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THE SUNDAY OKEGONIAN, PORTLAND, DECEMBER' 23, 1900.
Bill for Introduction In Ore
gon Prepared .
BY STATE SURERINTENPENT
"Will Be Introduced at Coming Ses
sion of Legislature The Proposed
Measure Represents Careful
Study of Other Systems.
SALEM, Dec. 22. The following Is the
text of a. public school library
bill that has been, prepared by
Superintendent of Public Instruction Ack
erman, to be Introduced at the coming:
session of the Legislature. This has been
drawn up after a study of the llbrarj
laws of other states; and will be sub
mittel for discussion at the meeting of
the State Teachers' Association, at Al
bany next week:
"The county courts of the several coun
ties of this state are hereby required to
levy, at the same time they levy other
taxes, a tax upon all taxable property In
the r counties for school library purposes,
which shall aggregate an amount which
shall be no less than 10 cents per capita
for each and all the children within the
county between the ages of 4 and 20 years,
as shown by the then last preceding
school census, which shall be collected at
the some time, and by the same officers
as other taxes are collected; and such
aggregate Eum, when so levied and col
lected, shall be known as the general
school library fund of the county, and
such fund shall be set aside and used for
no other than school library purposes, In
the manner hereinafter provided for.
"It Is hereby made the duty of the
County Treasurer to certify to the County
School Superintendent, on the first Mon
day of August of each year, the total
amount in the general school library fund
In his hands subject to apportionment
by the County School Superintendent.
"The County School Superintendent
shall, on the first Monday of August ol
each year, make an apportionment of
the entire general school library fund,
provided for In this section, then in the
county treasury, in the following man
ner: Of the general school library fund
collected In pursuance of the general
school library levy of the county court,
he shall apportion to each district in his
county that has reported to him according
to law. In proportion to the number ol
persons in each district over 4 and under
20 years of age, as shown by the lasi
school census. TOien such apportionment
has been made he shall Immediately no
tify the districts oftheir respective share-.
"Between the first Monday of August
and the first Monday of November in
each year the directors of each district,
with the assistance of the County Super
intendent, shall expend all or a part ot
the entire proportion of the general schoot
library fund at the disposal of the Coun
ty School Superintendent as provided for
in this section, in the purchase of library
books for the use of the school district,
which books shall be selected from the
lists prepared by the State Board of Ed
ucation; and when a list of books has
been selected In accordance with the pro
visions of this section. It shall be the
duty of the County School Superintendent
to draw a warrant on the County Treas
urer in favor of the district for the pay
ment of such list; provided, that the
amount of such warrant shall not exceed
the amount apportioned to such district
from the general school library fund for
the current year. Provided, further, that
the Superintendent shall not Issue nor
transmit any such warrant to the clerk
of any district until the clerk's bond
shall have been received, examined ana
approved by the County Superintendent
and filed -with him as a part of the rec
ords of his office; provided, further that
if the entire school library fund appor
tioned annually to each district by the
County Superintendent as provided for lr.
this section shall not be expended ana
exhausted for school library purposes
within and during the year for which
such apportionment is made, such unex
pended balance shall be forfeited to the
general school library fund of the coun
ty, and the Treasurer shall place said
sum to the credit of the general schoo
library fund of the county, and the Coun
ts" School Superintendent shall reappow
tion said balance at the first annual ap
portionment of the school library fund
"It is hereby made the duty of the
State Board of Education to prepare an
nually or biennially from lists submitteo
to it by the President of the State Uni
versity, the President of the State Agri
cultural College, and the presidents of
the several Oregon state normal schools,
a list of books suitable for use In school
libraries. Said list shall also state the
wholesale, retail and mailing price of each
hook. It shall be the duty of the State
Superintendent to furnish County Super
intendents copies of said lists for distri
bution to school officers.
"It shall be the duty of each clerk to
keep in a Tecord-book furnished by the
district for that purpose, a complete rec
ord of the bookrurchased and distrib
uted by him. together with the purchase
price of said bool.s.
"Unless the district board shall elect
some other person, the clerk shall act as
librarian, and shall receive and have the
care and custody of the books, and shall
loan them to teachers, pupils and othei
residents of the district. In accordance
with the rules and regulations prescribed
by the State Begird of Education for the
control and xmanagement of school libra
ries. Each librarian shall keep a com
plete record of the books furnished b
the Board of directors. During the pe
riods that the school Is In session, the
library shall be placed In the schoolhouse.
and the teacher shall be responsible to
the district for Its proper care and pro
tection. The district board shall have
supervision of all books, and shall make
an equitable distribution thereof among
the schools of the corporation.
