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PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MOKNING, JANUARY 4, 1903.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Floods Cut Off Seattle's
TRAIN SERVICE ABANDONED
Valley Between Auburn and
Kent One Vast Lake. -
MANY FLEE FROM THEIR HOMES
Damage in White River Valley Esti
mated at $200,000 Miles of Track
"Washed Out, Blocked by Slides
or "Wrecked Bridges.
SEATTLE, Wash., Jan. 3. (Special.)
At 7 o'clock tonight the climax in the
railroad flood situation was reached when
the White and the Stuck Rivers, In Kins
and Pierce Counties, went out of their
banks, burying the Interurban and North
cm Pacific tracks between Seattle and
Taeoma several feet under water, flood
ing the valley between Auburn and Kent
and driving many of the residents all
through the White River Valley out of
Train service between Seattle and Ta
eoma has been abandoned, and at mid
night it was stated there was no telling
when it would be re-established. Parts
of the Interurban tracks near Kent are
under three feet of water, and there are
several washouts, the extent of which are
noj; known. All the wires to Kent are
down, and the telephone system is work
ing Imperfectly. The Sleeker hop yards,
near Kent, are under eight feet of water.
the okl operator's station is flooded, and
the new depot Is inaccessible. The waters
are running: at a mad gait all over the
valley, carrying away logs and posts many
miles from where they were resting when
the wat;r struck them.
The Northern Pacific advices received at
10 o'clock tonight from Auburn are to the
effect that there were several bad wash
outs in the vicinity. of Auburn, and that
the big briSgs between. Auburn and Ta
eoma was tottering and ready to go out
at any time.
From 7 o'clock to the time the dispatch
was sent a crew .of men was engaged
weighting it down with rock, but It seemed
evident that these -would not be able to
combat the force of the rushlnc waters,
and that the brldco must go.
This was the last dispatch received up
to midnight. The streets in the towns of
Kent, Christopher, Auburn, Darrlngton
and others in that vicinity were flooded
nnd there was no telling how great the
damage to property will be, but it was
said it will be very heavy.
TRAIN SERVICE SHUT OFF.
Communication "With Portland and
SEATTLE, Jan. 3. The Great Northern
coast line and the Northern Pacific's line
to Sumas are the only lines of railroad
running out of Seattle which are open
tonight. For three hours today even
these lines were blocked by slides.
ncods have Interrupted the train serv
ice on the west side of the mountain, and
sllde3 in the mountains have added to the
trouble. In addition, there have been nu
merous snuil slides occurring on the west
side lines. The electric line running be
tween this city and Taeoma was open for
a part of the day, the slides occurring last
night having been cleared, but at 7
o'clock tonight all trains were cancelled
and notice was given that further com
munication with Taeoma was impossible
for an indefinite period.
Tonight the Northern Pacific cancelled
its Portland train, and this morning the
Columbia & Pugct Sound was unable to
send out any train, owing to flood dam
age at Renton. The Canadian Pacific has
been able to send, trains eastward, but
both the Northtrn Pacific and Great
Northern are blockea.
The Great Northern will be compelled
to arch its bridge at Madison, and this
delays reopening the overland line for an
indefinite period. It Is probable now that
the first commuacatlon with the East will
b made by the Greqt Northern and
Northern Pacific trains by way of Port
land, thcugh reports that the Oregon
Railroad & Navigation roadbed is soft in
dicate flood troubles may make tills Im
possible. DAMAGE IS $200,000.
RnK'nfC Floods In White River Val
ley Destroying Much Property.
SEATTLE, Jan. 3. (Special.) Floods In
the White 'River Valley today have de
stroyed already property estimated at
5200,000 in bridges, fences, farm buildings
and .stock. The White River broke
through its banks thio morning and was
reported as rising rapidly at midnight to
night. The whole country about Auburn and
Kent, in this county, is one vast lake. The
water covers the county roads, impeding
travel, while the Northern Pacific tracks
are washed out at several places, all
traffic being Interrupted.
