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NEWS OFJHE WEEK
In a Condensed Form for Our
HAPPENINGS OF TWO CONTINENTS
A Resume of the Leaa Important but
Not Let Interesting Event
of the Past Week.
Jay Cooko, tho great financier, is
' General Lew Wallace, author of "Ben
Ilttr," ia dead. Ho was 78 years old.
Tho annual weighing of malls on
trains is now in programs on all rail
roads. The New York, board n( aldermen has
raised tho flno for carrying concealed
weapons from $20 to $720.
It is now conceded that J. Edward
Addlcks., of Uolaware, cannot bo
elected United States senator.
The president has appointed Govornor
Brodie, of Arizona, to bi assistant chief
of tho Record and Pension office.
It is probable that n decislvo battle
will bo fought by tho two great armies
in Manchuria buforo a thaw comes.
Susan B. Anthony celebrated her
86th birthday and received greetings
from women's clubs all over tho world.
Tho president has ordored an investi
gation of tho business methods of tho
Standard Oil companyy, particularly in
Tho Japaneso arc transporting tho
heavy guns used by them nt Port Ar
thur to the north to turn on Kuropat
Putcr will not bo prosecuted for his
recent attempt to secure state lands
near Klamath Falls fraudulently. Tho
money paid by his dummies 1h to be
returned to them.
Kx-Oovernor Boies, of Iowa, Ih seri
Adams hns completed his cuho in tho
gubernatorial contest cuho in Colorado.
Tho fierce cold wave has broken and
tho weather is moderating all over tho
Firo partially destroyed tho Brovoort
hotel, on Madison street, Ohicaog.
Loss, f 100,000.
John W. Gates, in the Chicago ex
change, declared that wheat will go to
$1.50 und possibly $2.
Conrgess will likely give tho Lewis
and Clark fair $30,000 remaining un
used from the St. Louis fuir.
Signs indicate that a revolution
against President Castro may break out
In Venezuela in the near future.
tysflian strikers continue ldlo and
they are furnishdo money from a mys
terious source to enable them to live.
Tho United States revenue collector
for tho Northern district of Iowa has
been asked to resign becuusu of irregu
larities. Joe Florebello, an Itnllinn of Port
laud, who killed a woman recently be-
cniiMo sho would not marry him, lias
committed suicido to escapo being cup
turcd. Theer is now much doubt ih to
whether tho Third Russian Baltic
equadron will sail for tho -Far Fast.
Tho meat supply order has beeii count
ermanded. Ice has stopped navigation on tho
Several deaths have been reported in
Montana from tho Bovere cold weather.
A proclamation is to be issued grant
ing great liberty to the Russian work
men. The president proposes tho recovery
of the body of Paul Jones, who was
buried in Paris.
Turkey is preparing for war by hur
rying guns and troops to tho disturbed
districts of Macedonia.
It is stated on what is believed to be
good authority that Kuropatkin is to be
relieved and General (Jripiwubrg given
The Missouri Pacific railroad is hav
ing much trouble with snow 'blocking
its tracks. As high us six trains have
been lost at a time.
At the time of the North sea incident
war was much nearer than was admit
ted to the public by either of the na
It is unnuonced that as a result of
the disturbances at Lodz, Rnsisa, 1-14
people have been buried and that over
200 persons are still in the hospitals.
Senator Mitchell declares he will not
give up his seat and that he will be
able to explain everything in connec
tion with tlio many indictments in a
The Japs have captured a hill on the
, Tho czar says he intends calling a na
J. Plerpont Morgan has gone for a
cruise in European waters.
Russian war vessels have been or
dered to leave German port in Africa.
Representative Williamson has been
indicted on the charge of subornation
St. Petersburg strikers keep quiet,
but trouble continues in Poland and
DOINGS IN CONGRESS.
Friday, February iO.
After maintaining its record for tho
rapid disposal of private pension bills,
433 boing passed in an hour and a half,
the house today considcred'for a short
tlmo the bill providing a government
for tho Panama canal zone. An early
adjournment was taken to enable tho
Republicans to confer on tho statehood
Before the routine proceedings of tho
scnato 'began, President pro tern Fryo
announced his selection of Perkins to
read to tho senate Washington's fare
well address on February 22. Bills
wero passed authorizing the secretary
of war to sell magazlno rifles to rifle
clubs upon request of governors of tho
various states, and permitting Okla
homa Territory to appropriate money
to construct agricultural college buildings.
Saturday, February II.
