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CORVALLIS, tBEXTO COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 1898.
Epitome of the Telegraphic
News of the World.
TERSE TICKS FROM THE WIRES
in Int eresting Collection of Items From
the New and the Old "World In a
Condensed and Comprehensive Form
Representative King, of Utah, intro
duced Tuesday a joint resolution recog
nizing the independence of Cuba.
The submarine boat Holland lias
made another trip in New York. At a
depth of 15 feet under water she showed
good speed, and was handled with ease.
A dispatch to the Berlin Vossiche
Zeitung from Dare's Balaam, 25 miles
south of Zanzibar, East Africa, says
that last month a party of German for
esters waa attacked, and three Germans
and many of the native carriers were
The Vienna newspapers announce
that Japan, between 1805 and 1905,
will have devoted 194,000,000 yen to
the building of warships. Forty-seven
have already been ordered with short
terms of delivery in England, France,
Germany and the United States.
"While returning home from church
in Wellsville, O., Oliver Heed asked
Sarah Walton to marry him, and upon
her refusal ho shot her through the
heart. He then blew his brains out
dying in a short time. Papers found
on his body show the deed was premed
itated. The house committee on naval affairs
has completed the naval appropriation
bill. The bill is calculated as carrying
between $36,000,000 and $:J7, 000,000,
of which about $3,000,000 will be ex
pended on thio year's work on the three
battle-ships, six torpedo boats and six
Replying to a resolution of inquiry,
the attorney-general sent to the senate
Tuesday a statement that the records
sf his department do not show that any
writs of injunction or restraining or
ders have been issued hy United States
courts against labor organizations or
their mem bars engaged in strikes in
1897 and 1898.
A dispatch to the New York World
from Madrid says: Instructions have
been given since Friday night to the
press censor to stop all foreign and do
mestic press telegrams and even tele
phone messages containing news un
palatable to the government. Unau
thorized details of naval and military
preparations of the movements of war
ships, particularly of the flying squad
ron, of the purchase of vessels of war
and stores obroad are especially inter
dicted. Roland Worthington, the veteran
journalist, died at his home in Boston,
aged 81 years. He entered the news
paper business as an employe of the
counting-room of the Boston Adver
tiser. In 1840 he took charge of the
Boston Traveler. When Daniel Web
ster made his famous speech at Marsh
field in August, 1848, Mr. Worthing
ton published a verbatim report and
had it sold by the newsboys in the
streets, an innovation which called
down the severe criticism of the other
The British Columbia, Seattle & Pa
cific Coast Railroad Company has made
application to the city council of Se
attle for a franchise 30 feet wide over
Railroad avenue. It was stated to the
council that it was the purpose of the
company to construct a railroad from
Portland, Or., to Seattle, and thence
to the British Columbia boundary.
The company was willing that a condi
tion he imposed in the franchise that
the work of construction should begin
in 30 days, and the line be finished
within 18 months. The two incorpo
rators of the company are Henry J.
Brokaw and Austin J. Fletcher, well
known financiers of New York. The
road will cost between $4,000,000 and
The Republican leaders of the house
are pressing for an early adjournment,
and it is said that their course meets
the full approval of the president. All
save three of the appropriation bills
have gone to the senate. The action of
the appropriations committee in prepar
ing the general deficiency hill at this
time is the best evidence of the inten
tion to secure early adjournment.
The construction of five modern dry-
docks has been agreed on by the house
committee on naval affairs. They are
to be located at Portsmouth, N. H. ;
Boston. League island, near Philadel
phia; Algiers, Da., and Mare island,
Cal. These docks are to be of wood,
-except those at Algiers and Ports
mouth. The material of construction
of these will not be determined upon
General Superintendent McGuire has
announced that large gangs of men are
at work all along the line of the Astoria
& Columbia River railroad, and only
11 miles of rails are yet to be laid.
The last spike will be driven about
April 1, with appropriate ceremonies.
Tiie man to drive it has been selected
from the ranks of the men who have
worked faithfully during tho winter to
push the line through.
Dr. Tomas Estrada Palma, of the
Cuban junta in New York, is quoted as
Baying: "I consider Mr. Quesada's
presence at Vice-President Hobart's
reception to the Belgian prince in
Washington Tuesday a matter of great
importance. He was invited as the
accredited representative of the Cuban
republic, together with the Spanish
minister and other members of the dip
lomatic corps. Mr. Quesada's presence
as an honored guest is very significant.
It is a semiofficial recognition of Cuba. "
The governor of Kentucky has re
ceived a message from Middleshoro
stating that there are 70 new cases of
smallpox and 400 suspects there; that
the city is quarantined, has no money,
the county cannot appropriate any,
and that the city's stricken people are
liable to starve. The governor at onco
prepared an emergency special message
to the legislature, urging it to make an
appropriation and intimating that he
will sign a rushed bill without any
question as to the irregularities of
putting such a measure through in one
THE REPORT ON THE WAY.
Lieutenant-Commander Marix Starts
With It for Washington.
