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' PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 1905.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
HIDES HIS HAN
Sweeny Has Not Shown
WAITS FOR AN OPENING
Furth Will Force Things if He
Enters the Game.
FOSTER MEN SHOW ANXIETY
Second Ballot for United States Sen
ator From Washington Shows Few
Changes From. That of
the Day Before.
TALE OF THE BALLOTS.
Foster - 43 44
Wilaon llj IS
Turner (Democrat) X
Totals 136 1S5
Necessary to choice, 09.
OLYMPIA. AVash.. Jan. IS. (Staff Cor
respondence.) Tbe first Joint session ball-it
for United States Senator was taken
at noon today and the changes from yes
terday's results -were so Inconsequential
as to leave the matter as far up in the
air aw ever. Tbe Jones vote had appar
ently reached Its maximum strength, for
the present at least, and two of the
Yakima, statesman's supporters went over
to the leading candidate?, Johnson of
Yakima casting Ills vote for Foster, while
Henderson landed in the Piles camp.
There la no particular significance in
these changes, and, contrary to all prece
dent when the names of votes of the two
men were announced, there was nof even
a murmur of applause.
None of the extra. Sweeny votes that
are supposed to be floating around were
oulled In. And If John A.. Wilson has
anything in reserve it remained there. ATI'
of tho candidates profess satisfaction
with the outlook and are unanimous in
the opinion that they received all the
votes they expected, but despite this out
ward show of cheerfulness, there is a
heavy feeling not easily dispelled from the
political atmosphere, and members and
camp followers alike wear an air of ex
pectancy. Foster Men Seem Disappointed.
The line-up on the leading candidates
is still sufficiently strong to prevent much
vacillation, but thero i no disguising the
fact that his followers arc disappointed
because he fell so far short of the prom
ised 60 votes which have all along been
the basis from which his estimates of
strength were made. There are a great
many indications which point to a dead
lock, especially if the claims of the lead
ing candidates are taken seriously.
The Sweeny people are entirely too
confident of a continuation of the old feud
between King and Pierce Counties, and
the attendant opportunity for an outside
candidate, to concede any weakness In
their own ranks.
The 11108 following is drawn up and
counted with the same regularity that
marked the Preston tight two years ago,
and they seem determined to "stay put"
for a while at least. Foster's strength
outside of Pierce County will be sub
jected to considerable strain before the
rud of the week, but unless there is dan
p. r of a King County man landing the
pijze they will hold together for an in
John 1- Wilson has a few firm friends
who will go down the line to tho wind-up
if he so desires, but his strength Is in
sufficient to form the basis for a dead
lock, even were he disposed to aid in
perfecting one. AH of the candidates scout
the idea of a deadlock and all arc equally
confident that the other follow must
eventually give way. Predictions are
rather hazardous at this uncortain stage
f the game, while It is probable that
tomo of the principal candidates now being
oted for will be edged out of the game
either by the end of the present week or
cry early next week.
Furth a Prospective Candidate.
The candidacy of Jacob Furth, like
Banquo's ghost, "will not down." and. all
of the assertions to tbe contrary notwith
standing, it is steadily becoming more
apparent that the bankor will fall heir
to the Piles strength In case King County
decides that It Is expedient to drop Mr.
Piles. Just when the moment will arrive
when it Is deemed to the. best interests
of the King County cause to abandon the
present standard-bearer is uncertain, and
n largo number of Mr. Piles' friends still
assert In positive terms that he can be
Som of thorn even go so far as to as
sert that he can secure Pierce County
votes as soon as there is a broak-up in
the Foster forces. They also state that
should anv attempt be made to swing the
King County vote to John I. Wilson. Fos
ter would be elected Immediately. This
deduction is made from the fact that
there is considerable antagonism to Wil
son and among the men who are voting
fcr Sweeny. Mr. Wilson is in bed with a
severe attack of the grip, but is still
feeling confident that he will yet be a
cry prominent figure ia the tight.
