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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.
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
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
Mystery of His Early Morning Trips
With Gifford Pinchot Is Now
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.
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-
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.
Folk in Wasb-
Apeement With
Colombia Is
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
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."
"If such r- bill should be enacted into
law,' a great step will have been taken
toward effective regulation of hurtful
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
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
Labors of Sub-Com
mittee End in
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.

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