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XO. 45.
From All Parts of the New
World and the Old.
Comprehensive Review ef the Import
ant Happenings of the Past Week
Called From the Telegraph Columns.
The First National bank, of New
port, Ky. , has closed its doors. Heavy
investments in real estate is said to be
the cause.
An important pooling arrangement
has been brought about between the
Alaska Packers' Association and the
Alaska Improvement Company that
will materially affect the salmon . in
dustry in Northern waters arid the
price of canned salmon in the country
next season. It is said that the entire
product of the coming season will be
pooled and marketed at uniform rates.
Louis Contencin, chevalier of the
crown of Italy, former president of the
Italian chamber of commerce in New
York, and formrely Italy's consul-general
to the two Sicilies, died at his
home in New York. He had been one
of the most prominent Italians in this
country and was a man of marked abil
ity, to which Italy frequently paid
honorable tribute.
A Washington special says the ad
ministration is determined that Peru
shall pay the claim for $200,000 grow
ing out of the outrage committed in
1885 upon V. II. McCord, a .consul of
the United States. A cable dispatch
has just been sent to Mr. McKenzie,
, the United States minister stationed at
Lima, directing him to inform the
Peruvian government that the case
must be settled without delay. A com
munication received from the minister
a few days ago stated that Peru desired
to investigate the case. Secretary
Olney at once advised Mr. McKenzie
that Peru had had more than ten years
to investigate, and the time was quite
Alice M. Hartley, who shot and
killed Senator Foley, in Eeno, Nev.,
two years ago, has been pardoned.
Princess de' Chimay, who eloped last
summer with Janos Rigo, a Hungarian
gypsy musician, has been engaged to
appear in tableaux vivant at-a winter
garden in Berlin immediately after her
divorce from her husband. She will
be paid $750 a night.
The nomination of David R. Francis
.as secretary of the interior has been fa
vorably acted upon by the committee
. on finance and reported to the senate in
executive session. The nomination has
been held up ever since the session be
gan at the request of Senator Vest.
After a long and animated session in
Olympia the "presidential electors of
"Washington agreed upon James E. Fen
ton, Democrat, of Spokane, as messen
ger to convey the vote of the state to
Washington. The choice was a com-,
promise, as the electors were at first
unable to agree upon any one of the
four elected, each one striving for the
honor. The sum of $800 is allowed
for expenses. '
The trial of Mrs. Walter Carew
charged with poisoning her husband
by administering arsenic, and which
has caused a great sensation among the
American inhabitants of Yokohama,
has been brought to a dramatic close
by the appearance and confession in
court of Miss Mary Jacobs, the gov
erness of the family, who, it seems,
was the real murderess and the person
who wove the chain of evidence around
. the widow.
Attorney-General Harmon was asked
aDOUt tne proDaDie course xne govern
ment will pursue with respect to the
Pacific railroads, now the funding bill
has failed. Beyond the statement that
some action would probably be taken
within thirty days, he declined to dis
cuss the matter. It is believed, how
ever, the first step will be against the
Union Pacific, inasmuch as foreclosure
proceedings instituted by the first lien
holders of that road are now pending in
the courts. .
; The inauguration of Governor Tan
ner in Springfield, 111. , developed a
sensation at the close of the statehouse
ceremony, when the retiring governor,
John P. Altgeld, was not permitted to
deliver the farewell address which has
been one of the features of the pre
vious inaugurations in Illinois. Gov
ernor Altgeld had prepared his speech
and had brought a copy of it ' to the
hall, but he was not called upon by the
presiding officer to speak. Much in
dignation was aroused by the occur
rence. The house committee on public lands
has authorized a favorable report on the
bill providing that settlers on Northern
Pacific railroad lands, whose right
would have been forfeited January 1,
1897, for noncompliance with law,
shall have an additional term of two
years in which to comply with the
regulations. The committee also or
dered a favorable report on a bill allow
ing settlers on Indian lands opened to
settlement in the Dakotas to acquire
patent by paying the minimum price
provided by law any time after the ex
piration of fourteen months from the
date of entry. . ; -
The Minnesota State Savings bank,
of St. Paul, has closed and filed a deed
of assignment. ,
National Bank Examiner Eacott has
closed the German National bank, of
Louisville, Ky. The bank is an old
one, but for sdme time has been regard
ed as unsafe.
A bitterT fight is being waged in
Cleveland, O., between the Arbuckle
Coffee Company and the sugar trust
regarding the price of coffee. Cut af
ter cut is being met.
An embargo is threatened on Indiana
whiskerettes and "windbreakers" by
Jim Reeves, an Anderson barber, who
has prepared a bill and is endeavoring
to get some represenative or senator
in the present assembly to father it.
Reeves is quite in earnest about it, and
gives as a ground for its presentation
that it would restore prosperity to bar
bers and at the same time be the means
of raising the public debt. The bill j
provides for a tax of $10 per year on
every man wearing chin whiskers, or j
"side sluggers. ' f It also provides-Sir a
tax on goatees. Moustaches are freed
Xrom all taxation. .
