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VOL. XL. O. 12,259.
PORTLAND, OREGON -IHUESDAY, MARCH 29, 1900.
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Repeal of the Horton Law.
ALBANY. N. Y., March 28. Tho bill
repialing the Horton boxing law passed
the Senate today, and now goes to the
Governor for his signature. The bill will
be signed by Governor Roosevelt without
delay, and will go into effect September
1. 1900. It eliminates from section 496 of
the penal code the Horton law, which is
embraced in the following lines:
"Provided, however, that sparring ex
hibitions with gloves not less than five
ounce each in v. eight may be held by a
domestic Incorporated athletic association
in a building leased by it for athletic pur
poses only, for at least one year, or In a
building owned and occupied by such as
sociation." Gorman Relchxtns: Adjonrns.
BERLIN, March 28. The Reichstag to
day aaopted the budget bill and adjourned
for the Easter -jholidays until April 24.
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Explosion In , a Paper Mill.
ERIE, Pa., March 28. Eleven dryers in
, a paper machine in the H. F. Watson
j Paper Company's mill exploded tonight.
j wrecking the porUon of the building in
which it was located, killing one man and
I Injuring four more. Joseph Stahl was
1 blown through a brick wall and instant
ly killed. The Injured are: Albert Har
ris, fatally scalded; Anton Greenbeck, leg
j broken; Charles Wrlngle, leg broken; J.
Yreka, fatally bruised. All of the Injured
i were terribly hurt by the force of the
explosion, and were taken to hospitals,
j where they all may die. The loss to the
building and machinery will probably ag
Harvey L. Gootlall Dead.
CHICAGO. March 2S. Harvey L. Good-
j all, for 20 years the publisher and pro
prietor of the Drover's Journal, died to
I night of heart failure.
THE ADVANCE BEGUN
Roberts Starts a Large Force
PRELIMINARY TO A GENERAL MOVE
General Joubert, Transvaal leader,
Bled at Pretoria Tuesday NIat
Boers Reeccupy Ladybraad.
LONDON, March 29. 5 A. M. Lord Rob
erts has sent 10.000 troops to Glen, 10 miles
north of Bloemfontein, on the railway.
This Is a preliminary to the general ad
vance. Immense quantities of stores have now
been 'Accumulated at Bloemfontein. Boer
observation parties are hovering near
Bloemfontein, but Lord Roberts has 1S5
miles to cover before reaching the great
position which the Boers are preparing at
Kroonstad. Moving 10 miles a day Is prob
ably the best he can do with field trans
ports. Therefore, he can hardly engage
the Boers In force for two weeks. The
reconstruction of the railway "behind him
may even delay an invasion of the Trans
vaal until May.
Meanwhile all the Important towns in
the Free State within Lord Roberts' reach
are being garrisoned. Thabanchu, Philip
polls, Fauresmlth and Jagersfontein are
Sir Alfred Mllner is touring In tho dis
turbed newly acquired territory, investi
gating conditions and arranging the ad
ministration. He Is understood to be get
ting materials for a report to Mr. Cham
berlain concerning a plan for civil gov
ernment. All the morning papers print singularly
kind editorials concerning General Jou
bert They praise hlB military success,
uphold his chivalrous conduct, and regret
that so strong and moderate a mind, should
be absent from the final settlement of the
dispute. Although some of the younger
commanders thought the old soldier want-'
ing in dash and enterprise, his raid into
the country south of the Tugela is consid
ered the best piece of Boer leadership dur
ing the whole war. It is now known that
lie crossed the Tugela with only 3000 rifle
men and six guns, but so bold and rapid
were his movements that the British com
manders thought 10.000 Boers were march
ing on Pietermarltzburg. For a few days,
although in the presence of greatly supe
rior forces, he Isolated General Hlldyard's
brigade at Estcourt, and ajt the same time
threatened General Barton's camp at Mool
River. Then, as British reinforcements
were pushed up. Joubert recrossed the
Tugela without losing a prisoner or a gun.
