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excite the surprise but to claim the
attention and admiration of every
one Interested In music, the pro
fessional as well as the layman. It
Is evident how aulcklv the man or
woman of fine musical taste, but n
entirely without technical educa
tor, may acquire on It the ability
to beccme familiar with and enjoy
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It also provides gTeat possibilities
for the study of tone and chord
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The general use of this Instrument,
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corner Seventh St.
Cared in Ten Days.
Dr. Darrln, 365 Morrison street, Port
land, Or., specialist In all forms of chronic
Ciseaees and weaknesses of men and wom
en, also makes a particular specialty of
stricture and the weakness that usually
accompanies it. His method -cures It to
stay cured in 10 days or he makes no
charge. No pain or detention connected
AFFAIRS IN PUERTO RICO.
General Dnvls Explained Matters to
House Insular Affairs Committee.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. General Davis,
governor-general of Puerto Rico, ap- f
nfnT&A Viifi.rA tVo 1niti1n .ffiii. .. .
pared before the insular affairs commit
tee of the house today and made a gen
eral statement regarding the situation of
cffalrs in that Island. The people of
Puerto Rico, he said, were accustomed to
the arbitrary control -of the king through '
snlnlsters. He had believed when he came
to the administration of the affairs of
the Island that things could be bettered
"by eliminating these Inermedlaries and
gc ting closer to the people. Mixed boards !
had everywhere been substituted for cutlon of their Instructions; but apparent
f:ese secretaries, and the -result. General j ly the United States minister at Santo
Davis sold, had been very satisfactory j Domingo believes that, in the interest of
trim his point of -view. j Peace, there should be a larger naval force
Regarding the future civil government ' than one vessel there during this exciting
of the Island. General Davis said he had time.
g'ven the subject much thought without ! Tile news that success has attended a
being able to formulate a satisfactory 1 popular subscription to raise the 560,000 to
scheme. He thought they might be given ( Pay the claim Is also regarded as tending
representation in a legislative body, but , to avert danger of the adoption of forcible
that bnfiy, he said, should have In It a measures by the French warship's com
majority of persons approved by the pres- mander.
ident in order to be sure that control j
should not pass into hands which would French Wnrshlp nt Santo Dominsro
use it improperly. General Davis said he SANTO -noATrNrr'n -r o tt 1.
V,m,rhi Ipss ihn-n 1 -nor nont of th inhnh. I Af.i0DO?.III,-G0 Jan- 8. The French
itantl understood the responsibilities of J
Vnndcrhilt's Yachtinpr Cruise.
NEW YORK, Jan. 8. William K. Van
derbilt went to sea today on his brigantine
Tigged two-screw steam yacht, the "Val
ianu xflB yacni win not return io jew ; rua-ia- tt. ,, . . - "....
York until the middle or latter part otlZZLZ0
iant The yacht will not return to New
XOTK. unui le juiuuic or aaner pan oi fD ponfftcf , mnvm-alK- win, nO ,
May. It is said that she will first go toiLSLSSS
the West Indies, whence she will pro
ceed to Southampton.
Oil Villapre Burned.
FOSTORIA, O., Jan. 8. Prairie depot
an oil village, 12 miles north of here, was
visited by a disastrous fire last night en
tailing a loss of from 5100,000 to $150,000.
vbu uuouiuoo "uua uim uuc uweuing . cepieo. tne task of forming a government
were destroyed. The insurance will not f In succesion to the Greenway admlnistra
cover one-third of the Joss. j tion, which resigned Saturday.
73 and 75 first St. Portland, Or.
$10.00 KODAKS $ 6.65
$15.00 KODAKS $10.00
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Single rooms 75c to JL50 per day
Double rooms 51.00 to J2.00 per day
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American plan 51.25, 51.50, 51.75
European plan 50c, 75c, 5L00
TALK No. 239.
If you lose your watch or your
ring or your pocket book there is
a chance of its being recovered. If
not, you can replace it. It is not
that way with your eyesight. If
that is lost it is lost forever. You
cannot obtain a .duplicate. Every
Lymptom of eyestrain Is a warning
irom nature mat you are doing
your eyes a permanent injury.
