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TARIFF FOR REVENUE, INCIDENTAL PROTECTION AND SOUND MONEY.
CORVALLIS, - BEOTOIf COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1897.
NEWS OF THE WEEK
From all Parts of the New
and Old World.
BRIEF AND INTERESTING ITEMS
Comprehensive Review of the Import
ant Happenings of the Cur
A terrible explosion of nitroglycerin
occurred in Cygnet, O., resulting in the
death of six persons and the injury of a
- large number.
It is said that John W. Mackay, the
American millionaire, "will lay a Cana
dian Pacific cable from Vancouver, B.
' G, to Australia.
Count Okuma, of Japan, has notified
his minister at Honolulu of the terms
and conditions of Japan's acceptance of
the proposal to arbitrate the dispute
with Hawaii. -
A .New York Herald special from
Barcelona says that it is stated on the
. highest diplomatic authority that the
present Spanish government will go
out within a fortnight, and that the
liberals will come in.
Customs inspectors at Laredo, Tex.,
have found an unclaimed grip on a
train, containing $200,000 worth of
diamonds, jewelry and other valuables..
The papers in the valise indicate that
it belonged to a Spanish officer. It is
believed it was stolen by a man who
lacked the courage to claim ownership.
W. F. Atwell, commercial agent ol
the United States at Bobaix, France,
sends to the state department a report
on the short wheat crop in France.
He says the crop in France, and in faet
all Europe, has fallen much below the
average, and that it is estimated that
the United States and Canada will be
called u:. jn to export from 120,000,000
to 130,000,000 bushels more than they
exported to Europe last year . Franco
win require aooui ou,uuu,uuu onsnen
to meet the deficit n that country.
A Portland company has offered to
build a sugar beet factory in La
G. J. Layzell was killed and Claude
Hawthorne severely injured by a fire
on a launch in Astoria, Or.
Falls Company, manufacturers of
cotton goods, in Norwich, Conn., have
started up on full time, giving employ
ment to 500 hands.
The'New Orleans health authorities
have sent out notice of a death by yel
low fever in that city. Quarantine has
been declared by several Southern
A rich strike is reported in the
Schroder mine, in Yreka, Cal., on the
1,200-foot level, ; the vein averaging
lour feet in width, and running $130 to
Edward Lyons, a patient at the Ore
gon state insane asylum hung himself
to a tree in the asylum grounds. He
-was committed from Multnomah county
last March. 1
In the Milford labor union, at its
games in Milford, Mass., H. S. Dono
van, of Natick, ran 100 yards in 9
seconds, breaking the world's record by
one-tenth of a second, according to the
George W. Clark broke the world's
high-dive record by jumping off the
railing of the Halstead-street life bridge
in Chicago, when the structure was
xaised to an elevation of 165 feet above
-the Chicago river. The diver was
taken out of the river nninjured, and
was placed under arrest by the police.
The Washington Star says: It is
retated that S. D. North, of Boston, has
ibeen delected as superintendent of the
:next census, and that his appointment
'will be made as soon as necessary legis
lation can be enacted. . The president
as said to favor the establishment of a
permanent bureau on census, and is
likely to express some views on that
subject in his next message to congress.
' Wild horses have become a nniaanqe
In Northern Arizona, and, Attorny
General Frasier has been asked if they
may not be legally slaughtered. That
vicinity has been overrun by several
large bands, hundreds in number, un
branded and unclaimed by any one.
They have rapidly increased in number
.and have become wilder than deer and
-vicious as well. The matter has been
referred to the livestock board.
A Phoenix, Ariz., dispatch says it ii
-expected that work will be resumed
-within 60 days on the great Rio Verde
irrigation enterprise which is to redeem
200,000 acres of the finest land in the
;Salt river valley. Of the 150 miles of
canals that will , constitute the Bio
Verde irrigation system, 22 have been
dug, and a large amount of work, cost
ing altogether $200,000, has been done
at and near the beadworks.
"We are on the verge of a great min
ing era," remarked Clarence King,
former chief of the United States geo
logical survey, in Denver. "The time
is not far distant when a man can start
out of Denver and travel to Klondike,
stopping every night at a mining camp.
