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VOL. XLV. NO. 13,788.
PORTLAND, OREGON, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1905.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Kansas Decides to Build
STANDARD LOBBY FAILS
ature Yields to Demands
APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT
tit Is Asked Not to Extend Lease of
Oil Land to Monopoly Which
Seeks to Crush Opposition
House Orders Inquiry.
TOPEIvA, Kan., Feb.. 15. A bill pro
Tiding for a state oil refinery passed the
Kansas House of Representatives today.
Governor Hoch will sign it at once. Un
der its provisions a refinery will be lo
cated at Peru, and another penitentiary
will be built there to provide convict la
bor for it- An appropriation of $410,000 is
made for building and maintaining the
refinery and penitentiary.
This ends one of the most bitter fights
ever before made in the Legislature. The
Standard Oil Company and the railroads
have maintained strong lobbies here vain
ly trying to defeat the bill.
Jt is likely that the validity of the bill
will be tested in the State Supreme Court
Taeforo It goes into effect. The bill calls
lor the Issuance of bonds for the amount
aecessary to build, the refinery. State
lAudltor Wells, It is announced, will re
fuse to register the bonds until the Su
preme Court says they are valid. Some
doubt Is expressed as to the constitution
ality of the bill, and it is to remove this
lhat the matter will be submitted to the
court. It was on account of the supposed
unconstitutionality of the idea that most
of the opposition was encountered. Sev
eral of the House members, in voting for
ihe bill today, announced they were doing
mo on. account of the expressed wish of
their constituents, and not in accordance
with their own desires.
Seldom has public sentiment been so
thoroughly -aroused 'as on thlsoii'ifuestlon.
The duty of the Legislature wa made
very clear to the members.
About 3 convicts will be necessary to
do the work in the refinery. Its capacity
Is to bo 2000 barrels a day.
Appeal to President.
The Kansas Oil-Producers' Association
today sent the following telegram to
The undersigned, representing the oil pro
ducers of the State of Kansas and speaking
for the Intelligent and industrious people
of the state, and voicing tbe spirit of Amer
ican fair play everywhere, appeal ta you,
nd. through your Secretary of the Interior
and by you, to the Congress of the United
States for help in the undertaking of the
legislature of the state to protect the oil
Industry of the state from the oppression
rf the Standard Oil trust.
Because the legislature presumes to ex
ercise a natural function of government by
legislating for the welfare and protection of
Industries within the borders of the state
against the oppression of all monopolies;
and because the Legislature proposes to try
th experiment of a public oil refinery as a
mpans of preserving and making profitable
the oil industry, the general manager of the
Standard OH Company has declared a boy
cott upon Kansas oil, and one of his sub
ordinates has insulted our people by ex
pressing In the public prints a groundless
fear that they will destroy the company's
Should Cancel Oil Lease.
We further represent to you that a men
are to the crudo oil market is a continued
pvrnershlp by the Standard. Oil Company of
what Is known as the "Foster lease" of the
0agf -Indian reseration. This reservation
Includes 1,500.000 acres of land, which con
tains a reservoir of potroloum so rich that
if the Standard Oil Company should own and
Jelop it, that company will have a supply
of oil that will make It independent of prl
"va'e production, not only In the West, but
nil over the United States. The lcaxe Is
nominally held by "straw men," but it
really Ik In the- grip of the Standard Oil
C""mpan. and the oil produrers appeal to
the President, the Secretary of the Interior
and the Congress to refuse the application
now pending for its extension. It is too
much for the Government to gio to the
Standard OH Company, or Its agents, an
organization which is already so powerful
that It presumes to be greater than the
people and the Government. The Kansas
oil field has been developed on the prom
ise of fair play and good prices by the
Standard Oil Company, but now that the
supply Is sufficient for the needs of the
company. It, as it has done In other fields,
has reduced the price below a profit, ana the
mm who have invested their money will lose
it and the field will languish, unless Gov
ernment, state and Nation refuse to confer
upon the company additional right and fran
chlse. and turns in the other direction and
legislates for the people a while.
Reduce Freight Rate on Oil.
