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l THE MORNING OREGONIAN. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1903.
ALL FOR NEW PLAN
Gratification at Definite Step
by Engineer Board.
SUPPORT FROM ALL QUARTERS
JJven if Pet Theories nave Not Been.
Adopted, tbe Demand Now la for
Harmonious and Vigorous
Action Time Necessary.
Tho announcement yesterday morning
khat tho United States Engineers had
agreed upon a plan for the Improvement
lor the mouth of the Columbia River 'was
(received with general approval. Those
'who are In contact with navigation af
tfalrs tvutd much gratified to sea that a
Vleflnlte step hod been taken toward
Itrtttlng the -work under way, and cvery
Ibody else had confidence that a deep chan
jnel on tho bar -would help Portland and
(the whole Columbia Basin. Thero was
Heneral recognition of tho fact that this
Us no time for quibbling over methods and
ttheortre; that nctlon on any rational plan
is the great thing to be desired.
I The recommendations of the special
(Board of Engineers remains to bo ap
proved by General Gillespie, chief of engi
taeers, and by Secretary Root. In tho
usual course of business It will take about
DO days to get the approval of thcec of
ficers. Then the district engineer will re
celve official notice of tho plan determined
upon, with Instructions to prepare spoci
pcaUons for tbe work, -which. In tbjs case,
jls to bo let out by contract. The prepa
ration of those specifications is likely to
joonerumo between two and three weeks,
jond they will need be sent back to "Wash
ington for approval. Upon the passage
of this stage there will be Instructions to
iedvertlEo for bids, which advertisement
trill be required to run not leas than 30
(days and probably not longer than GO dayo.
When the bids arc submitted they must
be sent to Washington for examination
(and approval. Then will come the execu
tion of the contract and bond and their
examination and approval at 'Washington.
When all this Is done, which -will be
well along toward June, the contractor
will be introduced to a plant that is de
cidedly run down and out of Joint. It will
Holce a large part of the first season to
b-epair the railroad on tho pretvnt Jetty m
jus to serve for hauling stone for the ex
tension. Much of tho trestle that yet
jetands must bo renewed and a consider
able stretch at the outer end has been
ewept away entirely. It -will be imprac
ticable to drh-e piles through the etone of
he Jetty. restoration of the railroad
track will Involve driving piles out at the
aides beyond tho stone, which will add to
tho cost of the work. No work at actual
extension of tho Jetty can bo done until
well along into the Summer even if every
thing proceeds without hitch. Any unnec
ssary delay will, of course, throw the
work so much later In the reason.
After the trestle and track ehall be re
Btored, however, the work of extending
the Jetty need not halt for any season.
It can go on through tho Winter months
As well as in the Summer, with the pos
rfble exception of brief interruptions by
'heavy storms. But building the railroad
track on tho old Jetty will require the
quiet weather of Summer for its safe exe
cution. Opinion of tbe Engineers' Report.
Following are specimens. of the general
comment on the report of the Board of
engineers as made known in a dispatch
irom Washington, published yesterday
George Taylor. Jr.. chairman of the nov
tgatlon committee of tho Chamber of
Commerce I am very glad to see that the
Board of Engineers his agreed on a
scheme of Improvement for tho mouth of
the Columbia. It Is cause of cornrratu-
Ictlon for all our business Interests. Now
that the engineers, after a careful examl.
nation of the field, and upon mature de
liberation, hive recommended this plan, I
hope we shall have no distracting fault
finding or even counter-suggestions from
laymen. One of tho factors that has
produced so much delay -was the scatter
ing nature of our efforts for the lmprove
snent; we did not concentrate on anything.
1 hope every citizen will now pitch In and
give the proposed Improvement unauall
fled support. I have no doubt that tho
plan recommended "will produce the de
tsired results, but If I had .doubts I would
keep them to myself. Action, not discus
sion, is what we want. I hopo thero -will
be no delay about approval of the board's
report by Chief Glllesplo and Socretarr
JRoot. In order that Captain Langfltt may
get to woric promptly. It takes time to
advertise for bids and execute contracts
and get tho necessary approval of tho
Washington authorities for each step, and
mess tnero is prompt action the working
tason will be upon us and nothing ready1
or-proceecung with, the Jetty work. The
no weather will bo hero about the 1st of
une. and It will last only till about the
male of beptember. It must be appar
lt to all that no time is to be lost If the
preliminaries are to be completed so that
ork on the jetty may go forward- In
fjune, A few weeks of delay now may
(throw us a whole yeir behind tlmo with
itbo Improvement. Therefore I trust the
Washington authorities -will give this re
port prompt approval and set in motion
without a moment of unnecessary delay
Ithe machinery that will give us 40 feetVif
(water on the bar.
