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Fair tonight and Sunday; moderate
temperature; minimum tonight will be
lightly below the freezing point. Tem
perature at 7 a. m., 31; at 3:30 p. m., 33.
J. M. SHERIER, Observer.
The Irgxis Classi
fied Columns Tell
Tr of it able Tales.
VOL'. LIV. NO. 112.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1905.
PRICE TWO CENTS.
ROJESTVENSKY WOT JUSTIFIED, BUT
Decision of the North Sea
Arbitrators is a
REBUFF NOT POINTED
Representatives of Two Gov
ernments Exchange Amica
Paris, Feb. 25. The international
commission of inquiry into the North
sea incident publicly announced its de
cision at the closing session today.
The commission finds that "the
opening of fire bv Admiral Rojestven
sky was not justified."
The decision lengthily sets forth the
circumstances and incidents and gives
the opinion of the admirals in various
important points involved. The decis
ion says the delay of the Russian
transport, Kamchatka following the
breakdown of her machinery was per
haps the cause of the incident.
I niiiliiniiitrr Mgnalrcl.
The commander of the Kamschat
ka signaled to Admiral Rojestvensky
during the evening he had been at
tacked by torpedo boats. The admir
al therefore had reason to believe he
was attacked and gave orders for
strict vigilance against a jKissible ap
proach of torpedo boats. The major
ity of the commission considers Ro
jest vensky's orders were not excessive
in time of war. and particularly under
tile circumstances that he had every
reason to consider the situation very
Klabrnurn Not HoMtlle.
"The commission." the decision
nays, recognize unanimously that the
fishing fleet committed no hostile act.
the majority of the commissicu being
of the opinion there were not, neither
among the fishing boats nor in their
vicinity any torpedo Iniats. and the
opening of fire by Rojestvensky was
The decision further says the Rus
sian commissioner did not share in the
Word for HJrt rnky.
"In any event. " the decision contin
ues, "the commissioners are glad to
recognize unanimously that Rojest
vensky personally did all he could
froni the commencement to the end to
prevent the trawlers from being the
object of fire by the Russian siuad
II lK il in l'riM'f--liBc.
Concerning the squadron's proceed
ing without assisting the damaged
trawlers, the derision says:
"The commissioners are unanimous
that under the circumstances preced
ing and following the incident that
there was such uncertainty concerning
the squadron as to warrant Admiral
Rojestvensky in continuing his route.
"However, the majority" regrets that
the admiral did not inform the nt igh
boring maritime powers of what had
.No llrflrrtlon I pnm nlor.
The decision concludes as follows:
"The commissioners declare their
views as formulated are not of a na
ture to cast any disrespect ujon the
military valor nor upon the sentiments
of humanity of Admiral RoJpm ve-nsKy
an 1 the personnel of his squadron."
ltcr-l oiti prtirtt Inc.
Admiral Foreiner. president of the
commission read the division amid
Impressive silence, the spectators fol
lowing it minutely.
The general impression among the
audience was the decision was in the
nature of a compromise, as the ma
jority approved the Hrl'tsh contention
that no torpedo loats attacked Ro
jest vensky's squadron and that there
fore his i pening fire was not justi
fies! and as the majority also approv
ed the Russian contention that Rojest
vensky was attacked according to his
belief, even though mistaken and th;
therefore his action did not reflect
upon his military valor or sentiments
Foreiner closed the commison with
a speech of thanks to its members,
A significant exchange of remarks
was made by Sir Edward Fry repre
senting Great Britain an I Rarer.
Taube representing Russia. Both
spoke in most amicable spirit and
COURT HOUSE IN
Zanesville, Ohio. Feb. 25. The Mon
roe county courtho'ise at WoovJs field
burned tolay. with a loss of $10,000.
Most of the records were saved.
HE WAS. COMMISSION SAYS
AGRARIAN MOVEMENT THREATENS
Peasants Ready to Seize
tinue in Caucasia Complications Growing
Semsky Sober Postponed.
