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VOL. XX. NO. 49.
PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 8, 1901.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
INTO OPEN 8WIT0H
Southern Pacific Train
Wrecked at Salem.
FIREMAN DEAD,ENGINEER HURT
Locomotive "Went Over a Tretle Into
Mill Creek Half of Cars on
Track Accident Within 200
Yards of Station.
SALEM, Or., Dec. 7. The northbound
'California express No. 12, due here at
4:34 and in Portland at 7 P. M., was de
railed at the trestle 200 yards south of
the Salem station on its schedule time
this afternoon. The engine and the mall
and baggage cars, smoker and one day
ccach left the rails. Fireman Fish re
ceived injuries from which he died soon
aft.r King taken to the hospital. En
gineer William H. White was badly scald
ed, but js expected to recover. None of
the passengers or other members of the
train crew received any injuries.
An open switch 20 yards south of the
trestle caused the accident. The scene
of the wreck is within the yard limits.
The train was on time and was enter
ing the station yard at a moderate rate
of speed. The train consisted of eight
coaches. Including the special car of Su
perintendent Fields, who was promptly
on the scene and personally directed op
erations in extricating the fireman and
engineer and clearing the track6.
The erglne, mall and baggage coaches.
Silas L. Finn, killed In the train
crreek at Snleni yesterday.
smoker and one day coach took the switch
track, the other cars remaining on the
main track. The engine and the mall
coach left the switch upon entering the
trestle and plunged Into the creek about
12 feet below. Fireman Fish jumped and
was caught beneath the trucks of the
baggage car, which was then directly
across the tracks. His body was fearful
ly mangled, and he lived only 15 minutes
after reaching Florence Sanitarium. Two
day coaches left the rails, but remained
on the embankment. The passengers were
badly shaken up, but none was Injured.
Engineer White remained at his post
and his left leg was caught between the
engine and tender. Two hours of hard
labor was required to extricate him, and
the limb for Its entire length was severe
ly scalded by steam that came from the
firebox. Although In great pain, not a
murmur escaped his lips, nor did. he lose
consciousness, and when finally released
his first inquiry was for his fireman. The
extent of his Injuries cannot be deter
Engineer White says he saw the open
switch and put on the air-brakes, or the
enUre train would have been ditched.
Teh switch track for several rods was
demolished, but little damage was done
to the trestle.
The mall car, which left the track, re
mains In a reclining position between the
track and the creek bottom. In which
there Is but about 12 Inches of water. The
car was in charge of Clerk George Brad
shaw and Helper A. C. Kidder, neither
of whom was injured. A. F. Rapp, the
express messenger, escaped Injury. The
train was in charge of Conductor Dave
Fireman Fish was a young man, aged
about 22 years', and had a wife in Port
land. Engineer White is a former resi
dent of Salem, and also has a family in
A wrecking train reached the scene
early tonight from Portland and began
clearing the track. The main track was
cleared tonight, and the operation of
trains will not be Interrupted Sunday.
The southbound Albany local, upon reach
ing Salem this evening, received mail
and passengers from the -derailed train
and returned to Portland.
Cane of the Accident.
The cause of the accident was unques
tionably an open switch. The blame,
therefore, has not been definitely fixed.
The switch Is supposed to have been left
Insecurely closed by the crew of the
freight train which left the station yard
less than an hour before the arrival of
the passenger train. The lock to the
switch is missing and has not been found.
Section Foreman Prunty, who passed
oer the main track subsequent to the
departure of the freight train, says the
switch was properly adjusted, but the ab
sence of the switch lock cannot bo ex
plained. It Is not considered probable
that in broad daylight and within 200
yards of the depot the switch was tam
pered with 30 minutes before tho arrival
of the train. Engineer White says the
switch was half open. He had slowed
down and was running 20 miles an hour.
The engine took the switch and the ten
der took the main line.
The wreck tonight presents a scene sim
ilar to that of Lake Labish in 18S9. the
memory of which Is fresh In minds of Sal
em people. Considering all circum
stances. It is remarkable that a greater
number of fatalities did not result. The
main track was cleared of all wreckage at
2 o'clock this (Sunday) morning. En
gineer White is an Elk, and members of
the local fraternity, headed by Exalted
Ruler F. W. Durbln, are doing every
thing possible for his relief.
