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SCENES IN THE .DISTURBED AREA ON THE ISTHMUS OF PANAMA.
iWARSHIP FROM. WHICH, MARINES WERE LANDED AND AMERI CAN DIPLOMATIC, AND, CONSULAR REPRESENTATIVES. Continued on Page 2, Columa 4. Continued on Page 8 , Columns 2 and 3. missing millionaire;. ; • is held ;by v kidnapers Congressman Slemp Says That Young Philadelphian Is a Prisoner in the \ Mountains of .Virginia. \ BRISTOL, '.Va., -Nov. 5.— Congressman Slemp In Bristol to-night confirmed the rumor that Edward L.'Wentze, the young Philadelphia .millionaire ,who disappeared. Is in the hands of abductors in the moun tains of Southwestj Virginia, and: , that a ransom of $100,000 is demanded for hi» re- ST. LOUIS CONTRACTOR SHORT IN HIS ACCOUNTS Elroy S. Platt. Who Attempted to Kill Himself, Is Said to Be a Defaulter.' 8T. LOUIS, Nov. 5.-Elroy S. Platt, t$e St. Louis contractor who attempted sui cide in Pittsburg, Pa., yesterday, is charged with being a defaulter to the exr tent of more than J20.000 by the stock holders of the George Platt Contracting Company In a petition which they filed In the Circuit Court to-day asking that a re ceiver be appointed for the company. George' Platt, .founder of the company and father of the man In Pittsburg, as sumed the liability for his son's alleged shortage. tier is said to have reported that he Was given the right of way through to Ifirst and Market streets, which is nearly a mile east of the point where the collis ion occurred." Division Superintendent W. 8. Palmer said: "As the matter has been reported to me the switch engine crew Is entirely to blame. The Alameda local was pro tected by a 'danger 1 signal set behind«the train as It stopped at Peralta street. It was set against all trains on" that "track and the collision could not havo occurred had the engineer of the switch engine heeded that warning signal. The fact is in all likelihood that the engineer .thought the Alameda local had gone through and was not observing the signals." DEATH OF MRS. SCHENXEY AT HER HOME IN LONDON Deceased Leaves an Estate in Al legheny County, Pa., Valued at More Than $40,000,000. PITTSBURG, Pa., Nov. 5.— The death of Mrs. Mary E. Schenley at her home in Hyde Park, London, was made known In Pittsburg to-day. Mrs. Schenley inherited. much property from her grandfather. General O'Hara, the noted soldier and .pioneer of Pitts burg, and from her father, Colonel Crogan of Kentucky. She was : the largest owner of real estate in Allegheny County and her holdings here are valued at between $40,000,000 and $50,000,000. Mrs. Schenley also owned valuable properties In some of the Western States. She had given much property and money .to Pittsburg schools, churches and charity. Terse Statement of Washington's Policy Is Given to The Call '/ . \, . ' Special IDispatch to The Call. . . C-ALL- BUREAU, '1406 G STREET, N. W., WASHING TON, Nov.'s.— Around. the revolution ; on the Isthmus of Panama and 'the proclamation of independence of the "Re- . public- of. Pana.ma," : the United- States has framed a radical policy. Precedent is cast to the winds. American naval commanders on .the isthmus, -whbse 'force will' be" increased if necessary, will pre • vent any conflict between Government arid revolutionist troops. Colombia, must 'settle her quarrel with*' Her -subjects peaceably, if at all. : As.the only way, however, ¦ to stop yearly, insurrectionary movements, on the . and ¦ relieve the United States of the burden of, policing territory* not its. own, the new policy contem plates either ~ the recognition of .the sovereignty of the new State or the , construction .of the Panama v canal by ¦ force of arms, if necessary: •¦••:.:'••:'»:; • ; ¦ :¦ « \k?$'}? This mailed hand ideaj however) will >not be turned to ac tion without the approval' of the United States' Congress, to which the~President proposes to set forth the situation in full at an early date", ' and which will be asked anew, in' the light of later de velopments, to indicate which canal' route it desires— Panama or • Nicaragua*. * ¦ <, . . .* ; The Call correspondent was -to-day given" an authoritative statement of the United States' policy on the isthmus. It was thus set' forth: '...'