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Is Delivered In Chinese Lan
guage By Medium Who Has
No Knowledge of Tongue.
Got Message From William Mc-
Kinley Also—Minister Will
Study Spiritualism.
Auaeutad Praaa.
Washington. Ort. 14.—Dr. Wn Tina
Fang, the learned and popular China
man who ia about to retire 'from hia
po*t ns Ainister of China to the Unit
ed Stater, purmied further laat night
his personal investigation into the eso
teric mysteries of spiritualism as dem
onstrated by Washington spiritualists
His first experience occurred last
Sunday night at a public meeting. The
woman medium who officiated brought
to him a m-ssage purporting to come
from the lato President McKinley, who
was an intimate friend of Dr. Wu and
also from the minister’s own mother.
The latter was the more startling be
cause it was apparently delivered in
the Chinese language. The conversation
between Wu and the medium was some
what extensive, lasting fully five miu
utes, and seemed to be in the Chinese
vernacular. Question and answer, unin
telligible to the auditors, were passing
hack and forth with considerable free
dom. There was every evidence the dip
lomat perfectly understood the com
munication, which purported to come
from the spirit of Dr. Wu’s own moth
er. It is asserted the medium and her
control are both absolutely ignorant of
the Chinese language.
Before the conversation between Wu
and the medium purporting to convey
messages from the martyred president,
the woman in her trance told Wu her
control saw terrible trouble, for the Chi
nese empire in which the distinguished
diplomat would occupy a place of great
importance and influence and in con
nection with this prediction she brought
what claimed to be a communication
from the former president expressing
an earnest desire for peace.
Charged with speeding an automobile
in excess of the limit prescribed by the
city ordinance and in a careless and
reckless manner, Will Allen, negro, was
taken before Judge Buckley in the po
lice court this morning and fined $25.
Notice of appeal was given.
The negro was placed under arrest
on South street yesterday afternoon by
Patrolman Sommers, who testified that
it was not until the defendant had
speeded his machine in a reckless man
ncr and at about 20 miles an hour that
he caused the arrest. Other witnesses
testified that the defendant had oper
ated the machine in excess of 8 miles
an hour. The defendant offered no
Associated Press.
Sun Sebastian (via Hendaye, France)
Oct. 14. —Rigorous censorship prevents
the transmission of news regarding the
effect in the provinces of the execution
of Ferrer. Great excitement is report
ed in the mining districts near Bilboa
where troops are concentrating to pre
vent possible disorders.
Special Dispatch.
* McAlester, Okla., Oct. 12.—S. Guy,' a
Rock Island locomotive engineer, today
instituted suit for $40,000 damages from
the Rock Island Railroad company. He
alleges the railroad’s nurse gave him
a poisonous drug by mistake while he
was confined in the hospital and the
drug ruined his health.
Associated Press.
Paris, Oct. 12.—A dispatch to the
Havas News agency from its corre
spondent at Barcelona states that a
bomb explosion had occurred there. No
details were received.
For .San Antonio and vicinity,
F tonight and Friday:
The maximum temperature
A for the 24 hours ending at S
o’clock this morning was 86 de
grees and the minimum was 62
I Comparative temperatures for
this year and last:
1908 1909
4 a- m 57 60
6 a. m 55 64
■V 8 a. m 57 55
10 a. m 64
12 noon 75 •82
1 p. m 78 87
PITTSBURG 300000 —
DETROIT 100021 —
For final score ring up either phone 176 up to 7 o'clock,

Veteran Sab Antoni* Newspaper Man. Who Died This Morning at His Boy
•J hood Home in St. Charles, Mo.
Riots Occur Throughout Spain
Following the Shooting
of Ferrer Yesterday.
•■. I ■
Revolutionist Died With the Cry
of “Long Live the Modern I
Schools" on His Lips.