St. Petersburg. Feb. 23. Reports to
day from Poland and Caucasus are
very disquieting. Owing to the lack
of direct telegraphic communication
with many places in Caucasus verifi
cation of countless rumors afloat is
impossible, but it is positively known
that almost a reign of terror exists in
the territory between the Caspian and
Black seas. Desire for vengeance has
glutted the streets of Buk, Baku and
Tiflis with Armenians and Mussul
In Poland the strike situation is
once more assuming a critical stage
and it is feared the authorities may
again be forced to adopt violent meas
The railroad strike situation in
southern Russia is also serious.
TliouitniMl ttt ( in Stnlleil.
Traffic on half a dozen roads has
been stopped causing still further dif
BOOM IN STOCKS
Railroad Combine Rumor Causes
Much Excitement in New
OLD COAST TO COAST DEAL
New York Central, C. 4. N. W. and
U. P. Affected Fall Back to
New York. Feb. 23. Speculative ex-.
citement was rampant on the stock ex- committee on judiciary today author
change this morning. The largest izP(, a favorabe re,ort on the senate
trading centered aDout mocks anecieu
by the long-time rumor of railroad
combination across the continent from
ocean to ocean, including the New
York Central. Chicago & Northwest
ern, and ln ion Pacific.
Those slocks were violently affected
and spread sympathetic influence inter
other stiK-ks in modified degree. The
opening gains ran from one to seven
points, the latter in Northwestern, but
tb whole market yielded and by the
end of the first hour prices in some
cases fell below last night's.
INDIANS BREAK OUT;
THREATEN TO KILL
One Hundred Cheyennes, Enraged at
Killing of Powder Face, March
on Taloga, Okla.
Guthrie. Okla.. Feb. 25. A band of
!" Cheyenne Indians from Selling, iu
western Oklahoma, inarched down
upon the town of Taloga. six miles
south of S iling. at niton yesterday
and for a time threatened the massa
cre of all the inhabitants of the town.
They wire finally induced to desist
from their purpose and return to their
reservation by Wilshusnn. the Indian
wife of Antos Chapman, an old Indian
scout. The cause of the Indians go-
ing n the warpath was the killing 'f j ceeIings had been instituted against
Powder Face, an Indian of the tribe, the armor plate trust and if not why
by John Kimball, a deputy sheriff. jnot. Also asking the attorney gen-
. : - . j eral what steps had been talren by
Sent Back Cent Overcharge. . , , , , . ... ...
IVoria 111 Feb 25. The ticket ' him U lielfnr'1Iie whether or not the
agent at' .he Rock Island station has or rdate trust should be prosecuted
received a letter in which was a 1 cent U violation of the I nited Sta-es anti
piece and a note from Mrs. Ixmisa , ,nlst ld-
Green, of Sheffield. 111. The woman Kaded.
said that she had received overchanee' be house the fight of many years
to (he amount or 1 cent from the ticket waged against the awmpriation of
agent some time ago and her con - I :: for rental of the old New York
science troubled her. j custom house, resulted in a victory.
i The opposition was led by Sulzcr, of
OIL MEN UNITED
Defensive Alliance Against
Standard Company is
Chicago. Feb. 15. Independent)
crude oil producers and refiners from '
Kansas. Ohio. Illinois and Indiana.!
j.tfned the formation here today of rnj
organization to defend the alleged!
measure of the Standard Oil company,
The new organization is known as the
National Crude Oil Producers a so-
Lands Racial Riots Con
ficulties in the transportation of grain
and coal and bringing business to a
standstill. Over 150,000 carloads of
grain are stalled in the Volga dis
trict and several hundred thousand
tons of coal for iron and steel manu
facturers cannot be budged from the
l-RMnn1 Hrnt I-hm.
Added to this is the dangerous ag
rarian movement among the peasants
of some of the southern provinces as
the result of the circulation of a re
port that the emperor March 4 -will
Issue a manifesto providing for a me
morial division of the lands, which has
been the dream of the peasants ever
since their emancipation.
