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THE WEATHER. _/ I J / \ Forecast made at San Francisco fcr 30 hours ending midnight. January 2: J / F — San Francisco and vicinity—Fair Mon f\ - l^^ da, ' : llßht nort * l<?aLßt wln ** AX G. H. WILX.SON. ' Jf* Local Forecaster. VOLUME XCVII—NO. 33. PORT ARTHUR IS ABOUT TO SURRENDER TOKIO, Jan. 2. — General Nogi reports thai he has received a letter from General Stoes set relating to the sttrrender of Port Arthur. STOESSEL OPENS NEGOTIATIONS FOR GARRISON'S CAPITULATION Japanese Besiegers Storm and Capture Wantai Remnant of the Russian Torpedo-Boat Flotilla Escapes to Chefu Harbor. TOKIO, Jan. 2 (1 p. m.).—lt is understood that hostilities at Port Arthur were suspended to-day, and that the Russian and Japanese chiefs of staff met at noon at Shushiying to discuss terms of surrender. TOKIO, Jan. 2 (10 a. m*.) —The following cable has been received from General Nogi: "I received a letter relating to surrender from General Stoessel, the commander of the Port Arthur garrison, on Sunday night at 9 o'clock." The Japanese stormed and captured Wantai yesterday (Sunday). TOKIO, Jan. 1. —It is reported that the Japanese are following ifp their successes as an aftermath of the capture of Rihlung and Sungshu mountains. They have captured the observa dim ridge behind Sungshu Mountain, slight resistance being shown by the Russians. It is; reported that the losses of the assaulting party on the attack on Sungshu Mountain were small. Every indication points to a material weakening of the defensive power of the garrison at Port Arthur. HEADQUARTERS OF THE THIRD JAPANESE ARMY, Jan. I.—The Rus sians are preparing to evacuate their entire position east of Port Arthur. CHEFU, Jan. 2.—The remnant of the Russian torpedo boat flotilla has escaped from' Port Arthur. Four of the vessels have arrived here and two others made for the German harbor of Tsingtau. . ■ ,y m - ■ ------- - n NEW YORK, Jan. 2.—The Sun has the fbJk>wii*g cablegram from Tokio : General Stoessel has surrendered Port Arthur. CHEFU, Jan. 2 (4:20 p. m.) —Three large Japanese destroyers are just entering harbor. RESISTANCE BY GARRISON NOW FEEBLE Fort After Fort Is Captured by the Japanese. TOKIO, Jan. I.—Following the dra matic assault upon and capture of Sungshu Mountain, the Japanese at Port Arthur to-day captured "H" fort wid the recently constructed fort on Panning Mountain, giving them pos session of the entire line between Rih lung Mountain and "H" fort, via Pan lung Mountain. Simultaneously with . the capture of these forts the extreme right, pressing along Pigeon Bay, cap tured the heights south of Housan yantao. Telegraphing to-day the head quarters of the besieging forces says: "A part of the center, dislodging the enemy, occupied 'H' fort at 7 o'clock this morning and also captured the new fort on Panlung Mountain. Thus the Una between BJhlung Mountain and *H' fort, via Panlung Mountain, fell firmly into our hands. "A part of the right, commencing a bombardment at 8 o'clock this morn ing and dislodging the enemy, which resisted stubbornly, firmly occupied the heights south of Housanyantao at 2 o'clock this afternoon." The news of the»continuance of Jap . aneee successes at Port Arthur is re ceived with elation in Tokio. It is known that the Japanese losses are comparatively slight and it is believed that the garrison is finally reaching the limits of its strength of endurance. A telegram from the besieging army at Port Arthur received to-day says: "Through an opening at the entrance into the bomb-proof in the gorge at Sungshu Mountain all the entombed Russians were gradually brought out. I The rescued number two officers and more than 160 men. According to the prisoners about 150 corpses are buried under the debris caused by the ex plosion of our mines. "The trophies taken include field and machine guns not yet enumerated. "At 6 o'clock Saturday morning our sapping body in front of the east fort on Panlung Mountain blew up a part of the old Chinese wall. It is now con structing defense works there." MONTH OF REVERSES. Sii-onghold's Defenders Reduced toj Their I .est Extremity. • CHBFU, Jan. 2.