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PORTLAND, OKEGON, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1900.
PRICE FTVB CENTS.
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of POMMERY CHAMPAGNE, which is being shipped to this coun
try. Wt London, the acknowledged home of wine connoisseurs,
whore QUALITY regulates prices, Pommery commands from two
to sx dollars more a case than other leading brands, as per figures
take from RfcHes wine and spirit trade circular.
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$1.50 and $2.00 values
MORMON TELEGRAPH LINES
the Doseret Company
the "Western Union.
CHICAGO. Feb. Mi-Coionol R. C
dowry, -vtce-preaident and senaral super
intendent of the "Western Unto Telegraph
Company, today completed the purchase
of all the lines of the Deaeret Telegraph
(.Hnpany. which have heretofore belonged
to an4 been operated by the Mormon
church. The lines extend throughout
T'lah and to all the Mormon settlesente
1r the states of Idaho and Nevada, and
thir construction b Brighan Young was
in advance of the building of railroads.
and for meny yeans they were the prin
cipal means of immediate oomauntcatlon
for the Mmasoa church and its buptnacc
connections. Colonel J. J. Dtekay. su
perintendent of the third district of the
W cetera Union Telegraph Company, with
headquartera at Omaha, went to Salt Lake
this afternoon to complete the transfer
of the pnaperty.
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leaer J. MeCermloU Dead.
CHICAGO. Feb. Ja-Leander J. McOor
mick member of she famous harvester
machinery firm and founder of the Le&a
der MoOormlctc ohsiii mtmy of the univer
sity of Vmgtola, died of youmonta at the
C. W. KNOWXJES, Mr.
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.$2.00. $2.60. $3.00
J. G. Mack & Co.
88 Third St.
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$3.00 PER DAY
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strong. It has every appearance
of 'a silver frame, but will not
get out of shape so easily. It Is
better than a steel frame, be
cause It is tougher and harder
to break. It will" neither rust
nor tarnish. It is the same all
the way through, and will al
ways look like new.
The cost is the same as steel.
133 SIXTH STREET
THEY THAWED DYNAMITE.
1 Explosion at a Gravel Pit Killed Trro
j Men and Mangled Three.
DENVER, Feb. 20. A special to the
RepubMcan from Cheyenne, Vyo., says:
A fatal dynamite explosion occurred in
the Union Pacific gravel pit, 30 miles west
of Cheyenne, at noon "today. The dead
John Boulangez, laborer, disemboweled.
Robert Parker, laborer, both legs blown
off; died shortly after the explosion.
The injured are: George Parfrey, legs
shattered, skull crushed, will die; Phil
Forgan, legs mangled and back Injured,
may recover, James Edwards, neck badly
lacerated, will probably recover.
The live men were employed In blasting
out rook at the gravel pit. and while
thawing frozen dynamite with hot water
the explosion occurred. The laborers
wore blown from the pits and a consid
erable distance away from the track. A
number of other men who were at work
some distance away were knocked sense
t ioss by the concussion and slightly Injured
. hy flying pieces of rock. The accident was
at once reported to headquarters, and
surgeons were sent from Laramie to care
for the injured, who, with the dead, were
ptoked up in the meantime, carried on
board a special train and started for
Laramie. "Railroad property was dam
aged but slightly.
Concentrating for Defense of
THEY WILL GIVE UP LADY5M1TH
Relaxing Their Hold on All. Sides to
Oppose Roberts Has Cronje
LONTKDNFeb. 21, 4:15 A. M. The Boers
are leaving all the positions held by them
on British territory and are concentrat
ing tor the defense of their own.
Sdr Redvers Buller thinks they are about
to raise the elege of Ladysmith, and this
Is the large news of the day. General
Clements reports that the fox:e confront
ing him has been greatly diminished. Ten
thousand men are estimated to have gone
from the olesburg district alone. The
Boers are also retracing their steps from
Zululand. Thus they are relaxing their
hold on all sides in order to assemble to
oppose Lord Roberts. He is pressing on
steadily towards Bloemfontein. This is
shown by his Inconsequential telegram
from Paardeberg, 50 or 60 miles away.
Doubtless he Is miles behind the column
that is pursuing the Boers, and the next
important news may be the occupation of
Bloemf o nteto.