Sweeny serins to be playing a waiting
game and his forces arc laying low, ap
parently expecting of the more agsressive
candidates to become winded in the raw
drop- out. Mr. Swccnv and bis lieu
tenants express complete satisfaction
with the outlook, but the chances for a
quick election are not as good as they
were a few days earlier.
Strength Has Not Been Shown.
Sweeny can mass more strength outside
of the contending King and Pierce County
factions than any other candidate yet
mentioned and undoubtedly has more men
voting "in the air" than any other can
didate. Just when these men will be
called' in is uncertain, but it Is . believed
that if Mr. Furth comes into tbe game
the maximum Sweeny strength would be
hustled together In a hurry.
On a break-up of the Foster forces In
Pierce County, it is said that Mr. Furth
could gather in more strength from that
quarter than any other man now In the
race, but Sweeny would probably divide
the honors with him in that particular
county, and might pick up more Foster
votes outside of Pierce County than could
be secured by the banker.
Congressman Jones, who lost a couple
of votes on today's ballot, is scheduled
to secure a number of new ones tomor
row, but If they come they will be largely
of a complimentary nature.
The inaugural ball and reception at
tracted so many of the Legislators to
night that the various lounging-places and
plot-incubators were almost deserted. Al
though the air of uncertainty as to the
final outcome is much greater than It was
two years ago, when an attempt to
stampede the Preston forces almost broke
up the opening ball of the session, the
situation tonight Is decidedly tranquil.
At the .same time this tranquility is all
on the surface and an outbreak fraught
with great possibilities may happen when
it is least expected. L W. W.
STATE BALL AT OLYMPIA.
Mayor Carlyon and Mrs. Mead Lead
the Grand March.
OLYMPIA, Wash., Jan. IS. (Special.)
The Inaugural reception and ball in
honor of Governor and Mrs. Mead and
the incoming state officers and members
of the Legislature given by the citizens of
Olympia tonight exceeded in brilliancy all
similar events of the kind ever given In
the capital. Hundreds of Invited guests
came from all parts of tbe state, and to
night the hotels and lodginghouses are
taxed to their utmost, while many late
arrivals have been compelled to seek
rooms In the residence portion of the
The reception proper was given In the
Capitol. In the office of the Governor the
receiving line was headed by Governor
and Mrs. Mead, tbe members of the Gov
ernor's personal staff and their wives and
Lieutenant-Governor Coon. In the Gov
ernor's private office were the state offi
cers and Justices of the Supreme Court
and their wlvcs.
The guests iiled through the corridors
of the building to the Governor's office.
They were presented to the Governor and
state officers by members of a reception
committee composed of Olympia people.
The corridors of the Capitol were gaily
decorated with bunting and flags. An
orchestra dlsootu-ad music.
j tie oaii was given in tne jonoy. wnictt
was prepared for the purpose by Olympia
people. The ballroom decorations were
military in character and very elaborate.
The grand march was led by Mayor P.
H. Carlyon and Mrs. Mead, and the next
In order were Governor Mead and Mrs.
Carlyon. Justices of the Supreme
Court, elective state officers. Speaker and
Mrs. Megler, members of the Senate and
House of Reprentatives. During the
evening the entire Capitol was brilliantly
lighted and all the offices in charge of
deputies and open to guests.
PERISHED LN THE SNOW.
Terrible Sufferings of Railroad Gang
in Colorado Mountains.
DURANGO, Colo.. Jan. IS. After fear
ful sufferings, during which one man was
frozen to death and another became in
sane, the surviving members of a party
that tried to open up the Bigg Lumber
Company's railroad from Lumberton to
Elvado have been rescued.
A train crew with a gang of shovelers
left Lumberton last Wednesday morning.
The road was blockaded by snow all the
way to Elvado. 32 miles south of Lum
berton. Drifts from three to 15 feet deep
were encountered and the weather was
intensely cold. The train reached a point
15 miles south of Lumberton, when the
supply of coal and water ran out and
the entire party was forced to remain
there for 4S hours.
