK.VIOTIS and PROF.
UtOKIDAS' Cats and Dogs PRICES NEVER CHANGING. Evening-Reserved seats, .:0c and
26c; Gallery, lOe. Regular matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday ....Telephone Main 1447
irHiifKanl- Thamlt-o. THE FINEST AMUSEMENT
jDuruanJc l neater auditorium in the city
7- . . . AND REMAINDER OF WEEK, THE ELAB- tit) J t Saturday
UOnifAt QRATE BCKNIC AND NAUTICAL DRAMA UflO U/OrlCl Matinee
nrr C The Liverpool Harbor lIATI/IT ( The Sunrise at *ea
VLL Vl'he Sinking Ship 111 11 ll'L J The Storm at Sea
All 1 The Raft in Mid-Ocean 111 11 II if } The Great Revolving Prison
ULL (The Mutiny lIU lIUL ( The Unique Hotel Scene
Seats now on sale PRlCES—Gallery, 10c. Balcony, 25c, Dress Circle 250, Orchestra, Sic.
Box oflice open 7 ;:t0 a. m. to 9:30 p. m Telephone Main lisiO
Qstriclh Farm—South Pasadena
Vine Chicks JCateheo! September 3th
FEATHER BOAS AND TIPS AT PRODUCERS' PRICES
Tl R«nfflfo4- 114 AND 116 COURT STREET
yienna DMinret • paul kerkow, pk> p .
Free, Refined Entertainment*. Classical Music ivory Evening. Austrian-Hungarian
Kitchen and Flue Cuisine All Day
Cleveland Cycles %w**
WE WANT A LIVE AGENT IN ALL SMALL TOWNS i>iH SOUTH BROADWAY
GOLDBUG FINANCIERS
CONSIDER THE NEEDS OF THE
CURRENCY
Two Collating Secretaries Selected,
Which Is Work Enough for
One Short Day
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22.—The mon
etary commission appointed under the
authority of the Indianapolis sound
money convention, held its openirs ses
sion at the Arlington hotel ln this city
today. All the members Cjf the commis
sion except Stuyvesant Fish of New
York and L. A. Garnett of San Fran
cisco were present. The afternoon meet
ing was devoted to preliminary discus
sion of the scope of the investigation and
the methods to be pursued. Ex-Senator
Edmund's was chosen to preside over the
deliberations of the commission and Mr.
G. E. Leighton of St. Louis was elected
vice chairman. A special committee,
consisting of Messrs. Leighton, Patter
son and Falrchlld, was appointed for
the purpose of considering the question
of what expert help the commission may
need in the prosecution of its work and
of suggesting methods to be followed ln
disposing of the questions presented.
This committee will recommend that
two experts with salaries be appointed
to collate in proper form the suggestions
that have been received for reference
to the appropriate committees. The per-
sons recommended' are Messrs. L. Car
roll Root of New York and H. Parker
Willis of Chicago. The appointment of
three general committees will also be
recommended: On gold and currency,
on United States currency and on tne
banking question, to which the sugges
tions received will be referred. The de
cision reached, by the special committee
will be laid before the commission to
night.
Hon. H. H. Kohlsaat and Geo. Foster
Peabody, who are members of the In
dianapolis executive committee, which
appointed the commission, are sitting
with the members of the general body
ln the preliminary stages of its work.
Tonight the commission agreed to the
selection of Messrs. Root and Willis as
collating secretaries. Nothing else was
accomplished.
SHORTRIDGE SUED
H. Azhderlan Thinks He Has Been
Libeled
FRESNO, Cal., Sept. 22— H. Azhderlan
has brought suit against Charles M.
Shortrldge, publisher of the San Jose
Mercury, the Mercury Publishing and
Printing company, and Martin.Madsen,
the Mercury's correspondent at this
place, to recover $50,000 damagesalleged
to have been suffered by the publication
of an article charging Azhderlan with
endeavoring to hire Fat Dolan to mur
der Col. W. A. Neville, a prominent
vlneyardlst of Fresno and owner of the
celebrated Rawhide mine. The article
charged Azhderlan with having offered
Dolan $10,000 to commit the murder.