.., "The United States, is bound by treaty to preserve free tran • sit across "the Isthmus, of Panama. Heretofore it has always ex ercised -that right to the advantage* of Colombia. The question ' now arises whether we shall continue to favor Colombia, which has behaved in bad 'faith 'in -the matter of the canal treaty, or shall we shape our ; policy according to the conditions no.w prev "Nearly every year, the United 1 States , is required fo send troops to the isthmus to preserve transit. The administration is tired of. policing the] railroads^ for Colombia. There is no indica tion that, left to themselves, ;the revolutionists will not be flying at eacji other's throats in the future.' . It is anoth'er^case of Cuba, save that Cuba^ was an oversea colony of Spain, while Panama •is a province of Colombia. . - "President" .Roosevelt regards the i canal question, coupled with the resolution, as: advancetl to the -alternative whether or Special Dispatch to The Call. THOMASTON, Ga., Nov. 6.— Thomas. E. Watson, candidate for the Vice - Presi dency in 1896, onco leader of the Populist party and later renowned as an author on account of the success of his histori cal works, has for the last two <Jays been at the head of an armed faction repre senting the ultra ''prohibitionists ' of the town, which for a time^threatencd to meet in bloody combat the so^ealled:Ilquor element, which also was under arms wait- Ing for trouble. McDufile County . is "dry" under, the Georgia local option law, but there have been a number of charges of the JJxist ence of "blind tigers.": Watson has tak en a prominent part and for some time great bitterness has existed -the former Congressman and the leaders of the faction which was charged with.en couraging violations of the. liquor' laws. ] A crisis was precipitated • a few v days ago, .when Watson was Informed that a young man of- the' town had used some opprobrious epithets , concerning him " be fore a crowd, in. a local barber,, shop. Meeting thj young man on the street a few hours later, Watson ,told. htm what he had heard." The .former, not only ad mitted his remarks, but repeated them, with curses. Bystanders prevented a^ per sonal encounter, but Watson's antagonist and his brothers proceeded to arm them selves, whereupon Watson also armed himself. . . '> • - . . . . . ¦ . : Friends of both sides were quickly under arms and for a time It seemed Impossible to prevent bloodshed. -Every dealer; In the city handling firearms and ammuni tion was besieged and a battle was ex pected. ; The affair was finally adjusted through the intervention- of older citizens, 'who acted as intermediaries. and both factions have now laid aside their aims', though the bitterness has not* been \ allayed and the trouble may break out again. Former Populist Leader on the Warpath. COLON, Colombia, Nov. 5, 7 p. in.— The Royal. Mail steamer Orinoco with twenty-eight officers, 435 .¦ men and thirty women has sailed. The United States auxiliary cruiser Dixie has just arrived. After a conference this afternoon. Gen eral Torres, commander of the Colombian troops here, seeing that the situation was hopeless, asreed to embark his troop* on the Orinoco, sailing for Cartagena. A special train from Panama brought Gen eral Tovar, who also sailed *on the Ori noco.' The people of Colon are now Jubilant. The flag of the new republic flies at the railroad stations at Gataun and Bahla So lado near Colon. Troops from Panama will take charge of the city to-morrow. The Municipal Council of Colon has Just notified the Provisional Government at Panama of its adherence to the new re public. , It was arranged yesterday that th« Government troops should withdraw to the outskirts of the town and they did S3 during the night. This morning, how ever. Colonel Torres marched the troops to the center of the town, which caused a landing of America"n bluejackets this morning. • Commander Hubbard of the Nashville offered to re-embark the American force If the Government troops would return to their camp on Monkey Hill, where they passed the night. Colonel Torres, how ever, refused to return to Monkey Hill, which is about a mile from Colon, sayinj the place was too unhealthy for the sol diers and that It was necessary for them to come -to town. The American blue jackets barricaded themselves behind bales of cotton in front of the bank and the railroad buildings and the commander of the Nashville distributed about fifty rifles to private citizens, who assisted the bluejackets in guarding the barricades. HTJTBBARD TAKES A HAND. American Naval Officer Arranges for Withdrawal of Troops. * PANAMA, Nov. 5.