As an outgrowth of the' investigation
of tho General Slocum disaster, tho
house today passed a number of bills
amondlng tho law relating to steam
boat inspection service and making far
moro rigid provision for the regulation
and control of steam veseels. A bill
was also passed authorising tho con
struction of n bridge across tho Pond
d'Oreillo and Kootenai rivers in Koote
nai county, Idaho.
Tho entiro time of the eenato today,
which was not spent in executlvo ses
sion, was given to the Swayno impeach
ment trlasl. Four witnesses wero ex
amined. In executive session eight
treaties of arbitration between tho
United States and European govern
ments wero ratified. The treaties arc
with Great Britain, France, Portugal,
Switzerland, Germany, Spain and Aus
Monday, February 13.
Tho scnato heard 10 witnesses in tho
Swayno impeachment trial today and
devoted tho remainder of iis tlmo to
tho consideration of tho agricultural
Tho leaders of tho house today began
activo work to got tho statehood hill
into conference. A paper is being cir
culated to get enough signatures to
bring tho matter up. Aftor that it
will require a voto that the bill bo
taken from the committee, and sent
direct to conference.
Tuesday, February 14.
Tho tiBtiul three hours wore given by
the Houuto today to tho Swayno Im
peachment trlaj, Only twci, witnesses
were examined. '
Tho senate today passed tho agricul
tural appropriation hill and took up
tho District of Columbia aproprlatlon
, Tho sundry ciyil appropriation bill
was reported to' the house aiJt immedi
ately thereafter tho naval appropriation
bill was taken up, with the under
standing that eight hours shall bo de
voted to general debato and that H10
houso shall convene at 11 a. in. each
day while the bill is under considera
tion. Wednesday, February 16.
Tho senato today continued but could
not conclude, consideration of tho bill
making appropriations for tho support
of tho government of tho District of
In the Swayno trial a number of wit
nesses wero examined for the purpoiio
of uHcertululug if tho judge wns in tho
habit of traveling on pushes. ,
Tho question of what tho nolicy of
tho government should be witli respect
to tho upbuilding of tho navy was again
threshed out in tho Iiouho today. At
the time of adjournment tho navy up
proprlution bill wan still under coiihM
Thursday, February 10.
Asido from two hours spent in rou
tine business the senate today gavo its
entire attention to the Swayno impeach
ment trial. Two anil a half hours of
tho time given to that cuho whs spent
behind closed doors.
Before taking up the naval bill,
which occupied the greater part of its
time, tho house today entered an em
phatic protest against tho action of tho
soiiatu in amending tho agricultural
bill. After considering the navul bill
for the most of tho day it was laid aside
and several bills of minor Itnportnnco
Will Have Action on Rates.
Washington, Feb. 17. Representa
tive Tow iiHund, nf Michigan, one of tho
authors of tho Esch-TowiiHond freight
rate bill, had a talk with the president
today regarding tho prospects for the
enactment of the measure into law.
Townseud expressed the opinion that
there wax a chunco for tho pasaago of
the bill. After his talk with the presi-
dent, Mr. Townsend naid that in tho
event no legislation on the rate ques
tion was enacted at tills session, an
extra secsiou of congn-ps would tic
called by the president.
Mexicans Palmed Off as Indians.
El Paso, Feb. 17. II. ii. PeurH.uuent
for tho United Htutes Indian Bureau,
is hero investigating tho report that
Mexican children have Ix-en font to tho
government Indian school from various
parts of tho country on IhIi-u ufhdavits
that they wero of one-fourth Indian
blood. It is claimed that hundreds of
children have leeu rejected recently
from too UKlunomu school lor this rea
son, widle others, it is said, uro to Ixi
found in all tho Indian schools.
Castro Defies Uncle Sam.
Paris, Feb. 17. A somi-ofllcial dis
patch from Caracas, . Venezuela, says
tiiat under tho pressure of President
Custro, tho court iias ordered tho se
questration of tho landed property of
the American Asphalt company. Tho
decision in the case has caused exedtc-
mem uniting Aiucf nuns vuiuvaa.
UP TO M SENATEl
President Sends Santo Domingo
Treaty With Letter.
GIVES POSITION OF GOVERNMENT
If United States Does Not Take Hold
of Bankrupt Republic Some
Foreign Nation Will.
