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WYOMING MINE FIRE
Thirty-two Lives Known to
Have Been Lost.
WAS DUE TO CARELESSNESS
Efforts to Rescue the Imprisoned
Men Proved Fruitless Ignorance
of English LnnRnage Increased
the Death List.
KEMMERER, Wyo., Feb. 26. The fol
lowing Is an incomplete list of the men
known to be dead In Dlamondville No. 1
mine from the fire that broke out last
night: Damiona Defrancazce, single;
Giuseppl Endrlzzi, single; Siordono Gab
ardl, single; Athllo Kucol, single; Guls
eeppl Tranzol, married; Torouzo Frenzoi,
married; Fanto Formolo, single; Blele
Henela, single; Tenano TvanyinL married;
Alesandro Barfagnolll, married; "Vorado
Angell, married; Donanodo RoanI, mar
ried; Palmasclo ReanI, married; Bistlsta
Basolo, married; John Helklnens, single;
James and Hemmlukl Plhalahtl, brothers,
single; John Pasanem, married; M.t Tas
maen. single; Emell Aho, single; Banz
Ramlama, single; Thomas Simpson and
son, 17-year-old Herbert Simpson; Frank
"With the exception of Thomas Simpson
and his son and Frank Dwyer, all the
above are Austxians. In addition thero
are five Italians and seven Finlanders,
whose names are not yet learned, making
a total of 32 lives lost. It Is given out by
Superintendent Thomas Sneddon and con
firmed by others familiar with the condi
tions that the lives of all the men were
certainly extinguished within three min
utes of the fire gaining the ascendency.
The fire is believed to be extinguished,
at any rate it is fully under control, and
Superintendent Sneddon announces that
he wtl open the mine tomorrow for the
recovery of the bodies. Ghastly prepara
tions are now under way for the recep
tion of the bodies, the blacksmith shop
having been prepared as a temporary
While the horror Is of less proportions
than the disaster at the Scofield mines
and the still later one In British Columbia,
It Is still sufficient to Impress Itself. The
large proportion of men of families among
the victims adds to the general distress,
and all night long women and children
hung around the slope filling the air with
lamentations for their lost husbands and
fathers. By daylight most of them were
removed by the gentle hands of minister
An additional tragedy followed the main
one today. Thomas Simpson, with his
young son came to Dlamondville from
Alabama but six weeks ago, bringing the
wife and mother In the hope the change
of climate would benefit her health. The
shock of last night's tragedy was too
great for Mrs. Simpson's delicate health,
and today she died, thus every member
of this family Is a victim to the disaster.
Origin of the Fire.
The origin of the fire has not been defi
nitely determined, but It Is thought it
was the result of carelessness by some one
In the drivers' cabin, back of the sixth
level. At this point the drivers congre
gate while waiting for their loads, and It
is thought a lighted wick was left to
smoulder among the rubbish. The fire
was discovered by Driver James Hudson,
and he relates that had the miners who
have lost their lives been English speak
ing the death list would have been much
lower, for he gave the alarm thoroughly
and was severely burned himself In his
efforts to communicate the danger to the
unfortunates. He was himself rescued
with great difficulty, and Is now under
the doctor's care. The failure of Simp
son and his son and Dwyer to respond to
this summons is accounted for by their be
ing too far distant to hear Hudson's voice.
Shortly after the breaking out of the
fire Superintendent Sneddon arrived. Ex
amination proved to him the Impossibil
ity of a single soul being alive in the
flames and heavy gases generated. Sev
eral heroic attempts at rescue were made,
but all without avail, and. when the hope
lessness of saving any lives became ap
parent. Superintendent Sneddon gave or
ders to close the level. This was done
at once, with the result that the fire was
brought fully under control, every open
ing being hermetically sealed. The prompt
action of Superintendent Sneddon In clos
ing the mine and thus confining the fire
and ultimately extinguishing It has pre
vented a vast property loss, and will make
It possible for the company to resume
operations wltho'ut much loss of time; in
fact, Mr. Sneddon has advised the Ore
gon Short Line officials that the shut
down resulting from the fire will be but
temporary, and that he will resume work
before the close of this week. The expe
rience of the company in Its fire In the
same mine two years ago, when the mine
was closed for many months and a vast
property loss entailed. Is not to be re
peated. Ever since the last fire was
brought under control, the management
has been preparing for a repetition. False
bulkheads were put In on every level with
the necessary material at hand. By this
means, any portion of the mine could be
quickly and effectually converted Into an
air-tight and flre-tlght compartment.
