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YOL. XIX. NO. 8.
, Portland, oeegon; Sunday morning, February 25, 1900.
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CRONJE HOLDS OUT
sensrers on board. They are mostly Ger
man subjects, and are anxious to join the j
No News of His Surrender, Ru
mor of His Escape.
WAS AT PAARDEBERG THURSDAY
Bailer Slowly Bat Surely Advancing
Toward LadysraitH Daruan Col
lecting; Relief Supplies.
THE PARIS CARNIVAL.
WEEK IN PARCSAMENT
LONDON. Fb. 86, 4:86 A. JL-Stece 2:15
o clock yesterday afternoon, nothing nee
been received from the scene of what the
London papers call General Cronje's death
struggle, the war officials announcing at
midnight that they had nothing to give
out. Ther abated that they believed It im
possible for Crenje to escape from the grip
of Lord Roberta.
The report circulated in Berlin that
Cronje bad succeeded la making his es
cape came from the Boer headquarters"
In Brussels, wfiiere It was stated that de
tails -were still lacking.
The only news from other parts of the
Beat of war received during the night te a
special dispatch from Coleneo. under date
of February 24. stating that the British,
in spite of strong opposition, were advanc
ing slowly but surely, and driving the
Boers from the kopjes between Grower's
lloof and Hlatigwane.
Ladyemlth reported by heliograph Fri
day that the Boers were retiring north
ward In large numbers. Meanwhile ttie
certainty of relief is so strong at Durban
that the authorities are actively preparing
trainloads of provisions, luxuries and med
ical comforts for dispatch to the beleag
uered town as soon as communication
Spencer Wilkinson, summing the week's
events in the war for the Associated Press,
"The night of Thursday, February 16,
General Cronje marched out from. Msgers
fontein between General French, who had
just entered Kiraberiey. and General
Kelly-Kenny, then at Klip Drift, on the
Modder River. The next day General
Kelly-Kenny pursued him, attacked his
rear guard and delayed Mm until the
Highland Brigade, which was on its way
to stop him on the south bank of the
Modder, and General French, could pass
him on the north bank.
"After a three days' running light, Gen
eral Cronje was stopped at Koedoc's Band
near Paardsberg, where fee was surround
ed. His force was between the river bank,
Which gave him a defensive position fac
ing either way, so that attacks on him i'n
tolved heavy loss, but he was held until
Tuesday, when Lord Roberta arranged to
grip him with a girdle of infantry in his
position, while cannonading him with 60
.guns, enfilading the river bed.
"In the meantime, Lord Roberts, with a
spare division or two beyond the three
br.gades holding Cronje. set hlmeelf to in
tercept and drive away any Bey reta
f irretneMK. TWe w the stfuattoa '
"Wednesday, and It offered a reasonable
possibility of the capture of Cronje' s force
and of the defeat of any reinforcements.
' We have little news beyond Wednes
day. Thursday the shelling of Cronje
was continued at intervals, continuous
shelling probably involving a too lavish
use of ammunition. The Boers have been
g vlng themselves up by fifties a day.
Tuesday Lord Roberts drove off reinforce
ments coming from Coiesberg and Natal.
' A Berlin report declares that Cronje
had forced his way through. This is lm
jrobable, but may refer to a small party
which may have escaped in the night.
'Lord Roberts' advance has drawn
aw ay some of the Boer forces from Coles.
berg, Bterkstrom and Natal, as is seen
from the diminished resistance to the
British at all those points.
' General Buller, after taking Hlang
wana Hill has crossed the Tugela River,
&rid, according to the latest telegrams, has
been fighting continuously since Thurs
day morning. This looks like a decided
a tempt tc relieve Ladysmith, wherein 1
expect General Buller will succeed if he
ces not, as before, Interrupt his advance
1 y stopping to count his losses and de
daring that toe has lost enough. A gen
eral has never lost enough to justify the
fixing up of the enterprise, so long as
his troops are willing to go on with him.
Ladysmith. can probably hold out for sev
eral weeks longer, and in that time the
t fOet of Lord Roberts' advance will preb
i llv be even more marked than it has
5 . t been."
Season of Gayety for the Boulevards
Besran Last Mffht.
PARIS, Feb. 24. Paris tonight entered
upon the carnival season, which will bring
a few days' gayety to the boulevards be
fore the advent of Lent. The festivities
opened with a masked ball at the Opera
House tonight. Great preparations had
been made for thts event, and the scene
within the magnificent hall was one of
exceptional brilliancy. Thousands of col
ored 'balloons and serpentines were dis
tributed among the guests as weapons
for the mimic battles among the merry
throng Sunday at La Villetto, where the
famous abbattoirs of Paris are situated.
Sunday evening -the public will be en fete.
An allegorical procession will traverse
the district and in the evening public
balls will take place in the open air in
the chief squares, which will be espe
cially illuminated with electric lights.
The usual Mardt Gras procession along
the boulevards will take place Tuesday,
and in the evening bands will be stationed
in the squares for the "benefit of the
working classes, who will Indulge in danc
ing in the open spaces about the band
stands. The students have obtained from the
Prefect of Police permission to introduce
an Innovation in the Ml-Careme celebra
tion in the form of a grand nocturnal
cavalcade, with flambeaux and Illuminated
cards representing the various schools.