Engineer Redmons had both his feet
frozen and a number of the shovelers
were frost-bitten. Two Mexican shovel
ers started to walk to Lumberton. One
was frozen to death and the other was
rescued by Indians. He was terribly
frozen and had become Insane.
The party was finally rescued by a re
lief train sent from Elvado. The road Is
WILL HELP EM TO REFOBM
American Commissioner Enters on
Mission to President Morales.
SAN DOMINGO. Jan. 18. Commander
Albert C. Dillingham, U. S. X., yester
day presented at an official reception
Tils "credentials as special commissioner
to San Domingo. Addressing President
Morales, he expressed the desire of the
American Government to assist the
Dominican government to re-establish
its credit, maintain order, promote the
public weal and realize the object for
which the President of the Vnited
States had appointed him a special
commissioner, namely, in conjunction
with Mr. Dawson, to give the Domini
can government advice as to how theise
ends may be attained.
Judge Hargis Ready to Shoot.
LEXINGTON'.-Kv.. Jan. 1R. A. V Ri-ni
attorney for the commonwealth in the i
case against Bill Brit ton for the alleged !
assassination of James Cockrell at Jask- I
son. in the feudal war. In his opening of
the case today, made the sensational !
statement that he would prove that Judge
store with a rifle In his hand, prepared !
10 snooi. at tne tirao Brttton and Curtis
Jett are alleged to have killed Cockrell.
This b the first time that Hargis f-ame
has been used as an actual participant in
any of the Jackson feudal killings.
Many Slain on Railroads.
WASHINGTON. Jan. lS.-Thc Interstate
Commerce Commission has issued a report
on railroad accidents in the United States
during the months of July. August and
September, 1P04. showing ZS passengers
and 183 employes killed and 2154 passengers
and 1593 employes injured In train acci
dents. The report says that, while these
figures febow a gratifying decrease In the
number of employes killed, the three
months as a whole may be termed the
most disastrous quarter on record In fatal
accidents to passengers.
WILL BE JUDGED
House Votes to Impeach
MAJORITY IS SMALL
Division Is Almost on Party
Lines, at First
COMMITTEE TO PROSECUTE
On Test Vote 24 Republicans Vote
Against Swayne, Three Democrats
for HimJudge Pardee Comes
in for Another Scorching.
WASHINGTON. Jan. 18. Tbe House
today adopted the 12 articles of impeach
ment against Judge Charles Swayne, of
the District Court of the Northern Dis
trict of Florida, which had been pre
sented by its special committee of Investi
gation. The Speaker was authorized to
appoint members to present the case to
the Senate and conduct tbe impeachment
proceedings before that body. This action
was tbe culmination of a debate which
has been in progress for over a week, and
which has developed partisan feeling.
The first vote, that to table the first
three articles, those relating to the falsi
fication of expenses, went against Judge
Swayne by the narrow margin of five
votes. This was regarded as the test vote,
as the charge regarding expenses was the
only one concurred in by the members of
the committee signing the minority re
port. The motion to table these articles
was lost, 160 to 165. Twenty-four Repub
licans voted with the Democrats against
tabling and three Democrats voted with
the Republicans to table. On rollcall'
these three articles were adopted.
Articles 4 and 6, relating to the free
use of a private car by Judge Swayne,
were made the subject of a separate vote
and adopted. Like action followed ar
ticles C and 7, charging him 'with non
residence in his district. This was the
last rollcall, as articles 8, 9, 10 and 11.
relating to the Davis-Belden contempt
case, and article 32. relating to the O'Neill
contempt case, .were declared adopted on
viva, voce votes.
The last time the House voted to pre
sent articles of Impeachment was in 1S7S,
when It voted the impeachment of
W. W. Belknap, Secretary of War under
Close of Notable Debate.
The debate today was chiefly notable
for the closing arguments. That for
Judge Swayne was made by Gillett of
California and that for Impeachment by
Palmer of Pennsylvania.
