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MARACAIBO. Jan. IS.— The following
report has been received from ¦ General
Bello, the comander of Fort San Carlos:
"Yesterday afternoon at 12:30 o'clock
Fort San Carlos was attacked and shelle'l
¦without any provocation on our part,
without previous notification or the deliv
ering of an ultimatum., by the German
cruiser Panther, which tried to force thj
entrance. After a fight lasting an hou..
during which the fort used onlv four
guns, the Panther was obliged to abandon
the light and retreated in the direction of
Curacoa. The fort suffered no damage
and only three men were wnundeil."
There have been popular demonjtrattorH
on the streets here as a result of thj
shelllAS of the fort,
NI?W YORK, Jan. 18.-A chess match
by wireless telegraph served to enliven
the voyage of the American liner Phila
delphia and the Cunarder Lucanla, which
arrived here to-day. The two vessels got
into wireless communication on Friday,
when a suggestion for a chess match was
flashed from the Lucanla and eagerly ac
cepted by the Philadelphia. On the lat
ter vessel a team was selected consisting
of,.W. B. "Wheelen of Philadelphia, Frank
Cauldwell of Chicago and Waldemer
Weiss of New York. The Lucanla cham
pions were E. Marshall Fox* and E. Hor
ace Mundy of London, R. W. Milbank of
Liverpool and Captain H. R. Campbell
and .William Evans. The Philadelphia
team was victorious, their opponents re
signing after twelve moves.
But General George Bello. in command
of the fort, was In readiness for the en
emy. He had at least two modern - and
two old-fashioned guns and . he at once
returned the fire. For Bome time the
guns of the Panther, did not respond and
it was noticed with Joyby those In the
fort that, j although she was doing her
best. to force an entrance to. the channel,
it was so narrow. and so shallow that she
News of the bombardment and the. first
battle in which the Venezuelans may, be
said to have been victorious was received
at ! noon . to-day from the Governor . of
From Fort San Carlos at noon on Sat
urday- a cruiser flying the German flag
was seen steaming: along the coast. It
turned into the chapnel which the fort
guards and then, without any signal of
warning, when within, range of the fort,
opened with all of her batteries.
11, informing him that about a week later
German vessels would open fire on'Tort
San Carlos. The orders to do this, the
letter .said, had been received from Ber
lin, with instructions to make the attack
before the arrival of United States Min
ister Bowen.
In proof of this a leading official of the
Government here showed to The Call cor
respondent a letter sent to President Cas
tro from Curacao * under date of January
That this action will have a disastrous
influence on the negotiations for peace is
admitted generally here, more so as it
is said that tho attack on the fort was
premeditated a week ago.
ARACAS, Jan. 18.— Once more
Chas the German navy begun
open hostilities against the
Venezuelans, and j this time to
its sorrow. Apparently with
out provocation, the German
cruiser Panther opened fire on Fort San
Carlos, which commands the entrance to
the Inner bay on which Maracaibo lies,
twenty-two miles away. This was on
Saturday. Much to the surprise of Cap
tain Eckermann and everybody aboard
the German warship, the fort replied vig
orously. Soon afterward two explosions
were heard ,on the Panther and these
seemed to disable her, for slowly and
seemingly with difficulty she withdrew.
It Is reported that two of the men on the
Panther were killed.
Special Cable to Tho Call and the New York Herald. Copyright, 1903,
by the Herald Publishing Company.
Two Germans Killed and Several Wounded,
While Venezuelan Loss Is Slight.
Alii of tho officials agree that this evi
dently premeditated -bombardment of the
fort, all without provocation or notifica
tion, will have an untoward effect on the
negotiations* for a peaceful ending of the
troubles. While no one can understand
why the Germans should adopt this
* When news "of the engagement with the
defeat of. the Germans was made known
here there was the wildest rejoicing and
the streets - were thronged all day by
crowds of cheering, singing Venezuelans.
All these official advices'were confirmed
by private dispatches which were re
ceived by merchants here and which said
that Fort San Carlos suffered little dam
age, while two men on the Panther were
reported killed and several wounded.
For an hour the marksmanship of the
Germans was so execrable that the fort
suffered little damage. This cheered the
men* in the fort and again and again they
shouted defiance at the crew of the Ger
man cruiser.
Then another explosion on 'the Panther
was heard and she seemed to be crippled
badly. She withdrew slowly, the guns of
the fort firing on her until she was out of
range. Xo response came from her and
once out of the entrance to the mined bay
she steamed off along the coast.
