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JFHE. 7OKSIK& OEEGOIiOEHIJBSBAl.r, FEBBTE&RY 14. 1895.
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EVIDEXGE TO SHOW THE BAX1CER
KXEW OP THE INSOLVENCY.
The Defence Will Endeavor to Show
That the Defendant Is XicLns
Mnle a Scapegoat.
XORTH YAKIMA, Feb. 13. The cases,
six In number, against J. K. Edmlston, of.
Seattle and Walla Walla, for accepting
money as president and manager of the
Walla Walla Savings bank when he knew
that Institution was Insolvent, has occu
pied the time of the superior court
throughout the day. In addition to the 24
witnesses from Walla Walla, about a doz
en arrived on the late train last night
from Seattle. The Interest displayed Is
intense. William Stlne. Mrs. Whitney.
Henry Tobln, H. I'. Estes, George W.
Bradbury. J. T,. Stubblefield. N. S. Ghol
son, T. S. Page. David Goldstein, H. B.
Goldstein and Leon Phipps were the wit
nesses on the stand for the prosecution
today. The evidence was mainly to show
that Edmlston had received money and
sold bills of exchange after telling vari
ous persons that the bank could not meet
s obligations. Phipps, who was cashier
from October until the bank closed its
doors, was the star witness, and he cre
ated a sensation when he stated that
the Saturday before the bank closed. Ed
mlston. his brother, Fitzhue and the wit
ness were closeted together and Edmis
ton then said that the bank would have
to close on the following Saturday night,
on account of it being Impossible to raise
more funds, and that the bank was heav
ily in debt.
The defense will endeavor to show the
utter lack of knowledge on the part of
Edmlston that the bank was insolvent or
about to become so. His attorneys main
tain that the defendant is being made a
scapegoat and that he was approached
ry certain bank officials prior to and Im
mediately after the closing of the bank,
and asked to leave the country; that he
was not a party to any of the fraudulent
transactions, and that he paid 573.000 of
the Indebtedness of the bank in the two
months in which he served as president
jnd manager. They will maintain that
during the panic of 3S33, the health of
Manager Stine gave way, then Mr. Fitz
hue took charge, serving from July to
October, and he, also, failing to meet the
requirements, Mr. Edmlston was called
from Seattle, and, knowing nothing of the
stability of the bank's securities, and
counting on his resources to bring it
out all right, was met with a failure of
the wheat crop, which rendered securities,
Phipps. while on the stand this after
noon, refused to answer several of the
questions put by the defense In cross
examination, on the ground of incrimi
ratlng himself, and he testified that he
had not been promised immunity by the
state. One of the attorneys for the de
fense stated that if Edmlston was guilty.
Phipps and Fitzhue were equally so, and
that. In case of a conviction, information
would be tiled against them, and the pros
NOT A TIU'E VXlAi.
F. M. Broadbent. of Hood River, Dis
charged. THE DAIXES. Feb. 13. The grand jury
todav found not a true bill against F.
M. Broadbent, of Hood River, charged with
adultery. Broadbent was Indicted at the
last term of court for this offense, but
was not tried, as the name of one of the
witnesses before the grand jury was not
indorsed on the indictment. He was re
committed to await the present grand
jury, but, in the meantime, his wife, who
en the former occasion testified against
xhm.ref used .hen-testimony. This allowed
him. to go free. Before dismissal. Judge
Btadshaw lectured Broadbent severely,'
and assured him if ever the offense was
xepeated punishment would follow. This
tfase caused much excitement in Hood
River, as the affair against Broadbent
was being pushed by prominent people.
An exciting case was heard in the cir
cuit court today. The Interest taken Is
because it throws some light on the re
cent North Dalles scheme that at one
time occupied much of public attention,
and subsequent disfavor. O. D. Taylor
was the head of that concern and he is
now being suod for breach of contract.
One Cornell, living in Wisconsin, was in
duced by Taylor to buy stock in a fruit
concern, and Taylor promised in case,
after a- certain time, Cornell repented of
the bargain, Taylor would buy back the
Siock. Cornell assigned the claim, to
Mitchell, who now is suing Taylor to make
him keep his promise.
The jury In the case of the State of
Oregon vs. Guy Southwell, charged with
killing a horse, brought In a verdict of
acquittal. The hors killed was proved
to hav had a different owner than that
alleged in the Indictment
A large audience filled the Congrega
tional chursn last evening to listen to a
lecture on "Ben Hur," by J. W. Fair
banks. Many Illustrated scenes, descrlp
tie of the story, wore shown on a large
canvas. A neat sum was realized to the
Grand Master Pnrlcer on His South
ern Orefiron Tour.
JACKSONVILLE. Or.. Feb. 13. L. C.
Parker, grand master of the I. O. O. F
is in Southern Oregon officially visiting the
several lodges. He attended Jacksonville
lodge Monday evening, and, after the
ceremonies were over, all were invited to
a fine supper, prepared by the Rebekahs
of the order for the occasion.
The funeral of Eddie JCunan, who was
thrown from a horse last Sunday and
sustained Injuries from which he died
Monday, took place today. He was burled
in the Catholic cemetery, the Rev. Father
Faber officiating. A large concourse of
sorrowing friends followed the remains
to their last resting place.
Superintendent Kewbery held the regu
lar quarterly examination of teachers to
day. A large number were present, most
1 young women.
The storm has passed, and we are ex
periencing delightful weather.
Legislators Inspect the Reform
School Ht Chehnlts.
