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NO. 34
Secretary Wi.soo Anxious to Send Prof.
Lake to France to Gather In forma
tion About Prunes.
Washington, P. C. May 4 Secre
tary Wilson, of the agricultural depart
ment, is very anxious to do everything
possible to improve tho prune industry
of Oregon, Washington and idatto, and
with that view in wind is endeavoring
to have an appropriation made to send
Professor Lake, of the Oregon Agri
cultural station, to bo sent to Franco to
Esther information about the varieties
of prunes used there, and the manner of
picking and drying the fruit. It is a
well-known fact that the three etatea
named now have a prune industry
worth fl,500,000. The experience of
the past two or three years indicates
that this industry is in a precarious
situation, and to obtain the best results
some varieties of prunes will have to be
found which will avoid the antumn
rains, which are not sublet to certain
diseases, and which will withstand the
cold seaon better. It ie necessary also
that the entire question of harvesting,
drying and preparing the prunes for
market be investigated, so as to secure
uniform grades such as are demanded
in the world's markets. Secretary Wil
son thinks that if the contemplated in
vestigation could havo been made two
years ago, the improvement in curing
and marketing alone would have in
creased the value of the prune crop of
Oregon, Washington and Idaho by
several hundred thousand dollars.. The
item of loss from autumn rains is to be
avoided chiefly by securing an earlier
maturing variety. A difference of ten
days in some seasooa is said to mean a
loss of perhaps 30 per cent of the entire
crop. Not alone Secretary Wihon, but
the delegations from t'.ie three states,
are deeply interested in this provision
of the bill, and will use their best efforts
to have the appropriation passed.
Grazing on Ihe litietni,
Washington, May 4. Gifford Pin-
chot, forester ol the Department of Ag
riculture, and F. N. Coville, botanist of
the same department, will leave Wash
ington for the West about May 15th, to
make a personal investigation of the
problem of grazing in the forest reserves.
The restriction of sheep ((razing in these
areas has raised a storm of protest from
the wool growers, and public feeling in
the West has become divided and in
tense. A plan for an exhaustive inves
tigation by the government was pub
lished a few weeks ago; but the tour of
these officials will be the first actual
work in the field.
They will be met at Holbrook, Ariz ,
by a committee consisting of A. E. Pot
ter, of that city, who is secretary of the
Arizona Wool Growers' Association,
and J. E. Bark, of Phoenix, who repre
sents the cattle and irrigation interests.
They will spend three weeks in the
Black Mesa reserve and then visit others
in Ariz ma. The examination will be
extended to other Western reserves later
In the summer.
Will Develop 1 blllpplna's linuurctl
Chicago, May 4. A special to tho
Tribune from Charleston, W. Va., says:
Articles of incorporetion were obtained
here today by the Philippine Lumber
and Developing Company, of Chicago,
tilh an authorized capital of fo.OOO.OOO.
The incorporators are J. A. T. Hull,
Des Moines, la.; John Gibson, Creston,
!; J. 8. Bradford, Grandville, III.;
Stewart Spalding, Chicago, Frank
Phillips, Creaton, I. The ohj-ct is to
obtain concessions in the Philippines.
Morn rail Hack.
London, May 7,4:10 a. m. Lord Rob
ots is making better progress than any
n'ie hail dared to hope, and is meeting
ith success at all points. Theonly news
"I the actual occupation of Winburg is
the Incidental relerence to it in the dls
patch from Vet Uiver, describing Gen
eral Pule-Carew's operations, but as the
latest news of General Hamilton's
operations, dated Sunday morning, was
that he wai then preparing to force the
difficult passage over Little Vet River,
u the Bloemfontein-VVinburg road,
'ere Is no doubt that the news of the
occupation is accurate.
The Boers, following their customary
practice, had evacuated their positions
on the Vet River during Saturday night.
