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rlous duties connected with the Filipino
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Captain A. S. Barker • relieved Captain
Clark as '- commander yonv on : August 6, IS9S,
and he In turn was relieved by Captain
G. F. F. • Wilde,' her present commander,
some' months lago.v"
The 'Oregon 'has a displacement of;ll,
000 tons, 16.79 ' knots speed,. 11,111 'horse
power.. '•;. She ;' Is • S4B feet long and ¦ draws
feet of water. -She cost more than $3.
200,000." She carries' four 13-inch breech
loading rifles, eight 8-lnch breech-loading ;
rifles.- four 6-inch rapid ' fire guns,- be
sides 4 twenty rapid' flre-6-pounders,- eight'
one-pounders,- rapid , fire. - two ¦ Colts, and
two 3-inch rapid fire field guns."
the absence of pfficlal Information Secre
tary Long is imable"" to 'take action. ; It is
thought that V the , Oregon .has gone
aground Captain F. P. Wilde, command
ing, will immediately notify Rear Admiral
Remey,- who fortunately does not \ leave
Hongkong until to-morrow, and that offi
cer will make Immediate arrangements
for sending lighters and wreckers' to the
battleship's assistance.
The Oregon received from the Zaflro at
Hongkong a detachment of seamen and
marines ¦which .were intended as reinforce
ments for Rear Admiral 1 Kempff at ; ,Taku.
Her dispatch to , Taku was primarily for
the purpose of giving the United States
an ¦ adequate ! naval " representation : - at " that
point, tho authorities deeming it advisable
that ' this Government \ show ' by " a
strong > naval force that it proposed /to
carefully • look out . for ; American interests
during the present Chinese' trouble. ,
The Oregon Is a ¦ first-class battleship,
not only one of the best— lf . not the best-^
in ' : theT. United' States navy, but;! all things
considered, one' of , the meat ; formidable
fighting 'c machines - : In the 4 world. v? San
Francisco^ and the Pacific Coast : have[al
ways had a' proper and ] peculiar pride In
WASHINGTON, June 23. — Secretary
Root devoted the afternoon to the prepar
ation of instructions to Brigadier General
Chaffee, who has been assigned to the
; command of the troops ordered to China,
and after a conference the President ap
proved \ them with only a few verbal
changes, which -did not alter their gen
eral character. Although Secretary Root
would not make public the text of the
Chaffee instructions he said that gener
ally, speaking General Chaffee had been
ordered to look out for the. lnterest of the
United States in, China, to avoid en
tangling alliances, to. act concurrently
with the other foreign powers where It
; was to the general Interest to do so and.
In' a word, to continue the policy that has
'marked" the actions of the United States
.'slnce.the beginning of the Boxer troubles
In China. These instructions will be tele
graphed to General Chaffee at San Fran
cisco .in . order to reach \ him . before the
departure of the Grant on Sunday even-
Ing. Secretary Root said that In case the
progress of events made It necessary It
would be an easy matter, to modlf y. Gen
eral "Chaff cc's Instructions' by 'cable' to
Nagasaki, which would be the first port
visited i by the Grant' after her departure
from San Francisco.
Secretary Root was asked If any more
troops would be ordered to China and he
replied, "Not yet." but intimated that the
"further action of the War Department In
that matter would be governed entirely by
the exigencies of the situation. To-day's
instructions are supplementary to his
original orders "to proceed to Peking by
way of Nagasaki tin d Taku."
BERLIN, June 29.— 1t Is evident that the
German Government expects the disturb
ances In China to last for a long time, in
asmuch as all volunteers Joining the. naval
battalions for China have been pledged for
service until the autumn of 190 L The ex
pedition will take 2200 tents, each to serve
for two men.
Bishop Anzer, the German missionary
Bishop at - Shantung, who has been in
Europe for several months, will leave Ber
lin in a few days to rejoin his mission, go
ing by way of the United States. Consid
erable comment has been caused by the
failure of. Emperor, William to grant him
an audience during this vfsit. which is said
to be. due to the, fact that the Bishop's
.views do not coincide with the Emperor's.
