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ESTABLISHED JUNE , 19, 1871.
COMMENT IN SWEDEN
Letter from Stockholm Showing Condition!
Existing at the Swedish CaDitel
FEACE OR WAR IS IN THE BALANCE
In'erest ii Shown in Probable Course of
Action Toward Norway.
DESIRE NO TROUBLE
Unite State May Avert
Between the Nations.
NORWEGIANS MMT BE. SHORT OF CASH
Prmaiili Maid to Be Oat of Sympathy
with Political Leader Who Are
Responsible for Prreent
(Special Correspondence by Carl Frlberg.)
STOCKHOLM, July 24.-Durtng the pa it
week, an Impenetrable veil of secrecy has
been cast over the Riksdag and the special
commission deliberating on the union ques
tion. The meetings of both Riksdag and
commission have been held behind locked
and well guarded doors, and the lips of
both of these august bodies have been
hermetically sealed. In clubs, cafes, hotel
vestibules and even In the home, people
have been discussing with hushed awe llio
possibilities of the result of these meetings
will It be separation or union, peace or
war? The kaiser's visit to our coasts,
which he has seen fit to engirdle with a
lino of battleships while conferring In pri
vate with King Oscar, has also been a
topic of serious comment and conjecture.
This secret and mysterious meeting of the
kaiser with the king, crown prince and
minister for foreign affairs, what does It
mean? It can hardly be simply a polite
visit to our kind! Surely some deeper mo
tive underlies this visit; but what? It Is
said that the German fleet has come l.t
Swedish waters simply to drill and carry
on sham battles. We feel very much hon
ored, but the honor Is not altogether a
pleasant one. Those who fear war (and
they are not few, especially among ths
higher classes) are making use of their
best powers of conviction to make the peo
ple understand tbat the kaiser's visit was
simply an expression of personal sympathy
for King Oscar during his troubles, and
that no one but Idiots and traitors could
think of there being any political signifi
cance In the visit. Again, there are others
who claim that Sweden has already, as a
matter of fact, entered Into an alliance
with Germany, and that If Sweden does not
Immediately take Time by the forelock and
make a decisive move and show that the
bravery and daring of Gustavus Adolphus
and Charles XII still lives In the Swedish
ration we will become vassals. How
May the Riksdag soon 1st us know Its
decision; we are Just craiy to hear It.
Attitude of leaders.
In order to give you an Idea of the atti
tude of leaders here, I will give below a
letter and a few Interviews which I have
had lately. I have Interviewed Prof. Svante
Arrheulus, who lectured at the great Cali
fornia university last summer and' who
can be considered as not only one of the
greatest scientists of Sweden but of the
world. He assured me that there would
be no war under any circumstances. He
There Is not the slightest probability
that any armed Intervention will take
place at the present for the solving of
the Norwegian question. I cannot think
of any warlike eventualities, and therefore
I do nor feel Inclined even to talk of
war; and I request you, Mr. Editor, on
my behalf and on the behalf of all sensi
ble Swedes to use all possible means to
convince mankind how utterly Improper
It Is even to mention the deplorable union
crisis In connection with war. Say this
I have received the following letter from
the principal socialistic leader of Sweden,
the editor of the Social Pemokraten:
STOCKHOLM, July . 19e.-Mr. Carl
Frlberg. C'entralpalatset, City: You ask
me what would he the best way for Swedish-Americans
to show their love for their
native country in case war should break
out. I still hope that no war will come
Into question, especially as the working
men of Sweden do not, under any condi
tions, wish to hesr of such a criminal
folly such high treason against the future
of Sweden, and they will without doubt
do their utmost to prevent our war maniacs
(who feel that their "honor has been out
raged" because Norway has liberated Itself)
from plunging them and the whole coun
try Into misery and misfortune. But If
It still should come to the worst, our com
patriots In America could only do one good
set for us, namely, exercise pressure on
the I'nlted States government to negotiate
ana restore peace as soon as possible
Very respect f nil v,
A person very closely connected with the
Swedish government said to me In an
Interview the other day: "We may wish
as much aa we like that there will he
no din of arms In Scandinavia, and we
may arrange matters ever so advantage
ously for the Norwegians, still the dlsso
lutlnn of the union will sooner or later
give rise to war. Thera Is only one way
to prevent this war to make the Scandl
navlan peninsula one country. Sweden's
southernmost province. Scania, Is doubt
less today the strongest part of Sweden
but once this province belonged to Den.
mark. But the amalgamation of Sweden
and Norway will probably never be
achieved by the Swedish people." Thus It
Is obvious How dlffeerntly the Norwegian
crisis Is looked at by different people.
Norway Seeds fash.
