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OREGON CITr, CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OREGON, THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 1903.
EVENTS OF THE DAY
GATHERED FROM ALL PARTS OP THE
comprehensive Review of the Import.
ant Happenings of the Paat Week,
Presented la Condensed Farm, Aloe
Likely to Prove Interesting to Got
House passes the army staff bill.
Bids for $25,000,000 nrth of war-
Convict in penitentiary n.akes
tack on guard.
Beet-sugar men begin fight on Phil
ippine tarin Din.
Senator Vert makes appeal for re-
iier oi coal ramlne.
Boers and Brltalns 'banquet togeth
er m we Transvaal.
Senator Hoar makes speech In sup-
pun, oi iiis trust dm.
western railroads refuse to grant
uuvance to trainmen.
Major Glenn says General Chaffee
ordered the water-cure.
United States demands payment of
claims by San Domingo.
Floods en Puget Sound are subsid
ing, and railroad traffic Is resumed.
Allies answer Castro's arbitration
terms, and may settle without arbi
tration. Germany refuses to Join Britain In
protest against opening of the Darda
nelles to Russia.
Attorney General Knox outlines leg
islation against trusts: President in
sists on prompt action or he will call
"Wreckage of a steamer and
schooner has been picked up on the
coast or Vancouver Island, near Car-
manah. The steamer is believed to
have been the tug Vladimir, which
drifted to sea from San Juan.
The Norwegian bark Prince Arthur
was wrecked on January 2, on the
Washington coast, near Ozetta. Of
the 20 men on board only two could
oe rescued by the settlers and In
dians. The Captain appears to have
mistaken the lightship on Umatilla
Teef for the Flattery lighthouse and
sent his ship right to destruction.
David Ulm commits suicide at Al
Cuban reciprocity treaty sure to be
Oklahoma statehood bill In danger
Democrat says women dictate army
Senate discusses bill to relieve
shortage of fuel.
SIgnor Sagasta, ex-Premier of
Spain, dies suddenly.
Pretender of Morocco retreats and
Sultan is out of danger.
Federal Supreme Court declares
California margin law valid.
Railroad trainmen of the West
confer on advance in wages.
Governors inaugurated and legisla
tures convene In many states.
Governor Taft will succeed Judge
Shlras on Federal Supreme bench.
Crown Prince of Saxony Is sued for
separation, but will sue for divorce.
Senators Depew and McCamas have
declared themselves for an anti-trust
Postmistress of Indianola ' leaves
Mississippi denying she yielded to
The supreme court has declared
valid the Federal license system in
Floods In White River Valley have
done $100,000 damage in King Coun
Financial panic in Venezuela end
ed; Castro defeats rebels; Germany
wants more vigorous war. ' '
The Secretary of War has asked for
an appropriation for the construction
of a cable from Fort Lawton to
Alaska delegates condemn the pol
icy of the Lighthouse Board in erect
ing expensive lighthouses on the Alas
Opposition to the confirmation of
Armstrong's appointment as Assist
ant Secretary of the Treasury has de
veloped. It is alleged that he is too
Democrats in the House are grow
ing restive under the leadership of
Richardson, who Is said to be unequal
to the occasion. He will be displaced
In the next congress.
Plans are being formed to defeat
(he Oklahoma-Indian Territory state
hood bill, to which the President is
said to be opposed. He favors admit
ting Oklahoma alone.
Castro laughs at the idea of his ab
dication. No direct bag ships from Calcutta
Oriental liner Indrapura arrives
with a big cargo.
Puget Sound country has greatest
flood in 25 years.
German papers speak lightly of the
Colorado legislature promises a hot
time over election of senator.
MANQLED AND ROASTED.
Awful Fate of Passengers In Tralnwreck
Pittsburg, Jan. 8. As a result of
collision between a passenger train and
the rear end of a freight train on the
Monongahela division of the Pennsyl
vania railroad tonight at Cochrane sta
tion, Just above Dnqnesne, seven men
are dead, one is dying and five others
The passenger train in the wreck was
the West Elizabeth 1 accommodation
train from Pittsburg. '. It was on time,
and had a clear track, according to the
signals displayed. At the siding at
Cochrane it ran into the rear end of an
extra freight, which had taken the
switch, but had failed to clear the main
line. The officials of the road attri
buted the disaster to the failure - of
Patrick Qninn, the rear brakeman of
the freight, to see that his train had
filly cleared. Up to a late hour Quinn
had not been located.
