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•ttae her to sympathise with Spain In de
fending her sovereignty over Cuba.
Tho general understanding among diplo
mats here Is that Great Britain, France.
Germany and Austria would be consulted,
as their commercial interests would be se
riously crippled by a war between the
United States and Spain. While Russia
and Italy also might be consulted, owing
to their influence in European affairs, yet
their immediate interests In the Spanish-
American conflict would be far less than
that of the other countries mentioned.
It is probable that negotiations will be
opened by this government with Denmark
to allow cable messages to come over the
French line from the Danish island of St.
Thomas to the United States. With the
Leeward Islands, of which St. Thomas Is
a center, as the probable center of any na
val operations which may result from the
present crisis, It Is recognized as of vast
importance to secure cable facilities not
controlled by Spain.
The Spanish minister, Senor Bernabe,
end his staff, had a very busy Sunday, al
though it did not tiring any developments
changing the situation. The minister did
not see the state department officials dur
ing the day. His last official exchange with
the authorities was on Friday afternoon,
after Spain's answer had been received,
since which time the negotiations have
been at a halt. This, however, has not
lessened the Spanish minister's activity
In keeping his government fully apprised
as to the general aspect of affairs in this
country. The elaborate manner in which
this cahle intelligence has gone to the au
thorities at Madrid is probably without a
parallel. It is understood that when the
situation began to assume its most serious
aspects a single cable dispatch sent by the
minister to the foreign country cost fcOOO.
Another dispatch cost $700 and another
$4000. In this way Madrid authorities are
kept in close touch with the condition of
affairs, not only as it relates to official ne
gotiations, but more particularly to those
circumstances which will permit the Ma
drid government to gauge the situation at
Secretary Sherman gave a dinner last
night at which the Spanish minister was
««c of the guests. Senator Lodge of the
senate committee on foreign affairs, and
Col. Fred Grant of New Tork were also
among those present. The presence of the
Spanish minister at the home of the secre
tary was void of circumstance, except as
showing the pacific outward appearance
of affairs.
. Being a purely social gaiherirg the Span
ish situation was not alluded to.
Tt is understood that the message to be
sent to congress by the president Will in
clude a very comprehensive statement of
the relations of Uie United States to the
Cuban question. One member of the cab
inet said today it would cover a period of
perhaps fifty years, would detail at length
wha had been the policy of the past ad
ministration, how President McKiniey
found matters when he was Inaugurated,
and his relations at this Lime.
Still Hopes for Peace and Justice to
MADRID, April 3, 6p. m.—ln answer to a
request from the Associated Press, General
Woodford, the United States minister,
made the following statement:
"The obligations of my diplomatic po
sition absolutely forbid my granting an in
terview or giving the slightest Intimation
as to the present condition of the diplo
matic negotiations entrusted to my care. I
came to Spain under Instructions from
President McKiniey to secure peace In
Cuba, with a permanent peace between the
United States and Spain, a peace that
should be built upon bedrock conditions;
conditions of justice to Cuba, with assured
protection to the great American interests
in that island.
"I have labored steadily to obtain this
result. I have never lost my faith, and,
doubtful as conditions may seem today, I
still believe these great and good purposes
of my president may yet be realized. I
shall not rest from my labors for a just and
honorable peace until the guns actually
open fire, and my faith is still strong that
war, with all Its horrors, can be averted.
Enough blood lias been shed in Cuba al
ready, and I cannot believe the closing
hours of the nineteenth century can be
reddened by a conflict between Spain and
the United States.
"My country asks for conditions that will
make peace and have faith that Spain
will do what is necessary to assure justice
in Cuba, and with justice peace is certain."
+ MADRID, April 4.—Senor Capdepon. -f
+ minister of the interior, states offic- +
+ially that the pope has accepted the +
+ ta6k of mediating between Spain and
+ the United States at the suggestion +
+ of the latter, both nations accepting ♦
4- his mediation. +
-f WASHINGTON, April 3.—Assistant -f
+ Secretary Day has authorized official -f
+ denial of the statement that the popo ♦
+ is to mediate between this country +
+ and Spain. +
+ At the White House the dispatch +
+ was promptly and emphatically de- +
■f nied. -f
WASHINGTON, April 3.—The Spanish
minister has received a telegram from Ha
vana stating that the autonomist cabinet
had addressed an appeal to the insurgents
asking them to adjust an armistice to fix
terms of peace. The full text of themes
sage could r.ot be secured tonight as its
translation was not made at the legation.
