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TIENTSIN. Aug. 30. via Shanghai.
Sept. 7.— United States Minister Conger i3 said to insist that Earl Li Hung Chang shall be allowed to proceed to Peking for a- conference. Orders have been received from "Wash ington that 5000 American troops shall bo divided between- Peking, Tientsin and Taku for the winter. _ INSISTS THAT LI PROCEED TO PEKING would appear that Japan Is preparing to mobilize- a ntlll larger army for her ware in-Asia. For a week past every mail from the west has, brought letters from the Japanese Government to Y. Takisha in charge of Japanese laborers on the Ore gon Short Line, instructing him to return certain of his men for service in the army and under these orders a number of men have left for Japan. It appears that the demand has suddenly become urgent for yesterday - live cablegrams were rece'lvpil by Takisha, all dated Yokohama, Septem ber 6, and two more to-day, bearing to day's date, all relative to the quick return of men. 'There are about 1300 Japanese In- the service of the Oregon Short Line and while Mr. Takisha is not prepared to say how many will be drafted by his Gov ernment he anticipates a heavy reduction on this account. • SERIOUS CONDITIONS CONFRONT CANTON Sptelal Cable to The Call and New Tork'Her /Md. \ Copyright, 19W, by the Herald Pub lishing Company^ HONGKONG.. Sept. 8.— The - depression of trade in Canton is serious. In five days only, two steamers have. called for Shang hai. The normal number;Is' five" daily. More' than 60,000 unemployed ,wlir soon be reduced to*a - state of 'starvation. A mag istrate," ' realizing the . danger, . has . dis-' cussed the- ,» situation .with the andiurged the. restraining .of i Interference with foreigners. • The magistrate has en- his force* for withdrawal from Peking. Further than that, the War Department has taken steps to have at Taku a suf ficient number of United States trans ports to remove these troops to the Phil ippines as soon as they reach the port. These orders are preparatory, and do not necessarily indicate that our Govern ment has decided finally upon an, im mediate withdrawal from China, It. is simply placing itself in a position to car ry out the pledge conveyed in the reply to the Russian note in this language: •The result of these considerations Is that, unless there Is such a general ex pression by the powers in favor of con tinued occupation as to modify the views expressed by the Government of Russia, and lead to a general agreement for con tinued occupation, we shall give instruc tions to tho American officers in China to withdraw our troops from Peking after due conference with the other: command ers as to the time and manner of with drawal." \ Special Commissioner Rockhill has left Shanghai for Poking.. A. report by cable from him dated yesterday, indicated that he had begun the discharge of his duties as a special observer of the present Chi nese disturbances. . Reports also were: re ceived to-day from* Consul General ¦ Good now at Shanghai and Consul - Fowler i at Chefu, both dealing ; with the conditions of the missionaries. ., . _, > ; ,. - . gaged 300 of the unemployed as ! soldiers, v The Chinese arc warning foreigners to clear out - of . Hongkong. I The destruction of mission property i in i K wangtung : is enormous... At Berlin mission the damage Is. more, than 570,000.",. -¦ •¦ -, ¦ , •; ,". stories about. the. allies at Peking. are being > circulated' by the"-Chl nese.\ ., - ...-¦.-.:¦ •-.-'-" ...'.' •* -• • ¦.-' JAPAN RECALLING :: r ' SALT LAKE,; Sept 8.— A :.special to ; the Tribune '.; from 7 Pocatello,- ':ldaho, v say's: From £ information - : -'- originating : ; hero * it with the May Flint years ago when she was a steamer, and she never steared right then." Peter Claussen, one of the crew who leaped overboard, said: • "I realized that the odds were against the lumber bark holding up 'when our boat went down, and I made up my mind that the best thing I could do was to Jump. 