Already two American stamp mills are
pounding away on the border .of the
Straits of Magellan, and the day is ap
proacihng when a chain of mining
camps will extend from Cape Horn to
A Philadelphia & Beading wrecking
engine crashed into a wagon at a grade
crossing at Frush Valley, a few miles
above Beading, Pa. , and three lives
The Marquis of Salisbury's proposal
for the constitution of an international
commitee representing the six powers
to assume control of the revenues, with
which Greece will guarantee the pay
ment of interest for holders on old
bonds as well as payment of the indem
nity loan, has been accepted by the
THE STRIKE SETTLED.
Miner Accept the Proposition of Pitts
Columbus, O., Sept. 14. The great
miners strike, which was declared on
July 4, was brought to an end this
evening, so far, at - least, as Western
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and West
Virginia are concerned, by the. action
of the convention of miners which has
been in session since Wednesday. After
a day of voting and wrangling, the con
vention voted to accept the proposition
of the Pittsburg operators. The vote
was 495 for and 317 against accepting
the terms of settlement, and 11 votes
were not cast. The delegates from Il
linois, who had 250 votes, were unani
mously against the settlement; Indiana
and West Virginia voted solidly to ac
cept the proposition, but there were
scattering votes among Ohio and Penn
sylvania against it. The resolution is
"Besolved, That we, the miners of
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, In
diana and Illinois, in contention assem
bled, do hereby agree to accept the
proposition recommended by our na
tional executive council, viz , 65 cents
in Pittsburg district and all places in
the above-named states where a relative
price can be obtained, to resume work
and contribute liberally to the miners
who wlil not receive the advance, over
which the fight must be continued to a
"Besolved, That the national officers
of the executive board and district
presidents act as an. advisory board for
the purpose of providing ways and
means for the carrying on of the strike
where necessary; provided, however,
that no district resume work for 10
days, for the purpose of giving miners
in other districts time to, confer with,
the operators and get the price, if pos
sible." . -
The Illinois men will be called' in
convention at Springfield.September 19,
to determine what " shall be, done in
that state. w ' v
A resolution was adopted denouncing
the action of the deputies in firing into
the striking miners at Hazelton.
LIVES CRUSHED OUT.
Six Victims of a Train-Wreck in the
Memphis,' Sept. 14. A special to the
Commercial-Appeal from Hanburn,
Ark., says: A most disastrous freight
wreck occurred on the Iron Mountain
railroad, at Hanson, I. T., a small sta
tion 20 miles west of Van Buren, at 2
o'clock today, resulting in the death of
seven men and the serious injury of
pix others, two of whom will die. The
dead are: Will Frame, Charles Frame,
Douglass Anderson, John Johnson, Bose
Henderson, Frank Hamilton and H. A.'
Of the wounded two suffered inter
nal injuries. All of the dead and
wounded were sent to Vian, with the
exception of Walton's body, it. being
brought to this place, where he has rel
atives living. None of the trainmen
were hurt. " ;
While the train was running at a
speed of 20 miles an hour, the forward
trucks of one of the cars near the en
gine broke, wrecking 15 cars with wal
nuts and baled hay. With the excep
tion of two cars in front and three in
the rear, including the caboose, every
car of the 20 in the train was ditched.
The middle of the train was a car load
ed with heavy machinery, and it was
in this car that 13 men were stealing a
ride. The occupants of the wrecked car
were a party of men and boys living in
Vian, who were corning to Van Buren
to find employment in the cotton fields.
When the machinery car left the rails,
it fell on its side, nearly all of the men
being caught by the heavy beams.
Kansas City, Sept. 14. A special to
the Times from Hanburn, Ark., says:
Many sad scenes were enacted at Han
son. One of the dead, whose name is
unknown, was found with his head
mashed to a pulp between two heavy
logs, his brains oozing out. ' Others
were crushed and mangled in a horrible
manner. Two of the dead were brothers,
Will and Charles Frame. Will was
found on one .side of the track and
Charles on the other, both crushed al
most out of all semblance of human
The scenes at Vian, when the dead
bodies of those who had resided there
arrived, were affecting in the extreme.
