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VOLUME Xd.-NO 30.
GREAT BRITAIN AND AMERICA PLAN TO SETTLE ALL BOUNDARY DISPUTES COLONEL DUDLEY EVANS TO BE NEXT PRESIDENT OF WELLS, FARGO & CO., WITH MAIN OFFICE IN NEW YORK Present Manages of Great Corporation's Eastern Department, Backed by the Influence of H. E. Huntihgton, Will Succeed the Late J. J. Valentine and Headquarters Will Be Removed EB speculation as to the successor jl cf tie late John J. Valentine as II president of "Wells, Fargo & Co. *^ was ended yesterday wltli tli© au thoritative announcement that at the taeetlng of th« directors, to be held to-day or to-morrow. Second Vice Presi dent Dudley Evans of New York would be chosen the future head of the great express conoern. Another and equally Important an sounceznent was also made that within a ' few months the head offices of the com pany would be removed to Xew York at V 2Q request of Evans, who, although he 'expresses himself as well pleased with the climate of California, is not particu larly desirous of severing frlendshipa_at the East in order to accept the presi dency cf too company and make San Francisco his future home. As the de sires of the Incoming president will be respected by the directors, all of whom hold Evans In high esteem, it is more t^n likely that his wish in this regard will be granted. The news of Uudley Evans' selection to be the next president of the company will be a surprise to the hundreds of em ployes who had been quietly informed that the choice of the honor lay between Colonel George E. Gray and Homer S. King. The name of Evans was men tioned, but it was believed that he would be promoted to be first vice president only. The recent arrival of Evans from New Tork and the active part he has since taken in Wells, Fargo & Co.'s af fairs caused some comment among those ■who predicted the selection to the presi dency of either Gray or King. It was sincerely hoped by the employes In line for promotion that one or the other of the gentlemen named would capture the honor, for that meant advancements all along the line. While the promotion of Evans to the presidency necessarily means promotion for many, these will not now be so numerous. "What effect the removal of the main offices of the com pany to New Tork ■will have no one seems able to say with any degree of certainly. Evans Backed by Huntington. Second Vice President Evans came to this city with the indorsement of H. E. Huntlngton and John J. McCook for the presidency. "While many of the directors thought that the honor should go to Colo nel Gray, whose services as first vice president had given eminent satisfaction to all concerned, the Huntlngton influence items to have been strong enough to con vir.ee the majority of the board that Evans was the man for the place. It leaked out yesterday that Huntington had written personal letters t.o several of his fellow directors requesting them to sup port Evans for the honor. Neither Hunt ington nor McCook will be present at the meeting of the board, but it is said their proxies have been sent on and that they will be voted in Evans' interest. There will be six directors at the meeting. They are Colonel George E. Gray, Homer S. King, Captain John Bermingham. Captain Oliver Eldrldg-e~An*lrew~Christeson and Dudley Evans. A successor to Valentine on the board of directors must be selected before the election for president Is en tered upon. The name of the man slated for director has not yet been made pub lic. Second Vice President Evans left the city on a business trip a few days ago and returned Saturday night. Yesterday morning he breakfasted with Solomon D. Brastow, superintendent of the Western <Mvi£ion of Wells, Fargo & Co., and Ra phael Welll. The gentlemen were togeth er for more than an hour and later in the day Evar.s was in consultation with offi cials of the company. In view of the fact that the board of directors Is about to meet, these consultations on the eve of the gathering were regarded as being most significant. BELIEVE THEY HAVE THE BODY OF FLEISHMAN Police of Pullman, 111., Say Suicide Answers the Fugitive Cashier's Description. Special Dispatch to The Call. NEW TORK. Dec. 29^— The World has the following from Chicago: The Pullman police believe the body of a man with his throat cut, found last week, Is that of Henry J. Fleishmann, the missing Los Angelas bank cashier. He disappeared on December 7. leaving a shortage in his ac counts to the extent of more than $100,000. Detectives who have examined the body say 5t answers the description of Meish fAnn. Br-:-ide the body a razor was found, he man had made every effort to destroy _il means by which his Identity could be fixed. The name "Hastings Clothing Company." however, was stamped on the buttons of his trousers and the police have found that such a firm is In business in San Francisco* The body of the suicide was found The San Francisco Call. WELL-KNOWN MANAGER OF THE NEW YORK BRANCH OF WELLS, FARGO & CO.. ■WHO WILL SUCCEED THE LATE JOHN J. VALEN TINE AS PRESIDENT OF THAT CORPORATION. That the confidence of the directors In Evans will not be misplaced by promot ing him to the responsible position of president of the company is evidenced by his sterling qualities as man and official, so often displayed In his management of the New York office. Colonel Evans' career has been one of extreme activity and brilliant achievements. He