'I didn't even stop to take off my shoes. I swam about In the water for fully five minutes before being picked up by a rowboat. I don't think I could have held out much longer." Struck by a Spar. . George Knoth was struck by a falling spar and thrown into the water. Although bruised and stunned from the blow he managed to keep afloat until rescued by a launch. Second Mate Parker also Jumped over board and -swam quite a distance before being picked up. ;" ' Many of the crew went to the Sailors' Home, at the corner of Main and Harrison streets, after being taken ashore. . The news of the accident spread rapidly and many Inouiries were made at the Sailors' Home and other plares for partic ulars. It was at first reported that sev eral lives had been lost, but so far as could be learned at a late hour last night all had been accounted tor. .,-. ;"¦,.. _The Vidette was In charge of Captain EK>dd and carried lumber for Bixbee & vrldrK* The May Flint was owned and managed by William Mighell. - The ship was an iron, four-masted vessel. 3577 registered tonnage. She was formerly the Persian Monarch, and -was built by M. Millan & Sons at Dumbarton in 1SS0. She was re built in 1S35, was 351 feet long, 42 feet wide and 16 feet deep. Her home port was San Francisco. ¦• . «mb HERE was a tragic feature of i r R S5 last night's brilliant naval pi demonstration not down on g* the programme. Under the glare of half a dozen power ful searchlights and within full view of hundreds of people the ship May Flint was suddenly sent to the bottom of the bay a? a result of a collision with the battle ship Iowa, the crew escaping death as by. a miracle. Four sailors leaped overboard and were picked up by rowboats, while the others were taken off the bark Vi dette. onto which tbe men jumped as the two vessels camp together, when the May i-wung round after getting clear of the Iowa. The May Flint was without a pilot and was coming into port under full sail when, owing to a light wind, she became unmanageable and drifted across tbe bow of the Iowa. The collision tore a bad hole in the May Flint's side and she turned turtle and sank five minutes later. The May Flint was commanded by Cap tain Woodside, and in addition to her of livers, carried a crew of sixteen pallors, ,l carpenter and two Chinese cooks. The names of the last three were not obtain able last night. The others were: Cap t;i j ni Woodside; first mate, '¦ Knight; second mate. Parker: sea men. O. Christensen, Alex LInd, George UoUer, Jamps Bullimore. John Hubert, Lf*ny We«oott, fitgvert Olsen, D. Rose, Edward O'Connell. Michael King. Ed ward Walton, P. Claussen. Robert Schroder. George Knoth, James Carton, John F. Hubert, y; : The May Flint left Seattle last Sunday bound for this port. She had aboard 5000 tons of coal consigned to P. B. Cornwall. The ship had a smooth voyage and was in good working order when she entered the bay. JO' Captain Woodside evidently expected dette remained afloat, and kneeling, the crews of both vessels offered up silent prayers of thanks. Captain Woodside and his men were finally taken aboard a launch and landed at the Brannan-street wharf. i W. H. Wescott, one of the ill-fated ship's crew, tells a thrilling story of the disaster. ' The Ship Goes Down. "We were going along nicely." he said, "'^ntil we gof'a-short distance ahead of the Iowa. Here' the wind went back' on us and as we had, na pilot it was a case of waiting for the wind or to hail a pass ing- tug. ¦ . *s • ¦' . . ' , "Then the tide began to carry u-> back onto . the ¦ Iowa. . We struck her bow. drifted away: almost immediately and ,went straight ; into ¦ the Vidette^ We had no sooner collided with the bark than the cry went up that our ship had sprung a leak. ' ¦•-;•¦"•- ' ' "The horror of those next few moments cannot ; be described.. 'It wasn't' the fear of .being "drowned that overcame me so much "as it was'the expectancy of belns maimed by a falling block or' spar from the rigging. One of the -men was struck by a spar and hurled jnto the water, "He was rescued by a ;rowboat. j'l had about "given 'up, all- hope/ for it seemed to me that even if we managed to get aboard the Vidette she would be car ried down with our ship.- -Every one shouted ,for the boats, -but -there wasn't time to lower them.' Those who did' not Jump gotsafely aboard' the bark, and so far, as I know all'the crew, have'been'ac counted for. . \ Ta5J» '"..