Barcelona, Oct.. 14. —Francisco Fer
rer died with the cry “Long live the
modern schools’’ on his lips. This anl
other brief details of yesterday’s exe- ;
cution of the revolutionist escaped cen
sorship today. Though he was refused '
ministrations, two priests of the Order
of Peace and Charity followed Ferrer j
to the ditch where he was shot, mur- I
muring prayers for him. To the request
that his eyes should not be banded,
General Esscrin replied, “A traitor has
no right to look upon the faces of sol
diers.’’ Ferrer refused to kneel and
standing erect as the rifles were turn
ed upon him, he exdiaimed: “Aim
straight. Long live the . modern
schools.’’ • '
One policeman was killed and seven-1
ty-six persons were wounded during
last night’s ’rioting. Among those ar
rested are five notorious anarchists.
The press, with the exception of the
royalist and clerical element, continues
today to express indignation over the
execution of Ferrer and predict grave
events to follow in Spain. The socihb
ists are planning further demonstra
tions throughout the country.
During last night students in the
Latin quarter burned King Alfonso in
Indignation Meetings Are Held
Throughout That Country
Today In Protest.
Associated Press.
Rome, Oct, 14. —Indignation meetings
have been held throughout Italy today
in consequence of yesterday’s events
at Barcelona. In this city tie protest
M pages
The distinction of being the first to
contribute to the fund for the erection
of the proposed stadium at San Pedro
park belongs to the Italo-American
Young Men’s club of San Antonio. At
a special meeting held this morning it
was unanimously voted to donate the
sum of $lOO to the fund to be used in
the erection of the stadium as contem
The donation is the result of the
great success attained by the organi
zation in the celebration of Columbus
day, which they attribute to the gen
erous response of the public in partici
pating in the festivities held under
their auspices and which came to a
close last night.
The members of the association are
’enthusiastically in favor of the con
struction of the stadium, and at tho
meeting today passed a resolution of
fering their assistance in any wanner
possible, that the enterprise might be
brought to a successful end.
Immediately following the meeting
a letter was addressed to the Chamber
of Commerce, as follows:
“San Antonio, Tex., Oct. 14, 1909.
“To the Chamber of Commerce.
“Gentlemen: Appreciating the spirit
shown by the citizens in general in
participating in our celebration of Co
lumbus day, which was a great success,
we, the Italo-American Young Men’s
club, believe that the erection of the
stadium in our beloved city is a very
laudable enterprise. If it is to be paid
for and erected by publie. subscription
we wish that the committee call upon
us for the sum of $lOO.
“Wishing all success will attend the
enterprise, we remain, the Italo-Ameri
can Young Men’s club.
“Yours respectfullv,
FRANK CHIADO, Secretary.
Board of Health to Meet— The mem
bers <>f the city board of health will
hold a regular meeting at 6 o’clock
this afternoon at the office of the de
partment at the city hall. Routine mat
ters arc scheduled to occupy the atten
tion of the health authorities.
brought business almost to a standstill.
Workmen generally abandoned employ
ment. No street ears are running and
cabs and automobiles remain at their
stations with no one to take them out.
The whole norma] life of the city is in
terrirpted. The Spanish and Austrian
embassy and Vatican ar* closely guard
ed by troops and it is thought the au
thorities will prevent any serious out
Former Editor of the Light
Passes Away In Boyhood
Home This Morning.
- i
Career Was Record of Able
Achievement In Chosen Field.
One of Founders of Gazette.
A telegram to Dr. Glover Johns was
received today announcing the death
of Shirley W. Johns, former managing
editor of The Light, at 5 o’clock this
morning in St. Charles, Mo. His de
mi»e, however, was not unexpected, ns
■c had been in failing health for the
past six months.
Shirley W. Johns was one of tho
..lightest and best known newspaper
men in Texas, where he had resided for
ihe past ten years, lieing at various
times connected with the different
publications in San Antonio, and his un
imely death at the early age of 37
cars will be mourned by a large circle
of friends, not alone in the newspaper
profession, but in all walks of life.