Every time that you read until
your head aches you are making
your condition just that much
worse. If your eyes tire easily they
need attention. Forcing them to
do work without help will positive
ly break them down. By using
glasses now you will keep your
eyes strong and well. If you wait
too long you will have to wear
glasses every minute, and even
then your vision will be unsatis
factory. A stitch in time saves
XSS SIXTH STREET
with the cure. Hundreds cured without
one failure or unpleasant result We in
vite correspondence and the fullest in
vestigation, and will refer you to cured
patients whom you may Interview. Write
a full history of your case or come to
Portland without delay.
Any case of stricture placed In our
handB which we fail to cure we will agree
to pay expenses of patient to city and
return. Consultation free, and charges
reasonable. Hours, 11 to 12, 2 to 5, 7 to 8.
ORDERED TO SANTO DOMINGO
Gunboat Machias Will Be On Hand In
Case of Trouble.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. The Machras
bas been ordered from San Juan to Santo
Tlnn - tlncm Rfio loff -tVi?i ti1a 4A j
Domingo. She left that place a few davs
ago to secure coal at San Juan, and It is
deemed well to have a naval vessel on
hand to protect American Interests in case
any trouble follows the attempt of the
French naval commander at Santo Do
mlngo to enforce the settlement of the
pending French claim of 560,000.
It is not believed that there is anv
chance of any conflict between the French
and American naval officers in the exe-
government has suppressed the proposed
ueinunsuxauon, considered by the French
consul to be injurious to the French. The
situation continues tranquil.
A Victoria Nomination.
VICTORIA, B. a. Jan. 8,-Alderman
7 ,, -..., nu ocetts
re-eiecuon io a tnira term. There ar 1
nominees for aldermen and eight for school
New Manitoba. Ministry.
ST. PAUL, Minn., Jan. 8. A WlnniDPir"
Huprh John McDonald tndav fnrmniirr oo
TE HOLDS OUT
His Ammunition Is Low and the
CANNOT CO.OPERATE WITH BULLER
His Account of the Battle at Lady
smith England Preparing: Arma
ments and Loading; Transports.
LONDON, Jan. 9, 3:45 A. M. General
White still holds out, or did so 60 hours
ago, when the Boers, ousted from their
foothold Inside the works, suspended their
assault at nightfall. England has taken
The situation, however, is worse. The
beleaguered force must have expended
large amounts of ammunition which can
not be replenished, and must have lost
a number of officers and men, which is
counterbalanced, so far as the garrison Is
concerned, by the greater loss of the
General White still needs relief, and the
difficulties confronting General Buller are
as great as before. The former's un
adorned sentences, as read and reread, sug
gest eloquently the peril in which the town
was for 14 hours, and how barely able Ills
8000 men were to keep com being over
come. The chief concern for General White is
in respect of ammunition. Sixty-eight
days ago, at the beginning of the stege,
his small ammunition was vaguely de
scribed as "plenty." His artillery then had
300 rounds per gun. Some of the batteries
have been in action frequently since then,
and all were probably engaged last Sat
urday. His stock of shells, consequently,
must be low, and this will make it difficult
for General White to co-operate Jn a move
ment by General Buller.
The entrenchments at Ladysmith, as de
scribed in a message that left a day or
two before the fight and has just come
through, are fortified hills, well covered
with rifle pits and trenches, down which
the infantry move in single file to the
various posts in absolute safety. Full
rations are still served, but no whiskey or
Spencer Wilkinson, in the Post, points
out that there is one division only at
Cheveley, another at Frere and a third
at Estcourt As Chevely is seven miles
from Colenso, the second division would
have had to march 12 miles to get into
action, and the third division 22 miles.
General Buller's 30,00 men and 70 guns
were, therefore, almost Inactive Saturday
and when General White heliographed,
General Buller could really make no move
but an ineffective demonstration.
England Is preparing armaments, and 22
transports will be on the way to South
Africa during the present month. Accord
ing to the programme, 25,000 additional
troops and 72 guns will soon be afloat.
The government has ordered Tickers Sons
& Maxim, Ltd., to manufacture as many
4.7-inch and 6-inch quick-firers as can be
turned out until otherwise notified.
