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-..■■VOLUME LXXXII.-NO. 162.
"THE CALL'S" APPEAL IS ANSWERED GOVERNMENT TO SEND THE CUTTER BEAR TO SAVE THE WHALERS President McKinley and His Advisers Act Promptly on the Appeal of "The i Call" to the Heart of the Nation. The urgent appeal of THE CALL for the relief of the 403 American whalers at this moment imprisoned and facing possible starvation in the icepack near Point Barrow has found immediate and noble response from the Central Government at Washington. Thanks to the timely and thus far successful efforts of THE CALL in their behalf the brave men in the ice-locked ships in the polar waste will not, if human aid can now avail, be left to glutthe gorge of the beast of death that prosvls by the glacial sea. THE Call offered to furnish all the provisions if the Government would dispatch a ship to the aid of our fellow-countrymen in the white desert of the Arctic. Within twenty-four hours the answer fhshed across the continent and the people of the republic will applaud the promptness and the humane spirit that characterize the action of the administration in ordering the revenue cutter Bear to be prepared with haste for an expedition to the coast of Northern Alaska. The whole American nation is deeply concerned in the race of the lifeship, and the universal prayer will be that the Bear will reach the 400 whalers bafore cold and famine have reduced their ranks. The thousands in their comfortable homes in this mild clime will pray "God speed the Bear!" TO SAIL IN TWO WEEKS. SEATTLE, Nov. S. — Captain Tuttle, commander of the revenue cutter Bear, stated to THE Call correspondent to-night that he had not as yet received orders to go north. A telegram of inquiry was received by him to-day from Washington inquir lg when the Bear could be made ready for service to go to the . lief of the whalers imprisoned in the Arctic Ocean. The cap tain replied that he would have his cutter ready in two weeks. Call Office, Riggp HorsE, ) Washington*, D. C, Nov. 8. j True to tne prura.se made to the repre sentative of The Call last night Secre tary of the Navy Lone had a talk with the President early this morning concerning the whalers imprisoned in the Arctic ice. A council of Secretaries Gage, Long and Alger and Chief Shoemaker of the reve nue marine, Commodore Melville, chief of engineers of the Navy Department, and Commander Dickinson of the navy was held immediately. The Secretary of the Navy considered the situation urgent, and concluded not to await the report of ide commandant of the Maro Island yard, wtiich he telegraphed for last nieht, nor the reguiar meeting of the Cabinet on Tuesday. The result of the conference of the President with his Cabinet to-day is that the revenue cutter Bear has been ordered to prepare at once foi a trip to Bering Sea to relieve the unfortunate whalers. Shortly after noon to-day The Call correspondent received a messige asking him to call at the Nsvy Department. Secretary Long said: "The President has just had a conference with the S»cretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of War and myself to consider the proposition of V-lief urged by The Call, and Uas ordered • Bear to make ready at once, but the i '?ident is desirous of receiving any additional information that he can, for he is greatly inte r^ste'l in tne matter. The telegraphic dispatches have be»n brief, and I request that you wire to Sin Fran cisco and ascertain the following facts: "First — The President would like to know as accurately as may be just where the whales are at this time. Ts.is infor mation may be given approximately, but of course we would like to have specific in* formation if possible. "Second — How did the news of iheir predicament reach San Francisco? "Third — How many vessels are caught in the ice? WHERE THE IMPRISONED WHALERS LIE. The San Francisco Call "Fourth — What evidence have you that j they have not provisions enough to last | them? "Fifth— Ask your friends to send to you in detail the information they have and then transmit it to the department." 'Have you received the report from the commandant of Mare Island Navy-yard?" ttie Secretary was asked. "No; it has not arrived yet, though I expect to have it early to-morrow. The expedition has been ordered already and will be under the supervision of the Treas ury Department, although, of cours», we expect that the report we are to receive from the commandant, may give us some additional information. But we are con vinced that something should bt done at once, and the Bear was deemed tbe most suitable vessel in the service of the Gov ernment for the purpose. "If you will call on Mr. Shoemaker, Chief of the Revenue Marine, he will be able doubtless to give you some of the de tails of the proposed expedition." I then saw Ccief Shoemaker at the Treasury Department. He said he had been called over to the White House by telephone raiher unexp"Cted!y ani joined the President and his advisers. He