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Vol. XV. No. 49.
CORVALLIS, OREGON, ; JANUARY 2i, 1903.
B. F. IRVINE -Editor
IF ill IPS? Si
During January Our
Entire Stock of . . .. .
, . . . .... . ,
Dry ood$t 0jo!bin&
- Bafs and Shoes,
WILL BE SOLD AT
New Goods Arriving: Daily.
Save Money by Making
Your Purchases this Month.
1 HOMfiSEKRS I " I
F YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOME REAL
Ood "bargains in stock,
5; Ranches, write for my special list, or come and
see me. - I shall take pleasure in giving you all
the reliable information you wish, -also showing
you over the country. '
rtj Real Estate Loan, and Insurance.
Jj Philomath, Oregon.
1 . ; n o. n
r 1 1 mas unir.fi Tor iinn Mrmtino.
grain, fruit and poultry
HAVING the only facilities io the city
for First-Class Engraving', when BO
desired, all Christmas goods sold by us
will be engraved absolutely Free of
Charge. '- '-' "" '" """
The Jeweler and Optician.
New Year's I
When suppled by P. M. Zierolf, in
sure the utmost satisfaction to
guests and host. If you intend to
entertain, leave your order with us
and you will certainly "be pleased
both with the quality of our food
products and our moderate prices.
P. M. ZIEROLF
b-v W J ,
A MONSTER GANNON.
SHOOTS TWENTY MILES PROJEC
TILE WEIGHING TWENTY
'IYE IITNDRE1), "'.-,.
Requires six Hundred .- and Forty
Pounds Pdwdei for Single Dis
charge After four Months ;
Nap the Girl Still Sleeps
Strange Case ,
; Other News.
New York, Jan. 17. The most
powerful; gun ever built in Ama
rica, a huge 16 inch coast defence
rifle, was successfully tested at t;he
Government proving grounds.
Sandy Hook, today. The gun was
tired three times in the cours9of the
afterroan, in the presence of sever
al hundred Army officers, a few civ
ilians and one. representative of the
Legislative branch of the Govern
ment. - 1
The three tests were marked by
the wonderful accuracy with which
they fulfilled the mathematical cal
culations of the Army, experts who
have had cba rge of .- then . gun's con
struction.: The. three - shota- also
proyed that the special smokeless
powder, made for 16-mch guns had
been accurately prepared.
1 trenrst shot was a sort of " wamr-
er". ins cnarge was obo pounds
of smokeless powder, and the ve
locity of the 24oo-pound projectile
When it left the muzzle, was 2003
feet a second. The pressure of the
great charge of powder in exploding
was isoiodo pounds to the square
inch . .. .... : -tL
For the second shot the full char
ge of 640 pounds of powder was
used,nd tbe velocity was 23o6, or
six feet more than calculated. The
pressure waa 38,ooo pounds to the
.square inch. The elevation of the
gun's, muzzle for the first and sec
ond shotB "waa 1 degrees, and the
ranges were 3ooo and 3500 yards,
For the final shot ; the muzzle
was elevated to 4j degrees increas
ing the range to 7oo yards. The
velocity of this shot was not taken..
The charge was 640 pounds .of
smokelefs powder, and the prer sure
was 38,5oo pounds . to the square
inch. All the shots ricochetted two
or three times on the water, sending
up great fountains of spray.
Gtneral Crozier said . that the
tests showed that the gun was . an
absolute success and proved that
16-inch guns could :; be furnished
whenever the country wanted them.
Whether any more will be built is
a queetion. Congressman Gillette
and several ofiScers present doubted
that any more would ever be built
a number of smaller guns being
considered more effective than - the
one enormous gun. " ' " .
-The gun fired today cost $100,0-
00. . it was said at the tests that
the ; gun .would undoubtedly . be
mounted at Sandy" Hook. " General
Crozier said that, while its range at
its highest elevation was "about 20
miles, It could be dsed to hit objects
only at a distance of - four or five
miles. I Objects further away could
not be seen. ' ' -;; -
; Centralis, 111.,' Jan. ' 10. Lying
on an old trundled bed in a side
room of a little old brick . house : in
the edgebf the city is young Dora
Meeks, the girl who is calmly sleep
ing her life away. She' has been
sleeping most of the "time since Sep
tember 28 last, and has been roused
only at short intervals. She is now
pale and wan and though seeming
ly no worse, she has gained nothing
and only once has sbebeen able to
get up and dresB, going back -. to
sleep almost immediately.
