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$15,000 CONTEST VOL. XXXV. ' • Tt^V • BY OABBIKR - At) , ("TENTS ni mhf.h •:«(» Jr Itl • i PER month *V v^cjuau FAIRBANKS CAN NOT BE INDUCED HE REITERATES "IRREVOCABLY DETERMINED" IS HIS ANSWER VICE PRESIDENT SENDB LETTER TO HIS MANAGER Says He Fully Appreciates Honor, but Will Not Listen to Renomlna. tlon—Some Still Believe He Will By Associated Press. CHICAGO, June 17.—The promulga tion of a letter from Vice President Fairbanks reiterating his "Irrevocable determination" not to be again a can didate tor the office he now holds was the most Important development of the day in connection with the vice prosl dentiul nomination. The letter wan addressed to ■ Mr. Falrbunks' manager, Joseph B. Keal lug, and the full text follows: "Indianapolis, June 16. "My Dtar Mr. Healing: I appreciate fully the compliment paid ma by my friends In their insistence that I should accept a renomlnayon for vice presi dent, yet my determination not to be a candidate again, as announced be fore the close of the last session of congress through you, is absolutely ir revocable. "My conclusion does not grow out of p.ny want of appreciation of the honor, tor the vice presidency Is an honor which any man :nay well covet. No one is obliged to stop down to It. "I have enjoyed .he great honor which came to me unsought and by the undivided voice of my party, for all of which I am profoundly grateful. "The renewed expression of the con fidence of my friends touches me- most deeply. They need no assurance that I have come to the conclusion that I have reached deliberately and I trust that the personal considerations which I have advanced will commend them selves to their approval. lam the more confirmed in the wisdom of my con clusion because of the fact that there Is no narty or public exigency which would seem to suggest a contrary course. "Accept for yourself and other friends my grateful appreciation of your gen erous, unfailing and loyal support. "I remain faithfully your friend, "CHARLES W. FAIRBANKS." Aiso Write* Hemenway A similar letter was vritten by the vice president to Senator Hemenway. The vica president's letter is not dif ferent from various expressions made Jn a less formal manner by him in the "ast few days and whilu he was ac cepted seriously and he was given full credit for sincerity the letter did not have any effect In changing the deter mination of his admirers to press his nomination in the event of the naming of Secretary Taft for the first place. Accordingly there were a? manjj prophecies after the promulgation of the letter as before that The vice pres' dent would in the end be called to suc ceed himself. He confidently assertod that he would not decline a unanimous nomination. While this- is the general sentiment of those who have been supporting the vice president, largely outside of In diana, it remains a fact that his close friends who have been managing nis candidacy for the vice presidency openly deny the letter must be accept ed as definite nnd final In relieving him from consideration for M-cond place. Expressed No Desire L,afe Young, delegate at large from lowa, received a telegram today from Secretary I-oeb which stated that President Roosevelt had not expressed a desire to see Governor Cummins name on the ticket, or that of any other person. Secretary Loeb's telegram was In re sponse to a telegram from Mr. Toung, in which the latter asked for an ex planation of the president's attitude on the vice presidential nomination. Following is the text of the message from Mr. Ix>eb: "The president has not expressed Rny opinion for or against any candidate for the vice presidency and will no more express an opinion against Mr. Cummins that he would against Sena tor Dolllver." The developments of the day do not materially alter the vice presidential situation, and the opinion tonight is as it was this morning, that the nomina tion will go either to Fairbanks or to Cummins. The failure by New York to caucus on the vice presidential situa tion is regarded as practically eliminat ing that state from the contest. New York was in a position where If her delegation could get together on the proposition, they might have named the candidate, but they could not get together. Friends of Representative James S. Sherman appear to have a strong majority in the dolegatlon, but they seem to be unable to make It unanimous. Choices as Expressed There were some of the delegates still for Secretary Cortelyou; others talked of State Chairman Woodruff, and there was mention in the strictly Hughes portion of the delegation of the name of General Stewart Li. Wood ford, who is expected to place the name of Governor Hughes before the convention. It was said today that a telegram to Edward Gllnes, who Is regarded as Governor Guild's personal representa tive In the Massachusetts delegation, expressed the governor's Intention to stand by his vice presidential boom un til the last