. Judge IE C George After deliberation
Jthe Board of Engineers his reported on a
plan for tho permanent Improvement of
-the mouth of tho Columbia. Tho former
tolan is modified, and the proposed exten
islon Is cut down, and Its possible failure
jto secure a 40-foot depth has resulted In
tho board's recommendation .for a north
Betty sufficiently to concentrate and guide
(the channel In a unit to the sea. so as to
(insure. In the board's opinion, tbe securing
lor such desirable depth for coming com
"While the board's final recommenda-
rtlon Is not In full In accordance with
Mho view outlined In my articles published
nn The oregonlan November 1 and 30. 190L
tin which I criticised the then proposed
Kuan ana suggested the resolution .of Con
cress authorizing the appointment of a
'.Board of Engineers to' review tho whole
(matter, and while I still believe that
greater Improvement could be made and
isnalntained by a cheaper and more'prac
'tlccl arrangement of Jetty work, yet a
board of engineers, after careful examlna
(Hon. has decided otherwise, and the plan
now aaoptea oy them shortens and modi
files the former Jetty plan, and strength
ms the extension proposed, and supple
ments It by a north Jetty, narrowing, con.
' central! ng and guiding the channel force
to sea, which was a central thought of
tray contention, I believe we should now
feu accept this report as final and pull
together lor future success.
"Should General Gillespie. Chief of En
.eineers, approve this board's report, al
1316 probably will, in view of the great ne.
cessity of on early and permanent lm
provement at the mouth of the Columbia
and of the necessity for a united support
al! along; the line In behalf of this great
work; I '-wish to say decidedly thit we
'should unite our voices and efforts In its
behalf, and support the Engineering De
partment -with a united delegation In Con
Kress, and backed by a united Pacific
Northwest in favor of on open 40-foot
mouth on plans approved: and also for
an open Columbia and Willamette as far
up Into the producing Interior as ships
can ascend, and then on as far above as
boats with river 'cargoes can float. Now
all shoulders to the wheel ,and together.
Captain George Conway, superintendent
O. JU & N. water lines Of course I am
glad to see that the engineers have agreed
on a definite plan of action to Improve
the mouth, of the river. I hope there will
be no delav about executing It. There has
already been too much delay. It . the
matter had been rightly handled In the
first place tho bar need never have gotten
in Its present condition. We Are very
much Interested in having navigation; at
the mouth nt the Columbia Improved and
I am gratified to see progress that gives
promise of relief within reasonable time.
C. F. Swigert, of the Port of Portland
Commission The board of engineers has
done what was plainly Its duty to do and
what might as well have been done
months ago but for all this agitation
of various schemes and theories by out
side people. The agitation has put us
about a year behind with tho work and
has done no good whatever. Now It Is
to be hoped that there will be no moro in
terference and that everybody -will cordial
ly support tho plan finally decided upon.
The Port of Portland Commission does
not come in contact at all with the work
at the mouth of the river, but as citizens
interested In tho welfare of Portland and
the whole Columbia Basin f am sure the
members are glad to see that matter put
In shape for definite work. A deep chan
nel cannot come too soon.
PILOTS AND TCGBOAT MEN.
They Are Particularly Pleased With.
North Shore Jetty Project.
ASTORIA. Or.. Feb. 6. (Special.) Tho
report of tho board of Government engi
neers detailing the plan for the Improve
ment of the depth of water on the bar
at the mouth of the Columbia River, as
ubllshed in today's Oregonlan, was read
with a great deal of interest by the bar
pilots, tugboat men and others having
an interest in the securing of better fa
cilities for shipping in and out of the
river. For several years these men have
longed for some relief from the existing
state of affairs, as they have been forced
to work under conditions more hazardous
than Is known by many besides themselves.-
This evening tho proposed plans were
discussed freely and although they met
with some criticism, the nnnounced In
tention of building a Jetty from the north
shore of tho river was generally believed
to be the real key to tho situation. In the
Judgment of the pilots this one should
be built first, as quicker results are to be
expected from It,, and besides It might
render the proposed, extension oil tne
south or present Jetty wholly unnecessary.
To extend the south Jetty two and half
miles without the assistance of the north
Jetty, would, it is believed, afford only
temporary relief and within a short time
another shoal similar to the present one,
would form farther out, thus practically
duplicating the present conditions.
