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Resolution to 'Inform the President
That All Business Had Been.
Transacted Was Objected
to by Mo reran.
WASHINGTON, March -S.-'Flnal ad
journment of the extra session of -the
Senate would have been taken today had
the new Senator from Oregon. Mitchell,
been present to take the oath of office.
He cannot reach "Washington until tomor
row, however, and adjournment was post
poned until that time. No business of im
portance was transacted in open session.
Despite the fact that practically noth
ing but routine business is to be trans
acted by the Senate at the present ses
sion, the galleries were packed with
Spectators at the opening of the proceed
ings. After the transaction of some brief
routine business. Lodge moved that the
Senate proceed to the consideration of ex
ecutive business. On that motion Hoa
requested the y- v and nays, saying that
for a particul eason it was desirable
the roll should bt called at least once dur
ing tho session. The motion prevailed
unanimously, 56 Senators voting in the
affirmative. At 12:15 the Senate went into
executive session. The "particular rea
son" for the roll call, referred to by
Hoar, was that the name of Allen should
be Included thus officially In the roll of
the Senators. Some question was raised
as to right of Allen to draw his pay in
the new. Congress under his appointment
by the Governor of Nebraska. Although
Allen did not vote upon the motion, being
absent from the chamber, the calling of
Ills name settled his status as a Sen
ator. At 1:05 P. M. the Senate resumed legis
lative business. Hoar offered a resolu
tion providing for the appointment of a
committee of two Senators to wait upon
the President and Inform him that unless
he might have some further business for
the Senate to transact, the body was
ready to adjourn without day. Immedi
ate consideration of the resolution was
recommended by Hoar, but Morgan said
he must object. The Senator from Ore
gon, Mitchell, he said, would be here to
morrow, and it was due that Senator that
the Senate remain in session in order that
he might take the oath of office before
The resolution went over until tomorrow,
and the Senate at 1:10 P. M. adjourned.
slon and. ao legislation Is pending. The
Senators sala very little, generally taking
the position that they were willing to be
guided by the experiences of the leaders.
Extradition Treaty Ceanaed.
WASHINGTON, March. 8. The Senate
in executive session today confirmed the
extradition, treaty with Great Britain,
which has been pending- for some time.
The treaty adds to the list of crimes for
which a man can be extradited from one
country to the other the following: Ob
taining money under false pretenses, the
destruction or obstruction of railroads
and the endangering of human life, and
the procuring of abortions. The vote
upon ratification was 40 to 16. An effort
was made to secure -action upon the sup
plemental treaty extending the time for
the ratification of the French reciprocity
agreement, but it was frustrated by a
motion to return to legislative session,
made by Aldrich.
Russia Must Not Try to An
THE POWERS WILL PREVENT IT
Resalt of Failare of Harbor BUI.
NEW ORLEANS, March S. The fail
ure of the river and harbor bill has made
the river situation serious. Colonel Mc
Derby. United States Englneer-in-Chief o'
the Mississippi River district to the head
of the passes, said today that he had no
money to continue the usual levee work
this year, and only $50,000 to expend in
the event of high water. Ke said the!
plans of the Mississippi River Commis
sion will have to be revised from St. Louis
down. The board of officers in charge of
the Mississippi River work will meet in
Memphis about April 1 for general consultation.
Any pnttern In onr im
mense stock of IT
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will be staggered by the result. The Pianola makes this enormous expenditure un
necessary. Just the first cost, and you have an instrument that will allow you to
play better than you possibly could with years of practice in the old way. Think
it over. Then come and see us.
The Helstand Investigation.
WASHINGTON, March 8. The Senate
committee on military affairs decided
upon the appointment of a sub-committee
to investigate the charges against Lieutenant-Colonel
H. O. S. Helstand, made
In the Pettigrew resolution. The sub
committee will go into the question very
thoroughly, summoning witnesses who
are interested and sending for deposi
tions of others not in this country. It
Is understood that Senator Hawiey will
be chairman of the sub-committee to be
Gravest Crisis Slace the Beginning:
of the Ghlnese Troable America
and England Stand Side
LONDON, March 9. A crisis has arisen
in far Eastern affairs which, in the opin
ion of the British Government, is graver
almost than the troubles which originally
turned the eyes of the world toward the
pends the result of what is understood
to be the almost synchronous action of
Washington and London. The whole af
fair Is truarded with the greatest secrecy.
