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VOL. XXIV 20. 22.
POKTLAND, OKEQON, SUNDAY- MORNING. MAY 2S,"l905.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
S IN PROGRESS
Great Fleets Meet in
Straits of Corea.
OUTCOME STILL IN DOUBT
Russian Fleet Makes Dash to
Enter Sea of Japan.
CLOSE SECRECY AT TOKIO
Greatest Grists of War Finds Both
Belligerents In Breathless-Suspense
Russians Sink an
American Steamer. .
TOKIO, May .28. (8 P. HI.) Admiral
Togo attacked the Russian fleet la the
Cereaa Straits at boob today aad the
battle Is ntUI .fa progress.
There Is no longer any question that
the Russian war fleet under command, of
Vice-Admiral Rojestvensky has entered
the Straits of Corea on the final stage of
its long Journey from the Baltic Sea,
whence it sailed In October last for Its
substituted destination. Vladivostok, its
original objective point. Port Arthur, hav
ing now fallen into the hands of the Jap
anese. Beyond the fact that Russians were yes
terday in the vicinity of the Tsu Islands,
all Is conjecture. Apparently the only
&venucs of news transmission are held
by the Japanese and the authorities of
that country are exercising a rigorous
The paucity of information which the
censor has permitted to pass has formed
the basis for the belief in high quarters
at St. Petersburg that an engagement
has been fought and that the Japanese
have suffered-a defeat, the theory being
-that, were the facts otherwise, they
"would have beeiVtnmedlatel j' given to the
world. AtV?l events, the course taken
by Rojestvensky's fleet, through the nar
row waters eastward of Corea, may be
accepted as evidence that he is bent on
forcing Togo to accept battle, the alterna
tive being the. bombardment of Japanese
ports and the sweeping of the Japanese
merchant marine from those waters.
DEEP SECRECY ItfARKS JAPAN
Officials Tell Nothing Beyond Pass
ing of Hostile Fleet.
TOKIO. May 2S. (2 A. M.) Through
out the night the lights have been
burned at the War and Navy Depart
ments and high chiefs of the bureau
have met in secret conclave and have
discussed the probable. outcome of the
naval battle that has either been fought
or Is. at the farthest, but a few hours
off. "Whatever news has been received
is a secret carefully guarded, nor will
the searchlight of publicity be thrown
on the happenings of the night until
the nejvs shall come from the Japanese
fleet.- The censorship is the strictest
since the wur began and it is said that
all cable messages received are with
held and will be detained at the re
ceiving station until passed bj the cen
sor. The only thing officially admitted by
the Japanese officials is that the main
fleet of the Russians, flying the flag of
a Vice-Admiral, was seen on Saturday
steaming in' two columns through tHe
Tsushima Straits with flotillas of tor
pedo cratt in front and In the rear.
The battleships were In the van. while
in the rear came the armored cruisers,
volunteer fleet and the colliers. The
rear was .brought up by two battle
ships. All of the larger vessels were
clearea for action and torpedo-nets
No one knows where the Japanese
fleet was -at that time, nor what the
Intention of the Admiral commanding
was. but it is Imagined that he is fully
cognizant of the whereabouts of the
enemy and disposition of his forces.
If a battle has been fought, or even
if there has been a preliminary skir
mish between the advance guard of
the Russians and the Japanese scout
ships, that fact is a closely guarded
secret. History is being made at tiie
present moment, but the curtain must
remain down until Japan decides to
raise It, or a shipload of wounded
reaches a neutral port.
In official quarters it Is believed the
result of the fight will be favorable to
Japan, but no one cares to hazard any
guesses until the government gets
ready to issue a statement. Certain it
is that the attitude of the officials is
most conflde.it, far from being that of
men apprehensive of receiving bad
RUMORS OF BATTUE STIR TOKIO
Togo's Fleet Seeks Fight Before En
emy Readies Vladivostok.
