Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, February 20, 1900, Image 1

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    VOL. XL 10. 12,228.
PORTLAND, OREGON. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20,. 1900.
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If you use one pair of glasses for
distant vision and a different pair
for near work, try bifocals. They
save carrying an extra pair and
changing glasses a hundred times a
day. They are always In place, and
always ready for use. If you have
tried them and did not like them It
was probably because they were not
made especially for you. With most
folks they are easy to become ac
customed to and are a great con
venience. We are putting them up so neat
ly that the dividing line Is scarce
ly perc&pUble.
WALTER REED
Eye Specialist
133 SIXTH STREET
OREGOXIAX BUILDING
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j.
The Boer General Hopelessly
Surrounded.
BRITISH- JRYING TO TRAP HIM,
Bailer Captures a Range of Hills
South of the Tucela. Drlvlnc the
Boers Across the River.
LONDON, Feb. 20, 3:45 A. M. A mem
ber of the cabinet told H. "W. Lucy to
night that the war office had received a
telegram announcing that General Cronje
was hopelessly surrounded. Mr. Wynd
ham was beset with anxious members of
the house, but would only reply that the
government's news was extremely satis
factory. The sole explanation of the gov
ernment's Withholding good news Is that
confirmation and more details are await
ed. The situation, as disclosed by corre
spondents over the Free State border, Is
tantalizing to the public expectation. The
elementary facts are that the Boers are
trekking eastward toward Bloemfonteln
with slow moving baggage trains, and
that they are pursued by Lord Kitchener
with General Kelly-Kenny's division.
General MacDonald, with the Highland
ers, made a forced march to Koodoosrand
ford and Sunday pushed 20 miles eastward.
General French left Klmberley Saturday,
going east along the Modder river. Lord
Kitchener Is trying to outmarch and to
outflank the Boers, thus checking their
retreat, if possible, and driving them back
into the hands of MacDonald and French.
The war office message communicated
to Mr. Lucy seems to indicate that Lord
Kitchener has either got ahead of -.the
Boers or is about to realize his plan, and.
the. war office waits to announce a decisive
result.
Meanwhile, Commandant Delarey, with
the Boers from Colesberg, Is hanging onto
the right flank of the British pursuing
columns, seeking to delay their move
ment and so to assist the Boer wagon
trains to escape. Students of topography
think the Boers will hardly risk a flght
until they get into the rough country.
A Dally Mall correspondent, who was
with the British convoy attacked by the
Boers at Riet river ford, wires:
"Ultimately, the British abandoned the
convoy In order not to check the advance.
Thus 200 wagons and 600 tons of stores
fall into the hands of the Boers, though
it is doubtful if they will be able to carry
them away."
General Buller has achieved a real -success
seemingly In capturing the range of
hills south of the Tugela. It makes more
feasible another attempt to relieve Lady
smith. The queen has sent a direct message to
Lord Roberts, congratulating him and his
troops. General French and Golonel Keke-
wlch have been acquainted with their pro-
,2BUr-Jtt v ,
,ur.isayHs,"Tcr BruBewsr sys rne -b"re
State troops, who were besieging Lady
smith, have withdrawn in order to defend
their homes. In this way he accounts for
General Buller's success against the
weakened forces. He will forego his pro
jected trip to Rome, he says, because "de
cisive events are now taking place in the
theater of war."
Lord Roberts' generalship was conduct
ed with such secrecy, says a telegram
from Modder River, that even the senior
officers who took the Sixth division
through the preliminaries of the operation
did not know what they would finally
have to do.
DISPATCH FROM BULLER.
Boers Driven Luck, by a Sharp At
tack, Across the Tugela.
LONDON, Feb. 19. The war office has
received the following dispatch from
General Buller:
"Cheveley Camp, Feb. 19. I yesterday
moved around the enemy's flank. The
Queens, who had bivouacked on the
northern slope of Clngolo, crossed the
nek, and, supported by the rest of the
Second brigade, under Hlldyard, assaulted
and took the southern end of Monte
Cristo. The Fourth brigade, on the left or
western slope, and the Welsh fusiliers,
supported by the rest of the Sixth brigade,
assaulted the eastern flank of the enemy's
position, while the Second brigade of cav
alry, on the extreme right, watched the
eastern slopes of Monte Cristo and drove
back those of the enemy who attempted
to escape there from our artillery Are.