The complaint sets forth that the arti
cle is false from beginning to end and
damages as stated are prayed for.
Military Marksmen
VANCOUVER BARRACKS, Wash.,
Sept. 22.—The first day's record- of the
firing of the rifle competition between
the rifle teams from the First, Sixteenth
and Fourteenth infantry regiments, de
partments of California and Columbia,
was characterized by phenomenal scores.
This ls the first rifle competition since
the adoption of the new army rifle and
the scores today indicate- that the new
guns will prove a success. Corporal
Robert Heiden. Company F, Fourteenth
Infantry, today scored. 185 out of a. possi
ble 200. The firing today was at rect
angular targets at distances of 200, 300,
500 and 600 yards.
Killed His Brother
EUREKA. Cal., Sept. 22— Charles
Hoaglin died today at Blocksburg from
injuries received from his brother. Hank,
during a drunken quarrel last night.
The brothers disagreed upon a trivial
point ant" Hank hit Charley on the head
with a pick. The blow seemed to produce 1
no ill effects and Charley started tore
tire. This morning he was found un
conscious near the scene of the troubl?
and died a few hours later. Hank ha 3
surrendered himself.
Citizens Pleased
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22.—A largely
attended mass meeting was held at
Metropolitan hall tonight to Indorse the
decision of Judge Wallace, ousting the
old board of supervisors, and to empha
sise the need of honesty in municipal
affairs. J. J. Flynn presided and
speeches were made by Barclay Henley,
CHtus Barbour. H. K. Asher, Jas. G.
Maguire, Gavin McNab, A. P. Van Duser
and others.
A LABOR CONVENTION
CALLED OFF BY THE AMERICAN
FEDEBATION
The Funds Should Be Devoted to the
Belief of the Striking Miners'
Families
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22.—The Coun
cil of the Federation of Labor tonight is
sued an address which in part follows:
"A call has gone forth to the trade
unions and public for a labor convention
in Chicago next Monday. The osten
sible objects are to take measures In
aid) of the miners' strike, and to offset
the sweeping powers of the courts in
granting Injunctions in defiance of pop
ular rights during labor disputes.
"These objects are very commendable
and worthy the active support of every
trade unionist and every lover of his
fellow man.
"But conditions have somewhat
changed since that convention was
agreed upon. This week fully 75,000
miners have gone to work on terms
fixed Jointly by the miners and operators.
It ls the greatest victory gained by
trades unions in years. It was won
against the combined power of wealth,
Judicial usurpation and tyranny. The
American Federation of Labor, believ
ing only ln practical methods, bas de
cided to continue its support with or
ganizers and money until a complete
victory for the miners is won. To this
end it calls on its unions and on the pub
lic not to halt in their full and unmeas
ured aid to this worthy movement.
"Many families still need support, and
money will be required until the miners
are more fully at work and able to help
themselves. Let the trade unions be
liberal in their donations until this strug
gle is crowned with complete success.
"We can see no need for the labor con
vention ln Chicago next Monday. We
advise our unions not to be represented
there.
"The money It would cost to send dele
gates would better be used to help suf
fering miners and their families. It is
enly by systematic organization of the
working people in trades unions with
united hearts and united funds, and a
fraternity of purpose which knows no
bounds of creed, color, nationality or
politics, that will uplift the masses."
Wrecked Whalers
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., Sept. 22.—
The American schooner Progress ar
rived this morning, thirty -two days
from Yokohama, having on board nine
members of the crew of the American
whaler bark Cape Horn Pigeon, which
was wrecked on a rocky coast, eighteen,
miles from Hakodate, the night of July
13th. The Cape Horn Pigeon, Captain
Scullion, left San Francisco early in the
season for a whaling voyage In Japanese
waters. The first part of the season was
successful, and when the bark was
wrecked she had 1000 barrels of sperm
oil In her hold and was started for
Okhotsk sea to finish the season, when
during a storm and ln the immediate
vicinity of a lighthouse, she-went on the
rocks without warning, officers and crew
escaping in the small boats with no
effe-cts save the clothes on their backs.