TOKIO. May" 36, Not since the breaking
out ef the war has there been so much
suppressed excitement and .anxiety in this
city as .prevails- this morning. Through
eut Um night hi any rumors have been
In circulation to the effect that the fleets
of Admirals T&gO and Rojestvefisxy had
met in battle aad that one or the other-
had been dactreye. While these rumors
ad .the eCeet e Mirrier up the people
as they never. have been stirred before,
none of them could be verified nor have
they apparently any Information at the
At midnight the correspondent of the
Publishers Press saw one of the lead
ing officials of the Japanese, government
and was assured by him that up to that
time no word had been received ' from
Admiral Togo. He added, however:
"We cannot tell now what moment may
bring fighting, and we are waiting for
This remark was pregnant with mean
ing, inasmuch as the Japanese fleet is
equipped with wireless- telegraph arid
word of a battle would come as soon,
as the fleets meet. It is believed that
either Saturday or Sunday night an at
tack by destroyers and torpedo craft on
the Russian fleet may be expected.
Rojestvensky, confident in his sertngth.
is making a bold movement through the
Eastern Tsushima Channel, and apparent
ly Is desirous of reaching the Sea of Ja
pan by the easiest route, regardless of
the plans of the Japanese. Should he
gain his point unopposed, he can be de
pended on to cut the Japanese lines of
communication and interfere with the
landlocked harbors where the Japanese
transports- are landing troops at will.
However, it can be stated upon the
highest authority that this will not be
the case. The Japanese squadron left
its basc( in the Eliott Islands some days
ago and all -of the heavy-armed ships
under Admiral Togo are with the fleet.
Momentous news can be expected at
any moment, and the Japanese experts
will be greatly surprised if the outcome
is not the total annihilation of the en
WILD BOTTLE UP TIIE FLEET
Naval Experts Believe Japanese
Adopt Tactics of Santiago.
PARIS, May 27 The naval situa
tion in the Far. East has been dis
cussed between French and American
naval officers, including Admirals who
took part in the Spanish War. Both the
French and Americans took the view that
the Japanese would permit the Ruslsan
fleet to enter Vladivostok, which there
after would become the scene of a repe
tition of the naval situation at San
tiago and Port Arthur. A French of
ficer said it was the choice of Russian
sailors to seek the support of land
fortifications, where they adopt the
defensive, maklngsorties under cover
of the guns of the forts, instead of
adopting open-sea tactics.
On the other hand, it was pointed
out that the Japanese had everything
to gain in permitting the Russians to
enter Vladivostok, instead of taking
the chances of a sea fight. Onceiinside
Vladivostok, the Russians would re
quire coal and provisions, and it would
be impossible to secure these, as Field
Marshal Oyamt. would cut the land
communications and Admiral Togo
would prevent merchant vessels from
carrying supplies to Vladivostok. This
would present much the same situa
tion as at Santiago and Port Arthur,
the Russians keeping under the shore
defenses and the Japanese mtrhitain
ing a blockade outside and trying to
obstruct the dispatch of supplies.
Both the American and French of
ficers believe that such a, situation
would result in a prolonged delay, the
final result depending upon Rojest
vensky's audacity in hazarding a sortie
and a fight in the open sea.
AMERICAN STEAMER IS SUNK
Russian Fleet Does Act Off Coast or
TOKIO. May 28. (9 A. M.) News has
been received here that Admiral Rojest
vensky's fleet sunk an American steamer
off Formosa about May ZL The name of
the steamer is unknown. Her crew was
WASHINGTON. May 27. (Special.) If
an American vessel has been sunk by Ro
jestvensky, as reported from Toklo. an
immediate demand for reparation will be
made by the Government. The Vladivo
stok cruisers sunk the British steamer
Knight Commander, and Russia was
compelled to make an apology and pay an
indemnity to Greats Britain.
STEAMING IN TWO COLUMNS
Japan Refuses Further Information
About Russian Fleet.
TOKIO. May 27.-(9 A. M.)- Trqnsmlt
table information concerning today's his
toric events In the neighborhood of Tsu
Islands, is limited to the bare fact that
Rear-Admiral Rojestvensky's main fleet,
steaming In two columns, with the bat-tie-shlps
in the starboard and the cruis
ers and monitors on the port side, ap
peared in the Strait of Corea. All other
Information is withheld by the Japanese
authorities and cable transmission is re
fused any other reference to movements
of the Russian vessels, or the movements
of the Japanese.
THROUGH KURILE STRAITS.
Four Russian Ships Pass to North
ward of Japan.
TOKIO, May 27. (2:15 P. M.) It is re
ported here that four .Russian warships
passed through the Kurile Straits to the
westward May 25. The names of the ves
sels are unknown, but It is possible that
they were light cruisers from Admiral Ro
(Kurile Straits divide the Peninsula of
Kamchatka and the northernmost islands
FLEET PASSING TSU ISLANDS
Rojestvensky Boldly Dashes Into
Straits of Corea.
