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VOLU3IE XCIII— NO. 54.
PRICE FIVE CENTS. SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, JANUARY 23, 1903. MARACAIBO, Jan. 22.— The bombardment of Fort San Carlos by the German cruisers Vineta, Panther and Falke was continued yesterday afternoon until 6 o'clock. It was resumed this morning at daybreak. Seven or eight shells were hurled at the fort at 4 o'clock at long range. \ All fell short. At 6 o'clock the Panther, being of light draught, closed in and again became actively engaged. The fort replied. At 8 o'clock the engagement was proceeding as fiercely as yesterday. Twelve dead and fifteen badly wounded Venezuelan soldiers were counted in the fort at 7 o'clock last night by the correspondent of the Associated Press. The correspondent left the fort for the mainland at 3 o'clock this morning. WARSHIPS OF GERMANY RAIN SHELLS INTO SAN CARLOS FORT, SPREADING DEATH AND DESTRUCTION IN A HELPLESS TOWN, AND VALIANT VENEZUELANS FALL BEHIND RUINED RAMPARTS Continued on Page 5, Column 3^ WASHINGTON. Jan. r ) 22.— Germany is going too far. The second- unwarranted attack - on San Carlos . shows that her course of action in South America Is a menace to the United States. This Is the ' opinion which practically every oOclal of prominence • In ; the ad- Epeela.1 Dispatch to The Call United States Views Germany With Suspicion. ministration now.holds. There Is no offi cial;-comment.* Usually when unofficial stntiment^ is', apprehensive" official utter ances are designed to dispel anxiety, but such is not>the case now. ! The officials of the State Department' are reticent arel this reserve i is ominous in Itself. It ; is now believed here that Germany has designated' attacks on San Carlos in order to embarrass the negotiations for a set tlement of the differences which Mr. Bowen .has- come to to con duct. : This. Is 'an evidence that Germany does not want a settlement but does want to continue to stir up all the trouble possible* in .South ] America so that these PRESIDENT WIELDS AX IN TENALLYTOWN FOREST Mystery of His Early Morning Trips With Gifford Pinchot Is Now Explained. 1 WASHINGTON. Jan. 22.-The mvstery pf President Roosevelt's visits to a "forest rear Tcnal'.ytown was solved to-day The President's early morning trips have been rpent In wielding an ax against Uces of the forest. He is accompanied in this latest effort to rid himself of his sur plus energy by Gifford Pinchot. forester >f the Department of Agriculture. "Legal Residence at San Mateo. ¦ NEW YORK. Jan. 22.-D. O. Mills was fess<"?F«>d for $300,000 personal taxes., but fccriEiderinir the assessment excessive he Sfwore to-day that his lepal residence is at Ban Matco, Cal., and thus evaded pay n.( el LONDON, January 22.— Senor Schottiorghat, the Venezuelan representative in London, declared to day that Mr. Bowen has documentary evidence which is likely to cause consternation at Berlin. The Consul says he is waiting for permission from Caracas to publish information which. 1 "will show without possibility of contradiction that the German Government is deep in complicity with the in surgent General Matos for the overthrow of the Venezuelan Government." Special Dispatch, to The Call. CONSUL SA YS KA ISER: IS IN LEA GUE WITH MATOS. UNCLE SAM WAXES WROTH AT THE CONDUCT OF THE CERMANS. The treaty will have to go to the Senate for ratification and It Is believed It will fce transmitted to that body to-morrow. It is stated that details of the agreement will not be made public in advance of th<s transmission of the treaty to the Senate. The canal treaty was signed at Secre tary Hay'g house this afternoon. Mr. Hay acting for the United States and Dr. Her ran, the Charge d' Affaires of Colombia, who had been specially given full powers tc negotiate the treaty, signing it for Co- Icmbla. The principal obstacle for some time to the conclusion of the treaty, it is under rtood, has been the price that the United States was to pay In the shape of a cas'a payment and by way of annual rental for the strip of territory' along each eld e of the canal right of way. It could not be learned to-night what was the price fin aliy agreed on- Some time ago there was a hitch over the question of the extent to which con trol by the United States over this strip cf land should go, Colombia objecting on tfce ground that the provisions required ir. the treaty by the United States would ciean a. relinQuishment of sovereignty by Colombia over part of her territory, but this matter was amicably adjusted, as was a difference as to the lifetime of the ]case of the strip of land in question, the final result being a practical cession In perpetuity of the strip to the United States for canal purposes and incidental police control and protection of the canal rt/rht of way. WASHINGTON, Jan. 22.