The first week of the Oregon legisla
ture closed with but little accom
plished. The organization of the sen
ate was effected promptly on the first
day, and Joseph Simon, of Multnomah,
who held the same position two years
ago, was seated as president. The sen
ate was in session four days; during
which time eighty-five bills were in
troduced, and then- the senate ad
journed over until Monday, in order
to give the state printer time to catch
P- :
v The Unorganized House.
The house was unable to perfect or
ganization, a quorum not being found
present at any time a roll call was had.
The members are divided into three
factions on the senatorial nominee,
each being a minority. All efforts to
unite and agree on any member for
speaker have been futile. Much bitter
talk and discussion- has been the rule
since the first day.
Senatorial Caneus.
Near the end of the week forty-three
Republicans and one Populist held a
caucus at the state capitol and unani
mously nominated John H. Mitchell for
United States senator.
Mew Bills Poor In.
Patterson of Marion has introduced
a bill making general provision for the
transportation of all insane persons to
the asylum. His bill provides that
the county clerk shall notify the super
intendent of the asylum that he has an
insane person to be conveyed to the asy
lum. The superintendent then au
thorizes some employe of the asylum
to repair to the county seat, where the
insane person will be delivered to him,
and he will conduct such insane person
to the asylum. All the expense is to
be borne by the asylum fund.
Senator Mackay has introduced a bill
for the appointing of a fiscal agent at
New York city, who is to look after
the state's financial interests.
Two other bills of a general nature
were introduced, one by Senator Mc
Clung, which authorizes the mayor of
any city to bid in property sold at pub
lic sale for " taxes. The other was by
Senator Smith, authorizing counties,
cities and school districts to dispose of
real estate acquired at tax sales.
"Senator Michell has called attention
to the subject of navigation on the Co
lumbia river, by introducing a bill au
thorizing the governor to appiont a
commission to construct and equip a
portage railway from The Dalles to
Celilo. ' -
The bill of Senator Price of " Uma
tilla, for the collection of delinquent
taxes, provides that all property levied
upon shall be advertised and sold in
the same manner as real estate, thus
saving expense. , ' Senator Price has
also introdnee - bill -which" enables
a farm .- laborer to file a lien . upon a
growing crop, even though there be a
mortgage on the crop.
Senator McClung's bill, No. 5, "lo
define the terms land and real property,
for the purposes of taxation," is vir
tually a re-establishment of the old
mortgage-tax law. It provides, how
ever, for the exemption only of record
ed indebtedness, and in that particular
differs from the old law, and from
other proposed statutes.
The registration bill introduced in
the senate by Senator Harmon is iden
tical with the measure to be intro
duced in the house by Thomas of Mult
DOmah. Senator Taylor's bill amending the
incorporation act of Pendleton changes
the city charter in three particulars.
It provides that (1) the city may be di
vided up into wards; (2) that the pres
ent water-works system may be en
larged into a gravity system; and (8)
that city treasurers shall "hereafter be
appointed by the city council, and not
elected by the people. There has been
trouble in Pendleton over making the
city funds immediately available when
they are desired for the payment of
warrants. It is tnought that, if the
temptation for candidates to place
themselves under personal obligation
to financial institutions has been re
moved, the difficulty about the funds
may be obviated.
Senator Mulkey, of Polk, has intro
duced into the senate a bill covering
the subject of taxation. The bill, in
effect, :s practically a re-enactment of
the mortgage-tax law. It has three
general objects in view (1) the assess
ment of all property, (2) equal and im
partial collection of taxes, (3) economy
in operation. Senator Mulkey says it
will save the state at least $55,000 per
year. The bill provides for the deduc
tion of indebtedness where, the corre
sponding credit can be found and as
sessed. It aoolishes the state board of
equalization as it is now constituted,
vesting that duty in the governor, sec
retary of state and state treasurer. It
also provides for the collection of taxes
on the original assessor's roll and for
the sending of the summary only of the
roll to the state board of equalization.
It makes the county treasurer the col
lector of taxes up to the point of delin
quency, when they shall be collected by
the sheriff.
Senator Holt's bill, for the tem
porary relief of counties in certain
cases, proivdes that, whenever any
railroad company shall neglect or re
fuse to pay its taxes, or any portion of
them, in any county within the state,
such county shall not be required to
pay into the state treasury its portion
of taxes on the assessed value of the.
railroad's property. The county is
also to be" relieved from all interest or
other penalty until one month after the
delinquent tax is collected. ;
Senator Haseltine introduced a bill
which provides that all state taxes be
paid June 1 each year, and that inter
est on delinquent amounts begin July 1.
The Portland charter bill framed by
Senator Simon was introduced in the
senate by Senator Bates.
The act incorporating Baker City,
introduced by Senator King, is chiefly
intended to correct an error made at
the last session, at which time a char
ter bill was passed; but the enrolling
committee omitted the section relating
to the election of city official.
McClung's senate bill relating to the
qualifications of school election voters
requires that the voter shall have paid
an annual tax on $250 worth of prop
erty. The present law is somewhat
lax, and more or less confusing. There
is some doubt of the constitutionality
of McClung's bill, but the judiciary
committee will pass upon that ques
tion. Senator McClung says the trou
bles at the late school election in Port
land and Eugene led him to prepare a
more desirable law.
