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TWENTY-SEVENTH YEAR. NO. 8.
AMUSEMENTS
gurbank Theater m&**\i A & l tlm*Ln
Uont'ght ** i ?S t \ U Z* r Tffatinee Saturday
Uhe tPopuiar IsssTsalaassas»»»»__
Broadway TJheater Co.
Preceded by the Very Pretty Little One-Act Comedy
. . . Uhe {Picture . . .
Prices—Gallery, 10c; Balcony, 21c; Dress Circle, 2.1 c; Orchestra, sl)c. Order seat* by Tel. Main 1270
|[jos Angeles Theater £ $ wYArr, 1 Mona"" r d Trcttsurcr
7** • i . Matinee tomorrow Oft Ti» /* and his admirable
\JOntant and tomorrow night 11/171, sJT, L/rafiO company in the fob
_ . & ing repertoire:
Saturday Matinee only |!| Tonight and Saturday Nights
A VIRGINIA COURTSHIP A FOOL OF FORTUNE
By Eugene w. I'rcshrey. |]| Dv -Martha Morton.
Handsome Costumes—Picturesque scenery—Artistic Embellishments.
Seats now on sale. Prices—2oc, 60c, 7">c, *l.ou anel $1.53. Telephone Main 70.
WEEK COMMENCING OCTOBER 11, MATINEE SATURDAY,
Stalian Srand Opera Company 2£ S
In following repertoire: — . ■ „
Monday Evening—Fonchlelll bt Glooonda 111 Thursday Evening--Verdi Eruanl
Tuesday Evening tin Hallo in Masohera , Saiurday Matinee -Piecint La ilohe i c
Weddnesday Evening— Pucelni. ...La Bo heme |l Saturday Evening—Verdi Frovatore
Grand Chorus. Grand Oorohettra, Elaborate Costumes
HEATS NOW ON BALS. Prices—2 .Vie. 780, si o'. KM, Telephone Main 70
Los Angeles' Society Vaudeville Theater
Any seat, 25c; Children, roc; Oallerv, toe
George Evans, "The Honey Boy," Edna Collins, Phenomenal Whistling Artist, Van Auken
MrPhee and Hill, World's Greatest Gymnasts, Tho Great Provo and Ten High-Class Vaueloville
Artists. PR lots NEVER CHANGING—Evening Reserved Seats, 30c anil Hoc; Gallon-, li>o
Regular Matinees Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Telephone Main 1417
Asncia3tMral Park
Sreatest of
The Coming Los Angeles Fair Under the Auspices of ths Sixth District Agricultural
Association promises to be the best ever held in California
NINE DAYS OF EXCITING
{Pacing, Xjrotting and {Punning {Paces
Srand Opening Va» . . U/iUrsdai/, Oct. /4tk
The entry list Is by long odd* the best ever received by any Association
on the Pacific Coast, and high-class sport can confidently be expected.
33riliiant Attractions Gvery Day
General Admission, 50c Admission to Crand Stand, 25c
Special reserved seats can be secured at De Camp & Lehman's, 213 S. Spring St.
JOHN C. LYNCH, President. LEWIS THORNE, Secretary.
Pacific Ry.
'"Sunset ——
... JLimited.
TO CHICAGO AND ST. LOUIS
j* /» ~/f , n /a &n Tuesdays and Fridays
JLeaves JLos Jtngeles 2 Uegins October uu>.
(Qharity Fete 406 Court Street, cor. Hill and Court
Siven by Ttfrs Simona Bradbury at Jter Residence
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 and 13, Morning, Afternoon and Evening
Lunch served from n a.m. to 2 p.m. Entertainment. Program of Living Pictures
Concert, Charades, Dancing, etc. Light Refreshments in the evening.
Admission 25 Cents
Hotel Capitola Capitota -by-the-Sea
SANTA CRUZ CO.
... J{n Sdeal Sea Side {Pesort...
