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Life of Roumanla's Kins In Danger.
LONDON. April 2G. The Vienna corre
spondent of the Morning Leader asserts
that a man named Petroff attemnted to
enter the royal carriage at Bucharest, the
Roumanian capital, with a view of mur-
derlng King Charles, but was Drevented
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IN HANDS OF ROOT
Cuban Delegation- Turned
Over to War Secretary-
CONFERENCE HELD IN SECRET
The Commissioners Met the Presi
dent and Later Were the Gaests
of Honor at a White House
WASHINGTON, April 25. The Cuban
delegation from the convention framing a
constitution for the new island republic
saw President McKInley twice today, once
In. the early part of the day, when there
were expressions of friendship, and again
at night, wlhen the members of -the dele
gation were the guests of honor at the
state dinner at the White House. The
real business wlilch brought the delega
tion here was not transacted, the Presi
dent in the forenoon interview at the
White House saying to the delegates that
he would confer with Secretary Root, who
would' act as his representative in the
conferences over the Cuban situation. The
delegation and Secretary Root were
closeted for some hours In the afternoon
In a discussion of the relations of the
Island to the United States. Secrecy was
observed as to the conference, the state
ment being made that after results were
reached some news as to the conclusions
might be made public.
(Matters of importance were not touched
upon In the interview between the Presi
dent and the delegates, the conference be
ing almost wholly Informal. Senor Ta
mayo, in his address to the President,
spoke of the desire of the Cubans to have
the closest possible relations with the
United States. He also spoke of the
gratitude which Cuba felt for the United
States for the assistance rendered in her
liberation. In response, the President
expressed his pleasure at meeting the del
egation and desired through them to ex
tend his kindest wishes to the people of
the island. He said that his Interest in
Cuba always had been great, and Its wel
fare always would be the subject of his
most earnest consideration. Concerning
the object of the delegation's visit, the
the President said he would confer with
the Secretary of War, and the Secretary,
having an intimate knowledge of the sit
uation, would confer with the delegation.
The Cuban delegates began their rounds
by going to the War Department at 11
o'clock for the first formal meeting with
-Secretary Root, and then being escorted
by him to the White House. At the hotel,
to accompany them on their rounds, were.
United States Army officers, Captain Saw-,taIle.tnd,IikiUtnaatj-Oyertop..-rShortly
before 11 the delegates appeared In a body
at the entrance of their hotel, and were
photographed, along with the Army of
ficers. Previous to the arrival of the delegation
at the War Department, General Wood
entered the Secretary's office, and was
there when the visitors were shown in.
The delegation called first at the office
of Assistant Secretary Sanger, and then
were shown to Mr. Root's private office
by Colonel Sanger. Captain Sawtelle and
Lieutenant Overton and Senor Gonzales,
secretary to General Wood, were present
during the conference at the War De
partment. It is understood Senor Gon
zales is a fluent Spanish linguist, and he
was asked to be present at thoconference
at the White House.
About an hour -was consumed in a dis
cussion of Cuban affairs in the War De
partment before the delegation left for
the White House.
The commission reached the White
(House at noon. They were preceded by
Secretary Root, Assistant Secretary San
ger and General Wood. The members of
the commission were ushered into the
blue parlor, where the President, Secre
tary Root. General Wood and Assistant
Secretary Sanger were awaiting them. The
introductions were made by General
Wood. The greetings were cordial on
both sides, and took place through the me
dium of an Interpreter. The exchanges
were purely of a formal- character. Senor
Diego Tamayo, chairman of the commis
sion, wiho is a member of General Wood's
cabinet, on behalf of the commission,
made a brief address to the President,
and the latter responded. The exchange
of assurances of good feeling In general
describes the nature of the Interview.
The commission was with the President
scarcely half an hour.
The most complete meeting of the day
was a conference in Secretary Root's of
fice, lasting from 3 to 6 o'clock. Those
present were the four Cuban delegates,
their interpreters. Secretary Root, Gen
eral Wood, Assistant Secretary Sanger
and Senor Gonzales, general secretary,
who acted as interpreter. The Army of
iicers acting as escort for the Cubans
were also present. The business was not
completed, and the conference will reas
semble tomorrow. It was made clear to
the Cubans by Secretary Root that no
modification of the Piatt amendment
could be made by the Executive Depart
ment of the Government, and the Cubans
themselves understand that there Is little
possibility of Congressional action in that
direction. So the conference was de
voted largely to the construction which
has been placed upon the amendment.
