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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
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.
Police of Pullman, 111., Say
Suicide Answers the
Fugitive Cashier's
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.
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
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
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. ■-
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.
Member of a Family Notorious
in Kentucky Because of
a Deadly Feud Is
Special Dispatch to The Call.
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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.
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Pauncefote and Hay to
Adjust Remaining
Will Afterward Submit Their
Agreement to a High -
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
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
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*.
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.
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-
This event Is significant of the progres
sive tendency, of to-day, which has recent
ly been manifested in many ways •
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
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.
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.
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
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.

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