The Boer agents, according to the Cairo
correspondent of the Daily Mail, are evad
ing British vigilance respecting the im
portation of ammunition. The corre
"A large quantity of quick-firing ammu
nition goes to Ras Jibeutil, from which
point it is conveyed by dhows along the
coast or transshipped to vessels bound or
Portuguese ports In East Africa, French-
steamers touching at Ras Jibeutil before
reaching Aden contrive to avoid search
by transshipping at Madagascar to
steamers apparently not connected with
European lines. In this way they escape
The Times publishes the following, dated
January 6, from Modder River:
"News from Belmont shows that the
Queensland and Canadian volunteers have
been so energetic in that neighborhood
that a large belt of the Free State across
the border has been deserted by the
Lord Dunraven In the Times this morn
ing, returns to his arraignment of the
war department for the inferiority of the
British artillery. He says:
"It is useless for the government to con
tend that our artillery Is equal to that of
foreign nations, sinco the Boers have
longer-range mobile guns."
Wernheir, Beit & Co., diamond mer
chants, have donated 50,000 to the fund
for the equipment of. the yeomanry.
It is understood the war office has re
ceived some figures on the casualties in
Saturday's attack on Ladysmith, but not
the list Itself. These have not yet been
THE ATTACK ON LADYSMITH.
General "White's Account of the Boer
Assault and Its Repulse.
LONDON, Jan. 8. The war office has
published the following bulletin from Gen
"Frere Camp, Jan. 8. The following i3
from White, dated 2 P. M. yesterday: 'An
attack was 'commenced on my position,
but was chiefly against Caesar's camp
and Wagonhill. The enemy was in great
strength, and pushed the attack with the
greatest courage and energy. Some of the
entrenchments on Wagonhill were three
times taken by the enemy, and retaken
by us. The attack continued until 7:30 P.
" 'One point In our position was occu
pied by the enemy a whole day, but at
dusk, in a very heavy rain storm, they
were turned out of this position at the
point of the bayonet in a most gallant man
ner by the Devons, led by Colonel Park.
Colonel Ian Hamilton commanded on
Wagonhill and rendered valuable service.
The troops have had a very trying time,
and have behaved excellently. They are
elated at the service they have rendered
" 'The enemy was repulsed everywhere
with heavy loss, greatly exceeding that on
my side, which will be reported as soon as
the lists are completed.' "
ENGLAND TAKES HEART.
The Ladysmith Victory Lifts British
ers From Their Gloom.
LONDON, Jan. 8. Not since the day of
General Buller's reverse has such a crowd
of inquirers visited the war office. As the
afternoon progressed a rumor ohtnlnfid
currency that Ladysmith had surrendered,
and the depression in the lobbies had be
come extreme, when an official appeared
and, in a loud voice, shouted: "Good
news!" and posted the dispatch chronicling
a brilliant victory for the British troops.
Even the brief official announcement sent
by General White seems to entitle his
success to the adjective "brilliant," so
often misused during the present war.
Reading between the lines of General
White's dispatch it Is evident that there
was a desperate fight, the British en
trenchments being thrice taken and re
taken, and at dusk the Devonshire regi
ment, at the point of the bayonet, drove
out the Boers from another position which
they had occupied all day long.
The news spread with astonishing rapid-
ity all over London, and caused an In- J
stantaneous change In the aspect of the
metropolis. Smiling faces were seen every
where, and even at the sedate foreign of
fice and other departments of the govern
ment elation was shown. The newspapers
were all jubilant The conservative Stand
ard, in big headlines, announced a "Glor
ious Victory at Ladysmith."
Telegrams from Rensberg say seven of
ficers and 30 men of the Suffolks were
-killed and about 50 captured. Frerioh's
announcement that the Essex regiment
has been sent to replace the Suffolks is
more bitter to the latter's friends than
the list of casualties, as the only Inference
deduclble from this fact is .that the Suf
folks disgraced themselves and their flag
by bolting and leaving a few of their more
stanch comrades to All the Pretoria jails.
Lord Delaware, in a graphic description
of the battle of Magersfontein, says:
"It is useless to disgiuse the fact that a
large percentage of the troops are losing
heart for the campaign comprised of a
succession of frontal attacks on an Invis
ible force securely intrenched and unreach
able. Our men fought admirably, but they
were asked to perform miracles. Don't
blame them and don't blame the gallant
general, who was the first victim of the
terrible disaster which overcame the chief
Highland brigade. They marched in quar
ter column to their doom. General
Wauchope's last words, 'For God's sake
do not blame the men for this,' will glad
den the hearts of his numberless friends.