"Assaulted by heavy artillery lire on
their front and flank, and attacked on
their flank and rear, the enemy made
but slight resistance, abandoned their
strong positions, and were driven across
the Tugela. I have taken several camps,
a wagonload of ammunition, several wag
ons of stores and supplies, and a few
prisoners. The weather is Intensely hot,
and the ground traversed was exceedingly
difficult, but the energy and dash of the
troops has been very pleasant to see.
"The work of he irregular cavalry, the
Queens, the Scots fusiliers and rifle bri
gade was perhaps most noticeable, while
the excellent practice of the artillery and
naval guns and steadiness of the gunners,
under all times, was remarkable. The ac
curate fire of the naval guns from Cheve
ley was of great assistance. Our casual
ties are not, I think, many."
British Capture Monte Cristo.
CHEVELEY, Monday morning, Feb, 19.
The Boers' line of fortresses is broken.
The British have achieved a decided suc
cess in capturing the enemy's position on
Monte Cristo. The Boers, however, ef
fectively executed a retreat, removing
their guns and convoy wagons. The Brit
ish had comparatively few casualties.
One Hundred Boers Captured.
DURBAN, Feb. 19. The bombardment
of the "Boer position on Ilangawana hill
was continuous yesterday, and fighting is
still proceeding at 6 o'clock this evening.
It is said the British have captured 100
prisoners.
FROM THE CORRESPONDENTS.
Boer Description of the Fighting:
at Klmberley.
LONDON, Feb. 20. A dispatch to the
Daily Mall from Lourenco Marques, dated
Monday, says:
"According to advices from Pretoria,
the Boers are expecting a big battle on
the Tugela. They claim that 70 of the
Wlltshlres were killed at Colesberg, and
that 30 wagons with forage and provisions
were captured, but no ammunition.
"They thus describe the fighting at
Klmberley: The British came through
Bi&unbank and attacked in two columns.
While the Boers were busily engaged with
Lord Roberts, General French, with 2000
cavalry and six guns, succeeded in break
ing through the Boer lines. The Boers
did not seriously oppose General French's
advance, but confined their efforts to pre
venting the provisions getting through.
In this they succeeded, capturing 2000
head of cattle, 100 wagons of provisions
and 109 men."
The Daily Mall has the following dls-
..4 . J
patch, dated Monday, from Pietermaritz
burg: "It Is reported that Sir Redvers Buller
has captured Ilangawana hill. Large num
bers of Free-Staters have left to meet
Lord Roberts force. It Is believed that
a number of the Boers' big guns have
been taken back across the border."
The Cheveley correspondent of the Dally
News, says, telegraphing yesterday:
"We now occupy all the hills to the right
of Colenso, on this side of the Tugela,
Including Ilangawana, which the Boers
evacuated last night."
The Cape Town correspondent of the
Dally News, telegraphing Sunday, says:
"Lord Methuen's force, I learn, has ar
rived at Klmberley, having got through
from Magersfonteln without fighting."
CRONJE'S ARTILLERY.
Much Speculation as to What Has
Become of It.
LONDON. Feb. 19. Practically nothing
is known of the progress of Lord Roberts'
column during the last day or two, and
speculation as to the ulUmate gain from
the recent movements Is necessarily unsat
isfactory when based on belated telegrams,
evidently vigorously censored. Many im
portant points remain obscure. What has
become of-General Cronje's heavy artil
lery? One correspondent, It is true, says
It was left behind at Magersfonteln and
Klmberley, but it is difficult to believe
Roberts would not have mentioned a de
tail of such importance.
Again, the statement that a large Boei
force was massing norchward of Klmber
ley once nrore raises in the minds of some
experts the question whether General
Cronje was really with the force retreat
ing on Bloemfonteln. It is suggested that
the latter Is really the Free State main
army, under General Prlnstoo, supplement
ed by a portion of the Magersfonteln com
mand, while the main body of the latter,
under Cronje, Is trying to secure the
Vaal bridge at Fourteen Streams, thus
barring the way to Mafeklng.
