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OMAHA, MONDAY MOKMNG, MAIiCIl 2S, 1U04.
8INUL1-: rolY TIIKKU CENTS.
LEOPOLD WILL REPLY
King of Eelgina E.q;eilfd to Answer
Complaint of Winionares,
MAILS DOCUMENTS Of CONGO FREE STATE
King Represented a Attaching Dae Im
portance to Een'.m.nla of Pre a.
MISSIONARIES BLAMt THE OFFICIALS
Allege that No Re.pect ii Shown Thur
MANY ATROCITIES C,iAfi3ED TO RULERS
a Hesalt uf the Cruelties It
la Kit Id the Natives Arr Driven
A war from the Mla
lona. LONDON, March .'7.- The folio Ins tele
grams havo liecn cm bunged between the
Associated Item mill King lcopol.l of
To tils Majesty. I.copol.1 11, Kin of the
Belgians, Brussels: The Associated Press,
representing tlx! newspaper pre: s of the
1 rilled fltaics, would be nappy I" uhle Id
(Ik- I nited Mates imy siaiem.-nt your
majesty might sec (It to make In relation to
the charges uualhst the gos I nment of till'
ongo H"i' State nviircl.HK niiocliics coni
iiiiu.d upon tli" n:it l vk nmdc t l'l csidctit
Itnosi veil ainl Secretary ol State Ha v by
h ilclcmillon Ironi tin- missionary emigres.
The American pi ess In anxious to hear
both sides of the i use nnd would welcome
ii ii v reply from our majesty to the allega
tions of the missionaries Unit th.ir rignts
lire lint ivHpi'i ted an. I that i In' iiati.-cs lit"
now In n worm' I'ondlUon lliiiu undi r In"
Arab slave regime.
The fun-going was signed by thn manager
of tho Associated press, to which KI114
l,eopold replied through his secretary, ns
To the Manager of the As sncluted lYess:
Thi' king attaches great Importance to thn
liriptiiilnl sentiments of thv American press.
1 huve iTinlii'd yon oll'.cial documents from
tli Congo Free Statu In wlilrn you will
llnd till the facta if mini 'o 11 full mid
truthful KliiU'int'i.l of the cum-.
t.Slgiied.) CARTON UK YVIART.
Secretin to the King.
Canae of the Complaints.
Representatives of the American Bap
tlHt, the Southern Presbyterian and tho
Disciples of C'htiKt African Missions called
on President Rooiievelt and Secretary Hay
Friday last and described the affairs In
the Congo country as viewed from the
missionary standpoint. The principal
feature of the conferences between the
president and the secretary and the mis
sionaries consisted of the stories by the
latter of atrocities Inflicted on the natives
by their Belgian rulers.
The missionaries suld that their work
was rendered nearly valueless by tho at
titude of the Belgian officials, who monopo
lized all of the food supplies, making It
difficult for the missions to procure vege
tables or fowls or anything to eat from
the natives, who were obliged to turn
their produce Into the hands of the officers.
Then by the cruelties practiced upon the
natives the latter were driven away from
the missions and the schools were emptied.
In addition It was pointed out that no
respect was shown for the property rights
of the missionaries atjd It was on this last
ground that the delegation thought the
United Btates government might Interfere.
Secretary Hay asked the missionaries to
reduce their views to a written memor
andum, which he suld he would consider.
though he could not hold out any definite
promise of relieving the situation so far
as the natlvts were concerned, because
the United States was not one of the sig
natories to the treaty under which the
Congo Ftee State came Into existence.
President Gives Promise.
A statement of the events leading up to
the present condition of affairs was sub
sequently prepared by the delegation lor
transmission to the State department. In
which It was declared that as a result of
the absolute power of the king of the Bel
gians the freedom of trade guaranteed by
the conference of Berlin was now a thing
of the past. The president promised to
give the subject laid before him by the
missionaries careful consideration and re
quested that he be supplied with an accu
rate and detailed statement of It.
DDrCCDVIMfS rAMDMC PACTI c
f llkwLliiiiiM 1 nmuvu j rj 1
Kalian Government Undertakes to
Preserve the Celebrated Strue
tnre ol Canoaaa.
(Copyright. 1904. by Press Publishing Co.)
FI.ORKNCK, Italy, March 27 (New York
World Cablegram Special Telegram.) To
save the blstorto castle of Canosaa from
falling Into ruin the Italian government has
begun to. restore It. The once important
town has dwindled to 11 n Insignificant vll
luge, but the cuHtlo has been prominent as
tho scene of an Incident that marked the
highest point of papal supremacy.
It was there that Henry IV, holy Roman
emperor, the greatest of earthly potentates
of his day, humiliated himself In the year
A. I. 1077. before Pope Gregory VII, who
had excommunicated him in a clash of au
thority. For three days In the depth of
winter, barefoot and clad In the coarse
hlrt of a penitent, the secular sovereign
stood In the castle court yard entreating
before the sovereign pontiff to admit and
A M BARS ADO H DINK.II HY KVIPKHOR
Kaiser William Kntertalna American
a Board Ills Yacht.
NAPI.K9. March 27 On the Invitation of
Kmperor William, Ambassador Meyer came
to Naples from Rome und dined with his
majesty on board the German Imperial
yacht Hohensotleru. The ambassador sat
at the right of the Kmperor, n whose left
was Father Boniface Krug, formerly of
the Benedictine abliey at Beatty, Pa., and
now abbot of the abbey of Monte Casslno.