As Lord Roberts, advancing along the
railway, ami General Hamilton, twenty
miles to the east, threatened the two
wings of tiie Boer forces, it could not be
""prising to hear that they had also
evacuated Winburg. General Hamilton's
advance will prevent the Boer forces in
the direction of Thabanchn joining their
maiu army near Winburg. General
Rundla on Saturday had arrived in pur
suit of the Boers several miles north of
the Thabanchn, compelling the Boers to
rotire in an easterly direction. A Boer
account of the capture of Brandfort says :
"The Federal forces, although weak iu
numbers, offered strong resistance, but
they were forced by the overwhelming
force opposed to them to evacuate the
town. -
This, is an Important Step la Roberts'
Advance 0a Pretoria.
London, May 4. Lord Roberts reports
to the war office as follows, under date
of Bloemfontein, May 3:
"We occupied Brandfort today with
out much opposition and without, I
hope, many casualties. The First bri
gade of mounted infantry covered the
left fhnlt of the Fourteenth brigade of
the Seventh division, and Hie right flank
was supported by the Fifteenth brigade.
Pole-Carew's division advanced directly
on Brandfort. The Boer armv, which
was under command of Delarey, retired
in a northeasterly direction."
Tiiabanciiu, May 4. The Boer, have
evacuated Thabanchn Hill and are be
lieved to be still trekking, though one
gun has shelled the camp intermittently.
Scouts report that some of the Buers
retired from Vepener. They believe
the Boers evacuated the position during
the night, trekking northwardly in three
General French left today. General
Rundle is in command here. It is ex
pected General Brabant will effect a
junction at any moment.
Aliwal, North Cape Colony, May 4.
Sraithfleld was occupied by General
Hart's brigade. Out of 150 Boers in.
the town, 25 were captured and the rest
Ladybrand was recently full of Boers'
wounded, who have now been removed
to Ficksbnrg.
London, May 4. News of the occi pa-
Hop of Brandfort was Issued by the war
office at 10 o'clock this morning, con
firming the dispatch previously received
by the Associated Press. This is con
sidered the most important communica
tion received from the front since the
capture of General Cronjs's force and
the relief of Ladvsmith.
The fact the position gives the
key to one of the main roads leading to
the Drakkensburg passes, which pos
sibly may be the means of co-operating
with General Bitller later on, provides
an advance base of supplies, etc., and
at the same time menaces the Boers
now southeast of Bloemfontein, Is obvi
ously the reason for the importance
attached by all bands to the intelligence.
The Boer army, which was at Brandfort,
commanded by General Delarey, is pre
sumably retreating on Winbnrg, which
will possibly be the next immediate
objective of the British.
Vropi the Admiral.
Washington, May 5. A special from
Springfield, O., says:
W. S. Thomas, chairman of the Dem
ocratic state central committee, states
that John R. McLean has deserted his
brother-in-law, Admiral Dewey, and
jumped into the front s-at of Bryan's
band wagon. McLean lias niilliumcd
the state convention, nnd has abandoned
all thought of having tfe time when it
will best suit Dewey's interests. Chair
man Thomas stated further that there
was no possible room for misconstruc
tion of McLean's action, declaring that
it meant that the Dewey candidacy,
which has fallen flat the country over,
is to be gradua'ly abandoned. The plan
is to let the people gradually forget the
Trained the, Vl.
Wambkntov, May 5, evening. The
Vaal river has been successfully crossed
at Windsorton hy Barton's brigade,
with whom is General Hunter, com
manding Hie division. The Boers have
evacuated Wlndsorton and Kildam.
They are trekking northward and are
fighting for all they are worth. Barton
is hanging on to their rear and shield
ing them vigorously. Judging from the
cloud of dost, the retreating Boers
must be in very large numbers.
Ring up Faulkner, the junk man, be
fore hauling your trash to the beach.
He buys old worn out rubber boots and
shoes, brass, copper, zinc, lead, sacks,
rags, etc. Dalles 'phons No. 214.
itpr'.U lw
Democratic Hodge-Podge and Incon
sistencies Too Much for Him.