"It is hereby made the duty of the
State Board of Education to formulate
and prescribe rules and regulations not
Inconsistent with the provisions of this
act, lor the control and management or
all school libraries that may be purchased
In accordance with this section."
LEAK IX STATE SCHOOL FUND.
Foreclosure of Mortgage in Clack
amas County Hns So Proved.
OREGON CITY, Or., Dec. 21 The Ore
gon City Enterprise has called attention
to the faot that loss to the state school
iund Is occasioned by the cost of fore
closing mortgages on account of unpaid
Joans, but gives no data concerning the
matter. The records of Clackamas Coun
ty show that the State Land Board holds
S5 mortgages and owns six tracts of land
acquired by foreclosure. The attorney
lees on four foreclosures made during
the past two years aggregate $C58. In No
vember, 1S9S. a decree of foreclosure was
ordered against Thomas Charman & Son
to recover 51800. At this time the ac
cumulated unpaid Interest on the prin
cipal was $778, and the attorney fee 5200.
In November, 1S9S. a decree of foreclosure
was entered against George Phlster to re
cover $2000. The taxes and costs paid hy
the board amounted to T122 02, and the
attorney fee $300. A foreclosure suit sale
against David L. McLane et al to recover
$250 was confirmed in April. 1300. The at
torney fee was $50. In the foreclosure
proceedings against T. "W. Howard et al.
the principal ot the mortgage was. $5173 17,
and before the board could secure a. clear
title to the land, after bidding In the
property, prior judgment amounting to
a total of $2SS"20 bad to be paid off. Peo
ple who live In ;the vicinity of this prop
erty, near Canny, assert that the land
cannot be sold for what it cost to secure
it, and the state school fund will be the
A prominent resident of this .place who
1s .familiar with money-loaning says that
In .many Instances when the rate of in
terest on school funds was reduced from
S to 6 per cent the old mortgages were
canceled and the unpaid accrued Interest
added to a new principal and mortgage.
It jls not believed, however, that Gordon
E. Hayes, the State Land Agent, and at
torney for Clackamas County, canceled
any of the old mortgages without the ac
crued Interest being paid in fulL
A summons is being printed In a local
paper In the foreclosure suit of the State
Land Board against G. B. Dlmlck, admin
istrator of the Bode estate. In which the
amount of the mortgage Is $SS2, and an at
torney fee of $150 Is asked for. ,
People who have negotiated loans from
the State Land Board In some Instances
state that they were required to pay an
advance fee of -$50, presumably to pay the
expense of getting an abstract of the
property. Under the -existing conditions
there is really no Incentive for the Land
Agent to be particular in making safe
floans, as it Is much more profitable to
secure the fees .allowed In foreclosure
suits, which are rarely contested by the
"WASHINGTON" NATIONAL GUARD.
Principal Items in Biennial Report
OLTMPIA, "Wash., Dec 22. State Adjutant-General
Fox's biennial report has
been submitted to Governor Rogers, as
Commander-in-Chief of the National
Guard of "Washington. It shows the pres
ent strength of the ICatlonal Guard to be
79 commissioned officers, 783 enlisted men,
or a total of 862.
General Fox's report shows the expen
diture for the past Jtwo years to have
been as follows:
Salary of Adjutant-General $ 2,000 00
Incidental expense 1,122 07
Clerk hlie 1,B 65
Armory rent and maintenance of
militia 14.35S 40
Total expended $19 14712
The last Legislature appropriated $24,000
for the maintenance of the National
Guard. The expenditure of $19,147 12 there
fore leaves an unexpended balance re
maining of the appropriation of $4852 S8.
General Fox asks for the following ap
propriation for the ensuing biennial term:
For Incidental expense of guard $00,000
Supply of 1000 new overcoats 11,000
Equipment and maintenance of med
ical and hospital corps 2,000
Copies of rolls from Bureau of Re
bellion Records 800
General Fox, In his report, recommends
that a battery of artillery be placed at
Seattle, as the location of a battery of ar
tillery at Fort Lawton by the general
Government would offer the membership
of the troop, if located at Seattle, the
advantage of receiving instruction from
regular Army officers.
A recommendation by General Fox that
will touch the hearts of every patriotic
citizen fn the State of "Washington Is
that e unexpended balance of a $10,000
appropriation made by ttie last Legisla
ture be used toward the erection of a
suitable monument, sacred to the mem
ory of the state's soldier dead who are
now, or who may be buried beneath Its
"Washington State Fair Report.