An Interesting fact, locally, in connec
tion with the wreck. Is that Claude Tay
lor, a Salem boy. Is a regular fireman on
the run and Fireman Fish was serving
as substitute This is said to be the
fifth Instance 'when a substitute for Tay
lor has been caught in a wreck in mak
ing but a single run.
Today's railroad wreck is the second
Engineer White has experienced. In
1SS2, his engine plunged through the
trestle over Pudding River at Aurora, but
he 'escaped serious injury. This is also
the second accident that has happened
at the same trestle in Salem. Early In
the 'SOs a passenger train went through
CLOSE CALL FOR MANY.
Empty Passenger Car Took Brunt of
Concasslon Ilerolc Engineer.
"Walter Wolf was one of the passengers
on the wrecked train and arrived in Port
land on the stub train at 10:35. He says
the only thing that prevented the injury
of many passengers was the fact that
there was an empty coach between the
baggage car and the first occupied pas
senger coach. That coach had been tak
en on at Albany for the accommodation of
Salem passengers and was kept locked. It
reecived the force of the concussion be
tween the baggage car and the forward
occupied passenger coach and It was
thrown high in the air and landed partly
on one end and partly on Its side and ex
tending diagonally across the track. Had
the well-filled coach been thus thrown, .
many people would have been injured.
The shock to the following cars was com
paratively slight, though the passengers
were much shaken up and frightened.
Those who saw the locomotive leave the
track say it appeared to leap several
feet into the air and it then plunged off
the trestle on the right side, landing with
the pilot burled in the mud and partially
turned on its right side. The engineer
got one leg and part of his body out of
the cab window, but was held there by
the pinioning -of his other leg in the
wreckage within the cab. The heat of
the firebox and escaping steam fairly
cooked his leg. Willing hands at once
set about the work of releasing the en
gineer and he told them what to do.
There were suggestions that his leg be
cut off as the only way to save his life,
but he spurned that proposal, and would
permit nothing of the sort. After more
than two hours he was released and a
great cheer went up from the crowd that
had witnessed his heroic endurance.
The poor fireman was hopelessly man
gled, and died a few minutes after belngi
taken from the wreck.
The Albany local left Portland before
the accident happened, but it was halted
at the Canby gravel pit and 30 experi
enced workmen from there were taken
to assist In clearing up the wreck.
On the trip to Portland after the acci
dent, the Southern Pacific Company
served lunch to all the passengers. The
customary list of passengers was taken,
with statement from each that he .or she
was not injured by the accident.
The young fireman, Silas L. F.sh, was but
but 22 years of age. He left a youhg wife,
married the 17th of last March, the home
being at 744 Brooklyn street. His parents
and two brothers live in East Portland,
all the men being in the railroad ber
vlce. Engineer William H. White's home is
at the corner of East Third and Ash
streets. He has long been in the employ
of the Southern Pacific.
The crew that was in tne wreck took
charge of the train at Roseburg and
would have finished the run at Portland.
Superintendent Fields and Chief Engin
eer Grondahl were in the superintendent's
car, being on their way home from an
Inspection tour over the line.
The California train left Portland as
usual last evening, there being no doubt
that the track would be clear by tho
time it should reach Salem.
Rochester Conference Drouprht Oat
the Needs of the Church.
ROCHESTER, N. Y., Dec 7. The Epis
copal Missionary' Conference came to an
end tonight. The conference, In the
opinion of those who are closest in touch
with It, has brought out distinctly tho
First The Episcopal Church has a pre
eminent call to mission work in Latin
Second It sadly needs young men for
mission work, both at home and abroad.
Third Its present supply of funds for
prosecuting its present mission work and
for entering upon its larger opportunities
is utterly inadequate. ,
Fourth The laity and even some of the
Bishops and clergy are responsible for
the apathy which prevails throughout tho
church toward missions.
Fifth The church at large needs a re
vival, a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit
and systematic instruction in order that
zeal for missionary work may be aroused,
stimulated and sustained.
Sixth The men of the church should
be systematically organized for tho pur
pose of coming to the aid of tho mission
ary cause and sharing the burdens which
have so long devolved upon the women
There has been no effort in the confer
ence to minimize or gloss over the diffi
culties and faults. Right Rev. Peter T.