The ambassador and the abbot were the
only guests of the emperor, who Jokingly
t.ald that It was an American dinner.
At the request of the emperor Am has
sador Meyer accompanied him and Father
Krug to Monto Casstno, where they visited
the abbey and admired the work of res
t. nation or the famous mosaics there.
Speaking of the condition of the emperor,
Ambassador Meyer ald:
"Kmperor William looks extremelv well
Just as he did when I saw him at Kiel last
summer. His voice Is as strong a ever
und he is in excellent Fpirlis."
rUKACHKW U TIIK HILL. OK MARS
Her. John Polls of Toronto Addresses
Americana la Albena.
ATMItNg. March 21. Rev. Jnhn Pniia ,.t
Toronto, Ont., preached on "The Hill of
Mara" today to the delegates to the World
Sunday school convention. The ministers
and delegates repeated St Paul's address
to the Athenian. Alt the members of II
party from th Lulled States are and will
proceed to Jerusalem, (hurt the mocUn'
CX Ui CtMiVaAUva Will Is) lJl,
KAPPA PSI FRATERNITY
Arch Council of thai Order
111 Meet In Indianapolis
t In April.
1 POI.I8. Mar. h 27. -(Special
Ail jt considerable Interest In col-
eg " -eik letter circles Is the grand
arcf nf the Thl Kappa PsI fta-
lernl. ..r IhlM city, April 5-S. The grand
arch council U the biennial national con
vention of this fraternity and tfie 5"0 mem
bers of the fraternity In Indiana have all
lined up to make the coming convention
the biggest In the history of the fraternity.
The convention will be given under the
auspices of the Indianapolis and Anderson
Alumni associations of the fraternity and
the three chapters In the state, Alpha at
DiPnuw, llcta at Indiana and Delta at
The convention will close with a big
bnmiuet at the t'laypool hotel Friday
evening. April 8, at which It Is hoped to
have memlwrs of the fraternity seated.
Senator Forakcr will respond to a toast on
this occasion, as will James Whlteonib
Itlley, Congressman Watson, Robert Uur
dette, HoKWell Field and other men of na
tional prominence. John I Griffiths will
be tho tOHStmuater.
The l'hl Kappa l'sl fraternity has a total
membership Of nearly Iii.iiiki. It has chap
ters In foriy colleges, alumni associations
In twenty-seven cities and an alumni club
at Harvard university. It Is one of the
most prominent of the Greek letter organ
izations, having been founded In 1 8 J . Judge
C T. I Moore, one of the founders, Is
still living at his homo ni-Hr Pittsburg.
A "Phi PsI special" will run from New
York to Indianapolis. The Boston dele
tion will come to New York to board
the special and It will pick up delega
tions at Philadelphia, Wllkesbarre, Pltts-
urg and Cleveland.
Among the men of national prominence
tho fraternity are Senator Foraker.
ongressmen Watson, lllngham (known as
the "Father of the House"). Needham.
Hates, Finlcy, Achesnn and Williams
till.). ex-Senntor Mitchell of Pennsylvania,
Hoswell Field, James Whltcomb Riley,
Robert J. Burdette, ex-Governor Moyd
.owndt'S of Maryland, Governor Cham
berlain of Oregon. Carl Bchurz, John H.
Gough, John G. Woolley, President Wood
row Wilson of Princeton, President Kd-
mund Junes of Northwestern, Dr. White,
professor of Greek at Harvard; Prof.
Amos Dolboar of Tufts, Iir. Ernest M.
St lies, rector of St. Thomas" In New
York; Hnvld If. Greer, bishop coadjutor
of tho diocese of New York; 8. C. T. Do id
general solicitor of the Standard oil com
pany; Mayor Warfleld of Baltimore, John
H. fepringer, mentioned as a candidate for
the vice presidency on the democratic
ticket, anil Prof. Frank Fetter, fiecretarv
of tho American Economic association.
SERVICE ENDS IN DISORDER
Broad Ylevta on the Illble Incenses
Part of Cona-ren-atlon Against
' Minister Who Reslarna.
CLEVELAND, O., March 27. The pas-
orate of Rev. J. Alford Flslier of tho
Franklin Avenue Congregational church
was terminated in a sensational manner
today. Mr. Fisher has since coming to the
hurch last November boon charged with
too liberal views In his pulpit utterances
and has been asked to resign. His con
tract, however, extends f6r three months
longer. The congregation is willing to pay
him for that period If he resigns imme
Mr. Fisher was to have preached twice
today morning and evening. The morn
ing services terminated In disorderly
scenes when Mr. Fisher made a reference
to the tnanuer In which many people re
gard the Bible. He declared it had been
made a fetish. Thereupon Deacon Thomas
Henderson arose In his seat and said that
Mr. Fisher came to the church under false
pretenses, that he had accepted the pus
torate as a minister of the gospel.
The congregation then took sides with
and against the pastor, and a number of
persons moved toward the pulpit which
Mr. Fisher had Just left. He was not al
lowed to again enter it during the morning
service. .Mr. Fisher will leave Cleveland
soon, and saya he will never accept a pas.
torate and that he will devote his time to
lecturing. Mr. Fisher came to Cleveland
from the church of the late Dr. Seuddor
of Brooklyn. N. Y., and Is widely known.
PANIC OCCURS IN CHURCH
Fool Cries 'Flrct" During Prayer
and as Reanlt Almost Score of
Peraona Are Injured.
