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SAILED UP THAT PORT. Russian Cruisers Seen on East Coast of Kinkwassan—Report Circulated Among Chinese That Port Arthur Had Fallen—Viceroy Alexieff Goes Into Camp. Vladivostock has been blockaded by a Japanese fleet, according to a Lon don Daily Mail dispatch from Hako date, which adds that incoming steam ers report Russian cruisers on the east coast of Kinkwasan, in the bay of Sendai, Japan. Losses by the Japanese. While the Japanese report that their fleet is still concentrated In the neigh borhood of Port Arthur, yet endeavors are being made to prevent definite in formation from becoming public. The survivors of the sunken transports, who were landed were not allowed to see auytbody and they will be sent home. The Japanese fleet originally con sisted of 16 warships, but two battle ships and a .dispatch boat are now missing from that number and from two sources it has been learned that two Japanese warships returned to Sasebo in a disabled condition. The report is being circulated among Chinese that Port Arthur has fallen. Viceroy Alexieff at Mukden. Viceroy Alexieff has arrived at Muk den. where he probably will remain un til the reorganization of the forces has been completed. He has been liv ing aboard a train, but now will enter bis headquarters. The schedule of all regular trains on the railway has been annulled. The Novikrai declares there is great hos tility in Korea, especially in Chemulpo against the Japanese protectorate. As the campaign progresses it seems that the chances are growing slimmer for a great pitched battle between the fleets of modern battleships for which the world has long waited, and the war fare will probably be confined to land forces. It is believed at Tokio that the Russians lack the strength to as sume the offensive and that they will probably stick to Port Arthur dogged ly to await a sea and land investment. Whoever wins the war, Port Arthur will undoubtedly cease to be an im portant base. The fortifications will probably be dismantled, as they are small and cramped, and however many guns are defending, it is thought they are Incapable of insuring protection, jt ic intimotofl thst tf>e Russians have 200 guns mounted at Port Arthur, mak ing u meoreucai.y one of the strong est forts in the world. In regard to the opening of Wiju, for which United States Minister Alien has long been pressing, it has been de cided to await the formal announce ment of the Japanese, whose influence is now dominant in Korea. Japan un doubtedly approved and the incident has a significant bearing on the future of Korea, assuming that Japan is tri umphant. On account of Admiral Toga's suc cesses at Port Arthur the reopening of the sea to Japanese merchantmen and the revival of shipping, the Japanese government does not anticipate that it will have further need for the aux iliary cruisers America, Maru and Yawata Maru, and they will be dis armed and returned to their owners. Lack of details of formations, firing ranges and evolutions prevents a full understanding and appreciation of Ad miral Togo's tactics. He seems to be trying to accomplish the maximum de struction with the minimum of expos He is carefully balancing those lire. conditions and relying upon superior mobility, markmanship and ammuni tion. ENGLAND STOPS RUSSIA. Lord Lansdowne Declares Their Po sition. Great Britain's determination to pre vent the Russification of Tibet came (ll out officially in a recent session of the house of commons. Lord Lans downe's declaration that if any power wms able to obtain predominance in Tibet that power must be Britain, caused a stir in the diplomatic world, second only to the impression result ing from the same minister's pro nouncement some months ago that Great Britain would oppose by force of arms any power that might seek to gain a naval or military foothold in the Persian gulf. It is felt now that the Anglo-Russian issue in central Asia has been clearly joined and that any attempt on Rus sia's part to ignore the principles enu raerated by Lord Lansdowne will lead to a dangerous crisis. Colonel Younghusband's expedition to Tibet began the moment the British government thought it would be ser viceable in relieving Russian dlplo _ matic pressure ln Tokio. This policy failed appreciably to affect the Russo Japanese situation, but will be pros ecuted all the more vigorously on that account, since the British government desires to extend its Influence as far into China from the south as possible in view of the possibility of Russian victories and consequent encroach ments from the