Ar, a special order of business the
31ouse, in committee of the whole today.
considered the bill previously passed by
the- Senate fixing a maximum freight rate
for tho transportation of crudo oil, and
the bill preventing dlscriminationibctwcen
loralltlc3 in selling any commodity in
The bill fixing maximum freight rates
was recommended to the House and later
passed, just as It came from the Sonatc.
but tho enemies of the anti-discrimination.
measure succeeded, after a hard fight, in"
referring the bill to Hie judiciary com
mittee. The latter committee is ordeicd
to report on tho constitutionality of the
Wmlo' it is beliovcd the action of the
House on the anti-discrimination bill does
not Indicate that the measure will be
killed, tho friends of tho bill arc said to
be worried over the prospects. The bill
is one which tho supporters of tbe state
refinery bill consider necessary in con
nection with tho refinery, as it would pre
vent the Oil Trust, so called, from un
derselling the state in any locality, unless
the rate there should be made to apply
to tho enure state. Alio opposition to
fc acti-diKsrlminsLtiaji Jjill cam Irsmjmoa was preached by .Cardinal Gibbons.
the members who represent the jobbing
and wholesale centers of the state.
Senator Fitzpatrick was called to the
floor of the House, and said of his maxi
mum rate bills
"The rates fixed in the bill are those
used In Texas, and they work well in
that state. "We can ship a carload at the
proposed rate and get something for our
oil. The difference to us is about 26 cents
on every barrel of oiL The present rate
is about 51 cents per barrel, and the
proposed about 25 cents."
GOVERNMENT MAY INVESTIGATE
House Passes Resolution Calling Upon
Commerce Department to Act.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 15. The House to
day adopted the following resolution pre
sented by Representative Campbell, of
Resolved. That the Secretary of Commerce
and Labor be and he .hereby Is requested to
investigate the cause or causes of the low price
of crude oil or petroleum in the United States,
and especially In the Kansas oil field, and the
unusually large margins between the price of
crude oil or petroleum and the selling price of
refined oil and Its by-products; and whether
the said conditions have resulted. In whole or
in part, from any contract, combination In the
form of a trust or otherwise, or conspiracy nl
restraint of trade and commece among the
several states and territories or with, foreign
countries: also whether the prices have been
controlled, in whole or In part, by any corpo
ration. Joint stock company, or corporate com
bination engaged in commerce amonsr the sev
eral states and territories, or with foreign na
tions; also whether euch corporation, joint
stock company or corporate combination, In
purchasing crude oil or petroleum, by any
order or practice of discrimination, boycotts,
blacklists or in any manner discriminates
against any particular oil field; also to investi
gate the organization, profits, conduct and
management of the business of such corpora
tion or corporations, company or companies,
and corporate combinations, if any. and to
make early report of Its findings, according to
law, to they end that such Information may
be used by Congress as a basis for legislation
or by the Department of Justice as a basis
for legal proceedings.
Standard Pays a Fat Dividend.
NEW YORK. Feb. 15. The Standard
Oil Company of New Jersey has declared
a dividend of 515 per share for the first
quarter of 1905, payable March 15. For
the same period last year the company
paid a JIG dividend.
BOODLE IN WEST VIRGINIA.
Doctors Accuse Senators of Asking
Money to Pass Bill.
CHARLESTON, TV. Ta.. Feb. 15. An
other Investigation will be opened In the
legislature as the result of a special
message sent by Governor "White to the
State Senate today. He refers to a news
paper article accusing the legislators of
boodling In connection with liquor and
medical legislation and asks for an In
vestigation of the charges. The message
reads in part as follows:
In a communication received by me from
rcputablo physician of Parkcrsburg recently,
the following statement is made:
"The West Virginia Board of Health and
the Wett Virginia Medical Society have a hill
before the legislature. We hear this has
passed, (be House-iuD the quacks &ro-2ioldlng.
It up In the Senate ty wring auorneyn xo
lobby against it, and, we are told, by the use
of boodle. We cannot prove this, but the
president of the State Board says that a Sen
ator told him thl: 'Get $2000 and we will get
your bill through.' This was told openly In
the Medical Society last night."
