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Russia .Will Reject Any Attempt by
V ST.' PETERSBURG, April, 2 5.— The
Associated : Press ~ is ) enabled [ . to : "an
nounce -authoritatively.: that .the - talk
the i Powers • to Mediate.
Peril in the Path of Vessels Traversing
: Waters of Orient.
'TOKIO, April 25.— Japanese com
panies which operate steamships to
the Yellow Sea and the Gulf of Pe
chili are canceling their engagements
to call at points beyond -. Chemulpo,
Korea, because of the mechanical
contact mines which are known to
be adrift on the hieh seas. These
mines drifted away from Port Arthur
and Port Dalny and constitute a* se
rious menace to navigation. The Jap
anese cruiser Adsuma discovered one
such" mine iloating- forty miles from
the Shantung promontory . and ¦ ex
ploded-it with a shot. It, is known
that many mines have been \ detached
from their : moorings by i storms and
currents and several* have been . dis
covered and destroyed, but it is feared
thatlmany >re' still? floating about at
sea r and the | currents are \ carrying
thenv.to the southward. ¦ Even naviga
tion, during daylight is dangerous, be
cause'some of th.ese /mines* float slight
ly below, the surface of the water. .
•: Various expedients,-. most of which
are impracticable, ' have been , suggest
ed for. freeing . the sea*, of :< these , men
aces., -They, -^ include, -among mother
things, : a, proposal, that neutral' war
ships $ search • for, these mines • outside
the zone -of operations - and ! destroy
them. .:.':'. '.'; . . '.'-;•. '••¦':¦¦' .¦;.'• ¦•. .- - : ' -
BERLIN. April 26.— The Tokio cor
respondent of the Tageblatt announces
the i mobilization of a third Japanese
army. He says it is, now disclosed
that a; reserve brigade corresponding
to each division of the army has been
mobilized therewith and consequent
ly each army embraces nearly 100,
000 men" instead _ of being of the
strength previously' assumed.
Japan Mobilizing Third Army.
PARIS,. April 26.— The St. Peters
burg correspondent of the Journal
says jit- is now. certain- that the. pow
ers will acquiesce in the Russian note
declaring that ! the use of wireless
telegraphy .by private ¦< persons . con
stitutes espionage. The. United .States
alone, the ' correspondent ; says, - Is ex
pected to make certain reservations.
Will Accept Russian View.
NEW YORK, April 25. — The cen
tral cable office of the>Western Union
Telegraph Company is advised by the
Shanghai Railway agent at 'Tientsin
that telegrams to Newchwarig are not
accepted dri~ code. ; AH telegrams are
subject to delay and censorship when
in- plain language. :
Cannot Accept Code Cablegrams.
SAN RAFAEL, April 25.— As a result
of being caught in the act of placing
obstructions on the track of the North
Shore Railroad Manuel Morris, a thir
teen-year-old'boy of this city. Is in Jail
charged with attempting to wreck a
passenger train on or about Saturday.
April 23. iY/'
Several similar attempts have been
made in the city limits of San Rafael
and detectives have been on the qul
vive for some time to apprehend the
culprit. To little Miss Newman, how
ever, is due the credit of catching Man
uel Morris. Last Saturday evening, ac
cording to the little girl's story, young
Morrl3 placed a large stone, between
the "third" rail and the guard of the
North Shore track,* at the corner of
Second and C streets. She told him to
take it out. He refused and threatened
to whip her if she told. any one. She
told .her father, H. C. Newman, and he
reported" to the authorities.
Manuel Morris is a brother of Maggie
Morris and Morris, who were
arrested about a year ago for alleged
complicity in committing arson twelve
times In San RafaeL.
Maria County Youngster Accused of
Attemptlns to Cause a' North
Shore Wreck.
CLEVELAND, April 25.: — Charles
R. ,-Hoda, well-to-do civil # englneer,
with Miss Julia Korton,' requested Jus
tice Ginley to-day to draft a promise,
to which they would swear, that after
marriage they would never ; seek ". di
vorce, v Justice Ginley, complied * with
the /request and the marriage cere
mony was ' ¦ performed Immediately.
