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SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1903.
PRICE FIVE CENTS. VOIXME XCIV— NO. 171. PRESIDENT OF THE GUATEMALAN REPUBLIC. WHO IS THE FIRST OF CENTRAL AMERICAN EXECUTIVES TO APPROVE AMERICAN RECOGNITION OF PANAMA. Continued on Page 2, Columns 3 and 4 WASHINGTON, ' Nov. ,17.— Treasury officials said to-day that no investiga tion of the. San Francisco" customs ser vice was contemplated. ' ..' ' No Cause . for investigation. Gasoline Stove Explcdes in a Vallejo Establishment and Lifts the Proprietor. VAL'LEJO. Nov. 17.— At an early hour this morning a gasoline stove ex ploded in a restaurant at 117 Georgia street owned by W. H. Williams with sufficient force to blow the proprietor, who was sleeping near the stove. through a window. He was seriously injured by burns and bruises about tile arms, face and body. SLEEPING BESTAtTBATEXTB BLOWN THROUGH A WINDOW Commissioner Birchenough points out that a . decade, ago British fOxnorts to South Africa were ; under . $43,000,000, while duringv the ' last'- year •. they • ex ceeded $130,000,000. ' :. - , •'-¦-;: i LONDON, Nov. 17.— The Board of Trade to-day issued an interesting blue book, containing the report of. Henry Birchenough, a writer on statistical and political subjects, who was sent to South Africa as a special commissioner to inquire into the present condition and prospects of British trade in that 'country. ... In his report Commissioner , Birch enough lays . stress on the magnitude of the South African market, which he says has increased 250 per cent. in the last ten. years, , the [greatest increase, however, having been shown in the last two " years. -The annual value of this trade now exceeds. the sum of $235,000, - 000, and the commissioner says that the rapidity, with* which South Africa has come to the' front; as a great market for the exploitation, of British manu factures Is almost startling. Trade> Increases Two Hundred and Fifty Per Cent During the Last Ten Years. SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET " SHOWS STEADY GROWTH NEWPORT, Or., Nov. 17.— The bodies of two more men. victims of ths wreck ed steamer South Portland, have been washed ashore near the mouth of th» Siletz River. To one of them a life pre server was partly fastened, which bears the words "Steamer South Port land." The bodies were fully clad and a gold watch was found In the pockets of one, but with this exception noth ing was found on' either body that would Indicate their identity. The finding of the life preserver tends to confirm the supposition that the body of the unknown man which float ed ashore a few days ago was also a victim of the same wreck. Both bodies were buried by a Justice of the Peace and a Jury. the South Portland Found. Bodies of Two Hen Who Were on SHIPWRECKED VICTIMS WASHED ON A SHOBE f*% ALL" BUREAU, 1406 G STREET, N.^W., \VASHING ly TON, Nov. 17.— M. Bunau-Varilla, MinisteiLof Panama, to-day notified all European powers, through their Embas sadors and Ministers, of the formation of the. "independent , and sovereign state of Panama." The French -Embassador, Jusser and, received the Minister of Panama at the French embassy this 'morning. 1 This reception constituted, it is explained ¦ by Bunau- Varilla, .full recognition of the government ,de jure. Negotiations. for the new canal treaty are well under way al ready between Bunau-Varilla and Secretary Hay. The commis sion which arrived in New York to-day is not charged 'with the negotiation' of the treaty. That power, Bunau-Varilla explained, is fully vested in himself . But during the negotiations, should he find it necessary to ask his Government for specific instructions on any point, he will save time by turning to the commission, which is expected here to-morrow, instead of cabling to Panama. It is said, at the State Department ; that Admiral John G: Walker is charged especially with a solution of the physical phases of the canal problem, and that he will not interfere in the present arrangements unless Consul Gudger seeks his advice. The Panama Canal Company has been prosecuting the work of canal construction for many months past,' under an agreement with the State Department, which tacitly -admits the liability of the United States Government for the cost of continuing this work. It is re garded as extremely, desirable that there shall be no loss of prop erty "or 'deterioration in the work' already