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EYE WITNESS GIVES A VIVID AC
COUNT JAP-RUSSO BATTLE. One of Czar's Torpedo Boats Got Sur rounded by Emperor's Men and Was Sunk—Big Russian Fighters to Res cue—Japs Retire for Enforcements —Battleship Struck a Mine and Sunk Llaoyang, April 20.—The Associated Press correspondent, believing that the Japanese would repeat the attempt to block the entrance to Port Arthur with fireships on Easter eve, went from Liaoyang to Port Arthur a week ago yesterday. This is his story of the recent battle: "For four nights I watched with the sentries on Golden Hill. Three nights passed quietly. Tuesday night, April 12, Vice Admiral Makaroü took to sea with his entire squadron, including 14 torpedo boats. The next night, April 13. in the teeth oi a gale, eight tor pedo boats were sent out to recon noiter. From Golden Hill, on which I was standing, through the blackness the searchlights of the fortification flashed over the inky waters of the roadsted and far out to the hazy hori zon. "At 11 o'clock I heard firing at sea and counted seven shots, but could see nothing. At daybreak I made out through the light haze to the south ward, about five miles from shore, six torpedo boats strung in line, all firing. In the lead and outstripping the others was a boat heading at full speed di rectly for the entrance of the harbor. The last in line was beclouded in steam and lagging. She had evident ly been hit. It was difficult to dis tinguish our boats, but finally, through my glasses, I saw that the leader and the laggard were Russians and that the four others were Japanese. The flash of the guns and the splash of the projectiles as they struck the water showed the intensity of the conflict. "The torpedo boat from which steam was escaping was firing viciously, the four center craft, together, concentrat ing their fire on her, but the crippled boat poured out her fire and was suc cessfully keeping oft her assailants. The signals then Hashed the news to the men of the batteries that the ves sel was the Strashni. "The unequal combat was observed with breathless interest, but the net drew close around the doomed boat. The four Japanese vessels formed a semi-circle and poured in a deadly fire. The steam grew denser, covering her like a white pall. Still she fought desperately. Running straight for the adversary barring her way to safety, she passed the Japanese astern and fired at them. Bayan to the Rescue. "At this stage Vice Admiral Maka roff, who had been observing the pro gress of the conflict through a tele scope, signaled to the cruiser Bayan, lying in the inner harbor, to weigh anchor and go to the rescue. "The Japanese boats clung to their enemies like hounds in a chase. They had become separated, Lut again re sumed their formation. Small jets of flame and smoke were spurting from the light rapid ttrers, followed by denser clouds as torpedoes were dis charged against the Strashni. "It was the end. The stricken boat loosed a final round, but it was as a volley had been fired over her own grave, for she disappeared beneath the waves, only a Utile cloud of steam marking the place where she went down. Big Fight by the Bayan. "Satisfied with what they had ac complished, the Japanese torpedo boats turned and made off at full speed, followed by the Bayan. To their support came six of the enemy's cruis ers. Still the Bayan went on, seeming ly inviting certain destruction. She soon ported her helm, to bring a broad side to bear upon the foe, which was advancing in line of battle. She open ed some of them and turned quickly and stood on into the hail of the The Japanese enemy's broadsides, steamed away at a slight angle, en abling all their guns to bear, and pro jectiles rained around the Bayan, rais ing columns of water as they burst, but none of them struck home. "To the eastward suddenly appeared five more of our torpedo boats, return ing to the harbor under forced draught. Two of the Japanese cruisers were de tached to cut them oft, but the Bayan, noticing the movement, checked it turning a hot fire upon them, movement was effective. The Japanese cruisers slowed down and the torpedo boats slipped through into the harbor. The Battleships Go Out. "Meanwhile, in accordance with Vice Admiral Makaroff's orders, the battle ships and cruisers in the inner harbor slipped anchor. Majestically the Pe tropavlovsk, flying the admiral's flag, steamed through the entrance. On her appearance the formidable army Japanese cruisers turned