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WAITING ON JAPAN
RUSSIA FEARS NO OTHER NATION
Cur'i Fleet tlaa Lett Port Arthur Des
tlnatlon U Unknown, but Scleral
Ships are Probably Cruising OK the
Coast of Corca Japanese Fleet llaa
Returned to Japan.
Pekln, Oct. 21. Like other cities In
the far east, Pekln is perplexed by tho
reports from tho various points of
events portending a RuMo-Japanese
war. Most of these reports on investi
gation prove to bo unfounded. Tiie
opinion prevails hero that Russia pro
posce to hold all sho has gained iu
Manchuria, and retrain for tho present
from further advances into Corca. It
is also believed that Russia is convinced
that no nation, except Japan, thinks of
contesting her position, und, having
assembled o fleet and army which sho
considers strong enough to repel any
Japanese attack, she is awaiting devel
opments in Japan's policy.
Tho majority of the Russian ships
havo left Port Arthur since the man
euvers for an unknown destination, but
it is supposed that somo of them aro
cruising on the shores of Corca, watch
ing Ma-San-rito and other ports.
The Japanese ships whoso presence
at Ma-San-Fho caused tho report that
Japan had occupied that port have
sailed, probably in tho direction of
HURLED TO DIMTM.
Oreat Crane aires Way and Twelve Men
Pittsburg, Oct. 21. -By the breaking
of the ropes carrying five beams to their
position, letting many tons of iron fall
upon the movable crane at tho Pitts
burg end of tho now Wabash railroad
bridge being built by the American
Bridgo company over tho Mononguhela
river, almost a dozen workmen were
hurled to death by a fall of mora than
100 feet, striking the water and two
barge beneath. Ten of tho dead havo
been recovered. Fivo men were ser
iously injured. Several bodies are yet
buried in tho wreckage. The part of
the bridge extending out over the river
from tho Water street side is a total
The accident was causcdby tho giv
ing away of a two-Inch steel cablo
which was used aa one of the guys to
support tho big crane. This cable was
tested (o bear ai train of 100 tons, and
it is said it did not break, but pulled
loose from its fastenings. There ; were
34 men at work on tho bridgo and on
the bargo below, from which tho beams
were being hoisted by tho crane, 176
feet above the river level j when the
BRIDQB DRAW dlVES WAY.
Train Crossing the Potomac Mas at Nar
Washington, Oct. 21. Tho Chesa
peake & Ohio passenger train which
left here at 11:20 o'clock tonight for
Cincinnati, met with a serious acci
dent on tho long bridgo which spans
the Potomac river and connects with
tho Virginia Bhore. About one-third
of a milo from tho Washintgon end of
the bridgo is a draw 150 feet in length.
Tonight as tho train was passing over
this draw tho northern half of it gave
way and precipitated tho tender and a
dead baggago car immediately follow
ing it into tho water. A lingo girder
which formed part of tho draw fortu
nately jammed up against the mail car,
following tlto dead baggage car and
bellied to keen it and tho remaining
cars of tho train from going into tho
No ono was killed but fireman John
Woods, of Charlotte, N, 0., recevled a
severe gash in the face. Tho remain
ing cars of the train were sent back to
the Pennsylvania railroad station in
Nearly all tho cars on the train had
come through from New York, Inolud
ing tho combination car, tho day coach
and tho two sleepers. Tho accident de
layed travel for some time.
Hot After Mine Owners.
Washington, Oct. 21. Evidence has
Ncn collected by tho bureau of imuil
gration, department of commerce and
labor, of a systematic and extensive
violation of tho contract labor law.
Commissioner-General Sargent has aul
mitted tho evidence to tho department
of justice and lias requested the attor
ney-general to Instituto proceedings
against the ullcged violators of tho law.
The caso in hand involves hundreds of
men, many of whom already aro In this
country. Others are eu route to tho
Battleship Maine Hakes Good Speed.
Washington, Oct. 21, Tho navy de
partment today received a telegram
from Captain Lautree, commanding tho
battleship Maine, dated ban Juan, stat
ing that tho Maine mado tho run from
Corritcuk, off tho Virginia coast, to
tape San Juan Light in 70 hours, an
average speed of 15,5 knots. Tho cab
legram added that tho speed for 50 con
ecutive hours was 10.7 knots.
LOST OI!P HLANCO.
Steamer South Portland Gees Down In a
Murshllold, Oct. 21. Tho steamer
South Portland, which nulled from
Portland, lust Sunday, loaded with
grain for Snn Francisco, struck on
lllanco reef lust owning nt fi o'clock
during u heavy fog. The vessel curried
ii crow of 20 nud It passengers.