Howe, Bishop of Alaska, said to a rep
resentative of the Associated Press: "Wo
sadly need money for hospitals, for
schools and for native helpers. We are
the only denomination in Alaska who
train the natives to help us in our mis
sion work. We have three hospitals in
Alaska. They are alleviating untold mls
eryf but we want to build more, especially
one at Cape Nome. Others are at Ram
part, Circle City and Skagway. Our na
tive schools could be planted everywhere,
but we have not the money to plant
At today's session the subject of "Con
ference on Problems and Opportunities"
was discussed under subdivision heads by
Bishop Peterkin, "Money;" Rev. Dr.
Arthur S. Lloyd. "New Fields," and
John W. Wood, "Our Publications." Af
ter an open discussion of various subjects
interesting to the missionaries. Bishop
Doane delivered an address on "Why
Some Men Do Not Help."
REQUIRES TIME AND CARE.
Progress of the Presbyterian Com
mittee on Creed Revision.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. Two sessions
were held today of tho revision commit
tco of the General Presbyterian Assem
bly. A statement issued by the commit
"The committee is making progress, but
It is evident that In discussing the great
questions before it progress must be slow
and nothing final can be arrived at for a
a week or more. When such themes as
God and the trinity, revelation and crea
tion, the divine decree and the fall of
man are under consideration, and state
ments that will be satisfactory to the
church are to be prepared, it Is ob-lou
that both care and time must be required.
It can bo said that throughout the dis
cussions have been most harmonious and
the committee is animated by the one
purpose of preparing a form that will be
at once true and satisfactory to the
NEW YORK, Dec. ".A test of the submarine-boat
Fulton was made today in
Long Island Sound for Captain Geel
mudgen, of the Norwegian Navy. The
Fulton was given sa surface trial of one
mile, and was then submerged for a
longer run, at the end of which two to
pedoes were fired at imaginary targets.
The trial was pronounced entirely success
ful! and Captain Geelmudgen expressed
great satisfaction over the Fulton's show-ins.
DOWN TO BUSINESS
Federation of Labor Conven
tion Has Organized.
MANY RESOLUTIONS PRESENTED
British Fraternal Delegate's Spoke i
on Trades Union Conditions ia
Europe and Canada Exclu
sion of Chinese.
SCRANTON, Pa,, Dec. 7. The American
Federation of Labor, which has been in
session here for three days, completed Its
organization today, and the real work of
the convention will begin Monday. The
official roll of the federation shows the
presence of 312 delegates, the largest num
ber in the history of the organisation.
During the past two days 197 resolutions
were presented for consideration by the
convention, and all of them were referred
to committees. The committees will hold
sessions tomorrow, because of the enor
mous amount of business to be disposed
of. The morning session was given up to
the completion of organization, and in the
afternoon the British fraternal delegates
addressed the convention on trades union
conditions in Europe.
Among the large number of resolutions
presented today were several relating to
the vital question of trade Jurisdiction.
Other important resolutions introduced
Asking for an appropriation of $5000 to
aid the San Francisco iron workers.
Increasing the salaries of the National
organizers 15 per cent, and also Increas
ing the salary of the president from $175
to $200 per month, and that of the sec
retary from $150 to $200 per month.
Demanding municipal, state and Gov
ernmental ownership of railroads and tele
graphs. Requiring workmen to aid in the ac
quirement of power of Government for
the purpose of nationalizing industrial
Demanding the organization of an Inde
pendent political party.
Protesting against the ship subsidy legis
lation. Expressing sympathy for the Boers.
For the establishment of socialism.
Increasing the number of vice-presidents
of the federation from six to eight.
Providing for the organization of school
Requesting workmen to hold aloof from
the militia, and Indorsing the Swiss mili
Frank Chandler, of the Amalgamated
Association of Carpenters and Joiners,
who Is here as one of the fraternal dele
gates from Great Britain, was Introduced
at the opening of the afternoon session.
He reviewed the labor conditions as they
now prevail In the British Isles. He said
his association organized unions in this
country 33 years ago, and efforts havo
been made in certain localities to have its
members Joint the Brotherhood of Car
penters. Ho pleaded with the delegates
not to force the Amalgamated members
to do this, as they would sacrifice much
if they took such action. Mr. Chandler
feelingly alluded to the assassination of
President McKlnley, and said that the
bond between the American and English
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people is so' strong that "politicians and
Intriguers could not break it."