In French eyes, the most Interesting
character in the Transvaal war Is Colonel
Villebols-Mareull, the French military ob
server with the Boers, who Is represented
by the French press as the "Von Moltlce
of the Boer army. He is popularly sup
posed to have been the directing spirit
of most of the Boer victories. The unan
mlty with which the Nationalist press
lauds hJm to the skies, however, has
awakened serious doubts among thousands
of Republicans of its d elnterestedness,
and in the fulsome praise of Vllleboia
Is seen an attempt to elevate him into
a popular idol. In defeating the British,
say the Nationalist organs, he Is seeking
to avenge Faehoda, hut Republicans and
Radicals retort, "You are trying to create
another Boulanger and use him against
the Republic on his return to France."
Chamberlain's Defense of Him
self the Feature.
PUNS OF OPPOSITION COLLAP5E
Boer Major a Candidate for a Seat
Inadequacy of tlie Navy Rem
- edy for Trusts.
In spite of the repudiation by official
circles and the Deputies for Martinique
of any sympathy for or credence in the
assertions that American political agita
tors are responsible for the troubles In
Martinique, the newspaper which gave
prominence originally to these statements
has returned to the charge, publishing
under the caption "American Intrigues,"
an interview with an anonymous Martini
que planter, in which it reiterates the
accusations against America, and says:
"The audacity of their agents is such
that several times recently American cor- J
vettes visited Mart-nique waters and, un
der the very eyes of the colonial au
thorities, took soundings."
The article concludes hy asking again
what the Govtrnor of the island and tlu
Cabinet are thinking of to permit these
aotlona. These attacks In themselves
might be of little importance, but an
article in an influential journal such as
the Figaro shows that suspicion of Amer
ica exists in other political circles con
cerning Martinique. The Figaro's article
said that the United States was follow
ing events with jealous eyes, and that
the negroes of Martinique hope to Imi
tate their brethren of Santa Domingo, and
that the united States, which already" ex
ercises a dissimulated protectorate over
Santo Domingo, would not be sorry to see
tftiem follow the same road, which would
lead through suppression of Parliamentary
representation to suppression as a colony.
As the time approaches for the opening
of the Exposition, more Interest appar
ently attaches to It The crowds in the
streets upon which the buildings face are
continuously Increasing, and the costumes
of various nations indicate the presence
of many strangers. The scaffoldings are
helng stripped from the structures and
the latter begin to show their fine propor
tions, making the view one of great splendor.
FIGHTIXG NRTH OF TUGELA.
Desperate BteiraRMHCHt Between a
Larjre BitfH Force and Boers.
BOER KKAD LAAGKRv Natal, Friday.
leMerday the British crossed the Tugela
ii large numbers, with cannon and over
'X wagons. They attacked the Ermelo
. d Mtddto Burghers' commandos, but
v, re forced to retreat under heavy Maa
j r Are. A renewed attempt on the Br
inln men was made this morning, but
the British were again driven off. The
Th British looses were heavy., Bight
; mulanees were emotoyed in collecting
V dead and woun4ed. The generals re-
Tt that the comntanioc are fighting
Ladysmtth nred a few shots this morn-1-
c: at our outposts unttt silenced by the
' Long Tom."
Thursday at Paardcbers.
PAARDBBERG. Thursday. Feb. 22.
Thcre fe 6tll no change m the situation.
Then v. a intermittent shetltng today an.l
during ;tu night a large sapnty column
arrived It is reported that MM Boers are
operating northwards of this place. Tea
ttrday evening, after the last gua had
been fired, the Bhropshtres rushed forward
200 yards farther towards the head of the
r'er and found a number of Boer dead.
General French captured more prison
ers who had previously escaped the cor
don, and a patrol on the westward side
ReMef Ajvejnt Wants Money.
NEW YORK. Feb M.-Joh L. W.
Pruin, chairman of tHe Amertoaa Com
mit ee to aid the wounded feetttgereats
w'thin the Boor tines, has received the fol
low ng cablegram, dated Durban. Fobru
n 17. from Howard C. HUlegras. a. mem
ber of the committee mw at Durban:
Medicines and taatrutnems proourahle
i Durban are urgently needed. Suggest
i Ming me money Immediately. "Will de
1 cr personally."
SURVEY OF CABLE ROUTE.
Report of Commander Hodges, of the
WASHINGTON, Feb" 24. Admiral Brad
ford, Chief of the Equipment Bureau, has
received the report of Commander Hodges,
of the Nero, upon the survey made by that
vessel of the Pacific ocean, to find a prac
ticable route for a submarine cable from
California to Honolulu, Guam, Midway
Island, Luzon and Yokohama. The officer
reports that this survey developed a route
for the cable eminently satisfactory and
thoroughly practicable. His report. In
brief, shows that he sailed from Manila on
the Nero August 15 for DIngalan bay, on
tho East Coast of Luzon, which had been
selected as the best larding for a Pacific
cable. A run was made from this point
to Guam, which portion of the line has
already been outlined. September 9, the
Nero sailed from Guam for Yokohama.
The beach appeared to be favorable for
landing on Japanese soil near the north
east corner of Sagaml Kal.
Starting October 10. the ship returned
to Guam, verifying the old route as she
ran, Tarafofo was found to be the best
place to land the cable on the island,
though the conditions are not perfect.
Otherwise, the cable would have to be
taken around and landed on the southern
side of the harbor of San Luis d'Apra.