There was no accord between General
Methuen and Wauchope In regard to the
best method of attack. General Methuen's
plan prevailed and the mistake lost 700
A private of the Irish rifles who fought
at Stormberg, In a letter to his home, says
that when Gatacre saw the position tne
guide had led the troops into, he shot
the guide with his own revolver.
AMERICA WILL ACT ALONE.
Will Not Join Germany In Her Pro
test Against Seizures.
NEW YORK. Jan. 8. A special to the
Herald from Washington says:
It is the expectation of the administra
tion that Great Britain, in her answer to
Ambassador Choate'a representations rel
ative to the seizure of American cargoes,
will Indicate her general policy with re
spect to neutral trade with South Africa,
Having faith in Lord Salisbury to act just
ly, neither the president nor Secretary
Hay Intends to act In an unfriendly man
ner toward the London government. There
is no doubt that the German government
has unofficially discussed the action of
Great Britain in seizing American cargoes
and detaining German vessels, but, as has
"been stated, no official request for joint
action has been received, nor does the ad
ministration expect any.
"There is absolutely no reason why the
United States should join with any for
eign power In making representations to
Great Britain as a result of the seizures
already made," said an official this after
noon. "So far as the detention of German
ships is concerned, there is apparently an
insult to the flag. American vessels have
not been detained; American cargoes In
British and Dutch bottoms were, on the
charge that they were Intended for the
military use of the Borfrs. The American
Incidents can very well be settled by
"Suppose this government were to agree
to act jointly with Germany in demanding
reparation and an expression of policy
from Great Britain? as the negotiations
continued, Germany might go further than
this government origlnairy contemplated,
and unless we withdrew we might be
drawn into a war in the causes of which
we are not particularly interested. Ap
preciating this possibility, the president
proposes to act alone in matters that may
develop Jn consequence , of action taken by
'the British "cruisers In South African
waters, and thus avoid the dangers of
THE PANIC IN LONDON.
Parliament May Be Summoned Be.
fore the End of the Month.
NEW YORK, Jan. 8. A dispatch to the
World from London says:
The panic prevailing here is vividly Il
lustrated by the following, from the Ob
server, ordinarily the staidest of union
"The government has two courses open
to it: It could prepare for the coming
storm by landing its passengers and re
placing them with effective men, or It can
drift Drift being the habitual policy of
the elderly and obese, that course will
probably be pursued In this case. Fur
ther military disaster will excite the pub
lic feeling to a revolutionary height The
queen will be left face to face with her
people, and a committee of public safety
will become the only alternative of the
present ministry. The expenditure of
millions for guns is a panic expenditure,
as the appointments of Roberts and Kitch
ener were panic appointments.'
The above was written before French's
reverse was known, by which the Boers
completed their record by defeating every
British general sent against them. The
situation undoubtedly Is very grave. It
Is rumored that parliament will be, sum
moned before the end of this month.
Asks McKlnley to Intervene.
BERNE, Switzerland, Jan. 8. The exec
utive committee of the International
Peace Society has sent a telegram to
President McKlnley, asking him to inter
vene with a view of ending the war in
FIGURES ON OLEOMARGARINE
Resolution Calling on the Treasury
Department for Information.
WASHINGTON, "jan. 8. As a result
of the meeting of the National Dairymen's
Union, held at Chicago, last week, Repre
sentatico Tawney, of Minnesota, today in
troduced the following resolution in the
"Whereas, There was manufactured In
the United States during the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1889, S5,141,S00 pounds or
41,750 tons of oleomargarine, being an in
crease in production over the fiscal year
ending June 30, 1898, of 25,634,445 pounds,
"Whereas, The manufacture and sale
of oleomargarine, colored, as butter, is
prohibited by law in 33 states of the
Union, now, therefore; be it
"Resolved, That the secretary of the
treasury be and he is hereby requested
to furnish the house of representatives
Information as to the particular states in
which oleomargarine is shipped and dis
tributed by the producers, the amount of
pounds shipped or distributed in each state,
and also the number of licenses issued
to persons in the several states for the
manufacture and sale, either.by wholesale
or retail, of oleomargarine, stating the
number of such licenses Issued to persona
In each state."
THE DEATH ROLL.
CITY OF MEXICO, Jan. 8. Mme. Ba
zalne, widow of the famous French mar
shal, died in a private hospital in the sub
urbs of this city, where she had gone for
an operation for cancer.
Albert E. Burr.