WASHINGTON. June 23.— A sign of the
preparedness of the navy for any emer
gency that may, arise in the East Is ex
hibited in the alacrity with which Admiral
Bradford, chief of the equipment bureau,
has taken steps to maintain an ample sup
ply of coal In 'readiness at convenient
points for naval use. " Almost before, there
were any general misgivings as to the. re
sult of the Boxer movement In China the
equipment bureau was looking over the
colliers purchased . in the Spanish-Ameri
can war and since lying out of commis
sion at the navy, yards, with a view to
loading them up at once for foreign ser
vice. Steps have been taken to anticipate
the arrival cf these ships in Chinese
waters by diverting nearer cargoes of coal
to Admiral Kenny's support.
The Navy Department to-day received
news of the arrival at Singapore of the
Ataka, with 6000 tons aboard. She ia from
Norfolk for Manila and put Into Singapore
for orders. She will probably be diverted
to Taku, carrying her cargo to Admiral
Rezney. _
HONGKONG. June 23.— A river boat
which has arrived at Wu Chow reports
that It was detained for twenty-four
hours at Wu Chow Fu by order of the
British Consuls in order to afford protec
tion for foreigners. The gunboat Robin
arrived, it was added that anti-forelgm
placards had been posted at -Wu. Chow Fu
saying the time had now arrived for the
ma.<sacie of ffireigners.
The British gunboat Sandpiper. It was
further announced, was still between Wu
Chow Fu and Nghau King Fu and could
not be recalled owing to the wires being
cut. ;/ .
SHANGHAI, June 23.— 1t Is officially an
nounced that the Russian vice admiral.
Alexleff. will take command of the allied
forces In the north.
i r T^7?iß^rasJ)f*fftf'^r'rrTi«iti.».l)ii«li(illlM Xlffff' Wl'IIWl I" IN II lIH'UWI'WHW
EONDON, June 30.— Lord "Wolseley Jn an Interview published tills morning
• "China possesses every requisite for overrunning the world. She has
a population of 400.000.000, all speaking the same language or dialect,
readily, understood from one enu of the empire to the other. She has
enormously developed wealth and still more enormous natural wealth
awaiting development. Her men, if properly drilled and led. are admirable sol
; fliers.'" They, are plucky and able to live on next to nothing. Moreover, they ar©
absolutely fearless of death. . Begin with the foundation of millions upon mil
lions of such soldiers as these men are capable of being made, and tell ma. If
WASHINGTON, June 20.— N0 informa
tion confirmatory of the report that the
battleship Oregon was wrecked off Chefu
had reached the White .House -or Secre
tary Long at midnight. The Oregon is
about at Chefu, and no surprise would be
expressed if there should be truth in the
report, though . flfficials naturally hop#
that the press report Is exaggerated and
that when the Oregon is lightered she will
float off the reef upon which she struck. .In
LONDON, June 30.— The Shanghai cor
respondent of the Times, telegraphing
yesterday, says: "The battleship Oregon
went ashore in a fog off Hoo Kie Island,
thirty-five miles north of, Chefu. Messrs.
Jardlne, Mathleson & Co. are sending her
SHANGHAI, June 23.— 1t is reported
here that the United States battle
ship Oregon is ashore on the island
of Hoo Kie, in the Mlao Tao group,
about fifty miles north of Chefu, and
that a steamer of the Indo-China Steam
Navigation Company has gone to her as
her and her doings,' built as she was at
our own -Union Iron Works, and named
after a sister State.
The Oregon was launched on October
26, 1593, and put into commission, Cap
tain C. E. Clark commanding, on July
15, 189 C. On the approach of hostilities
with Spain she was ordered- to the At
lantic, and left San Francisco. on March
19,1§98, and arrived at Key West on May
26, making the phenomenal run of nearly
15,000 ' miles, down to and through the
Straits of Magellan, and up the Atlantic
to Jupiter Inlet, Florida, in sixty-six
days,, without the smallest mishap to any
of her machinery or belongings. She
went from Key "West to Santiago and
took a leading part in the destruction of
Admiral .Cervera's squadron, -especlally
the Cristobal Colon. She. was one of the
Vessels named for the expedition to
Spain and was Admiral jj Watson's flag
ship. Later In the*year she was ordered
back, to the Pacific, and on arriving at'
Callao, went on to the Philippines, where
Bhe has been ever since engaged in va-'
Strikes on the Island of Hoo Kie During
a Fog— Steamer Sent From Shang
hai to Her Assistance.
was fine, the largest nugget taken out being
valued at J3O.
