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VOLUME LXXXIII.-XO. 22.
DOOM OF CHINA WRITTEN BY THE JEALOUS POWERS Map Illustrating tr;e Naval Movements of tr;e Several Great Powers, Wtycb Portend a Division of the Mongol Empire. BERLIN, Deo 21.— The Cologne Ga zette embarra: "I the government to day by declari: '.hat the other powers would soon folio the example of Ger many and Russia, now that the parti tion of China had actually commenced. Other papers expressed the opinion in a similar vein. It has been hinted that Prince Henry's destination is another point than Kiao Chau, and that he will .^receive the supreme command in the ■ hina seas. ft The Nord Deutsche Allgemeine Zei ling hastened to issue a denial of these assumptions, declaring that they were not warranted by the facts. The Cologne Gazette maintains the accuracy of the statement that the Russian occupation of Port Arthur was connected with the visit there of the British warship Daphne about a week ago. As a proof of it, it points out that there was neither a Russian ship nor a Russian consul at Port Arthur at the time the Daphne visited the harbor, ajid it argues that Russia could only I THE COOST OF CHINA. | have learned of the visit through China's complaint. The Paris correspondent of the Co : logne Gazette telegraphed his paper ' yesterday that a week ago, in spite of j j the protests of the Chinese, the British j ; warship Daphne entered the inner har- i bor at Port Arthur, allegedly to ascer- I tain whether there were Russian Bhips there, and that the Russian occupation of the port was connected with the visit. SHANGHAI, Dec. 21.— The German admiral commanding at Kiao Chau Bay refuses to admit newspaper men within the German lines. There have bf>en no further developments at Kiao Chau. GREAT BRITAIN WILL DEMAND HER SHARE OF CHINESE SPOILS Naval Demonstration at Chee Foo as a Warning That She Must Be Con sulted by the Powers. LONDON, Dec 2L— According to a The San Francisco Call special dispatch from Shanghai, the British squadron will made a demon stration at <'hfe Foo, on the north coast of the Shan Tung promontory, as a warning, it is supposed, that Great Britain intends to oppose the division of China without consulting her. It is reported here that Russia has offered China a loan to pay off the indemnity of the war with Japan, and it is believed, says the dispatch, that Japan and England are acting in con cert to preserve China from disinte gration, favoring the idea of a protec torate over Central China, with a capital at Nanking. A German-Chinese commission has been arranged, according to a dis patch from Shanghai to the Daily Mail, to settle the boundaries of the occupied district at Kiao Chau, and it is evident, therefore, that the occupa tion will be permanent. The same dis patch says it is rumored in Shanghai that the British intend to occupy Talien-Wan, south of Port Arthur, in order to guard the gulf of Pechlli. The Daily Mail's correspondent at Conttnu»3 on Second Pa««. SAX FKANCTSCO, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1897. DEALS DEATH TO A MASKED MARAUDER iKeswiek Depot Agent Resists a Pair of Outlaws. Fires Upon Them When Commanded to Hold Up His Hands. One of the Raiders Receives a Mortal Wound at the First Discharge. BOTH TAKE TO FLIGHT. The Stricken Man Runs but a Few Steps and Then Falls Dead Upon the Railway. Special Dispatch to The Call. KESWICK, Dec. 21.— The body of C. Herrix, a woodchopper who turned bandit for a time and sought to rob the Keswiek depot, lies beside the railroad track near the building he had entered with a mask upon his face. Herrix was shot this morning by Station Agent Louis Schuckman, who valiantly de fended the funds in his charge from a raid by the woodchopper and his com panion. The office crew of three men were at their desks at work at 7 o'clock this evening. Louis Schuckman. the agent, was in a side room connecting with the main office, where were Assistants Charles W. Coggrlns and J. M. Botts. Only two men were In the waiting room waiting for the train. Two men wearing masks and carrying revolvers came in from the outside and ordered "All hands up." Herrix, apparently the leader, covered Cogginß and Botts, speaking coolly and quietly. He had to repeat the order two or three times before he could impress upon Cogglns that he really meant business. The second robber, whose name cannot be learned, turned his attention to the waiting passengers, who were not as obliging and as prompt as had been expected. Herrix, with a revolver al most touching Cogglns 1 face, ordered Coggins to call Schuckman from the side office. "Come out here. Rchuokman, and hold up your hands." cried Coggins three times before Schuckman re sponded. Now Schuckman keeps a Wells- Fargo revolver close to his elbow on his office desk. He came out to meet the robbers, not holding up his hands, but with his weapon ready to shoot. He fired at Herrix as the latter stood talking to Coggins. The ball struck the robber in the breast. Herrix cried: "Oh. my God: I am shot," and dashed from the room. The second robber now turned his attention to Schuckman, who stood In full glare of the lights in the doorway leading from the side office. He fired at Schuckman. who was not fifteen feet distant, but his aim was too high, the bullet burying itself In the door casing Just above Schuckman's head. The robber then ran out through the front door, following Herrix. Herrix