was born near Morgantown, Monongahela County, Va.. now "West Virginia, January 27, 1S3S. He is descended from an old Welsh fam ily, his great-great-grandfather having been one of three brothers who settled in Philadelphia in 1720. His forbears took an active part in the colonial wars and in the war of the Revolution. His grand father, Dudley Evans, was a colonel un der General Harrison in the war of 1812, and while In command of a regiment of Virginia militia was stationed at Fort Meigs. The youthful days of Evans were spent on the farm. At the age of 15 he attend ed the Monongahela" Academy, where he was prepared for college. He subsequent ly entered the junior class at Washington College. Pennsylvania, and graduated in 1859. A. few months later he went to Louisiana, where he resided at the out break of the Rebellion. Having an inclina tion for more stirring action he returned to Virginia, and on his arrival at Beverly he fell in with the Confederate troops in camp near that place ahd remained there until the battle of Rich Mountain. He subsequently Joined the Confederate army at Manassas, under the command of Gen erals Beauregard and Johnston. After the battle of Seven Pines he was commis sioned a captain in the Virginia State troops, which were subsequently turned over to the Confederate army. Brilliant Record as Soldier. In the fall of 1862 he was taken prisoner WATERSPOUT BURSTS OVER MOROCCO CITY Two Hundred Persons Perish in Succeeding Flood and Enormous Damage Is Done.. TANGIERS, Morocco, Dec. 29.— A water spout burst over the city of Saffe, Mo rocco. It inundated the lower part of the town for twelve hours, sweeping every thing into the sea. Two hundred persons are reported to have been drowned. There are no Europeans among the dead. The damage to Saffe is enormous. Saffe is a fortified seaport city of Mo rocco. It has a population of. 12,000, In cluding about 3000 Jews. It is inclosed by massive walls and has a palace and a small fort. early Monday morning on the street at One Hundred and Fifteenth street and Watt avenue by two teamsters. : The throat was cut and a razor lay near by. ■- SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1901. and sent to Camp Chase, Ohio, and then transferred to Vlcksburg, where he was subsequently exchanged. Military honors now crowded upon him. In the spring of 1863 he was elected a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate cavalry and in that capacity took part in all the battles in the valley of Virginia in 1863-61. His bril liant record as a soldier, together with his popularity as a man and comrade In I arms, prompted the soldiers to elect him to the Legislature of Virginia, and the winter of 1804-65 he spent at Richmond. At the close of the war he came to Cali fornia with the Intention of practicing law, but on account of his political ante cedents he was debarred by statutory en actment. He thereupon sought and ob tained an appointment with Wells, Fargo • & Co. and was ordered to Victoria, B. C, where he remained till 1871, when he was appointed agent at Portland, Or. While serving at Portland Colonel Evans acted as supervising agent for Oregon and Washington Territory. Later he was made superintendent of the north western division. In 1888 he was trans ferred to Omaha, Nebr., and in the same year he was made general superintendent of the central department. On December 1, 1891, he was sent to New York to take -charge of the Atlantic department, and since that date he has continued as man ager. On August 11, 1892, he was elected one of the board of directors and made second vice president of the company, which position he filled with signal suc cess ever since. Personally, Colonel Evans Is an affable gentleman. His popularity among his as sociates is unbounded, and the news of his forthcoming elevation to the presi dency of the concern with which he has so long been identified will be received with pleasure by all with whom he has been in any way associated. SHERIFF'S GUN ENDS THE LIFE OF A HATFIELD Member of a Family Notorious in Kentucky Because of a Deadly Feud Is Killed. Special Dispatch to The Call. - ■ ■ »■ GLOBE, Ariz:, Dec. 29.— Robert H. Hat field, one of the last of the notorious Kentucky clan, was shot and killed Tues day at the Troy mining camp in the Pinal Mountains. His slayer was Deputy Sheriff Devine, who bore a warrant for Hat field' arrest on a charge of wife-beating. Hatfield was of a notoriously ugly dis position, so the officer, to avoid trouble, sent a. friend to ask him . to surrender quietly. Hatfield returned word that he would kill any man who tried to take him. Devine met Hatfleld outside his home. Devine fired two shots over his head in an Ineffectual effort to make the fellow un derstand his danger and then shot to kill. » ■ ..■-■- TWO NATIONS WISH TO END Pauncefote and Hay to Adjust Remaining Differences. Will Afterward Submit Their Agreement to a High - Commission. Hope by This Means to End Long standing Quarrel Over the Fron tiers of Canada and the United States. WASHINGTON, Dec. 29.