The insurgents are appealed to on the
ground that they are. all Cubans and should
unite for peace and liberty, which all want.
The appeal also states that Spain is willing
to enlarge the present scope of autonomy
and will suggest such a plian to the cortes,
which is soon to meet.
Missouri Populists
ST. LOUIS, Mo., April 3.-Tliq Populist
6tate committee decided to hold the state
convention in this city on July 7th, when
candidates for supreme Judge, superintend
ent of public schools and railroad com
missioner will be selected. A new state
committr-o will then be elected. There
will be about six hundred delegates. Xx-
State Senator Owen Miller and Frank
Ritchie of St. Louis, and B. H. Cowglll of
the Eighth Congressional district, were
appointed a committee to edit and promul
gate an address to the public showing ihat
the Populist doctrine is the true "Vox
Two young people in Cincinnati attemp
ted to commit suicide, and upon failing to
do so got married. When a person makes
up his mind to commit suicide there is
nothing too desperate for him to do.
Two hundred kegs of beer were recently
poured Into the harbor at Honolulu because
nobody would drink it. This Incident can
scarcely fail to create a strong anti-annex
ation sentiment in Milwaukee.
A mouse stampeded 1 soo school children
In New Yo**k city and the boys were f.ir.-
tnost in the flight. The boya were doubt
less prompted by gallantry, which de
£andcd they should. k.cep in the company
tßeglrlsi .._ J
But Clerks in Charge of Active Opera
tions Are at Their Desks and
Doing Their Duty
Associated Press Special Wire
WASHINGTON', April 3.—There was
comparative quiet about the White House
and the departments today. The members
of the cabinet did not call on the president
during the early part of the day, nor did
they visit the departments. The White
House was in its usual state of Sunday
quietude, Assistant Secretary Day being
the only forenoon caller, remaining with
the president for about half an hour.
Judge Day did not go to the state depart
ment, and it is presumed will do most of
his work of preparation for matters to be
incorpratcd in the president's message at
his home. Several of) the higher officials
of the state department and clerks in
charge of translating cipher cables were
en duty. Some cable messages were re
ceived during the forenoon, but it was
stated that the department had no official
information about the consuls of the United
States going to Havana for safety.
Secretary Long did not visit the navy de
partment, but his mail was sent to his
residence. Assistant Secretary Roosevelt
was at the department for a short time,
attending to his correspondence. A num
ber of naval officers *nd clerks were at
their desks, principally' those who have
charge of active operations, and the prepa
rations that are progressing for equipping
and supplying the navy. The npval offi
cers read with interest and discussed the
Associated Press' Madrid bulletin regard
ing the movement of Spanish ships and
torpedo flotilla. It was said that the flo
tilla, perhaps, had encountered bad
weather if it had attempted to sail direct
to Porto Rico, and might have been driven
to Verde islands. It was also said that ex
perienced navigators were of the opinion
that they could not trust wholly to Madrid
information concerning the movements of
the Spanish warships at present, especially
if the Spanish admiralty thought ad
vantage would be gained by misleading the
American navy department.
Both the war and navy departments have
been considering bases of supplies in the
event of hostilities and available ports on
the southern and Gulf coasts have re
ceived attention.
The general opinion is that the Gulf of
fers more and better places than the At
lantic coast. Per.sacola, Tampa, Mobile
and New Orleans are all believed to be
available. No one place will be depended
on. The water stages are: Ponsacola 22
feet, Mobile 22 feet, Tampa 20 feet and the
Mississippi 26 feet. This is the low water
entrance. It is not Intended that the big
war vessels should be taken into these
places to receive supplls. They will be
coaled, provisioned and receive ammuni
tion from lighters, which can be sent over
the bars in the harbors. It Is regarded as
impracticable to attempt to get the big
ships up to wharves, and moreover their
coming to land would not tend to Increase
the efficiency and discipline of the crew.
