i II ri i n ii ii VOL.IX. THE DALLES. WASCO COUNTY, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1898. NUMBER 1. SPANISH REJECT THE PROPOSALS Negotiations Have Not Been Broken Off. - COUNTER PROPO SITION NOT MADE Points Involved, However, Were Out side of the American Propositions Americans Will Patiently Weigh Points Involved and Consider the Arguments of Spaniards. Paris, Nov. 4 The joint session of the peace commissioners today lasted . two hoars. The Spaniards refused the proposals made by the Americana on Monday lastbut negotiolions were not broken off. While it is believed no for mal counter proposition was made, there was a brief discussion of the Philippine question outside the lines of the Ameri can propositions. The commissioners then adjourned un til Tuesday next. " - The statement is printed here today with much prominence that the Ameri cans will insist upon the immediate and complete surrender of Spain's sovereign- ty over the Philippines, and in the event of the Spanish commissioners refusing to agree to thle, Judge Day, acting under instructions from Washington, will pre sent an ultimatum to the Spaniards. It is further alleged that this seeming baste is due to a desire to settle the ne gotiation before the elections in the United States take place. No ultimatum is contemplated, and there Is no probability of drastic meas ures being taken by Americans. The ' two comrnisoiona are now considering an open question, and the Americans expect to patiently weigh the points in volved and to carefully consider the ar guments of the Spaniards. Gaulois today says it has' been in formed on absolutely reliable authority that Spain will refuse to discuss tho un conditional surrender of the Philippines. The Fondo says, ' "The claims of the United States on the Philippines are locked upon with disfavor at St. Peters burg. The powers might, in case of the Americans proving too obetinate on this point, be provoked to protest." ' Evenment eays, " 'Your money or your life' is the attitude taken by the Americans in relation to Spain.'' - Washington, Nov. 4. Up to 1 o'clock nothing has been received from the peace commission at Paris, and,' con sequently, the cabinet adjourned.. If a cablegram is received during the after noon or evening, another meeting may be called. WHAT GENERAL STONE SAYS Porto Ricans Have Xot Been Fairly . Treated Since the American Occu pation, and Naturally are Resent ful Military Government of the Island Thus Far Has-Been Far From Satisfactory. . New York,' Nov. 4. General Eoy Stone, who has just returned from Porto Rico, says: ". - . - The people of Porto Rico are not at all satisfied with American rule. There ' is a growing difference between the na tives and the militia which is greatly to be regretted. When the army of occu pation first invaded the island, the na tives received the Americans cordially, and they wished to be treated as people of this country and not as a conquered " province. ' The treatment they have re- - ceived at our hands has been just the opposite. This has produced a chilly feeling between them. . - "What the Porto Ricana want is to be taken in as part of . the United States. " They do not expect to enter the Union as a state, but as a people in training to be advanced to statehood. -. In addition to this they want free' trade with the United States, and there is no reason that I can see why they should not have it. At present they are forced to pay duty on all .imported goods, Spanish goods included, which weie free before the invasion. . "Our military government of the iel and has been far from satisfactory. We have destroyed the Spanish military rule and have not replaced it with Amer ican forces, thus destroying their safe guards to life and property. As a result of this from 150 to 200 of the finest plan tations have .been destroyed by fire, Just who is responsible for this I cannot say. "The infantry there la of very little use in policing the island. In addition there should ba a civil guard, composed of Porto Ricau privates and American officers. M'GRATH HAS BEEN CONVICTED Found Guilty of Murder in the First Degree at Albany Jury Was Out All Sight. Albasy Nov. 3. The jury in the Mfr Grath murder case, at 6:30 o'clock this morning, after being out all night, re turned a verdict of guilty of murder in the first degree. The prisoner exhibited no surprise. He stood without flinch ing while the verdict was read. - He is about 65, and his hair is almost white. He has lived in the vicinity of Harris' ourg for twenty-five years or more. The evidence showed' conclusively that his excitable, jealous disposition led to his undoing. His wife, and bis two sons, who are almost the age of the murdered boy, were witnesses, and told a straight forward story of the crime. The evidence of tho state's witnesses showed beyond a doubt that McGratb, having armed himself with a revolver, deliberately went into a hayfield where young Tor ner was at work, abused him, and, as be retreated, 'shot him down. 