found the President and Secretaries Gage, Long and Alger, Commodore Meiville and Commander Dickinson. "I supposed," said Chief Shoemaker, •'that the Pr-sident wanted me to furnish advice as to the feasibility of such an ex pedition, and I gave my opinion very Dlainly. I told him there was n] doubt that these whalers were in a predicament and might be in grave danger, but that owing to lack of specific information I could not say how jfrave or how immi nent the danger was. " 'Do yon think that if human lives are in peril the revenue marine can do any thing for their relief under the circum stance??' a-ked the President " 'We have done it before and we can do it again,' I replied. SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 9, 1897. ''Yes,' said ihe Pesident, 'we can do it if we make up our minds that it can be done.' "The President then inquired of Secre tary Long whether tnere was any vessel In the navy that was available for sucn <ervice. Secretary Long replied that the Tuetis was the only one; that before she could undertake sncii a j >urney repairs \o the amount ol aboui $47,000 would have to be done on her and that this jwould take considerable time. The Bear was then suggested acd Sec retary Gage and Chief Shoemaker said that of all vessels that was the one for the trip. After further consideration it was decided to act and to act promptly, and Secretary Gage, through Chief Shoe maker, accordingly wired instructions to Captain Tuttle, commander of tbe Bear, now at Seattle, to prepare the veb^el for the voyage. Chief Shoemaker wired to Captain Tnttle to ascertain how long it would take to get her ready, and late to night had received no definite informa- I tion. But he had a talk with Captain Hooper after he Cabinet meeting this afternoon and afterward Chief Shoemaker said that she could be ready in twenty days or perhaps less. "Instructions hive been wired to begin work at once, " said he. "She is a com modious vessel and w ll be üble to carry enough supplies to maintain not only her own crew comfortably, but to give to the whalers plenty. We will load her with 100 barrels of beef, pork and tack and all I sucti substantial. " "Who will have command of the exDe "Ttie commander of the Bear, Captain Tuttle," said he, "and no better man could be selected. He has alroady made two trips up there; and Captain Hooper, who has been up twelve times, agrees with SOME OF THE MEN IN THE ICE. me that Captain Tuttle is the man for the expedition." "Do you think that the Bear can reach Norton Sound in time?" "1 do not think anything about it," re plied the bluff old captain. "I only know that men are in peril; that we have bean ordered to perform onr duty; thai we nave accomplished such things before; that the Bear is a stanch and valiant craft, ana what has been done can be done apain. If any vessel can do it the Bear can. She will try her best to pass Bering Straits, but if she cannot do it Si. Michaei will be the base of operations." THE REVENUE CUTTER BEAR. •'Will the plan of Lieutenant Btoney bo carried out?' inquired the correspondent. "The expedition will be under the su pervision of the revenuo marine and will be carried out by Captain Tuttle. The plan of relief cannot be determined in the absence of more specific information. The matter should be left largely to the discretion of the Bear's commanding offi cer, as emergences may arise|that we can not foreshadow, but in general the plan will be as follows: If the Bear can get through Bering Straits ol course «he will do do; but if not St. Michael will be the base of all operations." "Will the reindeer at Port Clarence be utilized ?" "Perhaps so. Indeed, I think it very likely. I think that a large herd of them will be driven from either Port Clarence or Port Prince of Wales to Point Barrow to furnish meat for ttie whalers." "Where will the Bear take on provis ions?'' "At Seattle," said the chief. "Instruc tioDß to that effect hare already been sent. Our plan now is to send another vessel as soon as possible after the Bear. This is our custom, so that they may offer protection, one for the other. The proba bilities are the Corwin will be selected, though this is not definitely settled. Bhe js now at San Diego." "Will they rendezvous at any certain pi a cu?" "No rendezvous is necessary up therein the ice." said the chief with a smile. "They will have no trouble about meet ing. The Bear will be instructed to bring the whalers back in case their ships are too badly damaged to navigate when the ice breaks up next June or July. We do not think the Bear can set back to San Francisco until next fall." I next saw Captain Hooper at the Shore ham. He had already* had a talk with Captain Shoemaker concerning the expe dition. The Treasury Department places great reliance on his ju lament, in all mat ters and things concerning Alaska and the Bering Sea. Captain Hooper said: "Yes. I will un doubtedly superintend the work of getting the vessel under way, for I