Union gazette. (Corvallis, Benton County, Or.) 1899-1900, April 13, 1900, Image 1

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SIlSSU. j ConsoUWetFe.. 1899.
From All Parts of the New
World and the Old.
Hoiuprehenilvfl Review of the Import
ant Happenings' of the Put Week
Called From the Telegraph Column
The Republicans elected 19 out of 35
aldermen m Chicago
Admiral Dewey has announced him
self as a candidate for president.
Genreal French has given up his
chase after the retreating Boers,
Boston is agitating the question 'of
prohibition of ringing church bells.
The Cnited States building at the
Paris exposition will be cloned on Sun
days. Queen Victoria landed at Dublin,
Ireland, her first visit to the island in
39 years.
A temperance movement has been
inaugurated in Mexico, owing to the
increase of drunkenness.
Admiral Dewey's collection of curios
and trophiesj at his request, will be
placed in the Smithsonian Institute.
Turkish tower at the Paris exposition
obstructs the view of the United States
building and Commissioner Peck has
- protested against it,
The Vanderbilts and Morgans now
bave plans almost perfected which
'will give them absolute control of the
coal supply of America. .
Forty-four young men of Thurston,
Or, have petitioned the military board
for the organization of a company of
the Rational Guard at that place.
The mammoth auditorium in which
the Democratic National convention
was to have been held on July 4, was
burned to the ground, entailing a loss
of 1350,000.
At Logansport, Ind.,.150 masked
men blew up two bridges, and burned
two toll houses on the Logansport and
Bui ling ton pike at midnight. The
road is the only pike in the county,
and protests bave been directed against
high toll and the alleged bad condition
of the pike.
The newly organized American
Match Machine Company, 'a N ew Jer
sey corporation, is about to enter into
competition with the Diamond Match
Company, known as the match trust.
The new company does not intend to
confine its attention to the trade ot the
United States, but will make a vigor
ous fight for European trade, through
the sale of rights. y
W. J. Bryan addressed 10,000 people
-at Tacoma, Wash."
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The Puerto Rican bill passed the
senate by a vote of 40 to 31. -
The public debt decreased $6,000,000
during the month of March.
A bill was passed to throw, open
Idaho and Oklahoma Indian lands.
The journeymen plumbers of Indian
apolis have struck, demanding an in
crease in pay.
The legislative council of Trinidad
has ratified the reciprocity treaty with
the United States.
Aguinaldo is in Singapore. Singa
pore papers mention the fact and pub
lish short interviews with him.
The plasterers of Minneapolis have
been locked out, pending the settle
ment of their dispute as to hours.
Pearl harbor, in the Hawaiian islands,
will be improved and fortified and
made available for naval purposes.
Mexico's army convicts " will be
abolished by the new secretary of war.
Volunteer service is to be encouraged.
The marine hospital service has sent
an argent request to congress for an
appropriation of $500,000 to fight
plague in various seaport towns.
The casualties in the Philippine war
eince January 1, have been: Ameri
cans, 88 killed, 163 wounded; insur
gents, 1,426 killed; 1,453 captured.
Great preparations for war are going
on in Russia. All messages in regard
to movements of troops are censored
and all officers are denied leaves of
The Illinois Brick Company, of Chi
cago, the brick combine of that city,
has filed with the secretary of state a
certificate of increase of capital stock
from $10,000 to $9,000,000.
The party of scientists under Pro
fessor A. Agassiz, who left San Fran
cisco several months ago on an expedi
tion to the South Seas, has returned.
This scientific expedition went first to
the Pomotos, exploring . the northern
part of those islands, a region never be
fore examined by scientists. After
refitting the vessel at Tahiti, the re
mainder of the Society islands, as well
as the Cook, Savage and the islands
of the Tonga group were explored.
After refitting at Suva, the Ellice,
Gilbert and Marshall islands were ex
plored and the island of Guam was
Gov. Smith, of Vermont, owns a pri
vate locomotive. It is fitted with lux
urious accommodations for eight pas
sengers. There is a scheme to construct a di
rect railroad from New York to Chi
cago, saving 300 miles and making
the distance in 16 hours.
As chairman of the board of direc
tors of the New York Central Railroad,
Channcey Depew draws the snug salary
of $60,000. annually.
More than $30,000,000 worth of tim
ber was destroyed in the recent forest
fires in the state of Washington.
The foreign commerce of the port of
Boston last year aggregated $190,485,
000, surpassing all previous records.
It Is understood that the north half
A the Colville Indian reservation, in
Washington, will be thrown open for
settlement about May 1.
The next Vermont legislature will be
asked to appropriate money for a
statue of Justin S. Morrill, to be placed
In tbs statuary ball of the - capital at
Webster Davis addressed an immense
pro-Boer audience in Washington.
The Copper Stain mine, in Josephine
county, Oregon, was sold for $9,000.
Cubans have confidence in General
Gomez and entreat him not to leave the
The Edward T. Smith box factory
at New York, was destroyed by fire;
loss, $250,000.
Ex-Governor Pattison, of Pennsyl
vania,- is wanted for vice-president on
the Democratic ticket.
Boers claim to have captured 11 guns
at Bloemfontein waterworks, instead
of seven, as first reported.