—The news that the I Russian forces at Port Arthur have | been reduced to such a strait that at last the heroic commander has been • forced to propose surrender follows upon a month of reverses. The siege began almost with the firing of the t first gun in the war, now nearly eleven months ago. and when perhaps the greatest stronghold in the world was . garrisoned by 40,000 Russian soldiers, supported by a formidable s uadron of modern battleships, .cruisers and tdr . pedo-boats. These warships have been destroyed or dispersed until but a few torpedo-boats remain in the harbor. THE San Francisco CALL The garrison, ' 1 latest accounts, had been reduced to about 15,000 men. On December 4 High (203-meter) Hill, one of the most commanding positions in the series of forts held by the Rus sians, was captured by the Japanese after a severe fight in which the loss on both sides was enormous. It was from this hill that the death blows were dealt to the warships that were then remaining in the harbor, and afterward the Japanese guns were trained upon the town and such forts as were within range. On December 19 the East Keekwan fort was taken by the Japanese, af fording them another advantageous po sition from which to assail other forts in the chain of defenses. Mining and sapping were Important factors in the capture of this position, as they were in the fall of the Rihlung fort on De cember 29. All these achievements served to cut communication between the Liaoti fort,' destined to be "the last ditch" of the | defenders, from a great part of the chain of forts. From the hour of the fall of East Keekwan events have seemed to be hastening to their culmination, for on December 31 Sungshu Mountain fell into the hands of the besiegers, and only a few hours later the "H" fort, another strong position, was captured. The report that the non-combatants of Port Arthur had been accorded asy lum behind Liaoti Mountain may have been au indication that the Japanese commander foresaw that the surrender of the Russians within a brief time was assured. WILL BUILD GREAT NAVY. Russia to Take Her Place Among First-Class Sea Powers, ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. I.—With reference to the report published in the United States under a St Peters burg date that Emperor Nicholas has sanctioned the expenditure of $80,000 - 000 for rebuilding the navy, the fact is that Russia's naval programme has not yet been definitely decided or pro mulgated. All that is positively knqwn is that the plans oover a long period of years. The absolute necessity of a sea power is one of Russia's latest les sons of the present war, and with practically the complete destruction of the Port Arthur fleet the Government is determined not only on filling the gap, but on building up a fleet which will keep Russia fully abreast of other first-class powers. « SLAVS APPEAR HELPLESS. Little Opposition to the Japanese At tack Upon Sungshu. HEADQUARTERS OF THE THIRD JAPANESE ARMY, Saturday, Decern- ; ber 31. —The fort on Sungshu Moun- j tain was captured at 11 o'clock in the j morning. The works were mined and ! exploded at 10 o'clock, many Rus sians being killed and buried in the debris. Those who remained in the fort were captured. There was little 1 opposition to the attack. The north- i eastern section of the fort was de- j stroyed. affording cover for the as- j saulters. The Japanese now hold forts ! guarding the entire western half of I the eastern fort ridge. ' • RUSSIANS DESTROY FORTS. CHEFU, Jan. 2.—lt is reported that thfc Russians destroyed the two forts near the railway at Port Arthur be cause of a shortage of men and am munition. WAR VESSELS ESCAPE FROM PORT ARTHUR Torpedo-Boat De stroyers Run the Blockade. 9 CHEFU, Jan. 2, »:16 A. M.—Four Russian torpedo boat destroyers—the Skory, the Stratni, the Vlastni and the Serdity—accompanied by a large launch, arrived here this morning from Port Arthur. Two other destroyers arc repoted to have gone to Tsingtau. The activity aboard the destroyers seemingly indicates an intention of put ting to sea again. What appear to be Japanese destroyers can be seen with the aid of glasses in the dim distance. A bundle of dispatches was sent ashore from one of the Russian de stroyers. The captain of the Stratni says that they left Port Arthur because it had been impossible for ships to live in the harbor since the Japanese captured 203-Meter Hill. The destroyers en countered no Japanese warships en route to this port. For the past five days ; the Japanese are reported to have been ceaselessly storming Port Arthur on all sides. Captain Kartow, commanding the tcrpedo-boat destroyer Vlastni, says the Japanese expected to enter Port Arthur on Tuesday, but that General Stoessel, who was sick, will resist with the remnant of the garrison on Liaoti Mountain. Captain Kartow denies the report from Tokio that General Stoessel of fered to surrender yesterday. The Rus sians yesterday blew up two of their own forts near the railway and com pleted the destruction of the cruiser Bayan. The destroyers Smirli and Boiki ajso left Port Arthur yesterday. Their fate is unknown. Port Arthur is described by to-day's arrivals as a "living hell." The hospi tals are said to be nearly all de stroyed. s • GARRISON'S LAST STAND. Port Arthur Newspaper Says the Sit uation Is Hopeless. CHEFU, Jan. I.