Safe Surf Bathing, a Smooth Sheltered Beach, Balmy Air, D;lightful Walks and
Drives, A Fine New Hotel, Unexcelled Cuisine.
COTTAGES FOR CAMPERS Jfepburn cf ferry, Tffanayers
H,otel Bella Vista
1001 Pine Street
- - <?( {frirst- Class Jfcotel - -
YV Bella Vista Is the Pioneer First-Class Family Hotel of San Francisco. All the
c .nforts of a modern residence. MRS. A. F. TRACY
HOtel Bartholdi Madison Square, Broadway and Twenty-Tkird St.
- - European {Plan ~ -
Under new management. Rooms single or en suite. Restaurant unsurpassed Ele
gant in all appointments at moderate prices. REED & ROBLEE, Props.
Motel Vendoume san jose
a This Beautiful Hotel is situated in the
"Sarden City" ef the Pacific Coast
Its benntisul grounds, elegant appointments, table ami service 01 exceptional excellcnon m
gether with a lull orchestra, make it un ideal abiding place, in a word tho «>
- first class ln rver y respect,
t/enaome and so are its patrons. GEO. P. SNELL, Manager.
iphe Argyle Hotel Corner of Secon.l and Olive
Rest Jan,iiy Jfotet in City, j^g^CT^ggg
Qstrich Farm—South Pasadena
Tfino Chicks Jfatehed September 9th
FEATHER BOAS AND TIPS AT PRODUCERS' PRICES
Vienna Buffet Bt#^o^2£ >Mr
tittdAd %gga^yjB} n^ t> U """ C,U MU " oiVery *T 9 °»>* Austrian-Hungarlan
NOT YET READY
The British Monetary Program Not
Made Out
LONDON, Oct. 7.—The prediction
made in the despatches of the Associat
ed Press on Saturday last to the effect
that Great Britain's answer to the bi
metallic proposals would be delayed, has
been confirmed. Arrangements have
now been made to hold an Informal con
ference between the chancellor of the ex
chequer. Sir Michael Hicks-Beach,
other British officials on. the one side,
and the United States monetary commis
sioners and Colonel Hay, United States
ambassador, or. the other side, for the
purpose of reaching a moTe a eflnlle un
diarstandin* as to what the United
States commissioners and France expect
Consequently the British government
will be unable to fulfil the promise of
the chancellor of the exchequer to give
the United States commissioners a re
ply early during the present month, and
the delay will prossibly last some weeks.
THE HERALD
DROUGHT
AND FIRE
Afflict the Farmers of the
Middle West
CROPS WITHER IN THE FIELD
CATTLE ARE EYING FOR LACK
OF WATER
The Remnant of Feed Left Is Licked
Up by Prairie Fires—Towns
in Danger
Associated Press Special Wire.
MASCOUTAH, Ills., Oct. ".—ln tho
experience of. the oldest settler in St
Clair and adjoining counties?, the present
drought is without a parallel. For two
months there has been practically no
rainfall In this section and the tempera
ture has ranged above DO degrees in the
shade almost daily during all that time.
The damage done by the drought In
Southern Illinois cannot be accurately
estimated but it has been, great. Th?
heaviest loss to the farmers is on the
corn crop, which has been cut down 50
to 60 per cent by the dry weather. It has
also done great damage to all late vege
tation and to the fruit crop generally.
Hundreds of wells, cisterns and creeks
have entirely failed and a wtuter famine
is threatened over a large area of the
country.
Many farmers residing east of Mas
eoutah are hauling water a distance of
six miles. The water in the Kaskaskla
river has reached the lowest stage in
years.
In add.ition to the severe loss on crops
of various kinds, the farmers will have
to provide an unusually large quantity
of feed for their stock, owing to the
parched condition of all the pastures.
The stock feeding season begins fully
two months earlier than usual as a re
sult of the continued drought.
MARSH FIRES
VALPARAISO, Ind., Oct. 7.—The
Kankakee marsh fires are rapidly spread
ing In this county, although the farmers
have given up all otheT work ar.d are
fighting it all the time. Several more
houses were destroyed last night.
