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Forecast made at San Francicoo&ort thirty hours ending midnight. Fcbru-J ary 22. 1805: San FrancUeo and vicinity— Fair Wednesday; light north wind. : A. G. McADIE. District Forecaster. ■VOLUME XCVII— NO. 84. ONE MORE BATTLE TO BE RISKED THen Russia Will Be Ready to Make Peace. St Petersburg Council Agrees on Terms That Would Be Acceptable. Japanese Nation to Win Practically Everything for Which It Has Been Fighting. Special Dispatch to The Call. LONDON. Feb. 21— Advices from St. t*etersburg this evening stated that definite terms of peace were being dis cussed there to-night. It was even as •erted that the terms were almost com pleted. A dispatch from St. Petersburg Bays : "Th*> question nf peace has not only formaJly been discussed, but the condi tions on which Russia is prepared to make peace have practically been 1 upon. These terms are as fol- Korea to be placed under Japanese "Po! t Arthur and Liaotung peninsula to b» • Japan. "Vlar be declared a neutra; pp r >rt. with the open door. "The Eastern Chinese Railroad to be placed under neutral international ad ministration. as far as Harbin, to be restored as an integral part of the « 'hinese empire. "The difficulty lies in settling the question of indemnity, upon which it is I ;ian insists, but it is h<=> 3i^ve,l that this difficulty is not in euperable. "The most trustworthy opinion in St. Petersburg is that, in view of the in ternal situation and the enormous diffi culty in carrying on the war, peace on the terms outlined will be concluded vithln a comparatively short time, it ~r*rr- *nts*Binu.y question can ~* be^ar-r ranged. la quite possible, however, that Russia ■will risk another battle before the decision is reached." FT PETERSBURG. Feb. 112—Em peror Nicholas is ready to make peace. He is :ej. rt^d to havp taken this de • on the advice of Em peror William. The conditions of peace which Russia can accept are freely discussed h^re. The only ob etacle is said to be the question of Indemnity, which Russia will refuse • > Wh:le peace reports are circulated In official and other quarters in St. Petersburg, the information reaches the press that General Kuropatkin is Industriously preparing to try final conclusions with Field Marshal Oyama and that a decisive battle may be ex 1 within a fortnight. captain William B. Budson, U. S. A., and other foreign military attaches have been asked to leave Vladivostok. While no reason has been assigned, it bable that this action is in an ticipation of operations which will be gin ther*- as soon as spring opens. According to the latest reports Em peror Nicholas is greatly dissatisfied ■with the conduct of General Grippen berg while he was in Manchuria, and has not only sustained General Kuro patkin, but has ordered General Grip penberg to return to his post. It is gossip in court circles that General Grippenberg's bearing was far from cheerful when he left the Emperor's Cabinet. PROMOTION FOR MISTCHENKO. Cotwark Raider May Command a Rus- sian Army Division. MUKDEN, Fpb. 21— Lieutenant Gen eral Mistchenko, commander of the Eastern <"ossaek Brigade. whose wound in the leg received during the attack on Sandepas last month is al most healed, though he is still on crutches, hopes to return to the front In two weeks. It is reported that Gen eral Mistchenko will be given ommand of an army corps. Mistchenko Bays his division, during the last raid, blew up the Japanese railroad in six places. "On January 27," the general went I saw for the first time a real panic among the Japanese. When we penetrated into the village of Saerpou and captured 200 the remainder fled in hot haste to the next village, where they were strongly reinforced. The Cossacks who followed up the Japanese were received with volleys." An alarming rumor was recently cur rent in Mukden that General Nogi, with almost ail the Japanese army which had taken pan in the siege of Port Ar thur, had appeared near Goudzhou but the report has since been dis proved. A recent order issued by General Oku has been captured. It says: Through all the lights, all, from the chief to the last soldier, have done their duty. They have not . parr-d their stomachs and have driven back the enemy everywhere. Neverthe less we have not yet been able to thoroughly tlefeat the enemy. The most difficult and heavy fighting is yet before us and the end o' the war is far distant. Let commanders instruct subordinates that any hesitation or irresolution Increases the loss and that a de termined attack causes lest loss. It is, there lore imperative to advance with determina tion" Commanders must punish the unworthy without the slightest mercy. There must be >>.. following personal Inclinations except in the strict line of duty. Japanese prisoners say their troops nre well fed. fcavinp meat almost daily. The prisoners have been touched by the sympathy of the Russian soldiers, who de for them with care. ORDER FOR WAR CRAFT. TOKIO, Feb. 22. — The Japanese Continued on Pace 2, Column 6. The San Francisco Call. REDMOND'S AMENDMENT DEFEATED IN COMMONS Ireland's Protest Will Not Be Embodied in Reply to the Speech From Throne. BRITISH STATESMAN WHO IS RECEIVING PROMINENT MENTION AS THE POSSIBLE SUCCESSOR OF PREMIER BALFOUR WHEN THE LATTER' S MINISTRY IS COMPELLED TO LAY DOWN THE REINS OF GOVERNMENT LONDON, Feb. 21.