The Intervention proposition caused the
most discussion, and as this had received
much, discussion in the convention at Ha
vana, the Cubans were familiar with all
phases of construction that might be
placed upon it. It is understood that the
Cubans are impressed with the desire on
the part of this Government to deal fairly
by Cuba, and the belief is expressed that
the delegation will take home favorable
reports of our Intentions.
The delegation made no complaint of the
present military government of General
Wood. After the conference the dele
gates called on General Wood, at the
Richmond. Tomorrow Secretary Root will
entertain the delegates at luncheon. Gen
eral Wood expects to leave here tomorrow
night, going to New York, thence to Cuba.
It is not known when the Cuban will re
turn, but the belief was expressed that the
business which brought them here would
be concluded at the meeting tomorrow.
The members of the Cuban committee
were entertained tonight at a state dinner
given In their honor by the President at
the White House. The guests invited to
meet them were thoroughly representative
of the executive, legislative and judicial
branches of the Government, and lnclud
ed members of the Cabinet, Senators
and Representatives who have been
prominent In their discussion of insular
affairs. The dinner was limited exclusive
ly to gentlemen, and covers were set for
47. The guests remained at the White
House for several hours, it being after
n'rinoir hofnra , toot -, ,-, .
-parted. The Cubans were delighted with
the attention shown them -and with "the
cordiality with which their views on the
questions of moment to them were re
ceived. The observations made convinced
some of the guests, at least, that the
tariff is the key to the situation, and the
opinion is expressed that-,if sufficient con
cessions are made by this Government
in the duties on sugar and tobacco, the
main features of the Piatt amendment
may be adjusted to the common satisfac
tion of the United States and the Cubans.
STARVATION IN trORTO RICO.
Borda Again Describes Conditions
in the Island.
NEW YORK, April 25. When Dr. L. S.
Rowe, of the Porto Rlcan code commis
sion, reached here several days ago he
said that conditions in the island were
much improved, despite statements made
by "a small element of the population In
a spirit of pessimism." To this asser
tion of Dr. Rowe exception is taken by
Wenceslaw Borda, Jr., 'a member of the
commislson chosen by the Planters',
Bankers' and Merchants' Association of
Porto Rico to present to the United States
Government the Ideas of that organization
regarding the state of affairs on the
Island, particularly in "connection with
the Hollander revenue law.
"Our people are starving," said Mr.
Borda In nn interview', "and the Island
Is In a worse condition under the rule of
Goveror Allen than lUever was before,
even when Spain held sway. So hopeless
Is the state of affairs that lathers sell
their daughters to kevp them from dying
of hunger. These people who say the
country is flourishing are the officehold
ers, representatives 6f that class of pro
fessional politicians Into which Governor
Allen has fallen the lowest class of all
the island's inhabitants.
"This tax law to which we object was
framed by Professor Hollander, a theorist
with no practical knowledge of Porto
Rico. It was passed by the Insular leg
islators a few minutes before they ad
journed. Governor Allen signed the meas
ure Immediately, although he had a right
to await for 10 days, while we who ob
jected to the law had every reason to ex
pect him to do so. Meanwhile, sure that
he would wait, we called a mass meeting
of business men from alf over the Island.
It was by that meeting- that we were
appointed commissioners. Those who ap
pointed us represent 60 per cent of the
money interests of all Porto Rico, and
they are "not politicians. The mission on
which we havo been sent here Involves
the life or death of our corporate success
or demolition in Porto Rico."
Mr. Borda and his associate, Mr. Bal
bas, have filed 18 objections to the Hol
lander revenue law. Chiefly they protest
against the provision taking away the
right of redemption from the taxpayer
who is delinquent for six month's. They
object, too, to the excise taxes, es
pecially the one of 80 cents a gallon on
"Governor Allen answers this last pro
tes tof ours," said Mr. Borda, "by say
ing that the tax on rum in the United
States is $1 20, so we ought not to com
plain. He forgets that the rum industry
here Is only incidental, while with us
it Is a principal industry."
Porto Rlcan Emigration Ceased.