Mr. Johns was born and reared in
*t. Charles, Mo., where he received his
primary education. He later attended
the technical schools in St. Louis, with
a view to preparing himself to be an
architect, but even at that time his
health was frail and he was compelled
to give up his work. —-—
At the early nge of sixteen he first
made his entrance into the newspaper
world, when he engaged on the St.
< ha ties Courier which was a one man
paper. In a short time, the editor and
staff was .-ailed' away, ami Mr. Johns
w:r loft to get out the paper alone.
With the experience that he had gain
ed in this office he went to St. Louis,
whore he secured _a position on the St.
Louis Star. Here'hc “made good,’’ as
he always did in everything he under
took and in time became assistant city
editor of the sheet.
Leaving that publication Mr. Johns
was g'vcn a position upon the staff of
the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, of which
his brother, George S. Johns is now
managing editor. Here again, Shirley
W; Johns again “made good,’’ and was
ma le staff correspondent for the Post-
Dispatch and also for the New York
World, with politics as his especial
field. This position he occupied until
by ill health he was compelled to come
smith in the fall of 1899.
After coming to San Antonio, Mr.
Johns occupied the position as staff cor
respondent on the San Antonio Express,
reporting two sessions of the legisla
ture in Austin. He was identified with
that publication until April 11, 1904,
when tho Gazette was organized with
A. G. Munro as managing editor and
Shirley W. Johns as city editor. Mr.
Johns occupied this position until June,
1907, when he resigned to take the po
sition of assistant county auditor.
The fascination of newspaper life,
however, proved too strong for him and
he resigned in March, 1908, to take the
position of managing editor of the San
Antonio Light, which position he held
until April 23. 1909, when he resigned
on account of ill health and left for a
six weeks’ trip abroad in hope of re
storing his failing health. Contrary to
expectations Mr. Johns’ health contin
ued to fail, and he returned to St.
Charles, Mo., where he expected to
spend the summer, in very frail health.
He continued to decline rapidly, though
he put up a brave fight, until the end
came this morning.
Shirley W. Jolins was of Scotch Pres
byterian ancestry, and was a devout
member of the church of his fathers.
His life was characterized by an un
swerving devotion to duty, combined
with ability of high order. Only his
physical being was weak, and he suc
cumbed in his early manhood to an un
equal fight.
Funeral services will be held Satur
day morning in St. Charles, Mo.,
where he will be interred iu the family
burial ground.
He is survived by his devoted wife,
who was Miss Louise Martin, of St.
Charles, Mo.; his little daughter, Jane,
his mother, Mrs. J. J. Johns, of St.
Charles, Mo., and three brothers and
one sister: Dr. Fred D. .Johns, of St.
Louis: Mrs. C. H. Gauss, of St. Charles,
Mo.,- A. C. Johns, of White Castle, La.;
George W. Johns, of St. Louis. A
nephew. Dr. Glover Johns, resides in
San Antonio.
Special Dispatch.
Denison. Tex., Oct. 12. —R. P. W. Wal
lace, a brakeman on the Missouri, Kan
sas & Texas railway, was killed at an
early hour this morning near Whites
boro by the train on which he was mak
ing his first trip. His home is in Fort
Message Orders Carpenter to,
Convey the Information to
Minister Designate.
President Concui is With Letter
of Knox of October 12 Which
Requests His Resignation
Associated Ptm>.
Washington. D. C„ Oet. 14. —All
doubt as to the action the president
would take with respect to the resigna
tion of Charles Crane, minister dele
gate to China, was dispelled by the re
ceipt this morning of a dispatch from
President Taft addressed to his secre
tary, Carpenter, directing him to con
vey to Crane the announcement of the
fact that his resignation had beeu ae
The telegram was dated Prescott,
Ariz., Oct. 13, and roads as follows:
“Convey to Mr. Crane the following
I communication:
“1 concur in the letter under date
of Oet. 12. which the secretary of state
addressed to you. and I greatly regret
that the circumstances found to exist
by him to make it necessary for me to
accept your resignation.