Nothing has been heard from the chase
of Cronje for two days. Although the
last words of the war office tonight were
that there was no news for publication,
there Is a strong disposition to believe
that favorable information has been re
ceived, but is being withheld until the
operations culminate in something more
conclusive. There Is an equally strong
disposition to thdnk that General Cronje
has got away.
Owing to the lack of transports, the
British are not likely to Invade Boer ter
ritory except where Lord Roberts Is op
erating. Genera Buller will have to stop
at the Drakensterg mountains. Probably
a part of his 40.000 men will ultimately
Join the legions of Lord Roberts. If, as
General Buller avers, the Boers are re
treating from him, then the news on every
side is favorable to the British.
Nevertheless, troops continue to go up.
The war office thinks that the call to
veterans to rejoin the colors, together
with the bounty, will bring 45,000 men to
the home defense. The urgency with
which home defense is pressed excites
"With the casualties just reported, the
British losses in wounded, killed and cap
tured are now 11,102.
FRENCH'S EXTRY INTO KIMBERLEY.
Inhabitants "Were Panlc-Striclcen,
Thinking; the Boers AVere Coining;.
MODDER RIVER, Monday, Feb. 19.
Although the rapid march of General
French's division was marked by a num
ber of conflicts, the entry to Kimberley
when the British were still eight miles
.oobds- IntAEoaaMil afhol
T 'K-jaOtfiBUfd Ut .-fc&SS'rf-
rison to Modder River, saying: "The
Boens are shelling the town." The ad
vance colunm replied: "This is General
French, coming to the relief of Kimber
ley." The garrison was Incredulous, and
thought the message was a Boer ruse,
and flashed the query: "What regiment are
The reply satisfied the defenders of
Kimberley that the anxiously awaited suc
cor was at hand. A few hours later, Gen
eral French, at thehead of a column, made
a triumphant entry into the place, the
people surrounding the troops and inter
mingling with them, cheering wildly,
grasping the soldiers' hands, waving flags,
hats and handkerchiefs, and exhibiting in
a hundred ways the intensity of their joy.
The Inhabitants "had been on short ra
tions for some time, eating horse flesh
and living in burrows under heaps of mine
refuse. Diminishing rations were served
dally at 11 o'clock in the market square,
under the shell Are of the enemy, whose
guns opened on the square whenever the
Inhabitants assembled. No horse food was
left. Throughout the siege Cecil Rhodes
provided the natives with work and food,
and thus kept them quiet.
The miles of convoy bearing provisions
for the reLef of the column and the
town, slowly winding its way across the
plain in the direction of Kimberley, was
the gladdest sight which greeted the eyes
of the besieged for four months.
General French's march was so rapid
and the heat so Intense that many of h s
horses died of exhaustion.
At the crossing of the Modder river the
Boers bolted, leaving their tents, guns,
wagons and large quantities of ammuni
tion In the" hands of the British. Moving
northward, the Boers again attempted to
stem the advance, but General French
turned their flank and reached his goal
with Insignificant losses seven men killed
and 35 wounded during three days, from
"Wednesday, February li, to Friday, Feb
ruary 16. After a nights rest at Kim
berley, General French's column pursued
the Boers to Brontveld. surrounded the
kopjes on which they were camped and
shelled them until nightfall, when the
Boers fled, leaving many dead. General
Cronje left his tents, food and clothes at
FROM ROBERTS AND BULLER.
Advices From the Front to the Brit
ish AVar Olllce.
LONDON, Feb. 20. The war office has
Issued a dispatch from Lord Roberts, the
main importance of which is the fact
that it is dated Paardeberg, 7:05 P. M.
Monday. Paardeberg Is 30 miles east of
Jacobsdal. The dispatch announces that
the railroad to Kimberley Is open, and
that General Methuen will proceed there
with reinforcements for them forthwith,
and large supplies will be forwarded to
The following dispatch was received at
the war office from Buller:
"Blows Farm, Tuesday, 4:10 P. M. The
fusilier brigade yesterday took Hlangwa
na hill, on the right of the enemy's posi
tion and commanding' Colenso, the rest
of the force advancing towards the Tu
gela. This morning the enemy has with
drawn all troops north of the Tugela and
had practically evacuated Colenso.
