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THE MQRNWG OEEGONIAN, SA'TURDAYr DECEMBER 14, 1901.
KNIGHT COMPANION HERE
THE PORTLAXD-OHIEXTAIi , I.IXER.
BRINGS FULL CARGO.
Steam Collier Matteawan la All
Probability Has Foundered
Samll Hope for the Crew.
The O. H. & X. trans-Paclflc liner
Knight Companion arrived at Astoria
yesterday from the Orient. She started
for Portland in the afternoon and will
be at Alnsworth dock this morning. She
brings a heavy cargo of Oriental goods,
which will be exchanged for a full load
of wheat, flour and cotton. The Knight
Companion put In appearance at this
port promptly on schedule time. She
sailed from Yokohama November 27,
thus making the voyage across the Pa
cific in 17 days, which is good traveling
at this time of year.
Two other large steamships are due,
the Argyll and the Pembrokeshire. Both
are chartered to load wheat. They may
be expected to put in an appearance any
SHALL HOPE LEFT.
Steam Collier Matteawan Has, la All
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 13. It is now
conceded that the steam collier Mattea
vran, which left Nanalmo, B. C, for this
port 13 days ago, has been lost at sea.
December 3 a terrible storm raged along
the north coast. Howling northwest gales
swept over the track of coasting vessels.
Many craft were damaged and several
were lost. In all probability this storm,
one of the worst In the history of tho
Coast, worked the destruction of the steel
steamer Matteawan and sent the crew of
22 men down to death in the eea or cast
them on some bleak shore off the usual
track of coasting vessels.
James Jerome, managing owner of the
collier, who has steadfastly clung to the
hope that the Matteawan was merely dis
abled and would eventually arrive, has
now abandoned this theory, and concedes
the probable loss of the steamer.
Reinsurance on the Matteawan was to
day advanced to 75 per cent.
TWO SHIPS ARRIVED.
Hala From Port Xntal, and Falkland
bank From Santa Rosalia.
Two vessels entered the Columbia River
yesterday, tho British ships Ilala and
Falklandbank. Both made voyages In
good time. The Ilala cjune from Port
Natal in 113 days, and the Falklandbank
from Santa Rosalia in 39 days. The former
is consigned to Balfour, Guthrie & Co.
The vessel is of 1246 net tons. The other
ship will be loaded by Kerr, Glfford &
Co. Her net tonnage is 178L The charter
rate is reported at 3Ss 9d, which fairly
accords with present figures at which
spot tonnage is offered. These vessels are
welcomed by the exporters, and Just as
hearty a welcome will be extended to any
other chartered ship that drops this way.
CAXNOT BE SAVED.
Tho Lumber Schooner "Wheeler Will
Be a Total Loss.
NEWPORT, Or., Dec. 13. The tug Geo.
R. Vosburg arrived this morning irom
Nehalem with appliances to take the
C. H. Wheeler off the beach. The barge
was found to be broken In two, and will
be a total loss. Three hundred thousand
feet of lumber Is still aboard, and will
be saved, also the steering gear, capstan,
anchors, cable and rigging. The owner
of the barge, C. H. Wheeler, accompanied
Fog- Hampers Shipping:.
NEW YORK, Dec 13. A heavy fog that
descended on the city in 'the early morning
.caused a delay of traffic all over the
city. Ferries, elevated trains and surface
cars were impeded, and as the day wore
on its effects were even more serious.
Tho entire ferry system on both rivers
was upset. The ferry-boat Mauchchunk,
coming from Communlpaw with a larg
crowd of passengers, stumbled on a tow
of brick scows and had her steering
gear disarranged. She was adrift for 25
minutes, until her rudder was put In
In some Instance boats were an hour
dn making the passage that usually re
quires eight or ten minutes. A number
of vessels which arrived last night re
mained at quarantine, as it was impos
sible to make the passage up the harbor
The Crew of the Matteawan.
The crew of the ill-fated steamer was
as follows: H. B. Croscup, captain; J.
B. Hastings,' first mate; E. P. Wilson,
second mate; P. Olten, carpenter; James
6. Averlll and C. A. Carlason, quarter
masters; William Wilson, chief engineer;
II. Gallagher, first assistant engineer; W.
E. Allen, second assistant Engineer; R.
Cowans, stev.ard; P. Morrlssy, James
Downs, A. Manuel, Kurt Wolf. C. Wag
ner, seamen?, M. J. Stack, W. B. Bossen,
J. J. Gallagher, oilers; Manuel Pacheco,
Jose Aneiino, Jose Rcga, Antonio. Mu
redo, Antonio Lucas, Augustln Onlde, fire
men, and four Japanese In the steward's
department, who acted as cooks and wait
ers. They were H. M. Hoshlno, J. Eida,
Aegama and S. Klnchi.
The Manzanita to the Rescue.
SEATTLE, Dec 13. The .lighthouse len
der Manzanita left Seattle yesterday for
Destruction Island, oft the coast of Wash
ington, for the purpose of rescuing a
party of shipwrecked sailors believed to
be a portion of the crew of the missing
collier Matteawan. The sailors -w ere sight
ed by the crew of the Manzanita while
the vessel was being driven past the
island a few nights ago. Signals of dis
tress were seen on shore, but the boat
was unable to stop in the face of the
fierce gale to succor the unfortunates.