The promise and bath were recorded
in the .county 'record* - _
Cleveland Man and Fiancee Appear
• .Before Justice and Record
Their Pledge. ;
War News Continued on Page 4,
J. Davis, one of the men held up in
the clubroom, told his story of the rob
bery. Policeman Frank Langford, who
was in at the capture of Thorndike,
testified that he had fired five shots
at the man while he was under the
porch of C. W. Quilty's house.
It developed that Thorndike was 29
years of age and a native of Califor
nia. He was a son of the late Dr.
Thorndike of Stockton and reared in
that city, where his mother still lives.
The case was given to the jury, which
was composed as follows: G. C. Far
ley, George McCarthy, G. C. Russell,
J. A. Provines, Frank Bohar, A. C.
Banta, W. G. Mayer, Thomas Bethell,
J. T. Halford and James Smith. They
rendered a verdict as stated -above.
and Eaid Thorndike had told him that
he suffered greatly with, his head ana
spine. Thorndike also told witness he
believed he was growing daft.
Mrs. G. M. Bruce, mother-in-law of
Thorndike, testified she believed he was
of unsound mind. She had noticed a
great change in him since the middle
of March. He had been very jovial,
but lately had been morose. He had
invested some of his wife's money in
the printing business, and regretted it.
Thorndike had told her that he be
lieved there was a hoodoo on the Bruce
money and was sorry he had used any
of it.
¦ It is the intention of Mrs. Oelrichs
to proceed as fast as possible with the
construction of the Fairmont Hotel.
She also intends to invest a consider
able jjorticm of the money she will re
ceive from her father's estate in im
provements in the properties which she
pill acquire. In fact, it was stated yes
terday by one of her most Intimate
friends who Js well acquainted with
her purposes that Mrs. Oelrichs has
great confidence in the future of San
Francisco and has been deeply im
pressed with the idea that her. money
cannot be better Invested elsewhere.
Deeds transferring these properties
in the manner mentioned have already
been prepared and will be filed in this
city as soon as the decree of distribu
tion in the estate of Mrs. Caroline Fair
baa been issued.
Under this agreement Mrs. Oelrichs
Trill take the Lick House property, the
.I3cl!a Vista Hotel site and certain
?mailer properties in this city. Mrs.
Vanderbilt will take as her principal
j-hare of her lalher's estate the five-
Etory stone office Vbuilding at 230 Mont
gomery street, the old Fair residence
property at 1120 Pine street, the flats
on the corner of Jones and Pine streets
and smaller properties throughout the
city. The sisters agreed that it would
not be advisable to divide the larger
outside lands, including the big ranch
at Knights Landing, but will try to
dispose of them as a -whole to the high
est bidder.
The Nelsons, kin of Mrs. Charies Fair,
have fought a distribution, contending
that Mrs. Fair died after tier husband,
but it developed yesterday that %vithin
the last three weeks the Nelsons have
accepted a compromise, and tightly
locked In the vaults or the attorneys
of Mrs. Oelriehs is an agreement re
cently signed by the opposing relatives
tif the late Mrs. Charles Fair which
precludes all possibility of any future
contest over the millions that are to
go to Mrs. Vanderbilt and Mrs. Oel
richs. This settlement was quietly
made, and the fact that it had been
effected did not become public until
yesterday. It is also authoritatively
announced that the proposed contest
cf a mysterious heir of Charles Fair
lias been abandoned. Anticipating the
removal of these *' :tacles. Mrs. Van
derbilt and Mrs. Oelrichs, before the
latter left New Tork two weeks ago,
arranged between themselves for a di
vision of the entire Fair estate.
pi the late Charles Fair, of whose es
tate her property is an asset, will have
been handed down and tnen the final
division of the property of the Senator
¦Kill be made between the surviving
daughters. A distribution of the estate
r'f Senator Fair woulfl have been made
l<>ng ago but for the untimely death
of Charles Fair, which was followed by
much litigation.
The coming, here to-day of William
K. Varderbilt Jr. has been preceded
by the announcement that the way has
bef-n cleared for the distribution of the
estate of the !at» Senator James G.
Fair and that his daughters. Mrs. Van
derhilt and Mrs. Hermann Oelrichs, will
receive their shares within the next
ten or fifteen days, if not earlier! Mrs.
