THE HOTCNING OREGONIAN, THUESDAY, MARCH 29, 190. OCEAN FREIGHT RATES AliL COAST GRAIN PORTS ARE OX EVEN' TERMS. - Two Shire Liners Reported Chartered at Fortr Skilllngrs American Coal la Japan Blarlne Notes. The British ships Suthcrlandshlrc and Linlithgowshire, both well-knpwn traders In this port, were reported chartered yesterday, the former to load at Portland and the latter at Tacoma. Both are for next season's loading, and both will re ceive the same rate 40 shillings. The British bark Giadys has been chartered to load at San Francisco at 41s 3d. This trio of vessels are all within 100 tons of being the same size, and the rates show pretty conclusively that there Is little or no difference in rates between the ports, when the same conditions exist. If there Is any percentage in favor of any one of the three ports on the charters mentioned. It is In favor of Portland, for this reason: The Linlithgowshire goes from Europe with cargo for Honolulu and Puget Sound, and the Gladys also has cargo from a nitrate port for San Francisco, while the Sutherlandshlre will come to Portland from the Orient In ballast. It is the large number of cargo ships going to San Francisco that has always given that city a tonnage supply to draw on without the necessity of depending on ballast tonnage. This year, the carry-over stock of -wheat In California, together with the excel lent crop prospects, have forced exporters to provide extra tonnage, in addition to the cargo fleet, and In order to get it they must pay the same rates as are paid in the North. In regard to Tacoma, there never has been any difference in grain rates, except when freights were dull all over the world, and a surplus of tonnage gathered in the Straits for orders, at tracted by the big mill ports, of the Sound, which could generally be depended on to give a ship a cargo of lumber, which was not possible to secure on the Co lumbia, where there were no big export sawmills. NEW FREIGHT STEAMERS. Largest Built in the United States Will Rnn to Portland. The first of the American-Hawaiian Steamship Company's new steamers will be In commission about July next. They are the largest freight carriers of their class ever built in the United States, and are to run between Pacific Coast ports, Honolulu and New York. There will be four steamers in the line. They are to be named American, Haw aiian, Callfornlan and Oregonian. They will be S500 tons burden, 430 feet long, 51 feet beam and SO feet C Inches deep. The horse-power is to be 2000 Indicated, and the vessels will have a speed of about 10 knots, with a carrying capacity of 15,000 tons. The Callfornlan is no.w nearlng completion at the Union Iron "Works, while the others are well under way in the East. They are all Intended for the sugar trade. From New York they will bring general merchandise to San Fran cisco, Portland and Seattle. From the Sound they will go to Honolulu and load sugar for the East, and so on all the year around. Captain Eben Curtis, of this city, and at present master of the Tlllie E. Starbuck, will probably command the first of these steamers. "COALS TO NEWCASTLE." Nagasaki Imports a Cargo From the United States. CHICAGO, March 28. T. Fuzlta, Japa nese Consul In Chicago, speaking of ad vices he has just received from Japan, In which it Is stated that the steamer Needles, carrying 6000 tons of coal from Virginia, had arrived at Nagasaki, said: "This is the first shipload of American coal ever imported into Japan. It estab lishes a new commercial precedent be tween Japan and the United States. Though we have use for American coal, freight rates have been exorbitantly high against its importation." THE BONITA LAUNCHED. Latest Addlton to Portland'! Stcrn vrheel Fleet. Captain Hosford's new steamer Bonita was launched at Johnson's yard, on the East Side, yesterday morning. The new craft is a handsome little sternwheeler, about 110 feet long, and as she is well modeled and equipped with plenty of power, will undoubtedly show good speed. The craft was reported to be building for the La Camas route, but Captain Hos ford states that he may place her on the Dayton run. She is light draft, and would probably answer all requirements of that route. MASTER AT FAULT. License of Captnin Stone, of City of Florence, Was SnNpendcd. SAN FRANCISCO, March 28. The li cense of Captain George E. Stone, who was master of the British ship City of Florence when she was wrecked on Mon tara reef on March 19, has been sus pended for six months by the Board of Inquiry, appointed to Investigate the cause of disaster. The board found that the captain did not take all the precau tions possible to prevent the vessel from going ashore. N'otice to Mariners. Notice Is hereby given that the bell buoy, nainted black and mnrkrx" nMtVi letters "C. C," in white, marking Fauntle roy Rock, Crescent City Harbor, Califor nia, is again reported out of order, the bell not striking. It will be repaired as soon as practicable. By order of the -Lighthouse Board. U. SDBREE, Commander U. S. N., Inspector Twelfth Lighthouse District. The Arcthusn's Injuries. LONDON. March 2S. The German ship Arethusa, from Altona, for Seattle, be fore reroitcl putting into Montevideo March 24 leaking and with part of her cargo damaged. Is damaged below the water line ar.d has 22 frames