The Recorder of the district is J. Kuck-
Topkuk has a population of 300. It has three
Ftores and three ralocns. J. Kuckstadt and
elcht others took out SIC.IM in one and a half
month's work. They have struck a quartz
ledge. The ere. it Is claimed, runs SICOO to
the ton. A stamp mill is now on the way
from San Francisco to work the property.
Twenty to thirty men have taken out JIO.COO
aj'iece here and 100 men have taken out about
KOOO aniece.
M- Stokcley and his. u two. .partners, one of
wbtra n-a.«i c. Custom houi.? p.'ficial at ft.
Michael, were , among the lucky . -ones at .Top
kuk, taking out abcut $37,000 between them.
Two Irishmen, who took out JIQ.CCO apiece
at Topkuk. hired two guards to escort them
to Nome City. On their way up they mistook
two posts r.ear an Indian village for two road
agents and It was quite a little tims before
they discovered their mistake. The joke finally
got out at Nome and the two felt very cheap.
Very little work is now being done on Nome
beach, as everything is staked by the trans
portation companies end private individuals.
Many pieces of land have been Jumped three
and four times. At the present tlrr.e the town
is full of .lawyers and they will have their
hands full cf business this summer.
The night fhe ZeaJandla got in KOO men and
women walked the streets, as there were no
accommodations for them and no one would
allow them to erect tents on their property.
Zwicker. on No. 11 Dexter, with two men.
cleared up $1500 in on» week's work.
The creek? are taming out well. No. 5 on
Dexter is reported to have turned out $10,000.
A physician, who owns a claim en » Anvil
Creek, deported fifty pounds of dust from his
claim with th» North American Transportation
Company at Nome.
Uampart City had a population of 1000 people
this - winter and has turned out very well.
L.lUl* Minook here has turned out good.- Nos.
*3 and 24 have turned out rich. They are
owned by Messrs. Meyer and Beck.
MeGrau's claim. No. IS, on Little Minook,
has yielded pome very coarse gold; also No.
15, owned by Louis Sequin. Nos. 16 and 17
are doing well, but the gold is very fine.
Norton Bay most likely will he the next
excitement. . Many claims were located there
thin spring and some very rich pay dirt was
found. This place is 190 miles from Nome
Council Qity, eixty miles from Nome, has
been exciting a great deal of attention lately.
Some of the claims have turned out as well as
Dexter. Buster or Anvil creeks.
At Nome they are paying $1 per hour for
unskilled labor and 25 cents for five gallons
of water. Fuel and lumber at the present time
tre pcarce and high, but soon will take a drop,
as many Bailing . vessels are expected in. A
man with a horse and wagon is busy all day
long at $15 per hour. Many dog teams ' are
working, can-yln* freight around town.
Unlucky -Vessels.
The Zealandla brings the news that the
Ohio was not the only . vessel to reach
Nome with smallpox aboard. There were
two cases on the Roanoke and one on the
Santa Ana. all of which went north from
Puget Sound. The vessels and their pas
sengers were sent to Egg Island, where
they were still in quarantine when the
iZealandla sailed.
The barge Falkenberg, which started
,for Nome in. tow of a Sound steamer, was
abandoned at sea. Later she was picked
up by the steamer Lakme and towed to
Nome, where both vessel and cargo wero
sold by the agents of the steamer.
The barkentine 'Catherine Sudden and
her cargo were sold by the agents of the
steamer Corwin. Vessel and cargo will
be a total loss to the owners, as a genera
tion of litigation would not get them back
a cent. Might is right at Nome, and the
man with the gun carries the aay.