Vanderbilt has been here several days
awaiting the arrival of her husband
and it was totaled by the lady yester
day that Mrs. Oelrichs will soon start
from New York for this city. By that
time a decree of distribution of the
r&tate of the late Caroline Fair, wife
NEW YORK, April 25.--SeeIng no
hope for .his Presidential boom so far
as the State of New York Is concerned,
William R. Hearst has closed his head
quarters in the Hoffman House. His
campaign managers and clerical force
have moved out and have been sent to
State's where Hearst believes he has a
chance to -get delegates.
Three large rooms on ¦• the first floor"
of the -hotel had been rented. From
these headquarters literature "was sent
to all points | east "of Chicago. .They
were actually Hearst's Eastern ' head-,
quarters. Since the State convention
adopted; the . unit rule and instructed
delegates for - Judge Parker, 8 He'axs't
has , decided ; that to 'continue head
quarters in- New Ybrk would -be a
waste; of money. He : has little expec
tation of ~ getting any more delegates
In any. of i the > Eastern* States. .
There " are; several "Hearst . Clubs ' still
in existence; in the"_cityjof JNew ; York
and throughout thefstate and, it is .un
derstood that these will ;'now be al
lowed to go out of existence quietly. ¦
CHICAGO. April 25.— John K. Cow
on, former president of the Baltimore
and Ohio Railroad, died to-night at
the residence of his eister. Mrs. A. H.
Seeley, In this city. Cowen had been
ill for four months with heart trouble.
W«*ll Known Railroad 3Ian Dies.
Goodrich had noticed a big change
in Thorndike in the last few months,
Captain W. W. Goodrich, one of the
three survivors of the crew of the Moni
tor in her fight with the Merrlniac,
testified he had known Thorndike for
seventeen years. While, Goodrich was
a teacher at the' California Military
Academy in Oakland in 1SS6-87. Thorn
dike, who was a pupil there, fell over
a precipice forty-three feet, 1 striking on
his head and back. ¦ *'V-
Mrs. Thorndike is prostrated and Is
under the care of a physician. It* is
said that Bruce Thorndike, the 8-year
old son of the deceased, two weeks ago
dreamed that his father had turned
robber and had been killed. The boy
told his mother of his prophetic dream,
and she and her husband had talked of
the matter, little believing that the
dream would come true. Great Interest
Is taken in the case, as was attested
by the crowd present at the inquest
The body is at an undertaking par
lor. It will be shipped to the mother,
at Stockton, to-morrow morning for in?
terment there.
Attorney A. H. Jarman testified he
had known Thorndike for years. The
last three months the deceased had
had a perfect mania for gambling.
Jarman said Thorndike had a friend
who followed the races in Oakland, and
from hJm he had received tips- on
horses. These tips always proved to
be winners, and Thorndike had won
considerable money on them. He
would then gamble his money ' off.
Jarman declared he believed Thorndike
to be crazy, and that his condition for
the last two weeks had shown it. He
toid of Thornflike's trouble in the A. C.
Eaton Prlntlrig Company. So bad had
his mania for gambling become that his
partner could stand him no longer.
Jarman said that on Thursday Thorn
dike had been in his office and had
given him his papers showing his in
terest in the firm. Thorndike had
broken down and cried and said he
knew he was crazy. A. C. Eaton testi
fied Thorndike had not attended to his
business since January 1. A great
change had come over his partner, and
he believed him insane.
"Albert P. Thorndike came to his
death from a gunshot wound inflicted
by parties unknown."
No motive could be found that would
cause Thorndike to commit the crime
of robbery. He had acted strangely
for some time, and his friends all de
clared he was insane.
SAN JOSE, April 25.— Temporary in
sanity, as the result of gambling, is
what led Albert P. Thorndike to rob
the Del Monte Social Club and resulted
in his killing at the hands of the police.
Considerable testimony was introduced
at the inquest showing that his mind
was diseased, and that a great change
had come over him during the last few
months. The Coroner's jury rendered
the following verdict:
Russian Stronghold Now Regarded as
Absolutely Impregnable.
PORT ARTHUR, Sunday, April 24.