The Manzanita should arrive oft Astoria
some time tomorrow.
Ernest Reyer Is Breaking: Up.
Captain John H. Roberts has gone to
tho scene of the stranding of the Ernest
Reyer, to look over the prospect of float
ing the vessel. According to reports
there will be no occasion for his services,
as the bark is breaking up. It Is re
ported that the cause of the breaking
up of the vessel Is that she went ashbre
at the mouth of the Quinault River and
the stream has worked under the ship
until she rests on her two ends. The
result is that her back is breaking. If
she had been lengthwise with the sea
she might readily have been floated.
Was Spoken December 3.
VICTORIA, B. a, Dec. 13. A dispatch
received hero this evening says the col
lier Matteawan, long overdue at San
Francisco, was spoken by the lightship
off Cape Flattery on December 5, the
day after she left Nanalmo. She was la
boring In the gale. Her case is very
similar to that of the colliers Montserrat
and Kewanah, which were never heard
of again after being in a November storm
off the cape four or five years ago.
Two Vessels Pat to Sea.
Tho British ship Travancore and the
French bark Ixmls Pasteur sailed from
the Columbia River yesterday afternoon
for Europe. Seven vessels are left at As
toria, ready for sea, the Duguesclin,
Grand Duchesse Olga, Latimer, Sirene,
Balen, Lamoriclere and Prinsesse Marie.
Vessels at Astoria which have not come
up the river are the Asle, Ilala, Falkland
bank and Fulwood.
Large Steamer oa the Rocks.
LONDON, Dec 13. The storm which has
been prevailing since yesterday has
caused a telegraphic break-down through
out the United Kingdom, unequaled since
ISSL Even this morning the North, is
practically cut off from the South, and
many of the provincial towns are so
snow-bound that tho courts 'thero have
been closed owing to the litigants resid
ing In the country being unable to reach
the towns. The gales In the Channel are
abating. A large Austrian steamer, the
Neriteu, which had Just left ftie yards of
her builders at Londonderry, has been
driven on the rocks off Warren Point,
Movements of Grain Fleet.
The Olivia has gone from Sand dock to
The Riverside will move from Oceanic
dock to tho stream this morning.
Tho Harvest Queen will start dowthe
river today with the Francois Coppee.
The Henrlette will leave for Astoria
today In tow of the Thompson.
The Flfeshlro has moved from Mont
gomery dock No. 1 to the stream.
The Eugenic Fautrel has gone from
Mersey dock to Montgomery No. 2.
The Jean Bart Is at Sand dock to dis
The Tarpenbek arrived yesterday after
noon In tow of the steamer Thompson
and is now at Greenwich dock. She will
be loaded by the Portland Grain Com
pany. Tho German bark Emelie cleared
yesterday for the United Kingdom and
left Columbia dock No. 2 for anchorage
in the stream. The Ocklahama will start
for Astoria with her today.
The Case of the Pinmore.
Next Tuesday official Investigation will
be made into the case of the Pinmore,
which was abandoned by her officers and
crew and was afterward towed to Puget
Sound. Captain Jamleson, bf the vessel,
went to Puget Sound yesterday. In the
afternoon testimony was taken at the
British Consulate from the surviving sail
ors of the vessel, as to the death of the
men who were drowned when the crew
was making for shore.
Will Wow Sail Regularly.
The steamer Columbia will sail today
from San Francisco to Portland and will
leave Portland for San Francisco De
cember IS. This will put the boat back
on Its regular schedule. It is expected
that the Geo. W. Elder will sail from
San Francisco for Portland on the 23d.
This will restore the regular schedule
for the first time since the San Francisco
Inspecting: Vessels That Collided.
ASTORIA, Dec. 13. The two vessels
which were In collision in the lower har
bor yesterday are being inspected, but
the work is not yet finished. Captains
R. E. Howes and Al Betta are Inspect
ing the French bark Lamoriclere, while
P. G. Hill, of Portland, Lloyd's regis
tered surveyor, Is making' an examination
of the British ship Latimer.
Went Agrronncl In a Fopr
PHILADELPHIA, Dec 13. The Plant
steamship liner Hudson, from Savannah,
for Philadelphia, with passengers and
freight, went aground late last night In
the Delaware Bay, near Fort Delaware,
In a heavy fog. The Bteomer floated at
noon, and proceeded to this city, appar
ently in good condition.
Xotlce to Mariners.
Notice is given that the single-pile bea
con at Taylor Sands, from which the fixed
white light is shown, on the dry sands
on the northwesterly side of the chan
nel, about three-fourths of a mile above
Tongue Point, was rebuilt and the light
re-eBtabllshed December 12.
New Schooner Finished.
ABERDEEN, Wash., Dec 13. The
schooner E. B. Jackson, recently launched
here, is completed and will be loaded with
lumber for Australia. Captain Mass, who
recently was in command of the barken
tlne George B. Perkins, will have charge
of the new ship.
Made a Fast Voyage.