Kightcou jwrsons are yet missing
and uro proluibly lost.
Tho South Portland struck Imw on
going nt a speed of about seven knots.
Ah soon as she struck sho began to set
tle astern and in n minute or two slid
off tho reef and began to sink.
Captain Mclntyro, seeing that there
was no hope of saving tho ship, ordered
tho boats lowered.
Ono of tho boats that got away from
tho ship's side, loaded with purl of tho
crew nnd some of the passengers, was
capsized as sho cleared tho ship's sldo
and when Inst seen was floating nwuy In
tho fog without a living soul aboard.
The captain's boat with altout 18
aboard, succeeded in clearing, hut was
also capsized and only seven were able
to get back to tho Inxxt.
There is another raft out yet that
has not been sighted. On this raft are
seven persons. It Is almost certain
that tho loss of life will tlgure ulmut 11
all told, providing thoso on the second
raft nio rescued, but tho cool, chilly
nights and the exposure they havo to
endure make it almost certain that
tome of the weaker ones will perish be
It is 11 lively assorted that only six
more of the llcs on the wrecked South
Portland can bo saved, as all tho others
have iwrished in a watery grave.
These six were last seen clinging ton
raft constructed of the steamer's
hatches and were being carried In u
southerly direction by tho current.
Tho only hojw for their recovery Is
that tho wind will drive them shore
ward, whore they can bo seen and res
IN EXTRA SESSION.
to Meet No-
Washington, Oct. 22. Tho president
today issued tho following prcolama-
"Whereas, By a resolution of tho
senate March ID, 1003, tho approval of
congress of tho reciprocal commercial
convention between tho United States
and the republic of Cuba, signed at
Havana on Dcccmlicr 11, 1U02, is nec
essary leforo tho said convention shall
take effect, and,
"Whereas, It is important to tho
public interests of tho United States
that tho said convention shall N-comc
nM.-mtivo as early as may Iw oslble.
"Therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt,
president of the United States of Amer
ica, by virtue of tho power vested in
me by tho constitution do horlwy pro
claim and declare that an extraordinary
occasion requires tho convening of both
houses of tho congress of tho Limed
Status at their respective chamlwrs in
tho city of Washington on the 0th day
of Novemlwr next at 12 o'clock noon,
to tho end that they may consider and
determine whether tho approval of tho
congress shall bo given to tho said con
cvntion. "All presons ontitlod to act as mom-
Iwrs of tho 58th congress are requested
to take notice of this proclaamltoii.
"Glvenjundor toy hand and soul of
tho United States at Washington, the
20th day of October, in tho year of our
Lord, ono thousand nine hundred and
three, and of tho independence of tho
United Staets the ono hundred und
"By the President: John Hay, Secy."
INDIQNANT AT AMERICA.
Rsssla Don't Like the Opening of the
Port cf Mukden.
Now York, Oct. 22. Tho 'Russians
are very indignant with tho United
States government for concluding it
treaty for opening,Mukdeti to tho com
merce of tho world, cables the dice
Poo correspondent of tho Herald. They
say, ho asserts, tliut tho St. Petersburg
government will protest and maintain
that the opening of this now treaty port
will never take place,
Tho Port Arthur newspaper Novoo
Krai has published a strongly worded
article on this subject. It declares
that tho treaty is proof of tho aggress
Ivo nature of tho policy of tho United
States. Tills policy, tho paper de
clares, infringes tho rights of Russiu
founded on her construction of the
Manchurian railway nnd tho concession
by China to Ruslsa of tho solo commer
cial exploitation of Manchurlu.
Unable to Blow Open Vault.
Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 22. Robbers
blew open tho bank at Plcasautdalo,
Nob., near horo, ut an early hour to
day, completely wrecking tho building
und shattering tho vault, but were evi
dently frightened away lnjforo they
could secure tho money, The vault
contained $ 30,000, und with a llttlo
inoro work It would havo Imwi easy to
secure tho entire amount. A posse is
pursuing the robbers.
HAPPENINGS HERE IN OREGON
PRUNUS IN POOR DUMAND.
Association Holds Price Up to Two and
Salem - Dullness nud uncertainty
prevail In tho prune market. The
greater portion of the crop In this vi
cinity has Won harvested and by tho
middle of tho week all tho growers In
tho hill country south of Salem will
havo their prunes cured. The yield
has been largo and the quality Is llrst
class, Tho prunes are rich In sugar,
of excellent flavor and of unusually
good texture. Tho dried fruit this
year shows no "blinders" such as are
found somo years. Tho crop having
turned out letter than was expected,
tho growers have nothing now to
trouhlo them but selling the crop.