The parents and other kin of the de
ceased were at the depot when the train
came in. It will probably be several
days before the wreck will be cleared
away and the full extent of the dis
aster revealed. Three men are still
missing, accroding "to statements of
come of those who. escaped. A large
force of men is at the spot, clearing
away the wreckage. -
Nashville, Sept. 14. Today, the
state board of health issued quarantine
orders against all points along the gulf
coast, extending from Mobile to New
Orleans. This was done as a measure
of extra caution, because of the receipt'
of unfavorable reports from the gulf
Memphis, Sept. 14. The board of
health of this city today issued a proc
lamation enforcing a strict quarantine
against New Orleans, Ocean Springs,
Mobile and other towns on the gulf
President Diaz' Message.
: Mexico, Sept. 14. It is not believed
that the president will in his message
announce any radical change in the pub
lic policy. The manufacturing and
agricultural interests are unanimously
in favor of the silver standard.
The Guatemala Revolution. '
Berlin, Sept. 14. Dispatches from
Guatemala say a revolution has broken
out against President Barrios in the
western part of the republic.
ARE PLEDGED TO SPAIN
Alleged Compact Agreed to
by England and France.
STATEMENT OF COUNT DE PENAL0
Madrid Government - Has Assurances
American Interference In Cuba
-Will Not Be Permitted. ,
St. Louis, Sept. 13.- Comte Henry
de Penalo, who has been visiting
friends in St. Louis for a few days, said
that the rumor of an understanding be
tween Spain and other European coun
tries, looking to a check upon American
interference with Cuba, was confirmed
by information which came to him
from high authority. De Penalo has
been introduced in St. Louis as a mem
ber of an old Spanish family whose
sympathies are with the Carl is t party,
but whose connection with high poll
tics in Spain keeps him posted on most
of the important diplomatic move
ments. He said:
"Some time last September when the
Cuban question was so much agitated
in the United tates, even to the point
of furnishing planks to the declaration
of presidential conventions, Senor Can-
ovas del Castillo, then premier of
Spain, received assurances from tho
English and French governments
through their representatives in Madrid
that they would not permit any action
on the part of "the United States other
than.a very perfunotory recognition of
belligerency of the insurgents.
"On August 5, before leaving Paris,;
I learned from trustworthy sources that
this assuiance had been renewed.
General Azcarragua, the new premier,
has received the French and English
ambassadors, who have once more as
sured Spain of the sympathy of their
governments and of their willingness
to give 'diplomatic help. ' "
A BRUTAL OUTRAGE.
Pueblo Medicine' Men Cruelly Torture
an Aged Squaw.
Santa Fe. N. M., .Sept. 13. Major
Nordstrom, United States agent in
charge of the Pueblo Indians, returned
this morning from Zum Pneblo, where
he has been examining in to a peculiar
case. Under -the influence of Chief
Niope, and backed' by the religious or
ganization in the village known as
the priests of the bow," the most bar
barous outrages have been committed
by these Indians from time to time.
Their last offense occurred when they
suspended by the wrists a female mem
ber of the tribe, aged 78 years, and ex
torted from her a confession to the--effect
that she had bewitched the nos
trums of the medicine man, and pre
vented them from curing an Indian of
Major Nordstrom says the only mo
tive for assanlting the woman was to
strengthen the hold of the medicine
men and their colleagues, the priests of
the bow, upon their superatitious fol
lowers. The woman's life was saved
by kindly nursing, and it is the inten
tion of the agent to arrest and punish
the ringleaders of the assault. ,
To this end, and in compliance with
Major Nordstrom's recommendations,
the interior department has called
upon the war department to concen
trate four troops of United States cav
alry at Zuni on the 15th inst., with a
view to'aiding the civil authorities in
the arrest of Chief Niope aud. five of
his associates. It is thought that a
battle will follow the invasion of the
village by troops on Wednesday next.
The Zunis number some 1,500, and
can muster about 350 warriors, who
are well armed with Winchesters.
Their village is a veritable fortress,
built especially for protection against
Apaches and Navajos.
