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VOLUME LXXXY-NO. 177.
THE NEW PLACERS EXCITE LOS ANGELES BIG RISH TO LOWER CALIFORNIA Men in Southern Counties Getting Ready to Cross the Border. GOLD IS VERY FINE Diggings Reported Rich, but There Are Man)' Drawbacks to Be Overcome. : Plsratrh to The CaJl. LOS ANGELES. May 25.— The excitement over the San Rogue or Cerro Pinta placer gold mines in Lower California has reach ed this' city. Many men have already left for the new Klondike and others are preparing to go. The Santa Fe Railroad Company officials say they have hundreds of inquiries from all over the country regarding the route and other facts about the country where the strike was made. SAX DIEGO, May 25.— The steamer St. Denis returned this morning from Ensenada, and the officers and passen gers bring most encouraging news con cerning: the new placer diggings, which extend along the Sierra Pintada. be ginning at which is known as Cerro Finta, or Spotted Mountain. No fresh news from the mines was received at Ensenada yesterday, but much has | been learned from men lately at Cerro Pinta and in that vicinity. Although several men of the greatest reliability have been at the placers and are now at Ensenada buying supplies and at tending to other business not one of t?ir..iTWtaß a word t.i say derogatory to the new fields. Don Ismael Sanchez. Federal Tn ppector of the Colonies, with head quarters at Ensenada, is a civil engi neer by profession and visited the plac ers before they began to attract atten tion except in a small way among the Mexicans living in the Immediate sec tion. He says the rich ground extends in a northwesterly and southeasterly direction a distance of twenty-eight miles, and that the placers have a vidth of sixteen miles. The gold is very fine. Assayers 1. this city say it is excelled by only th« placer gold that comes from Juaroi • '-.nip. about fifty miles south of thit city. All Cerro Pinta cold received her* runs over $19 to the ounce, and some runs *20. When it is known that an ounce of pure gold is worth $20 67 the extraordinary fineness of the gold from the new diggings is appreciated. The Juarez gold runs from $19 25 to $2 ' 15 an ounce. There was a scene of great excite ment when the steamer Pacheco Bailed from Ensenada late yesterday after noon. She was laden to her full ca pacity, having forty-seven passengers, about half of whom were Americans from Southern California, the remain der being Mexicans, Americans and Englishmen from Ensenada. The steamer will stop at San Quintin and arrive at Ascension Bay on Saturday morning. By the evening of that day the miners will have reached the plac ers. All went in good condition, with burros, mules, dry washers and plenty of provisions. Burros are at a premium at Ensenada, but a supply is being gathered up in the surrounding hills. They sell at from $10 to $15 gold at En eenada. The wholesale hardware and grocery houses in this city are doing a good business in selling gold pans and oth er necessaries, and one firm is having made a large number of dry washers to meet the demand. It is reported that water is $2 50 (Mexican money) a bucket or about $1 25 American money. Emiliano Ibar ra and other Mexicans are said to be devoting their attention to sinking wells and hope to obtain a good sup ply not far from the placers. Governor Martinez of La Paz and twenty-five rurales are reported to be on their way to the camp, the placers being under the jurisdiction of the Governor of the Southern District of Lower California. The power schooner Santa Barbara, which took supplies to Ascension for Emiliano Ibarra, is daily expected to return with the latest news from the diggings. The schooner Anita sails next Monday from here and several smaller vessels have been chartered by parties of two or three who will sail within a day or two. A Tribune reporter who returned to day from Ensenada on the steamer St. Denis confirms the reported large shipment of gold from the new plac ers, stating that the Governor of Low er California told him personally that the first consignment of $158,000 in bullion and dust had been sent to Guaymas to be forwarded to the Selby Smelting Works at San Francisco. The gold was taken overland to La Paz and shipped by the Martinez steamer line to Guaymas. Two schooners are fitttrg out here to leave in a day or two for San Pablo Bay. near the mines, and cannot carry the people asking passage. The large copper mines at Santa -Rosalia have almost shut down, as their force of about a thousand have stampeded. Gold from these placers has been quietly received here for a year past In considerable quan tities. ;<■ -.*. <<'■ The San Francisco Call. THE CERRO PINTO PLACERS. Map of Lower California Showing the Location of the New Dry Placer Mines and the Several Koutes Leading Thereto. MINERS ARE FEELING THE MAILED HAND Newspaper at Wardner Sup pressed for Printing So- Called Seditious Matter. I r- < - : n 1 Dispatch to The Call. WARDNER, Idaho, May 25.