Norway s finances do not seem to be
so very flourishing Just now. Nearly all
the hotels are almost empty and com
merce In the Norwegian seaport towns Is
almost at a standstill, and the banks be
gin to feel "shaky." The floo4 of tourists
to Norway has dwindled down to an In
significant little rill, and thousands who
mwiriiu roias a gooa living on
travelers find It difficult to make the two
ends meet. Swedish peasants living In the
Swedish province of Dalsland have been
In the habit of depositing their money In
the Fredrlkshald Savings bank, but now
when they come to lift their hard earned
neat eggs they are only allowed to take
out 10 per cent of their deposits at
time. In Harjedalen (Sweden) the peasants
have been used to making deposits In the
Roroa Savings bank ( Norway) because this
bank, like the Fredrlkshald hunk, has al
ways paid higher Interest than the Swedish
ranks, but now they can on.'y get out
man irriTnit ot meir savings. A sorry
experience. Indeed! In Kongavlnger all the
banks have adopted a war footing, that is
to say. they loan no more money and do
not permit bills of exchange to be re
newed, but demand full cash payment as
soon as the bills are due.
in orsay u becomes more and more
evident that the peasants do not share the
opinion of the political leaders, but show
great Invaltv in Iflnv iwc&t. Th. X.'.,,
!i tV ( wefts n people, generally, admire King
jJsj Oscar's attitude against war, and loudly
PLAN TO BAR AMERICANS
Some British Cotton Brokers Think
that Yankees Have an Infalr
MANCHESTER. Aug. 12.-(Sprrlal Ca
blegram to The Bee.) The Manchester
Guardian, one of the leading newspapers
In the British empire, prints the following
regarding the proposition to practically
eliminate all the minor American cotton
brokerage concerns by raising the amount
of the subscription of associate members
residing In America from I1H) to $5j0.
Of course were flic proposed legislation
begotten of a desire to limit the specula
tion of the American gambler, no word
could be raised against it, but that Is not
Hie int'-ntlon and It could not be the re
stilt The American associate members are
firms, some 115 In number, all actively
and legitimately concerned in the cotton
trade and the Cotton association does not
pretend that It does not desire the busi
ness coming from these firms. It does,
however, see a chance of Increasing its
revenues from such a promising source,
probably srgulng that with a new cotton
exchange in course of erection such addi
tional revenue will be welcome. Such an
argument Is, of course, not admitted, but
the reasons given are: 1. That the
amount at present paid by the American
associates is much less In proportion than
the amount paid by full members, taking
Into account the value of the association
shares. 2. There does not seem to have
been any possibility of coming to an ar
rangement wltti the American cotton ex
changes for reciprocal privileges of asso
ciate membership with the association.
It Is true that a full member of the
Liverpool Cotton association must contem
plate a yearly loss of Interest on his
share say about 1'io per annum, but this
personal asset Ih becoming Increasingly
valuable, and he possesses Innumerable
facilities of voting and exchange tight,
not to speak of the earning capacity of
his membership and aliare, an earning
largely made out of associate members'
business. As to the retaliation argument
and an Increase of the subscription be
cause the American exchanges will not
giant the Liverpool members associate
member rights, It should be said: 1. That
any Kngllsh firm may become non
resiilent members of the American ex
changes and secure that their commis
sion be at the rate of Jlli.'iO per 1 bales.
2. That the net value of a given commis
sion In America Is nothing like us large
as would be the equivalent rate In Eng
land, .because exchange and all other trade
expenses are so much heavier in Amer
ica, a. 1 hat It ttie American exchanges
care to Inflict high commissions upon
European business, their loss will be
Liverpool's gain. Business gravitates to
the cheapest markets as surely as water
runs down hill, and the American knows it.
Make the terms easy and Liverpool will
get and keep an increasingly large shure of
the American trader' business. Irritate
the traders by inflicting In pin stabs in
creases of subscriptions and they will
speedily confine their operations to
their own exchanges, notwithstand
ing their liking for our wide and
unmanipulated market. There nve about:
115 American members, whose subscriptions
now yield, say, Sl.'.OuO annually. Kalse
the subscription and the income would
total Jfo.MiO, an Increase of over $45,000. To
make it worth while paying 1500 per annum
the futures business of an American firm
must amount to 4.000 bales per annum at
least. Many of these 115 firms do an im
mense business in our market, and Rome
of these would probably continue despite
the Increase. But many of these and all
of the smaller llrms would resign their
membership and send their orders to New
York or New Orleans. Very much busi
ness would certainl be lost to the Liver
pool exchange. Not Improbably the re
sentment which some American firms would
feel at the Increase of their .subscription
will result In further American Arms estab
lishing themselves In business In the
Liverpool market, In order to share In the
Increasing wealth and privileges of .Its
association. It Is to be hoped that Liver
pool will not kill any golden egg pro
ducer, but rather If It does not desire
to amend its commission rules, to do so
In the Interest of sn Increase and not -a,
decrease In trade and so make and keep
Uverpool a broad market, which Is what
spinners, merchants and brokers most desire.
.6ou to Tonch Persons High
in Official Life of Britain.
LIBERALS MAY FIND POLITICAL ISSUE
"Imperialism" of Present Administration
Should Give Them Matter for Debate.
PUBLIC ACCOUNTS SHOW THE SCHEME
Matter is Touohed Upon In Committee'
Beports Now Published.
RATIONS SOLD TO GOVERNMENT SHORT
Much Food Destroyed as Reaolt of
Mismanagement and Poor Quality
and No Defenee la Offered.