north. In other words. Lord Lansdowne la determined to meet the coming Cos sack long before he can reach the Himalayas. glQ FIRE IN ROCHESTER. N. Y. Loss, $3,000,000 — Assistant Fire Chief Injured. Fire at Rochester, N. Y. has mined most of the retail dry goods quarter of the city. Three of the five department stores in Rochester were consumed in the lire, which cauesd a Isos of more than $3,000,000. The Sibley. Lindsay & Curr company, the largest retail store in the city, was destroyed. Of the loss $735,000* represents build ings and the remainder the stocks and furuithi igs. It is said that 2600 per sons \\ er ■ thrown out of work by the lire, 'j h ! burned region lies on the north side of Main street, between St. Paul sire -t and Clinton avenue north, running from St. Paul street almost the entire length of the block. The fire started in the store of the Rochester Dry Goods company and worked west, burning only one store east of this establishment, that of a big shoe con ceru, before its progress was checked in that direction. Next was the store of the Beadle & Sherburne company, which was destroyed. Then the Marble block occupied by the Sibley, Lindsay & Curr company was de stroyed, aud finally the 13 story granite building, the lower portion of which was also occupied by the Sibley, Lind say & Curr company, and the upper part occupied by offices, was attacked. Only the front wall of the Marble building is left standing. The shell of the Granite building is intact aud the floors gutted. The Sibley, Lindsay & Curr company's six story building, together with the stables in the rear, was destroyed, with all its valuable contents, this loss being placed at $1, 450,000. There were a livery stable and some frame buildings on Division street, and a narrow thoroughfare run ning in the rear of the burned stores, and these were damaged by water aud falling walls. No one was injured except Assistant Chief Frank Jaynes, who was struck by a flying hose. A RUSSIAN SOLDIER'S PAY. It Takes Him Some Time to Get Rich According to a Former Soldier. The following interview, given to a Portland paper by Martin Markeson, formerly an officer in the Russian army and well known in Spokane,is of inter est in view of the present state of hos tilities between Japan aud Russia. "In the Russian army," Mr. Marke son is quoted as saying, ''a private draws but 90 cents a quarter, a corpo ral $1.10, a sergeant $4.50 aud a first sergeant about $26 a year, and out of this money the men must keep their shoes polished and their clothes next. "The rations consist of two meals a day. The men are allowed three pounds of black rye bread a day aud one half pound of meat aud one quart of soup. In the evening all they get is mush. The bread is issued for five or ten days ahead, aud if the soldier has any left he takes it into the market and sells it. "The only hope that the soldier has of increasing his income is by working for the land barons during the harvest time, when they are often detailed by the government to do this work. For this srevioe they are allowed about 50 cents a day. "In Rusisa the mines are owned by the government, aud the barons have a monopoly on the land. A farmer there considers himself very fortunate if he is the owner of from one to ten The poor farmers, both men acres and women, work from daylight until dark tor from about 25 to 50 cents a day, and the farm hand who does not own any land is very fortunte if he gets a share of the crops and a small amount of cash. "The hatred of the Russians for the Jews arises form the fact that they are jealous of the prosperity of the latter race. ' ' The situation in the Balkans, with which Russia, Italy and Austria, are ;o closely connected, although It has ipparently improved somewhat dur ing the last few days, still occasions much anxiety. It is no longer a secret hat Boris Sarafolf, the Macedonian leader, came to Italy with the princi pal object of deciding on a course of action with Ricciotto Garibaldi, who heretofore has not approved of an iso lated movement on the part of the Vlacedonians. In an interview the two eaders agreed upon a plan which will result in a general rising in the Bal kans should necessity arise. A careful estimate of the situation shows that upwards of 1,200 men are employed in the mines and smelters of the Boundary, including those di rectly employed in ore carrying from the mine to the smelters. The amount of money distributed in the Boundary each month for the wae-es of the*» men ! s estimated to be upward of $130,000, or nearly $1,600,000 annually. SMELTERS ARE PREPARING FOR j j , . British Columbia Mining Notes. a A miner named Henry Hendrikson died at the Phoenix general hospital recently from pneumonia. 