—To day the publication of the Mullan Mirror was stopped and its editor, W. H. Stewart, arrested on a charge of publishing seditious matter. All the saloons in Mullan, Gem and Burke have bren clossd by the military authorities. Four hundred ami Beventy-seven per mits for employment have been issued In Wardner. The Last Chance mine Btarti >1 vii with a small force this morn ing. None of the mines above Wallace have started, but many men are com ing In and they will soon start. General Men-lam left to-day for Den ver, leaving Major Smith in command of the United Stat< b forces in the Coeur d'Alenes. There are now 325 men ac cused of rioting confined in the new prison just completed here. The Coroner's investigation into the cause of the death of two men during the riot on May <i is still in session and will probably last a week longer. Three hundred witnesses have been examined and some very damaging evidence is said to have been secured against the alleged rioters. Examination of the records of the Miners' Dnicn, which were seized by the military authorities, show lists of the men who were to be run out of the country. MOSCOW. Idaho, May 25.— Governor Steunenberg was Been by a reporter on the southbound train en his way to Boise, and in answer to the charges made by the Silver Bow leaders ar.d the L<abor Assembly of Butte, Mont., to the effect that four of the Wardner miners had died since their imprison ment said that, like many other state ments made by sympathizing orders, there is no truth in it; that not a single prisoner had died and only one had been seriously ill and the physician in charge stated he was much improved, having been sick of typhoid fever. The Governor stated that startling evidence was being given before the Coroner's inquest, and when made public, as it would be. the world could then deter mine whether the condition at Wardner demanded the strung and uncompro mising course now pursued. McKinley's Contribution. WASHINGTON, May 25.— Acting Secre tary Cortelyou to-day called upon Assist ant Secretary of the Treasury Vandorlip. chairman of the Dewey home fund, and placed in his hands a check from ihe President, constituting Mr. McKinley's contribution to the fund. SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, MAY 26, 1899. CALIFORNIA BOYS MAY START HOME TO-DAY GENERAL KING AND STAFF ON FIRING LINE BEFORE PACO. MANILA, May 25.— The First California Infantry has as yet been unable to leave for home, owing to a typhoon, the violence of which smashed four cascos, which wers engaged in ioad ; ing the transport with supplies. They will sail to-morrow if the storm abates. Tho Filipino Commissioners have re turned to the insurgent headquarters to report the result of the mission to Aguinaklo. They expect to come back to Manila soon. Before leaving here Gonzaga, provi dent i-f the commission, said: "We greatly appreciate. the courtesy shown us. Wo have spent some time with your Commissioners, incidentally con sidering the American constitution. Its principles impress us profoundly. The plan of government offered for the Philippines seems, in theory, a goc-d colonial system, but why should a na tion with your constitution seek to make a colony erf a distant people who have been so long" fighting against Spain to secure the same rights your constitution gives? You fought the same battle in America when you fought against England." The Oregon volunteer troops on the THE CUBANS WILL KEEP THEIR ARMS Leaders of the Opposition Gain a Victory Over General Gomez. IT MAY LEAD TO WAR Old Liberator Thinks He Has Been Shamefully Treated by the People He Helped. Whether their purpose be only to render a rebuke to General Gomez, thereby gaining a political advantage lin the possible Cuban republic of the .future, or whether they are designedly seeking to break the Americans, the attitude of the Cuban leaders opposed to the old general in advising the soldiers to keep their arms is calculated greatly to embarrass the administration at Washington, and may lead to the gravest consequences in the future. With nar on our hands in the east, and a threat of war in the West In dies, it would really appear that the Spanish war had been fought by the United States to small profit. Special Cable to The < 'all and tho New y.irit Herald. Copyrighted, 1898, by James Gor don H'-nn'-tt. HAVANA. Cuba. May [!%.— The lisht between General Gomez and the old Cuban Assembly leaders is waging hotly, <;^n- oral Gomel'? manifesto issued to the old soldiers to-day requesting them to give up their arms and return peace ably to their homes will be met to morrow by a strong manifesto from the majority. of the Cuban, chiefs urg ing the soldiers not. to accept of r.ny of thf M.MO <*•■• ..•>■,■ rt -d f h.v tt no- '/United States, but to disband ..and - k- ■— their arms. . .