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"The Government should always keep at. least six months ahead of the
call of any possible emergency Jh the projectiles and ammunition: The great de mand'now existing for eyery'sori of structural material* obstructs in a great measure all forms of construction, and especially those where delay is occa sioned by very rigidjnspection. Every one being after the makers of razv ma terial, they naturally aim to please those whose orders can be most easily filled and in whose production they can realize the maximum output of their mills and furnaces: ' LEWIS NIKON." work is not really hurtful in the work as usually carried on. All classes of men must be employed and kept available as needed, and sometimes they are worked on private work when it might seem possible to work them on some part of war vessels, zvhen as a matter of fact the builder has looked ahead and ar ranged to employ than so that all parts may progress in such wa\ as to secure the earliest completion of Vic whole vessel. Many concrete examples of this can be given. ship and material under ordinary circumstances, where time is really not of great importance, but in emergency much of this must be dispensed zvith. ; ; ; "Once I built fourteen steel vessels, srjeral of them steamers- using in all sixteen engines, and ran trials before loading than, in eighty-five -working days. Under ordinary circumstances I should have asked for a year. During the last war I built two water boats in one-half ~ the time that 1 had ordinarily thought "We have during the past fciv years developed a superb shipbuilding per sonnel here, and there are a number of plants where work can be done] and un der the conditions above mentioned we could easily produce in this country 'twen ty battleships in the time stated. This would mean that the steel plants should rise, as of course they would, to the patriotic demands of the occasion and tiirn their great resources to'thc production of. the material needed. " "Private work would not interfere, as of course under such circumstances it would have to give precedence to the naval zvork. The interference of .private "By so arranging a staff of competent inspectors at each plant that every question could be instantly settled without reference to the department, 'aiidl by accepting material as it came from the mills without doing other than insure such attention as would produce uniformly good material, I believe a battleship could be built in fourteen months. The army Has- a number of guns in process of building at Bethlehem. While not knowing the exact state of the orders, by using the gun plants of the Government to supplement they could be greatly ad vanced in completion and used on vessels if necessary. "I <wu of course, a believer in the most thorough inspection of workman- IT El VIS NIXON of the shipbuilding trust, when 'intcrviczccd by arep- B rcscntativc of The Call last night and asked hozu fast the yards of the ffl United States could turn out warships in case of emergency; hoivsoon six could be built on special call; if private work would interfere, and how the obstacles, if any exist, might- be remot'cd, gavcjhe following signed BATTLESHIPS COULD BE BUILT RAPIDLY IN CASE OF EMERGENCY Continued on Page 3, Column 4. Continued on Page 3, Column 3. dor in moving;, from ' the shore was timely," as the hungry unem ployed populace of La Guaira, excited by recent events and driven to desperation by their condition,vhad applied to the lo cal authorities for. arms and pro- MASCAGNI TO APPEAR AT A LOCAL PLAYHOUSE Signs Contract for Engagement in San Francisco and Leaves Chi- cago Next Monday. CHICAGO. Jan. 23.— Sipnor Pietro Mas cagni will leave next Monday for San Francisco. For some time he had been urged by a manager to sign a contract for an engagement in that city, and. aft rr pome wrangling about the conditions, ilascagr.I consented to the proposition. A large orchestra and chorus have been secured by the management of the en terprise and soloists have been engaged for a grand performance of "Cavalieria liusticar.a 1 * under Signor Mascagnis CARACAS, Jan. 23. — Ad vices which came to day from Maracaibo, both official and pri vate, agree in declaring that the Venezuelan garrison commanded by General Bello still holds Fort San Carlos, at the entrance to Lake Maracaibo. The German cruisers Vineta and Gazelle, which began to bombard the fort on , Wednesday, continued to shell it to-day, firing at five miles distance. The stonework of the fort has been broken into fragments by the German shells and pulverized" into the earth works. The Venezuelan Gov ernment now believes that Gen eral Bello can maintain , his posi tion in the fort— this despite the fact that it has had no direct news from him to-day. The former Venezuelan gun- Rifle Bullets Cause War Vessel to Retire. boat Restaurador, now in posses sion of the Germans, arrived at La Guaira at 2 o'clock this after: noon from Puerto Cabello and anchored near the shore. Her presence caused great popular indignation. At 3 o'clock several rifle shots were heard in the dis tance. Shortly afterward the Res taurador left her anchorage and moved to a position outside the harbor and under the protection of the guns of the British cruiser Tribune. The Restaurador had been armed, equipped arid manned by the Germans since the capture. Her anchoring close in to shore was taken by the populace, in view of the Maracaibo occur rences, as a direct provocation to retaliation. It is not known where the rifle shots of this afternoon were fired, but it is believed that the precaution of the Restaura- Social Dispatch to Th« Call. ALL BUREAU. ' 14C« O STREET. X. W.. TVASHING ff * TON*. Jan. 23.