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TARIFF FOR REVENUE, INCIDENTAL PROTECTION AND SOUND MONEY.
CORVALLIS, BENTON COUNTY, OREGON, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 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
. rent Week.
Sheldon JacksoD, United States su
perintendent of Alaskan schools, wha
has just returned from Alaska, says:
There is but one solution to the trans
portation problem in Alaska, and that
is the reindeer.
A special to the Kansas City Journal
from Muskogee, ... L T., says: The
treaty between the Dawes and Creek
commissions, which was concluded
here last month, was rejected by the
Creek council in session at Okmulgee.
A patrol of dervish horsemen raided
a village seven miles from Berber, kill
ing 11 men and capturing many
women, children and cattle. A detach
ment of Anglo-Egyptian cavalry sent in
pursuit of the dervishes overtook them
and routed them with heavy loss. The
dervishes abandoned their booty and
The body of "William J. Lyons, an
employe of the Pacific Gas Improve
ment Company, of San Francisco, was
found in the hills bark of Berkley with
a bullet-hole in his head. He was
short in his accounts and attempted to
burn his books to hide his crime. Be
ing discovered in this he killed him
self in despair.
Senator Morgan, who has just re
turned from an extended visit to Ha
waii, has expressed himsetlf as well
pleased with what he saw and the man
ner in which he was entertained on
the islands. He is more than ever en
thusiastic on the subject of annexation,
and intimates that Hawaii will become
a part of this country before the olose
of the coming year. r .
According to Chinese advices just re
ceived in Tacoma, Earl Li Hung Chang
will no longer take an active part in
Twenty million feet of hemlock and
2,000 cords of bark have been con
sumed, resulting in a loss of $100,000
by a forest fire near Austin, Pa.
The government has completed ar
rangements with the Canadian author
ities to have letter mail taken into
Dawson City once a month during the
winter season. The firtit carrier has
just left Dyea for Circle City and Daw
By an explosion at the Colma fuse
works, at Colma, Cal., Mary Beek was
killed and eight were sreiously and four
slightly wounded. The remains of the
dead girl have not been recovered from
the building, and it is believed they
The London Daily Mail says it bat
information from a reliable source that
cholera' has attacked a battalion of the
Shropshire regiment, which is stationed
at Sitapura, Northwest India, and that
40 non-commissioned officers and pri
vates have already succumbed.
The Nueste Nachrichten, of Leipsio,
has published a report of a conversa
tion in which Prince Bismarck is
quoted as saying that the Monroe doc
trine is "uncommon insolence towards
the rest of the world, and does violence
to the other American interests. "
A census ot the Russian empire has
just been completed. The population,
as now published, is 129,211,113, of
which 64,6116,280 are males and 64,
684,833 are females. The population
of Russia in Europe is nearly 100,000,
000, or more than three-fourths of the
Telegraphic advices from the New
Tork Heradl's correspondent in Rio de
Janeiro state that a servant in the em
ploy of William T. Townes, the United
States consul-general in Rio Janerio,
made an unsuccessful attempt to mur
der the consul-general. Mr. Towne'i
assailant was placed under arrest.
Admiral John L. Worden, retired,
died in Washington. He commanded
the Monitor during its engagement
with the Merrimao in Hampton Roads
during the late war. In 1886 he was
retired with full rank and the pay of
an admiral, the only instance of the
The director of the mint has submit
ted to the secretary of the treasury a
report for the fiscal year covering the
operations of the mints and assay offi
ces, together with statistics of foreign
countries relative to production, coin
age and monetary condition. The value
of the gold deposited at the mints and
assay offices during the fiscal rear 1897
was $129,105,500. Of this amount
$87,003,337 was original deposits, and
By the explosion of the boiler of the
steamer G. B. Force, in Charleroi, Pa.,
the captain, James Ryan, and the cook,
William Patterson, were killed. The
body of Patterson was found buried in
the sand and terribly mutilated. The
' body of the captain has not yet been
found. The others of the crew were
badly scorched and bruised. The ex
plosion was so heavy that the earth
trembled for more than a mile, and
windows were broken throughout the
John Falongos, a resident of Clifton,
Or., for the past six years, was killed
by the caving of an embankment on
the grade of the Astoria & Columbia
A dispatch from Madrid says there is
much discussion at the Spanish capital
on the subject of an alliance between
Spain and Portugal, reported to be in
process of negotiation. , The Portu
guese minister of marine, who is now
in Madrid, has expressed the belief
that such an alliance may be accom
plished at any moment, -
DEATH IN THE GALE.