The big marsh Are near Tassinong
caught tire again last night and the
flames swept over acres of land, de
stroying everything in their path.
The residents of Hebron., Koutz and
Klnman are badly frightened, as It is
feared the Are may sweep across the
heavy ditches which have been dug near
these places.
NEARLY A WHOLE COUNTT
DECATUR, Ind., Oct. 7.—Forest fires
are raging over the entire northwestern
part of this county. Entire fields of
shocked corn have been swept away bj
the flames.
WITHOUT PRECEDENCE
LA GRANGE, Ind., Oct. 7.—The
drought is without precendence in
Northern, Indiana, but has been par
tially broken by a light rain. The fltt
in the Tamarack swamp has Increased.,
but the farmers are now so well organ
ized that they anticipate no great dam
age unless the winds suddenly change.
Great fires are burning in the marshes
rear Rochester, Ind..
DRYEST FOR YEARS.
KENOSHA, Wis., Oct. 7.—01 d settlers
of Kenosha say this has been the dryest
season for years in this part of the coun
try. Vegetation has been parched and
crops blasted. Wells and springs have
dried up and as a result of scarcity of
water stock has Suffered greatly. Prai
rie fires In Somers and Bristol, caused
by sparks from passin.g engines, de
stroyed considerable property belonging
to the farmers. All kinds of means have
been adopted to stay the advance of the
flames. In some cases where the fire
was apparently extinguished it contin
ues to burn beneath the surface.
IN MICHIGAN
NILES. Mich., Oct. 7.—East and north
of here the terrible marsh fires still con
tinue. The farmers have fought the
flames night and day for a week and
are utterly exhausted. They have
moved their household goods to places
of safety and have sacrificed their
homes.
Game which Inhabited the marshes
has been driven to the city. Near Ber
reln Springs, on what is known as the
Big Meadow, the fire has swept over like
a prairie Are and hundreds of acres of
potatoes have been roasted in the hills.
The fire is the worst that has occurred
in this vicinity since 1871.
IN TENNESSEE
CHATTANOOGA. Term., Oct. 7.—The
drought In this section is unprecedented.
Late crops have been lite rally burned up. j
Ordinarily large streams of water have
gone dry and complaints are numer- |
ous and mournful from all points in |
the territory adaoent to Chattanooga. |
Since August 23d. the rainfall has I
amounted to only seven hundredths of
an inch. The Tennessee river at this
point, ordinarily at i good boating stage
at this season, shows a depth of or !y five
tenths of a foot.
IN ARKANSAS
LITTLE ROCK. Oct. 7.—Drought and
forest fires are playing considerable hav
oc in Arkansas, and the situation is grow
ing worse every day. Thousands of dol
lars worth of valuable timber and other
property, fences, sawmills and cabins
have been destroyed by fire, and stock
In nearly all sections Is suffering from a
scarcity of water, while In many places
not enough is obtainable for drinking
purposes. No general rain has fallen for
sixty days.
SOUTH DAKOTA
DEADWOOD.S.D.. Oct. 7.—At Ragged
Top a. destructive forest fire is raging j
and the town of Preston is in imminent ;
danger. Tonight the Are was within
forty rods of the postoffice of Preston.
IN MANITOBA.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct. 7.—The '•
forest Him that have- been raging In |
LOS ANGELES. FRIDAY MORNING. OCTOBER 8, 1897
Manitoba close to the boundary line for
the past ten days have broken out more
furiously than ever. Ten or twelve per
sons are reported to have been burned
to death, and the- Are is rapidly Spread
ing and crossing over the boundary Uije
Into North Dakota.
The flames are driving hundreds of
wolves and coyotes out into the open
Country, and large- Hocks of geese and
ducks have been seer. Hying over the
burning forests.