-.- . . . .'■ .: '. : A meeting was held this aftprnonn at the home of General Mnyia Rodriguez north line returned to Manila to-day. Other volunteers are gradually being withdrawn, leaving three regiments of regular troops, the Third, Seventeenth ami Twenty-second Infantry, to guard the north front from Balinag to San Fernando, In the fighting at San Fernanda yes terday fifty Filipinos were killed and many were wounded. The Ameri can.-- hud two men killed and twelve wounded. General I,awton is at Malolos with practically his entire command. He is withdrawing to the railroad, as the re gion where he has been is difficult to hold during the rainy season. The roads will be impassable in a few days. As supply bases small garrisons will con trol navigation at points on the rivers Rio Grande, Bagbag and San Fer nando. General Rios, the Spanish representa tive in the Philippines, is preparing to visit Baler to negotiate for the libera tion of the Spanish garrison, which is besieged there by the Filipinos. David Brown, a Canadian, who has been imprisoned by the insurgents since his capture at Malotofl last January, has communicated with the American authorities through a Filipino friend, begging the Americans to rescue him. TRIPP CHAIRMAN OF SAMOAN COMMISSION HON. BARTLETT TRIPP. and was attended by anti-Gomez ofß oers in the Cuban army. Strong anti- American sentiments were expressed and Gomez was a "traitor to Cuba libre," and severely scored for entering into the last negotiations with Genera] Brooke without consulting the representatives of the army. His ac tions were construed by the speakers as an effort to further his own politi cal aggrandizement. Cuban soldiers are not looking for charity from the United States, they said, and General Brooke had no rtßht to ask them to give up their arms, as he might a conquered army. The Span ish -volunteers in Havana still hold their - Mam. -vs. they; assorted, and the soldiers who fought' for Independence should permitted to : retire from the field with their arms. By unanimous Continued on Second Pape. He says he is suffering from a bayonet wound. MANILA, May 26, 11:20 a. m.— A scout from the party of American troops en countered a body of insurgents at Santa Rita, and the Americans being rein forced by Rrigadier General Funston with the South Dakota Regiment, a warm tight ensued. A lieutenant and five men of the American force were wounded and ten of the insurgents were killed and sev eral captured. General Hughes, who has been ap pointed to relieve General Smith as .Governor of the Visayan district, will be succeeded as provost marshal by Brigadier General Williston, who re cently arrived here in command of the troops of the Sixth Artillery. ANTI-TRUST BILL APPROVED. The Measure Goes Into Effect in Texas Next January. AUSTIN, Tex., May 25.— Governor Say ers to-day approved the anti-trust bill. It will go into effect January 31, 1900. Many inquiries are .being received here from all parts of the country for information as to the drastic provisions of the bill. Man ufacturers of stool rails in the East have refused to accept cash orders for such material from parties engaged in railroad building in Texas on account of the fea ture of the bill which seeks to prevent them from doing business In the State. CHEYENNES TAKE THE WARPATH One Hundred Indians Out and Several Ranchmen Have Been Killed. Special Dispatch to The Call. BILLINGS, Mont., May 25.— News reached here to-day from the Tongue River Agency of the Northern Chey ennes to the effect that the trouble which nad been brewing- with that tribe for several months past had broken out and that more than 100 Cheyennes were on the warpath. Several ranchmen living in the vi cinity of the agency are said to have been killed, and the Indians are burn ing every ranch they cai- reach. -he Indian police have been strengthened at the agency and every precaution is being taken. Major Clifford is the agent in charge, and says the present outbreak is caused by fancied neglect on the part of the Government of Indian wants. The Indians say they are only half fed. They have been dissatisfied for some time and it was said have been kept on the reservation by force of arms. THE NEZ PERCES THREATEN TROUBLE LEWISTON. Ida.. May 2f>. -Although the Nez Perces Indians have not been in a state of revolt since Chief Joseph led them on the warpath in 1877, it is feared they are about to go out again. The old difficulty of the Government taking their land is tho cause. About 200 Indians about the Lapwai Agency, where the Northern Pacific Railway is building a branch line, have been in council for the last three days and the sessions have been most exciting. No white man has been permitted to visit the councils, but outside the Indians are talking in a denunciatory way of ali whites and making threats to repeat the scenes of IS7T, when seventeen whites were