and it was not apparently without mo
tive that the dispatch was allowed to
proceed from London erroneously an
nouncing that the negotiations going on
between Mr. Choate and Lord Lansdowne
related to the Nicaragua affair. A feeling
pervades inner circles here that If Count
Lamsdorfs explanation is accepted by the
powers Russia would be accorded a free
hand to take all she pleases, and the door
would be opened to any other power ag
gressive enough to step In and annex Chi
nese provinces under the pretext of tem
The text of the Russo-Chinese conven
tion concerning Manchuria has been re
ceived here. It confirms the accuracy of
the forecast cabled to the London Times
by its Pekin correspondent February 27
and cabled to the Associated Press Febru
"There is much activity in Japanese
naval and political circles regarding Rus
sia's action in Manchuria." says a dis
patch to the Dally Mall from Kobe, dated
March 8. "It Is reported that 600 Russian
marines with 10 guns have landed at Ma
"Emperor Kwang Hsu opposes the
Russo-Chinese agreement as to Manchu
ria," says the Pekin correspondent of tho
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NO THREATENING NOTE.
FOR COUNTERVAILING DUTY
Progress of the Negotiations for the
Purchase of Danish Islands.
WASHINGTON, March S. An emphatic
denial Is given at the State Department to
the statement published in London that
the United States has addressed a note
"almost threatening in tone" to the Dan
ish Government, declaring that it will not
permit a transfer of the Danish West
Indies to any foreign powers. It is said
the United States has never threatened
Denmark or attempted In any way to
bring pressure to bear upon her, and the
negotiations always have been conducted
in the most amicable spirit on both sides.
Of course, the Danish Government is
aware that the Monroe doctrine is cher
ished by the Department of State, and
the Danish Government is perfectly aware
of the disposition of the State Depart
ment to acquire the Danish West Indies.
It knows also precisely the amount of
money which the executive branch of the
Government is willing to pay for the
Islands, providing the assent of Congress
can be obtained. The obstacles which
still exist, therefore, are located entirely
within Denmark, and when the Danish
Cabinet can succeed in securing the ap
proval of the Danish people to the aliena
tion of this territory, and is willing to
accept the price offered, a treaty will be
speedily arranged for submission to Con
gress at its next session.
Sugar Importers "Will Pay the Tax
and Appeal the Case.
CHICAGO, March i-Mr. Madden, presi
dent of the Illinois Association, wired from
Washington today, where a committee of
the association was given a hearing by
Secretary of the Treasury Gage, protest
ing against the countervailing duty on
Russian sugar. "We feel that the state
ments given to the press by the Secre
tary tend to mislead the public The con
tention of the Manufacturers' Association
is that the European government pays no
bounty to its sugar manufacturers. The
conclusion reached after a careful study
of the law Is that the law governing the
manufacture of sugar in Russia provides
for the payment of an international reve
nue tax. In view of the failure of the
Secretary of the Treasury to change his
decision In the matter of this counter
vailing duty, arrangements have been
made to pay the bounty on a cargo of
sugar just received at New York by Kahn
& Co., from which an appeal will be Im
mediately taken to the Board of Appraisers."
The Searlcs Failure.
NEW YORK, March S. Because of the
many and diversified Interests in which
John E. Searlcs was engaged, the work
of examining Into his financial condition
involves much time and labor. It was
expected that a schedule showing assets
and liabilities would be given out today,
but Assignee Dwight stated that this was
impossible. The general opinion now is
that Mr. Searles' liabilities will be under
KNOXVILLE. Tenn., March 8. General
Manager H. A. Lafollette, of the Lafol-
lette Town Company, denies the report
that John E. Searles, president of the com
pany, will resign. He expects Mr. Searles,
with other members of the company, to
visit Lafollette next week.
CHAIRMAN OFTHE RIVERS AND HARBORS COMMITTEE
The Cabinet Meeting.
WASHINGTON, March S. At the Cabi
net meeting today some time was devoted
to a discussion of the Inhibitions con
tained in amendments to the Army ap
propriation act as tp .the, granting, of rtin-.
