Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, February 22, 1900, Page 4, Image 4

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New PoClatch Bridges of North
ern Pacific Gone.
araa4e Creak vermevrcd at Moa-
mw, PleeavBg: Railreaa Track
a-aa Several Buildings.
MOSCOW. Idaho. Feb. 2L A heavy
rain bu falling last nfgbt at M o'clock
and OMttaMd without abatement until
late this afternoon. The warm rain melt
ed the snow and tMs filled the gulches
and streams. There -were fears today of
a repetlthm of the flood of tost month
atone the Potlatch, hat unless the rain
should continue for two or three days
longer there hi no danger of such a
Telepbone reports from JuHaetta Gay
that three railroad bridges were washed
out between that place and Lewiston.
The rain has caused the streams to over
flow, and without doubt much of the
new track laid by the Northern Pacific
In the washed-out district is injured. No
ioss is reported in "Kenarick.
In Moscow the streets in the lower
part of town contain a good deal of
water. Paradise creek has overflowed
Its banks, and the water is running over
the railroad tracks. The city water
works plant has two feet of water in it,
end several houses down in the flat are
surrounded with water.
Pataaa Creek r the Rampage.
POMEROT. Wash.. Feb. SL The lower
part of the city te under water, Pataha
creek being transformed into a raging
orrent by the melting snow from the
mountains. A warm rain fell all day,
nd the water is still rising. A bridge
between this cky and Pataha and sev
eral crossings were torn away by the
rushing; waters.
Also an Kfectrie Llgatiag: Plant
Be Rrh by "Water Fewer.
The Proceer Power A Milling Company
ttias been Incorporated to do business at
Prosser. W. H. Brownlow is the sec
r tary and general manager. The com
pany will erect a new flour mill near the
1 own, at the t al's of the Yakima, and will
put in an electric lighting plant for the
village E. W R. Taylor, of this place,
the owner of the flour mill which has
been running at Prosser for several years
and doing a good business, the other day
eold a half interest to E. Kemp. Messrs.
Taj lor & Kemp wilt make a number of
Improvements and increase the capacity
cf the mill.
Indian Medicine Dance.
The Indians of the reservation have
just closed a seven days' medicine dance,
near Toppenlsh. A peculiar feature of
thls dance, and one that most white peo
ple suppose has never existed except in
the minds of dime-novel writers, Is the
self-inflicted torture or the participants
in the dances. Thi6 rite has a deep re
ligious significance for them. Of course,
not all of the Yakima Indians take part
in these barbarous practices. Many of
them are well-educated men and women
and live very much as their white neigh
bors Few Kepurrewers Discouraged.
Not a very large percentage of the acre
age of hops In this county will be plowed
l n this season, reporte to the contrary.
notwithstanding. All of the best yards
in the valley will be worked. These have
.1 had goea oare. and ae m nrst-ciass
-idition for the opening of spring wotk.
Free PhhMc Library.
Now quarters for the public library have
1 n neatly fitted up in the room next to
'ho postomce. Newspapers and periodl-
ils are conveniently arranged for pat
r s, and the books catalogued. A large
sr i mber of the latest and best works In
li uon, history and science have lately
1 i n received. The library is free to the
public. The institution has grown steadily
rom very small beginnings until it now
contains nearly 2M0 volumes.
Improvements for the Town,
J. M. Perry and Lombard & Horsley
ere getting ready to build stone ware
houses on adjoining lots on the west side.
The buildings will be made as nearly fire-
I roof and frost proof as possible. Togeth
r they will cover 80x160 feet of ground,
and they will cost about $S60. Lombard
& Horsley will use their rooms for storage
purposes, and Mr. Perry will devote his
lnnldng to his commission and storage
"hiinoss. Fred Parker and G. "W. Cary
r about to put up 25-foot brick store
room on Second street, north of Yakima
&cnue, and T. R. Fisher and A. Aiken
up preparing to go ahead with two more
v t Ptone on the same street, south of the
.nonue, on the lots they purchased last
-n o( k The Henton residence property In
ila eastern part of town changed hands
" ia at pmt, James Wright, a well
Known sheepman, being the purchaser.
? orpe Harvey this morning sold his neat
t age on Fourth street to J. H. Hub
1? ml.
Leaking1 for Bnrgrlars.
Sheriff Tucker is at Klona investigating
II robbery of "W. M. Scott's store, which
urred last Friday night. Mr. Scott's
ps was about W&0. This Included $25
ixh belonging to Mm, and $80 taken from
tho postomce, which is In the same room
s the store. A. day or two before the
"-i Mdence of Nelson Rich, at Prosser, was
1 roken Into and a gold watch and chain
tv ere taken by the burglars.
Onaotntian to Him in the Seattle
Xnnlcpal Cenvcntlen.
?EATTfAC Feb a. The republican city
contention here today was marked by
irreat en thus learn, and harmony. Thomas
J Humes, the present mayor, was renom-
iaed on the first ballot. There was no
1 ganised opposition to his candidacy.