It is said that Punta Gordo, farther south
than Tampa, Is being considered by the
war department as a point for embarking
troops and supplies in case an army was
to be sent to Cuba. Light-draught vessels
could easily enter this bay for such a pur
Assistant Secretary Day came to the
Secretary of State Sherman Makes a Plea for
Patience, Trusting That McKiniey
Will Do What Is Right
■f CHICAGO, April 3.—(Special to The Herald.) The Tribune's Wash
•f ington correspondent says Secretary of State John Sherman dictated ♦
♦ the following statement tonight: ♦
♦ "The situation tonight is one of expectancy. Negotiations between ♦
♦ the United States and Spain having been suspended for the time being, >
♦ the two governments stand facing each other, and waiting-for the other ♦
■f to make the first advance. ♦
♦ "As secretary ofstate it would not be politic or becoming for nn to ♦
outline at this time what the next move will be" on thepart of this gov. tu- ♦■
♦ ment, nor for me to forestall executive action. President McKiniey has ♦
♦ a thorough grasp of the situation. Possessing It, he may be safely trusted ♦
♦ by the country to lead it in the right direction and to act when the su- ♦
■v- preme hour comes for action, with discretion and wisdom. ♦
-f "In this crisis patience is more tthan ever a cardinal virtue. Nothing ♦ ,
♦ of vital importance will be lost by withholding action until tho president ■♦"
♦ is ready to present his views to congress. ♦
♦ "His patriotism and love of justtice no man can dispute, and his •♦•
■♦■ courage has been tested on more' than a score of bloody battlefields." ♦
+ + +++++ + +++++++ + + + +++++++++++++++++
state department early In the afternoon
and immediately began dictating to his
stenographers. He gave orders to admit
no one, and would not be Interrupted for
any purpose. Other oillcers of the de
partment remained in their rooms during
tho day. President McKiniey did not go
to church today, but was busily engaged.
Quite a number of executive clerks were
also at work during the day.
DENVER, Colo., April 3.—The balloon
equipment at Fort Logan and several car
loads of camp equipages from the same
post will be started east tomorrow. Five
cars were loaded today and will be sent
through to Fort Wads worth at the en
trance'of New York harbor. Sergeant Ivy-
Baldwin, the practical balloon man at the
post, expects to follow tho balloon outfit,
which includes not only the signal balloon
made by him, but the balloon wagon, four
tube wagons and the paraphernalia for
generating gas. The camp equipage in
cludes tents, army stoves and baggage
used by men on a campaign. Military bal
looning has rot been practiced anywhere
in the United States except at Fort Logan,
where Capt. Glassford, by orders of Brig.
Gen. Greeley, has established and main
tained a balloon park, and where the evolu
tions of that form of military scouting and
signal service have been practiced with
much fidelity for several years hy the sig
nal corps department of Colorado.
TOPEKA, Kas., April 3.—The Atchison.
Topeka and Santa Fe Railway company
has received orders for the movement of
the Eleventh United States infantry, con
sisting of seven officers and 154 men from
the Wihipple Barracks. Ariz., and the Ff
teenfh United States Infantry, consisting
of six officers and 237 men, from Fort
Apache, Ariz., to Jefferson Barracks, Mo.
Troops from Fort Bayard. Ariz., will take
the place of the men of the Ffteenth at
Fort Apache and troops from the Bayard
barracks will also be moved to Fort Hua
cliucha, Ariz., near the Mexican border to
relieve a troop which, It is said, will be sent
to the coast.
BALTIMORE, Md., April 3.—The car
dinal, after hi 6 scrmqn in the cathedral
this morning, made the following remarks
on the threatened war:
"On this day we commemorate the en
trance of the God of peace into Jerusalem.
Let us Implore him that he will so guide the
minds and hearts of the president and con
gress, that he will so direct the councils of
Spain, that he may Inspire both nations
with a happy solution of the problem which
oonfronts us—a solution honorable to both
nations; that the clouds of war may be
dispelled and the blessing of heavenly
peace may be preserved to the nation.
