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VOL. XLV. NO. 13,790.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SAT-URDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1905.
PRICE FIYE CENTS.
Grand Duke Sergius
Torn in Pieces.
WORK OF TERRORIST
Assassin Proud of Suc
DOES NOT RESIST CAPTORS
Liberals Do Not Conceal Joy
at the Awful Deed.
DESCRIPTION BY EYE-WITNESS
Sergius Had Been Long Marked Out
as Leader of Reactionaries Rev
olution Was In Preparation
HOXAXOFJvS WHO DIED BY
Helen Gllnska, poisoned 1528.
Prince Shulskl, 1543, torn t pieces by
JogB, by order ol Ivan IV. then 13 years
Eldest son of Ivan IV. killed by fa
ther, who struck him down with an Iron
Dmitri, younger brother of Feodor,
May 15, 1531, killed by order of Boris
Godunoff, brother-in-law of Czar, who
wished to succeed to the throne.
Boris Godunoff. April 13, 1605. died
suddenly after dinner, supposed to have
Fed or IL son of Boris, murdered with
his mother, by soldiers of Dmitri, May,
Dmitri, Or-zrr My. J55, surround
ed by enemies, jumps 30 feet from win
dow, breaks his leg: and ia killed by
Alexis, 1720, second son of Peter the
Great, killed by Infliction of torture,
presumably at order of father.
Prince Vollnakl, 1740, beheaded by
order of Anna of Courland.
Peter. Duke of Holsteln-Gottorp, son
of Anna, second daughter of Peter the
Great, 17C2. killed by conspiracy. In
which his wife, Catherine II, was the
Ivan VI, 17C4. murdered by guards
during an attempt to rescue him from
Paul I. 1601. a,i3aH!nated by highest
dignitaries of court.
Alexander II, March 13. 1SS1. killed
by Nihilists, while planning extensive
Grand Duke Sergius. assassinated Feb
ruary 17. 1005.. In Moscow.
Special Cable to the New York Times,
MOSCOW, Feb. 17, (S:40 P. M.) The
Grand Duke Sergius was assassinated
here thin afternoon by a bomb. I wit
nessed the murder from the Kremlin.
I was walking: along:, admiring: the
vast Imperial Palace and the panorama
or. Moscow, which stretched away as
Snr as the eye could reach. The great
clock of the Kremlin was striking 3
o'clock when I heard a terrific report.
An immense sheet of flame at the same
time rose about 500 meters (550 yards)
from me in the middle of the vast ave
nue which, separates the Palace of
Justice from the Arsenal. In the midst
of the flames I saw several black
masses projected into the air and fall
in pieces on the ground. I ran as fast
bs I could in the direction of the
In an instant I reached the entrance
of the Arsenal. A cloud of smoke was
lifting and, scattered on the ground
rot id a heap of debris, were pieces of
a. human body, smoldering besides
pieces of wood and broken glass. A
little further on men were stopping
two horses, maddened and covered with
blood, which were dragging all that
remained of a carriage, a spring and
two wheels that were twisted and
His Wife Faints at Sight.
in a nanosome sleigh a young and
pretty woman had fainted, and around
her a crowd, attracted by the explosion.
was pressing. She was Immediately
recognized as the Grand Duchess Eliza
beth Feodorovna, sister of the Empress
of Russia and wife of the Grand Duke
The terrible truth was at once made
clear to me. The smoking human
debris scatercd around me was all that
remained of the Grand Duke. His head
had been literally blown from his body
and lay there, almost unrecognizable.
boluiers who had rushed from the
guardhouse, aided by Generals and
Dvorniks, began to gather up the re
mains. A cordon of troops was drawn
up before the Nicholas Gate
xms is wnat nappenea, as lar- as
could be ascertained from the prellml
Hurled in Air Amid Flames.
As the Grand Duke Sergius was driv
ing to town in his coupe at the usual
hour a bomb was skillfully thrown
under his carriage. His assassins fol
lowed exactly the same tactics as were
murdered. The carriage, the Grand
Duke and the coachman were hurled
in the air amid a column of flames.