After making some soundings around the
island. Captain Hodges tried to find a
southern route to connect with the direct
line to Midway, but he struck what he
calls the Nero deep, and was convinced
that it could not be gotten around with
a cable. Here, says Captain Hodges, the
two deepest casts and the two deepest
temperatures ever taken were recorded.
The depths are 5160 fathoms and E209. fath
oms, and the temperatures are 35.5 at 5070
fathoms, and 36 at 5150 fathoms.
The Nero went back to Tarafofo and
began to develop the direct route to Mid
way, which was reached January 3. The
traverse was continued from Midway to
"Walmea Bay, Oahu Island, of the Ha
waiian group. This was a fine sand beach
and a good landing station.
From the date of sailing from San Fran
cisco, April 22. 1S99, to the date of return,
February U, 1900, the ship steamed 29,383
NEW YORK. Fh. X.-A cable dispatch
from The Hague to a prominent Dutofi
viVnt rf New York, printed In the
7 xen'ng Journal, says:
Dr Leyds has received the following
' spatch from President Kroger: 'Free
ate and Transvaal farces together south
' Paaruoburg. Reinforced and well en-
KeeraMs for the Keer Army.
LOCRKNCO MARQUES. Feb. SI. The
German steamer Admiral, from Hamburg,
January IB, has arrived here with 1M pas-
Colonel W. S. Klnpr Dead.
MINNEAPOLIS. Feb. 24,-Colonel W. S.
King, ex-Congressman and a national
character for the past 40 years, died at 1 the limit the consumer would bear.
his home today. He started the Minne
apolis Tribune, and was for several years
on the St. Paul Pioneer-Press. While .n
Congress. King was the subject of a fa
mous Congressional investigation in con
nection with the Pacific Mail subsidy bill,
but the investigation entirely cleared him
of any Improper aim.
Bishop Sbarcttl at Havana.
HAVANA. Feb. 2i. Mgr. Sbaretti, the
newly appointed Bishop of Havana, ar
rived this morning and landed at 9 o'clock.
A procession was formed, and the Bishop
went to the Cathedral, where he was
LONDON, Feb. 24. Apart irom the dra
matic condition that came over tho sit
uation in South Africa, the event of the
week was Joseph Chamberlain's vigorous,
almost vicious, self-defense in the House
The Colonial Secretary met the accusa
tions and demands with one of those ter
rible fighting speeches for. which he is
noted. With venomous retort and scorn,
he once more denied complicity in the
Jameson raid, denied the so-called reve
lations of the Independence Beige, and
with deft phrases resented the opposi
tion's agitation as a personal attack upon
his much-persecuted self.
In the heat of debate and with an over
whelming majority ready to cheer every
bitter phrase, Mr. Chamberlain carried all
before him. But after refleotlng, many of
thosb who thoroughly believe Mr. Cham
berlain to be absolutely untainted and
who place no Importance upon the letters
stolen from Mr. Hawkesley, counsel for
the British South African Company, re
gretted that the Colonial Secretary took
up the matter in such a personal spirit.
Voicing this feeling, the Saturday Re
view, strongly deprecating another raid
Inquiry at the present juncture, deplores
Mr. Chamberlain's "undignified attitude,"
and reminds him that the good faith of
a Secretary of State is not a personal,
but a public matter. Continuing, the paper
says it regrets that he did not court a
resumption, but adds that obvious rea
sons of state prohibited such a procedure
at the present crisis.
In the meanwhile, Dr. Gavin Brown
Clark, Radical member of Parliament for
Caithness, who was formerly Consul-General
of the South African Republic, stands
accused by Mr. Hawkesley of buying stolen
property in the shape of letters in regard
to the raid. Though Mr. Clark has denied
the allegations printed in the St. James
Gazette, he has not so far denied Mr.
Hawkesley's charges. His fellow Com
moners are much stirred up In regard to
the matter, but Dr. Clark seems unlikely
to take any steps, unless his constituents
force an Issue.
Lord Rosebery, the forsaken sole ora
cle of "lugubrious vaticinations," has
been bantering the Lords of the Govern
ment this week in the lightest satire upon
the fix they have got into by the unex
pected change in the "Wemyss" resolu
tion, which originally proposed to enforce
the existing statute providing for con
scription, but which, at the last moment,
was altered to read that the statute be
amended In order to make it available to
be put in force, a change which upset
Lord Lansdowne's and the Duke of Dev
onshire's carefully prepared speeches to
such an extent that Lord Rosebery sa
tirically moved an adjournment to enable
them to prepare new speeches, and even
Lord Salisbury laughed.
With the accomplishment of the Gov
ernment's plans, the main objections re
garding war legislation collapsed, and
some attention was directed to home meas
ures which. Incidentally, were supremely
uninteresting. The Innocent methods of
obstruction employed by Mr. Redmond and
other Irish members have so far had no
The nomination of Major McBrlde, of
the Irish Brigade in the service of the
Boers, to contest South Mayo, vice Michael
Davltt, resigned, has created no little
outcry. .Another Nationalist, John O'Don
nell, opposes Major McBrlde. Conse
quently, February 26, when the voting
is done, Mr. O'Donnell and the absentee
candidate will fight it out between them.
