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ASTORIA, Or., Dec. B.— The unexpected I
has happened. For six months the Foard
<fc Stokes Company of this city, purchasers
of the German bark Potrimpos, which
went ashore on North Beach at 7:30 o'clocK
on the morning of December 19, 1896, have \
been laying their plans and making
strenuous efforts to float tho unfortunate
vessel. Expert wreckers were engaged,
four or five pumping engines, steam
winches and other valuable machinery
i laced upon her, and, a few days ago,
Lawrence Foard of San Francisco, brothar
of the head of the firm here, arrived on
the scene and took charge of the salvage
operations. A short time ago every pre
paration was made to float the ship at the
present high tides, bat disaster unexpect
edly overtook the efforts.
A special <ii patch from the scene of the
wreck to the Astorian from Captain C. D. I
fStaart of the Fort Canby life-saving crew,
v-hicli was early on the scene, says the j
bark Potrimpos capsized on her beam !
ends at 0:45 o'clock this morning. She i
lias been afloat for the past two days.
Yesterday she moved about 250 fee t far
ther north on the beach. At about 9:30
this morning she carried away the port
chock, tearing up the bulwarks and throw- j
ing the strain well abeam of the ship. j
This prevented the men in charge from !
keeping her head to the sea. and there be
ing no ballast aboard at 9:45 she turned j
on her beam ends toward tue sea, so that
her spars struck the sand.
At the time of the accident there were
fourteen men aboard, including Mr. Foard, j
Captain Drisko and the Chinese cook. j
All reached shore by means of the shore
lines attached to the ship.
Engineer James Carroll had a narrow
escape. At the time of the accident he
returned to the cabin for his coat and got
wedged in. By breaking the cabin win
dow he managed to get out and reach
shore. _
Both life-saving crews from Fort Canby
and Long Beach arrived on the scene
shortly after the men got ashore. The
vessel lies about 250 feet from the drift
Jogs and is pretty well sanded, but Mr.
Foard still has hopes of saving her.
When the heavy surf subsides he will
make an examination, and, if she is not
too deep in the sand, will try to right and
float her. W hen the train left at 1:45
p. m. one of the sailors had succeeded in
boarding the ship.
Another account states that after the
ship floate I yesterday ail hands on board
were hard at work i reparing to haul out
to sea. This morning, just before the
accident, she suddenly swung broadside
to the sea, '.stood upright for a few min
utes, then quietly capsiz?d seaward,
throwing all hands into the heavy break
ers. As the deck remained perpendicular
they could not climb back, but grasped
planks, hatches, etc., which fell from the
ship, and all reached shore uninjured.
Had the tide been running out instead of
flooding: all bands probably would have
found a resting place at the bottom of the
The Potrimpos now lies on her side with
her keel above the sand and her masts in
a horizontal position, pointing seaward.
Sand is rapidly washing into the bold and
the engines and machinery are in danger
of being ruined. Shipping men say she
will strain badly in such a position and
break up. If this is so it will entail a loss
on Foard & Stokes of about $12,000, spent
upon her since their purchase, besides the
value of the vessel and the dollars spent
to float her by the original owners before
she was sold. The present owners bored
thirty-eight holes into her bottom and
rigged up a pumping apparatus to lorce
water through th<» holes to losen the sand
in which she was imbedded, expecting
also to turn a certain amount ot water
into her afloat as ballast. It is said that
this water ballast, not being confined in
tanks and washing about with tbe storm,
was what caused the capsizing. Others
say that too strong a strain was placed
upon the cables connected with the five
big anchors at sea by tha steam winches,
i thus causing her to topple over.
I The first new-, of the acci lent was
I -ought to the Long Beach telephone
Vation by Mrs. A. E. Stout, who lives near
the wreck. She was watching the vessel,
and. when it capsized, got on a horse and
role a number of miles to the telephone
office to notify the life-saving crews. The
Fort Canby crew went on the train, and
the Longßeach crew dragged its boat along
the sands to the scene of the accident, but
both arrived to late too be of any assist
ance. The only wonder is that when the
heavy spars fell into the water, with other
articles and machinery, some of the men
w«re not killed while struggling in the
The San Francisco Call
waves. The Chinese coot made the most
noise and cursed his fate in no uncertaiu
James Henry Martyn of San Francisco
Is Numbered Among the
OGDEN, Dec. B.— What may prove to be
a tragedy is Involved in the mysterious dis
appearance of James Henry Martyn of
San .Francisco, who was last seen at Mor
gan, on November 25. He is a religious
enthusiast, and was considered almost in
sane on tne subject during his stay of
two months in Ogden last summer.