"Let us cherish the hope that on next
Sunday, when wo celebrate the resurrec
tion of Christ from the dead, we may also
bo cheered by the inauguration of the
dawn of good-will between Spain and our
own beloved country."
WASHINGTON, April 3.—The navy de
partment has received a dispatch saying
that the Spanish warship Carlos V has
been delayed from sailing for Ferroll up to
this time because she was waiting for the
arrival of twenty French machinists. Seven
of these machinists were selected and tak
en aboard and the vessel departed for Fer
roll. This confirms the information which
the navy department has received fre
quently that the Spanish navy Is poorly
supplied with machinists for war vessels,
and has been seeking experienced men in
MADRID, April 3—A dispatch from
Porto Rico announces that three large ves
sels are passing that island going west
ward. It is added that they are believed to
be American ships.
WASHINGTON, April 3.—Naval officials
■being shown the dispatch from Madrid rel
ative to the three vessels sighted going by
Porto Rico say that the Spanish supposi
tion that they were American vessels is
erroneous, for no American vessels are In
that vicinity.
KET V WEST, F!a., April 3.—Today has
passed very quietly and there were no
movements of the fleet. Tonight the Nash
ville will take the patrol and at all times
extreme vigilance is maintained.
The first message over the new cable
from Key West to Tonugas was sent to
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April
ani Commander Geo. R. McKay of the
naval reserves was in communication with
Adjt. Gen. Axllne today and received or
ders to recruit the Cleveland division up to
its war strength. The Ohio brigade will
be organized at onct by recruiting four ad
ditional divisions, one at Toledo, another
at Sandusky, a third at Ashtabula and a
fourth here. Commander McKay was or
dered to rush the work of arming the men.
Commander McKay to.d some of the men
he expects to receive orders to move on
Tuesday. He expects the reserve will be
sent either to the Atlantic seaboard or to
the south.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, April 3—The Brown
Hoisting and Conveying company has just
received an order for hoisting machinery
for four coal stations on the gulf of Mex
ico, two of which will he located on the
Dry Toriugas. The contract price is $151,
SPRINGFIELD, 111., April 3.-Govern«r
Tanner has been asked by the war depart
ment at Washington to have the naval re
reserves in readiness and has issued orders
to that effect.
Lord Hillingdon Dead
LONDON, April 3.-Lord Hlllington
(Charles Henry Mills), chairman of the
committee of London clearing house bank
ers, died suddenly In church at Wilton to
day. He was born in 1830, was the son of
tlio late Sir Charles Mills, Bart., and was
elevated to the peerage In 18S6. He was a
partner in tho well known banking house
of Glynn, Mills & Co.
After all there's no fun In being a mon
arch. The emperor of Russia gets up
promptly at 4:30 every morning.
■ 18. I « ■■ —
May Insist on Debating the Message
and So Postpone Action for
Another Week
Associated Press Special Wire
WASHINGTON, April 3—The expecta
tion In tho senate Is that the report of the
committee on foreign relations on the Cu
ban situation will be made to the senate not
later than Wednesday, and it the report
should be made at that time the probabili
ties are that it will engage the greater
share of the senate's time for the remain
der of tho week. The committee will make
an effort to secure action upon the resolu
tions, which It will report without having
them debated, but with very little probabil
ity of success. <
Undoubtedly a large majority of the
members of the senate nre favorable to
some declaration apropos to the Cuban sit
uation, but there is certain to be a differ
ence of opinion on the course to be pur
sued arid the language to be used, which
will be sufficient to prevent immediate ac
tion except in one contingency. This con
tingency is the possibility 6f an agreement
as to details between the president and the
committee. If the committee's report
should prove to be in accord with the pres
ident's recommendation In all essential
particulars, the seriate Is likely to adopt
the resolutions brought In without debat
ing them. There Is, however, a considera
ble element In the senate which is opposed
to war except as a last extremity, and
there are several who think there ought to
be a delay of at least a week or ten days
before action Is taken in congress in order
to insure the safe landing of ships and war
supplies now on their way to this country
from Europe. The committee on foreign
relations is not Impressed with this line
of reasoning and the statement is made
that Spain is no better prepared for hostil
ities than we.