St. I'rlrraliurK Disturbed.
Here in St. Petersburg workmen are
in a constant state of agitation. Em
ployers are unable to deal with men
(Continued on Page Eight.)
SURE OF A JUDGE
House Committee Favors Sen
ate's Bill for Illinois Fed
SWAYNE ARGUMENT HEARD
Counsel Says "Mantle of Charity
Should Be Drawn Over Some
of Judge's Acts.
Washington, Feb. 25. The house
bill providing for an additional cir
cuit judge in the sevtnth circuit (Chi
cago i and an additional district judge
in the northern district of Illinois (to
sit in Chicago) and creating the "east
ern district" with courts in East St.
IxMiis and Danville, 111.
AriiUrn for Snajni-.
t At 10 the impeachment trial was re
sumed and Mr. Thurston began the ar
gument in Judge Swayne's behalf. He
cn,cnded a jn,1;o cannot be impeach
ed for crime against a state law dis
connected with his official duties, and
referring to the first seven articles of
the impeachment, he declared that ia
an ordinary court they would be bar
red by the statutes of limitation, and
should be here.
Maallr of harlt).
Referring to the charge of using
private cars, he said:
"There are reasons why the mantle
of charity should be drawn about
transactions of that kind bv public
Sent to C onference.
Washington. Feb. 25. The state-
hood bill and the bill for the govern-
ment of the Panama canal zone were
sent to conference shortly after the
senate convened this morning.
Armor I'late I p Again.
Washington. Feb. 2.". Representa
tive Vandivere. of Missouri, intro
duced a resolution yesterday, asking
the attorney general to inform the
house whether criminal or civil pro
' New York, supported by Williams, of
Mississippi both of whom denounced
the expenditure as a public scandaL
and in the interest of the Standard
Oil company which it was alleged was
behind the National City bank, pur
chaser of the building from the gov
ernment. (trriMril Board for Alaka-
Senator Beveridge reported favor
ably from the committee on territor
ies the Dietrich bill creating a govern
ment board for Alaska.
Nothing Known of Plot,
San Domingo. Feb. 25. Nothing
positive is known here of the plot to
assassinate President Morales. Some
suspicious persons have been arrested
as a precaution.
Chicago, Feb. 25. Judge Edward
F. Dunne was unanimously nominated
by the democratic city convention to
day as a candidate for mayor.
Other candidates nominated are:
Treasurer Fderedick V. Blocki.
City Attorney Will B. Moak.
City Cleck Adrian C. Anson.
The platform declares for municipal
ownership of street car lines and gas
Assembling at Berlin for Dedication
of Evangelical Lutheran
Berlin. Feb. 25. The American
delegation to the consecration of the
Evangelical Lutheran cathedral next
Monday, Prof. Francis Brown, of the
Union Theologist seminary. Rev. J. J
Heischmann, of- Brooklyn, and Rev
Dr. J. II. Prugh, of Pittsburg, arrived
today. As guests of Emperor William
they were lodged in apartments re
served for them by the court marshal.
The emperor has taken rooms at all
the principal hotels for delegates of
the protestant churches of Great Brit
ain. Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and
Switzerland and! for visiting members
of the royal families few of whom can
be accommodated at the palace.
Prince Arthur of Connaught and
Crown Prince Frederick of Denmark
arrived today, besides numerous sov
ereigns of the German states.
MINERS TO VOTE ON
Referendtm Called on Plan for Head
quarters at Springfield, III., to
Springfield. 111., Feb. 25. The Unit
ed Mine Workers appointed a commit
tee to prepare a statement to each
ocal of the state explaining the plans
suggested by President H. C. Perry
for the expenditure of $:5oo,niO for the
erection of a building for headquarters
in Springfield. The committee is in
structed to call for a referendum vote
on the adoption of the plans.