-. _ '. ¦• ¦ • "I am not one of , the superstitious kind, but I will say that on more than one occa sion I have had a presentiment 'that the old ship ¦ would - go -down ' some rday, ¦ and now. my fears -have been realized. ¦ I was But the ship was fated and almost be fore the crew fully realized the danger that was imminent she had drifted across the Iowa's bow. Although the crash was a severe one it was not thought to have seriously damaged tha big collier. She was finally got clear -of the , battleship The swell from a passing steamer started her to rocking and she became un manageable. Two of the crew, Michael King and William Moore, were at tho helm, but although they exerted them selves to the utmo3t to avert threatened disaster it was no use. The ship was at tho mercy of the tide. The captain and his crew realized that nothing short of a miracle could prevent a collision with one of the numerous vessels in the vicinity and yet, although the tide was air the while carrying the doomed ship down toward the Iowa, the lingering hope that a fresh breeze would catch'the sails and bring her once more under control kept Captain Woodside from calling for assistance. v ; There were a number of other Illumi nated boats in the vicinity, and now and then one of them would throw Its blind- Ing searchlight upon the battleship and sailing vessel! The May Flint had gone but a short distance ahead of the Iowa, when tho wind that had been carrying her so nicely died into a light breeze and tleshlp became almost stationary. that the owners would send a tug to pilot her in,- but as none appeared he decided to try and enter unassisted. There was a fair breeze, which carried her along nicely for some little distance. At a point opposite the Brannan-street wharf the ship sailed in front of the bat tleship Iowa, which was lying £t anchor, gorgeously decorated ior the naval pa rade. ' ; .'¦ .There was a fearful displacement of water as the ship went under, but the VI- During the brief interval that the ves sels lay side by side the May Flint's crew leaped aboard the bark, but when safely on her deck the situation was almost as perilous as It was on the dpomed ship, for there was but one chance *in ten that the May Flint would not carry the bark down with her. With the 5000 tons of coal and probably an equal weight of water in her hold there was. a suction that it seemed must carry everything in the vicinity down with her. '>>¦¦¦. After the vessel had swung broadside onto the lumber hark she drifted around the Vidette's bew and went down. But to launch the boats 'would have meant death for those who might have undertaken- the task. There was no time for that. The ship was sinking like a piece of lead. The roar of the water as it Rushed into the ship's hold, the falling of ths ship's spa«*» and rigging onto the deck and Into the water, together with the wild shrieks for help from the frantic seamen, made a scene not soon to be for gotten by those who witnessed it. Meant Certain Death. "To the boats!" roared the captain In a voice that-was heard above the fright ened cries for help from the sailors. ¦ It was at this thrilling moment that the extreme test of nerve and presence of mind came to the sturdy sailors. only to drift still further astern and cql llde with the bark Vidette. loaded with lumber. Then It was that the May Flint's crew realized that their vessel must go down. It seems- the Iowa's bow. had worked havoc with the ship's hull, ripping a hole sufficiently largo to cause her to fill rap- Idly. <3-rea,t Collier IDrifts "Upon tlie Io"wa/s Ttsucn and Plunges to ttL© Bottom of tlie DBeiy--A.ll Hands Are Saved. SHIPS AT HERCY OF HURRICANE Several Vessels Wrecked Off the Coast of Florida. BARK SOUTH AMERICAN IS DRIVEN ON A REEF Beports of Various Disasters Daring tha Recent Storm, and It Is Prob able That Many Seamen Have Perished. £ ! MIAMI, Fin.. Sept. 8. — The ateel bark Sonth American of Liver pool, laden with mahotrany, and bound from Santa Ana, Mexico, to Falmonth, Ensland, In a total wreck on French Href, Florida, forty-three mile* Month of Sllaml. The eaptaln and ereir, less three men left on the wreck, nrrlved her» this morning and are being cared for by the cnxtomx officials. The, hurricane »trnck the Sonth Ameri can Tnridnr, when oft Careynport light, at 9 p. m., and at 2:"O a. m. of the 5th innt.. the bark, with all her ennvn* blown away and annianntjr able, wan hnrled npon the reef*. The vf»«rl will prove a total loss, bat her enrsro niny be "invert. * Captain Schjonemann of the South American report* that on his nay to Miami he paaaed the following Htranded -vemtelat The (onr-maited nchooner Jame* Dndgre of Philadelphia* in ballast* lnalde tbe reef* and afloat. A »fi<ifl frith only the «tnmp* of her maul* showing; nnme and na tionality nnknonn; crew preanm ably lost. •A Norwegian bark with no one on board and the bnrkentlne Coldoon, laden -with lumber, previously re ported. There Is another vessel on the reefs and a steamer reported ashore north of this place. HOUSTON, Texas. Sept. 8.