A The physicians are puzzled over
the case. , They pronounce it hyste
ria, but it seems peculiar it should
be so prolonged. Many1 theories
have been advanced as to the troub
le, but the conclusion generally re
verts back to that of hysteria.
For a time she took no nourish-:
ment, but now she eats every day.
The physicians seem to think she
will get well," though just why she
will get either worse or better they
seem unable to tell. There are
those who-think the girl is playing
a part in- extending the sleep, as
the neighbors are kind and bring
in much food, and the City Poovi
dent Association" " is looking after
the needs of the family of seven.
The father is about 70 years old and
toe old to - work. Besides a $17 pen
sion he draws from-Unc-e Sam for
services in the civil war the family
has rfo other means of support,
thouh- they own a small farm in
the northern part of Marion county.
The mother said she felt hopeful
of het daughter's recovery,- and she
was at a loss to understand what
was. the matter, as the girl, who is
now 17 years old, had slways been
in good health, except for a ten
days'sleep she had a year ago last
fall. J The trouble then, as now,
was over a falling out with her lov
er." V s-r; -' -
At that time she was missed, and
later found in the nearby woods ly
ing behind a log fast asleep and
nearly frozen to death. She was
revived with great difficulty, but-
after about ten days of unconscious
ness she revived and appeared in as
good health as ever.
Miss Meeks was working in a
restaurant" last fall and keeping .
company with a young man. .Oa
Sunday afternoon, September 28,
they quarraled and the girl be
came, nysterical and tell - over
asleep. She was carried to her room
and medical aid called, but it was
impossible to rouse her and she lay
practically iiieiees ior mree aays
uht'l she was suddenly ; roused by
onehf the dootors.:: She jumped
quickly, looked up, but almost im
mediately lapsed ;. into unconscious
ness ?agahw;. Several physicians
were called and hertfparents, who
were iatitbat. time, living on . their
farm,- came here, and with,; the as
sistance of jcharity began - house
keeping. l:-r..i: -' ;
" Everything has been tried, Oste
opaths, hypnotists,, and Spiritual-
Lists', with the regular medi al fra
ternity, have: had their trial,, but
most of them have failed: even to
gain hei attention. . :
Her pulse. has been 84 lately and
her temperature normal. Sunday,
December 28, she had another sink
ing spell, and her temperature ran
up to 120, but it iB : now normal;
and as the girl is taking nourish
ment the hope is , entertained that
she wH round into complete con
sciousness again.- The only time
'she is said to have smiled was when
her lover wa6 with her, and held
her hand. She seemed then to re
alize his presence, but it was only
for a moment.
There have been many parallel
cases, but there has also been some
thing organically wrong that caus'
ed the unconscious state. Only a
few weeks ago a woman in St. Lou
is by the name of Mrs. Abernathy
fell asleep and could not be roused,
but it was found there wasa small
clot .of blood on her brain, and when
that was removed she was all right
again. With Miss Meeks nothing
unusual has been found to give a
clue to the cause of the trouble, and
the physicians here, nearly all of
wnom have been called in, seem to
be Completely baffled. The. girl is
not in a4rance, but is just quietly
sleeping her life away. .
New York, Jan: 16. Not a pound
of railroad coal could be had in the
city yesterday .Thirty thousands
of tons arrived but it waB all high
priced independent coal, which sold
for $10.50 cents f. o. to., which means
50 cenf s additional cost for each
ton before it conld be , brought to
this side of the river.