The situation Is best described by the ex
perience of DIedrlch Hamm, proprietor of
the Butler, and A. Hambach.'a well-known
wholesale merchant of Seattle. They
were at Kent on business, when the rap
Idly rising waters overtook them,- forcing
them to abandon their trip and to seek
refuge In the Inter-Urban Railway Depot.
Here they remained for three hours, It
being Impossible to reach the main part
of the town owing to the depth of the
water, which was between three and five
The flood Is caused by exceptionally
heavy rains and a chinook which prevailed
last night and this morning.
BRIDGE OUT FOR THIRD TIME.
Trnflic on Great Northern and North
ern Pacific Greatly Delayed.
EVERETT. Wash.. Jan. 3. (Special.)
For the third time within 10 days, the
Great Northern Railway bridge at Madi
son was carried out by a snowsime yes
terday afternoon. At about the same
time bridge No. 3, a short distance up
the track, was carried out by anotner
snovslidc. It Is now expected that the
track will ho. noen by Monday. The Spo
kane local from Seattle will run only to
The Northern Pacific Is also tied up.
The bridtres near Orlllla were washed out
last night by high water. A landslide in
Stillaeuamigh canyon has delayed t rattle
24 hours on the Monte Cristo Railway.
The town of Sultan is inundated by the
Sultan River, which is higher than it has
been for years. The Inhabitants are mak
ing their way about the streets la boats.
The Snohomish River Is so high that all
r.teamers are tied up and great damage is
feared from floods.
MAXY SLIDES XE.VIl KELSO.
Cowlitz "Within Three Feet of Hlsh
Water Marie of 1S5MJ.
CASTLE ROCK, Wash., Jan. 3. (Spe
cial.) Landslides have blocked all trains
south from this point. As many as 22
slip are reported between here and
Kelso. The train due here at 4:15 P. M.
yesterday returned at 11 A. M. today.
Passengers are trying to get a steamboat
to carry them to Kalama. Wires south
from here arc also down. The Cowlitz
River is out of its banks, and many peo
ple have moved to higher locations.
About 70)0 cords of shingle bolts have
gone down the river, mostly the proporty
of the Metcalf Shingle Company. The
river is still rising, with a clear sky In
the north, and is now three feet below the
high watermark of 1S9G.
River Rising: at Independence.
INDEPENDENCE, Or., Jan. 3. (Spe
cial.) The river at this point is' rising
rapidly, and is at one of the best boating
stages of the year. Likewise, river trans
portation Is heavy.
ARTHUR ADJUSTING SCALE
Confers "With Santa Fe Management
on Engineers' WaRca.
CHICAGO, Jan. I-Pcter M. Arthur,
grand chief of the Brotherhood of Loco
motive Engineers, arrived here yester
day and was in conference with the two
chairmen of the general adjustment com
mittees of the Santa Fe system' last night.
A special law of the Locomotive Engi
neers provides that when there are two
chairmen 'on any railroad system desiring
to revise their wage schedule, the grand
chief of the Brotherhood must be called
Into the conference with which the re
vision takes place. The Santa Fe sys
tem, which includes a number of lines,
each of which has a chairman of Its ad
justment board and both boards desiring
to nave their schedules revised, made the
visit of Grand Chief Arthur Imperative.
Just what changes or advances would
be asked by the engineers could not be
learned last night.
THEY IGNORE IXJUXCTION.
Union Men Strike Against Employ
ment of Militiamen.
SCHENECTADY, N. Y., Jan. 2. Twenty
union men In the employ of a contracting
nrm here announced to their employers
today that they will strike because of tho
fact that "William Potter, a militiaman,
who was expelled by the Painters' Union
In October, because he served In the state
militia during a strike recently, had re
entered the employ of that firm.
Potter, several days ago, secured an In
junction from the Supreme Court, com
pelling the Painters' Lnlon to reinstate
him. The officers of the union announced
then that they would consider him a
member, although they could not grant
him a card.