Got Their Beer
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22.—Two of
the sailors of the gunboat Wheeling at
tempted to swim ashore from their ship,
a distance of over a mile, to get a glass
of beer. They were picked up by a boat
man by whom they were discovered,
nearly exhausted, and brought ashore.
They slaked their thirst and waited an
opportunity to get back to their vessel.
They have been stowing coal since.
Jenks' Offense
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22.—Captain
Charles A. Jenks of iroop A of the Na
t ional Guard, is to be tried before a court
martial on a charge of having allowed
the horses of his troop ot be starved. The
court of inquiry which met tonight com
pleted its labors and prepared a report
slating that a court martial is not only
warranted, but It demanded, by the
facts of the case.
Greece Wants War
ATHENS, Sept. 22.—With the excep
tion of the Asty and the Akropolis, the
newspapers are preaching a national
crusade against tae conditions of the
psace tieaty with Turkey. A mass
meeting was held this evening in Con
cord square to denounce the terms of
peace, and a copy of the treaty was
placed upon a bonfire and. burned amid
a great uproar.
A Fort Bragg Fire
FORT BRAGG, Cal., Sept 22.—Fire
today on Franklin destroyed the hotel
building owed by Isaac vKemppe. jr.,
hotel and saloon, and lodging house
owed by Chas. Aulln. The fire originated,
ln the first mentioned building. Cause
uknown. Losses fully covered by in
surance.
THE HERALD
HAWAIIAN
SENATORS
Have Ratified the Treaty of
Annexation
THE OPPOSITION CONTINUES
LEADERS HOPE TO BLOCK THE
SCHEME
Good Seasons to Believe That Japan
Is Importing Soldiers to Fight
Against Annexation
Associated Press Special Wire.
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22.—The
steamer City of Peking, which arrived
ln port last evening and was at once
placed In quarantine, brought advices
from the Hawaiian Islands up to and
Including the 14th inst. The Senate con
vened on September sth, but, owing to
the death of ex-Senator Q. Rhodes, Pres
ident of the Legislature, adjourned until
the following day. The session on the
9th lasted less than two hours, but ln
that time the annexation treaty was pre
sented and ratified without a dissenting
vote. Commenting upon the unprece
dented haste of the upper chamber, the
Luso, newspaper, the organ of the Por
tuguese residents, of September 13th,
said: "The Senate of the Republic of
Hawaii has unanimously ratified the con
vention which cedes Hawaii to the United
States, not only with all mercantile pro
perty with doubtful title, but also tying
up privileges which about 50,000 voters of
the Portuguese colony enjoy and have en
joyed and which can only be recovered
if the Congress of the United States from
a cense of justice and equity shall con
cede to us the privileges to which we have
a right. The session was closed on the
10th, to be convened again on next
March in regular session."
Despite the action of the Senate, the
opponents of annexation are continu
ing their fight and the leaders of the
movement express the utmost confidence
ln their ability to defeat annexation.
Before the Peking left a call had been
issued for an Immense mass meeting
to be heldon the 18th, and the indications
were that it would be one of the largest
ever held ln the islands. Some of the
annexationists hoped to be able to have
Senator Morgan address the meeting
with the object of changing the senti
ment of the natives, but there was little
likelihood of their plan meeting with suc
cess.
The steamship Australia, having on
board United States Senator John T.
Morgan of Alabama, Congressmen- A. S.
Berry, J. G. Cannon, H. C. Loudenslager
and J. A. Tawney, arrived at Honolulu
on the 13th. They were accorded a warm
welcome. Senator Morgan stood the
voyage exceedingly well and was ln ex
cellent health. The Hawaiian Star of
the following day published this inter
view with him:
"I have nothing of a definite nature
to say to the newspapers now, as I must
first have an opportunity to study the
situation from a new point of view. You
may say that I am predisposed in favor
of annexation. I have been an annexa
tionist practically for thirty years, prac
tically since the subject was first agi
tated."
The Luso, the organ of the Portuguese
residents, in published articles shows
the alarm with which that section of the
population regards annexation. It says:
"If the annexation should be complet
ed, which we douot, the Portuguese col
ony as a political factor ceases to exist,
because ln the foreign press, both here
and ln the United States, it has been in
dicated with sufficient clearness that
they fear the influence of the Portuguese
vote in case this privilege should be con
ceded to them.