VICTORIA, Dec 13. The ship Eliza
beth NIcholason,. which has arrived here,
made the trip from Shanghai to the
Cape in 32 days, a very fast trip. She
was seven days making Victoria from
Reinsurance on the William Mitchell, 145
days from Table Bay, for Portland, Is now
16 per cent.
Tho schooner J. M. Coleman, is at In
man & Poulsen's mill, completing a
cargo of lumber.
The Norwegian ship Anglla, 15S days out
from Newcastle, Australia, for Panama,
is now quoted at SO per cent.
The Henfleld, 72 days from Plsagua, for
Portland, Is reinsured at 15 per cent. Re
insurance on the Gleverlcht, 13 days from
San Francisco, is 20 per cent.
The British ship Agnes Oswald, 1380 net
tons, has sailed for Portland from New
castle Sho sailed from Frederlckstad
July 12, and arrived at Newcastle No
The British ship Prince Albert, 211 days
from Vancouver, has reached the English
coast. Fifty per cent reinsurance was
offered on her, and Just before the. news
of her safety came the rate had Jumped
to 75 per cent.
The schooner Wing and Wing can be
readily repaired at Portland. She will
probably be hauled out of the water on
the marine ways in South Portland. The
dimensions of the schooner are: Length,
104 feet; beam, 30 feet; depth, S.2 feet.
Her gross tonnage is 14L She was built
at San Francisco in 1SSL
Domestic and Foreign Ports.
ASTORIA, Dec 13. Left up at 8:15 A. M.
French bark Asle. Arrived at 10 A. M. Brit
ish bark Falklandbank, from Santa Rosalia.
Arrived at 10 A. M. and left up at 12 noon
Steamer Acme, from San Francisco. Arrlvsd
at 41:?0 A. M. British ship Ilala, from Port
Natal, ArrHcd at 11:30 A. M. and left up at
3 P. M. British steamer Knight Companion,
from the Orient. Sailed at 3 P. M. British
ship Travancore. for Queenstown or Falmouth,
for orders. Sailed at 4 P. iL French bark
Louis Pasteur, for Gpe Town. Condition of
the bar at 4.30 P. M., smooth; wind cast;
Newcastle, Dec 13. Sailed British ship Aff
San Francisco, Dec 13. Arrived Steamer
Columbia, from Portland; schooner Robert R.
Hind, from Port Gamble; steamer Santa Bar
bara, from Gray's Harbor; steamer Valla
Walla, from Victoria; barkentlnc Planter, from
Port Blakelcy; schooner Nettle Sundberg, Trom
CoQuIHe River; schooner Gotama, from Cooa
Bay; schooner "Wempe Brothers, from Gray's
Harbor. Sailed Steamer Fulton, for Portland;
ship Invincible, for Port Blakeley; barkentlnc
Tam o Shanter, for Port Hadlock; schooner
Winnie Calne, for Chemalnus; steamer Rainier,
for Seattle: steamer Pleiades, for Victoria;
schooner Mayflower, for Coqullle River.
Manila. Arrived December 11 Moyune, from
Seattle, for England.
Yokohama, Dec 13. Arrived Teenkal, from
Seattle, for Liverpool. Sailed Tora Maru, for
New York, Dec 13. Arrived Cacsett, from
Glasgow. Sailed December 12 Furnessla, for
Liverpool, Dec 13. Arrived Numldlan, from
St. Johns. N. B. Sailed Dominion, for Port
land: Parisian, for Halifax.
Antwerp, Dec 13. Arrived Zetland, from
Hoqulara. Sailed December 12 Schooner
Harriet G., from Aberdeen for San Francisco;
schooner Lottie Carson, from Aberdeen for San
Francisco; schooner James A Garfield, from
Hoqulam for San Francisco.
Seattle, Dec 13. Sailed Steamer John 8.
Kimball, for San Francisco; steamer Coronado,
for Gray's Harbor; 12th. steamer Edith, tor
San Francisco, United States steamer Manza
nita, for Destruction Island. Arrived Steamer
Charles Nelson, from Skagway; steamer Pro
greso, from San Francisco; Norwegian steamer
Guernsey, from Portland.
Glasgow. Dec 13. Arrived Buenos Ayres,
from New York.
Liverpool. Dec IS. Arrived New England,
from Boston (owing to unfavorable weather,
did not touch at Queenstown).
Genoa, Dec. 13. Arrived Trave, from New
York, via Gibraltar and Naples.