The body of the Grand Duke was literal
ly stripped of its clothing-ny the force of
the explosion and was reduced to pulp.
The coachman was hurled a distance of 15
yards against another carriage. Every
window In the Palace of Justice and the
Arsenal for a distance of 50 yards was
shattered. One of the assassins, who had
been wounded, was arrested on the spot
and dragged quickly into the Arsenal.
A stretcher was brought, on which the
pieces of the Grand Duke's body were
placed. They were covered with a coat
lent by a General to hide the horrible
sight. Preceded and surrounded by sol
diers with fixed bayonets, the lugubrious
procession started. Behind the blood
stained stretcher, which was borne by
superior officers, walked the Grand Duch
ess, who had quickly been restored to
consciousness. She was enveloped In a
blue cloak. Her bead was bare and she
was pale as death. A couple of officers'
supported her. Slowly the cortege made
Its way to the Imperial Palace, where,
amid impressive silence, the stretcher was
put down. At the palace where the as
sassination occurred debris of all kinds
was still being picked up.
Great Gates Are Closed.
The news spread quickly throughout
Moscow,- and an enormous crowd rushed
to the Ifremlin. Measures were taken to
preserve order. It was decided to close
the great gates, which had remained open
ever since Napoleon entered them. Kept
back by mounted gendarmes and by the
police, the crowd remained all day in the
streets leading to the Kremlin, discussing
Many arrests were made, especially of
persons who condone the murder.
A few days ago the Grand Duke went
to live in the Imperial Palace In the
Kremlin because the police had declared
that they were unable to guarantee his
safety In his residence on the Tverskaila.
The Grand Duchess had been warned not
to go out in the same carriage as the
Grand Duke Her sleigh was not touched
by the bomb.
Tlie crime has caused a profound Im
pression here, but it cannot be said to
have occasioned consternation. The Grand
Duke had too many enemies.
The theaters and concert halls are
closed tonight, by order of the police.
A rumor is current that this murder Is
the first of a long series which has been
planned. Fourteen names are on the list,
it is said, the second being that of Grand
Duke Vladimir. Next comes General
Trepoff. The terrorist movement is now
to be carried to St. Petersburg.
Liberals Hail Act as Triumph.
I had a conversation tonight with one
of the chiefs of the Liberal party of Mos
cow. "The effect of this attack," ho said, "is
good for the triumph of our ideas. The
Grand Duke Sergius was a. very honest
man as far as money matters were con
cerned. In this respect he was always
irreproachable, but for that very reason
he was exceedingly reactionary. A poli
tician -without intelligence, and pursuing
a retrograde policy without principle, he
exercised a great Influence upon the Em
peror, not only through his marriage,'
which brought him into close family re
lations with the Czar, but Also because of
his honesty. When he had abdicated his
functions as Governor-General, his influ
ence increased still more.
"When he left and the Civil" Governor
bade him farewell, the Grand Duke said:
" 'Not farewell, but au revoir, for I
shall return among you. He hoped to re
occupy his old position, vested with still
greater powers. His assassination will be
approved by all Russia. It was decided
upon after the shootings which occurred
recently in the streets of Moscow.
Revolution Was Hatching.
"A few days ago a large number of per
sons were arrested, a considerable quan
tity of arms and ammunition having been
found in their possession. In one student's
home 450 revolvers were found. We want
ed to bring about a revolution and we are
arming the people.
"I apprehend the consequences of a re
actionary movement. The conservative
element, whleh has been asleep for 30
years, is taking offense at the Liberal
pressure. Men who hitherto have taken
little Interest In politics are becoming
savage reactionaries, as they realize how
serious this Liberal movement Is. It Is to
be feared that this murder will Increase
the strength of Ithe reactionary ten
"As to the government's measures of
repression, they are of little efficiency and
will not stop the advance."
Assassin Proud of Work.
I called this evening upon General
Volkoff, Prefect of Moscow, who, in spite
of the lateness of the hour, received me
with, the greatest cordiality. I asked him
whether the identity of the murderer was
known. The General replied that It
was not. The man had refused to give
his name, merely saying that he belonged
to an anarchist group and was glad that
he had done his work so well. The
murderer was not wounded, according to
the General, and was arrested by a de
tective detailed to escort the Grand Duke.