It Is estimated that the Oregon crop,
Including that of (Mark county, Wash
ington, will amount to about 1,000
carloads. Of this quantity prolwibly n
tittle more than one-third has lieon
sold nt prices ranging from 4 to -IK
cents for tho -10 to 50 to the huiiiI size.
The sales ut the higher prlco were
made early nnd recently 4 cents for 10s,
or 2)-cont basis, has prevailed. Low
er prices havo been made by a number
of dealers. A llttlo less than one
third of the entire crop will pass
through tho hands ol tho Willmcttr
Valley Prune association, tho Uiupqun
alley association and the Clark Conn
ty association and individual dealers
who are at present holding for n 2H
cent basis price. It is estimated that
more than a third of the crop Is un
sold and iu the bands of the growers
who are not identified with associations
and who are looking for a chance to sell
at tho best price they can get.
FIND OP PMONOLITU.
Large Body of Rloritont Located South
of Baker City.
Baker City -A largo body of phono
lite, said to be as rich in gold as that
found In Cripple Creek, Colo,, has been
discovered on Kast Camp crook, 55
miles south of this city. The discovery
was made somo time ago by J. II. Gra
ham und J. W. Miller, but they were
not certain that it was phonolito until
they sent samples to Denver and to
Washington and had assays made by
the local nssayer. Thoy havo received
reports from all sources confirming the
fact that it Is phonolito. Samples of
tho ore range in value from $-1 to $000
er ton. Phnuolitc, or ringstono, as It
is called, is said to oxlst only in sec
tions where there are very rich gold
Tho diseowry bus caused u great deal
of excitement hero and a numlwr of
prominent citizens and mining pros,
jtectors will leave for tho new gold Held
nt once. Ono scc!moti of flout rock
was picked up on tho ground near the
original discovery last week which
only weighed a few ouuds, yet it
yielded the owner $35 in free gold.
Educator for Oerman Congress.
Salem W. T. Harris, United States
comimssioner of education, has written
C! over n or Chamliorlaln calling attention
to tho International congress und school
hygiene, which will hold a session at
Nuremberg, Oermany, April 4 to 0,
1004. It is desired that (lovuruor
ChamlKirlaln appoint a delegate to rep
resent this state If any resident who
is interested iu tho subject to ho dis
cussed by tho congress Is going to Ger
many nt that time, Governor ('ham
berluln will Iw pleased to communicate
Stats School Funds Put at Interest.
Sulem The surplus school funds In
the state treusury were diminished by
$82,700 luMt week when tho slato laud
lioard approved 00 applications for
loans aggregating that amount, Tho
loans are secured by mortgages on real
estato of three times the valuo of tho
loan. Tho money draws (1 per cent In
terest und the proceeds go Into the state
school fund which is distributed itmong
the counties each yenr.
Sugar Beet Pulp for Food.
Lu Grande Tho farmers of this dis
trict use tho pulp from the sugar Nets
after they have passed tho process nt
the sugar factory oh stock food. A
largo nil ink' r of sheep will Iw brought
to yards near the factory and will bo
feI there until tho produce is gone.
Somo of tho farmers are buying It nud
hauling it to their ranches for their
cuttlo. It Is much cheuper than buy.
Cold Storage Plant Site.
Pendleton A deed to Mossrs. Rchw
nnsi it Greulleh for n lot ut tho rour of
tho W. A ('. R. station, Webb street,
from PotorlWest has been filed. The
consideration was f 1,250. This Is tho
slto on which tho Empire meat com
pany is erecting a'cold storage plant.
SURVEV IN HAWKEY VALLUV.
Whistler's Party Investigating Proposed
llurney The Held purty of the geo.
logical siirvev hi Oregon, under the di
rection of John T. Whistler, district
engineer, consisting of M, 1), Williams
and Frederick l lluhor, Is continuing
the development of topography of Irri
gable lauds Iu llurney valley. Some,
thing over imc-hutf of tho valley north
of Malheur Nike has now been covered.
It Is estimated that tho work can I mi
completed by I)cecinler 1,
Another Hold party, consisting of
Ilerlwrt D, Newell und Ksinund I,
Davis, Is Investigating an additional
reservoir slto on lower Bully creek and
one on upiwr Willow creek. The Wil
low creek reservoir slto Is being studied
with u view of ascertulitiiig the iosl
bllity of covering certain lauds on the
west sldo of upper Willow creek valley.