Suez, Dec 13. Arrived Yangtse, from Seat
tle end Tacoma, via Hlogo, Shanghai and Ma
ALL INDUSTRIES BUSY
TRADE HAS REACHED ENORMOUS
Easiness la Holiday Goads Sax-passes
All Records Large Oatpat
NEW YORK, Dec 13. R. G. Dun &
Cos weekly review of trade tomorrow
It Is most fortunate that the vagaries of
speculation are not always deleterious to
legitimate business. Railway stocks fell
sharply, yet full returns for November
show that earnings were 1.5 per cent
greater than in the same month last year
and H.8 over thOBe of 1K99. Industrial and
traction shares were even more violently
disturbed, yet the manufacturing plants
of the Nation were never more fully oc
cupied. Numerous labor controversies
have been settled and the rate of wages
Is at the highest point ever attained. Re
tail distribution is of massive proportions
with dealings in holiday goods the con
spicuous feature. This class of business
so far surpasses all previous records that
it alone gives an unmistakable Indication
of the Nation's prosperity, even if other
more definite measures were net availa
ble Conditions in the leading industry ar
still most strikingly promising. Despite
tho full engagements of most of the steel
mills well Into next year, the week has
brought a tremendous amount of new
business, particularly in railway equip
ment. Stability of prices continues the
best feature. Reports from the great
iron centers during the closing week of
November dwelt upon the scarcity of cars
and motive power, implying that furnaces
could not secure coke and were going out
of blast, while pig Iron could not be
moved from the yards to the mill. Hence
It was generally expected that the output
would show a material decrease, while
furnace stocks of Iron were thought to
be somewhat augmented. Instead, the
Iron Age has Issued a most encouraging
report of 266 furnaces In blast on Decem
ber L with a capacity of 334,761 tons
Western gralnproducers and dealers
have expressed great faith in the future
of prices, many announcing their Inten
tion to hold their supplies until Spring,
when the scarcity, would be marked and
quotations reach to a more profitable
NEW YORK, Dec 13. The following table,
complied by Bradstreet, shows the bank clear
ings at the principal cities for the week ended
December 12, with the percentage of increase
and decrease, as compared with tho corre
sponding week last year:
Clearings. Inc Dec
New York ? 1,502.000. 000 20.2 ....
Chicago 17C.220.000 31.0 ....
Boston 141,C2t,000 .... 4.0
Philadelphia 108.257,000 20.5 ....
St. Louis 50,900.000 54.0 ....
Pittsburg 44.230.000 43.1 ....
Baltimore 23.487,000 0.7
San Francisco 23,818,638 14.3 ....
Cincinnati 10.C78.000 12.0 ....
Kanx&a City 20,910,000 10.2 ....
Minneapolis 20,141.000 50.3 ....
Cleveland 14,518.000 31.0 ....
New Orleans 17,280,000 .... 8.0
Detroit 14,100.000 C5.1 ....
Louisville 10,270,000 2.7 ....
Indianapolis 10,505.000 32.7 ....
Providence 0,722,000 .... 10.1
Omaha 7,212.000 14.7 ....
Milwaukee 5,832,000 35.2 ....
St. Paul C.7S5.000 23.4 ....
Savannah 4.248.000 .... 28.0
Denver 4.S04.000 7.3 ....
St. Joseph 5,705,000 80.3 ....
Richmond 3.H24.000 .... CI
Mmph!s 4.107.000 18.3 ....
Seattle 3,031,858 32.5 ....
Washington 3.500,ouu 22.0 ....
Hartford 2,901,000 25.G ....
Lo Angeles 4.020,000 53.0 ....
Salt Lako 4.101.000 18.0
Toledo 2.C33.000 8.8
Portland, Or.. , 3.5U4.0S4 28.5 ....
Rochester 2,171,000 .... 6.C
Peoria 3.020.000 5.7 ....
Fort Worth .: 3,274,000 6.1 ....
Atlanta V 3,35C.Ou0 25.3 ....
Norfolk 1.C71.000 .... 3.1
Des Moines 1,862.900 23.5 ....
New Haven 1.SO5.O00 18.4 ...
Springfield. Mass.... l.GW.OOO 22.2 ....
Augusta 1.933,000 18.3 ....
Nashville 1.&00.000 7.8 ....
Worcester 1,011.000 0.2 ....
Grand Rapids 1.378.000 23.8 ....
Sioux City 1.G34.000 5.8 ....
Dayton. 0 1.340,000 23.0 ....
Syracuse 1.280.000 10.3 ....
Portland. Me 1.520.000 6.0 ....
Spokane ' 1.081,048 39.0 ....
Evansvllle 1,017.000 5.2 ....
Wilmington, Del.. .. 900,000 .... 1.0
Davenport 993.000 7.7 ....
Fall River 1.C92.000 34.0 ....
Birmingham 1,230.000 20.2 ....
Topeka 1.392,000 31.4 ....
Macon 723.000 .... 11.2
Little Rock "... 1,182.000 35.8
Helena 621.000 28.9
Knoxvllle 659.000 10.0 ....
Lowell C64.000 11.0 ....
Wichita 535.000 0.4 ....
Akron 007,000 30.5 ....
New Bedford 585,000 .... 17.3
Lexington 502,000 22.5
Springfield, 111 577.000 20.5 ....
Blnghamtcn, 354,000 10.3
Chattanooga 509.000 24.4 ....
Kalamazoo 500,000 38.0 ....
Fargo 5S5.000 5.7 ....
Youngstown 502.000 81.2 ....
Springfield, 0 422.000 40.1 ....
RQckford 4C5.000 21.5 ....
Canton 382,000 5.5 ....
Jacksonville 445,000 C4.2 ....
Sioux Falls 322,000 74.0 ....
Fremont 201.000 23.3 ....
Bloomlngton. Ill 360.000 49.0 ....
Jacksonville. Ill 193,000 42.9 ....
Columbus. 0 7.451.000 19.5 ....