He wears the dress of a Moujik and ap
pears to be about 30 years of age.
A mass will be celebrated at 2 o'clock
tomorrow afternoon in the Church of the
Kremlin. The Prefect told me that so
far no Instructions had heen received
from St Petersburg. I suppose the re
mains "will be taken to the capital and
placed in the vault of the church in the
Fortress of St. Peter and St- Paul, where
repose the Emperors and the members of
the imperial family. It is not likely.
however, that this will be done before two
or three days.
Sympathy With Assassin.
There is no change in the appearance of
Moscow tonight. The streets are well
filled and the night restaurants are as
crowded as ever. A good deal more con
cern is expressed in regard to the fate
that awaits the assassin than regarding
the tragical end of his victim.
Cassini's Son-in-Law In Danger.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 17. Count Cassini,
the Russian Ambassador, was shocked to
hear through the press dispatches of. the
assassination of the Grand Duke Sergius.
He Is anxiously awaiting news direct
from Russia, as his son-in-law is master
of the court at Moscow and member of
the Grand Duke's household and with the
Countess, tho Ambassador's daughter,
JAYNE BILL FAILS
Local -Option Law in
POSTPONED IN THjE SENATE
Impassioned Oratory and Bit
ing Sarcasm Invoked.
LIQUOR MEN ARE SILENT NOW
Campaign of Worry Against Reform
and Church Interests Had Been
Promised in the Event De
feat Was Accomplished.
SALEM, Or., Feb. 17. (SpeciaL)
Amendment of the local option law in the
Oregon Legislature failed on the last day
of the session shortly before noon today,
for the Jayne bill was indefinitely post
poned in the Senate by a vote of 16 to 13,
after six weeks of turmoil between the
advocates of strict precinct option and
the liquor, interests on the one side and
the exponents of county option and the
foes of saloons on the other.
This means that the local option law as
enacted by the people under the Initia
tive last June will remain unchanged, at
least until June, 1906, when it can be
amended under the initiative.
Anti-saloon workers are jubilant and
broad smiles adorned their countenances
after their -victory. The liquor people
kept a stiff upper Up, however, and pro
fessed still to be of strong courage. The
space behind the rail in the Senate was
densely packed during the proceedings
with spectators, who strained their eyes
and ears and pressed against the bar,
and once, at the end of a speech by
Pierce of Umatilla against the bill, burst
into loud applause.
Bowerman Switches His Vote. .
The bill went to its grave' because It
lacked one vote of enough for passage
and was indefinitely postponed because
Bowerman of Gilliam, who was support
ing the hill, went over to the anti
revisionists. The vote on indefinite post
Aye -Booth, BoVtfrmari. Carter, Cosnow,
Haines. Howe, Laycock, Loughary, McDon
ald, Miller, Nottingham, Pierce. - Smith,
Whealdon, Wright, Kuykendall 15.
Noes Avery, Brownell, Coe. Coke. Croisan.
Farrar, Hobson, Hodson, Holman, Malarkey,
Rand, SIchel, TutUe 14.
Threats of the Liquor Men.
Liquor interests said all through the
campaign over the Jayne bill that
should the bill fail they would initiate
It in June, 1S05, or would present a bill
at that time to repeal tho present law
entirely; also that they would give church
organizations a taste of what the initia
tive could do by proposing a bill to tax
all church property and "reform" work
ers a taste by offering a bill to give mu
unlclpalitles exclusive control of liquor
traffic and gambling. And these same
Interests declared that other bills might
be proposed to worry affairs and politics
for some time to come,.
Paul Wessinger, one of the chiefs of tho
Portland Wholesale Liquor-Dealers' Asso
ciation and superintendent of Welnhard's
brewing interests, and A. Crofton, man
ager of the association, who were In tho
Senate chamber when the Jayne bill went
to its death today, 'refused to reveal their
future plans after, the verdict was an
nounced. They shook their heads sigr
nlficantly and looked off into space and
Issue Was Clean Cut.