Argument was opened by McCall (Rep.,
Mass.). He said he had no difficulty in
reaching the conclusion that he should
vote against all of the articles of Im
peachment. After some further debate, Gillett. In
charge of the floor for the minority, closed
the debate against impeachment.
Gillett read a telegram signed, he said,
by the leading merchants and citizens of
Pensacola, condemning the impeachment
proceedings and expressing a sentiment
friendly to Judge Swayne. Judge Swayne,
he said, would never have been proceeded
against and "persecuted" If It had not
been for the O'Neill contempt proceed
ings. Gillett spoke of the car incident as
having occurred years ago and said it
would be trifling to present seriously such
a charge. He asked where they would
end if they started to Impeach men for
riding In a private car. He said he had
statements showing It was the intention
that $10 a day should be charged by
Judges and that he had a statement from
the Secretary of the Treasury showing
other Judges had charged 510.
Judge Pardee Under Fire.
De Armond of Missouri said there had
been an effort to dispose of this case,
not on its merits, but by drawing a line
down the center aisle of the House. Re
ferring to a letter written by Judge Par
dee and read yesterday by Grosvenor.
De Armond said he was in sorrow and
shame at that exhibition. He asked what
would be the action of Judge Pardee it
some one should write to a Juror in his
court, and continued:
If c knew that he (Judge Pardee) was
one of thoe. like Judge Swayne. who has
been Eetling aside the law regarding his ex
pense allowance, for the purpose of draw
Ins from the treasury money which does
not belong to him. we could find a reason
for that letter here no reason can now
be found to exist, tinier It should be the
blindness of narrow partisanship.
Press at Work for Swayne.
Palmer (Tenn.). chairman of the sub
committee, on behalf of the majority, re
ported for impeachment. He referred to
acts which he declared "reprehensible to
the last degree." Members of the House
ltnd been flooded through the mails with
articles from the public press in behalf of
Judge Swayne. One metropolitan dally
printed three-quarters of a pago of
garbled extracts of the testimony of the
case, and this had been mailed to mem
bers. If Judge Swayne or his advocates
had committed such an offense in relation
to a case In court, they would bo amen
able to court action.
As to the political aspect. Palmer said
he was a Republican and party man to
the last, but the Republicans had stumped
the country on the clalm"bf honesty In
official life. Tho people had Indorsed this
platform by a majority of 2,500.000 vote.
"We now have a chance to make good on
that claim." concluded Palmer.
Palmer asked for a vote on tho first
three articles of impeachment, relating
to the false certificates of expense. Little
fleld moved that these articles be laid
upon the table. The Speaker ruled that
this motion had precedence,
When the hour for the Aotp drew near
the taller! os filled rapidly and ufaea the ,
voting began there was not a vacant seat
and many persons were in line for ad
mission to the corridors.
Llttlefield's motion to table the first
three articles was lost, 165 to ISO. Speaker
Cannon had his vote recorded for the mo
tion. Three Democrats Bell of Califor
nia, Moon of Tennessee and Thayer of
Massachusetts voted to table, while 21
Republicans voted against the motion.
They were: Bede, Minnesota; Cooper, Wis
consin; Darraph. Pennsylvania: Dayton,
West Virginia; Driscoll, New York: Gib
son, Tennessee: Haugen, Iowa; Holliday,
Iowa; Jenkins, Mississippi; McCarthy,
Nebraska; Olmsted, Pennsylvania; Otjen,
Wisconsin; Palmer, Pennsylvania; Pearre,
Maryland;. Perkins. New York; Roberts.
Massachusetts; Smith, Iowa; Spalding,
North Dakota: Sperry. Connecticut: Staf
ford, Wisconsin; Thomas. Towa; Wanger.
Pennsylvania; Webber, Ohio; Woodyard.
West Virginia. Bourke Cockran and Gold
fogle. of New York, voted "present," as
did Hughes (W. Va.), Watchter (Md.) and
Palmer moved to adopt the first three
articles, and this was agreed to, 165 ayes,
Palmer moved to adopt together the
fourth and fifth articles. The motion was
carried, 162 ayes, 123 noes.