General White's estimate of him, pro
nounced Tuesday, before he died, as a
gentleman and a brave and honorable op
ponent, strikes the tone of all British com
The Foreign Office, according to the
Daily Chronicle, is arranging with. Portu
gal for some thousands of British troops
to be landed at Belra, and sent by the
UmtalL. A permanent arrangement Is un
derstood to exist for the use of this route
to- transfer the Rhodesia police. The pos
sibility of foreign protest Is suggested by
the 1 y Chronicle.
Among Items cabled from Pretoria isa
statement that prominent citizens there
object to a defense of Pretoria, and desire
that President Kruger should retire to
Lydenburg. It Is alleged that the princi
pal buildings at Johannesburg have been
undermined by order of Kruger.
General French, who has arrived at
Bloemfontein from Thabanchu, says that
Commandant Olivier has 6000 men and is
north of Ladybrand.
GENERAL JOUBERT IS DEAD.
Died at Pretoria Late Tuesday
PRETORIA, March 28. General Joubert
died last njght at 11:30 o'clock. He had
ibeen suffering from stomach complaint.
The town Is plunged into mourning for
tho true patriot, gallant General and up
right and honorable genUeman.
(General Pietrus Jacobus Joubert, Commandant-General
of the Transvaal forces,
better known as Plet Joubert, or Slim
Peter, was born about CS years ago. He
j was descended from an old French-Huguenot
family, which settled In South Africa
many years ago. He was born in Capo
j Colony, but was taken by his parents when
, 7 years old to the Orange Free State,
where he was taught from early childhood
to shoot straight and hate the British.
Ho is described as having been utterly
fearless. Of schooling he had but little,
and he never saw a newspaper until he
was 18 years old. In spite of this his
amblUon prompted him to read the few
books he could obtain, and he succeeded
In obtaining a fair knowledge of history
and languages. In consequence of the ac
quisition of Natal by the British, his
family moved from Natal and settled in
tho Transvaal. Soon afterwards he be
came a burgher of the South African Re
public and a daring fighter. It was claimed
in his behalf that he could lead a body
of men more successfully against hostile
natives than any other man In the Trans
vaal. He came to be so feared by tho
natives that the knowledge that ho was at
the head of a punitive expedition usually
resulted In their surrender. It was during
these wars with the -naUves that Joubert
became acquainted with Paul Kruger, and
the two men became bosom friends. He
was elected Vice-President of the Trans
vaal In 1S76, defeated Sir George Colley
at Majuba Hill in 1SS1, ana acted as Presi
dent of the Republic In 1883-4, during
Kruger"6 absence In Europe.)
Botha May Succeed Joubert.
LONDON, March 29. The Pretoria cor
respondent of the Dally Mail, telegraph
ing yesterday, says:
The funeral will take place tomorrow
Unursday). The Government is pleading
with tho widow to allow a temporary
interment here, with a state funeral. Jou
bert always expressed a desire to be burled
in a mausoleum built on his farm. His
successor In the chief command will prob
ably be General Louis Botha, now com
manding In Natal."
BRUSSELS. March 28. A rzjHPols
patch has been received herojProi Pre
toria, which says that President Kruger
will not take chief command of the Trans
THE! ADVANCE TO GLEN.
Boers Dynamited the Bridge Before
the British. Arrived.
LONDON, March 29. The Bloemfontein
correspondent of the Morning Post, tele
graphing Tuesday, says:
"The First Coldstreams and the Third
Grenadiers are already at Glen. Tho
Gordons and the cavalry brigade moved
Sunday. The Fourteenth Brigade fol
lowed today. The three-span bridge at
Glen was dynamited three hours before
tho Guards reached It. The necessary re
pairing will delay further advance for a
time. General Gafacre's forces aro now
arriving." t ,
The corresgendent of the Times at
Lourenco Marques, telegraphing Monday,
"Mr. Stem has Issued . circular letter
dealing with the proclamation of Lord
Roberts and declaring it to bo obvious
that 'the enemy's policy is, as it always
has been in South Africa, to divide and
dominate his opponent.' Tho circular
goes on to say that before tho war 'Great
Britain attempted to seduce tho Free State
by treacherous means from its solemn
convention with the Transvaal, In order
to facilitate the swallowing up of the Re-publlc.-
'Hundreds of the younger Boers, includ
Ing officers, are being arrested fo.r de
serUon. A large number of men over &
years of ego are being commandeered,
although not legally liable for service.