Near White Mouth, H. L. Laundry, a
1 rapper, was burned to death. A Ger
man woman living in a small heiuse
near where the Are was the most furious
yesterday, is reported to have been
burned to death, anei her children are
missing. A dispatch from White Mouth
says Ihe fire Is spreading rapidly. Sev
eral settlers had close calls for their
lives. A heavy wind drovt a mass of
smoke which blinded ami a long, deep
lint- of llames which consumed every
thing in their path.
East of White Mouth the situation is
very critical. Tha section foreman of
Darwin und his wife and men were
picked up by a freight train and brought
into White Mouth. Rroadmaster Home
r, on a handcar, attempted to run from
Darwin with his men, but nearly suc
cumbed through suffocation, and was
compelled to take refuge In a passing
freight train.
All the telegraph poles for several
miles east of the town are down and
trains are tied up.
At Beausej'jur, Manitoba, seven per
sons have been burned to death. Mrs
G. W. Thomas, her young son are!
eiaughter had a race with the flames for
several miles. They had a team of
horses, which they kept on the run.
Sparks from the burning limber were
blown into tbe dry grass ot a prairie
which they were compelled to cross, and
soon they were surrounded by the
flames. The frantic horses started to
run straight ahead into the burning tim
ber. Before they had gone far the car
riage overturned, anel the y were throw n
down an ■embankment into a small
creek. Tills probably saved their lives.
They were badly burned.
The report from Morris, Manitoba,
says a prairie fire has been raging there
and that one family of five persons have
been known to have perished.
All th suffering and loss of property
caused by prairie fires are not yet
known. The devastation se-ems to have
been widespread, reaching from St.
Anne's on the t--outhea.st to St. Laurent
on the shore of Lake Manitoba, and from
Morris to Brokc-n Head. The loss of
property ls reported from all this area.
Today brought news from St. Laurent of
an adltlonal fatality. Miss Brynn,
daughter of a farmer near St. Laurent,
fell a victim. She left her home and It is
feared wandered away and perished ir.
the flames. She was betrothed to Mr.
Upholm, whose dead body was found In
the track of the fire. Captain Allen, who
was badly burned In the face near Lake-
Francis, and who was brought to the
hospital for treatment, is dead from his
injuries. Fires are again raging about
the city, but no serious damage lsre
ported.
LOSS AT DETROIT
DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 7.—Careful es
timates of the losses caused by this
morning's great fire place the total fig
ures at $640,000, with insurance at $535,
--00.0.
Added to the main losses are- those of
the people who had household goods-,
etc., stored in the Central Storage build
ing and of the contents eif offices of pro
fessional people and others in the vari
ous buildings which were ruined.
The injuries to the firemen who were
hurt will not be permanent. Most of the
burned structures will be rebuilt.
A PACKING HOUPE BURNED
WATSONVILLE, Oct. 7.—The large
packing house ar.d dwelling of Reloviteh
Bros., on Fourth street, and A. L. Blx
by's barn, all well stocked with fruit,
hay, vehicles and horses, were totally
el?stroyed by fire at 3:30 this morning.
The Reloviteh family barely esca*ped
with their lives. Nine horses were
burneei. Reloviteh Bros.' loss is about
$10,000; insurance, $1300. Bixby's loss,
$2000; insurance, jloO.
Regret Expressed for His Attack on
America
WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. 7.—ln view
of the comment occasioned by the dis
covery that the name of Thomas Moore
was omitted from ttie roll of poets in
the congressional library on the ground
that he bitterly attacked America, and
particularly Thomas Jefferson, a letter
written by Moore in. 1816, twelve years
after his American poems were pub
lished, to the editor of the Philadelphia
Portfolio, is of gre at interest in showing
the poet's change of attitude. The orig
inal letter Is in the possession of Senator
George Hoar, who has given it to thi
Worcester Gazette for publication. It.
this letter the poet says:
"This life is just long enough to com
mit errors in., but too short to allow us
time to repair them, and there are few
of eny errors I regret more sincerely
than the rashness I was guilty of in
publishing those crude anei bearish ti
rades against the Americans. My senti
ments, both with respect to the national
and inel.ivld.ual character, are much
changed Since then, and I should blush,
as a lover eif liberty, if I allowed the
nasty prejudice of my youth to blind me
now to the bright promise which Amer
ica afforeisof a better and happier order
of things than Europe lias ever wit
riessed. If you continue to be as good
republicans as we in Europe seem de
termlneci to be good royalists, the new
and old work., will soon have no other
distinction than the atmosphere of free
dom and the atmosphere of slaves."