The transport Rosecrans that was re
ported by the Portland as ashore on a
mud flat was towed off by the tug Meteor
and* was safe at Nome when the Zealan
uia sailed. The Government vessel with
all the supplies for the : soldiers aboard
went hard and fast on the mud during
the night of June. ls. The steamer Valcn
cJa came along and trlf-1 to rendor as
sistance, hut she also ijot into shoal water
and had to sheer off. The captain of the
Valencia offered to take the crew of the
Rosecrar.s off. but the, captain would not
abandon his ship.
Later the Alaska Kxploration Company's
tug Meteor came along, and Inside of an
hour ha<! .-tht" tranFjiort in a place of
safety. Tl-.r. car«»ain of the tug would not
accept a ' toy.'" fljnire. but dcmanui-d sal
vase, and the chances are the mishap will
cost L'iria Sara HW.OOO.
A Stingy Skipper.
There wts cor.f-Iderable indignation. both
at Dutch Harbor rind Cape Nome, over the
tnr.tmtr.t cftlie Httlc. steamer. Elk JTo.^l
by the steamer ban Fearo". The latter yes-
TrTERE are hard times ahead for
the gold hunters at Cape Nome.
according to new? brought by the
Zeals.ndia. which returned frnm
Nome yesterday. The nigrht the
Zealar.dia reached Nome 1500 men valkod
the «=tiests looking for a bed and coul^ not
P,nd v 4. "Bunkhouscs" were making from
SSOOVvTIOCrt a day. Restaurants were coin
infTOoney. The gambling places were
aoinc a thrivintr business. Suicidos were
of daily occurrence. Every man from
jCpjne to York was afflicted with what is
fcr»n*m «<¦ •H*- << Sitka couch," The /mall
r^t oJln la clrciiiaiton was «. tm+SXl n'-fj
l/.ttle or no mining has been done, as the
cold hunters have been afr-iid to leave
their town lots for fear they would be
lumped. Shooting scrapes were frequent
and misht was ripht- The women have
become better shots than the men and
they ke«>p the larder supplied while their
rmshands guard the claims. So far all the
lighterinjr at the gold fields has been done
by the Pacific Steam Whaling Company.
The other concerns had not succeeded in
ret'lng their plants in operation when the
Zeaiandia wa? there, and in consequence
the entire welfare of the camp depended
cpoa the whaling company.
A private letter which came down on
the Ze?.landla from Captain Humphries
cf the whaling company describes the sit
uation as follows:
VOUE Alaska, June 15. im— Since writing
you my last letter, which was pent out on the
Portland. this pr«>at (?) city of Xome
has rrotrn to alannins: proportion!!. The
Or»~on ha« arrived -with some €00 pas
eenrers the Pt. Paul with COO. Pan Ula«
with 500. Orecon 4SC. Oeorffe "W. Elder
with M» and the Tacoma with 300. The Ain
ance, Pwth Portland, Luella, Ranier and Fls
ral. th«» barjfe Dewey. in tow of the lyuella, and
the'echooner Seven Sisters, also the steamship
Sadie and Annie M. Fay from St. Michael have
The Pa<!le reports that the Thrasher arrived
at Et. Michael a few hours before t"he sailed
end will leave Immediately for Nome, with a
foil load of passenirprp. and it is reported there
are <*» pa«=eneers nt St. Michael waiting for
a chmocc to reach thin place.
Humerouf Accidents.
Reports of accidents, arid serious ones, arrive
CaHy. To-fiaT I have the rpport of the loes of
the bri« Pltcalrn, which was crushed in the ire
cJf St. Lawrence. The steamer Ranier picked
t:p »orne f*ssenrers ia » n open launch at sea
eff Bt. Latrrenee and reports the total loss of
the bark Hunter, which was crushed in the ice
near Et. U»rence Island. The None City.