There was great indignation be
cause none of the dealers couldjob
tain the $5 road coal. The. sales
agents of the : railroad companies
were asked where the $5 coal was,
who got it, or if Bny of it could be
obtained. They gave evasive an
swers. 1 he dealers were therefore
compelled to buy ,the independent
coal at 10.50,-or go without it. ' ,
San Francisio, Jan, 17. Begin
ning July 1st, book and job print
ers will have ah eight-hour . work
day. .. The Typographical Union
yesterday adopted the recommend
ations of the committee whose re
port provides' that book- and job
printers shall receive an increase in
wageB f 50 cents a-'Week and a de
crease in time of fifteen minutes a
day. A like increase an,d decrease
will take place at the beginning" of
each subsequent six months until
they will receive $20 a. week for an
eight-hour working day. ;
The action of the union closes
this controversy with exception of
signing a formal agreement with
the employers. "
J. P. Huffman
Qfflce In Zierolf
from.8 to 5. ; ,
EASTERN TOWNSPEOPLE CONFIS
- GATE COAL FROM PASSING
HoWThey did it at. Areola Illinois
Two Women Whose Bones
Become Brittle and Break
Their Joints Become
Stiff and Movement
-C'. - is Impossible. "
Areola, 111., Jan. 11. With a
North Dakota blizzard howling over
the place at fifty miles an hour
and a drop in temperature of 50 de
grees within 12 hours, - the people
of this hustling town of 2,000 in
habitants look upon the confisca
tion of nine carloads-of coal belong
ing to the Illinois Central Railroad
Company as providential. - ' '
"It was , a godsend," declared
Thomas Lyons, president of the
State Bank, "if any one seeks to
make trouble over tbe . theft that
person will be run out of Areola."
"We needed : the coal ; people's
lives were at . stake," . said. S. L.
Wood worth,; manager of tha Areola
Electric Light plant, "the fuel was
simply confiscated by those who
had the most urgent use. for it. It
waa paid for, and, order was observ
ed in the summary process follow
ed.. We anticipate no legal trouble
over the affair." y -
"ine raiiroaa company nas no
kick coming," asserted William J.
Bradbury,, who weighed the coal on
his scales and took- cask, payment
for it. . "It got rid of a lot of infe
rior stuff at top prices. The money
for every pound taken from the cars
is in my possession, and will be
turned over to the railroad officials."
Mr. Bradbury is a member of the
board of education and a coal dealer.-'
George Wall, a barber, was the
first to solve the fuel problem. It
was about 5 o'clock and still dark.
Mounting a car, he threw down
enough chunks to fill a wheelbarrow
which he trundled home. He sur
prised his neighbors, and in a few
moments a dozen figures . were in
dustriously at work laying in a sup
ply of tbe precious fuel. 1 he train
crew ordered the marauders, but
they refused to leave. Like wild
fire the news spread that there was
plenty of coal to be bad, and that
every one was laying in a supply.
1 he emergency committee at osce
assumed charge6f the distribution.
William Bradbury waa installed as
weigher at his scales fifty yards
away. uoi. JJeggs, formerly on
Gov. Tanner's staff, became grand
marshal aiid accountant; -
"No one can have more than a
ton. A fair distribution "must be
made. Every bit of coal must be
weighed on Bradbury's- scales ' and
the cash paid to me upon delivery."
shouted the colonel to 'the crowd.
There were cheers of approval. '
The Rev. Ed ward Beach; pastor
of the Presbyterian church and
past moderator of the . Mattoon
Presbytery ran up.- '
"I want some of that coal," he
said. "The rectory's like a cold
barn." "..' . -
3 "I join with my colleague," de
clared the Rev W. F. Prout, of the
Free Methodist church.
Every one worked with desperate
energy the firsj; few hours. No one
could tell when , the engine from
Champaign would arrive and haul
away the precious caigo. Persons
who could not secure teams carried
off all they could get in boxes, bar
rels and baskets, and wheelbarrows
and. pushcarts did a thriving busi
ness. All proceeded tot. the Brad
bury scales, whereCol. Beggs held
the crowd in linerand received pay
ment. ; - - : - -' ,
The cars were rapidly being emptied.-
Nearly every man in town
made himself useful in disposing
of the cargo. All morning and af
ternoon the operations continued
uninterrupted. At six o'clock when
most of the bins in the town had
been supplied, 360 tons had ' been
.unloaded and delivered. A dealer
figured that it would have taken
one man and a team nine weeks to
do the same work, - with ' ehifts of
t en hours a day. About 8. o'clock
P. :: M. the engine arrived from
Champaign and hauled the train
away. But Areola had - laid in a
supply of coal that will last a week.