— A hurri cane accompanied by a heavy rain has been blowing along the Texas coast and fcr a hundred miles in land to-day. Galveston is shut off entirely. The last report from Galveston stated that the guif waters were en croaching rapidly on the beach and that the flood had extended into the* residence portion of the city for several blocks. The waves were very high and boisterous in the bay, and considerable damago was being done to email craft, though thesis boats were not then In any danger. Th« rain had been very heavy all day, and traffic wa3 entirely suspended. There haa been no casualties, and but little damage except along the water front. The South ern Pacific wharves under construction had been damaged to the extent of $23,000. Inland there has been much damage to the cotton crop, the lint being blown and beaten from the open boll3, and the. ric» crop has suffered severely, as It was nearly ready for harvesting. At midnight the wind 13 blowing sixty miles an hour and great damage is be ing done to business houses and residences throughout the city. The Associated Pres3 wire Is the only one that Is working, all other telegraph and " telephone business being shut off. The electric light plant has been closed down, as the wires be came crossed with the telephone wires and several persons were shocked, though none was seriously hurt. Several great brick and Iron stacks have been blown over and tin roofs are aa numerous on the ground as on the houses. The streets are utterly deserted. So far there have been no casualties. The storm haa spread to the Interior and there Is great anxiety in this city. Per sons are offering extraordinary sums to the telegraph companies to get messages through to Galveston and other points, Obut nothing can be done for them. Up to midnight telegraph nothing had been heard from Galveston. | NEW ORLEANS. Sept. 8.— A erpecial ' from Houston. Texas, says: There is an unconfirmed rumor that the hurricane played havoc with the town of Rockport. on the lower coast, and that the great clubhouse built by E. H. R. Green near there has been blown away, with loss of life. The damage done about New Orleans by the storm was "trifling. Dr. O. H. Buf ford and Sergeant Quinn of the United States military forces, who were reported drowned, turned up safe and sound at Fort St. Philip to-day. The greatest damagf) done by the storm has been to the cane crops. LOWER PORTION OF GALVESTON IS FLOODED SAN ANTONIO, Tex.. Sept. S.— Possibly the last dispatch out of the flooded city of Galveston was received in San An tonio to-night by Jerry Girard, announc ing the death of his brother by drowning. The message left Galveston at 8:13 p. xz. The entire lower portion of Galveston to» then flooded and the people wero huddled on higher ground in the pouring rain for safety. NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 8.— A special from Dallas, Tex., says: All Texas Is In the keenest state of doubt and uncertainty to-night concerning the fate of Galveston island and city. It Is said that the bridges leading from the inland to the island have been swept away by the terrible force of the wind and the rolling up of the water In the bay. The bridges are four In num ber, three for railroad uses and one the "Galvcston County public wagon and pedea trian bridge. It seems hardly creditable that all these bridges could be swept away without the city suffering tremendously. Epedal Cable to The Call «aS N«ir York Her ald. CcryrlRfc*. 1*00, by tb» Herald Pub llshicr C'omrasy. BTTRTTN', Sept. 8. — I have had a conversation with, a highly placed personage of the For eign Office. He declared that all re- ports of compromise on the- part of Germany were false. Germany has already definitely refused the- Russian proposals and has informed all the powers of the text of the note doing so. It is expected here that Russia, the United States and France will evacuate Peking and that America will be forced to place its gjeat inter ests in Peking under German protec- ticn. Washington political circles have been unpleasantly impressed by the indiscreet and sometimes false press notices. Germany uill not publish her answer to the powers, desiring to avoid giving the impression that she is taking action at the head of ths powers in opposition to Russia. It is worthy of remark that the Wolff bureau has already published three different versions of the Em peror's speech at Stettin- In the last edition the -words "I am convinced that ay plan will succeed," have been stricken out. Such is the censorship cf the imperial speeches. Cf.1 I BUREAU. "VTEULnCGTON HOTEU WASHINGTON, Sept 8.