I am informed that some statements and
more of them have been made in a leading
Pittsburg paper. In view of these published
statements. It seems to me that the Senate
owes It. to itself and the people of the state to
investigate these charges.
As the communication contained only a
portion of the newspaper article in ques
tion, the Senate returned the message to
Governor "White with instructions to send
the entire article with the message.
HARLAN IS NAMED FOR MAYOR
Unanimous Choice of - Republicans of
CHICAGO, Feb. 15. John Maynard
Harlan was 'unanimously nominated for
Mayor of Chicago by the Republican
City Convention today.
Mr. Harlan, who is a lawyer, is a "son
of John M. Harlan, Associate Justice
of the Supreme Court of tho United
States, and a brother of Richard D.
Harlan, president of tho Lake Forest
University, and of James S. Harlan, ex-Attorney-General
of Porto Rico. In
1897 he headed an independent ticket
for the Mayoralty, polling 70,030 votes,
In 1903 he was a candidate before the
Republican Convention for the nomina
tion, but was defeated. In 1903, Mr
Harlan again tried for the nomination,
but was defeated "by Graeme Stewart.
Eight-Hour Boodle Inquiry.
DENVER, Colo., Feb. 15. The commit
tee of five appointed by tho lower House
of tho Colorado Legislature to investi
gate charges that undue influence was
brought to bear on members in the mat
ter of eight-hour legislation met today in
executive session. No statement of what
occurred was given out further than Rep
resentatives Welton and Street, who
made the charges on the floor of the
House yesterday, were before the com
mittee. Another meeting will be held to
morrow. Colorado Contest Postponed.
DENVER, Colo., Feb. 15. Several of the
members of the legislative committee ap
pointed to hear evidence in tho Pcabody
Adams Gubernatorial contest failed to ap
pear in the committee-room tonight, and
tho beginning of rebuttal evidence on the
part of tho contcstor was postponed until
1:30 tomorrow afcrnoon.
THE BRITISH PLEET IS COMING
Will Visit at Atlantic Ports and Bring
King's Greeting to Roosevelt.
LONDON. Feb. 15. Tho date of the
visit to American waters' of the squad
ron of British warships commanded b,y
Rear-Admiral Prince Louis of Batten
berg has been definitely fixed for Oc
tober. It will comprise a short stay at
Newport,. New York and Annapolis.
The Prince's visit to Washington will,
it Is understood, be of an official char
acter. President Roosevelt will be noti
fied through Sir Henry Durand. the
British Ambassador, and Prince Louis
will convey to the President King Re
ward's greeting in a special message.
Moeller Made an Archbishop.
CINCINNATI, Feb. 1C With tile sim
ple and impressive service of the Roman
Catholic Church, the full powers of an
archbishop were conferred, on Henry
Mocllcr, u native of Cincinnati, who.
for over ton years, was coadjutor for
this archdiocese, at the cathedral here
today.-' Cardinal Gibbons. Archbishop
Glonnon, of St. Louis, and a number of
bishops were In attendance. The sor-
QQD LIFE ENDED
General Lew Wallace
Dies at Home.
READY FOR ETERNITY
His Digestion Was Worn Out
. by Much Smoking.
DEATH DUE TO STARVATION
Famous Soldier, Statesman and
Author Passes Away at Ripe
Age While Writing His
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind., Feb. 15.
General Lew Wallace, author of "Ben
Hut," one time Minister to Turkey, and
a veteran of the Mexican and Civil
Wars, died at his home in this city to
night, aged 7S years.
The health of General 'Wallace had
been failing for several years, and for
months, despite the efforts of the family
to keep the public in ignorance of Itis
true condition, it bad been known that
his vigorous constitution could not
much longer withstand the ravages of
a wasting disease.
For more than a year he had been un
able to properly assimilate food. At no
time had he ever confessed his belief
that the end was near, and his rugged
constitution and remarkable vitality
havo been responsible for prolonging
ola life several months.
The deathbed scene was one of calm
ness. Besides his physician, only his
wife, his son. Henry Wallace, of In
dianapolis, and Mrs. Henry Wallace,
were present When told by his physi
cian that he was dying. General Wallace
was perfectly calm, and his last words
were expressions of cheer to his grief
stricken family. Bidding them farewell,
"I am ready to meet my maker." and
lapsed into unconsciousness, from which
he did not recover. .