Galveston 8.KIS.OO0 .,.. 8.9
Houston 13.554.000 38.0 ....
Colorado Springs ... 035.000
Wheeling, W. Va.... C54.000
Totals V. S .$2.402,831.S92 192
Montreal f 10.313.C32 40.7 ....
Toronto 15.672.573 32.7 ....
Winnipeg 4.820.SS9 74.5 ....
Halifax 2.020.510 25.4 ....
Vancouver. B. C... 005,578 17.0 ....
Hamilton T.. 922.229 2.3 ....
St. John. N. B 871,890 13.4 ....
Victoria 876.355 51.0 ....
Total .$" 45.309.222 sTi
IROX IS BUOYAXT.
Orders for Ralls and Finished Prod
ucts "Were Never ao Large.
NEW YORK. Dec. 13. Bradstreefs to
morrow will say:
Holiday trade Is In full swing at all
markets, while Jobbing distribution natur
ally shows a quieting down, preparatory
to stocktaking. Nearly all advices touch
ing these latter branches of business are
encouraging, and the business results so
far as ascertained are, on the whole, very
Among the industries Iron and steel are
easily first In strength of demand and
prices, and the word "buoyant" accurate
ly describes the situation as regards the
feeling in the trade generally. Though
strong, this trade is still conservative as
a whole, as evidenced by the pegging of
Iron ore (old range) quotations for the
coming year at old prices, in the .face of
a temptation to advance that and finished
products. Probably never before was so
much business booked In advance as there
is at. present in pig Iron, rails and finished
products. The former is In better de
mand and $16 can be had at valley fur
naces, though ?15 25 is the nominal rate.
Production Is at an unheard-of rate, de-'
spite car shortage stopping coke deliver
ies, and stocks of pig iron are still de
creasing. The crest of the recent rise In cereals
was for tho present reached on Saturday
last for coarse grains, and on Monday,
December 9, for wheat and provisions.
The proportions of the recent rise in
duced enormous realizing, which for a
time was offset by heavy new buying.
Ultimately the sire of the grain move
ment and Increases in visible supplies,
added to the breaking of the drouth in
the Southwest and the tightness of mon
ey, left the bears masters of the field.
The steady rise In wheat and corn prices
shown since the early part of November
had resulted in a gain of about 13 cents
each in wheat and corn, from which the
fall this week is only about 3 cents. Pro
visions sympathized with the movement
and tho high price of low grade food
stuffs is still a feature.
Woolen goods are in good demand, par
ticularly for dress wear, and many mills
aro busy on heavy-weight orders. Wool
Is strong, though unchanged, on good de
mand, slightly higher on merinos and un
changed on cross-breeds.
Boot and shoe manufacturers are still
busily employed, and shipments still heav
ily exceed last year. Leather Is firm and
while hides are easier, tanners are not
anxious to buy largely.
Higher prices of cereals check our ex
port trade in that direction, and ship
ments of breadstuffs, live animals, cotton
and oils all decreased from October totals.
Compared with November a year ago, pro
visions, cottons and oil exports are all
Wheat shipments in November were 50
per cent larger. For the calendar year
1901 shipments of breadstuffs, animals,
cotton oils and provisions aggregate a sum
5 per cent larger than in any previous
Wheat exports July 1 to date (24 weeks)
aggregate 136,303,715 bushels, against 84,
960,729 bushels last reason.
Business failures in the United States
for the week number 233, against 237 last
week and 247 in this week a year ago.
Canadian failures for the week number
23, or the same number as last week,
compared with IS in this week a year ago.
CITY JAIL FULL OF HOBOS.
Prlsoa Life to Them Is & Snap A
Roclc Pile to Drive TTiem Array.
The City Jail has sheltered, on an aver
age, 40 hobos and vagrants for the past
two months, although 25 would crowd the
dingy quarters. The prisoners are usu
ally very well satisfied with their two
meals a day and their shelter from the
elements, and are In no hurry to have
their sentences expire, according to Jail
er Roberts, who said yesterday: "The
City Jail has no terrors for these fel
lows, and they are happy as clams. What
Portland needs is a rock pile on a mud
pile, or any kind of a pile, that would
give them plenty of employment in the
open air. Being sheltered and fed at the
expense of the city is Just what they like,
as it beatB riding blind-baggage cars and
brakebcams at this season of the year.
Many of these fellows commit petty dep
redations with the sole purpose to dbtaln
a temporary home during the cold weath
er." Still the Jail is by no means as full as
it would be if all the vagrants and petty
thieves were confined In It. These gen
try appear before Judge Cameron in
squads, daily, and ho does his best to
Induce them to leave town in preference
to sentencing them to a period of Idle
ness and comfort. In aggravated cases
he often says, "Sixty days, but will sus
pend sentence on condition that you
leave town within 12 hours." The pris
oner usually promises to "go Tight out
of town. Judge," but Is frequently picked
up by the police a few days afterward
and the "punishment" it then inflicted.
In the Fall and early Winter the crim
inal class usually drift Into Portland In
large numbers from the North, and they
hate to leave until warm weather sets
in again, as the brakebeam ride to Cal
ifornia Involves a good deal of privation.