Washington, Fob. 16. Tho senato
muBt decide the question as to whether
or not tho Monroe doctrino is to bo
maintained and upheld. This 1b tho
contention of President Rooflovolt. Ho
inado tiio issuo clear in a confidential
letter to the senato lato this afternoon,
in transmitting to that body tho treaty
entered into between tide government
and tho republic of Santo Domingo,
rolativo to which tho treaty-ratifying
body of tho government has heretofore
indulged in some caustic criticisms.
Tho president declared that foreign
governments wero pressing SanU) Do
mingo for tho payment of claims; that
while tho republic Bhotild bo prosper
ous, its reveues wore depleted through
insurrections and that, if tho United
States did not exercise such n just par
ental supervision as would naturally bo
expected and as was deulrcd by tho re
public and arrange for tho payment of
just obligations, foregin governments
would set nbout to enforce collection
through tho customary diplomatic
Tho mcBsago was referred to the com
mittee on foreign relations. Tho treaty
was not read. It was tho expectation
of Chairman Cullom to have a special
meeting of tho committee to tako tho
convention up for consideration.
Briefly stated, tho protocol or treaty
provides that the United States shall
collect tho custoniH revenues of Santo
Domingo and turn over to President
Morales' government a specified per
centago necessary to meet tho expense
of administration and disburse tho re
mainder among foreign claimants. Tho
United States undertakes to repsect
tho integrity of Santo Domingo and tho
protocol or treaty must bo approved by
tho United States scnuto and tho Do
CASTRO PLAYING (-OR DELAY
Venezuelan President Insist on Arbi
1m Guayra, Venezuela, Feb. 10. Tho
negotiations between United States
Minister Bowon and President Castro
in tho effort to reacli an adjustment of
tho ponding disputes between tho two
countries uru practically at a standstill.
Mr. Bowon's efforts have been blocked
by tho tactics of Castro, which culmi
nated recently in Castro's abrupt de
parture from tho capital when ho was
pressed for a frank ami definite answer
to tho proposition to arbitrate.
After his return to Caracas ho de
clined to submit to arbitration on tho
ground that the matters are now be
foro tho courts of tho country, lie
made a counter proposition, however,
that tho United States conclude with
him an arbitration treaty to cover fu
ture cases which under international
law could bo considered as diplomatic
questions. This Mr. Bow en declined,
hut in return proposed that a tribunal
be selected to determine whether tho
asphalt case and other pending cases
uru diplomatic matters. Again, Castro
refused, and pressed his demands for a
treaty to meet future cases, and hero
tho situation rests.
Tho ever-present rumors of a revolu
tion against Castro seem at this timo
to huvo a possible foundation. Tho
movement is assuming n more wide
spread character than for some time,
and it is considered in well-informed
circles that a revolutionary attempt is
not a remote possibility.
The British Fleet is Coming.
London, Feb. It). Tho duto of tho
visit to American waters of tho squad
ron of British warships commanded by
Rear Admiral Prince ImIh of Batten
lerg has been definitely fixed for Octo
ber. It will comprise a short stay at
Newport, New York and Annapolis.
Tho prince's visit to Washington will,
it is understood, bo of an official char
acter. President Roosevelt will bo
notified through Kir Henry Durand, tho
British uirihufsador, and Prince 1hiIh
will coney to the president King Ed
ward's greeting in a speciul inissugo.
To Dredge Tacoma Waterway.
Washington, Feb. Id. Senator Fos
ter today offered an amendment to tho
river and harbor bill authorizing the
dredging of tho middle waterway in
the Tacoma harbor. His amendment
impropriates 4 1 1 fs r37, and stipulates
that none of this money shall be ex
pended unless tho city of Tacoma sliall
pay to the War department $38,012,
one fourth of the coat of tho improve
ment. Ho ulso offered amendments
authorizing other surveys.
No Action on Lieu Land.
Washington, Fob. 10. Tho senato
public lands committee today recalled
tho bill which it recently reported re
leallrig tho lieu land law and providing
for the purchase of prlvuto holdings
within forest reserves, or an exchange
on tho llke-for-llke basis. Tho whole
subject has !ccn refered to a suljcom
mitteo, Tills action will result in de
lay and probably meatiB that no bill
will pass this session.
WILL FAVOR RUSSIA.
Such Will Be the Final Decision of the
North Sea Commission.