' No" 'definite funeral arrangements
"ha.ro been made.
Dr. W. B. Ristine, who had been
General Wallace's physician for many
years, said tonight that the direct causa
of the General's death was exhaustion,
resulting from starvation. Ho had been
an Inveterate smoker, and to this his
illness was ascribed primarily. He gave
up the habit, however, and lent every
aid to the skilled specialists that wero
called. He failed, slowly but surely
and three months ago his condition be
came alarming. He rarely left his home,
and the last time ho was on the streets
was November 4. Soon after he was con
fined to bed and since that time he had
sat up only a few hours each day. A
week ago It become known he was sink
General Lewis Wallace, soldier and. au
thor, was born at Brookville. Franklin
County, Ind., April 10, 1KT7. His father.
David Wallace, was elected Governor of
Indiana, ten years later, and his mother
was a daughter of Judge Test, a man who
played an important part in the early
judicial history of Indiana. Lewis did not
take kindly to the restraints of school.
His father used to say he had paid Lewis'
tuition for 14 years, and he had hardly
gone to school one. An attempt to put
him through college resulted in a failure.
Ho was passionately fond of reading,
however, and at an early age showed a
talent for painting and drawing, which
might have made him an artist, had it
been cultivated. He wore in those days
an oilcloth cap, and when taken to
church against his will was apt to dec
orate the crown with faithful likenesses
of the preacher and various members of
the congregation. After leaving school,
ho studied law in his father's office, and
after being admitted to the bar, practiced
Irregularly for a number of years, but
never developed any real liking for the
He took an active part in both the Mex
ican and Civil Wars. In the former he
attained the rank of Lieutenant, and In
tho latter that of Major-Gcneral. In 1S51
he was Adjutant-General of the state, but
resigned this offlco for a commission as
Colonel of the Eleventh Indiana Infantry.
Tho ladies of Indianapolis, upon the de
parture of the regiment, presented it with
a handsome stand of colors. On receiv
ing it, Colonel Wallace raised his hand
"Now remember Bucna Vista, boys,
and on our knees let us swear to defend
it with tbe last drop of our blood."
"Then as he kneeled himself." says a
contemporary account, "the whole regi
ment, with the same unanimity as when
on drill, dropped to their knees as if but
one man, with right hand raised, while
the Colonel in a solemn voice said. 'Wo
pledge ourselves before God nnd these
our fellow-countrymen to defend this
flag with our lives and, if necessary, to
die for it, God being our helper. Amon.'
A solemn 'amen came in ono breath from
the regiment and a suppressed sob from
the majority of the bystanders echoed It."
His services in the field were con
spicuous and valuable. He led a division
at the capture of Fort Donaldson, being
the first Federal officer of rank to enter
the fort. He also contributed to the
victory at Shlioh by his gallant fighting
on the second day. Though a great fa
vorite among his men. he was a rigid
disciplinarian. In illustration of his
strictness the following anecdote Is told:
While In camp near Pittsburg Landing
he one day met four of his men carrying
to their tent half an ox which they had
appropriated. As a punishment ho
ordered each of the men to carry the car
cass on his shoulder round a tree for an
hour at a time in the broiling sun. The
next day he compelled them ta fan It
to keep off the flies and the third day
to bury it with suitable honors.
After the war he served upon the com
mission before which the assassins of
Lincoln were tried, upon tho returning
board in Florida In. 1S7G, .as Governor of
New Mexico from 1S7S-S1, and as United
States Minister to Turkey. 1SS1-S3.
Since his return from Turkey he had
made his home at Crawfordsville, Ind,
where ho had engaged in literary work.
He is author of several works, among
them "A Fair God" (1873), a tale of
Azteo Mexico, upon which" he worked at
irregular intervals for twenty years: "Ben
Hur: . A Tale of the Christ" (1SS0), and
"The Prince of India" (1S93). "Ben Hur"
Is undoubtedly the most popular religious
romance in the English" language. Over
300,000 copies were sold within ten years
after Its appearance and it has been
translated Into several foreign languages.