'Every line of defense failed, and the verdict was expected. HAS COMPLETELY BACKED DOWN French Government Has Decided Not to Retain the Marchand Mission at Fashoda Pabis, ov. 4. A semi-official note issued this evening says the government has resolved not to retain the Mar chand mission at Fashoda, adding that this decision was arrived at by the cabi net, after an exhaustive examination of the questicn. . - London, Nov. 4. The most Tehable information from Paris -. confirms the" earlier reports . that ' M. frupuy, the premier.bas decided to wash bis hands of Fashoda and to recall Maj. Marchand, for whose mission he is not responsible. ' The decision is, to some extent, doe to a desire to allow nothing to . interfere with the success of the exposition of 1900. Today will be important in the history of the crisis. " j .: It is expected that Baron de Courcel, the French ambassador, will impart the decision to Lord Salisbury, who ' will speak this evening at the banquet to be given the sirdir, General Lord Herbert Eitchner. ' ' J; " To Stop .Growth of Crime. . - Spokane, Nov. 3. A special meeting of the mayor, commissioners and chief of police was held today, to take action regarding the" growth of crime. The city has become " infested with burglars and highwaymen and holdups and rob beries have become of nightly occurence. As a result of the meeting the mayor issued a proclamation offering a reward of (500 for the arrest and conviction of any of the men who have been engaged in the recent holdups. It . was also de cided to swear in as special policemen any reputable citizens who may desire to carry arma for their - own protection." Tacoma Girl Burned to Death. '. Tacoma, Nov. & Myrtle Mills", daught er of Sheriff Mills, of Pierce county, who was badly burned Thursday,', her drees catching fire from, an open grate, died this morning. She was a recent graduate of the high . school. Her school friends will act as pall bearers at (be funeral to morrow." ' - ; ' Everybody reads Tna Cbboniclk. COMMISSIONERS 7 : - FLATLY REFUSE Spain Will Not Sell the Phil ippine Islands. . WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO THEM Accuses the United States of Acting in , Bad Faith and Says " the Action Taken in Regard to the Philip- pines Was Not Sanctioned by the Protocol.. . Pabis, Nov. 4. The Spanish corn mis sioners, in the course ot a two hours session of the peace commission today, flatly refused to accept Monday's prop osition by the Americans to take the en tire group of the Philippines and to re imburse Spain for her "pacific" expen ditures there. . "' This negative.' action was expected, The Spanish commissioners had also a number of positive declarations which filled some thirty-seven typewritten sheets. In this statement the Spaniards claim' that the United States enter tained no thought of annexing the Phil ippineaatthe time the protocol was signed, or it would have been expressed in the protocol as clearly as the condi tions regarding the cession of territory inbe Antilles and the Orient. M. Cam bon, before the signature of the protocol, received from Madrid, the presentment alleged, a cable message, clearly setting forth that the maintenance of Spain's authority over -the Philippines should not be effected by the protocol, to which reservation the United States at that time made no protest or objection. Tbia dispatch toM. Cambon, as the Spaniards claimed today, embodied also the view that the United States had no valid ba sia for any claims in the archipelago whatever. ' - ; '-' It was further held today by Senor Rioa and his colleagues that the capitu- ation of Manila, having occurred after the signing' of the protocol, - and thus after the suspension of hostilities, was invalid. - ' . .. . ' With all this for a groundwork, the Spaniards make their first positive move against the Americans,' and it consti tuted their counter proposition. They charged upon theUnited States a wrong ful appropriation of pnblic money be longing to Spain by seizing the tariff duties at Manila, and they formally de manded the return of these moneys in the sum of. nearly one million of dol lars. ' On these same premises the United States was alleged to have made and held aa prisoners the Spanish troops at Manila, in - violation "of international law, because done after the suspension of hostilities under the protocol. A further charge was that by the im prisonment of the Spanish troops at Manila the United States had prevented Spain from quelling the insurrection, and bad thus contributed to the violence against Spain after the cessation of hos tilities. .- . . ' " . Today's Spanish presentment also cited the refusal of the Americana to consider the Cuban debt on the ground that it was not sanctioned in the proto col, and demanded an adherence to this, aa a precedence to the discussion of the Philippines, regarding a cession of which the Spanish' commissioners held that the protocol made no mention. . The statement is printed here today with much prominence that the Ameri cans will insist upon the immediate and complete surrender of Spain's sovereign ty over the Philippines, and in the event lithe Spanish commissioners refusing to tgree to this, Judge Day, acting under nstructions trom Washington, will pre- sentau ultimatum to the Spaniards.' 