The same motion was made with refer
ence to articles 6 and 7, charging Judge
Swayne with nonresidence in his district
LIttlefleld secured a rollcall on this mo
tion. Articles 6 and 7 were adopted, 153
to 137. x
Palmer at once moved the adoption of
articles 8, 9. 10 and U, relating to the
Davis-Belden contempt cases. A rollcall
was not demanded on this motion, and It
was declared on a viva voce vote. Tho
same motion was made with respect to
the remaining article. No. 12. relating to
the O'Neill contempt proceedings, and it,
likewise, was adopted.
Committee to Conduct Case.
Palmer offered a resolution empowering
the Speaker to appoint seven members of
the present House to conduct the Im
peachment against Judge Swayne. This
was agreed to without objection. He fol
lowed with another resolution empowering
the seven members to present the articles
of Impeachment to the Senate In the name
of tbe House and of all the people of the
United States. This resolution was also
agreed to without opposition, whereupon
the House, at 5:40, adjourned.
FORTUNE GIVEN FREELY.
Hannah Elias Tells Life-Story and of
Relations With Piatt.
NEW YORK, Jan. IS. Hannah Ellas,
the negress whom aged John R. Piatt
is suing to compel her to return SSS5.O00,
which he claims she extorted from him
during an acquaintance of 20 years, to
day told tbe story of her life heforo Jus
tice O' Gorman In the Supreme Court,
where the suit Is on trial. It was an
extraordinary tale of sudden elevation
from the lowest and most vicious sur
roundings to a position of affluence,
where money was literally rained upon
her and where she had everything that
great wealth could provide.
She declared that she had nothing to
conceal, and insisted that every dollar
that Piatt gave her" had been given vol
untarily. She believed, she said, that
she was under no obligations to return
any part of the money which she now
possesses. How much money Piatt gave
nor she could 'not sav, evan. j.proxlmaie
ly. as she never kepi any account of his
gifts, which were made In large sums at
frequent Intervals during their entire ac
quaintance. Mr. Piatt "was very generous,
even from the first, she said, but he be
came more so after the death of his wife
in 1S33. He told her at that time that
he wanted to provide for her handsomely
and explained that If he mentioned her
In his will a contest might result.
Mrs. Ellas admitted that she had served
two terms In prison, one In Philadelphia
for larceny and the other In this city
for disorderly conduct.
Mrs. Ellas had distributed her easily
acquired wealth with a free hand among
those who had been of assistance to her.
She paid C. Nanse. a lawyer, $20,000 In
fees, and Washington Brauns more than
$10,000 In fees. Other witnesses told of
large sums paid for comparatively trifling
When the defense rested an order of
the court directing the banks not to dis
pose of moneys In their possession be
longing to Mrs. Ellas was dismissed.
Denies Kashgar Is Occupied.
ST. PETERSBURG. Jan. 18. The state
ment made by the Morning Post of Lon
don that Kashgar, Eastern Turkestan,
has been occupied by the Russians, Is not
confirmed. The Associated Press inqui
ries show there has been no change in the
situation at Kashgar so far as Russia is
T7NLTED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE SWA TNE, OF FLORIDA, DirEACHED
Br THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
TOLD TO GET OUT
Governor Folk a Terror
BANISHED AS OUTLAWS
Other Western States Follow
THIRTYHOURS' GRACE GIVEN
Rules Laid Down Empty the Lobby
and Cause Corporation Agents to
Leave Capital Driven Out of
Kansas and 'Nebraska.
GOVERNOR ITJLK'S RULES FOR
On arrival la Jefferson City, or as
soon thereafter as possible, any profes
sional lobbyist must report his presence
in the city by presenting himself at the
Such lobbyists must state to th Gov
ernor th object of their visit.
A report must bo made to newspaper
representatives, th same aa that made
to tbe Governor.
A thirty-hours" limit la placed ca their
stay In tbe city.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.. Jan. IS.