..-WASHINGTON, March 8. The . Fresl-
uexiiruouuy sent me luuowing nominations
to the Senate:
"Infantry Lieutenant-Colonels to be Colo
nels. Stephen F. Jocelyn, Twenty-fifth.
Charles J. Kellar.. Twenty-second; W. F.
Spurgln, Sixteenth; Charles A. Coolldge,
Ninth; Charles A. Dempsey, First; Will
iam E. Dougherty, Seventh.
Majors, to be Lieutenants-Colonels Will
lam V. Richards, Seventh: Theodore F.
Forbes. Fifth; David B. Wilson, Twenty
fifth; Walter T. Duggen, Tenth; Leon
Matlle, Fourteenth; Butler D. Price,
Cavalry Lieutenant-Colonel William W.
Wallace, to be Colonel: Major E. D. Dlm
mick. Tenth, to be Lieutenant-Colonel;
Captain George L. Scott, Sixth, to be Ma
jor. Quartermaster's Department ' Captain
John T. French. Jr., to be Quartermaster
with rank of Major.
Consuls Frank C. Dennis, of Maine, at
St. Johns, N. F.; Ernest A. Mann, of Flor
ida ,at Breslau Germany; Martin J. Car
ter, of Pennsylvania, at Yarmouth, N. S.
To be secretary of the Legation to
Guatemala and Honduras Robert H.
Green, of Kentucky; to be second secre
tary of the Legation at Constantinople.
Turkey, Philip M. Brown, of Massachu
setts. Navy To be members of a board of visi
tors to the Naval Observatory St. Clair
McKelwain, of Brooklyn, N. Y.; Asaph
Hall, Jr.. of Ann Arbor. Mich.; William
C. Harper, of Chicago; Edward C. Pick
ering, of Cambridge. Mass.; Charles A.
Young, of Princeton. N. J.; Ormond Steen,
of Charlottesville. Va.
Marine Corps First Lieutenants to be
Captains Philip S. Brown. John F. Mc
Gill, Louis M. Gulick, David Porter and
A. J. Matthews. Second Lieutenants to
be First Lieutenants H. J. Hlrschinger,
Henry D. F. Long, Harry R. Lay, Charles
S Carpenter, Charles B. Taylor, A S.
Williams, Fred M. Eslick, Louis McLIt
tle. John Mulr and Frederick M. Wise.
The Senate today confirmed all of the
nominations sent in by the President to
day, except the members of the Board of
Visitors to the Navay Observatory and
the promotions in the Marine Corps.
Ex-Senator Carter, of Montana, has been
appointed by the President a member of
the United States Commission of the St.
Louis exposition. He has accepted the
offer. The position pays $a000 a year.
etc.. in the Philippine Islands. Affairs
In Cuba were also- talked over, the gen
eral opinion, based upon official informa
tion, being that the situation had im
proved of late, and that the conditions
imposed by Congress would bo acceded
to. The personnel of the Spanish Claims
and the St. Louis Exposition Commissions
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Collier on Fire.
NORFOLK. Va., March 8. The coal in
compartment No. 3 of the Government col
lier Ajax has been on fire several weeks
and is still burning. The coal was taken
on at Port Said and Malta, on the recent
voyage from Manila, and has been burn
ing since the ship left Gibraltar. The orl.
gin of the fire and the damage is not
THEODORE E. BURTON.
"WASHINGTON, March 3. Theodore E. Burton, of Cleveland. Is chairman of,
the committee on rivers and harbors, a committee of more Importance iu Ore
gon than any other In the House, appropriations, ways and means and all others
not excepted. Burton is also a friend of the Columbia. River, and has always
been at a 1093 to understand why the "Washington delegation should be opposed
to the improvement of that stream, or at least withhold any support for appro
priations for the improvement of the river. He has been unalterable in his oppo
sition to the big appropriation at Yaqulna, and as long as he Is at the head of
T the river and harbor committee it is not likely to be made. Burton has studied
I the subject of rivers and harbors very thoroughly, and he knows nearly every-
T thing about them throughout the United States.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., March 8. Ex
President Harrison is a very sick man,
and his closest friends are alarmed. His
condition Is more serious than is general
ly believed. However, Dr. Jameson said
today that there was no immediate dan
ger, and, in fact, he was not alarmed as
to the outcome. General Harrison is trou
bled with a complication of the grip and
, neuralrfa. and there 5s some fear thnt
LATOONA. Pa.. March 8.-Two big this will develop into pneumonia. The
coal mining combinations were announced I disease itself is not necessarily of an
here today. The Patton Coal Company, i alarmlng character, but when the age of
the Clearfield & Indiana Coal Company General Harrison Is ten into consider
James Kerr & Cc , E. P McCormlck & at, ft tn dlmInutlon of hIs recu-pr-
SntComp'ankn? ?&&? &" J "V5 T ?