In the collision the tender of the
passenger tiain was forced back upon
the combination baggage and smoking
car with terrible force. . Thel3paseen
gers were jammed against the rear end
of the car into almost a solid mass
Three of the victims were apparently
killed outright, two of the other four
were literally roasted to death, and the
two who died on the way to the hos
pital were so badly burned that recog
nition le impossible
Almost immediately after the impact
nre irom the stove in the smoker com'
municated to the wreckage, and the
imprisoned victims were tortured be
yond description. All of the victims
badly burned. Conductor Cook
was found unconscious under the char
red body of Baggageman Stroud.
Strange to say, not a truck,' except
these of the tender, left the track, and
the only passengers injured were those
in the smoker.
LUCK FOR BRITISH MINERS.
American Demand for English Coal Saves
Them a Cut In Wages.
New ork, Jan. 8. The year has
opened with excellent prospects for
the North of England coal trade, says
the Tribune's London correspondent.
The conditions which applied at the
close of 1902 still obtain, and are even
accentuated, as it is abundantlv evi-
aent tnat tne American demand Is
destined to continue for some time
yet. The West Indies are now under
the necessity of obtaining coal from
this country and positive orders are
In the market for Havana and Cien
fuegos in addition to bose for New
York, Boston and Providence, for
which steamers are being regularly
nxeu to loaa in tne Tyne.
The American demand for Enellsh
coal has had an unlooked for effect
in preventing the expected decline in
the Northumberland miners' wages,
the average selling prices during the
past tnree months having been so
well maintained that a conciliation
board has agreed that wages shall re
main unchanged for the succeeding
TURKISH SULTAN WORRIED.
England Protests Against ' Russian War-
ships Entering Black Sea.
Constantinople. Jan. 8. Great Brit
ain has vigorously Protested to th
Turkish government against the per
mission granted In September last to
the unarmed Russian torpedo-boat
destroyers to pass through the Darda
nelles and into the Black Sea, under
the commercial flag of Russia. These
vessels were about to start on the pro
posed trip. The British note says the
passage of the Dardanelles by the
torpeao-Doat . destroyers would be a
violation of the existing international
treaties, and that if Russian warships
are thus allowed to use the Darda
nelles, Great Britain will reserve the
right to demand similar privileges.
The protest has caused irritation in
Russian circles, and concern on the
part of Turkish authorities, who fear
that other powers will follow the ex
ample of Great Britain.
JOY KILLED OLD MINER.
He Struck It Rich After Prospecting for
17 Years in the Black Hills.
Chicago, Jan. 8. David Thompson,
one of the best-known prospectors In
the Black Hills over which country he
has hunted gold for 17 years, struck
a ledge of great richness, and after
10 minutes demonstrations of delight
fell dead, says a dispatch to the Trib
une from Roubaix, S. D. An exami
nation made later by physicians
showed a blood vessel in the brain to
have been ruptured.
Tortured by Thieves.
New York, Jan. 8. Levi Eicher,
aged 59 years, and his wife, residing
in Springfield township, have been tor
tured by masked thieves, until they
told where their money was hidden.
The robbers held a lighted lamp to
Mr. Etcher's feet and burned them un
til the flesh fell off before he would
consent to show them the strong-box,
where $225 in bills was hidden. Then
they bound the victims to the bed and
left them, taking a horse and saddle
from a barn. Eicher, it is said, re
cognized the thieves.
NEWS OF OREGON
rrFMS OP INTEREST FROM ALL PARTS
OP THE STATE.
Move to Tax Corporations Holding Valu
able Franchises Horsethievea Still at
Work on the Ranges Mining Prop,
erty Bonded Creamery Men Object to
Pure Food Laws.
The First M. E. church of Albany
ceieura:ea its sota anniversary.
The Marion County Bar Associa
tion has prepared a bill for the com
ing legislature taxing telephone, tel-
egrapn, express and oil comnanies.
ana otner corporations holding val
George McKimmen, the 3-year-old
son of Mr. and Mrs. George McKim
men, who reside Just north of Grant's
Pass, died as a result of the severe
burns he received by falling Into a
tub of boiling water.