The authorities pay so little attention
to Irish disaffection that no steps have
been taken to prevent Major McBrlde
contesting the seat The Indulgence of
the Government, of which this Is an In
stance, follows the feeling that Irish ad
vocacy of the Boer cause, and. In fact,
the whole Irish movement is of no great
Importance. This, it is claimed, is as the
Government desires It to be.
Inadequate Naval Estimates.
The condition of the navy and the al
leged Inadequacy of the new estimates
are creating no end of "discussion. The
fact that the Government has ordered
the reserve squadron to assemble tit
Portsmouth March 1 has relieved the fears
of those who thought Continental inter
ference was Imminent, but they hall with
no pleasure the accompanying announce
ment that the squadron will be scattered
again April 1, after a month's exercise.
Nor is public confidence strengthened
by such statements as are made editori
ally in the Naval and Military Record,
which avers that there are eight or nine
modern French battle-ships capable of
sinking tho reserve fleet, and, though
France has now only six of 6uch vessels
with her Northern squadron, she could
quickly get the two needed from the Medi
terranean without attracting suspicion,
while the amalgamation of her Northern
squadron, with that of Russia's Baltic
fleet, would altogether outclass Great
Britain's reserve, which this service paper
declares is a heterogenous and by no
means a modern conglomeration, lacking
In all the essentials of a trained battle
fleet. As a remedy It Is urged that new
ships not Included in the reserve be m
medlately commissioned and that a pow
erful modern fleet be assembled In home
waters to await contingencies. The Army,
or rather Its General, has so disappointed
the bulk of the British people that it
has Tecome a fad to criticise and under
estimate everything British, and the Navy
is coming In for its share. Events have
ytet to show that such crltlc'sm Is justi
fied. Earl Grey on Trusts.
Earl Grey, who is a peer, and who
votes with the Conservative party, but
who Is connected with many labor organ
izations, especially In the co-operatlon
movement, of wh ch he is the prime mover,
recently, in addressing a co-operative
meeting at Glasgow, referred at length to
the colossal amalgamation of capital in 1
the United States, and said the same ten
dency was apparent on this side of the
Atlantic He declared the disadvantage
resulting from the consolidation of in
dustries consisted in enabling thosecon-
trolllng the market to force up prices to
"The co-operative plan, restricting' the
rate of Interest on share capital to 5 per
cent, and prohibiting the transfer of shares
to the open market, alone supplies the
method by which consolidation can be
affected without endangering the inter
ests of the community."
India in n Bad PliRht.
The plague In India continues virulent.
There were 53 v ctlms in Bombay City
during the week ending February 16. With
over 6L008.000 people affected by the famine
and only about 4,000,000 In receipt of re
lief, Inma seems in a bad plight, though
the death rate over the 550,000 square miles
of the famine area is decreasing. The
Indian Government has Issued a resolu
tion approving Professor xHaffkln's antl
.plague innoculatlon, and the Viceroy,
Lord Curzon, is advocating its usa
throughout India, and is paying high trib
ute to -the Professor.
The Cruiser Albany.
The United States cruiser Albany, pur
chased here just -before the war with
Spain, whose complement of men arrived
on the United States ship Prairie, will
probably sail In about a fortnight. Her
officers are busy at Newcastle getting their
command in shape.
England and the Cannl.
The Spectator, which often voices the
Government's views, claims it is to Great
Britain's advantage to have the United
States fortify the Nicaragua canal, say
ing tho Idea that Great Brita n is against
such action is a delusion. The Spectator
"If America asks us to give up the
clause forbidding the fortification, wa
ought to and most certainly should at
once agree to do so."
The Spectator, however, points out that
other powers might not be willing, for,
though Great Britain, in effect, has ac
knowledged the validity of the Monroe
doctrine, the rest of the world has not.
Honor for a Itnlilil.
Chief Babbi Adler has been elected a
member of the Athenaeum Club, under
the rule allowing the annual introduction
of distinguished litterateurs. From thh
exclusive body Thackeray once suffered
rejection. How much the British mind
has broadened since then Is evinced by thes
Hebrew election, and the fact that the
Bishop of London, the Most Rev. Mandell
Creighton, proposed him.
TWO YEARS' LIMIT
Operation of Puerto Rican Tariff
May Be Short.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS' CONFERENCE
Committee of Ten Appointed to
Over the Ground and Report
after he had gotten away. The ab"Hty of
the Filipino leader to make dp as a China
man Is said .to be remarkable, and only a
fellow-native Is able to penetrate such a
A LINER DOOMED.
Southern Paaiflc Liquidated a
NEW YORK, Feb. 24. Nearly $3,000,000
was paid Into the subtreasury here today
by the Southern Pacific Company for the
Central Pacific Railroad, In liquidation of
a note of the latter company that does
not fall due until August, 1901. The actual
payment was ?2,946,194 79. Checks for this
amount were turned into the subtreasury,
and their receipt gave that institution a
credit balance of $2,346,770 at the clearing
house. The note which was taken up is the fifth
of a series of 20, bearing Interest of 3
per cent, given to the government when
the Central Pacific settlement was effect
ed. It was secured by $3,000,000 Central
Pacific 4 per cent bonds, which were to
day turned over to the Southern Pacific
In Wall street It was said that the rea
son for tho anticipation of the payment
is that the Central Pacific bonds securing
the note can be handled with more profit
to the Southern Pacific than would be
gamed by allowing the obligations to run
along until due.