It Is difficult to measure the full Im
portance of Buller's movements. If he
manages to seize Ilangawana hill, the way
may be cleared for another crossing of the
Tugela, and another attempt made to reach
Ladysmith via the direct road north.
In Cape Colony, General Brabant seems
to be successfully clearing the road for the
advance of General Gatacre. A dispatch
from Roberts, dated Jacobsdal, 11:40 P. M.,
Sunday, confirms the press announce
ments regarding General Brabant's move
ments. Bugler Dunn, the 15-year-old member of
the First Royal Dublin fusiliers, who was
the first to cross the Tugela river and who
was shot in the right arm while running
with the soldiers and sounding the ad
vance, saw the queen at Osborne this
morning. Her majesty presented him with
a handsome silver-mounted bugle, suitably
inscribed. The queen gave the lad a moth
erly welcome and expressed hopes that he
would have a successful career In the
army.
An army order Issued tonight Invites
the reservists to rejoin their colors for a
a year for home defense, and! offers 22
bounty to those who do.
Rumor of Mulching's Relief.
CAPE TOWN, Feb. 19. A. dispatch
State
also that the Free State Is making des
perate efforts to collect an army to face
the British at Koffyfonteln. An official
proclamation orders out all male lnhab
tants between the ages of 16 and 60, and
enthusiasts declare that every one up 'to
the age of 100 must go. Typhoid fever is
said to be playing havoc among the Boers
at Colesberg. At Klmberley a report is
current that Mafeklng has been relieved,
but the Boers are trying to conceal the
information.
The Captured British Convoy.
LOURENCO MARQUES, Feb. 19. It ap
pears from advices receive If here that the
loot captured by the burghers yesterday
near Koffyfonteln Included over 3000 head
of cattle and a number of wagons, 18 of
which were loaded with provisions Intend
ed for the relief of Klmberley. A num
ber of prisoners were also taken. Heavy
fighting Is reported today around Klm
berley, where General Cronje Is said to be
holding his own.
Boer Prisoners Handed Over.
ARUNDEL, Sunday, Feb. 19. Com
mandant Pretorious, who was captured
by the Brlvlsh at Eland's laagte, and
ihree other Boer prisoners were handed
over to the Boers from Arundel today.
A messenger under a flag of truce had
previously arranged the programme. The
prisoners had a cordial interview with
General Clements, and were then taken
in an ambulance half-way $o the Boer
camp.
British Enter Dordrecht.
STERKSTROM CAMP, Sunday, Feb. 18.
The Boers are retiring, and General Bra
bant's forces are now entering Dordrecht.
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
Wyndham Announced That Colonial
Opinion Would Be Invited.
LONDON, Feb. 19. Replying to a ques
tion in the house of commons today, Mr.
Wyndham, parliamentary secretary of the
foreign office, declared the government
proposed to invite an expression of opin
ion from the colonial governments re
garding the reorganization of the forces
of the empire and kindred questions.
During the discussion of the report of
the committee on supply on the vote for
the addition of 120,000 men to the army,
Mr. Redmond opposed the measure on the
ground that the government's proposal
was largely of a permanent character. He
denounced the schema as a "miserable
makeshift." Other Irlsbr members opposed
the measure. The report was finally adopt
ed by 164 votes against 32. After further
discussion, the debate was closed on mo
tion of Mr. Balfour, and the vote was
carried by 207 against 31.
MACRUM'S ALLEGATIONS.
No Action Taken by the British Gov
ernment.
LONDON, Feb. 19. No action has been
taken as yet by the British government
In regard to the allegations made by
Charles Macrum, ex-United States consul
at Pretoria, nor has Ambassador Choate
received any Instructions to make In
quiries in connection with the matter.
British officials declare it Is extremely
improbable the consular letters were
opened at Durban, as alleged by Macrum.
Cable rumors that Choate might be re
called in order to show the United States
government's resentment against the
treatment received by Macrum at the
hands of British officials are declared at
the United States ambassay to be utterly
ridiculous
The Latest Seizure.
LONDON, Feb. 19. No- details have yet
been received by the British government
in reference to the seizure of the British
steamer Sabine, from New York January
14, with a miscellaneous cargo, which, a3
reported from Port Elizabeth yesterday,
was captured by the British gunboat
Thrush and brought to Delagoa bay on
suspicion of having contraband of war
on board.
