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ASTORIA, OREGON, THURSDAY, ' AUGUST 4, 1904.
CI)e tllorniuo JWorian
" ; ; .. t ESTABLISHED 1873
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ASTORIAN PUBLISHING COMPANY.
J. II. CARTER, GENERAL MANAGER.
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THE SEMI-WEEKLY ASTOHIAX.
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PROSPECTS OP A LUMBER FAMINE.
European commercial centers are beginning to con
cern themselves with an almost threatened famine
in timber for constructive purposes. It must be re
membered that almost all the European countries,
together with Asia and Australia and the South
American continent, import more timber than they
export; therefore they consume more than they pro-
Among the few that export more than they im
port are Norway. Finland and Romania, and they
are really "going on their capital" and using up
more timber than the yearly annual growth warrants.
Asia, outside of British India, is an insignificant pro
ducer. The forests of Siberia are unavailable on ac
count of the expense of transportation; and al
though those of Japan are numerous, yet they fur
nish only enough material for the home consumption.
The enormous virgin forests of equatorial Africa con
tain but few trees available for industrial purposes,
and on account of the rapids and the vast distance
from the sea they could be exploited only at a loss.
In northwestern Africa the Atlas range contains
some nnexhausted forestlands, but the loeal demand
is equal to the supply.
South Africa is more noted for its sheep runs and
its gold mines than for its forests, and Cape Colony
does not produce one-fiftieth of the lumber that it
consumes. Central and South America, for the same
reasons as in the case of equatorial Africa, cannot
Jbe depended upon. Mexico imports one hundred
'times as much lumber as she produces and exports
none. Ine Argentine republic imports more than
double the amounf of its exports in this line; and as
to Australia and New Zealand their timber lands
already restricted enough, will soon be a thing of
the past owing to the unrestricted destruction caused
by the sheep. ( t
There remain, says the "Gazette Commerciale" of
Paris discussing this subject, the great resources of
the United States and of Canada. As to Siberia,
that huge country holds anything worthy of the name
f forests only in the mountain chains to the south,
which extend east to the Baikal. No exportation has
taken place from there to western Europe, and the
increase of population brought in by the Vladivostok
Moscow railroad will certainly utilize all its avail
The "Gazette" remarks that, as regards the for
ests of the United States and of the Dominion, they
are not really exploited but wasted and ravaged.
Wood is taken from them as water from the river,
without any rule, any method, any moderation. They
are laid bare by powerful machinery that tears up
both the stumps and the very roots of the trees.
Sometimes fire is set to them to turn them into
pasture land, or by careless tourists who wish to
enjoy a good blaze. Laws and regulations are in
effectual; custom and public manners are the
stronger and defy all restraint. The forests of the
nnion cannot indefinitely withstand this exhausting
The devastation of the forests of Canada has not
been so marked, being of more recent date ; but it is
advancing with even greater rapidity. Its seven
hundred million acres, principally of coniferous pine,
are being exploited without , any moderation ; no
new trees are being laid down, and in -cases of fire
the old ones are specially favorable material, whose
districts often being burned down. The end cannot
be far off at this pace. " . .
j Statisticians compute that within 50 years the
want of lumber for construction and other purposes
will make itself felt. A serious economic crisis is
bound to occur sooner or later from this deficiency
in the world's available supply.
It consists of a light, strong frame of aluminum and
wire, and is to be provided with four wings. These
are expected to serve a double purposeTnot only sus
taining the apparatus when it is once aloft, but also
enabling the aeronaut by the exercise of muscular
power to rise from the ground and to make head
way through the air. : v t
A long series of experiments by other men has
demonstrated the soundness of the principle of the
aeroplane. Chanute, Langley, Lilenthal and Maxim
have shown that if the area be sufficiently extensive
a horizontal sheet of cloth of metal will hold up al
mast any amount of weight so long as the device is
kept moving. If Mr. Holland ises stout enough ma
terials and establishes the proper proportion be
tween the surface of his wings and the burden to
be carried, there should be no question about his
ability to execute the first part of his program
Little success has attended the operations of launch
ing and landing, mainly, however, because few at
tempts at actual flight have yet been made with this
type of machine. There seems to be no fundamenta
reason for deeming either proceeding impossible.