NEW HAVEN. Conn.. March 27. A
panic occurred at the morning service in
St. Mary's church here today in which ul
most a seore of persons were Injured. Four
of the most seriously Injured, two women
and two children, were taken to the New
Someone In the congregation shouted
flro" during a prayer and Immediately
the worshipers arose and rushed for the
door at the rear of the church, the only
exit. Women and children were trampled
upon and dragged along the floor by the
others In their endeavor to get out of the
building and In the height of the confu
sion someone sent fli a Are alarm. With
great difficulty the firemen succeeded In
forcing back the struggling mass that be
came wedged In the doorway.
Finally whon the building was freed of
people two women and two girls were
found on the floor badly hurt. The Injuries
of the others were attended by ambulance
surgeons and physicians. Tln police and
members of the church have made an in
vestigation, but no reason for anyone giv
ing an alarm of fire has been discovered
SHIPS COLLIDE IN THE FOG
Parthian Kraehea Port Wlthoat
smokestack and Schooner Ar
rives with Bowsprit Broken.
1-itiL.AUhi.i'iiiA. March 27. The
steamer Partisan and the schooner Cora
F. Crossey, which arrived here today from
Boston, were In collision Ave miles north
east of Five Fathom Bank lightship dur
lug a fog Saturday morning. The Par
thlan's foretop mast and smokestack were
carried away and several plates above the
water line on the starboard side were
The schooner's bowsprit was broken and
oreriggtng damaged. No one was hurt
DOW IK l THOl BI.F. M AlBTRALIA
Hefaaee Him Pnblle Balldlntr.
ADELAIDE, Australia. March r In
consequence of a speech Insulting King
Edward, the government has refused the
use of public buildings to John Alexander
Dowle. The mayor of Adelaide wrote to
Duwle telling him be was a disgrace to
WORLD'S FAIR AT SHANGHAI
Sena'or LiV t'ch Hai a Flr.n to Gain Trade
in tte Orient
SHOW GOODS TO EASTERN BUYERS
Permanent Ei position at Important
(iatherlnaa Only Mrm of l.et
tlnar Chine. Knnn What XV e
Have to Sell.
From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. March J7 (Special.) A
few days ago a dinner was given here In
honor of several Chinese merchants from
8an Francisco who were on a visit to the
east. Among the guests were the Chinese
minster and a number of senators and
membera of congress. When the cigars
were lighted. Sir Chentutig I.lang Cheng
the Chinese minister, responded to the I
toast, "The Kmperor of China." and he
took occasion to tell the gursts something
of the Chinese people and their rulers.
There were other speeches, mostly of a
semi-humorous character, but when Sen
ator Dietrich of Nebraska arose he was
serious. The senator vlsltivj "China Inst
year and during his stay in the Orient
he took occasion to look about. "If. In
stead of spending lin.inm.ono In an exios'lon
In St. Louis and a few millions more for a
like purpose In Jatmitown, V11., and In
Portland, Ore.." said the senator, "we
should appropriate a million or two for the
establishment of a permanent exposition
In Shanghai the results would lie felt in
every manufacturing center In this coun
try. Shanghai Is the Liverpool of the Ori
ent. It Is the entre port of a vast 'errltory
which affords almost unlimited opportuni
ties: for American trnde expansion. Wo
bar the Chinese from this country and few
of them ever have an opportunity to learn
whnt we have to sell.
"The establishment of permanent expo
sitions In Shanghai. Slnimpore and ene or
two other fur eastern ports would result
In Inestimable benefit to the "rail" of the
United States. I firmly believe that If
the Initial step were taken by the federal
authorities manufacturers would not
slow to seize the opportunity to display
their wares where the eastern buyer .nould
readily see what we have to offer. Then,
too, such expositions Tvould give the people
of the east a chance to exhibit whHt they
hsve to sell and bene rial results could
not fail to follow. 1 have had c inferences j
with the president, the recretarv of state I
and the secretary of ci ..nmerce on this sub- j
Ject nnd they are favorably Inclined toward ;
the Idea. I believe that within a very few
years this plan will bs adopted and th-it 1
we shall have permanent exhibits of the I
prodtirta of American manufactories In the
very places where the preatest results of
such exhibits are to be gained."
To Raise Mantra,
Congress probably will pass at this ses
sion the bill authorizing an appropriation
for the raising of the Niagara, Commo
dore Perry's flagship, which lies at the bot
tom of Presque lslo hay. Lake Krie. That
there Is a strong fcentiment throughout the
country In favor of raising the old war
ship Is Indicated by the large number of
letters, resolutions and other communica
tions approving the Idea which have been
received by the house committee on navai
affairs., . These communications are from
hirtorlcal societies. I oards of trade, patri
otic orders and other organizations In ev
ery state. The bill, which was Introduced
by Representative Bates of the F.rie, Pa.,
Istrlct. appropriates S10.000 "for the ex-
lensn of digging out and raising the hulk
of the Niagara, which new lies sunk In
ake Erie." Mr. I.t tes' idea Is to raise the
old hulk and eiect It over a Perry memor
ial building, free to the vobllc.