Paris, Feb. 15. Russian confidence
that tho czar's counsel will obtain n
favorable decision from tho North sea
tribunal seems justified, though tech
nically tho tribunal only delivers an
"opinion" following tho lino of tho
testimony given by both sides. Yet tho
narrowest concession regarding the pos
sibility of torpedo boats having been on
tho Dogger Bank is qulto sufficient to
satisfy tho czar's rcpreecnatltvca. :This
concession is contained in tho tribun
al's pronouncement, tho last clauses of
which aro being added today. Tho
wholo judgment will at tho latest be
Speaking to tho corespondent today,
an official who is cloBely attahced to
tho person of one of tho members of tho
"It has proved impossiblo to with
hold admission of tho possibility and
probability of tho presence of torpedo
boats without implying perjury on tho
part of ono or two Russian witnesses
whoso evidence wos of a character ex
cluding tho hypothesis of mere error of
eyesight or of calculation of the posi
tions of their own boats. If the tri
bunal were a police board, a different
courso might have been pursued, but,
being an international arbitration coun
cil, it can do no more than softly
smooth down tho ruffled feathers of
According to this Informant, the con
cession to Russia's fcelinga will be an
expression of tho belief that the Rus
sians wero wrong in thinking that' tor
pedo boats showed a disposition to at
tack, but sympathizers with tho British
side of tho controversy do not disgulBo
a feeling of disappointment ovor their
LOST 100,000 DEAD IN YEAR.
Official Returns of Russians Killed in
Battle and by Wounds.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 15. Tho official
returns for tho first year of the war,
not including Port Arthur statistlci!,
show that 130,431) officers and men
passed through the hospltnls going
north, of which number 1,710 olllcers
were wounded and 1,308 wero nick;
53,000 men wero wounded and 72,581
wero sick; 4,007 subsequently died In
hospitals; 0,744 wounded and 11,248
sick were invalided; 0,420 returned to
Russia and 21,554 uro still in hospitals.
Over 77,000, therefore, presumably,
returned to tho ranks. These figures
do not include the number of those
killed on the field of battle, nor prob
ably those slightly injured, who re
mained temporarily In tho field hos
pitals. Tho showing ia considered re
markable The proportion dying hi hospitals la
very low, tho total loss to tho active
army in wounded und sick being a little
over 50,000, of whom almost half have
still 11 chauco of returning to tho
ranks. The other half will bo Inva
lided or returned to Russia.
Tho killed in battle aro estimated to
have numbered between 40,000 and
BUILDINGS IN THE NORTHWEST
Appropriations Proposed for Public
Buildings on North Pacific.
Washington, Fell, 15. Tho sundry
civil bill reported yesterday carles the
Rent of temporary postofllco quarters
at Portland, $24,000.
Improving Crater Luke park, $3,000.
Enlarging and improving Clackamas
fish station, $5,000,
Improving Columbia river quaran
tine station, $7,500.
Seattle public building, $375,000.
Tacoma building, $75,000.
Marking Alaska boundary, $05,000.
Isolation hospital, Port Townsend
quarantine station, $0,600.
Improving Baker lake fish station,
Feud Between Generals.
St. Petersburg, Feb. 16. According
to tho latest gossip at tho war office,
General Kuropatkin lias charged Gen
eral Grippenberg, ex-commander of the
Second army, with Insubordination in
leaving his command without authori
ty, but tho story cannot bo traced to a
responsible source. While definite in
formation continues to bo lacking, it
seems to bo generally accepted that
General Grippenberg, after tho recent
flanking operation, blames the com
mander in chief for his failure to sup
Russians Have 460,000 Men.
Tokio, Feb, 15. Reports from Llao
Yang place tho total Russian force be
tween the Sliakho river and Harbin at
450,000, of which 280,000 uro on tho
fighting lino. Tho condition of tho
prisoners und of tho bodies of tiio dead
indicate that tho Russians are short of
winter clothing and shoes. Some of
the officers ure wearing Chinese shoes,
It is believed tiiat the cold weather is
greatly Increasing sickness among the
Will Pass at This Session.
Washington. Fob. 16. The senate
Judiciary committee has ordered a fa
vorable report on tho Jones bill recent
ly passed by tho bouse, dividing tho
state of Washington into two judicial
districts, ono east, tho other west nf
tho Cascade mountains, roster in
tends to call tho bill up within a few
days and expects to secure its itussauo.
More Cash for Public Buildings.
Washington, Feb. 15. Tho omnibus
public building bill, in addition to In
creasing the limit of cost of tho build
ing at Tacoma und Sprkauoto $500,000,
appropriates $15,000 for tho purchase
ol a public building site at North lttk-ima.
! Blizzard la the Southwest Worst
in Six Years.
