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SAX FBANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1903.
VOLUME XCIII— XO. 73.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
« ... *
; JpOLLOWING ... the'
A ' proclamation of zvarK
against Salvador and
Honduras the • Guate
•malan Government has es
tablished - a rigid : censor
ship- over 'the ; telegraph,
: and . no further news has
been permitted to go out
: from its capital-city.. From
'¦' other sources it is learned
'.that Guatemala liaJ /J«f- %
I ried the army to the fron
tier and a clash of the rival
forces at an early . date is
probable. Nicaragua has
sent' troops to assist one of
the factions in Honduras'.
Continued on Pace 2, Column 6.
HRIJSSELS. Feb. 10.-<5ennaro Rubino,
the Italian anarchist, who has been on
tilaJ here since February 6. charged with
:m«--mpting to assassinate King Leopold,
November IS. by firing three shots at thc
Kins while he was returning from the
cathedral after attending a Te Deum mass
in inemnry of the late Queen Henrietta.
«u found truiHy to-<3ay and was sen
tenced U> ;)::;¦! it unnicnt fur life
Rubino Goes to Prison for Life.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Feb. 10.—Presi
dent Zelaya of Nicaragua, has hot heard
of the reported . proclamation of War
against Honduras and Salvador by Guate
mala^ The ' v revolution in Honduras is ex
pected ,to be soon quelled. Salvador 'and
Nicaragua , have taken '» precaufionary
measured for the Drbtection of their, fron
tiers. : Nicaragua until now has "remained
neutral.
ZELAYA HAS NO NEWS.
Professes Ignorance as to the Procla
mation of War.
Suggestions of the Eecent Landlord
and Tenant Conference Are to
B« Ignored.
LONDON, Feb. 11.— The Daily News un
derstands that In the new Irish land bill
I be Government has decided to Ignore the
principal suggestion of the recent Irish
landlord and tenant conference, presided
over by Lord Dunraven, and will frame
a measure mainly on the lines of the pre
\ ious Irish land, purchase bills. If this
decision is carried out It will cause con-
Ftcrnaiion in Ireland.
NEW IRISH LAND BILL
WILL AFFORD SMALL RELIEF
The *Fish Commission boat Albatross is
now the -only ; representative J of the Great
White ' Navy ' in ; the harbor. :; ;
If heavy 'weather, is met with, it may be
necessary, for the -squadron to :'call 'at
some southern : port for. coal. All possible
Kaste, however, will " s ; be made," as ; from"
the indications Admiral Glass : and his
fighting force will have' quite a busy time
looking --out'- for '• American . Interests
in what promises to be' the most elaborate
fighting-fast ever" indulged In by the re
publics of ; un-unlted America. ¦ .-' ¦•'
•In command of the flagship New;-Tork.Is
Captain McKenzle; Captain ; Phelps ! is in
command"', of ,, the:* Marblehead;;' Captain
Perkins of", the .Boston, and .Captain Por
ter" of tHe 'Ranger.- ' 7 : ¦;<¦'
;.to the base of the ferry depot
flagstaff, the NewjYork, -the Boston, thc
Marblehead and the ; Ranger, in the order
named, were j steaming out toward the
Golden Gate on their way "to Amalpa.
The • speed > of : the squadron will be regu*
lated by. the -pace of .the Ranger, which is
thc slowest vessel in the squadron. "¦'¦''¦¦ H^
. Rear Admiral Henry Glass had ordered
each, commander to" have hi8 ; vessel : in
readiness '-for " a y start at v daybreak \ and
when the sun 'rose it found the four ships
with booms in, ;boats aboard- and anchor
chains hove short. •• : ; '-.•;.[.-
P 'V \ HE slgnal for thc sailing of the
B Pacific squadron was hoisted
Jflr 5 on the flagship New York
¦ B '¦ ,:' shortly before noon? yesterday
•^ ' ahd.before the time ball dropped
The Nicaraguan Government has sent
forces from various points to help the re
tiring President of Honduras, General Si
erra. President Zelaya of Nicaragua and
President Kegalado of Salvador are . con
vinced that General Sierra will not allow
the meeting of the Honduran Congress.
Senor Alvarado Guerrero, one of Sierra's
Ministers, has left him to Join President
elect Bonilla, who has organized his Gov
ernment at Amapala Island.
The origin of the present conflict is the
opposition of President Cabrera of Gua
temala to the Intervention of Salvador and
Nicaragua In favor of General Sierra. .