At the annual convention of the na
tional mine managers and assistants.
which closed yesterday, the constitu
tion was amended so as to empower
officers to organize branches in all
arts of the country. II. C. Nrwcomb
of I'ana was elected pr.?sident and
William Scaffe of Springfield secre
PRESIDENT HARPER TO
GO HOME IN FEW WEEKS
Family Hopes for Ultimate Recovery,
But Physicians Hold Out Noth
Chicago, Feb. 2T. The condition of
President Harper, of the University of
Chicago, is reported as greatly improv
ed. Three weeks Is given as the length
of time he must remain at the Presby
terian hospital recovering from the ef
fects of the operation.
"I have reason to hope," said his
brother, Robert F. Harper, "that my
brother may eventually be cured en
tirely of his trouble. The family shares
my hope, and President Harper is not
despondent himself over the matter.
None of us is despairing of his recovery
Physicians and surgeons, however.
have refused to hold out any hope to
the family of an ultimate cure.
Ice Gorge Loosens; Steamer Sunk.
Maysville, Ky., Feb. 25. The heavy
ice gorge in the Ohio river at this
point was dislodged yesterday after
noon by a rise from the Kanawha riv-
r. The steamer Big Kanawha was
torn from its moorings and sunk.
'aptain and crew reached shore on
the floating ice-. The steamer Taconia
was also badly damaged.
S BANKER'S BODY
. G. Caton. Oedham, Iowa, De
faulter, Dies In
Wichita. Kans.. Feb. 25. F. A. Too-
vey. mayor of Dedbam, Iowa, today
identified the body of J. G. Caton, who
died here under peculiar circumstances
last Tuesday, as that of the former
president of the Dedham bank. Too
vey was vice president of the bank,
and says Caton was a defaulter to the
extent of 5',Um). He Uft Dedham
two momh-go. He has been living
with Joseph Corwin. an uncle, in this
city. Caton died after what appeared
to be an attack of biliousness.
OYAMA AND KUROPATKIN SEEM
CLOSING IN FOR MORTAL COMBAT
Meagre Reports Indicate
Opening Stages of Great Battle Rus
sian Hospitals Prepare.
St. Petersburg. Feb. 25, 1:50 a. m.
The long expected battle along the
Sha river apparently is imminent, if
it has not begun.
The Japanese right is closing in on
the Russian flank and has occupied
Tsinkhetchin, 55 miles southeast of
Mukden. The two armies already are
in touch, the Japanese having driven
in the Russian vanguard, and it is ex
pected that an attempt will be made
today to carry the Russian redoubts
by direct assault. i 3 1 J
Irt-mr- for Wonnilrd.
St. Petersburg. Feb. 25. 1:30 a. m.
It is reported that Gen. Kuropatkin
has ordered the Red Cross depots at
Mukden. Harbin. Tiding and Irkutsk
to prepare to receive from SO.oou to
Jim Sretii to Win.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 25, 2 a. m. A
dispatch from Sachetun dated Feb. 21,
"The Japanese in superior numbers ,
Contractors Said to Have
Schemed to Clear Up $20,
000 on New City Hall.
MATERIAL WAS PRICED HIGH
Agitation Will Result in First Story
of Building Being Torn
Rock ford. 111., Feb. 25. Charges of
graft" are being made in connection
with the new city hall, and as a result
of an investigation just completed the
contractors will have to tear down the
first story of the building so far as
completed and rebuild it. The trouble
arose over the construction placed on
the plans and specifications by the
contractors. superintendent of the
building ami architect on one side ami
the citizens on the other. Tlx.- stone
facing so far used is four inches
thick, but it was claimed that the
plans called for stone eight inches
thick. An arbitration commis
sion was named, and its rfport, just
made, declares that the plans are not
being followed; that they call for an
eight-inch ashlar, instead of four, as.
Since the contract was let there-
have been rumors that there was from
$15,000 to $20,000 of "graft" in sight
in t lit? contracts as they were being
carried out. The first reports started
when the contractors reiorted the
prices of stone had been controlled
and that the best figures obtainable
were $1.05 and $1.15 per cubic foot.