OLTMPIA, "Wash., Dec. 22. The report
of the "Washington State Fair Commission
for the fair of 1S0O has been received by
Governor Rogers. The report gives a
detailed list of the receipts and expendi
tures of the annual state lair, also a com
plete list of the premiums awarded.
Secretary T. B. Gunn recommends that
the date of the opening of the fair be
set at least one week later In the season
than the third Monday in September,
which date Is now set by law.
It is also recommended that the Legis
lature appropriate the sum of $0W0 an
nually to defray the expenses of officers,
superintendent, and to guarantee the
awarding of good premiums. If the state
would give this annual fund of $0000, the
gate receipts and fair ground concessions
would realize another $6005, which sum of
$12,000 would Insure a fair the state could
take pride in. The total income of the
fair for the Fall of 1900 was $6765 23.
Sn.e of Pooled Wheat.
CORVALLIS. Dec 22. The sale of a
pool of over 6000 bushels of wheat In the
Finley warehouse, 12 miles up the Will
amette River, has been consummated.
The lot brought 52 cents per bushel, and
one of the local mills was the purchaser.
Hopgrowers Part "With. Crop.
"WOODBURN, Or., Dec 22. Martin
Archer today sold 100 bales of choice hops
to Faber & Nels, of Albany, at 15 cents
per pound. There are about 200 bales re
maining unsold in this vicinity. These
aro held for higher prices.
Slot Machine Rifled 'of Its Contents.
CHEHALIS, "Wash., Dec 22. A slot ma
chine was stolen from the Germanla sa
loon some tme between 3 and 6 o'clock
yesterday morning. The machine was
recovered a few blocks away, but It had
been rifled of about $S in money.
Cbchalia Hop Sale.
CHDHALIS, Wash.. Dec 22.-John Dob
son has sold his 2S6-bale lot of hops to
Isaac Plncus, at 15 cents. Another lot
has been reported sold which will leave
only four lots In the Chehalls district.
An Order of Pendo has organized at
The streets and sidewalks of "Wasco are
Students of the Eugene High School
have formed an athletic club.
The Eugene Loan & Savings Bank will
move into Its new building this week.
Tom Edwards a blacksmith of Milton,
was robbed of $100 at Pendleton Thursday.
Several sidewalks were afloat at Ku
gene last week as a result of the heavy
A chief and assistant chief of the Hepp
ner Are department will be elected Jan
State Biologist "Washburn has made his
biennial report, which has been receded
at tho capital.
The United States patent to the town
site of Granite has been received At the
La Grande Land Office.
The Medford City Council has raised the
price on water used by the Southern Pa
cific Company from $20 to $40 per month.
George Chambers has disposed of his
1900 clip of wool at Ontario, amounting to
12,500 pounds, to Boston buyers, at 214
J. T Taylor, Treasurer of Jackson
County, gives notice that he has funds on
hand with which to pay warrants pro
tested up to July 5. 1S32. .
C. S. Hoover of Camas Valley, while
hunting stock, found himself lost in the
fog. He happened upon a horse, which
guided him out of his predicament.
The Postofflee Department Is advertis
ing for contracts for carrying mails be
tween Sumpter and Alamo, six times a
week, via Lawton and Granite. The serv
ice will begin February L
Thomas B. Kay and Mrs. C. P. Bishop,
co-executors of the estate of Thomas
Kay, deceased, have filed their final re
port in the Probate Court at Salem. The
report shows that the total claims pre
sented to the executors have amounted
to $4913 S7, and theHotal expenditures have
been $5S99 22. The total amount ot money
received by the executors Is "$&S4-6. The
appraised value of all the personal prop- i
erty of the estate is 753,238 66, County
Judge Scott fixed the time for hearing
the report Tor "Wednesday, February t3.
CORBETT FOR SENATOR
THE CHOICE OF REPRESENTATIVE
PEAB.CE, OF.MARION COUNTY.
-Considers the Portland Man Only
.Logical Republican Candidate
SALEM. Dec. 22. Hon. Lot L. Pearce, a
member of the Oregon House of Repre
sentatives from. Marlon County, Is free
in declaring himself a supporter of 11. V.