SETTLING PARNELL'S ESTATE
reditora of Dead Statesman May Be
Paid After Their Lone
c'amor that tha Norwegian Storthing should
tCouiluued on Sccor.d Page.)
LONDON, Aug. 12. (Special Cablegram
to The Bee.) Fourteen years after the
death of Mr. Charles Stewart Farnell there
Is some prospect of his estate being settled
ar. 1 his creditors paid. This will be wel
come news to the heirs of some of the
original creditors. Others have died In
penury In the meantime.
The matter came up before Judge Ross
in Dublin this week and the solicitor who
had charge of the sale of the estate an
nounced that It had all been disposed of
except one nominal farm rent of la. per
Mr. Henry Campbell, town clerk of Dub
lin, and formerly Mr. Parnell's private sec
retary, prayed Judge Ross to do some
thing to expedite the settlement of the
estate. All of the money, he said, had
been kept in Ireland, and all of the efforts
of the administrators had been directed
toward proving the claims of the Irish
creditors, while nothing had been done
about the English claims. No one, how
ever, has been paid In full.
There was enough money, he said, to
pay Mrs Parnell's dower In full and all
of the creditors. Some of the English
ereflWnra had died In poverty while others
had sold their claims at a heavy discount.
He told of one man, a cattle dealer of
Rathdrum, Ireland, who sold Mr. Parnell
some cattle a few days before his death.
The price, 13.150, had never been paid, and
the man had died In poverty, his credit
having been destroyed, while his children
were still waiting for the money. Judge
Ross declared that there should be no
more delay and ordered that the English
claims should be at once ascertained. So
long-drawn-out have been some affairs that
the Parnell case has won the title In cer
tain circles of a "New Jarndyre Case."
LONDON, Aug. 12. (Spfcial Cablegram to
The Bee.) The "War Stores Scandal" con
tinues to Increase Instead of decrease as
has been expected. Indeed the "grafting"
appears to be reaching out for persons of
high degree, much as the Equitable Life
Assurui ce society "grafting'' scandal has
tarnlsncd the great names of New York.
Add to this the fact that the struggle
for control in India between Lord Kitch
ener, representing the military despotic Idea
and Lord Curzon representing what remains
of the shadowy principles of home rule
and chic government has been very bitter
and may result In the resignation of Lord
Curzon and tlje complete triumph of the
Imperialistic Idea, as personified by Ixird
Kitchener, and you have an Issue upon
which the liberals can appeal to the coun
try with some hope of winning the first
opposition issue in fact, upon which they
can hope to unite all of their followers,
that has been brought to the front In a
good many years.
With the recent defeat of the govern
ment, making It probable that the appeal
to the country must take place within the
next year the "War Stores Scandal" Is
looming up as the paramount Issue. And
the greater the attempts to put an end to
the agitation and Investigations the worse
are things likely to be found when Anally
The third section of the report of the
committee of public accounts which has
just been made public possesses an especial
Interest In that It covers a portion of the
ground on which the war stories commis
sion is at present engaged.
Jam Cans Small.
After the v ir, states the report, 1,350,816
tins of Jam were sold by the government
to a contractor as one pound tins. It then
transpired that many of the tins were four
ounces short, and that the army service
corps officer who had the tins entered as
one pound tins was In complete Ignorance
as to the amount of Jam contained.
The director of contracts stated In ex
planation that in the colonies from which
the Jam came they sell it at nominal weight
which is interpreted by the War office to
mean fourteen and one-half ounces, and the
result of this shortage was that 337,704
pounds of Jam had to be written off at a
loss of 18.000.
The committee considers It unfortunate
that the War office did not draw the atten
tion of those who took the Jam to the fact
that one pound tin did not necessarily con
tain one pound of Jam.
Then comes the question of the emergency
rations, 4H7.125 of which were supplied by
Messrs. Machonochle under a guarantee for
two years. Within that time they were
found to be unsold and destroyed. These
were replaced by a Becond Issue of Sfij.fluO
rations, but many of these were also found
to be unsound.
The verdict of the committee Is that
Messrs. Machonochle sent In defective ra
tions. They specifically call attention to the
following clause In the contract signed by
No member of "the House of Commons
shall be admitted to any part or share of
this contract or to any benefit to arise
With regard to the destruction at Dur
ban of over 5,000.000 rations worth 11,500,000
the committee assigns no Individual respon
sibility, and state that the losses were due
to circumstances beyond the control of the
ONE ITALIAN IN MANCHURIA
He Is at Present la St. Peterabnrat
Asking; Ilnsala to Par Him
MILAN, Aug. 12 (Special Cablegram to
The Bee.) The "Corrlere dells Sera," pub
lishes a long and painful story of the suf
fering of an Italian merchant named Fran
cesco Catalano, who was arrested by the
Russian police at Mukden In February last.
From Tien Tsln where he lived Catalano
had gone s was his custom to Mukden
with a railway truck load of condensed
milk which he wished to sell. Arrested
as a suspected spy he was obliged to sell
his goods at half price, but the police
officials afterwards compelled him to hand
over all of the money which he had taken.