gun was fired. The lines having been rtnwn substantially be tween east and west in the situation, and New York being practically out of it It became an interesting question whether the east could not unite upon any man who could rally also support from the south and west. In this con nection the names of Governor Guild and ex-Governor Murphy of New Jer sey were frequently mentioned. The tendency of the day, however, was plainly toward the selection of a western man, and the names in the forefront tonight are those of Fair banks of Indiana and Cummins of lowa, with Fairbanks apparently In the lead. The California delegation in execu tive session today decided by unani ho.us vote to cast its vote for George A. Knight of San Francisco for vice president. Other western states are expected to get In line for Mr. Knight. The Callfornlans also count upon the support of a number of southern dele gations for Mr. Knight In return for the vote of that state today In opposi tion to the Burke resolution. LOS ANGELES HERALD PLATFORM HAS TO BE AS TAFT WOULD HAVE IT SO SAY ADVOCATES OF INJUNC TION PLANK LATTER MODIFIED AND ADOPTED BY COMMITTEE "Convention May Be Compelled to Nominate a Man Who Needs No Platform," Says Committee man in Explanation By Associated Press. . ■ CHIOXOO, June IT.—A ' modified Injunc tion plank won agreed to by the subcom mittee on resolution* at 10 o'clock tonight, which completed the platform, and the full committee was immediately called Into ses ■lon to consider the document M. per fected. ; "If the Republican convention de liberately refuses to adopt a platform on which Secretary Taft feels he can make a winning race, the convention will have to nominate a man who needs no platform to win." , ' While this statement was not put forward as an actual ultimatum, it was the principal; weapon which the ad vocates of the Injunction plank in the platform used yesterday to compel the committee on resolutions and the con vention Itself to make such a declara tion. ' v • The momentous Import of the alterna tive implied presents more , strikingly than could anything else the persistent fight that was made against the ln-| junction declaration. The statement quoted was made to night 'by a • member of the ■ sub-com mittee . which prepared the platform, who is friendly to both President Roosevelt and Secretary Taft. It was the result of a careful analysis of the situation made after twenty-four hours of almost continuous service <in the committee room and undoubtedly pre sented a prominent phase of the situa tion. Proceeding, he said: "It is preposterous to ask Secretary Taft to, make the race for the: presi dency on a platform - which is not to his liking and especially in view of the fact that It is generally known that he has been giving much atten tion to the framing of the party declaration of principles and policies. "To do so would be to place him In the attitude in which Mr. ,"Cleveland was placed when he was compelled, in 1892, .to repudiate his party's tariff plank, and it is doubtful whether he would want. to < make the ■ race under such conditions. Accused of Antagonism "It should also be borne in mind that tb,e question of injunction pouches the labor cause, an' element which he has been accused of antagonizing, and It is very much the opposite of fair dealing to undertake to compel him to go before the country on a platform which affords no assurances to this class of his friendly feeling toward them." Beginning: at 10 o'clock today, the "eub-commlttee resumed its work in. the hdpe of completing it by 4 p. m., the time set for the meeting of the full committee, but when that time came the sub-committee was compelled to report that it was unprepared to present Its report, and the full com mittee took an adjournment until 9 p. m. At 9 p. m. the sub-committee was found to be still undecided, and an other adjournment was taken. While the subcommittee was in ses sion the greater part of the day, there were two or three rather prolonged In termissions, and before the day closed It became evident that the Injunction clause advocates were playing for time. Could Have Voted Soon There was no period of the day when a vote cocld not have been taken In the subcommittee and the Injunction plank inserted, but appreciating the fact that a favorable result was not bo certain in the full committee, the supporters of the provision sought for and easily obtained the delay which they seemed to consider necessary be fore bringing the matter before the attention of the committee Itself. The time during the recesses, as well as the time In which the commit tee was engaged, was devoted to stren uous efforts by both sides to Increase their strength In the full committee. For the first time since the fight be gan the friends of the administration apparently became awakened to the seriousness of the situation, but aroused, they were quite as zealous as their opponents In presenting the situ ation to their