Morning Oregonian. (Portland, Or.) 1861-1937, December 18, 1901, Image 1

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VOL. XLI. NO. 12,798.
PORTLAND, OREGON, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1901.
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CHRISTMAS GIFTS
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25 to the box. for the holiday trade only.
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end upward.
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HEADQUARTERS FOR TOURISTS AND COMMERCIAL TRAVELERS
Special rate made to families and single Rcntletnen. The manage
ment will be pleased at all times to show roomn and srlve prices. A mod
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Holiday Goods
Our stock includes a choice assortment of useful and
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MANICURE SETS. CHAFING DISHES.
EMBROIDERY SETS. FIVE O'CLOCK TEAS.
SHAVING SETS. FANCY NICKEL BATHROOM SETS.
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ROLLER AND ICE SKATES,
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STRIKING BAGS,
FOOTBALL, BASEBALL. GOLF. TENNIS, POLO, BASKET-BALL, IN
DOOR BASEBALL AND CROQUET OUTFITS COMPLETE.
As the above articles are not side lines -with us, you may feel assured that
in purchasing our goods, you are getting the best the world's manufacturers
can produce.
STORE OPEN EVENINGS
Honeyman Hardware Co.
Fourth and Alder Streets
DID NOT FARE WELL
Assignments of Senators
From Pacific Northwest.
OPPOSITION TO PHILIPPINE BILL
Library Association of Portland
Hour ttom 9 A. M. to 9 P. M excopt Sunday nd "iD'U.m.
29,000 lOLUWES 250 PERIODICKL3
$5.00 7Z VBKR $1.50 3C QUKHTBR
Orepron "Will Lose the Alaska Col-
lectorshlp Bill Permitting the
Sale of Allotted SHctz
Lands.
policies in the two Ministers, ask If It is
possible to expect that the partly educated
youths shall enjoy liberty of organization
and discussion when educated adults are
punished relegated from the capital for
from one to three years or even threat
ened with more severe treatment, for
meeting In a private house to discuss how
the conflict between the students and the
authorities could be arranged?
WILL NOT CHANGE DATE.
THtPORttANB
SEVENTH AN
STARK STREETS'
IPECIAI. RATES TO STUDENT.
-S1.00 A TEATt
TOOL'S HASTE IS NAE SPEED." DON'T HURRY
THE WORK UNLESS YOU USE
The Last Aeolian Recital
WASHINGTON. Dec. 17. Senators from
the Pacific Northwest did not fare as
well as somo of their Republican col
leagues In the matter of committees, nor
as well as could be wished, yet they have
little or no complaint to make.
Besides refilling the places he had. Sen
ator Simon has been added to the pen
sion and one or two minor committees,
retaining his chairmanship of irrigation.
Senator Foster has been added to Dis
trict of Columbia and another minor com
mittee, and remains chairman of Insular
surveys.
While Senator Mitchell regrets that he J
was not able to obtain a place on the
commMteo on commerce, he is well sat
isfied with being placed on lnteroceanlc
canals, where he is able to push the isth
mian canal bill, and to secure his old
place pn pcstofllccs and post roads, and
also to occupy a place on Pacific isl
ands and Porto Rico, which deals with
Hawaiian affairs. As to commerce. Sen
ator Perkins, c California, was a mem
ber of thj committee on committees, and,
of cours. when he Insisted upon having
the place on commerce, it could not be
otherwise A number of Senator Mitchell's
friends were- anxious to have him on
privileges and elections, but his well
known position In favor of the election of
Senators by direct vote of the people
stopped him from securing that place, as
the committee has been arranged to pre
vent any such legislation.
There was also quite a desire among a
largo n'imber of the older Senators to
have Senator Mitchell go upon foreign
relations, but Fairbanks and Kean in
sisted upon being placed there, and, be
In.? members of the committee that made
up the- slate, naturally got it- Senator
Mitchell's general assignments are very
sut.&ructor.
To Sell Allotted Lands.
The Secretary of the Interior today sent
to Congress, with his strong indorse
ment, the draft of a bill to authorize the
heirs of deceased allottees on the former
SiitIt2Iuaiah'3reservatlSn," In Oregon 'to'
sell allotted lands. A new law Is de-slre-l
which will permit the adult heirs
of a deceased allottee to sell the inher
ited lands, and, if there arc both adult
and minor owners of such inherited lands,
to permit such minors to Join in the
sale thereof through a duly appointed
gUL-idic-n.