But she was soon In a position where
her guns could be used again and again
they spoke to the fort, whose guns gave
answer in kind.
Then an explosion was heard on the
Panther and from the fort it could be
seen that her men were in confusion for a
few minutes. Ail* was discipline after
that and the bombardment was renewed.
could not be handled to the best advan
WASHINGTON, Jan. lS.-Offlcial Wash
ington received npws late to-night of the
bombardment of Fort San Carlos by the
German cruiser Panther with, the great
est astonishment. Secretary Hay, who
returned home to-night from New York,
had not learned the details of the engage
ment. Count Quadt, in charge of the
German Embassy, Is still in New York
and inquiries at the embassy to-night
brought forth no information on the sub
ject. :;^
It can be said, however, that when the
news becomes generally known in "Wash
ington to-morrow the greatest surprise
and Indignation will follow. It had been
supposed here that nothing more than a
peaceful blockade .'would be maintained
after the agreement of all parties con
cerned to submit the case to The Hague
course, that it was premeditated seems al
most certain, in view of the letter from
Curacao, received by President Castro.
Yards in the Mississippi and Ohio
Valleys Will Be Consolidated
Into One Company.
LOUISVILLE, Ky., Jan. 18.— The Her
ald to-morrow will say: Within tho next
ten days the entire shipbuilding interests
of the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys will be
consolidated and merged into one com
pany, with a capitalization of more than
f50.000.000. Articles Incorporating this gi
gantic combine will be filed under the
laws of New Jersey. The moving spirits
in the proposed consolidation are W. W.
Hazard of Chicago and Captain Edward
Howard of Jeffersonville. Hazard repre
sents Chicago capitalists and Captain
Howard the principal shipyards along the
Crite's Discovery and Artificial Res
piration Work a Miracle in
CLEVELAND. Ohio. Jan. 18.— Many doc
tors are Inclined to consider the experi
ment? which have been carried on by Dr.
George \V. Crite in the nse of adrenalin
ajs successful. The operation leading to
the discovery of its power was performed
on a do;? by Dr. Crlte and other physi
cians. After anaesthetics had been ad
ministered to a dog the suspension of res
piration was effected by clamping the
windpipe. After the dog had been appar
ently dead for fifteen minutes a few drops
of. adrenalin were administered and arti
ficial respiration resorted to. This treat
ment restored the dog to a comparatively
conscious condition. It is said that adren
alin has not been tried on human beings
and Its effect on man is unknown.
Result of Chicago Grand Jury's In
vestigation of the Fuel
CHICAGO. Jan. IS.— When the Grand
jL.ry. specially convened to investigate
tho coal famine, shall make it? report to
morrow, it. is expect**! that there will
b«» thirty-nine true bills returned against
c-al dealer.---. The indictments, it is said,
v.ill charge* the coal dealers with viola
tions «if the anti-trust laws and with I
The charge of blacklisting Is made
rirair.st retailors, and especially. It is saiu,
e^aiiist the Retail Dealers' Association
el Illinois and "Wisconsin. 7 •>¦:"
Steam Packet Carrying a Crew of
Twenty Men Is Believed to
Save Foundered.
LONDON, Jan. 19.— The steam packet
Upupa from Cardiff for Cork has been
missing: since last Friday. "Wreckage
which has been washed up on the coast
near Cork leaves no doubt that the vessel
foundered during a gale. She had a crew
of twenty men and some steerage passen
ccrs aboard. She was owned in Cork.
BOISE, Idaho, Jan. 18.-A panic among
a large congregation at the First Metho
dist Church was averted to-night by the
presence of mind, of the pastor. Rev. . I
F. Roach. Dr. Roach had just announced
his text and was opening his sermon
when a burst of smoke and flame shot
up Into the auditorium from a register in
the main aisle. Th© church was packed
and in a moment great excitement pre
vailed. Raising his voice abore the
screams of women and shouts of men, Dr
Roach called out that the fire was from
paper that had fallen into the register
and that there was no danger. The au
dlence quieted down and quickly filed out"
In the meantime an alarm had been turn*
ed in and the department was on hand
promptly. It took an hour to get the fire
under control. Tho main floor of the
church was wrecked. The property loss
is small.
ened Congregation.