The inevitable deduction-for-indebt-edness
bill has been presented to the
senate. It comes from Senator Daw
son, of Linn.
The question of supplying each mem
ber of senate and house with a copy of
Hill's Code of Oregon, evoked some de
bate in the senate. - McClung presented
a joint resolution that the secretary of
state be ordered to purchase ninety
copies of the code. He afterward ex
plained that a similar resolution had
been adopted by the senate, but, inas
much as it was only a senate resolu
tion, the secretary of state was unwill
ing to comply except on joint request
of both houses. Selling of Multnomah
thought that from an economical stand
point, twenty-five copies would be
sufficient, ten for the senate and fifteen
for the house. Price of Umatilla sug
gested that fifteen copies would be
sufficient for the senate, giving one to
each new .member. McClung's resolu
tion was finally adodted.
Another subject of debate was the
resolution requiring the appropriation
bill to be prepared a sufficient time be
fore the close of the session to permit a
careful examination. One member
wanted the bill prepared within the
first twenty-five days. This was gen
erally regarded as too soon to be prac
ticable, and it was finally settled that
the bill should be before the senate
five days before the close of the session.
Senate Committees.
President Simon has announced the
standing committees of the senate as
Agriculture and Forestry Johnson,
Hughes, Holt.
Assessment and Taxation Hughes,
Patterson of Marion, Price, Mulkey,
Claims Selling, Carter, Daly.
Commerce and Navigation Harmon,
Johnson, Dufur.
Counties Mackay, Gesner, Talyor,
Gowan, Driver.
Education McClung, Harmon, Mul
key. Elections and Privileges Mulkey,
Gesner, Smith. "
Engrossed Bills Gesner, Reed,
Mitchell. -
Enrolled Bills Calbreath, Patterson
of Washington, and Gowan.
Federal Relations Bates, Taylor,
Fishing Industries Reed, Michell,
Patterson of Marion.
Horticulture - Carter, Calbreath,
Holt. -y.,:.::-
Insurance and Banking Bates, John
son, Driver.
Irrigation Price, McClung, King.
Judiciary Gowan, Brownell, Mich-,
ell, Smith, Dufur.
Revision of Laws Patterson of
Washington, McClung, Reed, Hobson,
Medicine, Pharmacy and Dentistry
Calbreath, Driver, Daly.
Military Affairs Price, Haseltine,
Penal Institutions Driver, Hobson,
Mining Johnson, King, Holt.
Municipal Corporations Haseltine,
Harmon, Calbreath.
Printing Michell, Mackay, Smith.
Public Buildings and Institutions
Hobson, Pptterson of Washington,
Public Lands Patterson of Marion,
Mulkey, Dawson, Haseltine, Wade.
Railroads Brownell, Gowan, Patter
son of Washington, Mackay, Dawson.
Roads and Highways Dawson, Car
ter, Hobson, Brownell, Daly.
Ways and Means Taylor, McClung,
Selling, Hughes, Dawson.
Tariff Makers Run on a Snag.
Washington, Jan. 18. The Republi
can tariff-makers held no meeting to
day, having encountred several per
plexing points in the chemical schedule
which they began work on last night.
Certain members were assigned to pro
cure information on various points,
and tomorrow the committee will re
sume work on the schedule.
From the experience of the first ses
sion of real work on the bill, it is con
sidered by the members doubtful
whether it will be practical for them
to follow the original plan of work,
which was to have the full committee
work together on every schedule of the
bill, instead of dividing the schedules
among the subcommittees.
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A Fool and His Money.
San Francisco, Jan. 18. Oscar Low,
a Victoria man, was buncoed out of
$180 today by the old dice game trick.
Low lives at the Yosemite house, on
Market street, and started for the Bar
bary Coast for a drink. He got into-a
saloon on Sacramento street, and there
began shaking dice with a stranger.
He lost $30, and a newly made friend
told him he could beat the winner out
of all his money if Low could only get
some more cash. 'The victim went to
his room, and got $100 more. He re
turned to the saloon, and soon lost
that. Then he complained to the po
lice. Powder-House Kxploslon.
Pittsburg, Pa., Jan. 18. Ab' the re
sult of an explosion in the tankhouse of
the Columbia Powder Company, locat
ed in a hojlow a half mile from the
Ohio river, midway between boroughs
Shoustown and Shaopin, Mr. Stickney,
proprietor of the works, and his two
daughters were killed, P. McClusky
fatally injured, and Walter Crane seri
ously hurt. By almost superhuman
efforts the flames were controlled be
fore the glycerine machine ignited.
Chicago, Jan. 18. A millionaire
mine owner, George S. Hammond, of
the San Juan mining district, New
Mexico,, is missing, and it is feared he
has been foully . dealt with. Ham
mond left Albuquerque, N. M., Christ
mas week, for Chicago, to dispose of
mining property. He had several
thousand dollars and a quantity of
valuable jewelry. It is believed that
he fell into the bands of strangers and
was robbed and killed.
The prices of drugs are fixed by law
in Austria. This prevents overcharge
for prescriptions.
Manireste Issues by Populists.