(Signed.) “TAFT.’’
Associated Press.
Wnahington, D. C., Oct. 14. —Follow-
ing the receipt of the president's mes
sage thipugh Secretary Carpenter, Mr.
Crane said:
“I am greatly relieved by the presi
dent 's decision. There has been no
minute since I learned the attitude of
the department of state wheu I have
not contemplated the possibility of the
continuance of my official relations
with deepest repugnance. Nevertheless
I felt my obligation to the president
was enough to permit him to decide
tho issue.’’
: Associated Pres*.
Washington, Oct. 14—From the for
eign office at Managua, Nicaragua, a
message came today to Minister l-.spin
| osa at Washington, officially advising
। him of the uprising in that country. The
dispatch is devoid of any detail. It de
j dared, howover, interior country.
Special Dispatch.
Shreveport, La., Oct. 12.—Anti pro
hibitionists today filed petitions with
the police jury demanding an election
January 1 on the question of licensing
saloons. The city has been dry less
than a year. Tho petitions bear 600
signatures. There will be no action
for thirty days.
Special Dispatch.
Olney, Tex., Oct. 12.—A large delega
tion of Fort Worth and Dallas business
men and board of trade officials arrived
here this morning on a special Rock
Island train to attend the formal open
; ing of the Gulf. Texas & Western rail
' road between Jacksboro and Olney,
j President Jermyn and other railroad of
i ficials were in the party which was tak
; en over the new line.
Associated Presi.
Wilkesbarre, Pa.* Oct. 14.—Two con
victed murderers, Thomas \\ illis, a ne
gro, and Stanley Nazarko, a Slav, were
hanged today in the Luizerne county
prison here. Nazarko deserted his wifo
and two children in Russian Poland ten
’years ago. He came to this country,
I worked in the mines and lived with a
I woman whom he knew in his native
! land. During a quarrel he shot her
I dead.
. ——
„ Waco, Tex., Oct. 12.—Judge Richard
I L Munroe today called a special session
I of the grand jury Monday to consider
j the case of Lockett Randall, the negro
I charged with criminally assaulting Ida
I Pratt, near McGregor several weeks ago.
Edward Barrill Says They Never Reached Alti
tude of Over 8000 Feet and Says Pictures
in Cook's Book Were Not Authentic.
New York. Oet. 14.—The Globe thi*<|
afternoon prints a copy of t|ie affida
vit made by Edwin N. Barrill, who a<- 1
rompanicd Dr. Frederick A. Cook at the <
time he announced his reaching the i
summit of Mount MeKinley. The affi ( 1
I davit was made before a notary at Ta
coma, Wash.. on October 4, and has । 1
just been received in New York. Bar
rill’s affidavit state*, in effect, that he 1
was the only person present with Dr. j
i'oo. on the date when he claims to (
have reached the summit of Mount Me-1
Kinley; that they did not in faet reach]
the summit, and the nearest point to |
the summit reached was nt least four-,
teen miles distant from the summit of
that mountain, the elevation at no time I
{exceeding 10,000 feet. Barrill'* affida /
vit also brings into question a number
{of the photographs which Dr. Cook has
given ns representing tho summit and
other high altitudes of Mount McKin {
i lev. ,
I Barrill'n affidavit says that he was.
born in Buffalo in 1804, and now re- '
side* at Darby, Mont. He says he was
the only one present with Dr. Cook J
when he claims to have reached the)
summit of Mount McKinley and that ,
he is the man referred to as Barrill, or
Edward Barrill. in Dr. Cdok’s book en |
titled. “To the Top of the Continent,’’
