FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 1007. THE MORNING ASTOHIAN, ASTORIA, OREGON. I . -z . i HOUSE BILLS CLEAN No Signs of Graft Have Yet Come to Light Among Measures. IMPORTANT BANKING BILL Measure for Relief of Car Shortage New Text Book Law Provision for Increased Poll Tax Many Other Bills. SALEM, Ore., Jan. 17. The number of bills Introduced clearly shows this is to be a busy session. Last session S77 bills were Introduced In the House and about 5 were passed. Al ready there have been Introduced In the House 112 bills, or nearly a third bills so far and the usual routine bills legislature, and more than twice the number passed during the entire ses slon. There are practically no measures for private relief, no suggestion of graft Is apparent In any of the House bills so far; the usual Routine bills have been cut to the minimum. Some of the important measures introduced today follow: By Eaton of Lane, Increasing the an nual appropriation for the State Uni versity to $123,000 and providing that if a less amount Is appropriated by any legislature the surplus shall be available for the future needs of the school. By B. F. Jones of Polk-Lincoln, providing that any one demanding cars from a railroad corporation shall get these cars In Ave days if less than ten are asked or in ten days Is from 10 to 5 cars are asked, and In 20 days, if more than 50 are asked; provided that the shipper has freight on a line of the company sufficient to utilize all the cars demanded and that the com pany has cars in its equipment of the sort demanded. This bill Is exhaustive in its attempts to remedy the car shortage conditions and works both ways. It provides heavy penalties for the shipper who takes more than 48 hours to load his cars or for the con signee who takes more than sis days to unload his cars, or for that com pany that does not supply cars on time, does not ship them directly and quickly, and does not give them ac cording to the priority of demand among the shippers. Burns of Multnomah has Introduced a pure-food bill closely patterned af ter the Congressional act recently ef fective, that provides for labeling of all adulterated, colored or dangerous drugs, foods, condiments or anything else that is supposed to enter the hu man stomach. Beals of Tillamook has a bill pro viding that the state shall receive 10 per cent of all county, city and town liquor licenses. Mr. Beals is a Prohi bitionist from a prohibition county, and designed the law to dJscourag the licensing of saloons by small towns on the plea of revenue. J. W. Beverldge of Multnomah has a free textbook law that is different from Eastern or other proposed free school book measures. His bill provides that any school board may call an election of the district voters and have a vote taken on the book question, and if a majority with not less than 50 voting, favor free books, the board may levy a special district tax and buy books and supplies for the children of the district. The bill is different, as it places the matter in the hands of each district, and prevents the use of other local or state school funds. Beals of Tillamook would increase the polltax from $3 to $4 a year and make the road supervisor In each dis trict collect the tax in cash, not in work. Other members would abolish the poll tax and increase the other sources of revenue for the improve ment of roads. A most important banking bill has been introduced by Washburn of Lane and passed to the second reading. The bill provides for the loaning of current state funds by the state treasurt-r to any state or national bank wltii more than $25,000 capital, provided the bank applies for the loan and secures it with bonds or cash securities. If bonds are provided 50 per cent of their value may be loaned the bank; if se curities, the cash value may be loaned bv the state treasurer. The state shall receive not less than per cent per annum on these accounts, the Interest to be computed on the monthly balances which each bank is to report. The rate may be higher, but not less than 2 per cent. It will be fixed each May by the governor, treasurer and ultoinoy-gonciiil. AH state deposits In batik shall be sub ject to payment on treasurer's order, ami all current funds in the ltrca urer's hands shall bo banked If there Is a demand. The amount loaned any bank will be determined by the ratio the bank's securities beats to the t tal amount of securities the rest or the state banks have placed in the hands of the treasurer as wurlty for loans. The bill provides for the pay ment of this interest to the state, and makes it a felony for the treasurer to prollt by the loan of any state money. This bill, or one similar, was to have been passed last session, when the legislature put the state treasurer on u salary of $4,500 a year and planned to cut oft the profit from In terests on state funds, but while the treasurer's salary was boosted from JSO0 u year to 