Benjamin Tlllett, of the British Trades
"Union Congress, made an address advo
cating socialism. Mr. Tlllett held the at
tention of the delegates for an hour and
a half. He said that the force that is
doing more for labor than any other is
"the Intellectual force of socialism." Ho
emphasized the need of liberal contribu
tions uf money to help labor in Its strug
gle for better conditions, and sided with
President Gompers on tho question of com
pulsory arbitration. Mr. Gompers, in his
annual report, made an argument in favor
of compulsory arbitration. Mr. Tlllett
said ho was opposed to leaving disputes
to "tho prejudices of the courts." He
believed in placing the questions In the
hands of a board of arbitration, made up
P. M. Draper, of the Canadian Trades
"Union Congress, pleaded for more aid
from the federation. He said Canada
presented a wide field for missionary work
in the interest of organized labor. He
touched on the Chinese exclusion act, and
said that Canada should also restrict Mon
golian immigration. Instead of admitting
the Asiatics on the payment of a poll tax
of $100. In British Columbia, Mr. Draper
said, were factories employing 000 per-
sons, of whom 400 were skilled white
workmen, and the other 7600 Chinese and
President Gompers replied to the for
eign delegates on behalf of the delegates.
Addresses were also made by Miss Har
Hot Ttvspr of the Church League, for
the Advancement of Interests of Organized
Labor, and Mrs. Julia Llewellyn, organizer
of the Woman's International Labor
Labor Movement in Porto Rico.
SAN JUAN. Porto Rico, Dec 7. At a
meeting held here last night under the
auspices of Santiago Iglesias, the Fed
eration Libre, having 500 members, ap
proved the constitution of tho American
Federation of Labor and received Presi
dent Gompers' diploma from Iglesias.
This Is the first labor organization of this
island to Join the American Federation of
Labor, and marks the beginning of an ex
tended movement here.
ITS DECEMBER DINNER.
Notable 31en the Gnests of the Grid
Iron Club of WnshlnRton.
WASHINGTON, Dec 7. The Gridiron
Club, composed of 40 Washington corre
spondents, scored another notable success
tonight on the occasion of the December
dinner. About 150 guests assembled
around the gridiron table at the Arling
ton Hotel. The features, as usual,
touched upon public events In a Jocular
manner, and began with a menu which
was a "new 'Alice in Wonderland.' " By
the most delicate Inference the Illustra
tions and quotations could bo applied to
some of the events In the life of President
Roosevelt. The arrival of the collier Mer
riment (Merrlmac) with a supply of
champagne to fill the bunkers of the din
ers was a laughable skit, and the selec
tion of a delegate to London to attend
the coronation furnished opportunity for
the nomination of a number of delegates
for the place, and their rejection for vari
I Ing of an alleged Cabinet, in which vari
! ous spiriting characters appeared and tried
I to pass themselves off as the real thing.
1 They were finally hustled out unceremo
niously. Among those who made excel
lent speeches were Postmaster-General
Smith. Senators Allison and Mitchell, the
Chinese Minister and ex'-Senator Carter
and Governor Francis, both now connect
ed with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.
PROBLEM NOT EASY
Devising Tariff Legislation
for the Philippines.
WAR DEPARTMENT CONFERENCE
A Movement Is on Foot Among Re
publicans to Incorporate a
Reciprocity Feature in the
Forthcoming: Measure. j
WASHINGTON, Dec 7. An important
conference wa3 held at tho War Depart
ment today In regard to the legislation
necessary to meet fiscal conditions in the
Philippines, as a result of the recent
insular decisions of the Supreme Court.
There were present Secretary Root, Sen
ators Lodge and Piatt and Representa
tives Payne and Dalzell. During the af
ternoon Senator Spooner called at the
War Department and talked with Secre
tary Root about the legislative neces
sities of the Islands.
It appears that the problem presented
Is not as easy as was supposed when It
was thought a simple Joint resolution
could be put through Congress within a
few days to continue practically the ex
isting tariff rates as to Philippine exports
and imports. Some members of the ways
and means committee see difficulties grow
ing out of tho existence of an export tax
In the Islands, and there is much appre
hension that the Issue may be made a
party one, with the result that there will
be a bitter struggle, at least In the Sen
ate, If not In the House, before satisfac
tory legislation can be had. It Is the ex
pectation that, after hearing from all the
leaders, Secretary Root will be able to
perfect a plan of action by Tuesday,, when
tho House next meets.