7i-i ". .i,-i- niiioric hncinc. anxiety. Mr. Harrison suffered much pain
. t rov. rvnMr Pnni X- PnVp Hnm. ! yesterday.
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Said to "Have Been Brolccn Off.
LONDON,' March 9. The Morning Post.
and the. Dally Express publish dispatches
from Copenhagen declaring that the ne
gotiations -for the purchase of the Danish
West Indies have been definitely broken
Coal Mining Combinations.
. .. . -m-.- s-,.. jl.
pany. xne vinion uu- uuijjtmj- u
posed of its interest to theLackawanna
Coal & Coke Company for $lo.000, and the
Black Lick Land & Improvement Com
pany sells its holdings to the same com
pany for $325,000.
The Tin Can Trust.
PITTSBURG, March 8. An application
will be made next week at Trenton, N.
J., for a charter for the American Can
Company, the combination of- the tin can
manufacturing companies of the United
States. It will have an authorized capi
tal of $78,000,000, equally divided Into pre
ferred and common stock. The concern
will also have a working- capital of
Ttcv. Mark Trafton.
BOSTON. March S. Rev. Mark Trafton,
a prominent minister, and formerly a
member of Congress from Massachusetts,
died today, aged 90.
The larger muscles of the
chest are affected, and the patient was
confined to his bed.
An Unsolved Mystery.
PITTSBURG, Pa., March 8. The mys
tery surrounding C. B. Howland. or Harrl.
son, the alleged English Earl who died in
the Allegheny General Hospital of typhoid
fever yesterday, has not been solved. The
claim that he was "Earl of Wargrave"
was based on letters found among his ef
fects, in which he was addressed as Cecil
Sherbrooke Beaumont Howland, Earl of
Mlssonrl Pacific Extension.
KANSAS CITY, Mq., March S.-George
Gould and party returned to this city to
night from their trip through Kansas.
Mr. Gould said the MIsourl Pacific would
begin construction at once of the road
from Booneville to Jefferson City, fol
lowing the Missouri River, the line to
be completed this Summer
JOBS FOR EX-SENATORS.
McBrldc, Carter and Others Are
St. Lonls Fair Commissioners.
WASHINGTON. March S. Ex-Senator
Carter, of Montana has been appointed
by the President a' United States Com
missioner of the St. Louis Exposition.
He has accepted the offer. The position
pays $5000 a year.
In addition to ex-Senator Carter, the
President has selected for members of.
the commission ex-Senators Thurston, of
Nebraska; Lindsay, of Kentucky, and
George W. McBrlde, of Oregon.
No Committee Reorganisation.
WASHINGTON, March 8. The Repub
lican Senators in conference decided not
to reorganize the committees at this ses
sion. The conference was without excit
ing Incident, although many speeches were
made. Two resolutions were considered.
and both were voted down. The first was
offered by Senator Mason, and provided
for the Immediate reorganization of the
committees. Senator Foraker presented
the second, and it provided for appoint
ment of & committee to consider the case
of reorganization, to report at the begin
ning of the" cession of Congress commenc
ing next December. The majority against
both propositions was large. The effect of
these two negative votes is to defer all
action on reorganization until the Decem
ber session. The speeches against organ
ization at this time were based on the
plea that It meant indefinite prolongation
of the present special cession. To this ar
gument the reply was made that It was
better to take the time for this necessary
work now, when only one house is in see-
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT NEWS.
Adjournment of the Senato was postponed
until today so Mitchell could be sworn In.
McBrlde, Carter and other ex-Senators were
appointed membtrs of the St. Louis Fair
Commission. Page 1.
Manila merchants .say the Spooner amendment
KvlU ruin the lumber trade. Page 1.
An extra session of Congress may be asked
for. Page 1.