BUILDING AT A STANDSTILL.
Machine and Iron RItrpcrs In New
- York Strike for More.
NEW YORK, Jan. 3. Through a strike
of the machine and Iron riggers, work on
nearly all of the big buildings now In
course of construction In this city is at a
standstill. The riggers, who now receive
$3 per day for foremen and $2 25 for help
ers, with a nine-hour day, demand $3 per
day for foremen and $3 50 for helpers, with
an eight-hour day. There are between 600
and 800 riggers Idle, entailing suspension
of work by &000 to COOO other men.
Rubber-Workers End Strike.
CHICAGO, Jan. 3. The strike of the
rubber-workers and other unions, which
has tied up the plants pf the Morgan &
Wright and the Mechanic Rubber Com
pany for the last two months and threw
1200 workers out of employment, came to
an end early today. Under the terms of
the agreement reached, preference will be
given to old employes for steady work
when work is slack, and If it becomes
necessary to lay off help or transfcre are
made from one department to another on
account of a rush of orders, old men will
be first. "Work will be resumed next
REFORM IN TAXATION.
New York Doubles Assessment nnd
Reduces the Levy.
NEW YORK, Jan. 3. Roal estate assess
ments in -this city, accordlngvto tho Tax
Commlsisoners, have been increased near
ly SLnoo.OOO.OOO undor the new system of
taxation adopted by the fusion adminis
tration. In last year's assessments real
estate was valued at about $3,330,000,003,
and this year the assessments will reach
a total of 54,750.000,000. While this tre
mendous Increase in real estate valuations
is being effected, the administration all-o
is increasing by 52.000.000.000 the "tentative
assessments" on personal property.
By these Increases the Tax Commis
sioners believe the city tax rate for tho
current year can be cut in half. Instead
of continuing the present rate of 52 27, a
tax rate of $1 12 is predicted.
Carloads of Valentines.
NEW YORK. Jan. 3. That valentines
are still popular, says a Times' dispatch
from Worcester, Mass., is proved by a
Worcester firm's shipping four freight
cars of them this week. It Is the largest
order ever filled. There were 1,322.000 val
entines in the consignment, which went
to a big wholesale house in Chicago. The
shipments for this season began In Au
gust, and increased steadily until the fac
tory had to Install new machinery and
run night' and day.
To Close Indlnnola Poutofllce.
SHREVEPORT. Ia., Jan. 3. Charles
Fitzgerald, postofllce Inspector, located at
Jackson, Miss., received an order today
to proceed Immediately ,to Indlanola, Miss.,
to take charge of the station there.
Government Ready to
FOR DEEPENING THE RIVER
Port of Portland Boats Will
Do the Work
AT EXPENSE OF UNCLE SAM
If Plan "Works Well, All Drednlnfr on
Lower River "Will Be Done In
Same Manner, Thus Using; the
The contract for the dredcinc of the
Willamette and Columbia River chan
nels by the Port of Portland Commis
sion, at the cost of the Government,
will be signed this week, and. If It
works satisfactorily, all work on the
Lower Columbia may hereafter be done
by the port's dredges.
Senator Hoar's trust bill is opposed
by Representative Jenkins, chairman of
the H OU50 Judiciary committee, who de
clares a Constitutional amendment nec
ennry to effective legislation.
The Alaska delegates ask that any
publicity anti-trust bill be made not to
apply .to Alaska, lest it check Invest
ments. The beet-sugar men say they will not
oppose the Cuban reciprocity bill, on
condition that the tariff be not reduced
more than 20 per cent, as they consider
reciprocity a- less evil than annexation.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
ington, Jan. 3. The Chief of Engineers
has received the corrected bond that ac
companies the tendered contract of the
Port of Portland, whereby the Government
Is to lease the city dredge for use on the
river below Portland. The contract will
not bo formally closed until the Jndge-
AatASnUonnsavoR of the bond,
early next week, but of this there Is now
Under the terms of the contract the en
gineers are permitted to use the old dredge
at $155 per day, or, the new 30-inch dredge
at the rate of 5235 per day. Under this
contract, which Is not a regular lease,
the Government Is to pay the stipulated
price per day to the Port of Portland, and
the city operates the dredge and employs
Its own men. The city Is entirely respon
sible -for all damage to the dredge and
liable for all wages to be paid to the
If the new arrangement proves satisfac
tory and engineer officers here believe It
will, the plan will be continued indefinite
ly, and all funds appropriated for the
lower river will be expended In operating
the port's dredges, rather than In building
a new Government dredge for this stream,
AGAINST HOAR'S BILL.