C1IEHAL1S. Feb. 13. The joint legis
lative committee on state institutions was
in this city yesterday and this forenoon.
A isit was made yesterday to the re-f-rm
school and the buildings inspected.
The members of the committee expressed
themselves as well pleased with the ap
pearance of the institution. The party
consist of Representatives LIUie. C. B.
Reynolds, T. C. Van Eaton and William
Mi-Auley. and Senators J. L. Roberts and
J E, McManus. with J. W. Lysons as
secretary. The committee left this even
ts: for Vancouver to inspect the state
school for defective youth.
At the Kllennuurjc Normal School.
ELLENSBl'RG. Feb. 13. A joint legis
lative committee inspected the statewior
mal school today. Tonight an entertain
ment and reception was given the mem
bers. AN INSURANCE CASE. -
Award of the Spokane Conrt Has
OLYMPJTA, Feb. IS. The supreme court
Ms decided the important Spokane case
cf J N. Glover, plaintiff, vs the Roches-tT-Oerman
Insurance Company, defend
ant. This was an action to recover for
damage by fire. The Insurance company
and the pl&lntlff were unable to agree on
the amount due, so appointed appraisers
to settle the matter. Glover claimed he
ad a stork valued at $73,254 77, which he
sold was damaged to the extent of ?tf),373.
The appraisers placed the value of the
stock at 550.313 84. and the loss at $24,550 43.
The plaintiff brought action In tne su-
perior court of Spokane county to have
this award vacated, and the court placed
the loss at 543,000, and ordered the de
fendant to pay its proportionate share of
the loss. Both parties appealed to the
supreme court, which affirmed the decision
of the lower court.
The reports of Experts Young and Dean,
on the penitentiary defalcation, is in the
governor's hands. Young's shows Cob
lentz' shortage to be $12,457, and Dean's
gives It $13,371. The experts conducted the
examinations Independent of each other,
and the difference Is due to the destruc
tion by Coblentz of many books, records
and reports. Senator Sergeant has the re
port of the experts for the sureties, and.
while he will not say what It Is, he con
tends that Coblentz' management in
erecting buildings saved the state many
thousand dollars, and that the sureties
should In some way have the benefit of
this. He thinks the Investigating com
mittee should give Coblentz the benefit of
every doubt where possible, and lighten
the liability of the sureties.
THE NORTHWEST DEAD.
Mrs. Susanna. Walkelj- the Only
Daughter of Robert Shortens.
ASTORIA, Feb. 13. Mrs. Susanna
Walkely, an old resident of this city, and
the only resident daughter of Robert
Shortens, one of the earliest settlers In this
city, died today of typhoid fever, at the
age of 46 years. At the death of her
father she inherited half of the Shortess
donation land claim, but her marriage
subsequently to Thomas Walkely proved
unhappy, and her property was squan
dered. She supported her children, six in
all, until her death.
J. Shields, of Cottase Grove.
COTTAGE GROVE, Or.. Feb. 13. J.
Shields, one of the first settlers of this
valley, coming across the plains in 1S55,
died today, after an illness of about two
DIED FOR WANT OF FOOD.
Lonely Rancher Too "Weak to CooU
What Was In His House.
SOUTH BEND, Wash., Feb..l3. William
McLaughlin, a rancher, of Willapa, was
buried at the expense of the county yes
terday. He was found almost dead in his
bed last Saturday from want of food.
He had potatoes and flour in his house at
the time, but had become too weak to get
out of bed. It is thought that badly
cooked food was the cause of his death.
He was brought to South Bend Saturday
and died yesterday. He has no relatilves,
so far as known, in this country, but has
a brother somewhere in Ireland. His
ranch formerly belonged to a man named
Gordon, who is now serving a term in
the penitentiary for manslaughter.
Another Fire at Silver Lake.
Private letters received state that on the
4th inst.the house of Mr. Busick at Sliver
lake, with its contents, was entirely de
stroyed by fire, says the Eugene Regis
ter. Mr. Busick was not at home when
the fire occurred. A daughter, who was
Injured In the big Christmas fire, had not
yet recovered, and another daughter was
sick fiom exposure at that time. These
were rescued by the family, but all their
belongings were lost, leaving them with
out shelter and entirely destitute. Steps
were at once taken to relieve their tem
porary needs, but, having so many calls
on them for aid, the community seems
really in need of outside assistance. Of
those injured in the big fire, George Payne
is still in a very critical condition, Mrs.
LaBrie and others were improving slowly,
and some had entirely recovered.
Items From Salem.
SALEM, Feb. 13. The governor has ap
pointed the following notaries: J. X.
Smith, of Salem; F. O. Bucknum, Taylor,
Multnomah county; C. P. Davis, Pendle
ton; Robert Catlln and RUssell E. Sewall,
A requisition was issued today by the
governor for the surrender of John Man
ning by the governor of California. Man
ning is wanted In Coos county to answer
a charge of arson.
In the supreme court today the case of
P. O'Hara, appellant, vs. H. B. Parker,
respondent, appeal from Glatsop county,
was argued and submitted.
A Liquor License, After All.
ASTORIA, Feb. 13. At a special meet
ing of the city council this evening, a
liquor license was granted to Blel & John
son, the proprietors of thenew variety
theater. The vote stood 6 to 1. It is ex
pected that considerable feeling over the
affair will be manifested by the various
religious organizations in town, but the
promoters of the theatrical enterprise are
satisfied, and it is more than likely that
the conversion of Liberty hall into a vari
ety theater will result In the erection of a
Large Fire at "Walla AValla.