THE CARSON & COLORADO.
NEW. YORK, Feb, 24. C. P. Hunting
ton, President -of wio Southern
WASHINGTON. Feb. 24. The Republi
cans of the House of Representatives
met In conference at 8 o'clock tonight. In
the hall, of the House, to consider the
position on the Puerto Rlcan tariff bill.
Unusual Interest was attached to tne
meeting; owing to the division of senti
ment which has developed! on the bill.
About 100 Republican members were pres
ent, Tho element in opposition to the
bill was well represented, Representatives
McCall, Ll'.tlefleld, Powers, Lorlmer and
others prominently Identified with the op
position being on hand.' Cannon acted as
Speaker Henderson took an active part
In the conference, and made the first
speech of the evening. He spoke in a con
ciliatory spirit, urging that differences be
reconciled by the exercise of toleration on
The first definite proposition came from
Mr. Pearre, of 'Maryland, who suggested
a compromise fixing two years as the
limit lor the, operation of the proposed
tariff. Pearre supported this in a speech
indicating no purpose to make an Issue
against the bill, but rather a disposition
to secure united action, by compromise.
Powers of Vermont was the first to
give voice to the opposition sentiment.
He said, however, that he had come in
the conference In the hope and expecta
tion that differences would be adjusted.
His remarks were regarded as tending
toward a harmonious adjustment.
Chairman Payne, of the ways and means
I committee, spoke at considerable length.
and manifested some feeling at times, ae
disavowed any pride In the bill, as he had
not drawn It up, although, as chairman
of the committee, it had fallen to his lot!
to present It. Members gathered from
what Payne said that the Secretary of
War and those War Department officials
most familiar with Puerto Rlcan affairs
had drawn up the bill. Payne also con
veyed the Impression that the President
was not opposed to the bill, certainly not
on the constitutional questions Involved,
although he carefully refrained from any
direct statement as to the attitude or
wishes of the President.
Grosvenor of Ohio was expected to make
a statement more directly indicating the
President's desires, but he carefully re
frained from doing so. He sold that he
had recently attended a bariquet where
he was expected to "speak from the
throne." but he had prepared a speech
which wholly omitted any authoritative
Larce Steamer Ashore
PORTLAND, Me., Feb. 26. A steamer
believed to be the Callfdrnlan, of the
Allan Line, is ashore off Fort Williams,
Portland Harbor. A telephone message
from Fort Williams says the steamer is a
large one and 13 about 600 yards from
shore, with all her lights out. The sea
Is rough. The Callfornlan was heavily
laden with grain, and was bound for
The life-saving crew at the Cape Eliz
abeth Light, about three miles from the
scene of the wreck, were notfled by tel
ephone of the steamer's condition some
time after midnight, and at 2:30 A. M.
left with their boat. The wind at that
time was constantly Increasing from the
southeast, the worst quarter for the
steamer, which was exposed to the full
force of the sea.
ITS PARTY EFFECT
Influence on Republicans to
Vote Against Puerto Rico BIM.
LEADERS MAKE A STRONG FIGHT
Senate Will Defeat be TarMC Proy-
osltlon Ismergeaey Measure
far Cape Xeme.
British Steamship Wrecked.
' LONDON, Feb. 24. The British steam
ship Bath City, from New York February
9, for Bristol, struck the north end, of
Lundy Isle, In the British Channel, to
day. She backed off, and Immediately
sank In deep water. The master, three
officers and 10 of the crew reached Lundy
Roads In a lifeboat. The other lifeboat,
with the remainder of the crew, is also
believed to be safe. v
NEW PHILIPPINE COMMISSION
Selection of Four Members Officially
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24. It was official
ly announced late th's afternoon that four
of the five members of "the new Philip
pine Commission had been selected. They
are: Judge Taft. of Ohio; Luke T.
Wright, of Tennessee; H. C. Ide, of Ver
mont, and Dean Worcester, of Michigan.
The f th member will be announced later.
It is generally believed he will be Ber
nard Moses, of California.
James Hamilton Lerris Turned Down,
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24. Ex-Congressman
James Hamilton Lewis, of Washing
ton, had a final conference with the Pres
ident today concerning his appointment
as one of the Philippine Commissioners.
The President had had the subject under
consideration. Colonel Lewis frankly told
tho President that he was In accord with
his Philippine polley. The President,
equally frank, told Colonel Lewis that
While he would be delighted to honor hlra
because of his personal regard he could
not appoint him. Colonel Lewis assured
tho President of his appreciation of the
personal confluence expressed, and asked
him to consider some other Pacific Coast
man for the place.
POWDER MILLS WRECKED.
said last night thar the Csohs Cdlo-j
rado Railroad had been acquired by the
Southern Pacific, but that no fixed policy
for the future operation of the road had
been decided upon. The Carson & Color
ado is 293 miles long, and runs between
Mound House, Nev., and Keeler, Cal., with
a junction of seven miles to Candelarla,
Nev. The road, It is said, will be extended
south to Mojave and north to some point
on the Central Pacific.
rfatmttrvt.a fin trvtilarVi IA sniri. he did
nOt intend-to "speak from -. the 4hr6he?' Three SIcu- Were Killed ana Anotuer
Another Short Line Train.