Recently he had been engaged in writ
ing his autobiography.
OTHER DISTINGUISHED DEAD
S. B. Roath, Father of Chicago Stock
yards and Millionaire.
CHICAGO. Feb. 15. S. B. Roath. who
died last night at Norwich, Conn., was a
life-long associate of John J.x Ferman,
father of the Chicago stockyards. The
pioneer announced on August 25, 1903, that
he had just settled 51.CO0.000 on a chosen
sot of relatives, "Just to see how they
would use the money." In giving away
his fortune, he made it clear that upon
the behavior of the beneficiaries depended
the final division of the property.
Roath was said to have been attracted
by the declared purpose of Andrew Car
negie and D. K. Pearsons to die poor.
One peculiar feature of his gifts was that
practically all went to poor families each
receiving an Independent fortune.
Mr. Roath was estimated to have an
Frances Guadalupe Vallejo.
MEXICO CITY, Feb. 15. Frances
Guadalupe Vallejo, wife of General John
B. Frlsble, an old and wealthy American
resident here, is dead of pneumonia. Mrs.
Frisble was the first white child born in
the valley of Sonoma, CaL, and her father
was the famous General Vallejo, head
of the Mexican military department In
California before the annexation of that
territory to the United States.
S. D. Works, Capitalist.
CHICAGO, Feb. 13. S. D. Works,
head of the operating, manufacturing
and -construction departments of tho
National Biscuit Company, died sudden
ly on the Twentieth Century train of
the Lake Shore road at Elkhart, Ind.,
William Cullen Bryant, Publisher.
NEW YORK, Feb. 15. William, Cullen
Bryant, the publisher of the Brooklyn
Times, and secretary of the American
Newspaper Publishers' Association, died
today at a sanitarium in Plainfleld, JT. J.
He had suffered a stroke of apoplexy
Mrs. Abigail Brown.
NEW YORK, Feb. 15. A private dis
patch from Hong Kong announces the
death there of Mrs. Abigail Brown, after
a short illness. She was the widow of
the Rev. Dr. John W. Brown, who was
some years ago rector of churches in
Cleveland and Detroit.
Luther L. Kellogg, Golfer.
NEW YORK. Feb. 15. Luther L. Kel
logg. Jr., member of,Jhe Irt All-America
golf club which plVysd JW'fT.gL,sh team
for International honors; died here today,
aged 2$ years. ,
CANADIAN PACIFIC PURCHASER
Ratification of Dominion Parliament
Needed for Esquimalt Road.
VICTORIA, B. C Feb. 15. The sale of
the Esquimalt & Naniamo Railroad to
the Canadian Pacific Railway will bo com
pleted upon the passage f of a formal act
of ratification by the Dominion Parlia
ment. The transcontinental corporation
will then enter into possession of its new
Tho proporty Involved In the transfer
Includes the railroad from Victoria to
Wellington, Including the right of way
extending for 100 feet on each side of the
line, the necessary appurtenances, such
as sheds, stations, etc, and the steam
ship system, which comprises the steam
ers Joan and City of Nanalmo, the barge
Transfer and the tug Czar, both of which
are employed in the ferry service between
Ladysmith and the mainland.
The purchase price is said to bo in the
neighborhood of $1,250,000. It is probable
that the Canadian Pacific Railway will
take active charge of the road about
Only One Man Refused the Oath.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15. Secretary
Hitchcock today Informed the House, in
response to its Inquiry, that no member
or employe of the Dawes Indian Commis
sion had refused to take the oath required
by law to the fact that he had no finan
cial Interest in connection with matters
over which tho commission had jurisdic
tion except a Delaware Indian interpre
ter, Edward Young, who was employed
for two days.
GENERAL LEW WALLACE
AUTHOR OF "BEN HUB
NG FIGHT WON
Transport Buford Will
Load at Portland.
WILL CARRY MORE TROOPS
Nineteenth Infantry Will Em
bark for Manila.