— John Redmond's amendment to the address in reply to the speech from the throne was de feated in the House of Commons to night by a vote of 286 to 236, after an exhaustive debate occupying two days and affording an opportunity to repre sentatives of the several parties and factions to express their views on the Irish situation. The amendment de clared, in effect, that the "political system of government (of Ireland) is opposed to the will of the Irish people." The net result of the debate showed that all agreed that the present sys tem of government of Ireland was un satisfactory, but that there was not a distinct agreement concerning methods by which the dissent may be stated. At the opening of the session to-day John Dillon and Timothy Hoaly pup ported the amendment. W. S. Kenyon- Slaney (Independent-Conservative), who declined to discuss the incident of Sir Anthony MacDonnell. Under Secre tary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ire land, directed his speech against home "MIKE" DONOVAN TRIES ON THE PRESIDENT'S CLOTHING Offered the Lse of a Roosevelt Suit to Attend a White House Re ception. NEW YORK, Feb. 21. — This la Professor "Mike" Donovan's latest story of Mr. Roosevelt: The President so enjoyed his box ing go with Donovan that he sent for him again last week. Donovan obtained leave of absence from the Athletic Club and went to Washing ton. He went a few rounds with the President, and after it was over Mr. Roosevelt invited "Mike" to attend the reception to be given the army and navy that evening. "Mike" replied that he had no suit able clothing. The President laughed and sent for several of his own suits. They were all too biff for "MikP." but, seeing that the President wanted him to attend he went out and hired a suit for the occasion. SALINAS OFFICERS JAIL TWO BOLD HIGHWAYMEN Capture Thieves a Short Distance v From Cabin of Japanese They Had Robbed. SALINAS, Ffeb. 21.— Two desperate robbers were arrested here to-day. Late last night the two men visited a Jap anese cabin in San Miguel canyon and awakened the occupants. While one kept the Japanese at bay with a shot gun the other relieved the brown men of $70 and their clothing:. The men were caught in a small hut about half a mile from the scene of the rob bery. Their names are Dow and Free man. They recently came from San Francisco. SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1905. rule. In the course of his remarks Kenyon-Slaney referred to the claim of Irish-Americans that they had killed the Anglo-American arbitration treaty. Healy. replying on this point, said: "God bless the Irish in America. They are faithful to their country, re gardful of its interests and are deter mined that if you make a treaty of peace with the United States it shall be abiding and lasting." Healy bitterly assailed, the Ulster Unionists, and eloquently appealed to the Conservative party to concede the wishes of the Nationalists in the in terest of imperial policy. Karl Spencer, in the course of a speech in London last night, referred to rumors that he would be the next Liberal Premier. He said he had not sought, did not expect and did not wish such a high honor, but that if called upon it would only be with a stern sense of the duty to be done that he would accept such a responsible po sition. The Cabinet met to-day with the usual attendance, but the proceedings were not given out. HOPES TO "CATCH" SMALLPOX TO CURE A SKIN DISEASE Chicago Barber Asks Health Depart ment to Admit Him to Isolation Hospital. CHICAGO, Feb. 21.— Many persons have tried to get out of the isolation hospital, but until to-day there was no record of any one attempting to break in. Hence the surprise of the Health Department to-day when a man, apparently sane, asked to be sent to the place where smallpox patients are kept. The man was John Adams, a barber. 'I have a disease of the skin," he said, "and I can't get rid of it. A physician told me- if I could get smallpox it would cure me, and I want to try." "You go down and live in a tene ment on South Clark street, and if you can't get smallpox there you can't in the hospital," said the secre tary. Then the visitor went away. "Th^re is a general idea that small pox will cure all blood diseases," re» marked Dr. Spalding. "It will cure some, but not psoriasis, which that man has." FROZEN HYDRANTS BLOCK THE EFFORTS OF FIREMEN NEW YORK, Feb. 21. — Frozen hy drants so interfered with the work of firemen to-day when a fire started in a big factory building in Greenwich street that what at first seemed rather an insignificant blaze called for four alarms and resulted in a loss of fully $100,000. The flre was in the factory of Philip Hano & Co., manufacturers of manifold books, carbon papers and autograph ma chines. ELEVEN MEN WOULD HANG WEBER BOY Twelfth, It Is Said, Favors Life Im prisonment Jury Fails to Agree on a Verdict and Is Locked *Up. Rumor Says Only One Man Stands Between Auburn Youth and the Gallows Special Dispatch to The Call. AUBURN, Feb. 21.