Jenkins Says Constitutional Amend
ment Is Needed for Trnsts.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash-
lngton. Jan. 3. Senator Hoar's bill has
not advanced the prospects of trust legis
latlon. Representative Jenkins, of "Wis
consin, who is chairman of the House
judiciary committee, takes a strong po
sltlon against the bill, and declares that
It will not accomplls-h the results desired
He Kiys it is dangerous legislation, and
points out that there are but two promt
ncnt features to the bill one the publicity
feature, and the other to prevent dis
crimination In sales, neither of which
even If enacted Into law, would curb the
Jenkins has been from the beginning In
favor of a Constitutional amendment glv
ing Congress nuthorlty ovor all commerce,
both Interstate and state. With such
authority he holds that legislation can be
perfected regarding combinations, and In
no other way.
LESS OF TWO EVILS.
Beet Snnr Men Fear Cnban Reci
procity Less Than Annexation.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU. Wash
lngton, Jan. 3. Henry T. Oxnard. who
represents the beet-sugar Interests, Is
In Washington, and Indicates that the
beet-sugar men will make no opposition to
the pending Cuban treaty. For some time
past it has been asserted that the beet
sugar interests were being injured by the
constant agitation of closer commercial
rclatlonr with Cuba. What Is feared Is
that failure to grant Cuban reciprocity
may result In annexation. It Is more
than likely that the beet-3ugar men. when
they take action at their coming meeting.
will consent to allow the CJuban reel
proclty treaty go through unopposed, but
will make an effort to have some sort of
a pledge or promise that the reduction Is
not to be greater than the 20 per cent In
ALASKA WANTS TRUSTS.
Delegate Suggests Trying New Law
on New York.
OREGONIAN NEWS BUREAU, Wash
lngton. Jan. 3. There is a sentiment among
the Alaskan delegation now in Washing
ton that any publicity anti-trust bill that
might be passed by Congress should not
be made to apply to corporations In Alas
ka. One of the Alaskans asserts that pub
liclty would drive out a large amount of
capital now interested In Alaska, would
hinder future developments and force
many of the Alaskan companies to quit
bufincss. If these details nre published,
It Is said, stockbrokers would refuse to
handle the stock of every company doing
It Is suggested that the publicity plan
he first tried in New York or other like
states, where corporations have a firm
footing, and where investment would not
be hindered by such a plan.
Wnnt Pay for the GoId.slioronKU.
OTlF.noNTA?: X'EWS BUREAU. Wash
ington, Jan. 3. Robert T. Piatt, repre
senting the receivers of the "Wolff &
Zwlckcr Shipoullding Company, had a
conference with rvavy ueparimeni. oi
flclals today regarding the final payment
to the company on account of the torpedo
'joat Goldsborough. While not altogether
satisfactory, ho thinks the receivers of
the firm will be reasonably satisfied with
the settlement, which will enable at least
a partial payment to be made to the
FIRST IN UNITED STATES
Wireless Telqgrnph Station Will
Send Greeting to Italy.
NEW YORK. Jan. 3. "Greeting to Your
Royal Highness, from faithful subject-
With a force of millions of volts, the
largest voltage ever yet obtained in an
electrical current, says a dispatch from
South Wellllcet, Mass.. to the Times, the
above message will be flashed through
the air to King Victor Emmanuel of Italy
from the new Marconi station here next
week, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday.