COLON, Colombia, April 25.Contractor
-McDonald's efforts tfh induct Pprto gleans
to migrate1 vttr Ectfifor bavftr been tun
successful. The chartered s'teamer Cat
ania has arrived here with only 96 Porto
Rlcans on board. Her future trips havo
WOT A CANDIDATE
Bat Bryan Will Contlnne to Take an
Interest in Politics.
LINCOLN, Nyeb., April 25. In a state
ment given publicity tonight, W. J.
Bryan says In effect that he has no In
tention of seeking a third nomination for
the Presidency. Mr. Bryan's announce
ment is in answer to an article In an
Easter paper speculating on his future
plans as a political leader. Mr. Bryan
"I am not planning for another Presi
dential nomination, for If I were I would
not be editing a paper; Jf I ever become
a candidate again It will be because It
seems necessary for the advancement
of the principles to which I adhere, and
that does not now seem probable. I shall,
however, continue to take an Interest In
politics for several years yet. (f I live,
and can be relied upon to support those
who as candidates advocate Democratic
prlnplples and who can be trusted to en
force them, it elected.
"I have ho enemies to punish. No mat
ter what any one may have said of the
ticket of 1S96 or in 1900, that man be
comes my friend the moment he accepts
Democratic principles. Neither have I
any disposition to reward political friends
at the expense of our cause. No matter
what a man may have done or said for
the ticket In 1896 or In 1900, that man
becomes an opponent the moment hp
turnsagalnst Democratic principles. Po
litical battles are fought not In the past
or the future, but In the present. The
heretofore cannot be recalled and the
hereafter cannot be anticipated, but the
now 'is all Important."
KILLED BY AN ELEPHANT.
Horrible Death of an Animnl Train
er Near Peru, Ind.
PERU, Ind., April 25. Henry Huffman,
an animal trainer, met a horrible death
today, being killed by "Big Charley," a
monster elephant, while the animal was
bathing In the river near he're. "Big
Charley" wound his trunk about Keeper
Huffman and hurled him far into the
stream. The man returned to the shore
uninjured. 'The next Instant Huffman
was grabbed by the big elephant, thrown
to the bottom of the river and held there
by the fore foot of "Big Charley." Then,
with a roar, the elephant stampeded. He
broke down fences and roamed about In a
big field, keeping everybody away from
him. Some apples loaded with strychnine
were thrown near him, and he ate some
of them. An hour later he laid down In
terrible agony. A rifle shot ended his ex
istence. "Big Charley" weighed over thre tons,
was valued at ?10,000, and In his lifetime
killed four men. Keeper Huffman had
been animal trainer In Falrmount Park,
Philadelphia, and Central Park, New
GOVERNOR DOLE IS SICK.
Said to Be Threatened With Nervous
CHICAGO, April 25. A special to the
Record-Herald from Honolulu, April 19,
Governor Dole Is a verslck man. He
has been confined to his house for several
days, and only the most Intimate friends
have been allowed to see him. It Is said
that he is threatened with nervous pros
St. X.onls Fair Commission.
ST. LOUIS, April 25. The world's fair
commission held a short session today
and adjourned after transacting merely
routine business. President Carter said
the commission would be here In June to
hold another meeting and consider the
question of a site and other matters In
conjunction with the local World's Fair
RETURN OF CONGER
Ministerto China Has Arrived
at San Francisco.
HE IS ON HIS WAY TO IOWA
Will Accept the Gubernatorial Nomi
nation If It Is 6"ffered to
Him Intends to Return
SAN FRANCISCO. Aorll 25. Edwin H.
Conger, United States Minister to China.
accompanied by his wife, dautrhter and
Miss Pierce, arrived from China this af-
ternoon on the steamer Nippon Maru.
THE UNITED STATES MINISTER
' ' i
Owing to quarantine regulations and the foreign churches throughout the province
necessity of giving personal supervision bordering on the Yangtse Kiang. The
to the landing of his baggage, Mr. Conger motive of the leaders is said to be revolu
dld not reach his hotel .till 6 o'clock In tlonary, but the rank and file are simply
the evening. Mr. Conger's arrival was j pillagers. My Informant points out that
awaited with considerable Interest, not ( the French churches far outnumber the
only on account of his connection with ', British, and that the French might ben
events in China, but from a nolltical ! eflt hv thf nnnnrtnnitir o. oBi , vni
standpoint. There was a great desire to
know what position Minister Conger
would assume with reference to the com
ing Gubernatorial nomination in Iowa.