Corbett, of Portland, for United States
Senator. He says' he not only hopes to
see Mr. Corbett elected, but he feels con
fldent that the Republican members of
the Legislature will decide upon Mr. Cor
bett as their candidate without any hesi
tation. In speaking of the Senatorial
question yesterday, Mr. Pearce said:
"I favor the election of Mr. Corbett be
cause he Is plainly the only logical can
didate of the Republican party. In all
the years of his residence in Oregon he
has been a constant and effective workei
for the best Interests of the state and
of the Republican party. Looking back
over his record, we see that he has al
ways been plain-spoken In defining his po
sition upon any and all public questions,
and his position has always been In har
mony with the principles of his party.
"In his own private business he hat
demonstrated his ability as a man o
affairs and has accumulated a competence
by honest methods, and without being
even so much as charged with graftins
public funds. The people are justified In
having confidence in a man who hax
worked with them and for their Interests
In the past; who has faithfully served
them as a public official, and who has
made a success of his own business In
"There are two circumstances that glvu
us assurance that he will make a faithful
representative of the state his clear past
record and the fact that a man of his
age and financial standing has no Induce
ment to consider any Interests other than
the public good. I regard Mr. Corbett's
age as very much In his favor. A man
who reaches his age in life and retain:
his activity in mind and body, never loses,
that energy and force of character until
he loses life itself. I regard him an able
man today than he was 10 or 20 years
ago. He is a man of great experience and
one to whom National legislators will
listen with respect.
"Of course, I believe the Republicans
should -go into caucus to decide upon
their Senatorial candidate, and, having
selected a candidate, should stand by him
to a man. "While I favor Mr. Corbett's
election, and will support him In the cau
cus, I will support any other man whom
the caucus may select. The Republicans
have a majority In the Legislature. The
people expect, and have a right to expect,
that the Republicans will elect a Senator
and do It promptly."
MISSING 3IAN LOCATED.
Sweet Home Farmer Has Been Crimp
ing Actions a Mystery.
LEBANON, Or., Dec. 22. "W. J. Mc
Mullon, who mysteriously disappeared
several weeks ago, ana it was feared
had been foully dealt with, has been lo
cated, about a mile from Sodavllle In a
dense forest, where he nas established a
camp. It will be remembered he left his
home for Albany, on business, and stated
that he would return at once. After sev
eral weeks had elapsed without his put
ting in an appearance, friends became
alarmed and began to inquire his
whereabouts. They could find no trace
of Mr. McMullon after he left Sodavllle.
A man who visited his camp says he
thinks McMullon Is somewhat demented.
He is camping out in an Isolated place,
without even a tent, and Is wading
around in mud. McMullon said he had
been camping there for several weeks. He
had camped near Jefferson for two weeks.
He h3d not been to Albany as reported.
He has promised to return to Sweet
Home, where he owns a good farm of
several hundred acres, and good house
and barns. "Why he would go out and
camp like he did can only be explained
by the general supposition that he was
suffering from temporary aberration of
the mind. .
INTEREST IN NEXT LEGISLATURE.
Considerable at Albnny Representa
tives Have Little to Say.
ALBANY. Or., Dec. 22. The coming
session of the State Legislature is creat
ing some Interest here, particularly In
view of the election of a United States
Senator and legislation needed In certain
fields. The Senators and Representatives
from Linn County are almost noncom
mittal. Senator Kelly docs not desire
to give his choice for United States Sen
ator at this time, believing It possible for
circumstances to arise which would make
It iniudlcious. In the matter of new
laws, he intends to work In the Interest ot
the people, and, as in last session, against
pernicious legislation of all kinds. Sen
ator Clem and Representative "Whitney
will not vote for the successful candidate
for United States Senator, being in the
minority, and at the present time do not
know who will receive the customary
complimentary vote. They are both In
terested in reform legislation in the in
terest of the people, and though having no
pet measures, are much In favor of a
new assessment and taxation law. They
are pronounced against graft legislation
of all kinds.
NO TRACE OF MURDERER.
Diligent Senrch for "Washington
County Assassin Unrewarded.
HILLSBORO, Or., Dec 22. Diligent
search has so far brought no results In
the Dahlberg murder case. The citizens
of Reedvllle, near which place the mur
der occurred, are actively engaged in try
ing to locate the criminal. The reward
of $500 has stimulated public Interest, but
epprehenblon seems no nearer than the
next day after the crime was committed.
It is now figured that Dahlberg could not
have had more than $30 or $40 In his pos
session when he was killed.
"Washington County, within 15 years,
has furnished eight mysterious murders,
and in one case only has the murderer
been brought to justice. That was the
case of the murder of John Ledrlck, for
which Gus "Wachline was captured after
several years, tried and hanged. In th
eight cases herein mentioned, each of the
victims was living alone.
Slovr but Sure.
