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SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, AUGUST . 4, 1904.
MERCHANT MARINE COMMISSION OF CONGRESS REACHES CITY AND PREPARES TO STUDY CONDITION OF PACIFIC COMMERCE 4^1 ENATOR J. H. GALLINGER of New Hampshire and Representatives E. S. Minor of Wisconsin, Thomas Spight of Mississippi ¦ and W. E. Humphrey of .I Washington, members of the Merchant Marine Commission of Congress, arrived in this city yesterday morning. As guests of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Ship-owners' Association of the Pacific Coast they -were taken on a tour of the bay on the army transport tug Slocum, and through personal observation learned of the needs of the harbor. This morning at the rooms of the Chamber of Commerce the committee will begin its work of gathering information that tvill aid it in its effort to suggest legislation that ivill result in the expansion of the American merchant marine. LEADING MEMBERS OF THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMISSION ON THE MERCHANT MARIJTE, NOW INVESTIGATIXG PACIFIC COAST. CONDITIONS. - Continued ' on Page 4 t Column 5, Continued on Page 2, Column 2. Newspapers Claim, Despite Official Denials, That King's Sister Is to • Wed Bavarian Prince. . MADRID, Aug. 3. — Despite official denials " the newspapers insist •' that a marriage has been , arranged between the Infanta Maria .Theresa, sister of King Alfonso, and Prince Ferdinand of Bavaria. * SPANISH PRESS INSISTS MARRIAGE IS ARRANGED Unconfirmed Dispatch Says Explosion . in Brussels Destroyed Lives and Much Property. • • LONDON. Aug. 3. — A dispatch to the Daily Express from Brussels, which, however, is not confirmed from any source, reports that thirty-two persons were killed near Arlon by an explosion, which caused the destruc tion of several miles of corn fields. - THmTY-TWO PERSONS ARE REPORTED KILLED Try to Convert Judsc and Policemen in Order to Free Two Prisoners. UEVIVALJSTS HOLD SERVICES IX COURT CHICAGO, Aug. 3.— An incident not In the daily routine of Justice Calla han's South Chicago Police Court was a revival service conducted by mem bers of the Church of the Children of Christ this morning. It was for the purpose of securing the release of two of their number, who had been locked up in the police station as suspicious characters. When the case was brought to the at tention of Justice Callahan to-day Mrs. Hammond and Mrs. Emma Booth ap peared In court, accompanied by about twenty male members of the sect. Mrs. Hammond declared the evil one had possession of the Judge. Justice Calla han said he didn't know it. "If you believe in the Lord you will let us have a Bible reading right here and we can find out," she answered. • The Justice offered no objection and the service was commenced, the reviv alists each taking a policeman by tha hand and attempting to convert him. Mrs. "Hammond declared It the purposa of the sect to convert all policemen In South Chicago. After the service had continued more than an hour. Justice Callahan objected to further demonstrations and the two men were released. Soldiers at Fort . Sheridan In Custody ARRESTS ENTIRE CO3IPANY FOR SMUGGIiING BEER, ' for Bringing Intoxicant Into Hgjffl Barracks. * • CHICAGO, Aug. 3. — Chargel with taking beer into the barracks at Fort Sheridan, a practice they admit but hold Justifiable In view of the example set by ; commissioned officers, all the members of Company D, Twenty seventh Infantry, numbering thirty five privates, and six non-commissioned officers, ¦ were arrested to-day by order of Colonel -Whitehall, commanding the post. The prisoners will be court martialed-for disobedience. GERMAN FORCES 3IEET AXD REPULSE IIEREKOS Natives Attack Company at Okateitel and Suffer a Loss of Fifty. BERLIN. Aug. 3.— Lieutenant Gen eral Trotha, commander in chief of tha forces in German Southwest Africa, wires that the Second Company of the Second Field Regiment was attacked at 8 o'clock on the morning of August 2 at Okateitel by 130 Hereros. The He reros were repulsed, leaving 50 dead. The Germans lost three wounded, be sides two natives killed and ona .wounded, ... SENATOR HOAR'S DAUGHTER SUMMONED TO BEDSIDE Aged Solon's Illness Takes a Bad Turn and His Condition > Is Critical. WORCESTER, Mass.. Aug. 3. — Sen ator; Hoar, who has been slightly ill at his home In this city for " two weeks, had a* bad turn -this afternoon and at midnight his , condition was critical •His ; daughter was hastily summoned. The Senator Is suffering from - pneu monia, The Discovery remained Icebound during the winter of 1903, but left at the beginning of spring and went to New Zealand and thence to Falkland. MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay. Aug. 3.