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Terrible Struggle of the
Colima Victims for
Washed From the Raft Which
Carried Sutherland to
the Shore.
Seamen Declare That Top-Heavi
ness Caused the Wreck of
the Steamer.
MAZATLAN, Mex., June 2 (via Noga
les).—Third Officer Hausen gives a graphic
account of the wreck of the Colima. He
arrived here on the San Juan, and possibly
is the one surviving officer of the wrecked
6teamsnip. This is the story which he re
"I was standing on the weather side of
the pilot-house when the Colima shipped
a heavy sea. She would not mind her rud
der, and, though the engines were work
ing smoothly, got into the trough of the
sea and could not get out.
"Captain Taylor and Chief Officer Grif
fiths were on the bridge doing all that
was possible to head out to sea, first with
a slow bell and then with full speed, but
without success.
"About 10 :45 o'clock we were struck by
a terrific squall. The high seas careened
the steamship well over. She partly
righted, when a second squall struck her.
The sea broke entirely over the vessel.
Bhe careened, never recovered and sank
almost immediately.
"The last I saw of Captain Taylor he
was on the bridge blowing a whistle as
warning. As the steamship careened for a
the last time he was undoubtedly carried
away by the high sea which swept the
"I jumped over the bow when the Colima
was on her side with masts and smoke
stack under water, and succeeded in get
ting on some wreckage," continued Third
Officer Hansen in relating his experience.
"Afterwards with six others who were on
bits of wreckage we made a raft and all
crowded on top of it. Three of the men
were washed off by the waves, but one of
them was afterward rescued, making five
of us on the raft when we were picked up."
Hansen says that Chief Officer Griffiths
was sent aft by the captain to clear number
five life-boat and is supposed to be out
with her at this writing with five or six
other men.
The last seen of the boat it was trying to
pick up Purser Wafers. Whether it did or
not is not known, as they went out of
Eight in the squall very quickly.
The second officer was amidships when
la^t seen. He may have gotten away on a
liferaft and is supposed to be still out.
Berry, the freight clerk, refused to come
from his room and undoubtedly went down
with the Colima.
Mr. Sutherland, a survivor picked up in
an open boat full of water, with no oars,
Baid he was standing on the weather side
of the cabin aft when the steamship tipped.
He went over the top of the cabin, holding
en to a piece of rope, and dropped right
into a boat already launched.
One man was then there.
The mast came over, caught the boat,
pushing it under water.
The other man jumped out and disap
peared. Sutherland in some manner ex
tricated the boat from beneath the mast,
getting away about fifty feet, when the
steamer went down.
The boat was constructed with air-ticht
compartments. The mast broke one of the
air chambers.
Afterward Sutherland pulled into the
boat Professor Whiting of Berkeley and
also Mrs. Irving and another woman, who
■were all washed off several times and
finally, through exhaustion, disappeared
one by one, leaving Sutherland alone.
This boat capsized many times and was
continually swept by the seas. When
picked up the boat was full of water and
Sutherland was clineing to the rigging of
the gunwale.
The San Juan, Captain Pitts, bound
north, four days late, experienced the
same Btorm to the southward but of less
violence and was hove to several hours.
About 7 o'clock Chief Ofbcer Grundle no
ticed something waving on the water.
With his glass he made out two men. He
lowered a boat and picked them up, with
nineteen others, within a radius of six or
eight miles.
The San Juan steamed about for eight
hours with men on the lookout at the
mastheads, then proceeded on her course
to Manzanillo, sending the coasting steam
ers Mazatlan and Romero Rubio to search
for No. 5 lifeboat and liferaft, still sup
posed to be safe.
Many of the twenty-one saved had been
in the water twenty-six hours and were
nearly exhausted when rescued.
The survivors agree that the storm was
the wildest ever experienced. The wind
and waves came in every direction and
with twisting force. Owing to the dark
ness due to the rain and flying water one
could see only a few feet. The force of the
wind was terrific.
When the lashings were cut on the lum
ber to lighten the ship the deckload was
picked up, going high in air and scattered
over several hundred yards.
Planks and wreckage would come to the
top of the waves and the wind would pick
them up, hurling them many yards.