These conditions prevailed last night, and,
when the hoplessness of recovering any
lives became apparent last night, Mr.
Sneddon promptly sealed up the portion
Official Statement of It.
A local official of the Dlamondville Coal
& Coke Company made the following
statement this afternoon:
"The foreman of the mine, George N.
Griffin, was notified that fire had started
between room 45 and 46, In the sixth south
entrance. This entry is about 5200 feet
from the slope. About 3000 feet from the
main slope there Is a side track. On the
inside of this sidetrack, two drivers gath
ered the loading cars preparatory to tak
ing them to the slope by the outside dri
ver, who hauls the trip by a spike team.
At this sidetrack the drivers use a small
piece of brattice 10-ounce duck as a wind
break while they wait for the cars. By
some means yet unknown this brattice
was ignited, It Is believed by a driver's
lamp. Near to this brattice was a board
stopping between the main back entry,
which also caught fire, causing a large
flame, which was fed by coal falling from
the roof and ribs, soon becoming an lm.
mense fire. One practical miner, Charles
Mahan, who worked at the extreme end
of the entry, had finished his day's work.
While returning toward the main slope
on his way home, he encountered dense
smoke traveling towards him with the air
current. Seeing that It was Impossible to
face the smoke he retreated with the cur
rent, and kept in' advance of the smoke,
and called to all the miners In that dls
, trict to flee, as there was a fine In some
portion of the mine. The miners failed to
act upon this warning and were suffocated'
CAUSED BY A BROKEN BAIL.
Scrlons Accident to a "Wabash Pa
GOSHEN, Ind., Feb. 26. Passenger
train No. 9, on the Wabash, which left
Buffalo last night, and which was sched
uled to arrive In Chicago thlsr morning,
was wrecked two miles? west of Mlllers
burg at 9:35 o'clock this morning. The
accident was caused bya broken rail. The
engine passed over the break in safety,
but the six cars following left the rails
and one of them, the Tear Pullman, rolled
over on Its side and slid down a 25-foot
embankment. Of the forty-odd passengers
In the train, not one escaped injury, 12
being severely hurt, some of whom will
probably die. Among the Injured are:
J. M. "Wamsley, traveling man, Buffalo;
Miss Julia Collie, Rochester, N. Y.; John
Blomgred, Chicago; Miss Annie McDon
ald, Anaconda, Mont, back, head and
arms injured: Henry Kerschke, Wilkes
barre. Pa.; Abraham. Fowler, Creston,
la., hurt about head; Fred E. Porter,
South Dakota, head and back hurt; Dan
iel McClarren, Lanark, Ont.; A. C. Smith,
Denver, head cut and shoulder sprained;
Charles Bogart, Chatham, Ont.; W. L.
Combs, Washington, D. C; John A. Lori
mer, Chicago; Mrs. Lorimer, Internal,
will die; Mrs. F. E. Barber, Chicago;
C. W. Evans, Boston; George Dorcey,
Boston; T. Kassing, Waseca, Minn.; F.
M. Grissman, Chicago; J. A. Sellgman,
baggageman; J. "W. Vanderllp, Ransom,
Kan.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry D. Emerson,
Buffalo, Pan-American representatives to
ChIcago;Mr. Evans, San Francisco, deep
Incision In leg; Ida C. Bender, Buffalo,
slight injuries; Professor S. H. Rowe,
New Haven, Conn., deep Incision In
back; Mr. and Mrs. "W. H. Elbrose,
Omaha, and six-months-old babe; parents
slightly hurt babe's skull fractured, will
likely die; S. T. Greenfield, Chicago,
slightly Injured; M. A. Jaspan, Johns
town. N. Y., body crushed; A. H. Brown,
Leesburg, Ind., badly hurt on back and
head; G. R. Clarkson, Toronto, slightly
CONDUCT OF THE BRITISH.
Treatment of the Boers Discussed In
the House of Commons.
