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"in Anything Thus icnted
to the Los Angeles Show-Going People.
Europe's Most Famous Novelty Star] MR. and MRS. TOM ItaIMVOSB
_~„,. , ?S Blso K. r . Colored Aristocracy.
The Celebrated Russian Fantastic Dellne- ' — ■ „ —
ator and Crayon Artist The Originator WKBB AND HASSAN _ -n .
and the only Artist Presenting the Cele-
orated Smoke Ploturet. A truly wonderful Assisted by the Juvenile
and beautiful performance, executed on Maxtor Tommy Meade ;
n2«r c uDi P tntlMT wlth *•
-■■ 11,1 v"' i , A New Soles of Views?
The im ln e n»/merl C an cr.m6dlan; R. J. johk QiriNT'lctlK
Assisted feeVi!l rS"..». J. .. o „ Composed of the following notables: Fred
Fewest P,^H n Soubret ; e - Pf"« , Ryoroft, tlrst tenor; E. V. Gorman, second
creation ent?t?«.t T.T" T d °i lglnal <«"■>'! w X Maxwell, baritone; W. H.
creation, eiUjUed/Trlclcs of the Trade. Brown, ba«so; R. J. JO6B, the celebrated
The American Celebrities, contra-tenor. The Greatest Hinging Act In
. . „ SMITH AND cook Vaudeville, in an entire change In their
Acrobatic Comedians and Grotesque Dancers vast repertoire. _____
PRICES NbVER CHANGING—Evening, reserved teats, 25c and 60c; gallery. 10c. Regular
mailndes Wednesday, Saturday end Sunday Telephone Main 1447

m mmJL &m / _a« JL HOME 0F co MEDY - JOHN C. FISHER,
f% HOUSE CROWDED. Manager.
Tele P hone M1i » 1270
BEGINNING TONIQHT, and for the Balance of the Week, with
TJho 320/ascoUhaii Stoc/e Company, in . . .
A LA ev G eJy N line Jjoo 7/fuch Johnson
By WILLIAM GILLETTE, Author of "Secret Service" and "Held By the Enemy."
St is SrrosistiS/y funny St is Srresistibiy funny
USUAL BURBANK PRICES—ISc, 25c, 35c or 50c.
A, W„„„/„, /?„A , r j HARLEY HAMILTON, Director, asst'd by
u,os sxnyetes Oympnony Urcmtstra TH is queen vocal quartettiS.
Admission 25c. Tickets on -ulc at All Music stores and at the Door.
California Limited ["'
via Oanta d*e Vioute x.st
Leaves Los Angeles 800 a.m. Tuesday and Friday 1 1
Leaves Pasadena 8:25 a.m. Tuesday and Friday 5 I
Arrive Kansas City 6:10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday § Ogfjr.. ft \
Arrive St. Louis. 7 too a.m. Friday and Monday 5 wftss *r s
Arrive Chicago- 9:43 a.m. Friday and Monday L I
«i .' JFi re, i tr,ln ' 7 uh 'J* tln » 0 »» dining-car service, is run for passengers with first-class
tickets only, but no oharge beyond the regular ticket and sleeping-car rate Is made. Dining
can aerve breakfast leaving Los Angeles. Vest I buled and electric lighted. All the luxuries of
BBodern travel.
JCite~£haped Tjrack.,.
Jn addition to the regular train service the Santa Ke runs on every Tuesday and Saturday a
•peclat express train, taking in Kcdlands. Riverside and the beauties of Santa Ana Canyon,
leaves Los Angeles at »a. vi; leaves Pasadena at 9:25 a. m. Returning arrives at Los Angeles at
*26 p. m.. Pasadena' :M> p. m., giving two hours stop at both Badlands and Riverside.
une vosetvation t>ar opportunity for seeing the sight*
San 2)/eyo and Coronado ffieach
parlor cars, 106,19 run In about four hours from Lot Angles,
and on Tuesday and Saturday nights the Coronado Special will run. The ride la delightful,
tarrying you for seventy miles along thePaclno Ocean beach.
