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More Stories of the Richness
of the Baja California
A Man Who Has Been There Says
That It Is a Poor Man's
■he Call.
"There is no question of the
wealth of the new district
have seen the gold. It is coming
out of the country in a steady
stream, and there is plenty yet to
come." — Extract from an inter
view with a recent arrival from the
new placers in Lower California.
<»S ANGELES, May 27.— C. C.
LPursley, a mining man. has ar
rived here after a stay of eight
een months in Lower Califor-
nia and gives glowing accounts
of the wealth of the new placer dig
i in the San Rogue district, 300
miles south of Knsenada.
"1 have been prospecting in the coun
try for a ]'>nX time," he said this morn
ing, "but have only lately paid atten
tion to anything but quartz. I have
ral claims in th>- new diggings and
■will return to-morrow to look after
them; they are worth lev. iking after,
he gold is there. Some of the dirt,
good deal of it, runs $20 to the
yard, and the who]-, district is wonder
fully rich. The gold is coarse and the
gravel contains a world of nuggets,
than I ever saw in any other
:■ diggings. In fact, many of them
are as large as marbles. The diggings
are really not new, having been worked
in a haphazard manner by the Indians
for nearly 200 years. The secret of the i
rich diggings was known to few if any
le of the Mexicans and Indians on
the spot, and they say little or nothing.
"There is no question of the weaJth of
the new district. I have seen the gold.
It is coming out of the country in a
ty stream, and there is plenty yet
Speaking of the lack of -water. Mr.
Pursley said that it could be found
nearly anywhere in the district a few j
feel below the surface, and added, what
will be of interest to the man with
little money, that the country was one
of the cheapest in the world in which
to live. He is enthusiastic over the new
field and says it is a "first-class all
round proposition."
J. It. Southworld, who has just re
turned from Knsenada, says that ho
was informed by Don Ismael Sanchez.
ral [nspector of Colonies, that the
Sierra Pintada placers were twenty
eight miles in length and sixteen miles
wide. They run in a northwesterly and
southeasterly direction. On the east
ern side of the range, according to the
inspector, new placers have been found
that have not yet been prospected be
yond a mere scratching.
Dr. Friz- 1!. representing Charles Fair
of San Francisco, is going down on a
chartered Bchooner.
Gold Seekers Eager to Engage Pas
sage From San Diego.
SAX DIEGO. May 27.— There will be
a rush to the big placers of the Sierra
Pintada Range in spite of everything.
More attention was paid to the mines
to-day in this city than yesterday, and
yesterday witnessed more excitement
than on the day previous. Interest in
the diggings continues to increase. T'n
lesa something unexpected happens
Monday will witness even greater ex
cltement and more names enrolled on
the lists <>f schooners and steamers
f-'">n to sail for Ascension Ray. Late
this evening Manager Packard of the
Lower *'a!ifornia Development Com
pany telegraphed to Agent Louis Men
> delson in this city that the steamer St.
Denis would sail from San Diego for
Ascension on June 1 and that berths up
tn the full limit of the steamer could
bf> .s< i]d. The St. Denis has accommoda
tions for thirty-five first-class passen
gers and Agent Mendelson says sev
eral hundred tickets, for Ascension
could be sold if there were adequate
transportation facilities. He is receiving
telegraphic and telephone inquiries
from all over the southern part of the
State from men who desire passage to
The fact that Manager Packard has
ordered the St. Denis to sail from here
for Ascension on June 1 is taken to in
<li< -: 1 1 * - that favorable news has been
Ived .it Bnsenada from the mines,
though hi- s;tid nothing about it in his
telegram to Agent Mendelson.
The schooner Santa Barbara, which
is expected to bring definite and full
Information concerning the placers, is
.-ilxiut due at Ensenada, but up to 5:20
O'clock this evening, when the tele
grapfa office at Ensenada closed, she had
nol put in an appearance. It is not im
probable, however, that the Santa Bar
bara put in at San Quintin this even
ing, and that news of her was received
at ESnsenada by telephone from San
Quintin. The telegraph office at En
senado is not open at night.
k It is considered as suggestive of good
news that the schedule of the St. Denis
h;is been changed so as to send her
down on the Ist instead of the 13th, as
waa intended up to to-day.