"Independence and a good government
of Hawaii mean prosperity for the col
ony, but annexation without the privi
leges which we speak of means ruin."
The delegates, who were chosen to
the American Union party convention,
have completed their platform, which
was to be presented for adoption at the
convention to be held on the evening of
the 15th.
The platform, as arranged, was short
and applied solely to Island affairs. One
of the planks pledged the party to an
nexation, first, last and all the time.
T. B. Murray had Issued a call for a
meeting of the American League on the
14th. It was the purpose reorganize
the league. Mr. Murray had announced
his determination to retire from the pre
sidency.
The Hawaiian annexation treaty,
which was submitted to the United States
Senate on June 16th, but has not yet
been acted on, provides for the cession
to the United States of all rights of sov
ereignty over the islands and all public
land and property.
Under it, the islands would consti
tute a Territory of the United States
with a local Legislature subject to a
veto power, invested in the President.
All the treaties of the United States
with other countries would be substi
tuted for those now in force with Ha
waii. The further immigration of Chi
nese to the islands is to be prohibited
and our laws on the subject are to be ex
tended to Hawaii. The treaty provides
for the assumption by the United State?
of the Hawaiian public debt of 14,000,
--000. The document will, probably, come
up for consideration, rejection or ratifi
cation by the Senate when Congress
meets in December.
From advices brought under date of
the 14th inst. the following particulars
were obtained:
The Hawaiian Senate met in extra
session on the Bth inst. When the Sen
ate was called to order the President's
message urging ratification of the treaty
was read, as was also a protest on behalf
of theHawallans who opposed the meas
ure.
Both papers were referred, with the
text of the treaty to the Foreign Rela
tions Committee for consideration. On
tbe following day that committee re
ported favorably and upon recommen
LOS ANGELES, THURSDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 23, 1897
datlon the Senate adopted the follow
ing resolution by a unanimous vote;
"Be it resolved by the Senate of the
Republic of Hawaii, that the Senate
hereby ratifies and advises, and con
sents to the ratification by the President
of the treaty between the Republic of
Hawaii and the United States of Amer
ica on the subject of annexation of the
Hawaiian Islands to the United States
of America, concluded at Washington,
June 16th, 1897, which treaty word for
word ls as follows: (The text of the
treaty then followed.) •
"In answer to the Hawaiian protest I
adopted at a mass meeting held on thei
6th, the committee said in part: "As
the Legislature of this Republic has at
the last two sessions passed Joint resolu
tions favoring annexation of the islands
to the United States, one of the funda
mental grounds for the establishment
of this government, we recommend that
the protest be laid upon the table, and
in doing so deem it our duty to say that
in our opinion the protestants are pro
testing moreon the groundsof sentiment
than that they really believe annexation
would not promote the best and most
and lasting prosperity of these Islands
and all classes of people residing there
on."
The British cruiser Comus arrived on
the 12th, seventeen days from Victoria,
B. C. She will remain here about one
month and then proceed home and go
out of commission.
The Japanese cruiser Naniwa left the
Orient the 7th. While steaming out of the
channel she ran on a sandsplt, but slid
off into deep water without sustaining
any damage.
ARMED OPPOSITION
If the stories told by the passengers
and crew of the steamship City of
Peking be true, a state of affairs exists'
in Hawaii which demands the attention
of the state department.
When the City of Peking arrived at
Honolulu the attention of the other
passengers on board, that steamer was
attracted, by the remarkably symmet
rical movements of 174 Japanese ste-er
age passengers who were disembarking.
Although classed as laborers, their well
drilled and military appearance was too
palpable to escape observation and oc
casioned considerable comment. The
Japanese were apparently under the
command of a veteran sergeant and. di
vided into squads of twenty under non-
commissioned efflcers. During the voy
age a military discipline was observed
which created comment among the other
steerage passengers and the steamer's
crew, and many conjectures were haz
arded as to the meaning of their being
shipped to the islands. It was generally
believed that they were sent to the
islands for the purpose of forcibly re
sisting annexation, if necessary. Rumors
of the presence of the Mikado's soldiers
are not new on the islands, and it is said
that over 1000 well-drilled men have al
ready been landed there and that about
400 veterans of the Japanese-China war
are expected upon the next steamer.