.FRIDAY AND SATURDAY.
Last Days of the Pants Sale at the
Brownsville Woolen Mill Store.
As an. extra Inducement to anyone pick
ing out .a pair of pants these two days
we will give free with each pants a fine
pair of suspenders.
Prices are: $2, CS0, $2.75. 3. $2-50 and
$4 for the regular $3.0 to $6 pairs.
A few of the extra fine Winter-weight
suits are left, which "will be sold at about
half regular price.. We do not want to
carry these- heavy-weight suite over. Re
member the new location "Of the Woolen
Mills store Is on Washington street, be
tween Flnst and Second streets.
Seventy Honrs Is' the. Time East Via
The time between Portland and Chicago
via the "Chicago-Portland Spedaiv now is
TO hours, or two hours less than three
days. Train leaves every morning at S:20
o'clock, inaulre O. R. & N. ticket cCIm.
GORGEOUS FUNERAL PAGEANT OF THE LATE LEE WAX SI.
I " -Vi-"VL .. . V i?tN. KVV '. V A r '
J Third and Washington,
WITH ORIENTAL POMP
FUNERAL OF CHINESE MERCHAXT
ATTENDED BY BAXDS OF MUSIC.
Elaborate Pagan Ceremonies In the
Open Air Attract Large Crowd .
of Interested Spectators.
A bit of real China, with Oriental splon
dor, pagan rites, professional mourners
and music from one American and two
Chinese bonds, was seen yesterday by a
large and Interested crowd on Alder street
near Second. The occasion was part of
tne funeral service of Leo Wan Sai, a
wealthy Chinese merchant, with business
Interests in this city and San Francisco.
Ho was 63 years old. and died last Mon-
day from paralysis. It is supposed he
was worth about JCO.OOO.
For quite a number of years Lee Wan
Sal has .been one of the principal mer
chants In Chinatown, 'and ho was much
respected for his business ability and
jrc-bky. Recently, two of his sons died,
and lattery he fell Into 111 health. Nearly
all Chinatown, especially the members of
two Chinese societies, Lee Lung Si and
Bow On Kong Sow, In which he had
many relatives and friends, attended his
funeral from his home, 63H Second street.
Nearly 60 carriages were In attendance,
tbe funeral arrangements being In charge
of the-Edward Holmah Undertaking Com
pany. Music was supplied by Brown's
band, and by Chinese musicians.
Eight pigs, five of them roasted, with a
quantlty'of other food, were placed on
the specially erected stand facing Sec
ond street, and smoking incense was in
evidence. The coffin with the body -was
reverently placed on another stand, and
whlteTobed mourners prostrated them-
selves before It. The crowd completely
closed In the mourners, but the police pre
served good order. To get a better view
of the spectacle, one young man climbed,
at the risk of his life, an cdjacent tele
graph pole. It was .in occasion for tall
people, as most of them stood In the In
ner row, and shut out the view of ordi
nary citizens. Many women and girls
were present, and everybody exhibited an
orderly but Interested curiosity.
Then the body was placed In .the hearse
and the funeral procession started, with
the widow, her two daughters and one son
as chief mourners. They all wept bitter
ly. It was an impressive sight, and quite
a number of amateurxpbotographers took
snapshots of the mourners and their
quaint girb. Those who went In car
riages to Lone Fir cemetery Included
Chinatown's principal merchants. The
body was placed In a vault, to .await the
departure of a stcimer for China, where
the dead man will be ultimately buried,
and tho last burial ceremonies were then
concluded. Tho food taken to tho ceme
tery was Incinerated, and as the occu
pants of each carriage passed out of the
cemetery they were met at ihe outer gate
by a Chinaman who gave them a 5-cent
piece and a, bit of sugar cane wrapped In
fine paper. This was for good luck.
Postmaster of Granite, Mont.
WASHINGTON. .Feb. 5.-The President
today nominated Albert Hollander for
Postmaster at Granite, Mont.
PROPCSED JETTY IMPROVEMENT AT MOCTII OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER. (Drawn from telegraphed description.)
The largest variety of Valentines in the city Comics 3 for lc, Lace lc to 10c, Hearts from lc
to 10c each Novelty Valentines ranging in price up to $7.50 each.
Trunks, Traveling Bags, Suit Cases Every size and style at the lowest prices.