The schooner Anita has thirty-five
passengers already booked for Ascen-
The Call
The Soldiers Who Fought
for Liberty Will Keep
Their Arms.
Special Cable to The Call and the New York
Herald. Copyrighted, 1599, by James Gor
don Bennett. -- '
" " T AVANA, Cuba, May 27.— Eleven
Cuban soldiers applied for their '
Cuban soldiers applied tor their -
share of the $3,000,000 provided
JL JL by the United States at the dis
tributing station here to-day.
Seven were paid. Three were not on
the list and one was not identified.
None turned over his arms, five out of
the seven having been servants in the
army. The other two said they had
given their arms to General Gomez. :
Colonel Randall took their word for
this, asking for no receipt. Colonel
Randall seemed inclined not to attach
much importance to the disposition of
the arms, saying that if the men could
prove they had been in the army in
any capacity he would pay them.
The distribution office remained open
until 5 o'clock this afternoon. At 6
o'clock nine soldiers with rifles applied
for money and were told to come to
morrow. Colonel Cespedes says the
soldiers are not thoroughly informed as
to the time and place of distribution,
and he expects a larger number 'will
accept the money to-morrow and give
up their arms.
The society of Veterans of Independ
ence, which is anti-Gomez, claims a
great victory to-night. Its members
say that nine-tenths of the whole army
will refuse the money, and go home
with their arms. General Gomez is us
ing every effort to have the soldiers
disarm. He tells them to refuse the
money if they wish, but to return home
as peaceful citizens.
He is writing a proclamation calling
on all residents of the island, Cubans
and Spaniards, to unite and work for
Cuban independence.
Colonel Randall has 4317 names of sol
diers to receive money at this distribut
ing station. He says it is doubtful if
fifty respond. As yet the Cubans have
not turned over any arms to the Mayors
or the civil Governor of this province.
The soldiers at Guanabacoa and Ma
tanzas are making preparations to-day
sion Bay and will sail on Monday after
noon at 4 o'clock, arriving at Ascen
sion about the 6th. Provisions and min
ing Implements have been stored in her
hold to its full capacity.
The schooner Acme will sail Tuesday
with supplies and several passengers.
Henry Bamke, a Laborer, Commits
Suicide by Hanging on a Farm
Near Woodland.
WOODLAND. May 27.— Henry Ramko
committed suicide by hanging on the By
ron Jackson farm, southwest of Wood
land, between -1 and 5 o'clock this morn
ing. He used baling rope with which to
strangle himself, and the deed was con
summated in one of the big barns on the
place. He. evidently stood upon an or
dinary fruit box to throw the rope over a
beam and adjust it about his neck, as the
1 box was found just back of him and his
feet were within three, or four inches of
i the ground. When found he had evidently
I been dead about an hour and his body was
not yet cold. He was dressed in his work-
Ing clothes, and his hat was picked up
from the floor of the barn. There was no
evidence of any struggle.
In one of his pockets was found a note.
It was not addressed to any particular
person. The first sentence read. "I'm
tired of living; please don't think me
crazy." Then followed some writing
which was not intelligible. The conclud
ing sentence was as follows, "Sell my
clothes and give me a decent burial. T
Henry Ramke was a native of Denmark
and 35 years of age.- He bad lived In the
United States ever sine.' he was 15 years
of age, with the exception of a year and
a half spent in South America as a mem
ber of a "railroad surveying party. About
nine months ago he was employed by G.
H. Hecke, foreman of the Byron Jackson
farm. Mr. Hecke was so well pleased
:o return home with their arms. The
•hiefs haw them completely in control
md have turned them against Gtomes.
If They Do Not Take Money Now
They Will Be Given
NEW VnKK, May 27. A Washington
special to the Herald says: Little ron
cern is felt in administration circles at
the failure of the Cubans to appear be
fore the American authorities and re
ceive In exchange for their arms and
equipments the $75 allotted them as a
result of the conference getween Gener
als Brooke and Gomez. The equanimity
of the authorities over the matter is en
tirely due to a dispatch recently re
•i from Genera] Brooke General
Brooke stated in this message that If
the Cubans did not care to accept the
money he would send it promptly back
to the United States and that he felt
sure he could take eat" of the situation
• yen if the tnen did retain their arms.