JAMESTOWN, Cal., Oct. 7.—Wm. Ten
grove attempted to commit suiciele here
today by hanging himself. He arrived In
this city recently from Amador county and
Is supposed to be a miner. Late this after
noon he went into an orchard and tying a
rope around- his neck nnd to a limb of a
tree, dropped toward the ground, lie- evils
cut down ln time to save bis life and t;ik> 11
lo j:iil In Sonora. He gives ns his reason
for committing the act that his mother,
who resides In lone, is going to marry
again.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 7.—This wns the
last day tif the Ci ntral Baptist confi ri ni c.
Reports and addresses on the subject of
home missions were made. The report on
"Education" of J. H. Stevens was read,
and led to a discussion of the needs of the
California Baptist divinity college. Com
mittees to take charge of various lines of
state work were appointed, and the con
ference adjourned.
MOORE MOURNED
Cause for Suicide
Baptist Conference
SPANISH
VICTORIES
Redound to Weyler's Great
Credit
THE NEW CABINET IN SESSION
DECLARES A NEW PROGRAM IS
NECESSARY
Insurgent Leaders Laugh at Offers of
Autonomy and Will Fight for
Complete Freedom
Associated Press Special Wire.
HAVANA, Oct. 7. —According to bulle
tins issued today from headquarters of
tlie Spaniards, a government force has
ambushed and captured a boat having
or. board 27 boxes of ammunition and
also seized 218 boxes of ammunition, it
is stated, belonging to an expedition
which landed at the mouth of the River
Ariamo, in the district of Cienfuegos,
province of Santa Clara, recently.
It is further officially announced that
General Molina has captured, after a
short resistance, an Insurgent camp sit
uated on the heights of Riscardero, pio
vince of Havana.
Lieut. Culevan was wounded during
the engagement.
Col, Rolger, an official dispatch says,
has engaged with the insurgent force at
Carmen, this province.
The commercial bodies of Cienfuegos.
Santa Clara, Saguala Grande, Matan
zas and other places have, it is an
nounced from the palace, telegraphed
that they wished It to be understood that
they join Captain-General Weyler's ad
mirers in this city in the expressions of
confidence.
A CABINET MEETING
MADRID, Oct. 7.—The Queen Regent
presided at the Cabinet council today
wiien the note of the United State.
handed to the Duke of Tetuan by Min
ister Woodford was discussed. No final
decision was reached in regard to a
reply, however, but l'lmparcial says
that.the reply of Spain will satisfy Span
ish susceptibilities in making clear to
the United States the resolute attitude
which Spain maintains toward Cuba.
According to El Heraldo, Spaln'sireply
to the United States will point out that
if American interests suffer by reason of
,he war In Cuba they, the Americans,
are themeselves to blame for it. El
Heraldo also says: "We understand
that the government will express its
confidence that the new policy to be
pursued with regard to Cuba will pro
duce a change ln the attitude of the
United States."
CHANGE OF SYSTEM
LONDON, Oct. B.—The Madrid corre
spondent of the Times, referring to the
cabinet council, says: "The cabinet
was unanimous in the opinion that the
system of warfare in Cuba must be com
pletely changed. Special attention was
drawn to the deplorable condition of the
sick and wounded soldiers now arriving.
This aspect of the case was considered
at the direct instance of the queen re
gent.