—Copies of the Port Arthur Nova Krai, dated December 24 and December 25, which have reached here, contain pathetic refer ences to the last stand of the last ship of Russia's Asiatic squadron. Even General Stoessel, who has been silent In respect to the navy since August 10, issued an order lauding the battleship Sevastopol and Captain Essen, who for five nights withstood the numerous attacks of torpedo flotillas till at last the death rattle sounded through the gaping wounds in the Sevastopol's sides and Russia's Asiatic fleet was no more. "Nothing," says the Nova Krai, "could exceed the unflinching devotion of the men who nightly and calmly went forth into the roadstead in the , *— —— Continued to Page 3, Column 4. ] SAX FRANCISCO, MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 1905. CHADWICK SEES WIFE IN PRISON Pathetic Meeting at Which Both Are Overcome. Woman Pleads lor Confi dence and Proclaims Her Innocence. Husband's Onj Reply Is That He Hopes She" Has Told Him the Truth. CLEVELAND, Jan. I.—Unheralded, unembarrassed by a crowd of the cu rious, the homecoming to-day of Dr. Leroy S. Chad wick was in diametric contrast to the arrival of his wife three weeks ago. The hour of the day and the fact that but few persons were about made the doctor's arrival like that of am.ordinary traveler. No one was at the station to meet him, with the exceTafljfon of -Attorney Kerruish. Even hiwn»*»Ds-TdR Emil,' failed to see him until o'clock. Young Hoover had planned ti board the train at an outly ing station, but the train had come into that station and departed before Emil was aware of the fact. Sheriff Barry, in whose company Dr. Chadwick was on the trip from New York, chose to come to Cleveland over .the Pennsylvania road. Tlie train ar iived at Cleveland at 7:30 o'clock this morning. The Sheriff and Dr. Chad wick were driven to the County Jail quickly. A bond proviced on Saturday evening by Attorney Virgil P. Kline and Attorney Dawley was at the Jail on the arrival of Dr. Chadwick and he soon was released. After the prelimi naries in the Sheriff's office Dr. Chad wick was escorted by Sheriff Barry to the fourth floor of the women's ward, where his wife is held a ' WIFE PLEADS WITH HUSBAND. The meeting between the two was pathetic in the extreme. Mrs. Chadwick arose when she heard the steps in the corrdior and fell into her husband's arms when she recognized him. Both wept convulsively for several minutes while clinging to each other, the Sheriff attempting meanwhile to console them. There was no artificiality about the scene. Genuine grief, genuine Joy in termingled. Even the Sheriff, hardened as he must be by continual contact with persons in every form of dis tress, was deeply affected. Little by little the first shock grew less severe and the two sat down for a talk that continued for an hour and a half. There were pleadings and par tial responses when the more serious predicament of husband and wife was at length appreciated. Dr. Chadwick has lost his all in the operations of his wife and the large independent fortune of his only child has been swept away—sufficient reason, it would seem, for some show of hard ness on his part. Mrs. Chadwick tried to imbue him with the thought of her innocence of any wrongdoing. His only response to these pleas was: "I hope so." The troubles into which both have been plunged were thoroughly dis cussed. The wife told the story, inter spersed by violent fits of weeping, in which at times Dr. Chadwick Joined. There were no apparent evasions, but there was a constant cry of ""Trust me! trust me!" on the part of the woman. STILL PROCLAIMS INNOCENCE. "Don't believe these stories which the newspapers hay been printing about me," she said. "They are all j lies, every one of them. I have done nothing wrong. Believe me; trust \ me; everything will come out all right in the end and it will be seen that I have been guilty of none of these things the public charge m; with. Don't think I deceive you; I will tell you the truth and I tell you that all these reports are lies—ites." "I can only hope so," was the hus band's answer. "I have trusted you and it is hard to believe anything; my mind is so confused. This has