.jafcJA. jfeaBJiAul,
SPLIT OVER FUSION
Row in the Populist National
Committee Meeting.
MIDDLE-ROADERS WALKED OUT
The Result "Will Be Two Separate
Convention and Two Tickets
in the Field.
LINCOLN, Neb.. Feb. 19. A split and a'
walk-out followed a turbulent meeting
of the populist national committee to
night. The anti-fusion, leaders, after hav
ing a number of their followers turned
down by the credentials committee, or
ganized a bolt and formed a new com
mittee. The members favorable to fu
sion, after adopting the report of the
credentials committee, adjourned until to
morrow, when, in all likelihood, it will
empower the chairman, or a committee
of three, to call the national convention
for the same city and the same time the
democratic convention Is held.
Caucuses and conferences this morning
among the contending factions betokened
an Inharmonious meeting of the full com
mittee, which began at 3 o clock this
afternoon In representative hall of the
state capltol, and the indications that
breakers were ahead were emphasized 10
minutes after Chairman Butler called the
committee to order and announced that
it would at once go into executive ses
sion. The difficulties of the members, of whom
there were about 80 present, but holding
proxies for nearly the full committee,
hinged on the old question of fusion. The
element led toy Senator Allen, with ap
parently the strongest following, Insist
ed on fusion, and to that end that a com
mittee be appointed with power to call
the convention for the same day and place
as the democrats. Senator Allen said:
"I am not In favor of admitting to the
committee meeting this afternoon or rec
ognizing as meirfbers of the committee
any man who participated in the Cincin
nati convention that nominated Barker
and Donnelly for president and vice-president.
I am not In favor of recognizing
proxies from such men, neither am I in
favof of recognizing any such man who
sends a proxy., I do not believe the com
mittee should admit any member who Is
supporting a ticket other than the one
to be nominated in the convention this
committee shall call. The committee
should throw over the transom every
member who has no right to participate
in its deliberations, and I believe It will
do it"
J. A. Parker, of Kentucky, replied on
behalf of the middle-of-the-road or antl
fuslon men.
The calling of the list of committeemen
proceeded without incident to the end,
when Mr. Parker asked why the proxy
of Committeemen A. W. Files, of Arkan
sas, and Robert McReynoldsr of Lincoln,
had been omitted. Robert Schilling, of
right
reeard.
lees of his credentials, who had 'taken
part in the Cincinnati convention which
nominated Barker and Donnelly.
Chairman Butler ruled that the whole
matter must go to the committee on cre
dentials, and he thereupon appointed as
such committee, Allen of Nebraska,
Weaver of Iowa, and Tracey of Texas,
all of the fusion faction, and declared the
meeting adjourned, amid the protests of
the middle-of-the-roaders, who denounced
his action as partisan.
When the committee reassembled at 8:45,
the antl-fusionlsts presented the follow
ing proposition:
"That the committee recognizes only
legal proxies, stamped with revenue
stamps, according to law; that the roll
of the meeting at Omaha in 1898 be ac
cepted with the roll of this committee,
except Vhere subsequent state conventions
have elected new members; except that
cases of contests shall go before a com
mittee, composed of five members, two to
be selected by the friends of Butler, two
by friends of Parker, these four to select
a fifth member, and that in settling these
contests no votes are to be cast on these
cases by either contestees or contestants
until all contests are settled.
"This proposition represents 57 votes In
this convention, which is a good majority
of the members in attendance here, and
we demand these propositions in the
name of the honest populists of this na
tion, who are opposed to rascality in pol
itics." This was signed by J. O. A. Barker,
Kentucky; R. H. H. Wheeler, Ohio; Newt
Gresham, Texas; J. B. Osborne, Georgia;
J. T. Knott, Maine; Robert McReynoIds,
Arkansas, and D. C. Deaver, Nebraska, to
gether with a number of others, not com
mitteemen. The proposition was ignored by the full
committee, and the committee on creden
tials reported, excluding all but, five of the
anti-fusion members. In the midst of an
uproar, the middle-of-the-roaders, led by
Parker of Kentucky, and Welles of
Iowa, left the hall, engaged a room down
town and organized a bolting meeting. The
main committee shortly before midnight,
without deciding on a date or place for
the national convention, adjourned until
tomorrow morning.
