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TARIFF FOR REVENUE, INCIDENTAL PROTECTION AND SOUND MONEY.
CORVALLiIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 197.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
From all Parts of the New
and Old World.
BEIKP AND INTEBESTIKQ ITEMS
CmpnbiiilTi Kvlaw mt the lapart
. ant Happening! of the Cu
( rent Weak.
The supreme court of Forresters is
in session in Denver, Colo.
The coffee crop of Brazil promises to
reach 10,000,000 bags, as against 9,000,
000 last season.
Two young ladies from Alameda and
San Francisco have gone to Trinity
county upon a prospecting tour Tliey
are equipped with complete miners' out
fits and are determined to work bard to
find a paying claim.
Edwin Corbin, of Chicago, has clored
- a deal amalgamating the United States
and Canadian Lakes Fisheries Com
panies, whereby the control of 20 com
panies passed into the hands of the
British company with $5,000,000 cap
ital. The British, Russian and French
ministers to Greece have notified their
respective governments that it is im
possible for Greece to pay an indemnity
exceeding 3,000,000 Turkish. It is
understood that negotiations are on
foot to induce Turkey to accept a
smaller sum than the amount originally
The county recorder in Great Bend,
" Kar. , has reported the release of over
$ 60,000 in chattel and real estate mort
gages since August 1, and half of the
crop has not been threshed. It is pre
dicted that by the new year the county
will be in better shape than ever before
and will look back on the largest acre
age of wheat in the history of the
county. . '
PaulJ. Henning.'who .has just ar
rived in San Francisco, says the Amer
ican flag is flying on Clipperton island.
He has been living on the island with
two other men and they successfully
blocked the attempt of Captain Murt
ray of the ship Einkora, to hoist the
British flag there three months ago.
The Einkora was wrecked and the three
Americans held as -wreckage nearly a
million feet of lumber, which was
washed ashore. H. M. S. Com us vis
ited the island later, but did not dis
turb the Stars and Stripes nor enter a
claim for the lumber.'
Peters & Roberts' furniture factory,
of Portland, Or., was damaged by fire
to the extent of $6,000.
President Faure, of the French re
public, visited Russia, and was royally
welcomed by the czar at Cronstadt.
It is reported that the government of
Brazil is negotiating with a European
nation for the sale of one of, her war
ships in course of construction.
Governor Lord has pardoned Clar
ence Wade out of the Oregon peniten
tiary. He has been adjudged afflicted
v with consumption and not expected to
live.. ' j
It is officially announced at Buenos
Ayres that a very large crop of grain is
anticipated in the Argentine Republic.
The wool clip, it is further stated, will
be a heavy one.
A Seattle man has gone to Boston to
Becure 200 young ladies for an expedi
tion to the Klondike gold fiel Is. It is
said he will fit out a steamer and start
early in the spring.
The warehouse of W. P. Fuller &
Co., in Portland, Or., was completely
destroyed by fire. The loss is about
$50,000 partly Insured. The origin of
the fire is uncertain.
A special from Lander, Wyo., says:
' Daniel Tracy, a miner from Leadville,
has uncovered a vein of gold ore two
feet eight inches wide in the Wind
River range, on Gold creek. The ore
is literally gemmed with gold the full
width of the vein.
G. H. Steel, sheriff, and Sam Young,
ex-sheriff of Leslie county, were both
; killed in a combat at Hyde, Ky." Both
men fought to desperation with pistols,
' and both fell dead in the fifth round.
Steel was a Democratic leader and
Young a Republican. They quarreled
' A great strike is on in the building
trades at Buda Pest. More than 20,
O00 men are involved. The strikers,
in the endeavor to prevent others from
working, came repeatedly in conflict
with the police, and desperate pitched
battles ensued in several of the princi
pal streets of the city. Two hundred
persons have been injured, some dan
gerously. The police have arrested 100
of the ringleaders.