WARSHIP MOVEMENTS
VALLEJO, Cal., Sept. 22.—Orders'have
been received at the navy yard to put the
cruiser Baltimore ln commission October
Ist. She is ordered to proceed to Hono
lulu, presumably to relieve the Phila
delphia.
Receive Consideration From the Rail
road Commissioners
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22—The rail
road commission today considered the
complaint of August Muenter of Stock
ton who objects to being charged train
rates when he travels without a ticket.
The amount Involved, is only 15 cents, or
10 per cent above the regular rates on
a ticket from Stockton to this city. The
commissioners decided to take the case
under advisement and to refer the deli
cate law points involved to the attorney
general for advice.
Peterson Bros., merchants of Vinton,
complained that the Nevada, California
and Oregon railway is discriminating in
its freight charges against Vinton in
favor of Chat and Beckwlth, stations
on either side of Vinton. The case will
be investigated at the next meeting of
the commission.
It was decided to give the river steam
ship compnies further time in which to
file reports.
OAKLAND, Cal., Sept. 22,-The forty
seventh annual session of the Pacific
conference of the Methodist church,
South, began today at Asbury Metho
dist church, Bishop R. K. Hargrave of.
Nashville, Term., opening the conference
with devotional exercises and he con
tinued as the presiding officer. E. E
Hass, editor of the Nashville Advocate
the church official organ, made a lengthy
address, outlining the work of the con
ference and its needs. L. C. Renfro was
chosen secretary and the regular com
mittees appointed. E. H. McWhorter
was appointed official reporter for the'
circulation of the missionary literature.
J. W. Bain of Texas and C. C. Mont
gomery of lowa were received by trans
fer. Rev. E. E. Hass preached this c ven
ing.
VICTORIA, B. C. Sept. 22.—The wreck
ing steamer Whitelaw has returned, from
West Coast, where Captain Whitelaw
has been cruising about among the
graves of vessels which have met with
disaster on that coast. As a result of
his trip he has chains, anchors and other
pieces of long-forgotten wrecks which
when turned into coin of the realm, will
amount- to more than enough to repay
his trouble He has secured from difler
cr.t vessels about 10.000 fathoms of chain
and over a dozen, anchors of different
models, weighing from 55 to 400 pounds.
BAKERSFIELD, Cal . Sept. 22—At
the close of an eight-days' trial the Jury
this evening brought In a verdict of
manslaughter against L. A. Scott for
the killing of Chas. Richards at Rands
burg In September, 1896. Scott and Rich
ards quarreled and had a rough and
tumble fight. Finally Richards broke
away and started to run, when Scott
picked up a revolver that had fallen
from Richards' pocket and shot him
dead. This was Scott's second trial, the
first Jury having disagreed. Sentence
will be passed on Saturday morning.
The following undelivered telegrams
are at the Western Union telegraph
office: R. J. Wldney. Mrs. W. A. Ruff
head, Frank B. Christie, E. N. Baker.
GRAVE QUESTIONS
Southern Methodists
Robbing Ocean Graves
The Randsburg Murder
Undelivered Telegrams
ALL TRAILS
BLOCKED
When Arctic Winter Begins
in Earnest
MINERS STRAGGLING BACK
SEEKING SAFETY AT JUNEAU
OB SKAGUAY
Men Who Tempt White Pass in Win
ter Are Walking Straight to
Their Death
Associated Press Special Wire.
SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 22.—Winter
has begun in earnest with the travelers
on the Dyea and Skaguay trails, and. all
who do not intend to winter in Alaska
are hastening out. The steamship Queen
arrived today with eighty passengers.
Among these were United States Mar
shal J. M. Shoup and District Attorney
B. E. Bennett. The peaks of the moun
tains flanklr.g the passes are hlanketed
four feet deep with snow and. the smaller
streams' are encrusted with films of Ice.
When the Queen left Skaguay, Septem
ber 14th, there were many parties strag
gling in from the mountains and it is
stated that a majority will return to
Seattle and await the return of spring.