— Genera* Tovar and his staff have at last been convinced of the uselessness of their resistance to the provisional government and have accept ed the terms offered by the junta. The arrangement to this end was made through the efforts of Commander Hub bard of the United States gunboat Nash ville and Superintendent Shaler and As sistant Superintendent Prescott. of the Panama Railroad, who guarantee that both parties wiU fulfill the agreement. There Is great rejoicing in the city, be cause the stability of ; the republic now seems assured. The fact that troops were already moving toward th.e line probably decided General Tovar and his staff to ac cept the terms of the junta. Telegraphic advices received from the Interior provinces say there was great rejoicing there when the news of the declaration of ' Independence became known. The Government troop%statlone<l. at Penonome, sixty-five miles southwest of Panama, have joined In the revolu- TOM WATSON AT HEAD OF ARMED MOB Half a dexea passengers were hurt, raauay more were severely shaken, and one cwltchxa&n was severely injured In a train collision in West Oakland last night The accident was at the foot of Peralta ctreet, beinz the collision of a switching train and the Alameda local passenger train, broad gauge, connecting with the 30:25 o'clock boat frcm San Francisco. That at least three passengers on the local were not instantly killed is almost a miracle. Those three are E. C. Leffing well, vice president of the San Francisco Press Club; Paul Kellcgff of the Alameda Transfer Company and James Rue of tne .lohnson-Lccke Mercantile Company of Har. Franciscc. -They were seated In the last seat of the rear car, a combination smoker end bag'page car, when the colli sion occurred. A loaded meat refrigera tor car was 1-urled ag-alnst the local train with a force that telescoped the freight car half way into the passenger coach, the impact throwing the passengers from their seats, burying them in a confusion of splintered wood, iron work and debris. On top cf the meat car was Switchman Joe Lazelle, who was caught in the mess and pinned beneath the wreckage. He was badly crushed about the chest. The ter rific impact tore seats in the passenger coaches from their plnnir.gs ar.d jammed passengers ir.to corners, wrenching, bruising and cuttirg many of them. So heavy was the violent shock that the car couplings snapped like thread, a hole was punched in the locomotive and the rear truck of the smoker over which the three passengers sat vas torn from, the car bofiy and hurled forty feet away. MANY WERE HURT. In the emoker were about twenty pas sengers. Arnor.g others hurt was L. A. Lauenstein, residing at 21C2 Santa Clara avenue. Alameda. whose left knee was badly Jammed. In the first of the three coaches was Mrs. E. Smith, residing at l'5O5 Central avenue, who was thrown forward by the shock, sustaining in juries to her back. Mrs. J. M. Reynold, 2 GO 8 Central avenue, Alameda, also in the first coach, was bruised. Walter Story, residing at 2328 Clement avenue, •n-.is riding in the middle car. He was slightly brulsrd, but got out to the as sistance of the Injured. Story assisted In clearing away the wreck and remov ing Switchman Lazelle. As soon as the collision occurred word was sf-nt to Oak land pier, and a wrecking train went to the scene, clearing away the debris, while another train was made up to take the Alameda people to their destina tion. There is no conflict in the various stories cf the wreck as to the happen ings, although the switch engine crew and the Alameda men report differently as to the cause. The Alameda local left Oakland pier on time, in charge of Con ductor Harry Edwards and Engineer Al Wright. They ran through the mole and the yards as far as Peralta-street switch-house. There the train, under or ders, slowed down for the conductor to deliver the way bills for the yard freight department, a practice of nightly occurrence. The train had stopped for a minute and had Just started to continue :ts east-bound Journey when the crash came. Behind the Alameda local on the same track was a switch engine, 1108, Engineer Whistler in charge,, pushing ahf-ad of it refrigerator cars loaded with beeves to be run up to a spur track at First end Market streets. DID NOT SEE TRAIN. According to the switch train people, they did not see the Alameda local be cause, they claim, the tail end signal lights were not burning.'