Sixteen votes were needed to pass the
bill and the most that could be secured
for it were 15
The clean-cut issue lay between pre
cinct option and county option, as the
fight shaped Itself, and the 15 were on the
side of precinct option. The remaining 14
Senators were lined up on the other side.
Each side had a bill of its own the pre
cinct optlonists one reported by the com
mittee on judiciary; the county optlon
ists one reported by the committee on
The former was substituted for the lat
ter by a vote of 15 to 14, but the 16 votes
needed to pass the bill could -not be se
cured, and, on motion of Senator Booth
of Lane, the bill was indefinitely post
poned. This was accomplished by Bower
man's switching from the judiciary com
mittee's bill and voting for Booth's mo
tion for postponement.
The vote was then 1 ayes to 13 noes,
but Preeldent Kuykendall thought it a tie.
and, like Bowerman, changed to the other
side, for tho reason, as ho stated it from
the chair, that the bill could not secure
enough votes for passage and he thought
harmony could best be secured by putting
the bill out of tho way.
Prepared by Liquor Interests.
The Jayne bill was prepared by the li
quor Interests at Portland, and Introduced
in the House by Representative Jayne of
Wasco. January 17. Its prime purpose was
to eliminate option or prohibition ty coun
ties and to confine it to precincts. In
many other details It changed the present
law, the most objectionable of which were
eliminated by the House committer on
revision of laws.
The bill passed the House February 7 by
a vote of S4 to 25. In the Senate it was
referred to the committee on education,
largely through the influenco of Senator
Pierce of Umatilla, Democrat. All three
members of this committee Loughary of
Polk, Haines of W.aehington and Pierce
at heart wero hostile to revision of the
law by the Legislature.
This committee slashed th? bill so thor
oughly and Injected so many amendments
that the product bore little resemblance
to the bill which passed the House; In
was changed, but the heart also, because
the committee put into the bill option by
counties and groups of precincts, thus
eliminating the first principle of the
Jayne hill "and putting into it the first
principle of the present law.
The committee submitted lis report yes
terday and the report was adopted by a
vote of 15 to 14. The precinct optlonists
rallied, however, and, on motion of Ma
larkey of Multnomah, aided by Brownell
of Clackamas, who changed to their side,
the bill as amended by, the education com
mittee was sent, to the judiciary com
mittee, which reported this morning, re
storing jtfie precinct option feature .and
providing for a referendum next June.
Judiciary Report Adopted.
The report of the Judiciary committee
was adopted this morning by a vote of 15
to 14, as follows:
Ayes Avery. Bowerman. Brownell, Coe,
Coke, Croisan. Farrar, Hobson. Hodson,Hol
man, Malarkey, Hand, SIchel. Tuttte. Kuyken
Noes Booth, Carter. Coshow, Haines, Howe,
Laycock. Loughary. McDonald, Miller, Not
tingham, Pierce, Smith, Whealdon. Wright 14.
The debate preceding the vote was im
passioned and full of gusty declarations
and spiced with insinuations of evil in
fluences. Malarkey of Multnomah, Rand
of Baker and Coe of Multnomah defended
the report of the judiciaryicommlttee, and
Haines .and Pierce attacked It.
Liquor BUI Is Expedited.
The bill. of the judiciary committee had
been printed in the course of the night,
though it had notj reached the State
Printer until almost midnight, but no such
good fortune had come to the bill of the
education committee, though it had been
ordered printed yesterday afternoon and
had gone to the Printer early last even
ing. Broad insinuations were made by Pierce,
Booth and Haines that the education com
mittee's bill had been held up by some
secret jobbery. These insinuations were
resented by Malarkey and Rand, who
epok their feelings in strong language.
Malarkey in Explanation.
Malarkey, a member of the Judiciary
committee, had drafted the report and ex
plained the amendments in detail.
.' "They meet every objection "of those
-who are willing to see the present local-
option law altered and who are willing to
submit the change to the people," said
he, adverting to one of the final clauses
ordering a referendum 'next June.
Haines Jumped to his feet with sarcasm
on his lips.
"The Senator from Multnomah," said
(Concluded on Page 14.)