According to trustworthy Information
from Pretoria, the total stock of Mauser
ammunition, 5.000,000 rounds, was Issued
to the Free State burghers. The Boers
are now Issuing Lee-Metford cartridges,
of which they have only 500,000. and Mar-tlnl-Henri
cartridges, of -which they orlgN
nally possessed 4,000.000. The Creusot am
munition is almost exhausted. The smoke
less powder which- was manufactured is
proving deficient in quality, and the ex
periment of recharging the Mauser cart
ridges has proved a failure, owing to the
inability of the Boers to make cap3.
BOERS RETAKE LADYBRAND.
Lancers Killed and "Wounded la a
Skirmish Near Brandfort.
KROONSTAD, a F. S., March 22, Fri
day. Commandant Growther, who com
mands the Transvaal fighting line in tho
south, reports that he has retaken Lady
brand after the BrlUsh had been there an
hour. He adds that Landrost Van Gorkum
and Field Cornet Smith fell Into the
hands of the BrlUsh, of whom three were
wounded and one was made a prisoner.
The Boer loss, he declares, was nil. The
British fled In the direction of Maseru. In
a Bkirmlsh near Brandfort, four Lancers
were killed and six were wounded.
Boers Attacked "Warrenton.
"WARRENTON, Wednesday, March 23.
Tho Boers opened fire with artillery and
rifles on the British camp today. The first
shell burst while the Fusiliers were at
breakfast. A hail of bullets poured Into
the village. Many cattle were killed. A
hotel that is used as a hospital and over
which the Red Cross flag was flying, was
fired upon. The attacking Boer force was
large, but notwithstanding tho enemy's
heavy expenditure of big gun and Mauser
ammunition, only one Briton, was wound
edV Tribute to Joabert.
LONDON, March 23. The afternoon pa
pers today publish long biographies of
General Joubert. Generally they are in a
kindly tone. The Pall Mall Gazette says:
"Plet Joubert was tho one contemporary
Transvaal Boer, except ex-Chief Justice
Kotze, whose death could call forth a sin
cere tribute of respect from Englishmen of
all parties. He was the antipode m the
Transvaal world of Leyds, and personally
was honest, straight and clean-handed."
Strength of the Boer Army.
LONDON, March 29. The Bloemfontein
correspondent of the Dally Telegraph in
a dispatch- dated Tuesday, MitrcSCirJIS?f,
"The latest news Is that the'Boers have
40,000 men still under arms, of whom 10,
000 are In and around tho Natal border.
Although tents and. stores are reaching
here, a block on the railway Is delaying
arrivals from the south conslderafcly. It
is asserted that 20,000 Boers are massed at
Bombardment of Slafeklnsr.
LONDON, March 29. A Pretoria dis
patch to the Dally Mall, dated March 2S,
"An official .dispatch reports a heavy
bombardment of Mafeking in progress
Monday, March 26. which was meeting
with a spirited response.
"Michael Davltt had an interview with
President Kruger today.."
French Colonel Given a Command.
LONDON, March 29. A dispatch to the
Dally Mall from Lourenco Marques, dated
"The French Colonel, Vlllebols do Ma
roull, has been appointed to the command
of the foreign legion, which is operating
in the Free State. General Prinsloo, re
cently arrested, is charged by" the Boers
with high treason."
British Scout In the Drakenabcrg.
LONDON. March 29. A dispatch to tho
Dally Mall from Pietermarltzburg, dated
Wednesday, March 28, says:
"BrlUsh scouts have thoroughly recon
noitered the passes of the Drakensberg
Range. The numbpr of Boers holding them
docsnot exceed 000, who are working half
heartedly in constructing entrenchments."
Commandeered Banks' Gold.
PRETORIA, Monday, March 26. The
Government has commandeered a portion
of the gold reserve of all the "banks. Bar
gold has been given as security to the
amount of about $300,000.