The snows of the Siskiyous lying be
tween tho Willamette and the Sacra
Mento Valleys are a long, chilly barrier.
Settlements are far apart,, and the resi
dents have long since become tired of the
Weary Willies who beg or demand food
whin the trainmen succeed In ejecting
them from the cars. In Summer the
haystack at night and the orchard by
day can. be depended on In passing
through Oregon, and as the farmers aro
usually 'glad to see a man "looking for
work," there Is chance of an occasional
square meal. The only thing these gen
try dread is work, and the bare report
that Portland was preparing a rock pile
had the effect of sending a good many
away within the past week.
"Portland used to work its vagrants
In the City Park, about 12 years ago," an
old police officer said yesterday, "and we
were never so crowded down stairs as we
are now. It only took two policemen to
guard a gang of them, and when one of
the prisoners desired to escape, no one
ran very hard to prevent him. He was
thus given a chance to leavo the city
and that was the object In making them
work. Those who refused to work were
put on bread and water until they
changed their minds."
"These 'vags all give assumed names,
and they all select Irish names," said
another officer, who Is of Hibernian de
scent himself. "Why, even a big lazy
Swede a few days ago told Judge Cam
eron that his name was Patrick Riley. It
I'd been Judge I'd a given that Swede
12 months at hard labor for that very
Yellow fever has appeared at St. Lucia and
The smelter at Argentine, Kan., will be shut
down permanently about February 1.
Phya AkaraJ Oradhara, the new Siamese Min
ister, presented his credentials to tho Presi
dent. A Union Pacific train rain Into a band of
sheep near Point of Kocks, Wyo., killing- be
tween 300 and 400.
At Crowley, La., tho Rice Association of
America was organized, having- for Its object
the promotion of the Industry.
Cecil Delaccy Mllner, a cousin of Sir Alfred
MUner, and Mrs.- Mabel Vaneguard, wero mar
ried at Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
Frank Cannon and Will Kelly, colored, were,
hanged at Helena, Ark., for tho murder, last
July, of Isaac Lane and his wife.
"Jack" O'Brien, of Philadelphia, was award
ed the purse of 450 In a fight with "Yank"
Kenny, of New York, at Liverpool.
Victor Hugo's only grandson, George Hugo,
has applied for permission to put the prcflx
"Victor" before his family name.
Spanish treasury bonds to the amount of 123,
000,000 pesetas, running for six months, with
Interest at 4 per cent, will be Issued shortly.
In the Doyle-Burns mining suit, the rebuttal
evidence of the plaintiff was completed, and
the case will probably be ready for argument
Rev. Dr. A S. MacArthur, pastor of Calvary
Baptist Church, will not leavo New York In
response to a request from the Trcmont Temple,
Kx-Judgo E. II. Gary, chairman of the board
of directors of the United States Steel Corpo
ration, will go to California on a vacation
As a result of a decision made In the United
States District Court, at Philadelphia, the salo
of the Philadelphia Record, scheduled to toko
place In March, has been postponed.
The Linseed Poaltice.
A dispensary doctor In the Emerald Isle
Is expected to dispense many things be
His life is certainly not a bed of roses.
These people are woefully Ignorant, yet
no Irishman dikes to confess to want or
One day I ordered a linseed poultice to
bn put on an old man's chest. The next
morning he was no better, and I was ac
cused of Incompetency.
"1 put the plalster to him, your honor,"
said his wife, "tho' he spit an' spit like
a big snail. But it ain't done no good!
An docthor, honey! It was a big dose."
Then I realized Mrs. Moultan's method
of poulticing her good man's chest. She
nad applied the soft mass Internally!
Another time I compounded (we are our
own dispensers in the Isle of Destiny) a
box of pills for "brown kittles." The re
sult of grinding tnese with a big stone,
and wearing the powder as a charm, was
not satisfactory. My verdict as "c'rown
er" certified "natural causes." It should
havo been given as "crass Ignorance."
David Jones, a district school teacher
of Missouri, has Issued his annual chal
lenge to any person or group of persons
In tho world to spell against him. One of
Mr. Jones' conditions is that all words
presented shall be English, so that it
will probably take a large Jury of experts
to propound them.
M. Paul Desprez, former Counselor or
the French Embassy at Washington,
where he married a daughter of General
McCIellan. on March 6, 1SS3, has been ap
pointed French Minister to HaytL
CANAL IN NICARAGUA
HEPBURX BILL WILL BE REPORT
ED FAVORABLY TO THE HOUSE.
Gratifying- Uaaalmtty at the First
Meeting; of the Committee
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13. The House
committee on Interstate and foreign com
merce, at its first meeting today, voted to
report favorably the Hepburn bill
providing for the construction of the
Nicaragua CanaL Fletcher of Min
nesota, was the only member voting
against reporting the bill. Before the
vote was taken several amendments were
proposed. One by Adamson of Geor
gia was agreed to, providing that the
expenditure of $10,000,000. as provided by
the bill shall be made on warrants signed
by the President of the United States.