Satisfied with Genera] Brooke's confi
dence, the authorities are not at all dis
turbed by the reports of the failure of
the <"übans to appear. The explanation
that but few of the enlisted men of the
Cuban army live in Havana is regarded
by officials as the sole reason for their
failure to put in an appearance and
collect the gratuity due them.
Another reason, perhaps, why th" au
thorities are satisfied that there will be
no trouble is the fact that this Govern
ment has an excellent force in the is
land which, even in case of refusal of
the insurants to turn in their arms,
could handle them.
Should General Brooke find it neces
sary to return the money to the Vnited
States it is expected he will take meas
ures for relieving the Cubans of their
arms and equipments and they will re
ceive nothing in return for them.
with him that he put. him in charge of
a force of men employed in the orchard.
He was a very industrious man and appa
rently conscientious in : the discharge of
his duties. He was a man of fair intel
ligence and talked rationally on all sub
jects except one. He seemed to harbor a
fear that people would believe him crazy,
lie confided in Mr. Hecke a hallucination
that the police were trying to appre
hend him on a suspicion of insanity. Mr.
Hecke's conversations with him did not
impress him with the idea that this hal
j lucination would Influence him to do any
thing desperate.
Mr. Hecke last saw Ramke alive about
8 o'clock Friday evening. He was appa
rently in his usual health and spirits.
Ramke arose from.bed about 3:30 clock
this morning. Other laborers who slept
in the same apartments inquired why he
was getting up so early. He replied that
he had three horses to care for, which
made it necessary for him to get out
early. At fifteen minutes past 5 the men
were called to breakfast. Ramke did
not put in an appearance. After waiting
a few minutes Mr. Hecke concluded to in
vestigate the cause of his absence. After
a brief search -the unfortunate man was
found hanging in the barn and dead as
above described.
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Now the Chances Are That the
Stranded Steamer Will Remain
on the Bocks.
FALMOUTH, May 27.— Another supreme
! effort to float the Paris was made this
evening-, but resulted in failure. Six tugs
were made fast to the steamer's hawsers
and anchors were put out astern, the
chains from which were attached to the
strain winchei <>n the stranded Bteamer.
: The propellers of the Paris were driven at
i full steam astern, but the efforts were un
availing. After an hour's Btrainlng, the
j main hawser broke and the task was
abandoned until to-rriorrow evening:. The
hope of floating the Paris is growing
Story of the Recall of the
Russian Minister to the
Holy See.
Informed the St. Petersburg Gov
ernment That His Position
Was Intolerable.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
| ON DON, May 27.— St.
* * Petersburg advices con
firm what is already pretty well j
understood at the Vatican — that
Tcherikof, Russian Minister to
the Holy See, will not return to
Rome, and if the Czar's present
temper continues he will not be
represented at the Vatican again.
Before leaving on a so-called six
months' leave Tcherikof had an i
audience with the Pope. For
several months previously he
vainly asked for an audience, but
no notice was taken of his re
Finally he bluntly inquired of
Cardinal Rampolla what it
meant, and the Papal Secretary
of State informed him that as the
Czar ignored the Pontiff's sover
eign rights by omitting to ask
him to send delegates to the dis
armament, conference, his Holi
ness did not feel called .upon to
receive his Majesty's representa
tive, fcherikof thereupon in-
I formed his Government that his
I position was intolerable and
: begged to be recalled. The result
was the six months' leave.
LONDON. May 27. — The holidays
have brt-ught stagnation in politics.
Most of public attention has been di
rected to The Hague Peace Conference
and the Anglo-American Commission.