Marconi himself will be present and will
personally ply the tapper.
This message will mark the formal
opening of the first wireless telegraph sta
tion on the soil of the United States. The
plant has been tested and found all right.
Power is applied to it by a 75-horsepower
dynamo, and the apparatus throws a
spark as big as a man's fist and as long.
The sending of a message sounds like tho
discharge of a rapid-fire gun.
CONTEST EVERY SEAT.
Colorado Republican Mnkc Sweep
ing Charges of Fraud in Election.
DENVER, Jan. 3. Formal notices of
contests were filed today with the Secre
tary of State against every Democratic
member of the House and Senate of the
Fourteenth General Assembly, whose seat
had not previously been contested. In
each the allegations are of fraud and In
timidation at the polls, miscounts of the
ballots and allowing men to vote who
were not legal voters. One charge Is that
false and misleading literature was circu
lated among the voters in the various leg
islative districts, so that voters who would
have voted the Republican ticket were
misled Into voting the Democratic ticket.
This move is made to checkmate the
contests filed by the Democrats against
all the Republican Senators.
PAID MONEY FOR OFFICE
Judge Admits He Assessed Court Ap
pointees for His Expenses.
EVANSVDLLErr'ffuT. Vanr'" -3T6agd
Basch. of the Circuit Court, met the local
Bar Association today and explained his
connection with the scandal in his court.
He Is charged with attempting to collect
money In return for appointments at his
The Judge claims that, after having se
lected a man for Probate Commissioner
and another for bailiff, he asked the for
mer to pay him 5730 and the latter 5200.
which money was to be their share of hfc
campaign expenses. One of the men paid.
nut later had his money returned.
A committee representing the bar was
sleeted to investigate the whole matter.
No Coal to Run Factories.
NEW YORK, Jan. 3. Factories here are
on the verge of closing because of short
age of coal, according to the World's
Trenton, N.. J., correspondent. The John
A. Roebllng's Sons Company, employing
2000 men, and the Trenton Potteries Com
pany, employing 5000 men, are practically
out of fuel, and unless they receive a
supply in a few days will be crippled, If
not compelled to close down.
NEW UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO
VIEXNA, Jan. 3. Ambassador Storer presented his credentials to Emperor
Francis Joseph today. The audience was unusually prolonged. His Majesty was
most cordial, and spoke in the kindest manner of America. He expressed admira
tion of President Roosevelt, who, he remarked, had no easy task and had dealt
with difficult situations with wonderful success, notably In the case of the Venez
Storer subsequently presented the staff of the Embassy. Secretaries Hayes and
Rives and Attaches Harris and Potts. Lieutenant-Commander Potts, who Is also
Naval attache at Berlin, came here from that city especially for the occasion. The
Emperor chatted pleasantly with each of the visitors. The whole party was taken
to and from the palace In gorgeous state carriages, escorted by Count Noyes, one
of the court chamberlain.
Powers Make Threats
to the Empire.
REFUSE PAYMENT IN SILVER
Grave Results of Breach of
UNITED STATES IS HER FRIEND
Fears European Powers Desire Ter
ritory, bnt May Support China's
Reinest for Submission of In
demnity to Hague Tribunal.
PEKIN, Jan. 3. Tho signatories of the
Chinese peace protocol, excepUthe Amer
lean, have consulted their respective gov
ernments and practically have decided tp
Identically notify China that her failure
to fulfill the obligations provided for by
the protocol will entail grave conse
A strong sentiment exists In favor of a
compromise, if China will admit that the
protocol demands the payment of the In
demnity on a gold basis, and confine her
arguments to the hardships resulting
from the Increase of the debt by. nearly
20 per cent since the signing of the prot
ocol through the depreciation in the value
of silver and the probable further Increase
from the expected adoption of the gold
standard In the Philippines and In the
Straits Settlements. But the powers re
fuse to waive the present Interpretation
of the protocol.