Officer Han sen before jumping felt the
The San Francisco Call.
ffScK cracking and giving way, which after
ward went overboard killing many who
were struggling in the water and were
caught underneath it. Others were butted
to death by the tremendous force of the
wreckage propelled by the seas.
The boilers, it is thought, exploded soon
after going from sight, as a rumbling noise
wa9 heard with a loud report, and wreck
age anu water flew high in the air.
The worst squall came about half an
hour after the Coliraa sank.
This squall drowned many who other
wise would have been saved.
Of the steamer's crew of eighty, but five
survivors have been picked up to date.
These are: Officer Hansen, Storekeeper
Richardson and three others. The San
Juan picked up two cabin passengers,
Cushing and Sutherland, and the balance
of the fourteen were from the steerage.
Cushing was picked up with one man on
a life raft, and was black and blue from
head to foot, having been pummeled by
floating wreckage.
Of the 124 passengers, including 43 Chi
nese, but 16 thus far have been heard from.
Of about 20 women and a dozen children
not one survives.
The accident happened so quickly that
no one had on a life belt.
Officer Hansen saw two dead women
floating near his raft for hours. One was
thin-faced and had a plain gold ring on the
third finger of the left hand, the other wore
a large diamond on the same finger. They
had been beaten into almost shapeless
Tales are told of strugglers in the water
having heads knocked off, bodies crushed
into unrecognizable human forms by the
force of the wreckage and waves.
The list of the saved by the San Juan is :
Officer Hansen,
The same storm wrecked the American
schooner Huguenot between Manzanillo
and Acapulco. The crew were saved.
A Mexican schooner bound from La Paz
to Acapulco is missing and probably lost.
The latest advices from Manzanillo state
that five of the Colima survivors have been
found at Manila. The names are not
obtainable at this writing.
This is probably No. 5 lifeboat.
The rescue steamer Mazatlan sent out
from Manzanillo found five Colima sur
vivors ashore at Maquila. In trying to
reach them a small boat capsized in the
surf. The Crew swam ashore, and are now
with the survivors there. They will be
rescued shortly. Food has been sent them
by land from Manzanillo.
The Romero, Rubio and Barracouta are
still ont searching for others. Will send
the names of others rescued as soon as
The Colima left Manzanillo Sunday after
noon at 4 o'clock. A fresh wind from the
east was blowing outside, increasing to
violence during the night.
Monday morning about 10 o'clock the
steamer got caught in the voriei of a
territic hurricane and capsized. She went
down in three minutes in 664 fathoms of
water in latitude 18 deg., 38 minutes north,
longitude 104 deg., 14 minutes west, eigh
teen miles off shore and twenty-eight miles
south of Manzanillo. B. L. Smith.
To Such Effect Is the Con
sensus of Worthy Opinions
From Seamen.
Captain Anderson, a Day Behind
the Coilma, Says the Weather
Was Not Unusually Rough.
How was she lost?
Why was she lost?
These are questions which many an
anxious lip has framed during the last five
days and thousands upon thousands have
been on the alert for the latest and most
authentic information of this terrible sea
There is no longer any doubt that the
disaster was due to circumstances and con
ditions not dependent on "wind and
weather, God permitting," to quote ver
batim the merchant marine contracts of
200 years ago. Little doubt, if any, lingers
that the disaster was due to the way in
which the ship was loaded and to the lost
headed management of her master in the
fatal hour when she rolled and listed in
the trough of the heavy seas.
But the seas were not such as to account
for the loss of the vessel and the precious
lives aboard were it not for the bad loading
and the mismanagement in the time ol
awful peril. The consensus of opinion
from the most eminent authorities is to the
effect that at this season of the year the
weather is definitely local. It is rare for
heavy blows to occur, though there may be
a strong swell. Men who have traversed
the course of vessels from this port to Cen
tral America are of one accord in the opin
ion that severe storms in that latitude at
this time of year are extremely rare, and
the fact that a freight steamer passed over
the same course about the same time the
Colima went down and experienced noth
ing more than the customary blow of the
trade winds may be considered as conclu
sively confirmatory.