— The treaty between the United States and Colombia for the construction of the Panama canal by the United States was signed to-day In this city. The report of the signing Xo details of the signing of the treaty •were obtainable, but at the Presidential reception at the White House to-night news that the treaty between the two countries at last was an accomplished fact leaked out. Later the news was con firmed in official quarters. It had been intended not to make the signing of the tieaty public until to-morrow, but the l:cws apparently was too good for soma & the friends of the canal to keep. Fears had been entertained until this ¦week that Colombia would not be willing to accede to the wishes of the United States in the matter, and that recourse to the Nicaragua canal project might be forced on the Government of the United States. But this week events took a more favorable turn and Colombia transmitted instructions and authority to Dr. Her ran, its representative in the United States, that made possible a conclusion cf the long negotiations. Soutn American Republic Removes Obstacles to tbe Project. SnflflenNewsAmaaes Folk in Wasb- Apeement With Colombia Is (TilPn TREATY ASSURES A CANAL Continued on Page 3, Column L Continued on Page 5, Columns 3,and 4. Continued on Page 5, Column : 6. : f. ment at the fact that the Gov ernment had, not arranged for prompt in formation, •- "particularly in view, of the nervousness of public >¦- opinion . ¦ in ', the _— -^. ERLIN,- Jan. 22.— The Foreign B S Office is very Impatiently Jp—irfJ^: awaiting official news from §/ JS Maracaibo. The German ifffr ,4& "newspapers • express amaze- Berlin Press Scorss Government for Inactivity. Nothing herein contained shall bejconstrued as relieving any corporation from making, in addition to the foregomtt. euch returns aa aro now required by the "act to regulate com- Bt it enacted, etc., that every corporation which may be hereafter organized shall at the time of engaging in interstate or foreign com merce file the return hereinafter provided for, and every corporation whenever organized and engaged in State or foreign commerce shall file a return with the Interstate Commerce Commission for the year ending December 31 whenever and at such time aa requested by said commission, stating Its name, date of organization, where and when organized, sciv ing statutes under which it is organized and all amendments thereof; if consolidated, naming constituent companies and where and when or ganized, with the same information as to such constituent comoanlea. so far as applicable as herein required, of such corporations; 'if re organized, name of original corporation or cor porations, with full reference to lawa und»r which all the reorganizations have taken place, with the same information as to all prior com panies in the chain of reorganization, so far as applicable, as is herein required of such cor poration; amount of authorized capital stock, shares into which it ia divided, par value, whether common or preferred and distinction between each; amount Issued and outstanding; amount paid in; how much, if any. paid in in cash and how much, if any, in property, if any part in property, describing In detail the kind and character and location, with its cash mar ket value at the time it was received in pay ment, giving 'the elements upor. ¦a*.ich said market value is basod. and especially whether in whole or in part upon the tcapitalization of earnings, earning capacity or economies, wttSi the date and the cash price paid therefor at its sale; the neme and address of each officer, managing agent and director; a true and cor rect copy ¦ of . Jts articles of incorporation; a full, true and correct copy nt any and all rule», regulations and by-laws adopted for the man agement and control of its business and the direction of its offlcers, managing agents and directors. . A bill requiring: corporations engaged in In terstate commerce to make returns, prohibiting rebates and discriminations, the use of Inter state commerce In attempts to de»troy com petition and for other purpose!. "I like especially the provision which proposes to prevent -railroads from making secret preferences in their rates and fa cilities in favor of great concerns, at the expense of smaller shippers. The bill seems to meet this sorest grievance and In this respect to supply a deficit (a the present law." .TEXT OF THE BELL. "If such r- bill should be enacted into law,' a great step will have been taken toward effective regulation of hurtful ccmbinations. Judge W. A. Day of this city, who acted as the special attorney of the Department cf Justice In the beef trust