(Special.) Governor Folk has applied a
heavy boot to the lobbyists and tonight
corporation henchmen, who heretofore
have brazenly crowded the corridors and
chambers of the Capitol are packing their
trunks, practically banished as outlaws
after 30 hours of grace. The State Legis
lature of Missouri, for years tho prolific
source of stories of corruption and scan
dal. Is undergoing reform, and, through a
set of four drastic rules, posted by the
Executive today, the army of buttonholers
that has worked the lawmakers with
gold-plated cajoleries Is under stringent
The lobby as axvJnstilutlon Is be ex
purgated from the State Assembly.
"There will be no exception to this
general rule," said Governor Folk. "When
you come here, you must report to me and
tell mo the purpose of ycur coming. If
a bill is pending which affects your em
ployers, you have a right to appear be
fore the committee in whoso hands it Is,
but 30 hours is ample time for you to
transact your business. After that you
SHUT OUT IN NEBRASKA.
Not Allowed on Floor, Lobbyists Will
Be Abolished by Law.
LINCOLN, Neb., Jan. 18. (Special.)
No lobbyist will be permitted on the floor
of the legislative houses this session. In
addition, a bill will be introduced en
forcing the suggestions of Governor
Mickey, who is a thorn in the flesh of
the professional lobbyist. He asks the
abolition of the subsidized lobby.
KEEP BEHIND THE RAIL.
Illinois Legislature for First Time En
forces Rule Against Lobbyists.
SPRINGFIELD. HI.. Jan. IS. (Special.)
Lobbyists are compelled to watch pro
ceedings from behind the railing or from
the gallery during the present session-of
the Legislature. The Senate and the
House have passed the customary rules
excluding all but members from the floors
of the chambers and have Installed an
innovation by enforcing the rule. Further
than that, however, the Illinois legislators
do not think they could go.
WISCONSIN WILL FOLLOW SUIT
La Follette Recommends Severe Pen
alties Against Offerers of Bribes.
MADISON, Wis., Jan. 18. (Special.)
Wisconsin Is preparing to follow in the
footsteps of Missouri. The Legislature
as yet has taken no action respecting
Governor La Follette'a recommendation
that a law be enacted imposing' heavy
penalties on lobbyists found guilty of
DRIVEN OUT OF KANSAS.
Even Standard Oil Does Not Await
Order to Go.
TOPEKA. Kan., Jan. 18. (Special.)
Professional lobbyists are on the run In
Kansas. A reform Legislature and a new
kind of Governor form a unique combina
tion that brings groans and execrations
from the corporation agents every time
they give it a thought. Even the repre
sentatives of the Standard Oil Company
have packed their grips and fled from
Topeka m despair. They have chosen
voluntary exile rather than face an ar
bitrary order to leave the capital.
WELCOME IN MICHIGAN.
But Lobbyists Are Careful Since the
Bribetakers Were Convicted.
LANSINC, Mich., Jan. IS. (Special.)
as to official warnings against lobbyists
there is more likelihood of official wel
come in Lansing. For years not a word
has been uttered In protest against the
machinations of the cloakroom workers.
In fairness it must be said, however,
that the corporation lobby Is not large nor
formidable. It diminished in size six
years ago, when a grand Jury Indicted a
state official for offering bribes, a Speaker
of the House for accepting one, and a
Representative for soliciting one. Now
the lobbyists remain under cover.
SAY THEY ARE INCORRUPTIBLE
Hoosler Lawmakers Have No Fears of
Breakdown of Virtue.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Jan. 18. (Spe
cial.) Hoosler Senators have given them
selves a vote of confidence in their own
incorruptibility, and the agitation for
prodding out the lobbyists has fallen Into
premature desuetude. Governor Hanley
so far has not followed up the recommen
dations in his inaugural address and has
not made further request that the As
sembly take steps to abolish the profes
CONTENTS OF TODAY'S PAPER
TODAT'S Rain; southeasterly -winds.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 43
2eg.; minimum, 32. Precipitation, none.