Schooner Caspar Wrecked on the Cal
Point Arena, CaL, Oct. 26. Thirteen
seamen, comprising almost the entire
crew of the schooner Caspar, were
drowned early this morning by the
wreck of their vessel. The rocky shore
in this vicinity was strewn with wreck
age today, but there was no way of
identifying the ship until this evening,
when two men from shore, who had
gone out in a small boat to secure any
of the crew who might still, be alive,
picked up Captain Anfindsen and Sea
men Chris Larsen, who had been float
ing about on an improvised raft for
over 14 hours.
To his rescuers, Adolph Peterson and
Henry Anderson, the captain said the
bark struck on a reef this morning and
seven minutes later capsized. When
she tipped over, all the crew were
washed overboard. The steamer car
ried 15 men, but from the moment the
accident occurred the captain has seen
none of his crew except his companion,
Larsen, and has no doubt that the other
13 have all been lost.
When thrown into the water, Anfind
sen and Larsen by good fortune were
enabled to raft some pieces of floating
timber. They succeeded in drawing
the boards together, and clung to the
improvised raft from the time of the
accident until late this afternoon, while
the storm beat about them, being ex
posed to the most fearful gale of the
season. They had almost succumbed
from cold, exposure and exhaustion,
and were with great difficulty saved by
The sea has been so high all day that
it has been impossible to launch a boat
from shore, and even this evening the
two men who went out and accom
plished the rescue risked their lives in
Later in the evening the steamer
Alcazar cruised about the scene of the
wreck, but could find no trace of the
This is a very dangerous locality for
shipping, and when a vessel is once
thrown on the rocks she is certain to
be doomed, and there is little chance
for the escape of her unfortunate crew.
The Caspar sailed from San Francisco
yesterday for Usal, where she was to
load lumber for San Francisco. She
was owned by the Caspar Lumber Com
pany, and registered 300 tons.
The drowned are:
Morris Peterson, first mate.
Andrew Anderson, second mate.
George Offerman, chief engineer.
John Kuhn, assistant engineer."
N. C. Helverson, seaman.
Louis Bruce, seaman.
The cook, name unknown, and five
others whose names are also unknown.
THE NOTE ANSWERED.
' .' -
Spain Says She Has Done All in Her
Power to End the War.
Madrid, Oct. 26. In the special note
to Minister Woodford, the government
declares that Spain has done all in her
power to end the war in Cuba, and cites
the many sacrifices which have been
made by the nation, the number of
troops sent to Cuba, and the reforms
which are carried out on the island,
which are fully described.
The note ends with the statement
that "Spain will not admit the right
of any foreign power to interfere in any
of her affairs."
El Tempo publishes with reserve the
announcement that the reply of the
Spanish government to the United
States, presented to General Woodford,
the American minister at Madrid, de
clares that, if the United States does
not stop the sailing of filibustering ex
peditions from American ports, Spain
will re-establish the right to search ves
sels anchoring in Cuban waters.
El Liberal thinks a rupture possible
as the result of negotiations between
Spain and the ' United States, and
thinks Spain ought to avoid this rup
ture, so far as duty and honor permit,
but that the government should act in
a spirit of moderation and that the
nation will under no circumstances au
thorize a renunciation of Spain's rights.
Australians Klondike Crazy.
San Francisco, Oct. 26. Australia
will add its share of goldhunters to
the Klondike region next year. When
the Alameda sailed from Sydney the
offices of the Ocean io Steamship com
pany were being besieged with miners
anxious to get to the new land of gold.