It was while standing on the deck of the
Niagara that Commodore lVrry wrote the
thrilling message telling of his great vic
tory over the British fleet: "We have met
the enemy and they are ours." This mes- ,
sage, wntcn was written on tne back of an
old letter, was addressed to General Har
rison. A few minutes later he wrote the
report to the secretary of the navy, begin
ning: "It has pleased the Almighty to
give to the arms of the United States a
signal victory over their enemies on the
lake," and presenting a list of the prizes
captured. Both messages were Immedi
ately sent by schooner to the mouth of the
Portage river, twelve miles nway, where
General Harrison's headquarters were lo
Commodore Perry's Triumph,
The news of the victory threw the coun
try Into ecstacles. Through all tho states
bonfires were lighted, bells were rung and
speeches made. Perry was young, hand
some and dashing, und his achievements
excited the fancy and revived the depressed
spirits of the patriots. Philadelphia took a
day and a night to rejoice, and various
cities voted the victors testimonial swords
und adopted memorials and resolutions. A
letter received by Perry when he readied
Detroit from the secretary of the navy.
couched ill Haltering terms, announced his
promotion und granted him leave of absence
to visit his family In Rhode Island. Noth
ing detaining him. Perry took General Har
rison and stuff on board the Ariel and sailed
for Buffalo, the command of the fleet hav
ing been transferred to Captain Elliot. The
excitement over the victory having lit no
way abated. Perry's reception at every
port was wildly enthusiastic. The rv Joking
of the people made his trip one of triumphal
progress. President Madison, In a message,
declared thut Perry's victory "had never
been surpassed In lustre." Congress also
adopted a resolution thanking the commo
dore and the other officers and men of the
squadron for "the decisive and glorious
victory over a British squadron eJf superior
force " The president also presented gold
medals to Perry and Elliot, oearing an
emblematic device of the action between
the squadrons; a silver medal to each com
missioned officer, either of the army or the
navy on board, uad swords to the nearest
relatives of the two heroes. IJeutenant
John Brooks und Midshipman Henry Lauh.
rarly Seventy Years Lnder Water.
Peace was declared on March 2i, und
in the foi:o ins J-i'y un order u sent
from Washington ta dispose of sou.e of ttie
smuller vessels that had seen service dur
ing the war and to sink the Detroit, the
ymen Charlotte and the Lawrence In some
suitable place fu Lake Erie for preservation.
The three vessels were suuk lde by side
at the side of the .Madura, wnich was kept
afloat. A few years later the J.auretice,
the Detroit, the Queen Charlotte and the
Niagara were purchased by LVnJaiiilu H.
Brown of Rochester, who suosequ. utlj o!d
them to Captain George Niles of Ene, wtiu,
in ls3. raised the three veJ3el, Intending
to fit them up for tr.e u.ei chant service.
He found the two prizes in tolerable condi
tion, but the Lawrence was so badly rid
dled by shot that It was not worth reflttln.
As the Niagara was too small for the mer
chant service and besides was badly dam
ugrj. both that ship and the 1-awr.iice
were sunk. They were IKH disturbed until
ll7. the year of the Philadelphia ci.l. cnia!.
when the Lawrence was sold and raised,
tCouUuucd u Second Fug.J
TWO MORE NEGROES KILLED
llelleved Rare 1ar Rear M. Charles
Will Knd Whr Troublesome
BlarUa Arei All Head.
LITTl.i: ROCK, Arfc., March 27.-A spe
cial to the Gaiette frcn Dewltt, Ark., says:
Two more negroes 'have been killed In
the clash between 'l''1 Hni black at
St. Charles, tlfteen miles from here. In
Arkansas county. Thlx brings the total of
dead negroes up to thirteen, all of them
being killed within the last week.
The last two negroes killed were the
Griffin brothers, Henry and Walter, who
were the cause of the trouble. The negroes
were reported to have escaped, but it Is
known that they are dead, and it Is be
lieved they were killed.
Owing to the remoteness of St. Charles
and to the fact that the news of the result
of the riot is not given out freely, it Is
dlfllcult to obtain details, but there Is 110
doubt of the authenticity of the report
wjth reference to the death of the Griffins.
tn st, Charles neighborhood the
negroes largely outnumber the whites, and
trouble has been brewing for a long time.
It is said the negroes for the post two years
have been getting insolent Hnd belligerent.
It is believed that the leaders of the un
ruly element have been killed nnd that
further trouble will be averted.
Yesterday was election day und usuallv
on such n day St. Charles Is crowded with
negroes, but during the entire day only
two negroes were seen In the town and
these two appeared In the morning und
stayed In the village but ft short time.
Near St. Charles the negroes are quiet und
are attending strictly to their work.
The trouble originated last Monday, when
the two tlriflins met two white men, broth
ers, named Searcy. The; Beurcys. who were
llshcrmen, and the Griffins bad an alterca
tion a few days before, and when they
met the trouble was renewed. One of the
negroes armed himself with n leg of u
chair and with his brother assaulted the
white men, beating them so severely that
one Is now on tlio verge of death and the
other Is In a critical condition. In an effort
to arrest fho Grittlns eleven negroes lmvi
,.,, klied. The dentil of the two Griffins
mk).a the death list iiumbcr thirteen.
TORNADO BLOTS OUT LIVES
j Furious Windstorm Swecpa Over
j State of Wlsanurl anil Does
MEMPHIS. Tenn., March 27. A special
to the Commercial Appeal from Carruth
eisvllle. Mo., s.ty.c
A tornado swept the country twenty
miles north of here last night, causing a
great loss of life and destroying thousands
of dollars worth of property.
Th" wires have bieu down all day and
authentic news is hard to get, but as be
lated reports come in the less of ilfn and
prjperty Increases. It is now known tluit
six lives have been lost and thousands of
dollars worth of properly destroyed.