The Populists have held a caucus and
issued the following manifesto, which
gives their side of the tangle in the
"To the People's Party of Oregon:
The undersigned, your members-elect
to the legislative assembly, ask your
loyal support and that of all good citi
zens in our contest for such an organ-
ization of the house as we believe will
result in economical and remedial legis
lation that will make an honest vote
and a fair coufit possible in Oregon.
We are contesting for a fair organiza
tion of the house, in order to make pos
sible the passage of the Bingham regis
tration bill, the Holt judges-of-elec-tion
bill, and an amendment to the con
stitution providing for direct law-making
by the people by means of the ini
tiative and referendum in its optional
- "We are assured by eminent lawyers
that the Bingham "registration bill is
constitutional, and likely to be effec
tive. The Holt bill allows county cen
tral committees of each of the three
principal political parties to designate
one judge of election in each precinct,
and committees of the two principal
parties to each name one clerk of elec
tion in each precinct. The initiative
and referendum need no explanation to
Oregon Populists. These measures we
believe to be all important in obtaining
honest elections and control by the peo
ple of lawmaking in Oregon, and there
by preserving our liberties. The situa
tion is this:
"Last June the Republican party
elected thirty-eight members of the
house of represenatives. Only twenty
eight of this number have agreed to act
together in organizing the house. Part
of the remaining ten Republican mem
bers support Mr. Bourne and part do
not support any candidate. The Popu
list and Democratic members are stay
ing out until such time as a Republican
majority may agree upon a candidate
of its own for speaker,- or until a suffi
cient number of them unite with us to
assure Bourne's election, which we be
lieve will enable us to obtain the
measures herein named. As long as
Republicans are thus divided, and it is
possible that we may, by preventing or
ganization, finally elect Mr. Bourne,
and probably obtain the legislation be
fore mentioned, we feel it to be our
duty to the people of Oregon to stay
out wages or no wages. With this
knowledge of the facts, we feel that we
are entitled to your support for our
selves and our allies."
The manifesto is signed by two sen
ators and twelve representatives. It is
said that the remaining Populist sena
tor and representatives, who were out
of the city when the caucus was held,
fully indorsed the manifesto.
A short session of the house was
held Sunday, the ' temporary speaker
having ruled that it was necessary ac
cording to the constitution.
. The house has again .failed to organ
ize before Tuesday and this defers the
senatorial election nntil Tuesday, Feb
ruary 2, and, of course, no ballot can
be taken on that date unless the speak
ership problem is solved before Tues
day of next week.
The senate meets daily, but no busi
ness other than the introduction of bills
is taken up.
Senator Harmon has introduced a
bill designed to restore to sheriffs of
the various counties the duty of convey
ing all committed persons to the state
insane asylum, reform school and peni
tentiary. It is merely made the duty
of the committing court to place such
in charge of the sheriff. Nothing is
said as to compensation, but the pre
sumption is that the state is to pay, as
at present.
Senator Brownell has introduced a
bill in the interest of bicyclists. It
directs that all transportation companies
shall be required to check and trans
port bicycles like other baggage. The
bill is general in its provisions and de
scribes at length how railroad and other
transportation companies shall convey
free of all charges to each passenger,
with a ticket, not more than 100
pounds of baggage. How it shall be
checked and how reclaimed are describ
ed, the provisions simply enacting into
law the present pratices of railroad
Senator Smith has introduced a bill
changing the beginning of the close sea
son on the Columbia from August 10
to August 1. This is in accordance
with the recommendation of United
States Fish Commissioner McDonald.
There are provisions for the regulation
of- fishtraps, by which none shall have
a lead more than 700 feet in length, and
no fish wheel shall have a lead of more
than forty feet in length. Other regu
lative provisions are added.
Senator Mulkey has introduced a bill
intended to prohibit, afe far as possible,
corrupt practices at elections. It lim
its the sums of money that may be
legitimately expended in securing a
nomination or election to any office
created by the constitution of state or
for representatives in congress. It pro
vides for a public inspection of the ex
pense account of . any candidate or
political committee. - Other states have
similar measures on their statute books,
and public sentiment in the state of
Oregon, Senator Mulkey thinks; is ripe
for a similar statute in this state.
A fishtrap bill has been introduced
in the senate by Smith of Clatsop. It
is provided by the bill that it shall be
unlawful to construct, own, maintain
or operate any poundnet, fishtrap, fish
wheel or other fixed appliance for
catching salmon in any waters of the
state after January 1, 1899. Penalties
are provided. The measure is the
same as that introduced in 1895, except
that time, until 1899, is given to re
move the traps. Two years ago the bill
passed the house, but it was defeated
in the senate by a close vote.
State Printer Leeds has furnished
the senate the first batch of printed
bills. ' The state printer has a large
force at work, and is not likely to be
far behind at any time in his work.
-':' But wm Help its.
Paris, Jan. 19. Delegates from the
silk and linen industries of Lyons and
Stettin today presented their views to
the minister for foreign affairs and the
minister for commerce relative to the
threatened increase of the tariff of the
United States, which they said . would
cripple the great interests which the
delegates represented.
Cubans Used a Torpedo With
- . Deadly 'Effect.
