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FEBRUARY 22, 1006 PAGE 3 CHINESE CRISIS ACUTE GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING FOR WAR IN THE ORIENT. Most Alarming Aspect of Situation is Activity of Japanese Who Are In citing Celestials to Acts of Violence Against Americans. Washington, D. . C, (Special) t In cabinet and diplomatic circles nothing is arousing so much in terest as the situation in China. Far seeing diplomats predict that China will be the world s chief fighting ground for at least a century and they are guessing as to which nations will take part in the next conflict. At present1 it seems likely that the United States may be involved in war with China before long as a result of the boycott. Invasion of China President Roosevelt understands that an invasion or China may be necessary and is eager to re-enforce both the army and the navy in the Orient. Steps have been taken which will increase the number of officers and men in the Philippines to 38,000 officers and men within a few months. This force, the flower or the American army, will be assisted by the navy, the marines acting as root-soldiers if occasion shall require. It is not for a moment believed that such a large army will be needed to defeat the Chinese forces, but complications are expected which ,may maKe a much larger army necessary. Most Alarming Aspect Most alarming of all aspects con nected with the boycott is the fact that the Japanese are fomenting hos tility toward Americans among the Celestials. To what this will lead, none can predict, but President Roose velt and the members of his cabinet realize that the outcome may be dis astrous to our interests in the Orient. Every effort is being made to remain on good terms with Japan. President Roosevelt has issued an appeal in be half of the starving thousands in northern Japan and the Japanese gov ernment has expressed its gratitude. On the surface all is well, but the undercurrent is turbulent and shift ing. It is feared that it may be nec essary a little later to make repre sentations to Japan regarding the con duct of her subjects in China. Amer ican agents in war time they would be called spies are at work in China and they have found that Japanese business men, who are perhaps not altogether business men, have been inciting the Chinese to acts of un friendliness and violence. Conditions Making for Peace President Roosevejt is pinning his hopes of peace to the Anglo-Japanese alliance. Since the time of the Span ish-American war the administration here has been friendly to Great Britain and particular friendship was shown during the Boer war. When the Russo-Japanese war Droke out the ad ministration was ostensibly neutral, but the overwhelming sentiment in the nation was pro-Japanese, and this may prove helpful in the present crisis. It is difficult to believe" that the Japanese can so soon forget the moral support given by the United States. Moreover, Great Britain is relied upon to make the first represen tations to Japan, should the crisis in China become more acute as the re suit of Japanese activities. Another condition that makes for peace is Japan's poverty. The enormous debt created by the late war has become a burden which the people find hard to bear in spite of the increasedcom merce with China and other nations, and Japan would be very foolish to enter upon a new war until her ex chequer has been refilled. Even the tempting bait of the Philippines ought not to lure her into such a rash ad venture. ' Filipinos Will be Loyal Japan could not count upon a re volt in the Philippines because the Filipinos have had one experience in allying themselves with a power that was assailing the sovereign power in the islands. A transrer from Amer ican to Japanese sovereignty would be so distasteful that the Filipinos in Washington, that the Filipinos could be relied upon to resist a for eign invasion. Our weakest point In the Orient is the navy, whicn could not cope with the Japanese navy if Japan should decide to interfere with our punitive Chinese expedition.- Un lass practically the entire United Slates navy is sent to the Orient this country will not be in a position to protect its landing of troops in China against some of the adverse compli cations likely to arise. STRONG EVIDENCE AGAINST HIM Pat Crowe Must Face "The Real Thing" in Council Bluffs. The evidence against Crowe, now in jail at Council Bluffs, consists chiefly in the evidence of Mr. and Mrs. Wil son and Mrs. Dalson, who knew him in Council Bluffs last summer as "Dr. Harry West," when he frequently visited at the Wilson house, which is near J. J. Crowe's saloon. . According to the story, an hour be fore the street car robbery he called at the house for Joseph Levi, who was Wilson home about midnight and counted about $70 in small change and also staying there, and the two went away together. They returned to the discussed the incidents of the holdup. Both had been drinking.'' The next morning, after sending one of the Wilson children to the Crowe saloon for whisky, "Dr. West" told Wilson that he and Levi had robbed the street car crews and that Levi had been given $40 of the $70 obtained. In the Douglas county jail Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Dalson posi tively identified Crowe as "Dr. West." Massacres in Australia Advices of massacres by blacks in New Guinea and north Australia were received . at Victoria, B. C. In New Guinea a party of warriors made a raid on the village of Ekiriat, thirty miles from the capital, Port Moresby, and killed thirty-three of the inhab itants, who were sleeping. The village was looted and destroyed, everything of value being carried off. The village constable escaped, though his loin cloth was pierced by spears -thrown at him. After hiding in the bush for some days ' with two other ' sur vivors, he arrived at Port Moresby to report the massacre, and a force of armed constables was sent to punish the raiders. tsm "j BIG STOCKMEN UP AGAIN RICHARDS, COMSTOCK AND