WALLA WALLA,, Feb. 13. Fire this
morning destroyed two warehouses in this
city, owned by Schwabacher Company and
Dement Brothers. In the latter was 22,000
bushels of wheat, which was also de
stroyed. The Schwabacher warehouse
was empty; loss, JS0O0. Dement had an
insurance on the wheat for $3000. The
cause is supposed to be incend'ary.
Postmaster at Express.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13. G. W. Olds
was today appointed postmaster at Ex
press, Baker county. Or.
RIOTS IN NEW ORLEANS
Dynamite Found Concealed
NEW ORLEANS. Feb. 13. The United
States marshals who are protecting the
negro laborers engaged in loading- the
steamer Florilian, of the West Indian &
Pacific steamship line, at Southport. the
southern terminus of the Mississippi Val
ley railroad, just above the limits of New
Orleans, saw a suspicious man yesterday
morning among the cotton bales on the
wharf. He was watched and detected
concealing something in a bale of cotton.
He was arrested at once, and the cotton
examined. It was found that he had put
enough dynamite in the cotton to blow the
Floridlan to pieces. The federal authori
ties refuse to give the name of the man,
but there seems to be no reason to doubt
that the attempted crime was due to the
bitter feeling growing out of the labor
The West Indian &. Pacific Steamship
Company was one of the first lines to cm
ploy negro labor in loading as against
whites. The white laborers were indig
nant and struck. The wharves of the
company were set on fire a few days after
ward, and burned with all the freight,
the total loss being SJOO.WO.
At Southport, where the man was ar
rested yesterday, there has been no
trouble for weeks, but the negro stevedore
in charge of the loading of vessels was
shot several weeks ago by white men.
The race labor troubles on the river front
have prevailed since October.
The Cuban Steamship Company, which
has two vessels loading here with cotton,
won a signal victory yesterday in the
United States court. The company, find
ing the loading of its vessels prevented or
Interrupted by the strike of the screw
men and other labor men on the river
front, attempted to use its crew for load
ing. The laborers here protested against
this, and undir an act of the legislature
of 1SS0, which prohibits vessels using their
crews to load or discharge cargoes, the
mayor and chief of police were appealed
to and stopped all work. The company
appealed to the federal courts yesterday
for an Injunction Judge Parlance's de
cision was strongly in its favor. He de
clared the law passed by the legislature,
which has been enforced for 15 years with
out ever belns challenged before, uncon
stitutional, prohibited the mayor and po
lice from Interfering with the crew work
ing, and announced that the company
had a good suit for damages against the
authorities for the Interruption to which
i had already been subjected.
PLAN OF CAMPAIGN
SYNOPSIS OF THE MOVEMENTS
After a. Feint West of Wel-Hai-Wei,
Troops Were Landed on the East
and Marched Inland.
VICTORIA, B. C. Feb. IX The Em
press of China arrived this morning.
Yokohama advices to February 1 are in
teresting, because they show the events
which led up to Wel-Hai-Wel and the pre
liminary work of the peace commission.
The third of Japan's great military ex
peditions was launched January 19, when
the first detachment of the newly-organized
army corps set sail from Tallen bay
In 19 transport vessels, convoyed by a
strong naval force. Its destination was
an lnl2t at the extreme eastern point of
th2 Shan Tung peninsula, near Yung
Ching, but In order to mislead the enemy,
a small squadron was sent on the same
morning to the fortified port of Teng
Chow, some 40 miles west of Che-Foo,
with 'nstructions to open a heavy bom
bardment and make a show of attempt
ing to land troops. This ruse was consid
ered necessary to divert attention from
the real place of debarkation, and it is
certain that the invaders encountered no
vigorous opposition at the spot they had
chosen. The transports arrived at dawn
on January 20, and before evening the sol
diers were all safe on shore. A Chinese
battery of four guns opened fire from
small earthworks, as the first boats ap
proached, but this was silenced by a few
broadsides from the Yayeyama, and the
defenders, about 400 in number, scampered
in and disappeared, leaving their artillery
to be seized by the assailants. Although
severe snow storms somewhat delayed
the movements of the Japanese, the in
fantry advanced the same night to Yung
Ching, eight miles from the coast, and
about 25 miles east of Wel-Hai-Wei. The
morning of January 21 the second flotilla
of 20 ships arrived, bringing the remainder
of the Corps, which is now understood to
consist of the second grand division of
the army from Sendai, under Lieuten-ant-General
Sakuma, and a brigade taken
from a large body stationed in the Liau
Tong peninsula. The reasons for chang
ing the original plan of formation have
not been made public. Marshal Oyama
holds the chief command.
A Chinese lighthouse was found In
working order on the promontory In
charge of an Englishman and a German.
The Japanese officers instructed them to
continue the performance of their duty
and to look for their pay to the gov
ernment at Tokio. This bit of business
concluded, the march to the interior was
taken up until a considerable portion of
the troops were at Yung Ching. Further
progress westward was deferred until full
information could be received as to the
probabilities of interruption on the road
to Wei-Hal-Wei, and the actual condition
of the passes over the intervening ranges
of hills, the difficulties of surmounting
which had been reported as extremely
formidable. It was soon learned from
scouting parties that the enemy were
posted In some strength at Kleshan, on
the coast road to the naval station, and
a Chaotets, on a more southern road.