Aid for Washington Soldiers Home.
Senator Turner today Introduced a bill
granting to the State of Washington 50,
000 acrth of land to aid in the continua
tion, enlargement and maintenance of
the Washington State Soldiers' and Sail
ors' Home.
The Alnskn. Collcctorshlp.
Oregon, which has held the Alaska Col
lect! rshlj for a great many years past.
Is going to lose It. The fact that the
Senators could not agree is one reason
for the failure to take an Oregon man.
but the main reason is that Secretary
Gage hi.s had his mind made up to select
an olTcer oi the revenue marine service
who Las hn1 a great deal of experience
in Alaska, and who is highly commended
to President Roosevelt.
Danish "West Indies.
Members ol the Senate indicate that
they wll vote very quickly to ratify a
treaty bringing the Danish West Indies
under United States control, because they
arc es-sential to this Government In main
taining and protecting the Nicaragua
Canal. These islands are nearer the east
ern enr. of the canal than any other
group where a sufficient harbor can bo
obtr:ned.
Opposition to Philippine Bill.
The difficulty which the Republicans
find in opposing the Philippine tariff bill.
now pending in the House and before the
Senate Commission, is the position the
Democrats have taken. To vote with the
Democrats means to condemn the pres
ent policy of the Government for continu
ation ol American control of the Philip
pines and to condemn the present DIngley
tariff. Had the Democrats taken a posi
tion in favor of greatly reduced rates be
tween the Philippines and the United
States, there might have been some op
portunity for some Republicans to stand
wlh them, but the report of the minority
of the committee is against the retention
of the Philippines, an absolute Impossi
bility now. and also against the protective
system two doctrines to which most Re
publicans cannot subscribe. It is not be
lieved that the Democrats are really at
heart in favor "of defeating the pending
Philippine legislation.
Register tit Oregon City.
Assurance is given that the nomination
of George W. Bibee as Register of the
Oregon City Land Office Is soon to be
sent to the Senate. This appointment has
been held up at the request of Senator
Simon.
Simon at the White Honse.
Senators Simon and Foster were among
the President's guests at dinner this
evening.
Thomad Connelly, of Hillsboro, Or.,
called upon Representative Tongue.
Representative Jones will spend his hol
iday recess with his mother "at Bethany,
111. A. W. D.
Root Says Cniinn Election Must Be
Held ns Ordered.
WASHINGTON, Dea 17. Secretary
Root has addressed a letter to Slldele A.
Plerra, the representative of the Masso
party in Cuba, who is at present in this
city, denying his request for a postpone
ment of the Cuban elections. Secretary
Root's letter, which la dated December 1G,
Is as follows:
"Sir: The application for postponement
of the Cuban election, presented by you
on Saturday, December 14, in behalf of
the supporters of General Masso, as can
didate for President of Cuba, has been
carefully considered. The effect of grant
ing the application would be to prolong
American occupation and postpone the
independence of Cuba and the control of
the island by the government of her own
CHANGE IN GABINET
Postmaster-General Charles
Emory Smith Resigns.
RETURNS TO NEWSPAPER WORK
Henry C. Payne, of "Wisconsin, Vlce
Cbalrmnn of the Republican Na
tional Committee, Suc
ceeds to the Place.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17. Charles Emory
.Smith, of Philadelphia, has tendered to
the President l his formal resignation as
Postmaster-General, to take effect early
next month, and Henry C. Payne, of Wis-
adminlstration, and it has been a great
pleasure to co-operate with him. My res
ignation has been delayed beyond my or
iginal purpose for two reasons which havo
been harmonized first, to consult the
President's wishes and not to embarrass
his declared policy as to his Cabinet, and,
second, to carry forward department poli
cies in which I am greatly Interested to a
point where their success Is assured. My
successor, Mr. Payne. Is a man who by
ability, experience and knowledge of pub
lic affairs is admirably fitted for the place,
and I am glad to surrender the trust to
such excellent hands. I return to active
Journalism with a feeling of great satisfaction."
THE LAST STEP.
Ratification of Canal Treaty Will Be
Exchanged In a Month.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17. Lord Pauncc
fote, the Brrtlsh Ambassador, called at
the State Departmont today to confer
with Secretary Hay respecting the next
steps to be taken toward consummating
the treaty ratified yesterday by the Sen
ate to replaqp the Clayton-Bulwer treaty.