War preparations are reported to be
proceeding In Guatemala, where a strict
censorship has been established over out
going cablegrams. It is reported that
Guatemala has hurried 8000 men to the
frontier.
mala against Salvador "and
Honduras. It is -well known
that Guatemala openly sympathizes with
the President-elect of Honduras, Senor
Bonilla, but it is believed that the present
critical situation .in Guatemala will not
allow the Government to rendor Senor Bo
nilla any substantial aid. Salvador and
Nicaragua are protecting their respective
countries. • . .
VST'^ ANAMA, Feb. 10.— No- con-
B Mr fi rnmt - lon has been received
Mj here regarding the reported
J^ declaration of war by Guate-
Nicaragua a Meddler
in the Honduran
Civil War.
Pacific Squadron Be
gins Voyage to
Isthmus.
./ Mrs.' Patek, 1 in the meantime, managed
to 'get up 'and returned to the house, but
a. few minutes later another fall was
heard j and shortly smoke, was seen to
come- from -the Patek ', residence. Arthur
D. ' Stevens, a; painter, living opposite at
315* Natoma.; street: A. \H. Shipley, work
ing at f the ' United Carriage . Company's
stables on Natoma street, and ', Thomas
Sullivan, ; of the Occidental ; Hotel
coachj whowas also at the stables, has
tened to the house, while Thomas Waters,
an employe of the carriage company, sent
•In ? an .• alarm. Stevens ¦. was the first to
enter. He found the smoke so dense that
he -.had fto- grope his way into' the room.
Through the 'smoke he saw flames arising
which , he thought came, from the. furni
ture, but .to his ; horror ,. discovered . tha t
SMOKE ¦ WARNS NEIGHBORS.
Mrs. Patek had been suffering for years
from epileptic fits and was partially para
lyzed. She was in the house alone and at
8:30 o'clock her neighbor," Mrs. Catherine
Matheson', residing at 308 Natoma. street,
was startled by, the . sound' of some one
falling from the rear steps of the next
house into the yard. She looked out to as
certain the trouble and/saw Mrs. . Patek
lying on the' ground. The woman called
for help, but Mrs. Matheson told her that
she was unable to climb the fence to aid
her. ' Mrs. Matheson.' however, called to a
little girl named Alice Farrel, living at 307
Natoma street, to give assistance, but th'o
child said she . was not able *to do > any
thing 1 , as she, too,' could "not get over the
fence to the next yard and the front door
she found was locked.
Mrs. Mary. Patek, 33 years of age, wife
of 'Harry Patek,' an employe of the United
Carriage Company ana living ; at 310 Na
toma street, ; was burned to death last
night through falling, it is presumed, upon
a lamp-: which,* she is supposed - to have
been' carrying upstairs. . „"?
PACIFIC SQtTADRON, WHICH HAS SAILED FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO PROTECT AMERICAN INTERESTS IN,
CENTRAL. AMERICA, AND FOREMOST PERSONAGES IN THE QUARRELS THAT THREATEN TO INVOLVE
FIVE REPUBLICS IN WAR, WHICH MAY END IN THE CREATION OF A FEDERATI6n. '
Deputy Coroner Brown made an investi
gation and permitted Patek to remove the
remains of his wife to an undertaking es
tablishment. Tha burns Mrs. Patek re
ceived were most severe and, being princi
pally beneath the chin and on the breast,
prompted the conclusion that when carry
ing the lamp 'she fell "forward upon it
wl}lle overtaken with a fit. An inquest
will be: held. - ''gmS&fc '
Stevens tore the gown from the wom
an's body and dragged her to the door,
where she breathed her last. He then
threw T^ater on a couch which had caught
fire and r a few minutes later the fire en
gine arrived. Harry Patek, husband of
the deceased, arrived at the house shortly
after the fatal occurrence. He said that
his wife had been treated by Dr. McGet
tigan at St. Mary's Hospital for her af
fliction. Patek also said that Mrs. Patek
had had very little use of her limbs for
some time owing to the paralysis from
which she. suffered. He said at the time
of the fatality he wan out working for
the carriage company.
it was Mrs. Patek doutfieo! up at the*foot
of the stairs leading to the upper part of
the house, enveloped in the flames, which
were quickly consuming her clothing.
TEARS GOWN FROM BODY.
Financier.