broken. She must doc ard discharge cargo to repair. Another "Wheat Carsro. The British bark Samaritan finished loading yesterday, and will clear today, with 12G.234 bushels of wheat, valued at 5G9.440. She was loaded by Epplnger & Co., and will leave down the rlr to morrow, drawing 22& feet of water. Holland Liner Aground. ROTTERDAM. March 2S. The Holland American line steamer Staatendam, from New York March 17, for this port, went aground at Maasllus during a snow storm and was towed off. Marine N'otes. The barkentine Gleaner, lumber-laden for San Francisco, crossed out from Knappton yesterday. The Louis will fol low her on berth at the Knappton mills. The little steamer Resolute, which has Just been completed at Supple's yard, took out papers at the c-ustom-house and left yesterday for the cascades, where she will be employed this summer. The British ship Thornliebank and the British bark Inverness-shire arrived up yesterday morning. They docked at Ele vator and Victoria docks respectively. The Berwickshire left up yesterday morning. The steamer Geo. W. Elder sailed from San Francisco yesterday morning with a light cargo of freight. Repairs on the Columbia havo been completed, and she will sail north from San Francisco on her regular run today. Domestic and Forel-rn Ports. ASTORIA, March 2S.-Sailed American bark Harvester, for Alaska; British steam ship Abergeldle, for Hong Kong and way ports; steamer Del Norte, for San Fran cisco by way of Oregon Coast ports; fcark entlue Gleaner, from Knappton for San Francisco. Left up British bark Berwick shire. Condition of the "bar at 5 P. M., smooth; wind southeast; weather cloudy. San Francisco Sailed March 27 Steam er Signal, for Coos Bay; steamer Geo. W. Elder, for Portland. San Diego-Salled March 27 British steamer Strathgyle, for Hong Kong. Seattle, March 2S. Sailed Japanese steamer Idzuml Maru, for Yokohama. San Pedro Arrived March 27 Steamer Newburg, from Gray's Harbor. Port Loa Angelbs, March 28. Arrived- Steamer Mlneola, from Nanalmo. Liverpool, March 2S. Arrived Oceanic, from New York. Hamburg, March 28. Arrived Sardinia, from Portland. Bremen, March 23. Arrived Bremen, from New York. Glasgow, March 28. Arrived Peruvian, from Portland. Kobe Arrived March 27 Sikh, from Ta coma. Southampton, March 2S. Sailed Kaiser Wllhelm der Grosse, from Bremen for New York. New York, March 23. Sailed New York, for Southampton; Teutonic, lor Liverpool; Noordland, from Antwerp. Southampton, March 28. Arrived Lahn, from New York or Bremen. Philadelphia, March 2S. Sailed Switzer land, from Antwerp. New York, March 23. Arrived Samari tan, from Glasgow. Sydney Sailed March 27 British steam er Mlowera, for Vancouver. Honolulu Arrived March 18 British steamer Aorangi, from Victoria; British ship Hllston, from Newcastle. Sailed March 15 British ship Gleneslin, for Port Townsend. Hong Kong, March 2$. Arrived, previ ouslySteamer Coptic, from San Fran cisco. Cherbourg, March 2S. Sailed Kaiser Wllhelm der Grosse, from Bremen and Southampton for New York. San Francisco, March 23. Arrived Staamer Queen, from Victoria; steamer Matewan, from Tacoma; bark Agate, from Port B!akeley; steamer Bristol, from Oyster Harbor. Sailed Steamer Duke of Fife, for Tacoma; ship Centennial, for Cook Inlet: steamer Bowhead, whaling; steamer Tellus, for Chemalnus; steamer Signal, for Coos Bay. Spoken. February 4, latitude 34 north, longitude 3G west, British ship Alice A. Leigh, from Tacoma for Queenstown. BAPTIST MISSIONARY WORK State Society In Annual Convention Yesterday on the East Side. The Baptist Foreign Missionary Society of Oregon convened yesterday at 10:Z0 at the Second Baptist Church, on the East Side. It was the society's regular annual meeting, and was devoted almost entirely to the transaction of business. The meet ing was opened with devotional services as usual, led by the president, Mrs. M. L. Driggs. A. nominating committee, com posed of three members of the society, was appointed to make up a list of officers to be voted on. Reports of the various local missionary circles were called for. The delegates from the various Baptist Churches responded, which showed very encouraging results for the year's work. Miss Carrie Milspaugh, the state mis sionary, "being present, was asked by the president to make a general report. She responded la an able and forcible manner, giving items of general Interest concern ing her state work. She has made 851 religious visits, aside from holding a great many meetings in the Oregon towns, and her work has evidently been a stimulus to. the people with whom she came In con tact. A letter was then read from Miss Goddard, the missionary to China, which gave an account of her gratifying suc cess In that field. Nearly all this mis sionary's life has been spent among these people, she having been born there, and being so well acquainted with the native customs her success seems assured. The nominating committee handed in the following names, which were at once voted upon and accepted: President, Mrs. M. L. Driggs; vice president, Mrs. J. C. Davis; corresponding secretary, Mrs. E. S. Latourette; record ing secretary, Mrs. James F. Falling; treasurer, Mrs. Clara Eadgley; auditor, Mrs. M. Castro. The board chosen is as follows: Mesdames Welch, Kay, Bliss, C. A. Lewis, Kratt. Abornethy, "Wooddy, Blackburn, Russ. Palmer, Pattee