But the 180 lost souls! Was their doom
the result of unforeseen turbulence on the
part of the elements, or the inevitable
sequence of that carelessness and indiffer
ence which is accepted as habitual and
characteristic of the steamship* companies
which send their vessels to sea with car
goes stowed without regard to the safety
and comfort of passengers and only to
economise in expense and time in unload
ing? A superabundance of evidence points
to the latter conclusion. Vessels have
been known to leave their docks so over
loaded that the captains have insisted on
a portion of the cargoes being removed be
fore they would put to sea. Such incidents
have not been isolated. The practice has
also, alas, been too common of taking on
heavy deckloads of lumber, trusting to
fair weather and the willingness of provi
On several occasions vessels traveling
the route of the Pacific Mail Steamship
Company's ships have been known to
carry top-heavy cargoes of coffee, it even
becoming necessary to knock out the state
room partitions in order to make stowage
room for the extra load. The comfort of
passengers was not considered; in fact, it
is seldom considered where an opportunity
for taking on an extra cargo of profitable
freight is in the balance. Hundreds will
bear witness to this — passengers, ship's
officers and seamen.
The Acapulco left port here some time
ago so top-heavy in her load that the mas
ter of the vessel refused to leave the stream
for open water until a portion of her deck
load had been removed. As a matter of
truth, according to one of the best known
stevedores on the front, the deck cargo
was euch that the ship would hardly have
been safe in the swell of one of the ferries.
All this testimony has a direct bearing
on the fate of the Colima. In the face of
the opinions and statements already made
there can be little doubt that the loss of
the ship and her 180 souls was due solely
and alone to the cupidity of the Pacific
Mail Steamship Company, supplemented
by the timidity and faulty management of
the vessel by her master in the moment of
supreme peril. In a word, she is said by
those high in nautical authority to have
been badly loaded and top-heavy, and the
captain in seeking to save his cargo at
tempted to put about and foundered in the
trough of the sea.
That Is What Captain Anderson of the
Progreso Says.
Captain Anderson of the Progreso, fif
teen days from Panama, said:
"While our up trip was not as smooth as
it might have been I encountered no
weather which would, in my mind, ac
count for the wreck of the Colima. We
were over the course about the same time,
or to be more definite, twenty-fours hours
apart from her, and I cannot comprehend
any seas or winds high enough to encom
pass the wreck of so stanch a ship as the
Colima unless there was an accident to her
machinery or that her cargo was not prop
erly loaded."
"How is the weather in that latitude at
this season of the year?" the captain was
was asked.
"It is purely local. As a rule it is fair.
Occasionally we encounter blows, but, as I
said, there is seldom anything which could
render a ship helpless, except a break or
shifting of cargo. To be sure, I can't saj
as to the loading of this particular vessel,
because I have no information on which to
base an opinion. Therefore, I am speak
ing only in a general way, though what I
have said may be taken to apply to the
Colima or any other ship. If there had
been any severe weather the Progreso
would surely have encountered some of it,
that is, if there had been anything like a
wrecking storm. I think the captain
doubtless did all he could to save his cargo
and his ship, and possibly that was one of
the fatal and culminating causes of the
terrible disaster. He may have waited
too long — the cargo was too precious, in his
eyes. However, he died a brave man — at
his post, the cargo under him and his own
grave with it.
"No; we carry no passengers except on
rare occasions, and I am free to express
myself that passenger steamers, or freight
steamers that carry passengers, should be
very careful about their deckloads."
"Is it true that some steamers carry the
freight for the first port on their route
nearest the top, without regard to weight,
so as to facilitate unloading and save
time?" asked the interviewer.
"Yes," replied the captain, thoughtfully;
"every skipper will endeavor to so ship his
cargo that it will be easily unloaded if he
hbs several ports, or even one port to
make. You can see how necessary that
would be. The cargo for the first port
should be the easiest to get out, if possible;
but, nevertheless, a safe company who had
any regard for the security of their vessels
would not sacrifice everything to that end.
I have known of many cases, however,
where that point was considered para
mount. They must make time and have
only God to thank for their safety."