Building tradesmen in Indianapolis
have returned to work, their employers
conceding to their demands.
Generals in the Philippines are call
ing for more troops. They cannot hold
the rebels down with the present force,
The Boers have succeeded in cutting
off General Brabant's two or three
thousand troops from all other British
The 65th anniversary of the birth of
King Leopold, of Belgium, was appro
priately celebrated throughout the
- The British North American and
West Indies squadron is to be increased
by one battleship, two cruisers and
several torpedo lioats.
The body of an unknown young man
was found in the Willamette river near
Oregon City, with his head entangled
in a fish net. It is a case of deliberate
H. H. Pitcher, banker of Oakland,
Cal., committed suicide by blowing
his brains out. Pitcher was trustee of
an estate valued at $600,000. His
trust was being investigated in court.
The United States supreme court de
cided the case of Grundling vs. the city
of Chicago, involving the validity of
the anti-cigarette ordinance of that
city. The ordinance was attacked as
unconstitutional. The opinion of Jus
tice Peckham held the ordinance not
to be unconstitutional.
- In his addiess at the memorial ser
vices held in memory of the late Dr.
Isaac M. Wise, at Isaiah temple, Dr,
Emil G. Hirsch made an appeal to the
jewisn people oi unicago to raise $duu,-
000, which is the amount yet required
to lift the debt on the Jewish Union
College, in Cincinnati. By so doing,
Dr. Hirsch said, the great work which
was begun by Dr. Wise, and carried
forward by him nnder difficulties,
could be fully accomplished.
Emily Cogblan, the actress, died at
Stamford, Conn., aged 36 years. ;
Half the village of Proctor ville, Ohio,
was .destroyed by fire. " Loss $300,000.
A German scientist Has invented a
compound which melts iron in five
seconds. . -
Boe-s in Natal are-.'becoming active.
&rxa an engajrenieut vtitn Bulier Is sui-
The German flag has been raised over
the Samoan islands of Upolu, Manono,
Apolima and Sara.
Captain John Codman, the famous
advocate of free ships and free trade,-' is
dead at Boston, aged 86.
: The statue of Maud Adams will not
be admitted to the Paris expositon be
cause it is a personal exhibit.
At Pittsbnrg, Pa., a big eight-story
department store was destroyed by fire,
causing a loss of over a $1,000,000. ;
Another brother of President Steyn,
of Orange Free State, was captured at
Karee Siding, and is now at Bloem
fontein. The squadron of the United States
navy, recently formed in Chinese
waters, is to have its headquarters at
Hong Kong.
Forty people lost their lives at Austin,
Texas, due to an overflow of the Col
orado river. Property destroyed ex
ceeds $3,000,000.
Walter E. Groffe, the defaulting
cashier of the Adams Express Company
at Dayton, Ohio, who left the city
October 6 last, taking with him $3,000
of the corporation's money, has been
arrested in San Francisco.
The sitution in Ashantee is unchang
ed. A Coomassie runner reports that
all the Ashantee tribes are in arms, the
king of Bekwal alone remaining loyal.
It is believed that the Ashantee golden
stool has been found and that the rising
is due to the endeavor of the governor
of the colony, Sir Frederic Mitchell
Hodgson, to take possession of it.
The American Plate Mirror Company
was chartered at Harris burg, Pa., with
a capital of $50,000,000. This com
pany is composed of well-known plate
glass men, and, is looked upon as the
beginning of a determined move on the
part of the American plate-glass men
to wrest the trade in this country for
plate mirrors from foreign manu
Senator Tillman, from the committee
on mines and mining, reported the
bill providing for the utilization of a
part of the proceeds of the sales of pub
lic lands in support of schools for min
ing in the public land Btates. It pro
vides for the appropriation of $10,000
annually for the present in each case
and the gradual increase of the amount
to $20,000.
A national congress of mothers is to
be held at Des Moines, la., May 21-25."
The department of agriculture will
plant 100,000 rubber trees in the Ha
waiian islands.
At Lady Lansdowne's concert in
London, Mme. Patti is said to have
worn diamonds worth over $1,000,000.
Gen. John J. El well, a hero of the
civil war, died at Cleveland, O. His
military service extended from 1861 to
Commander Richard Wainwrlght
has assumed bis new duties as superin
tendent of the naval academy at An
apolis, Md.
Queen Victoria has more living de
scendants than any other monarch in
Europe. She has seven surviving chil
dren, 82 grandchildren . and 83 great
Rev. Edwin A. Schell has sued Rev.
Joseph F. Berry and Rev. H. C. Jen
nings, of Chicago, and Rev. - Charles
Parkhnrst, of Boston, for $25,000 for
forcing him from the Epworth lesgus
Roberts Loses Five Compan
ies of Infantry. ,
General Villebois Marenll, a Frenchman
. In the Dutch Army, Killed In a Fight
With Metuuen's Forces.
London, April 9.-Lord Roberts re
ports that five companies of British
troops have been captured by B86rs
near Bethanie. . The following his the
text of his dispatch to the war office,
announcing the capture: '
"Bloemfontein, , April : 9. Another
unfortunate occurrence has occurred
resulting, I fear, in the capture of
party of infantry, consisting of three
companies of the Royal Irish Fusiliers
and two companies . of the Ninth regv
ment of mounted infantry, near Red
dersbnrg, a little eastward of the Beth'
anie railway station, within a few
miles of this place. They were sur
rounded by a strong force of the ene
mv, with four or five guns.