am in charge of the work of construction and equip ment in the revenue marine service. But Captain Tuttle will have charge of the expedition as captain of the Bear, and no better man could be selected. I had a talk with Hon. John W. Foster about the >eal conf rence, auJ he told me it would be concluded betore next Saturday. I therefore expect to start for the coast on Saturday, and probably shall go direct to Seattle. We have talked the matter over and agreed that some vessel should follow' the Bear as soon as possible. As Chief Shoemaker says. (he Corwin is rather too small to hold a stock of provisions, bat on the other hand, because of Her fizi?, she may be the besi vessel for that purpo?e. Being small, she could probably round the point and reach Poiat Barrow sooner than the Bear, although she would start several weeks later. This matter will be decided definitely before I leave Washing ton. An alternative proposition is to have the Thetis follow the Bear. The Secretary of the Navy said to-day *he needed re pairs in the sum of some $40,000, but Chief Shoemaker told the President at the con ference to-day that with the expenditure of about $2000 the Thelis could be made ready for the trip. The Thetis might be better than trie Corwin, for she is a pood deal larger." '•How many reindeer will be driven from Port Clarence to Port Barrow?" "That is a matter for Captain Tuttle to decide after he gets there." "Has the Secretary of Interior given his consent for this usa of the reindeer?" "Oli, there will be no trouble about that," said the captain, "for Secretary Bliss will agree with the President and hi? associates and with Captain Shoemaker and myself that when human lives are in danger, mere -entiment mu^t not be taken into consideration." "Will the deer be already trained for hauling or packing provision??" "I doubt it," said Captain Hooper; "not many of them are trained for that I think Captain Tattle will nave to take some dog 9 and sleds along for hauling provisions as well as food for the deer, for there may be very little deer moss along that route for them to pick." "Is there a plainly marked trail from Port Clarence or from Cape Prince of Wales to Point Barrow?" "No, but there is no danger of the party losing its way, if they take a few natives along with them. 1 ' "Do you think the trip can be made from Port Clarence or Cape Prince of Wales to Point Barrow in from thirty to tifiy days?" "Yes," said he, "it can be done in thirty days, I think." "From reports before you do you think the whalers will be able to subsist until this relief arrives?" "Yes. I think they will be able to main tain themselves on bear and smaller game, with such seals as may poke their he ds out of the ice boles. Besides there are likely to be some Indian villagers not far away and the Indians may be able to furnish some food, although 300 is a good number to feed." In conclusion the captain paid a high tribute to the Bear. "She has made such trips before this," said he. "She rescued the whaler Narvich on her lust trip, in 1880 re-cued the Jeanette and two whalers and in 1886 the whaler Amethyst." "Can the Bear be ready in twenty days?" "Yes, in less time if necessary." C. C. Carlton. STONEY VOLUNTEERS TO LEAD RESCUERS. VALLEJO, Nov. B.— Lieutenant George M. fckoney 's plan to rescue the 300 seamen oo the whalers that are frozen in off Point PRICE FIVE CENTS. Barrow has been indorsed by Rear-Ad miral Kirkland, commandant of Mare Island Navy-yard, and a board of officers consisting of Captain Henry Glass, Cap tain Whiting, Capt. Clark, Captain Kempff and Lieutenant-Commander Per kins. After listening to Mr. Stoney's re port the admiral wired to Secretary Lonjj that the plan of rescue was entirely feasi ble and recommended that Lieutenant Stoney be placed in command of the ex pedition, that officer having formally volunteered for the service during the day. Lieutenant Stoney arrived at the navy yard lrora San Francisco at 6 o'clock and went at once to Rear- Admiral Kirkland'a e3idenco and reported that he had carried out the commandant's orders to investi gate the feasibility of sending a relief ex pediiion to the Arctic and was ready to report. Immediately after dinner A>imi ral Kirkland, Lieutenant Sioney and Cap tain of the Yard Glass retired to the Ad miral's office and, with a huge chart of Alaska spread before them, Lieutenant Stoney was asked to explain in detail his plan for the rescue ot the unfor.unate whalemen. "My idea," said the Lieutenant, "is to properly provision a ship and proceed as far north along the Alaskan ccast as possible. lam satisfied that the ship can reach the north shore of Norton sound, and probably Port Channel. That would be the objective point, lor there the hrst herd of reindeer is stationed. There are several hundred head in this herd, and I would take them all and drive them north along the coast, accompanied by three or four good dog teams. 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