Stevedore Furlong Speaha Authoritatively
on the Matter.
P. Furlong, one of the well-known steve
dores, said:
"I think the Colima was top-heavy. I
have loaded vessels for several yearß and I
feel that I am authorized to offer an opin
ion. The Colima. was badly loaded. She
carried lumber on her deck that had no
place on the deck of a passenger steamer,
and when the roll occurred in the trough
of the sea the lumber shifted and not only
hampered the sailors, but kept the seamen
from doing their work. I think I may be
allowed to speak from experience. I have
been doing nothing else for several years
past but load and unload ships, and I state
emphatically that I believe the Colima
was top-heavy. I have seen vessels go out
of this port where the cargo was so poorly
loaded that captains insisted on returning
to the dock and having portions of the
deck load taken off. I know of one or two
cases particularly where the deck load —it
was lumber, by the way— was too heavy,
and the masters of the Bhips refused to
sail until the cargo was readjusted.
"In the case of the Colima I think she
was too heavy at the top and that the cap
tain knew it, ana when he encountered the
swell he endeavored to bring his ship
around and return to port. That was
when he was caught in the swell. Some
thing may have given away in the ma
chinery and he was helpless.
"I understand also that they had been
having trouble with one of the main
cylinders. If that is the case it would
have taken from two to three hours any
way to repair the machinery. You can
easily see what that would mean in the
case of high weather. The vessel would be
at the mercy of the winds and waves and
all that could be done would have been to
throw off as much of the cargo as possible
while trying to repair the damage and get
the vessel out of the water valley. She
Kept rolling and rolling and as she rolled
the cargo shifted and gave her a clean list
for the full benefit of the wind. If she had
not been top-heavy — any seaman will bear
me out — she would not have been in so
much danger while in the trough of the
waves. The overweight made her a prey
to the wind and swell.
"And all this talk in the dispatches
about the falling spars killing officers, sail
ors and passengers is all nonsense. It is
absolutely false in fact. The Colima car
ried no and none could have fallen
to kill or maim any one. The Sydney is
the only ship in the employ of the com
pany that carries spars. All the others are
rigged as was the Colima with booms and
derrick tackle for lifting freight from the
hold. There has been much written about
the lost ship which must be laughable to
the old-timers along the front, though the
disaster is such a heart-thrilling one.
There are no terrible storms in that part of
the coast course at this season, and even if
there was the barometer would warn any
skipper of the approach of a windstorm or
cyclone two hours beforehand.
"No, there is no other explanation, to
my mind, than that the Colimo was toD
heavy. I will not say overloaded, because
there is a wide distinction between the
two. It all comes from the indifference of
the Pacific Mail Steamship Company as to
the safety of its passengers, where there is
a consideration of extra freight at stake. I
have known some of those ships to arrive
here with the partitions of their cabins re
moved in order to make room for their
freight of coffee and other articles."
The Staterooms Often Broken to Make
Way for Freight.
"I have traveled over that route many
times," said Robert Leslie, formerly in the
employ of the company, "and at this sea
son of the year there are no storms which
would wreck or founder a steamship like
the CoJima, if she were properly loaded
and managed by skillful hands.
"I know just how indifferent the com
pany is in the matter of their passengers'
comfort, and even safety. Once, on the
return from Central America, the cabin
partitions were torn out to make way for
freight, and when the passengers objected
the captain told them it did not make any
difference which way they traveled. He
allowed them to infer that it vas all the
same company, and that the company
cared more for a few extra tons of freight
than it did for the safety or comfort of its
"I have been in that part of the Pacific
waters at all seasons of the year, and I
know whereof I speak when I say the
weather at this time is favorable. To be
sure, there are swells which any vessel is
liable to encounter, but they would not ac
count for any such disaster as that
which befell the Colima and the one hun
dred and eighty souls who went to the
bottom with her. No one can make me
believe there was not something wrong
with her loading. In other words, she was
loaded for the nearest port and carried too
much weight above the hold.