— News has been received of the British Antarctic expedition under Captain Scott, on the Discovery, which Is now at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. The Discovery sailed in August. 1901, and arrived at South VIctorialand in January, 1902. There a great ice barrier was ' met, which Impeded further ad vance, and the vessel remained dur ing the, winter of 1902, Icebound. A party composed of Captain Scott, Lieu tenant Shakelton and Dr. Wilson pene trated in December to a point at the 82d, degree, the most southernly point ever, reached. Special Cable to The Call and New York Herald. Copyright 1901. hy th« New York . Herald PubUshinz Company. ST. PAUL, Aug. 3 f — Northern Pacific Secret Service officers to-day arrested John Cristie, at Hope, N. D., Implicated with George ¦ Hammond in the Bear Mouth, Montana, train robbery. Gris tle, according to officers of the North ern Pacific, confessed to his part In the hold-up and when captured had $700 or SSOO and. some of the diamonds taken from the express messenger's safe, j Cristie, according to the officers, was tracked from place 'to place over the mountain ranges ' to Wallace, Idaho, and then to Spokane and finally reached Hope, North Dakota, with se cret service men twenty-four hours be hind him. Hope is the home" of his wife's family and one of the officers re mained on watch, expecting him to re turn. He did return, and when called upon to surrender gave up without offering resistance. Officers say they know all the men concerned in the Bear Mouth robbery, including Cristie, captured td-day and George Hammond, who was arrested In Montana. Success of British Antarctic Ex pedition, Long Quest of Mon tana Train Rob ler Ends. Upon leaving the Union Iron Works the Slocum steamed .straight, for the transport dock, and at 4 o'clock the passengers were landed. After thank ing Major- Devob for the pleasant man ner in which the company had' been entertained, the guests departed for their ' various hotels. . The • members of the Congressional » committee were greatly pleased^ with .< conditions ".as they found .them here, and. hope to gather many facts . that, will - aid > them in •; their . deliberations. - In . the , north they were given history, v not . facts. Here they - want facts. : They, know, that Balboa V won • his - reputation i in these waters; 1 and < that.",, it - was ; he -that christened- It" the peaceful »sea. This information Is ,well r for;; tn^ poet,; but . When the estuary was reached, the Oakland people, headed by j Senator Perkins, began to do politics. They pointed out to the commission the ad visability of cutting a channel 500 feet wide and twenty-five feet deep through the entire length of the estuary, and asked that the- members of. the com mission stand for the improvement when Congressional aid was asked. The members of the committee were supplied with statistics showing the number of vessels charged wharfage during the year at only one wharf, the total tonnage reaching 107,400. When the Slocum began to churn up the mud from the bottom of the estuary the committee frankly- admltte'd .that, for those that preferred perfumes to dif ferent odors the deepening of the har bor would be", a decided Improvement and they promised to . remember the situation. Senator Perkins and- the other Oaklanders were gratified at the business-like manner • in which the commission^ graspea the situation,; but if much comes of the, trip the " Slocum must be given full credit for the part she played as official demonstrator of the shallowness of the estuary and 'the unpleasant constituency • of the mud that lines its bottom, Upon leavi'hg the estuary the Slocum was headed for the Hunters Point'dry docks, where "the giant Algoa is under going repairs, and then the. run was made to the Union Iron Works, where the first stop was made. This gave Congressmen Livernash . and Wynn a chance to show what San Francisco is doing, just to offset all that Senator Perkins had pointed out of Oakland's wants. The best of good feeling and spirit of co-operation • existed among the California members of the national legislature, however, and It was point ed out ; that whatever Oakland wants, San Francisco is with her, and- if , San Francisco wants something/ Oakland will aid her to get it. This was the spirit expressed by both Livernash and Wynn for San Francisco ; and '¦ Senator Perkins, for his home section. SLOCUM RETURNS. of the Slocum from the transport dock on- this side, and they succeeded fairly well. J "»-:-"• • OAKLAND'S WANTS PRESENTED. Not a moment was wasted by Major Devol when it was announced that all were on board and the Slocum rwung quickly out into the stream and at noon was plowing 'the; waters of the Gold en Gate. Here the vessel emerged from the gray gloom " that spread over the city and a true California day was at hand, the warm sun raising the spirits of all. Off the shore of gausalito glasses began to clink and when Belve dere was reached ¦?