The bolters, who secured a room at the
Grand hotel, prepared an address and
called a national convention for Cincin
nati Wednesday, May 9.
REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN ISSUES.
Fight "Will Be Made on the Line of
the President's Policy.
'NEW YORK, Feb. 19. The Herald
quotes Senator Piatt, of New York, as
saying in an Interview:
"While the republican platform, upon
which we will make our next campaign has
not been definitely decided upon, it is pret
ty well understood that we will make our
flght on the line of policy of the present
administration. The campaign is being
shaped every day, and the democrats are
entitled to all the comfort they are able
to derive from what they seem delighted
to call "republican mistakes. The ridicu
lous exhibition of incapacity on the part
of the democratic leaders while the finan
cial bill was pending in congress was suf
ficient to convince all observing persons
that they are hardly capable of conducting
the business affairs of this great nation
in a manner acceptable to the American
people
"L understand the democratic leaders
are declaring that we weakened on the sil
ver question by adopting a" bimetallic
amendment to the financial bill In the sen
ate, and they propose to make that one
of their campaign Issues. They also as
sert that they will draw heavily upon our
forces if the refunding provision of the
financial bill becomes a law. Some of my
constituents are troubled about the bi
metallic amendment, and I have received
several letters on the subject asking If the
republicans had not lowered their colors
to, the silver hosts by the adoption of that
amendment. My reply has Invariably
been that there was no lowering of colors
to the silver forces and no substantial
deviation from the former policy of the
republican party, relative to the subject of
blmetalism. The senate amendment to the
,.WfaC - -t'tHSr
financial bill which was offered fey Sen
ator Aldrioh at the Instance of the com
mittee on finance was simply a declaration
or a reaffirmation of the party principles
on that subject, as laid down in the last
national platform of the republican party.
"As to our colonial policy, that is being
formed new, and I have not given the sub
ject sufficient investigation to discuss It
at this time. Our policy toward Hawaii
Is pretty well defined, and before the com
ing week expires, we may have a pretty
good Idea of what we intend to do in re
gard to Puerto Rico. In the discussion ef
the Puerto Rican question, the whole ques
tion of our colonial possessions will come
up, and as there is a wide difference of
opinion on the subject. It would be prema
ture to attempt to build a party platform
so far in advance of the meeting of the
national convention.
"At the proper time President McKlnley
(and Senator Hanna, chairman of the re
publican national committee, will call a
conference of the party leaders, with a
view to determining upon what lines It
may be deemed advisable to make the cam
paign. I have not been consulted by eith
er President McKlnley or Mr. Hanna en
the subject, and I don't know that I shall
be, but my interest in the success of the
party Induces me to try and keep posted
as to what Is going on within our lines,
and, when I get a chance I take a peep
Into the enemy's camp.
"I deprecate anything that savors of
overponfldence in a political contest, and
therefore I am not going to follow the ex
ample of the democratic leaders by mak
ing a lot of rash predictions as to the fu
ture. In my judgment, the majority of
the people In this country are satisfied
that their Interests are better protected
by the republican party than they would
be If the administration were turned over
to the democrats. I rely upon the Intelli
gence of the American people to choose
between McKlnlev and Bryan."
ARMY RE-ORGANIZATION.
New Bill Prepared by the War De
partment Introduced in the'Huose.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19. The secretary
of war has sent to the chairman of the
senate and house military committees a
draft of a bill, which the department
claims 'greatly strengthens the military
system and remedies defects developed
during the Spanish-American war. The
bill was Introduced in the house today by
Chairman Hull.
A chief feature of the legislation asked
for provides for one-third of the promo
tions to be made by selection. This is to
enable the president to reward specially
gallant and meritorious services. It rec
ognizes both length, and special fitness
of service, and Its authors claim that Its
provisions are so guarded that only the
most deserving shall receive special rec
ognition, and In no case "be the creatures
of personal or political intervention.
The bill gives the president control of
the tenure of the offices of the heads of
staff departments, and he can, by and
with the advice and consent of the sen
ate, make a new head of a department at
any time when, In his Judgment, the ef
ficiency of the service would be Increased
thereby the officer relieved being trans
ferred to the retired list. This places the
army staff on about the same footing as
the heads of the navy staff departments.