Destroyed the Vessel and Killed and
Wounded All the Crew Court's
Decision in Three Friends Case
" Havana, Jan. 20. The gunboats
Centinela and Relampago left Manza
nUlo on the night of January 16, with
the object of going up the river Cauto
to Fort Guamo, in compliance with the
orders 0f General Bosch. At 10 o'clock
in,;, the - morning of January 17, both
gunboats were near Mango landing,
when an explosion of a torpedo, which
had been well planted in the river,
sunk the Relampago. ' Those of the
crew who survived swam toward the
shore, but were fired on from the banks.
At this critical moment a boat was
launched from the Centinela, which
rescued the men in the water. In view
of the instructions and the fact that the
commander of the Centinela and nearly
all of the crew of both boats ' had been
wounded, the expedition had to return
to Manzanillo.
Senor Martinez, of the Relampago,
was seriously wounded in the exlpo
sion, as well as Gunner Francisco Mar
tinez and three seamen, while Pay
master Antero, Chief Officer Masquero,
Engineer Pazadela and the assistant
pilot and four others were slightly
wounded. Six of the officers and crew
were killed outright, and all of the rest
received wounds of more or less severity.
On the Centinela the commander,
Senor Puerto, was seriously wounded,
while one of the crew was killed and
Corporal Manuel Cabanas, the pilot,
Assistant Engineer Martinez and six of
the crew were wounded.
Cuban Bxpeditions Not Illegal.
Jacksonville, Jan. 20. Judge Locke,
of the United -States court for the south
ern district of Florida, rendered his de
cision today in the Three Friends case
upon the exceptions of the defense to
the libel of the government for violat
ing the neutrality laws. The point
was raised by counsel for the defense
that inasmuch as the Cuban insurgents
had not been recognized by the United
States they were neither a people nor a
body politic, as defined by section 5283,
under which the libel was drawn. This
was sustained by Judge Locke, and the
district attorney was given ten days in
which to file an amended libel. The
point was one that had never been
raised before.
The Man Who Wrecked the Alabama
Mineral Train Confesses.
New Orleans, Jan. 20. A special to
the Times-Democrat from Atlanta says:
Sam Palataka, cross-eyed, a fiend in
expression, revolting in countenance,
has confessed to having perpetrated the
horrible Cahaba bridge disaster, which
occurred three weeks ago in Alabama.
Stolidly and with immovable lines of
criminal harshness on his face, he ad
mits that, single-handed, he sent twenty-five
persons to a horrible death, and
wounded and maimed a score more.
There was no romantic reason back of
the work of this courageous coward, a
man who dared discovery, which, in
Alabama, meant certain death, to drive
a train to destruction in order to gain
a few dollars.
Palataka was arrested in Eaton, Put
nam county, in Middle Georgia. His
first captors believedhim half-witted,
as he gave himself away. Those in
charge of him today in Atlanta, as he
was on his way to Alabama, say he is
absolutely reckless and entirely without
human feelings. Today he spoke of
the fearful wreck with no sign of emo
tion. "I did it," said Palataka. "I want
ed money. It's nobody's business what
I wanted it for. I did it. I found it
very easy. I say this for the benefit of
those who want to wreck trains. It's
just as easy to wreck a freight train.
There's no money in freight. I did
not get any money out of the wreck. I
moved a rail, put it across the' track,
and the whole business seemed to fall.
There were plenty of dead folks with
I money one had $500 but before I
; could get at the money the. live ones
' got up and then the crowds came and
I skinned out.
At a Hungarian Wedding-.
New York, Jan. 20. John Ornis, a
rejected suitor, caused a riot and blood
shed at the wedding of Agnes Hafri,
whom he had loved in vain. The
bridegroom, Michael Roman, and three
guests, were stabbed before the police
moved upon the wedding feast, which
had become a riot, and arrested the
enraged and disappointed lover. . Ornis
is a tall, powerfully built Hungarian.
When Roman and Agnes were be
throthed he concealed his chagrin and
Was the first to congratulate the couple.
After the ceremony last night, how
ever, the guests turned to Ornis and
chided him for his ill luck in not win
ning such a fair girl. A second later a
scene of wild confusion ensued. The
furniture was overturned, women fled
shrieking from the flat, and some of
the men tried to overpower Ornis, who
cut right and left with a knife.
Bozeman, Mont., Jan. 20. Sheriff
Fransham on . Saturday went to arrest
j Frank Morgan for assaulting a French
man near here. Morgan drew a gun
on him and - escaped. The sheriff,
with deputy Jack Allen, took the trail,
' overtaking Morgan and his partner at
' Carpenter's cabin, in the Cherry creek
basin forty miles from here. The ref
ugees opened fire with shotguns, drop
ping Deputy Allen, Who is probably
mortally wounded, and wounding Sher
'ff Fransham.
Carolina Law Unconstitutional.
Washington, Jan. 20. The supreme
court of the United States had decided
that the portion of the South Carolina
dispensary law providing for the in
bpection of liquors imported into the
state is unconstitutional.
Heartrending Scenes.
London, Jan. 19. The Daily Mail's
Bombay correspondent says: In the
Banda district the famine conditions
arc heartrending. .The population is
without food, and is dying in the roads
rather thfta accept government relief.
Resolutions Concerning , the Forest
Reserve Passed.