"The detachment held out from noon
of April 3 until April 4, at 9 . M., and
then-apparently surrendered, for it is
repoi ted that the firing ceased at that
time. Immediately after I heard the
news, during the afternoon of April 3,
I ordered Gatacre to proceed from
Springfontein, his present headquarters,
to Reddersburg with all possible speed,
I dispatched the Cameron Highlanders
hence to Bethanie. He arrived at Red
dersburg at 10:30 A. M., without oppo
sition, but conld get no news of the
missing detachment. There can be no
doubt that the whole party has been
made prisoners."
The lost companies are probably a
part of the force guarding the railroad
at Bethanie, 30 miles-south of Bloein
fontein. The Boers are evidently oper
ating in force near the railroad, and
there is a possibility of the lines being
interrupted for a brief period at any
time. As the captured British soldiers
were in a position to defend them
selves ; for nearly 24 hours and were
then forced to surrender, the fighting
must have been severe.
The Boers were in force yesterday
five miles from Jagersfontein, situated
60 miles up from Bloemfontein. They
had a brush with British patrols.
Gen. Villebois Marenll Killed.
London, April 9. The war office re
ceived - the following dispatch from
Lord . Roberts, dated Bloemfontein,
April 9: .
Methuen telegraphs from Boshof,
in the Orange Free State, a little north
east of Kimberley, as follows:
Surrounded General Villebois
Marenll and a body of Boers today, and
they! could not escape. Villebois and
jevejtTVwWwerd killed, eight c3SBRd
anv:,&0'ure prisoners."--- -
American Consul Strung Up by the
Thumbs In Pern.
Chicago, April 9. A special to the
Record from Washington says:" Edward
Gottfried, of Wilkesbarre, Pa., late
consular agent of this government at
Truxillo, Peru, in a sworn statement
which he has filed with the state de
partment, asserts that in "the summer
of 1898 at Huamucho, 50 or 60 Pe
ruvian revolutionsists dragged him
half dressed to the pnblic square,
where they demanded that he produce
5,000 sols (between $3,000 and $4,000
and 25 rifles within 15 minutes or sub
mit to chastisement in what is termed
in Pern the "flying stocks."
Gottfried says he protested that he
was unable to comply with the demand
and was immediately knocked down
with a blow from a gun and overpow
ered. His thumbs were tied together
with thongs and his hands twisted back
of his head.' Heavy rifles were inserted
between the inverted elbows and his
head and in that position he was strung
up. In a short time the agonizing
pains rendered him insensible. The
administration will demand restitution
and an apology.
Battle Between Chinese Raiders and
the British Police. " .
Vancouver, B. C, April 9. -Oriental
papers state that Chinese official enmity
towards foreigners is being specially
directed against British citizens in
China, Instigated, it is said, by Rus
sian suggestions, the Chinese havw
lately been especially troublesome on
the Burraah-Chinese frontier, where a
medical officer and an assistant com
missioner were murdered.
A story was brought by the Empress
of Japan from Yokohama today of a
series of additional Chinese raids on
the Burman boundary, culminating in
a battle between 500 Chinese and 75
military police nnder District Super
intendent Hertz, of Rangoon. The
Indian military police, with 50 Gurk
has, attacked the main body of Chinese,
killing 84 and capturing their guns,
jingals and banners. The Chinese
leader was among the killed. Six of
the British forces, including two offl,
cers, were wounded, only one seriously.
The scene of the battle was eight miles
on the Burmah side of the frontier.
Lehigh laboratory Burned.
Bethlehem, Pa., April 9. The physi
cal laboratory of Lehigh University,
one of the largest in the country, was
burned today, and all its scientific ap
paratus was destroyed. The loss on
the building and contents is $200,000;
insurance, $50,000.
Tragedy on a California Farm.
St. Helena, Cal., April 9. W. H.
Alexander, a farmer, shot and killed
his wife today and then took his own
life by cutting his throat with a razor.
In Beckham's Favor.
Frankfort, Ky., April 9. The court
of appeals today handed down a decis
ion in the governorship case in, favor of
the Democrats. The opinion is by six
judges, four Democrats, and two Re
publicans. One. Republican dissented.
The opinion . holds that the action of
the leigslature in seating Beckham was
final, and that the courts have no power
to review it; that Taylor exceeded his
authority in adjourning the legislature
to London, and that the journals of the
two houses of the legislature, being ir
regular, can be impeached.
Boers Captured Valuable Papers and
Plans From the British.
Brandford, Orange Free State, April
9. Burghers who are returning 'from
the scene of the Sannas Post ambuscade
(also referred to as Karre and Korn
Spruit) furnish, interesting details tf
the occurrence. It appears that when
the first retreating -British wagon, en
tered the drift the ambuscaders shouted
"Hands up," removed the officers and
let the cart through. The process was
repeated several times, until the wag'
ons arrived -in a bunch, when the ruse
was discovered and a disorderly fight
followed. In one cart were two offi
cers, to whom Commandant Dewet
shouted "Hands up." One' of them
obeyed, whereupon the ohter shot his
comrade dead, refused to surrender
and was immediately shot. - The
burghers lost three men killed and 1 10
wounded. - including ; ' field cornet.