Other amendments, fixing a minimum ana
maximum depth for the canal, were voted
down, the desire being to retain the orig
inal form of the Hepburn bill as near as
possible. Chairman Hepburn was direct
ed to urge the measure to consideration
and a vote In tho House at tho earliest
Hepburn said after the meeting that he
would push the bill in the House as one
of the flrs't measures to be taken up after
tho holidays. The unanimity of the com
mittee today was gratifying to the friends
of the canal measure. Adamson, a Demo
crat, moved to report the bill, and the
entire Democratic membership of the com
mittee voted for the bill. Adamson Is
also co-operating with Chairman Hepburn
on the floor of the House with a view to
securing united action when the measure
comes up. The Hepburn bill, as finally
agreed upon and ordered reported today,
"Be It enacted, etc:
"That the President of the United States
be and is hereby authorized to acquiro
from the States of Costa Rica and Nica
ragua, for and In behalf of the United
States, control of such portion of terri
tory now belonging to Costa Rica and
Nicaragua as may be desirable and nec
essary on which to excavate, construct
and protect a canal of such depth and ca
pacity will be sufficient for the move
ments of ships of tho greatest tonnage
and draft now in use, from a point
near Greytown, on the Caribbean Sea, via
Lake Nicaragua, to Brito, on the Pacific
Ocean, and such sum as may be necessary
to secure such control Is hereby appro
priated out of any money in the Treasury
not otherwise appropriated.
Sec. 2. That when the President has
secured full control over thi territory In
section 1. referred to, he shall direct the
Secretary of War to excavate and con
struct a canal and waterway from a point
on the shore of the Caribbean Sea, near
Greytown, by way of Lake Nicaragua, to
a point near Brlto, on the Pacific Ocean.
Such canal should be of sufficient capacity
and depth as that It may bo used by ves
sels of the largest tonnage and greatest
draft now In use, and shall be supplied
with all necessary ocks and other appli
ances to meet the necessities of vessels
passing from Greytown to Brlto, and the
Secretary of War shall also construct such
safe and commodious harbors at the ter
mini of said canal, and such provisions
for defense, as may be necessary for the
safety and protection of said canal and
"Sec 3. That the President shall "cause
such surveys as may be necessary for said
canal and harbors, and In the construct
ing of tho same may employ such persons
as he may deem necessary.
"Sec 4. That in the excavation and con
struction of said canal the San Juan River
and Lake Nicaragua, or such parts of
each as may be made available, shall be
"Sec 5. That In any negotiations with
the States of Costa Rica or Nicaragua
the President may have, tho President Is
authorized to guarantee to said states the
use of Bald canal and harbors upon such
terms as may be agreed upon for all ves
sels owned by said states or citizens
"Sec. 6. That the sum of $10,000,000. Is
hereby appropriated out of any money in
the Treasury not otherwise appropriated
toward the project herein contemplated,
and the Secretary of War is further here
by authorized to enter into a contract or
contracts for materials and work that
may bo deemed necessary for the proper
excavation, construction, defense and
completion of said canal, harbors and de
fenses, to be paid for as appropriations
may from time to time be hereafter made,
to be drawn on warrants signed by the
President, not to exceed In tho aggregate
EXPEDIENCY IN DRYDOCKS.
Mr. Corbett Resumes His Pen for a
PORTLAND, Decl (To the Editor.)
Judging from Captain Pope's remarks and
the later comments by Mr. Bentlcy on.
drydock matters, it Is evident that these
gentlemen have misunderstood the nature
of my partisanship for a dock of wooden
construction. Steel is undeniably the su
perior material for almost any structure
requiring rigidity, strength and perma
nece; tho question is merely one of ex
pediency. The reference to the nature
of Eastern drydocks was not introduced as
being confirmatory of any personal idea,
but as simply offering a field for Investi
gation which had passed the -experimental
Tho preservation of wood In salt water
and Its susceptibility to decay In. fresh
water are not, strictly speaking, "dark
secrets." There was no intent to main
tain that the local conditions are synony
mous with those In New York harbor. It
does not seem to be altogether a matter
of what is best, but what Is feasible, and
when Mr. Pope says, "I frankly admit that
a wooden drydock would serve our pur
pose for all practical' ends as regards the
handling of ordinary traffic," he effectual
ly disposes of tlie situation, for It is
certainly "practical ends" and "ordinary
traffic" that we are concerned with. The
salient fact is that we need a drydock
as soon as possible, and as good as the
appropriation will permit It to be, and It
Is probable that a decision In favor of a
steel drydock would annul both require
ments, whereas the Immediate employ
ment of native labor and material would
satisfactorily fulfill the conditions.
Allowing that the combination of fresh
water, tropical heat and Russian baths,
which Mr. Pope describes, would under
mine the constitution of our proposed dock
in the Inside limit of 15 years, would not
the possession of adequate docking facil
ities during that period have so Increased
the scope' and importance of the port that
private capital would be only too willing
to take up the work where the commis
sion left off? It is furthermore highly
probable that the commission would be
very willing to go out of the drydock
business long before that time. As a mat
ter of fact, such a contingency need not
be forthcoming in the shore thne allotted;
the dreaded processes of disintegration
may be distributed over a long term of
years of such common sense precautions
as are at our disposal. In the first place,
there are wood preservatives which are
generally acknowledged to have consider
able virtue and which could be very read
ily applied to parts which could not eas
ily be repaired.