Preparations are being made to winter
a number in both Juneau and Skaguay.
Hundreds are turning back, but the
United States mail, in care of G. V
Sproule and assistants, will go through
A letter recelvtd here announced the
safe arrival of Sproule, with his party,
at Sheep camp, and on September Bth he
expected to be at Lake Linderman,
where a boat would be built. The letter
expressed confidence in the carriers'
ability to reach Dawson, but Sproula
complained that coming out with the re
turn mail would- be a task for which no
adequate provision had been made by
the government.
One of the most distinguished, passen
gers to arrive ln the city on the Queen
was Burton Bennett, who was sent north
by Grover Cleveland as district attorney
for Alaska.
"From what I can learn," he said,
"there Is not and will not be enough food
at Dawson City this winter. With favor
able weather the trading companies may
get more up the river than was antici
pated, but it is not likely. It will be
Impossible under the most favorable
circumstances to get enough in to supply
all those who are there. I feel Bure of
that after careful inquiry and-from let
ters I have received- from Dawson City
But as I say, if Dawson City suffers,
think of the men on "White pass. The
world may not realize It, but there are
men up north who are walking right Into
death. The snow is probably flying on
White pass, and if not, soon will be.
Many propose to winter at Skaguay
but from what I can learn hundreds do
not propose to stop there nor will they
return to civilization. They have the
gold fever as no other body of men ever
had it. Every time they hear of a strike
fn the Yukon country they get crazier
than ever. They will not stop for snow;
they will not stop for storms. I am sat
isfied that while the snow Is coming
down in all Its furry on the pass and
the wind is blowing awful gales this
winter you will see men on White pass.
It is a frightful thing to think of, but
it is true, and these men should be
stopped. I would, not be a bit surprised
to learn of many deaths up there this
winter. It ls the most damnable rush I
ever heard of or read of. These men
do not know anything about the horrors
of White pass in the winter time-, yet they
keep on, ar.d Just about the time that
winter is at its worst, some of them will
be caught on White pass. They will never
escape.
"I am satisfied that those who remain
at Skaguay this winter will be all right.
Spring will soon be with them and they
can start for the north. Once there
they will all come back rich, if they are
willing to stay and work for a few years.
There ia gold in every body of water,
big and little, in. our country. Why,
the people of the states, with all the
newspaper talk, do not know what the
rush will be this coming spring. From
letters I have received from the states,
I am satisfied there will be 50,000 people
In Alaska six weeks after the sprirg
rush has commenced.
"I think that the reports about so j
much crime in the vicinity of Skaguay
have been exaggerated. We are doing
what we can to see that order is pre
served and we have been fairly suc
cessful. Of course there are some crlin
lnals there, but crime is very small. We
have officers at Skaguay. They will '
wir.ter there and I look for no trouble.
"One thing Is certain and that is that
the United States government will have i
to take steps at once to give Alaska a I
new government. At present it is one
Judicial district. I favor having three, 1
one for southeast Alaska, one for west- i
crn Alaska and one for the Yukon. In !
that way the country would be much S
better governed. If a murder Is com
mitted in the Yukon country in the win
ter time, the murderer could rot be
brought to the south coast until spring.
This is not the way to control Alaska.
I have given the matter serious consid
eration. I think that there should be
a commission appointed by our govern
ment to map out a code of laws for the
country. At present we depend upon
the revised statutes of the United
States, and wher. we cannot find what
we want In them we turn to the laws
which governed Oregon up to 1884. And
the land laws should be extended. At
present one cannot get title to land In
Alaska. The point Is a very Important
one In. advancing the claim for new
legislation for the country."
TROOPS STARTED
PORTLAND, Or., Sept. 22.—Lieut.
Col. Geo. M. Randall, Eighth infantry,
U. S. A., with twenty-five men from the
same regiment, left here at < p. m. on a
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INDEX
OF THE TELEGRAPH MEWS
President McKinley speaks at an
agricultural fair at North Adams,
Mass.
The defense in the Luetgert trial
outline* its ease and claims that the
alleged murdered woman is still alive.
Reports from the fever stricken dis
tricts are somewhat reassuring; the
new cases are few and most of the pa
tients are doing well.