The mcmbiTs of the committee do not ex
pect the president's message before Tues
day and they are prepared to wait until
Wednesday. Under great pressure there
might be a delay beyond that time, but a
request for delay would cause great res
tivehess on the part of the majority of the
committee. While desirous of giving the
president all the time he may actually re
quire for the preparation of his message,
they are very impatient of the outside In
fluence which Is being exerted to hold them
in check. This pressure is in the shape of
letters and telegrams from people through
out the country who are opposed to a war
policy, and with these the members of the
committee are being flooded. "The wri
ters," a member of the committee said to
day, "generally ask to maintain an honor
able peace." Of course we all want an hon
orable peace, but the time has gone by
when It can be secured under existing cir
cumstances in Cuba. We cannot allow our
conduct to be controlled by such persons."
When the president's message is read it
will, on Senator Davis' motion, be referred
to the committee on foreign relations,
which will bring In Its report later in tho
day, or it may not do so until the following
day. So far as it is informed as to the
probable line of the president's message,
the committee is now prepared to report,
but the members realize that there will
be some details of the message that will
require careful consideration and in that
event they will give more time to it than
an hour or two on the day of its presenta
tion. Unless there Is a change in the com
mittee's conclusions after the president Is
heard from, the resolutions reported will
recommend the recognition of independ
ence, with a declaration for armed inter
vention to make independence practicable.
They will also include the Maine explosion
as one of the causes set forth for this ac
tion. The resolution will be accompanied
by a carefully drawn report written by
Senator Davis justifying them.
For the rest of the week the senate will
probably give its attention to appropria
tion bills and miscellaneous measures on
the calendar.
WASHINGTON, April 3.—There is little
In the way of a program for the house this
week. Everything waits upon the presi
-1 dent's message and the momentous events
that are to follow its presentation. Tomon
row the bill for the reorganization of the
army is to be called up. Chairman Hull of
the military committeo believes It will be
passed without opposition. It is considered
a part of the war preparations and as such
its urgency would preclude the opposition
which it might encounter in ordinary times.
The senate District of Columbia naval bat
talion bill is on the speaker's table, and it,
too, may be passed. Tuesday and Friday
aro private bill days. The deficiency ap
propriation bill is almost ready and could
bo considered any timo after Wednesday
it the message does not come in on that
KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 3.—Dr. THad
deus Fitzhugh, G3 years old, formerly post
master of Kansas City, Kas., a cousin of
Consul General Fitzhugh Lee, who fought
with distinction in the confederate army,
In a letter full of patriotism, profferred his
services to President McKiniey, expressing
a willingness, If need be, to sacrifice his
life in support of "the principles of the
firmly united country."
SAN FRANCISpO, April 3.-The monitor
Monadrrock sailed today for the Mare
Island navy yard, where she
dry dtock, and afterward be fitted out with
new stores and plenty of ammunition.
LONDON, April 3.—The cruiser which
Lieutenant Commander Colweil, United
States naval attache, purchased from tho
Thames Iron works, and over which he
hoisted the Stars and Stripes, was built by
the Thames Iron works for Peru. It
finished during the war between Peru and
Chile, and the British government would
not allow It to leave. The cruiser has
been entirely refitted during the past year,
and modernized, at an expense of $125,000.
The London correspondent of | the As
sociated Press has learned from reliable
sources that the Spanish chips are in bad
condition, (The Felayo started front Touv
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Hints of Easter and
Removal Reductions ..
We desire to call attention to the great va
riety of Kid Gloves, Ribbons, Neckwear, Waists,
and other ladies' furnishings.selected especially for
the Easter trade. .
We wish to make the point clear—that on
these small wares the reductions are in full accordv
with the policy of our establishment at this time,
which is to offer EVERY article in the store at a price
greatly reduced from regular rates, a few lines of
fancy goods excepted.
Cor. Spring mod Second Streets
lon to Carthagena last night In tow
with 120 French workmen on board, fixing
up her boilers and making other repairs.