A squad of Insurgents was captured near
Imus. Page 1.
A crisis has arisen In Oriental affair. Page 1.
America, England and Japan will prevent the
Russian annexation of Manchuria. Page 1.
The French will take part in no more expedi
tions from Pekin. Tage 1.
Kitchener granted Botha a week's armistice.
Broderlck explained the proposed British Army
reforms in the House of Commons. Page 2.
Radicals are in the majority in the Cuban com
mittee to which was referred the Piatt
amendment. Page 3.
The authorities have a strong case against
"Wolter, the alleged blackmailer of Senator
Kearns. Page 2.
The Delaware Legislature adjourned, having
failed to elect two Senators. Page 3.
The Utah Legislature pledges the aid of Its
Congressional delegation to Portland's 1005
fair. Page 4.
The "Washington House defeated a bill to re
duce railroad freight rates. Page 5.
The "Waahlnrton Senate confirmed the Gover
nor's nomination of I. P. Colllson to be
State Librarian. Page 5.
The Idaho House haj killed the bill for an ex
hibit at the Buffalo fair. Page 4.
The Idaho Solons are now serving without pay.
Edward Mlnchln, of Pacific College, Newberg,
Or., won the gold medal In the state inter
collegiate oratorical contest at Corvallla.
Andrew Carnegie ofTers to give Vancouver, B.
C, $50,000 for a public library. Page 4. .
The new Orecon fishery law gives room for
conflict with former acts. Page 4.
Commercial and Marine.
Weekly trade reviews and bank clearings.
Speculation In "Wall street Is inactive. Page 5.
Ship County of Linlithgow narrowly escaped
destruction. . Page 10.
Klobe makea a. fast run from, the. Orient.
Page 10. 'y
Shipowners lose heavily by decline In freights.
- Page 10. .- ,
Alaska cannery fleet loading at Portland.
Page 10. r
Portland and Vicinity.
Port of Portland Commission deadlocked on
organizing. Page 8.
Judge Belllngeradvlsea Columbia Southern lit
igants to settle out ot.court. Page 12.
County will advertise for supplies under the
new law. Page 12.
Seattle basketball team defeat Portland Y. M.
C. A. Page 8.
Death of Mrs. May Cook Sharp at Plnehurst,
N. C. Page 7.
Orient.' In this crisis secret negotiations Dally Express, "and has instructed Li
arc going on between the United States i Hung Chang to refer Russia to the other
and Great Britain, with a view to thwart- powers."
ing what both governments appear to con- "Liu Kun Yl, the Viceroy of Nankin,
sider a determined attempt on the part has appealed to Great Britain, Japan and
of Russia to plant herself permanently the United States," says the Shanghai
In one of the richest tracts of the uni
The conference had Wednesday between
United States Ambassador Choate and
Lord Lansdowne, the Foreign Secretary,
had nothing to do with the Nicaragua
Canal. To Quote from a British official,
"the British-Nicaragua controversy Is a
minor matter compared with the present
situation." What Mr. Choate did was to
receive from Lord Lansdowne an Impor
tant message declaring that Great Britain
was not satisfied with the Russian dec
laration regarding Manchuria as delivered
to Sir Charley Stewart Scott, British Am
bassador at St. Petersburg, by Count
Lamsdorf. and asking the United States
if It was prepared to take joint action
of such a decisive nature that Russia
would have no alternative but to recede
from her position. Almost simultaneously
th Associated Press understands the
United States Government Instructed the
various Ambassadors to take similar
The answer of Secretary Hay has ap
parently not yet been received In Lon
don, although the fact that almost con
current Instructions were issued from
Washington is taken here to be a self
guarantee that Russia's action In Man
churia will not be tolerated by the United
States. Japan Is relied upon to take a
line in harmony with the United States
and Great Britain. Germany, in spite of
the Anglo-German compact. Is regarded
as rather doubtful, owing to Emperor
William's friendship for the Czar. ranee,
of course, will side with her ally.
The significance of the present phase
can only be appreciated by those cogni
zant of the lethargic attitude of the Brit
ish Government hitherto regarding Rus
sian action In China. Within the last few
days all this has changed. What a week
or two ago was pronounced only In line
with Russia's usual policy is now termed
"a grave and serious state of affairs."