such a terrible shock and I djn': understand any of it. I want time to think of it. Ido not say I won't trust you, only give me time to collect my thoughts, since I heard of this trouble in Paris, I have been bothered and my life has been made a mo3t ut.bearable one. I have been followed and hounded until I can think of nothing else. I am not the Judge. I can only hope that everything will come out all right, as you say." After an hour's earnest con versation, conducted for the most part in scarcely audible whis pers. Sheriff Barry was asked by Mrs. Chadwick to send for her attorney, J. P. Dawley, who was waiting with Attorney Kerruish in the Jail office. Dawley went to Mrs. Chad wick's cell and had a Joint conference, with her and Dr. Chadwick, the re* Continued on Pace 9, Column 4. j SEEKERS AFTER THE TOGA REACH THE CAPITAL Knight, Flip*, and Oxnard Arrive SACRAMENTO. Jan. I.—The mem bers of the Legislature are here ready for the business of the session, and the indications are that organization of both houses will be effected to-morrow, so that balloting for United States Sen ator may begin on Tuesday of next week. The Senatorial contest, how ever interesting it may be later on, is at present partially eclipsed by the /strenuous fight for the position of Sergennt-at-Arms of the Assembly Stafford, who is supported by Charles F. Curry, Secretary of State, and Lamphrey, who is backed by James Gillis, State Librarian, are the candi dates for the favor of Republican As semblymen. Curry says the fight is won for Stafford. Gillis holds that Lamph rey is already the winner. The contest between Jacob Steppa cher of San Francisco and Clio Lloyd of Santa Barbara for the Chief Clerkship of the Assembly is engaging the atten tion of Statesmen. f Dr. Rowell, C. M. Belshaw, James A. Louttit, Frank J. Brandon, David T. Perkins, J. R. Dorsey, C. A. Young, E. O. Gerberding and many other active supporters of Senator Bard's candidacy for re-election were at Bard headquar ters at the Capitol Hotel to-night. Dr. Rowell speaks highly of the Senator's prospects and predicts that Bard will take the lead on the first ballot and maintain it until the finish. The Bard meji are in favor of im mediate organization of the Legisla ture so that the real t*-s of the strength of the several aspirants may be shown as early as posFihle. The remark is made at Bard headquarters that the Flint boomers are openly claiming the support of Senators and Assemblymen who are known to be in favor of the Senator's re-election and will so record themselves when the roll is called. All signs point to a good natured contest for the favor of the Republican majority of the Legisla ture. There is nothing in sight to in dicate that the fight will prompt any candidate to lavish expenditures of money or elaborate entertainments of statesmen in order to gain prestige. FAVOR A CAUCUS. Advocates of the caucus system are saying that a Republican caucus should be held at once to settle the Senatorship. It is readily admitted that fifty-six Republicans would be re quired to determine the result in cau cus while sixty would settle the ques tion in joint convention. The argu ment, however, is put forward that adherence to the custom at this time would be accepted hereafter as a bind ing precedent. George A. Knight, Henry T. Oxnard. Frank P. Flint and Sena tor Cheater Rowell, arrived here this evening. They were not long upon the ground before each was willing to SOME OF THE MEN WHO ARE PROMINENT AMONG THE LEG ISLATORS IN SACRAMENTO. hazard an opinion as to the situation and the clashing opinions are only limited by the number of those that offered them. "I will be elected." said Gecrrge A. Knight. "I am confident that no one can withhold from me the honor of representing California in the Senate of the United States. In answer to the claim that Southern California is en titled to the Senatorship I have but one thing to say. California is a sov ereign State and the man that is elect ed by this Legislature to represent the State in the Senate will be elected to represent the whole State, not any single portion of it. So rar as popu lation, wealth and territory are con cerned, San Francisco is entitled to the Senatorship. Why, we have one bank in the city that is richer than the com bined interests of Southern California, But this question is too broad to dis cuss in this vein. « is not a sectional fight; it is a fight of the people of the whole State to be well represented. "And so far as the statements are made that certain candidates in the fight are so-called