These positions are, respectively, 17 and 15
miles" from Yung Ching, but, though the
distances are slight, dispatches from Mar
shal Oyama's headquarters indicate that
it may be impossible to reach them for
several days. Much engineering work
must be done along the course before
the artillery can be carried forward with
safety. January 26 the Japanese advance
guard was still at Puhutsun, five miles
beyond Yung Ching, and the rest of the
corps was distributed between that point'
and ftthe-landing place on-the seashore.'
Later dispatches, up to the 23th, indicate
no change in the situation.
After an unusually long passage from
Vancouver, ex-Secretary of State Foster
arrived at Yokohama January 21. He
was welcomed by the minister and consul
general of the Unltel States. At noon he
proceeded with Mr. Dun to Tokio, and
called at the Japanese department of for
eign affaire, where he was received with
especial marks of courtesy by Vice-Min-ister
Hayashl, the minister being absent
at Hiroshima. Two other brief but sig
nificant visits were made to the lega
tions of Great Britain and Russia. Mr.
Foster returned to Yokohama the same
afternoon and resumed his journey. At
Kobe he found awaiting him a telegram
from China requesting him not to con
tinue to Shanghai, but to remain in Japan,
where the peace ambassadors would pres
ently join him. The next day an Ameri
can employe of the foreign office waited
upon him from Hiroshima, bringing com
plimentary messages from Viscount
Mutsu, head of the department. During
h;s first few days at Kobe, Mr. Foster
was constantly exchanging telegrams with
the envoys m Shanghai. The length and
frequency of these missives indicated that
a subject of serious importance was un
der discussion, and it is believed that
the American advisor to the Chinese gov
ernment was inquiring as to the exact
amount of responsibility and power con
fided to the two commissioners, Chang
and Shao. He had heard in Tokio that
the Japanese were extremely doubtful on
this "point, and that not only they but
many of the diplomatic bodies were by
no means convinced of the Integrity of
China's Intentions with respect to the
standirg of her delegates. It was ex
plained to Mr. Foster that, although their
rank would be considered sufficient in
America or Europe for the weightiest
international transactions, it was not the
custom of Chinese rulers to Invest officials
of their gride with high authority. The
question thus raised, undoubtedly de
manded grave attention. Mr. Foster had
been given to understand that unless
ample powers were guaranteed by their
credentials, the envoys would not even
be admitted to a hearing. In this event
all his time and trouble in coming to the
East would be wasted. Whatever his
professional fee might be. It would never
compensate for his disappointment at
losing an opportunity of promoting peace
between two nations in which he has the
The envoys started from Shanghai on
the Empress of China January 26, and ar
rived at Kobe on the 30th. Chang Ying
Yuen was the only one of the party that
landed in. Kobe, the others being tran
shipped directly to a steamer prepared to
convey them .to their destination. In com
pany with Mr. Foster, the senior envoy
passed a few hours on shore, and then em
barked the same afternoon. The embassy
arrived at Hiroshima early on the 31st,
and were received with the formalities
due to their official position. Apartments
were provided for the two heads of the
mission In government houses, and Mr.
Foster was Invited to the residence of a
member of the Asano family, to which a
province in Hiroshima formerly belonged.
The Chinese generals are striving to
dislodge Lleutenant-General Katsura from
his advance position at Hal-Cheng with
greater persistence than they have shown
at any previous time. Twice during the
month of January, on the 17th and 22d. a
body of 14.000 men had been led against
him from Leao Chang, only to be dis
gracefully repulsed on each occasion. The
result of both attacks to the Japanese
was a loss of one killed and about 60
wounded. These engagements could not
be called battles in any sense, for China's
tactics consisted in forming a line at a
too remote distance for their weapons to
be effective, and maintaining a useless
fire until the Japanese saw fit to move for
ward and disperse them. It Is at least
something new. however, to find the Chi
nese assuming the offensive, in even this
The reason for their successive demon
strations 13 that, by proceeding westward
a few miles, Katsura can separate all the
native troops in the province of Shing
King from their base of supplies, and.
J though they may not expect to Inflict ma-
terial damage uport'nlm, they hope tot
keep him in his present quarters. It does
not appear that tne-Japanese can gain
much by instituting "a winter campaign
in Manchuria. Their work in Shan Tung
will tell more heavily upon the enemy
than anything they can do at present
Admiral Count KaTamura, for many
years head of the Japanese navy, has
published an emphatic denial of the state
ment sent forth by one of the foreign cor
respondents at Port Arthur that the tor
pedo boats sunk 10 junks filled with terror
stricken people. The admiral was on board
a Japanese warship during the whole en
gagement. He asserts" that it was totally
impossible for any one accompanying the
land forces to see what was done on the
water. As a matter of fact, he testifies
no Chinese vessels were sunk. One was
chased, but it ran ashere before It could
be caught, and its occupants all landed
and escaped. He adds that the British
gunboat Archer and others witnessed the
scene, and can bear evidence to the un
truthfulness of the accusation. Admiral
Kawamura professes that he is unable to
comprehend the motives of so false a
For the first time in several years the
Japanese government's budget has been
accepted by parliament with scarcely an
amendment proposed, and virtually with
out opposition. The budget appears, how
ever, to have been compiled without Te
gard to the special exigencies of war. Es
timated expenditures "amount to 89,700,000
yen, only about 4,000,000 more than those
of the preceding year. Almost the whole
of this increase will be devoted to has
tening the construction of ships ordered
by the navy in 1893; but these cannot, in
any case, be completed in time to take
part in the present conflict. The pecuniary
demands of the war .will not be apparent
until the next budget Is introduced a year
hence. The revenue anticipated is 90,300,000
yen, about 830,000 less than that of the
preceding fiscal year.