and fled. The admiral signaled (he Bayan to return. Then a stream of flags fluttered out, 'Brave Bayan.' "By this time the entire Russian t squadron was in the outer harbor. The flags announcing the admiral's appro bation of the Bayan were hauled down and replaced by another signal. Im mediately the torpedo boats dashed ahead and the cruisers began to spread out. "During the flight of the Japanese cruisers the Petropavlovsk opened fire with her great guns, but the enemy was out of range, and soon disap peared. "Our squadron continued the chase, finally fading from view, anxiously for its reappearance, and in about an hour it came in sight. Par beyond it the number of points from which smoke arose announced the presence of the enemy. Nearer and nearer came the vessels and at last I made out, besides our squadron, a fleet of 14, of which six were battle ships and the remainder armored and unarmored cruisers. "Unable to get within effective range of Vice Admiral Makaroff's ships, the enemy stopped 10 miles from shore. Russians in Line of Battle. 'KDur squadron, with the Petropav lovsk leading, arrived at the entrance to the harbor and drew up in line of battle. Another signal was floated from the flagship, and the torpedo boats at once proceeded through the entrance into the inner harbor. Vice Admiral Makaroff was evidently un willing to risk his vulnerable craft td the high projectiles of the enemy's armored ships. "I watched the Petropavlovsk close ly as she steamed toward Electric cliff. The frowning marine monster, whose guns were ever turning toward the enemy, was prepared to send huge messages of death against him. was quiet. It was the hush before a battle—the hush when every nerve Is strained to get into impending danger. "I looked for the Japanese ships, but they were without movement save that caused by the sea. I waited All Loss of the Battleship. "My glance returned to our squad ron. The Petropavlovsk was almost without headway, when suddenly saw her tremble. She seemed to rise out of the water, a tremendous explos ion rent the air, then a second and then a third. Fragments flew in all directions and wreckage and men were mixed up. in a terrible mass. I was hardly able to realize the horror of it, when the ship uegan to list. In a moment the sea seemed to open anu the water rushed over her. The Pet ropavlovsk had disappeared. "The floating woodwork and the few men struggling in the water were all that was left to recall the splendid fighting machine which a few hours before had sailed out of the harbor. "The same shock experienced by the observers on Golden hill paralyzed for a moment the men on the ships, but when it passed torpedo boats and oth er small craft hastened to the rescue of the survivors. I if TRADE REPORT. Bradstreet's report follows: Trade is still irregular, with unsea sonably cool weather the chief, but not the only drawback. In some sections, notably the south and portions of the east and west, brighter weather has helped trade, and incidentally crop prospects, but the poor winter wheat crop outlook in the Ohio valley, very cool weather in the lake region, high water and frosts in the western por tion of the cotton belt have affected business or retarded spring planting. Foreign trade returns have seemed to favor the manufacturing rather than the agricultural interest. Most forecasts of trade point to a smaller volume of businêss than a year ago. The industrial situation has not been entirely favorable. The woolen goods demand is not up to expectations. The strength of a large number of staples, such as hides, leather, iron and steel, cheese, tea, flour, copper and lead, is a noticeable feature. While spring trade has been disap pointing in many ones and immediate business is not up to expectations, the number of markets reporting good or ders for future delivery Is large. Wheat, including flour, exports for the week aggregate 1,213,855 bushels. Business failures in the United 'States numbered 198. by Northwestern Wheat Report. Portland—Walla Walla, 75c; blue stem, 82c; valley, 80@81c, export val ues. Tacoma—Club, 1c lower; bluestem, 83c; club, 74c. Sudden Deaths in 'Frisco. San Francisco, April 18.—Two men died from gas asphyxiation Sunday. Henry Miller and Henry Oswalder committed suicide, P. Finnan, employ ed at the United States commissary de partment, was found dying in his room and died at the hospital. It is not known whether his death was due to accident or design. of Krathchenko Is Safe. St. Petersburg.