"Today Hart occupied Colenso after a
very slight resistance by a weak rear
guard, and we hold the Tugola on the
south side from Colenso to Eagle Nest.
The enemy seem to be In full retreat and
apparently are only holding the position
they occupy across from Colenso to hold
the Ladysmith railway, where It Is closed
to the Tugela, with a weak rear guard.
Hart's advance guard is crossing at Co
lenso. Our casualties yesterday and to
day have, I hope, been few."
Officers Killed and Wounded "With
Buller's and French's Columns.
LONDON, Feb. 28. The war office an
nounces the following casualties among
officers during tihe relief of Kimberley:
Killed, Lieutenant Heskith, Sixteenth
lancers; Lieutenant Tho Hon. "W. McCUn-
tock Bunbury, Second dragoons. "Wound
ed, Captain Gordon and Lieutenant Bras
sey, Ninth lancers; Captain Tuson, Six
teenth lancers; "Lieutenants Fordyce and
Long, Second dragoons; Lieutenant H. M.
Durand, Ninth lancers.
The list of casualties again demonstrates
the fact that a number of mere boys are
serving in South Africa. Lieutenant The
Hon. W. McCHntock Bunbury was the
eldest son and heir of Lord RathdonnelL
He was born In 1878. Lieutenant H. M.
Durand was born in 1876. He Is the heir
of Sir Henry Mortimer Durand, British
minister at Teheran, Persia. Lieutenant
"W. Long was born, dn 1S79. He Is the heir
of Right Hon. "Walter Long, president of
the board of agriculture.
The casualties among General Buller's
forces in the fighting at Hussar hill,
Monte Crlsto hill and at other places,
from February 15 to February 18, were:
Killed, Captain T. H. Burney and 13 men;
wounded, six officers and 154 men.
THE RETREAT OF CRONJE.
March, to Bloemfontein Harassed by
LONDON, Feb. 2L A correspondent of
the Daily Chronicle, telegraphing Sunday,
thus describes General Cronje's retreat
with the Boers at Magersfontein, on
learning of General French's success:
"Thursday at midnight, headed by Gen
eral Cronje, 5000 Boers, with their heavy
guns and ox wagons, evacuated the Ma
gersfontein lines. At dawn Friday the
retreating Boer army was seen from the
British naval gun station on Klip drift
kopje trekking eastward across the Brit
ish front, at a distance of 5000 yards. Our
guns opened upon them, and a force of
mounted infantry, crossing the river,
made a dashing charge In the attempt to
cut off the head of the enemy's column.
But in half an hour their whole force had
gained shelter under a line of kopjes.
"Meanwhile two of our batteries had
come up and the Oxfords, Buffs, Wesl
ridings and Gloucesters. Our Infantry
crossed the drift and for three hours
engaged with the enemy, while our bat
teries shelled his position. The mounted
infantry kept hard at work.
"Unable to withstand our galling fire,
the enemy retired, disputing every Inch
of 'the way, and took up a second posi
tion on the kopjes to the eastward. It
was a magnificent spectacle to see the
Boer army thus at bay. Their rear guard,
2000 strong, fought us. while the main
body trekked further east and then
brought their guns into action while the
rear guard retired. The action lasted
throughout the day. Our Infantry fought
splendidly, but the enemy held his
ground under the continued bombardment.
"Later on the Boer commander ventured
on a bold stroke. Leaving 2000 of his men
under cover, he withdrew the rest from
his main position and headed for Klip
kraal drift, six miles to the east. This
movement was soon discovered. Our
mounted Infantry came back across the
drift and marched along the south bank
to endeavor to head off the enemy. "When
they reached the neighborhood of Klip
kraal drift night had fallen, and half the
Boers were already across the south side;
Our mounted Infantry harassed their
"Meanwhile the Boer rear guard, hav
ing covered the crossing of the main body,
retired slowly and succesfully passed the
drift. The rear guard fought desperate
ly, and as It fell back to the river It was
se&'.onnbe'ankT and jeachv the 1
"Having thus passed the Modder under
cover of darkness, the Boers trekked
through the night In the direction of
Bloemfontein. General Kelly-Kenny, with
the Sixth division, pursued them at day
light, General MacDonald, with the. High
drive them back into General MacDon
Doriald reached Klip kraal drift by forced
marches Sunday. General Kelly-Kenny,
moving from Klip kraal drift, was en
deavoring to outflank the enemy and to
cut them off from Bloemfontein, so as to
drive them back lnot General MacDon
aid's hands. "When I left the front Gen
eral Kelly-Kenny had not come up with
American Gnnmnkcr Killed.