accomplished, and Ad miral Walker, who -undoubtedly would be president of the per manent Canal Commission, if. the United States assume the work of construction, is crfarged particularly to look after this phase of the case. 4 //As some part of the French press continues to urge the Pana ama canal directors to cancel their engagements to.sell the property td'the United States., it is pointed out at the- State Department that no such cancellation can be effected without a breach of con tract that could not be tolerated by, either the French Government or the Government of the .United States. The nature of the en gagement between the United States Government and the Panama CANAL NEGOTIATIONS '-¦¦¦' . " ' ....... Two boys, Guldo and Albert Vecchi. 5 and 7 years old, arrived on the Sar dinia a few days ago and to-night they were started on their Journey across the continent. Neither of' them can speak a word of English and all they have to identify them are ta~3 ; tlerd around their necks, on which are in scribed their names and destination. They are being shipped to S Montgom ery street, San Francisco. NEW YORK, Nov. 17.-Living in San Francisco has not destroyed the con fidence of Mrs. Marguerita Tosci in the kindliness and honesty of human na ture. So trustful Is she that she risked having her two little boys sent all the way from Florence, Italy, to San Fran cisco without a guardian^ other than such as might be found among steam ship and railroad employes on the long Journey. Two Italian Children Traveling Alone From Florence to San Francisco. TAGGED LIKE BAGGAGE TOTS MAKE LONG TRIP t , "Representative Daniels of Riverside, presidert of the Orange Growers' Na tional Bank" of that place,' said to-day that he Is almost entirely Without in formation as to what has happened to ;H.'T. Hays, who was cashier of the Orange Growers' Bank and Major Dan iels' political manager in his fight for Congress. . He said that whatever had happened , to Hays had nothing to do with him politically, personally or financially." Representative Daniels said that be fore he left Riverside for Washington and while Hays was in New York on a visit he heard that there had been some land transactions with the Salt Lake Railroad,, in which Ilays got a "com mission." Before It developed Just, what had been going on Major Daniels came East. Since then he has heard nothing except that the Salt Lake Railroad peo ple were making inquiries with a view to ascertaining what Hays was doing. Captain Daniels says that whilg_he regrets that Hays has got" himself into trouble it will-have no effect upon him or upon the Orange Growers' Bank —that neither he nor the bank had anything to do with the matter in any wayV- - ' known to have personally taken part in the preliminaries. Shortly before the scandal became public Diss and Vice 1 President Gibbon were in Salt Lake, and there Gibbon demanded of Diss a written statement of the exact status of Hays with the company. It - was given him and it stated that Hays was a confidential agent and described his duties and powers. It had been intend ed to spring this upon Hays as a sur prise when the time came. Hays, how ever, obtained a copy of the statement and knew that he was tfeing investi gated, long before the company was ready for him to know it. Major Diss' private secretary .has told the whole story, although he'lat first denied it. The rumor will not down that there are prominent politicians implicated in the, deals and that certain members of the Legislature profited, but if the railroad officials have evidence of this they have not made It public. They will not deny the truth of the rumor, however, but simply refuse to discuss it. It is not even suspected or hinted at. that Congressman Daniels, president of the bank with which Hays was con nected, hadvany knowledge of the ques tionable deals in which his cashier was implicated.. A dispatch to the Times from /Washington to-night says: BANK NOT AFFECTED. Attorney W. M, Peck, who represents the railroad company in Riverside, ar rived in Los Angeles to-night and to morrow will attend a conference of the leading officials of the road for the purpose of deciding what oourse shall be pursued. At this conference will be decided the question as to whether the company will proceed criminally against certain persons who are known to have been implicated in the steals. It was learned to-day that there was one big deal in which the company was mulcted and that