It is possible that ratifications will be
exchanged in about a month. King Ed
ward first must ratify the treaty, and
then, the exchange copies of the conven
tion having been prepared, the British
DRYDOGK OF WOOD
Port of Portland Commission
Comes to a Decision.
COST WILL BE ABOUT $225,000
THE RETIRING POSTMASTER-GENERAL AND HIS SUCCESSOR.
j-f-wET!evrai!!U3SBHBEr' tfCSrjBSBSBSftV
Chnrles Emory Smith.
Henry C. Payne.
Henry C. Fayne, of Milwaukee. Wis., who has been appointed by President Roosevelt to be Postmaster-General, vice Charles
Emory Smith, has been a prominent figure In Wisconsin politics for yeara. He Is one of the best-Informed men In the Middle
West on National affairs, and haa served for years as the member and vice-chairman of the Republican National Committee
from Wisconsin. Mr. Payne, white active Jn securing political preferment for his personal and political friends, has devoted
the larger part of his busy lifetime to his transportation enterprises. He practically controls all of the electric street railways
In Milwaukee, and his fortune la estimated at several million dollars. He has been a sincere and consistent worker for Repub
lican success. Mr. Payne wa on terms of Intimacy with all of the biff leaders of the party in the East, and was an. ardent
supporter of the late President McKlnlcy and his policies. He was supposed to be close to Mark Hanna, and other members
of the National Committee, who were closo to the then President. If Mr. Payne has determined to take a hand In the political
game. It Is not unlikely that he will be a candidate for the United States Senate to succeed Senator Joseph V. Quarlcs, whose
term expires In 1003.
people. This ought not to be done in the
Interest of any candidate or without the
most weighty and substantial reasons.
The substance of reasons which you pre
sent Is that the central board of scrutiny,
as now constituted, is composed of gen
tlemen, none of whom is In favor of
General Masso and all of whom are in
favor of General Palma. and you declare
that that board Is unfair, and will be
unfair In the performance of Its duties.
The board to which you refer was con
stituted without reference to any can
didate, and before any candidate had been
named. It consisted of the president and
four of the distinguished members of the
constitutional convention, elected by the
people of Cuba to provide for the estab
lishment of the new government. It had
the approval of the convention and of
the people whom the convention repre
sented. Since the board was thus consti
tuted, candidates for the Presidency have
been nominated, and it happens that you
and your friends have nominated a can
didate who has no adherent on the board.
That furnishes no ground for turning the
board out of office or for postponing the
election and overturning the election ma
chinery carefully provided by the repre
sentatives of the Cuban people In con
vention assembled and establishing new
machinery for the purpose of putting ad
herents of your candidate Into office,
consin, vice-chairman of the Republican
National committee, has accepted the ten
der of the office, to which he will be nomi
nated after the holiday recess. Mr. Smith
has agreed to remain until January 15,
if necessaray, but will return Immediately
thereafter to Philadelphia to resume the
editorship of the Philadelphia Press.
This change in the Cabinet was formally
announced at today's session of the Cabi
net. AH the members of the Cabinet ex
pressed their profound regret, and the
President paid a very Impressive tribute
to the services and personality of the re
tiring member of his official family. He
said that he had sought to persuade Mr.
Smith to alter his determination and to
remain In the Cabinet, but without suc
cess, and he had finally accepted Mr.
Smith's reasons as decisive.
Mr. Smith first announced to the Presi
dent the latter part of last month that
he had decided to return to his editorial
duties. The President at that time urged
him to remain. Mr. Smith, however, had
been frequently reminded by his business
associates of the duties devolving on
him, and was anxious to return to them.
He had several talks with President
Roosevelt on the subject, and finally Sat
urday afternoon formally tendered to the
President the following letter of resignation:
" ashlngton. D. C. Dec. 14, 1901. My
If such a course were adopted, new nom- t Dear Mr. President: Following my verbal
Until after the holidays, will be given tonight. Read our "ad." In yesterday's Ore
gonian. It will Interest you. Then come out tonight and Investigate the Pianola.
It will surprise you. Then make your family an Xmas present of one. It will
please and satisfy you.
j Doors open at S:15. Recital promptly at 8:30. Seats free. All are welcome.
THE AEOLIAN COMPANY
3T. B. WELLS, Sole Northrrest Asent. Aeolian Hall. 353-353 Washington St.