The Carlos V started yesterday from the
Seine shipbuilding yards at Havre at
Ferrol with turret out of position, and
her guns unmounted. Neither ship will
be ready for service for a month. They
have left French waters, presumably in
the fear that war might begin before the
repairs were finished, In which event they
would not be permitted to leave.
GALVESTON, Tex., April 4.—General
William 11. Graham, commander of the de
partment of the south, arrived In the city
at 11 o'clock this morning. His visit was
in the course of a tour of inspection of the
fortifications of the department.
LONDON, April 4.—Tho Vienna corres
pondent of the Daily Telegraph says: Dis
patches reaching Vienna fromHhe queen
regent of Spain dwell on the increasing dif
ficulties with which her peaceful Inten
tions are confronted in leading Madrid
circles where It is argued that Spain has
nothing to lose by a war which could be
carried Into American territory. Still she
does not despair of an honorable peace.
The Madrid correspondent of the Stand
ard, telegraphing tonight, says: I have
been able to obtain on interview with
Senor Sagasta, the premier, and to elicit
from him a brief statement with reference
to the present ciitloal situation. In the
course of the conversation, Senor Sagasta
"In our negotiations with the United
States we have used 1 friendly and concilia
tory language In expressing our views. In
discussing the matters in respect to tho
jMalne matter, we sold we considered the
question one for diplomatic negotiation,
and as the United States f •>and it Impossible
to come to an understanding on the con
flicting reports of the two committees that
the matter ought to be submitted to tech
nical experts, and to the arbitration of a
naval or other power, which might be se
lected by mutual agajement between the
"On the second point, we were able to
Inform Minister Woodford that Governor
Gefieral Blanco had issued 1 a proclamation
authorizing the return of the reconcentra
dos to their homes, and that the Spanish
government had sent 120,000 pounds to the
relief of tlTe distressed, and wourstlevote
to the same object all the proceeds of re
lief in kind and money amounting to 200,
--000 pounds (11,000,000), which has been sent
by Spanish residents in Mexico. These
measures are supplemented by assistance
already given by the Cuban autonomist
government We have never objected tq
relief being sent by the ITnlted States on
condition that It not have an official char
acter, or bear the appearance of Interven
" 'Wo did not object on principle to any
assistance to the Cuban Insurgents. We
are, however, of the opinion that it should
behoove Spain to take the initiative and
that a suspension of hostilities ought to be
asked for the insurgents. We suggested
that the United States government might,
if so inclined, exercise its influence with
the insurgents to induce them to apply for
an armistice, with a view to further the
ends of peace, on the understanding, how
-1 ever, that the armistice would be destined
to lead to the submission of the insurgents
to the new autonomous regime.'
"Senor Sagasta assured me that the
question of independence of Cuba or the
sale of that colony or any invasion of
Spain's rights was not mooted in the recent
negotiations. '
"Senor Sagasta proceeded to say that his
government had addressed a memorandum
to tho European powers, but no official
steps had been taken to solicit their Inter
"He called my attention to the fact that
the people and the press of pSain had
shown prudence, forbearance and patriot
ism during the crisis, even the opposition
having put no obstacles In the way of the
'government. This, he said, led him to be
lieve that all classes would co-operate In
the work of realizing peace in Cuba and
facing the contingencies of the future. •
A Plant That Grows Without Water
A new plant of extraordinary beauty, dis
covered In the Himalayas, has recently
been cultivated. Placed on a shelf In a
moderately warm room the dry bulb, with
out having been planted, produces a flower
that unfolds and blooms In midwinter.
This curious plant belongs to the family of
the ealla Illy. Its scientific name Is sav
romatum pedatum, and its bulbs are round
and flat at the top.
The petal Is of a rich, deep crimson, ex
tending from a greenish yellow calyx, the*.
Inner surface of whose extremity shows
crimson spots on a yellow ground. After 1 '
blooming the planted bulb bears long,
pointed leaves on a spotted stem, while
the unplanted one soon perishes.—New
Ifork Herald.