Salem, Or., Jan. 19. At a meeting
of the North Pacific , Sheepbreedersr
and Woolgrowers' Association, held al
the state capitol, pursuant to a call
from the president, Hon. John Minto,
the following resolutions were unani
mously adopted: : '
"Whereas, The congress of the
United States has authorized the presi
dent, to proclaim as forest reserve
4,600,000 acres of the Cascade range oi
mountains, extending in an unbroken
body across the state of Oregon, there
by creating a physical division of the
state; and :
"Whereas, This immense body oi
land has been placed under the care oi
the department of the interior, to be
protected from the injury of its forest
growth by the aid of the United States
district court and by its "officers, and
citizens of the United States, residents
of Oregon, have been arrested and put
to cost on the assumption that grazing
stock (sheep especially), within such
reserve is an injury to the forest
growth thereon; and
"Whereas, By an experience extend
ing over fifty years, in some cases,
members of this association know that
despite grazing of sheep or cattle upon
the grasss lands of Oregon, whether on
the mountains or in the valleys, the
reforestation of open land has extended
is extending, - over all pasture land,
near enough seedbearing trees for the
seeds to be carried by the wind; and
the truth of this statement is well set
forth in papers now published by the
state board of horticulture, by persons
who have seen these processes going
forward for from forty-four to fifty-two
years' observation; therefore, be it
"Resolved, These prosecutions oi
stockowners, whose stock has in past
years ranged on the mountains of Ore
gon, is totally unjustifiable, on the
ground of injury done by such grazing;
that we, as .citizens of - the United
States, residing in Oreogn, claim all
the right of the citizens of other states
to the full benefit of the use of the
public domain, and of the general land
laws of the national government, and
believe it an oppression, unjust as well
as unnecessary, to harrass stockmen by
trials in the United States court for
acts of technical trespass, where benefit
rather than damage has been done;
that we heartily indorse the concurrent
resolution introduced by Senator Mul
key, in the present legislative assembly
of Oregon; that we are unanimously in
favor of the restoration of a reasonable
tariff duty on wool, adequate for the
encouragement of woolgrowing, and
also favor an import duty being placed
on shoddy, sufficiently high to dis
courage the importation of said , ar
ticle." Senator Mulkey's resloution, pro
vides for three reserves, instead of one.
Oratorical Tributes ' to the E.ate
. Speaker Crisp.
Washington, Jan. 19. Most of this
day in the house was devoted to ora
torical triubtes to the late Speaker
Crisp, of Georgia, who died during the
recent recess of congress. The speeches
were listened to by nearly all of the
Democrats, and a large contingent of
Republicans, while many Southern
people filled the galleries. All of the
members from Georgia and several
leaders on both sides of the house de
livered eulogies, which were unusually
impressive, and were listened to with
much more than the usual attention.
The bill authorizing the Columbia &
Red Moutain Railway Company ,to
build a bridge across the Columbia
river, in Stevens connty, Wash., called
up by Doolittle, passed. Delegate Cat
ron attempted to secure the passage of
a bill to give the deserted Fort Marcy
military reservation, at Santa Fe, N.
M., to the American Invalid Aid So
ciety, of Boston, for the establishment
of a sanitarium for pulmonary diseases,
but It failed on objection.
flogging on Shipboard.
Cleveland, Jan. 19. Senators Frye
and Hale, who were responsible for the
senate substitute for house bill No.
2663, which restored flogging in the
merchant marine, are being severely
condemned by'the 300,000 members of
the Western Seamen's Society and va
riousjaranches. At a meeting of the
local trustees of the society, who are
prominent business men, resolutions
were adopted protesting against" the
law. ,
Has Discovered No Lymph.
Paris, Jan. 19. In an interview, Dr.
Roux, who is connected with the de
partment of hygiene, denied a report
that he had made experiments with an
anti-plague lymph. He would know
how to prepare the lymph, he said, if
it was needed," but he felt that bubonic
plague would never get a hold in Eu
rope. The Temps complains of the in
activity of the present Indian govern
ment in dealing with the scourge.
Victim of Commodore Wreck.
Salem, Mass., Jan. 19. The remains
of the late William Alexander Higgins,
who met his death . with many others
at the foundering of the Cuban filibus
tering steamer Commodore, off the
Florida coast, Sunday morning, Janu
ary 8, arrived today. The funeral was
held at the undertaking rooms, and
was attended by a large crowd.
The Death-of Maceo. .
Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 19. A let
ter has been received by one of the
representatives in this city of the Cu
ban junta, confirming the Associated
Press dispatch of Friday giving an ac
count of the death of General Maceo.
The letter is from Lieutenant-Colonel
Hernandez, who was encamped with a
company of cavalry and other forces
near where Maceo was ambushed. The
issurgents are reported to be encamped
nine miles east of Havana.
A Swiss Climbers Feat.
London, Jan. 19. A dispatch from
Mendos, Argentina, to the Chronicle
says a telegram has been received from
the Fitzgerald expedition, reporting
that a Swiss guide, Zurbiggen, had
reached the summit of Concagua, in
the Andes, over 54,000 feet above the
sea level, after the third attempt.