Tho lives of the Shuemaker family, liv
ing near Portageville, four In numlier, were
blotted out und their home demolished, j
The family of Wesley Miller, living two ;
miles west of Mount Pleasant, was killed
and their home demolished. Their bodies
wre found 200 yards l'wny badly muti
lated. Mr. Mfller was a wealthy mill owner
Fifteen hundred dollars In money beloi'g
ing to him was found scattered over the
ground. Much stock was killed and
wounded. Chickens were found with their
heads cut off and stripped of their feathers.
Fenco pouts were blown from the ground
anl giant trees were twisted aside like
straws. It Is feared a full report will re
veal greater loss of life.
JEFF DAVIS IN THE LEAD
B,rvrlt He ,,. EnBh Counties In
' Arkanaaa to Give II I m Nomina
tion for Third Term.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.. March 27 Returns
from a majority of the counties of Ar
kansas tonight show that Governor Jeff
Davis has probably carried enough coun
ties to give him the democratic nomination
for a third term. In half a dozen coun
ties the vote Is so close that the official
count will be necessary to decide.
The democratic state convention, which
meets In Hot Springs on the second Tues
day in June, will consist of 442 delegates,
and 222 will be necessary to nominate. On
the returns at hand Davis has 188 delegate
and Judge Carroll D. Wood 125. Of the
remaining 129 delegates Davis Is sure of
at least one-third. It Is probable that the
total vote In the state will reach 126,000.
Ijiter returns on the governorship to
night were encouraging to the Wood men
and Indicate that the contest is by no
means settled yet.
There are nine counties In which the
otllciul vote !s necessary to decide. They
have forty-eight delegates In the state
convention and It now appears certain
that Wood has carried enough counties to
give him 169 delegates, leaving the nine
doubtful counties and several remote sec
tions to hear from. Governor Davis' man
agers claim they will have 3i6 delegates.
RUDOLPH WANTSSAME BURIAL
Espresaea Wish to Be Laid Beside
Colllna, with Services by
ST. I.OUI& March 27.-The body of
George. Collins. who was executed at
1'nlon. Mo., yesterday for the murder of
Detective Charles J. Schumacher, was
burled there In the Catholic cemetery ac
cording to Catholic rites, performed by
the village priest. When William Rudolph,
Collins' partner, in the Jail here awaiting
execution on May 13, was told of the dis
posal of Collins' body, he said:
"I want the same services by thHt priest
and I want to be buried by the side of
WANT FOREIGNERS EXCLUDED
Stirred l the Anion of Egyptian,
Mudrota of the I nlveraltr Cir
culate a I'etitioa.
COLUMBIA. Mo., March 27-The students
of the 1'niversity of Missouri have circu
lated a petition asking that foreigners be
excluded from the men's dormitory. The
petition followed the announrtment that an
Egyptian student at the university had
prvailed upon several of bis countrymen
to enter the university next year, and the
students claim that the d irmltory should
be utied by the Missouri students alone.
CHE FOO. March 27 The steamer Active
has ai rived here from Kobe. Japan. It
reports that on the J&th lust. It passed a
tleet of Japanese troops convoyed by cruis
ers lu the lnlai.d aea. They war bound
SNOW BLOCKADES BROKEN
Northern Paciiio Coait Train Still Tied Up
West of Dickintou.
FLOODS IN INDIANA ENDANGER LIFE
Wabash and White nirera Hlgheat
la Twenty Yeara anil Keaertolr
at BlalTtoa Caoaea Deep
ST. PAUL, Minn.. Maxell .-The first
transcontinental train to get through the
snow blockade la North Dakota reached
St. Paul over the Great Northern road at
in o'clock today. Another train came in
(lining fie afternuou uiiJ two more are
expected to reach the city before midnight.
The officials 11 port that the line is again
open and tiatlic has been resumed, al
though there is still some delay.
No Northern Pnclno coast train has yet
reached St. Paul and the road is ktill tied
up west of Dickinson, N. L. It is ex
pected, however, that the blockade will be
broken tonight. Passengers on tne ue-
layed trains state that they were well
cured for, and beyond the Inconvenience
of being ued up, there was no suffering.
The trains were held at division points
win 11 it was seen that the line was likely
to become blockaded and the passengers
were taken to hotels to remain until the
company could clear the track of the lm
Officials of the northern lines state that
this has been ono of the fiercest battles
with snowdrifts they have ever experienced
ana inni even ine immense roi.-iry pinws, 1
tVlilcli were sent against the drifts pus
by three heavy engines, were almost
powerless to cope with the huge moun
tains of ice and snow, and that In many
Instances blasting had to be resorted to.
Trains Delayed by Floods.
BLCFFTON, Ind.. March 27.-The Wabash
river has been rising steadily since lust
night and tonight it Is higher than fir
twenty yer.rs. Hundreds of acres of low
lands are under water tind people here are
fearful that the reservoir at Cellna may
break, causing great, loss of life. The road
lending north out of Bluffton and another
to the cast are both under water and Im
passable. PRINCETON. Ind., March 27. The Wa
bash. White nnd Patoki rivers are rising
very rapidly tonight. The loss has reached
J'fio.ooo In southwestern Indiana. All trains j
aro greatly delayed. j
We.ter Carries Off Homes.
INDIANAPOLIS. March 27,-The city
street railway and Interurhan system are
without power, because of the flooding of
thn power house near White river. Com
munication with North and West Indian
apolis Is cut off by the flood, which litis
Hw.pt away bridges. The city Is still with
out water owing to the flooding of th"
water works pumping station.