and Cas to. The Tiour of luncheon having arrived a noontide prayer was offered up and the meeting adjourned until 1 o'clock, when business was again taken up. Mrs. E. S. Latourette, the state secre tary, read some correspondence relating to the Missionary Children's Home, at Vashon Island, "Wash. It was voted to pay over a sum of $500, which had been pre viously provided for, to this institution, which would then make the Home the Individual property of the Baptist denomi nation. In order to make the transaction legal it was necessary to form a cor porate body of four trustees to manage the property. After thi3 matter had been consummated the treasurer reported on the society's finances, which showed that part of the work to be In fairly good condi tion, and the sum of $7SG 50 was found to be in the treasury. Memorial services for the deceased mem bers .occupied the next half hour of the session. The services, which were con ducted by Mrs. Driggs, consisted of hymns, prayer and the reading of obituary no tices of those of the society who have died within the year. Mrs. Latourette gave a resume of the work of the Mis sionary Society, touching briefly upon the j prominent points of the society's history uuiaiiB smiui cegiuniKK o us present large proportions. As the missionary work em braces many fields, Mrs. Van Sickles, an Eastern police matron, was requested to give some of her Impressions of missionary work. She spoke In high terms of the value of foreign missions, but advised the attention of workers to the city mission ary Held. The meeting, which was con ceded a profitable one, then adjourned with a closing prayer, a o "The Social Democracy." PORTLAND, March 27. (To the Editor.) I wish to thank you very much for the editorial In today's Issue of your paper, under the head of "Social Democracy." You state our case with far more clearness and far more fairly than the hostile press Is In the habit of doing. The cut you give us in the concluding part of your article Is a very mild form of criticism, compared with what we are accustomed to. I wish to say to you that only a smal: portion of the vast number that intend to vote for Debs this fall believe In the collective ownership of all the means of production and distribution; but only in sucn means or production and distribution as have become actually or practically monopolized. Growing multitudes of people are begin ning to realize with a force heretofore unknown that both the Republican and Democratic parties are insincere concern ing the overpowering trust Issue now con fronting us. Throughout human experience, from the dawn of human history down to now, there has never yet been found any ade quate remedy for the extortion and greed of private monopoly, other than through public or collective ownership. Therefore the great body of those supporting Debs will do so because they believe in the pub lic ownership of trusts as the only remedy possible for the colossal trust evil which. In the eyes of all thoughtful persons, completely overshadows and puts to flight any immediate consideration of any other Issue, be It finance, tariff, expansion or what not. S. B. R. - e The Trntn of the Matter. Pittsburg Chronicle-Telegraph. "I understand that Splfflns has resigned the management of that business," said Bloomfield. "My understanding Is that he was fired from the mismanagement of it," added BeUefield, THE LEAD TRUST'S CINCH PITTSBURG LAMP - CHIMXEY MAN' EXPLAINS rrS OPERATIONS. Tribute of $5,000,000 Levied on the People Annually In Order to Shut Out Competition. Much has been written and spoken of late about trusts. For the life of me I cannot Gee the difference between what a trust can do and what a firm with a large capital can do. Both may employ a promoter and place worthless shares of stock, bonds or some vai4ety of "securi ties" on sale, keeping an eye on the guileless all of which Is common and, like the confidence game, goes on forever. I cannot, however, share In the abuse of a fair and honest aggregation of capitnl and especially of that particular aggre gation known as a corporation an abso lutely necessary form or organization for carrying on business but I will and can agree with the utter condemnation of what some of them do, what they are intended for doing, but what la only made possible for them to do by the Government being in partnership with them and amost pow- PGRFLAND PIONEER OF 1845 DEAD. WOODSON' A. SCOGGIN'. "W. A. Scoggln, one of Portland's old-time and well-known residents; died at his residence, 472 Alder street, yesterday morning. Mr. Scoggln's Illness was very brief, none of his family being aware that ha was suffering unusually until within an hour Of the time he expired. Two years ago he sustained a severe Injury while hunting that produced a paralytic stroke. At that time be was rendered unconscious by a fall. In which the brain was severely shocked. After a time he recovered somewhat from the Injury and'-the consequences, hut has never been himself since. Tuesday evening he retired as usual, without complaining to any member of the family that he felt In any manner 111. "When called yesterday morning It was found that he was suffering from another paralytic stroke, and within an hour afterwards life was