STOLE HER HUSBAND.
So Declares Mrs. John C. Van Schaack,
of New York.
New York," Sept. 13. The World
says: Mrs. John C. Van Schaack has
begun suit for $65,000 damages against
her father-in-law, Peter Van Schaack,
head of the family and senior partner
in the great drug firm of Van Schaack
& Sons, for alienating her husband's
affections. The plaintiff is a daugh
ter of Henry Palmer, and a niece of
Her specific charge against her
father-in-law is that in 1833 while
plaintiff's husband was li, ;g with
her and supporting her in Brooklyn,
the defendant enticed the ' husband
away from the plaintiff and their home
and induced him to go to Chicago,
where he has since "by undue influence
Mrs. Van ' Schaack, then Florence
Palmer, and John Van Schaack were
wintering visitors in Florida together
in 1888, and in March of that year
they were married. The wife is a strik
ingiy handsome woman of 26 years of
age. She was educated in Paris and
Berlin, and before her marriage was
a social favorite in Chicago.
Public story tellers still earn a good
livelihood in Japan. In Tokio six hun
dred of them ply their trade, provided
with a small table, a fan and a paper
wrapper to illustrate and emphasize
the points of their tales.
An Aeronaut's Fall.
Chillicothe, Mo., Sept. 13. Profes
sor Bozart, the aeronaut, who made the
balloon ascension at the fair grounds
yesterday, was injured by the failure of
his parachute to open readily when he
made his descent. . He was about 300
feet in the air when he cut loose, and
before the parachute opened he was less
than 50 feet from the ground. . His in
juries are probably fatal. .
Parchment used onhe best banjoes
ia made from wolf -skip- .
Hazleton Strikers Are Shot
Hazelton, Pa., Sept. 13. The strike
situation reached a terrible crisis on
the outskirts of Latimer this afternoon
when a band of deptuy sheriffs fired
into a mob of miners. The men fell
like so many sheep, and the excitement
has been so intense that no accurate
figures of the dead and wounded can be
obtaind. Beports run from 15 to 20
killed and 40 or more wounded. ,
One man who reached the scene to
night counted 13 corpses.- Four other
bodies lay in the mountains between
Latimer . and Harleigh. Those who
were uninjured carried their dead and
wounded friends into the woods. Esti
mates are baffling.
Three bodies .were fonnd tonight on
the road near Latimer.
The strikers left Hazelton about 3:30
o clock this afternoon, and it was
their intention to so to Latimer.' As
soon as this became known, a banoVof
deputies was loaded on a trolley car and
went whirling across the mountain t
the scene, where the bloody ' conflict
After reaching Latimer, they left the
car and formed into three companies.
under Thomas Hall, E.'A. Hess and
Samue B. Sercy-. They drew up in line
at the edge of the village, with a fence
and a line of houses in their rear,
, Sheriff Martin was in entire command
and stood in the front of the line until
the strikers approached. They; were
seen coming across the ridge, and Mar
tin went out to ret them. The men
drew up sullenly and listened in silence
until he had once more read the riot
This finished, a low muttering arose
among the foreigners, and there was a
slight movement forward. Perceiving
this the sheriff stepped toward them
and forbade them to advance. Some
one 'struck the sheriff, and the next
moment the command was given to the
deputies to fire.
The guns of the deputies instantly
belched forth a terrible volley. The
report seemed to shake the very moun
tains, and a cry of dismay went up
from the people. -
The strikers were taken entirely by
surprise, and as the men fell ever each
other, those who remained unhurt
stampeded. The men went down be
fore the storm of bullets like tenpins,
and the groans of the dying and wound
ed filled the ai.
The scene that followed was simply
indescribable. : The deputies seemed to
be terror-stricken at the deadly execu
tion of their guns, and seeing the liv
ing strikers fleeing like wild men and
others dropping to the earth, they went
to the aid of the unfortunates whom
they had brought down.
The people of Latimer ruhsed pell-
mell to the scene, but the shrieks of the
wounded drowned the cries of the sym
pathizing and half-crazed inhabitants.
