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SAN FRANCISCO, ; TUESDAY, MAY 24, 1904. GREAT ASSEMBLAGE OF CALIFOllXIA'S SOLID MEM FORMS RIVER IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION FOR FINAL BATTLE AGAINST DEVASTATING DELUGES Continued - on Pago ¦ 2, '• Column 2. Senator .Stands Journey, but la Grad ually Growing Weaker^ — Sauer- , kraut Cause of Illness. PHILADELPHIA.- May 23.— Senator Quay has returned to his old home at Beaver, thoroughly convinced that his case is hopeless. He stood the journey well, but is rapidly growing weaker to night. The Senator's sickness is d*io to an overindulgence in his favorite dish of sauerkraut. QUAY GIVES UP IIOPE AND RETURNS TO BEAVER Director, in Letter, Incidentally Estimates Population of United Stntrs at 89,011,-136. WASHINGTON. May 23.— In a letter defending, the' estimate of population recently Issued by the Census Bureau Director North incidentally gives an estimate of 'the population of the United States under the census to be taken In 1310, . placing the figures . at £9.00,436. NORTH DEFENDS FIGURES OF THE^CENSUS BUREAU .WASHINGTON, May 23. — At the imperial German embassy official an nouncement Is made that the wedding of Miss Ivy Langham, sister of the Baroness Speck von Stemburg, the German Embassador, to Lieutenant Commander Vicomte de Faramond de Lafajole, naval attache . of the French embassy, will occur at St. Matthew's Church at 11 o'clock Tuesday morn ln. May 24. ¦ Wedding of Miss Ivy Lansham to French Diplomat to Occur at * Washington To-Day. -'.-; WILL EXCHANGE VOWS AT ST. 3IATTHEWS CHURCH The Panama Congress has provided for the coinage of subsidiary currency to the amount of about $1,500,000. The Colombian silver, now current on the isthmus, will be melted down and re coined at the San Francisco Mint. The new coins will correspond - to the "conants" now used In the Philippines. San Francisco Mint Will Provide With Silver Currency. WASHINGTON, May 23.— Down in Panama, where American dollars, Mex ican dollars, South American dollars and any kind of gold have always proved thoroughly acceptable to the natives, there will soon appear a num ber of official coins of the republic which owes its being to the isthmian canaL NEW REPUBLIC TO HAVE >A COIN OF ITS OWN ST. JOHN, N. B.. May 23. — A mes sage received here from the south branch of Oromocto Lake states-that John H. Thomson, a wealthy vessel owner; E. P. Stavart, Inspector of the Bank of New Brunswick, and R. P. Foster, manager of the Royal Bank of Canada, all of this city, probably have been drowned while fishing. Their boat, overturned, was found to-day. Finding of Overturned Boat on Lake Oromocto Causes Search for Amateur Nimrods. FEAR DROWNING IS FATE OF WEALTHY FISHERMEN NEW YORK, May 23. — It was an nounced' to-night that detectives from the District Attorney's office have been searching in - vain for Dr. R. C. Flower. Dr. Flower is under bonds to appear in the Court of General Ses sions to-morrow to stand trial on five indictments charging grand larceny in connection with the failure of the Ari zona Eastern and Montana Ore De velopment Mining Company. For some time he has been out on $23,000 bail, furnished by Mrs. Cornelius Storrs. widow of the late Deputy Con troller. Sleuths Unable to Locate Physician Who Is Enjoying Freedom Un der Heavy Bonds. DETECTIVES MAKE ¦ VAIN SEARCH FOR DR. FLOWER CARTHAGE, Mo., May .23. — The Dunkards, or the German Baptist* of the United States, met here to-day in annual conference, with more than 100 delegates present. One of the first acts of the conference was the adoption of a motion to change the name of the organization. Hereafter they are to be known only as German Baptists, and not as Dunkards. One of the First Acts of the Confer ence at Carthage Is to Adopt New Title. DUNKARDS TAKE NAME OF GKR3IAN BAPTISTS Gage is immensely wealthy' and de clared he would disinherit his 19 year-old granddaughter, but he re lented and the young couple will re turn to Wyoming after an Eastern visit and live in the West on a fine ranch donated by Jessie's grand father. The cultured Eastern girl not only won the heart of Rollinson, but those of other cowboys. One night at a dance strenuous objection was en tered because Rollinson danced too frequently with Miss Jessie. Rollin son was given fifteen minutes to leave town. He did not go and a fight en sued, in which, luckily, no one was killed. The grandfather, who had fol lowed his granddaughter West, ob jected to the suit of the young man because he did not know him. so early one morning Rollinson and Jessie eluded the grandfather and flew to Gering, Neb., where they were mar ried. OMAHA, May 23. — Three years ago Jessie Evarts and "Jack" Rollinson attended school in Buffalo, N. T. Now they are man and wife, after passing through a long string of startling sit uations. A year ago young Rollinson. who is but 21 years of age, left home for Hartville. Wyo., where he be came a cowpuncher. "While there he learned that Mrs. C. D. Fletcher of the mining camp was mother of the Jessie Evarts he had known at school. Jessie had not seen her mother since she was a small child. She had been living with her