'It is learned that In the course of the
conference today Secretary Root took ad
vantage of the opportunity to talk free
ly with his callers about the pressing
needs of Cuba and to urge early action
on legislation along the lino recommend
ed In his annual report.
A movement Is on foot among the Re
publican members of the ways and means
committee to Incorporate a reciprocity
feature In the forthcoming Philippine tar
iff bilL As roughly outlined In the In
formal talks thus far had among mem
bers of the committee, tho reciprocity
provision would recite that when the
Philippine Commissioners reduce the duty
J on certain designated articles. Including
American textiles ana various goods eas
ily marketable In the Philippines, then
the President of tho United. States shall,
by proclamation, grant stated reductions
of duty on Philippine sugar and other
products shipped to this country. This
reciprocity provision would be along the
lines of that provided in the Dlngley act,
whereby President McKlnley by proclama
tion made tariff reductions In a limited
number of articles without the formality
of a treaty. A reciprocity provision on
j the foregoing lines was discussed at the
1 meeting of Republican members of the
committee last Friday afternoon, and re-
celved very favorable consideration, al
though action was deferred until the re-
assembling of the Republican members
I Monday. Chairman. Payne probably will
call a meeting of the full committee Tues-
day, by which time the Republican draft
of a Philippine bill may be ready.
Comparative Statement for the Years
1001 and lOOO.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. A comparative
statement of the commerce of the Phil
ippine Islands for the fiscal years 1S01 and
1900, prepared in the Division of Insular
Affairs of the War Department, shows
that the total value of merchandise im
ported during the fiscal year 1901 was $20.
279.406. as against $20,001,436 for the fiscal
year 1200, and the total value of merchan
dise exported during the fiscal year 1201
was $23,216,S4S, as against $19,751,068 for
the fiscal year 1S0O, an Increase of 47 per
cent in the value of Imports and an in
crease of lSta per cent In the value of ex
ports. The value of Imports of merchan
diso from tho United States was $2.S55.
6S3, an Increase of 72.4 per cent over tho
previous year; from the United King
dom, $4,496,145, increase 76.3 per cent; from
Germany, $2,135,252, increase 76.5 per cent;
and from France, $1,653,823, Increase 146.7
per cent. The value of exports of mer
chandise to tho United States was $2,572,
021, a decrease of 27 per cent; United King
dom, $10,704,741, Increase 72 per cent; Ger
many, $S1,526, decrease 16.3 per cent;
France, $1,984,256, increase 38.9 per cent.
Officers Convicted of Bribery la the
WASHINGTON, Dec 7. The records in
the court-martial cases involving officers
who havo been convicted of bribery in
the Philippines in connection with tho
opening of hemp ports havo been pub
lished. In tho caso of Captain Michael
K. Spellman, Forty-third Volunteer In
fantrj't tho sentence of expulsion from
tho service and two years' Imprisonment
is confirmed, with tho exception that the
Imprisonment Is limited to one year. Tho
cases of Captain Dudley Welch, Assistant
Surgeon, Forty-third Infantry, sentenced
to dismissal, and First Lieutenant Del
bert R. Jones, same command, charged
with disobedience in connection witn tho
hemp frauds, and sentenced to dismissal
and two years' imprisonment, also have
The Sheridan's Excltinc Cruise.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 7. After many
exciting adventures in Oriental waters,
having narrowly escaped foundering, the
transport Sheridan is safe in port. With
several Congressmen on board and a large
number of sick and discharged soldiers,
the Sheridan left Manila 51 days ago,
bound for San Francisco. She had been
at sea but a few days when she ran into
a typhoon that all but shook her to
pieces. The fury of the storm was ter
rific. When It abated the Sheridan tried
to make headway, but the engineers re
ported to Captain Pierce that tho ma
chinery was disabled. The transport drift
ed for a time with the currents of the
sea, and almost went ashoro on the Jap
anese coast. October 10 she reached Nag
asaki, much the worse for wear, ant
was put on the drydock. The passengers
were transferred to the Warren, sent from
Manila for the purpose. Then the Warren
went aground, and the passengers again
changed ships, this time going on board
tho Hancock. That steamer Dumped upon
a reef in the Inland Sea, but after a delay
of 25 .hours was towed off and resumed
her voyage. She reached here unfnjured a
few days ago. After being thoroughly re
paired the Sheridan left Nagasaki and
mado the run to this port In 17 days and
Captain P. P. Fremont in Disgrace.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. Captain Fran
cis P. Fremont, Second Infantry, recently
was convicted of court-martial in the
Philippines of conduct to the prejudice of
good order and military discipline, and
sentenced to be suspended from the rank
and command for six months, on half
pay, and to be confined to the limits of
the headquarters of his regiment for the
same period. In the specifications it was
alleged that Captain Fremont cursed and
assaulted Private Boyd, of Company G.