IsMbs s M mm HMHssS MliMMSBTM
Only Two Days More
The most remarkable February business we've ever
experienced, during the past four days. Tj Annual
"Rummage" and the Alteration-Sale prices couldn't
be resisted. Today and tomorrow are the last days of
the clean-up. Marvelous values in remnants, odds and
ends and broken lines in every department. Seasonable
merchandise can be purchased atNa fraction of the real
value. We call particular attention to the great sale of
Undermuslins, Infants' Wear and Corsets, the great
values in Ladies' Wrappers and Waists, Men's and
Boys' Clothing below the cost of manufacturing, rem
nants of Linens, Silks, Dress Goods, Wash Goods,
Laces, etc., broken lines of Shoes," Hosiery, Underwear,
Gloves, Neckwear, Men's and Boys' Underwear,
Sweaters, Shirts remarkably low priced.
Meier Frank Company
OREGON CITY ROILED
COMBINATION TO RAISE FREIGHT
RATES UNWELCOME. '
Merchants May Team Goods From
Portland, or Put Independent
Steamer on the River.
OREGON CITY, Feb. 5. Special.)-The
Southern Paqlfic Company, the Oregon
Water Power & Railway Company, the
Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company
and the Oregon City Transportation Com
pany have entered Into a combination to
raise the freight rates between 'this city
and Portland. On February 1 freight
rates were raised on all classes of freight
uO to iM per cent, and 'the merchants are
indignant. The difference between the old
and the new schedules will probably
amount to nearly $1000 per month, and at
least three of the merchants who have
tho heaviest freight bills to pay contem
plate putting on freight wagons between
Portland and Oregon City. A meeting of
the merchants will be held tomorrow night
to discuss the matter. They may deter
mine to secure an independent steamer
and place her on the Oregon City-Portland
run. The merchants of this city worked
hard in support of the freight franchise
for the Oregon Water Power & Railway
Company, and are Incensed over the action
of the combine.
ROCK ISLAND WITH IIARRIMA2V.
Agreement for Trnfflc Interchange
. Morgan In It.
NEW YORK, Feb. B An alliance or an
agreement of some sort has been entered
Into between the Union Pacific and South
ern Pacific Interests on one hand and the
Rock Island Railroad on the other. The
Important points have been agreed upon
and an official announcement of tho
scheme is looked for In a few days. A di
rector of the Rock. Island Company, after
communicating with Daniel G. Reid, said
that there was "something in the wind."
President Leeds, of the Rock Island, Is
now in the West, but is expected, back
soon. Messrs. Reid and Leeds are report
ed to have represented the Rock Island
Company, together with ex-Judge Moore,
In tho company's negotiations with the
Union and Southern Pacific Interests.
Meier Frank Company
"Shopping Center of the Northwest."
Judge Moore, is chairman of the Rock
Island Company's finance committee.
It la a matter of common belief in Wall
street that the parties now in control of
the Rock Island are being backed by
the First National Bank.
Harmony Is Extending;.
CHICAGO, Feb. 5. In connection with
the new relations between the Rock
Island and the Southern Pacific. It de
veloped today that the Harriman inter
ests opened, the Denver and Cheyenne
gateways to Rock Island freight traffic
two months ago. The arrangement
whereby the Rock Island now turns over
freight to the JnIon Pacific at these
points, was completed In China. Formerly
the Denver & Rio Grande secured alt of
the Rock Island through freight. Now
the condition Is changed and the Union-
Pacific is the recipient of the bulk of It.
The traffic agreement whereby the Rock
Island, exchanges traffic with the Union
Pacific does not include passenger busi
ness, which still is handled by the Denver
& Rio Grande except that which origin
ates at Memphis. It Is .understood that
a tentative move has been made by the
Union Pacific toward securing friendly
Interchange with the Burlington through
the Denver gateway, thereby completing
the list of Denver-Chicago roads.
INDORSEMENT for portage road
Astoria Progressive Commercial As
sociation Send Resolutions.
ASTORIA, Feb. 6.-(SpecUl.)-The com
mittee appointed by the Astoria Progress
ive Commercial Association last evening
to prepare a resolution indorsing the John
ston bill to build a portage road around
the dalles in the Upper Columbia met to
day and drew up the following, which his
been sent to Salem:
Realizing that the overcoming of the obstruc
tions In the Columbia River between The Dalles
and Celllo will open an empire of vast wealth,
to the commerce of tbe world, and be of great
benefit to the State of Oregon and the whole
Believing that the construction of, the state
portage railroad between The Dalles and Celllo
Is a feasible' plan.' and will accomplish the
much desired results, and
Being of the opinion that the State of Oregon
can well afford, and ought to make the appro
priation requested by the measures now pend
ing in the State Legislature of Oregon, and
that an appropriation for said railroad on ac
count of the great Increase In the development
of the regions drained by (he Columbia and
Snake Rivers' will return to" our state tenfold:
therefore be It
Resolved, by the -Astoria Progressive Com
mercial Association, of Astoria. Or.. That we.