The Brownsville-Sweet Home staee
met with a mtshan recentlv after
leaving Crawfordsviile for Browns
ville. It was very daik and the
driver ran Into a stumD which uDset
the hack throwing the occupants out
in the mud. There were several pas
sengers, but all escaped with nothing
more than a few scratches and a
Creamerymen don't like the law
which prohibits them from remolding
"tub butter" Into squares and selling
it as "creamery butter." Much tub
butter they say is just as good as the
standard creamery, and some of it is
better In fact, butter stored in tubs
keeps better than in squares. Food
and Dairy Commissioner Bailey
says that he does not care how much
tub butter Is remolded but he insists
that the butter shall be sold for just
what it is and nothing else. "If tub
butter Is Just as good as creamery
In squares," said Mr. Bailey yester
day, "the people will soon find it out
All I insist upon Is that things shall
be as they are represented when sold.
The creamerymen say that the brand
'tub butter' condemns their product.
But why does it? If tub butter is Just
as good as the regular product in
squares, I ask why the brand con
demns it? I do not doubt that some
tub butter is just as good as any.
All I contend is that whatever a man
sells, he sells for just what it Is,
whether it be a threshing machine, a
steam engine, a paper of tacks or a
roll of butter."
R. W. Hathaway, a creamerv man
irom uornmg, la., has located at Med
ford and has. as the result of a con
ference with a number of dairymen
of this section, decided to put in a
creamery, and expects to have it in
operation by March 1. No difficulty
is expected In securing sufficient
cream, as there are now 22 dairymen
shipping cream from this place to the
A bill has been prepared and will
be submitted to the Marion County
Bar Association, the purpose of which
is to reorganize the State Land Board
and define the manner in which It
shall conduct the work of selecting
lieu lands.; The bill proposes to con
tinue the power of the Governor to
appoint a state land agent, so that
the democratic governor will not be
deprived of this patronage, but the
state land agent is made subject to
tne orders of the whole board. The
two land departments are to work In
harmony, and, in 'fact, to constitute
but one department, so that hence
forth, if this bill should become a
law, there could not recur any such
conflicts as have recently caused so
Wheat Walla Walla,
stem 78c; valley, 75c.
Barley Feed, $23.60 per ton: brew
ing, $24.00. :
Floor Best grade, 8.90(14.40; grah
Mil tstaffs Bran, 119.00 per ton:
middlings, $23.50; shorts, $19.60:
chop, $18. '
Oats No. 1 white. $1.1531.17:
gray, $1.12 3 1.16 per cental.
Hay Timothy, $11912; clover.
$89.00; cheat, $839 per ton. .. .
Potatoes Best Bnrbanks, 50360c
per sack; ordinary, 40350c per cental,
growers' prices; Merced sweets. $2 003
$2.25 per cental.
Poultry Chickens, mixed, 10(5 11c:
young, 10c; bens, llHKc; turkeys,
live, 10 lec; dressed. 18 3 20:
ducks, $7 7.60 per dozen; geese, $8
Cheese Foil cream, twins, 16 &3
17&c; Young America, 17K18;
factory prices, lljc less.
Butter Fancy creamery, 27)30c
per pound; extras, 30c; dairy, 20
22Hc; store, 16318.
Eggs 25335c per dozen.
Hops New crop, 23326c per pound.
Wool-Valley, lK315c: Eastern
Oregon, 814)c; mohair, 26828c.
Beef Gross, cows, 83Ke ner
pound; steers, 4c; dressed, 837c
Mutton Gross, Sc per nonnd:
dressed, 6c. " K
Lambs Grose, SXc cer nonnd!
dressed, 6 Xo.
Hogs -Greet, "oMAoiat Mf Bound:
PROFITS OF STEEL TRUST.
Nearly $34,000,000 Annually Employes
Eager to Take Stock.
ew york, Jan. 8. The United
States Steel Corporation declared the
icgumr quarterly dividend of 1 per
cent, on the common and 1 per cent
on the preferred stock.
a nnanclal statement was Issued
showing net earnings for the calendar
year, with December estimated, of
$132,662,000. The net earning fnr
me quarter ended December 31 were
JMa,bl3, an Increase of $1,579,700.
as compared with the same period of
From the net earnln
deductions are made of 124.628.1 R3 fnr
sinking funds, depreciation and re
serve iunas and for a special fund set
aside for depreciation and Improve
ments;, or i6,zou,ooo for interest on
bonds; of $3,040,000 in sinklne fund
ior oonas, and ot $56,052,869 for In
terest on the stocks. These
Hons leave undivided profits amount
ing to -33,841.565 for the vear. annll-
cable to increase, depreciation and re
serve fund accounts for new construc
tion and surplus. The cash on hand
The board approved the Dlan renort.
ed by the finance committee for prof-
li-snanng ana subscription to stock
by the employes. It was reported to
tne Doard tnat the plan for stock sub
scription was being well received by
the employes, and that within three
days after the opportunity to sub
scribe was given, more than 16,000
snares naa been subscribed for.