The only Immediate result under this
rpfovlsion would be the probable retlre-
i ment of General Eagan, commissary-gen-
. eral, now undergoing suspension. In the
adjutant-general's and Inspector-general s
, departments there will be no further ap
pointments but "by detail from the next
lower grade of the line for a term of four
years. Officials say this will give a large
number of experienced staff officers to
meet future requirements and the emer
gencies of active service These selec
tions, too, are to be made on recommend
ations of boards of officers appointed to
ascertain the records and fitness of officers
for those details.
The quartermaster andi subsistence de
partment, the ordnance and signal corps
are also to be filled in like manner. None
or tnese provisions ior details in any
way Interfere with the tenure of officers
now in the regular staff departments or
with their promotions as now provided by
law. They will, however, serve one year
in five with such branch of the line as
the secretary of war may designate.
. The reorganization of the artillery, the
only change proposed In the line of the
army, is based on advanced Ideas that
are largely in use in other countries, and
is called for by the present system of
sea-coast defenses. It insures the care
of the heavy ordnance and the training of
officers and men to handle these guns in
active service.
The office of post chaplain Is abolished
and one provided for each, regiment of
the line of the army, regular and volun
teer. The chaplain's rank and pay are
made those of a captain mounted.
The proposed increase of the artillery
will be made by distribution of men from
other arms of the service and will not
increase the strength of the service.
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THE EL PASO RIOT.
Captain
Lousrhboroush's
the Affair.
Report of
WASHINGTON, Feb. 19. General Mc
Klbbon, commanding the department of
Texas, ha3 forwarded to the adjutant
general a copy of the following telegram
from Captain Loughborough, commanding
the troops at Fort" Bliss, Texas, In regard
to the trouble with, the local authorities
at El Paso, Texas, on the 17th:
"Through negligence or connivance -of
noncommissioned officers in charge of the
barracks, arm-racks were opened last
night and a number of rifles taken out.
One soldier was killed, and I learn one
guard at the city Jail, where two soldiers
were held for drunkenness and disorderly
conduct. Arm-racks are now locked and
the keys are in my possession. All am
munition has been placed) under lock and
key. I have not permitted' any one to
leave the garrison. I am co-operating
with the civil authoritels, and will do
everything In my power to bring the
guilty parties to Justice."
General McKlbbon adds that he has or
dered an additional officer to Fort Bliss,
and that he will make a thorough Investi
gation. He says no further trouble is ap
prehended. ' e
EDWIN MAYO DEAD.
Suddenly Expired at Quebec Yester
day Afternoon.
QUEBEC, Feb. 19. Edwin Mayo, of the
"Pudd'nhead Wilson" company, dropped
dead in the Chateau Frontenac today. Mr.
Mayo and his wife were staying at Jthe
Frontenac. He was chatting with Edwin
Varney, manager of the Academy, until
about 2 o'clock. When Mr. Varney start
ed to take his leave, Mr. Mayo arose to
see him out, and suddenly fell back in
his chair. He bled profusely from the
mouth, and was dead before a doctor,
who was called, could get to the hotel.
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No New Revolution in Venesuela.
CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 10, via. Hay
tien cable. The government and press
protest against reports published in the
United States asserting that a new revo
lution had broken out In Venezuela. An
indignation meeting was held here yaster-
day,
Simon Introduces a Bill Appro
priatlng $250,000.
WILL COMPROMISE ON ASSAY OFFICE
Mearare Introduced far the Iauaeaae
It Will Have en the Bill e
Moody and MoBrlde.
WASHINGTON, Feb. . Senator Straw
today introduced a Mtt appropriating $169,
000 for the construction of a United Statu
mint at Portland. The Mil provides for
the rental of a suitable building, until a
special building for the mint can be con
structed, and also carries the customary
provision for the regular mint officiate
antt regulations.
Senator Simon says he Introduced hia
bill for the influence it will have upon the
bill of Representative Moody an& of Sen
ator MeBalde for an assay omce at Port
land. He realizes that there Is a great
deal of opposition to establishing any more
assay offices, and thinks that If he strikes
out and Insists upon a mint, the commit
tee may be witting to compromise on an
assay office. The senator does- net expect
his mint bill to pans 4Mb congress, but
hopes to see the assay ofnee established,
although he feels that it will he impossible
to pass that bill before the next session.
