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SHORT DISPATCHESBOM ALL PARTS OF THE GLOBE. A Review of Happenings In Both Eastern and Western Hemispheres During the Past Week—National, Historical, Events. Political and Personal Carter Harrison, former mayor of Chicago, who has been spending the w inter at Pasadena, announces that he will accept the democratic nomination for mayor of Chicago if tendered him. St. Petersburg.—An imperial decree provides for the issue of $35,000,000 in 4 per cent state rentes to meet the famine relief expenses and the urgent extraordinary expenditures as shown in the budget statement. The copper smelter interests, head ed by Senator Guggenheim of Colo rado, have decided to kill the bill fathered by ex-Governor McGraw of Washington, making concession for the Alaska Railway company. Statistics for the year just ended show that people of the United States consumed six and one-half billion pounds of sugar or 76 pounds for each man, woman and child, the value of which was $300,000,000. Ossing, N. Y.—In a railroad wreck here last night of a train to which was attached the private car of Alfred C. Vanderbilt, the engineer and fireman were both killed. None of the Van derbilt party were injured. Several of the trainmen have been arrested. Wilkesbarre, Pa.—Seven dead min ers were taken recently from the Wa namie comery of the Lehigh & Wil kerbarre Coal company. They were killed by burning timbers. One other is believed to be dead. Paris, France—A dispatch from St. Petersburg announces that Japan has confiscated the Russian Red Cross proposition at Port Arthur. Wilkesbarre. Pa.—Seven miners are entombed in a burning mine here and their fellow workmen claim there is little hope of rescuing them. Austin, Texas—The senate has passed a bill providing that every ex press office in the state handling ship ments of liquor must pay an assess ment of $5000. Halifax, N. S.—Two persons are reported killed and several injured in a collision upon the Halifax & South Shore railroad near Mahone Junction. Washington—Hearst has introduced a bill in the house making bribery a felony. He states that it is his inten tion to prevent corrupt practices in elections. Washington—The Japanese gov ernment has asked for permission to confer various decorations upon the American ambassadors to Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese war. San Francisco—Judge Sewell has handed down a decision in favor of the Utah-Nevada Mining company against Captain Joseph Delamar of Nevada. The case involves over $5, 000 , 000 . Mexico City—President Diaz has sent a note to the governments of Costa Rica, Guatemala and San Salva dor, asking them to use every effort to get Nicaragua and Honduras to ar bitrate. Havana—Governor ceived a cablegram from Secretary Taft Friday directing the postpone ment of the decree increasing the rural guards until the protests of the liberals can be heard. Washington—A bill has passed the senate appropriating $12,000 to erect a monument to the memory of General Henry Harrison upon the Tippecano battlefield at Tippecanoe, Indiana. The war department has decided to hold the Tenth Nebraska cavalry until March 1, when the railroad puts the colonist rate into effect. The depart ment wanted a rate lower than now prevails for hauling the troop, but the railroads refused. The colonist rate is lower than the rate the government asked. Magoon re Senator Kittredge has introduced a bill to make the president the supreme boss of Panama canal work. Harriman is out with a bid for a job on the interstate commerce com mission. Nine men are dead and two injured of an explosion yesterday as the re sult of an explosion on board a French torpedo boat at Lorente, France. Louisville, Railway company has voluntalrly in creased the wages of all employes 1 cent an hour without regard to length of service. Ky.—The Louisville To Celebrate Pope's Jubilee. Rome.—Pope Pius has received the ccmmitte which has charge of the cel ebration of the jubilee of his entry in to the priesthood. The pontiff said he would have preferred to celebrate privately In prayer, but if it would be for the benefit of the church, he would submit to whatever arrangements were made, and offerings made would bo devoted to the relief of the poor French dioceses. SPORTING NOTES. The Spokane City league is started in good style. The six teams have been chosen and a hot fight can be ex pected from the way the managers are out after players. There will be no tailender by 300 points this season if the managers all succeed in attain ing their standards in the players signed. The Northwestern league is formed —six teams and six teams backed by enthusiastic men. The Northwestern league has the jump on the Coast league and no trouble will result to force the league to go outlaw unless the southerns should take the fatal step and put a team In Seattle. Then would the Northwestern league be put in a hard position and at the same time the Coast league might sound its death knell. "Indian Joe'' Gregg, formery of Spo kane, is now fighting in six »ound bouts in Philadelphia, and is more than holding his own. Jack Travers, for a long time head of the British Benevolent society at Spokane, has become a dog fancier. He hag recently returned from a trip to England and brought back with him two of the best pedigreed fox terrier dogs in the British Empire. Joe Gans announces that his match with Harry Lewis has been declared off. Gans says that Lewis was not satisfied with