Telegraphic -advices from the New
York Herald's correspondent in Rio
Janeiro state that the official report of
operations against the fanatics around
Canudos during the last few weeks
show that 2,400 Brazilian troops have
been wounded. Great difficulty is
found in transporting arms, ammuni
tion and stores to the government ow
ing to interference by the fanatics. In
the meantime large forces of fanatics,
all well armed, have appeared in the
states of Sao Paulo and Haran. They
have invaded several plantations and
S. J. Hatchett, formerly secretary of
the Los Anglees chamber of commerce,
who had charge of the Los Angeles ex
hibit at the world's fair and mysteri
ously disappeared before the exposition
closed, is said to have been seen in
- , Chicago. His wife has mourned him
as dead. ' . The informant states that
Hatchett told him he had concluded to
drop out of sight, and cautioned him to
say nothing about having met him.
President McEinley spoke at the
Grand Army encampment at Buffalo,
THE TREASURE SHIP.
The Steamer Portland Arrives From
Port Angeles, Wash., Aug. 31. The
steamer 'Portland arrived from St.
Michaels tonight. Captain Eidston
reported a pleasant voyage, and ex
plained the delay of three days in
reaching Port Angeles by stating that
a very serious storm at St. Michaels de
layed the discharge of his cargo.
He laughed when told -of the reports
that the Portland was .carrying over
$2,000,000 in gold. As a matter of
fact, he said, there was only about
1825,000 in gold dust and nuggets on
board his vessel.
Up to the time he left St. Michaels
he had heard of no new gold fields.
Among the Portland's passengers
from St. Michaels is Timothy Bell, who
has with him $30,000 in gold which
he dug from a claim that cost $125.
William Ogilvie, Dominion surveyor,
says the 600 claims now staked out
will yield $60,000,000.
From a number of the Portland's
crew it was learned that Captain Eids
ton had expected the Weare, one of
the company's boats, to come down the
Yukon with about $1,000,000 worth of
nuggets and gold dust, but as she did
not arrive in time he decided to bring
down the treasure next trip.
The United States cutter Bear, it-is
said, will guard the Portland on her
next trip from St. Michaels to Seattle.
As most miners will make their clean
up by that time it is expected the
Portland's cargo will be a very valu
The returning miners say the re
markably rich claims on Eldorado creek
will number 140. Mr. Ogilvie. esti
mates that, at the rate these 140 claims
are now. producing, and' considering
the ground yet to be worked, the
amount in the next tlifree years will ag
gregate about $70,000,000. To this
must be added the favorable possibil
ities of pockets and development of
claims already found, but not opened.
There have been other, rioh strikes
on Stewart river, Hunker, Henderson
and Indian creeks, but none f these
are as rich as the claims on Eldorado .
and Bonanza creeks. ;
Until the wonderful discoveries of ;
Elondike were made, ground worth 10 .
cents to the pan, with two or three feet j
of pay dirt, was considered Very good .
for the Yukon, and the "miners made
their money with rockers and sluices, i
This year the miners " are passing en-1
tirely over ground of this richness in j
their search for sand- and gravel that
will pay like that of the Elondike
Up to date, none of the claims
showing any signs of exhaustion,
scarcely a dozen are more than
opened. Every one has large areas of
ground to be worked.
One returning miner says . it is im
possiblle to make anything like an ac
curate estimate of the probable yield of I
the mines. The ground is not' at all
even in richness, and the worth of pav
streaks varies greatly. '
The most important news from St.
Michaels is that the river steamers left
there two weeks ago for their last trip
up. It is not certain they will reach
Dawson this fall, ' and the passengers
who left the Sound as early as July 25
may not reach Circle City before navi
gation closes. This makes it certain
that hundreds who left the Sound, and
California since , August 1 for St.
Michaels will winter there. At the
best they .can scarcely get started up
the Yukon before it freezes solid.
All vessels touching at St. Michaels
this summer have had difficulty keep
ing their crews, who have caught the
fever. One schooner from Victoria was
entirely deserted by her crew, from
captain to cook, who started up the
river for Elondike.
The crew of the J. M. Oolman tried
to desert, but the attempt was discov
ered in time, and, by a display of fire
arms, the men were compelled to re
main. Every vessel from St. Michaels has
come away short-handed. The Port- j
land lost several of her crew, but was j
" . J i o fc"
wages. - .
FATE OF THE BENDERS.