two agents ap peared personally. The two represent atives of the railroad company wanted to . purchase a piece of property in Riverside owned by Mary J. Mann of Erie, Pa., on which B. B. Bush had se-' cured an option for $6000. Bush de manded $7000 for the property and finally was told that $500 would be; given him for his bargain, it being un derstoo"iiwthat the papers should show that he had sold for $7000. He agreed and $500 was placed to his credit In the Riverside Bank and $6000 sent to Mrs.. Mann. Through the right of way de partment the railroad company / paid $S000 for the property, somebody mak ing $1500 thereby. ' Other similar cases have been discov ered, but in none of them, so far as! have been made public, has Dlss been ZOS ANGELES. Nov. 17.—Al though the investigation into the land frauds by which the Salt Lake Railroad Company has been made to pay thou sands of dollars without adequate re turn has not been completed, the most Important development thus far since the sensational denouement which re sulted in the forced resignation of H. T. Hays from the Orange Growers' Na tional Bank at Riverside is evidence which seems to point to the fact that many others are involved In the ques tionable transactions. , The railroad officials say. that it will not be necessary for Major Diss to re sign, that the investigation which he invited is now in progress and has. been In progress for two weeks and . that as a result . of it the scandal and fraud were discovered. They, declare^that.if Diss knew nothing of the gigantic steals in the department of which he is the head he is not the man for' the place, and therefore whether he resigns or not he must go. Major Diss has engaged an attorney to look after his interests, and to-day there were summoned from Riverside a number of persons who -have been close to Hays. To-night for several hours this party was closeted j with Diss, but what was done none of those present would give out. The only state ment made was that Diss will have ample defense. CONFERENCE IS CALLED. Special Dispatch to The Call. CAPE HAYTIEN, Hayti, Nov. 17.— General Jimlnez,- the leader of the rev olution in the Dominican republic, has arrived at Santiago de los . Cabellos, San Domingo, to take part in definite operations with a view to making a de cisive attack on the capital, San Do mingo. The French cruiser Jurien de la Gra viere has arrived at San Domingo. Ra mon Caceres,' the revolutionary general who landed with Jimlnez recently in San Domingo, remained at Puerto Plata, \ ¦ • - ' JIMINEZ EFFECTS A LANDOTG. Kebel Leader Will Participate in Attack on San Domingo. At the offices of the Clyde line it was said that the Cherokee would clear to morrow for her usual trip, calling at the ports which, the. local Dominican Consul says, are closed. NEW YORK, Nov. 17.— The United States Government has refused to rec ognize the blockade of San Domingo ports and has protested against it. This was confirmed by N. N. Strahan, collector of the port of New York, to day. The collector received telegraph ic advices from the Treasury Depart ment, advising him that the State De partment did not consider the blockade effective and had entered a vigorous protest against it. The collector, in conformity with his instructions and the protest, has notified masters of vessels sailing to San Domingo ports that clearance papers will be issued for any port in San Domingo, thus official ly refuting the effectiveness of the blockade. United States Issues Clearance Pa . pers for Doniingan Ports. V IGNORES THE BLOCKADE. Sensation Expected in Southern California Land Scandal. » TEW YORK/ Nov. ..17.— Jn- response to The Call- J\J Herald's request for the attitude of the Government of * \ Guatemala toward the new republic of Panama President Manuel Estrada Cabrera cabled the following: "GUATEMALA LA NUEVA; Guatemala, Nov. 17.