. This is denied by the passenger crew, who reported the accident to Division Superintendent Pal mer's office. On their behalf it was as f-erttd by Division Superintendent Palmer that the switch engine crew was wholly at fault; that they "ran o~cr" -a set auto matic biock pignal switch at "danger." ¦Web should have protected the Alameda iocal while it was Inside the block limits us far as Eroadway, Oakland. At any :ate. the switch engine pushed the front sneat car with such a terrific Jolt into in,? smoker that it smashed over the pas ieti£er car and hung th^re lifce a huge &el] after scattering its contents amid a lerrlble crash of smashing wood and metal work. . - To v.ild to the confusion, the lights in th<_- tmoker -wore Buddenly extinguished ;;nc! out of the .darkness came the screams of scores of frightened if not injured peo ple. Lefflngwell, Kellogg and Rue, who rftceived the full force of the blow, had Special Dlsratch to The. Call NEW TORK, Nov. 5.— In an afternoon newspaper to-day was published what purported to be an account of the mar riage of Multi-millionaire Robert Goelet, son of Mrs. Ogden Goelet, to Miss Eleanor Anderson, u telegrapher in the Grand Ho tel, and daughter of William' Anderson, a restaurant keeper at 745 Sixth avenue. Robert Goelet is a brother of Miss May Goelet. who is to marry the Duke of Rox burghe on Tuesday next. To all statements made in this article Goelet made denial in the presence of George G. Dewitt, representative of tfie Goelet family. This denial, Goelet and his companions wished It understood, ap plies with equal force to Goelet's cousin, Robert Ogden Goelet. Goelet was shown a photograph of Miss Eleanor Anderson, who had been represented to be his bride, and without any equivocation said, that he did not know the young woman, and,' so far as he knew, never had seen her features before. If Miss Anderson has been married to a man of the name of Robert Goelet, her husband Is In no way related to the Goe let family in this city, Goelet said. Thar* Eleanor Anderson, who until Mon day was telegraph operator in the Grand Hotel, expected to be married to-day there can be no doubt. She had told her friends about it and some one in her be half evidently called at the Catholic Ca thedral on Wednesday to make arrange ments for the ceremony. Many of Miss Anderson's particular friends and some of her neighbors in West Fifty-first street, where she lives with her parents, believed that the bridegroom was to be Robert Goelet. Father McCue, rector of the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus., in West Fifty-firsi street, was led by some one to. believe that the bridegroom-to-be was Robert Goelet The Andersons are parish ioners of Father McCue. The reverend father said: 'I became aware of the contemplated I marriage between Robert Goelet and ! Miss Anderson this evejiing, although I cannot give you the source of my infor mation. However. I do not think the ceremony has been performed, because no outside priest would officiate without first consulting those in this parish." meir clothes torn from thejr backs and were cut and bruised from head to feet. In describing the scene Lefflngwell said: "We three occupied the last seat In the smoker. I was on the way to Mr. Kel logg'e residence at 2115 Eagle avenue, Ala meda, as his guest. Mr. Rue was bound to his home at 2115 Clement avenue. Just before the crash we heard a great toot- Ing of whistles, and one of us saidj 'There's a train passing.' But It was not passing. In a second afterward there was a sudden darkening of the car, a roar and we were thrown In a heap beneath what seemed to be an inextricable mass of wreckage. The Beats we occupied were torn from their fastenings. A heavy fire extinguisher hit me in the back. Our gar ments were In r.ibbons. Out of It all we managed to scramble and then to' survey the scene. The big refrigerator car had telescoped half of the passenger coach and hunc there a mere shell. CRASH WAS VIOLENT. "People piled out of the train, which was quickly stopped, as It was barely