TTA-RTFfYRn .Tun. R. Alhprt TH. -Rurr
editor - of -the Hartford Times, died today. J
REBELS IN CAV
Schwan and Whcaton Breaking
Up the Remaining Bands.
SEVERAL SMALL ENGAGEMENTS
Fight With. Bandits on Mount Aro-
yat Report of Plasrue Cases in
Manila Is Confirmed.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. The war de
partment has received the following from
"Manila, Jan. 8. Bates Is pursuing the
enemy in the south with vigor.
"Schwan's column, moving along the
shore of Laguna de Bay, struck 800 ln
surrectos under General Norlet at Binen
the 6th Inst, and drove them westward
on Sllan. He captured the place, from
which the cavalry pushed through to
Indan. Schwan captured three of Nortel's
six pieces of artillery and wiil take the
remainder; also his transportation, with
records, and a large quantity of ammuni
tion. "Two battalions of the Twenty-eighth,
part of Wheaton's column, struck the en
emy near Imus yesterday, killing and
"BIrkhelmer, with a battalion of the
Twenty-eighth, struck the .enemy en
trenched west of Bacoor yesterday morn
ing. The enemy left on the field 65 in
dead, 40 wounded and 32 rifles. Our loss
thus far Is Lieutenant Cheeny, Fourth
infantry, and four enlisted men killed, 24
enlisted men wounded.
"It is expected that Schwan's troops will
cut off the retreat of the enemy's Cavlte
"Wheatdn Is moving todayoa Dasmari
nas. "Boyd, Thirty-seventh infantry, moved
east from Las Banos and surrounded
General Rlsal at daylight, capturing Rlsal
and considerable property. It is expected
Cavlte and Batangas provinces will be
cleared up soon.
"In the north, Leonhauser, with three
companies of the Twenty-fifth, attacked
the robber bands on Arayat mountain,
dispersed them, destroyed their barracks
and subsistence, and found there five of
our prisoners whom they had picked up
on the railroad. Three were killed and
two seriously wounded. The northern
robber bands will be pursued."
Sckvran Occupies Cavlte Towns.
MANILA, Jan. 9, 9:35 A. M. General
Schwan has occupied Silan and Indan,
Cavlte province, meeting with but slight
resistance. He captured three guns and
a quantity of ammunition. The roads In
that section are very- heavy. General
Wheaton is at Perez Dasmarlnas.
THE PLAGUE AT MANILA.
Surgeon Grecnlenf Confirms the
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. The plague has
broken out in Manila, beyond a doubt as
appears from the following telegram re
ceived by Surgeon-General Sternberg:
"Manila, Jan. 6. Three bubonic; na
The signer Is Colonel Greenleaf, assist
ant surgeon-general and chief surgeon In
the Philippines. The .first effect will probably-be.
to have-a quarantine based upon
the most rigid sanitary regulations, and
this work will be undertaken, by Colonel
Greenleaf pending the arrival at Manila
of the marine hospital service officers now
on the way. General Sternoerg says that
Colonel Greenleaf is exceptionally well
fitted to cope with the present emergency,
and he ha3 no doubt that the disease ..vill
soon be stamped out.
It is noted that the cases of plague re
ported are confined to the native class,
and it is said that has been the case In
most of the cities of Asia where the dis
ease has appeared. It is notably true
of Hong Kong, where it has existed for
many months without causing any consid
erable fatality among the European pop
ulation. It was probably from Hong
Kong that the disease found Its way to
Manila. The medical officers have been
all along on the watch to prevent this,
but, owing to the closeness of Hong Kong
ito Manila, and the large amount of
traffic carried on by native junks and
dhows, the ultimate introduction of the
disease Into Manila was Inevitable.
NATIVES CROWDING MANILA.
Danger of the Plnsrue Spreading; in
MANILA, Jan. 8, 8:15 P. M. The bu
bonic plague is yet sporadic, .there have
been six cases and four deaths. Prepa
rations are being made to establish hos
pitals and quarantine.