grandfather, named Oage, until a few months ago. She was sent to Wyoming to visit her mother. "Jack" Rollinson Fights for Bride and Finally Wins Home and Forgiveness. PLUCKY COWBOY'S WOOIXG BRINGS HI3I HAPPINESS LONDON, May 23. — It is learned that the gravity of the Tibetan situa tion is spoiling the Cabinet's enjoy ment of its "Whitsuntide holiday. It is believed by those in closest touch with the condition of affairs in Tibet that Colonel Younghusband will be forced to retire from his position near Gyangtse soon. > This, it is pointed out, will prove a blow to British pres tige in Tibet, for It is possible that such retirement will arouse the fron tier tribes and force the campaign for a conquest of the whole Hlmalyan hinterland. The task would prove an incalculably . difficult one. Viceroy Curzon is now blamed for supposing that the Tibetans were a spiritless na tion. It is evident that they have the fighting spirit common to all moun taineers. Fears Withdrawal of Younghusband Will Be JRlow to British Prestige. Blames Curzon. ENGLISH CABINET WORRIES OVER TIBETAN* SITUATION* The disastrous floods which occunwd during: the winter Just passed have called attention In an emphatic degree to the . Importance : of tti* river system* of the StaU of Calif.ornia, The platform adopted is in part a plan for the education of the public, but it also outlines a scheme of prelim inary work for river improvements of the widest scope. In accordance with Its provisions the convention will to day appoint a committee of twenty flve empowered to establish a commis sion of: engineers. It will be the duty o^ this commission to submit to, the next Legislature", a plan for such per manent changes In the drainage sys tem of the great valleys as will pre vent the damaging floods that are now destroying so much of the. State's Here is the platform in full: ,. . Half a thousand solid men of busi ness, industry, science and commerce, representing all parts of the great Sac ramento and San Joaquin valleys, met yesterday in the Maple room at the Palace Hotel and organized a move ment of the first importance to the vast interior of California, and of hard ly less moment to the entire State. It was the first session of the "River Convention." called by the commercial bodies of Sacramento, Stockton, -Fresno and other interior cities, in connection with the California Promotion Commit tee and leading San Francisco organi zations. No recent gathering in this city has stood for interests so vast or debated so ably questions of such wide reaching import. The fact that 750,000 acres of rich lands in the valleys are under water from the freshets of the spring, that nearly 100,000 acres of actual farms, the finest in California, have been buried beneath the floods by the breaks in the Sacramento levees, and that the dam age to the agricultural interests of the State already is estimated at more than $5,000,000, constituted the imme diate cause of the convention. Its aim was Jo discuss ways and means to meet this situation, not by temporary make shifts, effective for. this year or a few years, but by a comprehensive plan of river improvement that will, for good and all, open ample outlet for the mountain floods, reclaim the vast areas now annually inundated and secure against future deluge all these rich deltas. The convention is largely edu cational, and the keynote of all its de liberations is the need of organizing public sentiment throughout the State to back so great an undertaking. With this end in view, the platform adopted last evening on report of the committee on resolutions embraces the most vital work of the gathering. But the papers read, the informal speeches delivered and the debates keenly fought out were all noteworthy. THE FLAN OP CAMPAIGN'. '-'< It is recommended that this 'convention form itself . Into a ' permanent organization - to ' be known a* the RIVER IMPROVEMENT. AND DRAINAGE ASSOCIATION OP CALIFORNIA^ and that 'each memberlof this -convention- be a ¦ member -thereof and : that said . association shall also - admit • to • membership ' such other persons of ¦' the : State ¦' of California as are ' la »vThatsald general committee -select from It* number^ a. president: .and a committee -of six members . who. , with the President.", shall form an executive committee. . ._ ... .... : We recommend that for the purpose of car rying on the work of .this convention after Its ' ¦ adjournment a general . committee - be nominated by the delegates to this convention from the, following '. named districts respect ively: North of Sacramento, .4;" Sacramento City, 2: i south of Sacramento, 3; llokelumne River District, 2; San Joaquin River 3; Stock ton, 2; old • river, 1; middle river,. 1- San Francisco and vicinity, 5. , And the said .dele gates so nominated . shall be appointed by - the chair.'- ,-.;¦¦ -.'. i ¦'.'.' ;;-' .."."