— In Guatemala the recognition of the republic of Panama as a nation by the United States is regarded as a matter wholly within its rights. In Guatemala Panama's sovereignty will be observed and respected. TJhis nation, as a matter of fact, believes that the reso lution for the establishment of the republic is valid under interna tional law. Guatemala, however, up to the present time, has* re ceived no information or communication from the people of Pan ama or Colombia/other than such as is contained in the public A/f "F^TF* AT^ A C A TIT? FT? A " ¦ ' Special Dispatch, to The Call. FORMER CASHIER OF THE ORANGE-GROWERS' NATIONAL, BANK OF RIVERSIDE, WHO RESIGNED DURING INVESTIGATION OF FRAUD IN RAILROAD RIGHT OF WAY FRANCHISES. President Cabrera Approves the Course of ike UnHed^Stdtes. The .revolutionists fired upon the Clyde liner New York as she was en tering the port of Samana. The ves sel^was not damaged. ...,-.;,,,._, The "Government has ap pointed Minister of "Foreign * Relations Galvan and JudgW -George Gray of Del aware as commissioners to arbitrate the Santo .Domingo- improvement case, as the result of, Minister Powell's de termination to compel the carrying^out of the terms of the protocol. Commis sioner Galvan will leave for the United States to-morrow. It is possible the in surgents will endeavor to capture him. SAN DOMINGO, Monday, Nov. 16.— The situation here is serious. The in surgents are bombarding the city. Gen erals Wencleglac Figuero and Juan Francisco Sanchez are refugees in the foreign legations. The city is complete ly invested by 4000 -men under Pinctf ardo and four other generals. A gen eral attack is expected. General Woa y Gil refuses to capitu late and it is believed that the fighting will be severe. The situation is desper ate and fighting in the streets is like ly to occur .at any moment. The United States cruiser Baltimore has been compelled to leave to recoal. United States Minister Powell is en deavoring to protect American .inter ests with the limited means at his dis posal. A German naval vessel is ready to land troops at a moment's notice. The insurgents endeavored to have Minister Powell recognize them, but this the Minister refused to do. Chief of Police O'Neill issued an order •Lnited States mail wagons if the driv ers ehow a disposition to blockade the street car tracks or hinder the police Vn efforts to keep the streets clear. The drivc.vin such cases are to be arrested after the mall Is delivered at the list- A crowd this afternoon attacked a wagon bearing provicions for non-union men. cut the horses loose, overturned the river" threW the contents »nto On the Wentworth avenueiine to-day a htav^.' couch dropped in front of a Bwj't-moving car by two men almost caunvj a smash-up at West Forty-first street. Switches were spiked all the *v_y from West Seventy-seventh street to West Thirty-ninth street and it was necessary to make frequent stops to close thf m. A huge tr«e had to be re moved from the track at Thirty-first street and a rock at Thirty-third street Occasionally^ shot \ras fired at a car as it passed, or a brick)or piece of iron was sent Hying through a window, but no person is known to have been in jured- ... The initial cars on the Cottage Grove avenue line traversed the entire route to the center of the city without serious difficulty. As a result the street rail way officials claimed practically to have mastered the strike on a second trunk Jine, the first to be brought under control being the Wentworth avenue electric line. r '\ r < Five trains left the barns near Thir ty-eighth street, on Cottage Grove ave nue, for the downtown loop at 9:45 o'clock, a heavy police brigade attend ing each train. The gripmen were pro tected by heavy wire screens, while nearly 1000 patrolmen guarded the line and kept the crowds moving. Wagons were hurried along and kept off the street so far as possible. A number of pistol shots near the barns at Thirty-ninth street and Cot tage Grove avenue startled the non union employes housed within. For a rhort time the strike breakers believed that an attack was being made upon their stronghold. The shots proved to have been fired by men who brought two wagonloads of supplies. Within a half block of the barns pickets halted the drivers and demanded that they turn around and drive back. The driv ers immediately opened fire and drove Quickly to the barns. After unloading the provisions they returned to the company's headquarters, followed by a brigade of union pickets. Tb* object of the* meeting was to bring the two sides to a point where arbitration is possible. This the Mayor believes has been accomplished. Despite the promising outlook for a peaceable ending of the trouble in the near future, the management of the road will to-morrow renew its efforts to break the strike. Announcement was made to-night that an effort would be made to-morrow to open another of the branches of the system. The at tempt will be made on the electric line running through Indiana avenue, and, if successful, this will make a total