wMch was !a company with the Ranier, re
turnefl to Et. Lawrence Island for the wrecked
jui^er.rers. The eehooner Eclipse was also
crue v ed in the lee and th« whereabouts of the
crew U not known. The bark Hunter, which
was without food, boarded • the schooner and
took her stcres previous to the time of her be
ing wrecked. The steamer Grace Dollar was
etove in the lee laid is now beached near Eledpe
Island. These are the reports of the day and,
en the whole, can be relied upon. -
The Etreets are full of people at a" hours of
the day and nlgt-t and the beach is strewn with
tents, co that it Is - impossible to land cargo
from the rteamers which I am discharging. The
Ftear^fhip Senator has- arrived, or did arrive
yeft'-rday. and has dkcharpM h»r passengers
and bacEase. but to-day a heavy rjrf Is run
rln* and Jt is Impossible to do «iythin£. I also
filyrharp'^ th « Bteamshlp San Bias, which
sailed tfcU tnornin-. June U, for Bt Michael:
Also dlscharclrsK the Georee W. Elder. I also
<sS»ehars^ the rteaniFhlp Portland, which sailed
for San Francisco, and steamship Dora, which
railed for Ft- Michael. The harbor te full of
sfcirptrijr. the city is crowded with people and
ruicidcF are of common oc<njrrence. Thousands
cf r«ecrie have ventured here with the same
eld Idra In their minds that they could pick
up gold in the ftreetfi. only to be'.radly dlrap
The rteamship Ohio arrived yesterday with
CM* paw^nsers arrt.fmalUwx on fraard. Lieuten
ant Jarvis uofc Uw matter in hand and has
ordered the Ohio Into tjuarantino at ?t. Michael.
As I tfcir.k I have stated th* teach !s strewn
vSth tent* and '.t is impossible at the present
t!in«; t<> E'-t ro^m tnou?h to land th» carso on
the l«-*cli. I have *e*-n th» commissioner anj
arked him if \ » <-ou!d,riot ciear that b?ach r. rjjj
p-ive me a.rhan-r- to land 'the cargo of these
Ftfeam^r* an<i h«- ha* app«-ale<l to the lieutenant
In tharpe of the Military, who has refused to
awtrt him. but he is tryi»K to accomplisli sane
thtr-s at a.l events.
The officers cf the Zralandia report that
the latest find in the poldc-n north tva:*
Topkuk, or Monumental Heach. It Is
ebout toty miles smith of Nome.^A text
miners mnd<- fortunes thore In a fow
days. A correspond en t of The Call writer
as follows:
New Finds at Topkuk.
TopKulc vcau flrsrt fta-lu-d «,r. April . 14. I*so.
Piece that tiire to date over $:iOC,C*O has been
t«i»:i oat in edd rtu«*. Most of •*»» dust
sel overhauled the Elk and found her out
of coal. An offer was made to take her
passengers anil crew aboard, but the cap-
laska she had still twelve tons of coal in
her bunkers." : " -v
The Zealandia made a splendid run from
Nome to San Francisco. On the way north
the Ohio and some of the cracks tried con
clusions with her, but she beat them all
into Dutch Harbor and was coaled and
away eight days before the Ohio. Captain
Dowdell was presented with a flattering
testimonial by the passengers. It is signed
by 200 of the gold hunters who went north
on the Zealandla. Chief Steward James
two shooting affrays which occurred at
Nome recently.
On June 18, A. G. Lucas, a watchman
for the Alaska Commercial Co.. while
guarding some land for the company, was
accosted by J. Lyons, another claimant.
The men became involved in an alterca
tion and Lucas shot Lyons, the bullet
taking effect In the man's stomach. Ly
ons was also armed, and fired five shots
at Lucas, all taking effect. Lucas died
instantly. Lyons* wound was fatal, and
he died the following day.
The other shooting scrape occurred in
a saloon. A stranger in Nome, who had
arrived on June 20, got into a fight on
the same day and was shot and instantly
killed. The trouble was the result of a
gambling dispute. The name of tha mur-4
dered man had not been learned when
the Elder left.
Restaurants I are doing well, a tquara
meal costing $4, while ham and eggs are
worth ¦ $1 50. Everything la hustle ai"
Nome and the activity at Daw son" tiur
ing the height of the Klondike excite
ment Is surpassed.
The following, vessels were at Nome
when the Elder • sailed: Roanoke, St.
Paul. San Pedro, Rainier. Luella, Dewey,
Albion, Olympia, South Portland. U. 9. S.
Bear, Tacoma, Fulton, Santa Ana, Sena
tor. Signal, Aloha. Utopia. Grace Dollar.
Alliance. Valencia, Lakme, San Jose.