The Old Man and Kate Were Shot by
a Posse. j
Wichita, Kan., Aug. 31. Another ;
chapter is added to the gruesomo story '
of the Bender family, whose home in
Montgomery county over 20 years ago J
was the scene of upward of 30 murders, :
according to the deathbed confession of
Captain Carroll. The fate of the '
Benders has heretofore been veiled in
Captain Carroll confessed that a band
of citizens, sworn to eternal secrecy, j
followed the Benders after their flight '
from the scene of their crimes and
killed Kate and the old man, but let
Mrs. Bender go, with a warning never i
to return on pain of death. I
He said that Kate and her mother
stood by and stoically watched the men !
riddle the body of William Bender with
bullets, and then when Kate's turn
came she stepped out like a tragedy j
queen and said: I
"Blaze away." v
She was shot down like a dog, but
when it came to shooting the mother,
the hearts of the posse failed them and
they allowed her to go. The bodies
were carefully buried and the graves
Lima, Peru, Aug. 31. The reports
that Colonel Pando, with a force of
Bolivians, has invaded the Peruvian
province of Sandia, proves upon inves
tigation to be correct. The number of
Colonel Pando's followers is consider
ably exaggerated, however.' It is prob
able that the incident will be diplo
matically arranged. '
Three million, five hundred thousand
steel pens are used throughout the
world every day in the week. ,
it " worm everv dav in the week. 1
LATTER DAY PIRATES
Bloody Outrages Occurred in
f ESSELS AND PORTS PLUNDERED
Achinese Attacked a British Steamei
Massacred Passengers and Crew
and Looted the Ship.
Tacoma. Aug. 31. The Northern Pa
eific liner Columbia arrived today on
hes maiden voyage from Yokohama,
with 127 passengers and a full cargo of
freight. She was delayed on several oc
casions and forced to lie to 24 hours on
account of the breakage of her machin
ery. One of the firemen died of heat apo
plexy, and was buried at sea. - The
Columbia's cargo includes 1,700 bales
of silk, valued at $500,000, which will
go acorss the continent via the Northern
Pacific today on a special train of eight
baggage cars. The Columbia brings
Oriental advices up to July 27, as fol
lows: News has just reached Hong Kong of
the prevalence of pirates oh the Canton
river, and one of the most daring out
rages perpetrated. One of the sons of
Captain Chung Kwei, a Straits million
aire, Kung Ah Phin, who recently went
to Canton, was the victim. He, in com
pany with a few of his relatives, hired
a flower boat, and they were proceed
ing to their native place. On the sec "
ond day the boat stuck in the mud, and
could not proceed. ' During the night,
a gang of men with painted faces and
fully armed boarded the boat. With
revolvers leveled -at the passengers,
they commanded silence while four men
began at once to look for plunder. Ah
Phin brought from the Straits jewelry
amounting' in value to $5,000 and $2,
000 in notes. These the pirates took,
besides clothing, etff. When they had
satisfied themselves that nothing more
was to be obtained, they left' the boat,
after threatening the victims with in
stant death if they made a noise till
hours afterward. . In the morning, in
formation was at once sent down to
Canton, but before the authorities had
time to send a gunboat, the pirates had.
made their escape. Up to the present,
nothing more has been heard of them.
Mat Sallet, a notorious brigand, with
200 followers, raided thevgovernment
station at Pulch Gaya,--captured Mr..
Newbronner, the officer in charge,
killed a corporal, and the- sacked the
treasury of $20,000.; b& town, wiiich
consisted entirely wooden ajid kajang
houses, was then.fired, and every build
ing destroyed. Gaya is the export and
import center of a considerable district,
and the population is largely Chinese.
Sallet at last accounts was . fortified at
Inaman, and it is feared will attack
Sandkan and massacre the Europeans,
after looting the town.
A daring piracy is reported off the
coast of Acheen. The British steamer
Pegu was attacked by six armed Achi
nese. Captain Ross managed to force
his way' through and reached the -deck,
hotly pursued by his savage assailants,
one of whom had meanwhile laid hold
of the carving knife from the table. As
the unfortunate skipper, badly woujjded
as he was, struggled to get to the bridge,
this man stabbed him terribly in the
abdomen and when he fell, the" rest of
the piratical gang surrounded the pros
trate man and hacked him savagely,
actually disemboweling him,' and leav
ing him a mangled corpse on the deck.