The late Sir James Stansfleld, when a boy,
once made a short prayer, in which he
said: "Make us all ggoderer an' gooderer
until we can't be no gooderer."
Yale is delighted over a baseball find-
Lewis Robson of Pittsburg. He Is red
headed, left- handed and throw* a ball that
cuts the air like a machete.
Fully One Thousand Five Hundred
Feople Are In Camp—Many
Returning Home
VALDES, Alaska, March 18— (Special
Correspondence to The Herald.) The
"California Bears" and a hundred or more
other prospectors are in camp at the foot
of the glacier, working hard every day,
hauling supplies up the lost stage of me
glacier pass. There are fully 1000 men
and a dozen women In camp at Valdes
bay, and M 0 passengers have Just arrived
on the steamer Valencia. Most of these
people will get over the pass better than
those who arrive a few weeks hence. Some
few are discouraged, or too wcak-knevd to
tackle the slow and laborious work of haul
ing their outfits over the snow and Ice of
the glacier pass. Not a few in camp at
Valdes bay have sold their outfits at a loss
and returned home, to spread stories of
the impassable Copper river.
Ail the "bears" are as confident as ever
that we shall soon reach the district. We
are among the first who will be able to
cross the summit and reach timber on the
other side. There is no wood or water in
this camp. Wood must be hauled about
three miles while melted Ice or snow sup
plies us with water. The weather, al
though changeable, Is remarkably mild.
Twenty-five or thirty men have picked
and scratched over the gravel on the gla
cier, where It Is claimed that a party
had picked up three small nuggets, with
out any result except that the gravel and
dirt showed color. Dogs have proved
themselves to be of little service here.
Some parties who brought dogs with them
gave them away. Some few worked good.
Twenty dollars will buy the best dog in
camp. One of our party offered fifty dol
lars for the only burro here'yesterday. The
owner will not sell at any price. It Is the
animal to have here, as it can easily haul
200 pounds up steep grades.
We have broken up all of our heavy
boxes and packed our supplies in bags
weighing fifty pounds each. The broken
boxes will be very valuable as firewood
when necessary on our journey across the
glacier. In ten days our combined freight,
nearly 12,000 pounds, will be at the summit
of the pass. When this Is accomplished
we will pack up our tents and store bed
ding, and, starting as early as 3 a. m., will
make a forced march of 35 miles to the
timber line on the Copper river side of the
pass, arriving there early the same night.
After we reach the summit of the glacier,
which Is fifteen miles from here, we an
ticipate but little difficulty hi making a
rapid descent to timber on the other side.
The reports concerning the Copper river
finds and strikes which some of us And In
newspapers we receive from friends In the
states are perfectly ridiculous. It Is still
an unknown region. Not a soul of the
1500 men on this coast has any reHable or
authentlo Information, but for all that
most of us are confident that there are rich
placer diggings to Be located. We see very
few Indians from up the Copper river.
Only a few have ever crossed this pass.
Relbsteln, a squaw man, who Is working
here, only crossed this pass once In eight
years. If there are any men on the Cop
per river forty miles from its mouth, no
one here has any Information of the fact.
Good order prevails throughout the
camp. There Is very little gambling, and
no laws are more scrupulously obeyed than
the recently enacted "miner's law."
An Engineer's Heroism
John H. Rosenkranz, the engineer of the
locomotive which was wrecked at Fayette
vllle Wednesday night, paid the penalty
of heroism with his life. It was only a
train load of Ice that his locomotive) was
drawing, not a long line of passenger
cars, but human life was at stake Just the
same when he left his seat in the cab to
•*et a brake on a car next to the tender. The
train was then beyond control of the engi
neer, and he knew disaster. If not death,
was In front. His fireman, as conscious of
danger as himself, but less courageous, had.
refused to try the brake. It was no part'
of Rosenkranz's duty to make the perilous
attempt for which he died, but being a
brave man, with a grave sense of his re'
sponslbillty, he took the risk. He was a
hero, although he was on an ice train.—Sy
racuse Standard.
It Is said that' Bob Taylor's new lecture
will be entitled "Love, Liberty and Liver."
All good things If properly regulated.
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