and also that he instructed Lieutenant
Preston Brown, Second Infantry, to try
Private Boyd by summary court and give
him the full extent withoutregard to the
evidence and disregard of the legal rights
of Boyd. The findings and sentence of the
court were approved by Brigadier-General
Knotty Problem Settled.
WASHINGTON. Dec. 7. The basis of
settlement of a very knotty problem rela
tive to San Francisco Mountain forest res
ervation, in Arizona, with which Secretary
Hitchcock has been wrestling for over
two years, was arranged at a conference
at tho White House today, at which Sec
retary Hitchcock, Willis Vandeventer, As
sistant Attorney-General of the Interior
Department; William F. Murphy, of Ari
zona, and ex-Representative Speery, ot
Connecticut, were present.
Affected, by Russian Tariff.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. In answer to
numerous Inquiries from United States
exporters. Commercial Agent Greener, at
Vladlvostock, has supplied the State De
partment with a list of the articles whose
importation into Siberia from America Is
affected by the Russian tariff. There Is
a prohibitive duty on Iron or steel of
American origin, and Importers are re
quired to prove other origin of their ma
terial before securing the reduced rate.
Return of Governor Tnft.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. Secretary Root
today received the following cable mes
sage from Luke Wright, Acting Civil
Governor of the Philippines, dated Manila,
"Taft will leave Manila on the transport
Grant December 20. Reach Washington
as soon as possible. Condition much im
proved by second operation. Recovery in
full expected by time San Francisco is
THE CUBAN ELECTIONS.
Masso's Snpporters Will Lay Their
Grievances Before Root.
HAVANA, Dec. 7. Pierra Fidel left Ha
vana today for Washington, to present to
the authorities there the grievances or the
supporters of General Masso as a candi
date for the Presidency of Cuba. One of
the complaints he will make Is that the
central board of canvassers, which is com
posed exclusively of Senor Estrada Pal
ma's supporters, are not complying with
the laws. Secretary Root will be asked
to appoint a new board with a Masso rep
resentative, and a request will be made
that new provincial boards be appointed
and that the elections be postponed until
January 31, In order that the asked-for re
forms may be brought about.
Roosevelt's MewiaKe In School.
INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 7. School Super
intendent Klndall has Instructed eighth
grade and high school teachers to insist
upon students reading President Roose
velt's message. Ho considers a close
perusal of the document a good opportu
nity for study of current history, clvira
and English. He asks the teaohers to re
frain from personal comment and inju
dicious remarks from a partisan standpoint.
MEET IN MONTANA
Van Sant's Conference of
TO DISCUSS RAILROAD MERGER
Attorney - General Douglass Has
Nearly Completed the Preparation
of His Case Agmlnst the Con
ST. PAUL, Dec. 7. It Is announced that
Governor Van Sant may call a confer
ence of the Northwestern Governors to
assemble In Montana for tho considera
tion of the so-called merger of the North
ern Pacific, Great Northern and Burling
ton. No official announcement has been
made to this effect, but the Governor Is
so much elated over the encouragement
he has received from the replies of tho
Governors to whom he addressed letters
on the subject that it is believed this
course will be pursued. Attorney-General
Douglass has about finished tho prepara
tion of his case against the consolidation
plans, and it Is said that action may be
commenced at an early date. Attorney
General Douglass declines to discuss his
plans, but it Is understood that actions
will be brought In all courts having Juris
diction. Governor Van Sant today received a
letter from Governor John Rogers, of
Washington, acknowledging the receipt of
the Minnesota Governor's letter and prom
ising hearty co-operation to the extent of
The Railroad and Warehouse Commis
sion hold an executive session, at tho
close of which the secretary sent to tho
Interstate Commerce Commission a letter
cancelling the appointment made for a
conference of tho two commissions for
next Tuesday in Washington. The let
ter to the Interstate Commerce Commis
sion merely stated as the reason for the
change of mind on the part of the com
mission that it had been found Impos
sible to secure the attendance of Attorney-General
Douglass. The real cause,
however, Is said to be the refusal of Gov
ernor Van Sant to go on with what he
has termed a "wild goose chase."