Bai.i.ston, Or., May 2. (From the
OregonUn.) As a pronounced free
trader, my opposition to the Republican
party has dated back some twenty-five
years. But I hare lived to see a far
greater proepect of the ultimate adoption
of free trade by the Republican party
than by the Democracy. This is the
logic of Mr. Blaine's reciprocity idea,
and of the almost universal demand of
the Republican masses for free trade
with Porto Rico. I was one of several
hundred who helped to loudly cheer the
free-trade expiesBions of Hon. William
L. Wilson in his speech in Portland
some ten years ago. But the reign of
Grover Cleveland and his congress was
distinctly disappointing, for, as ex
Speaker Moores has well shown in your
columns, the Wilson bill on a fair system
of averages bad a higher schedule of
tariffs than the McKinley bill! Further
more, as a follower of Peter Cooper I
have lived to see a scheme almost
identical with his inter-convertible bond
theory advocated iu your columns by as
noted a Republican as ex-Seuator
This is the evolution of Republicanism ;
but what do we find in the Democratic
party?. A hodge-podge of every policical
theory under heaven that bears upon its
forehead the label of discontent and dis
order! A gathering of the clans of miii
marism and anti-miiitarlsm ; of slate
socialism and thinly disguised anarchy ;
of Briton-haters and Boer-lovers; of
those who glory in the suppression of
negroes in the South (videTillman),aud
howl for the exaltation of Tagals in the
Philippines, etc. You can find any of
the newest brands of inconsistency you
may ask for under Democratic banners.
Tammany contractors calling in the
soldiers to meet with the bayonet the
just demands of the unfortunate Croton
laborers, while the whole party howls
itself hoarse against military inter
ference in strikes, and "government by
injunction." There are further howls
and platform protests aguinst "mili
tarism," by a crowd whose whole course
is in favor of picking a quarrel with the
most powerful em pire on earth a quarrel
which would call for such a display of
"militarism" as the world perhaps
never saw a wanton quarrel with the
only great power that has shown any
real friendship for us of late, and a
power which had only to lift her finger
and we would have had a'J of Europe on
our backs during the late squabble with
Spain. State socialism, with all its in
ferno of evils in control of our internal
affairs, would hardly be more paralyzing
to the march of civilization than a dire
conflict between the two great Anglo
Saxon nations, whose true Interests lie
on the tame plane, and whose aim
in the world's affairs should be identical.
Yet the all-embracing octopus of Demo
cracy, in its grab for votes, includes both
of these giant evils socialism and war
with England for the programme of its
leaders involves every scheme for irritat
ing our brelhern across the water, until,
with a high-spirited nation, war with all
its nntold evil will be unavoidable.
Can th" American people afford to
support such a party? And will my
ancient factotums excuse me if I vote
the straight Republican ticket?
No I'lagim In Honolulu.
San Francisco, May 4. Tho steamer
Coptic, which has arrived from the
Orient, via Honolulu, is in quarantine.
List Friday, when the vessel sailed from
Honolulu, there had been no new cases
of plague for twenty-flvo daye, and the
quarantine that has been on the ports
sincd the middle of last December, was
to have been raised last Monday by the
Honolulu board of health, provided no
more cases of plague appeared.
Itner l.rft 13 Ied on Fl. 1.1.
Wakkknton, Sunday, May 0. Yes
terday General Barton drove from 2000
to 3000 Boers from hilly positions at
Rooidan, where they awaited them.
They retreated after stiff Quirting, leaving
a number of dead on the field. The
British casualties were slight. General
Barton is still pursuing.
Wlndsorton and Klip Dam havo been
evacuated. General Paget' brigade is
attacking the Boer position at Warren
ton. The engagement yesterday was severe,
and lasted from 0 in the morning until 4
in the afternoon. More than once the
British infantry were obliged to engage
the Jloers at close quarters, and the
Boers only retired when their retreat
was nearly cut off. The British losses
were five killed and twenty-five wounded,
mostly Welsh Fusiliers. The British
took a batch of prisoners, including the
Swedish ambulance, which they altoaed
to return. The Boers in their hurry left
thirteen dead.