Key "West, March 24. The United
States court of inquiry into the loss of
the Maine at last finished its laborious
work of investigation of the disaster
and submitted its report to Rear-Admiral
Sicard. He pointed out some al
terations which he considered neces
sary, and the report was taken to Wash
ington today by Lieutenant-Commander
Marix, judge-advocate of the court.
Before leaving Key West, Commander
Marix said nothing could be given out
about the work of the court of inquiry
or its findings. Personally, the com
mander said he was intensely relieved
at completing his labors.
Lieutenants Jungen and Hoard,
Cadets Brownson ami Boyd, Passed
Assistant Engineer Bowers, Assistant
Engineer Morris and Carpenter .Tolmes,
of the Maine, left here today qn the
City of Key West for Miami.
The decision readied .-by the court is
still a matter of surmise. Perhaps
some significance may be attached and
conclusions drawn from a remark made
hy Kear-Admiral Sicard last night,'
when he said to a correspondent:
"The case of the Maine is most
peculiar, perhaps the most peculiar
which lias ever occurred in the history
oi the world."
From the general tone of his remarks
it might be inferred that the court's
findings do not definitely solve the
mystery of the explosion. This is fur
ther borne out by the admiral's state
ment that even after the report had
been sent to Washington the depart
ment may require further investiga
tion. The general impression con
tinues that the court bad found that
the Maine was intentionally blown up,
hut no new reasons were adduced for
SPANISH NAVAL PREPARATIONS.
Movements of tho Warships as Pub
lished by the Madrid Press.
New York, March 24. A dispatch
to tho World from Madrid says: The
Madrid papers, including the minis
terial organs, the Correro, Correspond
encia, Liberal and the Globe, print by
permission these items of news regard
ing naval preparations:
The flying squadron is detained nt
the Canary islands for two reasons; one
is the necessity for repairing the tor
pedo vessel Arete, and the other is to
give time to the battle-ship Cristobal
Colon to coal and complete her outfit
before joining the squadron at Las
Palmas to escort it to Porto Rico.
Orders have been given to hurry the
preparations of the battle-ships Pelayo
at Marseilles; Emperor Carlos V, at
Havre, and Newmanca and Victoria at
Cartagena, to enable them to join Ad
miral Cervera's sauadron 6"f evolution
The squadron also includes the first
class cruiser Infanta Maria Teresa, the
second-class cruiser Alfonso XII, the
fourth-class cruisers and the new first
class cruiser Varez, of 7,000 tons,
bought from Italy.
Another squadron is to be formed at
Cadiz, with three torpedo vessels, built
in Spain; two destroyers, recently
handed over by English firms, and the
torpedo gunboat Dena Maria Melina,
whose trial trips at Ferrol this week
showed 19 knots. For the present the
second flying squadron and the fleet oi
Admiral Cervera will remain on the
coast of Spain.
Other ports in the peninsula have
called the government's attention to
providing land and submarine defenses,
offering to contribute a part of the ex
pense. No marine reserves have been called
out yet, as two battalions of marines
are returning from Manilla. The
crews of the coast guard vessels at the
depots and arsenals of Ferrol, Cadiz
and Cartagena have enough men avail
able to man the new war vessels.
The minister of marine, Admiral
Bermejo, has said frequently of late
that he declines to make known his
preparations. He want6 the country to
understand that they are intended only
to meet any emergency on the purely
defensive and pacific line of conduct,
all along proclaimed by tho present gov
ernment. The papers say nothing of
the army preparations.
FOR MORE WARSHIPS.
The Naval Appropriation Hill Reported
to the House.
Washington, March 24. The naval
appropriation bill was reported to the
house today. It carried $35,680,058,
an increase over last year of $3,704,432,
and over current estimates of $2,514,
824. For the increase the navy bills
allow to be constructed by contract
three sea-going coast-line battle-ships,
designated to carry the heaviest guns,
displacement, 11,000 tons, with the
highest practicable speed for their
class, with cost, exclusive of armament,
not exceeding $3,000,000 each, one to
be named the Maine; six torpedo-boats,
and six torpedo-boat destroyers, to cost
not exceeding $2,840,000, and one gun
boat to take the place of the Michigan
to cost, exclusive of armament, not
over $260,000, to be built on the Great
One of these sea-going battle-ships is
to be built on the Pacific coast. Con
tracts for the construction of all these
vessels are to be made within 60 days
of the enactment of the bill.
A Coinage Resolution.
Washington. March 24. The house
committee on coinage, weights and
measures has favorably reported to the
house a resolution authorizing the sec-
letary of the treasury to mate experi
ments to determine the best material
for minor coinage and to submit new
designs for congress.
Trenton, March 24. Henry "Brown,
a local pugilist, who was injured in
boxing with Jack Smith at the Palace
Sporting Club last night, died today.
Smith is still in jail, being held with
An Omaha Oiler.
Omaha, Neb., March 24. A tender
of 25,000 voluntteers, enlisted and offi
cered for service in Cuba, has been
made to President McKinley. Author
ity is asked from the Cuban govern
ment to float $1,000,000 in bonds and
$3,000,000 in silver coin to raise funds
to carry the expedition from a Mexican
rendezvous independent of the United
It is expected the president will send
a message to cengress on Cuba soon.