The mate and- the steersman were
the next tobe attacked. . Both these
men were on the bridge, and in spite of'
what resistance they could offer were
soon cut -down. The boatswain, how
ever, climbed up the funnel stairs and
escapetLthe onslaught of the pirates.
; Returning to the deck, two more of
the crew "and, three Chinese passengers
were killed. Thirty or forty passengers
according to one account, were iilled
or met their death by jumping over
board. The vessel was then thoroughly
looted. "One' of the Achinese - was
placed at . the wheel to steer the ship
nearer land; others plundered the cap
tain's cabin, taking a repeating rifle
and a revolver. The safe was opened,
$15,000. taken, and the pirates made
off in the direction of Simpang Oliin.
The vessel was a frightful sight, the
deck being spattered with blood and
the entrails of the victims.
Official information received at Man
ila confirms the reports previously pub
lished as to the disastrous character of
the eruption of the Mayon volcano.
Lava covered the whole mountain to its
base, and the obscuration of the sun by
the clouds of ashes was so great that in
the neighborhood of the disaster artifi-.
cial light had to be used at 3 o'clock in
the afternoon. Several villages were
completely destroyed. At Li bog 150
bodies were recOverd and buried, and
more remained in the lava. At another,
place, 200 persons were missing. Some
of the bodies recovered were so com
pletely calcined as to be unrecognizable.
A great danger threatens the sugar
planters in Java, from a widespread dis
ease which attacks the roots of the cane.
The roots rot and the cane dies. The
planters stand helpless before the dis
ease, which may ere long bring on a
failure of the sugar crop. It has already
struck four provinces, and has broken
out even on well-kept estates.
According to a Tokio dispatch, it i
reported that next year's budget will
show a deficit of 25,000,000 yen, even
though the fullest economy is observed.
The deficit is chiefly due to the extraor
dinary expenditures, sanctioned by the
. Advices from Tjaipeh, North Formosa,
State that the Mabels have been particu
larly active, at no serious fighting has
taken place, v
Serieus-flls are reported from vari
ous parts of tiipan.
CONCESSION TO AMERICANS.
Valuable Commercial Privileges Se
cured in Columbia.
Kansas City, Aug. 30. A Kansas
City syndicate representing the Pitts
burg & Gulf railroad interests, has
secured a concession from the govern
ment of Colombia giving valuable com
mercial privileges in the South Amer
This concession, which was secured
through J. Edward Buckley, United
States vice counsul at Bogota, gives the
right to navigate the Magdalena river
and-to build a railroad across the coun
try from a point 250 miles from the
mouth of the river at Bogota, and thence
on south through the whole of the
The project also carries with it the
establishment of a line of steamships
from some point on the Gulf to some of
the ports of Colombia on the Carib
It, is the aim of the Pittsburg & Gulf
Company to build up a profitable traffic
between Kansas City and South
TELEGRAM SAVED HIS LIFE.
A Stockton's Man's Escape Mistake ef
a Druggist Nearly Fatal.
Sacramento, Aug. 30. George Ladd,
one of the most prominent wholesale
liquor-dealers in Stockton, left this city
tonight for Portland, Ore., to seek his
health. Before he left he bad a doc
tor's prescription filled at one of the
leading drug-stores, but as fortune would
have it he received a telegram in time
to keep himfrom taking the medicine.
Had the telegram failed to reach him he
would have died from the effects of a
deadly dose.. .
The clerk who filled the prescription
took y""-wrong bottle and put in coi
rosive6t)limate instead of the drug that
was written in the prescription. The
error was discovered about two hours
after the train had started and a tele
gram was sent ahead in the almost vain
hope that it would reach him in time.
The telegram said:
"Do not 'take the medicine; it is
poison and sure death."
A duplicate of the dispatch was sent
to Chief of Police Drew, of this city?
and instructions were given to the offi
cers, who. boarded the train jusf'asMr.
Ladd was about to take the dose that
would have ended his life, and the tele
graplTtriumphed over the bungling of
a druggist's clerk.
Quartz Mining More Certain.
Washington, Aug. 30. General W.