Today General Puget made a strong
demonstration against the Boer position,
east of the ridge, thereby preventing
Boer reinforcements going to assist in
checkiug General Barton's advance.
Boers Still Holding Their Own in
Thabancbu District. .
London, May 6, 4:20 a. m. London
has been confidently expecting to have
news of the relief cf Mafeking before
midnight, but at that hour the war
office stated that no further intelligence
had been received of Hunter's column,
to which the public believed had been
assigned the word of relieving the town
Beyond further details of the occupa
tion of Braddfort, little or no news has
come during the night.
A dispatch from Thabanchn, dated
May 4, says the situation is practically
unchanged, the Boers holding their
position and sending occasional shells
into the British camp. From the top of
Thabanchu Hill one can see over the
Boer camp. The country, through which
a number of Boers are trekking, is ex
ceedingly difficult. It is learned that
the Boors are trying to draw supplies
from the Ladybrand district. The
Seventeenth brigade has moved four
miles south, presumably to assist Gen
eral Brabant if necessary.
A dispatch from Aliwal North, dated
May 5, says :
"Three hundred captured cattle and
horses were brought in last night. The
wounded are being gradually moved
here from Hafeteng."
A dispatch from Cape Town says:
"The general feeling here, in which
official circles participate, is that Lord
Roberts' advance toward Pretoria will
be rapid. The Boer prisoners do not
anticipate that any effective resistance
will be encountered."
Anxiety is felt regarding the fate of
Mr. Begbie, who has been arrested in
connection with the blowing up of the
shell factory. Consul Hay is watching
the accused man's interests.
Teller Wants the Senate to Extend Its
Washington May 7. At todays res-
sion of the senate, Teller delievered a
speech, in which he strongly urged the
senate to extend its sympathy to the
Boers In the contest with the British.
Tire adoption of his resolution of sympa
thy, he maintained, coul I not be con
sidered as an unfriendly act ly the
British government.
During tho remainder of the session,
the senate had under consideration the
naval appropriation bill. Chandler's
amendment to curtail tho increase of the
Marine Corps created some debate and
was flnall laid on the table, 30 to 14.
The bill wa not completed. Notice was
given that the armor-plate provision
would he considered it) secret session, on
account of certain facts that were to t o
called to the attention of tho senate.
This was suspension day in the House,
an 1 quite a number of bills were passed.
The most important was '.lie senate bill
to amend the general pension laws so as
to provide for apt-regaling disabilities
under the act of ls:0 without regard to
service, and to increase the net income
a widow may have without destroying
her right to l pension from ,Jd to f'JoU.
Tho purpose uf the bill is to modify
rulings of the pension otTice in accordance
with the recommendations of tho grand
army of the republic, It was passed
without a dissenting voice. The bill to
increase the appropriation for the
National Guard from f 100,000 to f 1,000,
000 also was among those passed. Sulzer
of New York attempted to secure action
upon his resolution expreseingsympathy
with the Boers, but was cut off by the
Mrs. Harriet Evans, Hinsdale, 111.,
writes, "I never fail to relieve my
children from croup at once by nsirg
One Minate Cough Cure. I would not
feel safe without it." Quickly cures
coughs, colds, grippe and all throat and
lung diseases.
Hamilton Has Captured Winburg Ibis
Puts the British Army Sixty-Three
Miles North of Blocuitontein.
LosnoN,May7,lla. m. Lord Roberts
reports to the war office in a dispatch
dated Smnldeel, May t, afternoon, as
follows :
"We crossed the Vet river this mom
ing and are now camped at Snialdrel
Junction. The enemy ia in full retr.-at
toward the Z m l River and Kruonstudt.