He applied for lodgings at a house in Mor
gan on the night of November 25 and dis
appeared the next morning, leaving his
horse, saddle and baggage. He has not
been heard of since. It is thought he wan
dered into the mountains and perished.
His wife and three children live in San
Francisco. Mrs. Mar;yn is of the Salva
tion Army.
A Wisconsin Girl Drew No Color Line
in Her Search for a
BREEN, Wis.. Dec. Gertrude Prince,
the pretty 19-year-old dauguter of Mr. and
Mrs. John Prince of Hayes, Octonto
County, has eloped with William Smith,
a colored man. The couple were married
yesterday by a Justice of the Peace at
Mountain, Wis. The Prince family is
wealthy and prominent in the town of
Hayes. John Prince, the father, swears
vengeance on Smith and has disowned
and disinherited his daughter, insisting
t!*at she can never be forgiven.
Weather forecast for San Fran
cisco — Fair on Thursday; con
tinued cold weather; light north
erly winds.
Ship Potrimpos Turns Over.
Girl Glories in murder.
Trouble Brewing in China.
Annexation Losing Ground.
The Big Bicycle Race.
Damage by the Storm.
Pursued by Jim Rea.
Cubans Gain Many Victories.
Mrs. McKinley Slowly Dying.
Humiliation of Havti.
Cher's Lynchers to Be Punished
Austrian Crisis Postponed.
The Work of Congress.
Los Angeles' School Scandal.
Abductors in the Toils.
She Lectured for California.
St. Peter's Epi canal Fair.
Chinatown's King of Thieves.
Njminees for Freeholders.
Board of Education Meets.
Texan and Hawaii.
Roaring Fun.
Evils of Self-Slander.
Tweedled?eing in Fresno.
Music and Musicians.
Persona. and Queries.
Messenger-Boys on Strike.
The Marion to Stay Here.
Sergeant Wolwebber Disgraced.
A Big Patch for Sugar Beets.
A Room That Is Hoodooed.
McKenna's Original Supporters
The Commercial Men's Row.
A Fashionable Wedding.
Races at Ingleside.
Editor Older Under Fire.
Commercial News.
News From Over the Bay.
Closed Quincy-Street Dens.
Pickpocket's Bonds Raised.
Births*. Marriages, Deaths.
Durrant' < Last Hope Gone.
Tbe Storm King on the Bar.
Delilah Fales Confesses
That She Killed
John Kern.
He Had Eetrayed Her and
Then Blackened Her

Shot Him to Death While He Was
. . on His Knees Before
Special Dispatch to The Call.
AVERLY, lowa, Dec, 8. — Delilah
| Fales has confessed her share in the tragic
dea h of John Kern, the man who was
; found dead in a lonely wood on the 23i of
i last August The young woman now con
fesses that she fired the bullets that killed
She was inducted to-day. and it is said
her alleged accomplice before the fact,
William Kern, a son of the victim, will be
indicted to-morrow.
When she was a mere child of 13 years,
' she charges that the elder Kern betrayed
j her, and ever after he harassed her with
; his attentions.
More than that. She states be sought
by blackening her repu.ation to keep
others from paying court to her. Twice
she had been in a fair way to become hap
pily married, but as many times bad
John Kern, she declares, poisoned her
lovers against her.
At last, when by the same method he
sought to prevent his son marrying; her.
the pent-up hatred of years vented itself
in the commission of the crime.
"I killed him with premeditation and
deliberation," she said. "I prayed God
to give me strength to do it with all the
earnestness that I could command, as I
have ..rayed to him for forgiveness. 1
have suffered no panes of co nscience. On
tne contrary, a restful calm seemed to
come into mv li c from the moment 1
knew he was dead. I never slept so well
as I did after the night 1 fired those fatal
Miss Fales* confession starts by telling
of the love affairs of herself and young
Kern, and of the opposition of the father.
They discussed the question of putting
him out of the way, and they agreed that
that would be the best wav out of diffi
culty. One day the elder Kern suggested
to the young woman that she meet him.
She saw her opportunity that she had
been waiting for and she assented, mak
inc an appointment lor the following
morning in the wools near her home.
They met and he assisted her to alight
from her vehicle.
"He was on his knee*, before me," she
coniessed. "I saw my chance to kill him.
1 had the revolver just inside of my coat,
which was buttoned up. As he was
kneeling there, I pulled the revolver out
and shot him in the chest. He whirled
around on his knees a Utile ways, and, as
he fell forward, I shot him in the rLht
side of the back. After the first shot he
said: 'Liie,' something, I don't know
what. I could not understand. 1 don't
know whether his clothes caught tire or
not, I hurried away."