TAKE CARGO OF LUMBER ALSO
Quartermaster-General's Dread of
Columbia Bar Overcome Once
More Buford Arrives About
Middle of March.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington. D. C, Feb. 15. After lighting
all Winter to have a transport sent to
Portland to take the Nineteenth Infan
try to Manila, Senator Fulton was to
day advised by Quartermaster General
Humphrey that the transport Buford
will be fitted out as soon as possible
and go to Portland for this regiment
Only a few days ago Senator Fulton se
cured the promise of the Department
to send the Fourteenth Infantry from
Manila to Portland direct, but there
was some doubt whether the Nine
teenth Infantry could embark at Port
The War Department was averse to
having transports sent to Portland, ar
guing that they could not cross the
bar and that they might be indefinitely
delayed. Senator Fulton Insisted that
thero would be no danger or delay to
transports and Insisted that Portland
be given this recognition.
Tho transport Buford will have to be
put In condition before she goes to
Portland. It will be the middle of
March or later before the Nineteenth
Infantry can embark. The Buford, In
addition to carrying this regiment, will
take to Manila 450,000 feet of lumber.
which was recently contracted for at
Captain Jesse M- Bakor, Disbursing
Quartermaster, yesterday received word
that tho transport Buford had been or
dered to proceed to Portland from San
Francisco in time to load here and get
away for Manila by April 1. The Bu
ford will carry to the Philippines the
Nineteenth Infantry, which is now at
Vancouver Barracks. As cargo, the
transport will take 430,000 feet of lumber
recently bought for the construction of
army buildings at Fort William McKIn
ley and as much more as space can be
found for after provision Is made for the
soldiers' baggage and supplies. The Bu-
ford's sailing orders specify that she
shall leave San Francisco in sufficient
time to take aboard her Portland cargo
before the regiment Is ready to embark
The transport Sheridan, which will bring
the Fourteenth Infantry to Vancouver,
will leave Manila March 15 and will be
due here soon after the Buford sails.
ANKENY WINS THE FIRST BRUSH
Defeats Foster by Securing Delay in
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, D. C, Feb. 15. There was an
other tilt today between Senator Foster
and Senator Ankeny, in which the lat
ter came off victorious. Foster had
been notified that Ankeny had objec
tions to the confirmation of E. P.
Kingsbury as Surveyor-General of
Washington, but, notwithstanding this
fact, he went before the Public Lands
Committee and asked it to favorably
report Kingsbury's nomination, saying
there were no charges against him
other than political. He referred to
the fact that Kingsbury has made an
WHO DEED UST NIGHT.
efficient officer and is highly indorsed
by the Department.
But he found that Ankeny had filed
with the committee a letter asking
that no action be taken on the nomina
tion until he can present protests now
on their way to Washington. The com
mittee decided to give Ankeny a hear
ing, and action was postponed until
next Wednesday. In all probability
Kingsbury will be ultimately confirmed.
NO ACTION ON LIEU LAND LAW
Senate Committee Recalls Bill for Its
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, Feb. 15. The Senate public lands
committee today recalled the bill which It
recently reported repealing the lieu land
law and providing for the purchase of pri
vate holdings within forest reserves, or
an exchange on the like-for-like basis.
The whole subject has been referred to
a subcommittee. This action will result
In delay and probably means that no bill
will pass this session.
DREDGE TACOMA WATERWAY
Foster Proposes Amendment to River
and Harbor Bill.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Feb. 15. Senator Foster today of
fered an amendment to the river and har
bor bill authorizing the dredging of the
middle waterway In the Tacoma harbor.
His amendment appropriates $115,537, and
stipulates that none of this money shall
be expended unless the City of Tacoma
shall pay to the War Department $33,512,
one-fourth of the cost of the improve
ment. He also offered amendments au
thorizing surveys of Anacortes harbor,
Roche harbor and Belllngham Bay.
New Northwest Postmasters.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Feb. 15. Postmasters appointed:
Oregon Barron, Jackson County, James
H. Cook, vice Martha A. Barron, resigned.
Washington Felida, Clark County, Ray
Nash, vice Owen Taylor, resigned; Ho
bart. King County, Samuel B. Gjerde, vice
SOUTH WILL JOIN IN" PARADE
Governors and Militia to Take Part
WASHINGTON. Feb. 15. The interest
of the South in the Inauguration of Presi
dent Roosevelt was evidenced again to
day when word was received from North
Carolina that the Wilmington Light In
fantry of Wilmington and Light Battery
A. both of the North Carolina National
Guard, will march In the Inaugural pa
rade, headed by the Governor.