He thinks that the assay office will meet
present requirements, but in the future
it will be possible te secure the mint.
Representative Moody is going to .work
In a proper way te secure the appropria
tion of $460,919 for a Portland building.
He is reaching out In the direction where
he has friends to get a. large influence
to bear upon members of the committee
on public buttelngs and grounds tcr secure
a favorable report on the bill and upon
the managers of the house to secure Us
consideration afterwards. It really looks
as li the appropriation mtgnt Re put
through.
Opposition to Puerte Rioan Bill.
The republican leaders of the house are
having a very difficult time in whipping the
men of their party, wro oppose the tariff
' on Puerto Rlean goods, into line for their
bill. Besides those whose names have al
ready been mentioned as against the bill,
there has sprung up considerable opposi
tion on the Pacific coast. Tongue of Ore
gen, Cushraaa and Jones of Washington,
and Loud of California, are not likely to
stand by the republican majority, but will
probably vote against the bill.
A great deal of pressure Is being brought
to bear upon these men, as well s noon
Heatwotg of Minnesota. Hemeaway and
Ferris of Indiana, mid apaMmg of Xob
Dakata, to bring them toUrline so as not
to defeat the party. The pressure had
been doubled since the statement of Richardson-
today that all the democrats would
oppose the bill, as the republicans oppos
ing it, with the solid democratic side of
the house, would defeat it. The republi
cans who are opposing the bill meet every
effort by saying that they are merely
standing by their own convictions and the
recommendations of the president in hla
message, and are, therefore, not opposing
the republican party m any degree.
The republicans today fired their heav
iest guns, Payne and Dalzell, in support
of the measure, believing that if these
two recognized members and managers ot
the party in the house support the bill.
the weak-kneed will be brought into line.
Philippines Behind It.
Behind the whole question is the Phil
ippines and its sugar. One republican id
already anonymously quoted as saying If
the supreme court should decide Puerto
Rica a part of the United States and sub
ject to equal rights and tariff laws, the
republicans will drop the Philippines in
some way, and that the retention of the
Islands depends upon the constitutionality
of the Puerte Rican bill.
Another republican, who opposes the
bill, says: "The republican party is in a
most unpleasant position. It is extremely
unfortunate that this time was chosen to
push this question. To win, the party
must first pass the bill, next secure a fa
vorable decision from the United States
supreme court, and finally have its action
ratified by the people at the potts. If toe
party loses in any one of the three con
tests it will be ruined. We are putting
Into the hands of the democrats the most
powerful weapon they could have against
us. What answer are we to make when
they charge us with attempting to replace
Spain in her relations with her late colo
nies, and to grind them down and to
bleed them as Spain did?"
Early Democratic Convention.
The outlook for the democratic conven
tion Is that it will be held at Milwaukee
June 6, as there is a determination to have
the convention in advance of the republi
cans, but it looks as if the race with the
populists would be abandoned. The ob
ject of the democrats holding their con
vention earlier, is to have their platform
proclaimed in advance of the republican
declaration, as they fear that the republi
cans are going to make a strong declar
ation against trusts, which is to be the
democratic slogan. The indications are
that the Bryanltes win control the populist
convention anyway, whether It is held
before or after the democrats get together.
Senator Turner holds the proxy for the
democratic national committee from thtt
state of Washington for the coming con
ventions. Turner appears in the congres
sional directory as a fustontet, but this
would indicate that he is a full-neded
democrat.
McKlnley Coming: West.
If the president goes to San Francisco,
as there is some intimation that be will
do during the coming summer, he will
probably go further north and visit Ore
gon and Washington. His Pacific coast
trip depends entirety upon the possibility
of an early adjournment of congress.
Daily Treasury Statement.
WASHINGTON', Feb. . Today's state
ment of the condition of the treasury
shows:
Available cash balance 9M6.4S4.aS9
Goid reserve aw,911,li
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Aimed at the Savar Trust.
WASHINGTON, Feb. . Representa
tive Richardson, of Tennessee. Introduced
today two house resolutions aiming at
the sugar trut.