Santa Fe Route Office, 200 Spring St ( corner Second
Wllshlre Ostrich Farm aKAND AVK
Grand Avenne Cars to Gates-5 minutes from City Hull and Principal Hotels
Ostrich Ptumes, Co/iarcttes, SSoas, Ostrich £yys — Open ait 2>ay
,iS *7>J..s Stants
$10,600 Challenge the Original Ostrich Farm. Every Lady Gets an Ostrich Feather Free.
Is Found In the Fact That Chine, Has
Now No Fort for Her New
Warships—British Wants
Associated Press Special Wire
SHANGHAI, April 3.—lt is announced
that a person of the highest rank has me
morialized the emperor in the most vigor
ous language, accusing the whole tsung 1!
yamen (Chinese foreign office) of being In
the pay of Russia. He asserts that Rus
sia, expended 10,000,000 tales in bribery dur
ing the recent negotiations regarding the
cession of Port Arthur and Talien Wan,
etc., and claims that LI Hung Chang's
share was 1,500,000 taels. Thereupon the
personage referred to demands a full in
vestigation and asks that Li Hung Chang
be beheaded If the accusations are proven,
the memorializer offering lo be executed
himself if hie charges are not sustained.
The Chinese complain bitterly of the
fact that they do not possess a war port
for the Aye warships which are being built
for them abroad and which are due tA ar
rive In Chinese waters tlhis summer. Un
less Wei-Hai-Wel, occupied Try the Japan
ese, Is evacuated, which is doubtful, the
Chinese have no place in which to receive
their new warships.
The Russians have permitted the Brit
ish gunboats to enter and leave Port Ar
thur freely.
The British first class cruiser Grafton,
flagship of Rear Admiral C. P. Fitzgerald,
second In command of the China station,
and the first class cruiser Powerful, the
armored cruiser Narcissus, the second
class cruiser Rainbow %ci other vessels of
the eqaudron, left Che Poo on Saturday.
Their destination Is unknown, but it is
■. supposed to be Chemulpo, the port of
Seoul, capital of Kerea. The movements of
the various ships excite the greatest In
terest among foreigners here. It Is sup
posed they will make a demonstration, pos
sibly In support of some British demands
for concessions,
PEKIN. April S.-Great Britain has de
manded a lease of Wei-He!-W»l on the
Shan-Tung peninsula after Che Japanese
evacuation, ss a compensation for the dis
turbance of the balance of power !n the
Oulf of Rechl Li. 'In diplomatic circles
Steal! doubt Is entertained that China will
ooncede the demand, which Is believed to
'•c favorably regarded by Japan.
Rev. Hall Recovering
WBW YORK. April J.-Revf Dr. John R.
22L P !k Jlw 0f ,he Plt 'h Avenue Presby.
MHan ohtttoh, Is convalescing.
The levee' at Shawneetown, 111.,
breaks and a town of 3000 Inhabitants
Is swept from the earth; estimates of
the loss of life vary from 200 to WOO.
The Spanish torpedo flotilla will re
main at Cape Verde until further or
ders; when the fleet has been rein
forced by two or three cruisers It will
be ordered to Cuba.
Sunday at the national capital was
quiet, the president denied himself to
callers and did not attend church; In
the departments the only officials on
duty are the clerks having charge of
active operations and preparations for
equipping and supplying the navy.
The formation of the flying squad
ron the best evidence that war is ex
pected, Inasmuch as such fleets are
not organized except In cases where
Immediate attack Is expected; some
comparisons of vessels in the squad
ron with picked vessels of the Span
ish fleet.
McKinley's Cuban message will not
be sent to the senate before Tuesday,
and the committee to which It will be
referred can hardly be expected to re
port It back on the same day; senators
opposed to war may insist on debate,
which will postpone decisive action
for another week.
It is now discovered that Spain and
not the United States ceased negotia
tions; the Spanish note of Friday
was made public only in part, and
contained the blunt assertion that no
further negotiations would be con
ducted by Spain having in view the
ultimate Independence of Cuba.