Among the wounded was Dutch Milli-
tary Attache" "'Six', who received a bul
let in the chest. Altogether the Boers
captured 889 prisoners throughout the
., The significance of the battle muFt
not be underrated. . It was fought by a
force of Free Staters, on a flat plain
and without shelter. The Free Staters
are now desirous of marchng on BIpem
fonten, and the Transvaal officeis are
anxous to emulate the successes pi
their late allies. All the Southern Boer
forces have now formed junctions with
the, main Boer army, and form a large
loree of veterans. J ne burg tiers, wno
were prevously short of food, now have
plenty. Commandant Dewet sent the
British guns, wagons and prisoners to
Perhaps of greater importance than
the victory is the capture of British
secret papers, including - maps and
plans of 1897, 1898 and 1899, outlining
elaborate schemes for the invasion of
the Orange Free State and the . Trans
vaal, and giving a plan for reaching
Johannesburg from Mafeking along Dr,
Jamieson's route, amended so as to
avoid mistakes. Another gives, the
plan for a march from Bloemfontein to
Kroonstad. . Advices from Vienters-
berg, Prieska and Kenbardt show the
colony is full of rebels. The Kenhardt
rebels are marching on Calvinia. and
others are on their way to Fourteen
A dispatch box was found at Sannas
Post containing oaths signed by Free
Staters. The signers have been sent
for in order that the general may ex
plain the.- invalidity of oaths under
President Steyn' s Speech to the Free
State Raad.
Pretoria, April, 9. In his speech at
the opening of the Free State Raad.
President Steyn declared that, in spite
of the -surrender of Bloemfontein, he
had not lost the hope of the triumph of
the republican cause. The war. ' he
said, was foroiU rmria the fTrajsiuaal
Free State but to throw in its lot with
its sitser republic, in accordance , with
the terms of the treaty. The war, he
continued, was begun with the object of
maintaining the independence secured
with the blood of the forefathers of
the nation, and had been so successful
that it had caused the greatest wonder
throughout the world, and even to the
Boers themselves.
After paying a tribute to the memory
of General Joubert, Steyn said the Brit
ish, notwithstanding their overwhelm
ing numbers, were violating the flag ot
truce and the Red Cross, and ne was
compelled to report the matter to the
neutral powers. The president further
remarked that the attempt to create
dissension among the burghers by issu
ing proclamations had failed. Refer
ring to the correspondence between the
South African presidents' and Lord
Salisbury, Steyn proceeded:- 7
'Not only were those efforts made,
but the republics dispatched deputa
tions to Europe and America to bring
the influence of the neutral powers in
order to secure cessation of bloodshed,
and I greatly desire that these efforts
be crowned with success."
Hawaiian Territorial Bill Passed by
the House.
Washington, April 9. The house,
after four days of debate, today passed
the substitute for the senate bill pro
viding for a territorial form of govern
ment for Hawaii. The bill now goes
to conference.
The most interesting feature of the
days' proceedings was the attempt of
Hill, of Connecticut, to secure the
adoption of two amendments, one pro
viding for a resident commissioner in
stead of a delegate in congress, and the
other declaring that nothing in the. act
should be interpreted, as a pledge of
statehood. Both were overwhelmingly
Deboe, of Kentucky, today gave no
tice that he would move to refer the
credentials of ex-Senator J. C. S.
Blackburn, as a senator from that state,
to committee on privileges and elec
tions. During the greater part of the
session the senate had under consideration-the
Indian appropriation bill.
Sullivan, of Mississippi, delivered a
speech in favor of seating Hon. M. S.
Quay. :
Gold Mines raid Off. v
Cripple Creek, Colo., April 9. Two
hundred miners have been laid off at
the Portland mine on 5 account of the
high rates demanded by the smelters
for the treatment of gold ores.
Two Negroes Hanged.
Baxlev, Ga., April 9. King and
Louis Gossby, colored, who killed Dan
iel Mims, a farmer, and his young
child near here the. night of March 5
last, were executed here today.
Chicago, April 9.- A strike of 100
power-house employes of the Chicago
Street-Railway Company tied up 170
miles of electric lines tonight for two
hours at the busiest time, and crippled
the whole service for the rest of the
night. The men who went out objected
to a change from an eight to a 12-hour
day. ' .
Seoul, Corea, April 9. An agree
ment has been consummated here
whereby Russia disavows any design to
obtain a port in the island of Quelpart
and Corea promises not to concede the
same to any other -power.
Great Dam atv Austin Is Car-
ried Away.
Similar- to the Johnstown Disaster
. Great Loss to Property Part of the
; City Inundated. .