An investigation brought out the fact
that the same stone could be purchas
ed in the city for about 30 cents per
cubic foot less than these prices If It
was not to be used in the city hall.
Other schemes of a like nature are
said to have been discovered by mem
bers of the council. The estimated
met of the building completed is In
the neighborhood of $100,000.
IN HANDS OF MOB
Black Caught at Hunttville, Ala., Sus
pected of Killing Girl Troop
May Be Called Out.
Hunttville, In L, Feb. 25. Richards
Young, a negro suspected of the mur
der of IJeiJe Rlood worth, fit Decatur,
was captured here today. Threats
were made to burn the negro at the
Ftake. The governor may call out the
Pair Tcok Poison.
Streator, 111., Feb. 25. Mrs. Mary
Stones, late of Rloomington. III., and
Owen Defenbaugh were found dead
yesterday In a lonely euburb. Deata re
suited from strychnine poisoning fol
lowing a death agreement. Defen-
baugh bad been driven from borne be
cause of his attentions to the woman.
Sir Henry Irving Much Better.
Wolverhampton, Feb. 25. Sir Henry
Irvine's condition today is markedly
FIFTH OF AREA OF HOT
LEAVING 10,000 HOMELE
Former Has Advantage in
forced the Russian detachment at
Tsinkhetchin to abandon their base at
Peresneff hill. The battle has been
desperate on both sides. The result
is not yet known."
ltiiNMlnna Abandon Town.
Tokio. Feb. 25 The Russians shell
ed I.itajentun and Chenchlehpao yes
terday. They burned and abandoned
Chiensunniupaotzu, near Waitao nioun
Action In Opened.
Mukden, Feb. 25. Action in the cen
ter was opened at 8:30 this morning
with siege guns. The firing of field
guns continued throughout the day.
Dover. Eng.. Feb. 25. The third
Russian Pacific squadron passed here
today heading westward.
Taken (Irrmnn Stenmrr.
Tokio, Feb. 25. The German steam
er Severus bound for Vladivostok
with coal, was seized yesterday.
MAY HIT OTHERS
Illinois Central and St. Louis Ter
minal May Not be Only
BY ILLINOIS LEGISLATURE
Flood of Bills Expected From Now
on in House Number so far
Springfield, Feb. 25. The introduc
tion in the legislature of resolutions
to Investigate the Illinois Central and
the St. Iouis terminal roads is said
to presage a general attack on the
railroads of this state and in the com
ing weeks resolutions to inquire into
the Chicago At Alton, the Wabash, the
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy, the
Rock Island, and the Chicago, Milwau
kee and St. Paul and the Chicago &
Northwestern and the various termi
nal roads of Chicago are expected.
I inlrr Hoiilili- 1 1 mil S mI ciii.
The Alton, Ror-k Island and Ilurling
ton are organized uru'er the double
Lead system, there being the "rail
road" company and the "railway" com
pany, the latter leasing from the for
mer and each having out issues of
common and preferred stocks and
bonds of various kinds.
It is alleged that the reports of the
roads to Poor's Manual, the railroad
and warehouse commission and the
state board of equalization are not sim
ilar. It is further alleged that the Al
ton, Ilurlington, Rock Island and
Northwestern are now engaged in
coal mining in Illinois and that In so
doing they exceed their charter rights.
Flood of Illlla Kiprcteil.
Now that tlie house members know
approximately who are to pass on
their bills in committee they are pre
paring to Hood the desk with measures
of all kinds. The number of bills of
fered so far has been unusually small
compared with former sessions. Two
years ago a total of nearly 1tOO bills
were introduced. The time when the
introduction of t.h;i!l cease is near
at hand and yet the total number Is
short of 4f'it. I; can be said, however,
with som- d ;rire of certainty that all
of the old time friends and faces are
-n hand. Notwithstanding the house
contains so many new members the
number of old bills is no less.