— It is expected that efforts will be renewed before long for the settlement of the numerous con troversies which have long' existed be tween the United States and Great Brit ain growing out of relations along the Canadian border, the Atlantic fisheries, warships on the great lakes, the Alaskan boundary and other questions. Hereto fore the negotiations .designed to bring about settlements have not proved ef- fective, largely because of the cumber some machinery of the proceedings, and this has led to a belief that much more could be accomplished by direct negotia tions between Secretary Hay and Lord Pauncefote on the main points and the subsequent assembling, of a commission representing the United States, Great Britain and Canada to give form to the basis of agreement rendered. • The British authorities have expected for some , time that .when the isthmian canal treaty was once disposed of there would be a renewal of the efforts to ad just the Alaskan boundary and other pending questions, the canal treaty being regarded as one of many pending issues. Now that the British Government has yielded the Clayton-Bulwer treaty and other points in the Isthmian negotiations it desires to take up some of the other questions In which it has important inter ests involved. Lord Pauncefote desires to clear up all pending differences and have "a clean slate" before his present term as Embassador comes to a close. Only One Issue Remains Unsolved. When Lord Pauncefote came to Wash ington there were four great issues be tween the two Governments. The flrs^ of these was the Bering Sea controversy, which had reached an acute stage. Diplo macy disposed of this issue. The second was over Venezuela, which, like the seal question, at one time threatened war. But the efforts of diplomacy were again suc cessful in averting trouble and bringing about a settlement. The third important issue waa the isthmian canal, which has been satisfactorily disposed of by the re cent Hay-Pauncefote treaty. This leaves only one issue standing out against "a clean slate," namely, the border controversies, both as to Canada and Alaska. The British officials link these various boundary controversies to gether, as they are more or less connect ed. At present a modus vivendi exists as to the Alaskan boundary, chiefly for the purpose of avoiding a clash along the bor der and holding each side in check until a final boundary is determined upon. It seems to be conceded on both sides that the modus vivendi cannot be • carried on Indefinitely ! and that sooner or later the main question of establishing a permanent boundary must be settled. Lord Lans downe's desire to take . up the question was expressed clearly in his note to Secre tary Hay last spring, when the British Government declined to accept the Senate amendment to the first Hay-Pauncefote treaty. Lord Lansdowne's Attitude. Recently Lord Lansdowne again has ex pressed in speeches the need of taking up the Alaskan boundary question. These declarations by the head of the British foreign service, together with the well known wish of Lord Pauncefote to clear away all pending differences between the two countries, doubtless will lead to the formal exchanges necessary to an adjust ment. Just what steps will be adopted are not disclosed, but It seems likely that direct negotiations and the subsequent assem bling of a commision will commend itself to the parties concerned as .the most feas ible procedure. The border, issues outside of that re lating to Alaska are those which have long existed and have created more or less friction. The Joint High Commission which assembled some time ago practical ly disposed of these, lesser Issues, but the deadlock on Alaska prevented a treaty cov ering these and other points of agreement. With the disposal of the Alaskan bound ary, therefore, it is' felt that the way would be • clear to dispose of the other controversies. •."•.'. , ■ • The reciprocity question, which is among; those formerly considered, is not likely to be taken up in this connection, as Canada desires to make it the subject of separate negotiation. The Atlantic fish eries question also may be the subject of separate negotiation*. GOVERNORS OF THE NORTHWESTERN STATES GATHER TO DEVISE MEANS TO CHECK THE RAILWAY MERGER Result of the Conference to Begin in Helena To-Day May Be an Appeal to the United States Supreme Court for a Perpetual Injunction Preventing the Consolidation of Three Systems HELENA, Mont., Dec. 29.— The trust power of the United States has never before met such deter mined and formidable political opposition as that which will ma terialize In this city to-morrow in the con vening of the Governors of at least four of the Northwestern States, who are called together by Governor S. R. Van Sant of Minnesota to devis^ ways and means to prevent the control of three great transcontinental railroads — the Bur lington, the Northern Pacific and the Great Northern— passing into the hands of the recently organized Northern Secu rities Company of New York. In spite of the recent statement of J. J.' Hill, calculated to allay the fears of the people of .the Northwest and persuade them that the development of this vast territory - is not threatened by the pro posed merger of these lines', all of the public men of the various States most vitally interested look with ' Increasing concern upon the formation and plans of this gigantic combination of money Inter ests for the control of traffic interests from the Mississippi to Puget Sound. Array of Legal Talent. Political economists and statesmen everywhere will watch with interest the progress of the battle royal between capi tal and commonwealths. No one knows just how long this conference will last, what methods it will pursue nor how any action decided upon will be jointly prose cuted. The various Governors will come accompanied by the Attorney Generals of their various States, and that such an ar ray of legal talent is gathered for the one purpose proves significant and important of itself. CHINESE OFFICIALS DINE WITH AMERICAN LADIES For the First Time Mongolian Aris tocrats Meet "Women on. Terms of Equality. ";,* ;*' ;f. : : PEKING, Dec. 29.