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ASTORIA, OREGON. FRIDAY, MARCH 190.
. FURIOUS FIRE
Raging Flames, Fanned By Howl-
Ing Gale, Devastates Sev
r enty.five Thousand Acres
v In Oklahoma.
Loss of Life Is Reported From
Rural Districts, But This Can
Not Be Confirmed, f
UWTON CITY JUST ESCAPES
Total DaiiMtre Kstliiiftled to Me
$200,000 Farm Property
Suffers Ilia Mont, House
Oklohoma City, O. T., March .
Driven by a terlffie gale, which at
times reached a velocity of DO mile an
tour a prurle fire swept 75,000 acres
in Comraanche county lust night. In
flicting damage now estimated at
1200,000. The city of Lawton wm
lived only by extreme effort Many
farm houses were consumed.
Kiowa county wna also visited by
a prairie fire during the atorm and
damage la reported from all over the
southwest Lowios from wind and Are
are reported aa followa:
Hoburt 14,000; Vinton 18,000: Lawton
15,000; email country town aggrcgute
150,000; farm property $100,000. Per
sistent reporta of loss of life come from
rural district but owing to the diffi
culties of communication hnve not
been con firmed,,
a violent gale which roue suddenly,
All eatlmatea of the loss exceed 1200,
000, 76.00J acrea of government arid
military land, timber and the Indian
reserve near Hoburt, were swept away
with ioas of buildings and cattle. In
the homestead district near Lawton
occurred the loss of life noted above.
Late at night the fire began moving
southward toward this city. At It
o'clock 8000 people of the city war up
to battle with the flames. The advance
line of the fire was fully two miles in
length and moving in a semi -circle.
As a result of the cool judgment of the
fighters, the city's loss was only 110,-
000. ' ' '
Hundreds of people are destitute and
are suffering Intensely from cold and
with excrulcatlng pain occasioned by
burns., Ctothes, medicine and physl
clnns are being sent out from all cities
and towns of the district to relieve the
FIRE CAUSES tUFFERINO.
TOLEDO BOTTLED UP.
Water 8even Feet Deep In Heart of
Toledo, O.. March 8. Toledo tonight
is bottled up between two great ice
gorges. The water in the Naumee riv
er, In the heart of the city, is seven
feet above the main level and is sta
tionary. At the mouth of the river
there is an Ice gorge, which it is be
Moved extends for six miles and is
bucked up by ice three feet thick on
Lnke Erie. This is holding the water
back In the city. There is yet a great
er volume of water above the city
which Is being held by a series of
gorges. Ona, fi at Cottonwood island
and another isSat Orand Rapids. The
latter extends in both directions from
thnt place as far aa the eye cun see.
The water there Is 28 feet above nor
mal and the entire town Is Inundated.
STANDARD HA8 COMPETITOR.
National Oil A Transportation Com
pany Means Business.' f " :
Monterey. Mnrch S.The Jfntlnmil
Oil A Transportation Company, which
Late Diipstoh From 8one Notee Loss 1 preparing to build on oil pipe line
of Life and Property.
Lawton. Okia., March S. The pralrto
flr-s thnt swept over large portions
of Kiowa and Comanche counties yes
terday afternoon and last night de
stroyed hundreds of furm building"
and much live slock, made 000 per
aona humeleas, caused death to sev
erul persons, threatened a number of
towns and swept away scores of build
ings In the outskirts of the towns. Two
deaths have been verified, three are
injured fatally and many others more
or tons seriously. The county is very
dry, no rnln having fallen for months.
Oruss and stubble fires, set by farm
ers as is customary at this season of the
year, were driven beyond controls by
from Coallngn to the tidewater, nHkwl
the Monterey 'Ky council l;tat nlgM
for permission to lay Its lines through
the city atreets and to operate them
there for the next R0 years. This mean
an opposition to the Standard Oil Com
pany's lines to Port Richmond.
The new pipe line will enter the
county by way of Priest valley and
run past the sugar factory ut Hpreckels.
It was to have terminated at Moss
Landing, 15 miles from here, on the
opposite side of the bay. All arrange
ments had been made for locating the
terminus line at Monterey. The com
puny several weeks ago obtained from
the county supervisors the right of
way for its line along the county roads.
PRESIDENT SMITH BRAZENLY
ASSERTS HIS PERFIDY AND
SINS OF CHURCH
TaKes Chance at Law Rather Than De
sert Families Springs Sensation at '
Head of Mormonism is Chief Witness at Second Day of Committee's
Investigation Into the Eligibility of the Utah Senator -Pro-
testants Believe That Confession of Head of the Church
' Will Aid In Making for Them a Strong Case.
Washington, March 3. In the Smoot
case today attorneys for the protest
ants In the investigation said that they
Intended to prove that the defendant
Is associated with the organization
which practices polygamy and connive
at violations of the law, and that his
very vote as senator of the United
States Is subject to the command of
the Mormon church. President Joseph
l', Smith confessed that he himself had
continued to cohabit with a plural fam
ily since the manifesto of 1890, and
that he reallred fully that he was vio-
biting state laws. President Smith
also testified that Reed Smoot tried
to get the consent of his associate
apostles in the church before he could
become a candidate for senator. The
confession of President Smith waa the
sensation of the proceedings today be
fore the senate committee on privi
leges and elections."