The danger exists, that, if China main
tains her position, some of the powers
may demand territory of concessions for
POWERS' ACTION SINISTER.
United States Likely to Recommend
Appeal to Arbitration.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 3. The State De
nartment has confirmatory advices from
Pekin of the declination of the powers to
receive the second Indemnity Installment
on the silver basis. It la understood that
tho declination was accompanied by a
threat, but the action Itself is regarded as
sinister, if. as has been suggested. It Is
not taken with a view to making a record
of the position of tl.e powers hi this
The situation is regarded here as war
ranting some concern, though, unless the
Washington Government Is to discredit
utterly every statement of the powers In
the past two yeans, whenever the possi
bility of a division of China came. It can
not believe that there Ls any Intention to
proceed to extremes. It Is again suggested
that the time la ripe for a reference of
this complete lseue to The Hague tribunal,
a consummation devoutly wished for by
China, and a cause which has commended
itself to the Washington Government.
The United States, which ls Interested
equally with the other powers In getting
as much money as It can In the shape of
Indemnity, still fee!? bound by moral law
o support the Chinese contention for the
liver basis, looking not only upon the
language of the protocols and the Pekin
treaty itself, but aleo having a solicitous
regard for China's interest and perpetuity
as a nation. The other powers are united
in demanding a settlement on the gold
bar-is. This is an issue, which, in the
mind of the officials here. Is eminently
dapted to the methods of arbitration. So
far, China alone has tniggested a reference
to The Hague tribunal, but It Is possible.
and even probable. If the powers are go
ing to extremes, the United States Gov
crnment will seem bound to discharge its
duty under article 27 of The Hague
tribunal and point the way to arbitration.
SALUTE TO THE PRINCE.
Heir to SInm's Throne Honored on
Arrival iu Jmpnii.
VICTORIA. B. C.. Jan. 3. The steamer
Moyune, which arrived tonight, reports
that the Crown Prince of Slam, who .ar
rived at Yokohama prior to the sailing of
the Moyune on December 17, was received
by a fleet of warships, all dressed In bunt
ing. The steamer Empress of China, on
which his royal party were passengers,
had a terrible passage, her saloon being
stove In by the force of the waves, two
Boats smashed, and two sailors sustained
Tho liner flew the Siamese flng at her
peak, and as she entered the harbor the
Japanese battle-ships Chin Yuen and Fuso
and two torpedo-boats, the U. S. S. Ore
gon, Russian battle-ship Rurlk and Siam
ese royal yacht Maha Chakrln fired sa
lutes. There wos a large and distinguished
uarty of Japanese present to receive the
rV Hakodate correspondent of a Yoko
hama paper tells of a raid on the seal
rookery on Robbon Island by a Japanese
schooner, as a result of which six hunt
ers. Including two Americans, fell Into the
hands of the Russians. A boat went
ashore with six men.jand It did not return
The master of the schooner was about to
dispatch another, when a bombardment
was started from shore with six-pound
shot. A snow squall obscured the schoon
er and she quickly slipped her cable and
got out of range. The schooner was taken
to Nemura, where the master said that
the men had landed to get cocoanuts.
Nothing was learned regarding the fate of
those who landed. They Included C. Mc-
Camish and C. Kreger. Americans, and T.
R. Thompson, a Swede.
A Chinese report says the Pekm syndi
cate, which Is chiefly a British associa
tion. ls said to be projecting an Important
extension of the central Railway line, tor
which It has already obtained a conces
slon. If It carries out Its new plan, the
Provinces of Shan SI. Ho Nan. An Hul and
Nan Hwel will all be brought Into railway
The Japanese third-class cruiser Tsu
shlma was launched at K'ure on December
15. and the liner Che Foo Maru, 1300 tons,
a passenger steamer for foreign trade, was
to be launched on the 20th.
MeCormick Arrives in- Berlin.
BERLIN. Jan. 3. Mr. MeCormick. the
newly-appoint d Ambassador to Russia
and wife will arrive here from Prague to
night, and will continue their journoy to
St. Petersburg Tuesday.