*-- «*uests weie all called to the stern of the vessel, under the spreading canopy of canvas, to en joy, luncheon. While dining the guests were given a. view of Angel Island and the shores ' of Berkeley. Goat Island was next viewed and then the Slocum was turned - toward • the Oakland ' estu ary.' The screeching of the whistles of factories and -' ships • at* the docks ; was appreciated ' • by " the commission. ; Its members spoke of the loyalty. to-coun try and general ; enthusiasm they ' had seen displayed • here. Every ship on both sides of. the bay had. been decorat ed In | honor [ of ; the commission's and; no. boat -master was afraid of wast ing steam In ! sounding, a 'welcome from the 'brazen '• throats ' ot ? sirens. - Though the ships : on > the • AJameda side were in the minority, they did ; their : best to re peat the din that marked the departure The commission's tour about the bay was conducted by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce , and the Ship owners' Association of the , Faclflc Coast. Major C. A. Devol, superinten dent of the army transport service, ;was In command of the Slocum and with that fidelity to detail that has made. his administration of, army marine . affairs successful; saw that the boat was com fortably outfitted and lavishly provi sioned. ' ¦ '- ?•; Shipowners' Association; R. • P. Schwerin, vice president of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company; Frank Li. Brown, manager of the Pacific Steel Company; Captain Eschen of Eschen & Minor; Robert Dollar, president of the Dollar Steamship Company; George' U. Hind of Hind, Rolph & Co.; Samuel I. Wormser; Lestr-r Combs of ; K3ntucky, Minister of Guatemala; A. M. Garland, special - agent of 1 the Pacific Mail Steamship Company; Captain Meyer of the Shipowners' Association; Andrew Carrlgan of the Dunham-Carrigan- Hayden Company; T. C. Frledlander, secretary of the Merchants' Exchange; E. Scott, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce; J. Kentfield, R. G.. Cpple, Comte Hubert de Montaigu, lieutenant of the Second Cuirassiers of Maubourg, France; C. D. Bunker, Washington representative of the Chamber of Com merce; Captain A. F. Pillsbury, sur veyor for the Board of Marine Under writers; General N. P. Chipman, presi dent of the State Board of Trade, and, representing the interests of Alameda County. Senator J. R. Knowland and J. P. Taylor, Hugh Hogan, Edson F. Adams, E. P. Vandercook. R. White head and Edwin Stearns of the harbor and water front committee of the Oak land Board of Trade, and Wllber Walk er, secretary, of- the Merchants' - Ex change of Oakland. TOUR OF THE BAY. At the dock they were greeted by Senator George C. Perkins and Con gressmen E.-J. Livernash and W. J. Wynn. In addition to those mentioned there were In t!\e party the following named: ' % :':_ Attorney- E. F. Preston; Captain. H. Z. '.Howard, . superintendent of the Oceanic Steamship ¦ Company; E. - W. New hall of H..M. Newhall & Co. : Cap tain W. H. Marston of Welch & Co.;,R. ; S. Clarke, secretary of . the Shipown ers' ; Association ; James < Jr., president, and H. E. Pennell, vice president cf the Upon the arrival of the Oregon ex press at the Oakland mole yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock, the members of the commission were met by R. P. Jennings and H. D. Loveland, repre senting, the San Francisco Chamberof Commerce. At the union depot on this side the visitors were met by other members of the chamber and kindred organizations and escorted to the St Francis « Hotel. Breakfast over, the guests were ( taken in automobiles to the transport dock and were soon aboard the' Slocum. COMMISSION ARRIVES. Four members of the Merchant Ma rine Committee of Congress stood on the deck of the United States transport tug Slocum at noon yesterday and looked out through the Golden Gate— the portal of the highway to the Orient. It was a revelation to them, they said, and brought to them full realization of the growing importance of the West and the great part nature had played in equipping it for the fight for world wide recognition that Is be fore it. . . These distinguished visitors swept the harbor with the eyes of critics, looked up at the big guns mounted on the heights of the Presidio and then across at those crowning