OMAHA, Feb. 24. Union Pacific officials
are working on a new time-card, which,
It Is announced, will go into effect March
1. Among other changes, it is given out
that the time of trains will be shortened
up about an hour, owing to the shorten
ing of the line 35 miles by opening to
traffic the new cut-offs. It Is also given
out that on that date a dally train each
way will be put on the Portland line via
the Short Line, making two trains dolly.
Sew Train and Fast Time.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24. Tomorrow
the Denver & Rio Grande and the Rio
Grande Western will put on a new train
from Ogden to Denver. The new schedule
going Into effect reduces the running time
four hours between here and Denver.
Great Northern's Republic Branch.
MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 24. President J.
J. Hill, of the Great Northern, has writ
ten to Republic, Wash., that he expects
to commence work on the extension from
Okanogan to Republic the coming season.
BULL PEN INVESTIGATION.
House Committee Hears More About
the Wardncr Riots. '
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24. The House
committee on military affairs today con
tinued its Investigation of the Idaho labor
riots. Stlnson concluded his narrative be
gun yesterday on the treatment he re
celyed while under arrest, and R. V. Cro
zier, "United States District Attorney for
Idaho, testified as to the prosecution of
the miners. He had prosecuted 13 and
convicted 10 for interfering with mail
trains. Beyond these legal proceedings
he had no information on the subject.
He said, however, that he had expressed
the opinion that wholesale arrests by tho
military, without the formality of war
rants, were illegal.
The committee decided to subpena Gen
He said that tho proposition limiting the
operation of the bill to two years was as
far as the measure should be changed.
The speechmaklng became general, Rep
resentatives Hill, Cannon, Sperry, McCall,
Brown, Fletcher, Lacey, Tompkins and
Littlefleld succeeding each other. Lacey
brought forward a compromise, giving to
the President full authority to act. For
a time the discussion turned on this
proposition, but it failed to develop much
The speeches of McCall and Littlefleld
attracted much Interest, because of the
positive attitude they have taken. Mc
Call spoke calmly, but did not state any
of his opposition to the measure as a
whole, and showed a. disposition to accept
any of the compromises suggested. Little
field was more vehement, declaring that
he had not surrendered his views against
the measure as- a whole, although he felt
disposed to turn the subject over to the
President, as had been proposed. Little
field also suggested, that free trade bo
given to Puerto Rico, with a distinct
declaration that this should not operate
as a precedent applicable to other insular
This was met with a counter-proposition
from Thropp of Pennsylvania, that the 23
per cent rate, as provided by the original
bill, be retained with a declaration that
this will not operate as a precedent.
Neither proposition was favorably enter
tained, and they were aot pressed.
Up to midnight none of the propositions
had been voted upon, and members began
leaving the hall. The feeling prevailed,
however, that the ,two-year" limitations
would be agreed upon as a basis ot euin
promlse, and that" with this change the
bill would receive pretty general, al
though not unanimous, support. A3 th
attendance was rapidly diminishing, it
1 ocome apparent that no final action Could
be reached tonight, and the plan of a com.
mlttee of 10, five from each side, to go
6ver the subject and report some middle
ground was unanimously accepted by all
Chairman Cannon was authorized to
make public the report, and at 12:15 o'clock
the conference adjourned until Monday
night, when, the report of the committee
of 10 will be received.
PLATTEVILLE, "Wfci., Feb. 34. The
Piatteville Powaer Mills were wrecked by
an explosion this afternoon, killing three
men and baaly injuring another. The
dead are: Thomas Bass, William Rtftti
ger and Fred Genthe. H. S.Beck, ma
chinist of Bethlehem, was badly hurt. The
cylinder mill exploded first and this was
followed by the two presses, the shock
being heard four miles around. The mix
ing mill took fire and was burned to the
ground. Several of the other buildings
were badly wrecked.
POLICING THE PHILIPPINES
General Lawton's Plan May Be Put
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24. Before his
eral Corbin and Captain Brett, of the ! ftn. a"er S1 "Juc V0"
army, to get from them certain features
of the action of the military authorities
while on duty In Idaho.
Ramson Miller, night-watchman at one
of the mines near the scene ot the dis
turbance, testified that he was awested
I the subject, General Lawton had worked
I out a plan for the maintenance of order
in the Philippines after the close of actual
I war, which had been submitted to Gen
eral Otfe, and Is presumably the plan
which will commend Itself to the War De-
Savcmill Boiler Exploded.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 24. At 5
o'clock this afternoon the boiler of the
Pullman Lumber Company's sawmill at
Pullman, Ark., 40 mIIes,nortth of Texar
kana, exploded with terrible results. The
following Is a list of the known dead and-
serlously wounded: Hoover Thompson,
fireman, killed; Al Hutton, trucker,
mashed to death; J. W. Dicus, cut by fly
ing Iron, will die. It Is believed three
bodies are under the wreck yet, but It
will be impossible to reach them tonight.
IN NEW HANDS.
Chancre In the Ovroershln of the Los
Angeles Evening Express.
LOS ANGELES,' Cal., Feb!" 24. The
Evening Express, of tfils Cltt- today
passed Into the hands-vof a new company,
at the head of whlah Is John M. Miller,
of the law firm of Mulr & Brown, of this
City. Mr. Miller was formerly-, connected
with the Minneapolis Tribune. W. A.