"Nominations for other offices were made
1 acclamation or decisive majorities, ex-
opt in the case of controller. The ticket
m!ttlng oouncilmen) is:
Mayor. Thomas J. Humes, controller, F.
"M Paul, corporation counsel, "Will H.
"Humphrey; treasurer. S. F. Rathbun.
Humphrey te renominated. Many of the
councilman atao were renominated.
Xa StseK "Wind and Heavy Sea
Xifclces a Knot in 2:10.
6EATTUE. Feb. XL The GoMsboreugh
maeVo her flsst standardising run today
over a knot course off AWK1 point, which
cihe covered in 2 minutes and M seconds, in
the teeth of a strong wind and rolling on
a heavy eea. be put into Seattle this
noon, and will remain here until tomorrow,
when it Is expected that her second stand
ardising trial and omcial run will be
made She was navigated by Cantata "W.
H Patterson, who came from Portland to
run her, and who will remain till she
succeeds In making M knots for the re
qu'red two hoars.
Btgfetoea Feet in Diameter and 7S
Feet tm tke First Limb.
BOTTH BEND. "WTaeiu. Feb. 2L-J. R.
Young, manager of the Burke shingle milt,
while cruising out timber, found a cedar
tree near the road from. South Bend te
the Pattx river, which he measured and
found to be K feet in ctrcumf erence, or
about IS feet In diameter. It was ever 76
feet from the groand to the flret nb.
The most famous and, heretofore largest
cedar known la the state Is near Sedre
Wostiofi the stump of which measures U
feet la diameter. The tap af It was
smoothed off and used as a dancing plat
form. Photographs of it, crowded with
people, craning their neck to get their
faces taken, have been scattered widely.
This stump really consists of two trees
grown together, but the tree discovered
by Mr. Young is a single one, nor is it
The South Bend school board today voted
te extend the school term three months.
The present teachers were re-employed.
Owing to a heavy special tax levy this
year the district's warrant indebtedness.
wil probably be paid by the end of the
Three Military Orders.
Feb". 2L Orders have been received here
announcing that Assistant Surgeon Jame3
T. Arwine, now at Fort Mcintosh, Texas,
has been ordered to Vancouver barracks
on temporary duty, until such time as he
may be able to proceed to Fort St. Michael.
Alaska, where he will report to the com
manding officer for duty.
Captain Archibald W. Butt, assistant
quartermaste, United States volunteers,
now on duty in Portland, has been or
dered to take charge of the quartermas
ter's property on the transport Lennox,
and perform the duties of quartermaster
and commissary until it shall arrive In
Manila, when he will report to the com
manding general.
Major Robert J. Gibson has been as
signed to duty on the hosoital ship Mis
souri, relieving Major W. H. Arthur, who
will report to the department commander
for duty.
Burglary "Was Attempted.
VANCOUVER. "Wash., Feb. 21. An un
successful attempt was made by unknown
persons to burglarize the tobacco store of
E. Brandon, last night. A pane of glass
in one of the front windows of the store
was broken, but the noise of breaking
glass awakened the proprietor, who ap
peared on the scene and frightened the
would4e burglars away before they had
an opportunity to take anything ,out of
the window, which was filled with smok
ers' articles. The attempt was probably
the work of boys.
A reward of $25 has been offered by
Sheriff Marsh for the arrest of the par
ties who robbed and shot Cornelius Vauof,
at Amboy, this county, two weeks ago.
A decree of divorce was granted today
to Mrs. Mary Means against Charles R.
Means, on the ground of abandonment.
General Thames G. Kennies, Promi
nent Citizen of Jacksonville.
ASHLAND, Or., Feb. 2L General
Thomas G. Reames, an honored and re
spected pioneer, capitalist and citizen of
Jacksonville, member of the banking firm
of Beekman & Reames, of that city, died
at his home tonight, at 9 o'clock, after
being confined to his bed for several days
with erysipelas, aged 61 years.
The deceased was one of the best-known
men in Oregon, and had long been promi
nent tn the. political affairs of the state.
He was born in Litchfield county, Ken
tucky, December 15, 1838, and came to Ore
gon in 1S53 from Carbonvllle, 111., settling
In Jackson county, where ho had since
resided. He had served as sheriff of the
county, mayor of Jacksonville several
terms, and was appointed brigadier-general
of the First bridage of the Oregon
militia by Governor Thayer. In 1876 Mr.
Reames was the democratic candidate for
secretary of state, but was defeated by
the late Hon. Rocky P. Earhart, by 191
votes. During the early days of Presi
dent Cleveland's first term he was ap
pointed a United States postal inspector,
but the work was not to his liking, and
he resigned In a few weeks.
Deceased was a prominent member of
the Masonic order, being at one time the
grand master of Oregon Masons. The
funeral will take place from the family
home in Jacksonville, Friday, at 2 o'clock.
He left a wife, and seven children, and a
large estate.
Funeral of a Volunteer.
DAYTON. "Wash., Feb. 2L The body of
George B. Fargo, who was a member of
company F, Washington volunteers, ar
rived from the Philippines yesterday after
noon and was received by a military escort
composed of his former comrades. There
were also about 300 citizens at the train.