the hills of Marin,. mounted higher than the steel guardians of Gibraltar. That the har bor is Impregnable from without, the commissioners said they were sure and a safer haven within they had never seen. Words, they said, could not ex press their admiration for this, the great port of the Western Bea, • Senator J. H. Gallinger of New Hampshire, president; Representatives E. S. Minor of Wisconsin, Thomas Splght of Mississippi and W. E. Hum phrey of Washington, members; Win throp L. • Marvin, secretary, and Ed ward V. Murphy, stenographer of the commission, were the guests of honor on the Slocum, with the ladles of their party, Mrs. Minor, Mrs. Spight and two daughters, and Mrs. Humphrey. The arrival here from Portland, Or., yesterday morning of the members of the commission marked an era in the commercial, history of California and their stay here to receive suggestions as to measures that^wlll lead to' the expansion of the American merchant marine is sure to prove of great ad vantage to the State. While here they will learn of needs of the State other than those of commerce and the cor diality of their welcome cannot but place them In the ranks of California's friends in the halls of Congress. PEIETRATES FAR TOWARD SOUTH POLE EITRAPPED BY RAILWAY DETECTIVES As Guests of Local Organizations Distin guished Visitors Make Tour of the Bay. While there is r.o exact knowledge regarding the present ownership of oi.e peventfeth of the I'anama Railway B.tocfc fhat carries thirteen directors as against the three directors selected from the United States Panama Canal Commission to represent the Interests of the people of the United States, the voting value of that one-seventieth of the outstanding stock to the transcon tinental people is an interesting cir cumstance. These few facts, when th*>y are understood by the people gen .eraLUy, may cause the lime light of publicity to be turned strongly upon all Panama Incidents until the question of contracts between the Panama Rail way and other lines In restraint of commerce and trade Is finally settled. WANTS OPEN ROAD. Concerning the communication that President Roosevelt sent to the Pana- vj Coupled with this news from Wash lilgton" carries a well-authenticated re port that the railway attorneys and •lobbyists In the Hast have recently beet} active. A email article that was published some -weeks ago in -a San 'Francisco paper touching on the Pan ama Railway was the source of con sternation among the people connected with the Karriman interests. Dis patches were sent promptly from the East to business men in this city ask ing them to refrain from discussing the- P.anama Railway and its contract with the. Pacific Mail Steamship Com .pany through" the agency of the news papers. % Soon after that a secret conference 'was arranged to take place in this city between the executive committee of the Paeiffc -Coast Manufacturers' and Job bers* Association, representing com mercial' Interests of the Pacific Coast, and J. C. Stubbs and "William Sproule of .the Southern Pacific Company and R. ;P. Schwerin of the Pacific Mail Steamship Company. The parties came together in San Francisco and were conferring as secretly as possible -when The Call published the facts, creating .thereby no little sensation among the co.nterees. ¦ Since then, although various assertions have been made regarding the ; railway situation on the isthmus end the moves of the representatives of • Harrlman. no response has been made. Nothing has been said by In terested parties concerning the fact that the Panama board's representation in. ihe Panama Railway directory is but three out of thirteen' The trans continental railway people have no rea gon- for forcing- that Flgnificant fact upo;n the attention of the public. Involved in the opening of the Pana ir a 'Rail way to all carriers by sea is the entire rate situation on freights in and out of the port nf San Francisco. This Is clearly comprehended by the trans continental railways that devised the present artificial system to t!» up com merce by f-ea ar.d to secure for them selves the "}opx haul" Indefinitely. THE MINORITY INTEREST. AVOIDING .PUBLICITY. rs:Van that for years to corne the com ir.erce. betv.'een -the. Pacific and Atlantic £<.£Loard will be tied up to the interests exclusively of ¦ the transcontinental roiuis.