the division of the purse. There is practically no change in the models of bicycles for 1907 ,|rom those used in 1906. But one make has been received in the city this season which shows departure from the for mer machines. The Excelsior bicycle makes a decided change in that the frame is reinforced by a bar directly under the top on the frame. This makes the frame much stronger than it would be without the additional bar. At the same time the new model is not cumbersome, but on the contrary is quite attractive. A motor cycle club, to include all of the motor cyclists in Spokane, is plan ned to be formed as soon as the weather permits the enthusiasts to get out on the road. It is estimated there are between 25 and 30 motor cyclists in Spokane. Frank Fromm, the crack shot of the Spokane Rifle & Revolver club, is out with a challenge to meet any revolver or pistol shot in the city in a match shoot for the championship of Spo kane. The great Olympic of Canada, the Rossland winter carnival, commenced by a grand masquerade on the ice of Rossland's commodious skating ring, the largest west of Winnipeg, on Tues day evening, February 12. HAYTI GROWS SPITEFUL. Refuses to Heed Requests of Foreign Ministers. Port Au Prince, Hayti, Feb. 12.— The relations between the ments of Hayti and Germany strained about the refusal of the Ger govern are man bankers, Hermann & Co., by di rection of the court at Port Au Prince, to return to the Haytian government large sums of money alleged to have been obtained fraudulently, the alleged transactions of Hermann & Co. with the Haytian government was one which is said to have proved favor able to the government. This was concluded by the Haytian minister of finance, the German legation and Her mann & Co. Among The German minister demanded that this transaction, as well as others, be annulled, but the Haytian gpvernment in terms that the German minister deemed offensive, refused to acquiesce and at the same time demanded the withdrawal of the phrase objected to. This also was refused. Fears are en tertained here of grave complications ensuing. WORKS OF ART DESTROYED Books Picked Up by Mr. Wanamaker in Many Countries. Philadelphia.—Former General John Wanamaker, whose beau tiful country home at Jenkintown was burned recently, says he thought that $1,500,000 is a fair estimate of the damage. The treasures in the house had been gathered from all parts of the world. Among those destroyed was Mr. Wanamaker's collections of china, valuable tapestries, rare old pot tery and antique furniture, which can r ot be replaced. Most of the statuary, sculptured by men who died centuries ago, was also ruined. Postmaster Slippery Cook Arrested. William Clark, alias Conway, said by the police to be one of the clever est wire tappers in the country and well known as a confidence man, was arrested by Chicago detectives recent ly, who caught him as he was waiting at a window of the Illinois Trust & Savings bank. Clark had a victim in tow in the person of J. W. Thorns, and was to have been given consider able money in return for "inside in formation on the races." Mayor of Kingston Is Dead. Kingston, Jamaica, Feb. 12.—Charles Tait, mayor of this city, is dead as a result of injuries sustained at the time of the earthquake. He was conducting a meeting of the council when the building collapsed. Mayor Tait was 68 years old and of Scotch descent. SETTLE JAP MUDDLE PRESIDENT AND CALIFORNIANS AGREE TO AGREE. School Question Can Be Adjusted Without Danger of Any Serious Dif ficulty With Japan—State Depart ment to Conclude Diplomatic Nego tiations as Result of Conference. President Roosevelt and the authori ties of San Francisco have reached the mutual understanding that the California Japanese school question can be adjusted without danger of any serious difficulty with Japan. It was authoritatively stated that the one ac complishment of the first conference was a mutual understanding that a set tlement could be reached which would be satisfactory and leave no ground for trouble. The California delegation came to Washington, it is said, with nolhing in the nature of an ultimatum, but rather open to the consideration of any basis of settlement which the ad ministration might propose. The conference took place at the White House Saturday afternoon. It was attended by President Roosevelt and Secretary Root, representing the administration, and Mayor E. E. Schmitz, the members of the board of education, the superintendent of schools and the assistant city attorney of San Francisco, representing the educational interests of the city. The conference, in accordance with an understanding reached earlier in the day, when Mayor Schmitz saw the president, with Representatives Kalin and Hayes, began shortly o'clock. The Californians reached the executive offices shortly before that hour and halted for a few moments on the steps, where I hey were photo graphed in a group. Preceding their call, the president had been closeted tor some time with Secretary Root, presumably to talk over the situation, This over, the president greeted the Californians who bad been shown into his office, and after brief after 3 cordially formalities the conference was begun. Secretary Root remained, at the president's request, because of the fact that whatever diplomatic negotla-1 tions may arise as a result of the de cision finally arrived at will have to be conducted by the state department. REVOLT AGAINST CASTRO. Gen. Paredes Sails for Venezuela to Carry Out