— A1l that stands belween Adolph Weber and the gal lows, according to a rumor afloat here to-night, is the opinion of one man. Eleven of the twelve men chosen to decide the fate of the Auburn boy who for the last twenty-seven days has been on trial on a charge of murdering his mother, rumor has it, are satisfied of his guilt. The twelfth man is also satisfied that Adolyh Weber is the murderer, but he does not want the youth hanged; he wants him impris oned for life. If he sticks to this opin ion, the Weber jury will have to an nounce that it is unable to agree, and a new trial will result. The jury in the Weber case was locked up at 11:30, it having failed to arrive at a verdict after nearly seven hours' deliberation. Bedding at this hour was sent in to the twelve men and they will not be heard from again until eight o'clock to-morrow morning, when Judge Prewett will open his court. Whether the jurymen will de liberate all night and arrive at a con clusion before that time is a question. Meanwhile Adolph Weber is stretched out on his cot in his narrow cell vainly wooing Morpheus. Sleep refuses to come to him, however, and it is more than probable that he will not close an eye until he hears from '•"*• men who are to say Whether he stmu iive or die. When the jury left the courtroom to day Weber acted as If their going was but a part of his every-day life. He displayed no Interest, even when his attorney objected to the jury being placed in the charge of Under Sheriff May. It was different, however, an hour after they had gone into the big room, where they were to decide his fate. Then Weber began to show signs of the terrible strain. In the court room in the presence of the crowd of curious, he had managed to control his feelings. But his wonderful nerve was not proof against the loneliness of his prison cell. Vainly he tried to sit still. A dozen times at least he paced his cell, finally throwing himself face downward upon his cot, where he re mained but a few minutes when he arose and again began the walk up and down the length of the narrow room. Hour after hour this continued, and when a few minutes before mid night he was informed that the jury had not reached a verdict, he threw himself upon the cot and mumbled that he wished to be let alone. It was after 5 o'clock when Judge Prewett finished his charge to the jury. The major portion of the day was taken up by Attorney General Webb in answering the final argu ments of the defense. He said in clos ing: "It is a sad matter to find a fellow man guilty of murder, but crime must be restrained. This crime was a dark and damnable one, and the terrible deed was committed by the defendant. Adolph Weber. Bring in the verdict In accordance with the facts that have been presented to you. Bring in the verdict as jurymen. You are not only responsible to yourselves, but you are responsible to God for your ac tion." When Judge Prewett directed Under Sheriff May to take charge of the jury one of Weber's attorneys ob jected. He declared that he would not give his consent to such a pro ceeding. He made his protest so strong that Judge Prewett dismissed May and turned the jury over to the care of another officer of the court, instructing that official that if the jury had not reached a verdict by 11:30 he was to lock the twelve men up for the night. NEGRESS MAY KEEP RICH GIFTS OF MILLIONAIRE Hannah Ellas Wins Suit Brought Against Her By Octogenarian Platt. NEW .YORK, Feb. 21. — Mrs. Han nah Elias, the negress, may keep the money and the house, said to be valued at $685,000, which were given to her by John R. Platt, the millionaire oc togenarian. Judge O'Gorman in the Supreme Court to-day handed down a decision which gives the negress a complete victory and disposes of the contention that she obtained the prop erty which her venerable admirer lav ished upon her through extortion, blackmail or fraud. Platt at the solicitation of his relatives sued Mrs. Elias to recover the amounts which he had given to her. Attempt to Wreck Santa Fe Train. EMPORIA, Kans., Feb. 21. — An at tempt was made last night to wreck the Santa Fe passenger train. No. 9, half a mile east of Emporia. The train, while running sixty miles an hour, struck a pile of ties. The shock threw the passengers out of their seats. Wins Honors at Vassar. POUGHKEEPSIE, N. T., Feb. 21. Among the students of Vassar College who receive honrable mention this year is Helen Charm Bancroft of Peralta, Cal. BEEF BARONS WILL BE PROSECUTED AND SOME MAY GO TO JAIL SPECIAL FEDERAL GRAND JURY SUBPENAS ARMY OF WITNESSES PRESIDENT DIRECTS ASSAULT UPON LAWS VIOLATORS LEADING WESTERN PACKERS WHO. AS MEMBERS OF THE SO-CALLED BEEF TRUST, SEEM QUITE LIKELY TO BE IN DICTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY AND PROSECUTED BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR HAVING IGNORED JUDGE GROSSCUPS INJUNCTION. IMPRISONED IN A LARGE WATER PIPE Workman Is Nearly Suffocated by Mud and Slime. Special Dispatch to Ths Call. CORONA, Feb. 21. — Crouching In mur and slime to his lips, tangled in a network of roots and unable to move, was the predicament in which Fred Laughlin