Catalano asked for permission to wire to
the Italian consulate at Tien Tsln, but this
was refused. He was then transferred to
Harbin like a common criminal, and finally
without having undergone any trial he was
added to a train of convicts going to Ir
kutsk. He lost all of his luggage and ar
rived at Irkutsk, his health gone, the re
sults of the hardships that he had been
compelled to face.
The unfortunate merchnnt had been una
ble to obtain either medical attendance
or an Interpreter, and all of his appeals to
the authorities asking for reasons as to the
grounds for his arrest were rejected on the
ground that they ought to have been writ
ten In Russian. Having obtained the
friendly assistance of a convict Catulano
managed to get the latter to forward n tele
gram to the Italian ambassador In St. Pe
tersburg relating the whole story. The am
bassador has Just obtained Catalano' id
lease, the police having declared that there
Is no charge against him. He Is now In
St. Petersburg where with the Bupport of
the Italian ambassador he Is bringing a
suit for heavy damages agi'lnst the Russian
government. The ambassador Is also de
manding the punishment of the officials
who are alleged to be guilty of this arbi
trary and Inhuman treatment of a perfectly
HUNDRED NEW CASES
Dragnet of Federal Sureeons at New
Orleans Finds Victims of Yellow Jack.
NINE DEATHS DURING THE DAY
Twentj-Fie Additional Foci Discovered,
Making 142 to Date.
HOPE CONTINUES TO RUN HIGH
Clearing of Ferer Cases Abote Canal 8treet
Causes Better Feeling.
CRUSADE AGAINST MOSQUITO TELLING
Yellow Fever Refuseea from Crescent
City May Go to Federal Camps
In Weatern North
NEW ORLEANS. Aug. 12-Followlng
the official report up to 6 p. m.:
Cases under treatment
to date .
SPECIAL RULE FOR CHINESE
Transvaal Authorities Find It Neces
sary to Take Measures to It e
JOHANNESBt'RG. Aug. 12.-(SpeclaI
Cablegram to The Bee.) The president of
the chamber of mines has made definite
announcement to the effect that the govern
ment has agreed to the drawing up of
definite Instructions as to the manner of
dealing with Chinese dlstur jances. It Is
understood that in the case of riots, repres
sion ot the disorder will precede Investiga
tion of the alleged grievances. The govern
ment Is confident that the stationing of a
body of constabulary In proximity to the
mines will prove adequate for the preser
vation of order.
These rules and regulation were the out
growth of many serious charges caused by
attempts to govern the Chinese introduced
Into South Africa since the war and now
working In the mines. Capital punishment,
corporal punishment and all of the various
punishments known to man have been used,
accompanied, of course, by various excuses,
for the purpose of holding the Chinese In
chek. It is thought tbat the new regula
tions will prove sufficiently severe, and yet
will not allow for continuation of wrong
doing on the part of the officials.
EIFEL T0WERST0PS WIRELESS
French Structure Said to Interfere
with Messaaea Between Eng
land and Itnly.
PARIS, Aug. 12. (Special Cablegram to
The Bee.) The fitntute of liberty In New
York harbor is not alone In Its condem
nation on account of the interruption of
Marconi wireless messnges. Eiffel Tower
here I now being blamed for the stoppage
of messages between Poldhu, Cornwall,
Eiffel Tower was not fixed upon until
Mont Blanc had come In for a share of
severe denunciations by the operators at
the wireless stations. Then came the re
port that the huge bronze Statute of Lib
erty at New Y'ork had been denounced by
the experts for the Interruption of the mes
sages, absorbing the Hertsian waves In
stead of allowing them to pass. Eiffel
Tower was remembered and experts have
now concluded that it Is as great a sinner
In this respect as the Statute of Liberty.
The figures today speak for themselves.
It was a record day all around. The only
I feature of the report that can be taken
as encouraging is that very few of the
cases are above Canal street. Dr. Perkins,
chief of the corps of medical Inspectors,
reported forty-three of the new cases.
These cases a'e among a large batch to
day. Only nine of the new fool are above
Assistant Surgeon Kerry. who was
stricken night before last, la reported as
Dr. Tlchener, who Is at Bon Anil, reports
that the suspicious case reported yesterday
In the detention camp Is positive and has
been Isolated. The situation at Patterson
Is unchanged. There have been two new
case and no deaths to date. i
Surgeon White has received instruction
from Surgeon General Wyman not to allow
any bananas to be shipped out of New Or
leans to any point. It was believed yester
day that this restriction applied only to
localities In the south, but positive Informa
tion was had today that it means the abso.
lute stifling of the New Orleans fruit trade
The ground for this order 1 that the mos
quitoes may get Into the banana car, which
cannot be fumigated. Assistant Surgeon
Currle reported for duty today.
Situation Regarded Hopeful.