A high personage of China asks for
the head of LI Hung Chang, accusing
him of selling out China to the Rus
sians; bitter complaint caused by the
fact that China does not nov/control
a port to receive the warships ordered
arm ready to be delivered. England
makes demands for a lease of Wel-
The belief prevails at Washington
»hat the climax of the Spanish crisis
will be reached this week. President
McKlnley still hopes that war may be
averted if congress can be controlled
for a few days more; no Intimation Is
given the public of what recommen
dation will be made In the president's
message, and It is reported that no
recommer!datton at all will be made.
The latest solution offered for the
war question is mediation by the pope,
said to have been undertaken at the
Instance of the United States govern
ment. Doubt is expressed as to the
concurrence of the United States con
A Handball Game
DENVER, Col., April S.-John J. Fitz
gerald and George O. Dostall, composing
Denver's Crack handball team, defeated
Ihe world's champions, Messrs. Casey an«
Dunne of Brooklyn, N. T., here this after
noon In a most exciting contest. The
score was 21 to 20.
At every point of the game the local
players outplayed the famous Brooklyn
team. Champion Casey remarked after
the game that there was not a team In the
«oun try that could defeat the Denver men
An Illinois Town of Three Thousand
Inhabitants Is Swept From the
the Face of the Earth
Associated Press Special Wire
EVANSVILLE, Ind., April 3.—The levee
al Shawneetown, 111., broke this evening
and the whole town Is flooded from ten to
twenty feet. The levee Is In front of the
town and the bills are In the rear. It Is re
ported that more that 200 lives are lost. All
wires are down and no particulars can be
had. Evansville has sent two steamboats
with food and biankets to the scene.
CHICAGO, April 4.—At 12:» this morn
ing the operator In the long distance tele
phone company's office at Mount Vernon,
Ind., Informed the Associated Press that
the estimate on the loss of life at Shawnee
town was at that hour 200. Mount Vernon
is but thirty miles from Shawneetown, and
the information on which the estimate is
based is 'believed to be reliable. The op
erator stated that the company's wires to
the stricken city failed soon after 4 oclock
this afternoon. At that hour it was known
that the dam was giving way, but it was
not thought that it would go to pieces
quickly enough to cause the loss of life.
By 8 oclock It was known in Mount Ver
non that many people had been drowned,
the estimate then being 100. A relief boat
bearing food, blankets and surgeons was
started down the river and was expected to
reach Shawneetown before morning. Grad
ually the reports of loss of life Increased,
the estimates and stories coming from va
rious points near the scene of the flood
showing clearly that the disaster was far
greater than was at first believed. People
at Mount Vernon and surrounding towns
besieged the telegraph office, frantically
asking for tidings from friends and rela
tives In the flooded town. No attempt at
an accurate list of the victims is possible,
however, and the crowds stood all -night
before the bulletin boards on which were
posted the meager reports being received.
LOUISVILLE. Ky., April 3.-A special to
the Courier-Journal from Evansville, Ind.,
says: At 6 oclock this evening the levee
at Shawneetown, Ills., broke a mile above
the town, and from all the Information
that can be obtained here It Is learned that
a great part of the place has been de
stroyed and perhaps a large number of cit
izens have been drowned. Shawneetown is
twenty-five miles from Evansville on the
Ohio river. It is situated In a valley of
extremely law land, with hills skirting it
In the rear and with a 25-foot levee running
from hill to hill.
The town is very much In the position of
a fortified city, and when the levee gave
way a mile above town, under the pres
sure of the very high water, the water shot
through a 20-foot opening and struck the
place like a hurricane, sweeping everything
before it.
Houses were turned and tossed about like
boxes. The people were not warned of the
break, and for that reason many were
caught. Those at home sought refuge In
second siaries and on housetops. Those In
the streets were carried before the ava
lanche of water and probably a majority
were drowned.
Citizens came away from the place by
skiffs to a telephone several miles away
and asked for aid from Evansville.
They said that more than 200 people were
drowned and they had reason to believe
It would reach 500 or more, possibly even
The water stands from twenty to thirty
feet all over the town. There are, of course,
no fires or lights In the place and total
darkness envelops the desolate city.