Great numbers of provincial natives are
coming to Manila, with whom the city is
crowded, the increase in accommodations
being inadequate, and the rice necessary
for foodstuffs Is more expensive than at
any period during the last 12 years. The
plague is dangerous to the overcrowded,
unfed and unwashed natives and China
men. Americans avoiding direct contact
with the disease are safe. A force of Fil
ipinos charged 12 men of the Third cav
alry, who were scouting behind San Fer
nando de Laubon. One trooper and three
horses and carbines 'were captured. The
More Rescued Prisoners.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. The following
cablegram has been received from Genera
Otis, under date of Manila, January 7:
"Admiral Watson has cabled the names
of the navy rescued prisoners, one officer
and 11 men. The remaining prisoners, 14
in number, are as follows:
Civilian C. W. Langford, Manila; Davia
Brown, St Paul; J. W. O'Brien, London;
Soldiers George T. Hatcheli, H; A. L.
Gordon, K, Third infantry; William Bruce,
Elmer Honeyman, First Nevada cavalry;
Frank Stone, L. S. Smith, signal corps,
Albert Bishop, H, Third artillery; Ser
geant Frank McDonald, L, Twenty-first
infantry; Harry H. Huber, hospital corps;
-M. Brennan, J. P. Curran, Sixteenth in
fantry." Repatriation of Spaniards.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. The secretary
of war. has sent to congress a request for
an urgent deficiency appropriation of $75t
000, to supplement the ?1.500,000 heretofore
appropriated for the repatriation of tne
Spanish prisoners and their families, held
by the Insurgents' in the Philippines, from
the islands to Spain, In .accordance with
the treaty of peace.
Hospital-Ship Homeward Bound.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. Surgeon-General
Sternberg has received a cablegram
announcing the arrival of the hospital
ship Missouri yesterday at Nagasaki, Ja
pan. She has aboard 286 sick soldiers, and
is bound' from Manila to San Francisco.
Colombian Rebels Victorious.
CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 8, via Hay-
tien cable. Advices received here today
say the Colombian revolutionists have J
taken Pampelona and Bucurmanga with
out a fight It Is believed they intend to
reach Bogota by way of Socorro. So
corro is a town of Colombia, state of
Boyaca, six miles southwest of Pampe
lona. The foreign bankers here propose to
advance the government 16,000,000 bolivars
If the salt mlnea are given as a guaranty
of the payment of the loan.
STAMPING OUT THE. SCOURGE
Honolulu Authorities Burn
HONOLULU. Jan. 1 (via San Francis
co, Jan. 8). Seven additional cases of
plague have developed since the last ad
vices, making 13 cases alL told to date.
Three cases were discovered the night
of December 28, and four cases have been
reported during the past 4S hours. The
board of health has decided to take rad
ical steps to stamp out the scourge. A
portion of the Infected district was con
demned and burned to the ground yester
day. Three buildings and a large ware
house were destroyed by Are. The future
policy of the health authorities will be to
destroy all Infected buildings.
The board of health is severely criticised
by two leading papers, the Star andAd
vertiser; In short, the journals claim that
the members of the health board appear
to be Incompetent and therefore are In
capable of handling the present trouble.
There is still a feeling of doubt as to the
nature of the disease. A majority of the
intelligent people do not consider it plague,
but the fact remains that the victims are
stricken and die suddenly. If the trouble
is not plague,' it Is something akin to it.
The presence of the disease in this city
Is commencing to worry the sugar men.
They have an Idea that Hawaiian sugar
may be refused at United States ports if
shipped from Honolulu. To get around
this difficulty, the new crop may be
shipped from ports outside of Honolulu.
Honolulu being the only infected port it
is believed the federal authorities will
agree to this plan, and allow the market
ing of the 1S99 crop.
National Guard Cordon Around Hon
olulu Flng-ue District.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8. A letter
from Honolulu, dated December 30, says:
The curious spectacle Is presented here of
a revival of the shotgun quarantine
around the plague-infected district, whil6
sanitary measures and disinfection have
been practically abandoned. The board
of health called out the National Guard
three days after Christmas because of the
discovery of five new cases of plague,
two of which proved fatal. It is now
paying $1000 a day for this protection, and
tho result of this strict guard Is that
business is demoralized and many poor
Chinese and Japanese who worked in the
American quarter are starving.
The cordon drawn around the Asiatic
district Includes many of the leading Chi
nese and Japanese dealers, who live in
sanitary fashion and who are making a
strong protest against the needless hard
ships to which they are subjected. The
original method of fumigating all Ori
ental merchandise imported has been
abandoned, and much of this unfumigated
freight is handled by Hawailans. There
have been 17 known cases of bubonic
plague in Honolulu to date. There have
been a number of other deaths which
were probably deaths from plague, but
the board of health has not officially so
declared them. Passenger traffic between
the islands is practically at a standstill.