The exertions of the Inspector of the ma
rlne hospital service. In conjunction with
the voluntary reports of physicians, pro
duced another large aggregation of new
cases, all classed as yellow fever, today. The
public, however, having reconciled Itself to
the expectation of a heavy list for some
days to come, was undismayed by the re
port. Both lay and scientific opinion still
considers the situation hopeful. It is ad
mined that, not all the cases embraced In
the dallv totals of the authorities are ac
tually yellow fever. Even at the emerg
ency hospital to which the worst cases go,
numbers of them have been finally diagnosed
as malaria or a form of typhoid. All sus
picion rases, whatever their nature, that
are turned In by Inspectors and doctors
go at once Into the yellow fever list, and
there Is no correction of the total, IT the
careful diagnosis subsequently determines
a case to be other than the prevailing
Dr. White's appeals to the physicians had
a marked effect today. The number of
doctors who visited the marine hospital
offices to make reports of cases was larger
than at any time since the fever has made
Its appearance. The marine hospital serv
ice has made so good an Impression with
the manner in which it is doing its work of
disinfection, that confidence Is being In
vited and the false Impression among the
uneducated classes as to the expense and
rick of reporting cases are being rapidly-removed.
THE BEE BULLETIN.
Forecast for fliraakf howera In
Fast. Warmer In Weat Portion
Sunday. Monday Fair.
SEWS SECTION light Fanes.
1 Swedish Comment on TronMea.
Gossip Ahnnt War Stores Sonndnl.
Hopeful Slana at New Orleans.
Oyamn Ready If Trace Falla.
B Filipinos Convince Americana.
Fllstht of Faalea la Heavy.
S New from All Parts of Nebraska.
Mimic Warfare hy the tlnardsmen.
Valuation of All the Railroads.
4 Kuan la Still CJolf Champion.
Alfalra at South Omaha.
5 Sporltna; F.venta of the Day.
41 Paat Week In Omaha Society.
Warship Christened with Water.
Echoes of the Anteroom.
T Council Bin ft a and Iowa N'ewe.
Affairs at South Omaha.
8 Sporting Events of the Week.
EDITORIAL SECTION E la ht Pa area.
1 Romance Knda In the Orient.
Standard Oil After Mutual Concern.
S Whli Waatona' Effect on Animate.
Condition of Omaha's Trade.
7 Financial and Commercial.
M New Territory for Omaha Trade.
HALF-TONE SECTION Eight Paves.
1 Omaha'a Pnrc Food Show.
Dangers of Overrating.
2 Nebraska Retail nrocera.
Mualc nil Musical Notes.
Partial Eclipse of the Moon.
3 Plnya nnd Players.
4 nelalnm'e Postal Savins: Bnnk.
Prattle of the lounKstrra.
8 Our Rejuvenated Commercial Clob.
Railroad Development In tuba,
fnrloua Caper of Cupid.
Quaint Feature of life.
6 For and Ahnnt Women.
7 Sherlock Holmes Story.
RIFT IN THE CLOUD
Proppect of Successful Issue of the Fesca
PLENIPOTENTIARIES HOLD TWO SESSIONS
Russian Reply Refusing to Meet Two Maia
BACKDOWN BY JAPANESE RUMORED
Mikado's Envoys Consent to Discuss Minor
COLOR SECTION Ten Basra.
1 Ilnatrr Brown on the Farm.
It Only People Who Never Laugh.
From Near and Far.
3 Bride Insists on an Elopement.
4 Arreata Girl Who Jilt Him.
filrl Farmer Wlna Sncccaa.
American Girl's Flsrnre Faulty.
B Worry Causes Death nnd Suicide.
How to Meat Tired Nerves.
Windiest Country In the World.
Top o' the Mornln.
I.ncy and Sophie Say Good-Bye.
Goats Furnlnh Rhyme for Hut.
The Masterpiece Miort Story.
Attcnda 2,40!( Weddlna.
lO Bevy of Stage Ilcanty.
Temperature at Omnha Yratrrdnyi
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NAPHTHA BECOMING SCARCE
Trouble In Raanla Interferes with
Fnrl Supply of Boats and
MOSCOW. Aug. 12,-(Speclal Cablegram
to The Bee.) A naphtha crisis Is beginning
to make Itself felt throughout the central
and southeastern provinces. Many steam
boat owners and small manufacturers are
ruined. The price of matout or naphtha
residue, which is practically the only fuel
used In this region for shipping, railway
and Industrial purposes, has risen at Baku,
from S to 30 copecks a pood and the supply
may entirely cease, because the oil con
cerns will probably be compelled' to close
owing to the Insecure condition of the coun
try. Indetd, unless the government au
thorities there organize a private militia
for the defence ot their property It is cer
tain that they wIV suspend further opera-
Shonld Have Had Advisor.
The members of the committee are of the
opinion that no more unfortunate mistake
could have been committed than the omis
sion to appoint a financial advisor to ,the
general commanding the field after Colonel
Armstrong, Sir Fleetwood WIlBon's succes
sor had ceased to fill that office.
At the sitting of the war stores com
mission Lord Stanley was frank almost
to bluntness. Speaking a ex-flnanclal sec
retary to the War office Iord Stanley held
Ma -own opinions and stuck to them.
Though ha has long since left the war
office no detail of Ita Intricate organization
The commissioners first questioned him
about the subject of the cold storage con
tract. They wanted to know how it came
about that the contract went to a man who
had not even formed a company for the
work that he was about to undertake. In
stantly I,ord Stanley replied that he had
fully satisfied himself that the man was
financially sound. The contractor In ques
tion had been barked by such leaders In
finance as Cecil Rhodes and De Beers.