Hardly had the last load : been
carted off when the' ' mercury began
to descend. Six inches of snow fell
during the night, and this morning,
the -fiercest blizzard of years waa
raging.'"-- - - ' ' ' - '.
"Had it not been for yestei day's -Providential
Banker Lyons today, "we . should
have been compelled to gather most
of our people into churches and V
halls to prevent them from freezing
to death, and to husband our scan
ty Btore of fuel.. , If any, attempt is "
trade to prosecute us over .bur hu- -mane
provision, ' it will arouse a
storm of indignation. We paid for
what we got and paid well. I do
not fear any sequence to. our hu
The raiders did" not forget-the
poor. Albert . Snyder, one of the
j best-known real-estate agents of
.Central Illinois, stood responsible
' for a number of loads of coal, which
were delivered to destitute widows
and other unfortunate persons,.:-
There were many pathetic Ecene,s
when women who have not .known
the comfort of sufficient heat for
weeks, received enough coal ta
keep them in comfort for a month, -.
with assurances from their benefac
tors that their wants in future will '
be attended to. , v
The emergency committee has
$1,400 in cash to turn over to the
Illinois Central at the market,
price $4 a ton Last year the same:
grade of coal brought $1.50 a ton. - .
. New Bedford, Mass.,, Jan. 3. A.
woman of this city who . was the "
trained nurse of. Mrs. Palmer, . of
Rome, N.' Y. who, with her sister,
Miss btelta E wing, were known aa
ossified women has given to aWorld
correspondent the truth, about , the
strange afflictions, resulting .recent
ly in the death of Miss Swing. .
"While both of these sufferers',"
said she, "have' been spoken of,
even in the city in which they lived
as the petrified or , ossified women, -or
as having turned to bone, ibis is
incorrect. Their flesh was as soft
to the touch'and as sensitive as a
little childs, the smallest wrinkle in
the clothing coming in contact with
the flesh causing them the greatest
discomfort. ; v
"The pecular form of disease,
from which they suffered caused
the bones of the body to become
brittle, very much after manner of
bone subjected to weather or to fire.
The joints ofthe.body gradually stif-
fened so that the slightest move
ment was impossible. Total blind
ness was another form of the dis
ease. ;,'' :' ;- , , . - ..
"Born on a farm not far from the
city of Rome, of highly respected
parents, their childhood and wo
man" hood gave no hint of the dis
ease they were to suffer from later
in life. Mrs Palmer was a beauti
ful woman both in face and charac
ter, and now after years of a living
death retains mupa-of her former,
beauty. - f , . ..
"She is educated and well infor
med on ail current topics of the
day and enjoys a large correspon
dence, thanks to kind friends,
some of Whom are always at her '
disposal. She is a fine conversa
tionalist and of a deeply religious
nature; accepting the state she is in
with sweet recognition. A few
years ago she had the misfortune to
be thrown from her reclining chair,
breaking her right arm. . It has
never been set, nor can it be, owing
to the condition of the bone. The
rigidity of the body is due. wholly
to the stiffened joints. The S9tting
of the jaws made removal of the
teets necessary. , ,
"Miss Stelli Ewing was employed
as a nurse at the State Hospital for
the Insane previous to her illness.
She was poss3esed of many fine
qualities of head and heart, and
made many friends. She was'
engaged to be married to the chem
ist employed at the hospital, but
released- him from his promise
becoming convinced that her afflic
tion was of the same nature as her
sister's. ; Both : used reclining
chairs built especially for their use
as to lie on a bed was impossible.
"A few years ago an eye spec
ialist performed an operation . on
Mrs Palmer's eyeB, hoping that her :
eight might be in a measure re
stored, but the operation waa not
"Both Mrs Palmer and Miss Eff
ing were always f daintily and at
tractively gowned. People through
out the United'States have interes
ted themselves in the sisters, and
many valuable gifts have found ,
their way to them from all over the.
land, giving them much substan-.
tial aid." '