To a representative of the Associated
Press Mr. Conger, when asked If he cared
to make any expression on the Govern
orship matter, said:
"I do not wish to make any declaration
at this time. I have not yet had time to
read the correspondence which has met
me here. So far as I am at present ad
vised, I see no reason to change my po
sition as expressed about two months ago,
before I left China. I received two tele
grams from the United States; one. asked
-me If I were a candidate for Governor.
I answered, 'I am not.' The other tele
gram asked whether I would accept the
nomination if tendered me. I replied that
I would accept if the nomination came
to me, but that I was in no sense a
candidate. I do not care to nor will I
say anything further In the matter until
I reach Des Moines. I do not know what
the situation in Iowa is and do not care
to say anything definite until I am fully
advised. My present Intention and de
sire is to return to China and finish my
Touching events in China, Mr. Conger
turned interviewer and was particularly
anxious to know what had been done by
the powers in the matter of indemnity.
He was asked for his opinion as to the
amount of Indemnity China- could pay.
"Under $300,000,000," he replied, qualify
ing his answer by the statement that It
would be necessary for China to practice
economy. The time of payment, too,
should extend over a long term of years.
Concerning events in China, Mr. Conger
said thnt there was nothing new to be
said in that direction, as everything that
happened had been told fully, together
with many things that never occurred.
Tales of brutality had, he thought, been
exaggerated. Of course, there were cases
of outrage by Individual soldiers which
were not sanctioned by officers. These
were but Incidents of war, which found
some palliation In the fact nat the Chi
nese had killed 40,000 native Christians
and 100 Europeans.
Asked in regard to his future plans,
Minister Conger said he would remain In
this city until Saturaay morning, when
'he would leave for his home in Des
Moines. At the expiration of his 60 days'
lo.nir. nf hnr. ho intonrfnr! n raf.. '
rhin!, tt wnnH tm hnok- snnn,- if nnV
thing of Importance should come up.
When told that It was planned by the
citizens of Des Moines to give him a pub
lic reception, he said that although he j
did not care for public demonstrations,
he would accept a reception at Des
"!Trtlnoe TTo VialrtncmrT fr -frViA nonn!k r Ta
-Mninpa! Tn fart, th pnMr i nf !
Iowa had always been kind to him, giving af wel1 a fll1 al5no'ft atl t!lS ote
him everything that he asked for, refus- ' P,ace3t of trust and honor. He had
ing him nothing. In return he had been a1saln,stv,hjm as rival candidates such dls
compelled often to refuse the people of I tlnguished men as Rev. Dr. Jesse Bow
Iowa favors ' man Toun& Cincinnati, an editor of
Among the passengers of the Nippon : ma"v 'earfs' experience; ev. S J. Her
Maru was Dr. W. S. Ament. a mission-. slstant editor of the New York
ary who passed through the .siege of dYcate; ?,e4v' D- XR- J" ,C(e- of the
Pekln and who afterwards came into no- I Methodist Advocate Journal; Rev. P. M.
toriety In connection with the charges I ,' of..CcaBOJ R,evi.P: ,W' C,ark' ot
of looting that were made against the ' Cincinnati; Rev. S H. Whltlock. of Mat
missionaries. Dr. Ament said tonight that i Lon' i11;, RTev' 11Uam ; MIler, of
his side of the controversy had been fully Springfield. 111.; Rev. C M. Cobern, of
set forth, and that he had nothing to ! 5eiVLer; YrotsT C'. M' StlIlrt. of the
add to the Interview with him at Kobe. Northwestern Ln versity, and G. H. Potts,
Japan, which was published In these dls- l ed!tor f ta Michigan Christian Advo-
patches April 24.
Chinese Retreated Before the Allies.
BERLIN, April 25. The Lokal Anzel-
ger's special correspondent, cabling from
Cheng Ting, near Pao Ting Fu. says:
"The German and French expedition Is
approaching the front of the Chinese
Army, which is apparently 25,000 strong
and well Intrenched In three positions.