A Find nt Bloemfontein.
BLOEMFONTEIN, "Wednesday, March
2S. The military authorities have discov
ered in a Free State Government chest
realizable securities worth J2.500.000.
Seveial Men Badly Hurt In an Acci
dent nt Laramie.
CHEYENNE, Wyo., March 2S. An ex
plosion occurred at an early hour this
morning at the Union Pacific oilhouse at
Laramie. The end walls were blown out.
The roof was thrown 20 feet In the air,
turned over and fell back upon the re
maining walls. The explosion was caused
by the carelessness of a car-oiler in leaving
the faucet of a gasoline tank open.
The most seriously Injured are: J. A.
McRae, Chief of tho Fire Department, bad
burr.s about tho face and neck, struck by
flying rock, severely cut and thrown 20
feet; E. M. TIerney, general foreman of
the Union Uaclflc at Laramie, thrown 15
feet by the explosion, severely burned on
the face and hands; William and Charles
Mast, both badly burned about the head
Others badly burned are: Albert R.
King; George Irwin, also badly cut by
flying rock; Joe Brown, Albert Elliott and
Several others were slightly Injured. All
the Injured, with two exceptions, were
members of tho Volunteer Fire Depart
ment. Although many are seriously
wounded, none are expected to die.
Arbucklcs Cut Sugar Price.
NEW YORK, March 28. People In the
sugar market were surprised by the an
nouncement made by Arbuckle Bros, this
morning that they had reduced their
price flve points from top to bottom. The
fact that they were large buyers of raw
sugar yesterday at l-32c advance over
the last previous price led to the expec
tation that refined sugar prices would be
advanced hy all refiners. Other refiners
refused to meet the reduction made by
Arbucklo Bros., at least by open reduc-Uon.
WILL VOTE TUESDAY
Senate Fixes Time for Disposing
of Tariff Bill.
DAVIST FREE TRADE ARGUMENT
Hfr Declares for an Internal Revenue
Tax on Puerto Rlcan Rasa
WASHINGTON, March 23. Tho Senate
today agreed to vote upon the Puerto Rl
can government and tariff bill Tuesday
afternoon, .at 4 o'clock. An Important
utterance was made later In the day by
Davis (Rep. Minn.), who advocated free
trad between Uie United States and
Puerto .Rico. His speech was compara
Uvely brief, but h!a reasoning was so
cloeo-that ho crowded Into small space an
immense amount of well-digested Infor
mation and careful thought. His proposi
tion -was that the necessary money to bo
raised by taxation should not be raised
by a duty levied upon Puerto Rlcan prod
ucts but by an Internal revenue tax levied
on the rum and tobacco products of the
Island. This system. In his opinion, would
better suit tho people of the United States
and those of Puerto Rico than the pro-
,posed tariff, and would be Just, equitable
The amendment offered by Carter (Rep.
Mont) to the Alaskan civil code bill, re
laUng to mining for gold under tho waters
of Cape Nome, was agreed to, but no fur
ther progress was made with the measure.
Nelson (Rep. Minn.) resigned from tho
committee on Indian affairs, and was suc
ceeded by Bard (Rep. Cal.).
In presenting a resolution providing for
additional help for the committee on pen
sions, Galllnger (Rep. N. H.) said thero
are now 1750 Senate bills before the com
mittee and hundreds of House bills yet to
come. One Senator, ho said, had asked
tho committee to Investigate 47 cases, and
it was physically impossible to do this
work without addlUonal help.
A successful effort was then made by
Foraker (Rep. O.) to fix a Ume for the
vote on the Puerto- Rlcan tariff and gov
ernment bill, next Tuesday afternoon be
ing agreed to at the suggestion of Proc
tor Otep. VL).
Bills were passed as follows: Authoriz
ing the adjustment of rights of settlers
on the Navajo Indian reservation, In Ari
zona; providing for the Introduction of
testimony In behalf of the defendant In
all preliminary hearings of a criminal
Consideration of the Alaskan bill was
resumed, tho pending quesUon being the
substitute offered by Wolcott (Rep. Colo.)
for Carter's amendment, relating to the
mining of gold In the sea off the Alaskan
Coast. It was defeated. 21 to 2S.