ran only to the end of the platform, where he dropped dead, his body lying across the main track, whore it was discovered a half-hour later by Track "Walker Henry Foss. Prhuckman and his assistants, al though still In possession of the field, were afraid to go Into the darkness outside to see whether they had killed the man, for they did not know but they might get a warm reception from confederates outside. They pulled down the blinds, lay on their arms and awaited developments. At Keswick, a mile distant from the station, a man having business at the telephone accidentally heard over the wire the proceedings at the depot and readily understood that a hold-up was being attempted. He sounded an alarm and within thirty minutes a crowd of men from the town was at the depot, congratulating Schuckman upon his coolness and excellent marksmanship and doing what they could to get trace of the second robber. The dead man was identified by J. McMeekin as C. Herrix. He had been working in the woods for McMeekin f .r the past three weeks and had just boon paid off. Herrix was a man of about 30 years of age. of medium height, light build, sandy whiskers and pinched countenance. Nothing is known of his previous history. His body lies by the railroad track and will remain there all night, until the Coro ner arrives in the morning. The second robber was not Identified, although he is probably the man who has been chumming with Herrix. Louis Schuckman, the agent, is the hero of the hour. He is of quiet dispo sition and strictly attentive to busi neps. He has never had any experience similar to that of to-night before, and has never talked about what he would do. Only two weeks ago Keswick was the scene of another robbery, when the McCormick-Saeltzer store on Main street was entered at 9 o'clock In the evening and the safe relieved of $2400 in gold. The timekeeper of the smelter here, B. J. Baker, says that he is positive that the dead robber had worked at the smelter last spring, giving his name as J. C. Sharp. SUCCEEDED IN PUTTING AN END TO HER OWN LIFE MISS LEILA HERBERT. ENGINE AND CARS LEAVE THE TRACK Southern Pacific Passenger Train Wrecked by the Breaking of a I^ail at a Switch Near Madera. FRESNO. Dec. 21.— Train No. Cl 4, the Southern Pacific flier, which runs be tween this city and Oakland, was de railed this morning at 6:30 o'clock near the Irrigopa switch, about eight miles this side of Madera, and it was a mir acle that the accident was not accom panied by great loss of life. As it was not a person was hurt, although the wreck was one of the most serious that has ever occurred in the San Joaquin valley. The train left Fresno this morning |at 5:?0 o'clock, on schedule time. It i consisted of the engine, baggage car, smoker and coach, and was in charge of Conductor Collins and Engineer Gray. Th^re were about fifteen pas j sengers aboard, all from this city Owing to a lpp.ky pngine on the Sunset Limited, which came through at 4 o'clock, the regular locomotive for the local had been transferred to that train and No. 614 was sent out with a heavy freight engine. No. 1719, In its place. The train was going at the rate of about thirty-five miles an hour when the accident occurred, about 300 yards north of the switch at Irrigosa. A rail gave way under the drive wheels of the heavy locomotive, causing them to leave the track. As soon as the news of the wreck reached Fresno, The Call correspondent ! proceeded to the scene on a special en gine sent out by the Southern Pacific Company. A close investigation show ed that the rail which was broken had i been poorly supported at the end by two rotten ties. The break occurred about four feet from the end of the rail. The metal of the lower part of the i fracture was clear and bright, but the upper portion of the rail was coated with rust, showing that it had been previously cracked. As soon as he felt that the drive wheels were off the track the engineer applied the air brakes, but they i plowed into the ties for the distance of about 200 yards before he could bring the train to a stop. The wheels of the cars left the rails and ran on the ties, cutting deep furrows in them. By the time the train came to a standstill the tender was capsized and dragging on its side. It was badly demolished. The engine remained upright, slanted across the grade, on the point of overturning. The baggage car was nearly upon its side, and the smoker was tilted at an angle of about 45 degrees. The last coach remained upright with the front trucks on the ties but the rear wheels still on the rails. What prevented an awful disaster, In which the cars would have piled upon one another with terrible loss of life and limb, was the fact that the forward trucks of the locomotive remained upon the track. Had these left the rails the engine would have torn its way down the embankment, carrying with it its load of human freight to almost certain death. But by holding to the track the front trucks kept the engine up right and maintained Its course along the top of the embankment. As it was, the passengers escaped with only a severe shaking up. NEWS OF THE DAY Weather fore<?ast for San Fran cisco: Fair on Wednesday: con tinued cold weather; light north westerly winds; probably heavy frost In the morning- Temperature for the past twenty four hours: San Francisco 62 deg. Portland ..: 38 deg. Los Angeles 58 deg. San Diego . 