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."Austin, April 10. This city is to-
nigbt in pitch darkness, with a raging
river, one mile wide, swollen far be
yond its natural banks, roaring and
surging through all the lower portion
of the town, having spread death and
destruction in. its wake. In addition
to the vast loss to property interests, it
iaHealculated that between . 80 and . 40
lives have been sacrificed, and the re
ports coming in from the tributary
country tonight do not tend to improve
matters.' The flood is not unlike, the
disastrous Johnstown flood of some
years ago,, in that a raging river,
already swollen far beyond its capaci
ty, bore to heavily upon an immense
dam spanning a river, breaking it and
letting loose a reservoir of water 80
miles long, half a mile wide and 60 feet
deep, to aid in carrying destruction
down the valleys of the Colorado river,
The great dam in the Colorado gave
way at noon from the enormous pres
sure of water and debris, and with
roar and. crash swept the valley below
the uity, wrecking the immense light
and power plant and drowning eight
Last Wednesday night it began to
rain very hard at this place, the storm
extending north of here along the
watersheds of the Colorado river. The
precipitation continued until this morn
ing, the downfall averaging six inches
within an hour. All this vast quantity
of water all along the watersheds of
the Colorado river rapidly swelled the
current until at 8 o'clock this morning
the river, which had been rising steadi
ly since last evening, was a raging tor
rent, having risen 40 feet within 10
hours. ..'
After daylight this morning it be
came evident tfiat the situation was
serious. The river began to rise so
rapidly that it became evident that
the dam, power house and contents.
costing $500,000, were in imminent
danger. To add to the danger of the
Situation, small frame houses, trees and
debris of every description commenced
descending the river, and piled up
against the upper face of the dam
lhis weight was augmented every
moment until by 10 o'clock there was
a mass of debris lodged against the
dam which threatened the safety of the
structure. In addition, millions of
gallons of water, muddy from ita long
journey was whirling and plunging to
tbi60-foof fall, and it was evident that
o1vair ee4tl&-wkb?tao the. ..immense
pressure. ' ' '
:r Breaking of the Dam.
The crisis came shortly after 11
o'clock, when suddenly, with a report
like the roar of the ocean, a great
wedge, 25 feet high, 600 feet wide, and
about 8 feet thick, rolled out of the
center section of the dam, down the
face of the 60-foot fall, deep into the
river below. This left a hanging gap
in the very middle of the dam, through
which the debris and water fiercely
poured, while the flood, already raging,
was threatening everything in its path
The released water poured into the
powerhouse, catching eight ' employes
at work there, drowning all of them.
Within a snort time all the valleys
to the south and west of Austin were
filled to overflowing with water, and
the southern portion of the city, tribu
tary to the river, was' inundated.
Large crowds collected on the river
banks, and several persons were swept
into the river when the dam broke, but
all were saved by boatmen.
A crowd of rhite people, numbering
about 80, living just below the dam in
tents, were seen at their habitations
just before the dam broke and have
not been accounted for since. . It is
generally believed that all of them
were swept away.
A family of six negroes living in the
valley south of the city are-'' known to
have been drowned.
It is estimated that more than 100
houses have been destroyed, and the
loss to property will be , great. . The
breaking of the dam engulfed the old
water company's plant below the city,
and it is tonight lying 15 feet under
water, while the city is in darkness and
without water.
Caused a Serious Train Wreck.
Laredo, Tex., April 10.- The north
bound passenger train which . left here
over the International & Great North
ern railway this morning, was wrecked
by the spreading of the rails near Two
hig, about noon. The entire train, ex
cept the engine, went into the ditch.
Mail Agent Sobright was seriously in
jured, and several others seriously hurt.
Further details bave not been received
The Rio Grande has "come to a stand
at 26 feet, without damage to the
bridges here, but the waterworks ma
chinery is submerged, and the crops
along the river have been destroyed.
Piano and Organ Factory Burned.
Chicago. April 10. Fire today partly
destroyed the piano and organ factory
of the M. S. Schurz Copmany, corner
Morgan and Superior streets, entailing
a loss of $50,000, covered by insurance.
The cause is thought' to have been spon
taneous combustion. -
Saratoga Opera-House Burned.
' Saratoga, N. Y., April 10. The Sans
Souci Opera House block and the
Schaffer building, at Ballston, wen
burned today. Loss, $150,000.
Steel for the Kansas City Wigwam. .
Pittsburg, April 10. The Carnegie
Company has commenced shipment of
the structural iron to be used in the
construction of the convention building
at Kansas City. As far as the Carnegie
Com pansy is concerned, the building
can be completed on time.
traction of Glucose Works. '
eal, Ont., April 10. The
se works here, which are a por-
the Edwaidsburg starch works.
impleteiy destroyed by fire to-
Loss, $150,000.
Not Sufficient to Keep Filipino Insur-
. gents Down.
Manila, April 11. Reports of en
counters between the Americans and
the insurgents continue to an ive from
many points. On Friday Captain
Sturgis, while reconnoitering, struck
an insurgent outpost on the Nevaliches
road, five miles distant from Manila,
killing two and captuiing 10. All
were in full uniform. Unfortunate! v
Captain Sturgis' force was not large
enougn to pursue the main body.
A detachment of the Forty-second
infantry, while scouting in Laguna
province, was pursued by the insur
gents and obliged to takep refuge in a
church at Paeto, where the Americans
repelled the rebels until reinforced.
Lieutenant Gordon, with a company
of the Sixteenth infantry, while scout
ing near Apart i, Cagavan province, en
gaged 250 insurgents. Lieutenant
Gordan was wounded.
The insurgents made a night attack
upon Calbayon, Island of Samai . Tbey
killed the sentry, swarmed . into the
town, and seaiched the house of Major
bilmore, of the Forty-third infantry,
who was absent. They killed his cook.