fellow commltteemen. During the day they received telegrams from Washington expressing the views of both the president and the secretary of war as to the necessity of the injunction plank and these tele grams were read to all doubtful mem bers of the committee. In one of these telegrams the presi dent Is reported to have urged the wisdom of the injunction resolution and to have said the convention should not yield any more to the extremists among the manufacturers than to the extremists among the laboring men. Plank as Adopted The Injunction -plank as adopted by the committee last night asserts that the Republican party always has and always will uphold the processes and proceedings of the courts, and has ab solute faith In their Integrity and up rightness; nevertheless, it believes the injunction practices should be so modi fied as to provide that only where Ir reparable damage to property Is im minent the courts may grant injunction without notice. It Is also specified that due notice shall be given of impending Injunc tion proceedings. The modified injunction plank is be lieved to be acceptable to many more members of the committee than the original draft. No mention Is made in the plat form of statehood for Arizona and New Mexico. The Michigan delegation instructed Representative Fordney, oi. the com mittee, to vote against the injunction plank. Arnold Daly Bankrupt NEW YORK, June 1' Arnold Daly, the actor and theatrical manager, filed a petition in bankruptcy In the federal district court today. The petition places his liabilities at $40,426 and his assets at $1376. Among his creditors Is I^ole Fuller, the actress, whom he owes $7300 on a contracf for services. THURSDAY MORNINfi, JUNE 18, 1008. The Skeleton Won't Stay in Its Closet I lllllTlTiiff^^ HOLD HANDS ON CHICAGO PULSE TAFT AND ROOSEVELT KEEP TAB ON CONVENTION SECRETARY OCCUPIED ALL DAY AT TELEPHONE ________ Every Incident of Gathering Flashed to White House—Mrs. Taft Shows Great Interest in Hus. band's Chances By Associated Presi. WASHINGTON. June 17.—With ev ery incident in the gathering at Chi cago flashed to them on direct wires, President Roosevelt and Secretary Taft kept in constant touch today with the Republican national conven tion, had a brief conference and each wound up the afternoon by driving into the suburbs while the convention was still in session. All day long the wires brought news of what was transpiring in the conven tion. There were direct telegraph cir cuits from the convention hall to the executive office and the private office of Secretary Taft and a long distance telephone in Mr. Taft's office as well. The secretary maintained continuous communication with the convention leaders. Telephone and telegraph ope rators were In charge at the Chicago end of the wire and no move was made on the floor of the immense hall that was not almost simultaneously re ported to Washington. Become Disinterested Apparently disinterested In the clos ing hours of the day's proceedings, President and Mrs. Roosevelt drove from the White House late in the aft ernoon to the vicinity of Rock creek, northwest of the city, where they mounted horses and cantered over the smooth bridle paths amid the wild scenery that characterizes the park: They left Just after the great ovation to Mr. Roosevelt had exhausted Itself, following forty-five minutes of contin ued cheering. The president received bulletins from the convention while dressing for his ride and after Secretary Taft, who had come to see him while the excitement in the Coliseum was at Its height, had gone back to the war department. Mr. Taft also went driving without waiting for the convention to adjourn. Mrs. Taft manifested her keen inter est in the Republican convention pro ceedings at Chicago today by joining the secretary In his private office and getting at first hand the reports from Chicago. Heard Demonstration It is said tonight that President Roosevelt was an actual listenef to the wild demonstration of enthusiasm which greeted his name in the con vention today. Hanging ten feet above the heads of the delegates and immediately in front of the platform are four black discs, looped by wires and Joined by a small central cable leading from the hall. Many have wondered at these discs, and believed them to be a part of the system for electrical display. As a matter of fact the discs are a combination of telephone and phono graph, taking up the proceedings as they occur, and transmitting each swell of oratory and each throb of enthusiastic applause. According to the reports tonight, one of these wires was cut Into the White House early this afternoon and the president in person, with the re ceiver to his ear, caught the words of Lodge as he electrified the vast as semblage and the echoing shouts which ebbed and flowed for full forty five minutes. FULL COMMITTEE IS FOR INJUNCTION Statehood Plank for Arizona and New Mexico Adopted—Strict Secreoy Prevents Giving Out Official Vote By Associated Press. CHICAGO, June IT.