¦• ¦• .. The National Government In the -past has concel^d It to be Its duty to do no more than to provide' for the maintenance of the naviga bility of' these streams, but we note with pleasure that the Government s«ms of late to have adopted a more liberal policy, and In many caccs has made provision for the per formance of work that will benefit a large numbfr of people where the work could not have been done. by private enterprise. The improvement of these rivers la a sub ject that should engage the attention, of the best engineering skill of the world, -We be lieve the State 'of California Is fully awake to the importance of adopting; any plan which, after discussion, may seem the best adapted to accomplish the desired result. Other States of the Union having water systems have been compelled to meet the question, and the time has now arrived In California when the sub ject should receive our earnest attention and any plan adopted our united support. We suggest that any plan that Is adopted should enlist the aid -of the Federal and State Governments and . of the property-owners di rectly benefited by the proposed work.. Ac cordingly, we. recommend to the convention that- the subject of comprehensive Improvement of the waterways of California bo as , to In crease their facilities . for navigation and also to protect the ', adjacent lands from overflow oe submitted to a commission to be composed of five engineers to be appointed as follows: One by .the Commissioner of Public Works of the State, one to be a United States engineer having charge of river work in California and thre^ other -eminent engineers residing out *of the State of> California who have given par ticular attention to river improvement, to^be selected by the executive committee herein after designated. Said engineers shall bo re quested to report such plan in time to prepare bills to be presented at the next session Of the Legislature for such portions of the w L £&•¦ they may be able to report on at that time. . We sugcest that all plans and suggestions for the Improvement of rivers and reclamation of lands be referred to said commission of engineers, and that each member of this con vention shall pledge his good faith to use all honorable means to secure the adoption and execution of such plans when adopted. Inasmuch as the work to be performed by thp non-resident- engineers , will be of vast benefit to the whole people of the State we respectfully request the Governor of the State the Commissioner of Public : Works and the auditing board thereof to make out of the' funds at their disposal the ¦ necessary appropriations for the payment of the., services and expenses of. the said, engineers.'. / - ' - • not only as navigable streams, but as water ways for the drainage of the valleys through which they flow. The lands lying adjacent to these rivers arc the most fertile in the world and are capable of supporting a large anii prosperous population. Many millions of dol lars have been Invested In the reclamation of these lands and they form no inconsiderable portion of the as5essment roll of the State. . Mr. . Chairman. Ladies and Gentlemen: Speaking for myself it seems that this con vention-Is one, of -the greatest Imnjortancexnot only for. the great valleys' of the Sacramento and San Joaquin buf for the whole State of California. It is a • gathering of people who are \ Interested, directly most of you. the rest of you indirectly. In the .reclamation of -a body of - land, richer, perhaps than .any other that lies undsr the sun. ; It has been subject to great dangers, hag been the goal toward which many men have turned their highest ambitions, their hopes, their expectations -and upon: which they have expended many hun dreds of thousands of , dollars and with par tial success they have been reclaimed. -Tho floods of the last ; winter have v demonstrated that ¦ Individual ¦ effort as put forth upon *• this i Arthur R. Briggs next moved the appointment of a committee on per manent organization and order of busi ness. It was also moved by P.J. Van Loben Sels that a committee of "three be appointed on credentials. Both mo tions carried. PARDEE'S WELCOjrE. \ „" Governor George C. Pardee then ad dressed the convention. He said: sympathy . with the movement and that the dues be Axed at $1 per annum, payable in advance. .. * A Resolved. That the thanks of this convention be tendered to the chairman. Rufua P. Jen nings, and the .secretary. Morris Brooke, for their services. . : . ROBERT DEVLIN. Chairman. LEE A. PHILLIPS. R. M. WELCH. JOHN W. FERRIS. R. E. WILHOIT. ? , E. A. FORBES. • SAMUEL FRANKENHEIMER. . ... P. J. VAN LOBEN SELS. The convention was called to or der at 10 o'clock yesterday morning by. Morris Brooke, secretary of the Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. Temporary organization was immedi ately accomplished by the selection of Rufus P. Jennings as temporary chair man and Morris Brooke as secretary. Mr. Jennings, on taking the chair, said: It la highly gratifying to me to b« made chairman of this convention, the objects of which must appeal to every man who has the welfare of California at heart. We should keep In view the enlightenment of the people concerning the proposition confronting them and Its importance -to the entire State of Cali fornia as well as to the sections more ap parently affected. In the deliberations of this convention the omission of . details and of controversial subjects Is obviously desirable. Such matters