Wax la the Tar JEast.
ScretaryHay secures pledges from, great pow
ers to preserve China again Russia. Page. 3.
Jaoan will save five Russian warships at fort
Arthur. Pace 3.
Strike at St. Petersburg spreads and may lead
to bloodshed. Pare 1.
Minister Mlrsky retains office and calls con
ferences to recommend reforms. Page, 1.
German miners' strike now iuTolves 185 000
men and paralyzes Industry. Page 3.
Tbe House decides to impeach Judge Swnyne
by mall majority. Pago 1.
Snator Stone speaks In support of investiga
tion of campaign funds and condemns Roose
velt and Cortelyou. Page 4.
House and Senate leaders agree on railroad
rat biU. Page 4.
Chairman Burton opposes appropriations for
Seattle. Tacoina and dray's Harbor, a: well
as Celllo Canal. Pag 2.
Professor of Mormon college testifies for Smoot.
Governor Folk's rules against lobbyists causes
panic among them; other states act against
them. Page 1.
Bolt from Nledringhaus prevents his election,
and Missouri Republicans fear loss o: Sna
torship. . Page 4.
Repeaters give sensational evidence at Colo
rado Gubernatorial contest. Page 4.
Fall Klver cotton-mill strike settled by Gov.
crnor Douglas. Page 5.
Mrs. ChaJwlck a physical and mental wreck
Page Commercial and Marine.
Weekly reviews of local produce and jobbing
markets. Page 15.
Chicago wheat market strong from start to
finish. Page 15.
Reading I feature of New York stock mar
ket. Page 15.
Apples In demand in Sin Franj.xco market.
Increase In war risks on cargoes bound to
Orient. Page 14.
Activity In coasting lines. Pasc 14.
Portland second among wheat-shipping ports.
Governor Chamberlain reminds Oregon Legis
lature of the referendum law. Page 6.
Business transacted In Oreaun Senate and
House. Pages and 7.
Second ballot for Senator at Olympia shows
little change. Page 1.
Two new Justices created by Olympia legis
lature. Page 7.
Road will be built from Spokane to open East
Kootenai country. Page 5.
Investigation of Montana Penitentiary affalrr
will be undertaken. Page 5.
HoQulam ex-Treasurer arrested on embezzle
ment charge. Page 6.
Portland and Vicinity.
Council tables resolution appropriating $5000
for repairs on Tanner-Creek sewer. Page 10.
Portrait of Mayor Williams Is presented to the
city. Page 10.
Military Board held to have exclusive control
of Armory. Page 14.
Tower of Government Building at Lewis and
Clark Exposition to be equipped with
chimes. Page II.
One hundred Japanese leave for the front.
Sorenen bribery trial continued In the Federal
Court until today. Page H.
Chinamen attack Deputy Sheriff in a raid on
a gambling den. and officer uses gun to
quell them. Page" 10.
Librarian's annual report shown that Portland
public U reading lez fiction and more of "
deeper subjects. Page 14.
Plans made for big musical festival at the
Lewis and dark. Exposition. Page 12.
SOCIAL 1R ON
Strike at St Petersburg
FEARS OF BLOODSHED
Revolutionists Take Advan
tage of Struggle,
WORK ON WARSHIPS STOPS
About 58,000 Ironworkers Strike and
50,000 Cotton - Mill Operatives
May Join Them Demands
of the Strikers.
ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. IS. The
strike situation is becoming- very
grave. Tonight there are 58,000 men.
out on strike, and the movement is.
spreading- to the bigr cotton mills,,
which employ over 50,000 operatives.
Meetings have been called for tomor-
row, at which Social Democratic lead-
ers will use their utmost endeavors to
convert the strike into a vast political
demonstration, which at the present
crisis might have most serious devel
opments. The authorities are adopt
ing every precaution to avoid an out
break, but the Social Democrats arie
spurring on the strikers, and there ia
great danger of a collision with the
troops, which would be almost sure to.
be followed by red flag demonstrations,
accompanied by great bloodshed. The
community is full of sensational ru
mors and rioting Is generally expected.