—News has been re ceived direct from Nicholas T. Kratch enko, the Associated Press special war correspondent at Port Arthur, thus showing he did not go down with the battleship Petropavlovsk, as had been reported. ITEMS OF INTEREST GATHERED DURING THE PAST WEEK. Labor Troubla Still Exists Down in Colorado— Coeur d'Alene Output Is Greater Than Ever— B. C. Mines Busy—Accidents and Personals. J. T. Dingley of Coeur dAleno, Ida., and a companion were hunting in Sho shone county, Ida., last year, when their dog raised a bear, which ran in to a cave. Mr. Dingley crawled into the hole and killed the bear. Inspec tion of the cave revealed that it was over the mouth of an old shaft, and in the shaft was the skeleton of a man, who had evidently been killed by a falling rock. Dingiey and his partner relocated the mine, ami last week sold it to B. H. Kingsbury of Spokane for $14,000, Dingley getting half of the sum for his share. He has the dog that chased the bear that was the means of his securing a stake. British Columbia Notes. Spokane stockholders of the Giant Mining company of London, owning the Giant mine at Rossland, B. C., have banded together to fight to the bitter end the foreclosure suit brought by the London holders of the debentures, and are even hinting at a suit against Hon. C. H. Mackintosh, ex-lieutenant gover nor of Northwest territories, in Can ada. A succession of slides and washouts on the Red Mountain railway prevent ed shipments of ore to the Northport smelter, while a washout of the trans fer tracks between the Red Mountain and the Canadian Pacific lines shut off shipments to the Boundary plants late in the week. St. Eugene mine at Moyie, will com mence shipping ore May 1 and will add over 200 men to present working force. Ore shipments from the mines of the Boundary district for the past week ran over 12.882 tons. Last week the Granby smelter treat ed 9737 tons of ore, making a total of 188,607 tons for 1904. General Notes. The Mountain Lion company is ar ranging for the purchase of supplies for repairing its Huntington mills at the Republic mill. The company ex pects to operate its plant on the Hen dryx system. The dam and bridge at the Dewey mine, on the South Fork of the Clear water, was taken out by high water, causing a loss to the company' of $15, 000 to $20,000. The Dewey company has been putting in an electric power plant with which to run the mine. The dam was nearly completed when high water took it out. The western trip of Charles M. Schwab and party is not, as reported, in connection with the recently incor porated Pacific Steel company, with $100,000,000 capital, but to inspect min ing properties at Tonopah, Nev. He is one of the Pittsburgers who have invested about $1,000,000 in the camp. Developments on the Independence mine in the Big Creek section indicate that it is probably the greatest gold mine in the world, says the Boise Statesman. Burke, Idaho.—When the two elec tric pumps are installed in the Hecla mine steam power will no longer be used at this well known property. The only electric hoist in operation in the Coeur d'Alenes is at the Hecla, and electric power also runs the compres sor. Two pumps are now being in stalled at the mine, and they will be in operation within 10 days. One of thefn has a capacity of 300 gallons per minute and the other 150. F. W. Bradley, nead of the Bunker Hill & Sullivan Mining company, in the Coeur d'Alenes, has won the fight brought against him by John Hayes Hammond and others for control of the Oroville Gold Dredging & Exploration The case has been on trial company, in California courts. Mining operations in the Rapid Riv er and the Marshall Lake districts, Idaho, are becoming lively. The Diamond Hitch group, which is located half way between Elk City and the Hump, has been bonded by Prank Brown and work will be started at once. The strike in the coal mines at Red Lodge. Mont., is not over, despite the order of President Mitchell of the United Mineworkers of America to the men to return. At a recent meet ing the miners decided Mitchell could not understand the situation, and re solved to stay out until further com munication could be had. The opera tors refuse to arbitrate with the local union, but are said to be willing to treat with Mitchell. A special from Valdez, Alaska, says: Judge Wickersham wires from Fair banks in the Tanana district, that the cleanup there this winter will exceed $400,000. Also that there will be no good summer digging. Wages are $1 an hour. Labor