Asked wl)o the "shadowy person" so
constantly referred to In the Buller report
might be. Lord Stanley did not shrug his
shoulders and plead Ignorance, as previous
witnesses had done. Instead he laughed
"Well, I suppose you might call Cecil
Rhodes a shadowy personality, but I
should certainly take his name as a guar
antee so far aa solvency went "
Stanley Advised Salea.
Next the commissioners questioned him
as to the advice he gave In regard to the
sale of stores. Lord Stanley replied at
once that he had advised auch sales, but
only In two specific instances first. In re
gard to oats; and, aecond, in regard to
bacon, both of which were highly perlsh-
1 able goods.
"Take the case of bacon," he remarked
genially. "While we were discussing mitli
the authorities in South Africa how the i
CRETE SUFFERS FOR FUNDS
Action In Rednclnn; Force of Gen
darmea f nnaea Prnteat by
CANKA, Aug. 12.-(Speclal Cablegram to
The Bee.) Owing to the bad financial state
of the Island of Crete the chamber has
reduced the salaries of the officials and
aliollshed unnecessary posts and has also
dismissed the Italian gendarmerie officers
and sub-officers. Slgnor Tlttonl the Italian
foreign minister has protested against this
last measure and has requested Prlnco
Oeorge to disallow It. As a result of all
of the troubles on the Island of Crete the
attempt of the Chamber to come to an un
derstanding with the insurgents on the sub
ject of a constituent assembly failed. The
Insurgents demanded as a condition of lay
ing down their arms that the number of
their representatives should be equal to
that of the deputies.
TURKISH TROOPS FOR ARABIA
Fifty Thousand Men Ready to March
Against Rebel In Yemen
ADEN, Aug. 12.-iSpecl.il Cablegram to
The Bee.) Fifty thousand Turkish troops
are now massed at the port of Hodelda on
the Red Sea. and will shortly take the field
against the insui gents of the Yemen
provinces of Arabia. The Turks are said
to have with them 500 of the latest pattern
field guns and over a million rounds of
amunltlon. Their commissariat supply, con
sisting of thousands of bags of rice, flour
and sugar, is ready, and the whole force
Is only awaiting the arrival of the trans
ports, conveying mules and camels from
lions ana tnereny completely ruin the , stuff should be sold, the whole supply
enormous mill Industry of Moscow, the i would have gone bad, and as a result we
steamnoat companies on the Volga and a should have suffered a great loss. Natu-
WHITE ANTS DESTROY HOUSE
large number of private railways, besides
depriving the treasury of the annual i0.
oro.oou derived from the excise. The crisis
comes at a most awkward time for the
Moscow mill owners who have enormous
Siberian and government orders on their
hands. Siberia was entirely bereft last
year of supplies of textiles, etc., owing to
the monopoly of the railway for military
purposes, but this summer the old water
waya via Perm and Chellabenak have been
reopened and were being utilised on a
huge st ale until tha scarcity of ma sou t
mad itself fell.
rally. I advised its prompt sale in South
Africa for whatever price It would fetch."
He went on to discuss the great conges
tion of stores that was said to have arisen
at the close of the campaign. In this di
rection he did not mince matters in the
slightest. As a matter of fact Lord Kitch
ener expected extraordinary stores, ha said.
The whole country was practically depend
ent on th army for auppltes. and thla be
lief waa justified at the time.
To excuse tha enormous importation f
(Continued on Becoud Fsga.)
Novel Peata in Fraare Are
Doing- Great Damage to
PARIS, Aug. 12. (Special Cablegram to
The Bee.) In the village of Nerac, near
Bordeaux, a house has been eaten entirely
through by while ania, and has Just crum
bled to piece. The owner of the house
noted from time to time that portions of
the walla looked as though they were being
eaten by Insecta and aa fast as one part
of the roof or celling was repaired another
fell In Finally tha tntn house tumbled
Enforcing; Mosquito Ordinance.
Sufficient time has elapsed for all land
lords to screen their cisterns and the sub
sidiary citizens' organizations are Inspect
ing each ward by precincts and are ar
ranging to prosecute those who have
not obeyed the mosquito ordinance. To
day affidavits were made against a number
of men of high standing In the community
for failure to screen. That action Is ex
pected to have a wholesome efTect upon
others who have been delinquent.
The I'nlted Fruit company's steamer
Venus has arrived In the river, but has
not been permitted to come to New Or
leans. It has not, however, been ordered
to Mobile. Owing to tha refusal of the
railroad companies to guarantee delivery
of the fruit In certain states It was re
garded advisable that the ship should not
be permitted to unload until the federal
authorities give permission.
Rev. Dr. Beverly Warner has designated
the charity organization society to receive
and disburse money and supplies for the
relief of the sick and poor people whose
sufferings are due to the present visita
tion. Work on Levees Retarded.
Orders have been received at the United
States engineer's office here to prepare
the government fleet for a cruise. The
vessels will be thoroughly disinfected and
provided with healthy crews In order to
escape trouble with the quarantines. This
is the season of greatest activity In levee
building, due to the necessity of putting
all levees In shape before high water, but
the state engineers are all bottled up
here and unable to go to points where
work Is In progress. I nless there is a
modification of quarantines In their Inter
est a considerable set-back will be given
to repair and reconstruction.