"I have heard a number of the old-time
sea captains talking the patter over and
their opinion is mine. T"e captain of the
Colima saw that he had more than he
could handle when he struck a sDell of
rough weather, and made an effort to put
about and go back to the nearest port. In
that way be got his ship in the trough of
the sea and she began to roll. The deck
load of lumber shifted and he was at the
mercy of the swell and the wind. No ef
fort was made, apparently, to pu£ off any
of the cargo, and as the vessel listed it
must have been a foregone conclusion to
seamen on board that no hope was left for
the ship."
An Engineer of the Line Throws a -Veil'
Light on the Affair.
John Ellis, a first assistant engineer on
one of the Panama steamers, said:
"It was purely and simply a case of poor
loading. The Colima was top-heavy, and
just aa like as not, when she got in her
worst fix, the strong cylinder gave way. I
am credibly informed, or was, at least, by
one of the unfortunate machinists on
board the Colima, that notwithstanding
the fact she had been recently overhauled,
the strong cylinder gave them much
trouble — that is, the receiving cylinder, so
to speak, next to the boilers. It takes the
steam direct from the boilers and trans
mits it to the smaller cylinders. Even
though it should be decided to navigate
the vessel with the smaller cylinders, it
would take two or three hours to make the
necessary change in the machinery, and
in the meantime the ship would be with
out headway. Were such a break to occur
during a gale or in a swell such as the Co
iirna is supposed to have encountered, the
ship could not be handled. She would be
at the mercy of the elements. When once
she listed with a shifting cargo nothing
could be done except to take to the boats.
1 'It seems,Jaowever, from the stories of the
survivors, as we get them over the wires,
that no effort was made to lighten the
cargo, and there again comes the proposi
tion of the deckload of lumber. What
could have been done? The lumber was
shifting and one's life apparently was in
danger from flying timbers, bundles of
lath, shingles, scantling, etc. But, to sum
up, I am satisfied the ship was not properly
His Knowledge of the Route and Weather
Is Aired.
Captain J. Murphy was of opinion that
the accident could not have been due to
unusually rough weather.
"I have made the trip often enough," he
said, "to be familiar with the weather in
those parts, and I agree with Captain
Anderson of the Progreso, who just came
over the route, that there could have been
no weather at the season of the year to
accomplish the destruction of a vessel
like the Colima without other causes com
bining with the elements to complete their
deadly work."
Another Opinion on the Top-Heavy Load
ing of the Cargo.
C. Josiyn, who has been engaged for
several years past in loading and unload
ing vessels on contract, voiced the senti
ment of Captain Murphy:
"The Colima was badly loaded; she was
deck-weighted, and in the trough of the
sea was as helpless as a row boat without
oars. Aa to the general carge, I cannot
speak authoritatively, but permit one to
remark that the time is close at hand when
passenger steamers must stop carrying
deckloads. The Colima was loaded for the
nearest port, and was top-heavy. After
pulling out, after the first port had been
made and a portion of the cargo removed
from the hold, the fact that she was top
heavy. became ; more -, apparent, and the
captain, getting timid, started back and
got across the wind in the water valley.".
Efforts Will Be Made to Recover the Bod
' ies — Eulogized at Berkeley.
BERKELEY, Cal., June : 2.— Word was
received yesterday by Dr. J. H. C. Bonte
and Professor Albin Putzker from Mrs. H.
A. Davenport of r Napa- City, who was one
of : the most intimate friends of the Whit
ing family, that a man had been sent from
Boston to Manzanillo to make a search for
the - remains of Professor Whiting and
family, who were lost in the Colima dis
As soon as word of their death had
reached the relatives of the professor in the
East they dispatched to Mrs. Davenport,
asking who could be sent on the searching
mis-ion. Arrangements were about com
pleted to send a man from Berkeley who
could speak Spanish fluently and who
knew the territory well, when the tele
gram was received yesterday stating that
a friend of the family from the East had
been sent and not to dispatch any one
from California. What route is to, be
taken by the searching party or when he
expects to arrive at the scene of the wreck
could not be learned.
A memorial service in honor of Professor
"Whiting and family was held by the mem
bers of the First Unitarian Church at
Stiles Hall this morning. The hall was
crowded with members of the faculty,
their families and other friends of the de
ceased professor.