case, highly commends the Hous~ bill. In speaking to night of its featur he said: The disposition in the Senate to favor some form of trust legislation is growing. The main difference of opinion between the two houses rests largely on the question of publicity, leading Senators being un willing to go so far as the LJttlefleld bill provides. Representative Littlefleld of Maine, who ?.ill champion the, bill in the House, has been appointed chairman of the sub-corn- Eiittee of the House Committee on Mer chant Marine and Fisheries to Investigate the question of coal transportation and will go to New England next week to bear testimony. The Democrats In t'le House will confine their opposition to amendments to the bill. They may of fer a substitute of more stringent char acter. Failing- in this, they will vote for the Littlefield bill. "WASHINGTON, Jan. 22.— There is a distinct feeling of encouragement among the friends o£ anti-trust legislation since the final completion of the House bill and the agreement of the sub-committee. It is^now thought, however, that the bill will not be finally passed by the House until w'eek after next. Special Dispatch to The Call. Difference of Opinion Rests Largely on Question of Publicity. Leading Senators Not Willing to Give Approval. Labors of Sub-Com mittee End in Agreement. ANTI-TRUST BILL FINALLY COMPLETED The San Francisco Call. Commander of the Garrison Holds Kaiser's Fleet in check. JS yjjTARACAIBO, Jan. 22. — Additional details regarding /m/M ie k° m bardment . by the German. vessels show that ¦'/¦ W jS the Panther left her position close to. Fort San Car los, which she took up earlier in the day, Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock and joined the Falke. This ship was half a mile outside the bar and about five, miles from the fort. At 3 o'clock the correspondent of the Associated Press, in a rowboat," approached the, side of the fort, out of range, and from this point witnessed the long-range fire of the German cruisers, which continued, from 3 until 6 o'clock. -The Vineta and the Falke were close together and nearer the fort than the Panther. The first two vessels at a range of four and a half miles poured in a continuous rain of shells upon the fort and only stopped firing with the advent of dusk at 8 o'clock. At this hour the German vessels retired seaward after having made a secQnd ineffectual attempt to land troops in the village of San Carlos," situated at the. base of the fort. -Vr. Soldiers Dead Behind Ruined Ramparts. At 7 o'clock Wednesday afternoon the correspondent, who was accompanied by a Government telegrapher bearing a tele gram from President Castro to the commandant of San Carlos, landed on the island and entered the fort. The walls of the fort are terribly hammered and there were many evidences of the firing. Twelve dead Venezuelan soldiers were counted behind the ramparts and .fifteen other men, seriously wounded, were ly ing on a low" platform. The fort is literally covered with pieces of broken shell. It was seen that a great; many of the German shells, had not exploded. The magazine had a very narrow escape, two shells having come within an ace of penetrating it. The walls of the fort which face the entrance of the lake suffered particularly and were greatly damaged. It is estimated by the command ant, General Bello, that the German ships fired more than 1600 shells at Fort San Carlos. . - ... . . Although -the' damage inflicted upon the fort by the sus tained fire of the German cruisers is very great, it is not all that could be expected from a continuous fire from modern high power guns. The village of San Carlos suffered greatly. The aim of -the German gunners appears to have been inaccurate, for more than sixty per cent of their shells exploded in the vil lage before reaching the fort. The cannon mounted, at San; Carlos have not sufficient range to reach, the Falke and '¦.the Vineta, so the -fire from these vessels was. not returned, as they kept out of range of the Ven ezuelan artillery. The Vineta and Falke are of too great draught to cross -the bar. The Panther alone can do this, and this fact explains why the last-mentioned cruiser was the only one to come in close to the fort. Some of; the artillery on the fort has been destroyed by- the German fire, but there are still five guns that can be fired. ./ Panther Is After a Venezuelan Warship. General Bello is a soldier of remarkable courage and dar ing.' He has shown great bravery and} is. inno way intimidated. He -will not abandon .the fort, but will resist as long as it is pos sible for him to do so. He swears that on January 17, the occa sion of the first bombardment, the Panther fired upon him first without reason and without provocation.