Many houses have been carried down
While river nnd t shattered npainet the
stone bridges, which connect the cltv
proper with the suburbs. King Co.. the
Indiana furniture factory, and the Indiana
Foundry company are closed down because
of the Jhmd. write hn reached.. tt second
story of their cellars.
Mayor Holtzman was tonight informed
that a break had been found In the levee
at River avenue. The mayor ordered
sacks of sand and hntes nf bsv lo b
transported to the scene at once and used I
in repairing the rupture.
A lake of water two nnd one-half miles
In length nnd stretching from one point
nt the canal nt Thirtieth street across the
White river through Riverside park nnd
over a mile hack from the river In the
low farm lands, Is the condition north
west of the city. Riverside park, from
Thirtieth street bridge to its northern
boundary. Is under five feet of water.
The overflow from White river has
backed In on the other side of the Big
Four tracks at the park nnd stretches
north over the golf links and ns far as
tho eye can reach. Acre after acre of
valuable farm land Is Inundated and fence
were swept away by tho swift current of
the overflow yesterday. Farmers worked
all day yesterday getting cattle and other
stock out of the water's reach.
Grand Rapids Alarmed.
GRAND RAPIDS. Mich.. March 27
Conditions In this city and nearby towns
., , , '
ng the Grand river ure very grave to-
U'Khtt resl'lt of the unprecedented
i ' . ' , " " l"B sireum inr out
I , 1 , 11 lnree aays' At
j Su C'lk "M. lver gR"g0 nere
a uepiu 01 it.a leei. j ills is three
feet above the previous high water record
that or 1M1.
The water has risen six Inches since
o'clock last evening. It Is falling slightly,
however, the drop In temperature hav
ing cheeked the small streams and sur
face dralnege. The Inhabitants of flooded
houses are suffering greatly from cold and
lack of food. There has been no loss of
life thus far. but there Is great suffering
and a vast amount of sickness, It is feared,
will follow the exposures sustained by
many of the flood victims.
There is grave danger of an epidemic
of typhoid fever following the flood, as a
result of the unsanitary conditions that
the lowering of the waters will expose.
Interurhan cars are running only over por
tions of the roads out of Grand Rapids.
Steam railway traffic Is demoralized. Prac
tically no trains are adhering to schedule
on the roads that have their lines open.
The city lighting station is entirely cut
oft" and out of commission. The city la
in darkness again tonight.
Many of the West Side churches are
surrounded by water and were unable to
hold services today. All schools on the
W.-t Side will be closed until further no
tice. The work of rescuing Inhabitants
of the flooded houses has continued through
out the day, a squad of local militia as
sisting the rescuers.
It Is conservatively estimated that the
loss to property and business on account
of the flood will exceed $2,000,000. Fifteen
thousand men will be unable to work to
morrow, owing to factories being com
pelled to close by the high water. Two
thousand homes are flooded on the West
Conditions at Other Points.
The flood conditions at Ionia, Lowell,
Portland and other points along the
Grand river ate reported to be slightly Im
proved tonight, the water having begun
to fall. These towns are practically Iso
lated by reason of the bridges across the
Grand river going out, and II will he many
daa before anything like normal truffle
with the outside world will lie established.
The flood loss at Ionia is estimated tonight
Niles reports tonight that no trains have
been run today on the Michigan division
of the Big Four, as a result of the St.
Joseph river flo.id: that the greater part
of tho north end of the city Is flood' d and
that sand hag ure being placed 011 the
dum across the river at that place to keep
lt from going out.
NEBRASKA WEATHER FORECAST
Fair and Warmer Mondavi Tuesday
Temperature at Otnnha 1 rnlrnls) I
A a. m . .
H a. m . .
7 a . m . ,
M a. m . .
n. ni . .
HI a. 111. ,
11 a. m . ,
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BF.NF.FIT FOll 1111 ltKI CllOfc".
Uanahter nf Ambassador Plans an
(Copyright by New York Herald Co., ISiM.)
WASHINGTON, .March iT.-tNew Yolk
Herald Service Special Telegram to Tho
Bee.) Countess Marguerite Cassinl, daugh
ter of the Russian ambassador, has been
at the long distance telephone many min
utes in the lust twenty-four hours, en
deavoring 10 obtain aid of prominent men
nnd women In New York, Chicago. Phila
delphia and Boston In the fair which will
be given here on May 10 for the liencflt of
the Russian Red Cross roclety. She origin
ated (lie Idea yesterduy morning, and has
, . ., . .,. . ,, ,nlo operation.
The largest available garden In the capital
is to be taken, end the most plct urestiio
lawn fete of the day Is to take Washington
by storm. The telephone has not alono
been busy, for telegraphic wires and the
cable between helo and Paris und St.
Petersburg have been transmitting orders
to merchants to send novelties to be put on
sale to tempt the feminine heart as only
imported novelties can.
This function, though particularly for the
Russian Bed Cross, will le an appeal on
IIIC KlOllllll Ol llllillilllll . I U'll'll'iB' "...
. , , , .
noi no regarueu ns a. uexiuwou 11 oni neu
trality In regard 10 the present war. There
is to be a "Coniptolr do Paris," fashioned
like a Parisian millinery shop, where tho
latest novelties ill lints, gloves, handker
chiefs, stockings und shoes, blouses and
tho countless hundreds of other feiiiinluu
fripperies so hard to resist will bo dis
played. Theatricals will be ono of the attractions,
with Pierots and Pierrettes. A ball costume.