All weak points on both the land and
sea sides here have been so strength
ened in the last two months that the
impregnability of Port. Arthur is now
regarded as absolutely assured. The
garrison has been considerably
strengthened and the forts are pro
vided with all necessities for more
than a year. Complete' confidence pre
vails with the troops, sailors and in
habitants in the ability of the Rus
sians to defeat any Japanese attack.
Remarkable indifference to the pos
sibility of attack is shown by the peo
ple. In fact, by day there is little to
indicate that the town is in a state of
siege. The band plays on the boule
vard, on which parades are held, finely
dressed people" stroll about and groups
of children play. Restaurants and
shops are well patronized all day long.
At night, however, the city is in pro
found darkness, which • is emphasized
by the searchlights flashing across the
roadstead. The entrance of the har
bor, although studded with nine Jap
anese wrecks, remains perfectly free.
The foundering of the Petropavlovsk
is regarded as a tragic mischance,
without influence on the course of the
campaign, or preventing the Russian
fleet from still achieving brilliant re
At each successive bombardment,
which experience shows recurs ap
proximately fortnightly, the Japanese
fire, becomes less vigorous. Their ships
remain out of range of the batteries
and evidently they do not intend to
be drawn into a battle.
The-- Chicago Daily News dispatch
boat, flying the British flag, which was
boarded and detained by Russian offi
cers "off Port Arthur on Friday last,
has been liberated on the condition
that she will not again approach these,
VIENNA, April 25.— The Hungarian
situation is regarded as alarming. The
Socialists threaten to proclaim a gen
eral strike, and in such an event, it is
said in political circles. Count Tisza, the
Hungarian Premier, will put the whole
kingdom under martial law.
. Following- the. tragic event at the
town of Elesd. near Grosswardein, yes
terday, in which a" Socialfst 'killed the
commander of the gendarmerie, fal
lowed .by. the killing of twenty- three
rioters and the wounding of forty by
the gendarmes, a general strike has
broken out at Grosswardein. To-day
the shops, cafes and restaurants there
and even the schools were closed and
the business life of the town was en
tirely suspended. '
Five thousand teamsters at Buda
pest, 16,009 workmen at Debrecsein, the
chief town of the Haiduck district, and
a large number at Szegedtn, the capi
tal of the county of Czongrad, are now
on strike. Trouble is feared in other
Eight of the persons wounded in ths
disorders at Elesd yesterday have died.
Rioting, plundering and incendiarism
were begun in some of the neighboring
villages to-night, but the military was
called out and speedily suppressed the
BUDAPEST, April 25. — The strike
committee has issued a proclamation
to the strikers on the State railroads,
instructing them to resume work im
mediately, and so avert further and
more stringent action by the Govern
ment against them.
The- Diet was closed to-day by royal
decree. The sudden end of the session
is attributed to a desire to avoid dis
cussions of the railroad strike and
Mrs. Oelrichs Will Take the Lick House
and Bella Vista Hotel as Part
of Eer Share.
Death List at Elesd Is Increased to
Thirty-One by Demise of Eight
of the Wounded.
With a negative? vote that is almost
beyond the necessity of mention, the
men who are running the street cars
on thp United Railroads of San Fran
cifco determined yesterday that the
terms offered thenivby the company
were unacceptable. V, The- result of the
ballot was 2031 against accept
ance and 141 in favor. :
The result was easily forecasted in
the afternoon from the remarks of the
voters as they filed into line. Still, even
the most hopeful of the radicals did not
look for such an overwhelming major
ity in favor of a rejection of the offers
of their employers. - : - .
This vote does not necessarily mean
that a strike of the street car employes
is inevitable. International President
Mahon said, after the result had been
announced, that,: he '.-.and other repre
sentatives of the union would go into
conference with the officers of the
United Railroads,, and 'try ;- to
some; concession on tbe disputed
" f • He. ; ,<*^claretL it. > aa' n«;^4he tn't eiitlon
of fhe union to .forcea ¦trike J and;that
every effort" wo"jild be made by himself
and the local representatives of the
organization to obtain a p<?aceable
settlement of the existing difficulties.
When asked if the operators of cars
were still unsatisfied on April 30, the
date when the annual agreement with
the company is ended, what the erjd
of the trouble would be, he said:
"They will quit work, I suppose."