OTH ERS DEFENDANTS IN SUIT. Case Brought by Moody is One in Equity and Charge Is Illegally Fencing Vast Tract of Government Land in Nebraska. A suit in equity was 'filed in the United States circuit court at Omaha by Attorney General Moody, through Special District Attorney Rush, against the Nebrasrca Land and Feeding company, Bartlett Richards, president; William G. Comstock, vice president and general manager; Charles C. Jameson, secretary and treasurer, and E. C. Harris, Earl Com- stock, Charles II. Tulley, Christopher! Mosler, W. A. Margrave, James Os trander, Daniel Hill, David P. Gorley and Jud U. Morey on the charge of unlawfully fencing and enclosing ap proximately 400,000 acres of . public lands in Sheridan and Cherry counties, Nebraska. These ranches include the Spade, Overton, Hewett & Morey, C-Bar andi U-Cross ranches ana embraces an area of territory'approximately seven- Send $1.00 for One Years Subscription to The Independent And Receive Mr. Berge's Book "The Free Pass Bribery System" FREE as a Premium This Offer will remain but a Short Time ty-six mies in width, between the Burlington railroad on the south and the Northwestern on the north. The petition alleges that by erect ing and maintaining and unlawfully enclosing these lands the defendants have obstructed the highways, greatly impeded travel, obstructed the United States mails on therr passage from postoffice to postoffice, and the court is asked to' make the proper order for the destruction of these unlawful enclosures within five aays to restrain defendants from the further violation of the United States laws in the premises and issue a writ of injunc tion perpetually enjoining the defand ants from any interference with the public highways by the maintenance of these fences. Case Has Interesting Past This case has an added interest from the fact that it involves a portion of the enclosures indicated . herein which Bartlett Richards and WT. G Comstock on December 13, 1905 pleaded guilty to having under illegal fence, and which plea resulted in their fine of $300 each, to be committed to the custody of the United States marshal for six hours and over which a district attorney were summarily dismissed from office by the president of the United States. It was stated at that time the de fendants were removing their unlaw ful fences as rapidly as possible and that the remainder would be removed as soon as it was possible to do so. . It has been reported to the gov ernment authorities the removal of fences according to promise have been very slow and that In some instances no efforts whatever have been made to take down the fences by the de fendants in that suit. Aside from the civil case above cited it now begins to look as if criminal action will be instituted against these same defendants at the May term of the federal courts. At all events a number of arrests has been made of parties charged with illegal filings and subornation of perjury in the ac quirement of public lanas. within these enclosures and thtr accused parties have been bound over to the grand jury to answer. RECOMMENDS A NEW FIELD GUN Fifteen Shots a Minute Can Be Fired With This Weapon. General Crozer, chief of the ordi nance department, has given testi mony before a sub-committee of the house committee on appropriations in explanation of his estimate for the field guns adopted two years ago: "The new gun," so he said, "is not, very much more powerful than the old one. It is of a little smaller cal iber, nevertheless firing a little heavier projectile. The principal difference in the carriage is that for the new gun it permits a very long recoil of the gun upon the carriage on dis charge. This recoil is sometimes more than three feet. For this rea son the action of the , gun upon the carriage is not displaced nor is any time lost in- reaiming the gun. In stead of firing one or two rounds a minute as was possible with the old gun, the new gun will be ready to fire fifteen .times in one minute." The general hopes to supply the arm with 250 batteries of those guns, that is," at a rate of two guns per 1,000 men for arm army of one-half million men, which he says is a very moderate expense. Thus far, he said, the committee had appropriated enough for sixty-nine such batteries of four guns each, of which thirty-five batteries have been of the regular army and the reserve and thirty-four have been for the use of the militia. At the present rate the supply, will be finished in 1919. - Wants Suit Against , McCurdy The recommendation that' a suit be instituted against Richard A. Mc Curdy, former president of the Mu tual Life Insurance company, is made in a letter written by United States Supreme Court Justice Rufus W. Peck ham to the special investigating com mittee of the Mutual. The letter states that the suit should be begun before Mr. McCurdy leaves this country for Eu rope, as is his reported Intention, and its object should" be to recover money which Mr, McCurdy may owe the company. Iu making this letter pub lic, Charles A. Peabody, president of the Mutual, gave out a letter of hi3 own, in which he said that "he did not thing Justice Peckham would have any reason to find fault with, the ac tion of the company relative to the matter to which he refers. Electric Road Through Dawes Circulars are being distributed call ing meetings for the latter part of this month with a view of construct ing an electric railway to Hay Springs, Neb., from Belmont, in Dawes county, a distance of about forty-five miles. This route traverses one of the most fertile portions of this part of this country, is thickly settled by farmers who are favored with abundant crops of all kinds of grain each year, but are at a great distance from railroads and are at a great disadvantage in marketing their grain. When It's Cold in Nevada The town of Lovelocks, in central Nevada, ran so short of fuel the other day that the inhabitants had to pull down some of their buildings and use the material for fuel. The mercury was 30 degrees below zero.