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VOLUME XCV—NO. 30.
PRICE FIVE CENTS. SAN FRANCISCO,' WEDNESDAY; "'DECEMBER.- 30, 1903. • ¦ • .• WASHINGTON, Dec. 29.— Preparation of the answer of this Government to the communication from General Reyes, the C«lombian envoy, is pro gressing, but it is said that it will not be ready for presentation before Thursday. The death of Mr. Thomas, the translater in the State Depart ment, has caused some delay in the work. . .No intimation can be obtained officially as to the character of this Gov ernment's reply, but it Is said the continuance , of negotiations with Gen eral Reyes for some little time is quite likely. His frequent conferences with the officials of the administration have enabled General Reyes to realize that the United States will not retrace a step on the isthmus. Whether Colombia may, hope for relief from Congress, in the shape of an indemnity for the loss she has suffered In the secession of Panama, is a matter/which can be left open for the present, it Ms said, as Colombia and the United States are concerned now with the broader question as to the inter pretation of the treaty of 1846. " ," i y x \± ¦ . Returning a visit of Secretary Root, made several days ago, General Reyes called at the War Department this afternoon and vas with the Sec retary for a half hour. General Reyes took occasion to reiterate the great pressure he was bringing to bear oh his to remain quiet until his mission was finished. The Secretary fully appreciates the delicate posi tion of General Reyes, and it'is possible will be able to. give him some*sug gestions as to how the Colombians may be made-aware of the real situation here. ¦....'.¦•¦ General .Reyes deprecates the publications which. have appeared, pur porting, to give the substance of his note to this. Government. He "pro nounces them to be incorrect. He does not want, to discuss the matter at this time, but deems | it expedient to make, the statement that Colombia, in her initial note, hasdwelt upon the several clauses of the treaty of 1846 which, . in her opinion, the United States has violated. As to what if any redress the United States will offer, that is regarded as a matter for discus sion in future notes. -•• •' General Reyes has asked to be excused from attending the New Year's United States' Reply to Reyes Will Give Colombia No Hope. Continued on Pajje 2, Columns 2 and 3. Continued on Page ' 2, Columns 2 and 3. CAPE TOWN*, Dec. 23.— Th« Cape Times reports grave alarm throughout German territory in South Africa, say ing that there are fears of a ST«a«ral Hottentot rising there. Fear a General Hottentot Rising. MOSCOW. Dec. 29. — The Govern ment is considering a plan for making the sale of. tea and sugar a state monopoly, as proposed by M. Wltte while Finance Minister. There is much, opposition to the proposal on the part of the tea trade and the grocers, but the growing needs- of the treasury and the exhaustion of other resources, as pointed out in Witte's last budget, are believed in well-informed circles to make the adoption of the proposition probable. The present brandy monopoly yields about a fourth of .the revenues of the empire and the monopoly of tea and sugar is expected to be even more profitable, as the expense of its opera tion will be small. RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT MAY MAKE ANOTHER MONOPOLY Nothing Is known here regarding tile crime except that Sheriff Kelly had ft message some time ago stating thfi three negroes wanted for murder wers headed this way and were last seen at Mendota. BAKEKSFIELD. Dec. 29.— A tele phone message from Kernvllle, received by Sheriff Kelly to-day, from Constable McCrackcn, says that four negroes sus pected of a recent murder at Stockton have been arrested in the raountain town. One of them is said to answer a description furnished by the Sheriff of San Joaquin County as one of the men wanted. Constable at Kemvillo An nonnees Arrest of Men Who May Have Committed Crime FOUR NEGROES ARE SUSPECTED It has been known for weeks that every step necessary has been taken for dispatching to the isthmus 'just as large a force of troops as exigencies might require,- should the situation at any time cliange. This. expedition.; was organized several weeks ago and the details were published at the time. Transportation was arranged for over various rai. roads to the nearest points of em barkation, aiid arrangements : also were made to provide trans ports with full commissariats and medical supplies on twenty-four "Department arid other commanders are preparing their men for whatever, sen-ice they may be called on to* perform- A military, force may be needed on the isthmus if the United States undertakes the work of construction of the canal, and for the pur pose of assisting m preventing the predatory operations of guer rilla bands, which may result from the trouble between. Panama and Colombia. The future action of the War Department will depend entirely upon the circumstances as they develop. If troops are sent they Will go from New York and from San Francisco, while such animals as may' be needed will be transported 'from New Orleans, .thus avoiding long passages by water. "Some of the departments of the army are-making-prepara tions, notably at San Francisco, " in the equipment of the army for > CALL BUREAU." 