1 he White Bear mine is now regu iarly on the list of Russland s ship ping properties. No returns have been divulged. In the Le Roi mine, Manager S. F. Parrish s latest cabled report that he had opened at the 1350 foot level an ore shoot 117 feet in length, carrying values of $12 to $20 per ton, indicates the existence at that depth of a valu able ore body. Bullion City, the newly established camp on Bullion creek, t ie center of the placer diggings near White Horse. was the center of great activity at the time the Ramona left bkagway. The gold fever is maintained at the proper temperature by a number of reported strikes on new creeks and on claims located in the late fall and early win ter sufficient development has bee° none up to date to demonstrate that, good pay values are not confined tn any particular locality of the district.! Ore from the Emma mine, two miles from Eholt, has been found desirable for use as a flux at the different Root enay-Boundary smelters when the sup Ply was more than was needed by the Nelson smelter. Thus shipments have been made to Trail, the Boundary Falls, the Greenwood and the Giauby smejters, latterly a large part of the output going to the last named reduc tion works. Since the first of Janu ary the Emma has shipped about 5.U00 tons of ore. while in 1903 the ship ments were about 22.000 tons. Among the appropriations for roads and trails granted by the last legis lalure is $500 for completing a two mile trail to the Beatrice mine near the summit dividing the North Font of the Laraeau river and Pool credk, a tributary of Fish river. There is a grant of $2,000 towards the extension of the wagon road between Camborne i .U .u » h .j i « n. and the mouth of Boyd creek. Both ... , . will go far to facilitate taking in pro . . , . . ... visions and mining supplies, though it . , . .. . . . . is felt here the government might . . . , , have appropriated the $10,000 request , , f. „ ed for the completion of the wagon road SPRING WORK. Items of Interest Gathered During the Past Week — B. C. Lead and Zinc Mines Busy on Account of Bounty— Coeur d'Alene District a Great Pro ducer—Accidents and Personals. The amount of gravel on tho Klon dike dumps at the present lime far exceeds that taken out to the corres ponding dale last year, and indicates mat me proceeds of tlie dumps on ail the creeks will be much greater when spring opens than was the case when Che snow went in 1903. it is the gen eral opinion among business men ami the managers of financial institutions in Dawson that this year's gold output from the Klondike creeks will exceed that of last year if a sufficient supply of water Domains througuout the sea son. Last year the output of the Yu kon totalled close upon $11,000,000, and the major portion of that vast sum emanated from the dumps on the Klon dike creeks, despite the fact that the washing was hindered greatly by lack of water. Mining News. The New York court dissolved the injunction restraining the subsidiary companies from paying dividends to the Amalgamated, the Boston & Mon tana and the Parrot mines and turned over funds to the Amalgamated ag gregating some three millions. Amalgamated cashed the checks im mediately for a dividend payable Mon day. This apparently ends the Helnze efforts to block the Amalgamated div idends. The smelting trust has closed a con tract with the Newhouse Mines and Smelters' company for handling the output of the Cactus mine in Utah. It covers one year's output, reported to involve nearly eight hundred thousand tons of copper concentrates, besides a large quantity of matte worth $1,000, 000 . The Merton of London estimates the cop per stocks in England and France Feb ruary 1 at 13,900 tons, a decrease In a fortnight of 300 tons. The Federal Mining & Smelting company has declared a quarterly div idend of one and three-fourths per cent on preferred stock, payable March 15. It amounts to about $187.000. The Federal company operates about half of the Coeur d'Alene silver-lead mines. Dr. W. A. Hendryx, proprietor of the Hendryx cyanide system that has been on trial at the Mountain Lion mill at Republic, Wash., wired C. M. Fassett at Spokane: "Machine and system proven a complete success." The Last Chance, on Deep creek, near Northport, Wash., has resumed shipments, this time to Joplin. Mo. Heinze lost his suit in the New York court. John MacGinnis was turned down by Judge Gildersleeve, and the case was dismissed. It was held that the defendant corporations were