The Poet Emmerson's Son. -
Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 19. Ed
ward W. Emerson, of Concord, son of
Ralph Waldo Emerson, has been cho
sen as poet for Phi Beta Kappa day at
Harvard next June.
Little Chance of Favorable Action on
Homestead Bill.
'Washington, Jan. 18. The support
ers of the free homestead bill fear that
the measure has ben killed, so far as
this congress is concerned, by the ac
tion of Speaker Reed in referring it to
the house committee on public lands
for the consideration of the senate
amendments. The house committee is
hot strongly in favor of the plan. That
committee voted to report the bill to
the house by a majority of only one,
when it provided only for free homes
for the Oklahoma settlers.
The senate amendments greatly
widen the scope of the bill, extending
its provisions to all public land states,
and it is doubtful whether the house
committee will sanction the, changes.
" The bill's supporters fear that if the
committee does not make an adverse
report, it will keep the bill and take
no action on it before adjournment,
which course would effectually dispose
of it.
In the Honse.
Washington, Jan. 18. The proceed
ings in the house today were very
tame. It was private bill day, but the
whole time was consumed in passing
through the house bills favorably acted
upon in committee of the whole before
the holdiay recess. The widow of the
late Major-General Gibbon was the
beneficiary of one of the bills passed
carrying $100 per month, and the
widow of Brevet Major-General W. A.
Nichols, of another, carrying $75 per
month. The free homestead bill, which
came back to the house with senate
amendments, was referred under a rul
ing of the chair to the committee on
public lands.
Age for Retirement.
Washington, Jan. 18. A bill fixing
the age for retirement from the classi
fied civil service was introduced by
Representative Gillette, of Massachu
setts. It proivdes that any office in
the classified service held by a person
who at the time of the passage of the
act is over 62 years of age, shall be
come vacant in three years. Any office
in the service shall hereafter become
vacant when the person holding it be
comes 65 years old. Veterans of the
civil war and their widows are excepted
from the provision.
For the Purchase of Cuba.
Washington, Jan. 18. Representa
tive Spencer of Mississippi, has intro
duced in the house a bill as follows:
"The secretary of state is hereby au
thorized to offer to the government of
Spain a sum of money not to exceed
$200,000,000 for the purchase of the
island of Cuba. And the sum of $10;
000, or so much thereof as may be
necessary to defray the expenses of
pending negotiations, is hereby appro
priated." WAS" BLOWN tO BITS."
Dynamite Exploded in Miner Dendau.'s
Seattle, Jan. 18. In attempting to
thaw out a few sticks of dynamite by
placing them on a hot stove, F. Den
dauf was instantly killed and horribly
mutilated at Black Diamond Thurs
day. Thursday morning about 10
o'clock, Dendauf, who is in the employ
of Lawson Bros., took ten sticks of the
explosive to his cabin to warm them
up. From that time until noon he
was alone, and the exact manner in
which the accident occurred can never
be known, but ' during the noon hour,
when all hands were at dinner, a ter
rific explosion . was heard. Everybody
rushed out and found the entire side
and part of the roof of Dendauf's cabin
had been torn away and hurled against
the side of another cabin sixty feet dis
tant. The interior of what remained
of the cabin was a total wreck, every
thing in shreds and fragments, with
the body of Dendauf in the midst.
Some flying missile, presumably a bit
of the stove, entered his head near the
right eye, going directly through the
skull and leaving a hole ' two inches
square; the right leg was broken in
two places between the hip and knee,
and the flesh of the whole right side
hung in tatters. Death must have
been instantaneous.
Alleged Leader Claims There is a Con.
splracy to Convict Him.
Kansas City, Jan. 18. John Ken
nedy who was indicted as the leader
of the gang which twice held up and
robbbed Chicago & Alton trains at
Blue Cut, wrote out and signed a
statement today charging that there
was a conspiracy to convict him. There
seems to be some grounds to substan
tiate his statement as regards John
Land, an important witness against
him. It is given out, moreover, from
authoritative sources that the robbers
secured almost $30,000, and not $2,
300,' as first claimed by the express
company. For the conviction of the
men concerned, it is also, said big re
wards have been offered. In 1882,
Land, who lives in the Blue Cut local
ity, was convicted of perjury in falsely
swearing that three of his neighbors
had been connected in the Jesse James
train robbery of that year near Inde
pendence. Land is a state witness in
the present case.
St. Petersburg", Jan. 18. Today, a
ukase was published which refers to
the necessity of the resumption of the
mintage. It seems likely that the
council's decision on the currency
question will be prolonged, and as the
country is anxious to settle the doubts
which have arisen as to the cash values
of gold coins, it orders the minting of
imperials of a value of 15 instead of 10
roubles, these coins, however, being of
exactly the same weight and fineness as
existing o ns.
Fell Into Molten Metal.
Rossland, B. C, Jan. 18. George
Braddon, a slag-pusher at the smelter
at Trail, while pulling away at a pot
today and walking backward, tripped
and fell into another red-hot pot of
molten metal that was in his path.
Braddon was burned from his neck to
the calves of his legs, and there is slim
chance fpr his recovery.
President of Ecuador.