General Manager Chapman, who is
the accredited spokesman of the United
Railroads, listened calmly when the re
sult of 'the vote, of the union was an
nounced to him. When asked whether
or not any further negotiations would
be entertained from representatives of
the union he said:
"We have taken 'the public into our
confidence in many, printed state
ments and generally it knows what
our position is on this last trouble. I
am not in a position to discuss the
future action of the company, but as
I have always said, we are willing to
entertain in all situations suggestions
from our employes and their accred
ited representatives."
In the morning hours a number of
benches sufficiently protected the bal
lot box from interference. Two men
sat constantly before the cylinder in
which the ballots were deposited and
carefully scrutinized the credentials of
the men who offered their votes. Be
fore them they had lists of the various
operators on the dlffere'nt car lines of
the city and the election clerks inva
riably checked these off. Some came
to vote who had not paid their April
dues and their ballots were promptly
rejected. Each man put his ballot in
the box with'hts own hanas. When he
had voted his union card of the cur
rent month was stamped "Voted," and
this precluded any chance of two votes
for one' member. • •¦. , ...
Generally speaking, there was no
rush of the voters. In the early after
noon many of the men found it con
venient to visit headquarters and de
posit their ballots. t
When It became apparent that crowd
ing was threatened, , a rope Vvas
stretched from the swinging doors of
the hall to the stage, and- along this
the voters filed singly until they
reached the booths. Ten of these Had
been erected for the occasion, differing
in no way from the usual provisions' of
the. Australian, ballot system.. Most of
the -men appeared in uniform, and
before 7 o'clock it became > apparent
that a particularly heavy vote had
been polled. At ithat hour,- according
to the talllers, .more than 2100 out of
2350 employes had" cast their ballots. •
During the night, most I of 1 the voters
came in citizens', clothes. Almost with-;
out t exception they were intelligent
looking men who/ dressed well / and
would be presentable in any walk' of
ufe. ¦. ' /¦ .' ¦ :'¦".'.','
j No. soldier eyer| went < into battle in
better,; spirit than these; street car men
, went Up * polls;; They .were entirely
willing to j abide the; issue, .whatever it
might.bV/andrgiye a laugh in the face
of, defeat or./vtctory.^Vv : .
As' fart as; could j be i judged i publicly
no | effort \ was ~i ''made / by;, any -of -the
officers': of .*the| ? uhi6n^t'o i influence j' the
result. > International -President s Mahon
spent 7 most '•; of the 'afternoon and^eveh-'
TOKIO, April 25.— The cruisers Ros
siay and Gromoboi of the Vladivostok
squadron participated in an attack on
Gensan to-day. They were accompa
nied by a third cruiser, not yet identi
fied, and by two torpedo-boats. Later
they entered the harbor, ordered the
crew of the Japanese merchantman
Goyo Maru ashore and then sank her.
A detachment of marines was landed,
but was recalled, and the warships
steamed outside of the" harbor. The
Japanese and many Koreans fled when
the Russians approached. Late tele
grams say that the Russian squadron
remains off the harbor of Gensan.
It is believed in Tokio that this Rus
sian naval movement was made in the
hope of intercepting some unprotected
Japanese troopships. It is not believed
that the Fquadron will remain at Gen
san long. ;
Gensan -is about 250 miles southwest
of Vladivostok. . , : , '
Gensan .is 'an important Japanese
base '• on .- the .¦ northeastern coast' of Ko
j->'ai. r . It jxbs jhcre. jthat .>" 'Japanese
1 landed a large army, wjhich is proceed
ing. westward to operate with the main
force, . which- advanced through West
ern Korea. As transports ; bearing
troops and supplies are constantly ply
ing between Japanese ports -and Gen
san the sudden activity of the Vladi
vostok squadron Is likely to cause the
Tbkio war board much concern. Un
doubtedly it willresult in the hurrying
of a fleet of.' warships northward to
drive the Russians back to : their strong
hold. ' . .
SEOUL, April 25, 8 p. m.— The. latest
reports from Gensan state that the
Vladivostok squadron t has disappeared.