J. Pler'pont Morgan was present at
the meeting, although It is not his cus
tom to attend meetings of cornora-
Hons when they are not held in his
PROMOTION FOR TAFT.
Will Be Associate Justice of the Supreme
Court-Wright to Succeed Him.
Washington, Jan. 8. If existing
plans carry, some time next month
the President will send to the Senate
the nomination of Governor Taft to
be an Associate Justice of the United
States Supreme Court, to succeed Jus
tice Shires, who is expected to retire
during that month. Governor Taft
will be succeeded as Civil Governor of
the Philippines by General Lake E.
Wright, at present vice-governor, and
the latter place will be filled by the
appointment of W. W. Rockhill, the
present director of the Bureau of
American Republics. There are al
ready many aspirants for the place
wnicn will be vacated by Mr. Rockhill.
but so far the President has made no
It appears that Governor Taft was
offered a place on the Supreme bench
on the retirement of Justice Gray,
but he felt that affairs in the Philip
pines were In such a state as to re
quire his own personal attendance
and he sacrificed his chance. The
President has not forgotten his useful
ness, and feels that the work in the
archipelago will be in shape by Febru
ary, so it may well be taken over by
General . right.
Rode 100 Feet Under Pilot of Locomotive
and Had No Bones Broken.
New York, Jan. 8. To be Jammed
under the pilot of a hog locomotive.
as the ones Cornelius Vanderbilt In
vented are called, to have his legs
curled over the axle of the coney
wheels under the pilot and be carried
along for 100 feet and yet to escape
without a broken bone has been the
experience of Louis Huysler, an elec
trician of Mount Vernon.
Huysler was found with his legs
curled around the axle of the coney
wheels. His head was Jammed back
under the pilot itself. He was in a
position that .made is impossible to
extricate him without lifting the loco
motive from the rails. When he was
Anally removed Huysler's left knee
was found to be dislocated, the right
knee bruised and the leg cut. He also
had some cuts on the face and 'body,
but not a bone was broken.
SAQASTA IS DEAD.
Heart Failure Takes Away Aged Spanish
Statesman and ex-Premier.
Madrid, Jan, ' 7. Ex-Premier, Prax
edes Mateo Sagasta died at 11 o'clock
tonight in his 76th year. At 6:30 he
had, an attack of heart failure and It
was then thought he was dead; he
rallied, however, and lived for four
and a half hours.
Senor Sagasta 's death was due to
bronchitis and gastric trouble. His
family wa at the deathbed, and for
mer Liberal members of the cabinet
were near their old leader. A bishop
admlniatred the last sacrament this
The news of the ex-Premier's death
created a painful impression through
out Madrid. King Alfonso expressed
Senor Sagasta's intellect was unim
paired until his last hours. He talked
to his daughters, the presidents of the
senate and of congress, and to the
archbishop of Toledo,
. King Alfonso has written a letter
of sympathy to Senor Sagasta's fam
ily. During the ex-Premier's illness,
the Queen mother and other members
of the royal family frequently sent of
ficials to inquire as to his progress.
West Indian Failure a Big One.
London, Jan. 8. The accounts filed
of the failure in May last of Park, Mc
Fadden & Park, West Indian mer
chants, who had a branch house In
New York, represented by Park. Son
& Co., show gross debts amounting to
$1,295,000, and $665,000 assets.
ONLY TWO SAVED
NORWEGIAN BARK G01NQ TO PIECES
ON WASHINGTON COAST.
Eighteen Lost Out of a Crew of Twenty
Indians Rescued the Two Survivors by
Forming Human Chain Through Surf
Captain Mistook Umatilla Lightship
for Cape Flattery Lighthouse.
rcrt Townsend, Jan. 8. With 18
out of her crew of 20 drowned, the
Norwegian bark. Prinre Arthur. 11m
a total wreck on the treacherous rocks
two miles south of Ozette, 29 miles
souin or uape Flattery.