The arguments advanced which assume
the conditions In a drydock to be identi
cal with those on the under body of a
ship are not altogether consistent. Not
being familiar with all the details of
drydock maintenance I may be in error,
but it appears to be quite possible to keep
the main body of such a dock constant
ly Immersed when not in use, thus keep
ing the vital parts of It subject to the
best possible conditions for preservation.
While Mr. Bentley's comparative fig
ures are certainly very attractive, they
still await confirmation, and it would be
interesting to havo him submit complete
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Bright Comedy Given by Well
Known Clnb Members.
The German department, of which
Frau Mundt Is the leader, was In charge
of the meeting of the Woman's Club yes
terday afternoon, and a highly Interest
ing entertainment It proved to be. Charm
ing little programmes in the club colors,
green and white, were provided for the
occasion. Mrs. Fletcher Linn sang four
songs In German, the words by Johanna
Ambrosius, tho new lyric poet of Ger
many, who was the subject of the after
noon. These songs were: "Goldrlnglcln"
(A Little Gold Ring), "Kann Ich In
Delne Augen Sehen?" (Can I Look Into
our Eyes?), "Versaumtes Gluck" (Lost
Happiness), and "Meln Bub" (My Boy).
Peranza had put them to music. They
were sung In Mrs. Linn's most happy
Frau Mundt then read a most interest
ing paper on. the peasant poet, Johanna
Ambrosius. the chief feature of which
was a sketch of her life, written by the
poet herself for the Portland Woman's
Club, at the request of Frau Mundt. This
was greatly appreciated by the club mem
bers, who spoke their gratitude In very
lively terms to Frau Mundt at the close
of the afternoon.
A bright comedy by the members of the
German department followed, "Elner Mus3
Helraten" (One Must Marry), by Alex
ander Viktor Zechmelster, better known
by his pen name, Alexander Wllhelml.
Two learned young university professors
are represented poring over their books,
forgetful of the fact that the breakfast
bell had rung half an hour ago. Their
aunt, with whom they make their home,
enters In a temper, and, bitterly scolding
them, declares that she will no longer
put up with their Idiosyncrasies. One or
both of them must marry. Her niece,
Louise, who Is visiting her, naturally Is
Introduced Into the conversation, the
aunt suggesting her as a good wife for
one of them. The two brothers, greatly
nonplussed and disturbed by this new
turn of affairs, upon being left to them
selves, drew lots to see which one of
them shall bo the unhappy mortal to
commit matrimony. The lot falls to
Jacob. Wllhelm undertakes the. task of
showing his bashful brother a" graceful
way of approaching the pretty cousin,
Jacob all this time being In hiding be
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hind a bush In the garden. Wllhelm finds
Louise reading a volume of his own
poems, and this, with her beauty, so de
lights him that he makes love to her In
real earnest, and, after a little demurring
on the part of the maiden. Is accepted.
Jacob all this time Is listening In great
astonishment from his hiding place to thl3
unexpected turn of events. k
Tho play gave abundant opportunity for
humor on the part of the actors, who
made excellent use of It. keeping the audi
ence In a roar of laughter. The roles of
the two brothers were taken by promi
nent clubwomen. Mrs. Ross, ex-president,
though disguised In a man's wig, a thor
oughly German shock of red hair, a long
dressing gown, and little black university
cap, was recognized by her friends. In
spite of the fact that names were care
fully omitted from the programme. Mrs.
Julia Marquam. who at present holds tho
office of president, made a fairly Irre
sistible Wllhelm, whom no one could help
falling In love with, so every one saltf.
The part of the aunt was capitally taken
by Mrs. M. Blumauer, and Mrs. W. E.
Thomas was charming as Louise In peas
ant costume. The play was given In Ger
man, and reflected great credit upon Frau
Mundt. At its conclusion kaffee klatscb,
Collision on n Mountain Carve.
LIVINGSTON, Mont., Dec 13. About
11:45 this morning a head-end collision
occurred on the mountain 10 miles west
of Livingston, on the Northern Pacific
The collision took place on a curve where
a light engine operating a flanger on the
mountain ran Into an extra west-bound
freight. Engineer Lory and Fireman
Vakelander. of the light engine, stuck
to their posts and were seriously Injured.
Considerable damage wa3 done to both
New lnnrters nt Annapolis.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13. The Navy De
partment has awarded the contract for
the construction of the buildings which
are to serve as quarters for the cadets
at the Naval Academy to Noel & Thomas,
of' Baltimore, at their bid of $l,448,0GO.
Dntc for Encampment "Sot Fixed.
CHICAGO. Dec. 13. The G. A. R. com
mittee having the matter In hand ad
journed today without definitely settling
the date for the next National encamp
ment. J2nrtliiunken In Italy nnd Sicily.
ROME. Dec. 13. Earthquakes were felt
last night In tho Province of Catania,
Sicily, and in the Southern Italian prov
inces of Calabria and Lecce.
There are cheap baking pow
ders, made from alum, but
their astringent and cauter
izing qualities add a
dangerous element to food,
100 WILLIAM ST NEWYORJC