Lima, : Peru, Jan. 18. General
Medarto Alfaro has been elected con
stitutional president of Ecuador by 54
votes. i
Fifteen Children Perished in
the Flames.
Further Particulars of the .Terrible
Affair Flames Spread So Rapidly
Little Ones Could Kot Be , Saved.
Dallas, Tex., Jan. 19. Fifteen little
boys are dead as a result of last night's
fire at the Buckner Orphans' Home, and
nine others are seriously burned and
badly Crushed. Three of the injured,
it is thought, cannot recover. The
awfulhess of the holocaust was not fully
realized until today.
The fire, which- commenced at 10
o'clock Friday night and raged until
the boys' dormitory was destroyed, did
not cool enough for search for the
bodies in the ashes until early this
morning. At that time it was thought
only five children had been bumed to
death. When the ashes Had cooled
enough to admit of a search, scores of
sympathizing friends and neighbors be
gan the sad task of finding the bodies
of the five whom it was known had
perished. The search had been hardly
instituted when the terrible truth that
there were more than five bodies in the
ashes appeared. The search continued
until dawn, when fifteen bodies had
been found.
When the fire was discovered, the
alarm spread through the dormitories,
and 300 children rushed hither and
thither in the wildest fright and panic
stricken confusion. The halls, porches
and stairway landings were thick with
the scorching smoke. The building
had stood for a number of years, and
was as dry as kindling, and burned
with fearful rapidity. The wind was
blowing from the southest, which drove
the fire into the 'building. It was eat
ing its way to the three principal stair
ways as soon as it was discovered, and
the little fellows on the second floor of
the west wing were cut off from any
avenue of escape except the windows.
This was where 110 boys, between the
ages of 6 and 14, were asleep in their
dormitories, many Of them being up
stairs, but they were the larger ones,
the smallest children being quartered
on the lower floor, with a view to such
an emergency. Even with the precau
tion, some of the smaller ones were
burned to death, not being awakened
by the alann, or being in such a de
moralized state from childish terror
that they did not know how to make
their way out.
Those with the most presence of
mind followed the larger ones, who
jumped through the windows. A few
had the presence of mind to save enough
of their clothes,, but most of them es-i
caped in their night garments.
The pafiic-stricken little ones did not
stop even alter they were taken out of
the burning building, but fled in their
wild terror, as if some nameless horror
were pursuing them, across mud and
fields in every direction. Some went
to neighbor's houses as- far as half a
mile away, and others were found stag
gering along the lanes in their scant
nightclothes, crying as if their little
hearts would break.
The people from the neighborhood
found the little fellows who had not
reached shelter by their cries, and
brought them back to the home.
The loss on the buildings and con
tents is light, about $8,000, with in
surance. The home will be rebuilt.
Pumps Pull.d and Mines Allowed to
Fill With Water.
Denver, Jan. 19. A special to the
Times from Leadville, Colo. , says:
"The crisis in the troubles Leadville
has undergone since June has been
reached and a calamity far worse than
the strike of metallic miners here has
overtaken the camp. For the first time
in fifteen years the immense pumps
that drained the mines of Carbonate
hill, the wealthy center of Leadville,
have been entirely pulled out, while
the pipe line connections are to be re
moved at once. The Maid of Erin
pumps had a capacity of 1,300 gallons
of water a minute, and depending upon
them were nearly all the great mines
of Carbonate hill. There are miles of
workings on Carbonate hill, and these
will probably fill slowly, so that the
down-town workings may not be
reached by the rush of waters for a
month or two. It is, however, only a
H HrC tlUlt J y VUUV) ailVt VISITS 1UV11 VLl t hi
undoubtedly find many mines idle as a .
result of the flood. "
Floods In Illinois.
Princeton,' 111., Jan. 19. The waters
of the Illinois and Bureau rivers rose
rapidly last night and today, and have
caused much damage. A portion of
pennepin canal embankment, thrown
up along Bureau river, to turn the river
from its natural bed, was washed out,
and the overflow is now running
through the unfinished portion of the
canal, causing much damage. It will
be some time before the flow can be
stopped, as the locks of the canal are
yet without gates. Along the Illinois
river, farm lands have been overflowed,
and large numbers of horses and cattle
are reported drowned. 1
Storms in Michigan. r
Detroit, Jan. 19. Unusually heavy
winds were experienced all over Mich
igan today. Conditions developed into
a severe blizzard in the northern por
tion. At Marquette, the temperature
fell twenty-two degeres in ten hours,
and two feet of snow fell. In Western
Michgan, gales and snow storms pre
vail. At Jackson, the roof ,was blown
off the malthouse of Haehnle's . brew,
ery, doing $1,000 damage, and leaving
10,000 bushels of malt exposed.
. Millers Ofiei a Prize.
Washington, Jan. 19. The German
millers have offered a prize of $250 foi
a method of destroying the meal moth,
which has been ravaging the German
mills. 1 United States Consul-General
Dekay, at Berlin, offers to deliver to
the proper authorities any method for.
warded by Americans.
- Takes General Walker's Place.
Boston, Jan. . 18. At the annual
meeting ' today of the American Sta
tistical Association, Carroll D. Wright,
of Washington, was, elected president
to succeed the lae $e"ral Walker,