Fire Breaks Out During Services But
Clergyman Quiets the Fright-
Uriexpected Bombardment May Have Effect
of Delaying Peace Negotiations.
eluded in Prussia's Exhibit
at St. Louis.
BERLIN, Can. 18.— Among the curious
exhibits that the Prussian Ministry of
Public Instruction will Include In its edu
cational display at the St. Louis Exposi
tion is an apparatus for measuring mental
fatigue, which is widely employed. It is
called an aestheslometer, and measures
the sensitiveness of the skin, which cor
responds directly to brain fatigue, the
sensitiveness dlmlnihlng as the mind
Dr. Schrader, professor at the Kaiser
Wilhelm gymnasium in Hanover, has per
j fectcd an instrument that measures the
i time elapsing in the reaction of the sen
j sorium after mental exertion. The prin
i ciplc upon which It is based Is that
'.mental work produces a fatigue of the
¦ nerve centers. The measurement of fa
tigue during classroom work generally
shows that history makes but a slight
C2ll on the mental power. Geometry and
Latin are far more exhausting. During
the study of Latin the nerve power is re
duced one-quarter and memory appears
to suffer greatly.
Interesting Apparatus to Be In-
A. Johnson, the lessee, suffered a prop
erty loss of $1000. with no insurance. S.
Kenouse. the proprietor of the building.
places his losses at $4000, with insurance
of $2500. The guests escaped with only
what clothing was on their backs. In most
instances exceedingly scanty, and all
tholr personal effects were burned.
Morrisey. B. C, is a new town of about
vm inhabitants, which has grown since
the Morrisey coal mines, operated by the
Great Northern Railroad, came into
prominence. It Is ninety miles north of
Jennings, Mont., and forty miles north of
the international boundary line. It has
eight or ten large frame hotels, business
houses of varied descriptions and a num
ber of new dwellings. It Is supported by
the trade of the Morrisey miners, of
whom there are about S00 alone in ' the
Great Northern underground workings,
and It Is also a stopping place for pros
pectors and coal. and timber cruisers.
The town has no modern fire apparatus,
and it was necessary to wait until the
flames subsided before searching a part
of the ruins. Four dead bodies were dis
covered and carried out, a-nd four more
men cannot be accounted for. The hotel
was at the cast end of town. A west
wifid was blowing, and that fact alone
saved the rest of the town from destruc
About H o'clock last night a lamp was
accidentally overturned In the barroom,
and owing to the Inflammable material
of the building the flames spread rapidly
and soon got beyond control. Most of the
guests had retired, and as soon as the
proprietor saw that the place was doomed
he and the bartender rushed upstairs to
arouse the sleeping men. In some cases
the guests were half-dazed by smoke and
Fcorchefi by flames, and it was -with dif
ficulty they were got to the outside.
Everything was in flames in a few-mo
ments, but the two rescuers worked until
they were so badly burned about the head
and arms that they could no longer stay
in the building.
The hotel was well filled with guests at
the time of the fire. It was a structure
CO feet wide and 50 feet long, two stories
in height, with dining-room and bar. A.
Johnson, the lessee, is as yet unable to
determine how many»guests escaped, as
as many of them were transient and not
known personally to him.
SPOKANE,. "Wash., Jan. 18.— Four dead
bodies, charred and as yet unidentified,
were taken from the ruins of the Pioneer
Hotel at Morrisey, B. C. after Its de
struction last night. It is feared four
more victims are still in the ruins.
Special Disratch to The Call
"The Lahn is capably commanded and
I am cure every means will be taken to
float her at flood tide. I will communicate
with Gibraltar in the morning and I am
Fure the news will come of her being
Kew York Agent, Gustave Schwab,
Looks for Favorable News.
NEW YORK, Jan. 1R.— The Lahn left
Genoa on January 11 and was due here on
January 26. She Is one of the steamers
X>!ying on the southern route of the North
German Lloyd Steamship Company and
runs between Genoa and New York, stop
ring at Naples and Gibraltar. Gustave H.
Pchwab, general agent in this city of the
line, was much surprised when the cable
dispatch was shown to him to-night. He
The Gibraltar lifeboat ship, to be pre
pared for an emergency, has had boats
ct the Lahn all day lone.
Another attempt to float the Lahn will
bo made with the morning tide. If the
mind shifts to the- east the steamer's po
sition would be critical.
still on board the vend. They are quite
safe, provided the wind holds in the west.