— A sensation has been caused in Chinese official circles by a din ner given at his residence by United States Minister Conger and which was at tended by the leading officials of the Chi nese Foreign Office. Among those present were Ma Tung, a former Boxer leader, and Wang Wen Shao, one of the Chinese plenipotentiaries. The dinner was attend ed*by several American ladies. It was formerly the custom for prom inent Chinese officials never to enter a foreign; legation except on the most for mal^ occasions, while the meeting of for eign ladies soclallj&would have been con sidered as degrading as would associating with Chinese women upon the same foot- Ing. This event Is significant of the progres sive tendency, of to-day, which has recent ly been manifested in many ways • GOVERNORS OF FOUR NORTHWESTERN STATES, THREE OF WHOM WILL ATTEND HELENA CONFERENCE. IN WHICH THE FOURTH HAS AT THE LAST MOMENT REFUSED TO PARTICIPATE. None of the Governors nor their Attor ney Generals have yet reached Helena. Governor J. K. Toole informed The Call this afternoon that undoubtedly Governor Van Sant of Minnesota, Governor Herried of South Dakota and Governor Hunt of Idaho will arrive at 10:30 o'clock to-mor row morning. The recent death of Gov ernor Rogers of Washington makes it un certain whether that State will be repre sented at the conference by other than Attorney General W. S. Stratum, who will surely be here. If arrangements for the funeral of the late Governor permit his successor. Governor McBrlde, probably will be here. j WILL BRING HES- BODY HOME FOR INTERMENT Mrs. J. A. Fithian of Santa Barbara Succumbs to an Attack of Apo plexy in Paris. Special cable to The Call and New York Her ald. Copyright, 1901. by the Herald Pub lishing Company. PARIS, Dec. 29.— Mrs. J. A. Fithian of Santa Barbara died to-day at her apart ments, 61 Rue Scheffer. She was stricken with apoplexy Christmas night Just as she was retiring. She remained uncon scious for many hours and passed away this morning at 6:15 o'clock. She was the widow of J. A.. Fithian and had lived in Paris many years. She leaves two daugh ters, Mrs. Chester Alan Arthur and Com tesse Arthur de Gabriac, and two sons, Barrett and Joel R. Fithian. The funeral services will be held in her apartments Tuesday. The body will be taken to California for Interment. Seamans Pails to Rally. WASHINGTON. Dec. 29.— The condi tion of Adjutant General Seamans of California, who has been ill here for sev eral - weeks, has been very critical to night. | He fails to respond to the medi cines given him. PRICE FIVE CENTS. The hour of the conference will be at 3 o'clock to-morrow afternoon. The Ses sions probably will be secret, at least un til some definite course of action is agreed upon or the Governors decide that they desire to take joint action at all. This afternoon Governor Toole refused to make any statement as to his view3 of the forthcoming conference or its proba ble procedure. He declared that Governor Van Sant was the inspiring genius of the • movement and in his hands all arrange ments had been left. Montana- Laws Forbid Merger. Governor Toole and Attorney General Donovan 'of this State have spent Ions hours in conference since the question of the railroad merger has come up, and have decided beyond a doubt that the Montana statutes forbid the existence and operation of such a corporation within the borders of the State. It Is firmly believed here that the result of the conference •will be an appeal to the United States Supreme Court for a perpet ual injunction restraining the Northern Securities Company from assuming con trol of or acquiring any interest In the three railroad companies. A late dispatch from St. Paul to-night says that Governor White of North Da kota- refuses at the last moment to take part in the conference, although last month he assured Governor Van Sant of his hearty co-operation. The powerful In fluence of J. J. Hill, president of the Great Northern, is seen in this, and It 13 regard ed as a great victory for, Hill. BOERS GIVE FREEDOM TO BRITISH CAPTIVES Prisoners Taken In the Zeefontein Affair Are Permitted to Return to Bethlehem. LONDON, Dec. 29.— The War Office has received a dispatch from Lord Kitchener, dated Johannesburg, saying that the British prisoners captured when the Boers successfully rushed Colonel Firman'a camp at Zeefontein December 24. have been liberated and have returned to Beth lehem. TOPEKA. Kans.. Dec. 29.— Two thou sand persons attended a pro-Boer meet- Ing here to-day and resolutions urging England to invite the President of the United States and the ruler of Denmark to act as arbitrators in the settlement of the war were adopted. The resolutions were cabled to London. Addresses were made by David Overmeyer, General J. K. Hudson and others. Aspires to Presidency of Peru. LJMA, Peru, Dec. 29.— It can be said upon reliable Information that the presi dent of the Peruvian Senate. Manuel Can damo, will be a "candidate for. the Presi dency in the next election.