Shawneetown, 111., has a population of
about 3000 Inhabitants, and Is situated on
the west bank of the Ohio river. The
streets are parallel with the river, the
principal business street being but two
blocks distant from the water. The level
of the river Is about 15 feet above the city,
and the levee bank is about twenty feet
thick. Situated on this bank, and level
with the river Is the Riverside hotel, a
lour-story building built by Henry Docher.
The hotel is generally occupied fully all
the year round, being not only a transient
hostelry, but families also reside there. It
is feared the hotel has been washed away.
When the river Is at Its normal stage it
Is 1000 feet wide at this point, and the citi
zens have long feared a catastrophe such
as occurred today, as tremendous pressure
is brought to bear on the levee during
CHICAGO, April 3.—A special to the Rec
ord from Cypress Junction, Ills., says: Two
hundred and fifty persons were drowned
today by the Inundation of Shawneetown,
six miles from this place.
The levee broke at 4 oclock this afternoon
and the, Ohio river flowed over the town
many feet deep.
Scores of houses are floating about to
night and many persons are clinging to the
wreckage in the hope that rescuers will
soon appear with boats to take them to
places of safety.
All communication with the town Is cut
off. Trains cannot reach there and tele
phone and telegraph wires are down. The
first report that reached here was that the
entire population had been drowned, but
this is not confirmed.
The levee was built by the government,
and was regarded as impregnable, hence
the people had taken no precautions
against a possible flood. '
' It Is reported that the flood now extends
for ten miles lnland-and people are fleeing
Jtar t£>*ir Uvea in all the lowland hamlets. .
»• • *
But Not on Behalf of the United States
Spain Broke Off Negotiations With the Assertion That She Would
Not Grant the Independence of Cuba Under
Any Consideration
WASHINGTON, April 3.—(Special lo The Serald.) Today it leaked out, to our shame, that not
the United States ceased negotiations, but Spain. Spain has delivered an ultimatum to us. The
fact was carefully suppressed in the abstract of the minister's note which was given out for pub
lication last Friday. According to the abstract, Spain declared that their concentration order had
been revoked; that the Spanish government had appropriated $600,000 for the relief of the recon
centrados; that the Spanish government would accept any food and assistance the United States might
offer, but that an armistice could only be granted if the insurgents asked for it. The abstract did not
contain the important declaration that Spain absolutely refused to grant Cuban independence and de
clined to enter into negotiations which had for their precedent condition Cuban independence. In
other words, when the United States government had sent an ultimatum to Spain, declaring that
war must cease and that Cuban independence was the condition upon which all negotiations would
be conducted, Spain promptly replied by sending her ultimatum that any negotiations we might de
sire to enter upon should be based upon the condition that Spain retain control of Cuba. In the
matter of the Maine disaster, Spain curtly declared that inasmuch as our court of inquiry differed
from hers, the proper way to settle the matter would be by an international tribunal.
The administration, it seems, has since approached the Spanish legation with a view to seeing if
Spain would not begin to negotiate with the United States, with the ultimate view of giving Cuba
her indepndence by purchase.
Senor Polo received a prompt reply that Spain would not conduct any more negotiations
with the United States on the theory that she would eventually grant independence under any
circumstances, and he was informed that Minister Woodford had been given an elaborate expla
nation of what Spain was willing to concede, and that was an end of the entire affair, as far
as Spain was concerned.
In addition to making her frank reply of last Thursday night, Spain has informed all the import
ant European powers who have besought her to avert war if possible, that she will not grant Cuba
her independence, and insists that final settlement of the responsibility for the Maine disaster be
left to an international tribunal. Sagasta has replied to all the representations of European pow
ers that their efforts to secure peace are futile, if based upon weakening on Spain's part. He de
clares the United States has demanded concessions from the peninsular government which her min
istry has refused to consider, because the spirit of the country would regard the making of such
concessions as disloyalty to the flag.
The United States is equally determined to secure Cuban independence. Sagasta cannot weaken;
neither can McXinley. Nothing seems to be more certain than war.. No well-informed man in
Washington believes that it will be delayed beyond this week.