One of today's victims of the fever is
Carl A. Schaal, an Item reporter. Schaal
covered the down town court beat In the
Infected quarter and lived In the vicinity.
His wife was stricken with the fever some
time ago end he assisted In nursing her
hack to health. Later he was himself
stricken. He came here from Fort Wayne,
ind., some years ago, and was about
May Camp In North Carolina.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 12. A special
from Ashtvllle. N. C, says ten official rep
resentatives of the municipality of New
OrUana are in western North Carolina
for the purpose of locating ramp site for
yellow fever refugees. Tents for these
camps are to be furnished by the federal
No Yellow Fever la Atlanta.
ATLANTA, Ga., Aug. I2.-Mayor Wood
ward today received an Inquiry from Mo
bile rt-gaidlng the rumored existing ot
yellow fever In Atlanta. H baa replied
vigorously denying tha existence of tha dls
ta.g or any ausplcion at ii. tieia.
SUGAR RATEWAR IS ENDED
Schedule of 44 tent. Between New
Y'ork and Missouri River Points
CHICAGO. Aug. 13.-The Tribune today
says: "The sugar rate war has been ter
minated and peace restored between the
eastern railroads and the gulf linos. The
settlement is due to the efforts of the west
ern roads, which were instrumental in
bringing the representatives of the eastern
trunk lines and of the gulf roads together
tor the consideration of the differences
The conference was held at Niagara Falls
last Friday, agents of all the lines Inter
ested being present. Aftijr thoroughly
considering the situation It was found
that concessions had to be made hy both
sides, and finally the following compromise
tarln was agreed upon:
To Missouri river points:
All rail 44
Rail and lake 41
Ocean and rail 42
To St. Paul, .Minneapolis
All rail 33
Rail and lake 30
Allowances of 2 cents per 100 pounds will
be made for cartage.
The war rate now In effect are 10 cents
from New Orleans to the Missouri river
and 16 cents from New York. These are the
lowest rates on sugar ever In effect and
Phlla. N. O.
PROPOSITION TAKEN UP SERIATIM
Four Hours Spent In Afternoon la
Dlacnaalnax ranafrr of I. caeca
Merlin? W ill Be Held Thla
rORTSMOt'TH, N. H.. Aug. 12-Thra
Is a rift lr the clouds. The prospects of
a successful Issue of the "Washlrgton con
ference" have brightened somewhat as a
result of today's develi i tnents. The dis
cussion of the terms submitted, by Japan
has actually begun, but this has been ac
complished by postponing the consideration
of the two main Issues, Indemnity and tha
cession of Sakhalin.
So far as ascertainable the Japanese
were responsible for the tactics by which
this hopeful stage wa entered ulon. Aa
the mantle of secrecy Is thrown around
the proceedings by mutual pledge not to
divulge what happened within the council
chamber, there are missing links In tha
chain of evidence and It Is impossible to
Judge whether this signifies a backdown
on either side on the main point. On the
fa.-e of things both sides are still as un
compromising a ever on the two Issues,
the struggle over them being merely
postponed. Some sort of private under
standing arrived at between Baron Ko
mura and M. Wltte during the recess at
the navy yard today Is hinted at, but
there Is not the slightest confirmation ob
tainable. No evidence of a change of the
uncompromising attitude on the part of
M. Witt or Baron Rosen regarding the
main points Is observable. Nevertheless
the Japanese who are attached to the
Nippon mission plainly manifest elation
and some of them privately assert that
M. Wltte would never had consented to
the discussion of the terms had ha not
been prepared to yield on the question
of Sakhalin. All this appears yet to ba
largely surmise and deduction, hut cer
tainly the curtain of mystery which has
now been rung down might easily conceal
Important maneuvering from the public,
ltnlan Reply Presented.
The Russian reply, with Its non poasumua
as to Indemnity and Sakhalin, had been
presented in the morning. Y'et, in spite of
this fact, at 3 o'clock the plenipotentiary
met and after agreeing to discuss the con
ditions seriatim, entered upon the consla-
feration of the first of the Japanese terms.
The proposition to discuss conditions lit
this way I believed to have emanated
front the Japanese lde. The first condition
was of secondary Importance, one of those
which Russia hnd passed upon as condl
tlonally acceptable as a basis of discussion
yet little progress was made. Four hours
were spent In debating It, but no conclusion
was reached. As there are twelve condi
tions and this one Is of minor Importance
the outlook Is still gloomy. The plenipoten
tiaries at 7 o'clock adjourned until tomor
row at 3 o'clock. The Japanese wanted to
hold a session In the morning, but M. Wltta
would not agree to this, as It was Sunday.
Wltte Talks of Situation.
Both of today's sessions are described as
"friendly,'1 but no details are divulged. M.