54 deg. FIRST PAGE. Partition of China Begun. Masked Robber Shot. Fresno Local Ditched. Miss Herbert's Suicide. SECOND PAGE. Th« Loot of San' Jose. Qninoy Wins in Boston. Walcott-Tracer Fight Stopped. THIRD PAGE. Farmers Oppose Annexation. Insurgents Win a Battl*. Th« Big Wheat Deal. FOURTH PAGE. Los Angeles School Scandal. Need for Better Vessels. X-Rays Save a Life. Urge Work on Waterways. FIFTH PAGE. Tragedy of the Sea. - Fillmore's Tardy Trains. A Sea Captain's Blunder. SIXTH PAGE. Editorial. Financial Legislation Prospects. A Trundle-Bed Campaign. The Christmas War-Scare. " The Weather Bureau. Service. The Mining Exposition. Sound-Writing in 20th Century. Personals and Queries. SEVENTH PAGE. Charged With Stealing Wheel*. Miss Zwald's Dual Life. Sad Plight of a Child. Real Estate Market Review. EIGHTH PAGE. Dupont Street Bonds. Escape of a Burglar. To Welcome Booth-Tucker. NINTH PAGE. Nearlr.g the Golden Jubilee. Racing at Oakland Track. TENTH PAGE. Commercial Intelligence. ELEVENTH PAGE. News From Over the Bay. TWELFTH PAGE. Diplomas In the University. THIRTEENTH PAGE. Births. Marriages and Deaths. FOURTEENTH PAGE. Rebel George Again in Prison. Ghosts In a Livermore Manse. Lees and Judge Levy Clash. PRICE FIVE CENTS. snciDE of MISS LEILA HERBERT Made Death Certain by Two Desperate Attempts. Severed an Artery and Leaped From aThird- Story Window. An Injury That Led Up to Sick ness, Despondency and Self-Destruction. TEMPORARILY DEMENTED. Washington Society Circles Shocked by the Tragic Fate of the Ex- Secretary's Daughter. Special Dispatch to The Call. Call Office. Riggs House, Washington, Dec. 21. Miss Leila Herbert, daughter of ex- Secretary of the Navy Herbert, died at her home in this city this morning as the result of a fall from the third story of her home on New Hampshire ave nue, in the most fashionable part of the city, just off Dupont circle. The sudden death and tragic fea tures surrounding it were a great shock to the circle of friends she had made in the course of her life in Wash ington as the daughter of a popular Representative in Congress from the South, and later as one of the Cabinet circle of ladies, when she presided over her father's household during the four years he was Secretary of the Navy under the last Cleveland administra tion. This morning she was unusually bright and cheerful and chatted ani matedly with her married sister. Mrs. Xicou, who made her home with the ex-Secretary and his daughter. It has been Miss Herbert's custom for several years to take her breakfast in her room and later to prepare for the so cial obligations of the day. Shortly be fore 10 o'clock she dressed to go down stairs, but instead of descending went to the rear room of the third story, from which she fell, sustaining Injuries which caused her death before Dr. Johnson could arrive. Her father was not at home, being on his way hither from Alabama. The death was reported to the polic* headquarters as a case of suicide, due to melancholia and temporary aberra tion of the mind as the result of long illness. This afternoon the following author ized statement was made by a gentle man familiar with all the facts: "Miss Herbert at the time of the oc currence was suffering from acute melancholia. It developed Beveral weeks ago as the final result of in juries received by being thrown from her horse last spring. The melan cholia was not insanity in the sense of being accompanied by delusions. At the time there was profound depres sion. As is always the case in this type of disease, there was danger that suicidal tendencies would develop. For this reason nurses were provided t» maintain the closest watchfulness. No suicidal tendency developed, however, until yesterday, when for the first time Miss Herbert made an attempt to get out of the window, but was re strained by the nurse. "This led to additional caution, and two nurses alternated in constant watchfulness. She was at all times ra tional, quiet and gentle, and it was supposed the disease would yield to treatment. Early this morning the nurse on duty noticed a small spot of blood on the bed coverings. She in quired what it meant, but the invalid endeavored to pass it by lightly. On making an investigation, however, the nurse found that the under bed clothes were saturated with blood, and that Miss Herbert had severed the artery of her wrist with a pair of scissors. Feeling that the emergency was great, the nurse hastened to the door and gave an alarm. "In this momentary withdrawal from the bedside. Miss Herbert, leaped out and sprang from the window. The plunge was made head foremost, so that she lighted on the top of her head on the pavement. This alone was suf ficient to have caused her death from concussion of the brain, and it was doubtless the immediate cause. A cur sory examination indicated that the skull was fractured. The severing of the artery would also have resulted fa tally. When the physician reached her Miss Herbert was still breathing, but died about an hour after the leap." The Coroner returned a verdict of suicide during temporary insanity. As the facts in the case were clear he decided that an inquest was unneces sary. Ex-Secretary Herbert reached Wash ington at 10 o'clock to-night, having been on his way from Alabama to spend the Christmas with his family when the news of his daughter's death met him on the train. The funeral will be held to-morrow and the remains will be taken to Montgomery, Ala., for burial beside Miss Herbert's mother.