CONTENTS OF TODAY'S PAPER
TODAY'S Rain and slightly warmer; south
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature, 44
deg.; minimum, 40. Precipitation, trace.
Assassination of Grand Duke Sergiaa.
Blown to fragments with a bomb in the Krem.
lln at Mosoow. Page 1.
His assassin la captured and glories is. btc
. deed, but hides &fcj Identlty.ige.
Blot beren.-.friicJof? gor$r4ient -aT4x-
ultant revolutionists narrowly averted.
Assassination will not prevent calling of
Zetnsky Sobor, on which Czar haa decided.
Csar prostrated with grief. Page 4.
Terrorists have marked others for execution.
Massacre of strikers and rebels by police at
Warsaw. Page 1.
Whole Caucasus In rebellion. Page 1.
The War 1b the For East.
Japan will not agree to peace unless it is en
during. Pago 4.
General Grlppenberg denounces ICurbpatkin for
not sending troops to clinch victory. Page 3.
Czar said, to have decided to offer peace.
Women of Moscow petition Czarina to ask
Czar to make peace. Page 4.
Another Russian cavalry raid starts southward.
Emperor of Austria and Kossuth at a deadlock.
British Cabinet defends Sir Anthony MacDon
nclL Page 3.
No appointments to bo made In Oregon till
land-fraud trials are over. Page 1.
Senate backs down on wheat drawback. Pag S.
House sends statehood bill to conference.
Both houses deliver eulogies on Miss Wlllard
In receiving her statue.. Page fi.
President asks Congress to increase naval ap
propriations. Page 5.
Parcels post treaty with Britain arrives.
Management of Panama Railroad shown up.
West Virginia Senators accuse Governor White
of boodllng. Page 3.
Six Addlcks Republicans desert him. Page 3.
Governor Hoch approves oil refiner bill and
recommends other laws against Standard
Gates lets price cf wheat drop to prevent im
ports. Page 3.
Transcontinental railroads disagree on rates to
Lewis and Clark Fair. Page 11.
North Dakota appropriates money for exhibit
at Lewis and Clark Fair. Page 11.
Mrs. unadwicK in court repudiates some
claims. Page 3.
Comiaerclal and Marine.
Oregon apples- command high prices in Europe.
Break In Chicago wheat market. Page IS.
San Francisco wheat market Inactive. Page ID.
Union Pacific Is feature of stock market.
Storm checks trading throughout country.
Contraband carrying buslnea at end.v Page 10.
tow water interferes wlih river navigation,
Jayne bill amending local-option law is lost in
the Oregon Senate. Pago 1.
Oregon Legislature finishes up its business and
adjourns without day. Page 6.
Governor Chamberlain agrees not to veto ap
propriation bill when emergency clause Is
cut out. Page. C.
Washington House passes capital removal bill.
Whitman College debaters defeat team " from
Pacific University. Page 14.
Judge J. J. Balleray is dead at Pendltton.
Portland and Vicinity.
Dr. S. S. Wise discusses local conditions In
polnUd address on lawlessness at Templa
Beth .Israel. Face 10.
Congregation of First Congregational Church
burns heavy mortgage. Page 10.
Contract let to noted concessionaire for famous
spectacular featarea on The Trail. Page It.
James Drummond. boy bandit, sentenced, to
eight years "In the Penitentiary, but mother
hopes to secure pardon from Governor Cham
berlain. Page 11.
Executive Board authorizes payment of 53S.OOO
for MornsonBireet. pnage extras. Page 16.
Tirt5!MHon force wlll'mest lo tilm MBinalrn
ALL IN SUSPENSE
No Federal "Appoint
ments in Oregon
PENDING FRAUD TRIALS
Delegation Has No Voice While
CABINET- OFFICERS AGREE
Fulton's Recommendation Alone Will
Not Be Accepted Except for As
toria Postmaster Waggoner
Holds on at Roseburg. '
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, Feb. 17. "No more Federal ap
pointments In Oregon until after the
This conclusion was reached last night
by Secretary Hitchcock, Attorney-General
Moody and Postmaster-General Wynne,
and applies to all appointments coming
under the jurisdiction of their respective
departments. As a matter of fact, this
decision will affect only postofflce appoint
ments, for there Is no likelihood of va
cancies occurring la either the Interior
Department or the Department of Jus
tice while the land-frauds cases are pend
ing. The District Attorneyship must
necessarily remain in abeyance until tho
cases are concluded, there are no Land
Office vacancies present or prospective,
unless the Register and Receiver at Rose
burg should be dismissed, and such ac
tion is not contemplated until after the
trials are over. So the agreement of these
Cabinet officers really narrows down to
Fulton's Recommendation Barred.