Lord Lansdowne is using every effort to
bring the powers into line, in oraer iu
present to Russia such a menacing; front
that, without any ambiguity regarding
temporary or other requisition, she may
give up all designs upon Manchuria.
What prompts the British Foreign Office
to take such an alarmist view of circum
stances usually looked upon as fatalistic
sequences, is the apprehension that Rus
sia, having held her own in spite of the
protest of the powers to the Chinese Gov
ernment, and having put herself on record
In the reply to Sir Charles facott as aeter
mlned on at least a temporary occupa
tion of Manchuria, will refuse to back
down. That she must do so. Lord Lans
downe considers vital, both for the future
of China and for the continued existence
of the concert of the powers. Count Lams
dorrs reply to Sir Charles Scott Is con
sidered as quite unsatisfactory. "If such
excuses are accepted by the powers,"
said a British official last evening to a
representative of the Associated Press,
"there would be nothing to prevent the
immediate partition of China, for with al
most exactly the same verbiage any Eu
ropean power could justify the occupa
tion .of other provinces."
Unon the degree of support afforded
I the movement by Germany and Japan de-
corresnondent of the Express, "to. assist
China to resist Russia's designs on Manchuria."
THE AMERICAN ATTITUDE.
Threats Made by the State De
WASHINGTON, March S. Just to what
extent our Government has expressed it
self to the other powers regarding tho
attitude of Russia In respect to the occu
pation of Manchuria, and what, if any
thlng. has been received from the Britlsli
Foreign Office, would not be divulged by
the officials here tonight. Our Govern
ment deems It Inexpedient for the Chinese
to make any Independent arrangement
with any foreign power while the peace
negotiations are in progress. The Identi
cal note conveying the sentiments has
been sent by the United States to each
power Interested in the settlement of
the troubles growing out of the Boxer
troubles. The Chinese Imperial Govern
ment also has been made acquainted with
the arrangements. The statement is very
positively made here tonight that the
United Staets Is not In "secret negotia
tion" with other powers regarding China.
Our practice In dealing with the Chinese
situation uniformly has been to make
known the attitude of the United States
to all the nations interested, and for this
purpose identical notes have been sent
to them when matters of great import
ance were under consideration. At the
same time. Intimation Is conveyed that
the London dispatches on the subject are
German Press Not Fooled.
BERLIN, March 8. The German press
believes that Russia's assurances regard
ing Manchuria to Sir Charles Stewart
Scott are Insincere and Intended to blind
the world. The National Zeitung frankly
asserts that this is their object.
OPPOSED TO EXPEDITIONS.
The French Unofficially Notify Von
PEKIN, March 8. The French have un
officially notified Count von Waldersee
that they will send no more expeditions
Into the country unless circumstances ab
solutely compel, and they will also with
draw their outposts beyond Pao Ting Fu.
Mr. Rockhlll. at the meeting of the Min
isters of the powers, tomorrow, will pro
pose that meetings be held hereafter daily
In order to carry the business through.
LI Hung Chang says that the return of
the Temple of Heaven and Agriculture
to the Chinese Is absolutely necessary
before the dignity of the court will permit
it to come back to Pekin.
Only n Few Owners of Private Tim
ber Lands, They Say, Will Profit
by Restriction Development of
MANILA, March 8. Disappointment
among American business men here with
the limitations of the Spooner amend
ment to the Army bill is Increasing as
its provisions become better known. It Is
considered to be especially unfortunate
in apparently prohibiting the issuing of
licenses for the cutting of timber upon
public lands. If this Interpretation proves
correct, it will be a bonanza for the few
owners of private timber lands In these
islands, and the beginning of building
activity in all towns will be consider
ably retarded. An inquiry has been ca
bled to Washington asking whether this
prohibition on timber cutting is to be
construed as Included in the amendment.
The forestry department oj the Philip
pines hitherto has Issued licenses for tho
cutting of timber upon public lands for
one year. The question of the sales and
apportionments of land and mining
rights, although importantly affecting
the growth of business and the settle
ment of Americans in the Philippines,
can wait until the regular session of
Congress, but lumber is in such great
demand for building purposes that It
would be considered most unfortunate
should the control of its production be
vested in those few men who now own
timber land.. There Is some talk here of
sending a petition to Washington for an
extra session of Congress, but the fear
is general, however, among a certain
element that this action might not re
sult in any material good. Regret is ex
pressed here at the fact that Congress
does not entrust the timber, mining and
land questions to the discretion of the
representatives of tho administration
here. Timber cutters paid the Govern
ment an average of 5 cents per cubic
foot for timber cut on Government lands,
of which there aro today about 2.000.COO
acres available for such cutting.