fulty i responsible for any damage thatj Hetuze might sustain. An unusual aa.uunt of snow has fal len in the Blue mountain region of Oregon this winter, and placer miners are counting on a long siege of oper ations during the coming warm months. Preparations aie being made for extensive work on all placer claims in the district. George Crulkshank, a well known miner i f Chico, Montana, lost his life in a snowslide in the vicinity of the upper waters of Mill creek some time last week. Krank Riley, a pioneer miner of the Pierce City, Idaho, district, about 57 years of age, died recently of heart failure. He was a veteran of the civil war. Arrangements have been made for delivering a large quantity of ore at the Sumpter, Ore., smelter. Plenty of I capital is on hand for the purchase of ores from all nearby mines. Colonel John T. Grayson died at Cin cinnati recently. He was one of the wealthy mining men of the northwest, and had made Portland his home for a number of years. Three new companies are operating at the Hump. All roads and trails are now open and freight can be plac ed without delay whenever wanted. The worst cave recorded in the Bun ker Hill mine, at Wardner, Idaho, oc curred recently, when the entire top , xt - . A , . . ... of No. 7 stope, the largest slope in the m j nei came down with a crash, demol jghing all the timbers and everything e ] se j n s tope. Sufficient warning -[ ad been given the miners at work un de rncath to enable them to escape, al though several were caught and had to be dug out by their comrades, but none was seriously Injured. So great W as the rush of air occasioned by the cave that several men were thrown j n to the shaft, and one miner in the tunnel over 900 feet away was thrown f 0 the ground by the air coming through After tho lntl . odllc ii on of evidence WM concluded by the prosecution, in (he consplra cy case at Cripple Creek , BSt the union lea ders. Shennan Parker. Thomas Poster, and w ,, DavUi charged with attempting tQ wreck a FIorenco & cripple Creek passenger traln> the court ordered Da vjB digchargj . d . A mo tion that the charKe3 against Parker and Foster all L disml88ed was denled . „ . ^ J he Rllby tramway, at Sim Kameen, Wash., is completed and it *■ a success. Ihe Ruby is sending ab ° at 4b lona 40 their miU , at 4he , (1< - n Zoae - t0 ' be concentrated. Ihe , is under the management of Mr. A s °?' , , , b • Bearl of Che,an ; Wash - bas , ln - ^nted a placer gold saying device, He f' alma hls revolution ' z f., tlie Placer mining industry, as it ' viü Ba y e a11 the gold, no matter how flae ' . Se , ve / al min1 ^ " ien wbo hav< ; examined he completed machine and witnessed its operation pronounce it a success. , Fi '* e "j 68 ".T 7 a caV8 ' n f ™ rlb and r °ck la the famous Minnie Hea ' y mineat Bu te ' ^hedead: Thomas Haggerty, shift boss, Thomas Furlong, miner, ™ illlam )wyer ' t mi, ' er ' 0 ira iam m nor. a lon A, 06 . ' niln, ^ r j The accident occurred on the sixth „ . _ „„„ . . , , „ , , floor of the 1.000 faot evel. Early in , , _ the day Foreman Joseph Kane was . , . .. . .. f. . , informed that the ground in that place „ ... . , ... was very soft and in danger of falling, „ ...' , . He withdrew all the miners who were . . .. working there. Then Shift Boss Hag gerty took Furlong, Dwyer. Abraham and Trinetti into the place to bulk head and otherwise strengthen the weak spots. Just how the fall came will never be known, as not one of the five men was left to tell the tale. The Minnie Healy mine is being worked by the Montana Ore Purchas ing company. It is the property that became celebrated because of the great legal battle for the ownership of which just at present rests with the Montana Ore Purchasing company. j SCAFFOLD FELL—TWO KILLED Fatal Accident in New Federal Build in); at Chicago. One man was killed, another was probably fatally injured aud score of others were barely saved from being crushed beneath a large scaffold which collapsed in the centre of the new pcst office building in Chicago. The scaffold was built from the main floor of the building directly beneath its dome to the tenth floor, a distance of 161 feet. Thirty-five men were working about the doom at the time of the accident, and for a time it was thought nearly h*alf this number had been killed by the falling timbers, but all escaped with the exception of two plasterers, Jame< Bryon and Barney McBride, who were standing on the portion of the scaffold which collapsed. Byron, who was working in the center of the scaffold when it gave way, fell to the main flo >r of the building aud was instanly killed. But