and provisions are scarce. The town is building up rap idly. The Standard mine, near Sumpter, Ore., will erect a large reduction plant this season for handling all ores that will require treatment at the mine. The south crosscut from drift No. 1 in this property has cut through a 14 foot porphyry dyke, and has since cut a large vein of low grade ore. This is a concentrating proposition. carrying copper, as well as gold and silver. The width of this ore body is about 25 feet. A large amount of ore from this mine is now ready for transportation to the Sumpter smelter. The management of the Black Butte property, near Sumpter. Ore., an nounced some time ago its Intention of installing a sinking plant. The machinery will no doubt arrive some time next month. The plant will have power to sink about 900 feet. A 10 stamp mill has already been erected. This property is located in the John Day section.. Work will be resumed at the Gold Coin, Greenhorn district, as soon as spring opens. By the taking up of $120,000 worth of bonds, the purchase of 1,000,000 shares of »the stock, the receipt of about 600,000 shares as bonus stock, Charles Sweeny is expected to secure the control in the Sullivan Group Mining company. Spokane Retail Market. Vegetables—Potatoes, $firstname.lastname@example.org per sack; carrots, 2@3c lb; onions, 4@6c lb; cabbage, 2(g)3c lb; celery, 15c stalk; horseradish, 15@20c; tomatoes, 15@25c lb; green onions, 2 bunches 5c; radishes, 6c bunch. Fruits—Oranges, 15@50c dosf; lem ons, 15@25c doz; cranberries, 15c lb; apples, extra fancy Wagners, $email@example.com box; Northern Spy, Rome Beauty and fancy Baldwins, $firstname.lastname@example.org hox; New Town Pippin. $2.26 box. Poultry—Dressed chickens, young chickens, 16@20c; hens, 15@18c lb; old roosters, 14@16c lb; geese, 18c. Dairy Products—Butter, best cream ery, 35c; common creamery, 25@30c; best country, 20@30c; common coun try, 10@20c; imported Swiss cheese, 40c; American Swiss cheese, 25c; cream brick cheese, 20(g)25c; New York cheese. 20c. Eggs—New laid eggs, 25@30c doz. Meats—Beef, porterhouse steak, 18 @20c lb; sirloin steak, 16@18c lb; round steak, 12%c lb; shoulder steak, 10c lb; hamburger steak, 9@12(6c lb; prime roast, 15@18c lb; common roast, 10@12c lb. Fish—Royal salmon, 12t£@16c lb; halibut, I2t£@l5c lb; flounders. 12t£c lb; whlteflsh, 18c lb; smelts, 12%c lb. Oysters and Clams—Eastern oysters, 50@60 qt; Olympia oysters, 76c qt; bulk clams, 6c lb; Toke Points, 35c doz Flour—Eastern fancy patents, $1.65 @1.75 sack; local patents, $1.30 sack; standard, $1.20 sack; lowest, $1.10 sack; Washington wheat, $email@example.com bbl; buckwheat. 40@50c 10 lb sack. Grain oc Feed—timothy, $firstname.lastname@example.org cwt; alfalfa, 85@90c cwt; grain hay, 86@90c cwt; oats, $1.36 (g) 1.40; bran, 90@95c cwt; bran shorts, $1.05 cwt; shorts, $1.10 cwt; wheat, $1.40 chop ped barley, $email@example.com; feed carrots, 50c sack. Seed—Red clover, $15.50 cwt; alsike clover, $16 cwt; alfalfa, $18 cwt; tim othy, $6 cwt; best redtop, $12 cwt; Kentucky bluegrass, $15 cwt; orchard grass, $16 cwt; bromegrass, $9 cwt. City hay market—Loose timothy hay $18; wheat hay, $17@i8; oat hay, $15 @16. Wholesale Feed Prices. Bran, $19 ton; bran and shorts, $21 ton; oats. $1.20 cwt; wheat, $1.25 cwt; chopped corn, $1.40 cwt; whole corn, $1.30 cwt; timotby hay, $20 ton. Prices Paid to Producers. Vegetables and Fruits—Potatoes, @S0c cwt; onions, $2 cwt; cabbage, $firstname.lastname@example.org cwt; root vegetables, $65c cwt; Spitzenberg apples, $1.60 box; yellow Newton apples, $1.50 box. Poultry and Eggs—Chickens, roost ers, 10c; hens, 12@15c live weight; young chickens, ll@14c lb; turkeys, dressed, 18@20c; geese and ducks, @14c; eggs, $6.60. Hay—Timothy, $16@19 ton; falfa, $14; grain hay, $16; oats, $1.08@ 1.16 cwt. Prince Pu Lun in Frisco. San Francisco, April 19.—Prince Lun, the nephew of the emperor er Gaelic. The prince, who is to rep resent the Chinese government at *the St. Louis fair, is accompanied by a large retinue. The prince was met at the wharf by a large delegation of lo cal Chinese, who, with much formality, welcomed him and escorted him to his hotel. Great preparations have been made by the Chinese colony to enter tain the prince during his stay in this city, and a series of elaborate dinners and receptions have been arranged. The Chinese quarter of the city is gaily decorated with yellow bunting and Chinese and American flags, and the prince's visit is being made a holiday. Three Killed by a Train. Ajlentown, Pa., April 19.