Governor Blanchard of Louisiana will
head a detachment of his militia in th
parade: Governor Warfleld of Maryland
will lead at least two Marvln.nrf met.
ments; Governor Montague of Virginia
win ieati a. Dngade irom the Old Domin
ion and Brigadier-General Clarke of the
Alabama National Guard Is recruiting a
provisional regiment to attend the in
auguration. No Money for. Sectarian Schools.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 15. Senator Bard
introduced an amendment to the Indian
appropriation bill that no portion of the
fund shall be available for the support of
any sectarian or denominational sect.
CONTENTS OF TODAY'S PAPER
TODAVS Fair: easterly winds.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. 45
deg.; minimum. 28. Precipitation, none.
The War In the Far East.
Third division ot Baltic fleet calls for Orient.
StoesjeI again defends his surrender. Page 2.
Heroic defends of company of Japanese against
Russian army. Page 3.
Japanese will save Russian ships and use them
agalast Russians. Page 2.
Czar hesitates among- several plans fqr Zemsky
Sobor, while Liberals and bureaucrats each
urge him to decide. Page 2.
Dramatic Incident In Countess Montlgnoso's
struggle to keep her daughter. Page 3.
Britain and Russia narrowly escaped war about
contraband. Pago 6.
President jiends Santo Domingo treaty to Sen
ate with emphatic message. Page 3.
House debates Navy appropriation bill. Page 0.
Elklns predicts deficit of J50.000.000. Page 6.
Transport Buford coming to Portland In
March. Page 1.
President of Venezuela evades settlement with
United States, rage 1.
Kansas Legislature passes oil refinery bill, and
producers appeal to President against Stand
ard OH Company. Page 1.
Death of General Lew Wallace. rage 1.
Great advance in wheat due to Gates' corner.
Charge of boodle la "West Virginia Legislature.
Commercial and Marine.
"Weekly review of local produce and jobbing
markets. Page 13.
Covering by shorts further advances May wheat
at Chicago. Page 13.
San Francldco only slightly affected by bulge.
Cessation of gold exports helps stock prices.
Transport Buford ordered to Portland. Page 0.
Electrical apparatus tested at . Pacific Coast
bunkers. Page 0.
Forest Grove's Mayor casts deciding vote for
' saloon, where none was ever licensed. Page
Chief of Police of San Francisco is suspended
for connection with Chinese gambling. Page 3
Pacific Coast Legislature.
Insurgents in Oregon Legislature lay out ma-chlne-mada
Cascade County. Page 4.
Three judicial appointments In Governor Cham
berlain's hands. Page -I.
Senate passes Astoria charter bill over Gov
ernor's veto, rage 5.
Railroads have radical amendments for com
mission bill. Page 12.
Washington House committee Trill favor capital
removal. Pace 12:
Portland and Vicinity.
Council defeats all-night saloon ordinance and
Junketing trip. Page H.
Orient to have rich exhibit "at Lewis and Ciark
Fair. Pace 7.
First Congregational Church to burn mortgage
tomorrow. Page 8.
Money-order business shows increase of $500,-
000. Page 8.
Chinese highbinders make murderous assault
on young Chinaman, severely wounding In
nocent bystander. Page 8.
Harriman pyndiuate buy control In Pacific
Coast Company, which gives It a terminal
footing In Seattle. Page 8.
Lebanon banlrrobbrN taken to Albmr to face
charges against. thm. Page 9.
Gates Sends May Wheat
Almost to $1.20.
SHORTS ARE CORNERED
Will Have to Settle With Him
at His Terms.
THEY CANNOT DELIVER GOODS
Wall Street Speculators Cause Stam
pede in Chicago Market and
Will Send Price Surely
Up to $1.50.