Tho inter-islands steamship companies
refuse co take passengers on account of
the onerous quarantine conditions Im
posed. Fumigated freight is accepted, but
la loaded and discharged from lighters
away from the wharves.
The America Maru, which arrived here
from San Francisco December 27, dis
charged her passengers and freight by
means of lighters. The transport Grant
with the Forty-eighth Infantry, arrived a
few hours after the America Maru. Her
commander refused to come into the har
bor or have anything but the barest com
munication with the officials, and started
for Manila after a stOD of not more than
Regulations for Coast Ports.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. Stringent regu
lations for dealing with vessels arriving
from Honolulu have been issued to offi
cials of the marine hospital service on
the Pacific coast. They contemplate the
thorough fumigation of the holds of all
ships arriving at coast ports that have
been in the docks at Honolulu, and a
thorough inspection of their crews. Spe
cial vigilance must be exercised by the
medical officers, with a view to detecting
any ambulant or walking cases of the
disease. The fact that many of the ves
sels touching at Honolulu are discharging
their cargoes by means of lighters is re
garded with satisfaction here, as the dan
ger of Infection Is thus correspondingly
The Maru at Snn Francisco.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. S. The steamer
Hong Kong Maru arrived early this morn
ing from China and Japan via Honolulu,
and anchored at the quarantine station
to await Ispection.
Senator Gear, of Iotva, Will Succeed
DES MOINES, Jan. 8. The 28th general
assembly of Iowa convened at noon today.
Dr. H. W. Rowen, of Allamakee county,
was selected speaker of the house. Keen
Interest in the selection of a United States
senator to succeed Snator Gear was
shown. The only contestants ware Sen
ator Gear, of Burlington, and A. B. Cum
mins, of Des Moines. Today Mr. Cum-,
mlns withdrew his name, leaving the field
clear to Gear.
DES MOINES, la.. Jan. 8. Senator
John Henry Gear was renominated by
the republicans in joint caucus this even
ing. A. B. Cummin's name was not pre
sented. The senatorial election will take
place Tuesday next, when the houses will
meet separately and ballot. Next day
they will take a joint ballot
The democratic caucus named Fred E.
White, of Webster, as democratic candi
date for senator, and he will receive the
compliment of his party's vote.
Hartford Ready for Her Cruise.
SAN FRANCISCOr Jan. 8. The United
States cruiser Hartford, now a training
ship, has come down from the Mare Island
navy-yard. She has been almost rebuilt
and is now supplied with a modern bat
tery of 13 guns. She- will sail In a few
days under sealed orders. It is known,
though, that she will proceed along the
coast of South America and through the
Straits of Magellan and up on the At
lantic side as far as Montevideo. From
that point her movements are uncertain.
On board of the old warship are 400 boys,
mostly from Interior towns throughout the
A survey of the United States steamer
Adams, which went on the beach at Goat
Island during a recent southeaster, shows
that she was not damaged.
She will sail
on her winter cruise this week.
OVERLAP LAND CASE
Decided in Favor of the O. & C
OPINION BT THE SUPREME COURT
Northern Pacific Claimed Lands Un
der Earlier- Grant, hut Had Not
Filed Map of Definite Location.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. In an opinion
handed down In the United States supremo
court today by Justice Harlan, the title
of the Oregon & California Railroad Com
pany to large tracts of land In the state
of Oregon was confirmed. The landd
were granted to the railroad company
years ago; but Its claims were contested by
The main controversy was between tha
Oregon & California, road and the North
ern Pacific. The Northern Pacific Com
pany claimed the lands under an earlier
grant but it was shown that this road
had not filed a map of definite location,
and thus failed to earn the grant. Hence
the court held that, notwithstanding tBe
later date of the grant to the Oregon com
pany. It was entitled to the lands. The
lands involved He south of Portland ann
largely in the Willamette valley. They
embrace about 42,000. acres, and are sa:a
to be worth now S3;0O0,O0O or JC.OOO.COO.
Like decisions- were made in the cases
of Wilcox vs. the Eastern Oregon Land
Company, and Messenger vs. the samo
company. These controversies were also
largely with the Northern Pacific Com
pany, In conflict with military wagon
roads. The decisions were also adverse to
the Northern Pacific in these cases.