Old Stage Manager Dead.
BOSTON. Jajw3.N.ax.terQthlan. Jr.
for 20 yenrs a stage manager of wide rep
utation, died today. He was stage man
ager of the Boston Theater for many
years, accompanied Mary Anderson to
Eneland. where he staccd for her Shakes
peare's "Winter Tales." and toured the
United States with her.
Fugitive Forger Captured.
nvppA'X'ES. Tnd.. Jan. 3. John Selby.
fnfitivA frnm Vlncennes. charged with
forgery, vtho recently escaped from Mon
nett. Mo., officers, has been captured
and Is In jail at Bastrop. Tex. His al
leged forgeries aggregate $60,000. Superin
tendent of Police Dunn has left to bring
Selby back for trial.
CONTENTS OF TODAY'S PAPER.
Conflict between churches In the Philippines
must be settled In court. Pasc 3.
Holiday In Hawaii to celebrate completion of
the cable. Page 17.
Navy Department praises brave sailors of the
Mayor of San Juan arrested on charge of de
stroying records. Page 12.
Railroads accused of discrimination against
Kansas City, and Injunction Is sought.
New York Judges accuse Governor Odell of at
tacking their Independence. Page 2.
Attorney-General of Missouri says he has evi
dence of conspiracy among meat-packers.
Volcanoes In eruption In Central and South
America. I 'age 7.
Lord Charles llereford declares Britain must
leurn business from America and should
tight for Monroe doctrine. Page 2.
Powers threaten China for paying In silver, and
United States may Insist on arbitration.
Sultan ot Morocco either captured or besieged
In his capital. Page 1.
Plague abates at Mazatlan, but fugitives spread
It elsewhere. Page 17.
Contract for dredging the river from Portland
to Astoria will be signed this weak. Page 1.
Terrible Roods through Western Washington
cut off Seattle. Page 1.
Report Washington State Labor Commissioner
shows' prosperous condition of workingmen.
Disallowing of lieu land selections will leave
purchasers without title. Page
Peace conference between baseball leagues
called off. Pago 9.
All players In Coast League are on the black
list. Pase u.
J. Creauh protests Portland Hunt Club race.
Commercial and Marine.
Abrupt changes In Xew York stock market.
Satisfactory statement of New York bank
transactions. Page 23.
Yellow fever ship arrives at Port Townsend.
Legislators Inspect Port of Portland dredge.
Portland and Vicinity.
Mother gives away her child. Pago 17.
Municipal Judge Hogue tries new system of
Jury selection. Page 9.
City Knglneer estimates year's expenses at $08,-
i24. Page 1(5.
Premium on warrants Increases salaries of
county employes. Page 10.
Game Warden Qulmby answers attack of
George 11. Moore. Page 2t.
Evening Star Grange favors ?300,000 appropria
tion for Lewis and Clark Fair. Page 10.
Feature and Departments.
Editorial. Page 4.
Church announcements. Page 31.
Ciasslfled advertisements. Pagos 13, 14. 13.
Rescue work of Portland Salvation Army.
Strike without a parallel. Page 2C
Fashions and household. Page 28.
Youths' department. Page 30.
Questions and answers. Page 32.
Social. Page IS.
Dramatic and musical. Page 20.
Sultan of Morocco Is
FINAL BATTLE IMPENDING
One Report Says Pretender
Has Captured City.
JEWS MAY TURN ON TYRANT
They May Have Handed Over the City
to the Rebels in Revenge for Sul
tan's Cruelty Monarch Vows
He Will Punish Pretender.
MADRID, Jan. 3. Premier Sllvela to
day informed the King that he had re
ceived advices that the Sultan of Moroc
co was continuing his preparation for war
against the pretender and that a battle
The captain of the Spanish cruiser In
fanta Isabel, at Tangier, has telegraphed
the Minister of Marine that the Sultan ls
still besieged In Fez.