NOT IE LIFE WAS SAVED
Bark Helen W. Almy, Bound
for Copper River, Lost.
FORTY PASSENGERS AND CREW
A Derelict Found Nine Miles Off tho
Golden Gate Which Proved to 15e tho
Missing Vessel She Struck a Gale.
San Francisco, March 24. Upon the
arrival of the Pacific Coast Steamship
Company's steamer Santa Rosa, from
San Diego today, the news was re
ceived here of a horrible accident indi
rectly attributed to the Alaskan gold
excitement, which is believed to have
cost the lives of 40 passengers and sail
ors. Captain Alexander, of the Santa
Rosa, reported that early this morning,
while nine miles off Point Bonita, at
the mouth of the Golden Gate, he
sighted a derelict, bottom up.
The tug Sea Witch was immediately
despatched to the point indicated, and
found the derelict to be the the bark
Helen W. Almy, Captain Hogan, which
sailed hence for Copper river points with
27 passengers and a crew of 13, on Sun
day last. The bark lay upon her star
board side, with her stern low down in
the water, her deck hamper badly
wrecked, and several planks of her hull
washed loose by the seas which br ke
While there were no signs of her
boats, it is not believed that her passen
gers and crew escaped by putting off
from the vessel in them, as theie has
been a very heavy sea for several days
past. Furthermore, no word has been
received from tho survivors, if any ex
ist, although the derelict was sighted
within 10 miles of this port and fully
48 hours have passed since the wreck
According to the tugboat men, there
was a pretty stiff breeze when the Aliny
sailed out of the Golden Gate Sunday, .
and near night it was blowing a gale.
She left here under topsails, and when
last seen was standing out for an offing.
There was a heavy sea running, and it
is supposed that some time during the
night she struck a squall and "turned
The Helen W. Almy was once a
South Sea trader, and was quite famous
for her many adventures among the
reefs. Her commander was Captain
Lutrell, and he operated her in the in
terest of John Wightman, who retained
an interest in her when she entered the
Alaska trade. She was in good condi
tion for an old vessel and perfectly sea
worthy. She was on the drydock some
days before being put on the berth, and
her owners spent $3,000 in repairing
her. She had a temporary house on
When the Almy left port she had 125
tons of ballast which she carried,
besides, the provisions of the passen
gers and their oufits. She was a ves
sel of only about 250 tons, and was
therefore ballasted sufficiently to make
TRAGEDY AT CASCADE LOCKS.
Louis Gehbhard Murders His Wife and
Then Shouts Himself.
Cascade Locks, Ore., March 24.
Lewis Gebbhard, aged 70, shot and
killed his wife, aged 65, and then
turned the pistol upon himself and took
his own life here last night. The
bodies were not found until this morn
ing. Gebbhard, who is a German, and an
old soldier, had lived with his wife hero
for the past 10 years. He has been of
late years a small farmer. Frequent
quarrels have occurred between himself
and his wife for many years. Particu
larly severe have these quarrels been
when Gebbhard was under the influ
ence of liquor.
Last night Gebbhard must have been
more quarrelsome than usual. In
fact, judging from the silent evidence
about the lonely cottage which the
couple occupied, the fight must have
been that of a maniac on one side and a
defenseless woman on the other.
Blood was found in the bed and in the
Gebbhard had evidently beaten his
wife with some instrument, in his mad
frenzy. In her attempt to escape she
had fled the house and reached the
front porch. She got no farther, as,
with pistol in hand, he fired at her and
she fell forward, and when found her
body was lying on the edge of the
The man, after committing the mur
der walked into the house, and, lying
down upon, a lounge in the room,
placed the pistol to his head and sent
a bullet into his own brain and his
eouI into eternity.
The shots were heard last night but
no attention was paid to them. This
morning the dead bodies were found,
and the coioner notified. He now has
charge of the remains.
But one child,' a daughter, survives
the old couple. She is grown, and mar
ried, her name being Mrs. Morin. She
lives with her husband at Fort Stevens.
Gebbhard had been in ill-health, it
is said of late, and got it into his head
that his wife was trying to cause his
death. He was also jealous of her for
some cause known only to himself, al
though the neighbors declare there was
no occasion for his jealousy.
A god Couple Burned to Death.
Fresno, Cal., March 24. James
Thompson and his aged wife were
burned to death in a shanty in which
they lived south of Chinatown at 11
o'clock tonight. The fire is supposed
to have started from the explosion of
The Cigar Record.
A man who recently died in Paris
had kept a record of the number of.
cigars he had smoked during his life
time. The number was 628,713.
c ..Alleged Timber Trespass.
Flagstaff, Ariz., March 24. The
attorney-general of the United States
has commissioned E. E. Ellingwood
a3 special assistant United States dis
trict attorney to assist in the trial of
the case of the United States vs. the
Copper Queen Consolidated Mining
Company. This is a suit by the gov
ernment to recover $183,000 from the
Copper Queen Mining Company for
alleged timber trespass and is probably
the most important case of this nature
in the West. It has twice been tried,
with the result of a disagreement oi
ther jury at each trial.