Second Annual Meeting: of the Asso
CHICAGO, Feb. 13. The second annual
meeting of the Associated. Press was held
In Recital hall at the Auditorium today.
The attendance was large. In calling the
members to order, President V. F. Lawson
congratulated them on their ability to
rise superior to the weather. Every news
paper of prominence throughout the .coun
try was represented, of which were rep
resentatives of the Portland Oregonian,
the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Ta
coma Ledger. A number of papers were
represented by proxy. The report of the
board of directors and general man
ager had been given to each stockholder.
They showed in detail the financial condi
tion of the association, with the receipts
and expenditures of the last 17 months,
up to December 31, and that the Income
was now more than sufficient to cover the
outlay. The following resolution was pre
sented: "Resolved, That the territory of the As
sociated Press shall be divided into four
grand divisions. The Eastern division
shall comprise the states of Maine, New
Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Con
necticut, Rhode Island, New York, New
Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland
and West Virginia; the Central division
shall comprise the states of Ohio, Indi
ana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Mis
souri, Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebras
ka, South Dakota. North Dakota, Arkan
sas, Kentucky, Texas, Oklahoma and In
dian territory; the Western division
shall consist of Arizona, California, Wy
oming, Oregon, Colorado, Montana, Wash
ington, Idaho, Nevada, Utah and New
Mexico; the Southern division shall consist
of the District of-- Columbia, Virginia,
North and South earoltaaie?sia;Ala
bama, Tennessee, Mississippi' and Lou
"Resolved, That the members of the
Associated Press In each of said grand
divisions shall elect, annually, at the an
nual meeting, a committee of five mem
bers, who shall act as an advisory board,
and shall recommend from time to time
to the board of directors such improve
ments in the news service as In their
judgment seems desirable, and shall pre
sent from time to time to the board of
directors such suggestions for the promo
tion of the general welfare and interests
of the Associated Press as may seem wise
The resolution was adopted after add
"Provided, in case a change of group
ing of the states shall be deemed desirable
by the delegates of any state or territory,
thev executive committee or board of di
rectors shall have authority t6 make such
changes as may be desirable."
These advisory committees were ap
pointed: Eastern division P. C. Boyle, Oil City
Derrick; Arthur Jenkins, Syracuse Her
ald; A. B. Langley, Springfield Union;
Foster Coates, New York Commercial
Advertiser; James Eiverson, jr., Phila
delphia Inquirer. Central division D. L.
Hourer, St. Louis Globe-Democrat; L.
Marklebreit, Cincinnati Volksblatt; Harry
S. New, Indianapolis Journal; George
Thompson, St. Paul Dispatch; E. -Rose-water,
Omaha Bee. Western division K.
G. Cooper, Denver Republican; H. W.
Scott, Portland Oregonian; James G.
Hoge, jr., Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Hugh
Hume, San Francisco Post; W, H. Mills,
Sacramento Record-Union. Southern di
vision Frank B. Noyes, Washington Star;
A. S. Ochs, Chattanooga Times; G. H.
Baskett, Nashville Banner; Page M.
Baker. New Orleans Times-Democrat; H.
H. Cabannis, Chattanooga Journal.
The following were unanimously re
Victor F. Lawson. Chicago Record and
Daily News: Charles W. Knapp, St. Louis
Republic, and M. H. de Young, San Fran
Thomas G. Rapier, of the New Orleans
Picayune, was substitute for E. H. But
tler, Buffalo News, who declined re-election.
After transacting business referring
to amendments of the by-laws the meet
HONORED AT VANCOUVER
Lincoln's Birthday Observed "With
VANCOUVER, Wash., Feb. 13. Exer
cises appropriate to the patriotic observ
ance of Lincoln's birthday were held in
Odd Fellows' hall in this city yesterday
evening. The exercises were given under
the auspices of the members of Ellsworth
corps. Grand Army of the Republic, as
sisted by the Sons and Daughters of Vet
erans and the pupils of the city schools.
Patriotic addresses by various members
of the Grand Army, Sons of Veterans and
other citizens were made, and there were
interesting literary and musical exercises
by the pupils of the schools and others.
The managers of the Portland Consoli
dated Railway Company brought a steam
er and two barges over from Portland to
day, and a force of men has been engaged
in raising the sunken ferryboat to the
surface, preparatory to taking her to
Portland for repairs. The extent of the
damage to the ferry can. not yet be de
termined. No One Seriously Hurt.
CARTHAGE, Mo.. Feb. 13. The St.
Louis & San Francisco passenger train,
south bound, struck a broken rail a mile
this side of Crestline, Kan., this morning.
The mall and baggage-car, two coaches
and a sleeper left the track, the sleeper
being turned upside down. No one was
Succumbed to the Operation.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.. Feb. 13. Rev.
Norvett Baldwin, of the Carmelite order,
died while a surgical operation was being
performed upon him In the hospital here
yesterday. His home was In Hoboken,
N. Y. He was assistant pastor of St.
Joseph's cathedral, in this city.
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HOUSE VOTED TO ABOLISH THE
The Xote, However, Does Not Show
the Temper of the House
Upon Thin Question.