Young Fargo was very popular in Dayton,
having been raised here, and graduated
from the public schools the year he de
parted for the front. He died of disease,
and was the ordy member, besides Cor
poral Ed Strain, of Pomeroy, lost from
the company. The funeral was held at the
M. E. auditorium today, attended by mem
toe of his company, the G. A. R., the
high school cadets, and children of the
public schools.
A. J. Burr, Pioneer of Olymplu.
OLYMPIA, Feb. 21. A. J. Burr, a pio
neer resident of Olympia, died at St Pe
ter's hospital this morning after a linger
ing illness. Deceased was one of the first
white men to engage in the cultivation of
oysters and cranberries on Puget sound,
which enterprises he has been prominent
ly Identified with. He held the position
of postmaster of Olympia under Presi
dent Grant. A son living in Spokane and
a daughter in Seattle survive him.
Civil "War Veternn Dropped Dcnd.
SALEM, Feb. 2L Alexander York,
aged 72, dropped dead at Macleay this
forenoon. Heart failure Is supposed to
have been the cause of his death. The
deceased was born in Ohio, and was a
veteran of the civil war. He has no rel
atives in this part of the country. He
was formerly an inmate of the Soldiers'
Home, but has lately been residing at
"Washington Xotes.
Spokane democrats have planned a big
$1 dinner to be given on Thomas Jeffer
son's birthday, April 2.
"Whatcom county taxpayers are agitat
ing the matter of a special tax levy to
build roads to mining districts of the
James Z. Moore, prosecuting attorney of
Spokane coucjty, announces that he will
be a candidate for the republican nomi
nation for governor next falL
J. J. Grant, who was recently sent to the
Walla "Walla penitentiary for the crime
of rape. Is the tallest convict In that In
stitution, his height being six feet and
four ami three-quarters Inches.
One of Nelson Bennett's engineers is
quoted as expressing the conviction that
either the Northern Pacific or the O. R.
& N. would this year build the road up
the Snake river from Rlparla to Lewis
ton. The steamer Multnomah, plying between
Seattle and Olympia, has a dovecote that
Is occupied by a pair of pigeons that make
the trip every day. In no wise disconcert
ed by the portable character of their
Rev. L. J. Sawyer, pastor of the North
Seattle Baptist church, swore out war
rants for the arrest of 100 Seattle men
who operate slot machines, and the ma
chines were seized and the men arrested
The Spokane & British Columbia Tele
phone Company cannot compel the Spo
kane city council to grant It a franchise
for a general exchange, according to the
decision of Judge Richardson handed
down Monday afternoon.
The Shingle Manufacturers' Association,
of "Washington, !has In view the inspection
of shingles by competent men, who will
travel from mtH to mHL This the "West
Coast and Puget Sound" Lumberman re
gards as a most desirable innovation, for
the reason that, though a. manufacturer
may be flrst-class In every respect, he
may sometimes send out poor shingles. A
worthless hand In the mill may spoil
the manufacturer's reputation before he
Is aware of It.
Those unhappy persons who suffer from
nervousness and dyspepsia should use
Carter's Ittle Nerve Pills, made eXDress-
Jly for 4Ws class,
Robbery Supposed to Have Been Ob
ject of the Assailant Injury
May Prove Fatal.
CONDON. Or.. Feb. 21. C. A. DahlkC. a
well-known farmer, living near Clem, 12
miles north of this place, was assaulted '
in his house at an early hour last even- !
ing, and brutally beaten with a hatchet !
or some other blunt instrument. The ob
.. . . . . . . i .
ject Is supposed to have been robbery.
After being beaten, Dahlke dragged him
self to the residence of E. Propst, a neigh
bor, two miles distant, and a telephone
message was sent to this place for a
physician. Dahlke was unable to give
any account of the assault, except that
GOLDENDALE, "Wash., Feb. 2a Mrs. Electa Ellsworth Story, wife of James E. Story,
who died Saturday, February 3, at her home,1 near fcickleton, after a lingering: UlneAa, trao
among the early settlers of Eastern Klickitat, she and her aged husband, who still survives
her, having been residents of that part of the county for 20 years. She was bom in Ulster
county. New York, in the year 1830.
his assailant was masked. There are 23
wounds on his head, and the skull is frac
tured In three places. The chances are'
against his recovery.
Condon has a well-developed case of
smallpox. Ed Temple, a photographer,
who came here about two weeks ago, Is
down with the disease. A strict quaran
tine has been established, and a building
has been secured and fitted up, one mile
out of town, to which the patient has
been removed. A number of persons have
been exposed to the disease, but they are
being carefully guarded, and it Is hoped
there will be no -general' lnfectlpn.
Secretary of State Gives Notice of nn
Illegitimate Insurance Concern.
SALEM, Feb. 21. Frequent complaints
made to Secretary of State Dunbar against
an accident insurance company whose
agents surreptitiously transact business In
this state, have caused that omcial to call
the attention of the press to the concern,
and to warn the public, against It.