LONDON, Feb. 2L-A dispatch to the
Standard from Modder River, dated Mon
day, February 19, describing the relief of
Kimberley., says that the maker of the
gun christened "Long Cecil" at the De
Beers worshops was an American named
George Labram. He was afterward killed
by a Boer shell, which fell In his room
at the Grand hotel.
CHICAGO, Feb. 21. George Labram was
an expert mining engineer and machinist.
He was well known in the copper and Iron
districts of Northern Michigan, and was
located for some time at Houghton, In
that state. He had been connected with
the De Beers diamond mines at Kimberley
for about 10 years. His wife and son are
at present In Aurora, 111. Mr. Labram
had a sister living In Butte, Mont.
Disaster to' Plnmer's Force.
BULUWAYO, Monday, Feb. 12. Colo
nel Plumer sent Major Bird, with 200
colontlals, to attempt to capture tho Boer
12-pounder on a kopje near Crocodile pool.
Major Bird met with such a terrific rifle
and shell Are that he considered the po
sition too strong, and ordered a retire
ment. Colonel H. F. "White was slightly
Straker wns SMmrMv
wounded, 19 privates were wounded and
Captain Sampson French and nine men
In the Caves of Mnfeltlng-.
LONDON, Feb. 21. A dispatch to the
Daily Mall from Mafeklng dated Friday,
February 9, says:
"All business here is being conducted
underground. The resident commissioner
has sumptuous apartments in a subter
ranean 'bomb-proof.' The Cape police
have a large hall, with a piano. The
Mafeklng hotel dining-room seats 40. All
these have been dug out and are impervi
ous to shells."
No Boers Around Kimberley.
KIMBERLEY, Sunday, Feb. 18. The
country Is all free around Kimberley. The
Boers have evacuated Dronfields, Saltpan,
Spyfontein and Sholtz' Nek. Another 12
pounder, with ammunition, was captured,
as was also their laager at Dronfields,
whloh was abandoned Friday night. Ralls
are being laid to the Modder river. Sev
eral herds of cattle have been captured.
Cecil Rhodes Is in excellent spirits. !
First 'Train for Kimberley.
CAPE TOWN, Feb. 19. Repairs to the
railway have sufficiently advanced to en
able the dispatch tonight of the first train
to Kimberley, laden with coaL After
that the military requirements will be the
first consideration; second. Foodstuffs,
and then passengers, which latter train
it is anticipated will start Wednesday or
Gage "Wns the Guest of Honor.
CHICAGO, Feb. 20. Secretary of the
Treasury Gage was the guest of honor
at a dinner given this evening at the
Auditorium by the National Association
of Merchants and Travelers. More than
300 members of the organization and In
vited guests were present. There was no
formal programme of toasts, and the ad
dress of Secretary Gage .on "The Out
look", was tho only formal speech of the
I evening; 3
Will Hold Their Convention at
Sioux Falls, May 9.
COMMITTEE MEETING HARMONIOUS
Bryan and CaldTrell Suggested for
the National Ticket No Sympa
thy for the Bolters.
LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 20. The next na
tional convention of the populist party
will be held in Sioux Falls, S. D., May
9. Representation Is based on the vote for
General J. B. "Weaver for president in
1892, or, if any candidate for state office
has since polled a larger vote, that vote
shall be the basis. Two delegates-at-large
are given each state. This was the decis
ion reached in a somewhat extended but
harmonious meeting of the fusion wing of
the national committee, which concluded
shortly after 1 o'clock this afternoon.
The feature of the meeting was the
unanimity with which the members ac
cepted and indorsed the declaration of
Senator Allen, of Nebraska, that "William
J. Bryan would be the candidate of both
the populist and democratic parties, and
the coupling of his name with that of
Judge Henry Caldwell, of Arkansas, as
the logical and most promising vice-presidential
possibility. Senator Allen went
so far as to say that he had positive
knowledge that, If Judge Caldwell were
nominated by the populists as Mr. Bryan's
running mate, he would be acceptable to
the democrats, and the fusion national
ticket would bo Bryan and Caldwell.