LONDON, Feb. 25. Replying In the
House of Commons today to Sir Howard
Vincent (Conservative), Sir Michael Hicks
Beach, the Chancellor of the Exchequer,
said that for the year ending March 25,
1900, direct taxation contributed 4S.4 per
cent and Indirect taxation 61.6 per cent
of the public revenue. He was unable to
give the figures of foreign countries and
pointed out that In the case of countries
like the United States and Germany a
comparison was likely to be misleading.
During the course of the statement on
public business, A. J. Balfour, the Gov
ernment leader, mentioned the fact that
the supplementary estimates for this
year would be very heavy, including
over 1,000.000 for the Navy, and 3,000,000
for the Army.
The President of the Board of Trade,
Gerald Balfour, while admitting the com
petition of the United States in the. tin
plate trade, thought the trade w: s, nev
ertheless, jJn a satisfactory ccci'lon
While the Welsh exports ot tin to the
United States had declined, exports else
where had Increased of recent .years. Mr.
Balfour said he had no reason to sup
pose that representations to the United
States, suggesting a reduction of the duty
on tin plate, would have any effect.
"Not since the days of the Romans,"
said John Dillon (Irish Nationalist), on the
resumption of the debate on the address
In reply to the King's speech, "had the
army made a habit of capturing women
and children as the British Generals In
South Africa were doing." This, Mr.
Dillon added, was cruel and cowardly. To
put Boer women on half rations because
their husbands had not surrendered, was
worthy of the worst brigands of Sicily
and Greece. This plan of starving wom
en and children had been adopted by the
Secretary of War. Mr. Dillon then went
over the record of the war, referring to
the house burnings, etc., averring that
In treachery and cruelty the balance was
against the British. He congratulated the
Boers on having a different record.
Mr. Braderlck replied that the British
conduct was humane. It was not true
that the country had been devastated de
liberately and by wholesale. Farm houses
had been burned for cause and portions
of the country had been devastated be
cause it had been fought over five or six
times. In some cases the Boers deserted
their houses and the Kaffirs burned them.
The secretary, during his remarks, re
affirmed that the Government had not
given the slightest Intention of giving
way in the question of Independence.
The Pall Mall Gazette, commenting on
the alleged shortage of the Irish Parlia
mentary funds, says: "It is becoming a
serious matter to the party that not a
single American dollar Is reaching the of
ficial exchequer, and It is generally ac
cepted among the Irish members that
John Redmond "will shortly have to un
dertake a fresh visit to the United States
and try to secure financial help."
Population of Germany.
BERLIN, Feb. 26. The census taken De
cember 1, 1900, shows the population of
the empire to be 56,345,014, of which num
ber 27,751.057 were males. Thirty-three of
the largest towns have populations of over
100,000 each, or an aggregate of 9,105,S14.
Since 1S95 the Increase In the population
of the empire has been about 4.000,000, or
7.79 per cent, the highest rate of Increase
for any quinquennial period during the
last 30 years.
The population of Prussia, according to
the census of December 1, 1900, was 34,
463,377, or an Increase of 2,60S,154 since
1S95. The largest Increases were In West
phalia and Rhlneland.
Brazil and Portugal nt Outs.
OPORTO, Feb. 25. It Is understood the
Brazilian Government will demand ex
planations from Portugal for the attempt
made to abduct the daughter of the Bra
zilian Consul here, and place her In a
convent against the wishes of her father.
A collision between the police and people
last night resulted It. numbers on both
sides being Injured. The police Invaded
the Institute In pursuit of the students,
and the professors protested to the gov
ernment. A dispatch received here from
Rio Janeiro says that a mob at that place
stoned the Portuguese representative on
account of the Incident at Oporto.
French Association Bill.
PARIS, Feb. 26. The Chamber of Depu
ties adopted articles 9, 10 and 11 of the
law of associations. The Deputies took up
article 12, which provides that any asso
ciation composed mainly of foreigners, or
whose headquarters are abroad, may be
dissolved by decree. Numerous amend
ments were submitted to this clause.
Photographing the Cabinet.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 26. The Cabinet
was In session about an hour today, but
no business of importance was transacted.
Most of the time was spent In taking
photographs of the members.