moving when the collision occurred. In every coach and even on the engine there were evidences of the violent impact by the wrenched seats and torn out coup lings. For the life of me I can't under stand how we three men 'escaped more serious injury." After two Pullman coaches were made up the delayed Alamedans were taken home. George Stack, a switchman on the re frigerator car, assisted in getting Switch man Lazelle out of the wreck. He said the first he knew of an accident was when the crash came, and it threw him off the rear end of the meat car. but did not hurt him. Stack knew Lazelle was at the forward end of the car and as soon as Stack could recover himself he ran to his fellow workman's relief. Stack said he did not know what caused the wreck. Lazelle said he had just caught a glimpse of the end of the. train when the smash came. He was removed to his residence, 1774 Tonth street. ENGINEER'S VERSION. Concerning the collision Engineer Whis- Special Cable to *The Call and New Tork Ileraid. Copyright, 19K>, by the New York Herald Publishing Company. LONDON, Nov. 5.— A new treatment of cancer, which is believed to mark an im portant advance, was explained last night before the meeting of the Abernethian Society of St. Bartholomew's Hospital by Dr. Jesse Johnson, a London physician, who has been examining the methods em ployed by Dr. Otto Schmidt of Cologne. "Dr. Schmidt's opinion," said Dr. John son, "is that cancer is conditional on the presence in the patient of the cancer pa rasite, which produces a structural change in the cells of the part affected. There has been no difficulty in finding the para sites associated with cancer. Geyford in America. Pllmmer in this country and Schuler all have discovered and very fully described a comparatively large number of these parasttes. "The difficulty has been to decide what if any of them is the cause of cancer. Dr. Schmidt believes he has isolated the specific parasite. His explanation of the number of parasites associated with can cer is that they are one and the same, varying in shape and appearance under different conditions. By altering the con ditions, Dr. Schmidt says, his parasite assumes all of the different appearances which have led to Its being described by other searchers as several parasites. "With this parasite Dr. Schmidt has done two things— he seems to have Bter llized it with liquid air and he has in jected it into animals and developed a serum which has the power of destroy ing cancer cells." Dr. Johnson described In detail the ef fects of these injections upon various pa tients. One was a woman who had un dergone no fewer than six operations for the removal of a cancer of the breast. She had also a malignant growth on the forehead, which it was 'considered quite' hopeless to attempt to remove. As a re sult of Dr. Schmidt's treatment by in jections there was a great gain in the patient's general health and the growth on the forehead shrank to a mere scar. Statements by Her Friends and Millionaire's Rela tives Disagree. Switch Crew Ignores Danger Signals Set on Ala meda Track. Remedy Is Produced Prom Parasites That Cause Malignant Growth. Young Woman in Case a Hotel Telegraph Operator. Physician of Cologne Successful in Ex . pertinents. Truck Ttuwn Forty Feet and Men Are Hurt Refrigerator Car Crashes Into Coaches, Wars Upon Germ That Installs Disease. Busy Denying Ru mors of Secret Marriage. LOCAL TRAIN TELESCOPED BY FREIGHT NEW SERUM GIVES CURE FOR CANCER MAY GOELET'S BROTHER IN A ROMANCE AMERICA WILL PROTECT PANAMA FROM ATTACK BY COLOMBIA AND BUILD ISTHMIAN CANAL BY FORCE OF ARMS IF NECESSARY Colombian Jirmy Retires From Colon. Secessionists Jire in Possession . of Isthmus. SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6, 1903. PRICE FIVE CENTS. VOLUME X tt 3IT— XO. 159. The San Francisco Call. THE THXSATEB3. ' Alcazar— "Too much Johnson. 1 * Attambra— EUery's Eoyal Ital ian Band. California — Haverly's Min strela. « Central — "At Valley ror*e. w Coltunbia — "The Storks." Fischer's — "Kubes and Roses.™ Grand — "Ben Hut." * Orphenm — Vaudeville. The Chutes — Vaudeville. Tivoli — Grand Opera. S?. u Francisco itaA Vicinity— TeJi rrlfiay. followed T*y deadly -weather tad prtrtmfciy rain, at nisrht; llsrlit aort&eact vrlr 6 s. ciiarisx to fresh, south easterly. A. G. STASIS, district Torecastcr.