His Threat. New York—General Antonio Pare des, who proposed to have landed at Pedernales, Venezuela, to begin a re volt against President Castro, sailed from this port on December 22 last for Trinidad, when he tried with 60 of his followers who had seen service In Venezuela I thorities. | point whence he embarked, About a month ago, to start his expedition from Trinidad, j ho was intercepted by the British au He thereupon went to a Pedernales, where he landed, is a small town in the state of Maturin, in the eastern part of the country. Pa redes, it is said, ha s 3000 rifles and a million cartridges. His agents here declare that he expects to rally army of from 5000 to 8000 men. General Paredes is about 35 years of age and served in he Venezuelan army in the administration of Presi dent Andrade. As commander of the fort at Puerto Cabeilo he repulsed the onslaught of the army of General Castro, who has just triumphed in his revolution. He was captured in his revolution. He remained in prison at Maracaibo about three years when he was released, under an act of amnesty. an Newspaper Men Win Prizes. Denver, Col., Feb. 12.—The contest for the best descriptive articles on Colorado, inaugurated by the Denver Press club last summer for the benefit of the delegates to the convention of the International League of Press Clubs held in Denver last August, is closed and the prizes were awarded today. From all points of view the contest was entirely satisfactory. The prize winners were: Guy L. Ingrams, Free Press, Detroit, Mich., $250; Opie Read, Inter Ocean, Chicago, $250; Mer ton J. Keys, Star-Chronicle, St. Louis, Mo., $200; R. M. Brinkerhoff, Blade, Toledo, Ohio, $175; L. G. Early, Times, Reading, Pa., $125. Loving Cup for Roosevelts. Three members of the crew of the battleship Louisiana presented to Mr. Roosevelt a large silver loving cup The presentation occurred in one of the parlors of the White House and was arranged as a surprise. Both the president and Mrs. Roosevelt were very much touched at receiving this remembrance from the crew of the battleship. Fatal Accident at Fernie. At Fernie a carpenter named Charles Douglas was recently killed at the Coal Creek car repair shops and another man seriously Injured by slide. a WASHINGTON NOTES. The report of the Medical Lake hos pital for the insane February first shows 538 patients present. The school for feeble minded children shows 123 present. The Walla Walla city council has adopted the report of the special com mittee appointed to outline the exten sion of the city's boundaries in order to bring the population up to 20,000. The district it is proposed to annex is half as large as the present area of the city. The hoo-doo on Lake Chelan steam ers still continues. Sunday the Lady of the Lake, the largest boat on the lake, sank at her moorings in lake side. It is not known whether the ac cident was caused by the ice causing the planks to spread or by muskrats gnawing through the hull. As the boat lies in shallow water, it can prob ably be easily raised and the damage repaired. An affidavit signed by Chester Thompson himself was presented to Judge Snell in Tacoma, demanding an immediate trial on the charge of insanity. The demand was overruled. Immediately following this Judge Thompson Chester's father, appeared in the supreme court and asked for a writ of mandamus compelling Judge Snell to grant Chester an immediate trial. Michael Maelfl, an Italian of Lewis ton, Idaho, was shot by an unknown Italian at Spokane recently. The shot being fired directly from in front, but doing no damage because of the heavy clothing of the man assaulted. Maelfl wore a slicker, an overcoat, a sweater and five fleece lined undershirts. The bullet, believed to have been fired from a 44 caliber revolver, made a ' blue mark about the size of a quarter ; t)n Maelfle's chest, j tur0 ' j with the object of mabing a state j ,aw to cover the operation of pool and ! billiard rooms as far as minors are ! concerned. The striking feature of j the proposed act is that, upon the sec I ond conviction of a person for this i offense, the place of business shall be "bated by the court, balls and fixtures may be sold upon execution to satisfy the payment of fines and cost. J. P. Wood of Seattle has prepared ! a bill for presentation to the iegisla Mr. Wood's bill is drawn up ■ ■ deemed a public nuisance and order"«! Tables, cues. j SHIPS COLLIDE 150 LIVES LOST Blook Island, R. I., Feb. l3.—Abont 150 persons went down to toeir death in Block Island sound Monday night as a result of a collision of the three masted schooner Harry Knowlton and the Joy line steamer Larohmont, bound from Providence to New York. It is estimated that, includnig the crew, there were nearly 200 persons on board the steamer when she sailed from Prov idence. Of these only 19 appear to have survived. Fort-eight bodies have been recovered. Awakened from tlieir slumbers in their staterooms, the unfortunate pass engers were at the mercy of the fates. Many, is it believed, went down with the ship. Otheis, temporarily thank ful that they had esoaped drowning, prayed that they might bo relieved of the terrible pain caused by their frozeD bodies, and one unknown passenger plunged a knife ino his throat and end ed his sufferings. The few who survived were in piti ful condition. In almost every case their arms and legs hung helplessly as they were lifted ont of the boats in which they they reached shore. Dar ing the day 48 bodies came ashore, either in