DEATH IN THE FLAMES.
Many Killed and Injured in a Hotel
Fire in Butte.
Butte, Mont., March 23. The Hale
house, a large three-story brick build
ing on East Broadway, used as a lodg
ing and boarding-house by miners in
the employ of the Anaconda Company,
was entirely destroyed by fire, which
broke out shortly after 3 o'clock this
morning. So far as known, two men
are dead from injuries in jumping from
windows, another is dying and 20 are
missing, while a search of the ruins
may disclose the fact that many tran
sient lodgers lost their lives also. The
casualties were as follows:
Matt Doyle, aged 45, miner at the
Mountain Consolidated, jumped from
third-story window, turned over in the
air and struck on head.
Frank Rhodey, aged 40, lately from
Portland, Or., jumped from third-story
window, turned over and struck on
head and shoulders, fracturing his
Hugh Boyle, aged 30, miner at Ana
conda mine, started to lowrer himself
from third-story by means of impro
vised rope, which parted 50 feet from
the ground. He was just recovering
from the effects of a broken leg through
an accident a month ago. Six men
were severely injured.
There were 250 men and women in
the building when the fire broke out.
Of these, it is believed about 200 es
caped without injury. The fire started
in the bakery south of the center of
the building, and had a good start be
fore discovered. The blaze was first
discovered b' Billy White, Jake Yuch
and Jack Dooley, who were awake at
the time, and, smelling smoke, went
down stairs to make an investigation.
Two of the men immediately attached
a small hose to a hydrant and began to
throw water upon the fire.
After a few minutes' work, however,
the men realized that the task was a
hopeless one, and they retreated to give
the alarm. They summoned the watch
man and rushed to the upper portion
of the building, shouting tiiat the house
was on fire. By this time, the fire had
broken through the first floor, and
smoke filled the hallways. Dooley
and his companions realized that there
was no time to lose, and they began
kicking in the doors of the rooms.
The men thoughtfully awakened the
women help first. By this time, the
alarm had been turned in, and the de
partment responded promptly. When
the firemen arrived, men in their under
clothing and others half dressed were
clambering down the fire escapes in the
rear. Others, and the servant girls
were at the windows in the front of
the building, frantically calling for
help. They were cut off from the rear
of the building by the dense smoke.
Ladders were run up, but not before
many of the frightened people had
jumped. Others, including all the fe
male help, were gotten out by the fire
men. On the side of the buidling,
many had made ropes of their bed
clothes and sought to escape in that
way. Some of them succeded, but in
other cases the ropes broke and the
men dropped many feet to the ground.
A SERIOUS BLAZE.
A Jersey City Railroad Depot Damaged
to the Extent of SIOO.OOO.
New York, March 23. The Penn
sylvania railroad depot in New Jereey
City was damaged by fire early today to
the extent of $100,000. The mammoth
train shed and large office building es
caped. Much mail matter was de
stoyed. Train and ferry traffic is seriously
crippled. All of the frame portions of
the depot, with the shed covering the
approach to the several ferry slips and
the waiting-room and restaurant, were
destroyed. The rolling stock was
promptly run out of the shed when the
fire was discovered, and the ferry boats
were simultaneously hurried out into
the stream and over to this city.
There were several acres of glass on
the roof of the big train shed, and, be
ing melted and cracked by the intense
heat, it fell upon the firemen and made
their work more perilous. The Key
stone restaurant, where the greatest
damage was done, was one of the most
spacious and handsomely fitted up
restaurants in the country.
Railroad to tho Yukon.
San Francisco, Maroh 23. At a
meeting of capitalists interested in tho
construction of a railroad to the Yukon
country, W. C. Alders presented a re
port based upon recent explorations and
from observations made during an ex
haustive surveying trip to Alaska, and
showing that a route up Copper river
was not only feasible, but practicable.
It was decided to organize a party of
surveyors who are to start as soon as
the weather conditions will permit,
probably by May 15. The programme
is to start for Orca and proceed up Cop
per river to its head, and thence across
to the Yukon to its junction . with
American boundary line.
From Copper River.
Seattle, March 23. The schooner
General Siglin arrived tonight from
Copper river. Captain Johnson states
that 300 people have crossed the Val
des glacier and are now making their
way into the interior. The day the
Siglin left Copper City, which is now
of 600 inhabitants, the theft of a quan
tity of bacon had been discovered. No
tices were being posted that the thief
if caught would be hanged.
Would Affect France.
London, March 23. St. James's
Gazette, commenting on the mobiliza
tion of the French fleet, suggests that
it may be connected with the Spanish
question, and says:
"If trouble between Spain and the
United States should become acute, it
would precipitate issues of great mo
ment for France."
The common pond frog's natural life
time is 12 to 15 years
Secretary Gage's View.
Pittsburg, March 22. Secretary of
the Treasury Gage, in an interview,
said that if it was shown conclusively
that the Spanish government was re
sponsible for the destruction of the
Maine, the United States would declare
war within 15 minutes. Gage thought
the report of the board of inquiry would
be made in a few .days.