The papers warmly approve of the
unison <>f tho work with the American
and British delegates at the confer
ence, and interest in it. is quickened by i
the prominence unexpectedly given to
the arbitration question, especially in
view of M. de Staal's speech revising j
the arder of the points submitted from j
that <>f the circular of the Russian j
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Count
Muravieffe, giving arbitration the first
place and making only a minor refer
'■n<-<' to disarmament, .which was at
first blazoned as the main purpose of
the conference. The Czar's scheme,
presented on Friday, is very elaborate
and detailed, while the American pro
ject is attractive by its businesslike
brevity and simplicity. The Daily News
correspondent at The Hague says it ap
pears to give a satisfactory solution
of the problom presented by the Czar,
and that Great Britain, of course, will
support the American pro-ject.
The scheme of Professor Maartens,
professor of international law at the
University of St. Petersburg and arbi
trator of the Anglo-Venezuelan Arbi
tration Commission is said to contain
the code of procedure which will be
adopted by the Venezuelan arbitration
tribunal at any rate. Three of the five
judges have decided to conduct the
trial under its rule when the tribunal
meets in Paris.
Referring to the proposal which the
American delegates are now pressing to
exempt all private property at sea from
capture, the Daily Chronicle presents
the British view in saying: "The mat
ter is grave. As many contend, Great
Britain yielded more than was wise
when she accepted even the Paris rule.
However, the House of Commons has
always declined to countenance any
idea of withdrawal, and if America will
come in and sign the declaration, which
she practically invoked in the Spanish
war, it will be a material advance in
the humanizing of war, and England
might well reaffirm the rule and abso
lutely bind herself in the future."
Alarming Discovery Made That Ships
Will Soon Be Unable to
Reach London.
Special Cable to The Call and the New York
Herald. Copyrighted, 1893, by James Gor
don Bennett.
LONDON, May 27.— Another very
alarming discovery has just been made
public. It is that the entrance to the
Thames is choking up and that all the
power of man cannot stop it. This is no
fairy tale invented by an alarmist by the
aid of juggling with figures, but is a
hard, cold fact, published In the annual
report of the admiralty hydrographers,
which says that the Duke of Edinburgh
Chancel, which is the principal passage
int/i the Thames for heavy vessels, has
Hi nee ls^L* been reduced from one and a
i half t<> half a mile. The Trinity House
authorities are very much exercised about
the matter, which it is admitted cannot
be controlled by works, and thus arises
the question, what will London do without
the Thames or the shipping that it brings?
Ta^allo Captives in Front of Their Prison in Old Manila.
Macabebes Ask for Arms
With Which to Fight
the Tagallos.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
/%/« ANILA, May 27. — Major
I T m. General Otis has issued or
ders inviting volunteers to re-enlist
for six months, according to the act
of Congress bearing on the matter.
General Mac Arthur is in favor of the
experiment of enlisting the Macabebes
against their old enemies, the Tagals.
I A delegation of the leading Macabebes
! has visited the general, and its spokes
j man read an address assuring the
; American Commissioners of the friend
ship tit" the Macabebes and of their will
ingness to transfer their allegiance
from Spain to the United States. They
complained that the Tagals murdered
them ami burned their villages, and
they asked to be protected and given
arms to protect themselves. The Maca :
! bebes have greatly assisted in posting
the Americans on the country and the
positions of the enemy. General Mac-
Arthur would arm a hundred of these
men and make them scouts, and if the
experiment proved successful he would
j enlist more.
The United States transport Morgan
City, which left San Francisco April 25,
with 600 recruits for various regiments
here on board, has arrived and will pro
ceed to Iloilo.
Major A. A. Diggles of the Thirteenth
Minnesota Regiment, who was wounded
in the head while reconnoitering on
May 8 at a point near San Miguel, and
who was brought to a hospital here, is
Colonel J. D. Miley of General Law
ton's staff has been appointed collector
of Manila.
Special Cable to The Call and the New York
Herald. Copyrighted, 18W, by James Gor
don Bennett.
MANILA, May 27. — President Lacson
and the members of the Cabinet of the
insurrectionists on the island of Negros
have signed and issued a proclamation,
fully accepting the constitution pre
pared by General Smith's commission,
acting in conjunction with themselves.
The constitution is similar to that
which had been offered to the warring
Filipinos on the island of Luzon. The
Instrument confers upon the people the
power of electing executive and judicial
officers and .members of the legislative
branches. The proclamation concludes
"We are thus governed by ourselves
under the wise guidance of the great
American Republic. To all the inhabit
ants of the Island of/ Negros is given
equality before the law."