—The blnest prob lem before tbe resolutions committee of the national Republican convention, that of the proposed plank In the platform deal ins; with the question of the limitations of court injunctions In labor controversies, was disposed of at 3 o'clock this morning, when, by a vote of 3ft to 16, with one state (Mouth Carolina) not recorded, the full committee agreed to the plank. It was predicted after the vote that there would be no His lit on the matter on tbe floor of the convention until tbe full re port of the committee was nmde today. The full committee adopted the state hood plank for Arizona and New Mex ico, thus reversing the sub-committee's action. At 2:30 a. m. the committee ad journed. The vote on the Injunction plank is said to have been as follows: Yeas—Alabama, Arkansas, Connecti cut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illi nois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississlppo, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, (Continued on Page Two.) THE NEWS SUMMARY . FORECAST For Los Angeles and vicinity: Fair Thursday; fresh south, winds. Maxi. mum, temperature yesterday, 70 de. grees; minimum temperature, 56 de. grees. . ■ LOCAL ' ' Judge John S. Chapman, dean of Los Angeles bar. passes away. ■ 1 Boy stumbles on corpse in Laurel canyon. • ' ■ i■/ ',<■-'■ ( Dramatic < scenes at Wldaman and Sanger trial. • ■ • . Petition for ■ liquidation of Carlson's bank filed. ••'.■■ < California club will fight liquor li cense. , . , EASTERN Three Italians shot to death by wine merchant in New Orleans as result of alleged attempts at extortion. ,.' I New York bankers to lend over $44, --600,000 in gold to , Germany. „ Assailant of New York state farmer's wife is found dying with throat cut in bushes. . .■ .'-.., ; Haunting remorse for imaginary lie told drives Illinois preacher Insane. , •. ; Accident insurance underwriters to reward heroes who-save human lives. ;'■ ■: Missouri : river still rising, but -. no great damage Is reported. COAST Bay City man, employe of Santa Fe, is. ground to death by street. car as result of alighting on wrong side. . , Body of missing San Francisco boy, several days sought by parent and po lice, found at bottom of lake in Golden Gate park. ' - :, ■:'-, Grand grove of Druids elects officers at Salinas and decides on Santa Rosa for next annual meeting. FOREIGN Lemolne diamond case In Paris . cre ates tremendous i sensation; > fake dia mond manufacturer works clever ruse on merchant and police , and ,' escapes from custody. '■'• .'.■-■ :'t Attempt In Baku to kill chief of po lice results In death of one and se rious , injuries of others * In ; dynamiting outrage SIT IN SESSION ALL NIGHT LONG CREDENTIALS COMMITTEEMEN PROVE STRENUOUS FOURTEEN HOURS' SESSION FA. TIGUES MANY MEMBERS No Change Made In Temporary Roll of Delegates and Alternates. Indianapolis Mayor Dissat isfied with Procedure By Associated Press. CHICAGO, June 17.—Fourteen hours were given by the credentials commit tee of the Republican national conven tion for the presentation of contests, but no change was made In the tempo ray roll of delegates and alternates. Full approval was given to the work of the national committee which had devoted eight days to the question. The sun was beginning Its downward course last evening when the members of the committee, fresh and vigorous, began their session at 2:45 p. m. When, after a continuous session, the labors of the committee were concluded at 4:45 this morning, the light in the east was beginning to signal the sun's re turn. The cominitteemen looked decidedly differently than when they entered upon their all-night meeting. Many of the members had not left the room throughout the session and they exhib ited .marked signs of fatigue. Mayor Charles A. Bookwalter of Indianapolis, member of the creden tials committee, as he left the room this morning, voiced the protests of men classed as antl-Taft members of the committee and announced that a minority report would be made to the convention. Railroaded Outside "Of the cases submitted by the al lies," said the mayor, "those Involving 110 seats had merit, but they were ratl roaded out of the hall without exami nation of the evidence In their support by the committee. The arguments were not listened to at all, and the Taft men adopted rules which absolutely ex cluded members of the committee from participating in the debate." The dissatisfaction which Mayor Bookwalter felt with the procedure of the committee manifested itself the moment the meeting was called to or der. « <S Senator Charles W. Fulton of Oregon, having been elected chairman, stated that 2000 persons In the convention awaited the report of the credentials committee. This was an argument in favor of limiting the debate, or, In other words, In favor of the plan to adopt the report of the national com mittee without hearing the contests, which provoked Mr. Bookwalter to reply, "There