The Texas delegation asked that May 9
be fixed upon as the date. An amendment
to permit a committee to fix the time
and place was opposed vigorously by the
Texas delegation as "coward'ly and truck
ling to the democrats." Senator Allen
spoke In favor of harmony, and naming a
date by the whole committee.
"Bryan will be the nominee of both
democrats and populists," said Senator
Allen, "and the question, of date makes
little difference anyhow."
The amendment to refer to a committee
was voted down, and "Wednesday, May
9, the same date as that of the middle-of-the-road
convention at Cincinnati, was
Kansas City, Sioux Falls, S. D., and In
dianapolis presented claims for the con
vention. The ballot resulted:
Sioux Falls S6MHwaukee 10
Kansas City 22 Indianapolis 8
Before the result could be announced,
changes were made in rapid succession to
Sioux Falls, and the choice of that city
was made unanimous.
After deciding on the apportionment of
delegates to the national convention, the
committee, at 10:25, adjourned' subject to
the call of the chairman.
Chairman Butler, In a statement to the
Associated Press at the- conclusion of the
meeting, said he had no regrets for his
decision of yesterday, which led to the
bolt of the middle-of-the-Toad men.
"It was a bolt here or at the conven-
tipn," said Senator Butler, !and' wepre-
their hands early in the fight"
In Joint Session They Ratified Tur
ner's Action on Contests.
FRANKFORT, Ky., Feb. 20. The demo
cratic senate at 11:50 took a recess till 2
o'clock, and at noon the republican senate,
presided over by Lieutenant-Governor
Marshall, convened, but remained in ses
sion only five minutes.
The house adopted the Allen resolution
passed by the senate yesterday ratifying
former proceedings by which Goebel and
Beckham were declared In office. The re
publicans refused to vote on the original
call, hoping to break a quorum, but, see
ing that It had carried, went on record.
Orr, Grlder, Hlnton and Blair, democrats,
did not vote.
The democratic members of the two
houses met In joint session this evening.
and by a vote of 74 to 2 ratified the former
proceedings "by which Goebel was declared
governor and Beckham lieutenant-governor,
and through which Beckham, since
the death of Goebel, claims the office of
governor. The republican members re
mained away from the joint session, hav
ing decided in caucus not to attend. The
senate having adopted the resolutions
yesterday, and the house today, the adop
tion of them by the joint assembly from
the democratic standpoint puts the finish
ing touches to Its action on the contest.
In the joint assembly, Senator Trlplett
and Senator Grlder voted against the rati
fication of the resolutions. Mr. Grlder, in
explanation of his vote, said he had
hoped there would !be a full and fair in
vestigation of the contests, and that he
hoped to be able to vote with the. demo
crats, but he could not satisfy his own
conscience and do so In this manner. Mr.
Orr -also declined, to vote. He said he
had voted with the democrats In their
former action and did not think ratifica
tion of those former proceedings neces
sary now. The lobbies were crowded, and
wnen opeaKer Trimme announced tne vote
in tho Joint assembly there was a mild
outburst of applause.
Ten Republican Candidates for Mag
istrates Out of Sixteen Successful.
PHDLADELPHIA, Feb. 21. Returns
from Tuesday's municipal election are
coming in slowly from the 41 wards of
the city. At 2 A. M. the 'returns show the
election of 10 republican magistrates, and
of tjie six other magistrates the Indica
tions are that the municipal league has
elected three, the democrats one, that
O'Brien, democrat and municipal league
fusionlst, has been elected, and that one Is
wholly In doubt. The heavy vote cast
was the result of the efforts of the re
formers to defeat the candidates of the
two regular parties. Although 16 magis
trates were to be chosen, each elector was
entitled to vote for but 10, the law thus
providing for minority representation. The
republicans had In the field 10 candidates
and the democrats six. The municipal
league, in opposition to both regular par
lies, placed 10 candidates on their ticket.