extinct. Mr. Scoggln was a pioneer of Oregon, having come to this part of the country as early as 1643. He was then a lad of 5, and accompanied his stepfather and mother, who Anally set tled on Tualatin Plains. In "Washington County. Young Scoggln received his education In that landmark of early education, the University of Forest Grove. At the age of 18 he began his business career aa a clerk, but soon branched out into the same business his father had pur sued stockralslns. He acquired large tracts of land In Eastern 6regon, and reared a great number of cattle until the severe winter of 1883. when. In common with many other stock men of the district, his herd was sadly diminished by Inclement weather. Mr. Scoggln continued In the stock business until a later date, but In the meantime he acquired Inter ests In Portland, and made his home at 472 Alder street, where he died. He was one of the incorporators and builders of the Multnomah street-car line, and was also Instrumental in much suburban development work carried on In and around Portland. In 1870 Mr. Scoggln was married to Miss Augusta Reser, of Walla "Walla. The wife and four children survive. Mr. Scoggln served three terms as Councilman from the Fourth "Ward, one election being on the Independent citizens' ticket, put in the field in 1S92. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias, the Improved Order of Red Men, and is an Exempt Fireman. The funeral services will be held at the residence Friday at 1 P. M. erful partner, too, without a share In the profits, as a Government. The Government booms the stock, keeps off any competitors, humps things up oc casionally for the stockholders by intro ducing a bill in Congress for buildings, ships and what not and lately a coterie has the gall to propose that the Govern ment pay for building other ships than its own. "Well may farmers say, "Pay us for raising wheat!" The most of the combines of today, cre ated for the purpose of extortion In price, could not and would not exist, If It was not for the part the United States takes in them. Example of Lead Trust. Here Is one example, and the game Is true of several commodities managed by combines. This quotation Is from the Now York Commercial. March 6, 1200: ".Lead Was .steady and unchanged at 4.70c per pound spot to March. In St. Louis the market was firm, with scant offerings at 4.57"4.62c, according to brands. Soft Spanish was unchanged at 1C lis 3d In London. Arrivals at this port were 1000 tons, bullion, from Tamplco; ex ports from this port, 650 tons to Hamburg. Imports of lead during the week ending March 2 were 2S06 tons; exports lor the week, 1794 tons." Few see these quotations. "Very few un derstand them. The great mass do not know anything about them whatever. . Fig ure out the pounds, shillings and pence, the London quotation, for a long ton of 2240 pounds, and It makcfl the price of lead in London $3 per iOO pounds, as against f4 70 In New York SI 10 more In New York than London, or a difference of $22 per ton of 2000 pounds. Yet, some Is exported and must go at the price In London. Please note, some Is imported, also; this Is brought here and re-exported without payment of any duty. The kernel of It all is that about 20 men are managing the matter of price of all the lead consumed In the United Statco, and have been doing so for some time, with the nld of the Government. Not a pound Is Eold without the concurrence of these men, and It Is held as firmly and nicely as could be. It Is managed with consummate skill. Most likely tnany will say, at first thought, "It Is nothing to me If there is a duty on lead." Such people do not know how this material enters Into the cost of so many things. Thousands of men are working with this material, which costs 30 per cent more than It should 30 per cent artificial value. "We pay this artificial price, but the Government does not get it. (It amounts to about 53,000,000 a year extorted from the American peo ple.) It enters Into the cost of every house built, and a thousand and one things which- people do not know that lead had anything to do with. This lead combine has ar'sen and Is a result of the 'tariff on lead. It could not exist without this tariff. It Is the very perfection of a trust or combine brought Into existence by the Government's action. Truly it may be said the commercial element Is predominating in affairs of government in an unwonted degree. Evidently there is some reward for tho "fat-frylng" process In tne past and a I keen eye on the future. Under the tariff law one can Import lead, make It Into pipe, re-export it and 1 get the duty remitted. But one who makes It Into forms not capable of being identified, although for export, cannot get the duty remitted. Thus one citizen can have, while another cannot have, free trade In the same article. This drawback clause was framed In recognition of the fact that foreign com merce can only be carried on successfully I with freedom of trade. If the actual effects of protective tariff legislation were known. It would be swept out of existence quickly, and our Con gress would be confined to Its true Con stitutional functions. Its hands would, then be kept off from all" attempts at fixing values of commodities. GEORGE A. MACBETH. Pittsburg. Pa.. March 15, 1900. BUSY WITH