Tho work on tho Umatilla project
has Ik-cii Iu charge of Thomas II. While
and u party of four usslstants, After a
full examination of the reservoir site,
thu canal lino to Umatilla river will
Ik) taken up, topographic work being
carrlcdo it at tho same time,
A representative iHsly of citizens of
Union county, has presented to the
chief engineer of thu United Stutesgeo
logical survey a statement of tho ex
isting conditions in that county, accom
panied with a request that, Investiga
tions and surveys Iw mado' of certain
reservoir sites and of tho iH-xnlbllltlr
ol developing an underground water
supply by menus of artesian wells.
Tho iHitltiou usuorts thnt Union coun
ty contains more than 100,000 acres of
fertile Irrigable laud, and that the pres
ent water supply druliig tho two
mouths of low water sulllcos to Irrlagto
only nlsiut 1,000 acres.
WARNER SUTTLEHS WILL SVU.
Will Test Vttldlty ot Deeds Issued to the
Salem Attorney John Hall, of Port
laud, is preparing papers for tho com
mencement of a suit In behalf of tho
settlers of Warner valley, 1-uku county,
in their contest with tho Warner val
ley stock company, When Mr. Hall
was Iu Salem u few days ngo ho said
thnt a suit will Iw tiled In Luka county
to test tho validity of tho deeds Issued
by tho statu for the lands which aro In
Tho proceeding heretofore have Nth
conducted iu the general land olllce and
tho department of tho Interior. The
decision iu tho department wus adverse
to tho settlers, who are homesteaders,
and claimed titlo from tho United
May Move Fibre Factory.
Im Grande It is rumored here that
tho main factory of the Oregon Plnu
Needle Fibre cotniHiny, now oiHirntinu
at Grant's Pass, is to Iw established at
SummorvUle, a small town a short dis
tance from here. Attorney Turner Oli
ver of this city has secured it controlling
interest in tho plant, and it is said ho
intends to bring the institution here.
Thu factory will hae n capacity of 2,
500 pounds of fibre iwr day. If the
understanding Is carried out successful
ly, It may mean tho establishment of u
mattress factory in this city.
Wheat Walla Walla, 74c:
Stem, 78c; valley, 7077c.
Barloy Feed, $20 iwr ton; brewing,
$21 J rolled, $21.
Flour Valley, $3.76Q3.85 cr bar
rel; hard wheat straights, $3.7634.10;
hard wheat patents, $4,2034.60; gra
ham, $3,3633.75; whole wheat, $3.S6
34; rye wheat, $4.60.
Oats No. 1 white, $1.10; gray, $1
31.05 per cental.
Millstuffs Bran, $20 per ton: mid
dlings, $24; shorts, $20; chop, $18;
linseed dairy food, $10,
Hay Timothy, $10 per ton; clover,
$13; grain, $10; cheat, $10,
Butter Fancy creamery, 25327Jii
per pound; dairy, 10)320c; store,
Choose Full cream, twins, 14ii;
Young America, 16310o; factory
prices, l3l)tio less.
Poultry Chickens, mixed, 10IOXc
per pound ; spring, 10c ; hens, 1 13 1 1 c;
broilers, $1.75 jcr dozen; turkeys, live,
16 10c por pound; dressed, 10(31 Bo:
ducks, $037 por dozen; gceso, $7310.
Kggs Oregon ranch, 27Ko;Kaatoni,
Potatoes Oregon, 0575o per sack;
weet potatoes, 22)4c.
Hops 1003 crop, 10322c per pound,
according to quality.
Wool Valley, 1718o; Kustern'Oro
gon, 12315c; mohair, 35937Ko. '
Beef Dressed, fl7o per pound,
Veal Small, 78o; largo, 60o
Mutton Dressed, SQSu; lambs,
Pork Dressed, 7J38o.
(1RI1AI' ARMY IN CAMP.
Regulars and Mllltla Asiemlile nt Port
Fort Riley, Kan., Oct. 21. Tluiluig
est military camp ever formed In this
country In time, of peace Is now located
here on tho government reservation.
About 12,000 men urn lime. Tlunnau.
Olivers will commencu In full idreugtli
tomorow nud continue for u foitulght,
Tho mllltla Nslies now In camp nnd
to Im here by tomorrow morning ate
tho Missouri Provisional regiment, tlm
Texas Provisional regiment, tlm Hoc.
ond Nebraska, tho Flfty.flfth Iowa, and
lUllerlcH A and II, Kanass artillery.
Tho rctftllnr troollH rmntirU.. (I.-
Sixth, Second, Twelfth and Twenty.
nmv iiiiauiry regiments, eight squad,
rons each of the Fourth. tMl.i). ...