The pastor, Rev. Dr. Payne, conducted
the services, preaching from the text,
"There shall be no sea," Rev. xxi:l. To
ward the close of his remarks he delivered
a eulogy on the lives of Professor and Mrs.
Whiting, speaking of the dignity, sim
plicity, truthfulness and mercy, as indi
cated by their habits of life. Special sing
ing was provided for the occasion.
At the conclusion of the service Pro
fessor William Carey Jones recommended,
on behalf of the congregation, that the
pastor send letters of condolence to the
relatives of the professor and his wife in
the East.
Manager Philo Hersey Makes
a Most Encouraging
Great Advantages of California In
the Matter of Storing Dried
SAN JOSE, Cal., June 2.— Manager
Philo Hersey of the County Fruit Ex
change, in speaking of the fruit crop pros
pect yesterday, said: "There is no de
mand for dried fruit at this time of year,
and the market is very flat. The quantity
of dried peaches on hand is small, and as
there is no demand for them in the East,
they will probably be placed in cold stor
age soon. The prunes on the Eastern
market are gradually being cleaned np and
placed into consumptive channels, and
possibly there will be a demand soon to
supply the immediate demands of trade.
The sales on the coast are very good, and
prices remain firm at what they have been
for the past few months. Apricots are
moving off slowly at good rates. The
amount of prunes on hand in this State is
not very large, and they will readily find a
market this fall, and there will be a slight
movement right along. There are no
further reports of prunes dropping, and
the crop will be a fair one.
"The growers of California, and espe
cially Santa Clara Valley, have an advant
age in keeping dried fruits over the sum
mer, for cold storage is not required, and
the fruit is in better condition after a sea
son in the warehouse than it is after cold
storage in the East. The cost of cold stor
age is from $5 to $10 per ion, according to
the length of time the fruit remains in
New Developments in the Rapoza- Maestos
Abduction Case.
SAN JOSE, Cal., June 2.— Frank M.
Silva. who was to have been the principal
witness for the prosecution in the recent
Rapoza-Maestos abduction case, and who
disappeared before the day set for the pre
liminary examination, has been arrested
at Fresno on a charge preferred by Mrs.
Rspoza, who claims he defrauded her out
of $36.
Mrs. Rapoza's 17-year-old daughter
Mariana became infatuated with a laborer
employed on the Maestos place, and left
her home to live with the Maestos family,
so as to be near her lover. After repeated
efforts to induce Mariana to return to her
home, Rapoza swore to a complaint charg
ing Frank Maestos with abducting his
daughter. |At the preliminary examina
tion the testimony introduced was not suf
ficient to secure a conviction and the case
was dismissed.
Silva, who was employed in the vicinity,
was relied upon as a valuable witness.
Maestos' friends charge that the money
Silva is accused of defrauding Mrs. Kapoza
out of is money that was given him in the
hope of securing damaging testimony from
him against Maestos.
Silva will be brought back and will have
to stand trial on the charge preferred by
Mrs. Rapoza.
The parties are all Portuguese and oc
cupy adjoining vegetable lands in the
vicinity of Milpitas.
To Test a Los Gatos Ordinance.
SAN JOSE, Cal., June 2.— Miss Wright,
captain of the Salvation Army corps at
Los Gatos, was arrested in that city yester
day for violating the ordinance prohibit
ing the beating of drums and blowing of
horns on the streets. The ordinance was
passed by the Board of Town Trustees
about a week ago, and Friday evening the
army paraded the streets with drums and
cymbals for the purpose of making a test
case. Miss Wright pleaded not guilty to
the charge when brought before Justice
Beggs, and her trial was set for next Sat
More Schoolroom for Santa Clara.
SAN JOSE, Cal., June 2.— The Board of
School Trustees of Santa Clara held a
special meeting last evening, the object of
which was to take some action to relieve
the crowded condition of the school. It
was decided to engage the services of an
architect to estimate the cost of adding
another story, and a report will be made
at the next regular meeting.
Campbell Wants a Sanitary District.