PRETENDER ENTERS FEZ.
Well Received In Capital of Morocco
Jews Support Him.
MADRID, Jan. 3. According to in
formation received by the Liberal, the
pretender to the throne of Morocco has
entered Fez and met with a good recep
tion. Telegrams received ' here from
Tangier agree that the situation Is more
serious. The postofflce refuses to be re
sponsible for registered letters. One dis
patch says the Sultan's position is ex
tremely critical, as the Jews, of whom
there are 10.000 In Fez, smarting from In
justice nnd cruelty, are Inclined to sup
port the pretender, and an outbreak In the
city is apprehended.
Promises to Pnnish Rebels.
TANGIER, Jan. 3. A letter from the
Sultan was read In the mosque today
acknowledging his recent defeat, but
promising to punish the rebels soon.
SHOCK MAY PROVE FATAL.
King George Expected to Live Only
a Few Days More.
LONDON, Jan. 3. A dispatch from Dres
den to the Central News save that German
specialists who were called to. attend the
King of Saxony, had a consultation today
and Issued a bulletin declaring his con
dition to be critical.
It Is believed at Dresden that there ls
little hope of the King's living more than
a few days.
TO BRING PEACE IN ISLAND.
Land Conference Adopts Finn to Set
tle With Landlord?!.
DUBLIN, Jan. 3. The Irish Land Con
ference, which was called by Lord Dun-
raven. Lord Mayo and others Interested
In the Irish agrarian question, with a
view to arranging the sale of land by tho
landlords to the tenants, met again hero
today. The only absentees were Lord
Dunraven. chairman of the conference,
who ls sick, and John Redmond.
A report 'was drawn up and signed by
all those present and forwarded to tho
Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, the Earl of.
Dudley. The contents of the report have
not yet been given out, and, while tho
agreement regarding the report completes
Its present work. It has been resolved not
to dissolve the conference.
LONDON, Jan. 4. The Dublin corre
spondent of the Observer says the report
of the Irish Land Conference does not
call for compulsory purchase, but it clears
the path for linal legislation on the ques
tion. The report makes recommendations
In favor of evicted tenants. The members
of the conference, continues the corre
spondent, are pleased with the result of
their- meetings, and there is a general
feeling that a great step forward has been
taken toward the settlement of the Irish
HUMBERTS AND DREYFUS.
Pollunnis Insists That Swindlers
Tried to Save the Captain.
PARIS. Jan. 4. Gaston Pollonals, tho
well-known polemist, has unother article
in the Gaulois this morning on the alleged
role made by the Humbert family In the
Dreyfus affair. He repeats his assertion
that Colonel Du Paty du Clam recently
made a deposition before the Magistrate,
investigating the Humbert case to the
effect that the archives of the general
staff contain documents showing that tho
Humberts were active In trying to save
Dreyfus. M. Pollonals denies the truth
of the semi-official statement published in
the Temps that a Judge named Poncet
was not present when the deposition of
Colouel Du Paty du Clam was taken, and
he points out that this was the only point
In his deposition that officials Investigat
ing the Humbert affair have brought Into
KING GEORGE GROWS WEAKER.
Stricken Rnler of Saxony Seems to
Be In Lnst Illness.
DRESDEN. Jan. 3. King George is evi
dently growing weaker. His pulse Is ex
tremely Irregular and occasionally Is Im
perceptible. The attending physicians are
stimulating His Majesty with quinine.
The King's heart action is feeble, and his
temperature vacillates 5& degrees In half
a day, falling to 92&. His Majesty's con
dition has grown worse through the In
sistence of the "patient in discharging
ANARCHIST PLOT NIPPED.
Unlucky Thirteen Cnptnred While In
Conference in Germany.
BERLIN, Jan. 3. Thirteen anarchists
from Berlin, Cologne, Essen and other
towns In Germany have been arrested In
Dusseldorf, where they were holding a
conference. The police, who acted upon
Information received In an anonymous let
ter, closed the tavern where the anarch