The Germans marched over difficult
mountain passes to the gate of the great
wall at Nleng TwI Kan. The enemy ap
pears Indisposed to offer resistance, and
Its retreat behind the great wall is ex
pected." A special to the Lokal Anzelger from
Pin Chan, dated April 24, says a mounted
Infantry patrol found the Chinese lines
unoccupied and unarmed. The natives
said General Lu. with the bulk of his
array, had retreated.
A YANGTSE UPRISING.
Disaffected Elements Combining for
an Anti-Foreign Movement.
LONDON. April 26. "I have received In
formation which may prove Important,"
says the Shanghai correspondent of the
Morning Post- "My informant declares
that all the disaffected elements In the
Yangtse Provinces, Including the organi
zation known as the Mola-Oh-Wel. the so
called 'reformers,' salt smugglers and dl'-
I for th mirnns nt nhntAin. ,--,-.. J,
nanuca uninese soldiers, are eomhiriTno-
ings In May or June. The movement Is
expected to be begun by the burning of
TO CHINA WHO ARRIVED AT SAN
Gnal arsenal and the adjoining powder
"Confirmation is given to the report that
the court has ordered the stoppage of
supplies for Sinan Fu, in anticipation of
removal. It is reported on good authority,
though I cannot vouch for the truth of
the rumor, that Count von Waldersee has
j telegraphed to Berlin suggesting the pos-
siDiuty or needing further reinforcements
Dr. Morrison, wiring to the Times from
Pekln and discussing the question of In
'The American proposal to reduce the
Indemnities to 40,000.000 finds no accept
ance, except from the British."
Nothing Knovrn of It In Berlin.
BERLIN. April 25. Nothing is known In
German official circles regarding the ca-
DJea statement that Russia and France
are considering a Joint guarantee of the
uninese indemnity, wltn a view to induc
ing the allied troops to withdraw from
China, and nothing Is known concerning
the alleged refusal of General Chaffee to
yield the gate of the Forbidden City to
China's Revenue and Expenditures.
SHANGHAI, April 25. The Universal
Gazette today prints an article giving de
tails of China's revenue and expenditures.
The figures show that the average annual
revenue has been SS.000.COO taels, while the
average annual expenditures have been
Expedition Called Off.
PEKIN, April 25. The expedition from
Pao Ting Fu has been entirely called off,
and the French troops have been' ordered
to return to their original station. The
only casualties suffered by the entire ex
pedition were two German soldiers killed,
of a scouting party who went far be
yond the border.
LAYMAN IN THE CHAIR.
D. D. Thompson Elected Editor of
Northwestern Christian Advocnte.
CINCINNATI, April 25. David D.
Thompson was today elected editor of the
Northwestern Christian Advocate, of Chl-
cago, by the book committee of the Meth-
odIst Episcopal Church, to succeed Rev.
Dr. Arthur Edwards, deceased. The ac
tion Is decidedly progressive, and was not
accomplished without a struggle. Prece
dent was entirely against the successful
candidate, for he Is a layman, and hlth-
erto only reverends and doctors of dl
I vinity have been selected to sit In -the
editorial chairs of the Methodist papers.
cate. Mr. Thompson began his connec
tion with Methodist journals by becom
ing a proofreader in the office of the
Western Christian Advocate In this city
more than 25 years ago I
EXPLOSION AND FIRE
Terrible Disaster Near Franks
CHEMICAL WORKS BLEW UP
Nearly Ttto Hnndred Persons Were
Killed or Injured Troop Called
Upon to Aid In Checking
FRANKFORT, Germany, April 25. Ono
of the most destructive explosions on rec
ord occurred this evening at the electro
chemical works, near Grelshelm. where
smokeless powder Is manufactured. Most
of the boilers exploded. The noise was o
tremendous that It was heard at great dis
tances. Including Frankfort and Mayence,
The factory became a mass of flames Im
mediately, and a northeast wind carried
the sparks to neighboring villages, where
several houses were set on lire. Eighteen
cylinders, each containing about a hun
dredweight of smokeless powder, were in
the room where the explosion occurred.