NAGASAKI. May 27. It Is reported that
Russian fleet is passing Tsu Islands, in
the Strait of Korea.
The sighting of Admiral Rojestvensky's
fleet off the Tsu Islands would seem to
indicate that the Russian commander has
determined to takev the "boldest course,
and. Instead of skirting Japan and en
tering the Sea of Japan by the T5u3a.ru
or La. Fc rouse Straits, to push direct
lCeacli4 ea fu 3..
JOY IS MINGLED
Russia Exultant Over Rojest
vensky's Progress, but
Anxious for Battle.
VLADIVOSTOK FLEET OUT
No News at St. .Petersburg Except
From Toklo Admiral -Hailed as
Master of Strategy Fate of
Empire in Balance.
ST. PETERSBURG, May 2S. (1:50 A.
M.) The Russian Foreign Office and the
Admiralty thus far have been entirely
dependent upon the Associated Press dis
patches from Toklo for news concerning
the movements of the warships in the
Corean Straits, and up to midnight were
in receipt of no telegrams from the Rus
The Associated Press is able to an
nounce that the Vladivostok cruisers have
left that port and are now acting in gen
eral co-operation with Vice-Admiral Ro
jestvensky under plans prepared for the
present emergency. Captain Brousslkoff,
who is well-known In the United States,
commands the armored cruiser Gromobol.
Vlce-Admiral Rojestvensky's success In
reaching the Corean Strait, the gateway
to Vladivostok, has aroused something
like genuine enthusiasm. The showy
Rusiian capital on the banks of the Neva,
arrayed in gala attire and Illuminated in
honor of the anniversary of the corona
tion of Emperor Nicholas, seemed en fete
for the occasion. For once St. Petersburg
was not pessimistic Everywhere the re
port current on the Russiun streets that
Rojestvensky had defeated Togo was ac
cepted as true, and in the streets . the
Russian Admiral's name was on every
Hp. In the cafes and. gardens he was
toasted as the hero of the hour. Yet In
reality St. Petersburg had only Tokio's
advices, but perhaps for once the Russian
people, so easily a prey to despair, might
be pardoned for this premature, jubilation
after the unbroken series of reverses suf
fered on sea and land.
Officials Walt Breathlessly.
The authorities, however, while elated
over the news, indulged in no unwar
ranted rejoicing, but instead awaited al
most breathlessly for future news. The
lights in the Admiralty Office burned far
into the night and the fact that no other
dispatches had arrived from Toklo, where
alone the secret of the real situation was
known, was considered reassuring. Ad
miral Wirenlus, chief of the general staff
of the navy, said to the Associated Press:
"If Rojestvensky has cleared the Co
rean Strait. God bless him. 'lie has open
water ahead. If he has succeeded in mys
tifying the enemy and entered the Japan
Sea with his force unimpaired, he has
earned the title of master of naval
Czar's Keen Anxiety.
At Tsarskoe-Selo. where it is 'realized
that the whole fortune of the war and
possibly the fate of the dynasty is staked
upon the issue, the greatest anxiety pre
vailed. Emperor Nicholas recelevd the
news with satisfaction, but without ela
tion, as an indication that Rojestvensky
had outwitted his adversary and had
cleared the difficult entrance to the Japan
Sea. Throughout the Emperor has dis
played the greatest confidence in Rojest
vensky's ability to turn the trick, but
with the arrival of the decisive moment
he showed nervousness and repeatedly had
officials at court inquire of the Admiralty
and the Foreign Office for dispatches, but
neither Ministry could relieve the imperial
Captain von Essen, of Port Arthur fame,
one of the most capable of Russian naval
officers, is one of those who believe that
Rojestvensky's arrival In the Corean
Strait is not an affair of mystification,
but is due to the relative strength of the
fleets. He expressed to the Associated
Press the utmost confidence that Rojest
vensky would reach Vladivostok without
fighting a decisive battle, Togo's fleet be
ing too weak, he Relieved, to meet that
of Russia in open combat.