JY., Nuffield,' superintendent of the
coast and geodetic survey, in discussing
Jhq gold discoveries in Alaska, gave
this advice to young men:
"If I'werea young man," he said,
"I should get about a 75-ton schooner
at " Heat tie, take supplies and engage
tithe services of a first-class prospector.
IThen I should cruise- along the south
eastern part of Alaska, in what is
ealled Alexander archipelago. There
are -a number of islands there and more
gold lodes than at. any place with which
lam acquainted. The mining- would
not be 'placers,', but the ore can be got
ten out very cheaply and being directly
on the sea, the transportation amounts
to nothing, exceptthe time spent."
Gold Dust From Sawdust.
Port ' Townsend, Aug. 30. Mr. "j.
Metcalf, of Detroit, Mich., who came
down from St. Michaels on the Colman,
states that he saw a man wash $12.50
from.one pan of sawdust which he took
from the floor of a barroom in Dawson
City. ' It is said to be a common prac
tice for miners to open gold dust bags
and take out a pinch of gold dust in
payment for drinks. -
A Costly Hypnotic Test.
Tallulah Falls, Ga., Aug. 80. A
suit for $1,550 damages has "been filed
in this county which develops a sensa
tionally unique story. " Mrs. Fairbanks
Higgins and her daughter, of Atlanta,
have beenspending the summer here,
arid in the burning of the Grandview
hotel, at which they were stopping,
lost their possessions, amounting to
$Ly550. They sued the proprietor to
Mrs. B. A. Young, proprietress of
the hotel, files an answer alleging in
substance that at an evening social the
young lady was hypnotized and com
manded to fire the hotel. When she
retired to her room it is claimed that
she literally obeyed the injunction and
robbed herself of a right to sue.
. . The Women Marched.
Pittsbug, Aug. 30. The wives and
daughters of the striking miners at
DeArmitt's Oak Hill mine took a
prominent part in today's demonstra
tion. Early this morning a dozen or
more women gathered at the camp,
and with flags and banners marched
along the road leading toward the tip
ple. On their way they met a number
of miners going to the pit, and greeted
them with yells and jeers. They de
rided the miners who were working
and ridiculed them in a manner which
caused many of them to hang their
heads in shame. The women say they
will make a demonstration every day
Rome, Aug. 30. Italy has wired
Morocco, threatening to dispatch a
man-of-war to Tangier, unless the crew
of the Italian brig Fidicura is released.
Moorish pirates recently attacked and
plundered the Fidicura and detained
Faint-Hearted Gold Seekers Return.
Seattle, Aug. 30. The steamer City
of Topeka arrived irom the north this
morning, bringing excursionists and
about 30 men from Skaguay who came
down because they were afraid they
could not get over the passes this win
ter. Tihs is the largest number yet to.
come back and the men who came aver
that there will be many more in the
next few weeks. No change "in the
condition of the ttfaiLis., reported and
no Yukon miners direct from the mines
came by this steamer.
WHEAT STILL GOING UP
The Chicago' Market Above
the Dollar Mark.
FIRST TIME DURING CAMPAIGN
Shortage in Foreign Potato Crop Esti
mated at 1,000,000,000 Bushels
Price of Corn Also Risiug.
Chicago, Aug. 30. Today, for the
first time since the present bull cam
paign in wheat was started, the price
of September wheat sold above the dol
lar mark in Chicago. Ten minutes af
ter the opening, $1.03 was offered,
an advance over yesterday's closing
price of cents. Even at that tempt
ing figure, the bull clique refused to let
go of their holdings. Enough wheat
came on the market to break the price
to 98 7-8 cents by the time the dosing
bell sounded, but the brokers who were
engineering the deal stoutly denied
that it came from them.
There was, perhaps, a shade of ma
liciousness in the way they forced the
shorts to bid up. It was currently re
ported on Monday, when prices broke
so sharply, that the pool was forced to
put up $400,000 in margins. They
certainly had their revenge today. The
rise was plainly due to the clique,
which'is now swelled, by rumor, to in
clude Joseph Leiter, George R. French,
Allen, Grier & Co., and James Keene,
of Wall street. The only leader,
George French, who appeared distinct
ly rfbove the surface, makes no secret
that he has, a line of 5,000,000 bushels
of September wheat. There was not
much more than 1,100,000 bushels of
contract wheat in Chicago, with hardly
anything coming, and an immense
short Jine of cash wheat sold for ex
port. This is the situation as it now
plays into the hands of the bull com
bine. The sudden rise of. September wheat
was not reflected in any other large
market in the country, with the excep
tion of Minneapolis, where September
bounded from 92 cents to "$1. St.