SYSTEM OF ARMY POSTS.
Board Considering; Matter of Reor
ganization Not Ready to Report.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 7. The board ot
of high ranking officers, headed by Lleu-tenant-General
Miles, which has been
holding daily sessions at the War Depart
ment in the consideration of the Impor
tant work entrusted to It of reorganiz
ing the present system of Army posts,
preparing a plan for the location of four
permanent camping grounds, and othr
matters already outlined, adjourned to
day and will probably not convene again
until January 10, 1902.
The members of the board are to re
turn to their proper stations and will be
subject to call by General Miles. While
the proceedings of the board are held
strictly confidential, it is understood that
the adjournment was taken in order that
the members may take another "look over
the ground" in their respective territorifs
and better Inform themselves as to tho
conditions and needs In their departments
beforo submitting their report to the Sec
retary of War.
Soldiers Still nt Andalusia.
ANDALUSIA, Ala., Dec. 7. The military
sent here yesterday to protect the ne
groes in jail is still on duty. It is under
stood the negroes will be given a hearing
next Monday. The town continues under
SUMMARY OF THE DAY'S NEWS.
A reciprocity feature may be Incorporated In
the forthcoming Philippine tariff bill. Page 1.
Tho McKlnley memorial fund will go to tho
Canton monument, and Congress may ap
propriate for the arch. Page 2.
Secretary Hay la concerned In a libel suit.
There have been no sensational disclosures In
I.aborl'3 explanation of his rupture -with
Dreyfus. Tage 2.
The Dutch scandal may have gravo political
consequences for Europe. Page 17.
Tho London Saturday Review advocates an
English-German alliance against the United
States. Page 17.
The Scronton labor convention completed its
organlratlon. Page 1.
Van Sant's conference of Governors may be
hold in Montana. Page 1.
Winners In yesterday's billiard tournament
were Slosson and Howlson. Page 3.
Southern Pacific train wrecked at Salem: fire
man killed and engineer scalded. Pago 1.
Survey begun for longest power line In tho
world Spokane to Coeur d'AIene mines.
Senator Dubois denies tho story that he Intends
to return to the Republican party. Pago 0.
Large company formed to buy Copper River
copper mines and build railroad In Alaska.
Anti-saloon Democrats tried to capture Ash
land. Or., convention, and chairman ad
journed. Page 6.
Commercial and Marine.
Portland exporters shipped 1.050.000 bushels of
wheat last week. Page 22.
French bark Ernest Reyer resting easy on
sands at Qulnault River. Page 22.
Three grain ships en route for Portland are on
overduo list. Page 22.
Eastern wheat markets again showing remark
able strength. Pago 23.
Prices In New Tork stock market had violent
decline. Pago 23
Chicago grain pits had a wild clay. Page 23.
Portlnml and Vicinity.
Misses Failing give J3000 to the Lewis and
Clark fund. Page 0.
Fulton road agent holds up Joseph Well and
gets a nickel. Page 12.
Tralnload of Oregon hops starts for London.
County Commissioners postpone delinquent taj
property sales. Tage 10.
Features and Departments.
"Make Portland the Rose City." Page 23.
"Home Life 100 Tears Ago." Page 26.
Mr. Dooley's Letter. Page 215.
George Ade's Fable. Page 2C.
Dainties for the Lunch Box. Page 27.
Foreigners at a Portland Night School. Pags
Granddaughter ot one of Lewis and Clark's
men. Page 2G
Portland can get along with a 7-mIll tax.
Children's Department. Page 28.
Fashion Department. Page 29.
Frank Carpenter's Letter. Page 3A
Social. Page IS.
Dramatic and Personal. Page 20