'It is further alleged that this seeming haste is due to a desire to settle the negotia tions before the elections in the United States take place. ALL HANDS WERE SAVED Strain Opened Leaks Which Could Sot Be Stopped Ship Now. Lies Three Miles Deep Heroic Conduct of the Officers and Men. . - - Cuablkston, S. C, Noy, 5. The tug Merritt put intoCharleston this morning, and reported the loss of the cruiser Maria Teresa off San Salvador, the Bahama? November 3d, in the midst of a furious a torni. . The cruiser left Caimanera, Cuba, on the morning of October 30 in tow for New York. She had already passed Cape Maysi and started northeast around the Bahamas. A furious storm overtook her, and in her condition she was unable to weather the gale. The strain opened rents in the hull which had been patched to enable her to make the journey, and the began to fill rapidly. The Merritt took off Lieutenant-Commander Harris and crew from the sinking ship and she oon went down. The Merritt brought the officers and men here. No Uvea were lost. " - ' -.' J his afternoon the surviverg came ashore. They lost all their clothing and petsonal effects. ". .. ' The Teresa sank thirty miles off Wal ling island at midnight Tuesday. She met tho storm Tuesday moraine and be gan to strain. Parts of the hull thought to be safe became weakened, rivets broke and water made rapidly in the bold, The boilers began to give way and finally the water extinguished the fires in the engine room. . The pumps would not work. The whole vessel showed signs of collapse and the men stood stripped awaiting orders to quit the ship.. The Vulcan was towing the Teresa while the Merritt rescued 114 of the crew, made up of volunteers from the Cincinnati Newark and Vulcan. Ropes were cut and she then rapidly filled. The Merritt then headed for Charles ton with the rescued.'. The crew left this afternoon for Norfolk. : It is the opinion of the navy depart ment that the govent " be' side the value of the ship herself, only the amount of the per diem of $800 per day in the sinking of the vessel, because the contract appears to have required the delivery by the wrecking company of the vessels at the navy yard at Nor folk. . . As near as they could .calculate,, the vessel ' lies in about 2600 fathoms of water, or nearly three miles deep. The location is 24 degrees north latitude, by 74:30 west longitude, about 235 miles distant from Nassua, and 310 miles from Caimanera, the port from which she started' a little over two daya before. CRUSHED UNDER FALLING PCOF ColIapse,ef a Theater Buildirg ic De troit in Which Fifteen Women Were Killed. - Detroit, Mich., Hov. 5. lhe new five-story Wonderland theatre building is tonight in a hopeless case cf collapse, and fifteen or more lives have been sac rificed by an appaling accident which occurred there this afternoon . Shortly before 2 o'clock, while some thirty-five men were at work in various parts of the half-flniebed theatre por tion of the structure, the roof fell in without a second warning.' Ne arly every workman was carried down into the theatre pit. The top gallery wae crashed down upon the lower galleiy, forming a sort of fatal hilieide, down which slid broken steel girder?,, planks, timbers, brick and 'a great quantity of cement from the roof, r and carrying along a struggling company of men into the pit below, very few of" whonc. escaped in jury.-- The front wall of the building re mained practically intact but the east side . wall bulged out' and . buckled threateningly;". -; . ' Notwithstanding - tha latter . danger, the work of rescuing the injured and taking out the dead . was rushed, and good progress made until ' -IS, when the upper poi tic n ttf east wall felt. For tunately noneo these to were struck by the secord downfall was seriously in jured, although several were precipated into the basement. -' Are You Interested? The O. K. -fc M. Co'a Heir Book On the Resources of Oregon, Washing ton and Idaho is being distributed. Our readers are requested to '. forward the addressee of their Eastern friends and acquaintances, and a copy of the work will be sent them free.' This is a mat ter' all should be' interested in, and we would ask that . everyone take an in terest and forward such addresses to W. H. Hcelbuet, General Passenger Agent, O.Tt. & N. Co., Portland. DeWitf Witch Hazel Salve ' Care Piles, Scalds. Burns. illli AT THE CAP- ITOL BUILDING Gas Explosion Wrecks Su preme Court Koom. MANY VALUABLE RECORDS LOST Fire Followed the Explosion, Causing Great Damage So Persons Were Injured The . Library Was Al . most Ruined by Fire, Smoke and Water. Washixgtos, Nov. 7. An explosion and fire at 5 :13 this evening wrecked the supreme court room and the room im- mediately adjoining it on the main floor of the capitol. The damage is enormous The entire central-eastern part of the great marble pile, from the main floor to the subterranean basement, practical ly is a mass of ruins. The force of the explosion was so heavy that the coping stone on the outer walls, just east of the point where the explosion occurred, were bulged out nearly two inches, and locked doors were forced from their hinges quite 150 feet from the scene of it. - Fire followed the explosion so quickly as to seem simultaneous with it The explosion shook the immense structure to its foundation, and wae heard several squares from the capitol It occurred in a small room tightly en closed