Then follows a de'ai! of the plotting of
the two to lay the crime at the door of
Jonn Lewis, a former lover of Delilah.
They even prepared a letter, purporting
to have been written by the deceased on
the day of his murder, and which was left
where it would be readily found, as it was
a few days ago. Tnis letter said that if
harm came to Kern Lewis must be held
William Kern's confession corroborates
that of Mi-- Fales in almost every detail.
The Steamer Clyde With One Hun
dred Passengers in
LONDON, Dec. -The British Consul
atAjaccto. capital if Corsica, telegraphs
that the Peninsular and Oriental Steam
Navigation Company's steamer Clyde.
Captain Gordon, has been seen drifting
off the Corsican coast. The passenger list
of tbe Clyde shows a hundred passengers,
Germany May Not Be
Given a Free
Rumors of Grave Import
Come From the Seat of
The Departure of the Squadron
Made the Occasion of a Great
LONDON, Dec B.— According
to a special dispatch from Paris
the French cruisers Jean Bart,
Isely and Alger have been or
dered to be prepared for Immedi
ate dispatch to China.
BERLIN, Dec. B.— lt is rumored to-night
that China has ceded Kiac-Chau to Ger
many. Whether the report be true or not
there is every indication in the prepara
tions for the expedition under Prince
Henry that a long stay is contemplated.
Emperor William will make the depart
ure of Prince Henry's squadron from X.el
occasion for an imposing naval display.
The Brandenburg, a first-class battle
ship of more than 10,000 tons displace
ment, and the Wartetnbur?, a second-class
battle-ship of nearly 7500 tons, while
coming from Christiana to Kiel to take
part in the display, collided. Both vessels
were injured, the Wartembnrg so badly
that it was necessary to send her to the
dry dock.
Henry of Prussia, commander of the sec
ond squadron of German warships bouno.
for Kiao-Chau Bay, visited Prince Bis
marck to-day and remained for two hours
in consultation with the great statesman.
It it understood that the far Eastern situ
ation was thoroughly discussed.
On leaving Prince Bismarck Prince
Henry said: "Let me also salute that
brow which my grandfather so often
He then kissed Bismarck on the fore
head and cheek. The aged statesman
wished him a safe voyage, good success
and a happy return. b~i.b
Dr. Schweninger, Prince Bismarck's
physician, says the Prince will soon re
cover from the effects of his recent neural
gia pains.
Prince Henry of Prussia started for Kiel
this afternoon. A number of officers,
beaded by General Count Waldersee were
at the railway platform to bid him fare
well. The Prince thanked them and bade
his adieu. He said : "I ask you to believe
that in going where the Emperor's favor
sends me, I thank him for reposing such
confidence in me. in the name of the
Emperor, in his honor and the honor of
the Fatherland, 1 will diseharg the duties
of my command. Long live the Em
The officers responded with a hearty
NEW YORK, Dec. B.— The Commercial
Cable Company sent out the following
notice to-day: "We are advised that the
Chinese authorities give notice of the
c osing of the telegraph office at Kiao-
Chou. "
Union Pacific Funds Will Not
Be Held in
Opening: the Way to a Settlement
of the Kansas Pacific
Special Dispatch to The Call.
NEW YORK, Dec. 8. — Conservative
financiers attach little or no importance
to the efforts of the London firm of ac
countants, Robinson & Leslie, who have
cabled to the Government a rtquest that
money received in payment for Union
Pac tic properties be held in trust only for
the reason tnat the organization, commit
tee paid only $9,000,000 more for the prop
erty than was originally intended, and
was to issue more bonds than were speci
fied under the trust agreement.
The opinion is general that their effoits
will be unsuccessful. It is declared that
no change in tbe agreement with the
stockholders has ever been contemplated
and that none could be made.
WASHINGTON, Dec. B.— Senator Gear
to-day introducd a bill authorizing the
Secretary of the Treasury to enter a bid
for the United States on bond-aided rail
roads and to pay off liens. The provision
is as follows:
The Secretary of the Treasury shall, under
the direction of the President, redeem or
otherwise clear up such paramount lien or
mortgage or other incumbrance by paying the
sums lawfully due in respect thereof out of
the treasury; or may bid for and purchase, in
the neme a..d for the United States, the prop
erty affected by or subject to such paramount
lien at any sale therein made under any order
of the court or any judgment or decree of fore
closure of such lien or Interest of the United
States. ; ifyyy.yf
. Tue bill Is understood to have been
framed by the Attorney-General, and ii is
intended to open the- way, to the settle
[ ment of the Kansas Pacific debt.
WASHINGTON, Pec 8 -For an
nexation, 50: against, 39: votes
necessary for ratification, 59.