The Arctic winter begins at Skag
uay; the ex-district attorney of Alaska
comes down and prophesies death on
the trail before spring.
A returning transpacific steamer
brings accounts of dreadful damage
by floods in China; anti-foreign riot
ing grows more serious.
Assistant Secretary Roosevelt an
nounces bluntly that we are on the
verge of a war with Spain, and the
navy department officials are busily
preparing.
The American Federation of Labor
advises against the holding of a con
vention at Chicago on Monday, and
urges that the funds be devoted to the
relief of families of striking miners.
The Hawaiian senate has ratified
the annexation treaty, but the op
ponents of the measure are still hope
ful; Japan is importing soldiers to
make armed resistance to annexation.
John B. Gentry and Bobert J. knock
a quarter of a second oft the world's
record for double team trotting; very
warm sport at the Stockton meet;
eastern turf results; baseball games.
special train over the Northern Pacific
en route to St. Michaels via Seattle. The
train will reach Seattle shortly before
midnight and Lieut. Col. Randall and
his command' will leave for St. Michaels
on the steamer Humboldt tomorrow.
DISABLED STEAMERS
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash., Sept. 22.
—When the steamer Queen left Juneau
the steamer Al-Ki, from Seattle, was
there with her boilers leaking. It will
take three or four days to repair her
boilers, when she will return south.
The Queen's officers report having
spoken the steamer City of Topeka near
Juneau with two of her propeller blades
broken and her crankshaft bent. The
cause of the accident was not learned.
A STEAMER SAILS
TACOMA, Wash., Sept. 22.—The
steamship Willamette sailed from Ta
coma tonight for Skaguay and way
ports. She will carry to the north all
the freight that can be stored in her
hold and piled on her deck. The deck
load comprises 300,000 feet of lumber.
The cargo will amount to 2900 tons.
The steamer has eighty head of live
stock, comprising cattle, hogs and
sheep. The passenger list from the
sound will number 100 people, the most
of whom are traders or speculators for
Skaguay and other ports.
RUSSIAN FIELDS
Will Yield Very Little Grain for
Export
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22.—More de
tailed information than has heretofore
been obtainable concerning the condi
tion of the Russian grain crop is con
tained in a report on the subject to the
state department from United States
Consul Heenan at Odessa.
He says the crops over an extensiv;
area have failed. The beginning of the
trouble was the dry winter, causing the
failure of half ihe wheat sown With
a favorable spring and resowlng the
prospects were good, however, almost
to the cutting time. Then came the
wettest season known in years, and hall
destroyed both ripe and unripe grain.
In large areas no effort was made to
harvest. Samples of the new wheat are
inferior ln quality and weight. The
yield is from four to six bushels per acre
for winter and spring. Barley is discol
ored and under weight. Rye is much
damaged and will be under the average
crop. Oats alone are In favorable con
dition.
Mr. Heenan says that but little wheat
will be shipped from Russia during the
season of 1597-98, for the simple reason
that there is little available for export.
The failure of the wheat crops ir, Aus
tro-Hungary, Roumania and Bulgaria
has brought buyers into Russia from
those countries and the wheat will go
to them by rail. How much of this
wheat Russia can afford to let go is a
question now being discussed. Hints are
thrown out that the exports of cereals
may be altogether prohibitive.
The Stanford Estate
I SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 22.—The
J petition of Mrs. Jane Stanford to pay
j certain legacies to eastern heirs of her
I late husband, came up in Judge Coffey's
court today. Russell J. Wilson, entered
■an appearance for Mrs. Stanford. C. E.
; Leydecker and M. VanVoast of New York
: announced that they would represent
' the eastern heirs. T. C. VanNessstated
i that he would look after the Interests
lof Charles Stanford. Dr. E. R. Taylor
I was also entered, on the record as the
representative of all other heirs and I-eg
! atees in general. Judge Coffey set Fri
: day afternoon for hearing of arguments
Sof counsel.
Scottish Rite Masons
BOSTON, Sept. 22.—The session of the
Supreme Council Scottish Masons'
convention was resumed tonight, an
executive session filling the time. Of
ficers were elected as follows: Sover
eign granti commander, Henry L.