The secretary of state is ex-offlcio in
surance commissioner, and laws have been
enacted and the office created for the pro
tection of the interests of the Insurance
public, to secure to the people insurance
in sound and reliable companies', and to
provide available and convenient methods
of enforcing the payment of claims and
the fulfillment of contracts.
The company against which the warning
Is given Is known as the Fidelity Mutual
Aid Association, of California, and Its
purported agents have given trouble in
various parts of the state. The first com
plaint received was from lumbermen in
Clatsop county, who were Induced to part
with their money for Insurance that proved
to be wholly worthless. The agent escaped
before the officials could secure his ar
rest. The next offense was committed
in Union county. Secretary Dunbar im
mediately notified the sheriff of that coun
ty, and the agent, C. F. Baker, was ar
rested and bound over to the circuit court
At the convening of the February term
of court In that county the defendant
forfeited his bail. The last complaint
comes Grant's Pass, where a man claim
ing to represent this same company has
swindled 40 or 50 men out of some $1500.
The complaints indicate that it Is the
plan of these agents to go to out-of-the-way
places, where they can work success
fully without being discovered until they
have secured a goodly sum of money. It
Is reported that the agents In some casfs
refuse to issue a policy after they have
collected the premiums, and in all cases
fall to pay the agreed benefits in case of
injury. The victims are nearly all labor
ing men, who have no time nor money
to spend in prosecuting the agents.
The character of the transactions of this
company in this state has led Insurance
Commissioner A. J. Clunte, of California,
to give assurance that he will revoke its
license in that state upon complaint from
Secretary of State Dunbar.
In response to the last complaint received
by him, Secretary Dunbar wrote to the
complainant that the state department-is
ready and anxious to prosecute all offend
ers against the insurance laws, but that
the agents doing business illegally get
out of the state before being detected.
The Fidelity Mutual Aid Association has
not complied with the law, and is not
entitled to do business In this state. The
best means of protection available to the
people Is Indicated In the portion of Sec
retary Dunbar's letter which says:
"The public should not patronize com
panies not licensed to do business lii this
state, as they can readily ascertain from
every agent who Is soliciting Insurance
within the state, by the certificates Issued
from this department, whether or not the
company represented is authorized to
transact insurance business within the
state, and whether or not the agent is
authorized to solicit insurance for such
company. Besides, persons induced by the
small savings in premiums, not only aid
In violating the laws and depriving .the
state of revenue, but In the case you men
tion, lose their Indemnity in case of loss.
Unless the Insuring public will assist and
aid the officers in enforcing the laws 'and
report these fraudulent concerns and"
agents, they can do little toward protect
ing them."
Insurance companies legally authorized
to do business in Oregon are required to
show by the reports and certificate of
the insurance commissioner of the state
wherein they are organized, that they are
solvent, have an emergency or reserve
fund or assets amounting to over $200,000
for the protection of policy-holders, and
are also required to appoint an agent in
the state upon whom service can be made
in case a suit Is necesoary. Those who
Insure with companies pot 59 authorized
J have not this security, and, in case of a
loss, must go to another state to bring
an action.
Dried Fruit Men to Organize.
Organization 13 the watchword In every
department of agricultural Industry in the
"Willamette valley today. The next meet
ing to be held for the purpose of effecting
a union is a meeting of dried fruit men,
who will be called together in this city
some time this month. The date has not
been fixed, but will be before the meet
ing of fruit men to be held in Portland
March 8.
A meeting of the dried fruit men of this
vicinity means a meetlnc of nrunecrowers.
for no ether fruit is drlpd In sufficient
quantity to make organization an object,
Apples in small quantities and. In a few
Instances, cherries have been dried, but
only a very few have undertaken to cure
these fruits.
. -
There will be two general propositions,
before the prunegtowers one for an In
dependent Oregon organization, and the
other a union with the prune men of
California. Many of the leading prune
growers of this vicinity have already de
claredftbelr aversion to union with Call-
fornla growers. Such a combination would
necessarily have its seat of power in Cali
fornia, and would leave the Oregon pro
ducers at the mercy of men who are to a
great extent their rivals.
One object of the meeting to be held In
Salem Is to select delegates to attend the
meeting at Portland March 8.
McElvraln "Wants a Pardon.
Application has been made to Governor
Geer for the pardon of M, E. McElwaln,
who was convicted In the circuit court for
Sherman county, in October, 1896, of the
crime of raising a promissory note. He
was sentenced to two years' Imprisonment
in the lemtentlary. Owing to an appeal
to the supreme court and a stay of pro
ceedings pending the appeal. McElwaln
has not served his sentence. He resides
In Portland.
, Representative From Oregon.
Governor Geer today appointed Rev. Ab
raham Anderson, colored, of Portland, to
represent the state of Oregon as a mem
ber of the Charles' Sumner monument com
mittee. This appointment is made at the
Tequest of Charles Sumner post, G. A. R.,
Washington, D. C. The object of the com
mittee is to raise funds for and erect
at "Washington a monument In memory of
Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts. The
funds will be raised by colored people.
It was the request of the G. A. R. post
that a colored gentleman be appointed to
represent this state, and this appointment
was made upon the recommendation of the
Afro-American League, of Oregon.