Kelsey, of Merlden, Conn., owner of the
Merlden Record, Is Vice-President and
Managing Director; Richard G. Beebe,
a capitalist, Is Secretary and Treasurer;
William F. Bdtsford, a local banker, is
also on the directory, and E. B. Haskell,
of the Boston Herald, is the fifth director.
The present editor, H. W. Brundtage. Is
retained as editor and J. A. Abell IS also
to remain as manager.
Warrants for Bnnk Officers.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 24. On the application
ot a committee representing 500 creditors,
warrants were issued today for the ar
rest of several officers of the defunct Mul
lanphy Savings Bank. Among the officers
named are President Rotterman, Cdshler
Kammerer, and six directors.
It Is alleged In the warrant that the
crime of grand larceny was- committed
by thcte bank officers In having accepted
deposits after knowing the bank was
insoh ent. "
without process and without charges, al- , partment when the time comes to replace
though he had been In the hospital at the tne regular troops hy other forces corn
time of the blowing up of the1 Bunker Petent to preserve order.
Hill. He detailed incidents in the "bull- General Lawton-s Idea was to create a
pen." At one time, he said, a colored sot ' force of native pol.ee, whose officers, at
dier had threatened to shoot him for a ' nrt u grades, and finally, as condl-
mcre trifling infraction, and on another , ona improved, in tne upper graaes aione.
occasion a corporal of the guard an-
t shall all be Americans. Some such force
nounced, with obscene oaths and with a as this is ftowsuccessiuiiy appuea m uuoa
pistol in his hand, that he would shoot j y uenerai wooo. unuer me name ot rural
the first man he caught smoking. The I police. Owing to the racial differences
among uie. lnnaoiiams or. um x-ruuppiuos,
it was General Lawton's Idea that .there
would be no difficulty in securing pqlloe.
who should be proof against dkloyaUy
In the districts apart from those' of' iht
nativity to vhlch they might be atslgsett.
That this theory was well founded is1 In
dicated by the successful use of the Maca
bebe tribe by General Lawton himself, and
by General Young later in his chose after
Agulnaldo hi the north of Luzon. The
natives by nhelr acquaintance with the
country and the inhabitants would be of
great assistance In running down law
breakers. Because of the similarity of feature and
figure of the Tagals, the American troops
have had great difficulty In distinguishing
one Individual from another, from telling
friend from foe. Indeed, there Is a story
dn circulation among some of the Army
officers who have just returned to Wash
ington from Manila that the Army actu
ally captured Agulnaldo In Cavite Prov
ince" as a suspicious "aralgo," and then
-i released him. only to hear of his Identity
witness described the arrangements of the
prison and the vlleness resulting from L
the inability of hundreds on the upper
floor to get adequate sanitary appliances.
The committee adjourned until Monday,
when the witness will continue his .testi
mony. o K
Washington Supreme Court.
OLYMPIA. Feb. 24. The Supreme Court
has handed down an opinion in the case
of the State of Washington ex rel. W.'.and
L. J. Mitchell, Respondents, vs.. J. E.
Horan et al.. .Appellants, which appellants
were trustees of the Kootenai Consolidat
ed Mining Company. They were removed
during their term of office, but refused to
vacate to their successors, and this pro
ceeding was brought for the purpose of
ousting them from their positions. The
Supreme Court holds that by the rules
adopted by the Corporation the vote of
removal was sufficient, ana me judgment
of the lower court of Snohomish County
Fierce Storm in Northern Ohio.
CLEVELAND, O.. Fob. 24. One of the
fiercest storms of winter prevailed through
out Northern Ohio today. A 49-mile, gale
r from the northwest was accompanied by a
heavy driving snew storm, causlnj? big
drifts. The temperature fell rapidly. Trains
on the trunk lines, especially westbound,
Diplomatic Appropriation Bill.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24. The diplomat
ic appropriation bill was- today reported
to the Senate by the committee on appro
priations. The appropriation made bythe
bill was Increased $22,600, -making a total
of $1,766,768. -
Scmlin Given More Time.
VICTORIA, Feb. 24. The Lieutenant
Governor has given Premier 5emlm, whom
the ministry defeated yesterday, until
Monday to suggest alneans. by which the
Government may be carried on without an
appeal tovthe country.
Dally Treasury Statement.
WASHINGTON", Feb. 24- Today's state
ment of the condition ot the treasury
Available cash balance 4386.256.5S0
'Gold reserve ,.... 225,303,465
Japanese 'Minister Transferred.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3i?-The Japanese
Minister to the "United States, Jutaro
Komura, has been notified by cable from
Japan of hla appointment as Minister to
WASHnfGTON, Feb. M.-Th
kind of work has been don toay by the
I Republican leaders in their efforts to get
Independent Republicans to vote for the
Puerto Rican tarnX. Nearly every man
who ooerf not bellev-b it and whoa po
sition has become known has been labored
with by Senators an Representatives who
want the bill to so through. Especial
attention has been paid' to Cuahmait and
Jones, of Washington, bat neither of them
have been affected, ad announce tonight
their Intention of voting aga-nst tbe bill
In Itg present form. Tolegrame have been
coming In to other menbans of the House
which have braced them considerably. A
telegram from Kohhmtt, of the Chicago
Times-Herald, to Littlefleld, congratulates
him, saying that he vo-'eed the sentiment
of every newspaper in Chicago, regardless
of polities, and that IS par cent of tbe
people of the Mississippi Valley sustain
his position. Littlefleld aim received a
dispatch from ex-Senator Washburn, ot
Minnesota, saying that be voiced the al
most unanimous sentiment of the Ifortn-
These dispatches have had a good deal
of effect In awakening the Republicans
to the danger there la inpsestng the Puerto
Rican tariff MIL and make those who
are standing out more determined than
ever to sustain the President's position.