Wltte, however, makea no concealment of
the fact that the rigid secrecy which tha
Japanese Insisted upon Imposing upon the
proceedings Is distasteful ito him. With
much earnestness he spoke tonight to the
Associated Tress correspondent on the Sub
ject. At the time he was laboring under
much excitement, because of the published
statement called to his attention that ha
had pleaded for an armistice. For the dlg
ni... rxf PiiukIei DiiH the nrldA of his coun-
try he asked that an absolute denial should
far short of paying cost of transportation. 1 b elven to tl,e rpI1ort-
The new differential In favor of the gulf
Is 10 cents per 100 pounds. Heretofore the
gulf roads Insisted on a differential of 15
cents and the trunk line were not willing
to allow more than 6 cent.
WESTERN MATTERS AT CAPITAL
Major William Turner Relieved from
Duty at Wealeyan I nlvrrsity
(From a Staff Correspondent.)
WASHINGTON. Aug. 12.-(HpeclaI Tele
gram.) Major William J. Turner, IT. 8. A.,
retired at his own request, Is relieved from
duty at the Nebraska Wesleyan university,
University Place, to take effect August 3l!
The application of H. S. Beckman. W. D.
Wilson. B. 8. King and George M. Ilea
to organize the Grundy Center National
bank of Grundy Center, la., with $50,000
capital, was granted.
Roy R. Lockwood is appointed postmaster
at Stoddard, Thayer county. Neb., vice M.
J. McCaffrey, resigned.
"BEEF TRUST" TRIALS ARE SET
f'aaea Anjalnat Men
rago Arc on
CHICAGO, Aug. 12. -October 2 was today
announced as trial day for twenty-four
packers and lawyers and five corporations.
Indicted on charges of combining n re
straint of commerce, accepting rebates and
Interfering with government witnesses.
Movements of Ocean Vessel A as. 12,
At New York Arrived : Ktrurla, from
Liverpool: St. Iwiul. from Southampton;
Cedrlc, from Liverpool. Snlled: New York,
for Plymouth; Lucanla. for I.iveri'tl, Min
nehaha, for London; Vadetiand. for Ant
werp; Columbia, for Glasgow; Bulgaria.,
for Hamburg; Perugia, for Naples.
At Cherbourg Railed: Philadelphia, for
New York; Iw-utachland. for New York.
Al rived: Uluecher. from New York.
At Glasgow-Sailed: Carthage, for Phila
delphia; Caledonia, for New York.
At firemen Sailed; (J rouse r Kurfurst,
for New York.
At Copenhagen Sailed : Oscar II, for
At Plymouth Arrived: St. Paul, from
At Bologna Arrived: Rotterdam, from
At Rotterdam Sailed: Ryndam. from
At Havre Sailed- I.& Bavole, for New
At Queenstown Sailed: Arabic, for Bos
ton. At Antwerp Sailed: Zeeland, for New
At Liverpool Railed: Campania, for
New York. Arrived: Victorian, from
At Southampton fiailcd; Philadelphia,
for Htm ioik.
Recurring to the question of the secrecy
of the proceedings he said he did not un
derstand tho Japanese desire to conceal
what was taking place nor could he ap
preciate the logic of the arguments adduced
In support of their position.
"We desire," said he, "that everything
pertaining to the conference should ba
done In the daylight. Russia is ready to
be Judged by the whole world. We hftve
nothing to conceal and nothing to fear.
Before the conference began all sorts of
reports and misstatements emanated from
the either side. Now thst the world needs
enlightenment, now that the moment has
come to spiieal to public opinion, we ara
not permitted to place before the world
the evidence In our possession from which
'a Just verdict could he obtained aa to tha
Issue between the belligerents. The Russian
plenipotentiaries are willing to publish tha
text of the Japanese conditions, the full
reply of Russia presented this morning,
the diplomatic notes that have been ex
changed and the minutes of the sittings.
The issue now being tried at Portsmouth
Is not only a question of peace or war be
tween Russia or Japan, but one which
might produce a general conflagration In
volving the shedding of blood In many
Rnmnr of Japanese Backdown.
Many of the observers at the Wentworth
tonight recalled the fact that all the state
ments emanating from Japanese sources
before the conference declared that Japan
before consenting to take up the detallf l
discussion of the conditions would Insist
upon a general agreement upon the basis.
It was asserted with great posltlveness
that Japan would never consent to discuss
the terms seriatim until such an agrss
ment had been reached. From this many
argue that Japan Is prepared to yield.
Others believe, on the contrary, that a
private assurance has been given Baron
Komura outside the conference chamber
that Russia would discuss all the bases
M. Wltte has arranged to attend religious
services tomorrow morning This evening
he remarked laughingly. "I'm not a Japa
nese." He added: "I do not want a ses
sion of the conference tomorrow. I am. a
good Christian .and desire to attend serv
ice on the Sabbath. As there Is no ortho
dox church here I shall go to the Protect,
unt c! urch."
It Is believed that the condition discussed
at today's meeting was the question Of
the evacuation of M mc hurla and the trans
fer of the Russian leases to Japan.
Baron Komura and Mr. Takahlra dined
tonight at Assistant Secretary Pelrce's and
did not return to the hotel until 11 o'clock.
M. Wltte, after dinner, saw a number of
people and at 10 o'clock told the men sta
tioned at the door that aa ba bad aevsr
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