- The present contract between t£e. : Panama- Railway arid the Pacific Muil -Steamship Company makes it ¦possible '" fof the transcontinental rail ways to force freights to move by the expensive land routes and not by sea. ft is to the interest of the transcon tinental railways' to continue this con .d-itkm'-of affairs as long as possible. A Etror.g 1 pressure will undoubtedly be .ejeercised by the railway people to pre vent the throwing open of the Panama "Railway" to all carriers zy Eea. • •'Tills news will undoubtedly excite ertat inter<^st. iu San Francisco and at aji -seaports on the Pacific Coast. To hii\w-k vote tKkeu on the "contracts that irr.p^yso.much to the people of the Pa cru<? Coast while the Government's It: Ij.U majority • interest of sixty-nine ¦fc'eventieths of the stock Is represented by a minority in 'the board of directors or; the Panama Railroad Company may "With only three Government directors *ut- : of a total of thirteen directors of tie" Panama Railway, although th* •Vfclted States owns Blxty-nine-seven -.tieiJis-of'the stock of the Panama Rail ¦yViiy Company, it is announced In a dispatch received by The Call from its ipec;al ¦ correspondtnt at "Washington thai tfee Panama Railway directors ciay take' up the matter of the Tenewal of contracts with the Pacific Mail 'Steamship Company and other epecial contracts, during the visit of the canal board .to the. isthmus. The canal com "thissioiitrs are . at Panama and will lekve . for home about September L Three of them are directors of the Pan ama- Raihvay. ¦>. ¦ v Many women, members of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, did not hesitate to express their dis approval of the Bishop's course. Scores of letters and telegrams reached the Bishop from men anil. •women eminent In the temperance cause, pleading with him to reconsider. his course in helping to advertise the saloon. At the Subway Tavern, however, the denunciations by clergymen and tem perance advocates had the effect of causing a golden harvest to fill the cash registers. Thirsty and curious throngs began to crowd the place during the early morning hours and the rush con tinued until the tavern doora were closed for the night- Taking advantage of the fact that this establishment.^for the time being." occupied a prominent place in the put> lic eye, the manager of the tavern placed a big blackboard beside the front entrance on which the following legend was scrawled in chalk: "Yes. this is the saloon dedicated by Bishop Potter. You are welcome." Passing pedestrians, attracted by. the; notice and similar announcements dis played in the saloon windows, formed" into interested throngs about the front and side doors of the tavern. The soda fountain. which advertises a brand of beer, was patronized by lines of grinning and enthusiastic young" men who seemed to enjoy the novelty. Curiosity seekers, comprising all sorts and conditions of men, thronged the barroom in the rear, where thirsty souls emptied schooner after schooner of beer. NEW YORK. Aug. 3.— By his partlcl r pation In the public dedication ol the Subway Tavern, a saloon at Mulberry and Bleecker streets, the " announced object of which is to lesena the evils of intemperance. Bishop Potter has provoked a veritable tempest of pro tests, denunciations and criticisms from clergymen and prohibitionists in all parts of the country- Bishop Potter is a trustee of . the Church Temperance Society, whoso headquarters are in the church mission house. New York. Robert -Graham, a leading temperance worker and founder of the society, to-day visited the Sub way Tavern. lie said that in hi3 opin< lon the Bishop had laid himself cipen to severe criticism in helping to adJ another to New York's already .large number - o£. saioona. • ." -Many clergymen also objected to Bishop Potter's statement that the- ef fort to abolish the saloon was "one of the most comic and tragic failures in history." . . \ Special Dispatch to Tb« Call. Abrogation of Pacifio Mail Steamship ': Contract Is Now Matter of •:.: :/ kiding Importam Meanwhile the New York Snbiaj Re sort Is Enjoying a Tremenions « Boom. • . . ditennnent Has Only Small -Minority In Railway /' Directory. fflrarebman Denounced for Aiding in Dedication • ol Tavern WasMBgton Reports r Say Commission : Will Act Flood ol Protests Pours In Upon Potter. : CONTRACTS ARE ISSUED AT PANAMA ANTI-RUM FOLK SCORE THE BISHOP ¦a:jm — T7XA.TH V.1L . v*. ¦-¦¦ ¦ - •¦ -. >> TorccMrt mad* at Saa Pxan dcco lor talrtx novrs ti fling railairtt. ?affust 4: Baa rrtmdBco and vicinity-— Cloudy Tsnzsday; brisk west erly wind, with tog. A. O. XoASXE, Sistrict Forecaster. TSCQ TH2&TEBS. JITrtniT TTto I*aAj of X&csjt," aiatiae* To-Dajr. California — "THe Buffalo Mys tery." Central — "Sersreant Jssrtes." Columbia — "Mice and Hca." Chutes — Vaudeville. Fiscfcar 1 * — * a To« Watel of Cts Tourn." Grand — "S&enandcan.* Orphemn — Vandevllla. lffatTriw To-Day. ' Tivoli — Tie Toreador.* The San Francisco Call. PRICE FIVE CENTS. VOLUME XCVI— NO. 65.