— "The bombard- E ment by German warships of BL ' the Venezuelan forts la no concern of the Unltrd States Government— yet. The time has not yet come for Intervention. But the situation Is very annoying." This is the very significant statement made to-day by an official of the Slat* Department, whose opinions are cons«rv ative and whose utterances notably so. Furthermore, this may be regarded as practically official. The Venezuelan situation was discussed at length at the Cabinet meeting. Tn« consensus of opinion was practically th« same as the statement just given. The consideration in the Cabinet Is described Special Cable to The Call and the New York Herald. - Copyright, 1903, by the Herald Publishing Company. The Alaskan Delegate bill was passed. It provides for the' representation of the Territory of Alaska in the House of Rep resentatives by a Delegate. It also de fines the citizenship and the qualification of electors and creates the machinery for the elections, the date of which shall be the last Tuesday In September. The first Delegate is to be elected next autumn and is to hold a seat in the Fifty-eighth Congress. WASHINGTON*. Jan. 23.— The House to-day passed 235 private pension bills. They included pensions to the widow of General Fraz Sigel at $190 a month, the widow of General Francis Xegley at $50 and the widow of Hear Admiral Henry Picking at $40. PRIVATE PENSION BILLS ARE PASSED IN THE HOUSE REDOXDO, Jan. 23.— Twenty-nine thou sand barrels of oil rushed upon the beach in the space of ten minutes this morning, covering the streets and sand and flooding many cottages on the ocean front with petroleum that stood six Inches deep on the floors. An angle-iron between the first sheet and the bottom of the big Standard Oil Company tank broke out. making an opening, four feet In diameter, through which the oil rolled out in a shining stream until the last gallon was gone. The company's loss Is said to be close to $45,000. while the damage to cottages and other property will be $5000 more. The affected district which is flooded with oil is being guarded against fire, which would prove most disastrous. The dis aster occurred at an old tank which was rebuilt eighteen months ago. OIL FLOODS FLOORS OF BEDONDO'S HOMES Instantly the whole assemblage was on foot* drinking unfriendly toasts ..and cheering madly. Von Gossler stopped, thunderstruck, for he has made capital of his father's proud position and could but regard the affair as an insult to hte nation. While he stood undecided a "bird" hurled a hand ful of olives at him. Instantly there was a storm of olive?, buns, bread, cracked ice and radishes that continued until Von Gossler sat down.. He ate a few *our£es in quiet, but the "Humming Birds" began to get ugly again and he discreetly retired. The brokers, who for purposes of eat ing have an organization called "Hum ming Birds," had already begun their dinner when Von Gossler entered. On his appearance one of the "Birds" rose, and. with glass held high in the air. pointed at him and cried out: "Down with the Germans." NEW YORK. Jan. 23.— Henry von Gossler. eldest son of the German Min ister of War, who came to America to be a business man and who is now a curb broker, was the center of an ugly anti- German demonstration early to-day at a banquet given by the curb brokers at Healy's, Sixty-sixth street and Colum bia avenue. Special Dispatch to The Call, Richard A. Fitzgerald, a boilermaker j living at the comer of First and Folsora j streets, fatally stabbed his wife shortly j after d'dnieht in front of the lodginc- j house at £25 First street. Taking her un conscious form on his back he carried her along First street to his lodgings, nearly a block • away, and there a few tn'nutcs later the murderer and his victim •were found by the police. When Policemen Whalen and Kay en tered Fitzgerald's bedroom they found the man crouching by. the side of the bed, en ¦which lay his -wife In a pool of blood, with a huge pocket-knife, the blade j covered with blood. lying beside her. The woman was hurried to the Harbor j Emergency Hospital, where she died a • few minutes later. She had been stabbed 1 in the breast over the heart, the. blade apparently reaching that organ. She had teen unmercifully beaten before the fatal blow with the knife was struck. Fitzgerald refused to make any state ment to the policemen- who arrested him cr afterward to the officers at the Har bor station, where he was taken. The crime wa« witnessed by Mrs. Char lotte Molin of 223 First street. She was aroused by a woman's screams and the curses and blows of a man, who was beat- Ing her. Going to a window she saw the woman lying on the sidewalk and heard her say: "Don't, Fitzgerald. Oh, don't, .Fitzger ald I" Mrs. Molin shouted, "Oh. you brute." and Fitzgerald dropped his victim on The sidewalk and ran down the street to wards Folsom. Mrs. Molin began hastily crrFFing. but heard the woman scream | again, and she reached the window in time to see Fitzgerald with uplifted hand bending over his victim and paw him strike h«r, and saw the woman sink back upon the sidewalk. P. Block of 323 First street heard the noise and with his brother reached th<? Ftreet in time to Sf-e Fitzgerald carrying the woman along First street toward Folsom on his back. They notified Police man WhaJcn. who traced the murderer and his victim by the trail of blood. E. J. Burns. £5 First street, heard the QUErrel and heard Fitzgerald warn back a passerby who started to cross the street to rescue the woman from the brute who vas beatlnc her. h:tzg?ra;d has been charged with mur- UnfriendlyToasts Are Drunk and He Is Pelted With Edibles. Charlotte Molin Witnesses Bloody Deed and Fiend Is Arrested. Berlin War Minister's Heir the Object of Attack. Carries Dying Victim to His Room on His Back. Richard Fitzgerald Murders Woman on Street. Wall -Street Men Insult German Broker. HURL BREAD AT A SON OF VON GOSSLER STABS WIFE TO DEATH IN A QUARREL VOLUME XCIII— XO. 55. v BKIClT^rrV r E, CENTS. SAN IEAXCISCO, SATURDAY, JANUAEY 24, 1903. The San Francisco Call. SAN CARLOS GARRISON HOLDS OUT AGAINST GERMAN BOMBARDMENT TWO FOES OF CASTRO AND BIRDSE YE VIEW OF WAR DISTRICT. SHIPS' GUNNER? ARE BUSILY BOMBARQING VENEZUELAN FORT JlJARACAIBO, Jan. 23§-At 2 o'clock this afternoon Fort San Carlos was in the possession of the Government forces, and the bombardment by the German warships was still going on. There has been no material change in the situation. The gunboat Panther was the only vessel to come inside the bar. Communication with the fort is very difficult. Great excitement prevails in Maracaibo. Commander of Kaiser's Fleet Sends Gun boat Close to La Guaira to Invite ] A ttack From the Shore. Time for American Interference Not Yet at Hand.