Governor Geer has a level head. He is
going about the selection of a text-book
commission In the proper manner. Hav
ing asked the people of Oregon to name
the men they think are fitted and quali
fied for the responsible position, he has
a big list to select from. Of course, no
matter whom the Governor selects, there
are bound to be a few kickers. But the
method employed in securing a list to
select from will make the choice as near
a public one as possible without the com
mission being elected by a direct vote of
Militiamen "Won Football Game.
COTTAGE GROVE. Or., Dec 22. A
hard-contested football game played here
today between Company C. of Eugene,
and the Bohemia team, of this place, re
sulted in a score of 6 to 0 In favor of
Company C The game did not begin un
til 4 P. M., and It was quite dark be
fore it was finished.
Louis Patnaud, of Everett, has drafted
a bill providing for establishment of a
school of mines, and Senator Sumner wilt
father the measure at the -coming .session
of the Legislature,
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MINING LAWS OF ALASKA
INCONSISTENCIES SHOWN BY "WELL
INFORMED SALEM MAN.
Alien Locators Sell "Nothing" for
"Something" and Thus Aid Specu-
lators to Gain Their Ends.
SALEM, Dec. 22. M. E. Pogue, a Salem
attorney who spent the past Summer at
Cape Nome, and who is still connected
with the law firm of Pogue, Grimm &
Cochrane, at that place, on being asked
for a statement with regard to the ad
ministration of Judge Noyes, at Nome,
and the applicability of American mining
laws to the District of Alaska, said:
"With regard to the conduct of Judge
Noyes, although I know much of the
alleged Irregularities of that court, and
am professionally Interested in some mat- i
ters wherein the officers of the court
have subjected tthemseives to criticism, I
I do not desire to make a statement as i
to those matters at this 'time.
"However, the committee recently ap- J
poiniea oy tne umiea states cnaie to
Investlngate that matter is particularly
asked to answer the question whether
the mining laws, as they now exist, are
applicable to the District of Alaska. Upon
that question I must say that the mining
laws as construed by the District and
Supreme Courts of the United States, be
come not only a nullity, but In some re
spects a farce, when the courts attempt
to apply them to the conditions existing
In that district,
"To begin with, the district Is swarming
with alien residents foreigners who are
there In the Summer tlmu only, and who
scatter to the four corners of earth In
"By section 2318 of the general statutes,
all valuable mineral deposits are declared
to ba free, and open to exploration, oc
cupation and purchase by citizens of the
United States or those who have declared
their Intention to become such. In spite
of this provision, which was manifestly
for the sole purpose of preventing alien
location and 'occupation of the public
domain for mining purposes, it has been
held quite uniformly by the courts that
although an alien could not locate a
mining claim. If he attempted to locate
one, and thereafter sold his attempted lo
cation to a citizen, before intervening
rights had vested, that It passed title
In the land to the clt'r.en purchaser. And
this, regardless of the number of claims
owned by the purchaser, and regardless
of the question whether the purchaser
had exhausted his own right to locate
mining claims. The effect of this Is to
enable tho transient aliens to make at
tempted locations of mineral claims, and
sell them to speculators for nominal
sums, without having prospected or- de
veloped them. In other words, the alien
acquires nothing by his location, but he
sells that 'nothing for something,' and
the speculator who perhaps could hot
have located the claim himself, acquires
what the courts are 'pleased to call 'a
good title. This Is undoubtedly a plain
violation of the spirit of the law, if not
"By this means individual speculators
have -been known to acquire over 100
claims, while the "bona fide American
miner and prospector Is compelled to
prospect. If he prospects at all, upon lands
thus fradulently held by others, and It
ho finds gold, Is compelled to pay an ex
orbitant rental for the privilege of work
ing the claim, while in many Instances
the land Is sold over his head to capi
talists and speculators, and the indus
trious -prospector, who Is entitled to tho
protection of the law, loses the benefit
of his labors. The spirit of the law Is to
restrict individuals to such number of
mining claims as each can develop and
work, thus doing the greatest good to the
greatest number. Such has been the rul
ing of the Land Department In the con
struction and application of the home
stead, pre-emption and timber laws; why
should it not be so witn the mining
"Another, and more Important fault, and
one which makes a nullity of the law re
stricting the location or mining claims
to American citizens only, is this: The
courts hold that the question ot citizen
ship can be raised only in a suit in the
nature of 'office found,' and that the
proceedings for patent constitute such a
suit. Under the law the locator must do
$100 annual assessment work upon his
claim, until he has expended in all $500,
when he is entitled to apply for a patent.