It Is undeniable that many thoughtful
Liberals display almost .consternation
over the success that thus far has at
tended Rojestvensky's voyage. A decisive
victory for him, they believe. - might so
strengthen the government so as not only
to destroy all prospects of peace, but en
able the government. It It chooses, to
stifle the whole programme of reforms,
and for many years their dreams of a
parliament and a constitution.
RUSSIA BUYS SWIFT CRUISER
Kaiser Friedrlch Will Prey on Japa
nese Commerce In Pacific
LONDON, May 28. Lloyds declare
that the Russian government has pur
chased the crack German liner. Kaiser
Frlederich, of 5147 tons net register,
and that she will be at once converted
Into a commerce-destroyer and sent
toi the Pacific to prey upon Japanese
vessels. , She is to be armed with a
double battery of quick-firing, guns and
lightly plated above the boilers.
The Kaiser Frclderlch was built at
the Vulcan Shipyards at Dantzlc in
1897 for the Hamburg-American Line,
under a stipulation that she would do
21 knots an hour at her trial. She
failed and was returned to her build
ers, but was afterward chartered by
the line and placed in service. As a
commerce-destroyer she Is likely to
prove formidable, inasmuch; as her
batteries will be six-Inch rapid-firlug
guns. Her coal-carrying capacity is
enormous, and she will have a steam
ing radus greater than any vessel in
the navy of either Russia or Japan.
RUSSIA OPEN TO JEWS.
If American Citizens They Can Re
turn Home Without Persecution.
ST. PETERSBURG, May 27. Jews who
have been admitted to American citizen
ship will be permitted to return to Rus
sia without interference. The Controller
of the Passport Department said today:
"The new law abolishes all discrimina
tion against the religious faith of the
Americans residing in Russia, and will
bring about the return of 500,000 natural-"
ized Jews who emigrated on account of
religious views. Their American citizen- i
ship gives them equal rights with mem
bers of the orthodox church. They will
return home because the struggle for ex
istence Is easier here."
The fact that, the measure has been
passed is due entirely to American diplo
macy. TROOPS ORDERED TO SHOOT
Governor or Warsaw's Stringent
Measures to Restore Order.
WARSAW. Russian Poland, May 27.
Governor-General Maxlmovltch during tht
night issued a proclamation directing the
troops to restore order and to use their
arms without hesitation to this end. and
giving notice that all persons 'arrested in
connection with disturbances will be tried
by court-martial. Strong patrols of cav
alry and infantry are parading the city,
and all the public buildings arc guarded
The Socialists have issued a manifesto
stigmatizing as traitors the National
Democrats, who urged the workmen to
resume work.declarlng the Socialists' in
tention to continue fighting the govern
ment regardless of the consequences.
WILKESBARRE DAMES OBJECT
TO FLORODORA GIRL.
Attempt to Prevent Her Putting on
Her New Musical Com
WILKESBARRE, Pa. May 27. Nan
Patterson will find her path back to
the stage beset by thorns, in this city,
at least. She has been billed to ap
pear here In a musical comedy, Tues
day matinee and night, but will hardly
be allowed to do so, as public senti
ment, particularly among the women,
is too great. Today nearly half a hun
dred women called on the Mayor, de
manding that Executive action be ta
ken and the former Florodora girl be
prevented from appearing here. They
were assured that if the city authori
ties could find means of preventing the
performance they would do so.
COMMANDERS OF 'OPPOSING FLEETS
INS IN GAS WAR
Leasr Withdrawn, by Philadel
phia Machine at Request
of the Trust.
DEFEAT IS THUS AVOIDED
Surrender" Follows Spontaneous Up
rising of People, Who Drive
CouncIImen -to Vote Down'
Lease War Goes On.
PHILADELPHIA, May 27. After a
contest lasting five days the Republi
can organization, led by Insurance
Commissioner Israel W. Durham, was
forced today by public opposition and
clamor to abandon Its efforts to extend
the lease of the city gas works to the
United Gas Improvement Company for
75 years. Thomas Dolan, president of
the company, today forwarded a formal
letter to the presidents of the select
and common branches of City Councils
withdrawing his proposition to advance
the city 523.000,000 irf censideration of
the extension of the lease which the
company now holds. This action was
taken after a protracted conference
with Mr. Durham, State Senator Mc
Nlchol and Select Councilman Charles
Seger, who presented the gas lease res
olutions In Councils.