The passengers on the Lahn number
about 109 In the saloon, mostly Ameri
cans, and about 700 Italian immigrants In
the steerage. All of the passengers are
The tugs continued all day their fruit
less efforts to release the Lahn. The En
ergetic and Hartford left for the- scene
of the wreck this afternoon. The Her
culcs returned to-night to procure labor
ers ar.d lighters to commence the work
of discharging: the Latin's cargo immedi-
the Vnited States steamer Hartford and
the tugs Neva, Hcriclades and Uercules,
but the Laiin remained fast en the sand
GIBRALTAR. Jan. IS.— The North Ger
ir.an Lloyd steamer Lahn, Captain Mal
chow. from Mediterranean ports for New
York, went ashore at 4 o'clock this morn
ir.g at Tumara, ten miles east of the
Ruck of. Gibraltar. There was a heavi
ng:, and rain was falling at the time,
fche is in no danger, and salvage steam
ers are with her. The Lahn Is stern on to
the sea. The weather is moderate, but
there is a heavy tea.
The agent of the salvage company here
ezid to-night:
"The Ftrandlng of the Lahn Is attrib
uted to thick weather and the heavy rain.
M'hfn off Tumara, east of the Rock of
<.:braJtar. before daybreak, the Lahn un
expectedly stranded on a sandbank."
All attempts to float the Lahn have
hf-en unsuccessful. The steamer proba
bly will be compelled to transship her pas
sengers and cargo. An attempt to pull
off the steamer was made at high water
by the British Admiralty tug Energetic.
The engineer was so badly injured that
he died in a short time. The firemen, who
wore not injured, succeeded in pulling
many passengers through the car win
dows. As soon as all were taken from
the debris they were carried to a neigh-
Lcrltig farm house, where they were cared
for until one of the party walked to
Waco and telegraphed to Sycamore, two
miles away, for help. Assistance arrived
in a couple of hours, and the Injured
passengers were brought to the Sycamore
The Des Moines and Minneapolis spe
cial, running at a high rate of speed,
struck a broken rail just as it was about
to cross a bridge. The speed of the train
carried It across the bridge on the ties,
and the entire train pitched down a twen
ty-foot embankment, the cars turning on
their sides and being- jumbled together
in a shapeless mass.
Besides the foregoing. Thomas D.
Heady, a State Senator from Iowa;* At
torney James Finnegan and Miss Xarina
F-anford of Sycamore are In a precarious
condition. St. Charles and Sycamore hos
pitals are crowded with the injured to
night. Many escaped with broken fin
gers and bruises, while others are suffer
ing merely from the jiervous shock.
The most seriously Injured are: John
| Bashore, Ida Grove, Iowa, mail clerk;
Mrs. E. H. Riggs. wife of the conductor;
Mrs. I. U. Stewart, Hampton, Iowa, back
injured, severe scalp wound; 1. L. Stew
art, editor of the Kranklin Countj- Rec
ord, badly bruised; Cloy C. Smith, Des
Molnes; Alf Graff, legs cut; G. L.. lloebe!,
I "Waukocan.
J. D. HEADY of Minneapolis, engineer
SYCAMORE, 111., Jan. IS.-In a wreck
ntar here to-day on the Great Western
Railroad one person was killed and thirty
were seriously injured. Of these several
may not recover. The dead:
Efforts to Float Her Fail
and Passengers Must
Be Removed.
Crowded Building in Town
of Morrisey Rapidly
Derailed Cars Cross Bridge
Safely Before the
Awful Plunge.
Victims Now Number
Four and Guests
Are Missing.
Strikes Sandbar While
Traveling in Thick
Engineer Perishes and
Thirty Passengers
. Are Injured.
Bodies Are Found in
British Colum
bia Ruins.
Steamship Lahn Is
Hard Aground
at Gibraltar.
Broken Rail Causes
Fatal Wreck in
MARACAIBO, Venezuela, Jan. 18. =~The German cruiser Panther shelled Fort
San Carlos, at the entrance to Lake Maracaibo, yesterday for one hour. The fort
returned the fire with four guns. The Panther withdrew in the direction of
Curacao. Fort San Carlos is twenty-two miles from Maracaibo and commands
the entrance to the lake or inner bay, which the warship sought to enter.
Shells From Shore Guns Cause Explosions on Cruiser
Panther and Compel Her Retreat.
The San Francisco Call

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