Inations would effectually require new
propositions and new arrangements, and
an election might be indefinitely post
poned. It is a false theory' of official re
sponsibility which assumes that gentle
men placed In conspicuous positions of
public trust would be guilty of official
malfeasance because they may personally
communication of some time ago, I beg
to tender my resignation of the office of
Postmaster-General, to take effect at your
earliest convenience on the appointment
and qualification of my successor. This
step is taken In fulfillment of a plan long
since formed for purely personal reasons.
tne execution of which has been delayed
copy will be sent to Washington, where
they probably will be exchanged. The
treaty provides that this act may take
place either In Washington or In London,
but in deference to Lord Pauncefote's
wishes it is likely that this, his last act
in treaty-making, will occur In Washington.
Department of Jnstlcc Appointments
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17. The Cabinet
meeting today was almost entirely de
voted to the discussion of appointments,
principally In the Department of Justice.
The following have been selected and will
bo appointed within a day or two: W. J.
R. Robinson, third Judge of the Circuit
Court of Hawaii; Robert J. Breckons, of
Wyoming, Attorney for the District of
Hawaii.
Member Believe It Will Be Economy
to Renew Dock Every Fifteen
Years Rather Than Spend
8540,000 for Steel Structure.
A wooden drydock was practically set.
tied on last evening by the Port of Port
land Commission, and that style built bs
Faber, Du Faur & Donnelly, of New
York, was regarded with most favor. The
cost of this Is estimated at ?223,0C0. Ths
cost of a composite dock that is, a wood
en dock wtih steel braces would be about
5405.000. It was figured, and an all-steel
dock could not be constructed for less
than $340,000. It was therefore argued
that the wooden dock would be cheaper,
even though It rotted at the end of 15
years, as it could be rebuilt for less than
the original cost of the steel dock.
Other plans than that of W. T. Don
nelly were examined, but as none of these
were presented by men who actually built
a drydock of the pattern required, thcy
were passed over with little comment, the
commission evidently not being inclined
to experiment. The plans of Crandall &
Son Co.. of East Boston; H. C. Holmes
and S. G. Hinds, of San Francisco; J. J.
Cousins, of. East Boston; J. Duthle. of
Bremerton, Wash; Richie & Ruple. of
Cleveland. O., and the Dundee Construc
tion Company, of San Francisco, were
spread upon the table and scanned for
points of superiority, but the Donnelly
wooden model that stood on the table held
Its own against all competitors, though
there was no one present to represent It.
But the cost of using the plans of this
dock 5 per cent of that of construction,
coupled with the price charged for tho
patent. 10 per cent brought Mr. Donnel
ly's personal charges away up toward 550.
000, and here was the sticking point. None
of the other plans cnmeso high, and some
of them closely resembled the Donnelly
dock In the method of strengthening the
cross section. These MYT Donnelly had
declared Infringements at the meeting
Monday evening. In his model the timbers
arch clear across the Interior of the dock,
while minor arches span the narrower
widths. It appeared to the commission
that the strain of a heavy vessel on the
longitudinal center of the Donnelly dock
could be better withstood than on any
other style of dock.
Chairman Hughes feared the truss tim
bers would be inclined to decay where
wind and water meet, and he could see
no way by which these timbers could ha
renewed.
It was finally decided that a wooden
floating drydock is not ballt to be repaired,
but to be renewed when It gives qut.
Members of the commission who had
visited the lumber mills with Mr. Don
nelly yesterday thought the average cost
of 3,000,000 feet of timber necessary would
be about 515 per 1000. Bridge carpenters. It
was determined, could do the work as well
as any mechanics, so there would be no
need of high-priced ship carpenters. The
iron used in strengthening the structure
will have to be galvanized to keep it from
rusting, and electricity is favored for
working the pumps. There would be very
little machinery on board the drydoek,
and the pumps would be plain wooden
boxes with valves of oak and leather.
The commission will meet with Mr. Don
nelly this evening for further discussion.
Trust for New Dredge.
The Phoenix Iron Works, 'of this city
will construct the steel truss for the new
dredge at a cost of 5SC00. M. A. Millard,
to whom the contract was awarded for
57133, having failed to furnish the required
bond. The iron will be furnished by the
Wabash Iron Works, and Is to be put on
board the cars In Pennsylvania within C3
days from the signing of the contract,
barring strikes, accidents, floods, fires and
shortage of cars.