In which the children will be the dancers
and tho "grownups" the spectators, Is to
be another drawing card.
The various maids who are to help the
countess In making the affair a success will
wear the most fetching of white muslin
gowns, with petite aprons of plaited silk,
large picture hats to mutch, with lace
frills. The maidens and matrons assisting
will each wear the Red Cross badge oil
J her arm.
PEERS APPROVE THE TOBACCO BIM.
Japanese Find Editor Aklyama. Mer
cenary, but Not a P.
TOKIO, March 27. The lower house of
Parliament has amended the tobacco mo
nopoly bill by Increasing the compensation
clause from a sum equalling three years'
Income to a sum equalling the amount of
sales for three years. M. Bone, the minister
of flnnnce, t pposed the amendment, Hnd it
wns stated that the government anticipated
tnking strong ground .-.gainst It In the
House of Peers.
"ihlr. anticipation proved unwarranted, as
today the committee of the lo.ise of Peers,
having the nutter In charge, lormnliy up
proved the measure as amended, and It Is
evident thut the bill vill pass the upper
house and become a law In Its present form.
Thp committee of peers also approved nil
bills relating to war taxes as uniended In
the lower house. The principal amendments
are the exclusion of tax on s!lk und tho
abandonment of the plan for tho creation
ot a salt monopoly.
The committee Investigating tho ense of
Editor Aklyama lias reported that It Is
unable to find ahy clear evidence proving
that Aklyama was a Russian spy, but that
his newspaper showed that ho was prepared
to sacrifice the national Interest for private
gain. The committee recommended that
Aklyama resign his seat in PorlU nent. Tne
house adopted the report and Aklyama re
signed. AMERICAN MIKKHK IX NORTH COKE A
Forced to Eserelae the I'tmoat Cau
tion to Avoid Suspicion
SEOUL, March 27. The American miners
in north Corea find themselves In a most
difficult position. Their ability to continue
: 1. .w. I , V. . , .1 1. fl I 1. Ilia nulhrMib .if
I V.IMM, ll.finilii.iaiiu.i.H . . . -
! ,,., m. 1- rf..nHnt on their strictu-
m,ulllg their own business, and excrcls-
,)g ,.reat raullon In avoiding offending
either comlwtant. They have ceased send
lng out prlvato correspondence. In fesr
that some chance expression of theirs might
be construed Into evidence of partiality.
United States Minister Allen Is exert-
ing pressilre to secure the releaso of their
np lo train, us tho delay Is causing em
barrassment. Tho Corean liborers will
not accept bullion In payment for their
services, while the rice merchants Ue
A party of persons at Chemulpo, lnnlud
lng the bride of Dr. Stryker, the physician
of the mines' hospital, Is at Chemulpo
desiring to go to Unsan. where the minca
are located, hut has been tdvlsed to wait,
as Mr. Allen cannot guarantee the safety
of the women.
letters received from Hie American .mis
sionaries at Ping Yang und other points
In the north Indicate that they are allowed
to continue their work unmolested.
DISCOVER MINE INKER FORTRESS.
Wires to Fire Vladivostok Defenaea
lend to Chinese House.
ST. PETERSBURG, March 27. A report
from Vladivostok says thut a mine hus
been discovered under the fortress with
wires leading lo a Chinese house In the
It Is stated on apparontly rellahle au
thority thnt Vice Admiral Mukaroff s re
port of his reconnoisance of the Eliot
Islands yesterday contained the startling
statoment that he captured a Junk filled
with Chinese troops which was lieing towed
by a Japanese gunboat.
DAMI.OFP TO BE PI EMI I.EtllER.
General Kouropatkla Rsyrrted to
Stay at Makden.
(Copyright, by New York Herald i"o., !t"4.)
ST. PETERSBURG. March 27. (New
York Herald Cablegram Special Telegram
to The Bee.l It Is stated that General
Kouropatkin will remain at Mukden. The
active leader, so to speak the Skoheleff of
the war alii be General Daniloff.
Kumur of Cblnrae Mutiny Denied.
TIEN TSIN. March 2T. It Is learned upon
reliable ofllelal authority th.it the rumors
of disaffection and mutiny amongst the
Chinese lmirlal troopa on the border,
which have l ien current for several days,
are absolutely unfounded. Colonel lluentiie
of Chi a a Tal Kal s staff, who was sent to
Port Arthur ten uavs ago to i.move tne rllVrrrd ,,y ,ie scan blights and were boi...
Chinese from that city, letuineil to Ten, banted I.) the hatteiiea and by the guard.
Tsin Saturday having satisfactorily AS neht breiik
miimeu U refuge nua-iou, J ihrwueU. Uv(ieie&At cuuuudln
JAPS ARE REPULSED
Make Another Paring Attempt to Bottle
Dp Harbor at Port Arthur.
WATCHFUL RUSSIANS NIP PLAN IN B'JD
Desperate Fire Opened by the 8hore Bat
teries and Warsh p
STEAMERS TURNED FROM THEIR COURSE
Japanese Fire Ships Are Supported by Fix
RUSSIANS LOSE SEVEN MEN IN FIGliT
Tuo Japanese Ships Gronnded nnd
Two Snnk llnrlnsj the Bombard
ment, but Fate nf Men Is
ST. PETERSBUHG, March 27. Under
cover of darkness this morning Vice Ad
miral Togo made another desperate attempt
to bottle up the Russian fleet In To: I
Arthur, but he failed again, and when,
alter daylight, Vice Admiral Mukaroff
steamed out lo give battle, the Japutiese
commander icfuscd the challenge nnd
The Japanese practically repeated the,
tactics of February S4, uy sending In four
flreshis, preceded by a torpedo boat
flotilla, with tho exception thai the tire
ships this time we're urmed with Hotchki-M
guns for the purpose of keeping off thu
Russian torpedo boat destroyers.