Rhinometers are devices to measure
the arrJo'unt of air a man breathes
through his nose, in order that his doc
tor may compare it to the amount be
should take in that way.
England Surprised That We
Should Excite Ourselves.
WILL BE AN UNEQUAL CONTEST
Spanish Comment on the I.ee Incident
A Fall In Securities Threats of
Carlists Germany Will Not Interfere.
London, March 22. The Daily Mail,
in an editorial refuting some of "the
American accusations of British cold
"Among many reasons for Great
Britain's apparent noninterest, not the
least is our better knoweldge of the
Spanish and their paper navy and our
.-"iction that the Anglo-Saxon will
always defeat the Latin. Indeed, the
trend of British thought is towards
surprise that the greatest of republics
thould excite itself unduly about so
poor a foe. The Americans should re
member that while we are full of trust
in their capability to deal with Span
ish impertinences, we are fully oc
cupied with greater troubles threatened
or active in various parts of the world
They have our full sympathy at a time
when Frande, Germany and Russia are
ba king Spain and almost as openly as
th-y are opposing British efforts for
the freedom of its foreign trade through
out the world.
'But there is no occaion now to talk
of in offfiensive and defensive alliance
The disproportion between our mission
and America s makes it lrnoossible
There will be time to propose this way
of recementing the race when America
is ready to face the splendid responsi
biiity it entails."
The Madrid correspondent of the
"Senor Polo y Bernabe, the Spanish
minister at Washington, has been au
thorized to make all concessions possi
bie in order to obtain the speedy con
clusion of a fair reciprocity treaty. By
America's expressed desire, this also
includes the Philippine islands. Both
the Cuban and Spanish Cabinets are
anxious to expedite the negotiations to
the uttermost. Senor Polo y Bernabe
wiies that he has found the American
8ta e department very favorably dis
poted on this point, but that more re
serve than ever is shown in interna
tiona) dealings pending the settlement
of the Maine affair."
The Chronicle repeats editorially its
declaration that Michael Davitt's at
tempt to show that England hates
America has been "ludicrously unsuc
cessful," and challenges him to obtain
a half dozen votes in support of a pro
Spanish resolution in any open meet
ing in any town in England, Scotland
The Berlin correspondent of the
Tir-es confirms the statement that
Germany has no inclination to inter
fere in the Cuban question. It cites
the Berlin Post, saying that Germany's
commercial interests, as well as her
regard for the German residents in the
United States, forbid such an inter
PATRIOTIC NEW YORKERS.
enthusiasm Shown at a Maine Benefit
New York, March 22. Over 4,000
people rose simultaneously tonight in
the Metropolitan opera-house and
joined with the chorus on the stage in
singing "The Star-Spangled Banner"
with more enthusiasm thai has been
exhibited in the opera-house, for many
months. It was upon the occasion of
the performance for the benefit of the
Maine monument fund. On the great
stage stood the well-known singer Ca
mille d'Arville, and behind skr were
massed the combined choruses of the
Broadway theater, the Casino and the
Whitney and Castle Square companies.
As a background, an immense Anieri
can flag waved from a tall pole. Eacli
of the singers carried a small flag, and
the moment the patriotic air was start
ed, the entire audience arose and
Joined in the melody. At the conclu
sion, there were tremenduous cheers
and a great demonstration. Then
"My Country" was sung. The enter
tainment, aside from the subscriptions,
netted about $12,000. Many of the
best known actors and actresses took
part in the performance, and among
the spectators was Miss Evangelina
Cisneros, who came in for much ap
plause at one time in the evening.
Labor Union Refused to Aid.
Boston, March 22. At today's
meeting of the Central Labor Union,
subscription blanks calling for the con
tributions to the monument' fund for
the victims of the Maine explosion,
which were sent out by Mayor
Quincy's committee, were ordered re
turned, because they did not bear the
label of the allied printing trades
council. Resolutions were adopted
urging the labor organizations of this
country to erect a monument to the
coal strikers who were shot at Latti
mer, Pa., and lequesting the secretary
of the American Federation of Labor
to issue subscription blanks for that
Johannesburg, March 22. The
Standard and News, in a seemingly in
spired article, says: "War is almost
inevitable, unless England abandons
her claim to suzerainty."
Story of a Maine Survivor.
London, March 22. The morning
papers publish a long statement by
Seaman Newman, recently arrived in
England, who was on board the Maine
at the time of the disaster in Havana
harbor. New solemnly declares the
explosion was external and on the port
side of the ship.
The coinage of a sovereign (about $5)
costs the English mint d (about 1
Ordered to Halifax.
Halifax, March 22. The swift torpedo-boat
destroyer Rocket has just
been ordered to this seotion from Eng
land. The announcement of her com
ing caused much comment in naval
circles. The cruiser Indefatigable is
also expected to arrive here Boon after
coming from the West Indies, at least
two months ahead of tbe date at which
the British North American squadron
returns from its winter cruise. The
naval authorities in Halifax seem to
expect unusual activity on this station
ITS CONTENTS KNOWN.