Mnrlon County Circuit Court.
A disagreement of the Jury was the re
sult of the trial of the Smith boys for
the shooting of their father. The case
went to the jury last night, and the jury
was out until 10 o'clock this morning.
On their reporting that they could not
agree they were discharged, and Judge
Burnett held the defendants under bonds
to appear for trial at the June term of
This morning the circuit court took up
the trial of the case of "William and Or
vle Salth against their father, "W. R.
Smith. This was an action to replevin
a team of horses which the boys claimed
to own, but which their father had in his
possession. The case did not get to the
jury for, after the introduction of the
plaintiffs' evldencer the court directed
a verdict In favor of the defendant.
Another case, brought by the Smith
boys against their father to recover pos
session of two cows, was settled out of
court and; dismissed.
J- D. Newman was this morning ar
raigned in the circuit court on the charge
of stealing furniture from the residence
of Richard Carlson last week. He en
tered a plea of guilty and will receive
sentence next Saturday morning.
G. Gray, who was, last Saturday, found
guilty -of carrying concealed weapons,
was this morning sentenced to impris
onment in the county Jail for 100 days.
Mnaonic Festivities.
Grand .Master J. M- Hodson, of Oregon
Freemasons, this evening paid an official
visit to the Masonic ledges of this city.
After an address by the grand master,
'addresses were made by leading mem
bers of the local lodges, and the exercises
closed with a banquet.
Oregon Snpreme Court
In the supreme court today, the follow
ing proceedings were recorded In the
clerk's docket:
X Frank "Watson, respondent, vs. The
Noonday Mining Company, appellant,
and The John A. Roebling's Sons Com
pany, respondent, and Al Parker, Dan
iel st Tracy and Charles F. Morse, 'de
fendants, appeal from Douglas county;
argued and submitted.
Philip- Merlam, respondent, vs. The Vic
tory PJacer Mining Company et al., ap
pellant, and "Willis Kramer, Hexter, May
& Co. et al., respondents, appeal from
Douglas county; argued and submitted.
Grant Holt, administrator, respondent,
vs. C. M. Idleman, executor, appellant;
ordered on motion that F. T. Griffith have
leave to withdraw the record in this case
for CO days.
Set Fire to Heppner Dwelling:, but II
"Was Saved Stock IVotes.
HEPPNER. Or., Feb. 21. Fire was dis
covered at H o'clock last night in the
large dwelling-house formerly owned by
J. B. Sperry, now the property of Robert
"Wills. The house had recently been va
cated. The fire was extinguished before
getting much of a start. It was .undoubt
edly of . incendiary origin, as a bQttle
which had contained coal oil and was
wrapped In burlap was found under the
stairway, where the fire started. .
Livestock continues to. thrive here, The
slight showing of snow has gone, the frost
Is out of the ground, and occasional
showers keep the grass growing, with the
thermometer at 45 degrees above zero.
An old resident says that the bunch
grass will be knee-high here in the spring.
There is now a temporary lull In the
buying of sheep for delivery after shear
ing In May. Growers want to retain their
yearling ewes, to keep their ranges
stocked, and buyers want the ewes as
well as the .wethers. Buyers offer to con
tinue paying $2 SO for mixed lots, but
growers want $2 50 for straight wethors.
Ewes are considered worth 50 cents a
head more than wethers. Thus buyers
and sellers are at present apart.
Representatives of several transconti
nental lines are here to contract lor ship
ment of sheep East.
The Heppner football team went to Pen
dleton today to play a return game there
tomorrow, and i. large delegation of citi
zens accompanied it.
Grange to Put Up a Briclc Building.
Others Are Contemplated.
M'MINNVILLE, Feb. 21. By the decis
ion of stockholders of the McMinnville
Grange & Farmers' Company, today, to
rent the lower portion of a new building
to bo erected by H. C. Burns, McMinn
ville Is sure of having a. new brick buHd
Ing this summer. The projeot has been
under consideration for some time, but
Mr. Burns did not desire to build until
he should have an occupant. The building
will be erected at the corner of Third
and. B streets, and will bo 80x60, two
stories hlgj.
Other brick buildings at the same cor
ner are contemplated.
Until about 20 years ago, all the business
of McMinnville was done at the corner
of Third and B, but since then It has
gradually moved eastward toward tho
railroad. .Now it seems to have startea
westward" again. Perhaps the main rea
son is that it is the meeting place of three
county roads, each extending into rich
farming country.
Superintendent E. V. Llfctlefleld has pre
pared a quite elaborate programme for
the next teachers' institute, which is to
be held at Newberg, February 24.
Clarence "Wood, 13 years old, was yes
terday taken to the state reform school
by Deputy Sheriff E. R. Henderson.
To Be Moved From Old Fort "Warner
or Properly Fenced.
LAKEVIEW, Or., Feb. 17. The bodies
of the soldiers who died at old Fort "War
ner, In this county, 30 years ago, will
either be removed at once by the govern
ment, or the graves will bo fenced. Two
propositions have been submitted for bids
one for fencing of the groves, ami the
other for the removal of the bodies to
Vancouver barracks, In the state of "Wash
ington. The former bids have closed 'and
the latter will close on the 20th of this
month. There are "16 bodies, more or
less," aa the government expresses it.