The death knell was sounded at 2
o'clock this afternoon. At that hour
President Dolan, of the United Gas
Improvement Company, made public a
letter addressed to the Presidents: of
the Select and Common Councils, announcing-
that. In view of the public
agitation against the lease and the fact
that the Council had amended the lease
as proposed originally to provide for
the reduction of the price of gas from
$1 to SO cents per 1000 feet after a pe
riod of 20 years, he would not consent
under, any circumstances to accept the
ordinance if it should become law.
It was a backdown for the United
Gas Improvement Company. It was an
acknowledgement of defeat on the part
of the Israel Durham organization.
Which had boasted that it would pass
the measure over the Mayor's veto.
Without trying to test Its power before
the Councils, the gas company and the
Surrender to Avoid Defeat.
The machine and thv gas men did not
give up the fight until they had been
overwhelmed with evidence that 'It
would be difficult, if not utterly im
possible, for them to defeat Mayor
Weaver on the gas question. During the
last two days they had seen the Coun
cIImen fon whom they relied to pass
the measure over the veto driven by
the influence of popular clamor to
pledge themselves to support the Mayor.
With five desertions from the ranks of
their former supporters announced they
knew the end had come and surrendered
rather than make the fight openly and
lose. The surrender of the machine had
been decldea on before all the pledges
should be made. The outpouring of the
people at the mass meeting last night
and the spontaneous uprising of the
people, who called in committees run
ning into the hundreds last night at
the houses of many CouncIImen to de
maud pledges against the lease, had
shown Durham and his advisers that
the people were aroused on the ques
tion of the lease as they have never
been on any other subject.
A conference was held this morning
in the office of Durham. There the boss
announced his determination to give up
the fight. With Senator McNIchol. Se
lect Councilman Seger, Senator Scott,
Chairman D. Haven, of the finance com
mittee of the Councils, and A. S. L.
Shields, his legal adviser, Durham
went to the office of Senator Boise Pen
rose. There the plan to have the .ordi
nance withdrawn was fully agreed to.
The politicians filed over to the office
of the gas company, where" they were
admitted to President Dolan's. room.
The gas company directors were sum
moned and then for two hours they
threshed out the question. At first the
directors were opposed to yielding.
Durham himself advised the move and
said that the CouncIImen should not
uselessly be placed in the embarrassing
position in which the fight over the
lease placed them. The letter to the
Councils notifying them that, the com
pany would never accept the lease was
then written. At 2 o'clock it was given
to the public '
Statement of Gas Company.
The letter recites the history of the
passage of the gas lease ordinance.
Numerous figures -are quoted to show
that up to December 31, 19S3, the time
of the extension, the city would receive
from the company $437,281,300. Continu
ing, the letter says:
This proposition.- as with all business propo
sitions In which the public is involved, -was,
of coarse, a proper subject for public con
sideration and debate. Instead of the propo-
(Concluded on Page 2.)
CONTENDS- TODAY'S PAPER
TODAY'S Cloudy and occasionally threaten
ing. "Winds mostly southerly.
YESTERDAY'S Maximum temperature. 70
dep.; minimum, 52. Precipitation, none.
The War la the Far East.
Battle in progress between great fleets.
Russian fleet steams through Kore.an Strait
on way to Vladivostok. Page 1.
Wild excitement In Japan and Russia.
Page 1. . .
Land operations await result of naval battle.
American steamer sunk by Russian fleet.
King Oscar vetoes Norwegian consular bill
and causes crisis. Page 0.
European statesmen all court Hay. Page 1.
Title to CclIIo Canal right of way approved
and work will now begin. Page 2.
No restrictions on grazing in new forest re
serves. Page 2.
Philadelphia machine withdraws gas lease
and gives victory to Weaver. Page 1.
Building trades -unions openly quarrel with
teamsters: more rioting. Page 2.
Tornado sweeps Oklahoma and Indian Terri
tory, doing much damage. Page 3.
Iowa boy attempts blackmail; one of a fam
ily of sixteen. Page 3.
Women boycott Nan Patterson's show.
Page 1. .
Secretary Taft tells law students of possi
bilities in Phifadelphia. Page 3.
Nebraska criminal will be his own hangman.
North Coast Limited held up in Montana;
passengers are not harmed. Page 2.
Oregon State Grange ha rush of business at
the close. Page 4.
Seattle doctor gives girl a rubber nose.