found himself this afternoon while working in a twenty eight inch underground pipe. He was within a hair's breadth of perishing. Laughlin is one of a gang of men employed in cleaning out the Temes cal Water Company's lower pipe line. Walnut roots had worked their way through a series of cracks into the pipe. With sediment and water, the growth of the roots, some of which were as thick as a man's arm, had filled the pipe for about twenty feet. Laughlin, when about 400 feet from the manhole, discovered, to his hor ror that he could neither move for ward nor backward, but was a pris oner in a close tangle. Lusty calls explained the critical situation to his fellow workers at the manhole. After digging to the pipe and breaking it a man was lowered, who found there were about eight feet of roots to be cut away before Laughlin could be reached. BARRED FROM THE NAVY BECAUSE OF BAD TEETH WASHINGTON. Feb. 21. — Reports to the Navy* Department from recruit ing officers at various points in the United States show that of all appli cants for enlistment two-thirds are rejected because of physical defi ciencies. The Navy Department re quires sound and healthy young men. More are rejected because of bad teeth than for any other one reason. ' - THE" THEATERS. ALCAZAR— "Th a ' Merchant of * ▼wi le*. " Matlr.eo to-day. CALIFORNIA— "UncIe Turn's Cabin." •■' Matin? to-day.* - • . • COLUMBIA— "The Earl of Paw tucket. 1 ' :'^S«I3^9BXA«VE«MM CENTRAL— "A Rl(l» for Life." Mat - inee to-day. CHUTES— Vaudeville. Matin** to ') day. --• ■■,■;■■■ -■■ --; £ GRAND— "Mother Goote." Matln«« . to-day. - . . - - ORPHETUM— Vaudeville. Matin** ■ to day. - -.. • .•;-- TTVOLI — Grand ; Opera, , + Proof of Guilt Is Believed to Be Conclusive. Special Dispatch to The Call. CALL BUREAU. POST BUILDING. WASHINGTON. Feb. 21.— The fight which the administration began to-day against the big Western packers is ex pected to terminate in Jail sentences for some, if not all of them. Criminal indictments are regarded as certain and convictions in the trials that will follow are almost aa confidently ex pected. The penalty for each violation of the Sherman law is two years in the peni tentiary and a $5000 fine, or both. The evidence which District Attorney Bethea has ready to submit to the Grand Jury has been submitted to the President, and, in detail, to Attorney General Moody, in the course of sev eral recent conferences. Both the President and Moody believe that proof of the packers' guilt is conclusive and amply sufficient to insure convictions in the most important cases, if not in all of them. With the summoning of a special Grand Jury In Chicago tne reason for Garfield's delay in sending the report of his investigation to the President for transmission to Congress became apparent. Though the report has been completed for some time, it has been held back to prevent the packers ob taining any advance information of the evidence against them. It is now probable that the report will not be sent to the President until after Con gress adjourns and then will be re garded as confidential, as the trials cannot come up before March 4. Evi dence accumulated by Garfleld, or so much of it as may be necessary .to se cure indictments, will be presented to the Grand Jury, but its exact nature will not be divulged and the packers will be in the dark as*to the extent of the Government's case against them until the cases are tried. SERVING THE SUBPENAS. CHICAGO, Feb. 21.— United States officials to-day commenced one of the most extensive inquiries ever started under the Sherman anti-trust act, by issuing 3Ubpenas for 185 witnesses, call ing for the Federal Grand Jury to sit on March 20 and making full arrange ments for producing complete evidence regarding the operations of the pack- Continued on Page 3, Column 7. PRICE FIVE CENTS. GOVERNORS NAME USED TO DEFRAUD Forged Orders Cost State o! Utah $2100. SALT LAKE, Utah. Feb. 21. — That tht signature of former Governor Heber M. Wells was forged to orders aggregating S2IOO was brought out to-day before the legislative commit tee which is investigating the d In the finances of the Utah's W Fair Commission. Governor V testified that he had accused the sec retary of the Fair Commission, John Q. Cannon, of having committed the forgery, but the latter had answered equivocally. Secretary Cannon has left th« city and his whereabouts is unknown. Cannon is a son of the late Geonce Q. Cannon, former president of the Mormon church. H* is a brother-in law of Governor We'ls and has held many positions of imvortance in the State. Until recently he was briga dier general of the Utah National Guard. It is understood that the rela of Cannon have paid the amount of the forged orders to the treasurer of the Fair Commission. YEARS ON -WATER WAGON" FOR ONE NIGHT OF JOY Burglar Who Helped Drink Eighty. Nine Pints of Beer Gets Long Sentence. SACRAMENTO. Feb. 21.— For break ing into a box car in company with two others and drinking eighty-nine pint bottles of beer, John Lane wa» sent to San Quentin Prison from J Hart's department of the Superior Court this morning for a term of seven years. Lane pleaded guilty to a dkargo of burglary.