•. LONDON, Feb. 10.— According to the
Dally Chronicle two bills for more than
$55,000 each, purporting to have been giv
en by J. P.' Morgan in payment for pur
chases of pictures and bric-a-brac, which
were. sent to, New York for collection,
have just been returned with an intima
tion that the signatures wtfe forged. It
is reported i that many more such bills
have been circulated In the London mar
ket. The origin of the forgeries has not
yet been discovered. .*[,"
Circulate Worthless Checks Purport
ing to Bear Signature of Noted
LONDON FORGEBS USE
THE NAME OF MORGAN
Is Supposed to Have
Fallen on Lighted
Lamp.
AUCKLAND, N. Z. t Feb. 10.— Neither
the Friendly Islands nor the adjoining
Mards experienced any effect from the
tidal waves which caused heavy loss of
life In the Society Islands January 31st.
"According to the record at Chelten
ham, the tremors began at five minutes
before 9 o'clock and lasted twenty minutes.
According to the record at Baldwin. Kan.,
they began at seven minutes before 9
o'clock and ended six minutes after 9
o'clock on the evening of the 13th of Jan
uary, reckoning by seventy-fifth meridian
time."
"The earthquake reported In the press
yesterday as having- caused disaster in
the South Seas on January 21 was felt
in Mexico and It was recorded as a seis
mic effect at the magnetic observatories
of the Coast Survey, in Baldwin, Kan.,
and In Cheltenham, Md., as appears from
reports just received.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 10.-O. H. Titt
»rmr., superintendent of the Coast and
Geodetic Survey, to-<3ay made the follow
ing statement concerning the earthquake
disturbance:
Magnetic Observatories in Kansas
and Maryland Also Show Rec
ords of the Disturbance.
SOUTH SEAS TEMBLOR
IS FELT IN MEXICO
INVALID WOMAN
MEETS HORRIBLE
END IN FLAMES
~ This diamond came packed In a thick
envelope of* meteoric lron^ some of which
still- surrounds it. It fell to the earth In
Canyon Diablo, at the foot of Crater
fountain in Arizona. It is, not a Kohl
noor in size, but is of a purity and hard
ness never found in a stone taken from
the finest mines of the earth.
.NEW* YORK, Feb. 10.— Some planet has
hurled a diamond to the earth. This Is a
purely scientific deduction to account 'for
the presence of what is certainly the rar
est gem ever seen. It was placed on pub
lic exhibition to-day for the first time In
the American -Museum- of Natural His
tory. •
Special Dispatch to Th« Call.
Gem of Rare Purity Is
Found Encased
, .in a Meteor.
SOME PLANET
HURLS DIAMOND
AT THE EARTH
Promoters of a Charity Ben
efit Hold Exciting
Meeting. '
Passengers Make Perilous
Trip Through High Seas
in Lifeboats.
Object to the Presenta
tion of a Ten-Cent
Handkerchief.
Thrilling Wreck of
New York Ex
cursionists.
Pleasure Cruise Ends in
Disaster on Coast
of Bermuda.
STEAMSHIP
STRIKES ON
CORAL REEF
PRESIDENT'S
WIFE STIRS
TEXAN IRE
Women of Dallas
Vote to Return
a Gift.
GUATEMALA HURRIES ARMY OF EIGHT THOUSAND TO FRONTIER;
WARSHIPS START SOUTHWARD TO GUARD AMERICAN INTERESTS
"Finding that the center of the ship
was firmly fixed between two rocks, and
that there was no immediate danger of
her breaking up. the passengers gained
confidence. I^ater we saw the tug GladH
fen approaching. She lay to about a mile
off, not being able to come nearer on ac
count of the heavy seas. At about 11
o'clock one of the Madiana's boat* was
lowered, but before any one could get
into it it was smashed to bits. The other
ship's boats were then launched with bet
ter success. The passengers were at
tached to ropes, the' women first of all.
and lowered into the lifeboats. It was a
dangerous journey to the Gladisfen. The
boats' crews had to pull through heavy
seas but no mishap occurred and w«
"I was in my bunk when the shock of
the steamer's stranding awoke me. I ajt
once rushed on deck, being the first pas
senger to reach it. The other passengers
streamed up from below immediately aft
erward. There was no confusion among
the officers or the passengers. The offi
cers faced the situation coolly and quick
ly reassured the passengers. The cr«w.
who were mostly foreigners, became dis
orderly at first, but discipline was soon
restored.
Joseph Krofut of Hartford, Conn., on*
of the passengers said to-day:
The crew of the Madiana launched a
boat, but it could not live in the sea then
running and was dashed to pieces against
the steamer's side. A second and more
successful attempt was made a little later
and some of the passengers were lowered
into the boat. and. after much exertion,
it succeeded in reaching the Gladisfen.