The assertions are now made that the
President desires the bill to pass, and sug
gestions are made to those who use the
President's message for not voting for the
bill that they should see him and they
would find that he is not correctlT reoort-
fed as being for it. What the Republican
leaders seem to fear Is the effect it will
have upon the party If the majority la
defeated on. tbe ferat measure It under
takes m the way of legislation lor the
On the Senate skfe there seems to he
little doubt about tbe defeat of the tariff
proposition now that the Republicans have
found what the sentiment of the country
is. and can easily refuse to sustain the
Puerto Rlcan commutes, which reported
the 36-per-eent tariff.
EiaerReHey Bill for Xame.
The House committee on pubHe lands to
day appointed a special subcommittee to
consider and prepare a bill to meet the
emergency that will arise along tbe Cape
Nome beach this com ng summer. This
committee comprises Chairman Larisy and
mm mwmm $ jMhi r. Monden; rw,
Jtneawc, IflbSMt and Jones. The anU
ment of the committee 'is to tOtm the
pbteer mining laws of the ITniteu States
now Ik force In Alaska to remain undis
turbea, except at Cape Kerne where it is
their Intention to enact legislation which
wiff permit the Miners' .Assoc' at Ion to as
sume charge and control of the claim, reg
ulate the siae and extent of the beach
claims, and in fact legalise such acts of
supervision as they performed during the
past season without authority.
Several Oreicen Bills.
There are quite a number of Oregon bins'
pending before the Senate committees on
public land and Indian affairs, having
been Introduced by Senators Simon and
McBrlde, and some of them have a favor
able place on the calendar of the commit
tees, and may be reached in a short time
if the regular calendar Is followed. Sen
ator McBrlde's bill for the relief, of 'Gen
eral Charles F. Beebe of Portland, has
eighth place In the public lands commit
tee, and will soon be disposed of, while his
bill for tbe relief of settlers on lands
within the limits of certain railroad land
grants has 22d place, and is the next Ore
gon Mil In order. Thn follow, in turn,
his bill relating to the taking of proofs
and filings in certain land cases, and for
the relief of D. J. Holmes, of Portland.
Senator Simon's bill, authorising the pur
chase of certain lands in Alaska has 27th
In the Indian committee, Senator Mc
Brlde's bilk for the relief of citiaens of
Oregon, Washington and Idaho, who
served against the Ne Perces and Ban
nock and Shoshone ImVane. providing for
the payment of elahna arising out of the
Cayuse Indian war, and providing for the
allotment of lands hi severalty to tbe In
dians of .the various reservations, have
14th, 15th and 18th places, respectively.
Senator Simon's bill providing for the
sale of the unsold portion of the Umatilla
reservation and confirming the title ot
mixed-blood Indians to certain lands, have
9Cd and 33d peaces, followed by McBnde'3
bill for the retyef of the Kathlamet band
of Chlnooks, and his amendment for tbe
fulfilling of treaty, stipulations with var,
ous Indian tribes, which he hopes to at'
tach to the Indian appropriation bill.
Prosperity in the West.
Travelers from the West, meaning that
portion of the eountry between the Mis
sissippi and the Rocky Mountains, "ay
that 'the people m that section are enjoy
ing more prosperity and contentment than
ever before. Upon this belief some think
that there can be no doubt of Republican
success In South Dakota, Nebraska, Kan
sas and Wyoming. States that were car
ried for Bryan four years ago. A travel
ing man from Chicago said that he found
that the people are as much engrossed In
future polities as they ever were, and that
the ealamlty-howler is talked off the
road every time he raises his head. Many
f men whn voted for Bryan In 1W have de
clared their Intention to support the Re
publican ticket this fall, so as to continue
their present prosperity. He also remarks
that the Philippine policy Is very popu'ir
and the Democrats are unable to defend
their anti-expansion ideas.
Preacher Weala Xet WerJc.
NEW BRITAIN. Conn., Feb. 24. Will
iam Menderlein, a well-known character
of this .town, was given until today by
judge Burr either' to obtain a position by
which be could support his family, or go
to jail to" continue his religious studies.
Menuerleln has a loye for preachlrg
which has entirely overcome his desire for
ordinary labor, and in eoosequenoe he has
not provided for hhrwife and four small
children. He has spent his time expound
ing Ms religious doctrines on the street
corners, and since October has provided
nothing for his family. His wife com
plained to the court, and Menderlein was
gtyen until today to mend Ms ways.
Bishop CeadJHter Coaeeerated.
CHICAGO. Feb. A-Jtov. Charles .P.
Andersen was consecrated Bishop Coadju
tor of tbe Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
at Grace Church today. Bishop McLaren
officiated as chief conservator and was
assisted in the performance of the serv
lee by Bishop Edsall of -'i Dakota,
Bishop Msrrison of Iow ii 7 White
of Mfehisjan City Bl-srop srraour of
Springfield, Bishop Njcaoupou if Milwau
kee, and Bishop Coadjutor Williams of