MANILA. March 8. Captain Duncan, of
the Fourth Infantry, has captured a squad
of Insurgents and 12 rifles near the town
of Imus, in Cavlto Province, 12 miles
south of Manila,
General Lloyd Wheaton, commander of
the Department of Northern Luzon, re
ports tlit troops of his department to be
In excellent health. Less than eight per
cent of them are sick.
The Manila Board of Health has an
nounced that on an estimated population
of 300,000 for the City of Manila, the an
nual death rate Is 24 per 1000.
Unconfirmed Information came from na
tive sources, saying that Agulnaldo is In
hiding In the Province of Isabela. Amer
icans troops are scouting In that section.
NOT DENIED A HEARING.
Treatment of Agonclllo by the Paris
NEW YORK. March 8. Replying to a
letter from L. K. Fuller of Boston, Sec
retary of the Philippine 'information So
ciety, which questioned the statement
that a hearing was not refused to Agon
cillo in Paris by the peace commission
ers, Whitelaw Reid, of tho commission,
sent the following letter to Mr. Fuller:
"Your letter referring to my statement
about Mr. Agoncillo's reported efforts to
get a hearing before the peace commis
sioners in Paris, and propounding certain
questions, I take pleasure In answering:
First Senator Davis on at least two
occasions reported to the peace commis
sioners the request Mr. Agonclllo had
made orally to him for a hearing. Each
time Senator Davis was authorized by
the commission to request Mr. Agoncillo
to present the application In writing, and
to assure him that it would have early
attention. Senator Davis reported to the
committee each time that he had commit
ted to Mr. Agonclllo its answer. Perhaps
I ought to add that on more than one
occasion I brought the subject up in the
commission and inquired of Senator Davis
whether any such written application had
yet come from Mr. Agoncillo. I was told
that none had come, and that. Instead,
Mr. Agonclllo was reported to be fre
quenting the headquarters of the Spanlsli
commissioners and the Spanish embassy.
"Second In my own case, Mr. Agon
cillo's card was received and my card was
duly left upon him within 24 hours.
"Third As a matter of fact (any Fili
pino was so heard), one was heard a
considerable length, and more than once.
But the hearing was. at his own request,
kept secret. He was a man of standing in
the community In Luzon.
"You may ask the questions in order to
furnish Information. It might be well,
then, to let it be furnished generally, and
I suggest giving it to the Associated
Press. I am, therefore, taking the liberty
of handing your letter and this reply to
Melville E. Stone, the general manager.
I shall be out of reach myself, being on
a railway train for the next five days.
but Mr. Stone will make no use of your
letter If you telegraph him direct at the
New York office. Very respectfully yours,
The secretary of the Philippine Infor
mation Society requested of the Associ
ated Press a brief delay of publication
of the above, and then sent a long letter
from Slxto Lopez. This was telegraphed
to Whitelaw Reid in California. He an
swered thanking the agent of the Associ
ated Press for the courtesy, but said that
his own letter was exact, and that he
saw no reason for making any additional
Iuc'tinp: the Boxers.
LONDON, March 9. The Tien Tsin cor
respondent of the Standard asserts that
pamphlets are secretly circulated vilifying
foreigners and inciting the Boxers to make
Good Progress In Recruiting.
WASHINGTON. March 8. The Adjutant-General's
office reports satisfactory
progress in the recruitment of the ttvo
new infantry regiments authorized by
Congress. Both battalions of the Tenth
Infantry, now under orders for service
in the Philippines, have been filled to the
maximum of 150 men to each company.
An order was issued today assigning tho
COO unattached recruits at the Presidio
to the First Battalion of the Thirteenth
Infantry. This assignment practically
completes the organization of the First
Battalion of the five new regiments of
infantry. All these troops are destined
to early service in the Philippines.
Dally Treasury Statement.
WASHINGTON, March 8. Today's
statement of the Treasury balances shows:
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