XcKinley's message, according to Mr. Day, will be sent to) congress on Tuesday. It is said to
be a voluminous document, containing all the diplomatic dispatches, letters and telegrams of the
lost three years bearing on the subject of our Spanish-Cuban relations. Attorney-General Griggs is
preparing the legal argument. Both he and Senator Hoar spent much time with the president to
day, discussing the' International points involved. The senate foreign affairs committee will call
upon the president tomorrow 'morning. If he promises a vigorous, manly, American document, the
committee will undoubtedly wait until Tuesday, so that the message may precede the resolution
has been prepared. If the intenterview is unsatisfactory, the resolution will probably be reported to
the senate, and Senators Davis and Poraker will make speeches urging its adoption.
The First of Its Kind to Be Beady on
OMAHA, Neb., April 3.—The announce
ment was made today upon authority of
the chief of architects of the trans-Mis
sissippi exposition that all construction
work will be finished in ample time for the
installation of exhibits and the perfection
of concessions by the opening day—June 1.
The large buildings are nearly ready for
the artistic decorations save the fine arts
building and the Immense structure
which the United States government 13
building. On the latter the staff work Is
nearly done, and the dome Is receiving the
finishing touches. The concessionaries are
pushing construction work rapidly, as are
the various states, some of which are erect
ing buildings. A telegram from Albany
says the Empire State has made an ample
appropriation which will enable the state
commission, of which Chauncey M. Depew
and Dr. Seward Webb are the leading
spirits, to make a large state exhibit. The
governor of Indiana has appointed a state
committee, which will prepare a state ex
hibit. Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachu
setts, Maryland, Rhode Island and other
eastern states are arranging for state ex
LONDON, April 3.—The suspicion is con
firmed that It was the German steamer
Magnet, from Bomaron, March 6, for Stet
tin, that was sinking on March 16th in col
lision off Gabbard lightship with, the Brlt
A Steamer Sunk
ish bark, British Princess, Captain Scott,
from Lelth. The captains report that the
Magnet sank almost immediately, and
that thirteen of her crew were drowned.
Money much wanted —jsrrects or tne
War Scare
LONDON, April 3.—Money was wanted
on all sides during the past week, and the
market consequently was very firm. About
£3,500,000 was borrowed from .the Bank
of England. The prospects now Incline to
easier conditions. Prices on the stock
exchange fluctuated widely, according to
varying Spanish-American war news. The
settlement was tided over more easily than
was expected. There were no defalcations.
Consols and colonial securities dropped,
and English railroads rose in price. The
chief feature, however, was the specula
tive activity of the American market. The
boom of the early part of the v?%ek reached
high-water mark on Wednesday, since
Woodford Has Now to Deal the Last Card—The Presi
dent's Forlorn Hope
•f CHICAGO, April 4—A special to the Tribune from Washington says: ♦
♦ Minister Woodford has been given by cable an abstract of the President's -f
♦ forthcoming message and Informed of the temper of congress. He will -f
♦ communicate the facts to Spain. This is in the nature of an ultimatum. ♦
-f The President still hopes that Spain will give up the fight. -t
when the quotations have receded, though
(hey still stand considerabyl above those
of the previous week.
Among the foreign securities the chief
Interest was In the up-and-down move
ments In the Spanish fours, which closed
VA lower.
On the Wheel
OAKLAND, Cal., April 3—The ten-mile
bicycle race at Etmhurst today between J.
E. Wing of the Olympic club and "Bunt"
Smith of the Garden City Wheelmen, was
easily won by Wing. Time, 22:10 3-5. The
last mile was made In 2:13. Wing's vic
tory is largely attributed to his pacing.
A Chicago Fire Victim
CHICAGO, April 3—The body of Wm. A.
Olmstead, president of the Olmßtead Scien
tific company, was recovered from the ruins
of the Ayers building on Wabash avenue
today. All of the missing have now been
accounted for. Olmstead was the thir
teenth victim of the fire.