Signorita, Elihu Thomson, Ohio and
Charles Lane.
Purser Hayward describes the scene at
Nome as one of unparalleled activity.
He says the beach claims have been
worked over three or four times, but la
of the opinion that the creeks near Nome
are rich. He thinks the population of
Nome may reach 50,000 before the rush
was also liberally praised, and the Mid-
Ocean Message, printed on board, said of
him: "He deserves the generous thanks
of the passengers. The task of feeding the
crowd has been a great one, and had It
not been for him some of us would have
gone hungry-"
There was only one row on the steamer
during the passage, and that was when
two gamblers began 1 quarreling. Guns
were drawn and shots fired while the ves
sel was at Dutch Harbor, but no one was
hurt. The men were put in Irons, but es
caped* while the vessel lay at anchor off
The mall for Dawson, Unalaska, St.
Michael. Nome and Yukon River points
will leave en the steamer Portland to-day.
Mall closes at Station D (ferries) at 3:30
p. m.
The. Zealandla ; brought down only $40,
000 in gold dust and the. chances are that
there" will not be many larger shipments
this year; as claim Jumping has prevented
the diggings' from being worked.
•ivj'i-' . ¦ ¦ »
Steamer George W. Elder Brings
News of Operations in the Gold
The Elder's passage was a quick one.
She left here on May 26 and arrived at
Nome Juno 14. The Elder brings news of
. PORTI.JV.NT>, Or.. June 20.— The steam
er George W. Elder arrived this evening
nine days from Cape Nome.
ivEiglit Is K,iglrfc on tlie Isrortlierii
ZBeetoH axica. Slxootixxg -A.££ca-y-s
Are of JFreQ/iaeio-t Occnrrence.
tain of the Elk said all he wanted was
four tons of coal. This the San Pedro re
fused to give, and when the request was
cut down to half -a ton It also was met
with a' curt refusal. The Elk then decided
to sail In. and five days later made Dutch
Harbor. When the San Pedro made Una-
Of? RS. HARRY- CLARK w»a the
/'Vyy. ' heroine of -> Nome and 'the &a-
J^ ft Jacent"^* g-old fields v when the
''ZealandJa/ wasv there. ' She
stood xaard over her hus
band's town lotj*> while he was working
his beach claims and when .provisions
ran short Ihe made -trips "of 190 miles
alone to brins) back^ supplies. , : Mrs.
Clark Is \ the ; wife* of -Harry Clark, the
former swimming? - Instructor of ¦ the
Olympic anU ; Blater-ln-law of. Dr. 1
"\Vaverly~- Clark ;1 of f . the; Zealandla, She
aiid her huEbandlhave a host oi friends
In" San Franclßco. and the news of her
adventures will 'come as a surprise to
them.' : ¦•
"Might Is light.* < in Nome at the
present time and whatever n man holds
he has 'to "defend. -Harry. Clark owns
some valuable , lots In Any.'l City and
manj a, time*-,; Mrs. , Clark haß had. to
drlv» would-be' equatters away at the
point of : a. slaitffun. , During the win
ter the stock." of provisions ran very
low at "Nome and It became a question
of either*. Clark or his' 'wife going to
Norton Bay for a fresh supply. Mrs.
Clark decided her husband would
make a better" guard than she, so she
hanjessed th*.'dcgs. to' the sled and
drove alone ever .190. miles of Ice and
snow ' to- Xorton Bay. ' There she se
cured her. supplies and then drove home
again. .Three times during: the winter
she made the .trip and on each occa
sion brought home a string of ptarmi
gan which she had brought down With
her shotgun. Every night she made
her camp, in the snow and with her
dogn curled up around her slept with
out thought of danger. The accompany
ing cut ; shows; Mr. and Mrs. Clark at
work onf their, claim behind their cabin.
The •• largest -. nugget found in Nome
cu_;e out •of that hole and Dr. Wa
verly Clark bßjught it down with him
as a souvenir. • *'•'-.
Tales of isJlar^relo-ULS Finds in
tlx© To^lsi-ulIs: Siszt-y-
IMliles Scru-ttL of ±lolg Capa
The San Francisco Call.

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