POLITICS. Yet the Street Committee Has Much Blgr "Work Ahead. Councilmen continue to visit the City Hall dally, but the principal business done is talking politics and telling stories. They are looking for a picnic when the matter of opening Seventh street through to North Seventh comes up. Some of them have had to do with this proposition be- fore, for it has been taken up half, a dozen times or more. Viewers have estimated the benefits and damages connected with the opening of the street three times with out accomplishing anything, the last lot fixing the benefits and damages at S13.C00. There Is a general Impression that the" scheme will go through this time. No one has much to say about the rail road franchise on Front street, but it Is said that there will be a large attendance of the friends of the scheme, and also of those who oppose It, at the meeting of the street committee Saturday. The team sters. It Is said, will present a remon strance against the franchise being grant ed, but South Portland will endeavor to overcome this. ' The question of the Fifth-street fran chise asked for by the Portland Traction Company remains In statu auo. The street committee was asked to let It lay over for two weeks, and they do not know when they will be requested to make a report on It. It Is possible the two rail way companies who have conflicting Inter ests In this matter may come to an ami cable understanding in regard to It. Antl-Brynn. (Air "Yankee Doodle.") One Antl Bryan had a mind To make a trip out "West, sir. To tell about the antl kind Of things that he loved best, sir. He went out to avenge the Maine, And there he caught a cold, sir; And there he found his antl name. He was so antl bold, sir. "When he resigned and came back home This "ad" he did Insert, air: "You Colonels do as I have done, You privates should desert, sir; I am your leader Democrat, And Populist the same, sir; "When you find out where I am 'at,' Right there you must remain, sir. "I'm antl everything, you know. Whatever that may be, Ir; "Whate'er the Government does, thf Right, antl you'll find me, sir. I'm antl on the Philippines, You'd better cot come "West, sir. For any schoolboy In his teens Can tell you all the rest, sir." Now your Nebraska Platform. Bill Has badly left you out, sir; Your anti-nonsense there will kill You dead without a doubt, sir. You're Just a little too antl. You're living In the past, eir; "We voted for you once, good-bye. That ballot was our last, sir. Ho! office-hunting Billy Bryan, You can't see very far, sir; You quit off right where you resigned. Back at the Spanish war, sir. You'd better take another start. And straighten out your dates, sir; You'll find the Philippines a part Of our "United States, sir. Brownsville. Or. D. F. Newland. i a The multiplication of new compounds in organic chemistry Is something appalling. In 1SS2 the total number of carbon com pounds recorded was 16,000, but a newly revised list by Dr. XL M. Rlchter enu merates not less than 67,000. And the end seems yet far. off. WILL MEer IN PORTLAND INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMIS SION HERE APRIL O. "Will Consider St. Louis Rate Case Traffic 3Ien Meet No Action Railroad N'otes. Announcement Is made that the Inter state Commerce Commission will meet in Portland April 9, coming here from it3 meeting at San Francisco, April 2. Tho Portland meeting, like that at San Fran cisco, will take up what Is 'known as .the St. Louis rate case. This Is the mat ter in which Pacific Coast jobbers are vitally Interested, and in which certain of the railroad lines are alleged to havo granted rates discriminating against them and Jn favor of the jobbers of the Miss issippi Valley. This matter, like every other. Is one in which there are two sides. As stated by a local trafllo official, the hearing will cover a complaint brought by the St. Louis Jobbers' Association against cer tain "Western lines, and these, it is under stood, are the Northern Pacific, Great Northern, Southern Pacific and Union Pa cific, alleging a discrimination in freight rates favoring the Pacific Coast jobbers to the detriment of the jobbers of tho Mid dle "West. The matter was first heard at St. Louis in November last, and taken under advisement by the Interstate Com merce Commission. At San Francisco and in Portland evidence will be taken bear ing on the point at Issue. The Pacific Coast jobbers registered ob jections against what they claimed were discriminations to their injury by the lines in question. After that, the St. Louis job bers filed their complaint, alleging dis crimination against them. Thl3 produces the issue. TRAFFIC MEN MEET. Consider New York Resolutions No Definite Action Taken. A meeting was held late Tuesday after noon at the office of Traffic Manager "ampbell, of the O. R. & N., at which the ionowing were present: j. w. iilabon, of Seattle, "Western traffic manager of the Great Northern; S. G. Fulton, of Port land, assistant general freight agent of the Northern Pacific; S. B. Calderhead, of "Walla "Walla, general freight agent of the "Washington & Columbia River Railroad; C. H. Markham. general freight and passenger agent of the Southern Pa cific; B. Campbell, traffic manager of the O. R. & N., and R. B. Miller, assistant general freight agent of the latter