A FRIEND OF CHINA.
Minister Wu Satisfied "With Ameri
ca's Commercial Policy.
CHICAGO, Jan. 8. A special to tr.a
Times-Herald from Washington says.
Minister Wu Ting Fang, the representa
tive of China in Washington, has been
following with the closest Interest the,
various developments In the negotia
tions which have been in progress be
tween the United States and the vartot.a
governments relative to the preservation
of American rights in the empire of n-a
sovereign. He is satisfied that aside
from the natural desiro of this govern
ment to protect its trade, it has acted as
a sincere friend of his country. In speau
Ing today of the effect of the assurances
given the United States by the several
powers, he said:
"China's friendship for the United States
Is a growth of years. Nothing has ever
happened to disturb tho friendly relations
of the twe governments. I look upon tiiu
recent negotiations for the preservation oC
American rights In China as another move
by this government which, while designed
primarily for the protection of Its own In
terests, cannot but be regarded In any
other light than as another manifestation
of Its good will for my country.
"There is only one ripple on tho placid
waters of friendship of the two countries
which has In It any possibility of lessen
ing the cordiality that now exists. ThU
arises from the policy now being pur
sued by the military authorities in tn
Philippines, which excludes Chinese sub-
l jecs.Y and. Jut some cases even merchants
andstudnthj. heIontr.to..the -fflcgfJffq,
classes underline treaty have-1 beenrre
fused admission. I am satisfied that when
this country considers the benefits which
follow the free admission of my country
men Into the Philippines, It will issue an
order revoking the military decree which
prohibits Chinese Immigration.
"The trade of the United States with
China has Increased abnormally, 40 per
cent over what It wa3 the year preced
ing. Its development Is undoubtedly due
to the friendship which exists between the
two countries, and to the knowledge that
the United States has none but a kindly
interest In the empire.
"Our relations with all the countries or
the world are of a most peaceful charac
ter. My government Is reorganizing? tne
army, and is employing foreign instruc
tors, and we hope to obtain a mobile army
which will be able to defend the country
in time of need."
DEPARTMENT OF ALASKA.
Northern Part of the Territory Put
Under Military Control.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 8. The president
has created a military department, con
sisting of the territory of Alaska, and
assigned Colonel George H. Randall,
Eighth United States Infantry, to Its com
mand. Randall is on duty with his regi
ment in Cuba, and will report here en
route to Alaska January 15.
It was stated at the war department that
Colonel Randall would be given command
as a brigadier-general of volunteers, in
order that ho may have sufficient rank
for the new post Tho action of the de
partment In this matter is tantamourat to
tho establishment of a completo military
government in Alaska, especially as to
the northern portion. Tho matter has
been under consideration for a long time.
There is no disposition to reffect In any
way on the officials of the territorial gov
ernment, but the civil machinery, which
Is said to be totally Inadequate, could not
be strengthened and enlarged without con
siderable legislation and the loss of much
valuable time. In addition to the heavy
Immigration into the Cape Nome district
from the world at large, the Klondike ap
pears to be emptying Its population upon
those golden shores, and naturally there
Is danger of an outbreak of lawlessness
and disorder among the adventurous spir
its attracted to the mines.
The war department has not yet fixed
upon the number of troops to be assigned
to the new department. Colonel Randall
hhs had experience in that quarter, and
will be allowed to exercise his judgment
in the matter. It isynot believed here,
howover, that a large force will be neces
sary, as the miners In Alaska bavo usu
ally been quick to recognize the authority
of the United States government In thei
person of a soldier.
THE SAMOAN TREATY.
Taken Up by the Senate In Execu
WASHINGTON. Jan. 8. The senate to
day took up the Samoan xreaty In execu
tive session, and after having It read frera
the de3k. Senator Davis, chairman of the
committee on foreign relations, mads. a
brief statement explanatory of the provis
ions of the treaty. While the statement
was in progress. Senator Pettigrew asked
"how many people the United States
had bought with the Islands thi3 country
comes Into possession of by the transac
tion," but Davis refused to admit the ap
plicability of the language to the trans
action. Bacon stated his opposition to the treaty,
and gave notice that he would ask to be
heard upon it -when the treaty is again
taken up. The Injunction of secrecy was
removed from the treaty. It has been pub