Hundreds of letters a day were being
received, asking for information about
the land of glaciers and treasure. A
lengthy circular containing the gen
eral information that was sought was
prepared and copies of it were sent to
It is thought by the officers of the
Alameda that the next steamer will
come to this port crowded with gold
hunters for the Yukon.
Fatal New York Fire.
New York, Oct. 26. Two men lost
their lives in a fire today on Broadway,
near Ninth. When the bodies were
found, one was in a standing position,
the upper part of the body being over a
beam. The other was at a front win
dow, indicating that the man had
struggled to reach air and escape the
flames. The fire was in a three-story
brick building, owned by the Sailor's
Snug Harbor estate, and occupied by
the laundry of Gardner & Vail. The
loss is $25,000.
An Aged Soldier.
Valparaiso, Ind., Oct. 26. Uncle
Charles Decker, the oldest man in Por
toco, and probably the oldest soldier of
the late war, is dead. He was 99 years
old. During the war, at that time be
ing 61 years old, he enlisted in com
pany I, Nineteenth Indiana cavalry,
serving one year, when he was dis
charged for disability.
Apples, pears and plums when taken
without sugar diminish rather than in
crease the acidity of the stomach.
DROWNED LIKE RATS
Terrible. Accident on New
York Cenrtal Railroad.
TRAIN PLUNGES INTO THE HUDSON
Twenty-Eight Lives Were Lost Disas
ter Caused by the Giving Way
of an Embankment.
Garrison's, N. Y., Oct 26. From
the sleep that means refreshment and
rest to the eternal sleep that knows no
awakening plunged in the twinkling of
an eye this morning 28 souls, men,
women and children. In the slimy bed
of the Hudson river a train laden with
slumbering humanity plowed, dragging
through the waters the passengers.
There was nothing to presage the ter
rible accident which so suddenly de
prived these unfortunates of life.
The New York Central train left
Buffalo last night, and had progressed
nearly nine-tenths of the distance
toward its destination. The engineer
and bis fireman had just noted the gray
dawn breaking from the east and the
light streak of red denoting the sun's
appearance, when the great engine,
a servant of the rails, plunged into the
depths of the river. Neither engineer
nor fireman will ever tell the story of
that terrible moment. With hand upon
the throttle the engineer plunged with
his engine to the river's bottom, and
the fireman, too, was at his post. Be
hind them came the express car, the
combination car and the sleepers, and
these piled on top of the engine.
It is known that it was a trifle foggy
and that the track was not visible, but
if there was any break in the lines
of steel it must have been of very re
cent happening, for only an hour .be
fore there passed over it a heavy pas
senger train laden with human freight.
Neither is an explanation ready. All
is conjecture. The section of road was
supposed to be the very best on the en
tire division. There was a great, heavy
retaining wall all along the bank, and,
while the tide was high yesterday, it
was not unprecedented. What seems
to have happened was that underneath
the tracks and ties the heavy wall had
given way. When the great weight of
the engine struck the unsupported
tracks it went crashing through the
rest of the wall and toppled over into
Then there happened what on the
railroad at any other time would have
caused disaster, but now proved a very
blessing. As the train plunged over the
embankment, the coupling that held
the last three of the six sleepers broke
and they miraculously remained on the
broken track. In that way some 60
lives were saved.
Following is a list of the dead as far
as ascertained up to midnight:
Thomas Reilly, of St. Louis.
E. A. Green, of Chicago.
VV. H. Myers, of Tremont, N. J.
Guiseppe Paduano, of New York.
W. S. Becker, of Newark, N. J.
Unknown man, died while being res
cued. A. G. McKay, private . secretary to.
General Superintendent Van Etten;
body supposed to be in the wreck.
John Folye, engineer of East Albany;
body not recovered.
John Q. Tompkins, fireman, of East
Albany; body, not recovered.
Wong Gin- and eight unidentified
Of eye-witnesses there were none ex
cept the crew of a tugboat passing with
a tow. They saw the train, with its
light, as it came flashing about the
curves, and then saw the greater part of
it go into the river. Some of the cars
with closed windows floated, and the
tug, whistling for help, oast off its
hawser and started to the rescue.