by heavy stone walls in ' the sub terranean basement, immediately below the main entrance- to the old - capitol building. In this room was a 500-light gaa meter, which was fed by a four-inch main. - Very little gas is used in that part of the building, but at the time of the explosion the gaa was turned off at the meter. The meter itself was wrecked and the gaa pouring from the main caught fire. The . flames originating from the explosion darted up the eleva tor ehaft, which had been completely destroyed by the force of the explosion, and communicated with the record room of the supreme court room, the office of the marshal of the court and the su preme court library. - Before the flames could be subdued the priceless documents of the record- room had been almoet totally destroyed, and serious . damage had been done in the marshal's room and some minor of fices in the same vicinity. '-: ' The Itbrary of the supreme court con tained about 20,000 volumes and was nsed not only by the supreme court jurists but by members of congress and lawyers practicing before the supreme cjurt. . . . While many theories are offered as to the cause of the explosion, it seems be yond douot to have been due to escap ing gas. At 7 minutes , after 5, Lieut. Nelson, of the capitol police, detected an ordor of gaa from the corridor adjoining the supreme court room. While he was endeavoring to locate the escape of the gas the explosion occurred. - - Several members of the capitol police had narrow escapes, but no one was in jured. ... 'r - -' - THE GALLERY COLLAPSED Serious Accident in the Eugene Opera ' House The People Were Panic Stricken. V - Ecgene, Noy. 4. Tonight at about 10 o'clock, while the people were listening to the performance at the opera housa, the room being packed, a eection of one of the upper floors, on which were about thirty people, fell, without warning. The lower floor waa also crowded. . The sec tion of the fljor that fell was about eight feet wide and twelve feet long. It was built out from the,wall. ,The wall sup ports gave way and the floor swung back precipitating the people to the floor below. Those underneath were caneht under the timbers, but . miracu- 1 lously few of them were injured. A reg- r Royal makes the food pare, . wholesome and delicious. POWDER Absolutely Pure ROYAL BAKING POWDER CO., NEW YORK. ular panic followed the collapse, but the bouse was emptied without further in cidents, though another floor creaked and came near going down during the rush. One man had his collar bone broken and a boy about 15 years of age was se verely injured in the back. ANTONIO SERICK0 MURDERED He Was First Sandbagged and Then Dragged .Across the Street Into an Old Orchard, Where He Was Strangled to Death! . Pobtlasd, Nov. 7. A rope which it ia believed waa used to choke to death Antonio Sencko, the bootblack who was murdered here last Friday night, has been found. . Earl Nickelson and Henry Stout, boys, picked up the rope near the curb stone where the body.was. dragged, into.. the orchard. They gave It to John Lin den, of Eiet Twentieth an i Pacific streets, and Mr. Linden said he found long black hair on the rope, which he-?r had wrapped around a match, but un- " fortunate! v had lost it. Everything goes to show. that the boy was first sandbagged on the. eidewalk. - - and then dragged across the street into the orchard. - The nameless, revolting crime, which the doctors say preceeded the killing supplies in part the motive for the murder. The man must have stood behind a telegraph pole and struck him as be ap- proached. as tho bruise of the sandbag ia on the forward part of the Bead. This -ocenred within one hundred yards of the ' house. After the body waa dragged across the street and laid in the orchard the man must have fastened the twine about his neck and tied his hands. This was done so the boy could not Fcream or move in case he regained consciousness. . lie probably did regain consciousness. By this time the man's savago passions were excited to such an extent that he pulled the twine with euch force aa to strangle the victim. It may be that he did not intend to kill the boy. As the eviuonce is sifted down there seems to have been an - ulterior motive. ' It is reported that some person made an ':" advance to Antonio's 17-year-old sister, Mary, and that Antonio acted as her : -protector, and waa in the habit of seeing ' her home each evening, bhe was very : , anxious for him to be on hand the fate ful evening of the crime. ' Suspicion rests on one of two men. . The individual most concerned is an -Italian. He told a small bootblack Friday evening that Antonio had been taken to the city j.iil by a policeman. A person answering to his description . was seen near the orchard that evening. Saturday this man left for The Dalles, saying that he; had work cn the new railroad. It is believed that this waa . the man who was said to have been re pulsed by Mary. - - " -; ; ; : A Clover Trick; t - It certainly looks like it, bnt there ia - f really no trick about it. Anybody can try it who has lame back and wenk kid- ; neye, malaria or nervous -troubles.' We ' mean he can cure himself right away by taking Electric Bitters. 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