A careful canvass of the Senate
on the Hawaiian annexation
treaty was made to-day, with the
following result:
For anncxa tion— Aldrich, Alli
son, Baker, Burrows, Cannon.
Carter, Chandler, Clark, Cullom
Davis, Dcboe, Elkins, Fairbanks,
Foraker. Frye, Gallingcr, Gear,
Gorman, Hale, Manna, Bans
brough. Haw Icy. Jones of Nevada,
Kyle. Lodge, Mcßridc. McMillan,
Mantle, .Mason, Morgan, Nelson,
Penrose, Perkins, Pcttus, Piatt
of Connecticut. Piatt . of New
York, Pritchard, Proctor, Quay,
Sewell. Shoup, Spooncr, Stewart,
Teller, Thurston, Turner, Warren,
Wetmore, Wilson, Wolcott. To
tal, 50.
Against — Allen, Baker, Bate,
Berry, Butler. Caffery. Chilton,
Clay, Cockrcll, Daniel, Faulkner,
Gray, Harris, Ueitfcld, Hoar, Jones
of Arkansas, Kcnncy, Lindsay,
McEnery, Mcl.aurin, Mallory,
Martin, Mills, Mitchell, Money,
Morrill, Murphy, Pasco, Petti
grew, Rawlins, Roach, Smith,
Tillman. Turlcy, Turpic. Vest,
Waltham. White. Total, 39.
The friends of the administration and
of Hawaiian annexation are seriously con
cerned as to the programme to be fol
lowed. The Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations did not touch upon the Hawaiian
question at its meeting to-day. Senator
Davis, the chairman of the committee, did
not attempt to secure an executive session
for the consideration of the treaty. The
fact is that the friends of annexation are
aware of their position and are waiting
to make a few more converts, if possible,
to their proposition. If they cannot it is
quite probable that ail attempt to secure
the ratification of the treaty will be aban
doned, and the ' Foreign Relations Com
mittee will report Senator Morgan's bill.
This simply provides that the annexation
of the islands shall be "accepted, ratified
and confirmed on the plans, terms and
conditions" of the treaty, which is a part
of the bill. This measure will have to be
WASHINGTON, Dec. B.— Two weeks ago there seemed
to be a prospect that the Hawaiian annexation treaty would
be ratified by the Senate. Indeed, the friends of annexation
regarded it as a certainty. To-day they admit that the
necessary two-thirds vote cannot be mustered. Therefore,
it appears probable that they will. abandon their efforts to
secure confirmation of the treaty and will take up the bill,
which requires only a majority of the members of both
houses for its passage.
The anti-annexationisN are encouraged to believe that
the bill can be beaten. With Speaker Reed opposed, as
well as Bailey of Texas, the leader of the minority, there
will be at least an interesting fight in the House of Repre
sentatives, while in the Senate the influence of such leaders
as Hoar and Morrill cannot be overestimated. There are
eighty-nine votes in the Senate, and it is absolutely certain
that thirty-nine of them will oppose the bill. . Five or six
others, who are now relied upon by the annexationists to
vote for it, are in doubt about their course. If forty- five
votes can be secured against it the measure will be defeated,
and the leaders of the opposition confidently believe that
this number will finally be recorded against the bill.
Speaker Reed is against annexation. He believes that the
addition of the islands to the territory of the United States
would be a source of weakness rather than of strength,
and he is not in favor of doing anything which may result
in two Senators from Hawaii, no. matter how remote that
contingency may now be. ITT"
While Reed will not go to the extent of interfering in
any degree with the free expression of opinion in the House
on this subject, if it comes before the House, his attitude of
antagonism will not be without its effect. In fact, this
declaration, which Reed has made to his clos» friends, is
but another straw which indicates the slackening of the
tide which was recently running full in the direction of
discussed in open session. Senator Mor
gan says that the treaty will not be aban
doned and that there will be no ope« ses
sions. The first skirmish of the fight will
be upon the question of secret debate.
Both against the treaty and against
the bill there will be a strong opposition
which will not hesitate to utilize every
possible method of delay available in
parliamentary tactics. It is probable that
filibustering can be conducted less suc
cessfully against the bill than against the
treaty, as the discussion of the former
would be in open session where dilatory
moves would be observable and open to
criticism. The Democrats are practically
solid against annexation, Senators Mor
gan and Gorman being the only excep
tions, while Senator Money, who had
looked with some favor upon the proposi
tion, now says that he will not break
with his party. Daniels of Virginia
will also be a strong leader against
annexation. The Democrats in tho
House have laid plans for a caucus at
which among other things the Hawaiian

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