SAN JOSE, Cal., June 2.— A petition
was tiled by citizens of Campbell with the
Board of Supervisors yesterday asking that
a sanitary district be formed in that
vicinity. The object of forming such a
district is to prohibit saloons. The pro
posed district covers nearly ten square
For Store Than a Quarter of a Century
lie Had Preached in Vallejo.
VALLEJO, Cal., June 2.— The funeral
of Rev. N. B. Klink, one of the most widely
known Presbyterian preachers in the State,
took place from the chnrch of that de
nomination this afternoon. Rev. T. F.
Burnham officiated.
For more than a quarter of a century
Rev. Klink was pastor of the Presbyterian
Church at Vallejo, during which period
almost all the naval officers and their fam
ilies of the olden times were counted
among the worshipers.
Laying Out Camp Budd.
VALLEJO, Cal., June 2.— The work of
laying out Camp Budd at the Agricultural
Park will commence Monday morning, for
the accommodation of the soldiers to
gather here from the upper part of the
State next week. Extensive preparations
will be made to receive the visitors during
the week. The ladies of Farragut Relief
Corps No. 30 will give a grand ball under
their auspices in honor of the event and
also to replenish their relief fund.
Result of the Olympia Court-
Martial Awaited With
The Philadelphia Likely to Be Or
dered to Relieve the Baltimore
In Asiatic Waters.
VALLEJO, Cai,., June 2.— lt is not
known what effect the cruise of the Olym
pia down to Santa Cruz will have in the
matter of the court-martial of two of her
officers. The inquiry is to commence dur
ing the present week and is not likely to
be adjourned until all the facts have been
secured. Therefore the Olympia may be
without a portion of her officers and crew
during the Santa Cruz junket, they being
required as witnesses before the court-mar
tial. The possible result of the inquiry
cannot be guessed at, though friends of
the two officers are awaiting the end with
It is rumored that should the Philadel
phia come up to the navy-yard Admiral
Beardslee will hoist his flag on board the
Olympia, and after the Philadelphia has
been docked, painted and a few minor re
pairs made, it will take a number of long
time men on board and steam over to
China. "When this force is distributed
throughout the squadron it will relieve the
Baltimore as flagship, and the Baltimore
will return to one of the home stations
with the short-time men on board. The
Baltimore is in need of more or less re
The gunboat Concord, now on the
Asiatic station, will return to Mare Island
in about six months. Her new paymas
ter's clerk, Joseph J. Cunningham, who
for a number of years has been stationed
on board of the receiving-ship Independ
ence, will be married to-morrow morning
to one of Vallejo's brightest young ladies,
Miss Lizzie Watson. A reception will be
held at the residence of the bride's sister,
Mrs. Charles Grayson, in the afternoon,
and the following day they will leave on
the mail steamer for China, where Pay
Clerk Cunningham will join the Concord.
The gunboat Bennington, which left for
Honolulu on Tuesday, will not, unless
some accident occurs, return to Mare
Island for some time in the future.
Owing to the death of Secretary Gresham
social functions at the yard will cease for
ten days.
The Thetis will remain at the yard for
the next four or five months, as the
weather at this season of the year is too
disagreeable down the coast for survey
work. Quite a detachment of her crew
went up to Sacramento last week to attend
a session of the Young People's Christian
Endeavor, or, as it is known on board the
Thetis, the "Floating Society of Christian
Endeavor." There are a number of the
members on board.
He Refused to Say Anything About the
northern I'adfie.
PORTLAND, Or., June 2.— James J.
Hill, president of the Great Northern Rail
way, arrived here this evening over the
Oregon Railway and Navigation Company's
line from Spokane, accompanied by his
wife and three children and his private
secretary. Mr. Hill comes here to meet
Jacob H. Schiff, a New York banker and
stockholder in the Great Northern, who
will arrive to-morrow morning from San
Francisco. Together they will leave to
morrow night or the next morning for
Mr. Hill's western trip is taken mostly
for rest and to inspect his line. This is at
least what he says about it. In an inter
view be would say nothing further about
the Northern Pacific going into his con
trol than that it was being reorganized,
and would soon be on a sound financial
basis. With the Northern Pacific in good
shape financially he predicts a renewed
prosperity to the Northwest.