Summary of the Court of Inquiry's Re
Chicago, March 23. A special to
the Tribune from Washington says:
Late last evening Secretary Long ad
mitted that a telegraphic summary of
the report of the court of inquiry had
been received, and he also admitted
that Admiral Sicard had received the
report last evening and would forward
it to Washington without delay. With
the telegraphic summary received as a
basis the state department has already
proceeded to notify Minister Woodford
officially of the character, and he in
return by this time has probably com
municated tbe news to the Spanish
government with an intimation that it
must be prepared to present a satisfac
tory reply within a few days.
THEORY WAS NOT TENABLE.
Spaniards Privately Admit the Maine
Disaster Was Not an Accident.
New York, March 23. A dispatch
to the Tribune from Havana says:
The Spanish inquiry into the Maine
disaster has gone to pieces in seeking
to establish the accident theory. This
admission is privately made in govern
ment circles. The nature of the
board '8 report will not be charged to
unknown causes, but the Spanish find
ing will be with a view of making a
case to be passed on by a third party.
The work of the. Spanish divers has
not been thorough. Apparently they
have found no little evidence on which
a theory of internal explosion can be
based that the Spanish court is not
willing to stand unequivocally on the
theory of accident, which it set out to
maintain. The facts have been known
for three or four days. They may ac
count for the statements from Madrid
that the Maine incident will not be a
cause of war between the two countries,
and also hints at arbitrating the dis
pute on the question of facts.
This talk is semi-official. The Span
ish recognize the improbability of suc
cessfully controverting the case which
will be presented when the report of
Captain Sampson and his associates on
the American board of inquiry is pub
lished. They have had an inkling that
the evidence on which the external ex
plosion due to foul play will bo charged,
is meant to satisfy, not simply the
American people, but the jndgment of
experts throughout the world. How
strongly the conclusion of the American
board is fortified will soon be known.
The one received from Madrid is to
have a counter-case ready, so a suspen
sion of the world's judgment can be
asked until diplomacy can arrange a
satisfactory settlement. The evident,
hope of Blanco's government is to keep
the Maine incident entirely distinct
from other Cuban questions. Not
withstanding this lack of confidence in
their own theory of accident, it cannot
be learned that the authorities are do
ing anything to uncover the conspira
tors who are responsible for the blow
ing up of the Maine.
RELIEF BILL PASSED.
A. Substantial Tribute to tho Maine's
Washington, March 23. The house
today unanimously passed the bill for
the relief of the survivors and victims
of the Maine disaster. The bill reim
burses the survivors, officers and men
for the losses they sustained to an
amount not to exceed a year's pay, and
directs the payment of a sum equal to
a year's pay to the legal heirs of those
who perished. There was quite a spir
ited debate over an amendment suggest
ed by Cannon to give the survivors a
year's pay out of hand instead of at
tempting to reimburse them for actual
losses. Some old alleged scandals in
connection with the reimbursement of
the survivors of the Samoan disaster
were raked up, but the debate in the
end was saved from a rather sordid tone
by a beautiful tribute paid to the gal
lant dead by Cousins of Iowa, in a short
but eloquent speech. He aroused the
galleries to spontaneous applause. The
remainder of the day was occupied in
the consideration of the old claim of
John Roach, the shipbuilder, for $331,
000. No action was taken upon the
The senate, after passing some minor
bills, to which there was no objection,
adjourned at 1:55 o'clock until tomor
row. Relief for Stricken Cuba.
Concord, N. H., March 23. Senator
Chandler, in an editorial in the Con
con! Monitor today says President Mc
Kinley is about to take action in the
name of the United States to relieve
famine and sickness in Cuba.
"Food and medicine and clothing,"
he says, "given by the generous people
of the United States, will be sent with
the appioval of Spain, if she consents,
or will be carried by American sailors
and soldiers without her approval, if
she does not oonsent. The end of
starvation and torture is near at hand.
Every humane person in this whole
land should sustain and bless the presi
dent in his coming proclamation, which
is to cause the name of William Mc
Kinley to be held in sacred reverence
by Cuban generations as long as will
be the revered name of Abraham Lin
coln by the colored race in America."
. Barcelona is now the most populous
city of Spain, the result of a census
just taken showing 520,000 inhabitants
to Madrid's 507,000.
Insurgents Using Dynamite.
Havana, March 2-8. Generals Pando
and Saliedo, it is announced today
continue advancing with considerable
forces toward Puerto Principe." The
insurgents on Saturday dynamited an
iron railroad bridge near Madruga,
province of Matanzas, partly destroving
the structure, and last night they de
stroyed with dynamite a culvert be
tween Robles and Madruga.
Long Beach, Cal., has a 70-foot whale
staked out in the ocean near the town.
Not Spying for Spain.
Chicago, March 23. William Pink-
erton, of Pinkerton's detective agency,
denounced today as grossly malicious
and tending to create an unjustifiable
prejudice," statements that employes
of that agency were ferreting out the
secret defenses of our government and
furnishing information to Spain. With
regard to filibustering expeditions,, the
employment of the agency was for the
sole purpose of gathering information
for the United States government
which would enable it to pievent the
breaking of neutrality laws for which
our government might be liable.