The troops were Immediately ordered to
Grelshelm to prevent the lire spreading to
me large Denzine reservoirs nearby. FUc
brigades from every place in the neigh
borhood hurried to the scene, but. owing
to the dangerous nature of the fire ard
the fear3 of a renewal of the explosion",
the greatest difficulty was experienced in
stopping the progress of the flames. Only
after five hours of strenuous effort was
the conflagration to some extent con
trolled and the danger passed so as to
make It possible to begin the work of ex
tricating the bodies. It is feared that
nearly 200 persons have been killed or
Hospitals have been Improvised In tho
vicinity. The flames spread, with frightful
speed to the adjacent buildings, and then
over the River Main to Schwnnheim.
When a second explosion took place the
fumes and gases of burning chemicals
made It Impossible to stay In the vicinity.
The last explosion occurred at 7:30 P.
M., and when it was ascertained that no
further danger was anticipated, the Inhab
itants were allowed to return to their
homes. At 8:30 the Are was still burning
in the center, and the work of extricating
the bodies from the debris was being car
ried on by torchlight, gaslight not being
obtainable. All railway traffic wltn
Frankfort was stopped during the fire,
except'for trains carrying the Injured, but
it-has since been resumed. Four sheds for
dressing wounds of the Injured have beer
Tle catastrophe. It Is now stated, orig
inated" In a smalt fire, wfrich Ignited sev
eral receptacles of picric acid, causing a
"terrific explosion. The houses adjoining
the factory were partly burned and partly
demolished by the violence of the explo-i
Roosevelt Is a Master Mason.
NEW YORK, April 25. Vice-President
Roosevelt Is now a Master Mason, having
taken the third degree last night in
Matlnecock Lodge. No. S06. at Oyster Bay.
L. I. The ceremony was witnessed by 300
Master Masons, Including Grand Master
Charles W. Mead, of the grand lodge of
this state, and his entire staff, who did
the work of the degree. Visiting brethren
were also present from New Jersey and
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANT NEWS.
The Cuban commissioners met the President,
and were turned over to Seeretary Root.
Minister Conger has arrived at Son Franolaco.
The Interior Department decided two oil tent
cases. Page 2.
The President made a large number of ap
pointments. Page 2.
General Callles ord.red eight American soldiers
to be shot. Page 3.
An Insurgent force was defeated ln Bulacan
Province. Page 3. ,,
The military situation In Albay Province la
bad. Page 3.
Foreijrn. ( ,,
Nearly 200 persons were killed or injured by
an explosion near Frankfort. Germany.
Stead predicts trouble between England and
America over the canaj. Page 3.
Delcaa&e was entertained by the Czar. Page 3.
Travis Is the amateur gait champion of tho
United States association. Page 2.
The worst ot the Ohio River flood Is over.
Young Cudahy Identified Callahan as one of
the kidnapers. Page 3.
Another injunction suit has been filed against
the smelting trust. Page S.
River and harbor committee will reach Oregon
latter part of June. Page 4.
Receiver's report on defunct New Whatcom.
Wash., bank Indicates that the president
wrecked It. Page 4.
John "W. Goss. of Portland, Is named as cred
itor for $10,000 In bankruptey petition ot
New York man. Page 4. -
Spokane Republicans nominated rr. C. G.
Brown for Mayor. Page 4.
Good strikes have been made ln Gold Hill.
Southern Oregon, and Burnt River, Eastern
Oregon, mining districts. Page 4.
Domestic and foreign commercial news and
quotations. Pagt 11.
Portland market Quotations. Pace 11.
New Tork stock market transactions. Page It.
Corn tales In the Chicago pit suffered violent
fluctuation. Page 11.
Otto Glldemelster may be brought "to Portland
for repairs. Page 5.
Lost City of Rio de Janeiro carried no mall.
Portland and "Vicinity.
Board of Trade will organize a company to
bore for coal and oil. Page 12.
Park Commission will spend $16,000 tor im
provements to City Park this year. Page 8.
Mrs. W. P. Lord writes from Argentina of
Oregon's opportunity to secure a linen mesh
factory. Page 8.
Northern Pacific is said to have declared war
against the Tacoma. Eastern, owned In Port
land. Page 10.
Henry B. Thlel&en. of Salem, appointed re
ceiver of the Gilbert Bros, bank In Salem by
Judge Bollinger. Page 8.
Extension of the Columbia Southern Railroad
Into the Interior of Oregon Is demanded
State monument to be unveiled at Champoeir
May 2. completed. Page 7.
Secretary Gage's plan to deposit Treasury
surplus In reserve cities would benefit Port
land. Page 12.