Louis advanced 2 cents at one time,
but relapsed to the opening prices for
Although statistics were not given
much attention, one item of foreign
news had a distinct influence. The
foreign potato crop shortage is estimat
ed at the total of 1,000,000,000 bush
els, whTch was expected to increase the
demSfid for American wheat. Its influ
ence was especially felt in December
wheat, which is not supposed to be un
der the thumb of any clique. Corn
and provisions were both affected by
the excitement in wheat. In corn, the
trading was enomrous, and although an
advance of 1 to cents was recorded,
the feeding wasyery strong at the close.
The closing for provisions was 15 to
20 pents higher.
NEWS' FROM THE ISLANDS.
iHawail Has Not Yet Received Japan's
- ' . Answer.
San Francisco,' Aug. 30. The
steamer Mariposa arrived this morning
from Sydney, via Honolulu, with the
following Hawaiian advices:
The Hawaiian government has not
yet received any answer from Japan
regarding the offer to refer the immi
gration trouble, to arbitration. There
is no change in the situation here.
The China registry case was finally
submitted to Judge Perry for a decision
August 19, and an early decision is
confidently expected, as the matter will
in all probability be appealed to the
supreme court. It is predicted that
the question of the big steamer's regis
try will be settled before she reaches
here again in October. The principal
point upon which the Hawaiian govern
ment rules is the question of McFar
lane's citizenship, he having been
born on the island of British parents.
The American ship Commodore left
Honolulu for New York August 19,
with a cargo of sugar, valued at $191,
200. To Conciliate With Us.
London, Aug. 30. The Standard's
correspondent at San Sebastian says:
"I learn that Spain has intimated her
willingness to make considerable re
duction in the contemplated West In
dian tariffs, in order to develop "the
trade of Cuba with the United States.
She was willing to negotiate a reciproc
ity treaty when the Dingley tariff came
into force, but the United States re
ceived advances coldly, because it
wanted the Cuban question settled first.
Indeed, Spain is now aware that
American diplomacy will soon raise
other and more important questions be
fore commercial questions are likely to
Disease Aids the Insurgent Cause. -
Havana, Aug. 80. There are 4,000
Spanish soldiers in the hospitals of
Havana and other points. About 2,000
are sent back monthly to Spain incapac
itated. Sickness is increasing. The
health of the city is not good. The
official reports show that for the week
ending August 12 the death rate was
90 per 1,000.
Business is at a complete standstill.
The army is not being paid and a feel
ing of hopelessness prevails among the
Spaniards and Cubans ' alike.
London, Aug. 30. A dispatch from
San Sebastian says the Spanish govern
ment has learned that at a secret an
archist meeting in London it was re
solved to avenge the execution of An
giolillo, the assassin of Canovas del
Castillo, by an attempt on the life of
the queen regent of Spain. Twenty of
the ablest Barcelona detectives have
been detailed to protect the queen re
gent. A New York man was arrested the
other day for stealing a stole.
DOOM OF TORPEDO SEALED.
"Mirex" May Revolutionize Modern
Chicago, Aug. 30. A small braes
projectile, measuring four by one and
one-quarter inches, was thrown in the
lake off Van- Buren street from the
government pier, and at a depth of five
feet it exploded. A volume of water
spouted 25 feet into the air, and dead
fish bobbed up to the surface ar.s
floated about, mute testimony to the
destructiveness of the explosive.
The name of this explosive, which is
the discovery of two Chicago men, is
mirex. From recent experiments its
inventors claim it is not a wild state
ment to say that mirex will revolution
ize modern warfare.