boats or thrown up by the sea. Only six of the 48 bodies were identified. RUSSIAN FAMINE APPEAL. America Asked to Succor Starving Peasants. Through the Russian embassy in Washington, Secretary of State Vras sokoi, plenipotentiary of the Russian famine relief committee, has trans mitted an appeal to the American peo ple for financial assistance to aid starving peasants, who number into the millions. It is requested that con tributions be forwarded to Galkine Vrassokoi, the secretary of state, Shukowski street 27, St. Petersburg, or to the chancellor of the famine re lief organization, in the same city. Receipt will be acknowledged in the Official Messenger, and other news papers, which have opened subscrip tions for the relief fund. Delay German Trade Treaty. Berlin—The reichstag is not likely to discuss the new tariff regulations until after the Easter holidays. The argrarian organs have taken up in a sharply critical tone statements cabled from the United States saying that President Roosevelt will submit the draft of a commercial treaty to the senate after March 4. The argrarian interest is preparing to contest stub bornly any agreement that would al low the importation of more American foodstuffs. THAW WILL TESTIFY WILL TAKE WITNESS STAND IN HIS OWN DEFENSE. For Killing Stanford White in New York City—He Will Tell of Evelyn Nesblt's Refusal to Marry Him Be cause of Her Associtions With Architect White. New York.—Harry K. Thaw will take the witness stand to deliver the final blow in his defense for the kill ing of Architect Stanford White. Judge Delphin Delmas, chief counsel for Thaw, has practically decided that the millionaire defendant should become a witness and corroborate the testimony given by his chorus girl wife. Harry thaw will tell of Evelyn Nes blt's refusal to marry him because of what she termed her degradation at the hands of Stanford White. He will tell the jury hew the fragil child, in tearful words, that day in Paris, sob bingly told him of her shame and ruin —a story that burned in his soul and fanned the fire of a consuming hatred for the architect. Thaw's lawyers will seek to show by his testimony that he brooded over his wife's wrongs, that the white specter of a girl came to him at night and in his waking hours, and with the hallucination that Stan ford White was pursuing his wife with some subtle poison. When he saw White that night glow ering at him in the roof of Madison Square garden, Thaw will tell the jury that he believed that, as the "agent of providence," he was directed to kill the architect. Within a minute after the shooting Thaw said to his wife: "It is all right, dearie, I have probably saved your life." It w* • this belief that White was plotting to murder Evelyn that caused Thaw to make that remark, that for a long time was one of the mysteries in the case. May Call Anthony Comstock. Should Anthony Comstock, head of the anti-vice society, recover from an attack of pneumonia before the con clusion of the Thaw trial, he will be called as a witness for the defense and will, he himself says, give startling testimony to corroborate the testi mony of Evelyn Nesbit Thaw. It is expected his testimony will sur pass in dramatic interest that told by Evelyn. Thaw's will is to be Delmas' strong point toward substantiating the de fendant's insanity. He hopes to secure Jerome's consent for its introduction. "The will of itself," said Delmas, is sufficient evidence to show the effect of White's cruelties on Thaw's mind." Three justices of the supreme court, whose names are withheld, express the opinion that Thaw is certain to gain a new trial, even if convicted this time, on the grounds of slight error. A fatal error made, they claim, in per mitting Evelyn to lean forward in the witness chain and whisper to the prosecutor the names of men and wom en she knew involved with White. It was previously agreed between' coun sel that these names should not be mentioned. Delphin M. Delmas and Henry Me Pike, counsel in the trial of Harry Thaw, who have announced that they will not return to San Francisco at the close of the Thaw trial, have taken a lease for a term of years on a large suite of offices in the U. S. Realty building, now being erected at Broadway and Cedar street, Mr. Mc Pike, in confirming the story of the lease, said: "Yes, we have decided to remain in New York and will add to our already large library a complete set of eastern reports." Mr. Delmas' fee in the Thaw case. It has been stated, is one of the larg est ever paid in a criminal case in the state of New York. BUY MATERIALS IN AMERICA. Japan to Spend Large Sum in Man churian Railway. According to reliable information received the South Manchurian rail way will adopt the American system of construction and operation In the United States, done as an expression of graditude of the Japanese to the Americans for the invariable friendship as shown during the war with Russia, in the gotiation of the Portsmouth treaty and in the handling of the San Fran cisco school trouble. Apparently this is n<' Agrees on Diplomatic Bill. The senate has agreed to the con ference recommendation on the dip lomatic and consular appropriation bill. The senate receded from its amendment to repeal the provision of the law authorizing the president in his discretion to raise the ranks of diplomatic representatives of the United States when the countries to which such representatives have been sent increase the ranks of their repre sentatives to the United States.