The enemy's attempt wns discovered by
means or the snore searcniigniR, nuu n
heavy tire was opened from the batteries.
and from two giinbouts which were guard
ing the entrain., to tho harbor. The Rus
sian torpedo boat destroyer Stilnl wa out
side on seouting duty and the dnsll anil
liervo of lis coiuiniinrier, Lieutenant Ktinl
klnl. is iMeflv due to the complete defeat of
the plans nf the Japanese. He at once made
straight for the oncoming ships, under 11
hall of fire from the Hotcbklss guns, and
torpedoed the leading ship.
Three of the ships were shelled and piled
up on the. shore under Golden Hill and one
under iho lighthouse. The ptllnl then en
gaged the entire six torpedo i'oats of the
enemy, coming out from ft lerrlflc fight
with seven killed und the commander and
welve. of Its complement wounded, but on
file Japanese side only one Isjat's crew was
saved. In addition, according to unofficial
reports, it is believed that the Japanese
lost two torpedo boats.
The Japanese cruisers which support i
the attack exchanged shots with the bat
teries, and then drew off, after which Vice
Admiral Makaroff took a steam launch and
examined the llreshlps. An hour later the
Japanese torpedo flotilla, followed by Vice
Admiral Togo's fleet, came up from a
southerly direction. Juat at daybreak Vice
Admiral Makaroff, with his float, sailed out
to engage the enemy, hut after the ships
and batteries had fired a few long-distance,
shots Vice Admiral Togo decided to decline
the Ishuo and disappeared to the souths
The -newts, f the repulse f Vl" Admiral
Togo's tecopd attempt to block Prl Ar
thur cteated much rejoicing In the Russian
capital and among all classes the gallantry
of the Stlltil and Its commander Is the sub-'
Ject cf high praise; but above nil the
moral effect of Vlco Admlrul Makaroff's
willingness to engage the enemy, showing
that he coinidered himself strong enough
to tight, produced u splendid Impression.
In high oftlelnl clrcl-s this new effort
to bottle tip the Russian fleet is looked
upon us meaning only one thing, namely,
thnt the Japanese, us stated by the As
sociated Press on March 24, are now pre
paring for a heavy landing of troops in
tho gulf of Liao Tung, either at New
Chwaug or on tho west coast ot the Maa
churlan neutral zone, lo effect Whioh la
safety the Immobility of Vice Admiral
Makaroff's fleet Is absolutely essential,
while Hie transports are being convoyed
around the southern end of tho peninsula.
If the attempt hud succeeded it would
have required several days at least to
blow up the steamers and clear away the
wreckage, during which time the Japanese
would be assured of non-interference In the
carrying out of their purposes. The fail
ure of the Japanese, movement may seri
ously hamper their plans, as the Ice In
the Lluo river is going out and when the
river Is free from Ice its mouth can easily
The conviction continues to grow there
thut the Japanese have concluded that It
would be lnudvlsable to make a direct
frontal attack on Manchuria from Corea
against the whole Rusrlun army and that
it would be necessary to land a flanking
column In the gulf of Lino Tung to divide
tin. attention of the Russians and If pos
sible to seize the railroad and (lit off Port
Arthur. The ground ubovo New Chwang
Is perfectly fanilllur to the Japanese. Who
occupied It for a year during the Chlno
Some experts even go ro far ns to ex
press the belief that Vice Admlrul Togo
was covering the movement of transports
In the gulf of Liao Tung this morning and
therefore he was compelled to eierrlse
great caution and to decline the Russian
offer of n engagement.
Another view of the Japanese admiral's
purpose which la less believed, la that he
believed that bombardment from Pigeon
bay would be disastrous to the Russian
fleet If it were compelled to remain In tho
harbor, he having ascertained from obser
vation thut the Russian ships Hlways pass
out during the high angle bombardments
and that a b'e shell dropped on a battle
ship could ensllv f ierce the deck arid, ix
plodlng. might completely destro it.
An ofllelal dlspulch from Tort Arthur to
the emperor says that nt I o'clock this
morning searchlight s disclosed four lerge.
merchant steamers making for the entrance
to the hurboi. supported by six torpedi
boa t s.
A heavy (Ire was opened 011 them by tho
batteries and some wai'-ddps. The toi pedo
boat Stilhl. commanded by Lletiteuitiit
Kiinikinl. tinned the merchant vessels from
their course by blowing up the prow (if the
first and then boldly attacked the enemy's
torpedo boats. In the fierce fight whlrh
followed Chief Engineer Swyereff of the
Stilhl and six marines were killed and the
commander and twelve men were Injured.
MakarolTs Ofllelal Report.
The JajuricHe plan to block up the en
trance to Port Arthur was f rust ruled, how
ever, und the channel la still clear. Vice
Admiral MukurofT, commanding the Rus
sian forces at Port Arthur, has sent the
following telegram to thu emperor:
I beg most humbly to report that at I
o'cloi k this morning the enemy mude u
second attempt to block the entrance to the
Inner roadstead. For this purpose they dis
patched lour large merchant steamers, con
voked In six tori-. -do boats to the entrance.
I' The enemy a ships weie promptlY ills-
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