VISITED MARCONI'S PLANT.
nrefer one candidate rather than another. I until it could be carried out without em
"As to the assertion that the central ; barrasslng your declared policy and until
board of scrutiny has In fact proved to ; department measures in which I nm deep
be unfair, something beside mere asser-1 1 interested could be satisfactorily ad
tlon Is necessary. No facts are stated by i vanced and assured. In laying down the
you to sustain this assertion, except that J trust committed to my hands. I want to
you allege that an illegal selection of dele- thank you most sincerely for the conju
gates to the provincial board of can- I dence you have reposed In me, and for
vasscrs has been approved, but you state the great pleasure I have found In an
that there was a failure to post .a list t association wnicn nas deepened my esteem
the spirit and alms of your Administra
tion. With my best wishes that you may
have the largest measure of success. I re
main, faithfully yours.
"CHARLES EMORY SMITH."
Mr. Smith delayed the formal tender un
til the President had chosen his successor.
Russian Stndents Protest.
ST. PETERSBURG. Dec. 17. Ex
ceedingly strained relations exist be
tween Ministers Sipiguin, of the Interior,
and "VannofCsky, of Education. The resig
nation of "VannoiTsky was announced from
here December 4; but, at the Czar's re
quest he will remain in office until the
new year. The students, realizing the im
DossibJlitv of a continuation of opposing
of taxpayers, which the City Council of i
Havana ought to have posted on the 2ath
of October. This was not the business
of the central board of scrutiny. I am
Informed, moreover, by cable from Ha
vana that the list in question was posted
on the 30th of October. The single day's
delay could not have occasioned you or.j
your associates the slightest Injury or in
convenience, and an objection based upon
It is In the highest degree technical. While
I do not for a moment suppose that you
Intend any such result, I cannot avoid the
conviction that your request calls upon
the United States for that very Interfer
ence with the Cuban election which your
associates have deprecated and which It
is our duty and purpose to avoid. Your
application must accordingly be denied."
Today Mr. Plerra sent another letter
to Secretary Root, asking a reconsider
ation of the decision by the Secretary
Mr. Plerra declares the proposal prayed
for need not prolong the American occu
pation, as suggested by the Secretary.
The central board of scrutiny, he says, Is
a most original creation, and no similar
election organization has ever existed
anywhere. He requests that an equal
number of members, representing the
other Presidential candidates, be added to
the board, and that a similar measure be
adopted in connection with the provincial
boards, in which Masso has no representa
tion. Mr. Plerra say3 he is not here espe
cially to plead the cause of General Masso
or of any political party. The outcome of
the election, as things now stand, he as
serts, will not be the stable government
which the United States wishes to see
established in Cuba; it will be. on the
contrary, the beginning of serious dis
turbances. I-
Indignation nt St. Johns Over Cable
Company's Attltn&e.
ST. JOHNS, N. F., Dec. 17. Marconi
was visited officially at Signal Hill today
by Governor Boyle, Premier Bond and
the executive council. They were shown
the wireless apparatus, which was ex
plained to them. No attempt was made
to get signals from England because of
the hostility of the Anglo-American. Cable
Company. The government officials, in
visiting Marconi, had to consider the pro
test against their going made by the su
perintendent of the Anglo-American
Cable Company, who maintained that the
Government should not Identify itself
with either party. The officials decided
that the scientific aspect of the Marconi
plan warranted their recognizing him.
There Is a widespread and growing feel
ing of indignation here over the Anglo
American Company's attitude toward
Marconi. The view taken by the public
is that the company, seeing that only
two years of its monopoly remain, should
not prevent the colony from enjoying the
benefits of the new Invention, especially
as It may take that period to perfect the
Marconi system.
The Marconi Wireless Telegraphy Com
pany, of London, and the Anglo-American
Cable Company, also In London, have
opened negotiations for the settlement of
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Mr. Payne is now at his home In WIscon- iV" ""-J " """JT J, "n j ,
sin. His name will go Into the Senate- for Jg, MC?- ,SR T ?,"? J" 'T
conflrmation the first week of January. I tl" Ai nitl?i i, m " "i!.S
Ho is expected to be ready to take charge ' ?f?nt? J! ed,'J ?? rl LcJase hL!