14.500 the banking bill did not pass, and the treasurer has since had si double salary and vied with the state printer lit the amount of his revenue. KINGSTON IS SINKING. Ill Fated Island City May Slip Into the Sea. According to Information received today the Kingston horror is growing. Communication has been partially re stored and every message brings fresh details of the appalling affair. The number of dead Is estimated at from 00 to l.iOO. asul the number of In jured at thousands, while tens of thousands are homeless. Oanger of famine is increasing and stalking with it is the spectre of pestilence. The business section of the city Is wiped out and estimates of the damage range from ten millions to twenty-five mil lions. Among the dead and Injured are a number of prominent English persons. Eight Americans are miss ing and it is said many tourists un doubtedly were crushed by falling walls in the, shipping district. ST. AUGUSTINE, Jan. 17. Wire less messages received here today say Kingston is gradually sinking, than many holes and cracks hundreds of feet deep were formed by the earth quake and grave fears are felt lest tne entire city slip into the bay. LONDON, Jan. 17. It is now known that the death list from the Kingston earthquake will certainly exceed five hundred and may even reach 1,000, and hat large numbers have been Incapa- ciated by Injuries. The city Is a heap of ruins. According to further dis patches received from Jamaica, dated Thursday, the total list of dead is ex pected to reach 1.000. Many bodies in a state of decomposition or charred beyond recognition had to be buried. Plum Point and Port Royal light houses are both at the bottom of the harbor. The navigation channel is materially changed and in some .laces he depth of the harbor has been al tered by from forty to sixty feet. KINGSTON, Jan. 1". Thousands of persons were killed in the earthquake and the dead bodies are being taken from the debris by hundreds. The whole town is in ruins anJ me great er portion is still smoldering ashes. A meil of burnt flesh pervades the air. The cable line from Kingston is brok en and your correspondent had to go forty miles to Holland Bay to file this message. The earthquake came as a sudden oscillation, not from any par ticular direction, but up and down. Thousands of persons were on the streets at the time and great numbers of them were crushed. Many Americans were killed and have been buried. The military suffered severely. In the burning of the hospital camp a number were killed. Major Harayman and Lieutenant Leader are dead. Col. Hay and Major Lawrenson are serious- Injured. Part of the town of Port Royal has sunk and two are drowned. l several places the water Is spout g through the debris. A tidal wave has Inundated Anotta Bay, washing many houses. Richmond was maged by the earthquake and sub sequently destroyed by fire. It Is re ported from Aanotta Bay that the cra- of an extinct volcano is emitting flames and it is thought the earthquake originated there. The body of Sir James Ferguson was found and bur led today, out da EPIDEMIC IN CHICAGO. CHICAGO, Jan. 17. Scarlet fever Is epidemic in Evanston, well nigh so in Oak Park, serious in several north shore towns, and a source of concern to the Chicago health authorities. Chi cago's total of 107 contagious diseases reported yesterday, 65 of them scarlet fever, is the largest for one day for several years. At present there are several thousand cases in the city and its environs. THE THIRD WEEK OF OUR (MAI CILEAKANGI SALE is to be a saver for our regular customers and a trade winner for us as we are going to keep on the good work of clearing our store of surplus stock. We want you all to "get into the game." CLOTHING $10 and $12.50 Suits $4.35 $12.50 and$15Suits$7.35 See those Overcoats for $7.50 FURNISHINGS Dress Shirts 65c 2 pairs 25c for regular 25c Sox HATS We are particularly proud of our Hat specials. See those for $1.35 and $1.80 P. A. STOKES, UNCOMMON CLOTHES BAR. BAY AND RIVER British Ship Hale wood to Leave Out Today. STEAMER KILBURN MAKESTRIP Alliance Fails to Make the Run to Portland No Kamm Boat Down Fleet Crosses Out Arragonia in From the Orient. During these days of Icy adolescence the office of the Har Pilots' Associa tion is a great rendezvous for all the weather-bound mariners, inward, up ward and outward-bound, and the gale of talk Is unabated, and of the s'n of the bar tug Tutoosh, h.r new Halls having arrived from Portland. Captain Hrew lias made many friends in this port ho will be glad to r him and his line vessel ugtiln. The big llniT Aragonla from the Orient crossed In yesterday at 11 u. in., and went on immediately to Port land, under the pilotage of Cuptuln Archie Pease. Captain V. K. Hniith. formerly of the customs steamer Patrol, has been promoted to the staff of customs In spectors at the federal otllce In this city. The Meteor went down yesterday afternoon and crossed out on