It is believed that tlje island will set
tle down peacefully under the new
LOS ANGELES, May 27.— Details
have been received in this city of the
death of George Ryan, a boy advent
urer and soldier of fortune, who was
shot by insurgents in the Philippines
while digging up money buried near
Manila by a Chinese. The body of
Ryan was lashed to a raft hv the na
tives and was seen floating down a
river and recovered by the American
trocps. It was identified by Dr. Samuel
Karr, who went to Manila from Hono
lulu on the vessel that carried Ryan.
At the time the advices received in this
city were written all that was mortal
of the young adventurer lay on a slab
in the Manila Morgue; mute evidence
of the ferocity and barbarism of the
insurgents. Both of the arms had been
cut off and the body was otherwise
Ryan was 25 years of age and a Ken
tuekian by birth. When a mere boy he
had drifted to San Francisco, where he
became a newsboy and blacked shoes
at "Champion" Lyons' stand on Market
street. As a youngster it was his boast
♦ . U. S. S. OREGON, ♦
♦ Manila, P. 1., April 25, 1899. ♦
+ Sir: I beg to thank you for the ♦
+ files of The Call which you have ♦
•f so kindly sent to the Oregon, >
♦ The papers are greatly appre- ♦
♦ ciated by the officers and men. +
♦ Very respectfully, ♦
♦ A. S. BARKER, ♦
♦ Captain, U. S. N., Commanding. ♦
■♦■ Managing Editor, San Fran- ♦
> Cisco Call. "t
--♦ ♦
♦ ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦-:-♦♦♦
that he shined the shoes of King Kala
kaua and received $5 for the job.
About thirteen years ago young Ryan
stowed himself away on an Australian |
liner and made his way to Honolulu.
He began selling papers in the Ha
waiian capital and soon became a
favorite. The revenue he derived from
a bootblack stand he set up soon yield
ed him sufficient to enable him to em
bark in more genteel pursuits.
When Queen Liliuokalani disagreed
with her Cabinet in January, 1593, and
the white residents of the islands
formed a provincial army, he was one
of the first to enlist. When the gov- j
ernment of Liliuokalani was over
thrown he obtained Kalakaua's crown
and relieved it of its numerous pre
cious stones. For this he was arrested,
tried and .sentenced to several years'
imprisonment. He served his time and
kept the hiding place of the gems se
cret. When he was released he estab
lished himself in business in Honolulu.
He had not lost prestige because of the
theft of the jewels, for, strange to say,
the swords and plate of the Hawaiian
dynasty has disappeared at the time
he took the crown.
When the Spanish-American war
broke out Ryan wished to enlist in the
American army, but could not get a
chance to come to the United States.
Then the Government commenced
sending troops to Manila and he went
in one of the first vessels as a stow
away. He went to work for a friend at I
Cavite and when the trouble with th<- ■
insurgents broke out he donned a uni
form. He took part in several engage
ments, but his passion for covertly ob
taining wealth led him beyond the
lines, whither he went with the inten
tion of obtaining treasure buried by a
Chinese who had fled into the city at
the outbreak of hostilities. Ho was sur
rounded by insurgents while digging
for the treasure and his death and the
mutilation of his body followed.
So John Morley Will Oppose the
Proposed Big Grant to Lord
NKW YORK. May 27.— A cable to the
World from Lond\>n says: As the protest
against the desecration of the Mahdi's
tomb, John Morley will oppose the grant
of $150,000 to Lord Kitchener when it is
proposed In Parliament next week. Mr.
Morley says:
"The Mabdi was an Arab who eighteen
or twenty years ago headed the rising
against the tyranny and corruption of the
Egyptian Government of those days. He
was the man who slew our General Gor
"Well now after the victory in Septem
ber last the men, acting under British
command, dug up the moldoring corpse
of this dead enemy of ours; they hacked
or tore off his head, they threw the rest
of the grewsome remains into the Nile,
and according to an artilleryman who
has told this story, they carried the bead
into a gunboat and put it into an empty
kerosene can. It remained there some
days. Then the British officers came and
said, 'I,et us see the head,' and. said the
artilleryman. 'We took a part of . his
beard, indeed I have got a bit of it my
self.' We now understand that the Mah
dl's head is buried at Wady Haifa. Ihia
is the story.