Mr. Hill denied emphatically that he had
any intention of gaining control of the
Oregon Railway and Navigation Cony
"The Oregon Railway and Navigation
Company," he said, "holds the key to the
railroad situation as far as it pertains to
Portland, and this city will be a great deal
better off as long as the road remains in
dependent of any transcontinental road."
Cricket at San Joxt.
SAN JOSE, Cal., June 2.— The cricket
game at Agricultural Park here to-day was
not finished, the visiting club being com
pelled to leave the grounds at 5:20 p. m. to
to catch a train. The Zingari Club of San
Francisco had the first inning, their total
score being 155 runs. The San Jose Club
still had four men to bat when the game
was called, their total at that time being
87. B
Whitaunday Celebrated at Petalutna.
PETALUMA, Cal., June 2.— The Portu
guese Holy Ghost Society held a Whit
sunday celebration to-day" This morning
there was mass at St. Vincent's Church.
A long procession of forty little girls in
white, carrying a corona, the emblem of
the Holy Ghost, neadel by a band of
music : marched from tfie society's hall
near town to the church. A barbecue was
held alter the religions exercises.
A Peculiar Land Deal
Becomes the Talk
of the Town.
An ex-Preacher of Oregon Se
riously Involved in the
He Claims That There Was No At
tempt Made to Deceive in the
SANTA ROSA, Cal., June 2.— The talk
of the town to-day is a sensational land
deal in which an ex-preacher figures rather
In December last the Rev. Frederick El
liott, formerly of Oregon, but whose home
is now in Oakland, traded a lot of land in
Oregon to J. H. Benson for a $10,000 tract
of land near Santa Rosa in what is known
as the Hern School District of Sonoma
County. The proper papers and transfers
were made, signed, witnessed and duly
Early in January Mr. Benson and his
family moved to Oregon to settle upon the
land in question, and he says he found
neither the land nor the climate all that
they were represented to be. The land
especially was mucn inferior to the land
given in trade and as soon as the winds,
weather and floods would permit Mr. Ben
son hurried back to old Sonoma to call off
the trade or get satisfaction in some other
He became much incensed Saturday
when he returned and found that the
meek-appearing person had in the mean
time sold the Sonoma County ranch to
Fred Prindie of Banta Rosa, who hold*
Benson has employed counsel and al
leges that the sale by Elliott to Prindle
was not bona fide and should be set aside
on the ground of collusion and fraud.
Benson bases his charges partly on the
fact that while Elliott claims to have sold
the property to Prindle some time ago the
latter has never recorded the deed of sale
and transfer, and also on the fact that the
Rev. Mr. Elliott had been selling off part
of the tract to other parties. In fact El
liott was to have arrived in Santa Rosa
Saturday last to close a third sale of part ol
the tract to another party. He failed to
arrive on time, however, and the sals was
not effected.
Meantime Benson's attorneys have
served an injunction to prevent the record
ing of any more transfers of any part ol
the land to other parties.
Mr. Elliott claims to have told Mr. Ben
son at the time the trade was made that he
had not seen the land and he proved from
certain papers, to Benson's satisfaction,
that the land must be as valuable as his
Sonoma land given in exchange.
Benson says he will make it hot for
somebody and the end is not yet.
Bicycle Against Horses at Fresno.
FRESNO, Cal., June 2.— Jack Prince,
the world's champion long distance bicy
clist, went against John Skelton and
Weazel, the horseback riders, each chang
ing each mile in a ten-mile race at the
fair grounds to-day. Prince came out
ahead by 15 yards and made the ten miles
in 29:21. A strong breeze was blowing.
Shoot at VUalia.
VISALIA, Cal., June 2.— The competi
tive shoot between teams of 20 men each
from companies C, E and P, resulted in vic
tory for Company E, Visalia. Following
is the total score: E, 768; C, 761; F, 612
(with 18 men) ; ay erage for £ team, 38.4.
Santa Cruz Rateballiata Win.
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., June 2.— The base
bail game this afternoon between the Santa
Cruz and Soquel clubs was won by the
former. Score, 10 to 9.
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