Unlike the marine torpedo the most
perfect destroying projectile known to
naval engineers, mirex, . a compara
tively small brass casing, can be
thrown from a cannon to any distance
desired under 20 miles, and, dropping
into the water at the side of a man of
war, will sink to a stated depth and ex
plode with annihilating results. No
wire has to be connected with the new
projectile, as is the case with the sub
marine torpedo. The mirex projectile
does not pierce the steel armor of the
gunboat, but settles in the water to the
depth of 5, 10, 15 20, or any number of
feet the operator may wish, and then
Its discoverers are Hermann G. ,
Peffer, a salesman for Browning, King
& Co., and William S. Darley, con
nected with the Clenfoster Hosiery
Company. They are not expert chem
ists, and mirex in its perfect state is
the result of some luck and a good deal
of hard work and enterprise.
John H. Edelman, a wealthy former
Philadelphian, has such faith in the
virtue of mirex as a destroyer of ships
and navies that he is backing it liber
ally with his money.
Peffer is a modest man of 23 years,
and in speaking of the explosive, said:
"It is neither liquid not solid, nor is
it a powder. While experimenting
with it Darley and myself smoke our
pipes and handle it as we would so
much sand. It is an odd and wonder
ful mixture, and its name signifies
nothing. It explodes at any depth we
desire, the explosion depending on the
quantity'and quality of the composi
tion we place in the projectile. We are
now having a gun model constructed
in Chicago, and within six weeks' this
cannon will be finished and presented
to the United States navy department.
It will throw a projectile .eight inches
Jong and three and a half inches in di
ameter. This will blow into atoms
any ship that will float in the lake.
Each one of these shells will cost about
$20, vastly cheaper than torpedos now
in use and far more accurate and de-.
Mr. Darley is only 19 years of age.
He will not divulge the character or
nature of the new explosive.
The projectile used in these experi
ments is about the size of a giant fire
cracker, and the ends of . the cylinder
are closed with a substance that, looks
Mr. Darley was once connected with
the navy department.
LONG CHASE FOR A MURDERER
Detectives Pursued Him Half Way
Around the World.
Port Townsend, Aug. 30. The
steamer Portland, due from St.
Michaels, has on board a murderer who
was chased by detectives half way
around the world. He is in irons and
under constant watch of two Pinkerton
detectives. The prisoner, William
Smith, was pursued over the continent,
to Dyea, and across Chilkoot pass, over
the lakes and down the rivers to the
goldfields of Klondike, where he was
taken into custody.
Smith was a storekeeper in a town
near Cedar Rapids, la., up to several
months ago. One night the store was
burned and in the ruins was found the
charred body of a man. Smith's rela
tives claimed that he was burned to
death in the fire. His life wasansured
for $35,000, and a demand was made
for the money. An investigation led
to the belief that the body was not that
of Smith, but of a watchman. The
theory was at once advanced that Smith
had committed a murder and burned
his store in the hope that the body
would be roasted beyond recognition,
and his relatives obtain the insurance
money after he had disappeared.
Pinkerton men were put on the trail,
and after one of the longest chases on
record, arrested Smith at Dawson City
on July 12. He was taken to St.
Michaels to await the sailing of the
Saved His Daughters' Lives.
New York, Aug. 30. Harry G.
Stone, the veteran manager of the Pat
terson opera-house, became ill and was
forced to go to his home, which is
called Ryle Park, on the banks of the
Passiac river, a short distance below
the village of Little Falls. His indis
position proved the salvation of his
three daughters, Minnie, Bella and
Maud, for he rescued them from
drowning by his opportune advent from
The girls had gone out for a row on
the river and they upset in 12 feet of
water just after his arrival. ' Although
Mr. Stone is. 60 years old, he managed
to reach them before they sank and
saved them by almost superhuman
efforts. Two were unconscious when
Toronto, Aug. 80. A visiting de
tachment of 15 members of the G. A.
R. from Buffalo marched up Yonge
street carrying the stars and stripes. It
is a violation of a civic ordinance to
carry a foreign flag in this city, unless
a British flag is also carried. A po
liceman stopped the procession and
told the marchers of the violation.
They bought a small union jack, luiK
no one would carry it. Finally "a small
boy whiredojft--ffiat duty and the
vewrtuiB udminuea on weir way.
Evidence of Steady Growth
ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST
From All the Cities and Towu of
the Thriving Sister States , ,
The spring run of salmon at Celilo
was a failure this year.