As much cannot be said for effecting horizonta
progress without power derived from some sort o
engine. I he idea of mutating the bird lias captivat
1 many minds, but competent engineers pronounce
it fallacious. The movements of a bird's wings are
swift and complicated, and it is extremely doubt fu
whether these can ever be exactly reproduced by
any inanimate mechanism. What is much more im
portant, man is apparently not strong enough to do
the required work. The bird's superiority is the re
sult of constant effort for thousands of years. Both
its power and skill have been evolved by continuous
practice. Man might hope to equal them in the
same way, the benefits of special exercise being pass
ed along from one generation to the next. Even then
no important result could be anticipated for sev
eral centuries. Of the few endeavors to fly with
wings perhaps the most encouraging were those of a
Frenchman, Le Bris, half a century ago. So long
as his craft was being pulled by a horse and wagon
it behaved as beautifully as a well balanced kite,
When he began to maneuver independently he came
to grief. To suggest that Mr. Holland may be no
more fortunate than those who have tried his plan
before may seem ungracious; but, if he demonstrates
its practicability, the Tribune will accord him due
j ' : HOLLAND AS AN AERONAUT.
s VTien a man who has won reputation in one line
f invention lets it be known that he is hopeful of
achieving success in another, the fact is sure to ar
rest attention, says the New York Tribune. John
P. Holland, the author of several improvements in
the submarine boat, has long been fascinated by the
possibilities of aerial navigation, and the Tribune has
mentioned that he has nearly completed a flying
machine m whose merits he feels much confidence
In dealing with offenses by criminals of previous
good social standing we rarely look beyond the of
fender himself to consider the welfare of the com
munity," says George W. Alger in the August At
lantic. "If for example, a man steals and, after his
indictment for the crime, his friends or relatives re
pay the amount of the theft, in America that is the
end of the matter, and the offense committed against
criminal law devised as a protection for the public
is entirely negligible. The greatest bank-wrecker, in
American history now lives undisturbed in New
York. He never served a day. in jail for a defalca
tion of six million dollars. The indictments against
him were all dismissed a few years ago. He even
seems to have returned to some sort of social position,
and the society columns of the New York Times,
commenting some time ago upon a reception at his
New York home, alluded with becoming gravity to
certain anadian guests as friends whom their host
and his family had made 'during their long stay in
Quebec'!" '. . "
Paterson, N. J., has brought to view at various
times no small number of eccentric persons. The
latest freak in that community makes his break
fast of a cucumber, his luncheon of a carrot, a
turnip or a raw potato, and eats a few nuts for
supper. This devotee of a peculiar dietary declares
that he is not in the least ruffled by the rumors of
the indefinite closing of stockyards, of packing
houses and of meat markets. He never touches
flesh or fish, wears very little clothing, and sleeps
out of doors, except when rain is falling He looks
strong and well, and asserts that he never feels an
ache or a pain. The possibilities of human per
versity are unaccountable.
The Salem Statesman half-heartedly asserts that
Salem is Oregon's recorded city in importance and
population; As a matter of fact, there is more bus
iness dqne in Astoria during the months of May,
June, July and August than is done in Salem dur
ing an entire year. Ag to population, the state cen
sus next year; will give Astoria about 20,000; Salem,
counting the inmates of the state institutions, per
haps 10,000. i We are anxious to see Salem grow,
but not so pleased to hear her crow.
John Sharp Williams of Mississippi, democratic
leader in the house of representatives, is without an
opponent in his disttrict, and can represent it at
Washington as long as he lives. Recently he sent
to each newspaper editor in his district a check for
$10, payment for the publication of the official an
nouncement of his candidacy. A good many of the
editors of the Eighth district have returned the
checks, and a more eloquent tribute could hardly
be paid, it is asserted, as the average Mississippi
editor is not in the habit of returning $10 bills.
DENY THE CHARGE.