Palmer, 33rd, o£ Milwaukee; grand
Ueutenant-commuhder, Hon. Charles
Levi Woodbury, 33rd, of Boston; grand
minister of state. General Samuel S.
Lawrence, 33rd, of Boston.
Presidential Offices
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22—The fol
lowing named postoffices will be raised
from fourth to second class on the Ist
of October, rendering necessary the&p
polntment of a postmaster for each of
them by the president: Newman, Cal.;
Virginia City, Mont.; Blackhawk, Colo.;
Demar, Idaho; Berwick, Mo., Kennot,
Mo.; Edna, Texas,
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LOWERING
WAR CLOUD
Gives Promise of a Coming
Storm
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ROOSEVELT'S REMARKS
Leave No Doubt as to His
Opinion
WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF WAR
PREPARATION'S MUST BE BEGUM
IN EARNEST
Every Member of tha Naval Beserra
Will Be Needed for the Crisis
Which Now Seems to
Be Imminent *
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Associated Press Special Wire.
NEW TORK, Sept. 22.—"This country
is on the verge of a war with Spain."
These are the words of Assistant Sco
re tary of the Navy Roosevelt. He use*
them at a conference with some ot tha
commanders of the naval militia, whom
he had summoned to Washington to
learn of the state of their command*
and the number of men that can be de
pended on to complete the complement
of the warships and the auxiliary navy.
Assistant Secretary Roosevelt cau
tioned the gentlemen who had been
called into the conference not to under
estimate the gravity of the situation.
The Navy Department ls preparing to
use every available man of the naval
militia. The commanders of the reserve
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OP THE
NAVY ROOSEVELT
who have been called to Washington
during the last few days, have had th*
Importance of getting their divisions in
such shape that a sudden call will find
them in readiness Impressed upon them.
It ls for Just such a crisis as that which
now seems imminent that the naval re
serve was established and maintained,
and the young men who have been play
ing at being marines may be called upon
to enact their parts in real earnest.
Among the naval militia commanders
called upon by the Navy Department
were Commanders William H. Stayton
and W. Butler Duncan. These gentle
men command, respectively, the Brook
lyn and New York battalions.
It is believed that at the conference
at the Navy Department within the last
tew days, the question, was put as to
how many men the commanders of the
New York and Brooklyn battalions
would undertake to report as available;
for three months' war service. Com
mander Stayton is reported to have an
swered that he would guarantee 275 men
out of his battalion. Duncan's estimate
Is said to have been 325.
"We are prepared," the Assistant Sec
retary is further quoted as saying, "to
convert a large fleet of merchantmen-
Into warships. The question arises as
to whether the naval militia will de bet
ter work on the improvised cruisers or
on board the regular ships of war."
Commander Stayton declared it to be
his belief that the proper place for the
naval militia was on board of the regu
lar war ships.
In all there are about 5000 naval mili
tiamen In the United States, the largest
battalion in. the country being at San
Francisco. Organizations on the Pa
cific Coast exist at San Diego, Los An
geles, San Francisco, Portland and
Olympia. The Navy Department's esti
mate is that 7000 men will be needed for
the merchant cruisers. Of this number
3000 will come from the regular war
ships. The places of the regular men
of-war men will be taken by the naval
militia. The proportion of naval militia,
to a regular war ship will be about 2t
per cent of the crew.
The significance of Roosevelt's re
marks, Joined with the assembling of
the militia commanders at Washington
and the bunching of the war ships and
the maneuvers of the torpedo fleet, i*
very great.
MORE SAILORS NEEDED "
NEW YORK, Sept. 22. —A special to th*
Herald from Washington sayer. Tha
necessity ot increasing the personnel of
the navy will be presented to Congress 1»
the forthcoming reports of bureau chiefs)
of the Navy Department. Both offlcere)
and men are needed to man the large
number of ships now In commission.
Captain Crownlnshteld, Chief ot th*
Bureau of Navigation, in order to find
officers for vessels, ls compelled to •carafe
the service with a fine rake. Bo far aa
the engineer corps is concerned it I* ua
, deratood that Engineer-U<:U*f ftf*)V«a

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