bearing upon the cx|>edition to Mount I
McKinley. lie details hi* first meeting
, with Dr. t'ook at Missoula. Mont.,
where the latter was accompanied by
Prof. Parker of Columbia university,
R. W. Porter and others.
The organization of the Mount Me-i
। Kinley expedition is explained, the
1 members consisting of Fred Printz, a
guide; Belmore Brown, an artist and
naturalist of Tacoma; Walter Miller, a
photographer of Seattle; Samuel Beech
er, who acted as cook for the party, and
Barrill. The party sailed from Seattle
May 17, 1906. Barrill recounts that at
the start of the trip he prepared to keep
an exact diary and sets forth that this
diary, marked Exhibit A, attached to
the affidavit, “is a pocket diary kept
by me during all the time that Dr. Cook
and I were together near Mount Me-
I Kinley and the same is a truthful rec
; ord, with the exception of the entries
and changes made by me therein under
|the orders of Dr. Cook.’’
The diary referred to by Barrill as;
attached to" the affidavit is now in the •
possession of the New York Globe.
Tho affidavit then proceeds as fol-1
“On the evening of September 9,
1906, Dr. Cook and 1 started aloue for
the purpose of exploring Mount Me-
Kinley. He informed me before start
ing that his purpose was to find a way
for ascending the mountain, as he and
Prof. Parker intended to elimb the
mountain the following year.
“As shown by my diary, we took to
the ice on September 9. From and in
cluding the ninth down to and including
the eighteen of September all writings
in my diary are by me, but were made
under the directions of Dr. Cook.. 1
also changed the dates during this time
under his direction. The figures of
12,000 on the date of September 12
were changed by me at the dictation
of Dr. Cook. On September 12 Dr.
l ook directed me to stop keeping my
diary and leave the pages therein blank.
I can not now remember the exact dates
or figures which 1 had in my diary be
fore 1 was so directed to change them,
but I know the elevation under what
now appears September 12 was not to
exceed 9000, and I think it was 8000.
“We quit any further attempts to
ward ascending the mountain on Sep
tember 15 and returned to the boat, a
gasoline launch, named Bolshoy, which
lay in the water at the foot of the
glacier. We reached the launch on Sep
tember 19, having traveled 26 miles or
more on the top of the glacier from the
place we quit climbing on September 15.
Doctored Records.
On September 16, when at our first
camp returning from the glacier I doc
tored and changed the entries therein
from.and including September 9 down
and including September 12. These
changes were made under the orders of
Dr. Cook. From the 12th to the 16th
was written at the first stop returning
on the night of the 16th, and from the
16th and to ineluding the 18th was
written in our last camp returning on
the evening of the 18th, and written
solely under the dictaticm of Dr. Cook
and just as he said. Troni and in
cluding September 19 down to the end
of the diary on November 9, the en
tries therein are my own. They cover
the actual facts anil were not dictated
to me by anyone.
“Dr. Cook first told me to stop my
diary on September 12. when we were
in our fifth camp, going up the glacier
and at or near the point where Dr.
Cook claimed as the top of Mount Mc-
Kinley. This point was within sight
of u« at the time. Dr. Cook stated at
this time and place that the same con
ditions existed there as did exist on the
top of Mount McKinley and directed me
to stop my diary until further orders.
This time he had been to the top of the
point claimed by the doctor as the top
of the mountain and the doctor had tak
en a photograph of the point with me ;
standing on top of the reef with the
American flag in my hand. The pho
tograph to which I refer is stiown op- <
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po»ite page 227 of the doctor's book a®-
titled, ’To the Top of the Continent,’
before mention'd. The jagged marks
on the apex of the anow in that picture
are shown from the bottom of t he pic
ture up to the granite rock forming
the point of the point, nre my foot
marks and those of Dr. t'ook. My beet
recollections of this are as foliowe:
“Dr. t'ook and I w.-nt to the top of
this point together and he said: ‘We
will go bark down and get a picture of
this.' We did not take our bags with
us to the top of tho point, had left
them down in the saddle above the gla
cier. We then both went from tho
|H>int to w here o<ir bags had been left.
The doctor took the American flag out
of one of the bags and took it out and
sent me to the point and told me to
hold it there on the end of the ice which
I did.