The Madiana's other lifeboats were then
launched In succession and the remainder
of the passengers and the captain and
crew gained the salvage tug In safety.
By the prompt action of Engineer Nel
son, who had the Madiana's bulkheads
broken through, the malls and the pas
sengers' light baggage were taken out and
brought in the last boats to the Gladis
fen, which landed the passengers, crew,
malls and baggage here this afternoon.
WOMEN RESCUED FUtST.
All the passengers were in their bunks
when the Madiana struck the rocks, but
the shock of the impact awakened them
and they rushed on deck, the majority of
them without attempting to dress. Much
alarm, though not a panic, prevailed
among the passengers when they four..:
that the vessel was hard on the rocks.
Officers went among them and calmed
them, but a number did not venture be
low again to seek their clothing. Part of
the crew did not share the coolness of
the officers, but. the latter soon restored
order among the troublesome seamen.
Signals of distress were sent up ai«!
the passengers had an anxious time dur
ing the latter part of the night. The
Madiana listed' heavily after a timo and
when morning broke lay broadside to the
wind. The passengers were huddled to
gether on the hurricane deck and th«
water drenched them to the skin.
As soon as the news of the wreck be
came known here. Government and other
tugs proceeded to the scene to endeavor
to render assistance. A heavy sea was
running and they dared not approach too
closely to the reef on which the Madiana.
was pounding. For some time no com
munication with the Madiana was pos
sible. The tug Gladisfen stood about a
mile off, awaiting an opportunity to as
sist, but it was not until 11 o'clock that
it became possible to effect a rescue.
ONE BOAT IS CRUSHED.
COOLNESS OF OFFICERS.
According to statements by those on
board, the Madiana was threading her
way. in the night through the narrow
channel between the coral reef which
leads to Hamilton harbor when she
struck a reef one and a half miles north
cast of North Rock. No explicit explana-
tion is yet forthcoming as to> how the ves
sel went on the rocks and the only infor
mation obtainable from the officers it
that the light which indicates the chan
nel could nor "be seen.
HAMILTON, Bermuda. Feb. lO.-The
Quebec Steamship Company's steamer
Madiana, Captain Frazer, which sailed
from New York last Saturday with a
party of excursionists for a special crutao
around the Caribbean Islands, went
ashore on- the reef off this island at 3
o'clock this morning. The passengers
had a thrilling experience. The ship i.i
a total loss, but all on board were res
cued and brought safely to land after a
perilous trli> in lifeboats from the wreck
to a tug standing a mile off. The mails
and the passengers' baggage also wer»
saved.
At to-day's meeting, after much spirited
discussion, it was moved and eeconded
that the "piece of cotton" should be re
turned to Mrs. Roosevelt after it had
been exhibited at so much per look at
the reception.
Mrs. Henrj- Coke was one of the few
women present who appealed to the woxn
en to be conservative in their actions, and
requested that the matter be dropped.
The motion was passed, however, and un-
Ws the ladies vote to reconsider their
notion the handkerchief will be sent back
to Washington.
DALLAS, Tex.. Feb. 10.— Mrs. Roose
velt, wife of the President of the United
States, was talked about most discourte
ously by society ladies assembled in the
Klks' Club rooms !n Dallas to-day be
cause of what they regarded as evidence
of "stinginess, closeness and cheapness."
It was all because of the quality of a
pift Mn=. Roosevelt had pent In the inter
est of the Dallas free kindergarten, for
which a festival has been arranged, called
the "Columbia reception."
At a mas? meetinfj to-day much indig
nation was expressed at the gift and re
marks were made, in regard to Mrs.
Roosevelt's handkerchief tastes which
v.<=re anything but complimentary.
The handkerchief dctnated by Mrs.
Roosevelt is of cotton, machine hem
stitched, and it is said by ladles who are
considered competent judges that it
« ould be duplicated in any dry goods storp
in Dallas for the sum of 10 cents, or three
for a Quarter.
The gift was solicited by Mrs. W. A.
Callaway. who conducts the woman's and
children's department of the Dallas Morn
ing News. Mrs. Callaway recently wrote
to Mrs. Roosevelt, asking that she give
something that could be sold, the pro
ceeds to go to the free kindergarten fund.
At the same time she wrote to Mrs. Jef
ferson Davis, and received from her a
costly handkerchief. beautifully hand
worked by Mrs. Davis and containing her
monogram exquisitely stitched. Mrs. Da
vis' gift was enthusiastically and unani
mously accented at a meeting held on
Saturday last.
SpeciaJ Dispatch to The Call
The San Francisco Call.

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