"Regarding the finances, although op
timist reviews of 'the recnt minister of
finance do not appear to have-been justi
fied, it is said that with prudence suffi
cient resources' may be counted upon,
at least until the cortes meets ln the
spring to authorize supplies."
The Daily Mail's Madrid correspond
ent says: The queen announced to the
oahirijt that the anarchists now in pris
on at Fort Montjulch for the bomb
throwing outrage at Barcelona during
the process-lon of Corpus Christ! will be
immediately sent into exile or released.
IN SURCI EN T PL AN S
NEW YORK, Oct. 7.—General Carter
RolofC, Secretary of War.for the republic
of Cuba, has the following letter to
Gonzales de Quesada, Cuban Charge
d'Affalres at Washington:
"We are now better prepared for a
campaign than at any other time dur
ing either the present or the late war.
We are informed here that Spain will
probably try to placate the American
government by offering us autonomy
more or less ample. I need not tell you,
my friend, that we laugh at such offers,
for already we are at the hour of our
liberation."
A dispatch to the Herald from Ha
vana says: A big battle occurred Oc
tober 2d in Camarones hills, not far from
Matanzas, between the Spanish under
General Molina and rebels under the
command of Belancourt, Sangullly and
Raoul Arango. The fight began at 9
o'clock in the morning and continued
all day.
The official report published here
states that Molina attacked the rebel
position and drove the rebels out with
great loss.
The report says that General Molina
had his horse shot under him.
General Jimlnez Castellano left Puer
to Principe September 25th with heavy
forces for the purpose of attacking the
Cuban government headquarters at
Guayamarillo, but heavy rains anel bad
roads prevented him from carrying out
bis plans and after long marches he. re
turned to Puerto' Principe with 108 of
his men ill.
General Ruiz, while escorting a con
vey from Puerto Principe to San Nicei
ias, was attacked by re bels September
linth. The rebel leader, Juan Ducasse,
has crossed tbe Mariel-Majana trocha
with a large force and is now operat
ing with General Castillo.
I'll Pals publishes a statement to the
effect that up to date 2000 of the 6000
reconcentrados in the town of Jaguey
Grande have died of hungi r.
THE 'CISNEROS CASE
HAVANA. Oct. 7.—The beautiful
young Cuban patriot, Senorita Evar.gel
ina Cisneros. heroine of the sensational
adventure with the Spanish governor of
the Island of Pines, has l escaped from
tho Casa de Recogides (House of Scrap
ings), where she had been confined for
INDEX
I OF THE TELEGRAPH NEWS
An outrage of more than unusual
atrocity reported from Newport, Ky.
Drought and fire are causing in
calculable damage throughout the
middle west.
Great Britain asigns reasons for her
refusal to join Russia and Japan in
the sealing conference.
A dreary account of affairs at St.
Michaels given by a man who failed
to get through to Dawson City.
The cases of Ebanks and Durrant,
murderers condemned to hang, are not
likely to be decided for a year or more.
Yesterday was a very bad one for
the defense in the Luetgert case;
crushing impeachment testimony in
troduced.
Most of the Democratic national
committeemen recognize Henry
George as the regular Democratic
candidate.
Reports issued from Havana of
Spanish victories over the insurgents
fail to produce the desired effect on
the new Spanish cabinet.
The state department will ask
Great Britain to reconsider her de
cision not to take part in the sealing
conference, but wil appoint represent
atives to confer with Great Britain
alone.
Jimmy Michael knocks two seconds
off the American paced bicycle mile,
and Harry Sidwell of Covington chops
five seconds from the amateur two
thirds; harness races and running re
sults; sporting notes.
Business statistics for August show
the heaviest exports since the forma
tion of the government, which fact the
politicians ascribe to the effect of the
new tariff law, but the European
wheat shortage may have something
to do with it.
several months on a charge of con
spiracy against the crown of Spain and
of an atterppt upon the life of Governor
Iteres of the Isle of Pines.