INFLUENCE OF STORM IS WIDE
Extends From Great Lakes to Texas,
From Atlantic to the Rocklea
Many People Frozen.
Chicago, Feb. 14. Not during tho
last six years has tho equal of the pres
ent cold weather been experienced in
tho West, and in many places no auch
low temperatures have been recorded
since tho established of tho weather
Tho cold wave extends from Canada
to the Gulf of Mexico and from the
Rocky mountains to tho Atlantic. In
tho North the mercury has registered
all tho way from zero to 45 degrees be
low toro, the latter mark being scored
at Richland Center, Wia.
Trains everywhere from tho West
and Northwest aro anywhere from 2 to
12 hours lato and from the packing of
the snow tn tho cuta it ia expected that
it will bo several daya before the roads
are ablo to rovive tho achedulo time of
trains. Sovcral pcoplo have lost their
lives, tho "majority of tho fatal itlee be
ing in tho Southwest.
Tho loss of cattlo on the ranges, par
ticularly on those lying in tho north
ern part of tho states, will Iks very
heavy. In Nebraska and the Dokotas
and Montana cattlo aro boing sheltered
from tho cold nnd it ia not expected
their losses will bo nearly so heavy ns
those on tho ranges further to tho
Tho severo cold has brought upon tho
South a renewal of nil tho troubles
visited upon it by tho recent Btorm of
sleet which has demoralized railroad
traffic und almost destroyed telegraphic
communication in some parts. Tho
cold spread with great speed nil ovor
tho south. Railroad traffic is seriously
hindered by tho snow nil through the
central part of Georgia and in tho cen
tral nnd northern parts of Mississippi.
Tho Baltimore k Ohio road is tho great
est sufferer and it is reported that there
huvo been no trains between Meridian,
Miss., nnd New Orleans for a, week.
Tho only nows from the entiro 8outh
came today from Western and Southern
Texas, where a alight moderation In
temperature waa reported. From
Western Montana and Nebraska come
report of 20 to ,25 below , aero.. . All
through these states tho month of Jan
uary wua tho coldest known, and the
month of February haa so far shown
GRAND JURY ADJOURN8.
Turns In Large Grist of Indictments
as Parting Shot.
Portland, Feb. 14, Just before ad
journment, tho federal granu Jury re
turned tho long expected indictment
dealing witli the Blue mountain reserve
and the frauds attempted to bo perpe
trated by its creation. In tho indict
ment uro Implicated John II. Mitchell,
Dinger Hermann, John N. Williamson,
Franklin 1'Ierco Mays, W.N. Jones und
George Sorenson. The charge Is that
the defendants attempted to defraud
tho government of tho United Stutcs of
tho possession und use of and titlo to
200,000 acres of laud situated in vari
ous parts of tho states und territories) of
the nation und of tho total vuluo of
moro than $3,000,000.
Each of the men indicted will be re
quired to furnish bonds of $4,000 for
his appearance before tho court in
April when tho case will come to trial.
This Is tho same sum asked of all those
who have been Indicted so far in con
nection witli tho laud cases.
Tho grand jury was excused after
having returned tho Indictments yester
day afternoon, and will tako a recess
until tho rail of United States District
Attorney Heney, which will bo inado
alwut tho first of April, at which time
Mr, Heney will return to Portland from
tho East and will resume tho investiga
tions which have not as yet been fin
ished. Each Side States Its Case.
Paris, Feb. 14. The international
commission which ia inquiring into the
North sea incident today heard tho con
clusions of tiio Britisli and Russian
agents upon tho testimony presented.
Today's session practically closed tho
work of tho commission until a decision
is reached, when Admiral Founder,
tho president, will call a meeting for
tho purpose of announcement. Tho
admirals in tho meantime will hold
laily private sessions to deliberate up-
on tho decision, which Ih not expected
(or some days.
Great Discoveries in Thibet.
Indou, Feb, 14. Tho London Daily
Mull's Calcutta corespondent says that
Cuptulus Bawling, Rider and Wood and
Lieutenant Bailey, who left Colonel
Ynungliusband's party to undertake an
exploring tour in Thibet, have mapped
out a new strip in tho western part of
tho country and have also discovered
tho hitherto unknown sources of tho
Brahmapootra river. The most import
ant geographical results are expected to
result from tho expedition.
Partial Resumption at Warsaw.
Warsaw, Feb. 14. Thoro was a par
tial resumption of work today ut some
of tho smaller concerns. Tho officials
report that 1100 persons were arrested
in connection with the strikes, of whom
887 have been released.
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