ICE MOVING OUT
Causing Great Damage and
Threatening More at
Cincinnati, O, Feb. 25. Ice gorges
in the Ohio river in this vicinity,
which were the heaviest known for
many years b-gan to give way during
the night, several breaks occuring at
various points and the final break is
expected before night. The property
damage is estimated at over $70,000,
caused by the early movement. The
possibilities of serious losses cause
1 much apprehenslon-
Property Worth $2,000,
000 Destroyed and
Several Lives Lost.
WATER SUPPLY FAILS
Poorer Classes Greatest Suf
ferersCity Filled With
Hot Springs, Ark., Feb. 25. A sys
tematic search of the ruins has re
sulted in finding two male bodies. This
makes total of five known dead, all
burned beyond recognition. The losses
are now placed at $2,000,000.
Mayor Belding has issued an appesl
to residents asking them to assist the
homeless in every way possible.
Hot Springs, Ark., Feb. 25. Fire
which broke out at midnight in the
southern portion of the city and was
not under control until after 8 this
morning, destroyed nearly a hundred
buildings, rendering thousands of peo
ple homeless, including many visitors.;
It is estimated the loss is $1,000,000.
A high wind and failure of the water
supply left the city at the mercy of
( IIKC KKIt AT MKTIIODIKT tNll Ht ll.
The fire was checked at the Method
ist church, the district where the Hotel
Moody is located having been entirely
The burned section comprises about
one-fifth of the entire area of the city,
and was occupied almost exclusively
by the poorer classes. The Eastman,
Park, and Arlington hotels are safe,
and both railroad stations were saved.
Some IIuIIiIIiikm lMtriril.
Among the buildings destroyed were
the Grand Central. Plateau, and Moody
hotels, Gamier Hats, several lodging
houses, and Duffle's general store.
The charred bodies of three wtmcn
are reported to have been found In the
ruins of the Grand Central hotel.
At least 10,000 people are homeless.
but fortunately spring-like temperature
Kormfd Ilnrkrt IlrlitHlr.
The fire department rendered good
service until I o'clock, when the water
pressure gave out. Then bucket biig-
ides were formed and hundreds of cit
izens and visitors volunteered their
At I the fin; was still burning, but
under control. .
The city has been filling up with vis
itors for several w-eeka and It Is es
timated t hat fully 2,oim are sojourn
ourl limine t.ora.
The county court house, with many
valuable records, and the Jail were
burned. Twenty prisoners in the Jail
were rescued with difficulty.
In the South Hot Spring cottage
district, which was consumed, several
persons are missing. There Is great
confusion in all parts of the city. Tho
Jewish snagogue. Central Presbyter
ian church, and residence building of
Sheriff Williams are among those de
stroyed. The district occupied bv bath houses
and the entire government reservation
escaped the flames.
Telephone and street car service are
Wind Una Strong.
When the fire broke out at 2:30
Ibis morning a general alarm was
turned in. A high wind was blowing
and It soon became a conflagration
which swept the wooden buildings di
rectly in its patli as though they were
cotistiucied of paper. Guests at tho
leading hoi els were awakened and
many dressed securing their valuable
and thronged in the Mreet in an effort
to check the progress of the flames.
Mayor Takra f'ommaad.
Mayor Uuildlng personally assumed
command of the fire fighters and po
lice, and Sluriff Williams ported hi
deputies In many parta of the threat
ened distrirt fo prevent looting. Men,
women ami children were running In
all directions, many carrying bundles
of clothing and seeking places of safe
To the west of Central avenue Is a
wooded park and this strip, which was
directly in the pah of the fire, arrest
ed its progress in that direction. Tho
fashionable hotel district was not dam
aged. STEAMER ASHORE;
HELP IS DECLINED
Washington, Feb. 2Z. The BritUi
steamer l.ianger is ashore near Nor
folk. Va. A J:fe saving crew reached
her in surf boats but the crew of 2i
declined t' leave the vessel.
Later, the steamer was floated ap