FOOD PlFNini m
Sufficient on Hand to Last
MINES TURNING OUT WELL
Encouraging Reports From the Minook
Country Skagway Gambling Houses
Are Closed Down.
Skagway, Alaska, March 18. (Via
Port Townsend, March 21. Ben At
water arrived here last night from Cir
cle City and Dawson, N. W. T., bring
ing 100 pounds of mail from the above
places. Atwater's former home was
in Morrison, 111. He went to the Yu
kon country in 1886, and has resided
there ever since. Atwater, accom
panied by H.' C. Pettit, of Snohomish,
Wash., left Circle City January 10 and
Dawson February 8, with dog teams.
The trip up the river and lakes was a
hard one, the weather being bitterly
Atwater says that there is food
enough in the Klondike country to last
the present population two years. As
a consequence of tho tood scare the
output of tho mines will be curtailed.
He estimates it at about 8,000,000.
Atwater says that many claims
which were considered to be only wild
oat properties on various creeks are
turning out well. Dominion is pay
ing finely, and will have a big cleanup
next spring. Sulphur and Hunker are
also good, and so is Indian. Quartz
ledges have been found on the latter
creek which look well. There is quite
a settlement at the mouth of Stewart
river, but no reports have as yet been
received from the prospectors who went
up the river early in the winter.
On Walsh creek, five miles below
Big Salmon, dirt has been found which
yields 75 cents to tho pan. A stam
pede occurred Irom Circle City about
January 10 to American creek, about
800 men leaving for that section. At
water met 300 or 400 men from Daw
son making their way to American
creek. American creek is 50 miles
from Forty-Mile, and about 25 miles
bejow the international boundary on
the Alaska side.
The reports from the Minook coun
try are very encouraging. A courier
from Minook arrived at Circle City just
before Atwater left that place, with
about 50 pounds of mail. This At
water brought out. The courier had
with him a quantity of gold from
Minook, and he stated that the pros
pectors had struck it rich in that sec
Atwater says there are but few cases
of scurvy in Dawson. The hospital
contains but 45 inmates, and these
have eithei met with accidents or are
suffering from chronic diseases. The
general health of the people is good.
As a result of the agitation here
against tho "sure-thing" men led by
"Soapy" Smith, United States Com
missioner Smith and Deputy United
States Marshal Mclnnes closed all the
gambling-houses on Wednesday night
It is said that an arrangement was
made whereby the gambling will be re
stricted to so-called legitimate games,
and all sure-thing or bunco games wil
be prohibited. The sure-thing men are
leaving the town in twos and threes.
The weather here for the past Week
has been mild and spring like, and the
warm south wind and the sun are play
ing havoc with the winter trail, which
follows the river for a distance of eight
miles. Hundreds of people aremakin
their way over the divide, however,
undeterred by wind or weather. The
snow has entirely disappeared from the
streets, which are now muddy beyond
The strike of the longshoremen for 75
cents an hour has been declared off by
a vote of the local union. The rate
now paid is 50 cents an hour, the
steamship companies agreeing not to
employ Indians in hauling freight on
Ijived on Dog Diet.
Seattle, March 21. H. C. Pettit,
who arrived here from Dawson City
this morning on the City of Seattle,
says that a large party left Circle City
in January, with supplies for the Tan
ana Indians on the headwaters of Tan
ana river. The Indians number about
300. Every winter they depend on a
run of moose and cariboo for food. The
run did not materialize this winter,
and, after they hail exhausted their
supplies of salmon, they were forced to
eat their dogs, the supply of which was
A trapper passing through the dis
trict became acquainted with their sit
uation. He immediately carried the
news to Circle City, and a relief expe
dition was at once sent out.
Down From Copper River.
Seattle, March 21. The steam
schooner Rival arrived today from
Copper river. The Rival encountered
a terrible storm on the way down and
was forced to put into Yakutat bay for
three days. Of the 1,000 prospectors
that have landed at Valdes, 600 have
started into the interior. The remain
der are camped on the ice at Valdes.
The Rival reports having spoken the
schooner Moonlight, northbound, with
all well on board. The schooner Gen
eral Siglin arrived out safely, dis
charged and is now returning. Noth
ing was seen of the brigantine Blakely
or her consort, which left here some
weeks ago for Copper river ports.
Scheme Is Impossible.
Madrid, March 21. A semi-official
agency today publishes the following
"It is useless to talk of the sale of
Cuba. The sale could not be arranged,
except by parliament, and it is impossi
ble that any Spanish chamber would
agree to sell the island at any price."
St. Louis, March 21. Postoffice In
spector Dice today received details of
the robbery of the postoffice at Boones
boro. Burglars who blew the safe open
took several hundred dollars in stamps
and money, and fired the building. W.
W. Whyte, the postmaster, was nearly
burned to death. A report later said
that the postoffice at Cuba, Kan., was
entered, the safe blown open and
stamps and money stolen. Three sus
pects have been arrested.
Ceilings of stamped steel are becom-
THE OMAHA EXPOSITION.
Oregon Commission Asks for Moral and
To the Loyal Men and Women of Ore
gon: The Oregon commission, consisting
of the following members: W. S.