CHICAGO, Feb. 15. (Special.) Wheat
sold on the Board ot Trade today at the
highest point for tho year. - Frightened
by the prediction made by John W. Gates
that the price would soar In the next 60
days, the shorts fairly tumbled over one
another to set their hands on the cereal
while It was yet within comparatively
easy reach. They bid the May price up
to J1.19Ts, whicli beats the record price
attained on the great wave of speculative
excitement last Fall by more than a cent.
In company with other wealthy specu
lators who pass most of their time in
"Wall street. Gates is credited with hold
ing' contracts calling for. the delivery of
something like S0,000,000 bushels of wheat
next May. The situation is desperate for
the shorts. There Is less than 2,000,000
bushels of contract wheat in the public
houses of Chicago, and the shorts must
deliver or settle at any price dictated by
the Gates interests.
With Gates in the movement are John
Lambert, Isaac EUwood, Corwin. IT. Spen
cer, of St. Louis, and one or two big
Northwestern wheat men.
The shorts are mainly "foreigners,
backed by some big seaboard operators
and the Northwest and Chicago elevator
people. The elevator people, it is believed,
will have the wheat to deliver to Gates,
they controlling the visible supply. The
others, will have to get the wheat some
place, or stand for any squeeze. The
shorts, at the- outside, cannot deliver
more than 10,000.000 bushels of contract
wheat by the end of May, according to
the Gates crowd, and the other 10,000,000
will cost them what Gates chooses to
Predictions of Sl.50 wheat are now heard
on all sides, while there are many in the
trade who think nothing short of $3 a
bushel will bo accepted by Gates and his
CASTRO PLAYING P0R DELAY
Venezuelan President Insists on Arbi
tration Revolution Threatens.
LAGUAYRA, Venezuela, Feb. 15. (Cor
respondence of the Associated Press.)
The negotiations between United States
Minister Bowcn and President Castro In
the effort to reach an adjustment of the
pending disputes between the two coun
tries are practically at a standstill. Mr.
Bowen's efforts have been blocked by
the tactics of Castro, which culminated
recently in Castro's abrupt departure
from the capital when he was pressed for
a frank and definite answer to the propo--sitlon
After his return to Caracas, he declined
to submit to arbitration on the ground
that the matters are now before the
courts of the country. He made a counter-proposition,
however, that the United
States conclude with him an arbitration
treaty to cover future cases which under
International law could be considered as
diplomatic questions. This Mr. Bowen de
clined, but in turn proposed that a tri
bunal be selected to determine whether
the asphalt case and other pending cases
aro diplomatic matters. Again Castro re
fused and pressed his demand for a treaty
to meet future cases, and here the situa
The ever-present rumors of a revolu
tion against Castro seem at this time to
have a possible foundation. The move
ment is assuming a more widespread
character than for some time, and it is
considered in well-informed circles that a
revolutionary attempt is not a remote
DDI0ND EIGHTS EXTRADITION
California Landgrabbers Appeal
Federal Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 15. A brief in be
half ot Henry P. DImond. of California,
In his habeas corpus casa against United
States Marshal Shine, ot that state, was
filed in the Supreme Court ot the United
States today. Dimond is one ot the men
indicted in tho Supreme Court of the Dis
trict of Columbia for conspiracy to de
fraud the Government in connection with
Judge De Haven, ot Dlmond's district.
Issued a warrant for his removal to this
city and denied a petition for a writ ot
habeas corpus. Dimond sets tip in his
brief that Judge Lacombe of New. York
granted a writ to John A. Benson under
precisely the same circumstances, and
also contends that the "Washington court
is without jurisdiction.
EARRMAN LINE EQTJIPHENT
Will Spend $8,000,000 on Engines,
Cars and Electric Signals.
CHICAGO, Feb. 13. Extensive plans of
the Union Pacific system and the South
ern Pacific for new- locomotives, cars and
other equipment, and. the installation of
GOO miles of automatic electric block sig
nals have been announced. It i3 esti
mated that an expenditure of $8,000,009 will
be necessary to complete the work-.
The now equipment will be used pn the
Union Pacific, Oregon Short Line,yOregon
Railway & Navigation and the Southern.
'Pacific and will bo ready this year.