com pany. "The meeting was called," said one of those present, "to confer on traffic matters of common interest to competing lines operating in common territory. This conference "was held as the result of the resolutions recently adopted by the railroad presidents at New York, govern ing the maintenance of rates, tho pay ments of commissions and the issuance of free transportation. The representa tives met for the purpose of formulat ing an agreement in conformity with that of the presidents at the New York meeting. No definite results were ob tained, and the meeting adjourned with out action." It will be remembered that there was a meeting of the traffic men of "Western lines at Chicago February 27-23, touching upon commission payments, free trans portation, maintenance of rates, etc., at which It was determined to uphold tar iffs, on all Pacific Coast traffic. The meet ing at New York of the railroad presi dents was a subsequent gathering, at which the resolutions, already published by Tha Oregonian, were adopted. These made moro binding the action of the traffic men at Chicago. The meeting at Traffic Manager Campbell's office was probably only one of a class of gather ings to be held at various points to ren der effective tho agreement made in Now York. THE LOS ANGELES HEARING. Merchants State Their Grievances Before Interstate Commission. LOS ANGELES. CaL, March 23. At the opening session of the Interstate Com merce Commission today, C. C. Reynolds testified that in the case of hardware an annullmcnt of the differentials would com pel his house to cease purchasing goods in the Middle "We3t and bring them In from the Atlantic Coast, by sea. The abolition of differentials would force the Coast job bers to combine to secure a line of vessels and the result of the change would be as disastrous to the railroads as to the job bers. Under the present differential, the Pacific Coast Jobbers are now slowly re covering what they lost during the rata war. On being cross-questioned, the wit ness denied that there was any agree ment between the Coast Jobbers and the railroads regarding the shipment of gooda by rail providing large differentials on full and broken carlots were granted. He admitted that tho jobbers had tried to get the present differentials and were anxious to maintain them. A. Haas, of Haas, Barch & Co., whole sale dealers In tobacco, liquors and groc eries, testified that annulment of the dif ferentials would result In forcing h!s house back to sea shipments and to making all purchases on the Atlantic Coast, which are now made In the Middle "West. Two petitions to the Interstate Com merce Commission were filed today. Both allege an Illegal combination between the Southern California, Southern Pacific and Santa Fo Railway Companies. The com plainants are the Consolidated Forwarding Company and the Southern California Fruit Exchange. The three railroads are alleged to be In combination In routing and handling refrigerator cars, carrying California fruits to Eastern points. The railroads have claimed the right arbi trarily to route all freight shipments. The petitions will be heard by the Com mission tomorrow. A Bipr Railroad Deal. NEW YORK, March 28. The Herald says: "J. P. Morgan will sail for Europe on tho "White Star liner Teutonic today. He Is to meet "William K. Vanderbilt in Lon don to arrange. It Is said, a big railroad deal for which "Wall street has been waiting and hoping for two years. Im portant European financial interests are also to be seen regarding the same mat ter. It directly concerns the New York Central and its allied lines, but no Inti mation of the real nature of the matter can be obtained. It Is known that tho Morgan and Vanderbilt roads aro now working harmoniously." "Washington Railroad Extension. NETW "WHATCOM. "Wash., March 23. "Work on the extension of the Belllngham Bay & British Columbia Railroad will soon begin. The branch starts at Sumas, 24 miles from here on the international boundary, and runs eastward on tho American side 24 miles, to Boulder Creek, where the Cornell coal mines are situated. These mines have been purchased by P. B. Cornwall, Alvlnzc Hayward and D. O. Mills, the owners of the railroad. Westbound Rate Question, Settled. NEW YORK, March 28. A meeting of the traffic officials of the railroads west of Chicago and St. Louis, and of the trunk lines, was held this afternoon at the office of Commissioner Goddard, of the Trunk Line Association. The question of the di vision of through rates from the East to the far "West, which has been agitated for some time, was satisfactorily arranged. The schedule of rates will not be ready for some time. Railrond Notes. George Danz, of Seattle, chief clerk in the office there of the "Western traffic manager of the ureat Northern, was among yesterday's transients. A. D. Charlton, assistant general pas- iWWWWWWWWWWWWW JbsBGhWI WARNER'S c STRENGTHENS THE KIDNEYS, And Cures Scalding, Backache, Albuminuria, Dropsy and Dreaded Brlght's Disease. ' V I senger agent of the Northern Pacific, loft for Tacoma Tuesday night. Ho Is ex pected home today. Settlers for Manltobr. "WINNIPEG, March 2S. There are to night 26 immigrant trains en route on the Canadian Pacific to this point, loaded with settlers and their effects. DATE OF REUNION FIXED. Annnal