A reporter who soon afterwards
reached the scene found the road lead
ing to Latimer filled with groups of
frightened Hungarians. Some .sur
rounded dying companions, and others,
fearful of pursuit, clnng to the new
comer and begged his protection.
At Farley's hotel were two men lying
on the porch. Both had been shot in
the head. One bud three bullets in the
thigh. His groans and appeals for a
doctor were heartrending. -,
All along the road the wounded men
who were able to leave the field of bat
tle scattered themselves and sought the
shade of trees for protection, but there
was no need of that then.
Approaching the place where ' the
shooting occurred, people were . met
wringing their hands and bemoaning
the catastrophe. They could not talk
intelligently, and it was with the great
est difficulty that information could be
All along the bank of the trolley
road men lay in every position, some
dead, others dying. Three bodies, face
downward, lay along the incline, while
others were but a short distance away.
On the other side of the road as many
bodies lay. The schoolhouse was trans
formed into a temporary hospital and
some of the wounded were taken there.
The colliery ambulance was sum
moned to the place as soon as possible,
and upon its arrival, two men, bot"
shot through the legs, were loaded in
the wagon. All along the hillside
wounded men were found, on the road
side and in the fields. Many miners
who had been carried to distances could
not be found.
As soon as the news of the shooting
reached Hazelton, there was consterna
tion. Within 10 minutes, the streets
were blocked with excited people. The
Lehigh Traction Company immediately
started a number of extra cars on the
Latimer line, and doctors and clergy
men responded promptly.
During the excitement, the deputies
turned their attention to the wounded,
and carried many of them to places
where they could be more comfortably
Martin Boski, an intelligent Hun
garian from Mount Pleasant, who was
shot in the arm, was seen by a reporter,
and gave this version of the affair:
"We were going along the road to
Latimer, and the deputies were lined
across the road, barring our passage.
We tried to go through them, and did
not attempt to hit or molest them, when,
they fired upon us. We ran, hut they
kept on shooting at us while we ran.
It is all their fault"
Citizens' meetings were held at vari
ous parts of the city tonight. Opinion
was divided about the responsibilty for
the shooting. At one meeting held in
Van Wyckle's casino, attended by bank
ers, coal operators and prominent men,
resolutions were adopted calling on
Governor Hastings to send militia here.
At another, mass meeting,, attended by
thousands of people, the sentiment was
against bringing the troops here, and it
is asserted by these that there will be
no real necessity for having deputies
kept here. -
SERIOUS TRAIN WRECK
by the Disobedience
f OETY PEOPLE LOSE THEIR LIVES
Passenger Collided With a Stock Train
Near Denver Damaging Both
Greatly Emporia Wreck.
Denver, Sept. 13. A special to the
News from New Castle, Colo., says
Bio Orande passenger train No. 1, run
ning one hour late, collided with a Col
orado Midland stock extra, 1 miles
west of N ew Castle. Both engines are
There are in all probability 40
human beings in the burning mass.
Shortly after the collision occurred
the baggage, ' day coach and tourist
sleeper caught fire, while one Pullman
and a special car from the Hannibal &
St. Joseph railroad remained on the
The fault is said to lie with the train
crew of the extra.
Details of the wreck are hard to ob
tain. It is known that A. Hartman
and wife and two children, of Harshon,
111., are amoLg the dead; Engineer
Gordon, of the passenger tram; B. H,
Bedley, postal clerk, and Bobert How
lett, passenger fireman, are fatally in
jured. Engineer Ostrander and Fire-
man Sutliff, are missing, and are be
lieved to be buried in the wreck.
So thoroughly are the trains demol
ished that but few of those caught es
caped alive, those not killed by the
shock of the collision being burned to
death in the ruins of the cars.
A Bio Grande special, just arrived
from Glen wood, brings doctors and
comforts for the wounded.
The wreck occurred on what is called
the Bio Junction road. This runs from
New Castle to Grand Junction. It be
longs jointly to the Denver & Bio
Grande and the Colorado Midland, be
ing used by both roads. ,
Two cars of stock were completely
demoiisned, and tne rignt of way is
strewn with dead stock and debris.