A porter jumped from one of the cars
that remained on the track and ran into
the yard of Augustus Carr's house,
near which the accident occurred, and
stood screaming for help, and moaning:
"The train is in the river; all our pas
sengers are drowned 1"
In a few minutes Carr had dressed
himself, and getting a boat, rowed
with the porter to the scene. As they
turned a point into the bank, they
came upon the express car and the com
bination car floating about 20 feet from
the shore, but sinking every minute.
One man was taken from the top of the
car, and efforts were made to rescue
those inside. A few were gotten out,
the passengers left on the track making
a human bridge to the shore to take the
The day coach and smoker . had gone
down in deep wate, and rescue was
impossible. In the latter coach the
condition must have been horrible.
The car turned completely over, and
the passenger end of it was deep in the
water, while the baggage end stood up
towards the surface. The men in that
lower end must have fought like fiends
for a brief period, for the bodies, when
taken out, were a mass of wounds.
The closing scene of the first day of
this tragedy is drawn around a common
car that stands near the scene of the
accident, where nearly a score of badly
mutilated bodies, none of them yet
claimed by friends, are lying in a long
row, grewsome evidences of the disaster,
the greatest that has ever occurred on
Total number of known dead, 19;
estimated number of dead, 28.
A New Trial for Luetgert.
Chicago, Oct. 26. State's Attorney
Deneen late this afternoon decided to
put Luetgert on trial for a second time
some day next week. New evidence
has been discovered, it is said, relating
to testimony of three witnesses for the
defense. No arrangement was reached
aa to bail. j
HIS FIRST STATEMENT.
Luetgert Swears He Is Innocent of the
Chicago, Oct. 25. The press tonight
obtained the one great feature missing
in the famous Luetgert trial the sworn
testimony of the defedant nimself,
Adolph A. Luetgert.
Standing tonight in the gloomy jail
adjoining the grim-looking graystone
court building, in which his remark
able trial had at last been brought to
a finish, the burly sausage-maker
capped the climax of the extraordin
ary series of events which began with
his sensational bankruptcy and the al
leged frightful diabolism of boiling his
wife to death at midnight in a vat in
bis faotory cellar. Tonight, closely
following the result of the trial which
has attracted world-wide attention,
Luetgert made under oath a statement
for the press concerning the fearful
crime chraged against him, the first
sworn statement yet made by him and
the first statement of such kind ever
known in newspaper annals. The
affidavit was put in writing in due
legal form, certified to by a notary.
Ex-Judge William A. Vincent,, the
leading counsel for the defendant, in
this celebrated case, the man to whose
brains and skill and energy Luetgert,
beyond all doubt, owes his great legal
victory, gave consent to the affidavit
The scene in the jail when Luetgert
took the oath was as dramatic as the
circumstances were unique. In the
dimly-lighted jail corridor, Luetgert,
standing erect, and grasping the bars
that still kept him from liberty, lifted
his right hand and solemnly asserted,
as the notary administered the binding
form. The grewsome surroundings
were a reminder in some degree of the
midnight occurrences in the factory
cellar that have become familiar to
hundreds of thousands who have fol
lowed the details of the great trial.
Few, if any, of the curious prisoners
and turnkeys who were spectators had
any inklings of what was taking place.
Luetgert, the notary and a representa
tive of the press conferred together for
a few minutes and then Luetgert, with
out hesitation, made the affidavit and
signed it in ink with the hand that is
alleged to have committed one of the
most fiendish crimes on record.
The affidavit explicitly declares Luet
gert's innocence. The document in
full is as follows: -
"To the Public:
"The result of my trial, ending to
day, is a victory for me, because of the
disagreement of the jury; but I am
very much disappointed, and very
much surprised that the jury did not
bring in a verdict ot not guilty.
"1 did not kill my wife, and do not
known Where she is, but I am sure it 'Is
only a question of time until she comes
"I did not go upon the witness stand
because my lawyer, Judge Vincent,
was bitterly opposed to my doing so,
and because he advised me that it was
not necessary. I am grateful for the
tremendous change in public sentiment
in my favor, and time will demonstrate
that I am not only innocent, but a very
grievously wronged man.