Encampment "Will Include Four Days In August. The first annual business meeting of tha Multnomah County. ex-Soldiers' and Sail ers' Association and the "Woman's Auxil iary took place last night at Foss' Hall, corner Grand and Hawthorne avenues. There was a large attendance of both the association and auxiliary, and the great est enthusiasm prevailed. The meeting was called to consider the time, place and programme for holding the annual reunion of 1000. the last one having been held at Hawthorne Springs, In August, 1S39. John E. Mayo, president of the association, said that it would be well to consider the vocation of the farmers, and endeavor to hold the reunion at a time that will accomodate the most, and that If the re union be continued over Sunday that day should be observed In a way that would meetwith the approval of the Christian people. He submitted these questions to the consideration of the association and auxiliary. His suggestions were unani mously approved. Major Bell made an excellent address, in which he strongly commended the stand taken by President Mayo that Sunday should be strictly ob served. Rev. C. E. Cline moved that the reunion be opened Tuesday, June 26, and continued till Sunday night. This brought out much discussion pro and con, and Oregon weath er was discussed. Finally this motion was amended to read that the Teunion of 1900 shall be held from August 22 to 2$, inclu sive, which would begin "Wednesday and close the following Monday. After further discussion this motion was carried. The president was empowered to appoint a management committee of 10 to make all the arrangements. This committee will appoint all subcommittees, select grounds, arrange tho programmes, etc. The presi dent and secretary, on motion, were made members of this committee. President Mayo said that It would be at least a week before he would be able to announce the personnel of this committee, as it was necessary to get men who will serve and work. Mrs. Flora Brown, president of the aux iliary, stated that that organization would also appoint committees and co-operate with the association, now that the time for the reunion has been fixed. After the adjournment the long tables in the hall were surrounded, and the auxil iary served refreshments to both organiza tions. The remainder of the evening was taken up In a social reunion and In dis cussing plans for the encampment of 19C0. The association, as the name Implies, In cludes ex-soldiers of all the wars, includ ing the Mexican and tne Indian wars of the Northwest, and the programmes will be framed with reference to this fact. o Patton Home Reception. Tho annual reception to the public at the Patton Home, Michigan avenue, Al blna, took place yesterday afternoon, from 2 till 6 o'clock, and tho attendance was larger than on any former occasion. In cluding women from all portions of tne city. From 2 till 6 the guests were coming and going, and while no record was kept It Is estimated that fully 350 visited the Home during the afternoon, and all ex pressed deep Interest in the welfare of the Institution and concern In the comfort of the old gentlewomen who make their homes there. The guests were received by Mrs. P. Knox, Mrs. "W. O. Forbes, Mr. Adolph Dekum, Mrs. "W. S. Cutler and Mrs. Hester A. Cook, the latter being tho matron of the Home. Mrs. Dekum Is the president of the Patton Home Associa tion, and largely under her direction the reception was made successful in all re spects, but the entire committee was untiring in attention to an. -xea was served In the dining-room, and was under the charge of Mrs. C. H. Hamlin ana Mrs. L. M- Davis, who rendered this part of the reception very pleasant. Under the dlrectron of Mrs. J. P. Cline the Homo had been tastefully decorated for the oc casion. The cheerful, smiling and happy Inmates of the Home also assisted at the reception, and all those who called evi dently went away firm friends of this worthy Institution. Recently the. building had been renovated and new carpets put down on the lower floor, and the rooms are all attractive and comfortable. Those who aro familiar with the struggles of the devoted women who have built up this Institution are unstinted In their praise of the results wh'ch have crowned their work. At the Home there are now 11 Inmates, and In a few days another will be ad mitted. All are comfortable and happy, and those who have been there are at tached to the place, for the matron makes It a home In every respect. From the wall3 of the parlor the benevolent face of "Fath er" Patton, who gave the block of ground on which the building stands, seemed to have a look of approval yesterday. The guests were shown the room that has just been furnished by the Flower Ml? slon, of Portland. It was formerly a small apartment, but it was enlarged into an ample bedroom. The furniture Is neat and comfortable, and Pres'dent Dekum deslrrs to express the appreciation af the asso ciation for the fine gift from the mission. children growing nicely ? Stronger each month? A trifle heavier ? Or is one of them growing the other way ? Growing weaker, growing thinner, growing paler ? If so, you should try It's both food and medicine. It corrects disease. It makes delicate children grow in the right way taller, stronger, heavier, healthier. .ocandjr.oo. all droggut-. SCOTT, BOWNE, CheaUu, New York. CUR E DAILY 3IETEOROLOGICAL REPORT. PORTLAND. March 2& 8 P. M. Maximum temperature, 52; minimum temperature, SO; river readln? at 11 A. M., &! feet; change la the last 24 houre, 0.4 foot: total precipitation, 8 P. M. to S P. M.. trace; total precipitation from Sept. 1, 1S0O, 30.45 Inches? normal pre cipitation from Sept. 1. 