Jones (Dem. Ark.) made a sharp attack
upon the Secietary of War for issuing
permits to miners to dredge the Capo
Nome sands, supposed to be rich In gold.
1-HeAenounced the Secretary's .f,cUon as an,
'outrage and "plain ueurpaUon of auUior-
The amendment of Carter was then
adopted without division. It Is as fol
lows: "That subject only to such general lim
itations as may be necessary to exempt
navigation from arUficial obstructions, all
land and shallow water between mean and
high tide on the shores, bays and Inlets
of Behrlng Sea within the jurisdiction
of the United States shall bo subject to
exploration for gold or other precious
metals by the citizens of the United
States or persons who have legally de
clared their Intention to become such,
under such reasonable rules and regula
tions as the miners in organized mining
districts may have heretofore made or
may hereafter make, governing the tem
porary possession thereof for exploration
and mining purposes until otherwise pro
vided by law.
"Provided, further, that the rules and
regulations established by the miners shall
not be In conflict with the mining laws
of the United States, and all permits here
tofore granted authorizing any person or
persons, corporation or company to exca
vate or mine under any of said waters,
are hereby revoked and declared null and
Consideration of tho Puerto Rlcan bill
was then resumed, the pending question
being upon the free-silver coinage amende
ment offered by Morgan (Dem. Ala.). Th
amendment was defeated, 15 to 35.
Scnntor Davis Speech.
Davis, who Is one of the leaders ot
the movement against the proposition to
Impose a tariff upon Puerto Rlcan prod
ucts, was recognized for a speech.
"I am so desirous of an early vote upon
this bill," said Davis, "that I have thought
it better to address the Senate this after
noon much more briefly than I otherwise
would have done. This will cause me to
omit some discussion of Constitutional
questions and many other matters auxil
iary and collateral to the main subject."
After tho elaborate argument by Lind
say (Dem. Ky.), Davis said he did not
think it necessary for him to enterupon
a Constitutional discussion of the sub
ject. While he deemed the question very
Important, he regarded it as entirely non
partisan, and felt that It ought to be so
considered. His remarks, he said, .would
be directed to the House bill, which iad
become a part of the Senate measure. He
said that it could not be denied that from
the time the measure was reported to the
House until today, there had been a rising
tide of protest against It, and that pro
test had culminated In righteous indigna
tion. It had come from every part of
the country, and from people In every
walk of life, and It was based upon the
principle that Puerto Rico. In all the cir
cumstances, should have freo trade with
tho United States. Upon the question
presented, ho said there was an Intimate
variety of opinion. After explaining
briefly an amendment he had offered ear
lier In tho day, Davis maintained that a
tariff could not be levied as between Puer
to Rico and the United States, although
It was perfectly competent for Congress
to provide for the collection of Internal
revenue taxes on the island.
"Why do some Insist that there Is no
other way of- solving the question, pre
sented when a way is presented, that is
undoubtedly constitutional?" he inquired.
"Why Insist upon a tariff upon the pro
ducts of the Island by a bill which is so
ephemeral as to expire In a year and a.
day? "Why. Indeed, insist upon the pro
visions of this measure when It bo far
hotter to let existing conditions con
tinue?" "Will Satisfy All Classes.
Davis contended that the amendment he
proposed would go far to appease the
storm of protests and Indignation which
had arisen and would satisfy the people
of this country and the Puerto RIcans
"If I interpret the signs of the times
In thl3 country right," he said, "there is
Intense opposition to this bill among our
people. This will be allayed by the adop
tion of the proposition In my amendment.
As to the Puerto RIcans. they will be
4 quite satisfied by the levying and collect
ing of Internal revenue taxes on rum and
The whole project of levying a tariff on
Puerto Rlcan products, he said, was self
generaUve of objections objections which
spring from every possible source. All
sorts of arguments had been urged In
support of the tariff. First it was char
ity, but that had been swept away by the
passage of the $2,000,000 appropriaUon bill.