Most mining claims in Alaska are worked
out in less than five years, and it Is not
probable that one in every 10,000 will ever
be -patented. Judge James H. Beatty, in a
recent case tried before him as Judge of
the Ninth Circuit, thus charged the Jury
in an action of trespass:
" As a general rule It Is true that
citizens only ot the United States can
locate mining claims, but It has been
held by the Supreme Court, which, of
course, is our guide, that this Is a ques
tion which can be asserted or claimed
only by the Government. In a contest be
tween individuals, as in this case, which
is an action of ejectment,, that question
does not arise. But when a party applies
for a patent, the tSovernment is Inter
ested In a case o that kind, and the
citizenship of the parties must be shown
before the party would be entitled to a
patent. But this is not an action tor a
patent, it is an action of ejectment for
the possession of the ground, and I In
struct you in this case that that question
cannot be considered. It is only for the
Government to make the objection on the
ground of noncitlzenshlp."
"Such ..Iso was the holding of the
United States Supreme Court In the case
of Manuell V. .Wolff, reported in 152
United States, page 05.
"It follows that a man cannot apply
for a patent until after he has completed
$500 worth of assessment work upon his
claim; he cannot raise the question of
citizenship until he applies for the
patent; an alien locates a claim which a
citizen desires to locate. The citizen can
not bring an action of ejectment on the
ground of noncitlzenshlp; he cannot apply
for a patent because he has not done
tho required assessment work, and he
cannot do the assessment work because
an alien is in possession. Autumn comes,
the alien bells his claim ('nothing') to
some Industrious speculator for "some
thing; the alien leaves the country, while
the honest. Industrious American miner
and prospector, who has the moral right
to locate tho claim, but was without a
legal remedy, returns to Ms family in the
States, penniless, and perhaps in broken
health. The law as It now exists serves
to build up a class of middlemen, or
jobbing miners, who receive goods from
tho Government with which to rob the
bona fide American miner, upon whose
energy the circulating medium of the
country In a great measure depends.
"For example, one man neld 137 claims
during the past Summer, which claims
he had either located or purchased from
alien locators. He did noc expect to do
the assessment work on many of them
that alone would cost him $13,7oO but he
was willing to hire them to miners for
50 per cent of what they took from the
ground; or would sell them upon substan
tial payments, the remainder of the pur
chase price to be taken from the bed
rock. All work done on any claim was
sworn In as assessment work by this pre
tended owner; and the prospector who
did the work generally had the blessed
promise- that he would receive a lay on
tho claim should he be able to find gold.
This, of course, was good business on
the part of the speculator, but It Is Just
the thing which the mining laws should
"There are many minor respects In
which the laws should be amended in
order to make them apply to the District
of Alaska, but the two faults above
named should by all means be corrected."
Quotations of Mining Stocks.
SPOKANE, Dec 22. The closing quotations
for mlnlne stocks today were:
Bid. Ask. 1 Bid, Ask.
Blacktail .... b 8QuIIp 204 20J4
Butte & Bos.. 1 li.lvStmb. Car 24 2jJ4
Hrvstal 4?I 5i Republic 58 83
D. T. No. 2.. 1 2 Reservation .. 3&
Ross. Giant... 2 2
KtMilvan 1351 1W
ClVCUlUb hJMt. V7t .73
GtnJ Ledge... 1
I. X. L 1S3S 20k
Tom Thumb...lO 1116
Waterloo 2 3
Amer. Boy ... 0 10
Conjecture ... 4 44
Duvey - 2 3
Miller Creek.. 2 3
Tron Mask 25
L. P. Surp... G
Mtn. Lion. ...IS
Morn. Glory.. 74
Morrison .... Z&
Prln. Maud... 14
BAN FRANCISCO. Dee. 22. Official closing
quotations for mining stacks
Alta $0 04
Alpha Con ...... 1
Justice $0 01
KentucK Con 1
Best & Belcher... 23
Occidental Con ... 4
challenge Con ... 14
Con. Cal. & Va... 1 45
Se. Ueicner 2
Sierra Nevada ... 24-
Sllver Hill 40
rnn. Imnerlal .... 1
Standard 3 05
Crown Point .... 10
Union Con IS
Gould & -Curry. . .