Mr. Smith said, that the manifesto
of 1890 had left him and others with
plural families in the unfortunate po
sition of being compelled to defy the
law;' and. to desert their families. For
hlmnelf he h&d preferred to "take
chances with the law" rather than dls
grace himself and degrade his family
by abandoning wives" and children thoy
had bom htm. and admitted that he
had children by all his five wives since
the manifesto. t
lty with his subject when he adds, 'As
black as you ever saw. Tours very
WHO CHAINED HARRY MAKIf
Miners' Union Investigating Outrage
to Fellow Striker.
Denver, Colo., March 8. Governor
Peabody said today that although Tel
lurite is still under martial law, the
military authorities were not respon
sible for the pillorying of Harry Makl,
the striking union miner who was kept
chained to a telegraph police for an
hour "and a half because he refused to
work in the chain gang after having
been convicted of vagrancy.
Wlllard Runnells, the deputy sheriff,
Is said to have chained Maki to the
pole. Th Miners' Union has instituted
Count Verontzoff-Dashkoff, former
minister of foreign affairs, is person
ally equipping a field hospital, to cost
Martial Law at Seoul.
Toklo, March I. General Inouye, th
Japanese commander at Scout, with the
consent of the Corean government, has
issued an order corresponding to
proclamation of martial law.
Survey Party at Lynden. : v
Belilngbam, March 2. The present
of the Great Northern survey crew in
the vicinity of Lynden leads to the
belief that a road is contemplated en
tering Vancouver, B. C by the new
route to connect with the Great North
ern and Kootenai coast line.
CRAZY MAN U8E3 GUN.
CLEVELAND ENTERS DENIAL,
1 mm HartSduffncr
" Hand Tailored
IT n Aid
We are selling superior
grade hand tailored cloth
ing in latest styles' and
materials at prices any
man can afford. . .
Ex-President Writes That Negro Never
, Dined With Him.
Washington, March 8. In the house
today a letter was read from Grover
Cleveland to Representative Webb, of
North Carolina, denying that C. II. J.
Taylor, a negro, dined with him at
the White House while he was presi
dent, as charged by Representative
Scott, of Kansas, a few days ago. Scott
promptly offered an apology to the
former president, saying he never be
fore heard the statement, which he had
made, dented. ; A discussion , of the
race question followed, during which
Williams, the minority leader, criticised
President Roosevelt for having Invited
Booker T. Washington to sit at his
The' house passed, 'the District of Co
lumbia appropriation bill and topk up
the Indian apprdprlatlon.blll. .,"
Following. Is the text of Mr. Cleve
"Princeton. N. J.. March 1, 1904.
Hon. E. W. Webb, House of Represen
tativesDear Sir: It la a matter of
small concern to me that a Mr. Scott
has seen fit to UHe my name in a dis
play of his evil propensities on the
floor of the house of representatives.
"In answer to your inquiry, however,
I have to say of this statement that
the colored man, C. H. J. Taylor, took
lunch with mo. at the White House,
that it la a deliberate falsification out
of the whole cloth.
"As far as Mr. Taylor is concerned,
I understand, prior to his appointment
as register of deeds at Washington
that he had served as an assistant in
the office of the city attorney of Kan
saa City. His nomination as register
was ' confirmed by the senate, and he
served in that place with, intelligence
and with efficiency. He has since died.
Some people restrain themselves from
abusing the dead.
"My inquiries concerning Mr. Taylor
before his appointment, my observa
tion of him during his incumbency
and the little I have known of him
since convince me that his character
Is very unjustly attacked in the dia
tribe of Mr. Scott. One charge is made
against Mr. Taylor by Mr. Scott which
he doubly clinches with truth when he
declares, 'He was a black negro.' 1
am led, however, to doubt his familiar-
Attache for Jap Army.
San Francisco, March 8. Captain P.
C. March, of the general staff of one
of the United States military attaches
to the Japanese army, has arrived from
Washington. The other attaches who
will accompany the Mikado's troops
nre Clonel Enoch IL"Crowder, Judge
advocate , of the United States army
and member of the general staff; Cap
tain John F. Morrison, Twentieth in
fantry, now stationed at Manila, and
Captain Joseph E. Kuhn, engineer
corps, also stationed at Manila. These
appointments were made by General
Adna R. Chaffee. Colonel Crowder and
Captain March will sail for Toklo on
the next steamer leaving for the
Russisns Place Mine.
New York, March 8. Russians say
they intend to place mines at the
mouth of the river at New Chwang and
use the Sivouch, a floating fort but
there are no indications, according to
a Herald dispatch from Tien Tsln, that
they mean t defend New Chwang.
Anti-Russian proclamations In Chi
nese, posted In New Chwang, have been
torn down by Russian soldiers.
Forces His Way Into War Department
and Causes Panic.