J. S. McMillln. of Roche Harbor, will prob
ably become Washington Railroad Com
missioner. Page 3. 1
Captain Berry, of transoort Sheridan,, to be
court-martialed at Vancouver Barracks.
Murderer 'Williams teaches boy prisoner at
The Dalles with Bible for text book.
Wife of Nome millionaire loses diamond
necklace at Palace Hotel in San Fran
cisco. Page 5.
Francis Heurtevant. wealthy mincowner,
shot and thrown into Trinity River, Cali
fornia. Page 3.
Commercial and Marlse.
Cariot shipments of tomatoes inaugurated.
Slump In Hood River strawberries. Page 35.
First Oregon cherries received. Page 33.
Favorable New York bank statement. Page
Stock speculation stagnant. Page 35.
California prune market advancing. Page 35.
Eight-cent break in corn, at Chicago. Page
Underwriters ask bids on wreck of steamer
Eider. Page 13.
Whitewash transforms the water-front.
Lewis and Clark Exposition.
Prominent speakers secured for World's Fair
congresses. Page 10.
Features for the opening day at the FairT
Rose Day at the Lewis ' and Clark Centen
nial. Page 3G.
Men of National greatness will participate
in the opening, ceremonies.- Page 10.
Oregon's part In making the Fair. Page 26.
Majestic palaces erected by, the state. Page
Shady nooks about the Fair grounds. Page
Centennial Guard patrols the Exposition.
Many nations are installing exhibits. Page 34.
Portland and Vicinity.
What the building 'of projected railroads
means to Portland. Page S.
What the hopgrowers trust Is doing. Page
Mayor Williams makes strong political
speech. Page 11.
Realty market healthy and active. Page IS.
Rooms enough in Portland for all who may
come. Page 24.
Bean and McGinn lead for the vacant Judge
ship. Page 24.
It Is estimated that 1 0.000 votes will be cast
for Mayor. Page 11.
Grave charges made against management of
carpet-cleaning establishment. Page 10.
Tribute by bench and bar to the late Judge
Bellinger's worth. Page 14.
Old man brutally beaten by a special police
man. Page 10.
Proposed atreet-car amendment If voted In
will give Portland Consolidated control of
streets-of city. Page 13.
"Worthlngton announces at banquet that J. P.
O'Brien is his successor. Page 1.
Pacific Coast League scores: Portland ' IT,
Oakland 0; Tacoma 10. Los Angeles 3;
Seattle 0, San Francisco 5. Page 1C.
Corvallis defeats Oregon on track. Page. 18.
Cornell wins field meet from. Big- Four. Page
Races open at Seattle. Page 10.
Hanlon mixes with automobile. Page 16.
Gossip of the ring. Pge 17. '
Giants take a brace. Page 17(
Handicap tennis meet planned. Page 17. -.
Cornell wins rowing race. Page 17.
Result of - the handicap bowling tournament.
Page 10. '
Calico ba in the Columbia River. Page 17.
Portland drubs Oakland by a score of 17 to 0.
Feat amv. aad Departments.
Editorial. Page ft.
Church announcements. Page IS. '
Classified advertisements; Pages 19-23.
Men" and women we read aboutPage 40.
Memorial day, 1903. Page 38. '
Frederic J. HatkliW letter. Page 44.
Charles Byron Bellinger, a. tribute of love.
Hygiene of sleep aad .relaxation. Page 45.
Dr. Newell Dwlght Hlllls sermon. Page 48.
Dramatic. Pages 34J-31. - - -Household
and fashions. Pages 4-43.
Teeth's department Page 47,
RafJes. pa je 44, a V
General Manager Makes This
RAILWAY-MEN ARE PLEASED
High Esteem. In Which the Retiring
Head" of the Harrlman System
In- Oregon -Is .Held -in
Portland Fully Shown. -
"While we are standing, let us drink to
my worthy successor," said B. A. Worth
lngton, general manager of the Q. R. t
N. and Southern. Pacific lines in Oregon,
last night, at a banquet given him at the
Hotel Portland by the railroad officials
of the Harrlman system, who have been,
associated with him -since his . stay in.
Portland. "Who is he?" came the ques
tion from nearly every one present. "J.
P. O'Brien," declared Mr. Worthlngton,
enthusiastically, his voice trembling with
As one body the guests rose . to their
feet and drank again and again to the
health of Mr. O'Brien, at the same time
voicing their appreciation over the ap
pointment with unrestrained enthusiasm.