are 90,000,000 people who will have to wait until next Novem ber." "Molasses or Vitriol?" Representative J. Sloat Fassett, the New York member of the committee, favored the scheme for "blanket" ap proval of the work of the national committee, but In reply to Mr. Book waiter's comment said: "Well, I sup pose we will have to let the molasses run." "Not molasses; vitriol," retorted Mr. Bookwalter, sharply. The colloquy between these two men is an Illustration of the bitterness of feeling which was frequently shown by anti-Taft adherents. When the committee met and organ ized Chairman Fulton was empowered to appoint a committee to draft rules to govern the procedure in hearing the contests. This committee consisted of five members, Mr. Fassett being the (Coutluued on F««e Two) «T\IPT 1? T"nPri7Q« DAILY, 3ci SUNDAY, 3« &lIN hfLtlit KjKJL JJiiO . ON TRAINS. 5 CENTS ROOSEVELT'S OVATION GREATEST IN HISTORY OF REPUBLICAN PARTY Delegates Go Wild with Enthusiasm at Mention of President's Name—Great Coliseum for 45 Minutes Shaken by Demonstration of Big Assembly "FOUR YEARS MORE" IS CRY OF CROWD Stirring Speech by Senator Lodge, Chairman, Is Feature of Day—Taft Delegates Practically Seated in Toto by Credentials Committee Re port, Adopted CHICAGO, June 17.—The second day of the Republican na tional convention has brought the long expected Roosevelt yell, a whirlwind of enthusiasm, which raged within the vast amphitheater of the Coliseum for fully forty-five minutes, for a time presenting to the timid the specter of a Roose velt stampede. This demonstration was decidedly the feature of a day other wise notable for a stirring speech from the permanent chairman of the convention, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge of Massachusetts; for much political procedure in placing the convention on a smooth run ning basis, and for final defeat of the plan to reduce the representa tion of southern states at future national conventions. Probably the most important act of the day and the one having greatest significance was the adoption of the report of the committee on credentials, seating the Taft delegates practically in toto. If there had been any lingering doubt of the Taft strength, it disap peared before this decisive action, which in effect placed more than 700 delegates in the Taft column. Equally important and even more re markable was the final acceptance of this result by the "allies," without the formality of a dissenting minority re port and without carrying the question to the floor of the conven tion for the open fight which has been long threatened. Instead of this, all further opposition seemod to crumble; those who had .promised trouble qui etly accepted the Inevitable, and thus the path was cleared for fulfillment of plans already matured for the nomina tion of the head of the ticket. The favorite sons still have, however, their bands of steadfast supporters, who will show their loyalty when the first ballot is taken. The scene within the Coliseum today repeated that of yesterday in the mag nitude and brilliancy of Its spectaculai features. Again every seat was occu pied, and 14,000 people, packing floors and aisles and galleries and platforms. Joined in the ebb and flow of agitation and enthusiasm. Committees Are Tardy Temporary Chairman Burrows called the convention to order promptly at 12:20, but the delay of committees in reporting guve an hour for diversion before the serious work of the day was begun. This time was given over to the visiting clubs with bands and vocal choruses, bearing banners and strange devices of G. O. P. elephants. In front of the delegates paraded this motley throng, soliciting laughter and applause. The hit of the parade was a glee club which halted before the Ohio delegation and varied the enlivening strains of "Billy Taft. Yep, That's Me," with a melancholy dirge for Bryan. , This diversion over, the convention turned to committee reports. First of them was the credentials, the very foundation on which delegates had their seats and votes. ' It was presented b- Senator Fulton of Oregon in a three minute speech, stating the action of the national committee had be v fully jus tified and upheld. For a moment delegates looked about for the fire-breathing Bookwalter of Indiana, who had led the minority forces and had promised a lively fight on the floor. But Mr. Bookwalter sat with the Indiana delegation, shaking his head in answer to inquiries and an nouncing the fight had been abandoned as only three delegates would under take to bear the brunt of a contest on the floor. The report was quickly ap proved, with only a few scattering votes in opposition. Lodge Takes the Chair The presentation of the report on permanent organization was the signal for Senator Burrows to yield his place as temporary chairman and escort to the platform the permanent chairman of the convention, Senator Lodge of Massachusetts. Mr. Lodge, trim and businesslike, looked more like