- Conductor Burbank's explanation of
the wreck it that in looking at the
passenger's leaving time on the card he
looked at the wrong column of figures.
Two Italians caught in the act of rob
bing trunks have been placed under
The latest information from the
wreck makes it almost certain that 25
persons are dead, and a dozen badly in
jured, fully half of whom will die.
THE EMPORIA WRECK.
Further Details of the Accident in
Emporia, Kan., Sept. 13. Twelve
known dead, one missing (probably
incinerated) and 14 injured, two of
whom will likely die, is the record of
the terrible head-end collision on the
Santa Fe, as known tonight. It is not
positively known that the list given is
complete, and it is believed that several
were burned to death and nothing left
by which they could be recognized.
The bodies of 11 have been taken from
the debris, three burned -beyond recog
nition. Nothing could be found of the re
mains of the Wells-Fargo messenger.
J. F. Sauer. A handful of charred
bones taken from the wreck, however,
are supposed to be his. Near them
was found his watch.
Human ghouls delved in the burning
wreckage and plundered the baggage
and mail lacks which strewed the
ground. One man tried to snatch a
diamond from the breast of an Emporia
doctor who, weak and nervous, was
creeping slowly out of the debris. He
had strength enough left to hit the
brute a blow in the face, which made
him turn with a curse and sneak away.
Mail sacks were dragged into the corn
field and rifled.
The report of the Kansas City post-
office is that practically all of the mail
on both the wrecked Santa Fe trains
was destroyed. One pouch, however,
for Southern California, on the west
bound' train, is said to have been saved.
This train carried a large mail from
New York city to California. Colorado,
New Mexico and Arizona. No official
report has been received here.
Trains over the Santa Fe will be run
by way of Ottawa for a few days. The
cost of the wreck to the railway is esti
mated at $100,000.
As the passengers and trainmen re
covered from the shock of the explosion,
they looked for the injured and dead.
Far down in the heaps of debris sound
ed wailing voices of men pleading for
aid. While the rescuers were working
to get at the unfortunates, fire broke out
in the wreckage of the forward coaches,
and cry for water went up. Water
tanks were torn from their fastenings
in the coaches that could be entered,
and blood-besmeared men carried them
over broken timbers to quench the fast-
preading flames. The dead and
mangled bodies of four victims were
dragged to the grass beside the track.
After herculean efforts, the flames were
finally subdued, and the work of rescue
made more easy.
A merchant in Copenhagen was fined
10 crowns for having used the American
flag aa an advertising medium.
Explorer Wellman Returns.
New York, Sept 9. Walter Well-
man, the journalist and Arctic explorer,
was one of the passengers on the New
York, which arrived today. He has
been to Norway and Bnssia to consult
with Dr. Nansen to arrange for a
steamer and a large number of dogs.
He said efforts would be made to reach
the north pole until the feat was ac
complished. Bussians make a pleasant drink from
sap of the walnut
DISTRESS AT DAWSON.
Terrible Tale of Suffering Brought From
Klondike by the Cleveland.
San Francisco, Sept. 13. The Ex
aminer prints an extra edition contain
ing the following news from Dawson
"Otter Point, B. C, Sept 18. The
steamer Cleveland has arrived from St
Michaels, bringing with her from the
Yukon gold fields a story of distre"?
and disaster. The miners she has on
board and officers in charge of the
ship tell a stroy of disorder and dis
tress at Dawson.
Winter has set in at the mining city
of the frozen north, and the two great
stores of the place have closed their
doors, for they have nothing to sell
Those who have been seeking gold must
now seek for food or starve.
While there may be a tendency to
exaggerate the actual conditions of
affairs, there can be no question that
famine threatens all the venturesome
men and women who made their way
to the Klondike. .-
Hundreds of unruly spirits are flock
ing to Dawson. Threats of violence are
being made on every side.
Enormous prices are now being paid
tor food at Dawson, and it is impos
sible that more than four vessels with
provisions can reach that campbefore
the river freezes.
Indignation meetings, heavv with
murmured threats of vengeance, have
been held at St. Michaels by those who
see no hope of advancing np the river,
and less of getting back to civilization.