NOT FIT TO GOVERN
General Gomez Opinion-of
THE TROOPS SHOULD NOT GO
If the Americans "Withdraw, He Says
He "Will Leave "With Them It
"Would Mean Ruination of
HAVANA, Feb. 26. General Gomez
visited Governor-General "Wood thl3 morn
ing and assured him that the stories of
unrest and dissatisfaction at the continu
ance of the United States intervention are
A far v v S
"WASHINGTON, Feb. 20. The resignation or Hon. Frank A. Vanderllp, Assistant Secre
tary of the Treasury, was announced at the department today, to take effect upon tho quali
fication of his successor, not later than March 8. It Is Mr. Vanderllp's Intention to sail for
Europe son. In order to make a study of flnuiclal and Industrial affairs in England and
on the Continent. It Is understood that on his return he will become identified with a large
"Western .corporation, an offer ot which position he has had under consideration for several
months. It Is understood that Milton E. Alles, of Ohio, will succeed Mr. Vanderllp.
false, and that he had been misrepresent
ed In statements to the effect that he fa
vored an immediate withdrawal of the
United States troops, and giving Cuba
absolute Independence. If they withdraw
now he feared bloodshed. Beyond doubt
within 60 days the Cubans would be fight
ing among themselves. General Gomez
"If tho Americans were to withdraw to
day I would go with tncm."
General Gomez said he recognized the
fact that the United States was respon
sible for the establishment of a stable
government In Cuba, and could not with
draw until such a condition was brought
about. The work of handing over the
reins of government to the new republic
was an undertaking involving much tlmo
and labor, and a large amount of study
and experience on the part of Cubans la
the work of self-government. The Gen
eral also said the element In control of
the municipalities was not working in
the Interest of the island. The officials
were inexperienced, and could not be
given a free hand. It would mean the
destruction and ruination of the island.
General "Wood said the greatest diffi
culty experienced was in getting the con
servative element interested In the munici
pal government. His purposo was to
bring the best element to the front. The
coming municipal elections would pave
the way for the elections to be held under
the electoral law being drawn up by the
General Gomez had no objection to the
outline of the future relations between the
United States and Cuba, as recommended
by tho Senate of the United States. He
thought, however, that It would be better
for the United States to lease land for
naval stations, Instead of purchasing it
After a discussion of several hours, the
convention adopted one article defining
the proposed relations, namely, that Cuba
would not make treaties with any coun
try which would endanger the sover
eignty of the republic or allow the Islands
to be made a base of war operations
against the United States or any other
country. The last four words, "or any
other country," were added after a warm
debate. The advocates of this clause
maintained that Cuba should remain neu
tral, as a war carried on in the island
would only result In the ruin of Its ag
ricultural Interests, which had already
suffered greatly and had not yet fully
Serious Trouble Probable.
NEW YORK. Feb. 26. According to a
Havana dispatch to the World, the Cu
bans regard their constitution as in effect
since the day it was signed. The con
vention before the end of the week will
promulgate the election law, and within
90 days thereafter elections will be held
and Cuba will require that the United
States shall turn over all government
property to the officers who have been
elected. The United States cannot pre
vent the progress of the programme ex
cept on peremptory orders to stop, which
orders will bo accepted as a notice that
oraers win do accepiea as a notice mat
the pledge of the United States has been
repudiated. In this event serious trouble
can scarcely be avoided.
A Parallel Case.
LONDON, Feb. 26. The St. James's Ga
zette today says it sees In the Senate's
proposals relative to Cuba great similarity
with Great Britain's suzerainty over the
Transvaal under the convention of 1SS4,
wonders how long the United States would
submit to any future 111 treatment of
American citizens similar to Mr. Kru
ger's maltreatment of British subjects,
and ridicules the Idea of America sub-
mitting a dispute between the "United
States and Cuba to the arbitration of a
AN ARMISTICE DECLARED.
Kitchener and Botha Meet to Ar
range for Boers Surrender.
LONDON, Feb. 25. The Daily Chronicle
this morning publishes under reserve a
rumor that Lord Kitchener has met Gen
eral Botha to arrange terms for the sur
render of the Boers, and that an armis
tice of 24 houra was granted the Boer
Commandant-General to enable him to
consult with the other Commandants.
According to the Dally Chronicle, the
Cabinet Conucll yesterday considered this
new turn of affairs.