1406 G STREET. X. \\\. WASHING TON. Dec. 29. — The general staff of the army believes that, de spite all reports to the contrary. Colombia may be able to land troops in Panama., and to prevent a conflict United States troops will be sent to the isthmus, if necessary. i. i It is understood the following have been ordered to hold themselves in readiness for transportation : The First, Fifth and Twenty-fourth batteries of field artillery, Presidio of San Fran cisco; the Eighth, Battery of field; artillery, Vancouver Bar racks; Troops A. B. C and D, Ninth Cavalry. . \ colored), Mon terey. Cal. : Troops I, K, L and Mr 'Ninth ' Cavalry; Presidio; the Fifteenth Infantry. Monterey: r the ; Nineteenth Infantry, Vancouver Barracks; the Tenth Infantry, cantonment, San Fran cisco; battalions of the Thirteenth InfanUy at Fort McDowell, Fort Mason and Benicia Barracks, Cal.; four companies of the Sixteenth Infantry at Fort Slocum, N. Y., and eight companies of the same regiment at Fort-McPherson, Ga. *' Lieutenant Colonel Shaler of the general army staff will make a reconnoissance of strategic points in Panama .to be occu pied by our troops. It. is believed that the troops will be dis patched from San Francisco to Panama by the transports Sher- Special Di.-pntch to The Call. RAILROAD IS SINKING INTO LAKE COMMANDER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA. OFFICER WHO MAY BE SENT TO PANAMA. TRANSPORTS READY TO SAIL AND WARSHIP THAT STARTS TO-DAY. Ogden-Lucin Cut-Off Is Again Giving Trouble. VIENNA POLICE ARREST FORCER Capture an American "Who Fled From Paris After Cashing a Worthless Letter of Credit BERLIN, Doc. 23.— Mark Palzer. an American, has been arrested at Vienna, accused of having forged a letter of credit for 510,000 on the Darmstadt Bank of Commerce and Industry, which he cashed in Paris. Palzer car ried considerable foreign money and newly purchased securities amounting to ISOOO. The Darmstadt Bank representative announced on the Boerse to-day that its loEs-es through the Palzer forgery will amount to only $2000. Palzer also forged a letter of credit for $2000 on the Nice branch of the Credit Lyonnais. which letter apparent ly had not been cashed. Palzer recently secured a position in the Darmstadt Bank here, but as he proved unsatisfactory he was given notice that he would be dismissed. SALT LAKE, Utah, Dec. 29.— Owing to a further settling In the track in two places the Ogden-Lucin cut-off of the Southern Pacific across the great Salt Lake will not be opened to regular traffic on New Years day, as had been planned. It was announced that the new work was practically, completed on Thanksgiving day, when President E. II: Harriman and a large party of in vited guests, including ' many promi nent railroad men, inspected the cut off. "Trains will be running regularly over the cut-off on January 1," declared Harriman on that day. He was rely ing upon the assurance of Chief En gineer William Hood that the quag mires had been conquered. The hope has proved false, however. In two different places the roadbed has sunk heavily since then, until the en gineers do not dare permit the regular running of trains over the track. The trouble is worst between camps 28 and CO. A large force of men and two piledrivers are hard at work there trying to brace up the weak spots. The trestle is apparently solid, but the weight of the ballast in the solid road bed is pressing the soft mud out on both sides and allowing the track to settle in the same manner, although not quite so seriously, as when an en gine and several cars were thrown Jnto the lake a few months ago and a num ber of men were killed. The engineers In charge are quoted as having said privately probably several months would elapse before trains could be safely run over the cui-oflL OLLOWERS Ol' 3IONTALON HANG SECRET SERVICE MEN i / MANILA, Dec. 30. — News has been re-eived from Cavite that on Decem be- 2Z Montalon's band of la drones captured and hanged two members of the constabulary secret service. Artillery and Infantry Ordered to Be in Readiness to Move. The financial position of the Morales Government is bad. Thr- officials find it difficult to obtain rations fnr the s=r>V. diers. Th" Arr,«>ri<-an Minister, Poweil, who has bf^n living in the suburbs, has be^n compelled to move, the lega tion inpMe th* 1 ejty boundaries. WASHINGTON. Dec. 2?.