They then marched around the table, and .
the 32 railroad officials present embraced
and congratulated Mr. O'Brien, one
by one. When the excitement engendered
by the announcment subsided, Mr. Worth
lngton stated that the appointment of
Mr. O'Brien as general manager of the
Harrlman system In Oregon had not yet
been made officially, but that he had re
ceived the news straight from headquar
ters, and that its authenticity was un
questioned. High Praise for O'Brien.
Mr. Worthlngton also stated that Mr.
O'Brieii would rather not have had the
news made public until It was officially;
announced,, but that the time was so op
portune he could not keep the good, news
any longer. Mr. Worthlngton said that
when he had Informed the high, officials
of theroad of his intention of resigning;
he recommended Mr. O'Brien in $he,most---glowing
terms., as he was one of tlie. very;
best railroad men it had ever beiaMfc
pleasure to meet. Mr. O'Brien bas bdes
general superintendent of the O. Ri N,
and Southern Pacific lines m Orcaa, w4tk
headquarters in Portland, since 1S94. No
announcement has been made as to his
successor to the position of general su
perintendent. The high esteem and regard the O. R.
and Southern Pacific officials of the
Oregon lines hold for Mr. Worthlngton,
who has been in Portland only three
months and a half, was beautifully exem
plified at the magnificent banquet held
last night. The guests, most of thenrrai!
road officials, who have been intimately
associated with Mr. Worthlngton since
he has been general manager of the Har
rimarfsystem in Oregon, rose to their feet
one after another to speak of the friend
ship and great respect they held for the
man who leaves next Wednesday for the
Toasts Arc Impressive.
Many of the toasts were very impress
ive and touching in the extreme, as the
men told how they regretted to have Mr.
Worthlngjon depart from their midst, and
the circle of undying friendship in which
he had so firmly established himself.
Henry Connor presided as tWstmaster,
and he called upon Colonel CrooRsfor the
first address. Colonel Crooks told ofthe
pleasant relationship that had existed be
tween Mr. Worthlngton and himself, and
said it was the same way with all the
men who had been so fortunate as to
come in contact with Mr. Worthlngton,
either socially or in business. He was so
filled with emotion that he had to pause
several times In the middle of his address
to regain his composure.
Mr. Worthlngton was the last one to
respond to the toasts, and he delivered
a short but remarkable address, in which,
he thanked all those present and the em
ployes of the railroad for the kind and
courteous treatment they had accorded
him since his arrival in yiwtland. Mr.
Worthlngton said he could not find words
to express his appreciation of the sin
cere sentiments of respect and friendship
they plainly showed. He also spoke of the
future of the Northwest; and predicted
that this section of the country would
more than double Its population in the
Beautiful Floral Decorations.
The parlors of the Hotel Portland, la
which the banquet was held, was a mass '
of flowers and plants. The table on,
which the banquet was served was lit
erally covered with American Beauty
roses. From the ceilings were hung
smllax, evergreens and maple leaves,
through which twinkled many tiny colored
electric lights. In one part of the room
there was a solid bed of growing bushes
covered with roses. Those who saw
the room say it was one of the most
beautifully arranged banquet apartments
ever decorated In the .West. It was" all
the plan of H. C. Bowers,- manager of,
the Hotel Portland, and was decorated
under his personal and direct supervision.
Music was furnished by "Weber" orches
tra. The banquet lasted from S o'clock
last night until about 2 o'clock this morn
ing. The following are the names of those
for whom places were set at the banquet
B. A. Worthlngton, H. Conner, JV
P. O'Brien. R. B. Miller, George F. Wil
son, JL Keealer, Captain. Conway, D. 1?..
Campbell, D. B. Smith. R. C. Judsea,
A. H. Cunningham, R. I. Donald, E- A.
;Kl!ppeI. T. W. Younger. H. M. AsJ
ams, W. E. Co man, W. W. GriswoW, G.
.W. Besehke, J. F. Graham. Dr. George
Ainslle. L. R. Fields, J- P. Newell. J. F.
Meyer,. J. H- Rofeb, Jaraes Langley. J.
W. Morrow. M. J. Buckley. H. J Skir
ling. Dr. K- A. J. - Mackenzie, E. TB,.
I'tle; Co lose! Wllllans Crooks, W. D
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