There has been no formal discussion of
this question at the Cabinet or with .Pres
ident Roosevelt. The matter came up quite
Informally at the President's reception
last night, when several members of the
Cabinet got together and talked over the
situation In Oregon. It was then and
-tiiera agreed. :that- tho. Senators, and. Rep-
resenatives under indictment should not
be permitted to fill Federal offices. It
was agreed that, with three of the four
members of the Oregon delegation under
Indictment, it would not be fair to permit
the other one member to control the en
tire patronage of the state, so a mutual
understanding was reached as above
There are several Oregon postoffices
where vacancies are about to occur, either
through resignation of Incumbents or be
cause the terms of the postmasters are
about to expire, but according to the pro
gramme laid out last night there will be
no appointments, and the present post
masters will continue to serve indefinitely,
regardless of the wish of any or all the
members of the Oregon delegation. Sev
eral postofflce cases are now before the
Postmaster-General, but they will not be
Waggoner to Stay in at Roseburg.
Only today Postmaster-General Wynne
declined to appoint B. P. Cornelius Post
master at Roseburg, Representative Her
mann's home, and decided that Postmas
ter Waggoner shall continue to serve un
der his original commission. Other con
elderations entered Into this case, how
ever. Cornelius was indorsed by Senator
Fulton and Representative Hermann, and
they had understood he would be appoint
ed. But soon after Cornelius was recom
mended charges were preferred against
mm, alleging mat ne was pan. owner oi a
saloon and lived next door to that estab
lishment- Investigation showed that Cor
nelius waa in partnership with a man who
was owner of a saloon, but that their
partnership applied merely to the real es
tate business, and that he personally had
no interest in the saloon. Cornelius, more
over, expressed his willingness to change
his residence if he should be appointed
But at the last moment it was found
that Postmaster Waggoner is an old sol
dier, a veteran of the Civil War. The
Postofflce Department says it haa been
President Roosevelt's policy not to turn
out .old soldiers from office, except upon
charges which have been sustained. He
has directed that eld soldiers be protected
to this extent. Acting on this general or
der, there being no charges against Wag
goner, the Postmaster-General decided to
allow Waggoner to remain In office. But
he would have taken this course anyway!
In "view of the determination to make no
more postofflce appointments in Oregon
for the time being.
Fulton to Choose Astoria Man.
Mr. Wynne said, tonight that Senator
Fulton would be permitted to name the
Postmaster at Astoria when the term of
the preeent incumbent expires, for it is
his right as Senator to name the Post
master in his own town. Senator Fulton's
record being clear, his right to fill this
office will not be questioned.
But there the tine will be. drawn. There
may be instances where It will be neces
sary to All fourth-class postoffices, but in
taking this action the department will not
ask nor countenance recommendations
from Representative Hermann or Repre
sentative Williamson, who have hereto
fore had absolute control of such ap
pointments. WILL PUSH JUDICIAL BILL.
Cannon Heeds Fulton's Appeal for
Oregon's Additional Judge.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Feb. 17. Senator Fulton person-:
allv aDoealcd to Speaker Cannon todav.
Senate bill dividing Oregon Into two
judicial districts. He said he had now
to represent Oregon in both houses of
Congress, and needed the help of the
Mr. Cannon said he would allow the
judicial bill to be called up and considered
on Its merits. He will recognize Repre
sentative Gillette, of California, who re
ported the bill, to call it up in the House.
Tho bill -will probably come up within a
PARCELS POST TREATY SIGNED
It Establishes Cheap Express Service
With Great Britain.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 17. A parcels post
treaty between this Government and
Great Britain was today signed by Presi
dent Roosevelt, Secretary Hay and Postmaster-General
Wynne. It has already
been signed by the British officials, and
will take effect April 1.