I quested by the bill Introduced by Senator John-
ston heartily Indorse both the Glnn and John
ston measures, urging that one or the other of
these Important bills shall be speedily passed .
by the Legislature. Be It further
Resolved, That we respectfully urge our Sen
ator and Representatives In the Legislative
Assembly of the State of Oregon, and all other
members of said body, to do everything la their
power to secure the enactment of said law, and
that copies of this resolution be forthwith
transmitted to Representative Glnn, Senator
Johnston, our State Senator and Representa
tives, and to the Senate and House of Representatives.
PORT ANGELES PACIFIC RAILROAD.
First Locomotive on the Ground
Fifteen Miles by Jnne.
PORT ANGELES, Wash., Feb. 5. (Spe
cial.) The first locomotive for the Port
Angeles Pacific Railroad arrived here to
day on the steamer Rapid Transit and
was received with a Jubilant demonstra
tion by the people.
About two miles of track has been laid.
Work ''on the road ! beting pushed west
ward as fast as rails and bridge material-
can be got on the ground. A large wharf
fpr the road is nearly completed. It is ex
pected regular trains will be running to
the lakes, la miles west, by June. Five
miles of steel rails are now on tho wharf
ready for the tracklayers.
MAY BE DREAD FAMINE.
Railroads Failure to Handle Flour
NEW TORK, Feb. 5. There Is a note
of alarm In the reports received from the
West and especially from Minnesota of
the difficulty experienced by the shippers
to get flour to New York and other sea
board cities. The situation grows moro
acute each day and those competent to
Judge declare that a bread famine may
result unless the railroads provide at
once better facilities for the transporta
tion of flour.
Elected Directors and Adjnnrned.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 5. A meeting of the
stockholders of the St. Louis & San Fran
cisco Railroad was held here today and
the only business transacted was the elec
tion of directors. All the directors were
re-elected- except Messrs. Strauss. Sellg
man, Olney and Madill. These were elect
ed In their places: H. H. Porter, of New
York: W.iK. Blxby. of St. Louis: J. &
Ford, of New York, and S. T. Fulton, of
St, Louis. After the election of directors.
the meeting adjourned. No other business
was transacted and nothing was said re
garding the rumored leasing of the road
to an Eastern road.
Watch for Retiring Agent Bancroft.
F. A. Bancroft, who is about to retire
from the local freight agency of tho
Southern Pacific, to become Postmaster,
was last evening surprised at his office
by a delegation of the employes of his
departm'ent, who presented him with, a
fine gold watch, suitably inscribed. The
occasion was not stilly formal, but was
more In the Ine of easy good-fellowship,
and it was an incident that gave pleasure
Immigration Tnllc and Pictures.
General Passenger Agent Craig, of the
O. R. & N.. will address the University
Club at Its regular monthly meeting in
the Falling building tonight. He will
give a general talk on Immigration, wind
ing up by exhibiting 2S0 stereopticoh views
of Oregon, Washington and Idaho scenes.
which are to be used in showing home
seekers of the East what there is in the
MAY BE CURED THEN.
Morphine Fiend Got Nine Months
"Ill leave tho city at once," begged
J. E. Byer, confirmed morphine fiend, yes
terday, "and never come back Please let
'Yes,' he answered, "I m guilty. But,
Judge, have pity. I served one term In
Jail, and I would rather die than to go
through the torture again. The Judge
,tapped the table thoughtfully as he looked
at the pinched face in front of him. une
look of pain and anxiety cnangea to one
of hope and anticipation as the Judge
seemed to ehow indecision. The drug
elave trembled violently, and stepped
closer to" the bench,
"I have tried every way to break my
self of this awful habit. You remembe'r
yoursalf that I came here about a year
ago and asked to be locked up so that I
could -not get morphine for a while. I
thought I would die, and I would 7rather
die than go through it again. I'll leave
the city and never come 'back. You -will
not be troubled with me again." and he
extended an Imploring hand toward His
Honor, while the expression on his face
showed that he regarded the decision as
seriously as life Itself.
But his hopes were not to be realized-
"Ninety days In the County Jail and $250
fine," paid the Judge.
"That means nine months J'or Byer,"
said a spectator, and Byer covered his
face 'with his hands and -was led back Into