"We shall hear next week whether it is
quite true or that the head of this trophy
of our dead enemy was put into a wooden
box and sent to England and then fetched
back. I have said in the House of Com
mons that this desecration of the grave
of an enemy and this treatment of the
trophy is revolting in itself and reflects
no honor upon either the good sense or
right feelings of those who ordered it,
and it reflects disgrace upon the British
Accused of Having Sent Libelous
Matter Through the Mails.
SANTA BARBARA, May 27.— The trial
of Yda Addis Storke, charged with the
sending of libelous matter through the
mails, will begin in the Superior Court
on Monday. Because of the prominence
of the names that will be connected with
the case and the hard fight that Mrs.
Storke is preparing to make, there la
much interest In the trial. Handwriting
Expert Ames is summoned as a witness.
Mrs. Storke has gained some prominence
as a literary worker and has been on the
staff of several newspapers of Southern
But the President May Find
It Necessary to Secure
Additional Troops.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
TON, May 27.— Dispatches from
Manila stating that more troops
are needed and that the Ameri
can army is suffering embarrassment
and unnecessary losses on account of
the lack of a sufficient force to occupy
territory from which the insurgents are
driven attract much attention here. It
is assumed that the facts are as stated
and that General Otis has his own rea
sons for -wanting them to become
known to the people of this country.
The President's reluctance to enlarge
the army to the full extent authorized
by Congress rentiers it difficult to sup
ply enough trained soldiers for the
Philippine campaign, and it is evident
that our army has been deprived of re
sults that should have followed from
its magnificent operations by being un
able to spare troops to hold positions
gallantly captured. It is believed that
General Otis wants either the retention
of tlfe volunteers he has or an enlist
ment of the full force authorized by
< Congress.
The President, in conversation with
some of his callers to-day, is quoted as
having said that he had hoped the vol
unteers would have an opportunity to
enjoy the full fruits of their magnifi
cent services by participating in the ac
tual pacification of the islands and
coming home as victors. It was mani
fested, however, that they could not
wait to see the matter through, and he
has hastened to have them replaced
with regulars and sent home as speedily
as possible. He said he did not think
there was any serious conflict between
General Otis and the civilian members
of the Peace Commission, and that if
there were he would feel the necessity
of the army being free from interfer
ence. The President is quoted further
as saying that it has become manifest
that the Philippine campaign Bhould
be made as aggressive as possible and
should be carried to a conclusion with
vigor, as advised by Admiral Dewey.
There was a rumor of a possible call
for 35,000 additional troops, but it was
said that the President was not now
giving any serious consideration to that
subject. If it is decided later to send
more troops to the Philippines a call
will be made in time to have the troops
reach the island just before the ending
of the rainy season, so that a swift
campaign can be inaugurated.
The withdrawal of volunteers from
the Philippines and the unsettled state
of affairs throughout the islands ne
cessitates the exercise of the utmost
expedition by the War Department in
the dispatch of reinforcements to Otis'
small but gallant army. The plans of
the department contemplate the send
ing to the Philippines of all available
regular troops not required in the
United States. Cuba, Porto Rico or
Hawaii. The Grant is booked to sail
from San Francisco in a day or two
with the Sixteenth Infantry.
It was originally intended to send the
Nineteenth Infantry to the Philippines
on the Sheridan, which vessel has just
returned to San Francisco, but this plan
has been abandoned owing to the un
expected delay in bringing the regiment
back from Porto Rico. The Nineteenth
Infantry was on the transport Meade
when that vessel ran aground on a reef
just outside of Ponce about two weeks
ago, and it is still detained in that
country awaiting the repair of the
troop ship.
Owing to the exigencies of the service
it has been found inexpedient to hold
the Sheridan at San Francisco for the
Nineteenth Infantry, and that vessel
will start for Manila on the 7th prox.
with about 2000 recruits for various
regiments in the Philippines. These re
cruits are already at San Francisco,
and were eventually scheduled, for duty

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