..f , , ,.. i i.til -. . .u experiments here, and will leave next
at the latest. It is stated that no other
changes In the Cabinet are at present con- i
tcmplated.
Mr. Smith has been Postmaster-General
since April 21. 1S9S, succeeding James A.
Gary, of Maryland, virtually at the outset
of the Spanish War. Mr. Gary had been
one of President McKInley's original Cabi
net appointees, but felt himself physically
unable to bear the strain of Cabinet du
ties during the war. Postmaster-General
Smith, in an interview, spoke as follows
about his action:
"As indicated in my letter of resigna
tion, this step has been taken in conform
ity with a plan formed many months ago.
I communicated my purpose to the Presi
dent last month, with the accompanying
statement that I wished to consult his
convenience as to the time when I should
go out. The President was exceedingly
gracious, and strongly urged me to stay,
but finally accepted my reasons as conclu
sive of my duty to myself. My relations
with the President have been of the most
cordial character, and have strengthened
as we have worked together. We have
been In thorough accord in all mattors of
policy. I have formed the highest esti
mate of bis lofty and patriotic standard of
Sunday for Nova Scotia, where. In the
event of the failure of the present nego
tiations, he will select another site for a
wireless telegraph station. The Inventor's
work In Nova Scotia will occupy him
about a week; he will then leave for
London, via Halifax. Marconi expects
that the negotiations between the two
companies will be satisfactorily termi
nated before he reaches England. In that
event, he will make preparations for the
erection of a wireless telegraph station
either at St, John's or at Canso. N. S. If
Nova Scotia Is selected, the station there
will probably "be erected next Spring.
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Ilarrallnn Leper Colony.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 17. Delegate Wil
cox, of Hawaii, today introduced r. bill
making the leper colony of Hawaii a
United States Government reservation,
and providing that the colony shall be
under the control of the Secretary of the
Treasury.
Pacific Cable Bill.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 17. The House
committee on interstate and foreign com
merce today fixed January 11 for taking
up tho Pacific cable question.
Reciprocity With Cuba.
NEW YORK, Dec. 17. Commercial
bodies throughout the United States aro
being asked by the Merchants Associa
tion of this city to co-operate In a move
ment toward securing favorable action by
Congress in the matter of commercial
reciprocity with Cuba. To this end. res
olutions on the subject, recently adopted
by the directors of the association, are
being sent to merchants and commercial
organizations all over the country, and
also to President Roosevelt, members of
his Cabinet and to all members of Con
gress. SUMMARY OF THE DAY'S NEWS.
CoaKrcin.
The debate on the Philippine tariff bill was
opened In the Housr. Pa;e 2.
The new Senate commlttcu assignments wero
announced. I'a.e 2.
Oregon and Washington Senators did not fare
well in assignments. Page 1.
Many Schley resolutions were introduced in tha
House. Page 3.
Foreign.
General French has captured Commandant
Kritzlnger. Page 3.
Kruger may abandon his demand for Boer in
dependence. Page 3.
Severe earthquakes occurred In New Zealand.
Page 3.
Domestic.
Postmastcr-Goncral Smith resigns, and will be
succeeded by lltnry C. Payne. Page 1.
A conciliation committee was appointed at the
New York labor and capital conference.
Page 3.
A quadruple suicide Is reported from Colum
bus, O.
Pnclrle Coast.
Sensational testimony in action to dtebar Colo
nel A. S. Cole, of Whatcom, Wash. Page 4.
Secretary of State Dunbar returns from tho
East. Pase 4.
Election at Ashland. Or., a prohibition town,
resulted in favor of high license. Page 1.
Commercial and Marine.
Steamship Hatlsu to load at Portland for Vla
dlvostock. Page 5.
Steamship Pembrokeshire arrives from the
Orient. Page 5.
Portland grain ships still receiving quick dis
patch. Page 5.
O. R. & N. steamer Ruth sunk in the Willam
ette, near Corvallls. Page .".
nastern wheat markets were firmer. Page 11.
Notable gains made In a number of prominent
Wall-street securities. Page 11.
Portlanct and Vicinity.
Port of Portland Commission practically de
cides on wooden drydock. Page 1.
Brown and Maddox win Oregon King mining
suit. Page 10.
D. P Thompson's will leaves property to wife
and two daughters. Page 10.
Gambling opens, and suddenly closes. Page 10.
Board of Inquiry look3 Into abandonment of
British bark Pinmore. Page 10.