properly are within the scope of committees.' We have before , us a (treat problem, one that must be dealt with on broad lines and with a ; clear , realization that in bringing the problem to a solution we must b»ar in mind that the good of one Is the good Of all. i Therefore there- must be a unity of purpose in the entire proceedings. The neces sity for action 13 imperative. The past year's damage by floods In lands tributary to the San Joaquin and the Sacramento rlvtrs is fresh In the minds of all. The damage that will be done in the future unless some plan of. relief Is devised no man can tell. This great . undertaking, when accomplished, will make our great State still greater, our people still richer, our products still more diversified and prove still more conclusively to the world that Californlans are equaj to any emergency. (Applause.) . MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay, May 23.— President Ordonez announces. a victory over the revolutionists by the Govern ment troops under General Nuniz. Eighty of the revolutionists were killed and 200 wounded. Plans Comprehensive and Permanent Works to Con trol Waters of the Sacramento and the San Joaquin. Eighty Killed- and Turo Hundred Wounded. OFFICERS OF THE RIVER CONVENTION' WHICH MET IN THE PALACE HOTEL. YESTERDAY MORNING. AND THREE WELL. KNOWN CITIZENS WHO WERE PROMINENT AMONG THE MANY ABLE SPEAKERS THAT TOOK PART IN- THE DIS CUSSIONS AT THE OPENING SESSIONS. Captain Bonsor of the Hazelton got wrathy at this, and suddenly his vessel plunged bow foremost into the broad side of the Mount Royal. Another foot and th° Litters engine-room would have been flooded, so that she would have sunk. Cartain Wood accused Bon.«-or of purposely colliding with his vessel. Bonsor called Wood a liar and added many similar epithets. Each man then sent for his revolver, and the paFsens»rs sought the engine-rooms for shelter. Accounts differ regarding the number of bullets that were passed, but no actual damage was done. Final ly both men gave up the bombardment as the Haz»lton got under way. The Mount Royal is badly damaged. Her ownera are making complaint to the Government. . VANCOUVER, B. C, May 23.—Pas sengers arriving by the steamer Co quielam from Port Essington to-day tell of an exciting gun fight which took place last Friday between rival steam boat captains on the Skeena River. It was the first trip of the season for the two boats, the Mount Royal and the Hazelton, which ply on that stream. Many bets were made as to which would reach the upper river first. The Hazelton, Captain Bonsor, had the ad vantage at the start and several times jockeyed the other vessel pretty nearly to the bank. But by a bit of luck the Mount Royal turned the tables on her rival and was soon zigzagging the course! trying to keep the Hazelton bt hind. Special Dispatch to The Call REBEL ARMY IN URUGUAY IS ROUTED Two Riyer Captains in Sensational Encounter. BOAT RACE ENDS IS A GUN FIGHT Admiral Bowles continued: "I believe that it is worth while to have a merchant marine, and the cheapest and most direct way to get It would be for the Government to step in and equalize the cost of building ships; and then It should pay a bouity to th<» shipowners for the additional cost of running the ships under Ameri can laws. This should operate for a fixed period, 6O that capital might be invited in." Representative McDermott asked if it is not a fact that the price of steel rails r.as absolutely maintained by the Bteel pool, and the admiral replied: "I believe it is so." "On July 1 of last year," he continued, *'I made a list of the battleships and armored cruisers building in this country and England. To my sur prise I found that the cost was the same here as in England. Why? If the American builder bid in a business way this would be impossible. But there has been cut-throat competition to get the contracts for battleships. There Is not a battleship building at a price which the builder can afford." Rear Admiral Bowles, president of the Fore River Shipbuilding Company of Quincy, Mass., said that the only advantage we had over Knglish and Scotch builders was in wood, very little of which was u^ed in cargo carriers. Steel plates here were 50 per cent higher. The wages here exceeded those in English yards by from 30 to 60 per cent. Nixon paid that foreign countries paid 526.0OO.C00 in bounties. He was in favor cf differential duiies. WARSHIPS BUILT AT LOSS. "You would have to take the tariff off everything, because everything goes into a ship. If we had free ma terial and free ships we should have to have free labor, too, because you recognize that labor is protected as well." C B. Orcutt, president of the New port News Shipbuilding Company, told the commission that ships could be built in Ungliuid for 75 per cent less than they can be built for here. The cause of this difference, he asserted, ¦was that 75 per cent more was paid for labor in the yards of this country than in Great Britain and at the some time there was 40 per cent in the cost <if material in favor of the English builders. He said the protective tariff was responsible for the difference in cost of material. In a later