The final conclusion of the British treaty
Is a source of much gratification to of
ficials here. The sea-post service between
the United States and Great Britain is
also to be .extended. At present two of
the steamship lines have rooms set aside
on the vessels of their line in which
American postal clerks assprt and dis
tribute mail3 for this country on the west
bound trips, the expense for this one-way
service being borne by thi3 Government,
The same work is not performed on the
eastbound trips becaus'e the British gov
ernment until now haa declined to enter
Into the arrangement.
The maximum weight allowed Is four
pounds six ounces. All packages sent un
der this arrangement are limited in value
to 550- A parcels-post treaty with France
is expected to be concluded shortly.
NOT INFLUENCED BY MALICE
Eastern Comment on Government At
titude on lland Frauds.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Feb. 17. In the course of an edi
torial on the recent indictments in Ore
gon, the Washington Post says:
"The law presumes those Indicted Sena
tors and Representatives innocent, and
that presumption will hold unless the
trial Jury shall affirm one or more of the
grand Jury's finSlngs. Not only the asso
ciates of the accused In Congress and
their constituents, but their fellow-citizens
of all parties throughout the entire
family of states, would be sincerely glad
if. In each case, the prosecution should
utterly fall and a verdict of acquittal be
"On tho other hand, it is reasonably
presumed- that the- Government has not
been Influenced by malice to attempt the
ruin of veteran statesmen of hitherto un
spotted reputation. It Is further pre
sumedthe presumption is imperative
that the Administration, as represented
by the Department of the Interior and the
Department of Justice, acting with the
approbation of the President, would pro
ceed with the greatest caution in so very
grave a matter as the Indictment of an
old and honored Senator and of Repre
sentatives In Congress who have hitherto
possessed the full confidence of their con
stituents and" the respect of air who knew
them- Either malice or carelessness In
these or similar cases, or Indeed In crimi
nal proceedings' of any kind, would bo un
forgivable and, therefore, ought to be out
of the range of suspicion. Nevertheless
these Indicted statesmen are entitled to
the full benefit of the presumption of in
nocence." ANOTHER DOCK AT BREMERTON
Jones Says He Will Insist Upon It at
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Feb. 17. During the debate In the
House today. Representative Jones urged
the House to cut off the appropriation for
one of the proposed new battleships and
devote that money to constructing an
other drydock at the Puget Sound navy
yard. He said a large Navy was of little
use, if there was no place to dock and
repair its ships. He thought it expedient
to build another dock at Bremerton with
out delay, pointing out the Increasing de
mand for dockage facilities on the Pacific
Coast. He offered no amendment pro
viding for the dock, believing it would be
voted down, but gave notice that at the
next session he would Insist upon an ap
propriation for another dock.
ALASKA WILL GET DELEGATE
Senate Committee Will Report New
Bill This Session.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington. Feb. 17. The Senate commit
tee on territories recalled the bill it
had previously reported providing for a
Delegate from Alaska and will report
a substitute' bill, probably at its next
meeting. The committee is thoroughly
convinced that Alaska should have rep
resentation in Congress and has hopes
of passing some form of a Delegate
bill before adjournment next month.
The Cushman bill, which passed the
House last April, will probably be re
ported to the Senate with some amend
ments. Cushman is willing to sacri
fice some of Its provisions If it will
help the bill along.
CROMWELL ENTERS THE ARENA
Claims Reappointment at Tacoma,
but Will Be Disappointed.
WASHINGTON. Feb. 17. Postmaster
Cromwell, of Tacoma, has entered upon
the scene, while Senator Foster and
Representative Cushman are fighting
over his position, and has appealed
direct to the President for reappoint
ment. He brings forward many in
dorsements and asks for another term
on the claim that his administration
of the past five years ha3 been en
There Is little probability that he
will be appointed. The President Is
sticking to his promise to appoint
Cushman's candidate, H. L. Votaw.