One, O'Brien, was also on the democratic
ticket. Tho league ticket also included
Peromen and Nelll (republicans, and Lad
ner and Eisenbrown (democrats), who are
present magistrates, but were turned down
for renomlnatlon by their respective party
leaders. There was fierce cutting of tick
ets throughout the city. The five men
named above were especially favored by
che independent voters.
Another emocrntlc Platform Planlc.
CHICAGO. Feb. 20. A special to the
Post from Washington, says:
Election of United States senators by
direct vote of the people by constitutional
amendment will be one of the planks in
the platform of the democratic party, ac
cording to Chairman Jones, of the demo
cratic national convention.
"I have no doubt tho election contests
and the commentaries on the present sys
tem of electing senators, which have re-
ceatly been offered, have aroused the peo-
pie to demand a change in the method.
I am quite confident that the democratic
platform will carry such a resolution."
Bryan at Tampa.
TAMPA, Fku, Feb. 28. W. J. Bryan
spent a busy day In Tampa. The morning
was devoted to sightseeing, and at 4 o'clock
this afternoon, Mr. Bryan held an lafer
mal reception 'In the rotunda of the Tampa
Bay hotel, where thousands of people
greeted him. At 5 o'clock Mr. Bryan held
a receptlon"for ladies only, and made a
short address. At 7:30 o'clock tonight. Mr.
Bryan spoke to an Immense crowd in the
L Democratic Congressional Committee
"WASHINGTON, Feb. 20. A meeting of
the democratic congressional campaign
committee tonight elected the following
Chairman, Representative J. "W. Rich
ardson Tennessee; secretary, James Kerr,
Pennsylvania; treasurer, James L. Norrls,
"Washington, D. C; sergeant-at-arms,
George Rae. Tjexas, and assistant sergeant-at-arms,
"W. "W. Mannaduke, "Washing
ton, D. C.
THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT.
House Refused to Reopen the Inquiry
Into the Jameson Raid.
LONDON, Feb. 20. In the house of
commons today, David Alfred Thoma3,
liberal, moved the reopening of the Jame
son raid Inquiry. Mr. Chamberlain said
there was absolutely nothing In what had
happened since 1&97, which eould be raised
as ground for a second Inquiry. He then
proceeded to review the whole story of
the committee, and repeated his previ
ous declaration, especially referring to
the Hawaksley telegrams. Continuing,
Mr. Chamberlain said:
"If this matter had not been compli
cated by political matters and personal
animosities, no man In this house would
have said there was a shadow of ground
for such an Inquiry. The object of these
personal attacks Is to prevent me from
participating in tne Transvaal settle
ment." Mr. Chamberlain further declared, as
to the telegrams exchanged between Mr.
Rhodes ana his agent, that they were sent
confidentially and he returned1 them, say
ing he had no objection to their publica
tion. Since June 6. 1S96, he had not seen
the telegrams, which were produced and
examined by the committee. As to the
letters, Mr. Chamberlain said they were
stolen from Mr. Hawaksley's desk, and
Dr. Leyds offered to pay 100 for them.
They contained nothing unknown to the
committee. Mr. Chamberlain confessed
that at one time he felt bitterly against
such Insinuations, which "those repeating
them did not dare to assert they believed
should be brought against me after 24
years' membership in the house of com
mons." Continuing, he said he was not hopeful
that anything he or the house could say
would silence his foreign critics, but no
one in Great Britain for whose opinion
he cared would be affected by the charges.
The manner of conducting the business
of the committee and the closing of the
Inquiry, he declared, were both carried
out as suggested by Sir William Vernon
Harcourt, who certainly did not desire to
shield any one In the colonial office. Mr.
Chamberlain further said that the hon
orable members opposite did dot want an
Inquiry. - -
"They want an execution," he added.
"Let them do their worst. I am perfectly
ready. I rely upon the good sense and
generosity of the house and country.
The attack will recoil upon those who
At the conclusion of his remarks, Mr.
Chamberlain was heartily cheered by the
Sir William Vernon Harcourt, who was
an active member of the parliamentary
committee which inquired into the Jame
son raid, followed. Sir William Vernon
"On the very face of It, the former
committee's report did not flnd that there
had not been a 'ull inquiry, as, indeed,
there had not been. The suspicions
against the colonial office were not the
work of political adversaries, but rather
of men who, for their own objects, stop
at nothing in the way of mendacity, for
gery and fraud. The authors of those
suspicions were the agents of Cecil
Rhodes. To cover their own guilt they
sought to assert the complicity of the co
lonial office. Dr. Jameson told Sir John
Willoughby, a man of unquestioned honor,
that the government was behind the raid,
and Dr. Jameson has not denied it."