According to the statements of the
jailer, she made her escape some time
last night. At this morning's roll call
she was missing and when s>earch was
made for her the attendants found that
the bars of her window had been filed and
bent outward. They could not have been
moved except by a great outlay of
strength, and all the circumstances l go
to prove the co-operation of outsiders in
her es-cape. The authorities have not
yet secured any clue as to the wherea
j bouts of Senorita EvangeHna.
Several of the employes of the estab
lishment have been arrested.
FRENCH DEFENSES
A Vast Sum to Be Spent in Navy
Construction
PARIS, Oct. 7.— Vice-Admiral Bes
nard. the minister of marine, explained
to the budget committee of the chamber
of deputies today the naval works to be
undertaken by the government under
the authorization of parliament, which
on July 20 last adopted the recommencV
ation of the budget committee of the
chamber, granting a credit of 7,000,000
francs, to be included in the accounts of
the current year, for commencing new
warships, expediting the reconstruction
of the navy and establishing a naval
base at Bizerta, a fortified seaport of
Tunis, and. the must northern town of
Africa.
These works will Include the con
struction of a complete naval arsenal,
with two dry docks and a breakwater.
It Is estimated that the entire cost will
be between twelve and fourteen million
francs.
Vice-Admiral Besnard informed the
committee that the minister of war. Gen
eral Billot, would spend another 5.000,000
francs at Bizerta.
At Ajaccio, the capital of the Island of
Corsica, a boom will be built across the
mouth of the harbor, whlphwlll be pro
tected by two batteries, and the heights
will be fortified.
THE MERCHANT MARINE
Annual Report of Commissioner of
Navigation
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7—The annual
report of Mr. Chamberlain, commission
er of navigation, which has just been
submitted to the secretary of the treas
ury, shows that the total documented,
tonnage of the United States on. June
30, 1897, was 4,760,220 tons, and is the
largest for 21 years, except in 1893, when
it was 4,825,071 tons. Our largest docu
mented tonnage was 5.539.312 tons, on
July 30, 1861. Considering the speed anei
unmoor of trips of steam vessels com
pa. with sailing vessels, our merchant
marine licet has never been so efficient
as this year. The total construction of
tb? year, 891 vessels, of 232,233 gross tons,
is the largest annua! output since 1891.
The tonnage registered for foreign trade
amounted to 792.545 gross tons, the low
est since IS4I
The whale fisheries employ 12,714 tons,
compared with the maxim of 19.1,594 tons.
In ISSS. About 10,000 men are employed
in deep sea fisheries, of whom 6500 are
citizens of the United States.
A BROKEN SHAFT
Forces the Coos Bay to Accept a
Tow
PAN' FRANCISCO. Oct. 7—The Pa
cific Coast Steamship company's steam
er Coos Hay arrived in port in tow of
tbe steam schooner Sum', tonight. The
Coos Bay was on her way from San Pe
dro ar.l way pot ts tor San Francisco,
and when three miles off Point Sur. the
stern shaft broke. This was about mid
night Wednesday, and as the Sunol was
In company with the disabled vessel,
Captain Hall signalled her. The Coos
Bay was towed into Monterey and from
there was tow ed to this port by the Su
nol.
The steamer Corona will leave here on
tbe 10th inst. at 9 a. m. for the south and
will take in all the Coos Bay's ports of
call.
12 Pases
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
REASONS
ASSIGNED
For England's Refusal to
Confer
SEAL CONFERENCE SCHEMES
NOW SEEM LIKELY TO FAIL
ALTOGETHER
The State Department Will Agree to
a Conference Between England
and the United States
Associated Press Special Wire.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7.—The Stat*
department has received full informa
tion as to the position of the British
government on the proposed Bering sea
conference. This proves to be much
more complete than the brief cable re
ports from London indicate, as the de
partment has been advised not only of
Great Brltain'9 declination to enter a
conference unless it Is limited to the
experts of the United States, Great Brit
ain and Canada, but also haft been in
formed quite fully as to what led the
Marquis of Salisbury to this conclus
ion.