These soldiers died between the years
1860 and 1S74, when the fort was occupied
by United States soldiers. There are a
few graves there, also of women and chil
dren, but the settlers will look after these.
C. S. Morris, recently appointed experi
mental farmer here by the secretary of
the Interior, received 21 varieties of grass
seeds today. They will be sown at once.
The spring weather has opened the
roads between here and the railroad two
months earlier than usual, and freight Is
coming through regularly.
Just Missed Getting Large Sum of
Money Two Stores Visited.
NEWBERG. Feb. 21. The safecracker
got in his work in Newberg again last
night J. C. Porter's store jvas broken
Into and the safe door was" blown Into
mall bits. Several bolts of calico were
taken down for use In deadening the
sound, aj;d on tho shelf bohlnd the Koods
was found some $600 that had been hidden
away by Mr. Porter, but this the robber
failed to discover. No money or valu
ables were in the safe.
H. A. Miller's jewelry store was also
vlsiited and an unsuccessful attempt made
to blow hl3 safe open. This safe con
tained $75 In money and a number of
watches. '
Newberg has had this class of visitors
come at intervals for several years, yet
no reliable clew to the robbers has ever
been found. Persons living In town have
been suspected of participating in the
profits at least, but no evidence that would
Justify arrests being made has ever been
Crops About Gervnis.
GERVAIS, Or., Feb. 21.-Complalnt Is
made that a green mold has appeared on
bales of hops stored. This la not gen
eral, but results from storage In damp
buildings, with Insufficient ventilation. It
is taken off with the vigorous use of a
broom or brush, with scraping of the bur
lap in extreme casea
Holdover and unsold grains here are, of
wheat about 75 per cent, and of oats 80
per cent of the crop. Little or no timothy
hay, but considerable cheaper kinds, 13
left. Potatoes seem plentiful, and as a
rule have been poor keepers through the
past winter, even when well pitted.
flfew Oregon Poatmasters.
"WASHINGTON, Feb. 21. Oregon post
masters appointed today are: "W, Clark
Betts, Meacham, vice F. M. Betts, re
signed; Harry Shearer, Biggs, vice George
Hoffman, resigned.
' Oregon Notes.
Hay is reported to be selling at $30 per
ton in Granite.
Salem wants a woman's club, accord
ing to the Journal.
A bridge is being built across the
Grand Ronde river below Island City.
La Grande claims a good opening for a
wholesale harness and saddle manufac
tory. The Odd Fellows of Huntington have
decided to build a two-story brick build
ing for the use of the lodge.
Stephen S. Pindell, who came to this
coast In 1852, died at his home in Carson,
on February 12, aged 66 years.
J. F. Chastaln has purchased the "Will
iam Graham farm, consisting of 100
acres, seven miles east of Lebanon.
Hobos are steering clear of Albany, as
Street Superintendent Westfall has sev
eral of them working on the streets.
W. B. Palmer, of La Grande, slates
that work will probably be begun on the
new Commercial Club building, in that
city, next week.
An American bald eagle, measuring
seven feet from tip to tip, was shot on tho
Lower Columbia recently, and Is now on
exhibition in Astoria.
Medford will have no street lights for
several weeks, as the old contract has
expired and no arrangements for Its re
newal have been made.
The total receipts of the United States
land office at La Grande for the month
of January were $23,556, placing It at the
'head of the list In the United States.
The property-owners and business men
of La Grande held a mass meeting last
week to consider the feasibility of build
ing a wagon road from La Grande to
Granite. A committee was appointed for
the furtherance of the project.
The three tramps who hurled the body
of the smallpox victim at Grant's Pass
got gloriously drunk at Glendale and
"blew in", the $50 they had received for
the job. They then told all about it, and
were at once arrested and quarantined
by the Incensed citizens. Then a purse
was made up and the tramps were shipped
back to the Grant's Pass people, who
were responsible for their being at large.
Stops the Cough aad Works Off the
Baxatlve Bromo-Qulnine Tablets curs a
cold In on? flay- No cure no pay. price J5c
Intimations That Unwarranted Skim
ming of Government and. State
Land Has Been Practiced.
LBWISTON, Idaho, Feb. 3L An at
tempt Is being made to settle without liti
gation a controversy that is oceupytag
the attenlon of a score of lawyers. The
parties Interested In the dispute are the
United" States government, tho Northern
Pacific Railway Company, several tie
contractors, hundreds of workmen, and
dozens of merchants in towns, along the
Clearwater river and in tone Potlatch coun
try. Tho United States government be
comes an Interested party by virtue of a
law that allows railroads to cut ties and
bridge timbers from government land to
use In construction. The government ex
acts no compensation, but requires the
use of ties and timbers to be confined to
the actual needs of the railroad within
the state where such ties and timbers are
Last July the Northern Pacific wanted
30,000 ties for contemplated construction
in Idaho. The Clearwater Land. Log &
Lumber Company got the contract at 30
cents a tie, delivered anywhere along the
Clearwater Short Line. This company
consisted of Samuel Tiffany, Mrs. Mar
garet Tiffany, Samuel Cameron, Dorainlck
Cameron and a "W. Qulnlan. The Tlffaay3
are husband, and wife, and came from
Chicago, where .they have a lumber-yard.