T3 first signs of winter are apparent
on the river Yukon, which is begin
ning to freeze, and in a few weeks will
be closed against all navigation. A
mishap has come to the Excelsior, and
from the frozen north comes .the story
of another disaster in which 42 men
lost their lives.
On the Cleveland there are
sengers who have come from
City. There are few miners
party that are able to tell of prosperity.
Most of them wish to exaggerate their
possessions, and if one were to believe
the indefinite stories they tell he
would say the treasure ship with
which they come carried $5,000,000.
Captain Hall, of the Cleveland, says he
has $100,000 in his safe. The purser be
lieves he can account for $150,000 on
The Cleveland left St. Michaels
August 29. She has some of the pas
sengers of the P. B. Weare on board.
The Weare left Dawson City in time to
connect with the Portland had she not
met with a mishap and stuck on the
flats above Circle City.
The miners from Dawson report that
on July 25 the stores of the Alaska
Commercial Company and the North
American Trading & Transportation
Company closed their doors, and an
nounced they had no more food to sell.
When the announcement was made con
sternation seized upon the people of
Dawson, with gold-seekers, crowding in
at the rate of 20 to 30 per day. Drnnk-enne-S
and disorder, gambling and
Idleness were rampant.
At St Michaels the condition of
affairs is also the cause of gravest con
cern. There are not enough structures
in town to accommodate the crowd,
and scores of the people are living in
tents. Shortly before the Cleveland
left St. Michaels two expeditions, those
of the National City and of the South
Coast, held indignation meetings,
threatening dire vengeance upon those
who had brought them there and then
were unable to carry them fnrther.
On August 26 the Excelsior left St
Michaels with a large number of min
ers and a large quantity of gold. Be
ports were current that her treasure
amounted to a million dollars. Soon
after leaving St Michaels the Excelsior
was caught on the dangerous flats of
the Yukon and broke two blades of her
propeller. When the Cleveland reached
Onnalaska she found the Excelsior un
dergoing repairs. It is probable she
left Onnalaska last Monday.
Shortly before the Cleveland left fcr
Seattle on her journey home the United
States revenue cutter Bear put into
St. Michaels to tell another story of
death and disaster in the ice-bound
Arctic The Bear had on board Cap
tain Whiteside, his wife, the first and
fourth officers and four seamen of tli
steam whaler Nevaoh. They are a
that remain to tell a terrible story o.
death in an ice pack. Of her crew 42
were lost Thirty-one were crushed in
the ice and ten frozen to death. The
Bear saw the vessel's signals of distress
near Point Barrow, and went to her
assistance. The captain,. his wife, two
officers and four seamen were persuaded
to leave the crippled ship, but nine
others positively refused to go. They
were left on a desolate field of ice, and
it is feared perished with their comrades.
The terrible tale of suffering told by
Captain Whitesides and his officers
forms but an incident in the story that
the Cleveland brings. It was believed
after she had left St. Michaels she was
to learn no more of the Klondike, its
dangers and disasters, but the Cleve
land had baldly gone 35 mies when she
passed a vessel that told of evils to
come, of dangerous spirits ready for
any outrage, of excited and angry men
who have left a black record on the
coast on their own pathway to the
The Cleveland and Humboldt had
.met, and new stories of the abandoned
adventurers the latter vessel is convey
ing to the gold fields were sent back to
When the Humboldt stopped at Oun
alaska on her journey to St Michaels,
the passengers were in open rebellion.
They began to realize that it would be
impossible to reaoh Dawson before next
spring, and they knew that misery
awaited them at St. Michaels. There
were open threats against W. D. Wood,
organizer and manager of the expedi
tion, and it is feared he may. lose his
life at the hands of 'bis passengers. '
The new Yerkes telescope brings the
moon within about 200 miles.
Evidence of Steady Growth
: and Enterprise.
ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST
From ATI the Cities and Towns rf
the Thriving Sister States
During the week ending September
4, $1,522.33 was paid out on money
orders by the Salem postoffice.
The revenue of the city of Astoria
will fall short this year on fines and
forfeitures at least $7,000, and prob
ably more. .