organisation candi dates. I think it is all rot. Every man in this fight is a free man; there are no collars in evidence. I am in this fight to win and I am going to win, that is all there is to the situation." OXNARD IX SANGUINE. While Oxnard was not as broad in his claims as Knight, he showed no signs of discouragement and discussed the situation with many friends that called at his headquarters in the Gold en Eagle. "I am here," said Oxnard, "with a substantial support and I shall use every honorable means to see that my strength is Increased. I am not claiming everything in the world, but as to the loyalty of. the support I have there is no question. "And I can say this: The returns of the recent election show that Califor nia' is in favor of the policy of Theo dore Roosevelt. I am also in favor of this policy, and If I am elected to the Senate of the United States, as I be lieve I will be, I will do everything in my power, first to further the interests of California and always to adhere to the policy of Roosevelt California has so strongly Indorsed.' Shortly after his arrival here Flint retired. He is not feeling well and thought It best not to begin the fight too strenuously. THE THEATER* IK ICJUk jl ALCAZAB—"OId Heidelberg." jj WL CALIFORNIA—"Ton Yonson " CQLtTMBIA—"SuItan of Sulu." ! L jflftlW CENTRAL—"ChiId Slaves r; New eapflillliT^, CHUTES—Vaudeville. " * FISCHER'S —Vaudeville. Qljl jl iSBBB GRAND —"The Darling of the Gods." MAJESTIC —"Held by the Enemy." yy ORPHEEM—Vaudeville. » » TIVOLI—"Kins Dodo." Iff Matinees at all theaters to-day. iLLL JUL 1 PRTGE FIVE CEXTS. "I have not been able, on account of my indisposition to look over the field" as I would like to." said Flint, "before committing myself to a statement. However, everything- looks favorable. To-morrow I will be able to tell better just how the situation stands." Senator Rowell is confident that the so-called claims of organization sup port are unfounded, and that the ac tivity of certain railroad employes ap parently in favor of certain candi dates is unauthorized by railroad head quarters, even if the railroad is going to be yielded to the legislators of the State in the matter or the selection of a United States Senator. BARD ALU THE TIME. "Senator Bard will draw the largest vote upon the first ballot," said Senator Rowell, "and we hope that his frrends will remain loyal to him, as they have always done in the past, and as we feel sure they will do on this occasion. We are sure that from the first ballot on Senator Bard's strength will increase until he is re-elected to the office he has filled with such credit to himself and to the State. I do not think Sena tor Bard will be here during the ses sion of the Legislature, but I presume that he will come to Sacramento if his presence here is imperatively demand ed. However, J do not anticipate that his presence wfll be required here. Hit friends will guard his interests well." At a caucus of the San Francisco delegation held to-night Assemblyman George A. McGowan was selected chair man. Assemblyman T. E. Atkinson was first suggested to preside as chairman of the delegation, but withdrew upon what he says is assurance that a com bination has been formed to place him as Speaker pro tern, of the House. At kinson Is apparently positive that he will win this office, but the decree of a caucus of thirty-three members of the House representing widely scattered sections of the State is against him. Early in the day Assemblyman S. H. Olmstead of San Rafael was talked of for Speaker pro tern., but when he heard that F. A. CromVell of Petaluma was a candidate for the honor he with drew. At the caucus George T. Rolley was first mentioned for Speaker pro tern., but he does not care to accept the honor. Cromwell waa agreed on, and to-night it looks like he will be elect ed, the claim of Atkinson notwithstand inK ' STEPPACHER'S FIGHT. However, the desire of Atkinson to bold the office of Speaker pro tern, has seriously interfered with the candi dacy of Steppacher for chief clerk of the House. Atkinson's ambition is centering too many favors in San Fran cisco, and to-night the friends of Clio Lloyd. who is battling for the office of chief clerk, are confident that he will win. Bteppacher. however, is also con fident, so confident that he has sourned every offer of compromise. The Assembly will caucus to-morrow morning at 9:30 o'clock and the mem bers of the Senate will go into informal session at 1L At noon both houses will meet to organize. The Senate will be Continued on FNt* *. Column i.