— With three revolutions raging in Santo Domingo, the -forces of Jirrinez attacking San Domingo city and exritpm^nt prevail ing. Minister Powell believes the situa tion demands the presence of an addi tional irarchip and in a cablegram ap- Ji^a!s to »h«= Stato Department for aid. In anticipation of the crisis, which ap- P^ars to havp arrived, the State De partment already had tjiken steps to send another warship to San Domingo, and at its request Secretary Moody yesterday cabled to Rear Admiral Lambprtnn, commanding th<* South Atlantic squadron, now at Trinidad, to dispatch on* 1 of his vessels to San Do mingo nt full sp^ed to assist the gun boat Newport in protecting American and other interests. Admiral Lamberton has cabled th« Navy Department from Trinidad that he has sent the Scorpion to reinforce the Newport in Dominican waters. A commission from San Pedro de Macoris, which has d<y*larted in favor tof the insurgents, arrived here to-day and is demanding th^ surrender of San Domingo to the insurgent force?. General Morales, the provisional Prrsid^nt. is determined to resist to the limit s?'.l attacks by the insurgents. He !"ft last night on th<» Dominican gun boat Independ"-nfia, with the intention of attacking the insurgents in ports to ihf> south. The Clyde line steemship Cherokee arrived in port to-day. The Govern ment authorities demanded that that portion of the Cherokee's cargo des tined for Azua d? Compostella be dis charged here. This demand was re "rwsted by the Fteam«=hfp agents, who notified th«» Government that the Chrr okee would proceed. In case of aggres sion on the part of the Government au thorities the Etea:n?hip apent will ask United States Minister Powell for pro- SAN DOMINGO, Sunday. Dee. 27.— The insurgents are attacking this city, ¦which is being defended by the troops of the provisional government, who are now fiphting in force. • Scorpion Is Sent to Join the Newport in Protecting the Interests of Foreigners. SACRAMENTO, Dec. 23. — City Plumbing Inspector Robert E. Chap man declares he will cause the arrest of Governor Pardec'9 plumber, Fred Pierce of Oakland, unless the latter does over again certain work at the Governor's mansion so as to make it comply with the local plumbing ordi nances. The State recently purchased the StefTens house c-n II street for a Gov ernor's mansion and it was renovated at considerable expense to accommo date the Governor's household. Recently the Governor detected what h*> sup nf^if'-Kas sewer gas, and sent for Thomas Scoti^S^vC^'iTtCTrhfT.^ Scott declared that there was no sewer V<*»~" in the house, but that tt was infested by bats. The announcement naturally shocked the inmates, and their nerves were not quieted when City Plumbing Inspector Chapman, who \va3 next called in, agreed with Soott that bats had ta*ken possession of the executive mansion. The Governor was not convinced, but sent for Fred Pierce, an Oakland plumber. Pierce at once discovered th» cause of the trouble Tn an open sewer under the mansion and proceeded to correct it. Now Chapman asserts that Pierce did not comply with the local plumbing ordinance in the matter and threatens his arrest unless he comes back and dors the work over again un der his supervision. Governor Pardee is indignant over the episode, and it is said the Board of Health will at its next meeting dis cuss the propriety of retaining an in spector who could not tell the difference between sewer gas and bats. Special Dispatch to The Catt. Official at the Capital Declares That an Ordinance Was Violated and Stirs Indignation. — ¦ « -*rm!i! Sewer Gas or Bats a Ques tion at Mansion of Executive; American Minister Powell Appeals for Another Warship. Inspector Threatens an Arrest at Sac ramento. Insurgents Attacking the Stronghold ol Morales. GOVERNOR MAY LOSE A PLUMBER DOMINICAN CAPITAL IS UNDER FIRE |^SALL BUREAU, 1406 G STREET, N. W., WASHINGTON, Dec. 29.— The War Department, acting under the belief that there will be fighting soon be- V*A twcen Colombian invaders and Panama, has taken time by the forelock and issued orders for certain regiments in Pacific Coast States to hold themselves in \readiness for orders to proceed to the isthmus. They will not be sent unless their services there seem to be urgently demanded, and for obvious reasons the de partmint has avoided publicity of its plans. It is said that General MacArthur was recalled from Honolulu in order to supervise in San Francisco these preparations. COAST TROOPS MAY GO TO PANAMA TO REPEL A COLOMBIAN INVASION rcrecatt mad* at San Prtui clsoo for thirty hours •adimf midnight December 30, 1903: San Proncisco and vicinity— Pair Wednesday. becominr cloudy at nlrht; lizfct north easterly winds, changing to southeasterly. A. O. KcADHJ, District forecaster. TSS WEATSED. ' / TE3 THSATSBS. — "* 3 rAlcaaar — "Blca Jeans." ' CaUfornla-4"Aro "jrou » aia»oar» C«atfal — >*The Dairy ram." O.' XJ." "The Minister's Son." Orpheum— Vaudeville. The Chutes — Vaudeville. Tivoli Opera-Houio— "Izicn." Colnmbia— "The Girl With the Green Eyes." The San Francisco Call