The hay harvest in Wallowa county
is over, and farmers are busy garnering
A student of fruit culture in Jackson
county says that yellow jackets are
3eath on all kinds of moths that prey
One of the- tramps injured in the
wreck south of Roseburg drew $100
out of his pocket and asked to be well
3ared for while that lasted.
The schooner Bella, built on the
Siuslaw by Eli Hansen, was furnished
with masts last week. The Bella has
been a long time building. "W
Hon. Thomas H. Tongue has sue- '
seeded in locating the lost muster rolls
of the companies of volunteers that
(ought the Rogue river Indians in 1853.
The sawmills up the North Santiam
are being operated to their fullest
sapacity. Many of them are cutting
ties and bridge timbers for repairs on
the O. C. & E.
Eighty acres of the Ginn place, near
Weston, which was threshed last week,
averaged 52 bushels of wheat to the
acre. This is the largest yield yet
beard of in that section.
Engineer Halcombe, with a crew of
men, is now engaged inmaking a sur
vey of the Nehalem bar, with the ob
ject of getting an appropriation for
jetty work. He is doing the work
thoroughly, and will also make a sur
vey of the Tillamook bar later.
Astronomer S.S. Gannett has the in
struments in place for receiving time by
wire from St. Louis, in order to estab
lish a meridian line at Baker City for
the geological maps that are to be made
by the federal authorities of the Baker
The Astoria carnival this year has
eclipsed anything of the kind ever held
in that city. It is the intention to
effeot a permanent organization of a
regatta club, the objects of which will
be to collect funds and otnerwise pro
mote the annual carnival.
The state fair to be held in Salem
this year promises to be a success in
every way. The O. R. & N., witlf its
usual generosity and care for the
state's interests, is the first line to an
nounce a reduced rate to Salem during
the fair of one fare for the round trip.
Work is being pushed on the con
struction of the Astoria & Columbia '
River road to Goble, and the - officers
Bay they will have trains running be
tween Astoria arid Portland-by Jauy"
1. The affairs of the road are in gBod
hands, and being conducted in a business-like
L. C. Coleman returned to Jackson-,
ville from San Francisco last week.
While at that city he had four sugar
beets, raised on Griffin creek, analyzed
at .the Spreckles refinery. The result -showed
that they averaged 10 ounces in
Veight, contained 16.53 per cent of -
sugar and co-efficient of purity of 85
per cent. The percentage of saccharine
matter is high, especially as the beets
are not matured. Those containing 14
per cent sugar, with a co-efficient purity
of over 80 per cent, are considered good.
Should beets raised in other parts of
Jackson county turn out equally well,
a factory may be up in the near future.
of the grain around Colfax ia
yielding more than 40 bushels to the
The turfmen of Walla Walla have
arranged for a race meeting in that city
for October 20, 21, 22 and 23.
The shingle mill at .Cosmopolis is
running a night and a day crew, as are
the box factory and planing mill.
The ruling price for pack horses in
Ellensburg last week was $20, and the
tendency of the market is still upwards.
It is reported that the Northern Pa
cific will at once put on six more com
pound locomotives between Ellensburg
Kittitas county is advertising for bids
for building a bridge across the Cle
Elum river, and also across the Yakima
The steam heating apparatus for the
marine hospital in Port Townsend has
arrived, and is being put in by the con
tractor, who expects to have the work
finished on time.
The Spokane Spokesman-Review says
that never in the history of Spokane
has there been such a demand for har
vest hands, and that unprecedented
wages are offered. From $2 to $4 per
day and board is tendered in many seo
tions. Lists of school land of Lincoln, Walla
Walla and Adams counties Bubject to
lease have been sent to the respective
county auditors by the board of land
commissioners. After these lists have
been posted 30 days, the lands will be
offered for lease.
Each of the fair associations in Ste
vens county will hold a fair this fall,
one at Kettle Falls, September 29 and
30, and October 1 and 2, and the other
at Myers Falls, September 29 and 30,
and October 1. v j, .-""v. - '
From the southern part of Thurston
county cornea the gratifying report that
the bop crop of that vicinity is giving
excellent promise. . The lice have not
bothered much this year,' and the crop
now maturing is of excellent quality.
and the yield pr