Mason, J. E. Haseltine, Henry E.
Dosch, J. F. Batchelder and R. D. In
man, of Portland; C. C. Bcekman, of
Jacksonville; J. A. Wright, of Sparta;
J. G. Day, of Ollala; Phillip Metchan
and E. P. McCornack, of Salem; H. B.
Miller and O. J. Olsen, of Grants'
Pass; B. F. Alley, of Baker City; J.
O. Hanthorn, of ABtoria; E. J. Frasier,
of Eugene; W. E. Hurd, of Granite, and
O. N. Denny, of Corvallis, appointed
by Governor Lord, organized on the 9th
day of Maroh, with W. S. Mason as
president, J. E. Haseltine as vice-president,
Phillip Metschan as treasurer,
Henry E. Dosch as superintendent and
J. F. Batchelder as secretary and the
undersigned executive committee.
The commission presents to the peo
ple of the state the following statement
The resources of Oregon are mani
fold. We have the finest of agricul
tural, fruit and grazing lands, while
our timber forests, salmon fisheries and
blooded stock can not be surpassed.
Besides this our mineral lands both in
Eastern and Western Oregon are richer
and broader in extent than in any of
the other Pacific coast states. Not
withstanding all this, the resources of
Oregon are not known to the outer
world as they should be.
For the purpose of advertising to the
world these resources, the above com
mission has been appointed to devise
ways and means to have our state
represented at the Trans-Mississippi
and International Exposition to be
held at Omaha from June 1st to No
vember 1st, 1898.
The exposition is primarily intended
to embrace the industrial resources of
the states west of the Mississippi river,
but Eastern states, the British colonies,
Mexico and Central and South Ameri
can republics will participate, and
many Eastern governments will be rep
resented. The buildings and grounds
and the arrangements will make tbe
exposition in extent and completeness
second only to the World's Columbian
To the intelligent people of this
state it is unnecessary to make a de
tailed statement of the manifold ad
vantages to be derived from an exhibi
tion at Omaha of the various products
which go to make up the resources of
Oregon, as a means of attracting the
agriculturist, the stock and fruit
grower, the miner, the manufacturer
and the capitalist seeking investments
or a new field in which to follow their
avocation or invest their accumulated
Therefore we give briefly the plan
which the commission have adopted to
accomplish this end, which is as fol
lows: In the absence of a state appropria-
gon exhibit at Omaha, the commission
must rely upon the voluntary contribu
tion of its public spirited people. The
commission has made a careful esti
mate of the cost of an exhibit, and find
that it can be carried successfully with
the sum of $20,000.
It is a foregone conclusion that the
legislature of 1899, with the business
sentiment of the state at its back, will
redeem these certificates at their face
On this basis the commission will
at an early date solicit subscriptions
throughout the state.
Ceitificates signed by its officers will
be given for the amount subscribed, the
total issue of such certificates and the
expenditures thereunder not to exceed
the authorized amount of $20,000.
When the legislature makes an ap
propriation to reimburse the subscrib
ers, these certificates, properly en
dorsed, will be full evidence of such
subscription and will be paid upon
presentation from the funds at the dis
posal of the commission.
The commission will publish on the
first of each month the names of sub
scribers and the amount of their sub
scription, and on the 31st of December,
1898, statement in detail of receipts
Mr. H. E. Dosch, our superintend
ent, is now in Omaha making his se
lection from the choice space that has
been reserved for the Oregon exhibit.
The commission present this appeal
for moral and financial support to the
loyal people of the state.
W. S. MASON,
J. E. HASELTINE,
H. E. DOSCH,
E. J. FRASIER,
J. F. BATCHELDER,
To Be Boycotted.
Grocers who operate bars where in
toxicating liquors are sold are to be
boycotted by the Catholic total absti
nence seieties pf Chicago. A resolu
tion calling upon all friends of temper
ance to refuse to patronize groceries of
this kind was passed unanimously by
the county board of the federated or
ganizations of total abstainers.
Eternal Fires. .
Near the Caspian sea there are sev
eral "eternal fires," so called by the
natives, where natural gas isues from
the ground, and has been on fire for
Tb Queen Regent's Charities.
Even if Spanish revenues are at a
low ebb the queen regent has some
money to spare for charity, says an ex
change. She has given to the authori
ties of Barcelona $2,000 to help the
sufferers from the recent floods. A
number of women of Baroelona who
were taking active interest in helping
the flood sufferers called on Cardinal
Sancha for a contribution. His emi
nence's treasury being exhausted, he
gave them his pectoral cross and archi
episcopal ring to swell the fund.
Shell sufficient peanuts roasted
to make a pint when chopped fine, re
moving, of course, the thin, papery
skin. Cream two tablespoonfuls of
butter and a cup of sugar; add three
eggs, two spoonfuls of milk, a quarter
teaspoonful of salt and the chopped
nuts with sufficient flour to make a soft
dongh. Roll, cut in circles and bake
in a moderate oven. Detroit Free
Of the 61,000 breweries estimated to
be in the world, 36,000 are in Ger