Ultimately the Americans, drove them
out of the town, killing four and cap
turing 12;
General Young, commanding in
North Luzon, has made several requests
for reinforcements, representing that
his force is inadequate; that - the men
are exhausted by the necessity of con
stant vigilance; that ho is unable , to
garrison the towns in his . jurisdiction;
that the insurgents are returning to the
district and killing the amigos, and
that it is necessary for him to inflict
punishment in several sections before
the rainy season shall begin. General
James Bell, who is commanding in
Southern Luzon, has made similar rep
resentations. He says his forces are
inadequate, and he merely holds a few
towns, without controlling the terri
tory. The president of Sainal, province of
Baar, Luzon, and another prominent
native, have been assassinated because
they were known to be friendly, to
Americans. The president of another
town has joined the insurgents because
they had threatened to kill him if he
did not.
Situation at Austin Is Slightly Im
proved. Austin, Tex., April 11. The flood
situation is improved here somewhat
but the reports from points below in
dicate that the full effect of the im
mense volume of water is being felt in
Wharton and Fayette counties, every
thing being inundated and much loss
of property and livestock being re
ported. -
In Bastrop county- the flood has
caused much damage, and something
lite 50 washouts and losses of bridges
are reported by the railways. Advices
from the area .surrounding the county
seat of Bastrot) conn are tri the effect
that there has' been1. ome uma vf Ufa
among the farming class, .as their
homes were inundated . without warn
ing by the tidal wave, but outside of
an unconfirmed report that eight lives
were lost, nothing can be learned.
In the southern part of this county
several persons are missing, the num
ber representing a family of six Ital
ians, and two negro families, -whose
homes have been washed away. The
river is receding rapidly at this point
and above, notwithstanding the fact
that another heavy rise was. reported
earlv this morning on the Concho, 125
miles north of here.
Reports tonight from La Grande, in
Fayette county, are to the effect that
while much of the lower part of the
town is under water, the property loss
is small. No one is missing.
Senate Rejected the Amendment Pro
viding for Them.
Washington, April 11. After some
further discussion today, the senate re
jected the sectarian school amendment
to the Indian appropriation bill, offered
by Jones, of Arkansas, by a vote of 30
to 16 As has been the - practice for
two or three years, the free homes
measure was offered as an amendment
to the bill, but it was ruled out on the
point of order that it was general legis
lation, and, therefore, not germane to
an appropriation bill. Without divis
ion, the bill was passed. The measure
carries about $8,4.14,000. An unsuc
cessful effort was made to agree upon a
date for a vote on the resolution . rela
tive to the seating of Quay as a senator
from Pennsylvania. The effort will be
renewed tomorrow. During the last
two hours of the session, the Alaskan
civil code bill was under consideration.
An amendment offered by Hansbrough
concerning the title to mining claims
in the Cape Nome district provoked a
warm debate.
This was a dull day in the bouse.
The agricultural appropriation bill was
under consideration, and was made the
vehicle of considerbale desultory de
bate on irrelevant political topics.
Good progress was made with the bill
after the close of the general debate, 25
out of the 37 pages being covered before
A great many Christians . are dead
wires because some one small part of
the life is switched off from God. "
Snow Storm In Montana. :
Bozeman, Mont., April 11. Snow
as been falling for the past 40 hours,
and there are now nearly two feet on
the level. The storm is the heaviest in
12 months. Farming lands needed
snow or rain, and the benefit will be
Guns for Portland Naval Reserve.
Vallejo, Cal., April 11. Two three-
inch field guns were sent to Portland,
Or., from Mare island today, to be
used by the naval militia. .
Vacancies In the Army.
Washington, April 11. At the nres-
ent time there are 115 vacancies in the
grade of second lieutenant in the army.
Of these, 68 are in the infantry arm,
14 in the artillery and 27 in the cav
alry. . There will probably be a few
more places in each, depending upon
examinations for promotion. About
half of these vacancies will be filled by
this year's graduates from the West
Point military aoademrr. and half the
remainder , through the customary ex
amination ot noncommissioned otbeers
in the regular service.
Roberts Preparing for a Win
ter Campaign.
In the Meantime, He Will Raise the
Seige of Mafeking Boers Planned a
Mined Ambush.
London, April 11. Britons are now
beginning, though reluctantly, to real
ize that Lord Roberts is in for a winter
campaign, lasting several months.
This is the end, in a few words, of the
high hopes based upon Lord Roberts'
brilliant dash to Kimberley and Bloem
fontein. Preparations are being made to hold
Bloemfontein against surprises. Lord
Kitchener has been given an important
duty, being responsible for the protec
tion of. the railway while Lord Roberts
is waiting for remounts and winter
clothing for the troops, whose thin cot
ton khaki uniforms and boots are worn
out. General Brabant and General
Gatacre are both at a Ptandstill.
Lord Roberts will probably for some
time confine his operations to clearing
the Free State behind him of raiders
and to the relieving of Mafeking, for
which purpose apparently the English
division, now arriving at Cape Town,
has been ordered to Kimberley. Lady
Sarah Wilson and other Mafeking cor
respondents send diaries of the doings
there, showing that the Boers have
tried, by abandoning their trenches, to
lure the beseiged out into a mined
ambush. Fortunately, the British en
gineers .discovered the mine, cut the
wire communication and unearthed 250
pounds of dynamite and war gelatine.