"Adolph A. Luetgert."
"Subscribed and sworn to before me
this 25th day of October, A. D. 1897.
"M. F. Sullivan, Notary Public."
The Jury Disagreed.
Chicago, Oct. 25. As Adolph Luet
gert, who has been on trial on a charge
of having murdered his wife and boil
ing her body in a vat, heard this morn
ing from the foreman of the 12 men
who have been considering his case for
the past 66 hours the words, "We are
unable to agree upon a verdict," he
was as imperturbable as ever, evincing
The wonderful nerve of the defend
ant was with him to the end. He
stood up, and with a good-natured
smile on his swarthy face shook hands
with his son, Arnold, his counsel and
his business partner, William Charles,
and in less than five minutes was led
back to jail. The jury was dismissed
and the great trial was over.
THE STICKEEN ROUTE.
Arrangements Being Made-by a British
Winnipeg, Oct. 25. Frank Water-
house, president of the Fort Wrangel,
Glenora & Teslin Lake Transportation
Company, passed through this city
today on hia way to London to appoint
agents and arrange for the trip from
Europe to Dawson. From England
the first-class fare will be $1,000; second-class,
$750. These amounts in
clude transportation of supplies and
other necessities for one year. The
company will have a line' of steamers
between ports on Puget sound to the
head of navigation of the Stickeen riv
er, a distance of 130 miles from Fort
Wrangel. From the river to Teslin
lake, a portage of about 115 miles,
pack trains will convey the travelers,
it being intended to have about 1,000
horses on the route. Thence on Teslin
lake and the river course to Dawson, a
distance of about 450 miles, boats now
in course of construction are to be used.4
Stockton, Cal., Oct. 25. This after
noon., the jury in the case of George
Williams, charged with attempting to
wreck the New Orleans express at
Morano station, on the 4th ult., re
turned a verdict of guilty, fixing the
penalty at life imprisonment.
Thessalians May Return.
Athens, Oct. 25. The Turkish gov
ernment has granted permission to
Thessalians who fled from Thessaly af
ter the invasion of the conquering
Turkish troops under Edhem Pasha to
return to their homes through Phourka
pass, Monzenki pass and two other
passes near Trikhala and Amiroud.
A weak solution of salt in water is
good for sore throat when used as a
gargle, and this is still better if a few
grains of red pepper are added.
DEFENSE OF THE PORT
uenerai Wilson Keports on
RROGRESS MADE UPON THE WORK
Estimates for River and Harbor Im
provements in Oregon and
Washington, Oct. 25. In the an
nual report of General Wilson, chief of
enigneers, the ' following is said about
defenses at the mouth of the Columbia
"The defenses include works of the
older type, one garrisoned and one in
charge of an ordnance sergeant. With
the funds appropriated by the aot of
1896, work was commenced during the
year on five emplacements for 10-inoh
guns on disappearing carriages, two
emplacements for 8-inch guns on disap
pearing carriages, and two mining case
mates. At the close of the year, the
10-inch emplacements were completed,
and three 10-inch carriages mounted.
A wharf had been built for the con
struction of the 8-inch emplacements,
all necessary plant assembled and the
excavation completed. One mining
casemate was also under construction.
With the funds appropriated by the act
of 1897, an additional emplacement for
an 8-inch gun on a disappearing car
riage and a mortar battery for eight 12
inch mortars will be constructed. At
the close of the year, plans for these
works had been partially prepared.
There are no existing works of defense
on Puget sound."
The following estimates are made for
river and harbor improvements for
Oregon and Washington for the fiscal
year ending June 30, 1899:
Coqullle rfver fl.l5,000
Upper Coqullle river 28,000
Coos Bay 600,000
Siuslaw river 100,000
Tillamook Bay . 52,000
Columbia ri er below Tongue point 71,650
Columbia river and Lower Willamette... 800,000
Canal at Cascades 834.260
GauEinar the waters of the Columbia
Upper Columbia and Snake rivers.......... 20,000
Gray's harbor- $430,000
Puget sound...... .......... 25,000
Everett harbor 150,000
Swlnomish slough .. 47,000
Cbehalis river 8,000
Olympia harbor . 20,000
Cowlitz river. 1,000
. No action has been taken on the ap
propriation for a harbor of refuge at
Port Orford, the secretary holding that
the demands of commerce are not sum
cient to occasion the expenditure.