"It is reported that General Louis
Botha Is now between Ermelio and Mld
dleburg," says a dispatch to the Dally
Mall from Pietermaritzburg, "and that
two peace delegates from Belfast, Messrs.
De Kock and Meyer, have been shot."
End of the "War Seemn Xcnr.
NEW YORK. Feb. 26. There are few
additional details of the rout of the Dutch
forces In South Africa, says the Tribune's
London correspondent; but there is a
buoyant feeling In military circles, and
the end of the war seem nearer. There
may be unforeseen accidents, but no mili
tary expert In London expects that the
) war will be prolonged beyond the let of
July. It Is reported that tnere were wag
ers In Johannesburg at the opening of the
year that the mines would be operated
by the first -week In July.
Prisoners of the Portngnese.
PARIS, Feb. 27. Tho Haras agency has
received the following from Lourenco
Marques, February 26:
"The Portuguese government has sent
a strong guard on board the Benguela to
npNimnnnir th Ttnpr rpfnrrpps tr TJchnn
, -me prisoners will be sent to Penlche.
Tho Benguela sailed this evening."
MRS. NATION AN EDITOR.
in Charge of
PEORIA, III., Feb. 25. Mrs. Carrie Na
tion Is In charge of the Journal today. In
her leading editorial she says:
"I have never hurt a hair on the heads
of my bad brothers, the saloon-keepers,
and hope for pity's sake none of them
ever shall get In the way of my hatchet,
for It gets dreadfully reckless when It flies
around smashing that which murders
Aside from writing some eight columns
of editorials on the "Kansas Cyclone,"
she also writes an account of her smash
ing career, in which she tell3 how she
happened to direct her energies along this
line. Many of the best-known men of
the country contribute to tho paper. The
cartoons are those suggested by Mrs. Na
tion. "Whisky firms' advertisements are
another feature, one concern having an
Mrs. Nation rounded out her first day
here by a lecture at Rouss' Hall, after
which she visited several of the leading
saloons of the city. Tho first place vis
ited was that kept by P. A. "Weast, She
collared the proprietor at once and de
manded that he remove a large paint
ing, "Nymphs and Satyr." "Weast prom
ised to remove It and she went to the
variety theater next door Here she wit
nessed an act and, mounting the stage,
delivered a speech. She next went to the
Alcazar, a "crystal palace," and jokingly
asked the proprietor's permission to
smash the place. She went out without
making any trouble. Then she addressed
a large audience at the Auditorium. To
morrow she will visit the distilleries.
Convicted of Saloon Smashing.
TOPEKA. Kan.. Feb. 26. Balf Stark
was found guilty tonight of helping
smash Murphy's "joint" February 7. Stark
accompanied Mrs. Nation and the home-
defenders In their raid. The case will be
t appealed to the Supreme Court If sentence
Is passed by the court.
The King Remains nt Cronberg.
CRONBERG, Feb. 26. Emperor "William
returned today to Berlin, In order to be
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, of their wedding, which occurs tomorrow
.tier Aiajesiy is aeiamea in .Berlin, owing
to the indisposition of her daughter, the
Princess Victoria Louise. King Edward,
by special request of his sister, the Dow
ager Empress Frederick, will remain until
Saturday. Empress Frederick took an
airing In a wheel chair this morning, King
Edward walking by her side.
"White Man Lynched.
SCRANTON, Miss., Feb. 26. John
Knox, a white man. was lynched here to
night for the murder of Don Davis.
Two Chinese Officials Be
headed at Pekin,
GUARDED BY ALLIED TROOPS
First of the Penalties Demanded by
Powers Inlllctcd Cliih Siu and
Hsu Chens; Yo the Antl-For-den
Leaders "Who Suffered. '
PEKIN, Feb. 26. Chih Slu, ex-Grand
Secretary, and Hsu Cheng Yo (son of the
notorious Hsu Tung), were publicly be
headed today. The street in which the
execution took place was guarded by
French, German and American troops.
The condemned officials were taken to the
ground In carts, escorted by a company of
Japanese Infantry. Chih Siu met his fate
In a dignified manneV, walking from the
cart calmly and fearlessly. Hsu Cheng
Yo was stupefied with opium. They
were both dressed in their Chinese official
costumes, without the insignia of their
French and Chinese FonRht.