What the chances are for an advance
to Pretoria may be judged from the fact
that only from 6,000 to 10,000 horses
are on their way to the Cape, and from
the further fact that the military tail
oring department only within the last
three weeks began making woolen kha
ki uniforms. It is said it will take at
least two months to provide 200,000
Mr. Steyn's addiess to the Free State
raad at Kroonstad is confirmed. The
Fischer-Wolmarens deputation has full
power to negotiate tor peace, subject
to the laad's sanction.
Lady Roberts will remain at- Cape
Town. The Duke of Westminster, the
Duke of Marlborough and Lord Henry
Cavendish Bentwick have gone to the
Refusal to Recognize It May X.ead to
International Negotiations.
Monterey, Cal., April 11. A paper
of considerable international import-
anceias just been received from Lon
don by Jacob JR.? Leeser- of thV--'"
TTttfSs. The papeti is tne origiuaf grmis
from the Mexican government, made in
1863, to Jacob P. Leese and , others of
18,000,000 acres of land in Lower Cali
fornia for colonization purposes.
At the time the grant was mado,
Mexico was in a state of war, which
continued practically until after the
accension of Diaz to the presidency,
and Leese and his associates found it
difficult to induce colonists to go there.
A further contract was made with the
Mexican government, by which Leese
paid $100,000 for the land upon the
condition that if he failed' to colonize
because of the war before the expira
tion of an alloted time, the government
was . to return him $50,000 of the
amount. -
This amount las never been paid,
and it is stated that the Mexican gov
ernment absolutely refuses to recognize
Leese's claim. J. R. Leese, eldest son
of Jacob P. Leese, received a deed
from hia father shortly before the lat
ter 's death, assigning him one-eighth
of the entire 18,000,000 acres, and it is
this, as well as the $50,000, for which
he is fighting. He intends to move at
once through the state department at
Washington for a recognition of his
claim and a restoration of his property
and that of other heirs.
Seeking Chinese Foothold.
Tacoma, April 11. The steamer
Monmouthshire brings news that the
commercialists of Japan are agitating
the question of Japan obtaining a foot
hold in Foo Kien province, in Southern
China, opposite Formosa. 1 :
The Japan Export Society, founded
by Count Inouyo, has appointed a
committee of influential men to inves
tigate the best methods of increasing
the exports and decreasing the im
ports. The same society sent one of
its members to Foo Kien, which prov
ince he reports rich in silver, iron, lead
and coal. He recommends that min
ing concessions be first secured, to be
followed by railroad concessions be
tween Foo Chow and Kiu Kong, 560
miles. -The port of Tswanchi, he says,
should be opened to ' facilitate trade
with Formosa.
By order of the empress dowager, two
of the most prominent Chinese reform
ers have been sezied and probably exe
cuted. A Mexican land grant to Jacob
Leese, made in 1863, may cause trouble
between Mexico and the United States.
War in Colombia Spreading.
Kingston, Jamaica, April 11. Co
lombian advices just received here an
nounce that a rebel attack is momen
tarily expected at Savanima. It is
added that the place has been prepared
for the expected movement, and that
artillery has been trained so as to com
mand the harbor. At Cartagena, all
is excitement, owing to the rebels' suc
cesses, and a large body of government
troops has arrived at Colon to stengthen
the garrison there.
German Insurance Company Sues.
San Francisco. Am-il 11. The Trans-
Atlantic Fire & - Marina Tnaurannn
Company, of Berlin, today filed a suit
in the United StAtpa niivnir. onn-rt
against Thainhauser & Co., for $48,
394, claimed to be due. The company
withdrew its agency from the local
firm in Januarv. 18911. nnrl a fall aoM-ln.
ment was not made . at that time, ac
cording to the plaintiffs. , : -
Chicago, April 11. Michael J. Sa-
dowski, managing editor of the Na
tional Polish Daily News, died at his
home in this city Sunday,
Favorable Weather Brings an improved
Retail Distribution.
Bradstreet's says: Favorable features
continue in the majority in the general
trade situation. The hopes for the ad
vent for seasonable spring weather
have been realized, and nearly all mar
kets report an improved di.iribution at
retail This, as explained heretofore,
is really the key of the general mer
chandise situation. The industrial sit
uation is a rather spotted one. April
1, instead of May 1, seems to have been
fixed upon as a date for presenting new
demands as to wages and hours.
Wheat crop advices aro on the whole
favorable except from ' the Central
West. Sympathy is shown with corn,
which in turn has been influenced by
the steady advance in hog products and
by the known smallncss of reserves in .
cribs and in store.
Cotton goods are seasonably quiet at
first hands, but a fair jobbing business
is doing, and retail distribution is en
couraging. Wool - is on the whole
weaker, but reports from the woolen
goods branch are quite favorable.
Cancellations reported are the smallest
there is record of. Lumber has shown
some weakness, a widely separated
market this week pointing to not alto
gether satisfactory outlook in the build
ing trades, whether because of heavy
advances in prices or ot unsettled la
bor conditions.