The simple announcement is made
that the secretary has not approved the
project at Yaquina, and no estimate is
It is stated that the land has not yet
been acquired for the boat railway at
The Dalles, For the same reason,
nothing has been done on the Seattle
CERTIFICATES NOT REQUIRED.
Judge Hanford's Ruling as to Wives and
Children of Chinese Merchants.
Seattle, Oct. 25. Judge Hanford,
of the federal court, today handed down
a decision in a Chinese case, in which
he holds that the wives and children of
Chinese merchants doing business in
the United States do not have to have
certificates from the Chinese govern
ment to entitle them to enter this
country. Government officials here say
that, if the opinion is upheld by the
higher courts, it means that the impor
tant section of the Chinese exclusion
act which provides that sons and
daughters of' Chinese merchants doing
business in this country roust secure
certificates from their home government
is no longer the law. United States
District Attorney Brinker will at once
report to the treasury department Judge
Hanford's ruling, and it is expected
that theattorney-genreal's office will at
once take steps to have the case ap
pealed to the supreme court.
Treasury agents claim that if the de
cision holds it will open the gates for a
flood of Orientals, for, if certificates are
not required, any number of Chinese
can claim to be children of merchants
in the United States.
Judge Hanford's decision is in direct
opposition to that of Judge Lacombe,
of New York.
HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE KILLED
Terrible Loss of Life by Cyclone in the
Madrid, Oct. 25. A dispatch from
Leyte, Philippine islands, says that
place has been almost devastated by a
cyclone, that many persons have been
killed and that the damage to property
The cyclone destroyed the towns of
Tagloban and Hernani, on the island
of Leyte, as well as several villages.
It is estimated that 400 persons lost
their lives through the disaster.
Later advices from Manila say the
cyclone occurred on October 12, and
added that Carriga and Burga, on the
eastern coast of Leyte, had been wiped
out, and that an immense wave swept
the island. Several hundred natives
perished at Tagloban. The cyclone
also swept the island of Sammar. The
full extent of the catastrophy is not yet
known, but the damage is estimated at
Will Demand Duty.
Victoria, Oct. 25. Hereafter every
pound of goods not bought in Canada
will have to pay duty before being al
lowed in the Klondike country. The
Canadian government has seen fit to re
voke the regulation allowing prospec
tors to take in 100 pounds of goods free
of duty, and customs officers will be
placed on the Stickeen route as well as
at Tagish lake and on the Yukon. .
Swords equal to the best ever made
are still produced at Toledo in Spain.
STARVED TO DEATH.
Out of a Population of Twenty-Five
Hundred, Only Five Survive.
New York. Oct. 25. A Herald dis
patch from Havana says: A local
newspaper publishes and Vouches for
the following: At Chascapeba, in the
district of San Julian, belonging to the
municipality of Melana del Sur there
were concentrated 2,500 persons. These
reconcentrados were the only inhabit
nts of the place. Now there are only
Sve survivors, the rest having died of
hunger and fever. In Havana city it
is no unusual sight to see 10 or 12
lead on one plaza early in the morn
ing. The employers employ regular
roundsmen to remove bodies from the
. There is no abatement in the activity
if the rebels in the western provinces.
The special regiment of Veragua on
its way to the Rubi hills in Pinar del
Rio, stumbled across a dynamite bomb
and lost 10 killed and 41 wounded.
Further on thev came across another,
but it failed to explode. The soldiers
became terrified and refused to proceed.