The turning movement was made by the
mounted infantry just before dark yester
day. It was a very dashing ufftir. The
Canadians, New South Wales, New
Zealand Rifles and Queensland Mounted
Iufantry vied with each other in tiie
determination to close with the memy.
Captain Anley, of the Essex Raiment,
commanding tho Thinl Infantry Bat
talion, behaved in a very gallant manner.
"The naval gmiB and the artillery
made excellent practice, particularly
two five-inch guns used for the first time
with this force. We captured a Maxim
and twenty-five prisoners. Our casualties
are very few only fifteen wounded, one
killed and three missing.
"Tho British arrived here without op
position. The Boers' last train lut't last
Saturday night. The Boer losses yester
day on the left were forty killed.
Their rear guard remains behind kopjes,
ten miles distant. There is much rail
way forage andcorn here. It is stated
that tho Boers are retreating towards
Kroonstadt. The Zand river bridge is
reported to have been destroyed."
London, May 7. The capture of Win
burg by the British is confirmed and the
main advance on Pretoria continues. By
the occupation of Winburg, General Ian
Hamilton puts himself nearly parallel
with Lord Roberts and only twenty-nine
miles eastward, whie he has Die ad
ditional advantage of being connected
with his chief by means of the railroad
that runs from Smaldeel or Winburg
road station, as it is sometimes sailed at
Winburg. Lord Roberts is now nine
miles north of the Vet and sixty-three
miles north of Bloemfontein. Evideully
he is not letting grass grow under his
feet, though the Boers are equally
anxious to retreat towards Kroonstadt,
and are so doing.
The critics of the newspapers view the
situation with the greatest satisfaction.
A special dispatch from Smaldeel
dated 0:4 " p. in , May G, gives details of
the occupation of Winburg by the British.
It says :
"Tho news lias just come here that
General Hamilton Is giving the Boers no
rest and that they are fulling back
hurriedly. He entered Winbnrg today
after a brisk fight, in which the Boers
fell back so quickly that one of their
guns, in addition to a Maxim, was
The tame dispatch, describing the
crossing of the Vet River by the British
says the Boer force, entrenched on the
opposite bank, prepared to contest the
crossing. Our guns were brought into
place and a terrific shell fire was directed
on the Boer lines. At the same time the
Quaenslanders, under a heavy fire,
dashed across the river and, advancing
in the open, c jmpletcly turned the Boer
right. It was dusk, but nothing cool 1
stop the galliot Australians. They
pushed on again, seized a commanding
kopje and by brilliant movements and
ontiuuons r fl s tire, drove off the enemy
in tho darkiices.
The first gleam of day this morning
found the enemy in full flight and our
men after tln'tn, and by 9 o'clock thi$
morniiu we entered the important strat
egic position.
AJdisp.ttch from Bishof, dated Friday,
May 4, says :
"General Methuen inada a rconnois
sance from here Thursday to the
neighborhood of Sjutkoppieefontein,
locating tho laager. A fairly strong f rce
ol Boers was seen mot ing northward,
General Methuen then returned to
Ifrpburn rr MrKlnley'e Huiinhig Mat.
Los A.MiKi.XH, May 7. The Times of
this city, edited by Major-General If. G.
Otis, editorially presents this morning
the name of Congressman Win. P. Hep
burn, of Iowa, as a running mate for
William McKinley, on the Republican
ticket. General Otis has himself been
mentioned aa a ticn-presldcntiat possi
bility. He is warm personal friend of
President McKinley. The editorial says:
"Mr. Hepburn Is a veteran representa
tive in congress, w itli years of experience
and a good name ; he is chairman of the
house committee on the Nicarauga
canal. He was the leader in achieving
the superb and far-reaching victory won
by the national house only list week,
when therm! bill was passed.
".fr. Hepburn has hud a large and
powerful hand :u the important initia
tory work ol pushing the canal bill
through the house of representatives
against all opposition; he nasi proved
himself a stayer and statesman. Why,
then, Is lie not first-class timber for
Too Maujr Jaiauvae.