SALEM, Feb. 13. The house passed an
hour and a half this afternoon on the rail
road commission problem, and finally ad
journed without a settlement of it- Three
aye and no votes were had, but none ex
actly indicated the views of the members.
Speaker Moores' house bill No. 1; house bill
No. 4, of Smith of Polk, and Sehlbrede's
house bill No. 72, all abolishing the com
mission, and Gates, house bill No. 304, cre
ating a new commission, were taken up
as a special order at 4 o'clock, Moores
bill being the first taken up. Daly
made an effort to have it recommit
ted for an amendment making the com
mission elective. Daly spoke In favor of a.
commission, saying it would be necessary
In view of the proposed building of the As
toria road and the extension of the Oregon
Pacific. Moores said the party was pledged
to abolish the commission, and hoped it'
would be done. Paxton said he was in
favor of a properly constituted commis
sion, but not the present one. Sehlbrede,
who had been called to the chair by the
speaker at the outset of the debate, said
lie hoped the house would vote for the un
conditional repeal of the commission. Upon
Daly's motion' to recommit, Boothby, Conn,
Daly, McCraken, Paxton, Smith of Jose
phine and Thompson voted aye; Cole.
Long, Myers, Rinearson and Templeton
absent and not voting. The next vote oc
curred on the final passage of Moores bill,
and was no criterion, inasmuch as some,
like Gates, who so explained his vote, were
in favor of abolishing the present commis
sion, and starting in over again with a
new one. On the passage of Moores bill,
Boothby, Conn, Daly and Thompson voted
no; Cole, Paxton, Rinearson, Smith of
Josephine and Templeton not voting.
Boothby said he was personally opposed to
a railroad commission, but his people were
state of affairs on the Heppner branch of T
the Oregon Railway & Navigation line,
where, he said, without a commission,
shippers would be at the mercy of the rail
road. Long endeavored to have Gates' bill
recommitted for the purpose of amend
ment, so that the current expenses should
be limited to $1000 annually. Burleigh also
offered an amendment providing that one
of the three commissioners should be ap
pointed from each of the three leading po
litical parties. On the question of recom
mitment, the aye vote was:
Burleigh, Calvert, Davis, Coon, Daly, Da
vid, Guild, Huffman, Jeffrey, Long, Neal
on, Thompson, and Young.
Cole, Myers, Patterson, Rinearson, Smith
of Clackamas, Templeton and Wright did
not vote. The question recurred on the
passage of Gates' bill, and in its support
Gates made a long speech, going over the
whole question of railroad commissions,
and comparing the provisions of other
states, with a view to proving that his
plan of election by the people, raising the
commission's expenses by special taxes on
the railroads, etc., was the most desirable,
and that commissions were approved by all
experience. Upon the conclusion of Gates'
speech, the previous question. was called
for. Paxton remonstrated that it was not
right to shut off discussion after only one
slda had been heard, and to force action
at once on a bill which proposed to re
enact a law just repealed, and re-enacting
it in a form, as he believed, more objec
tionable and fraught with more burdens
than the old law. Several arose to speak,
but the hour of 5:30, previously agreed
upon for adjournment, having arrived,,
Presiding Officer Sehlbrede promptly de
clared tho house adjourned, to the conster
nation of several who were clamoring for
recognition, and the mystification of the
lobby that had filled up with senators and
spectators in anticipation of an animated
Gates bill has some strong supporters,
and a hard fight will be made for it. Yet
theindlcationsare that it cannot be passed.
The temper of the senate is understood to
be against a commission, and it looks as
if Oregon's railroad commission were
Holt's Election Judges Bill Beaten
by a Party Vote.
SALEM, Feb. 13. The morning session
of the senate was taken up exclusively
with the discussion of the measure of
Holt, the populist senator from Jackson
county, designed to replace the present
law concerning judges and clerks of elec
tion by an act requiring three political
parties to have representation on the
boards. Holt defended his bill in a speech
of some length, advocating it as a fair
measure, to which no honest man should
take exception. McGinn attacked the bill,
stating that Its effect would be that in re
publican counties democrat and populist
judges and clerks would combine against
republican members; in the democratic
counties republicans and populists would
combine, etc. However honest a man
might be, politics so warped a man's judg
ment that he was always for party. He
instanced the return of Cronin in Oregon
in 1S7C, when, as a matter of fact, Dr.
Watts received a considerable number
more votes than Cronin; also the fact that
the national electoral commission of that
year voted uniformly 8 to 7 on questions
before it. Brownell and Johnson advo
cated the bill as a fair measure, and Smith
of Clatsop commended Brownell for his
course. Alley gave an account of his ex
perience on an election board, where there
were associated with him a populist and
a democrat.. When they came to a ballot
where the voter had crossed the names
of the offices instead of the names of the
men, thus clearly indicating his choice,
the ballot being republican, It was thrown
out. The same kind of ballots cast by
democrats and populists were counted.
This would be the effect of the bill, he
said, in all places. Alley's reference to
the dominant party brought Cogswell
to his feet with the suggestion that no
party seemed to be dominant In Oregon
now, or, at any rate, dominant enough to
elect a United States senator. This grim
joke was not very keenly relished by re
publican senators who are resisting choice
of their party in diurnal ballot. Holt's
bill was then defeated by a. strict party
vote, except that Brownell and Johnson
voted with the populists and democrats.
Carter and Denny, republicans, were ab
sent, being excused for illness.