In Havana province 100 rebels of
Raoul Arango s command entered and
raided a town. They carried away a
quantity of clothing and provisions
without a shot being fired by the garri
son. Near Artemisa, Havana province,
a band of insurgents under Aooa at
tacked and macheted the Spanish guer
illa force stationed on the Neptuno
In a railroad collision between Arte
misa and Mangas several soldiers were
Inhabitants of a suburb of Havana
report hearing firing just outside the
town last night. The firing continued
for several hours, and this morning
some wounded troops were brought in
No details of the fight have been ob
New York, Oct. 25. The Herald has
made investigation into the alleged de
parture of the filibustering expedition
from New York on the sohooner Silver
Heels last Saturday. As to the suspic
ious circumstances attending the depar
ture of the vessel, H. P. Brown, her
Agent said: "There is nothing suspic
ious about the sailing of the Silver
Heels. She took nothing which could
be regarded as contraband goods. She
tailed for Norfolk and Charleston in
search of a charter. As her agent, I
should certainly have known if she had
taken cargo from this port."
Despite the emphatio denial ' of
Brown, the Herald learns from other
sources that the Silver Heels did leave
New York Saturday night loaded with
arms and ammunition, and that she
went direct to sea. At some point on
the high seas she is expected to trans
fer her cargo to another, craft which
would have armed men on board,
whose destination is Cuba. Tomas
Estrada Palma, the Cuban representa
"I am positive that no armed expedi
tion left this port for Cuba."
Hold-Up on Siskiyou Mountain.
Ashland, Or., Oct. 25. D. C. Pit-
ler, a gardener, living four miles south
of Ashland, came to town this morning
and reported that, while returning
from a trip to Northern California,
where he had been with a load of pro
duce, and while on Siskiyou mountain,
near Steinman, where the stage road
crosses the railroad, at 7 o'clock last
evening, he was stopped by two high
waymen, who ordered him down from
his wagon with drawn revolvers, after
which they rifled his pockets of a sack
containing $48 in silver, but over
looked $30 in gold in a trousers pocket.
The robbers then told bim to get on
his wagon and make himself scarce,
which he did in a hurry, reaching his
home at 8 o'clock, and not reporting to
the local authorities until this morn
ing. The authorities are now investi
gating the case. Pitzer is not able to
give a very complete description of the
Cherokees Are Arming;.
Little Bock, Ark., Oct. 25. A spe
cial to the Gazette from Fort Smith
Bays: It has leaked out here that the
full-blood Cherokees have been secretly
arming themselves and securing large
quantities of ammunition for several
weeks, but it has been especially brisk
lince the return of the attorney sent to
Washington to enjoin the Dawes com
mission from proceeding to make the
citizenship rolls. The majority of the
Cherokees are opposed to the treaty,
but the most bitter feeling is among
the ignorant full-bloods. They are
prepared to resist any attempt to
change their tribal government. No
immediate outbreak is anticipated, but
a great deal depends upon the action of
the council next Monday.
Taeoma Woman Kills Herself.
Tacoma, Wash., Oct. 25. Mrs.
Frank Alwyn, wife of a saloon-keeper,
shot herself in the breast at an early
hour this morning, dying almost in
stantly. The act was committed in
St. Joseph's hospital, where she was
admitted last night. She carefully
planned for her death, wrapping her
self in a rubber blanket, so the bed
clothing would .not become bloody.
She left a note saying she was tired of
life with directions for her funeral.
In a bureau was found a shroud, made
by herself, with a card pinned on it
upon which was "Bury me in this."
Mrs. Alwyn was 26 years old.
A Premature Kxplosion.
Kingston. N. Y.. Oot. 2S At Rn.
endale todav the nremAtnre ex-Dlnsinn
of a blast in Snyder's cement quarry
killed Arnold Johnson instantly and
inflicted probably fatal injuries on
Abyssinians Devastating; Somliland.
Cairo, Oct. 25. News reached here
from Somalil and that the Abyssinians
are devastating that country. They
have already dispersed or wiped out 10,
great Somal tribeav
Evidence of Steady Growth
ITEMS OF GENERAL INTEREST
From All the Cities and Towns of
the Thriving Sister States
A fishing crew caught between 800
and 1,000 herring in one night last
week, in Yaquina bay. "
A farmer of Malheur county, this
year sold 73,000 pounds of wool and 63
head of choice beef cattle.