The Beaver Hill Coal Company, in
Coos county, has received a diamond
drill that will be used in prospecting
Everything at the cannery in Marsh
field is running smoothly, and the
quality of the fish is good. The man
agement claims to be able to put up 700
cases a day.
A Scotteburg farmer thinks he has
some tail corn on his farm. He saya
there is one stalk 12 feet 8 inches high,
one 10 feet 2 inches, and two that grow
up 10 feet
Sheepmen of Gilliam county say that
the grass is drying up pretty fast in the
mountains and that the sheep will be
taken to their home range earlier than
usual this season.
The fall run of beshows, or coal fish,
has arrived in Coos bay, and large
quantities ire .being caught with hooks
tud ines off the cannery wharf. Some
people sonslder these fish nearly as
good as mackerel.
The Brownsville Woolen Mills are so
crowded) with orders for goods, that the
machinery is kept humming from day
light until dark, and some of it day and
night, says the Brownsville Times.
Last week the wages of employes were
advanced 5 per cent.
The cannery at Marshfleld ran short
on cans last week, and had to stop the
receipt of fish for one day, but is now
in operation, and is canning all the
fish received. Superintendent Flye :
says that they are now able to take care
of 2,000 chinooks a day.
A placer mining company operating
on the .Baker county side of Powder
river, one and one-half miles from its
mouth, has a floating flume a quarter
of a mile long, three feet wide and a
foot deep, and a few men there are
getting big pay ing Results.'
The Val Advocate says that in the
canyon of the Malheur there is a small
active animal unlike anything described
in the natural histories. - By people
living on the Malheur it is called a
rocket cat, ' although it is very un
like the common stubtail wild cat, of
which there are many in the country.
A resident of the Helix country, in
Umatilla county, takes the palm so far
thisaseason for growing the largest yield
of barley per acre. His barley turned
oat 70 bushels per acre, and his wheat
crop went above 40 bushels. He sold
his wheat crop for better than 75 cents,
and he is "In excellent humor in conse
quence. ' ,
A savage boar attacked two horses
pastured oh the Bellfountain fruit farm,
j Benton oounty, last week, killing
one and maiming the other. The
horses belonged to men working for the
Green Peak Fruit Company. Later,
the owner of .the hog removed its tusks
and penned it up. When next he
visited it he found the animal dead.
Three inches of snow fell on the
Wenatchee summit one night last week.
The shingle mill at Ocosta has been
started, giving employment to over 20
There are not enough loggers and mill
hands in the Gray's harbor country to
upply the demand.
A. C. Little, state fish commissioner,
hopes to have the fish hatchery on the
Chehalis river ready for the fall run of
Improvements now being made at the
warehouse in Wilbur will raise the
total storage capacity for grain at that
place to 180,000 bushels.
State Dairy Commissioner McDonald
warns owners of cows to look out for
tuberculosis and lumpy jaw. Several
cases of lumpy jaw have recently been
reported from Pierce and King counties,
and a cow suffering from tuberculosis
was killed near Fern hill, not far from
Tacoma, recently, by the commissioner.
The Indians on the Yakima reserva
tion complain that some of the squaw
men who used to be employed in doing
the threshing on the reservation have
revenged themselves, because of the
mployment of a steam thresher, by
putting barb wire into the bundles of
grain, thereby wrecking the cylinder of '
A detachment of Uncle Sam's regular
army, from the Vancouver barracks,
consisting of two lieutenants, a corporal
and four privates, with a complete
camping equipment, has been to camp
in Clallam county surveying and roak-
ing maps of the roads in that vicinity.
While there are six horses and mules
in the outfit, two of the officers use
bicycles, and say that they are far.
superior to horses for such work.
A movement is on foot in Colvillo
for the purpose of raising funds with
which to build a new courthouse.: Lib
eral donations of material are offered,
and about all the money that will be
required will be that necessary to pay
for the labor. ;
The ceremonies attending the dedica
ting and unveiling of the Whitman
monument in Walla Walla will occur
November 29, as that will be the 60th
anniversay of Whitman's death. The
total cost of the monument, including '
the inclosures, will be 13,10(1,
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