The accident which resulted so dis
astrously occurred on the night of
January 2, but the news was not re
ceived until today, owing to the iso
lated location. A private letter reach
ing nere tnis afternoon with the sad
news was carried 25 miles through
the wilderness by an Indian courier
oerore being mailed.
The particulars contained are mean
er in the extreme, telling simply that
tne vessel is a total wreck In the
breakers, while but two men of.het
crew of 20 survived. These were res-
cued from the surf by a human line
made up of the frontiersmen living in
the vicinity, assisted by the natives,
and were too exhausted at the time
the courier left to give any particulars
of the terrible calamity.
The Impression prevails that mis
taking Umatilla Reef lightship for
the beacon on Cape Flattery led Cap
tain Markussen to his doom anions
the breakers in one of the most dan
gerous and exposed positions on the
entire northern coast. The scene of
the wreck Is where many vessels be
fore have piled their bones, the reef
extending far out into the sea, making
the approach of assistance : Impossi
ble. When the settlers first saw the op-
proaching vessel, she was heading due
west, which confirms the belief that
Captain Markussen supposed he had
passed Fattery and was shaping the
proper course to enter the Straits of
Juan de Fuca. The vessel is report
ed to be In identically the Bame place
as was the German ship Fl'ottbek two
years ago, from which in daylight and
a calm sea the three powerful towing
vessels on the Sound had great dif
ficulty In rescuing her.
The Identity of the dead survivors
could not be ascertained, the hardy
woodsmen having no means of Iden
tifying the badly battered corpses
which are washing ashore at Irregular
Intervals. The rescuers consequently
contented themselves with giving the
unfortunates Christian burial near the
scene of their, tragic death.
AQAIN IN SESSION.
Anthracite Strike Commission Resnmes
Its Work at Philadelphia.
Philadelphia, Jan. 8. After a re
cess over the holidays, the Anthracite
Coal Strike Commission resumed Its
work today, hearing the nonunion
men's side of the controversy in the
great industrial war in the anthracite
coal regions during the pant year. It
is expected that nearly a month will
he occupied in taking the testimony of
the nonunion men, the coal operators
and the mlneworkers In rebuttal.
The session began at 11 o'clock.
The courtroom was well filled when
the Commissioners filed in and took
their seats. All the prominent attor
neys were present, excepting C. S.
Darrow, leading counsel for the min
ers, , who was delayed In the West.
The first business brought up was
the presentation by their counsel of
the wage statements of several of the
small Independent coal companies In
the Hazleton region.
John J. Williams, a mining engi
neer, employed by the Lehigh &
Wilkesbarre Coal Company, was the
first witness, - He told how he was set
upon and beaten while on his way to
work, but he could not swear that the
strikers committed the assault.
Sheriff Schadt, of Lackawanna
County, gave In detail his eperlences
during the strikes, and finally his call
upon Governor Stone for assistance.
The sheriff said that President Mitch
ell had several times assisted him in
CLARK MAY COMB TOO.
Famous Commander of the Oregon Likely
to Accompany Roosevelt.
Washington, Jan. 8. It is quite
probable that Admiral Clark, who
ommanded the Battleship Oregon at
Santiago, may accompany , President
Roosevelt on bis trip through Oregon
next spring, although definite plans
ave not been arranged. It Is the
present intention of the President to
visit Oregon sometime in May and
the suggestion has been made that
urlng his visit to the State the sword
presentation to the Admiral should
It Is said at the White House that
Admiral Clark desires to accompany
the President on this occasion, he will
be gladly welcomed by Mr. Roosevelt.
The possibility of an extra session,
however, makes It Impossible for the
President to definitely arrange for
this Western tour. No definite plans
will be made until Congress adjourns.
. Pretender Retreating.
Madrid. Jan. 7. Premier Silvela
has presented to King Alfonso official
dispatches confirming the report of
the retreat of the Pretender to the
Moroccan throtie, thus allowing the
Sultan to reorganize the army and
stamp out the insurrection.
CRISIS IS PAST.
Washington Floods Have Ceased to Rise,
but Recede Very Slowly.