Eighteen thousand dollars in gold
bullion was the output of the Bonanza
mine in Baker county last month.
The Ashland iron works are working
on a $1,500 order for pulleys, shafting,
etc., from the Sissons Lumber & Mer
The keel for the Alaska Gold Min
ing & Navigation Company's boat that
is being built in the Siuslaw, near
Florence, measures 125 feet in length.
There are now 1.200 signers in
Astoria to the petition for the bridge
across Young's bay. Only about 1,400
names are required to put the measure
Among Mr. Dade's sheep on Birch
creek, in Umatilla county, is a lamb
with only one ear and one eye. It was
born thus, and is fully developed in
every other respect.
Contractor Jacobson. who is work
ing on the jetties on Coos bay and on
the Siuslaw, has about ISO men em
ployed. He says his contracts will be
finished in two or three months.
'There are no empty houses in Yale,
Malheur county." Several farmers have
been compelled to give up the idea of
living in town in order to send their
children to school, because of the lack
The run of chinooks in Coos bay was
light last week, and silversides were
scarce also. There has been a great im
provement, however, in the last few
days, and boats on the lower bay are
making good catches.
One day last week Hume's fishing
orew at the mouth of Rogue river made
a regular old-time catch of salmon,
raking in 8,750 at one haul of the seine.
There is a large run of salmon coming
into Sixes river, in Curry county.
A fish eight or nine inches long and
somewhat resembling the Sound mack
erel is being caught along the water
front in Astoria. No one seems to
know, just of what specie it is, but such
a fish was seen in these waters about
five years ago. '
There is greater activity witnessed
in and around Drain this fall than has
been seen here before for years. New
buildings are being built, old ones re
paired, sidewalks made and improved,
empty houses are rapidly filling up, a
brick kiln of over 100,000 is always
ready for burning, and thousands of
cords of wood are being handled by
A disease called glanders is causing
the death of quite a number of horses
in Paradise. Wallowa county. The
people there have asked the county
court to order th stock inspector to
that place to take steps to prevent the
spread of the disease. At this particu
lar time, however, the county is with
out a stock inspector, but the" matter
will be attended to at the next session
of the court.
Movement of the hop crop has not
yet started, except on sales contracted
before harvest, and neither buyers nor
growers are able to say when it will.
A few sales are reported from Polk
county at 15 cents, and it is stated on
good authority that 15 cents has
been offered in Salem for choice hops.
The price, generally offered, however,
is from 13 to 13 cents. This, grow
ers are unwilling to take, and in some
instances, agents having failed to buy
at these figures, the orders have been
The Lincoln county tax levy has been
fixed at 16 mills.
The shingle mill in Kelso, Cow lit a
ounty, is cutting 170,000 shingles in
11 hours. This is at the rate of over
150,000 in 10 hours.
By a vote of 10 to 4, the Tacoma city
council passed an ordinance making it
imperative for women to remove their
hats in places of public amusement..
Tea Inspector Palmer has rejected
200 cases of Japanese tea, recently
brought to Seattle on the Nippon Yn
sen liner, Kinshui Maru. The inspec
tor says the tea has apparently once
been used. . '
A farmer of Yakima will this fall
sow a lot of the much-talked-of Ber
muda grass, which is said to thrive on
dry hilly ground without irrigation. If
the test proves successful the grass will
be largely sown for sheep fodder.
Tests made at the Washington state
agricultural college of beets grown on
irrigated lands in Yakima county un
der the system of experiments inaugur
ated by the Northern Pacific, show a
range of from 14 to 20 per . cent of
sugar, with an average aboveMS per
sent. These results are said to be very
sawHiHUlury. - ,-r', ."
Thurston county will build a . steel
bridge with 200-foot span across the
Chehalis river, near Grand Mound.
During the past week grain has been
pouring in from the fields to the ware
houses and mills in Dayton, and they
are now nearly - filled to overflowing.
Very little gram is being sold or ship
ped, the farmer desiring to hold for a
higher price. Most of them want to
hold for 75 cents, but if that price ia
reached again and the market has a
tendency to go still higher, they would
no doubt still continue to hold.