statement, however, be corrected his estimates to from 40 to 50 per cent. Lewis Nixon said builders in this country had been constructing too pood ships for American use. There vas no demand for the English tramp type of vessel in this country. He said the cost of the building here was greater than lu England. •Suppose you should take the duty off :.!! ship-building materials, do you think that would be of benefit?" asked Senator Lodge. HIGH' WAGES FOR LABOR. Thomas Clyde of the Clyde Line, the first witness called, strongly advo cated a ship subsidy. After a deep study of the problem he was con vinced that this was the best course to pursue. He presented a chart show ing the status of the chief mari time net ior.s of the world. The United States stands at the bottom. All of the nations, he said, had given aid of some sort to natural conditions. Clyde said the United States must pay the builders the difference in cost of build ing arid also enough to enable them to operate the ships, on account of the much higher rate paid sailors under the American flag. NEW YORK. May 23.— Th« Merchant Marine Commission, authorized by the injty-elghth Congress to consider and recommend legislation for the develop ment of the American merchant ma rine, began its first session here to day. Senator Gallingrer of New Hamp shire Is chairman of th« commission, ¦which is coir posed of members of both branches of Congress. Senator Gallinger, In opening the In quiry, pointed out that more than 90 per cent of the foreign commerce of this country was being carried in for rign chips and paid that the commis sion would be fortunate if the decision here and elsewhere sheds as much light on the subject as would enable It to recommend to Congress legislation of a remedial character. "A sympathetic strike will be adopted only as a last resort. -If the railroad company wants a fight we will give it. for with the men we can call out we can tie up all the freight transporta tion In New York and stop the move ment of food supplies, raw material and poods of every sort. But we do not want to do that if it can be helped." At a. meeting of representatives of the teamsters' and freight handlers' unions late to-night it was decided that unless the officials of the New York. New Haven and Hartford system con sent to meet a committee from tho strikers early to-morrow the tearastera will go out in sympathy with the freight handlers. The freight clerks and the marine firemen were also represented at tha meeting to-day. About thirty delegates acted for 58,000 employes. President Curran says that the delegates from the other unions pledged their support to him for a sympathetic strike at the moment he should ask for it. He con tinued: NEW YORK, May 23.— Because of a strike of firemen and oilers on the transfer boats of the New York. New Haven and Hartford lines. President Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt and Secre tary Loeb were obliged to-night to take a cross-country route and suffer considerable delay and inconvenience in going from Washington to Groton. Mass.. where the President's sons are attending school. The President's car left Washington at 5 o'clock, over the Pennsylvania road, and the party was to have come direct to Jersey City, transfer there to one of the New Haven boats and con tinue the journey over the New York. New Haven and Hartford Railway. Whether the Pennsylvania Company disliked to subject the President to pos sible delays under present conditions or feared something more serious might occur to retard him, it changed the route. and at Trenton hi3 car was switched' off the main line and sent over the Belvidere division. At Belvi dere it was again switched to the Dela ware and Hudson tracks, and at May brook. N. Y., it was again transferred to the New England road and wen* over the Pgughkeepsle bridge. Officials of the company would give no. reason as ,to why the President's route was changed. It was rumored early in the evening 1 that the company had been informed by strikers that the boat would not be permitted to make the trip and that it would be better wisdom to take the President by some other route. Special Dispatch to The Call. More Than Ninety Per Cent of Conn try's Foreign Commerce Carried in Alien Vessels. Trip From Washington to Groton, ' Mass., Is Made by a Round about Course. Chairman Gallinger Points Out America's Great Lack of Merchantmen. Private Car Not Permitted to Cross on New Haven Road's Ferry. Congressional Com mission Begins Its Session. Takes a Circuitous Route on Rail Journey. SEEKS WAY TO UPBUILD OUR MARINE PRESIDENT IS DELAYED BY STRIKE Alcazar— "A Posslole Case." California— "When. We Were -' Twenty-One." Central— "A Great Temptation.'* Chntes — Vaudeville. Columbia — "Ivan the Terrible. 1 * Grand — "Pedora." Orpheum — Vaudeville. Tivoll— "A Bunaway Girl." THE TXXA.TZTOS. Forecast mad* at San Fran cisco for thirty hours ending mid&Urfct. May 94: Baa rraadsoo and vicinity — Cloudy, unsettled weather Tues day, possibly llrht shower* ; brisk westerly winds, with for la the afternoon and nljrht. A. O. MoAPIE, District Forecaster. TIE WS&TXSS. VOLUME XCV— NO. 170. The San Francisco Call