Curtis' libel act was defeated in the
house this afternoon, but its author is
hopeful of securing its pasage tomorrow
upon reconsideration. The chief objection
to it seems to be that it makes a retrac
tion a bar to criminal prosecution. This
is the amendent Curtis inserted to the
measure originally drawn by the State
Country members in the house made a
successful fight on Cardwell's bill creating
a board of vital statistics. Its provisions
for registration of deaths, births, etc,
would be of great value in a city, but
burdensome and of doubtful expediency
in the rural districts. Failure to comply
with its regulations was made a misde
meanor, and punishable. This provision
was deemed by some as too inquisitorial.
Sehlbrede's soldiers' home bill, passed
this afternoon in the house, fcj not the
one carrying the appropriation. It amends
the law with regard to the manner of
electing officers of the home.
The bill of Hillegas prohibiting marriage
of parties at fault In divorce cases within
two years was passed in the house by a
vote of 33 to 20. The bill was championed
by Hillegas, its author, and Boothby, who
urged It as designed for the protection of
the marriage relation. Burleigh attacked
It on the ground that the present law was
good enough. Smith of Josephine pointed
out that discrimination against parties at
fault in divorce cases was unjust, as In a v
majority of cases the parties morally at i
fault were the ones to bring suit, while
the innocent bore their trouble secretly,
ancLfuiled to appear in court at all.
Senator Denny's bill for leasing con
vict labor was amended today so as to
empower the governor to make contracts,
and also reducing the price of a day's
labor to SO cents or not to exceed 40 cents.
This is in line with the criticisms in to
The senate this afternoon passed Mc
Ginn's bill concerning feeding of Multno
mah county prisoners, being the third of
the successful efforts made In the senate
this session to reduce the burdens of taxa
tion upon the people of Multnomah coun
ty. Some opposition developed among the
populists along the same line as the resist
ance to Simon's charter and McGinn's dis
trict attorney bill, that changes should not
apply to the present incumbents, though
no amendments were offered looking to
that end. The bill has already been print
ed in The Oregonian, and Is the one pro
viding that a contract for feeding county
prisoners shall be let by the county court
to the lowest bidder. It also cuts oft the
emoluments of the sheriff of Multnomah
county in transporting insane patients
and convicts to Salem, by requiring their
transfer by deputies under salary, with no
fees or mileage other than necessary trav
eling expenses allowed by the county
Senator King piloted through the sen
ate today a. constitutional amendment
concerning the acquisition of water rights
for irrigation and mining purposes by
corporations under eminent domain.
This is the amendment which had such
strong indorsement In the house the other
day. It (was originated by King in the last
.house, and now goes to the people.
Senator Patterso'n's bill for the trans
portation of convicts and insane patients
to Salem by custodians sent from the peni
tentiary and asylum was passed today In
amended form. The f-mendments change
the provisions so that the courts may
send for guards from Salem or use the
present method. This change was adopted
at the Instance of the Eastern Oregon
senators, who were sure that in some dis
tant counties waiting for guards from Sa-
lem wquld be Impracticable.
Senator McAlister has just finished draft
ing a bill, providing for an election upon
the question of the relocation of the stata
capital. Efforts are being made to induce
him. not to introduce it.
Hofers insurance bill passed by the
house this afternoon puts a tax upon for
eign insurance companies doing business
in the state. It embodies recommendations
urged for a long time by Secretary of
THE DAY IN DETAIL.
Routine Report of the Proceedlnss
of Oregon's Legislature.
SALEM, Feb. 13 At the morning session
of the senate the following bills were read:
Calbreath Incorporating Dundee; intro
duced and passed.
Butler Creating a state board of asses
sors; first and second reading.
Holt Regulating the appointment . of
clerks and judges of election; failed to
Daly Concerning pharmacy; second
- The senate concurred in the house reso
lution for an investigation of the books of
the state food commissioner.
At the afternoon session the resolution
of the 1893 session for an amendment to
the constitution concerning the rights of
way for corporations was adopted, and
the following bills read:
Brownell Abolishing the railroad com
mission; to third reading.
Smith of Sherman Regulating- railway
traffic- between -Celllo and ThcDallesrto
Vanderburg For a constitutional con
vention; laid on the table.
McGinn Regarding compensation cf
county officers; passed.
King Concerning irrigation districts;
referred to irrigation committee.
Butler Regulating salaries of county
officers; to third reading.
Patterson Mode of conveyance of con
victs and insane; passed.
Brownell Oregon City charter; intro
duced and passed.
Huston Amending Beaverton's charter;
Gowan Regarding laborers' liens; judl-
Smith Amending Harrisburg's charter;
Butler Concerning the third judicial
Moorhead Changing name of East Cot
tage Grove to Lemati; passed.
The LoTver House.
SALEM, Feb. 13. The house was called
to order at 9:30. Roll-call found no
quorum, so a call of the house was
ordered and several absentees secured.
The regular order was reports of com
mittees, and a number of bills were re
ported. The report of the committee on elections
favorable to the purchase and use of vot
ing machines brought up a short discus
sion, but it was made a special order for
Friday at 3 P. M.
A bill for a constitutional convention
brought an amendment by Smith of Jose
phine, to make the pay of members of the
convention $10 per day instead of $3, as
provided In the bill. Mr. Smith alone voted
for the amendment.
House bills Nos. 1, 4 and 72, relating to
a railroad commission, were made a special
order for 2 P. M.
Paxton's bill for liens on horses for cost
of shoeing was passed.
A bill repealing the allowing of a second
judge for the third district was made a
special order for 10 A. M. tomorrow.