Washington, March 8. Armed with
a revolver, William J. OBrlen, alias
William Duffy, an insane discharged
soldier, today entered the war depart
ment and going to the mall and rec
ord division shot Robert J. Manning, a
messenger, and Arthur Wieker, a
clerk, and another bullet, narrowly
missed Misa Emma Sexton, another
cleric The injury to Manning Is on
the right side and is regarded aa dan
gerous. Wieker was shot in the aim
Before the maniac could fire again he
waa overpowered by James J. Daw
son, a messenger.
It required the combined strength of
half a dozen men to finally subdue the
man. Prominent among them was
Lieutenant General Adna R. Chaffee,
chief of staff. The lunatic still held
the smoking weapon In his hand when
General Chaffee noticed it and with
his left hand took the weapon from him
and also some papers in his pockets
Majors Kearn and, Ireland, of the surgeon-general's
staff, were hastily sum
moned and gave first aid to the in
jured men before they were taken to
the emergency hospital.
O'Brien, or Duffy, came to the war
department early and hung around the
building for more than an hour. "He
waa escorted to the record division by
Charles Brandt, the chief of the divi
sion, and expressed dissatisfaction with
his discharge papers. Then, without a
word of warning, he drew a pistol from
his pocket and aimed It directly at Mr.
Brandt's head. Brandt ducked and the
bullet entered the arm of Mr. Wieker.
He then turned the weapon on Miss
Saxton and fired. She, too, dodged and
the bullet struck Manning. There were
five other clerks In the room at the
time and but for the quickness of Mes
senger Dawson the maniac undoubt
edly would have shot them all. Daw
son, however, grabbed him and held
him until assistance came.
IS TO BE FAR
Next Step After Present War With
Russia Will Be the Conquest
of the Philippine Islands,
Says Money. '
High Authority Quoted to Effect
That Russia Will Surely
, Be Overcome. .
DEMOCRATS CRITICISE POLICY
Naval Bill In United State Sen
ate Introduces Wide Range
of Subjects That Senators
Washington, March I. For four
hours today the senate, while technic
ally engaged on the appropriation bill,
discussed a wide range of subjects In
cluding the policy of the United States
in the Philippines and the Russo-Jap
anese war. The principal participants
were Messrs. Hale, Bacon, Lodge, De
pew, Patterson, Perkins and Money.
Mr. Hale, in charge of the naval bill,
criticized the plans of the naval board
contending that the establishment was
beyond the needs of the country.
Lodge, Depew and Perkins defended
the naval officers. Lodge declared
large navy to be essential to the main
tenance of peace. Money said he did
not consider, the total appropriation
of (96,000,000 carried by the bill as
excessive under the present policy in
the orient He, however, criticized
that policy, as did other democratic
speakers. Money spoke of the prow
ess of the Japanese and quoted a high
authority as predicting that in a few
months the Russian fleet would be over
com. Then would aoon follow Japan
ese victories on land. .They would se
cure Corea and probably a part of
Manchuria. Next they would go to the
At the suggestion of Mr. Hale, an,
appropriation of $400,000 for the resto
ration of the frigate Constitution was
Prairie Fir Sweeps Town.
Hill City, Kan, March 3. A prairie
fire swept across this city, the damage
done amounting to $40,000. A large
number of people narrowly escaped be
ing burned to death.
Japanese Make Landing.
St. Petersburg, March 3. The land
ing of 2500 Japanese at Song Chin,
Plakskin bay, Corea, February 19, is
fennrtpd hv Malor-General Pflug. It !
Is believed here to be the origin of the
recent reports of Japanese landing at
Posslet bay, and is considered to be
an attempt to outflank the Russian ad
vance from Yalu river.
Pronounce Treaty Fake.
St Petersburg, March 3. The gov
ernment takes the view that the Jap-anese-Corean
treaty Is a direct contra
diction to the Anglo-Japanese conven
tion, the Russo-French declaration and
all preceding international agreement
proclaiming Corea's Independence, and
that It cannot have legal force.
In State of Siege
New York, March $. Port Arthur,
Vladivostok and the region traversed
by the East Chinese railroad and the
Blagovestchensk and TrarfB-Baikal and
Amur territories have, cables the St.
Petersburg correspondent of the Herald
been formally declared in a state of
Mob Throws Bombs.
Toklo, March 4.-An intrigue on the
part of the opposition at Seoul against
the conclusion of the Japanese-Corean
protocol culmnlated in the throwing of
bombs at the residences of the foreign
minister and his secretary Thursday
morning. , They escaped uninjured.
Xlie Bee Hive
We have just opened up an immense stock of
New Spring Goods
Consisting of Shoes, Dress Goods, Underwear,
Muslins, Sheetings, Table Linen, Percales, Cor-'
sets, Shirt "Waists, Skirts, Ladies' Suits, and in
fact all kinds of new spring goods, and
You can buy them cheaper at
he Bee Hive
P. S. We intend to maintain the high standard
. already established by this house for Fine
Millinery, and .have engaged the serv
ices of Madame Dillard, of Kew York, who will
have charge of this department, i
Equips Field Hospital.
Vita, Russia, March $. General
Carter's Inks, etc,
The show window tells the
tale. Come and see. Then
i its up to you.
J. N. GRIFFIN ;