Then it was that "beyond Puerto Rico
Ho the Philippines."
"As to that," said he, "I believo that
sufficient unto the day is the evil and the
good thereof. The Philippines will pre
sent their problems in time. I would not
work an Injustice against tho people ot
Puerto Rico to meet an uncertain ques
Uon as to something else."
The next argument advanced to sup
port tho tariff, he said, was the protec
tion the 15 per cent would afford to our
products and labor. He ridiculed such a
proposIUon. as no protecUonlst would con
tend that 15 per cent of the Dingley rates
would afford adequate protection for any
thing. Adverting again to the Philip
pines as a factor In tho Puerto Rlcan
problem, Davis said:
"When we come to deal with the Phil
ippine quesUon, we will take care of that.
Puerto Rico is little moro than 700 miles
from our coast; the Philippines are 8000.
The Island of Puerto Rico Is naturally a
part of the North American jurisdiction.
The Philippines are a part of the domain
of Asia. Against the product and people
of the Philippines when the time comes
the rights of American labor will be pro
tected by any party that may be in
Davis said it was inconsistent to ex
tend our laws relating to the coastwise
trade to tho island and not extend our
Feeling: in the Country.
As to tho feeling in the country upon
the, quesUon, he said:
"I think I would be as firm as anybody
under a sudden transitory public mani
festation ot feeling, but when that senU
ment speaks to us, week after week, in
constantly swelling volume, we must take
heed of It. This quesUon Is well under
stood by the people. Supporters of this bill
cannot lay the flattering unction to their
souls that the editors of the great news
papers do not understand quite as well
as we do. The people understand It, too,
and understand It well.
"They understand well that upon dls
Ulled spirits and tobacco there Is not an
Imposition of a mill of taxation by this
bill. The subjects of taxaUon upon which
wo place heavy burdens go scot freo on
the Island of Puerto Rico. And what do
they propose as an exchange for that kind
of taxation? Why the imposition of a
tariff? It is soeasy to place a tax upon
those arUcles that I shall be surprised If
the proposition to do so does not meet
the approval of Congress and the people.
What are the people going to say If this
bill passes? They will say: 'Free rum. and
a tax on the flour the people eat.' "
Davis said no man could tell how much
the tariff would yield, and. as no man
could say that -the export tax was con
stitutional, it seemed to him that thero
ought to bo no hesitation, as to the course
to be pursued. In conclusion, he said:
"What I say. I say with the conviction
that I am right right politically and right
economically. In my judgment, the only
i course for us to abandon this perni
cious mockery of a tariff between tho
United States and Puerto Rico and return
tothenathwav- of Dlain,.dutv.J' - -,
Tho Senate then, at" 3 P. M.. went Into
execuUve session, and adjourned at 4:50
PUERTO RICAN BDLL A3rENDMBNTS.
Introduced hjr the Tvro Minnesota
WASHINGTON. March 2S. Senator Da
vis and Senator Nelson introduced amend
ments to the Puerto Rlcan bill today.
Senator Davis amendment is a modifica
tion of his previous amendment, and pro
vides for a duty on tobacco and rum when
brought into the United "States from
Senator Nelson's amendment Is. a subsU
tute for section 9, of the bill, and Is as
"Section 9. That on and after the pas
sago of this act all articles Imported into
the United States from Puerto Rico and
all articles Imported Into Puerto Rico to
the United States shall be exempt from
duty; provided, however, that articles of
Puerto Rlcan manufacture coming Into Uie
United States shall, "before being with
drawn for consumption or sale, be subject
to the rayment of a tux equal to the In
ternal revenue tax Imposed m the United
States upon the like articles of domestic
manufacturer such tax to be paid by in
ternal revenue stamp or stamps to be. pur
chased and provided by the Commissioner
of Internal Revenue, and to be procured
from tho Collector of Internal Revenue
at or most convenient to the port of entry
of said articles In the United States, and
to be affixed under, such regulations as
the Commissioner of Internal Revenue,
with the approval of the Secretary of the
Treasury shall prescribe."