Bale & Norcross. 1
Utah Con 5
Tellow Jacket .... 10
NEW YORK. Dec.
closed as follows:
-Mining stocks today
Attains Con $0 20
Alice ,.. 20
Breece 2 00
Little Chief SO 15
Ontario .......... 0 00
Con. Cal. & Va... 1 30
Deadwood Terra.. 65
Tlorn Sliver 1 10
Iron Silver G5
IadvlHe Con o
Sierra Nevada ... 23
Small Hooes 55
Standard 2 00
BOSTON, Dec 22. Cosing quotations:
Adventure .....$ 10 50
Humboldt $ 50 00
Ahouez m. uo.
2 roiosceoia 73 oo
Amal. Conner.. 03 00
Parrott 40 00
Qulncy 174 00
Atlantic 27 00i
Boston & Mont. 321 00
Butte & Boston 82 00
5il. & Heclft... 820 00
Centennial 21 50
Franklin 15 00
5&tta f e cod... 6 -ja
Tamarack 320 00
Utah Mining ... 33 W)
Winona 4 12
Wolverines ..... 45 75
Exchange closed until December "26.
Oregon Mine IS o ten.
The Vindicator Mining Company has
sold Its placer mines In Bamsey Flat, Jo
sephine County, to H. Snow.
J. J. Houck. who operates a custom mill
near Gold Hill, has fitted It up with a
new and improved concentrator.
A clean-up of 23 tons of ore was made
at Kubli & Cos Golden Standard mine,
situated in Gall's Creek district.
J. T. Hagan. owner of the McDonongh
mine, in Fort Lane district, which has
produced a large quantity of gold, is sink
ing a new shaft on the property.
Simmons. Cameron & Co., whose mines
are located in "Waldo dlstrict, will make
a higger run than ever this season. They
are already piping with two giants.
Theodore Payne nas -taken -a, contract to
run a shaft 50 feet deep In the Exchequer
mine, on Applegate, which property has
been bonded by the Monarch Mining
Company, of Tacoma.
J. L. Pennington, C. F. Hasty and Mrs.
J. H. Martin, who own the Independent
and Norris ledges, situated on Brlttsan
Gulch, west of Ashland, have bonded
them to a California company for $5000.
Development work will soon be begun.
WILL PAY SCALP-BOUNTY TAX. .
Clatsop Connty Instructs Treasurer
to Porrvard It.
ASTORIA, Dec. 22. The County Court
today Instructed Treasurer Thompson to
remit to the State Treasurer the scalp
bounty tax for the year 1S99, amounting
to $6) 34. This money has been retained
for some time, owing to the controversy
arising from the fact that certain coun
ties In the state made no levy for that
purpose. The County Court has decided,
however, that the tax Is authorized by
law, and has not only ordered the 1S99
tax turned over to the state, DUt has
also made a scalp-bounty levy for 1900.
New Mining Corporation.
Articles of Incorporation of the Copper
head Mining Company were filed In the
County Clerk's ofllce today. The capital
stock Is $100,000, and the Incorporators
are: "W TV "Whipple, C. G. Palmberg
and Alex Grant. The principal ofllce of
the company will be In Astoria, and Its
object Is to engage In mining In the
State of "Washington.
Barkeepers Orgnnlze Union.
A barkeepers union, called the Bar
keepers Alliance of Astoria, was organ
ized here last evening with about 25 char
ter members. It Is a branch of the Inter
national League, and will be affiliated
with the American Federation of Labor.
PORTLAND MAX PARDONED.
Served Three of Twelve Years Sen
tence in Oregon Penitentiary.
SALEM. Or., Dec. 22. Governor Geer
todiy commuted the sentence of Fred T.
Copeland, who was received at the peni
tentiary from Multnomah County In 1S37
on a 12-year sentence for forgery. Cope
land raised a $10 check to $17. The com
mutation gives him his liberty, but does
not restore his citizenship.
State Treasurer Moore today received
$1252 14 from Grant County to apply on
the scalp-bounty tax.
Snlem Much Disappointed.
The people of Salem were much disap
pointed tonight by the Information that
the Frawley Company could not be here
to play at the Grand Opera-House this
evening. Local Representative T. O. Bar
ker reports that the sale of seats for the
presentation of "Secret Service" is by far
the heaviest since the opening night, in
spite of the fact that all business houses
will be kept open until very late. Theater-goers
express the hope that "Secret
Service" may yet be played here by the
MITCHELL "WAS DISCHARGED.
Not Guilty of Recent Mysterious
Shooting at Salem.
SALEM, Or., Dec. 22. Rose Jerome, the
woman who was shot through the body
some three weeks ago, last night swore
out a warrant for the arrest of Lee
Mitchell, charging him with assault with
a dangerous weapon. Mitchell was given
a hearing today, and was discharged. It
appears that the shooting was accidental,
and that the arrest was mde In an effort
to compel Mitchell to pay the doctor bill.