LONDON, Feb. 27. "It Is reported that
heavy fighting has taken place between
the French and Chinese near Cheng Ting
Fu," says the Pekln correspondent of the
Morning Post, wiring yesterday. "Count
von Waldersee, It Is understood, is Issu
ing orders for a cessation of expeditions,
but these orders do not refer to the prepa
ration for the projected expedition to
Slnan Fu. The Chinese, on the sugges
tion of M. Plchon, have proposed to the
British and American Ministers to select
representatives to discuss the missionary
question, and the claims of native con
verts. Sir Ernest Satow Is not Inclined
The Recall of Conger.
LONDON, Feb. 26. The Pall Mall Ga
zette's correspondent at Pekln, telegraph
ing under date of yesterday, says:
"United States Minister Conger's recall,
which is practically a rebuff, is very gen
erally regretted. It Is feared that his un
compromising attitude will be exchanged
for a policy that will prove unnecessarily
Have Been or "Will Be Transferred
LONDON, Feb. 26. The Nicaragua Ca
nal negotiations have been or are on the
point of being, entirely transferred to
Washington, as Ambassador Choate Is not
empowered to deal with the suggestions of
the British Government. The usual Cab
inet meeting was held this afternoon.
"WASHINGTON, Feb. 26. No intimation
has yet come from London from any offi
cial source as to the nature of the note
which wa3 said to be preparing there, ex
pressing the view of the British Cabinet
council last Friday, relative to the Hay
Pauncefote treaty. Little hope has been
cherished at any time by the officials here
since the action of the Senate upon the
treaty that the British Government would
accept such action, and every day that
passes adds to the conviction that the an
swer, when received, will not amount to
an acceptance of the Senate amendments.
It has been suggested that the British
Prime Minister might make a counter
'proposal, but it is said that such action
would be equivalent to a rejection of the
Contracts for Tivo Battle-Ships.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 26. The Navy De
partment today concluded contracts with
the Bath Iron Works and tho Newport
News Shipbuilding Company for the con
struction of a sheathed battle-ship each,
at a cost of $3,590,000. This disposes of all
the battle-ships let at the last bidding
save one, which was awarded to Moran
Bros., of Seattle, and for which the con
tract has not yet been executed.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT NEWS
Thero is little hope for the river and harbor
bill passing this session. Pose 2.
The Senate may vote on the Army bill and
amendments today. Pace 2.
A letter from Admiral Sampson, opposing tho
promotion of warrant offlcera, was read la
both houses. Pages 2 and 3.
Lcntz created another sensation In the House.
Consul "Wlldman. In a "Honolulu interview, said
tho rebellion Is at an end. Page 3.
Tho Quartermaster ateamer Newark wa3
wrecked on Catauduanes Island. Page 3.
Civil government was established in Bulacaa
Province. Pago 3.
Gomez says the Cubans are not ready for self
government. Page 1.
Kitchener and Botha are said to have met to
arrange for Boers' surrender. Pago 1.
Two Chinese officials were publicly beheaded
at Pekln. Page 1.
Thirty-two Uvea were lost In tho "Wyoming
mine fire. Page 1.
Ward, the Terre Haute murderer, was lynched
and his body was cremated. Page 10.
Tho capitalization of the Morgan steel combi
nation will be $1,100,000,000. Page 3.
Oregon bill for an annual 10-mill road tax
went Into effect yesterday. Page 4.
Governor Geer signed a number of bills passed
by Oregon Legislature. Page 4.
Washington committee on constitutional re
vision will recommend Indefinite postpone
ment of bills for removal of capital. Page 5.
Idaho Houe declared for bill to tax mines on
a net output basis. Page 5.
Salem Is likely to get a flouring mill. Page 4.
Washington mother who took lives of six chil
dren tells of the deed. Page 4.
Two men were killed by an explosion in the
Blue Canyon. Washington mine. Page 5.
Portland and Vicinity.
Governor Geer urged by some to veto and by
others to sign Port of Portland bill. Page 12.
Oregon Spanish War Veterans resolve to Join
National organization. Page 8.
O. R- & N. Co. la receiving 18 new locomo
tives and 20 pressed-steel ore cars. Page 12.
Ell Frank arrested for alleged embezzlement ot
50930. Page 7.
Oregon Commissioners to Buffalo organize.