The third reading was had of the
house bill by Long, licensing the practice
of dentistry. The bill then failed to pass.
In the absence of the speaker Sehlbrede
was elpcted temporary speaker at the aft
ernoon session. The vote was reconsid
ered by which the bill for the regulation
of dentistry practice was defeated and
after an explanation of its import by Mr.
Long the bill passed. The third reading
of bills was then ordered:
Cardwell Creating a board of vital sta
Curtis Providing that a retraction of
libel in proper form shall be a bar to
prosecution therefor; lost.
Boothby Relating to the practice of
medicine; indefinitely postponed.
Sehlbrede Giving the trustees of the
soldiers' home the appointment of sub
ordinate officers, instead of leaving it to
the commandant; passed.
Stewart For the relief of certain physi
cians, who throush Inadvertence or ac
cident, failed to comply with the law of
18S9, relating to the practice of medicine;
Hillegas Regulating the marriage of di
vorced persons; prohibiting the marriage
of the adverse party in a divorce for two
Kofer Providing for the license to be
paid by insurance companies doing bus
iness in this state, substituting a 2 per
cent tax by foreign companies on the
gross premiums for the 1 per cent now
paid. Paxton opposed the bill because
insurance companies are doing buslne33
now at a loss and It would be unwise to
increase their burdens; also that the in
creased taxation would come out of the
pockets of the insured. Hofer contended
that rates are as low or lower in the
states which collect such a tax than Ore
gon; passed, 43 to 6.
The special order, the railroad commis
sion bills, then came up. A motion to re
commit No. 1, abolishing the commission,
was lost. The bill was then discussed.
Mocres thought that to meet all the ob
jections to the present laws the best way
would be "to wipe the platter clean and
begin anew." The bill passed with the
following noes: Boothby, Ccnn, Daly and
Thompson. There were 51 ayes. House
bills 4 and 72 were Indefinitely postponed,
being similar toft the one- just pa3sej!.
Gates bill for an elective railroad com
mission now came up. An effort was made
to recommit the bill for amendment, but
failed. Pending the. discussion, the house
IN THE LEGISLATURES.
To Cure Drunkenness.
CARSQN, Nev., Feb. 13. Senate bill No.
13 passed that body this afternoon by a
large majority. It provides for giving the
Keeley cure to persons accused of drun
kenness a given number of times. It will
probably come up in. the assembly-tomorrow.
The special order in the assembly
this afternoon was foe the enforcement'of
the interstate commerce act- It was
beaten by the railroad men by a, vote of
16 to 11. There was some heated discus
sion on the subject;
BISMARCK, X. D., Feb. 13. By a- vote
of 25 to 36 the question of resubmission
of the prohibitory amendment was: fipally
defeated in tho house, today. Representa
tive Cooper made tha sensational charge
that the resubmisslonists had sent a. com
mittee to St Paul and Minneapolis to- se
cure money from the wholesala liquor
dealers and railroads to carry, -resubmission.
He charged that railroads-had been:
threatened with adverse legislation unless
they contributed. -., .,
Passed tho California rfbuse.0
SACRAMENTO. Feb. 13. In. the assem
bly today a bill appropriating $6Q00.to'be
expended by the state board of health in
the purchase of diphtheria anU-toxineTwaa
passed. The committee on' federal Rela
tions reported back with favorable rec
ommendations the joint resolution me
morializing congress to extend govern
ment aid to the proposed Hawaiian cable.
The resolution was. adopted' by a unani
Defcntcd in tho House. '
PIERRE, S. D., Feb. 13. The house to
day defeated the resolution for a consti
tutional amendment, giving women" the
right of suffrage, which passed the senate
by almost an unanimous vote severaPdays
ago. Representative Gold gave notice of
a motion to reconsider.
A Full Honse at Boise.
BOISE, Idaho. Feb. 13. AH the mem
bers were present today when the vvato
for United States senator was taken.
The result was:
Sweet , ID
BROKE INTO A CAR.
Farmers of Nebraska Helped Them.
selves to Supplies.
KEARNEY, NebFeb. 13.-Consider-able
excitement was caused here thia
afternoon by about 50 farmers, with half
as many teams, coming in from 'Kearney
county for relief supplies. They broke-ln-to
a car on the Union Pacific track and,
commenced to help themselves. The coun
ty commissioners tried to stop them, but
could not, and, after they started to drive
away, they were brought back by the po
lice. It is reported that 60 teams are on
their way from Custer county for relief
The Twentieth, Anniversary.
HARTFORD, Feb. 13. Mrs. S. B.
Forbes, president of the Connecticut
Women's Christian Temperance' Union,
received a dispatch from the attending
physician of Miss Frances Wlllard- and
Lady Somerset at Boston, stating that
they were threatened with fever, and
could not attend and speak at the 20th
anniversary of the Women's Christian
Temperance Union of Connecticut at
Footguard hall, as advertised. Over 1500
women from all parts of the state are
in session, here.
Boston Bankers. Like thc Contract.
BOSTON, Feb- 13. The bankers- sent a
petition to Washington urging the New
England congressional delegation to vote
for a bill providing for an issue of gold
bonds to complete the contract with the
syndicate that is to furnish gold to the
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LONDON, Ont, Feb. 13. The Dundas-st.-Methodist
church was burned today. Fire
Chief Reed and Firemen McDonald and
Siddell were seriously if not fatally in
jured by falling walls. The loss is $50,000.
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