Couple Arretted at Chicago for Having
Kidnaped Llttlt Girt.
Chicago, Aug. S. Klsl Gellert,
little rutnlxh girl of live yar. 1 In
the custody of the ft'ilernl authorities
here. William Jensen and hi wife
Mary Jensen, also are In custody
charged with having kidnaped the child
While It Is stated that the child's
parents are wealthy and that a ransom
of $200,000 haa been demanded fur her
return to Denmark, the Jensena Insist
that they are In rightful possession of
the little girl. For mow than two
years the Danish government haa been
searching for the Jensens and detec
tives In every large city of the United
States have been looking for them.
The chase ended In Chicago, where they
are located In North Halstead street.
The story told by the Danish agents
Is that M. Oellert, father of the child
la one of the richest men of Denmark
and makes hla home upon a magnlfl
cent estate at Frederlca. In 1902 he
had one daughter, Elsie, who was three
years old. He had a valet of the name
of Jensen, and there also was In the
family a young woman nurse. Mrs.
Oellert was HI and the little girl was
almost entirely In the charge of the
nurse. The valet and the nurse dis
appeared. It is said, taking the child
The story as told by the Jensens
Is that they were prosperous trades
people In Denmark. The child, they
say. practically was deserted by her
parents and out of pity for the little
one they volunteered to care for her.
There was no adaption. The Jensens
simply took Elsie, they say, with the
mother's consent. Two years ago they
came to America and brought the
child with them.
BIG ELECTRICAL SCHEME.
Los Angeles Firm to Supply State
Cities With Power.
San Francisco, Aug. 8. A Call spe
cial from Los Angeles says that an
electrical power scheme of gigantic
proportions backed by heavy capital
and having for Its object the supply
ng of San Francisco and central cities
of the state, has Just been formed there.
It Is said that the corporation will be
backed by English and American cap-
Ital, which Is planning to use the
waters of the Kokelumne and other
rivers and streams In Calaveras and
Tuolomne counties to generate elec
trical power. B. S. Masson, who Is
accredited as chief engineer for the
corporation, Is quoted to the effect that
over $30,000,000 will be expended by
the corporation in the development of
this proposition. A statement that 1!
E. Huntington and E. H. Harrlman are
Interested la denied, but it Is said that
the former Is going after a big Tosem'
Ite proposition involving the construe
tlon of a system of electric road
through the central portion of the
state. Connected with this will be an
electric line from Fresno which will be
70 miles In length and cost about $1,
000,000 to build.
O O 0 0
Our great odds-and-enda salo of Mcna
Suits started efl with a rush. Many of
the people came just to see what we had,
and others who were afraid it was a fake
sale looked at the goods, bought them
and left the store fully satisfied that we
were doing just what we advertised, viz:
Closing out about 100 odd suits, sizes
34 to 40, worth up to $35.00 at
We emphasize the fact that we do not
expect to makr any profit on this sale.
Our sole object is to make room for our
new fall stock which will soon arrive.
Our reputation for reliability leaves no
chance for doubt as to the genuineness
of this sale. :: :: :: t ::
P. A. STOKES
ONE PRICE TO EVERYBODY
Scow Jay Iron 8 Brass Ms
Iron, Steel, Brass and Bronze Castings.
General Foundryweii and Patternmakers.
Absolutely firstclass work. Prices lowest
Phens 2451s . Corner Eighteenth and Franklin,
Railroads Are Assessed.
Helena, Mont., Aug. 3. The state
board of equalization yesterday fixed
the total valuations for the trackage of
the leading railway lines of the state
Northern Pacific main line and
Oregon Short Line, $1,820,361.
Great Northern, Dakota to Havre,
Pacific extension (3. N.), $5,620,350.
Big Horn Southern, $517,345.
Montana railway, $627,768.
B., A & P., main line, $438,458.
The Northern Pacific Railway Com
pany announced Its satisfaction with
the figures returned.
Ami ros ciTALoout uoureea.
Boardjng school for youg men and boys.
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Karar Sicken, Weaken or Oripe, lite, iftc, 14c. Nat
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