the Hood for San I'ranclsco, with her big loud of lumber. The Japanese t;cani"hlp rioto Muru made It over the bar all right yester day on her way to the Land of Tarna tions. The steamship Aztec left down at L is uiitiuaieo, ou .,1 no-- . noon vcstirdav. and .'iter i iossim out sea salty. There Is a freshness ami , for San Francisco, vigor about the yarns that fly to and fro around that habitat, that makes, the landsman's hair tingle at times WaMhlnKtl)n as though It was on the veTrge of a m f f rise, and if he stowed away all he U;iynM ,.,.. (.r)ilHt, ,,,, ,. hears there In the course of an hour's " c . St;.) located on the southeasterly side visit, he would have the swell-head ...... , , t.i of the channel of the 'olumblu River, trying to accommodate It. But It Is , . j 2 3-S miles above Tongue Point, ore- goti. The structure from which tlilH " , . light was shown, carried away and The steamer Alliance made an at- , , . .,1 the Ight extinguished January tempt to go to Portland yesterday 11 10 gO w, bft r(.bu, anil tht. Kht r,.g,ted morning on a hawser strung from the T3,....rArr V. , , f ill., Ilmi . ' the place for marine items par ex cellence sne koi aroun'i lonKue i 'm oj,- . sue ISJl u , K,lvorlt,; u,.,.f Huoy, 2, a red first -class poslte Altoona, the Ice wa making. 1 i.i nun, reporter) about mile north of sucn inroaus in ner woouen wuw ,i- , , . ... , , Its position, December 2fi, will be re- to necessitate her Immediate return .... , . , . , I piacea as noon an nm ui uurc. to her dock here, and here she lies, . awaiting orders from San Francisco. ,nmt ,euiyftu j Tf ntUn 1 1 1 nnonmvjown. The captain of the steamer V. A.. - - , i . .u 1 statt t Loca oiriKes i rain on oiamg, vi ii.irn vot.rrlMV anneared at the , custom house and withdrew his clear ance for Portland, made on Thursday, and took out new papers for Eureka, going south that far for freight and passengers, to fill in the time he might have to wait for the river to open to the metropolis, a stroke of busi ness likely to pay him well. Alaska Saginaw Channel, page 94; HOMEMADE Saucr Kraut -rc lb. Dill Pickles '2c doz. Mixed and plain Sweet Tickles 1.1c pt. Sour Pickles l.rc qt. Fancy Queen Olives -)c qt. Manzanilla Olives l!c qt. JAll Kinds of fresh Fruits' and Vegetables in season. ACME GROCERY & DAIRY CO. Milk Phone Red 2235. Grocery Phone Main 681. NEW Music Department We have just finished putting in a NEW DEPARTMENT for Sheet Music. Just to the right as you enter. We have just re ceived over one hundred New Titles direct from the publishers. Many can be seen in our show windows. Come in and have a look. Music is easy to look over and you can take your time. Nl'CCKNNOltN TO .1. N CltllTIN BooUh Music Stationery There is nothing doing in the Kamm fleet so far as the Astoria Portland run Is concerned, nor were there any orders on file at the com pany's office here yesterday In rela tion to a resumption. If the bad weather continues much longer the Lurllne will be the first boat appearing here in this service. The steamer Oklahama made it down from Portland all right with a big load of local freight and returned to the metropolis yesterday morning In the wake of the steamship Roanoke, and got in in good time yesterday even ing. The steamer Nome City arrived down from Portland yesterday morn ing and went to a berth at the Kin ney dock. She will lay here until the stress permits her crossing out to San Francisco, The British ship Halewood will leave out today for Tacoma, on the haw- Killing Two. I5ELL1NOHAM, Wash., Jan. 17. The switchman in the Great Northern yards was killed and Engineer Scott of the south bound Owl train serious ly and perhaps fatally Injured In an accident at 3 o'clock this morning. An open switch at the west end of the yards caused the Owl train to take the siding and plunge Into the local passenger train from Seattle, wrecking. both engines. The Owl was slowing up for the depot, and was go ing at a speed of about twenty miles an hour. Its passengers were consid erably shaken up, but none are re ported injured. The name of the watchman, who was In the cab of the local engine at the time of the accident, was not learned. Engineer Scott was removed to St. Luke's Hospital. OHIO FLOODS. WHAT IS IT YOU NEED? Your house wired? Your door bell fixed? or your telephone connected up? STEEL EWART UP-TO-DATE ELECTRICIAN8. No. 222 TWELFTH STREET, H. B. PARKER, Proprietor. E. P. PARKER, Manager. Drives Thousands of Persons Along Banks from Their Homes. CINCINNATI, Jan. 17. Thousands of people along the Ohio river are homeless, on account of the prevailing high water. Indications point to a Btage of at least 55 feet for the river in this city, making the greatest flood since 1884. PARKER HOUSE EUROPEAN PLAN. First Class In Every Respeot Free Coaoh to the House. Bar and Billiard Room. Good check Reataurant 'i& pi. tm mm e2 1' Ty- Astoria, Oregon Good Sample Rooms on Oround Floor for Commercial Men.