C. "W. Qulnlan Is from Manlstiaue, Mich..
where he has a, sawmill, supplying the
yard of the Tiff anys at Chicago. The
Camerons are natives of Idaho.
The tie contract was signed by the
Northern Pacific August 1, 1S89. The Tif
fany company let out five subcontracts
to Duress & KlmbalJ, of Missoula; u. w.
Harris, of "Wardner, and three others
firms, whose names do not appear. The
work has been going on all winter. There
is every indication that tho principal firm
of contractors had never been engaged In
the business of contracting before, and
knew nothing of the undertaking. Money
was freely advanced to the subcontract
ors for building chutes and making other
improvements. "While the Northern Pa
cific had agreed to pay cash for all the
ties delivered, the Tiffany company was
unable to deliver mora than enough to
realize $10,000. This money was speedily
consumed, and the woods happened to be
full of ties that could not be delivered.
Merchanta in Kendrick, Juliaetta, Oro
Fino and other towns had been supplying
provisions to the tie camps until their
bills amounted In the aggregate to about
$13,000. To make matters worse, the
workmen struck because they could not
wait for their pay.
"While the squabble was becoming more
complicated, the Northern Pacific, not de
siring to mix In the affair, suddenly de
clined to accept any more ties for fear
that the title might be disputed. Special
Timber Agent Schwartz, representing the
government, then stepped in and forbade
the cutting of any more ties until the whole
controversy should be settled. This
brought the matter to a focus. "When
work was stopped, about 100,000 ties had
been cut. There Is a good deal of sup
pressed information that cannot be
brought to "the surface at this time. It is
hinted that men who had no contracts
have been cubting ties from government
land, and denuding It without accounting
to anybody. It Is also alleged that state
land has been stripped of timber, because
it happened to be handy. It looks like
a free-for-all scramble to get timber with
out regard to its ownership. In the
meantime tho creditors wait.
Contest Over 4500 Acres of Land
About "Warner Lake.
LAKBKIBW, Or., Feb. 17.-vCheeglster
and receiver of the land office at Lake
view have rendered their decision in the
famous case of J. L. Morrow et al., con
testee3, -vs. State of Oregon et al., con
testants. The decision Involves the char
acter of certain lands In "Warner valley,
In this county, and the rights of settlers
and. a corporation. Prior to a survey made
In early days by one Neal, Henry C.
Owen obtained the land from the state
as swamp land, and afterwards assigned
his rights to McConnoughy Bros., and a
corporation was formed and their rights
assigned to the corporation. In 1884, a
number of Surprise valley settlers went
upon the land and applied for a survey
thereof, and they were permitted to file
on the same, subject to the swamp land
claim. The litigation began In 1886, and
has continued to this date, when It was
decided In favor of the settlers. It is
said that an appeal will be taken, but the
settlers are Jubilant over the belief that
the decision of the land office here will
never be reversed.
The contestees first claimed the pfoperty
as dry land, subsequently shifting to the
contention that the property was lake at
the time of the maturity of the state's
swamp land claim, and that on that ac
count the state got no Interest. The con
stants assert the'r right to the land,
whether it was swamp or lake, basing
their claim in the one case on the title
through the state, and in the other to
their rights as riparian owners. About
4500 acres of land are involved In the
case, the value of which Is estimated at
between $20,000 and $30 000. In their de
cision the local land officers say:
"The testimony shows that in 1864 the
lands in controversy were covered with an
apparently permanent body of water, and
the weight of, testimony tends to show that
this body of water continued to cover th's
land until about the year 18S1; that the
waters had gradually Teceded. with the
exceptions of a few years at intervals
when they would rise again, until the
year 1881, after which they continued grad
ually to recede until the all of 1880,
when the lands in contest became practi
cally dry."
to Circuit Court on Bond
$1500 and Went to Jail.
JUNCTION CITY, Or., Feb. 21.-Sherif
W. W. Withers, of Lane county, arrived
here this afternoon in charge of Peter
McDonell, whom he brought from Ta
ooma on a charge of robbing F. W. A.
Crain's jewelry store, January 27. Mc
Donell was arraigned in Juctlce Clark's
court and pleaded not guilty. He was
Identified by several persons, and ac
knowledged having been fax Junction City
that day, but said he left on a freight
train In the evening, which was not true,
as there were no freights. Sheriff With
ers brought back with him 10 watches
and 20 rings, which were Identified by
Mr. Craln. McDonell was asked, it he had
anything to say. He replied, that he
wanted them to prove he sokl ttoe watches.
The justice held him to the circuit court
and placed his bonds at $1600, in default
of which the sheriff took him to the
Eugene jail.
Workman Alleges Company "Violated
Its Agreement to Protect Him.