Wheat (including flour) shipments
for the week aggregate 8,864,963 Bush
sis, against 2,962,349 last week.
Business failures in the United .
States for the week number 182, as
compared with 178 last week. For the
first quarter of the year, failures are
fewer in number than in 1899, and
liabilities are 7 per cent smaller.
Seattle Markets.
Onions, new, $2.002.75 per sack.
' Lettuce, hot house, 45c per doa.
Potatoes, new, $17 18. !
Beets, per sack, 75 85c.
Turnips, per sack, 60o.
Carrots, per sack, 75c.
Parsnips, per sack, 75 85c.
Cauliflower, 75c $1 per dozen.
Cabbage, native and California,
$1.00(31.25 per 100 pounds.
Apples, $1.25 1.50 per box.
Prunes, 60o per box.
Butter Creamery, 25o per pound;
dairy, 17 22c; ranch) 17o per pound.
Eggs 1516c.
Cheese Native, 15c.
Poultry 13 14c; dressed, 14 15c;
spring, $5.
Hay Puget Sound timothy, $12.00;
choice Eastern Washington timothy,
$18.00 19.00
Corn Whole, $23.00; cracked, $23;
feed meal, $23.
Barley Rolled or ground, per ton, -$20;
, Flotu? Patent,, per barrel, $3.25;
blended straights, $3.00; ' California,
$3.25; buckwheat $6.00. sra-
. $3.00: rye flour, f.
Millstnffs Bras,'- 'J''mmJ
shorts, per ton, $14.v0r--a'-
Feed- Chopped: feed, $19.00 per ton;
middling er ton, $20; Oil cake meal,
per ton, $30.00.' '
: Fresh Meats Choice dressed beel
steers, 7 80; cows, 7o; mutton 80;:
pork, 8c; trimmed, 9c; veal, 8
Hams Large, 13c; small, 13 Hi
breakfast bacon, 12c; dry salt sides, .
8c. .
Portland Market.
Wheat Walla Walla. 5455o;.
Valley, 54c; Bluestem, 57c per bushel.
Flour Best grades, $3.00; graham, ,
$2.50; superfine, $2.10 per barrel. .
Oats Choice white, 35 36c; choice
gray, 34o per bushel. -
Barley Feed barley, $14 14.60;
brewing, $17.00 17.50 per ton.
Millstuffs Bran, $13 per ton; mid
dlings, $19; shorts, $15; chop, $14 per
ton. - . .
Hay Timothy, $9 10; clover, $7
7.50; Oregon wild hay", $6 7 per ton.
Butter Fancy creamery, 40 45c;
seconds, 40c; dairy, . 80 87 o ,
store, 2532o.
Eggs llMo per dozen. 1
Cheese Oregon ; full . cream,' 13c;
Young America, 14c; new cheese lOo
per pound. i
Poultry Chickens, mixed, $3.50
4.50 per dozen; hens, $5.00; springs, '
$2.503.60; geese, $6.508.00 forold;
$4.506.50; ducks, $5.50 6.00 per
dozen; ' turkeys, . live, ' 10llo per
pound. . ' ; ' 1 - .'
Potatoes 40 50o per sack; sweets,
22jo per pound. .
, Vegetables Beets, $1; turnips, 75o;
per. sack; garlic, 7o per pound; cab
bage, lo per pound; parsnips, 75;
onions, $2.50 3.00; carrots," 50c. '
Hops 3 80 per pound ".
Wool Valley, 16 18c per pound;
Eastern Oregon, 10 15c; mohair, 27
SOo per pound. '
Mutton Gross, best sheep, wethers
and ewes, 4c; dressed mutton, 7
7Ko pr pound; lambs, $2.50 each.
Hogs Gross, choice heavy, $5.00;
light and feeders, $4.50; dressed, .
$5.006.50 per 100 pounds. . -
Beef Gross, top steers, $4.004.50; '
cows, $3.50 4.00; dressed beef, 6
7o per pound. "
Veal Large, 676c; small, 8
8c per pound. -
Tallow 55c; No. 2 and grease,
8Ji4o per pound.
Ban Francisco Market.
Wool Spring Nevada, 13 15c per
pound; Eastern Oregon, 12 16c; Val
ley, 20 22c; Northern, 10 12c. .
, Hops 1899 crop, ll13o per ...
pound. - '
: Butter Fancy creamery 17c;
do seconds, 16 16Kc; fancy dairy,
16c; do seconds, 1815o per pound. , -
Eggs Store, 14c; fancy -.-ranch,
lec - , ... , ;
Millstuffs Middlings, $17.00
20.00; bran, $12.50 13.50."
Hay Wheat $6.60 9.50; wheat and
oat $6.009.00; best barley $5.00
7.00; alfalfa, $5.006.60 per ton; '
straw, 25 40o per bale.
Potatoes Early Rose, 60 76c; Ore
gon Burbanks, 60c$1.00; river Bur
banks, 40 '70c; Salinas Burbanks,
80c1.10 per sack.
Citrus Fruit Oranges, ' Valencia, .
$2.753.25; Mexican limes, $4.00,
5.00; California lemons 75o$1.50;
do choice $1.752.00 per box.
Tropical Fruits Bananas, $1.50
9.60 per bunch; pineapples, nom
inal; Persian dates, . 6 6X0 per