RUSSIA AND JAPAN.
Renevrcd Trouble Betvreen the Porr
ers In Corea Is Imminent.
LONDON, March 29. A dispatch to tha
Dally Mall from Kobe, dated March 23,
"Renewed trouble between Russia and
Japan In Corea Is imminent. The move
ments of the Russian fleet indicate tho
probability of the seizure of a Corean
port. The War Office officials at Toklo
are holding conferences, and there has
been considerable military and naval
activity in Japan this month."
"WAR SPIRIT IN JAPAN.
Naval Maneuvers Fixed for the Last
of This Month.
SEATTLE, March 28. The Govern
ment transport Garonne, from Manila
February 17, arrived today from quaran
tine with news of active preparations, in
military and naval departments of Japan
for war with Russia. The Russian fleet
at Nagasaki disregarded the harbor au
thorities, and anchored where It pleased.
The war spirit is said by Captain Conradl,
of the Garonne, to be strong in Japan
on account of the Czar's secret attempt
to gain influence In Corea In violaUon of
the treaty. A grand assembling of the
Japaneso navy, to be followed by ma
neuvers from which foreign correspond
ents and the public are to be excluded.
Is fixed for the last of this month.
Russian Fleet Goes to Port Arthur.
ST. PETERSBURG, March 8. The Rus
sian squadron which recently called at
Chemulpo, Corea, has arrived at Port Ar
Itnllann Want Reciprocity.
ROME, March 29. The commercial
treaties committee of the Italian Chamber
of Deputies has discussed and approved
In principle the reciprocity arrangement,
under the third section of the Dingley act.
recently signed in Washington by Baron
Fava, Italian Ambassador to the United
States, and Mr. Kasson, Special Plenipo
tentiary for the United States.
Loat on Australian Const.
MELBOURNE, March 2S. The coasting
steamer Glenelge foundered Sunday morn
ing during a gale oft the Gippsland Coast.
Out of a ship's company of 23, only three
IT1.4U fcfcW y I
Canadian Shipowners Petition
of No Avail.
STRONG PRESSURE ON TREASURY
American Coasting- Vessels Adequate!
for Transportation Purpose Be
tween United States and Alaska
WASHINGTON, March 23. Representa
Uve Moody saw Assistant Secretary of tn
Treasury Spauldlng today regarding the
efforts being made to establish a port ot
entry at Nome City, Alaska. This move
ment has been made by tho Canadian- ship
owners through the British Ambassador.
Lord Pauncefote presented to tho Stato
Department the request of these shipown
ers, and the State Department sent It to
the Treasury. It "was referred to Mr.
Spauldlng, who has charge of all customs
matters. The Canadian shipowners repre-
sent that they are at a disadvantage In tha y-
commerce of the Paclflc because they do
not have a. port of entry at Nome. They
say "that much, of tho goods shipped to
Nome City go over tho Canadian Paciflo
road to Victoria for trans-shipment to
Nome, but owing to the fact that Noma
has not been made a subport of entry,
and is without a custom-house or Deputy
Collector of Customs, goods cannot be
Spauldlng said to Mr. Moody that tha
pressure by the Canadians through the
British Ambassador had been ineffectual,
and that tho Treasury Department saw
no reason why a port should be estab
lished at Nome City. AalnvesUgaUon ha3
been made, and it was found that the
American ships doing a coastwise business
on tho Pacific Coast were amply adequate
for transportaUon purposes between tho
United States and Noma City, and that
there was no reason why this port should
be established for tha benefit of the Ca
Mr. Moody Informed the Assistant Secre
tary that his decision would be received
with a great deal of gratification by tho
Pacific Coast shipowners, who were mak
ing representations to him and other mem
bers from the coast, opposing tho pro
posed subport. Some weeks ago Senator
McBrlde and other Paciflo Coast Senators
Informed tho Treasury Department that
they were opposed to having a subport at
at Noma City, which, was simply in tha
Interest of the Canadian ships. It In not
believed by any of the Pacific Coast mem
bers that la view of the protests that have
been made, such a subport can now bo
established. Tho subport at Dyea was for
the accommodation of tha Canadians, but
It assisted in the transfer of goods from
one portion of Canada to another through
United States territory. Some Pacific
Coast people think that this granted moro
than they were entlUed to, and that tho
United States does not need to make an
concessions to tho Canadians in tho mat
ter of a subport at Nome City.