In conjunction with the Epiphany
celebration, which will occur tomor
row, the meetings of strikers will make
the day a critical one for the police.
Thus far, however, the strike has pre
served a purely economic aspect. The
great Industrial quarter of St. Peters
burg presents the appearance of an
armed camp. The Idle factories are
surrounded by cordons of police and
patrols of Infantry march about thu
The strikers are led by a priesfl
named Gopon, who is idolized by the
workmen- and who represents them in
negotiations with the employers.
This Is'. the flrst great strike in
Northern Russia. Hitherto the work
men have been unorganized, and pre
vious strikes In St. Petersburg have
not involved more than 10,000 men. The
strike leaders claim to have funds
enough to hold out for a month, but
this is doubted, and the lack of money
and the privations of "Winter and per
haps government interference are ex
pected to make the strike short and
The strikers, who at flrst declined
an offer of financial support, are re
ported to have accepted a contribution:
The strike has an important bearing
on the war In the Far East, as every
day's delay in completing government
contracts with the iron works meansy
the loss of precious time in the start
ing of the third Pacific squadron.
THE PEOPLE MAY SPEAK OUT,
Mirsky Wins. Point and Calls Provin
cial Conferences on Reforms.
ST. PETERSBURG, Jan. 18. The Min
ister of the Interior, Sviatopolk-MIrsky,
has sent, a circular to the Governors oC
the provinces In which conferences have
been convened to consider reforms In the
peasant laws, pointing out that the Idea
that the imperial ukase of December 25
has radically changed the principles of
tho laws is due to misapprehension. The--ukase,
proceeds the circular, confirms
anew the necessity for Incessantly striv
ing to attain the goal marked out therein.
Tbe decree of January 11, 1904. provided;
for a revision of the peasant laws on the
basis of the reforms of 1861. and ordered
that due consideration be given to the in
violability of communal property, while
at the same time facilitating the removaL
of Individual peasants to their respective
communities without the expropriation of
their holdings therein. These principles1
are fully preserved by the ukase of De
cember 25, which ordered a revision of the
peasant laws with the object of bringing
them In unison with the general legisla
tion of the Empire, enabling the peas
antry to fully enjoy their rights . as free
countrymen in accordance with the spirit
of the law of 1S61.
The circular calls attention to the fact
that the ukase of December 25 especially
dwelt on the urgent necessity of uniform
ity In the judicial procedure In order to
secure the legal equality of all classes and
assure the necessary Independence of tho
judicial authorities, and proceed?:
This, however, must not be regarded as
absolute predetermination of the question
of the abolition of the peasant courts, th
present isolation of which may be remedied
and their independence assured. The im
perial decree of December 25 does not make
a change of any kind. On the contrary, it
directly suggests the maintenance of the im
portant functions; committed to the pro
Regarding the Inquiry mentioned in the
ukase into the most Important questions oC
peasant life and the needs of agriculture by
a special conference, thin inquiry Is con
fined to the consideration of communications
of opinions of local committees and can only
contribute to the elucidation of the needs
of the peasants without depriving of their
importance the reports of the provincial
conferences, which doubtless will serve as
tho basis for the final elaboration of the
In conclusion the circular says:
The considerations above set forth by the
Minister of the Interior have been approved,
by the Emperor. The Minister therefore di
rects tho Governors to take all measures to
assure that the work of the provincial con
ferences is continued and brought to a con
clusion with the utmost rapidity and that
the members of the conferences are granted,
power to freely state their opinions, so that
fult expression may be given to the true
views of those conversant with the needs of
The decision of the committee to consult
members of the Zemstvos and Doumas on
the reforms outlined In section 2 of the
imperial manifesto, it Is believed, will
insnire Minister Sviatopolk-Mirsky's con
tinuation in office, at least until the com
mittee's labors are concluded, and possi
bly reconcile him to remain Indefinitely
At meetings of tho workmen, wlth-
(Concluded on Page Three.).