—George Klauser, aged 40; Edita M. Metzler, aged 15, and Stella Knaus, aged 17, were struck and instantly killed by a Reading railway passenger train near their home near Macungie while walk ing home from church on the railroad track. I V ST. VINCENTS HOSPITAL AT IN DIANAPOL1S. Harriet Leahy Jumped From Window and Was Instantly Killed—Several Patients and Nurses Injured Raged on 3d and 4th Floors—Flames Started From a Pile of Rags. Panic Indianapolis, ind., April 18.—While the city lire department, reinforced by companies from the suburbs, was be ing taxed to its utmost fighting the Occidental hotel lire Sunday morning an alarm was turned in from St. Vin cent's hospital. When the first tiro company arrived one life had been lost and several were seriously in jured in the panic that followed. The Dead. Harriet Leahy, jumped from the fourth floor and was Instantly killed. The Injured. Miss Kate Beach, believed to be fa tally injured by falling from the third floor while trying to escape by means of a rope made of bed clothes. Sister Superior Stella, seriously in jured by shock, following a surgical operation. Sister Nordica, seriously injured by shock. William Schneider, a patient, who at the time of the fire was undergoing an operation. Henry Nichols of Connorsville, just operated upon for appendicitis, ran down stairs. Several other nurses and attendants were more or less bruised in their en deavor to escape from what tuey thought was instant death. For a time it seemed that the flames, which started in a pile of rags under the east stairway, would find their way to the upper floors, resulting in a frightful holocaust. Panic Stricken. At every window on the third and fourth floors were crowded with men and women screaming for help. The panic that raged on the third and fourth floors continued until long after the fire had been extinguished. Patients who had just undergone sur gical operations rushed from their beds to the windows and attempted to throw themselves to the ground. In the rear men and women were making ropes of bed clothing by which they escaped to the ground below. Kate Beach, less fortunate than the rest, lost her hold and fell from the third floor and is now in a critical con dition from internal injuries sustained. An unsual number of surgical opera tions were performed in the hospital on Saturday. Many of the patients carried from their beds by the rescuers were in a critical condition, and the physicians in charge fear that many fatalities may result. The patients were carried to the male ward, which is on the first floor, and was not seri ously affected by the panic which raged on the upper floors. Improvised cots and mattresses were brought into use and a general call for medical assistance sent throughout the city. Within a short time about a hundred physicians arrived and the patients were cared for. Harry Nichols, who underwent an operation for appendicitis a few hours before the outbreak of the fire, jumped from his bed and ran down four flights of stairs into the street. His condition is critical. Heroic Worn by Patient. James Dawson, an emaciated pa tient. worked heroically among the panic stricken men and women on the third floor. One after another he pull ed away from the windows those who were preparing to jump to the street below, and piloted them through the smoke to places of safety on the first floor. After saving 27 nurses and pa tients from possible injury in this man ner. he lost consciousness and was car ried into the male ward, where medical attention was given him. For a time it was thought he could not undergo the terrible strain to which he had been subjected. Owing to the fireproof construction, the actual loss to the building will not exceed $10,000. Big Fire at Indianapolis. Indianapolis, Ind.—The Occidental hotel, one of the oldest hotels in the city, caught fire at 2 o'clock in the morning. More than 300 guests were in the hotel at the time, and it was with difficulty that they were removed to places of safety. There were a num ber of narrow escapes. The hotel is a four story structure, valued at $65,000 and is probably a total loss. Censorship Is Too Severe. Cheefoo, April 19.—A letter from Port Arthur, dated April 8, which has been received here says: "I would like to tell you of the con ditions existing here, but the censor ship is too severe to allow me to do so.' The people of Great Britain eat 1,400,000 tons of meat a year, against 300,000 tons of fish.