massacred almost on the spot where the present councils are being held. Formerly there were ten thousand square miles in the reservation of the Nez Perces. By a treaty made with several of the chiefs, the Government took away nine-tenths of this and brought on the war of 1877. Joseph and i other members of the tribe refusing to I sanction the acts of the treaty-making chiefs. Since then the Xpz Percys have been peaceable and have risen to i a high state of civilization. In 1596 j the Government threw their reserva i tion open to settlement, requiring them j to give up 542,074 acres out of a total of I 746.651, all that was allowed them be ing their allotments in severalty. They \ were paid a small price for the land ! taken. Now comes the Northern Pacific ; Railway with a desire to build a line , sixty-five miles up Lapwai Cre»k. Without securing any rights from the Indians, the company secured per i mission from the Government to build across the farms of Indian owners, tak ing such land as it wanted. On the completion of the work a commission er will be sent from Washington to us sess damages and what he assesses is j all that will be secured. The company has filed a two hundred thousand dollar bond and is going ahead, cutting down orchards and des ecrating graves, hence the wrath of the Indians. PRICE FIVE CENTS. ADMIRAL KADTZ TO BE UPHELD The Trouble at the Islands Will Be Settled in Short Order. CLAIM OF MATAAFA Not Likely That His Men Will Ever Acknowledge Malietoa as King. BY W. E. WILLIAMSON. Special Cable to The Call and the New Torlc Herald. Copyrighted. 1539, by James Gor don Bennett. APIA, Samoa. May 16, via Auckland, N. Z., May 25. The Joint Samoan Com mission arrived here on the 13th of May and organized yesterday, electing Bartlett Tripp, Ameri can Commissioner, chairman. Mataata has written to the commission asking permission for himself and three hundred unarmed supporters to occupy the eastern section of Apia, so that he may be near his counsel. He requests the withdrawal of the English and American sol diers to their ships and the dis arming of the Malietoans during the hearing before the Commis sion; The Philadelphia is prepared to depart for San Francisco. H. J. Moors, the American sup porter of Mataafa, has written to protest against the departure of Rear Admiral Kautz. He makes sensational charges of abuse of military power toward the oppo sition, wanton destruction of many boats and villages and cruelty. COMMISSION WILL SUSTAIN KAUTZ The American Admiral Has Treated the Samoans in the Proper Fashion. APIA, Samoa, May 17, via Auck land. N. Z.. May 27,.— The first sitting of the Samoan Commis sion, consisting of Bartlett Tripp, former United States Minister to Aus tria-Hungary: Baron yon Speck yon Sternberg. representing Germany, and C. H. Eltot, C. 8., of the British Em bassy at Washington, representing Great Britain, took placp on May 16. The commissioners were engaged all that morning In conferring with the Chief Justice, William L. Chambers. Nothing was disclosed regarding the deliberations, but it is reported that they will uphold the action of Admiral Kautz. the American naval com mander. Mataafa s°nt the commissioners a letter of welcome and expressed the hope that they would satisfactorily end the troubles in Samoa. It is under stood that Mataafa will obey the unanimous order of the commission, though it is doubtful whether he will order his followers to disarm unless the Malietoans are first disarmed. The Ma taafans will disperse to their homes il ordered to do so. but they will never recognize Malietoa as King and doubt less there will be further trouble in the future if the Kingship is maintained. Only one or two cases are known oi the wounding of natives by the shH) fire of the warships, and as the native? have not realized the strength of the Europeans, they may go to greater ex tremes if war arises again. The rebels remain outside the lines indicated by the Admiral and have strongly fortified a new position, whilt the loyalists are being drilled and have fortified Mulinuu. A . considerable number of loyalists have been brought by the warships from other islands Half the male adults of Samoa i! awaiting action on the part of the conu mission in order to support Malietoa. The Germans are preparing compen sation claims. It is understood on« German firm claims $60,000 and thai other German subjects claim $20,000 The British Consul, E. B. S. Maxse, in vited them to put in their claims and i' is understood that the Commission wit adjudicate them. Replying to questions submitted t< him by a correspondent of the Asso ciated Press, Mataafa said it was tht head chiefs and not himself who begai the war, adding that they did so be cause they were angered at power be ing taken from them by violence and also because they were made angtj by the Chief Justice's unjust decision Mataafa claimed he had upheld tin