Nxw Yokk, May 7. Addressing the
Central Federated Union, President
Gompers, of the American Federation of
L'ibor, spoke of the importation ol
Japanese coolie labor. He declared that
Japanese LMolIes were taking the place
of the Chinese w ho had been excluded.
' No restriction," ho said, "is placed
upen the Japanese and as a result they
are routing into this country in droves.
It is pretty lime something is done
in this nutter, as the first thing yon
know we will be overrun with cheap
Japanese labor which will supplant
yours, as the Chinese attempted to do.'
Mr. Gompers will nttc nd a meeting ot
tho striking cigar-mkers at Bohemia
National Hall today and afterward he
will pluco himself iu a position in regard
to the injunction to bring about his
Ulorlnna News.
Comes from Dr. D. B. Curgile, of
Washita, I. T. He writes:
"Four bottles of Electric Bitters hae
cured Mrs. Brewer of rcrofula, which had
caused her great suffering for years.
Terrible sores would break out on her
head and face, anil the best doctors
could give no help; but her cure is com
plete and her health is excellent." Thin
shows what thomands have proved,
that Electric Bitters is tho beat blood
purifier known. It's the supreme
remedy for eczema, tetter, s;t!t rheum,
ulcers, boils and running sores. It
stimulates liver, kidneys and bowelp,
expels poisons, helps digestion and
builds up the strength. Only 50 cents.
Sold by Blakeley A Houghton, Druggists.
Guaranteed. 4
Aculnalilo Again In the Field.
Manila, May 7. Telegrams received
here from General Young report that
Aguinaldo has rejoined the rebel Gener
al, Tino, in the north, and that they
have reassembled a considerable force
in the mountains. General Young de
sires to strike them before the rains,
and asks for reinforcements. The tenor
of the dispatch leads to the belief that
General Young is confident Aguinaldo
is with Tino, and it la presumed they
are preparing to ffitht.
A detachment of the Forty-seventh
Regiment met and routed a band of the
enemy between Lgaspi and Riago,
Province of Albay, on April 15lh. Two
Americans were killed and five wound
ed, including two officers. The Filipi
nos lost heavily. The conditions around
Legaspi and Sorsone are reported aa
considerably disturbed.
A Life And Death Fight.
Mr. W. A. Hines of Manchester, la.,
writing of his almost miraculous escape
from death, says : "Exposure after meas
les induced serious lung trouble, which
ended in Consumption. I had frequent
hemorrhages and couched night and day.
All my doctors fail I must soon dir.
Then I begun to use Dr. Kind's New
Discovery lor Consumption, which com
pletely cured me. I would not be without
it even if it cost (Y00 a bottle. Hundreds
have used it on my recommendation and
all sny it never fails to cure Throat, Chest
and Lung troubles." Regular sizo 50c
and 1 .00. Trial bottles free at Blakeley
& Houghton's Drug Store. 4
California Oil Production.
San Francisco, May 7. The output
of oil iu California has increased from
1,245,123 barrels in 189"), to 2,2112,12:.
barrels in 18!ttJ. The prospect is that
the outout tor I be present vear will be
much larger than that cf 1890. California
now ranks fourth among tiie elates in
the Union in petroleum production.
One eignitictiit feature of the oil dis
coveries in the stale is that they will
put California on an equality with other
states in the Union as far as the fuel
question goes. The estimate has been
made that three and ont-'ialf barrels of
California petroleum are equal to one
ton of coal.
Free Sltnter 1'emorallKed.
London, May 7. The Lourenco Mar
ques correspor.deut ofth) limes, tele
graphing Sur.dty, says:
"General Botha has been to the Free
State to rouse the burghers, but has re
turned disheartened and disgusted.
From n unimpeachable s. urct I learn
that he is openly slating to friends that
the Free Staters are to completely
demoralized that it is hot eless to expect
anything from them.
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