Picture a Fake.
“The doctor then with his camera
took the picture shown opposite page
■ 227 which picture is there designated
। as ‘the summit of Mount McKinley’ in
; his work, ‘To the Top of the Contin
• ent.’
“The truth being that the summit of
। Mount McKinley was over 20 miles dis
tant in an air line from the point where
i my picture was so taken, according to z
| the scale on Dr. Cook's may shown be
| tween pages 152 and 153 in the book re
ferred to above. I then came down with
the flag to where Dr. Cook was stand
ing with his camera and 1 made the re
mark that the eight peaks on the other
side of this point where I had been pho
tographed would probably show in the
picture and he said that' he had taken
the picture at sueh an angle that those
peaks would not show. The peaks to
, which I refer arc sketched by me in
i my diary and are marked 1 to 8 in
! elusive an<l are shewn in said diary
| on the pago just preceding the date ap
< pearing therein as September 9 and o>
/ the pages following September 12.
। ; Those peaks were so sketched and num
। bored by me wrhen I was in the camp*
opposite them whore I eouM have a fine
view of them. The camps where I
I sketched the peaks are the camps upon
'my drawing ‘Exhibit C’ hereunto at- ‘
; tachod as the sixth and eighth eampa
wnen we were going up the glacier.
| “When we were in the saddle near
' the point where I was photographed I
] made a drawing of what I named ‘Gia
• cier Point.’ At the same time and point
! I made a drawing of Mount MeKin
j ley as I could see the top of Mount
' MeKinley off to the northwest and I
should say at least twenty miles away.
This drawing of Glacier’ Point and
Mount McKinley, shown in my diary
on the fourth and fifth pages of the
I sketches therein, presents conditions
;as they appeared to me upon the
ground. Dr. Cook stood by my side
when I was making these sketches, us
ing his instruments for the purpose of
taking temperature, elevation and the
like. Wo remained on the saddle after
1 I was photographer on the point for
' about one-half hour, during which I
( sketched the above stated sketch and
1 Dr. Cook used his instruments. When
I came down from the point and hand
ed the doctor the flag, in addition to
what I stated above, he made several
other remarks and there was more or
loss talking done which I do not now
, recall, but whether at that place or
i thereafter between the twelfth and
sixteenth of the month when my diary
was doctored to fit the conditions that
this point was the top, he stated to me
I as follows:
More Fake Pictures.
“ ‘That point would make a good
' top for Mount McKinley. It looks just
about like the gunsight peak would
look on Mount McKinley,’ which we
had been looking at from the saddle.
In about a half hour from the time the
pictures were taken we fixed up our
pack and about 10:30 or 11 o’clock on
, Sept. 13 we started down on the place
i designated in ‘exhibit O’ as sixth
camp, the doctor saying that he had
wanted to go around there in order to
get further up on the main glacier so
as to get a view of the N. E. Ridge
' leading up to the summit of Mount
McKinley so as to ascertain if that
ridge 'was connected solid with the top
of the mountain so that it would hav*
an appearance similar to the descrip
tion that he would have to give in his
writings, as the doctor has seen the
mountain from all sides excepting this
side and as this was the side where he
proposed to claim that he had climbed
it. he wished to know the nature of ths
ridge leading up to the top of the moun
tain. In doing this we put in the bal
ance of the thirteenth and all of the
fourteenth and fifteenth of Sept, and
at the eighth camp on Sept. 15 Dr. Cook
made his observations of the ridge. We
theu turned back from this camp for
the reason that we had both fallen
through crevasses, as correctly stated
in the diary, and we considered it too
dangerous to travel further without
snow shoes as the doctor had gained
good views of the ridge which was all
ho wanted
“I was with Dr. Cook continuously
all the time he was trying to ascend
the mountain in 1906 and the nearest
point to the summit of Mount McKin
ley we had reached was at least 14
miles distant from the summit of the
mountain and at no time did we reach
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