This 13 the case that attracted attention
on account of the mysterious efforts to
keep the shooting secret.
Fine Birds at Corvallis Poultry Show
CORVALLIS, Dec. 22. Bad weather has
interfered materially with the attendance
at the poultry show the past two days,
but a fairer sky today brought out a very
good crowd. The heaviest attendance,
however, is expected tomorrow.
The award of prizes has not been com
pleted. The highest scoring bird Is a
white "Wyandotte pullet, entered by Frank
Hulburt, of Linn County. It received a
marking of S6, which, as poultry ex
perts know, I3 unusually high. Eight
other birds entered by Mr. Hulburt aver
aged above 52. Five birds from Jlr.
Hulburt's coops were purchased by
Scorer JJowns at $5 each.
Centralia in Darkness for a Night.
OENTRALIA, "Wash., Dec. 22. Centralia
was in darkness last night on account of
Jilgh water, which interfered with tho op
eratlon of the electric plant. The water
Is now rapidly subsiding. One of the
largest sawmills here has been shut down
temporarily on account of nigh water.
Released on flail.
CORVALLIS, Or., Dee. 22. Chester
Rust lias been released on balL He has
been in the county Jail ror the past 10
days ih""default of bonds for his appear
ance at the April term of the Circuit
Court. He killed a neighbor's cow and
sold the hide and a portion of "the flesh.
Slcaolcaw& Residence Burned.
SKAMOKAWA, "Wash., Dec. 22. The
dwelling-house and outbuildings of E. D.
Brooks, of this place, were totally de-
stroyed by fire last night. A defective
flue Is thought to have given origin to
the blaze. The loss Is about $S00; insur
The Monmouth mill. In Sumpter district,
started up Tuesday.
Charles Butler shipped five carloads of
beef cattle from Shanlko to Portland last
"W. -O. Minor, of Uorrow County, has
imported two thoroughbred Shorthorn
heifers, which cost him $2T-00.
Erwln Seffert. who lives below Deer
Island, has floated his cut of logs out of
Tide Creek. He has nearly 500.000 feet.
J. H. Kinsman shipped a carload of
beef cattle from Heppner to Portland
Tuesday. Bud "Willlngham shipped a car
load of mutton sheep.
A survey Is being made for the ditch
and flume of the Hood River Electric
Light Company. As soon as the survey
is completed construction will be pushed
"Workmen engaged In blasting oft rock
for straightening the railroad east of
Hood River, and making fills, have un
earthed a bed of stone coal on the land
of C. "Welds, says the Glacier. The big
hill at mllepost 67 shows outcropplngs of
coal In several places.
Articles of Incorporation of the Melrose
Investment Company, with principal of
fice at Melrose, have been filed with the
County Clerk. The object of the corpo
ration is to be a general livestock and
land business. The capital stock is $5000,
divided into 500 shares of $10 each. The
incorporators and principal stockholders
are: John R. Daniels, Hanna Daniels.
Rees P. Daniels. Daniel T. Daniels. David
P. Daniels, Morgan R. Daniels and Martha
The question Is often asked. "How much
return In cash can be expected from an
acre of strawberries in Hood River Val
ley?" says the" Hood River Glacier. P.
D. Hlnrlchs Informed that paper that his
strawberry crop of about four acres re
turned him last season $1017. His cash ex-
pense for picking, packing and crates was
$-510. The work was all done by his
own family, except the picking and part
of the packing. His total crop amounted
to 577 crates. This gave him about $150
an acre to pay for h!sxown work and that
of his children and team.
The Mac's Luck Gold Mining Company
has been organized at Sumpter, with the
following officers: F. A. E. Starr, presi
dent: D. E. "Wheeler, vice-president; Otto
Herlocker, secretary and treasurer: J. H.
IcCallum. manager; "Walter R. Allen, su
perintendent. It has a capital stock of
$150,000, divided Into l.SCO.OOO shares of the
par value of 10 cents each. The company
owns the lac's Luck, Isabelle, lother
Lode, Colorado, View Fair and Golden
Crown, alj full claims, 600x1500 feet, and
lying contiguous, giving an area of about
120 acres. This property Is located on
Deer Creek, about v& miles northeast of
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colors, gold tracings and
. Wins Sets
Just Like Finding Money.
Great Eastern Tea Co.
S26 Wait. St., let. Sixth and Seventh
223 First Street, near Salmon.
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