Tenth cavalry regiments, a Imtnlllon (
engineers under Major lttcli, and tho
Sixth. Seventh. N'lmitiMitli. 'rv..i.ii..n.
Tweiitydlflh, Twenty-eighth nndTwen
tynlntli butteries of light urtlllery.
Tho force is divided into four brigade
oi iniauiry, commniuicd rcstwctlvoly bv
Brigadier General Grant, Bell anil
Barrv. of the reuular armv. nml Itii.i..,.
of thu Kansas National Guard. It I
pxocctcd thnt thitrn will I. ........
iiiiiiiNt of foreign military attaches Iu
Tho.work of tomorrow will lm nn t.
tack Oil Ii rear irintnl. Tlil. I. . I
commanded by Colonel Duncan, of tho
Sixth Infantry, which Is to march out
early in tho morning nud at 12:30 Is to
siari imck io camp.
As soon as he starts, General Barry,
with tho regiment ' troop, will Iw af
ter him, nud Colonel Duncan must get
Into camp tho Nst way he can. The
nds hnvn drlrl out and tho weather
cannot Iw surpassed.
SCANDAL IN COLORADO OUARD.
Cases of Four Ofllctr Will tie lavtitl-
gated by Court-Martial.
Denver, Oct. 21 Kvrrythlng Is in
readiness for the general court-martial
that Is exiieclrd to prolw tlm National
Guard scandal. Governor lVaNnlv do-
dares that tho Invrstlmtloti will l
Tho mm of Gi'iirml .fniin ).... ...Ml
Iw taken up first when tho court con
venes tomorrow. Ho far General Cham.
Is tho only olllcer against whom charges
nnvo eiwn omcniiiy riled with thocourt.
Ho Is charged with failure to obey or-
tiers of tlm envuffifir. rimilnil m. !.... ...
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lng nn olllcer and twrjury.
There was somo talk of conipromls.
Ing tho whole affair without a trial,
under an nansMiinnt tvllli f'l.. ,.. ...
sign shorlty nfter mntter had quieted
down. In reply to this rumor, Gen
eral Chase said:
"I shall not rcslim frnm tlm Vail.....
nl Guard. All reixirts to tho iiffr.it
that I had ever ronsldcrrd offering my
ii'KiKiiaiion nro laiso. '
Three other officers are existed to
Iw chrgil Iwforo tho court with mill
tary ofTenses. They are Major Arthur
Williams, Colonel Frank K. Kluilmll
and Colonel Fred Gross.
Major Williams is nocused of conduct
unlxTomlng nn officer and violation of
Colonel Kimball and Colonel On
are accused of alleged Irregularities In
connection with the payrolls and oom
MEDIATOR IN PAR UA5T.
Sir Claude MacDonald, British Minister,
Said to Be Negotiating.
St. Petersburg,! Oct. 21. A nuns
piijwr published at Port Dalny Is an
thorlty for tho report that tho British
minister to Japan, Sir Claudo MuoDoii
aid, has undertaken to mediate between
Russia and Japan, and having scoured
Japan's consent to certain propoiinl
Is now negotiating with Russia.
These proposals aro that Russia shall
restore Manchuria to China, nnd that
tho principal Manchurloii towns Iw
ojwiied to foreign trade; Jtlmt Russia
withdraw all her troops from Man
churia with the oxVoptlou of railway
guards; that she renouiico her forestry
concessions on lmth sides of tho Yalu
rlvor, as woll as the Yongamphoconces
slon nud that tho whole country south
of the Yulu bo admitted ns Nilonging
to the sphere of Japan.
War novrs Don't Alarm Legation.
London, Oct. 21. Tho Japanese
legation hero uttnehes no Importance to
tho reports of tho lauding of Jaimneso
troops ut Ping Yung, Coren, or to the
alleged concentration ol Jnpaueso forces
iu the nolghboihood of Hnkoduto, Jap.
nn. The legation says there Is overy
reason to Nillovo the situation has not
changed materially slnco last week's
reassuring ofllclul telegram from Toklo,
and tho opinion was expressed that thu
czar's appointment of a special mission
would tend to limit tho powers of Gen
Killed by Earth Tremor.
London, Oct. 21 A dlspatoU to tho
Standard from its correspondent ut
Odessa says news has reached thgro
from Khorussnn that 250 liven have
been lost iu an earthquako nt Turshlx,
Persia. Thirteen vlllm.nu ,.-.... .1,.
. ' ' .....nw nu,ii in,
stroyed und somo 6,000 persons uro now