The British view, as laid before the
state department Is that at no stage of
the negotiations has their government
agreed to a conference except that be
tween the experts of Great Britain,
Canada and the United States, It is
not questioned that Secretary Sherman
and Ambassador Hay made suggestions
that the conference should be between
the "powers interested," and that some
of the notes from the United States au
thorities expressed a desire to have
Russia and Japan take part in the
conference. But it is pointed out that
these suggestions came from the United
States and until accepted would have
no effect in determining the nature of
the conference. So far as the sugges
tions were accepted, the note of Lord
Salisbury on July 28th is said to stand
alone, and- this note, it is stated, men
tioned only a conference between the
rxperts of the United States, Great
Britain and Canada.
The latest correspondence on the sub
e'cts leads to considerable doubt as to
who will participate In the coming meet
ings. It has been understood that the
difference would be bridged over by
holding two meetings, in one of which
Russia and Japan would participate
without Great Britain, while a second
meeting would be held between the ex
perts of Great Britain and the United
States. It is understood that Am
dor Hay was directed to effect si . ail
arrangement in ease Great Britaie de
clined to enter the general confer nee.
There is now some question wh 'Tor
the British authorities will participate
in any way until a definite understand
ing is reached as to who will take part,
as there Is understood to be a reluctance
on the part of Great Britain to engage in
the conference at all, and sortie dou*t
as to whether the British experts will
leave England to attend either a limited
or unlimited conference aj. present. The
conference Is so near at hand, the first
plan having been to hold it October
2.'! d, that negotiations are necessarily
conducted by cable and by this means a
satisfactory adjustment may yet be
reached.
THE OFFICIAL PROGRAM
NEW YORK, Oct. 7.—tA dispatch to
the Herald from Washington, D. C,
says: The admir.iettration proposes to
make clear to Great Britain the embar
rassment she has caused this govern
ment by her refusal to participate with
Russia and. Japan in the proposed seal
ing conference.
A note is now in course of preparation
at the State Department which will dep
recate the withdrawal of the British
government at such a late hour ar.d call
attention to the fact that the communi
cation of May 10th which Secretary
Sherman addressed to Lord Salisbury
announced that Russia and Japan would
bo invited to take part in the conference.
The British government has no reason
able ground, at this time for refusing to
participate when she had already ac
cepted an invitation to take part, know
ing that Russia and Japan would be
represented in the conference.
It is also, understood that ths adminis
tration will yield to the Inevitable and
ask Great Britain to send representa
tives to me-et those of the Unite-d Sfaies.
There is no intention, however, to
agandon the proposed conference with
the representatives oS Russia and Jarj£.n.
These gentlemen will reach the United
State* in a few d.ays. The latter confer
ence will be held, it is thought, after
representatives of the United States and
Great Britain have had a meeting and
reached a conclusion, and the delegates
of Russia and Japan will then be asked
to ratify the action of the Anglo-Amer!-
can conference.
Good Enough to Sell
SAX FRANCISCO, Oct. 7.-Chief Food
Inspector Dockery has discovered that
canned fruits, jellies and preserves con
demned by the board of health are not de
stroyed, but are removed from this city
and sold beyond the jurisdiction of the
board, lt Is not known how much of this
.has been done, but the health Inspectors
are confident that quite a trade in con
demned goods has been conducted In neigh
boring counties.
The Ousted Officers
SAN FRANCISCO. Oct. 7.—A petition
signed by Attorneys W. T. rtne-gett and
G. W. Sch< 11. on behalf of George K. Silch,
was presented to the supreme court this
afternoon. Tt asks for a speedy hcsr.inir
and decision of the appeal of the old su
pervisors from the judgment ousting them
from oflioo.
Want Good Wages
SEATTLE, Wash.. Oct. 7.—A1l but four
ot the thirty-three sailors on the United
States revenue cutter Perry quit today, be
cause of a reduction of wages from J2S te
tii per month.

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