of three branches that have been opened for traffic since the inception of the strike last Thursday. The Cottage Grove avenue line was the scene of much of to-day's strike activity. This line has been entirely tied up since the inception of the strike, except for the operation of mail cars. The Wentworth-avenue service . was continued to-day on practically the same schedule as yesterday. Twenty five cars were operated on a five-min ute schedule. it is said that a further conference with the railway officials was arranged for to-morrow. tion was decidedly flattering. "I was agreeably surprised at the conciliatory attitude displayed by both rides to the controversy," he said, "and we made more progress at our first meeting than I had expected." He declined to enter into the details of the discussion that took place, but CHICAGO, Nov. 17.— Peace negotia tions looking to an amicable settlement of the struggle between the manage ment of the Chicago City Railway and Its striking employes were begun this afternoon and the indications to-night are that both sides to the controversy will agree to submit their differences to arbitration. After a conference, which lasted sev eral hours, between Mayor Harrison, the officials of the company and the special Aldermanic peace commission appointed by Mayor Harrison at the direction of the City Council, followed by another meeting in which President Mahon of the Amalgamated Associa tion of Street Railway Employes and his legal advisers took part, Mayor Harrison declared that the outlook for a settlement of the strike by arbitra- PEKING. Nov. 17.— General Wogack. formerly Russian military agent in China, has arrived here from St. Peters burg with the Russian commissioners of three Manchurian provinces for con sultation with Lessar, the Russian Min ister. >-.•: CHEFU, Nov. 17.— A correspondent at Krasnoyarsk, Western Siberia, tele graphs that forty arrests have been made at Krasnoyarsk In connection with a revolutionary movement, the headquarters of which are in Eurqpean Russia. A member of the staff of Novi Krai has been arrested at Port Arthur, where the arrests are, perhaps, very numerous,' but the police conceal everything:. Despite the cheerful tone of the Rus sian press, matters are most serious, owing to the impatience of the Japan ese at Russian expedients to gain time. COLOGNE. Nov. 17.— There is some friction at Seoul in consequence of a street brawl between Koreans and Jap anese. According to a dispatch to the Cologne Gazette from Seoul, the Jap anese Minister has demanded that the Chief of Police and gendarmerie ba censured and be ordered to proceed to the legation of Japan and apologize for insults to Japanese subjects; and he threatens, in the event of their recur rence, to send Japanese guards to as sist the police in maintaining order.;. TOKIO, Nov. 17.— The American de mand for the opening of the Korean port of Wiju has created a g-jod Im pression as being another sign of Amer ican co-operation In the Anglo-Japan ese policy of the "open door." The Korean 'court is inclined to open the port, but the Russian Minister strongly opposes it. Special Cable to The Call and ''New York Herald. Copyright, 1903, by the New York Herald Publishing Company. German Vessel Prepares to Land Troops to Guard Foreigners. Editor of a Port Arthur Newspaper One of Im prisoned Suspects. Pending Final Action, How ever, No Truce Will Be Declared. Railway Company and Unions Are Ready for Peace. Headquarters of Plot ters Is in European Russia. Resume Bombardment During Absence of ¦ Cruiser. Mayor of Chicago Successful as Mediator. Many Arrests of Leaders in the Movement Insurgents Shell the City of San Domingo. ARBITRATION MAY SETTLE THE STRIKE THREATENED REVOLUTION IN SIBERIA NO WARSHIP TO PROTECT AMERICANS RAILROAD INQUIRY SOON MAY INVOLVE EMPLOYES IN FRAUD GUATEMALA WILL STAND BY THE NEW PANAMA REPUBLIC V. + ?,?? fj TBS I] :HSATUK3. Alcasar — "The Club's Baby." California — "Sis ZCopkl-s." Central — "Under the Polar Star." Columbia — Virginia Harned, ia "iris." • Fischer's — "Bubes and Soses." Grand — "Ben Har." Orpheum— Vaudeville. The Chutes — Vaudeville. x Tivoll— Grand Opera. The San Francisco Call TEE WSATXEB. _____ V v- >». Forecast maSo at S-_''_*7a_cU; eo for thirty hoars ending mid nl«-t. XTarember 18, 1903. Baa J Pranciico •_._ "Vicinity— Cloudy, unsettled weather Wed nesday, probably showers by niZ-t; frets- southeast winds. A. O. -XcASXB, District Forecaster.