TWO OREGON MEN APPOINTED
Max Pracht a Special Agent and
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Feb. 17. Max Pracht, of Ore
gon, has been appointed special agent
in the Treasury Department.
H. H. Gilfry, of Portland, who for
26 years has been Legislative Clerk of
the United States Senate, will be pro
moted to be Minute' and Journal Cleric
of the Senate next month. This Is to
Crime Cannot Hinder
CZAR TELLS PLANS
Will Call Zemsky Sobor
of All Classes.
MASSACRE AT WARSAW
Police Shoot Down Strikers
and Rebels in Hosts.
THE CAUCASUS IN REBELLION
All Agree That Assassination Was
Work of Terrorists, but Moderate
Liberals Join Conservatives
ODESSA, Feb. 18. Authentic report
state that the region, of the Caucasus is
lit n Htnte of Insurrection. The mob
nre Tvell armed with suns and dyna
mite and have complete control of the
railroad. Many train have been
stopped, arsenal have been looted and
telegraph nnd telephone wires are lie-
CRACOW, Gnllcln, Feb. IS. A very
conservative local newspaper Saturday
prints a long dispatch from Warsaw,
Ilun.sJan Poland, statins: that In that
city hundreds of prisoners, mostly
strikers and revolutionists, are dally
In the fourth, police district, the dis
patch says, 20 prisoners were placed
again t the vrall nnd soldiers fired vol
ley after volley at them until every
man was dead.
In the tenth police district so many
were killed In this manner that ten po
lice . wagons were required to remove
The paper says that the slaughter Is
continued In every police station of
ST. PETERSBURG, Feb. 18 (2:30 A. M.)
The assassination of Grand Duke Ser
gius undoubtedly was the work of the
fighting organization of the Socialistic
Revolutionary party, which condemned
and executed Count Bobrikoff, Governor
General of Finland, and Siplaguine and
"Von Plehve, Ministers of the Interior. It
is regarded as a direct challenge from the
terrorists to the autocracy, and' a revival
of the famous duel between the Nihilists
and the government of 25 years ago.
Opinions differ as to the political effect
of the tragedy, some inclining to the view
that the killing of a member of the im
perial family may cause Nicholas to re
vive a period of reaction, but this opinion
is not generally shared. .
The murder of Grand Duke Sergius just
at a time when the forces of Liberalism
were again in the supremacy, and when
the summoning of the Zemsky Sobor waa
assured meets' with, universal reprobation,
even by extreme Social Democrats, who
denounce the crime as strongly as do the
Liberals and Conservatives. According to
a' high authority, the decision had been
already taken by the officials to proclaim
the Zemsky Sobor on January 22. M.
Souverin. editor of the Novoe Vremya,
said to the Associated Press last night:
Will Not Prevent Reform.
T do not believe this crime can now in
terfere with the carrying out of tho re
forms, to which the government Is too
far committed. I am certain the Zemsky
Sobor will soon be announced and as
sembled without waiting the termination
of the War."
Prince Shirinsky Schamatoff, who had
an audience with Emperor Nicholas yes
terday, was frankly told by the Emperor
that the Zemsky Sobor would be elected
under class franchise by the nobles,
clergy, merchants and peasants, but that
all the deputies would sit together; and
the committee of Ministers, the Associ
ated Press Is informed, will bo charged by
the Emperor -with the appointment of a
committee to work out the details of the
Arranging for Funeral.
The news of the tragic death, of his
uncle was brought to tho Emperor while
he was giving an audience to General
Grippenberg, and caused him a great
shock. By the Emperor's direction the
members of' the imperial family were Im
mediately summoned to the chapel, where
a requiem was held. A state requiem, at
which members of the diplomatic corps
will be present, is announced for today.
The funeral arrangements havo not yet
been made, but, in accordance with, tra
dition, tho funeral probably will be on an
Minister of the Interior Bouligan, to
gether with the ofHcers of the Preobra
jensky Regiment, the life guards and the
Cuirassiers, of which Grand Duke Sergius
was an honorary officer, have gone to
The body will probably lie In state sev
eral days in the Church of the Ascension
in the Kremlin, where -Emperor Nicholas
was crowned. Thencefit will be brought
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