The steamship Goyo Maru, which was
sunk in the harbor at Gensan this
morning by the Russian Vladivostok
squadron, was an old coasting vessel
of 576 tons and was owned in Chemulpo
by a Korean company, which chartered
her Ito the Japanese. The Japanese
community at Gensan. numbers 2500*
and owns much property there.
The Japanese garrison refrained from
firing on the enemy during the sjnking
of the steamship because it did not de
sire to" draw ' a retaliatory bombard
LONDON, April 25.— The Japanese
legation to-day gave out the following
dispatch received to-day from Tokio:
"The Japanese Consul at Gensan,
Korea, reports r der to-day's date
that two Russian torpedo-boats* en
tered that port and sank a small Jap
anese steamer, the Goyo Maru. Her
gros3 tonnage was .600 and she was
built in 1881. The Russians immediate
ly, left."
This dispatch is taken at the lega
tion here to mean that the -Vladivostok
lleet is active.
of mediation in the Russo-Japanese
war was founded upon the personal
desires of King Edward and King
Christian of Denmark to avoid further
bloodshed and end the conflict, but
that the steps initiated have utterly
The Emperor, with the full con
currence of the Imperial family and
his advisers, has firmly decided not
only to reject all proposals looking to
intervention, but to prosecute the
war with all the resources of the em
pire until victory crowns the Russian
arms, and then, when the time comes
for peace, to make . terms directly
with the enemy. The interference of
outside cowers will not be tolerated.
There is to be no repetition of the
Berlin congress.
Furthermore, the Associated Press
is authorized to state that Russia will
in no wise consider herself bound by
the propositions made to Japan prior
to the war. The/ hostilities have wiped
out ; the engagements Russia offered to
make with Japan* resardlnfr Korea
and 3IandhurIai;^;.Russia_^ : iir consider
herself' fr*»e*~*to Impose* sucli* term's'' as"
(She desires. ¦ -; . f .'•?
Ballot yTegtj Gives a
Chancefifor Ex*
press ion.
Troops Called Out
to Suppress In
• cendiarism.
Premier May Proclaim Mar
tial Law Throughout
Entire Kingdom.
Special Cable to The Call and New York Herald. Copyright, 1904,
by the New York Herald Publishing Company.
SEOUL, April. 18, \ia Shanghai. April 23. — A mine laid by the
retreating Russians in the mountain pass south of . AViju exploded
while Japanese infantry was marching over it. Many Japanese sol
diers were killed or wounded, nut details are unobtainable. The sec
ond 'Japanese army corps, which landed at Shusan, consists of three
divisions, which are proceeding immediately to Wiju. The Russians
are actively engaged in constructing fortifications in the mountain
passes north of; the Yalu.
Vast Majority Say
That 'Mey Jlre
Senator's Daughters
Compromise With
By an overwhelming vote the car operators on the system of the United I^ailr6dds voted yesterday that the final terms offered them by the company were not acceptable. This
docs not necessarily mean that a strike is imminent] according to IV. D. Mahon, international president of the union. JRfter the result had been announced he said that the matters
in dispute would be resubmitted to the company in the hope that a more favorable Ruling could be obtained from the United Railroads. In case all further overtures for industrial
peace are refected, he says t the employes of the United Railroads will quit in a body ? When General Manager Chapman heard the result of the vote he declared that the United
Railroads would always be glad to go into conference with the accredited representatives of its employes, though the terms offered them were unalterable.
Mrs. Vanderbilt Arranges
WitH Her Sister lor
a Division.
Forecast me.de r.t Saa Fran
cisco for thirty hours esdinjr
aidalirht, April S3:
San rrancisco and vicinity —
Cloudy, unsettled weather Tues
day, with r towers; fresh south
west winds, changing- to brisk
northwest. A. G. Mc\DIE,
District Forecaster.
Continued on, Page '_ 2,^Column 5,^
Alcazar — "Tbe I7cw Clo-vra."
Calif orala— "A" Girl Trom Dixie."
Central — "The Still Alarm." ' -
Chutes— Vaudeville. ,
Columbia — "Runntntr for once." '
Fischer's— "Chow-Chow." -
Grand— "Fiddle-Dee-Dee."
Majestic— "The Crisi«."
(Orpheum — Vaudeville.
Tivoli — "When Johnny Conies
Marching 1 Some." ' •
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