the later generation than the white-hatred retiring chair man. His voice, too, had that resonant New Tngland twang which made it rin~ out to the farthest corners of the galleries, carrying metaphor and sar casm which startled the listeners to at tention and applause. "The fevered fancy of an uneasy de cade," was his indictment hurled against the visionary policies of oppo sition parties. The applause hardly died away when Mr. Lodge launched his sentence which elecrlfled the assem blage into its first real demonstration of wild enthusiasm. "The president," exclaimed Mr. Lodge, "is the best abused and most popular man in the United States to- This was the long awaited signal. Instantly a shout broke from the gal leries and was echoed back from the floor after a tempest of detached yells and cat calls and shouts of "Teddy, but gradually the whole gathering joining in the outbreak. Some had mounted chairs —Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee —and were ges ticulating madly. One delegate far to the left had torn off his coat, and was whipping It wildly above his head. Texas end Kentucky appeared to be the center of the agitation on the floor. f New York viewed the storm with calm and so did Ohio, except, r.trangely, one of the lonesome Foraker delegates— Judge Marcus Shoup—who mouated on a chair, kept both arms in motion with a waving flag and a newspaper, and his voice joining in the general pan demonium —thirty minutes —forty min utes —forty-five minutes, a full three quarters ot an hour had passed In this bewildering confusion of sight and sound. For a time some fear was felt by some that a stampede was imminent. Bu: <he political generals were glad to give the pentup enthusiasm of the mul titude this outlet of expression, and at no time was there the hlightest appre hension among them that the well de vised plans would miscarry by somo overpowering movement. Frank H. Hitchcock, the Taft man ager, moved about the floor, smiling as (he tumult was at Its height. "The cheers for Roosevelt today will be for Taft tomorrow," said he with confidence. Reports Are Received With the subsidence of the Uoosevelt storm Senator Lodge completed his stirring speech and then the conven tion turned to the reports of the other committees. That on rules and order of business brought a majority report against th.) resolution offered by James Francis Burke of Pennsylvania reduc- in? the representation of states to a basis of Republican votes cast by those states. Mr. Burke presented a minority re port In which seventeen of the states concurred. A sharp contest occurred on this question, bringing for the firs? time before the convention some of Its best knov.-n orators, including Burke of Pennsylvania, Governor WlHson of: Kentucky, the veteran Kiefcr of Ohio, former Governor Herrick of Ohio. Rem mel of Arkansas, Buckingham of Illi nois. Wadsworth of Now York, Mud<t of Maryland, former Governor War moth of Louisiana and the negro orator from Georgia, Henry Lincoln .Tohnson. The resolution was finally defeated by the close vote of 506 against 471, a margin of votes in a total of 977. three delegates being absent. The change of a single state might have altered the entire result. Sentiment Growing Although defeated Mr. Burkp said the result had shown a tremendous growth of sentiment in favor of thla restricted representation, and that in his opinion the future success of the plan appeared beyond doubt. The final details of the platform aro bring arranged by the platform 6om m'.ttee tonight, and If accomplished, the convention will be equipped to morrow to make its declaration of pol icy and proceed to the selectlor Of candidates. Tomorrow's session will open at o'clock in the morning inr.tead of n"«n as heretofore, so that .t full day ma.v be had for the discussion of prlnclrien and men. The platform Is expected to go before the convention Parly tn the day and Its adoption will be fol lowed by the speeches placing tn nom ination the candidates for tha presi dency. __« J _« STOCKTON VISITED BY FIRE; $5000 LOSS SUSTAINED STOCKTON, June 17.—The planing mills and storage building of the Cali fornia Navigation and Improvement company were destroyed by fire this afternoon and for a time tt looked as If the Stockton Iron Works, American River Steam Electric plant would be burned, but the firemen confined the flames to the shipyard. The loss, while only $5000, Is most serious, as the storage building was filled with fine, well seasoned timber for ship work that cannot be replaced for years. The loss Is fully Insured. Japanese Boycott Strong HONGKONG, June 17.—The anti- Japanese boycott Is still being strong ly maintained. The government has prohibited meetings at restaurants called for the purpose of discussing the question of self-government and similar subjects. A missionary arriv ing from the province of Hat Nan states ihat the people are dying Ilk* flies from the plague. The scourge is abating in Hongkong.