for the need of horrible exam ples many a man's usefulness would never be properly listed. When David takes Goliath's weapon he loses hls heavenly ally. 1» WAS VERDICT IN POST OFFICE CONSPIRACY TRIALS. Same Verdict for All Four Defendant« • It la Raid They Charged Uncle Rum Several Times us Much as They Charged Private Parties -Stole Many Thousands of Dollars-They Appeal. "Guity as indicted," was the ver dict announced by the jury in the post ffice conspiracy trials The jury had been out nine hours. It stated that the verdict was the same as to all four de fendants, August W. Machen, late sup erintendent of the rural free delivery division; George E. Lorenz of Toledo, Samuel A. Groff aud Diiler B. Groff of Washington. The crime charged was that of con spiracy to defraud the postoffice de partment by selling Groff fasteners at prices several times in excess of that charged private parties Fourth As sistant Postmaster G*'ueral Bristow, in his seusatioual report, charged that the rle'eudauts have stolen thousands of dollars. In the dimly lighted room sat the four defendants ,who, after the case was given to the jury, had been placed in the custody of a United States marshal, and confined to the limits of the city hall. Each wore an anxious look, and a deathlike silence fell on the small crowd which had been pemitted to enter the room as the clerk inquired of the foreman if a ver dict had been reached. The jury to a man rose, and as the words ''guilty as indicted" fell from the foreman's lips the defendaudts and their counsel seemed appalled. During the time the jury was out the four defendants had paced up and down the hallway outside the courtroom and had given expression to the belief that each hour the jury spent iir"discussing the case brought them nearer to acquittal. There was general astonishment that the jury had included in the conviction Samuel A. Groff, a Washington policeman and in ventor of the Groff fa-teuer, as to Holmes Conrad, special counsel for the government, the day belore informed the jury he did not expect a conviction, and that he personally did not believe in his guilt. Five ballots in all were taken. On the first ballot the vote stood 7 to 6 for conviction , on the second 8 to 4, on the third 9 to 3, on the fourth 10 to 2 and on the fifth tho vote was unanimous. Immediately after the verdict was reiu'ered Charles Douglas, in behalf of all four defendants, filed motions for a new trial, for an arrest of judgement and for an appeal for the purpose of having the defendants admitted to bail. Bail was then fixed at $20,0i'0 each, the bond of Loreuze and the Groffs being increased from $10,000. When Mr. Maddox, on behalf of the Groffs, inquired as to the amount of hail to be required of them, Justice Prichard said: "1 know no difference between these defend mts. The jury has said they are guilty, and I can not discriminate, but will treat all alike." Next to Samuel A. Groff, tho most sutprised man was Machen, who said he was thunder stuck at the verdict. Justice Prichard later seutonced Machen, Diler B. Groff and Lorenz each to two yeais' imprisonment in tiie penitentiary and to pay a flue of $10,000 each, the beginning of the sen tence to be made from the time of their arrival at the penitentiary. The court decided to make the sev e al counts in the indictment consti tute one offense. Two Engineers Are Killed. San Francisco—The westbound Cali fornia limited and the eastbound daily overland on the Santa Fe collided a few miles out of Point Richmond. Both engineers were killed. A misplaced switch was the cause of the accident. The dead: L. L. Baker, engineer of the limited. J. P. Bennett, engineer of the over land. Alvin Taylor, a colored porter, who threw the switch open, is under arrest. He claims that he was signaled by En gineer Benett to open the switch and that he obeyed without realizing the consequences. Newspaper Man Found Dead. Washington.—William S. Daniels, correspondent of the St. Louis Repub lic. was found dead in his office here, having been asphyxiated. The gas apparently had been turned on by ac cident. Mr. Daniels, who was 43 years old. was private secretary to First As sistant Postmaster General Stevenson. "My brother bought an automobile here last week," said au angry man to the salesman who stepped forward to greet him, "and he says you told him if auything broke you would sup said "He wants two deltoid muscles, a couple of kneopaus, one elbow, and about a half u yard of cuticle," said the man, "and he wants 'em right away."—Youths Companion. "Certainly, ply a new part. 1 the clerk; "what does he want?"