Mr. Chamberlain Yes. he has.
Sir William Vernon Harcourt continued:
"The insurrection was promoted by the
foulest frauds. "Was there ever anything
so abominable as the Rhodes telegram to
Jameson, two days before the raid, put
ting it In his mouth to lie about the. ob
jects of the raid? When the colonial sec
retary, after the raid, asked for an In
spection of the telegrams. Hawaksley
wrote back that this was unnecessary, as
the colonial secretary knew all. There
fore, suspicions were set afloat by the
agents of Rhodes, but then there was no
suggestion that they were covered by the
complicity of the colonial office. That Is
what I wapt to have shown up. I want
the transactions of these men brought to
light. Rhodes ha3 deceived everybody.
The raid was made by gold and lies."
The house rejected the motion to reoDen
tho Inquiry by a vote of 286 against 152.
In the house of lords the motion of the
Earl of Wemeyss favoring an amended
militia ballot act was rejeoted by a vote
of 69 against 42.
MRS. CRAVEN'S TESTIMONY
Regarding Her Secret Marriage With
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 20. Mrs. Nettie
R. Craven was subjected to a searching
cross - examination today In her- suit
against the Fair estate, though the pro
ceedings were' not marked by anything
startling. The examination covered the
period prior and subsequent to the al
leged contract marriage of Fair and Mrs.
Craven. She stated that in Ms proposal
of marriage to her, 'Mr. Fair said that he
was getting old and needed her help to
carry on his affairs. Questioned as to
why the marriage was not given publicity.
Mrs. Craven said tha tho senator ob
jected to publicity at that time, because
It would Interfere with certain business
transactions. Mrs. Craven to4d of her
anxiety to have the contract marriage
paper recorded; that Senator Fair was
anxious for Its recording; "If she found it
necessary," and how, on consuiting a
lawyer, she found that it wouW be more
binding and legal; that it was acknow
ledged before a notary, though not placed
on his recordSi because such act would
have necessitated making news of the
marriage common property.
Aimed at the Paper Trust.
- WASHINGTON. Feb. 20 Representa
tive Richardson, of Tennessee, today in
troduced in the house a resolution aim
ing at the paper trust on the lines of
his resolution against the sugar trust. It
prohibits the transportation of wood pulp
and printing paper suitable for the print
ing of newspapers, periodicals or books,
for six months, until the interstate eom
morce commissioners are satisfied that
such articled have not yielded to the
manufacturers thereof a profit of more-
'than i per cent
LOOKS LIKE DEFEAT
Puerto Rican Tariff BUI May Be
GROWING OPPOSITION TO IT
Sway of the RepaBlieaH Majority in
Congress relltleal Situation
la North Carolina.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 3-It to stated
that Btohop Bowman, of Chicago, haa
had a pfeia talk with the pMoMant, In
the eottuse of which he urged bnm to atand
firmly for tree trade with Puerto Rico.
Bishop Bowman comes in contact with
representatives of the German-Amrjcana
of Wisconsin, Mlnaeeota and other North
western states, and it is understood ne
warned the presMent to be very careful
in handling the now menlar poaaeoatona
or he mtoht alienate from the republican
party enough of this vote to give the
democrats two or three states whloh
were carried by MeKinley in ISM.
It is rather an Interesting fact that re
ports are coming in from every section
of she country and from repubUcana say
ing that they believe a great mistake U
being made from a party standpoint U
this 25 per cent tariff Is to be charged
against the Puerto Rlcan products. In
the house there is a greater effort being
made than ever to whip the recalcitrant
republicans into Hue. The opposition of
the Pacific coaet men having become
known, leaders of the house have "been
insisting that Tongue, Cushznan and
Jones must not break away front the
party. To further the interests of the
bill, the statement is being made that
LitttefteW will mahe a speech aaainet it
and vote for K. But this is denied by men
close to LittlefleW.