Falling in their effort to get this port es- ,
tablishedr soma Canadian shipowners are
making efforts to secure American register
for their ships. The Treasury Depart
ment has been asked to grant such rights,
which it cannot do, and the Canadians
have had bills introduced in Congress for
tho same purpose.
Mandexson Out of Politics.
Ex-Senator Manderson, of Nebraska,
has discouraged all talk about the use of
his namo as a Vlce-PresIdenUal candidate.
He says he Is out of pollUcs for good,
although taking a lively interest in po
UUcal affairs. Manderson may have come
to this conclusion after learning that tho
Republican powers intend that the Vlce
Presldential candidate shall come from
Simon Ready for the Quay Case.
The Oregonian Is getting a wide circu
lation in the United States Senate just
now. Copies containing the Mitchell and
Corbett letters have been received by near
ly all tho Senators. These arUcles may
be reverted to when tha Quay case Is
taken up, especially if some Senator ex
plains his vote against Corbett on tho
grounds taken by Senator Carter. Sena
tor Simon is ready to conUnue the debate
if It Is forced by any other Senators, or
if Mr. Corbett is atttacked.
Gets EUs Bills Through.
Although Senator Simon has not been In
the Senate very long, and has not taken
a very active part In the proceedings, yet
he listens to all that goes on, and watched
the business of tho Senate with a great
deal of care. It Is observed that he al
ways takes ,an opportunity to get bills
through when thero is a lull in the busi
ness. It Is by watching the points that
he has been able to pass tho bills for
tho Increase of the cost of the Postofilca
building at Portland, and also one or two
Indian bills, and recently a bill for the
uso of Umber or mineral lands It tho
States of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
It did not take much explanation to get
this bill through, although Senator Cock
rell, who Is always on tho watch on tho
Democratic side, made Senator Simon give
an explanation of its provisions before he
would consent to Its passing. The bill
seems very just, although In the Land
Office it is claimed that its provisions were
covered in the original act. It will bo of
considerable benefit in the Southern Ore
gon mines, where Umber is necessary and
where It cannot be used for any other pur
pose than provided for in tho bill which
senator- Simon passed,
The New "Warships.
Tho records of tho Navy Department
show that flve big battle-ships are soon
trv be placed in commissions Two, tho
KeaVsarge and Kentucky, are wlthin ono
per cent-.ofVbelnir finished, havinn' inn?
slnce-hadgtheir trial trips and proved their
efficiency as seagoing vessels, the latter
being praeUcally ready for service when
her complement of officers and men is as
signed. These. twQ ships were built at
Newport News, where the Illinois, a sister
ship to the Alabama, being constructed
at Cramps', is about three-fourths com
pleted. The Alabama Is 93 per cent fin
ished, and the Wisconsin, being built at
San Francisco, is 8S per cent completed. ..
Before the end of the coming Summer
every one of these great engines of war
will have been placed In commission, four
on the Atlantic, and tho Wisconsin on tho
Pacific, keeping company with the Iowa,
the only heavily armored vessel now on
that coast, the Oregon and two monitors
having been sent to Manila,
The Maine, Missouri and Ohio are but
fairly started, the first being 22 per cent
completed at Cramps', the Missouri being
just begun at Newport News, and tha
Ohio being 15 per cent under way at San:
Francisco. Contracts have been let for
constructing the Denver, Des Moines,
Chattanooga, Galveston, Tacoma and
Cleveland, all 17-knot sheathed cruisers,
but the builders await the delivery of
materials before work is taken up on them.
The four monitors Arkansas, ConnecUcut,
Florida and Wyoming, show considerable
progress. The 45 ships of the torpedo fleet
aro In all stages of completion, from 1 to
S3 per cent. A number of these vessels
will be commissioned this year, "