ASTOKIA, Feb. 2L A suit has been
filed In the circuit court by Michael Ness
against the Clatsop Mill Company, to re
cover $15,000 damages for injuries sustained
while employed in the defendant's mill.
The complaint alleges that last August
tho plaintiff was working on a saw car
riage and was struck by a log, which
broke several ribs and, seriously Injured
his spine. The mill company, it Is al
leged, made a proposition to pay Ness $50,
care for him during his illness and, after
his recovery, to provide him permanent
employment In the mllL This agreement
was fulfilled until last Friday, when no-
pany coflld dp no more for hJm. The I
was permanently maapaettama from fol
lowing his trade, and neks tor domagos in
the sunt of $tt.Mn, with attorney's fees.
This te the second salt browght agatest
the Clatsop Mill Company tn the past few
days for damages as tho result of injuries
sustained by former employes, and they
amount to over $,.
The jury in the ease of MoOrager and
Normlle. ts, George Taylor, of Portland,
retursed a verdict thta evening; fDc the
plaintiff for mi Wt Tho salt was to re
cover damages for alleged breach, of eon
traot to deliver a tnntity of com wit to
the piatnthts. The amonnt aokoa Ipr In
the complaint was $157 9a
SheriS of Lewis County, WasKlnsten,
Finds His Man at Oregon City.
OREGON CITY. Fob. H.-SberHf Ed
ward Deggler, of Lewis county. Washing
ton, arrived today and Identified H. Wil
son, alias Lape. alias Martm. as the man
wanted at Chehalto. for horse-stealing.
Chief Burns arrested Wfleen on a descrip
tion furnished by the Washington sheriff,
and he will be taken back for trial. Wil
son, who has the reputation of being an
old offender, has been here since Janu
ary 1.
Listing Southern Faeine Land.
The ehorhX's omc to still busy listing
tibe. Southern Pacific overlap lands to
make a proper estimate of tho
back taxes one on them. An employe of
tfhe company's omca in Portland, was here
today to see whs progress was being
made. Hastated that the settlers on those
lands, who bad contracted to purchase the
same from the company, were making
prompt payments.
Seventeen Neweemers From the Sast.
CORVALUS, Fob. 5L-J. H. Moor,
with a party of 17. arrived Monday from
BrlmneW. 111. Mr. Hoc recently pur
chased the A. J". Herahner residence In
Corvallle and the Henry Calloway farm,
of more than 9M acres, le miles north of.
Corvallls. Mr. Moore will occupy the
Corvains residence, and his son and fam
ily will reside on the farm. There were
four families In the party, Including, be
sides the families of Mr. Moore and his
sen, Mr. Huff, a paperbanger, and fam
ily, Mr. Knox, a photographer, and fam
ily. Arrested for Stealing: Overcoats.
ALBANY:, Or.. Fob. a-Bhaer Batcher
was arrested met night and Bwa Farreil
this morning, in this elty, charged with
the larceny of two overcoats from the
hotel at Hateey February 3. While being-
taken to Jail Hatcher escaped. Farrell
is in jeil. awaiting examination. They are
both well-known Albany young men.
Quotations ef Mining Stocks.
SPOKANB, Fee. 21. The rioemr Mds for
raining: stocks today were.
Blacktall 90 ILoW Pine Sorp.SO 154
Btuie & .Boston. a iimamfng wary..
dyeta! 3lMorrt&oa
aespa-Biuejay.. rrmeaea xtma..
Deer Trail Con..
Evening- Star ..
Oetd Ledge ... .
Golden Harvest.
4lQuH ...
1 imp. ms no
BKiReeerv&tfefl, ....
lWlfcxwtena Stem..
2 'Sttntvaa
iron Mask 36H,Tom Theme
Jim Blame 11 n
SAN FRANCISCO. Feb. 2t. The eAdal ckw
in? quotations for mteteff etoeks today were
Alpha Con $0 OSaoy Wash. Ces...$0 OS
Andes StMexieaa 0
Beloher 210Moial Cea ... 11
Beat & Belcher... 3MOMr 58
Caledonia. 37 overman ju
Challenge Cob ... lPoost 35
Chottar l,3avee 11
Confidence 719lerra. Tfevaea, ... 35
Con. Cat. & Va... 1 4atandnwt 2 85
Crown Point tmeii cea v
Gould & Carry. . J44Ctk Con il
Hale & Norerees.
Justice .........
30', Tallow Jacket
NBW TORK. Feb. 21. Minis stocks today
ckeed as follows:
Chollar $0 ;Oerio $8 00
Crown Point ,?Phh' 4ft
Cop. Cat & Va... 1 3fr1ymowtk 14
Deadwood SjQtchUor 1 3
GoHld.& Curry .. li d pref 7 iO
HnlA flrerow.. SSdlMza Nevada ... 30
Hemestake 69 AMMterd ..2 85
Iron Silver maitam tea . . , so
Mexteaa .......... , 3eJlew Jseket, . . .. 13
BOSTOK. Feb. M.-Cleelng ejnetatfewtir
Boston & Meat $2 73 Penrett $e 444
Butte & Boston. 96 I
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