It is being stated by the friends of thq
measure fthat Secretory Root drafted th?
bill, and that K was done on the repre
senbatfone of General Davis, that a tariff
on American goods going to Puerto Rico
would be necessary for a. revenue for the
islands. The probabilities tonight ara
that tho bill will be recommitted, which
would practically mean its defeat.
Doclcery Not a Clese Observer.
Ex-Representative Dockery, of Missouri,
who was once a leader in the house and
a candidate for governor on the democrat
ic ticket, says that the proceedings of
ttbis congress are arousing; no interest,
and declares that the people seem to un
derstand that the republican machine la
so well organised that any measure put
forward by the majority la sure to be
carried. Dockery hoe not been observ
ing what has been going on here when
the appearances are decidedly aaainet the
shipping subsidy bill, all of which were
fostered by the majority of the republi
can side. It is not believed that anything
but absolutely necessary legislation will
be passed at this ooosion.
North. Carolina Polities.
While Butter, of Horth Carolina, is out
in Nehrasfta. -awoitaing to turn fee na
tional popuhet party over to the demo
crats and Bryan, authentic information is
received from North Carolina, to the ef
fect mat the populists and republicans of
that state will nominate and eieot Butler
governor. The lieutenant-governor will
be a republican, the understanding being
that if Butler te to be re-elected to the
senate, the lieutenant-governor comes in
for the governorship. This sort of a mix
ture to due to the faot that the populists
of North Carolina believe in many of the
republican principles and especially in ex
pansion, and are forcing Butler to play
one game in national politics and. another
in state polities. Populists and republi
cans of North Carolina are also united
against the proposed constitutional amend.
ment barring the negroes from voting la
Jones aad Bryan.
The approaching meeting of the demo
cratic national committee again causes
discussion as to what Jones, of Arkansas,
will do in the next campaign. It is be
lieved he will make a quiet fight to re
tain the ohalnnansfalp. As a matter of
fact, it might be well understood that
Bryan will name the next chairman. His
grip upon the party Is so strong that
whatever he wants will go through.
Passed Indian "War Pension Bill.
The senate today passed the McBride
bill for pensioning the Indian war vet
erans. Representatives Moody and Tongue
are already engaged in making a can
vass of the house to see if they cannot
get consideration of it.
Portland Pentemee Extension.
Chairman Archer, of the house commit
tee on public buildings and grounds, spoke
very favorably today about the Portland
postoffice extension bill, and said that he
thought a favorable report would be made
before very long. Representative Moody
will appear before the committee' to malm
an argument in favor of the bin.
Objections te Quay.
Strong efforts are again being made to
get up the Quay case as soon as the
Hawaiian bin Is disposed of, but equally
strong objections are being made by those
who oppose the seating of .Quay and who
do not want it brought to a vote. It Is
almost certain that Foraher will press
his Puerto Rico bill as. soon as the Haw
aiian measure is passed.
THE CABINET MEETING.
Spanish Railroad Claim Dlsoassed-
The Army Bill.
WASHINGTON, Feb. aa. At today's
cabinet meeting there were three ab
sentees, Secretaries Gage, Long and Wil
son. Among the matters discussed was
the Spanish claim, involving the proceeds
of the sale of a railroad made by the
Spanish authorities after the treaty of
Paris had been signed. This quesion was
considered at some length, and It will be
the contention of this government that
the railroad property was included in tne
transfer of title by Spain to this govern
ment in the sum of J,0W,e. and that
Spanish authorities bad no power to trans
fer It Railroad materials unused and
held in reserve may. however, be con
sidered, under the treaty, as belonging to
The army reorganisation plan, submitted
to congress by Secretary Root, was also
dteeussed and met with the approval of
all of the members present. The Ma
crum incident waa also alluded to.
Charges of Miseoudaet.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 28. Charges have
been preferred Harare he commissioner
of patents alleging misconduct on the part
of General R. G. Dyrenforth, In connec
tion with a patent ease. General Dyren
forth is an ex-assistant comm'tsloner of
patents, and Is commander of the' Union
Veterans' Union. A patent im o( this
city is, the eomptainant. A hca-iag of the
case was heU before A W Greely. as
assistant eonunieeloner of ;a'" s. and a
decZeton wiH be rendered withui a week
or M days.