— Tfccre Is excellent reason to believe tt-.r.t th© Emperor and Em pv.fs Dowager are •willing: to rpfjrn to PeMnff If jrnaran '.ped prrF-nal protection and assured that their empire Trill not be partitioned- An Important advance In the work of restor ing- peace In China -will be made should the lrr.p r riai family return to their capi tal. Before this can occur, however, Eev «>ral preliminary stages xmist be passed. These include: L Restoration of complete harmony emor.g the powers. 2. Modification of Rasela-'s proposal to entirely withdraw from Peking and of Gerir.ar.y's announcement of her purpose to remain. 3. Preparation of a plan wWch will ap peal to the povrers, or at least a larye majority of them, contemplating the with drawal of troops in Peking with the ex ception of an International forc« suffl cier.tly strong to guard the foreign letra fc!one. which are to remain in the capital lor the purpose of conducting peace nego tiatlor.s Trtth the commissioners to be ap pointed by the Imperial Government. Difficult as would appear the accom plishment of these three alms, the Presi £«:t does not despair of success. It Is Ecknowledg-ed by officials and diplomats alike that the critical stag© of the Chl rese trouble Is now at hand. Russia has not Indicated any Intention to modify her announced purpose- to re tire from Peking?, and Germany, with Von ¦Waldcrsee hastening on the ocean to China, does not relish the Idea of evacu ation. But looking into the future and seeing- the possibility of friction between the powers, the increase of starvation among the people residing between Taku and Peking, and with such Increase a renewal of the attacks by Chinese upon the foreign troops and finally of extensive operations by the allies when Von Walder pee arrive*, the President is anxious to trivs about as prompt a settlement of th*> trouble as events will permit. Purh promptness will probably not ac cord with Germany's policy, but Russia's evident fear of German territorial ag grandizement In Northern China has plared the St. Petersburg Government on th<* Fide of those nations desirous of pre serving the territorial integrity of the em pire. With the United States. Great Brit ain. Russia. Frcnce and Japan a unit for :n rariy termination of the difficulty an'] supporting a plan which will not Injuri ously affect German Interests, the belief prevail* here that within a croiparatlvely F hnrt time a satisfactory conclusion can b" rP3"h r -(]. Thfro> ia hardly an official or diplomat in Washington who does not believe that th< trot:!,!. <;»n be ended much more quickly v.ith tin i oval family in Peking. The in formr.tion. therefore, that the Emperor end I'mprrss Downprr are williner to re turn is extreme!? gratifying-. Hnrmnp r.rnong th«» powers, upon which fo much stress Is laid, and fo much actually de pends to r<\ieh a mutually satisfactory rolution. is more easily obtainable at thi« rrnment than would be possible after the arrival of Von Walderree or even after the withdrawal of lh<* Russian and French troops to Tientsin and the diviwon of the allies into two camps. Such divi- Fion would m«an that the two groups of rMirr.s wouM proceed to obtain B.itisfac tion in aornrii.ir.ee with their own partic ular j>ollci«'!« and by F-uch method as each might <!eem expedient. The President is therefore striving to harmonize the con flicting views of the powers, and the pl»n •which appeals to the common sense of the diplomat? here contemplates the with drr.wal of a majority of the allies to a point outride the walls of Peking, the re mainder - of the international force to re nr.in as a guard to the legations, whicl) ere to be charged wlllt the work of con ("iKifnfr nr"iri» np~nlfatlnns AMERICAN FORCES PREPARE TO WITHDRAW WASHINGTON, Sept. 8.-Orders have been cabled to General Chaff ee to prepare Unless Some Understanding Is Beached Before Von Waldersee Lands in China There Will Be Trouble. AMERICA STRIVING TO SECURE HARMONY Germany Notifies the Pow- > f ers She Will Not Retire From Peking. RUSSIAN PROPOSALS REFUSED SHIP MAY FLINT GOES DOWN AMID GAILY LIGHTED CRAFT ON PARADE Pages 21 to 30 Pages 21 to 30 PRICE FIVE CENTS.' SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1900-FORTY PAGES. VOLUME LXXXVIII— ]NQ. 101. SAILORS LEAP- FOR LIFE FROM THE SINKING COLLIER INTO THE WATER '-'' AND UPON THE- LUMBER - LADEN - BARK '•; VIDETTE, WHILE SMALL BOATS AND EXCURSION CRAFT HASTEN '; TO tTHE- RESCUE. ' The San Francisco Call.