Seattle, Jan. 7. The flood situation
south' of Seattle does not seem to bet
greatly improved. Only the most
meager particulars from the various
points have been received. The first'
casualties as a result of the rising ot ;
the water are reported from O'Brien.
on the Northern Pacific between Se
attle and Tacoma. There the water
Is six or eight feet high, and last
night It was rushing past the house i
with the swiftness of a mountain cur-,
rent Two men, Martin Cummlngs
and F. Shaughnessy, were In a boat
rescuing people from second-atm-v
windows, and on one of the trips the '
boat capsized and Cummlnar. unit'
Shaughnessy were both drowned. ' '
From Orillta cornea the news thnf
the - water has receded a.hnt ir
Inches, but that half of tha town to
still Indoors or compelled to go about
In boats. Many head of cattle are im
prisoned In barns standlnsr In two nnt
three feet of water.
No trains are running through the
flooded districts, the Northern Pa
cific making no effort to resume oper
ations between this city and Tacoma. '
The wagon and railroad brides
across Nesqually River were In dan
gerous condition, but it is thourht
they will be saved, as the flood Is sub- -Biding.
No train has reached Olympia
from Portland since Friday.
Deschutes River Is raelnir and thn '
highest volume of water la nourln-
over the falls known In years.
The greatest loss by the flood ha
been the bottling works belonging to
the Olympia Brewing Company,
wrecked Friday night, and damaged
to the extent of $20,000. Fine weather
today will probably avert anv further
A lake of water 20 miles lone anil
from one to five miles wide, and vary
ing in depth from three to 20 feet,
covers the entire White River Valley
between Seattle and Kent. The lika
was never known before in all the
history of King County. W. H. Al
vord, a farmer living near Kent, who
settled here over 40 years ago. said
tonight that never In his experlenca
was there such a flood as prevails :
The damage done by the waters In ,
King County alone will reach at least
$100,000, and In all likelihood when
all the facts are known It will reach
double this sum. At least 300 faml- ;
lies In the valley have been rendered
practically homeless by the floods,
and their household goods have been
well-night destroyed. : Hundreds ot
head of sheep and hogs have been .
drowned, while other livestock has
CASTRO'S ARMY DEFEATED.
Rebels Won a Decisive Victory Only Eight
Miles from the Capital.
New York, Jan. 7. According to
the Herald's correspondent In WI1
lemstad, the revolutionists are ad
vancing In three columns on General
Castro's army. A desperate fight oc
curred within eight miles of the City
of Caracas, resulting favorably to tha
revolutionists. They are cutting all
the telegraph lines, tearing up tha
railroad tracks and are hourly expect
ed In the Immediate neighborhood of
the city.- A condition of . extreme pan
ic prevails among those who have
heretofore believed that Castro was
A committee of the most prominent
citizens has gone to President
Castro and made representations of
how hopelessly untenable Is his posi
tion. - But he insists on holding on un
til his forces are defeated In a deci
sive battle. It seems that this cannot
be far distant. President Castro is
already planning what he shall do
when the Inevitable comes, but ha
will make a desperate fight before
quitting, as he has no chance to es
cape. The only alternate is imprison
ment. The correspondent add that no at
tempt Is. now being made by the allies
to conceal the fact that they are af
fording assistance to the re vol u- .
Washington, Jan. 7. The response
of the allied powers to Castro's last
proposition to submit ' Venezuela's
case to the arbitration of The Hague
tribunal have not, yet been received,,
but It Is believed that the answers
will not be much longer delayed, as &
continuance of the present state of
affairs on the Venezuela case is not '
viewed with satisfaction. The block-
ade Is believed to be working Injury to
American interests, therefore the de
sire is strong to see the protocol, which.
will include a provision for the ter
mination of , the blockade, speedily
Mr. Bowen's advices from Caracas
show that conditions there are very
much disturbed: that internal revolu
tionary , troubles have Intensified and
that President Castro Is Barely beset.
Blockade Still In Force.
Berlin, Jan. 7. Great Britain and
Germany came to an understanding'
four days ago to enforce the blockade
of the Venezuelan coast precisely as
though the negotiations for arbitra
tion were not going on. It was doubt
less In consequence of this under
standing that the vessels at Porto
Cabello were taken, though both the
foreign office and the navy depart
ment are yet without advices show
ing that vessels were taken or ma
rines landed. .
Commodore Scheder telegraphs that
the Germans on Saturday seized a
number . of large Venezuelan Bailing;
vessels at Porto Cabello. The prizes
were . towed . to Los Reques, where
they Remain under guard. Otherwise,
there have 'been no developments at