1SCO. 3T.T3 inches; defl clency, 7.28 Inches; total eunshlne March 2d, 2:28: possible sunshine March 20, 12:32. "VVRA-THER SYNOPSIS. FroiA was general In the morning1 over Wash ington, Eastern Oregon and Idaho. Rain Is now falling west of the Cascades la Oregon and alons the coast In "Washington, as a result of diminished atmospherlo pressure over the Pacific Northwest, with southerly winds. The low area appears now to be central oyer Brit ish Columbia, and fs expected to move east ward, extending the rain area Into Eastern Oregon. Washington and Northern Idaho. Tha temjeraturo has risen In tha last 12 hours over Eastern Oregon. "Washington and Idano. WEATHER FORECASTS. Forecasts made at Portland for the 23 hours ending at midnight Thursday. March 20: Western Oregon and Western Washington Ught rain; south to west winds. Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho Occasional light rain; south erly winds. Southern Idaho Fair; winds generally south erly. Portland and vicinity Light rain; south to west winds. G. N. SALISBURY, Section Director. amcsemexts. cordravs theater Two weeks, commencing- Sunday. March 25. Usual Matinee, Col. W. A. Thompson's BOSTON LYRIC OPERA CO. 40 SINGERS 40 And the Great Tenor. Slgnor Domenlco Russo. FIRST WEEK'S REPERTOIRE Sunday and Monday, "Cavallerla Rushcann." "Said Pasha" ; Tuesday. "MarUana": Wednesday, "II Trova tore"; Thursday. "Mascotte"; Friday. "II Trovatore"; Saturday Matinee and Saturday night. "Mascotte." PRICES Lower floor. 00c and "5c: balcony, 25c and 50c; gallery. 25c; loge and box seats, SI. Matinee 25c and 50c to any part of the houpe. AUCTION SALES TODAY. At Central Auction Roomft cor. Alder and Park st?. Sale at 10 A. M. Geo. Baker & Co., auctioneers. At residence. 430 Jefferson st.. at 10 o'clock A. M.. by S. L. N. Oilman, auctioneer. At 321 West Park st., cor. Clay, at 10 A. M. John Campbell Currle, auctioneer. At 321 West Park st.. at 10 o'clock A. M.. by J. C. Curric, auctioneer. MEETING NOTICES. A meeting of the depositors of the Portland Savings Bank will be held at tho Caledonia Hall. Second and Yamhill ets.. March 31. at 7 P. M.. to petition the courts cf Oregon and Washington to close out the assets of the bank and pay depositors pro rata. None others al lowed. C. M. PATTERSON, Depositor. IT OREGON COMMANDERY. NO. 1, K. T. Special conclave this evening. Work, Order of the Temple. ' A. M. KNAPP. Com. DIED. RAY At Belvldere, 111.. March 27. 1000. Miles Shprbrook Ray, aged 03 years, 3 months and 17 days: father of T. L. Ray. Mrs. B. B. Ar buckle and Miss Louisa Ray, of this city. SCOGGIN In this city. March 28. 1000, Wood son A. Scoggln, aged CO years and 10 months. Funeral will take place Friday. March 30, from family residence, 472 Alder St., at 1:30 P. M. EDWARD HOLMAN. Undertaker. 4tl nnd Yamhill st. Itena Stln.ion, lady asslHtnnt. Iiotli phones No. 507. J. P. FINLEY A SON, Undertakers. Lady AsnlMtant. -75 Third t. Tel. V. F. S. DUNNING, Undertaker. 414 East Alder. Lady AMfiixtant. Doth phones. Floral piecon cat flowers. Clarke Bros. tiisO Morrison. Both phones. NEW TODAY. - NOTICE THE OLD HOLLADAY SCHOOL buildings are offered for sale to the hlghetjt bidder on the following' conditions. 1. Sealed bids, to be In the office of the School Clerk on or before 12 o'clock noon' April 10. 1000. 2. The build In R3 must be removed from the grounds within 15 days from the date of sale. 3. A certified check for 25 per cent of tha amount offered must accompany each bid. 4. The board r2rve3 the right to reject any and all bids. R. K. WARREN, Chairman. By H. S. ALLEN. Clerk. - 1 Wellington Coal. Pacific Coast Company. Telephone. 220. 240 WaEhingtcn street. i - Mortgage Loans On improved city and farm property, at lowen current rates. Building loans. Installmsnt loan-. Macmaster Birrell. 211 Worcester blk. , f Mortgage Loans - On Improved city property, at lowest rates. Title Guarantee & Trust Co., 7 Chamber of Commerce. BONDS MORTGAGES Highest market price paid for municipal and school bonds. Lowest rates on mortgage loons. Will take charge of esxates as agent or trustee on reasonable terms. W. H. FEAR. 410 Chamber cf Commerce. PARR1SH & WATKINS REAL ESTATE, LOAN AND INSURANCE AGENTS Have Moved to 250 ALDER STREET HOMES ON THE INSTALLMENT PUN The undersigned is prepared to build resi dences In Irvlngton, the most popular suburb of Portland, and eell them, at actual cost, with 8 per cent Interest, on the Installment plan, whereby the purchaser has to pay but a slight advance above the usual amount of rental charged for similar residences. C. H. FRESCOTT, 212-213 Chamber of Commerce. 1 , BY J. C. CURRIE My sale today at 321 WEST PARK STREET, corner of Clay, Is. positive and unreserved. It you are leaving1 the city and contemplate hav ing a sale at your house, you will do mo a. great favor and make big money for yourself by attending- this Bale. JOHN CAMPBELL CCRRID, Auctioneer. Oregon phone North 211.