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Eight Pages
1 i ■. ■ i ■ mm*
That War May Be Averted If the
Peace Advocates Can Control
Congress for a Time
Associated Press Special Wire
WASHINGTON, April 3.—The opinion,
almost universally held in Washington to
night by leading men, and diplomats, is
that the crisis will reach its climax this
week and that the question of war or peace
will be determined within the next seven
days. Senators and representatives met
and conferred all day about the gravity of
the situation and at the White House the
president consulted with several members
of his cabinet and old confidential advis
ers regarding the message which he Is pre»
paring to send to congress.
'At the state, war and navy buildings ac
tive work was going on, and altogether It
has been a day of suppressed feeling. No
time has been announced as to the day
when the message wili be sent to congress,
and it Is believed it will not go in tomor
row. It Is believed that more probably
Wednesday or Thursday will be the day
selected. Besides the physical work of
preparing the comprehensive document
upon which the president expects to rest
his case with the world, there are other rea
sons why those In charge of the war prep
arations will welcome every hour's delay.
War material which has been ordered
abroad is not yet shipped, and the factories
In this country will work day and night
making powder and projectiles and are
anxious for deiay. Some of trie factories
in Connecticut with contracts have tele
graphed Representative Hltt, urging all
delay possible. They say every day now Is
There is tstill divergence of opinion as to
what the president will recommend In his
message. Indeed, there seems to be still
a question as to whether the president will
make any specific recommendations. Some
of his most intimate friends, however, as
sert emphatically that the president's rec
ommendations will be specific and vigor
ous, and such that his party and the coun
try could willingly follow when he points
the way. One of these said tonight that
the president, in his strong desire for
peace and earnest hope that war might
possibly be averted, was yielding some
what to the sentiment of the leaders of his
party and the country. He has not given
up hope yet that hostilities may be averted.
There are those who believe the president
has not yet made up his mind as to the ax
act course he will pursue and there seems
to be a question as to whether the consular
reports and the diplomatic correspondence*
are to be transmitted with the message.
The suspense caused by the necessary de
lay in the preparation of the message la
very trying on the members of the commit
tee, and the most universally discussed
question in Washington tonight Is whether
congress can be restrained until the mes
sage 1b transmitted.
AU recognize the iask of preparing our
case for the world's Inspection and the care
which must be exercised, and there seems
to be no disposition to unduly hasten the
president. The party leaders are extreme
ly anxious to avoid a breach with the exec
utive, such as would occur tf congress were
to take the Initiative. After a careful can
vass of the situation today they believe the
radical Republicans can be held In line a
few days longer—until Wednesday at least.
The conference of the Republicans of the
house who have.been insisting upon prompt
action holds another meeting tomorrow
night. While many of them are now in
favor of giving the president more leeway
than they were last week, it 1s realized that
twenty-five Republican votes in the house
would, with the Democratic and Populist
votes, be sufficient to act.
It can be pretty confidently asserted that
all the Republicans of the house, with pos
sibly the exceptions which could be counted
on the fingers of one hand, can be con
trolled until Wednesday. After that, what
might happen If the president asks for fur
ther delay Is problematical. The Repuh-
llcans of the house committee on foreign
affairs have held informal meetings today
and have practically agreed to report a
resolution of a tenor similar to that agreed
upon by the foreign relations committee of
the senate. They were convinced that war
was inevitable and was to be declared.
While they look upon the situation as
grave, the general sentiment among them
Is that the matter has not yet progressed
beyonfi the range of diplomacy and a pa
cific solution. For that reason there was
a strong inclination shown today to wait
until the president's message was sent to
congress, the feeling being that the real
Issue could not be determined until the
message had been submitted. At the out
set Spain was most earnest for mediation
and to this end addressed a note to the
powers about ten days ago.
Now, however, as the prospects for medi
ation a;>pear to be growing, the Spanish
authorities seem to be less Inclined toward
this course. This may be due to the fact
that Spain had looked upon mediation as
an indirect form o£ Intervention of the Eu«
ropean powers In favor of their own claims.
The Spanish note developed, however, that
the powers were not ready for any such
radical step. Franco made the first declar
ation, Premier Hanotaux In the French
chamber said France would treat both
parties alike as friends. This was an unex
pected reverse for Spain, as she had felt
that the French ownership of Martinique,
Guadeloupe and other Islands would lav

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